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Kaya goes home, gifts Ilonggos with victory

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Long hitters hold no edge in PH Masters at Villamor Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy bagged a hat trick as Kaya FC Iloilo came up with a memorable home debut by drubbing Davao Aguilas, 4-2, on Sunday night to zoom to top spot in the Philippines Football League at Iloilo Sports Complex.Jordan Mintah opened the scoring for Kaya just 50 seconds into the match with a clever right footed finish, before Mendy ran riot against an error prone Davao defense, boosting the Iloilo side to its fourth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We wanted the fans to go home happy,” said Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida. “It’s a victory that will be written in the history books. There was pressure in that it was our first game in front of the Ilonggos, our first chance to showcase how Kaya plays. That first goal took the pressure off.”Joven Bedic, who grew up in Barotac Nuevo, captained Kaya in its first game in its new home, assisting on Mintah’s seventh goal of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMendy doubled the advantage a few minutes later, poking home inside the area after Nick O Donnel spilled a routine save.The Aguilas mounted a comeback with James Younghusband nodding in from a corner kick early in the second half, but Mendy restored the two-goal cushion just seven minutes later. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

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Crucial stretch

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And they will find the Dyip as formidable foes with the franchise in serious contention of finally making the playoffs for the first time.“The road won’t be easy,” Victolero said ahead of the clash with the Dyip. “Hopefully, we pull through. We just have to do it a game at a time and prepare well.”Magnolia is a notable powerhouse that is struggling in this conference, and its last four games after this one will be against sides also chasing playoff berths and not to be taken lightly.The injury-plagued Aces, meanwhile, also try to enhance their playoff bid, colliding with back-to-the-wall NLEX in the 7 p.m. contest.Alaska will be coming off a performance against the Hotshots that it would rather forget and move on.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title How close can Pacquiao come to a worthy foe? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia is now playing with a sense of urgency—as what the Hotshots should do, with playoff positioning in the PBA Philippine Cup entering its crucial stages.“I told them that it was imperative to have a sense of urgency, to switch our mind-set to that of the playoffs,” coach Chito Victolero said as his Hotshots clash with Columbian on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “They deserved it. They just handled us,” Aces coach Alex Compton, who with shrugs and head shakes also noted that he’s bracing for a treacherous path ahead as they battle TNT KaTropa and San Miguel Beer in two of their last four games.And while many could see the match against NLEX and coach Yeng Guiao as an easy one, considering that the Road Warriors are at 2-5, Compton sees it in an entirely different light.“[Do I feel] relief playing against the national team coach? I feel none whatsoever,” Compton said.“It’s exactly the opposite. Everybody has toughness, everybody’s a competitor in this league and when teams are down, that’s when they’re particularly dangerous,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Magnolia will be coming off an ego-boosting win over Alaska last Saturday, a 103-86 ripping of the Aces that got it on track for this crucial push as it tries to creep closer to the playoffs and qualify on a level playing field.“I trust my players that every time they find themselves in situations like this, they step up to the plate and lock in on the things that we need to do,” he added as Magnolia, the reigning Governors’ Cup champion, tries to start climbing out of the bottom half of the 12-team pack and contend like one of the favorites that it is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe would have loved playing at Ynares Center in Antipolo again, since it was there that they displayed their sharpest form yet in dispatching the Aces.At 2-4, the Hotshots need to string up victories in a jiffy in order to avoid advancing with a twice-to-win burden against a top two team. View commentslast_img read more

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Cuttington Introduces New Academic Programs, As Dr. Tokpa Receives Int’l Award

first_imgTo improve several of its programs, the Bong County-based premier institution, Cuttington University (CU), has introduced several new academic programs, the president, Dr. Hernique F. Tokpa, has disclosed.While charging the recent graduates, who formed part of the 53rd Commencement Convocation, Dr. Tokpa informed the audience that his administration had introduced what he called, an “Institute of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.”The Institute of Excellence in Teaching Program, he said, is for a post diploma in higher education, and was initiated for lecturers who have little or nothing to formal teaching experience.“There are eight candidates, who completed the course and received the post-graduate diplomas, and 25 transferable credits to the CU Graduate School where they may receive a Master’s degree in teaching.”At the same time, Dr. Tokpa disclosed that the CU Student Affairs has begun a counseling service where counselors are currently provide sessions in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, emotional distress, general anxiety disorder, etc.According to him, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences earlier this year, launched the first edition of an international peer-review academic journal (CUJLASS). The journal is published annually, and the maiden edition features scholarly articles from around the world.Also, the College of Business and Public Administration completed its academic restructuring and is currently implementing its 2-year strategic plan to make the college academically attractive and appealing to students.Dr. Tokpa further disclosed that the College of Allied Health Sciences, will beginning this academic semester, start  offering degrees in Radiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Environmental Heath, Midwifery and Physician Assistant (PA) in addition to the Nursing degree being offered by CU.As for the College of Education, Dr. Tokpa said four visually impaired/disabled students under the “Special Education Program” successfully completed their courses of study in their respective chosen disciplines, and therefore earned Bachelor’s degrees at the just held commencement. Eleven of them entered the CU in 2009.Cuttington, he said, has, through its good relationship with EHELD/USAID program, established a multi-purpose soil laboratory where soil PH analysis can be done. Student practical activities have been  intensified with the production of vegetables and animals including goats and snails.In another development, the CU administration through its vice president for the Graduate School, Dr. Roosevelt Jayjay, has honored Dr. Tokpa for his commitment to the institution, where the students enrollment has increased from 350 to over 4, 000 students.At the same time also, Dr. Tokpa, a just-ended world conference held in Mumbai—India, won this year’s prestigious “Award of the World Chancellors and Vice Chancellors Congress” for his outstanding contributions to education.In response shortly the Award was presented to him over the weekend at the CU Graduate School in Monrovia, Dr. Tokpa, expressed gratitude for the Award and the honor bestowed upon him by the two distinct institutions.“For this Award and the honor, I am honored and feels honor, but I dedicated this international Award to the faculty and staff of Cuttington. I have been with CU for 26 years; 12 of which I served both as the president, as well as the principal for the Kindergarten to 12th grade,” Dr. Tokpa asserted.The honoring ceremony, which coincided with the representation of the Award, was attended by a cross-section professors and instructors as well as well-wishers from the undergraduate and graduate schools.   CU’s Historical PerspectiveIn 1889, Cuttington Collegiate and Divinity School was founded in Cape Palmas, Maryland County by the Episcopal Church in Liberia. The school was named in honor of Robert Fulton Cutting, then treasurer of the Episcopal Church in the United States. He gave US$5,000 to Bishop Samuel David Ferguson, then Bishop of Liberia, to purchase land on which to build a school “for the establishment of a manual labor farm, which should afford opportunity for practical instruction of the boys in the mission schools and at the same time serve as a pattern for others.” On February 22, 1889, Bishop Ferguson laid the cornerstone for the first building and named it Epiphany Hall. Epiphany is a Christian festival celebrating Jesus Christ’s divinity; a Christian festival making the visit of the Magi to celebrate Jesus’ birth or in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the baptism of Jesus Christ.The curriculum was further divided into four departments: Agricultural and Industrial, Theological, Preparatory, and Collegiate under the leadership of the Rev. M.P.K Valentine, M.A., the first president of Cuttington Collegiate and Divinity School.In 1949, Cuttington was reopened through the instrumentality of the late Bishop Bravid W. Harris, then Bishop of Liberia.Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, who succeeded Dr. Melvin J. Mason, as president of CU in 2002, had transformed CU to its present level where the students’ enrollment had increased from 300 to say, over 4,000 students.In 2004, CU started a Graduate School in Monrovia, offering Master’s degrees in four areas: Business, Education, Nursing, and Theology.In 2007, CU established a Junior College Program at the St. Augustine’s Episcopal High School in Kakata, Margibi County to cater to the academic needs of students, who graduate from high schools in that county and its immediate environs. The program currently offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in the fields of Nursing, Public Administration, Sociology, Management and Accounting.The institution has challenges and opportunities in the reconstruction of a new society for the 21st Century. As its campus is built in stages, CU seeks not only to restore its former programs, but also to expand them and develop new ones to meet the needs of a post-conflict nation, which is learning to deal with the aftermath of a 14-year long civil conflict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyanese on $1M bail, Venezuelan remanded

first_imgEssequibo drug bustThirty-year-old Eknauth Persaud, called “Patel” of Lot 66 Onderneeming; and Dhanraj Singh, called “Roy Pang” of Golden Fleece Estate, Essequibo CoasEknauth Persaud aka Patelt were on Friday granted $1 million bail for the recent 42 kilograms drug bust.Additionally, Manuel Diaz, 36, a of Sand Felix, Venezuela, who was jointly charged with the men was however remanded.The trio made their first appearance before Magistrate Ester Sam at the SuddieMagistrate’s Court on Friday to answer to a narcotics trafficking charge. However, all three of the men denied the charge.The prosecution is contending that on January 6, 2017, at about 17:30h, the trioManuel Diaz from Venezuelahad in their possession 42 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.They were reportedly caught during a joint operation in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands).Reporters are the ranks went to ‘back street’ Golden Fleece, Essequibo Coast where a motor car bearing registration plates PMM 9059 was seen proceeding in a northern direction. The car had two occupants along with the driver, Dhanraj Singh.Ranks stopped the car and conducted a search, during which two white bags containing 70 parcels wrapped with clear tape and brown card board were found.Dhanraj Singh aka Ripe PangEach parcel contained leaves, seeds and stem suspected to be cannabis. The trio was told of the offence but remained silent.The matter will continue on February 2.last_img read more

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Curtains & Drapery Designs gives back to the community

first_imgOne of the beneficiaries of the W.R Goodwill Foundation outreach programmeThrough its foundation, the WR Goodwill Foundation, Curtains & Drapery Designs embarked on a back-to-school outreach programme which saw underprivileged children from several communities receiving school uniforms and supplieslast_img

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14-year-old dies in EBD accident

first_imgA teenager has become Guyana’s latest road fatality after he reportedly rode into the path of a minibus on Tuesday evening at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Mark McCoy, 14, of Lot 561 Cinema Street, Diamond, EBD, was pronounced dead about an hour after arriving at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.He reportedly sustained severe head injuries following the collision which occurred at about 18:30h.Reports are a minibus bearing registration plates BVV 989 was heading to Timehri, EBD, whilst the pedal cyclist was proceeding in the opposite direction. He was reportedly towing a male on the handle of the pedal cycle when he reportedlyDead: Mark Mc Coyswerved into the path of the minibus.The other teenager, who was sitting on the handle managed to jump off before Mc Coy slammed into the minibus.As a result of the impact, Mc Coy fell onto the roadway and was rushed to the nearby medical facility in an unconscious state but died soon afterwards.The driver of the minibus, a 46-year-old man of Kaneville, EBD, was taken into Police custody and a breathalyser test was conducted but there were no alcohol recorded in his system.When Guyana Times visited the teen’s home on Wednesday, his mother, Pamela Mc Coy was being comforted by relatives. She explained that she was at home when she received a telephone call informing her that the young man was involved in an accident.She related as she rushed out to go to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, two Police ranks were at her door enquiring about the teen’s relatives. Again, she was informed by the ranks that her son was seriously injured following an accident. Without hesitation, she rushed to the medical facility where she saw her son laying on a stretcher.“I see he on the stretcher and blood was coming out his mouth… soon after they tell me that he didn’t make it,” the woman added. She however recalled that her son left home to accompany a friend to take his grandmother’s dinner and that was the last time she saw him alive.The aggrieved mother noted that her son attended the Dolphin Second School and was at school on Tuesday. She said that he was a well mannered and disciplinedThe bus that was involved in the accidentchild who did not give her any trouble.“I was at his school today (Wednesday) and when I told them of his demise, they started to cry… the teachers and students and the people who he normally buys lunch from,” she cried.Meanwhile, a close family friend told Guyana Times that the Police are yet to locate the bicycle and the other teenager, who was with McCoy when the accident occurred. She explained that there were a lot of eyewitnesses but no one came forward to provide information to the Police when they arrived at the scene.The driver remains in Police custody and is assisting with the investigations. The teenager leaves to mourn his mother and three other siblings. His father passed away just over a year ago. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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Fulham edge closer to agreeing deal for £8.8m Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan

first_imgFulham are close to agreeing an £8.8m deal for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan.The Championship club have been chasing the Uruguayan all summer and they look set to finally get their man.According to L’Equipe, Fulham are in the final stages of talks with Bordeaux and a fee of £8.8m is close to getting the green light.Discussions over personal terms are next up and Rolan is yet to be convinced by a move to Craven Cottage.The 24-year-old, who bagged nine goals in Ligue 1 last season, is uncertain whether a switch to England is the right choice for him right now.Fulham, however, are still hopeful an agreement can be found and manager Slavisa Jokanovic will hold talks with Rolan to convince him. Diego Rolan in action for Bordeaux 1last_img read more

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Businesswoman who attacked air stewardess on Donegal flight escapes jail

first_imgA drunken Scottish businesswoman who sparked an air rage alert on her way to an Donegal rehabilitation centre has escaped going to jail.Mum-of-two Alison Devine downed a bottle of wine and then several small bottles of gin before getting on an Aer Lingus flight from Glasgow to Carrickfinn Airport in Co Donegal on March 22nd last. However, the 41-year-old mother-of-two had to be restrained by cabin crew when she became violent on the flight.However, Ms Devine was allowed to attend the De Exetor Rehabilitation Centre in Termon, where she has spent the past week.Her case was adjourned for sentencing to Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) where her solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher said she was making good progress.He had told the court how his client’s family had left her at Glasgow Airport and she was allowed to access to alcohol.“She was basically left at the airport alone and allowed to get the plane to Ireland. There was no support on the other side for her. She drank a bottle of wine in literally two minutes and bought five or six small bottles of gin and down them.“She is a Jeckyl and Hyde character and she is deeply tearful and fearful of where she has now ended up,” he said.Ms Devine was arrested under the State Airport Shannon group Act of 2014 for both a charge of being drunk and also assaulting air hostess Hayley Walsh which she had pleaded guilty to.The court heard that Ms Devine, of 279 Main Street, Bogside, Lanarkshire, Scotland, is now planning to complete her treatment and will return to Scotland on April 12th next.The court heard that Stobartair, who maintain the Aer Lingus flight which operates between Donegal and Glasgow, has no issue with Ms Devine returning to her home on its service.It was also disclosed how air stewardess, Ms Hayley Walsh, who had been hurt in the air rage incident, had now made a full recovery.The Aer Lingus employee suffered bruising and was quite traumatised when Ms Devine grabbed her by the wrists.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Ms Devine to pay a donation of €200 to the local De Paul Agency.Businesswoman who attacked air stewardess on Donegal flight escapes jail was last modified: March 30th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:air rageAlison DevinecourtdonegalStobartairlast_img read more

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Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded

first_imgA Ballybofey man has been remanded in custody at Castlerea Prison to appear by video link at Letterkenny District Court after being rendered ‘incapable’ of complying with bail conditions.Darius McAteer was arrested on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for offences contrary to sections 6 and 8 of the public order act. The accused was conveyed to Letterkenny Garda Station and made no reply when cautioned and charged. McAteer is subject to a curfew between 8pm and 8am.Garda Keon said McAteer stood accused of a ‘large number of alleged offences’  and that McAteer had broken the curfew on Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4.Inspector Barry Doyle said he was objecting to bail.“He has no regards for the conditions that were set out,” Inspector Doyle said.The court heard that on Wednesday, April 4, McAteer intervened and ‘was obstructive’ while the driver of a car in which he was traveling was being arrested for road traffic offences.Under conditions of bail, McAteer is to remain sober.“He had consumed drink but at that time he was not intoxicated,” the Garda said. “He was directed to leave on a number of occasions.”McAteer was arrested at 8.06pm.Defending solicitor Frank Dorrian said that McAteer was unable to arrive home before his curfew as his transport was ‘lo longer available to him’.Mr Dorrian said: “He openly makes the case that the inability to get home was not of his own doing. He could make it home in ten minutes, but that is impossible on foot. The car was at a service station ten minutes before the curfew began.”On Tuesday, April 3, Sergeant Lynch said he responded to a call about a vehicle parked at the rear of the Millbrae Surgery in Stranorlar.“It was indicated that a number of persons were in the car, that cans of alcohol were thrown from the vehicle and that people got out an urinated in the car park,” Sergeant Lynch said, adding that he found McAteer to be intoxicated.Later that night, at 9.15pm, Sergeant Lynch responded to reports of three people drinking in a stairwell at the Navenny Car Park in Ballybofey and found the same three persons.“Mr McAteer was intoxicated and was the worse for wear and there was an amount of drink present,” Sergeant Lynch said.Sergeant Lynch said McAteer had ‘quite a catalogue’, something he had ‘never seen for a man of his age’.“There is something unusual going on here,” Mr Dorrian added. “My client has been under the care of the mental health service since he was 9. Since he has turned 18, he has effectively been jettisoned. He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD and alcohol is a new arrival on the scene. He is living in a very derelict fashion.”Judge Paul Kelly refused bail and remanded McAteer to Castlerea Prison to appear via video link on Monday. Judge Kelly directed medical assessment on the matter.Ballybofey man ‘incapable’ of complying with bail orders is remanded was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCastlereaDarius McAteerJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSergeant Lynchlast_img read more

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Marcus Rashford urged to leave Man United and Everton move suggested

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2 Marcus Rashford has started just once for Manchester United this season impact silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Football News Rashford has thrived as a central striker for England in their last two games, scoring against Spain and Switzerland, but has been regularly deployed out wide at United – or left on the bench – by boss Jose Mourinho.With Romelu Lukaku the clear number one choice up front for United, Carragher reckons it may now be wise for the starlet to move on.“The problem he’s got, and it’s the same for every young striker at big clubs, nothing’s harder than that position,” Carragher said, speaking on Sky Sports.“Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there.“But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton. Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man United.“Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did. smart causal 2 “You know you are going to play every week as the centre-forward and you know if you have a couple of games where you don’t score then you are still going to play the next week.“Last season after they played Brighton away, Mourinho had a little pop at him and Lukaku went straight back into the team. That’s the problem you will always have.“Does he have to leave United? I think so. Is he good enough to displace Lukaku? Is Rashford good enough to be Manchester United’s centre-forward for them trying to win the Premier League or the Champions League? He may not be.“It gets to the stage where you want to play every week. Will he be an England regular or be Manchester United’s real centre-forward where you know, when the team is picked every week, that he is in it. Will it ever get to that stage?“In that position you have got to be world class. Rashford is not world class yet, but he might be at 23 or 24, as Lukaku has done. He looks like one of the best strikers in the world.“Rashford may have to move away to come back to one of the top teams.” MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more REVEALED Marcus Rashford has five goals for England in 27 appearances Rashford has started just once for United this season but Carragher reckons he should be in England’s strongest starting XI, ahead of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.“I felt at the World Cup, Sterling was virtually playing as a centre-forward,” he said.“My feeling at the time was you might as well play a centre-forward there. We have seen that Rashford is going to score more goals and is going to be a bigger goal threat – and this team doesn’t score a lot of goals.“It scores a lot of goals from set pieces and I don’t know how long that can continue. Without Harry Kane, when you see the squad, there’s not many goals there at all. Rashford gives you goals.” Marcus Rashford has been urged to leave Manchester United by Jamie Carragher.According to the former Liverpool and England star, the 20-year-old needs to play week in, week out in his best position and would be better off joining a club like Everton.last_img read more

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DONEGAL CLERGY COME TOGETHER TO HOLD PROTEST VIGILS ON REFERENDUM POLLING DAY

first_imgA Church of Ireland cleric and his Catholic counterpart in Donegal have joined forces to hold vigils outside schools on the day of the Referendum Treaty on May 31st next.Rev John Deane and Fr John Joe Duffy have organised the hour long vigils from 3 to 4pm in protest at education cuts.Both clerics say the message is simply and that the want the Government to “prioritise education investment now.” Rev Deane, from Ardara and Fr Duffy, from Arranmore Island, have stressed they are taking no part in the Referendum.“The objective would be to have a presence of parents, children, teachers and members of the general public, with placards outside the school gates reminding the government that they need to ‘Prioritise Education Investment Now’ and protect education, protect the future of our children.“No one should in any way interfere with or hinder anyone entering or leaving the polling stations. Everyone should exercise their democratic right to cast their vote,” said Fr Duffy.The clerics said the organising committee will be in contact with each school in Co. Donegal to set out the rules and regulations concerning the holding of a vigil on election day in proximity of a polling station. “We are asking each school to organise its own vigil. We ask the parents to take a very active role in organising this vigil.“We do appreciate everyone is very busy and we thank everyone for their help and time,” said Fr Duffy.The following is a statement issued by both clerics.“While we wish to welcome the Minister’s decision to retain 235 DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme posts at urban primary and secondary level, we regret his decision to cut the other 192 posts at primary and secondary level. Some are accusing the departments targeting of rural schools as apartheid. We can understand where they are coming from because the Minister reversed the teaching posts cuts in all urban primary schools which resulted in over 140 concessionary posts being saved while at the same time he continued to cut 16 rural concessionary posts the majority of them based in rural DEIS schools in Co. Donegal. Why has the Minister made a difference between rural and urban DEIS schools? What is the difference between urban and rural disadvantage?The appeals process has failed to deliver in Co. Donegal, where a minimum no of schools had success. Only 5 appeals have being successful. 20 appeals have being unsuccessful. Other appeals are still under consideration. Alot of schools dude to receive a post under the old staffing schedule did not appeal. Under the changes we will have lost up to at least 30 teaching posts across Co. Donegal. I has always stated that the criteria for grounds of appeal was not broad enough. That the appeals criteria was similar to that which had already existed for years. The Appeals process was hyped up by the government to try and defuse the anger of parents in the hope that parents would feel that everything was going to be ok for their schools. the Minister announced the overall results of the appeals before the department did publically, which was unusual. The cutbacks in the budget is an attempt to close rural schools by stealth. Many schools have different issues with the cutbacks in education. some have one or more issues. Each school will highlight their own issues on the day under the banner of a call on Minister Quinn and the Fg/Labour government to reverse the savage cutbacks that this government introduced.Some schools in our county have being waiting for new buildings for years.Some have lost SNAs.Some have lost learning support/resource hours. Some are affected by the change in pupil teacher ratios.Some are affected by the rural DEIS cuts.Some have lost other supports and resources.Some have lost language teachers.All schools have being cut in funds. Capitation funding, used to pay such things as heating and electricity is reduced by 3.5 %, from €183 to €178 per child per year.And our children have lost out most and will continue to lose much more into the future if we fail to send a strong message to the Minister and the Government. They have gone too far.There is no educational argument to back up the governments decision to change the pupil/teacher ratio for small schools which will result in their closure. Dr. Catherine Mulryan-Kyne, St, Patricks College, Drumcondra, in her research found that there is no advantage in closing or amalgamating small schools in terms of education or costs. She cited the UK as an example where the closure/amalgamation of small schools showed that the costs incurred through transport to bigger schools counterbalanced any cost cutting savings that were estimated from the closures. This will also led to extra cost for parents such as transport. Transport, new buildings of classrooms, schools and administration will be an extra cost to the taxpayer..We are going through a time of worry and anxiety about our rural schools. The future of many of our schools are threatened by savage cuts imposed by our government. Most worryingly is the new pupil/teacher ratio which is currently being imposed. Small two teacher schools are particularly at risk. Those of us who belong to rural DEIS, minority faith schools, gaeltacht and small schools feel especially vulnerable and upset due to the uncertainty facing our schools. Historically our cultural identity has been embedded in our communities. Our schools are so important to the life of our parishes and communities. It appears that our government and in particular the minister of education R. Quinn places little or no value on our ethos and our way of life. Since the foundation of the Irish National School system in 1831 parents have been given the choice of having their children educated within a denominational education system. The provision of such a choice for the education of ou!r children is valued and appreciated in our communities. Closure or amalgamation of our schools will in practice result in parents being denied their rights to send their children to a school of their choice. Therefore Faith minority schools will no longer have that choice over the next few years as the full impact of the present cutbacks are realised in terms of lost posts and schools.We have begun to work towards a National convention for rural schools early in the new school year. Senator Fidelma Healy Eames FG Galway, statement on her website sums up the serious situation that all rural schools and rural Ireland faces under Minister Quinns policy on rural schools.“The Minister for Education’s policy on small rural schools must show due consideration for rural communities. As it stands it is poorly thought out and detrimental to the survival of rural areas. Proceeding as Minister Quinn wants means there will be tracts of rural Ireland without young people in 10-15 years’ time. Without young people there is no future………..Minister Quinn’s policy shows a lack of joined-up thinking for, at best, short-term fiscal gain. Practical examples of small schools that will suffer cuts in remote areas of rural Ireland show new builds will be necessary for amalgamated schools. In other areas, displacing and moving rural pupils means extra classrooms will be needed in villages and sub-urban areas, while space continues to exist in their own rural schools. Children as young as four years of age will have to be bussed or driven long distances. The policy just doesn’t add up. There is a monetary cost and an educational cost to Minister Quinn’s decisions too which must be considered.”EndsDONEGAL CLERGY COME TOGETHER TO HOLD PROTEST VIGILS ON REFERENDUM POLLING DAY was last modified: May 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fr John Joe DuffyRev John Deanelast_img read more

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WIN ONE OF FIVE FABULOUS LOTTIE DOLL SETS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

first_imgDonegal doll-maker Arklu are celebrating having scooped the prestigious Scholastic gold star toy award for 2013 in the USA.And to mark the occasion, they are offering five Donegal Daily readers the chance to win a Pirate Queen Doll and Pirate Queen Accessory Set.The set will be the perfect Christmas present for children across the county. And the competition is absolutely free with no expensive phone or text lines to bother about.All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning simple email the name of your favourite Lottie doll to www.competition@lottie.comRemember to include your name, address and telephone number so you can be contacted.The full range of Lottie dolls are on sale in Mc Elhinneys store in Ballybofey, retailing at €19.99; accessory sets and outfits at €9.99. The editorial team at Scholastic Parent & Child reviewed thousands of products and sent finalist products out to readers to test at home with their children.The winning toys were selected based on the following criteria: innovative and cool; magnetic and engaging for the child; mind-expanding or educational; and an excellent value to the consumer.“We want to congratulate all of the winners of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine’s first-ever Gold Star Toy Awards,” said Jamie Engel, Publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child. “It can be difficult to stand out among so many toys on the market, but our editors and readers selected the best gifts that offer learning and fun at a great value.”About Scholastic Parent & Child®Scholastic Parent & Child is today’s leading parenting magazine for families with school aged children, reaching more than 7.3 million parents. Parent & Child covers families with children ages birth to 12, and one hundred percent of the editorial content is dedicated to helping parents guide their children through the early school years with joy and confidence, informing parents on topics that serve the entire family, including child development, well-being, health, activities, travel, fashion, and food. About Arklu’s Lottie dollsSince her launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have become something of a global phenomenon securing the approval of industry experts (winning 17 awards in the US, UK and Canada including 3 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards ), child development experts, international press coverage and most importantly, positive feedback from the parents and children who love Lottie.WIN ONE OF FIVE FABULOUS LOTTIE DOLL SETS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUfree competitionLottie dollslast_img read more

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The Di Matteo quiz

first_imgSo it’s farewell to Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea’s Champions League-winning manager. Test your knowledge of his eventful reign as  boss by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-49]Are Chelsea right to sack Di Matteo? Click here to vote 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What Jerick McKinnon’s injury setback really means for the 49ers

first_imgNiners general manager John Lynch told KNBR on Wednesday that running back Jerick McKinnon, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL, had a flare-up upon his return to practice Tuesday and that the scenario was “not encouraging”.“It’s a real bummer,” Lynch told KNBR’s Murph and Mac. “Particularly at his position, where you have to make hard cuts, you have to put your foot in the ground, and we did it a month ago and we did it a month ago and he kind of regressed and I would say …last_img read more

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Report: Antonio Brown files grievance seeking $40 million from Raiders, Patriots

first_imgAntonio Brown won’t be suiting up for any team any time soon but the former Raiders receiver has made a big play to recoup some money he feels he’s owed.The NFL Network reported Sunday that Brown, through his representatives, quietly filed a pair of grievances against both the Raiders and Patriots on Friday. Brown, who was released by both teams for off-field issues, is asking an arbitrator for nearly $40 million, most of it guaranteed money both Oakland and New England voided because they …last_img read more

