first_img whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ CELEBRITY endorsement works, at least if the celebrity involved is a glamorous sportsman like Usain Bolt, who yesterday announced the biggest deal ever, to help Puma flog its pumps and T-shirts. But can you really imagine Crispin Odey, the permanently pin-striped hedge fund guru, as a brand ambassador? Well, he is. The new branch of the Union Market organic grocery store in Fulham – a company that is run by Odey’s pal Tony Bromovsky, and which the fund manager has invested in – has added an “Odey Sausage” to its range, made from prime Middle White rare breed pork. This raises several questions. Firstly, what sort of person buys a sausage because it is named after a hedge fund manager? And secondly, could this be the start of a trend for Odey? Can we expect to see Crispin Duck pancakes on Mayfair menus soon? But most importantly, will his wife, Nichola Pease, who works at investment manager JO Hambro, bring out her own range of peas to go with her husband’s bangers? Surely an opportunity too good to be missed. BARKING BANKERSI’VE never yet set foot in a Metro Bank branch, but judging by a press release they sent out yesterday they sound like a cross between a particularly gaudy funfair and an EasyJet check-in desk in Magaluf, with some mild hallucinogens thrown in. And dogs. Dogs everywhere. A press release announcing the launch of three new branches breathlessly boasts that customers will be “greeted by three days of free giveaways including free breakfasts, smoothies, and popcorn… stilt walkers, musicians, jugglers and shoe shiners”. The branches will all have “the Metro Bank Magic Money Machine™” and offer “A friendly welcome to dogs and their owners, with water bowls and dog biscuits on hand for man’s best friend – dogs rule at Metro Bank!” Hmm. Somehow I’m not sure I want the people who run my bank acccount to be having quite so much fun. Wednesday 25 August 2010 7:49 pm HEDGE FUND MAN GOES LONG ON BANGERS Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoinvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterUndoWorld LifestyleCouple Has No Idea Why Photo Goes Viral, Then They Notice This In The CornerWorld LifestyleUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo POLAR BEARS BEFORE PROFIT?Just one day after Cairn Energy enthustically talked up its prospects in Greenland, a press release pops up in The Capitalist’s inbox saying it’s pulling out of not just Greeland – land of polar bears – but Nepal and Bangladesh to boot. The reason – profitability is secondary to ensuring a survivable future for humanity – according to the release. Putting the environment before investor returns for an oil company seems a tad unlikely. A quick call to Cairn confirms that it is indeed a hoax release from a mystery party that has hacked into its systems. “It’s simply not true,” a spokeswoman confirms. WHAT’S IN A NAME?WHEN the birth of the Camerons’ daughter was announced, speculation about the name was rife. Borisina? Nichola? Nobody copuld have expected Florence Rose Endellion. What can we make of it? That third, Cornish name sounds like an investment fund, but could it also be an attempt to woo Cornish voters? After all, the south west is a hotbed of Lib Dem seats, and anything the Tories can do to make headway has got to help. If he wants to keep that part of the country yellow, the deputy PM will have to get procreating, and fast. AH BORIS, what have you started? Bicycles are a far commoner sight in the City these days, and now the City of London is trying to encourage two-wheeled transport. It is calling on senior managers to take part in sponsored cycle-rides as part of European Mobility Week, 16-22 September. Each manager will be asked to raise £5,000, for Re-Cycle, which distributes second-hand bikes in Africa. For more info, and to take the first step to seeing your boss tottering about on a bike, see www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/cyclechallenge More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com whatsapp Tags: NULL Sharelast_img read more

Compagnie Immobiliere Limitee (CIMO.mu) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgCompagnie Immobiliere Limitee (CIMO.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Compagnie Immobiliere Limitee (CIMO.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Compagnie Immobiliere Limitee (CIMO.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Compagnie Immobiliere Limitee (CIMO.mu)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCompagnie Immobiliere Limitee is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and deals in the renting out of commercial and office space in Mauritius. The company owns the Arcades Currimjee located in the Curepipe. Compagnie Immobiliere Limitee is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development Enterprise Market.last_img read more

Soap & Allied Industries Limited (SAIL.mu) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgSoap & Allied Industries Limited (SAIL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Soap & Allied Industries Limited (SAIL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Soap & Allied Industries Limited (SAIL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Soap & Allied Industries Limited (SAIL.mu)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSoap & Allied Industries Limited is engaged in the production, distribution and sale of laundry, household cleaning, and personal care products in Mauritius. Within the company’s production line there are household cleaners for kitchens, bathrooms, floors, walls, beauty soaps, perfumed and non-perfumed bleaches to clean, disinfect, and deodorise, cosmetics that include shampoos, hair conditioners, shower gels, liquid soaps, liquid soap refills, custom made soaps for hotels and resorts, and dishwashing liquids offered. The company offers contract manufacturing services for retail chains as well and exports its product internationally, to countries that include, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Soap & Allied Industries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Sunflower Challenge promoted entirely online for first time

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The annual Sunflower Challenge in aid of WaterAid is this year relying on online promotion alone for the first time.The Sunflower Challenge encourages young children at nurseries to grow sunflowers which are then sponsored by how much they grow. The campaign is sponsored by Nursey World magazine.In its third year, the campaign is for the first time being promoted entirely via its Web site. All resources such as sponsorship forms and growing tips can be downloaded from the site. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Events One small gap we noticed was on the additional resources page. Here they list books for children about growing flowers, but they don’t link into Amazon.co.uk where they could easily earn commission on any online sales of the books as an Amazon Associate. Sunflower Challenge promoted entirely online for first timecenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 15 May 2004 | News  19 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Factary reports on 30 of UK’s newest philanthropists

first_img  88 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 January 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Prospect research specialists Factary have published a report featuring 30 of the UK’s newest philanthropists.The Foundations of Wealth report details 30 people who have founded grantmaking trusts in 2013. It analyses their wealth, philanthropic interests and biographical information. Together they have wealth of £5.7 billion.According to Factary, all but one of the trusts listed have never appeared in other directories of grantmaking trusts.Who are the new philanthropists?Although we can’t reveal the philanthropists’ names, Factary did share some of their details with UK Fundraising. They include:The founder of the world’s largest independent bookmakers, who has made a six-figure donation to the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity, We Love MCR Charity.A hedge fund manager who is a long-term supporter of the arts, with past donations to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and Donmar Warehouse Theatre.A corporate banker who is a Trustee of the British Museum and former Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.The former Chief Executive of a leading mining conglomerate who is Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council and a Trustee of The Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.A French investment banker who is a patron of the arts and on the Council of the Southbank Centre.A leading Swiss art dealer who has recently endowed a teaching and research post at the Courtauld Institute of Art and has donated to many arts venues across the country.The co-founder of a leading smoothie brand who has philanthropic interests in the arts, environment and international development.A Director of a leading London property company who is Chairman of Studio Arts Centers International Florence and a Trustee of The Jewish Council for Racial Equality.Preview and orderingYou can preview a summary of the report’s content. The report itself is available at £135 with discounts for new or existing subscribers to Factary Phi or to Factary’s New Trust Update.The report was researched and edited by Will Whitefield, Senior Researcher at Factary. It is published as a special supplement to Factary’s New Trust Update. During 2013 this reported on 217 newly-registered grant-making trusts and foundations in the UK. Factary reports on 30 of UK’s newest philanthropists  87 total views,  3 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Tagged with: Factary Funding Giving/Philanthropy Prospect researchlast_img read more

Trump’s Trojan horses got stuck in the mud!

first_imgWhen the U.S. McCarthyite-in-Chief said on Feb. 19, “The twilight hour of socialism has arrived,” the Venezuelan people answered, “Not so fast!”President Donald Trump had all but predicted the collapse of the Bolivarian government on Feb. 18 when he addressed Miami’s anti-Chavista Venezuelan community. He was flanked by right-wing Cuban-Americans Sen. Mario Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Belart, plus National Security Adviser John Bolton and other reactionary allies. The attempted delivery of “humanitarian aid” on Feb. 23 over the Rio Arauca, which separates Venezuela from Colombia, was supposed to incite the Venezuelan military and police to desert and the masses to abandon the revolutionary process. It was supposed to give world imperialism an opening to topple President Nicolás Maduro. Then, according to Trump, it would be only a matter of time before the governments of Cuba and Nicaragua fell, too. This side of the world would become “the first free hemisphere in all of human history,” he said. (CBS News)“Hold your horses,” said the rest of the world. People around the world had already declared that Feb. 23, a month after presidential pretender Juan Guaidó announced the attempted coup, would be a global day of protest to loudly demand “No war on Venezuela.” The success and scope of the Feb. 23 protests went far beyond the most optimistic expectations of those who first called the day of action. Some 150-plus cities held actions, sometimes more than one, in at least 35 U.S. states, 7 of 10 Canadian provinces and 35 countries on six continents. People in many of these countries, from India to England, held events in multiple cities. Demonstrations began in Australia as the day started and continued across the world’s time zones.The corporate media here all jump in line when it comes to spreading lies about Venezuela — or any country where the people try to break free of U.S. hegemony. Still, they failed to create popular sentiment here — or anywhere else — for a U.S.-led invasion (except maybe among the Miami counterrevolutionaries originally from the wealthy classes of Cuba and Venezuela). People realize that the violent threats against Venezuela represent more U.S. aggression for oil and for strategic domination — just like with Iran, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria.Invasion blockedMany protesters had been able to follow reports from Venezuela that showed enormous crowds of people in the streets defending their country and their democratically elected president from a Yankee attack. Contrary to U.S. predictions, only a handful of military personnel defected. Those claiming to be bringing “humanitarian aid” failed to cross the bridges where the Venezuelan workers were amassed to stop them.President Nicolás Maduro rightly called the meager amount of food supplies — “kits” of rice, beans, sugar and salt that could at best feed 3,500 families for ten days — “a Trojan horse.” According to Greek legend, a massive, ornate wooden horse was brought to Athens’ rival, Troy. The Trojans, not knowing that enemy soldiers were hiding inside the horse, allowed it through the wall protecting the city. The soldiers then leaped out and were able to subdue the Trojans and destroy their city. Today’s Merriam-Webster defines a Trojan horse as “someone or something intended to defeat or subvert from within, usually by deceptive means.” It was obvious to most of the world that the imperialist “gifts,” so-called “humanitarian aid,” were being used to orchestrate an invasion.No one should think for a minute that the danger of an invasion, with the goal of pulling off another “regime change,” is over. Anti-war forces must remain in the streets. The time to figure out what the next solidarity action will be is right now.But anyone who believes, as Trump proclaimed Feb. 19, that “socialism is dying” is living in a bubble. More and more people join with Cuba and Venezuela in shouting, “Socialism or death!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU soccer advances to the Big 12 Championship

