zoom The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Fugro a contract that will see the deployment of its specialist vessel, equipment and expertise in the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).Using its advanced survey vessel, the Fugro Equator, fitted with state-of-the art multibeam echosounder equipment, Fugro will conduct a bathymetric survey of the search area.The seabed data obtained will assist in the production of maps of the seabed offshore Western Australia.This area is relatively uncharted and the maps will assist in planning subsequent stages of the MH370 search.Fugro and ATSB expect the Fugro Equator to begin its operation by mid-June. June 10, 2014
ICS is concerned that information collected by its member national ship owners’ associations suggests that many governments are not yet prepared to implement the requirements in a uniform manner, in order to ensure the prevention of a potentially serious market distortion.ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The shipping industry is investing billions of dollars in order to ensure compliance with this major regulatory change, and the huge costs involved could have a profound impact on the future structure of the entire shipping industry. We therefore think it is vital that governments get the details of any PSC intervention right as we enter a new world in which fuel costs for many ships will increase overnight by 50% or more.”He added: “There is only six months to go and it is vital that the Paris MOU and its Member States – in co-ordination, as may be appropriate, with the United States and the European Commission – clarify all of the details of ECA implementation with respect to PSC inspection as soon as possible. ICS believes it is important for the maintenance of fair competition that implementation occurs throughout the Paris MOU region in a consistent and harmonised manner.”ICS has just written to the Paris MOU in order to draw attention to the global shipping industry’s serious concern with respect to the sulphur ECA implementation. With the exception of the United States, all of those coastal nations that are located within the IMO sulphur ECAs (in North America, the North Sea and the Baltic) are party to the Paris MOU.ICS has raised a number of PSC inspection issues with respect to MARPOL Annex VI on which ICS believes it is vital that a harmonized approach is developed and agreed by the Paris MOU in advance of the implementation date. These issues include:Whether – as ICS believes should be the case – the principal method of inspection will only involve looking at the bunker delivery note (BDN), with further sampling/analysis of fuel only normally taking place when examination of the BDN suggests clear grounds to suspect non-compliance, or when there is a previous history of non-compliance with MARPOL Annex VI;The procedures to be followed, with reference to applicable IMO Guidelines, in the event that sampling or analysis is undertaken during PSC inspections;The procedures that might be followed with respect to ships that transit an ECA without calling at a Port State located within an ECA;The extent to which a consistent approach will be shown with respect to any discretion for minor technical violations (e.g. those that might arise from fuel switching when a vessel enters an ECA) as opposed to deliberate use of the wrong grade of fuel, or with respect to any discretion that might be applied for a limited period after January 2015;And the criteria to be applied during PSC inspections with respect to alternative compliance measures such as Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (‘scrubbers’) or LNG.Issues with respect to scrubbers that ICS believes require a harmonised approach include the acceptability of ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ systems, and the extent to which overboard discharges will be subject to inspection by reference to the relevant IMO Guidelines.“It is hoped that the Paris MOU will give serious consideration to the issues raised by ICS at the next meeting of its Management Advisory Board, in order to provide clarity,” ICS said.Press Release, July 22nd, 2014 zoom ICS Secretary General, Peter HinchliffeThe International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is encouraging the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control to ensure that a harmonised approach to PSC inspections has been developed in advance of the 1 January 2015 deadline with respect to the implementation of the 0.1% Sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs), established in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI.
