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first_img August 20, 2017 Governor Wolf Attends MLB Pirates-Cardinals Game at Historic Bowman Field Press Release Williamsport, PA – Tonight, Governor Tom Wolf attended the first-ever Major League Baseball regular season game held at the start of the weeks-long Little League World Series festivities in Williamsport. The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League.“It doesn’t get much better than a great baseball game,” Gov. Wolf said. “To experience Major League Baseball in the intimate setting of historic Bowman Field with so many Little League players, coaches, families, and volunteers was just a tremendous night.”Dubbed “The MLB Little League Classic,” The Pirates-Cardinals game was introduced to celebrate youth baseball during the 2017 Little League World Series. The game aired nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio.To start the day, Major Leaguers attended Little League World Series games at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The day-long baseball celebration culminated with MLB hosting Little Leaguers and their families at the Pirates-Cardinals game.Bowman Field had a major makeover in preparation for the game. A new deck, named Logger’s Landing, was added down the first base line and new seats were added on the grandstand’s two levels.Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program awarded $1.25 million toward the project in November 2016. Major League Baseball made a significant investment, too.“The only thing better than this Major-League game are the dozens of Little League World Series games being playing in Williamsport over the next two weeks,” Gov. Wolf said.“The MLB game was a perfect kick-off for the 2017 Little League World Series. I wish all of the teams here in Williamsport a lot of spirited competition and the best of luck.”View the governor’s recent video message to players, families, spectators, and volunteers can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgGreg Martin’s Moreton Island holiday home.He loves it and doesn’t really want to give it up, but Triple MMM presenter Greg, “Marto’’ Martin has listed his Moreton Island holiday home for sale.Martin said they didn’t get to use it enough anymore so he thought it was time to test the market.He and his family started camping on Moreton Island many years ago, before moving onto renting a holiday home, and then finally buying in partnership with a friend.As their children grew up they all holidayed there frequently and enjoyed what Martin said were fantastic surf waves, on a par with Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast – but not as crowded.“We just don’t use it enough,’’ Martin said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoThe view from the deck of 109 The Strand, Bulwer“Our kids have all gotten older, all of our kids have left school.“He (the part owner) has a boat now so he can go anywhere and all of my family are on the Gold Coast.’’The home at 109 The Strand, Bulwer is listed through Julian Gardner of Ray White – Brisbane CBD.Mr Gardner said Martin and the other part owner, purchased two properties at $425,000 each in 2005 and amalgamated them to form the large holding.Martin said the house slept about 16 people and had four bedrooms. It is the third most northern house on the island and has bush and bay views.There is a large deck and it is a 100 metre walk from the local shop.There are two fully equipped kitchens, two dining rooms and four bathrooms. There are also two sheds and an outdoor fire pit.last_img read more

first_imgHowever, as former UK minister for universities David Willetts declared in a speech at the conference, education is thankfully not going down the online monopoly route that we have seen with Facebook and social media. After social security, health and education account for the two largest items in UK government expenditure – and figures are likely similar elsewhere.Technology has the potential to be transformational in both cases. With healthcare, it is not just through the use of technology to make administration more efficient – with mixed success so far in the UK, which still lacks seamless access to medical records between doctors, hospitals and clinics. Excitingly, technology is also emerging in areas such as the use of artificial intelligence to better diagnose medical imagery. The metrics for success are clear in healthcare, although data protection remains a concern.‘Edtech’ – the trendy term for technology applied to education – has the potential to radically change education in both developed and emerging countries. To what extent it will eventually do so is perhaps less obvious than in healthcare.The EdTechX Europe 2018 summit, held last week in London, was full of exciting start-up companies led by dynamic management teams that saw themselves as providing transformational businesses. Oxford University, UKOxford and Cambridge, at the apex of the UK’s higher education system, offer courses that are expensive to create with individual or small group tuition together with lectures. The collegiate system also means there are physical limits to how many new places can be created.On the other hand, MOOCs offered by such entities may address the issue of disseminating information and teaching – but online courses cannot reproduce the university experience, or indeed the prestige of being admitted to such institutions.Yet there must be alternatives that can utilise the almost-free resource of online courses together with some minimal campus teaching that would not result in students facing large debts at the end of three years. The technology for such offerings is there already but, so far, there has not been a synthesis of online and campus teaching that produces radically cheaper but acceptable alternatives with mass appeal.Edtech has immense potential, but the path to success requires much more than just technology.center_img Could online courses replace university teaching?Online university courses have been around for a number of years, and free massive open online courses (MOOCs) are available from eminent institutions such as Harvard, MIT and Microsoft. At EdTechX entrepreneurs were offering new variations on this theme, including the creation of at least one new online university.Teacher-less teaching?Technology is also arriving in the classroom throughout developed countries. However, some of the initiatives on show at EdTechX suggested that innovation was likely to be far more transformational for isolated communities in poor countries. For example, distributing tablets to provide access to specifically designed courses without school teacher involvement is likely to have far more of an impact than tweaking teaching aids in the developed world.One presentation, for example, related to the Global Learning XPRIZE, a global competition with a $15m (€12.8m) prize purse provided by Tesla founder Elon Musk. It challenges teams around the world to develop open-source and scalable software to enable children with limited education access to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. Field testing of five finalists is already underway in villages in Tanzania.At the other extreme, initiatives such as EtonX are subsidiaries of well-known institutions that leveraging their credibility to attract a worldwide audience.For investors, there is a cornucopia of opportunities in edtech, but deciding what is likely to be a winner may be much more difficult than in healthcare.With healthcare, it is clear that a technological solution that, for example, substantially improves detection of breast cancer from scans would have immediate applications and relevance, and the technology with the best performance would likely be the most successful.Edtech offerings are more problematic. There are many competing offerings in the same space without necessarily any differentiator in terms of quality – and, in many cases, they may be competing with free offerings from highly regarded institutions.  Challenging the traditionalThe rise of online learning opportunities does raise the issue of how traditional universities should be structured in response. David Willetts argued that, unless they are able to meet the demand for more places, universities will be increasingly sidelined as educational institutions while remaining as research entities.last_img read more

