Denuvo rolling out anti-cheat software

first_imgDenuvo rolling out anti-cheat softwareDRM firm plans to prevent players unbalancing multiplayer games and bypassing microtransactionsJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 23rd August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareDenuvo has quietly announced it is expanding into anti-cheat technology as well as anti-piracy.The company behind the divisive DRM of the same name said this software is “soon to be launched” and will “prevent hackers in multiplayer games from manipulating and distorting data and code to gain an advantage over other gamers.”There are no details yet on how it will accomplish this, but Denuvo promises publishers and developers that it will also stop players from bypassing in-game microtransactions and “prevent dilution of the value of the game for the user and the game studio.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The news is somewhat buried in the announcement that Denuvo has joined the Esports Integrity Coalition, an organisation dedicated to clamping down on cheating and corruption within professional competitive tournaments.Denuvo parent Irdeto, which acquired the firm earlier this year, revealed that more than half of games in the UK and Germany – 61 per cent in each territory – have suffered at the hands of cheating in multiplayer games. Even more respondents – 74 per cent in the UK, 68 per cent in Germany – said there were likely to stop playing an online game if they felt other players had an advantage via cheating.The company’s DRM software is already notorious among PC gaming communities, who believe the measures taken to protect piracy actually hinder a game’s performance, with some individuals finding workarounds to bypass the software. Denuvo was recently involved in an investigation concerning one such individual, which led to an arrest.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 storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoUbisoft 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 7 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Jinko signs 1 GW supply agreement with CMNE

first_imgJinko signs 1 GW supply agreement with CMNEJinkoSolar has signed a two-year, 1 GW module supply deal with China Minsheng New Energy (CMNE), a subsidiary of China Minsheng Investment Corp. The modules will be used to develop PV power plant projects in China in 2015 and 2016. May 13, 2015 Jonathan Gifford Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The booming Chinese PV market continues to deliver major module supply deals to domestic manufacturers, the latest a whopping 1 GW deal from Jinko. Starting with no less than 600 MW in 2015, Jinko will supply a minimum of 1 GW of modules to CMNE by the end of next year. The supply deal is a part of China Minsheng Investment Corp’s (CMIC) plans to invest RMB200 billion (US$32.2 billion) in around 20 GW of projects in China over the next five years. “As an investment company approved by China’s State Council, CMIC has the advantage of analyzing government policy and deploying capital efficiently,” commented Xiande Li, Chairman of JInkoSolar. “We believe this strategy cooperation agreement marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between two leaders in their respective industries.” Jinko currently claims a production capacity of 3.2 GW of modules, with 2.5 GW of ingot and wafer production and 2 GW of solar cells. The deal announced today will therefore consume a significant proportion of the company’s output, particularly from its China operations. Last week Jinko announced that it would establish 500 MW of solar cell and 450 MW of module manufacturing in Penang, Malaysia, to supply overseas demand from the EU and U.S. Jinko’s Xiande Li said that the company hopes to develop a long term supply relationship with CMIC. 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Senate vote prevents Booker from attending scheduled Bhalla fundraiser in Hoboken

first_imgHobokenPolitics & Policy Community TAGScory bookerjet headquartersravi bhalla SHARE Community 1 COMMENT Comments are closed. Previous articleSecaucus Board of Education votes to transfer embattled high school principalNext articleKushner Cos. threatens to sue Fulop for defamation, mayor refuses to apologize John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 29, 2018 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network center_img Senate vote prevents Booker from attending scheduled Bhalla fundraiser in Hoboken By John Heinis – June 29, 2018 12:43 pm 1 Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Facebook Twitter Bayonne A last minute vote in the U.S. Senate prevented Cory Booker (D-NJ) from attending a fundraiser for Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla where VIP tickets were going for $1,000 a piece. By John Heinis/Hudson County View“Hey, this is Cory Booker: Ravi, I’m so sorry we got stuck in votes tonight on the Farm Bill and it kept me from being there with everybody to celebrate the leadership of someone who inspires me – not just now that he ascended his position – but whose been inspiring me in my path of service for many, many years now,” Booker said in a 51-second video played at the event and obtained by Hudson County View.“He is an exceptional leader, a light in many ways, a rising star that gives me hope for what we in New Jersey can do, can become and can achieve together. Ravi: thank you for your leadership, thank you for your grace and I have incredibly bold hopes for the great City of Hoboken.”The event, hosted at the headquarters at 221 River St., had been advertised on social media for weeks with over 400 people invited via a public event created on Facebook. Despite this fact, the event was closed to the press.Booker was scheduled to do photo ops from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. for guests who paid the $1,000 VIP ticket price, with regular admission going for $250.Those who paid the VIP price will be comped at an event with Booker that take place before the end of the summer, according to a campaign spokesman.The cancellation came at the last minute, with the Senate vote on the Farm Bill, legislation focused on nutrition and agriculture, being called around 5:30 p.m. last night. The bill passed easily by a vote of 86-11, Politico reported.Attendees told HCV that former Mayors Dave Roberts and Dawn Zimmer showed their support, as did former state Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny and Council members-at-Large James Doyle and Emily Jabbour.Well after Bhalla’s event had wrapped up, Booker was back in the metropolitan area around 10:30 p.m., speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon to weigh in on the next Supreme Court nominee.Booker, who swore Bhalla in as mayor in January, is heavily rumored to be a Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 expected to announce his White House ambitions before the end of the year. Closed to the press? Was Trump there? Oh Pleezelast_img read more

Trump faces backlash over heated North Korea rhetoric

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s pronouncement that North Korea would face “fire and fury” from the U.S. if it continues its threatening behavior sparked concern Tuesday night into Wednesday morning from some of the U.S. territories and allies most vulnerable to an attack from the regime of dictator Kim Jong Un.Trump’s comments, made Tuesday from his club in Bedminster where he is taking a working vacation for much of August, “are not helpful in an environment that is very tense,” New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English told reporters Wednesday, according to the New Zealand Herald. He said he would convey his concern about Trump’s comments to the president should they continue.“I am worried those comments are not helpful when the situation is so tense, and I think you are seeing reaction from North Korea that indicates that kind of comment is more likely to escalate than to settle things,” English said. In a statement released Wednesday headlined “no change in threat level from recent North Korea events,” Guam’s offices of homeland security and civil defense said it was continuing to monitor, in conjunction with the U.S. military, the threat posed by the Kim regime. In the statement, Guam’s homeland security adviser George Charfauros advised “the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards.”A missile test on July 29 is displayed in a public square in Pyongyang, North Korea | Kim Won-Jin/AFP via Getty ImagesSenator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), whose state is also home to a large military presence and would be another potentially vulnerable target for North Korea, called Trump’s comments “unwise” in a post to Twitter. He followed that post with a series of others, calling on the White House to send nominations for key diplomatic posts, including for ambassador to South Korea, to the Senate.“We need vigorous diplomacy and to beef up missile defense. POTUS statement unwise in tone, substance. No gain from using such language,” the Hawaii lawmaker wrote. “It would be excellent to have a President experienced in foreign policy and government leadership next time.”Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a member of the House armed services committee, called Trump’s “fire and fury” remark “irresponsible and alarming” in his own flurry of Twitter posts. “Instead of threats & over-the-top rhetoric, we need to pursue a smart, long-term strategy to address these growing threats,” he wrote. “Among the steps we should immediately consider are further economic sanctions aimed at those who continue to trade w/ North Korea.” Also On POLITICO Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ threat to North Korea sparks new fears of war By Bryan Bender and Jacqueline Klimas Opinion How Trump’s Iran threats could backfire — in North Korea By Aaron David Miller, Richard Sokolsky and Robert Malley Concern regarding North Korea and its ever-advancing nuclear weapons program has returned to the forefront in recent weeks as the Kim regime has begun testing ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental U.S. At the same time, The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has concluded that Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to the size necessary to fit its ballistic missiles.Asked about North Korea and its nuclear program on Tuesday, Trump warned that the repressive regime “best not make anymore threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Wednesday morning, the president retweeted posts from the account of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show linking to stories headlined “U.S. Air Force jets take off from Guam for training, ensuring they can ‘fight tonight’” and “Trump vows U.S. ‘power’ will meet North Korean threat.”A television screen in Seoul, South Korea, shows the distance between North Korea and Guam | Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty ImagesOn Guam, the Pacific island that would likely be among the most vulnerable U.S. territories to a strike from North Korea, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo told residents that there is no threat to his island or to the nearby Mariana Islands, according to the Associated Press. He said he would remain in contact with the admiral in charge of Joint Region Marianas, the military command that oversees the Guam and the Marianas, to ensure Guam is “prepared for any eventuality.”Guam was the target of renewed North Korean threats overnight Tuesday, with Pyongyang announcing it was examining operational plans to strike Guam, which plays host to a large U.S. military presence. In a statement, North Korea’s army threatened to launch missiles and create an “enveloping fire” around Guam.Madeleine Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to Congress, said she too was working with the Department of Defense to ensure the island’s safety, recalling her efforts to encourage the military to permanently deploy a missile defense system on the island. She called on Trump to work with other nations, noting that China plays an especially large role in any issue involving North Korea, but expressed apprehension regarding the president’s rhetoric.“The President’s tweet earlier today is concerning and unhelpful and does not lay out a clear strategy on how he will address the growing threats from North Korea. Kim Jung Un’s reckless behavior cannot be tolerated, and I strongly urge the President to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation,” she said.last_img read more

NJ Parking Garage Collapse

first_imgA parking garage has partially collapsed at 300 Prospect Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey.  Fire officials say the three-level garage came crashing down when an overhang fell on it at around 10 a.m. It’s not clear what caused the overhang to fall. The garage is below the Prospect Towers apartment building. Emergency officials are looking into reports that two people may be missing.last_img

Review: SweatHawg’s Thirsty Helmet Liner

first_imgThe SweatHawg liner is designed to sit inside any helmet and has an absorbent brow pad that is attached to a wicking liner at the top of the helmet. The two versions of the liner include the standard Sweathawg which is just placed inside the helmet before you put it on your head, and the hook and loop model where you actually remove the front pads of the helmet and attach the liner. The hydrophilic fabric can supposedly hold 10 times its weight in liquid, which in ring out tests after use resulted in about 1/4 cup.After trying out both models, I have to say I prefer the non-Velcro model. Most of my helmets have one large front pad, and removing them left exposed velcro pieces that weren’t covered by the SweatHawg on the side of the lid next to the cradle straps specifically. The Uvex Ultrasonic CC above and my Giro Aeron work with the Hook and Loop model perfectly, but the Mavic Notch, Scott Vanish Evo, and Bontrager Lithos all have exposed velcro pieces and the Giro Air attack has the velcro reversed so there is nothing for the Sweathawg to hook to. There are helmets out there that will work with the hook and loop model, but you’re probably better off trying it out in person before choosing.Trying out the SweatHawg will also give you an idea if you will have any fit issues. A few helmets that I have tried it with have been a tight squeeze at the temples since I was at the large end of the size, whereas others had plenty of room.The SweatHawg is stealth, others will never know it’s there. Does the SweatHawg work as advertised? Yes, mostly.Obviously, environment has a lot to do with how quickly moisture evaporates, so in desert or high altitude areas like above the performance of the SweatHawg is nearly flawless. Back home for me, in the humid Mid-West, the SweatHawg allows for drip free performance for about an hour before it gets to the saturation point and starts to drip. When it does start to drip though, the rate at which the sweat cascades into your eyes is slowed dramatically than if you were wearing just the helmet.When it gets to this point, pushing on the front of your helmet or removing the liner and wringing it out will help out quite a bit. Even though it isn’t drip free on my home turf, the SweatHawg still works better than anything that I have tried and has been a part of my pre-ride ritual since its arrival. It’s not the magic bullet for the oppressive humidity of the Mid-West, but I’m not sure what is.Only on the hottest days in the desert was the liner actually noticeable from a temperature perspective – but removing it meant having the scorching sun right on my dome. Those of us who have a more aerodynamic head (no hair) will appreciate the SweatHawg blocking the sun’s rays and not having to apply sunscreen only for it to run down your face with the sweat.Verdict:Overall, the SweatHawg is the best sweat management product I’ve tried. It’s not perfect, but it is more than worthy of the $20/22 price tag. If you’re a super sweater, the SweatHawg is one piece of gear you shouldn’t be without. Exercising in hot weather means sweat. For some of us, it means more sweat than others – so much so that it’s constantly in your eyes, on your glasses, and streaming down your face seriously distracting you from the task at hand.In addition to the number of other products on the market to stem the tide of perspiration, SweatHawg has thrown their hat into the ring offering a discreet wicking helmet liner. The liner is available in two versions, multiple colors, and is made in Oregon. How does it work? Find out next.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Blood donations needed; Mission Community Food Pantry serving meals Nov.12; Hawaiian Bros hosting job fair to fill 100 positions

first_imgCommunity Blood Center needs blood donations to meet shortage during COVID-19 case surgesCommunity Blood Center and area hospitals and healthcare systems need blood donations during a chronic shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Greater Kansas City area’s healthcare system requires more than 4,000 donations each week to treat local hospital patients, according to the Community Blood Center. Before the pandemic, 70% of local blood donations came from community drives, but since March, blood drives were canceled and the local blood supply has not recovered.“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many aspects of daily life,” said Steve Stites, chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Health System. “Hospitals across the country have been impacted in so many ways. One very important, but under-publicized impact is the decrease in blood donation.”Here are some ways the community can help:To make an appointment to donate blood, visit here.To host a drive in a large venue, sign up here.Mission Community Food Pantry to be open Nov. 12The recently opened Mission Community Food Pantry, hosted out of Trinity Lutheran Church at 5601 W. 62nd Street, will be serving meals from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 12.Those who want to participate in the food drive can enter the parking lot from Nall Avenue. Volunteers will load items into vehicles, and participants are asked to stay in their vehicles.Hawaiian Bros to host job fair Nov. 12 to fill 100 jobsKansas City-based Hawaiian Bros is hosting a job fair on Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to fill 100 jobs.To apply, visit a currently open Hawaiian Bros location, one of which is in Johnson County: the Overland Park restaurant at 12120 College Boulevard. The restaurant chain is also hiring for its soon-to-open locations in Shawnee at 11600 Shawnee Mission Parkway, as well as its independence location.People can also apply at the Lawrence, Belton, Lee’s Summit or North Kansas City locations (addresses can be found online here).last_img read more

A Million First Dates

first_imgThe Atlantic: Psychologists who study relationships say that three ingredients generally determine the strength of commitment: overall satisfaction with the relationship; the investment one has put into it (time and effort, shared experiences and emotions, etc.); and the quality of perceived alternatives. Two of the three—satisfaction and quality of alternatives—could be directly affected by the larger mating pool that the Internet offers.At the selection stage, researchers have seen that as the range of options grows larger, mate-seekers are liable to become “cognitively overwhelmed,” and deal with the overload by adopting lazy comparison strategies and examining fewer cues. As a result, they are more likely to make careless decisions than they would be if they had fewer options, and this potentially leads to less compatible matches. Moreover, the mere fact of having chosen someone from such a large set of options can lead to doubts about whether the choice was the “right” one. No studies in the romantic sphere have looked at precisely how the range of choices affects overall satisfaction. But research elsewhere has found that people are less satisfied when choosing from a larger group: in one study, for example, subjects who selected a chocolate from an array of six options believed it tasted better than those who selected the same chocolate from an array of 30.On that other determinant of commitment, the quality of perceived alternatives, the Internet’s potential effect is clearer still. Online dating is, at its core, a litany of alternatives. And evidence shows that the perception that one has appealing alternatives to a current romantic partner is a strong predictor of low commitment to that partner.“You can say three things,” says Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University who studies how online dating affects relationships. “First, the best marriages are probably unaffected. Happy couples won’t be hanging out on dating sites. Second, people who are in marriages that are either bad or average might be at increased risk of divorce, because of increased access to new partners.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Ivory Coast yellow fever outbreak, dengue vaccine agreement

first_imgJan 25, 2011 Ivory Coast reports yellow fever outbreakTwelve cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in the Ivory Coast, making it the second such outbreak in an African country in recent months. In a statement today the World Health Organization (WHO) said the country notified the agency of the cases on Jan 3. Infections have been detected in central and northern regions. A mid-January field investigation by Ivory Coast’s health ministry, with assistance from the WHO, identified 64 suspected cases, along with 25 deaths. The Ivory Coast launched an emergency vaccination campaign on Jan 22 targeting 840,000 people ages 9 months and older in four districts. The WHO said the four districts are among 61 that were singled out to receive vaccine in a disease-prevention campaign last year, which could not be held due to political problems. Uganda reported a yellow fever outbreak in October, its first in nearly 40 years. A vaccine campaign targeting the northern part of the country started on Jan 22.Jan 25 WHO statement GenVec to develop dengue vaccine with Navy researchersGenVec, Inc., a pharmaceutical company based in Gaithersburg, Md., announced today that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the US Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) to develop a vaccine against dengue fever. In a separate contract, GenVec will receive $530,000 in development funding from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. The vaccine uses GenVec’s adenovector technology and its proprietary cell line, the company said in a press release. The NMRC will handle preclinical studies, including trials on nonhuman primates.Jan 25 GenVec press releaselast_img read more

Proud Home Of Senior Topper Nathan McCabe

first_imgTopper Senior Nathan McCabe in front of his home on Cheryl Avenue in White Rock with his Class of 2020 yard sign, given to every senior at Los Alamos High School as part of a month long schedule of activities to honor them. The governor ordered all the schools in New Mexico closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so LAPS and the community are finding ways to honor the graduates. Courtesy photolast_img

Appointment announced for Air Liquide Canada

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GE Issues Report on Hudson River Dredging Project (USA)

first_imgGeneral Electric Co. issued a report on the environmental dredging project the Company is conducting on the Upper Hudson River in New York State.The Company said its completion of the project — expected in 2016 — will fully resolve its remedial liabilities. Any liability for natural resource damages beyond the cleanup is speculative at best, GE said, because current scientific evidence shows that Hudson River wildlife populations are robust and thriving.Therefore, GE said, it believes no expansion of the dredging project is warranted.GE has spent more than $1 billion thus far implementing the project selected and overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA has said the project is meeting the Agency’s clean-up goals and protects human health and the environment.The report responds to a request from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, sole trustee and manager of the New York State public employees’ Common Retirement Fund.To read the report click here.[mappress]Press Release, December 29, 2013last_img read more

Have we escaped Microsoft’s arms only to fall into Google’s?

first_imgA minor landmark in the world of technology occurred just before Christmas. Well, actually it’s a legal issue mostly. Microsoft has agreed not to bundle Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system. Not exactly eye-popping news for most, but for some it marks the end of Microsoft using its market monopoly position to influence user choices. Today, Internet Explorer – tomorrow Microsoft Word. Or, maybe not. The scenario for the consumer is that new PCs will include a browser of the manufacturer’s choice. Or possibly, depending on how PC manufacturers play it, a list of browsers from which the user can choose. That doesn’t stop Microsoft, or anyone else, making friendly suggestions about which browser manufacturers install, or the choices they leave on the machine. But would that in itself breach antitrust regulations? Don’t ask me, I’m only the IT guy, but I reckon it does still leave the door open for further shenanigans. Ideally, for the other browser manufacturers, a new PC would have a list of browsers and the user would decide at the time of setting up the PC. But then you have the extra time it takes to set up the machine, and the agony of choice, when you were least expecting it. Maybe the PC manufacturers could perfect a soft-touch screen that you can stick pins in to help you choose (you could also stick them in your eyes if it all got too much). One would assume that this is a little bit of bad news for Microsoft’s lawyers, now twiddling their thumbs and looking elsewhere for work, but no doubt there will be opportunities in the future for rivals to litigate against the Redmond giant. Looking a bit further forward, there looms the possibility of another player taking up Microsoft’s monopoly mantle, and maybe as a result straying into the same legal territory. Google has released its own operating system, which is to run on netbooks – the tiny devices that look like shrunken laptops. This is designed to compete against the Microsoft Windows variant that netbooks mostly use at present (there are a few Linux variations out there as well). As Google has already released its suite of (browser-based) office applications, it looks like it is encroaching on Microsoft’s turf inch by inch. For me, the best bit of this is that the only internet browser that will run on Google’s operating system is its own product (Google Chrome). Isn’t that the sort of Microsoft behaviour everyone has been complaining about for the past few years? Personally, I find it quite funny. Not only is Google attempting to steal Microsoft’s market, it also appear to be stealing its marketing techniques. The reaction of the alternative browser companies has been, rather predictably, that more choice will lead to better browsers being released. I’m not that convinced. More choice means buyers having to work out which browser is best, which in turn may lead to browser companies loading them with trinkets to generate more downloads. If you extend Google’s current form, how long before you are buying your Google netbook device with instant access to all its free browser-based software products, using its in situ browser? Nothing to stop it doing this with PCs and laptops as well. Doesn’t sound too bad, until we all end up buying them and wind up in Google’s pocket. I never much liked being in Microsoft’s pocket, so I’m not sure I want to be in any one else’s. Bah humbug. I’m off to write my own browser software.last_img read more

Goldhofer to launch new product at bauma

first_imgThe vehicle concept will be unveiled at the start of the trade show and will offer users a new standard of precision, safety and efficiency, said Goldhofer.In addition to the launch, Goldhofer will be presenting an overview of its current portfolio of products, including the TU 4 four-axle trailer, designed for transporting construction machinery weighing up to 31.8 tons (28.8 tonnes), which features an updated drawbar and improved ramp operation.Goldhofer will also showcase its Allrounder trailer, its STZ-PK 8 semi-trailer, its range of THP modular heavy-duty trailers as well as the Faktor 5.5 high girder bridge.The Ventum semi-trailer, designed to serve the wind energy sector, will also be on display, along with the Bladex blade tip-lifting device. In combination, these products provide a complete system to transport long wind turbine blades, said Goldhofer.www.goldhofer.comlast_img read more

Dalian to Bratislava freight service arrives

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: A trial container service from Dalian in China to the SPaP port on the River Danube in Bratislava arrived in the Slovak capital on November 13, after a 17-day journey via Russia and Ukraine.The 41 containers carrying goods worth more than US$3m including electronics and machine parts were transhipped between gauges at the Manzhouli/Zabaykalsk crossing between China and Russia and at Dobrá on the Ukraine/Slovakia border, where the freight facility has two gantry cranes and a transhipment capacity of up to 200 000 containers per year.A weekly service is planned from January, increasing to twice per week in the second half of the year. The government envisages that up to 2 000 services from China could use the Slovak network each year by 2020.Slovakia’s Minister of Transport & Construction Arpád Érsek said delivering containers from China to the country was ‘a huge success and a great business opportunity’, as its national network’s capacity is ‘far from fully utilised’ at present.Dana Meager, State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and responsible for Slovakia’s relationship with China’s Belt & Road Initiative, said that the development of trade along modern ‘silk road’ routes was an important pillar of plans to develop the national economy.last_img read more

Giraffe under threat, facing extinction

first_imgAn alarm has been raised on the vulnerability of the Giraffe due to a deep decline of the species over the last 30 yearsAccording to a survey carried out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the tallest land mammal has been estimated to have declined to 36 – 40 percent decline in population, at least five sub-species anyway. Three other sub-species of the giraffe are said to be increasing and one is stable.“.. People – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. With a decline of almost 40% in the last three decades alone, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa. As one of the world’s most iconic animals, it is timely that we stick our necks out for giraffe before it is too late,” says Dr. Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN SSC GOSGThe majestic mammal is found mostly in southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa. Giraffes are facing extinction due to human population leading to habitat loss, illegal hunting, increasing human-wildlife conflict and civil unrest in some countries.Scientists give four distinct species of giraffe instead of only one; however, the IUCN currently only recognizes giraffe as one species.last_img read more

Kenya bails out 1,500 vulnerable athletes with food and stipend

first_imgUN urges Kenya to diversify food production Kenya athletes protest at the federation headquarters Kenya Athletes Shine at Chicago Marathoncenter_img Kenya’s athletes run during a training session in Nairobi, ahead of the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo/File Photo Kenya’s athletes run during a training session in Nairobi, ahead of the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo/File PhotoKenya’s government has identified the first batch of 58 athletes from a total of 1,500 who are in dire need of support due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.This group of athletes, identified and verified by world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, will benefit from a 100 million shilling (940,000 U.S. dollars) government bailout after the pandemic decimated the global sporting calendar.Sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed said these athletes will be cushioned from the effects of the virus after they made a distress call to her office for help. The ministry has since sent them a consignment of food to support them.“We made a partnership with Kipchoge and they identified 58 athletes in need of support. Kipchoge helped us identify the needy ones, mostly those who were preparing to compete in the U20 Championships alongside others who targeted to make a living by competing in postponed events,” said Mohamed.Nairobi was due to stage the World Junior Championships in July, but that event has been postponed with the organizers still working on an appropriate replacement date in conjunction with World Athletics.“We have managed to send them enough food packages to sustain them for the month and we are hoping to top it up with some allowances,” she added.Each athlete will receive food and 100 dollars.“The sports ministry is identifying the needy ones from other disciplines where 1,500 were picked. They have been our best ambassadors out there and it is our turn to stand with them,” Mohamed said.Relatedlast_img read more

The Snowman Revealed as Scots’ Favourite Festive Read

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInScottish Book Trust today revealed that children’s picture book The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, has topped a national poll as Scotland’s most loved Christmas book, as the charity launches its first ever festive fundraising appeal to provide books and support to teen parents and their babies.Findings from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships shows that younger parents are less likely to read with their babies, particularly from the early stages. Many teen parents also face challenging circumstances such as social isolation, poverty and lack of confidence. Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has launched its appeal to ensure every baby enjoys stories and rhymes from the earliest moments, regardless of their circumstances.Almost a third of Scots voted for children’s book The Snowman, which was first published in 1978, as their favourite Christmas read, and over 80% of Scots parents agree that reading helps them to bond with their children.Marc Lambert, CEO commented: “It’s very fitting that a children’s picture book has topped our nationwide poll of Christmas books. This underlines how important books and sharing stories are to us all, in childhood and as parents or carers.“Sharing stories is one of the best ways for parents to bond with their babies from the earliest moments. Even before they are born, babies can hear sounds, and reading from these early stages also supports important early development such as language learning. We are appealing to people to support our mission by donating £5 to give the gift of reading this Christmas and ensure no baby misses out.” By supporting Scottish Book Trust’s Christmas Appeal, the charity aims to help 1,000 families by providing pregnant teens with a copy of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s The Snail and the Whale, recommended for its repetition and rhyme. The teens will also receive support to begin a reading journey and ensure parent and baby have the best start together.Julia Donaldson commented: “I’m delighted that Scottish Book Trust is gifting copies of The Snail and the Whale for their Christmas appeal as it’s one of my favourites of all my own books. It’s lovely to think of a whole new generation of parents and children across Scotland enjoying the story together. If you are able to support this campaign with £5, you could really make a difference this Christmas.”The Christmas Appeal follows a successful pilot in Tayside, Glasgow, South-East Edinburgh and the Lothians. Scottish Book Trust now wants to roll the scheme out nationwide, to all teen parents in Scotland.Donate £5 today (insert link) to gift a baby and young parent their first book to share. A gift certificate is also available if you wish to share your donation as a Christmas gift for a loved one.For further information, please visit read more

