Racing Results

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB/IMP 2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #5 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 53.0 6/5 114.00 97.002. #3 NIGHT LIGHT JErwin 52.5 5/1 3 92.003. #4 ROCKDALE AChatrie 52.0 5/1 Neck 298.004. #2 EMPRESS CHEYENNE MWard4 49.0 30/1 81/25. #6 BOSS IZZY DAThomas 53.0 42/1 2Final Time : 1:13.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – WESTERN CLASSIC out of LITTLERICHGIRL byTrainer : WILLIAMS,FITZNAHUM Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (3,5) $338.00 Exacta : (5-3) $502.00Superfecta : (5-3-4-2) $1,902.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 FIFTYONESTORM BebHarvey2 53.0 *3/22. #1 TWO STEPS UP SMuir 53.0 14/1 Head3. #2 FRANKENSTORM RHalledeen 54.0 12/1 Head4. #4 TRADITIONAL STORM AntThomas4 50.0 8/1 3/4Final Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of SHE’S A GEM by MARKET RALLYTrainer : DARBY (SR),ROBERT A Owner : CLIFTON L MCLISHBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSQuinella : (1,7) $692.00 Exacta : (7-1) $861.00D/E : (5-7) $351.00Superfecta : (7-1-2-4) $8,413.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #2 DASH BOARD RLunan 54.0 *1/12. #11 SCAR JInnis3 53.0 3/1 103. #4 SONG BIRD WHenry 51.0 37/1 41/43. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 52.0 24/1 Sh.HeadFinal Time : 1:11.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo filly – DEPUTY’S REPORT out of GRAND PRIX byTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (2,11) $208.00 Exacta : (2-11) $472.00D/E : (7-2) $290.00Superfecta : (2-11-4-7) $3,716.00 (2-11-7-4) $3,304.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-2) $1,206.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #10 WALTZING MATILDA MWard4 48.0 *6/52. #9 JASSUR HPottinger2 52.0 7/2 13/43. #6 BREEZY PParchment 53.0 10/1 51/24. #5 GOFORHOME BebHarvey2 53.0 5/2 Sh.Head5. #4 WISE JOHNNY ASybble 53.0 99/1 31/2Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.0, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of TENSION by SPLINTER REDTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (9,10) $444.00 Exacta : (10-9) $1,001.00D/E : (2-10) $297.00Trifecta : (10-9-6) $2,743.00Hi-5 carry-over : $61,194.25Rolling Triple : (7-2-10) $947.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW41. #6 SCOOP JORDYNE BebHarvey2 53.0 *4/52. #9 DRIPPING IN GOLD AChatrie 53.0 8/1 23. #1 GOLD MEMBER RLahoe 56.0 16/1 11/44. #10 ELVIRA AntThomas4 50.0 7/1 21/2Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : CHARLTON,PAUL A Owner : VEN DEEZLEBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (6,9) $684.00 Exacta : (6-9) $829.00D/E : (10-6) $308.00 (10-4) $93.00Superfecta : (6-9-1-10) $12,092.00Rolling Triple : (2-10-6) $1,636.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #6 RED EAGLE RMcNaughton 53.5 8/12. #8 GENUINE ARTICLE RPaige 54.0 7/1 33. #10 GANJA MAN PParchment 54.0 9/2 23/44. #7 PARTY CITY RLahoe 53.0 27/1 11/45. #11 QUICK CHIC PFrancis 52.0 5/1 13/46. #1 I’MNOTFINE HPottinger2 51.5 8/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of JAMAICAN DREAM by SOUTHERN HALOTrainer : POWELL,MORRIS Y Owner : MORRIS Y POWELLBred by PETER ASHER, RICHARD AZAN & IAN PARSARDQuinella : (6,8) $2,641.00 Exacta : (6-8) $9,662.00D/E : (6-6) $478.00Trifecta : (6-8-10) $6,126.00Hit-6 carry-over : $19,691.75Rolling Triple : (10-4,6,11-6) $2,469.00Race 7 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #3 STRAIGHTFROMUHEART 53.0 6/1 368.00 117.002. #7 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 *3/5 23/4 62.003. #4 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 51.0 15/1 Sh.Head 108.004. #2 PHOTOGENIC PFrancis 52.0 7/1 31/25. #13 LEEKOUT OWalker 54.0 8/5 23/46. #11 HEY CHAMP LSteadman2 53.0 40/1Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b filly – LIQUIDITY out of HEART THROB by SIR LAL BAHADURTrainer : TULLOCH,CONROY D Owner : EWART E BROWNBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $441.00 Exacta : (3-7) $1,661.00D/E : (6-3) $5,479.00 (6-9) $103.00Trifecta : (3-7-4) $4,401.00Hi-5 : (3-7-4-2-13) $56,558.00Rolling Triple : (6-6-3) $29,138.00Super-6 : (7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3) $94,664.20Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #7 SUPER COP JErwin 53.0 22/1 1180.00 356.002. #11 FLYING MACHINE HPottinger2 51.0 99/1 3/4 1207.003. #8 PROUD PRESIDENT BebHarvey2 52.5 5/1 11/4 141.004. #2 MISS MYRTLE RMcNaughton 52.5 6/1 1/25. #9 LUNAR ROCKET RHalledeen 53.0 *1/5 3/4Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of AHWHOFAH by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : WINSTON A KONGBred by WINSTON A. KONGQuinella : (7,11) $10,701.00 Exacta : (7-11) $30,122.00D/E : (3-7) $25,474.00 (3-1) $912.00Trifecta : (7-11-8) $26,203.00Hi-5 carry-over : $29,302.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-7) $122,009.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 15.1. #6 DIRECTOR DALEY JJackson 55.0 3/1 206.002. #5 COSEQUIN DenBrown 54.0 99/1 31/43. #3 SNEAK PEEK OEdwards3 50.0 2/1 Nose4. #8 CODED SECRET AChatrie 52.0 5/15. #1 CAUSE FOR CONCERN OWalker 53.0 13/1Final Time : 1:38.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 3yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR out of THE FLYING BRIDE by EXOTIC TRAVELERTrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : RICHARD P TODDBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (5,6) $75,083.00 Exacta : (6-5) $18,953.00D/E : (7-6) $10,077.00Trifecta : (6-5-3) $27,005.00Hi-5 carry-over : $128,345.75Rolling Triple : (3-7-6) $195,804.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $461,630.00Super-6 : (10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $15,193.60 (5/6) Carry-over : $911,620.12Pick-9 : (5-7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $7,228.00 (7/9) $151.00 (6/9) Carry-over : $1,864,048.20PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $236,310.00last_img read more

Unilateralism in clear disregard for some GECOM Commissioners

first_imgDear Editor,The David Granger-led APNU/AFC coalition is continuing with the dodging manoeuvres, as they try desperately to delay the inevitable and urgent Regional and National Elections. So too, is the inclined Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which seems to be unable to disassociate itself from the sleightful hands and ‘game playing’ influences left by the now removed Chairman, Ret’d Justice James Patterson.Recently, public notices revealed that GECOM Secretariat secretly revised several Registration Divisions around the country. Suddenly appearing in the Guyana Official Gazette are several GECOM Orders under the hands of James Patterson. In particular, Order Number 15 of 2019 dated May 15, 2019; Order Number 24 of 2019 dated June 13, 2019, and Order Number 25 of 2019 dated June 14, 2019, seek to inform of a move by the Commission to sub-divide several long-standing and well-established electoral Divisions. It is of significance that GECOM operated these areas unchanged for decades, and these matters were never discussed in the meetings of the Commission.The grave consequences of such unilateralism in clear disregard for at least some Commissioners, emphasises the sinister and lack of a transparent approach in Patterson’s biased behaviour. The man had been operating as a god unto himself, which is apparent due to the fact that GECOM made these orders well after March 21, 2019, and within the period of the CCJ considerations. It certainly smacks a similar disrespect shown by senior members of the Granger Government and the related or influenced unpardonable sins that the GECOM Secretariat continues to commit.There were simply no consultations with relevant stakeholders in arriving at these decisions. The situation begs the question: what is the legal basis for these orders, particularly, since James Patterson placed them in the Gazette after December 21, 2018, and subsequent dates. It is imperative that all stakeholders in the upcoming General and Regional Elections have a thorough look at all the registration districts, registration areas, registration divisions and registration sub-divisions.A careful look at the boundary maps now printed in the Official Gazette compared to what was there for many years is certainly a revelation and a recipe for serious manipulation of the next elections. For example: in the registration district for Region Four or the Demerara-Mahaica region, East Bank, Registration Division 412212 there were four sub-divisions. Namely, A, B, C and D. Currently, the Official Gazette shows additions of two extra sub-divisions with the additional E, and F totalling six sub-divisions in the Mocha /Arcadia area. In Division 412234 there were five sub-divisions 412234 – A, B, C, D, and E, which is now increased to include sub-division F, based on the publication in the Official Gazette.While these are only two of the numerous changes made around the country, the rippling effects will certainly now create serious questions and deep suspicion of what is taking place at GECOM. The splits are making possibilities of highly questionable gerrymandering. The new developments will lead to the putting together of new lists in all the sub-divisions, in alphabetical order most important is the six-digit number. The lists will have to be reflective of the specific locations and will lead to the difficult task of finding suitable polling places.Further, it follows that for each polling place, GECOM will have to recruit additional polling day staff, which means extensions into additional training of a substantial amount of new staff. It has been reported that one family member of a big one at GECOM has made public statements of looking for polling day places and that the costs in addition to the ‘drawbacks’ would be very high.A careful look at the new sub-divisions is also a matter of serious concern, particularly when one looks at security and the locations. Access to some of these locations is worrying as in some instances, people will need 4×4 vehicles to reach. Others would necessitate the use of regular vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, and to move by foot, boat or by air. In one specific area, stakeholders are questioning the situation of ingress and egress, gates, fence, doors along with emergency exits. Some areas are currently without electricity, phones and other needs and amenities, such as water and toilet and washrooms.The usual squandermania situation at GECOM Secretariat suggests at these specific moves are designed to principally create the framework for the drawbacks, which represents the position, regardless of the numerous audit condemnations. It is all about thievery and profit for the boys and matters not about all of the confusion it creates.While GECOM is involved in all these new arrangements, the No-Confidence Motion certainly must be followed by elections within ninety days and the Secretariat must not make it unnecessarily strenuous on political parties. The requirements must be in keeping with the arrangements that we had in 2011 and 2015, as the gerrymandering situation is some instances is clearly unacceptable.Our columnists have observed the less than good faith approach advanced by President Granger in his submission of eight names for inclusion in the considerations for a new Chairman of GECOM. His meanderings even include removed octogenarian James Patterson, which speaks to the callous candour with which the President wants to treat the intelligence of the Guyanese people. Although he and his cabal are showing that they don’t care at all, it is all the more confirmation of the level of untrustworthiness in this cabal. The people of Guyana must remove this cancer from our presence.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Bad Road Hampers Trade at Loguatuo Port

first_imgA bad road is said to be hampering trade at the Loguatuo port of Entry around the Liberia – Côte d’Ivoire borderThe piece of road linking Karnplay to the port is very deplorable and may certainly collapse if nothing is done urgently.In an interview with the Township Commissioner of Kpateahplay, Mr. H. Womenpea Sandi, told this paper that the present condition of the road is not good. However, he praised the government and its development partners for constructing a major part of the road, which links Sanniquellie and Karnplay.He added that Loguatuo is strategically located and it is one of the busiest rural ports in Liberia where a high percentage of reveue is  collected.Recently, when the Nimba Correspondent visited Loguatuo, it was observed that the entire road had been eroded with some of the bridges in very poor condition.When the UN was repatriating returning Liberians from La Côte d’Ivoire some years ago, The UN High Commission of Refugees rehabilitated the road from Bahn to Loguatuo.The road was also constantly in good condition and maintain by the UNMIL Engineering Battalion, when UNMIL officers were present at the border post.The withdrawal of UNMIL forces from Loguatuo over a year ago has left the road bad, hampering movement.In other developments, the police and immigration barracks project undertaken by the Justice Ministry has almost been completed and is awaiting dedication, Commissioner Sandi has said.The barracks will host the police and BIN security assigned along that bordering town to provide security, since the drawdown of UNMIL has left a security vacuum at the lucrative border port.The Loguatuo Port of entry is located north of Karnplay, also on the border. It is one the leading custom collectorates in Liberia.It is a rural port where plastic goods, agriculture products as well as livestock and cattle enter the country.The collapsing of the road may likely hamper the already fragile Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Be more specific on strategy for green economy – Jagdeo tells Granger

first_imgExpressing his utmost disappointment with the “haphazard approach” being undertaken to transform the country into a green economy, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday demanded that the Government give specific details about its plan to promote sustainable energies and ultimately create an economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels.According to Jagdeo, at every available opportunity, President David Granger talks up his Government’s intention to develop huge wind farms, solar farms and hydropower plants; however, he hardly ventured into pointedly speaking about how he intends to attain those targets.Only recently at the official opening ceremony of GuyExpo 2016, Granger unveiled Government’s intention to adopt a Green Development Strategy (GDS), noting that every Government institution (hospitals and schools) must soon convert to using green energy.Granger also committed to placing another two million hectares of Guyana’s land under conservation in an effort to protect the country’s rich flora and fauna so that “our grandchildren can see the good things we inherited from our grandparents”.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPreviously, the President had announced intentions to reduce the tariffs on the importation of key materials and all equipment used to generate renewable energy.The President had also pronounced that the Norway Funds will now be utilised for more strategic projects such as reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management and tackling the impacts of El Niño.But in light of certain actions taken by the current Administration, the former President believes that their promises are merely rhetoric for support of a green economy.“The President said it is absolutely imperative to develop a green economy… he said it is important for our future and industries. On the other hand, his Government has killed a project, for political reasons not economic reasons… they killed a project that would have saved us at least US$2 billion in 20 years at 2012 prices…,” Jagdeo pointed out, referring to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.“The Amaila was the biggest green project that would have had the biggest impact. It cannot be replaced by planting trees. The green economy is not about planting trees, it is an economic concept,” the Opposition Leader argued.He asserted that no one is even sure about “anything anymore about the green economy”, given Government’s apparent lack of strategy on the matter.“No conceptual framework, no vision excepting they are implementing in a haphazard way some of the things we’ve left,” he posited.Jagdeo also expressed concerns over the status of several of the green projects that were introduced by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration under the Norway/Guyana partnership.It was previously pointed out by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira that since the change of Government, a number of initiatives regarding the partnership have been falling by the wayside, including the LCDS Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee meetings, the absence of information about GRIF-funded projects on the LCDS website and Amerindian and other stakeholders not being consulted on the LCDS or the Guyana-Norway partnership.Jagdeo also noted that the public does not know whether the funds from Norway were released and whether or not Government has embarked on discussing a successor agreement.In general, the Opposition Leader explained that if promoting a green economy is indeed of the biggest thrust of the Government, then its leaders need to be more specific about the respective strategy for the future.last_img read more

Lanferman lands another 3

first_imgGFF Elite League…An ordinary night was transformed into a magical experience with 9 goals being scored in total as the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF’s) Elite League continued at the Leonora Athletic Track and Field on Friday.In the match featuring Fruta Conquerors versus Cougars FC, it was obvious that both teams had come to play ball, but within 15 minutes of the start, Conquerors FC had asserted their dominance with a Nicolas Mc Arthur piercing of the Cougars’ net.The Cougars played their hearts out, and perhaps their liver as well, but could not equalise at half time; and the Conquerors, with their foot on the accelerator, scored through Domini Garnett in the 33 rd minute and Dennis Edwards in the 43rd minute as they set their sights on the stratosphere.Upon resumption of play, Cougars tried to limit the damage to the scoreline’s reading of 0-3; but the Conquerors, with destination determined, again scored through Jahall Greaves in the 80th minute to slay the untamed Cougars in a 4-0 drubbing.The main event then saw Den Amstel triumphing over the Victoria Kings by a similar 4-0 margin. Before halftime, Den Amstel had already twice demonstrated their superiority over the Kings through the nimble play of the able Delon Lanferman (11th and 39th minutes), as the first 45 minutes of the game ended with a scoreline of 2-0.Lanferman then returned to score his hat trick goal in the 58th minute, to leave Victoria Kings reeling. The Kings eventually managed to score in the 71st minute, but by then it was a little too late for them.Den Amstel then delivered the final blow in the 90th minute with a Chris Macey strike that pretty much summed up the night and the difference between the teams.last_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: It’s almost the weekend and The Brewery Bar has another amazing line-up of entertainment for you. The bar has established itself as the go to venue and it caters for all ages, with its diverse range of music. The Brewery also has a diverse and delicious menu and they serve food daily until 10pm.They’ve got some of the biggest and brightest acts in the local music industry playing LIVE all throughout the weekend.Tonight, Matthew Crampsie is LIVE, while on Friday the brilliant Walsh Brothers play LIVE.On Saturday, it’s the amazing Murphy’s Law – while DJ Oisín will bang out all your chart favourites to keep you rocking into the wee early hours. On Sunday – Karaoke Sunday’s are everybody’s favourite, showcase your talents and have a laugh at the same time.Then on Country Monday’s – The Honky Tonk Heroes will be LIVE.ALL cocktails are just €5 – ALL WEEKEND!THE BREWERY, we’ve got you covered!IT’S MURPHY’S LAW AT THE BREWERY BAR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Brewerylast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp reveals when he expects Dejan Lovren to return from injury

first_img Latest Premier League News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Lovren claimed he was playing through the pain at the World Cup Lovren was ruled out for Liverpool’s home game against Brighton on Saturday and Klopp believes he won’t be fit for their match at Leicester the following weekend.Klopp said: “Dejan is coming closer but he’s not really around team training in the moment.“I’m pretty sure no chance for the Leicester game and then, hopefully, after the international break, he will be ready to go.“That would be nice. That was actually the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes REVEALED “We thought ‘OK, if we can give him that time, then that would be cool’.”Liverpool predicted line-up v Brighton smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener huge blow gameday ALTERED REVEALED possible standings silverware Dejan Lovren is expected to return to the Liverpool fold after next month’s international break, according to boss Jurgen Klopp.The defender’s 2018/19 season has been delayed due to Croatia making it to the World Cup final this summer as well as through sustaining a pelvic problem since coming back from his summer break.last_img read more

Raiders GM Mike Mayock: ‘Huge advantage’ scouting title game in person

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Newly minted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock didn’t have to travel far to scout college football’s best on Monday night.Mayock, one week after the Raiders hired him, roamed the field at Levi’s Stadium to watch Alabama and Clemson warm up. He spoke with several Alabama staffers, former UCLA coach Jim Mora, current UCLA coach Chip Kelly and others who know him well from his 15 years as an NFL Network draft analyst. He got an up-close look at Alabama’s defensive linemen warming …last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Ellis Farms, Clinton County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tuesday’s cooler than normal temperatures greeted the crew of the Ohio Ag Net as they ventured to Clinton County for the second installment of the 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. The week’s winners were Ellis Farms – a corn, soybean, and wheat operation unique in the fact that it is also a successful pheasant hunting preserve.More on the operation as Dale Minyo interviews Matt Ellis:last_img

Acid attack on U.P. rape victim again

first_imgA 38-year-old rape and acid attack survivor from the Dalit community, faced her fourth acid attack here on Saturday evening in the compound of the hostel she is living in, though she has been accorded police protection. She suffered injuries on her face and chest.The woman, a mother of two, works at a cafe in the State capital run by acid attack survivors. She was admitted to the King George Medical University, and is being treated at the trauma centre.No FIR filedNo FIR has been registered yet, but the police are investigating the case.The victim was earlier attacked in March. Miscreants forced acid down her throat while she was on a train to Lucknow from her village in Rae Bareli.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had then visited her in hospital and announced an assistance of ₹1 lakh.On the Chief Minister’s direction, an armed guard was provided for her security round the clock.Additional Director-General of police, Lucknow, Abhay Kumar Prasad said it was likely that the woman was attacked while she was talking on the phone in the dark. “We have informed her relatives. Investigation has started,” Mr. Prasad said. S.N. Sankhwar, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said the woman had received 10% burns on the lateral part of the right side of her face and upper part of the chest.“She is fine, her vitals are stable. The plastic surgeon and the critical cases department are treating the burns,” he said.The attack has raised serious questions about lapses in security. Police said the attack happened during the shift change of the two gunners who were assigned to guard the woman.SP Lucknow Sarvesh Kumar said the police would probe all angles, including the security lapse as the campus was a secured one. “The victim’s family has a long-running dispute with another family in Rae Bareli. We will explore that as well,” said Mr. Kumar.The police are also investigating the previous attacks on her and have rounded up the two men who were arrested — but later granted bail — in connection with the attack in March.The police does not have any CCTV footage so far and has been unable to track from where the miscreants entered the compound of the working women’s hostel in Aliganj locality.According to Stop Acid Attacks, an NGO working with acid attack survivors, the woman was allegedly gangraped in 2009.After she filed a complaint, the two accused allegedly physically assaulted her in 2011 and on December 25, 2013 attacked her with acid.last_img read more

MCA challenges High Court’s order to move IPL matches out of Mumbai

first_imgThe Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has challenged the Bombay the High Court’s order to move the Indian Premier League matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra. The matter will come up for hearing on April 25. (Maharashtra government ropes in Tendulkar to combat drought)The High Court had ordered moving all IPL matches from April 30 onward out of the Maharashtra, which affected the schedule of 13 matches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. BCCI’s request to hold the May 1 game in Pune as scheduled was agreed upon by the High Court.A public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Foundation for Democratic Reforms and Loksatta Movement forced the IPL matches out of the state after it highlighted that over 60 lakh litre of water will be used to maintain the pitches at the three venues while the state was fighting a drought.Interestingly, Mumbai had opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their ‘adopted’ home for the games moved out of Wankhede Stadium. But the Rajasthan High Court pulled up the state government and asked it to reply how it can allow IPL to be held when the state was facing acute shortage of water.The Wankhede Stadium is home to defending champions Mumbai Indians while debutants Rising Pune Supergiants have the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune as their base.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Singapore best destination in world for expats: Report

first_imgMumbai, Oct 2 (PTI) Singapore has topped the list of destinations for expats as they feel the island nation offers better career opportunities and quality of life, says a report.According to HSBCs report from the Expat Explorer series, expatriates enjoy some of the worlds best financial rewards and career opportunities in Singapore, while benefiting from an excellent quality of life and a safe, family-friendly environment.It has topped the overall Expat Explorer country league table for the second year running, as almost two-thirds of expats said they earn more and have a better quality of life.The survey covered 26,871 expatriates from 190 countries, including India, through an online questionnaire in March and April 2016.While London and New York have featured as the places to boost job prospects, Sydney has attracted more than half of expats to its wealth of parks, beaches and sports.For culture, expats prefer Paris and Toronto for security as it is a safer place to live.”Expats consistently tell us that moving abroad has helped them achieve their ambitions and long-term financial goals, from getting access to better education for their children to buying property or saving more for retirement.”Most expats also find that their quality of life has improved since making the move and that they are integrating well with the local people and culture,” HSBC India Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management S Ramakrishnan said.Millennials are drawn to expat life to find more purpose in their careers, the survey said, adding nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of expats aged 18-34 moved abroad to find more purpose in their career.advertisementIt revealed that, millennials are finding the purpose they seek, with almost half (49 per cent) saying they are more fulfilled at work than they were in their home country.Expat life accelerates progress towards financial goals towards their long-term financial goals, it said. PTI SM RSY ADI MKJ JMlast_img read more

‘Emery needs three windows to get targets’

first_imgUnai Emery has Arsenal “going the right way”, says Ray Parlour, but will need “maybe three transfer windows” in which to get the players he wants.The Spaniard was given no recruitment warchest when inheriting the reins from Arsene Wenger over the summer.As a result, he had to make only minor tweaks to the ranks at Emirates Stadium, with experience added across the backline and exciting potential drafted into midfield. 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! He has been able to deliver impressive results with those at this disposal, with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run.Growing confidence at Emirates Stadium is built on a belief that there is even more to come, with Emery offering cause for optimism as he prepares to further bolster his ranks with more players that fit his system.Former Arsenal star Parlour told the Daily Star on the present and future in north London: “I think the club is all going the right way now. “Everybody’s sticking together, fans are behind the team, which is very important. “Last year we saw fans weren’t turning up and suddenly everyone wants to go to the games. “So you’ve got to give the manager two, maybe three transfer windows because they’ll be certain players he might be looking at now to try and bring in. “He’s got the system he wants to try and play.”Emery is still looking for Arsenal to dominate games, as Wenger did before him.He has, however, tried to make the Gunners harder to beat, with the club often accused of having a soft centre when the going got tough under their former boss.A change in approach has delivered rich rewards so far, with an ongoing push for a top-four finish in the Premier League complementing productive runs through Carabao Cup and Europa League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Highlights: How Shikhar Dhawan and spinners destroyed Sri Lanka in series decider

