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The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) 2012 Presentation

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 presentation For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke)  2012 presentation Company ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) HY2019 Interim Report

Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited (DZL Holdings Limited) is the largest dairy company in Zimbabwe; producing and marketing a range of fresh milk and ready-to-drink and long-life milk products. The company also owns Lyons Zimbabwe; a food company that manufactures and markets ice-cream, cordials, condiments and spreads, tea and mineral water; ME Charhons which manufactures biscuits and baking products; and has a majority stake in Dairibord Malawi. The company is wholly-owned by Lavenson Investments Private Limited and is the flagship subsidiary of Dairiboard Holdings Limited. DZL Holdings Limited owns four property companies; Goldblum Investments (Private) Limited, Chatmoss Properties (Private) Limited, Quallinnex Properties (Private) Limited and Slimline Investments (Private) Limited. Its export markets include Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Dairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange read more

I won’t buy this FTSE 100 dividend stock even when market confidence recovers

first_imgI won’t buy this FTSE 100 dividend stock even when market confidence recovers “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild 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. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Monday, 9th March, 2020 | More on: SBRY The market sell-off on Monday is worsening. The FTSE 100 may be off early morning’s near-four-year lows below 6,000 points but it’s moving back towards these troughs again. A dive even further below these levels could arrive at any moment.We here at The Motley Fool don’t believe that now’s the time to pull up the drawbridge and panic. Volatility is part and parcel of share investing, of course. The falls we are seeing today might be the biggest since the 2008/09 global financial meltdown, but before you think of selling up, it’s important to remember that investing in stocks is a long-term endeavour.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…Studies show that individuals who buy into stocks and hold them for, say, a minimum of 10 years, can be expected to generate a return of at least 8% per year. Speaking as a share investor myself, I haven’t been minded to sell my holdings and run for the hills. I believe in the quality of my stocks and reckon they will bounce back and strongly too.Get busy!In fact, there are a number of London-quoted companies I have my eye on right now. In the words of billionaire investor Warren Buffett it pays to “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”There are many good-looking shares changing hands at rock-bottom prices today. Stocks of all shapes and sizes, irrespective of their risk profiles, are sinking right now. FTSE 100 stalwart J Sainsbury (LSE: SBRY), for instance, is down 5% in Monday business. It’s also within striking distance of the six-month lows of below 200p struck in recent sessions.This weakness leaves the supermarket looking quite attractive on paper. A predicted 4% earnings rise in the fiscal year to March 2020 leaves it dealing on a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 10.3 times. Moreover, right now Sainsbury’s carries a gigantic 5.3% forward dividend yield.I think I’ll passThe selling fever that’s gripped share markets is smashing cyclical and safe-haven shares alike. Even defence companies, pharmaceutical developers, food producers, consumer goods manufacturers and utilities are falling. Investors don’t care about their proven resilience in troubled times. Everything is going into the bin.I remain confident that many of these fallers can recover their losses once the worst of the washout passes though. But this doesn’t mean that I’m backing Sainsbury’s to make a terrific recovery. You could argue that food retailers, like producers will never go out of fashion. We always need to eat, of course. And the products over at Sainsbury’s aren’t so expensive that sales would collapse should broader economic conditions in the UK suffer and the coronavirus keep spreading.For me though, the threat posed by rising competition in the supermarket space makes the Footsie supermarket a risk too far, even at the current share price. The likes of Aldi and Lidl are running roughshod over the Big Four established chains. With these firms expanding their estates, it’s likely that revenues over at Sainsbury’s et al will continue to struggle (these fell 0.7% on a like-for-like basis in the 15 weeks to January 4). And things could get really miserable should the Germans expand into online retailing, as many are tipping. 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. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Midweek Madness – Powerful scrum sends pack and posts backwards

first_imgWednesday Nov 29, 2017 Midweek Madness – Powerful scrum sends pack and posts backwards You would never think it were possible, but Hinckley Rugby Football Club’s big boys up front have given new meaning to the term ‘pushover try’. They drove the opposition pack from Luctonians back so far and with so much force, that they took down the posts in the process.The try was not awarded, and the National League Two North fixture had to be moved to another field, before table-topping Hinckley went on to win the match 52-12.“I didn’t really think anything of it until the post started falling down, the bloke behind ran for cover and then I just thought ‘well there’s £7,000 gone like that’,” Hinckley’s John Tilley told the BBC.credit: hinckleyrugbyfootball club/guardiansportADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Rights group accuses gang leader of involvement in Jacques Roche murder

first_img Organisation June 11, 2019 Find out more Another journalist murdered in Haiti News RSF_en Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas News Follow the news on Haïti Receive email alerts November 14, 2019 Find out more The National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH) has alleged that François “Bibi” Daniel, a former gang leader in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Solino, was involved in the murder of Jacques Roche, the Le Matin culture section editor who was kidnapped on 10 July 2005 and was found dead four days later.Bibi and two other gang members went to the National Commission for Disarmament, Dismantling and Reintegration on 12 September to hand in firearms, demanding in exchange that the judicial authorities withdraw proceedings against them in a number of murder cases. Bibi did not however surrender all of his weapons, reports said.___________________________________________________________13.07.06 – No sign of justice a year after journalist Jacques Roche was murderedA year after Le Matin journalist Jacques Roche was kidnapped in Port-au-Prince on 10 July 2005 and was found dead four days later, Reporters Without Borders voiced anger and bitterness today that the investigation has ground to a halt and the suspects who were arrested have not been brought to trial.“Roche’s death showed to what degree the militias in the pay of the former regime of Jean-Bertrand Aristide were not disarmed after Aristide’s fall in February 2004,” the press freedom organisation said. “The trauma caused by this murder will never be overcome as long as it remains unpunished. And what is worse, one of the presumed killers was freed without explanation.”Reporters Without Borders added: “At a time when Haiti is trying to return to the road of peace and democratic stability, one of the new government’s priorities should to provide resources to the judicial system.”A book reviewer, Creole-language poet and editor of the Le Matin’s arts and culture pages, Roche was abducted as he was driving in the Nazon district of Port-au-Prince. His kidnappers initially threatened to kill him if they were not paid 250,000 dollars, but later agreed to reduce their ransom demand.His body was found handcuffed to a chair on a street in the capital on 14 July 2005. He had been tortured and shot. His sudden murder while negotiations were still under way between the kidnappers and his family cast doubt on the assumption that he had been abducted just for ransom. Sources close to the case told Reporters Without Borders at the time that Roche had almost certainly been handed over to a different gang, one with political motives.The judicial police detained Father Gérard Jean-Juste, Aristide’s “spiritual adviser,” on 22 July 2005, a day after he attended Roche’s funeral, triggering an uproar among all the mourners, who suspected him of being linked to Roche’s death. He was later freed on health grounds and allowed to travel to the United States for treatment. He is still there. Officially he still faces investigation by the Haitian judicial authorities in connection with both this case and a theft of firearms from the national palace.Roger Etienne was arrested on 18 August 2005 on suspicion of being one of Roche’s kidnappers. Yolène Gilles of the National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH) has confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that he is still being held at the national penitentiary. Two other suspects, known simply as “Mentor” and “Edgard,” were arrested at the same time and placed in custody. None of these men has appeared in court. Meanwhile, the investigating judge in charge of the case – who is also in charge of the case of Radio Haïti Inter director Jean Dominique, who was murdered in 2000 – is currently said to be “travelling.”Finally Johnny Cicéron was arrested on 14 October 2005 on suspicion of involvement in Roche’s murder. He escaped and was recaptured on 4 May 2006. Then he was released on 22 May 2006 without any explanation. Seventeen other suspected gang leaders were released the same month on the official grounds of “lack of room in the prisons” or “incomplete case file.” News September 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rights group accuses gang leader of involvement in Jacques Roche murder HaïtiAmericas Jacques Roche (photo), the editor of Le Matin’s arts and culture pages, was found dead in Port-au-Prince on 14 July 2004, four days after being abducted. One year on, Reporters Without Borders is angry and bitter that none of his presumed killers has appeared in court and one of them was even released without any explanation. Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News October 11, 2019 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Technological border solution “more than a decade away”

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp By News Highland – April 17, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Technological border solution “more than a decade away” Google+ The possibility of a technological solution to the Brexit Northern Ireland border issue could be more than a decade away, according to a UK Home Office document seen by Sky News.The document implies that a technological solution – which would aim to keep the Irish border entirely open and without physical checkpoints – is a distant and very expensive prospect.The authors state that the technology would likely not be ready to be deployed in the UK until 2030.A technological solution to the Irish border quagmire has been much trumpeted by Brexiteers for months, if not years.It has been at the centre of Theresa May’s efforts to find an alternative to the Irish backstop, which would involve a basic customs union for the whole of the UK with the EU and Northern Ireland moving closer to EU regulations on goods. Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleTwo being questioned in Ballyshannon after Leitrim drug findNext articleLocal Link confirms Muff – Buncranna bus service News Highland Twitter Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Former Coconut Grove mansion of LeBron James sells for $13M

first_imgTomo Kipp, LeBron James, Jeff Conry and the Crystal View Court Mansion. (Getty, iAero, Compass)LeBron James’ former Miami mansion has a new owner.Timo Kipp sold the waterfront Coconut Grove home at 3590 Crystal View Court to Jeff Conry, president of charter airline iAero Airways, for $12.8 million.Kipp and his now ex-wife Nathalia paid $13.4 million for the six-bedroom, 13,930-square-foot estate in 2015. Kipp formerly owned the Mayfair hotel nearby in Coconut Grove.The three-story home features eight bathrooms and one half-bath, a gym, playroom, theater, wine cellar, rooftop deck, infinity pool, island bar, concrete dock and a detached guest house, according to the listing. It was built in 2010 on a nearly half-acre lot.ADVERTISEMENTLino Morejon with Mayfair Real Estate Advisors represented Kipp in the sale.James was part of the Big Three, which included Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, when he played for the Miami Heat between 2010 and 2014. He acquired the Coconut Grove mansion in 2010 for $9 million, records show.Read moreChris Bosh sells waterfront Miami Beach mansion for $15MHeat Map: Here are the homes of Miami Heat’s eliteDwyane Wade lists Miami Beach estate for $33M Email Address* Tags Celebrity Real EstateCoconut Grovehome sales Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Conry landed on the house after flipping his waterfront Coral Gables mansion for $19.4 million in April, less than a year after paying $14.9 million for the property.Miami-based iAero Airways, formerly known as Swift Air, was founded in 1997 and calls itself the largest charter airline in the U.S.Contact Katherine Kallergis Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

USS Theodore Roosevelt pulls into Singapore

first_img USS Theodore Roosevelt pulls into Singapore View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt pulls into Singapore US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit on April 2 after supporting operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel over the previous four months.USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Singapore with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102).“It is great to be back in the US 7th Fleet and have the ability to visit another port here during deployment, and we couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. “The US and Singapore have a strong navy-to-navy relationship and we look forward to our time in port to continue to build on that connection in many ways.”During the port visit, sailors and marines will volunteer off-duty time to assist local charitable organizations and participate in community relations and the leadership of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) will welcome ship visitors while moored at Changi Naval Base.“US 7th Fleet port calls are both rich tourism opportunities for the crew and important relationship-building opportunities with the host nations,” said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “Sailors have an opportunity to get some well-deserved rest and enjoy the vibrant cultures as they continue deployment.”After the scheduled visit, the TRCSG will continue training in the US 7th Fleet area of operations. TRCSG returned to 7th Fleet after completing more than four months in the Arabian Gulf and US 5th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security, theater security cooperation, and operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.Theodore Roosevelt, the flagship of CSG 9, left its homeport of San Diego, October 6 and is currently underway with Bunker Hill, Sampson, USS Halsey (DDG 97), and USS Preble (DDG 88) for a deployment to US 7th and 5th Fleets. The TRCSG deployment is an example of the US Navy’s routine presence in waters around the globe, displaying commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations. View post tag: USS Theodore Roosevelt April 3, 2018center_img View post tag: CSG 9 Authorities View post tag: Changi Naval Base Share this articlelast_img read more

Degree course for Irish National Bakery School

first_imgThe Irish National Bakery School is finalising details of a new degree course for the next academic year, writes Ann Marie Foley. It is also advertising short bakery courses for chefs in Ireland’s top catering magazine. This follows the popularity of last year’s short courses among people from small catering and café businesses. “This year we decided to target hotels, on the basis that many are now using frozen bought-in product. I believe it is often the same and not of top quality,” said Derek O’Brien, head of the National Bakery School. He explained chefs tend not to tackle bread-making but that the three-day course can be tailored to their needs. “In America, they offer what they call signature bread, which is specific to a restaurant or hotel. Avoca in Bray makes its own bread and you cannot get it anywhere else. So that is what we are suggesting.” The school’s full-time two year Higher Certificate course will be extended by a year to become a degree course. However, students who want to leave after the two years will still receive the Higher Certificate. The degree course is aimed at technicians and technologists and those entering the bakery industry but also the wider food industry, such as delis and cafés that offer their own bread andbakery products. The school also offers four part-time courses that are continually full: Professional Baking – Bread; Cake; Fruit Bread; and Pastry. These and other short courses receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifications under the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) of which the Bakery School is part. While the school once catered for all bakery training in Ireland, enterprise-led support body Skillnets now offers workplace courses. The DIT and all its schools such as the bakery are to move to a new Dublin location during the next few years.last_img read more

For big questions, a bigger forum

first_imgOne of the most challenging and lauded programs at Harvard isn’t part of the academic course curriculum.Coordinated through the Freshman Dean’s Office, the “Reflecting on Your Life” initiative invites freshmen to think about meaning and purpose. Featuring facilitators from across the University, the program typically meets for three sessions, at the beginning of second semester.The sessions fulfill no academic requirements, and yet, year after year, freshmen show up for three consecutive weeks to participate in small-group programming that delves deeply into their values, leading to conversations with peers that sometimes reveal gaps between thought and action.“The program gives students time to stop and think about what really matters to them,” said Katherine Steele, project manager and director for freshman programming, such as “what their values are and how those values shape the decisions that they make — from what’s important to them to how they spend their time, and even who they spend their life with.”Now, a grant from the Teagle Foundation is broadening the scope of the program, making it possible for Harvard to share it with colleges and universities interested in launching similar initiatives. The grant will also enable collaborations on best practices and programs to help students to consider the big questions: meaning, value, and purpose.After Richard Light, the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning, learned about the Teagle Foundation’s initiative to advance civic and moral education on college campuses, Steele worked with Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman to submit a proposal to help develop programs for the “civic and moral education of today’s college students.”The grant will sponsor the effort for three years, helping leaders at Harvard and elsewhere understand the impact of the various ways universities encourage dialogue about personal values and citizenship. But most importantly, Steele said, the grant should help promote programs that allow students to figure out how they want to live.“How do you affect moral growth? How does someone really solidify what they stand for? It’s about developing a stronger sense of who they are, and what they stand for. It’s about drawing the lines between what’s important to you and how you’re spending your time … and if the connections between those two things are missing, what can or should you do about it?”“Reflecting on Your Life” began at Harvard as a result of the in-depth, one-on-one interviews that Light conducted each year with students about to graduate. One answer was especially provocative, that of the student who told Light that Harvard had “forgotten to offer the most important course of all” — namely, how to think about living his life.“It was a revelation to realize that we were missing out on such a key and fundamental question,” Light said. “It’s often covered in an academic sense, but not necessarily from a personal, real-life point of view. What does it mean to live a happy, or useful, life? What about living a productive life? Are those concepts inherently different? If they are, which one do you choose?”Light approached Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, for his perspective. Gardner, whose research has often focused on professional ethics, said that the discussion mirrored a trend he had observed among students over the years.“I’d become concerned about something I’d observed from our best and brightest,” Gardner said. “They wanted to do the right thing, but they felt like the most important thing was to be successful. So if they had to cut some corners in order to accomplish that, they felt like they needed to do so. The metaphor I like to use is that the ethical muscle was very thin.”For the past six years, according to both individual testimony and a formal evaluation, alumni of the program have left it feeling that they have a better understanding of themselves, their goals, and their values.“In the 19th century, one of the reasons you went to college was to think about values, purpose, and deep spiritual values — which was completely expunged in the 20th century,” Gardner said. Although the secularization of universities was positive in many ways, he said, a void was left.“Some students fill this with religion, science, or a strong familial unit, but for many students in today’s fast-changing world — particularly those new to college, and especially those attending a high-pressure institution, such as Harvard — they need, and deserve, our guidance and our help.”For Steele, the grant will provide an opportunity for students across a range of Schools to pause and take the time to ask themselves the hard questions.“Harvard students are so busy and so focused, but we’ve found that students really benefit from posing these challenging questions,” she said. “When we create an opportunity for them to do that, and have a structure where they can pose these questions, it can have a really profound effect.”last_img read more

Georgia 4-H pumpkin-growing contest

first_imgMore than 25 pumpkins were submitted to Georgia 4-H’s 2020 statewide pumpkin-growing contest, with the largest pumpkin, cultivated in north Georgia’s Union County, weighing in at a whopping 548 pounds.All Georgia 4-H youth were encouraged to participate by submitting one pumpkin for consideration. Participants took their entries to their local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office for weighing. This year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association sponsored the contest, donating prize money of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest are:Peyton Collins, Union County, 548 poundsNatalie Payne, Union County, 432 poundsAva Sharp, Union County, 316 poundsGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