Dominican Army Leaders, Siblings Serve Together

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Dominican Army Leaders, Siblings Serve Together by: By Army Staff Sgt. Gene Arnold13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) – January 29, 2015 Share 294 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Jan. 28, 2015 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Prosper and her brother, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Weaver Prosper, came a long way from the sandy shores of the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean.The Prospers come from a close family of hard workers that strive to be the best they can be, they said.“Deployments are hard, being away from family. I’m lucky because I’m here with my brother,” said 33-year-old Suzanne, a human resources noncommissioned officer, deployed here with the 12th Detachment, 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support. “When things get hard, and I need a hug, I can just walk across the way and get a genuine hug.”“I know it’s genuine … he loves me,” she said of her brother.Suzanne and her 35-year-old brother, Weaver, may be considered lucky to be deployed to the same base for the first time after 15 years of military service.“We could’ve joined under the ‘Buddy Program,’ but I think a week before we enlisted we got into a small fight, and she decided she didn’t want to be around me anymore,” said Weaver, a general construction technician assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Engineer, U.S. Army Central Command.“She went to Fort Drum [New York] and I went to Hawaii. Three months later she called crying and said, ‘Fort Drum is the coldest place ever.’” He added, “We laugh about it now, but that’s how we got separated.”Serving TogetherSuzanne volunteered to deploy with her reserve unit based outside of Fort Gillem, Georgia, and was excited to learn that Weaver would soon deploy to the same location.“I was excited. I was really … really excited,” she said.While away from each other, Suzanne said, she and her brother both experienced the joys of career progression, combat deployments, the joys of parenthood and family gatherings held once a year.Suzanne decided that active-duty service wasn’t for her anymore and she joined the Army reserve. Weaver, also a fast-tracking noncommissioned officer, also had thoughts of leaving active-duty service.Then, Weaver received some advice from his leadership that helped him lean towards a different path. Shortly after being promoted to sergeant first class, he decided that being enlisted was no longer a direction he wanted to go. Seven years later, he’s been a two-time awardee of the Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer of the Year for 2011 and 2014.In the upcoming weeks, Weaver is scheduled to head to Washington, D.C., to receive the Modern Technology Leader Award that is based across all branches of service and the civilian sector of the Army Corps of Engineers.Shared Success“If we have success, the way my family is so close, we all have success,” Suzanne said. “If I could go with my brother, they wouldn’t be able to shut me up.”When asked if Suzanne could describe her family in one word, she said it would be “dedicated.” It may be seen as ironic that this family’s name is Prosper, she said, because through hardships and times of success this family rallies together and cheers each other on.“My mother is pretty proud … all her children are doing great for themselves, and we have a very close-knit relationship,” she added. Weaver said he’s very proud of his sister.“As far as NCOs and doing what’s right, my sister epitomizes that,” he said. “She’s the type of person that even though I’m her brother and if I’m doing something wrong, it’s an on-the-spot correction. Sometimes I wish that some NCO’s have the same dedication and drive that she has.‘Best NCO I’ve Ever Seen’“She’s definitely an inspiration to me,” he continued. “On the [administration] side, she is the best NCO I’ve ever seen. Awards, NCOERs, counselings, anything that I have [to do] anywhere in the world … she’s the first person I call back to.”After hearing her brother complimenting her professionalism, Suzanne giggled.“That’s nice to know,” she said, smiling. “I think that we all have a responsibility once we wear these stripes. While you’re supposed to take care of yourself, your soldiers’ needs should be right up there with yours.“If a soldier has to work late at night, I’m going to be sitting right there … I’m going to be right there smiling doing whatever I can to help them,” Suzanne continued. “At the end of the day, if they fail I’ll see it as a failure on my part as I didn’t do enough to help.”They both said they wouldn’t be able to get far in their careers without the support, mentorship and love from their close family.When asked if she thought her relationship with Weaver would be as close as it is now based on their relationship growing up, she said with a giggle, “Oh no, me and my brother fought so much as children it’s not even funny. I have a card when I turned 22 or 23 years old, that he sent me and he chronicled all the things that he did to me as children with ‘remember when’, but it ended with ‘I still loved you.’”Saluting Brother’s Professional AbilitiesSuzanne saluted her brother’s military capabilities and professionalism.“My brother is a pretty-darn-good officer if you ask me; he’s well rounded,” she said. “This is the first time actually serving with my brother, and I’ve heard nothing but great things from anyone who’s dealt with him.”She shared this advice to her brother, “Be who you are, because who you are — is a great person.”last_img read more

Signal Band launches 2018 Carnival t-shirt band Lumi-Nation

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Signal Band launches 2018 Carnival t-shirt band Lumi-Nation by: Dominica Vibes News – September 15, 2017 517 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Signal Band has launched Lumi-Nation, their 2018 Carnival T-Shirt band with a ceremony held at the Flamboyant Hotel on Friday 15 September 2017.Lumi-Nation will be the first T-Shirt band launched by the Signal Band, and Band Manager, Jelanie Robinson stated after the 2017 Carnival season, they met together and developed the idea of creating a product to improve the carnival product. “After J’ouvert and carnival, we had a meeting where we decided that we needed to do something for ourselves. We can’t wait for people to call on us, we have to start for ourselves. And that’s we developed the mentality of we have to go hard or we have to go home. It was not an easy decision because we came up with a number of different ideas of what we could have done as a band. But then we struck gold with Lumi-Nation. We figured that being a young band we need to do something to enhance, not just coming on the road to perform but enhance the carnival product,” he stated. Robinson explained that the main purpose of creating Lumi-Nation is not just to perform for the carnival but to give person’s a show that they can enjoy and remember.“We plan to give patrons a show. We have enough intelligent and hardworking persons here in Dominica who can put on a show, so the main objective is not just to get persons to say Signal had a good band, but we want to create a product, we want to make people know that when they come onboard with us, and when they join this band this is what they are going to get and this is why they should stay with us,” he stated. Six artists will perform with Signal Band and Lumi-nation during Carnival 2018, including Marsha, DJ Sleem and Shelly. There will also be one international artist who will be named, along with the other two performers who will be named closer to carnival.center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Insight: Aprilia Racing Team Gresini @ Sepang Test 2

first_imgFive minutes with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista and Aprilia Racing’s manager Romano Albesiano trackside at the Sepang International Circuit. As many of you would know by now, the MotoGP fraternity are back in the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this week for the second MotoGP pre-season tests. This would be a critical time for most outfits, especially for the returning Aprilia Racing team.Thanks to our friends in Aprilia Malaysia (Naza Premira), we were given exclusive access and the opportunity to speak with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, and Aprilia Racing’s manager Romano Albesiano at the end of Day 2 yesterday. Here’s what we managed to garner.Alvaro BautistaTell us how Day 2 went for you.Well, today was not a really good day for us. We did test a lot of items for the bike, but we didn’t find a good setup. In the end, we just had to come back to the base setting. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I had mechanical problem with the bike, so I couldn’t ride in the last hour. It has not been an easy day for me and the team, but this is normal because with the limited time we had with this bike, these kind of things happen. We have to keep pushing and keep working, and try to get a good pace for the start of the championship.How was the new electronics suite working for you so far?Well today, we were focused on the frame setting and different items in the rear of the bike. Yesterday, we tried different solutions for the electronics. As far as the electronics go, I am quite happy as we did a good job yesterday. It’s a small step, but we’re always moving forward. For sure we have to improve, especially in the first touch of the gas, but I am happy with our work here.How about the chassis? Any progress from yesterday in today’s tests?Not really. We tried yesterday with a different stiffness levels in the frame, but we didn’t find something good. So, we stayed on our base from last year’s bike. At the moment, I we have not found anything positive here.What will be your area of focus for tomorrow’s session?Basically, we will stay on the same frame, and we will concentrate to try different setups in the suspension and geometry. We will also try in the long run tomorrow afternoon to see how the bike works with a lot of laps. That’s basically the plan for tomorrow.What do you personally hope to achieve tomorrow?Well, I’d like to improve my corner entry as it was something I struggled a lot with in the last test. But, with the same frame and geometry, it is quite difficult. I don’t think we can find a solution tomorrow, but we will work towards it anyway.How has the experience been for you with the Aprilia family this year?I am quite happy! I have worked in the past with them when I won the world 125cc championship with them, I was fighting for the world 250cc championship as well with them. I am quite happy. I like working with Aprilia because working with a factory is always very nice. I know this decision will be hard because we do not have a lot of reference. The important thing is the fact that we have confidence in each other. I trust in Aprilia, Aprilia trust in me, and I think we can do a good job.When we spoke to Alvaro yesterday evening, the Spaniard seems upbeat despite the daunting challenge he’s facing. The story is far grimmer for his Italian teammate, Marco Melandri.Since the first Sepang test earlier this month, Marco has been struggling to adapt to the Aprilia RS-GP machine, resulting in the team bringing what they call a ‘hybrid’ SBK-GP race bike. The idea was to give Marco a more familiar base to work with, but as the timing sheets on Day 2 showed, it wasn’t enough.To get a clearer insight, we also managed to speak with Aprilia Racing’s manager, Romano Albesiano, about how things fared for the Italian outfit on Day 2. Here’s what we garnered.Romano AlbesianoShare with us your thoughts about today’s progress.I would say that we are on schedule. We believe now that our potential lie in the midfield. Every aspect of our motorcycle can be improved for sure, because its totally new and we have no experience in MotoGP. We can improve the engine, transmission, the chassis is always in development, so are the electronics. But we are identifying many areas for development, so it looks good to us.Share with us the decision to bring Marco Melandri back into MotoGP from SBK.We brought Marco back into MotoGP because we trust him and we believe he is a fantastic rider. He is also a very experienced rider, and we believe he can help us in developing the bike, which is really the main idea. I choice has always been to bring him into MotoGP. Honestly, he’s having some difficulties, more than what we expected initially. But we are working together with him in order to rectify the problems.Can you share with us some of the goals and targets you’d wish to achieve with the team prior to the season opener in Qatar?This is a difficult one. My target is to develop day by day, to improve the bike every time, to understand, to get more knowledge, and the most reasonable target would be for us to be able to fight for tenth position from the mid-season onwards. That’s the most reasonable target for us.Share with us what will you focus on with tomorrow’s test.Tomorrow, with Alvaro, we will come back to the best configuration he tested with in the first test. Tomorrow morning, we will try to get a few good lap times. In the afternoon, we’d like to run a race simulation, and it’ll be the first time we would do so. With Marco though, we are still trying to understand some changes in the chassis to make him more comfortable on the bike.Tell us about the ‘hybrid’ SBK-GP bike you’ve brought down for Marco.We brought a bike which is more or a less Superbike, in order to help him start from something he’d know very well. This helped us today in helping him understand about the new bike. But tomorrow, we will be back on the RS-GP bike, and Marco will work with the team using the MotoGP bike.–Ads–last_img read more

Sheriff: Nolan admits to killing puppies

first_imgBy JERRY RODRIGUEZSpecial to the PRESSLOS FRESNOS – The man accused of killing three puppies turned himself in to authorities on Friday.According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, Los Fresnos resident John Paul Nolan, 56, gave a voluntary confession on Thursday and informed the arresting officers that there was no need for a warrant because he would be turning himself in the following day.On Friday, Lucio said Nolan, who is reportedly the owner of Harley’s Country Store in Bayview, turned himself in at 12:30 p.m.The sheriff said that Nolan had admitted to taking the puppies to a canal north of Los Fresnos, where he shot all three with a .9 mm handgun and allegedly threw them in a ditch.“He said he did it because they were sick,” said Lucio, “but that is no reason to do what he did.”Lucio also stated that Nolan had the option of contacting animal control. “That is what they are here for,” Lucio said.Nolan is being charged with three counts of cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a state jail felony. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. RelatedThree deaths remain a mystery two months laterBy HEATHER CATHLEEN COX Special to the PRESS It has been over two months, and investigators still have no answers regarding the discovery of the three corpses found within a two-week window in late September and October. The first corpse was identified as a man named Jeremy Tyrone Eyster, 35,…December 27, 2012In “News”Sheriff cites experience, accolades in reelection bidSpecial to the PRESS Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, who will be running for reelection this year, has received a double major degree from Pan American University – a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as a Doctorate of Juris Prudence from the Reynaldo Garza School of…May 18, 2012In “News”BREAKING: Body of missing teen foundBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Update 3:26 p.m.: Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio has confirmed that the body of a missing 14-year-old boy has been found after a search that stretched overnight and was temporarily halted due to bad weather. “The body was found a little after (2) o’clock…May 29, 2015In “News” Sharelast_img read more

UWF cross country teams prepare for GSC Championships on Saturday

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams are preparing for the 2014 Gulf South Conference Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. The day will start with the men’s 8,000-meter run at 8 a.m., and the women’s 5k is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.Both the UWF men’s and women’s teams placed second at last year’s championship. The Argos have won GSC men’s championships in 1994 and 1996, and the women claimed the title in 1996, 2011 and 2012.MEN’S PREVIEWNick Merrett (Christchurch, New Zealand) has been a standout runner for the Argonauts on the men’s side, as the sophomore was UWF’s top finisher in all five meets. Merrett’s season highlight came in a top-10 finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida, where he posted a personal record time of 25:38.76. That time was also the 10th fastest 8k in the GSC this season. Merrett was an All-GSC and All-South Region finisher last year, and he was also the league’s freshman of the year.The Argos will also rely on the senior duo of Cody Haden (Navarre, Fla.) and Brandon Skeie (West Creek, N.J.). Skeie has been the team’s second place finisher in all but one meet this year, and he finished the regular season with a personal record 8k time of 25:44.60. Skeie will look for his third All-GSC finish as a senior. Haden, already a three-time All-GSC and two-time All-South Region finisher, is getting closer to his previous form. He had his best race of the year in the season finale, finishing 14th with a season-best time of 26:19.80.”We are exciting to get out there and compete on Saturday,” said UWF head coach Caleb Carmichael. “After coming so close to winning last year, we welcome the opportunity to try again. We are getting healthy at the right time and I know all the guys are itching to see what they can do.”WOMEN’S PREVIEWThe women’s team has been led this season by senior Kelley Bahn (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles HS), a member of UWF’s GSC championship teams in 2011 and 2012. Bahn is a three-time GSC Runner of the Week this season, and she is tied for second most in league history with five runner of the week awards in her career. She is also a three-time All-GSC and All-South Region finisher.Bahn has been the team’s top finisher in every meet this year, placing no worse than fourth individually. She claimed a first place finish at the Gulf Coast Stampede and again the Valdosta State Cross Country Challenge, where she ran a new school record time of 17:58.80 in the 5k. Bahn also holds four of the five fastest 5k times in the GSC this year.The Argos will also be looking for big contributions from Sarah Carrion (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS) and Sarah Smith (Marlette, Mich.). Carrion is a two-time GSC Freshman of the Week this year, and she has been the team’s second finisher in all but one meet this season. Smith was an All-GSC and All-South Region finisher last year as a junior, and she finished the regular season this year with a personal record time (19:24.10) at the Valdosta State Challenge.”The ladies have run well all season long,” said Carmichael. “Time after time we have improved with personal bests, and I expect that trend to continue this weekend. It will not be easy but I am confident that our team will rise to the occasion.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mao’s magnetism resonates on a global scale

first_imgEver think you had a fairly good idea of the popularity of a public figure only to be completely blown away when you truly found out?That’s the revelation Ice Time has been pondering for the past couple of weeks after staging a book giveaway for two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada. Mao Asada KEYWORDS Earlier this month, The Japan Times offered several readers the chance to win the recently released Japanese book “Princess Mao” about the skater’s life story. We were naturally expecting a strong response from people in Japan, but what we hadn’t counted on was the outpouring of interest from those overseas.As an avalanche of e-mails arrived to enter the contest, the location of some of them could only make me shake my head.We were contacted by a good number of folks in the United States and Canada, which was no surprise. But it was the ones from places one could never have imagined that still amaze.People in Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Singapore threw their hats in the ring.Then it started to get really interesting.In the space of a few minutes we had a reader from Seoul apply and another from Tulsa, Okla. A bit of a dichotomy there.Before you knew it we had received messages from Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil and Peru. Wow.Then there were entries from Lithuania, Turkey and Israel.Good grief.Most in this country would agree that Mao is Japan’s most popular female athlete and in the top three overall.But known the world over?My guess is they had no idea.It was not just where they wrote from, but also who they were. We received correspondence from academics, executives, students and housewives. It seemed to cut across all classes.The contest just served to confirm that Mao’s power and allure transcend nations, cultures and continents. The sense I had was that there were many out there who had been touched by Mao and wanted something that would help them connect with her.If anybody doubted before what a special athlete and person she is, that has just about been eliminated.Her compelling battle with South Korea’s Kim Yu Na at the Vancouver Olympics certainly moved many who saw it. Perhaps it was Mao’s incredible athleticism or her emotion in defeat that stayed with them.Whatever it was, the feedback we got with this giveaway exhibited the amount of sheer power that Mao possesses with fans around the globe. Her charisma and class shone through on an unimaginable scale.I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: Japan is blessed to have an ambassador like Mao.Serious business: Following her historic victory at the Olympics, Kim Yu Na is wasting no time getting her affairs in order.The South Korean wire service Yonhap reported Monday that the skater and her mother have formed their own company AT Sports, which will manage the star’s career. Yu Na’s mother, Park Mi Hee, will run the operation.Yu Na’s contract with her previous agent, IB Sports, ends on April 30.Life changes: It has been a big month for Nobunari Oda. Following his disappointing 28th-place showing at the worlds, the Osaka native decided to leave Nikolai Morozov and return to Canadian coach Lee Barkell.Barkell, who has also mentored former world champion Jeffrey Buttle, worked with Oda before he joined Morozov two years ago.As if that wasn’t enough, the 23-year-old then announced that he had gotten married and would become a father.Here’s wishing Oda the best and hoping he can balance all of his new responsibilities and remain focused on his skating.Moving up: World junior champions Kanako Murakami and Yuzuru Hanyu, both 15, have decided to skate on the senior Grand Prix circuit next season, Kyodo News reported Monday.There had been some question about what the two would do, with Japan certain to be strong again in the senior ranks next season, but the pair decided to accept the challenge against older competition. RELATED PHOTOScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Icon for the ages: The prodigious fan base of two-time world champion Mao Asada stretches around the globe. | AP PHOTOlast_img read more

Gebrselassie named to Tokyo field

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia is among the foreign invitees for the Tokyo Marathon next month, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said Friday.The 38-year-old Gebrselassie, who had his world record broken by Kenya’s Patrick Makau at the Berlin Marathon last September, was scheduled to run in last year’s Tokyo race but pulled out after bruising both knees after a fall during pre-race training in Ethiopia. Civil servant Yuki Kawauchi, who enjoyed a strong run to finish third in last year’s race, and Masato Imai, who placed fourth, are also entered in the Feb. 26 race, which will serve as a qualifier for Japanese men for this summer’s London Games.Masakazu Fujiwara, the 2010 winner, Takayuki Matsumiya and Kazuhiro Maeda are also set to compete.Yukiko Akaba, who finished fifth at last year’s world championships, is entered in the women’s race. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Waterhouse look to get back on track

first_imgThe race for leadership of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will intensify today with leaders Waterhouse FC and Mount Pleasant FA, who are only a point behind in close pursuit, getting favourable draws.Waterhouse, beaten finalists in the last two years, will be at home to 11th-place UWI FC, who faded in the second half of their last game to go down 0-3 to Mount Pleasant. That loss saw UWI FC remain on 15 points, one ahead of 12th-place Vere United, as both are eight and nine points, respectively, away from safety.Waterhouse, despite remaining at the top of the table, are hanging in by a thread and have lost their last two games, including a 1-2 home loss to the then-freefalling Molynes United, followed by a 0-1 loss away to sixth-place Cavalier FC.Today’s game against the struggling UWI FC will offer the home team an excellent opportunity to start the year on a positive note and return to winning ways. To do so, they will require Colorado Murray, Stephen Williams, Kenroy Howell, and Andre Moulton to start firing again.For the University team, goalkeeper Amal Knight will need to be at his best with support from his defenders while Thorn Simpson will need to be just that: a thorn in Waterhouse’s side.Mount Pleasant rebounded from their 0-1 home loss to Cavalier FC to pound UWI FC 3-0 and will look to mete out similar treatment to bottom-of-the-table Vere United who, like UWI FC, are relegation favourites.Vere United do have some talent but have not been able to perform consistently, especially away from home. Today should be no different as Kemar Beckford, who is challenging Dunbeholden’s Dean-Andre Thomas, Portmore’s Cory Burke, and Waterhouse’ Colorado Murray for the golden boot. Today’s game is an excellent opportunity for him to increase his tally and aid his team’s cause. INTERESTING CLASH The Royal Lakes clash between home team Dunbeholden, who sit in seventh, and sixth-place Cavalier should be an interesting clash as both teams are only separated by goal difference. The injury-ravaged Cavalier FC have defeated the top two teams and must be fancying their chances against the seventh-place team. Dunbeholden, for their part, are also enjoying a good run powered by leading scorer Thomas and Andrae McFarlane.Eighth- and ninth-place Harbour View and Tivoli Gardens, will battle for three valuable points as they try to claw their way into the, respectively, top half of the table. Both teams have a rich history in the league but have not been at their competitive best, especially for the last two seasons.Of the two teams, Tivoli Gardens have the more experienced players but have had difficulty finding the consistency required to do justice to their talent while Harbour View have been struggling to get the right balance between youth and experience. A win in their last game, against the more fancied Portmore United should give them a good bounce going into today’s game but home advantage should play a big role for Tivoli Gardens.Portmore United cited a number of reasons for their loss to Harbour View with refereeing decisions chief among them. That loss must have been particularly hard to take for coach Ricardo Gardner, who was in charge of Harbour View last season. Stung by that loss, Portmore United will be gunning to return to winning ways especially on home soil. With Cory Burke, easily the best player in the league at this time, on their roster, they have a major advantage.Fourth-place Humble Lion, a place above Portmore United on goal difference, will be fighting very hard to avoid a further slip as just last week, they were in third but lost 1-2 to then fourth-place Arnett Gardens, who subsequently climbed above them. Today’s Games n 3 p.m. Portmore United FC vs Humble Lion FC @ Prison Ovaln 3 p.m. Dunbeholden FC vs Cavalier FC @ Royal Lakes Complexn 3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens FC vs Harbour View FC @ Edward Seaga Complexn 7 p.m. Waterhouse FC vs UWI FC @ Waterhouse Football Stadiumn 7 p.m. Mount Pleasant FA vs Vere United FC @ Drax Hall Sports Complex Tomorrow’s Game n 8 p.m. Arnett Gardens FC vs Molynes United FC @ Anthony Spauldinglast_img read more

Pay on the day at Carrow Road

first_imgTo date, just over 500 tickets have been sold for the Sky Bet Championship clash, with sales from Ashton Gate concluding at 2pm today (Friday). Collections and duplicates will be available from the main ticket office at Carrow Road.  Supporters paying on the day are advised that only cash sales are available, but there will be no price increase. Meanwhile, City welcome newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers to BS3 on Tuesday (September 26th, 7.45pm) before travelling to Ipswich Town four days later (September 30th, 3pm). Tickets for both these fixtures remain on general sale. BUY NOWlast_img read more

Getting to the Gate – Exeter Chiefs

first_imgTRAINParson Street station is a 15-minute walk and serves much of Somerset, South Wales and Bristol (Temple Meads is a 5-minute journey by train from here)Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest mainline station, a 40-minute has detailed information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your routeWALKFans are likely to find walking is the quickest and easiest way to/from the stadiumMost of south, west and central Bristol are within an hour’s walkEast Street, St John’s Lane, Clifton Village and the city centre are all accessible in under 30 minutesUse the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your routeCYCLEThere are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pumpNew YoBike parking spaces available at the Ashton Road end of the StadiumThe stadium is served by numerous cycle paths – always consider your safety especially when cycling in the darkClick here for a local area cycle route mapClick here to plan your route including cycle rack locations, elevation and route type. Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route. Public car parks can be found by clicking here Fans will be able to take advantage of tailored bus routes – including the new AG6 service from Henbury – to attend the Exeter clash.THE HEADLINESNew AG6 dedicated supporter bus serving Henbury, Westbury-on-Trym and Clifton Village continues to run on SundayNew AG2 service operates direct from Brislington Park & RideAG1 Portway Park & Ride operating an improved serviceAG3 serving Horfield, Gloucester Road and Stoke Croft operating an improved serviceFans can find their best route using public transport by using the TravelWest journey planner off-street car parks are open locallyAshton Road and Marsh Road will be closed after the game in the interest of crowd safetyDEDICATED SUPPORTER BUS SERVICESAG1 – Portway Park & RideFirst departure: 12.40pmLast departure: 2.20pmFrequency: every 20 minutesJourney time: 20 minutesCollects: along the Portway at Station Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Riverleaze, Roman WayDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road. Last return 6.40pmParking: freeThis service will be operating at improved frequency post-match during the 2018-19 seasonAG2 – Brislington Park & RideFirst departure: 12.45pmLast departure: 2.15pmFrequency: every 30 minutesJourney time: 20 minutesDirect serviceDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton Gate. Last return 6.40pmParking: freeThis service is NEW for Bears games and will operate during the 2018-19 seasonAG3 – Horfield Common, Muller RoadFirst departure: 12.30pmFrequency: every 30 minutesJourney time: 25 minutesCollects: along Gloucester Road, Cheltenham Road and the centre at Churchways Avenue, Ashley Down Rd, Nevil Rd, Hatherley Rd, Sommerville Rd, Zetland Rd Junction, Colston Girls School, Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft, The HaymarketDrop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrancePost-match departure: Winterstoke Road entrance. Last return, 6.15pmAG6 – North BristolDeparts from Henbury, Tormarton Crescent: 1.25pmFrequency: one bus onlyJourney time: 35 minutesCollects through Henbury, Westbury-on-Trym, Whiteladies Road and Clifton at Tormarton Crescent, Marissal Road, Avonmouth Way, The Salutation, Crow Lane Lay-by, Brentry Roundabout, Brentry Lane, The Ridgeway, Falcondale Walk, Henbury Road, Lampeter Road, Downs Cote Avenue, Brecon Road, Henleaze Gardens, Westbury Road, Durdham Park, Black Boy Hill, Apsley Road, Clifton Down Station, Belgrave Road, Sunderland Place, Students Union, Victoria Square, Clifton Village, Christ Church, Percival Road, Bridge Valley Road.Drop-Off: Winterstoke Road entrance, Ashton GatePost-match departure: The Robins Pub, Winterstoke Road, 5.10pmBristol Inner Zone Day Tickets cost £4 (adult) when purchased via the First Bus app (download the app by clicking here) and are valid on this service. Cash tickets are £3 single/£4.50 return (adult). Concessionary pass holders can use their passes to travel free of charge, while up to two children (under-16) can travel free of charge with a fare paying adult.PUBLIC BUS SERVICESLocal bus services connect the stadium with much of Bristol and SomersetPlan your journey using the route planning tool here. A route map can be viewed hereService 24Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead HospitalNearest stop: Ashton RoadAdult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves Hotwells and City CentreNearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50Service 71Serves Hotwells, City Centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue and UWE FrenchayNearest stop: Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and NailseaNearest stop: Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50Visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information.PARKINGOff-street match day parking is available at:All Star Action Days, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walkDJ Matchday Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £7 per car, 7-minute walkBedminster Cricket Club, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. £10 per car, 10 minute walklast_img read more

Photo gallery: Parkway Black Cat Revue

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QPR in the dark over Joey Barton injury

first_imgSee also:Diakite ‘back in the picture’ at RangersHarry: No regrets about not signing Wells QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he is unsure how long Joey Barton is likely to be sidelined with a thigh problem.Barton picked up the injury during last weekend’s win at Ipswich, where he limped off shortly before half-time.His absence is an untimely one for Rangers as Jermaine Jenas is unavailable, Alejandro Faurlin will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and Yossi Benayoun is a doubt for Saturday’s game against Huddersfield.AdChoices广告Barton went off at Portman Road.It means Samba Diakite, consistently overlooked by Redknapp, is in line for a recall.“Joey’s out for a little while and we’re not sure how long he’s going to be out for. He’ll certainly be out for tomorrow,” Redknapp said,“Yossi Benayoun picked up a groin strain in training yesterday morning, so he’s struggling a bit. We’ve got to have a look at him.“We’ve lost a few midfield players. Jermaine Jenas is out still and obviously Ale Faurlin is out long-term, so it’s an area we’ve suddenly become a little bit short in.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Spring Lake cruises past Fruitport in a non-league softball twin bill

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Evaluating Orioles pitching at the one-third point of season

