US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait February 21, 2018 US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Kuwait Navy The US state department has approved the possible sale of 15 fast patrol boats to Kuwait under a contract worth an estimated $100 million.According to an announcement from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Kuwait government requested the sale of fifteen fast patrol boats outfitted with two .50 caliber machine guns each.Kuwait ordered a total of 36 machine guns, thirty installed and six spares.The boats would be built by Vigor subsidiary Kvichak at their Kent, Washington, site. Kuwait intends to use the boats for patrol, interdiction, and maritime protection. View post tag: USlast_img read more

Ocean City Students Safe, Shocked and Determined After Rocket Explosion

first_imgOcean City High School senior Mercy Griffith listened to the cheers at liftoff and felt “so, so excited” as she watched an unmanned rocket leave the ground early Tuesday evening carrying a science experiment designed by her and five classmates.But Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins, Alison Miles and she then saw a bright flash of fire as the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.Griffith said they heard a loud boom that resonated across the water to the safe viewing area where they watched the launch. Uncertain at first exactly what was happening, the students stood paralyzed and in shock, and they all cried when they came to the quick realization of what had happened, she said.Griffith shared her first-hand account during a news conference Wednesday morning at Ocean City High School, where the students, teachers and school administrators involved in the project gathered to share information on the catastrophe and reflect on lessons learned from it.Students, teachers and administrators involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), including Superintendent Kathleen Taylor (at podium) and Board of Education President Joe Clark (to her left), talk about the rocket that exploded Tuesday in Virginia.Nobody was injured in the explosion of the rocket launched by the private Orbital Sciences Corporation.“First, we want to say that we are thankful no one was hurt in this accident,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in a prepared statement. “Our students and staff were in a safe secure location to view the launch.”The OCHS experiment is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), a national program designed to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the U.S. The Ocean City students competed against others nationwide for the opportunity to have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.The Ocean City experiment analyzes the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of E. coli bacteria to lettuce cells — information that would be practical if people ever tried to cultivate food during long periods of travel in space, according to Bowersock.“Our students are learning that the world of science is full of twists and turns — the line between success and disappointment can sometimes be blurred,” Taylor said. “We recall the words of another great New Jersey scientist, Thomas Edison, ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’ ”Science teacher Dan Weaver said multiple “ferries” are going up to the International Space Station in the next several months, and the SSEP could find space on one for the student experiments.“Making the experiment again is going to be pretty easy for us,” Bowersock said. “We were not saddened so much about our experiment as were for all the people who worked on the rocket.”The students had a chance to meet with engineers, a former astronaut, scientists and other student science teams during their trip to Virginia.“You can be sure that we in Ocean City are determined to succeed,” Taylor said. “We will use this moment to spur us on to greater and better things. We are going to try not just one more time, but many more times.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Student scientists explaining their space experiment at a news conference Wednesday include (from left) Dan Loggi, Lauren Bowersock, Alison Miles, Kaitland Wriggins, Mercy Griffith and Kristina Redmond.(The video footage above was filmed by Ocean City High School student Matt Unsworth for the school TV station and news site OC-TV/Current OC.)last_img read more

Wanted: Citizens to Become Certified Members of the Joint Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

first_imgFor Immediate Release:Ocean City, New Jersey – The City of Ocean City and Upper Township will host free training classes for citizens to become certified members of the joint Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Classes run for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue). The classes begin March 15 and end May 24.The Ocean City Office of Emergency Management has offered CERT classes to citizens for more than 10 years. The program training includes all aspects of disaster preparation including Basic Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Animal Safety, Disaster Psychology and Natural Disaster Preparedness.Class instructors include Jim Eberwine, retired local meteorologist and representatives from Atlantic City Electric who will train participants in electrical safety during storm events.CERT volunteers played a vital role during Superstorm Sandy and have been called on many times since then.Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Ocean City or Upper Township. Upon completion of the training, participants will have learned basic first aid, become CPR and AED certified and be prepared to assist with emergency response needs for their community, neighbors, family and themselves.Class size is limited, so citizens are encouraged to register early. To register, please visit www.ocnj.us/CERT. Residents also can contact Ocean City OEM Coordinator Frank Donato at [email protected] or Upper Township OEM Coordinator Scott Morgan at [email protected] For more information on the CERT program visit www.citizencorps.gov/cert.last_img read more

Press release: Regulator publishes Sector risk profile 2018

first_img ensure that sales activity is underpinned by an understanding of local housing demand and the mitigations available if sales and staircasing do not match expectations be clear about their health and safety responsibilities, both for stock that they own and stock that they manage, to ensure that tenants are safe in their homes and staff are safe at work The regulator’s Sector Risk Profile 2018 is available on the RSH website.Further information The Regulator of Social Housing promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. For more information visit the RSH website. This year’s publication also emphasises risks to specialist providers, including the particular risks inherent in lease-based providers of supported housing, on which the regulator will be issuing a further report in due course.Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive of RSH said: The Sector Risk Profile 2018, published today (11 October 2018) by the Regulator of Social Housing, highlights health and safety issues, failures to meet stakeholder expectations and reliance on sales as significant potential risks for social housing providers to manage.The report, now in its sixth edition, sets out the range of strategic and financial challenges facing the social housing sector. It is designed to help registered providers, board members and others to understand the operating environment and to think strategically about how their organisation can manage its risks.Whilst the sector continues to have to manage a range of issues to ensure that it remains viable and well governed, the regulator has highlighted 3 key areas for boards to consider. Boards should:center_img The risks facing each organisation will depend upon the scale and nature of that business. It is important that boards understand the specific issues that they face, carry out adequate stress testing and plan meaningful mitigations. We will look for assurance from providers that they have robust stress tests, internal control systems and appropriate risk management. We will also continue to monitor the exposure that sales risks have on the sector as part of our quarterly review of providers’ overall financial strength. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen unprecedented scrutiny of the social housing sector, landlords’ relationship with their tenants, and public interest in the sector’s wider social role. In this context providers must show how they are delivering on their social purpose and objectives, and meeting their promises and commitments. Where things go wrong providers should be open and transparent and look to put the issue right as quickly as possible. Failure to do so could not only undermine stakeholder confidence in individual providers but also affect the reputation of the sector as a whole. The regulator’s annual Sector Risk Profiles are available on the RSH website. See our Media enquiries page for press office contact details. For general queries, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. consider their stakeholders expectations in their decision making, including tenants and residents; lenders and investors; and central and local governmentlast_img read more

Crimson basketball shooting for top slot

first_imgIn the preseason Ivy League poll, the media tagged Harvard men’s basketball team to land the top slot. Last year was the first time in six years that Harvard failed to win at least a share of the Ivy championship, after losing to Yale 73-71 in the semifinals of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.On Sunday Harvard Bryce Aiken ’20 netted 30 points, guiding the Crimson to a thrilling 70-67 overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts. Aiken poured in 12 of Harvard’s final 16 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with just 1.9 seconds on the clock. Chris Lewis ’20 was in double figures for the second straight game with 15 points, while Corey Johnson ’19 pitched in 10 of his own. Mario Haskett ’21 dazzled on defense, posting a game-high three steals. For his efforts against UMass and MIT two nights earlier, Aiken was selected Ivy League Player of the Week.Harvard men’s basketball is off to a 2-0 start, and travels to Holy Cross on Thursday and New York City on Saturday. Tipoffs are set for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.For more updates and the season schedule, visit gocrimson.com.last_img read more

