Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after squaring up against the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.The Dutch side settled for a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly-rated De Ligt, 19, featured in the first half like Hazard and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker.“I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender told FourFourTwo.“And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.“You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for the Netherlands.“I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.“That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”
WILMINGTON, MA – The Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury’s Charities Committee is conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need within the St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s parishes.Donations can be left inside the entrances of both St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.Requested, non-perishable food items include:GravyInstant PotatoCranberry SauceStuffingRiceCanned Veggies (corn, green beans, yams, peas, carrots)Chicken & Turkey Stock BrothBread & Roll MixCanned Fruit & ApplesauceCoffee, Tea & Hot CocoaPancake Max & SyrupCake Mix & FrostingPie Crust Mix & Pie FillingBrownie MixNuts/ChocolatesChip/Dip/SalsaGrocery Store Gift Cards (in any denomination)If you are interested in donating a complete Dinner Basket for a family, the estimated cost is approximately $50. Monetary donations or gift cards can be brought to the Parish Office, marked “Thanksgiving,” or placed in the offertory collection.If you would like to have your donation picked up or have questions, please contact Rose Jackson at email@example.com or 978-658-9915.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON GIVES: St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive On November 11-12In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”
Donald Trump. File photoUS president Donald Trump is in full campaign mode five months before pivotal mid-term elections, employing a mix of anti-immigration rhetoric, Democrat-bashing and off-script improvisation in a bid to help Republicans hold their congressional majority.Democrats, riding a swell of grass-roots activism and buoyed by Trump’s poor approval numbers and an ongoing investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s campaign, are seeking to flip the US House and Senate.Trump is pushing back, hitting the road-including at a fiery Tuesday night rally in Tennessee-as he seeks to energize his base to come out and vote in November for Republican Senate candidates in states where he can have a major impact.But the strategy apparently seeks to minimize his exposure in states where Republicans in close House races might feel the divisive president’s presence would be more of a hindrance, motivating Democrats and independents instead of helping moderate GOP candidates.Despite the risks of an unrestrained Trump addressing large crowds at campaign-style events, it is a strategy aimed at firing up his loyal supporters in red states where vulnerable Senate Democrats are running for re-election, or challenging for open seats.Such was the case Tuesday when Trump rallied in Nashville in support of congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bid to succeed retiring Senator Bob Corker.“We need more Republicans,” Trump boomed.“If you want your country to be safe, then you must go out and get the Democrats the hell out of office.”A sitting president’s party often loses seats during mid-term elections.While analysts say Democrats have a decent shot at flipping the 24 seats needed to reclaim the House, the opposition party is up against an extraordinarily tough Senate election map.Of the 35 Senate races, Democrats are defending a whopping 26 seats — 10 of them in states that Trump won in 2016.And Democrats are seeing their overall mid-term advantage shrink.In December, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average, Democrats enjoyed a 13-point advantage among voters who were asked which party they would support in the 2018 congressional election.That figure this week stood at just four points.Trump ‘coming after’ vulnerable DemocratsThe president has grown increasingly annoyed at his party’s 51-49 Senate majority as he seeks to push through his policy agenda, including a dramatic curtailing of illegal and legal immigration.Highlighting his rigid stance during his Nashville rally, he recalled the term he used recently to describe undocumented immigrants, including members of transnational gang MS-13, targeted for deportation.“What was the name?” Trump goaded the crowd. “Animals!” they shouted.Trump also savaged the Democratic candidate, former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, insisting he would be in the pocket of the Senate and House Democratic leaders.“He’s an absolute total tool of Chuck Schumer and of course the MS-13 lover, Nancy Pelosi,” Trump said.Over the past month Trump has held campaign-style rallies or speeches in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee-all states he carried in 2016, and where Republicans are facing tough Senate races. On Thursday he heads to Texas.Trump is also expected to travel in the coming weeks to North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, and West Virginia, the New York Times reported, citing White House officials familiar with the president’s summer strategy.They are states that Trump won easily, and where Senate Democrats face tough re-elections.Several other states may be added to the itinerary later, including Florida, where outgoing Governor Rick Scott is spending millions of dollars of his own personal fortune in a bid to oust a Senate Democratic incumbent.Trump on Tuesday night “had a message for 2018 red state Dems – he’s coming after them too,” said Katie Martin, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party’s Senate campaign arm.He relished his opportunity before the cheering crowd to tout his economic successes including major tax cuts that he signed into law.But Trump also eagerly returned to one of the tropes of his 2016 campaign, by declaring that Mexico would pay for a wall that he intends to build on the southern US border.“They’re going to pay for the wall and they’re going to enjoy it,” Trump said.