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Centre tackles HIV/Aids among truckers

first_img12 May 2011A new Trucking Wellness Centre based along the busy truck route in Epping, Cape Town will provide HIV/Aids counselling, testing and condoms to truck drivers using the route. Such centres are planned for major trucking routes throughout South Africa.Services extended to womenSpeaking at the launch of the centre this week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the services would also be extended to women and young girls who may be at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).All services will be provided after hours in a confidential setting to secure the dignity of the user.Motsoaledi said the department was fully aware of the dangers that long-distance truck drivers were exposed to as a result of being away from their spouses for long periods, and that it was important to provide them with primary healthcare services including counselling to minimise the risks to themselves and their spouses.“I commend the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids and Mercedes-Benz SA for working with us in this regard,” Motsoaledi said.High-risk groupsLast year, Motsoaledi visited India to learn about integrating high-risk groups such as long-distance truck drivers into HIV/Aids prevention programmes.“What we saw in India forced us to think much more broadly in our fight against HIV/Aids and rolling out of primary healthcare services,” he said.Motsoaledi has since made a commitment to launch such wellness centres on major trucking routes throughout the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Is organic worth it? It depends…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When someone asks me if buying organic is worth the extra cost, I tell them, “It depends.” To simply issue a blanket statement that organic production is better for the environment and better for you is simply inaccurate, though it is a message regularly touted as gospel by many in the organic industry. But, of course, we all know that “it depends” is a poor marketing ploy.The truth is, though, that “it depends” is a necessity of working with Mother Nature. Every factor of production on every farm (organic or not) has a wide range of complex components that make any claims or consumer-held beliefs that organic food is more nutritious, safer and better for the environment very misleading.Demand for organic production continues to grow. In recent years, organic food sales have risen by double digits annually and organic food revenue has tripled over the past decade to a record $36 billion in 2014. Organic sales are predicted to increase 12% to 15% annually for the next couple of years.With more options to choose from than ever before, which-food-label-is-better-for-my-family type questions are becoming increasingly prevalent. As the growing season starts to take off and the battle for consumer dollars in farmers markets and grocery stores heats up, there will be countless shoppers out there wondering while wandering the aisles: “Is organic really better and worth the extra cost?”Unfortunately it is hard for them to get a straight answer. At the farmers market, the guy selling the non-organic produce tells them his product is the best quality, and it is cheaper. At the next booth over, the organic guys says his is better for the environment and healthier. An Internet search will lead to more of the same. With such muddled facts at their disposal, concerned shoppers can be very tempted to err on the side of organic with the hope that their higher dollar purchase is really what is best for their family. After all, it costs more so it must be better, right?If shoppers are willing to pay more for their food and it benefits the farmer’s bottom line, then that is wonderful. The problem, however, is that amid the muddled information available to them, most consumers I have talked with do not really understand the realities of the differences between organic and non-organic food. They just don’t.How is it that in an era of the expectation of ever-increasing transparency in our food system, consumers (especially those paying more for their organic food) are more confused than ever? Most organic buyers I have talked with have the perception that organic food is more nutritious, safer and better for the environment. Is this true? Well, sort of, maybe, or a flat no depending on the specifics of the farm situation.Every farm I have visited (and I have been to more farms than most) is an intricate balance of working with the realities of Mother Nature and the realities of maintaining a profitable business. Without these two vital components, there is no viable farm. There are inevitable trade-offs between these two often-competing factors that vary widely based on the specifics. A great online resource for science-based answers to food-related questions is: www.bestfoodfacts.org.Weed control, for example, can be done with chemicals, tillage (cultivation), hand weeding or some combination of the three. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of the environment and the economic realities of the farm.Organic production tends to rely more upon tillage and hand weeding, while conventional production typically relies more on chemicals.Tillage leads to carbon release from the soil and dramatically increases the potential for soil erosion and decreases in soil health. Chemical control introduces something synthetic into the environment, but saves fuel consumption and reduces soil erosion from tillage. Hand weeding takes a huge amount of labor, which reduces the viability of the farm. The realities of weed control can be positive or negative for the environment, the farmer, and the consumer depending on the specifics of each individual operation.I have the unique and wonderful opportunity to work with all types of farms. And, honestly, some of my favorites through the years have been organic operations due to the ingenuity, incredible work ethic, dedication to the land, and success in terms of profitability of the operation. But I must say that I have met wonderful people with fantastic, environmentally sound operations of every type, size and scope. I have also seen failed attempts, mistakes and poorly run farms of every type, size and scope.I believe that anyone (organic or non-) who dedicates their life to combining seed and soil or harnessing the lifecycle of livestock to produce something deemed of value by society is participating in a miracle granted to mankind by God. I often get frustrated when we lose sight of this miracle while getting caught up in the mire of politics, marketing battles and opposing PR campaigns within agriculture.It is the responsibility of consumers to do the research (from reputable sources) to understand the details and, I believe, it is the responsibility of those in agriculture to transparently participate in that process. There are many ways to bring a high quality product to the marketplace and all of them have pros and cons. The various combinations of those pros and cons add up to a different value based upon the food purchasing goals of the consumer. So is organic worth the cost? It depends.last_img read more

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Finally a Good Use for Google Knol: Sharing Information About Flu Research

first_imgfrederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last year, Google Knollaunched to a lot of hype and skepticism. While, at first, it looked like a possible Wikipedia-challenger, in reality, it didn’t attract a lot of users or attention, even though some of the articles on the site are actually quite good and well written. Today, however, Google announced that the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a non-profit organization focused on providing free access to scientific and medical literature, will use Knol to give scientists a place to collaborate and share research on important topics, including influenza research.PLoS Currents, as this project is called, will first focus on influenza research and might later expand to other topics. In order to keep the standard of the submissions high, PLoS will be able to use a number of new moderation tools in Knol to vet submissions and comments. Any submission that is accepted for publication will immediately appear on PLoS Currents and will also be publicly archived at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows anybody to share and remix these papers (with attribution). Related Posts Overall, we think this is a great project. Knol is a good, easy-to-use platform for these kinds of publications, and given that the articles are also archived on other servers, this project also doesn’t rely on Google to keep Knol’s servers running indefinitely.PLoS, being a non-profit, is also the right organization to give this project a try. Commercial publishers are still wary of the Internet, and while the open access movement has been gathering some support over the last few years, a lot of research in most scientific fields will still be hidden behind paywalls for a long time. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Microsoft Tries To Patent the Holodeck! (Well, Almost)

first_imgMicrosoft took a step toward creating – and owning – the Star Trek holodeck this week via a patent application that introduces the concept of a “peripheral display” that can project game scenes onto the walls, ceiling and floors of a room.The idea, according to patent application number 20120223885, is to improve the realism of the display, so that the player is immerse more thoroughly in the game world.Right Out Of Star TrekThat’s not too far away from the holodeck concept introduced in Encounter at Farpoint, the premiere episode of Star Trek: Next Generation where the crew members enjoy simulated experiences in a room where holographic projections layered on extruded force fields and replicated matter give the illusion of reality. (OK, maybe it israther far away, but one step at a time.)Microsoft already has produced one of the most immersive peripherals for a video game: Kinect, whose infrared “eyes” can detect a user’s skeleton, face and voice, recognizing him and placing him in a virtual world. Players can interact with virtual objects by kicking, punching, or grabbing them – although such interactions must by necessity take place within the two-dimensional frame of the TV screen.What Microsoft’s patent application proposes is a way to reduce the awareness that you’re sitting in front of that screen:Even when focused on the display, the user may perceive architectural and decorative features of the room the display is in via the user’s peripheral vision. Such features are typically out of context with respect to the displayed image, muting the entertainment potential of the media experience. Further, because some entertainment experiences engage the user’s situational awareness (e.g., in experiences like the video game scenario described above), the ability to perceive motion and identify objects in the peripheral environment (i.e., in a region outside of the high resolution display) may intensify the entertainment experience.” Related Posts What the patent application offers is the ability to go beyond that limitation, projecting “peripheral” images onto the walls, ceiling and floor of a player’s living room. The application suggests that the “depth camera” (the existing camera used by a Kinect or some next-generation device) could be placed next to an “environmental display” projector, so that the same unit could project images around the user. More sophisticated setups could use more than one RGP projector. Instead of “surround sound,” think of a “surround display.”Next Step? 3D!Microsoft even goes so far as to suggest that a properly placed arrangement of cameras could enable 3D “wiggle” stereoscopic images on the walls, improving the experience even further. The patent application also mentions that the projected images would account for the angles of the walls and other scenery – a feat that Intel accomplished in real life this week, and with a Kinect, to boot.As for a controller – who needs it? An improved Kinect-like device could also be used to track the player’s eyes or face, letting those serve as controls, the patent suggests.Of Course There’s A CatchOf course, there are a significant number of issues Microsoft doesn’t really account for, such as the number of projectors needed to create an actual image. Players may not be able to tromp through the living room hunting space aliens without tripping over a coffee table or couch. (But imagine the hilarity of a game that superimposed a virtual Covenant Hunter over your wedding photo!)There might also be problems with orientation; the patent application suggests that players could turn around and see a virtual enemy sneaking up behind them. If a game player was able to orient himself independently, he or she would end up interacting primarily with the display projected on the walls, not the HDTV. To think of this another way: if the HDTV always represented the north-facing view in the game, any time the player wanted to run south, or east, he or she would be facing the wall. And if the game rotated back to accommodate the player movement, there would really be no way to interact with an enemy behind you.Still, we can’t help but be excited about any progress toward creating the much-loved Holodeck.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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SC to hear Dhananjay Munde’s petition on Friday

first_imgThe Supreme Court will on Friday hear Maharashtra MLC Dhananjay Munde’s petition challenging a Bombay High Court order directing registration of an FIR against him in a case of an alleged illegal purchase of government land.The NPC leader, in his petition, has sought stay of the High Court order that directed the police to file a case against him for alleged grabbing of a government land at village Pus, Taluka Ambajogai, Beed district.The High Court had directed the police to register the case on the basis of a complaint made by one Rajabhau Phad on October 23, 2017 at Bardapur police station.The public prosecutor had told the High Court that after making some inquiry, the police realised that the government land was being grabbed by creating false revenue record and by showing some transactions.“Even when such opinion is formed by investigating agency, the complaint given to P.I. of Bardapur police station, Tahsil Ambajogai is not treated as FIR and crime is not registered,” the High Court had remarked.Mr. Munde, who is the opposition leader of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, has alleged in his plea before the top court that the “facts alleged by Respondent No. 5 [Mr. Rajabhau] are politically motivated” and on the behest of his political rivals.last_img read more

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Perisic reiterates Premier League dream

first_imgInter winger Ivan Perisic has handed Manchester United a boost in their long-term pursuit of him by suggesting that playing in the Premier League is a dream of his.The Croatian was identified by Jose Mourinho as the ideal player to liven up United’s attack over the summer, but the Red Devils fell short with their bid for the player after a protracted transfer saga.The 29-year-old has personally reignited rumours of his departure from Inter, however, by admitting to holding ambitions of playing in England before the end of his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking in a press conference before Inter’s crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night, Perisic said: “I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream.”In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”The attacker was an instrumental figure in Croatia’s run to a first ever World Cup final in Russia over the summer, scoring the goal that forced extra time against England in the semi-finals, before finding the back of the net with a fine strike in the final itself to briefly level proceedings and give his country hope against France.Perisic has two goals and two assists in Serie A so far this season, but has yet to be involved in any goals in the Champions League.Inter go into Wednesday night’s match knowing that a draw would be enough to ensure their qualification to the knockout stages at the first time of asking after a six-year absence from the competition.Perisic is insistent, however, that his side are not willing to risk slipping up by settling for a share of the points.He said: “We know how to play just to win. We know that they are strong and if we play to take only one point we will lose.”Spurs lie three points behind Inter in the group after a disappointing campaign and know that they must win to keep their faint hopes of progression alive. Confidence will be high amongst Mauricio Pochettino’s squad after winning their previous five matches in all competitions.last_img read more

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Yanks Lose Youkilis to Japan

first_imgNEW YORK – Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season and heading to Japan.The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.“They made it very apparent right from the start they were quite interested in Kevin being there,” agent Joe Bick said.A 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses — including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.After nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis signed a $12 million, one-year deal with the New York Yankees. But his back started to bother him in mid-April, and an epidural injection didn’t improve a lumbar spine sprain.Sidelined from April 27 to May 31, he went back on the DL on June 13, had surgery a week later to repair a herniated disk and didn’t return. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and eight RBIs over 28 games and 105 at-bats.“There’s no reason to believe he’s anything less than 100 percent,” Bick said. “Workouts are going normally.”Youkilis has a .281 average in 10 big league seasons with 150 homers and 618 RBIs, and he earned a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox.At Rakuten, Youkilis may become teammates with star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 last season, While Tanaka wants to join the major leagues, Rakuten is reluctant to make him available in the new posting season, and the 25-year-old right-hander can’t leave as a free agent until after the 2015 season.“We were talking with eight or nine other clubs over here,” Bick said. “In the final analysis, he said the right thing for my family and me is to go do this. It will be a wonderful life experience.”(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017

first_imgMLS Media Microscope: MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017 Seth Vertelney 00:55 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tyler Adams CJ Sapong MLS 09172017 Vincent Carchietta MLS In an industry that is struggling to retain viewers, the league is encouraged by its growth in recent seasons Major League Soccer’s television ratings still don’t exactly leap off the page.In comparison with North America’s other four major professional sports leagues, MLS lags far behind the NFL, MLB and the NBA in average viewership, and trails the NHL by a more modest amount.But while MLS is lacking in terms of raw figures, it does have one accomplishment in recent season to hang its hat on: growth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In an industry that’s rapidly hemorrhaging viewers from broadcast to digital platforms – or sometimes just losing them entirely, MLS saw its overall TV ratings increase, if only modestly, in the 2017 season.Here’s a look at the numbers for the 2017 MLS regular season on the league’s three U.S. television partners:ESPN: Viewership on ESPN and ESPN2 combined was slightly down in 2017. MLS matches on ESPN and ESPN2 averaged 272,000 viewers in 2017, compared to 274,000 in 2016.Fox: Fox and Fox Sports 1 combined to average a five percent increase in viewership in 2017 (236,000 average viewers in 2017 versus 224,000 in 2016).Univision: The league’s Spanish-language partner showed a five percent growth on numbers from matches on Univision and UniMas combined (265,000 in 2017 versus 252,000 in 2016).Blerim Dzemaili Laurent Ciman Montreal ImpactOverall, the 2017 MLS regular season delivered 26.3 million gross viewers across all U.S. networks, up four percent versus 2016.Again, these numbers in and of themselves are nothing to write home about. But MLS is a unique case in the professional sports TV landscape, with many other North American leagues losing viewers year-over-year.The NHL, which is the major North American league closest to MLS in terms of viewership, averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN last season. That figure is roughly double what MLS games bring in, but it was also down seven percent from the previous season.The NHL isn’t the only league to see a decline in its viewership. The NBA experienced a similar drop last season, and the NFL continues to make headlines with its TV numbers dropping over the last two seasons after a decade of seemingly unstoppable increases.  “We have year-over-year growth. That’s not a story that everyone in the industry is able to tell right now,” MLS senior vice president of media Seth Bacon told Goal.“[TV numbers going] up in this day and age is something that we’re very proud of and very bullish on because we’ve done a lot of work with our partners internally at the league to make sure that every year we have the story of continued growth.”That growth can be attributed to any number of factors, but a major reason overall MLS TV ratings have increased every year since 2014 is that matches are simply available to more people now than ever before.For example, in 2015 there were just eight MLS matches broadcast on ESPN, with 26 games on the less-distributed ESPN2. In 2016 and 2017, though, those numbers flipped, with a large majority of ESPN’s MLS matches now broadcast on its flagship network.Last season, Fox began showing games on its broadcast network for the first time, with four matches on over-the-air Fox. That trend continued with five matches in 2017 and will likely carry over to 2018 as well.And Univision broadcasted six matches on its over-the-air channel in 2017, when it had only featured games on its cable networks in recent seasons.Shifting matches to channels with higher distribution has been key for MLS in recent seasons, and Bacon, who joined the league in 2014, has been given credit for helping get broadcast partners on board with this change.“We’re continuing to be very smart and data-driven with how we build our schedule,” Bacon said. “Making sure that we’re looking at the right lead-in opportunities, the right programming windows, the right marketing opportunities, where the right audiences will be.”Broadcast camera MLSThere have been some successes in recent seasons, but how will MLS ensure its numbers continue to grow in 2018?It’s a World Cup year, which has the potential to bring huge viewership totals if MLS can utilize its Fox partnership to schedule World Cup-MLS doubleheaders.“There will be more Fox broadcast events next year, and we’re hoping to take advantage of some World Cup lead-ins,” Bacon said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for us to schedule in a very smart way and that will hopefully continue to build the audience.”Of course, there is one big caveat for MLS next summer: For the first time since the league existed, the U.S. won’t be at the World Cup.Recent World Cups have provided a boost for MLS, but will the absence of the U.S. stifle that potential growth next summer? Bacon remains optimistic.“The World Cup is the most relevant soccer tournament in the world, we know it’s going to be a huge event,” Bacon said.“Onward for us and we think it’s going to be a great year because more people are going to be talking about the sport of soccer in the United States and Canada.”last_img read more

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Auba makes Arsenal history with Stoke brace

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang makes Arsenal history with Stoke brace Chris Burton 23:02 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Stoke 010418 Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Arsenal v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The Gunners’ club-record £55 million signing was among the goals again during a Premier League clash with the Potters at Emirates Stadium on Sunday Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken just six games to make Premier League history at Arsenal.The Gunners invested a club-record £55 million fee in the Gabon international when acquiring him from Borussia Dortmund during the January transfer window.A deadline day deal was pushed through as Arsene Wenger sought to bring another proven performer onto his books. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has not been the easiest of starts for Aubameyang in England, with Arsenal enduring an alarming dip during the time of his arrival.He has, however, already shown that he can be a regular source of goals if presented with the right opportunities.Two of those arrived against Stoke, and were gobbled up by a predatory frontman.Aubameyang’s first in a 3-0 win came from the penalty spot, before doubling Arsenal’s lead four minutes from time.There was a chance for him to claim a first hat-trick for the club in the closing stages, but he allowed Alexandre Lacazette to take a second spot-kick of the afternoon with a place in the record books already wrapped up.5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored five goals in the Premier League; the most by any Arsenal player in their first six appearances in the competition. Alive. pic.twitter.com/Ha3tfxFvSb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 1, 2018Unfortunately for Arsenal, they are unable to use Aubameyang in the one competition which really matters to them at present.His efforts in the Premier League look set to be in vain when it comes to another frustrating top four challenge.The Gunners can, however, still find a route into the Champions League by winning the Europa LeagueAubameyang is ineligible for that competition, though, and is having to make do with domestic action for now.He is making the most of it, with his early efforts seeing him burst out of the blocks quicker than iconic figures such as Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: Rohit-Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag with 14th-century stand

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: Rohit-Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag with 14th-century standIndia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a solid start thanks to their 14th-hundred stand in the ongoing match in Mount Maunganui. Brief scores – India 144/0 in 24 overs vs New Zealand. Rohit Sharma (65*), Shikhar Dhawan (73*). Run rate – 6.04 per over.advertisement Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 11:41 IST Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runs together (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit and Dhawan are fourth on the overall list of most 100-run stands by an opening pairSachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have the most 100-run partnerships in ODI cricket with 26Rohit and Dhawan had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runsBrief scores – India 144/0 in 24 overs vs New Zealand. Rohit Sharma (65*), Shikhar Dhawan (73*). Run rate – 6.04 per over. Full ScorecardOne-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan created yet another record on Saturday as put on a hundred-run partnership for the opening wicket in the ongoing 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.Rohit and Dhawan surpassed the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScoreRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).Rohit and Dhawan went on to add 154 runs for the first wicket in the ongoing match. Dhawan eventually got out for 66 in the 26th over to Trent Boult while Rohit Sharma was removed by Lockie Ferguson for 87 in the 30th over.The wicket of Dhawan saw Trent Boult reach 400 international wickets across all formats. Thanks for that #StatChat @skysportnz & @FPayne100 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/5eZoYW81O6BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 26, 2019The duo had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runs together during the three-match series against Australia earlier this month.The two started opening the innings back in 2013 during the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won. Over the last several years, Rohit and Dhawan have been among the most destructive opening batsmen in world cricket and have been instrumental in several Indian victories.advertisementOn Tuesday, during the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became only the second Indian opening pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to go past 4000 runs in one-day internationals. Tendulkar and Ganguly, who opened together from 1996 to 2007 in 136 innings, added 6609 runs and were involved in 21 hundred-run and 23 50-run partnerships.Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly continue to be the most successful opening pair in ODI history followed by Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (5372 runs in 114 innings) and Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (5150 runs in 102 innings).Openining together in England nearly six years ago turned out to the turning point in both their careers. Dhawan had played only five ODIs before the Champions Trophy in 2013 but he has since been a top limited-overs batsman.After scoring 5 hundreds in 2013, Dhawan went on to score 10 more ODI hundreds up until 2018. Today, he has 15 hundreds and and 25 fifties and is just shy of 5000-runs in one-day internationals.Rohit Sharma has enjoyed even a more meteoric rise. Before the 2013 Champions Trophy, he had 2 ODI hundreds. Today, he has 22 hundreds in the format and is the only man to score three ODI double hundreds.Rohit as been spectacular over the last two years. In 2017, he scored 1293 runs and 6 hundreds. Next year, he smashed 1030 runs and 5 hundreds before beginning 2019 with a stylish hundred in the first ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Mount Maunganui ODIFollow IND v NZ 2nd ODIlast_img read more

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Cops Charged to Become Ambassadors against Domestic Violence

first_img State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has called on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have benefited from domestic violence training to become ambassadors in ending the scourge in the society. State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has called on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have benefited from domestic violence training to become ambassadors in ending the scourge in the society.“I expect to see you in the churches, in schools, at the community centres, and teaching other uniformed groups, as this is not a police issue; it is a Jamaica issue,” he said.He was speaking at the conclusion of a training session at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 8).Mr. Charles said there seems to be a cultural acceptance of domestic violence in Jamaica, which must end, as it contributes to other problems in the society.He pointed out that when children see their parents engage in physical and other forms of violence at home, it signals to them that this is the correct way to resolve differences.“Domestic violence creates murderers, the scammers; it creates all of the other aspects of criminal activities. Domestic violence is the root of all of the crimes that we have accepted over the years,” he contended.The domestic violence training is a collaborative partnership between the JCF’s Community Safety and Security Branch and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Community Empowerment and Transformation Project Phase II (COMET II).The objective is to equip members of the Force to respond to domestic incidents, which account for a large portion of the country’s crime problem.The JCF is aiming to have at least one person in each of the 174 police stations across the island operate as a point person to interrupt domestic violence incidents at the community level. He was speaking at the conclusion of a training session at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 8). Story Highlights He pointed out that when children see their parents engage in physical and other forms of violence at home, it signals to them that this is the correct way to resolve differences.last_img read more

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2 Indian nationals arrested in Nepal

first_imgKathmandu: Nepal Police have arrested two Indian nationals in separate cases of plotting to kill a local man here and for possessing narcotic substances. Nineteen-year-old Kunal Kumar, a resident of Sitamarhi in Bihar, was arrested from Metro City Hotel in Biratnagar for allegedly plotting a murder, police said. The police confiscated two automatic pistols, four magazines and eight rounds of bullets from Kumar. Along with Kumar, the police have also arrested Mannu Gupta, a resident of Biratnagar, for his involvement in the plot. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGupta had hired Kumar and two others — Hari Narayan Jha from Sarlahi in Nepal and Rakesh Jha from Sitamarhi — to execute the alleged murder plan, according to Nepal Police. Further investigation is on, police said. In a separate case, 25-year-old Rahul Kumar, a resident of Vaishali in Rajasthan, has been arrested from Balkhu in the outskirts of Kathmandu and narcotic substance recovered from him. The Narcotic Drugs Control Unit of Nepal Police confiscated 171 ampules of dyzapam, 171 ampules of bruphen, 167 ampules of phenergan from his possession.last_img read more

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PM Modi emplanes for France to attend G7 Summit will speak on

first_imgManama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for France from here to attend the G7 Summit where he will speak on burning global issues of environment, climate and digital transformation and also meet world leaders.Modi, who was in Manama on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain, concluded his visit with prayers at the 200-year-old Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region. “After the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, as a special gesture PM @narendramodi is seen off by Deputy PMs HH Mohammed bin Mubarak and HH Khalid bin Abdullah as he emplanes for Biarritz, France to participate in #G7Summit as Biarritz Partner,” Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the G7 Summit, which will be held in the picturesque seaside French town of Biarritz, the Prime Minister will address sessions on environment, climate, oceans and digital transformation. Though India is not a member of the G-7 grouping, Modi has been personally invited by the French President Emmanuel Macron. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that the invitation was a “reflection of the personal chemistry” between the two leaders and also “recognition of India as a major economic power”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe countries which are part of the G7 include the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US. On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Modi and US President Donald Trump are likely to discuss the situation in Kashmir, trade issues and other topics of mutual interest.Earlier this week in Washington, Trump said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.Modi is also expected to meet the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The two leaders spoke on phone earlier this week and agreed on the importance of working together to tackle climate change and other threats to biodiversity. Modi and Johnson also spoke on the need to further strenghten the bilateral partnership, particularly through trade and economic relations. “The bilateral visit to France and the invitation to G7 Summit are in keeping with the tradition of strong and close partnership and high level political contacts between India and France,” the MEA said in a press statement ahead of the prime minister’s visit.last_img read more

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Tories want action against selfconfessed terror recruit living in Toronto

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.The man, who used the name Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, is now reported to be living in Toronto.In question period on Friday, Conservatives demanded government action, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was cautious, saying he couldn’t comment because of security concerns.“This individual is speaking freely to the media,” said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen. “The government has got to know where he is.”Bergen said he told the podcast he won’t be held responsible for his killings.“The media are reporting this individual is in Toronto, right now, as we speak. Can the government confirm it? Why isn’t this government doing something?”Goodale said police and security agencies are doing their jobs properly.“I am charged with the responsibility of keeping Canadians safe,” he said. “Discussing operational matters on the floor of the House of Commons is exactly the opposite of keeping Canadians safe.”Bergen, however, was not backing down.“This guy is apparently in Toronto,” she said. “Canadians deserve more answers from this government. Why aren’t they doing something about this despicable animal?”CBC News reported in 2017 that Abu Huzaifa had been questioned extensively by RCMP and CSIS, but had not been charged.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has estimated that about 60 Canadians have returned home after fighting with foreign terror groups.The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.The government says it has a host of other counter-terrorism tools for returnees, including surveillance, criminal investigations, peace bonds, and the revoking of passports.Such measures are effective, Goodale told the Commons.“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”last_img read more

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Kelly Preston Talks Autism And Eating Organically On The Doctors

first_imgThe Emmy-winning daytime series, The Doctors, welcomes Hollywood actress, mother, and wife of actor John Travolta, Kelly Preston, in an exclusive first interview on the tragic circumstances surrounding her teenage son’s passing in 2009.Kelly Preston on The DoctorsFor the first time on camera, Preston opens-up about Jett Travolta’s medical conditions and what she and her husband feel are the factors that lead to their son’s disabilities.The interview airs on November 21.In response to media reports immediately following her son’s passing, Preston cautions, “do not believe a lot of the things you read.” Preston went on to say, “[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures, and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki syndrome.”The actress visited The Doctors to advocate the health benefits of eating organically and diminishing the widespread use of pesticides and chemicals in consumer products and commercial foods, which Preston believes are contributors to the rising rates of disease and autism in children. Preston also takes The Doctors’ cameras behind-the-scenes at Alternative Laboratories for a rare look at how organic products are made. Her goal is to empower parents with information to live an organic lifestyle and to remind everyone that choosing organic food is not about getting more nutrients; it’s about getting less chemicals.In the exclusive interview, Preston said she believed the autism and seizures that contributed to the accident which ultimately took Jett’s life, were caused by a collection of factors that included Kawasaki Syndrome, complications from her “fast and hard” labor, and the use of antibiotics while breast feeding. The antibiotics, Preston says, “gave [Jet] thrush,” an infection of Candida yeast, which some studies have linked with the symptoms of autism.The Doctors weigh-in on the controversial topic of autism and also speak with Preston about her recent pregnancy, dropping the baby weight, and how her family’s life has changed with the addition of Benjamin, now 2-years-old. The Doctors also shares never-before-seen home video of Kelly Preston and husband John Travolta with Benjamin.last_img read more

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Minister says progress being made in settling agricultural claims with Treaty 8

