Junior players from Queensland’s six regions took to the fields at Whites Hill in Brisbane this weekend to take part in the 2012 Queensland Junior State Championships. The South Queensland Sharks impressed at the event, making five of the six finals and winning four titles. 2012 Queensland Junior State Championships results12’s BoysSouth Queensland Sharks 2 defeated by Sunshine Coast Pineapples 312’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 9 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 114’s BoysSouth Queensland Sharks 9 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 414’s GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks 3 defeated South West Queensland Swans 216’s BoysSouth Queensland Sharks 9 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 816’s GirlsSouth West Queensland Swans 12 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 4For more results from the weekend, please visit the Queensland Junior State Championships website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7413-0-0-0 Related LinksQLD JSC Results
zoom An oversupply in a declining container shipping market, coupled with better supply chain management and downwardly spiralling fuel costs have made the market so competitive over the last 18 months that containership carriers are no longer pricing cargo according to type, the market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight Xeneta said.“What’s in the box” no longer plays a part in negotiations as the current number one priority is simply filling the vessels.“Traditionally cargo was rated by weight or measure, with the ratings based on the cargo type…But now, as long as the box isn’t overweight – although even that isn’t always an issue these days – or filled with hazardous material, that’s all been pushed to the side. The carriers just want a full box, period,” Xeneta CEO, Patrik Berglund, said.The cause of such a shift seems to lie in the oversupply factor in a declining market as the slowdown in the Chinese and EU economies have cut Chinese imports by 19 percent and exports by 13 percent over the last 18 months, while 208 new ships were introduced to the market in 2015, boasting a capacity of 1.67 million TEUs and pushing the oversupply mark to 8.1 percent of TEUs, Berglund said.“The industry is in a state of flux,” he said. “Cosco and CSCL are looking to get their recent merger approved by EU and US regulators and, together with Evergreen, OOCL and CMA CGM, form a new east-west mega-alliance. Such a powerful grouping would challenge the market dominance of the Maersk and MSC 2M vessel-sharing agreement, and possibly drive the price war to new highs, or rather lows.“In this environment there’s rumours of rock bottom prices, with mentions of boxes booked for Qingdao – Rotterdam for as low as USD 100, or even lower. So, at present, ‘what’s in the box’ isn’t the question, it’s ‘can we have your business please’?”According to Xeneta, the market average price for transporting a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Rotterdam, on a short-term contract, has slumped dramatically since mid-2014.As of April 19, 2016, the market average price stood at USD 595 (a 78 percent drop compared to July 1, 2014) and at USD 321 for the market low (an 82 percent drop over the same period).
NEW DELHI: Services on the Delhi Metro’s Violet Line were affected for over an hour on Friday due to some technical snag, officials said. The Violet Line connects Kashmere Gate in Delhi to Raja Nahar Singh station in Faridabad.”Services have been affected on this corridor since 6 PM due to some technical snag. Rectification work is underway,” a senior official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. The DMRC also tweeted to alert commuters about the snag. “Delay in service from Kashmere Gate towards Sarita Vihar,” it said.
HALIFAX – A Halifax man who pushed a young woman back into prostitution, and admitted threatening to chop her up and serve her at a dinner party, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail.Leslie Gray advertised the woman’s sexual services on a classifieds website, setting up to 20 appointments a day, and then took all the money she earned.“(She) was not given food to eat, so she resorted to stealing to feed herself,” according to an agreed statement of facts presented at Gray’s recent sentencing.“On a few occasions, she tried to keep some change, but Leslie Gray caught her, became angry and accused her of stealing his money.”The young woman, who was 20 when she met Gray on Canada Day 2015, contracted HIV while working for him, according to the agreed facts.She was a drug addict, and had already been a sex trade worker — she had previously been sold from one former pimp to another — when she met Gray through her then-boyfriend.The woman earned more than $10,000 between May and October 2016, and gave it all to Gray.She listened as Gray and his brother Andre discussed throwing her body into a river, “and that no one would care that she was gone,” according to the agreed facts.The brothers referenced the 2013 film “The Purge,” about an annual event in which all illegal acts are decriminalized for 12 hours, and said she would be the first person they would kill.“Leslie Gray said that he would cut her up with a butcher knife, chop her into pieces, put her in his fridge and feed her to his dinner party,” according to the agreed facts.“(She) was very afraid.”In the fall of 2016, Gray found brochures that Halifax police vice officers had given her about getting out of the sex trade. He laughed at her and told her she was useless — and that if she came forward she would be dead.Then, in late October 2016, she went to a hospital after missing a methadone dose. When she got out, she went to police.Gray pleaded guilty to advertising sexual services, receiving benefit from prostitution and human trafficking, and uttering threats.Chris Hansen, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, said Gray was sentenced on Jan. 11 to a total of 16 months in jail, as well as 24 months of probation. He will also be on the sex offender registry for 20 years, and have a firearms prohibition of 10 years.
