The trade war in your head? A look behind the US-China feud

first_img City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp As the US-China talks resume this week, the spectre of global trade disintegration on looms ever larger.There is one month for Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to strike a deal before the 90-day ceasefire in tit-for-tat rhetoric expires. Rebecca HardingDr Rebecca Harding is the CEO of Corilois Technologies, author and trade expert whatsapp Share It is tempting to use the zero-sum language of trade wars: it speaks to a domestic audience far more effectively than looser promises about jobs, security, and welfare. There is an implicit sense that a nation’s pride is at stake if it exports less than its partners – or, in this case, rivals.Yet global leaders should not allow this rhetoric to get in the way of reality. Manufacturing jobs were transferred across borders many decades ago, resulting in cheaper goods for consumers all over the world.Now we are seeing the same phenomenon with technology and ideas. Any attempt at reining this in appears to be shutting the stable door a long time after the horse has bolted.If negotiators on both sides acknowledge their interdependence, the concerns become ensuring global security through shared economic interests.This was always the base premise of globalisation, but it is sadly not a message that globalisation has managed to deliver. Now, with trade and foreign policy so intertwined, it is a message that Trump and Xi must rediscover in the talks this week. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years center_img Otherwise, starting a trade war will become the economic equivalent of pushing the nuclear button. From the US perspective, a flourishing market for these services is less visible than the symbolic manufacturing jobs that Trump promised to bring back to America.And the situation is made more complex by the “Made in China 2025” programme – a state-sponsored initiative to promote China’s role in the global technology and digital economy, which, according to a US think tank, represents a “real existential threat to US technological leadership”.However, the fact is that trade with China is not the win-or-lose contest that Trump has portrayed, both on the campaign trail and with his tariffs and trade war rhetoric since becoming President.It is understandable why he has taken this path. The growth of China has exacerbated the sense of exclusion felt by many of Trump’s core supporters in the US. If US businesses are outsourcing to Asia, those jobs and the rising middle classes they enable are also outsourced.The result is the populism that has created Trump’s nationalistic agenda, of which trade is the core narrative: China is the enemy because it trades more. The logic is zero sum – “I export more, you export less. I win, you lose” – but it has an intrinsic appeal to a disenchanted voter. The trade war in your head? A look behind the US-China feud At stake is $200bn of Chinese exports to the US, which will otherwise see tariffs rise to 25 per cent from 15 per cent now.China exports nearly four times the value of goods to the US as the US exports to China. These exports are dominated by electronics and machinery, while the next largest sectors are what might be expected from an emerging economy: furniture, clothing, toys, and automotive components.The two largest US export sectors to China are aerospace and soya beans (at over $14bn each), with electronics and automotives close behind.Less well-known but equally important is the US trade surplus in services with China. Of the top 10 sectors, four are in areas where intellectual property dominates: government services, information and communications, research and development, and IP licencing. Two more are based primarily on knowledge: advertising, and market research.The values are lower so they make little impact on the overall US deficit with China, but the fact remains that the process of globalisation leads to the free movement of technology, knowledge and ideas as much as it does to the free movement of goods, people and capital. Opinion Tuesday 5 February 2019 8:19 am Tags: Digital economy Donald Trump Peoplelast_img read more

Government unveils scheme to keep foreign students in Britain

first_img However, ministers are now keen to hold on to students, especially those who have studied a so-called stem subject – science, technology, engineering and maths. Half of stem post-graduate students in British universities come from abroad. “Breakthroughs of this kind wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK,” he said. “In an ageing society with an increasing burden of chronic diseases, it is vital that we diagnose earlier, personalise treatment and where possible prevent diseases from occurring altogether.” Researchers will try to understand why some people are more prone to diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The government will today reveal new plans allowing international students to stay in the UK for two years after they finish their course. Tuesday 10 September 2019 10:30 pm whatsapp Home secretary Sajid Javid tweeted in response to the policy: “About time. Should have reversed this silly policy years ago. Britain should always be open to the best talent from across the world.” It comes as the UK kicks off the largest genetics project in the world. The £200m push will sequence the genome of all 500,000 volunteers in the UK’s Biobank. The policy is announced a month after Johnson said he would relax visa rules for international scientists. The initiative let graduates work, or look for work, at any skill level. whatsapp “This project will help unlock new treatments and grow our understanding of how genetics effects our risk of disease,” said health secretary Matt Hancock. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes the initiative will help fuel scientific discoveries in Britain. He promised to go “even further” than the discovery of DNA by an international team at Cambridge 60 years ago. There is no cap on how many can apply to stay under the new scheme. Business groups have been calling for the move as part of a more liberal migration policy. Post-study visas were scrapped in 2012 when Theresa May was home secretary. August Graham Government unveils scheme to keep foreign students in Britain Share The SNP described the move as a “screeching Tory U-turn”.last_img read more

FTSE 100 closes at its highest level in six weeks as Glencore share price soars

first_img whatsapp Britain’s blue chip index closed up 2.8 per cent to 6,298.92 points today, its highest level since August 20, led by gains from commodities giant Glencore. Speculation had swirled over whether the Swiss miner would sell some assets to cut its debt, or even consider agreeing to a takeover. Shares in the company closed up 21.05 per cent to 115p per share.  Antofagasta ended 5.5 per cent higher at 537.50p per share, Anglo American closed up 3.78 per cent to 574.51 p per share and BHP Billiton posted gains of 2.21 per cent to 1,065p per share.Last week Reuters reported that the company was considering selling a stake in its agricultural assets. And over the weekend, the Telegraph on Sunday suggested that the company’s management would listen to offers for the entire company.Hopes that the Chinese government would take steps to boost growth in the world’s second largest economy boosted shares with significant emerging market exposure.Read more: China is key to securing London’s future”The last few times China tried to encourage economic activity by announcing a stimulus scheme it has backfired, and sent commodity related stocks crashing, but now there is the feeling that something drastic is needed.,” David Madden, market analyst at IG Group, said.Shares in emerging markets focused bank Standard Chartered closed up 6.26 per cent to 708.4p per share, while Aberdeen Asset Management ended the day 5.3 per cent higher.Oil stocks were also lifted after Brent crude posted its biggest intra-day gain in two weeks.Royal Dutch closed up 2.84 per cent to 1,668.04p per share, BG Group rose 2.76 per cent to 1,015.05p per share and BP 4.71 per cent to 368p per share. Jessica Morris FTSE 100 closes at its highest level in six weeks as Glencore share price soars whatsappcenter_img Share Monday 5 October 2015 7:41 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Sprott launches new offshore fund

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “Zijin is the largest gold producer and the second largest mined copper producer in China and is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. We believe the combination of Zijin’s technical strengths and Sprott’s resource investment expertise will prove to be an attractive option for investors looking to invest in the mining sector with a focus on gold,” said Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott, in a release. The fund management company is a joint venture between Sprott and Zijin and will invest primarily in the publically listed equity and debt instruments of gold, other precious metals and copper mining companies. The fund will be co-managed by affiliates of Sprott and Zijin. Under the joint venture agreement, Americas Now Resources Investment Management Corp. has agreed to provide technical and marketing services to the fund. The target size of the fund is US$500 million and the Sprott anticipates receiving additional commitments from onshore Chinese investors beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Sprott Inc. (TSX: SII) Friday announced that it has launched a new offshore global mining fund with China-based Zijin Mining Group Company Ltd. Sprott says all relevant regulatory approvals have been received in Canada and the People’s Republic of China and the fund has been initially seeded with US$100 million from Zijin and US$10 million from Sprott. Companies Sprott Inc. read more

Dodge adds a Widebody Package to the 2021 Challenger Scat Pack and T/A

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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 | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Both cars use a naturally-aspirated 392 (6.4L) Hemi V8 making 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody And if those two aren’t fast enough for your liking, orders are now being taken for the 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak, powered by a supercharged 354-cubic-inch (5.8L) Hemi V8. The turnkey package is ready for NHRA and NMCA competition, with an all-new NHRA-certified roll cage. Fifty are being built and they’re going for $209,665 on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re interested, call the SRT Concierge at 800-998-1110 to get in line. center_img Wide is where it’s at, and Dodge is now putting its Widebody Package on the 2021 Challenger Scat Pack 392 Shaker and T/A 392 models.Canadian dealers are now taking orders for the Challenger Scat Pack 392 Shaker Widebody with deliveries early next year, and you’ll need $63,495 to make one appear in your driveway.The Challenger T/A 392 Widebody starts at $67,495, with orders opening later this year for deliveries next Spring. The Widebody option adds 8.8 centimetres of overall width, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires, and has an SRT-tuned chassis and adaptive damping suspension. On the Shaker and T/A, there’s an improvement of close to two seconds per lap, or twelve car lengths, compared with the standard Scat Pack 392.Both Widebody cars include the stock models’ performance and styling cues, including the Shaker’s functional cold-air intake hood; and the T/A’s satin black hood, roof, and deck lid, and T/A body stripes. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody Trending Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSChallengerDodgeCoupeNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

China Tower gets IPO go-ahead

first_img Related Previous ArticleZTE tipped to confirm board overhaul following AGMNext ArticleIliad Italia signs 300,000 users in first month – report China Telecom profit jumps China MobileChina TelecomChina TowerChina Unicom Author Tags China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Tower picked up a green light for a $10 billion listing in Hong Kong, which would trump that of high-profile smartphone maker Xiaomi, reports said.While the size of Xiaomi’s listing is not so far clear, Bloomberg today (29 June) put a figure of $4.7 billion on the IPO, at the lower end of an expected range. China Tower is now expected to begin marketing ahead of its IPO, with the possibility it could begin taking orders on the day Xiaomi begins trading: 9 July.Reuters reported China Tower’s timings will depend on how the Xiaomi IPO is received, with it being a barometer for large listings in the tech sector.China Tower is the world’s biggest telecom tower infrastructure company, operating more than 1.87 million sites. Formed with assets of the country’s operators, China Mobile will remain its largest shareholder after the listing. China Unicom and China Telecom are also significant shareholders.In addition to its telecom sector customers, China Tower said it works with companies in the environmental protection; broadcasting; satellite positioning; energy; maritime and agriculture segments.center_img HomeAsiaNews China Tower gets IPO go-ahead Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 JUN 2018 China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Asia Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

Dish taps Ericsson for IoT network build

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 NOV 2018 Tags Dish NetworkEricssonNB-IoT Related Previous ArticleSafaricom expands reach with Western Union dealNext ArticleFCC chief presses operators over illegal call prevention Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Diana Goovaerts Author Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Home Dish taps Ericsson for IoT network build Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Satellite operator Dish Network advanced a plan to construct an NB-IoT network in the US by March 2020, naming Ericsson as its vendor of choice for core and radio access equipment for the project.The pair said development work began earlier this year when Dish tapped Ericsson to complete an initial radio frequency design for the network. Tests of 3GPP standards-based NB-IoT data transmissions were also conducted using Dish’s spectrum, validating extended range connections up to 100km from a base station.In addition to providing Dish’s core network, Ericsson will supply 5G-capable radios for the NB-IoT network, setting the stage for future upgrades.The news comes as Dish strives to meet spectrum utilisation requirements for its AWS-4 and 700MHz licences set by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Dish has until March 2020 to meet those standards.Deployment plan shaping upThe NB-IoT network rollout is the first part of Dish’s two-phase spectrum usage strategy, which also includes the subsequent launch of a nationwide 5G network.Though financial details of the Ericsson deal were not released, Dish executives previously said it plans to spend between $500 million and $1 billion building its NB-IoT network, with the majority of the outlay coming in 2019.In May, Dish co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen told an investor conference the 5G deployment could cost up to $10 billion and include the construction of 50,000 towers. He did not provide a timeline for completion of that project. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

PPL Will Appeal Dams Lawsuit to US Supreme Court

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – PPL Montana said Thursday it plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a Montana order that it must pay the state for the use of the riverbeds where hydroelectric dams sit.Company spokesman David Hoffman said the company has until Aug. 12 to put together a request asking the Supreme Court to intervene, although there is no guarantee the high court will get involved.“What we need to show the court is that there is an issue of federal significance,” Hoffman said.The company is still writing its legal arguments, Hoffman said.In March, the Montana Supreme Court ruled PPL must pay $40 million in current rent and damages for not paying rent in the past, plus even more in future rent.The court decision means the land under the dams is like other public land that is rented out to those who graze cattle or drill for oil. The court left the question of future rent up to the state Land Board to negotiate with the utility.PPL has argued the decision could impact other river users who could ultimately be forced to pay rent, but the state has said the high court made it clear that farmers and ranchers who use riverbeds for irrigation are not under the same rental obligations as the power companies.PPL has posted a bond to cover the amount should it ultimately have to pay the money, and interest accrued on it. State law says court-ordered judgments accrue interest at a rate of 10 percent a year from the original decision, which in this case is the District Court order dating back to mid-2008.Montana has already started spending the money.The Land Board run by the five statewide elected officials has decided to buy more state land with the money.The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has proposed the state look into buying former Plum Creek Timber land, currently owned by The Nature Conservancy. It said the new land will produce an ongoing source of revenue, like other land that is leased for grazing, logging, mineral exploration and other uses.Some lawmakers have objected to that move, and hope PPL does not pay the money at least until the next Legislature convenes in hopes that it can weigh in on the decision of what to do with the cash infusion before the Land Board spends it. Emaillast_img read more

Lending a Hand to Students in Need

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A website that helps students in need obtain school supplies, clothing and other necessities to succeed in class is expanding to the Flathead.Great Falls-based recently established a partnership with Kalispell School District 5, and Executive Director Kim Wombolt said it’s already helping kids in need here. Teachers can log on to the website and request items on behalf of a student.“Teachers are on the front line,” Wombolt said. “They know when students need shoes or even a whole wardrobe.”Members of the public can browse the needs of each student by school and support the projects they want. For example, last week, a high school student at the Linderman Education Center needed a futon because she is living on her own and doesn’t have a place to sleep and study. At Hedges Elementary, a young boy needed a new pair of winter boots. The identity of the child is never revealed publicly or to the donor.“These kids can get help, all the while maintaining their dignity,” Wombolt said.Donors can either give gift cards to cover the cost of the item or donate a used item, so long as it’s still in good began in 2013 as a spinoff of, a local Great Falls charity site. The charity started with a few schools in the Great Falls area and within three years expanded to more than 70 across Montana. This fall, its number of partner school districts has skyrocketed, and as of this month, there are 130 schools working with the site.School District 5 Family/Student Advocate Nichole Heyer worked with Wombolt to bring the idea to Kalispell. Heyer said she likes the program because everything goes to the children (Wombolt said the website accepts other donations/grants to help cover administrative costs).“I can’t believe something like this hasn’t been done before,” Heyer said. “It just makes so much sense.”In the first few years, the website has helped about 500 students annually. Wombolt said she is hoping to help 750-1,000 children this coming school year.Wombolt said her organization fills just about any need, including beds, clothing, shoes, coats, winter boots, hats, musical instruments, backpacks, food, sports equipment and more.For more information visit or call (406) 750-2542. Emaillast_img read more

Martin City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A 47-year-old Martin City man pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony deliberate homicide in Flathead County District Court on May 31.James William Quen appeared at an arraignment before Judge Heidi Ulbricht, a month after he was arrested following the shooting death of 33-year-old Bradley Allen Winters. Quen is expected to stand trial in September.If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.The arraignment came two days after Quen’s attorneys, public defenders Alisha Backus and Greg Rapkoch, filed a notice of affirmative defense informing the judge that they would argue Quen shot Winters in self-defense.According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry and court documents, deputies responded to the scene of a shooting in Hungry Horse at about 11:40 p.m. on April 25. When they arrived they found Winters dead from a single gunshot wound. The initial investigation revealed that there had been an altercation over money and clothing outside Winters’ home and at some point Quen reportedly took out a gun. Quen allegedly fired the gun multiple times, hitting Winters once in the chest.Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Quen at his Martin City home about an hour after the shooting.Quen remains incarcerated at the Flathead County Detention Center. He is expected to appear in court again on June 21 for a bail reduction hearing. Emaillast_img read more

Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal The Donegal Chair of the Irish Hotel’s Federation believes there’s every reason to be optimistic that Donegal will have a good tourism season in the latter half of the summer. Last summer saw a big draw towards staycations with the county reaping the benefits of people holidaying at home.Donegal Chair of IHF Paul Diver says a serious conversation needs to be had on local tourism when the time is right.With Donegal heavily reliant on tourists from Northern Ireland, Mr. Diver says it’s important the Republic catches up on the vaccine rollout:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleDonegal gets big share in road improvements fundingNext articleTractor driver fails roadside drug test in south Donegal News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – February 15, 2021 Twitterlast_img read more

Michael Naughton takes his seat on Donegal County Council

first_img Pinterest Michael Naughton takes his seat on Donegal County Council WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – July 24, 2017 Previous articlePSNI seeking information following Omagh attackNext articleTransatlantic flights from Knock to New York may soon be a reality again News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Donegals newest Councillor has taken his seat on Donegal County Council.Michael Naughton was co-opted to replace the late Cllr Seán McEniff, who passed away earlier this year.Cllr Naughton has been paying tribute to his predecessor and has been outing his priorities for the future…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

“Minority Inclusion shouldn’t be Illusion” Training in Belgrade

first_img October 30, 2014 Published by vladimir Youthopia Activist Camp 2019 in Berlin! Share 0 THE BERTHA CHALLENGE Fellowships for Activists & Investigative Journalists Central Asia Sub-Regional Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) Training Similar Stories Reddit +1 Deadline: 8 November 2014Open to: artists, performers, trainers, activists from  Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and SerbiaVenue: 14–20 December  2014, Belgrade, SerbiaDescriptionTraining “Minority Inclusion shouldn’t be Illusion” will last from 14 to 20 December, 2014 and will bring together 16 participants from 8 different countries. The main idea of the project  “Minority Inclusion shouldn’t be Illusion” is to explore and open issues, in concrete way, of involvement and inclusion of national minorities in social, political, economical, and cultural life in one society. The project aim is to explore and open questions about the process and the importance of the inclusion of national minorities, throughout activities designed in the form of training and conference.EligibilityIn order to be eligible to participate in this training you need to be: LinkedIn 0 “Minority Inclusion shouldn’t be Illusion” Training in Belgrade Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Social engaged artists, performers, trainers, activists from:  Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Serbia; experienced in social theatre methodology ; working, or interested in working, with inclusion or minorities issues; having a true interest in the subject ; interested in new methodologies; focus and determinate; open to diversity; able to use English as a working language; be prepared for intensive training.CostsParticipation fee for the training is 30 euros. The accommodation, food, venue, travel costs and logistics are in charge and covered by organizers/REACH.ApplicationTo apply for this training you need to download this application form and send it to [email protected] deadline is 8 November 2014.The official call ← Will Non-formal Education Be in the Party’s Agenda for the 2015 General Elections? Tweet Pocket Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities →last_img read more

People of the Year 2017: Ubisoft Milan and Paris

first_imgPeople of the Year 2017: Ubisoft Milan and ParisDavide Soliani in a rollercoaster year for the team behind Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleChristopher DringHead of Games B2BTuesday 5th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUbisoftUbisoft MilanUbisoft ParisOver the course of December, will reveal (in no particular order) our People of the Year – individuals and teams who have excelled over the last 12 months. We will reveal a new honouree every day until December 14th. Check back tomorrow to see who else makes the list.Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was a rather unique collaboration.Not because it saw two iconic characters from two franchises get together; Mario has done that a bunch of times. Nor because it saw Ubisoft and Nintendo unite in such a big way; the two companies have been best friends for decades. Instead, it saw two Ubisoft studios work together in a different way to how the publisher typically operates. Whereas you’re used to hearing of one Ubisoft studio leading a project, with others in support, Ubisoft Paris and Milan tried to work together as one team… just operating out of two different countries. “In the last 20 years, Milan is a studio that is used to collaborating a lot,” says creative director Davide Soliani. “We tried to make it so it is one team that just operates from different places. That was a big challenge” “With this one, it is the first project where the collaboration is fluid and working properly. At the very beginning, it was harder. We decided not to have a lead studio, where one is leading and the other is following. We tried to make it so it is one team that just operates from different places. That was a big challenge. In the beginning, there was a lot of challenging moments because we were trying to define the relationship, the pipeline, the communication… who is owning this part of the project, and who is communicating it. Now, everything is clear and we are working in a very smooth way. “In my experience, in 20 years, this is the first example that works so nicely without having a studio that is clearly the leader, and the other that is just a follower. Today, I am happy because everybody is proud of what they’re doing, no matter where they are. We have a full intention to keep going with this methodology. Even Ubisoft was surprised by seeing this collaboration going so well.”Mario + Rabbids has been a major project for Ubisoft Milan, in particular. The studio was best known for supporting other developers on projects. Indeed, before this title, the firm’s 27 employees were almost entirely devoted to helping Ghost Recon. Since the Mario + Rabbids project began, the company has grown to around 75 staff. And there’s more growth to come.”I hope that maybe in a couple of years, we could be about 100 or 110 people,” Soliani says. “But as far as I am concerned, I would like to keep the team small. At least for these kind of projects. If Ubisoft Milan wants to grow even more, because there are many projects, then great. But I do believe that in order to have a team with the right level of passion and agility, then the maximum amount of people that is involved should be around 100, and not more. Otherwise it starts to become something too big, and I like it this way. You can do games that sell well without 1,000 people making it.”The Ubisoft Milan studio has grown from 27 to over 70 in just over three yearsSoliani is smiling today, but the story looked to have a very different ending just six months ago. We’ve written about this previously, but it’s certainly worth retelling: Mario + Rabbids suffered a public backlash after the game’s artwork was leaked online. Very little was known about the project, but Nintendo fans were furious about it nonetheless. Ubisoft Milan and Paris had been braced for some skepticism, but they hadn’t expected so much anger.”Since the first day, I said that Nintendo players – because I am one – are picky,” Soliani recalls. “They consider themselves an elite. So I said that our barrier to entry will be quite big, because they will talk about how this is not Nintendo making a Mario game, but another company. So the only way to prove them wrong is to pierce through that barrier with quality. That was the first element I made clear with Ubisoft when I told them I wanted to do something different, and take our time doing it properly. “So I was expecting some negativity from gamers, but I wasn’t expecting it in such a harsh way. When the leak happened, I went on Neogaf, and there were comments like ‘Nintendo is doomed’ and ‘we’ve failed so badly’ and ‘this game won’t sell anything’ or ‘the key art is already crap’… and some very, very offensive comments that were a let-down to me. Mario + Rabbids creative director Davide Soliani”We were putting so much into this game. We were so dedicated to it. I almost became single because my girlfriend didn’t see me for a lot of the time. I was spending too much time in the office, and it was not just me but others in Milan and Paris. Everybody was so happy to try, because we didn’t know if it was going to work. We wanted to put something in the hands of the players that would create this stream of positive energy. But what we received was basically the opposite. They were disappointed even with just the key art. People were mad about Peach Rabbid with the cellphone. Today… she is the character that they love the most. “I was expecting a barrier, but I wasn’t expecting the huge wall the we faced. So I started sending messages to Grant [Kirkhope, composer]. I said I was going in the wrong direction because people hate us. He called me stupid, and said not to worry. But you always worry, even if someone with 35 years of experience telling you not to.”That all changed at E3 when Mario + Rabbids was properly revealed. Soliani, worried and nervous, burst into tears when his childhood hero Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage to showcase the game. And the fans immediately fell for him, the team, the project… all the negativity just evaporated. “When we arrived at E3, I was there with the mood that maybe we can change the mindset of a few players, but we had the feeling that it might not work,” Soliani recounts. “But everything changed from the conference on-wards, and not just because of the game. And for sure, not because of me. Having Miyamoto on stage was effectively having the father of Mario tell the audience that, if he’s here, then it must be a quality game. Then the players played it. That’s when we started to change the mindset.”Mario + Rabbids faced some fierce criticism at first, but it turned around the hateSuccess soon followed. Mario + Rabbids became the fastest-selling non-Nintendo game on Switch, and the title received critical acclaim – it currently sits at 85 on Metacritic. It wasn’t just a hit with Nintendo fans, either, but within Ubisoft, too.”I must say, we received a lot of compliments and congratulations from everyone within Ubisoft,” continues Soliani. “This team is under a good spotlight right now within Ubisoft. They are happy that finally Ubisoft Milan is not just collaborating and helping on other projects, but now we have a project that identifies the team. This is making us stronger, because the team itself feels stronger, and want to keep surprising the players, they’re proud of what they are doing. So there’s a lot of positive vibes from everyone. Especially when you meet the creative directors within Ubisoft that are working on projects that are so different compared to ours, and they are playing the game and having fun. It’s strange and good at the same time.””They are happy that finally Ubisoft Milan is not just collaborating and helping on other projects, but now we have a project that identifies the team” Soliani has also found a bit of fame, too – although “nothing like Grant, he’s the real diva”, he jokes. Soliani’s tears at E3 and his continued presence on Twitter has made him a bit of a star among the Nintendo community.”In terms of popularity, people might know me because I’m on Twitter and arguing with Grant. I am not really the guy that cares about popularity, I only care about developing the game and having fun with the people who are doing it with me.”Soliani continues: “It is all about the desire of making someone happy. Because when gamers are happy, you feel good as well. I always try to connect with my players. I don’t feel like a star, because I just feel like I am discussing with players who are sharing their opinion. I can’t do it all the time, because I need to work, but being on Twitter is a way of finding out what the players are thinking about their game. We can find out what they’re happy about but also, the important bit, when they’re not happy. Because that is what makes us learn what we can do better. We are not just saying we are talking to the players, we need to show we are really doing. So I don’t think I am a star. There is no barrier between me and the player.”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 Ubisoft Milan and Paris’s big risky gamble with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle paid off. The team has found its voice within Ubisoft, created a great game and is now looking to grow even more so they can do it all over again.But of course, there was a third partner in the relationship: Nintendo. We’ve heard before they can be a demanding teammate. Was that true?”You can totally say that,” Soliani laughs. “We established a very good relationship to the point where when we went to Japan for several days on a holiday, we would meet with the guys we work with from Nintendo, because we had become friends. But when it was about work, Nintendo were super picky. They wanted to know everything, and play everything. This was good, because it gives you a feeling that you are safe. They have over 125 years of lifetime, and they’re giving you feedback with the expectation of a certain level fo quality. So for me, Nintendo is a shield. It means we know we’ll hit a certain level.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis 2 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake

first_imgOn Monday crews began conducting gas safety checks for all customers in the impacted area. These will continue over the next few days. TAGSPGE “We’re committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our system and the well-being of our customers and the communities we serve. I want our customers to know they can count on us,” said Chris Johns, president of PG&E. 8.25.2014 PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake So far, PG&E has lowered the operating pressure of its Sonoma/Napa transmission pipeline system and conducted two patrols of the transmission system. Crews are also looking for any distribution line leaks, which are being repaired immediately by onsite crews. Facebook The company received 439 gas odor calls and determined that 20 of those calls were earthquake-related gas outages. Linkedin Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Subscribe to Power Engineering magazine Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions By chloecox – Previous articleSupreme Court sides with Mississippi Power on emissions control regulationsNext articleFirst Wind to utilize GE technology for Maine wind farm chloecox To view a live outage map, click here. Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Twitter Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E, NYSE: PCG) is working on restoring electric and gas service after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Napa County, California. GasO&M Linkedin Twitter Approximately 70,000 customers were without electric power following the earthquake, however, power has been restored to 62,700 customers. Facebook No posts to displaylast_img read more