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says that progress is being made in negotiations with Treaty 8 First Nations around settling agricultural benefits claims.In a statement released Tuesday, Minister Bennett said that she participated with Treaty #8 First Nation Chiefs and community members in a ceremony recently to celebrate the recent progress the two parties have made in finding a solution to resolve longstanding claims. The Minister said that in the past year, the federal government and eighteen First Nations in Treaty #8 have successfully concluded negotiated settlements to resolve their agricultural benefits claims.“This is a decisive step forward to renew our relationship with and advance reconciliation with the following First Nations: Athabasca Chipewyan; Black Lake; Blueberry River; Doig River; Duncan’s; Fond du Lac; Fort McMurray; Fort Nelson; Halfway River; K’atlodeeche; Mikisew Cree; Prophet River; Saulteau; Sturgeon Lake Cree; Swan River; Tallcree; West Moberly; and Whitefish Lake,” said Bennett. “Settling claims is the right thing to do. Negotiated settlements help right past wrongs, honour treaty obligations and advance reconciliation with First Nations for the benefit of all Canadians. Settling claims is one of many steps on the journey of reconciliation with First Nations and helps create a better future for everyone.”last_img read more

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Govt to mint first ever Rs 20 coin

first_imgNew Delhi: The Government will come out with the first ever Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon with a design of grains to denote farm dominance in the country. Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi script.The exact date of issuance of these new series coins is yet to be announced. The Rs 20 coin will weigh 8.54 gm and its outside diameter will be 27mm with the outer ring made of nickel silver and the centrepiece of Nickel brass, a finance ministry notification said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe face of the new Rs 20 coin shall bear the ‘Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar’ with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below. The left periphery will have the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and the right periphery will have the word ‘India’ in English. The reverse side of the coin would have the denominational value ’20’ in the international numerals along with the Rupee symbol. “The design of grains depicting the agricultural dominance of the country is flanked on the left periphery of the coin,” the notification said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The year of minting in international numerals shall be shown in the centre of the left periphery of the coin, it added. According to the notification, the new Rs 10 coin will have an outside diameter of 27 mm and weigh 7.74 gm, while the Rs 5 coin will have a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 6.74 gms. The new series one rupee and two rupees coin will weigh 3.09 gm and 4.07 gm, while the diameter would be 20 mm and 23 mm respectively. The face of all these coins shall bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar with the ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and on the right periphery with the word ‘India” in English. As per Coinage Act, 1906, the Government of India has the sole right to mint coins and the responsibility for coinage vests with the Government. The designing and minting of coins in various denominations is also the responsibility of the Government. Coins are minted at the four India Government Mints at Mumbai, Alipore (Kolkata), Saifabad (Hyderabad), Cherlapally (Hyderabad) and Noida (UP). The coins are issued for circulation only through the Reserve Bank in terms of the RBI Act.last_img read more

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132 FIRs and DD entries against political parties

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 132 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Tuesday.The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s Chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.38 crore in cash and also seized 162.86 kg of narcotics and drugs. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A total of 132 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters “Out of these, 15 are against the Aam Aadmi Party(eight FIRs and seven DD entries), 16 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (nine FIRs and four DD entries), four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (1 DD entry), Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.87 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Police have registered 709 FIRs and arrested 707 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 257 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 296 people were arrested.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral welcomes new United States plan for Afghanistan

2 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the new United States plan for Afghanistan announced by President Barack Obama, and said the United Nations remains committed to supporting a transition to increased Afghan ownership, responsibility and leadership for peace and development in the country. In a televised speech on Tuesday, Mr. Obama unveiled his new strategy for Afghanistan, which includes the deployment of 30,000 more American troops, along with efforts to build the capacity of Afghan institutions. Mr. Ban noted with appreciation the “proposed approach to balance military and civilian efforts and the emphasis on strengthening the capacity of Afghan institutions and Afghan security forces in particular,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General strongly feels that institution-building is a long-term but necessary process that will ultimately ensure the sustainability of the international community’s joint efforts in Afghanistan,” the statement added.Ahead of Mr. Obama’s speech, the top UN envoy to Afghanistan had stated that the building up of Afghan institutions was vital to a transition strategy and could help ensure that the gains achieved so far are not lost. “It really means pushing more and more responsibilities on to the Afghan authorities, allowing them to take more responsibilities,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, told reporters in the capital, Kabul, yesterday. “If we are to deliver services to the people, it can’t be done by international parallel structures. It has to be done by Afghan institutions. That’s going to take time, but the longer we wait the more time it will take,” he added. read more

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The world comes to Brocks doorstep

Brock’s Pond Inlet will play host to a virtual United Nations Thursday, March 10 at the eighth annual Celebration of Nations.The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It features representatives from about 30 nations offering traditional snacks, clothes, facts and cultural performances.“I find that the Celebration of Nations event is a medium through which we can inform the Brock community about our countries and show that international students are not just students, but also representatives of different nations. It truly highlights the diversity at Brock University,” said Olo Musa, an international student from Nigeria.Students are given modest financial assistance to stock their booths with food and an attractive display.The Office of International Services and Programs Abroad presents this event in collaboration with Brock International, International Recruitment, Associate Vice-President Student Services, ESL Services, and BUSU.Related story:• Taking in some culture | The Brock News read more

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Schmidt back on Agrium board of directors after Louis Dreyfus job falls

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2015 11:52 am MDT Schmidt back on Agrium board of directors after Louis Dreyfus job falls through CALGARY – Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) said Monday that Mayo Schmidt, a former head of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and its successor, Viterra Corp., has rejoined the company’s board of directors.Schmidt resigned from the board late last year in anticipation of taking a job as chief executive of Louis Dreyfus Commodities.However, a final agreement was never reached and Louis Dreyfus said earlier this month that both sides had agreed “not to proceed with the engagement” following a more detailed analysis of the terms and conditions of the appointment.Schmidt has been appointed as a member of the audit committee and the human resources and compensation committee at Agrium.Under his leadership, Schmidt led Viterra’s evolution from a regional co-operative into a publicly traded international agribusiness until his departure in 2012.Viterra was later purchased and taken private by Swiss commodities giant Glencore, while parts of the business were sold to Agrium and Richardson International.Schmidt joined the board of Agrium in 2013. read more

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Commentary Wayward Ohio StateMichigan rivalry will be rekindled

There is evidence to suggest the Ohio State versus Michigan football rivalry does not possess the same venom it once did, but the 2011 installment of “The Game” could reignite a once-passionate shared hatred between the two schools.The Buckeyes and Wolverines matchup has lacked interest of late, with Ohio State claiming six consecutive victory against “that team up north.” Not included in the winning streak is OSU’s 37-7 drubbing of Michigan in 2010 which was later vacated as part of the Buckeyes’ self-imposed penalties for NCAA rules infractions.During a Tuesday press conference, OSU coach Luke Fickell was asked if OSU players still define their careers by their performances against Michigan as they have been in years past.“It’s still the Ohio State-Michigan game, still the greatest rivalry in all sports,” Fickell said. “We wouldn’t attack it any other way.”Whether Fickell is correct or not, the fact that the question was asked suggests that some are speculating about “The Game’s” true significance.Fickell, along with Michigan coach Brady Hoke, has resorted to name calling in a vain attempt to emulate the way former OSU coach Woody Hayes would exchange barbs with the late, former Michigan coach, Bo Schembechler.Hoke has taken to referring to OSU as simply “Ohio,” and Fickell said Tuesday that his team wasn’t planning on using “hokey” trick plays against Michigan.“No pun intended,” a smiling Fickell said immediately following the remark, which elicited laughter from reporters.Hayes and Schembechler are dead — let’s not pretend that mimicking the “Ten-Year War” between Hayes and Schembechler’s “Ten Years” smack talk is going to bring this rivalry back to life.Methinks these quips aren’t necessary in order to restore the rivalry. The 2011 installment of the game should do the trick.The Buckeyes are 7 1/2-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s showdown at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to a Tuesday listing on Vegas.com.It’s unfamiliar territory for Buckeye Nation to see its football team predicted by experts to lose to Michigan, but a possible result could be the revitalization of the lukewarm OSU-Michigan rivalry.Should Michigan win Saturday and reclaim bragging rights for the first time in eight years, that would surely get Buckeyes fans’ blood boiling in Columbus, Ohio.A Michigan win could also put a stamp on what has already been a successful regular season campaign in Ann Arbor. After all, Michigan can clinch a share of the Big Ten Legends Division title, should Michigan State lose to Northwestern.Michigan State will represent the division in the inaugural Big Ten Title game, though Michigan is also No. 15 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.A win by OSU, which would extend its winning streak against the Wolverines to seven games, would be considered an upset, a bitter disappointment to Michigan fans that would likely restoke the flames of this feud.A seventh consecutive victory against Michigan would improve OSU’s overall record against the Wolverines to 44-53-6.If there was ever a year when Buckeye Nation would appreciate beating Michigan, it would be 2011. After months of reading of the football program’s misdeeds and waiting to hear of the NCAA’s punishment, which still yet to be announced, OSU fans would savor every bit of an upset win in Ann Arbor.The two coaches can’t breath life back into “The Game” with hot air, but this weekend could and should.The stage is set, and either an OSU or a Michigan win figures to cure what ails the wayward rivalry.Game on, boys and girls. read more

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Police force considers bringing back iconic hat to help short officers stand

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Page said: “On the helmets proposal, I can indicate we would be up for working with you on that. We would obviously like a bit more detail. We would be up for working with thepolice on trialling a helmet initiative in the town.”In 2009 Thames Valley police officers switched from traditional uniforms to black combat trousers and polo shirts, although a plan to introduce baseball caps was scrapped.West Yorkshire police ended the use of traditional helmets last year, arguing that peaked caps were less likely to fall off and could be worn in a car.The custodian helmet, which replaced the top hat formerly in use, was first used by the Metropolitan police in 1863.Originally made of cork and covered by felt or serge, it was based on the spiked Pickelhaube worn by the Prussian army. Later they were made from hard-wearing plastic.Over the years it became a cultural icon: one of the most famous images of the miners’ strike of 1984-85 showed a picket wearing a toy helmet facing a line of helmet-clad police at Orgreave.A helmet was used to protect the modesty of Michael O’Brien, who streaked at Twickenham in 1974.The equivalent for female officers is a “bowler” hat, which still affords the same protection as the male custodian.From the 1930s to the 1960s, police in Brighton wore white helmets in the summer, as they kept the head cooler.Other forces using the custodian helmet include Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda. Jack Warner in his role as Dixon of Dock Green The iconic tall British police helmet is making a comeback as officers look to stand out from the crowd.Known as the custodian, the traditional bobby on the beat helmet famously worn by Dixon of Dock Green has been disappearing in recent years as forces opt for flatter, more modern headgear.But now Thames Valley police, one of the forces which scrapped the hard woodentop, is considering reintroducing them on a trial basis. Police officers outside the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherhamcenter_img Anthony Stansfeld, the police and crime commissioner of Thames Valley police, told The Times they could be brought back into use in Reading town centre.He suggested that shorter officers in modern peaked caps were not always visible to the public.Mr Stansfeld said: “It’s a daytime thing, people don’t see the police very often I think. The officers are no longer all six foot, we have brains as well as brawn these days. I think it would be a good move but that is a personal view and we will do a consultation on it.”No cost estimate has yet been revealed for the revival but Tony Page, the deputy leader of Reading borough council, gave it his backing. Police officers outside the Orgreave coking plant near RotherhamCredit:PA Jack Warner in his role as Dixon of Dock GreenCredit:Central Press/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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I feel like I can relate to Munster I think Ive got

first_img‘I feel like I can relate to Munster. I think I’ve got that connection’ Jaco Taute feels at home in Munster after a torrid time with injuries at home in South Africa. Short URL Share Tweet Email2 33,722 Views Conan power, Isa magic and a red card see Leinster cruise past Montpellier into 1/4 finalsLong lay-offs for Copeland and Arnold but Munster optimistic on O’Donnell Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 10:00 AM Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3185700 Taute tackles Brendan Macken at the 2011 JWC. Source: Dino PanatoSpringboks coach Heyneke Meyer involved him in Springboks camps and then handed the then 21-year-old his Test debut in a Rugby Championship clash with Australia, when Taute started alongside Jean de Villiers in a 31-8 win.“It was amazing,” he says. “If you love rugby in South Africa, you want to become a Springbok. It was a massive achievement for me and starting your first Test is amazing.”He kept his place for a defeat to the All Blacks a week later, before travelling on the November tour of Europe and starting the 16-12 win over Ireland.Winning in a Springboks shirt for a second time was a precious feeling, but that night in Dublin allowed Taute to build some important bonds with men who would become his team-mates in the future.Simon Zebo was at fullback for Ireland, with Conor Murray at scrum-half. Keith Earls, meanwhile, was Taute’s opposite number at 13. The South African was struck by the Munster men’s friendly attitude post-match.“It was at the function after the match and I always remembered them,” says Taute. “Sound fellas, friendly and talkative. Simon and Conor are great chaps, down to earth, humble guys, so I always remembered having a good craic after the game.”A night out?“We did have a night out that night, I think we went to Copper Face Jacks. It stayed open late but it was fun!”Little did Taute know that the Irish trio would be his team-mates in the future. Returning home to South Africa after a season that had brought his first three Test caps, he was only thinking of a long stint as a Springbok.“I remember coming back from the autumn internationals and that’s normally when the guys back home have pre-season and they give the Springboks time off until January,” he recalls. Tommy Bowe braces for impact against Taute in Dublin in 2012. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“I remember training straight away when I came back. I was training hard and trying to be super fit and work on stuff. It makes you more hungry because you want to play at that level again. I thought I could keep going but all the injuries happened.”With the Kings replacing the Lions in Super Rugby in 2013, Taute needed to make a move and settled on the Stormers in Cape Town, initially on loan. Enthusiastic after his Springboks caps, he was eager to make an early impression but was crippled by injury.First, a burst testicle on his debut against the Bulls. ”That was horrible,” he says, shaking his head and opting not to go into further detail.An operation meant a short stint out of the game, but his comeback lasted only two games before a vicious knee injury against the Cheetahs. Taute not only tore his ACL, but also his PCL, MCL, medial meniscus, lateral meniscus, and part of his calf. The kind of knee injury that can end careers.“It’s the worst one you can get,” says Taute. “I remember I got an infection in the knee after five months of rehab too, randomly. I had to have a clean out again and I was five steps back in my rehab.“That was tough but I took it week by week and here I am three years later still playing and loving it.”It took a full year to get back on the pitch, but Taute then enjoyed an injury-free run as he played virtually the entire 2014 Super Rugby season for the Stormers and then helped Western Province to the 2014 Currie Cup, playing alongside current Munster team-mate Jean Kleyn.“That was probably my best season,” says Taute, but more injury travails followed. Knee surgery to clear out loose cartilage and then a groin injury meant Taute’s 2015 was ruined, although he was fully fit again in time for the start of the 2016 campaign.Then an ankle injury, meaning just four Super Rugby appearances last year.As Taute dealt with these cruel injuries, playing only intermittently as he looked to battle back to form and fitness, he faced criticism from Stormers fans and some of the wider South African rugby public. Taute has fitted in well at Munster. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“It was tough, I’m not going to lie,” says Taute. “A lot of people don’t know about the behind-the-scenes work you put into coming back from things like this.“You’re playing to get back into the team, and also in different positions – I don’t think that helped me a lot. The competition was tough at the Stormers, they had great centres and fullbacks.“I worked extremely hard every time I got injured to come back in better shape. It never seemed to click. I played well here and there, but I couldn’t get going in Super Rugby because I was injured the whole time.“The only season I played in full was 2014 at fullback. In 2016 again, I was in the best shape of my life and come January, syndesmosis in my ankle. I missed the majority of the season but came back when we got into the quarter-final, we got absolutely ravaged by the Chiefs.“It was tough but tough times are good for you sometimes, it teaches you a lot about yourself, the bigger picture and the grand scheme of the things.”Then out of the blue last August came a call from Rassie Erasmus, the new director of rugby at Munster. Taute had worked with Erasmus briefly during his time with the Springboks, but knew him by reputation more than in terms of a working relationship.Francis Saili had been ruled out for the first half of the season and Erasmus told Taute he was looking for a medical joker.“I just said, ‘Yes, I would love that.’ A fresh start, something different. A change is sometimes as good as a holiday. I said I’d love to.”It helped that Taute was familiar with Munster, having watched their European successes in the 2000s. Peter Stringer crossing for that famous try against Biarritz in 2006 is the strongest memory he has of watching the southern province.Taute got in touch with his friend Kleyn, who had moved to Munster only a few weeks before, while he also spoke to a school friend who had played with Old Wesley after school about Irish culture. But even before that, his mind had been made up. Jan 14th 2017, 10:00 AM Taute starts again today against Glasgow Warriors. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhile he may not have known Erasmus very well, Taute was linking up with his long-time Stormers and Western Province coach again in Jacques Nienaber.“He’s a great man and a great coach,” says Taute of Nienaber. “He’s technically very good, he’s motivating and he loves his job. You can feel that, so it’s fun to work with him.“He challenges you a lot, so there’s no place for complacency or staying in your comfort zone.”Linking up with Nienaber also meant that Taute was going into a defensive system that he knew well, even if there have been some tweaks at Munster.Taute says he loves to defend, and misses that side of the game when he plays at fullback. His intelligent reading of the game allows him to shoot out of the line regularly, from where he unleashes the aggression that comes to him so easily.“It’s just my personality trait. I enjoy it. I can’t put my finger on it, but I love it. That’s where a few of my nicknames come from too – I think I work hard and I love to be a leader on the field in that aspect, try my best and be aggressive.“Sometimes they call me the Frogman, or Frog. It’s just because you play and lead, and just defend. It all comes naturally. I don’t need to think, ‘I’m going to be physical.’ It just happens.”The calls for Taute’s initial four-month loan to be extended rapidly grew into a cohesive roar from Munster’s supporters, and it came as little surprise that Erasmus brought his case before the IRFU.Keen for Munster’s resurgence to continue, the union’s performance director, David Nucifora, was receptive and when the Stormers also agreed, Taute didn’t think twice about signing on until the end of the season.“I’m so glad it panned out that way because I’m really enjoying the whole place,” says Taute. “It’s been going well for the club. I’m in a privileged position because the team’s been winning. Taute and some of his Munster team-mates watch the province’s A team. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“There’s so much hard work left and I’d rather be here to work hard than just go. I’m very glad I could stay and be here for the journey because it’s been a special journey so far.”Taute’s current contract with the Stormers – he remains on loan now – expires later this year, meaning he would be available to sign on a longer-term contract.Munster may not be given the IRFU nod in that case, however, although their argument would be strengthened if Saili – now back from injury – was to leave in the summer.“We don’t even think about it because me and Francis are good mates,” says Taute of the potential for one of them to be kept on. “We’re the same age and we’re both very competitive players. We’re both enjoying this experience because we know if one slacks off, the other will take your position – even if we’re mates.Now living with second row Kleyn in Castletroy, five minutes from Munster’s training base – after initially moving in with Saili – Taute is enjoying living in the “cool” city of Limerick.Himself and Kleyn will get the braai going as the weather improves, but the rugby is keeping Taute happy for now. Can he see himself staying with Munster longer-term, beyond the summer?“Yes, definitely,” says Taute. “If it’s going this well, why would you want to change anything? I’m enjoying the experience, enjoying the place, the club, I’m enjoying my rugby.“What I’ve learned is that at the end of the day, that’s the most important – to enjoy what you do.” Taute wants to help Munster to win trophies this season. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOFor the rest of this season, Taute is hopeful of featuring at outside centre as often as possible. He’s happy to play fullback “if the occasion comes up,” while he also points out that he can cover inside centre.“I enjoy playing 12 as well, if that’s needed in certain games when internationals are gone. Because a guy like Rory Scannell, he’s around the corner and very close, I feel, to get pulled up into international rugby.”Taute has achieved plenty in his first four and a half months with Munster, certainly in terms of earning respect from team-mates and supporters alike, but he believes there is plenty more to come.From a personal point of view, he has obvious ambitions of playing for the Springboks again, but Taute thinks only of the collective.“I would love to contribute to Munster winning trophies again,” says Taute. “That’s the bigger goal because my Dad taught me from a young age that you’re never bigger than the game and the team always comes first.“For me, that’s what I want to show – that the team comes first and that Munster can win trophies.“Everyone wants to play international rugby and I have all those aspirations of playing at my very best. But to do that, first you have to give everything to the team.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! RARELY BEFORE HAS a player become so representative of a province as quickly as Jaco Taute has at Munster.They love him in Thomond Park.The aggression. The work rate. The thirst for physical confrontation. And the passion, that intensity he clearly feels when wearing the famous red jersey. Taute has shown real passion for Munster. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAs Munster have negotiated their way through the most difficult emotional experience in their history, Taute has been a leader. The image of him beating his chest after scoring a try against Glasgow the day after Anthony Foley was buried will never be forgotten.In several ways, it is a perfect marriage between player and province – even though Taute hails from the town of Springs on South Africa’s East Rand.He was something of a superstar as a youngster, rising rapidly through the ranks to make his Springboks debut as a 21-year-old. A series of cruel injuries – burst testicle, severe knee damage, more knee trouble, groin, ankle – halted his progress thereafter.He was written off more than once and now, aged 25, Taute believes that his spirit matches that of Munster.“All those struggles, it motivates you even more,” says Taute at Munster’s impressive high performance centre in the University of Limerick.The room we’re sitting in is almost entirely empty, fittingly. The move to Ireland represented a fresh start for Taute, a blank canvas, and he has feels a sense of kindredness here.His thoughts come in staccato bursts as he speaks.“To come to a place where rugby is so special to the community, to Limerick, Cork and all the counties… Thomond Park and the history behind it… Munster always being the underdogs and winning… That’s special for me.“I like that, because I’m a small town boy. In my life and coming back from injuries, you always heard people saying, ‘He’s never going to make it’ and I feel like I can relate to Munster that way. It’s a team that never gives up, always pulls the rabbit out of the hat.“It’s a special place and I think I’ve got that connection with it.”The bond was furthered by the shocking nature of Foley’s death in Paris in October, around a month after Taute had arrived. Taute embraces CJ Stander after the win over Glasgow in October. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOFor himself and the other new faces in the squad, the aftermath has been a strange experience. Taute felt that the only way he could provide true support was by bringing every ounce of his work rate, as those around him struggled.“We didn’t know Axel that well,” says Taute, “so we didn’t know how to express how heartfelt we felt for the guys who had been training and playing with him for four years, even more for the coaches.“The only way of showing that was by playing. That’s trying hard every weekend and showing that you care for those players.“Munster was almost everything to Axel. Not knowing him made it tough, because you can’t relate to a guy who spent four years with him. We tried to support the guys and show them that we care. The only way you can show that is by trying your best.“It’s something I’ve never experienced in my life playing and hopefully no one ever experiences that again. It was shocking and humbling at the same time, because it teaches you to appreciate everything.”Taute has certainly maintained that mindset, repeatedly mentioning how grateful he is to be fit and healthy at Munster.He is enthusiastic to have extended his deal at the province through until the end of the season and says he can “definitely” see himself remaining here beyond the summer.Things could have been so different for Taute, although he doesn’t waste time wondering.Raised in Springs, to the east of Johannesburg, Jacob Johannes Taute was part of a sporting family. His father played provincial rugby, his brother was a cricketer and his two sisters enjoyed athletics.He was already in demand by the time he featured for the U16 Valke provincial team at the U16 Grant Khomo Week, a national competition involving the most promising young players in South Africa. Taute makes a break for the Lions in 2012. Source: Photosport/Anthony Au-Yeung/INPHOScouts from Hoërskool Monument, one of the leading rugby schools in the country, spotted his talent despite a series of hammerings for the Valke side. Taute was convinced to move to the boarding school in Krugersdorp, west of Jo’burg.“It worked out perfectly. It’s a really strong, competitive school,” says Taute of ‘Monnas,’ an institution that has produced Springboks like Brendan Venter, Jaque Fourie, Willem Alberts and Heinke van der Merwe.“It was an eye-opener to see how good the boys were. You had to train hard and play hard if you wanted to play for the first team.”Clearly Taute did so, as he galloped up the ranks. He played for the Lions provincial side at the U18 Craven Week – the national provincial competition – in 2008, despite being a year younger than most of his team-mates.He starred in that tournament the following year too, then made his Currie Cup debut for the senior Lions team just months later, while still in school and in the middle of final year exams.2010 – three Super Rugby caps, third place in the Junior World Championship with South Africa’s U20 team.2011 – a full Super Rugby campaign at fullback for the Lions, another Junior World Championship. Taute was marked out as a major prospect in South Africa.“Stuff happened quite fast, but it wasn’t always a smooth ride. It was tough because the Lions didn’t do very well in Super Rugby those years. A team that doesn’t win, you struggle as individuals as well.“I think some guys, when they’re young, go into a winning team and it’s smooth sailing. I went into a team that wasn’t winning and it was very tough, so I learned a lot of lessons.”The Lions struggled again in 2012, winning just three Super Rugby games, but Taute continued to show his promise, now playing in midfield. 33 Comments By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Silva Proud of Richarlisons debut display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva says he is delighted to see Richarlison scoring goals but was more impressed with his all-around performance in the gameRicharlison grabbed a brace for 10-man Everton, however, they settled for a draw at the end in Silva’s first competitive game in charge.“It was an excellent performance from a player I know can play like this,” added Silva.“It’s not just his goals. He works hard, makes runs and I’m pleased to see him score two goals, but the most pleasing thing is the team performance.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m very proud of my players… To play nearly 50 minutes with ten men and show the level of performance that we did against a good side is very pleasing.“After we went 1-0 up, perhaps we could have done more but the display in the second half was outstanding, and the team did well.“We could have won, but I think we can be pleased with how we played and go on from here for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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UPDATE La Nina weather may return for second straight year

first_imgIt’s back. Maybe.The climate phenomenon known as La Nina appears to be shaping up again in the Pacific Ocean, which could mean another cool, wetter-than-normal winter in the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center on Thursday upgraded last month’s La Nina watch to a La Nina advisory. Forecasters have recently observed the cooler-than-usual Pacific Ocean temperatures that characterize La Nina, and the condition is expected to strengthen in the coming weeks and months, according to NOAA.The natural phenomenon would be the second straight La Nina year in the Pacific, after a “fairly strong” pattern in 2010-11, said Dan Collins, a meteorologist with the Climate Prediction Center. What that means this time around remains to be seen.“It’s not always the case that a strong La Nina leads to strong impacts,” Collins said. “It just happened to be the case that last year we had strong impacts.”The 2010-11 version churned out much more rain than usual and huge mountain snow packs in the Northwest, but little in the way of biting cold. The weather pattern also tends to produce dry conditions for the southern United States, and a repeat of that would be bad news for drought-stricken states like Texas.last_img read more

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Restore normalcy in Bhatpara within 72 hours CM to cops

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.last_img read more

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Kolkata to host its first SKAL National Congress 2018

first_imgThe Kolkata wing of SKAL will host the SKAL National Congress 2018. SKAL Kolkata will host it’s very first SKAL National Congress 2018 event in Kolkata from – August 17-19, 2018. The event will take place in Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences. SKAL Kolkata is one of the oldest club which was formed on April 30, 1954 and is one of the Active SKAL Clubs in India having 150+ members who are from top management of some of the leading organisations of the tourism industry in Kolkata constituting travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines.Speaking on the occasion, Sanjeev Mehra, Secretary remarked, “We want to create awareness to work together to enhance our vision, maximise networking opportunities and develop a responsible tourism industry. We want to focus our efforts on the National Congress 2018 in Kolkata for which we hope to welcome 600-750 members.”There will be networking sessions and conferences for the members in the event. The objective of the club is to promote West Bengal as a MICE and tourism destination, bringing all the Skalleagues across all regions from India and abroad under one umbrella. This is an opportunity to ensure that the travel industry grows strong and becomes more proactive in this sector by inviting Foreign Direct Investments.last_img read more