SYDNEY, Australia — Police in Australia say they’ve charged a Canadian woman with importing cocaine after border officers found about 12 kilograms of the drug hidden in her luggage.Australian Federal Police say the 42-year-old woman was travelling from Canada with her son and had landed in the Sydney International Airport on Sunday when she was targeted for an examination.The force says border officers found a white, powdery substance hidden in the lining of the woman’s three large suitcases.It says testing indicated the luggage was holding about 12 kilograms of cocaine.The AFP says the woman has been charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, and notes that the maximum penalty for the offence is life in prison.The woman was to appear in court in Sydney on Monday.The force also says it is working with the Canadian Consulate and New South Wales Family and Community Services to determine how to best take care of the woman’s son until he can return to Canada.The Canadian Press
BEIJING — Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped up to 40 per cent as African swine fever in China’s vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets.China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but supplies are falling as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices and causing shortages in some markets.African swine fever doesn’t harm humans. It’s deadly and spreads quickly among pigs. It was first reported in August in China’s northeast. Since then, 1 million pigs have died and the disease has spread to most Chinese provinces.The higher prices are a serious concern in places such as Cambodia where pork is the only affordable meat for many families.The Associated Press
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,532.40, up 49.98 points):First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 1.96 per cent, to $10.41 on 5.2 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 16 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $7.03 on 4.2 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.26 per cent, to $3.81 on 3.9 million shares.Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD). Fuel cell technology. Up 79 cents, or 43.89 per cent, to $2.59 on 3.2 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 1.32 per cent, to $7.67 on 3.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.42 per cent, to $7.19 on 3.2 million shares. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2016 2:49 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively-traded companies on the TSX
ELDERLY PEOPLE HAVE been warned to be on the lookout for a gang targeting people as they withdraw money at ATMs.The scam is in operation in parts of north Dublin and is believed to involve two different ways from getting money from the person at the ATM.In the first, two or three people stand behind the elderly person and try to observe as they enter their PIN on the keypad. While their card is still in the machine, one of the gang tells the person that they have dropped some money – and then take the card from the machine when the person bends down to get it.The other tactic used by the gang involves dropping an ATM card on the ground, similar to the one used by the person who is withdrawing money. They return the card to the elderly person while stealing their card from the machine, giving the thieves time to use the card before it is reported stolen.The warning was shared by the Balbriggan Community Policing Forum which said the scam has been targeted at elderly people in recent weeks. The group called on people to alert older people to the scam in a bid to prevent theft.A similar con during the summer is believed to have netted at least €30,000, according o the Irish Payment Services Organisation, as thieves carried out several similar deceptions.The IPSO has warned customers to cover the PIN pad when using an ATM and report any unusual activity to their bank.Read: Power outage affects ATMs, businesses in Grafton Street area >Read: Criminals skimming credit cards of Irish Rail passengers >
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Stay on target Second episodes can often be a bit of a letdown after a particularly good pilot. With the excitement of seeing something new gone, the show has to establish what a typical episode looks like. I don’t know if Black Lightning quite accomplished that, but it did manage an engaging follow-up to last week’s premiere. We’re still in the stage of the superhero story where the hero isn’t sure if he’s going to keep being a hero. Once he does, we’ll have a much better idea of what a typical episode and season of this show will be. Even though this episode didn’t quite get there, it did set up the major conflicts Jefferson Pierce will be dealing with throughout the first season.Being a superhero apparently