first_imgTwitter Facebook Class of 2017 alumnus Kenneth Ankoma-Sey Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ ReddIt TCU revamps Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium TAGStext only Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award A guide to on campus fun printTCU advances to the Big 12 Championship game after beating Baylor University, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night.It seemed bleak for the Horned Frogs in the beginning after the Baylor Bears were able to find the back of the net twice before the end of the first half, even though TCU outshot them 6-3. Head coach Eric Bell said he had faith in his players.“I thought the second half was ours to be had,” Bell said. “They took advantage of it.”Going into the second half, the Frogs were down 2-0. But, they did not shrink with the pressure mounting. In the 72nd minute, TCU was granted a penalty kick because of a foul inside the box. Junior forward Allison Ganter capitalized on the penalty kick to get the Frogs on the scoreboard. Less than two minutes after Ganter’s goal, sophomore forward Faith Carter tied the game at 2-2 with a header.   Eight minutes into overtime, senior forward Michelle Prokof placed a perfect pass for senior defender Meghan Murphy. Murphy scored on the pass for her second goal of the season, which put TCU on top 3-2.Bell said his team responded to the adversity.“They responded to the challenge that I gave them at the half to show some character and go out fighting,” Bell said.TCU will face No.1 West Virginia at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ ReddIt Twitter Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/center_img Kenny Hill disappoints in 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ Facebook Caleb Jakana is a senior news and media studies major and criminology minor from Flower Mound, Texas. When he is not reporting, he is either playing basketball, watching a sporting event or just eating food. Caleb Jakana TCU celebrates after Meghan Murphy scores the game-winning goal in overtime. (Photo courtesy of big12sports.com) Linkedin + posts Linkedin Previous articleTCU Alumna talks success of owning a local boutiqueNext articleSoccer falls in the Big 12 Championship Caleb Jakana RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Sisification of the Media – a Hostile Takeover

first_imgWith the state being owner and regulator at the same time, media companies operate in a heavily politicized field and with the secret services capturing ground, media pluralism is at the greatest risk ever in Egypt. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Media contacts “President al-Sisi has clearly been tightening his grip over the Egyptian media landscape in recent months”, said Olaf Steenfadt, RSF’s Global Project Director for MOM. “The state is now the biggest owner in the broadcast field and orchestrates hostile takeovers to acquire full control over the whole media landscape”. T: +49 30 60989533-55 Reporters Without Borders launches the Media Ownership Monitor Egypt. As a dominant player in the whole region, the Egyptian media industry has always suffered from a heavy legacy of state control, developed at the discretion of politics and economy. Under strongman President al-Sisi, the situation is deteriorating faster and faster as the whole media landscape is being restructured through systematic transfers of property, including an involvement of the security and intelligence apparatus. As a result it is now left almost fully aligned with the current regime. Last not least, audience data is being monopolized by the Egyptian state and kept secret, too. Even though the MOM researchers managed to gather, validate and analyze a vast set of information with the help of reliable sources such as local experts, we are not allowed to release the actual numbers until further notice. The Supreme Council for Media Regulation urges market research firms not to publish the results of any surveys until they are endorsed by the Council – which usually never happens. So to this day, no single survey on media consumption in Egypt is publicly available. Almost all websites of RSF are among the many hundreds that are blocked inside Egypt. MOM is currently not blocked, but it is likely that it will be blocked again at some point. We therefore decided to host it on a Tor server as well in order to allow for access from within the country. February 6, 2021 Find out more Concentrated markets in the hands of the state and the intelligence services News RSF_en www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/presse Paris, January 25, 2018 – A hostile takeover of Egypt’s media is under way, leaving the influence on public opinion to be controlled by the state, the secret services and a few wealthy owners loyal to the regime and with close ties to the former president Hosni Mubarak. The coordinated attack on media freedom and pluralism is facilitated by a set of new laws restructuring the media sector in 2018 and by the ongoing pressure on journalists and media workers by the state. January 25, 2019 Sisification of the Media – a Hostile Takeover Initiated by Reporters Without Borders and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) is a global research and advocacy project to promote transparency and media pluralism worldwide. Country studies have been published so far in Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. All MOM results are available online at www.mom-rsf.org.   EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Reports and statistics Organisation to go further The president also appoints the head of the General Intelligence, which controls Egyptian Media Group (EMG), one of the most dominant media companies, through its own investment firm, Eagle Capital. Since 2016, EMG has been conducting a vast campaign to acquire shares in each media sector concluding a dozen deals to extend its control and reinforcing the leverage of the security apparatus in the sector. President al-Sisi also appoints the head of the Military Intelligence, which controls Falcon Group, a security company that also conducted deals in the media sector and acquired at least two TV networks and two radio stations since 2013. “Sisification” of the media system Help by sharing this information Ulrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink / Juliane Matthey The Egyptian media market appears purposely opaque as the access to any piece of data is, though legally provided, effectively and actively blocked in practice. Follow the news on Egypt While the post-revolutionary constitution of 2014 required independent bodies to regulate the media sector, new laws authorize the president to directly appoint the head and some of the members of the newly created Supreme Council for Media Regulation, which holds the power to fine or suspend publications and broadcasters and issue or revoke licences (Law 180/2018). He also has the authority to appoint the head and some of the members of the National Media Authority (Law 178/2018) that governs the state-owned broadcast sector and the National Press Authority (Law 179/2018) for the state-owned print and online outlets. These two bodies are in charge of appointing and supervising board members and the executive management. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Reports and statistics center_img Although transparency is officially required for any Egyptian media outlet registered as a company, the MOM team could not retrieve a single file from the Company Registry because an absurdly high fee was demanded illegally to access corporate information. As such, this type of data had to be considered as unavailable. The Egyptian Media Group, indirectly controlled by the secret service, dominates the broadcast sector, especially in satellite TV, closely followed by the state and by the privately owned Trenta and Cleopatra Media companies. The radio sector is largely dominated by the state as well, who owns radio stations directly or through the publicly-owned Nile Radio Company, followed by the privately-owned Nile Radio Productions and D Media for Media Production Company, which is also a key player in the TV sector. Data in the mist As a result, the Egyptian intelligence services are now linked to twelve of the surveyed media entities: eight broadcast media outlets (Mega FM, Nagham FM and Shabee FM, Al Hayah, ON E, Extra News, DRN and El Radio 9090FM), two print outlets and their online editions (Al Youm Al Sabea, Al Watan). Arbitrary interrogations and detentions, violence against journalists by the state and impunity for related crimes create an extremely insecure and dangerous environment to work in. As a result, Egypt is the first out of 21 MOM country editions published or in the making where Reporters Without Borders’ staff didn’t dare to enter the country and where our local partner organisation is not being mentioned due to security concerns. News Reporter ohne Grenzen / Reporters Without Borders Germany February 1, 2021 Find out more Egypt’s strongman, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, engineered a second term as president in early 2018. One of his first moves was to adopt a set of laws to reshuffle the media landscape and extend his powers on it, both in the public and the private sectors. The print sector is concentrated around the public and state-owned Al Ahram Establishment, Dar Akhbar Al Youm and Dar El tahrir for Printing and Publishing as well as the private Al Masry Establishment for Press, Printing and Publishing and Advertising owned by prominent businessman Salah Diab. In addition – and, again, in theory – a new set of laws also requires each media outlet to publish financial statements and balance sheets, but the executive authority has not yet issued any of the executive sub-regulations to allow these laws to be enforced. As a result, financial information and management data was unavailable to the MOM team. By comparison, the online news and information market seems more diverse although the most popular platforms are digital versions of existing media outlets reinforcing their influence. Some of the most popular sites include Youm7 owned by The Egyptian Media Group, Masrawy owned by giant telecommunication tycoon Naguib Sawiris, Al Bawaba News owned by the Arab Center for Journalism led by MP Abdel Rahim Ali, and Sada El Balad News owned by Cleopatra Media Company. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News [email protected] Receive email alerts For the first time, these structures, connections and the main actors are now becoming visible in a comprehensive, data-journalistic investigation that was published by Reporters Without Borders today. The ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ (MOM) Egypt is available online at http://egypt.mom-rsf.org in Arabic and English. News Since President al-Sisi took office, a dozen of once important media owners have seen their influence shrink, as they have been pushed to sell their shares partly or entirely to companies linked to intelligence bodies. Some managed to maintain some of their fading presence through the shareholding structure, and some others keep merely symbolic roles within the management of their own media outlets. Meanwhile, businessmen who support the current regime did not have to sell shares, for example Mohammed Abu El-Enein, the owner of Sada Al Balad, known to fully support al-Sisi’s policies. Particularly, the heavy investments in the media sector made by the General Intelligence raise questions. Some investigation points towards the United Arab Emirates as a source, but this could not be confirmed independently and, not surprisingly, the secret service remains rather secretive in this regard. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Physical and legal abyss The MOM study analyzed 41 national Egyptian media outlets known to be the most popular ones in the country. It illustrates that, across all sectors, more than half of the media landscape is now concentrated in the hands of the state (through the National Media Authority and the National Press Authority, 36.6% of the surveyed media), and of intelligence bodies (through the Egyptian Media Group, 12.2%, and the Falcon Group, 4.9% of the surveyed media). Media Ownership Monitor January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Huntington Hospital Still Seeking Blood Donors

first_imgCommunity News Huntington Hospital Still Seeking Blood Donors By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:40 pm Top of the News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeauty 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment Blood donors this month will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks or In-N-Out, or a Blood Donor t-shirt, when they step up to donate at Huntington Hospital’s Blood Donor Center in Pasadena.Even during COVID-19, blood donation is still a safe practice, the hospital said in a statement.There is no evidence the Coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, the statement said.In addition, at each blood drive and at the Blood Donor Center, Huntington Hospital employees follow thorough safety protocols to ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety.People who have traveled to China, including Hong Kong and Macau, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran in the last 28 days are advised to not donate blood at this time. They may be eligible to donate four weeks after any of those countries.Huntington Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is located at 800 S. Fairmount Ave. in Pasadena. Parking entrance is on Bellefontaine Street. Parking will be validated.Blood Donor Center hours are 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (626) 397-5422. The Blood Donor Center is taking donations by appointment only.Also, visit the hospital’s blood donation page for more information, www.huntingtonhospital.org/support-us/donate-blood/.Before donating, remember to eat a nutritious meal, drink plenty of fluids, and bring your driver license. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Brexit uncertainty partly blamed for collapse of Flybmi

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – February 17, 2019 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit uncertainty partly blamed for collapse of Flybmi Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ Brexit uncertainty is being partly blamed for the collapse of Flybmi.Hundreds of flights have been cancelled including flights between the City of Derry Airport and Stansted.Passengers who booked flights directly with the airline are advised to contact their card issuer to seek a refund.Last week the airport said Fly BMI’s route to London was a “key element” to its sustainability.Derry City and Strabane District Council say they have been in urgent discussions since the announcement to assess the situation and put in place measures to secure a new operator for the route as soon as possible.Councillor Sandra Duffy says not only has the announcement been a huge blow for Derry but for the whole North West region:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/duffy.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Previous articlePlans for public conveniences on Donegal’s Islands progressingNext articleRugby Review: Wins for City of Derry & Omagh in AIL News Highland center_img Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

€5.3 million allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme €5.3 million allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 29, 2021 €5.3 million in funding has been allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal. It’s one of the highest allocation nationwide.The funding will accelerate the delivery of walking and cycling facilities across the county.It’s part of an overall programme to ensure the delivery of almost 1,000 kilometres of improved walking and cycling infrastructure across the country by 2025.In a statement Donegal Green Party Chairman Michael White says “the new funding is a huge boost to the rollout of Active Travel infrastructure. It will enable Donegal County Council to expand the great work they are already doing in delivering new walking and cycling routes across the county, and we will continue to support that work in any way we can.  In particular, we are pushing for a new cycleway in Moville, Inishowen that runs past John Hume’s house to be named in his honour. We are also pressing for new cycleways and walkways in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Donegal Town.”Minister Charlie McConalogue commented “The announcement today is a positive step for Donegal and provides green sustainable transport options to those in rural communities. The projects listed for Donegal will help create safer, greener and better spaces for people to live, work and visit.”He concluded “I thank my government colleagues Ministers Ryan and Naughton, the NTA and all the local communities who are committed to these projects.” Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleCalls for hair salons to re-open for vaccinated people labelled ‘ridiculous’Next articleLetterkenny project to receive largest share of €5.3M funding News Highland Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebooklast_img read more

