16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Misconceptions about millennials pervade politics and business, says pollster and author Kristen Soltis Anderson, including the idea that they don’t vote.But understanding this generation is becoming increasingly important for both politicians and businesses, says Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights and author of “The Selfie Vote.”“You have to understand millennials from a corporate perspective because they’re changing a lot of society’s institutions,” she says. “They’re also beginning to vote. So we’re now in an era where millennials seem quite eager to make their voices heard.”Anderson, who’ll address the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, examines societal trends and how they affect consumers’ decision-making, from their politics to their purchases. continue reading »
PLAYA VISTA >> The first month of the NBA schedule isn’t particularly kind to the Clippers. They play four sets of back-to-backs. They travel to Portland, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Oklahoma City, to Minnesota, to Sacramento, to Dallas, to Detroit, to Indiana and to Brooklyn. The schedule allows for less than a handful of practices.But, in a calendar packed with 19 games in 34 days, coach Doc Rivers might actually have gotten a little lucky. The NBA’s schedule-makers gave him the perfect chance to reinforce the thing the Clippers have spoken about since their very first team meeting in training camp.The Clippers better rebound. If they don’t, their opponents absolutely will.Their first four opponents — Portland, Utah, who they play Sunday, Phoenix and Oklahoma City — all finished in the top seven in offensive rebounding percentage last season. The Clippers were the third-worst defensive rebounding team a year ago. Last year, the Clippers grabbed 15 or more offensive rebounds only four times. “That is not a focus,” Rivers said. “I want to be a better offensive rebounding team, don’t get me wrong. I’d rather not give up points the other way. That statistically is a fact. We know that to be true. “… If they’re under the basket, we want you to go after it. But if you don’t get it, you got to get back.”Bench steps upThe Clippers’ second unit continued to receive praise for its performance in the win at Portland. “I think our second unit really played well defensively the other night,” Jordan said. “They’re guarding Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin every day, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think they did a great job defensively finishing off possessions and limiting those guys to one shot the other night.”Jamal Crawford said the bench played “agenda-free” basketball after his team won in Portland, and Saturday before practice, he continued to speak highly of their play. “Guys who understand their role I think is really, really key for us, because everybody has the right attitude and the right mindset,” Crawford said. “I feel like we’re one of the better second units in the league, even though we haven’t been together that long. If we can just keep getting better and better and keep getting more defined in our roles, I think we’ll be great.”Quick hitsBrice Johnson (back) and Paul Pierce (ankle) are both listed as “Out” on the Clippers’ injury report. … Alan Anderson (ankle) was healthy enough to play Thursday in Portland, but he, along with Brandon Bass and rookie Diamond Stone, didn’t see action. Thursday, they passed the first test, keeping Portland from winning the rebounding battles (the teams tied). But, Rivers said, they should’ve been better. “The ones that we can get, we have to get. I think we had six of them — we do our own count — that we should have got that we didn’t in the Portland game. That’s a lot actually,” Rivers said. “…Those are the ones we still have to get. And we watch film on rebounding now and that’s important.”The Clippers don’t need to see Utah on tape to know what’s in store for them Sunday afternoon in their home opener at Staples Center. They just need to look across the court at 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.“I mean, they got damn near one of the tallest guys in the league in Rudy, and he crashes the glass hard,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Now that (Derrick) Favors is back, he’s going to do the same thing…Whenever we can force those guys to one shot, don’t let them get a second one.”The Clippers have even discussed offensive rebounding, never part of Rivers’ coaching foundation. And while, he said it’s still not a priority, his team still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds in its season-opening win at Portland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A woman was removed from a cruise ship last week and banned for life by the cruise company, after she was seen climbing onto her room’s balcony railing to pose for a photo over the ocean.The incident occurred aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas, as it was approaching the port at Labadee, Haiti.The unnamed woman was spotted by another passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew.He says, “While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible.”Blosic posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with her hands over her head on social media. The ship’s crew tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, according to Blosic.A Royal Caribbean spokesperson released a statement which reads:“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.”On its website, the cruise line explains that “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” is not allowed, for guests’ own safety.
