How to be a football coach: Amy Lawrence swaps her laptop for the pitch

first_imgShare via Email Amy Lawrence coaches from the sidelines at the Douglas Eyre sports centre in Walthamstow, north-east London. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi/Guardian The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on LinkedIn features Share on Twitter Topics Footballcenter_img With the potential sale of Wembley falling through, and its projected short-term windfall for grassroots, the FA must continue its quiet push to increase the number of qualified coaches working with football-mad youngsters in parks, recs and indoor halls. An estimated 17,000 new coaches will pass their Level One this season. At the turn of the millennium, less than 1% of grassroots teams had a qualified coach. In 2018 there are around 70,000 teams nationwide and 89% are led by a qualified coach. The target is 100%, and the FA recently modernised the course to try to strike more chords with people it regards as the lifeblood of grassroots. “When Level One was introduced 18 years ago, the big debate was should the resource be on VHS or DVD. Now so much is done in the digital world via mobiles and tablet – the workplace is changing all the time – and we aim to reflect that,” an FA spokesperson says.The most obvious change is taking so much of the learning on to the pitch. Absorbing practical experience is at the heart of it all. “I want you to be the coach you want to be. I don’t want you to be me. Find your coaching identity,” says our tutor Dr Colin King, a wise observer of human behaviour who filled our course with a mix of thought-provoking questions and wisecracks about Crystal Palace.Our group was a mixed bunch – 14 men and five women, with a range of accents including Sudanese, Iranian, Bulgarian, Italian and Vietnamese. Among us was a coach driver, a mortgage adviser, an IT guy, a former banker, a tennis coach, a student, a terrible stand-in five-a-side goalkeeper and one person who answered the question: “What do you do?” with a vaguely dazed: “I am still finding out.” Dr King asked how much sleep we had and whether we took on any fluids and breakfast. A smattering of hands went up. Twitter Share on Facebook The course also helps coaches with essential challenges off the pitch, with modules about safeguarding children and an introduction to first aid. There was a lot packed in and at the end, armed with a qualification, we felt ready and motivated to do our bit for a new generation who love playing football.The number of active footballers in England who play on a regular basis is 11 million. Some three million of them are youngsters. The London Leopards programme is an example of how local football associations are keen to encourage more female coaches by supporting them through the Level One and shadowing professional coaches.Our group came into Level One from a variety of places: Charlie just couldn’t let go of football once he stopped playing. Steve was helping out with his son’s under-seven team and hoped to understand how to develop players better. Kayo was there because he wanted to help young people in his community. Caroline had ambitions as a potential career path but was equally open to volunteering in the park. Stefano used to play semi-pro but had to retire through injury. Nicky gave up a high-pressure job and wanted to start a franchise.The impression Level One made was clear when Dr King asked how many of us wanted to take Level Two. A good show of hands, and a smile from our tutor, said it all. According to FA records, since 2010 it has processed 200,574 coaching qualifications from Level One to the Uefa pro licence. In terms of the ratio of players to coaches, England remains on catch-up compared with the European countries held up as the great success stories. Whether it is Iceland, which insists on at least a Uefa B standard coach to guide young footballers from the age of 10, or the production lines from the recent World Cup winners France, Germany and Spain, there is an awareness that grassroots coaching in England needs attention.So here we are half an hour into our course in Walthamstow, paired up with a partner and given a few minutes to plan a session to deliver to the rest of the group. Suddenly we are nervously laying out cones and bibs and trying to explain the aim of our game. One of the aspiring coaches came up with a drill with a warning: if you don’t reach five consecutive passes you must do 10 press-ups. Dr King’s face was a picture. Positive messaging is a big thing in the FA’s current coaching philosophy. “What does it do for a player if he is punished for making a mistake or not being able to do the task?” he asks.Over the five days, the standard of coaching and confidence levels grew. Improving players, encouraging players and prioritising their needs rather than your own fancy ideas as a would-be Pep is fundamental. The England DNA is a theme that keeps coming up. There is a strong feeling the FA wants to create a culture of coaching that starts right at the first young kicks of grassroots. Facebook To coach elite child footballers, size – not age – matters Share on WhatsApp Turning up for a Football Association coaching course with a fractured hand damaged during an ill-fated stint in goal was never going to be a good look. Luckily, the FA’s Level One coaching course was surprising enough that even the appearance of being utterly ill-suited to it did not turn out to be a massive disadvantage.There were a few preconceptions about the learning experience walking into the Douglas Eyre sports centre in Walthamstow, north-east London. Tables and chairs laid out, a learning journal and pen awaiting us, a projector and a much-needed urn of coffee heating up. It looked as if we were in for a series of lectures. But Level One has gone through a transformation. After a quick introduction it was time to get thrown in at the deep end and head straight for the pitch. You want to coach? Get out there and do it. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Updated College Football Playoff Probability Rankings

