The Nelson Leafs were dealt a huge blow during the weekend when current skipper Matt Hughes resigned his position as head coach and General Manager of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team.Hughes, who was selected to the position from a list of more than 25 applicants in May of this year to replace Frank Maida, called team president Larry Martel Saturday to inform the head of the Leaf board of the decision to take a director’s position with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna.“It’s quite shocking to us,” Nelson Leaf board member Michelle MacLean told The Nelson Daily Monday.“Here we are 36 days out from our first exhibition game so this is not what we wanted to hear.”“But we have a very solid board and club in place and had a lot of interest in the position so we feel we’re still on track, but yes, this does cause a bump in the road for us.”Hughes, originally from Kamloops, came to the Leafs with very high accolades from former coaches and hockey personal in the junior ranks.The former coach at the Okanagan Hockey School held similar positions with Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League where he coached former Leaf Troy Petrich, Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Hockey League and was coach of the year when he skippered Columbia Valley Rockies of the Kootenay International Junior League. Hughes spent two seasons with the Storm, one as an assistant and the 2013-14 season as head coach.However, Hughes was fired in May after the Storm missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.“All his references spoke very highly of Matt and said we would be foolish not to hire him as coach,” Martel told The Nelson Daily at the time of the hiring of Hughes in May.MacLean said the board would immediately reconvene the steering committee that recommended the hiring of Hughes.“We had 28 resumes when we first began the process in the spring so we’ll go back to those applications to hopefully find a coach to announce as soon as possible,” MacLean said.MacLean said the Leaf board would make the final decision on a new coach.Hughes, who was also penciled in to be the head coach for Nelson Minor Hockey, has been attending Junior A camps during the off season and of late, was recently guest coach at the tryout session with the Merritt Centennials of the BC Hockey League.“This definitely leaves us in a lurch but we’re taking immediate steps to rectify this,” MacLean said. “Hopefully we’ll have a coach by the end of the week or at least someone in the interim.”Nelson opens training camp August 29 at the NDCC Arena.The first exhibition game is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 at home against the defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The KIJHL season opens for Nelson Friday, September 12 at the NDCC Arena against the same Nitehawks.
December 21, 2019
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat has been chosen as one of three RNLI Lifeboat teams around the country to share €5000 through BT Irelands nationwide payroll giving scheme ‘Give As You Earn’.The presentation of the cheque came from BT Ireland’s emergency call answering service operators in Ballyshannon earlier this week.Further donations were made to Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat and Courtmacsharry RNLI lifeboat teams to support their vital services in the community. BT operates the national 999/112 emergency call answering service (ECAS) on behalf of the state and the RNLI Lifeboat crews are just one of the many emergency services that are deployed to provide critical lifesaving services as a result of calls to the ECAS.BT Ireland Emergency Call Answering Service operators from BT’s 999 call centre in Ballyshannon presenting a cheque for €3,000 to members of the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat team. Front from left Ollie Duffy, Mary Harron, Jonathan Costello, Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ciaran O’Mahony, Fiona Fox and Michale Burke. Cormack McGurren, Killian O’Kelly and Patrick O’Doherty, Lifeboat Crew. Photo Clive WassonBT Ireland Emergency Call Answering Service operators from BT’s 999 call centre in Ballyshannon presenting a cheque for €3,000 to members of the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat team. Front from left Ollie Duffy, Mary Harron, Jonathan Costello, Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ciaran O’Mahony, Fiona Fox and Michale Burke. Cormack McGurren, Killian O’Kelly and Patrick O’Doherty, Lifeboat Crew. Photo Clive WassonBT Ireland Emergency Call Answering Service operators from BT’s 999 call centre in Ballyshannon presenting a cheque for €3,000 to members of the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat team. Front from left Ollie Duffy, Mary Harron, Jonathan Costello, Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ciaran O’Mahony, Fiona Fox and Michale Burke. Cormack McGurren, Killian O’Kelly and Patrick O’Doherty, Lifeboat Crew. Photo Clive WassonRNLI’s Bundoran team to receive €3000 through nationwide payroll scheme was last modified: April 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
November 16, 2019
Transfers ‘Drinkwater doesn’t scare me’ – Bakayoko would welcome competition at Chelsea Last updated 2 years ago 03:25 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Leicester City Premier League The Blues are looking to push through a deal for the Leicester midfielder prior to the deadline and further arrivals will be embraced in west London Tiemoue Bakayoko insists “Danny Drinkwater doesn’t scare me” as Chelsea try to push through a late deal for the Leicester midfielder.Goal revealed on Monday that the Blues were ready to press ahead with their efforts to get reinforcements into Stamford Bridge prior to Thursday’s deadline.A £35 million offer for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has now been accepted, but he could be joined by further midfield additions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina England international Drinkwater is another top target, but his presence in west London would be embraced rather than feared by a man already snapped up for £40 million this summer.Blues 15/2 to beat Leicester 2-0Bakayoko, who joined the Blues in a big-money move from Monaco, told SFR Sport: “Danny Drinkwater doesn’t scare me.“It’s the competition. It’s good, I think every team needs that. It makes you improve”.Antonio Conte has been vocal in his calls for fresh faces before the summer window closes, with Chelsea short on senior numbers.He has regularly expressed a desire to get bodies on board, having already landed Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger.That movement is now coming, with Chelsea looking to ensure that they are well placed to handle the demands of competition on multiple fronts this season.Last season’s title success has them back in the Champions League, while a positive start to the defence of their domestic crown has been made following a shock defeat to Burnley on the opening weekend.Drinkwater knows what it takes to get his hands on that piece of silverware, having helped Leicester to their remarkable triumph in 2015-16.If he is to make his way to Stamford Bridge then he will be reunited with a familiar face from that title success, with N’Golo Kante having made a similar switch last summer.
