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Men’s 50’s World Cup Diary

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first_imgAustralian Men’s 50’s players, Len Ryan and Mark Hearnden, have told www.touchfootball.com.au about their World Cup tour so far. Len Ryan:A very rewarding experience yesterday visiting a couple of community aged care centres, very proud of my teammates showing lots of care, affection and attention towards our senior citizens.Our congratulations and appreciation goes out to TFA for a fantastic and well organised night where Matt Shirvington MC’d brilliantly and showed a lot of passion toward our sport.Big congratulations to a couple of teammates, a great reward for your contributions. Dean McManus being awarded the Ron Hanson Medal for the Flag Bearing duties and Greg Young inducted into the Hall Of Fame.Also another milestone with our Coach Mick McCall representing with his three daughters, Carlie, Melissa and Jess across the Women’s Open and 27’s Division.Mark Hearnden This morning’s visit to two nursing homes in Coffs Harbour was an experience that I will remember fondly for years to come. It makes me very proud of this sport to see it mature to such a stage that it considers such activities to be ‘business as usual’ to give back to the local community.It was wonderful to spend a couple of hours with the residents of these homes and to share morning tea. There were plenty of cuddles, hugs and even some dancing. Congratulations to TFA and to my fellow team mates.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related Links2015 World Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friends

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first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friendsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his players do not need to be best friends.He is putting his squad through their paces in Dubai during United’s mid-season warm weather training camp.Solskjaer revealed there have been some friendly arguments after practice games but said he wants to see even more niggle.“You don’t have to be best friends,” said Solskjaer. “The team spirit is great. We had one or two fights, but that’s just the demand, the standards you set.“If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind that, because it means they’re winners, they want to improve.“If you settle for losing in training, you’ll lose when a game when it really matters.“It’s a long, hard season. You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing.“They all want to play, but they all want the best for their mates and everyone understands it’s a team game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Worlds 1st Boxship Converted to LNG Launched

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first_imgzoom Wes Amelie, the world’s first containership retrofitted with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine was launched on August 23, 2017.Since May 2017, the 1,000 TEU feeder, owned by Wessels Reederei based in Harem/Ems, has undergone an LNG engine conversion at the German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven.Wes Amelie, just like its 15 identical sister ships, is operating on the feeder routes between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.The conversion was supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and will likely be extended to other ships in the fleet.Following the launching, Hamburg based company Nauticor was selected to conduct the vessel’s initial LNG bunkering at the Kühlhauskai in the Port of Bremerhaven. In total, four trucks were brought to the German port and transferred LNG to the vessel.” With the conversion of Wes Amelie, Wessels Reederei has become a pioneer in establishing LNG as fuel for containerships. We are happy to support that effort and are looking forward to future cooperation, taking into consideration that our second LNG bunker vessel will start operations in Northwest Europe next year with a focus on customers in the North Sea & Baltic Sea,” Mahinde Abeynaike, Managing Director Nauticor, said.With the conversion of the 1,000 TEU vessel, Wessels Reederei is a frontrunner in the use of LNG as fuel for containerships in the Northwest Europe. The ship management company has a fleet of 36 seagoing vessels, comprised of 26 coasters, 4 containerships, and 6 multi-purpose freighters.last_img read more

After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

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It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

Jordan Hall a driving force in OSU offense

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After missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has become Ohio State’s most reliable source of offense for the last two games. In Miami, Hall rushed for 87 yards, which at first glance may not seem like a lot. But in a one-dimensional offense that only accumulated 209 yards, two field goals, and 35 total yards of passing, Hall was the one good thing to come out of the disaster in South Beach. Against Colorado on Saturday Hall put up similar numbers on the ground. He rushed for 84 yards and had a touchdown. “It definitely felt good to be out there the whole game because last week felt like I let my team down because I couldn’t play in the second half,” Hall said. “So it definitely felt good.” Hall’s worth was much more than in head coach Luke Fickell’s pro-style offense. Hall was able to make a huge difference on special teams. “Coach says we want to use special teams as a weapon,” Hall said. Hall was that weapon. In the third quarter, after Colorado had narrowed the margin to 17 after a 47-yard field goal from CU kicker Will Oliver, Hall took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards down the field to give OSU a first-and-goal. Sophomore running back Carlos Hyde punched it into the end zone on the next play for a five-yard touchdown run. After the game, Hall was laughing at himself for his inability to take the kick return to the end zone himself. Hall was caught five yards short. He said he received playful ridicule from his teammates after the return. “They already said what they had to say on the sidelines,” Hall said. “So I ain’t worried about it.” Fickell said Hall gave the Buckeyes much needed lifts in the game against Colorado. “Obviously Jordan (Hall) can do a lot of different things. He can be a weapon back there. People have to be aware where he’s at, kicking the ball to him, whether it’s punts or kickoff returns,” Fickell said. In two weeks, senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron returns to the field after a five-game suspension for his involvement in the tattoo scandal. Herron along with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams received a five-game suspension for their involvement that led to former head coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation. Coach Fickell has said all along that every player has to earn their starting roles each week, and nothing is assumed. Hall said that when Herron returns, it will just add one more weapon opposing teams have to prepare for. “We’re just going to feed off each other and just make the defense have to… account for all of us,” Hall said. “I think when he gets back, it will definitely spark the offense even more.” To start the season, Hall was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charitable event earlier in the year. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Miami game. It was determined that Hall took $200 from the booster, and was ordered to repay it to a local charity. Hall said that while the running game looked good against Colorado, there is always room for improvement. Between Hall, Hyde, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore running back Jaamal Berry and freshman running back Rod Smith, the OSU running attack picked up 226 yards on the ground. “I think you can always get better,” Hall said. “I think we’re just going to have to keep working and practicing and use it on the field on Saturdays.” read more