Wealthy tech executive kidnapped, killed: Sheriff

first_imgiStock(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — A wealthy tech executive has been found dead after he was kidnapped from his Northern California home, authorities said.Tushar Atre, 50, was taken from his Santa Cruz home around 3 a.m. Tuesday and put into his own 2008 BMW SUV, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.Atre’s body and car were found later on Tuesday in Los Gatos, the sheriff’s office said.His death was ruled a homicide but authorities have not released how he died.The body was found near the vehicle, which was located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM reported.Robbery is believed to be the motive, according to the sheriff’s office.The sheriff’s office said it appears to be an isolated incident.Atre was a millionaire tech executive, a CEO and founder of Atrenet, according to SF Gate.Atrenet creates and maintains websites for Silicon Valley tech companies and has clients including Hewlett Packard and Deloitte Consulting.SF Gate described Atre’s house as a multi-million dollar home.Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jacob Ainsworth of the sheriff’s office at 831-454-7635.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Valentine’s bakery trends to spread the love

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesGet virtual Valentine’s Day is still a big deal for bakers, but the way they shift their wares may change.“Most of our sales this year will be online so there will be a big uplift through this channel,” notes Ginger Bakers’ Smith.Fulop Gabor, owner of London-based Jack & Beyond, believes that bakers can seize opportunities by offering UK wide shipping or local, contact-free delivery services.“Bakers should focus on working on their online presence by setting up a user-friendly website and online shop and start marketing their products to target audiences via social media such as Instagram and Facebook,” he adds.Gabor says that Valentine’s sales should not be too affected by lockdown, as the romantic day can easily be celebrated indoors. However, job losses and redundancies could include how much people spend on gifts this year. Source: Dawn FoodsDoughnutsForget chocolates, this Valentine’s Day consumers are opting to share the love with doughnuts.“Doughnuts are making a strong appearance again, along with plenty of vegan options,” adds Dawn Foods’ Passmore.Dawn is tapping into this trend with a new lovestruck recipe. Recipe developer and influencer Emma Hanton has whipped up Valentine’s vegan raspberry doughnuts for bakers to use. Made from Dawn’s new vegan doughnut mix and vegan fruit filling and glaze, the raspberry flavour amps up the nostalgia factor, it adds.Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme has teamed up with sweet brand Love Hearts on its range of heart-shaped doughnuts while Doughnut Time has created heart-shaped delights suitable for home delivery. Its range includes jam- and chocolate-filled treats as well as DIY options. Source: Bloom BakersLetterbox giftingLockdown restrictions mean that many couples will be spending Valentine’s Day apart. As such, letterbox gifting has become more popular than ever, with consumers posting iced biscuits, macarons or brownies to loved ones.“Gifting, sending loved one’s special treats and showing appreciation has definitely increased, this has become so much easier to do with many businesses making online purchasing simple, slicker and accessible,” says Lisa Smith from Ginger Bakers.Leeds-based Bloom Bakers, for example, has launched a new range of Valentine’s letterbox biscuits. For the first time this year, the brand has launched a dedicated Valentine’s shop with its most popular messages. Consumers can choose from Missing You Biscuits at £22.50 or an Individual Valentine’s Biscuit for £6 emblazoned with ‘You = Happy’.“Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for sending cakes in the post and we are seeing many bakeries, cafes and restaurants making the most of this business opportunity, using social media platforms to communicate their offering,” says Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods.“We are going to see thousands of brownies delivered by post too. There has been massive growth in on-line brownie delivery businesses as brownies are easy to make, for example, using Dawn’s Brownie Mix and make a great gifting item.” Source: Dawn FoodsValentine’s Day will likely be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t want to spread the love with flowers, chocolates and, er, doughnuts.To celebrate a Valentine’s like no other, bakers have adapted their offerings to fit a romantic occasion amidst a pandemic. There’s letterbox gifting, doughnuts and bite-size treats, which have all boomed in popularity.Lovingly Artisan, Paul Bakery and Pleesecakes, meanwhile, have already tapped into these trends with a host of new products. Here are some bakery trends sure to get hearts racing on 14 February:center_img Source: Tiree Dawson PhotographyLocal pride Over the past twelve months, there has been a great appreciation for all things local and Ginger Bakers believes this will carry over to 14 February.“For Valentine’s Day this year we have collaborated with one of our neighbours in Cumbria. Shed 1 is a gin distillery and has a great seasonal gin, with buoyant alcohol sales during lockdown this seemed a perfect partnership,” says owner Lisa Smith.Called Shed Loads of Love, the cake is inspired by the classic Persian Love Cake and comprises dried edible rose petals and chopped pistachios. Source: Jack & BeyondBite-size Lockdown has increased the demand for smaller cakes and desserts that serve two people.As Valentine’s dinners at home become the norm, a host of high street retailers including M&S, Aldi and Morrisons have unveiled ‘Dine in for Two’ offers.Bakers everywhere, meanwhile, are rolling out miniature bakes, from cheesecakes to pavlovas.Cheesecake specialist Pleesecakes, for example, has created individual portions of heart-shaped cheesecakes including caramel & butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella variants.Jack & Beyond, on the other hand, has a range of Valentine’s Day Cupcakes with an rsp of £3.60. These vanilla cupcakes are finished with buttercream icing and a topping of meringues.last_img read more

Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

first_imgRobert Pozen, a Harvard Business School lecturer, poses long-term solutions for solving the problems of now. From the housing slump and the stock market to the big bank bailout, this book is a blueprint for reform.last_img

Nokia profit dips as it sees challenges in US market for 5G

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — Finnish telecommunications company Nokia has reported a smaller than expected drop in profit in the fourth-quarter while it acknowledged it was facing some challenges in the race for 5G networks, particularly in the North American market.  The company reported that net profit for the October-December period was down 1% to 811 million euros ($973 million). Sales were down 5% to 6.6 billion euros.CEO Pekka Lundmark, who took over the company’s top spot in August, described the fourth quarter result as “solid” but warned that the current year wouldn’t be easy for Nokia.last_img read more

Cocktails, Accordions & Shared DNA: Chart the History of A Delicate Balance

first_img The Making of a Playwright In the artistic hotbed of 1940s New York, Albee met celebrated poet W.H. Auden, who then arranged a meeting with Thornton Wilder. Albee was writing poetry at the time, but after reading his work, the famous Our Town playwright suggested that Albee consider becoming a dramatist. “I don’t think he saw the incipient dramatist in my poems,” Albee told The Telegraph in 2011, “I think he was trying to save poetry from me.” Albee’s first play The Zoo Story opened in Berlin in 1958, but it was his scorching 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that secured his place in American theater history. Edward Albee turned the drawing room comedies and dramas of the 1950s upside-down with his brilliantly brutal works, including the blistering one-act The Zoo Story and his game-changing barnburner Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But it wasn’t until 1967 that he garnered his first Pulitzer Prize for A Delicate Balance. Wealthy, WASPy older couple Agnes and Tobias live in suburbia with Agnes’ hard-drinking sister Claire, but things are thrown into chaos by the arrival of their daughter Julia, whose fourth marriage has crumbled, and their friends Harry and Edna, who are fleeing from an unnamed terror in their home. Read up on this play before it opens at the Golden Theatre on November 20, directed by Pam MacKinnon and starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins. Big Shoes to Fill After a 1973 movie with Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield earned decent reviews but very little love in the awards department, a 1996 Broadway revival fared better. George Grizzard and Rosemary Harris were well-received as Tobias and Agnes, but it was Elaine Stritch as the boozy, accordion-playing, truth-telling Claire who left her mark (as always) on the show’s juiciest role. In the new revival, three-time Tony winner Glenn Close chose not to compete with the memory of Stritch’s performance; that honor instead goes to acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan. “I wouldn’t begrudge Elaine Stritch anything,” Duncan told the L.A. Times. She’s one of your legends, and as far as I’m concerned, she can have it all. Thankfully, I can only do the Claire that I can do.” When Stars Align While the number of Awards—Tony, Olivier, Emmy, Golden Globe—among this cast is staggering, no one is resting on their laurels. “All of us have come to the moment where you sink to you knees and roll on the floor,” Close said on The Today Show of working on Albee’s play. But the challenges were worth it—the production that lured Close back to Broadway for the first time in 17 years is drawing audiences in record numbers. It’s not easy to get a full cast of marquee names, so we’re guessing they all share’s Bob Balaban’s delight at being a member of this ensemble: “With the play, the director and the cast,” he said, “I’d be happy to just move scenery.” View Comments Write What You Know When Albee started writing A Delicate Balance, he ended up right back in the WASPy world he escaped—Harry and Edna were even based on a real couple of the same name who were friends of his parents. According to Albee, the play “has to do with that class, and that social and political structure that I grew up around, unfortunately, and left as soon as I could.” A Delicate Balance opened on Broadway on September 23, 1966 starring real-life married couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as Tobias and Agnes, Rosemary Murphy as Claire and Marian Seldes as Julia. After mixed reviews, Seldes was the only one to walk away with a trophy on Tony night in 1967, but we’re guessing Albee wasn’t too disappointed. He’d already won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for drama, an award many felt was overdue. Virginia Woolf had been up for a Pulitzer in ’63, but the committee deemed it insufficiently “uplifting”; several jurors resigned in protest. But A Delicate Balance wasn’t a consolation prize: “We were right then, and we’re right now,” said juror Mason Brown. To the Theater Born Albee came by his velvet-barbed language honestly. Born in 1928 in Washington, D.C., at under a month old he was adopted by a wealthy vaudeville heir and his socialite wife and moved to the ritzy town of Larchmont, NY. It wasn’t his natural environment. “When I was told that I was adopted I remember being rather relieved,” Albee told The Guardian. “I just didn’t feel that I belonged. And the older I got, the more I was able to observe the way they lived their lives and the more I was convinced that there was something very amiss there.” Young Albee was thrown out of several private schools and sent to the military academy; at 20, he left for good and found the home he’d been looking for in Greenwich Village. He never saw his father again, and it would be 17 years before he again saw his mother. Together Again In 1982, Glenn Close and John Lithgow became great friends while filming the screen adaptation of The World According to Garp. (Maybe they picked up a couple of tips on A Delicate Balance: Original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy also starred in the film.) They both earned Oscar nods but haven’t worked together since, though their connection remains strong. “I’m the male Glenn Close, and she’s the female John Lithgow,” Lithgow told the New York Times, “In that we’re basically serious theater actors who have been lucky to find great material to play in film and television. We share DNA in a lot of ways, which can help create a marriage.” Related Shows A Delicate Balance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

