The stars were out on Tuesday for Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, to celebrate the executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the numerous cable networks who donate the airtime for Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) roadblock fundraisers.Christina Aguilera attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationEmcee for the night was Conan O’Brien, and guests included Sasha Alexander, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, Justin Bartha, Lily Collins, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Evans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, Ken Jeong, Anna Kendrick, Heidi Klum, Maria Menounos, Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Katy Perry, Alan Ritchson, Emma Roberts, along with MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig and his wife, Sue Selig, the co-founders of Stand Up To Cancer.Reese Witherspoon attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationSpecial musical performances included Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx and John Mayer.Heidi Klum attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationAt the event, Stand Up To Cancer announced The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award in honor of Toth’s father who passed away from lung cancer. A major new collaboration between SU2C and The American Cancer Society (ACS) was announced, with the first significant research project focusing on lung cancer. Bristol-Myers Squibb is also becoming an SU2C donor, and will support that “Dream Team.” The event also saluted the scientists and doctors conducting SU2C-funded research; SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); along with SU2C founding donor Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig & Sue Selig.Selena Gomez attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer EventCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry FoundationThe event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Musical director for the evening was Rickey Minor.
Amber BernardAPTN NewsIt was another big day in Ottawa Wednesday as Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest friend and former advisor, testified before the justice committee looking into the SNC-Lavalin affair.Along with Butts, Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council Office made his second appearance.All of this follows last week’s testimony of former Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Five things Canada learned at the justice committee from Butts, Drouin (Gerald Butts at the Justice Committee on Wednesday)Five things we heard Wednesday as the House of Commons justice committee heard from Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick and deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin.The committee is trying to determine whether the Prime Minister’s Office improperly pushed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to head off a trial of SNC-Lavalin for fraud and bribery by ordering prosecutors to negotiate a remediation agreement with the company.The cabinet shuffleButts said the only reason Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in January was that Scott Brison quit politics. Trudeau didn’t want another shuffle and wanted to keep it as small as possible. Butts said Trudeau needed an experienced minister replacing Brison as president of the Treasury Board and was concerned about choosing a new Nova Scotia minister without alienating other Nova Scotia MPs. SNC-Lavalin was not a consideration, he said.“If Minister Brison had not resigned, Minister Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice today,” said Butts. “That is a fact. And facts are stubborn things.”In his account, Trudeau and his aides chose Jane Philpott for Treasury Board because she was already the vice-chair of the Treasury Board and capable. Her move left an opening at Indigenous Services.Butts said Trudeau decided to offer Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould because he wanted to signal to Indigenous communities that the file was still of incredible importance to him. Trudeau also felt there were many lawyers in caucus who could be justice minister.Wilson-Raybould said no because she had spent her entire life opposing the Indian Act and she would not become the minister applying it.Butts acknowledged that had he had more time to think about the shuffle, he would have realized that would be her response. But he advised Trudeau that he couldn’t set a precedent for a minister to refuse to be shuffled, and therefore they moved Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs.Decision-making timelineDeputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin said her department was made aware on Sept. 4 that the director of public prosecutions had decided SNC-Lavalin was not eligible for a remediation agreement. Her office immediately began preparing a document to advise Wilson-Raybould _ who was in Fiji until Sept. 12 _ of her options and obligations.She could ask the director of public prosecutions for more information about the decision to proceed with a criminal trial rather than a remediation agreement, appoint another prosecutor to reassess the matter, or take over the prosecution personally. If she deemed an agreement appropriate, the attorney general would then appoint another agent to negotiate it.Drouin said on Sept. 6 or 7 she was told by Wilson-Raybould’s policy adviser, Emma Carver, that Wilson-Raybould was “not keen” on any of those possibilities.On Sept. 11, Drouin was informed in an email that Wilson-Raybould would not intervene. Drouin also said a day later, on Sept. 12, she was informed the director of public prosecutions was still talking to SNC-Lavalin, which indicated to Drouin that the decision not to proceed to a remediation agreement was not final.Liberal MPs on the committee appeared intent on suggesting that Wilson-Raybould made her decision too quickly and then refused any further advice or information.First signs of concernDrouin said Wilson-Raybould told her on Sept. 18 that she had been uncomfortable with a conversation she had with Trudeau and Privy Council clerk Wernick the day before.Wilson-Raybould testified last week that Trudeau mentioned that he was a Quebec MP and that concerns about the Quebec election were also raised, which she felt were political interference in the case of an important Montreal-based company.Drouin told the committee that at the end of October, the Privy Council Office asked her department for an opinion on the potential impacts for SNC-Lavalin if the prosecution resulted in a criminal conviction.Her department prepared the report, which she said constituted legal advice, but before sending the report to the Privy Council Office, Drouin consulted Wilson-Raybould.