first_img538 week 11 playoff probability rankings.Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]last_img read more

Strata Corporations Urged to File Annual Returns

first_img Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents. Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency. The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. Story Highlights Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents.He said that only 23 per cent of strata corporations have filed annual returns over the last four financial years from 2013/14 to 2016/17.He said the low compliance rate “is a big problem, because it does not afford us the ability to deal with the issues that are prevalent within strata corporations”.The Registration (Strata Titles) (Amendment) Act, Section 4 (7) obligates strata corporations to file annual returns with the CSC.Mr. Norton said that while the Act has been in place since 1969, the public remains generally unware of its provisions, more so the amendments of 2009.He said the CSC is taking steps to educate individuals on how best they can fulfil their obligations under the Act.“We have produced several booklets and brochures for the public. They are at the office of the CSC, financial institutions and the National Housing Trust (NHT),” he indicated, noting that training and seminars are also offered on how to file annual returns.The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.It also guarantees the CSC’s assistance to the corporations, in terms of strata operations, and to provide third-party updates to investors on the status of strata corporations.Annual returns are to be filed within 120 days of the end of the financial year, along with a fee of $1,000.They must include audited financial statements or those prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; proof of insurance or of a unanimous resolution not to insure the property; along with completed forms that are available on the CSC website at csc.gov.jm.The documents must be signed by the chairman and another executive committee member of the respective strata corporation.In 2010, 993 strata corporations were registered with the Commission and 1,761 at the end of 2016. This represents an increase of 77 per cent.last_img read more

Hardware vulnerability exposed in majority of computers made in the last decade

first_imgTORONTO – Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine.Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple’s Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers.While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent.“This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University.“The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.”In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines.An update for the Linux operating system has already been released and has provided some clues to the extent of the problem. But Keselj noted that care was taken to strip developers’ notes and comments out of the update, which typically give some context around the changes that are found in a new software release.“These patches are visible, anyone can open them and see what’s changed but developers removed comments. Without knowing exactly what the vulnerability is, it’s probably hard to exploit it, so it’s happening under the veil of secrecy which is probably good,” Keselj said.“We don’t want somebody to be able to exploit this before updates are made.”Keselj speculated the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer’s performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance, which would put pressure on Intel, Keselj said.Prof. Raphael Khoury of the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi said it’s not unusual for major software or hardware vulnerabilities to go undetected for a long time but it’s good Intel is releasing its fix before damage could be done.“Maybe the initial patch will have a substantial slowdown and then in the coming weeks they can take their time to produce a better fix,” Khoury said.“It’s better to initially suffer through this slowdown, at least we’re secure.”Beyond just computers, there are many consumer devices nowadays that run off sophisticated hardware that could be open to similar vulnerabilities, said Prof. Sebastian Fischmeister of the University of Waterloo, adding that connected cars and high-tech medical devices are also susceptible.“If you don’t upgrade them then you have a lingering potential security problem,” said Fischmeister. “If you upgrade them then you have potential performance degradation that wasn’t anticipated during testing, so suddenly your (technology) might no longer work.”last_img read more

