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Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgComputer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileComputer Warehouse Group Plc is an information and communication technology company in Nigeria offering integrated ICT solutions to commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates through three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and Expert Edge Software. Cloud Services include OpenMall, a platform that aggregates all the stores hosted on an e-commerce platform; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform built to enable small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently. Software services includes software development and deployment, systems integration, software implementation, software support services and software enhancement and customization. Managed services simplify the management of a customer’s computing environment and optimises operations, reduces IT pressure and helps control costs while improving service levels. IT Infrastructure services is the flagship division of Computer Warehouse Group Plc, providing infrastructure and expertise in the supply, installation, integration and support of IT hardware for middleware systems, ATMs and servers and storage platforms. CWG Training offers training support for hardware and software installations. Computer Warehouse Group Plc has partnered with global IT companies the likes of Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Computer Warehouse Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Seminole County launches Deputy Sheriff Sponsorship Program

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSSeminole County Sheriff’s Office Previous articleBack to Nature Food RecallNext articleSay “Boo” to Halloween Hazards Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Interested in becoming a Deputy Sheriff?  Want to get paid while attending the law-enforcement academy? Need a scholarship to pay for tuition and expenses?Read on.The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has announced the launch of their Deputy Sheriff Sponsorship Program.The program will provide scholarships to cover tuition and expenses for successful applicants to attend the full-time law enforcement academy at Seminole State College that will take place from January to June of 2017.Selected applicants will be paid $16.68 dollars an hour for 40 hours per week while attending the academy and beginning orientation with the Sheriff’s Office.They will also be eligible for individual employee benefits. Once the sponsored applicants have completed the Academy, they will be required to pass the State Officer Certification Exam. Applications are due by November 16, 2016.Applicants selected to the program must fulfill all of the requirements of the academy. Those that fail to complete the academy will be required to reimburse the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for all expenses incurred. Once the sponsored applicants have completed the Academy, they will be required to pass the State Officer Certification Exam.Minimum Requirements for the Deputy Sheriff Sponsorship Program:Applicant must be at least 21 years of ageApplicant must be a United States citizenApplicant must have a High School Diploma or GEDApplicant must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s LicenseSelection will be made through a competitive process, with priority given to candidates who have a 4-year degree or military experience (four years on active duty or six years as a reserve).Use this link to RSVP to attend an Informational Session at the SCSO main building located at 100 Bush Boulevard in Sanford on Monday, October 31st at 1 p.m.For additional information visit the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office website.last_img read more

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Not just a place to live: From homelessness to citizenship

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSHomelessnesstheconversation.com Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleChamber hires new Business Development/Membership Director Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Michael Rowe, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, and Charles Barber, Visiting Writer, Wesleyan University.Note: This article first published on theconversation.comTwenty years ago, Jim lived under a highway bridge in New Haven, Connecticut. He was in his 50s and had once been in the Army.After an honorable discharge, he bounced from one job to another, drank too much, became estranged from his family and finally ended up homeless. A New Haven mental health outreach team found him one morning sleeping under the bridge. His neon yellow sneakers stuck out from underneath his blankets.The team tried for months to get Jim to accept psychiatric services. Finally, one day, he relented. The outreach workers quickly helped him get disability benefits, connected him to a psychiatrist and got him a decent apartment.But two weeks later, safe in the apartment, Jim said he wanted to go live under the bridge again. He was more comfortable there, where he knew people and felt like he belonged, he said. In his apartment, he was cut off from everything.As researchers in mental health and criminal justice at Wesleyan and Yale universities, we have been studying homeless populations in New Haven for the past 20 years. At that moment, when Jim said he wanted to leave what we considered the safety of an apartment, the outreach team, which co-author Michael Rowe ran, realized that, while we were capable of physically ending a person’s homelessness, assisting that person in finding a true home was a more complicated challenge.Helping the most marginalized people in society feel comfortable in a new and alien environment, where they were isolated from their peers, required a different approach that went beyond finding them a place to live.The people we worked with needed to see themselves – and be seen as – full members of their neighborhoods and communities. They needed, in other words, to be citizens.Record number of homeless deathsFueled by the opioid crisis, high housing costs and extreme weather, homelessness and its fatal costs are on the rise.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates an increase in the homeless population in 2017 for the first time in seven years, with more than half a million Americans lacking permanent shelter.In addition, in cities across the country, there has been a surge in deaths of homeless individuals. Last year, New Orleans saw a record 60 homeless deaths, a 25 percent rise over two years. Denver saw an estimated increase of 35 percent over 2016, while Rapid City, South Dakota, with a population of only 75,000, saw five deaths of homeless individuals just since December.Complicating matters, about 25 percent of the homeless population is severely mentally ill. Many are deeply distrustful of shelters and the service system, sometimes refusing to engage in services even when their lives are at stake.We believe our research might provide a hopeful answer for the increasing number of homeless Americans whose lives are in jeopardy on the streets of our cities.From outcasts to insidersJim’s story and other similar ones led us on a 20-year quest to create a formal mechanism to enhance a sense of belonging and citizenship among society’s outsiders.Aristotle said that to be a citizen is to participate in the political life of a city. Much later, Alexis de Tocqueville linked citizenship to civic participation.We defined citizenship as the strength of a person’s connection to the “Five Rs” – the rights, responsibilities, roles, and resources that society confers on people through its institutions, as well as one’s relationships to and with friends, neighbors and social networks.Fifteen years ago, we got a small grant and created the Citizens Project in New Haven for people with mental illness and criminal histories, including major felonies. Often, they had histories of homelessness. The six-month program meets twice a week at a soup kitchen.Two graduates of the Citizens Project, second and third from right, in a performance with the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven in 2017. Contributed photo: Mara Lavitt, Author providedThere are four months of classes on the Five Rs of citizenship, covering pragmatic topics such as the capacity to effectively advocate for oneself, public speaking and conflict resolution. A community advocate and peer mentors – people with mental illnesses who are now doing well– teach support and counsel participants, or “students,” as well as provide them with living, breathing proof that people can indeed change.Then students undertake a meaningful project in the community, such as training police cadets how to approach people living on the streets in a non-threatening manner. Graduations are held at City Hall, with family, friends and public officials cheering on.The results?There were statistically significant reductions – 55 percent – in alcohol and drug use among citizenship program participants (as compared to 20 percent reduction in the control group). Additionally, participants’ self-reported indicators of quality of life – such as satisfaction with daily activities and with their employment for those who secured jobs – were significantly higher in the citizenship group than the control groups. We have published the results in peer-reviewed articles and a book, Citizenship and Mental Health.Criminal charges decreased, as they did in the control group, which received “usual” mental health care. Perhaps most important, each class of students became a supportive community in itself. Participants have taken seriously their new role as students, one that many had not embraced before.Over the period in which we have conducted the citizenship project, homelessness overall in New Haven has decreased, likely through many factors, including perhaps our own work.Citizenship approach spreadingInterestingly, however, anxiety and depression increased at various points among our participants. Perhaps the challenge of the intervention had an impact on students. Perhaps also the courage to change brought with it a vulnerability to difficult thoughts and feelings: grief over lost opportunities, lost friends, or lost dreams, even while their quality of life increased.The project has run for years now, graduating hundreds. We’ve received funding from federal and state government. A state-wide social service agency is making their primary focus the enhanced citizenship of its 6,000 clients. Citizenship projects, based on our model, have been launched at a state forensic hospital in Connecticut and internationally in mental health programs in Quebec, Scotland, and soon, Spain and New Zealand.It seems our citizenship program born 20 years ago is now coming of age. The intervention is inexpensive and follows a straightforward manual. The costs of doing nothing are certainly higher.And Jim? He did pretty well for a while, then one day ranted enough about a public official that it had to be reported as a threat. Though completely exonerated, he fired his treatment team and refused all help once again. The Citizens Project had apparently arrived too late to help him.The stakes of full membership in society are indeed high as we undertake this work for people on the margins. But our graduates – as they are recognized at City Hall by the mayor, as they train the police, as they serve on boards of homeless shelters where they once lived – say that seeing themselves as citizens help.And when we see the smiles on our graduates’ faces, or when they talk about their new employment, or when they talk about their joy in getting away from drugs and alcohol, we know that their new-found citizenship helps others, too.last_img read more