Opinion 5 questions ahead of Ohio States matchup in Minneapolis

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing arguably the biggest win at Ohio State during the Urban Meyer era, the Buckeyes are preparing for their second-consecutive ranked opponent.Entering the third week of the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes jumped up six spots to No. 8 and the Minnesota Golden Gophers appeared for the first time on the list at No. 25.As the Buckeyes get set to travel to blustery Minneapolis, The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five things to look for when OSU takes on the Golden Gophers.1. Can OSU keep its eye on the prize?Let’s be honest, last week’s win over Michigan State was probably the biggest win for the Buckeyes since the 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon.But was it too much for the Buckeyes to handle?The mantra around OSU since Meyer arrived in Columbus has been giving players and coaches 24 hours to enjoy a win, but redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said Monday that the Buckeyes were still enjoying the victory.With that said, will the Buckeyes overlook a Minnesota team that is coming off of a 51-14 drubbing of Iowa?Only time will tell.2. Will the weather affect the Buckeye offense?While the entire Buckeye starting offensive line is from Ohio, their starting quarterback is from Texas, and probably hasn’t played in a game as cold as he will Saturday.While the kickoff temperature was 39 degrees last week in East Lansing, Mich., the estimated high temperature in Minneapolis for Saturday, as of Wednesday night, was just 28 degrees with a low of nine.Barrett, who has ignited the Buckeye offense, averaging 304.22 yards per game by himself has been on the sidelines for games like this (see 2013 games against Indiana and Michigan) but has never had to play in such bitter temps.Just one current Buckeye offensive player was on the roster the last time OSU played in Minnesota, and that is redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin, who was still a defensive lineman at the time.The Buckeyes won 52-10 in the last matchup in 2010, a win that was later vacated because of NCAA violations committed by former coach Jim Tressel, then-quarterback Terrelle Pryor and other players.3. Can J.T. Barrett make a Heisman push?If Barrett can have an encore performance from his 386 total yard, five touchdown game against the Spartans, there is a good chance Barrett could enter serious Heisman discussions.The redshirt-freshman made his first appearance on ESPN’s Heisman Watch this week, and currently ranks second in the FBS in touchdowns responsible for with 34 (26 passing, eight rushing).In addition, Barrett is just five touchdown passes away from breaking the school record for touchdown passes in a season, set by the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith.For Barrett to enter serious consideration, there is no doubt the Buckeyes will have to win their remaining games, plus a Big Ten title.But if Barrett can look as good as he did against Michigan State the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if you see the Texas native in New York for the Heisman ceremonies.4. Can Minnesota senior running back David Cobb emulate Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford?Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) runs the ball during a game against Purdue on Oct. 18 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 39-38.Credit: Courtesy of TNSSure, OSU ended up beating the Spartans, but the redshirt-senior running back Langford gouged the Buckeyes’ defense for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries.Now that same defense has to find a way to slow down Cobb, who has already racked up 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season. He’s the workhorse of the Minnesota offense — he has 227 carries while the team as a whole has only attempted 165 passes.Apart from an Oct. 25 misstep against Illinois, the Golden Gophers’ only loss this season accompanied Cobb’s worst game of the year. Minnesota lost to Texas Christian University, 30-7, in September, and Cobb had just 41 yards on 15 carries. Outside of that game, he’s had at least 71 rushing yards per game — including a pair of 200-plus yard outings. If the Buckeyes can slow Cobb down, it could be a long day for redshirt-sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner. But if he gets rolling early, OSU might face a difficult task to keep its seven-game winning streak alive.5. What role will the OSU H-backs play?With sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — the Buckeyes’ typical starter — out with a broken foot, it’ll be up to a few different players to pick up the slack.The first option is likely to be redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who has already shined multiple times for OSU this season. The former high school quarterback can line up in a variety of positions for the Buckeyes, including at quarterback in the wildcat package.Leading up to the showdown in Minneapolis, Meyer even hinted that the Buckeyes “have a couple passes” in place for Marshall going forward. He failed to connect on his only passing attempt so far this season, but Meyer and the coaching staff clearly have some faith in his arm.But even if Marshall doesn’t let it fly, the H-back spot could have a notable impact for the Buckeyes. Meyer mentioned that freshman Noah Brown will be in the mix, and at 240 pounds, he adds a new dimension to the OSU attack.No matter if Brown is causing mismatch problems with his size or if Marshall is showing off his arm, the Buckeyes will likely try to put as much firepower on the field as they can.OSU is scheduled to take on the Golden Gophers on Saturday at noon in Minneapolis. read more

Wayne Rooney could make MLS debut in July

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first_imgBefore their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps opens next month, MLS outfit DC United reportedly want a deal to bring in Wayne Rooney from Everton, a deal that has been going on for quite some time now.The 32-year-old rejoined the Toffees from Manchester United last summer in a two-year deal, but is said to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Marco Silva.The MLS are keen to get a deal done quickly and have earmarked his debut for July 14, the date they play their first fixture at their new 20,000-seater Audi Field Stadium, according to BBC.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The terms of the deal, which could only formally go through when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10, would allegedly see Rooney earn £300,000 a week for three years.Rooney has another season remaining on his present Everton contract but DC United officials are said to be hopeful the former England skipper will opt to follow former Manchester United team-mates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and move to the MLS.Rooney scored a club record 253 goals during his 13 seasons at Old Trafford before he returned to Everton in 2017.last_img read more