Canfor Taylor Pulp donates thermal imaging camera to District of Taylor Fire

first_imgCalla says the nice part about this new tool is that it can allow firefighters to locate bodies in high heat, thick smoke, or in dark locations.The camera will also be used for checking the spread of a fire and for finding victims in a vehicle collision. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, a new thermal imaging camera was donated to the District’s Fire Department.Assistant Branch Manager of Canfor Taylor Pulp, Dwayne McCoy, presented Deputy Fire Chief, Enzo Calla, with a brand new thermal imaging camera.The thermal camera was given by Canfor in appreciation for the dedication that the Fire Department has when it comes to protecting the community.last_img

Punish those responsible for minors murder Locals

first_imgKolkata: The people of Bandwan in Purulia demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the murder of a teenage girl whose decomposed body was recovered from the forest recently. A march was held on Saturday afternoon to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Manika Mahato, a student of Dr Amarnath Jha Higher Secondary School. She was studying in Class XII and had scored over 95% marks in Madhyamik Examination. The residents demanded that the CID should probe the incident and also sought the resignation of the Officer-in-Charge of Bandwan police station within seven days. Manika went missing on May 3. Her family members faced many hardships before they could lodge a complaint. Her decomposed body was recovered on May 10. The police are yet to recover her school bag and purse. Locals alleged that initially, the police had refused to take complaint and finally accepted it after prolonged persuasion. They also alleged that Manika might have been tortured before being murdered. They further alleged that a section of the media has been trying to hide the criminals and the owner of the vehicle that had been used.last_img read more

Football Cornerback Denzel Ward named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award

Junior corner back Denzel Ward (12) tackles Taivon Jacobs of Maryland during the Ohio State game on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Ward was ejected immediately after for targeting. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State cornerback Denzel Ward’s strong start to the season has put his name among the semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, an award bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back.The junior has stood out in the conference as he is tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended. He also has nine pass break-ups and an interception. Ward is one of three defensive backs in the Big Ten on the list of 13 semifinalists, which was released Monday. The other two are both members of the team Ohio State will play this weekend as Penn State safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley were both named to the list. The two played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions’ victory last season against Ohio State. Allen blocked a kick which Haley subsequently returned 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time in Penn State history a blocked kick had been returned for a touchdown.The trio of defensive backs will square off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

London stay was key – Mourinho of FA Cup game win

first_imgJose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.last_img read more

Minimal Fire Growth Expected On Caribou Lake Fire Due To Possible Rainfall

first_imgHelicopters and firefighters will be using a portion of the gravel pit parking area on Basargin Road as a helispot in support of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire officials are asking people to avoid parking in the area near the helispot for the safety of the firefighters and public. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Kenai Peninsula hunters to avoid active wildfire areas. Original Post: 9:30am:Minimal fire growth is expected on the Caribou Lake Fire with a chance of rainfall beginning Friday evening. The fire remains at 904 acres and at 57% containment.On Thursday, firefighters continued with the full containment strategy. Crews secured existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills. The Caribou Lake Fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with a goal of 100 percent containment estimated by September 4. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there significant and repeated rain or snow.center_img Sarah Saarloos with the Incident Command Team:“Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This will be the last daily update for the Caribou Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs.last_img read more