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Call for “exemplary punishment” for police hounding of the media

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today condemned the aggressive posture of some police officers, particularly at the federal level, after assaults on journalists on the same day both in the Federal District (Mexico City) and in the state of Sinaloa in the north-west. Around 30 police officers with the Federal Preventative Police (PPP) threatened Rafael Leyva Mexía and Luis Vásquez Vega, photographers respectively on the regional dailies El Diario de Los Mochis and Noroeste in Los Mochis in Sinaloa state on 15 July, after they took shots of a police convoy just after it left the scene of a demonstration.They pointed guns at the journalists whom they accused of being from the “gutter press” before photographing them while heaping insults on them. Other journalists who arrived later where also aggressively questioned and had to take flight. Leyva Mexía and Vásquez Vega both made complaints to the Sinaloa state human rights commission. One of the two photographers told Reporters Without Borders that, in the light of a similar case involving journalists from the regional daily El Debate in May, they might also take the case before the federal justice ministry.In the second case, judicial police travelling in five vehicles intercepted Jacobo Velásquez Gordillo, journalist on the privately-owned national channel TV Azteca and technical staff in the capital at 2am on the same day as they were returning to their studios. They were forced at gunpoint to produce their identify papers. Police then seized their mobile phones and their camera battery on the pretext that they had tried to interfere with an investigation. Police officers rained blows onto Velásquez Gordillo as they tried to force him into the boot of his car. The journalists made a complaint for “abuse of authority” at the special prosecutor’s office responsible for civil servants. The Federal District Human Rights Commission has also made a complaint which it is waiting for the journalists to sign.“This abusive behaviour leaves the press even more vulnerable at a time when it is already exposed to threats from organised crime, particularly in the states like Sinaloa which are in thrall to the drug cartels”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The safety of Mexican journalists is more under threat than ever and this situation can only worsen still further if the authorities decide for reasons of state to close the cases lodged by the victims. There should be exemplary punishment”, the organisation added. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders called on the competent authorities to react forcefully after two cases on the same day in which police officers assaulted journalists, in the capital and in Sinaloa state – in a country where the media is already exposed to the violence of organised crime. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state July 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for “exemplary punishment” for police hounding of the media News Follow the news on Mexico Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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SFR Vacancy Rate Stays Flat While Delinquency Rate Rises Slightly

first_img About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Vacancy rates among single-family rental securitizations remained relatively flat month-over-month despite a general trend of a rising number of lease expirations,  according to data reported by Morningstar Credit Ratings in its June 2015 Single-Family Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar Rated Securitizations released Monday.The Morningstar data found that delinquency rates rose slightly across all transactions even though the number of tenants late on their rent payments remained low. The transaction with the highest number of tenants with delinquent payments (out of the 17 single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations covered in the report) was ARP 2014-SFR1 (American Residential Properties), which increased from 2.3 percent in April to 2.4 percent in May. The vacancy rate on the ARP transaction dropped from 8.0 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May and is way down from its peak of 10.0 percent reached in February.However, whereas the ARP transaction was the only one out of 17 securitizations that reported a delinquency rate of 1 percent of higher in April, the number increased to six out of 17 securitizations with a delinquency rate above the 1 percent level in May.The ARP 2014-SFR 1 and SBY 2014-1 (Silver Bay Realty) reported an elevated number of month-to-month (MTM) leases compared to the other 15 securitizations, according to Morningstar. The ARP and SBY transactions reported 10.8 percent and 7.4 percent of properties with MTM leases in May, respectively (down from 11.0 percent and 8.4 percent in April), but still remained higher than other single-family securitizations, which generally reported MTM shares of lower than 5 percent.”Not surprisingly, these two securitizations report higher retention rates for their MTM leases,” the report said. “MTM tenants are usually subject to a monthly fee, which may encourage MTM tenants to eventually sign full-time leases.”Overall, monthly retention rates remained in the mid-70s to low-80s range, according to Morningstar.”Vacancy rates generally remain low, cash flows remain sufficient to cover bond obligations, and the asset class mostly shows performance in line with its recent history,” Morningstar said in the report.Click here to see the complete Single-Family Rental Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar-Rated Securitizations for June 2015. Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizations 2015-06-29 Brian Honea Subscribe  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizations June 29, 2015 1,279 Views Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Redemption Period Has Benefits For All Parties In a Foreclosure Next: GSEs Combine for Q1 Net Income of $2.4 Billioncenter_img SFR Vacancy Rate Stays Flat While Delinquency Rate Rises Slightly Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / SFR Vacancy Rate Stays Flat While Delinquency Rate Rises Slightly in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Less than 24 hours after approval, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine being packed, will be ready for administering tomorrow: Perna

