Mark Kostich/iStock(BATTLE GROUND, Ind.) — Medics in Indiana made a gruesome discovery this week when they arrived to a home that was filled with more than 100 snakes.Emergency workers were called to the home in Battle Ground, Indiana, on Wednesday and found 36-year-old Laura Hurst dead with an 8-foot python coiled around her neck, according to police.Medics made efforts to revive her, but they were unsuccessful, Indiana State Police said. The Reticulated Python was one of 140 snakes that were found inside the home.Police said approximately 20 of the snakes found belonged to Hurst. Her connection to the residence wasn’t immediately clear but investigators said “she frequents the location approximately 2 times a week.”Police said they are still investigating to determine the exact cause of death.“An autopsy will be performed on Friday which will hopefully give us an official cause of death,” Indiana State Police said in a statement. “The case is ongoing.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPittsburgh 1, Baltimore 1Houston 5, Washington 3Philadelphia 11, Baltimore 4Nashville 4, Texas 3Atlanta 4, Tampa Bay 2Oakland 5, San Francisco 0LA Angels 8, LA Dodgers 4AMERICAN LEAGUEDetroit 18, Toronto 6NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 3Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 3Kansas City 3, Texas 3NATIONAL LEAGUENY Mets 8, Washington 4St. Louis 2, Miami 1Colorado 4, Cincinnati 3Chi Cubs 24, San Diego 6Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONL.A. Clippers 124, NY Knicks 113Milwaukee 127, Cleveland 105Indiana 124, Denver 88Charlotte 115, Toronto 114Houston 113, New Orleans 90San Antonio 115, Boston 96Golden State 121, Detroit 114L.A. Lakers 111, Sacramento 106NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 3, Philadelphia 1NY Islanders 2, Arizona 0OT Carolina 2, Montreal 1OT Chicago 2, Colorado 1Columbus 5, Vancouver 0NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT(1) Duke 77, UCF 76(2) Virginia 63, Oklahoma 51(3) North Carolina 81, Washington 59OT (6) Tennessee 83, Iowa 77(9) Texas Tech 78, (15) Buffalo 58(11) Houston 74, Ohio St. 59(16) Virginia Tech 67, Liberty 58MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERFC Cincinnati 2, New England 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/24/19 Written by
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBreonna Taylor FamilyBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — NBA players are using their media time to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker who was fatally shot by plainclothes officers in her Louisville, Kentucky home in March.Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma spoke about the 26-year-old’s death for about six minutes Wednesday night as reporters gathered in Orlando, Florida, to discuss the league’s attempts to restart the season.Kuzma took to Twitter after the press conference, pleading with the media to ask more questions about social justice in light of the ongoing nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.“Media & players: We work hand n hand. We have platforms but help us out! Yes we know your job is to ask us about basketball questions,” he tweeted. “But if you guys believe in equality for all, let’s ask a few social injustice questions here n there. We’re all in this together.”Similarly, Kuzma’s teammate, Lakers guard Alex Caruso, tried his best to steer questions away from his sister, Megan, who got married last weekend. Instead, Caruso said he wanted to talk more about Taylor.“Outside of my sister’s wedding questions, anything today that you ask of basketball, I’m just going to respond with, ‘We need justice for Breonna Taylor,’” Caruso told reporters. “That’s going to be my response to the rest of the questions if they’re basketball-related and not pertaining to me and my sister’s wedding.”Taylor’s death on March 13 sent shockwaves around the country. Louisville police officers had executed a no-knock search warrant and used a battering ram to forcefully enter the young woman’s apartment.Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, got out of bed around midnight when they heard a commotion outside. After a short exchange with police, Walker fired his gun in self-defense, saying he thought his home was being broken into, according to police.The plainclothes officers returned gunfire, firing several shots and fatally hitting Taylor, police said.It was later revealed that the police had been looking for two men who they believed were selling drugs out of a house located near Taylor’s home. Police obtained a no-knock warrant to search Taylor’s apartment because they had reason to believe that the men had used her apartment to receive packages.One of the officers, Brett Hankison, was fired in June amid intense pressure from the public. Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, the other officers involved, were placed on administrative reassignment, but civil rights activists say all three men should be charged.Activists, athletes and some of Hollywood’s brightest stars have called on their fans to demand justice for Taylor. Other artists have showed support by promoting the #SayHerName campaign on social media.Members of the NBA, which restarted its season on Wednesday after a four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, have been some of Taylor’s most outspoken proponents.“[Shoulders] felt great, but I think most importantly, I take this time to give my condolences to the family of the Taylors, Breonna Taylor, rest in peace, George Floyd, rest in peace,” LA Clippers guard Paul George told reporters after the game on Wednesday. “There are so many others out there that have been brutally murdered by the hands of police. That is all I got — that is my message for everyone and that will continue to be my answer.”George said he plans to encourage fellow players and others with large platforms to keep speaking out against police brutality in the wake of Taylor’s death.“I mean, her murderers are still free, so nothing is done yet. And hope to continue, again, keep this fight going and use our platform to stand up for those that can’t stand anymore,” he told reporters. “I think that is what we are here for, to continue to keep that in the back of people’s minds.”Other NBA players, including Lakers star LeBron James, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis have also spoken out about the ongoing fight for racial justice.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 24, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA players call for justice for Breonna Taylor in wake of civil unrest Written by