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)With much being made about the Orioles’ struggles on the mound and the 2013 season reaching the one-third mark following Thursday’s game, it’s time to take a look at each member of the current staff.Instead of offering a traditional letter grade, each pitcher was given a color: green meaning there are no real concerns moving forward with that individual, yellow meaning there are reservations due to performance or injury factors, and red meaning the individual’s time on the 25-man roster looks to be in serious jeopardy. To add more detail to that assessment, each color is accompanied with an arrow explaining which they’re currently trending.Pitchers marked with an asterisk are currently on the 15-day disabled list but were included since they are mainstays on the 25-man roster.To hear a more detailed explanation as well as Drew Forrester’s evaluations during Friday’s edition The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, click HERE.Starting rotationRHP Jason Hammel (7-2, 4.98 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The first six weeks of the season were quite forgettable for the Opening Day starter, but improved command with both the two-seam baseball and four-seamer have made Hammel look like the 2012 version of himself while earning two wins and pitching 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts prior to Saturday’s disastrous start completed after this was originally published.RHP Chris Tillman (4-2, 4.26 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 25-year-old has been one of the club’s more consistent starters, but he still leaves too many pitches up in the zone, evident by the 14 homers surrendered in only 11 starts this season. Tillman is at his best when he’s commanding his fastball while effectively mixing in cutters with the rest of his repertoire.RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.33 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The concerns over the blister on his right thumb that landed him on the DL appear to be behind him, but there are still durability questions with Gonzalez concerning his ability to pitch deep into games over the course of an entire season as well as the club’s habit of giving him extra days to rest or occasionally skipping him entirely. His Friday night start against Detroit wasn’t encouraging, which knocked him down just a notch from the assessment I offered during Friday’s show.RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 3.57 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The 36-year-old is still capable of pitching effectively when he shows exceptional command as he did with the split-fingered fastball to pitch eight shutout innings against Washington earlier this week, but his dwindling velocity gives him a tiny margin for error, especially when pitching at Camden Yards.RHP Kevin Gausman (0-2, 11.00 ERA): Red ↓Skinny: No one should be down on the future of the 2012 first-round pick after only two starts, but he hasn’t shown the necessary command of his plus-fastball and changeup to compensate for his underwhelming slider. A repeat of his start against Washington on Sunday against the power-hitting Tigers could very well land Gausman back in the minor leagues for more seasoning.*LHP Wei-Yin Chen (3-3, 3.04): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 27-year-old was just hitting his stride before suffering the strained right oblique that landed him on the DL. If Chen comes back fully healthy, he clearly receives the green light, but oblique injuries are frequently followed by setbacks and are very slow to heal, evident by the lefty just now start to do some jogging in a pool while rehabbing in Sarasota.Bullpen*RHP Pedro Strop (0-2, 6.11 ERA): Red ↔Skinny: The Orioles did what they needed to in identifying a lower back injury for the struggling reliever, but the length of his minor-league rehab assignment — which can last up to 30 days — will tell the story of where their confidence level is with Strop at this point.LHP T.J. McFarland (0-0, 2.92 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The Rule 5 selection has done a commendable job in a long relief role, but the necessity to carry him on the 25-man roster does hinder the roster flexibility the organization likes to have. At the very least, the club should consider giving McFarland an opportunity as the fifth starter if there comes a point that they can no longer keep him around or at least think about giving him some higher-leverage relief opportunities, which we’ve started to see occasionally in the last few weeks.RHP Steve Johnson (1-1, 7.71 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 25-year-old didn’t fare well in his lone start of the year in Minnesota but has looked impressive in his last two relief appearances with Strop currently on the DL. Whether it’s serving as a starting pitcher or middle reliever, Johnson continues to make contributions as he did in his rookie season last year.LHP Troy Patton (1-0, 5.01 ERA): Red ↔Skinny: Overshadowed by Strop and the recent struggles of closer Jim Johnson, Patton has struggled immensely after filling an effective middle-relief role last season. Opponents are hitting .295 and he’s allowed 13 walks in 23 1/3 innings, leaving his roster spot in jeopardy down the line if he doesn’t improve and Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada looks best suited for the bullpen after completing his rehab assignment. RHP Tommy Hunter (3-1, 1.80 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: Since allowing three home runs over his first three appearances of the season, the 26-year-old has surrendered three earned runs in 26 1/3 innings to become one of the most valuable members of the Baltimore bullpen. The perfect example of why you don’t give up on a live arm who couldn’t make it as a starter, Hunter’s high-90s fastball and sharp breaking ball have been a handful for opposing hitters.LHP Brian Matusz (1-0, 2.91 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: The 2008 first-round selection has picked up right where he left off last season pitching in relief as he’s held opposing left-handed hitters to a miniscule .119 average. Though sometimes used as a specialist, Matusz has been almost as devastating against right-handed bats, holding them to a .161 mark. RHP Darren O’Day (3-0, 1.85 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: Even before the Orioles closer began struggling recently, I proclaimed O’Day to be the one pitcher on the entire staff I’d select if I needed an out with my life on the line. The submariner has held right-handed hitters to a .132 average and continues to be tremendous after being acquired on waivers two offseasons ago. RHP Jim Johnson (2-5, 4.85 ERA): Green ↓Skinny: The theories for his recent struggles have ranged from the effects of overuse to opponents finally figuring him out, but Johnson has been too good in his major league career to give up on him despite an ugly stretch of four blown saves in five opportunities. It’s all about finding the command of the sinker and the 2012 All-Star closer appears to be on his way to doing so based on his last couple appearances. Manager Buck Showalter’s confidence hasn’t wavered despite fans and media certainly having their doubts.last_img read more

Will the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie get a sequel? Show’s creator says he “wouldn’t refuse”

first_imgTom Schirmacher(BOSTON) — Before the Downton Abbey movie even hits theaters this Friday, there’s already talk of a sequel.In a new cover story for Town & Country magazine, writer Elizabeth Holmes reveals the film “lays the groundwork quite nicely for a sequel.” Show creator Julian Fellowes isn’t opposed, adding, “I certainly wouldn’t refuse.”Elsewhere in the article, stars Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech reminisce about Downton’s six season run and being able to reunite to film the movie two years after the series finale.“When we came back to filming, it felt the same,” Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, says. “It was like just going back to work, seeing your mates.”The show launched in the U.S. in 2011 and became the most-watched show in PBS history. Leech, who plays Tom Branson, credits fans’ word of mouth for the show’s success.“If it had been on one of the major networks…they would have pushed it too hard,” Leech says. “Downton had to be discovered. It had to have that slow build.”The film, which features all of the original cast members, plus some newcomers like Imelda Staunton, hits theaters Friday, September 20.The October issue of Town & Country, which includes a special Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Downton, hits newsstands September 19.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

College football rankings, Week 11: Oklahoma survives Bedlam, Kentucky stumbles

first_imgOklahoma fended off the most serious challenge to a top-10 program in Week 11, denying a late 2-point conversion attempt to claim a 38-37 victory over unranked Oklahoma State on Saturday.A lack of high-level upsets meant few meaningful changes to the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings, with then-No. 12 Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee and then-No. 22 NC State’s loss to Wake Forest the biggest letdowns of the weekend. The Wildcats fell to No. 20, while the Wolfpack dropped out of the rankings. Here are college football rankings from the AP and Coaches polls ahead of Week 12:Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-LNo. 1Alabama6410-0No. 2Clemson110-0No. 3Notre Dame010-0No. 4Michigan010-0No. 5Georgia 09-1No. 6Oklahoma09-1No. 7West Virginia08-1No. 8Ohio State09-1No. 9Washington State09-1No. 10LSU08-2No. 11UCF09-0No. 12Syracuse08-2No. 13Utah State09-1No. 14Texas07-3No. 15Penn State07-3No. 16Florida07-3No. 17Washington07-3No. 18Iowa State06-3No. 19Utah07-3No. 20Cincinnati09-1No. 21Kentucky07-3No. 22Boston College07-3No. 23Mississippi State06-4No. 24Boise State08-2No. 25UAB09-1(Dropped out: No. 17 Fresno State, No. 22 NC State. Other receiving votes; Northwestern 87; Fresno State 64; Army 58; Buffalo 56; Virginia 44; Duke 38; NC State 37; Pittsburgh 30; Texas A&M 29; Michigan State 20; Auburn 19; Troy 17; Appalachian State 14; Missouri 13; San Diego State 10; Wisconsin 7; Arizona State 2; Tennessee 1.)AP PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-LNo. 1Alabama6110-0No. 2Clemson010-0No. 3Notre Dame010-0No. 4Michigan09-1No. 5Georgia09-1No. 6Oklahoma09-1No. 7West Virginia08-1No. 8Washington State09-1No. 9Ohio State09-1No. 10LSU08-2No. 11UCF09-0No. 12Syracuse08-2No. 13Texas 07-3No. 14Utah State09-1No. 15Florida07-3No. 16Penn State07-3No. 17Washington07-3No. 18Iowa State06-3No. 19Cincinnati09-1No. 20Kentucky07-3No. 21Utah07-3No. 22Boston College07-3No. 23Boise State08-2No. 24Northwestern06-4No. 25Mississippi State06-4(Others receiving votes: Army 128, UAB 78, Fresno St. 61, Michigan St. 31, NC State 30, Buffalo 29, Pittsburgh 28, Duke 20, Texas A&M 16, Iowa 8, Arizona St. 6, Stanford 3, Auburn 3, Troy 1.) MORE: SN’s updated college football Power RankingsElsewhere, Iowa lost to Northwestern and No. 24 Fresno State lost to Boise State. As a result, Northwestern, Boise State and Utah entered the top 25. last_img read more

Evgeni Malkin injury update: Pittsburgh Penguins announce forward out long-term

first_imgCoach Sullivan says both Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be out longer-term with lower-body injuries.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 7, 2019While it is unknown just how long “longer-term” will be, Malkin is expected to be out longer than Bjustad; however, it is not considered season-ending. It is worth noting that Malkin has not played a complete season since 2008-09, missing 14 games last season and 76 over the last five.NHL predictions: Final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picksThe 33-year-old Russian registered almost eight minutes of ice time before he tripped while maneuvering the puck around teammate Kris Letang during the second period. Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss significant time due to an injury sustained Saturday night, the team announced Monday.Malkin, along with Nick Bjugstad, will be out long-term after suffering lower-body injuries against the Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Mike Sullivan said. On an awkward play in the neutral zone, Malkin tripped and was checked into the boards along the Penguins’ bench. Malkin then fell to his knees as he and the puck slid toward the boards, where he was met by Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov.Here’s where Evgeni Malkin was injured during the 2nd period. #Pens— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) October 6, 2019Gavrikov’s hit did not seem particularly nasty, but something seemed to bother Malkin from either the hit or the fall; he left the Pittsburgh bench for the locker room shortly afterward.Malkin scored the first goal of his team’s young season Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Sabres.last_img read more

Paul the ‘Thunder from Down Under’

first_imgPSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, Nov. 11, Green Valley – Monthly MedalA Flight1st Paul Hack (11) net 67 2nd Kevin McEntee (8) net 713rd Jim Bell (15) net 724th Pierre Bietry (12) net 72 ptsB Flight1st Bob McFadden (16) net 692nd Colm Mullen (16) net 693rd Keith McLachlan (25) net 714th Colin Davis (17) net 72Red Flight1st Sim Davis net 74Near Pins:  No 4 Andy Bardill, No 9 Nigel Bennett, No 12 Justin Fowlis, No 16 Yui Bietry. It was a good day for Paul Hack as he etched his name on the 2012 Lewiinski’s wall of shame with a monthly medal and A Flight winning gross78 net 67.  One can only muse over how resplendent are resident ‘sartorial wonder’ will be when he suits up for the year-end Gold Medal competition – it could make Skippy blush.Paul Hack (right) with Golf Manager Colin Davis.Paul’s fine effort held off one of the Bert’s poppy day winners, Kevin ‘you know who’, and relegated him to the A Flight Silver.  Jimmy ‘Ak47’ Bell used a count back to edge Pierre ‘the magician’ Bietry for the bronze, leaving Pierre to pick up the lead, with a little help.Bob McFadden’s net 69 took the top step in B Flight as he out pointed Colm the ‘Right Honorable’ Mullen.  That duet was but two points clear of the B Flight Bronze medalist Keith McLachlan and a further stroke clear of Colin ‘the Donkey’ as he carted off the lead.Sim, the Donkey’s better half, took the laurels in the Red Flight with a net 74.  Paul’s better half Mercy accepted Sims prize as she was feeling a bit under the weather.  As all our readers know, the result qualifies Sim to join Paul in the year end Gold Medal competition.Please spare a thought if you will for Peter Henshaw’s brother Eddy who fell and broke his arm on arrival last year to the Land of Smiles.  Just to show it was no fluke on the first day back this month he slipped and broke his leg.  Eddy now holds the distinction to have made two visits to play golf in Thailand and never lost a ball.Monday, Nov. 12, Greenwood A&B – StablefordA Flight1st Matt Doyle (13) 40pts2nd Justin Fowlis (13) 40pts3rd Jim Bell (15) 38ptsB Flight1st Mitch Squire (19) 38pts2nd Barry Copestake (17) 37pts3rd Colm Mullen (16) 36ptsMercy (left) accepts Sim’s prize from Colin.He was mentioned last week and the week before, along with his two sidekicks.  Here he is again.  I give you Mr. Matt ‘Dillon’ Doyle.  Previously known as the 13 handicapper who knew more about the game than any mid or high handicapper in town, he is now known as the man of the match.  And that via a 40 point count back victory over the very unlucky Justin Fowlis.  Jim ‘AK 47’ Bell fired a very impressive 38 points to close the flight.Mitch Squire upheld the honor in B Flight with a equally impressive 38 points which placed him one stroke clear of Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake.  Colm ‘no nu please’ Mullen served notice he might be finding his form with a count back over ‘the Donkey’ for third.Justin Fowlis and Bob Fagin split the 2’s pot.Wednesday, Nov. 14, Bangpra – StablefordA Flight1st Peter Hynard (13) 37pts2nd Patrick Kelly (+3) 37pts3rd J-P Maffray (13) 37ptsB Flight1st Matt Cronin (14) 38pts2nd Jimmy Day (17) 38pts3rd Tore Eliassen (14) 35ptsC Flight1st Joseph Tynan (30) 37pts2nd Christy Knight (21) 35pts3rd Keith McLachlan (25) 34ptsMatt Cronin held off the challenge for the man of the match and top spot in B Flight from Jimmy ‘good’ Day as Matt’s 38pts counted up better on the inward nine.  Tore Eliassen did likewise to Colm ‘the count back specialist’ Mullen as he filled the flight, leaving Colm to watch the presentation from his favourite bar stool.Peter Hynard locked up with the trio of Patrick ‘plus -3’ Kelly and J-P Maffray all with 37 points; Peter took the top spot as Patrick and J-P drifted, climbing the podium steps in that order.  The scribe made his golf debut after a prolonged absence and had the pleasure to be in the same four-ball alongside J-P.  The exercise was welcomed and some of the French words learnt from J-P would I imagine be unprintable.Skipping down to C Flight we saw Joe ‘sat nav’ Tynan continue his good play which he attributes to his softer balls.  Christy ‘good’ Knight, who is never far away when good pal Jimmy is in the frame, took the silver two shots adrift.  Another count back was needed to sort out the final spot in the flight as Keith McLachlan demoted Mitch Squire to the presentation crowd.  The amazing thing was that Keith played the first three holes on the outer nine without scoring a point and a further two no-scoring holes on the inner nine.Patrick Kelly, J-P Maffray, Jimmy Day, Tore Eliassen and Michael Goggin split the 2’s pot.Note:  Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.  Transport is provided.last_img read more

Hughes, Nandlall call for establishment of industrial court

first_img…in light of public servants wage standoffThe establishment of an industrial court to hear matters on workers’ grievances and other labour issues is necessary, Attorney Nigel Hughes told Guyana Times in a recent interview.Similar views were expressed by Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who also made the call during an interview with this newspaper.Attorney Nigel HughesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallBoth Attorneys pointed out that there were many cases of ongoing grievances and work-related issues plaguing employees, who sometimes received no justice. The most recent is the deadlock between the Government and the Guyana Public Servants Union (GPSU), who had proposed a “living wage” for workers.Hughes stated that it would be good to have the specialised court established because cases would be dealt with in a timely manner with little to no backlog. However, he proposed that before the court was built, the Administration needed to bring the existing judicial institutions up to an acceptable level, whereby there was no backlog of cases.Also, he said it was important for the Administration to consider if the country had the capacity to build another court.“Although adding another layer to the system is good, it might create more frustration for us,” he said.The People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) had circulated a letter to the media, requesting the coalition Government and the Opposition to move to Parliament to establish an Industrial Court, with the status of the High Court, to hear and determine disputes relating to employment and labour relations.The Union stated that it was pushing the parties for consent since both of them, in power and on the campaign trail, as well as at Labour Day rallies and marches, promised the working class and their trade unions a good and strong labour sector.In the letter, the Union stated, “Due to the number of unsolved and unsettled cases, lack of enforcement of existing labour laws, failure of Guyana signing on to more international labour laws and International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Maritime Organisation labour conventions/laws and lack of addressing ongoing grievances and general work-related issues affecting the working class, the People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) strongly believes that the way to address these matters and to establish a strong, effective and improved labour sector in Guyana, and also to address workers, their trade unions, and their general grievances in a timely manner, thus the Government of Guyana needs to urgently establish an Industrial Court.”Currently, labour matters are handled by the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department and, in some cases, these matters would be taken to the High Court – under the previous Administration, there was a dedicated Labour Ministry.Nandlall stated that an Industrial Court would prevent this from occurring, since in some cases, employees would not have the money to hire a lawyer to represent them. He said that an established court would have specialised lawyers and judges to deliver a better quality of justice in a faster manner.“The concept of a specialised court to deal with these matters is a good one,” he opined, recalling that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, specialised courts were established to deal with particular issues which would have otherwise fallen into the hands of the High Court or the Magistrates’ Courts.He stated that the formation of such an institution would have its advantages, particularly in the hearing of cases immediately rather than having to join the “long backlog of unrelated cases”.However, he indicated that the establishment of an Industrial Court would be dependent on whether there were a significant number of disputes to engage a tribunal.Presently, the Government and the GPSU are at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.last_img read more

KPL: “We will not accept an 18-team league”

first_imgIn a statement signed by chief executive, Jack Oguda, the league management body affirmed they would not tow the line a day after FKF ‘promoted’ Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC to their proposed expanded 18-team KPL “as per recommendation of the FKF/KPL technical committee.”“The federation National Executive Committee (NEC), which made the decision to increase the number of teams to 18, was not properly constituted as the members of Division One and KPL representatives have never been invited to the meetings as required by the Constitution and has on several occasions made decisions outside the Judicial Process contrary to its own Constitution,” Oguda writing on behalf of the KPL Executive Committee stressed.“On Friday November 14, 2014 the KPL Governing Council met and opposed the 18-Team League and reconfirmed that the 2015 Season will be a 16-Team League.“The sporting integrity dictates that the relegation and promotion is decided at the beginning of the season by all participating clubs and the relegation and promotion is bottom two clubs are relegated and the top two in the lower division promoted,” he added.Federation president, Sam Nyamweya, is quoted in a local daily Tuesday saying “The committee did not want to interfere with the relegation process that is why Nairobi City Stars have to go down,” having earlier announced the Nairobi Kawangware based side that finished 14th last season would stay up.KPL now deny such a meeting took place explaining their reasons to resist an expanded top flight starting with the call to their FKF rivals to remedy the plummeting form of national team Harambee Stars.“Harambee Stars requires more time for friendly matches and for FIFA/CAF competitions in order to increase our FIFA Ranking and this cannot happen with expanding the league and the congestion of fixtures.“The health of our players is also put into consideration whereby if the League is congested there is an increase in injuries and very few clubs have insurance medical cover to take care of the medical, recuperation and rehabilitation of the injured players which also affects and undermines the performance of the National teams,” Oguda’s statement underscored.“In 2008 when the League assisted the Federation in running the National Team Harambee Stars the team managed to get to the best position ever in the FIFA Ranking of No.68 and the clubs had to sacrifice their grants that year. It is unfortunate that right now our National Team is at No.116 indicating that we are moving backwards.”-Misappropriation claims-Responding to claims KPL were misappropriating money that would be better channelled to clubs, Oguda charged in a thinly veiled barb at the federation.“The Kenyan Premier League is a Private Limited Company and is transparent and accountable and the audited financial statements of the Kenyan Premier League can be found on the KPL website Despite being Private Limited Company and have published the audited financial statements, the Law requires all public entities such as the Federation to publish their audited financial statements to its members and public.”The league management body also distanced itself in allegations published by FKF in a newspaper advert on Monday asserting the 18-team league was agreed upon by the two bodies stating; “The Draft Strategic Plan was presented by a consultant and was commented on by delegates but was not “adopted” as falsely claimed.“The members agreed that all branches must also adopt the format of the draft Strategic Plan presented and resolved that a final Strategic Plan would be discussed at a later date to be adopted by the members.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 25- The gloves have finally come off and a full-fledged battle for local football supremacy is on the cards after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) declared it will not accept an 18-team competition next season.Tuesday’s announcement is indication all efforts to amicably resolve the simmering impasse with their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that has moved to constitute their line-up for next season’s domestic top-flight with two extra teams have failed.last_img read more


first_imgTel: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports CoachingMICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE – PART 2 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Personal Trainer &Sports [email protected] TOP gym man Michael Black continues his series – the A to Z of exercise, sponsored by Optimal Fitness.In Part Two this weekend he tackles everything from Football to Judo. (You can find Part One at the end of this article). F-Football Detail: Football is a brilliant way to keep the beer belly at bay. Studies show that the game’s combination of slower jogging with frequent sprints offers superior cardiovascular benefits, building both slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers (used for distance running and explosive speed, respectively) and calorie expenditure, therefore fat-burning. Great for honing calves, quads (front of thigh), hamstrings (rear) and glutes (buttocks) too.Calories burned: 500-800 per hour. Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 3/10Toning: 7/10F-Fartlek Detail: Yes it a rare sounding name but a highly effective training technique, meaning ‘speed play’ in Swedish. A structured form of interval training in which you alternate short sprints with periods of jogging and walking, ideally over hilly ground. Works both the aerobic and anaerobic (when your muscles are using oxygen faster than you can replace it) systems and is far more effective than ‘steady state’ jogging. Good for reducing all-over body fat because of the intense calorie burn.Calories burned: 600-800 per hourWeight loss: 8/10 Strength building: 2/10Toning: 8/10F-Functional Fitness Detail: A fitness craze currently beloved of personal trainers, involving exercises that teach all the muscles to work together, rather than isolating them. Take the bent-over row, done leaning over a bench holding a weight in one hand. This builds lats (upper back), deltoids (shoulders), triceps (arms) and entire body, replicating everyday lifting situations. Helps with posture and develops strength around the major joints – perfect for the desk-bound. Calories burned: 400-600 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Strength building: 9/10Toning: 8/10Try it here: Optimal Fitness Urban Gym Class.F-Free weights Detail: Weight-training involves resistance work that develops fatigue in the muscles you’re working. Using free weights like a barbell or dumbbells makes the body’s stability muscles work harder than with a multigym, making free-weight exercises far superior. Will help you build muscular strength and definition across the body, as well as protecting joints – and muscles burn more calories than fat, so will help with weight loss too.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 10/10Strength building: 9/10Toning: 8/10Try it here: At home or in the gym.G-Green gyms Detail: A growing trend for the ethical exerciser. Based around environmental and community projects, Green Gyms involve jobs such as clearing scrubland, tree planting and path building. Great for both body and soul, they especially suit older exercisers looking to be more active. And an excellent form of functional exercise, using everyday tasks to build stronger muscles and burn calories, so banishing fat.Calories burned: 200-300 per hourWeight loss: 4/10Strength building: 3/10Toning: 4/10H-Hula hooping Detail: Another celebrity favorite, this time endorsed by Michelle Obama. Fast spreading throughout the UK and Ireland, Hula Hooping classes combine agility, cardiovascular exercise (strengthening the heart and lungs), music, movement and bags of childish fun. Very low impact, so especially good for new exercises. Works the hips, quads (front of thigh) and abdominals.Calories burned: 300-400 per hourWeight loss: 3/10Strength building: 1/10Toning: 3/10I-Interval Training Detail: Instead of ‘steady state’ exercise like slow jogging, to which the body quickly adapts, interval training involves working as hard as possible for a short period, followed by a rest, then another intense burst. This is anaerobic (when your muscles use oxygen faster than you can replace it) and builds both slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers (used for distance running and explosive sprints, respectively). Your metabolism is accelerated too. Can be performed on any piece of cardio equipment, with free weights or shuttle runs in the park.Calories burned: Up to 800 per hourWeight loss: 10/10Strength building: 3/10Toning: 7/10Try it here: At home, in the park or gym.J-Judo Detail: One of the oldest and most effective martial arts, judo also provides a rigorous cardio workout, improves concentration, balance and agility. Suitable for all ages, the risk of injury is minimised by the absence of kicks and punches. Throwing your opponent develops lean, powerful thighs, glutes (buttocks), arms and deltoids (shoulders), while grappling sessions boost both aerobic and anaerobic fitness (when your muscles are using oxygen faster than you can replace it).Calories Burned: 600 calories an hourWeight Loss: 6/10Strength Building: 6/10Toning: 6/10J-Jogging Detail: Jogging is a steady-state form of cardiovascular exercise that burns calories, improves lower-body strength and builds slow-twitch muscle fibers (used for distance running) and endurance. Builds your aerobic capacity, so your body is better able to use oxygen, and can improve blood lipids (fats) and glucose if they’re abnormal. Hones calves, hamstrings (back of thigh), quads (front) and glutes (buttocks) and is a great stress-reliever.Calories burned: 200-600 per hour.Weight loss: 6/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 7/10Try it here: A park, beach, towpath or pavement near you.Missed Part One? Click the link below: Blacklast_img read more

Lot turns over a new leaf

first_imgIts soil had met native Gabrielenos, Spanish explorers and trains full of immigrants headed into “the Ellis Island of Los Angeles.” The former railyard once known as The Cornfield opened downtown Saturday as the city’s newest urban park. The Los Angeles State Historic Park was hailed as a community and legislative victory following a 10-year fight to make the gritty lot green. “Right here is the future of Los Angeles,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared during a ceremony of city, county and state officials and about 200 community members. Drawn by live bands and food, many came to stroll a meandering walkway with views toward downtown and the historic 4th Street Bridge. “I’m a neighbor, and this park is welcome,” said Alexandra Leh, a film producer and screenwriter who lives in a loft downtown. “This is a very big brick in building this community.” “It’s almost unbelievable to be here and see something like this take place,” added Carole Magnuson, of Westwood and a longtime member of Friends of the River. Once slated for industrial warehouses, the controversial Cornfield site had became the subject of lawsuits and lengthy community protests. In 2001, the state bought the parcel for $36 million with an eye toward developing its first urban park. “This has been a struggle,” said state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, flanked by state parks officials. “When people insist on parks on this side of town, we get parks on this side of town. “So never be shy on raising your voice.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We’ve begun the process of making a reality the dream of the Olmstead brothers who said we should use the (Los Angeles)River as an emerald necklace to connect the city with parks all along the riverway.” City and state leaders said the $1.4 million temporary glade of 18 acres east of Chinatown is only the beginning. The 32-acre Cornfield site, bordered by North Broadway and North Spring Street, is now the center of an international design contest to build a “world-class park” adjacent to the Los Angeles River. Three finalists will introduce designs on Oct. 14 for a park with a flair for local history. A designer will be picked in November, with plans made final after extensive public input. On Saturday, residents celebrated their park atop the one-time terminus of the transcontinental railroad, where corn once grew from seeds thrown from incoming railcars. last_img read more

Still politically outspoken, CSNY brings its message to L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Age is supposed to make you more accepting. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young apparently didn’t get the memo. The foursome is on the road this summer railing against what they believe is an immoral administration that went to war in Iraq under false pretenses. It’s a frequently voiced view, but David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young (combined age: 250) have some extra muscle in the form of five decades’ worth of songs, many of which deal with the very topics they’re bringing to audiences across the country in the “Freedom of Speech ’06” trek. A sense of outrage is evident on stage — where the individual faces of some of the more than 2,500 American soldiers killed in Iraq are shown on a screen during “Find the Cost of Freedom” — and off. “Bush and his gang were brilliant at scaring everyone to death with the war on terrorism, to the point all everyone wants is a blanket and a cup of warm milk,” says Nash. “We’re out to touch people and present them with an idea that’s 230 years old — that you have the right to speak your mind, to dissent, to address your government. It’s patriotic to speak out — not unpatriotic, as they would have you believe.” Adds Stills: “Everyone’s pretty much had it — Iraq, Katrina, the economy, the price of oil, the stem-cell veto — and we as a nation keep rolling over and taking it. It’s time to rise up as one.” The evening with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young that comes to Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday and the Hollywood Bowl the next night covers a marathon three-dozen songs with no opening act. The set list is built from classic albums like 1969’s “Crosby, Stills and Nash” and 1970’s “D?j? Vu” (which signaled the addition of Young), as well as love songs and politically charged numbers from each member’s individual career. But the centerpiece of the show is the first concert airing of Young’s current album, “Living With War,” which questions, comments upon and skewers the Bush presidency. Young’s previous album, the country-tinged “Heart of Gold,” was the subject of a widely acclaimed concert documentary by Jonathan Demme earlier this year. ‘There’s a conscience in the country, and I don’t think it’s being spoken,” Young said in a TV interview recently. “Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. We don’t have to believe what our president believes to be patriotic.” The current “Freedom of Speech ’06” show represents CSNY’s third tour of the new millennium (and only its fourth in 36 years), following the 2000 reunion — the quartet’s first since Young left the group in 1974 — and its sequel two years later. The group first came together as a trio in 1969 — at the insistence of Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas —debuting at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Young joined the next year. Each member brought a pedigree and sensibility from other formidable bands: Crosby from the Byrds, Nash from the Hollies, and Stills and Young from the Buffalo Springfield. The group, whose lush harmonies and strong guitar work helped move untold millions of copies around the world, became the benchmark for socially aware folk-rock with and without Young. “They were the ultimate Los Angeles band, coming together in Laurel Canyon from all points and becoming deeply entrenched in the city’s culture,” said Michael Walker, author of the recent “Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood” (Faber & Faber; $25). “That first album really started things rolling. It sold like a Beatles record, and it was the first shot across the bow that the record industry was changing and America could produce a band to compete with the British bands. CSNY started the shift of the industry from being focused on London to being focused on L.A.” Reviews of CSNY’s current dates mention shimmering renditions of the airy ballad “Guinnevere” by Crosby and Nash; “Long Time Gone” (highlighted by dueling solos from guitarists Stills and Young); the 40-year-old “For What It’s Worth,” recorded by Buffalo Springfield; and the still-relevant “Ohio,” about the government’s tragic attempt to stifle student protest at Kent State. The audiences at the shows span multiple generations. “This tour isn’t about playing it safe,” says Nash, who lives in Encino. “It’s about involving people in the process of rediscovering their power, to awaken people (to the knowledge) that they have the ability to put pressure on their elected officials to start impeachment proceedings. They have to realize it could happen.” Aside from politics, the CSNY dates are also a celebration of some ageless music as well as a famously gnarly four-way collaboration that has somehow withstood the years. “We recognize our strengths and we’re amplifying them,” Nash says. “We know what happens when we get weak. This is unifying the four of us in a way that hasn’t happened before.” CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday. (Also 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.) Tickets: $48.25 to $259.50. (213) 480-3232; — Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and [email protected]last_img read more

