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Warwickshire in talks to join £9bn East Riding LGPS pool​

first_imgIn a report to Warwickshire’s investment sub-committee, treasury and pension fund manager Mathew Dawson argued in favour of closer cooperation with the three funds, as Warwickshire would have a “strong voice” in the management of the proposed pool.Dawson added that the partnership had shown an understanding of Warwickshire’s existing asset allocation, “particularly in the alternatives space”, citing its current approach to private equity and hedge funds.As of March 2015, Warwickshire had £79.7m, or 4.9% of assets, invested in a Blackstone Group-managed hedge fund mandate, and a further £31.1m of an agreed £60m private equity mandate invested with HarbourVest.Dawson noted that Warwickshire agreed to submit a joint response with the three funds after John Appleton, local councillor and chair of the investment sub-committee, met with his counterpart at Surrey County Council, two days after the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) outlined criteria for asset pools.The joint response, due to be submitted to DCLG by 19 February, marks the first step in proposed asset pools gaining government approval.However, Dawson told IPE that, despite the joint submission, Warwickshire would continue talking to other potential asset pools.He stressed that the committee had, for now, only signed off a joint submission for the February consultation but not for the final consultation due next July.Warwickshire was one of two funds previously involved in a £6.5bn joint procurement exercise for passive equity and fixed income not to join the West Midlands pool.The second fund, the £3.1bn Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, told IPE it was still discussing which pooling arrangement to pursue.A spokeswoman said its pensions committee would consider the available options in late January, allowing it to submit its initial proposal for the mid-February deadline set by DCLG.She added: “Until any decision has been made, we cannot comment further.” Warwickshire’s local authority fund may join the £9bn (€12.3bn) asset pool backed by East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria after deciding the partnership best understood its approach to alternatives.The £1.6bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it also met with West Midlands Pension Fund about joining its asset pool, which has attracted the backing of eight funds to date, worth an estimated £35bn.However, Warwickshire opted for the partnership with East Riding as the “most appropriate” solution currently availableIt has agreed to a joint submission with the three participating funds to make the case for the asset pool, now boosted to £10.5bn.last_img read more

Plan to shake up sex industry

first_imgStuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes –  including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industrylast_img read more

Taste Boracay’s ‘love potion’

first_imgIngredients for “Loveanog” weresourced from the organic farm being maintained by the cooperative here, saidSegovia. Lambanog is a uniquely Filipinodistilled palm liquor made from coconut or nipapalm sap. It is derived from tuba(palm toddy) that has been aged for at least 48 hours. It originates from Luzonand is commonly described as “coconut vodka” due to its clear to milky whitecolor and high alcohol content. In the past year, the BIPC receivedsupport from the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor andEmployment and Philippine Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), among others./PN “The Loveanog has been fermented andmade through the help of a chemist from the University of the Philippines,”Segovia said. Initially, BIPC tried making tuba. “However, after our exploration ofthe product, we decided to use lambanog,” Segovia said.  BIPC has hundreds of women members whoare mostly residents of this resort island. “Loveanog” has three flavors: blueternate infuse, gumamela. “When one drinks it, he or she willfeel chill and have an petite to eat more. The fermented wine has no hangovereffect,” she added. Producing “Loveanog” gave marginalizedBoracay women an alternative source of income, said Segovia. BORACAY – The Boracay Island ProducersCooperative (BIPC) has concocted a beverage that it promotes as a “love potion”potent enough to make women fall in love. Desiree Segovia, BIPC president, saidtheir “Loveanog” is a fermented wine made from coconut and juices of tropicalflowers such as hibiscus and blue ternate.last_img read more

Jose unhappy with West Ham’s tactics

first_img “He was laughing,” Mourinho added. “His objective was won: come here and take a point. It was not to come here and play good football or to try to win or to feel part of the quality of the Premier League. “He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.” Despite injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), Allardyce was in jovial mood afterwards. Allardyce said: “He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve outwitted him. He just can’t cope. “He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s****. “I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. “It’s brilliant when you get a result against him. Hard luck, Jose.” Allardyce lauded his players for implementing his tactics in a result he believes was on a par with the 3-0 win at Tottenham earlier in the season. The Hammers boss added: “This one probably equals (Tottenham) because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had recently. “It was all about frustrating a team that’s got world-class players and not to come here and lie down. “Tactically we got it right in two areas particularly: one was in stopping (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian and (Samuel) Eto’o scoring goals; and the other one was stopping them scoring from set plays. We did a fantastic job.” Mourinho hopes West Ham avoid relegation. He added: “With this two points that they took from us I hope the point they got means something for them.” Mourinho refused to criticise his players, who could have done with someone of the guile of Juan Mata, now at Manchester United. “With my players, I’m happy,” Mourinho said. “My team tried everything. Their goalkeeper saved a lot, but they also had other players without gloves who saved a lot. “They played with five defenders; they looked more goalkeepers than defenders.” Mourinho resisted the urge to criticise the officials, who ruled out a stoppage-time Eto’o strike, having already blown for a foul amid a confusing conclusion which also saw Adrian save from Frank Lampard. O’Brien might also have been sent off for an earlier tackle on Willian. Mourinho, who questioned why only four minutes were added on, said: “I don’t want the people at home to feel that, because we didn’t win, I want to speak about the referee’s mistake.” Chelsea next play a City side who beat Tottenham to go top of the Premier League. “For me it’s not a surprise,” Mourinho added. “We go there next Monday and the result at this moment is 0-0. Are they favourites? Yes. Are they even favourites to score again four, five, six goals? Yes. “But the result is 0-0 and we go there to compete and to play.” The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ said: “It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult. “A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing. “I told Big Sam and I repeat my words: they need points and, because they need points, to come here and play the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe, yes. “I cannot be too critical, because if I was in his position I don’t know if I would do the same. Maybe. “At the same time I told also this is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th century.” Chelsea tried everything to unlock the Hammers defence and when they did they found goalkeeper Adrian in supreme form. Mourinho added: “The only (other) thing I could bring was a Black and Decker (tool) to destroy the wall.” Mourinho pointed to time-wasting and aimless long balls to illustrate his point, which he had made to Hammers boss Allardyce after the game. The Blues fell three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 9-0 in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, after a resolute display from Sam Allardyce’s men. Mourinho outlined his unhappiness with the Hammers’ tactics afterwards. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after being left frustrated by a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Irish provinces on the road in Pro12

first_imgA win for Pat Lam’s side would see them take over the top-spot in the table ahead of Ulster’s game tomorrow.Kick-off is at half-past four. Leinster are in Wales to face the Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park in a 3 o’clock kick-off.The province have restored a host of Irish internationals to their starting side for the game with the likes of Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden all coming back into the team after international duty.Also this afternoon, Connacht will be looking to continue their impressive run of form as they travel to Italy to take-on Zebre.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals: NLDS Game 5 live blog and chat

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Lakers’ nightmarish season culminates with 122-99 loss to Sacramento

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers just felt a brutal knockout punch, punctuating the end to a nightmarish 2014-15 season that will not become forgiving in the history books.The Lakers officially became the worst team in the franchise’s otherwise rich 67-year history, a 122-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center concluding a year that seemed as uncomfortable as the lineup they produced in their season finale. The Lakers (21-61) finished with a .256 winning percentage, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis team that won only 26.4 percent of its games, with barely recognizable names. Vander Blue, who posted 15 points on only 6-of-23 shooting, joined the team only two days ago after playing with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. But he started at point guard. Jabari Brown, whose career-high 32 points came on a 9-of-19 clip, signed with the Lakers last month after also starring with the D-Fenders. But he started at shooting guard. It seemed fitting Brown and Blue started with the purple and gold amid sprained left ankles to rookie Jordan Clarkson and swingman Wesley Johnson. It concluded a season in which the Lakers’ players missed an NBA record 339 games due to injuries. That partly explains why Scott downplayed coaching the worst team of Lakers history after once winning three NBA championships as a player during the Showtime Era. “It obviously doesn’t sit with me well,” Scott said. “I don’t like the sound of it. But it makes for a very remarkable story when we turn this around as well.”How do the Lakers turn it around?The first part might start with staying healthy. The Lakers’ 2014-15 season started with veteran guard Steve Nash having a season-ending back injury during training camp. It continued with rookie Julius Randle breaking his right leg in the season opener and Kobe Bryant tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder after 35 games. center_img Plenty of players sat on the team bench dressed as if they belonged in a board meeting, including Randle (right leg), Wayne Ellington (right shoulder), Nick Young (left knee), Jeremy Lin (left knee) and Ronnie Price (right elbow). Nash has since announced his retirement. Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon) and Dwight Buycks (fractured right hand) are no longer under contract. Bryant was presumably in the trainer’s room receiving treatment. “I’m smiling and shaking my head and just going, ‘Wow,’ Scott said. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it.”The Lakers do not consider Clarkson’s injury serious and Scott suggested he could have appeared in a playoff game. But the Lakers erred cautiously because of Clarkson’s limitations with his lateral movement. That left the Lakers with an eight-man rotation featuring three frontcourt players off the bench (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre). The Lakers also lacked any players with past point guard experience. But Scott offered a clear solution on how Blue and Brown would handle that position.“Whoever gets the ball,” Scott said. “Whoever gets it on the rebound or on the outlet, they’re going to be point guard.”To minimize foul trouble, Scott urged Blue and Brown to play cautiously while the Lakers played mostly zone defense. That helped the Lakers avoid duplicating an awkward win last season in Cleveland. Sacre stayed on the floor after collecting six fouls because the Lakers had too many injured players. “As a young guy, we want the minutes. Even though we get tired like the older guys, we relish these opportunities,” Brown said. “Not all rookies are getting to play 30 to 40 minutes.”Yet , that wasn’t enough, leading Scott to question his team’s effort yet again.“My biggest thing after the game going in there with our coaches that you’re only as good as your last game,” Scott said. “That’s what we used to tell ourselves as players. If those guys had that same thought, it wasn’t very good. IT doesn’t leave a very good impression, which is what I’m saying.”So how does the Lakers handle things moving forward?“I don’t know want to tell you,” Scott said. “I really don’t. I’m at the point right now where I will go home and decompress, get my thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow. I don’t want to put a damper on an already not very good night.”Scott said that feeling may not fade away until draft workouts in June, leading to what might mark a long offseason before the rebuilding actually begins. “We’re not proud of that,” Brown said. “It’s tough. But I feel like guys played hard. We weren’t laying down,” Brown said. “We got young pieces, good old vets and Kobe will be back. Byron is a great coach. He knows what hes doing.”But that wasn’t enough for the Lakers to avoid appearing in the record books for all the wrong reasons.“If we had everybody healthy, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Scott said. “Hopefully we got them all out the way this year and we’ll be healthy next year.”last_img read more

Disney cruise employee charged with raping a 13-year-old

first_imgA Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.last_img read more

Mother and child die in fiery crash involving a dump truck

first_imgAuthorities in West Palm Beach are reporting that a mother and her one-month-old baby have died after their vehicle struck a dump truck.The incident was reported, Monday at 3:30pm on State Road 80 and Hatton Highway.According to the report, the victim identified as 26-year-old Antoinette Johnson was traveling westbound on State Road 80 approaching Hatton Highway when she struck the backend of a dump truck that was turning left onto Hatton Highway. The victim’s 2008 Chevy Impala immediately became engulfed in flames as it spun out of control before coming to a stop in a southeasterly direction at the intersection.Johnson and her 1-month-old daughter Alina Johnson were pronounced dead at the scene while, the driver of the dump truck was left uninjured in the crash.Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.last_img read more

Reports: Broward Hospital Patient was Tested for Coronavirus

first_imgA possible case of coronavirus here in South Florida recently affected emergency operations at a hospital, according to reports.Workers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward allegedly told at least one fire-rescue department not to bring anyone to their emergency room.Dr. Bindu Mayi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University, says she had heard about the potential Hollywood case from medical colleagues.“If there is a local case, it is something we [the public] should all be made aware of,” Mayi says. “The absence of information becomes conjecture and that’s a dicey thing. If there is a local case, people who are immune-suppressed may need to be more discerning about not being in large crowds or gathering where don’t know who has been exposed to what.”Memorial Regional Hospital officials would not comment on the status of the woman who arrived last Friday afternoon in their emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin explains, “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Memorial.”Hollywood Fire Rescue was informed of the situation in the emergency room. “At one point we offered to wear masks, but that was overkill because the patient suspected of coronavirus was already in isolation,” says Patrick Moore, division chief of operations at Hollywood Fire Rescue.Amanda Conwell, a spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, says her staff was told for a brief time Friday evening not to transport anyone to Memorial until a proper quarantine was established. She adds that the action was based on information they had and did not indicate that there was a confirmed case within the county.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health will not comment on the possible case.State health officials explain they are concerned about creating panic or compromising patient privacy by disclosing too much information. They may use their website to inform the public about pending cases and results.“We’ve kicked it around and bounced it off leadership and we hope to have something soon,” says Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health. “You don’t want to scare people, and you want to make sure when information gets out there it’s what does the public the most good.”The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stood at 12 on Wednesday.Tests were pending on 76 possible coronavirus cases across the country as of Wednesday. The CDC does not indicate where in the United States those tests have been conducted, although at least some of them have come from Florida.A week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a visit to Boca Raton that all tests for coronavirus in our state were sent to the CDC in Atlanta and had come back negative.South Florida hospitals say that staff from the health department have met with them in order to ensure they are properly screening and preparing for a possible coronavirus case here.Local doctors also believe it is only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Florida.“We know we are at high risk with international travelers coming to our area,” says Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Jackson Memorial and UM Health. “A lot of this is going to rely on self-reporting — awareness and education are key.”A quarantine station at Miami International Airport that is staffed by the CDC is screening international passengers flying into the region.Florida’s Department of Health says it is unclear when and where tests kits will be widely available in Florida.The virus originated in Wuhan, China. It has spread to 28 countries. There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in China alone.Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared coronavirus a public health emergency, imposing a mandatory quarantine for any citizen who had traveled to China’s Hubei province during the previous two weeks.In addition, planes carrying U.S. citizens who have recently been in China are only allowed to land at one of 11 designated airports, none of which are in Florida. As of Wednesday, more than 500 people have died as a result of the virus.last_img read more

Southland Announces Week 7 TV Selections

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have revealed game selections and start times for football games to be played on Saturday, Oct. 13. While choices for the first four weeks of the regular season were completed during the summer, most picks are made 12 days prior to kickoff in the remaining weeks.The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN3 will feature Nicholls at Abilene Christian. The Colonels are ranked in both major national polls, having registered wins over FBS foe Kansas and fellow FCS Top 25 squad Sam Houston State. Nicholls topped ACU 29-20 in their only previous meeting last October.Eleven Sports will offer national television coverage of Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin. Cox Sports Television will simulcast the production to its regional audience, while the Southland Digital Network will stream the game.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Sam Houston State at Northwestern State. ESPN3 will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory.The Southland Conference Digital Network will feature Southeastern Louisiana’s homecoming game vs. Houston Baptist, produced by the award-winning Southeastern Channel. It can be viewed on Southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Incarnate Word at Lamar will air locally in Beaumont-Port Arthur on MYTX, available via OTA 12.5, Spectrum 1230 and DirecTV 43. The game will stream nationwide via ESPN+.Broadcast selections for Oct. 6 were announced last Monday.Saturday, Oct. 13Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m. CT, Eleven SportsNicholls at Abilene Christian, 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN3Incarnate Word at Lamar, 3 p.m. CT, MYTX Beaumont-Port Arthur/ESPN+Houston Baptist at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m. CT, Southland Digital NetworkSam Houston State at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TV/ESPN3last_img read more

Rubiales, on Casillas’ RFEF candidacy: “Football will have to contrast”

first_imgThe president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, said about the candidacy of the Spanish porter and international goalkeeper Iker Casillas to the presidency of the Federation that “football will have to contrast “between its management and” what others want to contribute “.“I talk about the work of the Federation, Any person has every right to make their decisions. I talk about what I do and when the date comes football will have to contrast what my team and I have done, what this new federation has done and what others want to contribute “Rubiales said after participating in a meeting at the Higher Sports Council (CSD).The president of Spanish football, who participated with most of the Spanish sports federations in a brief meeting with the new president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, said he does not talk about other candidates and is “in direct contact with the entire world of football”.ANDAs for whether he had communication with Casillas, Rubiales admitted that a message was crossed with the goalkeeper. “You already know that there has been a message, and little else can I say”said Rubiales, who said that “of course” he responded to the Real Madrid exporter and the Spanish National Team.The international goalkeeper of Porto and former captain of the Spanish National Team confirmed this week that he will be running for the presidential elections of the RFEF, before or after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The RFEF is pending a request for electoral advancement made before the CSD, not yet resolved.Electoral advanceThe president of the RFEF said after a meeting at the Higher Sports Council (CSD) that in the fourteen cases that a sports federation has asked to advance elections has been granted and said he is “convinced” that football will also be given. “Who has to decide is the CSD, but in this year several federations have asked for the advance, three have been answered, all affirmatively, and it is important that it is known that throughout history they have requested it on fourteen different occasions and fourteen have been granted, “Rubiales said Friday.The president of the Football Federation said that the arguments of the federations that have been granted -the gymnastics and triathlon federations, although in other cases of applications, such as basketball, the decision is not yet publicly known-, they are “at least equal” to those of the RFEF. “It is something that contemplates the law and we are convinced that it will be granted,” Rubiales added.In January, the Administrative Court of Sport (TAD) issued a non-binding report that did not support the electoral advance in football because it understands that there are no reasons to justify this change and because according to the terms of the electoral calendar it is impossible to fit it into the first four-month period.When asked about that aspect, Rubiales said that the opinion “does not say that” and insisted that his arguments to advance the elections are “at least the same as those of the rest” and they add the recent classification of the Spanish national football team hall to the World Cup in Lithuania, scheduled for September.Also, the president of Spanish football recalled that his was the only federation that announced the request for electoral advancement in a public manner, at the assembly on December 16, “more than two months ago”“Of the three federations that have been answered positively, with arguments as much as ours, two of them asked for it later, and this is what football understands less, but even so, we have been required more documentation, we have provided it and I am sure that we will soon have an answer, “he added.The president of the Higher Sports Council, Irene Lozano, convener of this first meeting with the sports federations since her arrival in office, explained that the aspect of the electoral advance requested by football is “at the same point” and that the CSD awaits receive a report from the State Advocacy about it.This report was requested, as Lozano explained because there was “an overcoming situation” whereby the Federation presented “new allegations”, which was the classification earlier this month of the Spanish national soccer team to the World Cup in Lithuania, whose dispute will be between September and October.“My word is not the first but the last and it will be the last, first we have to listen”, said Lozano, who did explain that in the cases of other federations, such as basketball, he already has “all the elements of judgment” and when they have the decision taken they will communicate it.Asked if she had communication with the Porto goalkeeper and former Spanish national team captain Iker Casillas, who this week announced her decision to run for the RFEF elections, Lozano admitted that they exchanged mobile messages yesterday.last_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Historic Ceres-Negros run ends Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Break new ground View commentslast_img read more

‘Friend in Need, Friend in Deed’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has showered praises on the Government of the People’s Republic of China for what she described as taking the biggest move in the fight against Ebola.Speaking while officially receiving the donation from the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, President Sirleaf said the Chinese assistance goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when Liberians are facing truly what could be described as a “national tragedy.”The Liberian leader said the donation is a very big boost in the fight against the virus in the country. “Today we have a big boost in what we are going to do, because what has come from China will enable us address some of the things that are being lacking in the fight. Some of such things include Personal Protection Equipment and instrument for judging the level of fever. These are now in good supplies. With that we are made stronger in our response. We are able to combat this in a bit more preparedness and readiness.”She lauded the steadfastness and true friendship of the Chinese government who have, even in the middle of its own crises, thought it prudent to identify with Liberians and others at this critical time.“China has always been a good partner to Liberia. We have bilateral programs that support many of our development endeavors including education, agriculture, health, justice and peace keeping. But this assistance that has come today goes one big extra mile, because it comes at a time when we are facing truly what could be described as a national tragedy,” she said.She also noted: “Mr. Ambassador, I want you to convey to your President the appreciation of the government and people of Liberia and to re-assert our strong partnership, our solidarity even in your time of trouble when you are facing flood, you have stopped to recognize our need and have come to our assistance.”She further stressed, “We have friends all over and many of our friends are helping, but we want to extend thanks and appreciation to all of our partners who are responding, but as I say, China has gone one step further, not only that it sent items that are so desperately needed, but it recognized the urgency of it and sent it directly on a plane so that we have access to it in this great time of need.”While the Chinese gesture is quite joyous, President Sirleaf, however, said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”China has not only talked the talk, which has been the case so far since what is known as the biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union (MRU) region, but has walked the walk with donation worth over US$1 million in anti-Ebola drugs equipment.A Chinese cargo plane, on Monday, August 11, arrived in the country with a consignment of drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometers and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia’s efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus.Chinese Ambassador, ZHANG Yue, quoting his country’s President Xi Jinping, said China and Africa are good brothers and partners and at this difficult moment, the Chinese people and government feel the pain and suffering of the Liberian people that’s why they urgently made the donation.He noted that  as the Ebola virus spreads quickly and constituting great challenges to the country, china decided to once again respond quickly to the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) by providing this batch of emergency aid materials to meet the urgent need of the Liberian people.The Chinese government is also poised to send three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.This comes at a time when the entire country is at a standstill and Liberians have no hope of how to combat the virus that has claimed the lives of about 500 people, while the world continues to watch and talk with no immediate concrete actions forthcoming.The Chinese government has also boosted the fight against the Ebola virus in the MRU region with similar donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone worth US$3.3 million to help contain the epidemic.The Ambassador further noted that Ebola should not be seen as a national or regional issue, but a global challenge. He called on the international community to work along with the affected countries deal with the epidemicYou cannot move from one community to another when there is a sign that you are affected. When you do that you put people, including your family members and friends, at risk. This disease can be attacked and in certain cases defeated if you follow the instructions. Please listen to save the life and lives of your families, friends and associates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State of our Union

first_imgAs planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Corruption Impoverishes Liberia’ -UNMIL Boss