Introducing EMC ScaleIO Node: Loving what’s INSIDE the Box

first_imgForward-Looking Statement LegendThis release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release. There was a time when September rolled around and you were very enthusiastic about choosing a new metal lunch box.  It came emblazoned with your favorite movie or cartoon character, and if you were lucky, contained a matching Thermos! Once you had your new lunch box, maybe you were allowed to choose a few special treats, and every day you eagerly anticipated the fabulous options waiting inside. Well, September is here once again, and it’s time to get excited about the box—only this time it holds something more thrilling than cream-filled Hostess cupcakes: it holds the new EMC ScaleIO Node.What’s the ScaleIO Node?Unlike previous, software-only offerings, ScaleIO Node takes all the superior capabilities of ScaleIO software, bundles them on EMC commodity servers and delivers them to customers as a packaged offering. This enables customers to quickly deploy a fully architected software-defined, scale-out, server SAN in a pre-validated, tested and configured solution.  ScaleIO Node delivers high performance from commodity hardware and is fully supported by one vendor: EMC.EMC has been championing the cause of software-defined, scale-out storage by transporting IT organizations and enterprises from a world of siloed infrastructures to the brave new world of converged, seamless compute and storage with ScaleIO. In a recent study, Wikibon predicted the overall growth of the Server SAN market to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth of 38% from 2014 to 2020. As EMC continues delivering software-defined, scale-out, block storage on commodity hardware, customers are experiencing the benefits of extreme performance, massive scalability and superior elasticity. If you still haven’t jumped on the server SAN bus, 2015 is the year to get a pilot project moving.  For example, Itrica Corporation, a service provider, claims they’re saving 50% on storage costs and operating overhead has been significantly reduced since deploying ScaleIO.  See the video here. Customers are asking: “How easy would it be to deploy software-defined block storage using commodity hardware if you could procure and be supported by a single vendor?” The answer is: “very easy.”With the advent of the ScaleIO Node, customers can choose how they wish to consume ScaleIO — the software goodies or the nodes with the software bundled inside.  Even DIYers can choose their options. The availability of both ScaleIO Node and the ScaleIO software strengthens EMC’s tradition of offering customers choice, and reinforces ScaleIO’s market lead in the fast-growing market of software-defined storage solutions.EMC ScaleIO Node delivers:Massive Scalability: EMC ScaleIO Node clusters can scale from 3 to 1000+ nodes across multiple racks.Supreme Elasticity: Storage and compute resources can be increased or decreased in small or large increments, “on the fly,” with no downtime.Extreme Performance: Performance scales linearly and, based upon testing against market-leading SAN vendor models, we found this configuration—100 million IOPS from 500 ScaleIO Nodes—to have almost limitless scale. Performance scales linearly, enabling customers to achieve 8x better IOPS performance than traditional SANs.Unparalleled Flexibility: EMC ScaleIO Node is hypervisor and OS agnostic, offers four different chasses types to support different needs and workloads, and provides optional network and rack options.Compelling Economics: Customers can expect higher efficiency resource utilization (power/cooling/space) when compared to their traditional SAN infrastructures.When you’re ready to begin transforming your IT infrastructure, lowering TCO, and enhancing your ability to run traditional and next-generation applications, EMC ScaleIO is ready for you. This fall, it’s time, once again, to get excited about what’s inside the box!EMC ScaleIO Node will be generally available in Q1 2016.Want to learn more?Access the ScaleIO Node Launch Information here, and follow @EMCScaleIO on Twitter for the latest updates.last_img read more

Queen Latifah ‘stoked’ to land post-Super Bowl slot for show

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah says she’s “stoked” to land the post-Super Bowl timeslot for her new CBS series “The Equalizer.” Debuting after the big game on Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated actress plays an ex-CIA officer who uses her skills to help those who can’t defend themselves. It’s a reboot of the 1980s original series starring Edward Woodward. But Latifah is putting her own spin on it, making her character cool and skilled at work while getting thrown for a loop at home by her teenage daughter. Latifah gets to fight and ride a motorcycle on the show.last_img read more

An American in Paris’ Robert Fairchild Will Briefly Return to City Ballet

first_imgTony nominee Robert Fairchild is temporarily going back to his roots, which, fortunately, are only a few blocks up from his current Broadway show. The An American in Paris star will return to the New York City Ballet, where he is a Principal Dancer, for three Broadway-themed performances this fall, the New York Times reports.Fairchild will first appear in a revival of “Thou Swell,” choreographed by Peter Martins and featuring music by Richard Rodgers. The revival is part of NYCB’s Fall Fashion Gala, set for September 30. It will feature vocals from fellow Tony nominees Norm Lewis and Rebecca Luker.On the afternoon of October 3 and evening of October 7, Fairchild will dance in George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” the dance sequence that appears at the climax of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical On Your Toes. All three performances are set for the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.Fairchild currently stars as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris, which marks his Broadway debut. He has appeared as a soloist with NYCB since 2007 and as a Principal Dance since 2009.Fairchild will maintain his current schedule in An American in Paris; Garen Scribner regularly performs the role of Jerry on Wednesday evenings and Saturday matinees. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 An American in Paris Related Showslast_img read more

Operation Ágata Boosts Cooperation Between Brazilian Armed Forces and Civilian Agencies

first_imgIn addition to improving security, Operation Ágata also provides social welfare assistance for residents in the border regions where the Armed Forces conduct the initiative. Security and social welfare Most service members and government officers participating in Operation Ágata were assigned to checkpoints strategically positioned on land and waterways, where they intercepted, searched, and inspected vehicles and ships. “Everyone knows that the majority of drugs coming into Brazil passes through the strip where we are operating,” Brazilian Major General Carlos Saú, Chairman of the Joint Staff for the Western Operational Area, said. In 2015, the Armed Forces allocated military resources throughout the region, which collectively encompasses 166 municipalities in four Brazilian states – Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, and Rondônia. Operation Ágata mobilized more than 10,000 service members – approximately 5,000 from the Army and 5,000 from the Navy and Air Force (FAB) – plus 450 professionals from federal and state government agencies. The operation also utilized technological tools in the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON) for the first time. This collaboration is a consequence of Brazil’s Strategic Border Plan which launched in 2011 with the goal of strengthening the government’s presence in border zones through Operation Sentinela and Operation Ágata; the former focuses on intelligence activities, while the latter’s mission concentrates on making interventions on the ground. That area, which encompasses nearly a quarter of Brazil’s total border region, stretches between the district of Vista Alegre do Abunã, in the state of Rondônia, and the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná. From July 22-31, Brazil’s Ministry of Defense conducted the ninth edition of Operation Ágata to disrupt drug trafficking and provide social welfare assistance along the 4,045-kilometer border the country shares with Bolivia and Paraguay. Ten days into the operation, Soldiers and officers had conducted 42,509 vehicle inspections and searches and had seized four tons of marijuana. Soldiers and Troops also confiscated other items, including cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, electronic equipment, fuel, and car parts that organized crime groups were smuggling in an attempt to avoid paying taxes; the goods had an estimated value of 200,567 dollars, according to the Ministry of Defense. “We primarily use sensors, radar, and long-range binoculars to monitor the region and capture a variety of data,” Maj. Gen. Saú said. “The technology helps us make decisions on how to better employ our resources.” “We want them to be proud of what they’ve done, and to feel like the space belongs to them.” center_img In 2015, for example, 50 service members from the country’s Army and Navy teamed with 14 students and parents to completely renovate the Francisco Mendes Sampaio Municipal School in Ladário Mato Grosso do Sul. The 345 students were welcomed back from their mid-year break with painted walls, repaired plumbing and electricity, a new gym floor, and the works of student graffiti artists on exterior walls. During Operation Ágata 9, Troops also provided medical and dental treatment to residents, in addition to distributing medication and providing health care lectures, dental care kits, and recreational activities aimed at children as part of 7,341 civic-social actions. Captain Welliton Lopes dos Santos, Logistics Commander for the Western Operational Area, said the idea to involve students and parents in the renovation was intended to reinforce citizen responsibility at the school. By Dialogo August 07, 2015 Very good Hi. All of the Armed Forces should be congratulated. Great work. May nature protect you all. Good luck. It’s about time they’re taking action on the border. Drugs, the biggest problem in this country, should stay over there. Congratulations to our glorious Brazilian Army on the joint initiative to safeguard our borders and prevent the entry of weapons and drugs, as well as other activities related to the initiative. We managed Hallelujah! The Armed Forces need to get out of the barracks and serve on the outskirts of cities and in the countryside, especially in border areas, where Brazil lost its sovereignty a long time ago. Actually, if the Army doesn’t protest in the streets, we will be taken out by robbers, regardless of race, financial status or anything else. We are prisoners with no protection. White-collar robbers and street robbers are loose and doing as they please now. What we want is our Armed Forces to always act in accordance with our Constitution; just like they do in France, Sweden, USA, UK, Denmark, Norway, Germany, etc. Congratulations. May they continue becoming more professional. I would like to see that happen. It really would be a great reinforcement for the security of this big event to be held in 2016, another event. Awesome! This operation is wonderful. The most important thing is for our country’s military forces to bring themselves closer to society and reduce the fear people have of the military as being mean and negligent. Congratulations for the initiative. We need to demonstrate that we can fulfil the mission. Very nice. The country need more actions like this one to combat violence and drug trafficking in our country and state. Congratulations. Brazil needs to show these drug traffickers who they really are (just drug traffickers) and treat them as such. Let’s provide human rights to those who are decent and live with dignity. CONGRATULATIONS! This brings full security against any threat to our homeland. I love it. Construction begins with the foundation. So, the borders are the base of everything. Help from our local and state police, private security, civil police, etc. is not enough. A partnership is needed with other security forces such as the Army, Air Force and Navy. Congratulations, Carlos Sau. Every house begins with the foundation. Therefore, the foundation is the basis of everything. In the case of combating drugs, contraband, weapons, cigarettes, etc., the foundation is the borders of our country. Congratulations General Sá. Congratulations Very nice. This is exactly what the Brazilian Army needs to do, be present and impose respect before organised crime takes over everything. I love peace. Very good, in addition to keeping the military busy with useful social actions. This shows that the military is indeed an arm of society. CONGRATULATIONS Brave warriors, who Brazil appreciates. Brazil first. Another dengue victim in the neighbourhood of J. Amelia. This one was lucky. It’s going to be nice to have security. It should be for all moments in Brazil. “Operation Ágata is not just another initiative bringing together three separate branches of service, the Army, Navy and Air Force. This operation is characterized by combining members of the security forces and government agencies and adding all of their capabilities together for the good of society.” The type of cooperation shown by the FAB and the National Aviation Agency, in which the Military works with civilian government agencies, accounted for about 70 percent of Operation Ágata’s actions, Maj. Gen. Saú said, adding that interagency cooperation, which increased in 2015, is one of the effort’s strengths. Military operation integrates with civilian government agencies Meanwhile, the FAB, working in cooperation with the National Aviation Agency, inspected eight airfields and checked 60 aircraft for valid documentation, which led to the seizure of one aircraft in Porto Velho, in the state of Rondônia, and 24 issued notifications on document records irregularities with set deadlines for them to be remedied. Partnerships with prefectures and state governments also allowed Troops to issue essential documents, such as identification cards and employment cards, to residents.last_img read more