gets harder as you age. As cool as Black Lightning looked in battle during last week’s premiere, he begins this episode in serious pain. He doesn’t bounce back the way he used to. At this point, Black Lightning’s return was still a one-time deal as far as Jefferson is concerned. His daughters are safe, and that’s that. Yeah, we still have a full season ahead of us. That’s not going to last long. Especially when Jefferson learns that the motel he stormed through reopened the next day. He saved his daughters, but he didn’t save anyone else’s. And that’s a problem for a former student named LaWanda, who’s daughter is still owned by the 100. This episode is all about her, which does a great job of driving home what’s exactly at stake. Jefferson cares deeply about his community. Every superhero does, but having a single character, one who’s deeply connected to the hero, represent that community’s plight allows this series to explore depths and emotions that aren’t available to The CW’s other DC shows.Tracey Bonner as LaWanda (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)LaWanda is the one who brings up the awkward point that Black Lightning only saved Jefferson’s daughters, but not anybody else’s. Now why would that be? Jefferson’s able to change the subject before the questions get too inconvenient, but he’s going to have to do a better job protecting his secret identity than that. This was a necessary episode because it demonstrated how much harder the decision to become a superhero is for a successful middle-aged man with a family. He has so many reasons not to suit up and fight bad guys. He desperately wants to believe that the system will do its job, even though it clearly hasn’t been all that effective. Last week, he was forced to suit up because his family was in danger. This week’s episode had to give him a reason to suit up even when his family was relatively safe.LaWanda parks outside of the Seahorse Motel, watching everything. While she’s out there, Pierce tries to talk her out of it while accepting constant assurances from his friend in the police, Inspector Henderson that they’re doing everything they can. And to his credit, he’s not lying. Most of the cops in Freeland range from corrupt to outright racist, but Henderson is not only one of the few good cops, he’s determined and effective. When he says he’s working on something, he is. He’s not even that much slower than Black Lightning in this episode. Unfortunately, neither are fast enough for LaWanda. Her presence outside the motel, combined with the raid of the hotel last week, has made Lala nervous. He storms out of the hotel and kills her. It’s a shocking moment. This level of violence in the second episode isn’t what we expect from a superhero show. It is effective though. Instead of a vague sense that the city needs a hero, we’re shown just how much the people of the city need a hero. It’s an important difference that most superhero shows never get around to acknowledging.Damon Gupton as Inspector Bill Henderson (Photo: Guy D’Alema/The CW)The action in this episode isn’t quite as spectacular as last week’s light show. LaWanda’s death convinces Jefferson that Black Lightning needs to come out of retirement. He storms the motel once again, taking out anyone who gets in his way. He might not be throwing around as many bolts as he did last week, but he still looks damn cool in that suit. Hopefully, the Seahorse stays shut down this time, but Lala’s out of the picture in any case. Right after Black Lightning busts through the motel, Henderson shows up to arrest Lala. LaWanda left her cell phone on the dashboard of her car, and it recorded the whole murder. Jefferson’s sly greeting to the inspector before he leaped out the balcony was easily the best part of the whole episode.Lala isn’t the biggest threat in Freeland though. That would be the still-enigmatic crime boss Tobias Whale, and he just looks scarier every episode. We get a little bit more of him here. Right at the very beginning, he goes on a racist tirade about the black population of Freeland, particularly those that work under him. It’s all the more messed up when you realize that Tobias Whale is black himself, but has albinism. It’s not something you expect to hear on The CW, but this show is not shying away from the more uncomfortable conversations about race. Whale really shows just how much of a threat he’s going to be right at the end. With friends in the police department, he’s allowed to walk right into Lala’s cell and choke the life out of him before he can snitch.Kyanna Simone Simpson as Keisha and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Over on the lighter side of the episode, I love where the show is taking the daughters’ storylines. They both get very sweet relationship stories. Anissa has a girlfriend and holy crap is it