first_imgThough she has been in Liberia for less than three years, the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ms. Karin Landgren, who is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to Liberia, has realized that the underdeveloped nature of Liberia and the impoverished state of its citizens is the result of rampant corruption in the country, especially in the public sector.She said corruption has impoverished Liberia, broken its people and kept a majority of the citizens perpetually poor.The UNMIL boss said corruption which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once termed as “public enemy number one” and “vampire to the country’s development,” has created mistrust of public officials by the citizens which was clearly evidenced during the early stages of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.Ms. Landgren made those comments during a Partners’ Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday at the LACC’s headquarters on UN Drive, Monrovia.The Round Table seeks to solicit policy, moral and especially financial support for LACC’s three- year strategic plan that was launched last year by Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.Corruption is affecting every facet of the Liberian society, Ms. Landgren observed,  making specific references to the Liberian school system and the country’s security sector (notably the Liberian National Police), which will take over as UNMIL gradually draws down.She urged the government, through LACC, to crack down on corruption in order to liberate Liberian citizens from abject poverty and underdevelopment. This will also help in building a mature, responsive and vigorous citizenship, advised Landgren. She suggested the possibility of promoting a national discussion on corruption indicators.The SRSG indicated that the fight against corruption can only be won when every Liberian begins to see the act as socially unacceptable and seriously embark on the public pursuit of accountability.Ms. Landgren also called on government to identify priority projects to its partners that would have lasting impacts on the country’s development.President Sirleaf, in her remarks, acknowledged that two things holding Liberia back from achieving its development goals are corruption and capacities. “Capacities because many times we set goals and people, without doing anything wrong, just don’t know what to do to carry out what we are supposed to do,” she said.But beyond that are those who do not feel that corruption is wrong, those who find it as the only way to send their children to school or the only way they can live, said President Sirleaf.  She acknowledged that corruption is mainly being perpetrated, especially by high profile officials, as a result of greed.“We still have as part of this culture [of corruption] or systemic nature, greed. There are those who do not have to do it, because they have the means to take care of their livelihood and to meet their basic needs, but they continue to want more, more and more and will go (to any lengths to cheat) and this is where we get the violations, fraudulent actions in the procurement system, judicial system and in the making of arrangements. We all need to do something about this.”Partnership countries need to respond to their tax payers’ money through their institutions.  They have got to be able to say how the money put into Liberia’s development has been used, said the President.  She asked all the partners at the Round Table Discussion to be open. “Please be recognized; please work with the LACC that is making an honest effort to address this problem,” she pleaded.President Sirleaf expressed joy over news that the national legislature has begun to have serious reservations about the issues of corruption in the country. “I’m so pleased to have heard [that coming from] a member of the Senate. They have expressed concern about corruption. I now look to them to work with me to set the example and to make sure that we are able to do what we are  supposed to do as leaders of this country to address this problem that is undermining all the efforts that we are making to achieve our development goals.The President said she hoped the media would continue its watchdog role.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Take your duty to your community seriously – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, urged the community leaders of Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) to take their responsibility to their communities and fellow residents seriously as he noted that they have a duty to work with every community member to improve their quality of life.The State Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the Community Leaders Leadership Forum on Sunday evening, at the Belladrum Secondary School.Minister Harmon said that community leaders and community development organisations play an important role in the consolidation of local democracy and governance through the local government administration, as well as fuelling the momentum towards development. Noting that the theme, ‘Working together for the upliftment of the community’ is most appropriate, he said that the community leaders must understand, appreciate and be committed to resolving the issues that the communities face.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon chats with members of the community“We, as Government, recognise that we cannot foster true development in communities across Guyana by the mere infusion of resources from the top but rather with the full and effective involvement of community based organisations that are mandated to undertake community initiatives for the benefit of all residents of the community, which makes them the best conduit through which information, resources and development activities can be channelled from the Government to the community. Simply put, community development organisations are the best channels for effective administration and communication between the Government, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and the people,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Noting that Guyana has a rich history of people centred, people focused, and people driven community initiatives, Minister Harmon said that over the years, numerous self-help groups, cooperatives and community based groups have emerged as change agents within communities. These institutions have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to the development of communities across Guyana, but Minister Harmon said that a more collective and cooperative effort is needed to address issues in the community.“I hope you will decide on a way to create greater synergy with central Government, RDC and the NDC in the area of policy, programmatic interventions and other activities that the community would like. I would also like this forum to reinforce the unquestionable virtue of collaboration for the use of limited resources to develop the community and to create the environment for a strong, effective, self-sustainable community through collective endeavours. It is important that at the end of this forum, you as community-based organisers should no longer see yourself as a mere community activist but rather, as developmental partners working in collaboration with all levels of Government to ensure the good life for all particularly the members of your community,” he said.Chairman of the NDC, Emile Wilson in an invited comment, said that community members are pleased with the progress that has been made in several of the villages since this administration took office. He noted that the cooperation and support that have been given to the communities in the Region by the administration must be commended and applauded.After the opening ceremony, residents were given the opportunity to raise their concerns with the minister, many of which were addressed on the ground.last_img read more

Onyango eager to replicate Ulinzi form at Gor

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia winger Samuel Onyango during a training session at teh club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9- Having directly been involved in 12 of Ulinzi Stars’ 37 goals last season, finishing off as the club’s second best scorer, Samuel Onyango hopes he can replicate and even better those digits as he starts life at his new club Gor Mahia.The Former Sony Sugar man was in decent form, recording six goals and six assists in the league despite the fact that Ulinzi finished at a low seventh. “Every player’s ambition is to better your previous performance and having come to a team such as Gor Mahia’s calibre, that has to be the target. It is good joining Gor because it is a different challenge and another step in my career,” Onyango told Capital Sport.The winger who broke into the national team thanks to his form at Ulinzi made his competitive debut at Gor coming off the bench in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Nakumatt in the league opener, having watched their KPL Super Cup win from the bench.Onyango admits it wasn’t a walk in the park gelling into the team but his performance from the Nakumatt game and in training gives him hope that he is on the right track.Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng, Ernest Wendo and Godfrey Walusimbi during a training session at the club’s base in Camp Toyoyo on February 8, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It has been tough because I was almost two weeks late joining them in pre-season but I have worked hard to get to the same level. Physically I feel I am okay but I still have to learn because the coach is different, tactics and the philosophy is different and I am glad I am getting used to it,” he further opined.Onyango who scored three goals for Ulinzi Stars in their CAF Confederations Cup first round exit last year hopes he can have a similar goal scoring impact for Gor as they kick off their Champions League campaign with a preliminary round tie against Leones Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.“Playing continental football is not just like any other game; it is a huge platform and the most important thing is about self belief. If we can believe in our abilities and put in the hard work, I believe we can achieve anything,” Onyango noted.Meanwhile, skipper Harun Shakava has urged the club’s management to ensure the players’ motivation is high in terms of match winning bonuses despite the fact that the club’s sponsors withdrew at the start of the year.“When the motivation of the players is high, then they get to give their best on the pitch. I want to ask our management to look into that matter because as players we want to make history,” Shakava noted.He added that the team’s primary ambition is to make it into the group stages of continental football despite the fact that they have a tough path. If they fail to make it in the Champions League, they will have a second chance when they are drawn in the Confederations Cup play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mask may not offer protection against flu

first_imgWASHINGTON – If a worldwide flu epidemic strikes, don’t reuse a face mask – and don’t assume, either, that it will offer a lot of protection, the Institute of Medicine said Thursday. That’s the bottom line from an anxiously awaited probe requested by the government as it stockpiles supplies in case a flu pandemic begins. If it does, millions undoubtedly will turn to masks, raising a dilemma for the prestigious scientific organization: There’s little evidence about whether masks truly block the influenza virus – and if they do, just how much protection they offer. Without that information, wearing masks might spur a false sense of security, perhaps encouraging people to go into crowds or near infected patients when instead they should have stayed away. 160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We don’t want to say, `Don’t use it,’ but don’t expect to be fully protected if you do use it. That’s a tough public health message to get out,” said Dr. Donald Burke, a professor of international health at Johns Hopkins University. Hence, “respiratory protection is the last resort to control infectious spread,” the report notes.last_img

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThe final of the €200 Track Buster 525 Final is the feature race at tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium.The meeting also includes the semi-finals of the Buy a Buster 575.There are 12 races on the card. The runners are (first race 8.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards) 1, Steeple Rd Rio; 2, Fernhill Travis; 3, Toogoodtoobeat; 4, Accordion Ed; 5, Carn Blossom; 6, Freddys Trooper.Race 2 Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Killdallon Rapid; 2, Wilma; 3, Coolcholly Kate; 4, Ballougry Bound; 5, Ballymoss Ace; 6, Rusty Nuts.Race 3 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Imperial Swift; 2, Fridays Fortune; 3, Callyourselfadog; 4, Oghill Hack; 5, Psycho Bob; 6, Ardnasool Kagawa.Race 4 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 525 (525 yards): 1, Killacolla Babe; 2, Mullrook Kofi; 3, Smurfing Flame; 4, Kagawa; 5, Killuran Brae; 6, Thunder Castle. Race 5 Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Crossleigh Thyme; 2, Tahina Kellie; 3, Storm Warrior; 4, Altmore Champ; 5, Farloe Pixie; 6, Turbine Tulip.Race 6 Christmas Party Nights 350 (350 yards): 1, Tahina Ned; 2, Carn Ron; 3, Curragh Brae; 4, Tae End Maddy; 5, Knockmant Junior; 6, Cabragh Fox.Race 7 “Like” Us on Facebook 750 (750 yards): 1, Budders Reward; 2, Train Black; 3, Solvitas Pearl; 4, Hi Dibbles; 5, Hanoras Dream; 6, Glenside Amber.Race 8 www.liffordgreyhounds.com (525 yards): 1, Keady Brae Dan; 2, Altmore Rose; 3, Bandicoot Remi; 4, Mullrook No Cash; 5, Rocky Black; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 9 €200 Track Buster 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Quare Flame; 2, Fernhill Dice; 3, Swanson Rosette; 4, Tydon Marquis; 5, Tommylees Buddy; 6, Flaming Ember. Race 10 McMahons Builders Providers 525 Stake (525 yards): 1, Mongys Flyer; 2, Nosey Meg; 3, Belindas Cruise; 4, Flaming Jenny; 5, Smurfing Manx; 6, Fridays Brett.Race 11 Buy Buster 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Mongys Girl; 2, Mr Bishop; 3, Kingsmill Aguero; 4, Do It Ruso; 5, Dirt Brid; 6, Raughan Blaze.Race 12 Buy a Buster 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Total Motion; 2, Dynamo Millar; 3, Take Cover; 4, Corrin Ruby; 5, Blackmagic Woman; 6, Helens Magic.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that his party will carry out a targeted campaign in a bid to stop the government’s proposed cuts to Lone Parent Allowance. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said Sinn Féin activists would deliver thousands of post cards throughout the county which members of the public can send to Joan Burton to register their opposition to the cuts.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said, “The 7000 lone parents in Donegal – most of whom are in fact working – will suffer a financial loss of up to €86 per week if Tánaiste Joan Burton proceeds with the cut next month. “Cuts to the Lone Parent Allowance will drive some families into poverty and have negative consequences for all.“Lone parent families are among the most vulnerable people in our society.  CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities.“There is also a disturbing increase in homelessness among these one parent families with figures from the Tenancy Protection Service showing that more than 60% of households seeking urgent assistance are lone parent households.“Thousands of families are struggling to survive on the limited income they have. Minister Burton promised that these cuts would not be enacted without affordable childcare and afterschool care.However these provisions were not put in place and the cuts are now less than a month away.The change on July 2nd will drive working lone parents away from paid work.“In response to this proposed cut, Sinn Féin in Donegal and across the state has launched a campaign to put pressure on the Tánaiste to reverse this decision.“We will deliver thousands of postcards, addressed to Joan Burton, highlighting the difficulties these families face, and urging her to reverse the cuts immediately. “There is still time to row back. The cost of not doing so will be huge.“I would ask everyone in the county who receives a postcard to fill it out and send it to the Minister. Anyone who would like more can contact my constituency office on 074 93 22697 and we will arrange for them to be sent to you.”DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Inspirational Donegal Rose misses out on Rose of Tralee title

first_imgDonegal Rose Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly has missed out on taking home the coveted crown tonight in the 58th International Rose of Tralee Festival.The 2017 title went to Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne.Offaly Rose Jennifer ByrneThe past two nights have been filled with many memorable moments – both emotional and comedic. There have been many moving interviews and interesting performances which have affected the nation and viewers all over the world.Donegal Rose Amy made a major impact by being outspoken in her interview about mental health in young people. She told host Daithi O Se about her own struggles as a secondary school student.The 22-year-old gave an encouraging account of how she found help after enduring her own ‘blip’ as a teen:She made an important point about being glad she sought help with her mental health when she most needed it.Watch a snippet from Amy’s inspiring interview here: The young Donegal woman has earned much praise from mental health awareness groups all over the country for her bravery in breaking the stigma. She was applauded for using her time on stage in the Dome to address the importance of mental health in a relatable manner for people of all ages.There were signs that Amy was a front runner following her interview last night. Her bravery, as well as her proud party piece outfit being a Donegal jersey, certainly impressed the home audience.Party pieces from the 32 Roses were far reaching in diversity, from CPR demonstrations, cooking, puppeteering and the traditional music and dance pieces. Amy, a dance graduate, had a stand-out aerial performance while suspended from a Lyra hoop.Other Donegal links to this year’s show were Caoimhe Gallagher, the London Rose who was born in Donegal and grew up in Kerry. Caoimhe sang a modern medley of Irish songs as her party piece.London RosePlus, Buncrana man Daniel Mc Laughlin won the hearts of the crowd with his touch of Donegal humour – “Jeez I’m kilt hi!… it hasn’t been easy” was his take on his duties as an Escort for two Roses over the week. An entertaining and fascinating year for the festival comes to a close tonight as Jennifer Byrne dons the crown for the year. Well done to Amy, and all other local participants who did the county proud.Inspirational Donegal Rose misses out on Rose of Tralee title was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

What Do You Get When You Cross a Lion with a Tiger?

first_imgA liger, that’s what.  No kidding: you get a big cat with a mane and faint stripes that likes to play in the water.  National Geographic News has a special article, with photos, about ligers.This is offered without much comment, just for those who want to learn about something unusual in the animal kingdom, and what it means about species, taxonomy, genetics, etc.  A mule is another example of this kind of thing.    Some of our readers pointed out a statement in the article that qualifies for nomination as Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Lion-tiger mating occurs in captivity.  But it does not happen in the wild, probably for the same reason humans do not breed with gorillas or chimps.”  Don’t visualize that, now; is NG suggesting that bestiality is wrong only on pragmatic grounds?  Don’t tell the Koreans or they will want to experiment with this.  Pretty soon there will be debates about humilla rights.  Better keep certain people out of the primate cages in the San Francisco Zoo.  Aside from ethical amorality, NG seems to be assuming, without warrant, that such a thing is even biologically possible, or on the same level as liger or mule hybridization.  It makes an implicit Darwinistic assumption that the line between humans and chimps is blurry.    The next paragraph mentions a biological reason that is not helpful for Charlie’s little story: “‘Crossing the species line’ does not generally occur in the wild, because ‘it would result in diminished fitness of the offspring,’ said Ronald Tilson, director of conservation at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.”  Well, there you have it.  Fitness is maintained by living things reproducing after their kind.  Even staunch creationists accept diversification within created kinds.  A liger represents a blending of pre-existing characteristics, not the origination of new ones.  Turn ligers loose in the wild and they would probably revert to the parent forms, or go extinct.  There is enough genetic variability within the Felidae, however, to account for a fair amount of the diversity seen in today’s cat populations since the creation.  Habitat differences can sort out characters, creationists agree.  They just deny that environments make cats “emerge” from mythological precats or protopussies.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mimic the mentor to improve soils and cut inputs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When considering how to maximize the productivity of Ohio’s agricultural lands for generations to come, there are more farmers taking cues from the ultimate expert on the subject — Mother Nature.For eons, she took care of the soils and developed them into some of the richest the world has ever seen. Now, as modern stewards of the land face the perennial challenges associated with agricultural production, there are some simple and broad concepts that are just scratching the surface of a very complex science that is just beginning to be understood.“We are trying to educate people to have the right ecological context. We forgot to look at the soil as a living ecosystem. We were not taught to synergize with it,” said Ray Archuleta, a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation agronomist to 300 listeners packed into David Brandt’s Fairfield County farm shop earlier this month. “We are taking a more holistic view through biomimicry. We are giving people a new way of looking at the soil by learning to mimic the mentor and stop fighting it.”Ray Archuleta on learning from natureArchuleta encouraged the listeners to think about how the soils they farm were originally formed.“The soil in the forest and prairie are covered 24/7 and they have animals in the system. They have diversity and they are never bare. We need to follow some of those principles and mimic nature on our farms,” he said. “Buffalo, for example, group very tightly because of predators. Now some of our graziers are grouping cattle very tightly using hotwire. That gives us better manure distribution and we are getting great responses from our pastures.”Mother Nature is also a very low input, low cost operator.“If you teach people how the soil functions, they use fewer inputs that can end up in the waterways and it is less costly for the farm,” Archuleta said. “If we can cover the soil, sequester those nutrients and use the right soil tests, we are using fewer inputs.”Cover crops, no-till, animal manure — not complicated concepts in a broad sense, but Archuleta acknowledges that the challenges and complexities are in the details. This is a management intensive system, though some farmers are making it work.“You are farming with a complex system. We want an easy pill. We have diminished our soils for hundreds of years and fixing things takes time,” Archuleta said. “We have producers now who have cut their inputs dramatically, but it is a commitment and it is a system. People who don’t want to take risks — don’t even try covers and no-till if you are not willing to change and learn. But, if you want to change, reduce inputs and pass the farm to the next generation, come and learn. If you’re not committed, don’t do this. Cover crops have to be just as important as your main crops.”David Brandt, of course, is known around the country for his work with cover crops and long-term no-till on his Fairfield County farm where he has dramatically reduced inputs. One example is with herbicide costs.“We have seen a reduction in herbicides by as much as 50%. As we use cover crops that don’t mat down we are not seeing marestail, giant ragweeds or winter annuals out there in the fields. We still have the opportunity to use post if we want to and we pull the trigger if we need to, but 90% of the time we don’t have to pull that trigger,” Brandt said. “We are trying to mimic Mother Nature. We want in our cover crops plants that are short in stature, medium in stature and taller, just like your woodlots are. We will have root growth anywhere from three inches down to five feet deep.”Brandt and others have been able to increase yields and make similar and significant cuts in inputs including nutrients, fungicides and pesticides with long-term cover crop use.In terms of cuts in commercial fertilizer, the reductions can only be successfully implemented after several years with carefully managed no-till and cover crops, Archuleta said. Then, as the soil health and quality improves, the fertilizer requirements decrease. The key to this, though, according to Archuleta, is using the right soil test — the “Haney test.”Traditional soil tests measure the amount of nitrate in the soil, but do not account for the contributions of soil microbes that mineralize organic nitrogen and phosphate. Because of this, traditional soil tests often direct farmers with healthier soils to apply more fertilizer than is really needed.“The problem is that conventional tools are not measuring the right soil characteristics. They test for inorganic nitrogen in the form of nitrate, but that’s just one form of nitrogen available to the plant,” said Richard Haney, the soil scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Grassland, Soil, and Water Research Laboratory who developed the “Haney test.”The “Haney test” involves drying and rewetting soil and analyzing it for microbial activity to measure nitrate and ammonium, plus an organic form of nitrogen. It also measures organic carbon and other nutrients. The drying and rewetting process mimics what happens in the field before and after a rain.The soil test results include a spreadsheet that shows the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium available to plants along with measurements of water-soluble organic carbon, water-soluble organic nitrogen, and soil microbial activity. The results also provide a calculation of soil health and the ratio of carbon to nitrogen.The Haney test is available at laboratories around the country, including Brookside Laboratories in New Bremen. It adds to the time and costs for a soil test, but it saves on fertilizer costs. Brandt started using Haney’s system three years ago.“I estimate that it’s saved us at least 25% in nutrient costs,” Brandt said. “The readings were more accurate than other soil tests we had run, and we either maintained or increased our yields.”The road has been a little different for every farm success story Archuleta highlighted, but the basic concepts have proven themselves time and again for those who are willing to make the significant investment in the future of their soils.“First, expect failure. You will have failures. Expectations are everything,” Archuleta said. “Get organized have the right equipment and understand your cover crop varieties. Don’t do this alone. Build a soil health community you can rely on for advice. Incorporate diversity into your operation. Rotate animals and enterprise diversity so that farm becomes more resilient to ecological and economic stress. Be patient and try three to five years with covers and no-till.”last_img read more

How 21st century tech will drive transit regulations

first_imgFor most of our history, regulation has been the cart pulled along behind the technological horse. It was a clear cause-and-effect relationship: New tech was developed and put into broad use, then came the rules about how and when to use (or not use) it.In other words: We have speed limits because of the automobile, not vice versa.However, in the 21st century, the speed and scope of technological advances have served to drive regulation in a more proactive manner. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act mandated that healthcare providers shift to electronic medical records. Patients that are used to seeing doctors scribbling on pads or clipboards became accustomed to the sight of laptops and tablets in the exam room.And at the close of 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed rules that would require equipping cars and light trucks with wireless communication technology that could help avoid potential collisions. Indeed, the DOT believes this can help prevent up to 80 percent of accidents.When we have turned to technology-driven regulation here in the United States, it has typically been because of the advantages offered, most notably in the areas of safety, mobility, and health. Now Germany has given us another reason to base regulation on new tech and it is, unsurprisingly, efficiency.By 2019, the German transport ministry has announced, all paper tickets for transit will be phased out in favor of electronic tickets. There are already 10 million Germans using smart transportation ticketing, but the federal agency has mandated that public transit services – whether buses, subways, or other modes – will be accessed by “a nationwide e-ticket.”Brian Zanghi, Chief Executive Officer, MasabiWhy follow Germany’s lead?There is good reason for public and private transportation agencies in the United States to take a close look at the reasons behind Germany’s action, because those conditions exist in transit systems across this country, as well.Reduced costs: By eliminating physical infrastructure related to selling and printing tickets, as well as processing cash payments, maintenance and operational expenses are reduced. Budget and staff will be freed up for higher-priority jobs.Reduce fraud and improve security: Lost or stolen e-tickets can be canceled and replaced, unlike paper tickets. Fraud is reduced, as is the need for drivers and conductors to handle cash, which is another security risk.Convenience: A single electronic ticket that works across an entire transit system makes travel easier for passengers, who no longer have to juggle different tickets during their trip.Eliminating lines: Frustrating waits can have wide-ranging impacts on travelers. With no paper tickets to buy, ticket kiosks and the long lines they create will disappear. This helps smooth the traveler’s journey.These are priorities common to any transportation agency – public or private – and any mode of transportation, be it below ground, on the surface, across water, or through the air. The fact that so many of them can be addressed through a single tech-driven regulation should encourage local government officials, public agencies, and private transportation agencies to give serious consideration to follow Germany’s lead.We are now on the flip side of the car/speed limit equation. In the era of the Internet of Things – where virtually every object that can be connected will, at some level, be connected – we can expect technology-driven regulations to quickly become the norm. State- or agency-level mandates should take the initiative, given the benefits they can reap through leveraging technology to address these priorities. Brian Zanghi IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Masabi#Smart Cities#smart city center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