first_imgInternal analysis and interpretation of the acquired data will allow Neptune and its partners to plan for the future. Polarcus has completed acquisition of the 3D broadband seismic survey for Neptune Energy on the Petrel field, located in the Bonaparte basin of Australia. Neptune, on behalf of the Petrel JV, entered into an exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific, which acquired the Petrelex 3D seismic survey. Neptune holds 54% of the project and, alongside its partners Santos (40.25%) and Beach Energy (5.75%), invested in new broadband technology over an expanded area to enhance understanding of the potential resources Petrel holds. Polarcus secured approval for an Environmental Plan allowing acquisition of new 3D multi-client data to be acquired across the field. The Polarcus Asima carried out the survey which began towards the end of 2019.center_img “The seismic survey was the first significant investment in this part of the Bonaparte basin in more than five years and it continues to present exciting future growth opportunities for Neptune offshore Australia. Our deeper understanding of the area also positions us well for the upcoming offshore petroleum exploration release later this year.” Neptune Energy Australia managing director, Janet Hann said: “The safe and successful completion of the survey is testament to the excellent teamwork of Neptune and its partners. The 2,900 km2 survey expanded the area of seismic data Neptune holds and increased the quality and breadth of data. Initial findings from the survey have been received with the remaining processed data due to be delivered later this year.last_img read more

first_imgThe Telegraph 11 May 2016Family First Comment: Shocking – but the law being proposed by ACT’s David Seymour will result in the same!And then, read this……“A Dutch psychiatrist who has carried out euthanasia requests at the country’s End-of-Life clinic said .. that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.”Perhaps they simply need good counselling and to be given hope?  The Netherlands has seen a sharp increase in the number of people choosing to end their own lives due to mental health problems such as trauma caused by sexual abuse. Whereas just two people had themselves euthanised in the country in 2010 due to an “insufferable” mental illness, 56 people did so last year, a trend which sparked concern among ethicists . In one controversial case, a sexual abuse victim in her 20s was allowed to go ahead with the procedure as she was suffering from “incurable” PTSD, according to the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.But a Dutch psychiatrist who has carried out euthanasia requests at the country’s End-of-Life clinic said this week that psychiatrists are “too hesitant” about agreeing to euthanasia for patients with psychiatric diseases.Paulan Stärcke, who will present her findings at the Euthanasia 2016 conference in Amsterdam Thursday, told The Telegraph that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.READ MORE: read more