first_imgIndia registered their eighth consecutive ODI series victory after beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the third and final ODI at Visakhapatnam. (Scorecard)India Innings:That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201720:04 IST: A dominating performance by India to clinch the series! They have made a mockery of the run chase. Sri Lanka did strike early with the wicket of Rohit Sharma and with the ball turning and doing all sorts of things it looked like the visitors would make a match of this. But such was not the case. The attacking due of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, gave no respite to the Lankan bowlers. Right from the outset they played their shots and in no time took the game away from the visitors by stitching a 135-run stand. The latter once again threw his wicket after getting to a half century but the former took his side home and remained unbeaten on a ton. Dinesh Karthik did his part too after the wicket of Iyer, ensuring there were no further hiccups.19:54 IST: INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! They do it in style. A full by on off, Karthik goes inside out over covers for a boundary. Hand shakes all around. India have made quick work of this run chase.19:52 IST: CENTURY! 31.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! Century for Dhawan! His 12th. Take a bow, what an innings this has been. A thoroughly entertaining one. He has gone after the bowling right from the start and made sure he has stayed till the end. A full ball on leg stump by Asela. Dhawan brings out the sweep shot which he has played really well. He does so again, through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement19:50 IST: 31.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! A boundary away! and India only need 7. A hit me ball by Asela. A full delivery on the pads. Dhawan flicks it down towards fine leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 30.3: A Mathews to S Dhawan (91), 4 runs, 198/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:42 IST: 29.4: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, FOUR! 14 runs away now! He sweeps the ball through mid-wicket and fetches himself a boundary.19:41 IST: 29.2: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, SIX! He moves into the 80s. He needs 18 more for a hundred and India need 29. He comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.19:36 IST: 28.1: A Mathews to S Dhawan, FOUR! He is eyeing a hundred here! A full ball on middle by Mathews. Dhawan, goes down on one knee and whips it over square leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 26.4: NTLC Perera to S Dhawan (68), 4 runs, 168/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:25 IST: MILESTONE! 25.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, 4000 ODI runs for Shikhar Dhawan! Becomes the second fastest Indian and 6th overall to do so. Well done! Fuller ball on off, Shikhar drives it towards long off for one.19:19 IST: 24.2: T Perera to D Karthik, FOUR. Karthik’s first boundary! A fuller in length delivery on middle, Karthik walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 57 runs more needed.19:18 IST: 23.6: S Pathirana to D Karthik, NOT OUT! Dhawan has made it! Pathirana tosses it up on off, Karthik tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. He calls for a run and his partner obliges. The fielder is quick to the ball and scores a bull’s eye at the striker’s end. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show Dhawan has just about made his crease. He survives.19:12 IST: WICKET! 22.4: T Perera to S Iyer. A wicket but a bit too late? Iyer once again throws his wicket away. He moves away to the leg side expecting a fuller one. Perera bowls a short ball, cramping him for room. Iyer tries to pull but is late on the shot. He mistimes it to Lakmal who takes it at mid on. No real celebrations from the Lankans. A dejected Iyer walks back to a standing ovation as it has been an enterprising innings by him. The 135-run stand is broken. India need just 67 more runs to win. India 149/2 (22.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21519:09 IST: 21.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR. Short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it past the point fielder to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for India.19:09 IST: 21.4: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR BYES! Dhawan goes down on one knee to the full ball in an attempt to sweep. He misses, the ball turns away. Dickwella fails to collect it and the ball races to the third man fence.advertisement19:08 IST: 21.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, EDGED BUT DOES NOT CARRY! Asela bowls it slower on off, gets it to turn away. Dhawan tries to defend but gets an outside edge which falls short of first slip.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Three in a row! Once again he bowls it down the leg side. Iyer lets it be and the umpire calls it a wide.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, FIVE WIDES! He has not got it right here! Sri Lanka can’t give away such easy runs. Asela again fires it down the leg side. Dickwella fails to collect and the ball races to the fine leg fence.19:04 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Starts off with a wide down the leg side. Iyer misses the flick and the umpire signals a wide. He start the last ODI with a wide also.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:55 IST: FIFTY! 19.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, SIX! The leg spinner googly picks it and sends it into the sands. That also brings up his fifty. His 24th and like his partner he too has back-to-back half centuries. Akila tosses it up on off, a leg spinner by him. Dhawan sees it early goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.18:53 IST: 18.4: T Perera to S Dhawan, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Perera is just not learning! Short balls at his pace is not threatening. He bangs it short on middle, Dhawan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.And young Shreyas Iyer gets to a well-made half century. His second in ODIs. Such an impact innings this #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 15.4: S Pathirana to S Iyer (54), 4 runs, 103/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:37 IST: FIFTY! 15.2: S Pathirana to S Iyer, 1 run. Back-to-back fifties for him. His second in ODIs and he has brought it up in quick time. A brilliant counter-attacking innings which has probably taken the game away from the Lankans. Shreyas drives the flighted ball outside off through covers to get to the milestone. India 98/1 (15.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21518:37 IST: 15.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, SIX. Shreyas Iyer loves using his feet to the spinner. We saw that in the last ODI and we can see the same now. He comes down the track and launches the ball over mid-wicket for a maximum.3rd ODI. 14.3: N Pradeep to S Iyer (42), 4 runs, 90/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:31 IST: 13.5: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR! Not convincing but Iyer will take it! He comes down the track, does not get to the pitch of the ball but still goes forward with the shot. He gets a thick inside edge through square leg for a boundary. India only need another 130 now.advertisement18:23 IST: NOT OUT! 11.6: S Pathirana to S IyerMissing leg indeed! Sri Lanka loose a review. It never looked out to be honest. Pathirana bowls an arm ball on middle, Iyer plays for the turn and is beaten as he tries to defend. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler makes a very confident appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Perera after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show there is no inside edge but the ball is missing the leg pole. The on field decision stays.18:22 IST: Howzaaat! A huge appeal for an LBW by Pathirana, not given. After consulting the keeper and the bowler, Perera opts to review. Missing leg I feel.18:20 IST: 11.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR.18:18 IST: 10.5: A Mathews to S Iyer, FOUR. The fifty-run stand between the two is up in no time and it is brought up in style. Mathews bowls a full ball on off, Iyer leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.3rd ODI. 10.2: A Mathews to S Iyer (18), 4 runs, 60/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:13 IST: 9.4: A Dananjaya to S Iyer, FOUR.18:12 IST: 9.2: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR. A freebie and it has been put away! A short ball by Akila on middle, Dhawan rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is dealing in boundaries.18:10 IST: 8.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan, FOUR. Full this time and it is caressed! Lakmal dishes out a full ball outside off. Dhawan leans into it and drives it through covers for another boundary. Second in the over. 13 runs from it.3rd ODI. 8.4: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (18), 4 runs, 41/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 5.5: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan (11), 5 runs, 26/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:55 IST: 5.1: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR.17:53 IST: 4.4: S Lakmal to S Iyer, That was close! Lakmal again bowls it outside off but this time closer to the off pole. Iyer covers his off stump and makes a watchful leave.17:48 IST: WICKET! 3.4: A Dananjaya to R Sharma. Akila draws first blood and it is a big one of Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper. A great comeback by the youngster after being hit for a biggie. He tosses this one up on off, it is the googly by him. The ball turns back in, also stays a touch low. Sharma tries to defend but is beaten by the low bounce and the ball hits the stumps. The experiment of starting off with a spinner has paid off. Rohit Sharma walks back cheaply and an early wicket, just what the doctor ordered for Lanka. India 14/1 (3.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21517:47 IST: 3.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, SIX! Boom boom goes Sharma! Sharma comes down the track to the flighted ball, gets to the pitch of it and goes over long on for a biggie.3rd ODI. 2.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (6), 4 runs, 8/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:40 IST: 1.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, Lovely fielding effort! Just what the Lankans need as they are not defending a big total. Dhawan this time nails the sweep shot to the ball on leg stump towards short fine leg. The fielder there, dives full stretch to his right and makes an excellent stop. He can’t prevent a single tough.17:39 IST: 1.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, In the air… but does not carry! Sharma trying to take the attack to Akila. He comes down the track and tries to go big. He does not connect that well and the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at long on. The batsmen take a run.17:31 IST: Welcome back for the run chase. The Lankan players along with the umpires walk out to the middle. Followed by the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who is fresh of a double ton in the last game. Suranga Lakmal will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place. Can he get an early wicket? Sri Lanka will hope so.AP PhotoSri Lanka Innings:16:55 IST: A stunning comeback by the Indians have seen them head into the break as the happier side. After winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat. The Sri Lankans got off to a flier with a 124-run stand Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama.16:52 IST: SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 215! 44.5: B Kumar to A Gunaratne, OUT! That’s it! Kumar wraps it up. He gets his first of the match. He lands it on a length outside off, Gunaratne tries to guide it down towards third man but gets an outside edge to Dhoni who pouches it.16:31 IST: WICKET! 40.1: H Pandya to S Lakmal! Lakmal is walking back now! Pandya with his second. He lands it on off, gets it to shape back in. Lakmal tries to drive but is beaten by the inswing. The ball hits him on the front pad and the Indians appeal. Pandya is celebrating even before he has started appealing. Sri Lanka 211/9 (40.1 overs) vs India39.5: WICKET! A Dananjaya (1) is out, b Kuldeep Yadav, 210/8 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:21 IST: WICKET! 38.4: H Pandya to S Pathirana! In the air… gone! Pandya gets his first! Pathirana wanted to go big but fails to get the timing right. A length delivery on the stumps, Sachith swings his bat but gets it off the toe-end of the bat towards mid on. Chahal there backpedals a bit and takes a safe catch. What a turnaround this is from India. Will Sri Lanka play out their quota of 50 overs? Sri Lanka 208/7 (38.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 35.4: Y Chahal to S Pathirana (4), 4 runs, 201/6 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:07 IST: WICKET! 35.1: Y Chahal to T Perera! That is plumb! The Indian spinners have turned it around completely. Chahal gets his third and the dangerous Perera is walking back. Once again, the turning ball is causing the problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Chahal lands it outside off and gets it to turn back sharply. The ball was also bowled a touch quicker and hence beating Thisara as he is late to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks through and hits the back pad. The Indian players appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Perera walks up to his partner and after a chat reviews it. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows umpires call which is out. Perera is given his marching orders. Sri Lanka though don’t lose a review as it is umpires call. Another one bits the dust for the Lankans and now the Indians will hope to wrap it up quickly.16:04 IST: Thisara is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but after a chat with Asela he reviews. To be honest only an inside edge can save him there.15:57 IST: WICKET! 33.5: Y Chahal to A Mathews. TIMBER! Mathews is walking back. A huge wicket for the Indians as he has been in terrific form. This is also the first time he has been dismissed in this series and it had to a gem to get him out. Chahal bowls a flighted ball, which first drifts into the batsman, pitches on middle and then turns away sharply. Mathews lunges forward and does not play for the turn as he is undone by it. The ball hits the top of off and Yuzvendra is ecstatic. Mathews can’t believe it as his look says it all. Sri Lanka are completely losing the plot and the Indian spinners are once again weaving their magic. Sri Lanka 189/5 (33.5 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 32.3: J Bumrah to A Mathews (15), 4 runs, 186/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:28 IST: WICKET! 27.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella. Sri Lanka have lost their fourth wicket. Guided straight to first slip! Two quick wickets and Kuldeep has turned it on here! The bowling change has worked for Rohit Sharma. Dickwella comes and perishes! Smart bowling! Yadav once again bowls a slower delivery outside off, Dickwella just like what he did on the previous ball tries to do it again. Gets back but this time guides it straight into the hands of Shreyas Iyer at first slip. Sri Lanka in a bit of bother now.15:27 IST: 27.4: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Nicely done! Slower through the air, outside off, Dickwella goes back and guides it past the first slip fielder for another boundary. Pandya in the deep does well to stop but the ball still wins the race.15:26 IST: 27.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Dickwella is off the mark straightaway! On middle and leg, Niroshan gets down and paddle sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary to get going.He’s got eyes like a Hawk. How good was that from @msdhoni #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:24 IST: WICKET! 27.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga! Stumped! Yadav comes and strikes immediately! But credit to one man, MS Dhoni! He is just too good behind the stumps, isn’t he? Another timely wicket as Tharanga was looking really dangerous. Kuldeep tosses it up outside off, Upul looks to drive it but the ball turns away and he gets beaten. Dhoni behind the stumps collects the ball and waits for a bit and then takes the bails off. He appeals and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show Tharanga hasn’t dragged his back leg behind. It’s firmly on the crease and the Giant Screen flashes OUT!15:22 IST: And an appeal straightaway. Dhoni removes the bails and appeals for a stumping. It has been taken upstairs. He isn’t that confident though. Has Tharanga dragged his leg behind the line? Let’s wait and find out.15.16 IST: 25.2: Pandya to Mathews, FOUR!3rd ODI. 25.3: H Pandya to A Mathews (5), 4 runs, 151/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.14 IST: 24.5: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! 3rd ODI. 24.5: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (86), 6 runs, 145/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.08 IST: Angelo Mathews walks out to the middle. He is fresh of a ton in the last game. Can he replicate his from here?15.05 IST: 22.3: Chahal to Sadeera, OUT! Chahal provides the breakthrough and the crowd erupts. A much-needed one for the Indians. A false shot again by Sadeera, he has been riding his luck throughout his innings but this time he runs out of it. Yuzvendra tosses it up outside off, gets it to turn away. Samarawickrama comes down the track but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He still tries to go inside out but only manages to slice it to the man at sweeper covers. Dhawan there positions himslef under it and takes it. He also performs his trademark celebration by turning towards the crowd. Sadeera walks back after getting a start. The 121-run stand comes to an end. Can India now build on this?22.3: WICKET! S Samarawickrama (42) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Yuzvendra Chahal, 136/2- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:57 IST: 20.6: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, FOUR.3rd ODI. 20.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (79), 4 runs, 129/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:52 IST: DROPPED! 19.2: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama. A touch one but should have been taken at this level. Yadav gives it air on middle. Seeing the flight, Sadeera comes down the track and tries to flick it over mid-wicket. He does not get the elevation desired. The ball goes towards Dinesh Karthik who jumps high and tries to take it but can’t. He then recovers and tries to take it on the second attempt but fails to get to it.3rd ODI. 18.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (73), 4 runs, 117/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:50 IST: 18.3: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, SIX! That has gone up and over the fence! What a shot! Chahal gives it air on middle, Tharanga lofts it over the bowler’s head for a maximum.14:42 IST: Drinks are on the field. This is some start for Sri Lanka. They have come out with a lot of intent and it has worked so far for them. Tharanga has already notched up his fifty while Samarawickrama has done justice to his selection. The Indians need to break this stand and it will be interesting to see if the spinners can put a lid on the scoring rate now.3rd ODI. 15.1: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama (24), 4 runs, 93/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:31 IST: 13.5: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama, No run. Another appeal and this one is very close! India don’t review again and have they missed a chance? Kuldeep once again bowls it on off, but a touch fuller this time. He gets it to turn into the batsman who tries to flick but misses. Sadeera is struck on the front pad and the Indians appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Rohit after having a word with Dhoni opts not to review. But the Indians should have there, Haw Eye later shows three reds and yes India have missed a chance.14:28 IST: 13.2: K Yadav to U Tharanga, Cracking delivery! Kuldeep bowls a googly which completely foxes Upul. He fails to read it and tries to defend it leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and goes extremely close to the off pole.14:26 IST: 12.5: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama, OUCH! That has hit him flush on his helmet! Kumar once again bangs it short on middle, Samarawickrama comes down the track and tries to pull. But is late on the shot this time and is hit on the helmet. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. The good thing here is the batsman is fine.3rd ODI. 12.4: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama (14), 4 runs, 80/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:20 IST: FIFTY! 11.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga, 1 run. Tharanga’s 36th in ODIs. It has been a very exciting one here. Kuldeep dishes out a fuller ball on off, Upul drives it towards long off for a run. He has to make it big if Sri Lanka are to get to a decent total here. Sri Lanka 73/1 (11.1 overs) vs India14:19 IST: Time for spin! Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack.3rd ODI. 10.5: H Pandya to S Samarawickrama (10), 4 runs, 72/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:10 IST: 8.5: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. 5 in a row! Upul Tharanga is in the mood now! This is the best of the lot! Once again keeps it full, slower in pace. UT stands tall and hits it off the meat over mid off for another boundary. Runs coming at a quick pace for the Lankans.14:10 IST: 8.4: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. Edgyyyy! Pandya doesn’t know what to do now! Slower this time, just outside off, Tharanga looks to drive again but gets another edge towards Dhoni. The ball dies down in front of the keeper who in spite a dive to his left couldn’t stop it. The races away towards the fence again. 16 already from the over!14:09 IST: 8.3: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Up and past the man at mid off! Fuller in length and outside off, Tharanga decided to go after it. Chips it aerially past the diving mid off fielder for the third boundary of the over.14:08 IST: 8.2: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! And again! Not off the middle but had enough the clear mid on! Fuller and angling in, Upul chips it over mid on. The fielder there was interested but the ball sails over him and goes to the fence for back-to-back boundaries.14:08 IST: 8.1: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Edged and away! Pandya from around the wicket, hurls a length delivery outside off, Tharanga looks to go hard at it. Gets a thick outside edge throuh the vacant slip cordon for a boundary to start the over.3rd ODI. 6.2: H Pandya to WU Tharanga (28), 4 runs, 45/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:56 IST: 5.3: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. They are dealing in boundaries here! Poor line again! Bumrah again sprays it on the pads, Tharanga gets across and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Back-to-back for Lanka.13:55 IST: 5.2: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. Sprays on the pads, too easy for Tharanga, he loves it there. He flicks it over square leg to fetch himself another boundary.3rd ODI. 4.5: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (12), 4 runs, 29/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:53 IST: 4.5: B Kumar to U Tharanga, FOUR. Crunched! 10 runs from the last 3 balls. Shorter in length around middle, Tharanga gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.3rd ODI. 4.3: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (6), 4 runs, 23/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 19/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:46 IST: WICKET! 3.4: J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, OUT c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah. Sri Lanka have lost their first wicket. Sri Lanka 15/1 (3.4 overs) vs India13:43 IST: 2.6: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Gunathilaka has opted for the attacking approach! He comes down the track to the ball which is not that short. He pulls it through square leg and fetches himslef a boundary. He might have been given the license from the dressing room to go after the bowlers.3rd ODI. 0.3: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka (4), 4 runs, 4/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:29 IST: Bright sunshine welcomes us here in Visakhapatnam. The Indian team are in a huddle near the boundary ropes and now they walk to the middle. Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka will open the batting the batting for Sri Lanka. They will hope to provide their team with a good star. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India. He has two slips in place.13:24 IST: Both the teams along with the umpires walk out for their respective national anthems. The away side will sing their first, followed by the Indians.13:06 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan PradeepIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal13:01 IST: TOSS! India have won the toss and they will bowl first.12:45 IST: Pitch report! Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold feel this is a very good batting pitch. Further add it is nice and hard. Reckon the bowlers can get a little bounce and lift as there is a little grass in the middle. Opine the cracks won’t make a difference as it is a one-dayer. Win the toss and bowl first as dew might come into play later on say the two.And we are gearing up for the series finale #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017India will be eyeing their seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.One day to go for the final @paytm #INDvSL ODI and #TeamIndia made sure they are fully prepared. BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2017Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.last_img read more

U17 World Cup LIVE: Spain vs Niger

first_imgU17 World Cup: Spain 4-0 Niger: La Rojita maul Menas in four-goal masterclass Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 19:39 10/10/17 Abel Ruiz Spain 2017 Getty FC Barcelona’ Abel Ruiz scored a brace as Spain won their first game in Kochi… Spain reacted to their loss against Brazil with a scintillating 4-0 win against FIFA U-17 World Cup new boys Niger in their second game of Group D at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday.Abel Ruiz (21′ & 41′) and César Gelabert (45+1) scored in the first half followed a Sergio Gómez (82′) curler towards the end of the second as Spain exploited the spaces offered to them all over the field.​Mohamed Moukhliss started in midfield for Spain alongside Antonio Blanco. Ferran Torres, who impressed against Brazil in the first game, was fielded on the right once again, with Cesar Gelaber in behind striker and skipper Abel Ruiz.Salim Abdourahmane lead the line for Niger, with Karim Tinni and Ibrahim Boubacar providing support from the flanks.Spain threatened right from the get-go, with Mohamed Moukhliss impressing in the double pivot. Niger found it difficult to deal with the one-touch passes, flicks and tricks of the Spanish attack.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez didn’t have the greatest of starts to the game, as Niger, despite their opponent’s technical superiority, pressed high up the pitch.La Rojita’s dominance was finally rewarded with the opening goal in the 21st minute. Left back Juan Miranda set off on a marauding run, beat his marker and crossed low into the box into the feet of Abel Ruiz and the striker tapped it in to make it 1-0.Both Spain full-backs were spending most of their time in the attacking third and with Niger refusing to sit back and defend, they were spaces to utilize.Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez started the game on a sketchy note but when called into action in the 37th minute, he was quick and alert. Tinni’s diagonal run was perfectly timed but Fernandez came off his line to launch it away.Four minutes before the break, Spain doubled their lead. A free-kick from outside the box was launched into the box and Abel Ruiz latched onto it like a fox in the box. Khaled Lawali blocked his initial shot but unfortunately for the keeper, the rebound fell to the Ruiz again, who made no mistake in scoring his second goal of the game.Niger was struggling to get a grip in midfield. They were open spaces to pick out and just before the break, Spain struck the third blow. Sergio Gomez, who worked his socks off against Brazil on the left flank, picked out Cesar Gelabert’s late central run into the box. The attacking midfielder diverted the ball into the top left corner of the net to make it 3-0 at the half-time whistle. La Rojita started the second half just as they did the first. Precise passes, flicks and late runs by midfielders and from the flanks. One such period of play in the 54th minute resulted in Gelabert sliding in a precise through ball into the path of a surging Moukhliss but the midfield engine lost his balance and Rachid Soumana pounced on his tiny window of opportunity to clear the ball away from the area.Abel Ruiz almost scored his third goal when Miranda’s cross after an overlap on the left met his right foot inside the box but the end product wasn’t on target.Cesar Gelabert dazzled the crowd with his touches on the ball through the centre of the pitch. He showed great composure on the ball and ran the show as Spain continued to threaten the Niger defence. The crowd applauded him off the field, as he was replaced by Jose Lara in the 78th minute.Sergio Gomez struck the final nail in the coffin in the 82nd minute when he curled a low left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to make it a dominant 4-0.Spain passed their way towards the final whistle and there was Niger could do to claw their way back into the game. The winning side looked hungry and threatened with every surge forward.Spain will now take on DPR Korea whereas Niger will hope to keep their hopes alive against tournament favourites Brazil. read morelast_img read more

The Best Duffels For Fall Adventures

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities A good duffel bag is essential for packing up your adventure gear. Whether you’re planning a weekend on the road, morning mountain bike excursion, or fly fishing sunset, having the right tool to haul your gear makes your work getting to and from your getaway easier. We’ve been beating on a few of the best duffels on long weekends in the mountains and these are our favorites.Related: 5 Best Mountain Town Adventures | Stio Mountain Apparel For The WeekenderCotopaxi Chumpi 35L Duffel, $100Cotopaxi’s new Chumpi is the perfect weekend roadtrip workhorse. The burley nylon-cotton outer fabric stands up to everything from overzealous TSA baggage inspectors to long days on the road. A contrast color liner makes it easy to spot your essential gear. Stowaway backpack straps add some extra carrying options when you have to get it to a secluded cabin or mountain lodge.Gear Hauling StorageStio Basin Tech Tote 59L, $109For long days filled with serious amounts of fun, you need to bring along mountain bike helmets, hiking boots, climbing shoes, and all your other adventure gear. Stio’s Basin Tech Tote is a modern take on a classic tote bag design. This mighty little duffel is deceptively huge. When the compression straps are left wide, it easily swallowed all our downhill riding armor, a change of clothes, and favorite biking pack for a day on the trails in Big Sky, Montana. The side panels of the body are lined with mesh organizer pockets, so you’ll always have your battery packs, snacks, and other small items within reach. The 600-d nylon body will take multiple years’ worth of hard use. In short, this is the ultimate mountain life bag.Waterproof AdventureSealLine WideMouth Waterproof Duffel, $90You need dry gear whether you’re out exploring on a SUP, going canyoneering in Zion National Park, or just enjoying a mellow day at the beach. We love the WideMouth for its simplicity – the roll top closure has printed instructions on it – and ease of use. It will keep forty liters of gear dry for days on end. Our favorite use is keeping food and clothes dry while paddling into remote campsites on our SUPs. The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Gov’t will Ensure Cannabis Industry Meets Int’l Standards

first_img The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry.He said the Administration has to ensure that Jamaica does not breach international rules and standards and that activities are being carried out lawfully.“These are not just standards to do with medicine or compliance to do with health. It is also financial and banking standards to ensure that our market is not being used for illegal activities (by persons) parading under a licence,” he pointed out.“The Government of Jamaica has to ensure that we are compliant with international standards, because cannabis and the (medication) that could potentially come from it are still not recognised in many countries, and some countries still consider it illegal,” he noted further.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).The ceremony was held at Eden Gardens Wellness and Spa in St. Andrew on Wednesday, July 12.While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”.The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, also referred to as the Ganja Reform Law, created the framework for the decriminalisation of offences under the Act, making possession of less than two ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.The legislation also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical industries, and for the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisations for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of ganja.Flavocure Biotech LLC, based in Maryland in the United States, is owned and operated by the Eden Gardens Group of Companies, which is headed by noted Jamaican scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe.last_img read more

Vanessa Redgrave To Be Honored At amfAR New York Gala

first_imgamfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research will hold its annual New York Gala on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.The Foundation will honor revered actresses and producers Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, and photographer Peter Lindbergh, for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.The black-tie benefit will be held at Cipriani Wall Street, and will feature a special performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic. Bulgari and Wells Fargo will generously serve as the event’s presenting sponsors. Wells Fargo has long been a strong and loyal supporter of amfAR and many other AIDS related charities. Bulgari began its relationship with amfAR as one of the Foundation’s earliest corporate sponsors, pledging its support in honor of amfAR co-founder Dame Elizabeth Taylor for her passionate and tireless work in the fight against AIDS.Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, mother and sister of the late Natasha Richardson, who was a much loved amfAR Trustee, have carried on Natasha’s legacy in the fight against AIDS with their steadfast support of amfAR. Celebrated photographer Peter Lindbergh has made many generous contributions to amfAR through the years, and has been one of the leaders of the fashion community’s brave response to the AIDS crisis.The event’s signature sponsors include M•A•C Viva Glam, Mercedes-Benz, and Mandarin Oriental, New York. The New York Gala, now in its 16th year, will kick off Fashion Week with a black-tie gala dinner, live auction, honoree tributes, and a performance by disco legends Nile Rodgers and Chic, who will also be seen performing with Daft Punk at the Grammys later this month.Chairs of the event include Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Harry Belafonte, Veronica Bulgari, Kim Cattrall, R. Martin Chavez, Chelsea Clinton, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Alan Cumming, John Demsey, Joan Didion, Madame Hind El Achchabi, Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Anne Fulenwider, Nina Garcia, Milutin Gatsby, Aileen Getty, Tim Hanlon, Donna Karan, Brian C. Kelly, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Cindi Leive, Laura Linney, Julianna Margulies, Liam Neeson, Vincent Roberti, Carine Roitfeld, Hilary Swank, Diana Taylor, Stefano Tonchi, Stanley Tucci, and Harvey Weinstein.The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.Gloria Ferrer is the event’s wine sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.Find out more here.last_img read more

Bourita Calls Guinea Exceptional Friend of Morocco Thanks Country for Support

Rabat – Nasser Bourita, Moroccan foreign affairs minister, has called Guinea a “true and exceptional” friend of Morocco’s, hailing the “unique” and “historical” relations between Rabat and the West African country.Bourita made the comments in the company of Mamadi Toure, Guinea’s foreign affairs minister, who is currently on a working visit to Rabat. Speaking at a joint press conference yesterday, July 23, the Moroccan minister welcomed Guinea’s “constant and clear” support for Morocco’s stance on the Western Sahara territorial dispute. Under the leadership of its president Alpha Conde, who was elected as the chairman of the African Union (AU) as Morocco joined the organization two years ago, the West African country has been one of the loudest continental supporters of Morocco’s return to African club. Guinea has also been one of the African countries to have backed up Rabat’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara. Bourita said that Guinea’s support for a host of Morocco-friendly agendas is the culmination of historical bonds which are illustrated in the closeness between successive Guinean governments and the Moroccan monarchy. Recently, however, Bourita stressed, the friendship between the two countries has been particularly helped by King Mohammed’s Africa-centered diplomacy and his commitment to Morocco’s historical allies.“Our relations considerably progressed recently, notably after the King’s two visits [to Conakry], during which we signed agreements to realize concrete projects.” According to Bourita, the host of development projects Morocco is accompanying and supervising in the West African country, as well as the solid friendship between King Mohammed VI and President Conde, have refreshed what was already a strong, “special” bilateral relationship.“Since the King’s visits, our bilateral cooperation has become stronger and multi-dimensional. It includes academic and vocational training, city planning projects in the city of Conakry, and the training of imams,” he said. All these, he elaborated, are “dimensions that reflect the wealth of the historical and unique friendship between Guinea and Morocco.”Bourita’s insistence on the academic and vocational training spoke simultaneously of Morocco’s desire to project itself as a continental hub for academic matters, as well as Guinea’s reliance on its North African partner for training its elite.Read also : Morocco’s Bourita to Lead Delegation to 2nd Western Sahara RoundtableAs one of the primary beneficiaries of the scheme of scholarships and study grants Morocco offers on a yearly basis to a number of African countries, Guinea’s support for Morocco has increased in recent years. Guinean students who spoke to Morocco World News late last year were full of praise for the North African country. “Morocco has one of the best education systems in the world,” one said, as he spoke with enthusiasm about his academic experience in Morocco.But the most striking illustration of Morocco’s appeal among Guinea’s Morocco-trained youth and elite was most visible when Guinea failed to vote for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Guineans took to social media to lambast what many of them labeled a “shameful betrayal” of a historical ally. Most cited Morocco’s support for the country when it faced the Ebola in 2014-2015.In response to Bourita’s call on Guinea to continue coordinating with Morocco on “all continental and regional issues,” Toure reaffirmed his country’s commitment to upholding the “exceptional friendship” binding it to Morocco. Like Bourita, the Guinean minister lingered over the two nation’s “historical closeness,” expressing gratitude for Morocco’s support in a string of ongoing development projects in guinea. read more

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Lakers Ramon Sessions To Become A Free Agent

Ramon Sessions, acquired to add speed to the Los Angeles Lakers’ backcourt, hardly did that, and now he is forcing the Lakers to commit to him as their point guard of the future.Sessions chose against exercising the final year of his contract to stay with the Lakers next season and will explore the free-agency market, his agent said Tuesday.“Ramon has carefully considered this decision,” said Sessions’ agent, Jared Karnes, in a statement. “He had to make a career decision and ultimately decided to do what was best in providing stability and longevity for him in the NBA, and this could only be achieved through a multi-year contract.”Sessions, 26, was acquired by the Lakers at the trade deadline from Cleveland to replace 37-year-old Derek Fisher, who was moved to Houston.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound point Sessions averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 47.9 percent shooting from the field and 48.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 23 regular season games with the Lakers. Sessions’ numbers plummeted in the playoffs, however, as he averaged just 6.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 35.3 percent in the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City.It was his first trip to the postseason in his five-year career after starting off with cellar-dwelling teams in Milwaukee, Minnesota and Cleveland.Sessions would have made $4.55 million next season had he opted in to the final year remaining on his contract. Free agency begins on July 1st. Steve Blake, who has two years remaining on his deal, paying him $4 million annually, is the only Lakers point guard under contract. read more