“I was instructed not to send it,” said Drouin.Briefing up the new justice ministerLast week Wilson-Raybould told the committee her former chief of staff, Jessica Prince, was told before the cabinet shuffle that Drouin had been asked by the Privy Council Office to prepare to brief a new minister of justice on the SNC-Lavalin file. The implication was that the SNC-Lavalin file was top of mind for Trudeau in his selection of and orders to the new minister.Drouin indicated that SNC-Lavalin was just one of a host of issues she was asked to include in briefing notes. She said Wernick indicated the primary need was to cover the roles and responsibilities of the minister of justice and attorney general. He also said Indigenous files were critical because Trudeau might invite the new minister to attend meetings with Indigenous leaders the following week. The SNC-Lavalin situation was one of another list of issues, which Drouin said was proper.He said/she saidWilson-Raybould said last week she told Butts on Dec. 5 that the “barrage of people hounding me and my staff” was inappropriate. She said Butts told her she “needed to find a solution on the SNC stuff.” She also said her chief of staff, Prince, was “urgently summoned” to a meeting with Butts and Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, on Dec. 18, where Prince was told by Butts that there was no solution on SNC-Lavalin “that does not involve some interference.”In Butts’s version of the Dec. 5 dinner, Wilson-Raybould asked if he had a view on the file and they talked briefly of asking a retired Supreme Court justice for advice. He has “no memory” of her asking him to reprimand staff and says at no point did she suggest anyone had done anything wrong.Butts also said the Dec. 18 meeting was not urgent and that all Prince was told was that he couldn’t see how seeking advice from someone like former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin constituted political email@example.com files from the Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Spark Women’s Leadership Conference.This program is designed for the professional development needs of the women in the Peace Country.According to event organizers, this year’s theme is ‘Shift Up and Fuel’ and is to reflect the shifting energy that all women seek at some point in their lives. This conference will provide quality education and take away tools that will assist in communication, business development, personal branding, and leadership.Some of the program sessions will include topics such as silencing your self-doubt and building connection over complacency.Registration per woman is $375.00 before March 31 and $425.00 after March 31.Group pricing is also available.The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference is taking place on May 15 and 16, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.For more information and to register, you can visit sharingthespark.com.
OTTAWA — Federal parties have spent weeks laying the foundations for their campaign and the promises they intend to make to address a suite of issues they believe are at the tops of voters’ minds.You’ve likely already heard references to what is to come: The cost of living is too high, so we’ll make it easier for you to manage your household budget; climate change needs to be addressed, and we’ll make sure that happens.You may have heard some specifics, particularly when it comes to balancing the federal budget — and how it won’t be possible in the life of one government. The Canadian Press But with polls suggesting the New Democrats are running well behind the Liberals and Tories, the platform may simply be full of promises the party won’t be in a position to keep.The Liberals have avoided pre-election public promises, instead providing hints of what will come in their platform — including funding to create a national pharmacare program. The Liberals are also reportedly going to pledge action on mobile and internet bills, trying to sideswipe the New Democrats.The Canadian Press will keep track of promises made by the federal political during the official campaign ahead of the Oct. 21 election. With the official start of the campaign, parties will lay out their platforms and spending promises, with the parliamentary budget office on deck to check their estimates of costs and revenues. The PBO has already started, with a look at an NDP promise to tax the very rich to fund broader public health-care coverage.The Conservatives have laid out some of their environmental promises, including scrapping the Liberal government’s carbon tax and making big industrial emitters invest in green technology or face monetary consequences.The party has also vowed to scrap new standards requiring the use of cleaner-burning fuels, and to create a $2,850 homeowner credit for making energy-efficiency upgrades.The New Democrats were even more ambitious in their pre-election promise-making, dropping their full platform well in advance of the campaign period.Some of it had already been public even before that, including promises to build hundreds of thousands of new affordable housing units and to cut the cost of internet and cellphone bills.Leader Jagmeet Singh has promised to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, build a train line between Montreal and Sherbrooke, and create a national cycling strategy.