Two species thought to be extinct re-discovered + Dolphins get high on purpose

first_imgToday marks 100 years since the Grand Canyon was designated as a national park. To celebrate, the park will host special events and programs at the park and throughout Arizona during the centennial year. Although afforded federal protection in 1893, the Grand Canyon did not achieve national park status until 1919, three years after the formation of the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon National Park Act, which officially made the Grand Canyon a national park, was signed by President Woodrow Wilson and considered an early success of the conservation movement. Today the Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes more than 6 million domestic and international tourists a year. Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100 Elephants get drunk on overripe fruit, horses eat hallucinogenic weeds, and now, it appears, dolphins may get high off of pufferfish. Footage from a new BBC documentary, “Spy in the Pod,” reveals dolphins purposely coming into contact with toxic pufferfish, which release a potent defensive chemical when threatened. In small doses, the toxin appears to put the dolphins into a trance-like state. The dolphins were filmed playfully passing the toxic pufferfish between them for 20 or 30 minutes and at one point were observed floating just beneath the surface of the water, apparently mesmerized by their own reflections. A zoologist with the film said that the dolphins’ handling of the pufferfish implied that it was not their first time interacting with the fish in this way. Another species feared extinct, the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was also discovered last week on a remote Galapagos Island. The species had not been seen in more than 110 years when scientists found a single female tortoise, believed to be more than a century old. Scientists think there may be more living Fernandina Giant Tortoises on the island due to tracks and scat they found. The tortoise was taken to a breeding center for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. Cue Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies.” A single female Wallace’s giant bee, feared extinct for 38 years, was discovered on the Indonesian island of the North Moluccas last week. The world’s largest bee, four times the size of a honeybee, was found living inside a termite’s nest in a tree. The bee’s habitat is threatened by deforestation, and its size makes it a target for collectors. Two species, both thought to be extinct, recently re-discovered in Indonesia and Ecuador Dolphins may use toxic pufferfish to get highlast_img read more

Northern Triangle Country Militaries Train on Humanitarian Principles and the Use of Force

first_imgBy Honduran Secretariat of National Defense February 24, 2017 Universal norms will be integrated into the military’s public security tasks in the region’s three countries. Training is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed by the Honduran Secretariat of National Defense and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Twenty-five officers from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will attend the specialized course from February 7th-24th to strengthen their theoretical and practical knowledge on the application of international standards on the use of force. The lectures will deal with the role of the armed forces in public security, public security in Central America, the rule of law, and the use of force, and will be led by national and international guest panelists. “Participating in this type of training gives the personnel added value when they put these techniques and procedures into practice when using force. We aim to correctly apply this knowledge during operations so we can ensure human rights are respected,” said Cavalry Colonel Juan Ramón Barahona Uriarte, head of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Staff. “The ICRC as an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian institution seeks to promote the knowledge and integration of international standards on the use of force, including the use of firearms, arrest and detention, doctrine, teaching, training and equipment, and internal oversight systems of the armed forces and the security forces,” explained Eduardo Ubierna, ICRC head of mission in Honduras. The instructor training course for the armed forces and security forces is part of the ICRC activities in Central America. In the past three years, these forces have developed processes for teaching and integrating international standards on the use of force. To date more than 6,000 military members who participate in public security operations in support of the national police have been trained as a result of the instructor training and the collaboration between the Armed Forces Human Rights Directorate and the ICRC.last_img read more

State’s lawyers and judges catapulted to international fame

first_imgState’s lawyers and judges catapulted to international fame State’s lawyers and judges catapulted to international fame Associate Editor One day, Palm Beach County Judge Charles Burton was a rookie judge handling routine shoplifting and trespassing cases. The next thing he knew, the whole world watched as he chaired a canvassing board dealing with baffling butterfly ballots. He pulled 17-hour days, as they recounted by hand presidential votes, amid flare-ups of mass confusion and partisan passions. The election debacle snagged him not only a seat on the witness stand at a Tallahassee trial where the judge declared him a “great American,” but a ringside spectators’ seat at historic oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. While boarding a plane in Washington, the airline agent took Judge Burton’s ticket and held it high to get a look at it through the light, mimicking his now-famous chad-checking pose. Judge Burton got a big laugh out of that, along with the stunning realization that he was now famous. “Total strangers are stopping to thank me. People are coming up to me taking pictures, wanting me to autograph sample ballots,” Judge Burton said. “It was clearly an awesome experience.” Judge Burton joins dozens of Florida lawyers and judges flung into the limelight or toiling behind the scenes during the 36-day rollicking ride to fill the nation’s top job. A global audience hung on every live-broadcast word from Dexter Douglass’ homespun quotes draped in Southern drawl to Second Judicial Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls’ jovial exchange over a speaker phone with Miami-Dade Assistant County Attorney Murray Greenberg about the logistics of trucking ballots upstate. When Pat Roberts, president of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, looked out at 19 television satellite trucks parked near the Florida Supreme Court, he described the ratings as “off the chart. . . the largest media TV-viewed event in the history of the United States,” bigger than the death of Princess Diana or the Gulf War. Now that the hoopla has faded, what did it really feel like to be a sleep-deprived, adrenaline-fueled Florida lawyer playing a starring role in this high-stakes national drama? We caught up with a few of the celebrity players and supporting cast in George W. Bush v. Al Gore and its many twisting subplots. Toiling in the Trenches “The largest peacetime mobilization of legal talent in the country’s history” is how Benjamin L. Ginsberg, general counsel for the Bush campaign, described the throng of lawyers descending on Tallahassee after Election Day. More than 100 lawyers working for Bush took over the top two floors of the Florida GOP headquarters in Tallahassee, as well as the downtown Greenberg Traurig law firm and Gray, Harris and Robinson on Kleman Plaza. Jason Unger described the hectic scene at Gray, Harris and Robinson as setting up three law firms overnight, complete with a full technology studio, staffed with lawyers from Houston, Denver and Chicago firms. It was exhilarating to be around so many high-caliber legal minds who had clerked for Supreme Court justices, Unger said. Add in an array of expert witnesses, paralegals and secretaries, and it was jammed-packed organized chaos while years of litigation were smashed into a month of fast deadlines, hurtling them through the dizzying ups and downs of quick-changing victories and defeats. “We had to have name tags to know who was who,” said Unger, who described himself as “a hard-core Broward County Jewish Republican, one of three.” “Every day, I had this surreal moment of coming off the elevator and walking into our office, which was transformed into an absolute war room,” he said. All pictures were stripped from the walls, replaced with posters plotting their entire legal strategy and assignments focusing on the military ballot recount in 67 counties. Little cards helped keep track of all the lawyers telling who was where and who they were with and what they were up to. “I got at least three or four hours of sleep each night. And the out-of-state lawyers had a choice of crashing on the couch in the office or going back to the hotel. Most of the time, they just crashed on the couch,” Unger said. “I lost track of the days of the week. No one knew whether it was Thursday or Sunday. It didn’t matter. We were always in court.” A block away, the legal team for Al Gore crammed into the offices of Berger, Davis & Singerman (later moving to an extra empty office next door to Dexter Douglass’ law firm) where John D.C. Newton II, former president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, found himself in the thick of things. He was filing briefs for Gore, hanging out with top legal eagle David Boies and Warren Christopher. One of many bizarre moments Newton will never forget was when he’d drafted the first brief for the Florida Supreme Court, a partner in Washington was doing final revisions, and the printer and copier were cranking out pages while the TV blared. “The image of the Supreme Court came on the screen, with the banner: `Gore brief due in 15 minutes,’” Newton recalled. “It was an incredibly surreal moment to watch your life in real time on national television.” Another surreal moment, Newton recalled, was sitting with two other lawyers in front of the TV watching the trial in Judge Sauls’ court, while they all worked on the brief for the appeal when the trial was over. Newton’s two-person law office bustled 24 hours a day, crammed with 17 lawyers and staff sitting at card tables with laptops. Besides that group of legal talent, Newton said, they were helped by what they dubbed “The Elves,” lawyers all over the country who volunteered their time to do legal research and help make deadline with tidbits of info in calls and e-mails. Adding to the craziness was being the father of a 3-year-old daughter, who sometimes came to the law office and sat on the floor with a crayon and colored the briefs, master of a dog that had to be dropped off at friends because there was no time to walk or feed him, and son to a mother who suffered a heart attack and was stunned to get a call from Gore himself in her Sebring hospital room, just weeks before she passed away. Despite the personal crises, Newton will cherish memories of this once-in-lifetime case. “It was wonderful to sit in on a conference call with the Vice President as he’s reviewing a speech he’s about to give on national TV to make sure it’s accurate,” Newton said. “We were in the middle of a historic case, and it was exhilarating.” On the last day, when the last brief was filed with the Florida Supreme Court, Newton recalled, “There were a lot of middle-aged people pulling an all-nighter, including me. When I left around 5 a.m. to go home for a quick shower, I looked around the room. Four lawyers are typing away. One is sitting with his feet on another chair snoring. Later, the brief goes out the door. Kendall Coffey and I are sitting alone in the now quiet room and Kendall says: `You know, this is sort of it. People will start trickling back to their homes and practices. This will be the end of what we’re doing. We’ll see each other in courtrooms and airports. We will remember each other and this time. But we’re coming to the end of a rare and precious moment in time. And it’s all something we shared together.’” Celebrity Lawyers on Live TV While legal troops toiled in trenches behind the scenes, Tallahassee Greenberg Traurig lawyer Barry Richard was out front and center, gaining celebrity status as he appeared in as many as five courtrooms in a single day, representing George W. Bush in more than 46 cases, as well as making oral arguments at the Supreme Court. “It was strange,” Richard said. “I said to my wife, `One day I feel like I’ll wake up and suddenly say, “Boy, was that a strange dream!”‘ Most of the time I was too busy just doing what a trial lawyer does to focus on the significance of what was happening.” He stayed so busy and focused on leading a team of 50 lawyers, he said, that “I never had the opportunity to watch TV or read the newspaper to know what the exposure was. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks afterwards, when I began to see copies of stories, and somebody sent me the “Nightline” and “Today Show” tapes, that’s when the extent hit me.” Greenberg Traurig’s marketing department in Miami kept track: Richard had 2,753 television “hits,” actual times his voice was heard on television, and 147 total hours of network coverage that included live trial work. He had 1,141 media print hits. And his total media exposure included cable networks, wire news services, the top 20 print media outlets and all major networks. During the frenzied six weeks of constant litigation, one day Richard agreed to wear a wire so that his every word could be heard unless he switched off a little knob so he could confer confidentially with his partners, for an ABC “Nightline” story. Even the minutia of personal grooming couldn’t escape the public eye. Newsweek reported that when talk-show host Don Imus dubbed him, “Little Richard,” for the rock-and-roll performer’s pompadour, the next day Richard took a seat in his barber’s chair. With his reputation as a great First Amendment lawyer, Richard sympathized with journalists scurrying around for tips, but he found it a bit unnerving to walk down a street and have hundreds of people swarming him for a quote or a photo op. When he moved to the other side of the street, so did the crowd. “I like reporters, and we get along fine,” Richard said. “But it got to the point where I actually couldn’t leave the office.” He’s proud to say that except for two nights, he was able to rush home in time to tuck into bed his 2-1/2-year-old twins, Jonathan and Jeremy. “In terms of the litigation itself, it was unlike anything I’ve ever done. Later, when I look back, I just can’t believe it,” Richard said. “In terms of impact, it was the biggest case of my career. But the only thing about it that was unusual was the number of cases and the rapidity in which they were being moved along. The issues were no different than any other case. They were not, in themselves, that complex. The actual work was not that unique. It was the clients and the ultimate ramifications, and the surrounding circumstances, and the media and the demonstrators that made it so different.” Fan mail poured in more than 2,000 e-mails and letters. “And only five of them were negative,” Richard said. “Some were funny. One was from someone who said he hadn’t seen me since high school. Many were from Democrats hoping I would lose, but saying I was doing a good job.” After oral arguments at the Florida Supreme Court Nov. 21, George W. called him at home and said: “Keep up the good work.” Later, when a stranger remarked: “It must have been hell,” Richard replied: “Actually, it was like Disney World. I enjoyed it.” So did Dexter Douglass, one of the big guns on the other side of the courtroom, who once served as general counsel to the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and chaired the state’s second Constitution Revision Commission in 1997. “It was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for a lawyer,” Douglass said. “I’ve been in a lot of trials in the 46 years I’ve practiced that were very intense, fast-moving and required long hours. But this one took the cake.” And the day he turned 71, Douglass was in trial. “I had to look at Judge Sanders Sauls on my birthday,” Douglass said, letting out a big laugh. “Best birthday I ever had, doing what I love to do with great people for a good cause.” There was no panic riding the ups and downs. “We’d win, and three hours later we were losing. We just went back to work. We had it right in our grasp and away it went. But that’s not nearly as bad as being the lawyer for someone you think is innocent who gets convicted. That is a real crusher. Or to lose a big civil case about a personal injury that’s devastating for a client that’s much more crushing than this.” When the Gore legal team set up an office in his building, Douglass said, “I walked around and acted like I was in charge.” But he said he agreed totally that Boies should be the lead counsel and make most of the public presentations. “Remarkably, the large egos of fine lawyers did not interfere with the case,” Douglass said. “At the outset, I did a lot of the trial. As the trial went on, I thought it’d be better to keep Boies up front. He was probably most outstanding of anybody in the trial. Our styles are so different. He’s very precise. I tend to be, as the Northern press calls it, `down-home.’” Several times he appeared on “Larry King Live,” and he got a lot of public feedback, not all positive. “Some guy told me I was one of the most un-American people he’d ever seen. I told him I thought he just hadn’t seen many,” Douglass said. But the funniest moment, Douglass said, was while he was in court and on television and some guy called his home and spoke to his wife of 45 years, Terese. “I’m calling to tell you your husband is one of the sorriest excuses for a lawyer, making such outrageous statements about George Bush. What do you think about that?” And Terese Douglass calmly answered: “Yes, sir, I agree with you.” Douglass got a big kick out of that, when his wife told him: “That’s the way to get rid of those nuts. When I agree with them, they think they have the wrong number.” A Jarring Judicial Experience “The experience of a lifetime and hopefully the only one like it in this lifetime!” is how Second Judicial Circuit Judge Nikki Clark, a member of the Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors, described her role presiding over the Seminole County case involving absentee ballots. Lawyers for the Democrats alleged elections officials improperly allowed Republican workers to add missing information to hundreds of absentee ballot applications for Republicans. Kicking off her unprecedented experience was the motion from lawyers for the Republicans asking her to recuse herself, fearing she might not be objective because Gov. Jeb Bush didn’t appoint her to the First District Court of Appeal. She said she was not persuaded, stayed on the case and ended up ruling against the Democrats. As soon as the 5-foot tall woman sat in her judge’s chair, she was struck with the momentousness of the case before her, how every word she uttered was broadcast live, how every gesture and grimace was frozen in time by the incessant clicking of cameras. “But after the first 15 minutes, I couldn’t think about the press or the people or the attention, because the case was so intense and so fast-moving,” Judge Clark recalled. “It was really easy to put all that to the side and concentrate 100 percent on the case. And there was lots to read and digest and make sense of,” Judge Clark said. “The intensity of it all actually made it easier to get through it, because there was so little time to think about the pressure and the intensity of it all.” Like everyone involved in the presidential election contest, she was putting in 16-hour days. “I didn’t know what my daughter looked like for a week and a half,” Judge Clark said. After a long day in court, she was delivered to her front door by a sheriff’s deputy. When Jesse Jackson walked into her courtroom, her focus was mostly on shushing spectators all abuzz. She made sure that some of the seats reserved for the press went to several kids she knows and mentors, including her 17-year-old daughter Kianna Ferguson. “I didn’t want that part of history to go down just for the press,” Judge Clark said. After court, she held a little Q-and-A session with the teens. “They found it to be a wonderful experience, and two of the kids told me they are planning a legal career,” she said. Total strangers called her at all times of the day and night just to give their opinion. “I heard from some very unpleasant people,” she said. “One guy in particular was way too weird.” That’s when Judge Clark, after being on the bench for more than seven years without a problem, was forced to switch to an unlisted phone number. The barrage of calls and e-mails included those from people she hadn’t heard from in 30 years, to the daily pep talks from her oldest sister who was constantly asked by family and friends, “Is that our little Nikki?” Then, there were the people who messaged her to declare: “You need a makeover!” After the case was finally over, the first African-American and the first woman named to the circuit bench in the Second Circuit, described the feeling as “relief and a sense of survival.” “I want to get a T-shirt that says, `I survived Election 2000,’” she said with a laugh. For Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, being assigned to preside over the biggest case of his career meant enduring an exhausting schedule. The first week of December, when he got the Martin County absentee ballot case, Judge Lewis was determined to keep his prior commitment to teach three classes at the circuit judges’ conference in Amelia Island. “I did a few hearings from the conference by telephone,” Judge Lewis said, describing how judges at the conference gathered around the TV to watch Judge Sauls preside over his trial. One thing Judge Lewis said he learned is that a judge is “considered a hero or a goat depending on the result of the ruling.. . . If you are an ardent partisan, you think everyone else is. You view everything with suspicion and don’t look at the analysis, and that’s very troubling for the long-term effectiveness of the court.” With that in mind, Judge Lewis said he wished he had explained himself better in how he reached his second ruling. “It just reinforces that a judge should explain a ruling in a way that both parties understand why, so it seems reasonable, even if people disagree. You don’t want someone to think of us as political hacks,” Judge Lewis said. E-mails and letters, he said, ranged from “You’re an American hero” to “I hope you burn in hell and have a slow, miserable life until then.” His stint presiding over the big case included a glowing editorial in the New York Times calling his November 14 order “a model of common sense” when he said the secretary of state could not arbitrarily refuse to accept recount results that arrived after her hard-and-fast deadline. “People would send me pictures of me in the newspaper in Tokyo. You realize that everybody is looking at what you’re doing. . . It’s certainly unprecedented. Something like this will never happen again in my lifetime.” One extra benefit from all the media exposure was that a Baltimore Sun reporter actually read Judge Lewis’ novel, Conflict of Interest, published in 1997, a mystery about an alcoholic lawyer, and gave it a pretty decent review. Any plans to craft a novel about political intrigue swirling around a close presidential election? Judge Lewis said with a laugh: “No, no, I won’t be writing a novel about it. It’s not my type.” Parting Thoughts The legal experience of a lifetime left many Florida lawyers waxing philosophical. Mitchell Berger, who served as a chief trial strategist for Gore, said, “The thing I took away from it was how precious the right to vote is and how important it is that we honor and cherish that right.” For Judge Burton, the silver lining in the storm of protests was how deeply people cared, even young people so often branded as apathetic. Outside the highest court in the land, he was both amazed and heartened to see college students curled up in sleeping bags to save their place in line, not for tickets to a rock concert, but for a chance to witness history in the making. For 27-year-old Chanta Combs, part of the Bush team working on the military ballot issues, it was a test of her six-month marriage to a staunch Democrat, lawyer Bert Combs, whose uncle was once a Democrat governor of Kentucky. “I understand now about not talking about politics with family,” Chanta Combs said. “I really did get to see the Constitution come to life,” she said. “It was such a historic and monumental thing, and the whole world was watching. We spent so many hours in the office that we took it for granted that you knew more than the rest of the world knew and what the rest of the world wanted to know.” Having graduated from Florida State University’s College of Law a mere two years ago, she said with a sigh: “Anything less than fighting for the presidency seems mundane. The next 40 years will seem incredibly boring.” February 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img