first_imgAl Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy ALLIE YANG, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Less than 24 hours after Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the FDA, Operation Warp Speed’s chief operating officer Gen. Gus Perna said the second vaccine to be approved in the U.S. is being packed and loaded and will be ready to be administered to patients Sunday.Perna said Saturday that amid snowstorms and the holiday shipping rush, 2.9 million doses of the previously-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered over the last week across the country, to every state.He expects in the coming week, with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines going out for distribution, there will be 7.9 million doses delivered across 3,700-plus locations, including hospitals, doctor offices and pharmacies.In addition to private companies like Pfizer, Moderna, FedEx and UPS, the OWS collaboration includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the Department of Defense.Perna says he feels “confident” about their goal of processing 20 million vaccines by the end of December and finishing distribution across the U.S. by the first week of January.Perna also addressed allegations that vaccine doses were cut, explaining he took complete personal responsibility in approving a larger number of vaccines that were actually releasable, in part because of the FDA’s rigorous checks for safety, as well as a non-stop production line from manufacturing to processing to distribution.He said he has spoken to governors from several states to personally apologize for the error.“At the end of the day, this is all about enabling the governors and the states to ensure that their people receive the vaccine in a fair and equitable process — and that when they receive it, they can have confidence that the vaccine is safe and ready to be administered in their arms,” Perna said.On Friday, a board of independent advisers overwhelmingly voted to recommend the Moderna vaccine for people over the age of 18. Shortly after, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine, triggering the shipping of 5.9 million doses.The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are similar in several ways, including using messenger RNA technology, and both have been shown to be more than 94% effective in protecting against COVID-19 across race, gender and underlying medical conditions.Side effects for both vaccines have been shown to be mild and temporary, including symptoms of pain at the injection site, headache, fever, fatigue, chills and muscle and joint pain.The two vaccines have subtle differences, but it will be ultimately unlikely Americans will be able to choose which shot they get as it will depend on which is available in their area.The two differ in part because Moderna’s vaccine can be kept in a conventional freezer at minus 4 degrees, while Pfizer’s requires a special freezer to maintain a minus 94 degree environment.While they both have two-dose timelines, Moderna’s is slightly longer at a 28-day schedule between shots, and Pfizer’s is 21 days.The companies’ vaccines are also authorized for slightly different age groups. Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized for people 16 years old and up, while Moderna’s authorization request includes people 18 and older.A third vaccine also is on the horizon. Johnson & Johnson was expected by early January to know whether its vaccine was effective. If that vaccine comes online as well, that “will help us accelerate even faster coverage of that population,” Moncef Slaoui, Trump’s top science adviser in the vaccine effort, told CNBC.ABC News’ Erin Schumaker contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Weber State Football Moves Up In Rankings; Landon Stice Named Conference Player of the Week

first_img Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/Eastern Washington/Landon Stice/Montana/Northern Colorado Bears/South Dakota/STATS FCS/UC Davis/Weber State Football September 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Moves Up In Rankings; Landon Stice Named Conference Player of the Week FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State football moved up in the FCS national rankings.They were voted as the #7 team in the land in the STATS FCS poll and are ranked eighth in the AFCA Coaches Poll.The Wildcats, after a 27-10 rout of South Dakota, posted eight sacks and three turnovers in the win over the Coyotes.Weber State is one of four teams representing the Big Sky Conference to be ranked. Additionally, Eastern Washington is ranked sixth, Montana is #19 in the land in the polls and UC Davis checks in at #21 this week.The Wildcats return to the gridiron Saturday at Stewart Stadium as they host the Northern Colorado Bears of Greeley, Colo. at 6:00 p.m.Also, Wildcats senior linebacker Landon Stice, a Stansbury High School product out of Stansbury Park, Utah, won Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week honors for his contributions in Saturday’s win.Stice returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown, posted six tackles, recorded half a sack, half a tackle for a loss, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the Wildcats’ win.Stice is also tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference with two interceptions on the  young season and is sixth in the conference in tackles, averaging 8.3 stops per game. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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“Unacceptable” hygiene threatens college halls

first_imgThe colleges are inspected regularly by Oxford Council Health Officers, usually every 12-18 months.Not all college kitchens came in for criticism however, with Lincoln College receiving a glowing report from Health inspectors.It was described in the report as having “excellent premises,” with a “beautiful traditional kitchen which has kept up all the original elements i.e. large fireplace, wooden beams and floors.”It also reserved notable commendation for the “tight ship” run Head Chef, Jim Murden, who has been working in the kitchen for more than 35 years.Merton also passed with flying colours and was described as “very well run” with kitchen and equipment in “very good order” and high standards of cleaning evident. Corpus Christi was also described as “a good example overall.”Officials at colleges with less glowing reports responded to the revelations, with many stressing they were working to ensure the highest possible Healthy and Safety standards.Many Balliol students remained completely unaware however of the conditions in which their food was cooked.“I like the food we get a lot,” said student Isabel Thompson. “It always looks clean and safe and there’s no nails in the soup or anything, so I’m a fan.”At Mansfield, the Food and Beverage Manager Lynn Partridge said that the college had endeavoured to improve their facilities since the report into conditions.“The inspection brought to light several structural problems which have now been rectified,” she said.“We have since be re-inspected and the Environmental Health Officer was completely satisfied.”Despite these developments however, not all students at the college seemingly satisfied with the food on offer.Melvin Chen, a second-year Economics and Management student at the college, said, “The food really is awful – I usually eat at the Business School instead. “I had lunch there the other day and it really was terrible, so I feel justified in saying that.”Another student, Beatrice Male said the food was remarkably expensive for what was on offer.“The food is quite expensive, there is a two for one mark-up on everything,” she said. “You can’t even get a packet of mini-hobnobs for less than £1.”New College JCR’s Food, Housing and Amenities Officer, Steve McGlinn, said he was very surprised by the safety breaches identified at his college.He particularly pointed out that a survey last term found that members of the JCR rated food quality and service at 4.2 out of 5.“Certainly, over the last year, we’ve seen a marked improvement in the food,” he said.“Bringing in a new Head Chef has particularly made a difference. I know from working there that H&S is taken seriously, and so I, for one, am generally happy with how things operate.“Over the past year, there’s been some repainting too, which is all the better.”Balliol and Worcester, the colleges with highest number of contraventions, both have low food costs relative to other colleges. However, many students are paying more for the products of some of the catering facilities with the most infringements. Mansfield, for example, had 6 breaches of legislation, and yet the average lunch in Mansfield hall is over 70% more expensive than Balliol and a third more expensive than the college average.At Pembroke and New College, the student buying lunch and dinner from hall every day of term can pay over £1,200. In contrast at Christ Church, the cheapest college in terms of food, it can cost as little as £764.Lyn Partridge highlighted that the figures at Mansfield do not take into account different qualities of food. “I’m not aware that we are more expensive than any other college for the basic choice; however, students cannot expect items such as rib eye steak for the same price as sausages.”The price of excellence is not necessarily high for the student however. While eating at Lincoln costs just above average, Corpus and Merton have some of the least expensive halls around, with lunches averaging about £2.55 and dinners about £3.20. The appalling state of college kitchens across Oxford University was revealed this week, after a Cherwell investigation uncovered more than 134 breaches of basic hygiene regulations.Inspections carried out in 27 colleges exposed numerous violations of food safety laws, including dust and mould growth, damaged cooking equipment and “ingrained dirt.”It unmasked a shocking picture for students, many of whom pay hundreds of pounds a year for food prepared in kitchens not fully up to Health and Safety standards.The worst offending kitchen was that of Balliol College, after the Environmental Health Officer from Oxford City Council condemned the conditions as “unacceptably dirty.”Meanwhile at Worcester College, staff were forced to work around a collapsed ceiling in the plate wash area, while tiles, shelves, the main catering unit and a dry goods store all desperately required repair.Pest control was also a problem at Mansfield and Pembroke Colleges, with rats ravaging a rear yards full of debris. A mouse was also found feeding off food spilling from wheelie bins at New College, which was also criticsed for dirty work surfaces.The offences were among many later exposed by Cherwell investigators in documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.The biggest number of infringements was at Balliol, where inspectors found 18 breaches of hygiene regulations late last year.In a subsequent letter to the college’s Domestic Bursur, the inspector warned: “I am concerned at the continued decline in the structural fabric of the premises.”Among the violations he highlightered were evidence of dust and mould growth, “unacceptably dirty” doors to fridges, blistering paint and even the floor throughout the kitchen “starting to split and break up.”last_img read more