Board warns about advance funding

first_img Board warns about advance funding Senior Editor After an Ohio appellate court found an advance funding arrangement was both a loan and usurious, a Bar Board of Governors committee wants more time to study a proposed ethics opinion on advance funding in personal injury cases.But both the board and the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics took action to let lawyers know about the Ohio case if Bar members become involved in third-party loans to their clients.Board members, at their November 30 meeting, discussed whether they should advise Bar members to avoid any participation in such loans. But they finally voted to accept the BRCPE recommendation to allow it to continue studying the issue – in light of the Ohio decision – until the board’s February 1 meeting.In the meantime, the committee recommended telling inquiring lawyers about the Ohio case as well as the pending Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-3, already adopted by the Professional Ethics Committee and pending on appeal at the board.That opinion says lawyers may tell clients about advanced funding companies, which offer loans to personal injury clients in return for part of the hoped-for winnings in the case. It also says lawyers may tell clients the names of specific companies, but may not issue a letter of protection to the advance funding company, although they can honor such a letter executed by the client.The BRCPE had recommended approving the opinion, with a change allowing lawyers to issue letters of protection. The board considered the issue at its October meeting, but tabled the issue to do more research, and in the meantime the Ohio court acted.“I think it ought to give us some pause before we go any further,” said BRCPE Chair Richard Tanner of the Ohio ruling. “What your committee is suggesting to you is that we sit tight, temporarily.”In the meantime, he said, the Bar’s ethics staff will tell inquiring lawyers “there is now an Ohio appellate court opinion finding these advance funding loans improper and we’re not in a position to offer advice at the moment.”Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said she planned to tell inquiring lawyers “about the Ohio case and tell them we can’t tell them if this is a legal transaction. If this is a grey area, which it now appears to be, we would tell them they could be at risk [if they participated in the loan].”She said lawyers would also be told about the PAO and its prohibition against issuing a letter of protection, and also that the opinion is still pending before the board.Board members expressed several concerns. Some continued to have reservations about the advance funding area, citing the high interest – as much as 200 percent or more – on the transactions. Some worried that lawyers acting in good faith might participate in the loans and then possibly face Bar disciplinary actions if PAO 00-3 eventually holds they are improper. Others said the Bar shouldn’t be involved in the area, even if the practice is distasteful, if the loans are legal in Florida.“I think we can’t go to the extent that we think this is usurious and we don’t think they should be doing this, because we are on real thin ice,” said board member Jesse Diner. “The red flags are up. I think that’s the best we can do.”“I also don’t think we should be prosecuting any lawyer who calls and gets information from the Bar and based on that information decides to go further,” he added.“If it’s not illegal in Florida, it’s really not our position to say it is,” said board and BRCPE member Louis Kwall. “It is a grey area. While we agree for the most part we don’t like it being done, if it’s not unlawful, we shouldn’t be telling our lawyers not to engage in it. What we’re saying is we’re not absolutely sure what the outcome is going to be. It [the Ohio case] will be brought to lawyers’ attention and you can make up your own mind.”Board member Jennifer Coberly said it’s important for the Bar to get a position because if advance funding arrangements are found to be usurious, there can be criminal as well as civil and disciplinary consequences for lawyers. But, she added, “Until we make up our minds, we shouldn’t be prosecuting people in the interim who do it.”Tanner emphasized that the BRCPE is working as quickly as it can on the issue and expects to make a recommendation at the board’s February 1 meeting in Tampa.“The BRCPE is not walking away from this. We are stepping back to see if we can make a more appropriate decision,” he said.Added Bar President Terry Russell, “I sense a certain degree of urgency here to deal with this issue.”The Ohio decision came from the state’s Ninth District Court of Appeals in a unanimous opinion from a three-judge panel. The ruling was issued October 31.The case involved a Nevada-based advance funding company and its Ohio subsidiary that together gave an Ohio woman, who was trying to collect uninsured motorist damages from an insurance company, a total of $7,000. The contracts call for a repayment, depending on when the case settled and repayment was made, of not less than 280 percent on most of the transaction and not less than 180 percent on the remainder. The actual repayment amount was $16,800 if repaid in 12 months, $22,200 if repaid in 18 months, and $27,600 if repaid in 24 months. The woman’s attorney advised her against entering into the contracts.The underlying case eventually settled for $100,000.The woman then filed suit arguing the companies committed unfair and deceptive loan practices, and further that because the arrangements violated Ohio law, no repayment was necessary. The two advance funding companies replied that the arrangements were “contingent” financing and not loans and thus the contracts were legal.The trial court ruled the advance funding was a loan that violated the state’s usury laws because there was little likelihood the companies wouldn’t be repaid. It ordered the woman to repay the loans at 8 percent interest.The appellate court agreed the deal constituted an usurious loan. But it also found the companies violated Ohio law by not being licensed to make small loans and hence under that state’s law no repayment was required.The opinion noted that the owner of the Ohio company carefully evaluated the case before making the loans, including conducting a database search of similar cases. Further, about the time the first installment of the loan was made, the insurance company made a settlement offer and had raised that offer by the time the second installment was made.“The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that the contracts were loans because no real probability existed that non-payment would occur,” the opinion said. “The trial court’s judgment that the contracts are loans is supported by competent and credible evidence.”The case is Rancman v. Interim Settlement Funding Corp. , case no. 20523, 2001WL 13339487 (Ohio App. 9 Dist.). An Internet link to the opinion, in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word formats, is at http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/District_Courts/AllListing/List.asp?DCN=9. December 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board warns about advance fundinglast_img read more