zoom The latest merger and acquisition activities in the container shipping sector are set to cause some operational headaches to container shipping alliances as they lose their member lines, UK-based shipping consultancy Drewry believes.French liner company CMA CGM, which is in the process of acquiring Singapore’s APL, plans to move its new addition into the Ocean Three alliance from the G6 Alliance of which APL is a member.As World Maritime News reported, G6 said last week that the acquisition is not expected yet to cause any impact on its operations, pending the acquisition’s approval from regulatory bodies, expected by mid-2016.Under the terms of the G6 agreement CMA CGM will need to give a minimum of six months’ notice after the change of ownerships, which based on the initial timeline of the deal will mean the G6 can stay intact until the end of 2016 at least, unless of course the relevant parties can reach an earlier settlement, Drewry said.On the other hand, Chinese shipping giants Cosco and China Shipping have been granted merger approval by authorities in Beijing, creating the world’s fourth biggest carrier based on the operated fleet.However, it is not yet known if Cosco/CSCL will reside in the Ocean Three (current home of CSCL) or the CKYHE Alliance (home to Cosco).Image Courtesy: Drewry“The coming together of CMA CGM with APL and of Cosco with CSCL will allow these two groups to play catch up with Maersk and MSC at the top of the size rankings and will further concentrate control of the fleet among the leading few carriers: the new Top 5 carriers will control around 55% of the active fleet and orderbook as they currently stand,” Drewry said.In conclusion, Drewry anticipates that the ongoing consolidation efforts will not do anything to improve industry profitability in the medium term as it merely shuffles the excess number of ships into fewer hands.“Further consolidation is a possibility as other lines decide they cannot keep up with the Jones’ but the challenging outlook will subdue valuations, making them less appealing to potential sellers,” the consultancy added.
An independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Yvonne Marshall v. Northwoodcare Inc. is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 5. Ms. Marshall alleges she was discriminated against on the basis of race or colour and disability while employed by Northwoodcare. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m., Windmill Room, Holiday Inn Harbourview 101 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. The board chair is Lynn Connors, who is independent of the commission, which is representing the public interest at the inquiry. -30-
APTN National NewsThe Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the mining company responsible for last week’s massive tailings pond breach before a similar mine is developed on their land.Chief Judy Wilson says Imperial Metals, through its subsidiary Ruddock Creek Mining, is seeking approval for a mine in their territory but accuse the company of failing to protect lands and point to the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Aug 4.“(Mount Polley) could have been prevented if Imperial Metals had proper risk assessment and management practices in place; and the provincial and federal governments had properly assessed and monitored the mining operation,” says Wilson in a statement.The Secwepemc is made up of 17 First Nations.Wilson says they have a responsibility to protect their land and waters.“Our people made a declaration opposing the Ruddock Creek mine and held water ceremonies to protect our water and salmon. Our council stands with our elders and people, we oppose the proposed Ruddock Creek mine by Imperial Metals and hereby evict Imperial Metals from our territory,” she says.” If Imperial Metals does not comply, Neskonlith will also block access to the Ruddock Creek Mine to ensure it is closed indefinitely.”
2 September 2009Representatives of dozens of countries have gathered today at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the start of a three-day meeting to map out practical ways to strengthen the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities. The Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will focus on improving rights through national laws and other measures at the country level. The Convention, which entered into force in May last year, asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities. So far 142 countries have signed the treaty and 66 have ratified it. The pact’s Optional Protocol allows individuals to petition an international expert body with grievances, and this has been signed by 88 nations and ratified by 44. By signing, and then ratifying the treaty, States commit themselves to enact laws and other measures to improve disability rights, as well as abolish discriminatory legislation, customs and practices. Participants in this week’s meeting will take part in round-table discussions and informal discussions, and are also expected to devise the basis for a road map for further actions to implement the Convention. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the conference today that the Convention provides a solid basis for advancing the human rights of people with disabilities and for enabling their full participation and inclusion in society.Ms. Migiro said it was encouraging that so many countries had already adopted new laws and policies to comply with the Convention or modified existing laws and policies. This is essential to ensuring the effective implementation of the treaty, she added.
Silva was a top commander during the final stages of the country’s civil war. Frechette gave no further explanation, but Silva headed Division 58, which was named in a U.N. report in connection with alleged war crimes. Sri Lanka’s deputy U.N. ambassador has been dropped from a group advising Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on payment to troops participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations, the Associated Press reported today.According to the report, the group’s chair, former U.N. deputy secretary-general Louise Frechette, said in a statement Wednesday that after consulting other members she had advised Major General Shavendra Silva “that his participation is not appropriate or helpful.”