Madrid-based fan groups of Boca Juniors and River Plate are preparing for the Copa Libertadores final in the city that is home to one of the largest Argentine populations outside of Argentina.Meetings are underway to mobilize Argentines from across Spain and other European countries for the second leg of the twice-postponed final on Dec. 9 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid was given the second leg between the Argentine archrivals on Thursday after fan violence caused the match scheduled for last weekend to be put off twice.River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus with rocks, bottles, and wood en route to River’s stadium in Buenos Aires on Saturday and injured several Boca players.River Plate was still trying to appeal against CONMEBOL’s decision to move the match to Spain for security reasons, but it was unlikely to succeed.Having the final in Madrid has prompted mixed feelings for some local fans of Boca and River.“We all wanted this match to be played back in our stadium in Buenos Aires,” said Fabio Vides, a member of a River Plate fan group in Madrid. “It’s not going to be the same here. It’s like playing a Champions League final in a Latin American country.”Added River fan Circe Sanabria: “Think about the 70,000 fans who waited for hours inside the stadium in Buenos Aires and couldn’t watch the match. The trophy of the Copa Libertadores shouldn’t be handed to a champion in Europe.”Many in Argentina and other South America countries said it didn’t make sense to transfer to Spain the final of a tournament named after the men who helped free the American continent from European colonizers.The Spanish government was already making security plans to guarantee spectators’ safety in Madrid. Argentine laws to curb violence meant no opposing fans are allowed in football stadiums, but CONMEBOL said Boca Juniors fans would be allowed at the Bernabeu, where River Plate was the host team.It remained unclear, though, when tickets would be put on sale and who would have access to them.“That’s the main question right now,” River Plate fan Gustavo Garcia-Mansilla said. “We are just nine days away from this match. It’s not going to be easy to get a hold of one of these tickets.”The Bernabeu holds 10,000 more people than River’s stadium.More than 250,000 Argentines are believed to live in Spain, with nearly 20,000 in Madrid alone, according to the Spanish government.During the first leg of the final on Nov. 11, which ended 2-2, nearly 1,000 supporters from both teams gathered across Madrid to watch Argentina’s biggest home match since the 1978 World Cup final. Some River Plate fans marched through some of Madrid’s iconic sites, carrying flags and banners and chanting team songs.Garcia-Mansilla, an Argentine who has lived in Madrid for nearly two decades, was glad the final was in his adopted hometown.“This is like a miracle,” he said. “There will be a Boca-River match, in the final of the Copa Libertadores, in the city where I live. Not even in my wildest dreams I could have imagined this would happen. This final is a rare as Halley’s Comet, and they are bringing it to my city.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press
In football, there are constant power struggles, both on and off the field: players battling players, offenses battling defenses, the passing game battling the running game, coaches battling coaches, and new ways of thinking battling old ways of thinking. And then there are kickers. Battling no one but themselves and the goalposts, they come on the field in moments most mundane and most decisive. They take all the blame when they fail, and little of the credit when they succeed. Year in and year out, just a little bit at a time, they get better. And better. And better. Until the game is completely different, and no one even noticed that kickers were one of the main reasons why.If you’ve been reading my NFL column Skeptical Football this season, you may have noticed that I write a lot about kickers. This interest has been building for a few years as I’ve watched field goals drained from long range at an ever-increasing rate, culminating in 2013, when NFL kickers made more than 67 percent of the kicks they took from 50-plus yards, giving them a record 96 such makes. There has been a lot of speculation about how kickers suddenly became so good at the long kick, ranging from performance-enhancing drugs (there have been a few possible cases) to the kickers’ special “k-balls” to more kick-friendly stadiums.So prior to the 2014 season, I set out to try to see how recently this improvement had taken place, whether it had been gradual or sudden, and whether it was specific to very long kicks or reflected improvement in kicking accuracy as a whole.What I found fundamentally changed my understanding of the game of football.1And possibly offered insight into how competitive sports can conceal remarkable changes in human capability.The complete(ish) history of NFL kickingPro Football Reference has kicking data broken down by categories (0-19 yards, 20-29, 30-39, 40-59 and 50+ yards) back to 1961. With this we can see how field goal percentage has changed through the years for each range of distances:It doesn’t matter the distance; kicking has been on a steady upward climb. If we look back even further, we can see indicators that kicking has been on a similar trajectory for the entire history of the league.The oldest data that Pro Football Reference has available is from 1932, when the eight teams in the NFL made just six field goals (it’s unknown how many they attempted). That year, kickers missed 37 of 113 extra-point attempts, for a conversion rate of 67.3 percent. The following year, the league moved the goal posts up to the front of the end zone — which led to a whopping 36 made field goals, and a skyrocketing extra-point conversion rate of 79.3 percent. With the uprights at the front of the end zone, kickers missed only 30 of 145 extra points.For comparison, those 30 missed extra-point attempts (all with the