Making an impact

first_imgAt the end of the day, if I had to list everyone that has made an impact on my life, my list could be endless. I’m constantly longing to make a positive impact in the world and I hope those around me are too. No matter where you are in life, it’s important that we work to be the best people we can, with a purpose in mind. If we do that, we’ll truly make an impact. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: myFCCU.com Details A few weeks ago, I was visiting with a coworker and she told me I was the reason she stayed at her job. Confused and shocked, I asked for more details. “What do you mean I’m the reason you’re still working here?”, I asked. She went on to tell me, an article I wrote at my former job two years prior, about never giving up, was the reason she stayed at her job. After a streak of bad luck at that credit union and a tough few months due to an upcoming merger, she had her office all packed up, ready to quit that day. After hearing her tell this story, I was stunned. How could my words really make such a lasting impression? What are the odds that now we both work for the same credit union and are coworkers? If you’re like me, somedays you wonder if what you’re doing is worthwhile. I love my job and I truly feel like I’m making an impact, but on occasion, even outside the office, doubt can set it. With work duties, home responsibilities, spousal responsibilities and more, somedays life is just hard. I’m usually a glass half full type person, with a positive mindset, but we all have our bad days. However, in that moment, after hearing my coworkers’ story, I had no doubt life had led me to the place I am supposed to be. I think we all need those reminders now and then, that we are making an impact. Whether it’s an impact on our family, a positive impact in the lives of friends, strangers or even our credit union members. Here’s a few tips how you can live a life, making an impact at your credit union.Listen: Listening to the needs of those around you, to your members and co-workers can play a huge role in making an impact. Without takin the time to listen, how will you ever know what that member needs? How will you ever know your spouses or kids dreams and goals? Listening is a simple, yet crucial aspect. When we take time to sit, listen and get to know those around us, we can learn what makes them happy, what goals they have and how we can help impact their life. It’s a simple thing, that takes time, patience and practice to be a good listener. I encourage you to put the phone down, engage with those around you and listen to what knowledge others have to offer.Be Real: Being true to yourself sounds so simple, yet so hard. Do you wake up every day with passion and the fire under you to do what you love? Or do you wish for something different? When you’re not true to yourself, you abandon your goals, desires and dreams. You pass off bad emotions or vibes you get when being around certain people because you want them to like you, therefore, sometimes not acting like yourself. Being your real, true, genuine self is what can help you be happier and keep your integrity for what you believe. Being real and authentic can be a life-long practice, where you know and understand your strengths, don’t worry about the mistakes and dream big—not to mention you’re not afraid to laugh at yourself. This authentic self, can be contagious and make a positive impact for those around you.Work for a Cause, not Applause: We all know or have that one person in our lives that works for the glory, the applause and to add another achievement to their list, which is just fine. Har worker are good workers. However, sometimes, remember to work hard for a cause and not just the applause, is better. The hard part, might be finding your cause and what you want to work for. Is it your job? Your members? Your family? It’s important to remember, nothing in life comes easy, especially not without you giving it your all. When you’re questioning how to give more and work for a cause, try starting small. Give more of your time, give more of your love, give more of the money you spend going out on weekends to charity instead- the list goes on. You were put here on this earth for a reason, don’t forget to give more and use every ounce of that wonderful talent you were given, for a positive cause.Remain Positive: Growing up, if I missed a calf in breakaway or tipped a barrel, I’d often not only be mad at myself, but my horse, as well.  Nonetheless, I got a reality check quite often when I was constantly reminded by my father to have more of a positive attitude.  When I left the trailer, he explained that I needed to have a positive attitude, focus on my next task at hand and ultimately focus on my job at the time, rodeo.  If I let my negative thoughts get to me, I often did poorly in the rest of my events. The same is in life or at your office. If you think negatively, your actions will be negative.  Garbage in-garbage out. Conversely, if you think positively, your actions most times will be positive. Positive attitudes in the workplace can lead to improved communications, better teamwork, increased morale and high productivity. In addition, having a positive attitude, can make you more approachable and can be more impactful on those around you. Be Thankful: A simple thank you can go a long way. I’ve witnessed it, I’ve felt it and been impacted by the power of both getting and not getting a thank you. When we go through life expecting things, without being grateful and thankful, that’s when life can take a turn for the worse. I’ll be honest, there’s many days when a thank you, means more to me than the action I did to receive the thank you. A thank you can truly impact someone’s life, far beyond that moment, for many years, in fact. The point is, be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what they might be going through. A thank you, a congratulations to your coworker, an uplifting note and even a kind heart can make the biggest impact on someone’s life.last_img read more

Lithuania confirms first coronavirus infection

first_imgLithuania reported its first coronavirus infection on Friday, in a woman who returned this week from a visit to Italy’s northern city of Verona, the government said, as the disease spreads rapidly worldwide.Hopes that the virus would be contained to China vanished, with countries beginning to stockpile medical equipment and investors taking flight in expectation of a global recession.In a statement, the Lithuanian government said the woman had been isolated in hospital in the northern town of Siauliai following her return on Monday.She has been under observation since, and is showing only slight symptoms, with no elevated temperature at the moment, it added. Topics :last_img read more

Dollar steady as all eyes on US presidential debate

first_imgSterling extended its overnight gains on optimism about a Brexit trade deal as the European Union and Britain kicked off a decisive week of talks.The British pound edged 0.18 percent higher, fetching $1.2856 in Asian trade, having touched $1.2930 overnight.Against the euro, sterling changed hands at 90.77 pence .While both the EU and Britain said a post-Brexit agreement was still some way off, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said a deal was still possible.Separately, the pound also found support overnight as Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said he thought the floor for the central bank’s key interest rate was 0.1 percent. Ramsden however said the BoE was “duty-bound” to consider pushing the rates below zero.The euro steadied at $1.1674, with its recovery capped by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde’s remarks that the external value of the shared currency has an impact on inflation, and that policymakers will monitor currency movements.As Europe grapples with a surge in new coronavirus infections, traders will be looking out for euro zone consumer confidence and industrial sentiment data for September for signs of any impact on the region’s economic recovery.Elsewhere, the dollar was little changed against the yen at 105.52 yen.”The problem right now is that political risks in both sides of the world are neutralising the yen momentum,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp.”I think ultimately, if we go through the inflation area impacts, the US real yields dropping more – the markets gravitate back more frequently into the yen,” he said.Data on Tuesday showed Tokyo’s core consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in September, the latest evidence of the lingering impact of the coronavirus on business activity.The risk-sensitive Australian dollar gained moderately as economists pushed back expectations for a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia to November from next week, with support also coming from the broad rise in risk appetite.The Aussie bounced off its two-month low to last trade at $0.7084, while the kiwi sat at $0.6568.Topics : The dollar held steady against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as financial markets braced for the first US presidential debate, while traders also tracked developments on the US stimulus bill.The dollar index was unchanged at 94.209, drifting away from a two-month high of 94.745 reached last week, as stock markets made solid gains partly on upbeat China data with Wall Street rebounding following last week’s selloff.All eyes are on the first US presidential election debate where Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump will square off later on Tuesday (0100 GMT on Wednesday). “If the debate puts Trump on the back foot and Biden keeps his lead, I think it could lead people to let go of their dollars,” said Daisuke Karakama, chief market economist at Mizuho Bank.“The dollar market has been broadly bottoming out from low prices since mid-September. The question is what would be the trend in October,” Karakama said, adding that market participants are also keeping a close watch on any stimulus package plans.House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday the Democratic lawmakers were unveiling a new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a compromise measure that reduces the costs of the economic aid.Markets are also braced for a slew of data to gauge the health of the world’s biggest economy ahead of the election, analysts say, including Tuesday’s consumer confidence, a manufacturing survey and consumer data on Thursday as well as jobs report on Friday.last_img read more