Mortgage applications to buy homes reach highest level since January

first_imgJoel Kan, MBA’s executive at the helm of industry forecasting, attributed last week’s uptick in activity to low mortgage rates, states reopening and “pent-up demand” from earlier in the spring as the pandemic froze many housing markets.After the final week of May, Kan had cautioned that home purchase activity may not continue to grow due to high rates of unemployment and low housing supply. The purchase index increased by 5 percent that week, compared to the prior week’s 9 percent gain.Last week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate for conforming loans of $510,400 or less ticked up to 3.38 percent from 3.37 percent the prior week. Jumbo rates also increased to 3.70 percent from 3.66 percent.MBA’s overall adjusted index, which tracks 75 percent of the U.S. consumer mortgage market, increased by just over 9 percent, a large jump compared to prior weeks’ marginal increases as purchase and refinance activity diverged.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now The first week of June also saw refinance activity pick up again after a seven-week decline. (iStock)The number of homebuyers applying for loans last week reached levels not seen since January.The purchase index, an adjusted weekly metric tracked by the Mortgage Bankers Association, rose 5 percent last week, compared to the final week of May, and 13 percent year over year. That rounds out eight consecutive weeks of growth and marks a new high in adjusted purchase activity for 2020.The first week of June also saw refinance activity pick up again after a seven-week decline.MBA’s adjusted refinance index, which tracks the volume of refinancing applications, also increased by 11 percent last week and 80 percent year over year.The uptick represents a reversal in nearly two months of declining refinance activity, which last week accounted for about 61 percent of all loan activity.Read moreMortgage applications to buy homes now higher than a year agoSix weeks, six jumps in mortgage applications to buy homesTRD Insights: NY, NJ homeowners more likely to be in mortgage forbearancelast_img read more

The Complete Last Waltz at Capitol Theatre w/ Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Nels Cline and More

first_imgKeep your calendars marked for the day before Thanksgiving, as one of the greatest single concerts of all-time is set to be recreated (for the second time) at Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre. Many of the artists from last year’s performance in San Francisco will once again take the stage to perform The Band‘s The Last Waltz. Artists such as Joe Russo, Nels Cline, Marco Benevento, Ryan Bingham, Matt Vasquez, Jeff Chimenti, Cass McCombs, Nicole Atkins, and many more will celebrate The Complete Last Waltz on November 27th.Ticket prices vary, and can be purchased here.Here is a list of the scheduled performers, with more special guest announcements coming soon:Joe RussoRyan BinghamDave DreiwitzNels ClineMarco BeneventoCass McCombsBinky GriptiteThe Antibalas HornsNicole AtkinsMatt VasquezSam CohenJeff ChimentiRichard SwiftEric D JohnsonAndy CabicAlecia Chakour[via]last_img read more

Scott Miller on rear window penalties: ‘This needs to stop’

first_imgNASCAR has handed down five penalties for a flurry of rear-window violations this season, hitting teams with fines, points deductions and suspensions to key personnel.After the most recent — the third such sanction in the last two weekends — those penalties will soon get tougher.The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team was the latest to draw an L1-grade punishment, absorbing penalties Tuesday for a caved-in roof and rear-window area on the car driven by Kyle Larson in last weekend’s event at Kansas Speedway.RELATED: More on post-Kansas penaltiesWith inspections and infractions becoming a growing part of the circuit’s week-to-week operations, Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said the sanctioning body is exploring more rigid penalties for improper alterations to the rear-window area.“This issue with the rear windows is really bad for all of us,” Miller told “It’s bad for the sport, it’s bad for the broadcasters … it’s bad for the teams, and the reason why this one is so bad is the optics of it. It’s like everybody sees these things. They’re out in the open and it gets all of the negative wheels spinning in directions that we don’t need them spinning in.“So what we plan on doing is, moving forward, any of these rear window penalties, we’re probably going to ramp it up to the high end of the L1 scale. We’ve kind of been in the middle and if we need to ramp it up further than that to where we get this under control and stop (this), then we’re prepared to go further. So yeah, we will change our stance on this because this needs to stop.”So far this season, penalties for such violations have fallen in the middle range of the NASCAR Rule Book’s L1 guidelines, which span fines of $25,000 to $75,000, car chief suspensions from one to three races and points deductions from 10 to 40 points.Miller has spent part of his career on the opposite end of rule book enforcement, serving as a crew chief for multiple teams before joining NASCAR’s competition department. The trend of searching for aerodynamic advantages in the rear window area may be a relatively recent development, but the ongoing practice of teams trying to exploit gray areas in the rules is not.“There’s performance there, so they’re going to try to get it as close to the edge as they can,” Miller says. “When you do that, you always run the risk of it running afoul when things happen out there on the race track. It’s like the dynamics of the race track are fairly hard to predict and when you’re pushing the envelope with the strength of that structure, things can go wrong in a hurry.”last_img read more

Gershow Recycling Donates 30 Vehicles

first_imgIn support of local fire departments and the Huntington community, Gershow Recycling donated 30 vehicles to the Third Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament, which was held at the Northport Fire Department’s Training Grounds on May 22.Twenty-five teams from 15 fire departments in the Town of Huntington, as well as fire departments from North Babylon, West Babylon Garden City Park and Kings Park, competed in the tournament. Each team was judged on the amount of time it took to perform the extrication, the handling of equipment and the safety procedures they followed. After the tournament ended, the vehicles were shredded and recycled at Gershow’s facility. Proceeds from the tournament went to benefit the Suffolk County Burn Center.“The Village of Northport wishes to thank Gershow Recycling for donating the cars that made this tournament — and the training it provides — possible,” said Henry Tobin, Deputy Mayor, Village of Northport. “Our community thrives on donations and volunteerism, whether it is this generous donation of cars, trees for our parks, time given to organizations or the unparalleled example that our volunteer firemen display every day.”For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit read more

FOOTBALL: Hornets steal all buzz from Indians

first_img Grant Rogers replaced Johnson for the rest of the drive and on fourth-and-seven, hit Pippin for a 32-yard scoring strike to make the score 24-14 with 6:57 remaining in the third quarter.Huntsville closed out the scoring with a drive late in the fourth quarter, which covered 87 yards in 12 plays. The Hornets junior quarterback Matthew Southern capped the drive with a 1-yard scamper to make the final score 31-14.Southern completed 20 of 27 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Jaeryne Green rushed for a game-high 124 yards on 16 carries. Jaylon Griffin had five receptions for 99 yards.Huntsville struck first on its second offensive possession. The Hornets needed just seven plays to go 80 yards. A 36-yard completion from Southern to Griffin put the ball at the 15. Those same two connected on a 5-yard scoring strike two plays later to put Huntsville up 7-0.After forcing the Indians to punt, the Hornets put together another scoring drive. Griffin caught a 16 yard completion to put the ball at the PNG 19. Two plays later, Southern hit Tatum for a 12-yard touchdown to give Huntsville a quick 14-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter.PNG finally put together a scoring drive on its third possession of the game. Johnson hit Caleb Wuenschel for a 22-yard completion on third-and-10 to get the drive going. Another 15-yard completion to Wuenschel put the ball at the Hornet 27. Wuenschel finished the game with six catches for 59 yards.Facing a fourth down, Johnson hit Caleb Billeaud for a 23-yard scoring strike to get the Indians on the board and cut the lead in half at 14-7 with 1:40 remaining in the quarter.Both defenses settled in during the second quarter. A 25-yard field goal by Huntsville’s Nathan Batten accounted for the only scoring in the quarter and the Hornets took a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.The Indians tried to mount a scoring drive in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Johnson scrambled for 26 yards and converted a fourth-and-1 to put the ball at the Hornets 43. The drive stalled in the waning seconds and Johnson was hit as he threw the ball on fourth-and-14 on the last play of the quarter, which was intercepted by Jordan Brown.Hornets 31, Indians 14 Huntsville   14   3   7   7   —   31 PNG   7   0   7   0   —   14First quarterHunt – Jaylon Griffin 5 pass from Matthew Southern (Nathan Batten kick), 7:36Hunt – Miles Tatum 12 pass from Southern (Batten kick), 4:43PNG – Cade Billeaud 23 pass from Roschon Johnson (Mario Ocegura kick), 1:40Second quarterHunt – Batten 25 FG, 3:13Third quarterHunt – Traqun House 17 yard fumble return (Batten kick), 10:54PNG – Tyler Pippin 32 pass from Grant Rogers (Ocegura kick), 6:57Fourth quarterHunt – Southern 1 run (Batten kick), 3:44PNG   HuntFirst downs        15           16Rushes-yards     31-66     33-180Passing yards     230         206Total yards          296         386Comp-Att-Int     19-36-1 20-27-1Fumbles-lost     1-1          0-0Penalties-yards 8-74       3-25Punts-avg           6-37.0    2-29.0Individual statisticsRUSHING —  PNG: Roschon Johnson 17-55, Gavin Deslatte 8-1, Jaylan Williams 4-9. Hunt: Jaeryne Green 16-24, Cameron Myers 12-49.PASSING — PNG: Roschon Johnson 17-32-1—191, Grant Rogers 2-4-0—39. Hunt: Matthew Southern 20-27-1—206.RECEIVING — PNG: Kaleb Wuenschel 6-59, Tyler Pippin 3-51, Jose Ceja 3-42, Cooper Hammond 2-22. Hunt — Jaylon Griffin 5-98, Miles Tatum 4-47, Tyrique Carter 4-22. By DAUCY CRIZERSpecial to The NewsPORT NECHES – The game started 17 minutes late due to lightning strikes in the area and Port Neches-Groves never seemed to find its rhythm as Huntsville pulled away for a 31-14 non-district win Friday night at The Reservation.There was never any severe weather or rain, just some lightning strikes within close proximity of the stadium that delayed warmups and then the start of the game, which kicked at 7:47 p.m. instead of the scheduled 7:30. “Lot of adversity tonight,” said PNG coach Brandon Faircloth. “Proud of our guys. They left it all on the field. Played hard all four quarters, just came up a bit short. We have a long way to go. It’s early in the season and we’ve got to get better.“Give credit to Huntsville. They had a great game plan tonight and came out and got after us. We have to bounce back and have a great week of practice.”The Hornets jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and never trailed in the game as the Indians offense struggled to move the ball early against a stout Huntsville defense. Huntsville outgained the Indians 386-296, including out rushing PNG 180-66.center_img Senior quarterback Roschon Johnson was kept in check much of the night. He did break for an occasional big run, complete a few long passes and convert on a couple of key third and fourth downs. He finished the night completing 17-32 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 55 yards on 17 carries.Johnson left the game at 9:50 of the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. After the game, coach Faircloth indicated that the injury was still being evaluated and was hopeful that it was just a sprained ankle.Huntsville (2-0) added to its 17-7 lead early in the third quarter. Johnson was sacked and fumbled the football, which was recovered by Traqun House and returned 17 yards for a touchdown to push the Hornets lead to 24-7 with 10:54 left in the third quarter.PNG (1-1) responded with a scoring drive of its own on the next possession. Johnson hit Tyler Pippin for 17 yards and a Jaylan Williams 9-yard run put the ball at the Hornets 38. Johnson converted a third-and-1 with a keeper, but had the leave the game with cramps.last_img read more

Groves Police blotter and calls for Aug. 28–Sept. 3

first_img Sept. 1An accident involving damage was reported and processed.Assault causes bodily injury was reported in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.Forgery of financial instrument/elderly was reported in the 6800 block of Terrell.Sept. 2A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 5100 block of East Parkway after a call in reference to a disturbance.A 42-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 3200 block of East Parkway after a traffic stop. Sept. 3A 42-year-old man was arrested for possession of controlled substance in the 5100 block of East Parkway after a traffic stop.Duty upon striking vehicle report was processed.An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence report was processed and a criminal trespass was issued in the 5100 block of Gulf Avenue.Unknown actor(s) shot and shattered the back windshield of a 1997 Ford truck and was reported in the 5400 block of Grant Avenue.Harassment was reported in the 3800 block of Lay Avenue. Groves police responded to the following calls from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 178Offense reports filed — 29Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 1Aug. 28A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 4500 block of Twin City Highway to a 39-year-old man.Theft was reported in the 4900 block of Twin City Highway.A 24-year-old male was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6000 block of 39th Street.Theft was reported in the 5400 block of West Parkway.Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported at 25th Street and Second Avenue.A 34-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants at Eugenia and 32nd Street.A terroristic threat report was processed.center_img Next UpAug. 29An assault-family violence report was processed in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.A 36-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6800 block of 32nd Street after a traffic stop.A 34-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6100 block of East Drive after a pedestrian stop.Aug. 30An informational report was processed.An assault-family violence report was processed in the 6400 block of Madison Avenue.Aug. 31A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 5100 block of East Parkway.A 51-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6800 block of Browning after a repeat call of a disturbance.A 61-year-old man was arrested for aggravated robbery in the 5000 block of 32nd Street.last_img read more

Beast Components add Ultra ergonomics with new carbon dropbar for road or gravel

first_imgHoping to make things a little more comfortable, Beast Components just released the Ultra. More specifically, the Ultra bar is a made-in-Germany carbon dropbar that focuses on ergonomics to provide a comfortable, controlled ride.Beast Components says that the bar features three main zones that are focused on ergonomics. Starting with the top of the bars, the flat profile offers a more comfortable place to rest your hands when you’re just cruising a long.When you’re riding on the hoods, the bar has a unique larger contact surface where your palm would typically be. The bar has flattened the outer edges to allow for a relaxed grip when on the hoods again for increased comfort and reduced fatigue.Then the drops have a tight bend at the top with a shallower bend on the lower section.All combined, you should end up with a comfortable bar with an 80mm reach, 128mm drop, 2° backsweep, and a bit of flare. Offered in black Unidirectional Carbon finish, the bars have a claimed weight of 218g for a 42cm, and are priced at 399,90€.Check out our first look at Beast’s Gravel bar that shares much of the same aero/ergo shaping, but with much wider flare, plus their latest hookless tubeless carbon gravel bike wheels here.Beast-components.delast_img read more

Joseph Choquette III awarded Rotarian of the Year

first_imgDowns Rachlin Martin PLLC,Vermont Business Magazine Joseph L Choquette III, external affairs manager at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, has been named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 in recognition of his dedication and service to the Rotary Club of Montpelier. Presented at the first club meeting of the new year on July 10 by outgoing President Susan Kruthers, Choquette was surprised and honored to have been recognized. “I was grateful for the recognition.” Choquette said.Choquette is a 30-year member of the Montpelier Rotary Club and served as club president in 1997-1998 during its 75th anniversary year. A former assistant district governor, he has chaired the program committee for many years and actively participates in other club activities. He is president of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society, a vice chair of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and vice chair the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, activities that were cited by Kruthers in presenting the award.Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC (Montpelier, Vt.) 7.11.2017last_img read more

Leahy outlines Vermont priorities in budget deal

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Senate and the House early Friday morning passed a bipartisan budget agreement to keep the federal government open, strengthen the military and invest in priorities here at home.  President Trump signed the bill upon receiving it Friday morning.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in negotiating the package, which passed the Senate by a vote of 71 to 28, and the House by a vote of 240 to 186. Congressman Peter Welch voted in favor, while Senator Bernie Sanders voted against.Leahy said:  “This bipartisan deal advances our priorities by guaranteeing that we make real investments in addressing the opioid crisis, funding medical research and improving college affordability.  One of my highest priorities in the bill was forging an urgently needed dairy safety net help for dairy farmers in Vermont and other states.  This will mean immediate relief for struggling dairy farmers who cannot wait for the next Farm Bill for relief. The agreement is a broad, bipartisan framework that eliminates harmful mandatory spending cuts known as sequestration, enacted in the 2011 Budget Control Act, and raises the spending caps for both defense and domestic priorities.  As Vice Chairman, Leahy will now be a lead negotiator as the Appropriations Committee allocates these new spending levels to particular government agencies to take care of veterans, address the opioid crisis and invest in higher education, among many other priorities, before a March 23rd deadline, when Congress will likely vote on a full funding bill for fiscal year 2018.    Key Victories Advanced By Leahy In The Bipartisan Deal Include:Improvements To A Key Safety Net For Dairy Farmers(link is external)A $90 Billion Disaster Package (link is external)$6 Billion For Fighting Opioid And Mental Health Crises$4 Billion For Rebuilding Our Crumbling VA Hospitals And Clinics$7 Billion For Community Health Centers$20 Billion To Bolster Investments In U.S. Infrastructure$4 Billion For College Affordability$5.8 Billion For The Child Care Development Block Grant ProgramA full summary can be found HERE: is external)And Senator Leahy’s Full Statement is available HERE: is external)Leahy and the Appropriations Committee will spend the next six weeks negotiating a detailed funding agreement based on the outline in this agreement. Source: WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018) – Leahylast_img read more

TV star Rick Steves travels to Montpelier today to promote pot law

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Bestselling guidebook author and public TV travel host Rick Steves, an ardent proponent of marijuana legalization, will complete an East Coast advocacy tour in Vermont this week, with visits to Montpelier and Burlington. Steves will visit Montpelier on Thursday to advocate for legislation to regulate marijuana for adults. Steves will testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee (Room 1) at 11:30 a.m. Steves will then join Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana for a news conference on Thursday afternoon to discuss why Vermont lawmakers should support regulating and taxing marijuana. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State House.Rick Steves courtesy photo from a show in Ireland.Last month, Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that makes possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults age 21 and older, making Vermont the ninth state to legalize marijuana for adults. Unlike the other states, commercial cultivation, processing, testing, and retail sales are not permitted under the Vermont law.Steves will be wrapping up his regional marijuana policy tour in Vermont on Friday with a public appearance at noon at Skinny Pancake in Burlington (60 Lake Street(link is external)). At 2:00 p.m., Steves will participate in a live video “Ask Me Anything” segment in cooperation with Heady Vermont, which will be streaming on Facebook at is external).WHAT: Senate Judiciary Committee testimony featuring travel writer Rick Steves in support of legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use; news conference with Lt. Gov. Zuckerman; public event with Steves and other marijuana policy reform advocates, followed by a video Facebook AMAWHEN: Committee testimony – Thursday, February 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET; News conference – Thursday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET; Public event – Friday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET; Facebook AMA – Friday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. ETWHERE: Committee testimony – Vermont State House, Room 1, 115 State Street, Montpelier(link is external)News conference – Vermont State House, Cedar Creek RoomPublic event – Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake Street, Burlington(link is external)WHO: Rick StevesLt. Gov. David ZuckermanVermont lawmakersMatt Simon, Marijuana Policy ProjectSteves is a long-time advocate for sensible cannabis policy in the United States, serving on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board. He helped his home state of Washington develop its legal cannabis regulations, and in 2016 he advocated for successful legalization initiatives in Massachusetts and Maine.Steves will be in the state house Thursday Feb. 15 for a news conference with legislators and advocates to encourage Vermont to take the next step by taxing and regulating a commercial cannabis market. The news conference will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Cedar Creek room. He will also meet with legislators and be available for additional media interviews.On Friday Feb. 16, Steves will speak at a 12:00 p.m. lunch event at Skinny Pancake (Lake Street) on Burlington’s waterfront. This event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating.Friday’s interactive presentation and audience discussion is co-hosted by Heady Vermont and will be live-streamed on the Heady Vermont Facebook page(link is external).At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Steves will wrap up his East Coast tour by participating in an interactive Facebook livestream from the Heady Vermont studio in Burlington. This will be live-streamed on the Marijuana Policy Project’s Facebook page(link is external).Steves is inspired by Europe’s pragmatic approach to drug policy, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration. Across our nation, people are realizing that legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults reduces its harm to our communities, Steves said.Steves’ East Coast tour included stops in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey —  where the newly elected governor has said he expects to sign a law legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis within his first 100 days in office.Steves will be available for media interviews before and after the news conference on Thursday and on Friday morning. To schedule an interview contact Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project.Here is an article(link is external) from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald featuring Steves’ 2016 visit to the state.The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit is external).Heady Vermont is a community and digital platform dedicated to Vermont’s expanding cannabis culture and policy reform. For information, visit is external)last_img read more

Future of the Integration Business: Corporate Market Solutions

first_imgBy Tom LeBlanc National Systems Contractors AssociationIntegration firms looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis need to strategize for a corporate client base with re-prioritized technology demands.As integration companies battle through a COVID-19-depleted market, there is much uncertainty about what the future of the integration industry holds. One feeling, however, has been consistent throughout NSCA’s countless conversations with integration firm leaders: Even when the integration market enters its reboot and recovery phase, the “new normal,” as it’s often called, will be different. Integration firm leaders must prepare to lead a different type of company under different work circumstances and address their customers’ changing needs.NSCA’s “Future of the Integration Business” series offers insight from NSCA members and industry professionals to shed light on what the future holds.Future of Corporate Market SolutionsAs a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, every grandma and grandpa now knows what a Zoom call is. The ordeal has dramatically altered perceptions of videoconferencing, video collaboration and remote working for everyone. It has also transformed what customers will demand in terms of technology for their work environments as they return to them.Those new customer priorities could help integrators fill their pipelines. “I think pent-up demand will create a rush of projects to get completed that were funded and slated for 2020 room builds,” says Tim Hennen, CTO at IVCi. “General contractors and customers will be on an expedited schedule to get projects back on track and make up for lost time.”There will likely be an adjustment period as demand for corporate solutions change and perhaps slowly transition back to normal, according to the internal solutions team at Mechdyne Corporation. Even when the economy bounces back, perhaps driven by COVID-19 vaccine or treatment advances, customers are likely to move forward cautiously. In some ways, the market will be forever changed since organizations will want to be prepared for another health issue (which could include a recurrence of coronavirus).At least in the short term, and as the corporate integration market recovers and reboots its way out of the COVID-19 crisis, several changes are expected. The following educated guesses come from representatives of NSCA’s Emerging Technologies Committee, including IVCi’s Hennen and VP of Business Development Daniel Abrams, as well as Mechdyne’s internal solutions team.Take these predictions with a grain of salt; the COVID-19 crisis and recovery are always fluid.Meeting Room UsageOver the past several years, many corporate customers were focused on creating small-group collaboration spaces or huddle rooms. That, in many ways, fueled a strong corporate integration market. Going forward, however, corporate customers are likely to emphasize social distancing and may scale back on these spaces. Meeting rooms may become limited-use spaces if they’re used at all. Some former huddle rooms or even traditional meeting rooms will be converted to individual office spaces or “limited scrum rooms.” Other meeting rooms might even be converted to storage.See related  Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work SafelyRethinking Touch ControlWhether driven by fear, confusion, or genuine health concerns, shared spaces and the use of touchpanels are expected to be de-emphasized. Integration companies should explore contactless technologies, including occupancy sensors, voice control, wireless, and personal device (phone) control. It’s possible that corporate clients won’t even want their employees to touch light switches.In-Demand Digital SignageCompanies will have a lot to communicate to employees and on-premise visitors. There will be instructions and reminders about how to maintain social distancing. As a result, corporate customers are likely to implement a digital signage communications strategy, which could lead to opportunities for integration companies.Health-Related TechnologiesThere will be a new focus on real estate technologies with concentrations on air quality, density, contact tracing, sanitation enforcement, crowd control, and more. Integration companies should position themselves to provide these solutions.Human and Activity TrackingCorporate customers are entering a realm where it’s important to track the location of individuals, where they have been, and who have they come in contact with – as well as monitoring computer activity to ensure employees are on task and being productive. This has been done in the past, leveraging access control and keycard information to measure productivity – but it will now take on a mission-critical nature.Long-Term ConsiderationsThere will be a substantial increase in regular remote workforces and, one way or another, corporate customers will need technology in their offices to facilitate that communication. There will be much greater attention to resilient infrastructure for supporting remote users. That may even include in-home soundmasking or sound curtains to support remote employees who might not want to rely on headphones throughout the day. Even though meeting rooms will be reimagined, there will be an increase in the use of videoconferencing – punctuated by an expected decrease in corporate travel.Find more of NSCA’s Business Continuity and Recovery content here. Learn how to become an NSCA member here.last_img read more

Frontline report on Ukraine’s crises and how credit unions are coping — with WOCCU’s Brian Branch