Klopp on Dortmund defeat We didnt create chances

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first_imgJurgen Klopp was left feeling that Liverpool ultimately paid a big price for failing to convert their early dominance into goalscoring opportunities as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on SundayLast season’s Champions League runners-up got off to a promising start at the Bank of America stadium in their United States tour with defender Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header setting the side on course for their fourth win in five pre-season games.However, the players began to fatigue as the game progressed before American forward Christian Pulisic equalised for Dortmund with a penalty.The highly-rated youngster then added a second before Danish winger Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed a 3-1 win for Dortmund.“The beginning of Dortmund was good, then we controlled the game kind of but we didn’t create chances,” Klopp told the club website.“But we scored the goal after a nice set-piece. Set-pieces were probably the most positive thing today. In the second half we played much better against a completely different Dortmund side. Our pressing was much better. Dortmund tried to play football and played our cards, if you want, which helps us a little bit to do this. We won the balls but we didn’t do very good things with the balls we won.”He continued: “The surprise is that we scored the goal in the first half and not in the second half. We had two big chances after set-pieces again with Dom Solanke and Joe Gomez. We had a big, big chance with Ojo. Daniel was in a few good moments. We had these moments and I liked the football we played there.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The German coach lamented the penalty they gave away that enabled Pulisic to equalise for Dortmund.“We had two drinks breaks that were not drinks breaks deep in our own half, around our box. We lost the ball again, had it back and lost it again; Pulisic can go in the box and it’s a penalty. Dortmund scored a similar goal against City. That can happen, I don’t like it but it can happen and it’s easy to explain. On a day like this, you have to stay strong and show desire still or kind of greed that you at least want to keep the result at 1-1,” said Klopp.But overall Liverpool’s inability to create enough chances were what ultimately sealed their fate against Klopp’s former club.“At one moment we could have scored again and had this very tight offside situation. I watched it back and they were both onside but we cannot change that anymore. It felt like that in the game. It would have been two big chances, James Milner alone in front of the goal,” he said.“It doesn’t help really and I don’t want to excuse the result but we had these situations and didn’t, or couldn’t, use them. Then Dortmund scored a second and the third was really too much. The fourth would have been possible after we lost the ball again, you could see morale was really down. We have to learn from it, that’s how it is, and then we have to go again.”Liverpool will next face Manchester City on Thursday morning at 02:05 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Senator Mike Dunleavy Announces Resignation

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first_imgDunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation.  I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan This is how much tax Bollywood celebs paid this year

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first_imgAmitabh Bachchan in bell bottoms.TwitterAmitabh Bachchan has emerged as the highest tax-payer of the year from the film fraternity. The Shehenshah of Bollywood has paid Rs 70 crore as tax for the financial year 2018-19. The actor has left behind Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan in the race to pay the highest tax.Last year Salman Khan had emerged as the highest taxpayer with an advance tax payment of Rs 44.5 crore. Prior to him, Akshay Kumar had paid the highest advance tax of Rs 29.5 crore in 2017. Amitabh Bachchan’s spokesperson has confirmed the news of him paying this particular amount of tax to DNA.Recently, Amitabh Bachchan had paid off loans of 2,084 farmers in Muzaffarpur and had also donated Rs 10 lakh to the family February 14 Pulwama terror attack victims.Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. The film, a mystery thriller, received rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani were the other stars in the film.Following the film’s success, Big B had taken to Twitter to ask Shah Rukh Khan to give him a bonus and a party. What had followed was friendly banter between the two asking each other to give the party. “… about time someone started talking about this silent success .. !! because neither the Producer, nor the distributor, nor the on line Producer, or any else in the Industry, in general .. has even spent a nano second to compliment the success of this film #Badla .. thk u,” Big B had tweeted.To which Shah Rukh had tweeted, “Sir hum toh wait kar rahein hain ki aap party kab de rahein hain hum sabko! We r waiting outside Jalsa every nite!”Big B is busy shooting for fantasy thriller trilogy – Brahmastra – with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, directed by Ayan Mukerji.last_img read more

Two Malaysian women caned for lesbian sex

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first_imgTwo Malaysian women were caned Monday for having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, despite an outcry from activists at the “cruel and unjust” punishment.The case has sparked widespread condemnation and focused attention on what rights groups say is a deteriorating climate for the gay community in the Muslim-majority country.Campaigners said it was the first time that women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations.The country operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery.The women, aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April by Islamic enforcement officers after they were found in a car in a public square in northern Terengganu state, one of the country’s most conservative areas.The pair, whose identities have not been revealed, pleaded guilty last month to breaking Islamic laws and were sentenced to six strokes of the cane each and a fine of 3,300 ringgit ($800).They were caned at the Sharia High Court in Kuala Terengganu, state capital of Terengganu, a court official confirmed to AFP.The women’s conviction sparked a storm of criticism. Before the caning was carried out, Gwen Lee, Amnesty International’s Malaysia head, slammed the punishment as “cruel and unjust”.Malaysia “must end the use of caning and repeal the laws that impose these torturous punishments completely,” she said.Thilaga Sulathireh, from transgender rights group Justice for Sisters, said the caning would “increase the impunity of perpetrators to carry out acts of violence” aimed at gay people.Concerns have been mounting in recent weeks in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic country where some 60 per cent of the population is Muslim, about a deteriorating climate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.The Islamic affairs minister has spoken out against homosexuals and ordered pictures of LGBT activists to be removed from a public exhibition, while a transgender woman was brutally attacked in the southern state of Negeri Sembilan.Malaysian Muslims have traditionally practised a tolerant brand of Islam but concerns have been growing in recent years that attitudes are becoming more conservative.last_img read more