Listen 00:00 /04:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Al OrtizTarps such as the one this photo shows covered the roof of Ms. Vallia Huff’s home for eight years.As we have reported this week, Vallia Huff is a Houston senior citizen who lost her roof to hurricane Ike in 2008.Through its so-called blue tarp program, the City of Houston finally provided Huff with a new roof at the end of September.She says that something many of us take for granted would change her life because “every time it rains, you go into a panic.”So, why are there still hundreds of homes in need of repair?It is a complicated issue, so we spoke with some of the top people who were in charge of leading the city when hurricane Ike hit Houston and during the aftermath.Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker says some people chose not to fix their homes.“There may have been people who received the dollars and did not turn around to put those dollars into the necessary home repairs. The City of Houston was contracting directly with contractors to do the repairs, but there are some other programs where the homeowners themselves received the dollars,” Parker said.Those other programs were managed by the federal government.Parker’s immediate predecessor, Bill White, agrees with her assessment.“We had abundant evidence that some people chose to cash their checks and not have their homes repaired,” he said.Parker also says many people lacked homeowners insurance.In other cases, back taxes, confusion about ownership of the homes and other factors, such as simply not completing the paperwork for assistance, slowed down the process and eventually put it to a halt.Other Houstonians didn’t get timely repairs because their homes didn’t qualify for federal assistance.For example, they exceeded the cap set by the government on the property’s damage.Parker says that, at the time, if the damage to the property was higher than $25,000, the homeowner wasn’t eligible for assistance because the damage exceeded the threshold set by the federal government.However, some housing experts think the genesis of the problem was in fact years in the making.John Henneberger is co-director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and thinks the blue tarps represent “a failure to plan for the rebuilding following a disaster.”“It had to do with long-term structural and administrative problems within the city’s housing department,” adds Henneberger who, nonetheless, notes those problems predated the White and Parker administrations.Tom McCasland, the current director of the city’s Housing and Community Development Department, says right after the hurricane the city was focused on a particular type of housing.“We’ve done a lot of good work using the Ike funds, some of it has gone into multi-family, replacement units,” McCasland said. “Some of it has gone into replacing entire homes and all of that is excellent work that needs to be done, but one of the things that this mayor wants to support is single-family homeownership.”Sylvester Turner addressed the blue tarp situation last year, when he was running for mayor.He said the city has a duty to repair the roofs and it has identified more than 500 homes with blue tarps.Turner announced the roof repair program at the beginning of September.He said the initiative is directly related to a concept he campaigned on in 2015 called complete communities, which, among other things, means fixing damaged roofs.And the mayor emphasizes he is not implementing the program because of a major event that is now just around the corner.“Has nothing to do with the Super Bowl,” Turner assured at a press conference held at Houston City Hall several days after announcing the launch of the program and added “it has everything to do about quality of life and providing people with a quality of life.”According to the Housing and Community Development Department, as of December 15th, the city had approved repairs for 168 homes.Marissa CummingsAfter eight years of not having a solid roof, this is how Huff’s home looks now. X
