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Omatek Ventures Plc (OMATEK.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgOmatek Ventures Plc (OMATEK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Omatek Ventures Plc (OMATEK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Omatek Ventures Plc (OMATEK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Omatek Ventures Plc (OMATEK.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileOmatek Ventures Plc assembles and sells computer equipment and accessories in Nigeria and offers an after-sales support service. The company sells a range of servers, casings and LCD screens as well as computer accessories which includes CRT monitors, fingerprint scanner, wireless routers, notebooks and tablets, DVDs, plasma televisions, desktop computers, speakers and LED screens. Power products include UPS, solar panels and corn LED lights. Omatek Ventures Plc was the first company in Nigeria to establish a factory which assembled computer cases, speakers, keyboards and mouse accessories. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Omatek Ventures Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgAcademy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Academy Press Plc (ACADEM.ng)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAcademy Press Plc is an established printing company in Nigeria offering services for the printing of labels, calendars, company annual reports, books, magazines and marketing material. The company offers additional printing related services which include supply of graphic material, layout design, typesetting, artwork, photography, colour separation and binding. The Commercial printing division produces calendars, annual reports, labels, insertions, posters, handbills, invoices, waybills, deposit/withdrawal forms, account opening forms, receipts and point of sales material. Periodicals printed by Academy Press include magazines, journals, reports and seminar papers. Publications printed include educational and religious books, biographies, maps and diaries. Computer stationary printed includes listing papers, customer statements, utility bills and pay slips. Academy Press has two major subsidiaries; Academy Press Specialised Print Services, which prints documents with high security risks such as tickets, coupons, vouchers, letterheads, receipts, invoices and continuous forms for computer usage as well as bank statements, pay-in slips and bank notes; West African Book Publishers (WABP) prints high-end publications for the discerning reader. The company has offices in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria and in Accra in Ghana. Academy Press Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Despite a rising Natwest share price the government has been selling at a loss. Here’s how I’d react.

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images christopherruane has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Christopher Ruane | Monday, 22nd March, 2021 | More on: NWG Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. See all posts by Christopher Ruane Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Despite a rising Natwest share price the government has been selling at a loss. Here’s how I’d react. The biggest shareholder in Natwest (LSE: NWG) is the UK government. After bailing out RBS as it then was in the financial crisis, the state has been the majority shareholder ever since. With the Natwest share price adding 72% over the past year, a lot of investors feel the shares have positive momentum.But the bank said it was buying around 5% of all its shares back from the government. That netted the government around £1.1bn. The investment was a strategic one in the first place, but nonetheless the government lost around £1.8bn on the sale compared to its original purchase price.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Here’s why this happened and what I think it means for the Natwest share price.A reluctant holderThe government was never keen to be a Natwest shareholder. Its investment was a form of support when the bank was in crisis more than a decade ago. Since then it has repeatedly said it would seek to reduce its stake over time. This was the third such sale to cut the stake. More are planned, with the entire position expected to unwind in the next five years.As an investor I don’t like getting back less than I put into an investment. But sometimes one decides to cut one’s losses, for example, because there is a big bill due. Public finances have been severely challenged by the pandemic. Raising money by selling shares at a loss is a tactic used by governments who need money, not just private investors.The last time the government sold the bank’s shares, in 2018, the Natwest share price was higher than it is now. So while there has been strong positive momentum in the share price, maybe spending more time holding on for further recovery didn’t appeal to the government.Impact for the Natwest share priceI think this news is actually positive overall for the Natwest share price.First, a reduced government shareholding can also be seen as a vote of confidence in the bank’s management. The government invested when the bank was at risk of collapsing. Selling down the position suggests that the state is now more comfortable with Natwest’s ability to fund and run itself than it was at the time of the last financial crisis.Secondly, Natwest plans to cancel 390m of the shares it bought back. That is about 3% of its total share float. I see this as positive for the Natwest share price. Fewer shares in circulation means higher earnings per share even if total earnings remain flat.I’d consider buying NatwestI’d think about buying Natwest shares for my own portfolio. This latest news makes them more attractive to me. It should be positive for earnings per share. However, the share purchase will cost the bank money and will add a little more pressure on the balance sheet.Bank dividends are still limited by regulators, but the reinstated dividend means the share yields 1.5%. However, further shocks to the banking system such as pandemic arrears or joblessness could bite into future profits.Despite its strong run over the past year, I continue to see value in the Natwest share price. While the government is slowly selling over time, I would consider buying. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.last_img read more

Yanny or Laurel? It’s your brain not your ears that decides

first_img Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSLaurelthe conversation.comYanny Previous articleWekiva grad signs with the Pittsburgh SteelersNext articleSeat 4 Good tandem voted onto LANGD Board Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here By Jennell Vick, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences, Case Western Reserve University and first published on theconversation.comAs a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word.The clip, which went viral after being posted on Reddit, is polarizing listeners who hear a computer voice say either “Laurel” or “Yanny.” @AlexWelke tweeted, “This is the kinda stuff that starts wars.” While I can’t prevent a war, I can explain some reasons why this sound file has created such a controversy. Basically, the “word” relies on some tricks of acoustics. Your brain, and those of the millions of other Twitter viewers is responsible for the rest.This spectrogram visually represents the sound frequencies in the ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ clip.Jennell Vick, CC BY-NDKudos to University of Minnesota speech-language researcher and professor Ben Munson for his original analysis explaining how the acoustic file can lead listeners to one of two conclusions. He used spectrographic analysis to demonstrate how the sound file might create confusion.The discrepancy in what people hear comes down to a few different possibilities, none of which sort it out for certain. Clearly, though, one cause of its trickiness is that the sound file is synthesized, which is different than real speech. It’s akin to the synthetic flavors encountered in the candy world – think Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn, the preference for which is as polarizing as this Yanny/Laurel thing.Without a doubt, all this confusion is only possible because of the consonants in “Yanny” and “Laurel.” The “y,” “n,” “l” and “r” sounds are really the chameleons of speech. The way one pronounces them morphs based on the sounds that come before and after them in a word. Because of this, it is the brain of the listener that decides their identity, based on context. In this case, the sound is missing a few elements and your brain automatically makes a judgment, called interpolation, similar to how you can so easily read partially erased text.The fact that, for the life of me, I can only hear “Laurel” is because of a phenomenon called categorical perception. Originally described in 1957 and supported by countless additional studies, the idea is that your brain naturally sorts things into categories.For example, my husband and I can never agree on the color of our couch (definitely green, not black, by the way), because while there is easily a continuum between very dark green and black, the boundaries between them vary for everyone. While we could agree that our couch looks blackish green, there is no such compromise in the perception of speech. Without conscious effort, our brain decides what our ears are hearing. Black or green, not blackish green. Yanny or Laurel, not some blend.Whatever your brain tells you about Yanny/Laurel, the whole controversy should help everyone understand why it’s so hard to have a conversation in a noisy restaurant or why people with hearing loss sometimes “mishear” what you have to say. Listening to speech feels like a basic skill, but understanding speech is really an amazing feat. People perceive messages using the information available, which is sometimes incomplete. Our brains also make predictions based on past experiences. Listening in a foreign language, even if you are a fluent speaker, is challenging because your brain uses predictions based on both languages, but is unduly influenced by your experiences with your native language.This internet hullabaloo underscores the marvelous, effortless, constant work of the human brain. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

3×10 House / AHL architects associates

first_img “COPY” “COPY” Houses Text description provided by the architects. Over the years, Hanoi has been spontaneously developing and tube house has become a popular style in this city: the houses stand beside each other, deep in narrow alleys, layer like sardines. The typical tube houses  “designed” by word of mouth or based on the experiences of the builders, with “stairs in the middle, two rooms on two sides”, which always have poor lighting, lack of ventilation with high humidity, are too familiar with most people living in urban areas of Vietnam.Save this picture!© Hoang Le Photography 3×10 was once that type of house, ultil Client met and discussed with architect about their requirements.Save this picture!SectionAfter design and construction, the first impression of the house is probably the cleanliness and light overflowing insideSave this picture!© Hoang Le Photography“Each project grants us different feelings and solving experiences. All are valuable to the young architects in our office who are seeking inspiration from small projects and customers deserving enjoying those spaces.”Save this picture!© Hoang Le PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessTipotie Health Center / Sigge Arkkitehdit OySelected ProjectsN STRIPS / Jun MurataSelected Projects Share Year:  3×10 House / AHL architects associatesSave this projectSave3x10 House / AHL architects associates Photographs:  Hoang Le PhotographyCost:50000 usdCity:Định CôngCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess Specs ArchDaily Architects: AHL architects associates Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects 2015 Vietnam CopyHouses•Định Công, Vietnam Photographs CopyAbout this officeAHL architects associatesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesĐịnh CôngVietnamPublished on July 11, 2016Cite: “3×10 House / AHL architects associates” 11 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Film – Prestige ExteriorShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectWall / Ceiling LightsSpectrum LightingLED Downlight – Infinium 3″ Round FlangelessVentilated / Double Skin FacadeCosentinoDekton Cladding in LD Sevilla hotelSealantsSikaJoint SealingBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – MarblesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerHome AppliancesGIRAGira Keyless in – Door communicationLightsLinea Light GroupIntegrated Lighting – Fylo+More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?越南 3×10 管式住宅 / AHL architects associates是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791015/3×10-house-ahl-architects-associates Clipboard 3×10 House / AHL architects associates ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791015/3×10-house-ahl-architects-associates Clipboard Save this picture!© Hoang Le Photography+ 27 Sharelast_img read more

Culardoch Shieling / Moxon Architects

first_img Structural Engineer: Main Contractor: McCue & Porter CopyHouses, Small Scale•Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom AJC Aboyne Save this picture!© Ben Addy+ 13 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/875467/culardoch-shieling-moxon-architects Clipboard Year:  Culardoch Shieling / Moxon Architects Area:  47 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Culardoch Shieling / Moxon ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCulardoch Shieling / Moxon Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/875467/culardoch-shieling-moxon-architects Clipboard Houses City:AberdeenshireCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ben AddyRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. As if in a world unto its own, this small hut sits alone in the vast, rugged and windswept landscape of the Cairngorms, invisible from many directions thanks to the undulating topography. Located at the foot of Culardoch (‘the big back place’), and looking out across the remote expanse of upper Glen Gairn, it plays simultaneously off the informality and romanticism of a Scottish hill walkers’ “howff”, farmer’s shieling or Swiss alpine shack, and the humanism and cleanliness of 20th century modernists such as Aalto.Save this picture!© Ben AddyLike Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut, its windows appear haphazardly placed – varying in size and orientation. But, they carefully let in the right amount of light and view while maintaining an enveloping sense of seclusion and security. Sitting at the end of the table the view through each window frames a specific aspect of the landscape; a bend in the River Gairn, the grassy flood plain, the water of Allt Bad a’Mhonaich tumbling down the side of Ben Avon, the massive granite tors on the summit plateau. Its exteriors and interiors both clad in wood, with the overhanging eaves of its cruck frame roof dipping low, and the roof itself covered in moss and stone.Save this picture!Section AThe hut was commissioned as an escape, for small gatherings or parties, lunches or dinners, fitting a very long and narrow table. It is both remarkably humble and a casual, but also precise, playful and sophisticated.Save this picture!© Ben AddyProject gallerySee allShow lessMedieval Mile Museum Kilkenny Ireland / Mccullough Mulvin ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCest La Vie / Atelier Design N DomainSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Ben Addy Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Quantity Surveyor: ArchDaily Architects: Moxon Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Fowler Fortescue Project Manager: Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Glenalmond Timber, Tor Contracting Ltd Graeme Craig Consulting Engineers Ltd “COPY” United Kingdom CopyAbout this officeMoxon ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOtherSmall ScaleAberdeenshireUnited KingdomPublished on July 11, 2017Cite: “Culardoch Shieling / Moxon Architects” 11 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ Fabric/WashiPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WoodParklex International S.L.Wood Finishes in Landaburu BordaSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetallicsTrimoFire Resistant Panel – Trimoterm FTVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Northlight 40-90°SinksAcquabellaSink – LeviCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – EvokeChairs / StoolsBassamFellowsSpindle Chair and StoolMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?形隐与山,状显于光,世外桃源居所——Culardoch Shieling / Moxon Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2016last_img read more

Shiro House / Kengo Kuma and Associates

first_imgArchitects: Kengo Kuma and Associates Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937007/shiro-house-kengo-kuma-and-associates-not-ready Clipboard Projects Shiro House / Kengo Kuma and Associates “COPY” Photographs:  Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeArchitect In Charge:Kengo Kuma & AssociatesDesign Team:Masafumi Yukimoto, Sou Nakamura, Tomomi Sekiguchi, Fumio Sugawara, Yoshiki Ayasu, Moe KanoCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeRecommended ProductsCorporate ApplicationsMenuInterior Furniture – Vasakronan Arenan and HQGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Art & SignageWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornA villa on a hill with a warm white theme. Using the white and warm texture of wood as the main character, we created a gentle yet light space in the green.The hot spring bath is built so that it can be buried in the garden as a separate area.Save this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeSave this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeSave this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeUsing the louver and the slanted surface, the surrounding nature and the building were directly joined.Created a “wooden white villa” in contrast to the “Concrete white villa” Savoie House.Save this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph OfficeProject gallerySee allShow lessItamonte Garage / Zebulun ArquiteturaSelected ProjectsTim Van Laere Gallery / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van SeverenSelected Projects Share Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937007/shiro-house-kengo-kuma-and-associates-not-ready Clipboard Year:  Photographs CopyAbout this officeKengo Kuma and AssociatesOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookJapanPublished on May 15, 2020Cite: “Shiro House / Kengo Kuma and Associates” 15 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?纯白私宅 / 隈研吾建筑都市设计事务所是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2018 CopyHouses•Japan ArchDaily Save this picture!© Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office+ 16Curated by Hana Abdel Share Shiro House / Kengo Kuma and AssociatesSave this projectSaveShiro House / Kengo Kuma and Associates Area:  997 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

Minister’s announcement could augur drastic increase in censorship

first_img KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia September 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister’s announcement could augur drastic increase in censorship January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is deeply disturbed by Kazakh information minister Darkhan Mynbai’s announcement of measures designed to drastically restrict the flow of information in emergencies.”The information minister is proposing nothing less than to strictly censor coverage of the most dramatic events,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to abandon this project, which is extremely dangerous for the Kazakh public’s right to information. “Controlling the flow of news and information is not the way to end rumours – quite the opposite. The way to stop rumours is for the government itself to provide information in a timely and responsible manner and to be as transparent as possible.”Kazakhstan already has laws that protect national security and punish inciting violence and hate. What is this proposal’s real aim? The government must not use disinformation as a pretext for imposing a news blackout on sensitive events. The news blackout imposed on last December’s riots in the western city of Zhanaozen unfortunately already showed the regime’s predisposition.”The information minister unveiled his plans during an 11 September cabinet discussion of ways to improve the public alert system in emergencies. In former Soviet countries, all exceptional events threatening public safety, including natural disasters, transport accidents and terrorist acts, are designated as “emergency situations” that are handled by a “minister for emergency situations.”Although the cabinet’s discussion was initially about natural disasters, the scope of the information minister’s announcement was much broader.”In emergency situations, we will reach an agreement with the management of the state media to prevent the dissemination of non-official information or alternative interpretations to those provided by the official information sources,” Mynbai said. “Questioning the veracity of (official) information or the spokesperson’s competence (…) criticizing the actions undertaken by the authorities (…) and inciting citizens to act in one way or another” will be forbidden in “all the media – TV, print media and Internet.” Similar agreements would also be reached with the privately-owned media, he said.Officially, the goal is to “cut short rumours” and “provide better information to the public.” The government has announced an overhaul of the public alert system by 2015 that will include having a pool of journalists in constant contact with the ministry for emergency situations.Much of the population of Almaty, the business capital, was gripped by panic in May 2011 when rumours of earthquakes 75 km outside the city circulated on social networks. Local media pointed out that the government’s silence only encouraged the rumours.Traditionally regarded as a pillar of stability in the region, Kazakhstan has for more than a year been confronting unprecedented challenges in the form of violent labour unrest and terrorist attacks that have shaken its image.Many union leaders and government opponents are currently on trial for their alleged involvement in the Zhanaozen riots, which were crushed with a great of bloodshed. At the time, the region was cut off from the outside world. Telecommunications were suspended, journalists were banned from going to Zhanaozen and Twitter was blocked throughout the country. Since then, harassment of independent media has been on the increase.Kazakhstan is ranked 154th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and was placed “under surveillance” by Reporters Without Borders in March 2011 because of the increasing use of cyber-censorship. February 5, 2021 Find out more News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia to go further Receive email alerts Organisation News News (Picture: pm.kz) Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Help by sharing this information News October 30, 2020 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking herlast_img read more

Moroccan website editor given three years in prison

first_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression News Arrested while filming a banned protest in Hoceima, in northern Morocco’s Rif region, on 20 July 2017, Mahdaoui had been tried for the past nine months along with 53 people held in connection with their alleged role in last year’s so-called “Hirak” wave of protests in the Rif region.Mahdaoui was accused of failing to alert the police after being contacted by a Moroccan based in the Netherlands who told him arms were being sent to the Hirak protesters. Mahdaoui responded that he did not notify the police because he had not taken the information seriously. As well as giving him a three-year jail term, the court also fined him 3,000 dirhams.“We are deeply shocked by this absurd verdict and harsh sentence,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “Just days ago, the Casablanca court separated Hamid el Mahdaoui’s case from those of the Hirak defendants, raising hopes that he would be freed. The authorities are persecuting a journalist who just did his job. Reporting the news is not a crime.”The court announced three days ago that it would handle Mahdaoui’s case separately from those of the other 53 defendants. As that decision had raised hopes of an imminent acquittal, many in the court house were stunned by last night’s sentence. Speaking to journalists, his lawyer described it as “cruel” and said they would appeal.Mahdaoui had established himself as a much-followed figure on social networks. Well known for his criticism of the authorities and for his YouTube videos commenting on news events, he was already sentenced to a year in prison on 12 September 2017 on a charge of “inciting a banned demonstration.”Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the grossly unjust three-year jail sentence that a criminal court in Casablanca passed yesterday evening on Badil.info website editor Hamid el Mahdaoui on a charge of “failing to report a threat to internal state security” to the authorities. June 29, 2018 Moroccan website editor given three years in prison Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Relatives of Syrian prisoners of conscience give news conference at French parliament

first_imgNews February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Syria to go further News Reporters Without Borders, the Damascus Declaration Committee and the Association of Friends of Samir Kassir held a news conference today at the French national assembly about journalist and writer Michel Kilo, lawyer Anwar Al Bunni and other human rights activists currently imprisoned in Syria. It was hosted by Green Party deputy Noël Mamère. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more November 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Relatives of Syrian prisoners of conscience give news conference at French parliament Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Relatives of two Syrian prisoners of conscience, journalist and writer Michel Kilo and lawyer and human rights activist Anwar Al Bunni, talked about their conditions of detention and the harassment of their families at a news conference today at the French national assembly. It was hosted by Green Party deputy Noël Mamère and organised by Reporters Without Borders, the Damascus Declaration Committee and the Association of Friends of Samir Kassir.“The doors of the national assembly, the heart of French democracy, are permanently open, especially for those who are not allowed to speak elsewhere,”said Mamère, who is also deputy mayor of Bègles (Gironde) as well as a former TV journalist.“The state of emergency in effect for the past 43 years has been used to arrest many Syrian journalists and activists,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We have registered an average of 10 arrests of journalists a year since the start of the 1990s. The state controls the media and still makes it difficult to access information.”Ménard added: “It is also impossible to access certain opposition websites. Three cyber-dissidents are currently in prison for calling for democracy and respect for human rights, making Syria the Middle East’s biggest prison for Internet users.”Kilo’s son, Ayham Kilo, said his father’s prison conditions were not bad. Aged 67, he is able to receive regular family visits at Adra prison, where he has been held since 17 May. The family is alarmed by the recent refusal to execute a provisional release order issued by a judge, but hopes his conditions of detention will continue to be acceptable.The Bunni family has been targeted by the Baathist regime since soon after Hafez al-Assad took power. Other members of the family were imprisoned and tortured in Syrian jails before Anwar Al Bunni. Added together, they have spent more than 60 years in prison. “But as good Syrian citizens, we have to render thanks to Allah that they were not killed,” said Kamal Al Bunni, his brother.He said Anwar was beaten for two days following his arrest on 17 May. After being placed with ordinary detainees in Adra prison, he staged a hunger strike from 28 October to 4 November with other political prisoners in protest against their illegal detention and the harassment of their families. He is now defended by a group of lawyers, some of whom he helped get released in the past. Kamal said the governor of Adra prison was taking personal revenge on Anwar for his frequent past criticism of its mistreatment of detainees.Writer Farouk Mardam-Bey, another of the news conference’s participants, voiced concern about the fact that the situation of government opponents is deteriorating as the regime now feels protected. Repression takes various forms, he said, including torture, arbitrary arrests, abduction of the relatives of government opponents and sham trials. He also mentioned the revival of Law 49 targeting Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, and the zero tolerance displayed for Syria’s Kurdish minority.Ménard concluded: “The Baathist regime is now regaining room for manoeuvre thanks to changes in the geopolitical situation and the resulting calls for dialogue to be reestablished with Damascus and Tehran. This increased room for manoeuvre results in more repression of government opponents.”Bashar al-Assad, who has been president since 2001, is regarded by Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s 35 press freedom predators.last_img read more