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Mario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Returns After 17 Months of Sandy Repairs

first_imgMario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 1510 Bay Avenue in Ocean City is back open after a year and half of repairs from Superstorm Sandy.Mario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant on Bay Avenue near 15th Street in Ocean City reopened Thursday (March 27).Superstorm Sandy flooded the popular neighborhood restaurant on Oct. 29, 2012, and the owners have been dealing with insurance claims, repairs and renovations for a year and a half.“Sandy — I don’t like the name any more,” co-owner Guiseppe Cannuscio said on Thursday morning after City of Ocean City and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce leaders helped cut a ceremonial to mark the long-awaited  reopening. “We made it. We didn’t give up.”Bay Avenue in front of the restaurant is detoured for a county road construction project, but local traffic to the restaurant is permitted. Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook __________last_img read more

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IAWS INVESTS in Scottish training academy

first_imgIAWS Foods UK – the company behind Cuisine de France, Delice de France and La Brea Bakery – has reinforced its commitment to the Scottish market by locating its latest baking academy in Bellshill near Glasgow.The facility, which launched last month, has been designed to become a centre of training and development excellence for all IAWS staff, as well as for its foodservice and retail customers. Incorporated into an existing building at IAWS Foods’ premises in Bellshill, the new academy accommodates the full range of baking and bake-off facilities. Specialist instruction covers all IAWS products, including those sold under the Delice de France, Cuisine de France, Hiestand and La Brea Bakery banners. The aim, says IAWS, is to “ensure that everything, from quality French and artisan breads to Viennoiserie, patisserie and desserts, will be baked to perfection every time”. Attendees are guided on everything from storage to presentation of the company’s products, including merchandising and point of sale. It is in the best commercial interests of both IAWS and its customers to have the company’s products prepared and presented in the best possible light, comments IAWS Foods UK MD Stephen Silvester.Tailor-made trainingHe also emphasises that tailor-made training programmes will be available through the academy. These will cover, for example, baking guidelines; new legislation; product preparation, including use of equipment; storage methods; temperature control; and hygiene. The £250,000-plus project at Bellshill has also involved the development of on-site offices, meeting rooms and storage capacity. The expansion programme has led to further recruitment within the sales, operations and baking academy functions. According to Mr Silvester, workforce numbers have risen from 10 to 60 since IAWS established its presence in Bellshill a decade ago. “The academy will help grow the volume of our business and, by implication, more jobs will come with that,” he adds.It was in the mid-1990s that IAWS Foods established its first academy in Britain – in Southall, London – and another was created several years later at IAWS’ Stone premises in Staffordshire. The new facility at Bellshill, which is capable of training up to a dozen people at one time, has incorporated the best features of the other two, according to Mr Silvester. “It was logical for us to open our third academy in Bellshill,” he comments. “Scotland is the fastest-growing region for IAWS Foods UK – our products have been very well received there and the market is growing. We have made a commitment of manpower and money to Scotland, and the academy is part of that.” With a core range of some 800 products, the group also has products that are unique to the Scottish market, he adds.The opening ceremony at Bellshill was performed on November 10 by local MSP Michael McMahon in front of some 150 guests, including existing and prospective customers. However, several dozen people had already undergone training at the academy in the weeks leading up to its official launch. According to Mr Silvester, many thousands have now attended one or other of the company’s academies in the UK. “We get fantastic feedback from the customers, but also from the staff the companies send for training,” he observes. “We try to make it interesting, informative and very practical for them, with a little bit of humour involved too. Whenever we open a new account, we encourage customers to take up what we consider to be this unique proposition.”IAWS Foods UK’s three academies come under the remit of director of food standards Roger Banfield. An academy manager has yet to be appointed at Bellshill, but he or she will be supported by training and category development staff, whose role will include visiting customers’ premises and offering advice on, for example, presentation and merchandising.Irish connectionIAWS Foods UK is part of Dublin-based IAWS Group – a major food and agri-business concern with operations in Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, Canada and the US. Employing over 3,000 people, the group turned over more than e1,400m in the year to July 31, 2005. Food is the largest division within the group and encompasses brands such as Cuisine de France (retail), Delice de France (foodservice) and US-based artisan bread specialist La Brea Bakery. Divisional turnover in the 2004/05 period increased by 22.6% to just short of e900m, with sales in the UK improving by 13%. IAWS has launched La Brea Bakery in the UK over the last year. According to Mr Silvester, consideration is still being given to the possibility of introducing La Brea Bakery production capacity at its Stone facility in Staffordshire.Earlier this year, IAWS acquired the UK business of Swiss company Hiestand, which makes breads confectionary and savouries. These “niche, gourmet products” are proving particularly popular with hotels, notes Mr Silvester.last_img read more