L.A. slated to get U.S. funds for charters

first_img“It’s really questionable whether we need the charter schools,” said Lauritzen, who tried unsuccessfully to impose a moratorium on charter applications. “They’re supposed to serve a purpose and we’re getting to the point they don’t serve that purpose. It might be more effective to put together half as many charter applications, but put some real quality into them.” [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A $3.9 million federal grant awarded Monday to the California Charter Schools Association will pay to open 52 charter campuses statewide, about half of them in Los Angeles, officials said. The California group and six others nationwide were selected to share in the three-year, $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will go toward the development of independent public schools in San Diego, Fresno, Oakland and San Bernardino, but the bulk of the money will be spent in Los Angeles, said Caprice Young, president of the California Charter Schools Association. “I think what the Department of Education is seeing is that the charter school movement in California, and especially in L.A., is really taking off and doing outstanding work for students,” said Young, a former member of the Los Angeles school board. “It’s very likely that half of the 52 will open in Los Angeles and the reason is L.A. is one of the highest-need areas in the state, both demographically and in terms of the underperformance of the existing schools.” Of the 52 charter schools, 42 will be startups and 10 will be conversions – restructured from existing, underperforming schools. They’ll begin opening in 2008, officials said. Los Angeles Unified already has 106 charter schools – the most of any school district in the nation – and is expected to grow by 20 to 30 charters a year, Young said. School board member Jon Lauritzen said it’s unfair that California will get more than half of all the grant money, especially since so much of it will be spent in Los Angeles. The growing popularity of the charter movement has caused enrollment to drop in the nation’s second-largest school district, which has to compete with the independent campuses for students. last_img read more

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard ready to axe Ibrox flops this summer

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Steven Gerrard wants to freshen up his Rangers squad Steven Gerrard says he is ready to axe his Rangers flops this summer.Celtic won their eighth successive top-flight title on Saturday and lead the Gers by 12 points. tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Kyle Lafferty’s Rangers days appear to be numbered Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED shining huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REPLY center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Eros Grezda, Kyle Lafferty and Borna Barisic are set to face the chop at the end of the season, according to the Daily Record.Gerrard, whose debut managerial season will end in second place, said: “If there are players I don’t need, it’s easy to address that. I’ll show the players an honesty and respect.“If there’s someone who I don’t feel I can give happiness to, in terms of game time, then I’ll tell him. Then the decision’s out of my hands.“It’s up to the player whether he wants to hang around here or whether he wants to go and play football, which is his profession.“It’s easy for me. I’ll get them in the office one-to-one and say, ‘Look, this is the reality.’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice REVEALED 2 “My squad will be tight, small and full of people who will be playing in games and contributing to our success. If I have that conversation with someone and they decide to stay, they won’t be around my group.“If they can’t get the same money elsewhere, it’s not my problem. They should think about that when signing contracts here and asking for all kinds of money. Those conversations will happen.“I’ve had them before but there will be more between now and the end of the season.”Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title push officially ended on Saturday after Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-0 at Pittodrie, giving the Hoops a twelve-point lead with Rangers having three games left. “I’ll be respectful and tell them as early as I can. In an ideal situation, they’ll go and find the right club for them to be happy.“But I can’t have people hanging around my squad being a drain or energy-sapper within the group. BEST OF gameday cracker getty images Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

Antoine Greizmann’s Arsenal team on FM19 is unreal – get to know the players

first_img 11 Antoine Griezmann has created an incredible Arsenal team on Football Manager 11 The Portugal international has replaced Griezmann at Atletico 11 11 11 Bristling with young talent, the France international has built a very good Gunners team Bruno Fernandes appears to have finally got his move away from the Premier League Getty Images – Getty Perry Groves calls on Arsenal to significantly invest if they want to finish in the top four . @Arsenal 2023— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) August 14, 2019 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 14.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreen Getty 11 Neves has starred for Wolves since his move from Portugal in 2017 AFP or licensors But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.Below, has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latestCheck out the sensational side Griezmann has created! Sub 3: Jonathon PanzoAge: 17Nationality: EnglandFM19 Club: MonacoFM19 Estimated Cost: £6mSub 4: Ruben NevesAge: 21Nationality: PortugalFM19 Club: Wolverhampton WanderersFM19 Estimated Cost: £80m Getty Images – Getty Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer. Striker: Brian BobbeyAge: 16Nationality: NetherlandsFM19 Club: AjaxFM19 Estimated Cost: £2mSub 1: Jamal BlackmanAge: 24Nationality: EnglandFM19 Club: ChelseaFM19 Estimated Cost: £3mSub 2: Alex TellesAge: 25Nationality: BrazilFM19 Club: PortoFM19 Estimated Cost: £36m Sub 5: Chris MephamAge: 20Nationality: WalesFM19 Club: AFC BournemouthFM19 Estimated Cost: £15mSub 6: Phil FodenAge: 18Nationality: EnglandFM19 Club: Manchester CityFM19 Estimated Cost: £77m Getty Images – Getty AFP OR LICENSORS Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty 11 Age: 18Nationality: NetherlandsFM19 Club: AjaxFM19 Estimated Cost: £44mCentre-Back: Raphael VaraneAge: 25Nationality: FranceFM19 Club: Real MadridFM19 Estimated Cost: £76m Griezmann decided to bring Sancho back to England Telles is an attack-minded full back for Porto Centre-Attacking Midfield: Joao FelixAge: 18Nationality: PortugalFM19 Club: BenifcaFM19 Estimated Cost: £52m AFP or licensors 11 Centre-Midfield: Frenkie De JongAge: 12Nationality: NetherlandsFM19 Club: AjaxFM19 Estimated Cost: £26m Foden fits into the Homegrown Player quota Left-Back: Andrew RobertsonAge: 24Nationality: ScotlandFM19 Club: LiverpoolFM19 Estimated Cost: £36mCentre-Midfield: Bruno FernandesAge: 23Nationality: PortugalFM19 Club: Sporting LisbonFM19 Estimated Cost: £48m Getty Images – Getty 11 11 The Netherlands international starred for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals The France international won the World Cup with Griezmann Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates. 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. Right-Wing: Francisco TrincaoAge: 18Nationality: PortugalFM19 Club: SC BragaFM19 Estimated Cost: £3mLeft-Wing: Jadon SanchoAge: 18Nationality: EnglandFM19 Club: Borussia DortmundFM19 Estimated Cost: £60m 11 Matthijs De Ligt is a big improvement on Shkodran Mustafi Right-Back: Alexis SaelemakersAge: 18Nationality: BelgiumFM19 Club: AnderlechtFM19 Estimated Cost: £20mCentre-Back:  Matthijs De Ligtlast_img read more

Ross County and Dundee settle for point apiece in stalemate

first_imgA few minutes later the hosts had their first real glimpse of goal when Tom Hateley’s corner was left by Curran for Craig Wighton, whose low shot was saved by visiting keeper Scott Fox.Shortly after, Dundee full-back Cammy Kerr released Wighton down the right and his cross into the middle was just too high for the onrushing Kevin Holt.As half-time approached, Wighton drove into the County penalty area and cut the ball back, only for Marcus Haber to fail to arrive in time to make the most of the opening.County began the second half in positive fashion and had the ball in the net in the 48th minute. Gardyne’s cross was met by Liam Boyce, whose header couldn’t be kept out by Bain – but the Staggies striker was penalised by referee Euan Anderson for a push on Dundee captain Darren O’Dea. Dundee were also attacking at every opportunity. In the 55th minute Wighton tried his luck with a dipping long-range shot which just went past the post, before County had a glorious chance to make the breakthrough in the 74th minute.Substitute Alex Schalk set up Boyce, who then put Routis right through – but the French midfielder dragged his shot wide.A minute later, Marcus Haber found himself clean through from Gomis’ punt forward but the Canadian striker lashed wide of the target from 10 yards.The best chance in the closing stages came with 11 minutes remaining, when Schalk’s header from substitute Jonathan Frank’s cross was turned round the post by Bain. Paul Hartley’s visitors ran out convincing 3-1 winners over the Staggies on the opening day of the campaign in early August but second time around they were forced to settle for a draw against Jim McIntyre’s visitors, who enjoyed the better of the chances on Tayside.Dundee handed 20-year-old Australian midfielder Jesse Curran his first start in midfield, while Kevin Gomis returned at the heart of the their defence after his wife had given birth back in France recently.County remained unchanged from their 2-2 draw with Hearts in Dingwall and the Staggies – who went into this match on a four-match unbeaten run – had a clear opportunity to take lead inside three minutes.Christopher Routis’ corner picked out captain Andrew Davies, who was all alone – but his shot from 12 yards went straight into the arms of home goalkeeper Scott Bain.last_img read more

Planning Basics: What to Bring into the WDW Theme Parks – With Printable Checklist

first_imgShare This!You’ve arrived at your Walt Disney World hotel, dropped off your luggage, and you’re ready to head out to the theme parks! But wait, what do you need to take with you into the parks?There are a variety of strategies for deciding what to bring into the parks. Some folks want to tote only the bare minimum that will fit in their pockets, while others want to be prepared with every item they might need in any eventuality. Where you fall on this spectrum may be influenced by your age, whether you have children in your party, how many times you’ve been to the parks, how long you plan to be in the park, what time of year it is, whether you’re planning to use a locker in the parks, and a variety of other factors. What a solo adult will bring into the parks for a 1-2 hour visit might be vastly different than what a family with toddlers will need for an 8-10 hour visit.I’ll break daybag packing into must haves, next steps, deep dives, and travel with baby. Your personal needs will determine which version you choose. What You Might Need for a Day in the WDW Theme ParksHere’s a Printable PDF of the Park Bag Packing List.Must HavesMagicBands have incredible functionality. They can serve as your room key, park ticket, food and merchandise charging device, and more. If you’re using a MagicBand during your trip, bring it to the parks with you; if you’re not using a MagicBand, you’ll need your park admission ticket.The versatility of MagicBands leads some guests to believe they can go into the parks with nothing but the band, unencumbered by anything else. While it’s certainly possible that this could work, I strongly caution against it.Over the course of my many visits to Walt Disney World, there have been about half a dozen times where I’ve ended up leaving the park unexpectedly, mostly due to minor to moderate issues that resulted in a family member going directly from a park to a medical facility. While this is an unlikely circumstance, you should ALWAYS be prepared with enough identification and documentation to allow you to receive medical attention as quickly as possible. This means that you should have a photo ID, medical insurance card, and a payment card with you at all times.Even if you’re willing to risk it by not carrying your insurance card, there have been many times in my travels where technical glitches have made MagicBand payment wonky and using a credit card or cash has been necessary to make in-park purchases. Cash is also helpful if you end up off-property and need to tip someone or pay for something where plastic cards and MagicBands are not valid payment methods.The vast majority of adults (and teens and tweens) will bring their cellphone into the parks, if not for communication, then for photography and access to apps like My Disney Experience and Lines that help with navigating your park visit. Many guests report that heavy phone use in the parks takes a massive toll on their battery; an external charger can save the day.Also to remember to bring any Disney affiliation cards such as your annual pass, Disney Vacation Club card, Tables in Wonderland, and so on that may be useful in getting perks or discounts in the parks. Remember, if you have your annual pass loaded onto a MagicBand, that will get you into the park, but it’s not enough to get you a merchandise discount. For that you’ll need your physical pass card and a photo ID.I like to have a printout, or at least a screenshot, of my FastPass times and restaurant confirmation numbers in case the Disney website goes down or the park WiFi is spotty. And of course, you’ll want to bring any necessary prescription medications with you into the parks.Next StepsThe Next Steps are things that make your experience more comfortable, but are not 100% necessary. Most of the items in this section can be acquired in the parks if needed, but they’re small enough or light enough that bringing them yourself won’t slow you down.Weather-related items are at the top of most Next Step lists. Sunscreen is a must for nearly everyone, but if you’ve applied it in advance and won’t be at the parks long, you may be able to leave the bottle in the room. Other weather-related items to consider are sunglasses, sun hats, umbrellas or ponchos, sweaters, or similar items that protect you from the elements.Then consider physical comfort and minor medical issue remediation. This includes things like lip balm, hand sanitizer, a water bottle (much cheaper than buying water for $4.00 a bottle in the parks), tissues and/or wet wipes, gum or mints (gum is not available for purchase anywhere at WDW), and women may want extra hair ties or feminine hygiene supplies. I also like to bring a small pouch into the parks with a few bandaids and a dose or two of some basic over-the-counter medications like Advil, Benedryl, and Immodium. These are all available at the in-park first aid centers, but having ready access to them can be a sanity saver. Shoutout to one of my favorite niche websites, that sells easy-to-carry, travel-size, and single-serve portions of just about every product imaginable.A typical “Next Steps” pouch of OTC meds and comfort items. Easily fits in a snack-size zip top bag.If you use a camera, rather than your phone, to capture memories be sure to bring it, along with any necessary paraphernalia such as extra batteries or memory cards. And if you’re old school, keeping your Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World on hand can help you answer park planning questions on the fly.Another easy item to tote is a small Ziploc baggie. Use this to protect your phone on water rides, to keep souvenirs corralled, to save some uneaten snacks to enjoy later in the day, or for dozens of other purposes.Deeper DiveFurther down on the list of things to bring into the parks are the “Just For Fun” items like quarters and pennies to use in the pressed penny machines, autograph books and sharpies to use when meeting characters, trading pins and pin lanyard, cards related to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom or similar games, and wait-time entertainment for kids (or adults) such a puzzle books, Mad Libs, a small etch-a-sketch, or portable gadgets.Food is plentiful in the parks, but if you want to bring you own for allergy, preference, convenience, or budgetary reasons, feel free to do so.If you want more focus on comfort, bring extra socks (important if your feet get wet in a downpour), a cooling towel, or a small battery-operated fan or mister.And be aware that plastic straws are on their way to be phased out a Disney World, making them hard to find in some circumstances. If you’re a die-hard straw person (or need them for a medical reason), then bring your own, just in case.Travel with BabyIf you’re visiting with a small child, then traveling light is likely not an option. Baby gear you may need in the parks may include diapers, wipes, formula/bottles, baby food, baby-sized spoon, bib, pacifier, a change of clothing, swim diaper (for playing in fountains), and whatever other favorite products you need to get through the day. A small selection of these items is sold in the park Baby Care Centers, but plan to bring your own since they may not have your specific brand/variety preference.What Type of Bag Should I Use?Let’s start off by saying that everyone heading into the theme parks is subject to a bag search before being allowed to enter the parks. If you’re carrying anything that’s not in your clothing pockets, you will be asked to visit the security tables. A guard will open your bag, unzip every zipper, and open all the sub-bags within your main bag. They don’t care about food or personal items; they’re looking for weapons and other contraband (see our post on what NOT to bring into the Disney World theme parks). Guests who are not carrying bags may be allowed to bypass the security tables, but they may still have to go through a metal detector (like at the airport) and place items such as cell phones and wallets in a bin for inspection. Even the smallest clutch will be searched, so just roll with it.If you’re only toting the Must Haves, then you might not need a bag at all. If you have a baby with you, you’ll probably need a large diaper bag. A photography enthusiast will want a padded camera bag.Beyond that, it’s really a matter of personal preference: purses, fanny packs, crossbody bags, and backpacks all have their fans. Think about the weather, how much you’re carrying, the weight of the bag and its contents, and whether you plan to add items such as merchandise purchases to the bag during the day. Be aware that you can bring bags with you onto the rides and consider how the size and shape of the bag might work for or against you when boarding attractions.What are your thoughts on packing for a day at the parks? Are our Deep Dives your Must Haves? Is there something we forget? What’s your favorite bag? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders

first_imgFormer South African president Nelson Mandela and US First Lady Michelle Obama read from his authorised book of quotations, which will be launched on 27 June 2011. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Obama speaking at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto. Seated next to her is Graca Machel (middle) and Baleka Mbete. (Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elizabeth Trudeau Spokesperson: US Diplomatic Mission to SA +27 12 431 4217RELATED ARTICLES • SA celebrates with Obama • Obama’s hi-tech African visit • Mandela’s letter to Obama • In the church of ObamaNicky RehbockUS First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a stirring speech to young women at the world-famous Regina Mundi church in Soweto on 22 June 2011, encouraging them to take action and make a difference in society, thus shaping a new generation of leaders on the continent.Obama is on a six-day official visit to Africa focusing on young leadership, education, health and wellness. This is her second solo trip abroad as first lady.Her keynote address in Soweto was attended by a US-sponsored forum of more than 75 young women from across sub-Saharan Africa who are involved in social and economic initiatives in their respective countries. They range in age between 16 and 30.Former president Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, local political and business leaders, regular Regina Mundi congregants and members from local and international media organisations swelled the crowd inside the church to about 2 000.Conviction, eloquence and graceIn her speech Obama drew on the history of Regina Mundi, which means Queen of the World in Latin, to pay tribute to leaders of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the civil rights movement in the US, urging the young women in the audience to follow their example.“It is because of them that we are able to gather here today … It is because of them that I stand before you as First Lady of the United States of America,” she said.“That is the legacy of the independence generation, the freedom generation. And all of you – the young people of this continent – you are the heirs of that blood, sweat, sacrifice and love.”The Catholic church, the largest of its kind in Soweto, played a pivotal role in the liberation movement in South Africa, offering refuge to freedom fighters when political meetings were banned elsewhere.Obama spoke out strongly about women’s rights in her address, saying the young leaders of the forum should ensure that women were no longer “second class citizens” and that girls were educated in schools.“You can be the generation that stands up and says that violence against women in any form, in any place, including the home – especially the home – that isn’t just a women’s rights violation. It’s a human rights violation.”The new breed of young women leaders on the continent could also be the one that overcomes the difficulties associated with HIV/Aids, Obama added.“You can be the generation that ends HIV/Aids in our time, the generation that fights not just the disease, but the stigma of the disease, the generation that teaches the world that HIV is fully preventable and treatable, and should never be a source of shame.”Without notes, Obama spoke for 40 minutes with rousing conviction, eloquence and grace – showing she’s every bit as powerful an orator as her husband.In closing, she used his famous campaign slogan from 2008 to inspire confidence in the women and urge them to be proactive about the issues she discussed.“If anyone ever tells you that you shouldn’t or you can’t, then I want you to say with one voice – the voice of a generation – you tell them, ‘yes, we can’.”Meeting MandelaDuring her stay in Gauteng, Obama also met with Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, after receiving a personal invitation from him. Her daughters Malia and Sasha, who are accompanying her on the trip, also got the chance to meet and spend time with the icon.On the same day as the Mandela meeting, the First Lady visited President Jacob Zuma’s second wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma, in Pretoria and toured the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.The next stop is Cape Town, where a meeting with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and a trip to Robben Island is scheduled, and then Botswana, where the Obamas will spend time at a private game reserve.last_img read more

Altech buys leading German STB maker

first_img12 September 2011South Africa’s Allied Technologies is to acquire SetOne, a German-based supplier of digital video broadcasting (DVB) products and solutions, in an effort to expand its international footprint and entrench relationships with its international partners.The deal is inclusive of all the intellectual property owned and already developed by SetOne.“This acquisition enhances our ability to diversify Altech Multimedia’s income streams by growing its international business footprint and reducing its reliance on locally generated business and is in line with the Altech Group’s strategy to increase non-SA revenue and profits,” Altech CEO Craig Venter said in a statement this week.Leading central European OEMSetOne was incorporated in 2005 and has since been positioned as one of the leading Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) companies in central Europe, with an especially strong presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.The company specialises in the domain of digital video broadcasting set-top box (STB) receivers, and has expertise and key skills in the supply chain design phase and product management of these products.Its strength as a preferred supplier is evidenced by its recent breakthrough into Spain, Italy and other neighbouring countries in Europe.“SetOne has established a significant track record in the STB repair and servicing business and is a preferred supplier in the central European region in terms of its OEM capabilities,” said Venter.“The company has produced profitable results since its inception and with this acquisition we are well positioned to further entrench our leadership in the telecommunications, multi-media and information technology sector.”Alliances with major key playersSetOne has built strategic alliances with major key players in the value chain of its products and services offering throughout Asia and Europe, which include license agreements with leading companies such as Sisvel, MPEG LA and Rovi.SetOne is especially strong in the management of a range of outsource manufacturing partners for the DVB-T/T2 products intended for the European retail free-to-air (FTA) markets, both satellite and terrestrial broadcast.The acquisition will enhance Altech Multimedia’s reach into international markets and further entrench its relationships with international partners regarding product development and management in these markets as well as leveraging established distribution channels and exploiting and cross-selling other business opportunities.“This acquisition complements Altech Multimedia’s broadband and broadcast product offerings to address convergence within the multimedia market and strengthens our service offerings,” said Altech Multimedia CEO Peter Balchin.Range of synergies between the twoAccording SetOne CEO Bartolomeo Caputo, the transaction brings together a range of synergies between the two companies that will be of enormous benefit to the European market.“Since the founding of our company in 2005, we have strived to provide creative and innovative products and reliable service to all our customers and business partners,” he said. “Now with Altech Multimedia we look forward to taking our business to the next level.”To preserve current efficiencies and standards, Altech will retain existing SetOne management and staff whilst it provides supporting administration services and strategic input to the company.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA mulls reopening Durban naval base

first_img27 February 2012 South Africa is taking steps to tackle piracy in its surrounding waters, and is considering re-opening a former naval base in Durban for this purpose, says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Salisbury Island, now joined to the mainland, is part of the Port of Durban. A full naval base until it was downgraded in 2002, it now contains a naval station and other military facilities. Addressing a media briefing in Cape Town on Sunday, Sisulu said the government’s strategy for tackling piracy in its surrounding waters might necessitate the re-opening of the base. Salisbury Island was identified as a potential base at the meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) standing maritime committee in Durban last week, but costs had not yet been calculated.One warship, ‘merely as a deterrent’ So far, South Africa has deployed one warship – the SAS Isandlwana – to tackle piracy off east and southern Africa. The frigate is supported by a number of on-board helicopters as well as by ground troops. The South African Maritime Strategy, adopted by the Cabinet last year, is being piloted by South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique, and Sisuslu said the deployment of the Isandlwana was more a deterrent than anything else. “We intend to start small because it’s going to be a very costly, very huge exercise,” Sisulu said. South Africa has also signed a pact with Tanzania and Mozambique on maritime security co-operation, which would see the three countries working together to secure their respective territorial waters.Policing waters ‘crucial for trade’ Sisulu said figures from two years ago by the International Maritime Bureau indicated that the cost of piracy was between R1-billion and R16-billion a year. Added to this, there had been 17 acts of piracy in Tanzania last year. She said the sea was very important for intra-African trade, as 91% of goods traded between African countries were transported by sea, while the continent had 44 refineries in 25 countries. This made it essential for African countries to police the continent’s waters, she said. She said the department would be requesting that at least two percent of GDP be allocated to defence spending. One idea, she said, was that those departments that could benefit from additional defence – such as Agriculture and Trade and Industry – could pool their resources.Helping Somalia International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, also present at Sunday’s briefing, said that in order to deal with piracy, it was important to tackle political problems on the ground. Nkoana-Mashabane attended a meeting in London last Thursday, hosted by African Union security- council members, on how to work together with Somalis to return their country to normalcy. She said South Africa had also pledged to make a donation of £10-million in the form of services and support to those in liberated zones in Somalia. Somalia is the base for almost all of the pirates now active off east and southern Africa. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Retail Shoplifting Policies and Procedures

first_imgWhile annual shrinkage surveys covering retail loss prevention go some way in offering an oversight as to how the industry is thinking about a range of issues, they rarely delve into much detail around specific topics. The purpose of this series of benchmarking surveys was to provide the LP industry with focused and practical insights into specific topics judged to be of interest by practitioners themselves, such as retail shoplifting policies and procedures.For the first benchmarking survey, the authors looked at how some of the biggest retailers in the US are experiencing shoplifting, violence associated with these incidents, and the shoplifting policies and procedures put in place to manage these issues.BackgroundAnecdotal evidence from the industry suggested the rates of shoplifting and violence associated with external theft were thought to be increasing considerably. In addition, there was little published knowledge on the extent to which different retail shoplifting policies and procedures were being used.- Sponsor – Of course, the value of any benchmark survey is dependent upon the quality and representativeness of the responses upon which it is based. For this study, the authors chose to target as many of the largest US retailers (based upon sales) as possible, exploiting existing contacts within the loss prevention industry.A request for information was sent out to 58 retailers representing 47 percent of US retail (based upon sales). In the end a response rate of 69 percent was achieved, meaning that the benchmark sample equates to 40 percent of the US market, totaling $1.306 trillion in retail sales. Overall, respondents had a total of 92,489 stores.Note that this sample is not representative of US retailing in general. It only represents a significant proportion of the largest companies. Therefore, no effort will be made to extrapolate estimates from this data to try and represent US retailing as a whole. If individual companies intend to draw comparisons with this data, it is important that they understand the overall profile of the companies that responded. This post provides only a snapshot of the main results from the study. To receive a free copy of the full report, please contact one of the authors at the email addresses found in their author bios.Benchmark FindingsDetailed below are some of the key findings from the survey, looking specifically at levels of victimization, retail shoplifting policies and procedures related to apprehensions, and the extent to which respondents have standards on minimum age and dollar values when considering prosecutions.Recording Shoplifting and Violent Incidents. The vast majority of respondents had some form of system in place for recording the number of shoplifting incidents within their businesses (92 percent). However, far fewer stated they kept records of the number of shoplifting incidents where employees had been either injured, threatened with violence, or a weapon had been used (50 percent).As can be seen in the table below, the sample of retailers experienced 1.9 million incidents of shoplifting in the most recent twelve-month period, down 5 percent from the previous year. In terms of violent shoplifting incidents, they had records of 22,770 incidents in the most recent twelve-month period, down 2 percent from the previous year.For those retailers that track the number of shoplifting incidents they have experienced, this equates to an average of 28 incidents of per store. For those companies tracking violent incidents, this equates to less than one incident of violence per store in any one year. Both these rates varied considerably by size of retailer (as measured by sales), with larger companies experiencing higher rates of shoplifting incidents and instances of violence per store.However, overall it is reassuring to note that of the nearly two million incidents of shoplifting recorded by these companies, just 2.3 percent resulted in violence. While any instances of violence against retail staff is regrettable and undoubtedly traumatic for the victim, this is a remarkably low number and, in many respects, testament to the efficacy of the policies and practices put in place to mitigate the likelihood of incidents of shoplifting turning violent.The data is also interesting in that it indicates a trend that is generally downward, countering some of the anecdotal concerns aired about both rising dramatically in recent times. Of course, it needs to be remembered that this data is based upon recorded incidents, and it is therefore likely that actual levels of shoplifting and violence will be different. But it is interesting that for those companies keeping a record, the evidence seems different from the perceptions held by some in the industry.Retail Shoplifting Policies and Procedures for Apprehensions. The benchmark survey was also interested in understanding what policies and practices were being used by retailers when it came to employees apprehending shoplifters. Respondents were able to select more than one option. Therefore, the responses do not add up to 100 percent.Relatively few respondents—just 18 percent—said that they had a “no apprehension” policy. Of those that did have a policy of apprehending thieves in their stores, the vast majority operated a “no chase” policy (78 percent), with only 8 percent stating that they had a “limited chase” policy whereby staff could run after thieves, but only to an agreed boundary.A significant proportion of respondents (45 percent) said that they operated a “no physical touch” policy when dealing with thieves, with just over one-third (35%) stating that staff could use force but only in self-defense. A much smaller proportion (15 percent) allowed staff to use “reasonable force” in making apprehensions and one in five allowed the use of handcuffs (20 percent).Because of the relatively small number of respondents taking part in this survey, it was not possible to carry out any additional analysis on these policies and practices. Therefore, no conclusions could be drawn on whether having any given policy was related to higher or lower rates of shoplifting incidents or rates of violence. However, the data did show that there was no significant difference by size of retailer. Overall, what seems clear is that the largest proportion of retailers responding to this survey do have a policy of apprehending shoplifters but require staff not to, where possible, touch them, unless in self-defense and not to run after them if they are fleeing the store.Respondents were also asked about their policies on allowing non-loss prevention staff to engage in apprehending shoplifters. Most stated that it was not their policy to allow staff to do this (58 percent), although 42 percent did state that they allowed only store management to apprehend thieves. Given the representation of large retailers in this sample, it was perhaps not surprising that 77 percent of respondents employed specific loss prevention staff in some or all of their stores to deal with incidents of shoplifting.Read the full article, “Comparing Policies and Practices on Managing Shoplifting,” to uncover policies on age limits and dollar values reported in the survey. The original article was published in 2017. This excerpt was updated July 9, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Sonicwall Has Best Web-Based Live Demo Site

first_imgTags:#biz#How To That is a critical piece of the live demo environment: to actually let users try the products out. “We made a choice during the original design and planning that rather than have flash demos or locked images, we’d just let people play around as much as possible. It’s been fairly successful, as we usually have about 300 users a day, and traffic grows at a fairly consistent 5-10 percent a quarter,” says Parry. “As far as I know, no other company does this to the extent we do.”For small businesses that are interested in trying out Sonicwall’s products and getting a feel for how they work, their Live Demo site is worth a visit. Do let us know other places that offer something similar. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting One of the mostly unrealized applications of Web technology is to allow small businesses to kick the tires of products they want to purchase, by putting up live product demos. Given the proliferation of Web interfaces on many products, you would think this would be a no-brainer; and while lots of companies have put up canned video screencaptures showing one or two products, no one has taken the time and effort to let customers test drive their complete product line to the extent that Sonicwall has with its Live Demo site.The site has six different categories of products to examine, including firewalls, backup, remote access and email security. “We now have three full racks in our datacenter,” says Dave Parry, the engineer from Sonicwall who started this as a personal project with a few pieces of equipment under his desk back in October 2007. “We use VMware ESX 4.0 servers and an EMC array to house the fifty or so server, desktop, and client images that comprise the environment. All of the images are snapshotted. We restore them twice daily, so people can go ahead and break stuff, but any changes they make are just erased when the images are restored.” The products are all connected and interact with each other, so an SSL Virtual Private Network gives access to various resources, the backup products perform actual backups, and so forth. “The site contains functional, completely interactive demos for every product Sonicwall makes.” You can see a network map of what Parry has created below. david stromlast_img read more