Arsenal eyeing up move for German goalkeeper Markus Schubert to replace the retiring Petr Cech

first_imgArsenal eyeing up move for German goalkeeper Markus Schubert to replace the retiring Petr Cech Phil HaighTuesday 21 May 2019 10:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Markus Schubert has been linked with a switch to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are in the hunt for a new back-up goalkeeper and have identified German stopper Markus Schubert as a possibly replacement for the retiring Petr Cech.37-year-old Cech is calling time on his career after the Europa League final against Chelsea next week, leaving Gunners boss Unai Emery needing a new alternative to Bernd Leno in goal.According to Bild, Schubert could be that man, with the 20-year-old available on a free transfer as his contract at Dynamo Dresden comes to an end this summer.The Germany under-21 international made 31 appearances for Dresden in the 2. Bundesliga this season, but informed the club in April that he intends to leave when his contract expires in June.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHaving become the youngest goalkeeper in the club’s history when he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2015, Dynamo Dresden sporting director Ralf Minge is disappointed to see the keeper leave.‘Unfortunately, we have not been able to persuade this talented goalkeeper and his advisers over the past 12 months with our arguments to extend the expiring contract,’ said Minge.‘It feels like a defeat when you train as a club player for almost ten years and then lose him at the very beginning of his professional career.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySchubert, who is reported at standing 6ft 1in, has appeared for Germany at all youth levels from under-17 upwards, but has not won a full international cap yet.Bild also report that another Arsenal keeper, Dejan Iliev, is set to leave as well, so Schubert could be targeted along with another stopper to fill both voids at the Emirates.The keeper has remained coy on his future, simply replying with ‘no comment’ when asked about his next move.MORE: Matthijs de Ligt hints he would favour Barcelona move ahead of Manchester UnitedMORE: Juventus contact Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over replacing Max Allegri as manager Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Suburban stunner scores biggest home sale in Queensland

first_imgThis acreage property at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, has sold for $2.05m.An acreage lifestyle property in Samford Valley has also sold for a large sum.The five-bedroom home on 9000 sqm at 12 Sovereign Way sold for $2.05 million through Brett Crompton and Angela Galvin of Ray White Samford.Records show it last sold for $1.75 million in 2009. Tony and Mary Ann Beresford-Smith at their home, which has sold for $1.63m. Pic: Mark Calleja.And in another big sale, a four-bedroom double-brick home on 1214 sqm in Indooroopilly has fetched $1.5 million. Lenders slash home loan rates Competition heats up for cottage Home slashed for half a million This property at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, has sold.The sale of a four-bedroom home on a quarter acre block at 33 Goodwood St, Hendra, has been finalised for $1.63 million.The property, marketed by Leigh Kortlang of Ray White Ascot, had been held by the same owners for more than 30 years. This home at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, has sold for $2.58 million.A FIVE-BEDROOM beauty on Hamilton Hill has fetched the highest price for a home in Queensland in the past week, according to property research firm CoreLogic.The big, triple gabled family home on 607 sqm at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, sold for $2.58 million at auction at the weekend.It’s one of only six residences in the street and was designed by architect Derek Trebilcock and interior designer Mary Durack. The living room at 11 Czar St, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.The second biggest sale in the state in the past week, according to CoreLogic, was a three-bedroom, waterfront home on the Gold Coast.The property at 3106 Riverleigh Dr, Hope Island, sold for $2.26 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe Mediterranean-style house is sprawled across a 1611 sqm block of north facing land on the water in Hope Island Resort.center_img This home at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, has sold for $2.58m. Picture: realestate.com.au.The property was marketed by Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm, who said family homes of that size and quality were rarely available.Features include a gourmet marble kitchen and butler’s pantry, commercial grade cold room, marble-encased gas fireplace, solar heated pool and climate-controlled wine cellar.Character has been retained in the restoration of the 1930s home with VJ walls, high ceilings, polished American oak flooring and custom joinery. This home at 23 Goldieslie Rd, Indooroopilly, has sold for $1.5m. Picture; realestate.com.auThe property at 23 Goldieslie Rd was sold by Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents Paddington.The elegant home is perched above native brush and only a short walk to schools, transport and Indooroopilly shopping centre. This home at 23 Goldieslie Road, Indooroopilly, has sold.last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch agricultural sector takes in four new schemes

first_imgBpf Landbouw, the €15bn industry-wide scheme for agricultural workers in the Netherlands, has taken in four pension funds with combined assets of €880m last year.The pension fund now covers a broad spectrum of industries, including horticulturists and agricultural contractors.Last year, the pension funds of Givaudan, a fragrance and food-flavouring specialist, and Dairy Trading, a dairy producer, joined Landbouw after they were liquidated and transferred their pension assets.Groenten en Fruit, the sector scheme for the vegetables and fruit processing industry, and the company pension fund of Heinz also merged with Landbouw in 2015. Merging with the pension funds raised the total number of participants in Landbouw by more than 19,000 to approximately 620,000.Because Landbouw outsourced its pensions provision to Aegon subsidiary TKP, the pension funds of Givaudan and Dairy Trading terminated contracts in place with Aon Hewitt.Groenten en Fruit and the Heinz scheme had to leave Syntrus Achmea and NN subsidiary AZL, respectively.Bpf Landbouw has outsourced its asset management to Achmea Investment Management.As a result of the four pension funds joining the agricultural scheme, the asset managers BMO (Groenten en Fruit), Robeco (Heinz), SEI Investments (Givaudan) and Aegon Asset Management (Dairy Trading) lost clients.Because all joining schemes had a higher funding than Landbouw, they could benefit from the surplus assets through one-off increases of pension rights, with the participants of Dairy Trading and Groenten en Fruit receiving improvements of 7% and 12%, respectively.At November-end, Bpf Landbouw’s policy funding ratio – the criterion for rights cuts and indexation – stood at 100.9%.last_img read more

Largest trade union finally agrees to Dutch DC pensions switch

first_imgAfter having agreed to the text of the pensions accord, the parliament members’ voted in favour of a motion requiring the trade union to devote maximum efforts to speeding up the transition to the new DC arrangements, which the FNV board agreed to.Many union members fear pensions cuts during the so-called transition phase to the new system, which is supposed to last until 2026. During this period, current rules on required minimum funding ratios will remain in place.A second motion by the parliament called for additional indexation for pensioners to make up for the many years of lost indexation for most Dutch pensioners since the geat financial crisis.In response, the trade union board said it will pay attention to the “justified demand” for balanced indexation for all generations during the transition phase.Happy ministerReacting to the FNV decision to agree with the pensions accord, Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees spoke of a “huge step towards a more personal and more transparent pensions system.”“It’s great there is now broad support among both employers and employees. There’s a very happy minister standing in front of you,” he told journalists in The Hague.Dutch parliament’s Second Chamber, the country’s main legislative body, will debate the pensions accord on 14 July and will then design a new pensions law which is supposed to come into force in January 2021. Pension funds will then have until 2026 to implement the changes.Mr Koolmees said pension funds do not need to wait till next year to make a start on this, however. “They can already start preparing for the transition, for example by modernising their pensions arrangements and IT structure,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The members of parliament for the largest Dutch trade union, FNV, have at last agreed to the pensions accord cementing a switch to defined contribution (DC) arrangements. On Saturday, the 105-member parliament voted to endorse the accord by a 62% majority.The FNV was supposed to have given its approval two weeks ago, but postponed the vote to 4 July because of strong opposition to an online meeting among members, many of whom refused to log on to the online meeting in June so it could not be held.Since 1 July, physical meetings have been once again allowed in the Netherlands provided social distancing is being observed.The meeting dragged on almost the entire day because of fierce opposition to the pension plans from some radical union members. Technical issues also caused delays, as some members took part by video link.last_img read more

Tax cuts, not rate cuts, necessary

first_imgHousing Industry Association senior economist, Geordan Murray, said there had been market improvements lately which has not yet transferred to new housing.“The recent uptick in the market for established homes should allay concerns that further falls in home prices and the housing wealth effect could continue to apply a brake on household spending.”This as CBA Economics predicted RBA would cut again by 25 basis points in February 2020, if not sooner if unemployment figures did not pick up, to an unprecedented 0.5 per cent.“Any desire for monetary stimulus beyond that point would require a much worse economic outlook and probably manifest itself through unconventional policies and QE.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Economists warn the only thing rising is dwelling prices, again.CBA Economics chief economist Michael Blythe said “certainly some economic commentators and business leaders question the effectiveness of rate cuts in the current environment”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“Our view for a while now has been that interest rate cuts are of limited use: households tend to leave their home loan repayments unchanged, so little additional spending power is unleashed; the potential boost from a lower AUD is limited by still high commodity prices and the move to a current account surplus; and the negative impact on business and consumer confidence. Income tax cuts are a better response to the pressures in the household sector and the weakness in consumer spending.” RBA Governor Philip Lowe has indicated that the RBA board is prepared to cut again. Picture: Amos Aikman/The AustralianPressure is mounting for the Federal Government to step up with income tax handouts for families as economists warn the RBA racing to the bottom on interest rates will only increase dwelling prices, not jump-start spending. Number of homes sold for profit set to rise Beach house hits market with jawdropping price MORE: Housing set for fresh record highs Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41last_img read more