LeBron Is Still Getting Better

LeBron James might remain the best player in the NBA. He might remain the most valuable. He might even remain a player around whom a team can build a perennial Finals contender. But the question right now is, “Can LeBron remain this good for the rest of the season?” Because this LeBron is very close to as good as we’ve ever seen, in ways we’ve never seen before.Just so everyone’s clear at the top: James is not the sun-eater he was in 2012-13, with the third and greatest of his Miami Heat teams. He may not be quite as incontestable as he was at the end of his first tenure in Cleveland, when he won back-to-back MVPs and dragged meager rosters on long and doomed and occasionally brilliant playoff runs.But James is posting career highs in true shooting percentage (66.4), 3-point percentage (41.6), assist percentage (42.9) and block percentage (2.6). His free throw percentage (77.3) is the second-highest of his career. He’s shooting 80.7 percent within 3 feet of the basket and going to the rim about as often as he ever has. He has created more shots for teammates than anyone but Russell Westbrook, according to data from Second Spectrum, and he’s done it while playing 37 minutes per night — a heavy load for a player in his 15th season (who has also logged more than 200 playoff games).The easy answer to the obvious question — How? — is that his jumper is falling. According to data from Second Spectrum, James is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.8 on step-back shots and 63 on pull-up jumpers — his two most common shot types after brute-force drives. Those dwarf his normal rate of makes on those shots over the last three seasons.The large and sensible parts of the brain say this is unsustainable. That it’s fun to watch James play-act past glories while understanding that the underlying foundations have shifted, moved on — that James’s MVP-level start is a mirage of risky habits and clustered luck. The smaller, more rascally regions wonder: What if this is how LeBron goes late-Jordan?James is one of the most amorphous stars I’ve ever watched from season to season. In various offseasons over the past decade, he’s picked up a post game, lost and recovered his 3-point stroke, added sneaky perimeter dribble feints and pivots, and refined the drive-and-kick game to its most basic and brutally effective elements. Who’s to say he hasn’t gone out and added the step-back midrange game that Michael made art and Kobe made genre fiction?I mean, just look at this:I’ve been watching LeBron for a lot of years, and I don’t remember him looking so fluid on those shots, so smooth through the hips and shoulders. That shot has always been available to him, it’s just always looked more calculated than natural — a computer making an arcane chess move more than a master moving in on the hunt. Now, it looks more graceful, a little tighter in the footwork. They aren’t suddenly perfect shots — there’s still the occasional (and occasionally more than occasional) wild launch from 35 feet or with a foot on or just inside the line, but they look better in aggregate. Maybe it’s easier to see it like that because it’s going in; that’s one danger of applying the eye test.But it also makes sense given how well James has shot both from distance and point-blank. There’s simply more room to maneuver in the midrange if defenses must treat him as a 40-percent 3-point shooter and an 80-percent finisher at the rim — while also playing the lanes because he’s passing more than ever. That’s going to remain true for as long as James is canning 3s like this and remains unstoppable at the rim. The jumper can come and go, but it has been relatively steady since it went missing in 2015-16. The drives are more reliable.The Cavs score 125 points per 100 possessions when James drives and finishes himself, passes to a teammate for a shot or is fouled (or he makes a turnover), and 118 points per 100 possessions on scoring chances that come from multiple passes after a James drive, according to Second Spectrum. Both rank first among players with at least 100 drives this season, and both are unlikely to change as long as James remains unstoppable, crashing into defenders and creating space where the defender had previously been standing.One caveat: This isn’t the indomitable James. The onslaught is not exactly unrelenting. The pitch is not fevered. James is finding more success driving to the rim, but he’s also drawing fouls at a career-worst rate — his .294 rate of free throws per field goal attempt is down considerably from his career average .418 — and his turnovers are a hair under his career worst (from last season). These may be clues that James’s underlying skills have tailed off and his results will soon follow. Or they may be evidence that LeBron isn’t actually trying yet.His defensive numbers confirm that he hasn’t returned to his peak. The Cleveland defense has been nearly 11 points better per 100 possessions when he sits, and ESPN’s defensive Real Plus-Minus has him in the negatives, below James Harden and Kyle Lowry. RPM is famously skewed toward defensive-minded big men, but James has historically performed much better in the stat. So, no, James isn’t the clamp-down bear trap he was in his Heat years. But he’s in the top 40 for shots defended (a good sign he’s not getting blown out of plays) and opponents are shooting just a 46.6 effective field goal percentage against him (a very good number). While he’s giving up “good” shots (expected value 52.8 eFG percentage, adjusting for who’s shooting, which is one of the worst figures in the league), he’s depressing value on those shots by 6.2 eFG percentage points, sandwiching him between standout defenders like Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap once he’s actually engaged in the play.We expect more from James because we’ve seen more from him. We’ve seen him slip from the best player in history to merely the best at this moment, and so his deficiencies call out in a way other players’ do not. Maybe he’s playing catch-up defense these days, or not drawing fouls the way he used to, or not willing Jae Crowder into making his wide-damn-open 3s. But 15 seasons into his career, he’s still getting better, and so far this season, the pieces he’s added have more than made up for the ones that have fallen away.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Government crackdown on McMafia organised crime sees Russian billionaires ask Kremlin to

first_imgNone of the entrepreneurs on the list were named or identified by Mr Titov, but he said further applications may come his way.However, he told the Tass news agency that they had all “managed to flee the country [Russia] not to be detained there.””This may continue for decades, and some people live outside for 20 years without a chance to return, as the criminal proceedings continue. There may be no claims against them, even Interpol may take them off the list, but the case in Moscow still continues,” he said.Officials in the UK estimate that around £90billion of illegal funds is laundered through the UK every year.The establishment of UWOs will enable the authorities to freeze and recover property if individuals are unable to explain how they acquired assets in excess of £50,000. 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. Wealthy Russian oligarchs have written to the Kremlin asking if they can return home without fear of arrest after the Government vowed to use its “full force” to tackle corruption in the UK, it was reported last night.The country’s business ombudsman Boris Titov said a list of ten businessman had been passed to President Vladimir Putin, which contained names of individuals who had allegedly fled the country “not to be detained there”.It comes after security minister Ben Wallace vowed to crackdown on foreign criminals and corrupt politicians who are said to use Britain as a haven to allegedly carry out suspected corruption.Officials will use new unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) – which came into effect last week – to seize suspicious assets until they have been properly accounted for.The move came as London’s role as a playground for Russian gangsters and the super rich has been highlighted by the BBC drama series McMafia.Mr Wallace said ministers wanted to exploit the success of the programme – based on the factual book of the same name by Misha Glenny – to raise public awareness of the issue of corruption.last_img read more

Netflix accused of hypocrisy after it says use of phrase chick flick

Netflix has been contacted for comment. Netflix has been accused of hypocrisy after saying that the phrase “chick flicks” is sexist, but letting people search for the category on its website.The Netflix Film Twitter account chided those who label romantic films as such, and that it should only be used to describe films that involve chickens.The series of tweets read: “Can we stop calling films “chick flicks” unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired.”For starters, ‘chick flicks’ are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy. Which…simply isn’t true.”There aren’t sweeping categories specific to men. You don’t hear people asking to watch “man movies” – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except of course, the aforementioned rom-coms.”And nicknaming films “chick flicks” drives home that there’s something trivial about watching them. But what’s trivial about watching a film that makes you feel 1,000 emotions in ~90 minutes?” The account also said that “there’s nothing inherently gendered about liking a light-hearted film with a strong female lead and emotional arc.”However, a quick search for “Chick Flicks” on Netflix’s website brings up such films as Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia! and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. One follower wrote: ” Hmm. Have you given this hot take to your algorithm?”, tweeting evidence that the site lets users search for “chick flicks”.Another said: “Netflix has a content category titled ‘Chick Flick.'”Writers of work often labeled “chick lit” have said the decision is misguided.Author Rebecca Reid, who said is “proud to have written a book which is chick lit with murder”, said: “Perhaps Netflix think that scrapping the label ‘chick flick’ will change public perception, but honestly there’s a wider problem at play here. Films about the female experience, especially romantic ones, are regarded as less valid or serious than any other, in line with the way that we as a society generally regard anything for or by women. Chick flicks are some of the most popular and high grossing films around, and many of them (like pretty woman or how to lose a guy in ten days) are absolute classics. We should be owning the label, not shying away from it.”Another author, Lucy Vine, who writes books about sex, life and millennial women said she does not mind her work being called “chick lit”.She told The Telegraph: “I actually don’t mind being referred to as chick lit. I’ve always loved all the books that would be put in that category, so I don’t think it’s a negative. It’s all about context really. Obviously, if a bunch of middle-aged men are saying it sneeringly and using it as another way to dismiss female fiction, I don’t love it, but I also don’t really care what they think of what I do.” Quick PSA: Can we stop calling films “chick flicks” unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired (thread):— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) April 15, 2019 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. read more

McDonalds WiFi guide pits Mac against PC Mac wins

first_imgThe battle of which is better, Mac or PC, is a long and unending one. Since Apple stopped its infamous Mac vs. PC commercials in 2010 — with Justin Long as a relaxed, laid back Mac and John Hodgman personifying a stuffy, uptight PC — the battle has been adopted by trolls in the comment sections of any article deemed worthy of the argument. Every once in a while, something pops up that gets commenters all riled up and ready to prove their allegiance to Apple or Microsoft.Mac Prices Australia, an Australian site that lists pricing on Apple products, recently tweeted a TwitPic of a McDonald’s WiFi guide that shows the difference between setting-up the restaurant’s WiFi on a PC compared to a Mac — and the difference is pretty obvious. The relatively clean page on the right is what Mac users have to do, the two left hand pages thick with text and diagrams is for Windows. I don’t think anyone in the comments can argue for the PC side in this battle, Mac wins hands down.So why the difference? With the Mac, users simply have to click on the AirPort icon and turn the AirPort on, select McDonald’s Free WiFi from the list of wireless networks, and open their browser to the McDonald’s Free WiFi landing page. There are two small figures to guide the Mac user to free-WiFi goodness.When it comes to Windows, McDonalds just has to cater for more options. Are you running XP or Windows Vista? There’s also multiple settings changes to make purely because of the way Windows networking is setup.As you can see, Mac diehards have good reason to boast about Apple’s simplicity and ease of use. We have yet to see these WiFi cards in McDonalds restaurants in the U.S., but Australia is very thorough in its instructions.via Mac Prices Australialast_img read more

Sony dévoile sa nouvelle gamme de Xperia

first_imgSony dévoile sa nouvelle gamme de XperiaLa famille des smartphones Xperia va accueillir trois nouveaux modèles en septembre prochain.Sony a annoncé le lancement prochain de sa nouvelle gamme d’Xperia. Parmi elle, trois modèles : le Xperia ion, le Xperia Acro S et le Xperia Go.Xperia ion Avec ce smartphone, Sony vise le haut de gamme. Cet appareil mobile sera doté d’un écran Bravia 4.6 pouces multipoints d’une résolution de 1280 x 720 pixels, d’un processeur double cœur cadencé à 1,5 GHz, d’un capteur photo à 12 MégaPixels au déclenchement ultra rapide et de 16 Gb de stockage Flash. Il offrira une caméra 1.080 pixels à l’arrière et caméra frontale de 720 pixels. Grâce à la compatibilité DLNA et une sortie HDMI, le partage de contenus est simplifié. Le Xperia ion permet également l’échange de données par NFC.Avec ce nouveau smartphone, Sony a mis l’accent sur la convergence en pré-installant les applications Video Unlimited et Music Unlimited. Ce produit sera commercialisé en septembre 2012 avec la plateforme Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.Xperia Acro S Après avoir présenté un futur smartphone prenant place dans la gamme Xperia, le Xperia ion qui sera vendu en septembre prochain, c’est un autre modèle qui est dévoilé ce mercredi : le Sony Xperia Acro S. Ce dernier est annoncé comme étant disponible.Le Sony Xperia Acro S sera doté d’un écran de 4,3 pouces Bravia affichant en définition 1 280 x 720 pixels. Il sera propulsé par un processeur Qualcomm MSM8260 double coeur cadencé à 1,5 GHz. ensuite, le Xperia Acro S disposera d’un Go de mémoire vive et de 11 Go d’espace disque. Des caractéristiques techniques intéressantes pour un mobile waterproof !À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le Sony Xperia Acro S sera de plus doté d’un appareil photo de 12,1 Mégapixels permettant la prise de vue ultra rapide. A l’arrière de l’appareil, on trouvera un enregistreur vidéo 1 080 pixels ainsi qu’une caméra en façade en 720p, utile pour la visioconférence. Tout comme le futur Xperia ion et d’autres appareils de la gamme, les applications Video Unlimited et Music Unlimited sont pré installées. Enfin, une sortie HDMI a été intégrée sur ce mobile compatible DLNA et NFC. Il sera équipé de l’OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Le prix de l’appareil qui a pris place sur le site officiel de Sony reste inconnu. Xperia Go Le Xperia Go est pour sa part un peu plus entrée de gamme. Il dispose d’un écran HVGA 3.5″ avec une résolution de 480 x 320 pixels. Pour les caractéristiques techniques, il dispose d’un processeur dual-core cadencé à 1GHz, d’un APN 5 megapixels, d’une batterie d’une capacité de 1.305 mAh. Il tourne sous Android 2.3 mais une mise a jour vers Android 4.0 est envisagé par Sony. Il sera disponible au troisième trimestre 2012, mais le prix n’a pas encore été dévoilé.Le 30 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Washington House passes school levy bill

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington House on Monday passed a bill that delays a deadline for a reduction in the amount of money school districts can collect through local property tax levies.The measure passed the Democratic House on a 62-35 vote, including support from a dozen Republicans. It now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate. School districts had faced a reduction of four percentage points in the proportion of their base funding they could add to their budgets through local levies starting next year, but House Bill 1059 pushes that deadline off until 2019.One of the issues the Legislature is dealing with this year is resolving the reliance on local levies to pay school staff salaries.  Lawmakers are working to comply with a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that they must fully fund the state’s basic education system. Lawmakers have already put more than $2 billion toward the issue since the ruling, but the biggest piece remaining of the court order is figuring out how much the state must provide for teacher salaries. School districts currently pay a big chunk of those salaries with the local property-tax levies.“As we’re grappling with longer-term proposals on how we’re going to fund basic education, we want to give that near-term certainty to our school districts that they can keep doing the work that they’re doing, they can start budgeting for next year,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes.The court has said that the state has until Sept. 1, 2018, to fully fund education, but that the details of how to do that — as well as how lawmakers will pay for it — must be in place before the Legislature adjourns this year.last_img read more

Landfills To Reopen On Sundays On May 6

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beginning tomorrow, May 6th, the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites will be open on Sundays. The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September.center_img All facilities will be open 7 days a week starting on May 6. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667last_img read more

On Kenai cracked KBeach Road reopens

first_imgA 150-foot section of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. (Photo by Jenny Neyman, KDLL Kenai)Cook Inlet’s biggest recorded earthquake did little damage to infrastructure across Southcentral Alaska. And biggest damage has now been fixed up.Download AudioKalifornsky Beach Road re-opened to two-way traffic Wednesday morning.A 15-foot section of the northbound lane at Mile 1 near Kasilof was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska on Sunday morning. The lane was closed until work could be done to fix the cracks that happened when the road split and the shoulder side sloughed away from the rest of the pavement.The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had a crew out Monday morning, and DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said the workers were able to make a quick fix.“They got in there, cut the pavement up, brought material in, filled the holes and leveled it out.  Now, it will be gravel, of course, until the summer, because we can’t pave in the wintertime — it would not set. But it is open to two-way traffic.”DOT will continue to monitor the area, especially during spring breakup as the ground starts to thaw.“We certainly will monitor the area. I don’t think it will become a mess but you can always have shifting, even with any road. And that’s why they brought in the compactors and things like that to really shore up and tighten up that area, but they’ll of course keep an eye on it and if any additional material needs to be brought in, they will do that.”The paving project should be quick, as well.“We were fortunate that was a short section so it will probably be a very straightforward project, just putting together a permanent repair,” McCarthy said.DOT is asking drivers to reduce their speed and use caution as they drive over that section of road.last_img read more

Mantraraj Paliwals Miraj Cinema is gaining top spot in multiplexes across India

first_imgMantraraj PaliwalPR HandoutMiraj Group, a leading business group of India, making lot of buzz with its business ventures. Founded in 1987, the company has grown big and giving various fruits from one tree. It all started with a small dream, and people started joining with them and today after 32 years, it is not only one person’s dream, it is a dream of every Miraj employer.Miraj group has more than ten businesses under their tree. But their investment in cinema business is growing faster than other Multiplex around India.”Miraj Cinema” is already giving fierce competition to all the major cinema companies in this business with their high-quality service and screens.Vice chairman of Miraj Group, Mantraraj Paliwal says, “We have already made 107 Multiplex in different states and cities around India, and we are planning to invest more in cinema in coming years, and we will inevitably cross 150 in no time.”His energy has given Miraj Group a new vibe which is helping the group grow more with new business plans and getting success with their current businesses.Recent project of Mantraraj made lot of noise and success with Pulwama attack movie and Shiva trance song.last_img read more

Woman granddaughter found throatsilt

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThe throat-slit bodies of a woman and her minor granddaughter were recovered from their house at Paschim Mulghar village in Rajbari’s Sadar upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were Shahida Begum, 50, wife of Shahjahan Mia of the village and her granddaughter Lamia, 5.Quoting family members, police superintendent of the district Asma Siddiqa Mili said family spotted the bodies of Shahida and Lamia in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the bodies.However, the details behind the murder could not be known immediately, said the police official adding that they are investigating the incident.last_img read more

PUC To Houston And Dallas Electricity Customers Start Shopping For Better Rate

first_img X We just reported this week how a consumer group’s latest analysis shows people in Houston and Dallas have, for years, been paying more for electricity than people in Austin and San Antonio.Electricity in Austin and San Antonio is sold by the cities themselves which own their respective utility companies.Houston and Dallas are deregulated markets where people have to choose from dozens of electricity marketing companies offering a myriad of rate plans.Since Texas developed the deregulated market over a decade ago, customers in those areas have collectively paid $24 billion more for electricity, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.A day after that group released its latest report on the difference in prices, the members of the Public Utility Commission of Texas shot back, saying the de-regulated market is working.“Notwithstanding the so called reports that are put out by certain groups,” said Public Utility commissioner Ken Anderson.  “Anybody who’s paying an average of the high and low prices isn’t shopping.”Anderson said people in the deregulated markets can get good rates if they take the time to pick the right plan.But finding those great deals can be difficult because the commission’s own Power to Choose website can be deceptive allowing some marketers to offer what look like low cost rate plans that aren’t. That’s according to consumers and to PUC chairman Donna Nelson.“I really want you all to be looking at these one and a half cent offers because I think they’re deceptive on the face,” said Nelson to staff members, who are working on an over-haul of the website to make the offers more honest.  Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:21 Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Chapter of The Links Welcome New Officers

first_imgDeparting president, and former Baltimore State’s Attorney, Patricia Jessamy.(Updated 4/24/2016) At their meeting on April 23, the Baltimore Chapter of The Links, Incorporated welcomed their new officers and saluted the leadership of their departing president former Baltimore State’s Attorney, Patricia Jessamy.  Jessamy served four years as president of the organization.One of the many achievements initiated during the Jessamy tenure as president includes the creation of the GRASP (Graduation, Retention and Support Program) Fund. The GRASP Fund aids students at Coppin State University and Morgan State University in emergency financial need, giving priority to seniors who meet all academic and other University requirements so they can graduate. In the 2 years since the fund was created, over $30,000 has been raised. Baltimore Chapter of the Links, Incorporated April 23 meeting, welcoming their new officers.Succeeding Jessamy as the new president of the Baltimore chapter of The Links is Nikita Michelle Haysbert, Vice President of The Forum Caterers, Inc.  Her leadership team includes Jenene Lyn Williams, Esq., as Vice President; Michelle N. Lipkowitz, Esq., as Corresponding Secretary;  Dana Petersen Moore, Esq., as Recording Secretary; Esther A. Leslie Avery as Treasurer; and Darlene Wade Moss as Financial Secretary. About The LinksThe Links, Incorporated is an organization of accomplished, dedicated women who are active in your community. The Links members are newsmakers, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work to promote and engage in educational, civic, and intercultural activities in order to enrich the lives of members and the larger community. The organization works from five established key facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The five facets are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.last_img read more

Police chart out measures to implement SC cracker ban

first_imgKolkata: The police are gearing up to prevent the use of banned firecrackers in the state. According to sources, both Kolkata Police and the West Bengal Police are getting ready to keep a strict vigil during the two-day festival across the state.On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the state governments to arrange for extensive public awareness campaigns to inform people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. The Apex Court also clearly mentioned that on Diwali or any other festivals when firecrackers are being used, it would strictly be restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm. In the case of New Year celebrations, the time has been restricted from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile directing the administration, Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned that the police will ensure that no banned firecracker sales take place and will also look after that the time limit is not flouted. The major direction to the police is that if any violation of the order is found then the Officer-in-Charge (OC) or the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station will be held personally liable and would face proceedings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKeeping these points in mind, the police across the state are preparing themselves to comply with the Apex Court order. Sources informed that Kolkata Police have already started gathering information about firecracker factories from the surrounding areas, especially in South 24-Parganas. Senior officials are also mulling to initiate a special raid few days before the Kali Puja to ensure that no banned firecrackers are brought into the city. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police are also ensuring stringent action against the law violators. Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Amit Javalgi said: “We will publicise the court order through media before Diwali. If any complaint comes, we will definitely intervene. We will strictly enforce the timings. Drive against illegal firecracker manufacturing and storing will commence soon.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order which permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide but fixed a two-hour time period on Diwali and other festivals. According to reports, the Board had already put in force a mechanism to stop the supply and sale of firecrackers beyond permissible decibel sound limits (90 decibel) since the past couple of years.last_img read more

Mexicans opt for train as way to explore Canada

first_imgIsrael Gómez, representative of VIA Rail in Mexico says that their train routes were the most popular option among Mexican tourists who visited Canada. He says since 2017, the number of Mexican travelers has tripled. Statistics from Canadian immigration authorities show more than 359,000 Mexican nationals head to Canada each year to explore the country. According to Destination Canada, the most visited provinces include British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Gómez says that “Mexico is one of the most important international markets for the development of VIA Rail”, being among the main international tourists to Canada behind the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France and Germany.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) He also noted that other visitors prefer to explore the extensive geography of Canada taking advantage of the long distance train services offered by VIA Rail, such as The Canadian that runs through Vancouver and Toronto and The Ocean that goes from Montreal to Halifax in eastern Canada. He explained that it’s their corridor routes that prove most popular, serving some of the largest cities in Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, as well as Niagara Falls, which remain the most sought after itineraries by Mexican travelers exploring Canada by train. He said that passengers prefer the advantages offered by traveling by train since the mode of transportation is fast, efficient and comfortable and includes free WiFi. Data shows the number of Mexicans visiting Canada continues to increase with Mexican nationals preferring train as a way to explore the country. last_img read more

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first_img Annoyed by the high cost of a tune-up, 30 years ago I took a class on automotive maintenance. Armed with a spark plug wrench, timing light and screwdriver, I thereafter tuned up — far more often than necessary — my 1978 Toyota Corolla. Back then I had the right tools and the knowledge to do what needed to be done. Today I have neither.Radiologists are in a different ocean, but the same boat.No one speaks today of soft copy reads. They are the norm. PACS workstations are the new light boards. Developers claim their software makes interpreting images easy and efficient. But not everyone agrees.In the Sept. 12 online publication of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists lamented the inadequate design of workstations, their insufficientflow of information and lack of intuitiveness. Their shortcomings cause fatigue and inaccuracy, according to a survey that tapped the opinions of five radiologists, part of an exploratory study commissioned by GE, supported and conducted by ACR Image Metrix. It is arguably too small a sample on which to draw definitive conclusions.  And yet … there was a ring of truth.  “Radiologists spend a large amount of nonproductive time each day dealing with inefficiencies attributable to their workstations and inherent to their workflow,” according to the study authors. Adding up the wasted time reported by radiologists, the researchers came up with a whopping 173 nonproductive minutes per radiologist per day — nearly three hours of inefficiencies that frustrate and add to radiologists’ fatigue, according to the study.  Most concerning is the possibility that — pushed by high volumes of exams and limited by their own physical abilities — radiologists may not be as thorough as they could be or as accurate as they need to be. Not good.  But the first step toward a solution may be the study that uncovered the problem. Recognizing the need to improve workstations and characterizing the weaknesses demonstrates not only the opportunity to design better workstations, but how it might be done.  Can vendors look at those 173 nonproductive minutes per day and find out what is behind them? Can they involve radiologists in workstation design? It won’t be easy. There will be great variability and individuals will each have preferences. But so what? So, develop consensus. Assemble a working group of radiologists, give them all the features they might want, then give them a budget. Make them pick and choose among the features. Do it over and over with other groups until patterns arise. Then lock in what makes workstations better. It’s got to be done and soon.Imaging utilization has leveled off, but harsh economics have led many radiology practices to rein in their numbers, choosing not to replace retiring members. Not surprisingly in this environment, more productivity is being demanded. ObamaCare could lead to a surge in volume. If so, efficiency will be even more important than it is now.Efficiency will be the key to coping. Working smarter will not be an option.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | November 04, 2013 Having the Right Tools for the Job Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  The Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T is comfortable, safe and user-friendly. The wide bore and Pianissimo noise-reduction technology make patients more comfortable, helping to produce motion-free images. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read morelast_img read more

Scientists use Calvin Klein cologne to lure reclusive Nicaraguan jaguars what might

first_imgResearchers studying elusive, nocturnal animals often use camera traps, which are triggered when the creature comes close to them. So what’s the best way to get these animals to come close enough to get a photo or video? According to Scientific American’s The Thoughtful Animal blog, researchers swear by Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men.Miguel Ordeñana, a biologist with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, in the United States, who studies the solitary, night-hunting jaguars of Nicaragua, tells the blog that he experimented with other scents, spraying them on a tree branch near the camera trap, before happening on the attraction of the Calvin Klein cologne. (A four-ounce bottle sells at Macy’s for $71.)“It has civetone and it has vanilla extract,” he told the blog, which pointed out that “civetone is a chemical compound derived from the scent glands of civets, smallish nocturnal cat-like critters native to the Asian and African tropics, and it’s one of the world’s oldest perfume ingredients.” (Modern scentmakers often use synthetic versions of civetone.)According to Ordeñana, “What we think is that the civetone resembles some sort of territorial marking to the jaguar, and so it responds by rubbing its own scent on it,” which gets the jaguars to trigger the camera. And the vanilla? It might prompt the cat’s curiosity.This is important, the blog points out, because camera traps “help researchers collect evidence of rare species or rare behaviors, as was demonstrated last week when a camera trap captured shocking images of a golden eagle attacking a sika deer. Or they could help researchers come face to face with an animal that might otherwise be dangerous or harmful. An array of camera traps is also more cost efficient than paying an army of field assistants to observe animal behavior or to conduct a census.”It’s unclear what relevance this might have for the guy who wears Obsession on a date. But if you’re planning to go on a safari, you might want to leave the scent at home.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Jaguar’s death by hunters alarms Costa Ricans In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport Jaguar attacks take out livestock in northern Costa Ricalast_img read more

Rep Lucido bill to allow expert testimony in human trafficking cases

first_img Legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township, which would allow expert testimony to be admissible during criminal cases involving human trafficking, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today.Lucido pointed out the importance of such testimony to explain how victim behavior can be affected by being in a sustained human trafficking environment.“Based on the recommendation of our state’s Human Trafficking Commission, this bill is incredibly necessary,” Lucido said. “Expert witnesses are another reliable and credible resource to go with victim testimony, whether it’s for the defense or the prosecution during trial.  Psychologists can talk about sex abuse, controlling behavior and physical or mental trauma, which these victims often are subjected to in this type of environment. However, we must give the victims an additional credible voice as an option to be used in these cases.”House Bill 4211 will advance to the full House for consideration. 07Mar Rep. Lucido bill to allow expert testimony in human trafficking cases Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more

Recent signed law from Rep Farrington enhances child pornography penalties

first_img Categories: Farrington News,News 19Dec Recent signed law from Rep. Farrington enhances child pornography penalties Proposal set in motion in wake of Larry Nassar scandalLegislation proposed by state Rep. Diana Farrington enacting sentencing guidelines within new penalties for possession, production and distribution of child pornography was recently signed by the Governor.Under previous law, an individual who knowingly possessed or sought to gain possession of sexual material involving children could be guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. House Bill 5661, now Public Act 374 of 2018, imposes a 10-year maximum sentence for the new crime of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.The proposal also has a 15-year maximum for distributing, promoting or financing the distribution of the material and a 25-year maximum for producing the material.“The heinous acts of Larry Nassar pressed us into action. We needed to work quickly and effectively to keep our children safe,” said Farrington, of Utica. “I’m pleased we were able to come together and roll out solutions that will harshly penalize individuals who engage in this awful behavior and hopefully prevent such incidents from occurring again.”In addition to Nassar’s sexual abuse while working in a variety of different medical capacities, one of his lesser publicized offenses was his vast collection of child pornography. An FBI raid revealed that Nassar was in possession of at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography. This material allegedly depicted children as young as infants, as well as personal videos of himself sexually assaulting girls under the age of 12. Nassar pleaded guilty to three federal charges related to child pornography in federal court.Farrington’s bill was one of five signed as part of ongoing, bipartisan Nassar-related efforts that have taken place during the 2018-19 legislative term.last_img read more