Valentine’s in Valentine

first_img Big Bend Brewing Co. logo The Big Bend Brewing Company has scheduled the sixth annual Valentine’s in Valentine from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Mercantile Building, 309 N. Main St., Valentine.The Valentine’s Day party includes food, locally brewed beer and music by Doug Moreland Band, The Doodlin’ Hogwallops and Beebe & Carrasco. By admin – February 13, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Valentine’s in Valentine Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsEntertainment Pinterest Previous articleCouncil struggling with election dateNext articlePBAA to host Valentine’s fundraiser adminlast_img read more

Schools urged to make early decision on closures

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Schools urged to make early decision on closures Google+ County Councillors meet today having been called to an emergency meeting to discuss the county’s dwindling salt stocks with another big freeze on the way.Council sources say there is only enough salt to treat 1/3 of the county’s roads.It is understood the National Roads Authority has instructed the council cut down their use of salt due to a national shortage.The warning came as Met Eireann issued a weather warning with snow and ice forecastTwo weeks ago parts of the county were brought to a standstill – as the bitterly cold weather took hold and a number of schools had to close because of the weather.Managing Director of Highland Radio, Charlie Collins, is asking schools to make an early decision regarding if they are going to close on Friday or not:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/coll830skool.mp3[/podcast] Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleFamiles have lucky escape in Raphoe fireNext articleBody of missing Lettekenny woman found News Highland PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrycenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ By News Highland – December 16, 2010 Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs Centre To Consider Whether Caretakers of Persons With Disabilities Can Be Exempted From Lockdown [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Centre To Consider Whether Caretakers of Persons With Disabilities Can Be Exempted From Lockdown [Read Order] Karan Tripathi8 May 2020 8:56 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the Central Government to consider whether caretakers, attendants and support staff of persons with disabilities could be granted exemption under the National Disaster Manager Act for the purposes of providing support to the persons with disability, who are unable to take care of themselves without such support. The Single Bench of Justice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the Central Government to consider whether caretakers, attendants and support staff of persons with disabilities could be granted exemption under the National Disaster Manager Act for the purposes of providing support to the persons with disability, who are unable to take care of themselves without such support. The Single Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva has further directed the Central Government to also consider as which category of persons with disability’s caretakers, attendants and support staff would be granted exemption and subject to what conditions. The order has come in a PIL filed a person who’s suffering from 100% disability below D5-6 level and accordingly, cannot perform his day-to-day functions without the help of a caretaker/attendant. In this PIL, the Petitioner has sought a direction to be issued to the Central Government to classify caretakers, attendants and support staff of the persons with disabilities as medical personnel and consequently, grant them exemptions under the National Disaster Management Act, including but not limited to their transit. Today, the Petitioner had argued that since the caretakers/ support staff are not exempted under the MHA guidelines on nationwide lockdown, they are not in a position to obtain a pass for travelling from their residences to the residence of the person with disabilities to support him. It was further argued by the Petitioner that some of the caretakers/attendants and support staff are not registered as medical personnel and accordingly, do not satisfy the criteria prescribed by the Government for grant of exemptions under National Disaster Management Act. ASG Maninder Acharya, who appeared for the Central Government, asked for some time to take instructions. The court will next take up this matter on May 13. The Petitioner in this case is being represented by Advocates Karan Mathur and Ivo D’Costa.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

‘He always inspired us’

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content “Tim was always smiling,” Burnside said. “He never had a bad day and was an inspiration to all of us.”The shock and sadness were not limited to the UPS family. Much of Pike County mourned the tragic death of “the UPS man.”Ward had been making UPS deliveries in Troy for about 18 years and was a familiar face and a good friend to all who knew him.Many businesses are displaying black and brown ribbons in memory of Ward. The UPS logo, “What can Brown do for you” is applicable to Ward for he was always willing to do what he could for others.Deanne Baggett, owner of the UPS store in Troy, said Ward has been a good and trusted friend to many people in Pike County and will be greatly missed.“Tim did so many things that nobody ever knew about,” she said. “He worked with handicapped individuals and drove a van for disabled individuals. He was a good and caring person. We all loved Tim and will miss him.”Ward was a member of the extended Troy University family and Tom Davis, university relations, said Ward was one of the best-known and best-liked people around the university.“Tim was always on the go but he took time to speak to everyone he knew and he knew practically everyone in every office on campus,” Davis said. “UPS never had a better ambassador than Tim. His best trait was a knack for making you feel like that talking to you or making a delivery to your office was the high point of his day.”Donna Schubert said the Troy University community was heartbroken at Ward’s death.“There’s a memorial to Tim at the entrance he used at the Adams Administration Building,” she said.“Tim was a friend to everyone and he was much more than a UPS delivery man. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He always inspired us by all of his adventures and it was fascinating to hear about what all he had done. “It is a testimony to Tim’s character that he made such a positive impression on all the people he met. This is the hope — that people would feel the way about us that we feel about him.”Funeral arrangements for Ward have not been announced. Those wishing to send expressions of sympathy to the Ward family may drop them off at the UPS Store on South Brundidge Street. Published 8:39 pm Monday, October 18, 2010 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson ‘He always inspired us’ By Jaine Treadwell Skip Email the author You Might Like Scarbrough sworn in as circuit clerk Judge William Hightower swears in Jamie Scarbrough as the new circuit clerk in PIke County during a Monday morning ceremony…. read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The UPS men said the early morning UPS meeting in Montgomery was a somber one as all thoughts were of the man they all knew and loved and would miss terribly.“Tim kept us pumped up,” Burnside said. “He was always doing things to make us laugh. We meet in a big room with a slick, concrete floor. Tim would come running in, dive on the floor and side on his stomach about 30 to 40 feet and someone would signal, ‘Safe’ and everybody would laugh. Tim was just that kind of guy.”Burnside has known Ward for 20-something years and Johnson for about 10. Johnson ran Ward’s route when he was on adventure. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Memorials and tributes to UPS delivery man Tim Ward, who died accidentally over the weekend, appeared throughout Troy on Saturday.Mark Johnson and Shelly Burnside spent the hardest day Monday that they’ve ever had in a Brown uniform.“Everywhere we went today, there were tears,” Johnson said, in an effort to hold back his own.Johnson and Burnside were running the UPS Troy route Monday for their longtime friend and co-worker, Tim Ward, who died Saturday at his home, the victim of an accidental shooting. Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Print Article “When I’m on vacation, I stay home and mow the grass,” Johnson said, with a smile. “Tim went on adventures. His latest was to Glacier National Park and Ireland. He was not one to sit idle.”Ward’s UPS buddies remember him as a family man, a passionate Alabama and Troy University football fan and an athlete.“He was very close to his dad and his brother and sisters,” Burnside said. “And, he was a great athlete. He could run up to an eight-foot fence, stop and jump straight over it, land and turn a somersault. He played baseball at Huntingdon College and five-man flag football with the Trotmans. He could have played any sport and been good at it.”Most of all, Johnson and Burnside remembered Ward as the best Brown has to offer.last_img read more

Practice makes perfect

first_img Practice makes perfect Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories Published 11:00 pm Monday, March 18, 2013 Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Skip Sponsored Content Email the author His platter of Reuben sandwiches went like hotcakes and Morelock also took the Irish green ribbon with his main dish.And the winners all around of the Irish Cooking Contest were gentlemen, as perhaps it should be for a St. Patrick’s Day cook-off.David Laliberte took, both the appetizers and side vegetable divisions with his spinach, French onion, cheese and secret ingredient appetizer and his “what’s all in it” pasta salad took the salad division.Judges for the contest, Michelle White, with Greenwood and Hall, and Cody Farrell, incoming SGA president, said every entry was worthy of a green ribbon. They both made a “courtesy” lap around the table before the contest was opened to the students.“Just to make absolutely sure, we have made the right decision.” After the judging was completed and prizes awarded for the 2013 Troy University Irish Cooking Contest, students at the Trojan Center were invited to sample the entries that included desserts, main dishes, vegetables/salads and appetizers.Steven Morelock takes ‘crown’ in Irish cooking contestA new King Leprechaun has been crowned.Steven Morelock won the Troy University Irish Cooking Contest at the university Monday. For the first time since the Blarney Stone was kissed, someone other than Gary Chinberg has won the annual Irish Cooking Contest. By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Chinberg abdicated the throne and Morelock stood ready and waiting to claim the crown with his Leprechaun Cake or the Green Velvet Cake, which is an Irish variation of the red velvet cake.Morelock also won the dessert division of the Irish Cooking Contest with the Leprechaun Cake. It was a sweet victory over the other entries that included original and unique dessert treats.Morelock, who is a rather accomplished cook, said he couldn’t take all the credit for the big win. He had to share it with Wilma Rodgers, who shared the recipe with him.Steven Morelock won the 2013 Troy University Irish Cooking Contest Monday at the Trojan Center. Morelock’s Leprechaun Cake was chosen Best Overall and also won the dessert division of the contest. The first time Morelock tried baking a red velvet cake using the family recipe, he used baking soda rather than baking powder.“Of course, the layers didn’t rise and were a little on the dense side.”Practice makes perfect and Morelock has perfected the red and green velvet cake.On St. Paddy’s Day, he baked layers that were as light as a feather and a moist as the dew on Irish spring morn. On Monday, he submitted the cake for judging and won the title as King of the Irish Cooking Contest. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like A RUNWAY OF HOPE Chelsey Holland, a student at Pike County High School, is hosting “Runway of Hope,” a fundraiser for Children’s of Alabama…. read more Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

This week’s business round up

first_img Previous Article Next Article Strong pound could hit BMW investment plan• BMW could be forced to scrap its plans to build a new medium-sized car atRover’s Longbridge plant, near Birmingham, because of the soaring pound. Groupproduction director Peter Forster said even if the European Commission approvedthe Government’s £152m aid package the planned £1.5bn investment at Longbridgecould be cancelled if sterling remained at its current level – more than 40 percent higher than when BMW bought Rover six years ago. “We believe thestrong pound step by step erodes the manufacturing base and makes itincreasingly difficult to manufacture in the UK,” he said. His commentsare one of the strongest pleas from a foreign industrialist for ministers totalk down the pound. Guardian UnlimitedAll energy company eyes turn to sale deal• Energy-to-telecoms group United Utilities triggered another round ofupheaval in the electricity supply industry by appointing Goldman Sachs tohandle the sale of its electricity and gas retail business Norweb Energi. Thecompany, which has about two million electricity and 400,000 gas customers isexpected to fetch between £350m and £400m. It is likely to attract theattention of major energy companies seeking to build major supply operations inBritain. This Is LondonRolls-Royce vows to keep up pre-tax profits• Rolls-Royce has promised it will continue to deliver double-digit earningsgrowth despite “challenging” conditions. The aerospace, marine andindustrial power group reported an 11 per cent jump in pre-tax profits for 1999on Thursday, towards the top end of market expectations. The group said pre-taxprofits rose to £360m, driven largely by a strong performance from its civilaerospace business, which accounts for almost 56 per cent of total sales of£4.74bn. Industrial power activities continued to be loss-making. Analysts werelooking for profits in the range of £335m to £368m. FT.com This week’s business round upOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

TUC chief hails forum for change

first_imgTUC chief hails forum for changeOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The newly-agreed deal to give trade unions more say in reforms of the UK’spublic services will be more than just a ‘worthless talking shop’, the TUCgeneral secretary has promised. Brendan Barber said the forum of government ministers and trade unionistswould be used for serious discussions on the changes currently taking placeacross the public sector. The agreement was sealed at a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair andunion leaders in a bid to increase dialogue and avoid further tensions. “The forum is designed to ensure there is an opportunity to discussproposed changes properly. I hope that potential future policy will also bediscussed,” he said. “It is an opportunity to influence major policychanges.” He said the talks would not just focus on big political decisions, such asfoundation hospitals, but would look at ongoing reorganisation in the sector. “In some areas, there has been good change management, but in others,it has had a whiff of imposition. This is not a win or lose situation. I wantto establish a modern relationship, where the union contribution is properlyrecognised by government,” he added. last_img read more

Nixon scores 17 to carry BYU past UNLV 83-50

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dalton Nixon had 17 points off the bench to carry Brigham Young to an 83-50 win over UNLV on Saturday.Alex Barcello had 13 points for Brigham Young (7-4). Yoeli Childs added 13 points and 14 rebounds and Connor Harding had 12 points.Jake Toolson was held to just 6 points. The Cougars’ leading scorer coming into the contest at 16 points per game, he was 0 of 4 from beyond the arc.Donnie Tillman had 13 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (4-7). Nick Blair added 10 points and seven rebounds. Cheikh Mbacke Diong had seven boards.Brigham Young faces Nevada at home on Tuesday. UNLV faces Pacific at home next Wednesday. December 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Nixon scores 17 to carry BYU past UNLV 83-50 Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Dalton Nixon Associated Presslast_img read more

BYU Closes Series to OSU with Defeat

first_imgMarch 7, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Closes Series to OSU with Defeat Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTILLWATER, Okla. – BYU baseball closed out its series with Oklahoma State, falling by a score of 8-3 on Saturday.“Today the difference was Oklahoma State got big hits when they needed to and we didn’t,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We had a chance to open up a lead with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth and only managed one run. In similar situations they were able to get a couple extra base hits and extend the lead.“I felt like we played a very solid three-game series but obviously didn’t swing the bats like we know we are capable. I do believe we got better this weekend and will be ready going into league play next week.”Game SummaryWith the game tied 1-1 in the fifth, Oklahoma State scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, then four additional unanswered runs over the next two innings to pull awayBYU scored a run in the fifth, eighth and ninthSeven pitchers went to the mound for the CougarsPlayer HighlightsAustin Deming: 2-4, 2B, RBIAbraham Valdez: 2-3, 2B, R, BBHobbs Nyberg: 1-5, 2B, ROklahoma State was the first to score, using a walk, a stolen base and a double to bring around a run in the bottom of the third.A lead-off double by Abraham Valdez followed by a single from Mitch McIntyre and Brock Watkins getting hit by a pitch set up the Cougars with bases loaded and nobody out. Andrew Pintar’s fly ball to center almost dropped, but a diving catch by the Cowboys allowed just Valdez to score on the tag. Two subsequent outs left the runners stranded and the game tied.Oklahoma State took no time responding in the bottom of the same inning, putting runners on the corners. A triple scored two runs and a double added another to put OSU back on top, 4-1.The Cowboys added another run in the sixth and three more on a bases-loaded double in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-1.In the eighth, BYU’s Austin Deming doubled down the left field line with two on and one out to score Hobbs Nyberg, but the Cougars again left two stranded to end the inning.An RBI-single by Bryan Call tacked on another Cougar run in the ninth for the final 8-3 margin.BYU returns home to Provo for its next series, opening West Coast Conference play by welcoming LMU, March 12-14. First pitch on Thursday will be at 6 p.m. MT with the game airing on the BYUtv app, BYU Radio 107.9 FM and ESPN960 AM. Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/Oklahoma State Cowboyslast_img read more

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse for Geriatric Psychiatry Department

first_imgRowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine is currentlyseeking an Advanced Practice Nurse to join its Department ofGeriatrics and Gerontology, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. Thesuccessful candidate will have the opportunity to work as anintegral part of an interdisciplinary team serving Geriatricpatients across a broad spectrum of settings including AssistedLiving, Subacute/Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care. In support ofthe School of Medicine’s mission and vision, this is a facultyposition, with opportunities to teach.Working collaboratively with our Geriatric Psychiatry team, theAdvanced Practice Nurse provides care and education to patientsacross the continuum of care environments. The APN also provideseducation to staff in those facilities and participates in qualityimprovement initiatives.Candidates must meet the following requirements:Valid NJ Nursing License with Prescriptive AuthorityAdvanced Nursing Degree (APN)CDSDEACertification in Psychiatry Mental HealthAdvertised: Dec 14 2020 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:last_img read more

Warburtons to build £45m bakery in Bristol

first_imgWarburtons is to invest £45m in a new ’super-bakery’ in Bristol. The new plant is to be built on a 12 acre site at the Western Approach Distribution Park at Severn Beach, and forms part of the company’s national expansion programme.The new bakery, currently in the early stages of building, is expected to be completed and fully operational by December 2008. It will be Warburtons’ 14th bakery and will further open up distribution to multiples, convenience stores and other retail outlets. It will also enable the production of a wider range of products for distribution to Wales and the South West.Once work is completed, the site will employ around 450 people and will enable the production of 1.5m products each week with its state-of-the-art machinery.“This is one of our biggest investments to date and reinforces our commitment to the South West,” said chairman, Jonathan Warburton. “We opened our Welsh bakery in Newport two years ago but we still need more capacity to meet increasing consumer demand.”last_img read more