Obama’s emergency step aimed to help implement disaster plans

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a measure designed to help hospitals respond more quickly to surging numbers of pandemic H1N1 cases, President Barack Obama on Oct 24 signed an emergency declaration that will help facilities establish alternative care sites and protocols for triage and transport.Pandemic H1N1 flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, according to a recent status update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National indicators point to intensifying pandemic activity that could overwhelm local hospitals and emergency departments.At least two hospitals that experienced a surge of flu patients have already had to alter their flu triage and treatment by setting up tents adjacent to the emergency departments: Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., in mid October and Dell Children’s Memorial Hospital in Austin, Tex., in mid September.The emergency H1N1 declaration fulfils one of two conditions that would be needed for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant a waiver of section 1135 of the Social Security Act, which would ease certain restrictions on healthcare facilities in an emergency.The waiver still requires individual requests from facilities and would only apply to a specific emergency area and period and within 72 hours of when a hospital has instituted its disaster protocol.In the past, section 1135 waivers have been made for events including Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Obama’s inauguration, and North Dakota flooding.The waiver affects requirements in several government health programs that provide certain patient protections that also may impair the ability of healthcare institutions to fully implement their disaster medical plans. The government programs include Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).In background materials on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site, federal officials said the waiver doesn’t suspend HIPAA privacy rules. It said, however, that the president’s emergency declaration and an HHS secretary waiver could temporarily shield affected hospitals against sanctions for not complying with some provisions such as securing patient approval for the medical team to speak with family or friends involved in their care.Paula Steib, a spokeswoman with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told CIDRAP News that Obama’s signing of the emergency declaration wasn’t unexpected.”It was a continuation of similar actions taken this past spring to ensure all authorities are in place so the federal government and the states have the flexibility to respond to needs should they arise,” she said.”It was not related to any specific events or vaccine supply issues, but an effort to be as prepared as possible.”In late April after the first novel H1N1 illnesses were identified, federal officials declared a public health emergency, which they said was a routine measure that allowed the government to free up resources to respond to the outbreak and deploy antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to states.See also:Oct 24 background information on Obama’s H1N1 emergency declarationhttp://www.flu.gov/professional/federal/h1n1emergency10242009.htmlOct 25 White House blog posthttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/10/25/president-obama-signs-emergency-declaration-h1n1-fluOct 23 CIDRAP News story “Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “US swine flu cases rise as feds call health emergency”last_img read more

BLOG: Pennsylvania Has a Fair Funding Formula: Sorry, Delaware and North Carolina

first_imgBLOG: Pennsylvania Has a Fair Funding Formula: Sorry, Delaware and North Carolina Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary center_img June 02, 2016 Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog,  Videos A landmark report in 2013 revealed a stark ranking for Pennsylvania: we were one of only three states without a funding formula to fairly, equitably and adequately distribute new funding to school districts.This week, Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s fair funding formula into law.And that leaves Delaware and North Carolina alone as states without a fair funding formula.While this is a victory for students, their parents, teachers and school administrators, it is not a singular or quick fix.As Governor Wolf has pointed out and education advocates have pushed, in order for the formula to work, the General Assembly must allocate more money for our schools.Only more funding, not the formula alone can solve another ranking problem for the commonwealth: A ranking of states regarding school-funding equity found Pennsylvania in 47th place.As Governor Wolf works toward a final 2016-2017 budget, he will be fighting to push more funding out so Pennsylvania’s schools can start to move forward.last_img read more