Rep Eisen named Vice Chair of Transportation Committee in Michigan House

first_img22Jan Rep. Eisen named Vice Chair of Transportation Committee in Michigan House Lawmaker will serve on three other committeesState Rep. Gary Eisen was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session, an important position to help improve the conditions of Michigan roads and bridges.Committee assignments were announced by Speaker Lee Chatfield.“As Transportation Vice Chair I will work with my House colleagues to prioritize roads and ensure families can travel safely across the state,” Eisen said. “We must work together to ensure road projects are done on time and on budget, so our investments are of the best possible value to Michigan residents.”Eisen also will also serve as a member of the Agriculture, Local Government and Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committees.Eisen represents the residents of the 81st  District, which includes the communities of Lynn, Berlin, Emmett, Brockway, Greenwood, Gant, Clay, Clyde, Port Huron, St. Clair, East China, China, Cottreville and Mussey Townships, as  well the cities of Yale, St. Clair, Marine, Marysville and Algonac in St. Clair County.### Categories: Eisen News,Newslast_img read more

Mobile technology specialist IMImobile has integra

first_imgMobile technology specialist IMImobile has integrated its Multi-Media Console with the Zeebox Showtime social TV platform.IMImobile’s platform provides broadcasters with a way to aggregate audience content across digital streams including Twitter, Facebook, SMS, MMS, email and apps. This allows the broadcaster to edit, curate and publish user-generated coverage through Zeebox’s second-screen interactive TV platform.The pair initially cooperated to drive audience engagement for pay TV operator BSkyB’s Got to Dance show on Sky One, creating a ‘social wall’ for each of the acts performing on the talent show.Jay Patel, managing director of IMImobile, said, “Zeebox are leading the way in second-screen audience engagement, and how to utilise social media for TV.  We look forward to working with zeebox and broadcasters globally to drive audience engagement, and to create new, innovative formats that put content at the heart of a show.”last_img read more

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a s

first_imgFrench commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a synchronised companion screen service, kicking off with talent show The Voice on February 2.The broadcaster will deliver synchronised content to smartphones, tablets and computers allowing viewers to access supplementary content about the show.Viewers can link up via the MyTF1 website or dedicated app, click on a ‘Connect’ button and begin interacting with the show. They can create their own 90-second video, choosing an extract from the show to share via Facebook or Twitter. The service also provides Instant Replay, allowing viewers to replay the show immediately it is broadcast, according to e-TF1 director Olivier Abecassis. Viewers can also ‘buzz’ for their favoured contestants as the show is in progress.TF1 plans to launch additional synchronised functionality in March related to news and sports programmes.The new service is designed to win and retain audience loyalty, with little in the way of additional direct revenue expected for now. In the future, the broadcaster is looking to develop additional advertising opportunities.last_img read more

Satellite operator Arabsat is to exclusively distr

first_imgSatellite operator Arabsat is to exclusively distribute three HD channels from SPI International in the Middle East and Africa.Arabsat will distribute HD and SD versions of combat sports channel Fightbox HD, factual channel Docubox HD and fashion and lifestyle channel Fashionbox HD from the 26° East and 20° East orbital positions.“We are very pleased to start a partnership with SPI International; we are committed to provide them with the best satellite services and bring them to Arabsat neighborhood of more than 170 million viewers over the Middle East and Africa. We pledge our support to help SPI International expand and wish them the very best of luck, said Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat.“Following the successful launch of our new HD channels in Europe, Asia and North America we are very happy to partner with Arabsat and expand our global reach to Middle East and Africa,” said Loni Farhi, SPI International president.last_img read more

Netflix viewers watched more than 4 billion hours

first_imgNetflix viewers watched more than 4 billion hours of content on the video-on-demand service in the last three months, according to CEO Reed Hastings. The stat, released via Hastings on his Facebook page, came in the same week that Netflix told investors in a regulatory filing that it may use Facebook, Twitter and its blog to disclose material information.This followed a ruling this month by the SEC that companies should identify what sites they issue information on in order to stay compliant with fair-disclosure rules.Using the 4 billion figure as a jumping-off point, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated that Netflix’s 28 million US subscribers are watching an average of 87 minutes of Netflix per day, likely making it “the most watched cable network, essentially in-line with the Disney Channel.”last_img read more

Advertising technology provider Smartclip has team

first_imgAdvertising technology provider Smartclip has teamed up with Euronews to deliver advertising for the news channel across the web, mobile and connected TV.Smartclip will deliver advertisements for the news organisation in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.Olivier de Montchenu, managing director, Euronews sales said: “As we add more and more rich media content to our news channel, it is important that we adapt our advertising formats. We have partnered with smartclip due to the global reach of its community and the fact that with its advertising solutions, our viewers will be able to receive meaningful ads for them.”last_img read more

BSkyBs Now TV OTT boxes are now available in Argo

first_imgBSkyB’s Now TV OTT boxes are now available in Argos and Currys PC World stores across the UK, with John Lewis to begin supplying the devices in the coming weeks. In addition Sky has bundled the Now TV box with content passes for the first time, enabling customers to choose from either a Sky Sports Day Pass or three months Sky Movies Pass at Now TV retail stands in shopping centres.A Now TV Box with a Sky Sports Day Pass will be available for £14.99 (€17.69), providing unlimited access to all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours. A Now TV Box and a three months Sky Movies Pass will be available for £24.99.Other services available via the Now TV box include Sky News, BBC iPlayer and the BBC News app, Demand 5, Spotfiy, Facebook and Flickr.Sky said it planned to add further entertainment channels, including some third-party channels, by the end of this year.last_img read more

Per Borgklint Ericsson has agreed to buy TV anywhe

first_imgPer BorgklintEricsson has agreed to buy TV anywhere platform provider Azuki Systems, in a deal designed to boost Ericsson’s TV and media portfolio.Ericsson said that the deal will give it additional functionality for deploying TV anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies, as well as Azuki’s team of skilled software engineers.Massachusetts-based Azuki was founded in 2008, has 49 employees, and provides TV anywhere platforms for service providers, content owners and broadcasters.Its solution combines OTT video with personalisation, content protection and scalability and supports different monetisation options.“We are executing on our TV and media strategy and Azuki adds key technologies and capabilities to extend our market leadership position,” said Per Borgklint, senior vice president and head of business unit support solutions at Ericsson.“Traditional TV is shifting rapidly towards TV Anywhere. Azuki Systems further positions Ericsson to help customers deliver on the Networked Society’s global demand for customised and personalised media experiences that include content on any screen, any time across any network.”The deal follows Ericsson’s recent acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business, which closed in September and established Ericsson as world’s largest provider, by market share, of IPTV middleware technology and solutions.Ericssson also agreed to linear playout services firm Red Bee Media last year, though the deal is currently under investigation by the UK Competition Commission.Financial details of the Azuki deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of February.last_img read more

Melita a Maltabased telecom services provider h

first_imgMelita, a Malta-based telecom services provider, has appointed former Telesystem International Wireless CEO, Bruno Ducharme, as an independent non-executive director.Ducharme founded and served for 12 years as the CEO of Telesystem. He is now a private investor and also sits on the boards of Orange Switzerland, Tele2 Russia, Baltic telco Bité and UK fibre broadband firm Hyperoptic.last_img

Former Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey has left her posi

first_imgFormer Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey has left her position as chief of Yahoo’s European operations.Airey is well-known in UK TV circles, having been at Channel 5, Channel 4 and ITV in her career. She joined Yahoo in late 2013 as senior VP, EMEA.Yahoo confirmed her departure with a statement: “We are incredibly grateful to Dawn for her dedication and contributions to Yahoo over the past two years, and for her leadership of this extremely important region.”She will be replaced at Yahoo by Nick Hugh who is currently general manager, advertising, EMEA.At the internet firm she reported to COO Henrique de Castro. At the point she was hired, he said: “Dawn is well known for her visionary thinking, operational discipline and leadership skills, and I can’t wait to work with her as we position Yahoo! for growth throughout the EMEA region.”Airey was recently one of a number of senior media execs appointed to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed.Last September Airey brought former Disney and Endemol sales boss Tom Toumazis on to her team ashead of partnerships.last_img read more

TV viewers in the UK now watch 26 minutes less per

first_imgTV viewers in the UK now watch 26 minutes less per day than they did in 2010 and there is a “widening generational gap” in viewing habits, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2016’ claims that people under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010, while the average viewing of those aged 55-64 has declined by 5%.Those aged 16-24 have “particularly embraced on-demand services”, with live TV accounting for just 36% of daily viewing, a 14 percentage-point decrease in two years.“TV viewing on TV sets has fallen substantially in the last five years, with a widening gap between the viewing habits of the youngest and oldest audiences,” said Ofcom.“Among all those who have a TV set in the home, lower proportions of people under 35 watch TV in a typical week, compared to older age groups.”On average, people in the UK watched 3 hours 36 minutes of measured broadcast TV in a typical day in 2015, compared to 4 hours and 02 minutes in 2010.Ofcom said that taking a ten-year view, daily viewing looks resilient, but this is because the oldest viewer groups have propelled viewing figures, while there are “marked declines” in viewing among all other age groups, including children.The average weekly reach of total broadcast TV is 82% among those aged 16-24, compared to 97% for adults aged 65 and older.“One of the potential reasons for the decrease in viewing among younger age groups is the increase in popularity of on-demand services. Around six in ten adults now use on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, Netflix or Amazon, with reach rising to around seven in ten among 15-24s and 25-34 year olds,” according to the report.Ofcom said that the main five public service channels provided by public service broadcasters (PBSs) reached 84% of the TV population in a typical week, and accounted for 51% of all broadcast TV viewing in 2015.This share is similar to the last three years, but represents a decline from ten years ago when PSBs held a 70% share of viewing.The PSBs spent £2.50bn on new UK programmes on their public service channels in 2015, a 2% increase since 2013; the most recent comparable year due to the absence of major sporting events.Some 73% of viewers said they were satisfied with PSB public service broadcasting overall, while 7% were dissatisfied.“Our research shows that UK audiences still watch and value public service broadcasting. But there are significant differences in the viewing habits of older and younger audiences,” said Jane Rumble, Director of market intelligence at Ofcom.“As media and technology continue to evolve, it is important that broadcasters respond to these changes, so they can keep meeting the needs and expectations of viewers.”Separately, Ofcom chief executive Sharon White said that the BBC should “reflect the nation in all its diversity” once its new charter comes into effect in 2017, in an interview published today by the Guardian.last_img read more

Cindy Rose Mixed reality MR will be one of the t

first_imgCindy RoseMixed reality (MR) will be one of the technologies that will help spur a “fourth industrial revolution,” according to Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK.Speaking at the Microsoft Future Decoded conference in London this week, Rose spoke about new capabilities that will help Microsoft take its customers, partners and its own business “into a new era”.“The capabilities that have made us successful in the past are not necessarily the capabilities that will make us successful in the future,” said Rose. “At Microsoft we believe that cloud services, AI, mixed reality and in due course quantum computing form the bedrock of the fourth industrial revolution.“We believe that these technology shifts will really reshape our lives, our businesses, our organisations, markets, [and] society, and we believe that these technology shifts will deliver incredible benefits.”At the Future Decoded event expo, Microsoft and its partners demonstrated how augmented and virtual reality technologies are already being deployed across both business and entertainment.Demos for Microsoft’s Hololens AR headset showed how the technology can be used in industry, for instance in the auto manufacturing. Windows powered VR headsets from partners like Acer also showed the potential for VR gaming and entertainment experiences.HoloLens is currently available in 10 markets, including the UK. At Future Decoded, Microsoft announced it will roll it out to another 29 countries across Europe.The new markets are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.last_img read more

Liberty Globalbacked Belgian cable operator Telen

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw the positive impact of uptake of bundled offerings and a modest uptick in its fixed subscriber base partly offset by lower mobile telephony revenue in 2017, resulting in full-year re-based revenue growth of only 1%.Telenet turned in full-year revenues of €2.258 billion, up 4% year-on-year in nominal terms thanks to the acquisitions of mobile outfit BASE and SFR Belux.The 1% boost to rebased revenue included increased input from the company’s wholesale business as well as higher cable subscription and B2B revenue.Telenet had to introduce competitive promotional offers in the fourth quarter to pull in new video, broadband and fixed-phone subscribers in what it described as “a continued intensely competitive environment”.The company did succeed in driving up its post-paid mobile base by 43,800 in the fourth quarter thanks to its new WIGO bundled offering and growth in demand for BASE’s postpaid offerings.Adjusted EBITDA was up 6% rebased and 8% on a reported basis to €1.21 billion, helped along by lower handset costs and subsidies and lower MVNO costs. Telenet is in the process of ‘onboarding’ its full MVNO customers to its wholly-owned mobile network. The company said that it had migrated about 90% of its base by the end of 2017.Telenet now expects adjusted EBITDA growth of 7-8% for 2018.last_img read more

For organizations considering cloud options for ov

first_imgFor organizations considering cloud options for over-the-top (OTT) video services, the path to building and deploying is significantly faster than traditional architectures.This white paper outlines steps for building live and video-on-demand (VOD) workflows in the cloud, discusses cloud video deployment examples, and explains the technologies for ingest, storage, processing, and delivery in production today..Download the whitepaperlast_img


first_imgShareTweet Martina Anderson meeting with Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla GuvenSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla Guven. Speaking from Kurdistan, Martina Anderson said: “I have met with Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven who has been on hunger strike since November. Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla GuvenKurdistanMartina AndersonmepSinn Fein Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “She has been released from prison as a result of international pressure but only under tight conditions and her health is continuing to deteriorate. “She embarked on this hunger strike calling for the end of the isolation of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan who has now been detained for 20 years, some of it in total isolation with no access to legal representation. “I expressed my solidarity and the continuing solidarity of Sinn Féin and the people of Ireland to Leyla Guven when we met. “The international community needs to act to save the life of Leyla Guven and all other Kurdish hunger strikers and demand and end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan,” added the MEP.last_img read more


first_img Tumblr NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories West Virginia Parkways Announces Numbers Through First Month of New Toll Schedule By Tyler BarkerFeb 04, 2019, 15:54 pm 375 0 CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – One month into the new West Virginia Turnpike toll schedule, the West Virginia Parkways Authority announces that more than 150,000 customers have taken advantage of the E-ZPass Early Enrollment Option of $24 for 3 years of unlimited use of the West Virginia Turnpike.  There were 110,000 new transponders processed and sent to customers to add to the existing 40,000 customers already with transponders.Overall, revenues have increased by 78.7% since the new toll schedule took effect (January 15), with revenues from commercial trucks increasing 96.3% and passenger vehicle revenues up 44.9%.Motorists who were not able to take advantage of the early enrollment option can still receive steep discounts with the option to pay $25 for unlimited use of the West Virginia Turnpike for one year.For more information, please go to or email Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Home NewsWatch West Virginia Parkways Announces Numbers Through First Month of New Toll Schedule Mail Pinterest Linkedin Facebook Previous PostGov. Justice releases January 2019 Revenue Collections, estimates still trending toward significant FY 2019 surplus Twitter Google+ Next PostSubstance Exposed Child Advocacy Org. Expands to Fayetteville, WVlast_img read more

The best indicator of a chess players form is his

first_imgThe best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game.–Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits?You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on?Pawn to A3On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move.The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%).Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees.CheckWhat your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold.But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.)Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.”Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact.We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency.Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced.And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite.CheckmateIf other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing?Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already.What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events.None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction.The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements.Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way.The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere.The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves.You only have to see the government’s next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest learning what countermoves you can take now are, before your government declares checkmate.last_img read more

The countries of the developed world are experienc

first_imgThe countries of the developed world are experiencing a new class of refugee – members of the middle and upper class. These rungs of the socioeconomic ladder are realizing that their countries of residence are in many ways going rapidly downhill without much hope of a short- or medium-term reversal. This is particularly true for national economies, taxes, and regulations, and in terms of deteriorating individual liberty. As a result, many are seeking permanent expatriation, or a “back door” destination, should a sudden move become necessary. In fact, after internationalizing your assets, establishing a back door is the next most important diversification strategy for most. This article will provide valuable insights toward that goal. The first big hurdle is determining which destination is the right fit for you and your family. This task can be time-consuming and frustrating. Many in the developed West contemplating personal internationalization (particularly Americans) are saying, “There’s nowhere to go – the whole world is falling apart.” This is far from the truth. Although much of the developed world is in serious decline, there are exceptions. Further, some of the world’s developing countries are on the rise both socially and economically. However, some of the greatest opportunities for those hoping for a better life outside of Europe or America lie in less-developed countries. The less-developed countries are generally perceived by dwellers of the developed West as impoverished nations, where ignorance and disease are the norm. This is certainly true of some countries such as Somalia, which is the far extreme. However, it is certainly not the case with other locales that technically fit in this category, such as Uruguay, which is almost entirely unaffected by the present First World crisis. Perhaps your idea of a new home is on a beach in the Caribbean where there is minimal violence, and where your wealth is relatively secure. Possibly you would prefer a home where there are old-world values and traditions, where you can frequent cafés and surround yourself with the arts. Whatever fits your tastes and needs, such a destination is likely to exist. However, finding the right combination of ingredients is time-consuming and requires some research and a bit of travel. Our first recommendation is that you begin with a list of what is important to you. This can include such items as low taxation and limited government. However, it may also contain gourmet food and good hair salons. While the latter may seem frivolous, it may not be. Many have expatriated to a new jurisdiction only to discover that it’s the “frivolous” things that they miss most. Therefore, create a table that covers all these things for all who will be going with you. Below is an example of how you might go about this. Possible Exit Destinations The table shown here was used by a Scottish acquaintance of mine when he began his search for a second residence. In the end, his final choice was not even a country on this table. He decided on Chiang Mai, Thailand, also now home to the well-known contrarian investment advisor Marc Faber. Using a table similar to the one above and ranking your priorities for each contending country is an extremely valuable exercise. While not entirely scientific and obviously subject to personal biases, by conducting extensive due diligence and applying the results to such a document, the person or family looking for a second residence will be less prone to making a commitment that is later regretted. You can ensure you cover all bases before making a decision. Once the list of contenders has been decided, a bit of travel will be in order. While research can reveal information about any potential destination, getting a feel for the country and how things actually work requires personal experience. By planning a vacation at the place of interest, the priorities in the table can be confirmed and new ones added. Some time on the ground taking notes and refining the table will assist you in determining if a potential choice is a good fit for you and your family. Once the decision on where in the world to settle is reached, other choices will surface over time: do you wish to work, start a business, or retire in the new location?; will you pursue citizenship or legal residence? As the answers to these questions surface, you will need to set the appropriate process in motion. In many countries, accomplishing some or all of these goals can take a long time, so plan accordingly and expect a few hurdles along the way. Finally, you will need to rent or purchase property and set up a residence whether you plan to relocate fulltime or establish a backdoor destination as a nice place to vacation. If you select a destination where the economy is on the upswing, chances are even if you never need to move there, you can sell the property later at a profit. In the meantime, purchasing foreign real estate gives you diversification beyond one economy and one currency Purchasing foreign property is one of the best wealth-protection strategies there is, but it’s far from your only option. You can buy precious metals and store them abroad… invest in other countries’ currencies… move your IRA to a foreign jurisdiction… or implement any number of other measures that your government would prefer you not know about. If you’re at all interested in learning more about this increasingly important subject, you need to see Internationalizing Your Assets, a new Casey Research web video that premiers on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. This free event features some of the world’s foremost experts on international diversification, including Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey, World Money Analyst Editor Kevin Brekke, and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff. For more information and to register, click here.last_img read more

In This Issue   Gold gets taken down again

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Gold gets taken down again. *  Aussie Trade Deficit widens. *  Hildebrand won’t face charges. *  U.S. ISM expands. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! No Jobs Jamboree, Oh My! What Will We Do? Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! This will be a little later than usual today, as I’m late to begin with. I spent the morning arguing with myself over whether I was going to go to work today, for my stomach is not cooperating. I finally decided to go, and give it the old college try. So, here I am! Maybe my body is answering my call to lose 50 lbs by Friday! HA! Speaking of losing pounds. Aye, Aye, Aye. Gold really got the snot knocked out of it again yesterday after I sent the letter off for review. There was little in the way of reasons for this plunge downward, but it was eerily familiar.  It looked just like the previous takedowns generated by the price manipulators, for when else would be a good time to buy Gold other than when the U.S. is in shutdown, and the threat of a default is hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles? So, seeing this, the short position holders had to do something quick. Well, at least that’s how I see that it happened. I could be wrong. The first day of the partial Gov’t shutdown was more like a “who cares” trading day. Stocks went up, bonds rallied (albeit a small rally) and the dollar was soft against the fiat currencies, but strong against the hard currencies of Gold, Silver, and other precious metals. So, it’s on to day 2 of the Partial Shutdown, which from here on out I’ll refer to as the “PS”. Like I said yesterday, there’s no reason to go all Chicken Little on this right now. However, should this PS continue to drag on, and we edge closer to the drop dead date of October 17, when the “extraordinary measures” that the Treasury Sec. has used to keep the U.S. debt below the limit, I would think that there will be plenty of time to start screaming the sky is falling, the sky is falling! And again, let me say, that this isn’t just an October 2013 happening. This is what my old boss used to say about the cheese that binds. This is what happens when you build up unsustainable debt for over a decade, and then one day, it’s not so easy to rubber stamp a debt ceiling increase.  And the dollar should be hung out to dry because of this.  Right now, it’s drifting with a bias to sell, but there’s no real impetus to do so right now. I guess that comes when the Chicken Littles begin to hit the streets! And all this stuff with debts and deficit spending reminds me of the Ronald Reagan quote, when someone said that Congress was spending like drunken sailors, to which Reagan responded, “To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors” – Ronald Reagan  The Aussie dollar (A$) has lost about 1/2-cent this morning, after booking an over 1-cent gain yesterday. I would think that some profit taking is to blame, but at the same time, I would also think that enough of the “good will” of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) performing a vanishing act on their rate cut bias, has been priced into the A$… The next move higher, if there is one in the cards, will have to come from something else. Or someplace else, namely, China. The overnight weakness can be attributed to a Trade Deficit that was much larger than expected. The Aussie Trade Deficit for August was A$ 815 Million (A$ 400 million was expected). This is a two edged sword for the A$… Being an island nation, Australia has to import quite a bit of stuff, but in doing so, they are meeting the consumer demand, which is a good thing for the economy. This is a good economy indicator to watch for Australia. The euro is just a shade lower today than it was yesterday morning. Tomorrow, the European Central Bank (ECB) will meet, and I think the euro will get some relief trading from what comes from that meeting. I totally suspect that ECB President, Draghi, will keep rates unchanged, but keep his rhetoric about having the ability to adjust rates lower should the economy show signs of need. Draghi will need to be very careful that he doesn’t sound like the boy who cried wolf, given the evidence of a cyclical upturn in the Eurozone economy that’s going on right now. You know, the euro fell in value after the last meeting on Sept 5th, but then rallied nicely the past three weeks, so we could see some slippage again in the euro tomorrow, given what Draghi has to say. Another thing hanging over the euro this morning is the threat of the Berlusconi party in Italy becoming unified to vote against the currency Gov’t led by Letta. Yesterday, I told you how there were reports that enough of the Berlusconi Party members would defect and not vote against Letta. But today there are reports that the Berlusconi Party will be unified.  Ok.  stop all this now! Berlusconi. go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200! I’ve had it with your shenanigans! I can’t believe that with all the legal problems in your past, that anyone would be associated with your party! Geez Louise! Well, the best performing G-10 currency overnight has been the Japanese yen. Yes, I said the Japanese yen, you know, the currency that has Gov’t debt coming out its ears, the currency that has a Gov’t intent on getting the currency weaker, the currency that has a Gov’t that announced the largest bond buying program, ever, and the currency that has zero interest rates, and a 2 decade long economic funk.  So, why have traders taken the yen higher? Ahhh grasshopper, no matter what the Gov’t wishes for a currency, the markets have deeper pockets. And at least for a while the markets can hold off the weakness the Gov’t wishes for its currency.  And the markets can point to yen still being a “safe haven”.  Safe Haven, Schmafe Haven as far as I’m concerned! Over in Switzerland, the franc is still tied to the euro with a floor of 1.20 on the cross. There continues to be a whispering campaign to widen that floor to 1.30 or 1.35. But for now 1.20 remains in place.  Speaking of the floor that was put in place a couple of years ago. Remember how the wife of then Swiss National Bank (SNB) President, Hildebrand, made all that money on selling francs ahead of the announcement of the floor and eventual devaluation of the franc?  Well. it was announced yesterday, after a two years has passed and most people have forgotten about the whole mess, that Hildebrand won’t face further investigation, as FX transactions aren’t covered by Swiss insider regulations.   Are you kidding me? Have the Swiss taken a page out of the U.S. book that allows price manipulation without regulation?  I’m shaking my head in disgust. So for your listening enjoyment. We have 3 Fed Heads speaking today, including Big Ben Bernanke. Bullard and Rosengren are the other two that will mesmerize their audiences with powerful speeches.  Hey, did I tell you I have some swamp land to sell you?   Seriously though, I doubt we get much from any of these speeches for the subject matters aren’t market moving in themselves. But who know? Maybe somebody asks a question that spurs a market moving response. So.. Just to prove a point that the Currency Wars have tried to point out, and that I’ve pointed out to readers for over 12 years, that countries that need to increase their manufacturing visa-vi increased exports know that they can achieve this by debasing their currency.  Yesterday, the U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index for September, rose even higher than expected to an expansion number of 56.2. In May of this year, manufacturing was contracting with an index number of 49.0.  Since May the index has risen 12%…  Since May the dollar index has fallen 4%…  you need one to fall to have the other gain. Unless, we, as a country, want to start working for a whole lot less, so that our exports can compete even more! The U.S. data cupboard is pretty much shutdown with the PS going on. That probably means there won’t be a Jobs Jamboree this Friday, as previously scheduled. Oh Shoot Rudy! I really look forward to the Jobs Jamboree and the farce that the jobs report has become. NOT!  So, what will the markets do without cooked books to review? Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to thank my friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast.  They thought enough of something I said yesterday, to add it to their great daily letter! My friend Addison Wiggin started the “5”, and it’s now put together each day by Dave Gonigam, and once again I thank them for thinking that what I said was “5-worthy”. For What It’s Worth. I saw this on Ed Steer’s letter this morning that he got from a reader, and thought it played well with all the stuff I’ve been telling you about China over the years. it’s from the website:  should you want the whole article, for I only have room to add a snippet. It’s titled: “How China is taking over the world, one gold bar at a time” “The year 2013 in the gold investment market will be remembered as the year of China, so we’ve produced a stunning info graphic detailing China’s great golden rise to power. In just a few months the world’s largest country will overtake India as the biggest consumer of gold and its gold market continues to break records. A country that already mines over 400 tonnes of gold a year, China still demands more physical gold no matter the price. Between January and July this year the Shanghai Gold Exchange delivered more than 1,333 tonnes to gold investors. In the last 100 years China’s gold mine productivity has climbed from just 4 tons of gold in 1949 to an expected 440 tons this year, none of which is exported. Hong Kong imports have been over 600 tonnes this year alone, but still more gold is demanded. Whilst it may appear that China has exploded onto the gold scene this is by no means the case. China’s ancient monetary history is well documented. They are the world’s oldest scientists when it comes to different forms of money, having been the first to experiment with paper money and different metallic standards. Therefore during an international financial crisis one would imagine that the country with the longest and most diverse monetary history would be the place to turn to for direction.” Chuck again. Yes, nothing new to long time Pfennig Readers, just affirmation of all the stuff I’ve been telling you about how China is hoarding Gold. And don’t forget it was I who first put this idea in your head. That China will back the renminbi / yuan with some percentage of Gold when they decide to float and make their currency convertible, which in my opinion will make the renminbi/ yuan the most attractive currency in the world. To recap. Day 2 of the PS begins today. Yesterday saw a huge takedown of Gold once the U.S. traders arrived at their desks. Oh, and with the PS going on, there’s no one to at least appear to be regulating commodities. Aussie Trade Balance goes the wrong way, Berlusconi needs to go away, Hildebrand won’t face charges, and no Jobs Jamboree this Friday are all discussed this morning. Currencies today 10/2/13. American Style: A$ .9345, kiwi .8235, C$ .9670, euro 1.3520, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.1050, . European Style: rand 10.1240, krone 6.0185, SEK 6.3940, forint 219.55, zloty 3.1230, koruna 18.9370, RUB 32.30, yen 97.40, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7545, INR 62.46, China 6.1480, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2155, Dollar Index 80.15, Oil $101.75, 10-year 2.63%, Silver $21.27, Platinum $1,386.80, Palladium $717.64, and Gold. $1,294.00 That’s it for today. NL Playoffs are set, The Cardinals will play the Pirates starting tomorrow afternoon, with the Braves taking on the Dodgers.   Happy Birthday to our newest trade desk member, Dane Moody. A tough day for yours truly yesterday, and today is not starting out like seashells and balloons, but I’ll get through it. I go today to have my “eye shell polished”. Always an interesting hour. I just received an email from who knows where, that has a subject line of: “The “Holy Grail” of Cancer Treatment Revealed”. Of course to find out that that is, I would have to listen to a 40 minute dissertation on why I should listen to this person, and then sign up for their newsletter that costs “X”. What a bunch of dookie! If you know the “holy grail” to cancer treatment shout it out loud! Share it with the rest of the class!  These things just drive me to yelling at the walls!   And with that. I think I had better get this out the door. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_imgChildhood cartoons have programmed us to see bankers as evil, greedy businessmen who delight in preying on the poor. Case in point: Snidely Whiplash.Snidely Whiplash and Nell As children we latched onto stories of the evil banker who held the mortgage on poor Nell’s ranch. Somehow a hero, Dudley Do-Right, emerged in the nick of time to save the day, and the banker was foiled again.Take Your Mortgage to the Grave Snidely Whiplash is at it again in the United Kingdom; only now he has a new scheme to snatch up the property of the poor: lifetime mortgages. It seems that Snidely has been so successful at lending to people who cannot repay their mortgages that he’s overwhelmed the system. But beware of bankers bearing gifts. In the UK, interest-only mortgages allow borrowers to repay only interest during the life of the mortgage, usually twenty-five years. While that keeps month-to-month costs low, borrowers still have to repay the balance at the end of loan’s term… You can see where this is headed. As Dan Hyde, Consumer Affairs Editor of the Telegraph reports, Around 130,000 interest-only mortgages are due to expire every year until 2020, with half facing a shortfall of £71,000 on average, according to the City watchdog. Of the 2.8 million interest-only mortgages in Britain, an estimated 1.3 million are ticking time bombs, so to speak. Banks touted interest-only loans when the industry was booming, but as these notes come due, borrowers are faced with losing their homes.The Poisonous Band-Aid In order to mitigate the crisis, magnanimous bankers are offering lifetime mortgages to borrowers in their 50s and 60s who are coming up short. How do these Band-Aids work? The borrower continues to pay interest and can remain in the home for life. When the borrower dies, the house reverts to the bank. (Sorry kids, no house to inherit.) During boom times, buyers on both sides of the Pond bought homes they could not realistically afford. No money to put down? No problem! Just sign here, move in, and start making the payments. It’s as simple as that.“Don’t worry,” Snidely Whiplash said. “Real estate always increases in value.” Now those notes are coming due, aging borrowers haven’t saved nearly enough to pay the balance, and many if not most of their homes haven’t increased in value. If an interest-only borrower’s home had appreciated 10-20% (providing much-needed equity) during the life of the mortgage, which was the longtime norm, the bank would likely convert the original loan to a conventional mortgage. From the bank’s perspective, why not convert if the home’s value still covers the amount of the loan. And of course, it would pocket origination fees again and receive additional interest income.That’s Not What Happened Sad to say, for the most part banks offering the lifetime-mortgage Band-Aid hold property that is worth far less than the mortgage. The bank is screwed if it forecloses because it will have to sell at a substantial loss. Oh my! Enter Snidely Whiplash, eager to let Grandma and Grandpa stay in their home. All they have to do is keep paying the interest. When they die, he’ll then take the home. Well, any five-year-old can tell you that Dudley Do-Right saves the day, not Snidely Whiplash. So why would he propose such a scheme? It’s pretty simple. If all those borrowers default, the bank is left with unpaid mortgages and homes worth less than the unpaid balances. Homeowners, wake up! This silly scheme will shackle you in poverty. There is a better way.Plan B What if homeowners united, and all 1.3 million dropped their keys off at the bank and moved out? Sell everything—furniture, kitchenware, bathroom cabinets, hot water heaters, you name it. Salvage some cash to start over. Find an inexpensive place to rent; you will be there only a short time. Soon there would be a huge housing glut and house prices would drop radically. The bankers would have to sell the homes at their current value and swallow the losses. How would seniors benefit? Well, wouldn’t you rather rent from an owner who owns the home at a lower price, thereby reducing your monthly payment? Plus you won’t have to worry about taxes, maintenance, or upkeep. And at the same time, you give yourself a second chance at possibly accumulating some wealth. Signing a lifetime mortgage destroys that chance. I have yet to hear of lifetime interest-only mortgages in the US. The closest thing to it stateside is a reverse mortgage. While a reverse mortgage makes sense under very limited circumstances, vigilance is in order. When TV characters like the Fonz earn big bucks to promote reverse mortgages, you know the scheme must be profitable for the banking industry. Remember this universal truth: when a banker is concerned about you, it is for his own benefit, not yours. Come to think of it, give the Fonz a top hat, long twisted mustache and… Oh, never mind!On the Lighter Side Last Saturday the baseball world said good-bye to one of my boyhood heroes, Ernie Banks. He passed on his 84th birthday. Ernie’s accomplishments on the field made him a first ballot member of the Hall of Fame. Off the field he was a true gentleman and ambassador for the game. Congratulations to the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl. Once again, Budweiser gets my vote for the best commercial with their famous Clydesdale horses and puppy. Baseball fans love the Super Bowl because it means baseball season is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than two weeks. And finally… Good friend Toots shared a gem with me, which I wanted to share because it reminded me of Ernie Banks. He always saw the bright side of life. Don’t miss my latest interview on the Financial Survival Network, and follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Until next week…last_img read more