3rd grader raped by 50yrold man

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first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Class-III student was reportedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur on Monday, reports UNB.The incident came to light on Thursday night when the victim was taken to Madaripur Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated. Her family tried to conceal the matter fearing for her future.A case was filed on Friday and police said they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist Nur Hossain, 50, son of Razzak Mridha of Sarmangal area in the upazila.”‘I took shelter at a van-garage during rain on Monday noon. Taking advantage of the situation, Nur Hossain gagged me with a towel and raped me,” the victim said.last_img read more

Africare Celebrates Black Leadership at 2014 Bishop John T Walker Memorial Dinner

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first_imgAfricare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, hosted more than 500 global leaders including South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young and President Emertia of Bennett College for Women Julianne Malveaux, on April 5 at its annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner and fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel in the District. The event honored Africare’s pioneering Co-Founders C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy with Lifetime Achievement Awards for the contributions they have each made to Africare over more than four decades. Africare also paid tribute to its Honorary Chairman, the late Nelson Mandela, through a special video and musical presentation by trumpeter Thaddeus Wilson of the band DC Fusion. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, best known for her role as Aunt Viv on the hit-series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. “C. Payne and Dr. Kennedy focused on educating Americans about the challenges Africans face and the tremendous opportunities we have to help,” said Darius Mans, president, Africare. “Their tireless efforts to educate Americans led community, religious and fraternal organizations, as well as government and business entities, to discover Africare and contribute directly to Africa’s regeneration.” Africare was founded in 1970 in response to the devastation wrought in the Sahel by one of the worst droughts the Niger Delta had ever faced. In 1971, as founding board members, Mr. Lucas and Dr. Kennedy reincorporated Africare in the District of Columbia. Under their visionary leadership, Africare matured from working in one region of Niger with a budget of roughly $39,000, to engaging in hundreds of projects spanning 36 African countries over the past 44 years. Today, Africare’s portfolio is valued at more than $200 million, spanning 17 countries. “As Africare continues to grow and serve larger numbers of Africans in need, we always remember our inspirational and dedicated founders, their humble beginnings and their vision that takes us to communities that exist where the road ends,” Mans said. The Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner is held each year in memory of Bishop John T. Walker, the first African-American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC and Africare’s longtime Board Chair. Bishop Walker, who passed away 25 years ago this year, distinguished himself as an exemplar of peace, justice and interracial harmony. The dinner plays an important role in enabling Africare to both broaden awareness about its work in Africa and to raise critically needed funds to deliver lifesaving services. This year’s dinner was made possible through the generosity of ExxonMobil, Chevron, The African Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Company, as well as many others from the business community.last_img read more

Cardinals Fall To No 17 Wake Forest

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first_imgThe Cardinals return to action next Sunday as they host Boston College at 10 a.m. Tennis Match Results Wake Forest vs Louisville 3/24/2019 at Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) #17 Wake Forest 6, Louisville 1 Match Notes:Wake Forest 17-3 (7-1); National ranking #17Louisville 10-9(2-7) Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,1,2,3,6)T-3:19 A-103  Print Friendly Version In singles, Neely earned the sole point for the Cardinals, taking down Saby Nahalani in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 on court four. On court five, Carter got the best of Wong, 6-2, 6-4 while #32 Davis defeated Suswam 6-1, 6-4 on court one. Doubles Competition1. #28 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-12. M.C. Meredith/Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) 7-6 (7-1)3. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Peyton Pesavento/Alexis Franco (WF) 6-4 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell to No. 17 Wake Forest 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Singles Competition1. #32 Emma Davis (WF) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-1, 6-42. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-13. Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-4, 7-54. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Saby Nihalani (WF) 6-2, 6-35. Chandler Carter (WF) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-2, 6-46. Peyton Pesavento (WF) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 In doubles action, Sena Suswam and Dina Chaika fell to Chandler Carter and Emma Davis 6-1 on court one. Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin deafeated to Peyton Pesavento and Alexis Franco 6-4 on court three. Raven Neely and Diana Wong battled, but could not overcome M.C. Meredith and Eliza Omirou and fell 7-6 (7-1) on court two. Nikolina Jovic rallied but ultimately fell to Anna Ulyashchenko 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on court two. On court three, Mally fell to Omirou, 6-4, 7-5. To wrap things up on court six, Dina Chaika managed to win a set from Pesavento, but fell 6-0, 5-6, 6-0. Story Linkslast_img read more