From parliament to parlour

first_imgHealthy eating has become a priority for both consumers and governments. Initiatives such as the Change4Life programme and the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) plan to reduce saturated fat intake are current examples of the shift towards better-for-you consumption. In reducing saturated fat intake by around 20%, the FSA hopes to reduce deaths related to cardiovascular disease by 3,500 a year. On average, 6% of saturated fat in the UK diet comes from biscuits, buns, cakes, pastries and fruit pies (see table). So reformulation of bakery products presents manufacturers with an opportunity to contribute towards the reduction targets.At a recent presentation at the British Society of Baking Conference, Steve Knapton, regional sales manager for ADM Trading (UK), presented a paper by colleague Jo Bruce on how the industry could reduce saturated fat levels in baked goods, with minimal impact on product and processing characteristics. He also showed how more radical reductions may be achieved in applications such as shortcrust pastry, giving significant consumer benefits.== Options for bakers ==Many bakery applications, such as cakes, short pastry, biscuits and crèmes, are made using cake margarines or all-purpose shortenings. Options currently available in the UK offer a wide range of saturated fat levels, so the challenge for bakers is deciding which product will work for them. At its new purpose-built bakery applications testing lab in Purfleet, Essex, ADM has conducted extensive trials to assess the relative performance of sat fats in a number of products. The trials showed the extent to which fats can emulsify and stabilise flour and water during mixing and baking cakes. An effective fat helps to create a large-volume cake with an even crumb structure and a moist texture, without damp streaks or ’palate cling’ when eating. It also shows how lower saturated fat shortenings can stabilise batters as well as, or better than, those with higher saturated fat levels.Changing from shortenings with around 41% saturated fat to an ingredient containing 35% saturates, for example, would provide a 14% reduction in the saturated fat content without reducing performance. Changing from ADM’s Pura Shortening Low Trans (35% saturates) or competitor equivalents, to NovaLipid shortening gives a further 14% reduction. Extensive testing in sweet and savoury shortcrust pastry, cakes, crèmes, dough fats and other applications using this shortening shows that reducing saturated fat to 30% (in the shortening) retains excellent performance.== Fluid response ==For larger manufacturers, an efficient and cost-effective way of minimising saturated fat is by using fluid shortenings. These are pumpable, semi-liquid fats with different physical properties to boxed all-purpose shortenings. In applications such as shortcrust pastry and cakes, they can be an effective alternative to solid fats. Well-processed fluids have many separate tiny crystals of fat suspended in a liquid oil medium. These small solid crystals pack tightly around air or water droplets, stabilising them in the batter or dough during baking, while the liquid oil disperses rapidly and gives a pleasant rich texture. In a solid fat, much larger crystals of fat are thought to surround the air or water droplets, so more solid saturated fat is needed to achieve the same functionality as a fluid.It is important to have enough solid fat in a fluid shortening to provide the quantity of crystals needed for optimum functionality. This must be balanced with the need for pumpability and temperature tolerance. Special physical processing techniques allow fluid shortenings to feature all these attributes with lower levels of saturated fat than solid shortenings – in ADM’s case, 26% and 18% respectively for NovaLipid fluid shortening and NovaLipid Ultra fluid shortening. Samples of the fluid shortenings have been shown to maintain their fluid, flowing properties for over a year when stored in optimum conditions. In a factory environment, even with variable temperatures, they are also extremely stable.Fluid shortenings are not only highly functional with a lower level of saturated fat, but also enable food manufacturers to reduce overall fat usage by 10-20%. This is because of the high level of liquid oil, which provides rapid and effective dispersion, making pastries shorter than usual. Fluids are usually supplied by tanker, so they are more suitable for large manufacturers with their own tanks. The fluid is then pumped around the factory minimising manual handling and packaging waste.—-=== FSA consultation ===In July, the FSA launched a consultation on saturated fat reduction to the public, suggesting clear targets for saturated fat reductions in a range of bakery products. Cakes, shortcrust and puff pastry applications are all targeted with a 10% reduction by 2012. Consultation documents can be downloaded from www.food.gov.uk. Companies have until 3 November to respond.—-=== Covering all the bases ===Puff pastries, Danish pastries and other laminated fat applications are being targeted as part of the FSA’s saturated fat reduction plan. Small changes could be achieved by using lower saturated fat, all-purpose, or fluid shortenings as the dough fat, but most of the saturated fat is contained in the laminating fat.Unlike all-purpose shortenings, there is little variation in the saturated fat content of laminating fats available in the UK. This type of product must contain high levels of solid fat to maintain separate discrete layers of dough, without creaming and mixing in. One option to reduce the saturated fat content would be to add less fat, but this would affect the amount of lift the pastry achieves. Another option is to reduce the fat level in the margarine.Tests with a pastry containing 33% saturated fat, a reduction of 19% on standard 41% saturated fat products, show that using a lower saturated fat blend and a lower level of total fat in the laminating fat achieves pastry with the same lift, eating properties and ingredients list as a standard puff pastry margarine.last_img read more

Welsh Hills wins export award

first_imgFamily-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.The Hirwaun-based business, which supplies gluten-, dairy- and wheat-free cakes and biscuits to countries including Australia and the Middle East, triumphed in the Success through Overseas Trade category for the second year running, before being named overall winner at the ceremony last week (23 February).The 60-year-old bakery was started in 1956 by Aberdare baker Ernest Rule and his wife Ruby. It is now run by the third generation of the same family, employs 82 staff and produces over 80 product lines.Last year the business sold around £5m-worth of products, 20% of which were exports. The first company to supply two major UK supermarket chains (Sainsbury’s and Tesco) with their own brand of gluten-free products, it has since added others to the portfolio including Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons and Holland & Barrett.“Last year, at these awards, we were privileged to win the Success through Overseas Trade Welsh Business Award,” said Julian Cruttenden, commercial head of Welsh Hills Bakery. “To win it twice is overwhelming. The acknowledgement that we were doing a great job encouraged us to focus our efforts even more on the export sector.“In 2016, 20% of our sales were in exports. We are currently in talks with Japan and Dubai and planning to increase that figure by a further 50% in the next 12 months. All this and we are about to appear in a Morrisons advert. This support and validation means the world to us.”last_img read more

Stevie Wonder, John Scofield Tapped For Miles Davis Tribute Album

first_imgFew musicians are as symbolic of an entire genre of music as Miles Davis is to jazz. The two are literally inseparable, perhaps driving Don Cheadle to write, direct, and star in the Miles Ahead biopic (watch the trailer here). Another tribute to Davis is on the way, as jazz pianist Robert Glasper has organized an album dedicated to the iconic trumpeter.Titled Everything’s Beautiful, Glasper has recruited a who’s who of musicians for the Miles Davis tribute project. Among those involved: Stevie Wonder, John Scofield, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bilal, Illa J and so many more. The album is due out May 27th via Sony Records, and pre-orders can be placed here.Check out the tracklisting below:Everything’s Beautiful Tracklisting: 1. “Talking Shit” 2. “Ghetto Walkin” featuring Bilal 3. “They Can’t Hold Me Down” featuring Illa J 4. “Maiysha (So Long)” featuring Erykah Badu 5. “Violets” featuring Phonte 6. “Little Church” featuring Hiatus Kaiyote 7. “Silence Is The Way” featuring Laura Mvula 8. “Song For Selim” featuring KING 9. “Milestones” featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow 10. “I’m Leaving You” featuring John Scofield and Ledisi 11. “Right On Brotha” featuring Stevie Wonderlast_img read more

Dell Network Security Delivers Record Results at Dell Security Peak Performance 2015

first_imgWe are extremely excited to be joined by more than 650 security channel partners at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas this week for our annual Dell Security Peak Performance conference – “Come for Knowledge. Leave for Power.”For the next three days, our key partners will be immersed in dynamic keynote presentations and 20 technical deep dive and business sessions at three levels of security curriculum. This is our time to honor them for the great successes they’ve achieved and help them to get ready to once again break records in the coming year.  I could not be more pleased to spend dedicated time with our channel partners from across the US and 21 other countries, who have been able to top all charts in terms of sales and trainings. With security being a top priority for all organizations, we are delighted to see the success of our partner strategy and continue this tremendous momentum with new exclusive offers, and a showcase of their successes.At Dell Peak Performance conference we’re highlighting Dell’s phenomenal network security success that our partners have achieved in the last 12 months. A key component of this achievement is due to Dell’s end-to-end channel strategy.  With 12,000 partners selling Dell SonicWALL next-gen firewalls, secure mobile access and email security solutions, we’re elated to see deal registrations increase seven percent to over 4,100 per quarter, while the number of partners submitting deal registrations rose by 12 percent.Through the 8,700 training and certification courses we provided this year, 320 partners have earned the Network Security competency. As a result we now have nearly 1,500 Preferred and Premier level partners certified in Dell next-generation firewall and Dell SonicWALL Global Systems Management solutions.  In Q2 2015, Peak Performance attendees on average for 2014 showed results that their sales increased 40 percent year-over-year compared to those who did not attend Peak.Larry Cecchini, president and CEO of Dell SonicWALL Premier Partner Secure Designs, recently shared this thought with us:“The market for network security solutions is really taking off, and working with Dell in the past year, we’ve increased our Dell SonicWALL revenues by more than 650 percent. We look forward to a great week at Peak Performance and enhancing our offerings by gaining more knowledge of the latest product releases and collaborating with Dell security experts.”Exclusive Event OffersDell also announced an exclusive offer for Dell Security Peak Performance attendees for a 50 percent instant rebate on select Dell SonicWALL TZ and NSA appliances, while supplies last. This rebate will be made available Sept. 1 through Sept. 11 with key distributors Ingram Micro, Securematics, Tech Data, D&H Distributing, and SYNNEX. A second offer that proved successful since last year’s Peak event, a Double Down Security Certified Volume Incentive Rebate, is being offered again this year to incite increased business opportunities for certified Dell network security partners.  Additional channel profitability opportunities will be unveiled during Peak Performance main stage presentations.Recently, we conducted a survey of our Peak Performance registrants to determine what they are seeing as priorities and values from their security provider. According to a representative sample of over 100 partners registered, 83 percent have experienced a significant increase in security sales in the past year. Other survey findings include:70 percent validated Dell’s end-to-end strategy by saying it is “very important or important” that they offer their customers network security, mobile security, and identity and access management from a single vendorFor the top three priorities, partners pointed to network security/UTM (83 percent of respondents), mobile security (68 percent), and email security (48 percent).Profitability (78 percent) and sales/communications tools (49 percent) rounded out the top three most important partner program elementsOur Peak attendees are hearing from an amazing lineup of presenters, from our guest keynote speaker and world- famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, to Curtis Hutcheson, VP and GM of Dell Security Solutions who will kick off the event, to Patrick Sweeney, Vice President, Product Management & Product Marketing, Dell Software Group, Security Solutions, who will deliver our security roadmap. Security experts are giving demonstrations with Dell One Identity Management, Dell Systems Management and Dell Data Protection and Encryption and more.We want to thank our Platinum sponsors, Tech Data Corp., SYNNEX, Ingram Micro, Securematics, D&H Distributing, are showcasing their services in our Solutions Expo.It has been an honor to lead our worldwide Dell Security channel organization for more than a decade. Through the dedication and success of our loyal partners, I know we will continue grow together. We have had incredible momentum in 2015 recognized across the channel and security industry, as well as awards including the Best Channel Vendor 2015 in the Network Security category, from Business Solutions magazine. The entire executive team and I are here for you, committed to seeing you and your customers’ prosper for the long-term. I am looking forward to meeting with you one on one this week. Follow the conference activity on @DellSecurity  #DellPeak. I personally hope to hear from you on Twitter at @MarvinBlough.last_img read more

Dell’s New Commercial PC Lineup Helps Bring Ideas to Life

first_img1Based on Mar 2016 Principled Technologies test report, “Dell SupportAssist Provided Proactive Support for Hard Drive Failure”, commissioned by Dell. Testing conducted in the United States. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://facts.pt/Cr3tEy CES has seen many “world firsts” over 50 years, and at #ces2017 we’re doing our part to keep that history going with more than 25 new PC innovations that will enable our customers worldwide to unleash their creative potential and bring fantastic new ideas to life.Prior to the holidays, I met with dozens of media and analysts so they could preview the new devices. I knew that we had a great lineup of products to unveil, but was pleasantly surprised at the enthusiastic reaction we received. Several commented that they’re clearly seeing the benefits of Dell’s privatization shining through in this latest batch of new products. Because we no longer need to worry about justifying our product development expenditures to Wall Street, we can push the envelope on product design and take the time we need to bring new systems to market that we know will exceed our customers’ expectations.The latest result is an updated commercial PC portfolio that incorporates the best aspects of our thin and light consumer product designs without compromising on the security, manageability and productivity demanded by our commercial customers. Our upgraded selection of Latitude and OptiPlex business products include all-new designs that not only meet today’s business needs, they’ll also help address tomorrow’s evolving workplace challenges. We’ve refreshed our entire commercial portfolio with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, updated professional graphics options throughout the portfolio, and maintained our industry lead in delivering the world’s most secure and manageable PCs. Our lineup also provides the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C connectivity options for extremely fast data connections and power provided through a single cable.“Intel and Dell have a long history of delivering amazing computing experiences for both consumers and businesses,” said Navin Shenoy, SVP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group. “We’re excited to see the performance, responsiveness, and reliability of 7th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors on display across Dell’s new lineup of laptops, desktops, and workstations.”Latitude: Inspired by XPS, Tailored for ProfessionalsWith an emphasis on creating beautiful products that people will be proud to carry, the new Latitude ultrabooks and 2-in-1s are not only sexy, they also deliver extremely high performance.For the ultimate “no wires” experience, we’re previewing at CES the new Latitude 7285 2-in-1 with WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging capabilities and WiGig docking. That means you can move quickly between meetings without the hassle of hooking up power cords and other cables at every stop. Grab the Latitude 7285 2-in-1 and immediately walk away from your desk without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. Return to your desk, set the Latitude 2-in-1 on the power mat, and your PC will begin charging immediately. Also, if you take advantage of a WiGig dock, your content will appear simultaneously on your external display. We believe the Latitude 7285 is the world’s most versatile 2-in-1 because it can be used as a traditional notebook or as a tablet in either detached or 360 degree convertible mode giving owners incredibly flexible options for how they prefer to work. We’ll have more to share about this incredible device during Dell EMC World in May, so stay tuned for more details.“Dell continues their drive to be first to market with relevant new technology. This collaboration between Dell and WiTricity is making the wireless workplace a reality for customers around the globe,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. “The Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 not only enables a more productive working environment, but accelerates establishment of a resonance-enabled wireless charging ecosystem.”We’re also introducing the Latitude 5285 2-in-1, the world’s most secure and manageable 2-in-1. Organizations can avail of our Data Security Solutions including Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise encompassing encryption and advanced threat prevention to protect their data and prevent modern threats such as malware and ransomware.  The device also features optional multi-factor authentication, including finger print and smart card readers. Weighing less than two pounds, this incredibly mobile and sleek 2-in-1 has an auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles, including laptop, tablet or desktop mode. Your workforce will remain connected and productive via multiple connectivity options, including 2x2ac Wi-Fi, a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB Type-C ports, optional 4G/LTE and optional WiGig support. And it’s designed to be fully serviceable with easy access screws that allow Dell or Dell-certified technicians to service the 2-in-1 onsite.We’re continuing to innovate in our traditional “clamshell” business notebooks as well. Our newly refreshed lineup of Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks deliver optimum productivity and mobility in thin and light commercial-grade devices with edge-to-edge QHD displays. They’re built to survive the rigors of daily use through premium materials including an alloy chassis, soft touch paint and optional woven carbon. New security features include Windows Hello via an optional infrared camera which facilitates logon using facial recognition, multi-factor authentication features, as well as the ability to include Dell Data Security Solutions for data encryption and advanced threat prevention Docking is simple and seamless through the multiple connectivity options, including DisplayPort™ over USB Type C with Thunderbolt 3 options and Dell wireless docking.Refreshed OptiPlex Portfolio Drives Innovative Desktop Design and Performance to New HeightsWhile our Latitude portfolio continues to advance mobile computing capabilities, inside millions of offices, retail stores, hospitals and education campuses, desktops remain the foundation. In fact, 74 percent of workers worldwide still use a desktop as their primary work system.For them, we’ve fully refreshed our portfolio of OptiPlex All-in-One (AIO), Mini Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro Form Factor solutions. We’ve added the new 5250 AIO and 5050 micro form factor PC to the 5000 series lineup, completing our OptiPlex portfolio with consistent form factor options across the entire 3000, 5000 and 7000 series to meet your productivity, security and manageability needs. With up to 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and the latest discrete graphics, these powerful devices pack performance into ever smaller, more compact systems.We’ve also designed a customized peripheral ecosystem for these new OptiPlex desktops that results in a clutter-free desktop and a more productive workforce. Cable management systems are available across the portfolio, and multi-display configurations that have shown to increase productivity by up to 44 percent are also available. And for the ultimate modular AIO solution, the small form factor and micro desktops can be easily mounted out of sight behind their corresponding monitor by using a Dell AIO stand.All Dell commercial PC solutions are backed by our award-winning services and support. Featuring Dell’s innovative SupportAssist technology, ProSupport Plus is the only complete support service combining 24×7 priority access to expert support, accidental damage repair, and proactive and predictive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution. For example, ProSupport Plus significantly reduced time to resolve a failed hard drive with up to 91 percent less time to resolution and up to 72 percent fewer steps in the support process1.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 featuring wireless charging will be available in June 2016 on Dell.com in the U.S. Pricing will be made available closer to launch.The Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 will be available February 28, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $899.The Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are now available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,099.The Dell OptiPlex 7050 Micro will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $679.The Dell OptiPlex 5050 Micro will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $599.The Dell OptiPlex 5250 AIO will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $879.last_img read more

Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 years

first_img July 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 years Jan Pudlow Senior Editor She was the only woman when she entered law school in 1949 at the University of Florida, back in a time 45 men would stand against the blackboard waiting for her to leave the classroom first.He was a certified public accountant in Atlanta, lured to law school by his young wife, graduating a year later from UF in 1955.Together, June and A.B. Blackburn had double reason to celebrate when the 50-year members of The Florida Bar gathered at Annual Meeting in Orlando.The Jacksonville duo, married since December 1950, each boast at least 50 years as Florida lawyers.June C. Blackburn, a retired Duval County judge, says of her tax-lawyer husband: “I am proud of the fact that he is honest, and how he treats these elderly people who don’t have children to look after them. He is concerned that nobody scams these women, his clients who are in their 80s and 90s, and one lady is 101. He has always looked out for people. When they have to go to the hospital, they call A.B. to take their jewelry to the bank.”And A.B. Blackburn, Jr., who still practices law with their son Bryan at Blackburn & Blackburn, says of his wife: “I have been proud of her all the time. She speaks softly and carries a big stick.”“He doesn’t think I’m afraid of anybody,” adds June, who doesn’t dispute that.“You know, June had an uphill battle because the mentality of most people back then was male. I give her credit that it took guts to stick it out,” A.B. says of his feisty wife, who was a freshman in law school while he was finishing up his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting.To hear June tell it, she was always comfortable in a man’s world, from the time she was a kindergartner winning all the boys’ marbles, to playing catcher on the boys’ high school baseball team during practice, but not allowed to compete against other teams.Entering the UF College of Law in 1949, she was one of three females among 500 males. One co-ed left to join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service); one dropped out for financial reasons, so June found herself “the only girl.”She has fond memories of law school, where she was treated like a lady by her classmates, although with a paternalistic tinge.“Most of the law instructors were very, very gentlemanly,” June recalls. “But one or two of the very young ones would call on me with questions on rape cases. The guys in my class did not like that. They were very protective.”To let the professor know they disapproved of such graphic questions of the slender, blonde woman in class, the men would shuffle their feet under their seats.When class was over, she said “45 men would wait for me, standing against the blackboard, waiting for me to go out.”Once she had earned her law degree in 1954, finding a job as a lawyer proved difficult.“They were not used to hiring women. You were kind of a fluke,” June said. “Nobody would hire me. Some wanted to hire me as a secretary. My first degree was in business, and I knew shorthand and typing. I said, ‘Look guys, I didn’t go to law school to be a secretary. Why would you go to all that trouble?’”Already, she had taught high school in Atlanta for a year and worked as a secretary and assistant law librarian while in law school.Turned down time and time again for a job practicing law, June said, many law firms rejected her with the excuse that she would “send cases off to your husband.”She started a family instead, at a time there was no family leave for having babies, and every time she rejoined the work force, she would have to start anew at the bottom rung.First came daughter Alice Blackburn, who has a master’s in divinity; then Bryan Blackburn, the lawyer, was born in 1958.In 1960, June and A.B. Blackburn opened their own law firm.“But to buy groceries both of us taught at Jacksonville University part-time,” June said.In 1963, their third child was born, Mark Blackburn, now a health care executive.When the Blackburns look back on their accomplishments through the years, their children make them most proud.“One of the judges told me in the grocery store, ‘Your son is a gentleman.’ That makes you feel good,” A.B. Blackburn says.This married legal duo ended up thriving in contrasting areas of law.For June, the thrill was in trial work. After a stint as assistant general counsel for the City of Jacksonville in 1976, she honed her expertise in the courtroom as an assistant public defender in 1981 until 1988 “where I had my eyes opened, and sometimes had them opened up more than I wanted.”In 1988, she successfully ran for county judge, where she presided over “everyday people. People who don’t have a lawyer. People whose kids are in trouble. You just try to be honest and fair with them and help them try to work it out.”Then in 1998, the year she turned 70, Florida law said it was mandatory for June to retire from the bench.“Just because it’s your birthday, you have to quit. That’s pretty sad,” she said, adding that she worked two and a half years as a senior judge.Her advice to young lawyers: “Don’t get discouraged. Tie a knot and hang on. Take the bumps in the road. That’s what I had to do.”A.B. still gets his kicks saving people money on their taxes.“I started my career in public accounting and then switched to law. What I found fascinating about it is you could help people both in their personal estate or business tax planning and avoid taxes in a lot of cases. With some simple planning you could help people save considerable amounts of money. saving people money on their taxes, it was like they were making money,” A.B. says.“A.B. used to work with the IRS,” June adds.“Not with them,” A.B. gently corrects, “But to keep it from being a cat fight. I was calm and collected.”A member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Elder Law sections, A.B. served on the Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee and the Elder Law Committee before it was a section.He still goes to the office to see clients several days a week, chuckling when he says, “I now come in late, and to make up for it I leave early. I’d rather do that than stay home, because June would keep me too busy.”What is their secret for a long, happy marriage with dual careers in the law?“Whatever you say, dear,” A.B. is quick to retort.“Don’t let him kid you,” says June, the former judge, who gets the last word. Jacksonville couple has been practicing for 50 yearslast_img read more