Chittoor: District Collector N Bharath Gupta has instructed the Deputy Director of Social Welfare to provide sleeping cots to the inmates of the Balayogi Boys Residential Hostel in Puthalapattu and required furniture in the classrooms of social welfare schools at the earliest. The Collector made a surprise visit to residential hostel in Puthalapattu on Thursday and enquired with them about the facilities being provide to them. He asked several questions to students pertaining to subjects to know the teaching standards in school. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us Many students gave correct answers for the Collector’s queries. Gupta inspected all the portions of the social welfare hostel. Speaking to the boys of the hostel, the Collector exhorted them to meet the expectations of the government and parents. Responding to a request from hostel boys, he instructed Deputy Director (Social Welfare) to provide sleeping cots. Later, he ate mid-day meal along with the boys in the hostel. DD (Social Welfare) Vijayakumar, Principal Bhaskara Babu, teachers Jyothi, Manjula and others were present.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Southeast D.C. (Photo/dc.gov)James Kyle, who was hired to lead St. Elizabeth’s Hospital by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), resigned after just 30 days as the institution’s CEO. Regarded as “a nationally board certified health care executive with over 30 years of experience in the medical field,” by Bowser, Kyle resigned following questions over his qualifications.According to the Washington Business Journal, Kyle’s experience in the field did not hold up under scrutiny, with the position he held before coming to the District, medical director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Services in Rosebud, South Dakota, now at risk of losing its federal funding.“My previous experience, military service, and training as a health care executive have prepared me for this job,” he told the Washington Post when confronted about his background March 22. Ten days later, on April 4, Kyle tendered his resignation, without citing a reason.Dr. Kyle contacted several news organizations, including FOX 5 television, and provided documents to substantiate his qualifications. Saying the D.C. government made a mistake in not properly vetting him, Kyle said Bowser asked him to resign. “I can’t talk specifically about personnel matters, but we want to move in a new direction, so we will,” Bowser said in a statement to FOX 5.Kyle replaced Beth Gouse, who served as interim CEO following the resignation of Patrick Canavan in July 2015. Steeped in accusations of wrongdoing, a federal investigation detailed patient assaults and civil rights violations, including leaving the facility unattended, suicides, and the undue use of solitary confinement and restraints.Located in Southeast D.C., St Elizabeth’s Hospital is the District’s public psychiatric facility for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who need intensive inpatient care to support their recovery. The hospital has 292 licensed beds and 400 admissions annually. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was the first national facility devoted to the humane treatment of the mentally ill.
The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far In Japan you need certifications for everything, so why not have a little fun and become a certified Survey Corps member? The Attack on Titan official website announced that fans can sign up to take the 進撃の巨人検定 ～調査兵団入団テスト～ (Attack on Titan Certification: Survey Corps Enrollment Test) this December.Fans can sign up for two different tests that challenge proficiency in Attack on Titan knowledge, the Soldier Class test, and the Squad Leader Class test. Both tests are made up of 100 questions that test fans on the first and second seasons of the anime. Those who pass the tests will receive a special certificate with an exclusive illustration.via animenewsnetwork.comThe tests will be held in Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, Fukuoka, and Tokyo on December 10. If you want to take the Soldier Class test, you’ll have to pay ¥4,500. If you want to try your hand at being a Squad Leader, you’ll need to cough up ¥5,600. You can get a small discount if you take them both for ¥9,000. You can register from now all the way up to November 7.AdChoices广告While the US will probably not get an opportunity to obtain the Survey Corps Certification, there is some consolation. Attack on Titan Season 3 will premiere in 2018, and if it’s anything like Season 2, we’ll get it simulcast at the same time it airs in Japan. Stay on target
Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The $20 million Series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants.With this round of funding, Circle has raised more than $30 million to date, including a Series A from 2017.According to the company, Circle intends to use the funds to expand its product offering and form new partnerships with hardware makers and mobile carriers.The timing is perfect. Parents are increasingly looking at ways to make sure children and teenagers do not become addicted to screens.Circle works different from other solutions attempting to limit screen time. It’s hardware based and sits plugged into a home’s network. It allows an administrator, like a parent, to easily restrict the amount of time a device, such as an iPhone owned by a child, is able to access the local network. It’s easy and that’s the point.Circle sits in a small, but growing field of services attempting to give parents the ability to limit their child’s screen time. Some of these solutions, like Apple’s, sit in the cloud. And though Apple’s works well, it is limited to iOS and Mac OS devices. Others, like those on Netgear’s Orbi products, offer a similar network-wide net, but are much harder to use than Circle.In my household we use tools like Circle. The lure of the screen is just too great and these solutions, when used in combination with traditional parenting, ensure my children stare into the real world — at least for a few minutes a day.