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mike LawsonWith our vice president currently visiting Ukraine this week and more violence erupting, the world’s eyes focus deeper on this part of Europe and what will come of the troubled situation over there. Many of us who are tracking the events overseas already know the precarious political circumstances that lay ahead for the country. Looking at it from a financial perspective, many Ukrainians are taking monetary matters into their own hands. So what exactly are they doing with their money?In Part 2 of our talk with WOCCU’s President/CEO Brian Branch, we discuss Brian’s recent frontlines trip to the country — as he reveals how Ukrainians are managing their finances in these urgent times. He also tells us why he went, what he saw, and what credit unions can do to help. Brian answers these questions and more in a very timely, intriguing, and firsthand report on how credit unions can make an impact on today’s world events. Don’t miss continue reading »last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jul 12, 2019

first_imgStaph decolonization before joint replacement could cut costs, infectionsA cost-effectiveness analysis indicates a Staphylococcus aureus decolonization protocol for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement could result in cost savings and fewer surgical-site infections (SSIs), Canadian researchers reported yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.For the study, researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta used decision analytic models and a probabilistic sensitivity analysis (PSA) to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of an S aureus decolonization protocol previously studied in US patients undergoing hip and knee arthroplasty. In a 2012 trial, the protocol, in which patients at 16 US hospitals received chlorhexidine gluconate baths and twice-daily 2% intranasal mupirocin 5 days before surgery, was found to cut the rate of complex S aureus SSIs in half.Using data from a hypothetical cohort of nearly 25,000 adult patients who underwent hip and knee replacement in Alberta from April 2012 through March 2015, the analysis found that the average cost for those receiving the decolonization protocol was $20,525, compared with $20,678 for those who received standard care, a cost saving of $153 per person, which would translate into savings of $1.26 million per year. The risk of developing a complex S aureus SSI was reduced from 0.4% to 0.2%. The PSA determined the decolonization protocol would be more effective and less expensive 84% of the time.”Given our findings, we believe health systems should implement a decolonization protocol prior to hip and knee arthroplasty and continue surveillance of complex SSIs to determine if there is a reduction as anticipated,” the authors of the study write.Jul 11 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study Delayed valley fever diagnosis linked to excess costs, antibioticsA review of patients with coccidioidomycocis (valley fever) has found that nearly 90% had a delay in diagnosis, and such delays were associated with excess costs and extensive antibacterial use, University of Arizona researchers reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The retrospective review looked at the medical charts of 815 patients in Tucson, a coccidioidomycosis-endemic area, who sought care from January 2015 through September 2017. After excluding patients who had prior coccidiodomycosis, mistaken coding, and unconfirmed diagnoses, the researchers identified 276 patients with coccidioidomycosis. Of those, 30 (11%) received a diagnosis at presentation and 246 (89%) had a delay of more than a day, with 43% having a delay of more than a month.Delayed diagnosis was associated with $589,053 in coccidioidomycosis-related costs, and 1,103 antibacterial medication orders submitted before coccidioidomycosis diagnosis. Vancomycin and daptomycin constituted 22% of antibacterial drugs ordered.The authors of the study say the problem is that without specific laboratory confirmation, coccidioidomycosis, which typically manifests as a respiratory syndrome, cannot be distinguished from community-acquired pneumonia. Yet the necessary tests are conducted in less than 13% of patients with community-acquired pneumonia in urban Arizona ambulatory departments, and in only 2.8% of emergency-department patients.”Our results suggest earlier diagnosis will lower costs and provide secondary benefits including patient reassurance, decreased antibacterial drug use, and improved antibiotic stewardship,” they write. “This study reinforces the ongoing challenge to increase coccidioidomycosis awareness for healthcare providers and the urgent need to improve the ease, rapidity, and reliability of coccidioidomycosis testing.”Jul 11 Emerg Infect Dis dispatch French scientists identify promising novel antibiotic classA team of French scientists has developed a novel class of antibiotics based on a natural bacterial toxin, according to a paper this week in PLOS Biology.The team of scientists from Université de Rennes and Inserme, a French public research organization, designed and synthesized the compounds, called peptidomimetics, by imitating a section of a toxin produced by S aureus to kill other bacteria (PepA). In tests against a broad range of gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens, two of four peptidomimetics developed by the team (Pep16 and Pep19) demonstrated effectiveness against methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) in mild and severe sepsis mouse models, and against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and MRSA in a mouse skin infection model.Testing of the compounds on human erythrocytes and kidney cells, zebrafish embryos, and mice showed no toxicity. In addition, after 2 weeks of serial passage performed against multidrug-resistant clinical isolates in vitro, and 4 or 6 days exposure in mice infected with MRSA, the compounds showed no development of resistance.Analysis of the mechanism of action indicates the compounds are able to permeate the cell membranes of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, leading to bacterial death.The scientists conclude, “We have identified potential therapeutic agents that can provide alternative treatments against antimicrobial resistance. Because the compounds are potential leads for therapeutic development, the next step is to start phase I clinical trials.”Jul 9 PLOS Biol studylast_img read more

HCL Introduces OSHA Compliant GHS Chemical Labels

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Canada: AXYS Monitoring Systems to Host Webinar

first_imgAXYS will hold “Customer Support for AXYS Monitoring Systems” webinar next Wednesday.In this webinar our Services Manager, Gabe Joseph, will give an overview of the variety of services the AXYS customer support team provides. Attendants will:– Understand the many services we offer, including training, commissioning, deployment, etc.– Learn ways to reduce the total cost of ownership of your system(s)– Know how to get a quick resolution to any issues that arise[mappress]Press release, June 14, 2013; Image: axyslast_img read more

Lawyers put forward alternatives to legal aid cuts

first_imgThe Law Society has warned the government against hitting the most vulnerable by making legal aid bear the brunt of the Ministry of Justice cuts. The warning follows newspaper reports that the MoJ budget will be slashed by 30% in the chancellor’s spending review on Wednesday. Law Society president Linda Lee said if the brunt of budget cuts falls on legal aid the effect will be felt by the most vulnerable in society. She said: ‘The government would be hitting the most disadvantaged as a soft target in an attempt to make hard cash savings across the board.’ Leaked documents suggest that legal aid will be cut in marital disputes, family law cases, immigration and medical negligence. Lee said that given the proposals in the Jackson report, which reduce access to the courts, together with Lord Young’s plans, which may also inadvertently bar some people from seeking redress, a reduction in the availability of legal aid would further restrict access to justice. She urged the government to take a joined-up approach to safeguard access to justice and avoid the knock-on costs of restricting it. ‘We have long warned that cutting legal aid will have a knock-on effect on the public purse as people try to cope without legal representation and appear without representation, causing delay in the court system,’ she said. Lee added: ‘If they are unable to obtain remedies, there will be further costs in terms of benefits or additional help required from other government agencies, or in unrest caused by a failure to provide justice.’ Lee said the legal aid budget had been squeezed since 2004 and was in no state to deliver more cash savings. Instead of cutting legal aid, she said the government could save money by simplifying the law, addressing poor decision-making by public bodies, and reforming inefficient court processes. She also suggested a 1% levy on the sale of alcohol to reimburse the criminal justice system for the level of alcohol-related crime. Bar Council chairman Nicholas Green QC has described the planned cuts as ‘brutal’ and urged the bar to prepare for change and collaborate with the government to find savings in order to mitigate the effects on access to justice. The Bar Council’s government savings group, led by criminal barrister Paul Keleher QC, has identified 10 areas for achieving savings within the justice system. They include unfreezing defendants’ restrained assets to meet the cost of their legal services; improving the management of court hearings; greater use of IT in case preparation; and reviewing prisoners serving indeterminate sentences who have served their minimum term. The group also suggests investigating the introduction of compulsory legal services insurance for all corporate offences. Green said: ‘The Bar Council has always said that at this time of unparalleled financial austerity, the bar must take a collaborative approach with government and help it to identify where savings can be achieved without damaging access to justice. ‘Our list of savings provides a starting point. We are also suggesting market-driven solutions to bring new money into the system, which is now as important as ever in helping to ensure access to high quality legal advice and representation.’ He added: ‘We recognise that the required savings are much greater than those which our suggestions would initially yield. That is why the Bar Council urges the government to take a bold and rational approach to sentencing policy, which accounts for so much of the department’s budget.’last_img read more

Angel Yllera coordinates prototype wind turbine shipment

first_imgThe operation, for Danish wind turbine company Vestas, comprised ten items weighing 330 tonnes in total and saw Angel Yllera charter Amasus Shipping’s Coral Sea which loaded the cargo in Esbjerg and unloaded it at Pier 8 in Santander.The transfer of the various items to the jobsite will take place over the next few weeks.This prototype wind turbine – V112 Vestas 3.0 MW – is the first to be installed outside Denmark.last_img

Transload enhances Project Partners membership

first_imgTransload Do Brasil was established with the aim of covering the huge, emerging and very strong market and the parent company believes it has a great opportunity in Brazil as Argentina is one of the country’s major commercial partners and has recently established a branch in Venezuela, which receives many exports from Brazil.Likewise, Transload Venezuela was established as its parent company sees great opportunities in Venezuela.Project Partners says it is now represented in 62 countries with nearly 150 members´ read more

The most influential TV game shows of all-time

first_imgEver since the world’s first-ever gameshow, Truth or Consequences, was broadcast on CBS in 1941, the genre has become a cultural juggernaut. Today, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of game shows on the air at any one time, each attracting millions of viewers and giving out increasingly ostentatious prizes in the race to attract the most eyeballs.Many might say that the so-called ‘Golden Age of Game Shows’, which is largely described as having coincided with the Golden Age of Television in the late 1950s to early 1960s, represented the peak of the genre. However, the clear and tangible influence of many game shows that have been released since then shows that the game show is still a powerful, hugely influential cultural medium. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the most influential game shows of all time.Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?The legacy of WWTBAM, which was first broadcast in 1998, is all the more apparent given how recent this game show was released compared to similarly influential shows. Audiences were immediately drawn to the potential of becoming a millionaire overnight, something that none of its peers could offer at the time. Since that first broadcast, the show has spawned several video games, a best-selling board game, and more recently, a critically-acclaimed TV drama called Quiz, which explores one of the most infamous scandals in game show history.Wheel of FortuneWheel of Fortune US has had over 7000 episodes broadcast since it first aired in 1975, while the current host, Pat Sajak, is now the world’s longest-running game show host. Across all continents, WoF’s legacy continues to be felt, with countless spin-off shows, parodies, and video games. It is also one of the earliest game shows to ever be adapted into video game format, with Nintendo releasing a home version of the game for their NES all the way back in 1987. One more recent example of Wheel of Fortune’s influence can be seen on LeoVegas: Crazy Time Live, an online live casino title in which players can win real cash bonuses by spinning the wheel on live stream. The legacy of WoF is a testament to the power that a simple yet engaging concept can have.The Price is RightThe Price is Right is, by some measures, one of the most widely-adopted game shows in the whole world. Since first being created in the US in 1956, it is now estimated that local versions of the show have been broadcast in over 50 countries. In addition, close to two dozen TPIR board games have been produced during the show’s existence, as well as video games on PC, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, and mobile. The show has also been parodied countless times, with hit TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Mad TV all using the show’s price-guessing format to make fun of popular figures, current events, and, of course, the cost of living. These shows highlight how significant game shows are as a medium, and why their cultural influence deserves to be appreciated.last_img read more

Important notice regarding Schengen visa waiver

LocalNews Important notice regarding Schengen visa waiver by: Dominica Vibes News – June 2, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! 227 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Further to the signing of a visa waiver agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of Dominica on 28 May 2015, the Embassy of France in Saint Lucia has advised that travelers must ensure that their documents are in order.The visa-waiver agreement allows nationals to stay in Schengen states for ninety (90) days over a period of one hundred and eighty days (180) allows bearers of ordinary, official or diplomatic Dominican passports to travel to Schengen states.The visa exempt applies for entry into Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Separate agreements still have to be signed for Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and it does not apply for entry into Ireland (Rep.) and the United Kingdom, as other regulations apply. The Embassy of France in St Lucia has advised travelers’ that “verification upon arrival may be randomly carried out by immigration staff at Schengen ports of entry”.As such, “it is therefore highly recommended to be in possession of most of the documents previously required to obtain a visa”.These documents include “specifically: Job letter, Paid return ticket to country of residence, Proof of financial means, Proof of accommodation and Travel/health insurance”.The public is also reminded that the Schengen area does not comprise the French overseas territories; therefore a visa may still be required to enter these territories according to the applicant’s nationality.“Persons who have recently applied for and obtained a Schengen visa through this Embassy are hereby advised that this Embassy will not be liable to refund visas already issued in prevision of a travel to take place after the visa exemption comes into force, this Embassy being required to apply visa regulations as they are at the time the visa enquiry/application is made and regardless of when applicants are due to travel,” the Embassy noted.The short stay visa-waiver also applies to nationals of Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. read more

5G NR mmWave Prototype to Accelerate Mobile Deployments for Smartphones

first_imgQualcomm Technologies has demonstrated 5G NR mmWave prototype system based on the 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 specifications being developed by 3GPP. The prototype system, which operates in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands above 24 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR mmWave technologies can be utilized to deliver robust mobile broadband communications at multi-gigabit-per-second data rates in real-world mobile environments. The prototype system also showcases the Company’s optimized mmWave RF Front-end design in a smartphone form-factor to test and trial real-world mmWave challenges, such as device and hand-blocking.The prototype system will employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive analog beamforming and beam tracking/steering techniques, which is required for robust and sustained mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility. With support for 800 MHz bandwidth and advanced 5G NR technologies including LDPC channel coding for data channels, the prototype system is designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.There is clear and growing global industry interest for deploying advanced 5G NR technologies already in 2019, including mmWave, in mobility applications to meet increasing mobile broadband needs and emerging use cases. For consumers, enhanced mobile broadband supported by 5G NR will bring unprecedented immediacy, enhancing media consumption, improving media generation, enabling immersive virtual/augmented reality, and offering even faster access to rich information.The Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR mmWave prototype system will be utilized in upcoming 3GPP-based 5G NR interoperability testing and over-the-air trials with infrastructure vendors and network operators starting in the second half of 2017. Additionally, mobile device OEMs will have an opportunity to gain an early start in optimizing their devices for the unique challenges associated with integrating 5G NR mmWave technologies in form-factor accurate devices. The testing and trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR mmWave technologies at scale. Qualcomm Technologies will utilize learning from this testing and trials to help drive the ongoing development of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G multimode modem family to help support timely commercial mobile network launches anticipated in 2019 based on the global 3GPP 5G NR standard.The prototype system incorporates insights gained through extensive over-the-air testing completed over the last eighteen months utilizing the existing Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G mmWave prototype system based on the Company’s proprietary design. It adds to their existing 5G NR sub-6 GHz prototype system, operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, which was utilized to demonstrate the Company’s first 5G NR connection in February of this year.Mobile World Congress Americas attendees can view demonstrations of Qualcomm Technologies’ mmWave and sub-6 GHz prototype systems in the Qualcomm booth in South Hall, booth S.216.last_img read more

Daquis returning to Petron in PSL?

first_img[/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Daquis returning to Petron in PSL?’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – After being released to free agency following the decision of the RC Cola-Army Lady Troopers to take leave from the Philippine Superliga, Rachel Anne Daquis could be headed back to the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers.A source told Panay News that the former Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws star is close to an agreement with the Tri-Activ Spikers, which she bannered to the 2015 PSL All-Filipino Conference title.The possible arrival of Daquis could be a welcome addition for head coach Ceseal delos Santos of the Tri-Activ Spikers following the departure of Maica Morada, Iumi Yongco, Cherry Nunag, Mary Grace Masangkay, and Christine Joy Rosario.Morada, Yongco and Nunag are reportedly headed to the Cignal HD Spikers to reunite with head coach George Pascua, while Rosario decided to discontinue her volleyball career to pursue her dream to become a flight attendant.The 29-year-old Daquis may team up with Ilonggas Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and April Ross Hingpit, as well as Shiela Pineda, Carmina Aganon, Frances Molina, Jennylyn Reyes, and Mayette Zapanta at the Tri-Activ Spikers camp.The Lady Troopers were forced not to participate in the upcoming Philippine Superliga season with almost half of its players set to undergo an eight-month military training program with the Philippine Army./PN[/av_textblock]last_img read more

Podcast: NEOSI Presents ‘CavsLand’ with Matt Medley and Brandon Larador

first_img Related TopicsCavsNBA Join Matt Medley and Brandon Larador this week in on our new weekly Cavaliers Podcast – “CavsLand”. The Cavs are 7-1 as of November 11, 2015, and today Brandon and Matt discuss the impressive start and debate whether it’s sustainable, as well as recap recent games and preview the upcoming schedule… Awesome music and random fantasy basketball trash talking featured as well. Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Top 20 WrestleMania Non-Main Event Matches

first_imgIt’s the busiest week of the year in the world of professional wrestling, with WrestleMania 33 this weekend in Orlando, and plenty of great events before the show on Sunday kicks off at 5pm Eastern.Since the first WrestleMania in 1985 at Madison Square Garden, there’s been tons of great matches to speak of, along with a lot of stinkers along the way.The term ‘main event’ was a natural for Mania since it’s start 32 years ago, but it seems like as of late the card has been built around 4-5 matches, and this year is no different, with lots of matches that are being looked at as ‘highlight’ matches on the card.Of course if you think ‘main event’ this year, that’s likely going to go to Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg for the WWE Universal Title, and it should be the final match on the card.Today though we take a special trip down memory lane, as we count down 20 non-main event matches that stole the show. You’ll see a trend as certain names appear over and over on this list, but there’s no doubt that if you think of ‘great’ Mania matches, you’ll probably remember most of these.So enjoy reliving these historic matches, the “Top 20 WrestleMania Non-Main Event Matches.” Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Related TopicsHulk HoganRandy SavageShawn MichaelsThe RockUndertakerWrestleManiaWWE Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedelast_img read more

UWF Softball Prepares for Final Regular Season Test

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – After a three-game weekend sweep of West Georgia and West Alabama, the Argonaut softball team has clinched a tournament berth in next week’s Gulf South Conference tournament. This weekend, West Florida will wrap up their final regular season series at No. 7 Valdosta State in what may be considered a preview for the upcoming postseason. VSU took two from the Argos in their first meeting last week, winning both games 1-0. The Lady Blazers are hitting .379 as a team, but were outhit 13-11 by the Argos in the twin bill.  After last week’s play, Valdosta has taken over the GSC leader position with 46-7 mark on the season, 21-2 in the GSC. The two conference losses were handed to VSU by Alabama-Huntsville and West Alabama earlier in the season.West Florida enters the weekend 40-13, 15-9 in conference competition, and are led by the reigning GSC East Pitcher of the Week, Jillian Lafrance. VSU’s Brianna Collis ranks No. 18 in the nation with a 1.04 ERA, just above Lafrance’s 1.11. The UWF pitching staff holds their opponents to a .212 at the plate and has combined for 383 strikeouts that lead the league. The Argos remain at the No. 4 spot in the South Region rankings that are led by Alabama-Huntsville and Valdosta State in the first and second spots, respectively. West Florida looks to the weekend series with VSU to prepare for the upcoming Gulf South tournament, in hopes to pursue a ticket to the NCAA tournament. The doubleheader with the Lady Blazers is slated for Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 pm EST, and will be available through live broadcast and stats at Friendly Version UWF Softball Prepares for Final Regular Season Test UWF Softball (Photo by Ron Besser) center_img Sharelast_img read more

UWF unable to hold on against Barry, loses 58-55

first_imgUWF unable to hold on against Barry, loses 58-55 Share Emily Erland totaled nine points and five rebounds on Saturday (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img    PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team led Barry 22-11 going into half time, but the Buccaneers came back in the second half shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc as UWF fell 58-55 in the final women’s game of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the UWF Field House.After Barry (2-0) came back to lead 48-45 with 6:03 remaining in the game, UWF’s freshman guard Baylie Bridges (Leesburg, Fla./Leesburg HS) scored seven unanswered points on a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and a layup to put the Argos (0-2) up 52-48 with 4:40 remaining in the game.The Bucs tied the game after a jumper and a layup followed by a free throw to complete a three-point-play before sending Argo senior Emily Erland (Pegram, Tenn./Harpeth HS) to the charity line. Erland tied the game 53-53 on her first free throw but missed her second with 1:51 on the clock.The Argos went 0-for-4 from the field as Barry built a five-point lead while going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in the final minute of play to hold a 58-53 lead with five seconds on the clock. The Argos’ Toynetta Johnson (Pascagoula, Miss/Pearl River CC) made a layup as the clock expired but it wouldn’t be enough as UWF remained winless this season.Barry shot 11.8% from the field and 14.3% from behind the arc in the first half, but came back to shoot 40.6% from the field in the second half and 57.1% from three-point range. After a layup from Druding to start the second half, Barry went on a 15-0 run that included five 3’s on six attempts to take the lead 29-24 with 16:30 on the clock.Bridges led the way for UWF, scoring 12 points and recording three assists, and Jaymie Druding (Orchard Park, N.Y./Maine) added 10 points in the loss. Standing at 5-feet-6-inches, Johnson recorded a team-high 13 rebounds and six assists.UWF will be back in action with a pair of games at the North Georgia Tip-Off Classic Nov. 16-17 in Dahlonega, Ga. UWF will play Georgia State & College first and then North Georgia the following day. Both games will be at 4 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreBarry vs West Florida11/10/12 2:00 p.m. at Pensacola, Fla.At Pensacola, Fla.BARRY 58, WEST FLORIDA 55BARRY (2-0)EULE, Colette 6-12 10-11 25; PEREZ, Jackie 5-13 0-1 14; FRONTINO, Amanda4-15 1-2 12; DIXON, Dominique 1-9 0-0 2; PISCONERI, Danika 0-11 2-4 2;SCHAHCZINSKI, Emily 1-1 0-0 2; JENKINS, Alesha 0-3 1-2 1; HARDY, Tyler 0-20-0 0. Totals 17-66 14-20 58.WEST FLORIDA (0-2)Bridges, Baylie 4-11 2-2 12; Druding, Jaymie 4-7 2-4 10; Erland, Emily 3-63-4 9; Vette, Hanna 3-10 0-0 8; Miller, Raquel 3-11 0-0 6; Wigfall, Jasmine2-4 2-2 6; Johnson, Toynetta 2-14 0-0 4; Gradel, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0; Hughes,Kelseigh 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-65 9-12 55.Barry…………………….   11   47  –   58West Florida………………   22   33  –   553-point goals–Barry 10-28 (PEREZ, Jackie 4-11; FRONTINO, Amanda 3-8; EULE,Colette 3-5; HARDY, Tyler 0-1; DIXON, Dominique 0-3), West Florida 4-21(Bridges, Baylie 2-7; Vette, Hanna 2-8; Erland, Emily 0-1; Johnson, Toynetta0-5). Fouled out–Barry-None, West Florida-Erland, Emily. Rebounds–Barry 48(FRONTINO, Amanda 13), West Florida 51 (Johnson, Toynetta 13).Assists–Barry 13 (DIXON, Dominique 5), West Florida 12 (Johnson, Toynetta6). Total fouls–Barry 9, West Florida 17. Technical fouls–Barry-None, WestFlorida-None. A-221McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off ClassicPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

No. 1 UWF match at Florida Southern ends in 0-0 tie after weather delay

first_img No. 1 UWF was playing its fourth consecutive road match to open the 2013 season Sunday    LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 1 West Florida women’s soccer team’s match at Florida Southern ended in a 0-0 tie after inclement weather forced play to end with 2:12 remaining in regulation.The Argonauts had outshot the Moccasins 8-7 but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities in the first 87 minutes of play. UWF (2-0-2) took seven corners to FSC’s (0-3-1) three before the delay.UWF was playing on the road for their fourth consecutive match and playing in their first match against a non-ranked opponent in 2013. The Argos’ previous match against No. 16 Rollins Sept. 13 also was delayed by inclement weather for one hour and 15 minutes before play resumed.Sunday, UWF’s defense held strong as Argo senior Sarah Story (Hoover, Ala./Darton) made just three saves without having to move from her position.The Argos will host NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) Saturday Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in their home opener at the UWF Soccer Complex.For information on all UWF athletics, visit                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)                        2013 West Florida Women’s Soccer         #1 West Florida vs Florida Southern (09/15/13 at Lakeland, FL) West Florida (2-0-2) vs. Florida Southern (0-3-1) Date: 09/15/13      Attendance: 138 Weather: 90, partly cloudy, 12 mph wind Goals by period       1  2  Tot ——————————- West Florida……..  0  0 –  0 Florida Southern….  0  0 –  0  SCORING SUMMARY: Shots: West Florida 8, Florida Southern 7 Saves: West Florida 3 (Sarah Story 3), Florida Southern 1 (Erin Moseley 1) Game halted with 2:12 remaining due to weather Print Friendly Version No. 1 UWF match at Florida Southern ends in 0-0 tie after weather delaycenter_img Sharelast_img read more

Saito gets table tennis record win

first_imgIto notched her 100th win of the event in 2002.Saito lost to Kenichi Matsubuchi 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7 in the next round. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kiyoshi Saito set another Japanese table tennis record when he picked up his 101st career singles win at the national championships Thursday.The 47-year-old, who has won a record eight national singles titles, broke a tie with 100-match female winner Kazuko Ito by defeating Shusei Tanimoto 11-7, 14-12, 11-2 in the first round at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Fudo holds nerve to claim 50th win

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES ICHIHARA, CHIBA PREF. – Joint overnight leader Yuri Fudo held steady to claim her 50th Japan LPGA Tour victory at the Cyber Agent Ladies on Sunday.Fudo shot a 4-under-par 68 to capture her second consecutive win of the campaign, closing out at 10-under 206, three shots clear of last year’s winner Shin Ji Yai of South Korea. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img The 34-year-old from Kumamoto is only the fourth player on the JLPGA Tour to post 50 wins after Hisako Higuchi, Ayako Okamoto and Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu.“When I heard it was my 50th win I thought ‘Have I really won that many titles,’?” said Fudo. “The win that sticks in my mind most is my first (at the 1999 Itoen Ladies).”A six-time money title winner in Japan, Fudo won the Nishijin Ladies Classic in front of her home fans a fortnight ago and sat out last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic. last_img read more

It’s go time: Ole Miss takes on Boise State tonight

first_imgPlay 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_FOUND Trey Bledsoe catches some passes during a drill on Wednesday August. 20 Session ID: 2020-09-18:3588d498abe2affa35ac1587 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-745014-3749711333001 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.OXFORD – It’s time.Time to get started with the season. Time to see what No. 18 Ole Miss really has in store for 2014. Time to play Boise State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (7 p.m, ESPN).Game preview: No. 18 Ole Miss vs. Boise StateNkemdiche, other top SEC prospects poised for big yearThe Rebels are, in a word, ready. They have been, truthfully, for about a week now.“Everybody is bouncing off the walls right now,” defensive end C.J. Johnson said.“We’re tired of hitting each other every single day,” tight end Evan Engram admitted.“I can’t look back on any other season and say we’re as far along as we are now,” safety Cody Prewitt acknowledged.Even coach Hugh Freeze, who spent each of his first two training camps at Ole Miss worrying about whether the team was understanding the offensive and defensive systems being installed, said he is ready for kickoff.“I found myself (Sunday) feeling very anxious to get going,” Freeze said.There’s a reason why this training camp, with the notable exception of two season-ending injuries at the cornerback position, has gone so smoothly. Ole Miss brought back 16 starters, nine of them on defense. It has more top-end talent, from Prewitt (a returning All-American) to quarterback Bo Wallace (the SEC’s leading returning passer) to that super group of sophomores, than it typically has had. And it’s experienced enough success (15 wins in the last two seasons, including a pair of bowl games) to want more, and enough heartbreakingly close losses to learn hard lessons.“We played so many young kids last year,” Freeze said. “We’re playing young kids this year too. But I do think the leadership in our locker room has changed, and I think just that another year in the program and staying together and the coaching staff staying together and the continuity and the confidence that is expressed around our building makes those kids feel that way.”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_FOUNDcenter_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:30f7a14c87e204a3347e17cc Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-993502-3749921002001 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.All that being said, success is not guaranteed. The Broncos are, at least on paper, not the program that once won a Fiesta Bowl. Longtime coach Chris Petersen left for Washington, but new coach Bryan Harsin is experienced in Boise State’s ways and has vowed a return to that kind of program identity.If Ole Miss does not play well, if it turns the ball over or lets Boise State complete a few long passes downfield, the game could get a lot closer than 10.5-point spread.Or it could be just step 1 and, as Prewitt said, “a really good opportunity for us to really set the season off to a really fast start and good start.”“I tell everybody it is our coming-out party,” wide receiver Laquon Treadwell said. “This is the new normal. We’re going to show everybody what we’re about this year.”Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 or [email protected] Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter.18 Ole Miss vs. Boise State» 7 p.m. today, ESPNlast_img read more