One thing that can help stop the savings crisis in America

first_imgThe savings crisis is not waving the little white flag anytime soon. Americans face a barrage of financial obstacles in today’s economy: stagnant wages, low interest rates, and a painful absence of financial literacy. The situation is so dire many Americans believe they won’t ever be able to leave the workforce. They survive paycheck to paycheck. However, all hope is not lost. One simple maneuver is helping millions of working Americans save for their futures.In a perfect world, parents and the education system would teach personal finance to every boy and girl. Our children would grow up being taught good savings habits, applying those lessons throughout life to improve their financial situations. Unfortunately, reality is quite different. Many parents are afraid to talk about money, and while some schools are now teaching personal finance, bureaucracy hinders a more national impact. As a result, we’re left with a country filled of financial illiterates — where nearly half of Americans save virtually nothing.What’s the solution? Make saving money the default decision. When faced with a choice on a seemingly complex subject such as money, many individuals often take the default or “no decision” choice. In the case of voluntary savings plans, which requires participants to take action in order to save money, the “no decision” choice is a decision not to save. 401(k) plans are the most popular example. One quarter of employees don’t even save enough to receive the employer match, missing out on $24 billion of practically free money every year. continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pre-order of the day

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Syntrus Achmea wins Shell pension fund administration contract

first_imgLast week, Tom van der Spek, director of old-age provision at Syntrus, said the company would now focus on corporate and occupational pension funds, as well as on the new general pension fund (APF) of insurer Centraal Beheer, which is part of Achmea Group.Shell and Syntrus have been co-operating since 1 July 2013, when the oil company closed its defined benefit scheme SSPF to new entrants, who had to start saving in a new defined contribution scheme, SNPS.Since then, Syntrus has managed pensions administration for SNPS, while SSPF kept its own pensions bureau SPN as its provider.Janwillem Bouma, director of both schemes, said Syntrus would also deliver bespoke pension management for SSPF’s participants against low costs.He added that pensions communication “had to comply with the most recent digital standards”.Van der Spek said Shell’s choice had reinforced Syntrus’s position as a “market leader for company pension funds”.In other news, Hibin, the €761m sector scheme for the building materials industry, which is to leave Syntrus, has said it will start carrying out its pensions administration in-house.According to Gijs Alferink, the scheme’s chairman, the new arrangement will allow Hibin to save €400,000 in costs and VAT annually.He said the decision to leave Syntrus had been taken last summer due to a desire to cut costs, as well as growing dissatisfaction with the service provided. Hibin has 13,200 participants and pensioners affiliated with 850 employers. Shell’s closed €26bn pension fund in the Netherlands (SSPF) is to outsource pensions administration for its 40,000 participants to Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer.The new contract, effective from 1 January 2018, will also include all communication with participants.The announcement comes soon after Syntrus disclosed that it would stop providing services to industry-wide pension funds, as its new IT system struggled to cope with their disparate arrangements.At present, industry-wide schemes account for about two-thirds of Syntrus’s business.last_img read more

Further three-year delay on derivatives clearing for pension funds

first_imgEuropean pension funds have received a further three-year exemption from derivatives clearing rules in a move the European Commission claims will save them “up to €1.6bn”.Pension schemes will not be expected to comply with requirements to trade derivatives through clearing houses until 2020, the commission announced yesterday as it unveiled amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).In its proposed amendments, the commission said “no viable technical solution facilitating the participation of [pension schemes] in central clearing has emerged to date”.The delay will give central clearing houses, pension schemes, and other players more time to come up with solutions, the European Commission said. However, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president responsible for financial stability, financial services, and the capital markets union, said central clearing for pension funds remained “a clear goal”.He added that the delay would help pension schemes “avoid estimated losses of up to €1.6bn”.The decision marks the third time the European Commission has delayed bringing pension funds into EMIR’s scope. It originally pushed back the deadline by two years to August this year, before adding another year to this revised timetable.A spokesman for PensionsEurope, the continent-wide trade body, said: “The prolongation of the exemption is good news for pension funds. We appreciate that the European Commission has taken seriously into consideration the undue financial burden that would have resulted from [the] clearing obligation when only cash can be used as collateral. Now we need to use these extra years of exemption to find good permanent solutions.”James Walsh, policy lead for EU and international at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, welcomed the exemption.“This extension recognises that the market has not yet developed a practicable solution for clearing by pension schemes,” he said. “While this development removes the worrying prospect of compulsory clearing from August 2018, it does not present a solution to the underlying problem. Derivatives are an essential tool for pension funds, who use them to hedge their risks and ensure they can pay pensioners.”In a speech announcing the EMIR amendments, Dombrovskis also outlined regulatory effects on non-EU-based central clearing houses, a particularly important issue with the UK’s impending exit from the EU. London is a key hub of derivatives trading in Europe, with the commission estimating that as much as 75% of euro-denominated interest rate derivatives are traded in the UK capital.Dombrovskis said the European Commission was considering whether to require clearing houses “of key systemic importance” to be domiciled within the EU. Alternatively, the commission could request “enhanced supervisory powers” over clearing houses in non-EU countries.He added that detailed discussions on this issue would begin soon, with a view to proposing legislation in June.In addition to the exemption for pension funds, the commission also announced a streamlining of reporting requirements to alleviate the burden on smaller players in the derivatives markets, particularly non-financial companies.last_img read more

World Athletics to rule on Russia ahead of Olympics

first_imgYevgeny Yurchenko is the new head of the Russian athletics federation Loading… World Athletics is to decide Thursday whether to start the procedure of reinstating the new-look Russian athletics federation, as well as initiating the process to allow Russian athletes who test clean to compete under a neutral banner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. High jumper Mariya Lasitskene has attacked Russia’s handling of the doping crisis Russia has been suspended by World Athletics (then known as the IAAF) since 2015 over repeated doping scandals – a ban upheld 12 times – and has been fighting for readmission. The last report by World Athletics’ Task Force, in November, led to its decision-making Council suspending the process of reinstating RUSAF over charges against its officials that they obstructed an anti-doping investigation. The Council also put a freeze on the system of allowing Russian athletes to compete as “Authorised Neutral Athletes”. Those decisions prompted wholesale change at RUSAF, which has a newly-appointed head in Yevgeny Yurchenko.Advertisement Coe, Yurchenko said, “will initiate the process of issuing to Russian athletes neutral status permits for their participation in international tournaments”, with RUSAF’s membership reinstatement with World Athletics “set to be launched”.That promises to be good news for three-time high-jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former RUSAF regime for its handling of the scandal.Lasitskene, pole vault world champion Angelica Sidorova and men’s 110m metres hurdles star Sergey Shubenkov held a meeting with Coe last week, reportedly on relaunching the so-called “ANA scheme”, which allows eligible Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at events.Moscow’s case has been made more complicated after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December imposed a four-year ban from all international sporting competitions on Russia over what it considers a state-sponsored programme of doping, a suspension the country took to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS, the world’s highest sporting court, will now have to decide whether to confirm the WADA ban, or listen to Russia’s case against the sanction. A ruling is not expected before May, with the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start on July 24, in just 134 days.The International Olympic Committee said CAS had to make a clear-cut decision, with no room for “any kind of interpretation”, over whether Russia was to be banned not just from Tokyo, but also the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. Read Also: English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors todayIn Monaco, the World Athletics council will also discuss the effects of the spread of the coronavirus, with several members, including those from outbreak hotspots China and Italy, taking part remotely by teleconference because of travel restrictions in their countries.The COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the world indoor championships in Nanjing, China, due to be held this month, to be delayed by a year, and the world half-marathon champs in Gdynia, Poland, to be re-scheduled from March 29 to October 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? In one of his first conciliatory moves in the stand-off, Yurchenko sent two letters to World Athletics, the first “concerning our cooperation and in regard to scandalous situations, which had left an impact on our relations for many years”. Yurchenko said he had agreed with accusations made by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against RUSAF on the wrongdoings in the case of high jumper Danil Lysenko, in which “forged documents and false explanations” were provided as an alibi to his whereabouts, as required by anti-doping rules. In January, the AIU, the independent anti-doping watchdog for track and field, recommended World Athletics maintain the exclusion of RUSAF and the freeze on Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag unless it failed to provide evidence in the Lysenko case, which had proved to be a tipping point. – Negative consequences – Yurchenko, who also apologised for the negative consequences from the Lysenko case, said his second letter was sent to World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.last_img read more

Antique short film to represent WV in national tilt

first_imgThe voting period for the short filmstarted last Oct. 7 and will end noontime of Oct 22.(With a report from PNA/PN) She called for the support of thepublic as the four-minute, 30 seconds film will compete with entries from otherregions. SAN JOSE, Antique – The movie “Be theChange” of the Antique National School (ANS) students will represent WesternVisayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on theSustainable Consumption category of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). DTI provincial information officerLynna Joy Cardinal said the film, produced by ANS Grade 11 students underadviser Christine Cepeda, won the DTI regional competition last Sept. 23. Lynna Joy Cardinal, information officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says the movie “Be the Change” of the Antique National School students will represent Western Visayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on the Sustainable Consumption category of the DTI. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA As part of the competition, thestudents and their adviser will face the judges for an interview on Oct. 23 inManila. “The awarding will be held on Oct. 24 at the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City,” she added. “The short film deals with the storythat through small things we do like properly disposing our wastes, we cancontribute to the preservation of our environment,” Cardinal said on Friday. Felisa Beriong, officer-in-charge ofthe Department of Education Office of the Schools Division Superintendent inthe province, issued a memorandum last Oct. 14, calling for the support on theshort film. “Fifteen percent of the total score inthe competition will depend on the number of ‘Likes’ of the video from (thesocial media) page so that we are really asking for the support of theconsumers,” Cardinal said.last_img read more

‘No solution today’ for Tokyo Olympics as Bach announces re-election bid

first_imgBach also came under fire for reinstating the Russian National Olympic Committee after the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics despite failed drugs tests there.He is credited, however, with having put in place the Olympic Agenda 2020, reforms aimed at cutting costs and streamlining bidding processes to better attract potential host cities.But the German lawyer and businessman could well have his biggest challenge ahead of him, in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Beijing scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after the proposed Tokyo Games.The IOC Session also saw Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, voted in as an IOC member after being turned down several times.Coe, the two-time Olympic 1,500 metres champion for Britain who became head of track and field’s world governing body in 2015, was blocked from membership as recently as December over a conflict of interest.But Coe changed his role at the marketing company he is currently running as managing director to a passive position, thus paving the way to IOC membership.Coe’s belated entry into the IOC club is significant because he has been mentioned as a potential future president of the Olympic movement.“Thank you to all of you who voted for our sport, our federation today,” said Coe. Bach said the scenario of holding the Games without spectators was one that had been examined, although he stressed that he was opposed to the idea. “It’s one of the scenarios we have to look in to because the debate has to do with travel restrictions and quarantine. “It’s too early to tell (if there will be no spectators). It’s not what we want. We want stadia full of enthusiastic fans.” Tokyo 2020 organisers said Friday they had secured all the venues needed to hold the Olympics next summer, clearing a major hurdle to hosting the event. They added that refunds for ticketholders unable to attend the rescheduled games will begin in late 2020. – Influential – Bach was elected an IOC member at the age of 37 and went on to play a series of influential roles within the organisation before being elected its ninth president. Under his reign as IOC chief, Bach has had to grapple with several political challenges, and has notably overseen the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio Summer Games, both perceived as the most troublesome in recent years. He has also been a key player in the ongoing Russian doping saga, although the IOC came in for criticism from some quarters for not issuing Moscow with a blanket ban over its state-sponsored doping system. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Loading… Read Also: Lampard cautions Chelsea stars to forget revenge talk against Man Utd“I look forward, our whole sport looks forward, to working even more closely with all of you in reforming and building all sports because at this time, of all times, the need for community in elite sport to thrive and flourish is probably never more important.”As Coe signed his IOC oath, Bach let slip a telling greeting: “Finally, welcome!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Thomas Bach said Friday he will stand in 2021 for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee, admitting however there is “no solution today” to the challenges posed by coronavirus to the postponed Tokyo Games. The 66-year-old German was elected for an eight-year term as Olympic chief in September 2013, taking over from Belgian Jacques Rogge. Bach will be eligible for a second and final four-year term. Speaking at an IOC Session held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bach said: “If you, the IOC members, want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement we all love so much for another four years.” The IOC presidential elections are slated to take place in Athens in June 2021. Bach, who won gold for West Germany in the foil fencing team event at the 1976 Olympics, claimed a large number of IOC members had recently approached him asking if he would seek re-election. “I am grateful and deeply touched by the many words of encouragement and confidence,” Bach said. Turning to the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed in March until July 2021, Bach expressed hope that they could be “a unique milestone for the entire world”. “They will be the first worldwide gathering after coronavirus.” But Bach warned that the unprecedented health situation meant multiple scenarios were being considered in planning the format for Tokyo. “There is no solution today, it is too much (to be) expected,” he said. Thomas Bach said he wanted Olympic venues like the National Stadium in Tokyo to be full of spectatorslast_img read more

FAI gives backing to Delaney

first_imgThe Football Association of Ireland has handed chief executive John Delaney a vote of confidence in the wake of controversy surrounding him singing an Irish republican ballad. President Tony Fitzgerald said the FAI is “happy to bring the matter to a close” after Delaney apologised. Delaney found himself in hot water after a video surfaced online of him singing ‘Joe McDonnell’, a song about a provisional IRA member who died in prison in 1981. “I am not somebody who supports violence at all. ”When you sing a song like that, you don’t believe in every word that is in the song. I sing a large number of songs, maybe five or six different ones. It’s normally done in a private way when there is a sing-song. It’s a typically Irish thing we do. We sing songs amongst our group and you expect it to be kept to the group. ”In fact over a large number of years I have been working closely on cross-border initiatives in football to break down barriers. I am just not a violent person. My grandfather fought in the Civil War and he also fought in the War of Independence. I have always said I have a nationalist background. ”Unfortunately, on occasions people use camera phones in a sly way and try to tape it – people who are not in your company – and they try to make it something bigger than it is. ”What I will say is that if the song offends anybody, of course I’m sorry. It is not in my nature to want to offend people. It was something I have sung or had sang in my presence in the past.” Delaney went on to say that the Ireland team have often joined in singing of similar songs going back to Jack Charlton’s time in charge, such as ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ which is about another IRA member. He added: ”I’ll give you an example. ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ has been sung on the Irish team bus for years, from the Jack Charlton era, right up to the current era. ”If people want to tape these things in what I would call a sly way, and then try to make them public, it is wrong. But I do accept that if I have upset anybody here, I’m sorry. ”Many of us have a nationalist background but are non-violent and sing songs but don’t believe in all of the lyrics.” Press Association But Fitzgerald backed Delaney to see out his recently-extended contract that now runs until 2020, effectively scotching any talk of the CEO departing his post. “Following recent coverage of the cyber bullying of his partner Emma and the fact that John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song in question, we are happy to bring the matter to a close,” said Fitzgerald in an FAI statement. “The Board is more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association. He has done an enormous amount for Irish football. In the past year alone the winning of EURO 2020 bid for Dublin adds to a number of very important developments he has helped oversee during his tenure. “We recently awarded him a contract extension to 2020 and he is fully deserving of that.” The timing of the video of Delaney’s singing proved highly embarrassing to the FAI, with the Republic of Ireland taking on England in Dublin in June. England boss Roy Hodgson was also forced to apologise after fans sang ‘No Surrender’ during their match against Scotland at Celtic Park. Delaney apologised on Tuesday, but also defended himself against the heaviest criticism he had received. Delaney told RTE 2fm: ”First of all, ‘Joe McDonnell’ is a song that has been sung in my presence and I have chipped in on a number of occasions in the past. last_img read more

Boca Raton expected to encourage residents to wear face masks in public

first_imgBoca Raton Mayor Scott Singer said that he expects the city to issue a new emergency order to encourage everyone to wear a cloth face covering or mask in public paces.The emergency order in Boca Raton is just a recommendation to wear a face mask in public, not a mandate. However, a spokesperson for the city said if you defy the emergency order, police could issue you a “notice to appear” in court.If a judge determines you were violating the order intentionally, you could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, a spokesperson said.Face coverings are encouraged to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, city leaders said on Thursday.It’s unclear when Boca Raton’s emergency order on face coverings will go into effect.last_img read more