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Wouldn’t it be magical if we could watch old black and white movie footages and images in color? Deep learning, more precisely, GANs can help here. A recent approach by a software researcher Jason Antic tagged as ‘DeOldify’ is a deep learning based project for colorizing and restoring old images and film footages. In one of the sessions at the recent Facebook Developer Conference held from April 30 – May 1, 2019, Antic, along with Jeremy Howard, and Uri Manor talked about how by using GANs one can reconstruct images and videos, such as increasing their resolution or adding color to a black and white film. However, they also pointed out that GANs can be slow, and difficult and expensive to train. They demonstrated how to colorize old black & white movies and drastically increase the resolution of microscopy images using new PyTorch-based tools from fast. ai, the Salk Institute, and DeOldify that can be trained in just a few hours on a single GPU. DeOldify makes use of a NoGAN training, which combines the benefits of GAN training (wonderful colorization) while eliminating the nasty side effects (like flickering objects in the video). NoGAN training is crucial while getting some images or videos stable and colorful. An example of DeOldify trying to achieve a stable video is as follows: Source: GitHub Antic said, “the video is rendered using isolated image generation without any sort of temporal modeling tacked on. The process performs 30-60 minutes of the GAN portion of “NoGAN” training, using 1% to 3% of Imagenet data once. Then, as with still image colorization, we “DeOldify” individual frames before rebuilding the video.” The three models in DeOldify DeOldify includes three models including video, stable and artistic. Each of the models has its strengths and weaknesses, and their own use cases. The Video model is for video and the other two are for images. Stable This model achieves the best results with landscapes and portraits and produces fewer zombies (where faces or limbs stay gray rather than being colored in properly). It generally has less unusual miscolorations than artistic, but it’s also less colorful in general. This model uses a resnet101 backbone on a UNet with an emphasis on width of layers on the decoder side. This model was trained with 3 critic pretrain/GAN cycle repeats via NoGAN, in addition to the initial generator/critic pretrain/GAN NoGAN training, at 192px. This adds up to a total of 7% of Imagenet data trained once (3 hours of direct GAN training). Artistic This model achieves the highest quality results in image coloration, with respect to interesting details and vibrance. However, in order to achieve this, one has to adjust the rendering resolution or render_factor. Additionally, the model does not do as well as ‘stable’ in a few key common scenarios- nature scenes and portraits. Artistic model uses a resnet34 backbone on a UNet with an emphasis on depth of layers on the decoder side. This model was trained with 5 critic pretrain/GAN cycle repeats via NoGAN, in addition to the initial generator/critic pretrain/GAN NoGAN training, at 192px. This adds up to a total of 32% of Imagenet data trained once (12.5 hours of direct GAN training). Video The Video model is optimized for smooth, consistent and flicker-free video. This would definitely be the least colorful of the three models; while being almost close to the ‘stable’ model. In terms of architecture, this model is the same as “stable”; however, differs in training. It’s trained for a mere 2.2% of Imagenet data once at 192px, using only the initial generator/critic pretrain/GAN NoGAN training (1 hour of direct GAN training). DeOldify was achieved by combining certain approaches including: Self-Attention Generative Adversarial Network: Here, Antic has modified the generator, a pre-trained U-Net, to have the spectral normalization and