goalposts at the front of the end zone) are more than the league’s 28 missed extra-point attempts (all coming from 10 yards further out) from 2011 to 2014 — on 4,939 attempts.In 1938-39, the first year we know the number of regular field goals attempted, NFL kickers made 93 of 235 field-goal tries (39.6 percent) to go with 347 of 422 extra points (82.2 percent). In the ’40s, teams made 40.0 percent of their field goal tries (we don’t know what distances they attempted) and 91.3 percent of their XPs. In the ’50s, those numbers rose to 48.2 percent of all field goals and 94.8 percent of XPs. The ’60s must have seemed like a golden era: Kickers made 56 percent of all field goals (breaking the 50 percent barrier for the first time) and 96.8 percent of their extra points.For comparison, since 2010, NFL kickers have made 61.9 percent of their field goal attempts — from more than 50 yards.In the 1960s, we start to get data on field goal attempts broken down by distance, allowing for the more complete picture above. In 1972, the NFL narrowed the hash marks from 18.5 yards from 40, which improved field goal percentages overall by reducing the number of attempts taken from awkward angles. And then in 1974, the league moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone — but as kick distances are recorded relative to the posts, the main effect of this move was a small (and temporary) decline in the extra-point conversion rate (which you can see in the top line of the chart above). Then we have data on the kicks’ exact distance, plus field and stadium type, after 1993.2This info is likely out there for older kicks as well, but it wasn’t in my data.So let’s combine everything we know: Extra-point attempts and distances prior to 1961, kicks by category from 1961 to 1993, the kicks’ exact distance after 1993, and the changing placement of goal posts and hash marks. Using this data, we can model the likely success of any kick.With those factors held constant, here’s a look at how good NFL kickers have been relative to their set of kicks in any given year3This is done using a binomial probit regression with all the variables, using “year taken” as a categorical variable (meaning it’s not treated like a number, so 1961, 1962 and 1963 may as well be “Joe,” “Bob” and “Nancy”). This is similar to how SRS determines how strong each team is relative to its competition.:When I showed this chart to a friend of mine who’s a philosophy Ph.D.,4Hi, Nate! he said: “It’s like the Hacker Gods got lazy and just set a constant Kicker Improvement parameter throughout the universe.” The great thing about this is that since the improvement in kicking has been almost perfectly linear, we can treat “year” as just another continuous variable, allowing us to generalize the model to any kick in any situation at any point in NFL history.Applying this year-based model to our kicking distance data, we can see just how predictable the improvement in kicking has actually been:The model may give teams too much credit in the early ’60s — an era for which we have a lot less data — but over the course of NFL history it does extremely well (it also predicts back to 1932, not shown). What’s amazing is that, while the model incorporates things like hashmark location and (more recently) field type, virtually all the work is handled by distance and year alone. Ultimately, it’s an extremely (virtually impossibly) accurate model considering how few variables it relies on.5So how accurate is this thing? To be honest, in all my years of building models, I’ve never seen anything like it. The model misses a typical year/distance group prediction by an average of just 2.5 percent. Note that a majority of those predictions involve only a couple hundred observations — at most. For comparison, the standard deviation for 250 observations of a 75 percent event is 2.7 percent. In other words, the model pretty much couldn’t have done any better even if it knew the exact probability of each kick!While there is possibly a smidge of overfitting (there usually is), the risk here is lower than usual, since the vast majority of each prediction is driven solely by year and distance. Here’s the regression output:I wish I could take credit for this, but it really just fell into place. Nerds, perk up: The z-value on “season” is 46.2! If every predictive relationship I looked for were that easy to find, life would be sweet.This isn’t just trivia, it has real-world implications, from tactical (how should you manage the clock knowing your opponent needs only moderate yardage to get into field goal range?) to organizational (maybe a good kicker is worth more than league minimum). And then there’s the big one.Fourth downIf you’re reading this site, there’s a good chance you scream at your television a lot when coaches sheepishly kick or punt instead of going for it on fourth down. This is particularly true in the “dead zone” between roughly the 25- and 40-yard lines, where punts accomplish little and field goals are supposedly too long to be good gambles.I’ve been a card-carrying member of Team Go-For-It since the ’90s. And we were right, back then. With ’90s-quality kickers, settling for field goals in the dead zone was practically criminal. As of 10 years ago — around when these should-we-go-for-it models rose to prominence — we were still right. But a lot has changed in 10 years. Field-goal kicking is now good enough that many previous calculations are outdated. Here’s a comparison between a field-goal kicking curve from 2004 vs. 2014:There’s no one universally agreed-upon system for when you should go for it on fourth down. But a very popular one is The New York Times’ 4th Down Bot, which is powered by models built by Brian Burke — founder of Advanced Football Analytics and a pioneer in the quantitative analysis of football. It calculates the expected value (either in points or win percentages) for every fourth-down play in the NFL, and tweets live results during games. Its 19,000-plus followers are treated to the bot’s particular emphasis