US Places Nicaraguan Military Chief, Finance Minister on Sanctions Blacklist

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 10, 2020 With the intent of increasing pressure on the regime of Daniel Ortega, the United States announced sanctions against Nicaragua’s military chief and finance minister.General Julio César Aviles, commander of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, and Iván Adolfo Acosta, minister of Finance and Public Credit, were placed on the U.S. sanctions blacklist on May 22. The U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of both men and banned all Americans and U.S. companies from doing business with them.According to the Treasury Department, the Nicaraguan military under Aviles’ command is alleged to have provided support to the police and paramilitary gangs that carried out crimes against the Nicaraguan people, including attacks on protesters during the unrest that began in April 2018 that lead to the deaths of 300 protesters. The Treasury added that Acosta used his role to arrange financial support for Ortega and threatened banks so that they would not support opposition strikes in 2019.“The Ortega regime’s continued violations of basic human rights, blatant corruption, and widespread violence against the Nicaraguan people are unacceptable,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States will target those who prop up the Ortega regime and perpetuate the oppression of the Nicaraguan people,” he added.The U.S. has already slapped sanctions on Ortega, his wife, and two of his sons, with the U.S. Treasury calling Ortega’s son, Rafael, as the “key money manager” for his family. The Nicaraguan National Police as well as its chief and three commissioners have also been blacklisted by the U.S. as well as the European Union.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that these sanctions aimed to hold the Nicaraguan officials “accountable” for supporting Ortega.last_img read more

Williams: ‘Innovation drives growth’

first_imgAuthor, innovator gives CU leaders tips on how to embrace innovation in the workplaceTurn on the television and chances are you’ll find a cooking show exploring how to take ingredients from the cupboard and combine them into a tasty dish.Innovation is no different.While the final product isn’t a delectable dish, the ideas that are created from innovative thinkers can lead to growth, Luke Williams said during an Executive Series session breakfast Tuesday, at the America’s Credit Union/World Council of Credit Unions Conference in Denver.“Innovation is taking the ingredients we have and looking for a different arrangement,” said Williams, the executive director at the NYU Stern School of Business, a fellow at the innovation company frog, and author of “Disrupt.”Leadership is about leading an organization through innovation, Williams said. While some may be hesitant to embrace change and new ideas, Williams said everyone should. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wantagh Man Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Wantagh man was killed when he crashed his vehicle in Levittown over the weekend.Nassau county police said Eklind Veizas was driving his Toyota northbound on Wantagh Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway and hit a utility pole and tree near the corner of Grey Lane at 3:39 a.m. Sunday.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Westminster drives BID to clean up city

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Stimulus may not be enough to prevent economic meltdown: Fiscal agency

first_imgThe government’s baseline scenario is for economic growth to reach 2.3 percent this year with 2.9 million people losing their jobs. Under a worst-case scenario, however, the government believes the economy could contract by 0.4 percent while 5 million people lose their jobs.“With this kind of crisis, the government must share the burden,” said Febrio, who was previously macroeconomy and trade research head at the University of Indonesia’s Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM-UI) before his BKF appointment early this month.He called on banks and businesses to take aggressive action by rolling out funds to combat the meltdown.The government expects the pandemic to peak in the second quarter of this year, with economic growth contracting. Meanwhile, first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected at 1.1 percent, he added. “This projection may be wrong if the pandemic lasts longer,” Febrio said. “We will try to contain the virus and lessen the impact but the burden must be shared because the government will not be able to do this alone.”The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion for the stimulus, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s GDP, for healthcare spending, social safety nets and business recovery programs so far focusing on manufacturing and tourism.The government will set aside Rp 150 trillion from the stimulus package to support small and medium firms affected by the COVID-19. Febrio did not provide further details as the government was currently formulating the stimulus.The government will also grant larger tax breaks to cover 11 business sectors similar to the incentives designed to allow manufacturing companies to weather the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferrals and 30 percent corporate tax discounts.The 11 sectors are food, trade, electricity, oil and gas, mining and coal, forestry, tourism and the creative economy, telecommunications, logistics, transportation and construction, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Friday.“From an economic standpoint, the COVID-19 shock could damage businesses and cause widespread bankruptcies,” Sri Mulyani said. “We are trying to focus our stimulus to lessen the COVID-19 economic shock on citizens.”Meanwhile, chief economist at private lender Bank Central Asia (BCA) David Sumual said the government’s stimulus package was relatively small compared with other countries including neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, with stimulus packages reaching 12 percent and 17 percent of GDP, respectively.“We are hoping that the government can provide greater stimulus packages for small businesses and low-income households,” David told reporters during the same press briefing. “However, the government’s stimulus needs to be welcomed despite limited fiscal power.”Topics : The Finance Ministry’s fiscal policy agency (BKF) has voiced concerns that the government’s Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.14 billion) stimulus may be insufficient to prevent economic meltdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.BKF head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said on Monday that the government was considering whether to boost its stimulus spending as the existing stimulus packages may not be enough to counter the severe economic impacts of the pandemic.“We have doubts that the stimulus packages will be enough,” Febrio told reporters during a teleconferenced press briefing. “The government will anticipate this because there are some discouraging signs.”last_img read more

Arsenal target Youri Tielemans set to join Leicester from Monaco in Adrien Silva swap deal

first_img Comment Advertisement Tielemans has not been out of favour at Monaco, starting 20 of their 22 Ligue 1 matches this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, he has been made available by the Principality club, which alerted the interest of several Premier League clubs.Arsenal made contact with Monaco over a potential deal, while Spurs are believed to have rejected the chance to sign the 21-year-old. Tielemans had attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)Tielemans has already picked up 14 caps for Belgium and was in the squad which reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.Silva originally signed for Leicester in August 2017, but because the deal was completed 14 seconds after the transfer deadline he was ineligible to play until January.The £22m transfer did not work out and he has gone on to play just 14 league games for the Foxes.MORE: Arsenal transfer target Gary Cahill set to stay at ChelseaMORE: The reason Arsenal pulled out of deal with Barcelona for Malcom Phil HaighThursday 31 Jan 2019 2:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Arsenal target Youri Tielemans set to join Leicester from Monaco in Adrien Silva swap deal Youri Tielemans will join Leicester from Monaco on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty Images)A deal to take Youri Tielemans to Leicester City on loan is expected to be announced on transfer deadline day.The Belgium international attracted interest from a number of clubs this transfer window, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves, but it appears the the Foxes have won the race for his signature.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starAdrien Silva is going the other way as part of the deal, with the French midfielder making just two Premier League appearances this season for Leicester.While the deal has not been signed off completely, Tielemans has been spotted taking his medical with the Foxes, and there are not expected to be any hiccups.ADVERTISEMENT#LCFC pic.twitter.com/M4CSxBa8qv— Adam Dey (@Adamlcfc99) January 31, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Beachside units for $30,000 offer investment opportunity twenty minutes from Townsville

first_img READ MORE Tropical treehouse with plenty of character CoreLogic data has found the median indicative gross rental yield for units in the suburb is 8.8 per cent, which is the highest in Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Elders agent Leah James, who is marketing the units, said she thought the rental yield in Nelly Bay was so high because of its proximity to the ferry terminal. “Because it’s got the ferry terminal there, it’s the most convenient location for people to be,” Ms James said. “People want to stay close by so it’s easy for them the next morning and they’re happy to pay more to be there.”Ms James said the units were a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to use the location frequently as holiday accommodation and rent it out for short term periods. “The best opportunity is for locals who want to use it on a regular basis,” Ms James said. “You can rent them for up to three months long term, otherwise short term holiday letting. “The units are located within a resort which offers on-site management, restaurant facilities, a pool, tennis court, and other facilities.”Nelly Bay is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, making it ideal for weekend trips away. This unit is on the market for $30,000 in Townsville’s highest rental yield suburb.BOASTING the highest indicative gross rental yield in Townsville, Magnetic Island’s Nelly Bay is a holiday paradise for tourists and Townsville locals. Three units in the suburb are currently on the market for $30,000, revealing an opportunity for investors to reap the rewards of short term letting. READ MORE CBD units are the cheapest they’ve been in over a decadelast_img read more

Thai king orders new traffic rules to curb congestion

first_imgA Thai traffic police officer stops vehicles as King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s convoy passes near the Grand Palace, ahead of the King’s coronation, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 2, 2019. REUTERS/SOE ZEYA TUN/FILE PHOTO BANGKOK – Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered police tostop completely blocking roads in Bangkok for royal motorcades, a governmentspokesperson said. Bangkok is one of the most congested major cities in the world, ranking11th on United States-based traffic analytics firm INRIX’s Global TrafficScorecard in 2017.(Reuters) Thai police will instead block off only a part of the roads for themotorcade, said spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on her social media post.  “His Majesty the King is concerned his royal travel or that of theroyal family’s could affect Thai people’s commute,” said a voice-over in avideo that outlines the new rules.last_img read more

James H. Jasper

first_imgJames Harmon Jasper, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday February 24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born September 9, 1937 in Somerset, KY, son of the late Edward Jasper and Ada (Cook) Jasper. James served with the Kentucky National Guard.James worked as head of maintenance with Cooks Screen with over 42 years of service.He enjoyed yard work, gardening, camping and horse shoes. James loved to hunt and fish, but his favorite thing was playing with his grandkids.James is survived by his loving spouse of 60 years, Imogene Jasper (Adams), daughters, Brenda (Mack) Johnson of Aurora, IN, Charlotte (Ron) Gascon of Milan, IN, Diana (Tony) Womack of Moores Hill, IN, Bonnie (Mark) Pennington of Moores Hill, IN; three siblings, Ron (Brenda) Jasper of Attica, IN, Don (Peggy) Jasper of Attica, IN, Barbara Shelley of Waynesburg, KY.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great, great-grandchild; .He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Ada; siblings, George, Roy, Paul & Jessie Jasper, and Dorothy McKinnley.Friends will be received Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Hogan Township Fire Department. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Indian Premier League: I could not have asked for a better start says, Alzarri Joseph

first_imgHyderabad: Debutant Alzarri Joseph, who recorded the best bowling figures in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) history, said he could not have asked for a better start.“It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream start. I don’t think it could get any better,” Joseph told his captain Rohit Sharma in an interview for iplt20.com after helping the Mumbai Indians beat fellow pre-tournament favourites the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 40-runs on Saturday night here.Joseph (6/12), the 22-year-old Caribbean, not only helped the Mumbai Indians win, but he also rewrote the record books by surpassing Sohail Tanveer’s 6/14 in the inaugural edition. Joseph replaced veteran Lasith Malinga in the side. He said the moment he got to know that he will be making his debut, he just wanted it to give his all to the team.“I just wanted to go out and put all my effort into this team,” the Caribbean pacer who replaced veteran Lasith Malinga in the playing eleven, told media after the victory. “It was my first game, I just wanted to get out there on the park and get bowling and get the wickets.” IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Day of Long Knives as Maigari Battles Pinnick for the Soul…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeFinally, the battle for the soul of Nigerian football will be decided Thursday in Katsina as incumbent Amaju Melvin Pinnick guns for a second term in office as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Others in the race include, immediate past president, Aminu Maigari, a former General Secretary, Taiwo Ogunjobi and a dark horse amateur club proprietor, Chinedu Okoye.Pinnick is aiming to break a jinx that has lasted over 50 years as none of the past presidents has ever succeeded in returning to office back-to-back. The former Delta FA chairman is banking on his achievements during his first term to swing victory in his favour. But football historians in the country know that winning the NFF presidency goes beyond performance in office. Extraneous factors bothering on the usual Nigerian ways of doing things take the lion share in who gets elected. Ordinarily, Pinnick’s performance in this first spell ending today is enough to get him an automatic ticket for an encore on the job. Apart from raising the profile of the federation with multi-billion Naira sponsorship partnerships, he has succeeded in putting NFF on the path to self-sustainability! Instead of the previous beggarly disposition of the NFF, now, Nigerians are beginning to see semblance of corporate governance in the running of the affairs of the Glass house. And only a second term can consolidate all the gains recorded in the past four yearsBut Maigari whose secondary education certificate is under scrutiny going into today’s polls at the Kabir Aliyu Maska Conference Hall in Katsina, is a time-tested gladiator of the Nigerian football politics.After high-wired conspiracy stopped him from getting re-elected shortly after the World Cup in Brazil where Super Eagles matched the country’s previous best achievement of a second-round finish, the Bauchi-born football administrator is banking on the structure he has been oiling since 2010 when he succeeded Sani Lulu Abdullahi to reclaim his mandate from Pinnick. He is also banking heavily on the previous block votes that come from the northern delegates who speak with one voice.However, Maigari’s permutation may have been punctured by the young Turks led by Shehu Dikko, an alley of Pinnick and Ibrahim Gusau who are both gunning to return to the board as both 2nd Vice President and Chairman of Chairmen respectively. Dikko also doubles as chairman of the League Management Company (LMC). They both know their return to these two plum positions are tied to Pinnick’s fate today. Gusau has oil and gas magnate, Ifeanyi Ubah to contend with for the chairman of chairmen position.As at last night, wheeling and dealings amongst the combatants stretched late into the night with the various camps crossing the ‘ts’ and dotting the ‘is’.For the position of the 1st Vice President, two candidates from the South-west are at each others throats. Incumbent Lagos FA Chairman, Seyi Akinwunmi is aiming for return while a former member of the Pinnick camp, Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi wants the same position. Unless something gives in the last minute horse-trading that dove-tailed into today’s polls, the Lagos FA boss is as good as returned to the position.An interesting scenario is also expected to play out in which candidate represents the South-east in the new board. While Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyasi-Agwu is plotting his return, Vice-chairman of Imo FA Emmanuel Ochiagha is insisting it is the turn of Imo to represent the zone on the NFF board. Another candidate from Abia, Emeka Inyama is likely to step down.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard results: Kazuchika Okada takes back New Japan top spot; Matt Taven becomes ROH champion