self-attention. Two Time-Scale Update Rule: It’s just one to one generator/critic iterations and higher critic learning rate. This is modified to incorporate a “threshold” critic loss that makes sure that the critic is “caught up” before moving on to generator training. This is particularly useful for the “NoGAN” method. NoGAN doesn’t have a separate research paper. This, in fact, is a new type of GAN training developed to solve some key problems in the previous DeOldify model. NoGAN includes the benefits of GAN training while spending minimal time doing direct GAN training. Antic says, “I’m looking to make old photos and film look reeeeaaally good with GANs, and more importantly, make the project useful.” “I’ll be actively updating and improving the code over the foreseeable future. I’ll try to make this as user-friendly as possible, but I’m sure there’s going to be hiccups along the way”, he further added. To further know about the hardware components and other details head over to Jason Antic’s GitHub page. Read Next Training Deep Convolutional GANs to generate Anime Characters [Tutorial] Sherin Thomas explains how to build a pipeline in PyTorch for deep learning workflows Using deep learning methods to detect malware in Android Applications
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian opposition leaders are refusing to accept the official final results of the national parliamentary election.The Central Elections Common quietly posted final results for 445 of the parliament’s 450 seats over the weekend. They showed that President Viktor Yanukovych’s party and allied parties will control a majority of seats.The commission said vote-counting for five seats had been unlawful and those races must be rerun. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The opposition insists it won those five seats.Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a leader of the main opposition party, said Monday that the opposition does not recognize the results and will challenge them in local and international courts.It was unclear whether opposition members who won other seats would begin work in the new parliament set to convene in mid-December.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
Singapore Airlines Groupadjusts Northern Winter schedule 4 10 11 Current Frequency (per week) 6 Route 27 Oct 2013 Singapore – Visakhapatnam 5 27 Oct 2013 Singapore – Phuket 7 Singapore – Hanoi Singapore – Kuching 3 3 8 Singapore – Cebu 26 Nov 2013 7 Frequency increases: Singapore – Solo 2 3 35 New Frequency (per week) Effective Date The Singapore Airlines Group is keeping its flight timetable hot over the Northern Winter, with additional flights to across Asia.Commencing 27 October 2013 and through to 29 March 2014, Singapore Airlines will utilise its Boeing 777 to add a third daily service to New Delhi.Subject to regulatory approval, the group’s regional wing, SilkAir will add an extra weekly flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, while services between Singapore and Visakhapatnam, India will increase from three to four times weekly.Kunchin, Malaysia will also receive an additional weekly service, while flights to Cebu, the Philippines will rise from daily to eight times weekly and Davao, the Philippines will increase from five to six times weekly.Flights to Danang, Vietnam will also increase by one over the Northern Winter, from six flight per week to daily and Hanoi, Vietnam will increase from three times to four times weekly.Compensating for the extra services, SilkAir announced it will reduce flights to Thailand, with services to Solo, Indonesia and Phuket, Thailand decreasing to twice weekly and 30 times weekly.See the table below for SilkAir’s Northern Winter (27 October 2013 – 29 March 2014): Frequency reductions: Singapore – Davao 30 4 Singapore – Danang 3 6 4 Singapore – Siem Reap *Subject to regulatory approvalSource = ETB News: N.J.
