Happy Halep feeling less pressure at French Open

first_imgParis: Reigning champion Simona Halep on Friday said that the pressure was off ahead of the start of her French Open title defence after ending her long wait for a Grand Slam trophy 12 months ago. The Romanian beat Sloane Stephens in Paris last year to clinch her maiden major crown in her fourth final, and is the third seed for the 2019 edition which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday. “(It’s) much better and much easier, because I have the title already,” said Halep, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to win a second straight title. “(It) doesn’t matter anymore what is going to happen. Everything (that) comes now comes as a bonus. So I will try just to give my best and to see if I’m able to do it again.” The 27-year-old had faced consistent questions heading into the 2018 French Open about her ability to win the biggest tournaments despite holding the world-number-one ranking for long spells, but finally put those doubts to bed. Now, she concedes that she is maybe “too happy” to have put herself in the position of defending champion, with a possible gruelling fortnight ahead. “I am too happy to be in this position, I have to admit this. But it’s nothing bad,” she said. “I will try to do the things (I did) as a kid, enjoying the time. I wanted this badly, and I wanted (it) so much that now having it, I just want to be happy and to smile.” Halep has been in typically consistent form this season, although is yet to win a tournament after final defeats in Doha and earlier this month on clay in Madrid, where she was beaten by in-form Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens. A shock loss in her first match last week in Rome to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova followed, but her confidence remains high of another run deep into the French Open draw. “Going to Madrid… maybe my favourite tournament, because I won two times there and I played two finals, even if I didn’t win the final, I felt that my level was very high. “I have confidence. I don’t count Rome this year. We leave it back. Coming here, practising, I felt really well.” Halep will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the opening round, with sixth seed Petra Kvitova also in her quarter of the draw. “It’s going to be a very tough match (against Tomljanovic),” added Halep, also a two-time French Open runner-up. “She’s powerful. She hits the ball strong. So I have to be ready. I have to focus on myself.” Tomljanovic reached the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2014.last_img read more

Jennifer Podemski honoured for years of giving a voice to Indigenous stories

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN NewsJennifer Podemski was given the Award of Excellence at the ACTRA awards in Toronto over the weekend for her work on and off the screen in Canadian film and television.During her speech she offered how Indigenous people can change the narrative set by colonialism.“If we’re not involved in film and television then we can’t change the narrative, we can’t, you know, tell our own stories and I think what’ s happening or what has happened over time,” she said. “You know the colonial experience has been celebrated and perpetuated sort of rendering the Indigenous voices almost silent.”It’s people like Podemski that has worked so hard to keep them from staying silent said Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto.“She has been so inspirational for so long, first of all as a fabulous actor, and then a writer and producer,” said Tova.Podemski began her career in 1988 as a background performer.As her career grew, she was aware there was a lack of Indigenous writers, producers and directors.So she started a company and became co-owner of Big Soul Productions, which produced the award-winning TV series Moccasin Flats in 2003.In 2005, she founded RedCloud Studios, dedicated to showcasing Indigenous narratives.“I always dreamed of becoming a performer just from when I was little,” she said. “If you know that’s what you want to do, you kinda just have to figure out a way to do it,” she said.bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

US official convinced Morocco has tools to become key player on

first_imgBordeaux – A cybersecurity expert visiting Rabat stated the Kingdom has all the attributes to play a leading role in the management and resolution of international affairs.Jane Holl Lute is the President and CEO of the Council on Cybersecurity and a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.Ms. Lute is currently in Rabat on the occasion of the third “Atlantic Dialogues” Forum which is held every year and brings together high-level policymakers, business leaders, media and opinion-shapers from around the Atlantic bassin. For this edition, more than 400 experts from 52 countries are meeting in Rabat, under the patronage of King Mohamed VI. The American expert has made it clear she sees great potential in Morocco.“I am very familiar with Morocco. This is a country that has a strong international profile and a rich cultural and historical heritage,” said the expert.She also noted and applauded the Kingdom’s recent efforts, stating “The country has undergone tremendous reforms that have had a positive impact on the daily lives of Moroccans.”last_img read more

Guatemala UN mission voices concern over increase in army budget

The assessment came in one of the thematic verification reports produced periodically by the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).MINUGUA was created in 1994 and its mandate expanded in 1997 in order to continue to verify compliance with the peace agreements signed between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG).