first_img – Right now, junk bonds are hanging in there because most investors aren’t as worried about junk bond defaults as they were last year. But that’s not the only thing holding the junk bond market together. • Inflation doesn’t hurt junk bonds as much as safe bonds… Inflation, as you probably know, measures how quickly prices rise. High inflation is bad for everyday people. It makes the money in their wallet less valuable. It also hurts people who own bonds, especially bonds with low interest rates… Let’s pretend that you own two bonds. One is a government bond that yields 2%. The other is a junk bond that yields 5%. Let’s also assume there’s no inflation (0%) for the first year that you own these bonds. In this case, your “real” return (a bond’s yield minus the rate of inflation) on the government bond would be 2%. Your junk bond would have a real return of 5%. Simple enough. Now, let’s say inflation jumps to 2% in year two. This would drop the government bond’s real return to 0%. You wouldn’t make any money on it. But you’d still make a 3% “real” return on your junk bond. In short, inflation destroys the return on safe (low-yield) bonds quicker than junk (high-yield) bonds. That’s important because most investors expect inflation to rise in the coming months…which is a big reason why Treasurys and other safe bonds have tanked. This rally is on thin ice. After the election, U.S. stocks took off. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq all hit record highs days after Donald Trump pulled off the unthinkable. But, as you’ve probably noticed, the rally in U.S stocks has petered out. The S&P 500 is trading exactly where it was a month ago. The Dow has fallen six days in a row. These aren’t signs of a healthy rally, and that has a lot of investors nervous. But stocks aren’t the only high-flying asset that could be in trouble. Junk bonds look weak, too. • Junk bonds are bonds issued by companies with poor credit… They’re more dangerous than government bonds or bonds issued by companies in good financial shape. Because they’re riskier, junk bonds pay higher interest rates than “safe” bonds. Lately, junk bonds have been very popular with investors. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), the largest U.S. junk bond fund, has gained 4% since last June. The iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), which holds bonds issued by companies with good credit, is down 2% over the same period. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), which holds long-term Treasurys, is down 7%. You might find it strange that junk bonds rallied while “safe” bonds fell. But you have to understand a few things about junk bonds. • For one, oil companies make up a big chunk of the junk bond market… A year ago, the oil market was a complete train wreck. The price of oil was down more than 70% from its highs. It was at its lowest level in more than a decade. Low oil prices crushed the oil industry. Many companies were bleeding cash. Some couldn’t pay their bills. At one point, analysts warned that half of all oil and gas junk bonds would go bust. Then, the price of oil bottomed in mid-February. It’s nearly doubled in value since then. • Higher oil prices saved countless oil companies… They gave junk bonds a big boost. In fact, HYG bottomed on the same day that oil bottomed, February 11. It’s since spiked 15%, thanks to higher prices. But, like stocks, the rally in junk bonds started to fizzle out. You can see in the chart below that HYG hasn’t set a new high since October.  Doug Casey Shows You How To Turn Trump’s First 100 Days Into $10,000s Back in ’93, Doug Casey took a $1,875 stake of money, then made one bold move. Exactly two and a half years later, his stake was worth $1.2 million. An extraordinary 64,000% return. Could we see a similar moneymaking opportunity during Trump’s first 100 days? Click here now to learn more from Doug. • If stocks fall, junk bonds should, too… And we have plenty of reasons to be worried about stocks. For one, profits for companies in the S&P 500 stopped growing in 2014. Until profits pick up, we’re going to take a cautious view on stocks. U.S. stocks are also incredibly expensive. Right now, the S&P 500 trades for 26 times earnings. That means U.S. stocks are 63% more expensive than their historic average. • The “Trump Effect” is about the only thing keeping stocks afloat right now… Unlike Obama, Donald Trump brings a wealth of business experience to the White House. Many folks think Trump’s pro-business policies could jumpstart the U.S. economy. But these same people seem to have forgotten that Trump’s inheriting a huge mess. Plus, he’s a total wild card. We have no idea what we’re getting with Trump. Frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he broke many of the promises that got him elected. That’s why we’re taking a “wait and see” approach with stocks. • We also encourage you to sit out the rally in junk bonds… They’re too risky AND they’re expensive, as you’ll see in today’s Chart of the Day. We also don’t think you should short junk bonds right now. While it’s lost some momentum, HYG is still in an uptrend. And you should never bet against something that’s got the wind at its back. • If you’re hungry for yield, we encourage you to invest in world-class dividend payers… Unfortunately, most U.S. stocks don’t yield much these days. The S&P 500 yields just 2.0%. That’s less than half of its historical average. The good news is that we can help you find great dividend-paying stocks… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, has developed a proprietary system for finding companies with fat dividends. This same system also helps Nick find world-class companies trading at deep bargains. He calls this system his “Value Radar.” Over the past year, Nick has used this system to generate returns of 103%, 51%, and 40% for his readers. Most investors never make returns this good. That’s because most people don’t have a system. They wing it instead. They buy whatever stock is hot or whatever bond pays the most. • You can’t afford to take those kinds of risks right now… To see why, watch this brand-new presentation. It talks about a financial crisis that’s been quietly brewing for years. According to Casey Research founder Doug Casey, this crisis could cause stocks, bonds, and currencies to plunge. It could also put thousands of companies out of business and millions of people out of work. Most investors aren’t ready for this. They’re still laying out on the beach while a Category 5 hurricane is about to make landfall. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim. In this FREE video, we’ll show you a simple yet proven way to flip this coming crisis into big gains. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Junk bonds aren’t cheap. Today’s chart comes from The Wall Street Journal. It shows the yield spread between junk bonds and U.S. Treasurys over the past 20 years. When the spread is high, it means junk bonds are paying much more than Treasurys. When it’s low, it means junk bonds aren’t paying that much more than Treasurys. Right now, the spread is half of its historical average. In other words, junk bond investors aren’t being compensated for the extra risk they’ve assumed. There’s not much margin of safety in junk bonds today, either. The Wall Street Journal reported last week: Junk bonds have defaulted historically at an average rate of 4.2% a year, according to data from Standard & Poor’s. That is more than the current spread, meaning the extra yield investors hope to capture by owning junk could easily evaporate. Investors tend to forget this, especially during periods of low defaults. In short, this means junk bonds are expensive. Keep this in mind if you’ve been thinking about buying them for their “fat” yields. Recommended Linkscenter_img — Executive Order #0001 Forget the Mexican wall… Or a repeal of Obamacare. Trump’s first executive order could send a tiny $1 stock soaring. • At this point, you might be thinking that junk bonds are a safe place to park your money… But you have to understand that junk bonds behave more like stocks than bonds. That’s because they’re risky like stocks. You can see in the chart below that HYG has basically moved in lockstep with the S&P 500 since the start of 2016. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 19, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Good news for the state of Alabama as the unemploy

first_imgGood news for the state of Alabama as the unemployment rate continues to fall as Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s August unemployment rate is 4.2%, down from July’s rate of 4.5%, and well below August 2016’s rate of 5.9%.“After hovering near the national unemployment rate for several months, Alabama’s rate has dropped below it for the first time in many years,” Governor Ivey said. “This is a milestone we’ve been working toward for some time. We announced this week that Autocar, LLC. is opening a new plant in Birmingham, bringing nearly 750 new jobs. As we continue to recruit new businesses to Alabama, hopefully, we’ll be able to maintain that achievement in the months to come.”last_img read more

Fire torched a home in Tuscaloosa County Friday mo

first_imgFire torched a home in Tuscaloosa County Friday morning, sending four people to the hospital.It happened around 9:30 A.M. on Buttermilk Road in Tuscaloosa.First Responders say six people were inside.Two managed to escape unharmed.The other survivors were children.They were transported for treatment as a precaution for Smoke Inhalation.“I was just happy the kids were okay, and someone came the rescue and the Officer was just so happened to be patrolling the area. He was the First Responder. The kids had to break out most of the windows to get out but, they got out and they will be okay “says Tifphine Matthews, home destroyed by the fire”Matthews say they believe the fire started in the kitchen surrounding something they were cooking.The family is getting help from the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross.The family lost everything.If you’d like to help there’s a Go-Fund Me page for donations.Search for “Matthews Family Fire”.last_img read more

CHICAGO — Corey Crawford threw his gloves off and

first_imgCHICAGO — Corey Crawford threw his gloves off and ditched his helmet as the Chicago Blackhawks poured onto the ice and swarmed the goaltender at one end of the frenzied United Center.And just like that, the celebration was on. The marquee at Wrigley Field had a congratulatory message for the Stanley Cup champions, and there were fireworks and honking horns all over Chicago.Call it a Windy City party 77 years in the making.Duncan Keith scored in the second period and led a dominant defense that shut down Tampa Bay’s high-scoring attack, and the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on June 15 for their third NHL title in the past six seasons.Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, helping the Blackhawks clinch the Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. Crawford, who was pulled from Chicago’s first-round series against Nashville, had 25 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the Blackhawks a dynasty, and the delirious crowd of 22,424 agreed wholeheartedly.“We won it for each other, for the city,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “In so many ways, winning a championship like this in our home city, I think it really transcends the sport. Everyone wants to be a part of it. It’s amazing.”Keith was a unanimous selection for the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP after he finished with 21 points while playing more than 715 minutes during a grueling postseason. It was the sixth NHL title for the franchise.“It feels so great. You want to keep being a part of these things,” Keith said. “You don’t get these awards without being on great teams with great players and like I said, I’m just proud to be a part of this group of guys who cares so much and do whatever it takes.”It was an appropriate conclusion to a series full of near misses and close calls that had fans in Chicago and Tampa Bay on the edge of their seats for almost two weeks.It was only the second final to begin with five one-goal games, and no team enjoyed a two-goal advantage until Kane buried a perfect pass from Brad Richards at 14:46 of the third.It was Kane’s first goal of the final, and it prompted more chants of “We want the Cup! We want the Cup!” from the red-and-black clad fans.“Just wanted to play my best game and control the puck as much as possible and try to step up for my team,” Kane said.Ben Bishop kept the Lightning in the game with 30 saves, fighting through a groin injury that kept him out of Game 4. Led by Bishop and big defenseman Victor Hedman, the Lightning allowed just 13 goals in the series, but it wasn’t enough against the unflappable Blackhawks.“Our goal scoring dried up. It wasn’t for lack of trying,” coach Jon Cooper said. “The chances, posts, missed nets, open nets that hit sticks, you need those to go in for you to keep going. Ultimately they dried up for us.”Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos finished the playoffs with an eight-game scoring drought that likely will chase him into the offseason. He rung the inside of the crossbar at 7:50 of the first and was stoned by Crawford on a breakaway 58 seconds into the middle period.“It’s so frustrating especially for me not being able to get the job done these last couple games,” Stamkos said. “That’s something you’re going to remember for a long time.”The pair of missed opportunities for one of the NHL’s most gifted scorers looked even more costly when the Blackhawks got on the board in the second.Keith got a nice pass from Kane in the middle and shot it around Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette. Bishop stopped his first try, but Keith kept skating past Paquette and flipped in the rebound at 17:13.Keith then skated with his arms out and yelled before he was mobbed by his teammates near the boards.It was the first Stanley Cup for Kimmo Timonen, who plans to retire. The 40-year-old defenseman was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in February after he missed the start of the season while recovering from blood clots in his leg and lungs.“I leave this game as a Stanley Cup champion. I can’t ask for anything more than that,” Timonen said.After Toews got the trophy from Bettman, he handed it right to Timonen, who proudly hoisted it into the air. Antoine Vermette, a key trade deadline acquisition who had two game-winning goals in the final, then got the Cup for the first time in his career.The Lightning had Nikita Kucherov back in the lineup after the forward crashed into the Chicago goal during the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory June 13 and missed the last part of Game 5. But Tampa Bay appeared to run out of gas at the end of a 26-game playoff run that matched the longest in playoff history.“Good teams find a way to win,” Hedman said. “It’s not a fluke they won three of the last six. A lot of credit to them.”The Blackhawks became the first team since the Detroit Red Wings won it all in 1997, 1998 and 2002 to win three titles in a six-year span. Next up for the Blackhawks is a parade and rally before another tricky summer of negotiating the salary cap.“We keep growing, keep maturing, we keep wanting it more and more,” Toews said. “This is what it’s all about.”(JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ATHENS Greece AP — Olympiakos began the defense

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos began the defense of its Greek league title by defeating visiting Larissa 4-1 on Saturday.Costas Fortounis opened and closed the scoring but it was defender Diogo Figueiras who made his mark in the game with two goals in three minutes – one for each side.Figueiras put the ball into his own net in the 71st while trying to keep it from reaching a Larissa striker and then put his team up 3-1 with a long-range shot.Also, Giannena won at Asteras 2-1, and newcomer Lamia earned its first points ever in the top-flight with a scoreless draw at Xanthi.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Anne Donovan the Basketball Hall of Famer who won

first_imgAnne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement.“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” the statement said.“Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone,” her family’s statement continued. “We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women’s’ basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.”Donovan was at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend.She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.FILE – In this August 1984 file photo, United States’ Anne Donovan, left, and Cheryl Miller celebrating the team’s victory over Canada in women’s basketball at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)“Throughout her college and professional career Anne was one of ODU’s best ambassadors both for the institution and Lady Monarch basketball,” Monarchs athletic director Wood Selig said. “Anne’s legacy will be permanent and everlasting and will forever remain as the foundation upon which the Lady Monarch brand became national and synonymous with success.”The 6-foot-8 center coached both in college and the WNBA. She became the first female coach and the youngest person (42) to win a title in the WNBA, guiding the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2004.“Anne Donovan will always be remembered as a championship coach and a championship person,” the Storm said in a statement. “Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm Basketball. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family.”Donovan was a member of three Olympics teams as a player. The 1980 team did not go to Russia because of a boycott. The team won the gold in 1984 and ’88, and she coached the winning 2008 team.“She used to say she bled red, white and blue,” USA Basketball said in a statement. ” As much as we remember her accomplishments in the game, we mourn a great friend who will be greatly missed.”Donovan also coached the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, the Charlotte Sting, New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun, working there from 2013-15. The New Jersey native also coached at Seton Hall for a few years.“It hurt bad. To be totally honest, she was the only coach I ever played for that challenged me and forced me to be better,” said Tina Charles, who played for Donovan on the Connecticut Sun. “At a young age I didn’t understand it. For me it (stinks) because I always wanted to text her, thank you for being hard on me. Thank you for saying to me before practice you’re not taking a hook shot this practice, get to the basket, figure it out. It’s sad.”FILE – In this July 31, 2015, file photo. Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan watches her players in a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm in Uncasville, Conn. Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan’s family confirmed the death in a statement. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)Liberty coach Katie Smith, who played for Donovan on USA Basketball was emotional in her postgame press conference, just saying “it’s tough, it’s tough.” Smith saw Donovan at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where the Liberty’s coach was inducted as part of this year’s class. Donovan’s high school coach Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia was also part of that class.“Anne was a giant in every sense of the word, and I know the women’s basketball community is saddened beyond words by this tragic news,” said Val Ackerman, who was the WNBA’s first president. “She was a pioneer and icon in the women’s game and made a profound and lasting impact at all levels as a player, coach, colleague and friend.”Donovan played professionally in Japan and Italy. After retiring, she was an assistant at Old Dominion and then coached at East Carolina from 1995-1998. She coached the Philadelphia Rage in the American Basketball League in 1997-98.___By DOUG FEINBERG , AP Basketball WriterAP Sports Writer Tom Canavan and AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TOKYO — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres says

first_imgTOKYO — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres says he is retiring after an 18-year career that included stints at Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and Italy’s AC Milan.“I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” the 35-year-old announced on social media on Friday, saying he will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday to explain further details.Torres began his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001 and scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances.He was at his most prolific at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, when he scored 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions.Torres moved to Chelsea in 2011 and won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League before a brief stint at Milan in 2015.Torres returned to Atletico in 2016 and then joined Japan’s Sagan Tosu last July.He struggled to regain his scoring touch in Japan and had only three goals in 28 games over two seasons.Torres made his Spain debut in 2003 and scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany before helping his country win their first World Cup in 2010.He scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for Spain, making him the country’s third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul (44).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

For the 30th consecutive year a group of North En

first_imgFor the 30th consecutive year, a group of North End boys, ages 13 to 15, traveled to the western part of the state to North Adams, Mass. to play baseball.  With the team made up of many 13-year-olds, they put up a great fight but eventually lost both games to the older and more experienced North Adams Allstars. These young men set the stage for future series with their grit, spirit, and determination. With a whole year to plan, the next year officially started the LaFesta Baseball Exchange between sister cities from opposite ends of the state. This past weekend we traveled out west for the 29th Exchange but thirtieth trip. This weekend was not so good on the scoreboard for the local boys, but the fun, sportsmanship, friendship and the legacy of the Exchange was all that mattered!  When it was all over, somehow the North End boys managed to win the game. After the game we did what all good Italians do, we ate together and celebrated a friendship that started that night and has lasted 30 years! As luck would have it, we were unable to reciprocate and have the North Adams team back to the North End that year, it was too short notice. The North End Knights were playing in two or three leagues and there just wasn’t a good time or place to accommodate another game. In June of 1989, we trekked out to the western part of the state to play baseball in the mountains. We had no idea what to expect. It seemed whenever a group of young men from the neighborhood traveled out of town to play, we lost and usually lost badly. Well, way before we even got to North Adams we were all winners before a ball was even thrown. John Fiumara and Joe Sgarano, both of the Ausonia Council Knights of Columbus in the North End, headed west before us and had been interviewed on local radio. The local nine were escorted through the street festival like visiting dignitaries. Manager Carl Ameno and GM John Romano could have easily been Terry Francona and Theo Ebstein, it was a sight to be seen. *Advertisement* Dana Canales, George Canales & John Romano with Plaque made by Dana and her friend at McGann Technical High School for the 29th Annual LaFesta Echange and presented to John Romano. The team, the Canales family and several others from North Adams will be traveling down to the North End as part of North End Against Drugs’ Annual North End Family Fun Festival on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th. Due to the construction at Puopolo Park, the games will be played as follows: Saturday at 5pm at Memorial Stadium in East Boston and Sunday at 10am at Ryan Park in Charlestown. Stop by and see the longest-running baseball exchange this side of the Mississippi for this age group, you won’t be disappointed! North End Dodgers lined up for first pitch.North Adams Allstars lined up for first pitch. Goerge Canals & John Romano with pot people made by Janine Martignetti and presented to the Canales family.North End coach Joe Bova and George Canales.Dodgers bench before game one.North Adams Allstars bench before game one.Plaque with scores of all the games of the Exchange.Ralph Martignetti being introduced at game one.John Romano, Dave Canales, Mayor Bernard, Mike Canales, Jason Canales, George Canales prior to Game #1 at Joe Wolfe Field. We wish to thank the Canales Family: George and his wife Nancy, their sons Michael, David, Jason along with their wives Kate, Dawn, and Jill along with Toni Abusi, John Lipa and a whole host of others whose hospitality was second to none this weekend! Hats off to Kevin H. and  George the Umpire who has volunteered for all 29 years, as well as North Adams Coach Tito.  Thank you also goes out to North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard, who threw out the first pitch of Saturday night’s game. A tip of the hat also goes to North End Coaches Joseph Bova and Ralph Martignetti. It all started in 1989 by a group of men from the North End and North Adams trying to find a way to connect the smallest and largest cities in the Commonwealth. Two of the men worked for then-Secretary of Transportation Fred Salvucci, Mr. Joseph Sgarano of the North End and Toni Abusi of North Adams. Co-workers of sorts, they got a group of people together to help out the small city of North Adams to put together a street festival, similar to our feasts in the North End. Once they had discussed that item, they decided to work something out to have the youth of both cities collaborate on something fun.last_img read more

Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip

first_imgBaybayin revival makes native PH history hip Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Painters refuse to go quietly PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO 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 WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine View comments The team also visited Purok Yakal in barangay Poblacion last Nov. 6 for a feeding program that benefited more than 100 children in the barangay.An advance Christmas Party was also held last Nov. 7 at the Home Care Center for Children in Lapu-Lapu City, where the hotel’s department heads and children had one-on-one interaction through games and other activities.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege MOST READ Read Next Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time MORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipMORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hip A TEAM from Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino in Mactan headed by hotel manager Benhur Caballes trooped to launch its “Help-Paint-A-School” project in Barangay Poblacion Elementary School in Lapu-Lapu City last Nov. 13.The project aims to promote better education by giving classrooms a facelift.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SMC bags Bulacan airport projectlast_img read more

UPF Peru Dr Trevor Edward Jones On September 27

first_imgUPF Peru, Dr. Trevor Edward Jones: On September 27, 2015 we held our final march for peace in Comas, district of Lima, Peru.Ambassadors for Peace had been working with the mayor and his staff for many weeks on this project.The local press reported that 11, 000 people took part in the march, representatives from many ONGs, local communities. artistic groups and schools.last_img