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix 7. Odds and Ends: – Temple’s win over Penn State was the program’s first since 1941.– Texas’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame was its worst opening day loss in 27 years. Six of Charlie Strong’s eight losses in Austin have come by 21 points or more, including three straight losses by a cumulative score of 117-20.– If Alabama approaches you about playing you in a neutral site opener, run as far as you can as fast as you can. The Tide are 6-0 in such games, winning by an average score of 35-16.– May we all be spend one moment as happy as Bronco Mendenhall is here: SMU playing Baylor to a near draw in the first half: REAL. It’s impossible to adequately quantify the difference between the SMU of September 2014 and the SMU of September 2015. Perhaps the difference between high noon on Mercury and midnight on Pluto might do it. The Mustangs’ lack of depth and experience showed in the first half, but they played with a crispness, a purpose and a level of confidence they did not have a year ago. The first half of the previous sentence will change with time; the second will not.Baylor’s first quarter struggles against that same SMU team: MIRAGE. Missing two starters plus pulling together a phantom game plan will do that to you.John Chavis will be a difference maker at Texas A&M: REAL. Myles Garrett will make any defense look at least 30 percent better than it is in his absence, but the Aggies played with a Chief-like speed and savagery. The same defense that allowed nearly 300 yards per game held Arizona State to 2.2 yards a carry on Saturday night in Houston. This wasn’t Kenny Trill exploiting an overrated South Carolina defense in a shootout victory. This was a 21-point win over a Pac-12 South contender led by a stout defense and dynamic newcomers Christian Kirk and Kyler Murry. Doubt this team at your own risk.UCLA can’t compete in the Pac-12 South with a true freshman quarterback: MIRAGE. True freshman Josh Rosen played with the grace of a fifth-year senior, hitting 28-of-35 passes for 351 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. And he’ll probably only get better from here.Alabama’s continued quarterback race is something to be worried about: MIRAGE. You saw Derrick Henry’s three touchdown runs, right? A steady diet of that, Lane Kiffin, and it won’t matter who takes the snap.Temple’s defense really is this good: REAL. We tried to tell you Thursday. (Okay, maybe we didn’t go far enough.) After a 27-10 win over Penn State, the Owls have announced themselves as contenders in the AAC East.For everything else that happened this weekend? Could be water, could be sand. But we’re all drinking it anyway.2. FBS head coaching debuts: Taking stock of the 16 head coaching debuts across college football.– David Beaty and Kansas lost to South Dakota State, 41-38. On the bright side, Kansas ended the game on a 31-10 run. On the other, they fell in a 31-7 hole less than 150 seconds into the second quarter. And it ended in horribly.– Pat Narduzzi and Pittsburgh defeated fellow newcomer Bo Pelini and Youngstown State, 45-37.– Mike Bobo and Colorado State crushed Savannah State, 65-13.– Jim McElwain and Florida blew out New Mexico State, 61-13.– Mike Riley and Nebraska lost their first home opener in 29 years on a last-second Hail Mary to BYU, 33-28.– Jim Harbaugh and Michigan fell to Utah in a valiant, yet still losing, effort, 24-17. But you knew that already.– Gary Andersen and Oregon State topped Weber State, 26-7. Don’t let the final score fool you: Weber State was within 6-0 at the half and 13-7 after three. Andersen at the half of Friday night’s game: “As an offense, we aren’t very good. That’s the bottom line.”– Paul Chryst and Wisconsin put up a fight before falling to Alabama, 35-17.– On short notice, Bill Cubit and Illinois smacked Kent State, 52-3. That’s a larger win than Tim Beckman ever had in three seasons leading the Illini.– John Bonamego and Central Michigan put on a good showing Thursday night, pushing visiting Oklahoma State to a 24-13 final.– Chad Morris and SMU displayed the most feel-good 56-21 loss to Baylor. More on Morris and the Mustangs later.– Tom Herman and Houston racked up 627 yards of offense in a 52-24 win over Tennessee Tech.