IDGs Amplify Integrating Social Media into Advertising

first_imgIn March 2009, IDG Communications launched its Amplify service, a social media marketing services group. The concept is akin to a custom publishing operation, but strictly focuses on helping marketers navigate and leverage the social Web. After about 15 months in, we caught up with Matt Yorke, IDG’s president of strategic marketing services, who gave an update on how the service is going.What kinds of campaigns is Amplify creating for its marketing partners?On the marketing side we’ve been doing this now for about 15 months and early on we had a lot of clients asking us about social media and asking for help. The first simple thing we did was build an ad unit, bringing the social Web into the unit, or sharing the ad unit within the social graph. We sold millions and millions of dollars with those types of units and it made us realize that there is another more complex part of the puzzle, which is social media services. We can help clients understand what the social Web is, how consumers talk about brands and from that, build a map to help clients design objectives around social media. What are the KPIs? And then around that, build a social media strategy.How has this aspect crept into your proposals in general? Are these standalone proposals or part of broader services?Pretty much every single proposal that leaves this office related to a marketing initiative has a great big chunk of social in it. It could be tactical where we build a campaign that brings the social Web into the ad unit or we broadcast the ad unit to the client’s social graph. Or it could be more strategic where we’re building Facebook or Twitter pages. We’ve worked with IBM, HP, Sprint, Microsoft, Dell and some smaller clients in the gaming space.What do these ad units look like? How do they work?It’s a standard banner or leaderboard, there are several different versions. But typically you’d see an ad and maybe there’s a video in the ad and then above the video there’s a count that shows how many PCWorld readers watched that video that day. It shows how many users engaged with the ad and makes it feel more personal. There’s an embedded share link and it can be embedded in a Facebook stream, which registers as impressions too.A similar unit has a running stream of people commenting about a brand or market. If you click on that link it drops you into that particular blog or article. It’s contextually relevant. Here’s more content around the ad unit from the long tail of the Web and here’s more users just like you who are commenting on it. We trust each other more than we trust the advertiser, it just means more.How are publishers uniquely positioned to offer these services?It’s about understanding how people engage with content, and that’s a publisher’s actual job. We used to build these very detailed qualification criteria for customers to get our publications, which brought us very close to the customer. Over time it became a battle of circulation and weren’t as close. Then the Web arrived and we didn’t know you at all. The social Web allows us to go back in time and get to know them better. We have a direct relationship with users again.last_img read more

Disney Publishing to Launch Two Print Titles

first_imgDisney Publishing Worldwide announced the launch of two magazines targeted at children – Phineas and Ferb, and Thor. Phineas and Farb is a bimonthly publication which will be available for purchase at retail locations such as supermarkets, bookstores, mass market and drug stores, as well as through subscription.DPW will the follow the launch of Phineas and Ferb with three special interest publications focusing on content based on Marvel and Disney-Pixar filmsDisney Publishing Worldwide currently distributes Disney FamilyFun, a magazine serving mothers. Along with Phineas and Ferb, Disney Publishing is releasing Thor in April, with Cars 2 (set to be distributed monthly) and Captain America being launched later in 2011. The publications will contain 52 glossy pages. Disney rebranded their FamilyFun magazine in June 2009 in order to establish a closer connection between Disney and the FamilyFun brand. Disney also has the quarterly Spanish language Disney en Familia edition, which launched in the fall of 2008. Ad pages increased in 2010 for Disney FamilyFun, rising from 617.78 in 2009 to 667.11 in 2010.last_img read more