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US Bancorp PNC Profits and Mortgage Revenues Decline

first_img January 15, 2016 703 Views 2015 Fourth Quarter Earnings Statement PNC U.S. Bancorp 2016-01-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination U.S. Bancorp, PNC Profits and Mortgage Revenues Declinecenter_img U.S. Bancorp and the PNC Financial Services Group Inc., reported Friday morning that net income at both banks is down from the previous year, and the results for mortgage banking revenues at both banks followed right along, according to Q4 earnings statements for both banks released on Friday.U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement showed that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $1,476 million, or $0.80 per share, down 0.8 percent from $1,488 million, or $0.79 per share reported in the fourth quarter of 2014 and down 0.9 percent from $1.489 million in the third quarter of 2015.The bank’s said that their fourth quarter earnings decrease is credited to a “higher provision for credit losses, lower noninterest income, impacted by the 2014 Nuveen gain, partially offset by increases in payments-related revenue and trust and investment management fees and the gain on the sale of a Health Savings Account deposit portfolio, along with an increase in net interest income primarily driven by growth in earning assets.”U.S. Bancorp Chairman, President and CEO Richard K. Davis noted, “U.S. Bancorp delivered a remarkable performance in 2015; a year underscored by persistent and historically low interest rates, modest economic growth, and increasing regulatory requirements. More than any year in recent history, 2015 required strong management focus as we balanced decisions on operating efficiencies with opportunities for investing in future growth and addressing our customers’ needs. U.S. Bancorp rose to that challenge, delivering record net income and diluted EPS for the year and continuing with industry-leading performance metrics.”Average total loans grew 4.2 percent, or $10.3 billion year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015 to reach $256.7 billion, with residential mortgages contributing 2.1 percent to this growth, according to the statement. Residential mortgages totaled 53.0 billion, up from 51.8 billion in the previous quarter and 51.9 billion last year.Despite the increase in loan volume, however, mortgage banking revenue for U.S. Bancorp totaled $211 million in Q4, down over-the-quarter from $2.24 million and over-the-year from $235 million. The decline in mortgage banking revenue was primarily due to “an unfavorable change in the valuation of mortgage servicing rights, net of hedging activities,” according to the statement. Overall noninterest income was down by $30 million over-the-year for U.S. Bancorp (from $2.370 billion down to $2.340 billion), though it did increase over-the-quarter by $14 million.”As we look to 2016, we are well positioned to continue providing quality products and services to our customers and exceptional value to our shareholders from a position of strength and stability that our stakeholders have come to expect from U.S. Bancorp,” Davis said.U.S. BancorpPNC’s 2015 net income total was $4.1 billion, or $7.39 per share, down from 2014’s profits of $4.2 billion, or $7.30 share, according to the bank’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. In addition, 2015 fourth quarter earnings were $1.0 billion, or $1.87 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, or $1.90 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and $1.1 billion, or $1.84 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.The institution stated that its fourth quarter results reflect “revenue growth over the third quarter in both net interest income and fee income, a continued focus on disciplined expense management, and higher loans and deposits.”Residential mortgage banking noninterest income decreased $12 million primarily as a result of lower loan sales revenue, the statement showed. Residential mortgages totaled $113 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from last quarter’s number of $125 million and last year’s number of $135 million. Mortgage loans declined despite an increase in total loans PNC by $1.7 billion as of December 31, 2015 compared with September 30, 2015.“PNC delivered consistent, quality results and advanced our strategic priorities in 2015,” said William S. Demchak, Chairman, President and CEO. “We increased fee income, reduced expenses and managed a strong balance sheet that will benefit from rising interest rates heading into 2016. Our strong capital position enabled us to increase the amount of capital returned to shareholders in 2015. We’re positioned to continue to drive long-term value through our execution in 2016 and beyond.”PNCClick here to view U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement.Click here to view PNC’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. Sharelast_img read more

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Reps Luetkemeyer Duffy Among New Subcommittee Heads

first_img January 6, 2017 620 Views Reps. Luetkemeyer, Duffy Among New Subcommittee Heads House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who was recently re-elected to a third term in that position, has announced that Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) will take over as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) will assume the role of Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee for the 115th Congress.“I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to pass laws that promote a dynamic economy with more jobs, higher wages and greater economic freedom for all Americans,” Hensarling said. “Our committee will continue to develop bold, forward-looking plans that hold Washington and Wall Street accountable, end taxpayer-funded bailouts and protect consumer choice.”Luetkemeyer served as the Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee during the 114th Congress. In July 2016, a Luetkmeyer-sponsored bill, H.R. 3700, better known as the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, became law. The bill includes reforms to FHA’s restrictions on condo financing and helps veterans achieve homeownership. It passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.In November 2016, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee held a hearing examined the nation’s housing appraisal system, determining that complex and outdated system results in more lengthy closings and increased costs to consumers and is therefore in need of an overhaul. Luetkemeyer declared in that hearing that as far as the “regulatory regime surrounding appraisals, it seems we’re stuck in 1989.”He is taking over as Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), who announced in September 2015 that he would not be seeking re-election.“It is a great honor to be named the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit,” Luetkemeyer said. “Helping small businesses, families, and consumers access affordable credit is critical to growing our economy and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all Americans have access to the tools they need to reach financial independence.”Blaine LuetkmeyerSean DuffyAccording to Luetkemeyer’s website, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit “oversees all financial regulators including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Comptroller of the Currency. It also oversees all matters pertaining to consumer credit including the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and overall access to financial services. The Subcommittee is also charged with overseeing the safety and soundness of the U.S. banking system.”Duffy will take over Luetkmeyer’s former position as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. According to Duffy’s website, the jurisdiction of that Subcommittee includes the National Flood Insurance Program, public and private housing, urban development, the Rural Housing Service, Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Federal Housing Agency, Federal Housing Administration, and HUD.“Many elements of our housing market need to be made to work for all Wisconsinites—rural families, in particular, have been left behind. I look forward to working with Dr. Carson to bring much needed change to HUD and to improve housing for all. I’ll defend Wisconsin taxpayers as we reform National Flood Insurance, the FHA, and other programs. I’ll also ensure that the Wisconsin insurance industry, an important engine of our state’s economy, has a strong voice in Congress.”Click here to view the complete leadership list for the House Financial Services Committee. House Financial Services Committee Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Rep. Sean Duffy 2017-01-06 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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BofA CEO Moynihan Speaks on Housing Trends

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO, Bank of AmericaA number of factors are affecting the housing market. Despite these changes, one needs to keep perspective when analyzing this industry, according to Brian Moynihan, Chairman, and CEO of Bank of America, who recently spoke about the changes in mortgage interest caps and the macro factors affecting housing at CNBC’s Net/Net event in New York.Speaking about the changes to the cap in the mortgage interest that homeowners could write off, implemented in the Tax Cuts Act, Moynihan said that it was unchartered territory for many homeowners as well as financial institutions because the home mortgage interest deduction was “so jealously protected for so many years. And $10,000 is a pretty healthy amount of interest.”However, he said that these changes wouldn’t have a huge effect on homeowners because to qualify for that kind of cap on a mortgage, “a household’s probably got to have a $100,000 to $125,000 of income, a little bit more. So a couple hundred dollars a month isn’t going to make the decision different.” At the most, Moynihan said it would slow down a homeowner’s decision to upgrade. “But I think we’ve got to be careful about over-estimating across the 60 million households that have debt out of 130 million households in America.”Touching upon the high-interest rate environment and the health of the housing market, Moynihan said, “Housing is at tails,” as a number of factors were affecting the housing market, but they should be kept in perspective, especially since the rising rates will not change the market in any major way. “We still did, around, 10.5 billion of mortgage loans this quarter. Last year we probably did 13 billion,” Moynihan told the audience.Looking at the effect of population on housing, Moynihan said, “At the end of the day, without population growth that we had in the mid-2000s at 1.5 percent the demand for housing is going to sort of ebb and flow a little differently.”Looking at the larger market, Moynihan said that housing construction was growing evenly because of locational problems. “It’s really tight in cities like Charlotte where we’re trying to build tens of thousands of units for workers because we’re short. In other places, there’s an excess of supply,” especially in cities that are still recovering from the Great Recession. Despite rising home prices and inventory remaining down, for the most part, Moynihan said that they were fine for now. “But we got to watch it because it’ll be a leading indicator of people’s belief in their wealth if we see housing prices tip over,” he said. October 17, 2018 683 Views center_img BofA CEO Moynihan Speaks on Housing Trends Bank of America homeowners HOUSING mortgage Supply 2018-10-17 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2) Play actionIf Arizona is in third-and-short, they can run the ball for the first down. This eats clock with a fresh set of downs, keeping Manning on the sideline. It also gives great credibility to a Drew Stanton play fake. Denver’s defense is good when they can create situations that force you to be one-dimensional. If you have the option to run or pass, it minimizes the effectiveness of their playmakers. To win, Stanton will need every advantage possible. The uselessness of a third-and-9 play fake will only make it easier to bring him down.Manning is in a similar situation. Todd Bowles wants to bring the house. The success of a third-and-long blitz could pay huge dividends against Denver. A third-and-short blitz that gets telegraphed to Manning will lead to extra point attempts. In order to take advantage of Bowles’ skill as a defensive play-caller, the play fake has to be removed as a strong weapon. The key, therefore, is to eliminate four and five-yard gains on first down.3) Hit ManningDon’t jump offsides. The Denver crowd is great at staying quiet. It’s so easy for the defenders to hear Manning, making it easier to jump offsides because of his outstanding cadence. Every pass-rusher for Arizona must know that a sack is nice, but hitting Manning is the key. Even if he completes a big pass play, he must have to get up off the ground after the throw. Consistent hits force him off his spot. If his back foot plants with minimal pressure, the Cards lose. Sacking Manning wins the game for Arizona. Hitting Manning gives Arizona the chance to win. Giving Manning time to throw means wait for Sunday Night Football to see if Cincinnati will remain as the only unbeaten. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I’m spending my Sunday watching college football!Obviously, that may sound confusing but I’ll be traveling to Southern California and watching ASU all day Saturday, so I’ll miss the games. Give me the third-greatest invention of all-time (the DVR), and I’ll be watching all these great games that I’ll miss.Nationally, all eyes are on the SEC West this weekend. #6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State, #3 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss, and #15 LSU is at #5 Auburn. That’s an amazing schedule for the entire country. In the SEC West, that’s just a normal gameday. Locally, all three teams in this state have or have had huge road games against “ranked” opponents. Each game has a national stage feel to it but each team has a different role on the stage. Arizona was the opening act against Oregon. We looked at them Wednesday and they actually did a few of the things we discussed in their win. Thursday, ASU was the focus for their road game versus USC. Today, we wonder how can the Cardinals come home from Denver undefeated.OWN THE STAGEArizona needed a win to get the stage door open on the national stage. Arizona State needs to beat USC just to keep from being pushed off the stage. The Cardinals are already on the stage as one of two remaining unbeaten teams, but this is the opportunity to get the nation to flood the theater to see the Cardinals on stage. Here’s what I hope to see for the Cards to be 4-0:1) Win first downThis is not offense or defense specific, it’s both. Arizona can’t win if Peyton Manning is in third-and-short. Arizona can’t eat the clock on offense if it’s in third-and-long. Third-down conversions will be a huge stat in this game, as will time of possession — two stats that often go hand-in-hand. It’s too simple to just look at third-down conversions because they’re normally a product of gaining good yards on first down. Which leads to… Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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A small crowd of enterprising dancers convened for

first_imgA small crowd of enterprising dancers convened for the last performance of the festival event. [photo & text: Logan Bier] June 27, 2011The second day of the 13th annual Juneteenth Festival began with a lively performance by Shri, including members Lee Lozowick (vocals), Deborah Auletta (vocals), Doug Fulker (guitar & vocals), Franck Giambelluco (guitar), Nachama Greenwald (harmonica), Steve Ball (Hammond organ & electric piano), Tina Zuccarello (bass) and Zac Parker (drums). The band’s discography includes thirteen original albums, including their latest, Lucky Thirteen (2009). [photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] The crowd quickly grew more lively and energetic, making a wonderful finale for another very successful and fun weekend at Arcosanti.Many thanks to all of the residents, volunteers, performers and musicians that made this event possible![photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img The Juneteenth festival drew to a close with a second, extended performance by Turner Jr. & Flavor, a reggae/funk band. [read more about this group at Daily Progress 2011/6/22 : /today/2011/06/22/1308759202172.html ]last_img read more

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Manchester victim Saffies Dad talks of loss on BBC

first_imgThe mother of the youngest victim of May’s Manchester terror attack, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, knew her daughter had died despite being in a coma when the girl was found, the girl’s father told the BBC on Tuesday.Saffie’s father, Cyprus-born Andrew Roussos decided to publicly speak out on his family’s loss on the day that would have been his daughter’s ninth birthday.Speaking on Victoria Derbyshire programme, Roussos described his daughter as “a stunning young girl”, who loved dancing, music and gymnastics.Saffie Rose Roussos was among the 22-people killed in a terror attack after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, when a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden bomb at the exit of Manchester Arena. The eight-year-old, a huge fan of Ariana Grande, had gone to the concert with her mother Lisa and older sister Ashlee Bromwich, 26, both of whom were injured in the explosion.“She was a joker. She was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl,” Roussos said.Saffie, he said, would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV, as she loved fame and stardom.The night of the attack, he said he went at the stadium where he found Ashley being treated.“It was chaos. You’re panicking and worrying. You don’t know what’s going on,” he said.He later found out that his wife was at the Salford Royal Hospital but had heard nothing of Saffie.Despite fears that his daughter might have died, he kept his hope alive, thinking she was in one of the hotels that took in unaccompanied children that got separated from their parents during the incident.He was later informed by a police detective that his daughter had died.“I couldn’t take it in. I just sat there looking at him,” he said. “It’s just your worst nightmare. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to think,” he said.His wife, Lisa, was placed in an induced coma due to her injuries, but when she woke, she knew her daughter had died.“Saffie’s gone, isn’t she?” Roussos said quoting his wife.He said he just nodded. “That’s all that was said really”.Roussos’ wife is still recovering and has had multiple operations. He said she is improving at a much quicker rate than doctors had expected.The whole family are now supporting each other to overcome their sorrow.“We do a little bit of laughing, a little bit of joking, a little bit of crying and cuddling, and that’s how we get through the day,” Roussos said.He said that when he met with Ariana Grande before her One Love Manchester concert in June, to help raise funds for those who were injured and the relatives of those who died in the attack, he told her he was thankful that Saffie had managed to enjoy her entire concert before she died and that the attack had not taken place before the singer had finished her performance.“All she could say to me was, ‘I’m sorry’, and I said, ‘You’ve got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do’.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Johnson announces September office hours

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News 03Sep Rep. Johnson announces September office hours State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Thursday, September 20, 2018Allegan CountySimply Celia’s142 S. Main St. in Wayland8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.“One of my top priorities as State Representative is to always be accessible to the people I am elected to serve,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I have personally held 32 local office hours since taking office for residents to personally share their concerns, ask questions and get help with issues involving state government.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com.last_img read more

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Rep Johnson plan allowing CBD oil in Michigan receives House approval

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News State Rep. Steven Johnson’s plan allowing people to use and possess CBD oil in Michigan has been approved by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.Johnson said CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is not marijuana and a medical marijuana card should not be required to purchase, use or possess it in Michigan, as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) currently requires.“CBD oil won’t get you high,” Johnson said. “It’s derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But LARA decided in May to start classifying it the same way they do marijuana, which contains 5 to 35 percent THC.”Johnson said many people use CBD oil derived from hemp to treat pain, anxiety and depression, and to reduce the prevalence of epileptic seizures.“So now all of the people who were using this medicine either have to stop – or go through the process of getting a medical marijuana card,” Johnson said. “Hemp is not marijuana, and that should be clearly reflected in our policies.”Johnson’s legislation clarifies in Michigan law that CBD oil derived from hemp should not require a medical marijuana card to possess. The plan would also allow industrial hemp to be grown in Michigan.The plan, laid out in House Bills 6330, 6331 and 6380, now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 15Oct Rep. Johnson plan allowing CBD oil in Michigan receives House approvallast_img read more

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Rep Sheppards plan increases penalties for texting while driving

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard this week introduced legislation to increase the fines for drivers who text while driving.Sheppard’s plan increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500.“When we get behind the wheel, we are responsible for our actions,” Sheppard said. “It’s my belief if drivers face higher fines for texting and driving, they may think twice before texting so they keep their focus where it should be – on the road.”Sheppard noted the recent case of a distracted driver involved in a crash on U.S. 23 in Monroe County, killing a mother and her daughter. The driver was charged with one count of reckless driving causing death.“Statistics are telling us that more people are not driving responsibly. If you’re the driver, set a good example by making the best choice for you and everyone on the road by putting the phone down and being responsible,” Sheppard said.  “No text message is worth someone’s life.”The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.House Bill 4199 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.### Categories: News,Sheppard News 15Feb Rep. Sheppard’s plan increases penalties for texting while drivinglast_img read more

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Predatory Telemarketers Prey on Public Sympathy for Veterans

first_imgShare180TweetShareEmail180 Shares November 9, 2014; Eagle-TribuneNPQ has written repeatedly about the proliferation of fundraising scams that use veterans or first responders as bait. These programs deplorably exploit not only the veterans but the public with some of the most outrageous preying on older and more vulnerable givers.Today, on Veterans Day, you will undoubtedly read many heartwarming stories about the efforts of local nonprofits reaching out to veterans—not just the post-9/11 veterans that have captured the attention of the American public in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but older veterans as well. In Lawrence, Massachusetts, for example, the New England Veterans Liberty House is helping 91-year-old Herman Bazin, a veteran of the Normandy invasion, with home repairs delivered by volunteers and with services through Meals on Wheels and the Veterans Administration. A little disconcerting is information from the organization’s 2013 Form 990 indicating that NEVLH hired a firm called All Pro Productions to conduct telephone-based fundraising. The firm raised $301,600 in gross receipts, retained $244,093 as the fundraiser’s fee (80.9 percent), and delivered $57,507 to the nonprofit, and NEVLH’s 990 reports spending $8,618 on “veterans assistance.”All Pro’s keeping more than four of every five dollars raised for the veterans nonprofit is a bit worse than what was revealed in 2013 in a report of the Massachusetts Attorney General on telemarketing, in which the firm raised money for the Ware Police Union, keeping more than two-thirds, and the Lunenberg Police Relief Association, retaining more than 70 percent as its fee. Apparently, All Pro Productions, founded by former New England Patriots lineman Fred Smerlas in 1995, has encountered criticism before for its telemarketing tactics, including one report in which All Pro’s telemarketers allegedly identified themselves as firefighters in their fundraising campaign for Professional Firefighters of Hudson Local 3154. An All Pro telemarketing campaign for the Ipswich firefighters union apparently also delivered only about 30 cents on the dollar to the union.On Veterans Day, we’re concerned about fundraising for veterans nonprofits of all kinds, small like NEVLH and large too. According to the Massachusetts AG’s report, All Pro Productions raised $955,198 for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, but kept around 76 percent and delivered 26 percent to NEPV. PVA isn’t unhappy with All Pro Productions, indicating that it calls on All Pro year-round rather than for one-time telemarketing extravaganzas. It may be that for the New England Veterans Liberty House, turning to All Pro Productions for its fundraising in 2013 was worth the cost, as 2013 appears to have been the nonprofit’s first full year of operations. Perhaps NEVLH anticipates that with the fundraising grounding of year one, All Pro’s efforts in 2014 will prove more lucrative and the nonprofit will be able to keep a much larger share of the total. Or, as with the scandalous telemarketing numbers generated for Viet Now that led to a Supreme Court ruling, NEVLH justifies its low take from the telemarketing as more than fundraising, as education for the public about the needs of veterans in the Lawrence area.There are probably plenty of explanations that might be ginned up by All Pro Productions and others to explain and justify NEVLH’s take of less than 20 cents on each dollar raised from donors. Somehow, when fundraising for veterans on Veterans Day, those explanations don’t seem particularly persuasive—even if NEVLH volunteers are helping WWII vet Herman Bazin with needed home repairs.—Rick CohenShare180TweetShareEmail180 Shareslast_img read more

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Obama Administration to Ease the Way for Central American Asylum Seekers

first_imgShare24TweetShare3Email27 Sharesuntitled (refugees welcome) / Tilman KönekeJuly 26, 2016; Thomson Reuters FoundationAfter the disappointment experienced by immigration advocates in the wake of the Supreme Court’s deadlock on the expansion of deferred action programs for childhood arrivals and parents of Americans (DAPA and DACA+), an announcement by the Obama administration this week was a welcome step, however small, towards meeting the needs of asylum-seekers.What the announcement lays out is a plan to expand the number of refugees from the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) who may legally enter the United States. It involves a series of measures designed to ensure the safety of those seeking asylum while addressing national security concerns in host countries. In a conference call announcing the changes, Amy Pope, a deputy homeland security advisor, said that current efforts are insufficient for addressing the number of individuals from these countries with legitimate refugee claims, and that the appropriate mechanisms don’t exist under which they can apply.The plan is quite modest and, at best, will apply to only a few hundred individuals initially. Some will be allowed to apply for refugee status in their own countries. For those deemed too at risk to remain in their home countries while being processed by the Department of Homeland Security for possible resettlement, Costa Rica will serve as a temporary host for up to 200 applicants at a time. This is significant, as persuading countries to participate in the asylum and resettlement process has historically been difficult due to concerns about refugees stuck in transition and other bureaucratic obstructions. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has agreed to set up a process for determining who would be eligible for temporary humanitarian visas and how procedures are implemented.According to Avideh Moussavian, policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center: While today’s announcement is a positive development, it does highlight a troubling hypocrisy on the part of the administration. On one hand, it is responding to the situation in Central America as an urgent humanitarian one for those currently living in the dangerous conditions of these countries. However, it continues to subject Central Americans fleeing those same perilous circumstances to punitive and terrifying enforcement tactics once they arrive at our borders seeking safe haven.Since the surge in migration from Central America that occurred in 2014, 600 people have been admitted into the country as refugees, including 267 children under the Central American Minors program, set up for children with parents legally living in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security cites 2,880 minors who have been approved under that program and are awaiting resettlement. To address the issue of children traveling alone, the program has been expanded, and will now allow siblings and qualified caregivers to apply for refugee status alongside the child.According to the Council on Foreign Relations, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras consistently rank among the most violent countries in the world with El Salvador, because of its gang-related violence, earning the distinction of “the most violent country not at war.”In 2015, the Honduran newspaper La Prensa conducted an investigation which revealed that “Salvadorans and Hondurans pay an estimated $390 million and $200 million, respectively, in extortion fees to organized crime groups.” Sadly, the report found that these groups typically target small businesses, poor residents, and public transportation operators. In Guatamala, more than 400 transportation workers were killed in 2014.Historically, organized crime is a legacy of the region’s decades of war. According to a background piece prepared by the Council on Foreign Relations:In El Salvador, fighting between the military-led government and leftist guerrilla groups (1979–92) left as many as seventy-five thousand dead, and Guatemala’s civil war (1960–96) killed as many as two-hundred thousand civilians. Honduras did not have a civil war of its own, but nonetheless felt the effects of its neighbors’ conflicts; it served as a staging ground for U.S.-backed Contras, a right-wing rebel group fighting Nicaragua’s Sandinista government during the 1980s. Organized crime grew following these civil wars, particularly in El Salvador, where war produced “a large pool of demobilized and unemployed men with easy access to weapons,” according to [a previous] CFR report. In Guatemala, illegal armed groups and clandestine security apparatuses grew out of state intelligence and military forces.Organized crime in the Northern Triangle includes transnational criminal organizations, many of which are associated with Mexican drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs); domestic organized-crime groups; transnational gangs, or maras, such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Eighteenth Street Gang (M-18); and pandillas, or street gangs.In 2011, the World Bank declared that drug trafficking constitutes “the main single factor behind rising levels of violence in the region.” In addition, low tax revenues in these countries, combined with corruption, attempts at mass incarceration resulting in overcrowded prisons, and weak civil institutions, have undermined any attempts in the past several decades to address these issues. According to Cynthia Arnson and Eric Olson at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, efforts to reform and professionalize police forces during the two countries’ peace processes were incomplete:There has been so much penetration of the state and so much criminal involvement in security forces, it makes it difficult to think about how they would [reform] without some outside intervention.The U.S. gave more than a billion dollars to the region between 2008 and 2015, and in January of this year released a fact sheet reaffirming its commitment to the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, “a multiyear effort to assist the governments of Central America to build a safer and more prosperous future for their citizens, including through supporting governments to become more transparent, accountable, and capable of providing basic services and upholding the rule of law.” Obligations on the part of countries in the Northern Triangle include undertaking reforms in border security, government accountability, human rights, and the collection of government revenues.Spelled out in the fact sheet are plans to expand access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for vulnerable asylum seekers from the region, offering a legal alternative to entering the country through human smugglers. The intention is to enable the UNHCR and its regional partners to identify persons in need of protection and better address the needs of those threatened by gang violence as well as human rights defenders who have been targeted.The Obama administration believes that a safe, stable, and prosperous Central America is vital in order to achieve a future where the Western Hemisphere is middle class, democratic, and secure.Early this month, the Organization of American States (OAS) and UNHCR convened a gathering hosted by the government of Costa Rica, which brought together government representatives from around the region and officials from the UN, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and other humanitarian and development NGOs to discuss solutions to the growing crisis. The meeting coincided with the recent release of the annual Global Trends report by UNHCR, which showed that in 2015, 65.3 million people—one in every 113 people on the planet—were either seeking asylum, internally displaced in their own countries, or a refugee. This number constitutes the highest number in history, with an increase of 10 percent over last year alone. As pointed out in the report, while much international attention has focused on refugees arriving in Europe, the number of refugees and asylum-seekers with pending cases from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has increased by more than fivefold, from 20,900 people in 2012 to 109,800 people in 2015.The takeaway from the OAS gathering was a series of comprehensive actions, including a provision of international protection for asylum-seekers and protection measures in the countries of origin. As the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, points out in a video accompanying the UNHCR report, “Instead of developing asylum systems that are hospitable, that recognize the hardship and the difficulties and the reasons for people to flee, barriers are erected.”This sentiment is echoed by Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission and one of the nation’s foremost experts on immigration detention and reform. She applauded the administration’s announcement while pointing out its symbolic significance, particularly coming at a time when all eyes are on the southern border. “It’s a drop in the bucket,” she said, “but it’s a start.”Pointing out that neighboring countries in the region are also feeling the effects of the problem, she noted, “Over the last five years, asylum applications in Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and Nicaragua have risen dramatically, with all of those countries reporting huge increases in the number of arrivals. What’s good about this new approach is that it’s a sign that this is a major regional issue. It’s not what we would prefer in terms of numbers, but it starts to create another alternative that is safer and more orderly than border enforcement programs alone.”When asked what she saw as hallmarks of a well-considered immigration reform program, Brané replied, “We need to approach it from all sides. We have to be realistic—we can’t deport everyone who is undocumented in this country. It’s simply not a sustainable solution. Border enforcement doesn’t mean you build a wall, it means you’ve got a system where you’re able to screen and funnel people in appropriately—or turn them away. For those here, we need a legalization program. And I’m completely in favor of one that makes people jump through hurdles, learning English, paying back taxes, taking all of the requisite steps. But we need to rethink and develop a system for how we’ll admit immigrants both now and in the future.”According to Brané, the resettlement system already in place in this country (in 2015, the U.S. resettled nearly 70,000 refugees) is too often forgotten.We have a wonderful system right now that uses the strength and resources of our government, private, faith-based, and volunteer sectors to place people and acclimate them to their new country. It’s a very successful model that other countries have always looked to, but it, too, needs sufficient resources and updates to survive.While there have been positive signs of an emerging movement against the corruption and high-level criminality in Guatemala and Honduras—what the Economist and others have dubbed the “Central American Spring,” no one expects change to come quickly. In the meantime, the largest challenge in the US remains working across the political divide to craft a bipartisan solution for comprehensive immigration reform. As Brané puts it, “The system we have in place now is simply not meeting the demand of this country, or of the immigrants themselves. We wouldn’t have all these undocumented people working here if the system was working.”—Patricia SchaeferShare24TweetShare3Email27 Shareslast_img read more

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NDS is supplying the conditional access technology

first_imgNDS is supplying the conditional access technology for German cable operator Kabel BW’s CI Plus offering.Kabel BW launched CI Plus at the beginning of the month, enabling viewers with compatible TVs to view its digital services without the need for a set-top box. The module is based on NDS’s VideoGuard CA system.Yves Padrines, NDS vice-president and general manager EMEA said: “As one of Germany’s largest cable operators Kabel BW are in a great position to expand the reach of their service to further devices. With a quality content offering, their new CI Plus modules ensure that an ever increasing number of people have access to their platform. We are proud to be supporting Kabel BW in this initiative, and look forward to continuing to support them in future developments.”last_img read more