first_imgOtago Daily Times 17 November 2017Family First Comment: Superb (and enlightening) comments by a school Principal“The expectations imposed upon us now as a school, to attend to and reverse the ills of our society, are completely unrealistic and they are beyond our resource capability. It seems now, the first questions about the inappropriate text message sent by a school-age person in the weekend, or the under-age young person attending a party that goes wrong, are not ‘what were the parents thinking and what will the parents do about it’? The first questions now are ‘what school does the young person go to and what is the school going to do about it’? And we’ve seen that in the national media this year … I believe it’s not our parent body who thrust these expectations upon us. It’s the media and it’s increasingly a broader societal expectation.”Well said. Give power – and responsibility – back to the parents!A Dunedin school principal is increasingly concerned by the social expectations imposed on schools, and says some parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s actions.During the recent King’s High School senior prizegiving, rector Dan Reddiex praised his present cohort of pupils for their outstanding achievements during the year, but went on to express deep concern about the future of education in New Zealand.He said the school’s ability to educate boys “in mind and in heart” was under threat.“Alarmingly, in my view, we are increasingly becoming as much a social institution as we are an educational one.“The expectations imposed upon us now as a school, to attend to and reverse the ills of our society, are completely unrealistic and they are beyond our resource capability.“It seems now, the first questions about the inappropriate text message sent by a school-age person in the weekend, or the under-age young person attending a party that goes wrong, are not ‘what were the parents thinking and what will the parents do about it’?READ MORE: read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews “KFC’s Final Ipad2 Winner is… Mr. Mickey Nicholas” by: – January 13, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mr. Mickey Nicholas receives his new Ipad2 from KFC’s RGM, Ms. MoiseKFC has continued its tradition of giving back to its valued customers. KFC held its second and final Ipad2 draw on Saturday January 7th where Mr. Mickey Nicholas emerged winner. He won himself a brand new Ipad2 by participating in the recently concluded “KFC Feastive Feast” promotion.Congratulations to Mr. Mickey Nicholas on your win.We invite the public to look out for upcoming specials and draws from KFC.Press ReleaseFine Foods Inclast_img read more

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded. Spectator admission is $10 for adults and free for veterans and their spouses and kids ages 14 and under.  ALGONA, Iowa – Kossuth County Speedway’s Thursday night Salute to Veterans sees IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars both racing for top checks of $2,000.  Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. center_img More information is available on Facebook. The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both race for $1,000 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the sanctioned card at Algona on July 23. last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle look almost certain to wait until the summer to appoint a permanent successor to Alan Pardew. Press Association Indeed, there is an acceptance that the fact their major targets are currently out of their grasp is evidence they are doing something right and worth pursuing, and having been encouraged by some of the discussions they have had during the last fortnight or so, the Magpies could be ready to play the long game. Ajax boss Frank de Boer, who has softened his public stance on the vacancy, has guided his side into second place in the Eredivisie table behind PSV Eindhoven, while St Etienne sit just a point outside the top three in Ligue 1 under Christophe Galtier and Derby manager Steve McClaren is currently masterminding the Rams’ bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League. In addition, former Lyon boss Remi Garde and ex-Mainz counterpart Thomas Tuchel have both enjoyed a measure of success in the recent past, but are unavailable until the summer. Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr drew up their list of potential candidates – the club received around 80 formal applications for the job – taking into consideration a specific set of requirements tailored to the model adopted by the Magpies under owner Mike Ashley. That blueprint was outlined by the managing director this week. He said: “The traditional English manager who would want full control is not what I’m looking for – they don’t fit within our structure or strategy. “He doesn’t have the final say on transfers and doesn’t get involved in every aspect of the business. His job is to coach the players and implement and oversee a philosophy that goes through the first team, the reserves and down through the Academy to improve the players and to ensure we get the best out of them.” In the meantime Pardew’s former assistant John Carver remains at the helm, and could do so for some time if he is asked to hold the fort until the summer. center_img Managing director Lee Charnley indicated earlier this week that the club are prepared to wait until the end of the season in order to get the right person for the job. Press Association Sport understands the men at the very top of their short-list are all either in employment or otherwise unavailable until the end of the current season, and while that could mean a frustrating delay, they are unwilling to settle for a lesser candidate simply because he could start work immediately. last_img read more

first_imgWest Brom and England goalkeeper Ben Foster has given his Euro 2016 hopes a boost after stepping up his recovery from injury. The 32-year-old played 45 minutes of the Baggies’ 4-3 Under-21 win over Kidderminster on Tuesday. He has been out since March last year after damaging cruciate knee ligaments against Stoke. Albion had hoped he would return before Christmas but he suffered a minor setback in October which delayed his recovery. As part of his rehabilitation the 32-year-old trained with London 2012 triathlon bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee while he also cycled to Paris from London with former England and Crystal Palace midfielder Geoff Thomas to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. Boaz Myhill has replaced Foster in his absence and has kept seven clean sheets this season while Anders Lindegaard was also signed from Manchester United in the summer. Foster, who has eight caps, has previously spoken of his desire to return for Albion to try to force his way back into the England squad ahead of the European Championships this summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more