refreshing to not have a coming out story or an unaccepting family member. Jefferson and Lynn know their daughter’s gay from the outset, and it’s just a fact of life for them. As for the couple themselves, they have a few adorable moments together, first in bed and then later on a walk. They are having some relationship issues, but ultimately, it’s a supportive, healthy relationship. Anissa is reluctant to meet her girlfriend, Cheoni’s family even though they’ve been together a long time, but she still trusts her enough to tell her about the incident with the sink from the end of last week’s episode. Cheoni tells Anissa that the sink was probably old and falling apart, but recommends she go to therapy to deal with the trauma. Whether she does or not remains to be seen, but we know the sink was not just old and falling apart. When Anissa’s having trouble sleeping, she goes to a drug store to get a sleep aid. A man holds up the register and puts a gun in Anissa’s face. Anissa reacts instinctively and flips the man over the aisle, knocking him out. She’s going to be a superhero just like her dad, and I can’t wait.Jennifer’s love story is sweet too, though it does go a little too far in the after school special direction for my taste. I’ll give the show credit for one thing though, the writing can be very good and naturalistic when it wants to be. Jennifer and her new boyfriend are adorable as they flirt together. They’re nervous and giggly in a way that feels familiar and real. But Jennifer is still dealing with her kidnapping from last week and starts drinking at school to cope. Her boyfriend takes the liquor away from her, and launches into a huge speech about how he runs so he can get out of Freeland. Like, it makes sense that Jennifer won’t deal with her trauma in a healthy way all the time. And it’s fine to have someone tell her to seek help, but that speech laid it on a little thick. Not every episode needs to have a lesson.Even with some very minor falters, Black Lightning turned in an especially strong second episode. It’s a hard thing for a superhero show to pull off, but this series does it with humor, charm and real emotion. By the end of the episode, Jefferson has made the decision to be Black Lightning again, but it becomes very clear that he has to choose between saving his city and repairing his relationship with his ex-wife. She doesn’t want him to be a hero anymore, and thinks he’s addicted to it. Their dynamic adds a welcome complexity to the show, and I really look forward to seeing how the struggle plays out. Jefferson’s choice to become Black Lightning again will always be a fraught and conflicted one, and that will make for some great superhero TV. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
GIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST — Nine-year-old Chikauak Briseño plowed ahead through the forest Saturday morning in search of his prize, a Christmas tree that would meet his exacting standards, as his group bushwhacked behind.Of course, his sister Citalli Briseño said, her little brother would take them to the farthest corner of the Douglas fir stand they were exploring before making a choice.“I like it because it’s a bit chubby,” he said before crawling under the boughs to help cut it down. That way, he said, it’ll hold more decorations.The Briseños joined roughly 20 others Saturday for a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to get Christmas trees the old-fashioned way.The Forest Service hosted members of the Portland-Vancouver Chapter of iUrban Teen — a youth group aimed at providing science, technical and mathematics education-related opportunities to underrepresented teens — and residents of a Pacific Northwest domestic-violence shelter — for the trip, and provided the $5 tree permits for free.
The veteran footballer believes his ex-team has a lot of room for improvement and can get a good start against NapoliEx-AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati believes his former team has had a good pre-season.With the return of Leonardo and Paolo Maldini as directors, he believes the Italian Serie A team can do well this season.“The returns of Leo and Paolo will do well for Milan, it is already a step forward, they know what to do,” he told Calcio Mercato.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“Gattuso? He’s a great man and has already demonstrated his worth last season. He brought out the best from all players available, in the second half of the season he got 40 points (third in the league).”“Napoli? It’s a tough game, very tactical, but Milan has all the conditions to start well. The absence of Calhanoglu could be a handicap, but Rino has had time to prepare for this,” he added.“Donnarumma? He still has great room for improvement. Even having Reina on the side will help, competition never hurts.”