How to Get That Terrence Malick Look in Your Next Film

first_imgAll of the great directors have a signature style that is at once recognizable and wholly representative of their work. Perhaps one of the most iconic cinematic styles belongs to the enigmatic director Terrence Malick as seen throughout his four-decade career.Top image via WikimediaIn a conversation about Tree of Life, Christopher Nolan calls Terrence Malick’s work “instantly recognizable.”His films are all very connected with each other and very recognizably his work. But it’s very tough to put your finger on why that is or what you’re seeing in that the technique is not immediately obvious.While the Malick-style is built on a rich tapestry of motifs and pathos, the cinematic tropes are distinctive and actually quite achievable on projects big and small. Here are some of the key ingredients to capture that “Terrence Malick look.”1. Shoot During Magic HourMost notable in the picturesque big Hollywood production Days of Heaven, Malick’s insentience to shoot as many scenes as possible in fleeting dusk light might be his most notable hallmark. The shadowless glow of twilight is perfect for capturing that Malick lighting style (as well as evenly lighting your scenes).2. Wide-Angle HandheldAfter Days of Heaven, Malick disappeared from cinema for 20 years. Once he returned, he completely abandoned many of the traditional Hollywood styles in which he was forced to work early in his career. The set two-shots and conversational cut-betweens seen in most narrative formats were eliminated in favor of a wandering wide-angle camera that constantly circles around subjects as they wander through the film.3. Close-Ups of HandsIf there is a Terrence Malick “shot” that has been most pastiched and reused, it would have to be the close-up of a hand being held out and lightly touching flowing blades of grass or wheat. You can see the same shot in pretty much every one of Malick’s films, as well as appropriated in shots from The Assassination of Jesse James and Marie Antoinette.4. Cutaway Inserts of NatureThis is a style that stems back to his first feature, Badlands. Whether it’s simply light through tree branches, snakes sliding across grass or buffalo gawking at Richard Gere, Malick seemingly has never passed up any opportunity to break from filming movie stars to shoot scenic inserts of nature in its beauty.5. Whispering Existential NothingsAll the Malick footage in the world would be for naught if it didn’t include characters from the filming whispering existential non-sequiturs to no one in particular. Bonus points if the actor or actress whispering is being subjectively circled while lightly touching a tree branch in a friscilating dusk.If you’d like to see some of Malick’s influences firsthand, here’s a great supercut put together by Jacob T. Swinney of Malick-style shots in non-Malick directed films. What are your thoughts on the Malick look? Have any other style examples to share? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

I am not B team Of Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh: Ajit Jogi

first_imgTerming the Congress as “irrelevant and obsolete”, former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi on Sunday dismissed suggestions that he was the B team of the BJP and said he would contest against incumbent Raman Singh and his party in the upcoming elections in the state.“Had I been B team I would not be contesting election from Rajnandgaon (the chief minister’s constituency). Had I been B team I would have not faced a baseless case of murder. There should not have been a false case of dacoity against me. My son faced charges of hatching a conspiracy to murder. Had I been B team this all would not have happened,” he told PTI in an interview here.Mr. Jogi said it was his faith in the judiciary that all these baseless charges were dropped against him and his son.He said that a ‘mahagathbandhan’ was needed for the 2019 general election, but not for the Assembly polls due in the State later this year.To a question whether the proposed alliance of the BSP and the Congress would be detrimental to his party, the former bureaucrat-turned-politician said such a coalition has not yet materialised and that his party would assess the situation once such a situation emerges.“See whether the (BSP-Congress) coalition would happen or not, it (future course of action) will be decided only then. There may be some gains and losses. But, whenever such a coalition take place then we will assess this. As of today, we are contesting all seats in the elections,” Mr. Jogi said.Criticising both the Congress and the BJP for being run from Delhi, he said what Chhattisgarh needs today is a State-centric approach.There is no opposition to the Congress, except the fact that it is a national party and all its decisions are taken in Delhi, he said. “We want that Chhattisgarh should get solutions to all its problem within the state itself,” Mr. Jogi said.He said that his main opposition is the BJP. “The Congress is both obsolete and irrelevant in the state. They do not have any leader. They do not have any direction. Our fight is with the BJP,” said Mr. Jogi, who was for long associated with the Congress before leaving it in 2016. He later formed his own party.Mr. Jogi said he would contest the polls against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh from his own Rajnadgaon constituency.last_img read more

11 killed in Rajasthan road accident

first_imgIn a gruesome accident, 11 persons were killed and over 15 injured when a bus full of passengers collided head-on with a truck on National Highway-11 near Shri Dungargarh in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district on Monday. The injured were rushed to the trauma centre at P.B.M. Government Hospital in Bikaner.Both the vehicles caught fire after the accident. The bus overturned and its front portion was mangled, in which several passengers were trapped. Rescuers faced difficulty in extricating the passengers, though the local residents and policemen doused the fire by fetching water from the nearby villages.The bus was on its way from Bikaner to Jaipur and the mishap occurred outside Lakhasar village. Police said the early morning fog and over-speeding could be the possible causes for the accident.last_img read more

‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome

first_img“I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it. That’s obviously disappointing to hear. They rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange, but OK,” Federer said. “I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here. … I’m pumped up to play well. My excitement couldn’t be bigger.”While he hasn’t won in Rome, Federer has found success in Italy. He won his first career title in Milan in 2001. In the memorable 2006 Italian Open final, Federer lost in a fifth-set tiebreaker to Nadal.“Always enjoyed playing in Italy. It’s probably the country I’ve played the most junior tennis in,” he said. “Coming down from Switzerland to the clay courts was always a logical junior trip. They have very strong junior tournaments here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA D-League: CEU nears no. 1 after beatdown of Wangs “I was in the mood to play,” Federer said Tuesday after a practice session on the Foro Italico’s Campo Centrale. “Would I rather practice or play matches? … There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland.“Honestly, I love to play matches. Regardless of what happens here, I just think it’s good for me to play matches at this stage,” Federer added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter reaching the Madrid Open quarterfinals last week upon his return to clay after a two-year absence, Federer went to Switzerland. He said the cool weather at home also convinced him to make the trip to Rome.“I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me,” Federer said. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Switzerland’s Roger Federer looks on during a press conference at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)ROME — At 37 and with 20 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer still gets excited about playing tennis.That’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Federer begins play Wednesday against either 37th-ranked Frances Tiafoe or 75th-ranked Joao Sousa. He’s in the same half of the draw as eight-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal.“I’m so far away in the draw,” Federer said of a possible semifinal matchup with his longtime rival. “I have other problems first getting there.”Federer is a four-time runner-up at the Italian Open, which he’s never won, making it one of the few significant trophies he hasn’t claimed.Federer is preparing for the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks.Federer had initially planned to play only in Madrid before Roland Garros. When he announced on Saturday that he was coming to Rome, Italian Open organizers raised prices for remaining tickets to Wednesday’s session.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik Aim for History in Semis

first_imgEkaterinburg: India would be aiming to better their best ever show when Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) step inside the ring against tough opponents in pursuit of summit berths in the World Men’s Boxing Championship here, on Friday.India have never had two semifinalists at the marquee event for amateur boxers and in that respect, the two Haryana boxers have already scripted history. But if both or either of them manages to make the finals, it would be a gigantic step forward for the sport in the country.The task, however, is easier said than done.Panghal has in his way Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stunned Armenia’s European gold-medallist and sixth seed Artur Hovhannisyan in the quarterfinals.Kaushik, on the other hand, faces the most accomplished boxer in his weight category — Cuban top seed Andy Gomez Cruz, who out-punched Russia’s eighth-seeded Ilia Popov in the last-eight stage.Cruz, who was the light welterweight (64kg) gold-medallist in the 2017 edition, is also a two-time Pan American Games gold-winner and not to mention, a terrific mover inside the ring.”Now begins the tough job. We have already delivered on bettering the medal count and now we aim to better their colour,” Indian Boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.”I am happy but I won’t be completely happy till the time both of them reach the finals and they surely can, both of them,” added the country’s chief coach C A Kuttappa.They are up against tough challengers but that in no way makes them automatic underdogs.Panghal, the pint-sized dynamo from Rohtak, is the reigning Asian Games and Championships gold-medallist and has back-to-back gold medals at one of Europe’s oldest tournament — the Strandja Memorial.Kaushik, the shy man hailing from the cradle of Indian boxing Bhiwani, is a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and is a two-time national medal winner.Both are employed with the Indian Army and both have shown a soldier’s grit in some draining bouts so far.”He (Bibossinov) has a long reach but I think I have the strategy to beat him,” said Panghal after the quarterfinal triumph.Panghal didn’t go into the details but so far, he has delivered each time he has promised. In fact, it was at the world championships when Panghal first caught everyone’s attention.In the 2017 edition, he nearly took down the then defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarters but lost by the most slender of margins. The Indian got his revenge a year later in the Asian Games final, where a gold catapulted him to star status in Indian boxing.Kaushik has had a stop-start career so far. He first hit the headlines when he took down 2015 world bronze-winner and three-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa in the national championship finals.That victory opened the doors of the senior national camp for him and he has been locked in a neck-and neck battle for a place in the side with Thapa ever since. So, while the CWG slot went to him, Thapa took the Asian Games last year.”I think I have moved slightly ahead because I don’t just have a world medal like him but also a CWG medal which Shiva bhai doesn’t have. That has taken a lot of pressure off me,” Kaushik told PTI.”As for tomorrow, I have seen the videos of my opponent. No doubt he is a good boxer but there is nothing in his game that I cannot do better,” he added.Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal in a single edition of the world championship.The overall medal count for the country before the ongoing edition stood at four bronze medals, claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017). Amit PanghalboxingIndiaIndian Boxing First Published: September 19, 2019, 1:25 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

WTA Finals: Simona Halep Mounts Raging Comeback for Win Over Bianca Andreescu as Elina Svitolina Downs Karolina Pliskova

first_imgShenzhen: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep saved a match point in the second set and then powered to a rousing comeback victory over Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu at the WTA Finals on Monday.The No.5 seed prevailed with a gruelling 3-6,7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win in two hours and 34 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre. Andreescu, who at 19 is the youngest player in the draw, had a match point in the 12th game of the second set but was unable to convert and fell away after that.Halep moved on top of Purple Group alongside defending champion Elina Svitolina who earlier beat No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes.”I love playing under pressure,” Halep said after the match.”I’m happy that I could fight with a girl who is 10 years younger than me.”There has been much attention on Andreescu since she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final and she started confidently in her first appearance at the season-ending showpiece.In a matchup of the past two Grand Slam champions, Andreescu dictated early from the baseline and ruthlessly pounced on Halep’s tentative serve to break three times in a dominant opening set.It was a see-saw in the second set with both players struggling to hold serve before Halep produced her best when it mattered most to force a deciding set.Andreescu received medical attention on her lower back between sets and she appeared lethargic in the deciding set as a rejuvenated Halep took full advantage.The No.4 seed lost for just the sixth time in 54 matches this season, where she started the year ranked 178.Earlier, Svitolina continued her dominance over Karolina Pliskova to start her title defence impressively. It was Svitolina’s fourth straight victory over a misfiring Pliskova who had 42 unforced errors.The 25-year-old is hoping to end a barren season on a high having not captured a title since last year’s WTA Finals triumph.”This is my last chance (this season),” Svitolina told reporters. “That’s the biggest motivation for me. I always try to bring my best game.”It was a disappointing result for Pliskova who started well, mixing trademark hard-hitting blows from the baseline with softer touch, but Svitolina slowly clawed her way back into the match.It was a tense contest extending into a nerve-jangling tiebreaker with Pliskova’s bold approach saving six set points, but she miscued on the seventh as the Ukrainian finally drew first blood.A frustrated Pliskova was broken immediately to open the second set and never seriously threatened to stage a comeback against an increasingly confident Svitolina.Pliskova, who has a tour-leading four titles this season, rued the marathon tiebreaker where she failed to convert a set point.”I think that decided the match,” she said. “Even though I had some chances in the second set, the first set was a big part of the match. Bianca Andreescuelina svitolinakarolina pliskovaSimona Halep First Published: October 28, 2019, 10:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Difficult to compare us with Manchester City: Tottenham manager Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have taken a different path to Manchester City but manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Londoners can soon rival Sunday’s opponents as one of the world’s biggest clubs.City were catapulted to the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Premier League titles by the huge investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and have become Champions League regulars. (Champions League: Son Heung-min strike helps Tottenham Hotspur beat CSKA Moscow)Spurs have made steadier progress in Pochettino’s two seasons in charge, finishing fifth and third and qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time.While City boast some of the world’s biggest names, such as Sergio Aguero and David Silva, and went on a huge spending spree in the summer, Tottenham have largely relied on a core of young English players mixed with some astute foreign signings. (Harry Kane strike sinks Sunderland and keeps Spurs on the rise)Under new manager Pep Guardiola a rampant City have won six out of six in the league so far this season but unbeaten Tottenham are their closest pursuers, four points behind. Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane offers Pochettino the chance to get one over Guardiola who he once out-witted when he was in charge of Espanyol and the Spaniard was at the height of his powers with Barcelona. (Premier League: Everton up to third place despite Crystal Palace draw)Whatever the outcome, Pochettino believes Spurs are on course to become City’s regular rivals for silverware.”Maybe we are a little behind them but our expectation in the long term is to compete with all the big clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool,” Pochettino said at a news conference on Friday.advertisementDIFFERENT PROJECT”It’s important for us. Since 2014 we have been building a different project. We are building a new stadium, we have an unbelievable training ground and we want to set the principles to be a big, big club.”Our spirit and ambition is to be one of the biggest in the world, but you need time and a normal process.”Tottenham are building a new 60,000-seater stadium next to their historic White Hart Lane ground.That will mean less in the transfer kitty but with such a young squad, including England regulars Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs have great potential to maintain their current progress.”It is difficult to compare Tottenham and Manchester City. You look at their budget, the salaries they pay and compare it with Tottenham, and it is very clear,” Pochettino said.”If you look at my first season here, 2014-15, and compare it with Guardiola’s – how much he has spent, and how much I spend then. We have very different projects.” Tottenham did the double over City last year when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of the Manchester club.Before that City had won the previous four clashes.”It’s a very important game for us and for them, but it’s only a game,” Pochettino said.”But it’s very early to start saying that it’s an important game to prove something. It’s important to reduce the gap but be sure that my speech if we win will be the same as if we don’t.”last_img read more

SPORT-RESULTS 8

first_img8th race: The Super Sunrise Handicap Div.I Dist (Abt) 8th race: The Super Sunrise Handicap Div.I Dist (Abt) 1400 Mts. Rewalding (Mr Gurinder Singh Shahi) 60.5 Mohit Singh First. Earnest Ruler 62.5 Mudassar Nazar Second. Glory Of Boss 56.5 Russell Xaviers Third. Taygetus 53 S Zervaan Fourth. All ran. Won by: 2-1/2 1-3/4 NK Time: One min 28.393 secs Tote: Rs 23 for win. Rs 13, Rs 32 and Rs 32 for places. Fc: Rs 102 Shp: Rs 77 Tanala: Rs 2652 Favourite: Rewalding Winner trained by: Jasbir Singh. — (more) PTI Corr LNS LNS ATKlast_img read more

Youth focus of Modis vision, connect with them: Shah to BJYM

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah today asked his partys youth wing to connect young voters to it, saying they were key in Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision of a new India.Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morchas national executive here, Shah said youths should be flag bearers of Indias culture and traditions and take lead in the countrys development.Be it Digital India, Start-Up India or Stand-up India, the youth is Modis focus, he said, asking the partys young leaders to reach out to the youngsters and popularise the governments works.He also asked youth leaders to focus on swachhta project and work on cleanliness in their areas, a BJP statement said.Shah spoke at length about the partys growth from 11- leader Jana Sangh, the BJPs forerunner, to its current strength of over 11 crore workers besides more than 330 MPs and 1385 MLAs.BJYM chief Poonam Mahajan said the outfit will organise a big programme to groom the countrys cultural talent and hold national- and state-level competitions to motivate sports talent. PTI KR KISlast_img read more

BCCI email and report leak in bad taste

first_imgIn the best of times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been known for diplomacy. And with the Mithali Raj versus coach Ramesh Powar conflict playing out like a top soap opera, the BCCI can take credit for “leaking” a confidential email written by the superstar of Indian women’s cricket and the tour report by Powar.Since the time India lost in the ICC World T20 semi-finals to England where Mithali was benched, there has been all kind of speculation. One would have liked to treat India’s loss as one where they were not the best side on view that day. From team mix to strategy, everything went wrong.The match was played on November 22 and perhaps time would have been the best healer. In the good old days, women’s cricket did not enjoy this kind of popularity. Thanks to their efforts on the field and India making the ICC World Cup (ODI format) final last year in England, the popularity has grown. It’s a good sign for Indian women’s cricket.Then came the most foolish act from someone within the national cricket board who had access to the Mithali email. It was leaked and almost everyone from media fraternity and social media users could read its contents.The email was emotional and also explosive. It had all the ingredients of a letter where the aggrieved party (Mithali) poured her heart out. She spoke of her pain, she spoke of her commitment to Indian cricket and she also spelt out how coach Ramesh Powar was “avoiding” her in the West Indies.advertisementIdeally, an email like this should have set the BCCI thinking and they should have conducted a proper probe into it. Mithali was called to the BCCI office and just a day after that her email was leaked. It was in very poor taste as the whole idea was to play out in public personal grievances being nursed by India’s captain in Tests and ODIs.To say that Mithali was left red-faced would be an understatement. None can question her commitment to cricket and as someone who was even being touted as a possible Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award nomination in 2017, she has every right to feel let down.Coaches versus player differences are nothing new. In team sport, the coach, manager or captains have a say. If Mithali is saying she was being avoided by coach Powar that in itself is a big story. The job of a coach is to ensure best possible communication, which seemed missing in the West Indies. There have been instances before in men’s cricket where players have been dropped. At first, it seemed for just one match, before their careers simply petered out!These are troubled times for Indian cricket. The BCCI finds itself embroiled in many controversies and for even matters of pure cricketing domain, we find the CoA (Committee of Administrators) poking its nose in it. Then again, the CoA has also not come out with flying colours in the Mithali episode as she has taken a huge swipe at Diana Edulji for her comments in the media.It’s a bizarre situation. Mithali cannot deny the contents of the email and none in the BCCI has offered an explanation till now as to who was crazy enough to leak the email. The best of controversies in life can be handled when you let it cool down. In this case, what has happened is more fuel has been added to fire and everyone has an opinion on it now.Former cricketers, men and women, are giving their views. The controversy finds huge mention in the media and one thing is certain, Powar is no longer the Indian women’s coach. But there is a catch here, he has not been dumped because of the content of Mithali’s email. As per his contract, this was his last assignment.Powar, too, has called Mithali “selfish” and so on in his report that the BCCI cannot dismiss lightly. Just to jog the readers’ memory, when Anil Kumble was being eased out as coach, the dressing room was being blamed for leaks! The rooms were not speaking but people from within. It could have been players or those who have regular access to the dressing room.With the BCCI advertising for a new women’s coach, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. The Mithali topic sees former cricketers giving their verdict. In this whole drama, if there is one group of people having a real good laugh, it’s the wise men in the BCCI. Howzzat?advertisementlast_img read more

International roundup: Klich denies Republic of Ireland win over Poland

first_img Show Share via Email Read more TuesdayA2: Iceland 0-3 BelgiumA4: Spain 6-0 CroatiaB3: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 AustriaC2: Hungary 2-1 Greece, Finland 1-0 EstoniaD2: San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg, Moldova 0-0 Belarus MondayA3: Portugal 1-0 ItalyB2: Sweden 2-3 TurkeyC1: Scotland 2-0 AlbaniaC4: Serbia 2-2 Romania, Montenegro 2-0 LithuaniaD1: Andorra 1-1 KazakhstanD3: Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands, Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Pinterest Share on Twitter Hide Friendlies Marcus Rashford ends England’s losing run in drab friendly against Switzerland Gavin Whyte scores Northern Ireland’s third goal after coming off the bench in the second half. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters Having spent much of the run-up to the game in Wroclaw having to handle the fall-out from assistant Roy Keane’s summer rant at Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, Martin O’Neill saw his depleted squad provide a response to their Nations League drubbing in Wales on Thursday evening.They were roundly criticised in the wake of a 4-1 loss in Cardiff, where they were porous in defence and toothless in attack as they slipped to a fourth defeat in five games.However, a team featuring two regular starters in the goalkeeper Darren Randolph and midfielder Jeff Hendrick, reverted to type in front of a crowd of 25,455, denying Poland time and space and looked to have nicked victory until Klich intervened.Gavin Whyte needed less than two minutes of his Northern Ireland debut to find the net in a 3-0 win over Israel in a friendly at Windsor Park. Lukaku then made it 2-0 to Belgium, firing a close-range shot on the rebound that was judged to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevardsson managed to clear. The Manchester United striker then added a third with a deft flick nine minutes from full-time.It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday.In League B, Edin Dzeko grabbed the only goal of the game in the 78th minute as Bosnia overcame Austria in Zenica.In League C, Hungary edged a 2-1 win over Greece in Budapest. Roland Sallai’s 15th-minute goal was quickly cancelled out by Kostas Manolas, but a 42nd-minute effort from László Kleinheisler proved enough for the Hungarians to bounce back from Saturday’s opening 1-0 defeat in Finland. Reuse this content Topics Finland maintained their promising start to the competition as Teemu Pukki’s goal in the 12th minute proved decisive in a 1-0 victory over Estonia in Turku.In League D, Luxembourg eased to a 3-0 win in San Marino, while Moldova and Belarus drew 0-0. Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as Belgium beat Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League A, Group 2 game in Reykjavik.Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason in the 28th minute and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Hazard sending Hannes Halldórssón the wrong way with the resulting penalty. Twitter Belgium Photograph: Francois Nel – UEFA/UEFAcenter_img SaturdayA2: Switzerland 6-0 IcelandA4: England 1-2 Spain B3: Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-HerzegovinaC2: Finland 1-0 Hungary, Estonia 0-1 GreeceD2: Belarus 5-0 San Marino, Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova Facebook Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Republic of Ireland Asensio and Saúl inspire new-look Spain to six-goal thrashing of Croatia FridayA3: Italy 1-1 PolandB2: Turkey 1-2 RussiaC1: Albania 1-0 IsraelC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD3: Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo, Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta Nations League Quick guide Nations League: latest results and fixtures Northern Ireland SundayA1: France 2-1 NetherlandsB1: Ukraine 1-0 SlovakiaB4: Denmark 2-0 WalesC3: Bulgaria 1-0 Norway, Cyprus 2-1 SloveniaD1: Georgia 1-0 LatviaD4: Macedonia 2-0 Armenia, Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar news Share on Pinterest ThursdayLeague A, Group 1: Germany 0-0 FranceB1: Czech Republic 1-2 UkraineB4: Wales 4-1 Republic of IrelandC3: Norway 2-0 Cyprus, Slovenia 1-2 BulgariaC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD1: Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia, Latvia 0-0 AndorraD4: Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein, Gibraltar 0-2 Macedonia Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Aiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with a morale-boosting victory in Poland.The 24-year-old Millwall striker looked to have won the day with his 53rd-minute header, but Mateusz Klich equaliser’s in the 87th minute snatched a 1-1 draw. Read more Share on Messenger Whyte scored the final goal soon after coming on as a substitute to add to first-half goals from Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.It helped the home side to a first win in four and a much-needed result after the frustration of Saturday’s 2-1 Nations League loss to Bosnia & Herzegovina in a match Northern Ireland dominated.Though they did not enjoy the same levels of possession or create as many chances, Northern Ireland did succeed in carving out clear openings and made them count.last_img read more