Ready for lift off – fast-lift of the Brent Alpha topsides. (Credit: Allseas) Swiss-based offshore contractor Allseas announced that its heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed the removal of third platform from the Brent oil and gas field in North Sea.The vessel has completed the single-lift removal of Shell UK’s Brent Alpha platform, located 186km off the northeast coast of the Shetland Islands.According to Allseas, the removal involved several years of planning and 15 months of offshore preparation, including strengthening and cutting the steel jacket’s six legs.The preparations resulted in the 9-second “fast lift” of the 17,000-t topsides on 21 June, the company said.The 44-year old structure will now be delivered by Pioneering Spirit to Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard in North East England for dismantling and recycling.Brent Alpha is one of four platforms to be decommissioned at North Sea fieldAfter Delta and Bravo, Brent Alpha is the third of four platforms to be decommissioned and removed from the Brent field.The Brent Alpha platform consisted of a topsides structure supported by a steel six-legged jacket standing in 140 m of water.Like the other two platforms that were already decommissioned, the Alpha topsides features multiple decks with living quarters, power generation, process systems, drilling derrick, flare stack and other platform facilities.Allseas stated: “The removal of Brent Alpha is the first offshore lift to utilise specially developed “horseshoes”: connection tools that clamp around pre-installed lift points called bearing brackets mounted on the upper sections of the steel jacket’s legs.”Pioneering Spirit was chosen by Shell UK for all the decommissioning of all the four platforms.The vessel will also handle the removal of the fourth platform Brent Charlie when it finally ceases production.In April, Allseas secured an order from Aker BP for the removal and disposal of multiple installations in the Valhall area in the North Sea. The 44-year old structure will now be delivered to a decommissioning yard in North East England for dismantling and recycling
It gives me enormous pleasure to be joining you at the Association of Colleges Conference for a second year. I and my colleagues in the Department value the support, the collaboration and the critical friend that you continue to provide across all of our work in FE. You remain a valued partner – and long may this continue.It is also great to be back in the West Midlands, where the legacy of all our industrial innovators is woven into the very fabric of the place. Colleges here, such as Walsall and Dudley College of Technology are among those who will be continuing this industrial legacy as the first to offer T Levels, a once in a lifetime change to technical education.All of your colleges are crucibles of change within your communities. You have a vital role to play in making sure that all people, of all ages, whatever their background, have the skills they need for jobs that give them a start in life. A start in life, a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th chance to kick-start a new career.A quick update on recent developments, we are publishing the outcomes of the College Staff Survey today, which greatly improves the information we have on teachers and leaders in FE colleges in England. It provides vital insights into the experiences, qualifications and expectations of those who teach and train in this sector. The survey showed that 82% of principals and 73% of leaders had worked in industry before their existing role. And two thirds of teachers had worked in industry before joining the FE sector a huge asset to FE. We want to build on this with the £5m in our Taking Teaching Further programme. Taking Teaching Further will support for up to 150 industry professionals to become FE teachers, and fund up to 40 projects.We now have a new Apprenticeship Feedback Tool. By inviting employers to give feedback on apprenticeship training providers, and publishing this data in real time. This will give us early warning of where there are problems and which training providers are doing well. So far, we have had well over 4,000 responses, of which nearly 90% rated their provider good or excellent (nearly a third were excellent). There is still room for improvement though and we will be rolling this out to apprentices as well.Alongside the Post 18 Review, we are also looking at the funding and resilience of the FE Sector, the uptake of L4/5 qualifications, and the crucial part that FE plays. All of these are critical landmarks for the future of FE. We need to make sure that FE has the structures, the funding and the support it needs.We have seen significant achievements in the work of the FE Commissioner and his team. With 29 Diagnostic Assessments taking place – so that we reach Colleges before any greater challenge hits. And a 45% reduction in formal interventions compared with last year, Richard and his team are investing a huge amount of time and expertise to continually strengthen the sector.Since 2016, we have allocated over £330m of funding to support major college restructuring, following the Area Review process. We are now considering the final applications for the Restructuring Facility – and we expect the final figure for restructuring funding to rise significantly before the programme ends next year.The Strategic College Improvement Fund had its pilot phase earlier in June this year, which saw 14 colleges receive grants totalling over £2m, and we have just launched our next phase earlier this month; providing £15m in funding to help colleges build awareness of good practice, foster mutual learning and really push forward rapid action to improve quality in their provision. There has not been a moment in my 40 odd years in the public sector where I have not heard the plea to share best practice. We really need to make this happen. As David Corke, the director of policy at the AoC, mentioned, “it is important to continue to share best practice and look at ways we can continually drive up quality within the sector”. So let’s get on and do more of it.We have also announced 21 Centres for Excellence across the country, two of which are here in the West Midlands. We are investing over £40 million over the next five years to build on the success of the Maths Hubs model