Sinkhole Update from DPD. Crews are on scene early on Saturday to keep sinkhole at NW 74 ST/ 111 AVE from growing. Eastbound lanes affected. pic.twitter.com/ltBkoMfivz— Doral Police Dept. (@DoralPolice) October 22, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews are currently on scene of a sinkhole that opened up in Doral.Doral Police tweeted about a sinkhole that opened up in the area of Northwest 74th Street and 111th Avenue.Officials have closed the eastbound lanes while they work to contain the sinkhole.
BRADENTON, Fla. (WSVN) — Among a load of donated items, employees at a north Florida Goodwill found a grenade launcher loaded with a live grenade, deputies said.According to the Bradenton Herald, employees at Goodwill’s Bargain Barn in Sarasota discovered the loaded weapon among items from a Bradenton store shipment on Sunday.When employees at the Bradenton location did not know what the donated item was, they decided to send it to their Bargain Barn location. Workers at the second location called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about the weapon.Deputies told the Herald they disposed of the active grenade by putting into one of the sheriff’s office Hazmat lockers, while the grenade launcher went into the department’s property room.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Oil fell on Monday over signs that U.S. shale drillers have adapted to lower prices and on renewed signs of economic weakness in Asia.International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $46.38 per barrel at 0243 GMT (10:43 p.m. EDT), down 38 cents from their last settlement. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 44 cents at $41.97 a barrel.Traders said the lower prices were a result of Asian refiners beginning to cut crude orders in an adjustment to a sharp rise in crude prices since January, and also to the region’s economic slowdown.”Crude imports to Asia over the last few months are falling (but) volumes were so high over the last year thanks to the rush to take advantage of the low oil prices, that it was rather natural that we would see a slowdown sooner than later,” said Ralph Leszczynski, head of research at ship broker Banchero Costa.In Japan, core machinery orders unexpectedly fell 1.4 percent in May from the previous month, down for a second straight month, government data showed on Monday.Compared with a year earlier, core orders, which exclude those of ships and electricity, decreased 11.7 percent in May, versus expectations of a 8.7 percent decline.In China, consumer inflation last month held below the official target of around 3 percent for this year, data released on Sunday showed, indicating persistently weak domestic demand.Additionally, there is mounting evidence that U.S. oil producers can live with crude prices of $45 or higher, as oil drillers added rigs for the fifth week in six, U.S. oil bankruptcies became sparse in June, and bullish U.S. oil bets dropped to near four-month lows.Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday the oil market was becoming more balanced in terms of supply and demand and, as a result, prices were stabilizing.
A man walks past the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai. The RBI Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to cut repo rate by 25 basis points is expected to reduce housing and car loan interest rates. Reuters FileThere is a widespread expectation that banks will reduce interest rates after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the repo rate by 25 basis points in line with market expectations. The expectations are reinforced by RBI Governor Shakthikanta Das’ statement that he would interact with all stakeholders to ensure that people will benefit from the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to reduce the rates. Housing and car loan consumers are among those likely to benefit most by the rate cut.”It has been decided to hold further consultations with stakeholders and work out an effective mechanism for transmission of rates,” Shaktikanta Das said after announcing a 25 basis point cut in repo rate for the second time this calendar year, according to Economic Times.The MPC’s rate cut decision of Thursday was on a 4-to-2 majority and the panel maintained the ‘neutral’ stand to belie the hope for a change to ‘accommodative’. The MPC decision was expected in the background of headline consumer price index (CPI) having come down to 2.6 per cent. “We believe MPC was cautious in its outlook looking at the way crude oil prices have steadily headed higher owing to supply cuts by Opec and other supply disruptions from Venezuela,” Gopikrishna Shenoy of SBI Life said.The MPC expects this rate cut would strengthen domestic growth by spurring private investment which has remained sluggish. However, only the State Bank of India (SBI) has announced the decision