How to beat the competition in a fast-selling property market

first_imgCompetition for inner-city property in Brisbane is heating up. Picture: Chris HigginsCOMPETITION for inner-city property is heating up, with a shortage of stock seeing homes snapped up fast.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman and Bees Nees City Realty managing director Rob Honeycombe said it was becoming more common for Brisbane properties to receive multiple offers.Mr Honeycombe said there was a shortage of stock in the inner Brisbane market, so good property at fair prices was selling quickly.“We’re at an interesting point in the market where people aren’t wanting to sell but there’s still a reasonable number of buyers,” he said.When houses are selling fast, you’ve got to be faster than rival buyers.So, how can buyers compete? These three tips will help your offer come out on top.1. Get on to real estate agents’ data basesFind out what’s coming up before everyone else by contacting agents in your preferred neighbourhoods. Some agencies have weekly alerts you can sign up to which give buyers a chance to hear about and inspect new listings before they’re launched to the market. “We often have owners wanting to sell but unsure if they’re up for a full campaign, and their properties are offered off-market to our database.”“There are some excellent opportunities, often with far less competition from other buyers. “Sellers can save thousands with this method so buyers often share the benefits.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE 2. Get smarter about searching online Instead of letting an online search sort properties to the default setting of ‘most relevant’ or ‘featured’, try sorting by price order.That way you might find something that suits for less than you expected.“It’s also a great way to find out what a seller really wants when there’s an auction or no advertised price, as they have to authorise the search price in the back end of the online listing.” These are the Queensland suburbs where if you take your time you could miss out 3. Look at older listings first This tip could save you thousands. Try sorting the online search results by oldest listing first and you can often negotiate more easily with the seller.According to Mr Honeycombe, usually after 30 or 45 days on the market a new advertisement will expire and revert to standard listing, and unless the seller coughs up more money it will become harder to find in the default-ranked results. “So here’s the opportunity — when do you think many sellers adjust their asking prices if they’re not sold? Their competitively-priced listings, ripe for the picking, are tucked away in the basic web ads and missed by the vast majority of other homebuyers.”last_img read more

MMT Scoops Up 10 New Contracts

first_imgMMT said it has secured 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industry.The contracts, won in the past two months, are for old and new clients such as Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Some of the contracts are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea.The Swedish subsea survey specialist noted it will deliver its survey solution Surveyor Interceptor ROV in several projects this summer and autumn.last_img read more

Survey doesn’t show doctors’ views – NZMA

first_imgRadio NZ News 14 July 2015Nearly 12 percent of general practitioners surveyed by the magazine New Zealand Doctor say they have helped a terminally ill person die.But the New Zealand Medical Association says the survey does not reflect doctors’ views.Thirteen of the 110 GPs who responded to the survey by New Zealand Doctor and IMS FaxHealth said they had intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.Nearly 41 percent of survey respondents said they had been asked to help end a patient’s life by relatives.There was a fairly even split on questions about whether doctors should help terminally ill people to die, and on whether a law change was needed.New Zealand Medical Association chair Stephen Child told Nine to Noon the survey did not represent the views of doctors on euthanasia.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/278712/survey-doesn’t-show-doctors’-views-nzmalast_img read more

INDOT plans ‘Transportation Talk’

first_imgSeymour, In. — Do you enjoy talking transportation?Do you keep a sharp eye on transportation-related trends and innovations? Do you have thoughts and ideas you’d like to share with Indiana’s transportation agency about the future of transportation in our state? If so, the Indiana Department of Transportation would like to invite you to an informative open house session, where transportation-related topics will be informally discussed through old fashioned, one-on-one conversations.INDOT seeks to have a conversation with Indiana communities regarding the current status and future development of transportation in Indiana, and our programs and initiatives. As a conversation starter, we invite the public to meet for “Transportation Talk”, an informal open house. INDOT team members will be available to talk about their respective programs while addressing questions from the public and soliciting input. INDOT will host six “Transportation Talk” events in June at locations throughout west-central, southeastern and east central Indiana. JOIN THE CONVERSATION “Transportation Talk” Open HouseCome to Columbus East High School located at 230 South Marr Road on Wednesday evening, June 20,  Session takes place between 5 and 7 p.m.last_img read more

Indian Kabaddi Teams Register Win in Asian Games

first_imgJakarta: After suffering a shock defeat to South Korea in the last match, the Indian kabaddi men’s team bounced back in style as they defeated Thailand 49-30 in their fourth match of the Asian Games here on Tuesday.Continuing their winning run, the Indian women’s Kabaddi team outclassed Sri Lanka 38-12.The Indian eves completely dominated their neighbours and registered the third successive win to top the Group A charts.India, who had earlier defeated Japan and Thailand in their previous games, will now take on Indonesia in their last group tie here later on Tuesday. IANSlast_img read more

Misbah named Pakistan head coach, Waqar new bowling coach

first_img(REUTERS) – Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was named Pakistan’s head coach as well as the chief selector on a three-year contract yesterday, with pace great Waqar Younis joining him as the team’s new bowling coach.Misbah and Waqar have worked together in the past when the former was Pakistan captain and the latter was head coach.“It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past,” Misbah, who scored over 10 300 international runs in 75 Tests and 162 one-dayers, said in a statement. “It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket.“I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task, otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.” Misbah will wield tremendous influence in Pakistan cricket after also taking over as the chairman of selectors with head coaches of the six first-class association sides as his fellow selectors.On the 45-year-old’s recommendation, former captain Waqar returned to the coaching staff on a three-year contract.“We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern-day stars,” Misbah said.“Both Waqar and I had a candid and frank discussion and we agreed on a number of things, including roles and responsibilities as well as how to take things forward.” The overhaul of the backroom staff follows the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to not renew head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract after the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup.During the tournament, the PCB had promised a robust review and analysis of the side’s performances, and that of the team support personnel, over the past three years.Last month, Misbah took charge of a national training camp ahead of the new international season.His first assignment as the new head coach will be the limited overs home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9. Pakistan’s first series as part of the inaugural World Test Championship will be in Australia, where Pakistan will play in Brisbane (November 21-25), followed by a day-night Test in Adelaide (November 29-December 3).Misbah, Pakistan’s most successful and longest serving Test captain, retired from international cricket in 2017 after a distinguished career, but played for Peshawar Zalmi in this year’s Pakistan Super League Twenty20 tournament.last_img read more

Big Ten powerhouses try to put losses behind them

first_imgJAY LAPRETE/Associated PressThe Big Ten’s hope of placing a team in the national championship game took a huge hit when the conference’s top three teams, Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa, all lost this past Saturday.While some college football analysts and writers have already written off the Big Ten, most coaches have yet to hit the panic button.”I don’t think any team is out of anything unless you have two losses,” Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr said.Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez isn’t worried about the Big Ten yet either.”It’s very, very early to make those kinds of statements,” he said. “The voters recognize the best teams at the end of the year.”It will be a tough road for any of those three teams to make it to the championship game, judging from last year, when Auburn finished undefeated and was left out of the Orange Bowl. Furthermore, all three teams will also have to face each other before the end of the season.Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz doesn’t like to talk about the BCS at any point of the season, but especially not this early.”I never worry about the BCS and I hope our players don’t either,” Ferentz said.Many of the Big Ten coaches echoed Ferentz’s comments, saying they let other people worry about the race for the National Championship and simply concentrate on winning the games in front of them.”There’s a lot more people outside of this building that talk about it than inside our building,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. “Right now you can’t worry about what will go on at the end of the year.”Big Ten elite look to bounce back: Last weekend’s losses have left Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa in the unfamiliar position of having to recover from an early season loss.”You win, you lose, you still have to move on to your next opponent,” Ferentz said. “The worst thing you can do is let the loss carry over to the next game.”Carr said the key is to forget about last week’s game.”The most important thing is to stay focused and be ready to play,” Carr said. “You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself because no one else will.”Tressel said his team simply needs to get back to winning games, but with the structure of the college football season, needs to do so quickly.”This isn’t baseball,” Tressel said. “We only get a certain amount of opportunities.”Wildcats claim two Big Ten honors: The Northwestern Wildcats, off to a 2-0 start this season, claimed the offensive and co-special teams players of the week after defeating Northern Illinois last weekend.True freshman running back Tyrell Sutton was named offensive player of the week after rushing for 214 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning score.Junior defensive back Marquice Cole earned co-special teams honors after returning two punts for 101 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk was named defensive player of the week for his work in the Buckeyes’ loss to No. 2 Texas. Hawk had 12 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.Wisconsin senior wide receiver Brandon Williams shared the co-special teams honors with Cole following the Badgers’ 65-0 blowout win over Temple. Williams returned one kickoff for 38 yards, and four punts for 105 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown.last_img read more

Trojans roll past Aggies in first round of NCAAs

first_imgAfter kicking off the NCAA championships with two sweeps, the men’s tennis team looks to string together four more wins to capture its fourth-consecutive NCAA title.In front of a home crowd at Marks Stadium, No. 1 USC (29-1) posted a 4-0 victory against Fairfield (16-5) on Saturday, followed by another 4-0 win against No. 30 Texas A&M (14-15) on Sunday to advance to the round of 16 at Athens, Ga.The Trojans, who hold the top seed in the tournament, eliminated the Aggies behind freshman Roberto Quiroz’s 6-1, 6-3 clincher over Jackson Withrow.Reason to celebrate · Freshman Roberto Quiroz (left) and senior Steve Johnson (right) won their doubles match against Texas A&M to help the Trojans advance to the second round of the NCAA championships. – Photo courtesy of Dan Avila If the Trojans advance, they will take on either No. 8 Duke or Baylor in the quarterfinals on Sunday. USC set the tone early in doubles action, where No. 2 pair Johnson and Quiroz and No. 35 pair Nguyen and Sarmiento both dispatched their opponents to the tune of 8-4 to give the Trojans a quick 1-0 advantage.USC’s first singles point of the day came from No. 1 senior Steve Johnson, who defeated No. 33 Alexis Klegou 6-2, 6-1 for his 62nd consecutive singles win.No. 25 sophomore Ray Sarmiento then extended USC’s lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 finish over Junior Ore.Quiroz clinched the win five minutes later, suspending the matches featuring No. 21 senior Daniel Nguyen, No. 51 freshman Yannick Hanfmann and No. 57 sophomore Emilio Gomez.The win over Texas A&M was Johnson and Nguyen’s last match at Marks Stadium. The two graduating seniors were both a part of the Trojans’ last three consecutive championship teams.“It’s always great to play at home, but it’s special for the seniors,” Sarmiento said. “I’m happy we got the wins for them.”The Trojans saw similar success in the tournament opener the day before in their sweep over Fairfield, which was capped off by Hanfmann’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Dennis Zlobinsky.After USC’s ranked pairs captured the doubles point in just 35 minutes, Johnson and Sarmiento defeated their opponents in straight singles sets to set up Hanfmann’s win.“I feel like the team is playing well. It’s a great way to go into the tournament,” Nguyen said.The first-round victory came nearly two weeks after the Trojans defeated No. 5 UCLA 4-2 at Ojai, Calif., on April 29 for the inaugural Pac-12 Team Championship.The Bruins had snapped the Trojans’ 45-match winning streak in a tight 4-3 win in the regular season finale at Marks Stadium on April 20.With a new four-match win streak intact, the Trojans continue their quest for a fourth consecutive NCAA title at the University of Georgia, where they will face No. 16 Illinois (19-7) in the round of 16 on Friday at 6 a.m.The Fighting Illini are led by No. 7 Dennis Nevolo and No. 31 Roy Kalmanovich, who also comprise the No. 21 doubles pair for Illinois.“It’ll definitely be tough,” Sarmiento said. “Illinois is proven, so we have to be ready to play and battle.”center_img USC ultimately hopes to play for its 20th national title in the championship match, which will take place on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EST.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 25 Pittsburgh, 23-20, on last-second field goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 The Syracuse defense slowly jogged back onto the field. The type of play that Syracuse had become accustomed to making had just been done to them. Ryan Winslow was set to punt and then he wasn’t. A harmlessly lofted throw landed in the hands of linebacker Matt Galambos, who had a first down. Syracuse, futile in it’s third-down abilities, had finally made the play it needed to. But it was erased by a trick out of its own playbook. The play extended a Pittsburgh drive that started at its own 5-yard line with 9:20 to play. And it finished with a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost its fourth game in a row, 23-20, to No. 25 Pitt (6-1, 4-0) and second on the game’s final play. Its inability to make late defensive plays again erased a chance to win the game. In the first half the Orange and Panthers repeatedly traded scores. After a five-minute first drive that ended with just three points, it took Syracuse only two plays to respond with seven of its own. Quarterback Eric Dungey handed it off to fellow freshman Jordan Fredericks on the first play, and he took it up the gut before cutting past the secondary for 55 yards. Moments later, Dungey found Ervin Philips on a screen pass. The sophomore juked a defender and had nothing but space that separated him from the early score. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s second touchdown drive to close the first half went nearly as quickly. Following a Pittsburgh touchdown, the Orange took 71 seconds to retake the lead. Dungey hit Steve Ishmael who stopped and rose up for a 40-yard catch before corralling the touchdown a few plays later. Syracuse lost its momentum closing out the half. Kicker Ryan Norton booted a short kickoff and was called for a late hit before the Panthers got in field goal position. The Orange offense couldn’t get on track in the third quarter. Dungey broke free of a tackle in the backfield but was brought down with helmet-to-helmet contact. He was taken off the field and into the locker room. His replacement, walk-on Zack Mahoney, threw one complete pass but Dungey returned later in the quarter. But on two consecutive passes, he threw interceptions. The first was a pass over the middle that was picked off by Galambos. On the first play of the next drive, Dungey’s deep ball attempt was snagged by Lafayette Pitts. It took only one minute at the start of the fourth quarter for Pittsburgh to take its first lead since the opening moments. Running back Qadree Ollison burst through the middle on two straight plays to flip the momentum. But Syracuse drove right back down to tie it up on a field goal. The final drive was again the nail in Syracuse’s coffin. The final field goal was just a chip shot. A quick finish to lengthy, 89-yard buildup. The roar of the crowd in anticipation of a miss was silenced the second the kick went through the middle of the uprights. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse falls to North Carolina State, 3-0, after recording lowest shot output of year