No. 1 USC ready for challenge against No. 9 Duke

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. – Dawn Staley had a lot of success against Duke University during her playing days at Virginia.Now her nationally No. 1 ranked women’s basketball team gets its first crack against the Blue Devils when the teams meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game broadcast nationally on ESPN2“It is the first time we’re going to face a really hostile crowd,” said USC senior forward Aleighsha Welch. “I think everybody in here kind of has heard about the hype of what Cameron Indoor Stadium can bring.“It’s exciting, though. We’ve worked up to this point to prepare ourselves for this game. For us to be on the road, I think it will be a true testament to where we are right now.”The Gamecocks enter the contest against Duke with a 7-0 record, while the ninth-ranked Blue Devils (5-2) have dropped their last two games.Duke 6-foot-3 senior center Elizabeth Williams, a three-time AP All-American has missed the Blue Devils’ last two games with an ankle injury. She is listed as day-to-day.“She’s a great player,” Welch said. “I give her all the respect in the world. We do know she is coming off an injury so it will interesting to see how that goes. But we just know, no matter who plays, we just need to do what we need to do to handle business.”“We’re preparing for her to play,” Staley said. “She has been out for a week now. Usually your ankle feels a little bit better in a week and it feels a lot better when you drop two games.“Duke will be ready to play us and our players will be up for the challenge.”Playing their last game prior to exams, the Gamecocks will face a new phenomenon against Duke – a taller squad that leads the nation in rebounding.The Blue Devils have seven athletes 6-foot-3 or taller. Carolina, which relies on its inside game, will have to find a way to combat Duke’s height advantage.“The game is going to be decided from a rebounding standpoint and points in the paint,” Staley said. “Our ability to continue to score in the paint, our ability to still be able to shoot those outside shots to keep them honest.“Duke is not a team that sits back and packs it in. I hope they do, but, if they don’t and play the way they usually play, we’ll have opportunities to score inside, to penetrate it and get open looks outside as well.”Although this is the beginning of a hectic period for the Gamecocks, Staley admits this was a matchup she and her team could not ignore.“It has really been a tough week for us, from a physical standpoint and, mentally, they’re preparing for finals,” said Staley. “But to pass up an opportunity to play a top 10 team in the country on the road, I think this is the moment college basketball is all about being a student athlete and being able to balance.“They’re being challenged in what it takes to be a student-athlete.”last_img read more

Team Dalton now has a logo

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – As support grows and more prayers go up for young cancer patient Dalton Brown, he now has a logo.  WLAF’s Aaron Hopkins created the look for the high schooler over the weekend.  Dalton was diagnosed with cancer week before last. Dalton is number 23 for the J. Frank White Academy basketball team, and Aaron used his team colors along with the color orange for leukemia in the creation.  You can follow Dalton’s progress on Facebook.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/11/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

We will love Formula 1 forever, said Claire Williams –

first_imgThe British stable was founded in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams together with Sir Patrick Head. During 43 years and 739 grand prizes, the team won 114 races, 312 podiums, 128 pole positions, but above all seven world championship titles and won the Constructors’ Cup nine times.In recent years, however, the Grove stable has struggled with financial problems until it was sold at the end of August this year to the American capital company Dorilton Capital.The race at Monza, Italy, was the last event for founder Claire Williams’ daughter as deputy (but de facto boss) team boss. The Williams family retires from the British team after this race.The team will now be led by Matthew Savage (Chairman of the Board of Dorilton Capital), Darren Fultz (co-founder and CEO since 2018) and James Matthews (Head of Investment Consulting at Eden Rock Group).“It was a huge privilege and an honor to work with everyone on our incredible team. But for Frank, for myself and every member of the Williams family, I would like to thank everyone on our team, past and present, for everything they have done for us over the years, “said Williams.“They are real fighters of this team and we wish them much success in the future. We would also like to thank all our fans around the world who have supported us for so many years.“Our time in this sport was a huge privilege, we leave with many memories, we have experienced ups and downs, triumphs and adversity, we will love Formula One forever,” Williams concluded.last_img read more

De Kock has moved on from Warner altercation ahead of T20 series

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa captain Quinton de Kock says both he and Australia batsman David Warner have moved on from their altercation two years ago in a ferociously contested test series that culminated in the “Sandpapergate” scandal. De Kock and Warner were involved in a fierce verbal exchange in which Warner had to be restrained in a stairwell as the players left the field at tea on the fourth day of the first test in Durban in March 2018.Warner said at the time that De Kock made “a comment that was vile and disgusting and about my wife,” but his role in the fracas that followed earned him a $13,500 fine and three demerit points.It was in the next test in Cape Town that a fired-up Warner was the alleged mastermind behind a plot to alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper, for which he and captain Steve Smith were banned for a year by Cricket Australia, and Cameron Bancroft for nine months. But as they prepare to meet again in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals in Johannesburg today, De Kock says he harbours no bitterness towards Warner.“We haven’t had any conversations, but I think both of us have moved on,” he told reporters yesterday. “We both just love to play the game really hard. I don’t think anything will happen, we will just carry on with the way we need to go about things.“If a player on either side decides to take an opponent on, then maybe that fierceness from both teams will reignite. But will both continue to just play the game hard.” De Kock has replaced Faf du Plessis as captain across all three formats of the game, but is pleased to have the experienced batsman back in the side after the latter was rested for the T20 and One-Day International series against England this month.“It’s great to have him back, he is excited about going forward now,” De Kock said. “He understands he has a big role to play for us, is still seen as a leader among us and is one of our senior players in the team.”De Kock’s schedule has been relentless for South Africa in the last few years, but he says he is not ready for a rest. “The captaincy has kept my energy up, in time I will get the chance to sit down, I’m sure. But for now there is a bigger picture on hand for myself,” he said.last_img read more

CPL partner with ICSS to combat match-fixing, fraud

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Caribbean Premier League organisers have collaborated with independent non-profit body, the International Centre for Sport Security, to tackle corruption in the upcoming tournament bowling off here next Tuesday. Through its Sport Integrity Unit, the Qatar-based organisation will provide technical assistance to the CPL throughout the tournament to help combat match-fixing and betting fraud.A sports integrity hotline will be set up to detect and trace corruption and will be part of a monitoring system implemented for each of the tournament’s 33 games, which will target “suspicious betting patterns and manipulation of sports results”.“We are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an integral part of our overall security and competition integrity management,” said Andy Murphy, CPL’s head of security.  “The Hero CPL will benefit immensely from the professional support that the ICSS offers, and we are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an additional layer of security and oversight.“The ICSS will become an integral part of our operational planning and will support our extensive network of partner organisations throughout the Caribbean and beyond to ensure we have a successful competition.”The CPL has emerged as one of the high profile Twenty20 franchise tournaments on the international cricket calendar since its debut in 2013. Featuring six franchises, the tournament attracts some of the world’s leading players and last year boasted over 300 million in combined broadcast and digital viewership. And with corruption now a focal point in the modern game, the ICSS said the partnership with CPL reflected foresight and awareness on behalf of organisers and also served as a warning to potential threats.“The Caribbean is an important region for the ICSS and it is a privilege for the ICSS team to have this opportunity to work with the CPL, and their partners, to support them in the protection of their competition,” said Fred Lord, director of the SIU’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Operations.“This proactive action taken by the CPL sends a strong message to the organised criminal syndicates who are focused on corrupting and manipulating sport for their own financial gains. “It shows that the CPL is aware of the imminent risks it faces and is prepared to ensure that the highest levels of safeguards have been put in place to deter corrupt and criminal behaviour.”For the first time this year, all matches in the CPL will be played in Trinidad due to the limitations on travel imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Queen’s Park Oval in the capital and the Brian Lara Stadium in Couva, central Trinidad, will serve as the two playing venues, with fans barred from attendance as per health protocols governing the tournament.last_img read more

2017 Orioles preview: Jonathan Schoop

first_imgWith Opening Day less than three weeks away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.Manny Machado Kevin Gausman Adam Jones Darren O’Day Seth Smith Mike Wright Caleb Joseph Donnie Hart2B Jonathan SchoopOpening Day age: 25Contract status: Under club control through the 2019 season2016 stats: .267/.298/.454, 25 HR, 82 RBI, 82 R, 1 SB, 647 PAWhy to be impressed: In addition to hitting 25 long balls for the first time, Schoop increased his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate, which are improvements an aggressive hitter needs to make in his mid-20s. His .688 on-base plus slugging percentage against left-handers in 2016 doesn’t sound like much, but it represented major improvement from his .573 mark against southpaws the previous year.Why to be concerned: After posting an .847 OPS in the first half of 2016, Schoop slumped after the All-Star break with a .643 mark and batted just .196 in the final month of the season, perhaps an effect of playing all 162 games. He still only walked 3.2 percent of the time in 2016, which is 2.6 percent worse than even Adam Jones and illustrates how much his impatience limits his ceiling as a hitter. 2017 outlook: Schoop is often overlooked because of the remarkable development of Manny Machado, but he’s come a long way over his three full major league seasons and can still get better if he improves his plate discipline and contact rate. Manager Buck Showalter should try to give Schoop an occasional day off in an effort to avoid the second-half swoon he experienced last season. Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .274/.314/.474, 29 HR, 85 RBI, 88 R, 2 SB, 623 PAlast_img read more

Ballon D’or Award: Recipient Ronaldo Draws Level With Fierce Rival Messi (5-5)

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with fierce rival Lionel Messi on 5 Ballon d’or awards after he was named the recipient for 2017 on Thursday evening.Ronaldo, who had previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, saw off the aforementioned Messi and PSG superstar Neymar to win the prestigious and highly coveted award.The Portugal international captain was influential last season as he led his Real Madrid side to a UEFA Champions League (UCL) and Spanish La Liga double.RelatedLionel Messi Valueless in the Eyes of ArgentinaDecember 5, 2018In “Europe”Luka Modrič Attacks Ronaldo and Messi for Missing Ballon d’Or CeremonyDecember 15, 2018In “Europe”‘I’D LIKE TO RETIRE AT REAL MADRID’- Ballon d’Or winnerDecember 4, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Teddy bear flies over 200 miles to be reunited with 4-year-old girl

first_imgLoganair(ORKNEY, Scotland) — One beloved teddy bear got left behind by his best friend and had to travel a great distance to be reunited with his owner.Donna, who asked ABC News not to use her last name, was traveling on Monday with her 4-year-old daughter Summer back to their hometown of Orkney, Scotland, from Edinburgh Airport in the country’s capital.The mother said the two didn’t realize “Teddy,” as he is lovingly known, was left behind until they sat down on the plane.“I panicked and called the cabin crew guy over, who said he’d [likely] be at security,” she added, noting that while going through airport security it was “really crazy.”“It must’ve fallen off of something,” Donna said.Donna said they didn’t have time to go back to security to look for Teddy. Instead, when she touched down in Orkney, she tried recovering Teddy, whom Summer has had as a best friend since she was born.“As soon as I landed, I was frantically calling everywhere trying to get through to anyone,” Donna recalled. “But I wasn’t getting anywhere with the airport.”So the mother took to Facebook, posting a plea in a local group for help with locating Teddy. That’s where Loganair cabin crew member Kirsty Walter heard about the incident, offering to help.Walter was able to locate Teddy and personally flew him back Wednesday to Orkney herself to reunite him with Summer.“Whenever our team was made aware of the ‘grizzly’ situation, we knew there could be pandemonium if we didn’t help,” Loganair’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan told ABC News in a statement. “Our cabin crew team quickly tracked down the bear and arranged for him to be on the next service up to Orkney. It was wonderful to see Teddy back in the company of Summer and we’re pleased to have played a role. Loganair prides itself on bringing everyone, including Teddy, home for Christmas.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Final wishes

first_imgBy BRIDGET SCOTT THE night before Robert ‘Bob’ Wheatley died, he told his friend Ray Drysdale that he wanted to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Principal Watson welcomed

first_imgBeaconhills College Berwick Campus has announced Sam Watson as their new Principal who will take over from founding Principal Jenny…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Camogie Semi-Finals and Finals to be held this weekend

first_imgDetails of the coming weekend’s Lough Ree Hotel and Spa Senior and Duanes Daybreak Intermediate Camogie Championship fixtures have been announced. The Senior Quarter finals will be played on Saturday next in Tynagh as a double header with Killimor taking on Oranmore/Maree at 3.30 followed by Ardrahan and Eyrecourt at 5pm. The Intermediate Semi-Finals will be held on Sunday as a double header in Killimor. Carnmore will take on Ahascragh/Caltra at 11am followed by Mountbellew/Moylough and Cappataggle at 12.30. The Junior A Semi-finals will be played this weekend with St Colmans taking on Shamrocks on Friday at a venue and time to be confirmed and Kiltormer and Cois Farraige in Craughwell on Sunday at 11am.The County Junior B Final is fixed for Sunday in Loughrea with St Dominics facing Liam Mellows at 6.30 and the Junior C Final between Kilconieron and Portumna is provisionally scheduled for Friday with a time and venue to be confirmed.The action gets underway on Thursday with the Under 13 Division One and Two Finals. Athenry take on Davitts in Division One and Kinvara face Turloughmorein Division Two. Venues and Times to be confirmed.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kane expects ‘brave’ and ‘aggressive’ England in Russia

first_imgEngland will adopt an aggressive approach to their World Cup fixtures and tackle the tournament “head on” as Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad hopes to make its mark in Russia, captain Harry Kane has said.The 24-year-old Tottenham striker hopes that an inexperienced squad will be motivated by the biggest stage, on which the national team has repeatedly disappointed since lifting the trophy in 1966.“The aim is to be aggressive and brave in possession,” Kane told British media. “We want to take this tournament head on.“There will be tough moments, and ups and downs. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it’s about playing attacking football.“We are aiming to win the first game, then to target the second, and take that attitude to the World Cup.”Kane, who scored 41 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions last season, will also be hoping to find the net for the first time at a major tournament.He struggled for form during England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.“Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer,” Kane added.England face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.last_img read more

Earnhardt Jr. misses out on another Chase

first_img“I saw a lot of cars and wrecks and a lot of things that happened and I knew it was pretty close,” Harvick said. “I saw (Earnhardt) running third, and in my head I knew where we were and kind of turned it up a little bit.” This “regular-season” finale has been full of excitement since NASCAR implemented the Chase for the championship in 2004. It sent several bubble drivers into the race needing miracles to keep their title hopes intact. But NASCAR changed the format this year, widening the Chase field from 10 to 12 drivers and implementing a seeding system that awarded 10 bonus points for every regular-season victory. It diluted the drama of this particular race and made it almost impossible for Earnhardt to race his way in. He knew it long before he arrived in Richmond, and he seemed almost resigned to his fate from the start. It means Earnhardt won’t win a championship with DEI, his late father’s company. Although he won two Busch Series championships while his father was still alive, he’s never been higher than third in the Cup standings. Earnhardt was solid at times this season, but the motor failures derailed his efforts. “We deserved to be in the Chase,” he said. “We ran top-five almost every week.” Although the drama was gone, the new format put a premium on wins and drivers went hard for them every week. Although Jeff Gordon dominated the standings all season long, his points lead is gone because Johnson, his teammate, won two more races than he did. Johnson surged into the top seed by winning last week at Fontana and Saturday night in Richmond to give him a season sweep on the Virginia short track. He said that momentum will be key to winning a second championship. “Momentum means a lot, it really does,” he said. “We’ve seen that time and time again with different race teams. We’re happy to be hitting our stride now and we had a great 26. Now it’s about these last 10 and we’ll see what we can do.” Gordon, the four-time series champion, will be seeded second – just 20 points behind Johnson. Tony Stewart, the two-time series champion, will be 30 points back in third. He missed the Chase last season. Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 Dario Franchitti, hoping to wrap up his first open-wheel championship in the IRL IndyCar Series season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, got the weekend off to a great start by winning his third pole of the year. The Scotsman, who goes into today’s race in Joliet, Ill., with a three-point lead over Scott Dixon, turned a fast lap of 214.646 mph. Dixon was sixth at 214.217. Franchitti, the third of 22 drivers to make qualifying attempts on the 1.5-mile oval, said he slowed down from practice earlier in the day and was uncertain where his speed would place him in the final running order. “I was shocked when I heard my (qualifying) time. I wasn’t sure if we got the most out of the track, but it turns out the track slowed down,” Franchitti said. “But qualifying is only a small part of what goes into the race.” ETC.: Franchitti will become the latest open-wheel star to make the jump to NASCAR. A source close to the negotiations said Franchitti will sign with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 40 Dodge beginning in 2008. David Stremme, the current driver of the No. 40, has already been told he will not have the ride next year. He will join Juan Pablo Montoya, another former open-wheel star, a heralded rookie with Ganassi’s Nextel Cup team this season. Italian Grand Prix McLaren driver Fernando Alonso clinched the pole position in qualifying for today’s Formula One race in Monza, Italy. Alonso circled the 3.6-mile circuit in 1 minute, 21.997 seconds for his second pole of the season. Alonso’s rookie teammate Lewis Hamilton, who leads the Spaniard by five points atop the drivers’ standings, was second at 1:22.360. ETC.: Alonso, the two-time defending world champion, has reportedly submitted evidence relating to the Ferrari spy scandal to Formula One’s governing body, following its request that McLaren’s drivers cooperate in the inquiry. “I did only what had to be done,” Alonso was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of Italian news daily La Repubblica. “The highest body made a request of me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Jimmie Johnson locked up his spot as the favorite for the Nextel Cup title, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was locked out of NASCAR’s showcase event. Johnson easily raced to his series-best sixth victory of the season, winning Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway to shore up the top seed in the Chase for the championship. The defending Nextel Cup champion will start the 10-race title hunt on top of the standings and with the momentum of two consecutive wins to help him hold off 11 other challengers. But NASCAR’s most popular driver won’t be one of them. Earnhardt will watch the Chase from the sidelines for the second time in three years, failing to race his way into the event. He ran in the top three late in the race, but his fifth motor failure with just a few laps to go sealed his fate. He finished 30th and was clearly dejected as he shared a brief hug with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. The two are leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and will join Hendrick Motorsports. “We’ve run good every week. We just can’t finish races,” he said. “We love racing. We’ll be all right. This is disappointing, these dang motors.” Earnhardt started the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 as the only driver mathematically eligible to race into the Chase, but the odds were stacked against him. Kevin Harvick, the driver on the bubble, had to finish 33rd or worse, combined with a flawless Earnhardt run, for Junior to make it. Harvick avoided two different accidents and coasted to a seventh-place finish to end any suspense. last_img read more

Zidane aiming to emulate Guardiola by becoming new Real Madrid boss, says ex-Barcelona star

first_imgZinedine Zidane will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola by becoming the new head coach of Real Madrid, according to former Barcelona winger Bolo Zenden.The French maestro was unveiled as the new Los Blancos boss in a press conference on Monday following the sacking of Rafael Benitez, who was axed less than 24 hours after Real were held to a 2-2 draw with Valencia.Zidane has a strong affinity with the Spanish giants, having won Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup titles during his five season stay as a player, while he was appointed the manager of Real Madrid’s B team in 2014.Despite his standing with the club and its fanatical fanbase, Zenden believes Real are taking a big risk by giving Zidane the reigns but admits it will not the first time an inexperienced boss has proven his doubters wrong.“Zidane already has a head start, the people love him over there,” the ex-Chelsea and Liverpol midfielder told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s one of Real’s best ever players, he won everything he could at the club and he’s been there as a manager, although it was with the reserves.“He’s got everything going for him, but in the end I still think it’s a big risk because he’s never managed at the highest level.“But I remember well when Pep Guardiola said to the Barcelona president, ‘he wouldn’t dare make me the head coach’. He was inexperienced as a coach, but it happened and we all know the story when he took over. That’s something Zidane will be aiming to do.”Zenden worked as Benitez’s number two at Chelsea and backed his former boss’ record at Madrid, insisting he did not deserve to be axed.And the former winger issued a warning to Zidane, that even he will not be safe if the board do not see results during his reign and that Jose Mourinho’s continued availability will present a teasing fall-back for club bosses.He added: “Under Bentinez, they were still in the Champions League and only three points off the top of La Liga, which has left Zidane something to work with. But in a few months’ time they could out of everything.“I’m sure that, given his relationship with the club, Zidane will be given more time than anybody else, but still that time is limited. At a club like Madrid, at the end of the season if you haven’t won any trophies and you’re off the pace than I’m afraid, even for a figure like Zidane, that’s the end of the road.“We all know there’s another big figure in football who is available at the moment, who could be in the frame in a few months’ time if it’s not working.”last_img read more

Ducks getting healthy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Said center Andy McDonald: “I don’t know, I thought everyone worked pretty hard. After two days off, everyone seemed to be upbeat and had energy.” It wasn’t cause for great concern, nor did it make much sense – the Ducks haven’t had as many healthy players practicing together since training camp. Recuperating defenseman Mathieu Schneider and forwards Rob Niedermayer and Ryan Getzlaf participated in all aspects of practice. The outlook is good for Schneider, who expects to make his regular-season debut tonight against Columbus. The 38-year-old defenseman, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in the offseason, hasn’t played since breaking his ankle in an exhibition game against the Kings on Sept. 15. “I don’t think there’s anything more I can do to test it,” he said of the ankle. “I haven’t had any kind of setback … I feel great physically and mentally.” Schneider skated with Francois Beauchemin in practice, and Carlyle said the two defensemen can expect more opportunities in man-advantage situations than on the penalty kill tonight. Carlyle said Niedermayer (groin) and Getzlaf (left forearm) will be game-day decisions. after two days away from the ice Around the league Flyers: Defenseman Derian Hatcher will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks. Predators: Owner Craig Leipold decided to give more time to the local investors trying to buy the team and keep it in town. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By J.P. Hoornstra Staff Writer The Ducks returned to Honda Center for a practice Wednesday . And for whatever reason, it was quiet out there on the ice. “From a vocal standpoint,” Coach Randy Carlyle said, “this was one of the quietest days.” last_img read more

Michael Carrick has signed new Man United deal, claims Red Devils legend

first_img1 Michael Carrick has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown in ten seasons at Old Trafford Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a new contract at the club, according to Red Devils legend Paddy Crerand.Carrick’s previous deal with the Red Devils was set to end this summer after ten successful seasons at Old Trafford.However, Crerand, who made over 300 appearances for United between 1963 and 1971, appeared to let slip that the 34-year-old has agreed fresh terms with the club.Speaking on MUTV, Crerand said: “Something that happened today that nobody has mentioned, and I’m delighted that he has signed another contract: Michael Carrick. He’s signed a contract for another year.“There was a situation where it looked as if his contract was up at the end of this year and that was it, but from what I’m gathering he’s there for another year.”Carrick has claimed five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown during his time at United, and has also won the FA Cup and League Cup since signing from Tottenham in 2006.New boss Jose Mourinho has already tied down teenage striker Marcus Rashford and fellow academy graduate Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to new deals but there has been no official confirmation from the club on a contract being agreed with Carrick.last_img read more

‘They left me with the bill!’ – Harry Redknapp reacts to corruption allegations

first_img Harry Redknapp has responded to allegations made about him in the Daily Telegraph 1 Harry Redknapp has reacted to allegations he was aware of players betting on their own matches, revealed by the Daily Telegraph in their ‘football4sale’ investigation.The former Premier League boss was filmed by undercover reporters, revealing the details of a game in which his players ‘all had a spread bet’ on the result.The report indicates the players – of an unnamed team – bet on themselves to win, with one player allegedly telling an agent to ‘remortgage your house’ because of how favourable the odds were.However, Redknapp has since responded to the claims, calling them ‘a nonsense’.Speaking to BT Sport, Redknapp said: “It’s a nonsense. If that’s the best they could get out of three hours of sitting with me and trying to stitch me up, it’s sad.“They never had a bet anyway. No-one had a bet. Impossible. Anyone who’s watching this who understands betting odds knows that a team on the top playing a team that’s relegated, it’s not a betting proposition. You can’t bet on that. It’s ridiculous.”Jokingly, Redknapp also suggested the worst part of the entire operation was when the reporters hurried out of the restaurant – leaving the manager to pay the bill!He added: “The worst part is that when the bill came up, the other four scumbags got up and left me with the bill.”last_img read more

Redknapp: When Klopp watches Arsenal’s last game, one thing is likely to stand out

first_img on target targets Getty Jamie Redknapp insists Liverpool must stop Arsenal new boy Dani Ceballos this weekend.The Real Madrid loanee made his full Gunners debut in a 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend, registering assists for both goals. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta The Spaniard ran the show from midfield and is expected to start against Liverpool on Saturday, LIVE on talkSPORT.And Redknapp, who made 311 appearances for the Reds between 1991 and 2002, thinks Jurgen Klopp’s men will have to pay close attention to Ceballos.He told the Daily Mail: “What a performance from Dani Ceballos on his full Premier League debut. OFF 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “Arsenal must already be tempted to ask Real Madrid how much it would cost to sign their loanee on a permanent deal.“Jurgen Klopp will watch back Arsenal’s win over Burnley and note they need to stop Ceballos at Anfield next week.“That will be a great test of the 23-year-old’s ability.”Arsenal have a wretched record against Liverpool, failing to get the better of them in their last eight meetings. stalemate Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest rookie error Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LIVE on talkSPORT Unai Emery’s Arsenal were thrashed 5-1 by Liverpool at Anfield last season What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “That is really our challenge, a really good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good.“Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. deals The Gunners’ last victory over the Reds came in a 4-1 victory in April 2015.Arsenal boss Unai Emery joked he would prefer never to face Liverpool again.“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever,” he said. Leeds vs Brentford (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 FAREWELL BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Dani Ceballos looks like a real talent and showed his class in the Premier League win against Burnley Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

Indy Man Lifelined After off-road accident in Brown County

first_imgIndiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred this afternoon in the town of Nineveh, located in northern Brown County.This afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m., first responders were dispatched to the 8700 block of Nineveh Road in reference to an accident involving an ORV.Witnesses to the accident stated they observed the ORV traveling down the roadway,  before losing control, veering off the road and striking a barn structure.The operator, Christopher Oder, 38, of Indianapolis was Lifelined to IU Health Methodist in Indianapolis with head trauma.  He is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.  He was not wearing protective equipment at the time of the incident.  Alcohol is believed to have played a factor. The incident continues to be under investigation by the Indiana Conservation Officers.last_img read more