‘Zidane will have no problem finding PL club’

first_imgPremier League Zidane will have no problem finding a Premier League club – Pires Matt Dorman 03:09 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zinedine Zidane Getty Images Premier League Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid Primera División A former France international team-mate of the ex-Real Madrid manager has encouraged a man now out of work to consider a role in English football Zinedine Zidane made the right decision to leave Real Madrid and will continue to flourish as a coach, according to former team-mate Robert Pires.Zidane dropped a bombshell by quitting the Santiago Bernabeu just five days after leading Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.The 1998 World Cup winner was immediately linked with the France post, but French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said Didier Deschamps would remain in charge until at least 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now That could spark a scramble for his services, with Pires proposing the Premier League as a completely new test for “one of the best” in world football.”I think for him it’s good news he left Real Madrid. He loves a new challenge,” the ex-Arsenal man told Sky Sports.”He’s competitive and I think he can find a good solution, and he can find a new [type of] football, because you know the Premier League and LaLiga is not the same football.”If he wants to try the Premier League he will find a new club, no problem for him.”Along with a trio of Champions League crowns, Zidane also guided Los Blancos to two UEFA Super Cups, back-to-back Club World Cup successes and the 2016-17 Liga title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripper

first_imgJasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripperIn a video uploaded by Hong Kong Cricket, a kid in an U-13 cricket tournament in the country can be seen bowling a ripper while imitating Jasprit Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah has emerged the leader of India’s bowling attack (AP Photo)After years of Indian kids idolising fast bowlers from pace-rich teams of the likes of Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand, an Indian fast bowler has taken the cricketing world by storm.An unusual action coupled with pinpoint accuracy has made Jasprit Bumrah one of the best pacers going around. The smiling assassin doesn’t showcase the aggression that is typical of a fast bowler but is proving to be opposition batsmen’s biggest headache these days.Ever since his debut in red-ball cricket, Bumrah has been able to establish himself as one of the lethal pacers across all formats. The India pacer jolted the Australian batsmen in their own backyard and played a crucial role in setting up India’s historic 2-1 Test series win.Months after a video of an Australian kid imitating Bumrah’s action in his backyard surfaced on the internet, a clip of a U-13 cricketer in Hong Kong trying his bit to mimic the India pacer has gone viral.Hong Kong Cricket took to social media to share a video clip of the kid bowling during an U-13 cricket tournament in the country. The kid can be seen taking a short bowling stride before picking up pace, just like Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action.Incidentally, the kid can be seen testing the batsman with the delivery bowled with the unusual action.Spotted in the U-13s League today – another interesting bowling action. Does this remind you of somebody? @Jaspritbumrah93 @BCCI @ICCMediaComms @ICC #Cricket #HKCricket pic.twitter.com/A8OOfmtfPGadvertisementHong Kong Cricket (@CricketHK) March 3, 2019Notably, Bumrah had responed to the video of the Australian kid, who had imitated his action. “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes,” the 25-year-old had written.The kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes .Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019Bumrah has gone on to establish himself as the leader of India’s bowling attack, across the three formats of the game. After snaring 48 wickets in his first year in Test cricket, Bumrah is gearing up for his first World Cup tournament.Bumrah is likely to lead the pace attack in England and Wales while the likes of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are battling for the second pacer’s spot.Also Read | Nagpur ODI: MS Dhoni returns to happy hunting ground amid strong form vs AustraliaAlso Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Hong Kong CricketFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirms

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirmsThe Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February. They are now set to launch in India soon as per a teaser on Flipkart.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung is set to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India.The Samsung wearables will be available on Flipkart following their launch.The Galaxy Fit sports an AMOLED display and is water resistant up to 50 meters.Samsung will finally launch its latest fitness wearables in India. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February alongside the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Buds. While the flagship phones as well as the truly wireless earbuds have been available in India for a while now, the fitness trackers have been missing. It seems the company is now ready to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India as per a teaser on Flipkart.The Flipkart teaser shows an image of a fitness band with the lines “Get ready to get fit” and “The NextGen of fitness is coming.” Apart from a ‘Notify Me’ option, there is not much else that is known about the launch of the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e at the moment. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are simple fitness tracking devices with prices starting at Eur 39 (approx Rs 3,000). The Galaxy Fit sports a 0.95-inch AMOLED (120×240) display, while the Galaxy Fit e gets a slightly smaller 0.75-inch PMOLED (64×128) screen. The fitness trackers are water resistant up to 50 meters and can show notifications when paired with a phone. The wearables can also auto detect some workouts such as walking, running and dynamic workout.The Galaxy Fit houses a 120mAh battery while the Fit e packs a smaller 70mAh capacity. Both the fitness wearables run on FreeRTOS and support Bluetooth 5.0 LE. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are compatible with Android phones running Android 5 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM and iPhone 7 and above running on iOS 10 or newer OS.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10 variant listed on FCC with dual cameras, bigger batteryALSO READ | More Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro cases show up to confirm designGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Fitlast_img read more

Testing The “Ultimate Hangover Cure”: Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Waking up hungover is terrible when you’re in college. You may be in a strange apartment, covered in marker drawings, and missing a shoe. You may still have the taste of jungle juice in your mouth. You may not remember going to Cookout at 3:30 AM and ordering six bacon cheese hot dogs. In short, it’s terrible (except for that last part, which is awesome).Waking up hungover as an adult, though, is even worse. It hits you like a truckload of regret and sadness, and you spend hours wishing that the world would just go away.Some things help this, of course. Water, of course. Gatorade. Crackers and toast, convincing someone else to drive you to the nearest Bojangles.To Keith Barnofski and his business partners, though, there was another option. Something simple and delicious. Peanut butter, jacked up on caffeine. It’d be perfect, they realized, for those rough mornings after throwing one too many back or for college students in a rush to get to class. Thus, Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter was born.One serving of Steem (2 tbsp) has around as caffeine as a cup of coffee: a cup of coffee usually has between 80 and 135mg per 8-ounce cup while Steem comes in at 150mg per serving.Naturally, we had to try it.Related: Chefs Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert RecipesTo make sure the test was, as they say, scientific—we could not let you, the readers, down—our spirits writer made sure to test it under the proper conditions: the morning after a Halloween party.The peanut butter:The flavor, if you like/are used to natural peanut butters, is great. There is a good balance of sweet and salty that isn’t overpowering one way or the other. Steem is thick and a little gritty, but again, nothing out of the ordinary for people who have eaten natural peanut butter.The caffeine:The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 400mg as safe for adults. Two quick spoonfuls of Steem brings you close to that amount, without having to get out of bed and brew coffee (leaving the jar bedside seemed like the best idea ever at first sight of it that morning).The results:It wasn’t an immediate miracle cure, but it did help. Taking certain headache medicines is bad for you after you’ve been drinking, so this all-natural product helps on in that respect. As mentioned above, convenience is also a benefit—you don’t even need a spoon. You can just scoop some out with a finger if you’re so inclined.Overall:In the end, it’s easy to see why this helps with hangovers or getting to class on time or running races or any of the other times when Steem can be put into action.For those who are a little more motivated in their anti-hangover cure procedures, check out this recipe for Five-Ingredient No-Bake Caffeinated Peanut Butter Balls from their blog:Ingredients:1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels1 stick of salted butter1 sleeve of graham crackers1 cup confectioner’s sugar1 jar of STEEM Caffeinated Peanut ButterProcess:Throw your oven down the stairs! Who needs that hunk of junk, right? You can make peanut butter bars now!Did you ever notice that there’s nine graham crackers in a sleeve? Not eight, not ten; nine. Anyone else think that’s weird? Anyway, use all of your bottled rage to crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Try not to get any tears of catharsis into the mixing bowl.Cup of confectioner’s sugar? Dump it in! Melt a stick of butter. And no, wiseguy, you don’t need no stinkin’ oven to melt the butter. Put it into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for about 40 seconds. Then throw it into the mix.Pour the entire contents of one brave jar of STEEM into the bowl and mix until your forearm is all veiny.Take that big, beautiful, pasty mess out of that bowl and drop it into your lined baking pan. Press it down as evenly as you can, pushing it all the way to the corners. Make sure your hands are clean. Actually, you should have done that long before here. Are your hands clean? Go back in time and wash your hands before getting this far. Gross.Put a cup of semi-sweet morsels in a microwave-safe bowl (even the same one you used to melt the butter so you can get that .00001g of buttery cholesterol that was left behind) and nuke it for about 50 seconds. It’s touchy; after about 35 or 40 seconds, take the bowl out and try to stir it up a bit. After you nuke it for the last 15 seconds or so, it should be smooth enough to stir, and you’ll see quickly that the remaining morsels are melting and it should smooth out. Don’t give it a chance to harden; quickly pour it on top of your pb layer and spread it around evenly. I don’t go quite all the way to the edges of the pan with the chocolate because it’ll just get stuck to the foil on the edges and chocolate that I can’t eat is a thing that should not happen.Looks good, doesn’t it? Damn right it does. Now put that sucker in the fridge. The fridge is like the anti-oven. Let it set for at least an hour, more like two.Blow everybody’s freaking minds. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Former UN Peace Messenger Anna Cataldi joins campaign to curb TB

20 September 2007Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. In 2005 alone, the disease is estimated to have killed 1.6 million people. The Stop TB Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), is a network of more than 500 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, TB patients and nongovernmental and governmental organizations. Its goal is to eliminate TB as a public health problem worldwide. “Anna Cataldi has an extraordinary track record of galvanizing people to confront issues that cause human suffering,” Partnership Executive Secretary Marcos Espinal said. “She will be a strong voice calling for access to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment as a human right.” Ms. Cataldi said she was “grateful to the Stop TB Partnership for giving me this opportunity to advocate on behalf of those suffering from this disease.” Welcoming the appointement, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised Ms. Cataldi for her tireless efforts and devotion. “She was an active, compassionate and productive Messenger,” he said. “She travelled to difficult places, such as Afghanistan and Somalia, to bring support, encouragement and hope to the desperate and voiceless. I am delighted she will now devote her energies to the Stop TB campaign.” The Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015) seeks to treat 50 million people for TB between now and 2015 and save about 14 million lives. It aims to halve TB prevalence and deaths compared with 1990 levels by 2015. “Ms. Cataldi is sure to advance the global fight against TB. We welcome her appointment enthusiastically,” said Mario Raviglione, Director of the Stop TB Department at WHO. Ms. Cataldi is the author of Letters from Sarajevo, which chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia’s children. In 1998, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she initiated a project to create and distribute a passport-sized pamphlet version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for children. This March, she conceived and helped organize a photo exhibit focussing on TB at the UN’s New York Headquarters that was viewed by more than 100,000 people. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7990 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Tuesday was 79.90 cents US, down 0.22 of a cent from Monday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2515, up 0.33 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6190, up 0.55 of a cent, and US$1.2936, up 0.09 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.5037, up 1.08 cents.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

President Sirisena leaves for Australia on official visit

Bilateral cooperation has steadily improved over the years has spread into new areas of cooperation in recent years he said further in an interview with the President’s Media Division. High Commissioner Skandakumar stated further: “the fact that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invited our President for a state visit proves the new high in our longstanding friendship. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Australia today on an official visit, the President’s Media Division said.Sri Lanka and Australia enjoy strong bilateral relations, and the current state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena will give them quantum jump, says Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia Somasundaram Skandakumar. The last state visit took place six decades ago when Prime Minister Sir John Kothalawala visited Australia, following the setting up of Colombo Plan. Australia is a leading member of the Colombo Plan under which several programmes have been launched for the development of the education sector“.In the new areas of corporation, Australia is looking forward to invest in various sectors including mining, hospitality, dairy and agriculture. The High Commissioner said that the President, who also holds the Cabinet portfolio of Environment, will be visiting the National Arboretum in Canberra, where he will plant a sapling of Mahogany (Toona ciliata). The President is also scheduled to visit the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics where excellent research has been done on development of food crops. “Sri Lanka can learn a lot from these two centres about preserving environment, increasing forest density and agriculture and food crop research,” Skandakumar said. Indicating that there is a huge potential for expansion of bilateral corporation in the mining and education sectors, the High Commissioner emphasized, that Australian investors look forward to mine exploration on the western coastal areas. The recent years has seen a boost in bilateral security corporation, especially in maritime security, between the two countries. Realizing the imperative need for security in the Indian Ocean region, Australia has donated two modern patrolling vessels to Sri Lankan coast guards. The two countries are actively cooperating to curb human smuggling and to prevent maritime piracy.Revealing the details of President’s Sirisena’s state visit, Skandakumar expected many positive outcomes Australian Prime from the President’s meetings with the Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, where a number of Memoranda of Understanding will also be signed strengthening bilateral collaboration. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadians looking at investing outside of the country in greater numbers

Canadians looking at investing outside of the country in greater numbers by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian investors are increasingly looking at putting their money to work outside the country despite the drop in the loonie, a CIBC poll suggests.The survey found that 41 per cent of Canadians investing for retirement in stocks or mutual funds will invest mainly outside of the country.That result is up from 31 per cent in a similar poll last year.The poll conducted in January by Vision Critical found 15 per cent of those surveyed said they planned to add to their U.S. investments, while another 15 per cent were investing in emerging markets.Eleven per cent planned on stocks and mutual funds in developed markets such as Europe.The online poll was done by Vision Critical from Jan. 20 to 22.Much of the Canadian stock market is based in three key sectors — energy, mining and financials. The concentration meant last year that the S&P/TSX composite index suffered due to weakness in oil and other commodity prices.“While it’s natural for investors to have a ‘home bias’ by overweighting your portfolio to domestic stocks, taking a Canada-only approach can hurt returns,” says Luc de la Durantaye, managing director, asset allocation and currency management, CIBC Asset Management.“Canada accounts for only about three per cent of the world’s market capitalization, so diversifying geographically can strengthen your portfolio for the long-term.”The Canadian dollar has come off highs of recent years to trade at its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in more than a decade earlier this year.And while the drop in the loonie has made buying investments in the U.S. more expensive, it has also given a boost to U.S. stocks in Canadian dollar terms even with the relatively flat year for the S&P 500 in 2015.The CIBC suggested that with the recent volatility on the stock market and the lower loonie, 22 per cent of investors are looking at “alternative asset” classes that include real estate or infrastructure.Another 26 per cent said they wanted to learn more about alternative asset classes, the poll said.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

Security Council renews steps against illicit Libyan oil exports renews missions in

In resolution 2361, which extends the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the Council condemned the use of heavy weapons by both the Syrian armed forces and armed groups in the ongoing Syrian conflict in the area of separation between Israel and Syria, and underlined that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in that area. It also urged Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operations to halt all activities that endanger UN peacekeepers and to accord them the freedom to carry out their mandate safely and securely. UNDOF was established by the Council in May 1974 to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, to supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces, and to supervise the areas of separation and limitation. Mandate of UNAMID extended until 30 June next yearSimilarly, the Council adopted resolution 2363, in which it extended the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2018. Among other things, the Council also decided that from 31 January next year, UNAMID’s troop and police ceiling shall be reduced to consist of up to 8,735 military personnel and 2,500 police personnel, including individual police officers and members of formed police units. Mandate of UN mission in Mali extended until 30 June 2018Also today, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, through June 2018. In adopting resolution 2364, the Council also decided that MINUSMA shall continue to comprise up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel and that its strategic priority shall remain to support the implementation by the Government, the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups, as well as by other relevant Malian stakeholders, of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Furthermore, the Council authorized French forces, within the limits of their capacities and areas of deployment, “to use all necessary means” until the end of MINUSMA’s mandate, “to intervene in support of elements of MINUSMA when under imminent and serious threat upon request of the Secretary-General.” Measures renewed against illicit oil exports in LibyaThe Council also today renewed the measures against illicit oil exports from Libya as well as the mandate of the expert panel assisting the sanctions committee through November this year. In adopting resolution 2362, the Council condemned attempts to illicitly export petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, from Libya, including by parallel institutions which are not acting under the authority of the Government of National Accord.The Council also raised concerns about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Corporation, and stressed the need for the Government of National Accord “to exercise sole and effective oversight” over the National Oil Corporation, the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Investment Authority. In the same resolution, the Council decided that the Panel of Experts on the issue shall provide an interim report on its work no later than 28 February 2018, and a final report, with findings and recommendations, by 15 September of next year. read more

In pictures The MH17 crash site

first_imgTHE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY is scrambling to react to the downing of an Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine yesterday.But amid the geopolitics is a human disaster, the loss of 298 lives.Just outside of the tiny town of Grabovo, the wreckage is due to be inspected by investigators today.Here is the view from that scene.All pics:  Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site. Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo. Source: Dmitry LovetskyAt the Dutch embassy in Kiev, a vigil was held. Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Flowers and candles brought to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Source: AP Photo/Sergei ChuzavkovRead: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over Ukrainelast_img read more

Apple reportedly testing an iPad mini

first_imgYes, it’s the time of year when iPad rumors are launched at a rapid-fire pace. Though last year’s “iPhone 5” rumors were inconsistent enough to give one schizophrenia, the 2012 iPad rumors have been fairly consistent. The iPad 3 will likely feature a Retina display, an A6 chip, LTE, a bigger battery, and a design similar to the iPad 2. So there’s nothing more to gossip about, right?But wait: the iPad 3 is no longer the only iPad dwelling in the rumor mill. It now has a supposed little brother, the iPad Mini. Though analysts refuse to let this one die, one of the most trusted sources of Apple leaks is actually joining the chorus. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently qualifying suppliers for a smaller iPad with an eight-inch display.The “iPad mini” (the rumor mill’s name, not necessarily Apple’s) would sport a resolution that’s either the same as or similar to that of the iPad 2 (1024×768). That would give it a pixel density of 160, higher than that of the iPad 2, but nowhere near the rumored pixel density of the iPad 3 (264ppi). In other words, it would be nice enough to steal sales from the Kindle Fire, but would still be more of a budget tablet.Up to this point, we’ve been taking the iPad mini rumors with many grains of salt, but the WSJ’s chiming in lends more credibility to them. It has a great track record with Apple leaks, and is suspected to be the source that the company uses for “controlled leaks.” This leak, however, was specifically attributed to supply chain sources, not Apple.Even if this iPad mini story is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the tablet will ever make it to market. It describes a product that is still in its early stages. Many Apple products typically make it to that stage, but get killed before hitting the market. Will the iPad mini go this route, or will there be a new “Kindle Fire killer” this holiday season? I’m sure the rumor mill will give you a thousand answers during the next several months.last_img read more

KCR stresses need to ensure good governance

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed officials to follow tri-policy method to achieve qualitative governance in the State. Adding that the strict implementation of the three policies – Telangana Rural Policy, Urban policy and Revenue policy– will bring qualitative governance in the State, the Chief Minister said the Telangana rural policy should be aimed at providing relief from various problems and issues being faced by the people. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Revenue policy would ensure that the the bribe culture is curbed and the urban policy will aim at zero level corruption, he said, while holding a review on the progress made in formulating the new Municipal Act, provisions to be incorporated in it and the duties and responsibilities of the public representatives under the Act. “We are going to see a positive change in the village in three months. We fought elections in the rural Telangana and won. The people gave us a landslide majority in the Assembly polls and blessed us. We have taken up overall welfare,” he said and added that the government has decided to bring in qualitative change to pay as gratitude to the people. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The Telangana new Municipal Act would be brought in to eradicate corruption. This time, people are expecting from the government best practices and best policies, KCR said, adding that people will get benefit from the best policies. The Municipal Act should be made to serve the people and to take care of their problems and issues. The Act should be stringent and help development of towns in a better way, he emphasized. “The act would be made with all the seriousness and commitment and should not be taken in a lighter vein,” the Chief Minister said instructing the officials concerned to organise an orientation and training programme for the Municipal Commissioners to create awareness about the new act.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri sector

first_imgUri: Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. Earlier on Monday, heavy ceasefire violation was reported from two locations in Poonch, Indian Army sources said. India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to “respect” the 2003 ceasefire arrangement between the two countries.last_img

Chancel Choir 74th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgOn March 20 at 3:30 p.m., the Chancel Choir will celebrate its 74th Anniversary at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 623 Pine Street in Cambridge, Maryland. New Revelations Baptist Church of Cambridge will be in concert with their youth, mass choirs, male chorus and praise dancers. A light dinner will be served and a good will offering appreciated. For more information please contact Jacquelyn Hull at 410.222.8737.last_img