first_img6:45 p.m.: This is moving at a fast pace with a new participant coming in every minute. Shingo Takagi, Rhett Titus and Rocy Romero are all there now. BTW, NJPW announcer Kevin Kelly and ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni are calling the action with Colt Cabana.6:38 p.m.: Kenny King comes to the ring first, followed by NJPW star Minoru Suzuki to a huge ovation. Cheeseburger is third and the Beer City Bruiser is out next. 6:35 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of G1 Supercard. The preshow is underway; the team of Kagetsu, Hazuki and Jenny Rose defeated Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura, and Stella Grey in the opener. ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard resultsKazuchika Okada def. Jay White for the IWGP heavyweight championshipMatt Taven def. Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a Triple Threat ladder match for the Ring of Honor world championshipKota Ibushi def. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental championshipZack Sabre Jr. def. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the British heavyweight championshipThe Guerillas of Destiny def. PCO and Brody King (ROH), The Briscoes and EVIL & SANADA for both the ROH and IWGP tag team championshipsDragon Lee def. Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in a Triple Threat match for the IWGP junior heavyweight championshipJeff Cobb (ROH television champion) def. Will Ospreay (NJPW NEVER Openweight champion) in title vs. title matchKelly Klein def. Mayu Iwatani for the Women of Honor championshipRush def. Dalton Castle Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins and Flip Gordon def. Bully Ray, Silas Young, and Shane Taylor in a six-man New York City Street FightKagetsu, Hazuki and Jenny Rose def. Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura, and Stella Grey in a six-women tag team match (preshow match)Kenny King wins the Honor Rumble battle royal (preshow match) The Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Supercard at Madison Sqaure Garden on Saturday night was historic in a variety of ways. Not only was it the first time that both companies held an event at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” but each world championship changed hands in the double main event.In the closing match, Kazuchika Okada became a five-time IWGP heavyweight champion and got a measure of revenge by upending Jay White in a fantastic match between the New Japan stars. While the 26-year-old White was on a roll as the youngest non-Japanese IWGP champion, his title reign was cut short by the greatest champion in company history. The two capped the show with an excellent display of wrestling. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Just before that, Matt Taven finally reached his dream of becoming the Ring of Honor world champion as he outlasted Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a physical ladder match that took a heavy toll on all three men. Taven was able to push Lethal off a ladder and take his title from high above the ring to claim the championship. While the match delivered, Taven received a mixed reaction from the crowd and social media for his big win.Elsewhere in the show, Jeff Cobb and The Guerillas of Destiny became double champions and Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito stole the show with an amazing exhibition of back-and-forth, hard-hitting action. Both promotions had big expectations for the historic night on the grand stage, and each pulled off an epic event that showcased what they do best.Check out Sporting News’ complete ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard coverage below (all times Eastern):ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard resultsKazuchika Okada defeats Jay White to become the IWGP heavyweight champion11:55 p.m. FINISH: Both men are on their knees exchanging forearms and finally getting to their feet as they continue going back and forth. Gedo tries to get in the ring and red shoes (referee) stops him, but that allows White to hit a low blow. White is pretty happy and he steps up to Okada for the Blade Runner, but instead, it’s Okada with a German suplex. Back-and-forth reversals and Okada with another huge drop kick. He motions for the Rainmaker, but White stops him. Not for long, though. Rainmaker! And another one followed by a spinning Tombstone piledriver. RAINMAKER!!!! We have a NEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW IWGP heavyweight champion: Kazuchika Okada.. @rainmakerXokada saves the world! pic.twitter.com/KOOAdMqMpU— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Okada becomes a five-time IWGP champion and has officially reclaimed his spot on top of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Fantastic match to close out the show with Okada proudly wearing the title. Afterward, Okada thanks ROH, NJPW and all of the fans around the world. 11:52 p.m.: White goes for Switchblade, but Okada hits the Rainmaker. Then another Rainmaker! He makes the cover and White kicks out and the crowd cannot believe it. “Okada” chants fill the air and Okada picks him up, but White reverses into the Blade Runner. The crowd is on its feet clapping and cheering with both men down in the ring. 11:50 p.m.: White hits a big chop and they’re standing toe-to-toe trading shots with Okada getting the better of the exchange. Big uppercuts and he goes for a drop kick, but White holds onto the ropes and the challenger crashes down. White hits an array of chops and comes off the ropes, only to get wiped out by a drop kick. Picture perfect from Okada as always. Gedo tries to get involved but Okada knocks him off the apron. He goes for the Rainmaker but White instead hits a snapdragon suplex.11:47 p.m.: White hits a uranagi just past the 20-minute mark, but Okada kicks out of the pin attempt. White picks up Okada and drops him backward over the ropes to the floor. He chases after him and throws him back into the ring and hits another suplex and goes for the pin, but Okada kicks out. Back on their feet, White is still in control, but Okada reverses into a Tombstone piledriver. Both are down and breathing hard. 11:44 p.m.: White thinks he has outsmarted Okada but then turns around and gets drilled with a running drop kick. Okada hits another drop kick off the top rope but can’t get the three-count. Okada goes back to the top and lands a big elbow and signals for the Rainmaker. He has wrist control but White sits down on the mat before getting kicked in the face. The champ comes back and drops Okada face-first into the mat and then lands a German suplex. 11:38 p.m.: Okada sets White up on the top rope and knocks him off with a huge standing drop kick. Okada follows him to the floor and throws White over the barricade, and Gedo as well, before hitting both with a running splash. Come on, Rainmaker! @rainmakerXokada wipes out White and Gedo! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/y3eDwFHcMj— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:35 p.m.: White takes control with some nasty chops and a back suplex. It’s a slow, methodical pace so far, which is the way he wants it. Okada gets to his feet and goes for the Rainmaker but White turns it into a DDT. Then White puts him in a Muta lock but Okada gets to the ropes. They exchange blows and Okada drops him face-first into the mat. The pace is starting to pick up.11:31 p.m.: The action spills to the floor and Okada connects with a boot to the face then sends White over the barricade. He brings him back over the rail and White drives him into the post. He gets back in the ring and struts as the crowd again boos him. Heel champion.11:26 p.m.: The bell rings and the crowd chants for Okada, so the champ decides to jump out of the ring and gets hit with a chorus of boos. He starts getting back in and again slides to the floor. White has really embraced being a smug heel and is really coming into his own. Finally, he’s back in, and here we go. 11:23 p.m.: Time for our main event with all of the majesty and pageantry that comes with a big NJPW title match. And this crowd LOVES the Rainmaker.Believe in @rainmakerXokada ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/HpzNwrBgPk— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Matt Taven beats Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a Triple Threat ladder match to become the Ring of Honor world champion11:12 p.m FINISH: All three are back in the ring along with a massive purple ladder that goes right up to the world title hanging above the ring. Taven is climbing up and Lethal stops him at the top. They are fighting back and forth with both getting their hands on the belt before Taven slams it into Lethal’s face and he falls off onto another ladder. Taven is alone and he grabs the belt. We have a new ROH world champion. Madison Square Taven. pic.twitter.com/tFfkAY2iw8— Sempervive. (@Sempervive) April 7, 2019A really strong match between these three and a mixed reaction from the crowd. 11:08 p.m.: A table is set up outside the ring. Scurll has Lethal on the apron and is trying to hit a piledriver off it through the table. Instead, Taven connects with a spear onto Scurll and they fly through the table. Now, Taven is on another table and Lethal climbs a huge ladder and plants a huge flying elbow. They’re taking some big risks in this one. . @TheLethalJay with an Empire State-sized Hail to the King! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/L9i1bTSEqG— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:06 p.m.: Two of the ladders are crisscrossed and Taven looks to suplex Scurll on them, but instead, he gets planted face-first onto the ladders. Then, Lethal connects with the Lethal Injection onto Scurll. X marks the spot for @MartyScurll ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/ypwyfCXMnE— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201911:03 p.m.: Scurll snaps Taven’s fingers before he gets pushed off the ladder. Taven reaches for the belt, but he can’t balance himself with his injured fingers and he falls off the ladder. So close.11:00 p.m.: Taven and Scurll are near the top of the ladder and the “Villain” hits a huge superplex. He then drops Lethal and grabs his umbrella. Lethal ducks it and misses Lethal Injection, with Scurll trying to lock on the chicken wing before Lethal knocks him to the floor. He climbs the ladder but Taven comes up behind him. They exchange punches and Lethal knocks him off the ladder and reaches for the title, but Scurll comes up the other side of the ladder and locks in the chicken wing. Lethal falls off the ladder and now Taven is up there fighting with Scurll. 10:57 p.m.: Scurll is prancing around the ring and is about to go for the chicken wing, but Taven nails him with a DDT and then gets hits with a “F— you, Taven” chant from the crowd. That has to hurt.  10:55 p.m.: Lethal goes for a figure four on Scurll but gets pushed off. Scurll goes after him to the floor and gets hit with a stunner. Remember that ladder outside the ring onto those chairs? Lethal just powered the champ onto it. Yikes. . @MattTaven 😱  #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/6thWzqVIty— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:51 p.m.: Lethal is now sitting down in the ring and Scurll puts a ladder over him. Taven pulls him out of the ring and then goes back inside, hitting a big knee onto Lethal and the ladder wrapped around his head. 10:48 p.m.: Taven is outside the ring and Lethal simply chucks a ladder onto his back. Back in the ring, Scurll has Lethal stuck upside down in the corner with his head in a ladder and then he begins smashing the ladder with a chair. Lethal is still slouched upside down in the corner as Scurll sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring. He grabs his umbrella and goes to climb the ladder, but Taven cuts him off with a kick to the head. He climbs the ladder and gets robustly booed before Lethal pulls him off.10:45 p.m.: Still outside the ring, Scurll sets up a ladder across two chairs and then connects with a tornado DDT on Taven. He goes back into the ring and puts a ladder in each corner and tosses Taven back and forth into them before Lethal back-drops Scurll into one of the ladders. 10:41 p.m.: Right off the bat, Scurll goes to the outside and grabs a ladder, but Lethal drop-kicks it into him. Scurll and Lethal are outside the ring jostling over a ladder and Taven dives from inside of the ring onto both of them. He’s holding his elbow after that one but shakes it off. 10:37 p.m.: We’re down to the two world championship matches and the ROH match is up first. Scurll gets a big reaction as he comes out, while Taven received some boos. This crowd is not excited to see him become champion tonight. Speaking of the champ, Lethal gets a nice response as he enters the ring. This one should be a war; my prediction: pain. After all, there are ladders involved.Kota Ibushi defeats Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental championship10:24 p.m FINISH: Naito goes for Destino again, but Ibushi stops him and connects with a kick to the head. Knee to the back of the head and then a running knee, but Naito kicks out. Ibushi hits the Last Ride, but Naito kicks out again. Ibushi has his wrists and connects with the Kamegoye (knee to the face) and he finally gets the three-count to become the new IWGP Intercontinental championship. Match of the night so far as these guys pulled out everything in their arsenal. Ibushi is in tears and he clutches the titles. Wow. Just wow.Beautiful! Congratulations @ibushi_kota ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/VzbSidSvef— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:21 p.m.: Snap German suplex by Ibushi, but Naito kicks out of the pin attempt. They exchange rollups and Naito kicks Ibushi square in the face. He takes it and fires back. Naito with a reverse hurricanrana and Ibushi is staggered. DESTINO!!!!!!!! Ibushi kicks out! Ibushi kicks out!. @s_d_naito connects… DESTINOOOOOOOOOOOO! This match is INCREDIBLE! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/XAmP5Bnqs0— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:17 p.m.: Naito with a side suplex, but Ibushi survives. He is staggered but ducks a clothesline and hits a huge one of his own. Naito is on the apron and Ibushi grabs him from inside the ring and hits the German suplex with Naito being dropped right on his head. My goodness. Devastating deadlift German Suplex by @ibushi_kota ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/apbcHC1CM4— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:12 p.m.: Naito sits Ibushi on the top rope and goes up there as well, but Ibushi slides under him and drops Naito face-first on the top turnbuckle. Naito is on the apron and Ibushi tries to German suplex him back into the ring, but he gets stopped. They exchange blows on the apron when Ibushi breaks out a ridiculous hurricanrana onto the floor! What?!?!?!?!. @ibushi_kota !!! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/hhEk3KGZlV— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 201910:08 p.m.: Naito comes off the ropes and nearly kicks Ibushi’s head clean off his body. Ouch.#NJPW #G1SuperCard https://t.co/4ULitIni5Z pic.twitter.com/bGSuCUjtKR— LARIATOOOO!! (@MrLARIATO) April 7, 201910:04 p.m.: This should be special and the crowd gave both a hero’s welcome as they came to the ring. Action is underway and I think they have pretty good chemistry. . @ibushi_kota and @s_d_naito have something special in store for us! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/uipkzz59t7— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Zack Sabre Jr. defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the British heavyweight championship9:55 p.m. FINISH: Sabre has Tanahashi down on the mat and is torquing his left arm behind his back and traps it down with his legs. Tanahashi is wrapped up badly in the middle of the ring and is forced to verbally submit. Big win for Sabre as he not only gets the victory, but makes Tanahashi quit. Sabre is incredible with his set of submissions and reversals. Very good stuff between these two. 9:52 p.m.: Now it’s Tanahashi with a bridge pin attempt, but Sabre reverses it. Still can’t get the pin. Now Tanahashi with three backbreakers and a Sling Blade. He makes the cover, but Sabre kicks out. The action is picking up now. 9:50 p.m.: Now it’s Tanahashi going after Sabre’s knee as he connects with a dragon screw leg whip. Tanahashi goes to the top rope, but Sabre stops him and puts his left arm in a kimura. He pulls him down and “Ace” is holding his pain. Sabre goes for a kick to the chest, but Tanahashi catches him before Sabre with a beautiful transition into a bridge pin … but Tanahashi kicks out. 9:45 p.m.: Guys are pacing themselves early and Sabre is going for submissions, as you would expect.Relentless @zacksabrejr ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/UG6698h6ZE— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:36 p.m.: Something is going on around ringside after the match and it looks like Enzo and Cass just jumped the rail and started fighting some wrestlers. Bully Ray and some others come out to help break it up and the intruders are finally escorted out. Real or is ROH trying to get people talking? FYI, this was not mentioned on the broadcast. ENZO AMORE AND BIG CASS JUST JUMPED THE BARRICADE AND ATTACKED EVERYONE AT G1 pic.twitter.com/r7eZxZzSpA— luke allen (@LukeAllenFS) April 7, 2019The Guerrillas of Destiny beat PCO and Brody King, The Briscoes, and EVIL & SANADA for the ROH and IWGP tag team championships9:32 p.m. FINISH: Gedo cracks King in the back with a cane behind the ref’s back and then Tama Tonga hits a Gun Stun. He and Tama Loa then hit a powerbomb off the top rope to score the win. Wild brawl and a really good match with the Samoans now both the ROH and NJPW tag champs. Torou Yano comes out and he has stolen the IWGP tag team titles. He laughs and runs to the back before GOD can get him. 9:28 p.m.: Briscoes team up on Sanada in the ring including a frog splash elbow and go for the cover, but King makes the save. A minute later, PCO is up on the top rope and hits a senton onto one of the Briscoes on the apron. Then, he hits a moonsault in the middle of the ring, but can’t get the three-count. But then he gets powerbombed by GOD from the ring straight to the floor … and sits up and is smiling. This man is sick. Nobody holding @Tama_Tonga and @TangaloaNJPW back tonight! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/xcygucv6nl— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:25 p.m.: Mark Briscoe hits a cannonball dive of his own off the top rope onto King. Now, Jay Briscoe is in the ring with Tama Tonga and hits a superkick before Tonga knocks him out of the ring. He then runs at Sanada but misses and flies to the floor, where Evil puts a chair around his neck and kicks it. 9:21 p.m.: This is simply a wild brawl between these eight men. The Briscoes toss King into the ropes. King comes off and takes them both down with a cross body. It’s King against Tanga Loa and he knocks the Samoan out of the ring and follows up with a cannonball dive onto a bunch of people. 9:17 p.m.: PCO gets the big entrance as he’s in a chair and gets shocked to life by a car battery. The monster is alive!. @PCOisNotHuman is ALIIIIIIIIIVE! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/9TkwMvFz6p— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:11 p.m.: Speaking of matches that could get out of control in a hurry, we have this match with both the ROH and IWGP tag titles on the line. Dragon Lee defeats Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in a Triple Threat match for the IWGP junior heavyweight championship9:08 p.m. FINISH: Dragon Lee hits a picture-perfect reverse hurricanrana on Bandido. A big knee to the head of Bandido and then a pickup, twisting powerbomb-like slam to score the win and become the new IWGP junior heavyweight champion. This didn’t last long, but it was crazy good for as long as it went. Incredible @dragonlee95 ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/061QgaD2DV— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20199:05 p.m.: All three are on the top rope and Bandido basically picks up Ishimori and Lee and hits a fallaway slam. Wow. 9:02 p.m.: This is going at a crazy speed between these incredible athletes.. @LuchadorBandido , @taiji_ishimori and @dragonlee95 are tearing down the house! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/nwRa9fGpji— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:58 p.m.: Good luck keeping up with the action in this one. Just a minute into the match!. @dragonlee95 !! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/MJtQCAuCyg— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 2019Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins and Flip Gordon defeat Bully Ray, Silas Young, and Shane Taylor in a six-man New York City Street Fight8:51 p.m. FINISH: Taylor gets a wooden pallet and sets it up in the corner. He picks up Haskins, but Juice comes in the ring and nails Taylor in the head with a trash can and then hits a cannonball in the corner through the pallet. Then, Flip and Juice are making a wish out of Bully and Haskins hits the flying head-butt to the nether region. Juice follows up with a spinebuster and Flip hits a 450 splash off the top rope and all three make the pin. Good, fun action and nothing too crazy.8:48 p.m.: The heels have a table set up in the ring and Bully powerbombs Flip through it from the top rope. Afterward, Juice and Haskins grab Bully, split his legs and pull him into the post. Ouch.8:45 p.m.: Bully, Silasm and Shane each have canes while surrounding Flip. He takes a nasty shot in the back but gets up and gives Bully the finger and shoves him. Juice and Haskins have canes and get in the ring and have Bully trapped. He leaves the ring, but comes back and is begging for mercy. He hits Juice with a low blow before Flip hits a big drop kick off the top rope.8:40 p.m.: Juice brings with him a big cart of weapons and the fight is on. All he needs are some fists. #OurGuyJuice is cleaning house! #JuiceRobinson #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/XAQpRpQv8y— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:37 p.m.: Shane Taylor and Silas Young join Bully Ray in beating down Flip and now Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins from Lifeblood are out. Juice is good to go and we have a six-man tag team.8:33 p.m.: The announce team just said that Juice Robinson will not be medically cleared and will not compete tonight. Mega Man is rapping and Bully Ray comes to the ring and gets in his face. Bully pushes him down and here comes Flip Gordon. He was supposedly injured recently, but it looks like that wasn’t the case. 8:30 p.m.: Just now at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, a fan jumped into the ring and grabbed Bret Hart. Luckily, a bunch of personnel jumped in the ring and grabbed the guy, but it was one heck of a scene.A FAN JUMPS ON BRET HART! #WWEHOF pic.twitter.com/uqGQwWqcYw— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) April 7, 2019The scene after Bret Hart was tackled by a crowd member during his WWE Hall of Fame speech 😦(via @ArashMarkazi ) pic.twitter.com/HCbpBcDQu5— Bleacher Report WWE (@BR_WWE) April 7, 2019Kelly Klein defeats Mayu Iwatani to win the Women of Honor championship8:22 p.m FINISH.:  Klein is in control and connects with K-Power. She picks Iwatani up, goes into an airplane spin and hits another K-Power and gets the win. An emotional Klein is in tears afterward as she holds the championship. Decent match, but these two have never had great chemistry together.   Here come Angelina Love and Velvet Sky walking to the ring. Together, they were part of The Beautiful People with TNA Wrestling. Mady Leon leaves the broadcast table and goes to the ring. She’s standing next to Klein, but behind her back takes off one of her heels and cracks the new champion in the back with it. Love and Sky attack Klein with several wrestlers trying to make the save, but also get dropped. It looks like we have the next generation of The Beautiful People in ROH. 8:20 p.m.: Big suplex by Iwatani, but Klein gets her foot in the ropes. The champion goes to the top but misses a moonsault. Klein with a big kick, but Iwatani survives the pin attempt. Iwatani goes back to the top, but Klein stops her and hits a huge powerslam. 8:16 p.m.: The action spills to the floor and Iwatani takes to the air. . @MayuIwatani will fly! Let’s go! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/LREdMakHK9— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 7, 20198:12 p.m.:  Before the match begins, we cut to the back where someone has attacked Juice Robinson in the locker room. I have a feeling I know who did that. Meanwhile, Klein tells her corner people to go to the back; she wants to do this by herself. She’s targeting Iwatani’s bad left knee, as you would expect.Rush defeats Dalton Castle8:01 p.m. FINISH: That didn’t last long as the bell rings and Rush hits a shotgun drop kick. Castle is down in the corner and Rush hits two drop kicks to the face and scores the pin in just 17 seconds. Big win for Rush, and you have to wonder how banged-up Castle’s back is. Afterward, a frustrated Castle takes out The Boys. It looks like we’ve entered a new chapter in Castle’s career.DAMN!! @rushtoroblanco #NJPW #G1SuperCard https://t.co/4ULitIni5Z pic.twitter.com/kKBkJ4aGK1— LARIATOOOO!! (@MrLARIATO) April 7, 20197:58 p.m.: An awesome entrance from Dalton Castle: He is surrounded by The Boys and their peacock feather as he is carted out before strutting to the ring. If only we could be as cool as him.Jeff Cobb (ROH television champion) defeats Will Ospreay (NJPW NEVER Openweight champion) in a title vs. title match7:53 p.m. FINISH: Cobb catches Ospreay on the top rope and hits the Tour of the Islands. He’s fired up and hits a second one to get the win. Cobb is now the ROH Television champion and the new NEVER Openweight champion. Awesome opener to kick off this show. 7:50 p.m.: Ospreay flips around, only to get leveled by a clothesline. Cobb goes to the top rope and goes for a frog splash but Ospreay moves out of the way. He goes for the OsCutter but Cobb throws him into the turnbuckle. Ospreay flies backward and connects with the OsCutter. He makes the cover but Cobb survives. Great near fall.7:47 p.m.: Cobb hits a standing moonsault and makes the cover, but only gets a two-count. Ospreay fires back with a big clothesline and then a kick to the face and Cobb is wobbled. He goes for a clothesline but Ospreay turns it into a Spanish Fly!7:44 p.m.: Ospreay goes into the ropes and comes off with a backspring spin connect that lands. Then he goes to the apron and hits a huge springboard clothesline and the ROH TV champion is down. Ospreay with some kicks to the chest but Cobb catches him and chucks him over his head. Brute strength.7:40 p.m.: First match sets the pace for the night and this one should get the show off to a great start. They come out of the gate quickly and go to the outside with Ospreay taking to the air! Pedal to the metal right out of the gate for @WillOspreay ! #G1Supercard #HonorClub➡️ https://t.co/L56LqIm2Tw | https://t.co/nA6zFRMmxQ pic.twitter.com/sqHnlE0NXe— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20197:22 p.m.: Quick break until the main card gets underway at the bottom of the hour. Nice battle royal that kept it simple and played up some greats. This crowd is pretty pumped and ready for this.Time for #G1Supercard at @TheGarden pic.twitter.com/kJmQ164INh— Brian Fritz (@BrianFritz) April 6, 2019Kenny King wins the Honor Rumble battle royal7:18 p.m. FINISH: The final two are Liger and Muta — two Japanese legends squaring off at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” But before they get going, Kenny King gets back in the ring and eliminates both of them to win the match. What?! Apparently, he was never eliminated and lay in the weeds. Afterward, the Japanese stars get back in the ring and take out King. Muta leaves and Liger does a bow before receiving a standing ovation. With the win, King earns a future shot at the ROH world championship.Really doesn’t get any cooler. pic.twitter.com/zwhJkuNEXL— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20197:16 p.m.: Ishii and Suzuki are exchanging forearms and Ishii eliminates him. Cheeseburger is out, too, and we’re down to the final six.7:13 p.m.: Haku has Cabana by the throat, so Yano leaves the broadcast table to help his friend. At No. 30 it’s … The Great Muta! This place is unglued with fans chanting expletives for the Japanese legend. Nice surprise having Muta finally make his MSG debut. Muta has returned to New Japan!! pic.twitter.com/H1Qs760oIv— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) April 6, 20197:09 p.m.: Everyone in the ring teams up to eliminate Bad Luck Fale and here comes King Haku at No. 29!7:05 p.m.: At No. 26 it’s the “Stone Pitbull,” Tomohiro Ihii, followed by Toru Yano at No. 27. Wait, Yano joins the announce team and replaces Colt Cabana, who enters the fray. 7:02 p.m.: Add Yoshi-Hashi and PJ Black to the mix with about 10 wrestlers in the ring right now. So much for Chase Owens of Bullet Club; he’s eliminated. Next out, it’s the legendary Jyushin “Thunder” Liger, who has announced that 2019 will be his last year in wrestling. He gets a huge reaction from the fans.LIGER-SAN! #G1Supercard pic.twitter.com/bMFGpTGOSv— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) April 6, 20196:55 p.m.: Bad Luck Fale is in there and is having his way with eliminations coming fast and furious. Meanwhile, Jonathan Gresham is out there and here comes Tracy Williams from Lifeblood.last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Giants pursue Chase Young, Jets get offensive punch in Jerry Jeudy