Rohr: Forget about my contract, let’s focus on Super Eagles

first_img Loading… The former Franco-German’s current deal with the Nigeria Football Federation expires in July and there has been no talk for an extension so far. Although the 66-year-old has made it clear that he wants to continue with the team, but he’s adamant that he won’t run after the Federation for a new deal.Advertisement Promoted Content17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian WomenCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind “I will not ask the NFF what is going on with my contract renewal (with just over three months left on his present deal). It’s for the NFF to approach me. I am still waiting,” BBC’s Osas Obayiuwana quoted Rohr on Twitter. “My job is to focus on the Super Eagles, as long as I am the coach of this team. And I am going to do just that.”Right now, my concern is that our players in Europe stay physically fit, even when they are not playing, because of the coronavirus situation.” Rohr signed with the Nigeria Football Federation back in 2016 and has to the Super to two major tournaments. Read Also:AFCON: Ex-Super Eagles midfielder lauds Rohr’s list against Sierra LeoneHe led the team to the 2018 world cup, where they failed to make it out of the group staga and also third-place finish at the 2019 Afcon tournament in Egypt. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has said he was focusing on his job with the National team and not his contract situation with the NFF.last_img read more

St. Louis 5th & 6th Grade Boys Basketball Teams Get Wins

first_imgThe 5th grade SLS Cardinals won a “Barn Burner” beating St. Mary’s of North Vernon 29-28. The Cardinals fell behind at the start and trailed St. Mary’s by as many as 12 points early in the game.Adam Vogelsang and Cayden Pohlman turned the game by applying defensive pressure which resulted in steal after steal. With nine seconds remaining, St. Mary’s missed two free throws and Thomas Raver drove the length of the floor and was fouled with one second left on the clock. Thomas sank both free throws to take the only lead, 29-28, the Cardinals enjoyed all night.The 5th grade SLS Cardinals upped their record to 2-0 on the season.The St Louis 6th Grade basketball team traveled to North Vernon on Monday and came home victorious with a win over St Mary’s by the score of 33-12.The team turned in another solid defensive performance as led by Karson Macke and Michael Wanstrath. The offensive attack was led by Jack Forbeck and Andrew Oesterling with 10 points each. Max Giesting poured in 9 and Tyler Kuntz and Riley Schebler both had 2 points.The Cardinals play their 1st home game of the season this Wednesday at the St. Louis Activity Center with a rematch against St. Mary’s.Courtesy of STL Coaches Dale Amrhein and Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Pearson targets three new additions

first_img He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal. Pearson said: “Cambiasso is still a possibility. There’s been progress over the weekend so I’m more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I’m loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in the next couple of days. “We’ve been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in that we want to bring in. “I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year. “We’ve been very positive but it is nice to have different options. “Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.” Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin). Pearson added: “Danny will be introduced back into training this week so may be available for the week. Matty’s shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up.” Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer. The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Press Associationcenter_img Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.last_img read more

Wenger coy on Fabregas

first_img Fabregas, 27, has been integral to the Blues’ Barclays Premier League title challenge this season after joining from Barcelona ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Arsenal had reluctantly sold the Spain midfielder back to his boyhood club for £30million in June 2011, and were understood to have first option should the player come back onto the market. A potential deal, though, never materialised as Fabregas – who played more than 300 games for Arsenal since breaking into the first-team as a 16-year-old – instead opted to join up with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. When the matter was raised earlier this season, Wenger insisted he had not spoken to Fabregas directly about the possibility of a transfer, with Arsenal already set on recruiting Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and with plenty of other options in the Spaniard’s preferred position, The Frenchman said he felt the “deal was done a long time ago, early 2014”. The Arsenal manager refused to be drawn further on the saga when pressed at Thursday’s pre-match media conference ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, but indicated all was perhaps not as cut and dry as it appeared from the outside. “We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms… it is not as clean as that,” said Wenger when asked why he chose not to bring Fabregas back to the club, when it was his decision rather than the player’s. “I cannot speak to you about that (reasons) now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday.” Put to Wenger that it was then Fabregas who chose not to come back, the Arsenal boss replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.” Whatever transpired behind the scenes last summer, it remains to be seen what sort of reaction the former crowd favourite will receive from home supporters on Sunday. Wenger maintains it should not be hostile. He said: “I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas when he comes to the Emirates on Sunday to be respected like he deserves. Manager Arsene Wenger insists a potential move for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to return to the club in the summer before he joined Chelsea was not as ‘clean cut’ as it might have seemed. “The regret I have is that he wanted to leave here. This club and myself had a very positive influence on Cesc’s life, so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify today why he is not here. “I believe I would rather it was the other way around.” Wenger accepts even if his side win on Sunday, then it would remain a bit ask to overhaul the leaders’ advantaged in the closing six matches. “Mathematically it will be possible, but Chelsea have their future and the championship in their hands,” said Wenger, who rates centre-back Per Mertesacker as only “50/50” to be fit on Sunday. “What we can do is get closer to them and we have an opportunity to that at home. We want to take it.” Do reduce the deficit, Wenger must get the better of Mourinho for the first time in 13 attempts. Arsenal were thumped 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge last season, and the pair had to be separated when they went toe-to-toe in the touchline when Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in the Barclays Premier League in October. The Arsenal manager was branded a “specialist in failure” by Mourinho, but played down suggestions it was all about the men in the dugout. “It is not a confrontation (between managers), it is a confrontation of two teams,” he said. “Football is down to the fact that the performance on the day will decide the game and the result, so let’s focus on that.” Wenger continued: “We have not always lost, first of all, in 12 attempts. We have come close to beating them a few times and they have always had very strong teams. “We are on a good run and we have an opportunity to beat them at home, and we want to take it.” Chelsea locked down their 1-0 win against United last weekend to move 10 points clear, but Wenger feels it will be Arsenal’s responsibility to deal with whatever tactics are deployed by the opposition at Emirates Stadium. “We will adapt to what they do and try to find a solution. The challenge for us in top-level sport is to find solutions to every problem you meet,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarters

first_img.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Amauri Hardy has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all UNLV field goals over the last three games. Hardy has 21 field goals and 14 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boise State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 19-6 when scoring at least 61.UNBEATEN WHEN: Boise State is a perfect 14-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Broncos are 5-11 when opponents score more than 68.DID YOU KNOW: UNLV has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 34 percent this year. That figure is the 27th-highest in Division 1. The offensive rebound percentage for Boise State stands at just 25.2 percent (ranked 276th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Boise State (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 4 seed UNLV (17-14, 12-6)Mountain West Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MWC semifinals is up for grabs as Boise State and UNLV match up. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 26, when the Runnin’ Rebels shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding Boise State to just 31.3 percent en route to a 76-66 victory. March 3, 2020 Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarterscenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Syracuse, Miami Friday matchup postponed due to Hurricane Irma

first_img Published on September 12, 2017 at 1:03 am Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Syracuse’s match with Miami on Friday at SU Soccer Stadium has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their Florida homes because of Irma. Miami is among several cities on the coast suffering from the hurricane.SU’s next game will be at home against No. 18 Wake Forest on Sept. 21. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s basketball travels to Arizona for two-game trip

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team is headed to the Grand Canyon State to face off against No. 19 Arizona State Friday and No. 16 Arizona Sunday. The Trojans are looking to avenge earlier losses to both rival Pac-12 South teams on the road after winning their last three games at home. On Sunday the Trojans will head to Tucson for their matchup with the Wildcats. Besides the offensive threat McDonald poses, USC will have to handle sophomore center Semaj Smith who posted a career-high 12 rebounds in Arizona’s last game against the Trojans. Rogers now joins forward Alissa Pili as the second USC player to receive the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for women’s basketball this year. Their home performances have cemented their leadership roles for the young team and show the level of competition they are capable of. Senior forward and captain Kayla Overbeck will look to lead her talented freshmen to two road wins. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Since these two games in the middle of the Trojans’ early five-game losing streak, USC has turned around its defense and adjusted offensively. Against Washington State, USC never allowed a lead change and logged 44 rebounds. In last Sunday’s overtime win over Washington, the Trojans shot 43.3% from the field with freshman guard Endyia Rogers tallying a career-high 29 points. Look out for senior guard Robbi Ryan, who shot a career-high 25 points against Arizona and is now averaging 42% from the field. Pili and senior forward Kayla Overbeck will also have to stop senior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley, who transferred from USC in April and is now averaging seven rebounds per game.  “[We] just gotta compete,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “Since we’ve got a really young team, we’re like, we just gotta go play, we got nothing to lose.” Arizona State converted 27 points off of turnovers for a 63-54 win two days later. To prepare for ASU, USC should anticipate a Sun Devil team hungry for another conference win. Their five-game winning streak that propelled them to the No. 16 spot in the national rankings was snapped by Arizona in a 59-53 loss last week.  Washington ran out to an early 19-point lead on the Wildcats on Jan. 19 that took Arizona three quarters to erase. The Trojans took on a similar deficit and took over the lead in the third in their first Arizona game this season. Maintaining consistency for all 40 minutes could help solidify a win for USC. The Trojans will have to maintain a competitive fire if they want to finish this revenge trip with wins under their belt. “It’s pretty exciting because we’re very young, to win three big wins back-to-back — UCLA, Washington State, Washington — that’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Rogers said. “But we have to keep on working to get more wins.” The Sun Devils and Wildcats have experience on their upperclassmen-heavy rosters that powered over the young Trojan team at the beginning of conference play. Led by junior guard Aari McDonald’s 24-point performance, Arizona delivered a 65-57 win at Galen Center Jan. 3. Currently 11-8 on the season, USC did not have much success on the road in its early matchups, going 2-4 away from Galen Center. This weekend the Trojans will have the chance to reverse those struggles and further improve their No. 8 conference standing. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers will match up against top guards during USC’s road trip to Arizona. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The Trojans will tip off against ASU Friday at 10 a.m. and against Arizona Sunday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Much changed Munster side head to Glasgow