By CARP USA The emcee welcomes me up to the stage

first_imgBy CARP USA: The emcee welcomes me up to the stage. Over 200 people from 33 European nations gathered in one great hall for a Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) European Leaders Assembly on April 8-10, 2016. During their Youth segment, I’m given 10 minutes to present about the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) in America, its activities, and recent developments. The screen behind me is huge. I grab the mic and jump right in. People seem to be listening with interest. “She came all the way from America!” “STEP UP is changing people’s lives, one action step at a time.”STEP UP (STudent EmPowerment through Unification Principles) is CARP America’s newly launched program, where students engage in the study of Unification Principles and explore ways to practically apply them in their lives.I manage to squeeze in a few more exciting projects that CARP America is working on. Then I hand the mic back to the emcee and he asks the audience, “Do you all have your seat belts on? Are you ready for the ride?”That’s right, CARP America is ready to take you on a ride and we want the whole world to join in!As CARP America’s International Liaison, I had the privilege to visit several European countries as part of a greater effort to strengthen connections among CARP communities around the world. Maybe it’s because I was born in France (my father is French) that I felt very much at home in Europe.CARP Breakout Session: Twenty leaders gather for a breakout on CARP, each of us curious to find out more about each other. Each country representative shares about their unique situation. It is clear that CARP’s circumstances and prospects differ from country to country. Yet, I can sense that the desire to work together is very much present. A common thread that emerges from the discussion is lack of money, lack of full-time staff, and lack of communication on a regional level. We all acknowledge the need to meet up more often, but since that is not always easy, we start working out the details for a way to communicate and share resources anywhere, anytime. One that we will actually use. It is inspiring to know that there are people devoted to CARP all over Europe, and that there is a real thirst for connecting and working together. This is just the beginning.At dinnertime, I had a really interesting conversation about education over a very traditional Czech meal of potatoes and schnitzel. My main takeaway from the conversation was, “We can educate students as much as we like but we must also let them experience and realize it for themselves.”Immediately, I thought CARP could offer these opportunities for experiences and realizations. At CARP, we focus on the study but also the application of Unification Principles – principles that bring unity (see all 7 here):We can develop genuine relationships through sincere selfless interactions.We contribute to society through mastery of our unique creativity.STEP UP is a two-day program where we explore each of these principles over the course of 7 sessions. Each session includes a brief talk on the principle and then an interactive activity where participants get to experience the power of applying the principle in their lives. For example, we do a listening exercise to get participants to realize how important listening is to building genuine relationships. We want to give students the tools to discover and experience the principles in their daily lives in a very practical way. And do so in a way that they can clearly see the impact of applying these principles in their lives.CARP Czech Republic: This was my first time presenting CARP America’s newly launched program STEP UP so I was feeling quite nervous. Useless thoughts raced my mind as I prepared for the presentation. How will they react? What will they think of it? One of the participants, Pavlina, suddenly tapped me, thankfully interrupting my disempowering train of thought. She pointed to something in the song book. We had flipped to the final song before starting my presentation and right next to the song was a photo of the famous “Church of our Lady” in Prague. What are the odds that we land on the song with a photo of the very building I had just visited earlier that day in Prague! I took it as a jolt of encouragement and a good sign that I was in the right place So here we are, 10 people sitting on three big sofas- it felt homey. I started by giving a brief introduction on CARP America and then gave them a taste of our STEP UP program by giving a short talk on one of the Unification Principles: “We mature through pursuing truth, beauty and goodness.” This is the first time we are introducing STEP UP to Europe and I had no idea how the reaction would be. At the very start, everyone was reserved and I had to encourage them saying, “Don’t be shy. This talk is interactive. I will be asking you many questions so please feel free to shout out your thoughts.” That was all the encouragement they needed. I felt a sense of relief as they became more and more comfortable expressing their thoughts.After the talk, I lead them through an exercise where participants get to experience different levels of listening. I started by making them experience level 0 where there is no listening involved. Your partner asks you a question and then simply ignores your answer for 1 minute. I was surprised how much they really got into it. I saw one person totally ignoring their partner by pretending to talk on their cellphone and looking out the window or just focusing on sipping their tea. I was so grateful that they invested in the exercise wholeheartedly, making the experience that more real and impactful. This set the tone for the rest of the exercise. When we got to level 2, people were eager to know what was next asking, “there’s another level after this?” Towards the end of the exercise, the room was buzzing with excitement and bright faces.One participant expressed that she appreciated the exercise because it helped her to see how these principles could be applied to real life. “I know these Unification principles but I always struggled with putting them into action. Now I know what I can do to practice those principles in a tangible way in my daily life.”CARP Austria: Austria boasts many wonderful historic buildings and I had the pleasure of seeing a few. We started with St. Stephen’s Cathedral and walked around the square. Then came the challenge: finding the best coffee and dessert in Vienna City. Three CARP members had come out to give me a tour of the city and now they were engaged in a thorough debate. “Should we take her to Aida or Café Central?” I appreciated their heart to want to show me the best Vienna had to offer. After much discussion on the pros and cons of each coffee shop, we decide to go to Café Central, a beautiful traditional cafe, where it is said that famous people like Sigmund Freud often frequented to hold talks over afternoon coffee.The next day, 15 people gathered, all eager to know a little more about CARP America. I gave my presentation and then opened up the floor to any questions. The questionscame in one by one, by far the most questions I’ve received on this tour all together. But I was glad to answer them because it showed that they really did have an interest.We got to level 3 on the listening exercises. I introduced in tuitive listening and then asked them to try it out for 1 minute each. When the 1 minute was over, I stopped them but one participant looked up at me with a bit of remorse on her face indicating that she was not ready to stop the deep conversation they were having. “Was that really one minute?” she asked suspiciously to which I answered with another question, “Doesn’t 1 minute feel a lot shorter when you’re truly engaged in listening to someone?”As soon as the presentation was over, several people came up to me saying they were inspired by the program. Even as I write this report, one of the participants who helped organize the gathering has been constantly asking me for the resources to be able to organize similar programs and events. It’s coming soon!Holland Youth: The day I arrived, I got to see a little bit of Amsterdam, the city where bicycles own the roads. We passed in front of the famous Amsterdam museum and I saw some tulips lining the building. My goal was to see at least one tulip in Holland so mission accomplished!We then drove to the workshop location – Glory House. It is a beautiful old house turned hotel. It is lost among the forest and you can see the sea from the window of the lecture room. Hoping that the participants wouldn’t be too distracted by the lovely view outside, I took the stage with sunlight bursting into the room.And then my worst fear happened right there in front of the room – my computer went black and died. I was so embarrassed. We have become so dependent on technology and computers, it’s hard to believe they didn’t exist a couple decades ago! Luckily my computer resurrected and I could do my presentation. It was that time of day, late afternoon, when all your body wants to do is take a nap, but the participants followed along well.After the listening exercise, one participant came up to me and shared very honestly, “I realized I do that a lot. I don’t really listen to people. I want to work on that and change that.” Realization it is the first step; taking action is the next. We finished the session just in time for a warm curry dinner.CARP Albania: I hopped off the plane and rushed to hop up onto the stage. CARP Albania was by far my biggest audience with about 30 participants. I explained that one way to grow our capacity to love is through doing acts of service. Then I asked them to write down an action step for the week. One participant shared with the rest of the group that his act of service for the week would be “to cook a meal for my grandmother.” How sweet!:) At the end of the listening exercise, one participant beamed, “I was happy to be able to ask my friend deeper questions to try to understand how he was feeling and what he really values in life. I could listen to what he had to say and just offer my full presence.” They really got the point of the exercise and that made me so happy as the facilitator.At the end, I asked, “Who would you like to offer the gift of listening to this week?” Participants were challenged to take an action step: to think of one person whom they don’t listen to deeply and to intentionally take their listening to the next level.One participant asked me,“ What if it is the other person that is ignoring me and not listening to me?” I responded by saying that we cannot change other people and that we can only work on ourselves. The best we can do is offer our own gift of listening to them and those around us and hope that they will one day also learn to give that gift of listening. It was such a great experience that 3 new guests who attended the presentation signed up to become CARP members that day! That made me feel that STEP UP has a lot of value to offer students, no matter the country. It was a short stay but I got to experience Albanian food, Albanian culture and most importantly, the warm hearts of the Albanian people.My ReflectionsI went to 4 very different countries with the same STEP UP program and was thoroughly relieved to see that the response was all very positive. Despite our differences, deep down we all aspire to become better people. STEP UP offers us the chance to learn about Unification Principles and how we can apply them in our lives with the hope of leading better lives and making a greater, positive impact in our communities. This is just the beginning. Like our founder and True Mother, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, recently stated, “We have to work together. Nations can no longer pursue their own interest. Countries should help each other and become united.” Despite our differences, there is without a doubt something that we can all learn from each other. Together, we can achieve so much more. Thanks for coming along for the ride and see you at Momentum in July for new adventures! Check out our website ( to submit a cool story or find out more about what other CARP chapters around the world are up to!last_img read more

A Tory leadership contender left her job as work a

first_imgA Tory leadership contender left her job as work and pensions secretary without answering key questions from an MP about links between her department and the deaths of benefit claimants, her former department has confirmed.Esther McVey (pictured) resigned her position last November in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.But she left more than three months after receiving a letter from Stephen Lloyd, then a Liberal Democrat and now an independent MP, about claims of a possible cover-up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He had written to her after Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP was refusing to say if it showed key documents linking the deaths of claimants with the work capability assessment (WCA) to Dr Paul Litchfield, the independent expert the government hired to review the test in 2013 and 2014.He carried out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has refused to say if he was shown two letters written by coroners and a number of secret DWP “peer reviews”.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last June’s birthday honours, published his two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of his reports mentioned the documents, which all link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.In his letter to McVey, Lloyd said he found it “astonishing” that Litchfield appeared not to have been shown the documents.He added: “In light of Dr Litchfield being awarded a CBE, could you please confirm whether or not he was shown the documents linking the government’s WCA program with the deaths of benefit claimants?”Weeks later, having failed to receive a reply, the MP wrote a follow-up letter to McVey.He never received a reply.This week, DWP claimed it could not comment because McVey was no longer with the department, while McVey’s office claimed it was for DWP to answer any questions about the failure to reply.A DWP spokesperson said: “As his letter was sent to Esther McVey I can’t say why a response wasn’t sent.”But a spokesperson for McVey said: “Although the letter was addressed to Esther, the ministerial correspondence team will have forwarded it to the correct person to respond.“In this case, it would not have been the secretary of state.“I am sorry I am not able to provide further information, it would be a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions to address.”Lloyd said this week: “It’s absolutely deplorable that Esther McVey, when she was secretary of state at the DWP, simply didn’t bother to respond to my letter which was first sent on the 2nd of August last year.“My office even followed her up twice, but still nothing.“This showed a total reluctance by her and the DWP to engage on what were and are shocking allegations.“To think that she’s now trying to become the new Conservative leader and even, god help us, prime minister, beggars belief.”Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that senior DWP civil servants and ministers deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on disabled people.The admission that McVey failed to respond to Lloyd’s letter adds weight to calls in the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police.It also calls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.The cover-up over the benefit deaths documents appeared to be confirmed earlier this month when DNS revealed how DWP had finally admitted failing to send Litchfield’s review team the coroners’ letters and the internal reviews.The admission came in DWP’s response to a complaint lodged by DNS with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the department’s failure to confirm if it passed the information to Litchfield.A senior ICO case officer told DNS: “Consultation with the ex-review team elicited statements that no such information was received from DWP nor were any physical files sent to stores.”The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013; they were sent to DWP in the spring of 2010 and early 2014, each warning of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by DWP civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”, as well as other deaths and serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.One of the aims of a peer review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.But neither of Litchfield’s reviews mentioned either the peer reviews or the coroners’ letters, although the second coroner’s letter was not written until he had begun work on his second review.Professor Malcolm Harrington, who carried out the first three WCA reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter nor any WCA-related peer reviews.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

MIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his si

first_imgMIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his side’s tenacity as they held on to beat Catalans 20-15.Despite having Tony Puletua sent off for a tackle on Gregory Mounis and receiving a big slice of luck with a no-try decision at the death, Saints rose to third in the Stobart Super League table.“Yeah, I would have had complaints if that decision had gone against us,” he said. “But I’m not going to moan too much, because the decision has gone our way!“It was nice for us to get a win after we threw away two points at home against Catalan. We might not have been in our best form but we’re picking up some points.“It is always tough to come away from home and we had a long day travelling on Thursday and a long day waiting for the 9pm local kick off time too. We showed courage, determination and a lot of heart.“There were some contentious calls throughout the game and I’m sure both coaches will feel aggrieved. TP’s tackle looked ok from where we were sitting, but we’ll wait until we see the video, and Trent (Robinson) won’t be happy with that no try.“But it would have been heartbreaking to come away with nothing with the amount of effort we put in.”As some fans will have seen, Rush celebrated the dramatic win with great emotion at the final hooter.“Yeah, it was good! You get caught up in the emotion,” he added. “In the stands we were surrounded by passionate fans and when something went wrong it wasn’t the ref’s fault, it was mine, Keiron (Cunningham’s) and Kel’s (Coslett).“It is a hard environment to coach in, something I have never known. It means so much to get something out of this environment and our fans were superb weren’t they?”last_img read more

PAUL Sculthorpe has received an MBE in the New Yea

first_imgPAUL Sculthorpe has received an MBE in the New Year Honours List.The double Man of Steel who won countless accolades in a glittering career was given the award for services to Rugby League and Charity.Sculthorpe is currently in a Business Development role at the club and is pictured here with another League legend and fellow MBE holder Steve Prescott.last_img

SAINTS will take on Warrington at the Magic Weeken

first_imgSAINTS will take on Warrington at the Magic Weekend on Sunday May 18 (5pm) and tickets are now on sale.The two sides will lock horns at the Etihad Stadium in what is sure to be a mouth-watering clash.Tickets are now on sale from the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 b455 052. They will be online at laster today.Super League club season ticket holders can purchase their tickets at the specially discounted price of just £20 for the full weekend and £12.50 per day when purchased through their club.Regular prices start at £40 for the weekend and £20 per day*Daily TicketsCategoryTypeRegular Price Season Ticket PriceAdultConcAdultConc1Reserved Seating£27*£22.50  £22.50£11.252Unreserved Seating£30 £15 £15£7.503Reserved Seating£20* £12.50 £12.50£6.25*If bought before 5pm on March 5, 2014Weekend TicketsCategoryTypeRegular Price Season Ticket PriceAdultConcAdultConc1Reserved Seating£60£30 £30£152Unreserved Seating£45 £22.50 £22.50£11.253Reserved Seating£40 £20 £20£15last_img read more

Man accused of setting uncles house on fire

first_imgGebriel Jermaine Shipman is in jail after officials say he intentionally try to burn down a relative’s home that he was staying in. (Photo: CCSO) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man is in jail after officials say he intentionally try to burn down a relative’s home that he was staying in.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit and Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a joint investigation of a structure fire that happened at 166 Johnny George Road in Whiteville. As a result, Gebriel Jermaine Shipman has been charged for intentionally setting the fire.- Advertisement – On April 12 at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Columbus County Deputy Fire Marshall was dispatched to the home on Johnny George Road. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified to assist with the investigation.The home belonged to Thomas Baldwin of Whiteville. Baldwin allowed his nephew, Shipman, to live at the home. Shipman reported that he came home from work that morning, to find that the interior of the house had been burned.During the investigation, tips led investigators to consider Shipman a person of interest. Shipman obtained a renter’s insurance policy in March 2018. However, throughout the investigation, Shipman allegedly lied to investigators about having an insurance policy. Shipman contacted the insurance company the same day as the fire, to initiate a claim.Related Article: 13 charged in Myrtle Beach prostitution stingInvestigators learned that the mortgage payments for the property were past due. Shipman was paying the mortgage payments directly to the lender. Therefore, Baldwin was unaware of any issues with the mortgage. On March 7, a representative from the mortgage company met with Shipman concerning the late mortgage payments. At that time, the home was fully furnished with Shipman’s belongings. Investigators found the home to be minimally furnished when they responded to the fire. The investigation revealed that Shipman had removed his personal belongings prior to the fire.On April 11, Shipman used available materials to ignite the furniture, window coverings, and various other items inside of the residence. He then left the residence to burn. When he arrived home from work on the 12th, he dialed 911 to report the fire.On June 13, Gebriel Shipman was arrested without incident at 105 Covey Run Apartments in Whiteville. He is in the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $10,000 unsecured bond.Charges:1 felony count of Insurance Fraud1 felony count of Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretense1 felony count of Fraudulently Burning a Dwelling.last_img read more

New Brunswick Co program to get rid of dilapidated homes

first_img “The benefits are that it will be helpful to the public or the neighborhood from property value stand point,” said County Planning Director Kirstie Dixon. “From a property crime stand point… from a perception view point as well…as well as from tourism to improve Brunswick County.”The program is strictly voluntary and requires that the residence have an active violation case related to an oridnance, code or nuisance.The average cost of mobile home removal $2,500 and wood framed structure is $5,700.Related Article: Sources say Vertex closing its Wilmington plantBut, although some homes may look tattered from the outside, some people say the homes still have history.George Irving, who has lived on the same street all his life and owns a dilapidated building on his property says these aren’t just old buildings.“[This building] was a weight station that used to pick up cucumbers, cotton, any kind of merchandise like that on the train station and it went from Wilmington to Bolivia to Southport so it was called WBS railroad line.”Brunswick County has 32 homes that they have already planned to begin work on by the end of the year. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Home is where the heart is in Brunswick County.Leaders are trying to find ways to keep the area looking its best as more people look to live in the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

After Florence what to know about your insurance coverage

first_imgAs homeowners in the Carolinas recover from Florence, it’s important they know how insurance may or may not help.Damage to a property from wind is covered under a standard homeowners policy. Damage from flooding covered by a separate policy, typically purchased from the federal government.- Advertisement – Many homeowners’ policies can help cover costs beyond damage to structures or belongings. They may, for insurance, cover the cost of evacuation and temporary housing.Also, a homeowner should contact their insurer before signing a contract for repairs to their home.And those who missed days at work due to the storm should talk to their employer. Some businesses have insurance that allows them to pay workers for a number of days missed due to mandatory evacuation.last_img read more

Republicans Democrats disagree on election fraud investigation in Bladen County

first_img Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week because of allegations of “irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” involving mail-in ballots in the district. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it’s unclear whether the race will be settled then.North Carolina GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse texted a statement to The Associated Press saying that the GOP would back a new election if the state’s elections board were to show that absentee ballot issues changed the outcome of the 9th Congressional District race.“If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election,” he said.Related Article: Pirro’s show not on Fox lineup, week after Omar commentsHowever, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the winner.Entertaining the idea of a new election represents a significant change from last Thursday, when state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes issued a statement saying: “Democrats are throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the wall to try and steal an election.” On Sunday, Hayes said there weren’t enough questioned ballots to change the race’s outcome, and the next day he accused a Democratic member of the state board of “score-settling.”At issue is who can handle completed ballots. North Carolina law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter.In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, some Bladen County voters have described that people came to their homes to collect their absentee ballots, whether or not they had been fully completed or sealed in an envelope to keep them from being altered.The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats.Pelosi, who’s nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said Thursday that “any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect.” She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.It’s “bigger than that one seat,” she said, pointing to the overall “integrity of elections.”A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris’ chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. The board released documents showing that McCrae Dowless, a contractor hired by the firm, seems to have collected the most absentee ballot request forms in Bladen County this fall.In North Carolina, several state Senate Republicans whose districts overlap the 9th called for further scrutiny of voting irregularities going back to 2010 and urged Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to create a bipartisan task force — separate from the state elections board — to investigate irregularities beyond this year’s election.They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year. They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.“What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation,” said Sen. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican. But he and his colleagues were cautious about saying whether a new election is necessary.“If there are not enough votes to overturn the election, then we probably need to go ahead and certify,” said Sen. Tommy Tucker of Union County. “If we find the irregularities and the vote count being where it is, then (a new election) certainly is an option.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party would support a new election in the state’s unresolved congressional race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome, its executive director said Thursday, softening the organization’s stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount.Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House “retains the right to decide who is seated” and could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election if the winner isn’t clear.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bladen County man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

first_img The seizure of approximately 237.5 grams of heroin along with cash and an AK-47 (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) Monte Williams (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) Monte Williams (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man will spend up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin.Monte Williams, of Bladenboro, was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.- Advertisement – According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, Williams was investigated by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 2018.An undercover purchase from Williams was conducted during the investigation. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office also executed several search warrants on July 26, 2018. These search warrants led to the seizure of approximately 237.5 grams of heroin along with cash and an AK-47. An analysis conducted by the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory found that the heroin was laced with fentanyl.center_img 1 of 2 Related Article: Standing naked in window draws charges of indecent exposurelast_img read more

Watch 29 killed in Madeira bus accident

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint At least 29 people, most of them German tourists, were killed and 27 others injured on Wednesday when their bus veered off a steep narrow road on the Portuguese island of Madeira, authorities said.The white tourist bus — which was carrying 55 passengers and a tour guide in addition to the driver — overturned in a residential area in the coastal town of Canico at around 6:30 p.m. (1730 GMT), its mayor, Filipe Sousa, told reporters.TV images showed the vehicle on its side on a bank next to a small road and surrounded by rescuers.The driver reportedly lost control of the bus on a sloping road and the vehicle plunged down, overturning next to a house, according Portuguese news agency Lusa.“I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people,” Sousa told SIC TV.He said the tourists on the bus were all German but some pedestrians might have been hit by the bus.Germany’s Bild daily reported that many of the tourists were retirees, and those killed included 18 women and 11 men.The German foreign ministry had set up a hotline and embassy staff were in close touch with local officials about the accident, a spokeswoman said.Other members of the same group of German tourists were travelling on another bus, which was not involved in the accident, a regional civil protection spokesman told a news conference.Those injured were taken to a hospital in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira.From the 28 injured initially taken to the hospital, one German tourist did not survive the injuries, bringing the death toll to 29, a hospital spokesman told a news conference on Wednesday evening.Three of the injured underwent surgery, 23 were under observation and two were discharged. There were no children among the victims, the hospital confirmed, adding that two of the injured are from Portugal while the others are foreign nationals.Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told SIC TV that some of the victims were from Madeira but most were German.A regional civil protection official said the tourists involved in the accident were aged between 40 and 50 years old.Portugal’s public prosecutor’s office plans to open an investigation into the accident, said Lusa.Madeira is a popular tourist destination. The peak season is during the summer but it also gets many visitors around Easter.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa sent a message of condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.“It was with deep regret that I learned about the tragic accident in Madeira,” Costa said on Twitter. “To all families involved I send the deepest condolences.”The spokesman for the German government Steffen Seibert also expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Our deep sorrow goes out to all those who lost their lives in the bus, our thoughts are with the injured,” he said in a tweet.Three days of mourning have been declared by Madeira’s regional government.WhatsApplast_img read more

Bernat joins PSG on transfer deadline day

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Paris Saint Germain have completed the signing of Spanish left-back Bernat for €15m. The 25-year-old has decided to leave Bayern Munich so as to seek a new challenge in the French capital.Bernat joined the Bundesliga side from Valencia in 2014 and managed to win four league titles while scoring five goals in 113 appearances. The left-back stated that on his new club’s official website that the possibility of working with Thomas Tuchel was important to his decision-making;“I am also looking forward to working under Thomas Tuchel, whose work in Germany was remarkable. I am truly excited to be taking the next step of my career with Paris.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Turkey targets Rwandas ICT sector

first_imgAdvertisement The surge in Turkish interest in the country follows the opening of a Rwandan consulate in the Turkish capital Istanbul in September last year.Other countries are also eyeing the opportunities in Rwanda’s ICT sector.Early this year, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) signed a $6.7 million contract with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited to provide 1.244 Gbps of internet bandwidth. – Advertisement – The RDB hopes that these inputs, together with other ICT related investments, will make Rwanda East Africa’s ICT hub as it reduces its dependency on agriculture.Rwanda has transformed its economy since the 1994 genocide, to become East Africa’s preferred investment destination for foreign investors.The World Bank’s 2012 Doing Business Report ranks Rwanda in 45th position for ease of doing business worldwide and the 1st in East Africa.The country’s ambitious plan to become a middle income country by 2020 is gaining momentum, and being driven mostly by the private sector.Other than the Governments own investment in developing ICT infrastructure, the RDB has over the last three years attracted more than $ 500 million towards the ICT sector.Some of the investments that are likely to transform Rwanda into an ICT hub include its $93 million worth 2,500 kilometre fiber optic cable throughout the country, with 9 regional links to neighboring countries, Wireless Broadband in Kigali, an ICT Park to incubate start-ups and implementation of the One Laptop per Primary School Child that is aimed at increasing the use of ICT in education.Last year, the RDB’s mobile ICT buses which seek to bridge the digital divide, especially among the rural population, reached over 1,500 .Rwanda is also investing $24 million in Regional Communication Infrastructure to connect the country to the global network.By Dinfin Mulupi, ITWebAfricalast_img read more

Twitter to start tailoring trends to individuals

first_imgAdvertisement If you’re a journalist who uses trends as a valuable reporting tool, don’t panic. If you don’t wish to see tailored Trends, but instead want to see a more general list of Trends, just change your location on twitter’s website.You can still select individual countries and cities to see trends in those locations.Tailored trends start rolling out 25th June. – Advertisement – By Nur Bremmen,MemeBurnlast_img

Yahoo acquires automated video slideshow company Qwiki

first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo has announced it acquisition of Qwiki, an automated slideshow compay describing it as one “that uses awesome technology” for storytelling by bringing together pictures, music, and video.Yahoo will continue to support Qwiki’s app, but the team behind it will be moving to Yahoo’s New York city office. The Qwiki app automatically takes pictures and videos that you already have on your iPhone and turns them into movies with transitions and a soundtrack.[related-posts] – Advertisement – It is only available for Apple’s iOS, and now that Yahoo bought the startup, it’s unclear if the app will ever arrive on Google’s Android.Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for Qwiki, but estimates have been flying around for a while. All Things Digital estimated $40 million to $50 million, and it is sticking by that estimate.Yahoo’s acquisition spree appears to be far from over. We’ll keep you posted as it continues as well as what the Qwiki team ends up building.Source: TNWlast_img read more

How to Create a Successful Social Media Profile

first_imgWhen it comes to wired personal or business branding, the conception of social media profiles is absolutely essential. Whether you are just trying to get more revelation online, connecting with your fans or customers, or working to purify your online reputation, social networking profiles are the way to go. Image Credit: SeoTwist Advertisement When it comes to wired personal or business branding, the conception of social media profiles is absolutely essential. Whether you are just trying to get more revelation online, connect/ with your fans or customers, or working to purify your online reputation, social networking profiles are the way to go as they will rank highly in search engine results when people search for your name. It’s a very common trend in Uganda and world over today for people to look out for News and latest happenings from the different brand Social Media Accounts Hence the need for a professional social media profile set up.I want you to think of each social media profile you create as a landing page for your brand. This landing page is possibly the first encounter that someone is going to have with your brand, and you will want that first impression to be golden and make the visitor want to know more about you. You do not want those looking out for your brand or business online to start having questions as soon as they take a glance at your social media profile, that’s why it’s important to fully understand the different cardinal parts of creating a successful Social Media Profile.[related-posts]The following are the most important elements that are recommended during the setup of a brand of Business Social Media profile. They are crucial elements that must be put into consideration if brands are to create prosperous profiles; – Advertisement – Profile Brand NameFor a while, I thought that your username or the name that usually shows up in the URL (such as ) was extremely important in getting your profile to rank in search results. I found, however, that unlike usual website SEO that says that the URL counts in ranking, the real ranking for social media profiles happens with your name. So be sure to enter the name you want to be found under. Ensure that your business or brand name used on your Social Media profiles is the same across all the various social media platforms where you have established your presence. Do not ever alter your brand name while establishing a social media profile irrespective of the social web platform.Profile UsernameA username is an identification used by a person or Brand with access to a computer, network, or online service.  So where does the username emanate into play? Some people who can’t find your social media links may just assume it is something obvious and type it in directly. Ruminate about what people would search you under, and make sure that your username that is included in the URL. Be sure to think of brand supremacy when it comes to this part, otherwise you’ll end up being hard to discover on the web. Take note that your name can still be used as your username but not the other way round.Profile PictureThere is a boundless debate when it comes to profile photos / avatars on social networks in terms of whether you should go with your brand logo or the face of a person. My usual thought is that if you are a big enough brand or business with a well-recognized logo, definitely go with the logo. If you’re building a personal brand or you are a public figure like a blogger, politician, musician, artist, etc., go with the personal picture. Despite the fact that people are more likely to want to engage with a person than a brand logo. Business Social media profiles must use the business logo for clarity to all those looking for the brand not individuals behind the brand. Once you have selected your default photo, be sure to stick with the same picture as your default photo from one network to the next, that way people easily recognize you across all social networks. Another thing that helps in SEO value is naming your photo file appropriately before uploading it. Be sure you have named it yourname.jpg or yourbusiness.jpg as opposed to uploading IMG0153.jpg.Web page LinkHow and where you place the link in your social media profile differs from one platform to another, however most of the platforms allow users to situate their website link within the profile bio.  Another good idea for your links is to create a social network specific landing page so you can track which profiles are bringing your site the most traffic. You can use these pages to offer a special discount for people who have found you on Twitter, or share information that is specific to a network, like recent blog posts you have written about Facebook.Brand/ Company BioYour main social profile’s bio is usually just a sentence or two about yourself or your business. Think of it as a perfect place to put your elevator pitch and include your main keywords. I don’t mean in a salesy way, but just if someone were to ask you to tell them briefly what you or your business is about, what would you say? Be sure to fill out your bio to its full potential. While some networks allow you to only have a limited amount of characters, others encourage more robust and lengthy bios. Take advantage of this to share only the best about yourself and your brandInterestsSome profiles permit you to have additional protracted information about yourself in the form of favorite books, television shows, movies, and so on. A lot of people skip over this, especially when it comes to business profiles, but that is a big mistake.  Businesses can fully discuss their passions, values and interests to all those following their profiles.  Look at these fields as an additional place to get some great keyword value. BackgroundAlthough this one is limited to select networks, such as your Twitter and YouTube channel profiles, this is one to invest in for those networks that allow it. A customized background will allow you to share additional information that may not fit in the fields of your profile, as well as share additional links and icons to other networks so people know your brand can be found elsewhere. Cover images are a great channel to communicate more details about your brand.Profile Privacy SettingsSo after you have all of your profile filled out, pictures uploaded, and backgrounds designed, the next thing that you will need to take a look at are your privacy settings. These vary from network to network, but you will want to make sure that the information you would like to be public is viewable.Online ActivityOnce your profile setup is complete, your on-going mission will be to maintain a healthy level of activity on your main social networks, which for most will be Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest  and LinkedIn. These are three open ended yet imperative guidelines to follow on any network.Don’t just add friends – engage with them!Don’t just join groups – participate in them!Don’t just post updates to update – think about what your connections want to see and share!Promote Your Brand Finally, there is nothing like a little health promotion of your social network profiles to help more people find and connect with you, giving you more people to engage with! Be sure to add your social networking profile links to:Your website.Your email signature.Your forum signature.Your business card.Also, don’t fail to recall interlinking your profiles to each other. If you can share multiple links on a social profile, make sure some of those are to your main social profiles!last_img read more