Cardinals Travel to Marshall for Final Nonconference Game of the Season

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first_imgChung’s cannonFreshman Rebecca Chung has had a stellar rookie season offensively, but she has also made her presence known behind the plate. The catcher recently set a school record when she threw out a career-high four would-be base stealers in Louisville’s 10-9 win against No. 3/3 Florida State on April 8.• She also drove in the game-winning run against the Wildcats with a walk-off three-run doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  C-USA TV Melton’s scoring runMelton recently improved her career run tally to 145 and stands fifth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 13 more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Cardiac CardsIn the past two weeks, the Cardinals have had a few dramatic home games.•On April 17, Taylor Roby’s walk-off single in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 8-7 win after No. 24/23 Kentucky plated two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The win snapped a three-game skid against the Wildcats.•On April 8, the Cards used a walk-off double by freshman Rebecca Chung to upend No. 3/3 Florida State, handing the Seminoles their first ACC series loss since 2012.• On April 21, Louisville overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to complete a series sweep of Georgia Tech while under time constraints due to the Yellow Jackets’ travel.• In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to cut the lead to one. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10. The game was called due to a drop-dead time in the top of the sixth inning. Story Links Melton and Funke in a foot race• Sidney Melton leads the team with a career-high 24 and stands on Louisville’s single-season list, needing three more to tie Audrey Rendon (2008) for second.• She now has 57 stolen bases in her career, placing her third on Louisville’s all-time list and needs four more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12).• Celene Funke is on Melton’s heels with 23 stolen bases and fourth among the Cardinals’ single-season leaders.• Funke recently pushed her career stolen base total to 43, good for seven on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12). Live scoring Up lastLouisville sweeps Georgia Tech series The University of Louisville softball team completed an ACC series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader and took the second game 11-10 in six innings in game shortened due to the Yellow Jackets travel schedule. Prior to the doubleheader, the Cardinals picked up an 11-7 win in the completion of the series opener which was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday.• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton led the Cards at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs while junior Caitlin Ferguson drove in three. Sophomore Danielle Watson (9-11) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits and striking out seven.Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 7UofL beat Georgia Tech 11-7 to complete the series opener Sunday on Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium.  The contest was suspended due to rain Friday afternoon with the Cardinals leading 10-5 in the fifth. The win also marked head coach Holly Aprile’s 300th career victory.Louisville 7- Georgia Tech 2Redshirt senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base and freshman Charley Butler drove in a pair of runs to back sophomore RHP Danielle Watson who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Cardinals clinched the series.Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 10In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to prevail 11-10 in a game that was called at 4:25 p.m. due to travel constraints.• In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, the Cards collected 15 hits with nine of them falling in for extra bases including three home runs and six doubles.• Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to pull the Cards within a run. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10.• In the game, Roby went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, four RBIs, freshman Rebecca Chung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Senior Megan Hensley went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs.• Roby picked up the win, allowing six earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings. Hensley gave up four earned runs on one hit and struck out four in 1.2 innings. Game DAy INFORMATIONOpponent: MarshallSeries History: Louisville leads 5-2Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019Location: Huntington, W. Va. | Dot Hicks FieldTelevision: CUSA TVLive scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball  Print Friendly Version Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Player quick hits• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton is climbing Louisville’s single season and career lists in runs and stolen bases. She has career highs in stolen bases (25), doubles (8), triples (4) and RBIs (30).      • Melton set a school record with four stolen bases against Morehead State (March 12).• Senior Megan Hensley stands among team leaders in home runs (9) and RBIs (36) as well as shutouts, while standing second in ERA (2.93) and strikeouts (80). She ranked in the top 10 on UofL career record lists several pitching and hitting categories.• Junior Celene Funke is having a career-best season with 43 runs, six doubles, 10 triples, three home runs, 23 stolen bases and 22 RBIs. She leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and seven multi-steal games.• Junior Caitlin Ferguson has a career-high 32 runs and tied a career high in home runs (4).• Sophomore Kyra Snyder put together a team best 13-game on-base streak (March 16-April 6)  – and is currently riding a seven-game streak of reaching safely.• Sophomore Maddy Newman has established career highs in runs (25), and RBIs (12).• Sophomore Jordyn Wolfe has career highs in runs (19) and stolen bases (7).• Sophomore Danielle Watson connected on her first career double, home run this season. She has also dealt a career-high 138 strikeouts.• Freshman Charley Butler put together a team-best 11-game hitting streak (March 30 – April 21). The left fielder has made some outstanding defensive plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8).      • Her first career hit was a home run (vs. Bradley, Feb. 24).•Freshman Rebecca Chung has been one of Louisville’s top hitters throughout the season. She leads the team with 11 multi-RBI games. Her three-run double in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8). She also threw out a school-record four base stealers in that game.      • She earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors on April 9.      • Chung put together 10-game hitting streak (March 8-23).      • Chung’s two-run double in the fifth put the Cards ahead for good in the 11-10 win over Georgia Tech to ensure the series sweep (April 21).• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team in wins and stands third in batting average. She got the win in the circle and registered the game-winning hit against No. 24/23 Kentucky (April 17). Live scoring: https://herdzone.com/sidearmstats/softball/summaryC-USA TV: http://conferenceusa.com/watch/default.aspx?Live=7687&path=marshallFacebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/herdsoftball/Radio: https://www.marshall.edu/wmul/ Up NextThe Cardinals return home to play host to North Carolina in the final home series of the season. Prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest, Louisville will honor seniors Blaire Bass, Madison Cousineau, Darrianne Hale, Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton in their final home weekend. Cards against the fieldMarshallSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-2Last Meeting: May 2, 2018 – UL won 13-10 at Ulmer Stadium.RECAP: Megan Hensley’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the fifth erased a three-run deficit and helped her cause in the circle as the Cardinals defeated Marshall 13-10 in their home finale at Ulmer Stadium.Scouting the Thundering Herd: Marshall brings a 28-16 overall record into Tuesday’s contest after taking two of three games against Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech over the weekend.