to reduce the interest rate by 25 basis points on cash credit and overdraft facilities with a balance over Rs 1 lakh from May 1. The revised rate would be 8.25 per cent.The reduction in the marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) is likely to be 8-10 basis points, depending on the tenor of loans, a senior SBI executive said, according to a report in Business Standard. The bank will also cut the rate on savings deposits (above Rs 1 lakh) by 25 bps to 3.25 per cent.The SBI had said in March that it would use RBI’s policy rate as an external benchmark for the savings deposit rates and short-term loans from May 1. It is the first bank to announce a timeline for switching to external benchmarks. Housing and car loans interest rates are expected to fall with repo rate cut of the RBI.ReutersThe SBI’s interest on cash credit accounts and overdraft accounts with over Rs 1 lakh will be 2.25 percentage points above the repo rate. The risk premiums over and above this floor rate would be based on the risk profile of the borrowers.The RBI is closely watching the upsides to inflation from crude oil movements as well as monsoon deviations. Unlike the February meeting, this time, the MPC mentioned the risks from a populist fiscal policy and some upturn from seasonal food inflation.In addition to the rate easing, the RBI also announced that it will increase the Facility to Avail Liquidity against Liquidity Coverage Ratio (FALLCR) by 2 per cent in a phased manner over four quarters. This was done to release liquidity with banks to improve credit growth in the short term ahead of the general election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance government.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneRepublican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey speaks at the RPT convention in San Antonio on June 14, 2018.Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey has won re-election, beating back a challenge from longtime activist Cindy Asche after a long and bitter fight on the convention floor Friday.Dickey got 65 percent of the delegates’ votes to Asche’s 35 percent at the end of the tumultuous afternoon session. That came hours after delegates delivered 22 of the 31 state Senate districts to Dickey. “Whether you voted for me this morning, whether you voted for me this afternoon or not, we are all Texas Republicans and we have singular goal in front of us in November: to beat the Democrats,” Dickey said in a brief victory speech. “So please, let’s now come together, show each other the grace and forgiveness and teamwork that makes us the better party, the better people, the better Texans.”While Dickey won a clear majority of the Senate districts earlier in the day, Asche refused to concede, triggering hours of procedural wrangling inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center here. Finally, both candidates’ names were placed into nomination, and they were each allowed five-minute speeches to make their final pitch.Asche used her remarks to announce a bombshell: Jennifer Stoner, the party’s longtime accounting director, had just resigned because “she has never seen the level of dishonesty, manipulation and erroneous reporting that she has seen from this chairman and her direct quote was ‘He is not trustworthy.’” Asche added that Stoner has promised to return if Dickey did not get re-elected.Asche’s speech did not go over well with the crowd, which drowned her out with boos shortly after she began discussing Stoner.Speaking before Asche, Dickey did not address Stoner’s resignation or the allegations about his fiscal management. But he said it “has been tough to try to unify [the party] while there has been a core faction of folks from prior leadership that were disappointed that they were out and disappointed that they didn’t win the election and trying to do everything they can possibly do to overturn” the outcome. Dickey first took over as state party chairman last year after Tom Mechler, citing personal reasons, gave up the position. Dickey defeated Rick Figueroa, Mechler’s favored candidate to replace him, by a razor-thin margin — 32 votes on the State Republican Executive Committee to 31 for Figueroa. Asche, who was backed by Mechler, had battled with Dickey over the party’s finances, its censure of retiring GOP House Speaker Joe Straus and even a 2004 securities fraud case involving Dickey. In the home stretch, Asche increasingly questioned the extent of Dickey’s support for President Donald Trump, citing his involvement in the Free the Delegates effort to deny Trump the nomination ahead of the 2016 national convention.There was also an election Friday to replace the outgoing vice chair, Amy Clark. That job went to Alma Perez Jackson, a veteran activist from Bexar County. She had been up against Fred Rangel, an SREC member from Senate District 26.