Its Blitz At 10 How The Dancefloor Classic Marked A New Era

first_imgNews Email Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘It’s Blitz!’ Celebrates 10 Years its-blitz-10-how-dancefloor-classic-marked-new-era-yeah-yeah-yeahs https://twitter.com/YYYs/status/1104125884150108160 Twitter Facebook When the GRAMMY-nominated garage-rock heroes released their third studio album in March 2009, they explored new electronic sounds and showcased their buoyant versatility, most notably on the single “Heads Will Roll”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 18, 2019 – 3:45 pm In March 2009, New York garage-punk heroes Yeah Yeah Yeahs shared their highly anticipated third studio album, It’s Blitz!, with the world. Dropped a month ahead of its original release date (due to a then-all-too-frequent torrent site leak), the album showcased the band’s newly electronic-tinged, synth-enhanced sound, evoking a new sonic direction, but not one that rendered them unrecognizable. The LP and its unforgettable second single, “Heads Will Roll,” firmly placed frontwoman Karen O and bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase as not only one of the bands to revitalize NYC’s punk scene a decade earlier, but as an act capable of evolving out of it. ‘It’s Blitz!’ At 10: How The Dancefloor Classic Marked A New Era For The Yeah Yeah Yeahs The album also earned the YYYs their third nomination—their first two LPs also earned category nods—for Best Alternative Music Album at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. They were still, and will always be a rock group, but their shinier sound gave their music a new home under disco balls far and wide.Initially forming in New York City in the early ’00s, the trio, alongside contemporaries like LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes and Interpol, ultimately played an important role in Manhattan’s reemergence as a rock ‘n’ roll incubator. Their debut album, Fever To Tell, arrived in 2003, and Show Your Bones followed in 2006. By the time It’s Blitz! came along three years later, the YYYs’ third record allowed them to continue their leading role as sound pioneers in the alternative music space. The album embedded them deeply into the conscious of both alt-rock and alt-electronic spaces, with, as Stereogum accurately called, “dance music that had deep roots in a community of misfits.”2009 ended up being a big year in a lot of ways for the group, as they earned even widespread recognition and praise, performing at major festivals across the globe, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.Showcasing their well-loved rock loudness in what many music critics lauded as a more polished package, It’s Blitz! utilized synths in a new way for the band, resulting in glittering ’70s disco and ’80s glam-punk sounds on louder tracks like “Zero,” “Dragon Queen” and “Heads Will Roll.” This was further balanced out by the relatively quieter, slower-paced tracks, like the album’s third and final single, “Skeletons,” a powerful slow burn that echoed their 2003 breakout single, “Maps.”With “Skeletons,” as well as the closing track “Little Shadow,” Karen O’s yelping voice shone but did not overshadow her anxious, self-reflective lyrics, which revealed a conversation with her dark side: “Patience, shadow / For all your sight, there’s no sight to see. / Little shadow, little shadow / To the night, will you follow me?” That just goes to show: It doesn’t always matter how successful you become: No one is immune to uncertainty about the future. In the video for “Zero” Karen sings, “You’re never so far gone / so get your leather on” as she puts on her now-iconic studded leather moto jacket. This jacket, complete with “KO” emblazoned on the back, became an indelible part of her instantly recognizable fashion sense and was one of the many pieces designed by stylist Christian Joy, whose career arguably took off by exclusively designing costumes for Karen O. In the video she dances through the streets—and on top of a car—in San Francisco, Calif. until she meets her bandmates to play in an alley and a corner store. It is a simple concept, but feels big and fun, not unlike the album as a whole.”It’s one of the simplest videos we’ve done—a lot of me walking around and joining up with the guys here and there. But I’m trying to live out a rock star fantasy of what I’d want to look and act like with this record, things I’ve always secretly been smacking my lips about,” Karen O told Pitchfork at the time. “What was really important in the process of making this record was that we made them in a really conventional, organic way at first. We had no idea that this was going to turn into more of an electronic-sounding record in the beginning. What I like least about electronic music is that there’s often an emotional detachment, so it was really important for me to avoid that,” she continued.Both guitarist Zinner and drummer Chase adapted to their new sound in the studio, with Zinner teaching himself the keyboard/piano and Chase creating different beats on the drums to chop up into different sounds on the album. The group spent several months at Sonic Ranch in Texas with their longtime producer, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who also worked on their first two albums.They also brought on Nick Launay for production for the first time, who explained his and Sitek’s complementary work styles in a 2009 interview, saying, “We have very different approaches to making records. Dave is very good with electronic stuff, that’s his thing. He’s very quick at working with sequencing and electronic elements, whereas my strength is more in emotion and organic stuff. I think the record works really well because they both complement each other and rub against each other in a way that makes it very interesting. There’s a rebellious nature to that record, and there’s also a lot of beauty.”Meanwhile, ultimate dancefloor bop “Heads Will Roll” immediately placed Karen O among ’80s pop powerhouses like Pat Benatar and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.”I feel like we’ve been trying to write a dance song that we love since the first EP, but we’ve never succeeded,” Karen O told Clash Music in August 2009. “I think one of the big sentiments that has not changed whatsoever is that we want to make a raucous, noisy, emotionally cathartic sound. We were living in New York at a time when people stood there with their arms crossed in the audience and just felt really indifferent or ambivalent about music.”At the time, “Heads Will Roll” resonated with a diverse set of listeners: the longstanding punk lovers, the indie-rock die-hards, the house music heads, the ’80s pop nostalgia crew, the disco-lovers and lots of people in between.Remixes of the song were endless, beginning with Canadian DJ/Producer A-Trak’s official remix, which came shortly after the song was released as a single in June 2009. More followed, along with a remix EP as well as unauthorized ones, including one six years later in 2015, where a SoundCloud user JVH-C sped up the song and looped the “dance ’til you’re dead” lyrics. While this remix doesn’t do justice to the actual song, it became “internet-famous” in the meme world and, along with placements of various versions of the song on TV shows (including “Glee”), video games and movies, kept the song relevant long after its late ’00s peak. Commenting on how It’s Blitz! reflected the YYYs’ garage-rock past and experimental future, Karen O said it best: “It sounds like it’s going to be our most punk record—it’s punk in spirit, at least. There’s definitely more ‘bliss’ for me on there than ‘blitz,’ but with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs there’s always got to be that ‘tz’ at the end. Otherwise, it doesn’t feel like us.”Robyn, The Isley Brothers & HAIM To Headline Pitchfork Music Fest 2019Read morelast_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of October 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are several opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Pianist Ricky LauriaThursday, November 1, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, November 2, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks?  Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.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… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of November 11, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of November 11 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, November 11, 2018.Sunday, November 11No MeetingsMonday, November 12No MeetingsTuesday, November 13The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 5:30pm (Executive Session) in Town Hall’s Room 9. The public session is expected to begin around 6:30pm. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE. 362 Middlesex Avenue is on the agenda for 8:15pm.Wednesday, November 14The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm at RMLD Headquarters. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read hte agenda HERE.Thursday, November 15The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission is scheduled to meet at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. The agenda will be posted HERE.Friday, November 16No MeetingsSaturday, November 17No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Gake Woods Complete Research Projects At Worcester Polytechnic Institute