• Aly Harrell leads the team with a .319 batting average, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.• Abigail Tolbert (17-12) carries a 3.12 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 166.0 innings.  Radio Cards reach 30-win mark for 16th straight seasonOn April 21, the Cardinals defeated Georgia Tech 7-2 to clinch the ACC series and reach their 30th win of the season.• Louisville has now posted 30 or more victories in 16 straight seasons (dating back to 2004). The Cards have posted at least 30 wins 18 times in the 19-year history of the program with a record-setting 55 victories in 2012. UofL dedicates Don Dobina FieldThe University of Louisville softball team named its field Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium to honor the legacy of local softball coach, donor and UofL alum Don Dobina. The ceremony took place just prior to the game against Kentucky on April 17.• Dobina, who passed away in 2016, was an avid supporter of the University of Louisville softball program and an advocate of the sport throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky for nearly 30 years.center_img Home Sweet HomeLouisville has compiled a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium this season with three wins over ranked opponents (No. 3/3 Florida State twice and No. 24/23 Kentucky).• The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange. The Cards resumed their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Indiana. Louisville suffered another extra-inning setback when Lipscomb prevailed 5-4 in eight. Louisville’s fourth loss came at the hands of No. 3/3 Florida State on April 6. Funke, triple forceJunior Celene Funke is leads the NCAA with 10 triples on the season. She stands tied for first with Audrey Rendon (2005) on Louisville’s single season list.• The centerfielder has 12 triples in her career and is fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• She also has three home runs on the season.  Fresh off of an ACC series sweep against Georgia Tech, the University of Louisville softball team will take its final break from conference play when the Cards travel to Marshall for a midweek matchup Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field. Louisville vs Marshall Hitting for averageLouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton leads the charge at .349 while junior Celene Funke is right behind her at a .337 clip. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (.330), freshman Rebecca Chung (.324) and senior Megan Hensley (.321) round out the top hitters. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 2.31 ERA and stands third on the squad with a .330 batting average.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung is second on the team with 31 RBIs and fourth with a .324 battiing average. She recently set a school record for runners caught stealing in a game with four in the 10-9 win against then-No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8) and was named ACC Softball Co-Player of the Week on March 17.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 42 games in left field and has two home runs. She has made some outstanding defensively plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/8).• Freshman Cassady Greenwood has played in 27 games with four starts and has collected eight RBIs.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively.• Fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 28 games in the outfield.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings and a .214 opposing batting average. She was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 9 after tossing a complete-game shutout in Louisville’s 2-0 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/6). Melton earns ACC postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. Hensley, dual threatFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley stands among the Cardinals’ leaders both in the circle and at the plate. The senior leads the pitching staff with four shutouts and stands second in ERA (2.93), strikeouts (80) and innings pitched (86.0).• She also leads the Cards with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.• Hensley is ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories. Balanced pitchingAll three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (12-1) leads the team in wins and ERA (2.31).• Senior Megan Hensley has collected a team-high four shutouts and stands second with a 2.93 ERA.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) is holding opponents to a .214 average. She leads the Cardinals with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings. Hensley record watchMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Tied for fourth in career RBI (165) with Alicja Wolny (2010-13). She needs one more to ti Katie Keller (2011-14) for third.• Fourth in career home runs (34) and needs two more to tie Melissa Roth (2007-10) for third.• Seventh in career appearances (117). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (83). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (522.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (50). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career strikeouts (361), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). Melton sets single game stolen base record Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. Georgia Tech Series Notes:• The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight.• Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight.• UofL won its third straight ACC series• With the win in the opening game, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory.• The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.• Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 seasonPlayer Notes• Freshman Charley Butler has reached safely in the last 12 games.• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 10 games.• Junior Celene Funke is on a six-game hitting streak.• Funke leads the team with 43 runs and stands second with 23 stolen bases.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby tallied career highs in hits and RBIs in the 11-10 series finale. Facebook Live CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the game with a 31-15 overall record and on a five-game win streak.• UofL is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll released on April 16.• Louisville recently jumped four spots to No. 29 in the NCAA RPI standings released on April 22.  • This past weekend, the Cardinals notched their first ACC sweep of the season with three wins against Georgia Tech. UofL improves to 11-7 in league play.The Cards are third in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State (13-5) and Notre Dame (10-6).• The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight.• Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight.• With the win in the opening game of the Georgia Tech series, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory.• The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.• Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season• Louisville led at the plate redshirt senior Sidney Melton who is batting .349 with a team – and career – best 24 stolen bases.• Junior Celene Funke leads the team with 43 runs. The centerfielder recently tied a school record with four runs in the 8-7 win against No. 24/23 Kentucky, she also belted out her 10th triple of the season. She leads the nation in that category and tied Louisville’s single season record.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases on the season. The previous record was 68, set in the 2010 season.• In the circle, redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads team with a 12-1 record and a 2.31 ERA. Hensley (9-3) stands second with a 2.93 ERA while sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) holds a 3.58 ERA with a team-high 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile is the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Cards swiping records• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases  with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68, set in the 2010 season.last_img read more

Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check

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first_img © 2014 Phys.org Credit: arXiv:1402.2184 [cs.DM] Journal information: arXiv Citation: Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check (2014, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-math-proof-large-humans.html Mathematician announces that he’s proved the ABC conjecture Anyone who has taken a high level math course can attest to the fact that math proofs can sometimes grow long—very long. Some mathematicians have dedicated years to creating them, filling whole text volumes in the process. Quite naturally then, mathematicians have increasingly turned to computers to perform some of the more mundane parts of proof creation. It wasn’t long, however, before some began to realize that at some point, the proofs spit out by the computer would be too long, complicated or both for a human reader to fully comprehend. It appears, with this new effort that that day might have come.Erdős discrepancy problem revolves around trying to find patterns in an infinite list of just the two numbers “1” and “-1”. Named after Paul Erdős, the discrepancy problem arises when cutting off the infinite sequence at some point and then creating a finite sequence using a defined constant. When the numbers are added up, the result is called the discrepancy figure. Lisitsa and Konev entered the problem (with a discrepancy constant of 2) into a computer running what they describe as state of the art SAT solvers—software that has been written to create mathematical proofs. The proof that the computer came up with proves, the two researchers claim, “that no sequence of length 1161 and discrepancy 2 exists.”Unfortunately the file produced was too large to read—for comparison’s sake, it was a couple of gigabytes larger than the whole of Wikipedia. This leads to an interesting conundrum for mathematicians going forward. Do we begin accepting proofs that computers create as actual proofs if they are too long or perhaps too difficult for our minds to comprehend? If so, we might just be at a crossroads. Do we trust computers to handle things for us that our beyond our abilities, or constrain our reach by refusing to allow for the creation of things that we cannot ever possibly understand?center_img (Phys.org) —A pair of mathematicians, Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev of the University of Liverpool, U.K., have come up with an interesting problem—if a computer produces a proof of a math problem that is too big to study, can it be judged as true anyway? In a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the two describe how they set a computer program to proving a small part of what’s known as “Erdős discrepancy problem”—the proof produced a data file that was 13-gigabytes in size—far too large for any human to check, leading to questions as to whether the proof can be taken as a real proof. Explore further More information: A SAT Attack on the Erdos Discrepancy Conjecture, arXiv:1402.2184 [cs.DM] arxiv.org/abs/1402.2184AbstractIn 1930s Paul Erdos conjectured that for any positive integer C in any infinite +1 -1 sequence (x_n) there exists a subsequence x_d, x_{2d}, … , x_{kd} for some positive integers k and d, such that |x_d + x_{2d} + … + x_{kd}|> C. The conjecture has been referred to as one of the major open problems in combinatorial number theory and discrepancy theory. For the particular case of C=1 a human proof of the conjecture exists; for C=2 a bespoke computer program had generated sequences of length 1124 having discrepancy 2, but the status of the conjecture remained open even for such a small bound. We show that by encoding the problem into Boolean satisfiability and applying the state of the art SAT solvers, one can obtain a sequence of length 1160 with discrepancy 2 and a proof of the Erdos discrepancy conjecture for C=2, claiming that no sequence of length 1161 and discrepancy 2 exists. We also present our partial results for the case of C=3. 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