Orlando Police say they found DNA linking Calixte to a sexual battery in a neighborhood there.The victim in that case was apparently trying to go into her house when Calixte assaulted her.Meanwhile, a West Palm Beach police report identifies Calixte as the suspect in a Sunset Park groping case.The report states that a 16-year-old and her cousin were walking to the park when Calixte approached them with “uncomfortable, sexual comments.”The victim told police that Calixte rubbed her back and fondled her backside.According to the report, “(The victim) felt abused, extremely uncomfortable, and in fear the suspect would attempt something worse.”Police identified Calixte as their suspect through a photo the victim took of him.“She sent a picture to the officer, we were able to develop a photo lineup, and she was able to positively identify him from the lineup,” says Police Sergeant David LeFont.West Palm Beach Police are asking women who think that Calixte may have assaulted them to come forward by contacting the police department at (561) 822-1900.LeFont adds, “We’ll be reaching out to the other police department and putting those cases together, basically develop a timeline of where the person was. And perhaps there’s other agencies that have other cases that maybe didn’t have enough evidence to charge him or we have a case where we didn’t realize this was the same person.” An Orlando man was arrested in West Palm Beach on Tuesday on suspicion of sexual battery and allegedly groping a local teenager.Detectives from the Orlando Police Department worked with West Palm Beach police to track down and take 36-year-old James Calixte into custody.
Republican senators are asking the Treasury Department for reports on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.Reuters reports the Republican chairmen of two Senate committees sent a letter to the Treasury Department requesting reports of fraud or money laundering in the business dealings between Hunter Biden and a Ukraine energy firm.It is unclear at this time if any such reports exist.The request comes as Republicans look for ways to defend President Trump against a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.This story is developing.
Two Florida men apparently took the spirit of Christmas a bit too far up.According to the Largo Police Department, 28-Shay Tracy and 27-year-old Alex Laky recently decided to climb a 35-foot Christmas tree in Largo’s Central Park early Friday morning. Two people witnessed the incident, one of whom is a City of Largo employee.Tracy and Laky have been charged with criminal mischief. The police report states the suspects threw and broke ornaments, causing $250 in damage during the 4 a.m. incident.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be officially issuing tickets for texting while driving starting Wednesday, Jan. 1.A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that will make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary offense will be in full effect come 2020.The texting and driving law went into effect in July in phases. During the first phase, officers would only issue warnings. Then, in October, a ban went into effect on holding a phone while driving through a school or work zone.Well now, officers will issue tickets starting with a $30 fine plus court costs. If a second violation occurs within five years, the fine doubles to $60 and court costs increase to over $150. Violators will also have points added to their license.Thanks to the new law, texting while driving is now a primary offense, allowing officers to pull drivers over for texting.
Police say Glades Central Community High School in Belle Glade is on a code red lockdown Wednesday afternoon after one person was shot near the parking lot of the school.The shooting was reported shortly after 1 p.m.Palm Beach County School District authorities said the shooting did not involve a student and that students were safe.In the statement officials said parents are not to worry and that school expects to have a normal dismissal.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — 100 firearms recoveredOrlando International Airport — 96 firearms recoveredTampa International — 87 firearms recoveredThe continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers bring to airport checkpoints is deeply troubling,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said.If travelers are not safely traveling with their guns they can be arrested and face civil penalties.Check out this video by the TSA explaining tips on traveling with a gun: Many Americans were traveling with heat in 2019. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more guns were confiscated in the United States last year than ever before in the agency’s history.The TSA reports 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers at checkpoints in 2019—87% of which were loaded.In Florida,the TSA recovered a total of 283 firearms:
Sunday marks the first global palindrome date in 909 years.It is also the only palindrome date in all date formats that we will see in this century.Today is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, which means the date as digits reads the same both front and backwards, regardless of the format in which a country writes the date.Both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format read 02/02/2020 on this day, or simply 02022020.The last time a palindrome date in all formats occurred was 909 years ago, on 11/11/1111. It will happen again in 101 years, on 12/12/2121.