– Philip Montgomery and Tulsa and survived Florida Atlantic, 47-44 in overtime. Quarterback Dane Evans threw for a Baylor-like 424 yards.– Lance Leipold and Buffalo blew out Albany, 51-14. As Leipold-coached teams do.– Tony Sanchez and UNLV built an early lead over Northern Illinois but ultimately fell 38-30.– Neal Brown and Troy lost at N.C. State, 49-21.3. Notable coordinator debuts: While we’re at it, let’s look at how major coordinator hires fared in week one.– South Carolina DC Jon Hoke: 440 yards allowed (208 rushing, 232 passing), 6.9 yards/play, 20 first downs allowed, 8-of-13 on third downs, three forced turnovers in a 17-13 win over North Carolina.– North Carolina DC Gene Chizik: 394 yards allowed (254 rushing, 140 passing), 5.3 yards/play, 22 first downs, 8-of-15 on third downs, no forced turnovers in a 17-13 loss to South Carolina.– Auburn DC Will Muschamp: 405 yards allowed (238 rushing, 167 passing), 5 yards/play, 27 first downs, 8-of-16 on third downs, two forced turnovers in a 31-24 win over Louisville.– Kentucky OC Shannon Dawson: 435 total yards (178 rushing, 257 passing), 7.25 yards/play, 18 first downs, 5-of-14 on third downs in a 40-33 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.– Notre Dame OC Mike Sanford: 527 total yards (214 rushing, 313 passing), 7.03 yards/play, 30 first downs, 8-of-14 on third downs in a 38-3 win over Texas.– UCLA DC Tom Bradley: 336 total yards allowed (98 rushing, 238 passing), 4.87 yards/play, 19 first downs, 9-of-13 on third downs, one turnover forced in a 34-16 win over Virginia.– Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley: 539 total yards (100 rushing, 439 passing), 7.19 yards/play, 26 first downs, 4-of-13 on third downs in a 41-3 win over Akron.– Georgia OC Brian Schottenheimer: 435 total yards (243 rushing/192 passing), 8.4 yards/play, 19 first downs, 5-of-9 on third downs in a 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe.– Texas A&M DC John Chavis: 291 total yards allowed (92 rushing, 199 passing), 3.55 yards/play, 19 first downs allowed, 14-of-19 on third downs, two turnovers forced in a 38-17 win over Arizona State.– Texas Tech DC David Gibbs: 637 total yards allowed (317 rushing, 320 passing), 6.5 yards/play, 34 first downs, 6-of-15 on third downs, four turnovers forced in a 59-45 win over Sam Houston State.4. Because it’s never too early to start regional chest thumping: Here’s how the Power Five conferences have fared against each other so far this season.ACC: 0-3 (0-2 vs. SEC, 0-1 vs. Pac-12)Big Ten: 1-3 (1-1 vs. Pac-12, 0-1 vs. Big 12, 0-1 vs. SEC)Big 12: 1-1 (1-0 vs. Big Ten, 0-1 vs. Notre Dame)Pac-12: 2-2 (1-1 vs. Pac-12, 1-0 vs. ACC, 0-1 vs. SEC)SEC: 4-0 (2-0 vs. ACC, 1-0 vs. Big Ten, 1-0 vs. Pac-12)5. Best weekend ever: Michael and Karen Mangum. The Mangums are the Eagle, Idaho couple that produced BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum, thrower of this pass:and Madison Mangum, catcher of this pass: 6. Worst weekend ever: The state of Washington. Washington lost to Boise State on Friday night. Washington State lost to Portland State, one of the worst FBS losses in recent memory.Portland St’s 24-17 win over Washington St was the 3rd-biggest upset in last 10 years, per our Football Power Index. pic.twitter.com/U753YhTZQl — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 5, 2015 The offseason is a nine month slog through the treacherous, lonely, scorching hot and yet somehow bitingly cold desert, and the first weekend is that first glimpse of water. It might be real, it might not, but in that glorious, life-saving moment, you don’t care. You’re just too damn delirious.Much of what we saw in college football’s protracted opening weekend will follow suit through autumn and into winter. Much of it will evaporate by next weekend. This is a recipe for sometimes drastic overreactions. In the first of six nuggets from the opening weekend, we’ll attempt to sort to what’s real and what is imagined.Stanford’s struggling offense at Northwestern: REAL. Head coach David Shaw is in his fifth year, and quarterback Kevin Hogan is a four year starter with more wins to his credit than any current FBS quarterback. There aren’t a lot of new clubs in the bag here. And Stanford was held to 3.9 yards a play and without a touchdown in a 16-6 loss at Northwestern. This Cardinal team will need to lean on its defense a lot this fall.