September 17, 2019
Posted: January 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom January 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Two Chihuahua puppies found dumped in trash, County Animal Services searches for suspect(s) responsible By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications OfficeSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — For the second time in just 10 days, two puppies were found dumped in the trash in San Diego County.This time, two Chihuahuas, about 7 weeks old, were found in a trash can at the Old Town trolley station.Animal control officers picked up the two tiny dogs after they were discovered Jan. 12 and took them to the County’s animal shelter on Gaines Street. Veterinary staff determined the dogs were females and they both appeared to be in good health.“There is no reason whatsoever to dump puppies, kittens or any other animals in a trash can where they are certain to die,” said County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa. “Anyone can drop off unwanted animals at County Animal Services where they’ll have an opportunity to find a good, loving home.”Due to the puppies’ age, County Animal Services asked a rescue group to foster the dogs. Once they are old enough, the rescue group will put the puppies up for adoption.Two other puppies were found inside a box at a dumpster in the Midway area on Jan. 2. The two were only about 12 days old and believed to be King Charles spaniels.County Animal Services is seeking information on who owned the abandoned puppies or the identities of the people who committed the crimes in both cases. People with information are asked to call (619) 767-2740.If convicted of animal cruelty/abuse, a suspect could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.If you witness or suspect animal abuse or neglect, the department asks you to call (619) 236-2341. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
September 11, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, November 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 5pm. High near 68. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Early Voting: Early ends today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. Cultures & Communities: Sugar Skulls & Papel Picado at 2:30pm. Humans vs. Zombies at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
September 10, 2019
Share your voice Computers Roadshow Tags Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV 8:35 It’s a major effort to design a processor chip. The magnitude of the work is reflected in the gargantuan number of transistors — 6 billion — that make up the processing circuitry on each of Tesla’s chips. But Tesla’s in-house expertise, spanning everything from processors and software to battery manufacturing and charging stations, gives it a major advantage over conventional automakers.”Other car manufacturers can’t compete,” said New Street analyst Pierre Ferragu in an August report on Tesla. “Their business model doesn’t allow them to fit all cars with this expensive hardware, and they run vastly behind on technology, depending too much on their suppliers and unable to tightly integrate hardware, software, and operations. As a result, Tesla is setting the standard for mass-market autopilot.”Two brains for self-driving safetyEach Tesla computer has two AI chips, a redundant design for better safety, Venkataramanan said. There’s redundancy in the chips’ power supplies and data input feeds, too. Even the car’s cameras are on two separate power supplies to guard against failures.”There are a lot of redundancy features, which makes sure … nothing untoward happens to the system” if a sensor, component, camera or power supply fails, Venkataramanan said.Each chip makes its own assessment of what the car should do next. The computer compares the two assessments, and if the chips agree, the car takes the action. If the chips disagree, the car just throws away that frame of video data and tries again, Venkataramanan said. That’s one of the reasons Tesla wanted powerful AI chips that could handle such a high frame rate for video.Highly optimizedEach Tesla AI chip runs at 2GHz and performs 36 trillion operations per second. That performance is possible because Tesla optimized the chips for self-driving cars and dropped anything more general purpose, said Debjit Das Sarma, another Tesla chip designer and former AMD engineer.For example, the chip handles data recorded as 8-bit integers instead of the 16-bit floating-point numbers more common in AI tasks but that require more power to process. For another, it’s got an extremely limited set of instructions it can process. And it’s got a gargantuan 32 megabytes of high-speed SRAM memory on the chip, which means it doesn’t have to wait around while fetching data from much slower conventional DRAM memory.”Rather than spending all the power on these profligate things, we wanted to spend most of the energy on what really matters for us,” Das Sarma said. Although Tesla designed the core AI elements of the processor, it relied on off-the-shelf elements for things like graphics processing.The AI chip took 14 months to design, and now Samsung is manufacturing the processor. It’s shipping in newer Tesla cars now, and older models can be upgraded. 9 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: 38 Two big, square AI processors power Tesla’s third-generation full self-driving car computer. Tesla showed the computer at the Hot Chips conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET Designing your own chips is hard. But Tesla, one of the most aggressive developers of autonomous vehicle technology, thinks it’s worth it. The company shared details Tuesday about how it fine-tuned the design of its AI chips so two of them are smart enough to power its cars’ upcoming “full self-driving” abilities.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and his colleagues revealed the company’s third-generation computing hardware in April. But at the Hot Chips conference Tuesday, chip designers showed how heavy optimizations in Tesla’s custom AI chips dramatically boosted performance — a factor of 21 compared to the earlier Nvidia chips. As a bonus, they’re only 80% the cost, too.The company needed better hardware to achieve its 2019 full self-driving goal, in which cars navigate not only freeways as today but also local streets with stop signs and traffic lights. “It was clear to us, in order to meet our performance levels at the power constraints and the form factor constraints we had, we had to design something of our own,” said Ganesh Venkataramanan, one of the chip designers and a former AMD processor engineer. Processors Elon Musk Samsung Tesla