Explore further One method for advancing network services in the future Internet consists of combining mobile agents with an evolutionary framework. In these methods, the mobile agents must decide for themselves the best course of action to take in order to handle users’ requests most effectively, with the results of the decision impacting their survival. Currently, these methods are far from being practically implemented since they lack a basic theory of the migration behaviors of mobile agents on a large scale. In a new study, Yongsheng Ding and Lei Gao from Donghua University in Shanghai, China, have performed a macrodynamics analysis of mobile agents’ migration behaviors, which could provide a fundamental basis for the development of a more ubiquitous future Internet. Their study will appear in a future issue of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans.“We think the work is significant in being the first to conduct the macroanalysis of large-scale mobile agent migrations,” Gao told PhysOrg.com. “The study not only favors the design of composite services in a type of self-organizing network architecture, but also benefits the future deployment of an Internet-scale mobile agent system that holds myriads, hosts, and migratory movements of mobile agents.”Previous studies have predicted that the future Internet will have vast numbers of these mobile agents that can effectively handle users’ requests. As Gao explains, mobile agents could have significant advantages compared with stationary agents, especially for mobile devices.“Due to the resource limitation of mobile devices, agents are sent to some nodes/devices with rich resources for doing some tasks that have high requirements for resources, and then they bring the results back,” Gao explained. “Mobile agents can automatically suspend their executions on one host and migrate to another to resume their computations without tedious and slow network communication.”As the researchers explain in their study, mobile agents can be considered in terms of an evolutionary framework: When a mobile agent performs a service, it gains a reward. The more rewards a mobile agent has, the longer it survives, while agents that run out of rewards die. So mobile agents evolve and become more effective at handling users’ requests. They have several abilities to maximize their usefulness, such as adapting to changing environments, manipulating objects, and learning from past experiences. They also have the ability to replicate themselves individually or reproduce “children agents” with other mobile agents. T-Mobile and Samsung revealed the Galaxy S 4G More information: Yongsheng Ding and Lei Gao. “Macrodynamics Analysis of Migration Behaviors in Large-Scale Mobile Agent Systems for the Future Internet.” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans. To be published. Citation: Study analyzes role of mobile software in the future Internet (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-role-mobile-software-future-internet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Although it’s difficult to predict what the future Internet will look like, it’s probably safe to say that certain trends we’ve seen during the past decade will continue. This means that the Internet will become further integrated into our daily lives, becoming more ubiquitous, available, autonomous, and mobile. The engineers who are guiding the Internet in this direction are doing so by developing mobile agents, which are pieces of software that can autonomously migrate from one computer to another and interact with each other. In the researchers’ model, mobile agents that perform the same or similar services (e.g., performing a credit card transaction or providing GPS data) would form a community, or “niche.” In these niches, mobile agents can learn from their surrounding environment, improve their performance, and gain more rewards. Depending on user demand, these niches can grow or shrink. The researchers’ model shows that the number of mobile agents in all niches eventually stabilizes, so that the average growth rate of the total mobile agent population reaches zero. By understanding the macroproperties that emerge from the behaviors of a large number of autonomous mobile agents, the researchers hope that they can design improved network services with more advanced features. This kind of modeling is still in its infancy, and the researchers hope to continue improving these models, and eventually apply them in the future Internet.“We believe the future Internet will be hundreds of times faster than the current one,” Gao said. “We envision the future Internet as a global integrated platform for communication, education, entertainment, business, and other human activities. Network services are required to be highly available, ubiquitous, highly secure, self-managing, and adaptable to dynamic network environments and user requirements. The characteristics of the future Internet we envision resemble the self-organizing and the self-healing properties of natural ecosystems that have evolved over billions of years. The harmonious properties of natural ecosystems have shown us a promising way to build the future integrated platform.”