first_imgSyracuse (7-6-2, 2-4-1 Atlantic Coast) fell at North Carolina State (10-4-1, 3-3-1) 3-0, after recording its fewest shot total all season.The Orange has taken the fewest shots in the conference (51) of teams that have played at least seven ACC games. SU, which only has three scores in conference play, is averaging 0.429 goals per ACC game. That ranks 11th in the conference.After a scoreless 35 minutes, N.C. State’s Ricarda Walkling delivered the first blow. Later in the game, just over a minute removed from Kailee Coonan giving the Orange its second shot of the game, Tziarra King matched that number for the Wolfpack in goals. It was her first of what would be two goals in the game.SU didn’t even record a shot on goal before King gave NC State a 3-0 lead that it never looked back from.The sophomore King not only added two goals, but assisted on the first goal of the game. She alone outshot the Orange 6-4 and nearly matched the Orange’s total number of goals since beginning ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis performance marks the sixth time the Orange has been shutout, five of those coming in SU’s past seven games.Senior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, who faced eight shots on goal, made five saves and enters her final three regular season games with 317 career saves. She continues to inch closer to the Syracuse all-time lead, needing just 15 in her next three games to reach that mark..Syracuse returns to SU soccer stadium to play Virginia at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the first of a two-game home stand. Comments Published on October 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipperary feature strongly in Under 21 Football awards

first_imgThe Tipp players included in the EirGrid 21 are goalkeeper Evan Comerford, defenders Ross Mulcahy and Bill Maher, midfielders Steven O’Brien and Colin O’Riordan and forward Kevin O’Halloran. While All-Ireland winners Tyrone lead with seven, six Tipperary footballers have been selected as recipients of the inaugural ‘EirGrid 21 U21 Awards’.The awards honour the twenty-one standout players from the 2015 U21 All-Ireland Championship as selected by members of the Gaelic Writers Association.In addition to the 21 U21 awards, EirGrid are asking fans of the championship to select their Player of the Year. Tipp captain Colin O’Riordan and the Tyrone duo of Lee Brennan and Cathal McShane are the nominees.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Announces On-site COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County has announced that they will offer on-site testing for COVID-19, along with several other measures.On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments will be required.Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County. Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000Palm Beach County also reiterates that all Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public healthy and to ensure the availability of supplies.A list of critical businesses can be found here: Emergency Order Number 2aPalm Beach County still remains under a State of Emergencyhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/Declaration-of-Continuing-State-of-Emergency_3-25-2020.pdfSCHOOL INFORMATIONStarting Monday, March 30th, schools across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. The hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed.·last_img read more

SBC Betting Forum delivers specialist sports betting focus in Amsterdam

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon More than 15 leading industry speakers will take to the stage in the inaugural SBC Betting Forum at this year’s iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam (11-14 July).SBC Events has joined forces with iGaming Business to create a dedicated one-day sports betting conference at the Amsterdam RAI on 12 July, while also providing a meeting place for the industry to come together to learn and network.The SBC Betting Forum agenda has been designed for operators, suppliers, affiliates and service providers, with a focus on latest trends, strategies and opportunities in the sports betting industry, mobile user experience, in play betting, pricing, risk management and brand loyalty.There will be refreshments available in the SBC Lounge throughout the conference, which will conclude with the Sports Betting Networking Drinks Party at The Corner Amsterdam, sponsored by Betcart, to lead into the evening’s festivities in the Dutch capital.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “We’re really pleased that SBC can take greater involvement in the iGaming Super Show in the shape of the SBC Betting Forum. We think that there is plenty on offer for the sports betting sector to get their teeth into.”Among the speakers confirmed are Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker, Meir Moses, VP of Business Development for Don Best Sports, Pinnacle Marketing Director Harry Lang, Sportito founder Riccardo Mittiga and Adam Kalmanson, co-founder at Bookee.Referencing the ongoing battle between a bookmaker’s marketing and trading teams, Harding will deliver an analysis on overround erosion, margin for error and finding the pricing ‘sweet spot’.Harding said: “Given my role at Oddschecker, I am well placed to discuss overrounds erosion (OR’s) and pricing within the sports betting industry. I am particularly looking forward to sharing insight on how this can translate into market share.”Click here for more information about the SBC Betting Forum.A quick reminder that Betting on Sports 2017 is coming up from 13-15 September @ Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on [email protected] Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Satellites rout Morocco 4-1 in U-20 qualifier

first_imgGhana hold the advantage to qualify to the 2013 African Youth Championship finals after beating Morocco 4-1 on Sunday in the final round first leg tie.The Black Satellites took the lead through South Africa-based winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi who finished off a through pass from Moses Odjer in the 31st minute.But the Atlas Cubs came back from the break revitalized and levelled the scoring two minutes into play.Striker Chibi Mohammed made use of a counter-attack to beat Ghana goalkeeper Felix Annan.Seven minutes later, Ghana captain Lawrence Lartey headed home from a Derrick Mensah corner to give the Satellites the lead.Substitute Frank Acheampong was at the right place to head in the third goal on 58 minutes after a goal bound shot deflected off the body of a Moroccan. On the 90th minute mark, the Thailand-based player rounded the Moroccan goalkeeper after a delicious counter-attack to seal the win for the 2009 Africa and World champions.Ghana travel to Rabat in a fortnight time for the second leg tie.last_img read more

UniBank Ghana Limited signs Asamoah Gyan as its brand icon

first_imgUniBank Ghana Limited  the official bank of the Black Stars, has struck a two year deal with Black Stars’ captain, Asamoah Gyan, as its brand icon. Gyan, who led the Black Stars to their third successive World Cup qualification, would for the next two years, promote the products and services of the bank. The lethal striker, as per the terms of the deal, would appear on both print and electronic advertising media of the bank, as well as endorse the uniBank brand in and outside the country. The bank would also make annual financial commitments to the player as part of the deal. UniBank’s recent association with the player has further strengthened their relationship with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), after entering into a 1.2 million dollar sponsorship deal with the football controlling body late last year.  The bank last year also entered into a one year sponsorship deal with coach James Akwesi Appiah as its brand icon, after closing the sponsorship deal with the Black Stars.  The bank is expected to play a major role in the campaign of the Black Stars at the 2014 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil. Ghana has been drawn in group G alongside Germany, Portugal and USAlast_img read more

Sarajevo: Promotion of Women Football

first_img(Source: Fena) The Foundation CURE in cooperation and with the support of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka, organized a street action” Promotion of women’s football and the Champions League for Women in 2014.” The promotion was held yesterday on the square in front of the BBI Center in Sarajevo.The aim of the promotion was to promote women’s sports, particularly women as players in football. The organizers emphasized that this is important because the current situation of female players in Bosnia and Herzegovina is far from ideal.On the promotion, the members of ŽNK SFK 2000 were playing football and performed interesting moves with the ball. In addition, they engaged in informing people about women’s football in Bosnia, their club and the Champions League for women.The participants of Small school of football also took part and showed that age does not matter and how football could be played by all women and girls, regardless of age.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Remember bring money for lunch account before school

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015:Thursday•C team volleyball at WHS , 5 p.m.•Varsity/JV volleyball at Mulvane, 5 p.m.Friday•Football at WHS vs. Goddard Eisenhower, 7 p.m.Saturday•ACT Test•Tennis at Pratt, 9 a.m.•Cross Country at Wellington, 9:30 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Crispito with Red Sauce, Romaine and Tomato, Golden Corn, Chilled Peaches, Cheesy Bread Stick and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch: Sloppy Joe, Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Mixed Fruit, Tortilla Chips and MilkToday’s News*Casino receipts are due on Tuesday, September 15. You can drop them off in the office.*WHS Work Ethic Program will meet on Wednesday October 7 from 11:30-12:30 in room 411. Bring a lunch!*There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and a Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday, October 3 in Udall.  Stop by the office for more information.*Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.*There will be a NHS meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 in the auditorium. All members must attend.*Senior Boys- If you would like a Senior Shirt please see Julian or Wesley. The cost is $10 or $12 for 2x and up.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11th.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCTuesday, Sept 22nd- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24th- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CC.last_img read more