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Italian media group Mediaset has won full control

first_imgItalian media group Mediaset has won full control of the mediaset.com domain name after a court ruling.A Rome court ruled that Fenicius LLC must stop using the domain after Mediaset said the company acquired it “with the aim of achieving association with the well-known brand Mediaset.“
The media company said the ruling opened a wider debate into the protection of brand and trade names online. It said: “In this case, an immediate appeal to the courts by Mediaset has produced the desired and expected result. But the fact remains that the issue has become a veritable jungle that needs to be cleared. And legal action cannot be the right solution as it requires companies to invest intellectual and economic resources and helps to clog the civil justice system. The problem is now apparently urgent and would ask the appropriate authorities take note and to act.”last_img read more

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The editor of the BBC News Channel Kevin Bakhurst

first_imgThe editor of the BBC News Channel, Kevin Bakhurst, has left the UK public broadcaster’s news channel for its Irish counterpart RTÉ.Bakhurst has been at the BBC since 2005 and will become managing director of news and current affairs at RTÉ and a member of the broadcaster’s executive board. He joins the Irish broadcaster in September.last_img

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Microsoft is expanding its Xbox entertainment offe

first_imgMicrosoft is expanding its Xbox entertainment offering to 222 countries, up from 35 today, and is enhancing its TV offering with multiscreen delivery.The new version of the service will take the Xbox entertainment service to phones, tablets and PCs, according to Microsoft. Via the Xbox SmartGlass downloadable app, users will be able to convert tablets, PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices into second screens to view its entertainment offering. For Xbox Video, users will be able to start a TV show or movie on their Windows 8 tablet and finish it on the TV screen through Xbox 360.The enhancements coincide with the launch of the Windows 8 operating system, to be followed shortly by the launch of Windows 8 for Mobile.last_img read more

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Security specialist Verimatrix has moved into the

first_imgSecurity specialist Verimatrix has moved into the Internet of Things (IoT) market with the launch of cloud-based platform, Vtegrity.The platform is designed to secure connected devices and services – providing protection for device software and communications, alongside proactive threat detection.Peter PeterkaVerimatrix said that Vtegrity will addresses the security gaps that exist with many current IoT services – both at initial deployment and over the lifecycle of the application.“The IoT market can be characterised as a large number of business applications that rely on device-to-cloud communication to generate value for the customer and revenue streams for the service provider,” said Verimatrix CTO, Petr Peterka.“As the market matures, the critical nature of overall application integrity has become more apparent. All revenue streams must be underpinned by a comprehensive approach to security—and the weakest link has often been shown to be at the device level.”Vtegrity is based on Verimatrix’s established security technologies and partnerships, and aims to offer the same benefits as its VCAS revenue security solution for pay TV.Verimatrix will exhibit at IBC in hall 5, stand A.59last_img read more

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Global analyst firm CCS Insight has unveiled a ser

first_imgGlobal analyst firm CCS Insight has unveiled a series of thought-provoking predictions for 2019 and beyond at its annual event in Central London.Among its more interesting media-related forecasts is that SVOD platform Netflix will open its own branded cinema by 2022, a move that will allow it to diversify and promote its catalogue and increase loyalty among subscribers by offering special screenings.Among predictions regarding machine learning, autonomous cars and Facebook’s plans for extending its reach, CCS Insight also expects that, by 2023, unlimited data will be the default option for mobile tariffs in advanced markets.“As the value of mobile data continues to be eroded, competitive forces pressure operators to offer all-you-can-eat data bundles in the same way voice minutes and texts are sold today. Many tariff plans include unlimited data.”In the wireless arena, the company predicts that a “huge variation” in users’ experience of 5G in 2019/20 will result in a marketing headache. “Differing operator strategies will result in vastly different levels of performance and coverage. This will exacerbate the challenge of marketing 5G technology; it risks frustrating users as they try to compare oversimplified promises based on raw speed.”On the voice assistant front, the company expects more activity in the enterprise market from 2019. “With Amazon’s Alexa for Business already launched and Microsoft experiencing a growing number of queries into Office 365 from Alexa users, 2019 brings formal competition in speech assistants for enterprise/workplace.”Speech advances also mean it will be “possible to talk to almost every new connected consumer device sold in Western markets. Strong recent progress in speech recognition drives the trend, alongside greater integration with personal assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa.”Biometric-based smartphone security, phones with folding screens and increasing penetration of Chinese smartphone operating systems are other key features of CCS Insight’s crystal ball gazing. Returning to bricks and mortar, the company also anticipates Amazon buying a major retailer in Europe by 2019.CCS Insight CEO Shaun Collins said: “This year marks the biggest CCS Insight Predictions event to date. The sheer number of predictions reflects the expanding coverage of our research, from new topics like workplace collaboration and edge computing to mobile networks, devices and the Internet of things”.last_img read more

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A majority of US males aged 13 to 21 52 now spe

first_imgA majority of US males aged 13 to 21 (52%) now spend more time following non-traditional sports than traditional sports, according to research by Whistle Sports.The millennial-focused broadcaster, which produces sports-related content for digital platforms, found in its study that 56% of Gen Z viewers believe that non-traditional sports are “more relevant to their generation than traditional sports”.The US report, which was carried out in partnership with millennial research firm Cassandra, said that 90% of Gen Z males think there are many definitions of sports today, with 76% believing that practiced skills are more important to sports than physical activity.“If brands want to connect with Gen Z, and see ROI on their marketing investments, it is crucial to understand how young audiences define and consume sports,” according to the research. “Most young men are frustrated that traditional sports are overloaded with marketing messages, and they watch highlights (55%) over full games (45%) to avoid ads.”“Advertising in sports besides football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer has yet to pass the tipping point where it overwhelms; more than two-thirds of young men (69%) still say brands are a welcome part of non-traditional sports.”Whistle Sports curates and distributes sports-related entertainment content, which that focuses on creativity, humour and skill, to platforms like YouTube, Facebook Watch, Snapchat and IGTV. Its YouTube channel has 1.2 million subscribers.Access the ‘Changing The Game: How Gen Z is Redefining Sports, Consumption and Sponsorship’ study by clicking here.last_img read more

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Roku added 78 million active accounts in 2018 to

first_imgRoku added 7.8 million active accounts in 2018 to reach 27.1 million at the year-end, claiming that nearly one in five US TV households now use the streaming platform.The company revealed the stats in its Q4 shareholder letter last week, stating that streaming hours increased by 9.2 billion hours to 24.0 billion and that average revenue per user increased US$4.17 to US$17.95.Other highlights detailed in the earnings report were that monetised video ad impressions more than doubled in 2018 and more than one in four smart TVs sold in the US last year were Roku TVs.For the full year, Roku’s total net revenues grew 45% to US$742.5 million, while platform revenue increased 85% year-on-year to US$416.9 million. Gross profit was up 66% year-on-year to US$332.1 million.“While our growth has been impressive, we believe we are still only beginning to capitalise on the large opportunity streaming presents,” said the company in the shareholders letter.“We expect to reach US$1 billion in revenue in 2019, by focusing on these key areas: increasing monetisation per user and scaling the number of households using the Roku platform.“With our fundamental strategic advantages and continued strong execution, we believe we are well positioned to deliver another excellent year.”To download Roku’s full letter to shareholders, click here (PDF)last_img read more

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The Council said yesterday  could not reverse its

first_imgThe Council said yesterday  could not reverse its decision on only allowing three of the concerts to go ahead.Mr Aiken said he was working to try to get all five concerts staged.He told RTÉ’s radio programme “The Business” that Aiken Promotions were working “behind the scenes” with the authorities at Croke Park.Mr Aiken said a final decision would be made on Monday or Tuesday, but said he still had hope that all five would go ahead. Garth Brooks.Fans with tickets for the Garth Brooks’ concerts in Dublin at the end of this month will find out by Tuesday if they will get to see the superstar perform.Promoter Peter Aiken has said a decision on the number of concerts  – if any – to be staged at Croke Park will be made on either Monday or Tuesday.The US country superstar has threatened not to perform after Dublin City Council refused to give permission for two of the five gigs to go ahead. BROOKS FANS FACE ANXIOUS WAIT was last modified: July 6th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: When the council refused permission for two of the dates, Brooks said on Thursday he would do “five shows or none at all”.center_img ShareTweet brooksconcertscrokegarthticketslast_img read more

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first_img Letterkenny RoadNIXON’S CORNERPSNITRAFFIC & TRAVEL: ROAD IN DERRY CLOSED OVER FOUR VEHICLE COLLISION POLICE say the Letterkenny Road in Derry has been closed in both directions.It follows a road traffic collision involving four vehicles near Nixons Corner.Diversions are in place. ShareTweetcenter_img Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possibleTRAFFIC & TRAVEL: ROAD IN DERRY CLOSED OVER FOUR VEHICLE COLLISION was last modified: November 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Google+ Pinterest Linkedin A statement provided by a Hawaii-based Marine Corps spokesman confirmed that there is a dedicated search underway to locate the missing sailor, whose case for now is classified as an “unauthorized absence.”“Seaman Palmer’s command is coordinating with NCIS and local authorities to find the missing sailor. The safety of our sailors and Marines is our primary concern and we hope and pray for his safe return,” the statement said.Palmer is a corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, according to a separate statement.His mother said that while her son wasn’t under any strict curfew to be back at base Sunday night, ABC News has learned that he was supposed to be at an aid station at 8 a.m.When he was a no-show, Diane said she then received a phone call around 4 a.m. on Monday morning by military personnel who identified themselves as members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.“They wanted to know if I’d heard from him,” said the mother, who said she hasn’t slept since the phone call. “But Shaun was already missing for 24 hours.” NewsWatchTop Stories Mother of missing Navy man: ‘We need to find my kid’ By Daniella HankeyJul 04, 2018, 04:48 am 356 0 Mail Daniella Hankey (ABC NEWS)- A Navy corpsman’s mom hopes her missing son is still alive after he vanished following a night on the town with a few Marine buddies, taking in a state fair and having drinks at a popular bar, ABC News has learned.Seaman Shaun Palmer, 24, who is assigned to the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, was last seen at Kelley O’Neil’s around 4 a.m. Sunday. He ordered and then canceled two rideshare pickups on his mobile phone — and hasn’t been heard from since.“I’m praying he’s just really sick or maybe he got beaten up and his phone broke down and he’s hurting but safe,” his mom, Diane, told ABC News.Diane said she’s heading to Hawaii on Wednesday and hopes to inspire a massive search to track down her one and only child.“We need to get search parties out in Hawaii,” she said. “What are we waiting for? We need to find my kid!” Tumblr Twitter The mother, who has spoken with NCIS investigators as well as Honolulu Police Department detectives, said that she learned that Palmer was at the bar until around 4 a.m.One of the Marines returned to base.Palmer and the unidentified friend remained until the bar’s closing.According to a bartender working that night, it was “packed” at the bar but nothing was out of sorts.“There was no indication that anything was out of the ordinary,” the bartender, who said he’s worked at the establishment for nine years and spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity, said. “It was a typical closing.”The bartender noted that there was a heavy presence of local cops nearby and that a day ago, the staff searched surveillance footage from that night after being prompted to do so by NCIS investigators.“We looked at the cameras and didn’t find anything,” the bartender said. “I can tell you that nothing happened inside the bar.”While the bar was cleared out and people spilled out in the street, Palmer’s friend was subsequently arrested for “a low-key disorderly conduct,” his mother said. She’s still trying to learn the identity of the arrested Marine.Attempts by ABC News to speak with Honolulu Police Department about the arrest of the unidentified Marine or the case involving Palmer were not immediately successful.A detective with the department refused to share any details about the Marine’s arrest or Palmer’s missing case, saying, “it’s an ongoing investigation.”Diane said that she learned from NCIS investigators that her son then summoned two different Lyft cars.“My son ordered the Lyft to go back to base,” Diane said. “It was canceled.”She was then told her son then was three blocks away and ordered a second Lyft, which also was canceled, a fact confirmed by her conversations with detectives and her son’s bank records.“He canceled the second one, and it’s on his bank account at 4:28,” she said, referring to the morning time stamp.She said that afterward Palmer’s cell phone “went dead.”All Diane can do is hope.“We’re very close,” she said. “We’ve always been like that. And I know his heart is breaking for my heart. I just know it.” Facebook Home NewsWatch Mother of missing Navy man: ‘We need to find my kid’ Previous PostMedical worker arrested on suspicion of killing 8 babies, trying to kill 6 more Next PostTina Turner’s son, Craig Turner, dies of apparent suicide at 59last_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Consumer Score! Scrabble dictionary adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play Previous PostFive major headlines to start the week Other newcomers Sokolowski shared are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber. Pinterest Traditionally, they were not in the dictionary but because so much of our communication is texting and social media that is written language, we are finding more transcribed speech and getting a new group of spellings for the dictionary,” he said.Like ew, there’s another interjection now in play, yowza, along with a word some might have thought was already allowed: zen.There’s often chatter around Scrabble boards over which foreign words have been accepted into English to the degree they’re playable. Say hello to schneid, another of the new kids, this one with German roots. It’s a sports term for a losing streak. Other foreigners added because they predominantly no longer require linguistic white gloves, such as italics or quotation marks: bibimbap, cotija and sriracha.Scrabble was first trademarked as such in 1948, after it was thought up under a different name in 1933 by Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect in Poughkeepsie, New York. Interest in the game picked up in the early 1950s, according to legend, when the president of Macy’s happened upon it while on vacation.Now, the official dictionary holds more than 100,000 words. Daniella Hankey Twitter Next PostGino’s Top Five Plays of the Week: Week Five (AP)- Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few.Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” on Monday, four years after the last freshening up. The company, at the behest of Scrabble owner Hasbro Inc., left out one possibility under consideration for a hot minute — RBI — after consulting competitive players who thought it potentially too contentious. There was a remote case to be made since RBI has morphed into an actual word, pronounced rib-ee.But that’s OK because, “OK.”“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”There’s more good news in qapik, adding to an arsenal of 20 playable words beginning with q that don’t need a u. Not that Scrabblers care all that much about definitions, qapik is a unit of currency in Azerbaijan.“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”There are some sweet scorers now eligible for play, including bizjet, and some magical vowel dumps, such as arancini, those Italian balls of cooked rice. Bizjet, meaning — yes — a small plane used for business, would be worth a whopping 120 points on an opening play, but only if it’s made into a plural with an s. That’s due to the 50-point bonus for using all seven tiles and the double word bonus space usually played at the start.The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary company sought counsel from the North American Scrabble Players Association when updating the book, Sokolowski said, “to make sure that they agree these words are desirable.”Sokolowski has a favorite among the new words but not, primarily, because of Scrabble scores. “It’s macaron,” he said, referring to the delicate French sandwich cookie featuring different flavors and fillings.“I just like what it means,” he said.Merriam-Webster put out the first official Scrabble dictionary in 1976. Before that, the game’s rules called for any desk dictionary to be consulted. Since an official dictionary was created, it has been updated every four to eight years, Sokolowski said.There are other new entries Sokolowski likes, from a wordsmith’s view.“I think ew is interesting because it expresses something new about what we’re seeing in language, which is to say that we are now incorporating more of what you might call transcribed speech. Sounds like ew or mm-hmm, or other things like coulda or kinda. Tumblr Facebook ConsumerNewsWatchTop Stories Score! Scrabble dictionary adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play By Daniella HankeySep 24, 2018, 04:33 am 287 0 Linkedin Google+ Maillast_img read more

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In This Issue… Currencies stuck in a rut… Go

first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies stuck in a rut… * Good bond auctions in Spain and France… * N.Z. unemployment rises… * Central Banks get weaker currencies… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Hung Out On A Line… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin Thursday to you! Well… I’ve been here for a week now, I have another conference to speak at starting tomorrow, and into the weekend, and then back home for a week before I head to Las Vegas… Before we get into the goings on today, I want to make this your first reminder that Mother’s Day is May 13th… Which is only 10 days away… If your mom is around, this is your chance to say thank you for being your mom… I lost mine in 1998… and each year at Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking of her… OK… just your first reminder, I’ll try to remind you again as we draw closer to May 13th… The currencies are still in rut, VS the dollar this morning… they haven’t lost more ground, just stuck in a rut… The euro, should have gained on the news that Spain was able to auction bonds this morning and meet their target, while France sold bonds and saw their yields drop. These two auction results should have eased the minds of those fearing the Eurozone countries will struggle to finance their borrowings.. Well, at least for now… I find this new very encouraging, in that the European Central Bank (ECB)’s 1 Trillion-euro LTRO (3-year loans), is fading, and therefore the demand you see for these bonds from Spain and France is “real demand”… not the kind where yields were held low because they were previously artificially held down by EB buying… But the euro is being hung out on a line this morning, waiting to hear what ECB President, Mario Draghi, is going to say in the press conference following the meeting where he will announce no change in rates… Euro traders are waiting to see if Draghi pulls a rabbit out of his hat of Central Bank tricks… So… for the euro today, it’s a case of you can’t do anything right as far as the markets are concerned… and I am concerned about what Draghi has to say, for he has really thrown the euro under the bus, to promote growth, which is exactly what we all expected when a Club Med President (Italian central bank) was put in the position of ECB president! In a case of “this should have been better for us than that”… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi, was the worst performer of the night, moving downward VS the U.S. dollar and the Aussie dollar (A$), in response to a very weak labor report. New Zealand 1st QTR unemployment rate jumped to 6.7%, from the previous quarter’s 6.4% figure… So, that was not so good for kiwi… but in reality, I think it was a knee jerk reaction to the number, for N.Z. unemployment has remained in a range of 6-7% for over two years now… On the side of “this should have been better for kiwi than the labor report”… The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), who used to be what I would call a “prudent Central Bank”, but kind of lost their way, brought some of that prudency back last night when they introduced a number of prudential policy changes, based on lessons from the global financial meltdown, in order to further strengthen the New Zealand financial system… For instance, the RBNZ seeing that financial institutions are more vulnerable than previously thought to contagion effects from financial shocks, due to the likelihood of liquidity contraction, decided to “up the game on bank liquidity requirements”, including their Core Funding Ratio, and they also address the Capital Requirements under the new Base III framework. Another thing the RBNZ announced was a framework to remove the tax payer funded bail-outs when banks fail… and there were more responses… See? Now, isn’t insuring that their financial system will remain viable during the next financial meltdown better for kiwi than a labor report? Or at least it’s a tie! This is the kind of stuff that I really get the hair on the back of my neck to stand up for… Central Banks doing what they should be doing, and not financing 61% of Treasury Auctions in one year, or running the printing press 24/7, or implementing stimulus packages that have been shown to not really work in the long run (see Japan, circa 1995-2012)… The sun is rising on the ocean this morning… I’m sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean, while I write the Pfennig… Now this is the way to write! I have my I-Pod playing. I’m even drinking coffee while I write today, normally I wait until I’m finished writing before I partake in a cup of coffee, as I want what I write to be pure Chuck! But not today… I’m actually having a good time writing this morning! Ok… sorry for that commercial break! Back to the tape! Don’t you just love it when someone always has a better way to do something than what you’ve chosen? Or a better idea, or a better anything? Well, I do… and to that is why I dislike any U.S. official that goes to China and tells them “how to do things better”… For instance, yesterday, U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner told the Chinese that “a stronger, more market-determined currency would … blah, blah, blah… the thing that catches my eye, is that Geithner tells the Chinese they need a stronger currency, when the one he is somewhat responsible for is worth about 3-cents, and will someday trade to its intrinsic value… If having a strong currency is so important, then why doesn’t the Treasury Sec. go back to Washington and sit down with the President, Big Ben Bernanke, and Congress… He’ll get about as much reaction to that thought as he did in China! On sidebar… I participated in a CFA poll this week… 926 people responded, and 60% of them said that “hedge funds impact on the financial system can best be characterized as: Destabilizing… 21% said immaterial, and 19% said stabilizing… I voted as destabilizing… as their use of shorting, leverage and derivatives cause an outsized impact on the financial markets… Size matters, and when large amounts of money come into a market the market moves… that can be good, or bad… depending on what side of the trade you reside! OK… back to regular programming… yesterday we saw another regional manufacturing index print weaker, the NY ISM index printed at 61.2 falling from 67.4 in March… So, once again I say, Riddle me this Batman, how can the national ISM print an increase when all the regionals have printed weaker? The ADP Employment Change data that is supposed to give us an indication of the Jobs Jamboree which will print tomorrow, showed that in April, the country added 119,000 jobs… Which was much weaker than the forecast of 170,000.. Today, we’ll see another labor report called the Challenger Jobs Cuts… of course, none of this really gives us an indication of the Jobs Jamboree, because of all the “adjustments” the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) makes before printing… And of course with it being a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday, we’ll see the latest Weekly Initial Jobless Claims for last week… look for 380,000 Gold & Silver have traded down this week… I shake my head in disgust at the things going on behind the curtain with these two… The demand for the two metals remains strong… Last week at the Casey Conference, every person that stopped by our table, eventually wanted to know about our Gold & Silver offerings… Eventually, the demand will win out over the price manipulators… In the category of Central Banks that have deep sixed their currencies besides the Fed and the dollar… we see the Brazilian real, and the Indian rupee… nasty moves these two have made in recent weeks, and it all comes back to the Central Bank’s moves to get their currency weaker… I told you a few weeks ago, that it appeared to me that the markets had given up on the Brazilian real, and that has really played out since… I had a Casey Conference attendee stop by the table on numerous occasions last week, and kept asking me if I was sure about the Swiss franc being pushed lower by the Central Bank… Seems the attendee only wanted to buy francs… I said, “that’s fine, but you need to be aware that the Central Bank did a defacto devaluation of 10% last September, and are talking about more”… I probably said that about a dozen times last weekend! Then There Was This… OK… yesterday, I talked about the future price of Oil… and said that well respected analyst, Porter Stansberry, had forecast a $40 price of Oil in the next year… I then went on to talk about what a great country we are, and why that shouldn’t be something we can’t get to… I then talked about the CPA… what a dork! I meant the EPA! A lot of you thought I was agreeing the Mr. Stansberry… Well, I wasn’t agreeing with him, I was saying “why can’t we do that”? and then gave a few examples of why it will be difficult to get to… Marin Katusa over at the Casey Research team, wrote a long article about how this will be difficult… You should try to go to www.caseyresearch.com and find that report… Marin does a great job! To recap… the currencies are stuck in a rut… the euro is being hung out on a line by the ECB meeting today, after seeing some very good results from bond auctions in Spain and France this morning… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi is the worst performer overnight, as their unemployment rate gained in the 1st QTR, and that has put the kyboshes on the hopes of reversing the emergency rate cuts from last year. U.S. data continues to be weaker, except the National Manufacturing data, which still is puzzling to Chuck… Currencies today 5/3/12… American Style: A$ $1.0295, kiwi .8030, C$ $1.0170, euro 1.3135, sterling 1.6180, Swiss $1.0930, … European Style: rand 7.73, krone 5.7435, SEK 6.7540, forint 215.20, zloty 3.1675, koruna 18.9690, RUB 29.53, yen 80.35, sing 1.2420, HKD 7.7590, INR 53.41, China 6.3053, pesos 12.94, BRL 1.9220, Dollar Index 79.26, Oil $104.85, 10-year 1.93%, Silver $30.48, and Gold…. $1,646.70 That’s it for today… running a bit later this morning… the sun in my eyes, and all that! HA! My beloved Cardinals thumped the Pirates last night.. A day game at Busch today, and I’m 1,100 miles away! UGH! Our Blues take the ice again tonight in L.A. Good Luck Boys! Skate, boys skate! Have you ever heard The Buckinghams song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy? It really gets me moving on the bench here on the deck! I know another 60’s song… from 1965 to 1977, most of the best rock & soul music was created… Alex scored 5 goals in his Water Polo game last night, as his team won… and I missed that too! UGH! When Andrew played in High School, I never missed one of his games, but that was before I began to travel and speak at Conferences… Ok… running late, so let’s get the ejection process started! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau on

first_imgCHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau on May 28, saying a change was needed from the strong-willed coach who took his team to the playoffs in each of his five seasons.Thibodeau went 255-139 with the Bulls, a .647 winning percentage that ranks seventh in NBA history among coaches with at least 200 games.He led the Bulls to the top seed in the playoffs his first two seasons and was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2011 — the same year Derrick Rose became the league’s youngest MVP.Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals that season, but it’s the only time the Bulls have made it past the second round under Thibodeau, whose relationship with the front office was under constant scrutiny.Now, he is gone even though he had two years left on his contract. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is widely viewed as the front-runner to replace him.“When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” General Manager Gar Forman said.“But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed.”Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was blunt, releasing a long statement that said the organization has succeeded in part because “a willingness to participate in a free flow of information” and that “internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private.”“Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization — staff, players, coaches, management and ownership,” Reinsdorf said.“When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required.”Thibodeau is not the first successful Bulls coach to lose in a clash with management. Phil Jackson lost to Jerry Krause after winning six championships in eight years, and the dynasty of the Michael Jordan era was dismantled.Under Thibodeau, the Bulls soared to heights they had not reached since those days in the 1990s. But with Rose suffering season-ending injuries to each knee in recent years and LeBron James standing in the way, Chicago could not get to the top.Along the way, Thibodeau chafed at minutes restrictions placed by management on Rose and Joakim Noah, who was coming off knee surgery, along with veteran Kirk Hinrich.The idea was that the Bulls would be in better shape for the playoffs and not run out of steam the way they seemed to the previous two years. But it also went against Thibodeau’s belief that good habits are developed through repetition.Adding to the tension, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy accused the Bulls of undermining their coach during a game at Dallas in January.It wasn’t the first time he had criticized the organization. But to many, whether it was true or not, it seemed he was serving as a messenger for Thibodeau, his former assistant.The Bulls were expected to make a run to the NBA Finals this season with the signing of Pau Gasol and the return of Rose after missing most of the previous two years because of injuries to each knee.Instead, Rose was inconsistent. The Bulls fought through injuries and lacked continuity. Their effort wavered at times, and they wound up with 50 wins — not bad, but not what they anticipated.Even so, he had at least one powerful supporter. President Barack Obama, hosting a Twitter chat about the global climate, was asked about the Bulls and answered: “love thibs and think he did a great job. Sorry to see him go but expect he will be snatched up soon by another team.”Thibodeau spent 21 years as an NBA assistant before landing the Bulls’ job. He was hired from Boston, where he oversaw the defense and helped the Celtics reach the NBA finals twice and win a championship in three seasons.During his long run as an assistant, Thibodeau was viewed as someone married to the game. And there were questions about whether he was suited to lead a team.With his focus on detail, he made a big impact after he replaced Vinny Del Negro in Chicago.Rose, the South Side prep star, made the jump to MVP after going from Rookie of the Year to All-Star his first two seasons. Luol Deng became an All-Star.Noah won the Defensive Player of the Year Award last season and Jimmy Butler became an All-Star this year. Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson flourished in Chicago and parlayed their success into contracts with other teams.But there were also signs of mounting tension long before this season, whether it was Thibodeau taking months to sign a contract extension that the Bulls announced in October 2012 or Forman deciding not to renew lead assistant Ron Adams’ contract in the 2013 offseason.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgUpdated at 6:23 p.m. ETHundreds of students and faculty at two universities in Los Angeles have been asked to stay home unless they can prove that they’ve been vaccinated against measles.The LA campuses of the University of California and California State University imposed the quarantine after they became aware of people infected with measles who had potentially exposed hundreds. At UCLA, a student exposed at least 500 people earlier this month; at Cal State, someone with measles went to a library and encountered hundreds.California officials said Friday the two campuses have more than 650 students and staff under quarantine order.UCLA was notified by the LA County Department of Public Health that one of its students had contracted measles. After identifying people the infected student might have come in contact with while contagious, the school asked them to provide proof of immunization. On Wednesday, 119 people who couldn’t provide proof were quarantined.Of those, dozens were able to prove immunity and were released from quarantine by Thursday afternoon. But 82 were still quarantined, and “a few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days,” the school said in a statement.”Considering the time that has elapsed since the last possible exposure to the individual with measles on April 9, the highest risk period for developing measles has already passed — and the period during which symptoms may appear is nearing the end,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.Los Angeles County declared Monday that the county was facing a measles outbreak, with international travel leading to five confirmed measles cases, including students from UCLA and Cal State L.A. So far this year, 38 people have been infected with measles in California, state officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times.As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting 695 cases of measles from 22 states — the highest it’s been since measles was ostensibly “eliminated” from the country in 2000. There’s been a 300% increase in the number of measles cases worldwide over the first three months of 2018, according to the World Health Organization. “That increase is part of a global trend seen over the past few years as other countries struggle with declining vaccination rates and may be exacerbating the situation here,” the CDC said. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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For Immediate Release May 5 2009 COLUMBUS Ohio