first_img7. Denver Broncos (3-7)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OkahomaThe Broncos, wherever they go at quarterback in 2019, need another big playmaker outside to complement Courtland Sutton. Lamb has needed only 46 receptions in 11 games to put up 999 yards and 14 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target.8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Falcons might not have defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn around to help make this pick, but a long, lean 4-3 end who can disrupt in the backfield would be nice for the Falcons. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.9. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Cardinals, who can’t cover tight ends, need someone who can fly around the field and stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.10. Detroit Lions (3-6-1)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Lions invested in Trey Flowers at defensive end, but they’ve struggled against the run this season. For help in that area as well as getting inside pressure on the QB, Kinlaw makes a lot of sense. Damon Harrison is 30, and both Mike Daniels and A’Shawn Robinson are pending free agents. Kinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with 6 sacks in 11 games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he would be a great fit for Matt Patricia.11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Phiiip Rivers could really use him with current tackles Russell Okung and Sam Tevi hurting.12. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to re-supply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.13. Cleveland Browns (4-6)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top priority. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. Both teams are in pursuit of similar types of players once again. Quarterback is out of the way for both thanks to Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold, but the crosstown rivals could use some pass-rushing and pass-catching help.MORE: Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exerciseFrom the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seedings, here is Sporting News’ fourth in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft.2020 NFL Mock Draft 4. Miami Dolphins (2-8)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWith no healthy Tagovailoa, this has to be the choice for the Dolphins. Herbert (6-6, 237 pounds) is an athletic, accurate playmaker who can continue to close the gap between himself and Burrow after making the wise decision to return to school — matching the mostly good decisions he makes on the field. After a slow start to the Ducks’ season, he has revved up his performance to restore his first-round status.5. New York Jets (3-7)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets need an all-around perimeter guy for Sam Darnold, as speedy deep threat Robby Anderson won’t be re-signed. Jeudy is a classic, drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in nine games, and he keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing to the point of release and Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart being liabilities. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/46/b7/tee-higgins-062619-getty-ftr_wwgzkzpbsc771eo2mgeth34zu.jpg?t=-1803990973&w=500&quality=80 The NFL future of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took an unfortunate hit when he went down hard against Mississippi State on Saturday and suffered a major hip injury. That prompts the biggest change in mock drafts everywhere, as Tua’s availability for 2020 and beyond is now a big question mark.Also of note: The Giants lost to the Jets in Week 10 and the Jets won again in Week 11 while the Giants had a bye. That means New York’s NFC team for will have a higher pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than New York’s AFC team. 23. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre DameThe Bills need a big outside No. 1 to complement the speed of diminutive dasher John Brown and the welcome slot work of another veteran newcomer, Cole Beasley. Claypool has lived up to his first-round talent with dominant performances in recent weeks. He has a little Mike Evans-upside in him at 6-4, 229 pounds. He has 56 receptions for 828 yards and 10 TDs in 11 games as a senior.24. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.26. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) is getting more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge. 19. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line and can’t be a three-down option. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games).21. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)Isaiah Simmons, OLB, ClemsonThe Raiders are weak on the second level, both against the run sometimes and in intermediate coverage most times. Simmons (6-4, 240 pounds) is an active player who seems to be all over the field for the Tigers. He’s a perfect fit for the strong side of Paul Guenther’s defense.22. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)Tyler Biadasz, C/G, WisconsinThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their power run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook, and Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/4a/jonathan-taylor-083019-getty-ftrjpg_16mpuqj8pxxnl1fgybhf6irrug.jpg?t=-440286804&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/1e/henry-ruggs-091199-getty-ftrjpg_s9gdm84gug4817un9n9oj7mxj.jpg?t=852611605&w=500&quality=80 Creed Humphrey, G, OklahomaHumphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand fighter who has great athleticism for the position to fit nicely in Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The 49ers need line help in some form, and they target a right guard upgrade over Mike Person here.32. New England Patriots (9-1)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run. Also look for them to be interested in stashing an injured Tagovailoa behind Tom Brady later in the draft. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/84/chase-claypool-0181818-ftrjpg_16g2sz0ufa9xs1itpqusqn8v3y.jpg?t=617263903&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/58/dandre-swift-052119-getty-ftr_17h3u6ud7jve21kuva3xrnqczb.jpg?t=-597871166&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/d/joe-burrow-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1x76w71rnuipjzccee96p9siu.jpg?t=1194348822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/51/ba/justin-herbert-110219-getty-ftr_1wjjt48qfq93m1gdyvtsprg6p4.jpg?t=794429838&w=500&quality=80 30. Green Bay Packers (8-2)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 20 yards per catch with 8 TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.31. San Francisco 49ers (9-1) 14. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Raiders have made it work with Tyrell Williams as their default No. 1 after the Antonio Brown trade didn’t work out, but they could use a true complete receiver to line up outside for Derek Carr. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man.15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays, given how messy that position has been or them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192 pounds) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.16. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Dolphins will look for someone to pair with Herbert as his fellow rookie go-to guy, and with Jeudy, Lamb and Ruggs off the board, they still will have plenty of top-flight options. Shenault is a complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds. He has 52 catches for 721 yards and 4 TDs in 11 games for the Buffaloes.17. Tennessee Titans (5-5)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMarcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill are unsigned for 2020. This is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied, and it doesn’t hurt that Kyler Murray is looking great with Arizona.18. Carolina Panthers (5-5)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold. 27. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back. They need more of a power runner with a dash of explosiveness and some receiving upside. Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field.28. New Orleans Saints (8-2)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills.29. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUJefferson is getting plenty of first-round hype after looking great against Alabama (7 catches, 79 yards) to build on a great overall solid season (75 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs). He can be an excellent intermediate complement to Marquise Brown for Lamar Jackson, adding to last year’s draft haul of Brown and Miles Boykin. Jefferson is tough and quick enough at 6-3, 192 pounds to be effective as a big slot. 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class, and his big performance in the win over Alabama stamped that status. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, but Burrow is better than that with his athleticism. He, and not Ryan Finley, should be the long-term replacement for Andy Dalton.2. Washington Redskins (1-9)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins with a new coach and will part ways with Trent Williams, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game for Derrius Guice.3. New York Giants (2-8)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThe Giants have loved themselves some transcendent pass-rushers over the years, and Dave Gettleman will jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed a 10.5-sack season with 16.5 already in 11 games as a junior. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/ba/ceedee-lamb-062619-getty-ftr_2fqkl1qvoa0a1xv9pxp77rwpp.jpg?t=-1804400909&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

D’Andre Swift hopes to tear Lions’ recent running history to pieces

first_imgWhen the camera found D’Andre Swift early Friday evening, after the Lions had made him the second pick of the second round and the second running back chosen in the 2020 NFL Draft, his head was buried in his hands, his emotion apparent to all of America.Was he crying tears of joy, though, or tears of fear? Getting back a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback should be a significant boost in this area, because teams were able to focus more on stopping the running attack when they didn’t have to fear the Lions’ passing game.For Swift, though, he has to wonder how devoted the Lions are to deploying a feature back. They had four backs carry at least 38 times last season. Both coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have expressed their preference for a committee approach.It’ll be up to Swift to prove he’s a committee all by himself. Being selected this early in the draft means Swift is likely to make more than $1.5 million in his first year on the job and around $8 million over his first four seasons. That’s wonderful.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe Lions, though.Despite the fact it never has appeared in a Super Bowl, and hasn’t won a division championship since 1993, and has only made three playoff appearances this century, Detroit isn’t a miserable franchise. It has been over .500 four times in the past 10 seasons and averaged a 7-9 mark in that period. It has been a dreadful place to be a running back, though. Well, since Barry Sanders retired, anyway.Since the 1999 season, the Lions’ first in the post-Sanders era, their running game has been a fantasy football nightmare. They’ve had four 1,000-yard rushers in 21 years, none since Reggie Bush did it in 2013. The Titans have had seven in the last 10. Kerryon Johnson led the team last year with 403 yards. That’s 25 yards a game, people. That’s not even three first downs. He only played half the games, but the point is: No one else beat that total.Swift would appear to be an ideal player to change all this. At 5-9, 216 pounds, he rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Georgia. He caught 24 passes for 216 yards. At the NFL Combine in late winter, he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.On a predraft conference, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Swift “explosive” and said he’s the best recent player to come out of the Georgia backfield and the best of the 2020 draft’s running back group because he is more complete than Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU.”He does everything at full speed,” McShay said of Swift. “Whether it’s transitioning from after catch, to reading blocks, to make that cutback, he’s explosive.”The Lions have ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing in every season since Sanders retired. If you think about it, that kind of consistency is an achievement. They were 21st last year, and only third from the bottom in rushing TDs. And it’s not that they weren’t trying; they rushed 407 times, which was smack in the middle of NFL in terms of attempts.last_img read more

Chick-fil-A Backtracks on Email Promoting Closed Sunday as “National Sandwich Day”

first_imgNational fast food chain Chick-fil-A is setting things straight, after company officials sent a promotional email last week welcoming customers to their stores on National Sandwich Day.Sounds fine, right? Well, not in this case.The problem is that the so-called “national holiday” falls on November 3, which of course is on a Sunday this year.The chain is closed on Sundays.That realization led the company to send a follow-up email with the subject line, “Well … this is awkward.”The follow-up message states, “We recently sent an email that included a message about National Sandwich Day, which naturally we were very excited about. We didn’t realize it falls on Sunday when we are closed. We apologize for the confusion and hope to see you soon (Monday-Saturday).”On a related note, competitor Popeyes used the occasion to announce that its popular chicken sandwich, which sold out weeks earlier than expected last summer, would make its return on Sunday.Popeyes officials took a jab at Chick-fil-A in a recent social media video, which says that Popeyes is “always open seven days a week.”last_img read more

All You Need to Know About Impeachment Proceedings

first_imgThe AOC of the GOP, Rep. Elise Stefanik blew apart Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment narrative yesterday by getting to key witnesses to testify that there was: No Bribery, No Quid Pro Quo, No Treason.In Tuesday’s second impeachment hearing, Rep. Stefanik of New York asked pointed questions and got explosive answers from the key witnesses, From Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, one of whom was on the July 25th call.“Did either of you ever have any evidence of quid pro quo?” Stefanik asked. “Any evidence of bribery?”“Any evidence of treason?” she continued.The witnesses said no to all three questions.New York Republican Elise Stefanik said the impeachment process has turned into “hysteria.” She noted that no Ukrainian investigation of Democrats ever happened and said delayed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was eventually released. President Trump is accused of linking U.S. military aide to Ukraine with politically motivated investigations of former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Democrats call it bribery. Ohio’s Jim Jordan said Democrats have been out to get President Trump since he was first elected.He argued that it is “scary what these guys are putting this country through.” Jordan also called it the most unfair process he has ever seen. After a full day of testimony in the House Intelligence Committee, the Ohio congressman noted that military aid to Ukraine was not kept back until Ukraine announced investigations into the Bidens because those investigations never happened. He pointed out that even former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker didn’t think that it was a big deal that the aid was delayed. The aid was held back as Trump administration officials worked to press Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.last_img read more

More Than 60 Vehicles Involved in Weather-related Virginia Crash

first_imgVirginia State Police explain that fog and ice were covering the roads when the crashes began. In all, 63 vehicles were involved.According to officials, around 35 people were taken to nearby hospitals for injuries that ranged from minor to life threatening. No fatalities have been reported. More than 60 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident on I-64 in eastern Virginia Sunday morning, according to authorities.The pileup, which occurred about 50 miles east of Richmond, closed both sides of the interstate.last_img read more

Train Hits Two Vehicles in Lake Worth Beach; One Person Reportedly Injured

first_imgEight people were involved in the accident, one of whom was injured, according to fire officials. The person, an adult woman, was taken to a local trauma hospital. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials report that a Tri-Rail train hit two vehicles Thursday evening on the tracks at 6th Avenue South near the I-95 overpass in Lake Worth Beach.The crash happened at 6:34 p.m.Both the eastbound and westbound lanes are shut down.I-95 off-ramp right lanes were blocked, according to 511.com.The tracks serve both Tri-Rail and freight trains.last_img read more

Man kills four of his neighbors’ dogs to make “doggy coat”

first_imgA Kentucky man has been arrested after he reportedly killed and skinned four dogs to make what he called a “doggy coat.”38-year-old Jonathan D. Watkins was arrested on December 23rd after one of his neighbor’s contacted police about the incident.The neighbor told authorities that Watkins showed up to their home around 1:20 pm covered in blood and asking for a cigarette. When the neighbor inquired why Watkins was covered in blood, Watkins replied  “I’ve been skinning dogs.”The neighbor says he didn’t initially believe Watkins, however, when the neighbor went walking by Watkins home later that afternoon, they saw what they believed to be four animal skins and two dog carcasses on his porch. That’s when the neighbor called police.Authorities say two residents contacted them earlier about their missing dogs, however, authorities had not been able to locate them.When a trooper made contact with Watkins about the missing dogs and the carcasses on his porch, Watkins told the trooper: “I’m making myself a Doggy Coat. ” He then went on to say that he didn’t see anything wrong with making the coat and  that he killed the animals by “stabbing them in the heart” before he skinned them and abandoned their carcasses over a nearby hill.Watkins is now facing animal cruelty charges in addition to charges for tampering with physical evidence.last_img read more