Using a Psychopharmacogenetic Approach To Identify the Pathways Through Which — and the People for Whom — Testosterone Promotes AggressionShawn N. Geniole, Tanya L. Procyshyn, Nicole Marley, Triana L. Ortiz, Brian M. Bird, Ashley L. Marcellus, Keith M. Welker, Pierre L. Bonin, Bernard Goldfarb, Neil V. Watson, and Justin M. Carré Racial Bias in Perceptions of Size and Strength: The Impact of Stereotypes and Group DifferencesDavid J. Johnson and John Paul Wilson Testosterone seems to increase aggression in men with certain personality characteristics, such as high dominance and low self-control, and this effect may be enhanced when those men also have a specific characteristic in their androgen receptor (AR) gene, this research suggests. Participants were men between 18 and 40 years old who completed personality questionnaires and provided a mouthwash sample for DNA extraction. In a task to measure the effects of testosterone on aggression, they were given either testosterone or placebo and were told they would play a game against a player who was in another room (this player was fictitious). In the game, participants received points exchangeable for money by repeatedly pressing a key on the keyboard, but those points could be stolen by the other player; when points were stolen, participants could respond by stealing points from the other player, but the stolen points would not be exchangeable for money. Choosing to steal points caused harm to the other player without any benefit for the participant and was thus used as a measure of aggression. Testosterone promoted aggression during the game among participants with high-risk personality profiles for aggression (high dominance, low self-control, and independent self-construal). This effect was enhanced among men who had more efficient AR genes, related to fewer cytosine-adenine-guanine repeats in the AR gene. These men also reported experiencing more pleasure but not anger during the aggression, which can indicate involvement of reward-related neurotransmitters (i.e., dopamine) on the heterogeneous effects of testosterone on aggression. Race influences judgments of size and strength, but those judgments are primarily based on objective physical features (e.g., bicep circumference), this research suggests. College students estimated other college students’ strength by looking at their full-body photos. Both groups included Asian, Black, and White students. Men with larger bicep circumference and more upper body strength were rated as stronger, but race also affected the ratings: Black men were perceived as stronger than White men, and Asian men were perceived as weaker than White men. The same pattern was obtained for women. Raters’ race and gender did not affect their ratings. In a second experiment, in which participants also rated height, a similar pattern of effects was obtained, and Asian men and women were rated as shorter than Black and White men and women. These results indicate that race impacts judgments of strength, but it does not necessarily decrease accuracy, as some biases derive from physical differences between groups, such as height (e.g., Asian men are on average shorter than White and Black men, and therefore race may reflect an actual physical difference). However, in the absence of individuating information, race may bias decisions more. This research may inform how we think about social issues such as police use of force — officers can use lethal force only when a person is a threat, so misjudgments of strength and size based on race may lead to the wrongful use of lethal force. Reactivation of Previous Experiences in a Working Memory TaskGi-Yeul Bae and Steven J. Luck Recent experiences can have a large and automatic impact on the way we perceive and act on current events, even when those previous experiences are irrelevant for the current ones. Bae and Luck investigated whether these influences occur (a) because the past experiences change the synaptic connections among neurons and indirectly influence the way the current information is processed or (b) because the current events trigger an active representation of the previous experience, which directly impacts current processing. The researchers recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) while participants estimated stimuli orientations. On each trial, participants saw a teardrop-shaped stimulus and, after it disappeared, adjusted the orientation of a similar stimulus to match the orientation of the preceding one. Because the ERP data provided temporal information as well as the scalp distribution of brain activation, they allowed the researchers to decode previous-trial activation (due to a given stimulus orientation) from current-trial activation (due to a new orientation). Decoding of previous-trial activation began shortly after the current-trial stimulus was shown, which indicated that the current stimulus reactivated a representation of the previous trial, even though it was now irrelevant. Participants also tended to report orientations biased away from the orientation on the previous trial. Current events may thus trigger an active representation of previous events, potentially explaining how recent past experiences influence current processing.