Pandora Launches Voice Mode for Everyone

first_imgPandora first unveiled voice mode at CES in Las Vegas in January. At the time, chief product officer Chris Phillips told Variety that voice technology had advanced quite a bit since the early days of mobile voice assistants. Those advancements also shaped consumers’ expectations for voice usage, Phillips argued.Consumers used to talk to devices like they were dumb robots, he said. Now, they’re talking to them more like they would talk to their friends. “More and more consumers are going to become more and more vague,” Phillips said.One of the goals of Pandora’s voice mode was to make sense of those vague utterances by tapping into their past recommendations. “We are applying personalization to all the asks,” Phillips said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 After first launching a limited beta earlier this year, Pandora opened up its mobile voice control to all of its iOS and Android users Tuesday. The new feature allows users to ask for songs, albums, playlists, stations, and even soundtracks for activities or times of day, with simple voice commands.Pandora’s voice mode is similar to the way voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Assistant make music available via voice controls, down to the “Hey Pandora” wake phrase. However, the feature has been developed in-house at Pandora, which allows the company to make unique use of its own music recommendation capabilities.This makes it possible to ask for “music to start my day” for a personalized morning playlist, for “more like this” to tap into Pandora’s music recommendation chops, and for podcasts available on the music service.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing

first_img Citation: Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing (2012, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-princeton-geoscientists-greenland-ice-sheet.html More information: Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time, Published online before print November 19, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206785109 (PDF)AbstractThe melting of polar ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level rise. Early estimates of the mass lost from the Greenland ice cap, based on satellite gravity data collected by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, have widely varied. Although the continentally and decadally averaged estimated trends have now more or less converged, to this date, there has been little clarity on the detailed spatial distribution of Greenland’s mass loss and how the geographical pattern has varied on relatively shorter time scales. Here, we present a spatially and temporally resolved estimation of the ice mass change over Greenland between April of 2002 and August of 2011. Although the total mass loss trend has remained linear, actively changing areas of mass loss were concentrated on the southeastern and northwestern coasts, with ice mass in the center of Greenland steadily increasing over the decade. The two used data from the twin satellites used in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that orbit in tandem over the Earth. As they pass over the planet they measure very small differences in gravity between the two that correspond to the amount of mass below. In looking at data recorded during the period August 2002 to 2011, they were able to measure the changes in mass of the ice sheet that covers Greenland, which is second only to Antarctica in size.The two found that by analyzing GRACE data very closely they could actually pinpoint the parts of the ice sheet that were changing and by how much. They noted for example, that for the year 2003 to 2004, the bulk of melting occurred along the eastern coast of the island nation, whereas over the following year it was centered in the northeast. Surprisingly, they found that even as the ice sheet as a whole was losing mass, some mass was gained in central Greenland. It’s not known why this has happened, but it’s possibly due to higher amounts of snowfall that might have occurred.The melting of the polar ice sheets is believed to be associated with rising global temperatures, which in turn is believed by most scientists to be the result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due mainly to human pollutants. As the ice sheets melt, global sea levels rise. By studying melting rates, scientists are able to provide better estimates on how much the sea will rise and when. Current estimates put sea level rise at 0.1 inches per year. Using the numbers from their study, the researchers estimate that sea levels will rise 2.4 inches over the next century from just the melting that is occurring in Greenland. They also note that based on current numbers, it would take approximately 13,000 years for all of the ice in Greenland to melt. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Isua Supracrustal Belt Isua, south-west Greenland. Credit: University of Washington. Enhanced melting of Northern Greenland in a warm climatecenter_img (Phys.org)—Princeton geoscientists Christopher Harig and Frederik Simons have been applying new methods to study the amount of ice melt in the Greenland ice sheet. They report in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the rate is approximately 200 billion tons annually and is rising at a rate of approximately 9 billion tons per year. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mozilla pledges to match donations to Tor crowdfunding campaign up to 500000

first_imgToday, the Tor Project launched its annual end-of-year crowdfunding campaign ‘Strength in Numbers’ and it’s receiving support from Firefox maker Mozilla. The Tor network disguises a users identity by moving their traffic across different Tor servers, and encrypting that traffic so it isn’t traced back to them, thus “ensuring privacy and online freedom”. Started back in 2016, Tor’s Crowdfunding campaigns allow the community to realize the opportunity that Tor promises. Their vision to deliver significant advancements in the hidden services field aims to draw contributions from donors, further facilitating their participation in shaping the evolution of hidden services. Tor announced that Mozilla will match donations up to a total of $500,000. This means a significant portion of the donations Tor receives during this campaign will be automatically be doubled. This is not the first time that Mozilla, Tor’s long term ally, has supported its network. Its partnership with Tor helped the organization raise over $400,000 from a similar campaign. Mozilla’s support has been beneficial to Tor, who began soliciting ‘crowdfunded’ donations in 2015 to offset its reliance on government grants. 2018 has been a busy year for the Tor network who have always aimed to take a stand against restrictive online practices and foster privacy and online freedom to its users. In wake of the same, they build the Tor Browser 8 based on Firefox’s 2017 Quantum structure and the Tor Browser for Android  to reach out to users in nations that have tightened restrictions on free expression and accessing the open web and not much freedom is provided to its citizens. Looks like Mozilla has given them a good head start to continue their work in 2019. Tor plans to do the following in 2019 with community support: Improve the capacity, modularization, and scalability of the Tor network Make improvements and integrations into other privacy and circumvention tools easier and reliable Better test  and design solutions around internet censorship Strengthen the development of Tor Browser for Android And much more! You can head over to Tor’s official Blog to know more about this news. Read Next Tor Project gets its first official mobile browser for Android, the privacy friendly Tor Browser Tor Browser 8.0 powered by Firefox 60 ESR releasedlast_img read more

Virgin unveils valet

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Boosting its corporate appeal, Virgin Australia has unveiled new kerbside valet parking at Brisbane’s domestic terminal.Launched yesterday, the new seven day weekly service will open half an hour before the first flight and after the last service and is part of the airline’s commitment to its guests, according to Virgin Australia group executive product and guest services Martin Daley.“The Premium Valet offering is designed to provide frequent and valued customers with a streamlined, hassle-free experience,” Mr Daley said. “All guests have the convenience of leaving their car with an attendant before stepping into an exclusive reception area. “A dedicated check-in desk will be available for guests with carry-on baggage only.”The new car parking service in Brisbane starts from AU$55 for up to 14 hours and $65 for up to 24 hours.As well as the new valet parking, the airline also announced a new concierge service at Hold Coast and Canberra airports, expansion and upgrade at its Sydney and Melbourne domestic hubs and a new Gold Coast lounge.last_img read more

AccorHotels shares findings from socioeconomic footprint study

first_imgAccorHotels principally creates wealth in its host countriesThe Group contributes €22 billion to world GDP, which is the equivalent of a country like Cyprus. This contribution encompasses the value added directly by the Group, plus the value generated by the activities of its suppliers, by household consumption and by public spending.The economic impacts from the Group’s activities correlate with its local presence. France, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Brazil, for example, enjoy substantial portions of this wealth. This said, in emerging countries like India and Ivory Coast, where the Group has a smaller presence, a very large share of their contributions to GDP remains firmly rooted in the host country (close to 90%).In Asia Pacific*, close to 56,000 direct jobs and about 250,500 indirect and induced jobs are sustained by the activity of AccorHotels. According to the study, every €1.00 in revenue that AccorHotels generates in Asia Pacific* contributes globally to €1.75 of GDP, and Asia Pacific* therefore represents about 20% of the Group’s contribution to worldwide GDP (€22bn).*For the purpose of this study, Asia Pacific countries cover Australia, China, India, Indonesia and ThailandOutlookThis study underscores the fact that the Group’s value creation drive is firmly rooted in local communities, and that it thus needs to continuously step up its economic and social responsibility in its host countries.To that end, in 2014, AccorHotels updated its Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Charter and appointed a Committee to supervise observance and to enhance responsibility in the areas of management ethics, integrity and legal compliance.This footprint also sheds light on the deep interconnections between the Group, its stakeholders and its host countries. AccorHotels’ role as business partner and customer entails substantial responsibility.This has led it to set up monitoring mechanisms throughout its value chain and, in particular, to develop joint innovation initiatives with its key partners in order to improve the sector’s practices.AccorHotels will use these findings to fine-tune the new chapter in PLANET 21, its sustainable development program, which it will be presenting in the second quarter of this year. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, has published the findings from its first socio-economic footprint study.This study is embedded in the Group’s corporate social responsibility drive, and its goal is to quantify and analyze its activity’s ripple effects throughout the worldwide and local economies.The findings from this impact map will help the Group to home in on more effective levers to:Strengthen the positive impacts in the communities around its hotels;Limit any negative impacts that may arise from its development.Two key findings: AccorHotels sustains around 880,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced)Over and above the jobs revolving directly around its core business, the Group’s activity has created or supports some700,000 indirect and induced jobs around the globe, in three main sectors: corporate services (laundry, cleaning, security), agriculture (as a result of its F&B activity) and public services (education, healthcare and transportation).Study findings suggest that every job created in an AccorHotels brand supports more than four other jobs around the world.last_img read more

More Brits are booking flights to destinations tha

first_imgMore Brits are booking flights to destinations that offer value-for-money as well as warmth, the latest currency trend from the International Currency Exchange (ICE) has revealed.According to the ICE’s monthly report, the Thai baht has broken into the top three foreign currencies bought by British travellers, while the East Caribbean dollar made the list for the first time.The Brazilian real jumped to seventh position, experiencing an increase in orders of 85 percent.While destinations offering guaranteed sun are proving popular, a number of people appear to have been booking flights to Czech and Swiss ski resorts, with both the koruna and Swiss franc remaining in the lists top ten.Andrew Hamilton, ICE’s head of marketing, said it was a “big surprise” that the Thai baht had managed to push ahead of the Australian dollar.”Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico, as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real,” he said.The top two currencies bought by UK travellers in February were the euro and the US dollar, while the New Zealand dollar and Polish zloty were the eighth and ninth most popular.Last month the ICE said that Russia, Mexico and Brazil were the destinations where British holidaymakers are able to get better value for their sterling.Related Reading: Don’t Ignore the Eurozone ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand is Brits’ third most popular holiday destinationThailand has remained the third most popular holiday destination for Brits, research from the ICE has revealed.More Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers.last_img read more

Price Michigan House support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

first_img Categories: News 09Oct Price, Michigan House support Breast Cancer Awareness Month Rep. Amanda Price (fourth from right) and her fellow female Republican legislators wear pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Price was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2001.last_img

House committee approves Rep Glenn bill to prohibit MEGA tax credit extensions

first_img Categories: Glenn News State Reps. Gary Glenn, left, and Lee Chatfield provided testimony to the House Tax Policy Committee April 15 on their legislation to prohibit Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits beyond the state’s current $9.38 billion liability. The bills were unanimously approved today by the committee and now go to the House for consideration.Michigan House Tax Policy Committee members today voted unanimously in favor of legislation to protect taxpayers from additional financial liability through Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit extensions.The committee includes state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who introduced House Bill 4334 to prohibit extensions currently allowed under the Michigan Business Tax Act. The committee also approved HB 4333, which addresses similar language in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act.“The MEGA credits and program expansion did what was intended at a time when Michigan was struggling through the recession by retaining the key industries and jobs that are now helping our state lead the nation’s economic rebound,” Rep. Glenn said. “While those past financial commitments can be honored with gratitude we must now look to ensure a fiscally responsible and realistic future that is stable and sustainable for Michigan taxpayers.”The MEGA tax credits were greatly expanded in 2008, and even though the program was ended by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011, there is a taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion projected over the next 17 years, including a $325 million state obligation this budget year.Current state law allows the existing credits to be increased and extended further, but the legislation approved today by the committee will freeze the existing program and its credit liabilities.HB 4333-4334 now go to the full House for consideration. 29Apr House committee approves Rep. Glenn bill to prohibit MEGA tax credit extensionslast_img read more

Rep VanderWall attends State of the State

first_img17Jan Rep. VanderWall attends State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, is joined by his wife, Diane, to listen to the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor on Tuesday evening.###last_img

Rep VanSingel announces August office hours

first_imgMonday, Aug. 218 to 9 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, 55 E. South Ave. in Hesperia;10 to 11 a.m. at One East Main, 1 E. Main St. in Fremont; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Newaygo County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 1087 E. Newell St. in White Cloud.             Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Aug. 149 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 800 10th St. in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanSingel News 07Aug Rep. VanSingel announces August office hourslast_img read more

Rep Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote

first_img15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez sets local office hours

first_img21Feb Rep. Hernandez sets local office hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host local office hours on Friday, March 1 to meet with residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“Input from the people in our community is essential to effectively representing you in Lansing,” Hernandez said. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is being open and accessible to you. I welcome anyone to attend.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and12 p.m. at the Mainstreet Café, 40 S. Elk St. in Sandusky.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Cooperative Extension A Bulwark of National Nonprofit Infrastructure

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 9, 2014; StatelineMarsha Mercer writes for Stateline that that Cooperative Extension is in the process of reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. President Woodrow Wilson created the Extension Service in 1914 as a program to share the research of land-grant universities on agriculture, home economics, and rural energy with all levels of government and communities. At the time, America was still a significantly rural community, with half of the nation living in rural communities and 30 percent of the workforce engaged in farming. Today, Mercer says, the numbers are sharply reduced—17 percent of the population living in rural areas, two percent engaged in farming. The Extension Service has shrunk drastically as America’s rural connections declined. Today, Extension relies mostly on volunteers and on its website for the distribution of information.Mercer’s article contends that Extension aims at more than helping farmers and ranchers, having branched into environmental protection, food safety, natural disaster response, energy independence, and workforce development. We would add more. Our experience with Extension in many communities has shown its staff to be often credible and imaginative actors in community development and community organizing—and in both urban and rural communities.Mercer identifies new Extension initiatives such as its establishment of bilingual 4-H clubs for immigrant children and their parents in southwest Kansas, assistance to consumers in choosing health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Maryland and Delaware, and Smart Families food choice programs in Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, and Washington.Is there a nonprofit connection to the 21st-century Cooperative Extension Service? One is that Extension used to be basically government-funded, one-third each by federal, state, and county government sources. Now, Extension is increasingly dependent on private contributions, ranging from dairy owner Steve Irsik, who came up with the idea of the bilingual 4-H clubs and donated $50,000 to get them started, to the ConAgra Foods Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant for the Smart Families pilots.With federal funding of extension down to about 10 percent of costs, Extension Services have had to reach out to foundations, but the unequal distribution of philanthropy shows up strongly in records of foundation grantmaking. Cornell Cooperative Extension has gotten solid support from a variety of foundations, notably the Park Foundation; Michigan State University’s cooperative extension has received support from community foundations; and North Carolina Cooperative Extension seems to access grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and community foundations. However, much of the nation’s extension programs reside in areas where institutional philanthropy doesn’t appear to have been much engaged with extension’s distinctive role.Beyond foundations, is there a nonprofit stake in the reinvention, revitalization, and sustainability of Cooperative Extension? Of course. At Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Non-Profits was created as an educational program of Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in 1995; the Institute evolved from the working relationship of Extension with a variety of local community organizations seeing the need for assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive. The University of Wisconsin Extension runs the Center for Community and Economic Development, established in 1990, which helps communities recognize and deal with issues of community change, addressing issues such as asset-based sustainable development, community demographic and market analysis, entrepreneurship development, and rural urban business market assessment. Among the HUD-approved foreclosure counseling organizations in Florida are nonprofit CDCs to be sure, but also Cooperative Extension offices in Holmes County, Washington County, Levy County, Brevard County and Pasco County—just to name a few.Most nonprofits are probably unaware of the importance of Cooperative Extension as a partner to their efforts and know even less of the role of Extension as a component of the nonprofit infrastructure serving rural and small communities in particular. Extension should be a component of the national nonprofit advocacy agenda.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

News Flash Children Require Exercise to Do Well

first_imgShare26TweetShare12Email38 SharesBy U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 3, 2017, New York TimesAt “Woodstock for capitalists,” Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting this past Sunday, Warren Buffett said that healthcare, not taxes, is the real problem facing corporate America. Since 1960, corporate taxes as a share of GDP have fallen from 4 to 2 percent, while health care costs have risen from 5 to 17 percent of GDP.A new study published May 1st in Health Affairs suggests that increasing physical activity among children represents a colossal cost savings as well as a necessary public health intervention. Bruce Lee, the director of the Global Obesity Prevention Program at Johns Hopkins and lead author of the study, and his colleagues, including team members from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, developed a computational simulation model utilizing their Virtual Population for Obesity Prevention software platform to represent the current population of U.S. children. They showed how even modest changes in levels of physical activity can positively affect them throughout their lifetime and the resulting economic impact. According to The New York Times:The results were staggering. According to the computer model, the costs of today’s 8- to 11-year-olds being inactive and consequently overweight would be almost $3 trillion in medical expenses and lost productivity every year once the children reached adulthood and for decades until their deaths.But when the researchers tweaked children’s activity levels within their model, the numbers began to look quite different. If they presumed that, in an imaginary America, half of all children exercised vigorously for about 25 minutes three times a week, such as during active recess or sports or, more ambitiously, ran around and moved for at least an hour every day, which is the amount of youth exercise recommended by the CDC, their virtual lives were transformed.There are presently 31.7 million American children aged 8 to 11. Two-thirds of these children rarely exercise. Many are overweight or obese. The computer model created an electronic avatar for every American child today growing up, changing each virtual child’s body incrementally as they grew into adulthood.As the simulated children became adults, the scientists then modeled each one’s health, based on obesity-associated risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, and also the probable financial price of dealing with those diseases (adjusted for future inflation), both in terms of direct expenses for hospitalizations, drugs and so on, and lost productivity because of someone’s being ill.In addition to the priceless physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by healthier living, this first-of-a-kind study indicates that if all sedentary children exercised daily, the United States could save more than $120 billion a year in health care and associated costs.Nevertheless, on the same day this startling study was published, new U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of school lunch standards, one of Michelle Obama’s signature accomplishments as first lady and which became a lightning rod for criticism by some students and parents. On May 1st, Perdue declared that the new administration would “Make School Meals Great Again.” Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” legislation, which authorized funding and set policy for the USDA’s core child nutrition programs, became law in 2010 and was implemented in cafeterias at the beginning of the 2012–13 school year. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign included better food labeling and more physical activity for children as well.The potential future scenarios revealed in this new study at Johns Hopkins, “Modeling the Economic and Health Impact of Increasing Children’s Physical Activity in the United States,” may not be enough anymore. Today, science itself is conditional. Lee and his colleagues, as well as their peers devoting themselves to any number of public health issues, may need to build into their research projects the time and resources necessary to plan a protest march in order to be heard.—James SchafferShare26TweetShare12Email38 Shareslast_img read more

Belgacom increased its TV subscriber base by 2360

first_imgBelgacom increased its TV subscriber base by 236,000 last year, ending December with a total of 1.2 million.The Belgian telco lost some of the rights it held to broadcast Jupiler League football matches but CEO Didier Bellens said this was not longer affecting churn rates. “In 2011 we had to make some strategic choices, for which we maintained our discipline and opted not to take the easy road but to hold on to our end goal, value creation. As such we were vigilant not to overpay for Belgian football broadcasting rights. This now proves to have been the right choice since football-related churn is back to previous levels, when we had all the rights”Revenue from TV services increased 14.3% year-on-year to €208 million.Belgacom said its bundling strategy was paying off. Last year it added 219,000 multi-play subscribers, ending December with a total of 1.09 million ‘Packs’ customers.The telco reported total revenues of €6.4 billion for 2011, down 3% year-on-year.last_img read more

The IBC exhibition had recorded 49808 people thro

first_imgThe IBC exhibition had recorded 49,808 people through the door at 10.30 this morning, which IBC CEO Michael Crimp said was comparable with last year’s 50,462 and up on 2010. Crimp said that registrations had fallen a little behind on last year over the Olympics period, but had recovered ahead of the show. “At the end of the day we didn’t seem to be impacted by the Olympics,” he said. “However, it explains why we had a different pattern of registrations.”Crimp said that record space had been sold to exhibitors this year, which saw the introduction of a new hall, Hall 14, outside the Rai building. This introduced 6,000 sq. metres of additional space. IBC had sold 20,000 sq. metres of space for next year’s show as of last night, he said.Referring to the introduction of recording artist and Intel creative director will.i.am as a conference speaker at this year’s event, Crimp said that his session had attracted 500 viewers, filling the main conference Forum space. This year’s IBC marked the second year of the Leaders’ Summit, a closed session for media leaders, this year featuring FremantleMedia CEO Gary Carter as an after-dinner speaker.A ‘Rising Stars’ event for new entrants to the industry and students attracted 120 attendees, while the Innovation Awards had attracted a significant number of nominations from end users as well as vendors, said Crimp.Phil White, director of technology and events, highlighted Japanese broadcaster NHK’s 8K demonstration and the world premier of a movie – Hugo 3D – screened on a laser projector.IBC conference chairman Michael Lumley said this year’s show had seen the introduction of new formats, including breakfast briefings. The IBC Awards had given a genuine representation of the breadth of the industry, he said.last_img read more

Tesco the UKs largest retailer has started tes

first_imgTesco, the UK’’s largest retailer, has started testing its Club Card TV streaming service and is expected to roll it out to its customers soon.The over-the-top service is in beta test mode and only available to Tesco employees. It is being run by Blinkbox, the streaming service that Tesco acquired in 2011.The Club Card programming line-up will include TV series and movies and there is content from Warner Bros. and the BBC among others.TV series include BBC comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Electric Sky-distributed fashion series Fashion Avenue. There are also animated kids series including Care Bears and Justice League.Movie titles include Mazes and Monsters and Cheesecake Casserole. There are also kids animated titles including Superman: Brainiac Attacks and The Return of the King.The service will be free for Tesco customers who are part of the Club Card loyalty scheme. Consumers without a Club Card can get one free of charge and then access Club Card TV.Tesco is the largest retailer in the UK with a nationwide network of supermarkets. It also offers financial and other services under the Tesco brand.last_img read more