first_img For Immediate Release May 5, 2009COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Gretchen Mossbarger of Ross County was one of 20 selected individuals to recently graduate from a new, intensive leadership program designed to develop advocates for the agriculture industry. Developed by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the AgriPOWER Institute was launched last summer to help farmers and agribusiness professionals gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businessesDuring the past year, participants engaged high-level government officials, activists, media insiders and farm leaders on pressing local, state and national issues. Among the topics were government spending, regulations, the environment, animal welfare, international trade, state education reform and public relations. Prior to graduation, participants developed goals for utilizing their training to effectively impact public policy.“We’re proud of and grateful to our first group of AgriPower graduates,” said OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “There are lots of people agriculture needs to talk to – consumers, voters, elected officials – so having well trained, motivated advocates will be good for our industry and everyone we work with.”Mossbarger resides in Ross County with her husband Steve and son Logan. She is part of her family’s seed and grain farm and gravel business, R Farm, which operates in Pickaway County. Mossbarger is sponsored by OFBF.-30-CONTACT: Joe Cornely PHONE: (614) 246-8230 E-MAIL: jcornely@ofbf.org FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Downtown Journal An occasional column about city l

first_imgDowntown JournalAn occasional column about city lifeBack in the day, the necessary Waterfront morning hangout was the Dunkin’ Donuts on Commercial Street. The caffeinated mecca occupied the corner of Battery Wharf and Commercial – somewhere near where the entrance to the chic Divine Design is today. Starting at 5:30 every morning, cops, Coast Guard personnel, hospital staffers, construction workers, really anyone who rolled by packed the place.I became part of the morning crowd after I got my dog Shorty and walked down Commercial Street to Puopolo Park every morning. On our way home, I’d hitch up Shorty, under the watchful eye of the friendly newspaper vendor who set up outside Dunkin’, and go in for my large light coffee to go. Sometimes I’d add a take-out donut or an egg sandwich – or both – to the order.This cherished Dunkin’ tradition ended after Battery Wharf was sold to a developer at the turn of the century. While the construction of the hotel and condos happened slowly over the successive years, Dunkin’ Donuts shuttered immediately. Reportedly, the family running the franchise was tired (Dad and son made the donuts onsite; mother and daughter worked the counter). Also, the corporation didn’t want to extend the lease with the development pending.*Advertisement* It was a sad day. Even the news of a Starbucks opening in the nearby Pilot House did not assuage the loss. Mornings would never be the same. In the neighborhood, the Commercial Street DD was the heart of the community – so much bigger than a chain store.I was not sympathetic to the hue and cry when Starbucks wanted to open on Cross Street, in a prime location known as the “gateway” to the North End. Many who still identify as North Enders protested mightily. They claimed a chain store would dilute and pollute the neighborhood. Mayor Marty Walsh agreed and nixed the plan. Never mind that Starbucks in the Pilot House on Commercial Street has become one of the most successful franchises in the city, bursting with tourists and locals. And Walsh’s halt of the Starbucks / Cross Street scheme did not help Peet’s Coffee, which had been located very close to the proposed site. Popular Peet’s abruptly shuttered its doors recently, with little explanation. I have my fingers crossed for The Thinking Cup, a wonderful bakery and caffeinated cave on upper Hanover.Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I also harbor hope Dunkin’ will return to Commercial Street. After all, the Massachusetts-born chain is rebranding itself and wanting to expand coast to coast. Why not lock down our corner of the East Coast with a Dunkin’ snug by the Boston Harbor. Where could the store go? Hmmm. How about Battery Wharf?Yes, how about Dunkin’ taking over the space currently occupied by Café Amalfi. Café, huh? Café Amalfi, which serves Illy (sic) Italian espressos and assorted drinks, continues to fly under the radar among North End coffee shops even though it occupies a prominent spot on Commercial Street.Each time I walk by, there aren’t many customers. Another weakness is the Illy formula. These Italian beans produce a bitter brew. I ordered a caffe mocha after Amalfi first opened and the drink was so dense and bitter, I could barely see straight. I never went back. Also, the available foodstuffs fall into the spindly supermodel pastry category. Indeed, the whole place is spare in a stylish European kind of way. This impression does little to woo the American coffee hound who can happily stomach Starbucks’ Euro-pretension because it comes blended with pumpkin spice, trendy tech touches and frappuccinos laden with whipped cream. Also, the Hanover Street coffee shops – notably Caffe Victoria – serve enough Italian espresso to keep us awake for days. Café Amalfi is nice, but unnecessary.A Dunkin’ at the entrance of Battery Wharf would be far enough away from Starbucks to carve out its own turf. It would not scare anyone away but lure more neighbors, notably those who live north of Hanover Street. The brand is familiar, friendly. And it’s one of Massachusetts’ coolest exports. The hotel at Battery Wharf, having gone through a couple of ownership upheavals in its short history, could benefit from the stable association.I realize the overthrow of Amalfi and the coming of Dunkin’ back to the neighborhood is a bit of a stretch. Call me a crazy coffee dreamer. I would simply love to be part of a morning pack again.Monica Collins is a writer who lives on the Waterfront with her husband, Ben Alper, and dog, Dexter.last_img read more

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first_imgThings to know for FridayToday is Friday, December 7 and here’s what you need to know for this weekend…Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese was a surprise military strike against the United States naval base on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II. Over the next seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.6:00PM Tintoretto and Vince. Exploring the Late Italian Renaissance. The 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594), one of the most formidable painters of Renaissance Italy, is the occasion of great celebrations in Europe and America. Join I AM Books at 189 North Street for a conversation with Matteo Casini (Suffolk University) and Lorenzo Buonanno (University of Massachusetts, Boston).*Advertisement* Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Saturday, December 83:00PM NEMPAC & CWT Present “A Christmas Carol”. The North End Music & Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Charlestown Working Theater present a youth holiday musical production of A Christmas Carol at 442 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, see additional details here.6:00PM Literary Reading and Open Mic – Italian American Writer’s Association. The Italian American Writer’s Association is hosting a literary reading and open mic night at 189 North Street.Sunday, December 911:30AM Community Holiday Choir at Boston Public Market. Stop by the Boston Public Market for the NEMPAC community holiday choir.12:00PM Kids Christmas Program at Saint Agrippina Society. The Saint Agrippina Society will host its annual Christmas Program for North End kids (only), see additional details here.1:00PM 47th Annual North End Christmas Parade. The 47th Annual North End Christmas Parade is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives by helicopter at North End Park (Puopolo Field), see additional details here. 3:00PM NEMPAC & CWT Present “A Christmas Carol”. The North End Music & Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Charlestown Working Theater present a youth holiday musical production of A Christmas Carol at 442 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, see additional details here.5:00PM Choir Concert at Old North Church. Bring your friends to the Old North Church for an evening of magnificent choral music of the season. Suggested donation, $10 per person.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Currently Notable News:A People’s Guide for the People’s HarborThe Conservation Law Foundation has put together a new guide to help the public understand and advocate for their rights on the Boston Harbor Waterfront, check out the guide on CLF.org.Shine Bright: Currently Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

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The North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council N

first_imgThe North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) covered various issues, including proposed sea planes and park improvements, as part of its monthly reports at the May 2019 meeting. Follow along with this video timeline and summary. (16:30) Resident Parking update by Jody Faller. The committee is following news from the Boston City Council that it is considering a new fee on resident parking permits.   (06:20) Carmine Guarino, Chair of the NEWNC Greenway Committee, shared upcoming events taking place on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway this Spring. See rosekennedygreenway.org for more information. The open market and farmers markets are now up and running. City Winery at Dewey Square and the Trillian beer garden at Rowes Wharf will open this week for the season. Plans are to use a Cessna Caravan, a nine-seat aircraft, for Boston-New York flights.(TAILWIND AIR SERVICE LLC) (05:00) Recognition of Michael Bonetti from Councilor Lydia Edwards office and Luigi Natale from Senator Joe Boncore’s office. (00:00 in video) Maria Lanza, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, discussed Mayor Walsh’s recently proposed budget and the specific investment initiatives dedicated to the North End. {See this post: Mayor’s Column: How We’re Investing in the North End] Highlighted projects include a $12.2 million for the renovation of Langone Park and Puopolo Playground starting this Summer, $3 million for the design phase of a new community center at the Mirabella bathhouse site, $1.5 million to study the physical condition of the North End Branch Public Library on Parmenter Street in anticipation of a renovation, $1.0 million to improve the tot lot at Christopher Columbus Park and $200 thousand to study ways to improve Cutillo Park on Morton Street. (07:50) Sea planes in Boston Harbor – As part of the Harborfront Alliance, NEWNC’s Ashley Leo and Tania Green attended a meeting on the operation of sea planes in the inner harbor. Cape Air airline has been doing test runs landing and taking off from the waterways between the Seaport and Logan Airport. The airline plans to offer multiple daily flights to New York’s East River at an estimated price point of $400 one way. Concerns raised at the meeting included the disruption of harbor sailing and ferry traffic. Despite assurances by the airline that the planes are running only over water, I asked why the test runs were going over the North End? Docking is expected to be at Pier 4 in the Seaport, although South Boston officials are objecting to the plan. (18:00) Kirsten Hoffman provided an update on the Friends of Cutillo Park. The Friends will be actively involved in supporting the recent funding by the city and state in anticipation of future renovations. A new exhibit featuring Cutillo Park is being featured at the Boston Pop-Up Gallery on the corner of N. Washington and Causeway Streets. All are welcome to join the Friends which meet on the last Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm at the Nazzaro Center.center_img A ribbon cutting is also scheduled for the completion of the Connect Historic Boston bike lane project on May 23rd, 12pm at the Blackstone Block on Union Street. [See the post.] Lanza also noted that the Eliot School’s new building at 585 Commercial Street will open this Fall, dedicated to middle school (6-8th grade) students. *Advertisement* (15:00) North End Yappy Hour is back! RUFF will be hosting at Battery Wharf Hotel’s patio, starting on May 29th, 5:30pm. See the flyer. (05:30) Pat Bova, Chair of the NEWNC Public Safety Committee, provided a report from Boston Police on recent crime incidents. BPD is reporting a 9% drop in crime over last year (18% drop in Part 1 serious crime reports). Last month, there were 5 larcenies and 3 arrests in the North End. Two significant projects are coming to an end including the Prado (Paul Revere Mall)renovation which will officially open on June 4th coincident withthe Mayor’s Coffee Hour. And this Fall, the North Square renovationshould be completed, including the center area where a new public art exhibitwill be installed. View the Community Calendar for thelatest updates on community meetings and local events.last_img read more

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first_imgLearn more at BostonHarborNow.org and follow our coverage of this video series as more episodes are released by searching the tag: Waterfront Wednesdays. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* The two talk about their favorite beaches to visit and share a map of all the public beaches in Boston as well as neighboring towns. Most the beaches are operated by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), who maintain the beaches and train and hire lifeguards. In this five minute vlog, Alice and Jack discuss the beaches of Boston Harbor, now some of the cleanest urban beaches in North America. Thirty or forty years ago, this was not the case. In 1984, The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) was created to clean up the Harbor and the Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant was built. *Advertisement*center_img Watch the full episode in the video above. Watch Boston Harbor Now’s most recent Waterfront Wednesdays episode with Director of Planning Alice Brown and Vice President of Partnerships and Operations Jack Murray to learn more about Boston Harbor’s beaches.last_img read more

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Most of the childrens parents are scavengers in

first_img“Most of the children’s parents are scavengers in Inayawan landfill,” Abella said.MORE STORIESnewsinfoPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionnewsinfoDuterte raises to P5M bounty for killers of Negros copsnewsinfoPCSO chief focuses on keeping corruption out of gamesMORE STORIESnewsinfoPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionnewsinfoDuterte raises to P5M bounty for killers of Negros copsnewsinfoPCSO chief focuses on keeping corruption out of gamesThe EdM takes care of the children the whole day while their mothers are out searching for trash that they could sell.“They need others to take care of them as their parents are out to earn a living,” Abella said.“Social work is not an easy task. There are times when the task is too big to handle. Sometimes I think of retiring but when I see the children, I feel my stress drain away,” the 54-year-old Abella said.She narrates how two of her students have risen to the challenge. One is now a certified public accountant while the other is a licensed teacher.ADVERTISEMENT PCSO chief focuses on keeping corruption out of games MOST READ “Their family is happy. I am happy, too. I become part of what they are now. This is what makes my vocation very fulfilling,” she said.When some of the children refuse to continue their studies because of personal or family reasons, as a second mother, Abella encourages them to continue.“I advise them and their parents that only education can save them from poverty,” she said.Aside from her work at EdM, Abella is also an on-call volunteer at Kadasig Parents Association Inc. (Kapai) in barangay Tisa, Cebu City. She spends every Monday at Kapai. She has offered her technical expertise on the association’s water system project, such as chlorination, water system maintenance and plumbing.The potable water system project was funded by Vereniging Haarlemermeer, through the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi). It was completed in 2005 and turned over to Kapai in 2007.Before the project became a reality, residents had to walk to a nearby artesian well to fetch water.“This is one of the association’s projects that we hope to sustain. From 16, we now have 460 water connections,” she said.Kapai also offers livelihood training to its members, who are mostly mothers. Cleanup drives and tree planting are also regularly conducted.Last year, Kapai partnered with RAFI’s Young Minds Academy (YMA) Season 6 for their Kadasig phase I Tisa project, which turns trash into cement footpaths with Abella as one of the staffmembers who helped conceptualize the project.They produced 290 foot paths. View comments WATCH: The Dowager Countess supercut  Duterte raises to P5M bounty for killers of Negros cops Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Demetrious Johnson looks forward to putting on a show in Manila debut A patient, nurturing, and compassionate nature makes Helen Abella a near-perfect candidate for motherhood. God, however, had other plans for her.Though childless, Abella serves as a second mother to children of the landfill community in barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cebu Daily News makes 2-peat, bags 3 PPI awards PLAY LIST 02:54Cebu Daily News makes 2-peat, bags 3 PPI awards01:39Palace urges victims of Kapa investment scam to file charges01:35Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Paolo Duterte now a member of National Unity Party Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike Abella supervises pre-school activities for 90 children, aged two to five years old, under the Batang Mekong project of Enfants du Mekong (EdM) Philippines in Cebu, a French non-government organization.She teaches them basic mathematics, the alphabet, songs, dances and good moral values.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOBREAK: Suspension of Lotto operations lifted – PaneloNEWSINFODuterte to Cayetanos: ‘Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty niyo?’NEWSINFOIndian family caught taking items from Bali hotel, sparking criticism onlineAbella, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, is the project leader of Batang Mekong.“I see my work as a vocation. A social worker needs to have patience and perseverance,” Abella said, who has been with EdM for seven years now. LATEST STORIES PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Abella believes that social work is all about empowering the less fortunate.Abella and her husband are members of Couples for Christ. She also heads the organization’s “Answering the Cry of the Poor” college scholarship program for the dependents of the less-privileged members.Thankfully, her husband, who works at Cebu City Hall, understands the nature of her job and does not begrudge the time she spends with her charges, even if it means she gets home late often.Her father, a former barangay official, is one of her inspirations. Just like her, he puts people at the center of public service. Likewise with the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India.“I admire Mother Teresa for her social works when she was still alive. If all people were like her, many lives would have been touched and transformed,” she says.She has worked in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental for a scholarship program, and at the Maria Josefa Therapeutic Center, a psycho-social rehabilitation center in barangay Talamban, Cebu City for seven years.“I admire Mother Teresa for her social works when she was still alive. If all people were like her, many lives would have been touched and transformed,” she said.Read Nextlast_img read more

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NAFTA Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administrati

first_imgNAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege The status was posted minutes before he fell to his death.MORE STORIESnewsinfoIndian coffee magnate’s body found by rivernewsinfoFacebook’s big federal fine could just be the beginningnewsinfoEx-Cebu City Mayor Osmena: I just wanted to restore mayor’s office to 2016 stateMORE STORIESnewsinfoIndian coffee magnate’s body found by rivernewsinfoFacebook’s big federal fine could just be the beginningnewsinfoEx-Cebu City Mayor Osmena: I just wanted to restore mayor’s office to 2016 stateA friend of the victim,  24- year-old John Ervin Cabillas, has verified that the account real.Cabillas  told Cebu Daily News he was shocked to learn about the suicide. He said Antigua, who studied in the Talamban campus of the University of San Carlos,  was a “very positive  and jolly” person.They became good friends after being introduced by one of Antigua’s cousins, he said.Meanwhile the family of the suicide victim has requested the police department not to release a copy of  Antigua’s six-page letter to the media because the contents involved personal matters.ADVERTISEMENT The original letter is with the family, who gave  a photocopy to police investigators.The remains of the call center agent were  brought to Rolling Hills Funeral Home in Mandaue City.Read Next ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario A man allegedly committed suicide past midnight after jumping off a building at the Cebu I.T. Park in Cebu City. Charles Xavier Briones/CDNCEBU CITY, Philippines—A call center agent committed suicide shortly after midnight by jumping off a building at the Cebu I.T. Park in Cebu City.Before 25-year-old Ernie Gulle Antigua Jr. leaped to his death, he posted a farewell note in his Facebook status where he described his heartache over a failed romance.ADVERTISEMENT Capital One Data Breach MOST READcenter_img Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Cebu City police chief Garma is next PCSO general manager PLAY LIST 00:47Cebu City police chief Garma is next PCSO general manager03:21Outgoing Mayor Estrada bids Manila farewell in thanksgiving bash03:24Solon wants to summon ‘Bikoy,’ reps of Facebook, YouTube to a probe03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Parents mull lawsuit vs Butuan hospital over daughter’s death Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View comments LATEST STORIES Senior Police Officer 4 Rey Cuyos said that Antigua jumped at 12:12 Saturday morning from the i2 Building.Cuyos  said  footage of a CCTV camera recorded Antigua  going up alone to the 12th floor.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionBefore this, the employee posted a long lament  in his Facebook account. Part of his Facebook status read: “…Gibuwagan ko nia for no reason and I just find out nga naa diay cia lain guy named (Name withheld) of what so ever company … well to all my friends and family thank you for all the support and guidance. I’m sorry if I fail you guys for just a girl (name withheld).”One of the comments posted by Antigua himself on his status read: “I have a letter on my back pocket and whoever gets it pls. share it on Facebook thank you and I love you.”last_img read more

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By CARP Romania It has been almost two whole years

first_imgBy CARP RomaniaIt has been almost two whole years since we started this kind of event on Friday afternoons, part HoodDokHae, part open discussion on different topics concerning the life and reality of the Romanian student and citizen of all ages. We appreciate that our True Parents, through theirs peeches have always tried to guide us and teach us about life’s purpose, value and direction. Our own responsibility is to be true to ourselves and honestly invest our time, our effort, our intelligence and our heart.The topic that we approached last week, on the 21st of October, concerned our attitude in front of conflict. It’s an emotionally sensitive topic and we tried to listen patiently and have empathy towards the different situations from each other’s lives.As well as other frustrating moments in our lives, conflict is a point towards which we are quite ignorant. The problem is not concerning a certain person’s ignorance but a general state that we are in: my ignorance, your ignorance, the normal person’s ignorance, each one of us.“Conflict is a fact of life. Under ordinary circumstances, conflict is neither good nor bad in its self; it is the way people respond to conflict and handle it that determines its outcome. Conflict, like all adversity, is best looked upon as an opportunity for character growth a chance for individuals to call upon and refine their inner resources to challenge themselves to new frontiers of empathy and relationship skills. The ability to resolve conflict is a vital part of a sound and mature character.”So one point of view that appeared at the end of the discussion time is that in order to stop conflict in the right way we have to control or deny the EGO but keep our dignity, our healthy pride. Knowing when to give up in what might end up as a fight and compromising, acknowledging also the opposite opinion is a great sign of maturity and inner-growth.“Unfortunately, many people respond to the presence of conflict by seeking to terminate the situation where they find it. They quit jobs, leave schools, divorce, sever friendships, never go into a certain store again or stop talking to a relative. These avoidance methods bring temporary relief, but in fact, unresolved conflicts inevitably return to haunt the person. They often reappear in a new form or with new people, continuing to surface until resolved.Until the problem is healed on the deepest level of the human heart, it inevitably permeates a person’s interaction with the others. People who have changed cycles of neglect and abuse in their personal histories to become loving, respecting parents to their own children sometimes feel they are literally changing fate, breaking up the bad “karma” of their family line.Conflict needs to be dealt with on the deep, causal emotional level before peace can be well and fully established – whether it is peace between nations, races, societies, communities, students, families or within an individual. The heart of the problem is in the human heart.”This paragraph led us to the second conclusion of the meeting: that conflicts must be solved in the right time and that they must be handled with great care and understanding. People need support to get out of a negative state of emotion and if sometimes a good book or a happy song can do the trick, essentially only love can mend a broken heart.One of our CARP members mentioned a situation that he witnessed when an orphan boy was so much bullied that he almost lost the will to live, isolating himself and pushing other children away, but when some of the social workers invested more heart into supporting him he changed and became the best in his class, learned how to cook and even started to assume more responsibilities for the household.Like at the end of many of our meetings we tried to encourage the participants to see the best in themselves as love for the others starts with love for the self. We hope that both guests and CARP members had a good experience and that they could discover new places in their hearts. Resolving the human conflicts: to forget or to forgive?last_img read more

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first_img Latest From Our Partners Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Lights. Out. The Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament is finally over. It started back on Feb. 12, 2011, when Antonio Silva shocked the world by beating Fedor Emelianenko into a pulp to force a stoppage in the quarterfinals. Earlier in the evening, Sergei Kharitonov knocked out Andrei Arlovski in the first round to advance on the other side of the bracket.Then on June 18, 2011, Alistair Overeem won a bizarre fight against Fabricio Werdum while Josh Barnett ran through Brett Rogers to set up the semifinals. Sadly, “The Reem” was cut from Strikeforce not long after this and headed for the UFC in the winter.All was well, because his replacement, Daniel Cormier, would go on to become the tournament champion.He knocked out “Bigfoot” Silva in the first round of their semifinal contest on Sept. 10, 2011, while Barnett submitted his second straight opponent to lead to their showdown that went down earlier tonight (Sat., May 19, 2012) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.Cormier dominated the fight, showing off his wide range of skills and silencing any and all remaining doubters. Despite his age and relative lack of experience, this man is a beast who can seriously go once the cage door closes. The future holds one last fight under the Strikeforce banner before a move to the Octagon and the greener pastures of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).Allow me to channel Bart Scott while also speaking for everyone when I say — can’t wait.For a detailed breakdown of Cormier’s unanimous decision win over Barnett click here and for complete Strikeforce: “Barnett vs. Cormier” results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here. Apparel Standard Ranked Rashguard Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Latest From MMA Warehouse Good Night Tee Lockdown duffle bag ProMax 440 BJJ GI Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football?center_img Accessories Standard BJJ Gi Daniel Cormier is your Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament champion. King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq More From Top Contenders for Fight of the Year MMAmania.com Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Sale Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? More: Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Gloveslast_img read more

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Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight

first_img Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Gloves Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From Our Partners Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Standard Ranked Rashguard Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson More From Latest From MMA Warehouse Good Night Tee MMA Fightingcenter_img Accessories Apparel Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series ProMax 440 BJJ GI Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Sale More: Standard BJJ Gi King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt It’s UFC 162 fight week, so my colleague Shaun Al-Shatti and I met up at the old roundtable to discuss some of the pertinent topics of the day, including whether a win by Anderson Silva or Chris Weidman makes for a better storyline, whether a Silva superfight will ever happen, how the UFC will handle Frankie Edgar’s road back into title contention, and Dana White’s recent rant about fighter pay.First question …1. Which would be the more compelling storyline in a post-UFC 162 world: Anderson Silva retaining his title or Chris Weidman dethroning the champ?Al-Shatti: I posed a similar question this time a year ago, when a smooth-talking Chael Sonnen was poised to finish what he started at UFC 148. Back then I wrote that a Sonnen victory would be the most compelling storyline by far because it’d blow open the door to the division that’d grown stale and become a pivotal turning point in the UFC. Well, so much for that.Once the Sonnen-era fizzled out before it ever started, and Silva subsequently made Stephan Bonnar look like he’d never trained a day in his life, the narrative for this question shifted in my eyes. Dynasties sell in professional sports. It’s the reason the ’90’s Chicago Bulls and ’00’s New England Patriots were so celebrated, and the reason the 2013 NBA Finals ended with the second-most watched game in NBA history. People tune in to see greatness, even if they’re rooting against it.Silva was 31 years old when he first strapped the UFC middleweight title around his waist. He’s now 38 years old, still clutching that belt in a young man’s game. Not only is his reign of dominance implausible, but the manner in which it’s played out is blatantly absurd. Silva doesn’t just beat world-class athletes, he embarrasses them with such disregard, it often changes the course of his victim’s career. Fedor Emelianenko lost it in his mid-30s. So did B.J. Penn, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and a whole slew of legends from the previous era. But Silva, somehow he just keeps chugging along, tiptoeing towards middle age while performing his bloody ballet on all comers. Who knows? Now that he faces his first true opponent of the new generation, perhaps “The Spider” finally falls at UFC 162. After all, it’s destined to happen sometime. Although after eight years perched atop the throne, it’s certainly hard to doubt the man.Either way, Silva’s otherworldly greatness has transformed into the most fascinating storyline throughout the entire UFC, and I’m not sure there’s even a close second. Chiappetta: I must disagree with Shaun on this one. Silva retaining the title? That’s expected, maybe even a bit routine. Not the way he does it, of course. His methods of finish have mostly been jaw-dropping over the years. But at this point, we expect him to win. Even now, when more people than ever are picking his opponent, if Silva proves those predictions wrong, we’ll slap ourselves and wonder what the hell we were thinking for doubting him.But if Weidman wins? We’re in uncharted territory. And here is where Shaun’s point of view becomes more relevant. Silva has done it so well for so long, we will be in a state of shock whenever he finally loses, no matter who it is to. Weidman beating Silva isn’t exactly Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson, or even Matt Serra over Georges St-Pierre, but it will still take a while for the result to sink in that the most dominant UFC champ we have ever seen has finally lost.And think about what might follow. Dana White said earlier this week that Silva would be granted an immediate rematch. So for the months to follow, we’d spend time wondering if the great “Spider” could reach back and find glory again, or if Weidman just had his number. The Sonnen rematch was huge just because Silva looked vulnerable the first time; what about if he has lost?If Silva wins, well, then it’s the same old, same old, which isn’t bad, but isn’t nearly as interesting when it comes to the dynamics of the division. At least we can continue to entertain the idea of a superfight.2. Speaking of superfights, the talk never seems to really go away, and Dana White stoked the flames in the last few days, saying that Silva could move on to one next if he beats Weidman. Are you buying that?Chiappetta: Not really. The main thing here is that the participants haven’t exactly embraced the idea. Silva wants to fight St-Pierre, but GSP doesn’t want to fight him. And Silva doesn’t seem overly interested in moving up to fight Jon Jones, even though he recently said he’d take the fight if the UFC asked him to. The fact of the matter is that the UFC has had chances to make at least the St-Pierre vs. Silva fight in the past, and they haven’t been able to do so. The idea of the GSP-Silva pairing, after all, dates back to the spring of 2009, when the UFC first entertained the possibility while contemplating a show at Toronto’s massive Rogers Centre. Four years later, both are still champions, and the pairing has never materialized, so it’s hard to believe it will now. Silva-Jones seems the more likely option of the two, even if its chances aren’t so great. Silva is closer in size to Jones than to GSP, and he’s already fought at 205 in the past. But he’s got to be willing, and he’s got to beat Weidman on Saturday. Neither is a given, though I will say that his recent 10-fight extension could be reason to believe he’ll be more receptive to the idea.The UFC, through Dana White, has never shied away from talk about a superfight, but so many things have to line up correctly, and we already know GSP is set to fight in November, so a Silva-GSP fight seems unlikely any time soon. That leaves Silva vs. Bones, and well, when one of the participants sounds uninspired and the other sound unenthused, we probably shouldn’t get our hopes too high.Al-Shatti: Mike hit the nail on the head with this one. For years we’ve been hearing the same thing. So what’s changed? The landscape is no different now than it was when Silva bombarded Montreal with St-Pierre themed interviews at UFC 154. Sure, according to Dana White, Silva ‘called asking for a fight’ following Jon Jones’ systematic destruction of Chael Sonnen. Silva-Weidman was already on the books at that point, so White’s ominous answer was, “(Silva’s) got to get past his first fight, and then I’ll work on that one.” The thing is, after years of empty promises and declarations, accepting anything White says on the subject with little more than a grain of salt is foolish. He is, after all, a promoter above all else. Could Silva wind up fighting either Jones or St-Pierre if he beats Weidman? I guess. But you can only string me along so many times before I just stop falling for it. When I hear a definitive statement straight from the horse’s mouth, I’ll care. But until then it’s all white noise to me.3. Frankie Edgar fought 34 rounds over the course of seven straight title bouts, but owns just one win since 2011. Where does Edgar sit in the featherweight division if he rights his ship and defeats Charles Oliveira on Saturday?Al-Shatti: Right now Frankie Edgar is the No. 3 ranked fighter in the featherweight division, so technically speaking, he’ll probably stay right where he’s at, even with an impressive win. But in a more abstract sense, a win for Edgar on Saturday is invaluable. Fans haven’t seen Edgar’s arms outstretched in victory in almost 21 months. Even with all his close and controversial calls, that’s a lifetime in MMA’s ‘what have you done for me lately’ culture. So just in Edgar’s mind and the collective public conscious, it’ll probably be a welcome reintroduction to the fact that, yes, Edgar is capable of winning in the UFC.But besides that, I actually support the road UFC matchmakers seem to have drawn out for Edgar. Personally I hope the Oliveira match-up isn’t just a one-and-done deal before he gets thrown back to the wolves, but rather, that Edgar is given the Chad Mendes treatment for a few fights to rebuild a full head of steam. Consider it. Mendes exited his loss to Jose Aldo as a decision-prone wrestler stuck in no-man’s land. But three tune-up fights later, he’s a knockout artist riding the largest wave of confidence of his career. After seven straight title fights, six of which went to decision, that kind of medicine sounds right up Edgar’s alley. Feed him a few middle-tier featherweights, let him notch a few finishes and relight his fire, then unleash Edgar back onto the top-10 circuit with a renewed gust of hype at his back. Remember, Edgar is only 31 years old. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.Chiappetta: I mostly agree with Shaun’s proposal of giving Edgar a slower road back to the belt. The “Mendes treatment” that Shaun advocates is fair, only because Edgar has had so many opportunities to fight for belts already. He’s lost three in a row. Even if at least two of them are controversial, he’s had his chances and couldn’t get it done. The only problem with it is when he talks about letting Edgar “rediscover his fire.” For one thing, I’m not sure Edgar ever lost it; for another, if he did, I don’t know if lower-profile bouts are the path to get there. For the past three years, title fights are all Edgar has known. He has been competing for the sport’s biggest prizes. Will a step down feel as important? Will it bring out the best in him? I guess we’ll start to get our answer on Saturday, because Oliveira is a guy he should beat. That said, Shaun is right on the money that the best he can hope for is retaining his same No. 3 ranking, though Edgar has reached the stage of credibility where ranking no longer really matters.4. Dana White recently said he and Lorenzo Fertitta were considering doing away with nightly bonus awards in favor of increasing guaranteed fight purses. Do you like that idea?Chiappetta: I generally like the idea of improved guaranteed money over the possibility of what might come. Yes, the $50,000 (and sometimes higher) nightly bonuses are a great boon to most fighters who win them, but when there’s 22-26 athletes on a given card, your chances of going home with one of those checks isn’t very good. That leaves a lot of fighter struggling, and a few happy ones.Look at it this way, if you took the $200,000 in nightly awards the UFC averages and divide it by, say, 24 fighters that usually populate a card, that could be an extra $8,333 per man. Considering that UFC rookies still make $8,000 purses to start, that extra money would go a long way in helping them train professionally. I don’t necessarily think that’s the way it should be divvied up, but that shows just how impactful a change could be.I would much prefer to see UFC rookies signed to guaranteed three-fight deals so they have some job security, and starting pay go up to about $12,000 per fight. That way they can be guaranteed around $24,000 in a year assuming they fight twice, along with whatever sponsor pay they can scrounge up. This is my idea: You take that $200,000 in bonus money, and you split about $100,000 of it evenly, so over the course of a 12-fight card, each fighter gets a boost of about $4,000. The other $100,000 goes into a bonus pool, and is split by anyone who finishes their fight. If 10 guys finish, they get $10,000 apiece. If two guys finish, they take $50,000 apiece. That way each fighter is guaranteed a little more money but also incentivized to close out his opponent. Beyond that, I think every main-event fighter should share a piece of pay-per-view revenue. When the fight is sold on your name, that seems only fair.Al-Shatti: First of all, I have to say that White’s expletive-filled rant while discussing this proposal was an inspiring slice of promoter speak. His words: “We’re more like Major League Soccer, as far as financials go. You fight three times a year, you make [$50,000 to show and $50,000 to win], you’re making $300,000 a year fighting three times a year.” Just to start, obviously the UFC isn’t breaking the bank like the NBA or NFL. But when White himself invites the NFL comparisons through the media, it’s poor form to backpedal when it doesn’t do him any favors. But that notwithstanding, the numbers he’s throwing out here don’t add up, which makes the comparison to Major League Soccer fall flat on its face. A 50k/50k split isn’t the norm in the UFC. Earning potential that high rests with only a small percentage of non-champions, and even that $300,000 mark assumes a fighter rattled off three straight victories within a calendar year, which rarely happens. It’s also worth noting that the average MLS salary, from the bench warmer to the star, totals around $160,000 a year, which far exceeds the average yearly income for a UFC fighter. Likewise regarding the MLS league minimum ($35,125). But all things aside, if you’re asking whether I support the UFC’s proposed solution, I’d shake my head and point to Mike’s pitch as a good starting point — particularly the introduction of finishing bonuses and guaranteed contracts. Universally incentivizing exciting action is always a good idea, while guaranteed contracts would allow fighters of all levels to treat MMA like the professional sport it is.To explain: say the UFC signs a promising 20-year-old to a three-fight deal starting at 10k/10k. With a contract guaranteeing the kid three fights, he knows for a fact he’ll earn a minimum of $30,000 that year, allowing him to allocate the money as needed. You know, like a real job. If the prospect spends it right, he can drop his other job, pay for living expenses and focus fulltime on fighting for the entire calendar year without worry of financial ruin from an unexpected loss of income. This isn’t the dark ages anymore. If mixed martial arts expects to start coaxing some of the world’s super athletes into its ranks, there needs to be a brighter pitch than, ‘Well maybe you’ll eventually turn into Jon Jones.’ Because frankly, aside from love of the sport, right now there isn’t too much incentive to become an MMA fighter. At best, you’re destroying your body for a middle-class income, and at worst, you’re dooming yourself to a life of hardship and poverty. It’s why I get confused any time I see fans grumbling about how fighters ‘knew what they were getting into.’ Well yes, many of them did. But fighters aren’t monkeys trained to dance for our entertainment. For the most part, they’re individuals living fiscally erratic lives with a slim chance of financial stability. Honestly, the lack of human empathy involved in this discussion is sometimes dizzying. Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Lockdown duffle bag Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gordon Ryan Competition Kitlast_img read more

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Gloves

first_img Gloves Bellator MMA will be holding an eight-man heavyweight Grand Prix, in which the winner will be crowned as the new division champion. This tournament will kick-off in January of the coming year and will feature some of the biggest names of the past and present. This week, the first round of the tournament was announced, and one of the fights that were made is between former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, and a man who has been touted as the greatest of all-time, Fedor Emelianenko. In a recent interview with MMAjunkie Radio, Mir spoke about the opportunity that has been presented to him, and how he looks at a fight of such magnitude. “It’s like being a big game hunter,” Mir said of his fight, which has been tentatively scheduled for April. “I don’t want to go out there and shoot a little quail. You want to take out the biggest and the baddest.”Mir last saw action in March 2016 when he lost to Mark Hunt via first-round knockout. He was later suspended for two years by USADA for failing a drug test. After such a long layoff, the 38-year-old fighter is simply ecstatic to be back in action. “It’s nice to be a fighter again,” Mir said. “A little bit of limbo was the last year-and-a-half, not having a fight scheduled and not being able to participate. I finally get to fight again. It’s something that, when you don’t get to do what you love, it makes it even worse.”The tournament will be kicked-off by a fight between former UFC standouts Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chael Sonnen. It is set to take place at Bellator 192 on January 20th in Inglewood, California. Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender ProMax 440 BJJ GI Top Contenders for Fight of the Year White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ More: Latest From Our Partners King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Apparel Standard Ranked Rashguard Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Lockdown duffle bagcenter_img Good Night Tee Accessories Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Sale Bloody Elbow Standard BJJ Gi Latest From MMA Warehouse Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement More From White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him UFC 240: Fights to make Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sportslast_img read more

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ProMax 440 BJJ GI

first_img ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Lockdown duffle bag Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo MMA Fighting has Bellator 214 results for the Fedor vs. Bader fight card at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., live blogs of the top fights and live Bellator 214 Twitter updates Saturday night.In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko will square off against Ryan Bader in the final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.Aaron Pico will battle Henry Corrales in a key featherweight fight in the co-main event.Check out the Bellator 214 results below.Main card Ryan Bader def. Fedor Emelianenko via first-round KO (0:35) (live blog)Henry Corrales def. Aaron Pico via first-round KO (1:07) (live blog)Jake Hager def. J.W. Kiser via sub (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 2:09) (live blog)Juan Archuleta def. Ricky Bandejas via UD (29-28 x3)Adel Altamimi def. Brandon McMahan via sub (armbar) (R1, 1:16)UndercardThor Skancke def. Jesse Merritt via submission (north-south choke) (R1, 4:26)Jesse Roberts def. A.J. Agazarm by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Weber Almeida def. Odan Chinchilla via first-round TKO (3:04) Art Rivas def. Sean Johnson via first-round TKO (4:30)Jay Jay Wilson def. Tyler Beneke via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 1:31)Ryan Lilley def. James Barnes via first-round head kick KO (1:03)Craig Plaskett def. Ian Butler via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).Desmond Torres def. Steve Ramirez via sub (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 4:21) King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Sale Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Standard BJJ Gi Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career More From Latest From Our Partners Gloves Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Accessories More: Good Night Tee Fedor Emelianenko will face Ryan Bader in the Bellator 214 main event. MMA Fighting ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Apparel Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Latest From MMA Warehouselast_img read more

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WATCH Phil Mickelson just made an ace on Jim Nantzs Pebble Beach

first_imgPhil Mickelson’s U.S. Open prep for Pebble Beach is off to a strong start.On Tuesday Mickelson tweeted a chipping tip from the 10th hole at Pebble Beach, but on Wednesday he was in Jim Nantz’s backyard firing shots at the broadcaster’s replica of the iconic 7th hole at Pebble Beach.And, of course, Mickelson made an ace on camera.“This is what he’s talking about right here,” Nantz said as the ball tracked (with Masters theme music playing in the background). “Here it comes. Here it comes. Here it comes! It’s in the hole! What a way to prep for the United States Open!”Phil Mickelson at Pebble BeachAround The GreenWATCH: Phil Mickelson brags about driving distance, offers latest tip at Pebble Beachlast_img read more

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Two Traffic Collisions One Fatal in SF Mission

first_imgUpdate: The victim of the fatal car crash has been identified as San Francisco resident Stanley Tickens by the Medical Examiner’s Office.Police report a 63-year-old man was killed and a woman in her 40s suffered serious injuries in a car crash on 18th and Guerrero streets Sunday evening. At 4:39 p.m., the man was reportedly driving northbound on Guerrero Street when he crossed the median and collided with traffic coming in the other direction. The driver who had crossed the median was killed, while the woman in the oncoming vehicle was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries including a broken wrist and facial injuries.In a hit-and-run at 7:41 p.m. on Friday, a 21-year-old woman driving a Ford Expedition hit a 57-year-old woman at 23rd and Shotwell Streets, then drove away. The victim suffered a lacerated liver and spleen as well as a broken leg and was transported to the hospital, though police indicate her injuries were non-life-threatening. The vehicle was later located, and the driver was arrested.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0%center_img Tags: guerrero street • traffic • Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Activists Fire Shot Across Bow of Titanic Mess on South Van Ness

first_img“When you get more luxury housing, you get people with a lot more money moving into the neighborhood, which creates a different demand for products,” he said. The project at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. would bring 138 market-rate units and 19 below-market-rate units — fulfilling the city requirement that 12 percent of units on the site be affordable — to the Mission District, as well as six ground-floor retail shops.The complex would raze and replace the McMillan Electrical building and abut a planned 96-unit fully affordable senior complex to be built by the Mission Economic Development Agency — a point of contention at a February community meeting where audience members wanted a merger of the two sites.On Thursday, some 25 people gathered at the project site and vowed to fight the project to its death. Roberto Hernandez, founder of Our Mission No Eviction, said the project was out of place in the Mission District.“It’s a titanic luxury development for the rich people,” he said through a bullhorn.The Lennar project sits in the Latino Cultural District, a rectangle stretching from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street to 22nd Street that the city recognized in May 2014 as a “Latino cultural and commercial district” in San Francisco.The project “doesn’t fit the vision” of the Latino Cultural District, Arguello said. He said barring an outright donation by Lennar, the city should pony up for the land so it could develop fully affordable housing on-site. He pointed to the city’s purchase of 490 South Van Ness Ave. — a site slated for market-rate housing that will now become affordable housing — for $18.5 million as evidence that the city could negotiate for the land.“High-end developments like Lennar do not meet the needs of the Latino Cultural District,” he said. “Lennar does not belong.”Annabelle Bolanos, who lives near the project site, said a market-rate project on the block would displace those currently in the area, like day laborers who spend time on the corner and “houseless folks around here.”“If we allow the Titanic Mess on South Van Ness, the floodgates will have opened and it’ll be hard to stop it,” she said.For its part, Lennar responded to the gentrification charge. A spokesperson wrote in an email that “a full spectrum of housing options” is needed in the Mission District “to prevent rising rents and continued displacement.”“We believe that building a wall around the Mission is the wrong approach to preventing displacement and gentrification,” the spokesperson wrote.He also said the firm had no comment on whether it would sell the land to the city, but that it is planning on proceeding with a “well-thought-out development.” The “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness” is the latest of several monikers for market-rate housing in the neighborhood. The first project to be nicknamed by opponents — the 331-unit “Monster in the Mission” development at 16th and Mission streets — was delayed by a lawsuit last summer and has seen little movement since. The 328-unit “Beast on Bryant” has faced renewed opposition despite a change to the project by its developer that would result in more affordable housing on-site.Another planned development at 2750 19th St. — across from the Bryant Street development — has been dubbed the “Baby Beast” and would replace a furniture shop with a six-story, 60-unit market-rate housing complex. That joins the “Fright on Folsom” — a planned 117-unit project at Folsom and 23rd streets — on a slate of several dozen projects to be opposed by Mission District activists in upcoming months.Not all market-rate developments are on opponents’ chopping blocks, however. For the Bryant Street development, activists who have been opposed from the get-go are pushing for higher levels of affordability on-site but many say they would settle for less than 100 percent affordable.That is not the case for the project on 16th and Mission streets or the Lennar project on South Van Ness Avenue. Because the former sits next to a BART station and the latter is in the cultural district, Arguello and Hernandez are adamant that those two sites become fully affordable housing or no housing at all.“Just like the Monster, all the little actions [help] delay, delay, delay,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we’re here today, because we’re going to delay, delay, delay until we kill it.”Delayed it they have. The Lennar project is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission next Thursday, April 21, but will likely be delayed to June 16, according to a spokesperson for the Planning Department. Dozens of emails written in opposition to the project — as well as a phone call by Supervisor David Campos — were behind the delay, according to Arguello. 0% The next battle over market-rate housing in the Mission District took shape Thursday morning as activists met on the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street to denounce a five-story housing project they have dubbed the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness.”Opponents demanded that its developer — Lennar Multifamily Communities, a subsidiary of the development giant Lennar Corporation — gift the land to the city for fully affordable housing. They also called on the city to delay its consideration of the project.“Today we’re calling on Lennar to gift this site to the city for 100 percent affordable housing,” said Erick Arguello, a member of the merchants association Calle 24 and a principal opponent of the project. Arguello said the market-rate building would fuel gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood. He pointed specifically to higher rents for commercial Mission businesses, saying a new clientele would bring upscale shops to a historically lower-income, culturally Latino district.center_img Tags: development • housing • south van ness avenue Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Displaced by Fire 22nd St Tenants Housing Future Still Uncertain

first_imgGabriel Medina, policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency, another organization that has been helping tenants deal with the fallout of the fire, said Friday afternoon that the city had just that afternoon released the certificates so that tenants could begin using them in their housing applications. He said the agency plans to organize a workshop to help tenants hoping to apply for below-market-rate housing take advantage of that preference. Even among those on Treasure Island, who will be able to stay for another year, uncertainty remains. While their placement is not limited by the Good Samaritan law, it was originally planned to last two years before the city made a deal for its extension. But several tenants contacted by Mission Local were not up to date on the extension. “Next month will be two years, and I don’t know what the lease will be, if they’re going to give us another year,” said Tony Segovia, another displaced tenant. “We’re just waiting to see when the lease comes up in February.”Former 22nd Street tenant Jose Gonzalez, whose son Alessandro had to hop out of the second-story window with the family dog to escape the fire, said he had heard about the extension but hasn’t heard much else.“I was asking around, I am not sure if all other families know,” Gonzalez said. “Because we want to go back to 22nd and Mission, but the owner hasn’t even built yet. He is disappeared.” “I have a full time job and everything, and I don’t qualify for any help, so I’m like one of the worst ones,” said Marcela Cordoba, another displaced tenant living on Treasure Island. “They mentioned that there was going to be housing, that you would have priority. But I don’t qualify for any of that stuff.” On Treasure Island, another factor is the large development scheduled to transform the island which has already slowly begun, making it impossible for the tenants to stay indefinitely.Most pervasive among tenants, their advocates, and the city is a sense that the site of the fire remains completely inactive. “We know of no movement on that site at all, and we’ve gotten no update and no new information on the site,” MEDA’s Medina said. “We get asked all the time; it’s just it’s really discouraging…it’s a difficult time right now for everybody.”A spokesperson for the Planning Department said no permits have been issued for new construction on the site. Five civil suits against the landlord, Hawk Ling Lou, have been filed, but it’s unclear if or how those would affect construction on or a sale of the site. “I don’t know what will happen,” said displaced tenant Araceli Tolama. “The owner will decide, and he… Who knows. We don’t even know.”Mission Local was one of the businesses displaced by the fire. We have since relocated to the MEDA-owned building at 2301 Mission St., Suite 104. 0% Real reporting takes real reporters. Join Mission Local today and support fact-based reporting. We depend on you. Tags: 22nd Street fire • displacement • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img On the two-year anniversary of a fire at 22nd and Mission streets that killed one man and left more than 50 tenants homeless, few have received definitive word on what will happen to them. And for some, the deals that have kept them in temporary housing will expire in the next month or so. A city program that could help them — and has already been approved by the Board of Supervisors — only got under way on Friday.  “Everything here is a limbo, no one knows,” said Yanira Hernandez, one of the tenants who was displaced two years ago. “I do want to go back, but when? No construction has happened… On the contrary, they demolished, instead of building.”The fenced-off site, a pit filled with rainwater, looks like some kind of urban swimming hole. Despite the city’s ongoing efforts to protect tenants from future fires and make accommodations for those who have already been displaced, the path forward is not totally clear for the tenants. More than half of the displaced tenants are housed on Treasure Island, in public housing units that were refurbished with the help of funding through Supervisor David Campos’ office. These tenants have gotten a year’s extension. The remainder either received disaster relief rental subsidies from the city, were placed in housing with landlords renting under the Good Samaritan program, or found their own way to rooms in friends’ houses or apartments on the open market. The future of these tenants has yet to be determined. It’s unclear exactly how many tenants were placed in housing through the Good Samaritan program, which calls on private landlords to offer disaster victims short-term leases at reduced rents. But Good Samaritan placements have a time limit of two years – which, for most tenants housed through that program, will run out in February or March of this year. “It’s really alarming, this upcoming timeline we’re facing, considering that a lot of these are families,” said Peter Papadopoulos, who has been helping a group of nonprofits known collectively as United to Save the Mission develop a plan to help keep the displaced tenants housed.One lifeline was supposed to be a city program that gives residents displaced by disasters like fire a certificate of preference in the below-market-rate housing program. The Board of Supervisors approved those preferences in July 2016. But as of Friday afternoon, not a single tenant had made use of the preference – because the certificates had not been released yet by the city.“The most important block of permanent replacement housing is the affordable housing that comes online through the Mayor’s Office of Housing… That’s a huge way that we’re going to get all of those victims rehoused permanently through the preference,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I am deeply concerned that we help these families continue to remain housed in SF and I’m going to do what’s necessary to help every single one of them.”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Fos

first_imgROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Foster into the England Knights squad.The 20-year-old has been rewarded for a good season with a place in the country’s development side.“It is fully deserved,” Simmons said. “Jamie has been working hard on the areas of his game we have pointed out and has done a lot.“He is known for his goal-kicking, scoring tries and finishing them off in difficult positions, but one thing he isn’t known for is his defence.“That is one thing that worried me at the beginning of the season, but he’s got his head down and it has improved a lot. The call up is just reward for the hard work he has put in.”With Foster coming into the Knights – Jonny Lomax has been omitted meaning a likely call up to the full England side.“People asked me earlier in the year whether Jonny should have been in the England set up for the Exiles game and I said no as I didn’t think rushing him through at that stage – and possibly even at this stage – was the right thing to do.“He is getting better and will continue to get better. I have no doubt he will play in test games and when he does could stay in that side for 10 years.“Steve [McNamara] is taking him up there to give him a taste and it is a reward for a person who is on the rise. He will talk to people in his position and will show him what it is all about.“He hasn’t played a lot at seven – he’s played at centre, wing, full back, all over the place – and is still learning. He is determined and is rigorous in his preparation to play each week.“I think he is a half – at 6 or 7 – but he could make a good job at rep level in a number of positions.”last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced an exclusive fouryear partn

first_imgSAINTS have announced an exclusive four-year partnership with Robinsons Brewery; one of the UK’s oldest family brewers.Robinsons will continue to be the club’s Official Drinks Partner – a position they have held since 2012.The significant deal will see the Stockport Brewer have exclusive ‘pouring rights’ within the 18,000-seater stadium whilst continuing to brew the rugby club’s popular own Saints Gold; a 4% ABV golden ale.Speaking about the partnership, Mike Rush, Saints Chief Executive, said: “We are really pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Robinsons Brewery.“They are a proactive and a much-valued partner whose values closely align to our own.“Since we moved into the stadium we have worked together to bring innovative products and value for money for our fans and customers. The extension of the contract signifies how pleased both parties are with the relationship.“We look forward to enhancing that over the next four years.”Ben Robinson, Director of Sales for Robinsons Brewery, added: “We’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with St. Helens R.F.C.; one of the biggest club sides in the world.“This partnership allows us to continue to grow the presence of our beers and the commitment and significant investment from both parties is a sign of our long-term ambition in the region. We look forward to growing an even greater relationship with the club and their fans over the coming years.”The new deal will also see Robinsons working closely with Halewood Wines & Spirits, the international drinks company behind Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – St. Helens official away kit partner – for the first time.Ben added: “It’s great to see two North West companies coming together to support local sport in the region. Working with Halewood will not only help the club from a sponsorship point of view but it will also allow us to supply a whole new range of exciting products to the passionate fans of the club.”The picture shows Tom Hill (Robinsons Free Trade Area Manager), Tommy Martyn (St.Helens R.F.C. Bar & Cellar Manager), Ben Robinson (Robinsons Director of Sales), Mike Rush (St.Helens R.F.C. Chief Executive), Dave Hutchinson (St.Helens R.F.C. General Manager).last_img read more

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Sheriff Law enforcement investigates 50 school threat cases so far

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The district attorney held another news conference inside the battleship, to talk school safety and how New Hanover and Pender County Schools are dealing with threats.District Attorney Ben David said 10 children are currently being held in custody due to the threats. Sheriff McMahon said 50 cases have been investigated so far. Superintendents Tim Markley and Steven Hill encourage communication between parents and kids and say it’s a partnership between the school, the sheriff’s office and parents.- Advertisement – “We have photo reports because a lot of it- those reports came into us. We passed those on to the sheriff’s department. But that partnership is a three way partnership. Ben talks a lot about a starship- I mean a starfish. And one of the legs of that starfish is the family,” Markley said.“The schools are the center of the community. They’re a direct reflection of their communities. So parents need to get involved. You need to get involved through any of these methods that have been talked about earlier. All these positions worked towards them. We are definitely saying that the resources provided are appreciated. But we need more,” Hill said.New Hanover County schools says parents can be held financially responsible for the cost of first responders when a student communicated false threats against a school.last_img read more

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Bladenboro man charged with breaking into elderly womans home

first_img According to the incident report, a bathroom window was damaged and a cell phone was stolen.Bass is charged with kidnapping, burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held under a $70,000 bond. Adam Bass (Photo: Vinelink) BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — A Bladenboro man is accused of breaking into an 81-year-old woman’s home in the middle of the night and stealing her car.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Adam Brent Bass, 40, broke into a home on Lumberton Road in Whiteville at around 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Leland extends immediate water shortage declaration

first_img The voluntary conservation measures are making a positive impact.Brunswick County’s Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert was first issued on May 28. Leland adopted the alert to make sure there was enough water available for essential needs.County staff will reevaluate the alert in August and will then notify residents of any other conservation measures needed or if the measures are still required.Related Article: Caregiver charged with involuntary manslaughter after Leland man diesResidents with any questions should call their water provider or Brunswick County Public Utilities at (910) 253-2657.For more information residents can check out  www.brunswickcountync.gov. (Photo: MGN / Pixaby) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The town of Leland is urging residents and visitors to continue to use water wisely due to hot weather.According to a press release, the town of Leland has extended its declaration of an immediate water shortage.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two arrested after spate of thefts from vehicles in Delimara

first_imgPolice have said that they made two arrests early yesterday afternoon, in connection with thefts from several vehicles in the area of Delimara and Saint Peter’s Pool.After several days of the investigation, the District Police arrested the two persons during a vehicle search in which they discovered their vehicle contained several stolen items.The Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.Both are expected to be arraigned in court in the coming days.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Sony Drops Ericsson Brand for an Xperia P

first_imgAdvertisement The 4in screen will suit those who find today’s flagships too large. The resolution of 540 x 960 is the same as the HTC One S, and results in extremely sharp text and images – the 275ppi means pixels are only visible if you look very closely.The maximum brightness of 911cd/m2 is very high, virtually searing our retinas before we lowered it. The contrast ratio of 746:1 is good, although black levels could be lower.Sony has made some compromises to keep the Xperia P affordable. It has a slower 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor than the Xperia S, and instead of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 it boats the Mali 400MP, the same graphics hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S III.Benchmark performance was therefore a mix. – Advertisement – A Quadrant score of 1,716 is nowhere near the fastest we’ve tested, but it’s better than other mid-range phones. A SunSpider time of 3,008ms is also around half the speed of the best handsets. On the gaming side, while Grand Theft Auto III and Reckless Racing II played flawlessly, demanding FPS ShadowGun juddered during intensive scenes.Battery life was average, with 50% of the power pack left after our 24hr test.It comes with Android 2.3, rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, although Sony has promised to upgrade all of its Xperia phones by the end of July. Sony’s own software is capable, and much of the crapware has been removed, but it’s not as clean as HTC Sense or as innovative as Samsung’s TouchWiz. Many of the Sony widgets just point to its online stores.The Xperia P has an 8mp camera. Wide shots from it were sharp and colours accurate throughout, if a little lacking in warmth. Issues were minor: close-ups exhibited a little noise, especially in low light, and the lens struggled to retain clarity in bright settings. Still, these won’t stop most users taking perfectly good pictures.All told, the Xperia P is a fine mid-range handset, but its problem is the competition.HTC’s One S costs around the same but is much faster, and we prefer its software, camera and screen. If the current flagship phones are too expensive, the One S would still be our mid-range choice.source:PC PROlast_img read more