on the many, many times coaches fail to go for it on fourth down when they should.A very helpful feature of the 4th Down Bot is that its game logs break down each fourth-down decision into its component parts. This means that we can see exactly what assumptions the bot is making about the success rate of each kick. Comparing those to my model, it looks to me like the bot’s kickers are approximately 2004-quality. (I asked Burke about this, and he agrees that the bot is probably at least a few years behind,6I don’t blame Burke or others for not updating their models based on the last few years. It’s good to be prudent and not assume that temporary shifts one way or the other will hold. Normally it is better to go with the weight of history rather than with recent trends. But in this case, the recent trends are backed by the weight of history. and says that its kicking assumptions are based on a fitted model of the most recent eight years of kicking data.7Here’s his full statement: “The bot is about 3-4 years behind the trends in FG accuracy, which have been improving at longer distances. It uses a kicking model fitted to the average of the recent 8-year period of data. AFA’s more advanced model for team clients is on the current ‘frontier’ of kick probabilities, and can be tuned for specific variables like kicker range, conditions, etc. Please keep in mind the bot is intended to be a good first-cut on the analysis and a demonstration of what is possible with real-time analytics. It’s not intended as the final analysis.”)But more importantly, these breakdowns allow us to essentially recalculate the bot’s recommendations given a different set of assumptions. And the improvement in kicking dramatically changes the calculus of whether to go for it on fourth down in the dead zone. The following table compares “Go or No” charts from the 4th Down Bot as it stands right now, versus how it would look with projected 2015 kickers8The exact values in the chart may differ slightly from the reports on the Times’ website because I had to reverse-engineer the bot’s decision-making process. But basically I’m assuming the model gets everything exactly right as far as expected value from various field locations, chances of converting a fourth-down attempt, etc., then recalculating the final expected value comparison using 2015 kickers.:Having better kickers makes a big difference, as you can see from the blue sea on the left versus the red sea on the right. (The 4th Down Bot’s complete “Go or No” table is on the Times’ website.)Getting these fourth-down calls wrong is potentially a big problem for the model. As a test case, I tried applying the 4th Down Bot’s model to a selection of the most relevant kicks from between 25 and 55 yards in 2013, then looked at what coaches actually did in those scenarios. I graded both against my kicking-adjusted results for 2013. While the updated version still concluded that coaches were too conservative (particularly on fourth-and-short), it found that coaches were (very slightly) making more correct decisions than the 4th Down Bot.The differences were small (coaches beat the bot by only a few points over the entire season), but even being just as successful as the bot would be a drastic result considering how absolutely terrible coaches’ go-for-it strategy has been for decades. In other words, maybe it’s not that NFL coaches were wrong, they were just ahead of their time!Time-traveling kickersHaving such an accurate model also allows us to see the overall impact kicking improvement has had on football. For example, we can calculate how kickers from different eras would have performed on a common set of attempts. In the following chart, we can see how many more or fewer points per game the typical team would have scored if kickers from a different era had taken its kicks (the red line is the actual points per game from field goals that year):The last time kickers were as big a part of the game as they are today, the league had to move the posts back! Since the rule change, the amount of scoring from field goals has increased by more than 2 points per game. A small part of the overall increase (the overall movement of the red line) is a result of taking more field goals, but most of it comes from the improvement in accuracy alone (the width of the “ribbon”).How does this compare to broader scoring trends? As a baseline for comparison, I’ve taken the average points scored in every NFL game since 1961, and then seen how much league scoring deviated from that at any given point in time (the “scoring anomaly”). Then I looked at how much of that anomaly was a result of kicking accuracy.9The scoring deviation on this chart is calculated relative to the average game over the period. The kicking accuracy is relative to the median kicker of the period.:Amid wild fluctuations in scoring, kicking has remained a steady, driving force.For all the talk of West Coast offenses, the invention of the pro formation, the wildcat, 5-wide sets, the rise of the pass-catching tight-end, Bill Walsh, the Greatest Show On Turf, and the general recognition that passing, passing and more passing is the best way to score in football, half the improvement in scoring in the past 50-plus years of NFL history has come solely from field-goal kickers kicking more accurately.10Side note, I’ve also looked at whether kicking improvement has been a result of kickers who are new to the league being better than older kickers, or of older kickers getting better themselves. The answer is both.The past half-century has seen an era of defensive innovation — running roughly from the mid-’60s to the mid-’70s — a chaotic scoring epoch with wild swings until the early ’90s, and then an era of offensive improvement. But the era of kickers is forever.Reuben Fischer-Baum contributed graphics.CORRECTION (Jan. 28, 2:22 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave the distances from which extra-point kicks were taken in 1933 and in recent years. Actual extra-point distances aren’t recorded.