NFL Teams Are Analyzing Everything From The Salary Cap To Fan Loyalty

Carl Bialik: Did you know the history of analytics in the NFL before you joined the league?Paraag Marathe: I definitely did. When I came into the league in 2001, analytics was certainly more prevalent in baseball. It was just starting to become prevalent in basketball. The NFL was sort of the latest adopter. You see it a lot more now. Unlike baseball, where it’s all around player evaluation, the NFL is more complicated. It’s much more of a team sport, with much more covariance between positions. Is a running back’s success due to his ability to break away, or his line’s ability to run-block, or his quarterback’s ability to pass, which makes the run easier?But the NFL also has two other areas where analytics plays a big role. The first is game management: How you manage the clock, when to go on fourth down, the run/pass play selection, those sorts of things. The second is the salary cap. With the advent of the salary cap in 1994, and where I made my mark with the 49ers and the NFL, is managing the salary cap much more analytically, similar to how a portfolio manager would manage a stock portfolio, managing risk.CB: I’ve read that you’ve applied analytics to fans. How does that work and what have you learned about what they want?PM: Oh yeah, yeah, absolutely. And it’s not just what they want, as in, what are their desires when they come to stadium, in terms of what they want to consume — content, beverages, coming closer to the game — but also the lifetime value of a fan. When you capture a fan’s loyalty, someone who becomes a fan at an early age, they will stay there. There’s a lot of loyalty. For professional teams 20 years ago, maybe as recently as 15 years ago, the vice president of marketing was all around what’s the cheerleader uniform and what’s the rallying cry for team. Now it’s all around what’s the content for the website, what’s the lifetime value of a fan, and so on. It’s much, much more analytical.CB: How did you first connect with Bill Walsh?PM: I was working at a consulting company, Bain and Co., on a bunch of sports-related projects. Bill Walsh and Terry Donahue were looking at drafts — not the players themselves, but draft slots. Is there a better algorithm, a better way to do the draft chart? It was a three-month project. I was the junior guy on the team. We sort of hit it off, and they asked me to come on board full-time.CB: How often, while you’ve been on the job, have people asked you if you’ve played football? How did you answer?PM: They either asked me, or they just assumed I didn’t. If they did ask me, I didn’t play college football, and I barely played high school football. I played baseball growing up, mostly. If you’re asking, did I feel like an outsider from the beginning when I started, I certainly did, but times have changed, and you earn respect with the work you do.CB: What was the status of analytics at the 49ers when you arrived?PM: It was a one-man show. To be fair, I never really did that much. It wasn’t so much on evaluating player talent on the field. It was a lot on the salary cap and how to be more efficient on managing the cap.CB: How about now?PM: We’ve got four or five folks, whether helping scouts better evaluate players, helping coaches, as well as the salary cap.CB: Has the whole organization bought into analytics?PM: Yeah, I’d like to think so. It’s definitely more accepted around the league. The Ravens just hired a head of their analytics department in 2012. You see it all across the board now. Clubs are trying to look for any competitive advantage they can. It’s not just, spend $1 more than the next team, it’s, what’s every competitive advantage you can squeeze out of this product?CB: Is it tough to find good people, with so many teams hiring?PM: No, I wouldn’t say that. There are so many good analysts across traditional industries, and sports is still such a sexy field, that there is no shortage of good talent. There are a lot of people who want to work in sports. Just go to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference every year.CB: How important is it to be able to communicate the findings to people who aren’t technical?PM: At the end of the day, it boils down to this. The information is only as good as it is to the person receiving it. I’ll take a C+ piece of analysis communicated perfectly over an A+ piece of analysis that’s not communicated well. Only a small portion of the work is the analytics itself. The rest is putting it in a practical format so the salary-cap person and the coach can appreciate it and use it. Instead of trying to go overboard with analytics, focus on the practical: Focus on the things that have the highest impact on your organization.CB: Because of the importance of retaining a competitive advantage, do you generally not disclose specifically what you’re looking at, and what you’re finding?PM: Generally speaking, we don’t really talk about a lot of those things. But it’s not just analytics. In nutrition, sleep studies, and psychological aspects, people are looking for advantages every place they can.CB: Can you detect the spread of analytics in the league from how hard it is to get certain players in the draft, or from tactics of opponents?PM: It’s mostly through conversations. I’ve been in the league now 14 years, and just having conversations with people in every level, I’m starting to see changes. Not starting to see — there’s been a lot of changes.CB: Is analytics work being done within teams better than the work done outside it?PM: Yes and no. That’s a tough question to answer. There are only 32 teams and there are seven billion people. There’s a lot of stuff that’s not even published that’s probably really good. The difference between what’s happening with teams and what’s happening in the ether, is what’s out there is pretty theoretical, whereas what teams do has to be pretty actionable. The most actionable things are being done in clubs, but I’m sure there are some excellent things being done out there.CB: Which analytics publications do you read?PM: Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus, different blogs, even you guys do some awesome stuff. All the stuff that’s done is really good.CB: You said in 2005 that even at 45 or 50, you’ll never be a football guy. Do you still feel that way?PM: That was almost 10 years ago. What I meant is, not having played or coached the game, it’s just different. I don’t understand the nuances of the Xs and Os, nor do I try to, in terms of schemes and things like that. There’s no point in me trying really hard to be average at something. It’s important to focus on the things I know I can do well, like manage the salary cap. I won’t be a coach or GM, nor do I aspire to be.CB: Does the NFL support analytics sufficiently? For instance, you’ve criticized the rule barring computers from the coaches’ booth.PM: They’re still getting better. There’s the rule against laptops, even calculators. It’s difficult for an offensive coordinator to even capture simple things like average yards per play on a drive, or how successful a certain play has been, in terms of even crunching it in Excel. They have to do it on a notepad. Things like that are frustrating. I wish they would react a little faster to technology changes. They’re getting there. Now they’re allowing tablets on the sidelines, so you don’t have to have the binder full of photos of plays. The FiveThirtyEight film “The Cowboys and the Indian,” which debuted last week, tells the story of A. Salam Qureishi, who brought computerized player analytics to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s. At the time, few other pro sports front offices used advanced statistics to make decisions about player acquisition and game management.By 2001, that wasn’t the case in baseball, but the NFL hadn’t progressed much since Qureishi’s days. That year, Paraag Marathe joined the San Francisco 49ers as a one-man team with goals similar to Qureishi’s: improve player acquisition.Marathe, like Qureishi, is of Indian descent. Unlike Qureishi, he knew a lot about football before working in the NFL. Marathe grew up in the Bay Area town of Saratoga, California, as a big fan of the 49ers and other Bay Area teams. He worked for the 49ers first as a consultant, on a three-month stint from the consulting firm Bain and Co. Then San Francisco executive Bill Walsh offered him a full-time job. “It was a no-brainer for me,” Marathe said in a telephone interview last week.Today, Marathe, 37, is one of the elder statesmen of NFL analytics. He oversees it for the 49ers as team president. He sees more of his competitors using similar tools, looking for every competitive advantage they can find. (We spoke last week amid a late-season slump that has eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs after three straight conference-championship-game appearances.) In the following transcript of our interview — lightly edited for brevity and clarity — Marathe explains why it remains easy to hire talented analysts, why communication is more important than statistical rigor and why plenty of good work is still being done outside the league. San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe speaks at the annual Bay Area college football media day at Levi’s Stadium on July 30 in Santa Clara, Calif. Alex Washburn / AP read more