Yann Martel, the Canadian author of the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Life of Pi’, finds India diverse, dazzling and a place with a great tradition of storytelling and says the country may very well be the backdrop of one of his future novels. Martel, who first travelled to the Indian sub-continent in 1996 with two little-known books against his name, talked about how the country altered his perceptions about faith and deeply inspired him to use the “animal symbolism” in his writings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”India is so diverse, alive, varied and true to itself. It is so colourful and lively that it was literally quiet shocking for me when I first came here. You go to other countries… they are beautiful in a more sedate way. There is nothing sedate about India,” he said. “Maybe I would use India as a backdrop of my story. That would depend on my coming back here again. I still haven’t seen much of the country yet. May be I will read the Ramayana one day and feel that I have got to write this book on India,” added Martel. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is tremendous tradition of story-telling in India, both among the native Indians and the city dwellers. Even foreign writers have come to India and written novels on this country. So definitely there is something extremely stimulating about India,” he noted. The author, whose revered novel ‘Life of Pi’ sold over 13 million copies around the world and was transformed into an Academy Award winning film by Ang Lee in 2012, said his visit to the sub-continent helped him embark upon a new journey as a writer. “For me India was the country of all the Gods and all the animals. I come from a country like Canada which does not have many Gods as it is mostly a secular country. Also there are not a lot of animals in the public places,” Martel said, adding that he was taken aback by the presence of animals in Hindu mythology. “It made me look into two things that I never really considered much in life, religion and animals. “It inspired me to use the animal symbolizing the divine. In my earlier novels animals were just minor characters. But during …Pi, I realised that animals can be really strong characters. We seem to confine animals to the world of children’s literature but to me their symbolic potential to me is infinite. They act as a rich vehicle for a story teller,” he explained. The author, however, said he has no plans to write screenplays despite the massive success of the Life of Pi as a film. “I like writing novels. Writing screenplays are a small part of something bigger, whereas writing novel is a thing in itself,” he said.
Categories: Brann News 09May Rep. Brann votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted to approve a landmark plan to fix Michigan’s broken car insurance system and reduce rates for drivers all across the state.Brann said the plan offers drivers personal injury coverage options, reins in medical costs and fights fraud – reforms designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the highest car insurance rates in the nation.Michigan is the only state to mandate unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan approved today allows people currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.“This is one of the issues I hear about most from people in our community,” Brann, of Wyoming, said after the vote. “I’m glad we were able to deliver a solution that lowers rates. I fought hard to keep the option to continue purchasing coverage that provides unlimited lifetime health care if they are injured in a car crash. This was not in the Senate bill and is important to me. This is the option my wife and I will be selecting – and I hope others will seriously consider it as well – but people deserve to weigh their options.”The plan:Guarantees lower personal injury protection rates for all Michigan drivers;Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies;Stops potential price gouging on medical services for car accident victims;Combats fraudulent claims to help lower costs.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.###
Discovery has continued on its recent acquisition spree, buying Italian kids and general entertainment broadcaster Switchover Media.Discovery will acquire all of the Italian firm, which operates four free-to-air and pay TV channels in Italy.The US company said that, combined with its existing assets in the Italian market, the Switchover deal will make it the third largest broadcaster in the country by audience shareSwitchover runs free-to-air channels Giallo, a female-skewed investigation-themed service and Focus, a male-targeted factual entertainment channel. It also operates two free-to-air childrens channels, K2 and Frisbee, as well as GXT, a male-targeted pay TV channel.“Italy is a leading market for Discovery and key to our growth here over the last two years has been the development of a successful free-to-air TV business strategy as this platform has grown,” said Dee Forbes, president and managing director of Discovery Networks Western Europe.Forbes, previously at Turner, which runs several kids channels said: “The acquisition of Switchover Media adds further breadth and scale to that free-to-air strategy, as well as diversifying our portfolio to include scripted crime and children’s programming that have proven popular with audiences and advertisers.”With the acquisition of Switchover, Discovery now manages six free-to-air brands and six pay TV brands in Italy. The combined business will be overseen by Marinella Soldi, managing director Discovery Italy and general manager Southern Europe, who is based in Milan.Francesco Nespega, founder and managing partner of Switchover Media, will serve as a consultant and advisor to Discovery.