The Latest: Mets hitting coach off-site when camp opens

first_imgThe New York Post was first to report that the 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus.“The timeline for him to join us is uncertain yet,” new Mets manager Luis Rojas said on a video call Thursday.The Post, citing anonymous sources in its report, said Davis does not have the virus.Rojas said all other coaches and players have reported for intake screening. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason.“I think we’re going to get the best of Chili whether he’s with us at the start of camp or whether he’s working remotely. I mean, we’re in constant communication. Chili and I practically talk every day and he’s in communication with the coaches,” Rojas said. “So he’s going to be helping us. He’s a great asset, he’s got great knowledge, great experience. He helps the players with hitting, with playing the game. He helps the coaches as well with his view of the game. So he is going to be working remotely and we’re going to feel his presence.” Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.___Swiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia.The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury.The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine. The Latest: Mets hitting coach off-site when camp opens St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The virtual race is open for those who had already registered for the real one, which was scheduled for April 20 and then put off until Sept. 14 before it was canceled.The Boston Athletic Association says it is encouraging the more than 10,000 volunteers who had signed up to give back to their communities in another way. They can receive their volunteer jacket or donate it to a front-line worker.___The French Open will be held with fans when it starts in September.The French Tennis Federation has written on Twitter that tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 16. The FFT did not give more information as to how many fans will be allowed at Roland Garros for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament. The club says more than 26,000 strawberries that would have been used for Wimbledon are being prepared by staff for delivery.Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.”Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday.The link between Wimbledon and strawberries is muddy but the main theory has to do with timing. Strawberry season in Britain just happens to coincide with the tennis tournament.Cream is optional. The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.___Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street.Race organizers announced plans for the event on Thursday. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run.Also included in the post-race package will be a participation shirt, a program, a bottle opener and other unspecified celebratory items. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will continue working remotely when the team’s summer camp opens Friday.center_img The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24. It then got postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic and then pushed back another week.The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans.___West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has mixed with his squad again in Manchester after passing his latest test for the coronavirus.Simmons returned from his father-in-law’s funeral last week and had been self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford. He had been watching the team’s intrasquad match from his balcony but was allowed to interact with his players after passing a third consecutive virus test.The first test against England starts on Wednesday.___The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London.The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day. Associated Press ___Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million.“This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen,” Boise State athletic director Curt Apsey said in a statement Thursday.The cut to baseball comes after the program was recently reinstated. The school announced in 2017 that baseball was being added after it had been discontinued following the 1980 season. The 2020 season was Boise State’s return, but the Broncos played only 14 games before the season was canceled. July 2, 2020 ___Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus.The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic.His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade.”The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers.Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton. NFL-NEWSEagles coach has COVID-19 UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. August 3, 2020 Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) bogeyed the hole.Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018.Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.In other golf action:— Richy Werenski is the winner of the Barracuda Championship, finishing one point ahead of Troy Merritt under the Modified Stableford System. Werenski collected 13 points in the final round for a 39-point total. Fabián Gómez and Matthias Schwab were two points back. — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s (KEHM’-purz) 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.— Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start and Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs in the qualifying round tourney in Toronto. Korpisalo got a lot of help from a smothering Blue Jackets defense, which did not allow a Toronto shot in the last seven minutes of the game. Alexander Wennberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 19 seconds remaining.— Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) stopped 28 shots and the Wild scored two power-play goals in a 2-0 shutout of the Canucks. Kevin Fiala (fee-AL’-ah) put Minnesota ahead 2:50 after the opening faceoff. Jared Spurgeon added a second-period goal and an empty-netter to clinch it.NHL DISCIPLINEBlackhawks’ Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. Oilers Update on the latest sports The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.Also on the NBA schedule:— Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Rockets relied on strong defense down the stretch to top the Bucks, 120-116. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston’s offense on a night James Harden scored 24. Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61, making 21 of them.— The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte (deh-YAHN’-tay) Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.— Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (spohl’-struh) said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers stifle Bruins — Aaron Judge extended his career-best home run streak to five games by going deep twice in the Yankees’ sixth consecutive win, a 9-7 comeback over the Red Sox. Judge banged out a three-run homer in the second inning and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run shot with two out in the eighth. — The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.— Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.— Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep. — Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.MLB-NEWSAP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters.Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room.NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days.Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury. Elsewhere in the majors: Associated Press — Reds first baseman Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.— The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins.— Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday. NBA-SCHEDULE LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s recordcenter_img The Eagles released a statement saying Pederson hasn’t experienced any symptoms, is feeling well and under self-quarantine. The team also said any person who was in close contact with Pederson has been notified and will be tested daily. Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team’s practice facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span. In other NFL news:— Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season over concerns about the pandemic. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out.— Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery. The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland. Celtics blow big lead before downing BlazersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting.Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO’-suhf NUR’-kihch) added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party. In other MLB news:— Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack during a Saturday team workout at Miller Park. Brewers general manager David Stearns said the 61-year-old Murphy received a stent and is expected to get released from the hospital “in a couple of days.” Stearns said it was too early to estimate when Murphy might be back in uniform.— The Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season. — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe. — The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss.— Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.— Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to score David Bote (BOH’-tee) and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.— Alex Bregman poked an RBI single in the 11th inning to push the Astros past the Angels, 6-5. Bregman also homered in the seventh after Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) launched a grand slam that put Los Angeles ahead, 4-2.— The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEKershaw sharp in season debutUNDATED (AP) — It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. — The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.— The Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also landed on the list. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day, then went back on the list due to the NFL’s pandemic procedures.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIREKeselowski wins at Loudon UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs.Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1.Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.In other NHL postseason openers:— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) scored a buzzer-beating power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues in Western Conference round-robin play. Kadri’s shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 seconds on the clock. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal. — The Magic improved to 2-0 since the restart as Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-116 rout of the Kings. Terrence Ross finished with 25 points and Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to help Orlando win its fifth in a row dating back before the league shutdown.— Devin Booker scored 30 points, but the Suns erased a double-digit deficit with their All-Star guard on the bench with foul trouble, rallying for a 117-115 victory over the Mavericks. The Suns have won both games in the restart after coming in with the worst Western Conference record among playoff hopefuls. NBA-HEAT-BUTLERButler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he’s isolatingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix despite a puncture on the last lap. It’s his 87th career victory, four-behind Formula One all-time leader Michael Schumacher.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSThomas wins FedEx St. Jude, becomes No. 1UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.— Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) closed with a 4-under 68 and won the Ally Challenge when Brett Quigley bogeyed his last two holes. Furyk became the first player since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2014 to win in his start on the 50-and-older circuit.last_img read more

Redshirt freshman defensive end Kenny Carter dismissed from football program

first_imgSyracuse redshirt freshman defensive end Kenny Carter has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, SU Athletics confirmed. The news was first reported by Scout.com.Carter redshirted in 2015 and is now the third defensive end, and fourth player total, to be dismissed from the program since head coach Dino Babers’ hiring. Rising sophomores Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard were dismissed along with junior offensive lineman Alex Hayes.SU’s defensive end corps now includes just one returning player, redshirt freshman Jake Pickard, who didn’t see game action last season. The rest of Syracuse’s DE group includes tight end-convert junior Trey Dunkelberger, linebacker-convert freshman Kenneth Ruff and incoming freshmen Jaquwan Neslon, Joshua Black and Kendall Coleman. Comments Related Stories Alex Hayes dismissed, Ben Lewis leaves program and other notes from Syracuse football’s updated rosterSyracuse football DE’s Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard dismissed from team for violation of team rules Published on February 28, 2016 at 10:37 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Silver for Annalise Murphy

first_imgAfter the heart-break of missing-out on a medal in London four years ago, Murphy has clinched a silver medal today after a superb performance during today’s medal race in the Laser Radial Class.Murphy’s fifth place finish in today’s race was enough to see her move up one spot in the podium positions to claim silver.The gold medal went to Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands with Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark having to settle for third.last_img

Kluivert gives reason for Ghana snub

first_imgPatrick Kluivert has been explaining the reasons behind his sabbatical leave from football including why he snubbed the offer of coaching the Ghana national team.The former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands goal poacher was heralded as the favourite to replace dismissed Kwesi Appiah at the helm of the Black Stars after the Ghana Football Association named him on a shortlist of five for the job. But his agent came out to deny he had even applied for the job in the first place.Kluivert who was also linked to the Manchester United assistant manager’s role having played under Old Trafford manager, Louis Van Gaal at Ajax and Barcelona before also serving as his assistant with both Dutch club, AZ Alkmaar as well as the Dutch national team at the recent FIFA World Cup, says his wife’s ill-health was chief in his decision not to take on other jobs.The UEFA pro coaching licenced Kluivert says he combined his Netherlands duties during his three-year stint under van Gaal with caring for his wife, Rossana, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system.”At that time I couldn’t have taken another job because of my wife’s illness,” he explained.”Now I’m ready to make a big jump for myself. I’m really looking for a club or a possibility in the near future to get a chance to lead training as a manager or work as an assistant to a very good coach,” Kluivert added. Having spent all his managerial apprenticeship under van Gaal, Kluivert says he was also not particularly keen on the Manchester United job because he knew Ryan Giggs would get the role and he also felt that it was time to move on from Van Gaal’s mentorship.”Louis said that he wanted the position of assistant coach to be someone from the club and that was reasonable. And it was also time to spread my wings and to do something on my own,” Kluivert said.”But working with Louis was great because he gives you the freedom to train the team and that’s the thing I appreciated,” he confessed.last_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons wraps up a ‘disappointing’ season as he approaches final year of his contract

first_imgANAHEIM — For a few years, the biggest decision hanging over the Angels’ front office was whether they would be able to sign Mike Trout to an extension. Now, it’s whether they’ll be able to lure one or two marquee pitchers this winter.But looming just in the background, there is Andrelton Simmons.As he finishes what he called a “disappointing” season, Simmons is approaching the end of the seven-year extension he signed with the Atlanta Braves before the Angels acquired him.Simmons is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. Historically, elite defensive shortstops like Omar Vizquel, Barry Larkin and Ozzie Smith all played the position until they were 40. Cal Ripken Jr. made it until 35 before moving to third base.Simmons, a four-time Gold Glove winner, might be in that group.“I don’t see why not,” he said. “I don’t feel like I lost any steps. This year I kind of did (because of the ankle injury), but right now I feel really good about the ankle situation. I feel pretty good about moving around. I don’t see why not. I feel good at shortstop right now.”Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who worked for the Yankees throughout most of Jeter’s career, said a player’s mind can counter the effects of age.“I compare him to an elite point guard who has high court awareness and and anticipates the ball really well,” Eppler said. “Your overall baseball intelligence can help you continue to be impactful at a position as perhaps your sprint speed or overall foot speed or agility might start to regress.”This season, perhaps because of the ankle injury he first suffered lunging for first base on May 20, Simmons has sprung some holes in his game.Simmons’ Ultimate Zone Rating is the lowest of his career, pro-rated by playing time. His Defensive Runs Saved, however, are about the same as last year, on a per-game basis. Fielding percentage is considered an incomplete measure of defense, but Simmons’ right now has a career-worst .969 mark.“It’s hard for me to critique myself,” Simmons said. “I only see what I didn’t do well. I don’t know what the numbers say I’ve been doing. I know I’ve made some mistakes here and there. Everybody does, except Omar Vizquel. I feel like I could have done better overall. Not terrible, but not as good as I would want.”Manager Brad Ausmus said Simmons is “still the best defensive shortstop in the game.”At the plate, the decline has been more dramatic. All three elements of Simmons’ slash line – a .256 batting average, .301 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage – are worsts in his four seasons with the Angels.Statcast metrics that grade hitters on the quality of contact, not just the results, also rate Simmons in the bottom 2 percent in the league in expected slugging percentage and expected weighted on-base percentage.The injuries are likely responsible for much of that. Simmons was out for about five weeks with the first ankle injury. Then he came back – quicker than expected – and played for about a month before getting hurt again, missing three more weeks.“It’s been kind of a chopped-up season for him,” Ausmus said.Simmons and Eppler said rhythm at the plate is tough to establish with significant gaps in playing time.“I think that had a big impact,” Simmons said. “It’s not the only thing. I remember seeing Chipper Jones going through a little procedure with knee stuff and picking up right where he left off. It doesn’t happen in every case. This year has been a little tougher for me getting back into a rhythm and feeling comfortable.”Considering the way Simmons’ season has gone, it would be no surprise if the Angels waited until at least the middle of next season before deciding if they want to sign him to an extension.They can also further evaluate David Fletcher and Luís Rengifo, either of whom could become the everyday shortstop if Simmons isn’t around beyond 2020.Related Articles “It’s crossed my mind,” Simmons said, “but not seriously. I’m just trying to get back in good shape and start swinging the bat as well as I know I can.”The situation with Simmons is tricky because this year has been one of his worst, which he and the Angels attribute to a pair of ankle injuries that cost him two trips to the injured list.Also, Simmons just turned 30. His next contract will start with his age-31 season, which is approaching dangerous territory in shortstop years.Over the past 10 seasons, just 18.4 percent of the players who played at least 50 games in a season at shortstop have been 31 or older. Only 13.3 percent were 32 or older, and 9.5 percent 33 or older.The exceptions to the rule have been players such as Derek Jeter, who played shortstop until he was 40. Jimmy Rollins played shortstop until he was 36, and José Reyes until he was 34. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Or, the Angels could sign Simmons to an extension this winter, reworking his deal to lower his 2020 salary from $15 million, which would create more payroll space to add pitching. When the Angels signed Justin Upton to an extension in November 2017, they reduced his 2018 salary by more than $6 million to create payroll flexibility.A much more radical scenario is that the Angels could trade Simmons this winter, which would clear the entire $15 million to make upgrades elsewhere.That seems unlikely, though, considering how highly the Angels still think of him, even after an injury-marred season.“We understand what Andrelton brings,” Eppler said, “and value him playing in the middle of the diamond.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 4-4, 4.30 ERA) vs. Rays (TBD), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Two PBC High School Students Accused of Carrying Firearms

first_imgTwo Palm Beach County high school students are facing charges, after they were found carrying firearms.The Riviera Beach Police Department says it received information just before 3 p.m. Friday that one of the students, who attends William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, was on a school bus headed to Riviera Beach.The Riviera Beach Police Tactical Unit located the school bus before it arrived at the scheduled drop off stop, detained the student, and confiscated the firearm.“I’m thankful for the student who told administration that two other students were armed. I’m also grateful to School District Police and Riviera Beach Police for their immediate reaction and safe intervention,” says Dwyer High School Principal Corey Brooks.The student and firearm were then turned over to school district police.It is unknown where the second student, who also attends Dwyer High School, was arrested.Each student faces a charge of possession of a firearm as well as disciplinary actions, as outlined in the district’s student code of conduct.last_img read more

Reports of Active Shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola

first_imgEscambia County Sheriffs Office as of 7:15 a.m. there is an active shooter at NAS Pensacola. There are reports of injuries. We are working to gather more information and will bring it to you as soon as it is available.Baptist Hospital confirms that five currently patients are in their care.A resident who lives in the neighborhood says she learned about the incident after receiving an all-call. She says the all-call advised everyone to get somewhere safe and that the base is under lockdown.last_img read more

NASA Researchers, Doctors Treat First Known Blood Clot in Space

first_imgWhen astronauts suddenly experience a medical situation on the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, the terms “emergency room” or “urgent care” take on a unique meaning.Late last year, NASA researchers suspected that one of their astronauts was suffering from a blood clot during a long duration stay on the space station.The clot was detected during a vascular study of 11 astronauts that was intended to assess the effect of space on the internal jugular vein. In zero gravity, astronauts’ blood and tissue fluid shifts toward the head.The study involved nine men and two women who were an average age of 46. Their identities were not included in the study.A new assessment of the blood clot was published last Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Six of the participating astronauts experienced stagnant or reverse blood flow, another one had a blood clot, and yet another was considered to have a potential partial blood clot.Scientists weighed the risk of the blood clot, as well as its potential to block a vessel in the absence of gravity.Dr. Stephen Moll, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, was the only non-NASA physician who was consulted to help the affected astronaut.He says, “My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station to examine the patient myself. NASA told me they couldn’t get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the evaluation and treatment process from here in Chapel Hill.”Moll is a member of UNC’s Blood Research Center and is a blood clot expert.“Normally the protocol for treating a patient with deep vein thrombosis would be to start them on blood thinners for at least three months to prevent the clot from getting bigger and to lessen the harm it could cause if it moved to a different part of the body such as the lungs,” Moll adds. “There is some risk when taking blood thinners that if an injury occurs, it could cause internal bleeding that is difficult to stop. In either case, emergency medical attention could be needed. Knowing there are no emergency rooms in space, we had to weigh our options very carefully.”He spoke with the astronaut during a “phone call from space,” consulting with them as if the person were one of his other patients.The pharmacy aboard the space station contained 20 vials with 300 milligrams each of an injectable blood thinner. Moll directed the astronaut to use them on a daily basis until an anticoagulant drug could be sent to the station during a resupply mission.The astronaut took a higher dose of the injectable, called enoxaparin, for 33 days in order to control the risk of the blood clot. The dose was lowered after that time, as the astronaut awaited the arrival of the drug apixaban.The researchers watched the clot shrink over time. Blood flow was then induced after 47 days through the vein, although spontaneous blood flow was not achieved, even after undergoing treatment for 90 days.The blood clot disappeared 24 hours after landing. Six months later, the astronaut was still free of symptoms.According to Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, study author, NASA astronaut and clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University’s Health New Orleans School of Medicine, “We still haven’t learned everything about Aerospace Medicine or Space Physiology.”She adds, “The biggest question that remains is how would we deal with this on an exploration class mission to Mars? How would we prepare ourselves medically? More research must be performed to further elucidate clot formation in this environment and possible countermeasures.”last_img read more

Martin County authorities investigating suspicious death

first_imgAuthorities are currently investigating the death of a man in his late 20’s who was found on the bank of a lake Saturday.The victim was found sometime in the afternoon on the bank of the Okeechobee waterway in Port Mayaca by a group of people who were visiting the lake.Officials say that though the victim was discovered on Saturday, medical examiners believe the victim may have actually died on Monday.Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities did report that they find the circumstances surrounding the death suspicious.This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.last_img read more

Golden Veroleum Liberian Workforce at 4000 by 2016

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is set to increase its workforce to more than 4,000 Liberians by 2016, Mr. Stephen Binda, head of GVL’s local communications, told journalists yesterday at a local restaurant in Monrovia.“Presently we have employed 3,501 Liberians and that figure will increase to over 4,000 by 2016,” Binda said, and explained that GVL is set to complete a mill that will produce palm oil products in Tarjuowon, Sinoe County.Liberians who resided in the company’s areas of operation can rest assured that their interests are paramount to GVL, Binda said adding that the company wants to accelerate the economic progress of Liberians who are employed with GVL. He told several editors at the meeting that GVL has invested over US$1.5billion in its operations and therefore accurate information could lead to more investments in Liberia.Binda pointed out that since GVL began operations in Sinoe County, several developments, including the opening of a Total Gas Station and two local banks, have taken place in the county.“This has come about because GVL has created trust in the people and the over three thousand employees now have encouraged other essential businesses to operate in Sinoe,” he said. He appealed to the local media to work along with GVL to provide balanced information to the Liberian government, its employees, Liberians and its corporate partners. Binda said the success of GVL is basically linked with that of Liberia, “because when many thousands of Liberians are employed, they can have a better future for themselves and their families and Liberia will be better off.”  He said GVL is committed to ensure the rights of all Liberian citizens in its areas of operation and will respect local, national, and ratified international laws and assured Liberians that the company will provide equal opportunities for all Liberian employees and workers, and embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation or union membership.  Binda concluded that GVL will recognize communities who engage the company to develop their land and they will receive priority of initial opportunities in line with GVL’s internal Human Resource Policy.  The meeting was attended by Mr. Virgil Magee, GVL’s head of Communications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Parties Eye Partnership to Unseat UP

first_imgThe chairman of the newly formed Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP), Moses Y. Kollie, has termed it a dream-come-true for his party to have a political heavyweight like the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, join its ranks. “This is a big fish that the LPDP has caught and we are grateful for this day,” he said.He noted that the party is forever willing to collaborate with others as this is the only way the ruling party will have no chance of getting victory in the 2017 elections.“Our arms are open to collaborate with people who have the same dream and aspiration of the LPDP. We are willing to collaborate with everyone.“The only party the LPDP is never willing to work with is the UP. If we do we will be compromising what we stand for and this we are not willing to do,” he said.Tyler’s declaration of membership was also graced by stalwarts of other political parties such as the All Liberian Party (ALP), the National Patriotic Party as well as scores of members of the National Legislature.Senator Sando Johnson of the NPP spoke on behalf of his party. He said the NPP is willing to collaborate with the LPDP to ensure that the UP is defeated massively in 2017.He lauded the Speaker for such a bold decision which he said is in the right direction. This sentiment was also echoed by former Senator Theodore Mono, chairman of the ALP. Momo is also a former stalwart of the UP.Speaker Tyler recently resigned from the UP, where he served as an executive member, due to what he termed as “policy differences.” His resignation was greeted with mixed reactions with pundits describing it as a big blow to the UP.He termed the LPDP as Liberia’s hope and the root to the country’s development.According to him, the LPDP has what it takes to move the Liberian state to higher heights, looking at its vision and the caliber of people that are leading the party.Officially declaring his membership for the party at a well attended ceremony held at the LPDP headquarters in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler said “The LPDP is Liberia’s hope and the prosperity for Liberians.”He further said, “And so, executives of the LPDP and partisans of this great party, I hereby submit this application for membership and pray that you will accept me as a humble member of your party. I want to assure you that I believe in your party’s rightful national direction and vision and I promise to do all that is in my ability to fulfill them.”He said with the LPDP, the time is right to take Liberia to where it belongs, noting that his passion for Liberia’s development and progress is so great.Since leaving the UP, the House Speaker said, the ceremony was meant for him to break silence on the barrage of rumors circulating in the Liberian public about his next destination politically. “I’m now a member of the LPDP because I feel this is where my dream and aspirations for the Liberian people can be realized,” he said. “Liberia is the only country that I have and the only country that I cherish. My vision for a collective Liberian dream is profound.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Works commence on hinterland roads

first_imgAfter months of complaintsAfter numerous complaints were lodged about the difficulties being faced to traverse hinterland roads, contractors were finally mobilised to begin rehabilitative works.The state of hinterland roadsIn a recent engagement, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman made this announcement, having identified that the prolonged rainy season amplified challenges to manoeuvre along the dreadful thoroughfares.“We have seen some hinterland roads or forest roads suffering some deterioration. I’m advised…that we have seen a prolonged wet season and more intense rainfall which has proven to be challenging for us,” he said.The Natural Resources Minister had established a partnership with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Public Infrastructure Ministry to share responsibility for the maintenance of hinterland roads. Presently, works have already commenced in a few areas.“Some road works have commenced. Certainly, contractors have been mobilised. GGMC, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are now sharing responsibility for hinterland roads.”In June, the regional administration of Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) had embarked on rehabilitative works on the Linden-Lethem trail after citing similar issues.Mayor of Lethem, David Adams had informed that the remedial activities had brought significant relief to the road users who have been suffering in the recent months.Road users, particularly minibus operators plying the trail were complaining of the deteriorated condition of the trail which had become almost impassable. Mayor Adams had said that no major works could be done on the trail during the rainy weather. During this season, extra attention needed to be paid to the trail between Mahdia and Mabura, which was in dire need of repair works.The minibus operators had lamented the deteriorating condition of the trail which they are forced to use to transport passengers and goods as a means of earning their daily bread.They described the trail as a “death trap” and bashed the Public Infrastructure Ministry for paying zero interest in conducting long-term repairs to that trail which is the only access to those areas. Those minibus operators were forced to park their buses for a period of time.Further, when they resumed work, they were unable to get into the mining town with their buses and as such, were forced to take passengers up to a point on the trail and then transfer those passengers and goods and other items to All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and pick-up trucks. These were able to get through the silt and into the mining town.This arrangement persisted for several weeks but resulted in hardships on those passengers and business owners who had to offset the double cost to reach into the mining town. Residents were also facing hardships as businesses were forced to inflate prices to offset the transportation cost and as such, they had to pay higher prices for goods.last_img read more