Kings Troop soldier broke her neck stopping runaway gun carriage and horses

A talented horsewoman who is a qualified riding instructor, L/Bdr Gostelow has big plans for the future.“My ambition this year is to renew my licence and I really want to compete in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup and grand military races at Sandown next year.”L/Bdr Gostelow has since returned to some of her regular duties but not as a part of the gun team. She has a medical on May 9 to examine whether or not she is fit to rejoin.  The King’s Troop Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She was taken to hospital by the emergency services, but was more anxious to reunite with her gun team than about her injuries.The soldier was sent to Headley Court in Epsom,Surrey for rehabilitation treatment at the end of April 2017.She added:  “The biggest thing that got me through and made me recover was being with the other patients, some had catastrophic injuries from being in Afghanistan which makes you appreciate what you do have.”Accidents are rare among the soldiers in the King’s Troop Royal Artillery, who are required to partake in four to five years of training before being allowed to ride in the gun team.  “If you had six horses completely out of control they could have run into the public or crashed into the rest of the gun team, it could have been carnage.”L/Bdr Gostelow broke her neck and has had to go through extensive recovery as a result of the freak accident, while the horses remained relatively unscathed. The King’s TroopCredit:Paul Marriott  A soldier from the King’s Troop who risked her life to stop a gun carriage and a unit of runaway horses has been rewarded with a commendation for bravery.Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow was praised for taking the initiative “in a series of unfortunate events” which could have ended fatally for her and her team last February in Charlton Park, London.During a routine practice for the musical drive with two other soldiers, each controlling  a pair of horses, the 30-year-old found herself in charge of a runaway carriage after one of the horses bucked and unseated her fellow troops.Instead of jumping clear of the upcoming tonne-and-a-half 1903 gun, the mounted gunner managed to regain control and steer the team to safety onto the edge of the training ground.L/Bdr Gostelow told The Telegraph: “It would have been more dangerous for me to fall off and if I fell off there would have been a runaway horse carriage with no one controlling it. Lance Bombardier Grace Gostelow read more