in schools, adapting it to improve the quality of teaching post-16.We know that our ambitions for top quality further and vocational education are not going to be cheap. And I am very aware of the financial challenges you have faced. But with £2.5 billion being spent on Apprenticeships by 2020 and the introduction of T Levels, there are significant opportunities ahead to strengthen the impact you have on your local communities.We will be announcing changes to the operation of the register of apprenticeship training providers. We want to improve the quality of apprenticeship training and are designed to strengthen the application process and raise the bar for entry.The register will be re-opening for applications and will remain open, enabling new providers to apply when they are ready to. Existing providers on the register, including FE colleges, will be required to reapply over the next 12 months. Take the application process seriously so that apprenticeships training can be part of your offer to employers and apprentices.And then T Levels. The introduction of T Levels will change the delivery and perception of technical education. I am hugely grateful for the energy and passion that colleges are bringing to the design and delivery of these reforms. We are providing £38 million in capital to support the initial roll-out of T Levels from September 2020 which will be used to improve the quality of facilities and equipment that will be used to deliver T Levels. T Levels are a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform technical education and give young people the skills they need. They will play a significant role in giving employers the skilled workforce they need. And this is a huge opportunity to raise the profile of further and technical education.We are investing up to £20m over the two years to March 2020 to support providers as they prepare for the introduction of T Levels. As part of this £20m, we have announced the investment of £8m in a new bespoke T Level Professional Development offer, led by the Education and Training Foundation, to help staff prepare for the change and successfully deliver the first T Levels. This will be vital training to build on the expertise we have currently, so we are ready for the future.But T Levels apart – there is the apprenticeship levy money out there in the market – you need to show what you can do on training and be real competition for the Independent Training Provider market.Both apprenticeship training and T Levels will only succeed if delivered by high quality, resilient institutions. The one common feature of every successful institution is high quality leadership and governance. Of course, you know that better than I do, but it bears repeating.All too often, as I sign off requests for emergency support, I see colleges in severe financial circumstances that could have been avoided if they had had a strong board and leadership. Well-meaning Principals, well-meaning Governors, they may be. But in this day and age, robust, financial management and leadership is the route to a successful College. I am pleased to announce the launch of a College Governance Guide, which will set out clearly, in one place, what we expect of governors, as well as offering recommended practice.We are also about to launch a new Learning and Development programme, to support chairs, governors and clerks. I am very grateful to the Education and Training Foundation for their partnership in building upon the successes of previous programmes at the Oxford Said Business School. For example, over 3,800 FE teachers have attended other ETF enhancement programmes designed to improve their knowledge and confidence in teaching maths and English GCSE. This is a major investment in sector leadership. It is important to me, as I’m sure it is to you, and I hope you will take advantage of it.The National Leaders of Further Education represent some of the best FE leaders and they, together with their teams, have been supporting improvement in more than 30 colleges. I urge you to use them, learn from them, and share them further.Today, we are publishing a report on The Contribution of FE to social mobility that tracks individuals through post-16 learning and into the workplace. It shows the critical role that high-quality Further Education plays in helping those who come from more disadvantaged backgrounds and areas achieve success.Shared best practice, collaboration or partnership, working together – within and between colleges, all play an important role in improving further education. And play a role in improving social mobility.Social Mobility is used by politicians, think-tanks, the media and is liberally sprinkled through many a report that I read. For me, social mobility means that people are not bound by the constraints of their birth. That where you are born, where you live, who you know or who you are should have no adverse impact on where you get to. Everyone should be able to succeed.I would like to pay tribute to David Hughes and the AoC for the work they do representing FE Colleges. AoC’s campaign “Love our Colleges” was a huge success. But in this world, where everyone vies for tax payers’ money, a one-off campaign is not enough on its own. You must get your leadership and governance right; you must use your money wisely, making realistic assessments of your business model; you must make good use of the money available and you must make use of the resources we put your way. Then the case can be secured for additional funding.I overheard a conversation recently where someone was asking what FE was. The reply came back that FE wasn’t schools and it wasn’t university. The reply said so much- FE squashed between schools and universities. Sandwiched between the two sectors we hear so much from in education.I want a positive vision for FE. I want FE Colleges to stand on their own ground, proud of what they do and proud of the incredible results they achieve. Effective, efficient and focussed and with an unique offer.Every single person in this room will have changed someone’s life. Turned around the fortunes, sometimes against the odds- of someone who possibly didn’t get the best start in their life or in their education.I have the best job in Government – because rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear one of those inspirational stories. Help me to help you turn dreams and hopes into reality and together we can be proud of the unique and very special contribution that FE makes.