Environmental planner discusses vision with council

first_imgAlthough Chatham-Kent council has agreed in principle to consider climate mitigation measures in future decision making, there are still details to be worked out on what exactly can be done to help lessen the impact.With certain parts of the municipality ravaged by flooding and erosion this year, councillors approved a motion this past summer to declare a climate emergency.Staff provided an update on what that will mean at Monday’s meeting.Gabriel Clarke, an environmental planner who has been with the municipality since June, said a climate “lens” will be part of the upcoming budget process.“What I’m attempting to do with the climate plan is bring more of a nuanced view to our investments in the long term,” he said.Clarke added there will be a need to balance the impact on ratepayers while thinking ahead to the future.The climate emergency declaration motion, entered by South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson in July and passed unanimously, aimed to look at how strategies and policies can reduce individual and collective environmental impacts.Staff were also challenged to work internally and engage stakeholders to prepare information and recommendations for cost-effective initiatives ahead of budget deliberations.A terms of reference report is slated to come to council Nov. 18, as well as a climate change background report in early 2020.“I think this is a good first step,” Thompson said.The upcoming report will contain findings from Chatham-Kent’s historical and future climate analysis; internationally accepted climate projections; and an inventory and impact analysis of actions the municipality has undertaken to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change since 2014.Chatham Coun. Doug Sulman said there could also be ways to reduce Chatham-Kent’s carbon footprint through conservation.“It’s not always about spending more,” he said.Clarke said energy efficiency is one example of how the municipality can take action, citing the out-of-date HVAC system at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre as an example.He said the climate lens will show the differences between various types of equipment and the benefits of each.Monday’s council meeting came on the heels of a midday decision to close Erie Shore Drive, between Bisnett Line and Erieau Road, to all but local residents and emergency vehicles due to high winds.The area experienced severe flooding in August, resulting in a localized state of emergency.During non-agenda business at the end of the night, South Kent Coun. Clare Latimer said residents are hoping for information sooner rather than later concerning the overall situation.“These individuals are living in limbo,” she said. “They’re merely looking for options.”[email protected] read more

Magnificent seven for Chad le Clos in Glasgow

first_img30 July 2014Chad le Clos claimed an individual bronze medal and added a further bronze as a member of the South African medley relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Tuesday evening.In the 200m individual medley final, Le Clos blasted out of the blocks, opening up a lead of more than a second after the butterfly leg. He still led at the halfway mark, after the backstroke, with fellow South African Sebastien Rousseau in second place.Both, however, fell off the pace and out of the top three on the breaststroke leg.Australia’s Daniel Tranter then stormed to victory in a Commonwealth Games’ record of 1:57.83, with Scotland’s Daniel Wallace finishing second in 1:58.72, just 13- hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Le Clos. Rousseau continued his tumble down the standings to finish in eighth place.Medley relayIn the absence of a specialist backstroker, Rousseau was handed the position for the 4 x 100m medley relay. He had the South African team in sixth place when he handed over to Cameron van der Burgh for the breaststroke.The Olympic champion improved South Africa’s standing by two places after recording a time of 59.40 seconds, the second best of the race, before Chad le Clos took over.By the time the butterfly ace sent Leith Shankland on his way in the freestyle leg, le Clos had the South African team in third place with an advantage of 2.77 seconds on fourth place.Shankland maintained his position to help secure the bronze medal behind England and Australia.50m freestyleVeteran Roland Schoeman finished sixth in the final of the 50m freestyle, seven- hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Brad Tandy, who placed seventh.“Disappointing I need to figure things out,” the 34-year-old Schoeman said after his swim. “I was 22.0 about four or five weeks ago. That was the positive thing and it’s disappointing not being able to step up here and do it tonight.“The challenge for us is that we need the funding and sponsorship to continue here [at this level]. What most people don’t understand is that it all hinges on swims like tonight. You are only as good as your last swim and for me trying to get to a fifth Olympics, it becomes increasingly harder not to come away with a medal.”Myles Brown contested the final of the 1 500m freestyle, but was some way off his best form and came home in eighth place.Swimming medalsThe South African swimming team finished the competition with 12 medals, including three gold, three silver and six bronze. Le Clos won a record equaling seven medals, with golds in the 100 and 200m butterfly, silver in the 4 x 100m freestyle, and bronze in the 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4 x 200m freestyle relay, and the 4 x 100m medley relay.“It has been a great week for me,” Le Clos said, reflecting on his big medal haul after the medley relay. “I started off with the 50m butterfly, and I was just happy to get the bronze. I think that was the biggest weight off of me, just to get that medal first up.“The relay, the 4 by 100m [medley], was one of the highlights of the meet, all the relays, actually. The 4 by 100m freestyle was amazing for me. Swimming a 48.5, I was really happy with that, and the 4 by 200m [was good].”Medal spread“Any time you can bring medals home for South Africa, it’s successful, but the most successful thing is that the medals are spread this time,” breaststroke star Cameron van der Burgh said.“If you look at Sebastien, Leith and all these boys bringing medals home, it’s a lot more diverse now. We are growing in the number and the depth that we have and that’s the main thing.” p>AthleticsLong Jumpers Rushwahl Samaai and Zarck Visser were automatic qualifiers for Wednesday’s final. After a first trial no jump, Visser launched himself to 7.99m, which exceeded the automatic qualifying distance by 9cm, and headed the group B contenders.England’s Greg Rutherford, who leapt 8.05m, was the only person to better Samaai’s mark of 8.03m in group A.Andre Olivier won his 800m heat in 1:47.93. “It’s going to be tough in the semis,” he said afterwards. “I need to run a good race.”Mountain bikingIn the mountain biking competition, Mariska Strauss placed tenth in the women’s cross-country race after losing time on the very first lap following a crash in the bunch.“Halfway through the first lap there was a crash just ahead of me, allowing the lead girls to pull away,” said Strauss. “It was a mission trying to catch back, but I gave it my all and ended tenth, and tenth was my best today, so and well done to the other girls.”Gold went to Canada’s Catherine Pendrel, who dominated the race, with fellow Canadian Emily Batty picking up silver and the Australian Rebecca Henderson the bronze medal.In the men’s race, Philip Buys was in sixth place after the first lap, but then steadily lost places to finish in 13th position. New Zealander Anton Cooper claimed gold ahead of his team-mate Sam Gaze, with Australia’s Dan McConnell coming home in third.HockeyThe South African men’s hockey team recovered from a 0-5 defeat to world number one Australia to hand Wales a 5-1 loss. That leaves them in third place in Pool A, with two wins and one defeat, with a crucial game coming up against India, who, like South Africa, are on seven points after three matches.Medal standingsAfter Tuesday’s action, South Africa is in seventh place on the medal table, with seven gold, five silver and nine bronze medals for a total haul of 26 in all.Australia tops the standings with 34 gold, 31 silver and 36 bronze medals, bringing their total to 101.England, with 33 gold, 33 silver and 27 bronze is in second place, with 93 in all.Canada’s 16 gold, five silver and 18 bronze medals has the North Americans in third place.last_img read more

Back to School: Students Tell Us How to Recruit Better on Campus

first_imgWhy is that? One reason could simply be that job fairs are unable to sort through hoards of students to connect them with the right recruiters and companies. More importantly, many companies attending job fairs do not have any intention of doing serious recruiting work there, making it a waste of an opportunity for both the company and the interested applicant. Therefore, students are now seeking other alternatives besides career fairs (i.e. Personal Networking). With college students across the country about to return to campus, college recruiters aren’t far behind. But does putting company letterhead down on tables work today? Furthermore, do students really believe meeting with recruiters will lead to the jobs they want? Surprisingly, 52 percent listed Personal Networking as the best method for securing a job in their field upon graduation. Yes, students were more than five-times more likely to say their own personal networking will provide them the best opportunity for a job after graduation than say career fairs filled with campus recruiters, job websites or even career services. So how do recruiters enter that mix? Furthermore, if hiring managers aren’t available, don’t just opt for a warm body. Alumni from a certain school can also be a good option. A recent graduate who has excelled within your workplace in the first few years on the job can be a great asset on campus to network and build a hiring brand presence.  Specifically, we commissioned Google to ask 500 18-24 college students the following: What do you believe will provide you the best opportunity to secure a job in your field of study upon graduation? The company offers CodeSprints, online coding competitions, which your company can simply sponsor or host on your own. This way, the event can be about the challenge itself and not overly salesy of your hiring brand. You’ll be surprised the hiring brand recall you can establish by bringing this type of enjoyable challenge to a worthy group of engineering students.  Hiring for technical or STEM positions? Why not skip the career fair and do something that will create some real connections – a hackathon. Hackathons can take on many shapes and sizes, but the opportunity they give recruiters and hiring managers to evaluate technical student talent in a natural environment is unparalleled. Don’t think you can pull off your own hackathon? One organization that can help you with managing a hackathon is HackerRank. Build Better Connections with Key Influencers and Groups on Campus: Building connections on campus doesn’t end with career services. On-campus recruiting today means building connections with key faculty and student stakeholders. Info sessions, affiliate programs and campus sponsorships can be some ways to get your hiring brand known around campus.  Of course there are also offline and more contemporary methods for obtaining professional contacts as you start your career, which can also prove more useful to students than fighting through the hustle and bustle of career fairs. They can join student clubs that are related to their career interests, seek out internships to build connections in industries they’re interested in or even begin dialogue with thought leaders in certain markets on social networks like Twitter.  Whether it’s you, someone else on your university relations team, or one of these other parties, don’t forget that this first connection on campus will influence how students view your organization going forward. Take a positive first step and build a personal connection that lasts. You also can’t overlook building connections with key influencers within faculty on campus. Close relationships with faculty members can assist with obtaining insight into top students and prospective talent on campus, give you a trusted channel to engage students with and help you with finding prospective interns.  Data may suggest that interest or a lack of interest not only differs school-to-school, but also by majors or graduation years. Therefore, don’t stretch yourself too thin, overspend or create negative perceptions of your brand with those on campus who aren’t interested. Become more targeted and drill down into specific majors, classes and even diversity groups where your message is being well received.  Many companies today are simply looking for talent that will love coming to work each day and engaging in the workplace. What better place to look and align your brand with on campus than student clubs where students get together in their free time to focus on their passions, such as marketing, engineering or business. Over 82 percent of companies today use campus clubs as a recruiting resource to find top college talent (Source: 2014 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers). This is because clubs offer inherent recruitment advantages. Not only are they a shortcut to finding this self-motivated talent, but they act as natural campus filters so that companies can get to exactly the students they want. Furthermore, it’s an authentic way for companies to endear themselves to students. Because students spend so much of their energy building these organizations, they truly appreciate when you choose to engage with them. Research released from Bersin by Deloitte last year found that a consistent campus presence from hiring brands, which builds awareness and connections, versus simply pushing current openings, is necessary to implement successful campus recruiting efforts today. That may be for good reason. Door of Clubs recently examined how students plan to secure a job in their field of study upon graduation.  Measure Student Interest on the Fly: Once you start your engagement and connections with students on campus you need to make sure you’re tracking so you can adjust efforts on the fly. The number of hires from a school is just a starting point. Early on in your campus recruiting efforts it’s important to track how many students are engaging with your messages and responding.  Having a hiring manager join you in your campus recruiting efforts isn’t mandatory, but it can go long way in building real personal connections with potential hires on campus. After all, who are students going to be interacting with daily once they join your organization? Recruiters may feel like it will be impossible to get executives involved, but studies show that hiring managers often jump at the opportunity to uncover promising new talent on campus.  Champion Hiring Managers to Make the Trip to Campus: Searching for employment as a student is a tedious assignment that can be quite time consuming outside of college curriculum. While students may have underestimated the power of their personal networks in the past and how useful their respective contacts can be; the rapid development of online social networks such as LinkedIn has harnessed and illuminated the value. Target Schools and Groups that Align with Your Hiring Brand: We all know the bad rap the “spray and pray” technique gives recruiters. It doesn’t work off-campus and it certainly doesn’t work on-campus with recruiting. Furthermore, a lot of recruiters will take shortcuts and let lists like this dictate what schools they are targeting. Not only will that put you right next to Google and Facebook in trying to attract the most prestigious talent, but it will miss all the undervalued talent residing in lesser known schools across the country. last_img read more

AI Favored Search 2.0 Solution

first_imgTags:#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the current Read/WriteWeb poll (see below), we’re asking what ‘search 2.0’ conceptsyou think stand the best chance of beating Google. The results so far are interesting,because Artificial Intelligence is currently top pick – despite having a history ofunderachievement in the tech industry and there being no real AI search contenders yet.Hakia, which we profiledrecently, is one such AI (or natural language processing) search engine. But Hakia isat this stage a fair way off being a finished product.Poll results so far:1. Artificial Intelligence (e.g. Hakia, Powerset) 23% (123 votes)2. People Powered Search (e.g., ChaCha) 21% (115 votes)3. Vertical Search (e.g. SimplyHired, Technorati) 15% (81 votes)4. Personalized Search (e.g. Collarity) 12% (63 votes)5. Clustering (e.g. Clusty, SearchMash) 11% (58 votes)6. Social Search (e.g. Eurekster, Rollyo) 7% (37 votes)7. Visualization (e.g. Quintura and Kartoo) 6% (33 votes)8. Previews (Snap, Live Image Search) 5% (25 votes)Alex Iskold, in his R/WW post The Race to BeatGoogle, was skeptical of AI search:“Based on what we have seen so far, it is difficult to see how these companies canbeat Google. Firstly, being able to enter the query using natural language is alreadyallowed by Google, so this is not a competitive difference. It must then be the actualresults that are vastly better. Now that is really difficult to imagine. Somewhat bettermaybe, but vastly different? Unlikely.”But it seems R/WW readers beg to differ. 23% of you think AI search is the most likelyapproach to challenge Google.Disagree? Well, let us know in the poll which search 2.0approaches you favor. You can choose more than one: richard macmanuslast_img read more

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

first_img(AP) — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports, extending the import taxes on just about everything China ships to the United States in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive trade policies. Most of the levies are scheduled to kick in Sept. 1.But the agency says it would delay the tariffs to Dec. 15 on some goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing. And it’s removing other items from the list based “on health, safety, national security and other factors.”The news sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average up more than 460 points in midmorning trading. Shares of Apple, Mattel and shoe brand Steve Madden shot up on the news.Separately, China’s Ministry of Commerce reported that top Chinese negotiators spoke by phone with their U.S. counterparts, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and plan to talk again in two weeks.Together, the developments revived optimism that the world’s two biggest economies can make progress toward resolving a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets for more than a year and clouded prospects for the global economy.The U.S. and China are fighting over American allegations that Beijing steals trade secrets and forces foreign companies to hand over technology. The tactics are part of China’s drive to become a world leader in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and electric cars.last_img read more

No serious leg break for Dessena?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Brescia midfielder Daniele Dessena has reportedly avoided a double leg break but still faces around three months out with a fracture. There were fears Dessena had broken the fibia and tibula in his right leg after a nasty collision with Erick Pulgar during Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on Monday. However, Gazzetta dello Sport writes that while he did fracture the malleolus in his ankle, he did not sustain any serious damage and will not need surgery. The 31-year-old left the field on a stretcher and in tears as he risked suffering a similar injury to the tibia-fibula break that ruled him out for much of 2015-16. While he received an outpouring of support from several famous faces, teammate Mario Balotelli was furious the VAR did not review Pulgar’s tackle.last_img read more

DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. LATEST STORIES View comments Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Brad Haddin retires from international cricket

first_imgAustralian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday bringing the curtains down on a decorated international career.Haddin missed the second Ashes Test at Lord’s due to personal reasons and was not in the playing 11 for the next Test. The New South Wales club cricketer Peter Nevill replaced him.Haddin joins pacer Ryan Harris, all-rounder Shane Watson, captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers who have all retired from international cricket since losing the Ashes earlier this summer.Congratulations to the retiring Brad Haddin on a wonderful career in Baggy Green. Story: (@CricketAus) September 9, 2015Brad Haddin has played 66 Tests, 126 ODIs and 34 T20Is for Australia. Though he retired from international cricket he will still continue to play in Big Bash League(Australian domestic T20 tournament) for Sydney Sixers.Australian legend Brett Lee also expressed his good wish for his former team mate post retirement.Congrats Hadds. A great career mate. Thanks for the safe hands buddy ???? @CricketAus& Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 9, 2015Haddin retired from ODI’s after the 2015 world cup, where Australia won the championship for the fifth time.last_img read more


first_imgAshwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the Ashwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the conditions as the series went on but added that they had played good cricket despite what the ODIs scoreline says. “I think now we feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It is great competition, the players come hard at us and we do quite enjoy it. But how many times we come back here, we need to adapt to different situations. We end up playing some cricket in India, go somewhere else and then come to Australia. So it takes a bit of time, and this tour was especially challenging because we landed in Perth, then had to adjust to different time zones going to Brisbane then Melbourne, so it took another week or so for us to completely get over jet lag. “These are the challenges an international cricketer faces, and coming to Australia has always been very challenging and we enjoy it. “We have played wonderful cricket. As I said, there has been a miscalculation of 20-30 runs and the margin has been one over, so that tells you what kind of cricket we have played. We have been able to match them at every aspect of the game. Its very unfair to say how the tour has gone and who has done better, I dont think that is right,” Ashwin signed off. PTI CN CM CMlast_img read more

Mary Kom marches into seventh World Boxing C’Ships final

first_imgIndian Open Boxing Tournament 2019: Even Mary Kom’s Nepalese opponent was humble in her loss AdvertisementChungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte marched into her seventh World Boxing Championships final after defeating North Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim 5-0 in the 48kg category via unanimous decision at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi. She will cross swords with Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final on Saturday.Mary Kom is one step closer to win her sixth World Championships goldMary Kom’s years of experience came handy in the final round as she goaded Hanna to make mistakes and capitalized on it. In the next two rounds, Magnificient Mary’s wit prevailed again as she broke her opponent’s cadence and wrenched the tempo of the game in her favor.Mary’s astute feet movement, coupled with left jabs and right blows left her opponent flabbergasted and no chance of recovery whatsoever. The judges were highly impressed with Mary’s performance and awarded the five-time World Champion a 5-0 win.Later in the day, India’s Lovlina Borgohain lost to Nien-chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the 69kg category at the semi-finals. As a result, she had to settle for bronze in her maiden World Championships expedition.Tomorrow, Simranjeet Kaur and Sonia will be in action in their semi-final bout against China’s Dan Dou and North Korea’s Son Hwa Jo respectively. Both of them have guaranteed themselves a bronze medal in the biennial extravaganza.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo on Portugal’s World Cup 2018 exit: We leave with heads held high

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of lifting the World Cup came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as his team lost 2-1 in the round of 16 against Uruguay in Sochi.The superstar footballer, who scored four goals in the tournament, failed to find the back of the net in the decisive game as Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Uruguay reach the quarterfinals where they will meet France.Ronaldo however, is proud of the way his team played in the World Cup and feels that his team should leave Russia with their heads held high.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” quoted Ronaldo, as saying.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit”We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dreamThe Real Madrid playmaker further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow out”We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things,” he said.advertisement”This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsCavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.World Cup 2018: Coach Oscar Tabarez hails Uruguay’s mental strengthPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.Ronaldo could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

The Secret Sauce of Record-Breaking Year-End Campaigns

first_imgPrep your team to:Be confident in sharing year-end messages.Be ready for a flood of requests for help and info, especially in December.Immediately share important feedback they receive on any component of last-minute marketing so you can correct the course if necessary. Go!Like most tasks, implementing your year-end campaign is a lot easier (and will be so much more successful) when based on a research-based plan. Don’t skip that step.Write right.Make sure your tone is personal and your call to action clear and easy to act on. Consider these five steps to a successful year-end email campaign.This last recommendation is so important. If you skip it, you’ll risk undermining campaign success. If you do it, you’ll do great. Get on it!That’s my year-end campaign secret sauce. What can you add? Share your tried and true practices in the comments below!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at Outline Your Plan Every connection you squeeze into 2014 allows you to deepen the relationship just a little more! So clarify your goal, think through what will be top of mind for these folks, and start reaching out right now.Do more of what has worked best to engage your most loyal supporters while you have their attention.Your trends analysis will also highlight the channels and messages that hit a positive nerve with each audience group. These are the ones you’ll want to replicate in the remaining weeks of this year. Use that info to shape some year-end-specific messages.Go beyond online channels to share those messages. Although email is a timely and relatively low-cost format for targeted campaigns, print and social media campaigns can be great complements if resources allow. There is still time to get another postcard out the door, if it makes sense.Ramp UpLine up your team and budget.Although the stats indicate that year-end is a productive fundraising time, you’ll have to work better and harder than ever from the get-go to generate gifts, because all fundraisers are onto the same stats.Spend a few minutes with colleagues in your organization, ideally one-on-one, to ask for their help and to thank them for their help in making marketing a success (even if their role is very indirect).Then, get your website, donation processing, and colleagues ready to respond.Make sure your site features:Recent stories about programs, including some programs introduced pre-2014 (to connect those folks who haven’t checked in much this year).A big donate button on every page, with a “phone in your gift” number.A recently tested online giving process.Consistent messages and look-and-feel across your entire site, including the donation page. Avoid confusing donors; make it easy for them to feel confident in giving by making your donation process match the rest of your materials.center_img Come in close and listen hard. This is a secret I don’t want to broadcast to the entire world.The secret sauce to ensuring year-end campaign success that I’ve seen work time and time again is this year-end checklist. Year-end campaign creation and management is a busy, often overwhelming process fraught with anxiety. This checklist is the best antidote I know, and it doubles as a surefire tool to propel you to your year-end victory lap.Pinpoint Where You Are Right NowRoll up your sleeves and take a long, hard look at this year’s fundraising results to date, both quantitative and qualitative. Note: If you have no idea what your results are, designing ways to measure success is a must for 2015.Assess results against your benchmarks. Review year-to-date results, and compare them to your benchmarks to see what’s working as hoped and what’s not.This is easier with hard numbers, like those associated with online petition signing or registration, online giving, or other actions that you can directly track to their source. More challenging, but equally important, is drawing insight from quantitative information such as client, volunteer, or donor feedback and stories from the field.Identify meaningful trends:Which matches are working? Which target audience is responding to what campaigns, channels, and messages?Who else should you be in touch with? Have any surprise visitors—groups you didn’t expect to engage with your organization—surfaced this year?Who fell off your radar that you need to rekindle the relationship with before it’s too late? Who was a loyal supporter in previous years but has been significantly less responsive this year?last_img read more

Keeping up with the Icardashians, with special guest Neymar!

first_imgWhatever one might say about perennial Champions League under-achievers Paris Saint-Germain, they certainly do not shy away from a challenge – or a problematic star.Not content with holding on to Neymar following an exhausting summer of transfer speculation and the player’s open hostility towards the club that pays his salary, the French champions have doubled down with the acquisition of another forward who spent most of the window starring in his own footballing soap opera – Mauro Icardi.The Brazilian and the Argentine – not to mention Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda – could create plenty of drama at the Parc des Princes this season. 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 Indeed, if Icardi’s final months at Inter resembled an anarchic reality show, the spin-off is set to hit a football pitch near you in France. Neymar, it’s time to meet the Icardashians!The first indication of possible future strife came from a recurring cast member of the Icardi show  – Maxi Lopez. Wanda’s ex-husband and Icardi’s former friend and team-mate has never forgiven the couple for striking up a relationship out of the ashes of his separation from Wanda and is rarely silent on the subject.So, perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised to see Maxi share a photo of him with Neymar on the same day PSG made Icardi’s one-year loan from Inter official.“Brother, those who know you know you’re a modest, open and simple person,” the veteran striker – presently embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Nara over their three children – wrote on Instagram. “Whatever club you play for, you’re always going to be one of the best of all time.”That message arrived on a transfer deadline day on which all eyes were focused on Neymar.The Brazil international had fought tirelessly to escape Parc des Princes and return to Barcelona, only to see a move frustrated by PSG’s refusal to lower their asking price for the most expensive player in the world, and the Catalans’ simultaneous reluctance to put up hard cash to back up assertions that they wanted the forward back at Camp Nou.Even after the window shut, though, the exit offensive continues.Neymar PS“A Brazilian only wants to be where he is happy. And he was very happy at Barca,” agent and father Neymar Sr. fired on Tuesday. “When his friends asked him if he would like to go back, he was moved.”Judging by her recent comments, Wanda is not too happy that her husband and client has had to move to France, given Inter’s refusal to let him stay at San Siro, or sell him to bitter rivals Juventus.”The kids go to school in Italy, so we’ll live between Milan and Paris,” the former model told Telefe. “Of the three options we had, PSG was the worst for me, because I have to go back to live in Milan with the kids.”Icardi’s fall from grace at Inter – losing the captain’s armband last season after falling out with his employers and some of his team-mates – was spectacular.But then, his time at San Siro was never dull, with goals and controversy arriving in almost equal measure throughout his six-year stay at the Giuseppe Meazza.Indeed, the Argentine had almost been stripped of the captaincy three years previously after taking aim at Inter’s ultras in his autobiography.Nara, too, matches Neymar Sr. step for step when it comes to sparking transfer speculation, linking her client with clubs as varied as Real Madrid, Juventus, Boca Juniors and unnamed Chinese Super League candidates over the years.Wanda Mauro Icardi PSG PSAll things considered, Neymar and Icardi lining up together could create plenty of headaches for PSG, particularly when one also adds Edinson Cavani – a previous antagonist of Neymar’s following a frankly ridiculous row over who takes penalties – and Kylian Mbappe – who appeared to shove the Brazilian out of a team photo at the height of transfer speculation – into the mix.But one thing is also clear: those four together are perhaps Europe’s most talented forward line.None of PSG’s potential Champions League opponents can boast an attacking quartet of that calibre, blending youth, experience, deadly finishing and outrageous technical ability (and certainly no lack of confidence).Thomas Tuchel will struggle to find room for all four on the field, a potential pitfall with so many big personalities in the dressing room; but it is a dilemma most coaches would welcome.Whether that will be enough to finally deliver the European glory the French side so desperately crave is, like every other issue surrounding these superstars, open to debate.But on the field and off it, Neymar, Icardi and the Parisians should prove captivating viewing over the course of 2019-20.last_img read more

Gerrard ‘surprised and flattered’ by Klopp job claim

first_imgSteven Gerrard admits to being “surprised and flattered” to find that Jurgen Klopp considers him to be the ideal candidate to step in as Liverpool’s next boss.The Anfield legend has been cutting his managerial teeth in Scotland with Rangers.He has impressed in the role at Ibrox and has made no secret of the fact that a return to Merseyside would appeal to him at some stage. 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 Klopp has suggested that Gerrard should be appointed whenever the day comes for him to step down from a role with the Reds, with the German telling FourFourTwo when quizzed about the role iconic figures have to play in the present and future: “Kenny [Dalglish] and Stevie have both been a really big support from day one.”If Liverpool were to sack me tomorrow, then maybe Kenny would be the first choice to replace me, but they would probably bring Stevie down from Glasgow.”If you ask who should follow me, I’d say Stevie. I help him whenever I can.”Gerrard previously spent time working in Liverpool’s academy system, with Klopp always on hand to offer words of advice, and he is delighted to learn that a man who led the Reds to Champions League glory last season holds him in such high regard.Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20The 39-year-old told reporters at a pre-weekend press conference: “I was surprised and flattered at the same time.”But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.”Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.”Both Klopp and Gerrard are currently tied to contracts with their respective clubs until the summer of 2022.Neither is showing any sign of walking away from their posts, or being relieved of their duties.Gerrard hopes that remains the case for the foreseeable future, adding on Klopp: “I’m a Liverpool fan, and I’m sure every Liverpool fan on the planet endorses what I’m saying here, we want him to stay for many, many years and bring as much success to our club as possible, but it [the comment] was very flattering at the same time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Cole backs Greenwood to be Man Utd regular

first_imgMason Greenwood has the “quality” and the right “mentality” to become an important player for Manchester United in the near future, according to Andy Cole.The young striker, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday, has already racked up seven appearances across all competitions this season, scoring twice.He netted his first senior goal in United colours to earn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 1-0 home victory over Astana in the Europa League on September 19, becoming the youngest scorer in European competition in the club’s history. 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 Greenwood followed up that performance with another goal in a Carabao Cup third-round tie against Rochdale, which the Red Devils scraped through on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.The English forward is expected to return to Solskjaer’s starting XI for a Europa League trip to AZ on Thursday night, with a glowing endorsement from a club legend likely to boost his confidence even further.Cole, part of United’s 1999 treble-winning side, insists it “won’t be long” before Greenwood is a fixture in Solskjaer’s line up.“The kid has got quality in abundance, to be fair to him,” he told MUTV.“If he keeps working and keeps progressing, which I have no doubt he will do, it won’t be too long before he is lining up for the first team on a regular basis.“When you watch him, as a former centre-forward, you can see with your own eyes that he has two great feet. If you look at his mentality as well, he looks like he has got his head screwed on for a very young boy who has just turned 18. “I watched him a lot during the pre-season tour and watched him quite a few times on MUTV as well, so you realise he has quality. It won’t be long.”United’s biggest problem at the start of the 2019-20 campaign has been a lack of goals, with only nine to their name from seven Premier League outings.The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday night, once again failing to finish off their opponents after getting into a winning position.Cole went on to admit that a lack of firepower is a concern for his old club, but he feels Solskjaer will inspire a turnaround in fortunes sooner rather than later.The former England frontman said: “It is a little bit of a concern, not getting that second goal when we go a goal up and can’t kill the game off.”So it has been a little bit disappointing but, listen, Ole and the rest of the coaching staff and team are working very hard to try to put it right. They will hit the net soon.”On United’s aspirations in the Europa League this season, Cole added: “You are in it to win it.“That is the way you have got to look at it. This is an opportunity to get into the Champions League next season, guaranteed, if you can’t get there due to our league position.”You have got to go out and try to win the competition. The players out here would like to win it, no doubt.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘De Gea looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on!’