WWCH 2013 DAY 2 Norway and Montenegro win derby matches

← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Germany and Romania win in Novi Sad Next Story → “LIONS” TO CHANGE FOR SKOPJE: Sergei Horbok to RK Vardar! In the Round 1 at the Women’s World Championship 2013, European teams showed more quality than the rest of the world…Group A:Montenegro – Korea 24:22France – Congo 31:13Netherlands – The Dominican Republic 44:21Group B:Brazil – Algeria 36:20Denmark – China 44:21Serbia – Japan 28:26Group CAngola – Argentina 33:23Poland – Paraguay 40:6Norway – Spain 22:20Group DHungary – Czech Republic 35:27Germany – Australia 36:15 Romania – Tunisia 27:17

Danijel Andjelkovic stays in Fenix Toulouse

← Previous Story ENJOY THE SILENCE IN BUDAPEST: Headbutt handball – Who is next? Next Story → LNH (Round 18): PSG, Dunkerque and Montpellier win Ex-Serbian NT playmaker Danijel Andjelkovic (35) will stay in French team FENIX Toulouse for one more season – until 2015. Regular member of Serbian NT in period 2004-2010, had a lot of problems with injuries in the last few season which cased performance under his level. He left PICK Szeged in 2010 and joined Toulouse. He also played in Swedish Savehof, but also domestic teams RK Kolubara, RK Crvena zvezda and RK Sintelon. DAnijel AndjelkovicFenix Toulouse

RewardVille rewards program launching for all Zynga games

first_imgZynga is set to introduce a new feature for everyone that plays its games on Facebook. It’s a rewards program going by the name of RewardVille.So far only a preview website has appeared for the new program, but it’s clear what this is all about from the 3-step description Zynga gives in this image:Rewardville is clearly an attempt to get people playing Zynga games more than they currently are with the promise of prizes in return. By playing more you will earn more rewards, which means more zCoins, so you can spend more of them while playing the games. It’s a perfect feedback loop for Zynga who never want you to leave the comfort of the Ville game you play.A FAQ was active on the RewardVille.com website, but it has been taken down. Fortunately screenshots were captured by blogger MW Loot Lady allowing us a bit more insight into how this rewards system will work.First you need to register a RewardVille account which can be done through Facebook Connect or a Zynga account. Once setup you just play FarmVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Treasure Isle, or Zynga Poker in order to earn zPoints. These zPoints seem to be linked to the XP you earn in game, but zPoint allocation will vary on a per game basis. Earning zPoints also increases your zLevel and every time your zLevel goes up you get zCoins.The zCoins are exclusively for use on RewardVille. Items will be available for you to buy using them that can then be used in any of the Zynga games you frequent. They will be exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else so the Zynga game addicts out there will be all over this rewards program.RewardVille is set to launch within a few weeks, but we don’t know specifically when. At first it will be in beta so Zynga account holders will most likely be invited in groups and the system slowly rolled out to the millions of players Zynga has on its books.Read more at TechCrunch and MW Loot Lady’s bloglast_img read more

Eurozone exit could send Greece back to 1950s

first_imgHellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) president Dimitris Daskalopoulos warned this week that if Greece proves to be “unable, or too weak to keep up with the hard European core, they eventually will be forced to leave the Eurozone”. Speaking at an event entitled Greece Ten Years Ahead hosted by management consulting firm McKinsley and Co, Daskalopoulos added that if this happens, “the country will return to the 50s, poverty will be the rule and the people will be condemned to live in one of the poorest countries. All acquisitions won over the past decades and future prospects for the new generations will be lost. This is a nightmare scenario that will have to be prevented.” He said that it is not a coincidence that our partners, international organisations and global markets foresee a decade of low growth, high unemployment and social distress for Greece, adding that “by forecasting annual growth rate under 1.5 per cent they condemn us to the economic fringes of Europe, if not forcing us to exit the Eurozone”. Daskalopoulos stressed that the only way to salvage the country is to implement strict fiscal discipline; curb consumer extravagance; focus on production oriented economy, extroversion and investments and ensure survival through a long phase of intensive economic growth. Source Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Build Your Own Website for Just 39 No Coding Skills Necessary