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News story: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia’s visit, March 2018

first_img first joint executive committee on healthcare memorandum of understanding on clean energy United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia announces new deals in entertainment, sport and creative industries UK-Saudi Arabia partnership to boost livelihoods and economic development in poorest countries Foreign Secretary’s remarks alongside Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir the Prime Minister jointly hosts UK-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council inaugural meeting Announcements Find out more: Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia begins a new chapter. Saudi Arabia has also set out Vision 2030, a roadmap to open up the country’s economy over the next 15 years. This will provide opportunities for British businesses in sectors including education, entertainment and healthcare where they have world-class expertise. It also includes plans for Saudi Arabia to become a global investment powerhouse and the Crown Prince’s visit will help explore ways in which Saudi Arabia can build on its investment in the UK in sectors such as infrastructure.British Ambassador Simon Collis talks about the ties between our 2 countriesSaudi Crown Prince VisitMore about the Crown Prince’s visitOverview of the visit Crown Prince concludes his 3-day visit to the UK United Kingdom-Saudi Arabia Joint Communiquécenter_img His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman has visited the UK for the first time since he became Crown Prince in June 2017 and since Saudi Arabia started a major programme of domestic reforms. Saudi Arabia is amongst the largest political, diplomatic and economic power in the Middle East, and the visit ushered in a new era in our bilateral relations with one of our oldest friends in the region.Mohammed bin Salman visits the UKMbs visits the UKThe Crown Prince’s visit built on the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia in November 2017. It will help to enhance our co-operation in tackling international challenges such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria. Introductory information Prime Minister Theresa May looks ahead to the visit Saudi reformer Mohammed Bin Salman deserves our support: Foreign Secretary’s articlelast_img read more

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HBS’s Charles Christenson, 80

first_imgCharles J. “Chuck” Christenson, a specialist in managerial accounting and control, died of natural causes at his Cambridge, Mass., home at the age of 80. At the time of his death, he was the Royal Little Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School (HBS).A member of the active HBS faculty for almost 40 years, Christenson had a distinguished career as an innovator, teacher, and scholar. His research focused on organizations as learning systems, corporate adaptability, and the applications of social sciences to business.“He had a deep intelligence and broad training in the philosophy of science, which encompasses the social, physical, and biological sciences and examines ‘how we know what we know,’” said Baker Foundation Professor Robert S. Kaplan. “Most accounting scholars are familiar with accounting and maybe economics, but Chuck pulled from diverse disciplines to understand management behavior.”He taught the first-year M.B.A. courses in managerial economics and control. He also taught in the Owner/President Management Program for executives and a doctoral seminar on the theory and development of complex systems. He is the author of several books.“Chuck was a brilliant, gifted man, who brought a rigor and ambition to his thinking about the nature of organizations and how you derive truth from theory,” said Regina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration and a former student of Christenson’s.Born on Sept. 25, 1930, in Chicago, Christenson made his first scholarly contribution at the age of only 22. He graduated from Cornell in 1952 and graduated from HBS with high distinction as a Baker Scholar in 1954.A private memorial service will be held in Chicago. Donations in his memory may be sent to Boston Baroque, 68 Leonard Street, Belmont, Mass., 02478.To read the full obituary.last_img read more

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Tix On Sale for Rockettes’ New York Spectacular

first_imgRadio City Rockettes in ‘New York Spectacular'(Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment) View Comments Related Shows NY Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettescenter_img Tickets are now on sale for the Rockettes’ New York Spectacular’s welcome return to Radio City Music Hall! The 75-show engagement will begin performances on June 15. Three-time Emmy winner Mia Michaels has been tapped to direct and choreograph while Douglas Carter Beane will pen the musical love letter to the Big Apple, which is scheduled to run through August 7.The production, which celebrates the magic of New York City, debuted in 2015, where it was headlined by Tony winner Laura Benanti and Derek Hough. Casting for this year’s run will be announced later.New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes celebrates New York City in the summertime centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. The city magically comes to life to show them its many splendid wonders and helps to reunite their family in the end. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016last_img read more

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The number of holders of the quality label “Holiday houses with a story” climbed to 46 houses with a total of 223 beds

first_imgRELATED NEWS: In addition to guaranteeing quality for guests, “Holiday Homes with a Story” has also shown resilience to the crisis situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and thus its sustainability. After a field visit and the implementation of the evaluation procedure according to several criteria, the existing holders of standards, as part of the 3rd certification round, were joined by 12 new holiday homes. Thus, the number of holders of the quality label “Holiday houses with a story” rose to 46 with a total of 223 beds. Top Hill Nest After launching the official website called MyVarazdinHoliday which in one place represents all holders of standards, cataloging and promotional campaigns, primarily on the German market, “Holiday homes with a story” have already become a recognizable brand and synonym for the quality of private accommodation in Varaždin County, point out the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. Thus, by the end of August, 34 facilities with the standard “Holiday houses with a story” realized more than 90% of last year’s overnight stays observed in the same period, and more than 70% of overnight stays were realized by foreign guests.center_img In order to offer the demanding market a better and different experience, the Tourist Board of Varaždin County is developing the project “Holiday houses with a story” whose main goal is to develop quality accommodation in the rural area of ​​Varaždin. / / / HOLIDAY HOMES WITH A STORY – EXCELLENT RURAL ACCOMMODATION BRANDING PROJECT IN VARAŽDIN COUNTY Holiday house Pavličević LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES ARE NOT JUST A CURRENT TREND, BUT THEY WILL BECOME THE FIRST CHOICE. MARRIOTT CONFIRMS THIS AS WELLlast_img read more

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Bowden bounds on

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Specialists chopped

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PREMIUMBPJS Ketenagakerjaan needs government help to pay compensation to laid-off workers

first_imgTopics : Forgot Password ? Indonesia employment compensation laid-off-workers omnibus-bill-on-job-creation BPJS-Ketenagakerjaan premium-income ILO LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) needs financial help from the government to pay for the social security schemes of laid-off workers (JKP), one of workers’ benefits proposed under the omnibus bill on job creation. the agency’s senior executive has said.BPJS Ketenagakerjaan’s strategic planning and information technology director, Sumarjono, said in Jakarta on Monday the agency proposed that workers and employers share the responsibility for paying premiums for the compensation scheme for laid-off workers as stipulated in the proposed bill, which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives.“All social security concepts are based on premium payments. How could we pay the benefits without them?” Sumarjono told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the National Conference on Workers Social Security that was organize… Log in with your social account Google Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