Image: AP Photo/John RobinsonThis one is at Cape Town:Image: AP Photo/Nardus EngelbrechtVisitors mimic the pose of this Mandela statue outside the Groot Drakenstein correctional facility near the town of Franschhoek, South Africa:Image: AP Photo/Schalk van ZuydamAnd, of course, a bust of Mandela is watchful at the entrance to Robben Island ferry departure point at the V&A waterfront in Cape Town:Image: AP Photo/Schalk van ZuydamMandela’s body lying in state after solemn journey through Pretoria>The equality struggle didn’t end with Mandela’s prison release – and it must continue> Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi MukwazhiThere are already a number of dedicated monuments to Mandela in his homeland including this statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg:Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi MukwazhiThis statue depicts Mandela through a series of bevelled posts – it stands near Howick in South Africa: Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi MukwazhiAS THE BODY of Nelson Mandela lies in state for the third and final day ahead of his funeral on Sunday, a more permanent tribute to the founding father of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ is raised in Pretoria.The giant statue of the former South Africa president, referred to affectionately as Madiba, will stand in front of the Union buildings.
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Master Blockchain With These Easy Online CoursesAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means Anyone for a Long Island Blockchain?Long Island Iced Tea Corp. this week jumped on the cryptocurrency bandwagon, rebranding itself Long Blockchain Corp.The Hicksville, N.Y.-based company launched its first ready-to-drink iced tea flavors in 2011. Six years later, it is shifting its primary corporate focus “toward the exploration of and investment in opportunities that leverage the benefits of blockchain,” according to a press release.“We view advances in blockchain technology as a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” CEO Philip Thomas said in a statement. “And have made the decision to pivot our business strategy in order to pursue opportunities in this evolving industry.”In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, blockchain is a technology for decentralized, self-regulating data. That is, information can be managed and organized without an intermediary like a bank, government, or accountant.Its best known (but by no means only) application is the digital payment system bitcoin, which cuts out the middleman to enable direct electronic cash transfers.The scheme relies on members of the general public to validate and timestamp transactions. Those transactions are then added as “blocks” to a cryptographically protected, unalterable chain (hence the name) and shared on a private (with restricted membership) or public network.Blockchain, according to the refreshed company, is creating a “fundamental paradigm shift” across the global marketplace. The firm already has its eye on a few partnerships, investments, and potential acquisitions involving the financial services industry.“We are pursuing our new direction in a thoughtful and deliberate manner,” the CEO said.Long Island Iced Tea, the product of a 2015 merger with Cullen Agricultural Holding Corp., had a net loss of $3.9 million on sales of $1.6 million in the three months ending Sept. 30, as reported by Bloomberg. The firm lost $11.6 million on sales of $3.9 million in the first nine months of the year.Since its name change on Thursday, Long Blockchain Corp. shares rose as much as 289 percent.The parent company, which reserved the Web domain www.longblockchain.com, will continue operating Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC, with a sustained focus on ready-to-drink refreshments.“I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in the beverage industry and we are committed to growing our business both on a national and international scale,” Thomas said, assuring customers, suppliers, and partners of the firm’s “continuing support” of the Long Island Iced Tea portfolio.“Your support over the years has helped to drive our growth and elevate our brand, and we remain committed to maintaining and fostering these relationships,” he added.
Clark County — Meals on Wheels People, the regional nonprofit providing meals to home-bound seniors, is planning for upcoming winter weather.Drivers will deliver a two-day supply of shelf-stable meals later this month to more than 3,000 participants in Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties, the nonprofit said Wednesday. These meals are to be used when the weather is so severe that most drivers cannot deliver meals. The shelf-stable meals include applesauce, fruit bars, juice and two packaged entrees. Participants will be instructed to save these meals until Meals on Wheels People calls them, advising them to eat the emergency food.Even in those situations, some emergency weather drivers will be available to reach home-bound elderly who don’t have any food.Those interested in volunteering as an emergency weather driver can visit volunteer.mealsonwheelspeople.org or call Catie at 503-953-8101.
Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes someone like Roberto Firmino would have been a much better striker than Gonzalo Higuain for the club.The Blues pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the winter transfer window by signing Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus until the end of the season.The Argentina international made his debut for Chelsea on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.But Gullit, who played as both a midfielder and forward during his playing career, is not convinced that Higuain’s playing style will suit Chelsea.The Dutchman believes Eden Hazard and Willian will not be able to provide the kind service Higuain needs and suggested that a player like Liverpool’s Firmino would have been a better call.“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but [Gonzalo] Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play,” Gullit told BBC.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves. So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do.“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.“That is how Chelsea’s frontman has to play too, which is why I am not sure [Gonzalo] Higuain is the answer.“At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”
Traffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD civilians kicked out of leased space in nearby Arlington following the last BRAC round, arrived last week after the Virginia Department of Transportation opened a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramp on I-395 in Alexandria.While the opening of the Mark Center did not disrupt commuters as much as originally feared, the addition of 6,400 workers in Alexandria has exacerbated congestion in the area.The reversible ramp will provide a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to and from the Mark Center, reported the Washington Post. Only buses and vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the ramp.The new ramp is part of a set of VDOT projects designed to ease congestion and provide easier access to the Mark Center. The final piece of the $76 million project is a pedestrian bridge over I-395, expected to open next month.State and local leaders had opposed the Pentagon’s decision to relocate workers to the Mark Center site due to its lack of access to Metrorail and accused the department of relying on flawed traffic data when it selected the location at the intersection of Seminary Road and I-395. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Hyderabad: Congress senior leader M Shashidhar Reddy, M Kodanda Reddy, S Chandrasekhar, Syam Mohan and G Niranjan on Sunday hailed the decision of the Congress Working Committee to appoint Sonia Gandhi as AICC interim president. Addressing the media, they said that winning and losing was part of the game and one should learn lessons from the defeats. They said that they were confident that Sonia Gandhi would pull out all the stops to rejuvenate the party. AICC secretary V Hanumantha Rao, in a statement, welcomed Sonia Gandhi taking over the reins of the party.