Opera 46.0 is out: find out what is new by Martin Brinkmann on June 22, 2017 in Opera – Last Update: June 22, 2017 – 32 commentsOpera Software released Opera 46.0 on June 22, 1017 to the Stable channel brings along with it stability improvements and quality improvements.Opera states that the release is the second stage of the Reborn project, a project to improve the look and feel of the Opera browser.Opera users can use the browser’s automatic update functionality to download and install the Opera 46.0 update, or download it directly from the Opera website.A click on Menu > About Opera runs a manual update check in the browser. If the new version is detected, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.Opera 46.0The first major release after Opera Reborn introduces a number of improvements, visually, usability-wise, and functionality-wise.The Speed Dial page, the New Tab Page of the Opera browser, received several improvements in the new Opera browser version.Users who use the dark theme without wallpapers will notice that Speed Dial itself is now dark as well. Opera Software cooperated with industry artists to bring a new set of custom wallpapers to the browser.You can set those with a click on the customize button on the Speed Dial page, and the selection of one of the available wallpapers there.Some backgrounds are animated, but there is no indication right now to highlight that in the selection menu.Opera 46.0 ships with stability improvements. According to Opera Software, Opera 46.0 will crash 35% less on average per user than the previous stable version Opera 45.0. This was achieved by fixing crashes, memory leaks, and glitches that impaired the user experience.Another new feature is support for animated PNG files. The format has risen to some prominence, largely thanks to Apple introducing the APNG format in iOS 10 iMessage applications. What’s particular interesting about this is that Opera Presto, used by the classic Opera 12 browser, supported the format already.Opera 46.0 uses Chromium 59 as its core. The new Chromium release introduced several new technologies, among them expensive background tabs throttling to improve battery life and browsing performance by limiting the access of background tabs to resources.Other improvements mentioned in the changelog:Videopopout support live videos nowNew View in Bookmarks option to Bookmarks pop up.If you import bookmarks from other browsers, those that were on the bookmarks toolbar of the source browser are now placed on Opera’s Bookmarks Toolbar as well.Bookmarks sync using Chromium’s sync protocol.opera://plugins redirects to opera://settings?section=plugins now. Opera followed Google and removed the local plugins management page from the web browser.Closing WordsOpera 46.0 introduces some new features and improvements to the browser. Probably the most important one is the improvement of browser stability. The remaining features are not overly spectacular however.Now You: Have you tried a recent version of the Opera browser?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 7 votes Software Name Opera 46.0Software Category BrowserLanding Page https://www.opera.com/ Advertisement
Posted by Share Silversea is heading to Cuba with 5 new itineraries for 2019 Tags: Cuba, New Itineraries, Silversea Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Silversea has launched a new collection of voyages to Cuba, with itineraries in 2019 now available to book.While Canadians have long made Cuba one of their top sun spots, the destination is still largely inaccessible to American travellers – unless they’re on a cruise with Cuban ports of call.Departing for Cuba from the U.S. for the first time in the cruise line’s history, the 17 Silversea voyages will showcase the best of the country through immersive land excursions in various destinations, says the cruise line.Available to book now, five voyages will immerse Silversea’s passengers in Cuba’s charms in 2019:Silver Wind will inaugurate the collection of voyages to Cuba when it sets sail on Feb. 14, 2019, on a seven-night voyage from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale. The itinerary will include visits to the Cuban cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, and the Bahamian island of Bimini.Silversea’s recently lengthened Silver Spirit will depart San Juan on a 10-night voyage on Feb. 22, 2019. An overnight in Santiago de Cuba will be complemented by calls in Cienfuegos and Havana, as well as stops in George Town, Key West and Bimini, before finishing in Fort Lauderdale.Departing San Juan on March 31, 2019, Silver Wind will head to Santiago de Cuba and Havana on overnight calls, as well as Cienfuegos, on a 10-night voyage. The itinerary will also incorporate George Town in the Cayman Islands and Bimini.Also aboard Silver Wind, a nine-night roundtrip voyage from Fort Lauderdale – departing April 10 – will call in Santiago de Cuba overnight and Havana, in addition to Bimini, Nassau and Port Canaveral.Concluding the selection for 2019, a 14-night sailing aboard Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 22. The roundtrip voyage will feature a visit to Cienfuegos, plus overnight stays in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. The itinerary also includes calls in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize City and Key West.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backAnother 12 voyages with Cuban ports are scheduled for 2020.“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cuba to our 2019 and 2020 voyage collections,” says Mark Conroy, Silversea’s Managing Director for the Americas. “Cuba is arguably the fastest growing destination in the Caribbean, and one that many luxury travellers are eager to explore, knowing that they can be uniquely enriched by a fresh perspective on the people, traditions and natural wonders of this island nation.” Travelweek Group Thursday, October 18, 2018