Scripps Networks Interactive has secured carriage

first_imgScripps Networks Interactive has secured carriage for its Food Networks and Travel Channel services on Virgin Media’s network. The rebranded Travel Channel will bring content including Jonathan Phang’s Caribbean Cookbook, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, International House Hunters, Hotel Impossible, Dangerous Grounds and World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides to Virgin Media viewers.The addition of Food Network to Virgin Media’s line-up brings shows including Barefoot Contessa, Man V. Food Nation, Amazing Eats, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and Guy’s Big Bite to the platform.Both channels were added to Virgin Media’s TV service yesterday, with a variety of programming also set to be made available via the operator’s video-on-demand and catch-up TV services from July.“Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading developer of lifestyle content globally” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps Networks UK/EMEA, “Our strategy is to make our award-winning content accessible to UK audiences via a variety of platforms and devices and we believe Virgin Media’s pioneering TV platform will be the perfect combination to bring Virgin customers the best in lifestyle and entertainment programming.”last_img read more

Movie and TV streaming service Wuakitv has launch

first_imgMovie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched a new app that will make it available on Windows 8.1 PCs, laptops and tablets for the first time. The free app was developed in partnership with Microsoft, and is available from today.“At Wuaki.tv, we are committed to providing the best possible user experience and HD quality plays an important role within that. Our users are increasingly used to seeing the latest movies in high definition on their Smart TVs, consoles, and other devices, and now they can add their PC or laptop to this list too,” said Wuaki.tv founder and CEO, Jacinto Roca.last_img read more

Adam Sawicki Deutsche Telekomowned TMobile Polsk

first_imgAdam SawickiDeutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. Sawicki is currently chief exec and president of the management board at Netia, Poland’s second largest fixed line operator. In his new role he will report directly to Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and technology at Deutsche Telekom.The appointment will see Sawicki take over from Zacharias Piperidis, who has held the T-Mobile Polska top job on an interim basis since November in addition to his role as chief operating officer at Greek telco OTE Group – in which Deutsche Telekom is the largest shareholder.Piperidis stepped in to replace Miroslav Rakowski, who left T-Mobile Polska on October 31 “upon his own request to pursue new challenges outside the Deutsche Telekom Group.”“With Adam Sawicki at the helm of T-Mobile Polska, it is clear that we have the right man to tackle the Polish telecommunications market and industry,” said Nemat.“As a former CEO of GTS Central Europe and with his extensive international experience in the business and residential markets, he is a perfect strategic fit to help us ‘lead in business’ – a key element in our company’s strategy – and integrate the GTS operations we recently acquired.”Sawicki was president of the management board and chief executive officer of Ruch Internet between 2011 and 2012 and was CEO of GTS Central Europe from 2008 to 2011.last_img read more

Portuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its ca

first_imgPortuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.last_img read more

Lorenz Glatz Former Kabel Deutschland chief techno

first_imgLorenz GlatzFormer Kabel Deutschland chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz has joined the board of data analytics specialist Guavus.The company said that Glatz’s appointment is part of its on-going commitment to advance progress for the cable industry, following its strategic investment injection from Liberty Global and the launch of the latest version of Guavus Service Reflex 3, its analytics engine that combines network operations, care operations and field operations.Guavus has also joined the SCTE Standards Programme, where it will collaborate and help shape the future of industry-wide standards for the deployment of network maintenance, service assurance and customer experience management solutions. The company will work with SCTE to ensure that big data analytics products and data assets are available to further initiatives such as the Energy 2020 programme, the Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS) and the Special Working Group on Readiness for DOCSIS 3.1.“I see tremendous promise in Guavus’ products. They have pioneered a new category of service operations analytics that allow enterprises to not only correlate the impact network events have on service quality, but to take action in real-time to positively affect customer experience. This holistic approach, which can be applied to virtually any industry, is exactly what businesses need to compete, grow and succeed in today’s rapidly changing market,” said Glatz.“We are fortunate to have a Board of Industry Advisors that are so effective and engaged and are now privileged to welcome Lorenz to the team,” said Anukool Lakhina, CEO and founder of Guavus.“His expertise and guidance will be instrumental as we continue to extend into new markets around the world and to pioneer new products that allow the cable industry to exceed customer expectations across multiple channels, increase profits and rapidly bring new offerings to market.”last_img read more

CDN and video streaming services provider Broadpe

first_imgCDN and video streaming services provider, Broadpeak, will showcase a range of solutions for the cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile markets at ANGA COM.Broadpeak will showcase version 1.3 of its nanoCDN technology, which is designed to let operators cost-effectively deliver live 4K content. It will also launch of version 2.3 of its BkA100 analytics solution, which lets operators and content providers collect data from users’ devices.An enhanced version of Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN V3.1 promises to enhance quality of experience (QoE) thanks to a new technology called CDN Diversity.Broadpeak said it will additionally demo a series of user experience-focused technologies, including a new video delivery technology aimed at improving video browsing on tablets and smartphones. An extension of Broadpeak CDN services’ footprint for worldwide reach is also listed as another ‘key technology demo’ that will be new at ANGA COM.Overall, Broadpeak will present a number of solutions for operators, including Cloud PVR; nanoCDN multicast ABR demo with 4K content; and its ‘CDN in a box’ solution.For content providers it will present solutions designed to “optimise OTT video delivery through various options”. These include: hosting the origin server; using a CDN selector; deploying local cache servers; CDN services; and a new standalone video analytics solution.Broadpeak will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, stand U38last_img read more

Kenyabased Econet Media has launched a freetoai

first_imgKenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting Championship combat sports and NFL American football.The channel, Kwesé Free Sports, will be available on digital-terrestrial TV and on satellite in Kenya via free-to-air set-top boxes.The channel has exclusive free-to-air rights to air one Premier League match of the week every Saturday.Kenyan content on the channel includes Xtreme Outdoor Africa, Ball N’Africa and Sports Stars Uncovered.Econet Media is a unit of Econet Wireless, a mobile telecommunications operator founded by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa. Masiwiya revealed at the end of last year that he was planning to launch a broader pay TV service called Kwesé TV, offering a mix of sports and entertainment programming across sub-Saharan Africa, including to mobile users.He said that the company’s satellite unit, Liquid Sat, had built a platform to deliver the service via DTH.“We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone. Our goal is to bring African viewers the very best viewing experience and we are able to provide this for free in a way that is accessible for our viewers,” said Ben Amadasun, CEO Kwesé Free Sports.“Not only will we air local content, but we will also commission the production of original work by local production companies, as part of our commitment to developing the local industry”, said Monicah Ndungu general manager of the channel.last_img read more

Ukrainian broadcaster 11 Media Group is to use ca

first_imgUkrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels.Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host all of its eight channels on SES’s satellite. Seven of its DTH channels serve the Ukrainian market: 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi, Unian TV and Kvartal TV.The other channel of the group, 1+1 International, is targeted at the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, and is an international version of the 1+1 channel.1+1 Media Group recentlystruck a deal to add the latter channel to a new OTT service aimed at expatriate and ethno-linguistic groups launched by Cisco in partnership with Sky.“1+1 Media Group is one of Ukraine’s major players in the market. We have already been hosting some of the group’s TV channels. This new agreement brings our long-standing relationship to a new level, and we are very much looking forward to delivering all of 1+1 Media Group’s channels to both Ukrainian and international audiences,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“We have been relying on SES’s services over the past several years, and we are very pleased that our collaboration is expanding. SES has extensive experience in the Ukrainian market, and a proven track record in delivering top quality services. We are confident in SES as a partner in bringing our channels to our audiences in Ukraine and abroad,” said Yaroslav Pakholchuk, chief operational officer of 1+1 Media Group.last_img read more

James Purnell The BBC has called for ondemand pla

first_imgJames PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”last_img read more

Social networks share of advertising spend in the

first_imgSocial networks’ share of advertising spend in the UK will overtake television ad spend by 2020, according to stats published by eMarketer.The research firm said that come 2020, social network ad spending will account for 20% of all media ad spend in the UK, compared to 17.8% for broadcast TV.As it stands today, social networks’ share of ad spending has overtaken all traditional media formats in the UK, with the exception of TV, and is expected to grow throughout the year.eMarketer estimates that marketers in the UK will spend £3.3 billion on social network advertising in 2018, a 24% increase over 2017.It has also increased its social ad projections since its previous forecast due to diversification in the marketplace, which it says is driving up overall social network user rates and resulting in increased spend.“While Facebook has been losing teen users, Snapchat has been adding them,” said Bill Fisher, eMarketer’s UK senior analyst.“The result is a growing social media market, and one that advertisers are keen to utilise. Media-rich targeting options, with video a particularly big play, make platforms like Snapchat and Instagram especially attractive.”last_img read more

Giuliano Giorgetti Eleven Sports has named Giulian

first_imgGiuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.last_img read more

On Friday ands Saturday night the place will be ro

first_imgOn Friday ands Saturday night the place will be rocking with the super-pub disco back with DJ Marty Curran spinning the decks.It promises to be yet another SUPER weekend at Sister Sara’s.Check out all the snaps from last weekend below. SUPERB DRINK PROMOTIONS ON OFFER TO CELEBRATE ‘END OF TERM’ PARTY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by stephenstephen Tags: EntertainmentFeaturesNewsSister Sara’s ShareTweet WEEKEND PREVIEW: Management at Sister Sara’s are providing a real treat to help student’s wind-down after a stressful exam period with a superb drinks promotion.It’s been tough for all you academics at the LYIT and we all know that exams are a stressful and tiring time. However, we all know that when the exams finish you need a MASSIVE party to blow off some steam. At Letterkenny super-pub Sister Sara’s we’re hosting a HUGE end of term party to kick-start your summer.We’re also offering some superb offers on drink to get you in the partying spirit.You can get THREE beers for just €10, FOUR JAGER BOMBS for just €10 and you can buy one get one FREE on our Strawberry Daiquiri’s.last_img read more

Mary Blake Tourism Officer with Council who is lea

first_imgMary Blake Tourism Officer with Council who is leading the local campaign said: “We are delighted that our bid is through to the shortlisted stage. Derry is galvanised under the ‘LegenDerry Food’ mantra, promoting exceptional quality and locally sourced food.“The ancient Walled City has many high quality and independently accredited restaurants along with quality cafes and delis.“Eminent food critics such as Georgina Campbell have claimed that we are now justifiably flagged as the North West’s Gourmet Capital.“Winning Foodie Town Ireland would be a real testament to the food revolution that has been taking place in our city over recent years.“Voting for Derry will support all our hardworking chefs, artisan food producers, fishermen, farmers, restaurateurs and hospitality staff.”Derry has been named among the top ten food destinations in Ireland and two independent assessors will now visit the city in the coming weeks to see what’s on the local menu. A national public vote will carry equal weight in the deciding the overall winner.You can register your support for the local food industry by going to www.foodietowns.ie and voting before 5pm on October 2nd.DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLE was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLEFOODIE TOWN OF IRELANDMARY BLAKETOURISM OFFICER ShareTweet “The city is undoubtedly establishing itself as a premier food destination and with the success of our recent food festivals, including the Flavours of the Foyle and the Legenderry Food Festival, our reputation continues to grow.“I am a huge supporter of local restaurants and food producers and Council is committed to supporting and growing the food industry here in the North West.“Winning the Foodie Town of Ireland title will gain further national recognition and enhance the city’s profile as a top destination for food tourism.”The Foodie Town of Ireland competition recognises the efforts made to establish a location’s foothold in the food tourism market, through events and activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails and markets, as well as establishing a reputation for dining excellence. THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, is calling on people across the district to back an online campaign to have Derry crowned the Foodie Town of Ireland.The city has been shortlisted in the prestigious national industry competition which is organised by the Restaurants of Ireland and a public vote could sway the outcome.With two weeks left to vote, Mayor McCallion urged local food fans to register their support online. “I am thrilled to see Derry shortlisted and I’ve already voted online.last_img read more

It states that police have submitted a file on an

first_imgIt states that police have submitted a file on an additional suspect who has been reported to the PPS by the PSNI.The letter says: “The suspect is not a soldier and is not alleged to have shot any civilian. The file relates to alleged Official IRA activity on Bloody Sunday.”In 1969, the IRA split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA.The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, led by English judge Lord Saville, was the longest and most expensive in UK history.During the inquiry, former members of the Official IRA – giving evidence anonymously – said the organisation had shot at soldiers very early on in retaliation for the shooting of two of the protesters.They denied that the organisation had fired first on Bloody Sunday.The letter from the PPS reveals that the republican suspect under consideration, will be subject to the same test for prosecution as the soldiers.It also states that they understand that the police are preparing another file on a second person over the activities of the Official IRA, and that file will be based on statements due to be made by some people who have previously not given statements to the PSNI.The PPS is also examining eight further files on Bloody Sunday but adds that the file on the Official IRA suspect is brief and should not take a great deal of time to consider.But, overall, the introduction of the new material will mean that they will not be able to move towards a decision for another six months.A spokesperson for the PPS told BBC Radio Foyle that they have provided regular updates to all the families over the Bloody Sunday case and the PSNI, in the last year, provided about 35 files of material.The PPS added that its focus is on completing examination of those files and all relevant legal issues.It confirmed that one further suspect has been added and another report is expected. But, they don’t believe this will add significantly to the timescale for their decision.The Ministry of Defence said that due to ongoing legal proceedings it was inappropriate to comment.The PSNI confirmed it had sent a number of files to the PPS.OFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAY was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE Public Prosecution Service is considering bringing charges against former members of the Official IRA for their role in the events of Bloody Sunday.The PSNI has forwarded a file to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on one former IRA member and is understood to be preparing a file on a second.Thirteen people were shot dead when the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in 1972. ShareTweet LORD SAVILLEOFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAYPPSPSNI Another died of his injuries some months later.The details have emerged in a letter sent by the PPS to relatives of Bloody Sunday victims on 19 September.It outlines why it will take at least another six months to come to a decision on whether or not to bring possible charges, including murder against former members of the British Parachute Regiment.But the possibility of prosecutions against republicans for their activity on the day has also been raised.last_img read more

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first_img Previous PostUPDATE: A Man Wanted For Theft At Coal Mine Turns Himself In Tumblr CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday his intention to prioritize road maintenance as the main focus of the West Virginia Division of Highways moving forward.“We’re going to get back to the basics,” Gov. Justice said at a Wednesday press conference. “The Division of Highways is, at its core, a maintenance organization — and maintenance will be our first priority.“I told the people of this state we were going to fix the damn roads,” Gov. Justice said. “I haven’t changed my philosophy in any way, shape, form or fashion.”Gov. Justice also laid out a plan to fix existing issues with West Virginia’s secondary roads system, announcing that state Revenue, Transportation, and other administration officials will analyze every dollar coming in and out of the Division of Highways to find the most fiscally-responsible way to fund all the necessary secondary roadwork, noting that the Legislature has authorized the DOH to shift pay-as-you-go money toward core maintenance funding.The focus on road maintenance will begin immediately, with Gov. Justice announcing that the DOH will begin a spring and summer statewide paving and resurfacing program, which will include a combination of contracted work as well as work done by DOH crews using state equipment.Gov. Justice announced that the repurposed funds will allow the DOH to hire over 100 temporary employees to supplement the maintenance workforce. Some of the new workers will have the opportunity to become full-time employees.The Governor said that the funds will also allow the DOH to purchase new equipment to ensure district offices have the necessary tools to address a backlog that’s been building up since before Gov. Justice took office.“When I walked in the door here, your secondary roads were falling all to pieces,” Gov. Justice said. “We absolutely sold equipment that could have been doing maintenance in the counties. We starved our crews and everything.“I’ve said from day one, it’s a crying pitiful shame the shape of our secondary roads and we need to do something about it,” Gov. Justice said. “And so we embarked on that through our Roads to Prosperity program but we weren’t getting it done at the pace that it needs to be able to have gotten done.”The Governor went on to say all options are on the table to secure the funding, but that officials will look at the possibility of using the bonds from the Roads to Prosperity program in addition to portions of regular annual federal funding while remaining fiscally responsible.Gov. Justice said that all planned Roads to Prosperity projects will still be completed, but the DOH may look to re-bid certain projects that come in over-estimate.On Wednesday, Gov. Justice also announced that he intends to name Byrd White as Acting Secretary of Transportation.In addition to patching potholes and fixing slips on secondary roads across the state, there will also be a focus on preventative maintenance, as crews will also complete piping and ditching work to allow proper water flow near roads to mitigate future damage. Home NewsWatch Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency Twitter Facebook Google+ NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency By Tyler BarkerMar 13, 2019, 14:32 pm 263 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Next PostW.Va. State Fire Marshals Determine Raleigh County Church Fire To Be Arson, Reward Offered Linkedin Pinterest Maillast_img read more

We are on the cusp of curing aging Those are

first_img“We are on the cusp of curing aging.” Those are the words of molecular biologist Dr. William Andrews, founder and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a company with the stated goal to “cure aging or die trying.” In the quote above, which comes from a September 2010 Sierra Sciences press release, Andrews is referring to a nutraceutical (i.e., a natural food-derived product meant to provide health or medical benefits, like vitamin C or folic acid) that his company discovered, known as TA-65. It supposedly slows down the aging process in humans by activating an enzyme called telomerase. Telomerase acts on telomeres—simple repeating sequences of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA) found at the tips of chromosomes that are important to cell division and replication. Cells must replicate their genes accurately and completely whenever they divide, or the so-called daughter cell will malfunction and die. However, most DNA polymerases (the enzymes that replicate DNA) cannot copy chromosomes all the way to the end. Thus, during each cell division, a small region at the tip of the chromosome (part of the telomere) remains uncopied. So, the telomeres have a crucial function: they act as a buffer zone during cell division, protecting the genes in the chromosome and ensuring that they fully replicate. But there’s a cost: successive divisions cause the telomeres to erode over time. When telomeres erode away, parts of critical genes remain uncopied, eventually spelling death for the cell. Some scientists think that this telomere erosion is what imposes a limit on our lifespans and causes our health to decline as we age; they also think that an answer to this dilemma might be telomerase activation. Telomerase combats telomere erosion by adding telomeric subunits (repeating sequences of nucleotides) to the ends of the chromosome, thereby allowing it to continue to divide intact. The origin of telomerase still remains a mystery. It appears to be critical during human embryonic development, but then fades away. Little is found in the body after birth, for reasons we don’t yet understand. Some scientists, like Dr. Andrews, think telomerase activation could be the cure for aging that his company is looking for, and he views TA-65 as a potential big first step in that direction. According to Andrews: TA-65 is going to go down in history as the first supplement you can take that doesn’t merely extend your life a few years by improving your health, but actually affects the underlying mechanisms of aging. Better telomerase inducers will be developed in the coming years, but TA-65 is the first of a whole new family of telomerase-activating therapies that could eventually keep us young and healthy forever. Well, if proven true, that’s a game-changer, to say the least. Just keep on living until you meet with a fatal accident. Woo hoo! But… hold on. Turns out we shouldn’t get irrationally exuberant just yet. It might not be such a good idea to activate telomerase, after all—because of the role it seems to play in cancer. Cancers can arise when genetic mutations inside a cell cause it to escape from normal controls on replication and migration. The cell and its offspring multiply uncontrollably while invading and damaging nearby tissue. With the presence of telomerase, cancerous cells—which apparently synthesize the enzyme—avoid telomere erosion. They essentially become immortal, dividing for as long as the host survives. A 2012 study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center found that activating telomerase following telomere degradation actually made tumors stronger and more deadly. So alas, TA-65 and telomerase activation might not be the miracle aging “cure” Dr. Andrews was hoping for. But what about other areas of anti-aging/longevity research? There’s a lot of talk these days about humans becoming essentially immortal in the near future, but is the hype supported by any actual research? Let’s see. The Quest for Immortality Continues People have been obsessed with the idea of immortality and living forever for centuries. According to Adam Gollner in The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever: The twenty-five-year old Emperor Ai of Jin died in 365 CE, after overdosing on longevity drugs. He wasn’t the last leader to die trying to live forever. The fascination with chemical immortality reached an ironic apogee centuries later, during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 CE), when elixirs poisoned those hoping for precisely the opposite effect. In the late 1300s, legend has it that alchemist Nicolas Flamel created a “sorcerer’s stone” that was then used to produce a potion, the elixir of life, which is said to make the drinker immortal. The idea was so alluring that despite a complete lack of evidence to support the existence of the stone and the elixir, other scientists, including the great Sir Isaac Newton, later tried to replicate Flamel’s results. To no avail. And of course there’s the fabled Fountain of Youth that became associated with Spanish explorer Ponce de León in the early 1500s. We know what happened to him. People today are no different. Not wanting to die is as natural as life itself. Below we’ll present a few interesting discoveries that may (or may not) mark some progress in our quest to live forever. But first we must answer a question. What Is Anti-Aging Medicine? The telomere erosion we talked about earlier certainly plays a part in aging, but most scientists don’t believe that it’s the only factor. They typically view aging as a sort of ongoing cellular wear and tear, where stresses from the environment and inside our cells (such as errors in DNA replication) accumulate throughout life and eventually wear out our cells and tissues. Scientists who search for a modern anti-aging elixir seek to slow down or reverse this process in order to extend both the maximum and average lifespan of people. And even if that doesn’t pan out, advocates of anti-aging medicine contend that at the least, targeting and altering the underlying mechanisms of aging will bring us more efficient ways to deal with age-related conditions like heart disease and many cancers. Now critics dispute the portrayal of aging itself as a disease, of course, but that’s not for us to debate here. Let’s just agree with the commonly stated goal of anti-aging medicine, to “add more years to your life, and life to your years.” Caloric Restriction Mimetics In 1934, scientists at Cornell University found that mice on an abnormally low-calorie diet lived about twice as long as mice who ate as much as they wanted. Scientists have since found that this caloric restriction also lengthens the lives of fruit flies, rats, and even primates, suggesting that this is an avenue worth pursuing in anti-aging medicine. The going (very basic) hypothesis of why these animals live longer is that their bodies treat food scarcity as an extreme type of stress. So they mount a physiological response to cope with the lack of nutrition. And that toughens them up, promoting health and longevity during the time of deprivation, even if that time is significantly extended. Starving yourself in order to get stronger? That sure seems counterintuitive. But the results from numerous experiments make a compelling case. The problem with caloric restriction is that it’s not a very pleasant way to live if you’re fortunate enough to be able to consume a “normal” amount of food on a regular basis (which is between 2,400 and 3,000 calories a day for active males). So scientists are trying to develop drugs (called caloric restriction mimetic drugs) that re-create the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction without having to change one’s diet. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, was an early favorite in this category. It was first thought to activate a class of enzymes called sirtuins that have been associated with the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction; but more recent studies have raised serious doubts about whether this compound (and more potent versions of it) actually activates these enzymes and has life-extending benefits. A drug called rapamycin has shown more promise as a caloric restriction mimetic by inhibiting a molecular signaling pathway called TOR. The TOR pathway acts as sort of as a food sensor and helps regulate the body’s response to nutrient availability. Blocking it has been shown on multiple occasions to extend the lifespan of lab knockout mice while keeping them lean and healthy in their later years. Unfortunately, however, the drug’s anti-aging potential in humans is offset by its potent immunosuppressant effects. Overall, research in this field has a long way to go. NAD As we noted above, aging is a sort of cellular wear and tear. According to Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School, there’s a specific biological signal that accompanies aging and tells cells it’s time to check out. It’s triggered when the cell perceives a lack of oxygen. That makes the mitochondria less efficient at converting fuel (such as glucose) into the ATP needed for cells to function properly. But Sinclair and his colleagues recently found a way to counteract that signal. Using a natural chemical compound called NAD, they were able to revive older cells in mice and make them appear energetic and young again. After receiving NAD for just one week, two-year-old mice tissue came to resemble that of six-month-old mice. “When we give the molecule, the cells think oxygen levels are normal and everything revs back up again,” Sinclair explained. “If a body is slowly falling apart and losing the ability to regulate itself effectively, we can get it back on track to what it was in its 20s and 30s.” Let’s hope. FOXO Molecular biologist Cynthia Kenyon thinks she may have found another of the keys to a long life through her study of tiny worms called C. elegans. By tweaking just one gene in these worms (to simply make it more active), she was able to take two-week-old C. elegans (which is a creaky old age for these things) and make them appear about half that age. And her modified worms lived twice as long as the normal worms. “So they’re like 90-year-old people who look 45,” said Kenyon. The gene Kenyon changed: FOXO. FOXO is a sort of master gene that helps C. elegans protect and repair its tissues (and live longer) by controlling a number of other genes. According to Kenyon: You can think of it as a superintendent of a building. So if you have a building, a nice big building, obviously it has to be maintained. What FOXO does, or the building superintendent does, is to keep the building in good working order. It makes sure that the walls are painted, by hiring painters; it makes sure that the floors are swept. The building superintendent would hire workers to do these different things. What FOXO does, in the cell, is it switches on other genes … I’d say, altogether, there are probably about a hundred worker genes that have very important roles. And, together, what you get is a cell or tissue or an animal that stays in really good working condition for a lot longer. What’s particularly exciting about Kenyon’s work is that the FOXO gene is also found in humans, and that a more protective version of FOXO (as in Kenyon’s modified worms) is associated with longer, healthier lives. Molecular biologist Timothy Donlon found in his studies that if you have this more protective version of FOXO, you have a twofold greater chance of living to 100. And if you have two copies of it, you have a threefold greater chance of living to 100, while remaining healthy. So the gene is indeed associated with adding life to your years and years to your life. If scientists could create a drug to tweak FOXO in humans like Kenyon did in her worms, it seems like we’d have an effective anti-aging medicine on our hands. We could go on with other examples of promising research in anti-aging medicine, but that’s a reasonable sample. It’s the ultimate area of scientific research, really. Moreover, it seems likely to bring benefits to humankind (and also be lucrative for savvy investors) whether aging is a disease that can be “cured” or not. And before leaving you today, I do want to remind you once more about the opportunity to get in on Casey OnePass. It’s just open until Monday, and it’s your only chance to get all eight of our newsletters for a huge discount. Click here to learn more and get started.last_img read more