Champion Storey among three new under 16 caps

first_img Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland), the English under 16 champion, is one of three new caps in the ten-strong England team for the annual under 16 international against Scotland at Pannal Golf Club near Harrogate on Sunday 7th October. The others are Mitchell Sarling (Rochford Hundred, Essex) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire). The rest of the team is: Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland), Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI), Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincolnshire) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Penge, Singh Brar and Spooner were in the team that beat Wales under 16s at Llanwern recently. Storey (Copyright Tom Ward), won the under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy at Trevose in Cornwall in July and represented England Golf in the Italian under 16 Championship. Sarling, the Essex boy champion, finished fourth in the North of England under 16 Championship and is captain of the Essex under 16 team. Thomson has overcome a serious illness to be North of England under 16 champion and he helped Yorkshire win the Boys’ County Championship at Cotswold Hills. Hermeston was the English under 16 champion last year and finished third in the English Schools Championship. He also played in the under 16 internationals against Scotland and Ireland and finished third in this year’s North of England under 16 Championship. McCullen was also an under 16 international last year when he finished runner-up in the Douglas Johns Trophy. A member of this year’s England boys squad, he finished equal seventh in the English under 16 Championship. Moore, the English under 14 champion in 2011, earned his first under 16 cap against Scotland last year and he also played against Ireland and against Spain this year. He also finished fifth in the European Young Masters and was a member of the winning England team in the recent Canadian International Junior Challenge. Penge, who finished seventh in the McGregor and Carris Trophies, won the Hazards Salver in the latter for the best score by a player aged under 16. He made his international debut in the recent under 16 match with Spain. Singh Brar has been an under 16 international for the past two years and was a joint winner of the Junior County Champions event last year. He finished sixth in the McEvoy and McGregor Trophies this year when he also made his debut in the Boys Home Internationals in Ireland. Spooner was another to debut against Spain this year, having been a member of the victorious Lincolnshire team in the 2011 Boys County Finals. He also finished sixth in this year’s Reid Trophy and the North of England under 16 Championship. Turner was also a member of the winning Lincolnshire Boys team last year and is the newly crowned Junior County Champion of Champions. Became a boy cap this year when he claimed five points from six in the Boys Home Internationals and finished fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship. The match against Scotland comprises five foursomes and ten singles. Eight of the team, Hermeston, McCullen, Moore, Sarling, Singh Brar, Storey, Thomson and Turner, will comprise the team to face Ireland at Huddersfield Golf Club on 13th – 14th October. That contest will feature four foursomes on day one and eight singles on the following morning. 24 Sep 2012 Champion Storey among three new under 16 caps last_img read more

Tabal shoots for Milo Marathon history

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Making her attempt extra special is she will do it in her beloved hometown of Cebu.The biggest race in the country will be staged in the Queen City of the South for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTabal and reigning Milo Marathon king Jeson Agravante lead over 32,000 running enthusiass and professional athletes of all ages. Around 800 elite runners qualified to the National Finals over 300 are competing in the full marathon event.Primed to give the Tabal and Agravante a run for their money are race veterans Eduardo Buenavista, Eric Panique and Cristabel Martes. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kings extend Bulls’ skid to 8 games with close win Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mary Joy Tabal, the Philippines’ first Olympian runner, goes for history when she defends her crown in the 41st National Milo Marathon on Sunday.The 28-year-old Tabal, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been the undisputed Milo Marathon queen and this time, she tries to become the only participant to win the prestigous event five consecutive times.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gun start is at 3 a.m. for the 42k run, the 21k run is set at 4:30 a.m., 10k is at 5 a.m., 3k at 5:30 a.m. while the 5k run is at 5:35 a.m.The race begins at Cebu Normal University and ends at Cebu City Sports Complex.The event marks the conclusion of the 16-leg qualifiers.The fastest 42k finishers will be rewarded as a total of P500,000 each awaits the champions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Your Voices Will Be Heard’

first_imgThe president of the Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association (CEBSA) has assured his colleagues that every member’s voice will be heard at all times as long as he stands to serve as their president and with adequate support from them (the workers).Mr. D. Bouleigh Cooper said though effective communication is not easy, but he will do all he can in his power to ensure that cordial working relationship exists between the workers’ association and the CBL administration.The president of CEBSA made the statement on Saturday, January 18, at the induction ceremony of his leadership in Monrovia.He acknowledges that though there has been some level of cooperation between the administrations and the workers of the bank, but he wants to take that (working relation) to another new dimensions.CEBSA president indicated that his administration will continue to expand and improve a good working relationship with the administration in seeking the common welfare of the CBL as well as it employees.Mr. Cooper, who is also the sixth sitting president of CEBSA used the occasion to appeal to the CBL management to ensure that incentives that will motivate staff to do more for the entity should paramount.The Central Bank of Liberia workers’ union president reminded his colleagues that CBL was “all” they have.“We need to take our jobs seriously, professionally that will reflect the signal and loyalty to our bosses,” Cooper told CBL employees.According to him, there are much to put on the table (creating a vibrant working environment for staff, administration) than to receive.Also speaking at the program, the managing director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Willaims, II, urged the leadership of CEBSA to be focused and committed to their job.Serving as installing officer, the LPRC boss said to serve is not easy but with commitment and transparency CEBSA can improve the entity (CBL).Mr. Williams urged the executives of CEBSA to be a good leaders; adding: “You must be a good servant to the people.”He further acknowledged them to be steadfast in seeking the welfare of their members.For his part, Leroy Z. B. Nuah, former president of CEBSA, who gave the overview of the association said that during the time of the National Bank of Liberia, it was then called “National Bank Social and Athletic club” (NBSAC).According to the president emeritus of CEBSA, NBL Social and Athletic club in collaboration with the management of the Bank held year-end beach party, where each year employees from various departments were honored for most dedicated, most hard working and most punctual employees of the Bank.He said following the establishment of the CBL, there was no organization that could represent the voices of the staff as it was done at NBL, until July 2004, when the late Executive Governor, Charles E. Green, thought it wise to re-establish the social club at present day CBL.Adding that the sole purpose of the club was to bring together staff during happy and sad moments and also advocate for them.Meanwhile, the first election of CEBSA was held in 2004, 2007 second election and third election in 2013, which brought Copper and his administration into power. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: April 21, 2015

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Meat Shop suffers extensive damage after fire

first_imgPhoto:  Crews from both Charlie Lake and Fort St. John spent several hours fighting the fire – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Pinkerton says he estimates the damage caused will cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars. – Advertisement -A fire at the Charlie Lake Meat Shop has caused extensive damage to the building.The fire broke out at the shop at Quigley Road and the Alaska Highway around 9:10 p.m. Saturday night.The fire was caused by a heating source for the shop’s water pump. The heating source had turned and was against the wall, says Al Pinkerton, the fire chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department.Five trucks were called out to the scene. Three were from Charlie Lake and two were from Fort St. John.It took more than two hours to put out the fire.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rashford’s late winner caps United fightback

first_img0Shares0000Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner at Bournemouth © AFP / Ben STANSALLBOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom, Nov 3 – Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late winner capped Manchester United’s fightback as they maintained their recent revival with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.Rashford’s close-range finish came after Anthony Martial’s effort had cancelled out Callum Wilson’s early opener for Bournemouth at Dean Court. It was United’s third victory in their last four Premier League games, extending an upturn in form that was started by the home victory over Newcastle United when Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from a two-goal deficit.The result will strengthen Mourinho’s belief his side are on the up, although the United manager could easily have been contemplating a defeat had the home side made more of a succession of early chances.Mourinho had expressed his confidence before this game that United’s position in the Premier League table would look very different heading into the second half of the season.“I think by the end of December, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League, I think we are not going to be in the position we are now. We are going to be in a better position,” he said.If the Portuguese’s prediction is to come true, United must shake off the inconsistency that has so far undermined their efforts this season.This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively.Mourinho will know, however, there must be much more to come if they are to revive their challenge for a top four place.Romelu Lukaku was a surprising absentee, with Mourinho revealing before the game the forward had not travelled to the south coast after picking up an injury the day before.“In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days,” Mourinho said.“So Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis (Sanchez).”Lukaku had started on the bench against Everton six days previously so his starting place was far from guaranteed – he has not scored in nine games for his club.But Mourinho decided not to risk the Belgian with Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Juventus looming.– Sustained pressure –Sanchez got the nod ahead of Rashford, a starter against Everton, but the Chile international had little chance to shine during the opening stages when Bournemouth could have sealed the points.The visitors struggled to cope with Bournemouth’s pacy front players and Eddie Howe’s side exploited the lack of organisation in the United backline, forcing the lead in the 11th minute after a period of sustained pressure.Wilson was denied by David De Gea and Junior Stanislas’s shot deflected wide before United finally cracked after failing to deal with the resulting corner.Luke Shaw headed clear but Mourinho’s side were guilty of failing to put pressure on the ball, allowing Stanislas to drill in a low cross that was turned home by an unmarked Wilson.United finally clicked in the 35th minute when Sanchez showed his worth.The former Arsenal forward won the ball in midfield, with the help of his arm, according to the Bournemouth players, and played it wide to Ashley Young before advancing into the box to collect the return and set up Martial for the 35th minute equaliser.Mourinho’s side were fortunate to be level at half-time but after the restart, they improved the longer the game went on and should have claimed a decisive second goal after Young struck the bar with a free-kick.The ball fell to Rashford whose close range shot was blocked by Nathan Ake.However, Rashford made amends in the final seconds when he turned in Paul Pogba’s cross from close-range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘If we sign him I’m retiring as a fan!’ Chelsea fans react to shock news

first_imgChelsea are definitely on the hunt for a new striker this summer.New boss Antonio Conte wants a star centre forward to either replace current hotshot Diego Costa, or come in to battle him for the No.9 role at Stamford Bridge.The early rumour linked ex-Blue Romelu Lukaku with a return to the club where he failed to breakthrough but, with Everton wanting a huge sum for his service, Chelsea may have to look elsewhere.And now reports are emerging they are considering a bid for Liverpool’s £32.5million flop Christian Benteke.The news has already provoked plenty of reaction and you can see the best from Twitter below… A Chelsea fan looks dejected 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS DEFEATED BY GAEIL FHÁNADA IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgURRIS GAA NEWS:INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP:It was Intermediate Championship football for our Senior & Reserve men last weekend with Fanad the visitors to Straid. Hard luck to the Seniors who lost by a point Urris 1-06 to Fanad 0-10. Better luck for our Reserves with a final score of Urris 1-08 Fanad 0-10. Well done lads. So, its back to league action this weekend with both teams away to Red Hughs in Killygordon at 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Bank Holiday Monday, June 1st home to N. Brid, Ballintra . Please check our Facebook page for times etc.LADIES FOOTBALL: Well done to our Ladies who beat Ternon by 5-07 to 3-05 in Termon on Sunday.The ladies play Glenswilly on Wednesday night in Straid But again please check our Facebook page for updates as fixtures may change. After Wednesday night’s match there will be no games until the Leaving Cert is completed.U16: Well done to the U16 lads who beat N Ultan on Sunday night in their Co semi-final match. Final Score Urris 2-13 N Ultan 2-10. Final on Friday night coming against Glen. Venue to be confirmed. We will keep you updated on Facebook. MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday May 21st: Numbers drawn: 3, 5, 10 & 18. No jackpot winner: €15 winners: Georgina Gordon, Isle of Doagh,Catherine Kelly, Dunaff, Alice Grant, Ardagh, Ballyliffin, Teresa & Mary Mc Gonigle, Cloontagh and Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey. Jackpot next week €1,180. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.U14: Our U14 team are away to Burt on Bank Holiday Monday at 7pm.U12 GO GAMES: Urris are away to Moville on Tuesday night at 6.30pmU6, U8 and U10 Boys & Girls Training: Training for all boys and girls in Straid this Friday from 4pm to 5pm. U10 Go Games home to Buncrana on Saturday.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off at all Under-age training/matches now. CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.GAA NEWS: URRIS DEFEATED BY GAEIL FHÁNADA IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

COAST GUARD ISSUES URGENT WEATHER WARNING

first_imgTHE IRISH Coast Guard has issued an urgent weather warning.With high seas due in the next 12 hours, driven by a storm, the organisation has issued the following advice:* The public is advised to stay away from the shoreline and to avoid engaging in water sports * Do not venture out unnecessarily when gale force conditions are forecast* Avoid exposed coasts, cliff paths and coastal areas during inclement weather this week* Owners of small vessels and fishing vessels in coastal waters should seek shelter and secure them properly with moorings.If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.  COAST GUARD ISSUES URGENT WEATHER WARNING was last modified: January 5th, 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:Advicecoast guardweather warninglast_img read more

New sports clubs for children with physical disabilities set to launch in Donegal

first_imgThe Irish Wheelchair Association Sport in conjunction with a number of Local Sports Partnerships and other local partners have come together to establish three new junior multi-sport Clubs for children, aged 5 – 15 years, with physical disabilities – including in Donegal.The Donegal Multi-Sport Club will launch on the September 10th and takes place every Tuesday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Crossroads and Killygordon Enterprise, Killygordon.Further multi-sport clubs will also launch in Meath and Laois/Offaly. Nicky Hamill, Irish Wheelchair Association’s Director of Sport, said: “This is an exciting time for IWA Sport and our partners.“The launch of these three junior multi-sport clubs will provide great opportunities for participation in a range of exciting sports and games in these counties and the surrounding regions.“We are delighted to work in partnership with the respective LSPs, local agencies and the many parents and volunteers who are supporting the establishment and ongoing running of the Clubs.“We’re very grateful to Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund for supporting this exciting initiative”. For further details on the junior multi-sport club or how you could get involved, contact Therese Laverty on [email protected] sports clubs for children with physical disabilities set to launch in Donegal was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mining history for new solutions

first_img13 October 2010 These are great days to be a South Africa-based multinational company. If nothing else, the 2010 Fifa World Cup shone a light on our ability to host a successful world-class sporting event – and demonstrated the achievements made in 16 years of democracy. I have lived and worked out of Johannesburg for the last three years, after 30 years’ business experience across 25 countries and five continents. This allows me to appreciate what those who haven’t had the opportunity to work in South Africa cannot, and what some local business leaders also find difficult to grasp.Legacy of apartheid Yes, South Africa has problems. With its history, how could it be otherwise? Most citizens are concerned about crime, even though it seems to be on the decrease. But in my experience people are even more concerned about our future direction, particularly opportunities for their children. A system built during apartheid for the support of a 10% minority will invariably struggle as it gears to provide for the majority, without depriving the previously advantaged. This is both a herculean and sensitive pathway for us to navigate. Undoing the apartheid legacy is still a subject of debate. The solution must be in repairing the damage in a way that supports relatively strong economic growth, so as to eradicate widespread race-based poverty, the ultimate consequence of apartheid. Growth strategies require complex trade-offs and value judgments.Passionate debate The remarkable thing is how South Africans have gone about grappling with these difficult questions. No country debates its policy issues more passionately. So, for example, when the ruling African National Congress’s youth league calls for the nationalisation of mines, the response from their seniors is cool, considered and rational, while also conscious that sensible solutions to deep, racially-based economic inequalities are needed. Indeed, the mining industry itself is encouraged to participate in these debates, even though it is seen as having colluded in the apartheid system. Much of 2010 has seen rigorous engagement between the government, the established mining sector, organised labour and emerging black mining businesses seeking better paths to transformation while recognising their common interest in the sector’s profitability and growth. That process is not complete, but there are signs that a balance will be found, continuing the country’s happy culture of constructive internal engagement developed in the 20 years since political parties were unbanned and political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela released.Political support The political support for the mining industry is as good as anything I have seen anywhere. Contrast, for example, the South African government’s decision to delay a new mining royalty regime because of the global financial crisis, with the punitive tax laws passed by the Australian government. Similarly, political support for mining in the US is somewhat more fragmented than in South Africa. Yes, the government is taking an increasingly tough line on safety and the environment. But that is their job, and these are areas where the industry has work to do. There have been one or two worrying regulatory decisions on mineral rights, but we are not unlike many jurisdictions where those with the best lawyer benefit from weaknesses in legislation. The key is that we recognise and correct our weaknesses – this has been our history. The nature of conversations between business and trade unions is also refreshing. While unions sound uncompromising to the unfamiliar ear, the focus is invariably on finding solutions to issues in which we have common interests, such as occupational safety. Even wage negotiations, while tough, are aimed at finding mutually acceptable solutions. These conversations are far more difficult in “developed” jurisdictions. South Africa is remarkable in its ability to innovate from within. It is the only country to successfully stage three major global sporting events – the cricket, rugby and soccer world cups. To be so consistently successful points to more than luck. Mark Cutifani is CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Government condemns mine violence

first_img20 February 2013 The South African government says it is saddened by the acts of violence that erupted at Anglo American Platinum’s Siphumelele mine in Rustenburg, North West province on Monday. This comes after 13 people were injured in a conflict which is believed to have flared up because of rivalry between workers’ unions. “Every South African has the right to freedom of association which, amongst other things, entitles workers to form and join unions and/or federations of their choice in order to promote common interests,” Government Communications (GCIS) said in a statement on Tuesday. “Workers have common issues that require them to act in unison. Such acts of intolerance and violence can only serve to weaken them when taking up genuine issues against their employers.” Acting GCIS CEO Phumla Williams said that while the government acknowledged individuals’ right of association, it would not tolerate violent disputes. “We urge the union leadership to act decisively and play a proactive role in curbing acts of violence; importantly, in guiding their members towards the common goals that unite them.” Williams stressed that the government wanted all parties involved to engage in discussions and resolve issues in a “peaceful and amicable” manner, and for all South Africans to promote a violence-free society. Earlier on Tuesday, North West Premier Thandi Modise called for an urgent dispute resolution intervention to prevent further violence in the mining sector in the province. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Light from the sun