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has blasted David de Gea for his lack of leadership following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat against Newcastle.The 28-year-old goalkeeper recently committed his long-term future to the Red Devils, signing a five-year deal to end speculation about his departure.United have started the season poorly, however, and sit 12th in the Premier League table following their defeat on Tyneside. 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 The Spaniard spoke to the media post-match at St James’ Park, claiming he was at a loss to explain Uniter’s recent performances, and Ince feels his demeanour was not acceptable from one of the leading players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dressing room.“I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss,” Ince said to PaddyPower.“He’s meant to be one of the leaders. If that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’“This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man United, who has just signed a five-year contract. And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.“If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you hear you’d be right to [think it was a disgrace]. I’d be looking thinking, ‘he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.’”Ince also insisted that the academy players that have been used by Solskjaer this season have been thrown in at the deep end, and suggested that many are not at the level required to play for United.“You can’t blame the young players either, and in fact, I wonder how many of those are even good enough really.“You look back to the academy days of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes etcetera and you just don’t get those kinds of players anymore, especially not all in one group together. So, while it’s unfair to compare them to those, I would also say that some of them are just good young players.“Looking at the youth that played against Newcastle, and being realistic, how many of them will be playing first-team football on a regular basis in two or three years’ time? I’m not convinced.”United have two weeks to plan for their next Premier League fixture as they host Liverpool after the international break on October 20. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Scaloni hails Argentina attitude after Germany draw

first_imgArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni stated that he felt his side’s 2-2 draw with Germany on Wednesday was arguably the best performance of his tenure in charge.La Albiceleste found themselves two goals down in Dortmund less than a quarter of the way through the international friendly, following Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz’s early efforts.Scaloni’s substitutes however helped inspire a comeback as Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos sealed a draw late on following their arrivals for the second half. 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 The former Sevilla assistant manager took the reins of the national team following last year’s World Cup horror-show in Russia and has often attracted criticism for his selections so far.However, speaking after securing a share of the spoils in midweek, the 41-year-old felt optimistic for the future.When asked if it was the best showing of his tenure, Scaloni told reporters: “Possibly, yes, considering the opponent, but we had great games before, with our attitude.”What stands out, aside from the performance, was the attitude of wanting to overcome the score and not give the match away. That was our team’s greatest virtue in the second half.”It was a complicated match at 2-0, and it could’ve ended badly for us, but we read the match properly.”What we were supposed to do in the first half didn’t happen. In the second half it did. We’ve matured lot, that’s what these matches are all about; growing for the future, with complicated things ahead.”I think it [the second half] was the same as the first half, with the distinction that we didn’t commit any mistakes at ball clearances.”We had four mistakes in the first period; two of them were goals, the other two weren’t.”In these kinds of games, what matters is the functionality over the score. Logically, if we don’t lose, it’s better. The score comes second, most important is the performance.”In the second half, I’ll say it again, we saw another Argentina, a more decisive Argentina that knew what to do. But the first half needs to be properly analysed.”There were mistakes and if we could erase those mistakes, the performance wasn’t bad. Logically, Argentina were superior in the second half, so we must point out the good aspects and correct the bad ones from now on.”last_img read more

Report: Club Brugge 0-5 PSG

first_imgKylian Mbappe scored a second-half hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 5-0 win over Club Brugge in Tuesday’s Champions League Group A clash.The France forward was introduced from the bench seven minutes into the second half and helped put the game out of Brugge’s reach with a devastating display that also included an assist.Mauro Icardi opened the scoring for PSG at Jan Breydel Stadium and made it five goals in four matches after being set up by Mbappe in the second half. 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 Thomas Tuchel’s men have now won all three European matches without conceding and are five points better off than second-placed Real Madrid, who beat Galatasaray 1-0 in the other Group A fixture.3 – Angel Di Maria is the first player of Paris to deliver 3+ assists in a Champions League game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Dinamo Zagreb on 6 November 2012 (4). Helpful. #BRUPSG— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 22, 2019Icardi added to his goals against Galatasaray, Angers and Nice in PSG’s last three matches with a half-volley finish seven minutes in.Angel Di Maria took Thiago Silva’s cross-field pass in his stride and picked out Icardi on the edge of the six-yard box to push PSG towards a fifth successive win in all competitions.Di Maria missed a glorious chance when played in by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Icardi was denied by the legs of Simon Mignolet early in the second half.But Mbappe headed home nine minutes after being introduced from the bench and then teed up Icardi for a quickfire second from close range.Krepin Diatta had a goal ruled out for handball soon after and a bad day for Brugge got worse when Di Maria played in Mbappe, who took the ball past Mignolet and converted into the empty net.There was still time for Mbappe to complete his hat-trick, the forward firing past Mignolet after again being teed up by Di Maria once more.FULL TIME in BelgiumA night to remember for @KMbappe#CLUPSG— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 22, 2019What does it mean? PSG on brink of last 16 PSG could have sealed a place in the knockout rounds today had Galatasaray drawn with Real Madrid. As it is, though, Tuchel’s men are seven points clear of third-place Brugge and should get the job done in two weeks’ time when these sides face off in Paris.Icardi continues scoring streak Mbappe was at his clinical best in Belgium and will rightly grab the headlines, but Icardi also stepped up from the off and is proving a shrewd loan signing for Tuchel. He now has seven goals in nine Champions League matches for Inter and PSG, with each of those coming in the group stage.Mignolet undoes good work Mignolet produced a good save low down to deny Icardi 50 minutes in, but he undid his hard work by palming a cross straight into Mbappe’s path for PSG’s second goal. The French champions did not look back from that point.What’s next? These two renew acquaintances on November 6 in Paris. Next for PSG, however, is the small matter of Le Classique against Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday, the same day Brugge host Belgian First Division title challengers Standard Liege. read morelast_img read more

Girls basketball: Skyview 51, Hudson’s Bay 31

first_imgGirls basketball: Skyview 51, Hudson’s Bay 31 The Columbian Hudson’s Bay EaglesSkyview Storm Emily Norton scored 21 points to lead the Storm to a win at the Evergreen Holiday Tournament.Maddie Hendricks and Remi Riley added 10 each for the Storm (12-1). Aniyah Hampton had 16 to pace Bay (9-3).SKYVIEW 51, HUDSON’S BAY 31SKYVIEW (12-1) — Michelle Winter 0, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 10, Ava Harmon 4, Remingtin Riley 10, Tanariea Deloney 0, Kazz Parks 6, Emily Norton 21. Totals 20 (9) 2-7 51.HUDSON’S BAY (9-3) — Juliann Medrano 0, Shelby DeLong 2, Maria Mendez 0, Jaydia Martin 0, Mae Carse 2, Xena Le 0, Aniyah Hampton 16, Kamelai Powell 9, Anastacia Mikaele 2, Lose’ Tamo’ua 0. Totals 13 (2) 3-6 31. Published: December 29, 2018, 11:04pm Share: Skyview 10 18 7 16–51HudBay 2 9 13 7–31center_img Tags Share: GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Gorge on trail to recovery

first_img Now comes the hard, long-term work on those parts of the Gorge where the damage was the worst.The Eagle Creek Trail, one of the Gorge’s most popular trails, remains closed.“Basically, what we’ve been saying is that we are working on it and we are making progress,” said Rachel Pawlitz, the public affairs officer for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA). “But, because of the nature of what needs to happen before we can open it, we do not have a time frame.”“We are fairly certain it will not open by the end of this summer. There is a chance that it will open by the end of the year.”Pawlitz explained that several bridges along the route were destroyed, and that replacing them will take time. They also prefer to wait until the entire 14-mile reach can be re-opened, to allow the public an escape route if landslides close sections of the trail. Hikers on the Horsetail Falls Trail walk past trees that were charred during the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017. Visitors to Columbia Gorge hiking trails can see first hand how a forest recovers from a fire. Photos by Terry Otto/The Columbian Photo Gallery GO 2 Photos “When you’re walking along you start to see evidence that there was a burn,” said Delpha Thomas. “We were noticing trees close to the trail that are black.”“This is a really magical trail because you can walk behind the falls,” she said. “This is a great one.”She was heartened by the green-up sights along the trail.“I’m glad to see this area is recovering,”As the crowds return to the Gorge trails, Pawlitz warns that hikers need to be prepared for any scenario, including getting lost. This happens every year to a number of hikers. She lists some things people should do to make sure their hike is safe and fun.“We are encouraging people to plan before they come out,” she said. “Bring a backpack with essentials, and be prepared to spend the night if you can’t get back.” Receive latest stories and local news in your email: As the forest recovers, visitors are flocking back to favored trails to see for themselves what was done by the fire.“Lots of people hike a certain trail every year, and this is a great way for them to see what the natural regrowth processes look like,” said Pawlitz.Some members of the public may wait a long time to see their favorite trail again.“There are a few trails that are very obliterated and we have not made any final plans, but we do not intend to work on them anytime soon,” added Pawlitz. “Understand that you should have that extra level of awareness, looking up and looking down, because a lot of the hazards come from falling rocks or trees, or uneven footing,” she said.“Tell people where you are going, bring a map, and don’t use your cellphone as a flashlight. it doesn’t last long.”For up to date information on trail closures, check the CRGNSA Alerts and Notices website at: Share: Rockslides are a big concern in the Eagle Creek Canyon, and with every heavy rain the conditions deteriorate more. What is loosening the soils and scree slopes are the lack of roots, a problem that will continue for years to come.“In the coming seasons landslides are a bigger concern than wildfires,” said Pawlitz. “There are going to be (dead) trees that are decaying, and those roots might take five years before they start giving way. It’s probably going to get worse as opposed to better as far as trees falling.”Pawlitz warns hikers that winds and rains will cause many trees to come down. Hikers should avoid the burned areas during high wind events.She pointed to the Multnomah Falls Trail as an example of instability. The trail was deemed sound and re-opened, but then a rockslide closed it. The geologist warned there was still quite a bit of rock that could come down, so the trail will remain closed. [email protected]center_img Subscribe Today She pointed to the Wahclela Trail as an example. The canyon is too unstable to enter as yet.The popular Horsetail Falls Trail is open, but only to the upper falls. Most of the connecting trails are closed off.That did not stop many visitors this last Sunday. The Horsetail Falls trailhead parking lot was full by 10 a.m.Delpha and Jarrod Thomas had brought their young son Arlo to the trail, which has been one of their favorites hikes for years. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. The juxtaposition of lush, green foliage against the boles of charred, black trees was stunning. Creeping wildflowers crawled over stony slopes and cascaded down steep hillsides, filling every sunlit spot with color. Blackened boughs poked above the riot of new growth, a reminder that this was the site of a massive wildfire just a couple years ago.The Columbia River Gorge continues to recover from the tragic fire of September 2017, and the trails that have opened offer glimpses of what a recovering forest looks like.The trails open in the Gorge right now offer a wonderful educational opportunity to see the rebirth of a forest. This short hike on the Horsetail Falls Trail was filled with evidence that fire is an integral element in forest health.Many Columbia Gorge trails have reopened, but others may be closed for years.The massive Eagle Creek Fire was started on September 2, 2017, when a 15-year old youth from Vancouver tossed a smoke bomb into tinder-dry brush along the lower Eagle Creek Trail. It eventually burned over 48,000 acres of forest, and caused millions of dollars in damage. Share: By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: June 12, 2019, 6:27pm Terry Otto Columbian staff writer Gorge on trail to recovery Burned areas gradually reopen, offer glimpse of forest rebirthlast_img read more

Community notebook: Washington Timbers women move into playoff position

first_img Follow The Timbers host Washington Premier of Puyallup at 3 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Sports Complex in the regular-season finale. Admission is $6 for adults.Victory fall to Force 5-1The Vancouver Victory lost to the Oly-Pen Force 5-1 on Saturday at Bremerton in an Evergreen Premier League match.Moises Manon scored for the Victory (0-6-1) to make it 2-1 in the 58th minute.The Victory host Washington Premier at 5 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Sports Complex in their final home match of the season. Admission is $6 for adults. GO By The Columbian All-star high school soccer is SundayThe Clark County Senior All-Star Soccer Game is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Sports Complex following the Washington Timbers and Vancouver Victory matches.Top seniors from around Clark County have been invited to play in the match.Admission to the all-star game is free.Little League all-star teams book spots to stateThe Cascade Little League All-Stars won the District 4 major softball title on Saturday, beating East County in two games, 10-0 and 14-4.Cascade advances to the state tournament beginning June 29 at Poulsbo.Ridgefield is the District 6 representative to the state tournament. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Community notebook: Washington Timbers women move into playoff position Published: June 24, 2019, 9:30pm Intermediate baseball — Evergreen beat Columbia 18-1 on Monday to win the District 4 title and advance to state, which begins June 29 at Fort Vancouver Little League.Grass Valley is next run for summer seriesThe Clark County Running Club’s summer series heads to Grass Valley Park in Camas for the next two Wednesday summer series runs.The Grass Valley 5K begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday and on July 3.The race begins at Grass Valley Park across the street from Lacamas Swim & Sport, 3211 N.W. 38th Ave., in Camas.Jesse McChesney of Vancouver was the fastest among 80 runners at last week’s Washougal Dike Run No. 2. He did the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 14 seconds.center_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Washington Timbers women’s soccer team scored last with an 89th minute goal from Sarah Teubner to take the 3-2 win over the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday at Bremerton in Week 7 of the Northwest Premier League.The Timbers (2-5-0) and the Force (2-5-0) have the advantage for the final two playoff spots, sitting in fifth and sixth place with one week left to play. The top six team make the playoffs.Subine Postmas scored for the Timbers in the 2nd minute and Emily Wilkins equalized in the 7th. Andrea DePinto gave the Timbers a 2-1 lead in the 57th but again, the Force tied it up in the 68th with a Lauren Hudson goal.But it was former Clark College standout Teubner who finished it off with an assist from Ellie Schmid, a Washougal High grad, to give the Timbers their second win of the season and move them into playoff position. Washington Timbers starting XI at Bremerton on Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Washington Timbers photo) Share: Shun Yamaguchi, 18, of Vancouver, was second (17:36), and Branden Chou, 15, was third (17:54).Abby Knight was first among the women in 19:55, placing 15th overall.Just nine runners did the 5-mile course. Joseph Boothby was first in 32:24.For a list of upcoming summer series runs, go online to read more

Primetime slips to 0-2 at Babe Ruth World Series

first_img Published: August 4, 2019, 3:42pm Primetime looked prime to get its first victory at the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series on Sunday in Mobile, Ala.However, the Bakersfield (Calif.) Wave scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal a 7-6 victory, sending the Pacific Northwest champs from Clark County to 0-2 in pool play.Primetime jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning on a bases-loaded walk and fielder’s choice groundout, only to have Bakersfield score four runs in the bottom of the second and add one more in the fourth.Primetime got two runs back in the fifth ining on Hayden Williamson’s ground out, and a single by Tanner McDonald to make it 5-4. An error in the sixth inning allowed the tying run to score for Primetime, and another error on a ground ball scored Wyatt Wooden for a 6-5 Primetime lead.Bakersfield (3-0), the Pacific Southwest champion, opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, sacrifice bunt and a walk. The Wave then scored the tying run on a single.With two outs and runners at second and third, the Wave scored the winning run on a error.Dillon Hamilton went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a stolen base for Primetime. By The Columbian Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Primetime slips to 0-2 at Babe Ruth World Series Share: The two teams combined for nine errors and 16 men left on base.Needing a victory to keep hopes alive for bracket play, Primetime next faces Middle Atlantic Region champion Onondaga, N.Y., at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and then Ohio Valley Region champion Crown Point, Ind., at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.The top two teams from the two four-team brackets advance to single-elimination play starting Wednesday. GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Montrose Travel – More Than Just a Host Agency

first_imgWritten By: Andi Mysza,Senior Vice President, CTM North America – Head of Allure Travel by CTM and MTravel Hosting Services Everybody loves a good shortcut. Whether you’re brand spanking new to the travel industry or an experienced veteran, who wouldn’t want the fast-track to profitability? But I’ll let you in on a secret that’s going to save you a lot of grief as you grow as a travel professional: to be achieve financial success, keep learning.  I can speak to this topic on a personal level. Decades ago, my parents bought Montrose Travel, and I cut my career teeth on everything from sorting brochures all the way up to becoming co-owner with my brother and sister-in-law. We quickly learned that to stay competitive in a time of internet booking, slashed commissions, mega-agencies and economic depression we couldn’t sit on our intellectual haunches. That meant constantly asking ourselves: What can we do better? How can we adapt to changing travel habits? What hard choices can we make now that will pay off later?  Get A Host Agency That Can Do Both At MTravel, we are fierce advocates for ongoing learning—it’s the attitude that has helped us transform a small mom-and-pop travel agency to a multi-million powerhouse today. That learning involves two key components: practical development and personal development. [Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Practical development includes learning fun new stuff: streamlining your e-marketing, mastering key booking tools, experiencing and documenting the hottest new destination. Personal development channels the power of people: the bond forged with your preferred suppliers, the trust built with your host agency, the wisdom gleaned from your fellow travel professionals. Together, these components enrich your knowledge, minimize mistakes and protect you from falling a step (or two) behind your competitors. Partnering with a progressive host agency like MTravel provides ample opportunity for both. Professional Development: It’s Different For Everyone, and That’s OkayVariety is the spice of life! At MTravel, we’ve spent the last few decades observing how people learn and thrive as travel agency owners. Based on extensive feedback from our independent travel professionals, we’ve finessed our professional development programs down to a fine science to blend those two components—and our newest offerings are our best yet. For Face-to-Face Learners: Jump Start LIVE!Starting your own business is a serious undertaking. MTravel’s award-winning Jump Start Series began as a live webinar series designed for the beginner agent to help break up the process into bite-sized pieces. At the end of a month, graduates were ready to take on the world, fueled with enough knowledge to curate travel with confidence. But not everyone learns best in front of a screen. To help, we created a face-to-face extension of our popular Jump Start Series, perfect for both new agents as well as those looking for a caffeine jolt for their business. Hosted at our headquarters in beautiful Montrose, California, this 3-day bootcamp covers crucial elements like how to develop your agency brand, top booking techniques for air, hotel, cruise, vacation packages and insurance, best practices for accounting, open Q&A forums and more. We also create bonding experiences with a cocktail hour, mini-trade show and farewell dinner to give you maximum networking time with your peers and preferred suppliers. The proof of success is in the feedback. “Jump Start Live is an excellent training and networking session,” said 2017 attendee Doreen Coones of Coones Travel and Tours. “The big picture the travel industry, hosting agency, supplier relationship, and how I fit in as an independent contractor finally became clear to my mind.” We couldn’t have put it better. For the Tech-Challenged: MTech AcademyMTravel’s MTech Academy is our newest, stripped-down approach to helping travel professionals get comfy with technology. In partnership with Virtuoso, the nation’s leading travel consortium, this in-person event eliminates distractions and zeroes in on the best tools and programs to manage your travel business. Our intimate sessions demystify travel technology with critical workshops on affordable cloud-based business tools, social media advertising, digital marketing technology and an exclusive professional development session at Virtuoso’s own headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas. We even unlock the secrets of our ultra-new private-labeled consumer website to make booking and marketing your agency a snap. Attendees leave refreshed, equipped and more tech-efficient than ever. For Those Hungry for More: Annual Educational ConferenceThis is our masterstroke, the most highly rated event among our independent travel professionals. Held in a new destination every year, this 5-day conference represents the turning point for many travel professionals; the event that transforms the course of their career and forges lifelong friendships.   This year’s event, “Secrets to Your Success,” focuses on productivity, how to amplify your daily operations to work smarter, not harder. Agent attendance has surged by 14% past last year’s conference, with 100% participation from our preferred suppliers to help you get the most networking juice out of your investment. Best-in-class training sessions, supplier panels and intimate roundtables are coupled with plenty of time to explore Mexico, which remains one of the most popular and profitable destinations for U.S. travelers to date. Hailed as “invaluable,” “motivational,” and a “must-do” by our attendees, the Annual Educational Conference is the reigning king of ongoing learning for savvy travel professionals.   Professional Development = The Shortcut to Success When it comes to professional development, having the right host agency partner is critical. MTravel represents the biggest shortcut to success by supplying built-in opportunities to fasttrack your practical and personal development in the travel industry. With more than 40 years of hosting under our belt, rock-solid supplier relationships and the resources of a top-11 international travel company like Corporate Travel Management on our side, we’ve already done the hard work for you. So what part can you take to get that competitive edge? All you need to do is carve out the time. Just like we make eating, sleeping, exercise and socializing part of a healthy lifestyle, we have to nourish our businesses for a healthy bottom line. Dedicate time for taking online classes. Show up to networking events. Attend conferences. Meet your peers for coffee. Engage in regular calls with your host agency. Join the webinars. Participate in your peers’ online forum. No matter where you are on your travel journey, you are never too “fill in the blank” to stop learning.  So take our hand and let’s jump together—the result will be a more confident, competent and profitable you.  Are you ready to start your independent travel business with MTravel? We are here to help! Contact us here or call us at 800-870-5799. Be sure to check out our website at and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.last_img read more

NSWMA Steps Up Activities to Keep Jamaica Clean

first_imgThe National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be ramping up efforts this year to keep the country clean and safeguard public health.Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, says that focus will be placed on waste reduction, through a series of public education messages to encourage members of the public to reuse, reduce and recycle.She tells JIS News that waste reduction has become a major issue in Jamaica, primarily because persons are not managing their garbage. She argues that waste management can and should become a way of life, and, if practised continuously, will make the collection process easier.One such way is by composting waste, such as left over vegetables, and peels from ground provisions such as yam and bananas.“Put them in a container, add a little dirt, stir it, and use as fertilizer for potted plants and lawns, which makes them look lush, and will ultimately reduce the amount of waste that goes into our disposal sites,” she advises.She also urges persons to reuse plastic containers and boxes. “So we are saying to persons, reuse as much as you can to prevent excess garbage. If you have boxes, use them for your children to do their drawing, or find some other creative way to utilize them,” she urges.She notes that even though recycling is not a major business in Jamaica, because of inadequate facilities, nevertheless, waste materials suitable for reprocessing can be packaged by the NSWMA, and exported if containerized by citizens.Importantly, she is advising citizens to avoid putting electronics into solid waste that is to be collected, because it is very difficult to separate, once it gets into the compactors. “Keep electronics separate, call us and we will make arrangements for them to be collected separately from the rest of the waste,” Miss Edwards states.Keeping Jamaica CleanAs the lead agency charged with the responsibility of keeping Jamaica clean, Miss Edwards says the NSWMA is fully committed to carrying out its duty to collect, transport, store, and manage solid waste, “in order to prevent it from becoming a public and a health nuisance.”Highlighting the agency’s tagline: ‘Jamaica’s Beauty is our duty’, the Executive Director notes, however, that keeping Jamaica clean is not just the responsibility of the Government, but is, in fact, the obligation of every citizen.“It is the responsibility of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), private sector companies, government entities, and individual citizens. We have a responsibility to keep Jamaica clean, so don’t just throw your trash in the streets; bag it, containerize it, and we will collect it,” she implores.Miss Edwards mentioned the ongoing ‘Keep Jamaica Clean’ campaign,an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, which is intended to encourage citizens to get into the habit of keeping their surroundings clean.The NSWMA has also assigned community relations officers in each region across the island, to educate citizens about how best to manage their solid waste.“As part of our mandate, we visit schools, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and citizens’ associations meetings, to interact and educate them about how best to reuse, reduce, and recycle solid waste,” Miss Edwards says.A clean school competition is currently in progress, which will conclude in March 2013.“Schools from across the island are competing against each other, to showcase the best ways of composting solid waste, separating plastics and turning waste-to-art,” she explains.Mentioning the six-month waste separation pilot project, which ended in September 2012, and involved three communities in Kingston, Miss Edwards says the initiative will be extended to other areas of the island. Under the project, citizens of Karachi, Havendale, and Whitfield Town were charged with the responsibility to manage their waste through separating and containerizing. “We are now moving into Manchester to conduct the second phase of this pilot project. Based on the feedback regarding the first phase of the project, there was a high compliance rate. In some communities there was a 52 per cent compliance rate, which showed that the residents are willing to work with the NSWMA, by managing their solid waste,” Miss Edwards said.Working with StakeholdersMiss Edwards said the NSWMA is in dialogue with parish councils to implement a clean city competition in 2013, where the best kept city will be awarded for proper waste management.The agency will also be working with stakeholder agencies to enforce laws relating to illegal dumping and to ensure that garbage disposal is included in development planning.“Presently, a lot of private sector personnel just dispose of their waste on the road, and oftentimes mix it with commercial waste, which is a major problem for us, and we are seeking to change that,” Miss Edwards says.She tells JIS News that there is collaboration with the Kingston Chamber of Commerce (KCC), and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), to put measures in place, to prosecute such persons, if they are caught in the act.The NSWMA is also working with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and is looking at the agency’s re-development plans, especially for the downtown area, to ensure that when developments are being done, the NSWMA can easily gain access to those areas, to effectively collect waste.“One of the challenges that we have is that homes are being developed on streets that are so narrow, that prevents our compactors from getting into those areas, so there is always a pile up of garbage, which eventually becomes a public health hazard,” Miss Edwards argues.“We are working with different government entities, to ensure that whatever future plans are to be implemented, proper garbage disposal is taken into consideration,” she adds.Importantly, Miss Edwards is encouraging citizens to pay their property taxes, which is a requirement by law, and is the agency’s main source of funding.“Citizens of Jamaica; work with us; pay your property taxes, so we can accumulate the resources needed to carry out our job effectively…(and) be more efficient in our operations,” she appeals.An agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the NSWMA was established in 2001, under the National Solid Waste Management Act.The agency collects garbage everyday utilising its fleet of trucks and through contractual arrangements with private companies and individuals.The NSWMA has eight waste disposal sites in Church Corner, St. Thomas; Riverton, Kingston; Doctors Wood, Portland; Haddon and Tobalski, St. Ann; Martin’s Hill, Manchester; Myersville, St. Elizabeth and Retirement, St. James.The authority also has overall management and regulatory responsibilities for all the Parks and Market companies islandwide.last_img read more