first_img – NEW WARNING FROM DOUG CASEY – READ IMMEDIATELY Over the years, Doug Casey’s forecasts have caused a lot of controversy… Like during the peak of the dot-com bubble when he warned a major crash in tech stocks was near… Or near 2008 when he warned America’s financial structure would be threatened with collapse. Critics called him “offensive,” “brash,” “irreverent.” But Doug was spot-on, every time. Not only that… Folks who heeded his warnings had the opportunity to make rare and extraordinary gains of 770%, 1,333%, and more. Yet, those could be a drop in the bucket if his latest controversial forecast about President Trump is right. Click here for the full story. Recommended Links — WARNING: Don’t File Social Security Benefits Until You See This We just uncovered something shocking that could mean the difference between collecting a meager $1,000 from Social Security… Or getting up to $6,235 a month you can use for your retirement. That’s real cash deposited in your account… coming from the private sector. But according to a law that governs this special situation, you must act before April 21. Click here to get started today. Editor’s note: The “Greater Depression” has started… Yesterday, Casey Research founder Doug Casey compared what happened in the 1930s to what’s going on today. Below, he breaks down more of these likely differences… By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research PRICES 1930s Prices dropped radically because billions of dollars of inflationary currency were wiped out through the stock market crash, bond defaults, and bank failures. The government, however, somehow equated the high prices of the inflationary ’20s with prosperity and attempted to prevent a fall in prices by such things as slaughtering livestock, dumping milk in the gutter, and enacting price supports. Since the collapse wiped out money faster than it could be created, the government felt the destruction of real wealth was a more effective way to raise prices. In other words, if you can’t increase the supply of money, decrease the supply of goods. Nonetheless, the 1930s depression was a deflationary collapse, a time when currency became worth more and prices dropped. This is probably the most confusing thing to most Americans since they assume—as a result of that experience—that “depression” means “deflation.” It’s also perhaps the biggest single difference between this depression and the last one. Today Prices could drop, as they did the last time, but the amount of power the government now has over the economy is far greater than what was the case 80 years ago. Instead of letting the economy cleanse itself by allowing the financial markets to collapse, governments will probably bail out insolvent banks, create mortgages wholesale to prop up real estate, and central banks will buy bonds to keep their prices from plummeting. All of these actions mean that the total money supply will grow enormously. Trillions will be created to avoid deflation. If you find men selling apples on street corners, it won’t be for 5 cents apiece, but $5 apiece. But there won’t be a lot of apple sellers because of welfare, nor will there be a lot of apples because of price controls. Consumer prices will probably skyrocket as a result, and the country will have an inflationary depression. Unlike the 1930s, when people who held dollars were king, by the end of the Greater Depression, people with dollars will be wiped out. THE SOCIETY 1930s The world was largely rural or small-town. Communications were slow, but people tended to trust the media. The government exercised considerable moral suasion, and people tended to support it. The business of the country was business, as Calvin Coolidge said, and men who created wealth were esteemed. All told, if you were going to have a depression, it was a rather stable environment for it; despite that, however, there were still plenty of riots, marches, and general disorder. Today The country is now urban and suburban, and although communications are rapid, there’s little interpersonal contact. The media are suspect. The government is seen more as an adversary or an imperial ruler than an arbitrator accepted by a consensus of concerned citizens. Businessmen are viewed as unscrupulous predators who take advantage of anyone weak enough to be exploited. A major financial smashup in today’s atmosphere could do a lot more than wipe out a few naives in the stock market and unemploy some workers, as occurred in the ’30s; some sectors of society are now time bombs. It’s hard to say, for instance, what third- and fourth-generation welfare recipients are going to do when the going gets really tough. THE WAY PEOPLE WORK 1930s Relatively slow transportation and communication localized economic conditions. The U.S. itself was somewhat insulated from the rest of the world, and parts of the U.S. were fairly self-contained. Workers were mostly involved in basic agriculture and industry, creating widgets and other tangible items. There wasn’t a great deal of specialization, and that made it easier for someone to move laterally from one occupation into the next, without extensive retraining, since people were more able to produce the basics of life on their own. Most women never joined the workforce, and the wife in a marriage acted as a “backup” system should the husband lose his job. Today The whole world is interdependent, and a war in the Middle East or a revolution in Africa can have a direct and immediate effect on a barber in Chicago or Krakow. Since the whole economy is centrally controlled from Washington, a mistake there can be a national disaster. People generally aren’t in a position to roll with the punches as more than half the people in the country belong to what is known as the “service economy.” That means, in most cases, they’re better equipped to shuffle papers than make widgets. Even “necessary” services are often terminated when times get hard. Specialization is part of what an advanced industrial economy is all about, but if the economic order changes radically, it can prove a liability. THE FINANCIAL MARKETS 1930s The last depression is identified with the collapse of the stock market, which lost over 90% of its value from 1929 to 1933. A secure bond was the best possible investment as interest rates dropped radically. Commodities plummeted, reducing millions of farmers to near subsistence levels. Since most real estate was owned outright and taxes were low, a drop in price didn’t make a lot of difference unless you had to sell. Land prices plummeted, but since people bought it to use, not unload to a greater fool, they didn’t usually have to sell. Today This time, stocks—and especially commodities—are likely to explode on the upside as people panic into them to get out of depreciating dollars in general and bonds in particular. Real estate will be—next to bonds—the most devastated single area of the economy because no one will lend money long term. And real estate is built on the mortgage market, which will vanish. Everybody who invests in this depression thinking that it will turn out like the last one will be very unhappy with the results. Being aware of the differences between the last depression and this one makes it a lot easier to position yourself to minimize losses and maximize profits. So much for the differences. The crucial, obvious, and most important similarity, however, is that most people’s standard of living will fall dramatically. The Greater Depression has started. Most people don’t know it because they can neither confront the thought nor understand the differences between this one and the last. As a climax approaches, many of the things that you’ve built your life around in the past are going to change and change radically. The ability to adjust to new conditions is the sign of a psychologically healthy person. Look for the opportunity side of the crisis. The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is a combination of two other symbols—one for danger and one for opportunity. The dangers that society will face in the years ahead are regrettable, but there’s no point in allowing anxiety, frustration, or apathy to overcome you. Face the future with courage, curiosity, and optimism rather than fear. You can be a winner, and if you plan carefully, you will be. The great period of change will give you a chance to regain control of your destiny. And that in itself is the single most important thing in life. This depression can give you that opportunity; it’s one of the many ways the Greater Depression can be a very good thing for both you as an individual and society as a whole. Editor’s note: America is about to enter a crisis far more severe than what we saw in 2008–2009. It could all start after Trump’s inauguration and could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. This is exactly why Doug and his team put together a time-sensitive video explaining how it could all go down. Click here to watch it now.last_img read more

CLEVELAND — On a night of celebration there were

first_imgCLEVELAND — On a night of celebration, there were two surprising, strange sights: LeBron James back on Cleveland’s bench. The Knicks back in the NBA playoff chase.Carmelo Anthony shook off a congested chest and a horrid shooting start to score 26 points, leading New York to its third straight victory, 107-97 over Cleveland on a March 8 when James was briefly reunited with the Cavaliers.Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York’s front office.Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which is 3½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.“You can see something different over the last couple of games,” Anthony said. “It seems like everyone has a sense of urgency right now. We’re playing for something. We control our own destiny. We want to win as many games as we can down the stretch.”Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey at halftime. Spencer Hawes had 21 points for Cleveland, which dropped to 0-4 in March.The Knicks were as good as done just a few days ago.But with New York fans ready to write them off again, and coach Mike Woodson’s future looking shakier than ever, the Knicks have responded with wins over Minnesota, Utah and Cleveland. There’s still plenty of work to do, and the Knicks will likely need some help, but a dreadful season to this point has some hope.“There’s no room for error,” Woodson said. “We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”The Knicks made four 3-pointers during a 14-1 run early in the fourth to take control.With New York down 80-77, Pablo Prigioni drained a 3, Smith followed with a long-range shot and Prigioni dropped another 3 to give the Knicks an 88-81 lead. After a Cleveland turnover, Anthony made his fourth 3-pointer, putting the Knicks ahead by 10 with 7:38 left.Cleveland never recovered and the Knicks outscored the Cavs 30-17 over the final 10 minutes.“We’re fighting for our lives,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “This team was a game behind us and I just feel like we didn’t come out with the right mindset to compete with this team for the eighth spot.”The loss put a damper on an otherwise memorable night for the Cavs.At halftime, they retired Ilgauskas’ jersey during a poignant ceremony. The big man overcame serious foot injuries early in his career to become the club’s career leader in rebounds, games played and blocked shots.Ilgauskas thanked Cleveland fans during the ceremony, which included James sitting again on Cleveland’s sideline.James, who famously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010, kept a low profile as Ilgauskas’ jersey was raised to the rafters, but afterward he greeted his close friend and then posed for photos on the floor with former teammates Delonte West and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.Anthony said the long halftime break helped. “It was good for me because I got some rest,” said Anthony, who was unaware James was at the game. “I got a chance to lay on the floor and let Z do his thing. He took some time up. I appreciate him for that.”Anthony couldn’t buy a basket in the early minutes before heating up. He scored nine straight points to help the Knicks open a 45-35 lead, and then made his sixth shot in a row, a 3-pointer, to give New York a 14-point cushion.Hawes made consecutive 3-pointers to get the Cavs within six, but Smith dropped the first of his five 3-pointers and New York pushed its lead to 58-43.Irving, though, closed the second quarter with seven quick points to pull the Cavs to 58-50 at halftime.(Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 15 for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.The petition also requested a court order for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement, arguing that Peterson has served far more than what’s allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.Attorneys for the NFLPA asked to expedite the case in Minnesota, where the union has often gone to contest labor matters with the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the last six games of this season and through at least April 15, the result of the child-abuse case that has kept the 2012 NFL MVP out of all but one game this year. Harold Henderson, the arbitrator appointed to hear Peterson’s appeal, affirmed the entirety of Goodell’s decision.The union argued that Henderson’s decision was biased and overreaching, contrary to “fundamental principles of notice, fairness and consistency” and the essence of the CBA.Henderson, the former NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, has heard 88 appeals, according to the league.In the petition, the NFLPA said Henderson “ran roughshod over the required procedural protections of the CBA” and “summarily rubber-stamped the unlawful process and punishment of Mr. Peterson” with his ruling.In his written decision last week, Henderson backed Goodell’s assertion in determining punishment that Peterson lacked remorse for badly injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in an attempt to apply discipline. Peterson has said he’s sorry and meant no harm.“The fact that Arbitrator Henderson dismissed what Mr. Peterson actually said in favor of unverified and out-of-context news reports speaks volumes about his evident partiality,” the NFLPA wrote in the petition.The union accused Goodell of punishing Peterson to satiate “public calls for his resignation due to prior disciplinary failures” and said he picked Henderson to hear the appeal to “to avoid another embarrassing reversal” of his decision.Goodell initially suspended Baltimore’s Ray Rice for two games and then declared him out indefinitely Sept. 8 after video surfaced of the running back delivering a knockout punch to the woman who’s now his wife. Between those decisions was Goodell’s announcement Aug. 28 of tougher penalties for players involved with domestic violence, including a six-game suspension for a first-time offender.The injuries to Peterson’s son occurred in May. The union said Peterson should not have been subjected to the enhanced personal conduct policy.The arbitrator in Rice’s case overruled Goodell and reinstated him, though he had no team to return to because the Ravens had released him Sept. 8. In the petition for Peterson, attorneys pointed to that arbitrator’s ruling that Goodell lacked the CBA authority to apply the enhanced policy to punish prior conduct.The NFL declined to comment.The case was originally assigned to U.S. District Judge David Doty but referred instead to U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron.The NFLPA again hammered away at NFL executive Troy Vincent, devoting about 10 of the 74 pages in the petition to recorded conversations between Vincent and Peterson informing the player he’d face only a two-game suspension under the previous policy and could rejoin the Vikings in late November.“Mr. Vincent expressed to Mr. Peterson that the NFL believed he had already ‘paid the price’ for his conduct and that, accordingly, his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List prior to November 4 would be factored into any discipline the NFL would impose,” the union’s lawyers wrote.The transcripts of the phone calls, used in Peterson’s appeal, were provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the case. The person provided the transcripts on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release them. The talks took place after Peterson reached his plea agreement in Texas on Nov. 4 and before Goodell announced the suspension Nov. 18.The NFLPA also criticized the NFL for keeping Peterson in “continued purgatory” on the exempt list, essentially paid leave, between those dates.Peterson called Vincent to find out how many games he would be suspended, and Vincent tried to convince Peterson to meet with Goodell and other NFL executives to discuss personal progress and expectations for moving forward.Vincent told Peterson that NFL officials responded favorably to Peterson’s suggestion he be suspended an additional two games provided Peterson agreed to meet.In his ruling, Henderson dismissed the contention that Peterson was retaliated against for not meeting with Goodell on Nov. 14.___By Dave Campbell. AP Pro Football Writer. AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner in New York and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The Russian Olympic body “will coordinate all efforts in Russia to address the issues mentioned” in the WADA report, the IOC said, adding that all athletes, coaches and officials who are accused of involvement in doping will be punished.“All doped athletes will be sanctioned. … All clean athletes will be protected,” the statement said.Bach and Zhukov met Thursday at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zhukov is also a senior Russian political figure and ally of President Vladimir Putin.“The Russian Olympic Committee is determined that the clean athletes should compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” Zhukov said in the IOC statement. “Anyone found guilty of using illegal drugs or anyone who facilitated or was complicit in their use must be punished.”Monday’s report by the WADA panel accused the Russian federation’s coaches and officials of operating a vast doping program with state backing, while the Russian anti-doping agency, known as Rusada, and the national lab were alleged to have covered up failed drug tests by Russian athletes.A crucial meeting is scheduled Sunday of the Russian athletics federation leadership to discuss the fallout of Russia’s exclusion from competition. It will take place at the Sports Ministry and will be attended by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko in attendance, federation spokeswoman Alla Glushchenko told The Associated Press.Mutko has spoken of his readiness to make personnel changes to ensure Russia can return to competition for the Olympics. To “fire everyone” would be an acceptable price to pay, he told reporters Friday.Also Saturday, the head of the federation said he could appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The track federation’s acting president, Vadim Zelichenok, said Russia is focused on finding “a rational compromise” to have the ban lifted but could appeal to CAS if the IAAF “tells us clearly that it doesn’t accept any of our arguments.”He added that lengthy court proceedings might actually reduce Russia’s hopes of having its ban lifted in time for the Rio Olympics, which are just nine months away.Zelichenok also told Russian media he had considered resigning, but suggested it would not be of use since any successor would not necessarily be better. Under federation rules, the successor would be chosen from among the six vice-presidents rather than being an outsider with no links to the doping scandal.The European track and field association also confirmed Russia was banned from its competitions. European Athletics said in a statement that it would formally notify Russia of the suspension Saturday. The first competition Russia would miss is the European cross country championships in France next month.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer__This story has been corrected to show that the European cross country championships will be held in France next month.A car is driven past the Anti-Doping Center, Russia’s national laboratory for sports drug testing in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country’s government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. The World Anti-Doping Agency commission set up to investigate doping in Russia said even the country’s intelligence service, the FSB, was involved, spying on Moscow’s anti-doping lab, including during last year’s Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) MOSCOW — IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident Russia will enact the necessary anti-doping reforms in time for its track and field athletes to be cleared to compete in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bach gave his backing to Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov, who has been tasked with overseeing reforms to Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency and national drug-testing lab, all of which were implicated in a sharply critical World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report Monday.The IOC announced the agreement with Zhukov a day after Russia was provisionally suspended from international competition, including the Olympics, by the International Association of Athletics Federations.“We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organizations, WADA and the IAAF, will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games,” Bach said in a statement.last_img read more

CLEVELAND AP — Kevin Durant stood calmly near mi

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.Another momentous shot for Durant.And soon, probably another NBA championship.Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.The Warriors are on dynasty’s doorstep.Afterward, the defending champs could be heard loudly celebrating inside their locker room, perhaps a warmup for a bigger party to come.The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and almost motionless after dropping his 33-footer — just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 last year — and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.After Durant scored, Curry and Green rushed to his side and the trio walked back toward Golden State’s bench where the other Warriors were hugging and high-fiving.As always Durant stayed cool.“I don’t want to downplay anything, but I don’t want to act like this is the end of the road,” Durant said. “So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan.”Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Durant said the similarity with last year’s shot — a moment that helped define his first championship — didn’t occur to him.“No, not at all,” he said. “I just took the shot.”There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach.“Tonight will be tough,” said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half. “Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I’ll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s just who I am.”Golden State will now have four chances to wrap up its title starting with Game 4 on Friday night. The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast.The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.These Cavs can’t figure it out.Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland’s crowd.“No, that wasn’t the same shot,” James said when asked to compare Durant’s 3 to last year’s. “The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made last year. He’s an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there.”Durant scored 24 in the first half, when the Warriors attempted 13 free throws to zero for the Cavs, a disparity that induced further wrath on the officials from Cleveland fans still stinging from the now infamous reversed call in Game 1.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually — camouflage pants, purple hoodie, “Billionaire Boys Club” baseball cap — than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason.Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series.The Warriors had other plans.TIP-INSWarriors: Green passed Wilt Chamberlain (922) for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history. … Klay Thompson played in his NBA-high 390th game over the last four seasons. Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381. … Curry has made a 3-pointer in 89 consecutive playoff games, and a record 43 on the road.Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year’s Finals. … James (238) broke a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into fourth place for the most playoff games. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances.COMEBACK KIDIguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes, but his impact went beyond those numbers.“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “His defense was strong, whoever he was up against — LeBron or someone else — and his toughness makes everyone out there better.”HOOD HELPSLue gave Rodney Hood a chance and the seldom-used forward came through with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.“That was Rodney Hood, man,” James said. “It was more than just what he did for the team. For himself, that was just a huge moment.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Friday night.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love shoots during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green celebrates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ATHENS AP — Organizers of Greeces top division

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Organizers of Greece’s top division have called off games scheduled for this weekend after referees announced a two-week walkout to protest the beating of a colleague by unknown assailants.The country’s soccer federation said Thursday that Greek cup matches would go ahead as scheduled. It said top-league referees called the walkout “for psychological reasons” after the “cowardly and unacceptable” assault.Referee Thanassis Tzilos was attacked Wednesday by three masked men near his home in Larissa. He was treated at a local hospital for head and leg injuries and released Thursday.Nobody has been arrested for the attack, which Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis strongly condemned.No top-flight games are scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 11, the league’s winter break. Organizers said games will resume after the protest ends Jan. 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council N

first_imgThe North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 7:00pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street. Variance requests will be heard regarding 431 Hanover St., 25-29 Prince St. (Assaggio), and 5-7-9 Jerusalem Place. In addition, Marquis Health Services will attend to discuss their remodeling plans for the Fulton Street nursing home. A full agenda is shown below.last_img