Samoa Airways chairman Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i has expressed confidence in the financial state of the airline.The Government is yet to release the annual report of the airline’s performance in the last 12 months, but that did not trouble Fe’esago, as they prepare to become the first airline in the Pacific to use a Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft.“We are financial stable to proceed with the leasing of the Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft. We can afford it. We wouldn’t be going into this if we did not have sufficient funds,” he said in an interview.“As a matter of fact, you should appreciate all the work we did not get this new lease going. This would be a dry lease versus the wet lease that is currently in use.“The one we have been using, its an ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance), this time with this new aircraft will be ours and once we get this new plane, we will terminate the wet lease we currently have. And there is a huge difference and a lot of savings,” he added.Fe’esago said the agreement with the American firm Air Lease Corporation is good for the airline, as it is a “dry lease” which means it will come without the aircraft owner providing a crew.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Air Lease Corporation CEO Sand Steven F. Udvar-Házy were at the signing ceremony.When Fe’esago was asked by this newspaper about a $12 million loan that it took from the Unit Trust of Samoa, referred the questions to the C.E.O. Tupuivao Seiuli Tuala.Samoa Airways asked the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) for a $12 million loan last year with the Minister of Public Enterprise, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, saying new companies should have a backup plan – and that calls for additional funding – in case of an emergency and the company does not scramble to look for money hence the loan with U.T.O.S.”“With any starting company, especially an airline which is very costly, during its first 24 months will operate on a loss. However, for the Samoa Airways that has changed and our flights have been full since last month,” he added.While the Minister denied the airline was in a financial conundrum, he admitted that the Government is paying the wages for its pilots and cabin crew until a local crew is hired.The post Airline chairman confident in finances appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
“At the end of the day, you look and think, ‘Holy moley, these guys flew around today.’ They do it this way, and they build days, upon days, upon days, upon days of it. We practice full speed every day, and it’s impressive because some teams you have to chase to practice the right way, and you’re living in their grill. But this group, you just let them go. They know how important it is to play fast.”Brown then goes on to share more about what he’s noticed makes his collection of defensive players so special with their attention to detail and getting in the proper posture and position to make tackles as the season goes on when details like that start to fall by the wayside.Hear coach Brown’s thoughts below.Why Don Brown wasn’t surprised that #Michigan held MSU to 94 total yards of offense. pic.twitter.com/eAz0l6vuty— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) October 31, 2018 When the final horn sounded and Michigan walked off the field victorious against rival Michigan State, on the shoulders of an absolutely dominant performance from Don Brown’s defense holding the Spartans to just 94 total yards of offense a few weekends ago, Don Brown wasn’t the least bit surprised.He’s known this Michigan defense has what it takes to be special, and special is exactly what they’ve been through the first 8 games of the season, ranking 1st in the country in total defense, allowing over 40 yards less than #2 Miami (FL). The Wolverines defense also ranks first nationally in passing defense, 9th in the country in run defense, and 6th in college football in scoring defense.Brown shared what it is about this year’s defense that makes them so special, and to no one’s surprise (except maybe Allen Iverson), it starts with how they practice.“This team, this defensive team that we’re coaching currently, is the best practice team that I have ever been around. I don’t have to go out there with my hair on fire, or screaming at guys, ‘You’ve got to hustle,’ ‘You’ve got to run,’ or ‘Get to the ball!’. There’s none of that going on. This team practices like you’re supposed to practice.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix
President Nicos Anastasiades leaves for Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on Sunday, to attend the 1st EU-Arab League Summit, in the framework of which he is set to have bilateral meetings with heads of states in the region and to promote Cyprus’ initiative to play a coordinating role in introducing policies and strategies by neighbouring countries to tackle climate change.The EU-League of Arab States (LAS) summit will bring together for the first time, heads of state or government with EU leaders.European Council President Donald Tusk will co-chair the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He will represent the EU along with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.Anastasiades will meet with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday, and Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri and Kind Abdullah of Jordan on Monday.The meetings will offer the opportunity to further promote and enhance bilateral cooperation as well as the trilateral cooperation and to point out Cyprus’ role as a European pillar of stability and as a state that can boost security in the region by playing its role in the area, a statement said.Anastasiades will be accompanied by government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou and will return to Cyprus on Monday evening.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola