Vanderbilt analysis: Many of same players return

first_imgRalph Webb rushed for a school freshman record 907 yards last season.Ralph Webb rushed for a school freshman record 907 yards last season.Vanderbilt returns the bulk of its roster from last season, including 50 letterwinners and 22 players who started at least five games in 2014.That means there are mostly subtle changes in the lineup on a young squad that still only carries nine scholarship seniors. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of Vanderbilt’s transition from the end of the 2014 season to this preseason camp, which kicks off Thursday.QUARTERBACKSEnd 2014: Johnny McCrary started the second half of the season, sometimes dividing time with Patton Robinette, who ended his career in the spring.Camp 2015: McCrary and sophomore Wade Freebeck will compete for the starting job. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig wants efficiency, good decision-making and passing accuracy.RUNNING BACKSEnd 2014: Ralph Webb finished with a Vanderbilt freshman record 907 rushing yards. Power back Dallas Rivers’ role increased late in the year.Camp 2015: Webb should be the focal point of Ludwig’s offense, but Rivers will have a role. All-purpose performer Darrius Sims could be a wild card in the backfield.5 questions for Vanderbilt preseason campOFFENSIVE LINEEnd 2014: Nagging injuries and lack of offensive balance hampered a line that seemed to under-perform.Camp 2015: Spencer Pulley moves from guard to center to try to reboot the unit. Four starters return, at least giving the new offense hope for improvement up front.RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDSEnd 2014: Tight end Steven Scheu (39 catches, 525 yards) earned All-SEC honors as the team’s top receiver. Latevius Rayford had 20 catches in the last four games.Camp 2015: Scheu is back from a spring injury, and the tight ends again should be strong. Rayford, C.J. Duncan and others will try to stretch the passing game beyond short routes.Defensive end Caleb Azubike (55) will try to bolster Vanderbilt's pass rush this season.Defensive end Caleb Azubike (55) will try to bolster Vanderbilt’s pass rush this season.DEFENSIVE LINEEnd 2014: Unit gave up an average of 222 rushing yards over the last three games. Nose tackle Vince Taylor was a consistent force up front.Camp 2015: Caleb Azubike is back at defensive end after an experimental year of playing some outside linebacker. Sophomores Jay Woods and Nifae Lealao will fill Taylor’s shoes at nose tackle.LINEBACKERSEnd 2014: Freshmen Nigel Bowden and Zach Cunningham finished as team’s top two tacklers, and Stephen Weatherly led with 4½ sacks.Camp 2015: Bowden, Cunningham and Weatherly are all back. Junior college transfer Nehemiah Mitchell joins the group, which should be among the team’s best units.Vanderbilt's Nigel Bowden (52) tackles Florida quarterback Treon Harris last season.Vanderbilt’s Nigel Bowden (52) tackles Florida quarterback Treon Harris last season.DEFENSIVE BACKSEnd 2014: Held Tennessee to 92 passing yards and made season-high two interceptions in the season finale. Cornerbacks Torren McGaster and Taurean Ferguson finished the year with two picks apiece.Camp 2015: Five defensive backs who started at least six games each return, led by McGaster. Continuity should help the secondary show progress from last season.SPECIAL TEAMSEnd 2014: Freshman kicker Tommy Openshaw made 8 of 11 field goals, including 6 of 6 under 40 yards. Sims had two kick returns for TDs.Camp 2015: All specialists, except standout long-snapper Andrew East, return.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.VANDERBILT FOOTBALL PRESEASON CAMPAug. 5: Team picture & press conferenceAug. 6: Practice/shorts (3:30 p.m.)Aug. 7: Practice/shorts (3:30 p.m.)Aug. 8: Practice/half pads (3:30 p.m.)Aug. 9: Practice/half pads (3:30 p.m.)Aug. 10: Practice/full pads (3:30 p.m.)Aug. 11: Practices/Two-a-day (9 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.)Aug. 16: Dore Jam (2-4 p.m.)*last_img read more

Iran ordered to pay billions to relatives of 9/11 victims

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It might be a hollow victory but it’s a victory nonetheless for relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.A federal judge in New York on Tuesday ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to parents, spouses, siblings and children of more than 1,000 9/11 victims, court documents obtained by ABC News show.The default judgment issued by Judge George B. Daniels finds the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran are liable for the deaths of 1,008 people whose families sued.The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2004 and allowed to go forward in 2016 after Congress passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to open sovereign states accused of terrorism to liability, alleged Iran provided assistance, including training, to the 9/11 hijackers even though the 9/11 Commission found no direct evidence of Iranian support.The judge set damage awards according to the following scale: $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling.The plaintiffs may apply for punitive damages at a later date, the judge’s order said.“In December 2011, a New York federal court held a hearing and found that the evidence presented established that Iran’s provision of material support to al-Qaeda was a cause of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting damage, injuries, and deaths,” said attorney Robert Haefele of Motley Rice LLC, who represents the plaintiffs.“It is difficult for those injured or left behind to ignore the findings of the federal court about Iran’s culpability,” Haefele continued. “But those findings should not overshadow the mountain of evidence presented against Saudi Arabia, which remains central to the plaintiffs’ case.”However, the judgment is largely symbolic. Iran has never responded to the lawsuit and is unlikely to ever pay.The order does make the families eligible to collect from a small fund of seized Iranian assets that has been used in the past to compensate families of victims of Hezbollah attacks and other violence attributed to Iran.The judgment is part of the larger case the 9/11 families are pursuing against Saudi Arabia. There’s a conference in that case later this month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Utes again fail to defend 3-pointer

first_imgOn a night the largest crowd of the year came out to see Andrew Bogut’s number unfurled from the Huntsman Center rafters, Bogut’s fellow Aussie, Luke Nevill, tried his darndest to lead Utah to a win over Air Force.Nevill scored 21 points and made a big three-point play in the final minute to put the Utes ahead by two. But in a game eerily similar to Wednesday night’s overtime loss to Colorado State, the Falcons hit a big 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining and then watched the Utes look clueless in their last possession.This time, the game didn’t go into overtime as Jacob Burtschi’s 3-pointer from the left angle with 18 seconds left gave the Falcons a 52-51 lead and eventually a victory.The Utes had a chance to win the game themselves, but just like the last play of regulation Wednesday, Ute guard Johnnie Bryant dribbled around by himself before flinging up a poor shot. The fadeway 15-footer bounced off the rim with two seconds left and the Falcons ran out the clock.Afterwards, Ute coach Ray Giacoletti didn’t want to single out Bryant or Shaun Green, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32.7 seconds left that could have almost iced the game for Utah.Instead he blamed Utah’s poor defense down the stretch.”It wasn’t the missed free throw or not making the extra pass on the last possession,” he said. “It was not being able to get stops. I think we got one stop in the last six (possessions).”The Utes had clawed back from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half and matched the Falcons basket for basket from the 7:32 mark to inside the final minute.Finally after Nevill sank an inside shot and converted a free throw to make it 51-49 with 53 seconds left, the Utes got a stop when Matt McCraw missed a 15-footer.On the Utes’ possession, Green was fouled early. Even though Green has played the third most minutes on the team and was shooting 71.4 percent from the line, he had only attempted 14 free throws all season.His shot bounced off the back of the iron, and the Falcons came down and ran a set to free Burtschi on the left angle.”We talked about how you cannot give a three up,” Giacoletti said. “That’s two nights in a row we’ve done that.”The Utes still had 16 seconds left for a winning play. But just like Wednesday, the play looked like the Johnnie Bryant Show.”We wanted to try to set a high ball screen, get penetration, let Luke roll and find somebody to kick to,” Giacoletti said, which is basically the same thing he wanted the Utes to do Wednesday.”Shaun appeared to be open, but we didn’t make that decision.”Instead it was Bryant dribbling, dribbling and dribbling before finally firing up a shot.”As a player, especially a point guard, you want to be the guy to make a play,” Bryant said. “I really didn’t have anybody to pass to and you have to get a shot up.”For the second straight game, Nevill didn’t get a chance for a late shot or a chance to get fouled.”I would have liked it,” Nevill said. “But I can’t dribble up the court myself. It’s a team sport and it was a team decision.”The Falcons led most of the first half, although the Utes had brief leads at 12-11 and 15-13. The game was tied at 19 before the Falcons hit two baskets in the final 1:22 to take a 24-19 halftime lead.The Falcons increased their lead to 36-29 with 10:49 left, but the Utes came back to tie the game at 36 and stay with the Falcons until the final seconds.Nevill, who also had eight rebounds, was the only Ute to score in double figures. Bryant finished with nine and Bryant Markson scored just seven, making all three of his shot attempts.Burtschi led the Falcons (21-5, 9-4) with 18 points, while center John Frye had 17 points, his third best output of the season.He had made just two 3-pointers all season but made three of five 3-point shots Saturday.The loss marks the first time a Utah team has lost as many as five home games in a season since 1988-89, when the Utes finished 11-7 at home. Now 12-12 overall and 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference, the Utes head out on the road for a game against UNLV on Wednesday night and then get a week off before playing at TCU the following Wednesday. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Review: Paul Doiron cranks up a suspenseful, fast-paced plot

first_imgThis cover image released by Minotaur shows “One Last Lie,” by Paul Doiron. (Minotaur via AP)“One Last Lie,” by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)Fifteen years ago, a young Maine game warden went undercover to investigate a poaching ring in Maine’s north woods and was never heard from again; so his mentor, retired warden Charlie Stevens, is stunned when he stumbles onto the missing man’s badge being offered for sale at a flea market.The discovery, Charlie realizes, means everything he had believed about his young friend’s disappearance and presumed death was wrong. Determined to solve the mystery, he rushes home, packs a bag, tells his wife not to ask any questions, and urges her not to let anyone —especially his friend Mike Bowditch — try to find him. But Charlie is like a father to Mike, so the latter, a game warden himself, sets off to track Charlie down.So begins “One Last Lie,” the eleventh novel in Paul Doiron’s fine series of Mike Bowditch crime novels.Mike and Charlie’s dual investigations lead them on a dangerous journey through forests and ramshackle riverside towns along the Maine-Canadian border. Gradually, Mike discovers that Charlie, as well as several men in positions of power in the warden service, have been harboring secrets about what happened 15 years ago — and at least one of them is willing to kill to prevent the truth from surfacing.This novel is something of a departure for Doiron. The lyrical descriptions of the natural world that have distinguished his previous novels are less in evidence this time, and the suspenseful, fast-paced plot has more twists and turns than usual in a Mike Bowditch novel.Meanwhile, Charlie’s daughter, Stacey, Mike’s first true love, resurfaces, complicating Mike’s relationship with fellow warden Dani Tate. The last chapter warns that Mike’s always tumultuous love life may be headed for more trouble in the next installment of the Mike Bowditch saga.Online:http://www.pauldoiron.comBruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan crime novels including “The Dread Line.”last_img read more

Eggleton starts off well, never looks back

first_imgPSC Golf from BillabongWednesday, February 5th Green Valley StablefordA number of Billabong regulars were sitting around the bar having a few cold ones after golf when Auke Engelkes, not having played Wednesday, made a surprise visit with his lovely wife and, before ordering a drink, rang the bell. He announced to everyone that they wanted to share the news that they were expecting twins in the near future. Hearty congratulations to both of you. The word ‘graceful’ certainly applies to the ladies and the result is often spectacular. Miss Sa (18) had 20 points on the way out with 3 pars and 1 birdie. But a blob on the 10th restricted her score to 38 points, losing the countback to Miss Porn (19) in 2nd place, but she was also pleased to record 7 pars in her round.The ever present Miss Noodle (12) must have had a quiet word with herself at the turn for she then scored an additional 22 points to win the day on 38 points.Following his 46 points on Monday, George Barrie (22) had 2 blobs on the back nine but still had 19 points for 5th place, 3 behind Wayne Cotterell (12) on 37 points who was let down with 3 holes that produced only 1 point on each. This included the 18th which gave William Macey (20) the opportunity to win their personal challenge by 1 point for 3rd place.That old warhorse Jeff North (9) claimed 2nd place with 38 points, dropping only 1 shot after the turn, but Peter Eggleton (17) started off well with a birdie on the 1st and never looked back while taking 1st place with 40 points.Two 2s today going to Jeff North, Brian Cooper and Julie Battersby. 30 golfers Wednesday on a beautiful morning with a gentle breeze ready to take the course apart. Whilst waiting around the 1st tee it is interesting to notice that there are so many different ways to propel the ball down the fairway for, as someone once stated, ‘golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result’.center_img Loading…Sponsored Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your ChildhoodSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Existlast_img read more

Southeastern, UCA Fighting for Last Spot in Conference Tournament

first_imgWeek 18 News & Notes (PDF) B. Tie Between Three or More Teams.1. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and the tied teams all played two games against one another, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie shall be compared until a seeding advantage is gained. Thursday Lineup: There are six Southland Conference games on Thursday. In addition to the Central Arkansas game at Northwestern State and the Southeastern Louisiana game at Sam Houston, the focus for almost every turns to tournament seeding. McNeese State, which became the seventh team to qualify for the tournament after last Saturday’s overtime win over Abilene Christian, visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team that moved into second place in the conference standings. Oral Roberts finds itself tied for fourth with Northwestern State and visits Stephen F. Austin on Thursday. Nicholls, which is currently fifth, is at Houston Baptist and New Orleans visits Lamar. Countdown to Katy: The countdown in on for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the seventh consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2014 tournament will be the 15th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston in 2007 before moving to Katy in 2008. UCA’s Miles is League’s Scoring Leader: Central Arkansas senior LaQuentin Miles leads the Southland Conference in scoring for the second consecutive week after finally reaching the league’s minimum that a student-athlete play at least two-thirds of the team’s games to qualify. Miles is averaging 22.9 points per game overall in 19 games this season after regaining eligibility in mid-December. He still has not met the NCAA’s minimum of 75 percent. Oral Roberts senior Shawn Glover had led the league for most of the season. He is now averaging 21.7 points per game through 29 games this season. That figure ranks 11th in NCAA Division I. UIW’s Denzel Livingston is the league leader in conference play, averaging 23.0 points per game in the Cardinals’ abbreviated conference schedule in their first Division I season. Glover has scored 20 points 21 times this season, including 13 of his last 15 games. Livingston has 16 20-point efforts, while Miles has 14. There have been 17 30-point games in the Southland this year, including three by Northwestern State sophomore Jalan West. Last week, McNeese State senior Ledrick Eackles scored 31 points against UIW on Thursday and followed with 35 points vs. Abilene Christian on Saturday. Livingston went for 36 Feb. 8 in a win over Houston Baptist. That matched Stephen F. Austin senior Desmond Haymon 36 points against Cal State Northridge as the top offensive outburst in the league this season. FRISCO, Texas – With less than one week remaining until the start of the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, all but one of the tournament’s eight spots has been determined. It will come down to either Southeastern Louisiana or Central Arkansas. The Lions (6-10) have a one-game lead on the Bears (5-11) with two games to play. Southeastern visits Sam Houston State on Thursday before closing the regular season at Lamar on Saturday. UCA has road games at Northwestern State on Thursday and league champion Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The 8-19 Bears have won their last two games, beating Sam Houston State and Lamar, last week to remain in contention for a tournament berth the final week of the season. Southeastern has dipped to 11-16 overall after losing its last three games, falling last week to the two teams still ahead of Central Arkansas. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10. Tie-breaker Procedure. All ties shall be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom, in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions higher or lower in the standings that are also tied, these higher or lower tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purposes of comparison. • Clinched the conference regular-season championship for the second consecutive season.• Will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament and receive a bye into the semifinals. SFA’s first game will be Friday, March 14.• Has won a Southland record 24 consecutive games with its last lost Nov. 23. It’s current streak ranks second behind Wichita State’s 31-game run.• Has won a league record 21 consecutive conference games dating back to the 2012-13 season.• Has won 31 consecutive home games, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Lumberjacks’ current home streak ranks second to Duke and Florida, who each boast 32-game home-court win streaks.• Has won 12 straight road games, which is tied with Wichita State for the Division I leads. SFA won all nine of its Southland road games this season. It’s 14 road wins this season are the most by any Division I team.• Became the first Southland school to win 27 regular-season games in the league’s 51-year history.• Is only the third Southland team to ever reach 27 wins in a season, joining the 1984-85 Louisiana Tech Sweet 16 team, led by Karl Malone, which finished 29-3. Last year’s SFA team finished 27-5.• Has a chance to become the Southland’s first men’s basketball team to win 30 games.• Is 54-7 during the last two seasons. 3. If three (3) or more teams remain tied for a position, regardless of the number of games played against the other tied teams, any won-loss advantage in the combined pool of tied teams shall be used as a seeding tie-breaker. This shall continue through the order of final standings if necessary. 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team(s), regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the higher seed. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. [5/13] Central Arkansas’ Miles Named Player of the Week: Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Miles has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in helping to lead the Bears to wins over Sam Houston State and Lamar last week. The senior from Jacksonville, Ark. had a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds in win over Lamar on Senior Day, and had 23 points and 12 rebounds in upset second-place Sam Houston. Miles shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 vs. Lamar. He also was made both 3-point shots and connected on 17 of 28 free throws, while averaging 34.5 minutes with no fouls. This is the second time this season Miles has been honored as player of the week. Twenty-Win Teams: The Southland Conference could have at least three 20-game winners for the third consecutive season. At 27-2, SFA has recorded 20 wins or more for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. UIW won its 20th game last Saturday at Nicholls (69-67) to reach the mark in its first season in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State is 19-9 and looking for its first 20-win campaign since 2009-10 when it claimed its last league title and finished 25-8 overall. The Bearkats close the regular season with home games against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. Stephen F. Austin Repeats as Champion: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team claimed the outright Southland Conference championship last Thursday when sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 28 points in an emphatic 103-63 victory at New Orleans. SFA entered the night with a three-game lead over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State, and with the win over UNO and Sam Houston’s 80-71 loss at UCA on the same night, the Lumberjacks claimed their second consecutive outright conference championship and first under first-year coach Brad Underwood. SFA scored 100 points for the first time since they did so against Howard Payne in 2010 and the first against a league opponent since dropping 110 against Texas-Arlington in the 1994-95 season. The title is SFA’s fourth title. The Lumberjacks shared the 2008 title with Lamar before claiming their first of now three outright titles in 2009. Impact of Ineligible Teams. Abilene Christian, UIW and New Orleans are not eligible for the 2014 Southland Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Should an ineligible team(s) finish in a position that would normally qualify for the tournament; the ineligible team(s) will be replaced by the next eligible team(s) in order of the final standings, or if necessary, as determined by the tie-breaking system. However, when breaking ties, the order of the final standings shall be kept intact, including where the ineligible team(s) is positioned following the final games. If applicable, results against the ineligible team(s) count in the tie-breaking system that determines seeding. Results against New Orleans are factored in all necessary seeding tie-breakers. Results against ACU and UIW will be factored in tie-breakers A.(4.) and/or B.(4.), listed below, if necessary. 3. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the other tied team, regardless of the number of games played, shall receive the higher seed. A. Tie Between Two Teams.1. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a head-to-head win-loss advantage after two games against one another, that team receives the higher seed. SFA Enjoying Historic Season: The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in the Southland Conference with two league games remaining. SFA plays host to Oral Roberts on Thursday before closing the regular-season Saturday against Central Arkansas. Notes on SFA’s season: 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team, regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the seeding advantage. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Chasing Perfection: Stephen F. Austin is trying to become the first Southland Conference team to finish with a unblemished conference record since Arkansas State finished 4-0 in 1973-74. There have been only four teams to finish with a perfect league record in the previous 50 seasons of the league. Joining Arkansas State on that list are: Louisiana Tech (8-0 in 1971-72), Arkansas State (8-0 in 1966-67) and Abilene Christian (8-0 in 1965-66). SFA became the first Southland school to go perfect in its first 16 conference games. Schools have been close to undefeated conference season recently including Texas-Arlington, which was 15-1 and won its first 15 conference games before falling to Texas-San Antonio in the regular-season finale. The 1997-98 Nicholls (15-1) team won its first 14 league games before falling to Louisiana-Monroe in its next-to-last game. Northwestern State finished 15-1 in 2006, but lost its fourth conference game. Nicholls was 17-1 in 1994-95, but lost its fifth game. ULM (17-1) won its final 16 league games in 1992-93 after suffering a loss to North Texas in its second league contest. McNeese State’s Guidry Leads Southland in Rebounding: McNeese State junior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. He is coming off an 10-rebound effort against Abilene Christian last week and has seven games with at least 10 rebounds. He had a stretch of four games with double-figure rebounding totals, including a season-high 14 against Nicholls. UIW’s Ian Markolf has the top single-game total in the Southland this season with 19 rebounds against Central Arkansas Jan. 16. 5. In the event a three-way or more tie-breaker is reduced to two remaining tied teams, the tiebreaker reverts to the two-way system. [5/13] Lumberjacks Close Regular Season on ESPN3: ESPN3 will broadcast the Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday. The men’s game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., CT. David Saltzman and Van Chancellor will have the call for the network. ESPN3 coverage of the Southland this season includes 12 doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. ESPN3 will carry both men’s and both women’s semifinal games of next week’s conference tournament in Katy. Demons Top Southland, Second in Nation in Scoring: Northwestern State is the top scoring team in the Southland Conference, averaging 85.7 points per game. That figure ranks second in Division I behind Virginia Military, which is scoring 88.5 points per game. The Demons have scored 2,313 points in 27 games this season. BYU (85.0), Iona (84.0) and Iowa (83.6) round out the top five. Southland in the NCAA Rankings: SFA’s 93.1 win percentage ranks second (behind unbeaten Wichita State) and its 13.7 scoring margin ranks ninth … Oral Roberts senior guard/forward Shawn Glover is ranked fourth in the NCAA with 241 total field goals, 11th with 474 field goal attempts and 10th with 630 points … the Lumberjacks’ 5.7 turnover margin ranks fourth while the Demons rank 25th with 3.0 margin … Northwestern State freshman guard Zeek Woodley ranks fifth in the nation with his 62.0 field-goal percentage … Demon sophomore Jalan West ranks fifth nationally with 2.7 steals per game … Northwestern State ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 9.1 per game … Central Arkansas is 15th (8.6) … Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior John Jordan ranks eighth with 252 free-throw tries and ranks 20th with 173 makes … Northwestern State’s West ranks eighth with 6.6 assists per game … SFA is outscoring opponents by 13.7 points per game, which ranks ninth in Division I … SFA (16.4) ranks 10th and the Demons (16.4) 11th in assists per game … SFA’s 475 total assists rank 17th … the Lumberjacks rank 23rd nationally in scoring defense (62.3) … Sam Houston State ranks 17th nationally with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage. Seven Teams Already In Tournament: Seven teams have already qualified for the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament March 12-15 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. There were already six teams in the tournament’s eight-team field entering play last week, including Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Northwestern State and Nicholls. Of the 11 eligible teams, Houston Baptist and Lamar have already been eliminated from contention, while transitioning teams Abilene Christian and UIW are not eligible for the tournament until 2018. New Orleans is also ineligible for the postseason based on its NCAA APR penalty. UCA to Tab Pennell as Coach: Central Arkansas will host a news conference on Friday to announce Russ Pennell as its new head men’s basketball coach. Pennell, who played at UCA from 1982-84, was interim coach at Arizona in 2008-09 and head coach at Grand Canyon University from 2009-2013. He most recently coached the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Pennell, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., has an extensive background as a collegiate assistant coach, at Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Arizona. Pennell, 53, will replace UCA interim coach Clarence Finley, who stepped in for Corliss Williamson last August when he left to be an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Southland Conference Tie-Breaker Policy…Tournament Seeding. Tournament seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular season winning percentage in Conference competition. A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used. 2. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and if the teams combined to split their regular season games against one another, or if they played an uneven number of games against one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the next highest-positioned team(s) they all played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Perfect in Conference Play: Stephen F. Austin is one of just three Division I teams that have yet to lose a conference game. Joining the Lumberjacks on the list are Wichita State (31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and Florida (28-2, 17-0 Southeastern). The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in Southland games. 2. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and if the teams split their regular season games, or if they only played one game against each other, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the highest positioned team(s) they both played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. In the Polls: Stephen F. Austin remains No. 2 for the second consecutive week in the Mid-Major Top 25 behind Wichita State (31-0). It is the highest ever ranking in the poll by the Lumberjacks, who sat at No. 3 for three consecutive weeks behind the Shockers and Gonzaga (25-6), which holds on to the No. 3 spot. North Dakota State (23-6) and Harvard (24-4) round out the top five. For the seventh consecutive week, SFA is also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks are receiving nine votes in the coaches’ poll and 38 votes in this week’s Associated Press Poll, which is No. 29. C. Unbreakable Ties. In the event a tie for seeding cannot be broken using game results, the team(s) involved in the tie rated best in The RPI Report by Collegiate Basketball News in effect on Sunday morning following the final games of the regular-season schedule shall be named the higher seed(s). If a tie for seeding still exists after evaluating the Collegiate Basketball News power rating, a drawing for seed position(s) shall be held by the commissioner. [2/04]last_img read more

Prisoners to be sanitised, transferred

first_img– to newly-constructed Lusignan holding facilityThe acting Director of Prisons, Mr Gladwin Samuels, on Monday gave the media an update on the new accommodation arrangements for prisoners relocated from the Georgetown Prisons to the Lusignan Prisons following events that transpiredActing Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, at the new holding facility on Mondayat the Georgetown Prisons on July 9 last. He was speaking specifically in relation to the availability of the newly tarmacked holding area at the Lusignan Prison Complex. This new facility will ease the present situation of congestion at that penitentiary, brought on after hundreds of inmates from the Camp Street Prison had been relocated there following a fire — deliberately set on July 9 – that had reduced the Georgetown facility to rubble. Those transferees were forced to live under atrocious conditions at the Lusignan penitentiary, and their irate and frustrated relatives had decried the conditions under which they were being held at the Lusignan penitentiary. On Monday, Samuels announced measures which could alleviate the untenable conditions obtaining at the Lusignan Prisons. He explained that most of the prisoners evacuated from Camp Street are still being housed at Lusignan, and that the holding area would house 450 prisoners.“After many days of hard work, we have finally come to a stage where this new holding area can be occupied. Our intention today (Monday) is to sanitise those prisoners in the walled area, as described by the minister, who will be transferred to this area (tarmac),” Samuels detailed.He explained that the Guyana Prison Service would seek alternative arrangements to house the remaining prisoners; and assured that the tarmacked area, which has three sheds, will offer more security and improved sleeping conditions. “When they’re relocated here, the sleeping arrangements will be much enhanced from what they have right now. We purchased mattresses and other sleeping materials during the period, (and those) will be issued to them,” he highlighted. He added that the area would allow for a “more controlled environment”, in that it would segregate prisoners and facilitate a smooth process for court appearances, which were disrupted after the inferno.He also said the Prison Service recognises the concerns of relatives who want to see their incarcerated loved ones, but disclosed that family visits would recommence at a later date.Family members were incensed principally because their relatives were staying in a pasture, an area meant for animals. One day after the fire, work commenced on the holding area, but several angry prisoners, upset at staying in unfavourable conditions in the walled area, had attempted to torch sections of the Lusignan facility.On Monday also, reports surfaced that teenage inmate Allan Basdeo had been stabbed by two fellow prisoners at Lusignan. Samuels has, however, indicated that the new holding sections would be able to better cater to the needs of prisoners classified as vulnerable.“It is our hope that this [facility] will provide a better environment, especially for those prisoners who are deemed to be a bit more vulnerable than those hardcore offenders who have, in various ways, taken advantage of those prisoners,” Samuels pointed out. He, however, clarified that despite the use of the words “taken advantage of”, there were no reports of any sexual assault having been committed in the walled area, which was cramped with hundreds of inmates. Following the transfer of prisoners from Georgetown to Lusignan, the conditions at Lusignan were condemned by both inmates and their family members, who lamented that prisoners had been sleeping under tents, and were exposed to the elements. In March 2016, a fire at the Camp Street Prisons had claimed the lives of 17 inmates. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Arsenal plans raids after United massacre

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, August 29 – Arsene Wenger has vowed to end Arsenal’s miserable start to the season by splashing the cash in the aftermath of his side’s humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United.Wenger saw his makeshift team put to the sword as a Wayne Rooney-inspired United inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in Arsenal’s history at Old Trafford on Sunday. The woeful Gunners conceded eight goals for the first time since 1896 in a craven capitulation that served to highlight Wenger’s need to bolster a side that has been ravaged by injuries, suspensions and departures since the start of the season.Arsenal have failed to win any of their first three Premier League matches, losing to United and Liverpool, in a disastrous start which has confirmed the worst fears of Gunners fans.However, Wenger, who insists he has no intention of resigning, has money to spend and is poised to act by signing Monaco’s South Korean striker Park Chu-Young, with more deals in the pipeline before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday.“We are working hard to sign players. If we find the right players, we sign them. We have the money to sign them if they strengthen our team,” Wenger said.“We have 20 people to work on that. We have as well plenty of players out at the moment.“At the moment we have not found the solutions to our problems. It’s difficult to find excuses after a game like that, but wages-wise of course we are behind the other teams.“We are close to signing a striker, but we still look for a defender or a midfielder as well.“I have to make the right decision for the club and I will continue to that.“The defeat at Manchester United was under special circumstances given the amount of players we had out. But we have played just three games. I think you should give me more time to say I have completely done it wrong.”Wenger hasn’t been helped by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but even he will have been surprised by the gulf in class that threatens to separate them from their rivals at the top of the table.However, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, backed his old foe to come through the toughest spell of his 15-year Arsenal reign.“I think the criticism is unfair. I think the job he has done for Arsenal over the years, by keeping his philosophy, has given the team some fantastic players,” Ferguson said.“He has sold well which has always helped the Arsenal coffers. Maybe people forget that. He deserves respect.“But we live in a terrible, cynical world now and when you lose a few games the judge is out and you see managers going early in the season many, many times over the past few seasons – unfairly. But it keeps on happening.”While Wenger contemplates a dispiriting start, United head into international break at the top of the Premier League, just ahead of neighbours Manchester City.Arsenal had no anwer to Ferguson’s side as Rooney claimed a hat-trick, Ashley Young scored twice while goals from Nani, Ji Sung-Park and Danny Welbeck completed the rout.It was a day Rooney won’t forget in a hurry. After scoring two free-kicks and a penalty to complete his treble, the England striker has now netted 152 Premier League goals for United.“I was aware of the statistics before the game and many of my milestones have come against Arsenal,” Rooney said.“My first ever goal for Everton was against them and so was my first Premier League goal for Manchester United and now the 150th has come against them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Starlets out to slay Banyana ‘Goliath’

first_imgOn Sunday, David Ouma’s charges who have gone through a trouble-riddled campaign, will take a step closer to featuring at the largest sporting carnival on earth for the first time when they play their return-leg qualifier against the giants from South Africa, Banyana Banyana.After troubled travel to South Africa for the first leg of their third round qualifier, many expected Starlets to be steamrolled by the might of Banyana but try as they might, the hosts only managed to edge them out by a single goal deep into the second half.Now, Starlets stand on the throes of history in their biggest game so far in Machakos; bearing a healthy chance of turning over the first-leg deficit to progress to the final round where titans Nigeria or Equatorial Guinea await for the final two-tie knockout battle for the coveted Olympics ticket.Ouma’s girls have not stoked the kind of feverish interest accorded to their male counterparts but that has not impeded their resolve; especially after the Ministry of Devolution, under the youth empowerment programme, took off the huge burden of cost from cash-strapped Football Kenya Federation (FKF).Before the ministry’s intervention, Starlets hit the headlines when they were forced to sleep in the men’s changing rooms at Safaricom Stadium in an incident, perhaps mindful of his bosses, Ouma downplayed as an act of ‘motivation.’Chaotic travel plans following a visa hitch saw the team arrive in South Africa on match-day and had to take to the field before they could catch breath, let alone get a feel of the venue or acclimatise to the conditions.In an interview with FKF Media on Wednesday, Ouma says the girls who have continued build-up without the glare that accompanies Stars are ready to complete the slaying of the visiting ‘Goliath’ in the form of Banyana.“We are focused on victory on Sunday and determined to cancel the one-goal deficit, we are studying the clips of our first leg match and know which areas to improve upon,” the head coach who is also a CAF instructor is quoted.On the visa problems that delayed their departure, the national governing body’s media mouthpiece opted to dismiss any idea of complacency by reporting the coach “attributed their hiccups to visa hitches, which is now a thing of the past.”Ouma encouraged “Kenyans to turn out in large numbers at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, to cheer their team to victory.”-Optimism abounds-As optimism pumps through Starlets’ veins, the enormity of Sunday’s challenge cannot be discharged since Banyana boast wealth of experience, facilities and resources Kenya can only dream of.Their head coach, Vera Pauw, has added more fire power by making two changes to the squad that will settle for nothing less than completing the job.A sizeable number of the team that arrives in Nairobi on Thursday have played for their nation over 70 times with the most-capped Kenyan featuring in only nine international matches besides Starlets having no foreign based talent in their squad.Iceland-based Roxanne Barker makes her return after being released by her club, together with Busisiwe Ndimeni of Mamelodi Sundowns who has recovered from her injury in the potent changes in Banyana’s ranks for Sunday.“We have no time to waste, this is a very crucial match and we know that it is going to be more difficult than the first leg considering how the two teams played in Dobsonville. But we are confident we will return home victorious,” Pauw told after they reported to camp to plot a way past the stubborn Starlets.Kenya tied 2-2 with Botswana on goal aggregate but progressed on the away goal rule in the second round after Starlets lost 1-2 in Gaborone before they overcame the Southern African side 1-0 in Machakos via a dramatic stoppage time strike.On their way to the third round South Africa beat Gabon 3-2 and 5-0 in the first and second legs to complete a resounding 8-2 aggregate victory in a show of their undoubted power.Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are locked at 1-1 after the first leg of their encounter with the winner of the fourth round qualifier between Cameroon and Ghana meeting Ivory Coast.The two top teams in the fourth round will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.Starlets’ match will kick-off at 3:30pm local time (+3GMT) with the team who have given an entire nation the audacity of hope out to face their date with destiny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets in a previous trainings session. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, July 29- The national men’s football team Harambee Stars are long gone. Rugby sevens boys are struggling to put their act together before their qualifiers in November, incidentally, in South Africa.That leaves Harambee Starlets as the biggest hope Kenya has at the moment of sending a team sport to next year’s Rio 2016 Olympics.last_img read more

