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Move over Neymar: how rugby players hope to change Brazil

first_imgBrazilian teenagers take a rugby class in a soccer field in the Morro do Castro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 1, 2017. Brazilian-British Oxford University graduate Robert Malengreau, founder of the NGO UmRio, teaches rugby to young people from the Morro do Castro favela or shantytown in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, supporting young people in communities affected by crime and violence to provide them with an enabling environment where they can access new opportunities. AFPThe boys and girls running on the dusty football pitch in a Rio favela could be kids anywhere in Brazil if not for one detail: the oddly shaped ball they’re chasing.Soccer may be king across the land of Pele, but in Morro do Castro, a favela in the hills above Rio suburb Niteroi, rugby and the oval ball rule.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tackling lifeThe man who brought rugby to this poor, sleepy and occasionally perilous tropical corner is Robert Malengreau.Half-British, half-Brazilian, Malengreau, 28, played at high amateur levels in England, and is an Oxford University graduate.He always loved the game, but the tragedy of Brazil’s favelas, which are often under control of drug traffickers and shunned by the rest of society, made him want to try something more ambitious than just coaching.So four years ago he launched an NGO called UmRio, or One Rio, with the idea that introducing something as foreign as rugby might also shake things up beyond the field. Rugby, he says, “is an entry point.”To test his theory, Malengreau partnered with the school in Morro do Castro, a community he describes as “abandoned” by the government, and began teaching sport — and a new way of living.Players from around the world, including from Oxford and Cambridge universities, help with the actual rugby coaching.But just as importantly, local dentists and doctors volunteer for clinics, boosting healthcare in a community of about 6,000 with only one permanent dentist.English language courses and mentoring by Brazilian and foreign teachers mean that students get as much help with schoolwork as on tackling technique.A key symbolic point is backing from Oxford and Cambridge rugby clubs, which have donated their famous dark and light blue shirts, and the less tangible gift of encouraging favela kids to aspire. LATEST STORIES Sure, it’s not Twickenham or Eden Park. The pitch in Morro do Castro isn’t even close to the facilities you’d find at schools in Australia, Britain or other traditional rugby playing countries.Players wear a mishmash of shirts, some are barefoot. There are no rugby posts, the grass is patchy and when the ball’s kicked too far, it falls into an open sewer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogShould drug traffickers or police start shooting in the favela — a real hazard — kids are trained to take cover under a concrete wall behind the goalposts.But the rugby is serious. 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How to help the Taal evacuees “It’s Oxford and Cambridge saying ‘the doors are open for you,’” Malengreau said.About 400 children have participated so far and the message is getting through.As a black boy from a favela, Franklin Cruz, a small, nippy 14 year old, has grown used to people expecting him to wind up a drug trafficker or, at best, a low paid construction worker.The rugby adventure, he says, has emboldened him.“Why not become an architect or a doctor or lawyer?” he asks.Beach rugby champsMalengreau says there was a “bit of a shock” when he first showed up in the favela with five enormous Oxford University players and a bag of rugby balls.“I’d never heard of rugby in my life,” Chagas says, remembering how his football-obsessed friends were astonished to be told, “‘No, you’re not meant to kick!’”The learning curve was only starting.Rugby is more of a team sport than football, less prone to relying on individual stars, Malengreau says. There’s also none of football’s culture of yelling back at referees. Two dozen young players sprint over the threadbare turf, spinning the ball between hands in swift, well coordinated drills. And when they perform the haka, New Zealand’s famous Maori war dance, their passion is unmistakable, even if there’s a bit of a samba vibe, with plenty of dabbing for good measure.By the end of training, Lucas Aquino Chagas, a dreadlocked 17-year-old who captains one of the touch rugby teams, sports a big smile.Brazil, with a population of 208 million, only has about 16,000 registered rugby players, compared to the millions in football. It’s fair to say that most teenage boys probably dream of pulling on the national team’s yellow shirt or emulating Neymar’s riches.But Chagas’ dream?“To play for the All Blacks,” he says without hesitation.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Going against the grain of macho Brazilian society, girls play touch rugby on equal terms with boys.And Malengreau pushes them all out of their comfort zone by encouraging use of English phrases during training, like: “Ready, ready up!” before defending a line.At a recent touch rugby tournament, the favela kids descended in two teams to Niteroi’s wealthy beach area to play other schools on the sand.One of Morro do Castro’s teams, resplendent in striped Cambridge University shirts, was crowned champion, prompting whooping and more dabbing.Janaina Trancoso, mother of a girl in the program, said a bigger victory looms for these children who otherwise might never have imagined escaping the favela’s isolation.“I think a door has opened for them,” Trancoso, 40, said.“With time they will manage to see that the world is big and that there are other possibilities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue View commentslast_img read more

Show vendors to put spotlight on business in Antelope Valley

first_imgLANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce, Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce and Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce will present a joint Business Expo and Super Mixer. Sponsored by The Gas Co., the event will feature 62 vendors highlighting their products and services. Each vendor will have a prize to be given away. Open to the public, the event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at the Essex House Convention Center, 44916 10th St. W. The $5 admission fee will include light hors d’oeuvres. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For more information, call the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce at (661) 948-4518. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Major Inishowen broadband outage affects 9,500 customers

first_imgA major broadband outage has stuck Inishowen this evening, affecting 9,500 customers.The outage is affecting several different providers, namely Eir and Pure Telecom.In a statement to Donegal Daily, Pure Telecom says that they are working to repair the fault as quickly as possible. “The outage in Donegal is currently affecting around 9,500 customers,” a spokesperson says.“The network have forecast for this to be resolved by 9pm this evening but due to the extent of the outage this is not guaranteed.“They are working on it at present and will have it fixed as quickly as possible.“Unfortunately, we do not have any further updates at the moment.” Quigley’s Point is believed to be the worst struck area for broadband outages.Donegal Daily has also contacted Eir for a service update.Major Inishowen broadband outage affects 9,500 customers was last modified: February 18th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:broadbandInishowenlast_img read more

Athletics turn tables on Astros with 21-run, six-home run win

first_img What A’s winter ball … HOUSTON — What’s the best answer to a 15-0 loss? How about a 21-7 win the next day.For the first time since 1908, every single A’s starter had a multi-hit game. The A’s hit six home runs through five innings, tying a season-high for home runs in a single game. The A’s recorded a season-high 25 hits.Matt Olson hit his 30th and 31st home runs, joining Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi as the only first basemen in A’s history to hit 30 home runs.Related Articleslast_img

NASA-Ames Gives Darwin Credit for Antenna Design Project

first_imgA press release from NASA-Ames Research Center claims, “NASA ‘Evolutionary’ Software Automatically Designs Antenna.”  Using artificial intelligence software, their approach converged on the best design.  The article explains:“The AI software examined millions of potential antenna designs before settling on a final one,” said project lead Jason Lohn, a scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, located in California’s Silicon Valley.  “Through a process patterned after Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest,’ the strongest designs survive and the less capable do not.”    The software started with random antenna designs and through the evolutionary process, refined them.  The computer system took about 10 hours to complete the initial antenna design process.  “We told the computer program what performance the antenna should have, and the computer simulated evolution, keeping the best antenna designs that approached what we asked for.  Eventually, it zeroed in on something that met the desired specifications for the mission,” Lohn said.Evolutionary software appears to be more powerful than a speeding engineer:“The software also may invent designs that no human designer would ever think of,” Lohn asserted.  In addition, the software also can plan devices that are smaller, lighter, consume less power, are stronger and more robust among many other things – characteristics that spaceflight requires, according to Lohn.The Evolutionary Software project is funded by NASA’s Office of Exploration Systems and its Evolvable Systems Group.Here is a teachable moment.  This story is full of logical flaws; can your kid find them?  Giving Charlie credit for this accomplishment is like giving bin Laden credit for winning the war on terrorism.  Charlie is the problem, not the solution; the success of this project was due not to evolution, but to intelligent design.    Mr. Lohn and the author of this press release don’t even have a high school C student understanding of evolutionary theory.  Natural selection has no purpose, goal or direction.  There are no requirements.  This antenna project had requirements: “We told the computer program what performance the antenna should have,” the designer said.  The result “met the desired specifications for the mission.”  And this project employed algorithms, which are also hallmarks of intelligent guidance.  So forget the references to an evolutionary process; this was an exercise in artificial selection, not natural selection.  Artificial selection is a manifestation of intelligent design.  Phillip Johnson explained the contrast:Plant and animal breeders employ intelligence and specialized knowledge to select breeding stock and to protect their charges from natural dangers.  The point of Darwin’s theory, however, was to establish that purposeless natural processes can substitute for intelligent design.  That he made that point by citing the accomplishments of intelligent designers proves only that the receptive audience for his theory was highly uncritical.    Artificial selection is not basically the same sort of thing as natural selection, but rather is something fundamentally different.  Human breeders produce variations among sheep or pigeons for purposes absent in nature, including sheer delight in seeing how much variation can be achieved.  If the breeders were interested only in having animals capable of surviving in the wild, the extremes of variation would not exist.  When domestic animals return to the wild state, the most highly specialized breeds quickly perish and the survivors revert to the original wild type.  Natural selection is a conservative force that prevents the appearance of the extremes of variation that human breeders like to encourage.(Darwin on Trial, pp. 17-18).Johnson’s legal and logical expertise is brought to bear skillfully in his chapter on Natural Selection.  He examines the charge that natural selection is a tautology, a vacuous phrase that conveys no information.  In the case of the antenna, Jason Lohn defined “fitness” with words like strong and robust (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 10/29/2002 headline), but those are human-centric evaluations; does the antenna care whether it is strong or robust?  Real biologists understand that fitness has nothing to do with muscles or speed or anything else that we humans value.  It is only a mechanical measure of success in passing on genes.  Whenever natural selection is described in terms of success at reproduction, however, it reduces to a tautology, which by definition has no explanatory value: an organism is successful because it succeeds; a fit individual is fitter than the unfit; those who leave the most offspring leave the most offspring.  Phillip Johnson deals with the evolutionists’ comebacks to this charge, and demonstrates that, “in practice natural selection continues to be employed in its tautological formulation.”  He provides examples from leading evolutionists.    So here were two glaring logical flaws in this story: fitness was defined in terms of value to human engineers, and intelligently-supervised results were ascribed to undirected processes.  It takes intelligence to design software that can sift through an enormous number of possibilities and detect the ones that best match the specifications.  Specification is a hallmark of intelligent design.  This story was not “patterned after Darwin’s survival of the fittest” the fact that it was patterned at all shows that it was designed.    Not only is it illogical, it is plagiaristic to attribute what these engineers accomplished to Darwinian evolution.  The Intelligent Design Movement should get the credit.  If this were the only case, evolutionists might take offense at holding up this article as a bad example, but as we have shown in these pages, prominent evolutionists publishing in reputable journals frequently make this same logical error (see 12/30/2002, 12/13/2001, 12/19/2002, and 08/26/2003 headlines, for instance).  If evolutionists don’t understand their own theory, then the intelligent design scientists are going to have to continue to teach them all about it.    Now ABC News got into the act.  They claim British scientists are using evolutionary theory to build fitter racing cars.  *Sigh*(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Apple And Google Might Be Negotiating Patents