MMA Fighting

first_img MMA Fighting RYAN BADER – Bader (16-4) had no trouble beating Anthony Perosh, in a fight where the second and third rounds could have easily been scored 10-8. At 30, Bader seems like a perennial fighter who can run through everyone but top five level guys. The same list of possible opponents for Rua would fit with Bader.The problem with Henderson as a future foe is it would be a fight of big expense due to Henderson’s cost, although he’s a free agent right now, but a fight with almost no box office value. Davis, a fellow high-level wrestler, would be his best breakthrough opponent, but Rua, as a bigger name, would right now seem to be his best next match up. ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Good Night Tee King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Latest From Our Partners Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Bradley Kanaris More: Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Alex Garcia (11-1), a lightweight Hector Lombard look alike from the Tristar Gym in Montreal, couldn’t have looked more impressive starting out than in a 43 second win over Ben Wall of Australia. Whenever someone wins that quickly, it is almost always impressive, but always leaves unanswered questions.The other is Justin Scoggins (8-0), a debuting flyweight who has seven stoppages, five in the first round,At 21, he’s one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster, and in a division known for speedy fighters who often lack charisma, and most usually go the distance.Scoggins made an immediate impression with a skill set deriving a lot from karate, with kicks coming from every angle. He also looked strong with his hands, with his takedowns, and with his groundwork, in finishing Richie Vaculik. The partisan fans were mad about what they considered an early stoppage by Perceval, which they took out on the ref the rest of the show. But Vaculik’s position looked almost hopeless in eating a barrage of punches from back position. It may be early for a first-timer to start talking like he’s the best in the world, as Scoggins did after winning. But in doing so, he immediately made himself something more than another small guy winning a prelim fight. Standard BJJ Gi In the wake of Saturday’s (well, Friday in North America) Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva fight and multiple viewings, there are a lot of thoughts in looking back.Hunt (9-8-1) and Silva (18-5-1) put on a must-see performance. But this has been a year loaded with classics, from Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice and even Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. In February, after the Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche fight, I figured with the historical implications and excitement of that fight, it would be a fight of the year candidate and even possible winner. Today, I wouldn’t even consider it for top five.As Dana White likes to say, Hunt vs. Silva is “in the mix,” when it comes to the fight of the year award.In looking back at the best heavyweight fights in UFC history, the one I always favored was the first Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo fight on May 4, 2001. It was a heavyweight title fight, that like with Hunt vs. Silva, went back-and-forth and was scarily close to a draw. Each man won two rounds solidly, so the victory came down to a swing round, and Couture got it. Nobody clearly won that night. Somebody was lucky. But a rematch took place and Couture left no doubt the second time around.This fight didn’t have the “importance” of a title fight, but it had more human drama than all but a few fights in company history. Couture vs. Rizzo saw rounds where one guy steamrolled the other, and after surviving, the other came back. Hunt vs. Silva saw back-and-forth action in every round, with much harder hitting and every bit as strong survival instincts.In the pantheon of major promotion heavyweight fights, this ranks right up there with Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (Pride Fighting Championships, June 23, 2002, Saitama Super Arena) as the best. That fight was more insane. This fight, going 25 minutes of closely-contested action, had far more human drama than six minutes where, as crazy as everything was, it was pretty clear Frye was going to win and Takayama was a huge and rapidly swelling punching bag.You want to call it the best heavyweight fight in UFC history? I’m with you. Best of all-time? Not quite as sure, but it’s nothing I’d argue.With the exception of the second Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard fight, this about the only high-profile draw decision that didn’t come with a multitude of public outrage and arguments. And even Edgar vs. Maynard had people strongly arguing both sides.I think why people were satisfied with a draw had a number of reasons. One is, the fight was close. Another is no championship was at stake, nor even a championship shot. It wasn’t even a fight with any kind of title implications as things will stand for a long time. The people who tuned in to see the fight were expecting a brawl. There wasn’t as much emotional interest in who won as much as, figuring with each man’s style, that it would be hard hitting, and probably end quickly and explosively.Instead, people got something the same in some ways, very different in others, but far more in every way, than they expected. When it was over, it wasn’t about rooting for someone, as much as rooting for both men. Each survived more than would put away five normal fighters. By round five, the goal had switched from wanting to see that impressive knockout to wanting to see both men there at the end. People got that. At that point, they probably didn’t want to see either man lose after the performance each put on.It was a rare fight where a draw was the most satisfying conclusion. Even if either man had won, the decision in the fight would have been far less important than the memories of the fight, which will likely be etched in people’s minds for decades.That said, with the benefit of more viewings, something judges don’t have, and also looking at the judges scorecards themselves, there are no arguments on a few points.Silva won rounds one and four. Hunt won rounds three and five. So we come down to the pesky round two. I felt Silva won it, but it was not so decisive that Judge Charlie Keech, the lone judge going the other way, made a bad call. Hunt had the best punch, but Silva had him in more trouble late with the low kicks that left Hunt limping. It’s still amazing that Hunt’s leg looked almost shot, and he went three more rounds.The 10-8 rounds are more an argumentative point. I thought round three for Hunt and four for Silva could have gone 10-8. I’m not 100 percent sure round four should be 10-8, but would score it that way, and it was the most decisive round of the fight.Round five, which got 10-8 scores from judges Barry Foley and Ron Papaannou, is what led to the draw decision. In that round, Silva got far more offense in than in any 10-8 rounds against someone that I can recall. It was only the third most decisive of the fight. And no judges gave either round three or four a 10-8.The two men who at one point in their careers were training partners, and embraced at the start of round five. The fight’s key moment came in the final stanza.Under normal circumstances, one would say Silva was seconds from being done when referee Steve Perceval stopped action to check on Silva’s cuts, thus giving the big Brazilian a reprieve. Perceval should have waited for Silva to at least survive until the end of the barrage of Hunt blows, or fight his way out of trouble before stopping action to check on a cut that didn’t look like it should end the fight.When action resumed, Silva came back and Hunt was never able to get him in that vulnerable a position the rest of the round.Under normal circumstances, it looked like Perceval’s call saved Silva from almost certain defeat. Given how many times Silva came back in this fight, these weren’t normal circumstances.As far as what comes next for both men, a rematch is in order. For one, neither is anywhere near getting a shot at heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. And neither has a future opponent that would garner as much interest.But this is one situation where UFC officials’ hands are somewhat cuffed compared to a usual immediate rematch. While such a bout could make for a great No. 2 fight on a pay-per-view show, after a five-round war that went the distance, and where a major part of the story was that it went five, a rematch shouldn’t be contested over three rounds.That leaves them in a position where they have to be the main event. Historically, rematches of exciting fights among non-contenders do not kill it as far as pay-per-view goes. In a desperate situation, a pay-per-view where no big stars or champions are available, perhaps this could fill a slot. But it’s best served for television.Here’s a look at how Fortunes Changes for Five on the show.center_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Accessories Gloves Lockdown duffle bag Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Sale Latest From MMA Warehouse More From MARK HUNT – The “Super Samoan,” may not have picked up a win, but added to his fan base with the performance. It’s amazing to think it’s been a full dozen years since his unexpected K-1 Grand Prix tournament win that made him into a celebrity in Japan.Hunt’s career resurgence is storybook-like. This is a guy who couldn’t last 90 seconds in four straight losses, one to Alistair Overeem and two to current middleweights, Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef (who was giving up 94 pounds when he knocked Hunt out in 18 seconds five years ago). In his UFC debut, at the age of 36, he was submitted by Sean McCorkle in 63 seconds.He went from Dana White wanting to just pay off his contract inherited in the Pride buyout just to get rid of him, to a guy that White said after the fight, he’d like to buy an island.He has an interesting next agenda. He heads to Japan in three weeks for a 32 man arm wrestling tournament, a prime time spectacle on the Fuji Network, on Dec 30. It’s a reprise of last year’s tournament of Japanese sports celebrities. Besides Hunt, coming from MMA include Fedor Emelianenko, Overeem, Bob Sapp, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Mighty Mo Siliga and 7-foot-2 Hong-man Choi. It also includes kickboxers Peter Aerts, Francisco Filho and Jerome LeBannner, as well as major stars from sumo, boxing, Japanese baseball, football, rugby and pro wrestling, including MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.Hunt lost last year in the quarterfinals to Sapp. However, Hunt came back to win a similar celebrity tug-of-war tournament, beating Sapp in the finals. Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA – Coming off his loss to Chael Sonnen on Aug. 17, Rua was one fight away from being written off as a light heavyweight. Dana White had noted that a loss to James Te Huna would mean he’d either have to reinvent himself in a shark-infested middleweight division, or is future in the company was in doubt.The lethargic Rua (22-8) that had shown up in his previous three fights was replaced by a far better conditioned version here. He looked younger and rested, and took little time in flattening his Australian foe.While he left himself open to drop to middleweight, coming off the show, a natural matchup seemed with Ryan Bader, who didn’t win as fast, but did win is an equally one-sided fashion. Other potential next opponents include Phil Davis (12-1), which would be the one in his best interest because a win would have the most upside; Dan Henderson (29-11), to reprise one of UFC’s all-time legendary fights; or Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (12-4), coming off an almost duplicate win over Igor Pokrajac last month. ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA – Even though Silva came into the fight as the No. 4 contender at heavyweight, and should move up a spot with No. 2 ranked Daniel Cormier dropping to light heavyweight, he’s in a bad position. After his two decisive losses to Velasquez, another title shot is not going to happen for him until the title changes. There are a number of fresh matchups for him, including Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett. But it makes no sense to put him in with a potential contender because he can only be a spoiler.The fight should up his popularity, and probably grant him another main event. But as far as the title picture is concerned, he’s in a holding pattern that will last until he loses, or until Velasquez loses. PAT BARRY – Barry is at a real crossroads. He’s got an infectious personality. He works hard at promoting fights. Regardless of his record, fans like him. He’s usually a good guy to have in an early main card fight because, win or lose, it’s always entertaining in some form. The heavyweight division always has depth issues and he’s fighter whose name people recognize and like to see.On the flip side, Barry’s 34 years old, has an 8-7 record and has been knocked out early in the first round in three of his last four fights. If you take away his personality, those three stats will end most UFC fighters’ welcome with the company.He was in what looked like a must-win situation with Soa Palelei, and lost in 2:09 via brutal punches on the ground. At best, his tenure in the company is in jeopardy.There are also two other names who deserve mention on a show filled with first-timers underneath.last_img read more

Gov James Michael Curley Was the Prototype for President Trump

first_img 72174 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 2/10/2017, 3:09 p.m. By Kyle Scott Clauss· Gov. James Michael Curley Was the Prototype for President Trump The four-term Boston mayor’s disastrous stint as governor offers an instructive look. center_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo via Jamaica Plain Historical Society/Creative CommonsToday’s Bostonians are likely better acquainted with the Downtown Crossing watering hole that bears his name than James Michael Curley himself. And if they have heard his name, it’s because someone gave context to the oft-parroted fact that an incumbent mayor of Boston has not lost reelection since 1949. It was Curley, fresh off a jail stint for mail fraud.He was more than a four-term mayor. Curley was a ward heeler, party boss, state representative, a four-term congressman, and, in a strange turn of events, Puerto Rico’s delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention. (The newspapers dubbed the proud Irishman “Don Jaime.”) However, it was Curley’s single term as governor of the Commonwealth that proved his most disastrous—and bears striking resemblance to the frenetic, fledgling presidency of Donald Trump.“When he took office as Governor, he carried with him the highest hopes of Boston and Massachusetts,” the Boston Post wrote. “How he maltreated those hopes is one of the blackest pages in the chronicle of the public life of any man in the history of the Commonwealth.”Curley set his sights on Beacon Hill in 1934 against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Just as Trump made enemies of the sacred cows of the Republican establishment, Curley kicked off his campaign outside a defunct hotel in the Financial District—sans slow escalator ride—calling the Democratic governor, senator, and state party chairman “the Hitlers of the Massachusetts Democracy” and “three card monte men.”Like Trump, he rode to office swaddled in scandal. The Boston Finance Commission was fast uncovering various cases of graft during Curley’s time as mayor. As governor, he would have the power to cripple the watchdog body and avert a serious investigation by stacking it full of cronies. For his own sake, he needed to run for governor.The giant floral arrangement Curley received after his January 3, 1935 inauguration was still fresh by the time he began hacking away at the state’s organs of oversight. The cold celerity of Curley’s housecleaning bears resemblance to Trump’s swift and unceremonious dismissal of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who refused to defend his controversial Muslim travel ban.Former Gov. Alvan T. Fuller, no friend of Curley’s, told the Worcester Telegram that his vocabulary was “too limited to describe the depths of infamy to which the affairs of Massachusetts have sunk.”Like Trump, Curley enjoyed a close relationship with his daughter, Mary. And just as Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner has consolidated power inside the White House as a senior adviser, Mary’s husband Edward Donnelly (like Kushner, a Harvard alum) used his proximity to the Guv for personal benefit.The CEO of a major Boston outdoor advertising agency, Donnelly “was the state’s billboard king,” wrote author Jack Beatty in The Rascal King: The Life And Times Of James Michael Curley. It was hardly a coincidence when, as Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly enjoyed their honeymoon, Gov. Curley filed a bill before the legislature that wrenched authority away from cities and towns to veto the placement of billboards and delegated it to a state advertising czar, appointed by the commissioner of public works—a Curley appointee.By year’s end, a Donnelly electric sign stood in front of the State House.Curley with his daughter Mary. Photo via Jamaica Plain Historical Society/Creative Commons“There is only one political party in the Commonwealth at the present time—and that’s the Governor,” Curley notoriously declared. But halfway into his two-year term, Curley sat in the desk chair gifted to him by Benito Mussolini and watched as down-ballot candidates across Massachusetts got walloped. A mayoral candidate in Worcester, for example, suffered a dramatic upset thanks in no small part to the hulking eyesore of a Donnelly billboard in town.“The fight to terminate misrule in Massachusetts has just begun. I shall continue it unceasingly until the people have retired this man who would outdo Hitler in private life,” said Boston Mayor Frederick Mansfield.Trump has made the return of long-departed manufacturing jobs a top priority, and through no shortage of theatrics—his pre-inauguration publicity stunts with Carrier, his Twitter shaming of companies like Toyota and Ford—has conjured the appearance of making progress to this end. But just as Carrier plans to use the millions in taxpayer subsidies it received to further automate the plant Trump claimed to save, and more companies recycle their old news of U.S. job creation to placate the president, Curley’s crusade for “work and wages” was, as the saying goes, all sizzle and no steak.Curley boasted on the campaign trail that his relationship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt would help him secure federal grants and New Deal projects for the Bay State. Unbeknownst to voters, FDR’s capos couldn’t stand him, and routinely ignored his requests.“Times without number the Governor has descended on the President, accompanied by his glittering staff with fanfare of trumpets, demanding money for some whimsical purpose which intrigued his fancy at that moment,” Fitchburg Mayor Robert E. Greenwood told the Globe in August 1936, “and no matter how much or how little—and mostly how little—success he might have had, he immediately gave statements to the newspapers regarding nonexistent promises of fabulous amounts.”With his second and final year in office came more vicious diktats—chief among them, a proposal to require all state judges aged 70 and older to appear before psychiatric professionals, elected officials, and Curley himself to test for signs of senility. If they couldn’t pass muster, they would be forced to retire. Such contempt for the judiciary comes naturally for autocrats.SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017“Please will the people of Massachusetts read Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here. It can happen—it is happening,” the Holyoke Transcript pleaded. The 1935 novel, which details a authoritarian fascist’s rise to power in the United States, sold out following Trump’s victory, and remains the 20th most-purchased book on Amazon.The mental exhaustion induced by the Trump administration’s dizzying flurry of outrages can claim a forebear in the exasperated disbelief that observers of Curley’s reign held for the farrago of “things that made the government of Massachusetts ludicrous part of the time, shocking most of the time, and tawdry all of the time,” the Herald noted. It only ceased once he unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat in 1936, losing to Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. For Trump, there is no higher office.To be sure, the comparison between “The Donald” and “The Curley” isn’t a wholly perfect one. Brought up in penury, Curley was a self-made man, irrespective of the legality of the means with which he obtained that new wealth, and a career politician. He was an autodidact who delighted in the classics and loved to quote Shakespeare, while Trump, per reports, prefers Morning Joe to Macbeth.And while the two men differ on their attitudes about immigration, both used the issue to their political advantage. Curley curried great favor among Boston’s immigrants, who, time after time, carried him to office. Inversely, Trump exploited xenophobic anxieties to successfully court the white, working-class voter.Yet Trump, who rushed to the golf course just two weeks into his presidency, would be wise to avoid the example set by Curley, who used state troopers for his caddies. Printlast_img read more

You Can Celebrate International Womens Day at the Nichols House Museum

first_img Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* The Nichols House Museum photo via Wikimedia/Creative CommonsWhat better way to celebrate women across the globe than by spending this Saturday afternoon in the home of a suffragist? To honor International Women’s Day, the Nichols House Museum will admit female visitors free of charge on Saturday, March 11.Beacon Hill’s Bulfinch-built house museum was once home to suffragist, landscape architect, and female force Rose Standish Nichols. Among her many accomplishments, she was a founding member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1915, which has a mission to unite all women for peace, disarmament, and gender equality.Nichols inherited the Federal-style home on Mount Vernon Street from her father in 1935, and ruled the roost until her death in 1960. She never married, but often hosted salons at the house, gathering intellectuals to discuss and debate progressive ideas over afternoon tea. Nichols intended for the house to be left as a museum after her death, and since then, it’s shown Bostonians what life was like in Beacon Hill at the turn of the century.Saturday’s tours will highlight the lives, careers, and activism of Rose Nichols and her sisters, Margaret and Marian. The three women combated the social climate of the early 20th century to push for women’s suffrage, education reform, and labor rights. In addition to their political and social achievements, the Nichols sisters paved career paths in design, education, and carpentry.Free for females, Saturday, March 11, Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., nicholshousemuseum.org. Printcenter_img You Can Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Nichols House Museum This Saturday, admission is free for females—because girl power. 000 3/8/2017, 11:44 a.m. last_img read more

A Huge Geyser Erupted on Boston Common

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· BREAKING: video of water “geyser” at Boston Common. We’re checking it out. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/SKDupUeV8w— Stephanie Coueignoux (@StephanieCNews) September 18, 2017 Print 000 News A Huge Geyser Erupted on Boston Common Water burst toward the heavens Monday morning. center_img 9/18/2017, 11:20 a.m. Photo via Patrick McMahon on TwitterA geyser burst out of the grass on Boston Common Monday morning, sending an enormous column of water rocketing into the air above the park’s treetops.Water could easily be seen from distance erupting skyward near the Parkman Bandstand, and the spectacle attracted lots of attention.So who do we have to thank for this unusual display?“Boston Water and Sewer were doing a test on the system and a pipe burst,” says Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of the Friends of the Public Garden. A crew was apparently looking for leaks.I didn’t know the Boston Common got a new fountain pic.twitter.com/yhNixHjnCa— Matt Stout (@MattPStout) September 18, 2017 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Water bursting out from beneath Boston Common, near Parkman Bandstand. Cause/source unclear to me right now. pic.twitter.com/BjYljnvAIp— Colin A. Young (@ColinAYoung) September 18, 2017last_img read more

Aly Raisman Is Partnering with MealDelivery Service Purple Carrot

first_imgAly Raisman Is Partnering with Meal-Delivery Service Purple Carrot Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is partnering with the 100 percent plant-based meal kit company to promote the benefits of plant-based eating. By Tessa Yannone· 9/27/2018, 3:39 p.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Printcenter_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 24125 Photo providedEating enough vegetables is hard. Did you know you’re supposed to consume around two to three cups of them per day? If you’re not packing hearty salads for lunch or prepping your food in advance, chances are you might be missing the mark. But local meal-delivery service Purple Carrot and Aly Raisman don’t want you to be missing out on the vital nutrients your body needs from plants.That’s why they’ve come together to announce a partnership to help promote the benefits of a plant-based diet. The meal-delivery system is completely plant-based, offering everything from tempeh tikka masala tacos to scallion creamed corn. And apparently the Needham native and three-time gold medalist is a big fan.“I believe that it is important to prioritize your well-being, both mentally and physically,” Raisman said in a press release. “I recently started incorporating plant-based food into my daily routine and I’ve noticed a major improvement in my overall well-being and energy.”The gymnast is always on the go traveling across the country, so she says cooking has become very therapeutic for her when she’s home. And it’s made even more fun with the Purple Carrot recipes because they’re easy and fast—no more rushing through the grocery or trying to conjure up a tasty recipe from the internet.Each Purple Carrot box comes tailored to what plan you pick: quick and easy, high protein, or chef’s choice, and each one includes a recipe card, with all the ingredients you need to make the meals perfectly portioned out. It’s also all sustainably packaged and comes right to your door.“We are honored to partner with Aly,” Andy Levitt, founder and CEO of Purple Carrot, said in a release. “And we believe that together, we can highlight the value of eating plant-based foods as part of a bigger commitment to yourself and the world around you. Aly is someone who embodies the power of positive change and who represents strength and confidence in all that she does.”With that said, we’ll have whatever Raisman is having, please.last_img read more

US Open 2019 Jordan Spieths bunkerrake fiasco fuels caddie drama

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth and his longtime caddie, Michael Greller, have in many ways embodied the 2019 U.S. Open so far.It started during the first round on Thursday. Spieth snapped at Greller after hitting a shot into the water and then another one over the green. He appeared upset with Greller’s club suggestions. Spieth said he hit two “perfect” shots but wasn’t rewarded for them. After his round, both Spieth and Greller brushed off the incident.Fast forward to Friday’s second round. Spieth, finding the greenside bunker off the tee, hit what appeared to be a good shot only to catch the lip of the bunker.These hot Fox mics are doing Spieth ZERO favors this week. Comes across like the petulant child he can be. Hitting awful shots and blaming his caddy. “Yes there is a rake there” – Greller- as we watch their relationship devolve to no fault of Michael’s pic.twitter.com/LmZioVtRoa— The Beaver Invitational (@TheBeavMCC) June 14, 2019He looked utterly bemused after the shot.At first it looked like Spieth had simply hit the lip of the bunker, but replays showed there was indeed a rake planted within the long grass of the fairway bunker. Spieth’s ball cleared the lip and slammed into the rake, which deflected it into the rough.“Yes, there is a rake there,” a frustrated Spieth said to his caddie.last_img read more