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Google announces SOS Alerts coming to Search and Maps to keep you

first_imgAdvertisement Google today announced that it is bringing SOS Alerts in Google Search and Google Maps to help one quickly get up to speed and decide what to do during a crisis.Google will automatically display an SOS Alert at the top of search results when one searches for any crisis or location. The search results will then display useful local information like phone numbers, emergency helplines, websites, and other relevant data. If you are close to an area where a crisis has occurred, you will also automatically receive a notification from Google.In Google Maps, an SOS Alert with an icon pointing the location on the map will be displayed. Tapping on the SOS card will display more information about the crisis and show other relevant information like emergency and helpline numbers. Maps will also provide users with real-time updates on road closures and traffic updates. – Advertisement –  Google says that it has worked closely with government agencies and organisations like the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others.Google’s SOS Alerts will not start showing up for every crisis occurring across the world, but the company does plan on making it available “more broadly over time.”As Google rightfully says in its announcement, it is not a feature the company hopes you ever have to use but if you do, it hopes to do its job well of keeping you and your loved ones safe and informed.Credit: AndroidBeat, GoogleBloglast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 2 OctoberRACING2.10 FontwellOceane 13/8 > 4/53.25 AscotThe Tin Man 100/30 > 5/24.15 HexhamSerenity Now 2/1 > 13/84.25 FontwellSir Mangan 7/2 > 11/44.35 AscotFlying Hammer 13/8 > 11/85.10 AscotThe Cashel Man 6/4 > 11/10ARC NEWS: Treve remains solid following news of the draw this morning.LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship7:45 Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD11/5 Rotherham United 13/10 Burnley 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.30 WorcesterWadswick Court 4/1 > 2/16.05 WindsorForever Yours 9/1 > 5/16.25 RoscommonInitially 11/2 > 7/2BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 10 Julylast_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday 4 June

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Tuesday 4 JuneHORSE RACING2.00 BangorGallahers Cross 8/1 > 4/13.00 BangorOutcrop 8/1 > 9/26.10 LingfieldQuiet Place 11/10 > 4/5LIVE FOOTBALLNO MATCHESSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Berryhill Phone: (713) 527-4943 Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President Rice University president George Rupp was named president of Columbia University, Columbia officials announcedMonday in New York. Rupp, 50, will be Columbia’s 18th president, replacing Michael I. Sovern, who announced last summer he was stepping down from thepost for personal reasons. Rupp announced in November he would leave Rice at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. His decision to leave the university was designed “to allow an immediate search for my successor,” he said atthe time. In response to Columbia’s announcement, Charles Duncan, chairman of Rice’s board of governors, issued a statement saying:”President Rupp’s administration has left an indelible stamp onthe university. The number and the quality of faculty haveincreased. The students, who are applying in increasing numbers, arebetter than ever. Rice has added two major buildings, one for musicand one for bioscience and bioengineering, and both have beennationally recognized for their excellence. These improvements andmany others were achieved during the administration of PresidentRupp.”This momentum built is not going to be lost. The board will continue to work with all members of the university community during the next several months while Rice looks for a new president. The search to find a successor for George Rupp is proceeding smoothly under the direction of [board of governors member] Kent Anderson and the search committee comprised of members of the board of governors, alumni, students, faculty and staff.” Rice Provost Neal Lane praised Rupp’s tenure in office.”George Rupp has, by any measure, been a truly outstandingpresident,” Lane said. “By providing strong intellectual leadership,enhancing the quality of the faculty, staff, students and programs,strengthening interdisciplinary education and research, improvingteaching and research facilities and emphasizing outreach, he hasmade this excellent university even better.”The faculty, staff and students greatly appreciate what President Rupp has done for Rice, and, I know, wish him well in his new challenge.” Columbia’s 238-year-old campus is located in New York City. The school has 2,300 full-time faculty members and 19,900 students. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Protein pulling Learning how proteins fold by pulling them apart

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduProtein pulling: Learning how proteins fold by pulling them apartNew method for assaying folding energy can be applied to any proteinRice University physicists have unveiled an innovative way of finding out how proteins get their shape based on how they unfold when pulled apart. The experimental method could be of widespread use in the field of protein folding science, which has grown dramatically in the past decade, due in part to the discovery that misfolded proteins play a key role in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Rice’s new findings, which were three years in the making, are available online and slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters. The article describes a new method scientists can use to map out exactly how much free energy is required throughout the folding process.“We believe the method can be applied to any protein,” said lead author Ching-Hwa Kiang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy. “Many people are working on this problem, and when we present our work at scientific conferences it often creates a good deal of excitement.”If DNA is the blueprint for life, then proteins are the machines built from those blueprints. All living cells produce proteins by stringing together strands of amino acids based on the sequences of their DNA. Proteins are created in linear chains, like strands of pearls, with each amino acid representing a bead on the strand. However, knowing the order of the amino acids in the strand gives no clue about how a protein functions. That’s because every protein folds into a three-dimensional shape within about one second of being made, and it is this shape that dictates the protein’s function.By studying how much free energy it takes for a protein to fold into its final shape, scientists hope to learn more about how amino acid sequences affect protein function and how folding goes awry, as with some diseases.At the halfway point between it’s folded and unfolded state, a protein is like a rollercoaster balanced at the crest of the highest hill on the track. Like the rollercoaster, the protein requires a certain amount of energy to make it over the hill and wind its course to a final resting place — its folded state. If it lacks the energy to clear the hill, it will slide back into a partially folded or misfolded state.Kiang and graduate student Nolan Harris’s new approach to probing these energy states yields something akin to a map of the rollercoaster’s path. For example, theirs is the only experimental method that can reveal the slope and height of the energy barrier that the protein must overcome.“Other experimental methods give researchers a pretty clear picture of the energy states at the beginning and the end — the two equilibrium states,” Kiang said. “Our approach helps fill in what happens in between, when the system is between folded and unfolded.”Kiang and Harris’s experiments were conducted on one piece of a protein named Titin. The Titin piece, dubbed I27, contains 89 amino acids. Harris suspended thousands of intact, folded I27s in a dilute saline solution and let the solution sit long enough for the proteins to become stuck to the bottom of the sample dish. The needle from an atomic force microscope (AFM) was repeatedly dipped into the solution. The tip of the AFM operates much like a phonograph needle. The AFM needle is on the end of a cantilever arm that bobs up and down over the sample. The tip of the AFM needle is just a few atoms wide. Bobbing down, it randomly grabbed I27s that were pulled into their string-like, unfolded shape as the needle rose.Harris measured the force exerted on the cantilever arm each time an I27 was unfolded. To get the energy maps, he wrote software incorporating a statistical mechanics equation called the “Jarzynski equality.” The equation related the non-equilibrium energy from the unfolding events to the equilibrium profiles along the trajectory from the folded to the unfolded state. Kiang said the software, and the use of the Jarzynski equality, makes the new method unique and useful.“Christopher Jarzynski only discovered this relationship 10 years ago,” Kiang said. “It’s a very powerful technique.”The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The Welch Foundation and the Hamill Foundation.last_img read more

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Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics past climate

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduZealandia should hold answers about tectonics, past climateScientific expedition will explore Tasman Sea for clues about submerged continentHOUSTON — (July 18, 2017) — Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate. Return to article. Long DescriptionIODP Expedition 371 map (Image courtesy IODP)Zealandia is a mass of continental crust about half the size of Australia that surrounds New Zealand. Increasingly detailed seafloor maps have brought Zealandia into focus in recent decades. Unlike other continents, though, more than 90 percent of Zealandia is submerged.“If you go way back, about 100 million years ago, Antarctica, Australia and Zealandia were all one continent,” Dickens said. “Around 85 million years ago, Zealandia split off on its own, and for a time, the seafloor between it and Australia was spreading on either side of an ocean ridge that separated the two.”The relative movements of Zealandia and Australia are due to plate tectonics, the constant movement of interlocking sections of Earth’s surface. There are some 25 tectonic plates that fit like puzzle pieces to form Earth’s crust. Plates are in constant motion. They can crash together to form mountain ranges and slide past one another in earthquake zones. Oceanic plates form on either side of ocean ridges and also can slide beneath lighter, more buoyant continental plates in a process known as subduction. Return to article. Long DescriptionJerry Dickens standing on a map of Zealandia in Rice’s Keith-Wiess Geological Laboratories (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“We’re really looking at the best place in the world to understand how plate subduction initiates,” said expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science at Rice University. “This expedition will answer a lot of lingering questions about Zealandia.”Expedition 371, a cruise sponsored by the National Science Foundation and its international partners in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), will sail from Townsville, Australia, aboard JOIDES Resolution, one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific drill ships. Expedition scientists will join more than 20 scientific crew members in drilling at six Tasman Sea sites at water depths ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 meters. At each site, the crew will drill from 300 to 800 meters into the seafloor to collect cores — complete samples of sediments deposited over millions of years. The cores hold fossil evidence the scientists can use to assemble a detailed record of Zealandia’s past.“Some 50 million years ago a massive shift in plate movement happened in the Pacific Ocean,” said Jamie Allan, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which supports IODP. “It resulted in the diving of the Pacific Plate under New Zealand, the uplift of New Zealand above the waterline and the development of a new arc of volcanoes. This IODP expedition will look at the timing and causes of these changes, as well as related changes in ocean circulation patterns and ultimately Earth’s climate.” FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis JOIDES ResolutionDrilling shipZealandia Jerry Dickens standing on a map of Zealandiacenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy IODP)Expedition 371 will examine a shift that occurred about 50 million years ago in the direction of movement of the enormous Pacific Plate northeast of Zealandia. In its scientific prospectus, the expedition refers to this shift as “the most profound subduction initiation event and global plate-motion change” in the past 80 million years. Prior to the shift, Australia and New Zealand were spreading apart, and after the shift, the area that separated them was under compression for millions of years. Then, in the final stage of the tectonic shift, the Pacific Plate dove beneath Zealandia, forming a new subduction zone. This relieved the compressive forces across the region.“What we want to understand is why and when the various stages from extension to relaxation occurred,” Dickens said. “The cores will help tell us that. They’ll be analyzed for sediment composition, microfossil components, mineral and water chemistry and physical properties.” Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. Return to article. Long DescriptionResearcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. (Photo courtesy IODP)He said the research also could answer many questions about the way Earth’s climate has evolved in the last 60 million years. For example, Zealandia is left out of many climate models, and Dickens said this could be one reason that this region has been among the most difficult parts of Earth to accurately model in greenhouse climates around 50 million years ago.“When the community does climate modeling for the Eocene (Epoch), this is the area that causes consternation, and we’re not sure why,” he said. “It may be because we had continents that were much shallower than we had thought. Or we could have the continents right but at the wrong latitude. Either way, the cores will help us figure that out.”IODP is an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. Scientists apply to participate in IODP expeditions, and participation is open to all scientists from IODP’s member countries. Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, in all shipboard specialties, which include but are not limited to sedimentology, micropaleontology, paleomagnetism, inorganic/organic geochemistry, petrology, petrophysics, microbiology and borehole geophysics. For more information, visit http://iodp.tamu.edu/index.html.-30-VIDEO is available at:https://youtu.be/UnTg17cMuHAHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-JR-lg-1it30b5.jpgCAPTION: JOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-map-lg-16e901e.jpgCAPTION: IODP Expedition 371 map (Image courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-jerry-lg-1n2oris.jpgCAPTION: Gerald Dickens (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-JRpit-lg-2bhk51b.jpgCAPTION: View from the deck of JOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-exp324_0703-lg-296d5jh.jpgCAPTION: Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-exp368_192-sml-xn6qan.jpgCAPTION: Workers drill a core on IODP Expedition 368. (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)More information about JOIDES Resolution, IODP and Expedition 371:http://joidesresolution.org/https://www.iodp.org/http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/tasman_frontier_subduction_climate.htmlhttp://publications.iodp.org/scientific_prospectus/371/www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/5zq55o/science_ama_series_i_am_jerry_dickens_science/Related stories from Rice:Rice’s Jerry Dickens hosts Reddit AMA on Zealandia — March 17, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/03/17/rices-jerry-dickens-hosts-reddit-ama-on-zealandia/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. IODP Expedition 371 map of Zealandialast_img read more

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A dab of water aids carbon capture

first_img Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionAdding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. Illustration by Almaz JalilovNatural gas at the wellhead typically contains between 3 and 7 percent carbon dioxide, but at some locations may contain up to 70 percent. Oil and gas producers traditionally use one of two strategies to sequester carbon dioxide: physically through the use of membranes or solid sorbents like zeolites or porous carbons, or chemically through filtering with liquid amine, a derivative of ammonia.But both these methods have drawbacks. Physical filters have a hard time differentiating between carbon dioxide and methane molecules, which are nearly identical in size (3.3 to 3.8 angstroms) and polarizability (important to bonding characteristics). Chemical approaches have better selectivity but are more expensive and corrosive, and they require a large input of energy and large equipment. Despite their high selectivity, amines capture only 13 percent by weight in carbon dioxide and need superheated steam to recycle the filtration system, Tour said, while the Rice team’s system is capturing more than 200 percent by weight and no thermal source is needed.The new Rice material features the selectivity of amines, much higher uptake of carbon dioxide and no thermal requirements, he said. Coating the pore surfaces with water adds weak chemical absorption and high selectivity while retaining the material’s strong physical adsorption.“This is known as a pressure-swing adsorption system, which is easy to implement due to its small size, and there’s no need for heating since it works with the inherent pressure in the gas well,” Tour said.Water in Gilsonite forms a hydrate within pore microstructures that greatly increases the binding selectivity of carbon dioxide over methane, according to the researchers. While the grains’ micropores, at 23 angstroms, are far larger than the target molecules, the addition of water tightens the pores and decreases the pore volume through which the molecules must travel. The prepared Gilsonite has a surface area of 4,200 square meters per gram, so adding water still leaves plenty of room to capture carbon dioxide, Tour said.Over multiple testing cycles at various pressures and temperatures between freezing and 50 degrees Celsius, degradation of the material was reportedly negligible. The researchers found that about 1 percent weight of the water content was lost during cycling but determined the water content of natural gas itself would likely replace that.Almaz Jalilov, a former postdoctoral researcher at Rice and now an assistant professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, is lead author of the study. Co-authors are Rice graduate student Yilun Li and research scientist Carter Kittrell. Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice.Apache Corp. supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0030-yFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Asphalt-based carbon-capture material advances: http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/12/asphalt-based-carbon-capture-material-advances/Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImage for download: Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: A link to an image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduA dab of water aids carbon captureRice University advances asphalt-based filter to sequester greenhouse gas at wellheadHOUSTON – (Dec. 11, 2017) – Rice University scientists have found a way to make their asphalt-based sorbents better at capturing carbon dioxide from gas wells: Just add water.The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered that treating grains of inexpensive Gilsonite asphalt with water allows the material to adsorb more than two times its weight in the greenhouse gas. The treated asphalt selects carbon dioxide over valuable methane at a ratio of more than 200-to-1.The material performs well at ambient temperatures and under the pressures typically found at wellheads. When the pressure abates, the material releases the carbon dioxide, which can then be stored, sold for other industrial uses or pumped back downhole.The research appears this month in Nature Energy. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1030_ASPHALT-1-WEB-2loex0w.jpgAdding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. (Credit: Almaz Jalilov/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Descriptionlast_img read more

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Georgetown McDonough Student Government Association Launches Research Bites Series

first_img regions: Washington, DC RelatedMcDonough Hosts Annual International FestivalMcDonough School of Business MBAs and faculty gathered in Fisher Colloquium for the school’s annual International Festival. Hosted by the MBA Student Government Association (SGA), the event showcases many of the international cultures represented at Georgetown McDonough. Sam Chen (M ’15), vice president of international students in the MBA SGA,…December 17, 2014In “Featured Home”Georgetown McDonough MBAs Head to Mexico to VolunteerWhile most MBA students enjoyed some rest and relaxation during their fall breaks, a group of six full-time and Evening MBAs from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business traveled south of the border. The students visited the historic city of San Miguel de Allende to volunteer at Centro Infantil…November 14, 2017In “Featured Region”5 Questions with the MBA Admissions Team at UIC Liautaud Graduate School of BusinessIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Alanna O’Connor, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment for the Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business. O’Connor talks about the many new opportunities, programs, and events taking place at…April 22, 2019In “Admissions Tips” Georgetown McDonough Student Government Association Launches Research Bites Series According to McDonough, the MBA SGA serves the student body of Georgetown’s MBA program and is the primary interface between the student body and the faculty and administration. The SGA plans social events and boosts alumni relations, such as Thursday kegs, outings to local sporting events, and fall and spring formals. The SGA is also responsible for major student organization decisions, management of finances, and implementation of new and existing policies or initiatives. You can learn more about the McDonough MBA Student Government Association here. Last Updated Oct 17, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail For those wondering why speaking events don’t serve more food, you aren’t alone. At least, it seems the McDonough School of Business Student Government Association (SGA) picked up the idea, launching the Research Bites “lunch-and-learn” series late last month.The series, running until November 20, and highlights faculty research over five unique events. During each Research Bites session, a different faculty member will give a one-hour presentation about their life in academia and how their research impacts business. Gabe Nelson, MBA ’18, Vice President of curriculum for the SGA, wanted to recruit faculty members who were familiar to the student body. He reached out to professors who taught core classes and had interesting research experiences to drum up interest. Nelson says he hopes the series will “give students valuable insights that can help their careers in tangible ways” and “build faculty-student relationships.”The first Research Bite took place on September 18 and featured Associate Professor of Strategy Chris Rider. He expanded on the effectiveness of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which is the league policy that requires all teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. According to the press release, about 50 students attended the first event. Other faculty members set to participate in the series include:Debora Thompson, Associate Professor of MarketingPaul Almeida, Dean and William R. Berkley ChairJason Schloetzer, Associate Professor of AccountingAllison Koester, Assistant Professor of Accounting About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more

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Former VP Choice Tim Kaine Blames Gun Violence on OSU Knife Attack

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Former VP Choice Tim Kaine Blames ‘Gun Violence’ on OSU Knife Attack Virginia senator later clarifies remarkBy Epoch Newsroom November 30, 2016 Updated: November 30, 2016 Share Share this articlecenter_img Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) arrives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 6, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a U.S. Senator, was lambasted for comments he made following the Ohio State University attack that left 11 people injured.“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community,” he wrote on Facebook.Initially, the campus sent out an alert saying there was an “active shooter” on the campus before details poured in about the attack.On Twitter, Kaine clarified his comment: “Updated reports say attacker used a vehicle & knife. Horrifying & senseless. Relieved the scene is secure & praying for victims’ recovery.”Police say the attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, used his car and a butcher knife to attack people on the OSU campus. He first rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people before getting out and attacking pedestrians until a campus police officer arrived at the scene and fatally shot him.University officials say the officer’s actions likely saved lives, NBC News reported. Related CoverageISIS Claims Responsibility for OSU AttackKaine, a Democrat, was accused of using the attack to push a political platform.“Yes, it was a real tragedy how the attacker drove his gun through a group of people and then got out and started stabbing people with his gun,” wrote one person in response to Kaine’s comment.“It’s scary to think, as misinformed as you are, you could’ve been our VP. Next time you wanna make the second amendment look bad, try doing research first on what actually happened. Now, will you call it ‘knife violence’?” added another. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Whole Foods Recalls ChickenLess Chicken Salad That Actually Contains Tuna

first_img Show Discussion Whole Foods Recalls Chicken-Less ‘Chicken Salad’ That Actually Contains Tuna By Jack Phillips July 3, 2017 Updated: July 4, 2017 US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Whole Foods is now recalling some of its “chicken salad” because it contains no chicken.One of their poultry suppliers mistakenly sent the retailer a shipment of “chicken salad” that contained tuna—not chicken. The Willow Tree Poultry Farm, of Attleboro, Mass., recalled 440 pounds of “buffalo-style chicken salad,” which actually contained tuna.Whole Foods employees found the problem while unpacking the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Specifically, they’re 12.5 oz. individual plastic containers of “buffalo style chicken salad,” the USDA stated.“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the release stated.More details were not released. Customers leave the Whole Foods Market in Boulder, Colorado on May 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) last_img read more

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Warning To North Korea South Korea Tests Missiles in Simulated Attack on

first_img Share Share this article Asia & Pacific South Korean troops fire Hyunmoo Missile into the waters of the East Sea at a military exercise in South Korea Sept. 4, 2017. (Defense Ministry/Yonhap/via REUTERS)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Warning To North Korea: South Korea Tests Missiles in Simulated Attack on Nuclear Site By Matthew Little September 4, 2017 Updated: September 4, 2017 Show Discussion South Korea launched missiles in a live-fire exercise against a simulated North Korean nuclear site. The show of force was meant to warn the rogue nation after its latest nuclear test.A South Korean surface-to-surface missile and a long-range air-to-ground missile took out targets in the Sea of Japan, according to Seoul military sources.The test site was a mock-up of the Punggye-ri nuclear site where North Korea carried out its bomb test.“The training demonstrates the South Korean military’s resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy’s leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people,” Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, the JCS spokesman said according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.South Korean President Moon Jae-in called North Korea’s weekend nuclear bomb test an “absurd strategic mistake” and called for new UN Security Council sanctions to “completely isolate” North Korea.North Korea claims the hydrogen bomb it tested is compact enough to fit on a long-range missile. It is the regime’s sixth nuclear test and the first since President Donald Trump came into office. North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the bomb was small enough to be used in an ICBM, also reporting that leader Kim Jong Un watched another H-bomb be loaded into a new ICBM on Sunday.  The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program captured a 6.3 explosion-generated earthquake on Sept. 3, 22 kilometers east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) makes a statement outside the West Wing of the White House in response to North Korea's latest nuclear testing, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford listens, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) makes a statement outside the West Wing of the White House in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear testing, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford listens in on Sept. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)That same day, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the White House that the latest test was the largest carried out by North Korea, and that the United States has many military options for dealing with Kim Jong Un’s provocations.Mattis was joined by Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford has been engaged in a series of high-level meetings in Asia to shore up U.S. alliances and ensure clear communication lines with China to avoid problems amidst the current showdown.Mattis told reporters the president had asked to be briefed on military options available to the United States.“We made it clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea, and Japan from any attack and our commitments among the allies are ironclad,” said Mattis.“Any threat to the United States or its territories, including [the U.S. territory of] Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a training. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the US is capable of causing "total annihilation" in North Korea. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images) A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a training. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the US is capable of causing “total annihilation” in North Korea. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images)Mattis said that the communist despot should take heed of the United Nations Security Council‘s call to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so,” Mattis added.Meanwhile, North Korea’s KCNA said that the United States “will only face the final miserable end” if it persists with a hostile policy towards the DPRK while denying the regimes strategic position.The agency claims the bomb’s explosive power can be adjusted from ten kilotons to hundreds of kilotons and is a multi-functional thermonuclear bomb “with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals.”The head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called the nuclear test is “an extremely regrettable act.”“This new test…is in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA. last_img read more

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Patriots to Stand for National Anthem in Next Sunday Game

first_imgColts lock arms for the national anthem. Fans loudly boo them. pic.twitter.com/NNzmhIRApL— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) September 24, 2017 Share Show Discussion US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   While many players from the New England Patriots kneeled during the national anthem just a week ago, causing widespread backlash from fans, a source has said they will stand together as a team for their next game.According to CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay, a host and screenwriter for the network, an unnamed source told him of the new development. “All Patriot players will stand this Sunday during the National Anthem, a league source told me,” Tanguay said in a Sept. 26 tweet. “If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told the Boston Herald. “I don’t care if you have a ‘But what about’ or a ‘It’s because of,’ that doesn’t matter.”Light was the longtime left tackle and blindside defender for Tom Brady. Knowing what a tight ship the Patriots run, he was shocked that a protest was allowed to take place during the anthem.“Nobody can force anybody to do anything in a situation like that. If he chooses to do it he’s going to do it,” Light said. “But I’m going to tell you this much, with the amount of preparation and attention to detail and all the things that happen in that organization, I’m really surprised that it wasn’t dealt with so it didn’t get to that point.”The move on Sunday was the first time any player on the New England Patriots team had taken part in the trend during the national anthem. The Patriots’ next match will be Sunday’s Week 4 contest against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.At last week’s Sunday game on Sept. 24, over a dozen Patriots players chose to kneel during the anthem before their matchup with the Houston Texans. Those players included Devin McCourty, Brandin Cooks, and Duron Harmon, according to CBS-owned 247Sports.Their taking part in the highly politicized move during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” drew scorn from many in the audience at the Gillette Stadium. Boos could be heard from the crowd and fans could be heard shouting at the players to stand up, 247Sports reported. Members of the New England Patriots kneel during the National Anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sept. 24, 2017. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Players who did not kneel during the game—including Tom Brady, the face of the league—instead interlocked arms with one another while standing.If the Patriots follow through by standing as a group together next Sunday, it will undoubtedly send a message of unity, and possibly win back many incensed fans.Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light said he was ashamed of his team’s protest. Share this article Patriots to Stand for National Anthem in Next Sunday Game By NTD Television September 27, 2017 Updated: September 27, 2017 All Patriot players will stand this Sunday during the National Anthem, a league source told me.— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) September 26, 2017 From NTD.tv Members of the Houston Texans kneel before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Federal Response Getting Puerto Rico Back on Its Feet

first_imgU.S. Marines and Sailors exit a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport to provide aid and hurricane relief in Puerto Rico on Sept. 27, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira/Released) Share this article Two weeks after Hurricane Maria caused an unprecedented level of damage to Puerto Rico, a massive federal response including the deployment of more than 12,000 federal responders has helped stabilize the situation.And while things remain extremely challenging on the ground, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said there’s been a big improvement. Water and food supplies are being distributed to staging areas across Puerto Rico, and almost 60 hospitals are back in operation. The number of people in shelters has also decreased.Search and rescue operations are still ongoing for the center area of the island, which has been difficult to reach. As of Oct. 3, the total death toll from hurricanes Irma and Maria is 34. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet troops as they depart the USS Kearsarge off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, who has been to Puerto Rico three times in person since the hurricanes hit the island, said making roads accessible and providing emergency power are among the top priorities.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Department of Energy to restore power, which was completely wiped out. The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3 to help support Hurricane Maria aid and relief operations. (Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Merian)The Department of Defense has been providing help at hospitals and patient care, including the deployment of the USNS Comfort, which has 1,000 patient beds. And the National Guard has been distributing food, water, and other supplies throughout the island.According to FEMA, more than 65 percent of grocery and big box stores, as well as gas stations, are open again. Ten airports are now operating, allowing commercial air-traffic to resume last week.However, challenges remain, as Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of truck drivers to deliver the goods shipped to the island. Gas and diesel also remain in short supply.“Progress is underway for the residents of Puerto Rico,” said FEMA in a statement. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Glass prepares an injured resident for evacuation from Dominica on Sept. 25, 2017. (Navy photo Seaman Taylor King)“While the catastrophic impact from Hurricanes Irma and Maria led to serious logistical challenges, we’re working closely with our federal partners and Commonwealth officials to continue to sustain lives and restore routine.”Praise From Puerto Rican OfficialsRosselló has praised the federal response to the disaster, saying the cooperation between local and federal authorities has been crucial.“I want to let the people of Puerto Rico and the people on the United States know that you have always responded to us,” Rosselló said during Trump’s visit to the island on Oct. 3.170927-M-CA957-0127 HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (Sept. 27, 2017) U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Charles V. McCole, an officer with the Air Traffic Control Mobile Team of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), waves to local residents during departure from Humacao Hospital after conducting a medical and operational needs assessment as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Sept. 27, 2017. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tojyea G. Matally/Released) An officer with the U.S. Marine Corps waves to local residents during departure from Humacao Hospital after conducting a medical and operational needs assessment as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 27, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Tojyea G. Matally)“I want to personally thank you, Mr. President, because over the course of the past week you have called essentially every day to make sure we have what we need, to make sure that the resources are over here,” Rosselló said.“We will be able to build Puerto Rico stronger than ever before. That is our commitment.”Read MorePuerto Rico Union Allegedly Refuses to Deliver US Aid, On Strike Because of Local LawIn response to the natural disaster, Trump signed a disaster declaration that will have the federal government provide 100 percent funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for 180 days.During his one-day visit together with first lady Melania Trump on Oct. 3, Trump praised local and federal responders for their rescue efforts. Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló speaks to the media during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.(RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)“Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico,” said Trump.Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-P.R.) said that more than 4,000 personnel belonging to the different branches of the military had been deployed before and after the first hurricane, Irma, when it hit on Sept. 6.“They were here before, during, after the first hurricane, and they continued to stay on the island, boots on the ground. During Maria—same thing,” González-Colón said. President Donald Trump waves to local residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he helps hand out supplies at a disaster relief distribution center at Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)González-Colón said that while Puerto Rico is used to experiencing hurricanes, the scale of Maria, which was a category 5, had created an “amount of devastation that is unheard of.”“So this is not solved yet, but for me, it is important to hear the president himself telling me, you’re not alone,” she said during a press briefing in Puerto Rico on Oct. 3. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Share Federal Response Getting Puerto Rico Back on Its Feet By Jasper Fakkert October 4, 2017 Updated: October 4, 2017center_img US News Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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