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Apple reportedly is wasting no time in consolidating the market power it won in its patent case against Samsung.Citing an unnamed source “familiar with the dealings,” CNET is reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page have met at least once already to discuss potential infringements by Google on Apple patents. CNET says the pair plan to talk again in “a few weeks.”Neither Apple nor Google would respond to interview requests Thursday evening, Central Time.Apple won a huge victory over Samsung Aug. 24 when a jury sided with Apple in its allegations that the South Korean electronics giant had copied Apple software and design intellectual property pertaining to its iPhone.Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion for the infringements, and Apple has pressed ahead, asking for an injunction against sales of specific Samsung products using Google’s Android operating system.Google issued a statement Aug. 27 playing down the decision’s impact.Image via J3on. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jim nash Related Posts center_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… richard macmanus Simon & Schuster also runs book club type activities on Twitter, plus Facebook.Facebook – Differing StrategiesThe big six don’t all use Facebook in the same way. Hachette irregularly updates its Facebook page (there are only 3 updates in September so far) and probably as a result it only has 3,998 likes currently. Compare that to Random House, which appears to do 3-4 Facebook updates per day on average and has 38,369 likes.However, it could be that Hachette is simply trying a different Facebook strategy from the norm. Because instead of focusing on its corporate brand page, Hachette promotes the Facebook pages of its authors and fan pages for Hachette books. In the fifth and final part of our series, Social Books, we explore how the “big six” book publishers use social media. So far in the series we’ve looked at the largest social network for book lovers (Goodreads), a new social network for book writers (Writer’s Bloq), how public libraries use social media, and whether book highlights are being successfully socialized. We’ve learned so far that almost everything to do with books – writing them, reading them, borrowing them, making highlights in them – has been impacted by Web technologies. So surely the biggest book publishers in America will have adapted to online technologies too, right? Let’s find out!The so-called “big six” in trade book publishing across North America consists of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster. There are hundreds of other publishing firms, some of them subsidiaries of the big six. But for the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on the biggies and highlight three of the main social networks they use: Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.Twitter Book ClubsPenguin USA has done an innovative thing with Twitter, holding a monthly book club with the help of hashtags and tweeting authors. Every month Penguin staff selects a book by one of its authors and invites people to tweet about it using the hashtag #readpenguin. It holds “mini book club meetings” during the course of the month, in which the book author answers questions from readers. The current book of the month is Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. Tags:#social networks#Social Web#web The Author & Reader Take Center StageThat’s just a taste of what book publishers are doing with social media. I got the sense that it’s incredibly varied and that each of the big six is experimenting with social media in a different way. They all had one thing in common though: the author and her audience is paramount when it comes to social media.Whether it’s helping promote an author’s Facebook page, blogging about an author on Tumblr, or organizing a Twitter discussion between an author and her readers, the publishing houses understand that the Social Web is all about authors engaging with their readers. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit One of Hachette’s leading authors, novelist James Patterson, has 3.4 million likes. Patterson appears to be regularly – and personally – updating his Facebook page. He’s not quite as prolific as Paulo Coelho, the master of social media among authors, but it’s still a good effort.Tumblr Is Popular With Book PublishersBlog advertising company Blogads did some research In January this year and found that Tumblr is especially popular with book publishers.HarperCollins, which has a presence on just about every social media service, has a couple of good Tumblrs. The corporate HarperCollins Tumblr features blog posts by staff, alongside quirky promotional ideas like “Seen on the Subway” (photos of everyday people reading HarperCollins books). One of the company’s divisions, Harper Perennial, also does a colorful Tumblr. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Dillinger move leaves Black, Bolts disappointed: ‘We had a gentleman’s agreement’