FSJMHA gauging interest for potential girls hockey team

first_imgFemale hockey players between the ages of 11-14 are encouraged to get in touch with the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association. The FSJMHA is considering putting together a girls hockey team should there be enough interest.Those interested are encouraged to visit the FSJMHA website, or the hockey office inside of the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Players wanting more information can contact Darla Jackson at 250-261-0791, or Marissa Jordan at 250-927-2176.- Advertisement –last_img

Kagere named SJAK Footballer of the Year

first_img“This award comes through hard work and hard work pains. I didn’t do this alone, with the help of team-mates, office and staff, I get this as the best player,” an emotional Kagere said as he picked the award, presented by Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia.Kagere kising he trophy after being named the SJAK Most Valuable Player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKagere had a brilliant season with K’Ogalo in his second return, directly contributing to 18 goals, scoring 14 and assisting four. He was the first runner up to Michael Olunga in 2015 when the two partnered to deliver the title unbeatenKagere won the accolade ahead of team-mate George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Golden Boot winner Masoud Juma from Kariobangi Sharks.Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper John Oyemba picks his keeper of the year award from State House’s Dennis Itumbi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Golden Glove went to Kariobangi Sharks goal keeper, John Oyemba who managed 16 clean sheets, beating Kakamega Homeboyz custodian David Juma (15) to second place while Posta Rangers’ Patrick Matasi (15) was third.Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohammed was named the Defender of the Year, ahead of Posta Rangers’ Jockins Atudo while Godfrey Walusimbi made the podium by finishing third.Gor’s Musa Mohammed receiving the defender of the year award from Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn the Midfielder of the Year category, Blackberry waded off stiff competition from Nzoia Sugar FC’s Lawrence Juma who was runners-up while Michael Madoya from Zoo FC settled for third.Masoud won the Gooden Boot after notching 17 goals this season, Kagere took the runners-up award after scoring 14 goals while the third position saw Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt FC) and Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars) share the accolade after netting 13 goals each.Kariobangi Sharks striker Masoud Juma receiving the Goolden Boot Award from AIPS President Gianni Merlo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAZoo FC striker, Nicholas Kipkirui was named the New Young Player ahead of AFC Leopards’ Vincent Oburu who was second while Nzoia Sugar FC defender Brian Otieno was second runners-up.After transforming Sofapaka FC to finishing second in the KPL, Ugandan tactician Sam Ssimbwa scooped the Coach of the Year Award ahead of Kariobangi Sharks’ William Muluya who was runners-up after guiding the newly promoted team to third place in the league.Mike Mururi was second runners-up after guiding Kakamega Homeboyz to fifth position in the league.All nominees received Sh300,000 courtesy of the National Sports Fund with all winners taking home a 49-inch smart television, runners-up were awarded a fridge while third place finishers went home with a microwave all courtesy of sponsors LG Electronics.WinnersMVPMeddie KagereGolden GloveJohn Oyemba – Kariobangi SharksDavid Juma- Kakamega HomeboyzPatrick Matasi – Posta RangersDefenderMusa Mohammed – Gor MahiaJockins Atudo- Posta RangersGodfrey Walusimbi – Gor MahiaMidfielderGeorge ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo – Gor MahiaLawrence Juma- Nzoia Sugar FCMichael Madoya – Zoo FCNew Young PlayerNicholas Kipkirui –Zoo FCVincent Oburu –AFC LeopardsBrian Otieno – Nzoia Sugar FCGolden BootMasoud Juma – Kariobangi SharksMeddie Kagere – Gor MahiaKepha Aswani – Nakumatt FCJacques Tuyisenge – Gor MahiaStephen Waruru- Ulinzi Stars0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Meddie Kagere receives his MVP award. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere was the big winner of the night picking the ultimate prize after being crowned the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) 2017 Footballer of the Year in a glittering ceremony held at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi on Monday night.Local football royalty gathered at the black-tie gala to bow to their new king who takes over from last year’s winner Kenneth Muguna having played a pivotal role in steering K’Ogalo to their record 16th title.last_img read more

Chinese Super League clubs ‘would love’ Roy Hodgson as manager

first_imgRoy Hodgson has already been given a pathway back into management, with the company behind the Chinese Super League’s financial boom insisting the ex-England boss would be welcomed in China.The 68-year-old quit his role as Three Lions boss on Monday following their shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands of minnows Iceland.There were few who expected, and wanted, the former Liverpool and Fulham manager to carry on after four years without major progress.But Eric Gao, the chief executive of iRENA, a company which represents 12 Super League clubs, insists many of them ‘would love’ to have Hodgson in charge.“Lots of clubs want a world-class football manager,” he told Press Association Sport when asked if Hodgson would be a coach who could be an attractive proposition for Chinese clubs.“I heard a lot of managers are not for sale here [in England] right now. I think there are many chances [for Hodgson], they [Chinese clubs] would love to sign him.”The Chinese Super League has emerged as one of the world’s richest in recent years, with the likes of Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and Ramires all moving from European sides, with Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk also reportedly set to join Shanghai SIPG.Sven-Goran Eriksson is the manager there, while ex-Brazil and Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is also charge of Guangzhou Evergrande.And Gao reckons there is also room for Hodgson in the league.“Yes. He has the kind of profile that will fit a Chinese Super League club,” Gao added.“I know a number of clubs who are wanting international investors to be their shareholders as well, something will happen very soon.“They want to change the DNA of football, they want to get worldwide investment, bring the brand, the coach, the football manager and players systematically, not one by one but group by group.” Roy Hodgson quit the England job after their disastrous Euro 2016 exit 1last_img read more

NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA SUMMER PROMS COME TO AN GRIANAN

first_imgGerman violist Nils MönkemeyerNational Youth Orchestra of Ireland Summer Proms 2014Young Falcarragh musician Conor Murray will take centre stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on Friday evening.Conducted by internationally renowned Chinese conductor En Shao, the orchestra presents an ambitious programme as part of its Summer Proms tour including Rachmaninov’s second symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s overture to The Tsar’s Bride. Conor, pictured here on the left, will be on stage with the National Youth Orchestra of IrelandMultiple prizewinning German violist Nils Mönkemeyer joins the orchestra as soloist for Walton’s viola concerto.This is an opportunity to see Ireland’s finest talent come together in an all-island ensemble.Tickets: Friday, July 4th, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny.7.30pm  NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA SUMMER PROMS COME TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014An Grianan TheatreletterkennyNational Youth Orchestra of IrelandSummer Promslast_img read more

Ronaldo’s insane Juve wages, Chelsea man to Real Madrid, Turin ace to Liverpool?

first_img 4 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Is Peter Crouch on his way Down Under? Hazard has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea since 2012 – but could he leave this summer? moving on 4 Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Cristiano Ronaldo will earn almost £73,000 a day at new club Juventus. His four-year contract in Turin on worth about £26million-per-year. (Daily Mirror)CONFIRMED: Ronaldo completes stunning £99million move from Real Madrid to JuventusBut the Portuguese superstar’s big-money move could see Juventus selling top-earning players to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, could leave the Italian champions to join Premier League side Chelsea. (Football Italia)And Liverpool are reportedly ready to bid £80m for 24-year-old Juve forward Paulo Dybala. (TyC Sports) 4 Here’s a round-up all the top transfer-related gossip and news from Wednesday’s newspapers and online… Tottenham and Roma have rekindled their interest in signing 21-year-old Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux. (France Football)Chelsea winger Kenedy has completed a medical at Newcastle United and is set to re-join the Magpies on a season-long loan deal. (Sky Sports)Toon boss Rafael Benitez insists he is not willing to sell club captain Jamaal Lascelles, after the 24-year-old Englishman was linked with West Ham. (Newcastle Chronicle)Arsenal target Gelson Martins is close to joining Atletico Madrid, according to reports. The 23-year-old Portuguese winger, who is a free agent after terminating his contract at Sporting Lisbon, is expected to complete his move this week. (Record)Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina could join Boca Juniors in a £6m deal. (Daily Mirror) Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for Dybala 4 Chelsea have also opened new contract talks with midfielder N’Golo Kante. The 27-year-old Frenchman still has three years left on his current deal but the Blues are reportedly set to offer him £200,000-a-week to commit his long-term future. (Daily Express)Elsewhere, Liverpool are said to have opened talks over a deal for Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri, who is understood to have a £13m release clause. (Daily Telegraph)And Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be set to leave Anfield, with the 27-year-old Dutchman reportedly given the green light to join Fenerbahce – after the Turkish club missed out on signing Jack Wilshere. (A Spor)Liverpool are also considering a move for Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak, who spent last season on loan at West Brom from Paris Saint-Germain. (The Sun)Peter Crouch has been linked with a surprise move to Australia’s A-League. League chiefs want the former England striker to come to help build its profile, with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory keen on the 37-year-old. (The Sun) LATEST getty images IN DEMAND REVEALED Newcastle and Wolves are also both interested in 25-yeaar-old Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro. (Birmingham Mail)Meanwhile, Chelsea star Eden Hazard is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid- and the Belgian will leave Stamford Bridge this summer unless he sees signs of the club’s ambition in the transfer market. (Football London)Leicester are ready to offer England centre-back Harry Maguire a new contract to make him one of their highest-paid players, after turning heads with his brilliant performances at the World Cup. (Leicester Mercury)Chelsea and Real Madrid target Robert Lewandowski is reportedly ‘desperate’ to leave Bayern Munich this summer. (Daily Star)Maurizio Sarri has apparently told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he will only take over as manager if Eden Hazard and Willian remain at Stamford Bridge this summer. (Football.London) RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Adrian Durham predicts Harry Kane will replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’ve managed a lot of Croatian players – they have this bond, a togetherness’ – England face tough test in World Cup semi-final, says Harry RedknappEXCLUSIVE: Harry Redknapp says Jack Wilshere will be a ‘big signing’ for West HamAdriy Yarmolenko’s agent is at West Ham’s training ground to finalise move from Broussia DortmundLille offer Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg a way outTransfer blow! Chelsea and Liverpool set to miss out of Marco AsensioLyon enter race to sign West Brom wantaway Nacer Chadli LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets last_img read more

Carr cools Del Norte, Mack 8-0

first_imgGoing forward Scott St. John said he wants to see his Panthers adopt a bit more of a “killer instinct” and put teams away early, especially when his ace Kyler Carr delivers a performance like he did on Tuesday night in McKinleyville High’s 9-0 win over visiting Del Norte in what was the Big 5 Conference opener for both teams.McKinleyville High’s Carr pitched a complete-game 2-hitter en route to a 9-0 victory, holding Del Norte at bay through four scoreless innings — and then his offense opened …last_img read more

AImotive games its Project Cars to test self-driving software

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Testing self-driving software on public roads can be incredibly expensive, with the cost of the car, the hardware, the license, and insurance potentially reaching into the millions.AImotive, a self-driving software developer, has been looking for a unique way to cut the costs. Instead of spending money on the real thing, it attempted simulating the experience using Project Cars, a 2015 motorsport video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios.See Also: New York is the newest state to allow autonomous car testsThe team wanted to use Project Cars as a framework to build its own simulator, testing self-driving algorithms inside the video game to make it as close to the real experience as possible.Better for simulationIt is not the first time self-driving software has been programmed through a simulation, rather than real-world testing, but it is the first time a video game has been used as the foundation for the simulation.Project Cars outperforms most of the commercial car simulators available today, making it a viable option for any software developer that wants to test software.In the end, AImotive discovered Project Cars wasn’t robust enough for simulation requirements. But the studios behind the game may look to reuse AImotive’s self-driving software for Project Cars 2, expected late 2017, as a way of simulating real-life driving conditions while players race. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts David Currycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#AImotive#Autonomous#Bandai Namco#driverless#featured#Project Cars#Self-Driving#Slightly Mad Studios#top#virtual reality Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

2 Naxals killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Naxals, including a woman, were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on July 29, police said. The firefight occurred around 7 am in the forest near Kanhaiguda village under Konta police station limits when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Deputy Inspector General (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.“When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest — located around 500 km away from the capital Raipur — a gun battle broke out with Naxals,” the DIG said. “After the firing stopped, we found the bodies of two ultras, including one woman, clad in uniform.” Two firearms were also recovered from the spot, the officer said, adding that further details were awaited as the search operations were continuing in the area. The DIG said patrolling had been beefed up in the forests and interiors of all seven districts of the Bastar division — Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker — as Maoists are observing “martyrs’ week” from July 28 to August 3.last_img read more

Over to Oslo

first_imgI was at a pavement cafe on Karl Johans Gate, described fittingly as the Champs-Elysees of the North, flipping through the pages of Edvard Munch in Oslo. I stopped at a drawing of this elegant high street by Norway’s best known painter–not the least because his famous Scream has been stolen enough times to embarrass Norwegian security. Munch had captured Karl Johans circa 1880 in a series of lithographs. And here I was, gawking at the passing parade along the same street, preserved with care, to remain much as Munch must have seen it.It was an enjoyable way to spend an icy April morning. And as I sat there, the occasional snowflake floated into my glass of Ringnes beer. I had arrived a few days before, expecting to feel spring in the air, but landing instead into the Christmas card snowscape that was Oslo’s Gardemoen airport. However, this efficient little airport is well-prepared for the worst weather, employing huge machines and smart technology to de-ice airplane wings even in deepest winter. Not surprisingly, it was voted the most punctual European airport of 2010.The fetching capital of Norway is snowbound for much of the year, but that’s no reason not to get out and enjoy its myriad attractions. The outdoorsy Norwegians say, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’ So slip into the right gear and you’re good to go around Oslo, a city compact enough to explore on foot for the most part. Strolling along Karl Johans Gate in the heart of the city is a must-do. There’s the Norwegian parliament at one end–and it’s not unusual to see a minister or two cycling in the vicinity. A far cry from our ministerial entourages, I thought, whenever such a dignitary was pointed out to me. At the other end, crowning a slope is the royal palace. All along are cafes, bars and the legendary Grand Hotel, from whose balcony the Nobel Peace Prize winners greet the crowd. There’s also a Freia boutique, which will please even the most sophisticated chocolate fiend. Norway’s chocolate, though less known than its Belgian counterpart, is world class. They say the two things that Norwegians miss most when they travel abroad is their chocolate and the sweet water from the glaciers that is available on tap. Drink it, and you’ll understand the fuss.A short walk from Karl Johans is Aker Brygge, a fjord-front development and another example of the Norwegian flair for preserving their heritage while giving it a modern purpose. Here, a pile of old warehouses has been turned into a trendy hub of restaurants, bars and shops. Among the string of restaurants, which includes everything from steakhouses to TGIF, is D/S Louise–a restaurant with a nautical theme, which is one of Oslo’s best places for tucking into a large bowl of Moules Marinieres (mussels cooked in white wine). At the water’s edge is an old ship that has been turned into a bar and restaurant. And I can’t think of a better way to spend a Oslo evening than to sit here, sip bellinis, admire the imposing medieval Akershus fortress across the water and watch the boats glide by.It’s a perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing. And there’s plenty to see. To begin with, Oslo is a city with a diverse array of museums. The picturesque Bygdoy peninsula is where you’ll find the Viking Ship Museum, showcasing the country’s glorious seafaring past, and the Kon-Tiki museum. Here, marvel at how the intrepid voyager Thor Heyerdahl crossed the oceans in so seemingly fragile a craft. The Folk Museum, arranged in a wooded expanse, gives you a glimpse into the history of Norway’s indigenous people such as the Sami from Lapland.While you may pick and choose between the museums, nearly all visitors to Oslo go to Vigeland Park, the vast, green space housing the impressive, frequently shocking, works of Gustav Vigeland. Amid the trees, flowerbeds and fountains are set the sculptor’s nude figures, entwined, twisted and contorted in the most fascinating shapes.Life in Oslo is defined by its unique location, bound as it is by a fjord on one side and steep, wooded slopes on the other. The fjord allows for all manner of water sport and activities, including a bouquet of fun boat rides. If romance is your thing, take a sunset cruise and dine aboard on the Norwegian speciality of prawns and mayonnaise paired with a crisp white wine.The woods and steep climbs offer another clutch of things to do. A short drive from the city centre is Holmenkollen, venue of the World Ski Championship. It affords superlative views of the city and if you, like me, are no adventure sport enthusiast, you can still experience the thrills of a ski jump in a simulator.In fact, its proximity to pristine nature is one of Oslo’s charms, and few other capital cities are blessed in this manner. You realise how close when you see signs for ‘Elk Crossing’ only a short while after leaving the city centre. Hit the suburbs and you could find yourself trekking in quiet woods and picking berries in summer. The fleeting summer is when this city shows off its best side. Every park is filled with picnickers and Aker Brygge bristles with revellers, listening to buskers, drinking and eating at the seafood stalls set up at the water’s edge.The city’s superlative food is bound to impress the gourmet. The bread is as good as in any Parisian bakery, the butter, sweet. You will eat well everywhere in Oslo, whether in its Michelin-starred restaurants–expensive, but not more so than many of our five-star places–or the many stylish eateries and casual cafÅs. Chefs turn out delightful dishes, drawing out the best of seasonal ingredients–spring lamb, to salt-baked trout, smoked pheasant and venison with wild mushrooms. And if you’re game enough, try the traditional pickled herrings, reindeer meat and elk sausage.Summer is also when you can have the unusual experience of setting out for a night of clubbing while the sun is still bright and emerging at 3 a.m. or thereabouts, again into bright daylight. This is the land of the midnight sun, remember? The nightlife caters to every taste–from funky places in the various ethnic quarters where you can also dine on Turkish and Moroccan food, to gay and lesbian bars, and uber chic spots downtown. Don’t shy away from getting a taste of the nightlife even if you are travelling solo. Norwegians are friendly, even more when they’ve had a few drinks. They are almost always polite and cordial. In fact, the only things that seem to irk them are honking on the roads and fumbling in a supermarket checkout queue! Their equanimity must have something to do with the fact that Oslo is repeatedly rated one of the world’s most liveable cities. And even the most jaded, been there-done that traveller is bound to come under the spell of this easy-going city. At a glanceadvertisementadvertisementGetting there: Air France, Lufthansa and KLM fly from major Indian cities to Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam respectively. There are connections to Oslo from all three.Fare: Rs. 45,000 approxWhen to go: June, July, August are the brightest months but Oslo is also worth experiencing in autumn and winter.Must doStayLuxury: At the upper end of the scale is the Radisson Blu Plaza, starting from Rs. 15,000 approx; www.radissonblu.comAffordable: Centrally located, the Perminalen Hotel offers good prices for families. Their four-bedded rooms cost around Rs. 3,000 a night. www.perminalen.comadvertisementEat: At Michelin-starred restaurants such as Bagatelle (www.bagatelle.no) if you wish to splurge. But the seafood and meat is good everywhere.Shop: For woollens and souvenirs from Norway Designs, a delightful gallery-cum-shop in the heart of Oslo; www.norwaydesigns.noSee: The ya Music Festival is the high point in Oslo’s cultural year. The dates for 2011 are August 9 to 13; www.oyafestivalen.comFYISound of Music: There is no dearth of music in the Norwegian capital. Grenerlikka, the district where the renowned Munch museum is located, is where experimental jazz concerts are held at open spaces almost every weekend. For live music as a whole, Grenerlikk also boasts some good pubs and cafes, but the hub is located back along Mllergata (the road linking the district with the city centre) and the parallel Torggata Road leading towards the large Rockefeller Complex.Hot DealWeekend offer: Book online for 2 night/ 3 day weekend stay at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel and save more than 20%. Rates start at Euro 299. www.radissonblu.comlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar finds acting more challenging than playing cricket