MTC Workgroup Discusses Updating P.L. 86-272 Statement

first_imgThe Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held the first work group call to discuss updating its Statement of Information regarding the federal Interstate Income Tax Law (P.L. 86-272).P.L. 86-272 prohibits states from imposing an income tax on income derived in the state from interstate commerce if in-state activity is limited to soliciting orders for sales of tangible personal property that is shipped from outside the state.Workgroup ProjectThe work group was created to propose revisions to the MTC’s P.L. 86-272 statement. Changes in the economy and the way that business is conducted necessitate the revision. The last time the P.L. 86-272 statement was updated was 2001.The statement reflects the signatory states’ current practices regarding:– if a particular factual circumstance is covered by P.L. 86-272 or permitted under the statement as either protected or not protected from taxation; and– the jurisdictional standards that apply to sales made in another state for purposes of applying a throwback rule (if applicable) with respect to those sales.Initial Meeting DiscussionOn the initial call, the group began with a discussion of P.L. 86-272. Next, the group outlined a list of topics to address.The group will begin by discussing:– selling tangible personal property over the internet;– selling digital goods or licensing other tangible property over the internet;– cloud computing;– listing some modern services as either unprotected or protected activities;– whether to update the list of unprotected activities to state that they may be performed either by computers or persons, remotely or in person; and– revising or deleting the section adopting the Joyce rule.The group plans to meet every-other week on Thursdays. For meeting agenda information, see the MTC’s dedicated work group webpage at Tax Commission, P.L. 86-272 Statement of Information Work Group, January 17, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches

first_img(AP) – The White House is refusing to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again.Negotiators are clashing over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise that Congress can accept.With a Friday deadline approaching, the two sides remain separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.Rising to the fore is a related dispute over curbing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration policies.People involved in the talks say Democrats have proposed limiting the number of immigrants in the country illegally and caught inside the U.S. – not at the border – that the agency can detain.last_img read more

WWE SmackDown LIVE Review, November 13, 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The latest edition of SmackDown LIVE brought about an unlikely turn of events heading into Survivor Series. So instead of waiting for the climax, let’s dive straight into the main event:Daniel Bryan crowned new WWE ChampionIt happened once again. For the second consecutive year, the WWE Championship changed hands prior to Survivor Series as Daniel Bryan beat AJ Styles for his fourth title reign.It all started with a war of words between the two competitors that ultimately led to an all-out brawl before both had to be separated by WWE Officials. In an evenly contested match, Styles went to the top rope to land a Phenomenal Forearm however, Bryan, evaded it and instead, the former WWE Champion collided with the referee.Daniel took advantage of the situation and struck AJ with a low blow followed by a running knee and grabbed the pinfall victory. An unexpected heel turn from Bryan also resulted in him earning the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar in a Champion v Champion match this Sunday.Becky Lynch ruled out for Survivor SeriesThe invasion on the Monday Night RAW Women’s Division led to Becky Lynch suffering a broken nose in the carnage and consequently, it was confirmed this Tuesday night that the SmackDown Women’s Champion has not been cleared to compete at Survivor Series.Due to a broken face, #SDLive #WomensChampion @BeckyLynchWWE will be unable to compete this Sunday at #SurvivorSeries.— WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2018However, Lynch remained confident and insisted that she would still kick Rousey’s ass with a broken face. The Man then shifted her attention to picking her replacement for this Sunday and after overseeing every superstar of the SmackDown Women’s roster in the ring, Becky hand picked Charlotte Flair to face the RAW Women’s Champion.The two old bitter enemies put aside their past rivalries aside and stood united for the Blue brand as Charlotte will square up against Ronda Rousey in a dream match for the WWE Universe.Jeff Hardy vs Andrade Cien AlmasAndrade Cien Almas began strongly off the gates following a series of vicious attacks on his opponent. The Enigmatic Jeff Hardy, however, regrouped and got himself back in the match but couldn’t capitalize on his opportunity to finish the match.Almas too had his moments and was about to hit his signature Hammerlock DDT but Hardy countered it with the Twist of Fate and gave himself the opening to land the Swanton Bomb that secured him the win and also a spot as the final member of the SmackDown Survivor Series team.Rey Mysterio vs The MizRey Mysterio clashed against SmackDown Survivor Series team Captain The Miz with his place on the line. The Miz took the upper hand early on as he locked Mysterio in a submission move although in the latter stages, Rey was able to hit the 619 but Miz dodged the frog splash as he got his knees up and rolled him up for a two count.The A-Lister was frustrated which provided Mysterio with the chance to roll him up for the win and keep his spot on the SmackDown squad intact.The former WWE World Champion’s celebration was cut short as Randy Orton snuck up from behind but Mysterio was able to avoid The Viper’s attacks and instead, Orton flattened The Miz with an RKO.The Usos unveil SD Survivor Series Tag Team lineupThe Usos and The New Day will be joined by The Colons (Epico and Primo), Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Sanity for their match against the RAW Tag Teams this Sunday at Survivor Series.The Bar and Big Show vs The New DayBoth teams had a string of near falls but with the match speeding up, Big Show’s presence was the defining point as he eliminated the threat of Xavier Woods.Kofi Kingston was left shorthanded and the numbers game caught up as Big Show landed a knockout punch to Kofi in mid-air and grabbed the W for his team.last_img read more

VIDEO: Female Boxing champ says she can beat Gennady Golovkin

first_imgAdvertisementIBF, WBO, WBA, WBC undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields is coming off of an impressive unanimous decision victory over undefeated Christina Hammer last weekend at the Broadwalk Hall in Atlantic City.Ever since that victory she has been extremely confident and has said that no female fighter can beat her. She went on to say that she can even beat Male boxers. She specifically told TMZ that she can beat WBA welterweight champion and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and can also give former middleweight champion of the world Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin a run for his money.“I spar with men. I drop men. I bust [men’s noses]. I beat men up all the time,” Shields said to TMZ Sports.“If I was to say which is the guy, I think I could beat — I think I could beat up Keith Thurman. I really do. I think I could beat up Keith Thurman, even though they’re like ‘oh, he beat Shawn Porter.’ I think I can beat Shawn Porter too, you know, skill-wise and just strength-wise. I think they may be stronger than me but their boxing ability isn’t like mine.”“GGG, he’s older now, but I could give GGG a run for his money.”She then explained the reason behind why she could beat Golovkin and said that power isn’t everything in Boxing and that she has a great defence. “You know what? Power for power isn’t a question because what is boxing? Boxing’s the sweet science. It’s not about strength. It’s not about strength because people were saying Christina Hammer was stronger than me…but did you not see the head movement that I had during the fight? See the defense, the offense, the traps I set?“If I was to get in with a man I would do a lot more of that, and I do have some power. I do have some power. I’m not gonna say I’m stronger than them but if I set up the right shot, with the right timing…”ALSO READ:Gennady Golovkin sues his managers for ₹25 Crore ($3.5 Million) Advertisementlast_img read more

A closer look at Melania Trump, America’s first foreign-born First Lady since the 19th century

first_imgRepublican Donald Trump has now officially become the President of the United States after his Inaugration Day on January 20, 2017. Henceforth, his wife Melania Trump will now be called the First Lady. Melania Trump is the first foreign-born First Lady since 19th century. Before her, it was John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa, First Lady from the year 1825 to 1829.Although, Donald Trump is quite famous for his flamboyant attitude and tweets. Similarly, his wife Melania is too matching his pace and making headlines ever since he decided to run for becoming the 45th President of the United States.Communist Yogoslavian rootsShe was born in Sevnica, Yugoslavia now in Slovenia. Her original name was Melanija Knavs but she stuck to her model alias, MelaniaKnauss. Melania is the daughter of Viktor Knavs, who was a Communist Party member & managed car dealerships, and Amalija Ulnik, a pattern maker at a textile factory. Born on April 26, in 1970, she is 46 years old which makes it to a 24 year age gap with Donald Trump, who is 70.  Modelling career She began modelling at the age of 16 under the name MelaniaKnauss. Acclaimed photographer Stane Jerko invited her for a trial photoshoot as he liked her look. She was under the spotlight soon after that photoshoot which made her grab a contract with Italian model agency ID at the age of 18. She later on worked in Paris.She has graced the catwalks and magazines around the world including a controversial shoot on Trump’s customised Boeing 727 featuring Melania wearing nothing more than handcuffs.advertisementMelania told in her GQ interview: “My mom was in the fashion business. I was five years old when I did my first catwalk and did commercials at 16. I went professional after my studies. My mum loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris. A lot of people say I am using all the procedures for my face. I didn’tdo anything. I live a healthy life, I take care of my skin and my body.I’m against Botox, I’m against injections; I think it’s damaging yourface, damaging your nerves. It’s all me. I will age gracefully, as mymom does.”Melania also runs a jewellery business. She once joked in an interview that after taking care of her son and running the business, her husband is her third job.   The Trump effect Melania met Trump in 1998 when she was 28 years old. Apparently, during a party thrown by Zampolli at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan. Trump’s ‘plus one’ for the party was Norwegian cosmetics heiress Celina Midelfart. He actually asked for Melania’s number after he saw her at the party but apparently she refused to divulge that Trump already came with a date. She took Trump’s number, though.She said in an interview, “If I give him my number, I’m just one of the women he calls. I wanted to see what his intention is. It tells you a lot from the man what kind of number he gives you. He gave me all of his numbers.”After seeing each other for a while, they actually broke up for a few months when Trump said that he might run for the US President in the year 2000. Trump, who was married twice before, proposed Melania at the Costume Institute Gala in New York. The couple got married in January 2005 at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida.Her engagement ring was a 2 million USD Graff diamond and a dress made by British designer John Galliano which was priced 1,40,000GBP.Their reception was attended by former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s current political nemesis Hillary Clinton.  The kidsMelania and Donald’s only child, Barron William Trump was born in the year 2006. She is also a stepmother to Donald Jr who is 38, Ivanka who is 35, Eric who is 32. The three kids were fromTrump’s first marriage to Ivana. She is also a stepmother to Tiffany, who is 22, from Trump’s second wifeMarla Maples.Barron Trump is fluent in Slovenian besides English and reportedly had his own floor of the Trumps apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan as an infant. Melania sometimes calls him by his nickname ‘Mini-Donald’.  Melania as First LadyIn the year 2000, when Trump was toying with the idea of running for the office, Melania said that, “I would be very traditional as a First Lady, like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy.”Melania is currently staying at home in New York instead of East Wing in White House with Donald Trump. She is ensuring a stable education for their son Barron who is currently in fourth grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. It is still unclear whether she will be staying in New York until the end of this year or till he finishes school.advertisementWhile she is in New York for sometime, Trump’s daughter Ivanka will be taking up some of the duties of the First Lady.   Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section. To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

ICC U-19 World Cup: Anukul Roy, Prithvi Shaw help India hammer Papua New Guinea

first_imgIndia inched closer to a quarter-final berth of the ICC Under-19 World Cup by defeating Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Tuesday.Anukul Roy grabbed 5/14 as PNG were bowled out for 64 in 21.5 overs. India chased down the target in 8 overs thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s super-aggressive 57 not out.WATCHThe victory means India are all but through to the knockouts – on Sunday, they had defeated Australia by 100 runs.India won the toss and decided to bowl, as the bowlers responded by bowling Papua New Guinea out for a paltry 64 in just 21.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Anukul Roy led the charge with figures of 5/14, showing that the Indian attack is more than just sheer pace, something that came to the fore against Australia in their tournament opener.The pacers, Shivam Mavi (2 wickets) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (1 wicket), who started things off , reduced Papua New Guinea to 40/3, opening the door for the Indian spinners to wreck havoc. Anukul Roy came on in the 10 over, and by the time he as done with his fifth, PNG were reduced to 62-6, with taking two off those. Anukul Roy claimed his career best figures, as the PNG batters fell like nine-pins, self-destructing in their attempt to post a challenge.India could have been chasing a far lower total had it not been for a few dropped catches. But, as it turned out, Shaw and his fellow opener Manjot Kalra, walked out to bat, and by the time PNG finished their eighth over, India had strolled to a comfortable 10-wicket victory.advertisement Prithvi Shaw scored 57 out of India’s 67 runs.Kalra was more than happy to take a back seat with his run-a-ball 9 as his captain went on the rampage. The chase was a mere formality, but the way Shaw went about his business, enjoying himself, throughout his 39-balls stay, with 12 strokes to the boundary, was a sight to behold. He was let off the hook on 33, when Ovia Sam dropped a difficult chance running back.Handshakes, hugs and high fives all around for India U19s after a dominant display against PNG! #U19CWC— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 16, 2018India next face Zimbabwe in their last group B game on January 19 at Bay Oval in Tauranga.last_img read more

7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgHas it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts. Make it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help.last_img read more

Why Your Emails Need a Personal Touch

first_img3. Make your email a part of a conversation.Sending your email from one person, using first-person pronouns, and including contractions will keep your note feeling conversational. If you write, “The Denver Puppy House is pleased to receive your donation,” or, “We used those funds to buy medicine,” you might come across as formal and dull. But if you write, “I am so glad you were able to make a donation to help our puppies,” or “I couldn’t have done it without you,” you’ll sound intimate and chatty. 1. Use a personalized greeting.If your friend sent you a note that said, “Dear Sir or Madam,” you might be a little confused. While you may not individually know all of your supporters, think of them as your nonprofit’s treasured partners and write to each one by name with a friendly greeting. Try saying “Hello there, Matt!” instead of “Dear Matthew.”2. Have a warm tone.Adopt a warm, welcoming tone by using simple sentences and informal language. This will help your email be breezy instead of stiff. Choosing shorter words such as “get” over longer words like “acquired” will make your email read as if from a friend. When your donors feel valued and special, they’re more likely to give again and again. One way to spread the love is by giving your emails a personal touch. Here’s how:last_img read more

Apply Today to Be a Young Champion of Maternal Health!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is delighted to announce that the application process for the second cohort of Young Champions of Maternal Health is now open! Applications are currently being accepted from candidates from Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria.To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity over the long-term, emerging public health leaders need to be equipped with the skills, commitment, and vision to respond fully to multiple causes and consequences of maternal mortality and morbidity.The Maternal Health Young Champions Program, a partnership between The Institute of International Education and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health, offers a unique fellowship to 10 young people who are passionate about improving maternal health in their home country.These Young Champions of Maternal Health will be students or young graduates in public health or a related field who are committed to improving maternal mortality and morbidity through either research or innovative field work in their home country.  They will be matched with in-country mentors from selected organizations for a nine-month research or field project internship focusing on a particular area of maternal health.The fellowship includes leadership training and participation in the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania.Click here for eligibility criteria and to access the application.Applications are due November 10, 2012.For more information about the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, including blog posts from the first cohort, click here.Share this:last_img read more

Reducing Newborn Deaths by Targeting Adolescent Mothers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 3, 2014November 14, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, Save the Children published a report entitled, “Ending Newborn Deaths.” The report highlights the need to concentrate on the reduction of newborn deaths as it lags behind the efforts of those tackling <5 deaths.  The report calls on governments, world leaders, the private sector and philanthropists to commit to a five-point Newborn Promise to end these preventable deaths by increasing access and availability to skilled health workers, increasing funds for healthcare improvements, and decreasing user costs and fees for services, medicines and interventions.While the report lists numerous factors that must to be addressed to reduce preventable deaths, a recent editorial by The Lancet also points out the need to specifically target young mothers (who make up 10% of all births) and adolescents who are known to have some of the most risky pregnancies and deliveries.The Save the Children report says this about young mothers:In low- and middle-income countries overall almost 10% of girls become mothers by the age of 16. They are at greater risk of losing their babies than women who become mothers later – mothers under 20 are 50% more likely to have a stillbirth or to lose their baby within the first week after birth than mothers aged 20–29 years.By targeting adolescents, the Lancet argues, not only will there be a reduction in neonatal mortality, but by reducing child marriages, unwanted births, delaying their first child, and creating more options for education (including secondary, reproductive, and contraceptive education) these young women will be given the tools to start to take charge of their own health, work options and economic destinies.  With the commitments of governments and local health agencies these women will not only better care for their own pregnancies and  newborns, but also will have the education to know that they can advocate for their family’s health rights.  Adolescent programming must include the input of the adolescents themselves, while ensuring that the programs give them the oversight, support, and education they need.Lasting interventions are needed for newborn death reduction and who better to target than the adolescents who will eventually become the mothers who want their children to survive.How do we make these adolescents a priority? Lend your voice to the discussion.  Find us on Twitter or contacts us.Share this:last_img read more

Medical Detailing: Teaching Providers How to Properly Use and Advocate for Health Care Products

first_imgPosted on May 11, 2015October 26, 2016By: Saundra Pelletier, CEO, Woman Care Global & EvofemClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)I am thrilled to have a discussion about the need for better metrics and measurement for establishing best practices on correct use of maternal health supplies. As organizations focus on global maternal health, we need to evaluate provider practices and use of health supplies in the countries where we work. How are we going to address the gaps without first determining what the gaps are? Are providers short on supply? Do providers choose not to use certain products because of storage requirements? Are providers trained properly on the health supplies they’re being encouraged to use?At Woman Care Global, we use an approach called medical detailing to support providers in the correct use and advocacy of women’s reproductive health supplies. Medical detailing is considered one of the few interventions capable of impacting provider performance. The core theory of medical detailing is to use support and training through frequent contact with providers to develop customized interventions to improve healthcare outcomes. Trained representatives visit medical practitioners regularly to determine the individual provider’s needs, motivations and barriers around the use of medical devices, products or services.We have utilized, and had success with, medical detailing for a program we pioneered called Maximizing Provider Healthcare Performance™, or MAX for short. MAX representatives visit over 300 healthcare providers in Kenya and South Africa to gather information about the care being given to patients. The information is collected on tablets in the field and uploaded. Through a research partner, that data is analyzed to pinpoint which specific interventions lead to enhanced care. The representatives then follow up with each provider to implement the customized interventions indicated in each situation. They also share the provider’s own analyzed data with them each quarter, in order to provide a measurement of changes in service delivery, and to identify and discuss any gaps that may have resulted in decreased performance. The whole aim of the MAX program is to raise the bar on quality care delivery.Now, I can happily talk strategy and create a bunch of flow charts about how the program works, but I want to emphasize one crucial element to the success of medical detailing. We have found the interaction between our MAX medical detailing representatives and the healthcare providers is the predominant determinant of success with both changing provider practices and collecting accurate data. Yes, the representatives are there to gather data, but they also take the time to talk, walk and drink tea with the clinicians we’re trying to reach. These interactions happen very naturally out in the field where trust and true partnership are developed over time. In an era of big data and analytics, we should never underestimate the impact of taking a minute to have a cup of tea and the value of engaging people. On a personal level, I am encouraged by programs that layer emotional intelligence and solid business practices. I am also truly and deeply encouraged by programs that take the first step and recognize that each subsequent step is meaningful.“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen KellerTeaching providers how to properly use and advocate for health care products is a small task with big potential. Each woman helped will benefit and she will bring those incremental gains back to her family and her community. And that in itself is great and noble.This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Introducing the Fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection: “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 1, 2017January 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.” Read the open access papers that have been published in PLOS One as part of the collection so far:Maternal cancer and congenital anomalies in children – a Danish nationwide cohort studyCharacteristics of women age 15-24 at risk for excess weight gain during pregnancyInterventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysisMaternal depression and anxiety disorders (MDAD) and child development: A Manitoba population-based studyAssociations between quality of life, physical activity, worry, depression and insomnia: A cross-sectional designed study in healthy pregnant womenImplementation of a diabetes in pregnancy clinical register in a complex setting: Findings from a process evaluationMaternal BMI and diabetes in pregnancy: Investigating variations between ethnic groups using routine maternity data from London, UKMetabolic markers during pregnancy and their association with maternal and newborn weight statusImpact of maternal body mass index and gestational weight gain on neonatal outcomes among healthy Middle-Eastern femalesPlease join the MHTF tomorrow, 2 November at 10:00AM ET for a live-streamed panel discussion to mark the launch of the collection. Tweet your questions to @MHTF using #MHTFPLOS.Additional papers will be added to the collection in the coming months. Subscribe to stay updated.—Learn more about the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health.Read the MHTF Quarterly highlighting issues related to non-communicable diseases and maternal health.Share this:last_img read more

Largest stadiums in the world ranked

first_imgGoing to watch the football on matchday is almost always an unforgettable experience, made even more special with the buildup of fan atmosphere, pre-match excitement – and, of course, the sheer magnitude and beauty of the stadium.Football boasts an incredible roster of impressive stadiums and grounds, and sometimes, the utter immensity of them can be overwhelming.Certain stadiums are as iconic as the clubs and teams that they host, with the England national team ‘s home of Wembley Stadium in London and Barcelona’s Camp Nou one of the most famous and historic in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? Goal rounds up the world’s biggest stadiums in terms of seating capacity, counting down from the top 20.Top 20 largest stadiums in the worldYou might be surprised to learn that the world’s largest stadium is North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, otherwise known as the May Day Stadium.North Korean officials claim that the stadium supposedly has a capacity of 150,000 people, but its real capacity is under 114,000. Even so, it is still the world’s biggest venue by a few thousand.The May Day Stadium’s first event was the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. It also hosted the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang.Other notable stadiums include Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, followed by Barcelona’s home of Camp Nou.South Africa’s FNB Stadium, which hosted several 2010 World Cup games including the final, also makes the top 10, followed by California’s Rose Bowl and London’s Wembley Stadium. Rank Stadium Capacity Location 1 Rungrado 1st of May Stadium 114,000 Pyongyang, North Korea 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,024 Melbourne, Australia 3 Camp Nou 99,354 Barcelona, Spain 4 FNB Stadium* 94,736 Johannesburg, South Africa 5 Rose Bowl 90,888 Pasadena, California 6 Wembley Stadium 90,000 London, England 7 Estadio Azteca 87,523 Mexico City, Mexico 8 Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 Borg El Arab Stadium 86,000 Alexandria, Egypt 10 Salt Lake Stadium 85,000 Kolkata, India 11 ANZ Stadium 84,000 Sydney, Australia 12 MetLife Stadium 82,500 East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 Croke Park 82,300 Dublin, Ireland 14 Signal Iduna Park 81,365 Dortmund, Germany 15 Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis, France 16 Santiago Bernabeu 81,044 Madrid, Spain 17 Luzhniki Stadium 81,004 Moscow, Russia 18 Shah Alam Stadium 80,372 Shah Alam, Malaysia 19 Estadio Monumental “U”  80,093 Lima, Peru 20 San Siro 80,018 Milan, Italy *FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736, though, its maximum capacity during the 2010 World Cup was 84,490 due to allocated seating for the press and other VIPs members.last_img read more

Bernabeu return ‘a unique feeling’ for James

first_imgReal Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez says returning to play at the Santiago Bernabeu was a ‘unique feeling’ despite the team failing to grasp all three points.The 28-year-old started a Madrid match for the first time since May 2017 as Los Blancos drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid in La Liga action on Saturday.James spent the last two seasons out on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who opted against triggering their purchase option and instead made a move for Philippe Coutinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? The Colombia star looked poised to join either Atletico Madrid or Napoli, however, he has been reintegrated into the first team squad and played 57 minutes for Zinedine Zidane’s men in the Spanish capital.”Back at the Bernabeu after a long time,” James wrote on Twitter post-match.”It was a unique feeling. Thanks to the fans for the support.”We will continue to work in order to improve.”Después de un largo tiempo he vuelto al Bernabéu. Ha sido una una sensación única. Gracias a la afición por el cariño. Seguiremos trabajando para mejorar. — James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) August 24, 2019 Despite the return to the starting side, Zidane said after the match that the Colombian was taken off as a precaution against injury.  “James played a good match, he left the pitch because he was a little hurt and we prefer to not take risk,” he told reporters. “But he did a good job, especially in the first half.” Following a 3-1 opening weekend win against Celta Vigo, it looked as Real were headed for two consecutive wins when Karim Benzema put them 1-0 up with eight minutes to play. But Zidane’s side failed to deal with Real Valladolid’s response, as Sergi Guardiola equalised with a low shot under Thibaut Courtois’ body in the 88th minute. James was joined in the first team by another player who was previously expected to leave the club in Gareth Bale. Bale, who was tipped to head to China recently, played 90 minutes but couldn’t match his opening game performance against Celta, when he got an early assist for Benzema. James’ return to the Real first team comes after a previous season in which he made 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern, scoring seven goals. He also scored seven league goals in 23 Bundesliga matches during the 2017-18 after helping Madrid to Champions League glory the season prior. Real will attempt to get back on the La Liga winners list with a trip to Villarreal on Sunday before the FIFA international break.last_img read more