‘It pains me to say it but Chelsea have got the Premier League wrapped up’

first_imgEach week a star from the world of music takes out special talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, is Newcastle United-loving Smoove, from Smoove and Turrell…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?When I get the chance I always try to catch Colin Murray, he comes across as a true supporter of football and generally has a pretty balanced view. It always sounds like he’s really enjoying the show and it never comes across like his craic is forced, even though he’s a Liverpool supporter. talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?As long as I could play some tunes I would love to do ‘Songs of the Terraces’. The outline of the show would be a snapshot look around all the teams from the Conference to the Premier League, looking at what one song is affiliated with that club and what makes it special to their fans. By doing it this way I would be guaranteed a show that goes on for years and have a valuable bit of income on the side, apart from my singing. Followed up by the same show format looking at all non league teams. GOAL!Who are the greatest football team in the land?There is no better team at the moment than Chelsea. It pains me to say it as a Newcastle fan and if I was going to choose my favourite team in London it would be Arsenal, but Jose has the Premier League wrapped up. He gets under the skin of all other managers; not only does he have the talk, he has the brains and man management to get the best out of a Chelsea side he has turned round fantastically in such a short space of time. Who is the most rock n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?It’s got to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has the same swagger and impulsive attitude as Eric Cantona, but as a forward has just about everything to be a pure nightmare for any defence. His words of wisdom are always worth a laugh as well. The game needs players like him. If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?You’re asking the wrong lad, I’d start with our national anthem, sung by the wonderful John Turrell and then of course bring on the Smoove and Turrell boys for the pre-match party. I whole heartedly think we could even get a cracking atmosphere going at the new Wembley. Other than that plan coming to fruitio,n I would probably ask the gods of rock Led Zeppelin to come down, as long as I could transport them from the past – I’m not really a lover of old bands getting back on the road. Ask me the same question in 40 years time.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?It’s got to be the Stone Roses’ ‘This Is The One’. If that doesn’t get the lads pumped, there’s no hope!What track are the players walking down the tunnel and on to the pitch to?I’d probably have the unabridged Alan Partridge audio book on, as nothing brings people together more than a good laugh. Steve Coogan is the don, just before going into the tunnel to listen to the Roses I’d probably get the lads chanting, ‘liquid football!’ and ‘eat my goal!’ to get their heads totally in the right place.You build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in it?I would probably have Rod Stewart in my team as he loves a good game of five-a-side, I’d bring back Kenny Everett to go in goal as no one would get past him with those big hands. Then Shakin’ Stevens, as he was a great player in the Viz ‘Billy the Fish’ comic strips. Let’s see, John Bishop to add some teeth to the team and finally as a substitute, none other than my very own Mike Porter the keyboardist from Smoove and Turrell. Just because he has fantastic hair.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?I’d probably have big Duncan Ferguson as a bloke that can lift heavy things and protect the lads at all times, with his calm, almost Patrick Swayze demeanour. What’s going on with the band at the moment?We have just returned from the USA and Russia, now we are building up to our European tour, which kicks off in mid-October. The album ‘Broken Toys’ has just been released this year and our new single ‘Will You be Mine’ is due for release this month with remixes from Ashley Beedle and Opolopo, to name a few. It’s been great since we first hit the scene and you couldn’t wish to have a better job than knocking around with your mates and doing something you really love. Geordies Smoove & Turrell release new single ‘Will You Be Mine?’ on 20 October 2014. Check out 1last_img read more

The bike path not taken

first_imgAll this blight on a trail that is only one year old. The L.A. stretch of the Chandler Boulevard bike path is old beyond its time, deteriorating before it’s even been fully completed. To what do we owe the discrepancy in the two stretches’ conditions? The answer, simply, is that one city (Burbank) is well-managed and serious about improving its inhabitants’ quality of life. The other (L.A.) is a bureaucratic mess that cares only about improving the fortunes of its well-connected elite. So in Burbank, there is one city agency charged with maintaining the bike path, and it does its job well. In Los Angeles, there are three, yet none really does its job at all. Each just offer excuses. The difference extends beyond the bike path. One need only cross the line between Burbank and NoHo to notice the change – from a city that’s responsive to the public’s needs, to a city that’s contemptuous of them. Somehow, we suspect it will take more than an emergency call to a handful of gardeners to save the L.A. portion of the bike path. In truth, City Hall will never be able to clean up the evidence of its neglect – in North Hollywood or anywhere else – until it starts by cleaning up its own priorities. That, as Frost might say, would make all the difference.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. AH, but what a bigger difference would have been made if, in his 1920 poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost had to choose not between two roads, but between two stretches of the same bike path – one in Los Angeles, and one in Burbank. For all his enthusiasm for conquering the unconquered trail, we suspect even Frost would have opted for Burbank. And why not? Three of the Chandler Boulevard bike path’s four miles travel within the city of Burbank. They are neatly kept, well-preserved, and a delight to those who traverse them. The remaining mile, however, is in North Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. That mile is not so nicely preserved – weeds line the path, graffiti mars the warehouses and murals, and discarded bulk-trash items dot the landscape. last_img read more

Product testers working overtime ahead of the busy holiday season

first_imgENFIELD, Conn. – Gone is the 40-hour workweek at Specialized Technology Resources Inc. Boxes of toys are piling up in the middle of its testing lab, workers are coming in on weekends, and product testers who normally would check tools or candles are working on chess sets and plastic cars. Business is bustling since the recent recalls of millions of toys. Management at the international product testing company is considering adding to its 1,600-person staff. “Right now, we’re using everybody in toy land,” said Linda Root, manager of the company’s toy testing lab here. The recalls have toy companies from the largest toy maker Mattel to small importers clamoring to hire companies such as STR to test and retest their toys as a way to allay consumer fears ahead of the key holiday shopping season. Several testing firms operate worldwide, including Switzerland-based SGS Group, which has 48,000 workers in 1,000 locations, Bureau Veritas Group, with 26,000 employees in 700 locations, and London-based Intertek, which employs 20,000 people in 100 countries. Mattel’s first recall this summer, 1.5 million toys tainted with lead paint, was a wake-up call for the industry, said Sue DeRagon, STR’s associate director of toys and premiums. Since then, Mattel and others have recalled more than 20 million toys for high lead levels or for small magnets that children can swallow, prompting toy companies to do more tests. That’s kept the lab, housed in an old textile mill in this town north of Hartford, plenty busy. Toy companies are sending samples of finished toys to test, especially for lead and magnets, which can be dangerous if they are swallowed and join together in the digestive system. Testers conduct a battery of tests on each toy, based either on U.S. toy safety standards or something more stringent, if that’s what a company wants. To check for lead, lab workers use a razor blade to scrape off paint from the toy’s painted surface. They need .1 grams of paint to test, which can be a challenge when dealing with something like dice which has only painted dots, or a chess set with lots of nooks and crannies. “It is very tedious work. It’s not easy,” Root said. “You do have to pay attention so you don’t lose fingers and cut yourself in any way. There is no easy way of getting it off. It can take hours.” If a piece of a toy can be grasped or bitten, such as an arm or leg on an action figure, testers put that piece in a torque gauge and twist it to see if it snaps. Then, they pull the arm or leg for 10 seconds. Any piece that breaks off is measured in a “small parts cylinder.” If it fits inside the shot glass-sized cylinder, it could choke a child. Toys are also dropped several times and placed over a candle flame for five seconds, then allowed to burn for one minute to see whether they will easily catch fire. Testers check for sharp edges and points, and look for long strings or other pieces of cloth that could strangle a child. If a loop of string can pass over a metal “head probe” about the size of a baby’s head, it could be dangerous, Root said. Testers also look for so-called “filth” in the stuffing inside plush toys. “You find bugs. Dead bugs usually. If they sweep up the floor, there could be sawdust,” Root said. “We found just recently we had one that had metal shavings in it.” STR even sends toys out to a local day care center and testers watch the children play. “We’ll direct them and say, `See if you can break the head off this figure,”‘ DeRagon said. “It’s important to get some real-life information. Let’s really see how they’re playing with it.” American law does not require toys to be tested before they get into children’s hands, although the Toy Industry Association now supports a federal mandatory testing requirement. For now, how thoroughly toys get tested – if at all – can vary widely from one company to another. The cost of testing is often borne by the manufacturer or importer. A basic lead test could cost $35 for a toy line, DeRagon said. Costs for more extensive tests can range from a couple hundred dollars for a line of toys that’s already packaged and in a warehouse, down to nearly negligible if a company has a long-term testing program in place at the assembly line, said Sean McGowan, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. Much of the testing that’s been going on recently is retesting, so it’s more expensive, he said. More regular testing, which the industry is now considering making a requirement, would bring down costs, he said. Companies are supposed to adhere to voluntary standard consumer toy safety regulations. Toy makers, testers and retailers work with the Toy Industry Association to set the standards. “What’s scary is when you hear a toy manufacturer say `Huh, I’ve never of this,”‘ DeRagon said. Companies like Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro, Van Nuys-based MGA Entertainment, and Canadian companies Spin Master and Mega Brands already require all their toys to be independently tested. Several toy companies are retesting toys they’ve already checked – and some retests have resulted in recalls, such as vinyl bibs and wooden art sets recalled by Toys “R” Us last month after new tests found excessive levels of lead. The retailer this month said it will use an independent laboratory to test every branded product. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. increased the number of toys it tests. Mattel promised to test the safety of Chinese-made products with its own laboratories or with company-certified labs. The toy store FAO Schwarz will require its suppliers to test all toys with an independent lab. Even the Walt Disney Co. said it will independently test toys that feature its characters. STR and other toy testing firms won’t release the names of the companies they work for, citing client privacy. But DeRagon said STR, which has two dozen locations around the world, counts 285 toy companies as active clients. Since Mattel’s first recall this summer, STR has received 25 inquiries from toy companies and signed up at least half of those as clients, she said. STR, which tests toys at six of its locations, does most of its testing in China and Hong Kong, where most toys are produced. That allows inspectors and testers tighter watch over the production process, DeRagon said. This time of year is always busy for toy companies as they rush to get their products on toy shelves by October ahead of the holiday shopping season. That makes it all the more important for toy manufacturers, designers, importers and toy stores to quickly ensure the safety of their products, DeRagon said. “The timing is just really critical for the toy companies because it is coming up to the critical season,” she said. “They have to make sure that the toys are going to be safe.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgChristine Farren, Mary Healy and Louise Mulvaney pictured at the LyIT Christmas Fair which is run each year to support student families at Christmas time, the Fair in the past has raised substantial funds for students. This year’s offerings include Christmas Wreaths, Yule-time logs, Candy Cane baskets, jewellry box sets.. the perfect stocking fillers. (photo by Paddy Gallagher)The LYIT Student Union annual Christmas Fair took place on Tuesday 3 December, 2013. The idea of the Fair was specifically to raise funds for under privileged student families, many with young children, who are struggling to cover the cost of Christmas.John McClean pictured at the LyIT Christmas Fair where he hopes to sell some Yule Tide logs and Cristmas Wreaths. The proceedsof the Fair at LyIT will go towards assisting the families of students at Christmas time.The Fair played host to many regular fair exhibitors, who sold various treats and creations, which ranged from hats and scarves, to honey, apple jelly, chutneys and greeting cards, gift labels, jewellery and fashion accessories. A modest €1 student admission (€2 staff/outside public), was the entry, which entitled all those who attended to be included in a free draw.€1,664 was raised and this fund will be made available to those most in need by the Chaplaincy Office, at LYIT. Aoife McDonnell, Cara House, Market Square, Letterkenny pictured at the LyIT Christmas Fair with handmade knitwear and hand made baby clothing among the many items on display at the Cara House display stand. The Fair is organised by the Student Union in LyIt and will support student families who are in need at Christmas. (photo by Paddy Gallagher).LYIT STUDENTS RAISE €1,664 AT CHRISTMAS FAIR was last modified: December 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYIT CHRISTMAS FAIRlast_img read more

WATCH: Didier Drogba’s strike to make it 16 goals in 16 games against Arsenal

first_imgDidier Drogba came up against Arsenal once again on Friday morning, and as is tradition, scored once again.The former Chelsea striker, who turned into the Gunners’ nemesis whilst playing in West London, made it 16 goals in 16 games against Arsene Wenger’s men for the MLS All-Stars.In a game in which the Premier League side won 2-1, Drogba – now 38-years-old – scored on the brink of half-time to pull the game level before Chuba Akpom scored in the dying minutes to win the match.It was not the best goal Drogba has scored against the Gunners, but he will not care considering just how good his record is against the North London side.You can watch the strike below… Didier Drogba celebrates with Kaka and Gio dos Santos 1last_img read more

Vice president breaks silence on shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Breaking four days of silence, an obviously shaken Vice President Dick Cheney accepted blame Wednesday for shooting his hunting companion last weekend, said alcohol wasn’t involved and defended his handling of the incident. Speaking with uncharacteristic emotion, Cheney recalled his horror when he realized that he had wounded lawyer Harry Whittington while hunting Saturday in South Texas. Cheney spoke publicly about the incident for the first time about an hour after Whittington’s doctors had predicted a full recovery for the 78-year-old Austin man. “The image of him falling is something I’ll never be able to get out of my mind. I fired and there was Harry falling,” Cheney told Fox News. “It was, I would have to say, one of the worst days of my life.” Cheney said he ran over to the bleeding victim and told him, “Harry, I had no idea you were there.” He said Whittington didn’t respond. While speculation on the Web and elsewhere has focused on the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor, the vice president ruled that out. He said he’d had a beer at lunch – four or five hours before the incident – but wasn’t under the influence of alcohol at the time of shooting. The other members of the hunting party were Pamela Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland; Katharine Armstrong, a ranch owner and Cheney’s host; and Sara Armstrong Hixon, Armstrong’s sister. “Nobody was drinking, nobody was under the influence,” Cheney said. While he was contrite about the shooting, he expressed no regrets about his failure to acknowledge the incident publicly until about 18 hours later. The first public notice came Sunday afternoon, when Armstrong called a local newspaper. “I thought that was the right call. … I still do,” Cheney said. “I’m comfortable with the way we did it.” Even so, Cheney’s decision to discuss the incident in detail four days after the event was a tacit acknowledgment that his earlier media strategy had backfired. Some White House aides had objected to Cheney’s tight-lipped approach from the start, and the pressure for public accountability increased Tuesday when Whittington had a shooting-related heart attack. Cheney said he felt more comfortable speaking publicly about the incident after Whittington’s condition improved. Although some administration officials initially had suggested that Whittington was at least partly to blame for the shooting by failing to make his presence known, Cheney took full responsibility in the television interview. “It’s not Harry’s fault. You can’t blame anybody else,” he said. “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend.” Cheney, who didn’t have anyone from his press staff with him in Texas, said he left it to Armstrong to notify the public because she witnessed the shooting, is knowledgeable about hunting and had a contact at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “I thought that made good sense because you’d get as accurate a story as possible from somebody who knew and understood hunting. And then it would immediately go up to the wires and be posted on the Web site, which is the way it went out,” Cheney said. He said he had delayed public notification so that Whittington’s family could be contacted, to give doctors time to assess Whittington’s condition and to ensure the accuracy of any information released to the media. Critics said the delay was irresponsible. “It pains me to say this because I am such a big fan of his and he does so many things well, but when you’re vice president of the United States and something like this happens, it is big news, and I think he had the responsibility to try and get the information out as quickly as possible and as fully as possible. And with all due respect to his friend, who was an eyewitness, just having her talk to the local newspapers in Texas doesn’t suffice,” Torie Clark, who was the Pentagon spokeswoman during President Bush’s first term, said in an interview on Fox. In Texas, a hospital spokesman said Whittington was “doing extremely well” after a mild heart attack Tuesday that doctors blamed on a birdshot pellet that lodged in his heart. Peter Banko, a spokesman for Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial, said Whittington “wonders what all the hoopla is about” and considers the controversy surrounding his wounds “much ado about nothing.” “We’ll just continue monitoring him,” Banko said. “He’s sitting upin a chair, eating regular food, and he actually plans on doing some of his attorney work in his room.” David Blanchard, the head of the hospital’s emergency room, said Whittington was no longer at risk from the pellet in his heart and was likely to leave the hospital in about six days.last_img read more

The Hatter Express is brewing up a storm for Donegal coffee lovers!

first_imgThe Hatter Express is a new venture from the well-known The Hatter team which sees a new concept for the Twin Towns of Ballybofey.The Express is a ‘Grab n Go’ outlet where you can pick up the best coffee around which is tied to the Hatter brand very strongly now. Along with great coffee, freshly made each morning selection of sandwiches, great range of cakes and bakes.Also available is a range of Irish made Innocent drinks, protein bars including Fulfil and the new Bounce bars. With a selection of delicious Froyo available and some Gluten-free goodies, there is something for everyone. The new venture was opened to add to the already successful Hatter Tea Room in Stranorlar as well as the very busy and first in Donegal, the Hatter Barista College, where the trainers show people how to make great and consistently high standard of coffee.So now you can get great coffee in two locations in the Twin Towns, you can even pre-order your drinks and pay for them before you arrive using the excellent Bamboo app which has been going down a storm since it was launched a month ago.Ask the team about this and also our range of specialty coffee available to buy in store, also launching soon is a new subscription service where a bag of our selected coffee gets delivered to your door every month for you to enjoy at home. Contact the venues by calling:The Hatter Tea Room on 0749175383The Hatter Express on 0749132723or email us on thehattertearoom@gmail.comThe Hatter Express is brewing up a storm for Donegal coffee lovers! was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHatter Tea RoomThe Hatter Expresstwin townslast_img read more

Brand South Africa encourages women in Mpumalanga to be active citizens

first_imgThe girls were encouraged to go out to their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities. (Image: BSA)Brand South Africa’ women’s month celebrations ended off in Mpumalanga where women and girls were given the opportunity to speak about matters affecting them.On Saturday, 29 August, high school girls attended a workshop at the SABC offices where they covered matters related to dignity, health and empowerment.The girls were encouraged to go out in their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities.The girls were given an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with influential women from Mpumalanga at a gala dinner later that evening in the Emnotweni Arena. The gala dinner was hosted in collaboration with Ligwalagwala FM.Guest speakers tackled issues of personal financial management, opportunities and investment portfolios available out there for women to explore and exploit.Other topics included women’s spirituality as well as a discussion about women’s health. To round up the evening, four Mpumalanga designers showcased their spring collections in a fashion show.last_img read more

Will We Be Able to Make the Case for HR De-Extinction?

first_imgMuch like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same:  small/medium-sized business or large business  industry A or industry B  traditional or cutting-edge  local or regional or global  stodgy industry or sexy industry  well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional.  We make assumptions that if Debbie HR Director worked for a local entity she won’t have the ability to understand the complexity of a regional, let alone global, organization.  This also manifests itself in job postings that require specific industry experience; the assumption being that even though Debbie spent 20 years leading HR functions in health care and technology she would not have the capacity to immerse herself into learning and understanding the banking industry.We pigeonhole people for any number of reasons; in an attempt to screen candidates, when creating an invite list for an event or conference or, quite frankly, when being cliquish and elitist.Now there is, I have to admit, one demarcation listed up there that makes sense to me although I may have used the wrong terms. Perhaps they should be:Traditional: dreary, tedious, humorless, out-of-touch, rooted in the past, focused on HR as compliance…primarily.  Focused on HR as compliance … only.Cutting edge: future focused, ever evolving, not content with the status quo. Restless, curious, excited.  Ready to challenge and be challenged.********I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit as I’ve been preparing to head to Cleveland this week for DisruptHR. We’re going to talk about talent, culture, technology and people – in a new way – because DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.Lord knows we needs some energizing.I’ve had a few moments over the last several weeks where, in various conversations with mid-career human resource professionals I hit anew a level of frustration.  Why, I wondered yet again, is there such aversion to acknowledging that the old-ways-you-learned-to-do-HR in 1991 are no longer sufficient?  Why, I marveled during one discussion, do HR practitioners sink in their heels and adamantly refuse to explore the potential benefits of change?Am I being cliquish and elitist myself?  Are those of us who attempt to push, pull and drag our colleagues to places where they don’t wish to go guilty of emphasizing these segmentations?I don’t think so.  Nor do I believe that’s the intent of any individual or group. Rather there’s a conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats; collective change is required for the survival of both the HR function and individual HR practitioners.At some point in the very near future the CEOs, COOs and CFOs who are hiring HR professionals will demand a different kind of HR. When the boomers in charge (finally) retire and the next C-level exec (born during the Reagan administration) in charge of hiring the HR leader takes over, s/he isn’t going to put up with traditional crap; no matter the industry.  No matter the size.  No matter the brand.  Stacks of spreadsheets, outdated and cumbersome hiring practices, love for command-and-control, and an aversion to technology already pegs many HR practitioners as out of touch dinosaurs; keeping up the same old same old means they will soon be merely fossilized remains.And if our profession perishes will anyone care enough to bring us back a la the Australian gastric-brooding frog?  Or will our business partners be happy to say good riddance – relegating us to museums to cuddle up alongside the skeletons of the wooly mammoth and the T-Rex?I don’t want to run the risk that someone, somewhere, will have to make the case for HR HR de-extinction. Unless we all push the boundaries a bit more I don’t think there will be a lot of support for the revival of the HR species.It’s time to face it; there’s already been disruption in the workplace.It’s time – well past time – to disrupt HR so we can catch up.To read the original article on, please click here.last_img read more

State lawmakers gear up for final week of session

first_img(Missourinet) Get ready for what could be long hours and plenty of drama during this last week of the Missouri Legislature’s regular session. The GOP supermajority chambers are hoping to wrap up final passage of several priorities that not all members agree with, including some of the same party. Two small but mighty groups – the Senate Conservative Caucus and Senate Democrats – will likely determine how bumpy the road to the finish line will be and how much wheeling and dealing will go on this week when several controversial bills potentially resurface.Missouri House (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, House Communications)The next five days are also key for Gov. Mike Parson, R, who is experiencing his first legislative session as the state’s chief executive officer. He has repeatedly pushed for lawmakers to focus on workforce development issues and infrastructure funding.The Missouri Senate is expected to consider this week a $50 million incentives package for a potential $1 billion expansion General Motors expansion at the plant in eastern Missouri’s Wentzville. The plan was formed about one week ago by Parson and other House and Senate allies. The Senate Conservative Caucus is expected to have plenty to say about Senate Bill 68, sponsored by Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield.The package would give $5 million per year in tax credits over 10 years to carmakers that invest at least $750 million in plant upgrades and would provide tax credits earlier in a business expansion. It would also provide financial aid for people seeking high demand fields and workforce training improvements for major expansions.Missouri Senate daisThe House passed the measure during the late night hours last Thursday before adjourning for the week. It wasn’t a slam dunk in that chamber. Representatives voted 92-51 in favor of the plan, with a few Republicans from the St. Louis region voting against the measure. The House had to call in absent members to get enough votes and 17 members did not even cast vote.Other legislation that could reemerge is one that would block a possible high-voltage power line project from using eminent domain to take private land in eight northern Missouri counties. Those counties are Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, is sponsoring House Bill 1062 in response to Clean Line Energy’s Grain Belt Express line project. The proposal is not one that is separated along party lines because of the impacts it could have on agriculture – Missouri’s number one industry.Hansen, like many lawmakers in this final week, are searching for other progressing bills to attach their measures to.Another controversial measure that could come up for Senate debate is one that would ask voters to overturn a voter-approved ballot issue to change the legislative redistricting process. The resolution intends to toss out the portion letting the state auditor evaluate a nonpartisan demographer and requiring the demographer to draw legislative districts.House Joint Resolution 48 is sponsored by Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres. It would also ban all lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, instead of the current $5 maximum limit.The Missouri Senate’s top two Republican leaders have pledged to pass this session the proposal known as “Clean Missouri”. Senate Leader Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, strongly support getting the plan on the November 2020 ballot.Comprehensive anti-abortion bills could also come up for debate in the upper chamber. House Bill 126 would, among other things, make abortions illegal if a fetal heartbeat is found, which could come as early as eight weeks. Among other things, Senate Bill 279 would criminalize doctors who perform abortions unless for medical emergencies, prohibit doctors from providing an abortion if the baby could have Down Syndrome or if the procedure is sought solely because of the sex or race of the child.According to the Missouri Constitution, the Legislature must adjourn the session by 6 p.m. on Friday.To see a list of the bills that have so far been passed by the General Assembly, click here.last_img read more

Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour: Smriti Mehra keeps her cool to emerge triumphant

first_imgSmriti Mehra overcame anxiety on the final day to emerge victorious in the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Qutub Golf Course in New Delhi on Friday.Smriti, overnight second, fired a final-round four-under 68 to aggregate five-under 211 for a four-stroke victory over Neha Tripathi, who closed with a 71.Overnight leader Sharmila Nicollet had a nightmarish end to her campaign, and she ended in third spot after a dismal 74.Nalini Singh Siwatch (72) and Meghna Bal (77) finished fourth and fifth respectively.Smriti’s anxiety during the European Tour’s Indian Open last week made scoring difficult for her. Despite playing to her satisfaction, she could only manage 42nd position after scores of 72, 77 and 73. She discussed the problem with her mental coach Pradeep Aggarwal, who asked her to stay patient.Smriti implemented a few of his suggestions which paid dividends with her taking the title on Friday.”I played to my satisfaction but it was my mental aspect which made me inconsistent during the Indian Open. I talked to Pradeep Aggarwal and he told me to stay patient and take it one shot at a time. I hanged on to his words and got the results I wanted,” Smriti told Mail Today.She shot five birdies and a bogey in her 68 and clinched her fourth title of the season. With the victory, she also displaced Sharmila from the top of the Women Golf Association of India’s Order of Merit.”My aim is always to stay on top. We still have six tournaments to go and I will try to be as consistent as possible and maintain top position,” she said.advertisementStarting the day two strokes in front of Neha and one behind Sharmila, Smriti had a stuttering start as she made her only bogey on the fourth hole.She recovered immediately, picking up a birdie on the next and covered the front nine in 37 shots. Her game bloomed on the back nine, and she grabbed the sole lead on the 12th hole with a birdie.She consolidated her lead with back-to-back birdies on 15th and 16th and sealed the victory with another on the closing hole.Neha also flirted with the top position when she joined Sharmila in the lead with birdies on the second and fourth. She also caught up with Smriti after birdying 11th. But bogeys on ninth, 15th and 17th dented her chances.”It would have been great to win but I am content with second position given the kind of form I have gone through in the recent past,” Neha said.Overnight leader Sharmila started with a birdie but double bogeys (second and seventh) and bogeys (eighth, 14th and 15th) spoilt her round. She bounced back with an eagle (12th) and birdies on 16th and 17th, but that was only good enough for third spot.last_img read more

Fan did not require a big female star: Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgThe female lead in Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming Yash Raj film Fan is yet to be revealed but the Bollywood superstar says the movie is such that it does not require any big leading lady.The 48-year-old actor is currently shooting for the film and will be seen in a different avatar in the movie helmed by Band Baaja Baarat director Maneesh Sharma.”I have Fan with YRF and Maneesh. There are two girls in the film. It is a film where I don’t think you need a big lady star. It is cosy interesting, different film. It is one of the challenging films that I have done in 20 years. We are still discussing as to how we can take it ahead. It is a story of a fan of a movie star,” Shah Rukh told media.Shah Rukh Khan will be seen next in Happy New Year directed by Farah Khan.The actor has signed Rahul Dholakia’s next movie, Raees and Rohit Shetty’s next. He is also in talks for another movie but nothing has been finalised yet.”Raees it is a space I have never tried, it is a different film. Rahul Dholakia narrated the film to me and I liked it very much. They are cosy for me as an actor. Then I have Rohit’s film and another which I have not signed yet,” he said.Shah Rukh is gearing up for his Diwali release Happy New Year, which will see him reunite with his Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan.advertisementThe heist comedy also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and will hit theatres on October 24.Shah Rukh, who has produced the film via his Red Chillies Entertainment, said he plans to expand his production house and is also open to venturing into the regional space.”We want to expand and plan to make three-five films a year may be with me or without me but not 10-12. We have started the process. The film has to have quality, essence then only we will make it. We want to take time and make good quality films,” the Chennai Express star said.”I want to make a Marathi film. Rohit and I were talking about it but nothing concrete has happened. It is a good space. Not just Marathi but any other language film,” he added.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept waiting for photo op by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgPosing with the trophy on the eve of a series is a customary event with the captains of the teams coming together for a photo opportunity. The same was planned before the ODI series starts at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.While India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was present on time for the commitment, his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza was delayed as he was offering prayers. Mortaza arrived approximately 10 minutes late and while the event lasts only a couple of minutes with photographers clicking pictures, it got slightly stretched on Wednesday.”These things happen and isn’t something that is even worth discussing. Even the Indian players had visited a temple on Tuesday morning,” an official told Mail Today.Members of the Indian team along with Team Director Ravi Shastri had visited the Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka on Tuesday morning. The name means ‘Goddess of Dhaka’. After the destruction of the Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971, this temple is considered the most important place of worship for the Hindus in Bangladesh. Some of the players offered prayers while a few just looked around. It is also said that the city is named Dhaka after this temple.Speaking of the visit, a member of the contingent said that it was a great experience and the players enjoyed being a part of the morning prayers of the place.Interestingly, the holy month of Ramzan starts on Thursday and so will the three-match ODI series. It is considered a sacred time and Muslims across the world fast and pray during this month to remember the time when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed on the night of ‘Laylat Al Qadr’advertisementlast_img read more

Solskjaer keen for first ‘proper test’ against Tottenham

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer could not have hoped for a better start to his time as Manchester United’s caretaker boss, but admits that Sunday’s upcoming clash with Tottenham will be his first ‘proper test’.The Norwegian has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, taking in Premier League victories against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and seeing off Reading in the FA Cup.Sterner tests await the former super sub, however, with a trip to Wembley to face high-flying Spurs – who themselves recently recorded a resounding 7-0 win over Tranmere Rovers – representing Solskjaer’s first clash against top-six opposition. 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! Win or lose, the 45-year-old is looking forward to seeing what level his resurgent charges are really at.“Spurs at Wembley – that’s a proper test,” Solskjaer said after the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Reading on Saturday.“We’re looking forward to that one because it’ll give me more of a reference as to where we are against the top boys.“We’re not happy talking about fourth, fifth or sixth – in a year or two the club needs to move on and move up the table.”Keen to play down a relatively kind fixture list at the beginning of his appointment, Solskjaer took time to highlight the difficulty in picking up points against any team in the top tier of English football.“They’re never easy games,” he added. “We’ve lost points before [in those fixtures], there are no easy games in the Premier League.“I thought it was a professional performance away against Newcastle – and today, it’s never easy when you make nine changes, but we still won all of them.”Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez combined well for United’s second goal against Reading but the latter pulled up with a hamstring issue 25 minutes from full time.Solskjaer, however, is hopeful that the Chilean will be available for selection in Sunday’s clash against Spurs.“I hope it’s not going to be too bad,” he said. “It’s the same hamstring he’s been having trouble with but we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll be okay for next weekend.“Everyone is considered. It’s down to what kind of tactics we use, who does well and who is fit. I know they are quality players.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal are more united

first_imgArsenal ‘It feels like a different team’ – Wenger claims Arsenal are more united since Liverpool loss Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:42 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Gunners have come together after the transfer window shut, much to the delight of their manager Manager Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are more united since the transfer window closed at the start of September as the Londoners look to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches.It was a turbulent time for Arsenal before the transfer window shut following a 4-0 rout at Premier League rivals Liverpool amid uncertainty over Alexis Sanchez’s future.Brighton 11/1 to beat Arsenal 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. Sanchez was tipped to join Manchester City but the Chilean star stayed at the Emirates Stadium, though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs moved on.”It feels like a different team. You see the way we play football,” Wenger said ahead of Sunday’s hosting of Brighton and Hove Albion.”You need to have a united group to do that. The weight of the transfer market was much heavier than internationals.”I put [our improvement] down to the fact that we realised what we produced was not good enough. But that was a special day for us: it was just before the transfer window closed and just before an international break.”Overall we stayed united and responded on the pitch.”Arsenal are seventh in the standings, nine points adrift of City and Manchester United.last_img read more

Nonprofit Spotlight: True Impact Ministries

first_imgCreating a Real Connection Meet True Impact Ministries One of the keys to their sponsorship program’s success is in TIM’s ability to create a lasting connection between their donors and volunteers and the children they’re supporting. From individual pictures and descriptions for every child on their sponsorship page, to their use of fun and approachable videos on social media, they work to create a true connection that makes a sponsorship more than just a donation. Network for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! As part of our Recurring Giving Challenge we’re highlighting members of our leaderboard who are producing compelling, creative campaigns to recruit recurring donors and build a sustainable fundraising model for their organization. Today I want you to meet True Impact Ministries, a customer using recurring giving to sponsor children and the current holder of 4th place on our leaderboard. True Impact Ministries believes they have the ability to help ordinary people make an extraordinary impact on the lives of people in impoverished areas of the world. Since their humble beginnings in 2004, through the establishment as an independent nonprofit 3 years ago, they’ve proven this to be true. Their groups of volunteers have grown from just a handful to 35 volunteers planning their visit to Uganda this June! And as their mission grows, so too has their circle of supporters. Like so many nonprofit organizations, True Impact Ministries has changed and molded its mission to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Ten years ago, when True Impact’s founders Andy and Susie Stewart first began their work, they brought a small team of volunteers to Uganda to help build a modest school house. It was the beginning of an ever-expanding mission that now includes orphan homes, water structures, and medical care. In 2006 True Impact Ministries completed their second building project, an orphan home and rainwater collection system in Naama, Uganda. With this project they’d solved a problem by providing shelter, and created another by taking on the care of children in need. Building projects alone would not provide the schooling, medical care, food, and clothing these children needed to thrive. It was a problem they embraced by creating their first sponsorship program, a funding strategy that has helped them provide continual support for the children they serve. Sponsorship Model For more great videos and pictures head on over to Facebook to like True Impact Ministries and support the work they do!last_img read more

Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action: Five Next Steps

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2016May 23, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, experts in maternal health convened at the Wilson Center to mark the recent launch of The Lancet Maternal Health Series, discuss its implications and brainstorm how to translate findings into improvements for global maternal newborn health. The dialogue, What Next? Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action, was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center. Panelists included authors of the series as well as leaders in maternal health policy, advocacy and practice.Lynn Freedman, event moderator and Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, opened the discussion by stating that the series proposes a vision of maternal health for the next era: Every woman, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care. To achieve this imperative, the speakers called for the following five actions:Address diversity and divergence of maternal health.While global maternal deaths have decreased in the last quarter century, maternal deaths due to a wide range of indirect causes – ranging from asthma to obesity – have increased, which represents the growing diversity in maternal health. Furthermore, the burden of poor maternal health is far from equally distributed, which indicates increasing divergence. As Clara Calvert, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, identified, as of 2013, the pooled maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for the 10 countries with the highest levels is 200 times greater than the ratio for the 10 countries with the lowest MMRs. To improve maternal health for every woman everywhere, we must address the range of underlying causes of maternal morbidity and mortality (diversity) as well as the disparities among and within populations (divergence).Reach vulnerable women in all contexts.One of the key takeaways from the series is the “too little, too late and too much, too soon” framework, which outlines two extremes in maternal health: ‘Too little, too late’ is absent, delayed or inadequate care often linked to insufficient resources such as staff, supplies, medicines or training; ‘Too much, too soon’ represents medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth that often results in unnecessary interventions. As Suellen Miller, Director of the Safe Motherhood Program and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, explained, we often associate maternal health care that is ‘too little, too late’ with low-income settings, but women in all settings are susceptible to receiving inadequate care. As Suellen highlighted,“Vulnerable women exist in every country… What we found is that ‘too little, too late’ also exists in high-income countries, middle-income countries and anywhere there is diversity, vulnerable women or marginalized populations.”Similarly, while the practice of ‘too much, too soon’ is considered an issue in high-income areas, over-medicalization of childbirth is a growing problem in middle-income countries as well. In fact, the world’s highest cesarean rate is in the Dominican Republic (58.9%), followed by Brazil (56.7%) and Egypt (51.8%).Prioritize quality, equity, resilience, financing and local evidence.As Marge Koblinsky, Independent Consultant, Maternal and Child Health, explained, the global maternal health community must come together to respond to the series’ call to action. This means ensuring high quality maternity care, promoting equity through universal health coverage of maternal health services, strengthening health systems, guaranteeing sustainable financing related to maternal and perinatal health and increasing the accessibility and use of local data. As Laurel Hatt, Health Finance Lead at Abt Associates, emphasized, “We need to shift the paradigm and focus on how better quality actually promotes better efficiency; investing in poor quality is the biggest waste of money.”Engage more deeply at the local level.According to Kathleen Hill, Maternal Health Lead, Maternal Child Survival Program, “If we want a system that delivers the right care for every woman, every time, [we must prioritize] the performance of a local system.” While focusing on targets and metrics related to global maternal health is immensely important, we cannot neglect the local actors on the ground. We must work with providers at the district and community levels and develop strategies to improve adherence to evidence-based guidelines and measure progress in context-appropriate ways.Put women at the center of their own care.Improvements in maternal health begin with listening to the women who receive care. As Elena Ateva, Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor at the White Ribbon Alliance advised, we must ask women how they experience care and what they would recommend for improvements. According to Elena, “When we do this, the most amazing thing happens – these women become their own advocates!” Elena relayed stories of women who faced challenges, including lack of privacy and accessibility, while delivering in health facilities in Uganda. As Elena stated, “The voices of women, families and communities must be the starting point, not the afterthought, when we prioritize efforts at the local or national level.”Missed the dialogue? View the webcastRead more from The Lancet Maternal Health Series on the MHTF blogAccess resources from The Lancet Maternal Health SeriesCheck out the social media discussion below and join the conversation using #MHDialogue and #MaternalHealthNow.Photo Credit: Lancet Series, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this:last_img read more

ESPN’s Score Predictions For Week 7’s Biggest Games

first_imgOklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at Kansas.LAWRENCE, KANSAS – OCTOBER 05: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners watches from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Week 7 of the 2019 college football season should be a good one.The seventh weekend of the year features several big-time contests, including Oklahoma-Texas, LSU-Florida, Penn State-Iowa and Michigan State-Wisconsin, among others.The 2019 season has been lacking in high drama so far this year, but that should change on Saturday.Picks for the weekend’s top games are starting to roll in. ESPN college football guru Bill Connelly has unveiled his S&P predictions.Oklahoma 42, Texas 30 Current Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Penn State 28, Iowa 22 Penn State head football coach James Franklin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Notre Dame 34, USC 25 A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson 40, Florida State 19 Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Wisconsin 29, Michigan State 17 Jonathan Taylor rushes the ball against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)LSU 32, Florida 24 Joe Burrow throws the ball for the LSU Tigers.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws the ball during a game against the Northwestern State Demons at Tiger Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)***[Related Article: ESPN Has 3 Top 25 Teams On “Upset Alert” This Saturday]You can view his full picks here.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks College Football’s 10 Toughest Remaining Schedules

first_imgA view of the Michigan Wolverines student section during a football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: The student section looks on while the Michigan Wolverines play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is 5-2 on the season after Saturday’s loss to Penn State. Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Wolverines over the final few weeks of the season.Each week, ESPN updates its FPI rankings. One of the metrics the formula measures is remaining strength of schedule. Basically, it calculates who has the toughest road ahead of them.Right now, the FPI is saying Michigan’s final five games–vs. Notre Dame, at Maryland, vs. Michigan State, at Indiana and vs. Ohio State–are harder than any other team’s last five contests. The Wolverines are favored in three of those games, according to the FPI, and are underdogs against the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish.ESPN’s top 10 toughest remaining schedules list is as follows: MichiganMarylandGeorgiaWisconsinOregon StateBoston CollegeOklahomaCalLSUColoradoYou can see the Big Ten and Pac-12 both well-represented with three teams. The SEC has a pair of teams, while the ACC and Big 12 have one each.The full FPI can be seen here.last_img read more

Juve open to arrivals amid links to Rakitic & Icardi

first_imgPavel Nedved has admitted that Juventus could be lured back into the transfer market, with the Serie A giants continuing to be linked with the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Mauro Icardi.The Bianconeri have already been busy this summer.Shrewd moves have been made to snap up Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot as free agents, while big money has been invested in Matthijs de Ligt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream With the midfield and defensive ranks bolstered, it has been suggested that more attacking options may be sought.Barcelona playmaker Rakitic is said to be on Juve’s radar, along with prolific Inter striker Icardi – who has been edged towards the exits at San Siro.It has even been suggested that Juve could enter the chase for Neymar as the Brazilian pushes for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Vice-chairman Nedved has stopped short of revealing the identity of those Juve have their eye on, but concedes that there could be more movement before the deadline passes in Italy.He told reporters: “[Sporting director] Fabio Paratici has had a great transfer window and if other opportunities arise we will seize them.“Juventus are historically built to win and we will try again this year. The team is responding well, we have two important players for each role and we feel strong.“Our confidence is formed because of our players. I believe that we have created one of the best teams in Europe, and with a coach that will have the necessary time to develop his game.”Maurizio Sarri Juventus 2019-20At present, Juve’s coach is out of action.Maurizio Sarri has been suffering with pneumonia and will not been seen in the dugout for a competitive fixture until after the international break.Nedved has, however, offered a positive update on the 60-year-old, saying: “I bring you greetings from Maurizio Sarri, who will return after the international break.“Important changes have been made but it’s not a moment of transition. Juve is made up of professionalism, work, and sacrifices and we want to win again this year.“Sarri is better. He is a hard worker and would like to stay on the pitch every day.“The absence of the coach on the bench can lead to difficulties, but we have already experienced a similar situation in the past.”While discussing those set to form part of Juve’s future, Nedved also moved to suggest that Gonzalo Higuain will be sticking around in Turin.The Argentine striker was phased out last season, taking in loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, but is a favoured option of Sarri having previously worked with the Bianconeri boss at Napoli and in England.“Higuain is one of the best strikers in the world,” said Nedved.“He knows Sarri well and has had a great pre-season, we are happy that he is with us.”last_img read more

Zidane: Bale is no scapegoat at Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane has opposed Gareth Bale’s view of being made a scapegoat at Real Madrid while praising the winger’s “amazing” ability.Wales international Bale almost moved to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning during the transfer window after being told he was free to leave Madrid.Los Blancos boss Zidane made the decision following months of speculation over their seemingly fractured relationship but the Madrid board blocked his departure at the last minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Bale, while on international duty last week, claimed to have been “made more of a scapegoat than most” for the team’s shortcomings , a belief not shared by his head coach.”No, I think we’re all guilty if things go wrong or if things go right,” Zidane said.”It’s up to us, all of us, we’re all in the same boat. We want to change things when things don’t go right. We’re thinking as a team mentality.”Initially on the outer during the pre-season tour to the United States, Bale has since returned to the first-team fold.The 30-year-old started each of three club’s three La Liga games before the international break, scoring twice.”I’ve always said he’s got amazing quality, Gareth Bale,” Zidane said.”He’s a great player. What happened in the summer, everyone knew the situation. Now he’s here, I’m happy, he’s happy, everyone is happy, the fans as well.”Now we have to move forward.”Bale’s reinstatement to the starting XI has partly reduced the opportunities for Vinicius Junior, who has been restricted to one start and a pair of cameo appearances this term.Zidane, though, is adamant chances will come for the young forward.”I completely trust Vinicius, I can guarantee that,” the Frenchman said.”I’m his coach. I’ve got 23, 24 players to choose from but Vinicius is just 19, he’s playing for Real Madrid.”It’s like everything, things take time. He’s in a process to improve, like all players are. Perhaps at times he won’t play because someone else will come in.”Then you go and get your headlines, you say ‘he doesn’t want to pick Vinicius’ but that’s not the point. He will play.”last_img read more

Boys basketball: Columbia River 48, Woodland 33

first_img The Columbian Columbia River ChieftainsWoodland Beavers Tags GO 2A Greater St. Helens League champion Chieftains held the Beavers scoreless in the fourth quarter after leading only 36-33 going into the final period.River’s Evan Dirksen scored a game-high 22 points.Tyler Flanagan’s nine points led Woodland in scoring.COLUMBIA RIVER 48, WOODLAND 33COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 6, Alex Miller 4, Matt Asplund 0, Evan Dirksen 22, Caden Dezort 6, Jack Armstrong 4, Marc Miranda 6. Totals 19 (7) 5-7 48.WOODLAND — Jack Wear 0, Kyle Groce 0, Jackson Finn 6, Isaiah Flanagan 4, Isaac Hall 8, Tyler Flanagan 9, Trace Logan 0, Trey Hanson 6. Totals 14 (3) 0-0 33.Columbia River 9 15 12 12–48Woodland 7 12 14 0–33JV — Columbia River won; C — Columbia River won Published: February 1, 2019, 9:48pm Share: Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Boys basketball: Columbia River 48, Woodland 33last_img read more

Prep Highlights: Camas repeats as Titan Cup champion

first_img • Zach Collins, Washougal baseball, allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out 10 in a league win over Hockinson.• Carly Wentworth, Prairie softball, went 4 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI in a league win over Fort Vancouver.• Kaily Christensen, Woodland softball, went 3 for 3 with 2 runs and an RBI in a league win over Washougal.• Alyssa Dewey, Ridgefield softball, shot a 5-over-40 at Orchard Hills to earn medialist honors in a three-way 2A GSHL meet at Orchard Hills. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: • Carter Sutton Union baseball, threw a complete-game shutout, allowing one hit and striking out 10 in a 7-0 shutout of Heritage.• Jocelyn O’Campo, Mountain View softball, went 2 for 4 with a 2-run home run and 3 RBI in a league win over Hudson’s Bay.• Luke Allen, Evergreen baseball, allowed four hits over 4.1 innings in the Plainsmen’s 5-3 league win over Kelso.• Riley McCarthy, Mountain View baseball, went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI in a league win over Hudson’s Bay to remain unbeaten. Tags Published: April 22, 2019, 11:06pm Share: Prep Highlights: Camas repeats as Titan Cup champion Follow The Columbian on Instagram GO Share: Camas Papermakers Follow Camas’ girls golf team captured the Titan Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event, for the fourth consecutive year Monday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.The Papermakers bested league-rival Union, 3-0, in the championship of the 10th annual event, after needing a tiebreaker to down Mercer Island in the morning’s singles matches following a 3-3 tie. Mercer Island finished third of the four-team event, and Columbia River was fourth.Camas’ Emma Cox, Elizabeth Gillespie and Callie Wengler won both their matches. Cox’s day was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 12th hole.“A great win and good experience going into districts,” Camas coach Bob Foster said.Stars of the day• Justin Vernon, Fort Vancouver softball, threw a five-hit complete game with six strikeouts to give the Trappers their first league win, 6-2 over Prairie. By Columbian staff By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

The TreadRight Foundation Celebrates World Wildlife Day with New Partnership

first_imgPartnership expands the Wildlife Initiative’s protective reach to include big cat species from around the globe  DELRAY BEACH, Fla., March 2, 2018 – The TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, celebrates World Wildlife Day 2018 with the announcement of its newest Wildlife Initiative project partner: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS joins leading organizations the Wilderness Foundation – Africa and Wildlife SOS – India as current TreadRight Wildlife Initiative partners, all with the shared goal of helping to ensure the planet’s most at-risk wildlife populations are protected. Through the new partnership, TreadRight is helping to support WCS’s Big Cat Fund. For more than 50 years, WCS has been a leader in big cat conservation. WCS works to conserve all big cat species, with long-term programs in 55 landscapes in 28 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America – the largest cat conservation footprint of any organization. With a well-established track record, long-standing partnerships, and more boots on the ground in more landscapes than any other organization working on global big cat conservation, WCS is striving to secure a future for these majestic animals. “It is with tremendous pride that we announce our Wildlife Initiative partnership with WCS,” remarks Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, and Founder, The TreadRight Foundation. “WCS’s well-earned reputation as a tireless defender of wildlife around the globeis nothing short of inspiring. Our family of TTC brands and The TreadRight Foundation are eager to help continue driving the incredible work of the WCS Big Cat Fund forward. We are thrilled to expand our Wildlife Initiative species portfolio to now include big cats in Africa, the Amazon, India and Southeast Asia, courtesy of this dynamic new sustainability partnership.” “WCS has been saving wildlife and wild places for more than 120 years,” said Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, WCS Vice President of Species Conservation. “Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to big cat conservation. We are grateful to The TreadRight Foundation for sharing our vision and supporting our work to save the iconic tigers of Asia, the lions of Africa, the jaguars of Latin America, and all other big cat species.” Around the world, big cats are among the most recognized and admired animals. As apex predators, they regulate the food chain and serve as key indicators of eco-system health. Yet all big cat species face a multitude of threats to their survival. Their IUCN Red List conservation statuses range from “near threatened” to “endangered,” with many populations falling fast. WCS is in a unique position to help—they work to conserve all seven species. In April 2016, WCS launched the WCS Big Cat Fund to bolster their conservation efforts for these magnificent and ecologically vital animals. Their goal is to recover and stabilize populations of tigers, lions, cheetahs, snow leopards, jaguars, leopards, and clouded leopards in important strongholds across their ranges. Today, WCS works to conserve big cat species in 28 countries and has developed comprehensive action plans with unique approaches in each site. These programs have demonstrated success over decades of sustained conservation. WCS understands the threats across big cat habitats and addresses them using rigorous science and conservation action. For more details, please visit Join TreadRight’s social media community on Facebook or Twitterand follow the conversation using the hashtag #LetsTreadRightlast_img read more

Cancun and Orlando Reign Supreme Once Again as This Year’s Top Summer Travel Destinations

first_imgAllianz Global Assistance Reveals the Top 10 Domestic and International Summer Destinations for 2018  Richmond, Va., May 10, 2018 – With summer around the corner, Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance provider, analyzed U.S. travelers’ impending summer travel plans, and found that Cancun, Mexico continues to top the chart. Despite the U.S. State Department’s recent level 2 travel advisory to the area, which urges Americans to carefully consider their travel to the region, Cancun remains the top international destination for Americans. The survey also noted that San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, is starting to regain its stride as a popular travel destination after last year’s Hurricane Maria, coming in at number eight on the list. Allianz Global Assistance reviewed customers’ trips planned from May 28, 2018 through September 3, 2018 for travel between five to eight days in length, to gather where Americans are looking to spend their summer vacations. This year’s results revealed that Americans looking to travel domestically are planning trips to Orlando (8.80 percent) and New York City (5.51 percent), followed in popularity by Las Vegas (5.36 percent), Los Angeles (4.02 percent), Honolulu (3.12 percent), Miami (3.10 percent), Seattle (3.04 percent), Boston (2.93 percent), Fort Lauderdale (2.92 percent) and San Francisco (2.62 percent). Apart from London and Paris, most international summer travel destinations are in the Caribbean or Mexico. Cancun, Mexico (15.72 percent) topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Higüey, Dominican Republic (7.77 percent), Montego Bay, Jamaica (5.78 percent), Nassau, Bahamas (4.31 percent), San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (4.28 percent), Aruba Island, Aruba (3.99 percent), London, England (3.52 percent), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2.87 percent), Paris, France (2.75 percent) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2.53 percent). “This year’s results yielded some interesting findings: New York is a newcomer to the list, revealing that travelers are not only interested in beach destinations this summer,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “And despite recent travel warnings and last year’s Hurricane Maria, Americans are still choosing to travel to Cancun and Puerto Rico. No matter where you are headed this season, travel insurance is an investment that can offer peace of mind and help protect your financial investment.” A video highlighting the findings is available to view here. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: *Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2018 summer travel plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from US airports during 5/28/2018 – 9/3/2018 for trips between 5-8 days in length. Top Domestic Summer Travel DestinationsRank2018 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers 2017 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers1Orlando8.80%Orlando8.64%2New York5.51%Las Vegas4.74%3Las Vegas5.36%Honolulu4.37%4Los Angeles4.02%Los Angeles3.65%5Honolulu3.12%Seattle3.37%6Miami3.10%San Francisco3.21%7Seattle3.04%Maui2.91%8Boston2.93%Boston2.90%9Fort Lauderdale2.92%Denver2.87%10San Francisco2.62%Fort Lauderdale2.57% Top International Summer Travel DestinationsRank2018 International City% of Int’l Offers2017 International City% of Int’l Offers 1Cancun, Mexico15.72%Cancun, Mexico16.91%2Higuey, Dominican Republic7.77%Punta Cana, Dominican Republic5.27%3Montego Bay, Jamaica5.78%San José del Cabo, Mexico4.63%4Nassau, Bahamas4.31%Montego Bay, Jamaica4.17%5San José del Cabo, Mexico4.28%San Juan, Puerto Rico3.94%6Aruba Island, Aruba3.99%Aruba Island, Aruba3.92%7London, United Kingdom3.52%London, United Kingdom3.61%8San Juan, Puerto Rico2.87%St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands3.36%9Paris, France2.75%Nassau, Bahamas3.16%10Providenciales, Turks and Caicos2.53%Paris, France2.58%    Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company.  We provide insurance to 35 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit or Like us on Facebook **Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, or Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies (One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2200), under Form Nos. SRTC 2000 and NSHTC 2500, each rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.last_img read more

La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana Offers Unique Wedding Packages Across All Four Brands

first_imgTop-of-the-line service, unparalleled scenic views and 10 different resorts to choose from place La Colección Resorts at the top of the list for couples seeking the best destination wedding venues   Mexico City, Mexico (July 24, 2018) – As one of the most sought-after locations for destination weddings, Mexico is the classic romantic setting for couples looking to tie the knot in a foreign location. La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana’s unique sites and experiences in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations are sure to surpass every couples wedding expectations. With four brands – Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana and The Explorean – each unique in wedding venues and accommodations, and four wedding packages, couples can rely on La Colección Resorts to make their dream wedding a reality. “At La Colección Resorts couples have the opportunity to bring their dream wedding to life – whether they are seeking an intimate event with their closest family and friends or a large wedding experience with up to 100 guests,” said Rafael Lizarraga, chief commercial officer of Posadas. “Our four wedding packages allow couples to tailor their special day to their specific needs and our personalized service and expertise in event planning help us to serve as the ideal partner to help them create an experience they will never forget.” La Colección Resorts’ four different wedding packages are available at almost every resort. All include wedding services such as a wedding cake, a symbolic ceremony performed by a non-denominational minister, decorated alters or gazebos, bouquets and boutonnieres for wedding couples, and complimentary breakfast in bed the morning after the ceremony.For the couple seeking a private wedding experience for just the two of them, the Serenata Package is complimentary with a two-night booking in a Top Suite and includes a private dinner under the stars, a reflexology massage, and wine tasting with a sommelier.The Beso Package is designed for intimate weddings with up to 20 guests, with the complimentary option of 10 rooms for 5 nights or 1 master suite for 7 nights upon booking and includes a reservation at one of the resort’s restaurant during operation hours for up to 20 people.The Abrazo Package is for your average-sized wedding ceremony for up to 30 guests that includes a private reception with an international open bar for up to 3 hours and a 3-course seated meal with live entertainment from a couple’s choice of a guitarist or saxophonist.The Corazón Package is for the ultimate big wedding experience with two options of up to 50 or 100 guests and includes a newlywed private cabana overlooking the beach or the pool and a complimentary two-night certificate for couples to return to the special place where they tied the knot on their first anniversary. In addition to the wedding packages, each resort provides a talented “romance expert” with a team of skilled wedding planners onsite to assist on all the details for the couple’s special day. These wedding packages are offered under La Colección Resorts’ four distinct brands that each appeal to a different target and offer experiences that differ from the other: Live Aqua ResortsWith resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Live Aqua strays from the traditional wedding experience and are ideal for couples seeking a tight-knit, modern and upscale, adults-only wedding atmosphere. Couples and wedding guests can indulge in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience where they will be captivated by original oil blends of aromatherapy, moved by the tunes of the resident DJ, and struck by some of the most breathtaking horizons. A wedding reception at Live Aqua resorts will keep couples and guests on their feet all night long and make for a celebration they will never forget. Grand Fiesta AmericanaWith locations in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Resorts delivers a luxurious, upscale experience to set the stage for an extraordinary celebration. When it comes to bringing a couple’s dream wedding to life, the choices are endless, with venues that range from verdant gardens and turquoise waters to enchanting terraces that overlook some of the most picturesque views Mexico has to offer. Couples and their guests will be blown away by world-class fine dining, exceptional personalized service, and Grand Fiesta Americana’s luxurious aura. Fiesta AmericanaKnown to offer one of the best family-friendly atmospheres, Fiesta Americana Resorts provide the perfect setting for couples who want to celebrate with large families at an approachable price point. With five-star beachfront resorts, couples have the flexibility to choose between a white sand beach celebration or an elegant enclosed space, lavishly decorated by a professional team. All wedding guests — from the groom’s grandparents to the bride’s toddler nieces — will enjoy a taste of Mexico’s enchanting traditions, culture and warm hospitality, elegant accommodations and a la carte dining. The ExploreanFor those seeking a small and off the beaten path wedding experience, The Explorean Resorts are one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, active adventure resorts where couples and their guests can wake up in a gorgeous bungalow in Kohunlich or in an elegant room in Cozumel and enjoy guided excursions to natural and man-made wonders in the Maya region, or relax by the pool taking in the sights and sounds of the wild before the big day. With an inviting natural environment, guests will feel a connection with nature via the stunning, lush green tropical forest that serves as a picture-perfect backdrop for an event couples will remember as the best day of their lives. From attractive wedding packages to unique venues and celebrations conveniently available at a wide-selection of resorts, La Colección Resorts offerings rank among the top destination wedding locations within Mexico’s most famous beach destinations. For more information go to and check each resort’s offer under the weddings section.  About La Colección Resorts by Fiesta AmericanaLa Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana is comprised of 12 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations. The resort collection encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean by Fiesta Americana. Showcasing the best of Mexico including its rich culture and warm hospitality, guests are privy to unrivaled accommodations, amenities and entertainment that ensure a superior, world-class vacation experience. The resorts within La Colección include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich. For further information, please visit: read more

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announces Efforts to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

first_imgPlastic straws eliminated across all 26 ships in the Company’s fleetCompany’s island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye, to eliminate plastic straws by August 2018Over 50 million plastic straws expected to be eliminated each year across fleet                    MIAMI, Florida – July 30, 2018 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Norwegian) (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, announced the important next step in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships and two island destinations, Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye. The Company anticipates that it will eliminate over 50 million plastic straws each year across its fleet with these changes. As a member of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance®, the Company is actively working towards solutions that will mitigate plastic waste entering the ocean.  The transition away from single-use plastics across the Company’s fleet and island destinations builds upon the Company’s environmental efforts already underway to increase sustainable sourcing, minimize waste to landfills, invest in emerging technologies and reduce CO2emissions. “Eliminating single-use plastic straws across our global fleet and island destinations builds on our global environmental program ‘Sail & Sustain’ and further reduces our environmental footprint,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “As a member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, we are committed to doing our part to protect the world’s oceans for future generations to enjoy.” “We commend Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for this important step to reduce single-use plastics,” said Janis Searles Jones, chief executive officer of Ocean Conservancy. “Plastic straws are just a fraction of the plastic in the ocean, but they are always among the top ten items collected during Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup and can be deadly to ocean wildlife, which is why we have long urged our supporters to skip the straw when they can.” Founded in 2012, the Trash Free Seas Alliance® brings together thought leaders from industry, conservation and academia to create a forum for pragmatic, real-world collaboration focused on the measurable reduction of ocean trash. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ global environmental program, ‘Sail & Sustain’, reflects the Company’s mission of providing truly exceptional cruise vacation experiences for all of its guests while minimizing its impact on the environment.  To learn more about Norwegian’s commitment to environmental stewardship, visit the company’s website at  About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce eight additional ships through 2027. About Ocean ConservancyOcean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this release, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position, results of operations, plans, prospects and objectives of management for future operations (including expected fleet additions, development plans, environmental sustainability objectives and objectives relating to our activities), are forward-looking statements. Many, but not all, of these statements can be found by looking for words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “intend,” “future,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the impact of: adverse events impacting the security of travel, such as terrorist acts, armed conflict and threats thereof, acts of piracy, and other international events; adverse incidents involving cruise ships; adverse general economic and related factors, such as fluctuating or increasing levels of unemployment, underemployment and the volatility of fuel prices, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence; the spread of epidemics and viral outbreaks; our expansion into and investments in new markets;  the risks and increased costs associated with operating internationally; breaches in data security or other disturbances to our information technology and other networks; changes in fuel prices and/or other cruise operating costs; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; overcapacity in key markets or globally; the unavailability of attractive port destinations; our indebtedness and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business; the significant portion of our assets pledged as collateral under our existing debt agreements and the ability of our creditors to accelerate the repayment of our indebtedness; volatility and disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, which may adversely affect our ability to borrow and could increase our counterparty credit risks, including those under our credit facilities, derivatives, contingent obligations, insurance contracts and new ship progress payment guarantees; our inability to recruit or retain qualified personnel or the loss of key personnel; delays in our shipbuilding program and ship repairs, maintenance and refurbishments; our reliance on third parties to provide hotel management services to certain ships and certain other services; future increases in the price of, or major changes or reduction in, commercial airline services; amendments to our collective bargaining agreements for crew members and other employee relation issues; our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage; future changes relating to how external distribution channels sell and market our cruises; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; our ability to keep pace with developments in technology; seasonal variations in passenger fare rates and occupancy levels at different times of the year; changes involving the tax and environmental regulatory regimes in which we operate; and other factors set forth under “Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we expect to operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based, except as required by law.last_img read more