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Two Wilmington students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently completed intense, hands-on research projects.Matthew Woods, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a project in Massachusetts. The project was titled Habitat for Humanity: Cultural Assessment of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStores. In their project summary, the students wrote, “In the course of undertaking participant and non-participant observation as well as competitive benchmarking, we were able to discern that the problem is not the donation process, but breakdowns within the organization.”Michael Gake, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in industrial engineering and professional writing, was a member of a student team that completed a project in Nantucket. The project was titled Waste Characterization: Study & Outreach on Nantucket. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project developed a waste characterization process for the Department of Public Works that was then conducted to collect data about the waste stream.”At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.“The WPI project-based curriculum brings students out of the classroom and their comfort zones and into the global community to apply their knowledge to solve real problems,” said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. “Students are immersed in a new setting, solving open-ended problems and working with people of different backgrounds-all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today’s global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference in their host community; and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Sullivan Completes Research Project In Moscow With WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

ICICI Securities eyes Rs 4000 crore from IPO Five things to know

first_imgICICI Securities IPO eyes Rs 4000 crore: Key points to know REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking subsidiary of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the initial public offer (IPO) market next Thursday.The company will offer 7,72,49,508 equity shares for subscription. Here are the key things to know about the ICICI Securities IPO:• ICICI Bank proposes to raise Rs 4,020 crore by selling a 24 percent share in ICICI Securities• ICICI Securities IPO will open March 22 and close March 26. The offer will be open for anchor investors March 21• The price band of the IPO has been set at Rs 519-520 per share. Investors can apply for a minimum of 28 equity shares and multiples of 28 thereafter• Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and SBI Capital Markets are the managers of the IPO• The proceeds from the issue will be headed to the bank and the equity shares offered by the company are proposed to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE)ICICI Securities is the brokerage and merchant banking arm of ICICI Bank. The firm provides services including brokerage, financial product distribution, and investment banking to both institutional and retail clients.ICICI Securities got the approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February this year to float IPO.ICICI Securities is the third entity of ICICI Bank where the lender is diluting its stakes. In 2017, ICICI Bank had diluted part of its holdings in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and general insurance wing — ICICI Lombard. ICICI Lombard was the first general insurer to go public.Bankers and stock market experts have predicted that 2018, like 2017, will be a busy year for capital markets. Companies from different sectors are lined up to raise crores through share-sale offers in the coming months.last_img read more