first_imgPage Builder Pro: Lifetime Subscription – $39See Deal The best way to get your story out to the world is with a website. But do you have the necessary coding skills to develop one yourself? If not, that’s okay. That’s because anyone can create a professional looking website with a lifetime subscription to Page Builder Pro, offered to readers of Geek for only $39.Most websites are made using a combination HTML, CSS, Java, and JavaScript. If you don’t know these, then you’re forced to hire an expensive professional developer to get your website made — which also is not realistic. And that’s precisely what makes Page Builder Pro such a great option. It can turn anyone into a pro developer with absolutely no coding experience required.Page Builder Pro offers a range of professional looking, responsive, and SEO-friendly website templates. You simply choose the one that’s right for your application and change it to suit your needs. You can add text, photos, and videos, plus they offer thousands of pre-made elements so your website will be truly unique. And they’ll even host your website so you won’t incur any extra expenses.A lifetime subscription to Page Builder Pro normally costs $745. Geek readers, however, will pay only $39 — a savings of 94 percent — when they take advantage of this limited time offer. Want your products featured in the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Stay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today last_img read more

McLeish overcome difficulties as Scotland record easy win

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed his team overcame their problems to defeat Albania.The former Aston Villa manager was under enormous pressure heading into the game against Albania following consecutive losses to Israel and Portugal.However, despite having an injury-depleted squad with nine withdrawals, Scotland defeated 10-man Albania 4-0 at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder to take them within a game of a play-off spot.McLeish now turns his attention to their final UEFA Nations League game against Israel and he insists he has a positive feeling heading into the game.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Obviously you don’t know the outcome before the games starts but I had a feeling about it,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“I felt that if the players brought their performance level to the game then the outcome would be positive and that’s the way it turned out.”“It was an exceptionally professional performance from our lads. There was a look of familiarity about them and there were great performances. It’s hard to single one out.”last_img read more

Local leaders join Nicaraguan community at Sweetwater rally

first_imgSWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – A concerned South Florida community came together to rally for the well-being of the people of Nicaragua.Local leaders joined forces with U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. and members of South Florida’s Nicaraguan community in Sweetwater on Sunday to call for change in the Central American country, which has been gripped by violence.“We’re very grateful to the [Trump] administration for the sanctions that have been applied, but we think that more can be done and must be done,” said Diaz-Balart.According to international human rights groups, more than 300 people in Nicaragua have died in clashes with government forces. The demonstrations and military crackdowns began several months ago, following the government’s decision to cut back on public assistance programs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BTS To Release New Album Love Yourself Answer With Upcoming Tour

first_img Twitter BTS To Release New Album ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ With Upcoming Tour BTS’ New Album Arriving By Tour-Time bts-release-new-album-love-yourself-answer-upcoming-tour News Follow up to ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ expected to arrive Aug. 24, just in time for the crew’s world tourPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 16, 2018 – 12:30 pm On July 16, BigHit entertainment let out the big news that bestselling K-pop group BTS will release their new album Love Yourself: Answer on Aug. 24, the day before they begin the Love Yourself World Tour on Aug. 25 in Seoul. Love Yourself: Tear reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated June 2, the first time ever a Korean band has claimed the top spot. Although the hints are more tantalizing so far than revealing, it looks like they are aiming for a repeat.On that same June 2 chart, the BTS single “Fake Love” reached No. 10 on the Hot 100, their first Top 10 hit. On Oct. 17, 2017, the band’s “DNA” from their album Love Yourself: Her reached No. 67, kicking off the latest period in which public awareness of the seven more-than-idols exploded. Although the band’s music quality has always been high, Love Yourself: Tear reached an unexpected level of growth, both critically and in sales.center_img BTS will arrive in Los Angeles on the U.S. leg of their sold-out tour on Sept. 5, just after Labor Day. That will be one week after they are expected to begin performing their highly anticipated new material. Whatever the details prove to be, this is going to get a lot of attention from the group’s passionate fanbase. Fans went wild as news of the announcement spread, and BTS Army are bound to do their best to spur sales.BTS offers their fans a lot: targeted content, the rich backstory of alternative BTS universes and symbolism, even a philanthropic context connecting fanhood to global citizenship. Three percent of all Love Yourself album proceeds have been pledged to the group’s UNICEF Love Myself international campaign. Simply put, these young men have taken K-pop to unprecedented heights.Moreover, it takes more than nerve for first-ever pop stars to drop a new album only two months after having an album at No. 1. That’s artistic confidence, and the fan army are not the only ones wondering what behind-the-scenes songs BTS will unleash, challenging themselves like this. We know the answer is in an album called “Answer” and besides that, the world will have to wait.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Facebook last_img read more