September 3, 2019
Lakehead Grammar SchoolA couple more persons in the education ministry, other than the arrested personal officer of the education minister and a staff member, have been involved in bribes for the unlawful reopening of the Lakehead Grammar School, said a case statement.According to the case statement filed by deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Monirul Islam with the Banani police station last Monday, the accused had taken Tk 430,000 from the owner of Lakehead Grammar School, Khaled Hasan Motin. The identities of the accused are not mentioned in the statement though.The police are not investigating the accusations against Md. Motaleb Hossain, PO of the education minister, and Md. Nasiruddin, an upper division clerk, on the grounds that the law under which the case was filed relates to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)’s authority.ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood also confirmed to the media on Tuesday that the case would be investigated by the commission. He said the police are to investigate whether the school owner was involved in militancy or not.Though the police presented the three defendants in court on Tuesday, they did not seek remand for interrogation.The police only sought their imprisonment till the investigation ended. This was granted by the Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, denying the defendants’ bail petitions.According to the case statement, Lakehead Grammar School chairman Khaled and his collaborator Asif were trying to reopen the school, violating the court order.Nasir and Motaleb went to the RM group office at Banani on 16 December by a vehicle belonging to Khaled. A Tk 430,000 bribe was agreed upon, according to the statement.On 18 December Nasir took Tk 50,000 from Khaled at the RM group office and later took Tk 50,000 on 25 December and once again took Tk 200,000 on 11 January. The money was shared among Motaleb and a couple of others of the education ministry.In return, these officials, as the statement goes, handed over confidential documents regarding the school to Khaled and Asif.DIG Monirul in his statement mentioned that on 22 January afternoon, police followed Nasir to Banani where he was found carrying Tk 130,000. Later, Nasir helped the police to identify Khaled at the RM group office at Banani and Motaleb’s involvement with them was traced. Motaleb was then arrested on Tuesday from Dhanmondi.The statement also includes accused Khaled of motivating his friend Rezwan Harun to militancy.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Tuesday told the media said Motaleb and Nasir would be suspended.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
September 3, 2019
A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar on 27 September 2017. — ReutersMuslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery of aid in violence-racked Rakhine state is about to end.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) did not say what action it would take after the ceasefire ends at midnight on Monday but it was “determined to stop the tyranny and oppression” waged against the Rohingya people.“If at any stage, the Burmese government is inclined to peace, then ARSA will welcome that inclination and reciprocate,” the group said in a statement.Government spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.When the ARSA announced its one-month ceasefire from 10 September, a government spokesman said: “We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists.”The rebels launched coordinated attacks on about 30 security posts and an army camp on 25 August with the help of hundreds of disaffected Rohingya villagers, many wielding sticks or machetes, killing about a dozen people.In response, the military unleashed a sweeping offensive across the north of Rakhine State, driving more than half a million Rohingya villagers into Bangladesh in what the United Nations branded a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar rejects that. It says more than 500 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them “terrorists” who have been attacking civilians and torching villages.The ability of the ARSA, which only surfaced in October last year, to mount any sort of challenge to the Myanmar army is not known but it does not appear to have been able to put up resistance to the military offensive unleashed in August.Inevitably, there are doubts about how the insurgents can operate in areas where the military has driven out the civilian population, cutting the insurgents off from recruits, food, funds and information.The ARSA accused the government of using murder, arson and rape as “tools of depopulation”.‘NATIVE’The ARSA denies links to foreign Islamists.In an interview with Reuters in March, ARSA leader Ata Ullah linked the creation of the group to communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine in 2012, when nearly 200 people were killed and 140,000, mostly Rohingya, displaced.The group says it is fighting for the rights of the Rohingya, who have never been regarded as an indigenous minority in Myanmar and so have been denied citizenship under a law that links nationality to ethnicity.The group repeated their demand that Rohingya be recognised as a “native indigenous” ethnic group, adding that all Rohingya people should be allowed “to return home safely with dignity … to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.The Rohingya have long faced discrimination and repression in Rakhine State where bad blood between them and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, stemming from violence by both sides, goes back generations.The ARSA condemned the government for blocking humanitarian assistance in Rakhine and said it was willing to discuss ceasefires with international organizations so aid could be delivered.Some 515,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh but thousands remain in Rakhine.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism for not doing more to stop the violence, although a military-drafted constitution gives her no power over the security forces.Suu Kyi has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 by which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back.Many refugees fear they will not have the paperwork they believe Myanmar will demand to allow them back.