Social media usage triples in the 65 age bracket

first_imgOld people are finally going crazy for social media. Image Credit: Mase TV Advertisement If you thought old people don’t “get” social media, you may want to think again.According to a report by Pew Research Center last month, 35% of all adults aged 65 and older said they’re on social media. That’s more than triple what was reported in 2010, when only 11% said they were social media users.That still vastly lags behind young adults (ages 18 to 29), who said 90% are on social media, but it’s a dramatic improvement from 2005, when only 2% of adults 65 and over said they used social media of any form. – Advertisement – The report didn’t explain why the sudden jump was happening, but some of the reasons it cited in its previous reports include: reconnecting with old friends, reaching out for chronic disease support, and simply a way to bridge generational gaps.The report was based on 27 surveys and 62,000 interviews conducted by Pew Research Center from March 2005 to July 2015.[related-posts][BUSINESS INSIDER]last_img read more

Ugandas top online publishers form association

first_imgOnline Media Association Uganda members with the Minster of ICT, Hon Frank Tumwebaze Advertisement Over the last 10 years, print media has seen steady decline in both readership and revenue, and this year’s circulation or advertising spend reports are unlikely to reflect a change in the trend. Ugandans who used to rely on newspapers for their information and entertainment are quickly turning to the internet which meets their information needs with speed, ease and convenience that the print media can’t quite keep up with.The leading online publishers who have, on the other hand, seen their audiences grow tremendously over the years have come together to form the Online Media Association – Uganda through which they plan to build capacity, improve quality, impact and value to both readers and advertisers.The OMAU members led by the interim Chairman, Mr Giles Muhame, Founder of ChimpReports met the Minister of ICT, Hon Frank Tumwebaze on Thursday 1st September at the Ministry of ICT. – Advertisement – Hon Tumwebaze welcomed the formation of the Association and pledged his support, informing members that his ministry is already in the process of making some policy changes that will help interaction between the government and online publishers.Online Media Association Uganda members with the Minster of ICT, Hon Frank Tumwebaze“We’re in the process of introducing a media buying policy which will give government departments and bodies guidelines on how to choose the best media for particular purposes. When online publishers are organized in an association, it makes it easier for us to hold members accountable to responsible reporting, and also give us as government bargaining power when we buy media,” Tumwebaze said.“We are also considering outsourcing the entire media buying function to competent advertising firms”, he went on to say.Mr Giles Muhame assured Hon Tumwebaze that the online publishers subscribe to the highest standards of reporting, which has won them both following and trust from their audiences.Mr Muhame said, “The association will be self regulating and will have internal mechanisms to guide members on the best practices, build capacity and continuously improve skills for high quality news, information and entertainment.”Presenting the OMAU profile to the minister, Mr Kyamutetera Muhereza, the founder of CEO Magazine said the 15 online media in the association have over 5 million visitors combined monthly and nearly 100 journalists who are influencers in their own right, commanding close to 500,000 followers on social media.He also urged the government to make changes that would increase government communication online to reach their people.“Government needs to urgently look into a policy that requires government agencies to consider online channels for their communications across board- including statutory notices. Relaxing and or changing government PPDA – focused media buying protocols will also go a long way towards earning government better returns on investment,” Mr Kyamutetera said.Mr Tumbwebaze also urged the OMAU members to always market Uganda online, saying, “When online, whenever you speak, you are speaking on behalf of Uganda, even if you didn’t intend to. So let us put aside our political differences and market Uganda collectively at all times.”The OMAU has received generally warm reception from the public, and expectations are high as the association progresses through the legal processes to formalize their existence.last_img read more

BENS BLOG All of a sudden greyhound trainers are 2 kool 4

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he most endearing quality Greyhound Racing has, must be, that it is such a ‘genuine’ sport. There is no pretence, and arrogance is not welcome. It’s a mucker-inners game.The Trainers Championship. Surely, an honour, for any dog-handler to be invited to enter?Now, I know that everyone’s on the relentless Towcester suck-up, and ‘save Wimbledon’ bandwaggon. And both causes are fully deserving, and absolutely necessary for the game.HOWEVER, contrary to popular belief, there are some other tracks about, and Sittingbourne is one of them. Promoters were invited to apply to hold the yearly competition, and the Kent venue were the only people to come back with a proper package.So, they were totally deserving of being awarded the prize.Everyone else had their chance to step forward. No unlucky-faces can possibly be permitted.And ALL OF A SUDDEN, Greyhound Racing has become snooty! Three of the trainers have pulled out, because Sittingbourne isn’t their cup of tea! 2 kool 4 skool?! How very disappointing, and what unattractive and snobbish behaviour. POOR SHOW.Action from last year…..In other news:I have made a book at Oxford, Sittingbourne, Walthamstow, and Coventry. BY FAR, the nicest and most welcoming crowd and regulars, were at Sittingbourne. And despite being seen as a MUCH smaller fish, they are the only track, of those mentioned, to have stood the test of time. I will never forget the busy Sunday night open-race meetings there. Betting next to John ‘Curly’ Wilson (what a nice man and excellent bookmaker). Sponsoring my first competition (The New Kid on The Block Stakes). Going right the way, down the book, on favourites Lofty didn’t fancy. And recruiting half the punters in the ring to be putter-onners. THANK YOU, ROGER CEARNS (pictured, right), FOR GIVING ME MY FIRST PROPER START. HAPPY MEMORIES.Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve only just woken up. Not from any New Year over-indulgences you understand but from trying to watch the Middlesbrough v Leicester earlier game.Hopefully, Premier League 2017 will deliver more excitement than that 0-0 borefest.West Ham take on Man U at the London Stadium in the late televised kick off and I strongly fancy the visitors to come out on top.Man U have found some good form – coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough on Saturday and in doing so recording their sixth straight success which has lifted them to sixth in the table. This will be their final league game before hosting Liverpool at Old Trafford on the 15th January so they’ll no doubt be anxious to get another three points on the board.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said: ”It’s difficult for us and difficult for West Ham. We’ve both played at the same time, we’ve both had difficult matches and couldn’t rest players.“The intensity of the game was very high for them, for sure, against Leicester, and for us the same. And now we have 48 hours to play, so it’s difficult for all of us.”West Ham looked liked getting dragged right into the relegation zone prior to Christmas but have bounced back well with three wins in a row against Burnley, Hull and Swansea.The Hammers might be without captain Mark Noble who will be assessed after he took a blow to his knee against Leicester.Alvaro Arbeloa, Arthur Masuaku, Diafra Sakho and Gokhan Tore all remain out.West Ham v Man UtdPremier League17:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2016 EFL CUP Man Utd 4-1 West HamNov 2016 PREMIER Man Utd 1-1 West HamMay 2016 PREMIER West Ham 3-2 Man UtdApr 2016 FA CUP West Ham 1-2 Man UtdMar 2016 FA CUP Man Utd 1-1 West HamDec 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 0-0 West HamFeb 2015 PREMIER West Ham 1-1 Man UtdSep 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 West HamMar 2014 PREMIER West Ham 0-2 Man UtdDec 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 3-1 West HamThe Arsenal HT/FT bet obliged last night and I’m sticking with the same bet at around 11/8 with Star Sports for Man U to be in front at the end of each half.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN U / MAN U 12 points at 11/8 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: +10.00 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

JULIE COLLIER Thurs Starters Orders

first_imgHORSE RACING3.40 SalisburyLifeboat 6/1 > 3/15.35 ChepstowGibeno 4/1 > 3/18.05 TranmoreTornado Watch 3/1 > 15/8LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup 1st Round19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event5/4 Sunderland19/10 Sheffield Wednesday5/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 15 AugustJULIE COLLIERIntroduces the daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

SIMON NOTT The Games Greatest Commodity

first_imgI’ve recently had the pleasure of having a rare insight into the incognito world of two modern day professional punters via our #BettingPeople series. They both generally work from home, rather than the previous cut and thrust of the betting ring. The trouble most of them get when trying to avail themselves of the ‘value’ on offer is actually getting the value. To borrow a line from a pre Credit Crunch advert, those offers are often available to ‘Brand New Customers Only’, if that’s a bit strong them maybe confirmed losers, or, if in betting shops, people they don’t have down as ‘sharp’ so they have people sticking on for them.Fear not, this is not going to be another of those ‘can’t get on’ blogs because there are people that can’t get on with Star Sports either, it’s the nature of the game.Before I continue I’m going to hark back to ‘The Good Old Days’ and yes I know that there are going to be groans out there, here we go again, but humour me and join me meandering back for a couple of paragraphs.The grease that kept the betting ring running like clockwork was honesty and trust. The bookie employed change men who he trusted with the money, he employed floormen who in turn called, sometimes huge, hedge bets in over punter’s heads to other bookies, when went in the book ‘with a ring’ to be paid or drawn afterwards.Punters were also trusted, their favourite bookie would often put their bets in the book ‘cash after’ or ‘with a ring’, ‘with a ring’ being an instruction to the clerk to circle the bet to show it wasn’t paid on. Some punters weren’t given a ticket even if they’d paid on, instead the bookie would call ‘down to Mr C’ or ‘Farmer’ which would give the punter a warm glow of being a valued customer. Of course, the most famous of all the tic-tacs would relay bets between rings without a word being spoken.The change-men gave out the right change and didn’t steal any of it, the floorman paid the bets or the bookie paid the floorman, the cash after punter settled after the race, win or lose and the credit client and tic-tacs on the agreed date. The whole operation worked like a well-oiled machine.That is of course unless there was an iffy cog. When I first started working with Jack Lynn he made me roll my sleeves tidying the bag up. That humiliation/precaution due to a story that nobody really knew if it was true or not. It was a tale of a bag man that had elastic bands around his arms up his sleeves to snare notes when he plunged deep into the hod’s readies, remember the game was good then. Some people couldn’t quite grasp the notion of honesty or trust. With all that money flying around many a novice workman, given the chance to work on a racecourse, couldn’t resist supplementing his wages with a snaffled score, the bookie wouldn’t notice, of course he eventually did. A thieving workman was never given a second chance.Trust in a team was always the utmost importance, there was no place for two-faced backstabbing in bookmaking firms, if there was an issue it got dealt with face to face. Bookmakers had a strange relationship with others, it still continues today, they view rival firms as brethren but with a combatant’s eye while individual firms are rock solid and look out for each other.When we talk about getting in too deep, bookies’ sons were the worst culprits for betting with money they didn’t have. There are plenty of stories where, after seeing clever punters calling in ‘£500 – £70’ or an ‘Even Bottle’ then copping with no money ever changing hands a bookmaker’s sons would start to follow them in. Cruelly, at first, they’d win, the stakes would rise, the punter’s purple patch was over and the called in bets with a ring figure would rise.Ultimately the father would get a whisper in his ear, would pay off the son’s debt with a bollocking and hopefully a lesson learned. Floormen of course always knew better than their boss. There was a regular horror story where a workman, pocketed the requested £500 -£15 a back-bet on a rag, ‘because it couldn’t win’ then had to pay it back when it did. That took some doing at a pony a day wages, not a breach of trust so much as Sod’s Law, not so being sent of for a £300-£100, bagging a £350-£100 in the back row then copping the extra £50 when it won. These guys were inevitably caught and mostly sacked. There’s no need to go on about punters that knocked, there are too many for a short blog, but you get the drift, the whole thing worked if everyone played the game. It’s all different now of course, there’s still trust between bookmakers but very little need to rely on it in the modern say betting ring.So back to those professional punters, one of the questions I have asked modern-day stay at home professionals is why you operate alone? Most don’t totally but do have a small honourable team that they confide in and do business with, a solid nucleus of trustees. I’m the same with a couple of betting pals, sadly there’s no call for me to have big lively bets placed for me but should I go on holiday or be unable to get on for other, not shrewd reasons, I can ask them the place any bets that might arise. I go and enjoy my holiday and when I return ask if it’s a ‘blew’ or ‘cop’ and we square up accordingly. No need to see slips or ask for figures. Honesty, integrity and trust, commodities that abound in our community in ‘The Game’ but rare in others, something we pride ourselves on and cherished most of all, lose those attributes and you are nothing.Simon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers and Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.10 LudlowCourt Royale 13/2 > 3/1That’s A Given 6/4 > evens4.20 ThurlesChaparral Dream 11/2 > 9/45.45 ChelmsfordWise Ruler 9/2 > 5/2LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 34/11 RB Leipzig15/2 Celtic17/4 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 23/1 Sporting CP10/11 Arsenal11/4 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 22/15 Chelsea22/1 BATE Borisov15/2 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHD6/5 Rangers23/10 Spartak Moscow5/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 25 OctoberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

JULIE COLLIER Weekend Premier League Preview

first_imgWEEKEND PREMIER LEAGUE Julie Collier looks ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action with some recommended bets. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET MARKET<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> BET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

Baker Institute paper Persian Gulf states have new role to play in

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute paper: Persian Gulf states have new role to play in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution HOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2014) – The shifting regional geopolitics of the Middle East have created new opportunities for the Persian Gulf states to engage in Arab-Israeli conflict resolution, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Image credit: University“The Gulf States and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution,” authored by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, proposes a set of policy recommendations on how the Gulf states can engage with regional and international partners to create new pathways for action and cooperation. Ulrichsen is the fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, who specializes in the political, economic and security trends of the Middle East and the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order.“The late August announcement of a cease-fire to end the latest round of violence in Gaza offers an opportune moment to devise fresh approaches to Arab-Israeli conflict resolution,” Ulrichsen said. “Moreover, the changing landscape of Middle East politics provides multiple points of entry for discrete, issue-specific and technocratic-led cooperation among all principal regional states. Above all, the emergence of the Gulf states as proactive regional actors makes it imperative for international actors and multilateral agencies to identify ways of working together in pursuit of a common objective.”There is little to no formal state-to-state contact between the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — and Israel; geographically, the Gulf states are not, and have never been, “frontline states” in the Arab-Israeli dispute, Ulrichsen said. His paper documents a range of mechanisms that can, and in fact already do, constitute a practical basis for involving the Gulf states in regional mediation and conflict resolution initiatives.These range from the projection both of direct and indirect influence over the various Palestinian factions to quiet cooperation on technocratic and “nonpolitical” issues such as energy and water. Moreover, the Saudi proposed Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 remains the most comprehensive and credible plan to bring about a durable settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ulrichsen said. In the 12 years since the plan was unveiled, a realignment of regional geopolitics has created a convergence of interest between most GCC states and Israel over issues such as the Muslim Brotherhood, violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Iran and Arab Spring challenges to the status quo. “GCC states’ responses to the political upheaval combined a more expansive capability with greater policy intent and positioned them at the heart of regional policymaking as the Middle East and North Africa emerge unsteadily from the Arab Spring,” Ulrichsen said.He concluded: “As regional powers with a wide array of political and economic leverage, the Gulf states can play a significant role that goes beyond the provision of humanitarian assistance in conflict-afflicted environments to encompass a range of innovative conflict resolution tools as well.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Ulrichsen, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: bio: on Twitter: @dr_ulrichsen.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

Hunt for Huntingtons cause yields clues

first_img University researchers built computer simulations of mutated proteins implicated in Huntington’s and other neurological diseases to see how they develop. From left, Weihua Zheng, Min-Yeh Tsai, Peter Wolynes and Mingchen Chen. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) AddThis graphic shows the simulated aggregation of proteins implicated in Huntington’s and other neurological diseases. (Credit: Mingchen Chen/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to simulation shows 20-repeat polyglutamines aggregating. These low-repeat proteins require four or more in close proximity to form a nucleus around which aggregates can form. (Credit: Wolynes Research Lab/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: Links to videos and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduHunt for Huntington’s cause yields cluesRice University scientists analyze repeats in proteins implicated in neurological diseases HOUSTON – (Nov. 10, 2016) – Rice University scientists have uncovered new details about how a repeating nucleotide sequence in the gene for a mutant protein may trigger Huntington’s and other neurological diseases.Researchers at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics used computer models to analyze proteins suspected of misfolding and forming plaques in the brains of patients with neurological diseases. Their simulations confirmed experimental results by other labs that showed the length of repeating polyglutamine sequences contained in proteins is critical to the onset of disease.The study led by Rice bioscientist Peter Wolynes appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Glutamine is the amino acid coded for by the genomic trinucleotide CAG. Repeating glutamines, called polyglutamines, are normal in huntingtin proteins, but when the DNA is copied incorrectly, the repeating sequence of glutamines can become too long. The result can be diseases like Huntington’s or spinocerebellar ataxia.The number of repeats of glutamine can grow as the genetic code information is passed down through generations. That means a healthy parent whose huntingtin gene encodes proteins with 35 repeats may produce a child with 36 repeats. A person having the longer repeat is likely to develop Huntington’s disease.Aggregation in Huntington’s typically begins only when polyglutamine chains reach a critical length of 36 repeats. Studies have demonstrated that longer repeat chains can make the disease more severe and its onset earlier.The paper builds upon techniques used in an earlier study of amyloid beta proteins. That study was the lab’s first attempt to model the energy landscape of amyloid aggregation, which has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.This time, Wolynes and his team were interested in knowing how the varying length of repeats — as few as 20 and as many as 50 — influenced how aggregates form.“The final form of the protein detected in people who have Huntington’s disease is a macroscopic aggregate made of many molecules, much like an ice crystal formed out of water has many molecules in it,” Wolynes said. “This process needs to start somewhere, and that would be with a nucleus, the smallest-size cluster that will then be able to finish the process and grow to macroscopic size.“People knew that the length of the repeats is correlated with the severity of a disease, but we wanted to know why that matters to the critical nucleus size,” he said.Experiments had demonstrated that sequences of 20 repeats or less remained unfolded – or “noodle-y,” as Wolynes described them; they were able to clump into a nucleus only when four or more were gathered together in proximity.The researchers’ simulations showed how sequences with 30 repeats or more are able to fold by themselves without partners into hairpin shapes, which are the building blocks for troublesome aggregates. Thus, for the longer sequences, even a single protein can begin the aggregation process, especially at high concentrations.The Rice team found that at intermediate lengths between 20 and 30 repeats, polyglutamine sequences can choose between straight or hairpin configurations. While longer and shorter sequences form aligned fiber bundles, simulations showed intermediate sequences are more likely to form disordered, branched structures.“We don’t know if branching is good or bad,” Wolynes said. “But it explains the weird shapes the experimentalists get in the test tube.”Mutations that would encourage polyglutamine sequences to remain unfolded would raise the energy barrier to aggregation, they found. “What’s ironic is that while Huntington’s has been classified as a misfolding disease, it seems to happen because the protein, in the bad case of longer repeats, carries out an extra folding process that it wasn’t supposed to be doing,” Wolynes said.The team’s ongoing study is now looking at how the complete huntingtin protein, which contains parts in addition to the polyglutamine repeats, aggregates.Rice graduate student Mingchen Chen is lead author of the paper. Co-authors are Rice postdoctoral researcher Min-Yeh Tsai and research scientist Weihua Zheng. Wolynes is the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, a professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice and a senior investigator of the NSF-funded Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice.The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, supported the research. The researchers used the NSF-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideos:center_img simulation shows 30-repeat polyglutamines aggregating. These higher-repeat proteins require only one to nucleate aggregates of the type implicated in Huntington’s disease. (Credit: Wolynes Research Lab/Rice University) simulation shows 30-repeat polyglutamines aggregating in slow motion. (Credit: Wolynes Research Lab/Rice University)Related materials:Wolynes Research Lab: for Theoretical Biological Physics: https://ctbp.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImages for download: A simulation shows 20-repeat polyglutamines aggregating in slow motion. (Credit: Wolynes Research Lab/Rice University)last_img read more

Letters of recommendation for women more likely to raise doubts

first_imgShare1NEWS RELEASEDavid Letters of recommendation for women more likely to raise doubtsHOUSTON — (June 7, 2018) – Letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than letters written for men, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Houston.“Raising Doubt in Letters of Recommendation for Academia: Gender Differences and Their Impact” is available online and will appear in an upcoming print edition of the Journal of Business and Psychology. The research was led by Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology, and her former graduate student, Juan Madera, now an associate professor of hospitality management at the University of Houston.The paper included two studies about language that raises doubts in letters of recommendation. The researchers defined “doubt-raisers” as phrases or statements that question an applicant’s aptness for a job. This language falls into four categories: negativity (directly saying something bad), faint praise (indirect criticism of someone or something by giving a slight compliment), hedges (cautious or vague language) and irrelevant information (going off in a direction unrelated to the job description). Examples of doubt-raisers are statements like “the candidate has a somewhat challenging personality” or “she might be a good leader in the future.”The first study revealed that, on average, letters written for women were more likely to contain a doubt-raiser than letters written for men (regardless of whether a man or a woman wrote the letter). This was true for negativity, hedging and faint praises but not for irrelevancies. Hebl notes that doubt-raisers are not extraordinarily uncommon — on average, more than half of the letters contained at least one. She also notes that such wording might weigh in on decisions in which candidates otherwise have very similar qualifications.“Letters of recommendation are usually so positively skewed to begin with that a ‘doubt-raiser’ can stand out in a sea of positivity,” Hebl said. “Also, recommendations are made all the time, even if they’re not in letter form. It’s so important to think about the ways language reflects subtle biases, as these spoken subtleties also may add up over time to create disparities.”In the second study, the researchers examined whether people actually recognized and were influenced by a doubt-raiser within a recommendation letter. Approximately 300 university professors across the country were asked to rate one recommendation letter. Letters were manipulated to have just one of the four doubt-raisers and to be written for either a man or woman; all other information contained in the letter was identical across conditions. The researchers found that the presence of any one of three doubt-raisers — negativity, faint praise or hedges — caused the professors to rate these letters negatively. The fourth doubt-raiser, irrelevant information, made no difference in how the letters were rated.Hebl noted that doubt-raisers were considered negative regardless of whether the letter was written for a male or female.“I would suggest avoiding these types of phrases in recommendations if you are trying to write a strong letter,” Hebl said, “and to be aware that they might be more likely to unintentionally slip into letters for women than men.”Madera was the study’s lead author. Randi Martin, the Elma W. Schneider Professor of Psychology at Rice, and Virginia Valian, a distinguished professor of psychology at the City University of New York, co-authored the paper. The study was funded by a National Institutes of Health grant.-30-Related materials:Photo for download: courtesy of Rice University/ the study online via subscription at Members of the news media without journal access can request a copy by emailing David Ruth at Hebl bio: Department of Psychology website: School of Social Sciences website: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.This news release can be found online at on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more

TCU Neeley Management Professor Michael Hitt Earns Career Achievement Award

first_img Last Updated Aug 30, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail A Distinguished Research Fellow at the Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business, Michael Hitt, has received the Career Achievement/Distinguished Educator Award for his many contributions to the field of management throughout his career.Hitt was presented with the award this year at the annual meeting for the Academy of Management. The award, one of the highest honors the Academy can give, was given in recognition of Hitt’s long career and service to the field of management through research, breakthrough developments, and innovative teaching methods.“Letters of support from former students show Michael’s engagement and ongoing support for his students—encouraging everyone to be the best they could be, and going above and beyond to help them get there,” said one committee member who selected Hitt for the award. Over his 40 years of teaching and research, Hitt has left his impact on the field of management in a number of ways. This is not the first time Hitt has been honored by the Academy of Management, however. He received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award from the organization and being named as a “Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.” He has also served in different capacities for several scholarly journals, acting at one time as editor for the Academy of Management Journal, co-editor for the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and with research published in a number of premier journals such as Organization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, and many more.Before coming to TCU, Hitt was a teacher at Texas A&M University, where he was the University Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He holds a BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in organizational theory/behavior, quantitative methods in economics, and business policy from the University of Colorado. About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer TCU Neeley Management Professor Michael Hitt Earns Career Achievement Awardcenter_img regions: Dallas RelatedTCU Neeley Faculty Gains Eight New Business ProfessionlsThe Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business has recently added eight new faculty members to the TCU Neeley faculty, who will further strengthen their rigorous and committed curriculum. Michael Hitt and Brad Harris will be joining the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership as the Distinguished Research Fellow…January 15, 2016In “Featured Region”Mays Gives Their First Lifetime Achievement AwardTexas A&M Uniersity’s Mays Business School recently gave its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship. The honor was awarded to Michael A. Hitt, a University Distinguished. According to Mays’ online news website, Mays Dean Jerry Strawser said, “We are starting a new tradition in a place that’s full…March 30, 2015In “Featured Region”Mays Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship ContributionsDuane Ireland, Executive Associate Dean of the Texas A&M University – Mays Business School, has recently been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award for research and scholarship contributions. Ireland is the current Executive Associate Dean at Mays and also serves as University Distinguished Professor while holding the Benton Cocanougher Chair in…March 15, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Our Favorite MBA Recruiters Facebook

first_imgOur Favorite MBA Recruiters: Facebook Start the process earlyGet some practical experienceKnow how to build somethingUnderstand the products inside and outHave a unique value proposition These days, it seems like everyone and their mother is on Facebook—no, really, your mom sent me a friend request last week. Your family vacation looked like a blast! As more and more people subscribe to the undisputed king of social media, Facebook seems to hire more and more MBAs to continue to move the company forward into the future.Facebook was famously started by a college dropout—who may or may not be planning a monotone presidential run in 2020 (wink)—but that doesn’t mean the tech company doesn’t value accomplished business students with impressive resumes. Let’s take a deeper dive in how Facebook recruits new MBA talent to the company.Who is Facebook Looking For in New Hires?How much does Facebook value MBA degrees? Some answers may surprise you: In a Quora thread a few years ago, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg famously said “MBAs are not necessary at Facebook and I don’t believe they are important for working in the tech industry.” Now, Sandberg (who earned an MBA at Harvard in ’95) may have a point—you don’t officially need an advanced business degree to make it in the world of tech. However, as Business Insider points out, most hiring managers in Silicon Valley don’t necessary agree with Sandberg, even those currently working for Facebook.In fact, research suggests that Silicon Valley overwhelmingly wants MBAs. Tapwage, a job discovery startup, analyzed more than 100,000 job postings to see how many hiring managers listed the advance degree as a criteria for selection. Looking specifically at Facebook, the analysis found that the company had 75 jobs postings that either had a preference for an MBA, or required one—9 percent of total openings. Other tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple featured similar averages. Interestingly enough, Tapwage concluded that MBAs were actually in higher demand at tech companies than on Wall Street. Numbers show Facebook looks for three times as many MBAs as Goldman Sachs.While hiring managers in Silicon Valley—and more specifically Facebook—are clearly looking for fresh MBA talent, recent grads are also excited to enter the tech sector. According to CNN, almost 10 percent of MBAs want to work for Facebook.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: MBA Alumni Spotlight: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg“As we grow, we have a set of unique problems and challenges that are somewhat unprecedented for other companies in our industry,” Adam Ward, Facebook’s Head of University Recruiting, told CNN. “MBA students love challenges, they love tough problems. It’s become a great marriage.”How to Get Your Foot in the Door?According to Ward, Facebook looks for MBAs “who want to roll their sleeves up and build things, solve problems, take risks and be creative with the problems we face.” While the company doesn’t disclose its plans for hiring, Facebook’s three-month internship program is considered the best route to a full-time job offer.According to Vault, Facebook consistently has one of the top-ranked internship programs in the country. Interns have said the program boosts self-confidence, and helps create a foundation that carries into successful careers at Facebook and elsewhere. More than 1,000 interns pass through Facebook each year.“Our intern program is one of the best ways to identify the next generation of Facebook talent,” Hyla Wallis, University Programs and Operations manager at Facebook, told TODAY. Each intern is given a final review before he or she leaves, with some being offered a full-time position. “We want to make sure that every intern that joins has the opportunity for the full-time offer,” Wallis added.Last summer, Fast Company published a guide outlining “What It Really Takes To Get An Internship At Google, Facebook, Apple, And More.” According to that article, prospective interns should follow these steps if they want to get into one of these tech giants: Last Updated Oct 26, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini What Do Current and Former Interns Think?TODAY spoke with current and former Facebook interns and asked them to share how they landed their internships, and some of the experiences they’ve gained through the program:Marion Xu, junior, current Software Engineer Intern:“I have a background in computer science. I got involved and got pretty passionate. I prepared a lot for the interviews, looked at a bunch of different resources,” she said. “They had a technical challenge so I went online and did practice problems.”Javier Fraire, current Software Engineer Intern:“It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. The benefits of a hackathon is getting great product ideas. A lot of our products come from hackathons. In fact, this year I worked on a feature during a hackathon that will be shipping in the next few weeks.”Devon Porter, Business Operations, former intern:“Facebook expects their interns to do the same work as a full-time employee. There’s a lot of responsibility and autonomy given to you on day one, so in a very short period of time you gain a huge amount of hands-on experience.”How Much Are New Hires Compensated?One of the benefits to working at Facebook, or the tech sector in general, is the salary. An article published by CNBC shows that major companies don’t skimp when it comes to starting salaries and other benefits. A recent poll shows that companies like as Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and Twitter can offer six-figure annual salaries to new graduates, not to mention additional stipends, stock options, and signing bonuses. Facebook specifically offers the following compensation to new hires on average:center_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC For more information on open Facebook positions for business school students, head the company’s official grad school recruitment page.Want to know what other companies are actively looking for MBAs? Check out some of our favorites here. Annual base salary: $107,000Stock/stipend per year: $37,500Signing bonus: $75,000 to $100,000 RelatedMBAs and Silicon ValleyEarning an MBA is no easy task: With so much time and money invested in a business education, the last thing you need to hear is that your degree isn’t worth the effort. And yet, just a few years ago, many MBAs hoping to enter the tech industry heard just…April 7, 2016In “Featured Home”MBA Alumni Spotlight: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Harvard MBA ‘95Mark Zuckerberg may be the biggest and most recognizable person behind Facebook, but there’s a whole team of executives behind the scenes making sure that the social media giant is paying dividends to investors. One of these executives is Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Harvard Business School alumni.…April 17, 2017In “Alumni Spotlight”Millennials: Should You Get an MBA?Millennials: you either love them, hate them or are one of them. If you were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, we’re talking about you! You’re the most recent age group to enter the workforce. Even more impressive, you represent one third of the total U.S. population. Millennials are hard…May 30, 2016In “Admissions Tips”last_img read more