2017 February ENewsletter

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first_imgMartin HowrylakState RepresentativeDistrict 41 01Mar 2017 February E-Newsletter Dear Friends,Hello and welcome to my February e-newsletter!I hope you and your family have taken the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had recently. These warmer than normal temperatures provided wonderful opportunities to get outside for a long walk or a relaxing bike ride in our community.I’d like to spend a few minutes providing you with a brief update from our state capital. I hope you find this information helpful as you seek to stay informed about the various policy issues being discussed in Lansing.Please keep in mind that this e-newsletter is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a summary. For more information, please do not hesitate to call the office toll-free at 1-877-238-0001 or email MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.Rep. Howrylak joins bipartisan effort to increase government accountabilityThis month, I joined a bipartisan group of representatives as a co-sponsor of landmark legislation that will expand government transparency in the state of Michigan.If enacted, the bill package (HB 4148 – 4157) will make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar records disclosure system for the state House and Senate called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). The package is similar to legislation that was put forth by House members in 2016 that did not have the opportunity to reach the Governor’s desk before the conclusion of the 2015-16 legislative session.I am honored to once again be part of this important reform. Our government works best when it is held accountable by the people. For this reason, the Governor and the Legislature should be held to the same level of public scrutiny as other government entities that are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA).The legislation has been referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for consideration.Rep. Howrylak introduces bill to reduce tax burden for retirees, seniorsI recently introduced legislation that would significantly lower the tax burden for retirees.In 2011, Michigan made several changes to the tax code, including eliminating the pension and retirement exemption. If enacted, my proposal will increase the retirement income subtractions for both single and joint filers. As a result, this legislation will reduce the portion of one’s retirement income that is subject to state tax and lower the tax obligation for Michigan retirees and seniors.Most senior citizens are dependent on a fixed income and this policy change had a significant impact on their pocketbooks. My bill will greatly reduce the tax burden placed on these hard-working citizens and allow them to keep more of their income during their retirement years.HB 4159 was referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.House committee meetings now underwayAs you may know, my legislative responsibilities include serving on a variety of committees. Committee assignments are determined by House leadership. House committees are responsible for reviewing legislation before the bills proceed to the House floor for consideration by the entire chamber. This deliberative process involves discussing the potential impact of a proposal and hearing testimony from state agencies, outside groups and concerned citizens.During this session I serve as the Vice Chair of the Oversight Committee and as a member of the Judiciary, Law and Justice, and Tax Policy committees. I am pleased that my committee assignments will once again provide valuable opportunities to increase government transparency, reform Michigan’s criminal justice system, and improve our Tax Code.Committees began meeting in early February. Some of our initial meetings included presentations from relevant state agencies and subject matter experts to help enhance our knowledge on the topics that will be discussed by the committee. Many House committees are now deliberating legislative proposals to determine if they should proceed to the House floor.Did you know you can get involved in the committee process right from the comfort of your home? I encourage you to click here to visit the House Committee webpage where you can sign up for email alerts that will let you know which bills are being debated in the policy committees that interest you. In addition, you can also view a live web-stream of House Session and select committee meetings online by clicking here.Rep. Howrylak bill that reforms school discipline signed into lawOn February 15th I participated in Governor Rick Snyder’s ceremonial bill signing in recognition of Public Act 364 of 2016. For this special occasion, I was joined by Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Andy Schor, Rep. Adam Zemke, and Rep. David LaGrand.This legislation was part of a bill package that will provide schools with greater discretion regarding the decision to suspend or expel a student to ensure more children have the opportunity to remain in school and participate in restorative practices. As a result, schools will now consider a variety of factors before choosing to expel or suspend a student such as a student’s age, previous disciplinary history and seriousness of the offense.I was honored to sponsor House Bill 5693 in this bill package, which is now PA 364.Consumer Education EventOnce again I am partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host a Consumer Education (formerly Senior Brigade) event on Friday, March 3rd. This month’s presentation will cover investment fraud warning signs, how to recognize affinity fraud, Ponzi and pyramid schemes. A light lunch will be provided.The event will start at 11 a.m. at Clawson’s Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court. Individuals looking for more information may contact my office toll-free at (877) 248-0001 or by emailing martinhowrylak@house.mi.gov. Additionally, more information is available on my office website www.RepHowrylak.com.Rep. Howrylak introduces legislation in honor of Troy police officerOn February 10th, I introduced legislation in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas.If enacted, this legislation would name the portion of I-75, located at the Rochester Road exit, as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.” Our community is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family thanks to the hard-working men and women of the Troy Police Department. Officer Chivas gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community on April 22, 1974. If my bill is enacted, this portion of I-75 will serve as a solemn reminder of the unwavering commitment to public safety possessed by every member of the Troy Police Department.Officer Chivas was killed in the line of duty while investigating a burglary in progress at a service station on Rochester Road at I-75. During the incident, Officer Chivas was killed by the intruders. The individuals were two prison escapees who were later recaptured and are now serving life sentences. Officer Chivas was only 24 years old.HB 4191 was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.Troy Union Elementary Visits House FloorOn February 23rd, I had the pleasure of visiting with two groups of students and adults from Troy Union Elementary School. During their visit to the Capitol, I had the opportunity to take the students on the House floor for a closer look at the chamber and take a few questions from students. It is always exciting to see children taking an interest in our democratic process and the inner workings of state government.FY 2018 Budget Process BeginsOn February 8th, Governor Snyder released his FY 2018 budget proposal. The House and Senate have begun working on separate budget proposals that will be heavily debated in each chamber before an agreement on the FY 2018 budget is made. Over the last six years, the Legislature has passed a budget months ahead of schedule to allow ample time for state departments and local governments to plan accordingly. Therefore, you can plan for the budget to be finalized by May or June of this year.After reviewing the Governor’s proposed budget, I was pleased to see he seeks to invest an additional $128 million to provide schools with a per-pupil foundation allowance increase between $50 and $100. Similarly, I was encouraged to see transportation funding was also prioritized in the proposed budget. Under the Governor’s plan, the Michigan Transportation Fund would receive a $130 million increase to support local roads and $84.3 million in additional funding for state roads. Lastly, the proposal includes $48.8 million in additional funding for the City of Flint, which will be used for water filter and cartridge replacement, the lead poison prevention program, nutritional services, and early childhood and health services.As the legislature continues to debate the FY 2018 budget, I encourage you to contact me regarding the state budget priorities that are most important to you. Throughout the budget process, program and department funding can change. Although I am not a member of the Appropriations Committee, you can rest assured that I will be following the budget process closely and discussing any concerns I may have with my colleagues on the committee.District office hoursAs an elected representative, it is important for me to be accessible to the public and to be available to listen to the ideas, concerns and suggestions of our neighbors.  This is why I place such a large emphasis on office hours, community outreach and events.I believe talking to friends and neighbors face to face is the best way to gather ideas, answer questions and listen to suggestions.  I rely on the perspective of people like you to guide me as I work to make state government more responsive, responsible and effective. I encourage citizens of the 41st District to attend the events below.My upcoming office hours are as follows (No appointment necessary):Saturday, March 25th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084Monday, March 27th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Blair Memorial Library, 416 N Main St, Clawson, MI 48017Rep. Howrylak’s Lansing OfficeMailing Address:       N-890 House Office BuildingP.O. Box 30014Lansing, MI  48909Website:                      http://www.RepHowrylak.comPhone:                         (517) 373-1783Toll Free:                    (877) 248-0001Email:                        MartinHowrylak@house.mi.govAs always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. I will continue to work on removing barriers to job creation, retaining our valuable businesses, growing our economy, and getting Michigan back to work again. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions please let me know.Warm regards,center_img Categories: Howrylak Newslast_img read more

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first_imgMediaset has agreed to sell an 11.11% stake in its Italian pay TV unit to Telefónica as part of a wider agreement that will also see the Italian media giant sell its 22% in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+ to the Spanish telecom leader.Telefónica has agreed to invest €100 million in Mediaset Premium, which will be spun off by Mediaset. The deal gives the new Italian pay TV company that Mediaset intends to create a value of about €900 million, according to the Italian company.“This partnership marks an important alliance between Mediaset and Telefónica for future cooperation in their respective pay TV activities in terms of technology, know-how and content,” said Mediaset.The Italian media giant said it will open the new pay TV company to other investors. Mediaset is known to be in talks with Al Jazeera, with France’s Vivendi also believed to be interested in taking a stake.Mediaset agreed on Friday to sell its stake in Canal+ Spain holding company DTS for up to €365 million, comprising an initial purchase price of €295 million and a further €70 million that is, in part, dependent on the future performance of the operator.In an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Mediaset executive vice-president Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that his company would supply channels to Canal+ under the deal and handle advertising sales for them. Berlusconi also said that Mediaset was open to other international partners for Mediaset Premium in addition to Al Jazeera and Vivendi.The valuation placed on Mediaset Premium by the Telefónica deal is three times that estimated for the unit – including the 22% stake in Canal+ – by analysts at Italy’s Mediobanca back in April, when it still faced uncertainty about the future allocation of Serie A football rights.At the time, Mediaset criticised what it described as Mediobanca’s  speculative assessment of the unit’s losses. In the Corriere della Sera interview, Berlusconi said that the figure of €400 million in losses that has been speculated represented, in reality, an investment in the future of the company.last_img read more