Order Monday on whether to wind up scamhit Destiny

first_imgThe Supreme Court will deliver its order Monday on an appeal against a High Court notice asking the authorities concerned to explain to why directives should not be given to wind up Destiny 2000 Ltd.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the appeal filed by Destiny 2000 Ltd on Sunday.Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud stood for the petitioners while advocate AKM Badruddoza represented the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.On 15 May, the High Court issued the notice. Later on 21 May, the chamber judge stayed the HC order and fixed 27 May to hear the appeal in a full bench.In the notice, the HC bench of justice MR Hasan wanted to know why a petition filed by the multi-level marketing company seeking pardon for delay in arranging annual general meetings (AGM) should not be considered as one to wind up the company.According to the law, if any company fails to hold its AGM in a year, the court can pass any order.On 31 July 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the two money laundering cases against Destiny 2000 chairman and the Destiny Group’s managing director and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 32.85 billion.ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 officials of Destiny 2000, including its chairman and managing director, under the Money Laundering Act 2012 for allegedly misappropriating over Tk 21.06 billion from the Destiny Tree Plantation Limited (DTPL).last_img read more

Two women stabbed to death in Marseille knife attack

first_imgThis picture obtained on the twitter account of Stan Marcelja and taken on 1 October 2017 shows French police on the stairs leading to the Saint-Charles main train station in Marseille, southern France, after a man armed with a knife killed two people. Photo: AFPA suspected Islamist knifeman killed two women at the main train station in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille on Sunday before being shot dead by soldiers patrolling there, local officials and police said.One of the victims was fatally stabbed while the other had her throat slit by the assailant who is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) at the start of his rampage, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.Soldiers posted in the station as part of a special force set up to guard vulnerable areas in terror-hit France responded to the stabbings in front of the station and shot the man dead, local officials said.Armed police were deployed afterwards and the grand and ornate rail terminus in the bustling heart of France’s second-biggest city was evacuated, stopping all train traffic on one of the country’s busiest lines.”Two victims have been stabbed to death,” regional police chief Olivier de Mazieres told AFP, referring to the attack which occurred at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT).The latest deaths came with France still on high alert and in a state of emergency following a string of attacks in recent years by extremists linked to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda.Since 2015, a total of 239 people have been killed in France by jihadists, according to an AFP count before Sunday’s incident.After the stabbings, anti-terror prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into “killings linked to a terrorist organisation” and the “attempted killing of a public official”.- New anti-terror law -The incident came only days after the Islamic State (IS) group released a recording of what it said was its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging his followers to strike their enemies in the West.France has deployed troops and its air force to the Middle East and is a leading partner in the US-led international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are being driven back.France has suffered several major terror attacks since 2015, including on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January followed by an assault on Paris bars and the Bataclan concert hall by gunmen in November of that year.A killing spree in Nice in July 2016 left 86 people dead when an extremist drove a truck into crowds after a fireworks display on Bastille Day.But there have also been numerous smaller attacks on police officers, soldiers or members of the public since then, sometimes carried out by people with severe psychological problems.Since November 2015, the country has been in a state of emergency which gives the government and security forces greater powers to combat extremists and launch anti-terror raids.- Controversial security law -New centrist President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to end the state of emergency with a new and controversial security law that will make many of the provisions of the emergency regime permanent.Despite criticism from rights groups that the law reduces judicial oversight over the actions of the police, the lower house of parliament is set to vote on a first draft of the law on Tuesday.French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter that he would travel to Marseille on Sunday.In August, a man driving a van killed one person and seriously injured another after ploughing into a bus stop in Marseille, raising fears of another terror incident.But doctors said later that the man had severe mental problems and discounted any terror link.The soldiers who shot the knifeman on Sunday were part of the Operation Sentinelle force composed of 7,000 troops who guard high-risk areas such as transport hubs, tourist sites and religious buildings.last_img read more