OBITUARY Thomas H Deechan Jr 71

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. Tom was the beloved husband of Ann (Morgan) Deechan, devoted father of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brooke Gill, cherished son of Marie (Blair) Deechan and the late Thomas Deechan of Falmouth, dear brother of Ann Reinhagen of California, Bill Deechan & his wife Deb of West Yarmouth, Kathy Roberts & her husband Glenn of Florida and the late Debbie Deechan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 214, Mission, KS 66202.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Minor girl gangraped beheaded by brothers uncle in Madhya Pradesh

first_img Close 6-year-old girl raped by servant in Amroha IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:09Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:01?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The victim’s body was found the next day in an agricultural field outside the village.[Representational image] Creative CommonsA 12-year-old Dalit girl was kidnapped, gang-raped and beheaded allegedly by her brothers and uncle in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district on Thursday, March 14. According to police, four of the accused have been arrested and one is absconding. The police have charged three of her brothers, her uncle and aunt for the heinous crime. One of the accused arrested is a minor.The girl, a class 6 student, did not return from school the previous day i.e. Wednesday. Her family started looking for her but failing to locate her the girl’s father filed a “missing” complaint with the police in the district.Her body was found the next day in an agricultural field outside Berkhedi village. Initially, the police declared a reward of Rs 10,000, which was increased to Rs 25,000 for information regarding the accused.”On March 14 at around 7 pm the headless body of the girl was found lying close to her village and her severed head was found around 50-100 meters away,” the ASP of Sagar district said. According to reports, when the girl threatened to inform the police, the accused raped her, strangled her to death, chopped off her head and dumped the body.The police doubted after the girl’s uncle alleged that one Chote Patel, who lives in the same village, had killed her. Patel and the family were locked in a land dispute, he informed the police. The body was sent for post mortem examination to the hospital in Banda town. The report revealed that the girl was raped.The girl’s uncle tried to mislead investigators but more questioning disclosed the involvement of the girl’s relatives in the horrific crime.WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?The victim was allegedly taken by one of her brothers to their uncle’s place when she was returning home from school. The uncle, accompanied by his two sons, allegedly gang-raped her and when she threatened to go to the police, her aunt allegedly strangled her. She was then beheaded and dumped in the fields.The blood-stained clothes of the girl and the weapon used to murder her was also recovered. Further investigation is underway and the police are trying to locate the girl’s another brother.last_img read more

Abhinandan could start flying fighter jets soon Bengalurubased group to take final

first_imgIAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will return to the cockpit and resume flying soon.Indian Air Force braveheart Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan last month and returned to India two days later, could once again fly fighter jets after he is given final clearance by the Bengaluru-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM). As per reports, there’s a fine chance that the 35-year-old IAF hero will return to the cockpit and resume flying soon.As per laws governing the Indian troopers, any serving officer who has recently returned from enemy captivity has to undergo a series of tests. It is believed that Abhinandan, too, will have to undergo all kinds of training all over again before he can take to the skies again.Abhinandan joins his squadronIAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has gone back to his squadron in Srinagar though he is on sick leave for four weeks. The IAF pilot preferred to stay with his squadron in Srinagar than spending time with his family in Chennai while on leave. Varthaman was on leave for few days after the security agencies completed a nearly two-week debriefing after his return from the nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.The IAF Wing Commander returned home on March 1 after his MiG 21 Bison crashed during a dogfight with Pakistan. Upon ejecting out of his crashed aircraft, Abhinandan landed at Horan village in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Over 50 hours later, the IAF pilot finally returned to the Indian soil.After Abhinandan was released by Pakistan, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met him at a military hospital in New Delhi.In a nutshellTensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot sector, deep inside the Pakistani soil on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target the Indian personnel the very next day. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.The Indian strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp came two weeks after the terror group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 troopers. Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman held his head high and crossed over to the Indian side Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:55Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:52?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