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Rupiah at 1998 crisis level pressures reserves, foreign-denominated debt

first_imgAs of 4:59 p.m. in Jakarta on Friday, the rupiah had weakened more than 15 percent against the US dollar this year. It broke the Rp 16,000 mark during the day, a level unseen since the 1998 crisis. The benchmark stock index, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), has lost a third of its value this year.As of Thursday, a Rp 105.1 trillion capital outflow had been recorded this year as foreign investors dumped Rp 92.8 trillion worth of government bonds and Rp 8.3 trillion in stocks, BI data shows.“Our foreign exchange reserves are more than enough,” Perry said when asked about the impact of the market rout on the central bank’s dollar reserves. At $130.4 billion in February, Indonesia’s dollar reserves represent 7.7 months of imports, well above the 3-month international adequacy standard.Bahana Sekuritas economist Satria Sambijantoro said the potential rebound of the rupiah would depend on the government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The rupiah breached Rp 16,000 against the US dollar on Friday, the weakest since the 1998 crisis, taking its toll on central bank reserves, corporate debt obligations and import-reliant industries as the COVID-19 pandemic prompts an Indonesian asset selloff.Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Friday that the central bank had spent Rp 163 trillion (US$10.1 billion) to buy government bonds in the secondary market to stabilize the rupiah as foreign investors exited the market.“The stabilization efforts that we’ve taken focus on providing a supply of dollars, which we will continue doing through intervention […],” Perry told a teleconferenced press briefing, referring to the central bank’s bond buying and intervention in spot and non-deliverable forward markets. “We think most of the rupiah’s weakness was driven by psychological – not fundamental – factors due to the ‘two-tier pricing’ in the forex market that discourages exporters and bonds investors from holding on to their rupiah-denominated assets, fearing further depreciation,” he wrote.The government has pledged to allocate Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) from the 2020 state budget to stimulate the economy, which may grow at the lowest level in 15 years, just above 4 percent, Finance Minsiter Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said the weakening of the rupiah against the US dollar could also impact state firms’ debts, including flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.“We have been negotiating regarding the airline’s [condition] for more than a month,” Erick said in a teleconferenced press briefing on Friday. Garuda may need to restructure its foreign-denominated debts as it has struggled to pay its obligations as the pandemic hits the travel industry hard, he added.Garuda Indonesia issued US$496.8 million in global sukuk (sharia-compliant financial assets) on June 3, 2015. They are due to mature on June 3 with an annual return of 5.95 percent, according to the company’s financial report released in September of last year.For import-reliant producers, the rupiah depreciation would increase costs in a sector already hit by supply chain shocks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.“If manufacturers want to keep their products competitive in the market, they have to pick a factor of their costs that they can cut, which is their workforce,” said Indef Center of Industry, Trade and Investment researcher Andry Satrio Nugroho.Andry predicted that the factory activity benchmark, the IHS Markit Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), would fall drastically in March. The index managed to climb to expansion for the first time since June at 51.9 in February. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, and one below 50 indicates contraction.“We have to finish the virus problems first, and then industries can catch up, just like what China is doing right now,” said Andry, adding that the recent stimulus should focus on healthcare instead.Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Kadin) vice chairman for industrial affairs Johnny Darmawan said on Thursday that the depreciating rupiah would be a further drag on already sluggish business activities due to social distancing measures taken by consumers and enterprises.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Sunday urged Indonesians to practice social distancing, a public health measure to slow the transmission of an infectious disease by staying 1 meter away from other people in the case of COVID-19. It involves “working from home, studying from home and praying from home”, the President said.“Production has declined because of social distancing measures to slow down the coronavirus. Business has already been lethargic,” said Johnny.Manufacturing industry players have complained about the disruption in the supply of raw materials as measures to contain COVID-19 bind factory production across Indonesia. Between 20 and 50 percent of raw materials for domestic industry are sourced from China, Indonesia’s biggest trade partner.The government previously announced two rounds of stimulus packages including a package worth Rp 22.9 trillion that includes individual and corporate tax breaks. The first package, worth Rp 10.3 trillion and announced on Feb. 25, provides for staple needs and mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related businesses.Indonesia had 369 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 32 deaths as of Friday. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 240,000 people and has claimed at least 10,000 lives. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

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Dani Ceballos aiming for Real Madrid stay after Arsenal loan ends

first_imgDani Ceballos aiming for Real Madrid stay after Arsenal loan ends Advertisement Comment Arsenal are reportedly not planning to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan spell from Real Madrid (Getty Images)‘Now I feel much more a player and I am prepared for any challenge that comes my way.’Ceballos also hit out at suggestions that Gareth Bale should be sold as the Wales international has been linked with a move to Newcastle United.‘It is a league that would be quite good for him, but he is a fundamental player for Madrid,’ said Ceballos.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Let us not forget everything he has given the club. Whoever does not trust him, watch the Champions League final.‘He has given enough to the club.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Dani Ceballos has spent the season on loan at Arsenal (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos has told Real Madrid he wants to challenge for a first-team place following his loan spell at Arsenal.The 23-year-old has spent the campaign on loan with the Gunners and had worked his way back into Mikel Arteta’s plans before the coronavirus outbreak halted the Premier League season.Earlier this week, reports in Spain claimed that Arsenal are not planning to extend Ceballos’ loan for a second season.And Ceballos has now indicated that he wants to convince Zinedine Zidane that he is worthy of a regular role at Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT‘I am happy and I have a contract with Real Madrid,’ Ceballos told Deportes Cuatro.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am 23 years old, I’m not over the hill yet. Advertisementlast_img read more

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IAAF to discipline athletes over results from retested samples

first_imgIAAF Athletics World Championships 2015: The night for African Athletes The IAAF has initiated disciplinary action against 28 athletes after they retested samples from the 2005 and 2007 world championships with new technology that can uncover previously undetectable substances and found 32 adverse doping cases.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday announced that it would be initiating disciplinary action against 28 as-yet unnamed athletes after retesting samples from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.Eastern Europeans, including Russians, make up a large number of the 28, sources familiar with the testing told Reuters on Tuesday.They were not aware of any Americans on the list and the BBC reported there were no British athletes.In a statement posted on the federation’s website, the IAAF states that the results yielded 32 adverse findings and that the 28 athletes could not yet be named due to the legal process.It was also revealed that most of the athletes named have since retired with some already having been sanctioned. Only a few remain active in the sport. The 2005 World Championships were staged in Helsinki, with Osaka, Japan hosting two years later.Officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) would not comment on the cases, saying they would await the conclusion of the testing process.If violations are confirmed, the IAAF said it would correct the record books for the 2005 and 2007 world championships, which were held in Osaka, and re-allocate medals as necessary.Related Kenyan athletes, IAAF dismiss doping allegationscenter_img Athletes banned from changing nationalitieslast_img read more