first_imgFollowing the release of the teaser of his upcoming film “Sachin The Film”, India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said acting is a more challenging task for him than playing the game which comes to him naturally.The teaser was scheduled for release on Thursday afternoon and Tendulkar shared it through his Facebook and twitter page earlier today.Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out is making the film with London-based award-winning writer, director and producer James Erskine as the director and music given by A.R. Rahman.”For so many years, I did whatever I wanted to do and camera captured that. But then suddenly, I was asked to do particular things, and then camera captured that,” Tendulkar said at a promotional event in Mumbai. “That was a bit difficult thing for me. But believe me the first option was a better option. Acting is not something which I dreamt of. Without any doubt it is more challenging for me than playing cricket, I enjoyed that (cricket) more,” the 42-year-old said.The former India skipper, who is currently a mentor for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, also tweeted about his film saying, “A journey made special by your support and wishes.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Play launching today: Key specs, price, and official pictures leak before launch

first_imgXiaomi is all set to launch its first waterdrop notch display smartphone today. It is the Xiaomi Mi Play. For now, the smartphone will be launching in China and possibly at the event Xiaomi will reveal whether the phone will come to India or not. The Mi Play China launch will kick off at 2pm CST (11:30am IST). The launch event of the Mi Play will be live streamed on the Xiaomi Global site and also on Youkou. Ahead of the launch, a lot has already been revealed about the Mi Play. In fact, Xiaomi President Lin Bin has also revealed the official pictures of the Mi Play.The official pictures shared by Bin go in line with the rumours and leaks. The photos reveal that the Mi Play will indeed come with gradient finish. Previous rumours had revealed that the upcoming Mi Play will come in 10 colour tones, this information also seems to be accurate as the official pictures shared by Bin also show the Mi Play in two colours — Dream Blue and Dawn Gold, and both the models appear with gradient finish. Rumous suggest that Mi Play will come in 10 colour options including black, gold, rose gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, silver and green.The official pictures show just rear panel of the phone. Apart from the gradient finish, the pictures show the phone with vertically placed rear camera setup while the in the middle of the back panel there’s the fingerprint sensor which will help in unlocking the phone with a finger touch.advertisementIn addition, live pictures and unboxing video of the Mi Play have also been leaked. The live photos show the phone with waterdrop notched display. This is the first Xiaomi phone to include such a notch on the front. The photos also show that the waterdrop notch will sit on the top centre of the display which will equip the selfie camera. And like most other waterdrop/teardrop notch phones, we expect the earpiece and the sensors to be not visible from the outside.Besides revealing the design of the phone, rumours and leaks have also revealed the full specs of the Mi Play. The Xiaomi Mi Play is expected to come with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display paired with a screen resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and aspect ratio of 19:9. The official pictures show that the Mi Play will come with dual cameras on the back and include a single sensor on the front panel which will sit inside the tiny waterdrop notch. On the camera front, the Mi Play is said to sport a 12-megapixel main sensor on the rear panel while the secondary camera will include a sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the phone is said to include an 8-megapixel sensor.So far there has been a lot of confusion regarding the chipset that will power the Mi Play. Some rumours claim that the phone will come with Qualcomm’s unannounced Snapdragon 730, but now the latest leak showing one of the launch slides of the Mi Play reveals that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek processor. Possibilities are that the Mi Play will come with MediaTek Helio P90 chipset.In addition to the various colour options, the Mi Play is also said to be available in three RAM and storage variants the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and lastly the third and the most experience of the three will pack 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Sadly, the battery life of the Mi Play might not be a very long as the phone is said to come with a much smaller 2900mAh battery.Xiaomi is trying a lot of new things with the Mi Play. A latest report now suggests that the Mi Play will come bundled with 10GB of free data with a validity of 1 year. The free data offer is definitely Xiaomi’s strategy to attract more and more consumers to the Mi Play. With this free data, Xiaomi will basically let users access all the Mi apps and services which are going to come pre-installed with the phone.Now that we already know everything about the Mi Play, how much will Xiaomi price the phone? The leaked launch slides alongside revealing the specs of the phone also reveal the price. The slide shows that the phone will cost 1,699 Yuan, which when roughly translated to INR come around Rs 17,000. However, there’s no clarity on to which model of the Mi Play will be priced 1699 Yuan.advertisementALSO READ | Mi Play launch on Dec 24: Gradient finish, waterdrop notch and all we know about this Xiaomi phone so farALSO READ | This is the Xiaomi Play launching on December 24, and not Redmi 7 Pro or Redmi 7ALSO READ | New Xiaomi Play affordable gaming phone could launch on Dec 24 to take on Honor Playlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli’s wax statue unveiled at Lord’s

first_imgRenowned wax museum Madame Tussauds on Wednesday unveiled India captain Virat Kohli’s statue at Lord’s Cricket Ground here to mark the launch of the ICC World Cup.The wax statue of one of the world’s leading batsmen will be on display at Madame Tussauds from Thursday until July 15 remaining at the museum for the duration of the tournament.Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Cricket fever is set to sweep the nation in the coming weeks so what better way to unveil our new figure of Virat Kohli than with the help of our neighbours at Lord’s.”We hope that cricket fans will enjoy not only watching their hero on the pitch but taking to the crease with him here at Madame Tussauds London.”Pictured for the first time at the iconic Lord’s, the statue is dressed in the official Indian kit as well as shoes and gloves donated by the sportsman himself. From Thursday onwards, Kohli will sit alongside legends such as Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah and fellow Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.Tarah Cunynghame, Head of Retail & Tours at Lord’s Cricket Ground, said: “Lord’s is the perfect backdrop to reveal this fantastic figure of Virat Kohli on the eve of the Cricket World Cup. The anticipation of the exciting summer of cricket has already started, with thousands of visitors coming to the Ground and enjoying a tour of Lord’s and around the MCC Museum.”The figure of the famous batsman will delight any cricket fans visiting Madame Tussauds London.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli meets the Queen ahead of the openerAlso See:last_img read more

BOJ Governor says Macroeconomic Prospects Remain Positive

first_img Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery. Story Highlights Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery.“Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out.He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)Other notable indicators highlighted by Mr. Wynter include improving labour market conditions, which saw the unemployment rate falling to 8.7 per cent as at October 2018 from 10.4 per cent a year earlier, as stated by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica in the Labour Force Survey for the month.He further reiterated that growth for the October to December 2018 quarter is estimated to have accelerated in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent, rising above the 1.2 per cent recorded in December 2017.“The Bank assesses that this pace of growth reflected improvements in external demand, investment and, to a lesser extent, private consumption. The key economic sectors reflecting increased economic activity included mining and quarrying, construction and tourism,” the Governor noted.Mr. Wynter said BOJ projections are for growth to remain close to current rates over the next two years.Additionally, he said further improvements in labour market conditions are expected over the same period, “with more jobs in mining and quarrying, finance and insurance, and business process outsourcing”.“Overall, Jamaica’s macroeconomic indicators continue to reflect entrenched stability, although the economy is… estimated to be operating below its potential,” Mr. Wynter added.On Wednesday (February 20), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, indicated that the economy grew by an estimated 1.7 per cent during the December 2018 quarter.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.2 and 0.8 per cent, respectively, during the period.The top-performing goods producing sectors were mining and quarrying, up 22.9 per cent; construction, up 3.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 2.6 per cent; and manufacturing – one per cent.Industries registering the largest growth rates were hotels and restaurants, up 2.5 per cent, and transport and communication – 1.6 per cent.Dr. Henry said these out-turns resulted in an estimated 2018 calendar year growth average of 1.8 per cent, the strongest since 2006.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.8 and 0.8 per cent, respectively.Mining and quarrying, with 32.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 4.1 per cent; and construction – 2.8 per cent, were the top-performing sectors.“We estimate growth for Fiscal Year 2018/19 in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent. The outlook for Fiscal Year 2019/20 is also positive, with projected growth within the range of one to two per cent,” Dr. Henry said. “Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out. He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)last_img read more

NSLC Announces First Quarter Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first quarter results today, Sept. 5. For the three month period, from April 1 to July 1, the NSLC recorded sales of $150.6 million compared to sales of $148.7 million for the same period last year, an increase of 1.3 per cent. NSLC’s first quarter net income was $58.6 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 2.4 per cent, when compared to first quarter last year. This quarter had one less selling day than the same period last year. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-last_img read more

Mizoram starts campaign on global warming climate change

first_imgAizawl/Agartala: The Mizoram government has launched an awareness campaign across the state on climate change and global warming, officials said on Wednesday. The government took action after a report stated that Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir are among the 12 Himalayan states in India that are extremely vulnerable to global warming and climate change. The Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre (MIRSAC) and Deputy Commissioners of various districts are organising awareness campaigns involving government officials, NGOs, media persons, academicians, village council leaders and students, said a state Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) official. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Addressing an awareness-cum-workshop in Lunglei district on Tuesday, Lunglei Deputy Commissioner K. Lalrinzuali said that India’s 12 Himalayan states, especially Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir, are the most vulnerable to climate change. “Himalayan communities are generally more vulnerable to climate change because they have fewer livelihood options, limited infrastructure and a high dependence on natural resources,” she said while referring to a recent study conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi, IIT-Guwahati and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Stressing on the gravity of the present situation, Lalrinzuali told people to plant more trees, use natural resources judiciously and adopt simple eco-friendly habits in their daily routines, a DIPR statement said. Speaking at the event, Chief Scientific Officer of Mizoram’s Directorate of Science and Technology, R.K. Lallianthanga, highlighted the various initiatives and projects undertaken by his department to deal with the situation arising out of climate change. According to an official of Tripura Science, Technology and Environment Department, states having low per capita income, low area under irrigation and low area under forests per 1,000 households and high area under open forests received a high vulnerability score in the joint study. “Assam has the least area under irrigation, least forest area available per 1,000 rural households and the second lowest per capita income among the other IHR (Indian Himalayan Region) states, and thus scores the highest vulnerability score,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index was found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (both 0.51), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45).Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42. The Himalayas are the largest and tallest mountain range in the world, bordering five countries and covering an area of about 43 lakh sq km. Nearly 1.5 billion people depend on the Himalayas for water, food and energy. The Himalayan ecosystem is considered as extremely fragile and diverse but vital for India.last_img read more

Health Canada mandates warning sticker on all prescription opioids

first_imgTORONTO – Starting in October, all prescription opioids must carry a warning sticker about potential adverse effects and pharmacists will be required to provide information handouts to consumers about the potent narcotics, Health Canada announced Wednesday.It is the first time the federal government has issued regulations requiring a warning sticker and a patient handout for a medicine dispensed by a pharmacy.Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, said the yellow warning sticker will be applied to the container and state that the medication can cause dependence, addiction and overdose.The handout will include information about the signs of opioid overdose and potential side-effects, as well as warnings not to share the medication and to store it safely out of the reach of children.The new regulations also require pharmaceutical companies to develop and implement risk-management plans aimed at reducing the potential harms associated with the use of the drugs.“While much of the opioid crisis can be attributed to contaminated drugs that have been obtained illegally, prescription opioids have also contributed to this issue,” said Sharma, referring to an epidemic of overdose deaths in Canada.“We want patients to have ongoing conversations with their health-care providers and pharmacists about the risks and the benefits of prescription opioids,” she told a media briefing from Ottawa. “These stickers and handouts will help continue those conversations.”Sharma said the sticker will act as a red flag every time a consumer uses an opioid, a visual warning that the medication carries the potential for significant risk, backed up by the single-sheet information handout.“And the most important thing about that is this information will be consistent, so this information will be given with every opioid dispensed in Canada … previously we didn’t have a mechanism to ensure that that information was consistent across all provinces and territories.”However, the Canadian Pharmacists Association questions the use of the government-mandated stickers and handouts.“I think we have mixed feelings, and we actually expressed our mixed feelings to Health Canada last year,” said Phil Emberley, the organization’s director of professional affairs.“One of the functions of pharmacies and how pharmacists practice is that we like to individualize our communications to patients,” he said. “So rather than treating them all as one homogenous group … we often tailor our communications to the unique needs of patients, depending on their demographics, on what particular disorder they’re being treated for.“So we’re very leery about the use of general messaging that applies to everybody without considering the needs of individual patients.”For example, the warning label and patient-information sheet could be inappropriate for people taking opioids like methadone or Suboxone to manage an addiction to the drugs, Emberley cautioned.“To regularly tell that patient who’s in treatment that this is a drug that causes addiction, dependence and overdose, I’m not sure that that’s going to be in the best interest of optimizing their outcomes on the treatment program,” he said.The new regulations are part of Vanessa’s Law, named after Vanessa Young, who died in 2000 at age 15 as the result of taking a prescription drug. The law, passed in 2014, is aimed at protecting consumers from unsafe medications and reducing adverse reactions.Wednesday’s announcement marks the first time Ottawa has used the regulatory power of the legislation to place conditions on licences to sell medications, in this case the requirement that manufacturers of the powerful painkillers provide Health Canada with a risk-management plan, including the means of monitoring for adverse events related to the drugs once they are on the market.“Practically all of the opioids were actually approved at a time when we didn’t have risk-management plans, so this is a way to have manufacturers have the obligation that they put these plans in place and it also allows us to have consistency in our approach to the way these products are monitored once they’re on the market,” Sharma said.The plans must also contain measures to help minimize the risks to patients taking the drugs, such as training sessions about their risks and benefits for doctors and other practitioners.“If we find that somebody isn’t complying, our first step is to try to bring them into compliance, to work with the company to make sure that they’re doing that,” she said, noting that regulations allow for fines and penalties and even litigation for non-compliance.Prior to the passage of Vanessa’s Law, the Food and Drug Act allowed for a maximum fine of $5,000.“Now that’s gone up to millions per day.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Moroccos National Team Moves Up in FIFA Ranks

Rabat – Morocco’s victory over Malawi has benefited the Atlas Lions. The team has gained a spot in this month’s FIFA ranking, up to 45th. With 1,425 points, the Atlas Lions rank fourth in Africa behind Tunisia (23), Senegal (25), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (40).Last month, the national football team dropped five spots to 46th. Coming first in the FIFA ranking, the 2018 World Cup champion, France, shares the lead with Belgium. France and Belgium have 1,729 points, followed by Brazil (3), Croatia (4), and Uruguay (5).To earn a better spot in the next FIFA ranking, the Moroccan team needs to score another win during the qualification games of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nationas (CAN). The Atlas Lions will play against Comoros on October 10 and Cameroon on November 17. read more

Switzerland backs reforms in Sri Lanka

The Swiss Ambassador was addressing the first ever Swiss-Sri Lanka Business Discussion Roundtable held in Colombo today. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen also attended the discussion. Switzerland today extended support to Sri Lanka’s reforms process including the 19th Amendment to the constitution, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.The Swiss Ambassador to Sri Lanka Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn has said that he was impressed with the democratic process Sri Lanka displayed at the January election. “Passing of 19-Amendment shows that the spirit of reform is very much alive in Sri Lanka. We, the Swiss, would like to support this Lankan reform spirit” he said. Walker-Nederkoorn, addressing the event, said: “Sri Lanka’s potential is high. I am pleased to share the first Swiss–Sri Lanka Business Roundtable in Colombo today. After the January Presidential polls, Sri Lanka started a comprehensive reforms process. As a representative of one of the oldest democracies in the world, I am very much impressed by the democratic process Sri Lanka displayed on 08 January. It is a unique event, and a very good start and passing of 19 Amendment shows that the spirit of reform is very much alive in Sri Lanka. We, the Swiss, would like to support this Lankan reform spirit.”He also noted that significant economic and political changes are taking place in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ancaster couple furious with bylaw officer

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 A man appeared in the backyard of an Ancaster couple around 9:30 on Saturday morning with a camera.The homeowner, Teri-Lyn Unsworth, was nursing her three-week daughter Payton, when her husband Trevor spotted a man out the window in street clothes, with a camera.“Absolutely certain that he was taking photo’s of my wife breastfeeding in this back window,” he says.Trevor confronted the man who said that he is a bylaw officer with the city. He was there to inspect drainage during a rain storm. They had met the man before, two months earlier, and he did inform them that he would be inspecting drainage in the area. But on Saturday he was not in uniform, nor did he announce his visit.“He told us he had the ability to go, wherever he chose. So in his mind he had the right to be on our property without notifying us.”The man soon left and Trevor called the police, filed a report and says that they are planning to press charges. The couple just had their first child three weeks ago, and Teri-Lyn is now afraid to be home alone.“Even though he didn’t come into the house, he was just in the backyard, for me, that’s something that scary because i’m on mat leave, and my husband is away working every day, so it’s just me at home.”They also lodged a complaint with the city supervisor as well as contacting their member of council. Councillor Lloyd Ferguson e-mailed the couple today saying:“We all believe that the inspector should have knocked on your door before coming into your backyard even though he has the right to. We will be tightening up our polices to make it a requirement that an attempt to notify a property owner by knocking on the door will be a requirement before entering private property.”The city of Hamilton by-law says that an officer has the right to enter and inspect if at any reasonable time and upon producing, proper identification, enter upon a property without a warrant for the purpose of inspecting the property. read more

Police investigate overnight stabbing outside Sams Restaurant and Tavern

Police are investigating a stabbing early Sunday morning outside Sam’s Restaurant and Tavern.Officers were called at about 2 a.m. to the restaurant at 632 Barton Street East in the Gibson Neighbourhood between Wentworth Street North and Sherman Avenue South.Police said a man got into an argument with another man outside the restaurant and was stabbed in the head with an “unknown weapon”.The man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.Police have not released the ages or identity of either man and continue to investigate. read more

President of Switzerland decries return to power politics urges negotiation to solve

“I sincerely hope that this trend will be corrected.” the Swiss President, Ueli Maurer, told the 68th session of the General Assembly. “No country imposes its law over that of another country. Problems are not solved by diktat, but through negotiation.”The President spoke on the opening day of the General Debate, making the point that humanitarian efforts were part of his country’s history and it was an honour for Switzerland to make its neutral soil available for peace talks.He reminded delegations that it was 150 years ago that the world renowned humanitarian organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was created in Geneva, and both Switzerland and the ICRC shared a tradition of neutrality and humanitarian action.Going on to speak about the situation in Syria, Mr. Maurer said that serious and systematic violations of international humanitarian law and human rights must not be tolerated – and he called on the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.In his address, Mr. Maurer appealed to the Security Council’s permanent members to overcome their differences to “find some common ground.” He reiterated the need for no effort to be spared for a consensus to be reached to allow for a political solution and the resumption of talks in Geneva. Separate from bilateral talks between Russia and the United States on a framework for the safeguarding and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, the United Nations-Arab League Joint Representative Lakhdar Brahimi has pressed on with efforts towards the holding of a long-proposed international peace conference on Syria, commonly referred to as “Geneva II”, after the Swiss city in which it would be held.Mr. Maurer also said global problems need global solutions and the UN should be where that happens. But in order to live up to that role, the UN must be “efficient, innovative and effective,” he added.Acknowledging that the UN is active in a vast range of areas, the President went on to say, “There is perhaps a risk that it has taken on too much and lost focus.” According to a readout issued by a spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief met today with Mr. Maurer. During the meeting, they discussed the situation in Syria. They also exchanged views on disarmament and on prospects for a concrete outcome from the upcoming High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. Mr. Maurer joins a score of other world leaders and high-level officials taking part in the General Debate, which concludes on 1 October. The delegations will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