After Air Pegasus Air Costa halts operations over payment issues

first_imgFinancial crunch is making it tough for regional airlines providing connectivity to smaller towns to conduct their operations. On Thursday, Air Costa became the second regional airline to halt its operations.The Vijayawada-based carrier had received a licence to operate flights across the country last year. However, owing to non-payment of dues, its flights were cancelled for a day. “There are some payment issues with our lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), which are being sorted out. Tomorrow i.e. on August 5, we will start our operations as scheduled,” an Air Costa spokesperson said on Thursday.The airline covers six Indian states — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It flies 24 flights daily to nine destinations and is reportedly planning to start operations from Varanasi and Delhi in the near future.Air Costa is the second regional airline to cancel its operations after Bangalore-based Air Pegasus, which had cancelled its flights last month. Air Pegasus, which has a fleet of three aircraft, had suspended its operations for an indefinite period after its lessor took back the aircraft due to financial reasons.The civil aviation ministry said on Thursday that it would examine the feasibility of any assistance if there is a request from the regional airlines.”If they (Air Costa and Air Pegasus) approach us, we will examine…what is feasible and what is not. But as of now they have not approached us,” RN Choubey, the Civil Aviation Secretary, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India. The government’s initiative to provide regional connectivity to every Indian was unveiled in the new civil aviation policy, which was released on June 15. Under the new guidelines, regional airfares will now be capped at Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 1,200 for one-hour and a 30-minute flights, respectively.last_img read more

The New Mutants Trailer Brings Horror to the XMen Universe

first_imgStay on target Over the last couple of years, the X-Men movies have been experimenting with what they can bring to the superhero genre. Since Disney is doing the whole comics-style connected story thing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox is using their X-Men franchise to expand the definition of what a superhero movie can be. First, Deadpool turned it into a raunchy, meta-textual comedy. Logan took it into near-future dystopian sci-fi. Now, New Mutants is making a horror movie out of the genre.Even knowing ahead of time that they were trying to make this one a horror movie, I’m still surprised by how legitimately scary this looks. If most horror movies can’t manage a scare without somehow taking away everyone’s cell phone, how is one going to manage it when the characters have actual superpowers?That’s always been the beauty of X-Men, though. Even with their extraordinary abilities, they’re still human. When they’re as young as the characters in this movie, they typically don’t even understand their abilities yet, nor can they control them. If handled right, it could be a great recipe for horror. Not only is something unexplainable after you, but you can’t even trust your own body.The movie stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt. It will center on a group of young mutants who are being held in a secret government facility. From the looks of the trailer, the government researchers are doing all kinds of messed up things to these kids. The only question is, how much of what we see is the facility’s doing, and how much is being caused by the kids’ own mutant abilities?New Mutants (via Marvel)The plot and style of this movie looks like a departure from the comics series it’s based on, which was much more in line with a traditional X-Men comic. The original series launched in the 1980s was a superhero action series starring teenage mutants. At the time, they were filling the space left by the original X-Men who had since aged into adulthood. Being a series about teenagers, inter-personal conflict was as much a part of the story as whatever villain they were fighting. As they aged and were recruited by Cable, that New Mutants series eventually turned into X-Force. Say… There is an X-Force movie in development. Could that be what this is leading up to?Despite the drastically different plot, the movie will reportedly be faithful to the comics in some way. During an interview with HeyUGuys, star Anya Taylor Joy mentioned that director Josh Boone is a big fan of the original comics.“He’s just such a fan of the comics, and he really loves them so much that he’s really interested in just making sure that we do the comics justice for the people that love the characters. You know, we all feel so lucky to be such incredibly loved characters.” She said. “So, while it’s definitely a departure from the X-Men movies, the fans won’t be disappointed. We definitely kept all the important bits in there.”The New Mutants is due out in theaters on April 13, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Mutants We Want to See on The GiftedComics We’re Excited For In 2018 last_img read more