United Passenger Dragged From Plane Has Concussion Broken Nose Lawyer

first_imgCrystal Dao Pepper, daughter of Dr. David Dao, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Ill., on April 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski) US Show Discussion CHICAGO—The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday.“For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us,” Thomas Demetrio told a news conference in Chicago, outlining the potential causes of action they may pursue against United and the city of Chicago.“Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably.”David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, was hospitalized after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane as the airline sought to make space on a flight from the city’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.Demetrio said the law stated that passengers could not be ejected from planes with unreasonable force. Chicago runs the airport and the city’s department of aviation employs the three officers who dragged Dao off the plane.Thomas A. Demetrio, Chicago Aviation Attorney and Co-founder of Corby & Demetrio who represents Dao family, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Ill., on April 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski) Thomas A. Demetrio, Chicago Aviation Attorney and Co-founder of Corby & Demetrio who represents Dao family, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Ill., on April 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski) Dao, who was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday night, suffered a significant concussion, a broken nose and lost two front teeth in the incident, and he will need to undergo reconstructive surgery, Demetrio said.Video of Sunday’s incident taken by other passengers and showing Dao being dragged up the plane aisle and with a bloodied mouth circulated rapidly, causing public outrage that was not calmed by the airline’s initial response.Dao’s daughter, Crystal Dao Pepper, told the news conference that the family was “horrified, shocked and sickened” by what happened to her father. One of Dao’s five children, Pepper, 33, described him as a “wonderful father” and “loving grandfather” who had been returning from vacation in California.“What happened to my dad should have never happened to any human being,” she said.Crystal Dao Pepper, daughter of Dr. David Dao, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Ill., on April 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski) Crystal Dao Pepper, daughter of Dr. David Dao, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Ill., on April 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)Demetrio said Dao had told him that being dragged down the plane aisle was more terrifying than his experience fleeing Vietnam in 1975.Demetrio and a second attorney, Stephen Golan, said neither they nor the family had heard from United yet.United, in a statement, said Munoz and the company “called Dr. Dao on numerous occasions to express our heartfelt and deepest apologies.” The company did not comment on what its response would be to any litigation, and did not comment on whether the airline would try to settle with Dao.Dao’s lawyers filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require United Continental Holdings Inc and the City of Chicago to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to Sunday’s incident, which would be a precursor to a lawsuit.Other attorneys said state courts are typically more favorable to plaintiffs.Officials from the city could not be reached for comment on Thursday’s news conference.A video screengrab shows passenger David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in this video filmed by @JayseDavid on April 9, 2017. (Jayse D. Anspach via REUTERS) A video screengrab shows passenger David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in this video filmed by @JayseDavid on April 9, 2017. (Jayse D. Anspach via REUTERS)At a later city council aviation committee meeting, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said the department was investigating how the incident happened and reviewing its training.United officials at the meeting apologized again and said they were reviewing all company policies related to the incident and would complete that process by April 30.United Vice President John Slater said he was not at liberty to say who called the aviation police, but it was not the plane’s captain. United has no set policy for physically forcing passengers to deboard, he added.“Chicago employees should not be doing the dirty work for the friendly skies airline,” Chicago Alderman Edward Burke said at the meeting, adding Dao’s civil rights had been violated.Evans and United officials said they could not discuss the incident in detail, citing the pending litigation.United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz is under pressure to contain a torrent of bad publicity and calls for boycotts against United, including in China, where people have been angered because Dao was an Asian-American passenger.United shares have lost about 1 percent of their value since Monday. The stock was down 1 percent shortly before the market close.CEO of United Airlines Oscar Munoz in New York on June 2, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) CEO of United Airlines Oscar Munoz in New York on June 2, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)Munoz has sought in the last two days to make amends. In a statement on Tuesday he said he “deeply” apologized and was disturbed by what had happened. On Wednesday, he apologized to Dao, his family and United customers in an ABC News interview, saying the company would no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights.Demetrio called the apology “staged” and a response to the airline executive’s earlier comments, which were heavily criticized by many.In a letter to employees on Monday, Munoz did not apologize to Dao and defended the airline’s actions, saying Dao had been “disruptive and belligerent.”The incident occurred when the airline was seeking to free up space on the plane for crew members it wanted to fly to Louisville.Dao was offered $800 for his seat by United but did not want to take it, Demetrio said. Munoz previously said the airline offered up to $1,000.Dao’s wife was told to leave the plane after he was dragged off, Golan said.Airport PoliceThe city of Chicago, which Demetrio said had also not contacted the attorneys and family, is also potentially involved in any lawsuit because of the officers’ involvement.Chicago’s Aviation Department said on Wednesday that two more officers had been placed on leave in connection with the incident. One officer was placed on leave on Tuesday.Given the wide public outrage over the incident, Dao is in a strong position as he prepares to launch a legal action, lawyers who represent airlines and passengers said.“United is looking at a legal claim, but they’re also looking at a huge public relations and business problem,” said Justin Green, a partner at the law firm Kreindler & Kreindler in New York who represents airline passengers.“United, if they’re smart, will quickly and quietly settle the case.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Share this article United Passenger Dragged From Plane Has Concussion, Broken Nose: Lawyer By Reuters April 13, 2017 Updated: April 13, 2017last_img read more

Top US General Says Committed to Working Through Difficulties With China

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share BEIJING—There are many difficult issues between the United States and China but both share a commitment to work through them, the United States’ top general said on Tuesday during a visit to Beijing amid tensions over nuclear-armed North Korea.“I think we have to be honest. We have many, many difficult issues where we don’t necessarily share the same perspective,” Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army.“We share a commitment to work through these difficult issues,” he added, without elaborating.Fang said China attached great importance to his visit and had arranged a visit for him to view a military exercise.There was no mention of specific issues in comments made in front of reporters.The United States has called on China to do more to rein in its isolated neighbor North Korea, while China has said it is Washington that needs to be making more efforts to lessen tensions and speak directly to Pyongyang. Related CoverageDunford Says US Military Prepares For North Korea’s Development CapabilityNorth Korea’s leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he watches U.S. actions a little longer, the North’s state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea’s president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.China and the United States, the world’s two largest economies, say they are committed to having a stable military-to-military relationship, but there are deep fault lines.China has been angered by U.S. freedom of navigation patrols near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea and continued U.S. arms sales and support for self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as a wayward province.The United States has expressed concern about what it calls unsafe intercepts of U.S. aircraft by the Chinese air force and a lack of transparency in China’s military spending, China being in the midst of an ambitious military modernization program.By Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard US Show Discussioncenter_img Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) Share this article Top US General Says Committed to Working Through Difficulties With China By Reuters August 15, 2017 Updated: August 15, 2017last_img read more

NFL Stadium Worker Who Quit Job Over Anthem Protests Speaks Out

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Buffalo Bills players kneel during the American National anthem before an NFL game against the Denver Broncos on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) NFL Stadium Worker Who Quit Job Over Anthem Protests Speaks Out By Bowen Xiao September 28, 2017 Updated: September 28, 2017 Nikischer then described what his father told him after he made his decision to leave his job.“He called me that night and he was broken up, he was proud of me but he was in tears with pride,” he told “Fox & Friends.” “I stood up for veterans and I did the right thing in my heart and his heart.”The former security guard has vowed to never set foot in the stadium again, or even watch another NFL game until the protests stop.He said that he has mostly received supportive comments.“I’ve talked to some co-workers who gave me a lot of support. I’ve, of course, got a lot of support on Facebook from veterans, other law enforcement officers, Goldstar mothers, and of course I’ve gotten some hate mail on Facebook, but I take that for what it’s worth.”Instead of kneeling, Nikischer recommends players to instead work on a real solution to the issue and go out into the community.“I believe kneeling is to me is the players saying there’s a problem, someone else fix it. I believe if they went out into the community took some time and did something for a solution” he said. “Do something about it.”You can watch the full interview below.Watch the latest video at &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”//”&amp;amp;amp;gt;;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;President Donald Trump said recently there was “tremendous backlash” over the NFL. He said that players disrespect the country by kneeling instead of standing.“Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country. #StandForOurAnthem,” he tweeted on Sept. 25 From Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 The man who quit his job as an NFL stadium worker on Sept. 24  over the recent national anthem protests is now speaking out.Erich Nikischer, who worked at Buffalo’s New Era Field for nearly 30 years, walked out of the stadium after he witnessed Buffalo Bills players taking a knee during the national anthem in protest.Now in a new interview, Nikischer told “Fox & Friends” that he stood by his decision to quit.The anthem is “something I hold dear to my heart,” he told “Fox & Friends.” “A lot of people have fought and died for this country, and the song and the flag signify that to me. I have a lot of friends that are veterans, I have family members that are disabled veterans and my father is a Korea War vet.”“It was a personal stand, I had to quit,” he added. Show Discussioncenter_img US News Man quits stadium job after Bills protest— WGRZ (@WGRZ) September 25, 2017 Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem??— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Share this article Sharelast_img read more

Jet With 2 Blown Tires Lands Safely Post Malone Fans Cheer

first_img Jet With 2 Blown Tires Lands Safely, Post Malone Fans Cheer By The Associated Press August 21, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2018 Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   NEWBURGH, N.Y.—A private jet that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport on Tuesday made a safe emergency landing hours later at an airport in New York.Fans of rapper Post Malone had gathered at New York Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of New York City, after hearing he was on board, and they cheered when the plane landed just before 4 p.m. There was no confirmation that he was on the plane.The troubled Gulfstream IV was en route from Teterboro to London Luton Airport in Luton, England, when the pilot realized shortly after takeoff that the tires had blown. The pilot began circling the airport for about 30 minutes before the jet was diverted.The plane originally was to attempt an emergency landing at Westfield-Barnes airport, said Eric Billowitz, manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts.A small group of the curious and fans who had heard Post Malone was on the plane gathered at the airport in Westfield, Massachusetts, hoping to watch the landing.“We came down because he had the biggest day of his life yesterday and we wanted to make sure he is safe,” said Jessica Kielb, of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Billowitz said he was told the plane was first headed to the Massachusetts airport because there is a Gulfstream service center there and because the airport has “one of the longest runways in the Northeast” at 9,000 feet (2,740 meters), but the plane was then diverted to Stewart.Stewart’s signature feature is a nearly 12,000-foot (3,650-meter) runway, long enough to handle the fat-bodied C-5A Galaxy planes laden with supplies and better for such emergencies.More Post Malone fans started arriving at Stewart airport later Tuesday.Post Malone was scheduled to perform at the Reading and Leeds Festival in England over the weekend, according to his website’s tour schedule.The face-tattooed singer/rapper took home the song of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night in New York for his hit “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage. The song is from his latest album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys.”The 23-year-old was joined on stage by rockers Aerosmith and 21 Savage for a wild performance that closed out the awards show.The plane had 16 people on board when it left Teterboro Airport around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said, but didn’t specify if the number of people aboard included the pilot.By  David Klepper center_img US News Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

The teen was hospitalized for precautionary medic

first_imgThe teen was hospitalized for “precautionary medical treatment,” said police, reported NBC Philadelphia.Other details about the incident were not disclosed by officials.Meanwhile, nine minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day, Philadelphia recorded its first homicide.Officers from the police force’s 25th District responded to a “hospital case/person with a gun” in the Kensington neighborhood, reported That’s when they found an unresponsive man who was shot. Officials pronounced him dead two minutes later at 12:09 a.m. ET on Jan. 1.Anyone with information is urged to call the homicide unit at 215-686-3334 or call 911. A $20,000 reward is being offered information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Jan. 1 homicide.Philly Murder Rate RisesPhiladelphia saw a sharp increase in the number of murders in 2018 with 353 in total. That’s the worst since more than a decade ago when 391 people were killed in 2007.President Trump in 2017 noted that “the murder rate has been steady—I mean just terribly increasing” in Philadelphia. When 2017 ended, Philadelphia saw more homicides than it had since 2012. Girl, 15, Arrested After Leaving Baby in Philadelphia Dumpster: Officials By Jack Phillips January 1, 2019 Updated: January 1, 2019 Share A 15-year-old girl was arrested after she allegedly left her newborn baby in a dumpster on New Year’s Eve, Philadelphia police have said.The baby later died after it was found around 10:30 p.m. local time on Dec. 31, 2018, according to The Associated Press. A 40-year-old woman approached police officers, telling them her daughter’s friend placed a baby in a dumpster near Kensington.The woman said she took the baby from the dumpster and reported the incident to police officers, AP reported. The child was taken to Temple University Hospital and was later pronounced dead, ABC6 reported.The teen, who was not named, was found at home with her mother. Officials believe that’s where the girl gave birth.Now, homicide detectives are investigating the matter. The teen has been arrested, AP reported. US News Show Discussioncenter_img Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The city had 314 murders as of Dec. 28 of 2017, an increase of about 13 percent over the previous year, according to an Associated Press report at the time.Philadelphia Police Captain John Ryan lamented the city’s burgeoning murder rate. “We did have a very violent August. We recorded 41 murders in August and there were 19 murders in August last year,” he told ABC6 last year.Some said the city has a severe drug—particularly an opioid—problem.“Territorial disputes and people that are on drugs. They gotta go out and start robbing people so you have all this violence, violence, violence,” John Appledorn of the Citizens Crime Commission said in the ABC affiliate report.A small group of people are committing most of the crimes, police said.“It’s a very small minority committing most of the havoc,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told the AP.These groups, he said, “use violence” as a means to accomplish their goals.“A lot of times, it is the young people pulling the trigger. Many of them will end up feeling cynical and feeling jaded, and feeling hopeless and they harden themselves to this reality,” Scott Charles, trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital, told KYW.“It really is a consequence of young people who have given up on hope, young people who have been exposed to high levels of violence, who have been hardened, where there isn’t the sense of compassion for others.” last_img read more

Travis Criswell 27 opened the door and officers

first_imgTravis Criswell, 27, opened the door, and officers noticed a strong “burnt marijuana” smell emitting from the home. Officers asked Criswell about children in the home, and he confirmed there were children inside.A 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were spotted with their mother, Brittnie Morford, 27, according to the Fox affiliate report.The two toddlers were described as being “very dirty and seemed to be very cold,” according to court documents obtained by the news outlet. They were also apparently “soaked from head to toe in urine,” officials said. A stock photo showing police tape. (Mark Makela/Getty Images) Share this article US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Two people in Washington, Indiana, were arrested after two toddlers were discovered inside an “extremely dirty and cold” home, according to local reports.A Department of Child Services (DCS) worker was contacted on Dec. 7 about two toddlers who were inside a house that was described as being unsuitable for children.The worker went to the house in the southern Indiana town, but she said the occupants would not allow her inside the premises, Fox59 reported.Police officers were then contacted by DCS, who responded to the scene and knocked on the door. Toddlers Found Inside ‘Extremely Dirty and Cold’ Indiana Home, Say Police By Jack Phillips January 3, 2019 Updated: January 3, 2019 Toddlers found inside Indiana home “soaked in urine” with “purple feet” because they were so cold, court docs say— FOX59 News (@FOX59) January 3, 2019  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video WTHI-TV reported that the children’s feet appeared purple due to the house’s temperature.There were also “multiple injuries on each child” before they were taken to Daviess Community Hospital for an examination. A doctor said the 2-year-old had second-degree burns, but the report didn’t elaborate on how.Morford and Criswell were arrested and charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. They were also charged with neglect of a dependent.The two were both being held in the Daviess County Security Center on $25,000 bond, WBIW reported.gove indiana today The worker went to the house on Grove Street in the southern Indiana town of Washington. This photo shows the Grove Street neighborhood. (Google Street View)One of The Nation’s Most Serious Concerns’According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (pdf), around 3.5 million children in 2016 were the subjects of at least one maltreatment report to authorities.“Child abuse is one of the nation’s most serious concerns,” the authors of the report wrote.About 17 percent of those reports were substantiated, and the department said that there were an estimated 676,000 victims of child abuse and neglect. That amounts to 9.1 victims per 1,000 children.Children in their first year of life had the highest rate of victimization at 24.8 per 1,000 children, the report said.About three-fourths of the cases were neglect, and about 18 percent were physical abuse. Some children suffered from multiple forms of maltreatment, the HHS said.Four-fifths of the child abusers were between the ages of 18 and 44 and more than half were women, the report stated. Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

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first_img“The guy had a 40-year record of abuse. Whatever lead to his death, it’s a certain amount of karma.”The local Star-Ledger had covered Capparelli extensively for years in the city of Newark.A lawsuit was filed against Capparelli in July 2011 by Andrew Dundorf, who accused him of abuse spanning over a decade, including at trips to Disney World and a Boy Scouts camp where Capparelli worked. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.In the same year, the Star-Ledger uncovered the fact that back in 1989 Capparelli was sent to a New Mexico treatment center that specialized in alcoholism and pedophilia.The Star-Ledger revealed that he had been hired as a math teacher at a public high school in Newark in 2011 when allegations against him began to surface again.Fitter wants to know if Capparelli continued his alleged abuses after he moved to Nevada in 2016.“I can’t see a change,” Fitter said. “I’ll be very interested to see what police find in his house … I don’t see that type of sociopath and predator changing.”” I can’t say that I feel sorry for him,” he told KTVN. ” I can’t say that I feel any sort of loss. I’m just kind of numb. I don’t want to sound cold, but the world is a safer place without him.” Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey In 2016, he moved from New Jersey to the town of Henderson, about 15 miles away from Las Vegas, in Nevada, where his body was found on March 8. An aerial view of the street where former priest John Capparelli lived in Henderson, Nev. (Screenshot/Googlemaps)Henderson Police Department said that investigators have not identified a suspect, according to the New York Times, but they were “following up on developed leads” and cited “suspicious circumstances” surrounding his death.Robert Hoatson, who runs a  nonprofit, which aids sexual abuse survivors, said he has helped some of Capparelli’s alleged victims.“The murder of the former priest John Capparelli is shocking and sad,” Hoatson told USA Today. “That’s not the way we want people to be handled. We want them to go through the proper procedures. We hope the victims are taking care of themselves and that the murderer is brought to justice.”Capparelli operated a porn website featuring young men wrestling for several years, according to the Star-Ledger.One of those alleged victims,  Rich Fitter, told the Newark Star-Ledger, “The world is a safer place without him.” The collar of a priest is seen at St. Adalbert Catholic Church March 29, 2002, in Chicago. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images) Share Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Found Shot Dead in Nevada Home By Simon Veazey March 13, 2019 Updated: March 13, 2019 US News center_img A defrocked priest accused of sexually abusing children over decades was found dead in his Nevada home with a single bullet wound to the neck.The name of John Capparelli, 70, was recently published on a list along with 187 other clergy that have been been “credibly accused” of abusing minors in Newark, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.Capparelli died of a single bullet shot to his neck, the Clark County Coroner’s Office in Nevada said, according to reports.Police found his body in the kitchen of his home in Henderson during a welfare check on the morning of March 9, reported NBC.He had been accused of groping teenage boys in lawsuits but had never faced criminal charges related to the allegations. The home of former priest John Capparelli in Henderson, Nev. (Screenshot/Googlemaps) He was permanently removed from ministry in 1992, then defrocked. His teaching license was subsequently revoked in a settlement, according to USA today.He had never publicly acknowledged wrongdoing. Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgNavy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner. (Andrea Gallagher via AP, File) Share this article Military Judge Removes Prosecutor From Navy SEAL Murder Case By The Associated Press June 4, 2019 Updated: June 4, 2019 SAN DIEGO—A military judge took the rare step Monday to remove a prosecutor accused of misconduct from the war crimes case of a decorated Navy SEAL.Capt. Aaron Rugh ordered the lead prosecutor removed from the case of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher after defense lawyers accused the prosecution of spying on their emails, according to the ruling. The defense asked Rugh to dismiss the case or remove prosecutors because of the surreptitious effort to track defense emails without court approval in an effort to find the source of news leaks. Rugh said it was not in his power to determine if Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak violated ethical or professional rules, but the potential for a probe into those actions required that he be removed from the prosecution.Czaplak received word of the ruling during a deposition while questioning an Iraqi general, who is a witness in the case, defense lawyer Tim Parlatore said.Czaplak left in the middle of the testimony being recorded on video in San Diego for use at the trial. He did not return to the courtroom.Parlatore said it was a step in the right direction.“There’s no way he should be allowed to continue on this case,” Parlatore said. “We’re still hopeful the entire case will be dismissed.”Rugh said he would rule on whether to dismiss murder and attempted murder counts against Gallagher by the end of Wednesday.A Marine Corps lawyer, Capt. Conor McMahon, assigned to the case will not be removed, Rugh said.But it’s not clear if McMahon will stay on the prosecution team. McMahon’s commanders ordered him to stop participating in the case last week and he didn’t appear at hearings on Thursday and Friday.The Navy would not say if he would remain on the team.Czaplak will be replaced with another attorney from the Navy, spokesman Brian O’Rourke said.“Chief Petty Officer Gallagher is entitled to a fair trial and the Navy is committed to upholding that principle,” O’Rourke said.Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, on May 30, 2019. (Julie Watson/AP Photo)Last week, Rugh unexpectedly released Gallagher from custody as a remedy for interference by prosecutors in the middle of a hearing that also included accusations they withheld evidence from the defense.The removal of Czaplak could delay the trial scheduled to start June 10.Republicans in Congress have rallied in support of Gallagher, saying he has been mistreated. President Donald Trump, who intervened to move Gallagher to better confinement, has considered dismissing the charges.Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, on May 30, 2019. (Julie Watson/AP Photo)Gallagher pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of an injured teenage terrorist in Iraq in 2017 and to attempted murder for picking off two civilians from a sniper’s perch.At hearings last week, Rugh indicated he was misled about the investigation into news leaks.He said investigators told him privately they planned to embed code in what he believed to be a court document to help them find the source of leaks. But the judge said he didn’t have the power to authorize such a tactic and wasn’t told they planned to target emails sent to the defense lawyers or a journalist.Rugh also said he believed Czaplak was working with federal prosecutors and his approval was not necessary.Rugh received a letter Friday from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego, saying they had not approved or coordinated the tracking, Parlatore said.Evidence at the hearings showed prosecutors enlisted a Naval Criminal Investigative Service intelligence specialist to conduct criminal background checks on three civilian lawyers and a Navy Times journalist who has broken several stories based on leaked documents.Parlatore, who was among the three lawyers investigated, accused prosecutors of a “rogue, relentless, and unlawful cyber campaign” that may have violated attorney-client privilege and hurt his client’s ability to get a fair trial.Czaplak downplayed the move, saying the embedded code recorded nothing more than what marketers use to find out where and when messages were opened by recipients.Another prosecutor, Lt. Scott McDonald said the effort only gathered data, such as internet protocol addresses, and did not snoop on the content of emails or require a search warrant.“Even if there was some intrusion” in violation of attorney client-privilege, it didn’t rise to the level to dismiss the case, McDonald said.Czaplak said the tracking ended May 10 after he was confronted by Parlatore who discovered the code in an unusual logo of an American flag with a bald eagle perched on the scales of justice beneath the prosecutor’s signature.Several experts testified that the code couldn’t generally be used to identify a specific person or capture content.By Julie Watson And Brian Melley Sharecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News #BREAKING: The prosecutor in the murder trial for Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher has been removed from the case by a military judge.— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) June 4, 2019 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Cleaning the ocean one sunglass at a time

first_imgLet’s file this one too under eye-wear made out of interesting materials. After Shwood’s Cactus Sunglasses come Norton Point’s Ocean Plastic Frames. Each frame follows Norton Point’s philosophy of “One Pound One Pair”, which basically mean that each pair of sunglasses is responsible for cleaning and reusing one pound of the Ocean’s plastic waste.Creating an ecosystem and a business that’s more about consciously cutting down on plastic waste than about profitability, Norton Point sources their plastic from the wastelands in Haiti, employing hundreds, and incentivizing the waste-collection process. The spectacles/sunglasses are then made from this recycled plastic (although honestly, it looks and feels just like regularly molded virgin plastic). Each piece of eyewear even comes with the GPS coordinates of the place the plastic was sourced from. Now isn’t that just amazing?!Designer: Norton PointBUY NOWBUY NOWSharePinShareFlipSharePocket822 Shareslast_img read more

Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser and Dance Party

first_img on September 10, 2013 By CBN 0 E-Headlines Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser and Dance Party Pinterest Google+ Twittercenter_img Email Share. Facebook Tumblr LinkedIn On Saturday, September 14 local chefs will throw down for the title of champion in a “Nacho Ultimate” competition at Locavore, Central Oregon’s local food marketplace and education nonprofit. These chefs will provide their rendition of the world’s best plate of nachos using all local ingredients. Who will take home the crown? You’ll be the judge! But the real winners of the night will be the children of our community as funds from this event mean another season of Farm Kids—Kids Dig It! and local food youth education programs through Locavore. This program gets kids out of the classroom and onto the farms of Central Oregon where they learn where food really comes from. The program specifically focuses on low-income youth—in some cases these kids have never before been to a place where food grows.  A $25 ticket, available through or in the Locavore marketplace on 1st Street, includes one free drink, all you can eat nachos, and an evening of music and dance. We’ll keep the party, and the no-host bar, cranking ‘til the wee hours. Locavore thanks Tims Chips (which distributes for Juanitas) O-Hana Salsa, Savory Spice Shop, Broken Top Bottle Shop, Eberhards, Redtail Farm, Fields Farm, Juniper Jungle Permaculture Farm, Rathole Brewing, Piggyback Ranch and Oregon Spirit Distillers whose generous contributions provide all the supplies for this event. Clearly, this is nacho ordinary fundraiser. See you there!What: Fundraiser for Central Oregon Locavore and Farm Kids – Kids Dig It! When: Saturday, Sept. 14. Doors at 6 p.m. Music at 7pm. Final judgment at 8pm. Dance party at 10pmWhere: Central Oregon Locavore, 1216 NE 1st St. in BendTickets: Tickets for the Nacho Competition are $25, which includes one drink. Tickets for dance party only are $10.last_img read more