BHP on the right approach to water management

first_imgIn a recent article on water management in mining timed to coincide with its inaugural Water Report, BHP President Operations, Minerals Americas Daniel Malchuk comments: “Sustainable mining is a complex enterprise that depends on three things – people, the environment and technology. This trifecta requires a healthy dose of capital, whether it be social, environmental, geological or financial. We aim to strike a good balance between all four when it comes to effectively managing water resources. Without water, our business simply could not operate. And without water, the communities we operate in wouldn’t survive.”He adds: “That’s why minimising our impact on water resources and forging strong ties with the local communities where we operate are vital. Transparency across all sectors is crucial to effective water governance. Our inaugural Water Report…is the first step in our long-term plan to do our part and more effectively disclose our water use and performance as we strengthen water management across our operations.”“The report is based on the International Council on Mining and Metals water reporting guidelines, which set a transparent minimum benchmark for disclosure. This helps us and others monitor and hold us accountable for our progress. In FY2017, we announced a new five-year water target of reducing fresh water withdrawal by 15% across our operated assets. Reducing fresh water use is critical as this is generally the most important water resource for our host communities and the environment. In FY2018 we achieved a 2% reduction against this target. However, we still have a way to go.”“Over in Chile, our Escondida copper mine has made a significant contribution to water preservation. In April this year, we inaugurated the largest desalination plant in South America to supply water to our copper operations. The desalination plant involved the construction of a 180 km water transport system to reach the Escondida copper mine. Four high-pressure pump stations move water from the Port of Coloso across the Atacama Desert and up to a reservoir at the Escondida mine site, more than 3,000 m above sea level. The facility is one of the largest desalination plants in the world and Escondida’s second plant. The first plant has operated for the past decade and produces 525 litres of water per second.”The new plant has the capacity to produce 2,500 litres per second of fresh water. “It not only secures a sustainable water supply for our operations, but minimises our reliance on the region’s aquifers. The sheer scale of this project, along with the $3.4 billion of funding, demonstrates our commitment to preserving fresh water and making every drop count. Industry cannot rely on groundwater in the long-term given it is a vital yet limited resource for communities and the environment. Since Escondida first started 25 years ago, our environmental standards have increased and we have stronger connections with our indigenous communities. But we also face many challenges through increasing expectations from workers, communities, regulators and government that match those of developed economies. And yet, our industry must stay competitive, particularly as resource quality (grade, hauling cycles, hardness, etc) naturally deteriorate over time.”“While the strategy will have a significant impact on Escondida’s production costs in the near term, we are convinced that today’s challenge is tomorrow’s opportunity. We can best compete globally if we make the most of what we have – and that includes water.”“In Australia, at Olympic Dam, we are improving water efficiency in all aspects of our operations and beyond. We’re working closely with the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI), a program introduced by the Australian Government in 2000 to reduce the impact on springs as a result of water extraction in the region. Since 1999, Olympic Dam has worked with GABSI and neighbouring landowners to decommission or replace bores, or provide reticulation systems to reduce water losses. As a result, Olympic Dam has contributed to 235,000 megalitres in cumulative water savings for the region.”“Water management has long been part of BHP’s governance, risk and operational practices. The shared nature of water resources means we must think ‘beyond the fence’ and work more closely with communities, government, industry and other stakeholders. Increased pressure on water resources means we must do more – to responsibly meet water needs today and safeguard water supplies for future generations. This is not only for our future, but the future of the local communities and the environment where we operate.”last_img read more

Skyrim timelapse shows off beautiful environments

first_imgWith the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda has not only crafted an RPG that sets the bar even higher for the competition and inevitable 6th game in the series, but it also sees the game engine receive a major overhaul.Skyrim‘s engine is notable for two reasons. The first is how little space is required to house the game’s massive world and detailed graphical assets. The entire game fits on a single DVD for Xbox 360 users with room to spare. 3.8GB of space is all Bethesda required. For PC, it still fits on a single disc, but at a significantly larger 5.5GB.The time-lapse you see below demonstrates Bethesda didn’t cut any corners graphically to keep the size down. The game’s environments look stunning with the video showing off just a few of the landscapes from the PC version, with all the settings turned up to 11.It says something about a game when it’s just as pleasurable to walk around and take in the view, as it is to partake in the game’s infinite quest system. Skyrim will do nothing but enhance Bethesda’s standing as one of the top game developers out there. The game’s 3.5 million sales in 48 hours goes a long way towards cementing that position too.To fully appreciate the video below, I urge you to switch it up to 1080p, go full screen, and let it buffer before pressing play. If you haven’t purchased the game already, you may have a much greater urge to in 9 minutes time.via Eurogamer Digital Foundrylast_img read more

Hundreds attend soccer tournament honoring Kelso 13-year-old

first_imgLONGVIEW — Soccer players and families gathered at Riverside Park in Lexington on Saturday for a tournament in memory of 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez, two years after he was accidentally shot dead by his friend.The Edgar Vazquez Memorial Cup, organized by Edgar’s family and the Kelso Soccer Club, kicked off Saturday and continues Sunday.Jamie Craig, Kelso Soccer Club board treasurer, said 15 teams played Saturday and so far 11 signed up for Sunday. Teams could also sign up Sunday morning, she said.The first day included matches for teams of three players ages 6-7, 8-10 and 11-13. Sunday’s games will be for teams with players 14-16, 17-18 and 18 and older.The tournament will raise money for a scholarship for a graduating Kelso High School senior and for the Kelso Soccer Club to support players who can’t afford to play.Nicole Vazquez, Edgar’s mom, said she was excited about Saturday’s turnout and hopes the tournament becomes an annual event.“It’s just heartwarming to see how many people are here and how many volunteers we got who were Edgar’s friends,” she said.last_img read more

PSG boss We are close to signing two new players

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that they are close to completing deadline-day deals for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Juan BernatBernat only made 12 appearances at Bayern Munich last season and will likely provide cover for fellow new left-back Yuri Berchiche, who joined from Athletic Bilbao earlier this summer.Although the signing that has intrigued people the most is  Cameroon attacker Choupo-Moting, who could only manage five goals in 30 Premier League games for the relegated Stoke City.“It’s August 31, it’s very late, I’m not going to lie,” said Tuchel, according to FourFourTwo.“We’re trying to get the two players signed, they’re doing their medical tests now. I do not know if others will follow.“We’ve been looking for a few weeks for cover for [Edinson] Cavani, the opportunity has come with Maxim, who is a top-level player, who can impact right away when he comes off the bench.“With the arrival of Choupo-Moting, it’s a lot of attackers. It can impact [Timothy] Weah’s situation, but at the same time not, because it’s another type of player.”Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has been linked with a permanent move to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Giovani Lo Celso is expected to complete a transfer to La Liga side Real Betis.“Trapp wants to leave, he’s trying to sign with another club,” Tuchel confirmed.“Lo Celso, I do not know exactly what he’s up to.”Midfielder Marco Verratti is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to promoted Nimes as PSG look to maintain their winning start to the new season.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Verratti has resumed training,” Tuchel added.“We will decide together after the session of the day if he is with us in Nimes.”The Ligue 1 champions have been pitted against Red Star Belgrade, Napoli and Liverpool in Group C of this season’s Champions League.Although Tuchel is looking forward to going head-to-head with new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.“Ancelotti is a great coach,” he said.“He was a great inspiration to me.”? Mark your calendars! ??1⃣ 18/09 21h CET ??????? @LFC v PSG2⃣ 03/10 18h55 CET ?PSG v @crvenazvezdafk3⃣ 24/10 21h CET ?PSG v @en_sscnapoli4⃣ 06/11 21h CET ?? @en_sscnapoli v PSG5⃣ 28/11 21h CET ?PSG v @LFC6⃣ 11/12 21h CET ?? @crvenazvezdafk v PSG pic.twitter.com/hCExSmWcHp— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 31, 2018last_img read more

John Glenns flight 50 years ago made history

first_imgOf NASA’s human spaceflights, the third was perhaps the most urgent.Fifty years ago on Monday, a red-headed Marine colonel, John Glenn, strapped into a tiny Mercury capsule known as Friendship 7 and hurtled into space. Glenn circled the Earth three times in just under five hours, America’s space age dreams looping along with him.The Soviet Union had launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit 10 months earlier, taking a triumphant lead in the accelerating space race. In the intervening months, the United States managed to put two astronauts aloft — Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom — but only on 15-minute suborbital jaunts.That made Glenn’s mission the big one, a signal that the United States had caught up to the Soviets. Scrub after scrub — 10 of them, for weather and technical issues — heightened the suspense.But at 9:47 a.m. on Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn’s silver Atlas rocket finally coughed and roared, catapulting him aloft.“Oh, that view is tremendous,” Glenn reported early in the flight. “I can see the booster doing a turnaround just a couple hundred yards behind me. It’s beautiful.”An estimated 135 million people watched the televised coverage of the flight: a nation enthralled.Glenn soon had to take manual control of the capsule. A glitch kept pushing it to the right. As he flew, Glenn was bemused by “fireflies” outside his window, twinkling flecks in the dark: Ice crystals venting off the craft, an absolute novelty.last_img read more

SEC approves Dennis Uy share offering to fund construction of two Philippines

first_img 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc, the gaming entity controlled by local billionaire Dennis Uy, has been approved by the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission to proceed with a Php18.5 billion follow-on share offering to fund construction of two new casino resorts.The offering, scheduled to take place within the current quarter, will include the sale of 1.78 billion common shares plus an oversubscription of another 267.94 million shares at around Php9 per share. RelatedPosts PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc, formerly known as Philippine H20 Ventures Corp, is the parent company of gaming and hospitality unit Travel and Leisure Holdings Corp – acquired from Uy’s Udenna Corp last year as part of a complicated restructuring by the businessman of his many corporations.Uy had previously acquired a 62% stake in Philippine H20 Ventures Corp in order to complete a backdoor listing, officially changing the name to PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc in December and installing himself as Chairman.Under its new title, PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc is now the holding entity for Udenna’s tourism and casino firms including LapuLapu Leisure Inc., Clark Grand Leisure Corp. and Donatela Hotel Panglao Corp.The follow-on share offering is set to fund construction of the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, which broke ground in December 2017, as well as Clark Resort on a site covering 13.5 hectares in the Clark Freeport Zone. Load Morelast_img read more

Mamata to unveil twoday festival to recognise farmers achievements

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate two-day-long Mati Utsav from Tarakeswar in Hooghly on February 22.Banerjee is also expected to felicitate farmers with Mati Samman award for their extraordinary achievements in the agriculture sector. Banerjee will be giving the award after inaugurating the Mati Utsav at Baliguri area of Tarakeswar on Friday. Following the inauguration, the festival will be celebrated in all the districts. Hundreds of farmers from the districts will join the festival in their Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Boserespective districts. Banerjee had initiated this programme marking the growth of the agriculture sector in the state. Initially, it used to take place on Lalbaba Ashram Ground in Pangarh. She has been organising the programme for the past several years. The preparation of the Utsav has already started in all the districts and steps have been taken to make necessary arrangements as thousands of people will be visiting Mati Utsav not only in Hooghly but also in other districts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the state Agriculture department, there will be stalls in the festival so that the farmers would get to know about different modern techniques of farming from the outlets. There will be a separate platform where they can discuss about the problems they usually face during farming. There will be experts and officials of the state Agriculture department who could provide guidelines to the farmers. The knowledge-sharing programme with the experts will help to develop new ideas for farming. There will be further discussions on different aspects of Mati Utsav in the districts. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several initiatives for the benefit of farmers to ensure that they incur profit. Prodded by the Chief Minister, state Agriculture department has started a host of new schemes and the annual income of the farmers in the state has gone up three times than what had been in the past. All the district administrations have been working on a war footing to put in place necessary arrangements ahead of official inauguration by Banerjee. State Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee who is an MLA from Rampurhat in Birbhum said that the Mati Utsav will be celebrated across the state after the Chief Minister inaugurates the festival in Hooghly. The programme is extremely beneficial for the farmers as they get a platform to interact with the department officials. It will be celebrated in Suri, the district headquarter of Birbhum.last_img read more

Costa Rica bans avocado imports from 9 countries

first_imgHold the guac! That side of guacamole could get a lot more expensive now that Costa Rica has decided to temporarily ban avocado imports from nine countries, including the world’s largest producer of avocados, Mexico.Costa Rica produces only a small percentage of the avocados its population consumes, and one local producer predicted prices could rise as much as 25 percent.A virus called “sunblotch” affecting avocado crops around the world — especially the coveted Hass variety — drove the country’s Plant Health Services to close Costa Rica’s borders to imports of the fruit on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Livestock and Agriculture Ministry.Along with Mexico, avocados from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, South Africa, Venezuela and the U.S. state of Florida have also been temporarily blocked.Officials said the virus could do serious damage to the country’s roughly 900 small avocado producers if the plague finds its way in. The virus reduces the quantity and quality of avocados, affecting the tree’s leaves and deforming the fruit with yellow stains.As of April, sunblotch had not reached Costa Rica.The decision to block avocado imports from Mexico could leave many suppliers scrambling. Mexico is the world’s largest producer of avocados and the single biggest exporter of avocados to Costa Rica.Mexico was responsible for more than 80 percent of the 12,563 metric tons of avocados imported in 2014, according to figures from Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office.Costa Rica’s annual avocado production tops out at just 2,000 metric tons, according to the agriculture ministry.Carlos Gamboa, manager of APACO, an avocado growers cooperative in the Los Santos area south of San José, told The Tico Times that he expected prices for avocados to jump as high as 25 percent as importers look to more distant sources, like Chile, Peru or California to fill demand.Avocados have become part of the basic Costa Rican diet during the last several decades, Gamboa said, so given high demand, it’s likely supply will be quickly replaced.He said he was pleased with the government’s decision to ban imports from sunblotch-infected regions.“We’re very satisfied to see the Costa Rican government taking steps to protect domestic production,” Gamboa said.Plant Health Services Director Francisco Dall´Anese has been in dialogue with his Mexican peers to find an alternative to safely allow Mexican avocados back into Costa Rica without risking the country’s domestic production. The agency said in a statement that it’s working to establish import protocols for the other affected countries. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s avocado ban turns into a food fight Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organizationlast_img read more

Family of 5 dies in plane crash near French Alps

center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix PARIS (AP) – A Moroccan family of five returning home died Saturday when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport near the French Alps, officials said.The twin-engine plane hit a hill and crashed in a forest in an uninhabited area outside Grenoble, a city that is the gateway to the Alpine resorts in southeastern France.Bruno Charlot, a local government official, said all five aboard died. The pilot was flying his wife and their three children home to Morocco, apparently after a vacation in France. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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" Joji Morishita said at a press conference.[and] never falls (1 Cor 135 7-8) Just as Paul and others had expanded the understanding of agape to make it all-encompassing King in his teaching builds upon Paul and brings out agapes creativity its capacity to create togetherness and community The pestering but important gadfly Kings medium for enacting his teaching civil disobedience was also informed by the Greeks or rather one Greek in particular Three times in his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail" King evokes Socrates (469-399 BC) the philosopher who famously made the public streets and squares of Athens his classroom Kings letter is addressed to fellow clergymen who had discouraged his practice of nonviolent resistance on the grounds that it was "unwise and untimely" and could incite civil disturbances In making the case for the importance of civil disobedience King introduces Socrates as one of its early practitioners: Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood The image of a gadfly is drawn from the Apology a speech attributed to Socrates and related by his student Plato in which he responds to the charge that he is corrupting Athens young citizens with his unconventional and provocative teaching Socrates compares the lazy inert Athenian state to a tired old steed and his own interrogation and urging of Athenian citizens to the buzzing of a gadfly Like the fly he may be annoying but Socrates argued Athenian citizens needed such pestering in order to be stirred into action and improve their lives This was precisely Kings point in his letter to opponents of his methods: progress towards social justice can only be achieved through peaceful actions that annoy the status quo that is through nonviolent gadflies and the productive tension they create Persistent and irritating activism requires courage and significant risk Socrates and King alike lost their lives for their causes but both saw peaceful agitation as essential to their identity and work Applying the Classics to the 20th century And so just as the term agape was able to capture Kings concept of transcendent love in a way no English word could his evocation of Socrates the pestering yet productive gadfly could inform our understanding of the aims of civil disobedience in a uniquely memorable way In the speech "Ive Been to the Mountaintop" King passes on the fantasy of living in ancient Greece or Rome Ultimately he declares his preference for life in the "now" of 1968 But his lived engagement with the Classics bridges these eras showing his listeners and readers how classical ideas can speak to us today 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than those located elsewhere Yet the situation remains dire for the bats Gillies and others caution with populations greatly reduced and few tools for wildlife managers to help the bats The new study led by graduate student Kate Langwig of the University of California Santa Cruz compiled survey data on all six species of bats in the northeast from before and after the arrival of the fungus "It’s been guesswork until this study" says Paul Cryan a biologist at US Geological Survey in Fort Collins Colorado who was not involved in the research The conclusions confirmed previous impressions: Two species big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and Eastern small-footed bats (Myotis leibii) are relatively unimpacted by the fungus But populations of the Indiana bat (M sodalis) already on the federal endangered species list and three other species have taken a nosedive Two of the declining species are solitary-roosting bats which would be expected to have lower rates of transmission than more gregarious bats And in fact the researchers predict that the populations of one type the tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) will eventually stabilize But the northern-long-eared bat (M septentrionalis) doesn’t appear that fortunate: Even though these animals roost alone during hibernation all 14 populations in the study disappeared within 5 years of the fungus arriving at those caves The reason isn’t known but Langwig says that the population might have shrunk to a point of no return; the few remaining bats might have been unable to find mates for example The outlook could be just as dire for gregarious bats which hibernate in cozy clumps of individuals In theory the fungus is more likely to wipe out these colonies After the first few years of the epidemic research had suggested that little brown bats (Mlucifugus) might vanish from the Northeast within 16 years But the data gathered by Langwig’s group suggest that the worst declines were over by 2009 To its surprise the team also noticed a dramatic increase in the percentages of the highly social little brown bats that hibernate alone ranging up to 75% of a colony "There’s been a real change in behavior" Langwig says The same loss of sociality is happening to a lesser extent in Indiana bats but apparently not widely enough to slow their decline The researchers also collected data on temperature and humidity within caves used by the two best-studied species: the Indiana bat and the little brown bat Populations in the colder and drier caves declined less which makes sense because most kinds of fungus do better in higher humidity To co-author Marm Kilpatrick of University of California Santa Cruz this offers hope that the driest coolest caves are a refuge from the fungus *This item has been corrected on 5 July Due to an editing error a previous version of this story mistakenly referred to Geomyces destructans as a bat species It is the fungus afflicting themBeijing: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit China later this week to participate in the foreign ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during which she will also hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi Swaraj who will be arriving in China on 21 April is expected to meet Wang on 22 April She is scheduled to take part in the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting on 24 April official sources said This will be their first meeting after Wang has been elevatedin March to be the state councillor which makes him the top diplomat in the Chinese hierarchy He will hold the dual posts of the state councillor and foreign minister File image of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj AP After her China visit she will travel to Magnolia Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are visiting China virtually around the same time Sitharaman is due to take part in the SCO defence ministers’ meeting on 24 April The SCO meetings are a prelude to the June summit of the eight-member grouping in which India and 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