first_imgSteve Andrews, CEO of SolarAid believes he is lucky to be leading this extraordinary NGO; bringing clean, renewable energy to the world’s poorest people. The pico-solar light makes clean, safe light accessible in remote rural areas. (Images: SolarAid) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elly White Communications Coordinator SolarAid [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Light for Africa • Light shines for Team Emulsified • African sun could light world’s citiesWritten by Melissa Jane CookHundreds of millions of rural Africans have no access to electricity. Productive hours are lost and study time reduced because when the sun goes down, they must stop. But solar-powered lights are a safe, renewable, cost-efficient and effective answer.With the ambitious goal of eradicating the kerosene lamp by 2020, SolarAid, a charity based in London, is shipping its solar-powered lights to Africa. They not only protect the environment, says the charity, they also transform lives.Charged by the sun during the day, the small, hand-held solar lights offer a simple, economical solution for free light at night. They are dependable, reliable and early research shows, have had a remarkable impact on peoples’ lives. Already available in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia, the lamps have yet to land in South Africa.SolarAid’s philosophy is “One small light, one big idea”. According to Lighting Africa, a joint International Finance Corporation and World Bank programme set up to improve access to lighting in areas not yet connected to an electricity grid, nearly 600 million Africans have no access to electricity and many rely on toxic kerosene for lighting. “These brutal lamps emit noxious black smoke and burn up to 25% of the household income – locking millions into poverty. By contrast, solar lights cost as little as $10 (R98.75), pay for themselves after 12 weeks, and last for five years,” says SolarAid chief executive Steve Andrews.The goal of the charity is to make sure that by the end of the decade, every person who needs a light has one. “We are proud to be an international charity combatting both poverty and climate change with one simple piece of technology – the solar light.”The hard factsAs much as 91% of the rural population of sub-Saharan Africa does not have electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. “Energy is the thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and sustainability,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “But widespread energy poverty still condemns billions to darkness, ill health and missed opportunities for education and prosperity.”Each year, about $10.5-billion is spent on expensive, dangerous, toxic kerosene for lighting. The burning of this harmful hydrocarbon liquid contributes to indoor air pollution, causing respiratory diseases, eye infections and often fatal accidents. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, using kerosene has huge consequences for the environment, with a single kerosene lamp emitting up to one ton of carbon dioxide over five years.Elly White, the communications co-ordinator at SolarAid, explains that more than 290 million people in Africa use kerosene as their main source of lighting. “Each kerosene lamp emits over 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide per litre burned, as well as black carbon, or soot, which adds even more intensely to global warming.”The way forwardA step away from kerosene to the more positive lamps that are freely lit by the sun appears to be an obvious choice. Schoolchildren and students are able to study for longer at night and read books under safer conditions. Without light, opportunities for earning, learning and socialising are severely limited. The productive day is cut short so that children cannot study, parents cannot work and families have little time together.According to SolarAid, early research has found that on average, children in homes where solar lights have been installed are doing double the amount of homework every evening. In Malawi, two-thirds of head teachers said the performance of children with solar lights had improved; there had been increased attendance at school, and motivation and concentration in class.These solar lights increase available income in that less household money is used for power. The socio-economic benefits are numerous. The saved finances can be used to buy essential food and agricultural equipment, and fund children’s education, leading to an improvement in health and educational prospects. Andrews says that government grid expansion predominantly benefits a wealthier, urban population, and the micro solar market benefits poorer people in rural areas – those for whom grid access remains a pipedream, even with major investment in grid expansion.“Despite the name, SolarAid does not give ‘aid’ in the traditional sense of the word; we do something far more ground-breaking. We are driving forward a fair, sustainable market for solar technology through our social enterprise in Africa; making solar lights accessible to people living in the remotest corners of the continent,” he explains.White says that SolarAid works to get rural African families access to pico, or small, solar lights. “They do not require costly installation or maintenance and provide instant light in remote rural areas the electricity grid might never reach.” SolarAid has already made access to this safe, clean light a reality for over three million people.“Statistics show that in sub-Saharan Africa, indoor smoke causes around 400 000 deaths a year. In addition, the danger of fire from open flames and kerosene lamp explosions is substantial. Inhaling the fumes from just one kerosene lamp is the toxic equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day,” she says.SolarAid’s research shows that seven in 10 solar light users have noticed an improvement in health since buying their solar light.“Poverty is not just about money; the dignity that comes from having choices and an improved standard of living gives families hope for a better future,” concludes Andrews.last_img read more

Cloud Computing in Plain English

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud Here’s a challenge. Make a video about what your enterprise software does. Show us a page with all sorts of ways we can learn what you are all about. If it really does explain what you do then that will deserve some mention here. Just leave a comment pointing to where we can see what you’ve done and we’ll get back to you. Promise.Update: We will wait a few more days for videos to come in. Thanks to all who have commented about the videos they have made. We will post next week. 🙂 We covered indicee yesterday. Why? We think their product looks pretty valuable. But you know what set them apart? They made a great video. It was compelling to watch. It made us laugh. We started to think about what they do. Pretty soon we were writing about them! alex williams Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Almost three years ago, Lee and Sachi LeFever created their first video to explain RSS. They called the video RSS in Plain English. They used paper cut outs to explain the XML format. It became an instant hit. Tens of thousands of people watched it. Today their company, Common Craft, make all sorts of custom videos. They’ve built a business around explaining concepts.Their latest video explains cloud computing. “Cloud Computing in Plain English,” tells the story of a florist whose business grows. She learns about cloud computing and realizes that perhaps maybe she should not have to worry about fixing broken servers.videoCloud computing is one of those topics that confuses and confounds people. Larry Ellison loves to poke at it. It’s the hot topic so it is refreshing to see Lee once again explain the topic in simple terms that pretty much anyone can understand. It makes everyone’s job a bit simpler.Which takes us to the last point of the day. We get so many pitches from companies. The services are explained in terms that often need deciphering. What if more companies in the enterprise space spent more time explaining what they do? What if companies did something like what Common Craft did for Twitter or with Google to help explain Google Docs? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why More Women in the Board Room is Essential to Innovation

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts I did not think of the very obvious when writing a post yesterday about Jive Software’s new members to its board of directors.The men Jive chose are all talented, intelligent and well-respected people. They have risen to the top of their fields. But where are the women?Jive is not an uncommon example. But the lack of women board members does point to a problem that companies need to address. For the companies that do, there could be advantages that they never expected.Why It Makes Sense to Have More Women Board MembersFor reference, German companies have adopted a voluntary initiative due to the poor representation of women in board seats. In 2010 only 2.2% of executive board members at Germany’s 30 Dax companies were women, according to data from DIW, the German Institute for Economic Research, which the Financial Times refers to in its post about the German initiative. Women held about15% of board seats at Fortune 500 companiesin 2010, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit membership organization that expands opportunities for women in business.Is it an obvious question to ask why there are so few women board members? Perhaps it is more enlightening to ask why it makes sense to have women on the board.But first let’s consider some of the reasons why women are absent from board positions.Rachel Happe writes in a blog post that the the startup world’s go-go-go nature and the resemblance to frat boy culture is an environment where women do not necessarily want to lead. In the same post, Happe writes about the success of women who graduate from women’s colleges, which is evident in their spots on board of directors. The problem is there are so few women graduating from women’s colleges. That seems like it is part of the issue, too.Judy Rosener wrote a post two years ago that still rings true today. Most CEOs are men. And most do not seek out women for the job. They seek people like themselves. What they need to do is get out there and look. If they do that, you can bet there will be women in board-of-director roles.But what are some of the reasons to have women on your board? Rosener distills it down to this:Good business sense means taking into consideration the following: knowledge of the labor pool; knowledge of new and growing markets; interest in improving corporate governance; and the tracking of revenue and profit, i.e. attention to the bottom line.Let’s look at each of these reasons.Labor Pool: Women are more than half of the workforce. Doesn’t it make sense that they should be represented on the board of directors, too? To exclude women from the board can mean that the company may not be seen as a place that welcomes women at all. In turn, that has a direct effect on the company’s competitiveness.The Market: Women are decision makers. Women have a perspective that can alter the development of a product or a service. They manage the finances in the home. They make the purchases. Put women in executive roles and board positions and you can see how their perspectives may open new markets.Governance: A woman joining a board of directors can have an effect on the men. They will be less likely to make sexist remarks and jokes. But there is more to this. Rosener writes: I asked Shirley M. Hufstedler, an experienced corporate board member, how she thinks the presence of women changes a board. Hufstedler served for many years on both the Hewlett-Packard and US West boards, and currently sits on the Harman International Industries board. She said it is her observation that female board members usually understand, better than men, how to appeal to women as consumers and as employees. “Also, because women are acculturated differently from men, they tend to listen more and see problems and solutions differently from their male colleagues.” In many ways this expands and enhances board discussion and deliberation. Bottom Line: Companies with more women in executive positions tend to have higher profits. She writes:A study by Roy Adler, a professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, tracked 215 Fortune 500 companies, comparing their financial performance to industry medians. He found that “companies that smash the glass ceiling also enjoy higher profits.” In a recent Harvard Business Review article presenting his findings, Adler showed that “the companies with the highest percentages of female executives delivered earnings far in excess of the median for other large firms in their industries.” The Canadian Conference Board findings support those of Adler. It tracked the financial well being of firms with two or more women on their boards in 1995 to see where they stood six years later. It found that firms with women board members were much more likely than companies with all-male boards to be leaders when ranked by revenue or profit. While these two studies do not a theory make, they suggest there is a relationship between the presence of women on boards and financial performance.Considering that why would a company not have a women on its board? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williamscenter_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#NYT IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Understanding the Importance of Silence in Filmmaking

first_imgThe clever use of silence can help you guide your audience’s reaction to your film. Let’s take a look at how to pull it off.Cover image from Raging Bull (United Artists).While films like Baby Driver may be the peak of creative sound design, films that know how to make use of quietude and silence are another way to move audiences. Either approach depends on what the story and style dictate. As a filmmaker, it’s up to you to understand how to bring your story to life. So, let’s explore how silence can be an important filmmaking tool.Force the Audience into the MomentIn this video essay by Every Frame a Painting’s Tony Zhou, he breaks down how Martin Scorsese will often use silence in key sequences of his films to create heightened awareness. The audience feels the soundtrack disappearing beneath them, forcing them to focus on the moment — often before Scorsese punches it back in abruptly for a knock-out blow.Give Action Extra PunchIn 2011, two stylized modern western films premiered to widespread acclaim. While both PT Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and The Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Me are memorable as perhaps the greatest films in their respective directors’ filmographies, they stand apart in one key arena: soundtracks.Audiences appreciate There Will Be Blood, for many reasons, among them the film’s stark, abrupt, and chilling soundtrack, composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. No Country For Old Men is equally renowned for its directors’ decision to forgo a soundtrack altogether.The absence of non-diegetic composition can give an extra level of “realness” to your sequences. Emphasis on brutal actions, like car crashes or gun shots, seems more abrupt, and these sequences hang in the air longer as the audience lingers with the echoes throughout an entire scene or film.Convey IsolationSilence can also be powerful when it conveys the inner isolation of a character. This is famously apparent in Mike Nichols’s The Graduate, when a young Benjamin Braddock isolates himself in the deep silence of his family’s swimming pool, escaping the pressures of the real world. As an audience, we enter the character’s isolation in the scene as we experience the stillness — only to come back, tongue-in-cheek, with Simon and Garfunkel’s recording of “The Sound of Silence.”Add Emotional DepthAs a filmmaker, you can use many different techniques to cue emotional responses in your audience. One of the most powerful, as we see in the above clip from Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings, demonstrates how simply removing the sounds of the characters’ cries of despair can seemingly make them that much more emotional and deep.While Gandalf may be lost to the Balrog, the audience feels the emptiness of grief with the characters, creating a much more meaningful scene. This is a powerful tool that you can use to similar effect in your own films and projects.For further inspiration, here’s a great top ten video by Cinefix on some of the most famous uses of silence in film history.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Harry Kane excited over prospect of partnering Jamie Vardy

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said he was looking forward to partnering Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy when England play a Euro 2016 warm-up match against Turkey in Manchester on Sunday. (Latest Football stories)The two topped the Premier League scoring chart this season, Kane taking the Golden Boot with 25, one ahead of Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.The three other strikers in manager Roy Hodgson’s provisional squad for the Euros are unavailable for Sunday’s game.Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford are involved in Saturday’s FA Cup final and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is being rested following the Europa League final.”Whoever the manager wants to pick, we will be ready to go and try to score as many goals as we can,” Kane said at the squad’s Midlands training base.”Jamie has had a fantastic season, so if we are playing together it will be very exciting. We are different types of player – he has got a lot of pace and can run in behind. That will probably allow me to drop off and get into space.”ALL IS WELLTottenham were for a long time Leicester’s closest rivals for the Premier League title before falling away and finishing third.”We had a bit of banter over social media but everything is all good,” said Kane.”Winning the Golden Boot is always nice and something I’m proud of and very happy with.”After the Turkey game, England face Australia in Sunderland on May 27 and Portugal at Wembley on June 2.advertisementTheir opening European Championship match is against Russia in Marseille on June 11. They also face Wales and Slovakia in Group B.last_img read more

India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik included

first_imgIndia have announced a 15-member squad to be led by Virat Kohli for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in EnglandIndia squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.While most members of the squad were automatic selections after their consistent performances over the last few years, the selection committee, headed by Prasad, had to make a crucial call when it came to the No. 4 spot and the fourth pacer for the World Cup team.India had tried close to 10 batsmen at the No. 4 spot over the last two years but found little success. Seasoned Hyderabad campaigner Amabati Rayudu seemed to have sealed the berth with some consistent performances in 2018 but the dip in his form was a huge cause of concern for Virat Kohli’s men.He amassed 392 runs, including a century and three fifties in just 10 innings at an impressive average of 56.00. However, in 2019, Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87.On the other hand, the decision of whether or not to take a speciallist backup wicketkeeper-batsman for MS Dhoni dominated the narrative in the buildup to the World Cup squad selection. World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had said there isn’t a need for the extra wicketkeeper in the squad and that KL Rahul is good enough to keep wickets if MS Dhoni picked up injuries at the World Cup.Meanwhile, India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. With all 10 teams at the World Cup part of the round-robin group stage, Virat Kohli’s men will play a total of nine matches before the knockout stages, starting July 9. The 2019 World Cup will be held between May 30 and July 14.advertisementIndia also play a couple of warm-up matches in the lead up to the tournament proper. The Asian giants will face New Zealand in London on May 25 and Bangladesh in Cardiff on May 28.Also See:last_img read more

SHUKER CROWNED ROCKHAMPTON SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR

first_imgCurrent Queensland and Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker capped an extremely successful 12-month period when he was named the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior Sports Star of the Year at a glittering ceremony at the Rockhampton League’s Club on Friday 19 October 2007.It was a case of sixth time lucky for the two time World Cup hero who has been nominated five times previously for his home town’s top sporting gong, only to be thwarted by a classy field of outstanding nominees that give rise to the contention that Rockhampton is one of Australia’s top sporting nurseries.  The Central Queensland town has produced a plethora of talented athletes over the years from the original ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ Rod Laver, who is the only tennis player in history to win all four Grand slam titles twice, to Olympic Gold Medalists swimmer Duncan Armstrong, cycling’s Anna Meares, and Australian Men’s Hockey duo Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles.There have been a host of Junior and Senior world champions across a wide range of sports that have come out of Rockhampton, as well other athletes in professional sports such as National Rugby League stars Rhys Wesser and Matt Sing. Shuker, who has spent his whole life in “Rocky”, was ecstatic to finally claim his hometown’s major sporting award.“I usually rock up every year to the Awards night and go “I’m gooonnnee” …   There’s Anna Meares with an Olympic Gold Medal here, and Jamie Dwyer with his Gold medal over there… It doesn’t bother you – it’s just a privilege to be nominated in such great company, and it’s certainly a great field of athletes every year. I reckon I’m fortunate that there were few major sporting events this year and I got lucky for a change,” Shuker said.Despite the self-effacing veteran’s “got lucky” contention, nothing could be further from the truth. Shuker’s ascent to the top Award is the culmination of a stellar year of achievement for the two-time World champion who has excelled at all levels of the game in 2007.The modest 34 year-old achieved one of the biggest honours in the game by captaining Australia to a cherished Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup victory in South Africa in January 2007.In an incredible twelve months for the long serving playmaker, Gavin was named joint Flag bearer for Australia at the FIT World Cup Opening Ceremony with four time World Cup champion Amanda Judd and long serving Australian World Cup player and coach Dean Russell.“Shukes” went on to lead the Australian Men’s Open Team to an emphatic 8-5 World Cup final victory over arch rivals New Zealand to bookend his 2003 FIT World Cup triumph in Japan with the Australian Men’s Open Team who have annexed every World Title since the tournament’s inception in 1988 in the 19 year history of the game at World Cup Level.To cap off a wonderful World Cup journey, Shuker was awarded the prestigious Phil Smith Medal as the Australian representative who contributed most to Australia’s retention of the World Cup.The award was voted on by every member of the Australian contingent participating at the 2007 FIT World Cup.Shuker’s impressive catalogue of achievements in 2007 have continued throughout the year with him leading his beloved local club “Buckaneers” to the Rockhampton Men’s Open title, as well leading Central Queensland to their first Men’s Open Grand Final appearance ever in the history of the Queensland Touch State Regional Championships, held just a few weeks ago in Toowoomba.The significance of the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year Award and the pathway he has traversed in his involvement in the game is not lost on the industrious Australian Captain.“It means that bit more because I’ve managed to achieve on a bigger stage without having to leave home. It’s tougher when you’re from the country. You do have to work that bit harder and you do have to invest that much more effort because the standard of competition isn’t there, so you have to work hard to create it and we’ve done that to a large extent. I see the award as recognition for Touch Football in Rockhampton and Central Queensland, rather than myself,” Shuker said.The popular father of two has been an outstanding role model and mentor to players in the Central Queensland and Rustlers NTL permit catchment areas over an incredible 20 year career in which he has achieved consistent success at Regional, State, National, and International level.Shuker is revered and respected by his teammates and opposition alike for his talent, dedication, passion, will to win, and commitment to achieving his best at all times.Shuker is a tough competitor, but a fine sportsman who wins with humility and takes a loss with class, befitting his lofty standing in the sport.Shuker, a fireman, paid tribute to the role his wife Tanya and his family has played in his rise and rise in the sport.“Tanya and my daughters Nalani and Tahlia mean the world to me. Tanya’s been a rock supporting me and understanding the time I need to invest to achieve the goals I have been lucky enough to reach. That she is an athlete herself is a big bonus for me,” Shuker said.The big hearted Shuker who has invested years of time and effort into developing the standard and individual games of a generation of Central Queensland’s best young players has donated $1000 of his $3000 prize money for winning the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year to the Emmaus 13 Years Boys Team who won the prestigious 13 Years Boys Qld All Schools Championship Title in Brisbane in October.Shuker’s development efforts have helped to nurture some outstanding talent for the sport with National 18 and 20 Years Youth, Queensland Schoolboy, 20 Years, Mixed and Open Men’s players of the ilk of Dan and Clint Withers, David Zanette, and Damien Moar all benefactors of Shuker’s tactical and technical prowess, and his inspirational leadership qualities.In 2004 Shuker led a Central Queensland (CQ) based “Queensland A” team to a shock Series victory over a touring New Zealand Open Men’s Team in the “Touch Showdown” in Toowoomba, and the selfless number seven continues to be a generous fountain of knowledge and support to the ongoing development and structure of Touch Football in his home region.In the last 12 months, Shuker has given coaching assistance to Rockhampton Junior State Cup and QTA State Junior Championship teams, the Rustlers Women’s 30s Team, and the CQ 18 Years boys team who performed brilliantly with a semi-final appearance at the recent X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Shuker also organized for the Rockhampton Touch Association to host the Australian Men’s Open team’s final training camp before the 2007 FIT World Cup in December last year.This weekend, Shuker will assist National Rugby League identities Matt Bowen, Willie Tonga, and Sonny Bill Williams at a development camp for Indigenous athletes in Rockhampton, again displaying his charitable nature and willingness to assist others to grasp the skills of our sport.Shuker hopes to continue contributing to Touch Football for as long as he is enjoying the game and he feels he has something worthwhile to offer.“I love the game and love doing what I can. I will play as long as it’s still fun and I’m contributing positively. There’s plenty here to keep me busy and it’ll be fun to watch all these young kids develop over the next few years,” Shuker said.With Gavin Shuker running the show you can rest assured that the Aussie Men’s skipper won’t be the last Touch Footballer to be crowned Rockhampton’s Sports Star of the Year.last_img read more

Productivity Most Pressing Development Issue – Minister Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Rashid gets support from Shamim Mukesh

first_imgNew Delhi: Rashid Khan has been left isolated with renowned Indian golfers steering clear of the controversy, a day after the two-time Asian Tour champion was detained by police for trying to enter the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) here. Rashid and nine other caddie-turned-golfers were detained and taken to Tuqhlaq Road police station for questioning after they tried to enter DGC to practice on Saturday. The 28-year-old from Delhi on Sunday alleged that the DGC is discriminating against golfers from humble background. He even threatened to quit the sport and give up his Olympic dream if the club doesn’t allow him to use its facilities. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWhile Rashid received the support of two-time European Tour champion Shubhankar Sharma and domestic regulars Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, former Asian tour winners like Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar decided not to comment on the issue. “I don’t want to comment anything. I don’t have the whole picture, I dont know what is happening. I don’t know what was discussed between Rashid and DGC officials, so I would rather not comment,” Randhawa said. Chawrasia, who is playing in Denmark, said: “I don’t know exactly what happened. I am not from Delhi so I never had such issues. Some players are playing while some are having issues apparently. So it is a thing between players and DGC. There is a system in place and hope it gets sorted.”last_img read more

Two Ontario cops face numerous charges related to an alleged drug ring

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – A police force in southern Ontario says two of its officers are facing numerous charges related to an alleged local drug ring.Durham Region police say the officers came under investigation as the force began looking into alleged activities at a bar in Ajax, Ont.Police say they began looking into allegations of drug transactions and excessive alcohol service at the Black Bear Bar and Grill in the summer of 2016, and eventually discovered that the two officers were connected to the bar’s owner.On Tuesday, police arrested the two officers along with three other people and laid numerous charges related to the alleged trafficking of marijuana and cocaine.Const. Husen Aswat, who has been with Durham Region police for nine years, is facing 19 charges including seven counts of breach of trust and four counts of trafficking in cocaine.Eight-year force veteran Const. Amandeep Thakur is facing four charges including two counts of breach of trust and possession of property obtained by crime. Both officers are currently suspended from duty.Three other men are facing a total of 23 charges between them. Police did not indicate whether the owner of the bar was included in those charged.Durham Region police said the investigation was conducted in collaboration with officers from Toronto. Chief Paul Martin said the officers’ alleged conduct was particularly troubling.“Obviously it’s very concerning and disappointing when we find ourselves investigating our own employees,” he said in a statement.When the force became aware of the possible involvement of its members, Martin said they conducted a “vigorous” investigation.“No one is above the law and every one of our employees is accountable for their actions,” he said. “I want to assure the community that this is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the law and keep our communities safe.”All five of the men charged have been held in custody for bail hearings.last_img read more

EC issues showcause notice to BJP TMC leaders

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice each to the BJP district president of Nadia Mahadev Sarkar and Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for their derogatory remarks. Sarkar had made some derogatory remarks on Mahua Moitra, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on a Trinamool Congress ticket. The Commission has taken a strong objection to his remarks after watching the video where he was heard saying the words. Sarkar has been asked to clarify why he made such remarks about a candidate of his rival party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Commission had earlier sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, regarding the statements made by Ghosh Kar. The Commission has now show-caused her after it found her statements highly derogatory in nature. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has gone through the report submitted by the DM in this regard. The TMC MLA found herself at the centre of controversy after she made some objectionable remarks regarding the Central Force. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed to the members of the party’s Mahila Morcha to “chase Central Forces away with broomsticks.” In another development, an FIR was lodged with the Hooghly police against Locket Chatterjee, who is contesting the election from Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency on BJP’s ticket. During a rally, Chatterjee had allegedly made some remarks which could have triggered communal tension in the area.last_img read more

UN experts conclude polio surveillance in assessed Afghan areas is effective

In an effort to assess the effectiveness of polio surveillance in Afghanistan, a group of experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a week in villages across the country examining a system used to detect the paralysing disease in children under the age of 15.The strategy identifies cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and then investigates them to determine, through laboratory testing, which AFP cases are as a result of the poliovirus and which ones are not.“The first and most important step toward eliminating polio is to know where the polio virus is circulating,” said Peter Graaff, WHO Representative to Afghanistan.“This is because low quality AFP surveillance can miss poliovirus transmission and we need to constantly monitor and improve the system, in order not to be misled about the level of progress made toward reaching the eradication goal,” Mr. Graaff said.The main recommendations of the review mission included training more community health workers on AFP surveillance, scaling up participation of the private health sector, and improving the documentation of reported cases.Based on the findings, the review team concluded that ongoing transmission of wild poliovirus in the “reviewed’ areas is very unlikely to be missed.Due to security reasons, the southern and south-eastern regions of the country could not be accessed by the team.Polio, also known as infantile paralysis, is a highly infectious and potentially lethal disease that spreads from person to person. Wild poliovirus could infect virtually everyone who is not yet immune through vaccination, and there is no cure.Afghanistan is one of the four remaining countries in the world that has yet to become polio-free, the others being Pakistan, India and Nigeria. In 2010 alone, Afghanistan has had 13 polio cases, especially in parts of the southern region where access for health workers is not possible due to insecurity.Currently, there is a network of more than 10,000 community members across the country that report children showing signs of potential paralysis to the next level of the health system. They include health workers, pharmacists, religious leaders and shrine keepers among others.WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International are leading the efforts to eradicate polio in Afghanistan. 30 August 2010In an effort to assess the effectiveness of polio surveillance in Afghanistan, a group of experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a week in villages across the country examining a system used to detect the paralysing disease in children under the age of 15. read more

Hundreds dead thousands at risk from Nigerian lead pollution UN team reports

5 October 2010The deadly lead pollution crisis in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara due to backyard gold digging is far from over, with hundreds of lives already lost and thousands of people at risk, a United Nations investigative team warned today. “Rapid and coordinated intervention is imperative,” the five-member team from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said after collecting and analyzing dozens of soil and water samples from five villages.Lead poisoning, while treatable to some degree, does irreparable damage to young children’s neurological systems, including reduced IQ, behavioural disorders and loss of control of muscles. It threatens the unborn since it passes directly through the placenta, leading to stillbirths and birth defects and, in breastfeeding, passes freely to babies through mothers’ milk.A spike in lead-related illnesses and deaths emerged at the start of this year in two districts of Zamfara, due to attempts by locals to extract gold from lead-contaminated soils in and around their houses and compounds, and the team said most illness and deaths go unreported.It is likely that many children have not been brought to medical clinics because the rainy season has impeded access from villages. Also, mothers who typically have up to five or 10 children cannot leave family behind, and crucial extended care facilities are lacking for children who come from polluted villages that must be cleaned before it is safe to return. So far, only two villages have been cleaned. The team reported that polluted water is less of a concern than soil, and even possibly food such as meat and crops, and called for urgent further study, adding that the lead seems to come from the external sources of processing rather than naturally occurring in wells. It did not call for banning mining but for safer practices, such as setting up cooperatives to enable ore to be stored and processed safely outside villages rather than within family compounds.It focused on the quality of drinking water for both humans and cattle, and found that public wells often do not meet UN World Health Organization (WHO) or national standards for lead limits and ponds are often polluted, while soil is highly polluted with lead. In addition, there are often high concentrations of mercury in the air.At one former mine processing site in the village of Bagega, with some 8,000 inhabitants, air mercury levels of 5,000 nanogrammes per cubic metre were registered, a hundred times the maximum recommended level of 50. Mercury, which is used in the gold extraction processes, affects the nervous and digestive systems when inhaled. A final report will be available by mid- to late-October, feeding into a larger process to address this crisis involving a variety of actors, including state and federal authorities, WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which have launched a major effort to remove lead- and mercury-contaminated soil and water from the villages. read more

Kosovo officer killed in first fatal attack on UN police force

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has begun an intense criminal probe into the murder of officer Satish Menon, who was on his way from the village of Leposavic towards Mitrovica, a town with a Serb-majority north and an Albanian-majority south that was the scene of violent demonstrations last year.“UNMIK police is here to assist in establishing the rule of law,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Acting Special Representative Charles Brayshaw said today. “By attacking the police, those responsible for this attack will not succeed in distracting the police from its duties.” Calling it a despicable act, Mr. Brayshaw added: “I know that the people of Kosovo are astounded and repudiate completely this murder. I know they find this as repugnant as I do. This was a direct attack on international forces of law and order.” UNMIK was established in 1999 to provide an interim civilian administration under which the people of the province, ravaged by war between ethnic Serbs and Albanians, could progressively enjoy substantial autonomy. read more

East or West Home is Best

Being launched this October, the Best Practice Programme (UK) will show delegates from the automotive supply chain, training providers and other interested parties, excellent examples of modern business management in UK auto manufacturing. For more details, or to apply for the course, please contact: Academy Chief Executive, Dr Alan Begg said of the new programme, ‘If the UK is to retain a viable manufacturing base, automotive companies must embrace and apply the very best in industry practices. The Academy’s Best Practice (UK) programme will expose people to the very best elements of our industry and help them to apply those tools and techniques to their place of work. I applaud the spirit and generosity of the people and companies who will open their doors to us.’ East or West? Home is Best. Applications are now open for the first programme to be run between 17-21 October, with a second running from 14-18 November. The delegate rate of £2,500 includes all the course materials, transportation between venues, bed and breakfast accommodation and dinner. Also included is exclusive access to the special guests joining the programme to share their experiences and expertise. Did you think the very best of automotive manufacturing can only be experienced in Japan? Then think again! Japanese companies may have pioneered the most advanced ideas and set the global standard, but many UK organisations, have now embraced those same lean tools and techniques and can provide an excellent forum for learning. This is the message being given on the Automotive Academy’s new Best Practice Programme. The five-day programme is made up of a series of themed workshops and company visits to the likes of Nissan in Sunderland, TI Automotive in Telford, Kautex Unipart in Coventry and, for a non-auto perspective, Electrolux in County Durham. Each visit will show leading-edge aspects of process management such as cost engineering, lean accounting, problem solving, lean manufacturing and e-procurement. Topic experts will also join the group over dinner each evening for lively discussion. Arthur David on 0121 717 6600, e-mail [email protected] Buckingham on 0121 717 6655, e-mail [email protected] Note:The full course brochure can be downloaded belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Kirk Cousins Is Not Better Than Joe Montana So Lets Fix Passer

29C. KeenumDEN81.256.2 In the original conception of passer rating, an average rating was about 67. In 2018, only one qualified passer (Arizona Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen) fell below that threshold, and even then just barely (his rating was 66.7). But what if the standards for what makes a good or bad performance had evolved as leaguewide numbers changed? Pro-Football-Reference.com does a great job of adjusting for era with its Advanced Passing indices, which are centered on an average of 100 with 15 points representing 1 standard deviation in either direction. But I wanted to rescale the building blocks of passer rating itself to see how today’s passing numbers would translate to a rating if the NFL had simply allowed its rating system to change with the times.To do that, I looked at the distribution of stats in each category that goes into passer rating — completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage and interception rate — from the sample originally used to craft the formula back in the early 1970s (qualified passers from 1960 to 1970). Specifically, I figured out the spread of values (relative to the league) that, in a given category, led to the minimum number of points (0), the average number of points (1) and the maximum (2.375). Under the hood, passer rating is built around these ranges; it hands out points on that 0-to-2.375 scale in each category, then sums up the four values, divides by 6 and multiplies by 100. (Hence, 67 is supposed to be average — a 1.0 in four categories, divided by 6, times 100.)For any era, we can rescale what performance “should” lead to a given value in each category to keep the relative leaguewide distribution the same as it was when passer rating was first conceived.2Just like with PFR’s advanced passing stats, I calculated these distributions using qualified passers in rolling three-season periods to avoid a strange spread in one season causing overly volatile results. (To qualify, a passer needed at least 14 attempts per team game.) So while, say, Alex Smith’s 62.5 percent completion rate in 2018 was worth 1.0 point, so was Don Meredith’s 49.5 percent mark from 1962. Do this for every category in every season, and you have a stabilized version of passer rating that no longer spirals uncontrollably upward with each innovation in the passing game.Some ultra-high ratings change less than you might expect under this new method. Rodgers’s single-season record of 122.5 from 2011 tumbles all the way down to … 121.1. (He was very good that year.) But other seemingly immortal ratings, such as Kirk Cousins’s 99.7 mark this season, get knocked down quite a bit — in Cousins’s case, he falls to a much more reasonable 81.5 rating. (Anyone who watched a Vikings game this year would surely argue that this is more appropriate.) Similarly, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 100.4 mark this season — yes, that is real, look it up — gets heavily penalized in the interception category (his 4.9 percent INT rate was more than double the league average), taking him down to an adjusted rating of 77.4.Moving further down the list, Joe Flacco’s decent-sounding 84.2 classic rating properly falls to a mediocre 62.8 after our adjustment, while the 30.7 rating of WOAT candidate Nathan Peterman becomes an 11.6 — perilously close to the minimum possible rating of 0.0. (If Peterman had thrown enough passes to qualify, that 11.6 rating would have “surpassed” Ryan Leaf’s 19.1 from 1998 as the lowest-rated season since 1950.)All told, the new ratings are once again grounded in a world where an average quarterback scores about 70 — not exactly 67 because the rolling distribution includes multiple seasons for comparison3Causing 2018 performances to score slightly higher on average, since this year was a better passing season than 2017. — and as a result, the numbers make far more intuitive sense at a glance than the ludicrously inflated official ratings of 2018: 20B. MayfieldCLE93.771.7 10K. CousinsMIN99.781.5 PlayerLast YearOldNewPlayerLast YearOldNew 31S. DarnoldNYJ77.649.7 17M. TrubiskyCHI95.473.2 16D. CarrOAK93.974.0 13T. BradyNE97.778.8 PlayerTeamOldNew 4M. RyanATL108.193.4 5P. RiversLAC105.587.3 6D. WatsonHOU103.185.3 Ratings 13L. Dawson197582.982.728F. Ryan197078.078.0 12D. PrescottDAL96.979.0 14D. Marino199986.481.429B. Jones198278.578.0 19C. NewtonCAR94.271.7 26J. WinstonTB90.264.9 Ryan Fitzpatrick2005-184,28581.160.2-20.9 8J. GoffLAR101.183.3 5P. Manning201596.587.120M. Ryan201894.979.8 Marcus Mariota2015-181,60589.467.5-21.9 7C. WentzPHI102.285.1 30B. BortlesJAX79.854.5 9A. RodgersGB97.683.0 10O. Graham195578.284.725R. Gannon200484.778.4 2P. MahomesKC113.898.5 11K. Warner200993.783.726B. Griese198077.178.3 32J. AllenBUF67.937.1 27A. SmithWSH85.764.5 15B. R’lisbergerPIT96.575.7 RatingsRatings PlayerYears PlayedAttemptsOldNewDiff. 1D. BreesNO115.7103.3 According to the NFL’s official passer rating system, the most efficient quarterback in NFL history is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, with a lifetime mark of 103.1.1Pro football’s passer rating has a possible range from 0 to 158.3. That makes sense: Rodgers is generally regarded as one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. But if you scroll further down the list, the results become much harder to explain. In the world of passer rating, Kirk Cousins is better than Joe Montana; Derek Carr and Matt Schaub top Dan Marino; and, after one season, Broadway Sam Darnold is running circles around Broadway Joe Namath.Passer rating is often criticized as Byzantine (have you seen that formula?), incomplete (it does not include data on rushing plays or sacks) and arbitrary (again, have you looked at the formula?). Yet its biggest shortcoming might be the way it is unmoored from changes in the game itself. Passing has never been more efficient than it was this season, in which the league’s average QB posted a rating of 92.9. That is remarkably high considering that a quarterback who posted a rating of 92.9 would have led all qualified passers in 15 separate seasons from 1950 through 1986. Clearly, the scale needs recalibrating. 18E. ManningNYG92.472.3 Chad Henne2008-181,95975.555.3-20.3 Ryan Tannehill2012-182,91187.067.2-19.8 Cam Newton2011-183,89186.466.1-20.3 22R. TannehillMIA92.768.8 21M. MariotaTEN92.370.6 A new all-time passer rating hierarchyCareer classic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* NFL and AFL quarterbacks, 1950-2018 9T. Romo201697.185.024D. Fouts198780.278.4 11A. LuckIND98.779.1 Ratings 2A. Rodgers2018103.192.517B. Starr197180.580.7 PlayerTeamOldNew * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com * Minimum 14 pass attempts per team gameSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 6R. Staubach197983.486.721J. Garcia200887.579.6 7R. Wilson2018100.485.422B. R’lisberger201894.379.0 15K. Anderson198681.981.230J. Kelly199684.478.0 3J. Montana199492.390.018P. Rivers201895.680.5 1S. Young199996.794.216F. Tarkenton197880.480.7 Case Keenum2013-181,84484.561.8-22.6 Mark Sanchez2009-182,32073.352.5-20.8 Who’s been overrated in traditional passer ratings?For qualified* NFL and AFL passers since 1950, the biggest shortfalls between adjusted and classic passer rating 12S. Jurgensen197482.782.927N. Lomax198882.778.1 8D. Brees201897.785.423J. Unitas197378.378.9 According to the NFL’s official system, there have been 93 qualified quarterback seasons since 1950 with a passer rating of at least 100.0, and nine of those happened in 2018 alone. After our adjustment, though, there have been only 46 such seasons since 1950,4Four QB seasons cracked the 100.0 mark under the new system but didn’t under the classic passer rating. and only one of those happened this year — the 103.3 mark Drew Brees put up with the Saints. It’s still a golden age for passing, as nearly half of those 46 seasons have happened since 2000, but we’ve also filtered out 51 “false 100s” — seasons that cracked 100.0 on the old scale but not the new one — of which 47 have happened since 2000.The result of our passer rating adjustment is a much more reasonable career leaderboard that features qualified quarterbacks from a variety of different eras: The biggest beneficiaries of our changes are 1950s-era passers like Otto Graham, who originally rated in the 70s (discarding his eye-popping pre-1950 numbers, which were compiled in the upstart All-America Football Conference) but leaps up into the mid-80s after judging him in comparison with his peers. San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young also gets a boost relative to other great QBs from history, reclaiming the No. 1 slot that he’d held in real life before Rodgers and friends came along.At the other end of the spectrum, nobody loses more points of career rating than Blake Bortles, who somehow has an 80.6 mark under the classic system but falls to 55.2 with our adjustments. Here are the biggest losers between the old and new QB ratings: 23M. StaffordDET89.968.6 Ratings Deflating the ratingClassic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* 2018 NFL quarterbacks 3R. WilsonSEA110.996.5 25A. DaltonCIN89.666.1 4T. Brady201897.687.219C. Pennington201090.179.9 24N. MullensSF90.866.3 Derek Carr2014-182,80088.868.4-20.4 28J. FlaccoBAL84.262.8 14R. FitzpatrickTB100.477.4 33J. RosenARI66.735.9 Jameis Winston2015-181,92287.864.0-23.8 Blake Bortles2014-182,63280.655.2-25.4 * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com A change like this wouldn’t fix the rest of passer rating’s deficiencies, and it wouldn’t include all the fancy bells and whistles you’ll find in a metric like ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. But passer rating itself has always been a surprisingly decent metric within any self-contained era; the team with the higher passer rating (by any margin) in a game wins about 80 percent of the time. It’s the comparisons across eras that have become distorted as the game has changed over time. But a simple fix tethering modern stats to the standards contained in passer rating’s formula would go a long way toward restoring sanity to the metric you still see in every NFL box score and broadcast. The Blake Bortleses of the world might not like seeing their shiny 80-something ratings get dumped into the 50s, but it’s a change whose time has come.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Lance Armstrong report Postal Teams doping most sophisticated ever