An Interview with Greg Hill the Man Who Skied 2 Million Feet

first_imgGreg Hill is a ski guide known for pushing the limits of endurance in mountains across North America.He’s held records for skiing more than two million vertical feet in a year, skiing 62 vertical miles in a month and first descents in Norway, Chile, Pakistan and Canada. Recently we spoke with the renowned skier and picked his brain on a variety of topics. From learning more about how he uses modern tech to help his mountain guiding business in the form of the 57Hours app, to hearing the story of how he managed to ski two million feet, and even what drove him to make the switch from a standard automobile to an EV.Backcountry Ski  GuidingGuiding clients backcountry skiing is one of Hill’s main sources of income. It’s how he started making the mountains his job and still loves it.Travis Rousseau“The majority of my winters are spent on my professional career, my pro skier career versus the guiding, but I probably do 30 days a winter,” Hill says. “It’s definitely something I love doing, one; and it’s my source of income for the rest of my life really, so I like to keep honed. So that 30 days is a great way to keep doing it and keep making sure I’m progressing and becoming a better guide.”57Hours57Hours is a new phone app that connects skiers and climbers with certified mountain guides all over North America and, increasingly, the rest of the world. Pick your dream trip and the app puts you in touch directly with the guide, but only after they’ve gone through a vetting process.“You need to be accredited, especially to guide people so having [57Hours] do that legwork ensures that clients that are searching through 57Hours are getting qualified certified guides, which will make their experience better.” Hill says.Hill’s biggest tip for making the best trip with a guide? Let the guide do the work. “At first I didn’t see the benefits of using I guide. Now, I can see the benefits of having the right guide and them planning it for you because that’s their area of experience. That makes it a worry free, amazing trip instead of muddling around for a couple days. If you’ve got five days and you muddle around for two figuring things out, then maybe you get three good days. But you hire a guide, that dream of yours can be exactly like you dreamt it to be.”Skiing Two Million FeetBig goals like skiing two million feet or summiting 100 mountains in a tiny car requires persistence over years and years, which Hill knows well.Angela Percival/Arcteryx“They were very long term [goals]. 1999 is when I dreamt of two million. Y2K would be neat to do two million. To get there I had to be able to do one million in a season, so I finally did a million in a long season. But the average per day wasn’t quite good enough for two million. So then I spent some time doing 10,000 foot days to hone my daily skills and maximums. So then I could get to two million feet. And then I ended up doing 50,000 in a week. And then finally all that training for 10 years worked towards the two million feet.”A couple years later he decided he needed another challenge and aimed for 100 kilometers (62 miles) of vertical skiing in one month.“And then after the two million feet, that will take a few years to recover, mentally and emotionally. Then the March Madness, the 100k, that was just another ‘Let’s see if we still got it.’ What could I do for one month of non-stop?“Gore-Tex Vs. Softshell JacketsSoftshell fabrics in jackets and pants were basically created for ski touring and breathable adventures in the mountains, but Hill’s favourite gear has changed over time.“For years I was a softshell guy but when the weather turned then you were never quite prepared for it. You were if you carried your pants in your backpack. A nice gore-tex pant with a decent stride with some thigh zips that open wide are more of a one-piece that does it all.” Hill’s current go to favourites are the Rush LT pants and jacket from Arc’teryx.Obviously skis are important tools for the snow but you need the right tool for the conditions.“I’m a powder skier so I’m usually on a powder ski like the Salomon QST 118 and then the bindings depend on if I’m on and off the mountain then I’m in the Shift. But if it’s strictly touring bigger days then I’ll be on the MTN pin bindings.”Electric AdventuresSpending more and more time and fuel driving to trailheads and flying to ski destinations, Hill started to worry about his carbon footprint.“It was growing for years, when I watch myself drive my F-350 up to Rogers Pass for a day of solo touring and enjoying nature. The hypocrisy of that action took a long time to settle in.” Hill says. Instead of driving a gas-guzzler he tried to go the other end of the eco-extreme.Travis Rousseau“In 2012 I biked to all my summits for a month, but people would drive by in their trucks. No one would really join me, it was just too hard. Now the adoption into the electric vehicle is really easy, it’s really easy. It’s just a vehicle. It’s the same amount of energy, it’s not like I’ve gotta bike 40k to do this. It’s not what you’re going to do normally but a little more sustainable.” And then the timing was right when Chevrolet came out with the fully electric Bolt.“Once the Chevrolet came out, I thought ‘well this thing has range.’ I can prove that a life of adventure is possible. Climb 100 summits. If I can do 100 summits, the average person can have an adventurous life without sacrificing too much.“You can find Greg Hill in the mountains around Revelstoke, British Columbia, and on Instagram. Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacylast_img read more

Talking Portlands Craft Beer Scene with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing

first_img Jeffrey Freeman A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato 1 of 4 Jeffrey Freeman The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Previous Editors’ Recommendations Next Have a style of beer you want to learn more about? Think we’re missing the mark on a specific topic? If you have a question or comment for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at [email protected] — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can join the discussion. You can find Upright Brewing in northwest Portland and follow the team on Facebook and Instagram.Further ReadingTalking Sour Beers with Cascade BrewingMake Lagers Great Again: Why American Craft Brewers are Taking the Style BackDubbel the Fun: A Guide to Monastic Beercenter_img Jeffrey Freeman Jeffrey Freeman Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, and host Greg Nibler — travel to Portland, Oregon’s Upright Brewing to speak with founder Alex Ganum about the city’s beer scene and what’s next for the world of craft beer.If you’ve never been to Portland (or listened to any of our other beer-related podcasts), then it probably still doesn’t come as a surprise that the hippest city in Oregon is one of the meccas for craft beer in the country. With 117 breweries in the Portland metro area as of June 2018, it’s hard to go a block or two without finding a decent brew. To find out more about the scene as a whole and how it has grown and changed, we sat down with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewery, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.In such a rapidly-changing industry, it’s always fun to hear how it has changed from the perspective of someone who has been in the business for a while. Ganum tells the gang what it was like when he first started his brewery and how the scene has shifted — not just in terms of the number of breweries, but the types of beer being brewed and the people brewing those beers. From there, the conversation switches to Upright’s beers and beer philosophy, as well as a discussion about lagers and why more and more craft breweries are producing them.If you live in Portland, love Portland craft beer, or just love a good brew every now and again, then this episode is for you. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Jeffrey Freeman Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells last_img read more

What is Cognac A Quick Guide to the Classic French Spirit

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made When you think of the French brandy we know and love as cognac, one of two things probably comes to mind. First, you might think of snobbery, of that je ne sais quoi that makes everything French so damn French. If not that, you’re probably conjuring images of the 1990s Saturday Night Live! character “The Ladies Man” Leon Phelps (Tim Meadows), who drank Courvoisier during every show.Regardless of what you pictured — even if it’s just a blank canvas because you know nothing about the spirit that’s been produced in western France for centuries — you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find a crash course on everything you need to know about cognac. (Which is perfect considering today, June 4, is National Cognac Day.)What Is Cognac?Cognac is brandy made, primarily, from a blend of grapes that include the Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard varietals. At least 90% of the brandy must be comprised of those grapes, while an additional 10% can be made of other kinds, such as Semillon, Folignan, and more. Like Champagne, cognac must be made in the Cognac region of France (check out this map if you want to see where that is).Once the brandy is made, it must be distilled twice in copper pot stills, then aged at least two years in oak barrels, (At this point, if you’re saying, “Man, this sounds like whiskey,” you’re not wrong. The processes and laws are somewhat similar). The barrels must be made from French oak sourced either from Limousin or Tronçais.Cognac GradesWhen deciding what kind of cognac you are going to buy, there are a couple things you can look for on the label to help you in your journey. First, you can consider the quality grades, which were created by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC). These have everything to do with the liquor’s age.V.S. (Very Special)A blend where the youngest brandy has been in a cask for at least two years.Example: Courvoisier V.S.Courvoisier also recently released a Sherry Cask finished cognac, which is available here.V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale)Also known as “Reserve,” this designation signifies that the youngest brandy has been stored in casks for at least four years.Example: D’USSÉ V.S.O.PHead here for D’USSÉ cocktail suggestions.X.O. (Extra Old)Extra Old means that the youngest brandy in the batch has been in a cask for at least six years. Starting in April 2018, this designation’s age requirement will change to ten years. Cognacs that would have previously met the X.O. requirement but would no longer be classified as such by the new law, will be referred to by the designation “Napoléon.”Example: Remy Martin X.O.Hors d’âge (Beyond Age)Beyond Age is the final quality designation and is, by law, equal to X.O., but can be used by cognac producers for premium products that go beyond the specified age designation.Example: Raymond Ragnaud Hors d’âgeCognac-Producing RegionsNot to be tied to just one type of designation, cognac can also be classified by its cru, or the geographic region where its grapes are grown. Much like wine, the grapes of a specific region — even if they’re the same varietal — will taste different due to the terroir (the various environmental factors that influence how a grape grows and tastes, such as climate and soil composition). There are six cognac crus in total. They are:Grande-ChampagnePetite-ChampagneBorderiesFin BoisBon BoisBois OrdinairesIn terms of size, Fin Bois is the largest, with around 85,000 acres total, while Borderies is the smallest with just over 10,000 acres. It’s important to note that the sizes mentioned are total acreage, not how much is planted with vineyards.Flavor-wise, the different designations of cognac will vary. Much like with whiskies, it’s possible to find fruit notes (both dried and not), a variety of spice characteristics, flowery or herbal notes, or rancio, which helps describe the sweet yet nutty flavor you can pull from the oak aging. Each cru has its own specific profile.Now, new cognac experts, go forth and prosper with a snifter of cognac at your side!Article originally published June 4, 2017. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers last_img read more

Beard Straighteners Are a Thing Heres Why You Might Want One

first_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Editors’ Recommendations Once you’ve straightened your beard, keep it that way with your choice of beard wax, conditioner, or oil, and enjoy the moment someone’s eyes zero in on your perfectly executed beard shape and widen with wonder as they marvel at the precise styling of your magnificent facial hair. Humans have been straightening their hair since someone (presumably) accidentally realized the application of heat to a wavy mop-top results in smooth strands that stay in place. Humans have also been curling their hair — even their beards — since they realized the inverse could be achieved, too. Don’t believe us? Please see contemporary statues, imagery, and art of the ancient Sumerians, Persians, and Greeks (who curled their beards into ringlets with some of the earliest tongs). Changes your perception of 300 doesn’t it?Given man’s above-cited love of peacocking, combined with our modern-day affinity for full, luscious beards, it’s no surprise that there exists a device designed to straighten men’s beard hair. The Kuschelbar, by Masc by Jeff Chastain, is just that, with the added benefit of being able to straighten the hair on your head, too (if you so desire, that is).But, you’re asking, why the hell would I need to straighten my beard? Isn’t the point of it to be large, voluminous, and thick? Yes, this is true, but a beard should be well-maintained and consistently groomed, meaning split-ends, flyaways, unwanted waves, and unevenness should be preemptively and proactively managed.With Kuschelbar, having a well-maintained, crisp, and perfectly coiffed beard is easy. Like a regular hair straightener, this beard straightener uses heat in combination with a brush to usher negative ions into and around the beard hair, providing a smoother, more polished appearance. Using 190-degree (Celcius) temperatures, you might think you’d easily burn your face off with something like this, but thanks to a heat barrier comb design, you can straighten even the roguest of beards without worrying about mangling your mug. Masc sent The Manual a sample and one of our staffers (Dan) took one for the team and tested it out. In the video below, you can see how easily and effortlessly Dan’s beard went from being almost unruly to downright dashing.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:27Loaded: 35.66%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:27 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAt $100, Kuschelbar might seem like an overly expensive grooming accessory, but keep in mind that it is specifically designed and built for beards. If you tried to use your girlfriend or wife’s hair straightener on your beard, you’d be likely to end up with a burnt cheek and smoking whiskers rather than a subtly styled beard. So the cost, while not cheap, is definitely worth it to save your skin. Masc by Jeff Chastain Kuschelbar Hair & Beard Straightener $100 from Masc by Jeff Chastain How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard last_img read more

The Best Motorcycle Tents for Camping on Two Wheels

first_imgWingman-of-the-RoadThe only thing more exhilarating than hitting the open road is hitting the open road on two wheels. Whether that means on a motorbike or under your own power on a traditional bicycle, there’s nothing like cruising some backcountry road at sunset with the wind in your hair, George Thorogood in your ear, and a few bugs in your teeth. When you’re ready to overnight along the way and an ordinary roadside motel won’t do, you need a proper motorcycle tent. Here are four of the best.Best Overall: Lone Rider MotoTent V2Lone Rider’s MotoTent V2 is the closest thing to a gold standard in two-wheel tents. The best-in-class motorcycle tent features a large sleep area roomy enough for two riders and their gear. The integrated vestibule is wide enough for one adventure motorcycle with panniers. High-quality materials all around — a fire-retardant ripstop nylon shell, waterproof zippers, and aircraft-grade aluminum stakes — make it damn-near-bulletproof. Yet, the entire affair weighs just 12 pounds. The downside is that you’ll pay handsomely for the privilege of owning the best. A new MotoTent will set you back more than $550.Best  for Adventures: Redverz Atacama Expedition Motorcycle TentLike Lone Rider, Redverz is well-respected in the world of adventure biking and two-wheel camping. Its Atacama Expedition Tent is the company’s flagship motorcycle tent, over-engineered with 4000mm hydrostatic head on the outer fly so it’ll stand up to driving rain and hard winds. The vestibule can accommodate any full-sized touring adventure bike with panniers allowing riders to park straight inside. Twin garage doors roll down on either side to keep your bike dry and protected. Inside, the oversized footprint is large enough to accommodate a queen airbed or two sleeping pads plus a pair of camp chairs. The ceiling boasts a peak height of 77 inches, more than enough for all but the tallest riders to stand comfortably. $600 from Redverz $410 from Wingman-of-the-Road Ready for more adventure? Here’s everything you need to plan a road trip. Best Budget Option: Coleman Hooligan 2-Person Backpacking TentColeman gear strikes a balance between durability and affordability. Their products are rarely the best on the market, but they offer good value for the money. The Hooligan 2-Person Backpacking Tent is no exception. The compact dome sleeps two comfortably with room for two camp pads, and the exterior holds up to wind and rain equally well. When the weather allows, the rain fly can be removed to reveal an all-mesh interior for better ventilation and stargazing. A small front vestibule provides extra dry storage for gear or a two-wheeler. While bulkier than most on this list, it still weighs less than nine pounds making it an ideal choice for motorcycle and bicycle campers. The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men $65 from Coleman Best All-in-One System: Wingman-of-the-Road Goose Motorcycle Camping SystemThe Wingman-of-the-Road Goose is unlike any other motorcycle tent we’ve seen. It eschews the modern, freestanding nylon tent setup for a unique design that’s part vintage, part military-inspired, and all utilitarian. The entire system — including the canvas tent, thick foam mattress, sleeping bag, and blanket (which doubles as a cover for the whole kit) — is an all-in-one solution for weekend adventure cyclists. Simply throw the Goose onto the back of your bike, and you’re prepared to overnight just about anywhere. When you’re ready to make camp, the tent sets up with a flap that extends over the seat and gas can of your two-wheeler. The space between also serves as a vestibule for your gear or a trip mate who doesn’t mind getting a little wet in their sleep. The Goose is currently sold out, but you can place a pre-order for delivery in early July.center_img How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt $50 from Amazon Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure last_img read more

Spectacular Failures Tells the Story of Businesses That Went Very Very Wrong

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Like the proverbial train wreck from which we just can’t pry our eyes, there is something electrically compelling about the story of a big business falling apart. Or, in many cases, it’s more of an implosion, and in some cases an implosion brought on by fraud and allegations of sexual misconduct — so goes the story of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who ran the collapsed Heritage USA, a Christian-themed amusement park.A big business catastrophically breaking apart makes for a good story, but a good storyteller is still needed. And that’s where Lauren Ober steps in. As she explains: “Business stories are just human stories, but with lots more money involved.”Lauren Ober, host of Spectacular Failures DuHon PhotographyThe Pittsburgh native was no stranger to sharing stories when she accepted the host’s chair of the new American Public Media podcast, in partnership with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Spectacular Failures, and she was no stranger to audio journalism, either.  “I was a newspaper reporter for many years before I even moved into radio,” she explained, “which I did in 2012. So I’ve been in audio since then. I worked for WAMU, the NPR station here in DC, and I hosted a show for them called The Big Listen which got picked up by NPR national …  the opportunity for Spectacular Failures popped up last year, and I jumped on it.”“We also want to see certain people triumph … In America, failure doesn’t have to end you.”Lauren wants potential listeners to understand one thing first and foremost: this is not a show for business experts; you can enjoy listening to Spectacular Failures whether you have an MBA from Villanova or you don’t know a derivative from a daguerreotype. At the heart of the show are stories about the people who ran failed businesses, explaining what happened and why. It’s not a business show, in other words.“I didn’t know anything about business at the time [the host opportunity arose] — I was a casual observer, a news consumer, but if you had asked me what collateralized securities were, I would not have had a fluent answer. The mandate of this show was to make a narrative program that regular non-businesspeople would enjoy. The stories we have chosen have lots of characters in them, the background just happens to be about businesses,” Lauren says.So what are the types of stories Spectacular Failures covers and who are these characters therein featured?Meet Leonard. He's a breweriana aficionado. Specifically, he collects Schlitz beer memorabilia like tap pulls, trays, and bar mirrors.Never heard of Schlitz? Find out how a company that was once the largest beer producer in the U.S. ceased to exist:— Spectacular Failures (@FailureShow) July 3, 2019Well, there’s the episode called “Schlitz Beer goes bad, then worse,” for example. That one is about how “‘The beer that made Milwaukee famous’ cuts corners and loses its most loyal customers.” In that episode, Lauren and her team tell the story of Schlitz, a beer brewed since 1849 and by the 1970s a neck-in-neck rival of Anheuser-Busch for the title of biggest brewery in America. “And then, seemingly overnight, Schlitz was gone.”Further ReadingFinancial Planning 101: What to Do ASAP to Build Long-Term Wealth11 Best Business Books to Help You Achieve Success on Your TermsPro Interview Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Gig What draws us to these topics? The same things that attracted Lauren Ober to the show in the first place. “I think there are two things. First, I mean there’s a healthy dose of schadenfreude, these are people we like to see bad things — well, not bad, but unfortunate things — happen to; a certain kind of people and not to us. But we also want to see certain people triumph. We want to see that failure is not going to end you, and I think in America — and [for] other places this isn’t true — in America, failure doesn’t have to end you.”She adds: “We also like failure because it’s relatable. Who among us hasn’t failed?”Binged all of Spectacular Failures? Check out these other great podcasts. Breckenridge Brewery Celebrates Shark Week With Very Jaw-some Beer Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic So what happened? In short, a series of unfortunate but entirely avoidable events. In 1970s, a misguided cost-cutting initiative saw the brewery swap out much of its malted barley for cheap corn syrup and the use of a number of other cheaper ingredients as well. The new formula tasted terrible and many Schlitz fans quit the brand. Facing declining sales, in 1977 the company launched a disastrous ad campaign featuring angry men effectively threatening the viewer if they switched beers. In response, even more people switched beers. Next, the company began using a cheap anti-hazing additive which had a reaction with the beer and led to the recall of more than 10 million bottles of Schlitz beer. By 1981, the once mighty brewery was no more, bought by Bud.Don’t worry, Lauren’s show makes the whole saga more colorful than that, as it does in every half-hour episode. Through a blend of interviews, narrative monologue, music, sounds recorded on location, and archival clips, Spectacular Failures makes excellent use of its medium to tell stories about everything from the total flop that was MoviePass to the David and Goliath story of a family-owned funeral parlor taking on a billion-dollar, multinational company … and winning.last_img read more

The Best Cooking Gear for Car Camping and Backpacking

first_img $300 from Otterbox $300 from Amazon $48 from Amazon $80 from Amazon MSR MugMate Coffee/Tea FilterWhile a full barista set isn’t going to work when you’re backpacking, caffeine is still essential. The MSR MugMate is about as simple as it gets — it’s just a tiny mesh cup that sits in your cup that holds coffee or tea. Add the grounds or leaves to the cup, then pour water through and leave the MugMate in for the desired amount of time. For a stronger brew, add the grounds to a pot of water, then boil and stir. Pour through the MugMate into the cup to strain the grounds out. Lodge Cast Iron 10-inch Camp Dutch OvenCamping with a car nearby gives you more room to pack pots and pans, but you may not need to bring more than one. The Lodge 10-inch Cast Iron Dutch Oven can fry, stew, griddle, and everything in between. The pre-seasoned cast iron can go straight into the fire, hang above it with the steel handle, or sit on a stove. At 13 pounds, you’d be crazy to take this backpacking, but the thick iron evenly distributes heat. Lower the temperature to simmer a stew or bump it up to sear a steak. If you’re caught without the Everest above, set the lid down, spread coals or briquettes on top, and sit down the dutch oven for a makeshift stove. Snow Peak Field Barista SetNone of this food preparation would happen without any coffee, especially breakfast. Lovers of steel and titanium, Japanese gear maker Snow Peak has put together a beautiful set to create the all-important adventure fuel. The Field Barista collection includes a stainless steel kettle, adjustable ceramic burr coffee grinder, and six-piece pour-over brewer. Each breaks down into its own cotton bag for storage. The drip is compatible with Chemex or Hario V60 filters. The result ends up in a 450 ml double-walled titanium mug with folding handles. Add a lid to keep things hot for longer. The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure $100 from REI MSR Ceramic Two-Pot SetTitanium is perfect for boiling water, but it creates hot spots and does not retain heat well. MSR’s Ceramic Two-Pot Set is a great option for when you want to cook as you do at home. The set weighs 12 oz and includes one 1.5 liter pot and one 2.5 liter pot. Save space by leaving one at home or nesting plates and cups inside. $80 from REI $368 from Snow Peak Editors’ Recommendations Leatherman Skeletool CX Multi-toolThere’s no space in a backpack to carry multiple kitchen knives, so we usually use the multi-tool we have with us. For only 5 ounces, you get pliers, wire-cutters, a full-size knife, multiple screwdriver bits and, most importantly, a bottle opener. The CX version has a carbon handle and 154CM steel in the blade, which holds an edge well. GSI Outdoors Santoku Knife SetNo kitchen is complete without a sharp set of knives. GSI Outdoors makes it easy to grab and go with the Santoku Knife Set. A four-inch paring knife, six-inch santoku knife, and six-inch serrated knife mince, slice, and dice the fresh veggies. A folding cutting board with a meat icon on one side and a veggie icon helps you keep things clean after a long day on the trails. Hard plastic sheaths for each knife, a fabric carrying case, and even a microfiber scrubby round out this chef kit in a bag. $51 from Amazoncenter_img $140 from REI Lodge Cast Iron/FacebookWhether you’re whipping up some grub for your climbing buddies or planning an extended getaway in the great outdoors, camp food is important. And how you prepare is key.Knives don’t make the chef, but having top-notch tools to help you wrangle your next dish outside certainly do help. We’ve rounded up the best camping cooking gear and backpacking accessories to help you make the perfect meal beside the car or 20 miles from it.Best Cooking Gear for Car CampingOtterBox Venture 45 CoolerWithout a cooler, car camping cuisine look a lot like dehydrated meals and protein bars. However, better food is one of the reasons to choose car camping over backpackingThe OtterBox Venture 45 doesn’t cut corners — it’s one of the best coolers money can buy right now. The giant, sturdy handles make it easier to carry because, with that amount of ice-protecting insulation, it’s not light. That heft lets you keep ice for up to 14 days. Four mounting points on either side allow you to add bottle openers, cup-holders, or waterproof boxes for your electronics. A table attachment fits into the handle. Pop off the cutting-board top to throw your drinks in the three cup-holders. Save your back by opting the over-sized off-road wheels.For organizing food inside, add vertical dividers and drop in the dry food basket that hangs in the top rim. The angled bottom keeps melted ice flowing towards the drain. If you don’t need 45 quarts worth of room, go with 25 quarts. If you need more, there’s a 65-quart option. $140 from Walmart Looking for more gear suggestions? Here are our favorite camping coffee makers, the best backpacking gear for men, and ultralight products that are actually worth the price tag. $40 from Walmart $80 from Moosejaw $17 from Walmart $17 from Amazon The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019 Camp Chef Everest Two-Burner Camp StoveOne of the biggest complaints about camp stoves is how long they take to boil water. The Camp Chef Everest stove helps out in the speed department. With two 20,000 BTU burners, three-sided wind protection, and push-button lighting, you can have coffee ready before anyone’s even awake at camp. The Everest comes with a wide grill and a propane tank adapter so you’ve got options for the pots and pans you need to create your edible masterpiece. Get the compatible griddle as well, and you’ll have a full lineup at breakfast. Just make sure you have a table large enough for this cooking machine. Best Cooking Gear for BackpackingSixty pounds of food and gear isn’t a problem when you’re camping out the back of a truck. When you’re hiking 10 miles before dinner, weight becomes an issue. There’s only so much room in a multi-day backpack. These are some of the best pieces for your camp kitchen when it needs to weigh less than 10 pounds.MSR WhisperLite Universal Camp StoveEven at one-twelfth the weight of the Everest stove, the MSR WhisperLite Universal isn’t the lightest stove out there. However, it’s still packed with features that make it one of the most flexible and adaptable stoves you can buy today. The WhisperLite sits directly on the ground, not on a fuel canister, making it more stable for large pots or uneven surfaces. No one wants their dinner all over the ground at the end of the day. For fuel options, you can take whatever is best suited for the adventure. Small, easy-to-use gas canisters work well when you just need quick energy that lights in a snap. Just swap out a couple of parts and you’ve got a liquid fuel stove with a refillable fuel bottle that works well in cold weather. The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started last_img read more