The Daav Pech dames

first_img Next The Daav Pech damesVinesh Phogat says more than the sports glory, she is happy to have helped change the mindset in Haryana towards the birth of a girl.advertisement Aasheesh Sharma October 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 12:04 IST Cousins Vinesh and Babita Phogat. While Vinesh is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Babita will contest Haryana state Assembly elections this month on a BJP ticket.At the turn of the century, one of the biggest perceptible shifts in gender imbalances in the country was brewing in Balali, a non-descript village in Haryana, a deeply conservative state till then infamous for female infanticide. The man who ushered in this revolution was Mahavir Singh Phogat, a burly former grappler, who chose to train his daughters and his niece in the art of wrestling.Today, his niece Vinesh Phogat is one of India’s biggest medal hopes going into the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The achievements of his daughters Geeta and Babita inspired a blockbuster biopic that popularised a slogan that strikes at the heart of gender bias: Mhari chhoriya chhoron se kam hai ke? (Are my daughters any less than sons?) mouthed by Aamir Khan while essaying Mahavir’s character. The elder sister, Geeta Phogat, after becoming the first Indian wrestler to qualify for an Olympics and striking gold at the Commonwealth Games, 2010, was conferred with an Arjuna Award. Her younger sibling Babita was crowned Commonwealth gold medal winner twice, at Glasgow, 2014 and Gold Coast, 2018. Now Babita has been fielded as the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Dadri in the state assembly elections to be held this month.Today, the Phogat family is the star of Haryana’s sports universe and Mahavir has been made sarpanch of his village but he had to fight deep-set patriarchy to reach here. “In 2000, when I saw Karnam Malleswari win a medal in the Olympics, I first thought of training the girls in my family. But at that time I faced resistance from the village elders and even my own relatives. They said I was bringing a bad name to the family by letting them play a sport not meant for women, but I thought, if a woman can become Prime Minister of India, why can’t she become a wrestler?” says Phogat. “Before the 2010 Commonwealth victories of my daughters there were few women wrestlers in the country. Today, there are at least 50 akharas in Haryana that exclusively train women wrestlers. I am proud to say my family has already given three Olympian wrestlers to the country.”advertisementVinesh Phogat says the village elders jeered at them when they went to practise in the akhara and the women in the family began to worry if they would get married. “Cutting your hair or wearing shorts to become a wrestler was looked down upon. But success is the biggest revenge. Today, the same neighbours who were reluctant to accept us want their daughters to emulate the Phogat sisters and bring glory to the village.”More than the sporting glory, says Vinesh, she is happy they have played a part in changing mindsets in rural Haryana. “Instead of undergoing sex-selective abortions, the birth of a girl child is now celebrated. The government and the panchayat go out of their way to encourage girls to venture outdoors and play sport.”This may just be the beginning. In case Vinesh brings home an Olympic medal, a thousand new all-girl akharas may bloom in the country.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagarelast_img read more

Guardiola: Man City players will be kept in the fridge

first_imgPep Guardiola has a plan to make sure his Manchester City players cope with playing twice in less than 48 hours in December: “Go home, open the fridge and get inside.”The reigning champions have been dealt a tricky hand over the festive period following fixture changes for live television coverage, with their trip to Wolves now starting at 19:45 local time on December 27.They then welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad Stadium on December 29, that game kicking off at 18:00, before a home match against Everton on January 1, 2020. 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 Asked what he can do to combat such a quick turnaround between travelling to Molineux and hosting the Blades before the turn of the year, Guardiola replied: “Players to the fridge. I’m not joking.”Go home, open the fridge and get inside for 48 hours. See you at the Etihad Stadium [on December 29].”When I open the fridge to make an omelette, maybe I can talk with my players. But apart from that, no way.”It happened in my first season here. I think we played on December 31 at Anfield and then at home against Burnley [on January 2].”Before needing to be concerned about Christmas plans, however, Guardiola and his squad must focus on closing the gap to a red-hot Liverpool side in the coming weeks.After missing out by a solitary point in a thrilling title race in 2018-19, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have started the new Premier League season with eight successive wins.City, in contrast, have suffered defeats to Norwich City and Wolves to sit eight points off the pace in second. However, Guardiola understands there is still a long way to go, particularly with Aymeric Laporte set to bolster the squad with a return from a knee injury early in 2020.”For 11 years, no team in England has won back-to-back [titles]. It is difficult, of course it is,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told the media ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.”But you have a rival that is unstoppable right now. Eight games, eight wins. We lost games, but in Spain the big clubs lost games, in Italy the big clubs lost games, here we are facing one team who are champions of Europe and didn’t lose one game.”It’s difficult. In some games we could win but we didn’t win. Our mistakes punished us a lot. During the season there are ups and downs. We try to get better and improve.”From tomorrow [Saturday] and in the Champions League, we try to make an incredible step forward, to win the game against Atalanta [on Tuesday], then in February Laporte will be back, most of the players will be back.”We will see what happens in the later stages. Normally, when you win what we have won the last two seasons and you arrive in March and April being there, after that it’s more difficult to drop points. But, in the earliest stages of the season, sometimes it’s normal.”last_img read more

High school scoreboard Jan. 17

first_img 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. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: High school scoreboard Jan. 17 GO (360) 735-4538 JV — Prairie, 1521-1472EVERGREEN 1917, KELSO 1558At Triangle LanesKELSO — Zoie Rodman 153-133, Hanna Kuhn 110-130, Jeidyn Anderson 97-118, Katrine Rasmussen 122-138, Kaylee Price 126-132. Baker games: 144-155.EVERGREEN — Teryn Stine 151-126, Summer Whitney 126, Kailee Wilcox 193-215, Karina Johnsen 185-161, Kerissa Anderson 140-167, Sarah Trimble 159. Baker games 147-147.COLUMBIA RIVER 1913, RIDGEFIELD 1549At Crosley LanesCOLUMBIA RIVER — Mika Munger 182-165, Maya Burnett 124-159, Jenna Chinn 160-162, Quinn Allen 125-179, Rileigh Chinn 160-195. Baker games 158-144.RIDGEFIELD — Caitlin Walker 94-93, Maite Medina 130-134, Karin Pazjinkova 111-120, Maebry Kinswa 138-145, Jenna Martin 132-169. Baker games 144-139. RA Long 9 10 11 9—39Hockinson 8 21 23 12—64JV — Hockinson won.WASHOUGAL 64, MARK MORRIS 24WASHOUGAL — Kiara Cross 4, Jaiden Bea 7, Savea Mansfield 12, Beyonce Bea 8, McKinley Stotts 18, Erin Miner 2, Ashley Gibbons 2, Sammy Mederos 0, Skylar Bea 11. Totals N/A.M. Morris 9 4 7 3—24Washougal 31 10 18 5—64JV — Washougal won.WRESTLINGUNION 48, BATTLE GROUND 18106 — Dylan Dalgord (U) p. Michael Victoriano 3:38; 113 — Ryan Esperto (U) p. Matthew Victoriano 5:28; 120 — Gunnar Henderson (BG) d. Spencer Chin 4-2; 132 — Brett Joner (BG) p. Andres Nicacio 5:21; 138 — Nolan Valitalo (BG) d. Michael Whitney 9-7; 152 — Noah Talavera (U) p. Hudson Smith 0:21; 160 — Damario Yebra (U) p. Nick Haseney 1:00; 170 — Danny Snediker (U) p. Kaden Kibby 1:26; 182 — Kyle Broisus (U) p. Alex Diaz 2:23; 195 — Michael Witthauer (BG) d. Josh Joo 6-4; 220 — Levi Harms (U) d. Grant Kincaid 9-4; 285 — Mason Wang (BG) p. Tumua Sosene 6-3.GIRLS BOWLINGSKYVIEW 2025, HERITAGE 1390 [email protected] Subscribe Today JV — Fort, 1390-1243.C — Fort won.CAMAS 1852, BATTLE GROUND 1656At Big Al’sBATTLE GROUND — Morgan Bonebreak 151-189, Emma Boucher 70, Sydney Weiten 167, Brooklyn Weinberger 134-115, Taryn Terner 157-135, Emma Wheaton 153-134. Baker games: 126-125.CAMAS — Kaelie Daniels 196-170, Ashley Gerst 151-145, Eva Brizuela 164-140, Kimmie Boone 131-142, Jace Grubbs 137-166. Baker games: 181-129.HUDSON’S BAY 1966, PRAIRIE 1944At Crosley LanesBAY — Rin Birchfield 174-127, Lizzie Deloria 233-193, Jackie Mott 143-157, Erica Morley 154-146, Halie Martin 183-172. Baker games: 148-136PRAIRIE — Elissa St. John 187-124, Sam Longchamp 174-192, Lauren Hapgood 159-125, Lilly Bash 181-159, Anna Gatlin 171-182. Baker games: 122-168.center_img Camas 11 16 20 19—66B. Ground 2 11 8 12—332A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W LWashougal (11-4) 7 0R.A. Long (10-4) 4 3Ridgefield (10-5) 4 3Woodland (9-5) 3 3Columbia River (8-7) 3 4Hockinson (8-7) 3 4Mark Morris (0-14) 0 7RIDGEFIELD 38, COLUMBIA RIVER 22COLUMBIA RIVER — Sami Myers 0, Liz Canton 0, Halle Jordan 0, Lily Jonas 0, Sydney Flores-Tucker 3, Erin Baker 3, Josslyn Fraiser 0, Julia Cash 0, Bailey Gatten 0, Ari Kuschner 0, Jordan Ryan 14, Ellie Christian 2. Totals 7 (2) 6-12 22.RIDGEFIELD — Devi Dugan 12, Kelli Krsul 5, Karli Oliver 3, Madalyn Chapman 0, Courtney Beyer 0, Grace Goode 1, Mackenzie Dewey 2, Allie Andrew 15, Morgan Harter 0. Totals 15 (4) 4-8 38.C. River 2 11 5 4—22Ridgefield 5 7 17 9—38JV — Ridgefield won.C — Ridgefield won.HOCKINSON 64, R.A. LONG 39R.A. LONG — Jayla Clark 0, Maddie McCoy 0, Miranda Lomax 7, Myah Bodily 0, Arianna Maryott 2, Eastyn Reeves 16, Rayana Randall 7, Kailey Sirnio 0, Bobbi Clark 7. Totals 14 (2) 9-16 39.HOCKINSON — Brooklyn Byers 1, Emma Dietel 14, Mackie Kelly 2, Bailey Garner 2, Gracie Brammer 12, Adyson Dyer 3, Jasmine Shigeno 16, Meggie Kistler 3, Addie Chappelle 1, Lillie Mueller 2, Kylie Ritter 8. Totals 22 (12) 8-17 64 Share: By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: January 16, 2019, 11:14pm At Crosley LanesSKYVIEW — Athena Mantales 190-196, Nicole Hayes 167-167, Kira Glass 176-137, McKenzie Sparano 183-158, Jaelyn Sotelo 142-173. Baker games: 166-190.HERITAGE — Bailey Smith 84-139, Madison McKay 83-116, Leanes Mood 144-114, Mariah Sisco 158-203, Kaylee Combs 150-199. Baker games: 131-117FORT VANCOUVER 1804,MOUNTAIN VIEW 1604At Big Al’sFORT — Nina Albrecht 143-163, Lindsey Luis 124-133, Rose Ugbinada 160-129, McKenna Ellen 135-172, Maddy Flatin 173-163. Baker games: 157-152.MOUNTAIN VIEW — Lauren Johnson 159-145, Camryn Biggs 133-103, Kaylee Pughe 94-122, Maelyn Ocampo 150-158, Sierras Kienitz 121-139. Baker games: 154-126. LA CENTER — Hunter Ball 2, Colby Shaw 10, Evan Norris 4, Avery Seter 10, Matt Bryant 9, Cedric Hubler 0, Hunter Ecklund 29. Totals 25 (2) 12-13 64.King’s Way 18 9 22 16—65La Center 9 22 13 20 — 64JV — La Center 76-66GIRLS BASKETBALL4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W LCamas (10-6) 4 0Union (12-4) 3 1Skyview (13-3) 2 2Heritage (5-10) 1 3Battle Ground (5-10) 0 4Tuesday’s gameCAMAS 66, BATTLE GROUND 33CAMAS — Ellie McCarty 0, Jalena Carlisle 5, Regan Cooke 4, Haylie Johnson 0, Katelynn Forner 0, Haley Hanson 13, Hannah Booth 8, Katie Hancock 8, Avery Minich 2, Emma Rehrer 4, Faith Bergstrom 10, Le 0, Kyra Seggewiss 6, Bauer 4, Guffey 2. Totals 22 (6) 16-28 66.BATTLE GROUND — Brianna Adams 9, Megan Geiger 7, Hailey Hamilton 0, Faith Prom 5, Mallory Meyer 11, Hailey Geiger 1, Lena Whitten 0, Abigail Burnett 0, Shalene Talkington 0, Emma Massie 0, Miller 0. Totals 9 (4) 11-14 33. THURSDAY’S SCHEDULEBOYS BASKETBALLMark Morris at Washougal, 7 p.m.Ridgefield at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Hockinson at R.A. Long, 7 p.m.Castle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m.Washington School for Deaf at Naselle, 7 p.m.Firm Foundation at Columbia Adventist, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLKings’s Way Christian at La Center, 7 p.m.Stevenson at Seton Catholic, 7 p.m.Castle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m.Washington School for Deaf at Naselle, 5:30 p.m.WRESTLINGLa Center, King’s Way Christian, Seton Catholic at Castle Rock, 6 p.m.BOYS BASKETBALL1A TRICO LEAGUE W LLa Center (13-2) 4 1Seton Catholic (12-3) 4 1King’s Way Chr. (9-6) 4 1Stevenson (7-8) 2 3Castle Rock (5-9) 0 4Columbia-WSalm. (3-11) 0 4Other gamesCastle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, ppd to Thursday.KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 65, LA CENTER 64KING’S WAY — Khalfani Cason 14, Kobi Cason 10, Gage Koenders 10, Bryce Dodge 0, Justin Frahm 4, Brady Metz 14, Bryson Metz 13. Totals 29 (9) 1-2 65. @360TMart Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Hachimura leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Diego 85-69

first_img “Nothing comes easy in February,” Few said. “I like the way we played down the stretch.”Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0), which won its 12th consecutive game since a pair of December losses knocked it from the No. 1 spot in The AP Top 25.“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Norvell said.Josh Perkins and Brandon Clarke each added 12 points for Gonzaga, which outscored the Toreros 38-18 in the paint.Isaiah Pineiro tied a career high with 30 points and added 11 rebounds for San Diego (15-8, 4-4), one of the surprise teams in the league this season. Isaiah Wright added 16 points. “Pineiro had it going,” Norvell said. “He had a lot of clear looks in the first half.”Hachimura sank 11 of 15 shots and added seven rebounds, and finished one point shy of tying his career high.“He earned everything he got,” Few said. “They are a tough team to score on. He understood he had to go through physicality and being body bumped to deliver,” Few said, noting the Toreros pressed the entire game.”The Toreros were undone by 17 turnovers, and shot 46 percent to 53.7 percent for Gonzaga. They also played without injured guard Olin Carter III for the fifth straight game. SPOKANE — San Diego always seems to play Gonzaga tough, making the Bulldogs work for yet another victory.Rui Hachimura scored 32 points and No. 4 Gonzaga pulled away to beat San Diego 85-69 on Saturday night to go undefeated through the first half of the conference season.“We made plays defensively,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We got some critical stops multiple times in a row, which we call kills. We took care of the ball.”The game was close most of the way, until Gonzaga got some separation in the second half. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Hachimura leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Diego 85-69 Bulldogs go undefeated in first half of WCC schedule Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press UP NEXTGonzaga hosts second-place San Francisco, who played them tough in the Bay Area before losing, next Thursday. 2 Photos Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) shoots while defended by San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Photo Gallerycenter_img GO Published: February 2, 2019, 7:32pm The Toreros nailed six 3-pointers in the first half.The teams traded baskets in the second half, with Gonzaga holding a 59-48 lead at the midpoint.Three consecutive 3-pointers by Norvell lifted Gonzaga to a 70-55 lead with 5:30 left.“It was good to see a few go in,” said Norvell, who made 5 of 7 3-pointers.LONG BALLSan Diego went 10 of 23 from 3-point range.GONZAGA STREAKGonzaga has won nine straight against San Diego, who last beat them in 2014.BIG PICTURESan Diego: The Toreros are coming off a win over second-place San Francisco … Pineiro is averaging 19.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Toreros … Olin Carter III, who is averaging 16 points per game, has not played since Jan. 12 because of an abdomen injury. “We have to be able to withstand a major injury,” Scholl said. “We aren’t making any excuses.”Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are coasting toward a seventh consecutive WCC regular season title. They came in beating league opponents by an average of 31 points per game … The Zags are first in the nation in scoring at 91.5 points per game and field goal shooting at 52.7 percent … Gonzaga has won 20 straight home games against San Diego dating to a loss in 2000 … Gonzaga has won 23 straight games against WCC foes. “We rebounded well and that was key,” San Diego coach Sam Scholl said. “But we needed to do a better job taking care of the ball.”“They played a phenomenal game, made plays, and didn’t let the atmosphere get to them,” Scholl said of Pineiro and Wright.Hachimura scored 11 points as Gonzaga jumped to a 17-10 lead.San Diego came back and Pineiro’s 3-pointer put the Toreros ahead 24-21.Hachimura stole the ball and slammed it home for a 34-29 Gonzaga lead, capping a 13-5 run.Gonzaga scored the final six points of the first to take a 40-32 lead at halftime. Hachimura had 20 points in the first, while Pineiro had 15 points for San Diego. Follow Share: Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Weekly high school sports schedule, March 11-16

first_imgWeekly high school sports schedule, March 11-16 BOYS SOCCERIssaquah at Camas, 4 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumFederal Way vs. Heritage, 4 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumAberdeen vs. Union, 6 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumMountain View at Squalicum, 1 p.m.Hockinson at Hudson’s Bay, 1 p.m.Columbia-White Salmon at Wahluke, noonSUNDAY, MARCH 17BASEBALLFort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) Tournament Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: March 10, 2019, 5:30pm Camas at Washougal, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Prairie, 4 p.m.Southridge at Union, 4 p.m.Skyview at Jesuit (Ore.), 5 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) TournamentMark Morris at Kelso, 4 p.m.Woodland at Evergreen, 4:30 p.m.Lynden, North Kitsap, R.A. Long, W.F. West, Pullman, Prosser, Ellensburg at Ridgefield Tournament at RORCColumbia-White Salmon at Dufur (Ore.), 3:30 p.m.King’s Way Christian at Toledo, 4 p.m.SOFTBALLUnion at Columbia River, 4 p.m. at VGSAPrairie at Camas, 4 p.m.Mountain View at Skyview, 4 p.m.Heritage at Hudson’s Bay, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Gig Harbor, 4:45 p.m.King’s Way Christian at Hockinson, 4:30 p.m.Mark Morris at Tumwater, 4:30 p.m.La Center at Toutle Lake, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERBattle Ground at Hudson’s Bay, 6 p.m.Union at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Skyview at Kelso, 7:30 p.m.R.A. Long at Fort Vancouver, 6 p.m.Mountain View at Sehome, 7 p.m. at Civic Stadium, BellinghamHockinson at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.La Center at Woodland , 7 p.m.Hoquiam at King’s Christian, 6 p.m.GIRLS TENNISFort Vancouver at Heritage, 3:30 p.m.Washougal at Skyview, 3:30 p.m.Prairie at Union, 3:30 p.m.Evergreen at Hockinson, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFBattle Ground vs. Hudson’s Bay, 3 p.m. at Heron LakesSATURDAY, MARCH 16BASEBALLWoodland at Skyview, noon at Propstra StadiumKamiakin at Battle Ground, DH, noonBonney Lake at Union, 2 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) TournamentColumbia River at Hudson’s Bay, 2 p.m. at Propstra StadiumLynden, North Kitsap, R.A. Long, W.F. West, Pullman, Prosser, Ellensburg at Ridgefield Tournament at RORCRidgefield vs. Juanita, 1 p.m. at Eastlake HSRidgefield at Eastlake, 3 p.m.Stevenson at Goldendale, DH, 1 p.m.SOFTBALLWashougal, Hudson’s Bay, La Center, Fort Vancouver at Trapper Softball Classic, 10 a.m. at Fort Vancouver By The Columbian (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)MONDAY, MARCH 11BASEBALLSkyview at R.A. Long, 4 p.m.Heritage at Evergreen, 4 p.m.Kelso at Camas, 4 p.m.Prairie at Columbia River, 4 p.m.Mark Morris at Hudson’s Bay, 4 p.m. at Propstra StadiumMountain View at Hockinson, 4:30 p.m.Kalama at Woodland, 4 p.m.SOFTBALLWoodland at Camas, 4 p.m.Skyview at Prairie, 4 p.m.Heritage at Evergreen, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m.Columbia River at Mountain View, 4 p.m.Mark Morris at Clatskanie (Ore.), 4:30 p.m.BOYS SOCCERPrairie vs. Union, 5 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumColumbia River at Camas, 7 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumSkyview at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.Heritage vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumHudson’s Bay at Seton Catholic, 5:30 p.m.Hockinson at Fort Vancouver, 6 p.m.Evergreen at Tumwater, 7 p.m.Mark Morris at Kelso, 7:30 p.m.Toledo-Winlock at Woodland, 7 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHockinson at Camas, 3:30 p.m.Battle Ground at Fort Vancouver, 3:30 p.m.Heritage at R.A. Long, 3:30 p.m.Columbia River at Hudson’s Bay, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFKelso vs. Washougal, 3:30 p.m. at Orchard HillsTUESDAY, MARCH 12BASEBALLColumbia-White Salmon at Stanfield (Ore.), 3:30 p.m.SOFTBALLR.A. Long at Battle Ground, 4 p.m.Union at Kelso, 4 p.m.Evergreen at Lincoln (Ore.), 4:30 p.m.Fort Vancouver vs. King’s Way Christian, 4 p.m. at VGSABOYS SOCCERWashougal at Seton Catholic, 5:30 p.m.W.F. West at R.A. Long, 6 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDEvergreen, Firm Foundation, Toutle Lake at Kelso jamboree, 3:30 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hudson’s Bay, Hockinson at Columbia River jamboree, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISBattle Ground at Columbia River, 3:30 p.m.Camas at Beaverton (Ore.), 4 p.m.GIRLS GOLFPrairie vs. Union, 3 p.m. at Camas MeadowsBattle Ground at R.A. Long, 3 p.m. at Mint ValleyHeritage at Mark Morris, 3 p.m. at Longview CCSkyview at Columbia River, 3 p.m.  at Tri-MountainMountain View vs. Ridgefield, 3:30 p.m. at Tri-MountainWEDNESDAY, MARCH 13BASEBALLSkyview at Kelso, 4 p.m. at Lower Columbia CollegeMountain View at Heritage, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at David Douglas (Ore.), 5 p.m.Hudson’s Bay at Woodland, 4 p.m.Washougal at King’s Way Christian, 5 p.m. at Luke Jensen ParkSOFTBALLSkyview at Woodland, 4 p.m.Mountain View at Heritage, 4 p.m.Camas at Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m.Columbia River at Prairie, 4 p.m.Fort Vancouver at Mark Morris, 4 p.m.La Center at Elma, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERFort Vancouver vs. Union, 6 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumKing’s Way Christian at Skyview, 6 p.m.Heritage at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Kelso at Battle Ground, 7 p.m.Camas vs. Mountain View, 8 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumRidgefield vs. Evergreen, 4 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumWoodland at Hudson’s Bay, 6 p.m.Prairie at Centralia, 7 p.m.Hockinson at La Center, 7 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDColumbia-White Salmon, Stevenson at Washougal, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHudson’s Bay at Battle Ground, 3:30 p.m.Prairie at Skyview, 3:30 p.m.Evergreen at Washougal, 3:30 p.m.Kelso at Mark Morris, 3:30 p.m.THURSDAY, MARCH 14BASEBALLcenter_img Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram Follow GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Liberty (Ore.) at Union, 4 p.m.Columbia River vs. Lincoln (Ore.), 4:30 p.m. at Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro, Ore.W.F. West at Ridgefield, 5 p.m. at RORCSOFTBALLW.F. West at Kelso, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERRidgefield at Camas, 7 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumColumbia-White Salmon at Washougal, 7 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDBattle Ground Jamboree, 3:30 p.m.Mountain View at Columbia River, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHeritage at Evergreen, 3:30 p.m.Skyview at Mountain View, 3:30 p.m.Ridgefield at Fort Vancouver, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFUnion, R.A. Long vs. Kelso, 3 p.m. at Three RiversCamas, Columbia River, Hockinson, King’s Way Christian, La Center, Ridgefield, Union, Woodland at Beaver Cup Jamboree, 3:30 p.m. at Lewis RiverHudson’s Bay, Mark  Morris vs. Fort Vancouver, 3 p.m. at Fairway VillageFRIDAY, MARCH 15BASEBALLlast_img read more

Seahawks turn lack of picks into avalanche of 11 selections

first_imgSeahawks turn lack of picks into avalanche of 11 selections Most players picked were for defense RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks started the week of the NFL draft with the fewest picks of any team in the league with four.They ended up making 11 picks by the time the draft wrapped up on Saturday, tied for the second-most in the league and topped only by the 12 picks from Minnesota.Seattle general manager John Schneider was at it again, making seven trades to move around and turn the concern over the lack of picks into an avalanche of selections for a team that appears on the cusp of again being a contender in the NFC.“This was not a draft we had big holes. We didn’t feel like that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We were able to look at the guys and see who was coming down the pike. … This feels like one of those rosters we had four or five years ago, about five years ago, that it really felt like there were guys on our team that other people are going to want, and that’s a good spot to be in.” How they didThe seven trades yielded the Seahawks quantity, which was crucial for a team trying to develop young, competitive depth. It was the formula the Seahawks used to be Super Bowl champions at one time. The picks of Collier and Metcalf are important, but the fourth-round picks of Jennings, Haynes and Amadi may end up being the difference in whether this draft class is great or just OK. Seattle could have landed a future starting wide receiver, offensive lineman and free safety or nickel cornerback out of that trio.What’s next?Seattle still needs help on the defensive line, but the decision to trade Frank Clark opened enough salary cap space that the Seahawks could take the chance on a number of free agents on a one-year, prove-it type of deal to see if they can find a couple of options to help make up for the loss of Clark. The additions of Collier and Christmas make it clear a pass-rush specialist will be the priority. Seattle needs another quarterback with only two on the roster, a tight end and potentially another cornerback. Share: Owen Church, childhood cancer survivor announces the Seattle Seahawks second round pick with Seahawks legend Shaun Alexander during the second round of the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Defense again won out with six picks, including defensive end L.J. Collier in the first round and safety Marquise Blair in the second round. But Seattle’s five picks on offense included three wide receivers, headlined by D.K. Metcalf.Who they gotSeattle appeared to accomplish a number of its goals. Along with Collier, Blair and Metcalf, Seattle landed two linebackers in a deep class in Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven. Along with Metcalf, Seattle got Gary Jennings and John Ursua at wide receiver. The secondary was bolstered by Ugo Amadi and the line of scrimmage added guard Phil Haynes and defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas.Surprise moveThere was shock that Metcalf was still available at the end of the second round, prompting Schneider to make the rare decision to move up and land the big wide receiver who dominated pre-draft workouts. But the surprise was Seattle’s decision to use two picks on linebackers. Barton and Burr-Kirven were both stars in the Pac-12, but their picks were curious considering the depth the Seahawks already had at linebacker. Seattle is set among its starters with Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks, so both Barton and Burr-Kirven will have to make an impact on special teams initially to make the roster.“I know that I’m a guy that is hopefully going to be a core special teamer for them and go down and do the dirty work, cover kicks, block, all that kind of stuff. I think that’s where it starts,” Burr-Kirven said.center_img By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: April 28, 2019, 1:09pm GO Share:last_img read more