Hayatnagar: MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy along with corporator Sama Tirumala Reddy took out a padayatra in Padmavathi colony, Raghavender Colony, Vaspari Pochamma Colony, Sharada Nagar Colony, High Court Colony and Andhrakesari Nagar Colony on Monday.He enquired with residents about the problems in the respective colonies. Acting on a complaint by Mudhiraj Sangham, he said he would take steps and ensure that water would be supplied to Kummari Kunta and Bathu Cheruvu. He directed officials concerned to complete land acquisition works. He directed them to commence butification work of Bathu Cheruvu. Local leaders Sreedhar Goud, Bhaskar, Sagar, Rajasekhar, Srikanth and others were present.
Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHeadgear used for virtual reality training.Firefighters enter an office on the 24th floor. Smoke is billowing on the ceiling. Quickly, they close the office door to contain the fire, and help employees escape telling them to stay low to avoid the smoke.It seems real but it’s all created by a computer and seen by a trainee wearing goggles.Houston firefighters might be better prepared to go into burning buildings, or dealing with multiple other emergencies thanks to training using “virtual reality.”“We can start to develop products and platform that continuously judge the caliber of firefighter that we have in the Houston Fire Department. That we can augment our training based on the data that we get back. And that can, as somebody gets near the end of their career and has this wealth of knowledge, that we can capture that and pass it on,” said Patrick Hagan, a tech specialist with the Houston Fire Department.The fire department is working with Houston-based HTX labs which develops training for a variety of safety workers. CEO Scott Schneider said the goal is to develop muscle memory, and uses the Vegas shootings as an example.“They should looking for the guy who’s bringing, six, ten suitcases in over a couple days. Who hasn’t had room service, but they don’t know to look for it. We need to go in and provide training on things like that. And we can do that in virtual reality,” Schneider said.The Houston Fire Department hopes to start using V-R training in 2018. 00:00 /01:10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
Now we know what you are thinking: why would you want to develop a Kinect hack to control your TV when your faithful remote is far quicker and easier to use? Well the simple answer is “because you can.”Harishankar from India has recently developed a Kinect hack that allows him to change his TV channels and volume using simple gesture commands.His Kinect system has been wired up to a Mac mini which in turn is running OpenNI to detect his skeleton and gestures (such as extend arm up to increase the volume, right or left to change channels). This information is then sent to a USB-UIRT box which is connected directly to the computer’s USB port, thus allowing it to receive and transmit IR signals to the TV.It’s pretty cool stuff and shows a glimpse of the future, as potentially we could all be using such a system to control our TV’s (it would certainly get us fitter).Read more at Engadget
Exploring ancient ruins, whether a broken down castle in England or the crumbling stones of the Roman forum, often requires a significant feat of imagination. Despite the best efforts of historians and museum curators to conjure an image of the past through words and drawings, many visitors to historic sites across the world struggle to imagine what they would actually have looked like. Now, with the help of modern technology, this struggle is over. One company is aiming to put state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to use in historical locations, allowing visitors to step back in time and see these ancient sites as they were 2,000 years ago.Man using virtual reality headset at a Japanese temple. Kyoto, Japan. December 2016Lithodomos VR is the brainchild of Simon Young, an Australian archaeologist aiming to bring the past to life for non-specialist audiences. According to Smithsonian magazine, his company offers immersive reconstructions of historic sites, accessed via a 3D headset. Lithodomos partners with tour operators and educators to create new ways to experience the past.Speaking to Smithsonian, Young explained that his ambition was to give tourists the ability to visualize the ancient past of cities such as Paris or Rome. By exploiting new developments in virtual reality technology, he has created 360-degree immersive worlds, which “really help you to place yourself back in time.”Recreation of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain. Photo courtesy of © Lithodomos-2019 All Rights Reserved.Lithodomos VR works as an app that may be integrated into other VR technology, such as Oculus Rift, or customized VR headsets used as part of tours in historical sites. It tracks the user’s location and orientation and allows them to dynamically explore virtual reconstructions of ancient monuments and spaces.Related Video: Mysterious Ancient Societies That DisappearedFor example, if the user was walking through the Colosseum or the ruins of the forum in Rome, they would be able to visualize it exactly as it would have looked 2,000 years ago. The technology allows visitors to walk among the ruins, exploring different areas, while seeing the recreated