10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

first_img 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now For whatever reasons — a macabre obsession, escapism, boredom, or something else — these documentaries are here and they’re here to stay. The thing about these docs is that many of them are broken into parts, making them beyond binge-able. It could be because you simply can’t believe what is happening right before your eyes or because you need to see the despicable human being guilty of crimes finally captured. Either way, true crime documentaries offer a multi-hour experience, unlike many other genres.Below, you can find the best crime documentaries on Netflix right now. As you’ll notice, Netflix has done a good job of finding and producing high-quality crime docs and docu-series, taking the reins of the bandwagon and driving it full-speed into the future. And while Netflix isn’t the only place to binge (HBO’s The Jinx is a wonderful example of a doc not available on the platform), it is one of the best places to start.Making a Murderer (2015-Present)Arguably, this is one of the most influential true crime documentaries when it comes to the nation’s current obsession with the genre. This doc looks at the imprisonment, exoneration, re-arrest, and subsequent trial of Steven Avery, who was charged with (and convicted of) the murder of Teresa Halbach. Since the first season’s premiere, countless articles have been written about the documentary and the case as a whole, but if you’re new to true crime documentaries, this is as good a place to start as any. Which is why we’re not linking to any of the articles — check out the show for yourself first.WatchThe Innocent Man (2018)Not all people convicted of crimes actually commit them. In fact, between 3% and 5% of capital crime prosecutions end with a wrongful conviction. The Innocent Man is an adaptation of John Grisham’s only nonfiction book, which looks at the 1998 wrongful conviction of Ronald Keith Williamson for the rape and murder of Debra Sue Carter. The series also looks at another pending wrongful conviction in the same small town of Ada, Oklahoma (population: 17,000), and the effects that these types of cases have not only on those directly involved but the town as a whole.WatchAbducted in Plain Sight (2017)If you’re a parent, then this doc is probably going to be a nightmare for you. If you’re not a parent, then this will still be one of the most frustrating documentaries you’ve most likely ever seen. Abducted in Plain Sight chronicles the abduction of 12-year-old Jan Broberg by her neighbor Robert Berchtold — twice. The documentary looks at how Berchtold embedded himself in the Broberg family and how he was able to abduct Jan both times. Littered throughout the documentary are also aliens, Mormonism, and a whole heap of “how the f*ck can you let someone do that to your daughter twice, you ignorant fools?”WatchConversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)Perhaps one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, Ted Bundy went on a rampage that spanned multiple states, years, and victims. This documentary brings recordings of him to the front and center, allowing audiences a look at just how psychotic and terrible he was. While some have argued this glorifies serial killers, thereby expressing everything that is wrong with the country’s obsession with crimes, it is an interesting look at the mind of a notorious criminal.WatchThe Keepers (2017)The unsolved murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, leads to former students of Cesnik’s investigating a coverup involving a priest at Cesnik’s school, Anthony Joseph Maskell, and multiple counts of sexual abuse against students. The Keepers looks at the lengths the Catholic church appeared to go to in order to cover up crimes by one of their own. If you thought the government was terrible for covering things up, you should see how the Catholic church does it.WatchWild Wild Country (2018)Just as serial killers are viewed with an unsettling amount of interest in our country right now, so are cults. Wild, Wild Country documents one of those cults: the Rajneeshpuram community, led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela. The Rajneeshis were responsible for the first bioterror attack in the U.S., and for corrupting countless people with their ideology (all while tucked away in middle-of-nowhere Oregon). This documentary has won awards for a reason — not only will you want to binge it, but you’ll also want to yell and scream at the screen while you do.WatchEvil Genius (2018)This one isn’t for the faint of heart, as footage of what would become a murder is played two minutes into the first episode. Evil Genius looks at the murder of Brian Wells, which was part of what might be one of the most insane bank heist stories ever told. If we told you the plot, you wouldn’t believe us because it is that crazy. While there have been other true crime shows made about this case, Evil Genius dives in deep, weaving an intriguing narrative that shows the lengths to which some people go to try and get away with murder.WatchMurder Mountain (2018)The marijuana industry in California is a big deal and, in Northern California’s Humboldt County, that industry encompasses both legal and illegal enterprises. The mixing of these different sects has led to disappearances, murders, and cover-ups as locals prefer to take an outlaw view on doling out justice. Murder Mountain focuses specifically on the case of Garrett Rodriguez, who was found murdered in 2013.WatchAmanda Knox (2016)After being twice convicted for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher while living in Italy, Amanda Knox spent four years in an Italian jail before being acquitted. Amanda Knox features interviews with a variety of people involved in the case, from her boyfriend at the time to journalists to law enforcement to Knox herself, to document everything that went on the case. This doc is as much about the case as it is about what can happen when tabloid journalism runs away with a story.WatchThe Legend of Cocaine Island (2018)Are you loving your Florida Man horoscopes these days and want more Florida Man hi-jinks? Then The Legend of Cocaine Island is for you. The newest Netflix true-crime documentary tells the story of a down-and-out Florida businessman who learns about a stash of cocaine on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra and decides to dig it up and resell it, thereby pulling his family out of the financial crisis they are in. If you know anything about literally any Florida Man story, then you can guess how this one ends.Watch Now Now that the Halloween season is here, there is perhaps no more appropriate time to turn the lights off, curl up with a loved one, and turn on a true-crime documentary. The genre is everywhere these days, offering avid true crime enthusiasts ample opportunities to get their fix. There are plenty of other true crime platforms, from books to podcasts, but those don’t really allow for cuddling up, so that’s why we lean toward the true crime documentaries.Other Netflix Streaming GuidesBest Travel and Adventure DocumentariesBest Food DocumentariesBest Food ShowsBest Action MoviesBest Documentaries Overallcenter_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

Asakusa Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel

first_imgFrom the second half of the Edo period, Yanagibashi flourished as Hanamachi, an entertainment district where there were various Geisha houses and tea houses. This is the area where you can still find specialized shops or warehouses called tonyawhich sell many kinds of things starting from dolls, chopsticks, Japanese paper, edged tools and such. The atmosphere of Shitamachi (the traditional commercial and working-class neighborhoods) still remains in this area. There is a youth hostel which just opened in March 2015. It is called Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel (YH), a 5 minute walk from Asakusabashi station and with a bright red certain as its symbolic entrance.A Lounge to Interact, even with the LocalsThere is a lounge where you can interact with other guests on the first floor. It is a new room that aims to create an open atmosphere. The staff members wish to create a friendly and cozy environment which guests can enjoy talking to each other. People who pass by here can see tourists from all over the world are having fun around a big table. Local people who see this might even come in and join them.There are a lot of hand-made works made by artists from Asakusa which let you feel the Japanese spirit in this lounge. The crafts in the picture above are traditional Japanese kites called tako in Japanese.The red symbol drawn on the right kite in the picture above is a the Japanese character of dragon. The character drawn on the left one is banzuke of sumo which is the ranking of Sumo wrestlers.The illustration on this kite in the picture above is Ukiyoe-style. The powerful eyes leave a strong impression on viewers.The Relaxing Resting Lounge and Kitchen There are also two types of rooms which are Japanese style in the first picture and Western style in the second picture. Both of them cost 10,800 yen (9,600 yen for those who are the member of Youth Hostels Association). Families usually book the Japanese style room.FacilitiesNow I will introduce the equipped facilities in the YH.This is the shared shower room. You can use shampoo, body wash and a dryer for free.Toilets are separated for males and females. Rooms for three people have a private toilet.There are two laundry machines. Washing costs 200 yen for half an hour and drying costs 100 yen for half an hour.A Memorable Trip in Tokyo Starts at Tokyo Sumidagawa YHThose two people above in the picture are Mr. Nire and Ms. Horiba who are the staff at Tokyo Sumidagawa YH. We can feel their hospitality from the picture, can’t we?They also ogranize local events like tea meetings since they hope that guests will have a memorable trip in Japan. We highly recommend travelers who want not only to stay but also get to talk with local people stay in Tokyo Sumidagawa YH.InformationTokyoSumidagawa Youth HostelAddress:2-21-4 Yanagibashi, Taito, Tokyo 111-0052Check-in:16:00Check-out:10:00Wi-Fi:AvailableLanguage:Japanese・EnglishStation:Asakusabashi Station (浅草橋駅) JR line/Toei Asakusa LineAccess:5 minute walk from east exit of JR Asakusabashi station or exit A3 of Toei Asakusa linePrice:From 3,300 yen to 10,500 yen *Depending on the types of the roomPhone Number:03-3851-1121Official HP:Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel There are two types of rooms for two people. The first picture is the Western style room and the second picture is the Japanese style room. Both of them cost 7600 yen (7000 yen for those who are the member of Youth Hostels Association).Rooms for 3center_img There is a specious resting lounge on the second floor. You can relax and talk with other travelers while watching TV or reading the huge collection of various travel magazines. There is also a refrigerator in the kitchen.RoomsAll of the rooms have a Free Wi-Fi connection and an air-conditioner. Let’s take a look at rooms one by one.Separate dorms for males and femalesDorms are separated for males and females. The price for a bed is reasonable which is 3300 yen per night (3000 yen for those who are the member of Youth Hostels Association) There is a overhead reading light. You will sleep on a futon on the tatami mats which is the typical Japanese style of sleeping. A Futon for each person is separated by a fusuma byobu or Japanese folding screen.Rooms for 2last_img read more

Good Cook Recipe Hiyashi kitsune udon

first_img“Kitsune udon” (fox udon) which has a mysterious name is one of the Japanese standard foods. Photo Credit:Ei Shuppan-sya (エイ出版社)Kurashi jyozu (「暮らし上手」)Kyono bangohan (今日の晩ごはん)Reference:This week’s recipe by Kenichi Kaneko “Hiyashi kitsune udon” (金子健一さんが作る今週のレシピ「冷やしきつねうどん」) What is “Kitsune udon”?Udon is a kind of noodles made of wheat. Thin noodles are called “somen” (素麺), or “hiyamugi” (冷麦), and thick ones are called “kishimen” (きしめん) or “houto” (ほうとう). Kitsune udon, a food with “abura-age” (油揚げ, fried tofu) seasoned with sweet soy source on noodles, is loved by everyone from children to adults.Why is it called “kitsune” (“fox”) udon? Though there are various theories about it, the one that people believe foxes love abura-age is likely the most convincing.Topping is rich in variety, so you can choose whatever you want. This time, as the picture above is showing, I prepared three kinds of toppings; “banno-negi” (万能ねぎ: minced green onion shoots), “myoga” (みょうが: Japanese ginger) and “agedama” (揚げ玉:bits of fried tempura batter) with green laver. If you put mainly “agedama”, the udon becomes “tanuki udon”.But, it is only in kanto region (関東地方). The name is different depending on the region, so check it if you are interested.Soup and Topping ArrangementThe key to the taste is its soup. The one in the picture above is stock and soy source mixture produced by “Kamada soy source” (鎌田醤油). The company is located in Kagawa prefecture (香川県) which is famous for udon. Submerge and soak dried shiitake mushrooms or sea tangle in water to make a soup stock, then mix it with stock and soy source mixture, and you can make deep flavored soup for udon.These are fish sausages, the commoner’s dish which you can get at comvenience stores or super markets. People love them as snacks or snacks to go with sake because you do not need to cook. Actually, they go with udon as a topping.Here You Go!This time, I cooled boiled udon using cold water. How about having cold kitsune udon for lunch today?Cooperation:Kurashi jyozu (「暮らし上手」): Ei Shuppan-sya (エイ出版社)last_img read more

Chicago building once home to Al Capone and family sold

CHICAGO — A red brick two-flat on Chicago’s South Side that once belonged to gangster Al Capone has been sold after being on the market for years.Listing agent Ryan Smith says the 2,820-square-foot (262-square-meter) building in the city’s Park Manor neighbourhood sold last week for $226,000, more than twice the $109,900 asking price. The buyer wasn’t identified.The previous owner listed the building in 2009 for $450,000 and lowered the price over the years.Capone paid about $15,000 for the building in 1923. The names of his mother and wife were on the deed.The Capone family owned the building until the death of his mother in the 1950s.The Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council in 1989 rejected bids to make the building a landmark.The Associated Press read more

Sierra Leone at critical juncture in peacebuilding efforts UN warned

28 September 2010Sierra Leone, often cited as a success story in United Nations efforts to consolidate peace in countries that have been ravaged by conflict, faces good opportunities but also major risks from upcoming elections and newly found mineral wealth, a senior UN official said today. These factors coupled with the situation in neighbouring Guinea “are indeed a source of hope for Sierra Leone [but] they bear also considerable risks for its future that, if not managed carefully, could impact adversely the progress that Sierra Leone has achieved over the last years,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative Michael von der Schulenburg told the Security Council at the start of day-long UN deliberations on the small West African country.He called for increased UN financial resources for development in Sierra Leone, a key factor in the peacebuilding strategy, warning of a “worrying trend” of decline that “will no doubt jeopardize the UN’s work and credibility.” Citing largely unexploited gold resources, diamonds and rutile, a precursor of titanium, recent contracts for large iron ore exploitation and the potential for off-shore oil and gas, he said Sierra Leone “may be at the verge of turning from a major recipient of foreign to becoming a major exporter of primary mineral and hydrocarbon products.” But he warned that experience in other parts of the world showed that countries depending on the export of raw materials often suffered social dislocations, huge income disparities and rampant corruption and environmental degradation.“Therefore it is incumbent for all concerned, in particular for the Government of Sierra Leone, to make all the necessary efforts to ensure that its new emphasis on extractive industries is put on the right track from the very beginning,” he said, calling for due attention to contract transparency, compliance with the laws, and the potential for corruption. Turning to nationwide elections scheduled for 2012, Mr. von der Schulenburg noted that the parties were already accusing each other of shady intentions, warned of the potential of ethnic and regional divisions and stressed the “critical” need for the electoral bodies be accepted as “being professional, credible and, even more importantly as being impartial” by all sides, calling for all such outstanding issues to be address well in advance of the vote.“In this context I would like to urge the National Electoral Commission to do more to alleviate fears within the main opposition following the re-appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner,” he said. “At the same time, I call on the main opposition party to show greater flexibility in discussing their electoral concerns without getting entangles in personal conflicts.”Finally, he turned to neighbouring Guinea, where a democratic transition is in progress. Should this go well, it will make the region more stable, but if it is stalled or reversed it could have serious negative consequences for Sierra Leone, given the ethnic, cultural and geographic links between the two countries, he warned.Sierra Leone, once known more for a vicious civil war in which massacres, the mutilation of victims and recruitment of child soldiers were commonplace, was the first country, together with Burundi, to be put on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission when it was set up in 2006 to prevent post-conflict countries from relapsing back into bloodshed, and today it was the focus of a session by the body. The Security Council was considering Mr. Ban’s latest report in which he said that despite progress in consolidating peace and fostering national reconciliation, Sierra Leone must address high youth unemployment and corruption to ensure that the gains are not reversed.Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura told the Council that as regards elections the Finance Minister had already started “mobilizing support and the necessary resources to set the stage for a credible, free, fair and fully participatory process and we count on the United Nations and international community to respond promptly to his call to action.”She also pledged openness and transparency in exploiting the mineral resources and noted that after its dark past Sierra Leone is now ranked by the Global Peace Index as the 53rd most peaceful country out of 149, with Iraq at the bottom and the United States ranked at 85. The index is collated by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australian-based non-governmental organization (NGO), and considers a list of 23 internal and external peace indicators.Canadian Ambassador John McNee, chairman of the Sierra Leone section of the Peacebuilding Commission, cited the successes achieved so far as well as the challenges that lie ahead, 10 years after the end of the civil war. “Sierra Leone remains a multilateral success story for peacebuilding but is at a critical juncture,” he said. “A final investment in peace is necessary to secure the gains that have been made since the end of the civil war.“The Peacebuilding Commission stands ready to continue assisting Sierra Leone’s efforts to mitigate the major risks to peace, to support preparations for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections in 2012, and to assist in building a durable, comprehensive peace to the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.” read more

Post911 security policies may be genesis of todays borderless violent extremism Iran

“Fifteen years have passed since the painful terrorist attack on New York City; a disaster whose human dimensions moved the entire world,” President Rouhani told the Assembly’s annual general debate, stressing that, on 11 September 2001, no one imagined that the terrible events would lead to larger disasters, including a devastating war in the Middle East and the spread of terrorism.“Today,” he continued, “the most pressing question as to why we are facing such a situation should be on the agenda of international forums,” where an honest debate should take place regarding the flawed polices and erroneous actions “that have paved the way for worldwide insecurity, [and] what the world should look like 15 years from now.”The genesis of borderless violent extremism and terrorism could be attributed to the security strategies developed by major powers in the past 15 years, who are mainly focusing on advancing repression and military intervention under the pretext of creating a secure environment for their citizens, he continued.“The main lesson to learn from the analysis of this trend is that security in one region at the cost of insecurity in others would not only be impossible but it could also lead to more insecurity everywhere,” he said.Regrettably, some powers have provided covert and overt support for terrorist groups or condoned their formation, and the same powers are now committing atrocities against innocent people and their defenders under the guise of fighting terrorism, Mr. Rouhani said. Today in fact, the discourse of hatred and violence in the Middle East and North Africa is spreading with an astonishing speed, he noted. “Palestinians are still afflicted by a web of apartheid policies and atrocities set by the usurping Zionist regime,” he said. He also said “if the Saudi Government is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology, and trampling upon the rights of neighbours.”Iran opposes any kind of sectarianism and any attempt to promote religious gaps, he stressed. The Muslim people, be they Shi’as or Sunnis, have lived and continue to live together for centuries in harmony and mutual respect.The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme through devising confidence-building mechanisms, closing the so-called “possible military dimension” file and reinstating Iran’s right to develop a peaceful nuclear programme, he said. This deal also put an end to unfounded concerns and led to the removal of the brutal sanctions against Iran.And today, the UN Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have formally accepted Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, he added. The lack of compliance with the JCPOA on the part of the United States in the past several months represents a flawed approach that should be rectified.Unfortunately, such illegal actions are not unprecedented, he said, citing the latest case of the US Supreme Court ruling to seize billions of dollars of the Iranian people’s assets. “This experience demonstrated that the Zionist pressure groups could go as far as having US Congress pass indefensible legislations forcing the highest American judicial institution to violate pre-emptory norms of international law,” he said.Only eight months after the removal of the cruel nuclear-related sanctions, the economy of Iran, as the most secure and most profitable investment destination in the region, is showing clear improvement, he noted. Iran’s economic growth rate surpassed 4 per cent in spring 2016, the inflation rate dropped to single digits, and Iran has come close to pre-sanction level of oil production and export. “All in all, we are witnessing more development in the economic, scientific and technological fields in Iran,” he said. read more

Saluting Brock with a birthday bash

Prepare the party hats and ready a rendition of Happy Birthday as the University’s namesake turns 248.The Brock community is invited to come out Friday, Oct. 6 for a birthday party held in honour of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.The third-annual event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Brock statue with free cupcakes, live entertainment and a rousing round of Happy Birthday.Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear red Friday in honour of Brock’s big day. The Brock Campus Store is offering a 25 per cent discount on red clothing purchased on Oct. 5 and 6.The Brock community can share its school spirit — and its Brock statue selfies — online using the #BrockU hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. A Snapchat filter has also been created to mark the occasion.After the birthday party, students can continue the celebration by cheering on the Brock Badgers men’s rugby team as they battle Queen’s at 1 p.m. on Alumni Field.About Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock Isaac Brock was born on Oct. 6, 1769 on the Island of Guernsey, one of Britain’s channel islands. He earned a reputation for being studious, reading works on ancient history, science and military tactics. Estimated to be more than six feet tall, Brock was also athletic and excelled in swimming and boxing. He entered the military at the age of 15.Brock came to Canada when he was 33 years old. Within 10 years, he became commander-in-chief of the army, responsible for defending Upper Canada against the United States.When the War of 1812 broke out, Brock’s army was ready. Quick victories at Fort Mackinac and Detroit defeated American invasion efforts.In the early morning of Oct. 13, 1812, the American troops crossed the Niagara River and took the hill at Queenston Heights. In an effort to stop their progress, Brock led the charge on foot up the steep hill. However, his tall stature and distinctive British red coat and white trousers made him an obvious target. A musket ball struck Brock in the chest and he fell. His last pronouncement is reported to be “Surgite!” — Latin for “Push on!” — which was adopted as Brock University’s motto. read more

Cam Newtons Advice to Johnny Manziel Apparently Did Not

Photo by zimbio.comCam Newton, the former Heisman Trophy winner, said he conversed with enigmatic Johnny Manziel “a few times” this summer. Apparently, whatever Newton had to offer did not stick, as the news gets worse each day for “Johnny Football.”The latest is that a Las Vegas broker said he paid Manziel $7,500 to sign helmets, a blatant violation of NCAA rules that could render the rising sophomore ineligible for the upcoming season. Not good.Newton survived an NCAA investigation into pay-for-play allegations. He was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and was not suspended from any games.Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future,” Newton said. “When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad” purposes.“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things,” Newton said. “You think everybody loves you for who you are.“When I was there at college, so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much,” he added. “Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my [eyes]. If you say no to this particular person, you are going to be a [jerk]. You are going to be the person that people look at as, ‘What’s up? We came out here and supported you and cheered for you and you can’t sign an autograph?’ Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But that’s the nature of the beast.”Despite whatever Newton shared with Manziel, the Texas A&M star has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman.The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January.Newton said he hopes “that everything works out in the best for him so he can get back to what he likes to do and that’s playing football.” read more

Robots interviewing graduates for jobs at top city firms as students practice

“What we are seeing now is the role out of a much more sophisticated set of tools, including interviews delivered by a computer,” he said. Thousands of videos are scanned by powerful algorithms that can pick up what kinds of words or phrases you are usingCredit: PeopleImages/E+ Thousands of videos are scanned by powerful algorithms that can pick up what kinds of words or phrases you are using Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said: “They ask very traditional interview questions, like  why do you want to work here, and what are your strengths and weaknesses. You’re just talking into a blank screen, it’s really unnerving.”A number of companies are using the AI interview technology developed by HireVue, a firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.“We were set up 13 years ago by a university student who couldn’t get an interview and couldn’t get a job,” said Kevin Parke, HireVue’s chairman and CEO.“He wanted a job at Goldman Sachs, and he could see their offices from his campus room. But they didn’t come to his college to do interviews. He wanted to democratise interviews to make the process fairer and more consistent. Now Goldman Sachs are one of our biggest clients.”Unilever is another firm that uses HireVue’s AI interviews for their graduate scheme. “They believe many graduates are applying for the wrong jobs,” Mr Parke said. “They are now saying ‘don’t apply for a job, just do an interview and we will match you to the best job’.” As a nervous university student keen to make a good impression, you would be forgiven for wanting to comb your hair, polish your shoes and maybe even clean your teeth before a job interview.But this kind of preparation could soon become a thing of the past, as prestigious city graduate schemes – including Goldman Sachs and Unilever – are increasingly using robots to conduct interviews.Rather than sitting in front of an interviewer, students are asked to set up a webcam on their computer or phone. Questions pop up on the screen, and they are asked to make a video recording of their answers.Thousands of videos are then scanned by powerful algorithms that can pick up what kinds of words or phrases you are using, how concisely you present your arguments, and how confident you sound. Computer programmes using artificial intelligence (AI) can also detect “micro-expressions”, which could be how much you blink, smile or frown.The AI interviews are typically used at an early stage of the application process, in order to whittle down tens of thousands of applicants to a smaller pool that can move on to assessment days and finally, in-person interviews.Derek Walker, who used to run the graduate recruitment at Merrill Lynch and Barclays bank, said that most big firms have been using automated online tests for the past decade. “They might have an actor or a graphic asking questions, or a pre-recorded voice, but they are not there listening to you. You have no ability to build a rapport with a machine and this can really throw people.”Mr Walker, who now works at Finito, a company which gives career advice to students, went on: “Your answers are being analysed against a set of quality and criteria determined by the employer. It is more sophisticated than throwing in certain words. It can be the ability to articulate in a concise way, there can be an assessment of body language.“Some employers have taken characteristics from successful employees and used those characteristics to create a profile of what is desirable.”The technology is popular with firms as it allows them to see a wider pool of applicants than they would normally recruit from, Mr Walker said. “The reason most companies give as a reason for doing this is that it improves the diversity of applicants and removes unconscious bias,” he added. Joshua Pauk, a 21-year-old graduate from Bristol University, said that when he applied for graduate schemes in the banking sector, he was asked to record webcam interviews for around ten different companies. read more

Youth crime violence demands a regional solution says CARICOM Secretary General

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrime and Security, a regional problem affecting youths- CARICOM SGJanuary 16, 2019In “Crime”Much more work, urgency needed in Regional crime fight – LaRocqueNovember 22, 2016In “Regional”Crime, Zika among threats identified by CARICOM SG for urgent actionFebruary 16, 2016In “Crime” CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque(CMC) — A two-day conference aimed at examining and redefining violence prevention solutions as it relates to youth violence and prevention in the Caribbean began here on Tuesday with the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, saying it is a regional problem that demands a regional solution.LaRocque told the conference that has brought together leaders from youth movements, governments, civil society, development organisations and academia that crime and security is an issue that is having an impact on all the 15-members of the regional integration grouping.“It is a regional problem that demands a regional solution.  It not only requires the full co-operation of all our countries but also all the stakeholders within the member states.  The multi-state, multi-sectoral response to this challenge is vital for us to succeed in defeating it,” LaRocque told the opening ceremony.He said a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2012 Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security, noted that crime and violence impose high social, economic and cultural costs.Crime and violence are development issues and the report recommended that a model of security for the region should be based on a human development approach with citizen security being paramount, he added.The two day conference, which is being hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, UNICEF, the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, the St Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission, and the Caribbean Learning for Youth Networking and Change Sessions (LYNCS) Network, is intended to design transformational youth-centred action to combat crime and violence and address constraints that youth activists face in improving safety outcomes in their communities.LaRocque told the conference that the youth are the demographic that is most affected by crime and violence and that some of the main findings of recent studies are that the majority of victims, as well as perpetrators of crimes recorded by the police, are young males 18 to 35 years old.He quoted the UNDP report as indicating that the Caribbean has some of the highest figures of youth convicted of crime with at least 80 per cent of prosecuted crimes being committed by young people between the ages 19 to 29 years old.“There are a number of socio-economic determinants of crime, not least of which is the high youth unemployment rate in the region of 25 per cent in 2017. That is three times the adult average and highest among young women ages 18 to 30 at 33 per cent,” he said, adding that to combat this scourge, Caribbean leaders approved the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy in 2013, which incorporates the CARICOM Social Development and Crime Prevention Action Plan. read more