Blazers to face one less star as West finals open vs Warriors

first_img Share: Follow Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, front left, drives to the rim past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) Photo Gallery Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: May 13, 2019, 5:55pm Follow The Columbian on Instagram By JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press Golden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.Curry and Splash Brother Klay Thompson will look to build off strong performances in that final game against the Rockets to lead the top-seeded Warriors. The two-time defending champions are seeking a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.They will face another formidable backcourt with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum when the best-of-seven series begins Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.There are several intriguing storylines in this matchup, too, like Portland star Lillard coming home to Oakland with a chance to shine on the big stage in the final season at Oracle before the Warriors move across the bay to play in San Francisco next season. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Blazers to face one less star as West finals open vs Warriors Durant likely out for Game 1 and 2center_img FAMILY AFFAIRCurry texted his little brother over the weekend to let him know they’d see each other soon. Yes, wearing opposite jerseys for the Western Conference Finals.The Currys have played many times, just not on the postseason stage.“He said, ‘I’ll see you Tuesday.’ I’m looking forward to it,” said Seth, who’s in his first season with Portland. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s hard to believe right now. So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference Finals, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd. It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that final. It’s a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well.”Even if a tad bit torn. Their parents will flip a coin, with Dell and Sonya each sporting one son’s gear depending on the result.Their sister, Sydel, posted on Twitter shortly after the Blazers won: “Engage….#NeutralNancy lol.”“I just know watching Seth play I get nervous watching him like on TV and stuff,” Stephen said after practice Monday. “For them, it’s family and parents who supported us all the way through the ranks. Now to be in a situation like this where I guess it’s technically a win-win for them, they’re going to the finals regardless, but it’s kind of crazy to think we’re all on this stage and get to play in front of our family and just the amount of happiness and joy that comes with that is crazy.” REST FACTORGolden State finished off the Rockets in Houston on Friday night, so the Warriors got some rest this time after a quick turnaround following a six-game series in the first round against the Clippers in which they had to play again about 40 hours later.Injured Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins has used the time to continue his rehab from a torn left quadriceps muscle suffered in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers. It’s unclear yet whether he might be able to return this round.TURNOVERS AND REBOUNDINGThe Warriors struggle when they get sloppy — and it’s a fine line of being chaotic when it works so well and when they become careless and it’s costly.Portland took good care of the ball in Game 7 committing just four turnovers.On the rebounding front, Golden State won three games when it outrebounded the Rockets and another — Game 6 — despite a disadvantage on the boards. “This is arguably the biggest win that we’ve had in the franchise for a long time. To be a part of it, to do it the way we did, I’m thrilled,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I’m really happy for our guys. As a coach, I think you experience the joy of the team, having different guys come in.”Here are some things to watch as the Warriors join the Lakers as the only teams to reach at least five straight Western Conference Finals:LILLARD’S CHANCEOn Dec. 27, in Lillard’s final regular season game at Oracle — about a 15-minute walk from where he grew up — the Blazers star hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points in a 110-109 win.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said.Reaching the NBA Finals might top that.Hold that thought, Thompson said.“Has he had a lot of wins in Oakland?” Thompson cracked Monday. “It’s playoff time. He has had good games. Yeah, he’s a great player. There’s a history between us obviously, the franchises, we’ve seen them a lot the last five years. They’re playing great. They’re on a roll, our antennas are definitely up.” OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road.The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has a bit more cheerleading to do before he gets back on the court.Durant is likely to miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers while he recovers from a strained right calf. Durant was injured in Game 5 against Houston.“Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff. He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” coach Steve Kerr said Monday, a day before Game 1, noting a more extensive update would come Thursday. The Blazers had 55 rebounds in the clincher, with Kanter grabbing five on the offensive glass.AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report. GO 3 Photos And how about the Curry brothers? Steph’s little brother, Seth, plays for the Trail Blazers.The Warriors swept the Blazers in the first round two years ago during a remarkable 16-1 postseason run.Lillard missed his first six 3-point tries Sunday then swished one midway through the fourth when Portland needed him most. The Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point deficit on Denver’s home court to outlast the Nuggets for a 100-96 win.They have reached their first conference final since 2000, when Portland lost in seven games to Kobe Bryant and the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. FASTING KANTERAn extremely thirsty Enes Kanter loaded up his backpack with five or six bottles of Gatorade after Game 7 — for later.The Trail Blazers center avoids food and drink from sunrise to sunset as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was that way for the last three games of the Denver series and will be that way during the Golden State series.Kanter said he reached out to NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon for advice on performing in the playoffs while fasting during Ramadan.“The game of basketball is mental over physical so I think I’ll be fine for this stretch,” Kanter said.last_img read more

Viking Cruises Celebrates Summer of Culture with New Partnerships

first_imgWith Continued Focus on Cultural Enrichment, Viking Partners with Libera Boys Choir, Ballet Sun Valley and the Hollywood Bowl   Los Angeles (August 8, 2017) – Viking Cruises® ( today announced it has expanded its portfolio of partnerships with premier cultural institutions, with a summer season of events around the country. Viking has signed on to sponsor the United States tour of the acclaimed English boys choir, LIBERA, and the Ballet Sun Valley international festival this summer. The company has also extended its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl for the fifth consecutive season. These new partnerships build on Viking’s commitment to drive cultural insight and personal enrichment, with current partners that include National Geographic’s “Genius,” PBS’ MASTERPIECE, TED, The Metropolitan Opera, BBC, Highclere Castle, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Oslo’s Munch Museum, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, among others. “Viking’s commitment to cultural exploration extends far beyond the walls of our ships,” said Karine Hagen, Senior Vice President of Viking Cruises. “One of the best ways to explore a destination – whether at home or abroad – is through its music and cultural institutions. We are proud to support world renowned organizations, such as the Libera Boys Choir, Ballet Sun Valley and The Los Angeles Philharmonic, that align with our goal to create special connections between travelers and the cultures of the world.” Celebrating 20 years of innovation and growth in 2017, Viking’s summer of cultural programming arrives on the heels of high acclaim for its immersive destination-focused offerings, having recently been named a #1 Ocean Cruise Line and one of the Best River Cruise Lines by Travel + Leisurereaders in the 2017 World’s Best Awards. Continuing its commitment to cultural exploration both onboard and off board, Viking’s summer sponsorships include: LIBERA Boys Choir U.S. Tour: In celebration of their new album Hope, the acclaimed English boys choir that participated in the 2016 christening of Viking Sea in London, is currently on a Viking-sponsored five-city U.S. tour. Three-time Classical BRIT nominees, LIBERA is among the top selling classical artists worldwide in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, and their work holds a place alongside major artists such as Bocelli. Viking Founder and Chairman Torstein Hagen, a supporter of classical music in its many forms, and a group of Viking colleagues from its headquarters, recently attended the choir’s performance in Westlake Village, Calif. For more information, visit Sun Valley Summer Festival, featuring Xander Parish: Viking is the lead sponsor of the Ballet Sun Valley international festival, which runs August 21-24 and features dancers from six of the world’s leading ballet companies, including the American Ballet Theatre and London’s Royal Ballet. This unique festival was curated by Sun Valley-native and American Ballet Theatre dancer, Isabella Boylston, and will showcase a world premiere by emerging choreographer Gemma Bond, whose piece was inspired by the solar eclipse happening the day before the first performance. The one-night only world premiere on August 24 will feature video design by Kate Duhamel and a live orchestra under the direction of Maestro Martin West. Xander Parish, a close friend to Viking – and the first Briton to be promoted to principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet – will be performing in several “Mixed Repertoire” performances during Ballet Sun Valley. The historic Mariinsky Theatre, upon whose stages have debuted the masterpieces of such great composers as Peter Tchaikovsky, is home to the world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet, Opera and Orchestra. Guests on Viking’s river cruises through Russia have for years enjoyed onboard performances by Mariinsky singers through Viking’s Privileged Access program—and now many of Viking’s ocean cruises also feature similar performances. For more information on Ballet Sun Valley, Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl: For the fifth consecutive year, Viking is sponsoring six Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts at their historic summer home, The Hollywood Bowl. The Viking concert series, beginning August 10, features music by European composers whose home countries are destinations on many of Viking’s river and ocean cruise itineraries, including Antonio Vivaldi (Italy), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Russia), Wolfgang Mozart (Austria), Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany), and Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany). For more information, visit  The Viking DifferenceDesigned for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests the “thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. The Viking difference provides guests with extraordinarily well-designed cruises that facilitate engagement with other guests and with the cultures of the world. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destinations, with more time in port and more overnights. Onboard, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining on the rivers and at sea, featuring regional cuisines and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences onshore and onboard. And only The Viking Way brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. In addition, Viking Inclusive Value provides a small ship experience and no nickel-and-diming – with every cruise fare including an exterior stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; and coffee, tea and bottled water available 24 hours a day. Viking’s ocean guests also enjoy additional complimentary amenities, including: dining in alternative restaurants, self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.   About Viking CruisesViking Cruises was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Viking is the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising, offering destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. In its first two years of operation, Viking has been rated a #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 62 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2022 the company will operate eight 930-guest ocean cruise ships and will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit read more

Step Out in Style this Season with these TopNotch Spring Dress Shoes

first_img You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs So, you’ve got your suit tailored … but how to round out your outfit? A pair of the best spring dress shoes ought to do the trick — and quite nicely at that. Dress shoes really are a must-have for today’s modern man, and with plenty of crucial dressing situations likely on the horizon–be it dressing for a summer wedding or figuring out how to dress for the office in the the heat–you’re going to need a great pair of dress shoes. Our picks cover both investment-worthy and more affordable options, with some unique picks thrown in for good measure. Happy shopping!Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue Cap Toe Oxford $245Among style aficionados, you really can’t beat the work of Allen Edmonds. Revered for decades, the brand’s styles are timeless and simply … beautiful. The Fifth Avenue Cap Toe Oxford is your new everyday dress shoe, fit for wearing with winter suiting or even dark denim and a classic V-neck sweater. Yes indeed, they certainly belong on any list of the best spring dress shoes.Allen Edmonds McAllister Wingtip Oxfords $395For a little more flash and flair, go with a wingtip — yet dial it down suitably with a crisp, classic black color. These are yet another perfect pair of dress shoes, particularly when worn with a black knit tie and a classic navy suit — it’s that easy. After all, who doesn’t love a pair of the best spring dress shoes?Sebago Legacy Penny Loafer $135Penny loafers on a list of dress shoes? Absolutely. The sleek silhouette of this pair of classic penny loafers from Sebago is a perfect go-to when you find yourself in a hot climate, yet still need to stay sharp (say, at a Southern outdoor wedding). Get yourself some no-show socks and slip them on with slim chinos and a lightweight navy blazer — the combo will take you anywhere you need to go.Jack Erwin Hubert Longwing Blucher $195We’re back to the classics with a beautifully made longwing blucher from Jack Erwin (who recently started selling some of its essential shoes at Nordstrom). In a handsome shade of cognac, the Hubert Longwing Blucher is an ideal shoe for pairing with everything from a worsted wool navy suit to a lightweight chambray suit this season.M.Gemi The Accordo $278For a dress shoe with plenty of unique details and attention to quality, reach for The Accordo. In quite the different finishing touch from most dress shoes, it’s dip-dyed for a deep, rich hue and great looks. It’s the type of versatile dress shoe to wear with everything from olive chinos to a white denim — and it’ll last you through plenty of dressy occasions to come. The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Gamelast_img read more

On Your Mark Craft Brew Races Are Back for 2019

first_imgWhat you really want at the finish line is a craft beer to quench your post-race thirst. But why enjoy one beer, when you could end your race at the entrance to an entire beer festival? Next Editors’ Recommendations View this post on Instagram A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Craft Brew Races/Facebook Previous center_img Craft Brew Races targets runners and beer fans alike, combining a laid-back 5k race with a full-on beer festival waiting for you at the end. And that beer festival isn’t an afterthought. Featuring more than 30 breweries, many of them local, along with live music and food trucks, it’s an entertaining and unique addition to the usual race circuit.Matt Gray, founder of Craft Brew Races, is a veteran promoter of races and beer festivals — but originally as standalone entities. From working these seemingly disparate events, he found there was an opportunity to combine them. “There is a great crossover in people between beer and running,” says Gray. “They go hand in hand and they always have, but the craft beer movement allowed us to have this opportunity.”For the 2019 season, Craft Brew Races will be hitting four cities around the U.S. The race calendar kicks off May 4 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and concludes on August 10 in Portland, Maine. In between, Newport, Rhode Island, and Stowe, Vermont, host runs through the spring and summer.Just remember, this isn’t a Beer Mile. You get to go at your own pace and enjoy that hard-earned beer at the end, not during your run. (Though if you’re looking for more information on the Beer Mile, check out the official resource here.)Find more information on Craft Brew Races as well as events near you at the Craft Brew Races website. Some people run races for the medals. Some run for the exercise. But increasingly, some run for the beer, too. Each year, runners crowd the starting lines of community “fun runs,” marathons, and even long distance ultras, motivated by a special cold brew (or three) waiting at the finish line.While hearty stouts and hop-bursting IPAs are full of flavor, they also have their fair share of calories. This makes craft beer and racing a smart combination. As racers log enough miles to collect those coveted distance-racing car stickers, they’re also creating a furnace to burn off the extra calories and ward off the beer belly.Beer and running are such a popular pair, it’s common now to cross a finish line and be handed your medal, a banana, and a beer. But too often, that free post-run beer is a watered down, unexciting macro brand. After all that hard work, who wants a sub-par brew? 1 of 2 2019 finishers medals are IN. THE. HOUSE.!!!!! #craftbrewraces #medalA post shared by Craft Brew Races (@craftbrewraces) on Mar 15, 2019 at 10:37am PDT The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Craft Brew Races/Facebook Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

How to Cook Ham in the Oven CrockPot and On the Fire

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Our food and drink editor, Sam Slaughter, shows us exactly how to cook a ham in the oven.If you’re going to cook a ham, chances are you’re going to go the classic route of doing it in the oven. Luckily for you, outside of making a glaze, this is about as easy as it comes. Below, check out the ingredients, instructions, and video for how to cook a whole ham. For the video, we used a whole Kurobuta bone-in ham from Snake River Farms.Ingredients:Whole bone in-hamFor the Glaze:2 cups brown sugar3 oz maraschino cherry juice6 oz pineapple juice6 oz orange juice2 tsp cloves2 tsp nutmeg1 tsp black pepper4 oz waterMethod:With a sharp knife score the fat cap in a 1-inch wide, .25-inch deep diamond pattern. Place the ham, fat cap up, in a large roasting pan. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.Set the roasting pan in the lower third of the oven and roast 2.5 hours.Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients and cook over medium-high heat until reduced and syrupy.After the ham has baked for 2.5 hours brush it with some glaze. Continue roasting and brushing with the glaze every 15 minutes until the ham is glossy and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham (without touching the bone) registers 140 degrees F, about 1-1.5 hours longer. Remove from the oven and let rest 20-30 minutes before slicing.How to Cook Ham in a Crock-PotCrock Pot/FacebookIf you’ve got the time, Crock-Pot ham is worth the wait (it’s also going to be the name of my future jug band). Aside from all the hours invested in the process, it couldn’t be much easier. Feel free to try your own recipes (brown sugar rubs working particularly well for Crock-Pot ham), but this recipe I’m laying out is the easiest and one of the tastiest I’ve ever had. For this, get a precooked ham with as few spices listed as possible — ideally with none. There will be salt aplenty thanks to the curing, of course.Ingredients:2 liters of root beerMethod:Put ham in slow cooker and set to low.Pour in just enough root beer to cover the ham.Cook for 4 to 6 hours.Enjoy oh so much.Here’s a fun idea: Don’t immediately tell your diners how you flavored the ham. Instead, sit back and chortle as they rattle off various spices and herbs while trying to sound all gourmet and whatnot, then show ’em that empty two-liter.How to Cook Ham on a FireFiorella Macor/EyeEm/Getty ImagesCampfire cooking is fun as long as you bring along all the stuff you need (or the campfire you’re using happens to be in your backyard). You can cook a raw ham using this method, but let’s play it safe and use a precooked ham. No need for it to be smoked — you’re doing that yourself.Ingredients:.5 cup pineapple juice2 tbsp Dijon mustard.5 medium onion, dicedMethod:Build up a decent campfire. Let it burn down low.Meanwhile, lay out two three-foot-long strips of tinfoil side by side, with plenty of overlap, and place the ham in the middle.Partially wrap the ham in foil, then spread on the mustard.Pour in the juice, then sprinkle onions all around.Tightly wrap the ham in foil, then move aside the coals. If possible, use a shovel to dig down about four inches into the soil, but this is not necessary.Place wrapped ham in the coal bed, then move the coals back atop and build the fire back up to a smaller two or three-log size. Keep a modest fire burning for about one hour.Then tuck into that wild-made, wildly-good ham. If you want, you can also cook potatoes, carrots, and other fine eats in there at the same time. Try other juices too. Or soda.Article originally published by Steven John on August 2, 2018. Last updated by Sam Slaughter. So, it’s almost Easter and you want to know how to cook ham? Well, you’re not alone. For some reason, cooking this most savory, succulent of meats proves daunting to many otherwise-competent cooks. I’m here to assure you that cooking ham can be easy and even enjoyable — you just have to take your time with it.Before we get into it, I want to clear up a common conundrum: Do you actually know the difference between pork and ham? Pork simply refers to meat from a pig. Just like hamburger, chuck, and ribeye are all beef, bacon, short ribs, and a side of ham are all pork. Ham refers specifically to pork carved from the rump or rear legs of the pig. (That bone in your bone-in ham is a thighbone.)Genevieve Poblano/The ManualFor the record, most ham you buy from the supermarket is already cooked and is ready to be heated and served or even sliced and enjoyed cold. But we’re not here to talk about slicing and serving, we’re here to talk about starting with ham and ending with a culinary masterpiece — a pig de résistance, to quote The Simpsons. For our purposes, we’re going to assume you are cooking with a ham that weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. If it’s much smaller, you’ll need to shorten cooking times; if larger, then add time. When you’re using a raw ham, don’t mess around with interior cooking temperatures. Get it 160 degrees Fahrenheit (if you’re using a pre-cooked ham, you simply need to get it to a good temperature to warm the meat, which would be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit).How to Cook Ham in the Oven How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide center_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations How to Cure Prosciutto at Home last_img read more

Norwegian Pearl Shines with Shipwide Enhancements

first_imgMiami, FL – Feb 27, 2017 – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl sailed into her seasonal homeport of Miami this morning following a two week dry dock where every stateroom and many of the ship’s public areas were revitalized to provide a fresh modern look. Norwegian Pearl’s extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™, an investment program that sets a high standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand, encompassing the entire guest experience. “Norwegian Pearl is one of our most beloved ships. With this dry dock we wanted to provide her with a refreshed, clean and modern onboard atmosphere while maintaining the ship’s overall charm and flexibility that our guests enjoy so much,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer. “Through The Norwegian Edge™ program we are continuing to heavily invest in our fleet to ensure that guests have a consistent experience across all Norwegian ships and the freedom to create their ideal cruise vacation.” Every one of Norwegian Pearl’s 1,197 staterooms was touched in this dry dock modernization. All accommodations received a completely refreshed look with cool blue hues reminiscent of the calming ocean with silver and turquoise accents. Each stateroom features new furniture, new carpeting, new headboards, new televisions as well as the addition of USB outlets where guests can charge their handheld devices. Across the ship, more than 2,200 pieces of art work were installed for guests to enjoy in their staterooms as well as in Cagney’s Restaurant and The Haven. Guests who sail in The Haven by Norwegian™, Norwegian’s signature ship-within-a-ship luxury suite complex, aboard Norwegian Pearl will now enjoy a completely refurbished Haven Courtyard creating an incredible atmosphere for soaking in the sun with new finishes on the decks, pool and hot tubs as well as new furniture including the addition of new cabanas, making for a chic resort-style experience. The Haven’s suites and villas also received extensive modernizations with new wall paper, new furniture, new finishes on the ceilings and balconies, new carpets, new drapery and artwork. Cagney’s Steakhouse, one of Norwegian Pearl’s most popular Freestyle Dining venues, received fresh new upgrades to carpet, artwork, furniture upholstery and window treatments. Norwegian Pearl guests can now enjoy as many decadent cuts of meat and seafood as their heart may desire in a more elegant and modern setting at Moderno Churrascaria, which now features new tables and chairs, wall laminates, new granite bar tops in the restaurant’s bar and salad bar areas and a new crisp glass-door entrance. Guests looking for a pub-style experience can now enjoy a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill with modern flooring and an entirely refurbished bar featuring new granite tops, bar back shelving, new ceiling and lighting fixtures, new wall finishes throughout the restaurant, along with fresh tables and chairs as well as newly added banquet seating for larger parties to enjoy. Norwegian Pearl’s famed pool deck, where guests congregate to bask in the sun or dance the night away, now features fresh flooring and paint as well as refurbished whirlpools. The Great Outdoors bar as well as Sky High bar both received new flooring with Sky High Bar also receiving an overall refreshed look, including new tables, chairs, bar stools and a new bar façade. Norwegian Pearl is currently sailing from Miami through April, offering a variety of itineraries including round-trip sailings through the Panama Canal and itineraries to the, Western Caribbean. In the summer months, Norwegian Pearl will sail her incredibly popular seven-day cruises to the glacier-filled waters of Alaska from Seattle featuring calls in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia. For more information or to book a cruise aboard the beautifully enhanced Norwegian Pearl visit  About Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Feel Free” to explore the world on one of 14 purpose-built ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the ninth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the third time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fifth straight year by the World Travel Awards. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit www.ncl.comlast_img read more

Get the Plans to this Awesome AFrame Cabin for Under 2000

first_img Everywhere Co. Previous 1 of 4 Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Editors’ Recommendations Everywhere Co.These days, it seems like if you don’t own, aren’t building, or aren’t actively booking yourself a week-long vacation in a cozy A-frame cabin in the woods, you are missing out on both the joy of the outdoors and the pleasure of this niche architectural style.Thankfully, Everywhere Travel Co., a builder of tiny homes, has unveiled its plan to sell the architectural plans to its new Ayfraym A-Frame cabin so you can take building your cabin in the woods (or on the mountain, or by a lake) into your own hands.Everywhere Co.Everywhere Travel Co. describes the Ayfraym as a cabin with “three large walkout cedar decks, large custom windows, [and] vaulted ceilings with rustic-modern wood beams. It includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of those bedrooms is a unique bunk room that includes four bunk spaces for comfortable sleeping. An upper loft with lookout windows at the very top of the cabin is a fun way to escape and get cozy with your favorite book.”This sounds like our idea of a dream lakehouse, mountain cabin, or general country getaway.To be clear: These are just the plans for the cabin. Sorry, but there’s no chance in hell that you’d ever be able to buy or build an A-frame of 1,574 square feet for the $1,950 it costs to buy these plans. However, once you purchase the plans, you’re more than welcome to hire your own contractor, engineer, electricians, plumbers, etc. to get started on your build right away. If you’d rather have Everywhere Co. handle it, they can do that, too. And, if you’d rather Everywhere provide you with your building materials and just go it alone, that’s also a possibility. Ballsy. Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us Everywhere Co. center_img Get the Plans 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Everywhere Co. Once you purchase your plans, Everywhere Co. will send you an immediately available PDF of the architectural renderings and schematics, followed by a shipment that includes printed construction plans, reading materials, a doorknob (to get an idea of the sense of style), a hammer, a hat, and a mug.Basically, Everywhere Co. wants to make it as easy as possible for you.Totals costs are estimated to be between $252,000 and $277,000, depending on location and materials.Happy building. Next Everywhere Co. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norwaylast_img read more

The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App With well over a century in the making, the home stereo has brought tantalizing airwaves into households for everyone to enjoy while sitting on the couch, providing ambiance to an otherwise mundane gathering, and even fueling spontaneous dance parties. Certainly with technological advances the music quality has dramatically increased along with accessibility and the design of home stereos. But the radio, CD, cassette, and Bluetooth sorcery wouldn’t have come to be without the evolution of the record player.Record PlayerMaciej Toporowicz/Getty ImagesTurn the dial back to 1877 to when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. It was more like a recorder than a player, but it did have playback capabilities. The sound was recorded on a tinfoil sheet wrapped around a cylinder that could eventually be played back through a horn-shaped speaker, similar to how a player piano ghostly plays the keys. In 1895 the phonograph was updated to play sound from flat discs that we now call vinyl, and the design took close shape to the modern record player. This was the point in history when records became a necessity for sound and leisure listening. The popularity of the record player grew right along with music culture, booming in the ‘20s, spinning through the blues, and eventually falling into the hands of the ‘80s/’90s DJs and their manipulative powers. And now in 2019, the record player and/or turntable is finding its way back into homes across the globe with artists choosing to release new music on vinyl, audiophiles claiming the purest sounds come from the grooved discs, and the revolution of hipsters deciding the record player was cool — again.RadioVedrana Sucic/EyeEm/Getty ImagesAs the world continued to evolve, the 1920’s radio waves proved to be a source of information and household entertainment. Families would gather in the den or living room, huddled around initially large vacuum tubes to listen to news broadcasts, weekly Thursday night concerts, and variety shows like the Prairie Home Companion or Abbot and Costello. And just as Napster proved to be a huge thorn in the music industry, the radio was thought to kill off the record player and cut into sales and profits because radio was a free medium that allowed the public to listen to music. The home radio was also revolutionary in quickly relaying critical information, simultaneously making entertainment and music available to millions, and in the humblest way, bringing families and friends together around a big ole box.Cassette TapeRyan J. Lane/Getty ImagesIntroduced around the 1970s and generally paired with a Hi-Fi system or Component Stereo, the cassette tape was next in line for aural pleasure. It was smaller than vinyl and the 8-track while offering hi-fi sound, the option to fast forward or rewind, and the capability of recording your very own mixtape. Similar to the radio, the cassette tape eventually became handheld and found its way into cars, but at home, it was a modern marvel amplifying sound quality and offering almost instantaneous song selection. The cassette’s playback time was far superior to earlier music platforms and allowed the listener to indulge for hours. And to say you never made a mixtape of your own or for that special someone, well that’s simply preposterous.CD (Compact Disc)PNC/Getty ImagesBorn in the ‘90s and living through the mid-2000s, the forefather to the digital music age was the compact disc. It was intended to be the successor to vinyl but proved to change the framework of the music industry as we know it. Using laser technology to digitally store music on the disc, the CD delivered better sound quality than all predecessors. Collections became staples of home decor accompanied by bigger speakers and surround sound. The CD’s music quality pushed speaker technology to catch up and monumental home stereo consoles became just as important as the original projector big-screen TVs. The single-disc player became the multi-disc, the multi-disc became the 6-disc player and with the added technology of skipping from track to track, the CD stereo became the first truly personal audio device. If it wasn’t your jam, it wasn’t played.MP3 and the AUX CordSpike Mafford/Getty ImagesY2K brought fear, disappointment, and the MP3 player. The revolutionary digitally formatted players came in an assortment of colors, sizes, and a bounty of favorable names. The RIO, Zen, and iPod were just a handful of the options, but when connected to your stereo receiver, you became the DJ. Never before had the music selection been yours, with days of playback, and customizable playlists that assured aural pleasure. The MP3 players could be carried in your pocket and once you made it back home to the after-party, all you had to do was find the AUX cord and any stereo was now a personal jukebox.Bluetooth and StreamingAleksandar Nakic/Getty ImagesNowadays the home stereo is wherever you are. Speakers are placed around the house, carried in your pack, and even turned on by the sound of your voice. And where does the music come from, generally from your ever-present smartphone with Bluetooth connection and one of the many audio streaming services. The turntable, cassette, and CD all can still be a part of your stereo system but unlike previous decades, everything is connected wirelessly. With platforms like SONOS, the ECHO, and Spotify you can almost seamlessly walk from room to room with your music following your every footstep. You can play Dr. Dre and Biggie in the kitchen while Janis Joplin and Toots and the Maytals serenade the living room, all with the simplicity of a finger’s touch. The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

New Brunswick Medical Society launches campaign cautioning against marijuana use

first_imgFREDERICTON – The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society issued a warning Monday that the coming legalization of marijuana in Canada doesn’t mean that it is safe and the public needs to know the risks of consuming pot.“There’s somewhat of a normalization around marijuana use and I think some of the public really don’t understand there are significant health concerns associated with marijuana use,” Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck said Monday.The medical society is launching a public education campaign on the health risks associated with marijuana consumption, ahead of Ottawa’s commitment to make pot legal across Canada by July 2018.Murphy-Kaulbeck said too often governments only look at the financial gains without looking at the long-term impact.“It’s very much like smoking or alcohol — you have your tax and your revenue from that, but down the road there’s great cost that comes with treating all the effects that come from these substances,” she said.She said the health risks inherent with the use of marijuana are clear, particularly for people under the age of 25, and include addiction, worsening of substance abuse and attention deficits.“Marijuana use up to that point does have the potential to affect brain development. As well, the research does show the use of marijuana can be related in young people to psychiatric disorders,” she said.The society has created a new web site — — to highlight the various health impacts associated with marijuana consumption.Murphy-Kaulbeck said the society will also be using different social media platforms, such as Facebook, to spread its message. It has also posted an editorial on the medical society’s main website.Earlier this year, the society released a position paper with 14 recommendations to government.It said it would prefer marijuana not be sold to anyone under the age of 25, but recognizes that’s unrealistic. It said it would accept the age of 21.The New Brunswick government’s Select Committee on Cannabis is conducting hearings around the province in advance of setting regulations governing the sale of marijuana.The medical society will appear before that committee on Friday in Fredericton.last_img read more