Nottinghamshire-based consultancy The Good Food Group has launched a subscription service to help food brands showcase their products to retailers.The Buyer’s Discovery Club provides retailers with boxes of products from new brands every month to assess their suitability for listing.According to The Good Food Group, hundreds of items are reviewed by a team of experts, with the best five new brands selected for championing. These are then matched with the most relevant buyer for their category.Ross Carlin, managing director at The Good Food Group and founder of the club, said he was “delighted” with the launch.“Our team of well-connected experts work closely with buyers to understand exactly the type of products that consumers are calling out for – ensuring we pair the very best category buyers and brands together, allowing new and disruptive brands to be seen and heard,” Carlin added.The subscription service evolved from a ‘Discovery Club Live’ online event, where suppliers pitched their products to buyers during 15-minute sessions.“The format of the conference was a cross between Dragon’s Den and Speed Dating, with buyers seated at individual virtual tables and pitching directly to suppliers,” Carlin added.The Good Food Group plans to expand the service with the launch of The Buyer’s Discovery Club online platform later this year.
Bruce Springsteen is gearing up to release his first new album in five years, Western Stars, due out on June 14th via Columbia Records. The solo album marks Springsteen’s first collection of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. He had previously released an album of covers and re-worked originals, High Hopes, in 2014.Bruce Springsteen Shares Lead Single Off Forthcoming Solo Album, “Hello Sunshine” [Listen]Following the release of the album’s lead single, “Hello Sunshine”, Springsteen has shared “There Goes My Miracle”, the second single from his forthcoming Western Stars LP. “There Goes My Miracle” features some impressive vocal arrangements from The Boss along with a lush string section.Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s “There Goes My Miracle” below:Bruce Springsteen – “There Goes My Miracle”Much like Springsteen’s previous two albums, Ron Aniello produced the project in addition to playing bass, keyboard and other instruments during the tracking sessions. Western Stars also features work from over 20 musicians, including original E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious and violinist Soozie Tyrell, as well as organist Charlie Giordano, who currently plays with the group. Jon Brion, who’s best known for his work with Kanye West and Fiona Apple, also contributed in playing celeste, Moog, and Farfisa to the album. Springsteen’s wife and E Street bandmate Patti Scialfa is responsible for the vocal arrangements on four songs and contributes her vocals on several others.It’s uncertain whether Springsteen will tour in support of his forthcoming album. Recently, while chatting with Martin Scorsese at a Netflix event in Los Angeles, Springsteen revealed that he has written music for a new studio album with his E Street Band, which will be accompanied by a tour. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have been off the road since their Working on a Dream tour wrapped in 2017.Fans can head here to pre-order Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars album.