Go for Gold with the LimitedEdition Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Collection

first_img $52 from Victorinox 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard $37 from Victorinox Victorinox Swiss Army  Pioneer Alox Limited Edition Champagne GoldThe Pioneer design is the cream of the crop in the Alox family. Not only does this large gadget supply you with a reliable everyday blade, this model also offers a reamer for widening or filling drilled holes, a small yet useful screwdriver, a bottle opener with another screwdriver, a wire stripper, and a key ring. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Victorinox Swiss Army Cadet Alox Limited Edition Champagne GoldDubbed the ‘gentleman’ of the Alox collection, the Cadet features a handy nail file and nail cleaner, as well as a large blade, bottle opener, and can opener to cover all the simple yet necessary tools in a man’s everyday arsenal. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations $48 from Victorinox Thanks to the smart pairing of undeniable functionality and daring aesthetic, Victorinox Swiss Army knives have garnered quite the reputation since the brand got its start over 130 years ago. And that reputation will certain get a boost on March 18 when Victorinox Swiss Army releases its most luxurious interpretation of the Swiss army knife yet: A limited edition Alox silhouette in “champagne gold.”Swiss-based and born, Victorinox is best known for its pocket knives, but it also produces high-quality household and professional knives, watches, travel gear, and fragrances. Today, however, it’s about the tried and true.The Victorinox Swiss Army Limited Edition Collection in Champagne GoldIf you’re not up to date with the limited edition Alox collection, you may have heard about its silver edition released last year that sold out faster than you could say “pocket knife.” Nonetheless, Victorinox’s limited edition Alox is back in champagne gold with three sizes, a distinctive rubbed surface for enhanced style and grip, and personalized tools to cater to your needs.The scales of each gold swiss army knife are punched from aluminium, embossed, and then anodized for its finished appearance. The process uses a sturdy, anodic oxidation that forms a protective layer over the finished outer layer to prevent damage and corrosion, as well as gives the scales its color. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Alox Limited Edition Champagne Gold The Classic design features your handy blade with a few added elements to get you through your everyday obstacles. It sports a nail file, a screwdriver, scissors, and a key ring, which together make the ideal everyday carry companion. The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials All of the models in the Victorinox gold swiss army knife collection have been released before, but never in this fashion. The champagne gold gives this already proven pocket knife an exceptionally stunning aesthetic. We recommend you hop on this one now because we’re pretty sure each of these knives will sell out quick.For all your EDC needs, check out a few of our recent favorites.last_img read more

The Home Wine Cellar Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

first_imgTomekbudujedomek/Getty ImagesWe can’t all have  wine cellars like this one, but we don’t really need one when we can be crafty in our bottle storage. When it comes to properly cellaring wine, conditions trump looks. Here are some creative (and budget-friendly) ways to keep your treasures healthy and destined for the greatness that added time will afford.The Basics of Wine CellaringThree things matter most when it comes to wine storage: LightTemperature HumidityFind a dark, cool space with relatively low humidity. It can be as simple as a closet or crawlspace or elaborate as a separate room altogether. Just make sure it stays somewhere in the range of 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit as anything warmer can spoil a wine relatively quickly. How to Store Your WineMartin Child/Getty ImagesPVCThere are quite a few design options out there that are both inspiring and fairly simple to take on. PVC piping is practically built to house wine bottles. Get some four-inch piping and cut to your liking, stacking and gluing to form something like this. It makes for a modular presentation that can add a little flavor to your kitchen or dining room. RiddlingA riddling-style wine rack is also a good option, if you have the room. This style allows the bottles to rest on their sides, as they would during the riddling stage of making Champagne or sparkling wine. It looks cool, keeps the cork wet and can be quite convenient if you have the vertical wiggle room. CardboardIf you order wine delivered directly to your residence — apologies to the few states that still haven’t evolved with the times — keep the packaging. It’s not pretty, but it’s functional. And stackable. A makeshift cellar rigged out of cardboard inserts and boxes can be neatly tucked away behind some clothes or in between a wall and washer and dryer (again, beware of the heat). It’ll offer essentially the same cellaring effects as an underground cave or proper wine fridge. After all, you don’t have to enjoy the wine where you cellar it. Think of it more as a locker room for your bottles. Stock up on said containers when you’re out wine tasting. Many wineries are willing to sell spare case boxes and inserts for a nominal fee. Your local grocery store may be sitting on some that would otherwise get recycled.Making the Most of What You HaveTry using what you may already have as well. Preexisting shelving or certain types of drawers can be modified to accommodate wine. Simple slats as inserts can create individual homes for bottles lying on their side in shelves while individual bottle holders like this can make a wall sing and allow for plenty of creative license.The Last ResortWhen in doubt, and when conditions get really extreme, use your fridge as a refuge. Chilling your prized bottles, even for days or weeks at a time, is immensely better than letting them deplete in the heat. You may have to make some room by throwing out some produce or leftovers but, you know, priorities. Editors’ Recommendations Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

5 of the Worlds Most Expensive Tequilas

first_imgPatrón Tequila/FacebookIf you think of tequila only as a novelty liquor, one to be blended into margaritas or slurped down during stag parties preceded by salt and followed by lime, then sir, you are doing it wrong. This agave distillate is a designation of origin product that, by law, can only be produced in the state of Jalisco (and in portions of four other Mexican states), as it has been for centuries.In that time, little has changed in terms of production, with agave plants still harvested by hand by skilled jimadores. First distilled by Spanish conquistadors, tequila was for many generations seen as the liquor of the laborer. Today, this classic spirit is getting the respect it deserves. Tequilas can boast aromas of caramel, honey, and pepper, and flavors ranging from spice to wood to earth to vanilla. These different flavors come out in the different expressions, of which there are five (silver/blanco, gold/joven, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo).You can get a fine bottle of tequila like Astral Blanco or Tres Agaves for about 30 bucks. Or you can get 750 ml of Tequila Ley .925 for $225,000, the highest price ever paid for a bottle of the stuff. (Though today the company is offering a $3.5 million bottle made with more than four pounds of platinum.)But let’s keep things a bit more reasonable and talk about five of the most expensive tequilas in the world that are still priced in range for the common yacht owner.Don Julio Real Tequila – $350Soft, smooth, and rich, this tequila from Don Julio deserves to be sipped neat and at room temperature, as you would with a fine Scotch or Cognac. It has notes of chocolate and vanilla, light spice, and sweetness with minimal burn. At $350, it’s pricey, but worth the expense — you’ll have the bottle for years if you reserve the sips for special occasions.Rey Sol Anejo Tequila – $400The amber-golden tequila you’ll find in the stunning sun-shaped bottles of Rey Sol Anejo Tequila is aged for half a decade in French oak barrels. The woody notes are bold and prominent, leading a flavor profile that finishes with a nutty sweetness. This is an ideal digestif, best served after a hearty meal of red meat and paired with coffee and cake.Gran Patrón Burdeos – $500You probably already associate this brand with pricey bottles, but likely not this steep. Patrón’s Burdeos tequila is distilled and then aged in both American and French oak barrels. It’s then blended, distilled again, and aged in vintage Bordeaux casks. The result is a glorious deep amber liquor with notes ranging from raisin to wood to vanilla. It’s delectable on its own and also great for cocktails like an Old Fashioned — if you’re feeling frisky.Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio – $2,000Part of what you’re paying for when you shell out two grand for a bottle of Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is the bottle itself: it’s designed with genuine 21-karat gold lettering and designs on the glass. To match the $2,000 price tag, exactly 2,000 bottles of this tequila are produced each year. The rich, mellow oaky flavor comes thanks to a decade of aging in the barrel.Asombroso Del Porto Extra Anejo – $4,000Asombroso’s Del Porto tequila takes its name from the Portuguese port barrels in which it is aged. And it’s double aged for more than a decade, by the way, with a portion of each bottle also rested in French oak casks. The liquor is more akin to a fine brandy than to the tequila you shot in college. Drinking it requires no occasion: it is the occasion. 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Siblinglast_img read more

Asia Cosplay Meet Championship 2017 Crowns Team Indonesia As Top Winner On

first_imgSINGAPORE, February 20, 2017 – Asia’s top cosplayers have battled it out onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas, for the Asia Cosplay Meet Championship 2017, with the Indonesian team emerging as the top winner, followed by the Philippines in second place and Japan in third place.  This was during Asia’s second cosplay festival at sea, “COSFEST SEA: Beyond The Great Horizons”, organised by The Singapore Cosplay Club.  The February 17 to 20 three-night theme cruise featured exciting cosplay entertainment and activities, which also drew hundreds of cosplay fans from around the region. The Asia Cosplay Meet Championship featured 24 contestants from eight countries and territories namely China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand vying for the top spot, as well as guest performers from the USA.  Guests onboard could also mingle with them at the ‘Cosplay Parade’ and experience the fantasy world of cosplay at the ‘Costumes Museum’, as part of the cosplay theme cruise’s programme onboard this cruise.  About Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 48-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea.  The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 14 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards and named the “Best Cruise Operator” for 9 consecutive years at the TTG Travel Awards as well as “Best Cruise Line” at the Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2015 and 2016. The cruise line sails 25 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. Media can stay up-to-date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, and visiting Media Contacts Chin Ying Duan (Ms)                                                                                     Stephanie Loh (Ms) Corporate Communications Manager                                                           President Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte Ltd                                                        Singapore Cosplay Club DID      : (65) 6305 0023                                                                                HP        : (65) 9675 5866 HP       : (65) 9727 3868                                                                                Email    : Email   : YDChin@rcclapac.comlast_img read more

Travel Planners International March Partner of the Month The Mark Travel Corporation

first_imgMarch 1st, 2017 – ORLANDO, FL – Travel Planners International, a top travel host and sales, marketing and support agency for the travel professional, has started a new program – Partner of the Month. It’s a great example of how the organization strives to bring new initiatives and events to engage preferred partners with the TPI family. March’s Partner of the Month is The Mark Travel Corporation, a recognized leader in leisure travel. For more than 40 years, the organization has owned and managed several successful vacation brands, including their flagship, Funjet Vacations. Travel agent Renee Dunkin, Around About Travel, says, “As a Travel Specialist, my clients trust me to provide them with the best possible service and value for all their travel needs. As a Business Owner, I have to be able to rely on quality suppliers that work as hard as I do to achieve this goal.” “Funjet and Mark Travel are definitely solid names in our industry and I rely on them daily for their competitive pricing, user-friendly system, great customer support and quick response times when issues arise. With the added advantage of the Price Match Program, I can always count on providing my clients with the best available pricing which keeps them coming back to me!” The Mark Travel Corporation is trusted by the world’s leading airlines and hoteliers to manage their vacation brands and take care of their customers. The organization offers service to more than 1,100 destinations worldwide! “When I think of our relationship with TPI and The Mark Travel Corporation and our Family of Brands, I think of a true partnership built on trust with the mutual goal of working with their agents to grow their businesses. Our partnership goes deeper than just selling our brands, we work with the TPI management team on creating business solutions for their agents, engagement tools to engage their clients at each stage of a sale, technology with our booking engine, VAX Vacation Access, and now Xcelerator to bring the most efficient processes and business management tools. Our mutual goal is to assist the agent in providing their client a truly memorable vacation experience while maximizing their profits,” said Lisa Tinnerman, Regional Director of Sales, The Mark Travel Corporation. “We are excited about 2017; we continue to invest in travel agents! We have added new non-stop charters out of LAX to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta with Southwest Airlines, launching an agent recognition program where TPI agents will be rewarded individually for their business with our company, opportunities to attend FAMs to improve an agent’s knowledge in top destinations along with additional engagement tools to use to close more sales with potential clients!” “TPI is much like The Mark Travel Corporation, their business starts with family. We are honored to work with this team.”  ABOUT TRAVEL PLANNERS INTERNATIONAL:Travel Planners International is a marketing and support agency for new and experienced travel professionals. Travel agents partner with Travel Planners International for their profit-generating marketing programs, consumer connect options, negotiation power, small-business training events and time-saving back-office support. Being an advocate for the travel industry as a whole, Travel Planners International educates and connects consumers directly to their collection of specialized travel agents and preferred industry suppliers through their interactive consumer-facing website, strong social media presence, direct consumer marketing, as well as their collaborative ventures with complementary industry associations and consortia. For more information, please visit Notes | Resources | Referenceslast_img read more

Best Western® Hotels Resorts Unveils SureStay Studio

first_imgSureStay Hotel Group® Expands with Premium-Economy Extended Stay Option Phoenix, Arizona (October 7, 2019) – During General Session on Saturday, October 5th at the 2019 Best Western North American Convention and Global Conference, Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) announced the expansion of the SureStay Hotel Group with the launch of SureStay Studio. Competing in the premium-economy extended stay segment, SureStay Studio was created to respond to the needs of both travelers and hotel developers. “SureStay Studio solidifies BWHR as a global leader in the economy and premium-economy segments,” said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer of BWHR. “In a short span of time, SureStay Hotel Group has experienced tremendous growth around the world, and we are confident that SureStay Studio will further bolster this already successful portfolio of hotels.” Launched in October 2016, SureStay Hotel Group is already celebrating more than 260 properties globally, making it one of the fastest growing brands in the hotel industry today. The brand is known as a trusted and respected lodging option among travelers, boasting an average TripAdvisor rating of close to 4. SureStay properties offer travelers consistent and quality levels of comfort, cleanliness, and a service guarantee, all at an affordable price. The brand has also garnered significant interest among developers in the premium-economy market because of its competitive fee structure and access to BWHR’s powerhouse brand. “SureStay Hotel Group is the perfect home for a premium-economy extended stay brand, and the launch of SureStay Studio comes at a critical time,” comments Brad LeBlanc, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of BWHR. “The economy extended stay segment is hot right now! As one of the most profitable segments in the industry, we’re seeing growing demand from both developers and travelers. SureStay Studio is a value-engineered prototype offering developers strong ROI. And guests won’t be disappointed either, with the superior service and amenities travelers have come to trust from the Best Western brand.” SureStay Studio is launching with a prototype for new construction, and conversion opportunities will also be available with minimal investment. Every SureStay Studio hotel will be provided unparalleled systems and support, and will be on-boarded with access to BWHR’s award-winning website, global partnerships and sales team, and state-of-the-art revenue management system. Hotels will also have access to a revenue manager to maximize revenue and reduce operating costs. SureStay Studio will benefit from BWHR’s reputation for providing superior guest service and will have access to the award-winning Best Western Rewards® program, which contributes nearly 50% of gross room revenue to hotels. For more information on BWHR, please visit  About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts: Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 16 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus® and SureStay Collection® franchises**. For more information visit or * Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.last_img read more

The Recently Revealed McLaren GT is a Road TripReady Supercar

first_imgIn true GT fashion, the interior boasts controls situated in that Goldilocks zone — just right so you can reach them while buckled in for a drive, not so close as to dominate your vision. An infotainment system, ambient lighting, and leather trim come standard, while available add-ons include higher-end materials like cashmere and super sound systems. The car also has a total stow capacity of 20.1 cubic feet so you can easily stash your gear for a much-needed road trip or weekend getaway.For the car’s looks, McLaren melded traditional GT curves with distinctly McLaren design. “Bold, elegant volumes flow seamlessly from nose to tail, encapsulating the beautifully crafted cabin. The sophisticated, sculpted body expresses both the power of the car and its ability to cosset occupants during long-distance driving. The teardrop shape of the cabin, which stretches back to encompass the rear luggage area, follows the aerodynamic principles inherent in all McLarens,” elaborates Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive’s design director.All of this comes together to create a package that is “the most refined McLaren ever,” according to a statement from the automaker. Pricing starts at $210,000; in case you were wondering how much gas money you need to have saved after that purchase, the GT offers fuel efficiency of 21 miles per gallon on the freeway, which is where we expect you to spend most of your time. The first round of deliveries is slated for the end of 2019. McLaren McLaren Next The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Previous Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better McLaren The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1 of 6 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now McLaren The Mclaren GT is the brand’s first offering intended primarily for the road instead of the racetrack. In the McLaren lineup, the GT belongs in its own category away from the other existing McLaren series: Sports (the 600 and 570), Super (720) and Ultimate (Senna and Speedtail). The closest McLaren ever came to a GT before was the aforementioned Speedtail, a three-seater the brand billed as a “hyper grand tourer” capable of 1,035 horsepower and 250 miles per hour.In comparison, the McLaren GT’s 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 and seven-speed transmission are responsible for 465 pound-foot of torque, a top speed of 203 mph, and the capability of hitting 124 mph in 9 seconds flat. In weight, it clocks in at “just” 3,232 pounds, which is nearly 300 pounds lighter than its direct competition in the GT space. Unique engine mounts create much less road noise than its racing counterparts within the McLaren lineup while a lightweight suspension and bespoke tires courtesy of Pirelli offer an optimal feeling of control from the driver’s seat. McLarenMcLaren is one of the elite players in the exclusive high-end supercar game. When you think of the name, you think high-stakes racing, you think performance, you think fast. However, in a departure from what McLaren is most famous for, on May 15 the British automaker unveiled the McLaren GT, its first-ever grand tourer (GT) model.“Designed for distance, it provides the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer, but with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt in a statement.So what’s so significant about a GT? Well, grand tourers are high-end street cars intended to go quickly and comfortably over vast distances and extended periods of time. Those long, leisurely drives are made possible by top-tier engines and comfortable interiors. They tend to be two-seat coupes — think Porsche 911, Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar E-Type, and Bentley Continental GT. McLaren This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks McLaren last_img read more

For Men Interested in Better Grooming Beau Brummel Brand is Where to

first_img Editors’ Recommendations $24 from Amazon Beau Brummel Matte Finish Facial MoisturizerEver found a facial moisturizer you thought would work for you, and then realized that the finish is too, well, shiny? The Matte Finish Facial Moisturizer goes on light and, crucially, avoids that shiny finish. 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall $28 from Amazon $28 from Walmart Beau Brummel Exfoliating Face ScrubBefore you can put on the brand’s facial moisturizer, we’d recommend you use this facial scrub to liven up and refresh your mug with the help of its crushed walnut shells and other innovative ingredients. $18 from Amazon $22 from Walmart Beau Brummel Charcoal Teeth WhitenerNever tried to whiten your teeth? Not quite sure where to start? Take this charcoal teeth whitening powder for a spin as part of your daily routine — the results could pay off in spades. Beau Brummel Cedarwood Beard ConditionerThe team at Beau Brummel has you covered every step of the way. Cedarwood is one of our favorite scents to keep your beard smooth and soft, and this beard oil is yet another necessary addition to your grooming routine. $18 from Amazon There are your run-of-the-mill grooming brands that line drugstore shelves and then there’s Buy at Beau Brummel for Men a young company based in New York that draws inspiration from a true fashion innovator (that would be Beau Brummel, naturally). Founded three years ago, the brand’s difference is one that can be seen across the board in a range of activated charcoal-based products, which its president, Zack Evar, says helps impart both a cool product color and, more importantly, major benefits for men’s skin.Beau Brummel was a dandy himself but he didn’t have access to products like these (sorry, we just had to go there). The line is sulfate-free and guaranteed to deliver results right away — we should know, because we tried the products ourselves. For the guy who’s just getting into the grooming game, a brand like this could be just the place to start.“Grooming is all about confidence. When you give yourself a little extra time each day to focus on self-care, you become an elevated version of yourself,” Evar said. “This extra time is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and it’s what Beau Brummell is all about.”If that sounds like an ideal way to start your path toward better grooming, check out our favorite selections from the line below.Beau Brummel Charcoal Facial MaskDon’t be afraid to give your skin some extra care. The use of activated charcoal here helps purify your skin while also promoting what the brand calls “natural skin cell health.” In short, this invigorating face mask is just what your skin needs after a long day on the job. $22 from Amazon How to Shave With a Straight Razor $25 from Walmart What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weatherlast_img read more

Thirsty Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist The visual stories famed importer Kermit Lynch tells are informative and far-reaching, often detailing distant and intriguing wine zones. It’s one of the better ways to tour the many intriguing wine zones of planet Earth, if your wallet or schedule won’t quite allow the real thing. It’s also a great way to stumble into some delicious, reasonably priced wines with solid distribution.Tank Garage Editors’ Recommendations Among New York’s finest wine bars, Have & Meyer also has an excellent social media presence. You can nerd out on unusual bottles and the natural wine movement or just enjoy thoughtfully curated food and wine imagery. Their Williamsburg location is reason enough to follow, a gorgeous bar stacked to the ceiling with great bottles, old Polaroids, and lovely Italian fare.Kermit Lynch Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Wine can be pretty, pretty stuff. It only takes a few minutes on Instagram to realize that. Beautifully colored liquid, photogenic reflections, bottles staged elegantly before exotic backdrops, a festive group toast — like a perfectly sabered bottle of Champagne, it’s the stuff of envy.Naturally, some wine-related threads are better than others. In addition to armchair travel (and the jealousy that tends to serve as a chaser), you can also learn a thing or two about a lesser-known style, region, personality, or establishment. Here are a few labels, organizations, and personalities worth following on Instagram to keep your wine IQ healthy.Guild Somm Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley Plainly put, the Willamette Valley is one of the most breathtaking wine regions in the New World. The feed from the appellation’s leading trade organization is mouthwatering, fit with stunning vineyard views, interesting pours, winemaking tidbits, and well-appointed tasting rooms. The feed functions as a nice reminder that while the region has exploded as of late, it’s still a somewhat rugged, dog-friendly landscape where winemakers are accessible and the atmosphere, generally, is very relaxed.Pascaline Lepeltier Lepeltier is a master sommelier as well as the first female Meilleur Ouvrier de France. In other words, her palate is incredible and she’s helping to shake up a male-dominated industry. Her Instagram page follows her frequent travels to incredible cellars, treks through old vineyards, and the many joys of French gastronomy. You can feel her sense of genuine wonder and wine exploration as you swipe through her journeys. Guild Somm is a non-profit dedicated to wine education. More than anything it inspires, showcasing everything from beautiful artwork and vineyard finds to gorgeous wine country landscapes and cool wine history that appeals to more than just wine pros. For great, often visual storytelling, chase all the links to wine writer Kelli White’s wonderfully penned long-form tales.Have & Meyer Based in the Napa Valley, Tank Garage is about as hip as modern wine culture gets. The Calistoga winery boasts a beautifully restored gas station for a tasting room and creates cool concept wines that serve as an homage to everything from AC/DC tracks to … other things. Their Instagram page is unsurprisingly catchy, with glossy imagery and the many pretty faces we like to associate with wine.Willamette Valley Wineries Association Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noirlast_img read more

The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations Sofie Delauw/Getty ImagesOne of the best drinking games ever was conceived by a friend. He, a fan of travel shows, suggested a pull of beer every time Rick Steves was seen holding a beverage. Many, many drinks later, we realized the PBS travel guru very much likes his wine.But that’s not always the case. There are a fair number of travel and cooking shows that don’t always stress the beverage side of the coin. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but pairing enthusiasts are left scratching their collective head. We can’t all be Anthony Bourdain (RIP), sauntering about in a foreign land with drink in hand, but we certainly can at home from our favorite TV-viewing piece of furniture.New Scandinavian CookingHost Andreas Viestad is as Scandinavian as they come, with a razor-sharp wit and a bone dry sense of humor. The ale-guzzling aspect of his Viking ancestors, however, is not so obvious, or at least not advertised. Most of his dishes — which incorporate the many joys of outdoor cooking and foraging — are plated and then enjoyed with little more than water.Enhance those dishes by not only imbibing like a Norwegian but doing so with the Nordic ingredients very much in mind. So many of the show’s recipes revolve around Scandinavian staples like potato, apple, lamb, root vegetables, and fish. A great aperitif or post-meal sipper here is aquavit, made from fennel, dill, or caraway (and barrel-aged to great results).With the dishes themselves, look to match both their inherent brightness and earthiness. Lamb calls for medium-bodied, character-driven wines like Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. Fresh fish does great with most Chardonnay while the veggies and often vinegar-kick they pack are perfect for a cider or refreshing white wine like Müller-Thurgau. Try mead alongside one of Viestad’s hearty desserts.Iron ChefThere could be a sibling show devoted entirely to matching these quickly assembled meals with drinks. But until that show comes into existence, you’ll have to fend for yourself. Our advice? Work wholly around the secret ingredient. Also, try to match the weight of the dishes. Light and delicate platings need little more than the subtlety a good brut IPA provides. Dense dishes need the might of Tannat or Merlot.But the show’s dishes are often extremely broad and unexpected. That said, go with the most flexible drinks out there, just to be safe. Utilize agile sippers like pilsner, Pinot Gris, or, unbeknownst to many, a good subtle gin.Good EatsOne of the greatest things about Good Eats is that it’s both nerdy and accessible. Host and creator Alton Brown is nothing if not educational and entertaining. So too are the best pairings. Get in there deep, for Alton’s sake. He moves fast and keeping up is half the battle. Go for complex drinks like saison beers, infused spirits, or amphora wine.Oh, and drink every time there’s a weird 90s font used to describe something or an extra-dated dissolve.The Great British Baking ShowThis show brings dessert — and other baked goods — to the fore and, as a result, a whole new family of pairing candidates. The best approach here is trial and error. Things like port, vin santo, dessert wine (ice and late-harvest), imperial stout, brandy, bourbon, and more do great with sweeter items. Mix and match in small portions according to what’s being made on the show and see what works. It’s a fun way to expand your palate and complement a dish so often served by its lonesome. No shame if you simply settle on a shot of espresso as your best pairing option.Drink every time a contestant gulps, you see a Union Jack, or somebody fans something warm, fresh out of the oven.Ugly DeliciousWhile there’s some drinking on this show, David Chang and company are often eating on the run or making no mention of what’s in their glass. Because what they’re eating is often exotic or at least jam-packed with giant flavors, it’s best to line up an arsenal of drinks that can stand up to such a thing. Look to wines like Riesling and Zinfandel and beers like imperial IPAs and German-style bocks for assistance.Need a new show to binge-watch? Check out what food shows are streaming on Netflix right now. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest last_img read more

Friendly Warm and Tasty The Old New Base of Northern Tourism Wakura

first_imgJust Too Fresh! Enjoying the Inn CuisineWakura Onsen is known for the delicious taste of its food, even when compared to other onsen throughout Japan. Why, you ask? Because the land is blessed with ingredients. Nanao Bay, and Toyama beyond it, are known for their variety of scrumptious fish, which are available year round. Amberjack, firefly squid, crabs, oysters; ingredients found only locally are brought to the table.While Noto Peninsula–where Wakura Onsen is situated–is surrounded by the ocean, inland is all rolling fields. Tons of fresh vegetables are raised here. Sashimi, grilled foods, and stewed dishes are among what the local chefs put their skills to use on, and with the excellent ingredients available their reputation is good. Once a year, a contest is held where they put their skills to the test in a competition against one another. That’s how particular they are about their food.Final CommentsWith quality water and service–and good food, Wakura Onsen is a triple whammy. In the near future the Shinkansen and highway network are scheduled to reach the area as well. It’s a spot that anyone would want as a base on a trip to the northern parts of the continent. The name Wakura comes from the Japanese terms “Waku” (湧く) and “Ura” (浦). It means a place where the spring flows in from the ocean. It is said to have been discovered 1200 years ago by a fisherman who spotted a resting a white heron, or egret. There is a spot that uses the white heron of the legend as a motif, where the spring flows out onto the main street of the city, which was once part of the ocean.Salty, But Great For You!It’s a chloride spring that contains sodium and calcium, and the water is colorless and crystal clear. It flows from its source at a hot 92 degrees, and is cooled for use at the inns and public baths. The water is exceptionally effective at warming the body, and helps increase circulation and ease muscles. It’s also great at retaining warmth, and will keep you toasty throughout the experience. Another distinctive feature is that it’s drinkable. Because it flows in from the ocean, it is quite salty, but it’s also said to be good for your health.The Hot Spring is not all that’s Warm! The Touching Local Hospitality They will even arrange your carelessly removed shoesWith the quality of its water, Wakura Onsen is among Japans famous hot spring spots. Another well known aspect is the hospitality. The staff that work at the inns are friendly and always smiling. They prepare everything from food to futon. This is something that can be found at any of Japan’s inns and hot springs, but at Wakura Onsen, you can truly feel the warmth of the staff. Their kindness is superior to what you’ll find elsewhere. They are also polite when greeting and seeing you off. Service offered naturally, with goodness of heart, can be found at any inn in Japan. Some are even said to be the best in Japan based just on the quality of their service.The New and the Old Mix at WakuraWhen someone mentions hot springs, you probably imagine old Japan’s wooden city scape. Unfortunately, Wakura’s traditional houses and buildings, which were common pre-war, have dwindled with the passage of time. You may be surprised when you see the rows of tall modern buildings.But a very Japanese world can be found inside of the buildings. There are traditional design motifs and room layouts. It’s as though classical has been replaced by modern art. The gap between its outward appearance and its interior is one of Wakura Onsen’s interesting aspects.center_img The appeal of seaside inns is, of course, the ocean view. From an inn on the shore of Nanao Bay, you can enjoy the peaceful, beautiful view of the ocean both morning and night. From time to time, you can feel the touch of a gentle sea breeze on your cheek; you can feel the ocean even while in the city.There are remnants from the economic growth during the Showa Period to be found around the city, and the discovery of this modern Japan, so much different from its traditional counterpart, is another way to enjoy Wakura Onsen. There are also shrines and Stone Buddhas to be found, making for surprising discoveries on your journey.last_img read more

The scenery of Wakura unchanged since the time of Manyoshu 万葉集 the

first_img In Wakura Onsen, there is a statue of a poem by Otomono Yakamochi This poem takes place in Nanao Bay. Kashima is one of the sea towns in Nanao city, where Wakura Onsen is in. The poem was made when he was heading for Kumaki, a neighboring town of Kashima. It must have been easier to cross the seas than to hit the road to get to the neighboring town. But that he wanted to take the sea route can be understood just by looking at Nanao Bay. The sea is very very calm. For one thing, no one can create a poem this romantic if the sea is not calm, right? Nanao Bay is an inland sea whose entrance is narrow, which makes it difficult for it to be influenced by the wind. This fact makes the sea calm throughout the year. It is one of the rare seas that are calm even in Japan, a country surrounded by the sea. The morning calm (あさなぎ) is the best moment. The surface of the water becomes almost like a mirror, and the state of no wind or water makes it seem as if time has stopped. It is a very fantastic moment.Indeed, the sea that spreads out in front of the Wakura Onsen remains the same since the ancient times that the Manyou-shu was made. Many poets after the era of Manyo-shu have visited Wakura Onsen, and made poems based on the scenery. Why not visit there and make a poem as you look at this beautiful sea?Sea cucumbers stood as tax!?There is another thing in this area that hasn’t changed since the ancient times–the sea cucumbers caught in Nanao Bay. At the time when Otomono Yakamochi lived, this food was dedicated to the court as a very valuable ingredient. This product was also used for tax at the time. Otomono Yakamochi must have eaten some of those as well.The visual aspect of this animal is quite unique, but it has a crunchy taste to it and is served at meals in Japan. Iriko (いりこ), pickled and dried sea cucumber, konowata (このわた), pickled sea cucumber bowel, and kuchiko (くちこ), dried sea cucumber ovary, are all a little spicy but has very good taste and match well with Japanese sake. If you eat little by little as you drink, the alcohol in the cup starts to seem like the sea of Nanao.Sea cucumbers are very popular in China. It is known as quality food, and many people buy them at shops here at Wakura Onsen. There are also sweet and delicious puddings sold at the shops! Sea cucumbers may not look too pretty, but they are very tasty food. They are also good for souvenirs! Because the poems are written in ancient Japanese, many Japanese nowadays do not know the detailed meanings of these poems. According to academics and researchers, this poem can be translated as follows: “Like the boatman rowing a boat from Kashima for Kumaki does not rest during his job, I think about the capital without rest.” It is also said that he made this poem out of nostalgia for the then-capital Nara after he came to Noto, a place far away from the capital.The poetic emotions brought about by the calm seas of Wakura Just like there are poems around the world since the ancient times, there are poems called waka (和歌) in Japan that date more than 1200 years back. The most prominent collection of those waka (和歌) s are the Manyou-shu (万葉集). It is the oldest and the largest volume of poem collections in Japan. Man (万) means many, and you (葉) means words. More than 4500 poems made by people from a range of social classes are included in it.Scenery of Wakura recorded in a poem that is more than 1200 years oldOne of the celebrity poets in this poem collection is Otomono Yakamochi (大伴家持, おおとものやかもち). 473 of his poems are included in the Manyo-shu, and he is also said to be the editor of this collection. He came to this area from Nara at the age of 29 in 748 A.D as a government official, with the task to govern the area including Noto, where Wakura Onsen (hot springs) is in. He loved poems, so of course he has made many at Noto. One of those poems is the one cited below: From Kashima(かしまより)To Kumaki(くまきをさして)Of the boat I am rowing (こぐふねの)No restく(かぢとるまなく)Thinking of the capital(みやこしおもほゆ)last_img read more

France warns Johnson against posturing and provocations

first_imgParis: Boris Johnson will travel to France to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in the next few weeks, French officials said Friday, while warning the new British premier against “posturing” and “provocations.” The 41-year-old French leader, who has said he is happy to be considered the “bad guy” in the Brexit negotiations, is set to be a key figure during the tricky and potentially bad-tempered talks in the months ahead. Macron extended the invitation to Johnson in a call late Thursday from his official summer vacation residence in the south of France, the fort of Bregancon, where he is expected to stay for the next three weeks, said an aide. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut in a sign of wariness in France about Johnson’s anti-EU rhetoric, France’s Europe Minister Amelie de Montchalin urged Britain’s new leader to work on creating a working relationship with his partners on the continent. “From our side, we need to be responsible,” she told France 2 television. “That means being clear, predictable and it means on the other side that we need to create a working relationship, that there aren’t games, posturing, provocations.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe timing of the meeting between Macron and Johnson was unclear. The British prime minister is due in France to attend the G7 meeting of developed nations in Biarritz on August 24-26. “In any case, we want to work with him .. and we need to,” Montchalin added. Last year, Macron broke away from his time off to host then British prime minister Theresa May as she sought new concessions in her ultimately doomed bid to bring Britain out of the European Union. In their conversation, Macron congratulated Johnson on becoming prime minister and emphasised his desire for close Franco-British ties, the presidential official said, reflecting his hope for a strong defence and economic relationship post-Brexit. But they steered clear of the vexed subject of Britain’s departure from the bloc, the aide added, agreeing that the issue would be discussed in the next few weeks. Macron, a devoted Europhile who is seeking to deepen links between EU members, views Brexit as an act of self-harm by Britain and he has been highly critical of Johnson personally in the past. Johnson insists he wants to renegotiate a divorce deal which was drafted by his predecessor May over the last two years, only to see it rejected by British MPs three times in parliament. But the EU has already said it will not reopen the negotiations on the terms of Britain’s departure. Johnson has staked his reputation on bringing Britain out of the EU by the current October 31 deadline, meaning that if new negotiations are refused the UK would crash out without a deal in place. Both Britain and the European Union are now set to accelerate preparations for this scenario, which economists say would have major economic repercussions. “No deal will never be the EU’s choice, but we all have to be ready for all scenarios,” the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, wrote in an email sent to EU ambassadors on Thursday.last_img read more

New Brunswicks political parties set to begin campaigns for Sept 24 election

first_imgFREDERICTON – The parties are ready, the signs are printed and the buses are fuelled up.The campaign for New Brunswick’s provincial election officially begins Thursday with the writ drop.Chief electoral officer Kimberly Poffenroth signed the 49 writs Wednesday, which are dated for Aug. 23.“This gets the whole process in motion,” she said as she put her signature to a total of 96 pages — one English and one French — for each of the 49 ridings.Several parties have already been putting up campaign office signs, making promises and rolling out their buses as they vie for support in the Sept. 24 vote.Liberal Premier Brian Gallant, who launched his bus campaign Sunday, said in Saint John Wednesday that if re-elected, his government would remain focused on growing and strengthening the province’s trade relations.He said that includes strengthening the trading relationship with the United States and defending the New Brunswick forestry industry in the wake of what he called “unwarranted tariffs imposed by the United States.”“In a more protectionist climate, we must work together to grow New Brunswick’s export-oriented businesses,” he said.Gallant said his government would work to diversify international export markets and reduce barriers to internal trade within Canada.“We will invest to help New Brunswick businesses innovate so they can send their products and services to markets around the world in a competitive way,” Gallant said.But one disgruntled labour group isn’t happy with the Liberal government and plans to be vocal and visible during the election campaign.About 50 members of CUPE Local 1190 staged a noisy demonstration in front of the main government office building in Fredericton Wednesday.Joey Kelly, the union’s provincial treasurer, said the group wants a resumption of their contract talks with the province after negotiations broke off last week.“We want the employer back to the table and we’re just asking them to negotiate the monetary items and a fair wage,” he said.Kelly said the union wants pay for casual employees increased to 100 per cent, from the 80 per cent they’re at now.“Essentially they’re working five days a week and getting paid for four. We’ve been trying for three contracts now to get them up to 100 per cent.”Kelly said talks could be on hold until after the election because provincial negotiators said they have no monetary mandate from the government.He said the union will lobby every political party during the election.The Progressive Conservatives and Greens have launched their campaigns. The New Democrats have scheduled their campaign launch for noon Thursday in front of the provincial legislature. So far they have only nominated about 33 of their candidates for the 49 ridings.Most pundits say voters won’t pay much attention to the campaign until after the Labour Day weekend.The parties have until Sept. 4 to submit their candidates to Elections New Brunswick, but Poffenroth said voters can cast their ballot as early as Thursday by special ballot at returning offices.There will be 50 returning offices — one in each of the 49 ridings, plus a satellite office on Grand Manan Island.Poffenroth said electronic tabulation machines will be used again this election, despite a major technical glitch on election night in 2014 that held up results for hours.She said the problem was not with the tabulation machines, but rather with a software program that was supposed to transfer all the results.Poffenroth said that software has been replaced, and the system has worked perfectly during municipal elections and two provincial byelections since 2014.She said there are also a number of levels at which the results are validated.“We have a multi-step process including a software validation to ensure there is no corruption in that data as it gets posted to the website,” she said.Poffenroth said it’s hard to estimate when all the results will be known, because anyone in the line-up at 8 p.m. when the polls close is entitled to vote.At dissolution the Liberals had 24 seats in the legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 22, there was one Green and one Independent, and there was one vacant seat.last_img read more

Sen Moran seeks commitment from Amtrak on train route

TOPEKA, Kan. — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to continue running the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors in an effort to push the national rail carrier to offer assurances that the line will operate for at least another year.Amtrak’s president, Richard Anderson, agreed to meet with Moran and other lawmakers about the rail service’s future this month. Amtrak officials have considered suspending rail service from Dodge City to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and transitioning to buses.The Republican senator helped secure $50 million in the federal budget for the Southwest Chief through September. Discussions in Congress about extending the grant are ongoing.___Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.comThe Associated Press read more

Freedom and safety of journalists must be ensured declare top UN officials

3 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations officials in paying tribute to all those who work in difficult conditions to ensure the rest of the world can have access to free and unbiased information, and in stressing the need to protect their freedom and safety. In message to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day, Mr. Ban says that attacks on journalists remain “shockingly high” in number.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 11 journalists have been killed in the line of duty so far this year. Among them was Lasantha Wickrematunge, a prominent Sri Lankan journalist assassinated in January on his way to work. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has honoured Mr. Wickrematunge posthumously with its World Press Freedom Prize for 2009, to be presented in a Press Freedom Day ceremony in Doha.The CPJ also reports that as of 1 December 2008, 125 journalists were in prison. Some have been incarcerated for years – and some for more than a decade. Three countries – China, Cuba and Eritrea – account for half of those cases. Mr. Ban also voices concern that some Governments are suppressing Internet access and the work of Internet-based journalists and others using “new media.” Not surprisingly, he notes, blogging has flourished in countries where restrictions on media are toughest. Now, according to the CPJ, some 45 per cent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers. UN High Commissioner for Human Right Navi Pillay and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, urge States to live up to their commitments to protect journalists from political interference and physical threat.“World Press Freedom Day serves as an occasion to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom to evaluate the benefits of a free and independent press and to defend the media from attacks on their independence,” they say in a joint statement. International recognition of the importance of journalists and the need for them to work free from unjust restrictions and the threat of violence is essential, they stress. “We urge all States to translate their formal concerns about the safety of journalists – as elaborated in international forums and treaty law – into real, concrete measures to enhance the safety of journalists and other media personnel including at the legislative, administrative and judicial levels. “Such protection measures must, of course, apply to all media personnel regardless of their professional or political affiliations.”The focus of this year”s Day is the potential of media in fostering dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura notes, in his message, that only a media that is vibrant, independent, pluralistic, inclusive and fair, editorially free and beyond censorship and influence from owners or interests can contribute to dialogue and reconciliation across divides.“By challenging prevailing attitudes and stereotypes about other cultures, religions and peoples, the media can help to strip away the ignorance that breeds mistrust and suspicion, thus promoting tolerance and an acceptance of difference that values diversity as an opportunity for understanding,” Mr. Matsuura says. read more

New senior appointments announced for UN population and development agencies

Kate Gilmore of Australia has been appointed as one of the two Deputy Executive Directors of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), succeeding Purnima Mane. Ms. Gilmore brings to the agency more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience working on social issues in the government and not-for-profit sectors in her country.Sima Sami Bahous will replace Amat Alsoswa as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The Jordanian national was most recently the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Development Sector at the League of Arab States. Also, Jens Wandel of Denmark has been appointed as UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management, replacing Akiko Yuge. Mr. Wandel has had many years of distinguished service with UNDP, both at the regional and country level. Meanwhile, fellow UNDP veteran Ayse Cihan Sultanogu of Turkey has been appointed as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States at the agency. She will replace Kori Udovicki. 22 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed several senior officials to the United Nations agencies spearheading efforts on the development and population fronts. read more

US terminates funds for antiIran Twitter feed

WASHINGTON — The State Department says it’s terminated support for an online project aimed at fighting Iranian disinformation after it tweeted harsh criticism of individual human rights workers, academics and journalists, some of whom are U.S. citizens.The head of the department’s Global Engagement Center tells Congress that funding for the contractor that ran the @IranDisinfo Twitter feed has been eliminated. The funding had been suspended last month pending a review of the tweets in question. Lea Gabrielle said Wednesday that a review determined the tweets violated the terms of the State Department’s agreement with the contractor. She said it was never the intention to target Americans.Congress created the Global Engagement Center to run online efforts to combat extremism, but the centre has now branched out to counter foreign government propaganda.Matthew Lee, The Associated Press read more

Religious groups crucial in worldwide vaccination campaigns – UNICEF

“There are many communities without schools, health facilities or sanitation but there is hardly any community without a place of worship,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement on the guide’s launch yesterday in Geneva at a two-day meeting of experts on immunization. “The active participation of religious groups is therefore crucial to the success of any community-based initiative.”Over 50 public health and religious community insiders attended the conference, “Building Trust: Religious Groups, the Media and Immunization,” jointly organized by UNICEF, the World Conference on Religion for Peace (WRCP) and the Communication for Social Change Consortium – the first in a series geared at integrating religious communities in immunization efforts.The conference featured in-depth discussions about the challenges and successes of working with religious communities in Nigeria, Iran, the Philippines and India. The guide includes extensive case studies of lessons learned and success stories from Sierra Leone, Angola and India.After just two years of activity in Sierra Leone, a UNICEF-led social mobilization team, in collaboration with Christian and Muslim organizations, raised the immunization coverage of children under one year of age to 75 per cent, up from 6 per cent.In Angola, UNICEF partnered with churches in a campaign to end polio, which was essential during the period of civil war as social mobilizers were needed who were respected from both sides of the conflict.In India, meanwhile, Muslim leaders are working with UNICEF to counter resistance to polio vaccination in their communities, through informal discussion as well as public talks.”UNICEF has had a long relationship with faith-based organizations in working to improve the health and well-being of children,” Ms. Bellamy said. “We will strengthen this relationship to build a world where all children will have the opportunity to realize their potential.” read more

Bernanke warns that premature ending of Feds stimulus efforts would carry substantial

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2013 10:01 am MDT Bernanke warns that premature ending of Fed’s stimulus efforts would carry substantial risks WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to slow its extraordinary stimulus programs.Reducing the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing rates low would “carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery,” Bernanke said in testimony to the Joint Economic Committee, a panel that includes members of the House and Senate.The Fed has been buying $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage bonds since September. That has helped lower long-term interest rates and encouraged more borrowing and spending.Lawmakers pressed Bernanke to explain when the Fed might start to scale back its purchases. Bernanke said the pace could be reduced over the next few meetings, if the job market shows “real and sustainable progress.” And he wouldn’t rule out curtailing the purchases by Labor Day.But Bernanke said that the Fed could just as quickly reverse course and pick up the pace if the economy falters.Most of his testimony focused on the many risks facing the economy, along with the benefits gained so far from the Fed’s stimulus. His comments suggest the Fed is not ready to taper the bond purchases.Stocks surged after Bernanke spoke. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 94 points in midday trading. It was up just 40 points before the hearing began at 10 a.m. EDT.Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said Bernanke’s remarks suggest “he is in no hurry to curb” the bond purchases. Ashworth predicts the central bank will begin to trim the bond purchases toward the end of the year and end them completely in the first half of 2014.At the hearing, Bernanke declined to answer a direct question about whether he would consider serving another four-year term when his current term ends in January.The Fed has said it plans to continue its $85 billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases until the job market improves substantially. And after its April 30-May 1 meeting, the Fed said it could increase or decrease the pace depending on how the job market and inflation fare.Bernanke noted that the economy is growing moderately this year and unemployment has fallen to a four-year low of 7.5 per cent. Still, unemployment remains well above levels consistent with healthy economies. And Bernanke said higher taxes and deep federal spending cuts are expected to slow economic growth this year.In recent months, the job market and the broader economy have shown renewed vigour. The economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November. That’s up from only 138,000 a month in the previous six months.The economy has benefited from a resurgent housing market, rising consumer confidence and the Fed’s stimulus actions, which have helped ignite a stock market rally. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index has jumped 17 per cent this year to a record high. Higher stock prices tend to make many people feel wealthier and more inclined to spend.Those gains, in part, are why critics of the bond purchases, including some Fed regional bank presidents, have questioned the need to continue them at their current pace. They argue that keeping interest rates too low for too long could send inflation surging or inflate dangerous bubbles in assets such as stocks or real estate. Such a bubble could burst with the same destabilizing effects that the housing bust caused.The panel’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is among those critics. On Wednesday, he pressed Bernanke to explain when the Fed might begin to reduce its bond purchases.Bernanke said the Fed could take a “step down” if the job market shows “real and sustainable progress” over the next few meetings.When asked if that could happen before Labor Day, Bernanke responded: “I don’t know. It will depend on the data.”But Bernanke made clear that the Fed could also increase its purchases if the economy began to weaken. “We could raise or lower our purchases going forward,” Bernanke said.Bernanke has had solid support for the bond purchases among the voting members of the Fed’s interest-rate setting committee. At each of the Fed’s three policy meetings this year, the committee has approved the purchases 11-1. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Abu Hamzas son questioned over doormans Mayfair murder as he is charged

Kamel, who lives in Ealing, west London, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or danger, and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life. Scotland Yard said the offences were “not directly connected” to Mr Simionov’s death. No guns were fired during the attack. Tudor Simionov, left, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina travelling to Britain from Romania in OctoberCredit:Telegraph/Telegraph Tudor Simionov, 33, was found with stab injuries at Fountain House on Park Lane on New Year’s EveCredit:Metropolitan Police/Metropolitan Police Tudor Simionov, 33, was found with stab injuries at Fountain House on Park Lane on New Year's Eve Mr Simionov had only been living in Britain for a few weeks after arriving from Romania. It is understood that he was working at a VIP party organised by the self-styled aristocrat ‘Lord’ Eddie Davenport, a convicted fraudster.Footage of the incident shows the former boxer grappling with a number of men outside the luxury venue. One of the attackers is smashed over the head with a vase before staggering away.Colleagues told how Mr Simionov had been stationed inside the apartment when the fracas began and came outside to protect other staff, three of whom were also stabbed during the attack.It has also been reported that he was not due to work on New Year’s Eve, but had agreed to cover for someone else.Mr Simionov’s fiancee told friends she would take his body back to Romania, adding that her loss was “impossible to understand”.She said on her Facebook page: “My lover and the one who was going to be my husband, Tudor Simionov, was stabbed deep in the heart at work.“It’s hard for me to find the right words in these moments.“The news of unexpected death has pained us all. Thank you all for your support.” Tudor Simionov, left, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina travelling to Britain from Romania in October Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: “It appears the deceased and the two injured males were working as security staff for the party. The son of radical hate preacher Abu Hamza is being questioned over the murder of a doorman outside a New Year’s Eve party in Mayfair.Imran Mostafa Kamel, whose father is currently imprisoned in a high security US jail, appeared in court on Thursday after being arrested by detectives investigating the death of Tudor Simionov.The bouncer, 33, was stabbed in the chest while trying to prevent a group entering a VIP party on Park Lane, Mayfair. Shortly afterwards he died in the arms of a colleague.The Telegraph understands that 26-year-old Kamel is the sixth child of Abu Hamza, the hook-handed former imam who preached at Finsbury Park mosque in North London.In October 2015 Hamza was convicted of 11 charges of terrorism and kidnapping and sentenced to life imprisonment in the US. Since then he has been kept in solitary confinement without the possibility of parole. “They were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter. The female was also attacked as she assisted the security staff in closing the front door.“This shocking incident happened just hours into a New Year, the area was particularly busy with people out celebrating and making their way home.” 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

Spain wants WC 2013

← Previous Story Petar Metlicic two seasons in Celje PL! Next Story → Krzystof Lijewski three months out! Spain wants to organise Men’s World Championships 2013. Spanish Handball Federation announced that they send candidature to IHF and for now, they are the most serious host name. Spain had more success in male handball, where they won World Championships in Tunisia 2005. Women are also not so bad, as they won silver medal at EURO 2008 in Macedonia.

8 things we learned from TDs declarations of interests for 2012

first_imgOIREACHTAS AUTHORITIES have published the latest round of members’ interests disclosures for members of the Dáil.The document – which you can read in full (as a PDF) here – is lengthy, but here are some nuggets we thought were interesting and worth sharing.Barack Obama gave Enda Kenny a print last yearThe US president gave a print worth €1,500 to Enda Kenny when the Taoiseach travelled to Washington for the St Patrick’s Day festivities. The Taoiseach donated the painting to the state, and it now hangs in Government Buildings.An Aer Lingus takeover would be good news for Clare DalyThe Dublin North TD is a former Aer Lingus employee and built up a shareholding in the airline – but in last year’s disclosure we didn’t know how many.In this year’s one we learn that the former Socialist TD has 17,000 shares in the airline. That’s worth nearly €21,000 at their current value – and €23,800 if the Ryanair takeover bid, at €1.40 per share, was approved.Some care more than others about an economic recovery…A global economic recovery would be good news for Michael Noonan, but not simply because it helps him in his job as Minister for Finance: he has personal investments which rise when the FTSE and Dow Jones indices increase. He also has a similar investment in US banks.Shane Ross, meanwhile, has investments in US and German government bonds.…while others are feeling the property pinchTDs are not required to make any comment on their submissions, but Labour’s Arthur Spring opted to include a small additional statement in his annual disclosure.Under his ‘occupational income’, Spring lists rental income received from an apartment in Harold’s Cross – which he points out was “purchased as my PDH [primary dwelling house] in 2006 and remains my only property”.“It is now in negative equity and is currently let,” he adds. “The rental income falls short of the mortgage repayments. I therefore rent my home in Tralee.”Sure enough, he later mentions a cottage he rents – again asserting, “I am renting due to the predicament of negative equity.”Keeping it local…There are two TDs whose private interests – as the proprietors of private companies – mean they have a particularly keen interest in what goes on at their local county council.Michael Healy-Rae’s disclosure includes contracts between Kerry County Council and Healy-Rae’s filling station in Kilgarvan, which supplies fuel, and Roughty Plant Hire, which carries out maintenance work on behalf of both the council and the HSE.Mattie McGrath also has a family-run plant hire company, which provides machinery to the county councils of his native South Tipperary and Waterford.…and keeping it not-so-localThere are nine TDs (at least – we may have missed some) whose property interests includes land overseas.Justice minister Alan Shatter owns four properties in Florida and two in London; former junior planning minister Willie Penrose has three properties in London, one in the Netherlands and one in Estonia.Labour’s Dominic Hannigan has properties in London and Florence, while FG’s John Deasy has a place in Sardinia. Both FG minister Phil Hogan and backbencher Aine Collins have property in Portugal.Junior minister Ciaran Cannon has property in France, while backbencher James Bannon has an apartment in Spain.Independent TD Michael Lowry – whose British corporate property interests have come under the spotlight recently – lists properties in Mansfield and Wigan, the latter being of “negligible” value.A few TDs are still on private pensionsJunior minister Dinny McGinley is on a pension for his time as teacher, while his FG colleague Joe O’Reilly has a part-pension for similar reasons.Sinn Féin’s Michael Colreavy, in Sligo-North Leitrim, has a pension from his previous career working with the local arm of the HSE. Labour’s Brendan Ryan has a pension from his time working for Coca-Cola Bottlers, and FG’s Billy Timmins has a part-pension from his time in the army.Both Michael Noonan and the Leas Ceann Comhairle, Michael Kitt, are entitled to teachers’ pensions but have forfeited them to the Exchequer while they remain in public office.In addition, former FF junior minister Dara Calleary discloses his ministerial severance pay, which continued into 2012 – though neither Billy Kelleher nor Willie Penrose, who also received severance pay for former ministerial jobs, did likewise.Leo Varadkar mustn’t be much of a tennis enthusiastThe Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport was given an honorary membership of Castleknock Tennis Club after his appointment – which he says was “graciously accepted” but not used to date.Likewise, a membership of the Royal Irish Automobile Club, based close to Leinster House at Dawson Street, has also gone unused.Read: 11 things we learned from last year’s Registers of Members’ Interestslast_img read more

Visa Goes for Gold With OlympicThemed Payment Wearables

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Artificial Nose Knows: Device Warns of Spoiled FoodTap Into The Game With New Nike Connected NBA Jersey Planning to attend the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang? You may want to consider one of Visa’s new wearable payment devices.The financial services corporation this week introduced three NFC-enabled products—gloves, stickers, and pins—for seamless, secure transactions during February’s two-week event.Inspired by the long-standing tradition of collecting commemorative badges at the biennial Olympic Games, Visa designed four themed lapel pins, on sale for KRW5,000 (about $4.50) a pop.“Olympic pins are always the most coveted collectibles,” Mikaela Shiffrin, US gold medal slalom champion, said in a statement. “These Visa pins really up the ante.”Visa designed four themed lapel pins, on sale for about $4.50 a pop (via Visa)Customers can add a prepaid budget of KRW30,000 ($27) or KRW50,000 ($45), and presumably top up later at Visa terminals (of which there will be more than 1,000 throughout all Olympic venues).Equally small and unobtrusive (and prone to getting lost), a set of eight “thin and flexible” stickers attach to almost any surface “to make seamless payments in a moment’s notice,” according to the company.The wearables comes in denominations of KRW30,000 ($27), KRW50,000 ($45), KRW100,000 ($90), and KRW200,000 ($179); choose from eight distinct designs, including the official PyeongChang 2018 mascot Soohorang, the Korean flag, and more.Stickers and pins are on sale now via Lotte Card’s website and customer centers in Korea.With an embedded dual interface NFC-chip and antenna, these micro-tags can be attached to almost anything (via Visa)Perhaps most practical are the payment-enabled gloves—particularly useful in South Korea, where the average temperature in February is expected to hover around 40℉.The gloves contain a dual-interface chip, housed with a contactless antenna for completing purchases through official Olympic venues and compatible readers worldwide. (So you can keep your hands warm and buy groceries even when you’re back home.)“Growing up in South Korea, I am proud that my home country is hosting the Games, and is using this opportunity to introduce Visa payment innovations to the rest of the world,” Olympic short track speed skater Park Seung-Hi said. “These payment gloves provide a hassle-free way to pay, even when it’s cold.”During the Games, all three wearables will be available from Visa vending machines in Olympic Superstores.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Paris attacks How amateur footage captured the atrocities in the absence of

first_imgClose On 13 November, Islamic State (Isis) militants attacked Paris, killing 129 people. As news of the atrocities spread around the world, amateur video captured by eyewitnesses was heavily used to convey the horror that unfolded.The first gunfire of the attacks at the Bataclan was recorded on a mobile phone. Amateur footage posted online from around 9.40pm local time shows Eagles of Death Metal performing on stage when suddenly gunshots can be heard.Around the same time, televised coverage of the friendly football match between France and Germany at the Stade de France was interrupted by the sound of explosions.Both these videos were relayed around the world in the wake of the Paris attacks on 13 November in which 129 people lost their lives. Initially innocuous footage that became a permanent record of the tragedy that followed.As the situation developed on the night, people began to use their phones to cover the carnage taking place. In one of them, a young man can be seen running towards the stadium after the second explosion. He fully understands what hes doing and that people will want to see this video. He even narrates the footage, saying: Just right now, just right now, second explosion. Live from the Stade de France.Similar shaky footage is filmed from a window by another witness as police and the firefighters arrive at the Bataclan. Many fire engines. Many ambulances. I dont know if people are wounded, you might have more information than me on the Internet, says the voice.Harrowing footageFrom all the amateur videos that spread over social media, one in particular became the iconic image that summarised the carnage. The footage of people running and screaming as they escape the massacre inside the Bataclan filmed by Daniel Psenny, a journalist with Le Monde newspaper, who lives in an apartment behind the concert venue.Psenny was wounded when a bullet struck him in the left arm, after leaving his flat to help injured people on the street. His video has been viewed millions of times, retweeted and reposted online by thousands of media outlets around the world.By the next day eyewitness videos like these were everywhere, making headlines across the globe. The eyewitness videos become the key way for news outlets to tell the story of the tragedy and would prove vital once again when the police siege in Saint-Denis took place a few days later.Paying the priceOn Wednesday 18 November, French military and police surrounded a building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis holding the Islamist militant ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Three assailants were killed, including Abaaoud and a woman who detonated a suicide bomb.As with the night of the attacks, media outlets are too late to capture the events of the siege. And so once again, amateur footage played a vital role in telling the story.As reported by Le Petit Journal, a French TV show that specialises in political and media analysis, a strange market took place in Saint-Denis after the siege. Almost akin to a drug deal, the footage shows hungry journalists crowding around a group of locals youths to purchase the amateur footage they filmed – a few seconds of recorded gunfire in exchange for anything between €200 and €500.An English journalist can be heard saying in one of the videos: It has been an ongoing thing. Ive handed over €250 and now Im handing over €200. We have four videos so its quite good.As this incident shows, amateur footage played a crucial role in the reporting of the attacks in Paris and the subsequent police and military siege in Saint-Denis. From initial eyewitness videos capturing the confusion on 13 November to amateur footage filmed by locals on 18 November and sold to the highest bidder, never before has an event in the western world relied so heavily on amateur video and eyewitness accounts to help paint the full horror of what took place.last_img read more

Rohingyas to be taken back Suu Kyi assures British minister

first_imgBritish state minister for foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) Mark Field and British state minister for the department for international aid Alistair Burt at a press conference in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Prothom Alo The United Kingdom on Thursday proposed three ‘options’, including the full implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Anan Commission to resolve the crisis, reports UNB.British state minister for foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) Mark Field presented their ‘options’ at a press conference at its High Commissioner’s residence here.British state minister for the department for international aid Alistair Burt and acting high commissioner to Dhaka David Ashley were also present.Mark, who had been on a three-day visit in Myanmar before coming to the Bangladesh, said Myanmar de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi assured him of taking back all the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.”All forms of violence in Myanmar must be stopped and the government must allow humanitarian access in Rakhine state and it will have to urgently implement the recommendations of Kofi Anan Commission.” he said.”In my view, these three options will help end the violence and allow Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists and other community members to live alongside each other peacefully,” the UK minister said adding that their country is encouraging Myanmar to take immediate action to end the problem.”Suu Kyi is in a difficult situation and she has no control over the military, and military is constitutionally more powerful there. However, in a meeting with me yesterday (Wednesday) she assured that she wants all refugees to return to Myanmar,” he said.Mark said Suu Kyi is trying to find the ‘fine line’ between international pressure and domestic compulsion.If Suu Kyi fails to act in Myanmar, he warned that then the military will control everything and the situation would be the worst.Describing the Rohingya crisis as a complex one, he called upon the people of Bangladesh to have patience to get a solution to it. “Strong diplomatic efforts are on behind the scene to solve the crisis.”Mark said Rohingya issue is now not a localised one and their country’s is making efforts to utilise all diplomatic means to have a solution to it.He said their country will continue its efforts to highlight the issue at the United Nations and all other international forums to resolve it.The minister said the UK is playing a leading role in pursing international community to respond to what is happening in Myanmar and here.He thinks Myanmar security forces over reacted to the terror attack on them on 24 August. “They (security forces) have failed to keep people of Rakhine state safe.”Mark condoled the death of three Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers in Mali and recalled the contributions of the country to the UN peacekeeping mission.Alistair Burt thanked Bangladesh for giving shelter to Myanmar’s displaced people and providing them with humanitarian assistance. “We’re deeply concerned over what has been taking place in Rakhine state and the consequence people here are facing over the few weeks…we really appreciate what the people of Bangladesh and its government are being able to do for the refugees.”He said alongside continuing strong diplomatic efforts to have a solution to the problem, the UK has provided 5.9 million pound to support displaced Rohingyas.The minister said he had meetings with government officials and humanitarian agencies here to find what further is needed to ensure humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees.last_img read more

Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing

first_img © 2011 Fuel cells are of course, a means for generating electricity by pushing compressed hydrogen though a membrane and mixing it with oxygen in the air. The only other output is water. It’s a technology that has been widely proposed as an alternative means for powering cars and trucks, but thus far, has not caught on to the extent that some had hoped.In these latest patent filings, Apple is proposing a fuel cell that can be integrated directly into a portable device, rather than, as other’s have proposed, a means of charging it. Thus, the device would never need recharging at all, instead it would need a have its recyclable fuel cartridges refilled. The patent diagrams also show that the design for such a system that would also employ a small rechargeable a battery that would be charged by the fuel cell, but could also send a charge back to run the fuel cell. Such a system could in theory run for days, or even weeks before having to replace the fuel cartridge.One of the major stumbling blocks for implementation of widespread fuel cell technology is the lack of an infrastructure to support it. If Apple were to sell hydrogen fuel cell powered Macbooks, they would also have to develop a means for creating the fuel to fill the cartridges and for selling them through their Apple stores, which they likely are investigating as well.Not mentioned in the patent application is what Apple would do with the very small amount of water that the fuel cell would produce. Cleary simply pumping it out the bottom of a Macbook wouldn’t work, and storing it would add weight. They might also be working on a way to force it to evaporate, but that might be subject to environmental humidity levels. In any case, it’s clear that Apple understands the hurdles it faces as was also noted in the patent applications by the authors discussing how it is “extremely challenging” to figure out a way to create a hydrogen fuel cell system that would be both portable and in the end, cheap enough that the resulting device would still be price competitive. Thus, a fuel cell based Macbook likely is still a ways off into the future. An image from the second patent. Explore further Hydrogen-fueled cars stuck at the gate ( — In a move that demonstrates Apple’s determination to create an ever lighter Macbook that is also more environmentally friendly, the company has applied for two different patents that describe ways to use a fuel cell to power a portable computing device, which could of course also include devices like an iPad. In the patent applications, Apple also took the unusual step of adding some bit of political discourse to underscore its motivations in trying to build portable computing devices that are not reliant on fossil fuels. More information: Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing DeviceFuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Devicevia AppleInsider Citation: Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing devices (2011, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Broussard and Mcintyre debate what LeBron needs to do become a Laker

first_imgFS1 NBA Insider Chris Broussard and Big Lead Jason McIntyre are in for Colin and talking what LeBron needs to do in L.A. to be considered a Laker legend, if Carmelo can suck up his pride and fit in with the Rockets, and the next star to pull a Kawhi and demand a trade, and how MLB can learn from the NBA.Former NFL Defensive MVP and Super Bowl Champion James Harrison stops by to double down on his comments that the Patriots coaching is better than the Steelers and talk NFL. Thunder Analyst and NBA champion Antonio Daniels on how the Spurs will adjust without Kawhi and Melo’s next move.last_img read more

Billionaire Investor Draper Leads 42 Million Funding in Blockchain Startup

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Texas-based Factom Inc., a blockchain technology company that secures data, said on Wednesday it has raised $4.2 million in financing from a slew of global investors led by billionaire investor Tim Draper.Blockchain technology powers the digital currency bitcoin and enables data-sharing across a network of individual computers. It has gained worldwide popularity due to its perceived usefulness in recording and keeping track of assets across practically all industries.Factom Apollo and Factom Iris are products built on the company’s open source. They have developed ways to use the blockchain to keep records and identities more secure.”Blockchains first pushed the boundaries of computer science with the simple yet revolutionary ability to trade digital value openly,” said Paul Snow, chief architect and co-founder of Factom in a statement.”Now we are pushing the limits of computer science in a second revolution. The Factom protocol allows for the open coordination of processes against immutable ledgers of data. It will have the same kind of impact on data and systems as the first revolution had on value.”Draper said data security is a key issue among governments, banks, car companies, credit card companies, retailers and any organization concerned about hacking.”By decentralizing data through the blockchain, Factom avoids critical failures due to user error or hacker,” he added.Draper has been one of the earliest backers of bitcoin companies.Other investors in the funding round included BnkToTheFuture, a global online investment platform focused on financial innovation and technology.China-based Fenbushi Corporation and Fenbushi Investment Fund also invested in Factom. The group runs a venture capital firm that exclusively invests in blockchain-enabled companies.(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by David Gregorio) This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 6, 2016 Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

Acapulco bar shooting leaves one dead six injured

first_imgAcapulco, Guerrero — One person had died and six more injured after an altercation at an Acapulco nightclub turned deadly.The bar incident happened at the city’s Baby Lobster bar, which according to authorities, began with a fight. The altercation inside the nightclub in the middle of the tourist strip of Acapulco left a Chilean tourist dead and six others injured, including a 17-year-old minor and another Chilean tourist.The official report says that the incident occurred at 4:10 a.m. inside the Baby Lobster bar, which is located in the tourist area of La Condesa, an area filled with nightclubs and restaurants.Guerrero Security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said the report that was given by witnesses says that there was a fight inside the bar when one person took out a gun and fired.Álvarez Heredia said, “Inside the bar there was a fight between several people for no apparent reason, which caused a person to shoot with a weapon against people.”“The Secretary of Tourism of the State went to help injured people, relatives of the victims and gave notice to the Chilean Embassy in Mexico of the death of a citizen of Chilean origin,” he explained.State authorities gave a press conference where the Secretary of Health of Guerrero, Carlos de la Pena Pintos, said that one of the two Chilean tourists shot was taken to the Naval Hospital of Acapulco, and that he arrived with serious injuries, without vital signs and could not be revived.“He arrived at the hospital without vital signs, probably with an important intra-abdominal hemorrhage,” he said.The state official said that the second injured Chilean tourist was taken to the Donato G. Alarcón Hospital with two bullet wounds, one of which was to the chest, and that he was in serious condition.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound

first_imgTechnology | Ultrasound Imaging | January 03, 2017 Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound System delivers clinical utility of high-end ultrasound systems to a wide range of exams with SMI 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more January 3, 2017 — Toshiba Medical introduced the Xario 200 Platinum Series ultrasound system at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The Platinum Series combines the clinical benefits of high-end ultrasound technology with user-friendly features in a small footprint. The compact premium ultrasound system enhances workflow and patient care with intuitive user ergonomics and high-quality imaging for fast and confident diagnosis in a variety of radiology, obstetric and cardiovascular exams.The Xario 200 Platinum Series builds upon the Xario 200 platform and features Toshiba Medical’s advanced ultrasound technologies for depth and detail. This includes technologies like Precision Imaging, Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI) and Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF). The new system comes with the added visualization benefits of Toshiba’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), which provides superior visualization of low velocity microvascular flow. By enabling physicians to see the most clinical information possible, the Xario 200 Platinum Series allows for early, confident diagnoses that can help improve clinical outcomes. The system also offers enhanced performance and workflow features, including a customizable panel and touch command screen, and one-button optimization and clinical parameter setting with Toshiba Medical’s Quick Scan and Quick Start technologies.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Contentcenter_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more

New Zealands national business events show celebrates 20 years

first_imgNew Zealand’s national business events show celebrates 20 yearsMore than 800 top business event organisers meet in Auckland next week for the 20th CINZ MEETINGS, New Zealand’s only national business events trade show.This year’s CINZ MEETINGS brings together hundreds of influential business event professionals from New Zealand, Australia, South and South-East Asia, China and North America to sign business at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 15 and 16 June.Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan saysMEETINGS is the ultimate annual event for conference, meeting, incentive and event managers.“We attract everyone from high-end incentive travel organisers looking for bespoke luxury, to corporate professionals planning company events, and large international associations organising multi-day conferences.“MEETINGS gives event organisers the chance to do a year’s worth of business in two days, all under one roof. We are showcasing the latest trends in food, travel, design, technology, and entertainment, and treating them to an authentic taste of New Zealand hospitality – our Manaakitanga.”Over the two days and three nights local and international travel and tourism buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings with over 190 exhibitors from 19 regions. Last year more than $50 million worth of business was contracted at the event.This weekend 100 Australian event organisers and media flown here by Air New Zealand will tour their choice of eight different regions – Hamilton and Waikato, Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin – before meeting in Auckland for a day tour of the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau.“This face to face time, experience and networking is at the crux of our industry. MEETINGS is much more than an exhibition, we give them a total Kiwi experience from the moment they arrive,” Sue Sullivan says.MEETINGS kicks off with a 20th anniversary welcome function at The Langham hotel on 14 June, and the social programme includes events hosted by Auckland Convention Bureau, and a spectacular finale dinner for 650 at Vodafone Events Centre.Source = CINZlast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineElmar Geulen, famous for breaking every speed record on his motorcycle under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”, has been named as a new brand ambassador for Hanhart. He already has his next target in his sights: in early September, he will attempt to set a new world speed record for road-licensed motorcycles of over 350 km/h.Thanks to its legendary chronographs and its global standing as the leading manufacturer of stopwatches, Hanhart is an undisputed specialist in making accurate time measurements. This is what makes the Swiss-German watch brand the perfect partner for a man who had broken every speed record on his motorcycle: Elmar Geulen – better known under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”– is therefore the new brand ambassador for Hanhart.With his modified MAB Turbo Hayabusa, which is the only one of its kind in the world and which has a power output of 400 HP, Geulen shattered every speed record: from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, from 0-200 km/h in 6.3 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in just 13.1 seconds. In 2002, he set a very special world speed record: zooming along at 281.2 km/h, he pulled the extreme inline skater Jürgen Köhler along a runway. In April 2011, in an attempt to beat this record in a new and inventive way, Jürgen Köhler strapped two ice blocks onto the soles of his shoes instead of inline skates. Over a 1,200-metre stretch, with his partner in tow, Elmar Geulen reached a peak speed of 209.16 km/h on the soaked asphalt of an airport runway – this was the fastest any man had ever moved on ice!He is set to push himself to new limits on 5 and 6 September. At the Groß Dölln driving centre, where the runways and taxiways of a former major airport have been transformed into facilities for training, demonstrations and racing, “Mr. Hayabusa” aims to set a new world record for road-licensed motorcycles by exceeding speeds of 350 km/h – and with Hanhart exclusively represented in the form of the watch on his wrist.Elmar Geulen (53) began his career as a motocross rider in 1976 – and by 1982 he had won the title of German amateur motocross champion four times. In 1983 he decided to move into road racing, and within a year he had made the leap from “B licence” rider to gaining an international A/I license and was making successful debuts in the most spectacular races in the world: the German Superbike Championship, the 500cc Grand Prix, the Macau Grand Prix, the Endurance World Championship, the Le Mans 24-hour race, the endurance races at Le Castellet and the Nürburgring, the legendary Isle of Man TT race (which he has started 12 times) and much more.In 1993 he switched to the Supermoto class before moving on to the newly formed Powerbike class for 1300cc motorcycles in 1999. When the Suzuki Hayabusa – the world’s fastest mass-produced motorcycle – came onto the market, Elmar Geulen found the perfect vehicle for Powerbike racing. With this bike, he became the undefeated world champion over a period stretching from 2002 to 2008. As the only rider to achieve success in international motor racing with a modified Suzuki Hayabusa, the press nicknamed him “Mr. Hayabusa”.www.hanhart.comlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Reese Witherspoon Shonda Rhimes

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition called Time’s Up.The initiative ( ) was launched Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond, from janitors to health care workers. Time’s Up will include a legal defence fund and will advocate for legislation combatting workplace harassment.Time’s Up also is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony.Donators to Time’s Up defence fund range from Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift to J.J. Abrams and Viola Davis.Dozens of men have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey. Witherspoon, Rhimes among founders of anti-harassment group by The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2018 11:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Two men arrested after found with Byzantine coins

first_imgTwo men, 25 and 26, were remanded on Saturday for six days after Byzantine era coins and ancient artefacts were found in their possession.The two men were arrested on Friday evening after passersby called the police when the two started arguing and hitting each other in Neapolis in Limassol.Police found Byzantine era coins and other ancient artefacts in their possession for which they did not provide satisfactory explanations.The items found on them were delivered to the antiquities department. Five of them were recognised as antiquities, among them a Byzantine medieval era buckle and a number of Byzantine coins, the possession of which is illegal.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPolice seek suspect who took pot-shots at motorcyclists, injuring twoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Noble Plan to cut taxes for Michigan residents advances

first_img A plan to cut taxes for Michigan families – an effort state Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville helps lead – has advanced through the state Legislature.The state House today approved bills to continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“We have a golden opportunity to give some taxpayer dollars back to the hard-working people of Michigan – an opportunity we can’t miss,” Noble said. “This money belongs to the people and they should be able to keep as much of it as possible, rather than having to send it to the government.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates into significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional relief for a family of four.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Senate Bills 748 and 750 also were given final approval by the Senate today, meaning they advance to the governor for his consideration.### 14Feb Rep. Noble: Plan to cut taxes for Michigan residents advances Categories: News,Noble Newslast_img read more

Rep Frederick votes for needed boost for UP state economy

first_img State Rep. Ben Frederick today co-sponsored an advancing House resolution calling for Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.’s reinvestment into the Empire Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Frederick voted to approve the bipartisan legislation in the House Commerce and Trade Committee and later in a full House vote, stating that the time was now to bring mining back to the state.The Upper Peninsula facility halted operations in August 2016, which led to the loss of 300 jobs. The mine can resume operations at any time at the company’s behest, but its current shutdown has an annual negative economic impact on the region of nearly $200 million.“A big part of our state’s continued recovery is bringing jobs and industries that have been lost back to Michigan. Our state must again be a place which produces and builds things,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “Our precious natural resources and resource transport through our waterways bolsters the economy of the entire state, not just that of one Peninsula. This reality combined with exciting discussion on major manufacturing expansions in mid-Michigan reminds us that there is no better time for our mines to come alive in the state.”At an event in Marquette in February, Cleveland-Cliffs stated the company is considering an expansion of operations. Locations in Michigan and Minnesota were being considered. Manufacturers use steel produced from iron ore pellets that are made up of materials extracted from across the Marquette Iron Range and through enterprises like the Empire Mine.Copies of the approved resolution will be transmitted to the governor, Cleveland-Cliffs and several local boards and commissions in the region. 01May Rep. Frederick votes for needed boost for U.P., state economy Categories: Frederick News,Newslast_img read more

Some Ballot Initiatives on Nonprofit Issues and Priorities for Election Day

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 3, 2014; Washington PostThe Washington Post reports that there are 147 ballot measures to be voted on in 41 states today. Many are of significance to nonprofits—or they should be.Initiatives to raise the minimum wage are on the ballot in four states, and in a fifth state, Illinois, there is a non-binding ballot question. They don’t call for huge wage increases—for Alaska, up to $8.75/hour in 2015 and then to $9.75 in 2016; in Arkansas, to a measly $7.50 in 2015, $8.00 in 2016, and $8.50 in 2017; in Nebraska, to $8.00/hour in 2015 and $9.00 in 2016; and in South Dakota, $8.50/hour by next year. Illinoisans will be asked their opinion about a potential increase to $10.00/hour. It is difficult to imagine who might be voting to keep the minimum wage of Arkansas at $7.25/hour and what their rationales might be, but there are probably some who hold an arcane view of income and families and how people survive on extraordinarily low minimum wage incomes. In a related vein, Massachusetts voters will be able to decide about paid sick leave, a policy so far only approved in two other states: Connecticut and California.Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have already decriminalized the use of marijuana, but all three have ballot initiatives today that would actually legalize the use of specific amounts of marijuana beyond medical purposes. ABC News reports that the inimitable Snoop Dogg has promised to hold a “wellness retreat concert” in Alaska if the initiative passes there.Abortion rights issues generally make it to ballots in a number of states, but in Colorado and South Dakota, the initiatives would establish when life starts—the so-called “personhood” issue. South Dakota’s initiative defines life as starting at the beginning of conception, from which point there would be an “unalienable right to life” at every stage of the development of the fetus. Colorado would modify the state criminal code to include unborn human beings in addition to “person” and “child” in the state statutes. Falling far short of personhood questions, Illinois voters will be asked in a non-binding vote whether contraceptive coverage should be covered under health insurance plans’ prescription drug policies.Marijuana, minimum wage, and “personhood” initiatives get a lot of the ballot initiative commentary, but less publicized but equally important are initiatives dealing with taxes, getting voters to weigh in on how much government they both want and are willing to pay for from their taxes. According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, “Many of the 16 tax-related initiatives seem designed more to generate voter turnout (on both on the left and the right) than to influence tax policy.” However, the Monitor article notes that these initiatives could have an effect on legislative decisions in the future. Among the particularly interesting ones are a proposed two percent margin tax in Nevada on businesses with over $1m in total revenue; in Tennessee, a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a broad-based income tax over the state’s current structure of taxing only interest and dividends; a three percent surtax on incomes over $1m to support schools in Illinois; and in Oregon and Alaska, the marijuana ballot initiatives including language about taxing legalized weed.Don’t forget any number of significant local ballot initiatives: paid sick leave for workers in Trenton, New Jersey; a special tax in Berkeley, California to fund parks, pathways, and street trees; anti-fracking measures in three California counties and four Ohio towns; an anti-speculation tax promoted by the San Francisco Tenants Union; and two competing early childhood education measures in Seattle.There should be a nonprofit imperative at the ballot box that goes beyond voting for candidates, but voting on issues. Whether ballot initiatives are deemed appropriate or overused and constraining, they cannot be ignored on November 4th.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Spanish ISP Jazztel is launching an OTT TV service

first_imgSpanish ISP Jazztel is launching an OTT TV service with technology from Nagravision. The Jazzbox platform will offer on-demand content, including HD programming, and live TV streaming from pay TV operator Prisa TV.Nagravision is providing Jazztel with a platform based on the one it implemented for Prisa TV for its Canal Plus Yomvi service.For an additional monthly fee of €10.95, Jazztel and Prisa TV customers are able to access the Canal Plus Yomvi services via the Jazzbox platform, which includes Canal Plus 1 and a subscription VOD service.The Jazzbox comes pre-integrated with Nagra’s DRM solution, Nagra Media Persistent Rights Management (PRM), and is powered by Nagra’s OpenTV middleware.“We are very excited to be launching this new solution in partnership with Prisa TV and Nagra, and bring to our subscribers the best content available today in the Spanish market,” said José Miguel García Fernández, Jazztel’s CEO. “OTT is here to stay and thanks to Nagra solutions we are able to extend the viewing choices for our viewers and enable a truly unique experience that brings them the content they want. We now have a better offering with unique and high-quality premium content.”[advert_banned]last_img read more

Zeop a cable and fibre operator in La Réunion th

first_imgZeop, a cable and fibre operator in La Réunion, the French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, has partnered with set-top and home gateway company Netgem (Stand Q28) to launch next generation TV services.Using over-the-top delivery, Netgem’s hybrid solution enables Zeop to extend its reach through HFC network and FTTH, and to offer new features, including video-on-demand and catch-up TV. For this new service, Netgem will deliver its N5200 set-top boxes integrating the company’s middleware. The service will go live in summer 2012.Martin Vigneau, chief technology officer of Zeop, said: “As a HFC and FTTx operator, managing various technologies, we wanted a single solution responding to two needs: upgrading our existing HFC network and deploying fibre-to-the-home. Netgem’s solution was the perfect fit for these two needs. Moreover, it is cost effective and very quick to deploy. Netgem’s technologies, through the use of adaptive streaming guarantee a great quality of service and we can now offer best in class TV experiences using OTT.”last_img read more

UK playout specialist and and hybrid IPbroadcast

first_imgUK playout specialist and and hybrid IP-broadcast channel aggregator Vision247’s Vision TV Network is now available via over-the-top set-top provider Roku’s media streamers.The network is available as a free app from the Roku Channel Store and can be downloaded to Roku’s LT and 2 XS streaming players.The app will give Roku users access to up to 37 channels of broadcasting from Poland, Greece, Turkey and France, with more countries to follow.The Vision TV Network channels are also available via Freeview HD set-tops that can be connected to the internet.last_img read more

MTGowned OTT platform Viaplay has selected intera

first_imgMTG-owned OTT platform Viaplay has selected interactive TV specialist Accedo to launch the service on Sony PlayStation 3 games consoles.All PS3 users in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland will have access to Viaplay through their consoles via a PlayStation Plus subscription
.“We have worked with Accedo on a number of successful projects,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO, Viaplay. “OTT TV services are becoming increasingly popular with viewers and we are focused on extending Viaplay further to a wider audience.”last_img read more

BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said that the corporat

first_imgBBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said that the corporation’s download-to-own BBC Store, which was approved by the BBC Trust in February, will not launch before the end of the year.Speaking at IBC this morning, Davie, who is the head of the BBC’s commercial arm, said that the store is now likely to go live in 2015, saying “I want to get it perfect before we launch.”​While the BBC Store is a UK initiative in the first instance, Davie first said back in 2013 that he had ambitions to launch an international version.During his IBC talk, Davie hinted that this international version may underpin a different approach to digital sales than in the UK, saying that he aimed to have flexibility in terms of the payment mechanism.“Whether I’m buying it [content] forever, or whether I’m buying a subscription service – let’s just say I would expect my technical people to give me complete flexibility,” said Davie.Talking about Worldwide’s broader digital video strategy, Davie said that his decision last year to phase out the Global iPlayer – an SVOD version of the BBC’s domestic catch-up service that BBC Worldwide started trialling in 2011 – was in order to focus attention on the website.“Yes there is no doubt that there is demand for BBC online content, but, for me, sitting in the context of, which has already got 17 million users,” said Davie.“In some ways we’re having a branding discussion, because I want to deliver iPlayer functionality if that’s the right thing for a market – whether it’s download-to-own or SVOD. I want you to have access to that via alongside News and the other brands we’ve got.”Asked whether BBC Worldwide could sell a subscription player app through, Davie said “watch this space.”Talking broadly about his vision for BBC Worldwide, Davie pinpointed three areas for growth, focused around investment in content, clearly focused channel brands and digital innovation.Discussing BBC Worldwide’s new premium drama channel, BBC First, which launched last month in Australia, Davie said it was still early days but the initial results were “very encouraging.”In terms of future expansion of the brand, Davie said success was not necessarily interested in  launching in 30 markets, preferring it instead to be “in a selected handful of markets and doing very well.”He also said that that the BBC Earth online vertical was due to launch imminently, going live first in the UK before being commercialised around the world.last_img read more

TV applications and sites are additive to the TV

first_imgTV applications and sites are “additive” to the TV viewing experience, with 64% of users watching more TV overall, according to research by Viacom. The MTV and Nickelodeon-owner said that the trend was even more pronounced among millennials, with 72% reporting they watched more TV as a result of TV everywhere.According to the  ‘TV Here, There, (Not Quite) Everywhere’ report, a total of 98% of users said that TV everywhere adds value to the pay TV subscription, with 67% saying it adds “a lot” of value.Some of respondents said they were 93% more likely to stay with their provider due to TV everywhere and 68% have a more favourable impression of networks that offer TV everywhere experiences.The study was done through online surveys done by more than 1,300 Viacom viewers aged 13-49 and more than 600 kids aged 2-12.last_img read more

Sanford Panitch Sony Pictures Entertainment has hi

first_imgSanford PanitchSony Pictures Entertainment has hired Fox executive Sanford Panitch to become its president of international film and television.The newly-created post will see Panitch working alongside Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko on TV projects, as well as on the feature film side of the Hollywood studio.This is the first significant hire SPE has made since Tom Rothman replaced co-chairman Amy Pascal, who left the business after embarrassing emails were exposed during the cyber-attack on Sony that crippled the business over Christmas.Panitch, currently president of Fox local language film division Fox International Productions, will report to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, who escaped the cyber-attack largely unharmed.Panitch will focus in part on creating local-language TV series, coordinating with SPT’s president of international production Andrea Wong.“Sanford is a talented and strategic senior executive with an exceptional career working with a wide range of international productions and talent,” said Lynton.“There is tremendous growth potential in the international and local language markets, and we are thrilled to have someone with Sanford’s experience join our team.”last_img read more

Factual subscription ondemand service CuriositySt

first_imgFactual subscription on-demand service CuriosityStream has launched a channel on Roku apps and TVs.CuriosityStream launched earlier this year, offering original shows and content from the likes of the BBC, NHK and Zed. Its US-focused Roku service will begin at US$2.99 (€2.68) a month.“Making CuriosityStream available on the Roku platform is an exciting next step in our evolution as a service, captivating curious minds with quality nonfiction programs,” said CuriosityStream president Elizabeth Hendricks North, whose father, John Hendricks, founded Discovery Channel in the Eighties.“Since launching just a few short months ago, our growing media library continues to enchant our subscribers with meaningful documentaries on the topics that matter,” added Hendricks North. “We look forward to an equally engaging relationship with millions of Roku customers.”last_img read more

Netflix series Narcos Streaming giant Netflix has

first_imgNetflix series, NarcosStreaming giant Netflix has slammed NBC numbers claiming to show ratings for shows such as Jessica Jones, Masters of None and Narcos.Netflix chief content officer called the data release “remarkably inaccurate”, and added: “I hope they [NBC] didn’t spend any money on it.”NBC last week released info from analytics firm Symphony Advanced Media, which had pooled 15,000 Netflix users, describing the figures as a “reality check” for the television business.The figure showed superhero series Jessica Jones had been watched 4.8 million times over a 35-day period, with comedy Masters of None clocking in at 3.9 million, drug kingpin drama Narcos taking 3.2 million and Orange is the New Black taking a relatively small 644,000.“Why would NBC use their lunch slot to talk about our ratings,” Sarandos queried in Netflix’s TCA session. “Maybe because it’s more fun than talking about NBC ratings. The methodology doesn’t reflect any sense of reality we keep track of.”Netflix’s refusal to release ratings data has been the big talking point of this year’s TCA events.The Los Gatos-based SVOD platform says it does not measure success through viewing and focuses on its international subscription number instead.“Theratings themselves have no specific impact on the business,” said Sarandos. “If we were spending a lot of money on shows people weren’t watching, they would quit. People are finding value in how we’re spending our contentdollars.”Commentators, rivals and even Netflix’s own producers and talent are not given access to ratings data, a matter of ire for many.In related news, Netflix is reported to be lining up an animated series with The Simpsons creator Matt Groenig, while Jessica Jones has been commissioned for a second season following the recent launch of the first.last_img read more

Nokia OZOR Nokia launched its OZO virtual reality

first_imgNokia OZORNokia launched its OZO virtual reality camera in Europe at an event in London last night and announced that the device would retail for €55,000.The camera, which is already available in the US priced at US$60,000, is designed to capture “immersive virtual reality experiences” and Nokia announced supporting VR post-production service deals with specialist Deluxe, adding that post-production software tools from London-based The Foundry will also soon support 3D content created with OZO.At the same time, Nokia announced the launch of a new program “to enable innovators to create virtual reality experiences that demonstrate the full potential of the medium.”Those who want to take part in the programme and create VR content using the OZO camera will have until April 30 to apply. Participants will get a €15,000 discount on their purchase of OZO.“Virtual Reality is the next frontier in storytelling, and OZO is designed to provide professional content creators with an innovative solution to produce great VR experiences,” said Paul Melin, vice-president of digital media at Nokia Technologies.“Nokia wants to help drive the creation of content that demonstrates the possibilities of this medium in collaboration with innovators at the cutting edge of VR production, and the Pioneer Program is designed to tap into the full creativity of the VR community.”last_img read more

Telefónica added a massive 101000 TV customers in

first_imgTelefónica added a massive 101,000 TV customers in Spain in the quarter to September, contributing to what it described as its “best commercial activity in at least 10 years”.The jump in numbers, partly attributable to its hold on football rights and its ability to target Vodafone customers on that basis, compared with only 8,000 TV adds for the previous quarter. Telefónica said its TV growth in Spain was the best since its acquisition of pay TV operator DTS in 2015. The company now has 4.036 million TV customers in the country, up 7.2% year-on-year.The operator added 81,000 customers to its Fusión converged offering in Spain the period, taking the total to 4.6 million. Fusión now accounts for 90% of the TV base in the country, 87% of the broadband base and 83% of the contract mobile base.Telefónica grew its overall TV base by 5.6% year-on-year to 8.8 million.In Brazil it added 50,000 IPTV customers, partly offsetting a decline in DTH numbers.In Spanish speaking Latin America, overall pay TV numbers rose, with DTH numbers falling as the operator focused on IPTV and the Movistar Play OTT service, which is not included in its pay TV total. Telefónica also launched a Movistar pay TV service in Argentina in September.Video revenues accounted for 44% of digital services revenues for the first nine months of the year, standing at €710 million for the quarter and €2.149 million for the nine months period. In addition to its Movistar pay TV customer total, Telefónica had one million active Movistar Play OTT customers in Latin America at the end of the period. The quarter also saw the addition of Netflix to the company’s Movistar platform in Chile, joining Colombia, Ecuador and the UK.During the quarter, overall, the telco added 4.9 million LTE mobile customers, 1.9 mobile contract customers and 550,000 broadband customers“Third quarter results reflect the solid execution of our strategic priorities. To begin with, both high-value customers and their average revenue continued increasing, with a strong level of net additions in mobile contract, including the best figure for Spain over the last ten years, LTE, fibre and pay TV,” said CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete.“More and higher-value customers, coupled with stable churn rates, translates into higher business sustainability. If we add to that the wider coverage of our high-speed networks, the efficiencies we are already achieving in digitalisation and simplification, and the launch of Movistar Home via AURA, among others, we are further strengthening our future positioning.”last_img read more

The HbbTV Association has partnered with the DVB i

first_imgThe HbbTV Association has partnered with the DVB industry consortium to compile a DASH validation tool.The tool checks ISO/IEC 23009-1 MPEG-DASH media presentation descriptions and segments to ensure conformance with DASH-related specifications from DVB and HbbTV.HbbTV Association chair, Vincent Grivet, said that validation tool “will help application developers and content providers verify that their services are compliant with the HbbTV/DVB DASH profiles, enabling them to offer compelling hybrid services that enhance the viewer experience.”DVB chair, Peter MacAvock, said: “DVB and HbbTV have a close relationship and common membership, making this the perfect partnership. Content delivery is becoming increasingly complex. Working together, we are bringing simplicity to content conformance for DASH-delivered streams.The HbbTV Association is a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes.DVB is an industry-led consortium that includes broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers and regulators, which designs open interoperable technical specifications for the global delivery of digital media and broadcast services.DVB-DASH defines the delivery of live and on-demand TV content over the open internet via HTTP adaptive streaming. It is referenced in the HbbTV specifications, which means that many devices in the market currently support this profile.last_img read more