first_imgTries in either half from Shane Jennings and Zane Kirchner saw Matt O’Connor’s side run out 21-11 winners against Connacht at the RDS. Winger Michael Allen and loosehead prop, Andrew Warwick come into the Ulster side that takes on the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium later. Leaders Munster is also away from home today – a much-changed side have travelled to Glasgow to take on the Warriors with kick off at 2.40. Despite epic back-to-back battles with Clermont in the Champions Cup, winger Andrew Conway says there’s no chance of the squad treating today’s game a lesser challenge.last_img read more

Forza Italia… Kambi increases Italian market presence with StarVegas launch

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Kristian NylenUpdating the market, Nordic Nasdaq-listed Kambi Group Plc has detailed that it has strengthened its supplier position within the Italian betting market, having secured the lead sportsbook platform provisions partnership for StarVegas Italia.The partnership will see Greentube-owned StarVegas launch a ‘premium sportsbook’ product utilising Kambi platform and system provisions. This week, Kambi detailed that it had launched the initial StarVegas sportsbook, as the ‘Italy top 10’ casino operator looks to secure a slice of the circa €500 million Italian sports betting market.Securing the partnership, Kambi expands its current Italian market client portfolio, which includes prominent brands; 888Sport, Unibet, LeoVegas Sports and Winga.A please Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive commented on the StarVegas partnership: “I am delighted to see the Kambi Sportsbook go live with Greentube’s prominent StarVegas brand in Italy, strengthen our position as a leading end-to-end sportsbook supplier in the market,”“This strategic partnership has great potential to turn Greentube into an important pan-European sportsbook player alongside its already successful casino brands, highlighting the scalability of the Kambi Sportsbook,”.The StarVegas sportsbook project furthers Kambi’s supplier relationship with Novomatic Group’s Greentube interactive division, which saw the launch of Admiral Romania’s sports betting product this July.Seeking to become a prominent player in the Italian betting market, StarVegas will promote its new sportsbook product with an above-the-line campaign through TV and print media, while it also intends to increase its presence on digital marketing channels.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur in-stadium advertising boost for 1xBet

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share 1xBet will have an advertising presence at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium after securing a long-term agreement to become the club’s Official Betting Partner for Africa.The operator will get coverage at the club’s home matches via the LED perimeter system, as well as a presence on the new website and digital channels across the continent until 2022.Tottenham Hotspur, who will again compete in the Champions League and play in their new stadium during the 2018/19 season, already has 100 million followers across Africa and fully mobilised official Supporters’ Clubs in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.The partnership, which complements 1xBet’s ongoing work with the CAF African Nations Cup and Nigerian Football Association, comes just a week after 1xBet was named as a ‘Global Betting Partner’ for newly-promoted Cardiff City in a two-year deal.Fran Jones, Head of Partnerships at Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1xBet to the Tottenham Hotspur partner family and look forward to working with them to engage with and grow our African fan base.”Eugene Kiryukhin, 1xBet’s Director for Development of International Partners, commented: “We are thrilled to sign with Tottenham Hotspur, they have impressed us with their vision for the future, their players, their new stadium and we are committed to helping each other grow in Africa. We look forward to working alongside and supporting them.”A spokesperson for 1xBet added: “Tottenham is one of the most popular English clubs. As many as nine Tottenham players participated in the semi-finals of the recent World Cup. In particular, forward Harry Kane was named top goal scorer and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris captained World Cup winners France.”To celebrate the launch, 1xBet is offering the club’s fans the opportunity to win a signed shirt if they can successfully predict which Tottenham Hotspur player scores our first goal at home this season. StumbleUpon Submit MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Bašić in the Second Round of ITF Futures in Antalya

first_imgB&H tennis player Mirza Bašić qualified for the second round of ITF Futures tournament in Antalya, worth 10.000 dollars.Bašić at the start of the tournament won against Dimitri Grambul from Macedonia with the result 6:3, 6:2.Two more B&H tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Tomislav Brkić will perform at the tournament in Antalya. Šetkić in the first round will play against Maxim Tchoutakian from France, while Bašić will play against Maximiliano Marterer from Germany.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Springfield, Mo. woman dies in fatality accident southwest of Wellington on Monday

first_img(Updated: Dec. 4, 2013) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— A fatality accident occurred Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., south on 300 East 30th Street near the old John T. Stewart house, southwest of Wellington.Angela Lee Martin of Springfield, Mo. died Monday after driving westbound in a 1995 SUV GMC when she allegedly struck some loose gravel on the dirt road, lost control of the vehicle and rolled into a nearby pasture.A passenger was also in the vehicle. David Crawford, 28, of Wellington was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said the driver died sometime after midnight Tuesday morning at Wesley Medical Center. She was life flighted to the Wichita hospital after the accident.  Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Joe Williams Family · 349 weeks ago Rest In Peace Angela. I remember all the years when you lived in Wellington and went to school here. You were like part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WIlliams family · 349 weeks ago Angela was only 38 years old and lived in Wellington for a few years and attended Wellington schools when she lived here. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wayne Rooney catches fake T-shirt seller

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Everton F.C player, Wayne Rooney recently helped investigators catch a conman who had made £1 million (Approx. Shs5 billion) selling dodgy football memorabilia.Fraudster David Rennie sold 4,500 autographed items to sports enthusiasts for as much as £700 each after buying replica items from sports shops and using Sharpie permanent markers to fake autographs of stars. He also faked memorabilia of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo, and Brazil’s Pele. The faker supplied with his items a ‘certificate of authenticity’ that was also fake. One item he sold was a 2013/14 Liverpool FC shirt bearing 24 autographs including Gerrard and Luis Suarez.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Federer credits wife for keeping him going

first_img“But we had a very open conversation, if she was happy to do this or not, years ago. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kiddies.“Same for me, because I wouldn’t want to be away from my kids for more than two weeks. This life wouldn’t work if she said no.”Federer also takes pleasure in seeing his parents, Lynette and Robert, enjoying watching him play and travelling to tournaments.“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it,” he said.“They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.“Many puzzles need to fit together for me to be able to sit here tonight,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Mirka FedererMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.The Swiss master won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. The latest triumph — his sixth at Melbourne Park — came 15 years after he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, yet he continues to defy time when many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do what he loves, with wife Mirka courtside for most of his big games, despite now having four children to look after.This, coupled with a careful schedule, has allowed him to remain at the top, with no thoughts of calling it quits any time soon.“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible,” he said on what keeps him going.“I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible.”“Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years.last_img read more