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Ivan White

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Ivan’s memory include his daughters, Becky (Gene) Stewart, and Robin White, both of Brookville; grandchildren, Lisa (Mike) McCullough, Matt (Kelly) Stewart, Ashley (Isiah) Dozier, Kristin (Alex) Smith, and 11 great grandchildren.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bud White. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mustangers 4-H Horse and Pony Club or the Operation Endowment in care of Franklin County Community Foundation.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ivan White. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.center_img Ivan White of Brookville, was born on November 25, 1920 in Blooming Grove, Indiana, the son of Russell and Hazel Geiling White.  He married June Miller on December 12, 1942 and she preceded him in death on July 19, 2008.  Ivan was a retired businessman and partner with his brother, Stanley “Bud” White in White Livestock.  He was a former member of the Board of Directors at McCullough Hyde Hospital and People’s Trust Company where he also served as chairman.  Ivan retired young and was able to enjoy many activities with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  On July 15, 2016, at the age of 95, he passed away at Brookville Healthcare.last_img read more

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Area Boys And Girls Basketball Scores (12-2)

first_imgArea Boys And Girls Basketball Scores.Friday  (12-2)Boys Scores.South Dearborn  53     Jac-Cen-Del  28East Central  51     Milan  36Oldenburg  55     Edinburgh  39South Decatur  55     North Decatur  54SW Hanover  63     Shawe Memorial  17Connersville  45     Rushville  15Triton Central  63     Waldron  55Eastern Hancock  60     SW Shelby  33Morristown  76     Indy Lutheran  59Girls Scores.Franklin County  60     Shelbyville  43South Ripley  67     Rising Sun  27Milan  59     Seton Catholic  28Hauser  55     Indy Lutheran  35Triton Central  62     Waldron  28Shawe Memorial  52     SW Hanover  32last_img read more

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JE Pistons awards renewed for four IMCA divisions

first_imgIRVINE, Calif. – Nine sets of pistons and more than $9,000 worth of product certificates will be awarded to IMCA drivers racing built engines again this season by JE Pistons.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, as well as national IMCA Late Model and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car champions all receive pistons from the Irvine, Calif., manufacturer.Product certificates valued at $400, $300, $200 and $150, respectively, will be awarded to eligible second through fifth place drivers in regional Modified and Stock Car, and national Late Model and Sprint Car standings.“Everyone at JE is a proud supporter of the IMCA and circle track racing,” said Director of Marketing Sean Crawford. “We’re happy to support the racers and help keep their engines running strong and on the race track.”Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.JE Pistons returned to the IMCA marketing partner ranks last season.“We are in our sixth season overall partnering with JE Pistons and it is a pleasure to work with aftermarket engine parts manufacturers who continue to support IMCA racers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Modified drivers racing a claim engine, and all drivers in the other divisions have a shot at high quality sets of pistons through this program and we hope they support JE at every opportunity.”Information about JE-manufactured pistons and piston kits is available by calling 714 898-9763, on Facebook and at the www.jepistons.com website.last_img read more

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$1,500 is top IMCA Modified check Saturday at Perris

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 21.The 30-lapper awards IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, California State and track points.As well as the increased purse, numerous contingencies have been added to the night:Corona-based Eibach Springs will award a $125 gift certificate to the driver who finishes one position out of the redraw spot in each heat race.  The certificates will allow the holder to get one Eibach platinum (premium) spring or two Eibach standard springs.“Eibach is really excited to be a partner with our favorite local dirt track once again,” Eibach Sales Manager David Cardey said.  “Don Kazarian and crew have done a great job growing the car counts at Perris the past few years so it only makes sense for us to try and help their efforts. We wanted to support some of the teams that may not have a front running budget, so we will be giving out certifi­cates to the first driver not finishing in a redraw spot in each heat race.”Given by heat race sponsors will be $100 of Sunoco Fuel from Lake Mathews Feed & Ranch Supplies; a $100 gift certificate good toward any machine work from Wayne’s Engine Rebuilders; and a $50 gift certificate and a pack of Racing Optics Tear Offs from Racing Plus Inc. (another sponsor has been lined up in the event a fourth heat is held). The highest finishing open motor driver receives a $250 gift certificate from CP Carrillo; if an open motor wins the main event, CP Carrillo will give the winner a set of pistons.The $100 longest tow award is from Racer Radio.Tickets will be available online, by calling 1-800-595-4849 and at the gate.last_img read more

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Matthews’ all-round brilliance handsBarbados victory against Windward Islands

first_img… Bowlers propel T&T to victory over Leeward IslandsBy Michelangelo JacobusDEFENDING champions Barbados made it two wins out of two games with Hayley Matthews once again turning in an impressive performance with bat and ball. Trinidad and Tobago also continued their winning ways as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 tournament continued yesterday.At Guyana National Stadium, Windward Islands won the toss and sent in Barbados to bat, a decision which backfired, as the Bajan batters unleashed a dominant performance to rack up 334-3 before bowling out Windward for 93 to win by 241 runs.Opening the batting Matthews plundered 91 (113 deliveries) before she was caught and bowled by Qiana Joseph, Matthews’ knock included 13 boundaries and a maximum. She was supported by Kycia Knight who made 81 (106 deliveries, (8×4) before being bowled by Pearl Etienne.However, Deandra Dottin and Kyshona Knight destroyed the hapless Windward attack to carry their side to a mammoth total.Dottin was especially harsh in her top score of 94 not out from 50 deliveries which included 15 boundaries and two maximums while King held her end to finish unbeaten on 23 from 19 deliveries (2×4).In response, Windward Islands’ resistance was futile with the Bajan bowlers all putting in valuable contributions; Shamilia Connell was the pick of the bowlers ending with figures of 3-36 (10 overs) with Matthews chipping in with 2-19 (6 overs) while Shanika Bruce and Shakera Selman also took two wickets each.Afy Fletcher was the top scorer for the Windward Islands with 24, before retiring hurt. The next best contribution came from Akeira Peters who made 19.Meanwhile, playing at Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, T&T faced the Leeward Islands. The latter won the toss and took first strike but could manage only a paltry 76 with the T&T bowlers needing just 25.1 overs to skittle them out.Most of the wickets were shared between Leandra Ramdeen and Karishma Ramharack, the former snaring four wickets for just 12 runs off 6.1 overs while Ramharack offered valuable support with figures of 3-23 (7 overs) with Aneesa Mohamed claiming two scalps at 15 runs off five overs.The only batter to reach double figures was Shebani Bhaskar who managed 26 before she was run-out. The next best score came from Saneldo Willet with nine runs.Needing just 77 for victory, T&T’s chase was buoyed by opener Felicia Walters who was unbeaten on 32. However T&T lost four wickets in a mini-collapse with first-game hero Reniece Boyce holding her wicket to see her side home, T&T won by four wickets as they ended with 79-4 off 17 overs.The Windward Islands bowlers shared a wicket apiece with Jenisen Richards being the most economical (1-11-4 overs).last_img read more