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

first_img.The former Oxfam official at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for sex at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said.The report also said three Oxfam employees physically threatened a witness in the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.The charity fired fired four staff members for gross misconduct and allowed three others, including former country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, to resign over allegations they hired young sex workers.The 68-year-old Belgian has denied organising orgies or visiting brothels on the Caribbean island, saying he told Oxfam he had engaged in “intimate relations some three times” at his home but did not pay for these liaisons.A redacted copy of the 2011 report made public by the charity said Van Hauwermeiren offered to resign after admitting to investigators that he had hired sex workers at Oxfam-funded accommodation.”During the interview the CD admitted to using prostitutes in his OGB (Oxfam Great Britain) residence,” the report said.During the inquiry, three employees also allegedly threatened a colleague who had been interviewed by investigators after witness details were leaked.”This incident resulted in three of the suspects… physically threatening and intimidating one of the witnesses who had been referred to in the report,” it said.Details of action taken against the suspects included dismissal for “bullying and intimidation of OGB staff” and misuse of Oxfam computing equipment “through the access and download of pornographic and illegal material”.- ‘Dignified exit’ -Oxfam has unveiled an action plan to tackle sexual harassment and abuse, and agreed not to bid for any more state funds until reforms were in place.It has faced accusations it was not transparent about the scandal, which has led to the resignation of its deputy head and high-profile ambassadors such as Desmond Tutu.The report said the charity negotiated a month’s notice period with Van Hauwermeiren and agreed to allow him “a phased and dignified exit” if he cooperated with the rest of the investigation.His dismissal could lead to “potentially serious implications for the programme, affiliate relationships and the rest of the investigation”, it said.The report said Oxfam officials had received an email in July that year alerting them to alleged sexual exploitation, fraud, negligence and nepotism during relief efforts.It concluded that the inquiry found no substantial evidence of fraud, nepotism or hiring underage sex workers, “although it cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were underage”.The charity said it had released the report “to be as transparent as possible about the decisions made during the investigation and in recognition of the breach of trust that has been caused”.Van Hauwermeiren said in a letter published by Belgian media last week that he had not visited any brothels, nightclubs or bars in Haiti.”There were numerous men and women who tried to get into my house with all sorts of excuses to demand money, work, or to offer sexual services. But I never gave into these advances,” he wrote.In the letter he said he told Oxfam he had sexual relations with an “honourable, mature woman” and did not give her any money, but added he was however “deeply ashamed” of the incident.Oxfam said it had passed the names of the seven men accused of sexual misconduct to relevant authorities and has shared an unredacted version of the report with the Haitian ambassador in London.It added it would give a copy of the report to the Haitian government, which has said it would open a probe into the scandal, in a meeting planned for Monday morning.last_img read more

CEC asks law enforcers to create congenial voting atmosphere

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoExpressing the hope that Sunday’s national election will be held in a festive mood, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Friday urged the members of law enforcement agencies to create a congenial environment so that all can cast their votes as per their choice, reports UNB.“Huge aspirants are participating in the election. I hope, the election will be held in a festive mood,” he said.The CEC came up with the remarks while visiting the media booth at the Result Announcement Centre of Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.“I urge the members of law enforcement agencies to ensure security so that minority people can go to the voting centres, cast their votes and return home safely,” he said.Replying to a question about the fear of opposition parties, the CEC said, “We’re ready to prove them wrong. The voters will cast their votes in a festive environment.”last_img read more