4 Choices Youll Make Running Your Startup in the Age of Robots

first_img There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the threat to our way of economic life from robots and artificial intelligence. Many see major problems, and the fears they express tend to draw attention.Related: Robotics Is Here and Already It’s Changing EverythingTesla founder Elon Musk, for instance, made headlines predicting the end of the world in what resembled — more than a little — the story line from the Terminator franchise. Others have described robots replacing workers in businesses and prompting unemployment rates of 50 percent or more. And still other naysayers have said they suspect robots will take over production, thereby forcing all humans to become marketers.But there also have been those who argue that the threat is exaggerated and robots and AI could be a real benefit, as they could free us from hard and dangerous work. These forecasters have said this will be a win primarily for low-skilled workers, an advantage good for business.Regardless of the eventual outcome, the  advances in technology and software will almost certainly change the economy in both the short- and long term. Regulators will respond to the challenges, raising still more dire predictions — this time from within the tech industry — where observers say they fear government will soon have to pay our salaries and therefore should foot the bill by taxing robots as “employeees.”Whatever the technology revolution eventually looks like, it will change the nature of business and the nature of how startups are managed and decisions made. In short, the robot revolution will affect how we hire and fire, and how human resources operates, in general. In that context, here are four potentail trade-offs every startup will need to make:1. Flexibility vs. productivityThe robots that are already out there can be enormously productive, working with unbeatable precision and stamina, and never needing a cigarette break. They don’t gossip or bully. They aren’t jealous of the next guy getting a raise. But their down side is that they can perform only one or a few very specific or standardized tasks, whereas an employee can chip in wherever needed.The truth is, nothing beats a real human being in terms of the scope of things we can do — and do well. That’s why 20th century economist Ludwig von Mises made a point of stating that human labor is unspecific but that other factors of production are not. “More specific” means more productive but less flexible.In startups, this flexibility is an enormously important quality that beats the productivity of machines any day. Robots and software can carry out specific tasks with superb productivity, but they cannot switch to sweet-talking a neglected customer when that’s what needs to be done.2. Problem-solving vs. productionRobots can’t solve problems that have not first been clearly defined. And even then, they can be used effectively only if a solution is available and engineered.This applies to machine learning and AI too, even though those technologies are super-powerful at finding proverbial needles in data haystacks. They can find patterns that are hidden to the naked (human) eye. But — again, the down side: Where patterns don’t persist and things change over time, these technologies simply don’t work well.Related: Robots Aren’t Taking Over The Job Market Just YetThe typical startup is also far from the structured environment that these technologies require. This is not a question of data availability, but of soft skills and innovative problem-solving.Most startups struggle with tweaking the business model, improving consumer relations and putting out (plenty of) fires. Those changes require advance interpretation and understanding; they need the ability to change quickly and go in a new and not necessarily well-defined direction.And these are qualities that people have but machines do not.Simply put, if the problems in your startup are straightforward or at least can be solved using codified information, then choose technology over people. Otherwise do not.3. The creation of value vs. structure It bears repeating that startups are not smaller versions of the larger company. They’re separate and unique; they do different things and do them differently.Startups also attempt to find and refine their market niche and value proposition, and they struggle to make ends meet, whereas established firms focus on structuring their organization and standardizing production processes.In other words, startups are in pursuit of creating new value and trying to discover the extent of their perceived entrepreneurial opportunity.Large companies, in contrast, are exploiting their opportunity. Their main focus is on profit maximization through cost-cutting, standardizing and streamlining production.So, large companies are solving an entirely different problem, approaching that solution through structure, control and management — which is  fundamentally conducive to automation and, therefore, to machines instead of people.4. Outsourcing vs. in-house productionWhile production in mature businesses is more streamlined and structured, these businesses have often established a cost advantage for what they do in-house.Startups are different and generally cannot afford to think in terms of optimized production volumes or cost minimization. Indeed, cash-flow problems kill 25 percent of startups.It’s more important for startups to avoid large up-front investments than to find the cheapest way to produce. Purchasing the machines necessary for in-house production makes little sense when the firm’s survival depends on cash flow.It could be a recipe for success to not produce in-house, to avoid huge outlays — even if that means higher COGS. If a company is in that positon, it should take advantage of other businesses’ cost minimization efforts by outsourcing.Undoubtedly, machines undoubtedly have a place in business, but humans do, too. The advances in robotics and AI shift the boundaries for what machines can do, but machines alone cannot replace humans in everything. We are unbeatable in dynamic milieus and open-ended tasks due to our “soft” skills: creativity, imagination and problem-solving.Related: Robotics: A Threat to Manpower?And these skills are core to entrepreneurship. So, perhaps there’s no reason to fear technology for the immediate future, if ever. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read February 1, 2019 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more