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Poe’s Perspective: Being a real fan is worth the heartbreak

first_imgMy parents met at a bar owned by former Kansas State quarterback Lynn Dickey, and my dad popped the question in the nosebleed seats at Arrowhead Stadium. As soon as I was born, I was stuffed into a white-and-red onesie and toted to Chiefs training camp. That’s why, last Saturday afternoon, I didn’t believe that the Chiefs would win. I grew up through year after year of the same old disappointment — a stellar start to the season followed by a dramatic crumble into postseason failure. The possibility that the Chiefs could step up and dominate another  I was stunned, rewinding the moments with my mom in a series of clipped, all-caps texts. Most of my existence is owed to football — the Kansas City Chiefs in particular. And it meant that I had to face a very real, overwhelming possibility — that, with one more win, the Chiefs will play in the Super Bowl. As a pessimistic fan, part of me will expect the loss from the first snap. But the rest of me simply won’t care. The team taking the field in Arrowhead this season is one of the best we’ve seen in Kansas City in awhile and, for once, we feel that we might have the upper hand for awhile — the best tight end in the league and a baby quarterback who’s changing the way the position’s played. Regardless, I’ve lived through two-loss and two-win seasons, and I’ve loved this team long enough to know that things will be okay. The thing I’ve learned since moving to Los Angeles is that not everyone completely understands what it means to be a fan. It makes sense, really, that in a city privileged with the wealth of stars like Kobe Bryant, with a torrid history of NFL teams that came and went only to return a few years later, fandom would be a casual thing. Los Angeles is a tourist city and its fans’ perspectives follow suit, coming and going like fads, following the ebbs and flows of winning and losing seasons. I couldn’t help it. That team had always been inextricably, permanently part of me. Even my first crush was connected — a boy with shaggy blonde hair named Robbie, who I deemed to be the cutest sixth-grader alive. He also happened to be Kevin Harlan’s son. But to me, being a Chiefs fan runs deeper. It means a quiet Sunday afternoon in Kansas City with a bowl of chili balanced on my lap, my dad holding his iPad up inches from his nose to read off stats. It means nonsensical texts from my mom — “Did you see that?” and “PAT!!!” were two of the most recent — that I automatically understand. I’ve never watched the Super Bowl as an actual fan, instead enjoying the annual excuse to eat a ton of pigs-in-a-blanket and, if need be, shout insults at the Patriots. I’m not even sure how I’ll react if that happens. (Cry? Laugh? Name my first son Patrick, after the Chiefs’ quarterback?)center_img Each fall, as the air became less muggy and dense, my mom hoarded McCormick spice packets to prepare for long Sundays of chili cooking in the Crock-Pot and football blaring in the living room. We always muted the ESPN announcers, preferring the talent on our local radio station — the warm astonishment of Kevin Harlan’s, “Oh baby, whatta play!” and the roaring excitement of Mitch Holthus’ cry, “Touchdown, Kan-sas Cit-y!” The Chiefs weren’t especially good when I was little, but they were good enough to make me fall in love — hard. Maybe too hard. Even as a kid, I was an overly loyal fan. When the Bengals beat us one year, I attempted to boycott a dance competition I was supposed to attend in Cincinnati the following month. (I lost that argument very quickly, but remained bitter through all three days of the trip.) Even after the 2006 season, when we lost Trent Green and Tony Gonzalez and only won two games, the Chiefs were my guys. A lot can be said about what it means to be a fan. Yes, fandom makes people do crazy things — paint their chests, stand knee-deep in snow on a Sunday, travel thousands of miles and name their children after strangers. But folks from the Midwest know it’s different. Don’t get me wrong, our teams normally aren’t all that good. We suffer through losing streaks, losing seasons, losing decades. The sports gods giveth and taketh away heartily in the heart of America — just ask anyone from Cleveland if you don’t believe me — and most of us know that all good things with our teams will come to an end. I didn’t get much time to consider that prospect before one of my friends asked the pessimistic counter — what would I do if they lost? — but my answer was immediate. I won’t care. I mean yes, I’ll be crushed, but it won’t be the type of loss that destroys me as a fan. Most importantly, it means that no matter what, each season, my family and I can count on the same game, the same field and jerseys and colors that feel like home no matter the record or year. Win or lose this Sunday, and every Sunday after that, the Chiefs are still that something I can count on. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays.last_img read more

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SALUTE Junior Murvin – Jamaican entertainer

first_imgSALUTE Junior Murvin by Howard CampbellJamaica was not for the faint of heart in 1976. The political turmoil there influenced many a song, one of which was ‘Police and Thieves’ by singer Junior Murvin.In 1977, (40 years ago), the album of the same name was released in the United Kingdom by Island Records. ‘Police and Thieves’, the song, entered the UK national chart the previous year.Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryProduced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Police and Thieves was not only a hit with the UK’s growing West Indian population, but also the punk movement that dominated that country.The song was a massive breakthrough for Murvin who hailed from Portland, a scenic, rural parish in eastern Jamaica. He had been singing since the 1960s for various producers without success. At one stage during the early 1970s, he gave up music due to frustration. But then he hooked up with the eccentric Perry, who was enjoying a golden run with cutting-edge songs like ‘Duppy Conqueror’ and ‘Small Axe’ by The Wailers, ‘War Inna Babylon’ (Max Romeo) and Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’.Wasn’t a political statementAlthough the political scene in Jamaica was bloody because of  conflict between criminal gangs supporting the ruling People’s National Party and Opposition Jamaica Labor Party, Murvin consistently insisted ‘Police and Thieves’ was not a political statement.The song, which caused a riot at the 1977 Notting Hill Carnival in the UK, has endured. It was covered by punk group The Clash for their self-titled debut album that year. Culture Club’s Boy George’s version entered the UK charts in 1998.‘Police and Thieves’ has been used in several movies including Rockers, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Third World Cop.Junior Murvin died in December 2013.For a previous SALUTE, visit the link: SALUTE Hasley Crawford – T&T track and fieldlast_img read more

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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 [email protected] 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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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

center_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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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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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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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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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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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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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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center_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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