But the alarm bells did ring for Barton as he left the club. “When I got sold for £300,000, which was a considerable amount of money at the time, one of the owners immediately bought himself a brand new Jag. I thought it was a little odd that the first thing they did with the money went into a nice car.”In truth, the problems had started a few years before. The club sold their London Road ground in 1988 to furniture chain MFI and moved into a groundshare with Dartford 20 miles away. Crowds dropped dramatically. The average gate went from 2,400 to 1,400 even though they were riding high in the Conference. In the club’s first season playing at Dartford, they somehow won the league. Manager John Still had taken the club to the Football League for the first time in their 92-year history.Although, just like Bury’s promotion to League One last season proved to be a false dawn, this step up for Maidstone signalled the start of bigger problems. The club’s owners spent £400,000 on land to build a new 10,000-seat stadium, but the local council refused them planning permission and the debt started to weigh heavily on the club’s finances. And, after gaining promotion, Still decided that he did not want the full-time role as manager and left the club.As the finances took a nosedive, the exodus gathered pace. By the start of the 1991-92 season, there were just two players left on the books: Gary Stebbing and Glen Donegal. Just as the fanfare of the newly launched Premier League was reverberating across the media, Maidstone resigned from the Football League unable to fulfil their fixtures. So much for a “whole new ball game”. The polarity in wealth in football was shown in the harshest of lights as the lowest tier of English football was reduced to 22 clubs while those at the top of the game luxuriated in their new television deal with Sky.Maidstone’s rebirth was almost immediate. In a matter of weeks they effectively took over a junior club Maidstone Invicta, who were 10 tiers below in the Kent County League Fourth Division. The club started the long climb back up the divisions, winning successive titles and renaming themselves as Maidstone United in 1997. Most importantly, after many years of nomadic existence they moved back to Maidstone when they opened a new community-owned ground, the Gallagher Stadium, in 2012. As a result of returning home, attendances recovered from a few hundred to more than 2,000. Within two decades they had clawed their way back into the top tier of non-league football, gaining promotion to the National League in 2016. When they were threatened by relegation last season, they turned to Still, who returned as manager in January some 30 years after leaving the club. He could not save them from relegation – they finished bottom of the National League in May – and are now in the sixth tier, but Still has remained at the club as head of football and hopes to see the club recover their Football League status once more.There is a belief that Still will turn things around. “John hasn’t changed,” Barton says. “He gets there at six o’clock in the morning and won’t leave until 10 o’clock at night. Whatever club he has worked with, whether it’s Luton or Dagenham & Redbridge, he always has an affinity with that club.” Barton moved to California 11 years ago and now works for Los Angeles Blues and as a pundit, but Still remains his mentor. Share on Facebook Football politics Share on Twitter Topics League Two Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Maidstone United worked their way up the fifth tier in 2016. Photograph: Tgsphoto/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Pinterest Guardian Sport Network Read more Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email features Football League “He will always be the first person I chat to about the game, how you look after players and the finer points of coaching. I remember when I was doing my Pro Licence, there was a young player who kept irritating me by getting in late and not training hard enough. John pulled me to one side and said: ‘What are you worrying about him for? Worry about the other 24 players in the group.’ Little things like that show he understands how to deal with players.”Barton is adamant that lower league clubs need to be preserved. “Football needs to get its house in order as, without Bury and without Maidstone, you wouldn’t have a Premier League. Chris Smalling [who also played for Maidstone] and myself have come out of that club, which shows you that these clubs are important, as you get international players that go on from there. Hopefully it’s a reality check for everyone as it could easily happen to your club.” Supporters of Bury, Bolton and many others can testify to that sentiment.Richard Foster’s book From An Acute Angle is out now and you can follow him on Twitter Twitter Bands FC: a bright idea that is raising thousands for vulnerable children Soccer Read more North Ferriby in four seasons: promoted, relegated, liquidated, resurrected On 13 May 1990, Mark Gall scored a 90th-minute equaliser for Maidstone United in the first leg of their Division Four play-off semi-final at Cambridge United. Going into the second leg at their own ground, Maidstone looked favourites to reach the very first play-off final to be played at Wembley. They seemed to be a club on the up.With the second leg goalless and approaching injury time, Gall was put through on goal and given the chance to score that would win the tie for Maidstone. He put his shot agonisingly wide. In the end, Cambridge won 2-0 in extra-time thanks to two goals from Dion Dublin. He was again on the scoresheet at Wembley as Cambridge beat Chesterfield in the play-off final and won a place in Division Three. Two years later, Cambridge reached the Division Two play-offs, where they battled with Leicester City for a place in the first season of the Premier League.While Cambridge were dreaming of Premier League football in May 1992, Maidstone were playing what turned out to be their last match as a league club. On 2 May 1992, they were beaten 3-0 by Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue in the final game of the Division Four season. By the time the new season came around, the club had been liquidated and removed from the league. They were the last Football League club face expulsion until Bury suffered the same fate this summer. Whereas Bury had been members of the Football League for 125 years before they were expelled, Maidstone had only been a league club for three seasons – and they did not spend any of them playing in their home town.Warren Barton was in the Maidstone team that played in the Football League and he was also a part of the exodus that began when they lost out on promotion in 1990. Barton was sold to Wimbledon that summer and went on to play 277 times in the Premier League – for the Dons, Newcastle and Derby – as well as earning three England caps under Graham Taylor.Barton learned a lot from his time at Maidstone. “It felt like a really well run professional football club,” he says. “I was working with great coaches such as the ex-West Ham player Tommy Taylor and Keith Peacock, who later worked at Charlton with Alan Curbishley. It was a wonderful time. The training ground was excellent; the equipment and facilities were good; and we were travelling by train to games in first class and were always dressed in blazers. I didn’t notice anything amiss as I was young and just focused on playing.”