first_imgJared Dillinger (2nd from the left) and Meralco head coach Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Coach Norman Black admitted that Jared Dillinger’s move to a rival team had left him astounded.“We had a gentleman’s agreement,” he told reporters when asked about his old reliable’s move to join Barangay Ginebra from free agency on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Black was referring to his new ward Bong Quinto, who he swears is bound to become a “really good player.”“[He] will have his opportunity to develop,” he said. “I know he’s a rookie, so he makes rookie mistakes. But what we see in the practice is a guy with multiple talents—a guy who can pass the ball, shoot the ball, score the ball, play defense.”“It’s just a matter of time. It’s almost similar to what’s happening with Javee Mocon even though Mocon’s getting more playing time at Rain or Shine,” Black added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Black said that Dillinger and the Bolts discussed about the player’s placement into the unrestricted free agent (UFA) list only while he recovering from a quad injury.“[We told him] as soon as you’re ready, as you’re one of the main players, you’ll be right back in the mix,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Dillinger chose to jump ship without notifying the Bolts of his decision, which was what left Black and the Meralco management disappointed.“I mean he’s an unrestricted free agent, so he can basically do whatever he wants to do,” he said. “It’s just on our point of view, and the fact that we talked to him [prior] and he didn’t actually talk to us before he signed with Ginebra, that’s where the disappointment comes in.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA: Locals step up as Meralco spoils Rain or Shine debut MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a message shared Friday morning, Kings coach Tim Cone said his knowledge is only limited to Dillinger being released by the Bolts and that the Ginebra brass had been reaching out to him.“I haven’t heard for sure that he has signed with us. It if it’s true, we obviously are extremely happy to have him. He’s a multi-talented guy that I’ve pursued for many years,” the league’s winningest coach said.Dillinger had served for the MVP group all his PBA years, with five season for TNT and the last six for Meralco. He won five titles within that stretch.Black, for his part, is now seeing beyond the drama.“Life goes on. [There are] so many players out there. We’ll just develop the next guy,” he said. “[G]uys get older. They move on. We move on. I’ll just develop some of the other guys.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Indian-American to host this years Spelling Bee contest in US

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 18 (PTI) Indian-American sports anchor Kevin Negandhi would host this years National Spelling Bee competition, becoming the first Indian-origin to present the prestigious event.The spelling competition has produced Indian-American champions for eight consecutive years, and 13 of the past 17 a run that began in 1999.However, this is for the first time that an Indian-American would be hosting the prestigious event, that has been dominated by the Indian American students for the past several years. This years competition will be held May 24 to 26.Negandhis parents migrated to the US from Mumbai. He grew up in Philadelphia. He worked with Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today.Negandhi became the second Indian-American to be a local sports anchor in the country, serving as sports anchor and later sports director at KTVO-TV from 1998-99. Negandhi is currently working as an sports anchor for ESPN. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

Haryana Govt to give Rs 15 lakh cash to Rio-bound athletes

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 18 (PTI) Haryana government will organize a special function to honour all the 22 sportspersons from the state, who have qualified to participate in Rio Olympics, where each of them will be handed cash award of Rs 15 lakh, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Vij. Vij said:”Olympic contingent comprise of 10 men and 12 women sportspersons from our state which is roughly about 21 percent. Thats a matter of pride for us.” Vij hoped that they would give their outstanding performance. Vij added: “All these players have been provided facilities under the new sports policy formulated by the state government.” He said that those players who would bring laurels to the country and the state by winning medals in the Olympics, would be honoured with cash awards as per the new sports policy of the state government. Under the policy, cash award of Rs 6 crore is given for winning gold medal, Rs 4 crore for silver medal and Rs 2.5 crore for bronze medal. Also, each participant gets Rs 15 lakh in cash as a reward money. PTI SUN PTI KHSlast_img read more