first_imgTHE US-ANTI-Doping Agency said this evening it has gathered “overwhelming” evidence that Lance Armstrong and fellow US Postal Service cyclist had engaged in sport’s biggest doping conspiracy ever.In a statement, the agency said it was releasing its “reasoned decision” and more than 1,000 pages of supporting evidence to the Union Cycliste International and the World Anti-Doping Agency.“The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” it said.More to followlast_img read more

Sony creates flexible 99inch OLED panel

first_imgSony may have been the first of the big manufacturers to release an OLED TV, but the company has struggled to keep costs down while increasing the size of its OLED panels. They even stopped selling OLED TVs at one point. But OLED technology continues to progress, and Sony has just announced the development of a flexible OLED panel at SID 2012.The 9.9-inch display is still quite limited in terms of resolution, managing 960 x 540 and 111ppi, but this is a work in progress and that’s sure to improve. The good news is Sony manufactured the panel using a process that is easy to ramp up to volume production. That bodes well for this being a low cost solution.In order to create the flexible OLED panel Sony used a combination of glass substrates and film. Two glass substrates have a sheet of film attached to them. One of those films is used to hold the thin film transistors and white OLEDs, while the other has red, green, and blue color filters applied. The two films are then brought together and the glass substrates removed. The end result being a working film display that is capable of being flexed.Sony says that the display is a culmination of the work done in producing the company’s existing OLED panels. This flexible display has only just come off the production line though, and Sony didn’t have one at SID, rather they just had video footage of it in action.The next step is to test just how flexible and reliable the panel is. If they can improve on the resolution then it’s possible Sony could bring a device to market sporting a flexible display. As it’s OLED it also means power use will be very low, making it desirable for use in tablets and laptops.Read more at Tech-On!last_img read more

Energy from manmade tornados Atmospheric Vortex Engine receives funding

first_imgTornados are something many people fear due to their destructive power, but according to Canadian entrepreneur Louis Michaud, they also make for a great source of green energy generation, if controlled. And he’s not the only one, as former Paypal co-founder and early Facebook investor, Peter Thiel, has just funded Michaud’s company.AVEtec is attempting to create something called an Atmospheric Vortex Engine, which can simply be described as a tornado that is created and controlled in order to produce energy. In order to work, it requires hot air, which AVEtec says could be supplied from the waste hot air power plants, factories, and data centers already produce.An AVE works by blowing hot air at an angle into a 130 foot column. Due to the temperature difference between this air and the atmosphere above, it is possible to turn this spinning hot air into a vortex. The 40-meter tall tornado that forms in the column can then be used to turn several turbines and produce energy. And as it relies on waste heat and produces no carbon emissions during operation, it classes as an eco-friendly method of energy production. It’s also predicted to be cheaper than using coal at just 3 cents per kilowatt.As an example of its potential, AVEtec states that a 500 megawatt thermal power plant could produce a further 200 megawatts by using an AVE.AVEs for power generation still class as unproven technology simply because no one has built the 130 foot column and supporting infrastructure to get one up and running yet. The funding from Peter Thiel amounts to $300,000 and has come through his Breakout Labs venture, which aims to fund early-stage science projects. With the money, AVEtec and Michaud aim to build a prototype AVE with the help of Lambton College in Ontario. If it proves to be successful, then as well as a growing number of wind turbines being erected around the world, we may also see giant columns appearing next to every hot-air generating industrial site.More at Breakout Labs, via GigaOMlast_img read more

Still One Lonely Guy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, multi-award winning Nick Kesidis will be performing his hilariously entertaining show Still One Lonely Guy.An entertainer crossed with elements of street performance, Kesidis knows how to wow crowds, whether it be with a deck of cards, handful of coins, or his quick wit.The show is also a suitable choice for families, though it is recommended that children are aged 9 and over to attend.A ticketed event, the cost of attendance is $20 for adults, $16 for concession, $60 for a family of four and $15 per person within a group of 10 or more. Children under two years of age can attend free of charge, but must be seated on a ticket holder’s lap.Note that if you’re looking for a bargain, on Tuesdays all tickets are $10 per person. For bookings, call (03) 9481 9500 or visit sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest;jsessionid=C1A768BED35FA7653419CAA330BCB98C?eventId=100791026&presenter=AUDAREBINAEC&venue&event&versionWhen: June 30 to July 4, 2015 at 8.30 pm – 9.15 pm Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, VIClast_img read more

Sheriffs deputy sentenced for groping teenage girl

first_img Posted: October 31, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVISTA (KUSI) — A 33-year-old sheriff’s deputy who groped a teenage girl while standing behind her in a Vista fast-food restaurant line was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.Timothy Nathaniel Wilson Jr., who was also placed on five years probation and ordered to stay away from the victim for 10 years, pleaded guilty earlier this month to committing a lewd act with a 14-year-old child and unlawfully taking computer data.Vista Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein imposed the sentence called for under the plea deal. But he indicated the defendant’s act of using his unique username and password to log into a sheriff’s department database to access information on the investigation was an egregious offense that warranted a prison commitment, according to the District Attorney’s Office.Wilson, a 10-year department veteran assigned to detentions enforcement at the Vista Jail, was arrested at work on May 18.Authorities said Wilson fondled the 14-year-old’s buttocks about 7 p.m. March 21 while in line at Panda Express on Main Street, near South Santa Fe Avenue.A surveillance system at the restaurant captured video of the perpetrator, who hurried out of the business and fled in a black sedan.In early May, another sheriff’s department employee reported that Wilson possibly was the man in the security camera images, which was subsequently confirmed. Ashlie Rodriguez, Sheriff’s deputy sentenced for groping teenage girl October 31, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Priti Patel appointed Britains first Indianorigin Home

first_imgLondon: Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, on Wednesday took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet. Priti Patel had been a prominent member of the “Back Boris” campaign for the Conservative Party leadership and was widely tipped for the plum post in his frontline team. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “It is important that the Cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party,” she said, just hours before her appointment was announced. A long-standing Eurosceptic, Priti Patel had steered the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – At corruption retrial, Samsung scion may end up being jailed Advertise With Us The 47-year-old was first elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion. She went on to be appointed to junior ministerial posts, Treasury minister in 2014 and then Employment Minister after the 2015 General Election, before Theresa May promoted her to Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2016 until she was forced to resign the post in 2017. Advertise With Us “With Boris Johnson leading the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister, the United Kingdom will have a Leader who believes in Britain, will implement a new vision for the future of the country and a roadmap to move forward and thrive as a self-governing nation that re-establishes our ties with our friends and allies around the world such as India,” she told PTI after Johnson won a landslide victory in the Tory leadership contest this week. “He is committed to securing new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share – the rule of law, democracy, and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage,” said Patel, who has been a champion of India-UK ties ever since her time as Indian Diaspora Champion. The Gujarati-origin politician, who is a prominent guest at all major Indian diaspora events in the UK, is seen as an avid supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK. As a member of the UK Parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), she was part of the team that recently released its damning report warning that the UK was falling behind in the race to engage with India at the end of a lengthy Global Britain and India parliamentary inquiry. “Our report calls for the government to look again at the relationship between the UK and India,” Patel said, in reference to the ‘Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties” report released last month to mark the first-ever India Day in the UK Parliament. “This should be a special relationship based upon the living bridge between our two great countries and a partnership we should be nurturing. The report covers many of the missed opportunities where the UK should be proactively and bilaterally enhancing our ties. We are soon to have a new PM in the UK, which will provide a welcome change in how we engage India’s re-elected PM Modi,” she said at the time. She once again returns as the senior-most British Indian member of the UK Cabinet, having been forced to resign in November 2017 as International Development secretary amid a scandal over allegedly failing to disclose meetings with officials in Israel without informing the UK Foreign Office. She had maintained it was a private visit and Boris Johnson, then UK foreign secretary, spoke out at the time to back her. Describing Patel as a “good friend” with whom he worked closely together for Global Britain, he had said it was “quite right that she meets with people and organisations overseas”. But Priti Patel was effectively sacked by Theresa May, forcing her to the Parliament backbenches from where she continued to voice her criticism of May’s Brexit plan. She was among the rebel Tory MPs who consistently voted against the former Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU as a “bad deal for Britain”, which ultimately sealed Theresa May’s term as Prime Minister.last_img read more

How Much Metal Gear Will Be in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

first_img For me the most pleasant surprise of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, at least from what we know so far, is that the game’s goal of including every single character ever from the series includes Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Not only is he a cool character whose mere presence adds an air of transgression, a stealthy murderous mature adult man amongst cartoon characters, but his heavy projectile-based moveset is fun and unique compared to the rest of the cast.We’re grateful Snake is back at all, for reasons we’ll explain more in a bit. But now that the Metal Gear bandage has been ripped off, and we still have months of speculation to go through before Smash launches on Nintendo Switch this December, we can’t help but wonder just how much Metal Gear stuff will there be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?AdChoices广告Snake broke barriers by being the first third-party character to join Smash’s Nintendo mascot ranks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008. He opened the door for the likes of Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta. But like the hero of western movie, Snake wasn’t allowed to live in the better world he helped create, and didn’t return in 2014’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.And we blame Konami, everyone’s favorite dead mall video game publisher. You see if not for time constraints Snake would’ve made it into Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube. And that’s because Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima personally asked Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai to do it. As far as video game auteurs go, few are as singularly associated with their franchise as Kojima is with Metal Gear.But by 2014 Kojima’s time at Konami was nearly done. Once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, an amazing but unfinished game about old soldiers betrayed by their world, was out the door in 2015 Kojima’s “vacation” soon became his retirement from Konami. The next Metal Gear would be a bad generic zombie survival game starring random faceless military dudes called Metal Gear Survive, which we forgot came out earlier this year.Between Sakurai’s friendship with Punished “Venom” Kojima and Konami’s seeming disinterest in truly reviving Metal Gear, we thought Snake wouldn’t have a chance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’d stay under that cardboard box forever. But then we learned that “Everyone is here” really means that everyone is here when Snake materialized on his famous Shadow Moses stage. So the question now is how much effort is going towards Snake’s appearance in his game? He has a new logo, a familiar exclamation mark instead of the Foxhound logo that also doubled as the Kojima Productions logo, but what else has changed?Initially, I was pessimistic. I thought Snake’s showing here would be the bare minimum, a new cleaned up HD character model still from MGS2 with the same moveset (and a deflated butt). Voice actor David Hayter confirmed his role after his controversial absence from MGSV but I figured that meant they were just recycling his voice clips from Brawl. And with these managed expectations I could focus on just being happy that Snake was in the game at all. During my hands-on I asked Nintendo reps if I could look forward to any new Metal Gear content but got no response.However, a recent Smash blog update revealed the existence of a brand new Snake Eater remix, that beloved MGS3 vocal tune about jungle life. This arrangement comes from Nobuko Toda, who has composed for Metal Gear in the past. So if there’s new Metal Gear music in Ultimate, what other new Metal Gear ephemera could there be? Brawl had music and trophies from MGS4, a PlayStation 3 game that wasn’t even out at the time. So will we see anything from Phantom Pain? A Big Boss costume? A Mother Base stage? A Fulton recovery balloon item? A Sins of the Father remix???And if David Hayter is recording new material, which he recently did for the Metal Gear update to Super Bomberman R, will we get new codec conversations giving us Snake’s opinions on the massive 66+ character roster? I need to know what Snake has to say about fighting Duck Hunt Dog, Mii Fighters, and Bayonetta. “Otacon, this woman is nothing but hair!” Will Snake and Palutena crash the universe through their fourth-wall breaking?Snake’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also seems to have led to other Konami inclusions. We already know there’s a Bomberman assist trophy. And a bunch of credible rumors suggest Simon Belmont from Castlevania will be a new fighter. So while we don’t want to be greedy, we hope Nintendo is getting as much Metal Gear goodness as possible while Konami still feels this unusually generous.Buy it now!Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Stay on targetlast_img read more

BAC Going after GSE Practices

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Company News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Service Providers 2011-08-05 Abby Gregory August 5, 2011 432 Views Share BAC Going after GSE Practicescenter_img The government sponsored enterprises are feeling the heat from “”Bank of America (BAC)””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/fan. A recent filing from BAC targets “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, stating that the “”criteria by which the GSEs are ultimately willing to resolve claims have become more rigid over time.””[IMAGE]BAC claims that the GSEs “”more rigid”” practices could result in critical losses on mortgage bonds, leading to damages that “”may materially change in the future based on factors outside our control.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]By the numbers, BAC sold an estimated $1.1 trillion in mortgage loans to Fannie and Freddie between 2004 and 2008, and during the second quarter of this year, approximately $121 billion of the GSE-owned loans were in default or more than 180 days in arrears.The company says it is fielding and estimated $27.7 billion in claims and that, at that rate, BAC is on track for a 30 percent net loss. BAC’s earning filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second quarter confirm the bank’s statements.Market watchers were caught off guard by BAC’s renewed dispute with the GSEs, since much recent press has been focused on the bank’s issues with private buyers like PIMCO. Analyst Chris Mutascio, who works for “”Stifel Nicolaus””:http://www.stifel.com/framesetURL.asp?URL=/homepageFrameset.asp, noted in a report released this week that an additional $48 billion in mortgage losses has been priced in within the market, representing a total above and beyond the amount BAC has reserved against.Neither GSE has commented publicly on the issues with BAC, nor is any statement is anticipated in the near future. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

Spending Growth Tops Income Expectations In July

first_img Personal income rose $42.3 billion in July but consumer spending increased $46.0 billion, the “”Commerce Department””:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG5382.jpg” alt=”last_img” />