In an important first for a promising new technology, scientists have used a quantum computer to calculate the precise energy of molecular hydrogen. This groundbreaking approach to molecular simulations could have profound implications, not just for quantum chemistry, but also for a range of fields from cryptography to materials science.“One of the most important problems for many theoretical chemists is how to execute exact simulations of chemical systems,” said author Alán Aspuru-Guzik, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. “This is the first time that a quantum computer has been built to provide these precise calculations.”The work, described in Nature Chemistry and released Sunday (Jan. 10), comes from a partnership between Aspuru-Guzik’s team of theoretical chemists at Harvard and a group of experimental physicists led by Andrew White at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Aspuru-Guzik’s team coordinated experimental design and performed key calculations, while his partners in Australia assembled the physical “computer” and ran the experiments.“We were the software guys,” said Aspuru-Guzik, “and they were the hardware guys.”While modern supercomputers can perform approximate simulations of simple molecular systems, increasing the size of the system results in an exponential increase in computation time. Quantum computing has been heralded for its potential to solve some problems that are impossible for conventional computers to crack.Rather than using binary bits labeled as “zero” and “one” to encode data, as in a conventional computer, quantum computing stores information in qubits, which can represent both “zero” and “one” simultaneously. When a quantum computer is put to work on a problem, it considers all possible answers by simultaneously arranging its qubits into every combination of “zeroes” and “ones.”Since one sequence of qubits can represent many numbers, a quantum computer would make far fewer computations than a conventional one in solving some problems. After the computer’s work is done, a measurement of its qubits provides the answer.“Because classical computers don’t scale efficiently, if you simulate anything larger than four or five atoms — for example, a chemical reaction, or even a moderately complex molecule — it becomes an intractable problem very quickly,” said author James Whitfield, research assistant in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard. “Approximate computations of such systems are usually the best chemists can do.”Aspuru-Guzik and his colleagues confronted this problem with a conceptually elegant idea.“If it is computationally too complex to simulate a quantum system using a classical computer,” he said, “why not simulate quantum systems with another quantum system?”Such an approach could, in theory, result in highly precise calculations while using a fraction of the resources of conventional computing.While a number of other physical systems could serve as a computer framework, Aspuru-Guzik’s colleagues in Australia used the information encoded in two entangled photons to conduct their hydrogen molecule simulations. Each calculated energy level was the result of 20 such quantum measurements, resulting in a highly precise measurement of each geometric state of molecular hydrogen.“This approach to computation represents an entirely new way of providing exact solutions to a range of problems for which the conventional wisdom is that approximation is the only possibility,” said Aspuru-Guzik.Ultimately, the same quantum computer that could transform Internet cryptography could also calculate the lowest energy conformations of molecules as complex as cholesterol.Aspuru-Guzik and Whitfield’s Harvard co-authors on the paper are Ivan Kassal, Jacob D. Biamonte, and Masoud Mohseni. Financial support was provided by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Centre of Excellence programs. Aspuru-Guzik recently received support from the DARPA Young Investigator Program, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc. to pursue research toward practical quantum simulators.
Henshall has starred on Broadway in Putting It Together, Chicago and Miss Saigon. Other stage credits include The Woman in White, Peggy Sue Got Married, Marguerite, Les Misérables, Oliver, Crazy For You and Cats. She won the Olivier for her starring role in She Loves Me. Her TV credits include The Case, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sound of Musicals, Law and Order and The Mysteries of 71st Street. Henshall was a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family. Olivier winner Ruthie Henshall is to join the London cast of Billy Elliot the Musical as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Henshall will begin performances May 12 on the ninth anniversary of the world premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Chris Grahamson and Barnaby Meredith will also board the production in May as Billy’s brother Tony and Older Billy respectively. Along with Henshall, Grahmson and Meredith, from May 12 the cast will comprise of Deka Walmsley as Dad, Ann Emery as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum and David Muscat as Mr. Braithwaite. The role of Billy is alternated by Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret, Redmand Rance and Mitchell Tobin. Zach Atkinson, Zak Baker and Freddie play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Dayna Dixon, Demi Lee and Millie Thornton play Debbie. View Comments
Related Shows Sandy Duncan has delayed her first performance as Madame du Maurier in Broadway’s Finding Neverland. The Tony nominee, who famously starred as Peter Pan on Broadway in 1979, will now begin performances at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on February 12 (instead of the previously announced February 9). Duncan is scheduled to remain in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical through March 27.Carolee Carmello played her final performance on February 7; the three-time Tony nominee will next appear in Tuck Everlasting beginning March 31.Along with Peter Pan, Duncan received Tony nods for The Boy Friend and Canterbury Tales; she has also been seen on Broadway in Chicago, My One And Only and Love Is a Time of Day. She received Emmy nods for Funny Face and Roots; other screen credits include The Hogan Family.The cast also currently includes Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and Teal Wicks.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Yazbeck) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. Finding Neverland Sandy Duncan Photo: Bruce Glikas Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments