The Nasdaq’s newest ETF invites investors to bet on Chinese biopharma

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Investors who want to bet on China’s booming biopharma industry will soon be able to buy and sell a new basket of securities.A new exchange-traded fund dedicated to the sector will begin trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Wednesday, under the ticker CHNA. The ETF comes from the biotech investor Brad Loncar, who earlier this year launched an index tracking the performance of China’s drug industry. Biotech What’s included? The Nasdaq’s newest ETF invites investors to bet on Chinese biopharma Log In | Learn More GET STARTED By Rebecca Robbins Aug. 14, 2018 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Alex Hogan/STAT Tags biotechnologyChinafinanceSTAT+last_img read more

Court rules damage insurance consultants must register with AMF

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New international capital standard may have little impact on Canadian P&C insurers The regulator notes that it informed several damage insurance consultants of their registration obligations back in 2009. Now, it says, “This judgment confirms that the practice of damage insurance consultants includes activities which are reserved for registered firms and representatives. Their argument that they did not need to be registered since they did not ‘sell’ insurance as such was not accepted by the court.” According to a translation of the decision, the law “imposes the responsibility to ensure that the client has sufficient coverage and the duty to explain the proposed product to the client before the contract is entered into. This responsibility cannot be transferred or shared. A person cannot be released from this responsibility merely because the information provided derives from an independent third party.” The court also, “asks insurance professionals to be vigilant and, where applicable, to change their practices to comply with their professional and ethical duties and obligations.” The AMF adds that it also expects affected firms and individuals to comply with the law, warning that it “intends to take appropriate measures to ensure such compliance.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Property and casualty insurance industryCompanies Autorité des marchés financiers The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) reports that a Quebec court has handed down a decision confirming that independent risk management advisers, or damage insurance consultants, must be registered with the regulator. The AMF said Monday that Justice of the Peace, Monique Perron, of the Court of Quebec (district of Drummond) issued a decision in November last year confirming that risk management advisers (or damage insurance consultants) must be registered with the AMF when carrying on advisory activities related to insurance product offerings. center_img Related news OSFI issues draft 2016 MCT guideline for P&C insurers OSFI invites comment on revisions to P&C capital framework James Langton last_img read more

Basel Committee consults on stricter disclosure from banks

first_img Related news The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published consultation paper that contemplates tougher disclosure requirements for banks, the committee announced Thursday.Specifically, the committee proposes boosting the current disclosure obligations to require that banks also reveal the leverage ratio exposure amounts of securities financing transactions, derivatives replacement cost, and central bank reserves. Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter James Langton The proposals come amid concerns that banks may be engaging in “window dressing” activity that impacts their existing leverage disclosures.“Heightened volatility in various segments of money and derivatives markets around key reference dates (e.g. quarter end) has alerted the Basel Committee to potential regulatory arbitrage by banks,” the committee says in a news release. “A particular concern is ‘window-dressing’, in the form of temporary reductions of transaction volumes in key financial markets around reference dates resulting in the reporting and public disclosure of elevated leverage ratios.”This sort of window-dressing activity “is unacceptable, as it undermines the intended policy objectives of the leverage ratio requirement and risks disrupting the operations of financial markets,” says the committee.“In evaluating its leverage ratio exposure, a bank should assess the volatility of transaction volumes throughout reporting periods, and the effect on its leverage ratio requirements. Banks should also desist from undertaking transactions with the sole purpose of reporting and disclosing higher leverage ratios at reporting days only,” the committee warns.For now, the committee is considering changes to the banks’ leverage disclosure requirements, which would be adopted by 2022. It will alos consider revising the leverage calculation requirements to deal with this sort of activity.Comments on the proposals are due by March 13, 2019. Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for bankscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Banking industry,  DisclosureCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planninglast_img read more

Manufacturers suffered record sales plunge in April: StatsCan

first_imgThe national statistical agency noted that the sharp drop in April came during the first full month of physical distancing requirements, which saw manufacturing plants either slashing capacity or stopping operations completely.In March, the value of manufacturing activity declined by 9.8% after public health curbs were introduced mid-month.StatsCan noted that sales were down in all 21 industries tracked by the survey in April, led by sharp declines in the transportation equipment and petroleum and coal product industries.For example, sales in transportation equipment fell by 76.4% in the month to $1.9 billion, which was a record decline.StatsCan noted that the motor vehicle and vehicle parts industries saw declines of 97.5% and 88.1%, respectively, as, “every Canadian assembly plant ceased operations in April.”In the petroleum and coal industry, sales dropped by a record 46.4% in April to $2.0 billion.“The drop reflected lower prices and sales, as refineries curtailed production in response to reduced demand for energy products,” StatsCan said.” The lower demand was due to an increase in remote work and a decline in commuting, which lowered energy consumption.”StatsCan reported that the inventory-to-sales ratio — which measures the time, in months, that would be required to exhaust inventories if sales remain at current levels — jumped from 1.74 in March to 2.41 in April.The increase, which StatsCan said was mostly due to lower sales, “was the largest monthly increase” since the height of the financial crisis in December 2008.The capacity utilization rate for the manufacturing sector also plunged by a record 16.4 percentage points in April to 55.9%.StatsCan noted that many manufacturers resumed production in the second week of May, “which is expected to bolster sales compared with April.”“The good news is that the worst is likely in the rear-view mirror,” said TD Economics in a report on the data. “Assembly plants have since reopened, and provincial economies have gradually relaxed restrictions on manufacturing activity and most other sectors since May.”“That said, the path to recovery in the sector will be long and mired with uncertainty,” TD cautioned. “The weak and uncertain global backdrop will continue to weigh on the sector’s prospects well into 2021.” Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Metal worker teaching trainee on machine use goodluz/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Related news Keywords Economic indicators,  Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  ManufacturingCompanies Statistics Canada Normally mundane economic data, such as Monday’s manufacturing survey reading for April, are taking on new importance in tracking the economic fallout from the Covid-19 outbreak.Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell by a record 28.5% in April to $36.4 billion. By volume, sales dropped 26.0% in the month — also a record decline. Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD James Langton last_img read more

Young Persons Urged to take Advantage of Opportunities in Jamaica

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall has called on young persons overseas to take advantage of opportunities that exist in Jamaica, in order to contribute to the development of the country.Addressing a group of young persons recently at the first Future Leadership Conference organized by the Jamaican Diaspora-Canada Foundation (JDCF), at the Revivaltime Tabernacle in Toronto, Canada, Professor Hall told them that those opportunities would give them the chance to have a stake in what happened in Jamaica and helped to mold the future of the country.He said that although they were living overseas, their contributions were “valued and valid.” He also implored them to find ways of meaningful contribution to help Jamaica realize the vision of ‘Jamaica 2030’, which is a plan for Jamaica to achieve ‘developed country’ status by that time.The Governor-General told the conference attendees that they should strive to become leaders, because Jamaica needed those persons, adding that leaders and managers were not the same, as leaders had vision.“Managers administrate, while leaders innovate; managers rely on control, while leaders inspire trust. Managers accept the status quo, while leaders challenge the status quo. Managers imitate, while leaders originate; and managers have their eyes on the bottom line, while leaders have their eyes on the horizon,” he explained.Also addressing the conference were Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services, Jamaican-born MaryAnne Chambers; Parliamentary Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Deepak Obhrai; Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Denis Kingsley; Former Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, Alvin Curling; Chair of the FestivalManagement Committee (Caribana), Joe Halstead; and the National Co-ordinator for the Governor-General’s Achievement Scheme, Hugh Morris.Minister Chambers gave the young people some advice, entreating them to be passionate about what they did. He also told them that there was no service greater than serving “your brother and sister.”The conference was one of several events organized by the JDCF to commemorate Jamaican Diaspora Day, today (June 16).On June 23 a forum/discussion will be held on how the diaspora can assist inner-city communities in Jamaica. RelatedYoung Persons Urged to take Advantage of Opportunities in Jamaica RelatedYoung Persons Urged to take Advantage of Opportunities in Jamaicacenter_img Story HighlightsGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall has called on young persons overseas to take advantage of opportunities that exist in Jamaica, in order to contribute to the development of the country.Addressing a group of young persons recently at the first Future Leadership Conference organized by the Jamaican Diaspora-Canada Foundation (JDCF), at the Revivaltime Tabernacle in Toronto, Canada, Professor Hall told them that those opportunities would give them the chance to have a stake in what happened in Jamaica and helped to mold the future of the country.He said that although they were living overseas, their contributions were “valued and valid.” He also implored them to find ways of meaningful contribution to help Jamaica realize the vision of ‘Jamaica 2030’, which is a plan for Jamaica to achieve ‘developed country’ status by that time. RelatedYoung Persons Urged to take Advantage of Opportunities in Jamaica Young Persons Urged to take Advantage of Opportunities in Jamaica Governor GeneralJune 16, 2007last_img read more

Lexus imagines far-out vehicles built just for the moon

first_img Let’s start with Zero Gravity, by Karl Duhardin. He imagines a jet-ski style spacecraft, with the classic Lexus “spindle grille” envisioned as a 3D backbone for the vehicle. The Lexus Cosmos by Jean-Baptise Henry takes things off-world, with a Moon Explorator as well as a Mothership that could enable travel throughout the solar system. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Japan and Toyota might make this futuristic moon roverAnd last but not least, we’ve another from Yung, a more typical moon cruiser – if that makes sense – with six wheels and a removable living area. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Lexus Audi’s AI:Trail quattro concept is a moon rover for planet Earth Document Journal approached Lexus just as it was designing its LF-30 concept, giving its designers something they could go a little wilder with. Of course, none of these vehicles will actually be built — at least, not in the near future. SHARE STORY Seven different vehicles were dreamed up by Lexus designers, each with their own unique characteristics and defining features. center_img Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videos Julien Marie designed a terrestrial cruiser in the form of the Bouncing Moon Roller, a craft with a thin balloon membrane that can travel over any surface. The Lexus Lunar Cruiser by Keisuke Matsuno looks most like the LF-30 concept, a Moon Car with directional wheels that can fly like a drone.Taking the spindle grille to the next level is Yung Presciutti, who imagines the design with a “liquid side body” that “can reflect the universe.” Where would humanity be without motorsports? Yung also imagines a moon racer, for those who want to “enjoy the effects of lower gravity.”RELATED RELATED TAGSLexusLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We always thought Lexus’ grille gave off an out-of-this-world vibe, but it seems the company is now doubling down on the space motif with a series of vehicles designed for a lunar mission.The project was done for art and fashion magazine Document Journal, which chose Lexus as one of the contributors to its “The Lunar Design Portfolio.” last_img read more

A Statement From University of Colorado at Boulder Dean of Students Deb Coffin

first_imgOur entire university community is saddened by the death of Alex H. Singer. By all accounts, Alex was a good student and a valued member of our community. Coming on the heels of the passing of Transito “Tito” Torres last week, this is an extra blow to our community and our student body. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Alex’s family, friends and classmates. We will make counseling resources available to any who are affected by this terrible loss through our Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. Published: Dec. 10, 2009 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

6 things to do this weekend: March 2 edition

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 1, 2018 • By Ashley Hopko This weekend, check out several events on campus, off campus and from the comfort of your home: CU Rave Club concert in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, the annual Boulder Polar Plunge, a trip to the ski slopes with CU Ski Bus, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority’s Thetapalooza: KATwalk event, CU Vocal Jazz Choirs spring performance and the chance to apply for several student positions with Housing & Dining Services. Find more campus events with the new and improved Events Calendar.Saturday, March 3CU Rave Club concert The CU Rave Club is partnering with Club 156 and Program Council to host a free concert with Leebay, EXO and Contkt. Dancing is encouraged, and all CU students are welcome. It will run from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom.Boulder Polar PlungeStudents and community members from all around Boulder will gather at the Boulder Reservoir from 1 to 4 p.m. to raise money for athletes from Colorado participating in the Special Olympics. Pre-registration is required. If you don’t wish to participate, there also is an option to donate and simply come watch the event.Head to the mountains on the CU Ski BusThe CU Ski Bus provides an affordable and convenient way to get to the ski slopes and back without driving. This weekend, the bus drops off at both Arapahoe Basin and Keystone; you get to pick where you would like to ski/ride. Tickets are still available on the CU Ski Bus Facebook page, and you can view details for upcoming trips for the rest of the semester.Sunday, March 4Thetapalooza: KATwalk Join Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority for their annual philanthropy. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom, various CU student groups will be dancing and modeling for the entertainment of the audience. This lighthearted, fun event is great for any age group. Tickets start at $5, and all proceeds go to CASA, a nonprofit organization providing guidance for young children in the justice system.CU Vocal Jazz Choirs spring performanceVarious groups from the College of Music will be performing for the Boulder community in Imig Music’s Grusin Music Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:40 p.m., and the concert runs from 2 to 3 p.m.Apply to work with Housing & Dining ServicesHousing & Dining Services is hiring! Working with Housing & Dining Services is convenient with flexible hours, and the department offers a variety of work types with competitive pay. It is also an excellent way to meet people and build friendships within your community. Open job positions include community assistants, dining support and student graphic designers.Categories:Things to DoGeneralCampus CommunityEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

Resident docs vie for India’s Next Sushruta title

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services By EH News Bureau on January 27, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Resident docs vie for India’s Next Sushruta title Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals DocplexusIndia MedtronicIndia’s Next Sushruta Top three winners bag international clinical observerships at a Medtronic Innovation Center and final seven selected to participate in proctorship programmes in IndiaIndia Medtronic concluded the grand finale of India’s Next Sushruta (INS), a case study competition targeted towards postgraduates and super-specialty students in the field of surgery. The concluding round saw finalists competing for the top three spots with a chance to take part in an international clinical observership at a Medtronic Innovation center.As per a press release, the finale saw Dr Usha H, MCh Surgical Oncology from Kidwai Memorial Institute of oncology, Bangalore win over the jury with her presentation to clinch the title of India’s Next Sushruta.  Dr Souvik Paul, DNB Surgical Gastroenterology from BLK Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi was adjudged the first runner-up, while Dr Nitesh Kumar, MS Urology from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad took the second runner-up place.Named after the father of early surgery, Sushruta, India’s Next Sushruta is an industry-academia programme in the med-tech space in India. The competition saw participation from across specialities including general surgery, gastro and oncology. The multi-stage academic contest was administered in partnership with Docplexus, who executed the programme spanning 80 cities and conducted quantitative quizzes and abstract submissions on their platform.The finale of INS involved 20-minute case presentations by the top ten finalists judged by a panel comprising experts from major institutes:Dr Avanish Saklani, associate professor robotic lead colorectal, Tata Memorial Center, MumbaiDr Abhay Dalvi, professor & unit head, Dept. of Surgery, KEM Hospital, MumbaiDr  Anil Aggarwal, director, professor & head, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, GB Pant Hospital, DelhiDr S Sudhindran, professor & chief transplant surgeon, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Amrita Hospital, KochiDr SVS Deo, professor & head, Surgical Oncology, AIIMS DelhiDr Madhabananda Kar, professor & head, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, AIIMS BhubaneswarRaising adequate awareness about disease and therapy areas coupled with skill development to achieve technology adoption is the long-term objective of INS. Consequently, from among the top 10 finalists, the final seven have been selected to participate in proctorship programmes in India. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) Sharelast_img read more

Planning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodels

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodels Oct. 10, 2016 at 7:10 amCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodelsMatthew Hall5 years agocit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityCity Hall (File photo) The Planning Commission wants permission to discuss and potentially restrict “mansionization” of the city’s residential neighborhoods.At their Oct. 5 meeting the commission voted to ask City Council to prioritize regulations that would restrict rebuilding of homes in so called R1 (single unit residential) neighborhoods. The Commission will send a letter to Council formally requesting the council hold a discussion and direct staff to bring the issue back for debate at the commission.Commissioner Richard McKinnon prompted the discussion at the Planning Commission and said he did so because the commission had seen a parade of applicants increasing the size of their homes in recent years.“In Sunset park, two years ago when I doorknocked the area it was every third house that was in the process of renovating, now it would be every second house and we have literally hundreds of applications in to do building changes and approvals that are doubling, tripling and quadrupling the size of what were essentially little bungalows so this concern goes to that,” he said.While regulation of other districts has undergone significant revisions over the years, he said the rules for R1 districts have remained relatively unchanged for decades but the kind of use in the zone has changed.“The pressure in the city, driven by the economics of the moment, are such that if we don’t look at this, much of the city will change right before our eyes and in entirely unreasonable and unacceptable ways,” he said.He said a prior attempts at controlling the size of single family homes are not working as new owners are pushing the envelope of what is legal.“It’s quite clear a new wave of people with considerable amounts of money are investing in seeking ways to break those envelopes and change the nature of those neighborhoods.”Several commissioners said the issue was with small houses that are remodeled to cover the majority of the lot in a way that overshadows their neighbors. They said the result can destroy the integrity of a neighborhood and radically alter the culture of a street.New Commissioner Leslie Lambert said remodeling is possible without resorting to a “home depot special off the street.”“Something’s not working and as a resident of a neighborhood where that’s happening, I think we need to look at it.”Staff said construction isn’t allowed if the plans violate the city’s codes, but recent applications have pushed right to the limit of what is allowed. They said part of the change is likely due to turnover of longtime residents with the new owners interested in a modern standard of living.NOMA resident Nancy Coleman said more and more housing is coming down in her neighborhood and suggested several specific proposals including a height limitation, protections for historic trees and rules for lot coverage.She said architects have become adept at bending the rules and that the fundamental question was “How much square footage is appropriate for what size lot?”The Planning Commission and its staff work at the behest of City Council and are not able to assign themselves these kind of comprehensive reviews. Staff said they needed direction from council to pursue the subject and said Council would also have to make clear where the project fit with other previously assigned priorities such as plans for Memorial Park or a zoning document for the Pico Neighborhood.“If we were to be instructed to jump on this immediately then something else would have to give,” said Planning Director David Martin.BY MATTHEW [email protected] :cit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTWO MILLION AND COUNTING!Hall of fame to honor beach volleyball historyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsPublic officials call for continued virtual comment optionsBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsSanta Monica releases riot reportBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil appoints new public safety commissionersBrennon Dixson1 month agoFeaturedNewsPlanning Commission to consider Shore Hotel amendmentsBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil paves way for future developmentBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsStaff proposes new rules around public assemblies, targeted residential protestsBrennon Dixson3 months agolast_img read more

Letter to the Editor – Medicare for all

first_img Comments are closed. April 10, 2020 at 2:40 PM California governor sticking with mid-May as COVID-19 peakPassover and Easter move online during coronavirus pandemicYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours ago April 8, 2020 at 10:37 AM HomeOpinionColumnsLetter to the Editor – Medicare for all Apr. 08, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedHealthletterNewsLetter to the Editor – Medicare for allGuest Author1 year agohealthcareletter to the editorSanta Monica Editor:Well, so much the American way of tying our health care to our work, as millions are losing their jobs as we speak. We’ll soon lose our private medical care coverage.People are facing the dismal prospect of having no medical care except to pay the big bucks for the American for profit medical complex service.“USA, USA” is the chant, but this system is by far, the most expensive and most inefficient health care system in the world. For, we’re obviously not prepared for this coronavirus crisis with not enough tests, not enough masks, ventilators, hospitals, and beds.Enter Medicare for all.Americans may not see the cure for the virus for a long time, but Medicare for all is the health care remedy we need now.And only with Medicare for all will all of us, and the poor, the homeless, the uninsured, the under insured, and the undocumented—who may be afraid to seek help due to deportation threat, can we get the care that will help all of our health and safety.Work for Medicare for all now before forgetful Americans again return to accept to same old money draining American private for profit medical complex.Andrew LibermanSanta MonicaTags :healthcareletter to the editorSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 2 comments Sara Meric says: center_img Alison Smith says: ANDREW LIBERMAN: I devoutly hope that you are NOT among the 15% of Sanders supporters who, now that he has dropped out, say –according to a new poll– thatTHEY WILL VOTE FOR TRUMP!!!!! I realize Sanders support comprised an element of extremists, but but this is suicide! 2 Comments I am lucky to live in Canada. Our system has it’s deficiencies, but everyone is covered. I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in countries with private systems and remain convinced universal medicare is the only way to go.last_img read more

Telekom Austria state shareholder confirms America Movil talks

first_img America Movil takes $2M Colombia hit Español Home Telekom Austria state shareholder confirms America Movil talks America MovilFinancialOIAGTelekom Austria Author Related Tags Tim Ferguson center_img Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Previous ArticleHalf of Mozilla’s board quits over CEO appointment – reportNext ArticleSafaricom, Airtel get go-ahead for Yu; tough conditions attached AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAR 2014 Beneficios de América Móvil en el primer trimestre gracias a la reducción de costos Telekom Austria’s state-owned shareholder OIAG confirmed it is in discussions with America Movil regarding a future “syndicate agreement”.It was reported in February that America Movil was looking to take control of Telekom Austria by reaching an accord with OIAG.The supervisory board of OIAG, which owns a 28 per cent stake in Telekom Austria, was presented with the key points of a possible partnership with the Latin American operator group, which holds 27 per cent.Priorities for OIAG include the long-term security of Telecom Austria’s headquarters in its home market and effective protection against the dilution of its shareholding to less than 25 per cent plus one share. This size of stake enables the government to have an input into key decisions.The supervisory board gave the company’s board a mandate to negotiate a final agreement with America Movil. Further discussions are planned over the next few weeks.According to the report in February, a draft accord outlined a deal in which America Movil would agree to contribute €750 million via a share issue to drive expansion and cut debt. It would also see the stakes of the two big shareholders pooled for 10 years with an option to extend by a further five years.The pact would mean the partner companies would have to vote as one on major company issues, allowing OIAG to have a say even if America Movil raises its stake in the operator.Rudolf Kemler, the head of OIAG and Telekom Austria chairman, previously said the Austrian government would be content for America Movil to take a majority stake in Telekom Austria.America Movil has been looking to expand its foothold in the European market for some time by increasing its stakes in Telekom Austria and Dutch group KPN.A €7.2 billion takeover bid for KPN was effectively blocked in October by the KPN Foundation, the independent body set up to safeguard the wider interests of the Dutch company.The Carlos Slim-controlled group has stated that it does not plan a hostile takeover bid for Telekom Austria. América Móvil deberá pagar 2 millones de dólares a Colombialast_img read more

Very Bavarian: Oktoberfest in Whitefish

first_img Email For Flathead Valley residents, autumn means exchanging T-shirts for sweaters, and barbecues for canning equipment. But for a few days in Whitefish, the seasonal shift also promises bratwurst, lederhosen and plenty of beer. The 2nd Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest celebration is headed back to Depot Park, encompassing two weekends – Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. Oktoberfest is a German tradition rooted in Munich. The festival is more than 200 years old, originating as a German royalty wedding party to which everyone in town was invited. Munich now draws about 6 million visitors every October who drink about 5 million liters of beer, according to the city’s website. The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce is hosting the local event, and executive director Kevin Gartland said Northwest Montana held its own at last year’s Oktoberfest, consuming about 65 kegs of beer and roughly 3,000 brats. Attendance was also unexpectedly high, Gartland said, facilitating the need for two weekends of German-inspired fun. “Last year, on Friday and Saturday we couldn’t put anyone else in the tent,” Gartland said. “We were at capacity.” During the festival’s other days the tent was also near capacity, he added. With attendance expected to increase 15 to 20 percent, the choice was either moving the event from downtwon Whitefish or tacking on another weekend. Gartland said the chamber preferred to keep the celebration local, as it helps bring tourists into town during the shoulder season. “It was a great success last year,” he said. “It was probably two to three years ahead of what I thought it would be.” Beer is a major part of the Oktoberfest tradition, and this year’s selection will include Great Northern Oktoberfest, Frog Hop and Black Star from the Great Northern Brewing Company. The Warsteiner brewery will provide traditional German brews, including Pilsner Dunkel, Oktoberfest and Konig Ludwig Weiss. Visiting from Munich, Germany, Guenther MoLer dances across the large dance floor with his wife Rosemareie MoLer during the first Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Whitefish last year. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Aside from the magnetic properties of bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, barley and hops, Gartland said Oktoberfest’s many unique activities – including dachshund races, waitress races, stein-holding competitions and log-sawing races – help bring in crowds. “It’s kind of like ‘Minute to Win It,’ Bavarian style,” he said. The music is also a major draw, he noted. This year’s bands include Europa, which consists of two German and one Austrian member. “They are huge; they play from September to October all over the country,” Gartland said. The Western Senators, a Canadian group, is scheduled to play during the festival’s second weekend. Gartland said they were immensely popular with last year’s crowd. Local group the Bavarian Echoes will also provide classic polkas and oom-pah music during the festival. The first weekend of events will begin on Thursday, Sept. 29, with Locals Night, meaning Flathead Valley residents avoid the $3 gate fee. There will also be special contests, the mayoral toast and tapping of the kegs and the first night of Europa’s music. Friday, Sept. 30, is the grand opening, which will include a short parade from the Great Northern Brewing Company to the festival’s tent, led by a wagon with beer barrels. Anyone can join in the procession, Gartland said. Events will include the first qualifying round of the keg-hurling competition, a brat-eating contest dubbed “the wurst minute of your life,” and Bavarian sing-alongs. Saturday, Oct. 1 is kids’ day, with a lineup including the chicken dance, dachshund drag races, music and arts and crafts. The schedule for Oct. 2 features the ever-popular waitress races. Gartland said that despite not yet advertising for the races, he has already received calls from competitors asking to sign up. The second weekend will have many of the same activities, though Sunday, Oct. 9 is Senior Day and will also feature the traditional 5k volksmarch. It also falls during a Canadian holiday weekend, Gartland said, and was planned to draw in participants from the north. Bringing tourists during the fall is an important goal for Oktoberfest, but Gartland said it is also about Flathead Valley residents enjoying their community. “It just worked out last year because the timing was right; locals have time to kick back and enjoy themselves between the heavy seasons,” Gartland said. Visitors and Oktoberfest participants are encouraged to visit www.whitefishoktoberfest.com for a complete schedule of events and a food menu. last_img read more

Claims some pubs plan to open on June 29th

first_img By News Highland – May 14, 2020 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Claims some pubs plan to open on June 29th Pinterest Google+ Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleContractor appointed for major road project in west DonegalNext articleChildcare plan for healthcare workers scrapped News Highland Twitter Some publicans are planning to open on June 29th – six weeks ahead of schedule. Many bars that have a restaurant are hoping to get back in business on the earlier date, according to the Irish Daily Mirror.Restaurants are allowed open at the end of June, while pubs have to stay closed until August 10th.But some are set to take advantage of the ‘loophole’ to beat the restrictions. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+last_img read more

Viable pipe bomb device declared at Ebrington Street in Derry

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews By admin – January 29, 2016 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Harps come back to win in Waterford Police attended a security alert in Derry following a suspicious object being thrown into the rear yard of a house in Ebrington Street at approximately 12.10am in the early hours of this morning. ATO attended and a controlled explosion was carried out just after 5.30am. The object has now been declared as a viable pipe bomb type device.A number of houses were evacuated and the Clooney Centre was made available for anyone in need of shelter. The evacuated residents are now able to return to their homes.Emerson Street and Bond Street were closed to traffic for a while but have now reopened.Detectives are asking  anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101.Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleUpdate – almost two thousand ESB customers in Donegal still without power following Storm GertrudeNext articleHSE can’t find nurses to care for Donegal’s terminally ill children admin Pinterest Viable pipe bomb device declared at Ebrington Street in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Calls for major focus on air quality in Derry & Strabane

first_img Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – October 6, 2020 Previous articleDL Debate – The Championship 05/10/20Next articleCampaign launched to attract people to Donegal Gaeltacht News Highland Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img Pinterest A Foyle MLA is calling for a major focus on air quality in Derry and Strabane ahead of International Clean Air Day later this week. Sinead Mclaughlin has launched a campaign to improve air quality in the district, which has been shown to have the worst air pollution in Northern Ireland.Ms McLaughlin says it’s vital that the reliance on smoky coal and peat be addressed, as well as initiatives to address the effect of dirty exhaust fumes and diesel engines on the district’s roads.Ms McLauchlin says it’s a very serious situation:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/sineadair1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Twitter Google+ Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Calls for major focus on air quality in Derry & Strabanelast_img read more

INMO members working in LUH ED express concern for patients

first_img Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest INMO members working in LUH ED express concern for patients The INMO have called for an independent review of the admitting and discharging processes at Letterkenny University Hospital.In a statement issued this afternoon, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say members working in the Emergency Department at the hospital are fearful for the people of Donegal as the abnormal has now been accepted by local management as normal.The union claims the hospital did not implement the nationally agreed Full Capacity Protocol in its entirety this week.The statement goes on to say that INMO members are very concerned for patients and are at breaking point.Maura Hickey is INMO Industrial Relations Officer:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/hickey5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.INMO Statement in Full:Members of the INMO, working in the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital, are fearful for the people of Donegal as the abnormal has now been accepted by local management as normal with patients lying on trolleys in ED, treatment rooms and corridors as opposed to appropriate beds on wards with proper facilities.On May 15 at 8.00am there were 29 patients awaiting a bed on a ward. 12 of these patients were in ED, 11 were in the AMAU, 2 in treatment rooms and the remaining on corridors. That same morning there were 14 other patients being processed at 8.00am.The hospital did not implement the nationally agreed Full Capacity Protocol in its entirety. It continued with services, ignoring the severe pressures that ED nurses were experiencing. Unlike other acute hospitals, Letterkenny University Hospital did not get any additional nursing staff to care for admitted patients in ED. The situation has remained the same throughout this week. INMO members are very concerned for patients and are at breaking point. One member commented: “I will be looking for another job as you couldn’t keep this up, you would burn out”.Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Maura Hickey said:“INMO members are highly experienced staff who are being subjected to relentless pressure on a daily basis.  They feel unsupported and are struggling as the burden is falling on nursing staff who are forced to work in an intolerable environment. They are constantly apologising to patients for the inhumane conditions in which they endeavour to care for them.”Ms Hickey went on:“Additional nurses are needed to care for admitted patients in the unit and once again the INMO is calling for an independent review of Admitting and Discharging processes in the Hospital and referral pathways from the community”. By News Highland – May 17, 2018 Previous articleIrish Water working to repair burst water main in Burnfoot areaNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 17th May News Highland Twittercenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

News / 2M announces blank Asia-Europe and transpacific sailings for Chinese New Year

first_img 2M partners Maersk Line and MSC have advised their Asia-Europe and transpacific customers of a number of blanked headhaul sailings next month, during the traditional Chinese New Year soft demand period.The Chinese Year of the Pig commences on 5 February and the 2M will cancel two sailings to North Europe in weeks six, seven and eight, along with one voyage to the Mediterranean.Between Asia and the US, Maersk and MSC will void two loops to the west coast and one sailing to the US east coast the same weeks.The cancelled sailings from Asia to North Europe include the AE2/Swan loop to Rotterdam and Felixstowe on weeks seven and eight, which was only reinstated in early December after being temporarily suspended at the end of September ahead of the Chinese Golden Week factory closures. At that time, the withdrawal of the 11 18,300-20,600 teu ULCVs from the trade, rather than blanking sailings, was seen as a “structural solution in line with lower seasonal market demand” by Maersk Line’s chief operating officer, Soren Toft.But the temporary capacity reduction ‘white knight’ gesture by the 2M alliance was not reciprocated by the members of the Ocean and THE alliances which continued their strategy of withdrawing sailings and advising shippers in some cases on a “need to know” basis.And, according to market reports, the conflicting statements of the timing for the reactivation of the loop resulted in a loss of market share to rival carriers – in particular Cosco and CMA CGM.An MSC insider told The Loadstar the carrier “had no intention of making the same mistake” and would revert to using the normal capacity management tool of blanking sailings.It is understood that MSC pushed for an earlier-than-planned reinstatement of the AE2/Swan service and was rewarded with full ships during December. Moreover, despite the introduction of extra capacity, container spot rates on the trade ended the year in a bullish mood, leaping by 14% in the final week to $966 per teu.Notwithstanding the loss of market share on the trade, Maersk Line in particular was able to take advantage of the pre-US duty tariff hike cargo boom on imports from China to deploy the bigger ULCVs on the transpacific for two round trips before resuming their service on the North Europe route.Ultimately, the imposition of a 25% duty on the import of some 5,700 Chinese products was postponed until 2 March to allow trade issues between the two nations to be resolved.Shippers will be looking for indications from the current negotiations in Beijing to determine their forward cargo planning.The 2M have decided to blank the transpacific voyages without waiting to hear the result of the trade negotiations. Both carriers have reassured their customers that their alternative sailings between Asia and Europe and Asia and the US will allow shippers to continue to make bookings “with limited disruption to your cargo flow”.Maersk and MSC have also cautioned exporters to Asia from Europe and the US that the blanked westbound sailings in February will result in cancelled backhaul voyages in March and April. By Mike Wackett 08/01/2019last_img read more

Elephant Manure

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share 0:30Grant Park resident, Jack Beckford, used to garden quite a bit. The story that he tells here happened years ago when Zoo Atlanta (then the Atlanta Zoo) used to allow him to drive right up and load elephant manure directly into his pickup truck. He’s use it as compost in his garden. And while the zoo does not allow Atlanta residents to do this today, he’s found other places that do, including at least one Atlanta Police Department that stables horses. 0:30 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Amsterdam Merit Scholarships 2018

first_imgDeadline: 1 November 2017Open to: non-EEA nationality or nationalities onlyBenefits: EUR 6,000 – EUR 9,000 – EUR 12,000 or a proportional amountDescriptionThe Academic Medical Centre of the Universiteit van Amsterdam offers the Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS), a scholarship for outstanding who have been admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the Faculty of Medicine.The AMS is highly selective: only applicants with excellent study results and motivation will be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Universiteit van Amsterdam.EligibilityHold non-EEA nationality or nationalities only;Not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan (“Studiefinanciering”);Not be eligible to pay the reduced tuition fee rate for EEA students at the UvA;Not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship;Have submitted a complete application to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA;Have been (or will be) admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA;Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa (if applicable).BenefitsPlease note that the scholarship cannot be used as a (partial) tuition waiver;The applicant must still pay the full amount of tuition.The scholarship consists of EUR  6,000 – 9,000 –  12,000 or a proportional amount if the student starts in February.How to apply?AMC UVA applicants wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship should send an email with their letter of motivation attached to Ms. N.V. Blankendal at [email protected] we have a limited number of scholarships, only the most eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria;Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of recommendation, written work and/or publications;The quality of their letter of motivation.Make sure to keep in mind the application deadline, which is 1 November 2017.For more information, please visit the official website. September 27, 2017 Published by Verce Arsovska Tweet Share 0 Amsterdam Merit Scholarships 2018 Reddit Pocket Similar Stories POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program 2018 in Hawaiicenter_img 21st Japan Media Arts Festival 2018 Paid MBA Internship at Google in Japan 2018 LinkedIn 0 +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. ← How to Improve Your English and…Why?! National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 →last_img read more

Atari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game deal

first_imgAtari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game dealPartnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain version of RollerCoaster TycoonHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 18th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAnimoca BrandsAtariAtari has taken its first tentative steps into the murky world of blockchain, following an announcement today that it will partner with Animoca Brands. The partnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain versions of popular Atari properties such as RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad. As part of the deal, Atari will become a strategic shareholder of Animoca Brands, acquiring a $250,000 stake in the company in exchange for the game rights. Animoca Brands will share revenue after the projects gross $500,000, and the agreement will exted through to March 2022. Animoca Brands and Atari also entered an agreement to explore future opportunities in gaming, product, development, and blockchain. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is, like many of Atari’s properties, a true evergreen, having been around for two decades,” said Animoca Brands co-founder and chairman Yat Siu. “Given the strategic and commercial elements of this incredibly fun simulation, it is a perfect candidate for blockchain adaptation.”Frédéric Chesnais, Atari Group CEO and main shareholder, added “We are proud and delighted to enter into this long-term and strategic relationship with Animoca Brands, which also allows us to become a shareholder in one of the most exciting innovators in the world of decentralized gaming. We hope that this agreement paves the way to further cooperation on other Atari products.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAtari restructures, names new CEOWade J. Rosen takes the helm as company splits into gaming and blockchain divisions, with former CEO Frédéric Chesnais leading the latterBy Christopher Dring A month agoGaming historian Curt Vendel dies at 53Atari Museum founder, Atari Flashback designer, and “an unquestioned giant in computer history” died unexpectedly August 30By Brendan Sinclair 8 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Kyle Carter Top Canadian Following Cross-Country at Olympics

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Hong Kong, China – Kyle Carter of Calgary, AB, is the top Canadian following cross-country, the second of three phases comprising the equestrian sport of eventing, at the 2008 Olympic Games.  Carter is in 32nd position individually while the Canadian Eventing Team is in ninth position overall.Carter, who had been sitting in 61st position following the opening phase of dressage, made an impressive leap up the leader board following Monday’s cross-country phase.  Riding Madison Park, a 10-year-old thoroughbred gelding owned by Carter and Nicole Shinton, Carter was only the second rider to tackle the course designed by Great Britain’s Michael Etherington-Smith.  The pair successfully negotiated the 39 jumping efforts placed over a total distance of 4,560 meters but, as did all competitors, incurred time faults for exceeding the time allowed of eight minutes.  Adding 18.40 time penalties to his dressage score, Carter currently has a two-day provisional score of 81.90 penalty points.“It went right to plan.  I would have liked to be faster, but I am sure everyone would have today!” said Carter, 39.  “I did not have a fence out there that was bad.  He is a hell of a horse, and he finished strong.  As far as cross-country goes, he is as good as any horse out there.”Sandra Donnelly, 38, also of Calgary, AB, was the second Canadian rider.  With Buenos Aires, an 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding, Donnelly completed the cross-country course with no jumping penalties and 24 time penalties.  Her two-day total of 84.20 penalty points puts her in 34th position in the overall standings.  Donnelly had been ranked 58th following dressage.In her Olympic debut, Selena O’Hanlon, 27, of Elgin, ON, was the highest-placed Canadian, ranked 20th, following the opening phase of dressage.  During the cross-country phase, she had refusals at fences 18 and 28 to incur 40 jumping penalties in addition to 36.80 time penalties.  Her two-day total of 120.90 penalty points puts O’Hanlon in 51st position riding Colombo, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Elaine and Michael Davies.Michael Winter, 33, of Toronto, ON, was the victim of bad luck when he lost his stirrup leather at fence nine.  His mount, Kingpin, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Kingpin Syndicate, jumped very big over fence nine, a drop fence to a skinny brush.  Although Winter tried to keep Kingpin straight to the skinny brush, the horse ran out and Winter caught his leg on the flag.“When I jumped down that first part of nine ‘a’ quite big, I did the best job I could to get a good line to ‘b’, but he jumped to the side, and I caught my leg on the flag and it pulled my stirrup leather off,” explained Winter, who incurred 20 jumping penalties for the run-out and 56.80 time penalties.  “It was still on my foot, so I was able to reattach it, but it was extremely time-consuming.  But my horse was still great, I was confident enough to take most of the straight routes.  I wanted to keep the time penalties as minimal as possible in case my score was ever needed for some reason towards the team result.”With a two-day total of 125.70 penalties, Winter is currently in 53rd position.  Samantha Taylor, 25, of Richmond, BC, incurred 40 jumping penalties and 69.90 time penalties to end the day in 60th position with a total of 180.30 penalty points.  In her Olympic debut, Taylor is riding Livewire, a 10-year-old thoroughbred gelding bred in British Columbia.Counting the best three scores from the five team members, Canada is currently ranked ninth overall among the 11 nations competing with a two-day total of 287 penalty points.“I would be the first to admit that we fell short of our expectations,” said Winter of Canada’s cross-country performance.  “There is disappointment, especially among those of us that did not have clean rounds.  We feel that we did not contribute to the Team what we were hoping for.  But all of our horses and riders stayed upright, and that is an important thing to remember in this sport.”Carter added, “I thought we really had a chance.  I thought the door opened, and we all had possibilities.  I would have liked a better result.”Heading into Tuesday’s third and final phase of show jumping, Germany currently leads the standings with a total of 158.10 penalties but, less than one show jumping rail behind, is Australia with 162.00 penalties.  Great Britain is currently ranked third with 173.70 followed by Italy with 198.40 penalties.The cross-country phase produced a shake-up on the individual leader board as well.  Hinrich Romeike of Germany moved from seventh following dressage into top spot with a two-day total of 50.20 riding Marius.  He is followed closely by fellow German Ingrid Klimke with 50.70 riding Abraxxas while Australia’s Megan Jones is just behind with 51.00 riding Irish Jester.“Equine Canada is proud of all our riders, and we are looking forward to an exciting final day of competition,” noted Equine Canada CEO, Akaash Maharaj. “We are very pleased with the steps the course committee took to ensure the welfare of our equine athletes in cross-country, traditionally assessed as the most physically challenging of the three eventing phases.  By creating the shortest cross-country course in Olympic history, and by beginning the course in the cool, early hours of the morning, the course committee has upheld the principle that the best interests of the horse must always come first.”Eventing is comprised of three phases of competition held consecutively – dressage, cross-country and show jumping.  At the 2008 Olympic Games, 70 horses representing 24 nations are competing in eventing.  Show jumping will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Sha Tin, the main Olympic equestrian venue.  Team and Individual Medals will be awarded following the conclusion of Tuesday’s competition.For more information, including live results, please visit www.fei.org/olympics.2008 Olympic Games – Provisional Individual Eventing Standings Following Cross-Country                    Rider                         Country                     Horse                          Score1.                 Hinrich Romeike          Germany                    Marius                          50.202.                 Ingrid Klimke              Germany                    Abraxxas                      50.703.                 Megan Jones               Australia                     Irish Jester                   51.004.                 Clayton Fredericks      Australia                     Ben Along Time             53.405. (tie)          Gina Miles                   United States              McKinlaigh                    56.105. (tie)          Mary King                   Great Britain               Call Again Cavalier        56.10Canadians 32.               Kyle Carter                 Calgary, AB                Madison Park                81.9034.               Sandra Donnelly          Calgary, AB                Buenos Aires                84.2051.               Selena O’Hanlon          Elgin, ON                    Colombo                       120.9053.               Michael Winter            Toronto, ON                 Kingpin                        125.7060.               Samantha Taylor         Richmond, BC             Livewire                       180.30 More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Ex-cheerleader Brooke Skyler Richardson avoids prison time in infanticide case

first_imgiStock(CARLISLE, Ohio) — A former Ohio high school cheerleader who was charged with killing her newborn daughter and burying the baby in her family’s backyard has avoided prison time.One day after Brooke Skyler Richardson, 20, of Carlisle was cleared of the most serious charges levied against her, Judge Donald E. Oda on Friday decided to spare her any time behind bars.“I just wanted to say how sorry I was,” she told Oda before he delivered her sentence. “I can sometimes be selfish but I would like to think that I’ve become better. … I’m forever sorry.”Richardson was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and seven days of jail time with credit for time served, meaning that she was allowed to go home Friday. The judge did sentence her, however, to six to 12 months in prison if she violated her probation.“I think that your choices before birth, during birth, and after show a grotesque disregard for life. And I think when I look at this case that to me, is what offends the community sensibilities. But because of policy decisions that are beyond my purview, the jury was not permitted to consider those things,” Oda said. “And neither am I.”In 2017, Richardson, then 18, delivered her baby, alone and at home, and then buried the infant’s remains in her family’s backyard, according to authorities. When Richardson went to a doctor for birth control two months later, she told doctors what she had done and they called police.During her trial, prosecutors maintained that she didn’t want to be an 18-year-old single mother so when she gave birth, just days after attending her senior prom, she killed the baby and buried her — never telling a soul.But, her defense lawyers argued that the baby, who was named Annabelle, was stillborn at delivery.In police interrogation video presented in court, Richardson could be seen telling investigators in July 2017 that she did not hear a cry or a whimper and that the baby’s eyes were closed.Oda said Friday he believed Richardson’s version of events.“In all of this mess that we have with this case, I think what often gets overlooked, Miss Richardson, is just how precious life is. Your life. Annabel’s life. Life is precious, and it should be protected. And it should be guarded in all respects,” he later said.On Thursday, a Warren County jury found Richardson not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. She was found guilty of abuse of a corpse.She faced up to a year in prison on that conviction.The family of the baby’s father, Trey Johnson, had sought the remains of Annabelle. They were instead given to Richardson’s family.The judge said that both families should be permitted to visit Annabelle’s burial site.“As hard as I’ve tried to find the right word to describe — broken, shattered, destroyed — none of them seem to fit the amount of pain I’ve felt,” Trey Johnson’s mother, Tracy Johnson, told the court Friday during the sentencing hearing.She reminded the court that not only had she lost her first grandchild, but that her son had lost his first child.“And, Skyler had no intention of ever letting us know,” she said. “I find out from watching her interviews with detectives and her parents that not only did she know from the very beginning that Trey was the father, but also that she tried to secure her remains and plan on burying her without any of us ever knowing,” she said. “My friends and family will tell you I’ve become withdrawn, cut off in a shell of the outgoing person I’ve always been.”Tracy Johnson said Friday that she would have taken the baby in and raised her “with no questions.”“Instead, I get to send two balloons to heaven with notes telling her how much her daddy loves her, how much I love her,” Tracy Johnson said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Belarus Struggles to Find Alternative Oil Supplies as Standoff With Russia Lingers

first_imgBelarus continues to scramble in search of alternate oil sources two months after its traditional Russian suppliers halted flows through the Druzhba Pipeline (see EDM, January 22, February 13). The five suppliers that have provided Belarus with 90 percent of its oil for years cut off their exports on January 1. Since then, Belarus’s state oil company Belneftkhim has signed purchasing agreements with companies from Azerbaijan and Norway—and with non-traditional Russian suppliers—to try to make up the 18 million tons of crude a year it is losing.Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR has already agreed to supply 160,000 tons of oil to Belarus, and Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas met with SOCAR officials on March 2 to discuss additional purchases (Belta.by, March 3). Belarus will import SOCAR’s crude through a pipeline running from Ukraine’s main Black Sea port of Odesa to Brody in northwestern Ukraine. The oil will then be sent north to Belarus’s Mozyr refinery, a joint venture of the Russian oil giants Rosneft and Gazpromneft.Belarus and Russia have tried several times to resolve what is ostensibly a pricing dispute but is really about Minsk dragging its feet on joining a federation with Russia, a move that would (de facto or de jure) eliminate Belarus’s independence. The talks have included several one-on-one meetings between Presidents Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin.Belarus wants its traditional suppliers, such as Rosneft, Gazpromneft, Surgutneftegaz and Tatneft, to remove a $10-per-barrel premium on the price they charge for crude. The four demanded the premium after Moscow exempted Belarus from paying export fees on Russian oil. At one point, the Russian exporters were losing $10 a barrel from having to absorb the export fees themselves. But Russia has since shifted its tax on crude from exporters to producers, prompting Belarus to contend that the premium it has continued to pay is no longer necessary.Belarus used to receive Russian crude at prices far lower than the rate Moscow charged all other global customers. But it has raised prices to the point that Belarus says its discount is now only 17 percent. This means Russia should eliminate the premium, Minsk maintains. Putin appeared to offer a $2-per-barrel discount in a February 21 phone conversation with Lukashenka (Spglobal.com, February 21), but different interpretations of his proposal mean the price standoff has persisted (Naviny.by, February 21).Although Belarus and Russia have had many oil and gas price disputes in recent years, the current Druzhba supply disruption is now the longest since 2004. A curious wrinkle, however, is that the Kremlin is allowing non-traditional Russian suppliers to deliver some of the supply that Belarus has lost.First to step in were the sister companies owned by oil magnate Mikhail Gucheriev. His firms Safmar and Neftis agreed, on January 2, to send 750,000 tons to Belneftkhim. They have delivered some of the oil through the Druzhba Pipeline and some by rail (Sputnik.by, February 5). Since then, Russia’s RIA Novosti news organization has reported that UDS NEFT, Yanqpur and Tatneft also want to supply up to 1 million barrels of crude a day to Belarus (Interfax, February 21).Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told Lukashenko in a meeting in Minsk, on February 1, that the United States would supply all of the oil and natural gas Belarus needs to help it maintain its independence from Moscow. In turn, Lukashenka expressed hope that the US would arrange low-cost loans for an oil pipeline running from the Baltic Sea through the Baltic States and into Belarus (1prime.ru, March 3).Belarus is also working with Ukraine to bring the Odesa–Brody Pipeline online again. It has been idle since 2011 because oil delivered through it would have been much more expensive than oil pumped through the Druzhba. In a sign of how serious Belarus is about restarting the Odesa–Brody route, Minsk has established a fee schedule for the 40-kilometer stretch of pipeline that would need to be built from Brody to the Mozyr refinery (Neftegaz.ru, February 27).Since the Russian shutoff on January 1, Belarus has been able to find limited alternative crude supplies for its refineries, whose exports of finished petroleum products are the lifeblood of the Belarusian economy. But the price of crude from those new sources has, in every case, been much higher than from Belarus’s traditional Russian suppliers. In addition, the volumes procured from those alternative sources has not been high enough to keep Belarus’s refineries at Mozyr and Naftan running at capacity. In January and February, the two processed 1.8 million tons of oil—half of what they did during the same period in 2019 (Belta.by, March 3). The price standoff with Moscow is also depriving Belarus of income from the 6 million tons of Russian oil a day that it usually re-exports. Finally, the contracts with alternative suppliers have so far all been short term, a sign that Belarus does not intend to replace Russian deliveries for good. As long as all that remains the case, Moscow will be able to maintain a tough position in the price talks, perceiving that Minsk lacks leverage.last_img read more

Research Administration Associate

first_imgJob PurposeDevelops and implements grants administration internal proceduresto insure compliance with Baylor College of Medicine policy.Provides guidance and resolutions to issues as related grantsmanagement and business operation. Oversees the financialadministration of grants and contracts from budget setup throughaward closeout. Assists in the development and submission of theannual budget for the academic section. To be successful in thisrole, the candidate must be self-motivated, team player,dependable, and have a strong work ethic.Job DutiesResponsible for overall research grants management of thedepartment and the Center for Drug Discovery.Serve as department approver for proposal submissions.Collaborate with Grants & Contracts personnel in thecompletion of final financial reports and grant close outs.Manage salary and effort reporting and certification forfaculty and staff, according to proposed commitments.Function as pre-reviewer for all research effort reports inEffort Reporting System.Monitor financial activity and ensure appropriate fundsutilization of research dollars.Meet regularly with research faculty to review grant accountsfinancial reports, personnel changes based on funding, endinggrants, and proposal submission plans.Provide guidance to faculty and grants office staff regardingfinancial matters related to sponsored projects.Oversee inventory control and asset utilization reports forresearch capital inventory.Assist in space Inventory assignment and conduct the spacesurvey to identify space functional usage and analyze funding vs.space allocation information to assist Department Chairman withspace assignments and reallocation of laboratory space.Assist in developing the annual budget for the AcademicSection.Oversee the management of all research budgets andcorresponding accounts.Serve as approver of financial transactions in the areas ofaccounts payable, travel, and purchasing; verify funds availabilityand ensure expenses meet institutional and sponsor guidelines.Manage special projects. Preferred QualificationsFour years of experience in Grants Finance Administration. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6120CHcenter_img Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree.Two years of relevant experience.last_img read more

Telekom Veszprem – 25th Hungarian title!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTelekom Veszprem have won the 25th Championship trophy in Hungary! Team lead by Spanish coach Xavi Sabate saved +6 from the first match of the Play-Off Final (23:17) in the hell made by Pick Szeged fans – 30:27.MOL-Pick Szeged – Telekom Veszprém 30:27 (15:14) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Kastelic – Obranovic, Kallman 7, Bodó 6, Goncalves 4, Zubai, Balogh 6 (2), Skube, Blazevic, Gaber, Sostaric 2, Rodriguez, Bánhidi 1, Buntic 4, Bóka ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items: Click to comment Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Gulyás, Iváncsik 1, Schuch, Ilic 2, Palmarsson 5, Gajic 4 (3), Nilsson 2, Nagy 3, Ugalde 2, Marguc 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Sulic 2, Lékai 4 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Putting a price on the presidency

first_imgThe UK presidency seems to be getting in trouble for thinking that enlargement of the EU can be done on the cheap. Or at least for making the new EU states take a greater share of the pain.But the UK is not alone in thinking that an enlarged Union need not prove more expensive. Finland will take over the presidency in July 2006. The Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports that whereas Finland’s first EU presidency in the second half of 1999 cost €64 million, the government estimates that this time round it will spend no more than €50m, despite organising more than 3,300 international conferences and meetings in Finland to do with the presidency. (Austria, on the other hand, is reported to have a budget of €80m for its presidency, which begins in January.) One luxury which Entre Nous hopes that the Finnish presidency will persist with is the website of EU news in Latin.last_img read more

GOP candidates link Paris attacks to immigration

first_img“President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America: it is nothing less than lunacy,” Cruz told Fox News from the site of his campaign’s “rally for religious liberty” in Greenville.At a rally in Beaumont, Texas, Trump — who expressed support for taking in Syrian refugees in September but later reversed himself — called the administration’s plan to admit thousands of them “insane.”“Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria,” said Trump, inflating the actual figure, which is 10,000. “We all have heart, and we all want people taken care of and all that, but some of them are going to have problems, big problems.”Christie rewrote his entire speech at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit in response to the attacks, beginning with his account of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when he lost contact with his wife Mary Pat for five hours as she evacuated her office at the World Trade Center in New York.He said that the federal government’s failure to secure America’s borders had left the country vulnerable to terrorist infiltration. “On an afternoon like this afternoon we wouldn’t be worried about ISIS slipping across our borders to commit unspeakable acts of violence” if the government had addressed the issue, he said.Noting that French President François Hollande had ordered the emergency closure of France’s borders in the immediate aftermath of Friday’s attacks, Jindal suggested the United States should follow his lead. “It’s time for us here in America to secure our borders and keep us safe as well from these radical evil terrorists,” said the Louisiana governor. Earlier at the summit, at a Friday evening post-speech press conference as the attacks were still unfolding, Carson said he opposed the admission of Syrian refugees into the country. If the administration does proceed with its plan to admit the refugees, Carson said, Islamic State leaders would be stupid not to try to plant terrorists among them. “That would almost be malpractice, you know?”In his speech at the summit, Paul targeted his Republican rival Marco Rubio as he addressed border security in light of the attacks.“I think one of the lessons we should learn from the tragedy in Paris is that we have to be very careful, and very cautious — extraordinarily cautious — about who comes to visit, who immigrates here and who studies here,” he said.He recounted the story of two Iraqi refugees who immigrated to his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and were later arrested for arranging to buy to surface-to-air missiles, saying that federal authorities do not do enough to screen out potential terrorists before allowing them into the country. “Who in the hell is in charge of scrutinizing these people?” he asked.Paul said he had attempted to strengthen border security by offering a “trust but verify” amendment to the 2013 “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would have mandated an improved visa tracking system and greater congressional oversight of border policing.He said that Rubio and Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, struck a “secret” deal to thwart conservative amendments to the bill. Paul’s amendment was defeated and the bill itself died in the House. ORLANDO, Fla. —The day after a series of terrorist attacks rocked Paris, Republican presidential candidates delivered a new message on immigration and border security: We told you so.In the attacks — perpetrated by agents of the Islamic State, at least one of whom may have entered the European Union among a group of Syrian refugees — several Republican contenders saw vindication of their criticisms of President Obama on those issues. But the real target of their barbs was each other, as nearly every GOP candidate stressed their conservative bona fides on a topic that has fired up voters, powered the rise of Donald Trump and hobbled Jeb Bush’s strategy of being willing to “lose the primary to win the general.”At the Sunshine Summit Republican gathering here, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal all tied the attacks to immigration on Saturday and raised the prospect that agents of ISIL had slipped into the United States already or could do so if the administration proceeds with plans to allow in Syrian refugees. On the campaign trail in Texas and South Carolina, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz did the same.center_img “I don’t know what Senator Paul is talking about,” responded Rubio spokesman Alex Conant. “It would appear Senator Paul is trying to change the subject away from his dangerous isolationist agenda and proposals to cut defense spending. … Marco has been warning for months that ISIS terrorists could hide among refugees.”Not all Republicans were ready to make political points in the immediate aftermath of the attack. The Republican opposition research group America Rising called off its rapid response to Hillary Clinton during Saturday night’s Democratic debate because of its proximity to the attacks.Asked at the summit about the Obama administration’s policies and the attacks, Florida Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a Republican Senate candidate, took a pass, saying, “It’s all in poor taste today to be laying blame.”Marc Caputo contributed to this report Also On POLITICO Bush urges US declaration of war against ISIL By Theodoric Meyerlast_img read more

Christopher Bell joins Joe Gibbs Racing full time in XFINITY Series in 2018

first_imgRELATED: Key players in NASCAR’s silly season | Truck Series Playoff standingsJoe Gibbs Racing announced that Christopher Bell will compete full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season.Bell, 22, currently leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. The Oklahoma native has made four XFINITY starts this season, netting a pole position at Iowa Speedway and a best finish of fourth in his series debut at Charlotte.It’s all part of a natural, gradual progression up the racing ladder for Bell, who made his first NASCAR national series start in 2015.“Whenever I was running late models at Kyle Busch Motorsports, they were kind of trickling me into some truck races, and I think I got seven truck races that year before I went full-time, and it worked out again this year where I’m going to have, I think, eight XFINITY races before I go full‑time next year, so that’s great seat time for me,” Bell said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, site of Saturday’s fred’s 250 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the truck tour.“I’m going to be able to be with the organization and kind of learn how they operate, and driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, you already have somewhat of a feel for how they do things, and I think it’s a great fit and the perfect stepping-stone.”RELATED: Christopher Bell’s career NASCAR statisticsBell brings an extensive dirt-track-racing pedigree to his NASCAR career, including a victory in the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in his home state earlier this year. He posted the first of his seven career Truck Series wins on the Eldora Speedway dirt in 2015.Bell has participated in Toyota’s driver development program dating back to 2013, during his days of U.S. Auto Club (USAC) sprint-car competition. His first NASCAR win on pavement came in his 16th career Truck Series start, at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016.“I can’t say that enough how thankful I am that they’ve believed in me through the thick and thin,” Bell said of Toyota’s support. “Last year I had a really — not a great season, and then this year has been really great. They believed in me enough to give me another opportunity this year in the Truck Series, and I’m really thankful for that, and I’m thankful that we get to continue our partnership.”Bell finished third in the Truck Series standings last season. This year, Bell finished as the series’ Regular-Season Champion, and his sizable collection of playoff points make him a favorite to again reach the championship round at Homestead.“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” said team owner Coach Joe Gibbs. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”The organization indicated that it would announce more details — including car number, crew chief and sponsorship — at a later date.last_img read more

SHR taps Riley Herbst for full-season Xfinity campaign in No. 98 Ford

first_imgStewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Riley Herbst will drive its No. 98 Ford full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021.Herbst, 21, moves to SHR and a Ford affiliation after being a part of Joe Gibbs Racing’s development program with Toyota in recent years. Stewart-Haas Racing indicated that Monster Energy would be Herbst’s sponsor for a majority of the 33-race schedule and that Richard Boswell would remain the No. 98 team’s crew chief.RELATED: On the move: Changes for 2021Herbst replaces Chase Briscoe, who drove the No. 98 ride to a series-best nine victories and a Championship 4 berth last season. Briscoe is bound for his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series next year in Stewart-Haas’ No. 14 Ford. He succeeds Clint Bowyer, who retired from full-time competition to join the FOX Sports broadcast team next season.Stewart-Haas Racing“Being on a team with such a strong run of success is the kind of opportunity every driver wants,” Herbst said in a team release. “Expectations are definitely high, but the highest expectations are the ones I’ve set for myself. I’m proud to be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing and I can’t wait to climb into that No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang next year.”Herbst rose to NASCAR’s national ranks through a mix of go-karting, off-road racing, Legends Cars and eventually Super Late Model competition. He gained He has two victories in the ARCA Menards Series, the most recent of which came last season at Michigan International Speedway.MORE: 2021 Xfinity Series scheduleAfter two partial seasons, Herbst’s first full Xfinity Series campaign came in 2020, when he totaled four top-five finishes in Coach Joe Gibbs’ No. 18 Toyota. He qualified for the Xfinity Series Playoffs, but exited after the opening Round of 12.“Riley has really just scratched the surface of his potential,” said Greg Zipadelli, SHR’s vice president of competition. Zipadelli added that Herbst’s development reminded him of the growth of both Briscoe and Cole Custer, who graduated from Xfinity success to the Cup Series with the organization. “Riley has the talent to emulate what Cole and Chase did in our equipment and we’re going into 2021 with the expectation that we’ll celebrate his first Xfinity Series win together.”Said SHR co-owner Tony Stewart: “We built the Xfinity Series program to develop talent and ultimately win with that talent. It’s a proven path to the NASCAR Cup Series, and we feel that Riley has the ability to win and grow within our race team.”last_img read more

Professor panel prefaces foreign policy debate

first_imgHours before the presidential candidates debated foreign policy in their final meeting before the election, three Notre Dame political experts crafted their own foreign policy questions and weighed in with their concerns. The scholars met in a panel discussion titled “Foreign Policy Questions We Hope the U.S. Presidential Candidates Will Be Asked” on Monday evening at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Andrew Bacevich, foreign policy analyst and visiting scholar at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, opened the discussion with his predictions about the impact of Monday’s debate on future U.S. foreign policy decisions. “The presidential debates tend to be tied very much to the present moment, and, to some degree, to the near future, with minimal attention given to the past or to the larger context in which policy unfolds,” he said. “What’s said [Monday] is unlikely to foretell U.S. policy – circumstances will have changed by the time a decision must be made.” Political science professor Alexandra Guisinger, a specialist in international relations, crisis diplomacy and political economy, also said the debates do not necessarily give concrete proof of the candidates’ foreign policies.   “I’m not sure what meaningful information we’ll garner directly from the debates themselves,” she said. Bacevich said candidates should be questioned about possible explanations for and responses to the “high levels of anti-Americanism” that exist throughout much of the Islamic world. “Some observers attribute anti-Americanism to corrupt and destructive governments that use the United States as a whipping board – blaming everything on Uncle Sam – in order to distract attention from their own failures and ineptitude,” he said. “Others have suggested that there may be something inherent in Islam that manifests itself as hostility toward any great power from outside the Islamic world. And others still have pointed to past U.S. policies that may … have created a negative image for America in the eyes of Iranians, Afghans, Pakistanis, etc.” The country’s post-9/11 military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan also present points of concern for the future of foreign policy that both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney must address, Bacevich said. “The United States has now been in war for over a decade, a period longer than the Civil War and World War II combined,” he said. “The Iraq war … has ended, with results that fell well short of victory. Both [Obama and Romney] agreed that the Afghanistan war ought to conclude by the end of 2014. What lessons should the United States draw from the wars of the post-9/11 era?  How will those lessons inform your approach in formulating basic national security policy?” Finally, Bacevich said the candidates must provide concrete solutions to America’s economic woes and those of the global economy aside from their common support of free trade practices. “The United States have now had a negative trade balance for approximately 40 consecutive years,” he said. “During that 40-year period, we’ve gone from being the world’s No. 1 creditor to becoming the world’s leading debtor nation. An economy once driven by production is today increasingly driven by consumption. “What concrete evidence is there to suggest that free trade actually works as an engine of U.S. economic growth in the present? What will you do to close the gap between how much the U.S. imports and how much it exports?” Guisinger said Obama’s four years of experience as President give him an edge over Romney in terms of foreign policy knowledge. “We’re not comparing apples to apples – Obama is actually in charge of foreign policy and his words represent the United States whereas Mitt Romney is just a candidate for that position,” she said. The format of the debates creates constraints for both candidates in conveying their foreign policy views, Guisinger said. “In particular, President Obama will be constrained because debates are not a great form for measuring response, which is what he needs to do as head of state,” she said. “Romney will also be constrained because this is his time to present his foreign policy platform.” Guisinger said Romney’s background in the financial sector could give him a unique perspective on the current state of the economy. “I’d like to hear Romney talk more like the businessman that he is about the financial crisis,” she said. Peace studies professor George Lopez, a Kroc international policy expert, said he would question Romney on his views about the Obama administration’s handling of situations in Libya and Iran. “What would you do that distinguishes your foreign policy from the president’s up until now?” he said. “What, in the last two to four years, would you have done differently in Libya or Iran?” Contact Joanna Lagedrost at [email protected]last_img read more

Smith: Are all GOP presidents stupid?

first_imgVermont Business Magazine If you’re a loyal watcher of “Saturday Night Live” like me, here’s a conclusion you reach after watching the show: Republican presidents are dopes. From Chevy Chase portraying Gerald Ford as a stumbling goofball, to nowadays, when Alec Baldwin assumes the character of Donald Trump and plays him as a hapless fool, there is one thing for certain: On “SNL” if you’re a Republican president then you’re portrayed as stupid.Ronald Reagan was made to look clueless when Phil Hartman played him. Dana Carvey dumbed-down George H.W. Bush while impersonating him. And Will Farrell, while portraying George W. Bush, constantly mocked his intellect. You may have a policy gripe with one or more of these recent Republican presidents, especially if you are a Democrat, but are they really stupid?“SNL” skewers Democrats, too — Bill Clinton as a womanizer and Barack Obama often bewildered by events engulfing him — but only Dan Aykroyd, playing the role of Jimmy Carter, had a critical edge to his skits. At “SNL” if you’re a president who’s a Democrat, then you may have many faults, but the most damning of them, being stupid, isn’t one of them.“Saturday Night Live” isn’t the only place you’ll find unflattering portrayals of Republican presidents. Late night comics routinely slam Republicans, disproportionately. And again, their focus is mostly on a Republican president’s intellect. Supporters of “SNL” and late night shows will say that this is satire and the comic’s job is to make fun of people and events, especially presidents and their policies. Of course, they’re right. These programs are not news organizations, and they have no obligation to be fair, or even accurate.So, if this is just comedy, then why should any of this matter? The answer is discouraging: Many Americans are likely to obtain their news from a comedy version of it. In other words, fake news. Whether it’s from “SNL,” late night comics, or other comedy shows — that look and feel like real news programming — the main goal of comedy news is to be funny. It’s not meant to represent an accurate portrayal of a politician. Unfortunately, this further blurs the lines between fake and real news.If it’s not the comic’s job to be fair or truthful, then whose responsibility is it to ensure that there is a real and accurate picture of these presidents? Not surprisingly, it’s a reporter’s job to be more diligent in his or her coverage and not allow the comic portrayal of a Republican president to creep into the reporting. The burden is on the reporter to portray the truth and to be fair in that portrayal.But too often, a comedy routine will become the narrative of news organizations. Let’s take Gerald Ford as an example. President Ford was the most accomplished collegiate athlete of any recent president, and before his ascension to the presidency he was considered an able and smart member of the House of Representatives. But when Chevy Chase took those falls on live television and wandered around the stage mocking President Ford as dazed and confused, then every future stumble or fall by Ford — even ones on ski slopes where most of us fall — was widely reported, and soon the news narrative began to mimic the comedic portrayal of Ford as clumsy and awkward and, by inference, perhaps a dimwit, too. The comedy versions of Reagan and of both Bushes surely influenced how they were covered and eventually depicted in the media. Although the comedic depiction of Carter was perhaps the harshest amongst recent Democratic presidents (remember the killer rabbit trying to attack him?), it still does not compare to how harshly Republican presidents are portrayed. In fact, both Clinton and Obama had an aura of sophistication attached to them in both comedy and the national media that no Republican has recently enjoyed.Which leads me to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where reporters, politicians and entertainers meet at a glitzy affair for a night of comedy. First of all, this is an antiquated tradition, started when politicians and reporters had an unhealthy coziness. As a result, reporters routinely catered to the wishes of politicians. For example, even though the media knew the truth, they helped hide Franklin Roosevelt’s disability from the American public. Coziness can be corrupting, especially in the news business. But more importantly, this dinner represents to many Americans a Washington elite getting together to enhance its own status. It exposes to many an incestuous and exclusive system focused on self-preservation and enhancement rather than focusing on the interests of those outside of Washington. It is easy to conjure up a picture in one’s mind of a capital city that emulates a “Hunger Games” atmosphere where responsibility for others is supplanted for one’s own self-aggrandizement and comfort. If there is no dinner this year because President Trump will not attend, then that is a good outcome, not a bad one. A permanent discontinuance of this dinner is an even better outcome.On the other hand, when a news organization becomes an adversary of a president, or a political party, primarily because it will boost readers or viewership and increase profits, this can be as dangerous as being too cozy. With a decision to oppose rather than report, a news organization may abandon the principle of unbiased and fair coverage. Contrary facts can be easily ignored or minimized because they don’t fit the narrative when news organization are bent on being adversarial at all costs.One of the distinctions between democratic rule and tyranny is an independent and respected press. Do away with the relevance of the press and government is unencumbered by restraints; therefore, it becomes unaccountable and able to do as it pleases without repercussions. It may seem insignificant to blur the lines between comedy and news; it may prove profitable to be critical of only a certain part of a political establishment; and it may even be beneficial to schmooze with Washington elites; but in the end all of this undermines the credibility of all news organizations, a very disconcerting notion for any democracy.Mike Smith is the host of the radio program, “Open Mike with Mike Smith,” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM. He is also a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio and is a regular contributor to Vermont Business Magazine, The Times Argus and Rutland Herald. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas.last_img read more

ISPs get $4 million to extend broadband to 5,800 locations

first_imgVermont Public Service Department Announces Awards for COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative and Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative.Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Department today announced $3,926,650 in grant awards to Internet Service Providers to serve over 5,800 eligible locations with broadband connections in response to COVID-19.The Department awards $351,520 to Mansfield Community Fiber to extend Fiber broadband to 676 locations and offset the customer costs for ten locations; $171,770 to the NEW Alliance (a joint venture between Cloud Alliance and New England Wireless) to serve wireless broadband to 632 locations; $1,964,230 to VTel to serve wireless broadband to 3992 locations; $56,607 to Duncan Cable to extend Fiber broadband to 35 locations; $152,500 to Comcast to extend Cable broadband to 77 locations; $1,117,570 to ECFiber to extend Fiber broadband to 394 locations; and $112,453 to Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom to extend Fiber broadband to 26 locations.Of those slated to receive service from the grant-funded projects, more than 2,200 lack a connection of 4/1 Mbps and 465 were identified as having a telehealth, distance learning, or telework need.The goal of the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative is to use Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to build high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved locations by December 30.The Vermont Legislature, through H.966, also created the Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative (GVCNI). The GVCNI provides financial assistance to Internet Service Providers to offset customer costs of fiber-to-the-premises installations, such as trenching, conduit installation, and service drops. The two programs target homes lacking connections capable of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3 Mbps is the Federal definition of broadband) and lend priority to locations with K-12 students and teachers, telehealth patients and providers, and teleworkers. “As Vermonters adapt to working, learning, and receiving healthcare remotely, broadband internet service has become even more of an essential part of everyday life.” said June Tierney, Commissioner of the Public Service Department. “Through the Connectivity Initiative and the Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative, the Department and Internet Service Providers are bringing much-needed broadband service to underserved locations.” “It is our hope that these grants will bring prompt relief to those who have endured poor connectivity through this pandemic,” added Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity at the Department.The Connectivity Initiative, which began in 2015, funds the expansion of broadband facilities in underserved towns.More than $8,000,000 in funding remains for the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative and Get Vermonters Connected Now Initiative, to be awarded in two more rounds of $4,000,000 each.The awards were made through a competitive bidding process. In making the awards, the Department sought input from the State’s Communications Union Districts- who had the opportunity to oppose projects in their territory they did not find to be in the public interest.For more information on the Connectivity Initiative, please visit the Department of Public Service at https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/connectivity-initiative-0(link is external).Source: Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department 8.20.2020last_img read more

TrainingPeaks upgrades integration with Garmin

first_img Related TrainingPeaks, a global leader in providing smart training solutions for athletes and coaches, has announced a new integration with Garmin.This upgrade allows users to automatically sync completed activities from Garmin Connect to TrainingPeaks, as well as upload eligible future structured workouts from their TrainingPeaks calendar to even more Garmin devices — including the new Garmin Edge 530, Edge 830 and Forerunner 945.“TrainingPeaks strives to keep our users up-to-date with the latest training innovations,” said Dirk Friel, TrainingPeaks co-founder and Chief Evangelist. “This new integration with Garmin allows our athletes and coaches to view and track multiple structured workouts on even more Garmin devices. Ultimately, helping them save time and focus on achieving their training goals.”This new development will phase out the current TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app, replacing it with a new integration that allows for multiple structured workouts to be sent automatically to compatible Garmin devices — instead of just workouts scheduled that day. It will also enable more devices, including some older and non-Bluetooth devices, to take advantage of TrainingPeaks structured workouts.“We are excited to provide even more training capabilities to athletes using both Garmin and TrainingPeaks,” said Susan Lyman, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Marketing. “Making it easier for TrainingPeaks members to view workout details on their Garmin devices, in addition to providing valuable activity metrics, will not only help athletes keep better track of their health and fitness goals, but also encourage them to ‘Beat Yesterday’.”The Edge 530, Edge 830 and Forerunner 945 are the latest training devices from the Garmin Fitness division. When used in combination with TrainingPeaks, these offer athletes and coaches a ‘seamless training experience’. From planning and creating structured workouts, to execution and tracking workouts in real-time, to in-depth analysis and performance review afterward, this new integration ‘advances the cutting-edge of endurance training technology’.www.trainingpeaks.comwww.garmin.comlast_img read more

WTOP: DC health official: Cold storage requirements for COVID-19 vaccine may not interfere with…

first_imgThere’s concern people in rural areas might miss out on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 because of the ultra-cold storage needs of a promising vaccine candidate.However, a D.C. expert is skeptical about the degree to which it could be an issue.It is true some hospitals and health systems may be unable to accommodate a product with storage requirements of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 F), but long-term storage might not be needed, according to D.C. Department of Health Senior Deputy Director of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Patrick Ashley.“My personal opinion here is that the requirement for ultra-cold has been a little bit blown out of proportion,” Ashley said.Ashley briefed the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments board about vaccines on Thursday.He detailed a number of reasons that ultra-cold storage needs may be less of an issue than people think.“Pfizer is shipping it with boxes that keep the vaccine cold for up to 15 days and can be re-supplied with dried ice,” he said.Also, once the vaccine is defrosted and reconstituted for injection into bodies, it doesn’t have to be used immediately.“It’s not a substantial window, but it is longer than a day where the vaccine can actually stay at refrigerated temperatures while it’s being administered to individuals,” Ashley said. “It’s not as if it has to go immediately from being ultra-cold — negative 70 degrees — into your body.”More Coronavirus NewsSign up for WTOP alertsLatest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates‘It’s going to be long’: DC-area health officials on guard as COVID-19 winter approachesVirus surge breaking infection records across the USCoronavirus creates cloud of uncertainty over inaugurationHazard pay to work from home? Montgomery County seeks repayment of $100,000Charles County weighs tougher COVID-19 restrictions amid rising infectionsLooking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.last_img read more

Second-half adjustments propel Bishop Miege girls basketball to blowout victory of Mill Valley

first_imgBishop Miege sophomore Johnni Gonzalez throws in an entry pass in the first half against Mill Valley. She led all scorers with 18 points in the 21-point win.Three halftime adjustments were all Bishop Miege needed to do Friday night as they pulled away from Mill Valley in the second half of their 57-36 victory.Assistant coach Jeff English said in the second quarter the Lady Stags started to rush their possessions even though they had some open shots, English said they weren’t the quality shots they wanted. [pullquote]Bishop Miege 57, Mill Valley 36Leading ScorersBishop MiegeJoh. Gonzalez- 18Bentley- 15Verhulst- 13Mill ValleyBarton- 8Zars- 8Hendrix- 8[/pullquote]The first was to slow it down on offense and take better shots. The second was to transition from a full-court press to a half-court press and force Mill Valley to run their offense. The final adjustment was to emphasize boxing out. Miege turned Mill Valley over a few times with their full-court press in the first half, which led to easy buckets, but Mill Valley was able to figure it out and earn themselves some easy shots too. The Lady Stags then packed it in and decided if Mill Valley was going to win they had to do it with the deep shot.English discussed Miege’s miscues in the first half:Audio Playerhttps://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/23124548/English1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sophomore Johnni Gonzalez led the Lady Stags with 18 points, senior Hunter Bentley poured in 15 and junior Ashton Verhulst added 13.Gonzalez said they started playing the post from behind, as they would float the ball over the top to Verhulst.Gonzalez said Verhulst, who was in some foul trouble in the first half, played really well in the second half as she scored, rebounded and passed well.As for the defense, they didn’t make it easy on Mill Valley, allowing only two points in the third quarter and 10 points total for the second half. They forced 23 turnovers, including 13 in the first half because of the press.Gonzalez said she gets tired from running the press, but keeps going. And while it seems like a team will break the press, it’s the second wave that makes it difficult.“It’s right by half court line,” Gonzalez said. “We call it ‘The Idiot Box.’ When they get there we’re going to trap.”last_img read more

Prairie Village police searching for person of interest in hit-and-run at 75th and Mission

first_imgPrairie Village police today release traffic camera images from the scene of a hit-and-run crash that took place at 75th St. and Mission Road on Tuesday, March 5. Information from the police department is below:The PVPD traffic unit is asking for assistance in identifying a person of interest in a hit and run crash investigation. The crash occurred at 75th ST and Mission Rd on Tuesday 3/5/19 at about 7:35 AM. The traffic unit would like to speak with the driver of the vehicle in the attached pictures. We believe the vehicle to be a 2000s model Volvo Cross Country V70XC. The driver appears to be a white female with a red coat and blue jeans. If you have any information that could help us identify the driver, please contact the PVPD traffic unit at 913-385-4656. Thanks for your help!last_img read more

SnapAV Launches Pakedge RT-3100 Gigabit Router

first_imgSnapAV just launched the Pakedge RT-3100 Gigabit Router designed for 1G WAN-to-LAN throughput, with customizable firewall settings and built-in BakPak remote monitoring for connected devices.The RT-3100 Router brings quick setup, pressure-tested reliability and performance for the custom install channel including residential, light commercial and builder communities. The RT-3100 is engineered to deliver up to one gigabit WAN-to-LAN throughput to provide what the company says is exceptional performance for the growing number of bandwidth-hungry smart devices in homes and businesses. The RT-3100’s customizable VLAN and policy management enables more granular control of network traffic, including traffic management between VLANs down to the individual device level.With BakPak remote management built-in, dealers are able to manage and monitor their customer’s network and connected devices such as those for automation, lighting, entertainment and more. BakPak is license-free.The Pakedge RT-3100 Router with BakPak is $560.Here are all the specs.last_img read more

January 1, 2010 Letters

first_img January 1, 2010 Letters LettersNo News? How much money could the Bar save by eliminating The Florida Bar News ?It appears to me the News is a useless paper that gives very little news, and the announcements can be found online.I would be in favor of giving the News the “axe” even if the demise of the News made no difference in my annual dues.Have a great day!W. Howard LaPorte DeFuniak SpringsGay Adoption January 1, 2010 Letterscenter_img There were three letters on gay adoption in the December 1 News. Two of these expressed frustration that every month letters continue to address gay adoption. Contrary to these sentiments, I believe that it is incumbent upon those of us who believe that F.S. §63.042(3) is unconstitutional to respond to arguments made in support of that law.Sec. 63.042(3) states: “no person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual.” We cannot let intolerance based on myth and ignorance go unchallenged, especially when that intolerance forms the basis of a law.Part of the state’s argument on appeal is that the blanket prohibition against adoptions by homosexuals may be supported by moral considerations and that §63.042(3) accounts for “public morality factors in a permissible and unremarkable manner.” pandering to those who believe that homosexuality is in and of itself immoral, we demean the individual, and we allow discrimination that ignores science, logic, common sense, and a decent respect for homosexuals, their families, and their friends. Sec. 63.042(3) is crafted to deny an entire class of persons their equal and fundamental rights under the law and, as such, should be held unconstitutional.I believe that this dialogue must continue for as long as there are Florida Bar members who claim that, in their opinion, homosexuals should not be allowed to adopt because homosexuality is contrary to God’s law and immoral. History teaches us not to be silent in the face of unjust law and wrong-minded thinking.Kathryn G.W. Cowdery Havana____________________I have watched with interest the exchanges between George Metcalf opposing gay adoption and those objecting to his appeal to religious values in that opposition. Proponents of gay adoption certainly have a right to voice their objection to what they perceive as the imposition of religious standards upon society, but there exist logical risks in doing so.If we were to eliminate religious values as a basis for law, we, no doubt, could still come up with a standard of behavior for society. However, this standard would become malleable to the point of capriciousness because it would be divorced from our objective standard of law based upon rights.Our whole system of law and government is founded on the assumption that: 1) There is a Creator, and 2) It is this Creator, not man, who is the author of our inalienable rights. Since these rights are God-given, they may not be removed by the state or the tyranny of the majority. Take away the Creator and rights are bestowed on mankind by mankind as mankind sees fit. Thus, law without a divine basis could potentially legalize murder of, for example, left-handed homosexuals, if the law were to declare it so: an extreme and absurd example, perhaps, but one which illustrates the point.Since Mr. Metcalf apparently assumes the existence of nature’s Creator, it is only rational that he should appeal to the Creator’s revelation to attempt to maintain the natural order of creation and likewise oppose a perceived violation of that order. To summarize, proponents of gay adoption are within their rights to advocate in favor of their position, but to do so by insisting that the law be devoid of any religious standard of morality poses a great risk to the inherent rights of all.Scott D. Miller Crestview___________________Of all the legal moral prohibitions that we have thrown by the wayside, (fornication, adultery, bigamy, bastards) the ban on homosexuality continues to provoke condemnation.Not that I’m taking a side on this controversy. Still, we should be thankful that we don’t live in Islamic republics like Iran, where the death penalty is carried out on a daily basis for moral crimes; vigilantes stone women for wearing makeup; and people suffer legally sanctioned torture and rape in their prison system.Rather, it might be helpful if we ask, “Where has the sexual revolution led us?”After decades of moral laxity, are we a more enlightened society; or are we simply pandering to base instincts with no common purpose at large? Perhaps we are somewhere in the middle: a bunch of enlightened panderers.It never hurts to suggest that we engage in a critical analysis of our behavior before harkening to or abandoning harsh biblical punishments. Different times have different needs. Indeed, moral laxity in ancient times could destroy a religious community from within, whereas a well-armed enemy would fail repeatedly. So there was a lot to be said for the moral high ground back then.Today’s needs demand intelligent insights. If we are looking for spiritual guidance, the Sacred Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, are far more modern than the ancient texts, and offer precious new insights into human behavior that could greatly assist us in our post-modern pursuits.For instance, these are two passages from Bahá’u’lláh’s Hidden Words:“O SON OF SPIRIT! Noble I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.… I made the light to shed on thee its splendour. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom?”Notice that the emphasis has shifted away from blame, castigation, and punishment to divine patience, a call to introspective analysis, and a promise of spiritual “splendour.” Surely this approach is more inclusive and beneficial in our enlightened and reasoned society.Although I can’t say how long God’s patience with us will last. We know from history that great civilizations collapsed after years of excesses, moral laxity, and government corruption, and He is there to help us build up another one. I wonder how far we will go in this direction before we take it upon ourselves to make a new definition of our human being-ness.George C. Via Orlando _________________For what feels like years, the News has published letters regarding gay adoption. I am disappointed that the discussion has turned to consider the substance of the issue rather than whether the Bar should take a position and whether the courts should consider the issue.The various letters are proof that there is disagreement among Bar members and the community concerning whether homosexuals should be permitted to adopt. The community has spoken through its Legislature. We should recall that a congress of the people, with the approval of its governor, adopted a law prohibiting gay adoption. This law has been on the books since 1977.Recently, a judge determined the statute prohibiting homosexual adoption runs afoul of the Florida Constitution.Gay adoption is a political issue. It can be resolved by political means, and, consequently, it should be left to the political system. When judges embrace hot political issues and offer rulings founded on, or what appear to be on, their own partisan politics, they suggest the courts are not truly open to those on the other side of the debate.Courts must defer to the political branches on political issues. Failing to adhere to this principal evidences a disqualifying flaw at worst or poor judgment at best on the part of a judge.In the 1930s, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a long line of cases relating to freedom of contract, and, in the 1950s, the USSC reversed a long line of cases relating to civil rights. Both are examples of courts embracing hot political issues, but these extraordinary examples do not justify courts wading into politics with impunity.The 1930s cases were founded upon court-made doctrines — the courts invented the doctrines and the courts repealed the doctrines.The 1950s civil rights cases were special, as well. Given time, the democratic process might have cured the injustice of the era. States were free under the separate but equal doctrine to adopt or reject Jim Crow laws. The 1950s cases were decided rightly (I’ll suggest) because the world had just fought a war caused by political systems founded upon notions of racial superiority. The 1950s cases could not be decided differently because of their historical context, though arguably they should have been left to the democratic process.The decision of the Bar to take a stance in support of the trial judge is for similar reasons misguided. The Board of Governors and the Family Law Section members who approved the partisan political position in this matter offer evidence of their own poor judgment.Whatever one’s political sense is on the gay adoption issue, I hope the members of the public and members of the Bar will be mindful of the actions of the trial judge and the Bar leadership come the next elections.Chris Keith Boca Raton (Editor’s Note : The Board of Governors voted to allow the Family Law Section to file an amicus brief supporting 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman’s decision to declare F.S. §63.042(3) unconstitutional. The board’s action does not constitute a formal endorsement of the section’s position. Rather, it acknowledges the subject matter is within the purview of the section’s area of expertise and permits the section — composed of and funded entirely by voluntary members — to go forward.)last_img read more

Rib joint to shack up with UK shopping centres

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Global CCS: Financial sector funding crucial for CCS projects

first_imgAt the London-based conference hosted by the CCS Institute, participates acknowledged that the financial sector can unlock and facilitate capital flows supporting the scale-up of CCS.“Global investment in energy was around $1.8 trillion in 2018, with limited investment in commercial scale CCS facilities. Perceived and actual risk are currently undermining and limiting capital flows into CCS deployment,” said Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute.“Addressing market risk through government policy action will be key to bring more large-scale CCS projects in operation. In addition, highlighting the environmental, social and governance features of CCS reinforces its crucial role in decarbonisation efforts, and helps to unlock investment.”Global markets and the broad financial sector have a powerful role to play in driving the transition to a net-zero economy and supporting clean growth opportunities. With the development of new sustainable investment products, as well as provision of traditional project finance, the sector can unlock the capital needed to support the scaling up of CCS.Speaking at the event, Zoë Knight, Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance, said, “CCS is an important and proven technology that is needed to support the energy transition and our efforts to significantly cut emissions from hard-to-abate sectors.”“Significant investments are necessary to accelerate the deployment of this technology. For this, it is crucial to generate interest from the financial community and present the opportunities behind investment in low-carbon technologies such as CCS.”According to a recent Institute report, the policies currently in place are insufficient to accelerate the deployment of CCS to the scale and at the rate required to meet global climate objectives.CO2 ZoneFor all the latest news, views, and analysis of the global CO2 business, bookmark gasworld’s dedicated CO2 Zone.Including market reports, heavyweight interviews, profiles of who’s-who in CO2, and further reading items.www.gasworld.com/zoneslast_img read more

Nine DSME Vessels Selected as the Best Ships of 2013

first_imgNine vessels built by DSME were selected as the best ships of 2013. As a result of this year’s achievement, DSME has now had more than nine ships selected for the sixth consecutive year.The world’s four biggest magazines exclusively dedicated to shipbuilding and shipping, the UK magazines ‘Naval Architect’ and ‘Fairplay Solution’, and the USA magazines ‘Marine Log’, and ‘Maritime Reporter’, select the best vessels annually. Each magazine chose three DSME vessels as their distinctive ships of 2013 and two ships were chosen by all four publications.Three Very Large Crude Oil Carriers (VLCC) were chosen among the nine best ships. Two Containerships, one LNG carrier, one chemical tanker, and one bulk carrier were chosen in each of the categories. Additionally, one deep water pipe laying vessel was selected as the best ship of 2013 which shows DSME’s improved offshore project construction capabilities.‘Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller’ clearly stands out from the other ships. This vessel was selected as the best ship of 2013 by three of the magazines. This vessel is the biggest containership in the world and is able to load 18,270 TEU containers. Also, the Bloomberg Businessweek focused on this ship’s amazing performance in last year’s September edition.‘Bow Pioneer’, the biggest chemical tanker in the world, is also an especially meaningful ship for DSME. In 1979, before the construction of the Okpo shipyard was completed, DSME won its first order to build a chemical tanker. Her name was ‘Bow Pioneer’ and she was selected as the best ship of 1982. It was the first time that a vessel constructed by DSME was chosen as the best ship.DSME has since produced 140 of the world’s best ships over the past 31 years. By demonstrating its ability to produce diverse products, DSME has proven its ship and offshore project building abilities.DSME, February 3, 2014last_img read more

JCT contracts and the Construction Act

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Asbestos: a duty to manage

first_imgAsbestos occurs naturally on every continent in the world. Once considered a valuable resource, it was widely used in a variety of applications. Now, we know it can lead to a number of deadly diseases.Once upon a time asbestos was seen as a ‘magic mineral’ used by the Greeks and Romans who recognised its unique fire retardant properties. But in more recent times asbestos found a multitude of commercial and industrial applications especially when building materials were in short supply after the Second World War. It was used as insulation, roof tiles, fire resistant suits – even in cosmetics.Today we recognise the dangers associated with its use. In the UK alone more than 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related disease and the majority of these deaths occur as a result of workplace exposure, and most of these are in the construction industry.Asbestos refers to a group of minerals made of long fibres. Although its use has been banned in many countries, it is still mined today, with Russian and China being two of the biggest producers.There are three main types of asbestos which are usually referred to by their colour: crocidolite (blue), amosite (brown) and chrysotile (white) and they are all hazardous.Unlike amosite and crocidolite, which were banned in 1985, the use of chrysotile continued in the UK until 1999. Therefore, in any building constructed or refurbished before the year 2000 asbestos is likely to be present – roofs, ceilings, walls and floors could all be contaminated.Left undisturbed, asbestos poses no threat but during maintenance, alteration, removal or demolition of asbestos containing materials, asbestos fibres are released into the air and inhalation of these fibres can be fatal.Asbestos-related diseaseThe four main diseases associated with asbestos exposure are all connected with the lungs, namely asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural plaques, in which the membrane that covers the lungs is damaged by asbestos but the lungs themselves are unharmed.Those who worked with asbestos during the latter half of the last century, could have inhaled asbestos fibres over an extended period of time resulting in asbestosis. Since regulations to restrict exposure were put in place over 40 years ago, it is now a relatively rare condition.In sharp contrast to asbestosis, the number of cases of mesothelioma has recently increased.Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells which make up the lining of the outer surface of organs including the lungs, heart and gut. Pleural mesothelioma – the most common type – can develop in the tissue covering the lungs while peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen. Mesothelioma can be caused by workers being exposed to small amounts of asbestos fibre over a short period of time, for instance during demolition work or maintenance work drilling or cutting into areas where asbestos might be present.It can take over 20 years for symptoms of mesothelioma to materialise and sadly, the outlook for sufferers is poor because it is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage.Around 2,500 of the 5,000 deaths from asbestos related diseases recorded annually are as a result of mesothelioma.Duty to manageThe Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires employers to ensure that a risk assessment for the presence and condition of asbestos is undertaken which can be either intrusive or non-intrusive dependent on the work to be completed.Anyone responsible for the maintenance of non-domestic premises has a ‘duty to manage’ the asbestos in them in order to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes.If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place with their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.Training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos at work. This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos (eg.cable installers), as well as those involved in asbestos removal work.The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has good advice and guidelines which include:Avoid working with asbestos wherever possible. If you’re not sure whether asbestos is present, don’t start work. Your boss or the customer should tell you whether or not asbestos is present.Don’t work if the asbestos material present is a sprayed coating, board, or lagging on pipes and boilers. Only a licensed contractor should work on these.Where asbestos is present, you can only continue to work if you’ve had asbestos training and you’re using the right equipment.To minimise asbestos dust, use hand tools instead of power tools, and keep materials damp but not wet. Clean up as you go, using a special (class H) vacuum cleaner (not a brush). Double-bag asbestos waste and label the bags properly.When working with asbestos, always wear a proper mask. Ordinary dust masks are not effective. If there is any uncertainty about the presence of asbestos, work should stop while a competent specialist is consulted.Mark Price is a health and safety consultant at Daniel Connal Partnershiplast_img read more

Model shipment for Kuehne + Nagel

first_imgThe model has been shipped to its location in the San Telmo park to promote a round of conferences that are being held to explain the benefits of this type of transportation for Grand Canaria.K + N moved the model from the Siemens factory in Spain to the port of Seville for ocean shipment to Las Palmas. Loading the cargo onboard the vessel proved to be the most difficult part of the operation.last_img

Indemnity insurer liable for disbursement loans

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has ordered that a professional indemnity insurer is liable to reimburse loans made to clients of a collapsed law firm to cover disbursements.The lender, Impact Funding Solutions, claimed against insurer AIG after the liquidation of solicitors firm Barrington (formerly known as Lawyers at Work Ltd).Impact provided the loans for disbursements incurred in deafness claims pursued by Barrington and brought proceedings against AIG after obtaining a judgment against the firm.AIG initially defeated that claim in the High Court, after arguing that its liability to indemnify Barrington was excluded by the terms and conditions of its insurance contract, exempting any personal debt or debts supplied to the law firm itself.Lord Justice Longmore (pictured) said the question on appeal was whether insurers are obliged to indemnify solicitors who are liable to reimburse loans made to clients to defray the disbursements made by those clients.Longmore said the purpose of the exemption, found at clause 6.6 of the minimum terms and conditions of solicitors’ PII, was prevent insurers from being liable for the personal liabilities of a solicitor in respect of his practice – as opposed to liabilities arising from the solicitor’s professional obligations to clients. Thus, expenses such as a photocopier or an office lease would not be covered, said the judge.But Longmore said that obligations arising out of loans made to cover disbursements in intended litigation were ‘essentially part and parcel’ of the obligations assumed by a solicitor in respect of his professional duties to the client.It followed that any liabilities to Impact were not covered by the 6.6 exemption. The court heard Impact had already obtained a judgment against Barrington in the Mercantile Court in Manchester.This was after the financer put before the court 146 cases showing how Barrington was in default of its obligations to claimants.His Honour Judge Waksman concluded the claims had been abandoned because they were not adequately assessed at the outset, and the loans were used for ‘largely, if not entirely, improper purposes’.Longmore gave judgement for Impact against AIG in the sum of £986,515 and ordered the insurer to pay £175,000 in costs.last_img read more

Medco members warned about ‘unacceptable behaviour’ to auditors

first_imgAuditors trying to assess whether medical experts can join a personal injury diagnosis scheme say they are being mistreated by the subjects of their inspections, it has emerged.The MedCo board, which oversees the government-backed scheme for soft tissue injury diagnosis, today revealed it has observed ‘unacceptable behaviour’ toward auditors checking member organisations. MedCo also stated it has received ‘unjustified’ complaints about members of the audit team.Auditors have spent this year testing whether medical reporting organisations meet new criteria for being involved with the accreditation scheme. The new rules were introduced after some medical companies flouted the spirit of the scheme by creating numerous shell organisations, in order to appear more often on searches for experts to diagnose injury claims.The MedCo board says incidents of unacceptable behaviour are becoming more frequent, and warns it ‘will not tolerate’ such actions.The statement adds: ‘MedCo auditors have therefore been instructed that if, during the audit process, they are subjected to any behaviour they consider to be unacceptable they are, with the agreement of the head of the MedCo audit team, to abort the audit and report the matter to the board.’Any MRO found to have behaved improperly to auditors will be immediately suspended from the system until an audit has been rescheduled and completed. A re-audit fee of £500 will be charged and the process will take up to three months.MedCo, which was introduced by former justice secretary Chris Grayling to cut financial links between lawyers and medics, introduced new rules last autumn requiring all aspiring MROs to provide documented assurances they are independent, properly staffed and resourced, and ‘directly and solely’ responsible for all work associated with receiving instructions.Within a month, 134 ‘shell’ companies were suspended from the system and removed from search results.Top-tier organisations, which appear more regularly in searches, must have the capacity to process at least 40,000 independent medico-legal expert reports each year. If they are new they must show an appropriate business strategy and operational functions to manage such a workload.They must have contractual agreements with at least 250 individual active MedCo-accredited experts, who are located in 80% of the postcodes in England and Wales.last_img read more

Leeds legal stalwart expands down south

first_imgFull-service Leeds firm Emsleys Solicitors, which has five offices in and around the West Yorkshire city, is making its foray down south with the opening of a new office in Bristol and the appointment of a new director.Emma Costin joins the firm as a head of asbestos illness & occupational disease claims. Costin, who will appoint a new team for the office, joins Emsleys from national firm Simpson Millar, where she was director of complex personal injury.Emsleys director Peter Watson said: ‘It’s an exciting time for Emsleys as we innovate and look for new opportunities to grow and advance our firm.’Bristol’s legal market has proved a popular choice for law firms keen to expand their presence over recent years. International firms Clyde & Co and Simmons & Simmons are other recent arrivals in the city. Emsleys currently has around 120 staff.last_img read more

Ohedo opened

first_imgJAPANESE Transport Minister Chikage Ogi and Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara joined celebrations at Shinjuku station on December 11 to mark the completion of the capital’s small-profile metro Line 12. Now named the Ohedo line, the 40·7 km route has taken Tokyo Municipal Government Subway (TOEI) 13 years to build at a total cost of ´1000bn.The first radial section of the ’6-shaped’ route opened in December 1991, from Higarikaoka to Nerima, and was extended to Shinjuku in December 1997 (RG 10.97 p646). Completion of the ring section brings the number of stations to 38, including 24 interchanges with other rail or metro routes. Line 12 is operated by a fleet of eight-car EMUs with linear motor drives, which were supplied by Nippon Sharyo and Hitachi. Trains from Hikarigaoka terminate at the Tochomae interchange – there is no through running around the ring. TOEI plans to run 380 trains each weekday and 350 per day at weekends.Connecting the busy districts of Ueno, Roppongi and Shinjuku, the Ohedo line is expected to carry 800000 passengers per day. It will relieve pressure on JR’s Yamanote loop line by an estimated 3% and other subway lines by 7%, saving passengers an average of 4min a day. nlast_img read more

Government told to appoint permanent Prasa board as ridership decline continues

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: Badisa Matshego was appointed as the de facto head of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the national finance ministry on September 1, joining the embattled passenger operator from airport management company ACSA.Matshego arrived as Accounting Officer following the annulment of the appointment of his predecessor Bongisizwe Mpondo as Prasa Administrator by the Western Cape High Court on August 24. The court ruling also ordered Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to appoint a permanent management board within 60 days.Reflecting its long-standing governance problems, Prasa has been without a permanent board since the expiry of that led by Popo Molefe in 2017. Since then, Prasa has had five interim management teams, until Mbalula dismissed the last one in December 2019 and appointed Mpondo as administrator.Back in May, Mpondo made a series of senior management appointments as well as hiring 3 000 security staff to patrol the network. Speaking after the court ruling, Mbalula said that Matshego would have the right to review the employment of these staff. The minister also insisted that he was happy that the court had instructed the government to finalise a management team as his office was already in the process of completing the necessary appointments.Insisting that the ministry would complete ‘critical tasks and processes which will be implemented over the next two months which will ensure that Prasa is placed on a sound governance footing’, Mbalula explained that his remit was ‘about salvaging a national asset and positioning it such that it delivers on its mandate to transport commuters and passengers safely.’Ridership declines againPrasa has been dogged by challenges over recent years, encompassing governance issues, safety problems and a spate of theft and vandalism which has rendered some parts of its network inoperable for months on end.Mbalula insists that the government is now putting in place a robust security plan, working closely with law enforcement authorities. ‘Similar plans relating to accelerating the modernisation programme are afoot and we will also be making announcement on the implementation of these plans’, he told local media in early September. Prasa is undertaking one of the largest rolling stock renewal programmes in the world.According to Prasa’s 2021-23 Corporate Plan issued in May, the operator has experienced a precipitous decline in ridership in the past decade, from 645 million passenger journeys during 2008-09 to 208 million in 2018-19. At the end of the third quarter of the 2019-20 financial year, ridership was understood to be 30% down on the previous year, exacerbated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile Prasa itself is struggling to complete core tasks, with the corporate plan acknowledging that rolling stock heavy maintenance and general overhaul activity has been in abeyance since March 2019. This means that increasing numbers of vehicles have been stored out of use in stabling sidings, many of which are prone to vandalism, thus exacerbating its ongoing problem of damage to assets.Alstom reports that as of September 10, 40 of the 600 X’Trapolis Mega EMUs which Prasa has ordered from the Alstom-led Gibela consortium had been accepted by the operator, and 29 are in revenue service in northern Gauteng. A further 10 trains are expected to enter service on Prasas’s Western Cape network before the end of the year.last_img read more

Morocco’s king returns home after weeks-long absence

first_imgMorocco King Mohammed VI (AFP)King Mohammed VI has returned to Morocco after an absence of several weeks during which he underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic, sources close to the palace said on Tuesday.Media reports said Mohammed’s private plane landed on Monday night in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, and he was expected on Tuesday in the northern city of Fez for official functions.The 54-year-old king has not been in Morocco at least since the 26th of February when he underwent the operation to normalise his heartbeat.Mohammed, who has ruled since his father Hassan’s death in July 1999, would resume his normal activities after a period of rest prescribed by his doctors, according to an official statement issued at the time.The king’s lengthy absence stirred rumours on social media and also raised questions in diplomatic and business circles.A frequent visitor to France, Mohammed’s first official function since the operation was a meeting on the 10th of April with French President Emmanuel Macron.He did not, however, attend the Arab summit held on Sunday in the Saudi city of Dhahran.last_img read more

DAPD’s extends Christmas greetings

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 53 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews DAPD’s extends Christmas greetings by: – December 25, 2013 DAPD executive members; Irma Raymond-Joseph, Alexander St Luce, Nathalie Murphy and Michael MurphyThe Dominica Association of Persons living with Disabilities (DAPD) has extended Christmas greetings to its membership as well as all citizens in it’s annual Christmas message from president, Alexander St. Luce.Love, Joy, Peace, Cheer, Goodwill and Glad Tidings, these are all wonderful words we hear resounding around us as we herald in the holy season of Christmas. A season which reminds us of many virtues, and the need to care, share and pray with and for each other. This is also the time when heavy emphasis and attention is placed on the under-privileged, vulnerable, voiceless, marginalized, and less-fortunate, with gifts, parties, and different goodies being presented to and showered on these citizens. Persons with disabilities, of course, make up the list of these citizens, and, it is with them in mind, that I offer this Christmas Message, as President of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities. 2013, for many, may be seen as just another year, but, for us at DAPD, it can be described as one which saw us sticking to and strengthening our mission of creating an “All-inclusive Society”. It was, for us, another milestone in our development, as we commemorated and celebrated our Thirtieth Anniversary, using the very theme of “all-inclusiveness”. The year’s celebration carried the theme; Thirty Years of Advocating for an “All-Inclusive Society”, and at the end of it all, we feel satisfied that the message continues to take root. We can point to strides being made as more and more of our institutions, organizations, public and private sector groups, and ordinary citizens, have all demonstrated that persons with disabilities can, and should be included in the social. Economic, civil, cultural and political life and development. Our participation in Carnival, a national event, the partnership and collaboration of community and civic organizations like the Kiwanis Club in our Special Events, the entry of the first ever blind student at the Dominica State College, increased support and involvement of non-disabled persons in the activities and programmes of DAPD, features of the life, accomplishments, abilities, and potential of a number of persons with disabilities in the media, and most importantly, the pronouncement that Government plans to appoint a Public Officer to step up efforts to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, have all served to heighten our optimism for the opening of more doors, and the breaking down of barriers.We have good reason to rejoice and be glad at this time, having started the year with uncertainty as to where funds could be sourced to undertake the events planned for our anniversary celebrations and other Organizational Operations. We end the year on a very good note, having been able to procure funding for all activities, some of which were included later in the celebration. A significant sum came from the Government of Dominica, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and a collective quantum from Corporate Citizens. It is also heart-warming to know that the Government of Dominica will be assisting us to continue the employment of two of our Staff Members, by meeting their monthly remuneration. This is one of our major hurdles that we will overcome and our profound gratitude and appreciation is expressed to Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister.Let me express our sincere and deepest thanks to all our other benefactors, who so generously shared their “Treasures” with us as we look ahead to another phase in our development.On behalf of the Board of Directors, management and Membership, I extend a Merry, Spirit-filled, Peaceful and Blessed Christmas and a Progressive, Prosperous and Productive New Year to everyone.last_img read more

Highly Integrated GaN BUCs for Portable SATCOM Terminals

first_imgMission Microwave Technologies has announced the availability of new extremely compact BUCs in Ku and Ka Bands for use in lightweight and embedded SATCOM platforms. The Flatpack BUC in available for operation in the Ka Band (12 Watts) and the Ku Band (25 Watts). It  re-defines the industry standard for highly integrated, low profile BUCs. The Flatpacks are only 1” thick and weigh only 1.75 lbs. They are completely self-contained with forced air cooling, a full Monitor and Control Interface, and are suitable for rugged environments with an IP-67 rating.Mission Microwave’s 25 Watt Ku Band Cube BUC has already been deployed on customer terminals and integrated into small antenna offerings from multiple vendors who are at Satellite 2018. The Ku Band Cube is a ruggedized 2.5 lb, 25 Watt BUC with a full suite of Monitor and Control functions available in serial or Ethernet formats. It is extremely efficient – drawing less than 80 Watts of DC power to produce 16 Watts of linear power.Click here to learn more about BUC’s from Mission Microwave.last_img read more

China faces questions over ‘vaccinated’ workers sent overseas

first_imgIn a letter from Manning to the Chinese ambassador, also seen by AFP, he demanded “immediate clarification” and stated that Papua New Guinea “does not currently acknowledge a vaccine” for coronavirus and will not until national regulators and the World Health Organisation have given their approval. China’s Ramu NiCo is no stranger to controversy and was temporarily shuttered in late 2019 after spewing slurry into the Bismarck Sea and turning parts of the surrounding coastline ochre red. Anyone arriving in Papua New Guinea must receive a coronavirus test before boarding their flight and undergo quarantine on arrival. The China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) — which controls a major nickel mine in the country — warned local authorities that 48 staff who returned from China this month may test positive for the virus because they had received a vaccine. “I am demanding an explanation from the Chinese ambassador as to how this has happened,” he said. While moving its staff into place, MMC’s subsidiary firm Ramu NiCo told Papua New Guinea authorities that any positive coronavirus test results were “the normal reaction of the vaccination and not due to infection,” according to a Chinese and English-language statement obtained by AFP. Coronavirus clusters recently forced the closure of major mines including the vast Ok Tedi copper and gold mine. Chinese workers wear facemasks leave the construction a at the end of their in Colombo on March 25, 2020.China faced demands on Thursday to explain why a state-backed firm claimed it had vaccinated dozens of staff against the coronavirus before sending them back to work at a mine in Papua New Guinea. (AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara ) In response, Papua New Guinea authorities called for “immediate clarification” from Beijing and blocked a charter flight full of Chinese workers that was due to land Thursday. China has previously indicated that it would test vaccines on military personnel and staff at state-backed companies, but it is not clear whether these tests were carried out on workers heading overseas. PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — China faced demands on Thursday to explain why a state-backed firm claimed it had vaccinated dozens of staff against the coronavirus before sending them back to work at a mine in Papua New Guinea. The 48 members of staff at its multi-billion-dollar mine had “been vaccinated with SARS-COV-2 vaccine” before their return, it said. Papua New Guinea’s pandemic tsar David Manning told AFP he wanted answers and had blocked the arrival of a flight with around 150 Chinese workers on board due in Port Moresby on Thursday.center_img “I have written to the Chinese government through the Chinese ambassador — to explain how these 48 employees of this state company were vaccinated.” “If they need to be tested again for COVID-19, it is suggested to be conducted at least seven days after the vaccination date.” Chinese ambassador Xue Bing told AFP: “We don’t have any comments for the moment. However, one thing is for sure, China is not doing (coronavirus) tests here in PNG.” The pandemic has disrupted operations at several lucrative mines in Papua New Guinea, one of the Pacific’s poorest nations. He also issued a decree banning coronavirus testing, trials and unapproved vaccine treatments in Papua New Guinea. “It takes around seven days to produce antibodies in the vaccine recipient’s body after being vaccinated,” the statement reads. Papua New Guinea — which has an already under-resourced health sector — had largely dodged the worst of the virus outbreak until recent weeks. The country saw 12 new cases on Thursday taking its total to 359, with 159 active cases amid low rates of testing. At least three people have died from the virus. Call for clarity There are growing concerns that Ramu NiCo staff may have circumvented arrival quarantine procedures, that the vaccinations may have been administered unlawfully in Papua New Guinea, or that they were tested on Papua New Guinea citizens. Nickel is a highly prized metal widely used in batteries, including for electric cars. (AFP)last_img read more

Vixens Stun Barcelona

first_imgBristol Academy upset the odds as they came away from the first leg of this Champions League tie with a 1-0 away win, ahead of this Thursday’s second leg at Ashton Gate.In front of their home fans, Barcelona came out of the blocks quickly and confidently playing one touch passes around the Bristol Academy midfield and back four. Following a cagey opening 15 minutes where Barcelona dominated possession, a much improved Bristol Academy got into their flow as the 1st half progressed and the players started to relax on the ball. A ball in behind the home side’s defence set Harding on her way into the box, on a tight angle she passed the ball across the goal only for Barcelona’s Ruth to put it into her own net.The Vixens came under constant pressure from a technically strong Barcelona but kept their structure and discipline. Tonight’s game was the first defeat for Barcelona at home in 55 games, and following all their efforts on goal, the Vixens defence were disciplined and hearty. South West born and bred Jasmine Matthews gave a fantastic performance at centre half, she was calm and composed under pressure and technically sound in defence. Albeit this, tonights performance was indeed a team effort at The Camp Nou Mini Estadi with every player putting a hard shift in for their team mate – a credit to the club and it’s philosophy.Manager Dave Edmondson was pleased with his sides performance tonight and said: “To come to Barcelona and get a 1-0 win is fantastic and a testament to the work rate and discipline of the players. It is very much half time in the tie and we are well aware that Barcelona will come to Ashton Gate on thursday expecting to overturn the result from tonight.When asked about Thursday’s home leg, Edmondson responded with: “we have shown we are a pretty resilient bunch and are ready for the challenge.”Captain Jemma Rose who takes pride in her teams discipline said: “Tonight’s match was a great defensive performance from the girls, we showed a lot of character tonight to keep a clean sheet against a technically strong Barcelona side.”However Rose admitted the job was only half done. “We take our away goal into the home leg now, and we need our supporters to turn out in numbers and pack the gate on Thursday night.”last_img read more

4 Pinoy films make it to 25th Busan International Film Festival

first_imgFour Filipino films have been selected to the 25th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) to be held Oct. 21 to 30 in Busan, South Korea.  The BIFF announced the official selection for this year’s festival. There will be 192 films to be screened from 68 countries, down from 299 films from 85 countries because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  (From left) “The World of the Married” star Kim Hee-ae, Japanese actress Yuko Nakamura, Sung Yu-bin, Kim So-hye, film director Lim Dae-hyung and BIFF Festival Director Jay Jeon walk the red carpet at the closing ceremony of the 24th BIFF last year. Kim’s movie “Moonlit Winter” was the closing film of the festival. (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)Selected films from the Philippines in the A Window on Asian Cinema section are “Cleaners” by Karl Glenn Barit and the Philippines-US movie “Death of Nintendo” by Raya Martin.  A Window on Asian Cinema takes a peek “into the various styles and visions within Asian cinema, highlighting the films of this year’s most talented Asian filmmakers as well as the work of directors already established within the industry.” Chosen for the Wide Angle section’s Asian Short Film Competition are “How to Die Young in Manila” by Petersen Vargas and “Kids on Fire” by Kyle Nieva. Wide Angle is “dedicated to showing outstanding short films, documentaries, and experimental films that offer broad cinematic viewpoints and a distinct vision.” Last year, six Filipino films were showcased at the festival: “Mindanao,” “Basurero,” “Verdict,” “The Halt,” “John Denver Trending,” and “Lingua Franca.”  Organizers have scaled down this year’s festival due to COVID-19. There will only be five screening venues, all at Busan Cinema Center, compared to 37 screens and six theaters last year.  The BIFF was originally scheduled to be held from Oct. 7 to 16 but due to the virus, it was delayed by two weeks and will start on Oct. 21.  “The concern over the spread of COVID-19 after Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays was the main reason behind the rescheduling. The decision was taken to host a safer festival,” according to a statement from BIFF. Chuseok holidays this year will be from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.  Organizers said all outdoor events are cancelled including the opening and closing ceremonies, outdoor greeting and Open Talk segments to prevent people from gathering. The Korean government has implemented strict social distancing due to a surge in coronavirus cases. There will be no international invitations, receptions and parties. The Asian Contents & Film Market, Asian Project Market, and Forum BIFF will be held online. “However, if Level Two social distancing protocol is continued or escalated during the rescheduled festival period, Busan International Film Festival may ultimately be cancelled,” the organizers said. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

Dixie World Series tournaments start Saturday at Tinsley Park

first_imgRussell [email protected] teams from 10 states across the Southeast and Texas will converge on Tinsley Park Saturday for the Dixie Baseball Boys and Junior Boys World Series tournaments.The tournaments are expected to attract more than 1,000 people from out of town to Bossier City when you consider players and their families, coaches and league officials.The Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:30 Friday with the arrival of the teams at the CenturyLink Center. Parents arrive at 6:30 and the program itself starts at 7.The double-elimination tournaments run through Wednesday, Aug. 6.Dixie Boys is a 14-year-old division. Dixie Junior Boys is a 13-year-old division.As the host, Bossier City automatically qualified a team in each division.The other teams qualified by winning their respective state championships.The Louisiana champions are from Monroe (Boys) and Jefferson Parish (Junior Boys). The Bossier teams did not participate in the state tournaments.Bossier City faces Center, Texas, in the Boys division and Lewis County, Tenn., in the Junior Boys division in first-round games Saturday. Both start at 7 p.m.Other teams in the Boys division are Dallas, N.C., Hilton Head, S.C., Dyersburg, Tenn., Spring Hill, Fla., Hattiesburg, Miss., Troup County, Ga., Spanish Fort, Ala., and Sevier County, Ark.Other teams in the Junior Boys division are Dothan, Ala., Sumter, S.C., Halifax County, Va., Pittsburg, Texas, Purvis, Miss., Columbus County, N.C., West Georgia, Searcy, Ark., and West Volusia, Fla.Hattiesburg won both the Boys and Junior Boys World Series titles last year.Bossier City won three games in the Junior Boys tournament. Its only losses were to Hattiesburg.After losing in the first round of the Boys tournament, Bossier City won two games in the losers’ bracket before being eliminated by Columbia County, Ga.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Boxing legend hopeful to see a World Champion in pro-boxing

first_imgBoxing BY KEVIN TEME Boxing legend Martin Beni may have retired. But at the age of 68 and currently involved in professional boxing as a promoter in the newly-established Oceania Fight Promotion Company, he is eager to see a local boxer become a world champion. “That’s something I want to see. Becoming a promoter in the Oceania Fight Promotion, I want to see our very own Papua New Guineans become World Champion in professional boxing one day before I close my eyes,” Beni said ahead of this weekend’s professional boxing tournament that will be staged at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium. The name Martin Beni was synonymous with PNG’s fight for independence. He fought and defeated some of the best fighters in Australia while our founding fathers fought with the politicians in Canberra for our political freedom. When he faced the very best in Australia, Collin Cassidy, for the Australian light welterweight title at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in 1974, the House of Assembly was then adjourned for the day so Chief Minister Michael Somare and all assembly members could watch the fight at ringside. When Beni claimed the Australian Light welterweight title in the 9th round of the 15th round contest, the whole nation listening live on NBC radio came to a standstill. “Many of us believed that Independence had come, the nation came to a stop when our champion claim the Australian title,” said patron of the professional boxing Ben Micah. “We thought that freedom had finally come to us from Aussies.” Beni has now retired to inspire the new generation of boxers to achieve international prominence. His famous words at a recent media conference were, “I want to witness the crowning of a world champion from PNG before I close my eyes” is a challenge that the boxers of this generation must fight to achieve. And it reflects down memory lane, the song Paisi Gabuna in Motu dialogue means fight place was composed and sung by the New Krimus band of Roku village in honor of boxing sensation Martin Beni in the 1970s. The song became a war cry for the huge crowds that use to pack the Hubert Murray Stadium in Konedobu to cheer on Martin Beni as he demolished one international boxer after another until he became the combined champion of Australia and the territory of Papua and New Guinea before independence in September 1975. Beni was ranked number one (1st) in the Commonwealth in three divisions. The light weight (60kg), the junior welter weight (63.5kg) and Welter weight (67.5kg) and ranked tenth in the world under the WBC ranking in the light welterweight division. Martin Beni and the song paisi gabuna have gone on to become the stuff of boxing legend. Interestingly, the song from the original track was taken from the NBC archives and will be overlaid on to the video advertisement of the Oceania fight promotions inaugural launch and fight event on this Sunday, the 23rd of June 2019. Beni from Waima village in the Kairuku district. His champion spirit will live on to inspire up-and-coming boxers to seek for excellence in the world boxing arena.last_img read more

North Dakota Skates Past St. Cloud State

first_img 1/1 About Connatix V56892 720p HD 1080p HD About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p)center_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip ST. CLOUD – North Dakota ended a lengthy winless streak with a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State on Friday.The eighth-ranked Fighting Hawks won for the first time in seven games.North Dakota outshot the Huskies by a wide margin, 40-26. 360p The Huskies will complete their weekend series at the HBNHC against the Fighting Hawks on Saturday.  The game is slated to begin at 7:37 p.m.last_img read more

Tigers handle UMass, 82-60

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:70ccd048d626b4e4f04ed315 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-618577-3920591849001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.The Minutemen, who finished 24-9 last season after a first round NCAA Tournament loss to Tennessee, dropped to 5-3 this season. The Tigers now get to enhance their NCAA resume even more on Thursday night against No. 16 West Virginia (7-0) on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.“It’s still early. We’re still learning. But this was a great win,” said LSU point guard Josh Gray, who led all scorers with 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting with a 3 of 4 effort from 3-point range. “UMass is a team that has won a lot of big time games. So for us to beat them, it’s big time.”And it was rarely close. The Tigers immediately took an 8-0 lead in just over two minutes as forward Jordan Mickey, who finished with 16 with 10 rebounds, hit a jumper and a layup around a dunk by forward Jarell Martin, who scored 12. Then Gray hit a jumper. LSU closed the first half as strongly by taking its first 10-point lead at 36-26 on a free throw by Martin with 3:44 to go. A Gray jumper extended that to 15 at 41-26 with 2:44 to go, and the Tigers took a 44-32 lead into the break.The Tigers opened up a 17-point lead at 65-48 on a Mickey jumper with 8:50 to go and got into the 20s in the final minutes.“I think the start of the game was indicative of really the whole game,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.The closest the Minutemen got in the second half was eight at 46-38 at the 17-minute mark. Center Cody Lalanne, a starter last season, led UMass with 16 and 12 rebounds. Forward Maxie Esho, also a starter last season, scored 14.Guard Tim Quarterman added 15 for the Tigers.“In the second half, we came out and did more of the same,” Jones said.“We made a couple of short runs at them,” Kellogg said.“We held our composure when they made their run,” Jones said. “We came back and made the necessary plays to get the score back really to our liking and keep it at double-digits. I thought our guys did a great job of finishing the game well.” BATON ROUGE — LSU will have some money in its pocket should it need a little something extra come NCAA Tournament judgment day in March.The Tigers danced all over Massachusetts, an NCAA Tournament team last season, for an impressive, 82-60 victory in front of 6,962 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night.“It could end up being a big win for us down the road if we’re a bubble team,” said LSU guard Keith Hornsby, who scored nine points with six rebounds and four assists. “It’s especially good coming off the little struggles we had in the Virgin Islands.”The Tigers (5-2) lost to Old Dominion, 70-61, and to Clemson, 64-61, at the Paradise Jam on the U.S. Virgin Islands last month, but responded Tuesday with probably their best performance against a quality team since beating No. 18 Kentucky, 87-82, on Jan. 28 of last season.“I thought we played extremely well on both ends of the floor,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “We were excited to come out and play well against a quality team like UMass, a NCAA Tournament team with a lot of veteran guys back from last year.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Clause details on Wolves transfer deal rubbished, leaving player explains reason…

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers loanee Rafa Mir has been presented by UD Las Palmas on Tuesday, where he’s staying until the end of the season. The presentation was made by the Spanish club secretary Toni Otero, who claimed that the player was ‘much wanted in Spain’, so the signing ‘has’t been easy’ (via Canarias 7).Regarding rumours that the loan contract required a minimum amount of appearances for Rafa Mir at the club, Otero claimed that such clause does not exist.The player has spoken a little about his time at Wolverhampton, and said that it was his own wish to return to Spain: “It was a big change, complicated, and although I had a good adaptation in the end, my idea was to come here, I wanted to have minutes in an interesting project.”Embed from Getty ImagesMir has also claimed that he sees UD Las Palmas as “a good place to continue growing as a footballer.”Signed from Valencia on a €2m deal in January, Rafa Mir had little impact at Wolverhampton, where he only made four appearances, all in his first month at the club.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

Ten years later…..

first_img Share this post Posted April 5, 2014 Posted April 5, 2014 0 210 Forums Home Sign in to follow this   Favourite Logos:Detroit Red Wings, 80’s Detroit Tigers logo, Robo Penguin, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, teal and purple Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies 70s-80s maroon,, teal Florida Marlins, throwback Lions logo 53,285 posts 1,151 Ten years later….. Recommended Posts mcrosby CubsFanBudMan Cult of the Black Flame Cult of the Black Flame 493 1 I dig that logo and think yours is a very nice update. I’d get that tee if I didn’t feel like I was betraying my school, George Mason. 493 Share this post 18 Location:somewhere in Kansas… Gothamite Share on other sites TheRicSlick Share on other sites 0 844 Share on other sites 229 Link to post All Activity Favourite Logos:MSU Spartan Head, Kansas Jayhawk’s new rebrand, TB Buccaneers 97-13 primary, Jordan era Wizards logo,Charlotte Bobcats, Cubs Share this post Favourite Logos:Pat Patriot, The Brownie Elf, The Wake Forest Demon Deacon, 1970-74 Alouettes, Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers, WFL Charlotte Hornets SportsLogos.Net Harmening mcrosby Members Posted April 5, 2014 399 0 Well done, sir. Very well done. Posted April 5, 2014 Followers 0 Members Share this post 3,147 95 844 2,565 posts Nice. 210 Location:Okoboji, IA Share this post 229 B-Rich Forums Home Share this post 844 Member No. 14 18 161 posts Sports Logo News SportsLogos.Net Link to post TheRicSlick Members 1,151 B-Rich 5,735 posts Share on other sites 3,147 Link to post TheRicSlick Link to post Members 210 Members Share this post Link to post 3,965 posts Share on other sites Link to post Link to post 0 Sports Logo News Vamos Hector! 0 229center_img 0 Favourite Logos:MSU Spartan Head, Kansas Jayhawk’s new rebrand, TB Buccaneers 97-13 primary, Jordan era Wizards logo,Charlotte Bobcats, Cubs Posted April 5, 2014 5,735 posts Members 22,644 0 2,052 posts Followers 0 3,147 Sign in to follow this   Tigers6884 Location:Old Metairie, LA Members Members Members This topic is now closed to further replies. 844 Link to post Share on other sites ptaylor 1,151 95 ptaylor A little over 10 years ago, I posted this:As many of you are no doubt aware, the University of Richmond’s team name is the Spiders– very unusual and very cool. Various logos and branding used by the teams include webs, spiders, etc.However, years ago, in the late seventies/early eighties, I remember seeing a different UR logo that I’ve been unable to find since. The logo fit in more with Richmond’s history as the capital of the Confederacy than having to do with spiders. It was clearly a more traditional, older logo, very cartoon-style, and features a man-like spider dressed in a Confederate colonel or general’s uniform, complete with sabre at the side. It looked like something out of an old black and white ‘Merrie Melodies’ or ‘Looney Tunes’ cartoon. The spider stood upright on two legs, and the uniform jacket had six sets of arms. The spider was wearing a wide-brimmed cavalry type hat, not the typical Civil War infantryman’s kepi, and I think two antennae were poking out.I saw it in a football game program from Southern Miss. Richmond was one of their opponents that year, and they had a page listing opponents, each with a logo, etc.Does anyone have ANY knowledge about this logo, or maybe a copy? I’d love to see it again…Then, the other day in perusing through the Updating Vintage Logos thread, I saw this…It’s not perfect, and I’ve changed a few things, but this one has been out there for a while: I got lazy on the clenched fist and used Bucky Badger’s. TEN YEARS!!! TEN YEARS!!! But finally, THERE IT IS!!! So cool to finally see this. I guess I was wrong about one thing; he has four legs and four arms, not two legs and six arms. But all in all, not bad in terms of remembering something I saw briefly before many of you were born….Now the idea is what to do with it. I’m thinking of making a t-shirt or sweatshirt; that design is too cool to just let go. 844 Share on other sites five boroughs, one City. All Activity I dig that logo and think yours is a very nice update. I’d get that tee if I didn’t feel like I was betraying my school, George Mason.Good to see another Mason man on here! You could probably get that tee and feel guilt-free if we were still in the CAA.I love unique logos especially with a lot of bland, middle-of-the-road designs popping up these days. And I think it’s safe to say this is a unique logo, one of a kind. HailGoldPants 3,182 posts Link to post Share on other sites It’s such a fun logo, hope you liked my update. 569 posts 0 0 493 95 Congratulations. Share this post By B-Rich, April 5, 2014 in Sports Logo News Share this post 22,644 Share on other sites Location:Wisconsin Vamos Hector! HailGoldPants Found my white whale .. There is a t shirt for sale on EBay with that same logo on it.Vintage-Looking University of Richmond T-Shirt Spiders Posted April 5, 2014 TheRicSlick Posted April 5, 2014 Harmening 399 7,233 posts Posted April 5, 2014 Go To Topic Listing Posted April 5, 2014 Share this post Members It’s such a fun logo, hope you liked my update. It really is quite beautiful. Tigers6884 Members Ten years later….. Gothamite That is a solid update. The only thing I’d change would be the “THE”. It’s a little crooked – on the original, the top is closer to parallel with the belt, in a complimentary angle to the “R”. If you brought that over to your update, it’d be near-perfect. Share on other sites 18 Sports Logos Link to post Location:Michigan Posted April 6, 2014 844 CubsFanBudMan 22,644 Link to post Competent Goofball Dad Sports Logos Cool. Posted April 5, 2014 0 Location:somewhere in Kansas… Share this post Ten years later….. Share on other sites 399 154 postslast_img read more

Team India’s all-rounder is now 36 years old Sunil Chhetri

first_imgELegendary Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri turns 36 on Monday. Chhetri has recently completed 11 years in international football, playing and leading. He was born on August 3, 1984 in Secunderabad to Indian couple KB Chhetri and Sushila Chhetri. The player who has played the most for the country, the top scorer and the second most current player to play in international football, the Nehru Cup, the SAFF Cup and the AFC Cup. He has won a number of career titles, including the Challenge Cup, Super League and I-League titles. Chhetri joined Mohan Bagan in 2002 during his youth career at City FC, New Delhi. He scored four goals for Bagan in the 2002-2003 season. He made the national team in 2004 with the India Under-20 team and joined the senior team in 2005. Chhetri made his debut on June 12, 2005 in a friendly against Pakistan. He also scored in the same game. Chhetri Kannigol scored in the 65th minute of the match at the Ayub Stadium in Quetta. The match ended in a draw. He is the leading player in the country with 115 matches and the highest scorer with 72 goals. Chhetri is currently the second highest scoring goal scorer in international football. Lionel Messi is third with 70 goals in 138 games. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first Portuguese player to score 99 goals in 164 games. In 2011, he won the Arjuna Award. In 2019, the country honored him with the Padma Shri. He has been named the country’s best footballer six times. Played for nine clubs inside and outside the country. 268 matches, 139 goals. He played for Major League Soccer Club Kansas City in the United States and the Sporting Lisbon Reserve team in Portugal. He also played for East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, JCT, Dempo Goa, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers and Mumbai City. Content Highlights: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri turns 36last_img read more

“Tulips” started successfully under Bulgarian support (League of Nations – results)

first_imgAlthough without coach Ronald Koeman, who left for Barcelona, ​​the national team of the Netherlands won its first match of the League of Nations.The “Tulips” played a strong match under the guidance of their interim coach Dwight Lodeweges and beat Poland 1-0.The match passed with Bulgarian participation, as another prestigious order was given to our top referee Georgi Kabakov, together with his assistants Martin Margaritov and Diyan Valkov. The three did an excellent job with the match, once again leaving excellent impressions on European soil.The match in front of the empty stands of “Johan Cruyff Arena” was completely under the control of the hosts, who tried to play in their typical attractive style, while the guests from Poland bet on a tight defense.This did not allow the “tulips” to reach many clean situations, although the blows to the door of Wojciech Szczesny followed one after another. However, he had nothing to do in the 61st minute of the match, when Hans Hatebur excellently dropped the ball after a cross, and it went straight to the remaining uncovered Stephen Bergwein, how many from a few meters he found.Before that, the best chance for the “tulips” came after a shot by Frankie De Jong, who bounced off the crossbar. For all 90 minutes, Poland managed to make only one accurate shot. He came after half an hour of play when a powerful shot by Krzysztof Piontek was saved by the goalkeeper.The Poles looked bolder at the door only at the end of the match, but apart from a few dropped balls, the players in white teams could not think of anything more interesting and deservedly lost.last_img read more

Jordan, Lewis help Patriots snap two-game losing streak

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Debutant fast bowler Akeem Jordan made an instant impact while opener Evin Lewis struck his second half-century as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots recovered from losing two games on the trot to beat St Lucia Zouks by six wickets here Sunday night. In pursuit of a hardly challenging 139 at Warner Park, Patriots swept to only their second win of their Caribbean Premier League campaign with 31 balls remaining in the contest under lights.The left-handed Lewis top-scored with 65 off 30 balls while Mohammed Hafeez chipped in with 26, the pair combining in a 62-run, third wicket stand which put the hosts in sight of victory.Zouks, sent in earlier, produced a lacklustre batting effort to finish on 138 for nine off their 20 overs, with New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme getting 30 and South African Hardus Viljoen scoring 28. The 24-year-old Jordan, in his first-ever T20 match of a promising career, took apart the Zouks with four for 33 from his four overs while leg-break bowler Usama Mir (2-13) and medium pacer Rayad Emrit (2-29) provided excellent support.With the victory, St Kitts moved into third place in the six-team standings on four points while Zouks remained fourth on two.Once Jordan removed in-form openers Andre Fletcher (1) and Rahkeem Cornwall (5) with just 14 on the board in the third over, the Zouks innings remained in turmoil throughout. Fletcher slapped the third ball of the evening straight to Fabien Allen at point while Cornwall slashed to Sheldon Cottrell at third man.De Grandhomme, who faced 22 balls and belted four fours and a six, tried to revive the innings in a 26-run, sixth wicket stand with captain Darren Sammy (18) but perished to a catch at deep cover in the 12th over off Mir.On the ropes at 100 for eight, Zouks benefited from the best stand of the innings when Viljoen and Obed McCoy (14 not out) put on 35 for the ninth wicket. Zouks were quickly back in the game when seamer Kesrick Williams had the dangerous Devon Thomas caught at third man for one with the score on 11 in the second over.However, success thereafter was limited, as Lewis put on 45 for the second wicket with Englishman Laurie Evans (19) and another half-century stand with Hafeez, to erase any doubt about the outcome.Lewis was in prime form, counting five fours and half-dozen sixes, as he raced to his 27th T20 fifty off 26 balls.last_img read more

Tipp lose out in relegation battle

first_imgPhoto © Tipp Ladies Facebook Tipperary now face into a do-or-die clash against either Cavan who lost by 6 points against Monaghan this afternoon. Tipperary have lost out against Waterford in a relegation play-off in Callan this afternoon.It was a close first half with goals for both sides – but Waterford went in leading at half time 2-08 to 1-08 up.The Premier battled in the second half, but Waterford had too much – winning on a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-13.last_img

Shehu Dikko Blames Dalung For NFF “Bad Name”

first_imgNigeria Football Federation 2nd vice-president Shehu Dikko has accused former sports minister Solomon Dalung of “giving the NFF a bad name to hang it” during his tenure as minister.The NFF suffered a barrage of petitions and had to endure a deluge of corruption investigations and court summons in Dalung’s time at the helm of Nigerian sports.But Shehu Dikko said most of the petitions against the NFF were instigated by people who “lost out politically” in the federation and were looking to take charge of Nigerian football governing body through the backdoor.The NFF 2nd vice-president made the statements when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight which aired on Friday night.The NFF’s reputation – never the most sparkling at the best of times – has taken an intense battering recently owing to various allegations, petitions and corruption investigations against it over the past five years.At one point, the federation was battling corruption and embezzlement charges in several courts from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the now defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).The attendant negative press and the reactive posture of the NFF painted a picture in the minds of many Nigerians of a football body neck-deep in corrupt practices.However, an Abuja high court struck out most of the corruption charges against the NFF last year and more recently, another refused to join the top hierarchy of the federation to an EFCC case about the misappropriation of $8.4 million FIFA intervention funds.Despite these victories, a perception persists that the NFF under Amaju Pinnick remains less than clean.Dikko, however, contends that the present NFF “has been over transparent” pointing to their practice of publishing their audited accounts as proof of their probity.“NFF has been very, very transparent,” Dikko told the show’s host Austin Okon-Akpan. “How many agencies in Nigeria publish their audited results? NFF does that. How many federations in Nigeria have hired a company like PwC for example [to audit their accounts]?“In fact, this NFF has been over transparent because everything we’ve done [NFF president] Amaju [Pinnick] ensures it is in the public or the worst-case scenario, ensures that information is sent to the government through the minister to say ‘see what we are doing’.”Former sports minister Solomon Dalung was often at loggerheads with the leadership of the NFF and often led from the front in accusing the NFF of corruption.But Dikko said the federation had always been above board in its dealings with Dalung and made it a point of duty to communicate their activities clearly with the former sports minister. “Even the last regime [with former sports minister Solomon Dalung], any money that comes from the NFF whether from sponsors or government, [Pinnick] ensures that a letter is sent to the minister informing him that this money has come,” Dikko added.Dikko said most of the petitioners had a political axe to grind with the NFF and suggested their petitions betrayed had an unhealthy obsession with scrutinising private sources of NFF funding.The NFF 2nd vice-president wondered how people with no knowledge of the NFF’s sponsorship deals could tell that “money is missing”.Shehu Dikko suggested that the NFF isn’t obligated to provide details of sponsorship deals to any “third-party”.“One person will wake up and write petitions to all the agencies in Nigeria and if you look at the petitioners, for example, are normally people that lost out politically in the NFF they are just trying to instigate the agencies.“Have you ever heard any [petition against the NFF] about government money? Everything is about sponsors money, FIFA money, money that we got from the sponsors!“I went to negotiate with the sponsors, brought the money and then somebody will say that the money is missing.“If I sign a contract with a sponsor, it’s a contract between NFF and a sponsor that has terms and conditions that have rights and obligations for each party, that have terms if somebody breaches this is what we should do, then a third party isn’t involved with the contract has no business with it. Only the parties to the contract can petition it.”Dikko was reminded by the show’s host Okon-Akpan that Dalung also accused the NFF of misappropriating N1.6bn approved by the federal government for the Super Eagles’ participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.“How can he say that?” Dikko replied.“[The NFF] gave him the breakdown [of how the money was spent]. All those ones are political talk he knows how much was approved, he knows how much was spent. All those are premeditated talks to give NFF a bad name to hang it,” Dikko added.RelatedMore EFCC Trouble For NFF As Pinnick, Dikko, Sanusi Face Fresh ChargesMarch 5, 2020In “Featured”NFF: ICPC Mark Houses Belonging To Pinnick, Dikko Over Fresh Corruption AllegationsSeptember 13, 2019In “NFF”Amaju Pinnick Is Doing Something Right In LeadershipJune 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

European Champions League: Liverpool draws Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool and Chelsea will renew their Champions League rivalry after being drawn together in next month’s Champions League quarter-finals.It is the fifth successive year the two sides have met in Europe, with Chelsea triumphing in their semi-final in 2008.Holders Manchester United take on FC Porto and Arsenal play Villarreal, with the winners meeting in the semi-finals.Bayern Munich meet Barcelona in the other tie. The first legs are on 7/8 April, and the return on 14/15 April.Liverpool’s second leg will not be on 15 April as they asked Uefa to avoid that date because it is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.The semi-finals take place on 28/29 April and 5/6 May and the final will be played on Wednesday 27 May at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It is the second successive year that four English teams are in the last eight of the competition.Although they were beaten by Chelsea last year, Liverpool reached the 2005 and 2007 finals at the expense of the Blues.As in 2008, the Reds must travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg, but Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is confident his side can come out on top this time.“Hopefully it won’t make a difference to us that the second leg is away,” Benitez told his club’s website. “We have to think about the first game at Anfield with our fans behind us and look to get a positive result to take to Stamford Bridge.”Last season’s first leg at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw after John Arne Risse scored an own goal and Chelsea won the return 3-2 after extra-time. “We need to make sure we don’t make a mistake in the first leg like we did in last year’s semi-final,” added Benitez. “They will be two tough games but we are playing well and clearly we are confident we can win.“Chelsea are a very good team. We know each other very well and this is an exciting draw.“We knew it would be difficult to avoid an English team but we need to approach the two games with confidence. We’ve done the double over them this season in the league but clearly these two games in the quarter-finals will be different.”The draw is also a reunion of sorts for Porto and United. The Portuguese club beat United on their way to winning the tournament in 2004, when then Porto boss Jose Mourinho charged up the Old Trafford touchline in delight after a 90th-minute Costinha goal took the Portuguese side through.And Arsenal’s tie with Villarreal is a rematch of their 2006 semi-final, which the Gunners won 1-0 on aggregate. United beat Chelsea on penalties in last year’s final and the draw means another all-English final remains a possibility.Reacting to match-up with Porto, Sir Alex Ferguson said: “This is a good draw for us. We’ve met Porto before and obviously we respect any Portuguese team.“We have had a huge Portuguese influence in the club, firstly with Carlos Queiroz but now with Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Nani, so we understand Portuguese football.”United will play the second leg in Porto but Ferguson insists that should not be a problem.“You sometimes wonder if being at home first is a good or a bad thing, but I think in this modern-day competition there is no indication of what is better,” said the Scot. “The only thing you hope is that you don’t lose a goal in the home tie. We are happy with the draw and we are looking forward to the next round.”CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAWVillarreal v ArsenalManchester United v PortoLiverpool v Chelsea Barcelona v Bayern MunichThe first legs will be played on 7/8 April with the second legs on 14/15 April.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL DRAWManchester United or Porto v Villarreal or ArsenalBarcelona v Bayern Munich or Liverpool v Chelsea The first legs will be played on 28/29 April with the second legs on 5/6 May.Source: BBClast_img read more

Anthony Joshua hailed for revenge win as Wladimir Klitschko leads tributes for new heavyweight champ

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO led the tributes to Anthony Joshua after the Brit recaptured the heavyweight championship of the world.On a night of desert storms, AJ found an oasis of calm to to outclass Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, the flabby Mexican who had ripped away his belts in a New York mugging six months ago.Wladimir Klitschko led the tributes after Anthony Joshua regained the heavyweight world titlesCredit: Richard Pelham / The SunLearning his lessons from that stunning defeat, Joshua showed the intelligence to keep his distance and allow his superior technique to earn a unanimous points victory.And 43-year-old ex-world champ Klitschko, who suffered defeat to Joshua at Wembley in April 2017, was among the first to congratulate the Englishman.He tweeted: “Attaboy keep on punching!”England football legend and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Congratulations to @anthonyfjoshua the 2 time world heavyweight champion. Intelligent performance and comfortable victory.”Former American boxer Andre Ward, who held multiple world titles at two weights, wrote: “Congrats to Anthony Joshua for mentally bouncing back and fighting a controlled disciplined fight. The style of boxing ‘they’ say no one wants to see, seems to always be the answer in the end. Hit and don’t get hit!”Watford football club, Joshua’s hometown, tweeted: “And the new… Congrats, @anthonyfjoshua! Back where you belong!” And Eddie Hearn, AJ’s promoter, wrote: “Can I get a 2 time!? Couldn’t be more proud!”After reclaiming the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, Joshua said: “I said I didn’t want to get too carried away but it is emotional.“This is about the public, and about British boxing. They won tonight and we created history by opening the floodgates.“To Andy Ruiz and his family and team, love and respect and I want to see him in the ring again because he is very talented.“l can box but I like to fight. I’m a warrior at heart, and sometimes when you’re used to knocking a man out, it can happen to you.“I’m a man that has made mistakes and when I was on losing path in life, I matured and bounced back.“After I took my loss I had to mature as a fighter. Life is in boxing and that is why I love it because they go hand in hand.” Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.center_img 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Tyson Fury DOES have power to KO Deontay Wilder, says ex-heavyweight champ Joseph Parker

first_img REAL vs FAKE GOLD Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilation Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 TYSON FURY does have the power to KO Deontay Wilder.That is the view of former world champ Joseph Parker, who has watched his preparations up close.Tyson Fury CAN KO Deontay Wilder, says Joseph ParkerCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdNew trainer Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward has been brought in to help Fury land a knockout win over WBC heavyweight king Wilder in Las Vegas this weekend.And Parker warned doubters a bit of tinkering could lead to a sensational stoppage-win for the skilful technician.Ex-WBO heavyweight champ Parker, 28, told SunSport: “I’ve been over to watch Tyson sparring, he has always been a good friend.“We didn’t spar each other for this camp but Tyson does have knockout power.“He has stopped fighters before and he is a very good fighter.“I think because his movement and defence is so good, he was probably never really sitting down on his power punches.“If he really uses his height and reach and weight, he could definitely knock people clean out.“If he plants his feet, sits down on the shot and throws a right hand, ‘boom’, people will go down.”Popular Parker, who beat Fury’s cousin Hughie in 2017 but lost his title to Anthony Joshua a year later, is also close friends with Wilder. The 6ft 7in powerhouse Wilder, 34, divides opinions as forcefully as he knocks out opponents.Is he a limited fighter with a padded record who gets out of a jail with a freakish right hand?Or is the Bronze Bomber the hardest hitter in heavyweight history who is so confident in his ability that he can afford to lose rounds?For Parker, it is “definitely the latter”. The Kiwi, speaking while warming up at the Team Barry gym in Vegas, explained: “People do not give Wilder the credit he deserves.“Some people see the first six rounds he lost in the Luis Ortiz rematch recently and think he is a bad boxer. But I see a guy who is so confident in his power and ability that he can take his time and not rush any of his work.“I think Wilder feels he can give early rounds away, knowing that he is tiring his opponent out, before turning their lights off as soon as the opportunity pops up.”Brit Fury, 31, secured a draw in the first fight with Wilder and Parker refused to pick a winner in Sunday morning’s rematch.He added: “I am friends with both guys, I respect them both, but Wilder is a bad man.“I think Fury outboxes him and I almost always go with the boxer — but I am sitting on the fence for this one.”Parker believes people are underestimating Fury’s strengthCredit: Getty ImagesTyson Fury could ‘box Deontay Wilder’s ears off’ claims Frank Bruno center_img Amazing movies best funny animals Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

‘Stranger Things 3’ trailer shows first glimpse of new creature, new characters

first_imgNetflix(LOS ANGELES) — It’s gonna be a strange summer.The new trailer for Stranger Things 3 shows the core group of friends – Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Max – trying their best to enjoy their summer. But because this is Hawkins, Indiana we’re talking about, there will always be new interdimensional creatures to ruin their fun.The clip begins with Dustin returning home after some time away. His toys start to move on their own and a freaked-out Dustin follows them into his living room armed with a can of hairspray. Turns out, Eleven is making the toys move with her powers and all of his friends are there to surprise him. Needless to say, the welcome-home surprise doesn’t go quite as planned.Elsewhere, we see scenes of the kids just trying to be normal at the mall, the movie theater and a fair. But things quickly get more chaotic and we catch glimpses of a slimy, scary new creature, as well as new characters played by Cary Elwes and Maya Hawke.At one point, we hear Mike’s voiceover say, “We’re not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think? We’re just gonna sit in my basement all day?”Stranger Things 3 debuts on Netflix on July 4. It stars Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Winona Ryder and David Harbour.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Had 100-Round Magazine, Police Say

first_img Related Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — When the man wanted for allegedly gunning down a veteran police sergeant in Orlando, Florida, was caught by police after a nine-day manhunt, he was armed with guns and a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, police said.Markeith Loyd — who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton as well as a pregnant woman — was fleeing a home Tuesday when he was caught, according to cops.He was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him, police said.John Cohen, an ABC News contributor who is a former U.S. counterterrorism official, said the massive magazine Loyd allegedly had can hold an “extraordinary amount of bullets.” Cohen said a weapon like the one Loyd was alleged to be carrying “only has one purpose — to allow the shooter to fire continuously without having to reload.”Cohen said these drum magazines — which are readily available online — pose a real challenge for law enforcement because violent criminals can use them to carry out attacks or to defend themselves while they’re being sought.Cohen said the high-capacity magazine — in addition to the fact that Loyd was wearing body armor — shows Loyd was “prepared to take on the police” who came to arrest him.“In the hands of a violent criminal, this type of high capacity magazine could be extraordinarily dangerous, and result in the death of people including police officers,” Cohen said.Orange County Sheriff’s office officials said Tuesday that Loyd would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted homicide.Officials said before Clayton was shot, Loyd was wanted for the death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. Officials said Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend’s brother.Records Wednesday show that Loyd was booked on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond for comment on why records show one murder charge.He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with police, Mina said. Loyd is at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and it is unclear when he will be moved to the Orange County Jail. His first court appearance is not clear.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

US warns citizens to avoid resort of Acapulco

first_imgMEXICO CITY| The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.In yet another blow to a coastal city once favored by U.S. movie stars and jet-setters in the 1950s and ’60s, the embassy said its personnel “have been instructed to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land,” and added that it “cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.”The alert noted that “protests and violent incidents continue in Guerrero state in response to the disappearance of 43 students there.”Demonstrators have blocked highways to Acapulco, hijacked buses and blockaded the city’s airport to demand the government find the students who disappeared Sept. 26 in the nearby city of Iguala. Prosecutors say local police working for a drug gang probably turned the students over to gang members, who may have killed them and burned their bodies.In early November, demonstrators blocked Acapulco’s airport for hours carrying clubs, machetes and gasoline bombs, causing hotel reservations on a subsequent three-day holiday weekend to fall about 35 percent, said Javier Saldivar, head of Acapulco’s business chamber. Hotel occupancy that should have neared 95 percent was only about 60 percent.“We suffered a serious loss,” Saldivar said.While U.S. tourists account for about 55 percent of foreign visitors to Mexico, relatively few of them go to Acapulco any more. For example, while Mexico’s most popular cruise ship port, Cozumel, handled 894 cruise ship arrivals in 2013, Acapulco had only 9.Drug gang violence has also played a role. In recent years there have even been some shootouts on Acapulco’s famed coastal boulevard, but those incidents have calmed somewhat in the last two years.Acapulco was once a well-regarded destination. It was during a vacation there in the 1960s that novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez came up with the idea for “100 Years of Solitude.” It was there that Bill Clinton took a young woman named Hillary for a honeymoon in 1975.But in the 1970s and ’80s, the resort’s infrastructure crumbled, and poor, crowded settlements sprung up inland from the bay, sparking rising problems of unemployment, crime and pollution.last_img read more

Hawks’ Gaitley registers her 450th career win

first_imgThe Monmouth University women’s basketball team bounced back from a first round loss to defeat Binghamton University, 60-51, on Dec. 31 in the consolation game of the second annual Hawk Holiday Classic presented by Staybridge Suites of Eatontown. The Hawks improve to 9-3 on the season while the Bearcats fell to 6-6 with the loss.American University won the Classic, defeating Brown University in the final, 56-47, at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) in West Long Branch.The third-place win marked a milestone for Monmouth head coach Stephanie V. Gaitley, who recorded her 450th triumph as a Division I head coach. Gaitley, in her 25th season as a head coach and her third at Monmouth, is now 450-263 overall and 43-30 with the Hawks.“Winning a lot of games means you’re getting old and you have had a lot of good players,” said Gaitley in a press release. “I want to thank all of our current players and all my former players and assistants for being part of this milestone. You’re only as good as those you surround yourself with.”The Hawks were paced against the Bearcats by Alysha Womack’s (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) 19 points and seven rebounds. She connected on 8 of 14 field goals, including 3 for 6 from three-point range. Junior Alexis Canady (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, recorded 14 points and five assists, while Erin Rooney (Christchurch, New Zealand/Marian College) contributed 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.Monmouth, which led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, held a 29-18 lead at the half. The Hawks converted 7 of 16 three-pointers in the first half en route to hitting 10 of 25 (40 percent) for the game.The Hawks forced 21 BU turnovers, converting them into 15 points, and out-rebounded their visitors from upstate New York 42-35. Gabby Singer (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) contributed eight points (2 of 5 three-pointers) off the bench for the Hawks, who wrapped up nonconference play with the win. Binghamton was led by all-tournament team member Viive Rebane, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Holmes and Jasbriell Swain added 12 points apiece for the Bearcats, who shot 34.7 percent for the contest.In the loss to Brown from the Ivy League on Dec. 30, the Hawks trailed by 17 points with 15:59 remaining in the contest and staged a furious rally. However, they could never catch the Bears, and fell, 75-71. Womack led all scorers with 21 while Canady and Abby Martin (Maplewood/Columbia High School) each had 18.American University outscored Brown 40- 28 in the second half to erase a 19-16 halftime deficit and win the championship. Liz Leer scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds forAmerican, and Ebony Edward added 13.American, 9-4 on the season, defeated Binghamton, 58-32, in its first-round game.Starting for Brown University at guard is former Colts Neck High School great Lauren Clarke. The freshman netted 11 points in the win overMonmouth and had nine in the final.Clarke is leading theBears (4-9) in scoring (10.8 points per game) and in three-pointers (25).Monmouth will host Quinnipiac in a Northeast Conference game tomorrow in a noon matinee at the MAC. Sacred Heart will make a call inWest Long Branch for another NEC tilt onMonday at 7 p.m.TheHawkswill hit the road for four games before hosting Long Island University on Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

Manipulators of news

first_imgDear Editor,The social, economic and political situation has been steadily deteriorating since the PNC-led APNU regime took power. Almost all sections of the population have been complaining bitterly about the rapid decline in economic activities and the fall in standards of social services.Moreover, there has been noticeable decline in our politics, as the regime has reverted to the use of old, undemocratic methods that the PNC used while in government up to 1992.The atmosphere of great freedom that existed under the PPP/C Administration has almost disappeared. More and more people are expressing fear of the loss of freedom, and a feeling of trepidation is gripping the population. Even some of the civilian members of this regime caution some of their friends to be careful how they speak on the phone.The institution that was established to fight organized crime – the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – is now being used to harass political opponents of the regime. The arrest of former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, has been the most recent in a long list of political and racial witch-hunting.The sharp deterioration is so glaring that it is impossible to deny. As a result, the defenders of the regime, government spokespersons, have changed their tactics.While being forced to admit that things are tough due to the regime’s poor performance – like the rampant corruption taking place, etc – the apologists are now saying, “Yes, this is true, but it was worse under the PPP/C Government”.This is a desperate attempt to manipulate the views and distort our most recent history.On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Adam Harris spoke about corruption. To prove his point, he alluded to the more than forty forensic audits done, and went on to say about how it unearthed mammoth corruption.No massive corruption was found. Indeed, the audits have actually exposed the APNU and AFC’s lies and their exaggeration of massive corruption. It is that embarrassment that is now fuelling the regime’s attack by using the arms of the state and their propaganda machine to attack the officials of the PPP/C Government.As an example, let me point out that they sensationally made public via the media that former Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, Omar Shariff, had billions in the bank. Yet the worst they could do was charge his wife with the frivolous offence of not submitting several documents to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Harris also spoke about crime, and pointed out that the rate is falling. Well, that is very debatable. Most people on the Corentyne and West Demerara feel that crime is escalating.Harris, in pointing to the crime wave that occurred in 2002, studiously avoided to say that the criminal gangs were given direct support by the PNC/APNU leaders, and several others in the AFC. Indeed, it was only those leaders of the PNC/APNU who could have moved freely in Buxton after the 2002 jail break, when five murderers were politically protected by the PNC/APNU clique. We must not forget that one of the candidates on the PNC/R list for 2001 elections had joined the gang as well.How can we forget that PNC helped to organize the funerals of those criminals?In one case, they even draped the coffin with the Guyana flag – a clear act of desecration of our national flag.To prove the direct links with the PNC/APNU, let me refer you to the infamous conversation between Winston Felix, then Commissioner of Police and now Minister of Citizenship, and Basil Williams, now Attorney General, immediately after the ‘Fine Man’ gang had killed eight persons on the East Bank of Demerara and created terror in the Agricola/Eccles area. In the exposed conversation, Williams was thanking Felix for diverting attention from the PNC, which is a clear indication of the political links. No one can now harbour any doubt about the political links to criminal gangs.It should also be noted that while the PNC (now APNU) gave full support to the gangs, they were at the same time merciless in their attacks on the police. When Leon Fraser was brutally murdered, they wore red and were rejoicing at his funeral.Harris also tried to belittle and distort the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, a PPP/C-initiated project. In so doing, he is hiding the fact that this regime has changed what was a turn-key project to facilitate the contractor.Now we will get an inferior product than what was originally contracted for.Maybe a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is needed to find out why a turn-key contract was broken to facilitate the contractor, and not the country.It is not just sad, but downright dangerous for such distortions to be taking place. This behaviour will accelerate the drift towards authoritarian rule. And the Kaieteur News will eventually regret this dangerous role that they are playing.Already we see the Police Force being de-professionalized and being used as a political tool of the APNU. We are also witnessing attempts to undermine the independence of the Judiciary, as the regime constantly attacks the courts.There has not been a word said in the Kaieteur News about all the innocent public servants who have been dismissed only because of their race. Instead, the Government media and the Kaieteur News are being used to pursue personal vendettas — throw mud at people; provide no proof of corruption and wrong-doings. In the process, they are destroying lives, but they seem to get a maniacal delight in committing these nasty acts.This behaviour, while in the immediate and short runs may give the authors and owners some satisfaction, in the long run, it would do us no good. It is facilitating the abuse of power and fuelling massive corruption, which — under this regime as it was in an earlier PNC regime — is becoming a way of life.We know where this is heading. We have seen it all before. It is history repeating itself. It spells a falling economy, dwindling social services, and a growing dictatorship with fear as a tool of rule. This is my view. What is yours?Sincerely,Donald Ramotarlast_img read more

In his final NBA game, Dwyane Wade drops triple double for Miami Heat

first_imgPH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) acknowledges the crowd’s cheers after playing in the final NBA basketball game of his career, against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK— Dwyane Wade was hurting, sitting on the training table trying to get enough treatment to get him on the floor one last time.A couple hours later, he looked like a guy capable of playing well beyond what was the final night of his career.ADVERTISEMENT But that was secondary to a final chance to celebrate Wade, the three-time NBA champion who was ending his 16th and final NBA season.He was loudly cheered from the moment he emerged alone from the tunnel for pregame layups. Fans — egged on at one point by Paul and Anthony — chanted “We want Wade! We want Wade!” when he was on the bench, even though the 37-year-old guard had played a season-high 35 minutes Tuesday and coach Erik Spoelstra warned before the game that it probably wouldn’t be that way again.But there was no keeping Wade down for long. It took him a little bit to get going, as Jarrett Allen added Wade to the list of stars whose shots he’s blocked this season — a list that included James.“I loved seeing CP and Melo over there getting the crowd going to get Dwyane back in there and Dwyane comes from the old-school NBA,” Spoelstra said. “That was pre-load management, so we were not load managing him tonight and I was not talking to my sports scientist whether he could go, even though I walked in and saw him on that training table an hour before the game and he did not look fit to go, at all. But he’s cut from a different cloth.”The Heat hoped the final game would matter, but the Nets and Orlando Magic had clinched spots over the weekend to leave only one spot left coming into the last week. Miami was eliminated from contention for it despite its victory Tuesday.“For me, I’m happy with this season,” Wade said. “Unfortunately for our organization and our team we weren’t able to put ourselves in a position to win enough games to be in the playoffs, but for what I wanted for this season, I’m happy to say that I completed that.”TIP-INSHeat: Haslem finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Wade passed Elgin Baylor (23,149 points) to move into 29th place on the NBA’s career list. He finished with 23,165.Nets: Starters Joe Harris (toe) and DeMarre Carroll (right wrist) sat out, though Atkinson said they would be ready for the playoff opener. … Shabazz Napier scored 20 points off the bench.THE LAST JERSEY LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Wade has been exchanging jerseys with players after games this season, but there was one missing. Anthony, who helped persuade Wade to return this season, didn’t play long this season before parting ways with Houston, so Wade gave his final one to him.“I didn’t get an opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him,” Wade said. “That was a missing piece out of this whole season, so everything worked out great for him being here, for me having an opportunity to give him my jersey.”___UP NEXTHeat: The offseason.Nets: A first-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Wade had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his last NBA game, which the Brooklyn Nets won by beating the Miami Heat 113-94 on Wednesday night to finish 42-40 and clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.With close friends LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony leading the cheers from their courtside seats, Wade had his fifth career triple-double in three quarters. He fittingly secured it with a pass to Udonis Haslem, his teammate of 15 years who plays sparingly now and made his only start of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I was like, I don’t know why, but everybody feels like now you’ve got to go out and score 60 in your last game because Kobe did it,” Wade said, wearing a sparkling gold jacket and gold sneakers. “So hopefully I took the bar all the way back down and say let’s go get a triple-double, that’s easier.”A night after scoring 30 points in his final game in Miami, Wade showed one more time that he’s walking away with his skills intact. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining. Then it was time for a lengthy postgame celebration on the court with teammates and friends.“The man went out with a triple-double. Don’t let that go unnoticed. He had a triple-double,” All-Star D’Angelo Russell said. “He is a guy that paved the way for a lot of us. He’s been with that franchise for that long period of time. He’s Mr. Miami.”Russell had 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Nets, who will face the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers beginning this weekend in their first postseason appearance since 2015, one that seemed unlikely when they were 8-18 in December. But they went 34-22 from there for their first winning record since going 44-38 in 2013-14 — when they were knocked out by Wade’s Heat in the second round.“Special night,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Pretty amazing season so far.”The game mattered only to the Nets, who quickly ended any fears of finishing seventh and having to face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View commentslast_img read more

We are in it to win, declare Kabras ahead of Kabeberi

first_imgHead coach Charles Cardovillis has said the changes are testament enough of his side’s ambition after missing out on the Main Cup in the season opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa last weekend, finishing the leg fifth.“We are in it to win it and the players we have sent out to do duty tells the story. They bring in loads of experience and firepower and it is good to have them in the team. We looked at some of the weaknesses we had in Mombasa and we strengthened,” Cardovillis noted.“We had some problems with our half-line which was missing a bit of firepower and the players who are coming in will give us that plus a bit of dynamism,” the tactician further explained.Kabras RFC in action at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKabras are in what on paper looks like an easy pool with Mombasa surprise package Mean Machine, Strathmore and newly promoted Makueni RFC.He is however, cautious on his approach and has warned his players to take each game with the same measure of seriousness, his target being a minimum of the Main Cup semis.“We saw what machine did last week and it shows you that you can’t take any team for granted. The pool is very unpredictable and everyone there can show up and surprise,” the former Kenya Harlequin director of rugby added.The coach is pleased with how his team has performed so far, acknowledging they played attractive rugby in the opening leg except for a few gremlins.He has urged his players to ensure they perform well on game ones, something he says let them down in Mombasa.“How we start each day is very important. Our first games in Mombasa on both days were not good. If we can be able to wake up well and get straight into it, then we have a good chance,” the coach offered.Kabras who have never won the circuit begin their campaign against Makueni before taking on Strathmore and Mean Machine later in the day.Kabras Sugar team for Kabeberi:Brian Tanga, Habil Malika, Dan Sikuta, Brian Juma, Johnston Mung’au, David Amboso, Timothy Mmasi, Felix Ayange, Philip Wokorach, Fabian Olando, Jacob Okumba, Dominic Osino, Aluda Beda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kabras Sugar head coach Charles Cardovillis.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Kabras Sugar has made a statement of intent ahead of the Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend by throwing into the fray three experienced faces.National team players Dan Sikuta and Felix Tanga make the cut with Sikuta having been with the team in Mombasa while Fabian Olando returns to action for the first time after missing a whole calendar year with injury.last_img read more

Molina cools off annex `fever’

first_imgGeorge Kitaoka, a longtime resident on Cameta Drive, said he is upset that his home could be annexed. Others at a recent community meeting said they did not want to be part of Rosemead and that existing services were adequate. “Just because one council member has an idea, it takes a majority to decide whether that is the right thing to do,” Low said this week. On Wednesday, Molina’s office tried to put those residents at ease. “Rosemead City officials have had informal discussions with my staff about the process of annexation, and how I would view proposals,” Molina said in a letter to the residents. “If an annexation proposal is submitted, you will be informed, and your opinion will be vital to me.” While some area residents said they were against annexation, High Pine Street resident Paul Benavidez said he supports it. “It would help us and give us lights on our street,” Benavidez said. “I don’t see what’s the problem in incorporating.” Field Deputy Marcia Guzman said the supervisor would not support a plan if residents objected. “There is no formal proposal,” Guzman said. She added that annexation is a public process. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – County Supervisor Gloria Molina is trying to allay concerns by South San Gabriel residents after annexation plans surfaced recently. A suggestion by Rosemead Councilman John Nu ez to annex several streets in the unincorporated area sparked dozens of complaints in the community of nearly 8,000. Nu ez said last week that it was only an idea and that residents blew it out of proportion. But even after reassurances from Mayor John Tran and Councilwoman Polly Low that such an idea did not have council support, some residents were not convinced that the annexation talks were over. last_img read more

Gareth Southgate explains decision to hand Jordan Henderson England captaincy

first_img England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate Gareth Southgate says Jordan Henderson earned the right to replace Wayne Rooney as England captain after successfully stepping out of Steven Gerrard’s shadow at Anfield.The interim manager wants Rooney to remain as national skipper and squad figurehead despite dropping him for Tuesday’s game in Slovenia, but it is Henderson who will lead the side out for the first time in Ljubljana.The 26-year-old took the Liverpool armband from local hero Gerrard when the latter left the club in 2015 and has been impressive in the role.And that was not lost on Southgate as he chose the midfielder ahead of other candidates such as Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.“What stood out for me is that he has taken over as captain at a club where he has succeeded one of the most iconic players in English footballers of all time,” said Southgate.“That would have been a difficult challenge for him and he has matured from that. He has shown great leadership skills with his club.“He is used to being captain which is important. He has got a voice and an opinion within this group and he has got his clear ideas of what we need to work on.“It was not an easy decision because there are other senior players in that dressing room but he has captained a big football club and is used to that responsibility so it is the right decision for me.”Rooney, who volunteered to take the press conference at Southgate’s side despite being excused duty, offered his own tribute to Henderson.“I think Jordan’s a fantastic leader,” he said.“He’s taken an incredibly difficult job from Steven Gerrard and he’s really grown into that position. He’s a fantastic player with great leadership qualities.“He deserves his chance tomorrow night to captain England. I’m sure for him it’s a really proud moment and his family as well.”The other beneficiary of Rooney’s demotion is Tottenham anchorman Eric Dier.Dier, who was arguably England’s best performer at Euro 2016, offers greater defensive qualities than Rooney and Southgate explained a simple tactical analysis helped make up his mind.“I think it’s clear that we’re talking about two different profiles of player – different attributes, different skills,” he said.“That’s entirely the basis of the decision, we’re away from home, it’s a different tactical challenge…so as the coach you’ve got to look at what the right set up is for that game.“We have looked at how Slovenia play and when I looked at that midway through last week I knew in my mind the profile of midfield that we need for this game.“In no way is it a reflection of Wayne’s performance (against Malta) on Saturday. We were very pleased with what he did on Saturday. (He) played with great tactical discipline, saw a lot of the ball and dictated the game.” 1last_img read more

FastPass+ Availability at Walt Disney World – Update 2

first_imgShare This! This is the third blog post on day-of FastPass+ availability. The first blog post was in 2014, and the second in 2015. In the three-plus years since FastPass+ was introduced at Walt Disney World, we have been tracking the availability of FastPass+ reservations. The last major change in the FastPass+ process is the that you can reserve additional FastPass+ reservations through Disney’s MyDisneyExperiance app. This is a significant improvement over having to stand in line at in-park kiosks. This also means that additional FastPass+ reservations are being grabbed up by more guests. For FastPass+ overview, tips, and advice go to https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/fastpass.By using the FastPass+ system, we and others have observed that reservation slots can come and go quickly. The tables below show the average time when availability runs out. It is possible that a FastPass+ reservation may pop up, but it is unlikely. The gray cells show the number of days in advance that FastPass+ reservations sell out. A reasonable assumption would be that as crowds increase, the time when FastPass+ reservations run out would decrease. This holds up for the headliner attractions, but not so much for the lower tiered attractions. For the lower tiered attractions, the FastPass+ depletion time is more a function of when the park closes than the crowd level. The data also support the theory that Disney holds back some FastPass+ reservations for day-of guests: even if you see no availability in advance, you may find that availability once you’re in the park.Just like dining reservations, a FastPass+ reservation may be available but it may not be a desirable time. A 1 am Dumbo FastPass+ reservation is not going to be very useful if your family is sleeping. The earlier you make a  reservation the more options will be available.A handful of attractions has little to no same day availability. The good news is that almost all attractions have some availability a few days before your visit. Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are the only attractions that sell out very early. It can be very difficult to get FastPass+ reservations for these two attractions 30-days prior to your visit.Pandora – The World of AvatarPandora opens May 27, 2017, and there will be two new attractions. They will have FastPass+ queues. Guests can only choose one of the two attractions to make an advance FastPass+ reservation. The initial data is showing that Avatar Flight of Passage is selling out before Na’vi River Journey. The attractions are not selling out as fast as Frozen Ever After or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. If you can make FastPass+ reservations 30 to 60-days prior to your visit you should be able to get a Pandora attraction FastPass+ reservation.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing to tackle SA water leaks

first_img25 March 2013Multinational technology giant IBM has launched a crowdsourcing project to help capture, share and analyze information about the water distribution system in South Africa.The project, called “WaterWatchers,” is driven by a new mobile phone application and SMS capability that will enable South African citizens to report water leaks, faulty water pipes and general conditions of the country’s water infrastructure for 30 days starting from World Water Day, 22 March.“Every update will provide vital data points to an aggregated ‘WaterWatchers’ report to create a single view of the issues challenging South Africa’s water distribution system,” IBM said in a statement on Friday.The free app, which is currently available for Android and available for download at www.ibmwaterwatchers.co.za, and the SMS capability together provide an easy way for anyone to collect and report issues on local waterways and pipes to a centralized portal.After taking a photo and answering three simple questions about the particular water canal or pipe, the data will be uploaded in real-time to a central database. After 30 days, the data will be analyzed and aggregated into a meaningful “leak hot spot” map for South Africa.“This project is about analyzing use, predicting demand and managing the future of our country’s water,” said IBM South Africa Smarter Planet executive Ahmed Simjee.“It’s a unique exercise in crowdsourcing for South Africa, and we encourage every person to become a ‘citizen scientist’ – to engage with the environment and help create a big picture map of our water leaks and issues,” Simjee said“By enabling countless individuals to gather and submit data, WaterWatchers represents a new kind of data aggregation, analytics and visualization for water planners in South Africa – and is exactly the kind of ‘big data’ challenge IBM excels at solving.”Under-spending on water in South Africa has seen the Department of Water Affairs increase spending by 20% to R9-billion (U$900-million) in 2011-2012, while spending on water sector management increased by 28.8% year-on-year over the same period, and spending on water infrastructure management rose by 13.2% year-on-year.But the pressure of urban population influx continues to place more strain on the country’s ageing water infrastructure. According to the 2011 Census, 93% of South African households had access to safe water in 2010 – but only 45% of those with access to water actually had it in their homes.According to IBM, a WaterWatchers report will be made available to local municipalities, water control boards and other water system stakeholders once the data had been filtered appropriately. This could help local municipalities vizualise and prioritize improvements to city water infrastructure.“This project is a natural extension of the work we have done to address non-revenue water in Tshwane with IBM, and as the capital city we will lead the roll-out of this program nationally,” said Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. “We challenge other cities to join the initiative and help manage this precious resource as best as we can.”IBM says it believes the WaterWatchers platform holds huge potential for similar applications that can be used to monitor and report on just about any aspect of one’s environment: city services, wildlife, noise pollution, air quality, weather and more.“Interest in IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy to transform growing cities and address massive urbanisation in the South Africa has grown rapidly,” IBM said. “The City of Johannesburg has strategically addressed its 2030 vision and partnered with IBM to develop a roadmap for smarter public safety.“The City of Tshwane has led the way in addressing water challenges, addressing ever increasing water scarcity and the requisite water conservation with a nine-point plan developed by IBM Corporate Service Corps in 2011.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Bafana make it South Africa 1, Spain 0

first_img20 November 2013Bafana Bafana shocked Spain 1-0 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, with Bernard Parker netting a superb 56th-minute winner. It was South Africa’s first win over the world’s number one ranked football team.The defeat was only the second that Spain, ranked first in the world since 2008, have suffered in the past two years. Their only other loss was to Brazil in the Confederations Cup earlier this year. During that time the reigning European and World Cup champions have also recorded 25 wins and five draws.“Thanks to the coach for having faith in the players. He has given us his belief and his faith, and we’re giving him what he expects from us, and that’s a good performance and a win,” Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune said in a television interview after the match.‘Tactics were spot-on’“His tactics were spot-on tonight. We planned a lot for Spain. People thought we didn’t stand a chance and we beat them,” Khune said.Khune thanked the supporters at the match and used the occasion to call for greater support for local football. “This is what we want to see in our local football, people coming here and supporting the local teams and supporting local football because we are on the same level as the European players, and we can do better than them. If we can beat the world champions, who is there not to beat?”“It’s a fantastic result,” coach Gordon Igesund said.“I’m so pleased that we played a friendly like this because they are the world champions. You saw their attitude on the field. They were fighting for their lives out there as well, and I’m just pleased we were able to give the people something to think about going forward.“Tonight our game plan was fantastic. Our players were fantastic. They executed tactically what we wanted to do.”Spain, as they do against every opponent, dominated possession, but they rarely threatened as the South African team worked hard as a unit to disrupt the flow of the visitors’ attack“We allowed them to have the ball in certain areas. When they got wide, we made sure they couldn’t get a cross in, but had to play back,” Igesund explained. “The guys executed [the game plan] well and I’m so pleased for them.”Playing with discipline at the back, Bafana caught Spain offside time and again. David Villa had the ball in the back of the net as early as the fourth minute after being put through by Andres Iniesta, but he was caught in the offside trap and the strike was disallowed.CrossbarMan of the match Khune prevented Pedro getting a shot off after was picked out by Xabi Alonso, but only a minute later La Roja came close to going behind after Bernard Parker and Oupa Manyisa combined before Manyisa’s shot took a deflection off a defender and struck Iker Casillas’ crossbar. Parker, who turned in a superb performance, tested Casillas two minutes later, but the goalie was up to the challenge.With half-an-hour played, Fernando Llorente failed to find the target with an open header.Just before the break, Bongani Khumalo was just wide of the goal with a header from a corner delivered by Parker.Substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala set up Tokelo Rantie with a fine pass early in the second half, but Rantie’s finish lacked composure and was well wide.Nacho Monreal then saw a gap quickly closed down by Khune before Bafana took the lead in the 56th minute with a delightful goal.GoalTokelo Rantie won possession on the left and delivered a cross along the ground towards Bernard Parker, who cleverly left the ball for Kamohelo Mokotjo. The dummy drew the defender towards Mokotjo, who one-timed it directly into Parker’s path. Victor Valdez, on for Casillas, sprinted off of his line to try to close down the angle. Parker, though, chipped the ball over the goalkeeper with his left foot. Valdez got a slight touch on it, but it wasn’t enough and the ball crossed the goal line despite the desperate efforts of Monreal to keep it out.When Valdez later went down with a calf injury, there were brief angry scenes between the Spanish players and South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund because Spain had used the maximum allowable six substitutes. A decision was made, however, to allow Pepe Reina to replace the Barcelona man in goal.The crowd, interestingly, was relatively quiet, not celebrating their advantage, but wary that the game was far from over.Counter-attackVicente del Bosque’s charges pushed hard in search of an equaliser, but still South Africa’s defence held firm, and the world champions were almost caught out by a swift South African counter-attack.Parker put Rantie clean through down the middle, with space to run and the ability to cut to either side of the goal. Rantie should have scored, but Reina did superbly to race out, make himself big, and block the shot.With the game well into an additional five minutes of time, Napoli defender Raul Albiol got off a shot from close range, but Khune athletically knocked it away, much to the relief of the crowd.The final whistle sounded and vuvuzelas blared once more as Bafana Bafana supporters celebrated one of the South African national football team’s finest nights.Sounding a note of caution, Igesund said: “We’re not going to get carried away. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We know that, but we’re on the right track. I’m very pleased for the players and I’m pleased for everybody and especially for the supporters because they needed something like this.”“We’ve got a terrific group of players,” midfielder Dean Furman weighed in. The squad is gelling all the time. We’re coming together and we’re getting stronger, and I think tonight we’ve shown what we can do against the best team in the world.”last_img read more

Investing in Your Career

first_imgCollins has over 23 years of loss prevention and retail experience with Sears, Old Navy, and her current employer, Petco. After beginning her career as a sales associate, she’s held many roles, including store manager, loss prevention manager, corporate investigator, and the most challenging role, mother of three. Collins holds a degree in criminal justice.Why did you decide to pursue your LPC certification?While preparing my annual performance review for this past year, I decided obtaining the LPC would be a great objective for 2017. I truly believe the only person responsible for your continued growth and development is you. There is no better investment than one that provides both personal growth and professional development.- Sponsor – Was the course work what you expected?Yes, the course work is challenging and requires dedicated study time. It covers most areas relevant to the loss prevention field, and I enjoyed the background and historical information that was provided; I felt it added relevance to the process.Talk about the process of going through the course work and taking the exam.Working my way through the course work was initially a little more challenging than I expected. It really forced me to go back and review subjects I was not as familiar with or have not had as much experience with. Commitment to the training materials will prepare you for the actual exam. However, being able to apply your learnings in a practical application will be critical to a successful outcome on the final exam. I found it most helpful to look over all of the material first, take the chapter quizzes to determine what areas I needed additional focus on, and then study until I could pass each chapter exam 100 percent.Looking at your own personal background and knowledge, what information in the course helped you the most?While I have been exposed to almost all of the subject material provided, I would say there were areas that I did not have the depth of knowledge required to pass the test without the provided study materials. This certification requires a deeper dive into all operational areas impacting the loss prevention field.What was the most eye-opening information that was part of the curriculum?For me, I benefited a lot from the accounting and logistics material. The pharmacy section was also interesting as this is one of the areas with my least amount of exposure.What benefits have you seen from taking the course?One of the benefits it provides is the ability to expand my knowledge base while refreshing my previous studies. It is also a great reminder of the different aspects of the industry the loss prevention field impacts. I think sometimes we forget the other avenues open to those of us in the loss prevention field. Being reminded of this is especially critical in this ever-changing job landscape. This course material not only validated my experience but also prepared me to take on new challenges wherever my career should take me.If you could offer one key takeaway to someone currently considering getting certified, what would it be?Study. Not only is it important to understand the material provided, but also the ability to apply it in a practical application will be the key to the certification process. Work-life balance can already be a task for most, so careful consideration should be given to dedicated study time. The biggest takeaway I had is partnerships, both internal and external to your organization. There are a lot of moving parts to a successful long-term loss prevention plan. You need good working relationships with all the players and must know how to successfully leverage those partnerships.How would you compare the foundation certifications to other educational courses that you’ve taken?This was the first online certification I have obtained. I am hoping it prepares me for my next adventure as I undertake the CFI. I believe that the LPC indicates you see value in personal growth and education and helps you stay relevant in a competitive loss prevention market.How has certification changed your expectations of loss prevention as a career, for yourself and for others?The LPC process is a great reminder that loss prevention impacts all areas of operations. If you want to have a seat at the table to influence members of your organization, you must have an understanding of how loss prevention impacts the whole business. Certification indicates we are prepared to support our organizations, increase profitability, and build partnerships to drive initiatives critical to a successful loss prevention program. I think the LPC is a clear indicator of this understanding.Would you recommend certification to others?Absolutely. This course provides for personal growth and development. The course is an investment for both the employee and the employer. It requires not only a monetary investment but also time and commitment to the course material. The LPC is a great investment.Newly CertifiedFollowing are individuals who recently earned their certifications.Recent LPC Recipients Lucio Amicci, LPC, Sears Holdings Charles Bailey, Jr., LPC, CFI, Vector Security Shawn Bradley, LPC, Lowe’s Darlene De Francesco, LPC, FedEx Tyler Grandy, LPC, DICK’S Sporting Goods Michael Hawkins, LPC, Lowe’s Aaron Henderson, LPC, CFI, Penske Bruce Herritt, LPC, Walmart Stores Slade Jordan, LPC, Walmart Stores Arron Knight, LPC, FleetPride Lincoln LeFebvre, LPC, Home Depot Alan Lott, LPC, 7-Eleven Kevin Mgrdichian, LPC, Sears Holdings Jennifer Ponicsan, LPC R. Bryant Price, LPC, Gabriel Brothers Bryan Shepherd, LPC Steven Smith, LPC, ULTA Beauty Christopher Weaver, LPC, Walmart Stores Ashley Winkelmann, LPC, 7- ElevenRecent LPQ Recipients David Chartrand, LPQ, Goodwill Industries of Seattle Michael D’Antonio, LPQ, Stew Leonard’s Gregory Dolcich, LPQ, Security Resources Nathan Dowling, LPQ, Buffalo Run Casino Christopher Gipson, LPQ, 7-Eleven Ciera Hilton, LPQ, Protos Security Robert Jevarjian, LPQ, Stew Leonard’s Erin Koons, LPQ, Walmart Stores Kate McGorty, LPQ, L.L.Bean Brian Naughton, LPQ, Nordstrom Danielle Palentino-Dederick, LPQ, lululemon Pankaj Patel, LPQ, Indigo Kelley Portner, LPQ, Rite Aid Barbara Weaver, LPQ, Best Buy Mandie Wells, LPQ, KPH Healthcare Services Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Latest Tax Briefing Provides Update on Affordable Care Act Developments

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportDevelopments have continued at a fast pace over the past year on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148). The IRS is proposing reporting form changes for 2016. Congress has provided some welcome excise tax relief, narrowed the definition of “employee” for purposes of determining applicable large employer status, and clarified the status of expatriate health plans. In the regulatory field, the government is still searching for the right balance with respect to the religious employer accommodation for providing contraceptive coverage. Market reform transition relief largely expired in 2015, but transition relief is still available under some circumstances. Marketplace exchange rules have been tightened somewhat to reduce the availability of special enrollment periods.Wolters Kluwer has prepared a Tax Briefing on all these recent ACA development. This Tax Briefing, 2016 Affordable Care Act Update, is now available at: http://www.cchgroup.com/media/WK/TAA/PDFs/news-and-insights/federal-tax-legislation/2016-affordable-care-act-update.pdflast_img read more

Central Group acquires 3 premium department stores in Germany

first_imgThailand’s leading retail and hotel operator Central Group has joined European property developer SIGNA to acquire the KaDeWe Group, which owns three luxury department stores in Germany.While the deal size was not disclosed, the acquisition will allow Central Group to hold 50.1 per cent stake in the KaDeWa Group and SIGNA will own the remaining 49.9 per cent. All three department stores, comprising KaDeWe, Oberpollinger and Alsterhaus, have been in operation for more than 100 years and been among well-known ones in the country.This move is in line with its strategy to expand its luxury retail business in Europe after it has earlier acquired La Rinascente Department Store in Italy and ILLUM Department Store in Denmark.”It’s been our honour to become a partner with one of the top property developers like SIGNA. This acquisition makes us become the third largest operator of luxury department stores in Europe, and we will use our expertise to improve all three department stores to be a must-to-visit for both local people and tourists,” said Central Group’s chief executive officer Tos Chirathivat.Central touch gives a facelift to German malls Currently, Central Group recognizes the revenue of around 600 million euro a year from La Rinascente and ILLUM. After this acquisition is completed, it expects that its revenue in Europe will jump to 800-900 million euro in 2015 and 1.2 billion euro in 2016.SIGNA has owned a many assets in Europe with total value of 6.5 billion euro. It also owns three retail businesses, which are Karstadt Warenhaus, Karstadt Sports and the KaDeWe Group, with more than 100 branches in Germany and the revenue of 3 billion euro a year approximately.advertisementlast_img read more

India Open: PV Sindhu beats Sung Ji Hyun, sets up final against Carolina Marin

first_imgOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Olympic champion Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the India Super Series, here today.Cheered on by a sizable crowd at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Sindhu dished out a superb game of badminton to outwit second seeded Hyun 21-18 14-21 21-14 in a battle of nerves where fortunes fluctuated frequently.The fans will get a chance to witness an exciting finale, which will be a rematch of the Olympic final which was watched by millions of fans across the globe.Earlier, two-time World Champion Marin of Spain defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, 21-16 21-14 in an easy contest to reach the finals.Coming into the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record, Sindhu displayed nerves of steel as she produced some scintillating low lifts and dominated the nets to see off her opponent.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte taking season ‘step by step’ ahead of Manchester City test

first_imgPremier League leaders Chelsea are focused on getting results in their remaining nine games as they fight for the title, instead of dwelling on Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea suffered their second loss in 10 league games, and their first home defeat in the league since September. The loss cut their lead at the top of the table to seven points after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur defeated Burnley 2-0.”There are nine games to play and we have to think step by step,” Conte told British media.”At the end (of the season), if we deserve to win the title, we will be very happy…When you lose this type of game, in your mind you try to apply a lot of questions. But it’s very difficult to find a reply to this result.”Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday. Their last home win against the Manchester side in the league was in 2013.”They (Man City) have a really strong squad but I think it’s right to think about ourselves, to go game by game,” the Italian manager said. “In England, every game is very tough, whether the name of your opponent is City or another team.”City drew 2-2 against sixth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and will be hoping to end their three-game winless streak at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

CWG 2018, Day 11: Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu as India eye more gold medals on final day

first_imgSaina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have set up a blockbuster women’s singles final after winning their respective semi-finals on the last day of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Kidambi Srikanth will also take on Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final tomorrow.Other than that, India will be involved in six medal matches overall on the last day of the event.(Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10: Medals Tally)On Day 10, Satish Kumar bagged India’s last medal on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games when he got a Silver after losing to England’s Frazer Clarke in the men’s +91kg boxing final.His Silver helped India finish with 59 medals on the penultimate day of CWG 2018 — 25 Gold, 16 Silver and 18 Bronze.India are now third in the medals tally. Australia are on top of the table 72 Gold, 55 Silver and 57 Bronze while England are second with 40 Gold, 38 Silver and 41 Bronze.(CWG 2018: India win 17 medals including 8 Gold on penultimate day)Before Satish, Vikas Krishan clinched India’s 25 Gold medal in the Men’s 75kg category beating Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon.Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty clinched Bronze in the Men’s Doubles, defeating Singapore’s Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 11-5 11-6 12-10.Manika Batra won a historic Gold in women’s singles table tennis after defeating Singapore’s Mengyu Yu 4-0. Her Gold is the first ever for an Indian woman in women’s singles.Mary Kom bagged Gold in women’s boxing after beating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final. Gaurav Solanki also won Gold while Amit and Manish Kaushik settled for Silver.advertisementShooter Sanjeev Rajput set a new Games record and won Gold in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.Neeraj Chopra bagged Gold in the men’s Javelin Throw. Chopra threw 86.47 metre for his season’s best attempt. Vipin Kashana finished 5th.Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sumit won gold medals in women’s Freestyle 50kg Nordic and men’s Freestyle 125kg Nordic, respectively. On the other hand, Sakshi Malik and Somveer won Bronze in women’s Freestyle 62kg Nordic and men’s freestyle 86kg categories, respectively.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settled for silver after they lost 2-3 (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11) in the men’s doubles final to England’s Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall.India’s mixed doubles pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra will play Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das for bronze medal after losing in the semi-finals. Sathiyan and Manika lost to England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho in a thrilling match.Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das had earlier suffered defeat to Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu of Singapore.India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play for gold medal after reaching the men’s doubles final.Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy won a Bronze in women’s doubles after they beat Australian pair of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. HS Prannoy lost to England’s Rajiv Ouseph in the bronze medal match.Following is India’s schedule on Day 11 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:BADMINTON:Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu: Women’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)Srikanth Kidambi vs Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia): Men’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)India (Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Reddy) vs England (Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge): Men’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCHSQUASH:India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs New Zealand (Joelle Kings, Amanda Landers-Murphy): Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (07.30 IST)TABLE TENNIS:India (Mouma Das, Achanta Sharath Kamal) vs India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran): Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match (05.00 IST)Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Samuel Walker (England): Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (07.00 IST)last_img read more

IPL 2018, RR vs KKR: Rajasthan eye 3rd straight win, Kolkata look to go top

first_imgRajasthan Royals will look to continue their winning run when they taken on Kolkata Knight Riders at home in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. On the other hand, Kolkata have the opportunity to move to the top position in the league table with a win.After losing the season opener Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royals have turned it around with back-to-back wins. They beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs in a rain-truncated encounter and then travelled away to post a convincing 19-run victory over star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore.The undisputed star of the game was Sanju Samson who hit a blistering 45-ball 92 and Royals would expect him to fire again. They were able to iron out few of their flaws. Royals’ batting clicked with Samson leading the charge and skipper Ajinkya Rahane too making a useful contribution. Their bowling too could sustain the pressure of onslaught by big hitters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. If Kolkata Knight Riders win, they will go on top of the points table. (BCCI)Kolkata began their campaign with a big win against RCB but then lost two games on trot against Chennai Super Kings and SRH. They pulled their campaign back on track with a comprehensive 71-run win gainst DD.The star of the match were Nitish Rana and Nitish Rana, besides them, KKR also boast match winners like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik. Eventhough RR are playing at home, they will be wary of KKR’s firepower and depth.advertisementTheir bowling too has the right balance with the deceptive Narine, the current purple cap holder in the tournament. Wily old horse Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav are capable of weaving a web around any batting side.Pacer Shivam Mavi, who rose to stardom during the recent U-19 World Cup, and Russell provide the medium pace variety to KKR. However, the tight schedule of the tournament has left KKR so drained that they have preferred to rest today instead of holding a practice session.The pink city, after a two and half hour rain interruption in the previous match, is under a dry and hot spell. The wicket here is a sporting one but a little bit of dryness would help the KKR spin department.Squads:Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.last_img read more

10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIs one of your 2014 goals to get your social strategy in order? Here are 10 fun stats on social media that can help you decide how to spend your time.73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites. Source: Pew Tweet this.Roughly one-third of the world’s population is now online. Source: We Are Social Tweet this.68% of Instagram’s users are women. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.50% of nonprofit communicators label social media as a “very important” communication tool. Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet this.Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets. Source: Buffer Tweet this.71% of U.S. online adults are now Facebook users. Source: Pew Tweet this.55% who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. Source: Waggener Edstrom Tweet this.In the U.S., users spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. Source: 9Clouds Tweet this.40% of Facebook users surveyed say they log in to the social network multiple times per day. Source: Pew Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to leverage social media for your nonprofit’s outreach strategy? Download this free guide from Network for Good, Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits.last_img read more

Don’t Like the Answer You’re Getting? Change the Question

first_imgAs the volunteer coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan, Kim Zasa sent volunteers to church fairs and festivals in the hope that people would want to become organ donors. Although she had 800 volunteers attending countless events, only 11% of Michigan’s residents were organ donors. Today that number is about 33%.So what changed? How did Gift of Life Michigan recruit so many new donors?According to a recent story on NPR, responses changed when Kim convinced the state to have DMV clerks ask customers, “Would you like to be an organ donor?” Putting your ask—and your resources—in the right place at the right time is the key to getting the results you want!1. Determine what’s not working—and be willing to experiment. Kim had an army of volunteers at her disposal who were willing to drive long distances for a cause they believed in. When she didn’t see the results she wanted, she took action. Is there an area of your nonprofit that isn’t seeing the results you’d like? Don’t just assume things will improve. Determine what’s working and what’s not, and then brainstorm about what you can do differently.2. Analyze how you’re using your resources.Instead of sending her volunteers on road trips, Kim put them to work in other ways and employed stationary DMV employees to make the ask. These clerks regularly saw almost the entire adult population of the state, so they were well positioned to speak to more people than Kim’s volunteers were.Are you using the resources you have—both time and money—to their full capacity? Are volunteers solving a pain point for you and helping you in the most beneficial way? If not, how can you modify their tasks to be more effective for your cause?3. Put your question in the right place at the right time.Instead of making the ask in places where people weren’t already making decisions beyond ice cream or cotton candy, Kim combined the ask with an established routine. If someone wanted to become a donor at a festival, they had to take multiple steps and time out of their entertainment to sign up. Making the ask at the DMV made it easy for potential donors to say yes, with no extra action required.Are you positioning your request in the best way possible? Does saying yes require multiple steps that make it less likely you’ll see the result you want? For instance, when you ask for donations online, do your supporters first have to click through multiple pages, or is it simply one click and done? Think about how you can adjust how, when, and where you’re making an ask to better your odds of getting through to your target audience. Have you tried something similar? Share your results and suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Dan Mullen Announces Injury Update For Jonathan Greenard, Jabari Zuniga

first_imgFlorida head coach Dan Mullen runs onto the field.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida takes on South Carolina on Saturday, and it looks like the Gators will be a little shorthanded for the affair. Two of the team’s star defensive ends will not be playing in the contest.Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga, who were both injured against LSU last week, will not be participating in the game. Both are suffering from ankle injuries.Both were considered to be game-time decisions heading into the contest. But Mullen was shown on College GameDay just a few minutes ago updating their status – they’re out.Florida is favored against South Carolina, but the Gamecocks proved last week that they’re capable of a big upset. They knocked off previously undefeated Georgia in overtime for the biggest upset of the college football season. Dan Mullen just said on ESPN College GameDay that both are out. https://t.co/uEV1vIHUh5— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 19, 2019Florida has boasted one of the best defenses in the nation so far this season. Missing Greenard and Zuniga could wind up being a big deal.Florida’s loss to LSU last week ended the team’s dream of an undefeated season, but they still control their own destiny in the SEC.Florida vs. South Carolina is set to kick off at Noon ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Lewandowski even better than on TV – Coutinho

first_imgBayern Munch new boy Philippe Coutinho has said his team-mate Robert Lewandowski is even more impressive in person than on television.Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the Bavarian club’s win over Schalke on Saturday, following on from a double in their first game, which was a disappointing 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.Five goals in his first two games is a record for the prolific Poland international forward, and no player has scored so many in the first two matches of a Bundesliga season since Roy Makaay, also for Bayern, in 2005-06. 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 Coutinho, who completed a loan move to Bayern this week after a disappointing spell in Barcelona, came on as a 57th minute substitute and was on the field as Lewandowski completed his treble.“He’s incredible, just world-class,” the Brazil international told reporters after his debut.“It’s incredible, the way he trains. I’ve been here a week and watching him up close he’s so much better than you think on TV.“He had a great game today, a great hat-trick and he deserves it.”The treble was the ninth of the Poland international’s Bundesliga career, and his torrid start to the season does not look like letting up.Bayern’s next opponents are Mainz and the 31-year-old Lewandowski has 14 goals in 14 appearances against them.The defending Bundesliga champions, who have won seven titles in a row, needed the win as they are expected to be pushed hard by Borussia Dortmund this year.Their surprise draw at home with Hertha handed the early initiative to Dortmund, who won their first game 5-1 over Augsburg.They heaped more pressure on Bayern too, winning 3-1 over Koln on Friday night to open up a five-point gap over their rivals in the fledgling season.The failure to win the opening game may have spurred Bayern on to capture Coutinho.There was a need for attacking reinforcements after Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben left the club at the end of the 2018-19 season. Their first target was reported to be Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but no deal could be done before Sane suffered a serious knee injury.Instead they opted to rescue Coutinho from Barcelona, where he has struggled to fit in after a £142 million transfer from Liverpool.last_img read more

What is Footgolf? Rules, price & differences to football & golf

first_imgFootgolf is a game that works exactly like it sounds, delivering a combination of the beautiful game and the fairway for the discerning fan of both.Built from key components of both sports, its roots reportedly come from an idea from a Dutchman, Michael Jansen, who was inspired by former footballer Willem Korsten.The latter reportedly played a rudimentary variation during training sessions with Tottenham, inspiring the first tournament of the game to be held in 2008. 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 Over a decade on and it is an internationally recognised sport – but what are its rules and how much does it cost to play?What are the rules of footgolf?The portmanteau precision sport effectively takes the majority of the typical mechanics from golf, from teeing off to bunkers, with a couple of big differences.Firstly, the golf ball is replaced by a regulation football, which must be deposited into a ‘footgolf cup’ while secondly, the club is replaced by the player’s foot.A single kick is the same as a stroke in golf and similar rules apply, in that the individual who takes the least amount of kicks to finish a hole, and the course, is the winner.Each hole has an average par of five, meaning a typical 18-hole course would be completed in at a par of 90, for example.FootgolfIt comfortably shares more rules with golf than football on the whole, given that there is no opposing team to score past, no offside rules and no penalty kicks.The American Footgolf League also have rules on the attire too, namely that they should be adhered to the local golf course where the game is played, with many of the sport’s rounds taking place on existing greens.How much does footgolf cost?In the UK, footgolf costs between £5 and £10 per person depending on both the length and location of the course played and the number of players involved. As an individual, a typical full round of 18 holes in Greater London costs in the upper regions of the price bracket.In the US, the average playing fee costs around $17, according to the American Footgolf League.last_img read more

De Gea fires warning to Man Utd stars ahead of West Ham clash

first_imgDavid De Gea has warned Manchester United that they need to be much more switched on against West Ham to avoid a repeat of last season’s 3-1 defeat to the Hammers.The Red Devils, who were managed by Jose Mourinho at the time, were comfortably beaten by Manuel Pellegrini’s side – a result that meant they’d suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 29 years.And De Gea is aware of the threats posted by the Londoners heading into Sunday’s latest Premier League meeting, urging his team-mates to be ready to go from the off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I believe they have a decent side with some good players who are important to them,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website. “They are on the up at the moment, but we still have bad memories from last season, so we have to be much more switched on right from the off than we were then.”There are three very important points at stake for us to remain up there near the top, and also for the younger lads to keep gaining in confidence. We also want to show that’s what we’re here for, going away to difficult grounds and going there for the three points.De Gea also saluted the role that the United supporters play in helping lift the team, adding: “They are vitally important to us. Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible.”Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! It’s amazing. It helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.”The Spain international could face compatriot Pablo Fornals at the London Stadium and he expects that the former Villarreal star still will be a big player for West Ham, despite him having only made one Premier League start so far this season.”I know him from the national team, we’ve been called up together in the same squad once or twice. He’s a quality player and I think he can contribute very well for West Ham. He really showed what he could do at Villarreal and he has a lot of talent and he’s a top player.”West Ham centre-back Issa Diop played in the 3-1 win over the Red Devils last season and he is urged his team-mates to put in a similar performance, insisting that with the quality in their squad they can beat anyone on their day.”We played a very good game against them last season. It was our first win at home last season, and a very good moment for us,” he told the Hammers’ official club website.”Sunday’s going to be a different game, so we have to try to do the same thing as last year. We have to play our football and not think about Manchester United.”We have a very good team and can beat anyone, so we are confident. In the Premier League every game is difficult, but we are ready for this game. I think if we play our football, we’re a team who can do anything.”last_img read more

Hodgson praises Sterling ‘in the hope he’ll play very badly’

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has hailed Raheem Sterling’s development on and off the pitch, but added a tongue-in-cheek hope that the praise will affect the winger’s performance.Hodgson was the England manager who gave Sterling his debut when he was a teenager playing for Liverpool. He has gone on to become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s national team and a major contributor to back-to-back Premier League titles for Manchester City.The ex-Liverpool boss says that Sterling’s potential as a player was always obvious, and that his development off the pitch was admirable, before adding his cheeky caveat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “He was always a fantastic midfielder, a very hard worker, made good runs most of the time. I remember in Switzerland, he played in behind the front players, like he was for Liverpool, and he was quite outstanding,” he told a press conference.”The criticism levelled at him was much to my displeasure and the attention he was getting elsewhere from social media and sometimes the media itself was draining his confidence.”I think the big thing for Raheem is there is no drain in his confidence, there is no doubt about his ability. Of course, he is playing in a team that is creating lots of chances so when he gets in the right areas he is able to score goals.”On this subject too, I must add that his maturity as a person has been really fascinating to watch.”All of the responsibility he has accepted and not just as a Manchester City player but shouldering a heavy burden with the racism and the attention that is being paid to this racism problem that we have.“I heap praise on him in the hope he’ll repay me by playing very badly.”Raheem Sterling Roy Hodgson EnglandHodgson knows that if his team defeat Sterling’s they will move above them in the table.As a result of their good start to the season and the fact they beat City last season, Hodgson thinks City will show Palace respect, but is under no illusions that his team will have a tough game.“I don’t know that Pep [Guardiola] needs to be worried about any team,”  the 72-year-old added, “but it would be nice if they felt they needed to show us some respect and certainly for us it’s a good team when you have a team like Manchester City coming to Selhurst Park.“We know we will be stretched to the limit to give them the type of game we like to give them but it’s a challenge and it’s an exciting challenge.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

VAR at its ‘best’ during Man Utd vs Liverpool – Carragher

first_imgJamie Carragher says the controversial decisions during the first half of Liverpool’s match against Manchester United saw “VAR at its best” and was the reason why the technology was introduced.The Merseysiders found themselves on the wrong end of two VAR referrals in quick succession at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford’s goal allowed following a review before Sadio Mane’s equaliser was chalked off for handball a few minutes later.While Mane’s looked a correct decision given the new regulations regarding handball, the decision to allow Rashford’s goal proved controversial as the Reds claimed Divock Origi was fouled by Victor Lindelof in the build-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious at the decision and remonstrated with the fourth official, before being seen talking animatedly with referee Martin Atkinson before the start of the second half.Carragher, though, refused to criticise the VAR technology and instead feels it adds something to the game.Commentating for Sky Sports, the former Liverpool defender said: “It is VAR at its best.“That would be given before and now it’s handball – it shouldn’t be a goal. We can have talking points on VAR and disagree with certain things, especially on that first goal, but that was the reason VAR has been brought in.”Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness was more forthright in his views and felt the officials made the wrong decision in allowing Rashford’s opener.”I think Lindelof does catch him,” Souness told Sky Sports. “He catches the inside of his left leg and anyway you look at that, it’s a foul. Matip has to do better with his movement, he has an eye on it at one point but he loses him.”There’s definitely contact with Origi and it’s a foul, he’s gone through the back of someone, regardless of his touch.”VAR decision Man Utd vs Liverpool 2019-20Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane accepted the Red Devils may have had a touch of good fortune but felt they deserved it for a spirited first-half performance.”It does catch his [Mane’s] hand. Sometimes you need a few breaks in this game and United have got that, but maybe they’ve earned it,” he told Sky Sports. “They’ve been the best team.”Liverpool are chasing a record-equalling 18th successive Premier League win at Old Trafford, which has drawn comparisons with Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United in October 2005, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side ended the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run.Gary Neville was in the United team that day and believes his old club’s first-half display suggests a repeat result is possible,”This has got that feeling of that Arsenal ‘Invicibles’ game where you get the crowd up, things are happening,” Neville told Sky Sports.“Jurgen Klopp can’t believe it and it will be mayhem in this ground in the second half. Klopp has to get his team into the dressing room and settle them down.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mariners snap 6-game skid with 6-2 win over Rangers

first_img Seattle’s last steal of home was by Dustin Ackley in 2012.ROSTER SHUFFLETexas recalled Bird from Triple-A Nashville and designated RHP Jeanmar Gómez for assignment. Gómez had an 8.22 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Rangers.Seattle claimed RHP Jimmy Cordero off waivers from Toronto and transferred RHP Gerson Bautista to the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Cordero, 27, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week.INJURY REPORTServais had a long list of injury updates and most of them were positive. Second baseman Dee Gordon was diagnosed with a deep bone bruise in his right wrist and not a fracture after seeing a specialist in Florida. Servais said Gordon’s return will likely be determined by how well the wrist can handle swinging and hitting. Gordon said he aggravated the wrist by returning too soon from the initial injury after being hit by a pitch earlier this month.“I thought I was invincible. I am not,” Gordon joked.Mariners infielder Ryon Healy (lower back inflammation) should resume baseball activities in the next few days. Kyle Seager drove in his first run of the season and Smith stole four bases, including three in the eighth — capped by his second career steal of home. Seattle also got solid pitching from Tommy Milone as the Mariners rebounded after being swept by Texas and Oakland on the road.But what everyone wanted to talk about was Vogelbach’s towering homer off reliever Jose Leclerc that found a rare landing spot, one of the few home runs to reach that part of the stadium.Everyone except Vogelbach.“It was just a curveball out over the plate and I was able to ride it out and keep it fair. I was just happy I could drive two runs in,” he said.According to team records through the 2015 season, only two homers had reached that level of the stadium and it was uncertain if any had in the past four seasons. It was Vogelbach’s 15th homer of the season and while it was close to being a foul ball, the home run call stood following a replay review. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow Published: May 27, 2019, 10:31pm Share: Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach (20) is greeted at the dugout by Kyle Seager after Vogelbach hit a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo Gallery SEATTLE — Daniel Vogelbach provided a preview of what was to come Monday when he launched a batting practice home run into the upper deck in right field at T-Mobile Park.Batting practice is one thing. Doing it in a game is a rare accomplishment at the 20-year-old stadium.“He did it in BP, third deck, and then followed it up in the game,” Mariners teammate Mallex Smith said. “He’s not a 5 o’clock hitter.”Vogelbach’s mammoth two-run homer in the seventh inning was the highlight of a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers that snapped Seattle’s six-game losing streak. By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Seattle pitchers Hunter Strickland (lat) and Felix Hernandez (shoulder) could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, or early next week. Both have been tossing from beyond 100 feet in recent days, Servais said. Strickland has been out since March 30, and Hernandez has been sidelined since May 12.UP NEXTRangers RHP Adrian Sampson (2-3) was listed as the starter for Tuesday, although the Rangers plan to use Jesse Chavez (0-1) as an opener. Sampson has followed an opener in each of his past two outings.Mariners LHP Marco Gonzales (5-4) hasn’t won since April 25 and is 0-4 with a 4.56 ERA in his last five starts.center_img Share: Mariners snap 6-game skid with 6-2 win over Rangers Milone gives Seattle strong pitching performance 4 Photos “For the ball to go over the top of the foul pole like that, that’s some kind of special power,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.Seager, activated off the 60-day injured list last weekend, blooped a single to score Smith in the third when Seattle scored a pair. Smith came through an inning later with a sharp single to score J.P. Crawford.Milone (1-1) pitched into the sixth. Logan Forsythe missed a home run by inches and settled for an RBI double in the fourth, and Ronald Guzmán homered on a 1-2 pitch in the fifth. Those were the only costly mistakes by Milone, who allowed four hits and struck out seven.Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thought an early start time and shadows on the field were a factor. “I think more so for him (Milone) because he is an off-speed guy. He changes speeds, he moves the ball around. Our hitters had a tough time seeing that changeup,” Woodward said.Texas starter Lance Lynn (6-4) struck out 10 and yielded three earned runs in six innings.“I gave up three runs and we lost, so it doesn’t matter how many strikeouts,” Lynn said.SPEED RACERSmith stole home in the eighth when Kyle Bird tried to pick off Mitch Haniger at first base. Smith stole second and third earlier in the inning and had a stolen base in the third. The four steals were a career high and matched a club record. Follow The Columbian on Instagram GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

It’s a new Leaf for former WSU quarterback

first_imgIt’s a new Leaf for former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf uses his story to help other former NFL players 2 Photos Follow Share: By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press GO Ryan Leaf spent most of his time in prison alone and angry until a military veteran persuaded the former No. 2 overall NFL draft pick to stop self-loathing long enough to help fellow inmates learn to read.Now the once-star college quarterback who is widely considered the biggest bust in league history is helping former players adapt to retirement and hopefully cope far better than he did.Leaf’s personal life spiraled out of control after his pro career ended and his addiction to painkillers led him to spend 32 months in prison after an arrest in 2012. His dramatic turnaround began with a challenge from his prison cellmate who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.“He got on me one day about how I didn’t understand the value that I had, not only to the men in there but for when I got out and he confronted me on it,” Leaf told The Associated Press. “He suggested we go down to the prison library and help prisoners who didn’t know how to read. Many times somebody tried to help me be constructive and I just pushed them away. I don’t know why in this moment I chose to go. It was begrudgingly. I still envision myself walking down the hallway complaining about it.” But Leaf, wearing his red prison jumpsuit, went anyway. He had no idea helping other men would benefit him.“Watching men in a place where you’re not supposed to show vulnerability be vulnerable and ask for help because they couldn’t read, I was blown away by it and it affected me,” he said. “I realized I was being of service to another human being for the first time in my life and I knew that was going to have to be the foundation of who I was when I got out or nothing was going to change.”So when league executive Tracy Perlman reached out to Leaf this spring with an offer to become an NFL Legends Community coordinator, his career came full circle.“The NFL Legends Community is the epitome of service,” Leaf said. “This isn’t about promoting you anymore. It’s about promoting something bigger than you. And that’s exactly what that young veteran and prison afforded me when I needed it most.” Published: August 1, 2019, 8:34pm Follow The Columbian on Instagramcenter_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: “I was an ego maniac with a self-esteem problem and that’s what most addicts are like,” Leaf said. “I was a drug addict long before I ever took a drug. I think it was just exacerbated by the fame and the fortune of it all. I was so scared of everybody that I worked so hard to try to be better than everybody else. It didn’t work out. And it’s a humbling thing when you finally have an understanding of who you are.”Leaf got a chance to do something long overdue on Oct. 1, 2017. He had a face-to-face conversation with Chargers owner Alex Spanos. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell invited him to sit in a suite and watch the Chargers play in their third home game after moving from San Diego to Los Angeles.“I was super anxious,” Leaf said. “I was in a suite, so I wasn’t around hecklers who yell out: ‘Loser or bust.’ Donnie Edwards was there guiding me through it and then unknown to me — and I don’t know if this was planned but — Mr. Spanos walked in to say hi to Mr. Goodell. I think he was pretty taken aback when he saw me and I didn’t know I would ever be afforded the opportunity to make amends to Mr. Spanos for my part in my time in San Diego. The opportunity presented itself and I did exactly that. I made my amends to him.“I remember I looked over at Mr. Goodell after I was done and he was just really pleased with how I handled it. You always want to feel part of something and when you’re part of the Legends Community, you feel a part of something. I do believe that relationship (with Spanos) will again come around.” Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations and a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback from 1999-2003, and Perlman were instrumental in launching the NFL Legends Community in 2013. It helps former players stay connected with their teams and offers assistance in a variety of ways — from making sure they get health checks to life after football.Leaf’s first exposure to the Legends came during the week leading up to the 2016 Super Bowl in San Francisco. Each year at the Super Bowl, the group hosts several events and welcomes former players to learn about the programs.“I didn’t consider myself a legend. I felt like a failure,” Leaf said. “So I was a little hesitant, but I went. I walked into the lounge with my wife and immediately I saw three of my former teammates. I saw Donnie Edwards and Chad Pennington, who were both Legends coordinators, and they came right up to me and put their arms around me and made it very clear that I was part of that group.”Leaf was later invited to speak to quarterbacks at the 2017 NFL combine. His group included Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, Nathan Peterman and Davis Webb. Ryan Leaf, center, sits in a Cascade County courtroom in Great Falls, Mont., in 2012. Ryan Leaf spent most of his time in prison alone and angry until a military veteran persuaded him to stop self-loathing long enough to help fellow inmates learn to read. Larry Beckner/The Great Falls Tribune Photo Gallery Share: “When I left, I thought: ‘Wow, this is really great. I hope I get more of an opportunity to work with the Legends,’” he said. “Sure enough, this spring I got an email from Tracy (about) a coordinator position. What an honor, what a grateful blessing that turned out to be because now essentially what I was doing in the recovery world, helping others, I now get to do it at the level that I played. The NFL is really trying to step up by putting this program in place, and I’m really happy to be a part of it.”Perlman praised Leaf for being “transparent” and willing to talk about his mistakes.“He is a really good person and everything he went through made him who he is now and he came out on the other side,” said Perlman, the NFL’s senior vice president of football communications and marketing. “He really wants to help other people and the Legends Community was built specifically to serve players. He’s there to help you. If telling his story helps or if just talking to you on the phone for five minutes, he’s willing to do it.”Leaf finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 and led Washington State to the Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers after Peyton Manning went No. 1 to the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, but he was only 4-14 as a starter in three seasons. He was 0-3 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and finished his four-year career with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.His arrest in 2012 for breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs and violating his Texas probation led to prison. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. In July, Leaf was hired by ESPN to be a football analyst. He’ll pair with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and mostly call games on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Leaf worked for the Pac-12 Network last season and has been co-hosting a show on SiriusXM’s Pac-12 channel.last_img read more

19th Slam for Nadal with his 4th US Open title

first_img NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal’s opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title match. Down by two sets and a break, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal — and even received an unexpected boost from the Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev’s surge Sunday and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and Broadway-worthy drama to collect his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.“One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career,” said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Rafael Nadal, of Spain, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It also, Nadal said, made “this day unforgettable, part of my history.”When the 6-foot-6 Medvedev sensed the loss approaching, he turned into a trickier foe, playing less defensively and more aggressively. He alternated serve-and-volley rushes with a penchant for out-hitting Nadal at the baseline. For a stretch, it felt as if Medvedev simply could not miss, and he finished with a 75-62 edge in winners.That’s the sort of ball-striking Medvedev displayed while going 20-2 during the North American hard-court circuit until Sunday, reaching four finals in a row. But he also switched tactics, winning 22 of 29 serve-and-volley points.“The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match, was just incredible,” Nadal said.The Flushing Meadows fans that jeered Medvedev in Week 1 because of his on-court behavior — he trolled his detractors by sarcastically thanking them and telling him their vitriol was why he won — were pulling for him. GO But the 23-year-old from Russia did not go gently into the night. He broke right back to 3-all, then again to claim that set and yet again to end the fourth.“The nerves were so high,” Nadal said. “A crazy match.”Not since 1949 has anyone won a U.S. Open final after trailing by two sets to none. Never before had Medvedev won a five-set match. Only once before had Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two sets.And yet the tension was real.At the very end — or what appeared to be the very end — Nadal couldn’t close it out. After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2.The way this back-and-forth tale was spun, though, it probably was inevitable that Medvedev would break there. And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening, which elicited loud boos from folks in the stands. “The last three hours of the match have been very, very intense, no?” Nadal said. “Very tough mentally and physically, too.”Now at 19 majors — a total Medvedev called “outrageous” — Nadal is merely one away from rival Roger Federer’s record for men.But this one did not come easily. Not at all.Sure seemed it might, with Nadal ahead by two sets and a break in the third at 3-2, playing like “a beast out there,” as the No. 5-seeded Medvedev put it.At that moment, Medvedev would joke afterward, this is where his thoughts were: “OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say?” 19th Slam for Nadal with his 4th US Open title Spaniard outlasts Medvedev in five-set final 3 Photos Or, as he noted during the trophy ceremony, pulling for more bang for the bucks they spent on tickets.They certainly got that.“I’ll definitely remember it,” Medvedev said, “even when I’m, like, 70 years old.” Add the Spaniard’s haul in New York to his 12 titles at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open, and the 20-19 gap between Federer and Nadal is the closest it’s been in 15 years. Federer led 1-0 after his breakthrough triumph at the All England Club in 2003, and he had four by the time Nadal got his first at Roland Garros in 2005.Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 — making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. He’s also the first man to win five majors after turning 30.Nadal says he wants to finish his career at No. 1 in the Grand Slam standings — ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, looming in third place currently with 16 — but also insists he won’t base his happiness on how it all shakes out in the end.This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. The journey just took more detours than anyone could have anticipated. Follow By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer Published: September 8, 2019, 7:14pm In the next game, Nadal held a pair of match points, but Medvedev, of course, avoided defeat yet another time, erasing one of those with a backhand winner, the other with a service winner, earning a standing ovation.With Nadal’s backers screaming, “Close it out!” at the ensuing changeover, he once more stepped to the baseline to try to serve it out, this time at 5-4. Naturally, he was forced to deal with another heart-in-throat break point, but came up with a stinging forehand that drew a long forehand from Medvedev.Two points later, it was over, and the indefatigable Nadal was splayed on his back on the court, as he’s been so often at the conclusion of energy-sapping, will-challenging, high-stakes matches.“What he went through during the match and still being able to survive and finish the match that way, it’s out of this world,” said one of Nadal’s coaches, Carlos Moya. “You have to be, mentally, a genius. He’s still there, still fighting and turning things around when things look really bad. He was able to do that today.” Share: Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Vivo Resorts & Residences Offers Families a True Taste of Mexico

first_imgOaxaca, Mexico, May 9, 2018 – Vivo Resorts & Residences, a luxury oceanfront Resort and Real Estate development located along Oaxaca’s Emerald Coast, sets the standard for immersive family vacations. The hospitality development, created by two-time Olympian Cary Mullen with his parents’ retirement in mind, has become an oasis for family members of all ages who want to experience Mexico beyond its commonplace tourism offerings. Located in Puerto Escondido, a friendly surfing community unspoiled by large-scale tourism, Vivo Resorts offers families the opportunity to fully experience Oaxaca’s unique culture and rich natural wonders. From a Kid’s Club partly designed by Mullen’s own children, to Spanish lessons, cooking lessons, coffee plantation tours, surfing, paddle boarding and snorkeling, families can learn new skills and enjoy a vacation beyond sunbathing. “I wanted to create an experience that actually made people feel better after it was done. Travelers sometimes go through the motions of leisure vacations where they eat and drink too much, lounge too much and feel sluggish upon returning home. Vivo was crafted with the goal of shifting that perception. Here, guests feel rejuvenated after their time with us. A combination of organic, mindful food, wellness treatments, an array of interactive activities including Beach Volleyball, Yoga and Aqua Aerobics, a Meditation Zone at our Spa and volunteering opportunities like the “Donate a Day” program set the tone for a truly enriching vacation,” said President  Founder, Cary Mullen. The resort also boasts an infinity swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a family activity pool with a water slide, a fully equipped ocean-view fitness facility with a separate yoga/fitness class studio and spacious suites ranging from studios to four-bedroom accommodations to welcome all families, small and large. All suites are equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer and drinkable water and complement the true ocean front vistas with crafts from local Oaxacan artisans. A new beachfront infinity pool with swim-up bar and snack bar is set to open during the summer 2018.  About Vivo Resorts:Vivo Resorts & Residences is a $200 million dollar, 75-acre gated beach front community of luxury condominiums and private homes situated within 10 minutes of downtown Puerto Escondido, one of Mexico’s top surf spots.  At full build out, the master planned community will feature 115 private home sites and up to 600 condominiums.  Founded by two-time Olympian downhill skier, World Cup champion and visionary Developer Cary Mullen, Puerto Escondido was chosen from over 30 different destinations for its long strength of unspoiled beaches, year-round warm weather and world-class recreational activities. For more information on real estate opportunities or hotel reservations at Vivo Resorts visit www.vivoresorts.com.last_img read more

Emerald Waterways Launches Egypt & Nile River Cruise and Tour Collection

first_imgGuests Booking by August 31 Receive Choice of Free Round Trip Air from US  or $2,000 Discount Per Couple  Boston, MA (May, 2018) – As the river cruise industry continues to grow, so does the catalog of global bucket list destinations reachable by river ship. Emerald Waterways is pleased to announce its first foray into the African continent with two new Egypt cruise and tour itineraries. With seven departures planned for 2019 and eight for 2020, the river cruise line is offering two tour options: a 10-day Egypt & the Nile River Cruise Tour featuring five days on the exclusively chartered MS Hameesand four nights in Cairo, and a more in-depth, 15-day Egypt & The Nile River Cruise Tour that includes a journey to Jordan, featuring stays in Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea Beginning in February 2019, Emerald Waterways will offer two itinerary options for exploring this mysterious and sacred part of the world. The 10-day Cairo and Ancient Egypt River Cruise begins with three nights in bustling Cairo, where guests will visit the pyramids, see the remains of Tutankhamun’s tomb at the Egyptian Museum and enjoy a home-hosted dinner and cooking demonstration with a local family. From there, a quick flight to Luxor allows for a visit to the West Bank of the Nile and the well-preserved, colorful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings as well as the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut and statues of the Colossi before embarking on the MS Hamees for a five-day cruise southbound on the mighty Nile. While sailing, guests can opt to join daily excursions to see famous sites like the Hathor Temple and Luxor Temple in Dendera; the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt; and the Osiris Temple Complex of Philae. After disembarking, guests will fly to Abu Simbel to visit the World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari before returning to Aswan for an overnight stay. The epic journey concludes with a trip to a Nubian village in Aswan before returning to Cairo for a final evening in Egypt. Itineraries start at $3,895 per person, based on double occupancy. Guests looking for a more encompassing journey can opt for the 15-night Cairo to Amman Tour & Ancient Egypt River Cruise, which adds an additional five days in Jordan to the 10-day itinerary above. Instead of heading home from Cairo, guests fly to the Jordanian capital city of Amman for a two- night stay. This modern city boasting many ancient ruins allows guests to visit the historic Citadel with the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules, meet with local students and enjoy Jordanian delicacies at a home-hosted dinner. Next up is Petra for a two-night stay with an en-route stop at Mount Nebo, the burial site of John the Baptist. In Petra, a city tour unveils the impressive legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The city’s impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly colored narrow gorge to the imposing and iconic Treasury. The final day of the journey offers the options to take part in a Jeep adventure in Wadi Rum before heading north to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea for a farewell dinner and overnight stay. Itineraries start at $6,195 per person, double Guests booking an Egypt journey with Emerald Waterways will cruise aboard the newly refurbished, 142-passenger MS Hamees by Mövenpick, a comfortable and contemporary ship featuring modern and spacious cabins that provide panoramic views of the Nile, as well as either twin or queen-sized bed, private bathroom with bath, hair dryer and LCD TV. The main restaurant offers international and local selections on the buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the elegantly appointed lounge bar is perfect for enjoying afternoon tea, cocktails and evening entertainment. The sun deck is an ideal spot for taking in the views while relaxing with fellow guests. The ship also enjoys a swimming pool on deck to provide a refreshing dip on hot days, and a private dock in Luxor, located in the Al Bughdadi District, conveniently close to the airport. To entice guests considering a vacation to this intriguing part of the world, Emerald Waterways is offering a choice of complimentary, round trip airfare to Egypt or $2,000 savings per couple off the cost of the cruise. Booking must be made by August 31, 2018 to receive this promotion Emerald Waterways’ European river cruises offer contemporary, deluxe ships, outstanding service and an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways’ seven Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and exclusive charters on the RV Mekong Navigator and Irrawaddy Explorer in South East Asia; the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia; the Adriatic Princess II yacht in Croatia; and the MS Hamees on the Nile. Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in many of the same destinations. . In 2018, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yachts, Scenic Eclipse, which will launch in August and take 228 guests on polar adventures as well as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Americas and Europe; and a sister ship to launch in 2020.Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, www.emeraldwaterways.com; or by calling the US consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-222-3214). Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.last_img read more

Crystal Cruises Again Named ‘Best Luxury Cruise Line’ By Travel Weekly Readers

first_imgMIAMI, December 17, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, the savvy readers of Travel Weekly have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” in the publication’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. During an awards gala Thursday night in New York City, accolades were presented to the most celebrated travel companies in 78 categories including airlines, cruise lines, destinations, hotels, and resorts. Every category of the awards was voted on by Travel Weekly readers – thousands of travel professionals dedicated to knowing and offering the best travel experiences to their worldwide clientele. “Travel Weekly readers represent some of the industry’s most knowledgeable travel experts who are invaluable resources to their discerning clients around the world. We want to thank them for this award and entrusting their clients to us,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.  “To again earn their acclaim in the luxury category is humbling as well as immensely rewarding to the thousands of Crystal employees and crew around the world.” Crystal Cruises’ ocean-going global experiences continue to represent the heart of the long-celebrated travel innovator’s brand. The company has reaffirmed its investment in its two ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, as the two have both emerged from the most extensive dry dock redesigns in their respective histories within the past year. Throughout Crystal’s expansion to the rivers of Europe and the elite yachting harbors of the West Indies, Seychelles and Adriatic, the company has remained steadfast in its commitment to a flawless, seamless guest experience highlighted by personalized touches throughout. “It is our ultimate goal to deliver the very best global travel experiences our guests can imagine, and then some,” Roig added. “We will continue to focus on offering travelers extraordinarily unforgettable moments aboard our ships and ashore, as the heart of the Crystal Experience is and will always be the personal connection guests feel the moment they step aboard a Crystal ship.” Crystal also continues to celebrate its enduring relationship with the travel advisor community, offering travel pros a bevy of tools at their disposal to equip them to sell Crystal and grow their luxury business. Along with the day-to-day support of Crystal’s Strategic Business Development Managers across the country, travel advisors can also utilize Crystal’s Partner Resource Center and Travel Agent University, which are filled with resources including videos and webinars; sales and marketing kits; CruiseBuilder 2.0 and training modules as well as familiarization trips to keep up to date on the World of Crystal. “We are incredibly grateful for the close relationships we enjoy with travel advisors and we are happy to do all that we can to ensure our continued success,” Roig said.  About Crystal The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Luxury Air – continues to be the distinctive choice of the world’s most discerning travelers. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018).  Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

Ford Revives the HarleyDavidson F150 for 2019

first_imgThere’s a stainless steel exhaust with Harley-Davidson branding, a set of new fender flares, a new hood with ram-air intake, new front and rear bumper inserts, Harley-Davidson badging throughout, new door trim, and a host of smaller applications across the F-150s exterior. There will also be a ton of little details that reside inside the truck’s cabin.According to Tuscany Motor Co., the plan is to build over 1,000 Harley-Davidson F-150s, all with a starting price of $84,995 and will be sold in select dealerships around the United States. The Harley-Davidson F-150s will come standard with the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 but can be selected with the more powerful twin-turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine as well. What isn’t known is what Harley-Davidson gets out of the deal, as we haven’t seen anything Ford-branded from Harley-Davidson. And with the motorcycle brand very nearly on the brink of collapse, we’d have to imagine that Harley-Davidson was paid a pretty penny for licensing its brand. harleytruck.com harleytruck.com harleytruck.com harleytruck.com Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer harleytruck.com harleytruck.com 1 of 8 Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV harleytruck.com Next The partnership with Harley-Davidson began in 2000 and has been quite fruitful with over 70,000 Harley-Davidson branded F-150s sold since its debut. While previous Harley-Davidson F-150s were developed in-house by Ford in conjunction with the motorcycle maker, the latest edition was developed by Tuscany Motor Co., which is a subsidiary of FOX, the company that produces the Raptor’s suspension components.Though previous iterations were really nothing more than body kits and branding exercises, the new Harley-Davidson F-150 packs a host of features that go beyond the aesthetics. According to Ford and Tuscany Motor Co., the Harley-Davidson F-150 features a lift thanks to some FOX-sourced suspension components, new aluminum wheels made to resemble Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy wheels, LED lightbars, and 35-inch all-terrain tires. However, given the success of previous iterations, Ford and Tuscany didn’t skimp on the exterior details. There have been times in Ford’s past where the Blue Oval partners with outside brands to rev up the automaker’s lineup. However, none have been as fruitful as Ford’s partnership with Harley-Davidson and the livening up of Ford’s sales king, the F-150. Though the release was without the typical fanfare as per Ford’s known for, the 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 will be an absolute boon to Ford’s already stellar F-150 track record. Previous harleytruck.com harleytruck.com The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier last_img read more

Urban Loft Meets New England Farm in Bens Barn in Maine

first_img How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Designed by architectural firm Caleb Johnson Studio, Ben’s Barn is a shining example of classic New England simplicity on the outside and stunning farmhouse industrial style on the inside. Utilizing the two-story gabled form, Ben’s Barn consists of two sections joined by a central glass atrium. The architectural shape was inspired by the antique farmhouse and barn that had been located on another part of the property. The interior design took shape thanks to mid-century modern and urban industrial influences. The use of materials also helped to carry the theme of building a bond between past and present. Maine cedar planks clad the exterior and are protected by a sustainable steel roof. Inside, materials salvaged from the site’s original farmhouse and barn were used for interior wood cladding, doors, and the exposed timber ceiling structure. Cabinetry and fixtures taken from a mid-century modern teardown in Massachusetts were repurposed throughout, adding a timeless yet trendy style to the space. Even the granite foundation from the original farmhouse was repurposed. The massive blocks became landscaping, seating, and steps around the new home. How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Editors’ Recommendations Previous Inside, Ben’s Barn was carefully styled to form an eclectic blend of traditional farmhouse, mid-century modern, and urban industrial. To complement the salvaged ceiling beams, the new wooden support beams were left exposed, their light color contrasting against the aged, repurposed wood. The rescued mid-century modern cabinetry was used to make a library space on the second floor, accessed via a bridge with steel and wire guardrails. An industrial style concrete floor was used throughout the first level while lighting fixtures look like they were pulled straight from a warehouse. Throughout the inside of the home the furnishings are a blend of mid-century modern and urban industrial, while outside, classic Adirondack chairs circle a fire pit. While disparate, the three styles are equally represented in every corner of the home and are connected through the use of natural wood and a warm gray color palette. It all comes together to create a unique family home that is at once trendy and timeless.For more industrial grit (with a splash of bourbon) check out the Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin.center_img For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Next 1 of 2 Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Few other places in the country have an architectural history like New England. Dating back to the Pilgrims, New England defined New World architecture for much of the 17th and 18th centuries. Take a drive down any country road, and you’re bound to come upon a historic home with a little green placard — a literal sign highlighting the important architecture of the area.While the rest of the country moved forward in the architectural sense, New England seemed happy to be stuck in its ways, continuing the simple Colonial style homes right through to today, but with a contemporary twist. While true Colonials featured small, closed off rooms, today’s homes are bright, open spaces with all of the latest styles and trends — a perfect blend of old meets new. And that’s just what you’ll find at Ben’s Barn in Kennebunk, Maine.last_img read more

Light Wash Jeans Are Back Here Are the Best Pairs for Spring

first_img $128 from Madewell Mott and Bow Slim Laight DenimThere are certain pairs of jeans that were made to be worn during the spring and summer – pairs like the Mott and Bow Laight Denim, made with a hint of stretch and featuring a seasonally on-trend light wash. Go Slim or Straight for ease of movement and sharp style. We’d pair them with a navy blazer, a light tee, and suede chukkas for a high-low office look. Everlane Slim Fit Jean Worn-in IndigoThere’s no question that in the right hands, Japanese cotton denim (like the kind used to make these essential Everlane slim jeans) is a work of art. And the Slim Fit Jean in Worn-in Indigo from one of our favorite sustainable style brands drives home that point. Wear these with one of the brand’s soft cotton tees and a classic field jacket for that casual cool spring vibe. Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites There’s one kind of denim we turn toward more than any other through the spring and summer months when the days grow longer and sunnier and the nights shorter and that type of denim is the simple pair of light wash jeans. Light wash denim is a refreshing change of pace from the dark and somber selvage denim of fall and winter. To head into spring with a more season-appropriateness, try one of these best pairs of light was jeans available today. The right pair of light wash jeans can be dressed up or down. Try ‘em with a navy blazer and a white Oxford shirt to start or go super casual and match with a lightweight crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of brightly colored sneaks. And y’know what? It gets better. Not only do these five pairs of light wash denim look great, but they’re all reasonably priced and exceptionally well-made. Five Pairs of Light Wash Jeans to Say Hello to Spring Raleigh Denim Graham DenimWearing a pair of light wash denim doesn’t mean you have to venture into full-on “dad jeans” territory. Take the Raleigh Denim Graham pair for example. With a slim-straight fit and a pleasing wash, it’ll look like you’ve had them for years. And that’s just what you want.   Not digging the light wash? Check out all the best denim brands for some other options that meet your denim desires. $68 from Everlane How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall $118 from Mott & Bow The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials $75 from Scotch & Soda Editors’ Recommendations Scotch & Soda Ralston Lucky Blauw Regular Slim FitScotch & Soda has long pioneered the art of richly crafted indigo denim and menswear staples and the Scotch & Soda Ralston Denim are no exception. An expertly faded pair of jeans, these babies are an easy way to lighten up spring and summer style staples (think a white slub tee and tan leather sneakers). $112 from Huckberry A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Madewell Men’s Slim Jeans in Danforth WashSince debuting last fall, the Madewell Men’s line has been a breath of fresh air in terms of delivering casual, classic basics that can go anywhere. Take the high-quality Slim Jeans in Danforth Wash: The slim fit is tailored but not overly tight, and they’ve got the potential to be worn plenty of different ways during the warmer months. The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Stylelast_img read more