city right in front of them.Photo courtesy of © Lithodomos-2019 All Rights Reserved.Although the app only covers specific locations and time periods, it is hoped that it can be developed to include an increasing number of detailed and varied reconstructions of ancient and medieval worlds. Today, it’s possible to use the app to wander through the Temple of Venus and Rome in the Italian capital, or to see the fully recreated splendor of the Arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheater in Paris.The Arènes de Lutèce, Paris, August 2013. Photo by Shadowgate CC-BY 2.0In addition, Lithodomos has also partnered with tour operators and museums across the world to create customized experiences aimed at improving visitor experience and public education. To date, according to Smithsonian magazine, they have created virtual worlds in ancient cities such as Jerusalem, Athens, Cordoba, and many more.The creation of these immersive, digital worlds is labor intensive and requires a significant amount of historical knowledge. Young fears that without proper oversight and the involvement of historians and archaeologists, the technology could be abused to give a false impression of the world of the past.Arènes de Lutèce, Paris, France. Photo courtesy of © Lithodomos-2019 All Rights Reserved.Young hopes to foster a culture that emphasizes the importance of accuracy, rather than seeing the technology solely as a form of entertainment. Speaking to Smithsonian, he noted how easy it would be for developers to “design” historical spaces according to aesthetic criteria rather than accuracy. If this happens, he argues, “the real danger is that, because VR is such a powerful medium, if someone visits the Colosseum, they walk away with the idea that this is what it was like.”Regardless, Young’s software is likely to face stiff competition as the market for historical reconstruction through virtual reality opens up and the technology becomes more accessible.Read another story from us: Yes They Are Real – Seaweed HomesMany tour operators across the world offer various forms of enhanced virtual reality experiences, bringing the ancient past to life for a new generation of visitors. This new technology is transforming the way in which we think about, and access, the ancient world.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Melbournians are in for a spicy delight at Taste of Melbourne held at Albert park from 12 to 15 November.Showcasing the Flavours of India and inspiring people to explore the country’s pallet at the India pavilion, India tourism’s Vibhava Tripathi says ” India is well known for the flavours it offers. With some of the richest spice plantations in Kerala to the tea plantations in Assam and vineyards of Nasik there is a lot on offer. This is a great platform for us to invite people to sample it.”Showcasing Neha Sen from MasterChef 2013 – her Indian background and knowledge on the food will be featured through regular cooking demonstrations throughout the day. “I’m delighted to be aligned with India. My range of Neha’s Indian inspired products have been so well received by Australia and I’m looking forward to sharing my recipes at the cooking demos with a bit of Bollywood dancing thrown in to spice it up!” Says Neha. Her multi award winning range of Indian Inspired ice creams and chutneys will also be available at the event.A highlight for visitors is the chance to win a trip for 2 to India with Beacon Holidays and Air India. Visitors and enter at the pavilion for a chance to win a 7 day tour of India’s Golden Triangle visiting Delhi , the Taj Mahal in Agra and Jaipur. All accommodation, touring and transfers as well and cooking lesson and market visits are included in this private tour. Return flights are on Air India with services directly from Australia to Delhi.Beacon offers a fully escorted programme to India hosted by director Himanshi Munshaw Luhar. Munshaw Luhar grew up in India and her hosted programme gives guests access to unusual Indian experiences often not available to the general public. The Enchanting India program visits Delhi, Agra , Rajasthan and. Mumbai on a 2 week tour. Munshaw Luhar takes her guest through the old markets of Delhi, the social enterprise for women, orphanages and villages to see the more rustic side of India. The program also showcases the more elite fine dining restaurants , celebrity cooking lessons, palatial stays and the glamour of Bollywood. A visit to her family home neighbouring Gandhi’s museum in Mumbai completes the tour.Munshaw Luhar says ” I’ve been in the tourism industry for just under two decades now and hosting people in India on this programme is definitely a highlight of my time in the industry. I love India and I want to show people my culture and history in a way that is exciting and fun for them. There is so much to offer and Indians are such good hosts welcoming guests into our lives and our homes . It is a trip you will not forget anytime soon.”Featured at the India pavilion are cooking demos by Neha Sen Master Chef contestant, Himanshi Munshaw Luhar from Beacon Holidays with her family recipes, Valentine of Goan cuisine, the perfect Masala Chai with 18ThirtyFour, Grover Zampa Indian wines and the chance to win a trip for two to India with Beacon Holidays and Air India.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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