The fact that recommendations from the Hyponatrae

first_img“The fact that recommendations from the Hyponatraemia Inquiry cannot be fully implemented due to the lack of an executive here is disgraceful.“This failure will only serve to compound the stress and heartache of the families at the heart of this inquiry. “The one piece of comfort that they could take from their tragedy was that their perseverance and determination would mean changes could be implemented, to ensure other families would never have to be put through the same pain and suffering. “Now even that promise cannot be delivered as a direct consequence of the political shambles here. ShareTweet SDLP Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has deemed the failure to implement recommendations of the Hyponatraemia Inquiry the real human cost of political stalemate. He has urged Sinn Fein and the DUP to listen to the mounting pleas from society.The Foyle MLA said: Durkan Hyponatraemia Inquiry: “The human cost of political stalemate”LORD CHIEF JUSTICEMR JUSTICE O’HARASIR DECLAN MORGAN “We’ve had calls for political agreement from school principals and health professionals.“And now we have the most eminent legal figure in the North, the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan saying it. “What more does it take for members of the DUP and Sinn Fein to listen?“The only unified voice we seem to have here is that of the people. “Everyone is calling for the same thing but our two biggest parties still aren’t getting it. “We must listen to the will of the people who are the ones left paying the price of political deadlock,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan Hyponatraemia Inquiry: “The human cost of political stalemate” was last modified: October 27th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Local News West Virginia Capitol parking rates will not increase Previous PostOne Dead, One Injured In A Car Crash In Wyoming County Next PostScratch-and-Sniff Stamps Now Avaliable The Dept. of Administration filed a notice of public comment on June 11, 2018, with the Secretary of State which proposed to amend a state regulation that sets the parking rates and fines on lots at the State Capitol Complex. This proposed amendment would have raised parking rates and fines by a significant amount. Daniella Hankey Mail Google+ Twitter The withdrawal is effective today, June 21, 2018.center_img Linkedin Tumblr Facebook CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- Governor Jim Justice released that parking rates at the Capitol Complex will stay the same as he ordered withdrawal of the proposal to increase the rates. The Governor ordered this proposal to be withdrawn as soon as he became aware of it. Local NewsNewsWatchPolitical NewsState News West Virginia Capitol parking rates will not increase By Daniella HankeyJun 21, 2018, 11:33 am 346 0 Pinterestlast_img read more


first_img Google+ 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 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing allowance on Monday.The allowance is for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Division of Family Assistance.Families with school-aged children receiving WV Works cash assistance and those in foster care will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers by mid-July. Families who received vouchers in 2017 and currently receive Medicaid or food stamps should have received an application in June. To update mailing addresses, visit or call (877) 716-1212.Others may also be eligible, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,092.For more information, contact a local DHHR office, apply online or call. Pinterest NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories West Virginia school clothing allowance applications begin By Tyler BarkerJun 29, 2018, 14:45 pm 404 0 Tumblr Linkedin Home NewsWatch West Virginia school clothing allowance applications begin Twitter Next PostTelevision Show to Feature McDowell County Woman Facebook Mail Previous PostMedicaid recipients to get more substance abuse serviceslast_img read more


first_img Tumblr Previous Post2018 Toughman Contest – Day One Highlights BASEBALLWyoming East 9, Oak Hill (video highlights above)Liberty 9, Fayetteville 1 (video highlights above)Greenbrier West 10, Webster County 6Greenbrier East 11, Madonna 1Spring Valley 9, Greenbrier East 6Riverside 10, Valley 3Landrum (SC) 10, Independence 4SOFTBALLFayetteville 16, Midland Trail 4Wyoming East 8, Spring Valley 0Wyoming East 10, South Charleston 2Liberty 4, Nicholas County 2South Charleston 7, Independence 1 Google+ Twitter Home Sports News Sports High School Baseball/Softball Scoreboard – April 6 Next PostLawyer Explains MSHA Lawsuit Filed on Behalf on UBB Widow SportsSports News High School Baseball/Softball Scoreboard – April 6 By Matt DigbyApr 07, 2018, 00:13 am 643 1 center_img Pinterest Mail Facebook Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Linkedin Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

I take a scientific view on these things Unless y

first_img I take a scientific view on these things. Unless you’re born a hermaphrodite, you’re equipped as either a male or a female, with designated X and Y chromosomes. If the kid wants a sex change later in life—and can afford to pay for it—then that should be a possibility. But for the parent to put that on its birth certificate is nothing but a political statement. As far as I’m concerned, you can call yourself whatever you want. If a person wants to self-identify as a two-headed crustacean from Mars, that’s fine. Anybody should be or do or have whatever they want—as long as they don’t aggress against other people or their property. I mean who cares how you “self-identify”? You’re giving other people more information by which they can judge what type of a being you are. I like more information about the person I’m dealing with. I think the current trend to self-identify as all manner of bizarre things is aberrant, and even sick. But it’s a matter of personal choice. The key is not getting the State or the law involved. Justin: So, what’s fueling this trend? Doug: This is just one of the many subsets of a greater phenomenon: the collapse of Western Civilization. Western Civilization is built upon the acknowledgment and understanding of physical reality, and concepts such as truth, honesty, and science. When Bizzarro World is accepted as being equally valid in the eyes of the law and most people, then a society is in trouble. This whole multi-gender, sex change and whatever trend is just one subset of the worms eating away at the culture. It’s why primitive and authoritarian forces like Islam are on the rise. They’re retrogressive, and repugnant to anyone that believes in Western values. But they offer certainty about what’s right and wrong, proper and improper. And—sad to say—the average person may be so degraded that he’ll choose that over the uncertainty presented by personal freedom and responsibility. It’s a pity. Many, or even most, of the people in the West are renouncing personal freedom and responsibility—even denying the reality of being born a boy or a girl—and substituting them with floating abstractions. Justin: What role should the government play in all this? Should they acknowledge these things? Doug: Well frankly, I don’t believe in government identification documents, driver’s licenses, or anything of the sort. Yes, I understand that over the last 100 years society has come to accept the supposed “necessity” of everyone having “papers,” like a dog or a cow. It’s a very recent phenomenon. But insofar as ID is needed, the market could and would provide it far better than the State. Are you a non-person if you don’t have a birth certificate? If this whole intersex, transgender thing wasn’t politicized it would be a non-problem. People have always thought and believed things that are not just outlandish but at odds with reality. But frankly, who cares—as long as they can’t impose their views on anyone else? They’re destroying their own lives, but it’s not my problem. Although it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem. But, to answer your question directly, the doctor should put “male” or “female” in the box, because those are the choices that correspond with physical reality at the time. Justin: I agree, Doug. The state should leave this alone. But I will say that it’s hard to stay on top of all the developments in the gender world. Just look at this survey that VIDA, a non-profit feminist organization, put out recently: There are 26 “sub-genders” to choose from. I didn’t even know that was a thing until I saw this. Doug: Yeah, they’re really innovative. Insane, actually. I’d say they hate themselves even more than I’m sure they hate straight white males. There are clearly many flavors of psychological aberration. Once again, it’s nothing that the politicians should get involved in. Let people put down whatever they want on their survey cards. I just feel sorry for the kids of these crazy people. It’s going to make their lives harder, but not everybody is dealt a Royal Flush at birth. On the bright side, maybe Nietzsche was right when he said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” So, here’s a kid that’s going to start playing his game of Texas Hold ‘Em of life with an unsuited 2-7. I’m sorry for him, but that’s what we call the luck of the draw. He’s going to grow up likely having to endure all kinds of harassment. A bit like what Johnny Cash sang about in “A Boy Named Sue.” Justin: But what about the child? They obviously had zero say in this. Should the government prevent people with “psychological aberrations” from doing this to children? Doug: Well, you and I may think that these people have psychological problems. But who can objectively quantify this? It would likely be left up to psychiatrists. But my experience is that psychiatry is the lowest rung of specialties on the medical ladder. They generally don’t have to know any real medicine beyond what it took to get their union card. Their cure for psychological problems is generally passing out pills, many of which are extremely dangerous. Plus, most psychiatrists are troubled people themselves. They become psychiatrists to bounce their own aberrations off of the person that’s paying them there to tell them his. They’re the last people to make this determination. We can all have our opinions on who’s crazy. But I don’t think there should be any formalized law or regulation on the topic. I don’t want the state involved in any of this stuff. You know, in Germany there are some names that you can’t give your kid. They won’t allow you to call your kid “Freedom” or “Liberty.” Those names are illegal to give your kid in Germany. Freedom isn’t much in fashion in the land of Karl Marx, National Socialism, the Stasi, Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and what-have-you. Then again, why shouldn’t some state bureaucrat determine what I call my kid, or for that matter what the kid calls himself? God forbid the drones and proles might get the idea they could actually own themselves! Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug. Doug: My pleasure. Justin’s note: Every month, Doug shares his unique insights in The Casey Report, our flagship publication. If you sign up today, you’ll get complete access to all of our archived content, including recent essays by Doug on the Greater Depression, the migrant crisis, and technology. You’ll also receive specific, actionable advice to help you protect and grow your personal financial empire. You can sign up for a risk-free trial of The Casey Report right here. 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Justin’s note: Just when I thought I’d seen it all…I recently read this story about a baby born in Canada that wasn’t designated a sex. Its birth certificate simply lists “U” under the sex category. The Gender-Free ID Coalition believes that this stands for “unspecified or unknown.”But it’s impossible to know for sure. You see, this has never happened before. It’s a “world first,” according to CNN.You see, the baby was born “outside the medical system” to a nonbinary, transgender parent…and did not undergo the traditional genital inspection after birth. Here’s why the child’s parent wanted it this way: It is up to Searyl [the child] to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity…I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.It’s a bizarre situation, to say the least. So I called up Doug Casey to try to make sense of it… Justin: What do you make of this, Doug? Doug: The parent in question is obviously very confused. Perhaps they’ve just been brainwashed by the wave of political correctness that’s washed over the world like a tsunami of raw sewage; if so, it’s possible they can recover. Perhaps they have the neurological wiring of one sex but the body of the other; I imagine that’s quite possible, and is nobody’s “fault.” Maybe they experienced some childhood trauma that made them hate their own sex, or gender, or whatever. Maybe any of a number of other things. In times past, someone like this would be viewed as a curiosity. They might have worked in a circus sideshow. Today they’re taken seriously. Look, almost everybody has problems, fears, inadequacies—issues—of one type or another. But if you want to succeed, you do your best trying to overcome, de-emphasize, or hide these things. You don’t go out in public and broadcast them. Why not? For the same reason a chicken with a physical peculiarity doesn’t—the rest of the flock will peck her to death. This person isn’t courageous; he’s just got less sense than a chicken. What’s worse, this person is burdening a child with their psychological aberrations—not very nice on the part of the parent. I’m a believer in nature over nurture, so the kid will likely survive and be whoever he/she or it is. But the idiot parent isn’t going to make growing up any easier for him, her, or it. Then again, I understand Facebook has designated about 48 sexual or gender identities… And people seem to live on Facebook. — Recommended Linklast_img read more

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first_imgCure Cancer, Cure Alzheimer’s, Cure Parkinson’s, & Unlock the Code to Life Wrapped Up Inside DNA? Hidden inside 5 billion-year-old bacteria, scientists have discovered the key to unlocking the secrets of DNA. This could end genetic disease, save the global food supply, and grant us energy independence. Only three companies hold all the key patents. Click here to learn more. Recommended Link By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch “That can’t be right,” I thought. “That’s way more money than I spent last month.” I ran the numbers again. Same answer. This was my experience in Tulum, Mexico last week. I was trying to figure out how much it would cost to rent an apartment. You see, I’ve been living in Tulum since the end of December. I came here to escape the winter, unearth investment opportunities, and, yes, save money. That’s because it’s much cheaper to live in Mexico than the United States. Last month, I got a sweet deal on a nice apartment down here. In a few days, I’ll move into an even nicer apartment. And the realtor for this property is asking the same price in pesos. So, I thought I’d be paying around the same price in dollars. But I was shocked at how much more expensive it’s going to be. At first, I couldn’t figure out why. Then, the answer came to me…• The U.S. dollar has been obliterated this year… Just look at this chart… The dollar has lost 4% of its value against the peso this year. That’s why it’s suddenly much more expensive to rent an apartment in Mexico. Of course, I didn’t write this essay to get you to feel sorry for me. I wrote it because my experience illustrates just how much the dollar has weakened… and not just against the peso. • The dollar has weakened against just about every major currency this year… It’s down 5% against the euro… 5% against the Swiss franc… and 3% against the Japanese yen. If you’re an American, this is a problem. It means the money in your wallet doesn’t go as far. Unfortunately, I don’t see this trend changing course anytime soon. To understand why, look at this chart: You can see that the dollar has been in a downtrend since the start of 2017. And, as Doug Casey likes to say, a trend in motion tends to stay in motion. More importantly, the dollar just broke through major support. This suggests that it’ll likely keep falling. And I’m not the only analyst who’s turned bearish on the U.S. dollar.• 13D Research is calling for a weak dollar, too… Most people haven’t heard of 13D Research. But it’s one of the world’s best institutional research firms. They offer some of the best research money can buy. Most of this information is only available to paid subscribers. But they occasionally share insights with the public. Two weeks ago, they published an eye-opening piece on the U.S. dollar. I consider this essay required reading, so be sure to read it here. But the most important point is that 13D thinks the dollar’s in the early innings of a major downturn… This month’s price action is the beginning of the next down-leg for the dollar and we believe its bear market could last as long as seven years… In the years ahead, the appreciation in other currencies versus the USD could be far greater than anyone currently imagines. You read that right. The U.S. dollar could be stuck in this downturn until 2025. Free Attendance to the Legends of Finance Summit: How to Profit from Bill Bonner’s Trade of the Century Recommended Linkcenter_img On February 8th, the Legends of Finance Summit will have its World Premiere.The story behind that name is simple – because renowned contrarian Bill Bonner will join legendary speculator Doug Casey for their first ever online Summit.They will reveal the entire story behind Bill Bonner’s audacious “Trade of the Century.”That’s why this premiere event is the biggest – and most anticipated – in the history of our research firm. And it’s unprecedented in yet another way – because Chris Mayer and Nick Giambruno will also discuss 6 urgent ways to profit from Bill’s “Trade of the Century” concept.→ The best part? Attendance is free – so click here to reserve your spot right away. ← — — • You cannot afford to ignore this… That’s because the dollar is the world’s most important currency. When it makes a big move, every other financial asset feels it, too. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what 13D had to say: A weak dollar has tremendous implications for almost every asset class, particularly because of the huge amount of capital concentration in U.S. dollar assets and the relentless bullishness that caught so many by surprise. In short, most investors aren’t ready for a weak dollar. They own too many U.S. stocks and bonds. That’s a problem according to 13D, which sees major “excesses” in the stock market. The firm also recently warned that U.S. Treasury bonds could be “on the verge of a breakdown from a large topping-pattern.”• In short, it’s time for investors to take precautions… And that’s because the U.S. bond market is already flashing danger. Just look at this chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). This fund tracks the performance of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities greater than 20 years. You can see TLT recently rolled over. It’s now down 4% since the start of the year.• U.S. stocks are also looking weak… Just look at this chart of the S&P 500… You can see it’s down 6% over the last four days. It’s now back to where it was at the start of the year.• Now, it’s too early to say if these drops will continue… But stocks and bonds could be in serious trouble if the dollar continues to slide. So take precautions if you haven’t already. The first thing you should do is take some chips off the table. Once you’ve done that, consider using your profits to buy physical gold. As Casey Research readers know, gold’s the ultimate safe-haven asset. It’s survived every financial crisis throughout history. Because of this, many investors take shelter in gold when stocks and bonds run into trouble. Gold’s also an inflation hedge. It tends to gain value when the dollar loses value. In short, there are many reasons to own gold right now. So consider adding some to your portfolio today.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 6, 2018 P.S. Be sure to watch this new presentation our team put together. It shows why a special group of gold stocks could soar 500%… and what you need to do today to take advantage. It all boils down to a secret strategy. And 2018 is shaping up to be the best time in history to use it… Reader Mailbag Today, a reader responds to our recent essays on the electric vehicle (EV) revolution (catch up here and here):  Yes, it’s true that EVs will use a lot of copper, but that same copper will be used over and over again, since most cars and trucks get recycled. Most new cars use less copper than those of years ago due to advanced systems to control various systems in a car or truck. The taillights, for instance, had to be connected to a switch on the dashboard with fairly heavy wire to handle the current in previous days. Now there is just a single heavy wire from the lighting circuit and a much smaller signal wire that tells the various lights what to do. Another factor is the use of LEDs, which use a lot less current and hence much smaller wire. Because of the cost of copper, the auto manufacturers have been on this case for many years, and the improvements they have made are significant. My guess is that this process will continue. Some of the heavier circuits in the drive train of EVs may even use aluminum.—Don Share your thoughts on the EV revolution—and how you’re planning on profiting from this megatrend—right here.last_img read more

Three men are facing rape charges after a woman sa

first_imgThree men are facing rape charges after a woman says they told her they’d take her home and instead took her somewhere else and assaulted her.The victim said it happened March 29, when she left High Tide Bar just off the Strip in Tuscaloosa with three men who told her they were taking her home. Instead, the men passed the woman’s home and continued to another location.Once there, the victim said she was taken to a bedroom and forced to have sex with the three men.Terry Murphy Jr. and Adarious Smith, both 21, were charged with first-degree rape last week. Deonte Steven Hill, 24, is also facing rape charges, but has not yet been apprehended.If you have any information regarding Hill’s whereabouts, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-753-7867.Police have not released photos of Hill, Murphy or Smith.last_img read more

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ – Tom Coughlin has had enoug

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin has had enough with the New York Giants’ offense, and he didn’t pull any punches.“Pathetic” was the word Coughlin used after the Giants (5-9) were limited to 181 total yards by the NFL’s top-ranked defense in a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks (12-2) Sunday.Eli Manning threw a career-high five interceptions in pushing his pick total to 25 — tying his career high —and New York didn’t cross into Seattle territory until midway the fourth quarter.What made the loss so bitter for the 67-year-old Coughlin was that he wanted his team to bounce back after being eliminated from playoff contention last weekend for the fourth time in five years.His defense and special teams were outstanding. The offense struggled in guaranteeing the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, Coughlin’s first season.“Offensively, there is no way to sugarcoat it, it was a pathetic offensive performance,” Coughlin said. “We didn’t block anybody. We didn’t make any plays. We didn’t create any opportunity for ourselves. I told the players that prepared that I appreciated what they did. I told those that are obvious that they had not, and I felt sorry for them because they are missing the whole thing.”Coughlin apologized to his players after the game in taking the blame, but they interrupted him and told him it was their fault.Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will take the heat, but they had plenty of help from the line and the receivers.The play that summed up the day for New York was a fourth-quarter interception by Earl Thomas. Manning threw a fade to Hakeem Nicks and he was out jumped by Richard Sherman and Thomas caught the tipped ball.It was a chance for an offensive player to go up and make a play and he failed. That’s been the case the past two weeks as New York has scored 14 points.“It’s not fun when you get down like that and you get beat and you can’t get anything going on offense, and you have interceptions and bad plays,” said Manning, who finished 18 of 31 for 156 yards and 31.9 quarterback rating. “That’s not enjoyable and tough to deal with.”Making the day even worse, the Giants lost top receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion in the fourth quarter. Cruz is 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season.Seattle dominated this one.Sherman and Byron Maxwell had two interceptions apiece, Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, and Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals.Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s defense, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown before sitting out the last few minutes.The Seahawks are closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.This season’s Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium and unless they collapse in their final two games at home, where they are undefeated, the Seahawks will be the NFC favorite to reach the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city.It was Seattle’s first shutout since a 58-0 romp over Arizona on Dec. 9 last year. The Giants lost 38-0 to Carolina in Week 3.“It’s great to have a win and a shutout,” Thomas said. “It’s our best game all year. Now, we’ll keep this tunnel-vision that we have, keep this chip on our shoulder, keep this feeling like we lost.”Hauschka, who is clutch from long distance (14 for 15 from beyond 40 yards), made 49- and 44-yarders, plus a 24-yard field goal.Sherman’s first pick led to Lynch’s brilliant short run for a 10-0 lead. Lynch seemed to be going down several times, but went into full Beast Mode to power into the end zone.Hauschka’s 44-yarder made it 13-0 at halftime, then Sherman got his sixth interception of the season.Maxwell’s second pick led to Wilson’s 12-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin, the 17th touchdown New York has yielded off a turnover.Lynch actually was most effective as a receiver with six catches for 73 yards. He rushed for 47.(Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

BAKU Azerbaijan — Even before their first opening

first_imgBAKU, Azerbaijan — Even before their first opening ceremony, the European Games are struggling.Created to provide a European version of long-running continental competitions such as the Pan-American Games and Asian Games, the first edition of the European Games has been battered by sporting and political turmoil.Without any high-level track and field or swimming competitions – traditionally the two most popular Olympic sports – there are questions over the European Games’ credibility as a sports event. Host nation Azerbaijan brings immense oil wealth to the table, but also a much-criticized human rights record.For organizers, the games are simply a way to revitalize European sport.“It was ridiculous why Europe did not have its own games,” says Patrick Hickey, the head of the European Olympic Committees and the main driving force behind the creation of the June 12-28 games.“There has been a decline in Europe winning medals at various Olympic Games since 2008 and I think these games will help redress that situation.”On June 10, two days before the opening ceremony, there came another blow when the Netherlands abruptly pulled out of hosting the 2019 European Games, less than a month after being chosen by Hickey’s EOC.The timing of the Dutch withdrawal was “purely coincidental” and two more cities are interested in hosting the 2019 event, Hickey said.The European Games are unquestionably big – more than 6,000 athletes are competing, double the number at last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi – but have struggled to cement themselves in the packed sports calendar.In attempting to create a new Europe-wide multi-sports event, organizers were faced with numerous vested interests, especially among European sports federations with their own continental championships, some of them big money earners.Athletics and swimming are the two main holdouts. Reluctant to create a rival to their own competitions, both sports allowed only low-level competitions in Baku.All events in the pool will be for juniors, while crowds at the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium will watch athletes compete in Europe’s fourth-level international team competition.“I accept that track and field, athletics and swimming is a lower-level event, I’m not trying to hide away from this,” said Simon Clegg, the former British Olympic Association Chief Executive who has led Baku’s preparations.In some events, mostly the combat sports that are popular in Azerbaijan, competitions boast numerous Olympic and world championship medalists. For others, the entry lists are packed with 16-year-old hopefuls and athletes with little chance of qualifying for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The uneven nature of the competitions makes it hard to predict who could top the medal table, but Russia is the early favorite after sending strong teams for most events, including Olympic gymnastics champion Aliya Mustafina.Of the 20 sports on the program in Baku, organizers say 12 offer Olympic qualification. Many only do so indirectly, by offering world ranking points or, as in the case of track and field, simply offering a chance to achieve qualifying standards, just like any regular meet.If this month’s games in Azerbaijan are successful, the EOC can strengthen the competition for 2019 by giving athletics and swimming an ultimatum, Clegg said.“In the future, this puts the European Olympic committees in a very strong position to negotiate with the European federations as to if they want to be in the program next time, they have to have the top level, or they are out,” he said.Athletics and swimming are already involved in a rival to the European Games, which would bring together rescheduled versions of existing continental competitions under the name of the European Sports Championships. That plan would give the sports federations more control – and likely more income – than the European Games model.In the meantime, Azerbaijan’s status as host nation is causing headaches.The Azerbaijani government – headed by members of the Aliyev family for the last 22 years – has been criticized by human rights campaigners who say the government has imprisoned political opponents on trumped-up charges and that security forces often torture suspects. That worries some in the sporting world.“When human rights defenders who justifiably criticize things are illegally locked up, that can’t be tolerated in anyway,” former world rowing champion Christian Schreiber, who heads the German Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission, told The Associated Press by telephone from Germany. “One should be in solidarity with people who stand up for something.”Athletes should not be blamed for competing in Baku, Schreiber said, but human rights issues should be taken into account when countries bid for major events.For Azerbaijan, the aim is to use the European Games as a springboard to host other big events in future. Although the country bid unsuccessfully for both the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, officials are adamant the European Games are no consolation prize and have not ruled out another Olympic bid in the future.“Baku and Azerbaijan will be very well positioned to make a bid for the Olympic Games,” Hickey said. “They can run any event in the world after this.”Azerbaijan is already due to host a string of major sporting events, starting with a Formula One race on the streets of Baku next year, before the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 and four games of soccer’s European Championship in 2020.In a sign Azerbaijan is confident of hosting more competitions, there is no declared legacy use for the vast athletes’ village built for the European Games, capable of hosting more than 7,000 athletes. After the games, it will merely stand empty until more athletes come.(JAMES ELLINGWORTH) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0911 pmFoxconn

first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:11 pmFoxconn Technology Group is seeking proposals from design/build firms to modernize its planned innovation center in downtown Eau Claire.The company says Foxconn Place Chippewa Valley at Haymarket Landing will be home to 150 employees who will work with Foxconn’s partners “to create and apply technological solutions in a real-world environment to meet the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.”Foxconn wants the center to include a co-working space, elements that help create a “pipe-line” to attract and retain employees, an application area for Foxconn’s technology and an opportunity to build the company’s brand and culture. “We hope to do our part to inject new energy that will support the ongoing development of the downtown area through the addition of employees at Foxconn Place Chippewa Valley and the partners, suppliers and other tech companies that will be drawn to this new regional technology hub,” said Alan Yeung, director of U.S. strategic initiatives for Foxconn.Plans for the Haymarket Landing space have drawn criticism from some who expected a restaurant to go in that location as part of a redevelopment effort championed by the city, according to a report from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.Foxconn is hoping to occupy the finished space as early as December. Yeung called the RFP “another step forward” in the company’s commitment to create innovation centers around the state. Foxconn announced in mid-July it would buy 15,000 square feet of co-working space at 200 Eau Claire St. in Haymarket Landing along with “The Grand” a six-story building at 204 E. Grand constructed in 1929.“The Grand” was not included in Foxconn’s request for proposal announcement. The company said in July the building will be updated and converted into an incubator and laboratory for next-generation technological solutions.In late June, the company announced a similar innovation center project in Green Bay. Foxconn is also establishing its North American headquarters in downtown Milwaukee at the 611 Building at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. A request for proposals for upgrades to the 611 Building was issued in July with a selection expected this month.Foxconn says it will give preference to firms with a strong Wisconsin connection or track record for both design projects.Proposals for the Eau Claire project are due by 10 a.m. Sept. 27. An information session is planned for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence at 128 Graham Ave. in Eau Claire. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

The Wgemas BuildingLast updated on July 2nd 2019

first_imgThe Wgemas Building.Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:55 amRenovation work has been completed on a fifth building on the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s Wgema Campus on Milwaukee’s Near West Side.On Wednesdays tribal officials, along with the city, Potawatomi Business Development Corp. and Greenfire Management Services LLC, marked completion of renovations to the Wgemas Building at 944 E. 33rd St. This is the latest building to be renovated on the former Concordia College campus.“When we go home as leadership, my whole council wants to make sure that Milwaukee knows that the Potawatomis are here,” Forest County Potawatomi chairman Ned Daniels Jr. said during a ceremony Wednesday morning inside the newly renovated building. “We try to be the best partners we can in Milwaukee.” The three-story building was fully renovated for $9 million, and took just over a year to complete. It features a cafeteria and commercial kitchen on the first floor, and houses the Indian Council of the Elderly’s All Nations Senior and Cultural Center, the United Indians of Milwaukee and Lisa Kaye Catering. Lisa Kaye Catering, in fact, had its soft opening in the building last week.The building also has roughly 10,000 square feet of space available for prospective office users, with most of that space located on the nearly 8,600-square-foot top floor and the remaining space on its garden level.Kip Ritchie, president of Greenfire, said the upper-floor office space has been cleared out in preparation for an eventual tenant. He said his group is open to who that tenant could be, though he suggested a non-profit group might fit in well with the other users on the campus.“Right now it’s pretty open and just sort of a blank canvas to see what organization might be interested in it,” he said. About 10,000 square feet of office space is available in the Wgemas Building. The Nengos Building. The Bgemagen Building. One part of the Wgechda Building, which is made up of two historic building connected with a new atrium. One part of the Wgechda Building, which is made up of two historic building connected with a new atrium. The Wgemas Building.The Potawatomi tribe has owned the Wgema campus since 1990, after Concordia moved from there to Mequon in 1983. Work to redevelop the campus commenced in 2010, starting with the Bgemagen Building that now houses Potawatomi Business Development Corp., Greenfire and the administrative offices of the Milwaukee Police Department.The Woodlands East charter school began leasing the Nengos Building in 2013. Then in 2016, renovation of the Wgechda Building was finished, which provides 48,000 square feet of office and commercial space that’s now at capacity. Various tribal administrative offices are located there, including its foundation, legal, executive council and gaming commission.The Wgechda Building, in fact, is actually two buildings that were combined into one with the construction of an atrium.Next to the campus is the new Data Holdings Center and a two-story parking structure.Ritchie said the Tthigwe Building will be the next project tackled on campus. The work will include renovations to the gymnasium and demolition of the attached pool. The area of the former pool will be used as surface parking but will eventually be developed into something else, though there are no specific plans yet for it.Also nearby is the green space where the school’s track was formerly located. Next door to that is an apartment complex that Potawatomi purchased earlier this year and will soon demolish. That whole area will also be redeveloped eventually, said Ritchie.“Hopefully within the next couple years we’ll have more direction” on what might be developed there, he said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

DESCRIPTION At the south end of the bridge at Kea

first_imgDESCRIPTION: At the south end of the bridge at Keany Square, installation of a waterline by J.F. White continues as well as installation of a gas pipe by National Grid. TEMPORARY BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORK HOURS: Daytime (7 a.m.–6 p.m.) on weekdays. PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS: The bridge’s eastern sidewalk is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route, but may close without warning and beyond control of this project. During the daytime Tudor Wharf walkway closures, pedestrian access will be provided via the Water Street underpass and guidance signage will be provided. NO WORK ON MAY 27 No daytime work or lane closures will take place on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Typical work hours and conditions will continue Tuesday, May 28. Below is the construction look ahead for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project as provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). UTILITY INSTALLATION AND UPGRADES TRAVEL IMPACTS: During off-peak hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays, inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at the Keany Square intersection. During off-peak hours (7 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays, outbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at the Keany Square. All turn movements will be maintained, with two inbound lanes available during the morning peak hours. MassDOT has begun work on the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project which requires significant traffic impacts including 24/7 lane closures. For information or to sign up for project-specific construction look-aheads like this one, visit the project website.center_img TRAVEL IMPACTS: On weekdays during off-peak daytime hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), the inbound right lane will be closed to create a work zone to support temporary bridge construction and sidewalk demolition. During the Tudor Wharf walkway closures, pedestrian access will be provided via the Water Street underpass and guidance signage will be provided. For more information and project background, visit: All users should take care to pay attention to all signage and police details and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, changes in lane markings, temporary controls such as barriers and traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used throughout the project to control traffic and create safe work zones. The contractor is coordinating with the TD Garden and local police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts during events.  For your awareness, during this look-ahead period, the following events are scheduled: DESCRIPTION: Construction of the temporary bridge north abutment in Paul Revere Park and continued demolition of the western (Charles River side) sidewalk on the bridge near City Square. Work on the bridge above the Tudor Wharf walkway requires some daytime closures of the walkway with pedestrian detours in place.*Advertisement* WORK HOURS: Daytime (7 a.m.–3 p.m.) on weekdays. Stanley Cup Finals: May 27 at 8 p.m., May 29 at 8 p.m., June 6 at 8 p.m. (if needed) TRAVEL TIPSlast_img read more

Senate to probe Tolentinos novel legal theories

first_imgSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celino is expected to seek a third term next year. He, however, has engaged in a word war since last year with Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, a third-termer who also plans to run for mayor under the LP.Dadivas said he and Celino were endorsing Roxas, but both were seeking the party’s support in the mayoral race.City council dividedA scion of a political clan and husband of a niece of Del Rosario, Dadivas said he was seeking higher office because the city “needs new leadership.”“Opportunity was lost” under five years of leadership of Celino, he said.Factions identified with the two officials have crippled the city council. Nine pro-Celino councilors have refused to attend sessions officiated by Dadivas, claiming administrative violations committed by the vice mayor.Some sessions called by Dadivas and two councilors were suspended due to lack of quorom.Like Dadivas, Celino said he would support Roxas and was confident that the party would help him in his reelection bid.In the 2010 presidential election, Roxas won against Jejomar Binay by a slim margin of 16,012 votes in Roxas City. Roxas garnered 39,609 (59.5 percent) against Binay’s 23,597 (35.4 percent). President Aquino got even more votes there than the Capiceño Roxas.Roxas won in 15 towns but lost in Dao, hometown of controversial former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante who lost in the gubernatorial race against Tanco. In contrast, Binay got a bigger voting percentage in his bailiwick, Makati City, getting 179,375 votes (64.3 percent) against Roxas’ 74,897 (26.85 percent).LP vs AlayonIn Cebu, the LP has to resolve also the looming conflict between the original LP members in the first district and members of the Alayon party of the Gullases.The first district is composed of the cities of Naga, Talisay and Carcar, and the towns of Minglanilla and Sibonga. Their combined population is at least 300,000.According to outgoing Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong of Alayon, Roxas wanted Samsam Gullas to be the district chair of the LP and the district congressional candidate in 2016. He said this will not sit well with San Fernando Mayor Antonio Canoy, current LP district chair who reportedly wants to run for congressman too.If Samsam moves to LP, he will be bringing with him his grandfather, Eduardo, and four of the six mayors in the district—Chiong, Lionel Bacaltos of Sibonga, Nicepuro Apura of Carcar City and Elanito Peña of Minglanilla. The problem is, they might face original LP members in the  2016 elections.Eduardo, a former mayor of Talisay and congressman, might challenge the reelection bid of Talisay Mayor Johnny de los Reyes of the LP.Chiong, who is on his last term, plans to field his daughter and executive assistant, Kristine, for the mayoral race in Naga, possibly against an LP member.LP blessingDe los Reyes stressed  that it would be impossible for him and Eduardo Gullas to be one in party. He added that he would not agree to a “free zone” in the local elections, saying the LP should support him being a loyal member. In 2010, Alayon endorsed the presidential bid of then Sen. Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party even if it had formed an alliance with One Cebu, a party headed by the Garcias who supported presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro. Both Villar and Teodoro lost to President Aquino.In the 2013 elections, Alayon allied with the LP in the national elections but didn’t put up a local slate in Cebu. Still, LP’s candi date, Hilario Davide III, won as governor and the party candidate in the first district.The biggest loser was Eduardo Gullas, who lost to De los Reyes.Read Next Biz group wants Palace exec Almendras to be traffic czar Capital One Data Breach LATEST STORIES “I will not be running against (Del Rosario) for governor. Why will I do that to him?” he said.MORE STORIESnewsinfoDagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition rapsnewsinfoSenate reorganization: Newbie senators get 2 to 3 committee chairmanshipsnewsinfoPaolo Duterte now a member of National Unity PartyMORE STORIESnewsinfoDagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition rapsnewsinfoSenate reorganization: Newbie senators get 2 to 3 committee chairmanshipsnewsinfoPaolo Duterte now a member of National Unity PartyGubernatorial raceDel Rosario is seen as the LP’s candidate for governor to replace Gov. Victor Tanco, who is in his final term.But the congressman said he had no definite plans yet and that he was concentrating on Roxas’ bid to win the presidential race. A former mayor of Roxas City, Del Rosario is considered one of the closest allies of Roxas.The lawmaker dismissed the friction with Celino as “a slight conflict” that would be eventually settled. The mayor belonged to the opposition before he was plucked by the LP in 2010 to run against Vicente Bermejo, a former party stalwart who broke away from the Roxas camp. Bermejo had served as city mayor and governor.ADVERTISEMENT Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegallycenter_img ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Cebu Daily News makes 2-peat, bags 3 PPI awards PLAY LIST 02:54Cebu Daily News makes 2-peat, bags 3 PPI awards01:39DILG to file raps vs Cebu City’s ex mayor for taking away office fixtures01:23LP mulls joining majority in the House; attends Romualdez led caucus II03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension On the other hand, LP members in the first district of Cebu fear being edged out in the party process of selecting candidates with the entry of the local Alayon party headed by Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas and his grandfather, former Rep. Eduardo Gullas.Del Rosario, who is on his third and last term as congressman in Capiz’s first district, has publicly accused the Roxas City government of corruption. The capital and the towns of Maayon, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra and President Roxas compose the first district (population: 387,539 as of 2010).FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionVillage chiefs identified with Mayor Celino have issued a manifesto, opposing the candidacy of Del Rosario for any position in next year’s elections.Celino has denied that he is behind the move, claiming he already admonished the community leaders. It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege AT AN ASSEMBLY in Cebu City that Liberal Party (LP) organizers dubbed “Gathering of Friends,” LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and President Aquino flash the “laban” (fight) sign that became famous during the Edsa Revolution that toppled the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. But a political storm is brewing in the provinces of Capiz, also known as Roxas turf, and Cebu. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CEBU DAILY NEWSTrouble is brewing among allies of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in Cebu and Capiz provinces, less than two months before the start of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections.In Capiz, the home province of LP standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, there is an apparent split between two party stalwarts, Rep. Antonio del Rosario and Mayor Alan Celino of the capital, Roxas City.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Whats New in TechnologyLatest News for Entreprene

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 Not only will President Obama be at SXSW to give the keynote address on Friday at the official kick-off of the annual film, music, and technology festival, but First Lady, Michelle Obama, will also be there to discuss the Let Girls Learn initiative.[Related: Obama ‘Beefs Up’ TechHire Initiative to Put More Americans in Tech Jobs]Other notable African Americans will lend their insight and wisdom on various panels and at event during the five-day SXSW festival, including:1. James PrinceAs CEO of prolific Houston-based label Rap-A-Lot Records, Prince is a pioneer in the hip-hop music industry.2. Nelson GeorgeNelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go? : the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America.3. Casey GeraldCasey Gerald became the co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America, a national movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize America.4. Henry Louis GatesGates, along with filmmaker Ken Burns, will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America.5. Kerry WashingtonActress Kerry Washington will take part in a discussion about personal branding.6. Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity for FacebookMaxine Williams, global director of diversity for Facebook, has been behind industry-defining changes regarding diversity in tech, including Facebook’s public roll out of a managing bias training course, piloting of the company’s “diverse slate approach,” and the launch of TechPrep, a resource hub for blacks, Latinos and their parents and guardians.7. Kimberly Bryant, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls editor Leah Chernikoff will lead a panel including founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant, on the challenges women face today in asking for more money in their careers and businesses.8. Clarence Wardell, U.S. Digital Service at the White HouseCurrently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, Dr. Wardell III was a 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he worked to help launch the White House Police Data Initiative.9. Maverick Carter, CEO, SpringHill Ent/UninterruptedMaverick Carter is a visionary businessman who, through his accelerated experience in the business marketing industry, brings a unique and innovative perspective on branding and partnership management.10. Robert F. Smith, CEO, Vista Equity PartnersRobert F. Smith, the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, will be a judge for the startup accelerator/pitch contest at SXSW.last_img read more

By FFWPU USA To celebrate the 40th anniversary of

first_imgBy FFWPU USATo celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Washington Monument rally, members of the Korean Evangelical Association (KEA) of Tacoma, Washington, invited the Seattle Family Church to a joint Sunday service.More than 100 Unificationists from both churches celebrated and enjoyed this special occasion together on Sunday, September 11. The event had the theme of “America Is God’s Will.”The service began with worship songs led by the Seattle Family Church Praise Band. Since the service was held in the KEA church, American participants had the chance to sing a couple of Korean songs, including a song with motions.The service officially began with the combined congregation singing the Cheon Il Guk Anthem. Next, Pastor Gerhard Wiesinger offered an Invocation. Pastor Wiesinger, who works for the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) in the area, reminded the congregants that it was the 15th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and emphasized that we need true peace.In the welcoming address, Rev. Inchan Park, the FFWPU district pastor and former Tacoma KEA pastor, mentioned the significance of the joint Sunday service by quoting Chambumo Gyeong, in which True Father said, “At the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire and Israel united to attack Jesus, and now Koreans and Americans are uniting to attack me.” Rev. Park said, “However, now we Americans and Koreans are uniting today not to attack True Parents but to attend and testify to True Parents. Today is the day when Heavenly Parent and True Parents can really be happy.”The main speech was given by Mrs. Paulette Wiesinger, a veteran of the Washington Monument rally campaign who was also a member of the New Hope Singers. Mrs. Wiesinger looked back on that time 40 years ago and recalled how victorious and joyful it was. She also spoke of her personal experiences with True Parents before and after the rally.The Sunday service was followed by lunch and then sports and family activities. Most of the participants stayed late and enjoyed the fellowship and being outdoors in the beautiful fall weather.Rev. Nelson Mira, the pastor of the Seattle Family Church, said: “I was very excited and inspired to witness our Korean and Western members celebrating the 40th anniversary together. For me, it represented unity between the East and the West. I was also very grateful for the hospitality of our Korean brothers and sisters in hosting the event.”last_img read more

Rafael Lovato Jr is a great guy and a pretty good

first_imgRafael Lovato Jr. is a great guy and a pretty good fighter too boot. Dillon Danis is only 1-0 in his MMA career but the outspoken cohort of Conor McGregor is already making waves outside the Bellator cage. Having come into the sport talking a mound of trash about nearly everyone involved, Danis made quick work of his opponent in his MMA debut, locking up a toehold submission in 90 seconds and then taking aim at the rest of the Bellator roster afterwards. His words have caused prominent fighters like Michael Chandler and Al Iaquinta to openly revile him and now he’s also drawn the attention of fellow blue chip prospect, Aaron Pico.Speaking with FanSided recently, Pico reacted to Danis’ professional debut as well as his cocksure attitude, saying that while Danis is an acclaimed grappler, he hasn’t done anything yet in MMA to warrant his attitude and that the attention Danis gets comes mostly from his association with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.“I didn’t watch it live but I did see that he got that leg lock,” said Pico of Danis’ performance. “I think that – yeah, he can think what he wants. I think that a lot of the attention that he’s gotten is because he’s on Conor McGregor’s nuts and I think a lot of people will say that I’m right. On the ground, absolutely. I’m sure he’s very, very good. As far as being an overall fighter, we haven’t seen it yet. But hey, I wish him nothing but the best, but a lot of his attention has come from Conor McGregor.”Pico and Danis are both elite MMA prospects that made their professional MMA debuts under the Bellator banner. Pico is an accomplished amateur wrestler who narrowly missed out on making the United States Olympic team last cycle and was also a junior Golden Gloves national champion in 2009. Danis is one of the best grapplers on the planet, having won multiple world championships at the brown-belt level. But while Danis was triumphant in his debut, Pico came up short, tapping out to veteran fighter Zach Freeman in just 24 seconds last fall. Since then, Pico has rattled off two impressive knockout wins over legitimate competition, and that, he says, is the biggest difference between Danis and himself.“Like I said, he can think what he thinks but when but when he gets into some big fights, we’ll have to see,” said Pico. “He fought a guy that’s 2-4. Fight a guy with a winning record and we’ll see. Put your money where your mouth is. Me? I fight guys with winning records, guys that are older than me, tougher challenges. When he fights guys with winning records, then we can have that discussion. Other than that, he can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as me.”Danis’ victim at Bellator 198 was Kyle Walker, a 2-4 fighter who had been submitted twice before. Conversely, Freeman was 8-2 when he defeated Pico and Pico’s two wins have come against opposition with a combined 19-6 record. That being said, it doesn’t appear that Danis cares much about the “quality of competition” part of his resume right now, or at least he doesn’t want a fellow prospect using that as a reason to take shots at him as yesterday, Danis took to Twitter to respond to Pico’s statement, and throwing Pico’s submission loss to Freeman back in the young fighter’s face. @danawhite @seanshelby if y’all really want @NateDiaz209 to fight you know who to come to— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) May 3, 2018— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 2, 2018 KSW wants Big Rigg. I said yes again Edward.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) May 2, 2018 Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Morning Report: UFC and MMA News, Multimedia and Hot Clicks 180 May 27th Liverpool? nvm. You already said no— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) May 2, 2018 In today’s fake news….running your mouth on Twitter doesn’t constitute an official fight offer!— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) May 2, 2018 USADA. He’s back. ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter [Photos] Fishermen Think They Found A Seal On A Floating… PostFun Latest From Our Partners Street rules? Got it. #disgracetoWakanda— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) May 2, 2018 Standard BJJ Gi 16% Dillon Danis (199 votes) Get on the same card as the 155 pound title fight, make sure it’s near your hometown, bide your time for someone to poull out, maintain good credit, get Conor coked up and have him throw a dollie through a bus the day before.— Ragin’ Al (@IAQUINTAREALTY) May 2, 2018 LISTEN UPHeavy Hands. Discussing the greatness of Fedor Emelianenko.SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSECalling Eddie, Edward totally gonna make that fight happen. Since Danis is likely to continue his MMA career as a welterweight, and Pico is currently competing at featherweight, the two prospects are unlikely to stand across from one another inside the cage but Pico currently has other things to worry about. Pico is set to fight Lee Morrison next weekend at Bellator 199. MUST-READ STORIESFight. Leslie Smith files charge against UFC with National Labor Relations Board.Ego. Frank Mir says ‘ego’ at fault for loss to Fedor Emelianenko, hopes to fight in ACB next.New Deal. Eddie Alvarez: ‘I’m not fighting until I get a new deal.’Out. Mackenzie Dern says she has left MMA Lab, ‘definitely’ won’t be going back to Arizona.Fast. Edson Barboza isn’t taking any time off following loss to Kevin Lee, wants quick return.VIDEO STEWMax speaking to UFC Tonight.Brian Kelleher interview.Fan made hype trailer for the biggest fight ever.And a promo for maybe the best fight on the books right now.And a Rizin promo for good measure.Kelvin with some serious fight analysis. [Pics] Baby Elephant Cast Aside by His Herd, Decided To Spend His… Direct Expose I am ready to go ! Put me in @Mickmaynard2 Vs #JenelLausa #ufcsingapore please — Wilson Reis (@wilsonreis7) May 2, 2018 He’s right . . . they need to go to Conor McGregor. Morning Report: Free agent Johny Hendricks says UFC wants him back at welterweight Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Latest From MMA Warehouse You can’t even make weight and I’m willing to slap the out of you!— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) May 2, 2018 Accessories The real Al retweeted this. It’s not #fakenews when you are exposed for the ho that you are. If it’s fake news then accept the fight sissy you are #easymoney even with no camp— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) May 2, 2018 These Hall of Famers Don’t Belong in Cooperstown Stadium Talk Trying to get in the game. Relax little man before i get my masters purple belt to choke you out again.— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) May 3, 2018 The Best Attorneys in Los Angeles. See The Full List. 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FINAL THOUGHTSJust an FYI, Lee Morrison – Pico’s next opponent – is currently on a four-fight win streak. The records of those four fighters? 2-8, 6-31, 7-7, and 0-10. And not one of those fights came in Xplode. Regional MMA is incredible. Take it easy everyone and see y’all tomorrow.EXIT POLL Poll Who will have the better MMA career? More:last_img read more

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first_imgEsther Lin, MMA Fighting [Pics] The Reason We Don’t See Jessica Alba in Movies… Direct Expose Latest From Our Partners Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson [Photos] Remember Stacy Keibler? This is Her Now JOL The Best Attorneys in Los Angeles. See The Full List. 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Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre; they’ve all been labeled as rulers of the sport at some time or another, even though they are mostly contemporaries. When we have more time behind us, we will be able to view things with a more accurate eye. Still, the current king of fighting is hardly in dispute. Jon Jones is the best. In over a decade as a professional, Jones has only a single blemish on his record, an infamous disqualification in a fight he was handily winning before committing the fight-ending infraction. He may have lost, but no one has legitimately defeated him; only one man — Alexander Gustafsson — has even come close.A new barrier was cracked last night at UFC 239. For the first time, a Jon Jones’ scorecard-reading led to a bona fide cliffhanger. That was new. For Jones, it should also be a bit unsettling.By most assumptions, Jones was supposed to blow out Thiago Santos, a 35-year-old who began his UFC career as a welterweight and who was knocked out by submission specialist David Branch just over a year ago. It was a job seemingly made easier after Santos visibly injured his left knee early in the bout. For much of the last 20 minutes, Santos’ knee buckled and wobbled. Despite his compromised base, Santos fired off heat-seeking strikes that did not consistently land, but frequently backed up the champion. In the chaos, Jones’ vaunted finishing instinct went largely and mysteriously absent. He threw just 90 total strikes in the 25-minutes fight (landing 59) and attempted only a single takedown. And that takedown attempt took place in the first round. Yes, Jones never attempted to put his one-legged opponent on the mat despite evidence of said injury.That is so out of character for Jones, it nearly boggles the mind. In his decade of dominance, wrestling has been one of his most trusty weapons, so omnipresent that the last time he tried fewer than two takedowns in a bout was against Vladimir Matyushenko in 2010 — and that’s only because he needed just one takedown to win! Jones is generally a high IQ fighter able to calculate and execute on the fly, but on this night, he failed to exploit the most obvious opening of the bout, and one that should be right in his wheelhouse. Asked to explain the decision, Jones said the answer was simple. He thought he was winning anyway. But then he went on to say that they were playing a “very high-level game of chess,” which only serves to further question his strategy. Yes, Jones is good at many … most …. all facets of fighting, but he is truly outstanding on the ground. And yes, Santos is a striking powerhouse, but he has proven to be susceptible with his submission defense. So wouldn’t it make sense for Jones to match his strength against Santos’ weakness? What gives?Here is the thing about Jones: he has always had a thing for beating his opponents at their own game. As a 23-year-old title challenger, he battered the wrecking ball Mauricio Rua. He out-wrestled Chael Sonnen. He made it a point to be the first to take down Daniel Cormier. He out-struck Gustafsson in their rematch. On one hand, those kinds of wins are statement performances that add to his legacy. On the other, adding degree of difficulty to an already notoriously difficult sport is not always going to be a great idea. In fact, as cool as it is to see when it works out in his favor, it is still simple hubris. He has been good enough to overcome this compulsion every time out, but this one might have been a little too close for comfort.While Jones still managed to leave the cage with his belt, he didn’t leave unscathed. With his legs battered, he needed the assistance of his brother Chandler and his coach Mike Winkeljohn to make it to the back.Both in result and in person, the champion looked vulnerable. UFC 239 had its share of wildness (hello, Jorge Masvidal!) and upsets (Jan Blachowicz channeling his inner left-hook Larry), but seeing Jones hang on by a thread against Santos was as shocking as anything on the card. Right now, it is impossible to know if this was a onetime lull or if the champion has begun to slide back to the pack, whether it was just an off-night or the start of a trend. Whatever it is, rest assured that the challengers around him have perked up at the sight of it, the king’s stranglehold slipping every so subtly. You only have to look at the deposed GOATs of the past to realize that nothing lasts. Jon Jones’ reign is not over, but for the first time in a long time, we left one of his fights imagining a day where it might be. 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A Massachusetts Educator Won the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print A Massachusetts Educator Won the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award Congratulations, Sydney Chaffee of Dorchester. By Will Norris· 000center_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 4/20/2017, 2:00 p.m. Photo via CCSSOAccording to the Council of Chief State School Officers, no one teaches ninth grade humanities—or anything, basically—as well as Dorchester high school teacher Sydney Chaffee, their choice for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.Chaffee, 34, has taught at Codman Academy Charter Public School since 2007. She is both the first teacher from Massachusetts and the first charter school teacher to win the award in its 65-year history.Like past winners, Chaffee will spend a year traveling the country to advocate for teachers and share her teaching philosophy. “For me, education is a tool for social justice,” Chaffee told WBUR. “We arm students to fight for the world that they want, and we arm them to fight for justice.”“I want my students to understand that they are powerful and that they can make change in the world,” Chaffee told CBS This Morning, stressing the importance of taking risks in the classroom.Chris Minnich, executive director of the CCSSO, explained their choice by saying, “Sydney believes all students deserve access to a high-quality education, and her approach to teaching demonstrates that belief.”Governor Charlie Baker chimed in, too, with praise of his own. “We are all incredibly proud of Ms. Chaffee and thrilled to see a member of Massachusetts’ strong teaching force represented at the national level,” he said in a statement. “Ms. Chaffee’s commitment to her students and relentless drive to continually improve her teaching is a model for all of us.”Chaffee, who has also taught English and social studies, was lauded by colleagues and administrators at Codman Academy for her humility and her belief in her students. “It’s weird, but she can relate to us,” one student told CBS This Morning. “She’s like a tall adult white lady talking to a bunch of black kids.”Past Teacher of the Year winners have been honored in a ceremony at the White House, but no such ceremony has been scheduled yet, according to the CCSSO.last_img read more

Poll Baker and Warren Lead Gonzalez and Diehl by a Wide Margin

first_img Print By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 527 Photos via APWith the general election less than two months away, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Elizabeth Warren are looking pretty damn safe. So if you’re hoping for a shakeup come November like we saw in the primaries, the odds do not look good.So says a new poll from Suffolk University and the Boston Globe, which found that the governor and senator have huge margins over their opponents, Democrat Jay Gonzalez and Republican Geoff Diehl.In the race for governor, Baker leads Gonzalez 55 percent to 28 percent, a 27-point gap, the survey of voters found. That’s bad news for Gonzalez, a former member of the Gov. Deval Patrick administration, but there are other uninspiring numbers in the findings, even within his own party. Despite a hard-fought primary, a third of Democrats had never heard of him. And enough voters are charmed by the self-styled moderate Baker’s finger-wagging when it comes to Donald Trump—he’s anti-Trump, but perfectly comfortable standing by the pro-Trump Diehl—that about about 40 percent of Democrats said they would vote for Baker.Gonzalez has tried with all his might to tie Baker to Trump, and he may succeed in doing so. He may also motivate Dems with proposals for major progressive projects, including a huge expansion of early childhood care and an overhaul of the MBTA, and today unveiled a plan to tax the high-dollar endowments of freeloading colleges to get there. But 27 points is 27 points.As for the Senate race, Elizabeth Warren enjoys a similarly comfortable lead of 54 percent to 24 percent. A polarizing figure in both parties, Warren has 84 percent support among Democrats, 44 percent among independents, and 5 percent from Republicans, according to the poll. Diehl has support from 77 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of independents, and just 2 percent of Democrats. The GOP is surely watching this race closely, and hoping to use it as an opportunity to pick a fight with Elizabeth Warren before a possible run for you-know-what in a few years’ time, but it’ll be an uphill battle to actually win. Shiva Ayyadurai, an independent fond of offensive memes, who is currently struggling to get time on the debate stage with the other two candidates, received support from 6 percent of voters.The fight over Question 1, the ballot initiative that would establish new limits on the number of patients that can be assigned to nurses in Massachusetts hospitals, will be one to watch. Right now, 52 percent of the poll respondents say they are in favor of the new restrictions, while 33 percent are opposed and 15 percent are undecided. But this debate is far from over. Competing ad campaigns—which, confusingly, both feature nurses prominently—are likely to continue, and support could shift dramatically between now and November.Meanwhile Question 3, an effort to repeal the new transgender rights law, looks like it’s going to be a blowout. The survey found 73 percent of voters support keeping the law, which prohibits discrimination against trans people in places like bathrooms, while only 17 percent want to trash it, and 9 percent are undecided. That is a major improvement from the last Suffolk/Globe poll on the subject, which found 49 percent in favor of keeping the law and 37 percent in favor of repeal. Can bogus, fear-mongering ads move the needle? I wouldn’t count on it.center_img Politics Poll: Baker and Warren Lead Gonzalez and Diehl by a Wide Margin The odds of a November shakeup do not look so good. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 9/19/2018, 10:36 a.m. last_img read more

On its 350th Birthday 10 Things You Didnt Know about Bostons Old

first_img Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library/Leslie Jones CollectionStick around anywhere for 350 years, and some interesting—and downright strange—things are likely to happen. Such is life for the Old South Church, a Boston institution that is celebrating that milestone this year.“The average lifespan of a church in the United States is something like 75 years. We have 350,” says Rev. Nancy Taylor, OSC’s senior minister. “Three-and-a-half centuries of a people, a congregation, and an institution navigating revolution, epidemic, natural disaster, financial crisis, war, and bigotry. Part of what interests us is watching our forebears navigate these things and trying to learn from them.”All that history is woven into the DNA of the congregation, which was once based in the Old South Meeting House and now occupies its iconic Gothic Revival church in Copley Square.A big birthday celebration is underway (the church calls it a “Jubilee”), and a bash on Sunday will feature both historical re-enactors and Keytar Bear. So as OSC looks back, here are some things you might not know about the ancient congregation.It had a “Leaning Tower of Boston”photo via Boston Public Library/Leslie Jones collectionThe church moved to its current location in Copley Square in 1875. But it soon became clear that something was very wrong with the giant rectangular bell tower that was its centerpiece. It was tilting, reportedly by three feet. It was so obviously, shockingly off-kilter that it had a nickname: “The Leaning Tower of Boston.”So in the early ’30s, it was demolished, and replaced with the one that stands there today. The new version is lighter, has a more secure base, and is several feet shorter than the original. It’s also arguably less cool, but at least this one won’t fall over and kill anyone.One time the MBTA almost broke it2009 photo by Michael Femia via Flickr/Creative CommonsIn 2009, a construction project on the MBTA’s Copley stop caused a panic when the vibrations sent a crack up the side of the church building all the way to its roof, causing a serous threat to the landmark. The T ultimately agreed to pay for the damage, which involved sealing up the crack and reinforcing the walls. So thanks to all that work, it’s apparently sturdier than ever.It was the first Christian church in Boston to officiate a same-sex weddingPhoto by Nancy Taylor/Old South ChurchOld South Church is vocal about its support for the LGBT community, with a loud and proud presence at Pride and rainbow flags adorning its entryways. It made history in 2004, the year Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, when it was the first Christian church in the city to officiate a legal same-sex wedding. Two of its members, Michael Horgan & Edward Balmelli, were also plaintiffs in Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that ended the ban.It sold the world’s most expensive bookImage via Sothebys.comPrinted in 1640 in Cambridge, the so-called Bay Psalm Books are believed to be the first ever printed in the Colonies. Only 11 copies are known to exist in modern day, and until a few years ago, Old South owned two of them. It sold one in 2013 to billionaire David Rubenstein for $14.2 million—the most expensive book ever sold at auction. And according to the church, the one it still keeps in its collection of rare books at Boston Public Library is in even better shape, so it’s theoretically even more valuable.Its anti-racist credentials date back to 1700Scanned 1855 Engraving via Getty ImagesAdvocating for racial justice is part of its mission now, as you may know. But Old South earned its anti-racist bonafides long ago. All the way back in 1700, lay member Samuel Sewall wrote the first-ever abolitionist tract published in the Colonies, called The Selling of Joseph. It was the site of the lone Salem Witch Trials judge apologySewall is probably best known for his role as a judge in the Salem Witch Trials, which saw 14 women and 5 men put to death. Sewall later apologized for his role in the hysteria. In a message to the congregation after the dust settled, he asked for forgiveness and said he would accept “blame and shame” for his actions—which other Witch Trial judges never did. A mural at the State House, called The Dawn of Tolerance in Massachusetts, commemorates the moment. An Old South minister almost died in the Civil War, then got back at itCarte de visite, front and back, via Boston Public LibraryIn the midst of the Civil War, Old South Church served as a recruiting ground for soldiers, and when a thousand men were about to head south, they asked the Rev. Jacob Merrill Manning to join them and serve as a chaplain. Down on the front lines, he contracted malaria and it just about killed him, researcher Pamela Guye Holland writes in a report on his exploits. “However,” she writes, “he was able to recover and by the end of the year was once again preaching at Old South.” Now that is commitment.It published the first American medical PSAPhoto via Rev. Nancy TaylorBack in 1667, smallpox was on the rise—and not for the first time. So to fight back, Old South’s first minister Thomas Thatcher printed a message on how to treat, detect, and avoid the disease. Basically, it was the first medical PSA, and it worked. “It was a great success and was published repeatedly,” say researchers at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, adding that the public response to the smallpox epidemic, including Thatcher’s, “sparked the beginning of the concept of preventative medicine with the inoculation and later vaccination against the disease.”It baptized Ben FranklinThe founding father was among the many well-known early Bostonians who were members of the church. He was baptized on January 17, 1706 inside the Cedar Meeting House, which was the church’s first home. Old South still owns the ledger his parents signed that day, and modern congregants like to celebrate the occasion:They’re willing to get arrested for a causeOld South Church minister arrested in D.C. for protesting efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 2, 2017Clearly, Old South takes its mission seriously. As demonstrators gathered in Washington to protest Congress’ ill-fated push to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, the Old South Rev. John Edgerton joined them, and, in an act of civil disobedience, was one of 47 people arrested at the scene (he was charged with “incommoding”).There are other historical tangles with the cops in OSC’s past, including the arrest of several people during its early days who had run afoul of the government in building the Cedar Meeting House. Parishioners now joke that Edgerton was the church’s first minister to be arrested “on purpose.” Print On its 350th Birthday, 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Boston’s Old South Church Including a Salem Witch Trials apology, the most expensive book ever sold, and “The Leaning Tower of Boston.” Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 6210center_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. 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Nine Labour MPs on the partys left called for a

first_imgNine Labour MPs on the party’s left called for a ‘final say’ on Brexit at a meeting in parliament today while proclaiming their loyalty to the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.The meeting, titled ‘Love Socialism, Hate Brexit’, was chaired by Lloyd Russell-Moyle and featured speakers including Chi Onwurrah, Clive Lewis, Alex Sobel, Matt Rodda, Rosie Duffield, Rachel Maskell, Ged Killen and Paul Sweeney. It was organised by campaign group Another Europe is Possible.The speakers made the left-wing case for staying in the European Union – arguments that Russell-Moyle said should have been more prominent in the 2016 referendum. They argued that Europe needs to work together to combat climate change, tax big tech companies, defeat the far-right and put class interests over national interests.Clive Lewis said that if Labour enabled a Tory Brexit, it would be punished by the electorate as the Liberal Democrats were for working with the Tories in the coalition. “This is a Tory Brexit. This is their mess. It’s not the job of Labour to help the Tories,” he said.The MPs were keen to stress that they are loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist policies. The Financial Times reported today that six Labour MPs would form a breakaway party if Labour did not support a ‘people’s vote’.Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield said that she had been uncomfortable when she first came out in favour of a second referendum because the ‘people’s vote’ campaign was associated with the right of the party. Now though, she said that all sides of the party are coming round to the idea of a second referendum and she encouraged everyone present to put “gentle pressure” on their colleagues and MPs.Alex Sobel and Clive Lewis both said they preferred the term “final say” to “people’s vote”. Lewis said that ‘people’s vote’ has baggage associated with it and ‘final say’ is more easily understandable. “You measure twice and cut once,” he said. “A ‘final say’ is what a trade union would have on a pay deal.”When asked to confirm he was calling on Corbyn to support a second referendum, Russell-Moyle said he wanted to stay in the EU and didn’t really care whether that was through an election or a referendum.“The end result is not a peoples’ vote and that’s the problem that people think that’s the end result. Actually, that’s going to be a bloody hard campaign and we might not even win if we have the same idiots in charge as last time,” Russell-Moyle said.At the end of the meeting, the left-wing MP for Brighton Kemptown added that there will be Love Socialism, Hate Brexit events every week until Brexit day with similar line-ups of left-wing Labour MPs.Tags:Labour /Brexit /Corbyn /People’s Vote /Love Socialism Hate Brexit /Lloyd Russel Moyle /Rachel Maskell /Final Say /last_img read more