Prime minister promised new timeline on TMX pipeline in weeks Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a fast-track timeline to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.“The prime minister pledged to me that a clear and reliable timeline to resume construction will be established within weeks, not months,” Notley told reporters Thursday after a meeting with officials and oil industry leaders.“We’ve both instructed our officials to get to work immediately and burn the midnight oil on that task.”Notley made the comments after she met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day earlier in Edmonton.Notley said she is satisfied Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she said she expects fast action from Ottawa given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project.“We must find a solution to this problem quickly. We cannot let it just sit on the vine,” she said.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.A week ago, the Federal Court of Appeal Court quashed the project on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Trudeau has said all options to respond are being looked at, including appealing the decision to the Supreme Court, but has indicated the best path forward is following the dictates of the unanimous court decision.Notley said Thursday that full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out, but said it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact portion while avoiding a lengthy hearing process.She noted the federal government has already done a lot of work to beef up environmental safety measures on the B.C. coast, but that this work was not considered by the National Energy Board.“There are a bunch of ways that the legislation can be changed to address the environmental concerns without kickstarting a whole new hearing process. And that’s what we’re worried about,” said Notley.She said the hearings process “allows for a whole bunch of legal gamesmanship that means no certificate is ever issued.”Last week, Notley urged the federal government to immediately appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. But on Thursday she said while she still believes the decision needs to be challenged, an immediate appeal may hamstring the more pressing issue of getting construction restarted as soon as possible.The $7.4-billion project has become the Crown jewel in a policy espoused by both Notley and Trudeau that the economy and the environment are not mutually exclusive goals but can work hand in glove to achieve a prosperous, sustainable future.To that end, Notley’s government had supported Trudeau’s federal climate change plan, including a tax on carbon, while Trudeau’s government, in a bid to keep the fledgling Trans Mountain pipeline alive, has purchased the existing line, and other assets, outright for $4.5 billion.After the Federal Court decision, Notley pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the project is back on track.She said Thursday that Alberta will stay out for now, and that its participation in the plan was always contingent on the success of Trans Mountain.— By Dean Bennett in Edmontonlast_img read more

Imperial Oil reports first quarter profit down from year ago raises dividend

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 percent as it reported that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The Calgary-based energy company says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 19 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Kruger says improved upstream realizations were more than offset by reduced downstream margins.last_img read more

UN agency joins forces with United States retailer to end violence against

The company, one of the leading American family apparel and home fashion businesses, will help bring an additional 150,000 signatures to the “Say NO to Violence against Women” drive, part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multi-year UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.UNIFEM hopes to gather 1 million names on the website of its initiative which wraps up on 25 November, when the signatures will be handed over to Mr. Ban in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.So far, over 30 governments, nearly 200 civil society groups and 250,000 individuals from all over the world have added their names to the campaign.“One in three women and girls will be a victim of violence in her lifetime. To end this pervasive human rights violation, we need strong partnerships,” said UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi, voicing hope that the partnership with Marshalls will further efforts in the US to keep women and girls safe.Along with the US non-governmental organization (NGO) Safe Horizons, actress Leighton Meester and UNIFEM, Marshalls kicked off its activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a promotional event in New York today.As part of its annual “Shop Til It Stops” programme, the retailer will donate $1 for every shoe purchased over the next two weeks in a bid to end domestic violence. 2 October 2008The United States retailer Marshalls has signed on to a United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) campaign to bring an end to violence against women. read more

Further extension and downsizing proposed for UN presence in Nepal

8 January 2009The peace process in Nepal remains a fragile one, with critical agreements on the reintegration of former Maoist combatants still lacking, and will continue to need United Nations assistance, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who proposes an extension of the UN presence there, albeit at a slightly reduced capacity. In a new report released today, Mr. Ban recommends that the Security Council extend the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for another six months, as requested by the Nepalese Government, with the Mission being subject to further downsizing from 23 January. UNMIN was established in early 2007 as a special political mission tasked with helping advance the peace process in Nepal, which endured a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace deal in 2006. Following landmark elections last April, the newly-formed Constituent Assembly voted in favour of a federal democratic republic, leading to the abolition of the monarchy and the election of Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first President. In addition to assisting with the elections, UNMIN has also been tasked with the monitoring of the management of arms and armed personnel of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and the Nepal Army.Mr. Ban, who witnessed the country’s progress firsthand during a visit to Nepal in October of last year, expresses his disappointment at having to “report so little progress regarding the issues most relevant to the mandate of UNMIN. “It is particularly regrettable that the political parties have to date failed to reach agreement regarding the special committee to supervise, integrate and rehabilitate the Maoist army personnel so that it can begin its important work,” he states.“That is one important indication of the wider tensions among the political parties, which could imperil the completion of the peace process and the drafting of the Constitution,” he adds.The Secretary-General notes that he and his Special Representative for Nepal, Ian Martin, have repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that an exit strategy for UNMIN requires decisions regarding the future of those in the Maoist army cantonments and have urged that that issue be addressed through the agreed process – the special committee.An advisory team that visited the country last December found that all the Nepalese interlocutors were looking to the UN to play a role in assisting the special committee once it is functioning, and believed that the world body has an important role during the process of integration and rehabilitation, as well as during the discharge of minors and others disqualified by the UNMIN verification process.“It is clear that the United Nations, if it is not to risk jeopardizing the peace process, cannot immediately terminate the support it has been providing through UNMIN as requested by the Government of Nepal,” states the Secretary-General. “But neither can the United Nations be expected to maintain indefinitely the monitoring of arms and armed personnel while the process for deciding the future of the former combatants is further delayed,” he writes. Mr. Ban proposes that the number of arms monitors contributed by Member States should be retained at the strength of 73, authorized when UNMIN was downsized in July 2008, but that most of the 18 remaining civilian posts which have been filled by retired military officers should be abolished as at 23 January 2009. In addition, the Mission’s Political Affairs Office will be further reduced, and a number of other substantive posts eliminated, achieving a reduction of one third in substantive posts. The support services will also be substantially reduced and remaining functions increasingly performed by national staff; international support posts will be approximately halved. Furthermore, with the additional downsizing, UNMIN would be headed by a representative, instead of a special representative of the Secretary-General. read more

CP Rail says striking workers pensions better than most

Raitt has estimated that a prolonged strike by the 4,800 CP Rail works could cost the Canadian economy an estimated $540-million a week.The Teamsters union questioned CP’s intent in putting out figures it called misleading in the middle of bargaining.“We’re actively bargaining here, I don’t even know what they’re doing,” said Teamsters vice-president Douglas Finnson.“I think maybe if they spent as much time bargaining as they did putting out press releases then we might be getting somewhere,” he added.Pensions, as well as work rules and fatigue management remain major points of contention in the bargaining process.But CP Rail insists its employees are well paid and receive better-than-average pensions.For example, the average wage of a CP engineer for road freight is about $108,000, the company said. It added that a Teamsters member working as a road locomotive engineer can have a maximum pension in 2012 of more than $92,600.But Teamsters said no CP unionized employee actually earns that cap, calling the figures provided misleading.“No locomotive engineers are getting $92,600 in pensions, the only people getting $92,600 in pensions are company managers whose income is over $144,000 a year.”Canadian Pacific has temporarily laid-off more than 2,000 other unionized CP employees and another 1,400 could soon join those ranks as their services are no longer needed.Meanwhile, companies that rely on Canadian Pacific Railway to move their products across the country are looking at their alternatives to ship their goods after CP suspended all freight shipments — affecting oil, coal, automotive, fertilizer and lumber industries, among others.Some industry associations have been calling on Ottawa to send CP employees back to work. The pension offer being made to the union representing some 4,800 striking Canadian Pacific Railway employees is better than the industry standard, the company said Friday as contract negotiations continued ahead of looming back-to-work legislation.The railway operator said the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents workers at CP as well as employees at its chief competitor Canadian National Railway among others, has agreed to the same provisions at other railways that striking workers have been offered.‘CP strongly feels our current pension offer to the Teamsters is fair and reasonable’The union disagrees with CP’s assessment, but the railway operator says an internal analysis suggests the company’s latest offer on pensions, health spending accounts and work rules are equivalent to those the Teamsters have in place with its primary competitor.“CP strongly feels our current pension offer to the Teamsters is fair and reasonable and is better than the rest of the rail industry, including at CN, which has no escalation clause as the CP offer does,” said company spokesman Ed Greenberg.“The Teamsters will not agree to those same changes with CP, but they have taken strike action that is now resulting in CP business shifting to the other more profitable railway where the Teamsters represent employees with lesser pension provisions than we are offering.”[np-related]Greenberg’s comments came on the third full day of a work stoppage at the railway as the union and management continued to negotiate while workers walked the picket line.Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has said the government is prepared to introduce back-to-work legislation as early as Monday if CP and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference can’t reach a deal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand read more

Attacks on relief camps in Liberia leave 4 dead prompt thousands to

On 9 April, the Wilson and Jartondoh IDP camps, which are both located in Montserrado County, the same as the country’s capital, Monrovia, were attacked by groups of armed men. Three civilians are known to have been killed in gunfire in Jartondoh camp and an elderly resident of the Wilson camp was killed when her shelter caught fire after a mortar attack.The majority of Jartondoh camp’s 18,000 residents have fled, as have many from Wilson Camp. At least one aid worker from a non-governmental organization (NGO) was injured in the attacks, others were forced to help the armed groups carry away looted items and two vehicles belonging to NGOs were stolen.”These attacks on civilians are outrageous and are violations of international humanitarian law,” said Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. “All parties to the conflict must ensure that attacks on civilians do not occur, and we call on the Government of Liberia to do everything in their power to protect civilians.” read more

Wild camping scheme criticised for being too cosy is dropped by Government

The wild camping initiative has been suspended following criticismCredit:Getty Images Contributor A wild camping scheme funded by the Government has been scrapped after critics said the facilities, including a bar and a yurt, were too cosy.UK Wild Camp was launched last month, promising to transform access to national parks by allowing avid campers the chance to pay £20 a night for a pre-planned spot in a rural idyll.Previously out-of-bounds sites included sheltered spots moments from the South Downs Way and tarn-side idylls in the Lake District.But the private initiative, partially funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), was ridiculed by critics, who branded it “nonsense” and said it went against the spirit of wild camping.Dave Mycroft, editor of outdoors guide My Outdoors, said: “Quite simply, to camp in a location of somebody else’s choosing for a duration of their choosing is not wild camping, it’s camping on a campsite with no facilities.“The ethos of wild camping is to camp somewhere where you’re out of sight of civilisation, including roads and buildings, in a location of your choosing, to camp late, get up early and leave no trace.” Chris Townsend, an outdoor writer and author of The Backpackers Handbook, said: “Camping on the move is about freedom, about stopping when you want, camping where you like. Once you have fixed sites it’s not wild camping.” UK Wild Camp on Monday announced a “rethink” of the scheme, admitting that it had “inadvertently kicked over a hornet’s nest”.“We thought that running a booking scheme for entry-level wild campers, one that would provide them with the security and legitimacy that currently causes them concerns about camping wild, would be understood and welcome by the wider group,” it said. “We now see this is not the case.“With this is mind, we are going to suspend our service and have a rethink about how we might revise it. We won’t describe any future version of our service as ‘wild camping’ because for many of you that specifically means free and unplanned camping.”Nor are we likely to stray into a debate around relaxing the laws on wild camping, because we now understand this is a highly charged area.” The wild camping initiative has been suspended following criticism Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Putin hails Pussy Riot jail terms report

first_imgRUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin hailed the two-year jail sentences against three members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot for staging a performance protesting his rule, according to a report today.“It was right to arrest them, and it was right that the court took the decision that it did,” Putin said in a television programme aired on NTV, Interfax news agency said.The programme was to air in Moscow at this afternoon but was broadcast to audiences in the Russian Far East earlier.“One cannot undermine the moral foundations, break up the country. What would we be left with?” Putin reportedly said of the Pussy Riot performance in a cathedral in Moscow in February that led to their sentence.He also said he had not exerted any pressure in the sentencing of the women. “I had nothing to do with it. They wanted it, and they got it,” Putin was quoted as saying.“My first reaction was to ask believers to forgive them, I thought it would end at that,” Putin reportedly said. But the case was “wheeled up to trial, and the trial slapped a little two years on them,” he said.“It’s important to say tender words on a person’s birthday,” Pussy Riot said in a sarcastic reaction on Twitter to the president’s words. “Putin told our members about the ‘little two years’.”“A little two years there, a little five years there,” opposition leader Alexei Navalny wrote. “Misha got a little eight,” he said, referring to jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s sentence.Donning brightly coloured balaclavas, the group of women on February 21 belted out a “prayer” in the country’s main cathedral, Christ the Saviour, calling on the Virgin Mary to remove Putin.Three Pussy Riot members, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and sentenced to two years in a prison camp.Moscow city court will hear their appeal on Wednesday.Putin celebrated his 60th birthday Sunday, receiving warm wishes from supporters and numerous mentions on state television, but the event aroused derision from critics who since late last year have held regular mass protests against his rule.- © AFP, 2012Read: Pussy Riot appeal delayed by court > Read: Here’s what Vladimir Putin thinks about group sex >last_img read more

Teen who attempted to smuggle Bengal tiger cub into San Diego sentenced

first_img Posted: February 20, 2018 February 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mexico, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Teen who attempted to smuggle Bengal tiger cub into San Diego sentenced to six months in prisoncenter_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An 18-year-old man who tried to smuggle a 6-week-old Bengal tiger cub into San Diego from Mexico was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison.Luis Eudoro Valencia, of Perris, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of conspiracy to import tigers.The defendant admitted that last Aug. 18, he contacted a co-conspirator in Mexico to make arrangements to obtain the tiger cub. Four days later, Valencia got a message from his Mexico contact stating that the cub would be arriving at the Tijuana Airport that night.The following afternoon, when Valencia and a companion entered the United States from Mexico in a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro with no license plates, the tiger cub was on the floor of the vehicle, underneath the legs of the passenger, who told authorities the animal was a cat, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie K. Pierson.Valencia failed to declare the animal, which was promptly seized by border inspectors. The cub was taken to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and named Moka.The defendant told investigators that he had arranged to pay $300 for the tiger cub from a man he saw walking an adult tiger on a leash in Tijuana.Valencia’s attorney said his client wanted the tiger cub as a pet, but prosecutors said cell phone data shows that the defendant was running an animal smuggling business and had boasted about making thousands of dollars by selling monkeys, jaguars and lions. Updated: 5:52 PMlast_img read more

Free Xbox 360 game with every Windows Phone 7 purchase

first_imgMicrosoft is in a unique position to offer some special deals across its range of products, and it’s taking advantage of that fact to help sell new Windows smartphones at the end of 2010.If you buy a Windows Phone 7 smartphone before December 31 this year, you can claim a free Xbox 360 game. The options you have include:AdChoices广告Fable IIIHalo: ReachKinectimalsKinect Joy RideTo get the game you need to purchase the phone and then visit the redemption page. There you can enter your phone’s number and IMEI number as well as choose your game. The game will then be shipped to you.It’s a nice offer, we just wish there were a few more game options, especially as two are worthless if you haven’t bought a Kinect yet.Read more at Crenklast_img read more

Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force

first_imgLA PAMPA, Perú – The dynamite crew set the charges and ordered everyone back.They put explosives beneath the miners’ hammocks and in the outdoor kitchen, where potatoes were still hot on the stove. More fuses were placed in the processing shed nearby, which had a blackened torch for melting gold and a rusty barrel of sand laced with mercury.Get down, a police commander said. Mouths open, another shouted. Apparently it was better for the eardrums.The blast snapped with a gust of hot air. Wood planks and shreds of zinc roofing leapt upward and somersaulted down. Toucans and macaws scattered into the tree canopy, squawking in protest.Wearing military fatigues and combat boots, Antonio Fernández, Perú’s top prosecutor for environmental crimes, watched the mining camp burn. This ghostly moonscape of dead stumps and contaminated pits was primary forest just six months ago, he said.“These people have done extraordinary damage,” said Fernández. “We have to respond with the same amount of force.”After years of ignoring the frantic gold rush fouling the Amazon forests of southeastern Perú’s Madre de Dios region, the government has launched a no-mercy campaign to crush it.Since April, it has sent police and soldiers on dozens of helicopter raids, swooping down to blow up equipment and burn mining camps. It has cut fuel supplies to Madre de Dios in an attempt to choke off the miners’ generators, motorbikes and diesel engines, saying per capita fuel consumption in the region is 10 times the national average because their machinery runs round-the-clock. Peruvian National Police and take cover after detonating explosives at an illegal gold mining camp in Peruvian Amazon, in this undated photo. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostThe goal isn’t to bend the miners into legal compliance. It is to drive them out of the jungle entirely. “They don’t belong here,” Fernández said. “They should go home.”As many as 40,000 illegal miners — mostly poor, Quechua-speaking laborers from Peru’s Andean highlands — have invaded some of the most pristine and biologically rich sections of ancient forest in the Amazon basin.In just a few years, they have laid waste to more than 120,000 acres, leaving behind Amazonian deserts of pestilent orange craters that bleed into the rivers when it rains.Dragging their machinery up waterways and along muddy trails, they chain-saw trees to create space for their dredgers, sluices and the clattering vacuum pumps known as “chupaderas” that can open a pit as deep and wide as a five-story building in a matter of weeks.While the damage from illegal mining may not be deforesting the Amazon as fast as cattle ranching and agriculture elsewhere have, the destruction is multiplied by the miners’ poisonous little companion: liquid mercury.They dump it on the sediments they collect to bond with the gold, then vaporize the mercury with torches. It is not a precise industrial process.So toxic is liquid mercury that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling a hazardous waste specialist if a spill is larger than a broken thermometer. Exposure can cause neurological damage, birth defects, infertility and other health nightmares.In Madre de Dios, gold miners are putting 30 to 40 tons of the stuff into the rivers each year, according to government estimates. It has leeched into nature reserves, the flesh of widely consumed river fish and three-quarters of the adult hair samples tested in the regional capital, Puerto Maldonado. Peruvian National Police and Marines raid an illegal mine in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon in a July 9, 2014 photo. An estimated 40,000 illegal miners have laid waste to 120,000 acres in just a few years, cutting down trees and polluting the Amazon with mud and mercury, which is used to separate the gold. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostNobody knows what the long-term consequences will be. Few of the miners are thinking that far ahead.“The gold extends 80 meters down, even deeper,” said Luis Otsuka, the president of the local mining federation, an aggressive man with the slightly crazed look of someone living in a prolonged state of gold fever.Otsuka denounced Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s campaign against the miners and said the country’s environmental minister “should be killed.”“They are trying to destroy us,” Otsuka said, channeling local outrage at the government into his candidacy for governor of Madre de Dios. “Our country is so rich, and they want to keep us poor.”Peru is the world’s fifth-largest gold producer, and the biggest in Latin America, extracting about $10 billion worth a year. Less than 20 percent comes from the Amazon.Most of the gold is mined in the Andean highland by multinational companies from the United States, Canada, Brazil and China.Jungle gold is different. It has washed down from the mountains in little flecks and chips over millions of years, drifting along alluvial channels with other sediments.Getting it out of the ground isn’t exactly mining in a traditional sense, and there isn’t much geology involved. It’s more like mechanized soil-filtering.Using dredgers and vacuum pumps, miners slurp up the sediments and send them through crude wooden sluice boxes. The heaviest particles, weighty with gold, settle toward the bottom and are collected on strips of carpet.There are no Eureka nuggets or gold seams to strike. The name of the game is volume. The more earth you can suck up and sift out, the more money you make. In a July 9, 2014, photo, children’s toys and play money from a Monopoly game are seen among the debris after a blast set off by Peruvian National Police and Marines at an illegal miners camp in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon. After years of turning a blind eye to nearly 40,000 illegal miners in the region, Peruvian officials have begun military action to stop the mining and curb further environmental damage. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostGlobal financial jitters sent gold prices soaring in 2008 and 2009, and they’ve stayed relatively high since then. While U.S. television viewers were bombarded with commercials offering cash for unwanted jewelry, Peruvian laborers went racing into the Amazon.A few years earlier, the trip would have been a multi-day journey for someone living in the slums of highland cities like Cuzco and Arequipa. But at the same moment that gold prices jumped, highway crews in Brazil and Perú were finishing the long-awaited Interoceanic Highway, the first and only paved road traversing the Amazon basin.It was meant to boost trade and facilitate Brazilian exports to Asia. Instead, it put millions of poor mountain-folk within a day’s drive of the gold sands.Peruvian laws have long protected small-scale “artisanal” mining, which allows panning with simple, traditional tools. But the artisanal miners who moved on to dredging equipment got rich and bought more machinery.Some of the most stunning damage is here in the area known as La Pampa, where thousands of illegal miners have poured into off-limits forest areas adjacent to the Tambopata nature reserve, home of rare giant river otters and white-lipped peccaries. Enforcement was too weak to stop them.The squalid mining encampments that have popped up overnight make HBO’s “Deadwood” look like a model village.The largest is a warren of tarp-covered shacks and muddy streets that fan out from the Interoceanic Highway into alleys of sludge, sewage and trash. Bars and cantinas with plastic patio furniture and $20 teenage hookers share walls with hardware stores, lube shops and nervous-looking men with scales who buy gold by the gram.It is merely the central supply depot for the miners. Their camps are several miles deeper into the forest.You reach them along dirt paths wide enough only for a motorbike or three-wheel motor cart. Errand boys zip along the trails on dirt bikes, ferrying fuel, food and laborers between the highway and the camps. A self-appointed toll collector charges a small fee to keep the rickety wooden bridges from collapsing into the swamps.There is no police presence or authority. Anyone can arrive with machinery and start digging.The motorcycle path is more like a busy highway, winding through barren wastes that have already been worked over and abandoned.The largest, nicknamed Black Fly, is a sandy plain several miles in diameter. A few dredgers were visible in the distance, nibbling at the fringes. It looked like Nevada had landed in the middle of the rain forest.Other sites along the route were just as obliterated: Mega 11, Mega 12 and Mega 13, each one spanning several football fields.Adding to the gloom were the burned-out encampments that littered the supply route, where government raids had left charred ruins of tarp villages and debris strewn across the sand: plastic jugs, rusty chains, melted toys.After 45 minutes, the big pits appeared. Mud-caked men and boys in shorts and flip-flops scrambled up and down eroding walls of sand, grabbing at exposed tree roots, while their vacuum pumps burrowed into fetid brown puddles at the bottom. Thick hoses ran up to the crater rim, spewing out muddy water and sediments onto wobbly sluices.A few miners were willing to talk and vent anger at the government, which had torched a nearby camp a few days earlier.“Why won’t they let us work?” asked Ricardo Mendoza, 38, guiding a vacuum with a mouth as big as a dinner plate through the muck while his partner rode a pontoon raft, yanking at the levers of a floating dredger.“I have five kids,” said Mendoza. “I just want them to have a better life.”As a farm laborer, he made $10 to $15 a day. Here in La Pampa, he said, he earns five times that.“Extreme profits are never a justification for breaking the law,” Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Perú’s environmental minister, said in an interview. In a July 9, 2014 photo, a dredging machine is seen during a flyover by the Peruvian military in the Tambopata protected reserve of the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Illegal gold miners with dredgers, sluices and vacuum pumps can open a pit as deep and wide as a five-story building in a matter of weeks. After years of ignoring the mining the Peruvian government is using police and military troops to raid and destroy the miners’ camps. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostThe four-month-old campaign against illegal mining has won praise abroad and public support in Lima, Perú’s capital, even as anti-government protests turned deadly in Madre de Dios and the country’s gold output dropped 14 percent after the crackdown.The aerial images of the destruction were too appalling to ignore. They had become a national embarrassment.Pulgar-Vidal and others are pushing to tighten regulations and steer the miners toward more formalized practices and permitting, a process the miners say is a sham.Real enforcement will require more time and more muscle: investigative work, additional prosecutors, and a bigger police and military presence in the gold-rich areas. The government will have to make sure its regulators can’t be bought off as easily as in the past.Despite the helicopter raids and TV-ready demolitions of equipment, Peruvian prosecutors have sent just four illegal miners to prison.Usually there is no one for them to arrest when they land. The miners and their families grab their most valuable machinery and possessions and flee into the forest when the helicopters approach. There isn’t any room for them in the helicopters anyway — one reason the government wants their equipment destroyed on site.“What’s the point of seizing machinery and hauling it out of here if a corrupt judge can just give it right back?” said one military commander leading the raids, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to give interviews.He estimated they had hit about half of the largest illegal sites in La Pampa. When they fly over them a few days later, he said, they often find the camps rebuilt and the dredgers running again.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico closes 80 schools after 10 million gallons of sulfuric acid poison Sonora River earlier this month Rangers at Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park use satellite technology to fight illegal gold mining To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Even Brazil’s military may not be enough to protect an endangered Amazon tribelast_img read more

Costa Ricas La Sele tops Venezuela 21 in Copa América prelude

first_imgCosta Rica heads into the much-anticipated Copa América Centenario tournament on a high note after a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the National Stadium on Friday.Despite some sloppy play on a rain-drenched field, Costa Rica got a good taste of what it can expect in June’s Copa América.A 50th-minute beauty of a goal from striker Ariel Rodríguez, who substituted in at the half for veteran Alvaro Saborío, made the difference in the end. But for much of the first half, Costa Rica’s defense got roundly out-hustled by an inspired Venezuelan side. La Vinotinto burnt Costa Rica’s lagging backline in the 29th minute when a pair of forwards including Salomon Rondón broke through, allowing Rondón to put an easy goal past a helpless Patrick Pemberton.Venezuela continued with the fast offensive pace, tallying three shots on goal in the first half and making coach Óscar Ramírez’s five-man backline look frazzled.South American teams are known for playing tough and contesting everything, and Costa Rica saw a heavy dose of that grittiness on Friday. When La Sele was getting punched in the mouth and was down a goal, the Costa Ricans looked like they were beginning to clam up.A player like defender Kendall Waston, who is a bruiser, should relish this type of play. Instead, he looked slow to the ball and was continuously being attacked. Goalie Patrick Pemberton, who was subbed out at halftime for Leonel Moreira, was regularly coming far out of the box, including one ill-advised play in which he tripped over his own teammate some 15 yards in front of the goal.Eventually, as it always seems to do under Ramírez, La Sele calmed down and responded. In the 40th minute, defender Cristian Gamboa struck in a long-range golazo through a line of defenders to tie the game at 1-1.Costa Rica then looked like it had scored again when Saborío lofted up a header for Waston. However, Waston was called offsides and the game remained tied at the half.Ramírez came out with a somewhat surprising lineup, and it’s clear that a few spots are still up for grabs before Costa Rica takes the field against Paraguay on June 4 to begin Copa América group play. In the midfield, Christian Bolaños was named the starter over Yeltsin Tejeda, who’s coming off an injury. At forward, the 34-year-old Saborío got a surprising start over usual starter Marco Ureña and had a scoring opportunity in the second minute off a pass from Joel Campbell, who again played masterfully.After assisting Gamboa’s golazo, Campbell nearly came back with another assist just minutes later on a long volley, but captain Bryan Ruíz couldn’t get enough leg on the ball to contest the goalie.Costa Rica will now head to Orlando, Florida, to play an up-and-coming Paraguay squad. The Copa América opener will kick off at 3 p.m. Costa Rican time on Saturday, June 4. The Ticos will continue group play against the United States on June 7 and Colombia on June 11. Facebook Comments Related posts:Óscar Ramírez faces first adversity as La Sele’s head coach Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifierlast_img read more

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000 and family income over $250,Whether there’s a correlation between the two is something researchers have been studying for years, as these represent the largest three cohorts in each district. which he said his opponents voted against.Owens said the Legislature’s main priority for the next session hadn’t changed from the past two: Find a way to provide sustainability to developing infrastructure and taxation. ”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians as well as the international community to take note of this growing pattern of harassment and intimidation of the opposition, and the effect such action will have on the conduct of the elections,m. He was placed on administrative leave,com.

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Omkoti on his Twitter page wrote “I speak the truth about Buhari."Do you have a question about your community?"We only got that system because it will give us a warm white color scheme that is historically authentic, They should not form themselves into pressure and riotous groups to challenge the police and other security agencies, Motorists, 2018Location: New York CityReason: A marriage counseling book.. they vote for me, they wrote: "Knife defence and self defence is crucial to keeping our activists safe. who at the time had yet to face public allegations of child abuse. The senators had warned those clamouring for Saraki’s removal that they would meet their match if they tried anything illegal.

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