Gambles by Ujiri pay off with NBA crown for Raptors

first_img“It’s surreal,” Ujiri said. “But I think when you put the team together and we all dream of a championship, the change was hard at the time, but we knew the kind of player we were getting and if we overcame and dealt with all the issues, we felt that could come together.“We were all positive about this kind of moment and all dreamt about it.”The Raptors added Spanish center Marc Gasol from Memphis at the trade deadline, adding a tough defender and calm influence to a young, strong, defensive-minded squad powered by Leonard.“Being able to play in the finals this year has been great, but I’ve been happy just being able to return to basketball at the beginning of the regular season,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty much something that I look back on of not being able to play and now I’m able to play. So just enjoy it. It’s why you’re here.”– Kawhi’s buzzer beater –In the playoffs, the Raptors dispatched Orlando in round one and overcame Philadelphia on a dramatic seventh-game basket at the buzzer by Leonard that bounced four times on the rim before dropping through for the winning points.If that wasn’t enough of a thriller, the Raptors fell behind NBA season wins leader Milwaukee 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final before rallying to win four straight games and advance to their first final.“We hit that dramatic buzzer beater to advance,” Nurse said. “We got on the plane the next day and had to play less than 48 hours after that. We came out and played unbelievably tough. The ball didn’t bounce our way that night. We didn’t get any breaks. But I thought we outplayed them.“When we went down 0-2 our guys were like, ‘OK, let’s just get home and we’ll get this thing turned around.’ So that’s probably a moment of where I thought the team had something inside them to keep on going.”Challenged to dethrone a dynasty to win the title, the Raptors used a stellar effort by Cameroon standout Pascal Siakam in game one, two impressive Leonard road performances to take two in Golden State, and clutch late 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet to edge the Warriors in the final game.Share on: WhatsApp Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse argues a referee’s call in Thursday’s sixth game of the NBA FinalsOakland, United States | AFP |  From the ashes of an epic playoff failure last year, the Toronto Raptors made a pair of risky moves and wound up winning the first NBA title in their 24-season history.The Raptors defeated defending champion Golden State 114-110 Thursday to capture the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to two, becoming the first team from outside the United States to win the title.But it was an unlikely journey that began shortly after the Raptors won the Eastern Conference regular-season crown but were swept out by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.That led Raptors president Masai Ujiri to fire Dwane Casey, who would be named NBA Coach of the Year for the campaign. Casey was quickly signed by division rival Detroit.Nick Nurse, an assistant coach with the club since 2013, was promoted to head coach and proved a perfect fit.“It was heck of a 12 months,” Nurse said. “We tried not to look too far ahead.”Ujiri, who is from Nigeria, saw Nurse as the man to guide an intense squad.“We’re a hardworking team and I think Nick has that persona and that ethic that really translates to everybody and the whole organization as a whole,” Ujiri said.– ‘It’s surreal’ –Then Ujiri traded DeMar DeRozan, the face of the franchise for a decade, to San Antonio to bring Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.It was a risk. Leonard had been the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the champion Spurs and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 but missed almost all of the 2017-18 campaign with a right quad injury.But Leonard clicked with the Raptors and produced career highs of 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game as Toronto achieved the second-best record in the NBA at 58-24.last_img read more

Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Mail support Ladyboy water-volleyball tournament

first_imgWe can’t overlook the contributions to the upcoming 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition made by the competing ladyboys and the bars where they are employed.  Without them and their time, given freely, there wouldn’t be a tournament and consequently our worthy charities wouldn’t benefit.  Then there are the financial contributors, both personal and corporate, who provide the funds that go directly to our charities.  But it’s not just financial contributors to which we are indebted.  This year we’re happy to have the Pattaya Mail Media Group once more giving us an outlet from which to promote the charity tournament and highlight the tremendous contribution the ladyboys are making to their communities.  And of course there are our gracious tournament hosts at the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana.But we’d be fibbing if we didn’t say we were especially thrilled to have the participation of Tiffany’s Show this year!  The world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the original transgender cabaret show here and is currently in its 38th year. Its showgirls are paragons of both beauty and talent, and the show itself is a huge tourist draw for Pattaya.  Through the efforts of Pattaya Mail, Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has generously agreed to donate five tickets to the Miss International Queen competition, which will be part of the charity raffle held on the evening following the tournament.The Miss International Queen competition is a once-a-year event presented by Tiffany’s Show that draws transgender women from all over the world to compete for the title.  This year the event will be held on Nov. 1, only a week after the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition.  The tickets always sell out well in advance, so we expect these will be popular items for the charity raffle — in fact we expect some of the tournament spectators will be outbid by the volleyball contestants!All of these efforts are critical to the success of this year’s charity event, and Pattaya Mail, Tiffany Show and Areca Lodge all have our utmost heartfelt thanks.But of course raising money for charities is what the tournament is all about.  With that in mind, I’m happy to say that we are now on track to to raise 700,000 baht for said charities: Pattaya Rotary Club’s Water4Life program, Pattaya’s HEARTT 2000, Bangkok’s St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program, and Phuket’s The Life Home Project.  Thanks to many generous financial contributors and sponsors, we have more than doubled last year’s charitable contribution of 285,854 baht.To date 86 individuals have pledged 110 sponsorships of one or more of the bars competing in the tournament.  That amounts to 350,000 baht — once again, that alone puts us over last year’s mark.  To all of them, on behalf of the charities involved and the ladyboys in the tournament, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you.But this year we also have a corporate sponsor on board in NB Surveys Thailand Co. Ltd., the Thai branch of NB Surveys Global.  To say that we are thrilled to have such an august company sponsoring the tournament would be an understatement.With headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, NB Global provides surveying services to the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, and has offices in Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, in addition to its office in Bangkok.Established in 2001, NB Surveys Thailand began with just one expat employee, but has steadily grown over the ensuing decade to now include several local Thai staff in both the survey department and the office operations.  To NB Surveys we must also extend our heartfelt thanks as well.The 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26.  For more information or to see how you can help, email us at [email protected], or visit us on the web at www.lbwvb.com.last_img read more

DOWNHILL SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE HEADS A FIELD OF 14 IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Stakes winner Velvet Mesquite returns once again to the surface she has clearly excelled over on Saturday. Velvet Mesquite will take on 13 rivals in the Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day’s edition of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.Owned and bred by Harris Farms and trained by Blake Heap, the 5 year-old mare was a strong third in the Gr. II Monrovia down the hillside in her last out Jan. 4. A staggering five for seven when running over the course, Velvet Mesquite will seek her second stakes win Saturday. By In Excess out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $284,606.A hillside professional in her own right, Carla Gaines’ Heat Trap comes off a second place finish in the Gr. II Monrovia. Owned and bred by Mark Devereaux and Scott Gross, the 6- year-old will break from the far outside with regular rider Victor Espinoza in an attempt to win her first-ever stakes race.By Unusual Heat, Heat Trap has two wins, two seconds and a third from five tries down the hill. She is 12-4-5-1- overall with earnings of $291,956.Current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Doinghardtimeagain in only her second-ever attempt down the hill. Owned and bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, the 5-year-old has run in 15 straight stakes races.In her latest turf try, the mare by Ministers Wild Cat was pulled up and vanned off in the one mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17. Jockey Mike Smith said it was purely precautionary and that “I knew she had a foot issue before and I felt her feet were stinging her so I didn’t want to take any chances.”Third in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Dec. 28, Doinghardtimeagain will again be reunited with Elvis Trujillo, who when paired with Hollendorfer has been in the money 55% of the time this meet.The complete field for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: More Complexity, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Air of Royalty, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Home Journey, Tyler Baze, 120; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 123; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heavens Stairway, Corey Nakatani, 120; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 123; Doinghardtimeagain, Elvis Trujillo, 123; Kathleen Rose, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Shakeitupbetty, Alex Solis, 118; My Monet, Martin Garcia, 120; Marks Mine, Frank Alvarado, 118; Magic Spot, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Heat Trap, Victor Espinoza, 120.                 There is a specialfirst post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

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

IT’S MURPHY’S LAW AT THE BREWERY BAR THIS WEEKEND

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

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

‘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 pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- 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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 pic.twitter.com/9LMSzl5sKy- 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 pic.twitter.com/eOlSWvdh31- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 15.4: S Pathirana to S Iyer (54), 4 runs, 103/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 5.5: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan (11), 5 runs, 26/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 pic.twitter.com/Peh8UWti5O- 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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 19/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #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 pic.twitter.com/kwjQuvcn9V- 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. pic.twitter.com/BQPHNSZ6X9- 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

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

Carbon County Jail Bookings July 29 – August 4

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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

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

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

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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 www.wvturnpike.com or email [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

center_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 [email protected] 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

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

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: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG2776.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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 (carplife.org/international) to submit a cool story or find out more about what other CARP chapters around the world are up to!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