NFL Thanksgiving football schedule 2020: NFL releases holiday games, opponents for Cowboys & Lions

first_imgThe Buccaneers, Texans and Bengals also have just one Thanksgiving appearance apiece. The Arizona Cardinals technically have played on Thanksgiving just once, but the Cardinals franchise, which began in Chicago and spent many years in St. Louis before it moved to the desert, has appeared on Thanksgiving 23 times.Below is a list of NFL teams in order by number of Thanksgiving game appearances.TeamThanksgiving gamesDetroit Lions79Dallas Cowboys51Green Bay Packers36Chicago Bears33Arizona Cardinals23New York Giants15Washington Redskins12Denver Broncos11Kansas City Chiefs9Pittsburgh Steelers9Minnesota Vikings8Buffalo Bills8Oakland Raiders7Philadelphia Eagles7Miami Dolphins7Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers6San Francisco 49ers5New England Patriots5New York Jets5Los Angeles Chargers5Seattle Seahawks4Los Angeles Rams4Indianapolis Colts4Cleveland Browns3Atlanta Falcons3Baltimore Ravens3New Orleans Saints2Houston Texans2Tampa Bay Buccaneers1Carolina Panthers1Cincinnati Bengals1Jacksonville Jaguars0Tadd Haislop contributed to this article. Family, food and football is a Thanksgiving tradition like no other. The Lions are a great pairing with Thanksgiving lunch. The Cowboys go well when it’s time for leftovers, and the last game comes on just in time for the dessert. You probably don’t need it but definitely won’t be turning it down. (Applicable to both the dessert and the third game). (Getty Images) Ben Roethlisberger https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3d/b6/ben-roethlisberger-031320-getty-ftrjpg_91jsmbfubabb19t85oh7i73ul.jpg?t=-737917016&w=500&quality=80Ravens at SteelersKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCWhat a treat. Just in case there wasn’t enough to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, the football Gods blessed Thursday night with one of the league’s best rivalries. Mike Tomlin was brought in to coach the Steelers in 2007. John Harbaugh was hired by the Ravens the next year. In the 13 seasons since, the duo have combined to have one losing season. They are two of the absolute best coaches in football, and it was proven again in 2019.Harbaugh and the Ravens completely redesigned their offense around Lamar Jackson. The Ravens won 14 games and Jackson was named the league MVP in his second season. In Week 1 of 2019, Tomlin and the Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season due to injury. They only mustered the 30th ranked offense in the league, yet finished one game away from the playoffs. Big Ben has returned for 2020, but the end could be in sight. NFL teams had a lot of time to try and figure out Lamar Jackson in the offseason, but will defenses be able to slow him down?Tune in on Thanksgiving night to find out.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availableWhat football teams always play on Thanksgiving?Yes, the Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving game for 42 consecutive years, but Dallas is still far off from Detroit in terms of being a Thanksgiving mainstay. With the exception of a six-season gap from 1939 to 1944, the Lions this season are playing their 81st straight Thanksgiving game, a streak that began in 1934.The Lions, who have a 37-41-2 record in Thanksgiving games, started the tradition during their first year in Detroit. George A. Richards, who had just purchased the team, figured a game on Thanksgiving would help his team steal attention from the more popular Detroit Tigers. Sure enough, tickets for the Lions game against the Bears in 1934 sold out two weeks ahead of time, and according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, another 25,000 tickets could have been sold had University of Detroit Stadium seated more than 26,000.The successful turnout meant a Thanksgiving tradition was born. And another one joined some 30 years later.The Cowboys, who have a 31-20-1 record in Thanksgiving games, started their Thanksgiving game tradition in 1966, when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in an effort to boost the franchise’s popularity. It worked. The Cowboys that Thanksgiving broke what was then their attendance record, as 80,259 fans watched the team beat the Browns at the Cotton Bowl.The Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since except two. In 1975 and 1977, the NFL awarded Thanksgiving games to the St. Louis Cardinals, instead, in an attempt to boost that franchise’s national exposure. The Cardinals lost both games, and the Cowboys reclaimed the tradition in 1978.What teams have never played on Thanksgiving?The Jaguars have to be looking at the Lions and their 79 appearances on Thanksgiving and thinking: Come on, can’t we just get one game?Jacksonville, which along with Carolina entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995, is the only one of the 32 current NFL teams that has never played a game on Thanksgiving. The Panthers joined the list of Thanksgiving participants when they beat the Cowboys in 2015. Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/26/5c/cooper-prescott-030620-getty-ftrjpg_17o7hnkk6a0op13wlfvqm9ee3s.jpg?t=-1325017592&w=500&quality=80Redskins at CowboysKickoff time: 3:30 p.m. ETTV channel: CBSThe Redskins and Cowboys know each other well. When they get together in Dallas on Thanksgiving, it’ll be their 122nd matchup. But a lot of fresh faces will be around in the 2020 season, namely Ron Rivera and Mike McCarthy. Both teams brought in new head coaches in the offseason. Rivera spent nine years as the head coach of the Panthers before he was fired with four games left in the 2019 season. McCarthy spent 13 seasons as the head coach in Green Bay before taking a year off from coaching in 2019. Both coaches get a brand new start with their new franchises but have different expectations moving forward. The Cowboys moved on from Jason Garrett with hopes of McCarthy taking the team to the next level. Dallas led the NFL in total offense in 2019 thanks to Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekial Elliot and a strong offensive line. The pieces are in place for McCarthy to succeed.It’s a different story in Washington. Rivera took over for the second-worst team in football in 2019. He is tasked with figuring out if Dwayne Haskins is the right guy at quarterback, and ultimately completely rebuilding the roster.  (Getty Images) Here’s a complete guide to the NFL’s Thanksgiving games in 2020, including the matchups, times and TV channels for each game.2020 NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings | Best “revenge” gamesThanksgiving football schedule 2020The Lions will get football on Thanksgiving started, as usual, hosting the Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Cowboys welcome the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. ET and the Ravens visiting the Steelers caps off the night at 8:20 p.m. ET.GameKickoff timeTV channelTexans at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFoxRedskins at Cowboys4:30 p.m. ETCBSRavens at Steelers8:20 p.m. ETNBC (Getty Images) Deshaun Watson https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9a/9d/deshaun-watson-010220-getty-ftrjpg_1w6j2ytxmpvrj1xqb5924p6i2k.jpg?t=1729841591&w=500&quality=80Texans at LionsKickoff time: 12:30 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxThe Lions and Texans will meet for the first time since they matched up on Thanksgiving eight years go. That loss might still sting for Lions fans. Detroit had a 24-14 lead in the third quarter when Houston running back Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown.The replay showed Forsett’s elbow and knee were down after a short gain, which Lions coach Jim Schwartz saw. He chucked his red challenge flag on to the field, which might have cost the Lions the game. The play was automatically reviewed since it was ruled a touchdown, and because Schwartz threw the flag anyway, the rules said the refs couldn’t review the play. The Texans went on to win 34-31 in overtime. J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Matthew Stafford are the only players from that game that are still on their team. Deshaun Watson is now the man for the Texans as they try for their fifth AFC South title in six years.Both Bill O’Brien and Matt Patricia, two Bill Bellichick disciples, received some heavy criticism during the offseason. O’Brien made some head-scratching moves as both the Texans head coach and general manager. Patricia traded his best defensive player, Darius Slay, who aired some dirty laundry on his way out of town. last_img read more

US Forest Service Provides Paradise Fire Update

first_imgSubmitted by US Forest ServiceThe Paradise Fire continues to burn north of the Queets River in Olympic National Park. The west end of the fire is not moving and the wet line there is holding. The fire is located approximately 13 miles northeast of Quinault and has grown to 407 acres in size. It has moved into exceptionally steep terrain. Heavy mixed conifer fuels, snags, and the precipitous landscape pose a significant threat to firefighters. Rolling rocks, burning debris and falling snags are common in such areas. Smoke jumpers who had been staffing the fire were released today since the fire has spread into an area that is inaccessible. Firefighter safety remains a top priority, and crews will engage only when it is safe to do so.“We are doing everything possible to minimize the fire’s spread, but right now we do not have many options,” said Todd Rankin, the park’s Fire Management Officer. “Traditional suppression tactics do not work in this fuel type since the fire spread is occurring in the forest canopy, not on the ground.” Lichens, growing high in the tree tops, are catching on fire and carrying the flames from tree to tree. Fire behavior analysts have determined that this is the Olympic Peninsula’s driest year since 1951, the year of the Forks Fire.The weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry weather, and the Paradise Fire suppression efforts will likely get more complex. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive on Wednesday to assist the park. Current resources include two fire modules with 18 total firefighters, two helicopters, and numerous support personnel.If you have questions, please contact Fire Information at 360-565-2986 or click here for more updates. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Patentia man fined $20,000 for Boxing Day chopping over stolen bird

first_imgMistaken identity?– to pay $80,000 compensation to victimFor actions that were based on hearsay, 48-year-old Ian Dorris, a Route 40 (Kitty-Campbellville) minibus driver, shop owner and resident of Patentia, West Bank Demerara, found himself on Thursday arraigned before Wales Magistrate Annette Singh.Gansarran SamarooHe admitted to having unlawfully and maliciously wounded Gansarran Samaroo on December 26, 2017 because he assumed that Samaroo had stolen his bird from his premises.Samaroo appeared in court limping, and with stiches to stab wounds inflicted to both his foot and upper body.According to the Police Prosecutor’s facts, Dorris had his pet under his house when Samaroo, who also resides in Patentia, purchased liquor from his shop and left.Dorris subsequently discovered that his bird was missing, and made checks about the neighbourhood. Magistrate Singh was told that the accused made several enquiries from neighbours, who affirmed that it was the VC who had carried out the act.The court heard that Dorris searched for, and contacted, Samaroo, then questioned him about the missing bird. Dorris then armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the victim several shops about the body before he took him to the Wales Police Station.At the station, ranks observed the man’s injuries and took him to West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was treated and sent away with a medical certificate. Police then cautioned Dorris and took him into custody for the offence.After Dorris had agreed with the Prosecution’s facts, Magistrate Singh highlighted that the defendant should have carried Samaroo to the station before injuring him.Ever remorseful, the accused said he had given the victim all the assistance that was required, but Samaroo was refusing his initial offer of $60,000 compensation and was demanding $120,000. The two parties eventually agreed on $80,000, and half of that amount was paid on Thursday.The Magistrate gave the defendant until next Thursday to pay the remaining $40,000. If he does not honour his obligation, he will spend three months in jail. Dorris was also fined $20,000.Samaroo went out of court limping just as he had entered. He was not charged for larceny, and Guyana Times was told that it could have been someone else who had stolen Dorris’s bird. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

OPEC Fund a “kick start” to economic development – PSC

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has given its “thumbs up” to a multibillion-dollar fund headed its way and said that the spill-off would do well for the economy.PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer said the Commission was yet to meet with Finance Minister Winston Jordan to discuss an agreement he signed in Austria earlier this month, but has already done a review of the fund.PSC Chairman Eddie BoyerThe Finance Ministry said earlier this month that the Private Sector was set to benefit from new avenues for finance and investments with the signing of the Agreement for Encouragement and Protection of Investment with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).The Finance Minister signed the Agreement in Vienna, Austria with OFID Director General Suleiman J Al-Herbish. It is the first such agreement with a multilateral partner and sets in motion a framework for the start of Private Sector operations in Guyana.According to the PSC Chairman, based on the Commission’s review, the fund could see money being pumped into the operation of small and medium-sized businesses, including the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED). According to Boyer, the fund will help fast-track the economy.OFID’s Private Sector facility supports the Private Sector in developing countries through loans to micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as directly to specific projects. As a pre-condition to such Private Sector investments, OFID requires the signature of a framework agreement with the country concerned for the encouragement and protection of investment. The agreement accords OFID the same privileges as those normally granted to international development institutions.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Finance Ministry had said that the signing of the Agreement came at a time when a number of other initiatives were being implemented by Government to help drive Private Sector growth, including the design of a fiscal regime and a fiscal sustainability framework to address the management of natural resources wealth, development of a local content policy and the development of a time-lined work-plan on what the Private Sector needs to do to prepare for oil and thereafter. Additionally, building on the wide-ranging concessions granted by the previous Government, the coalition has introduced several legislative and operational changes in support of the manufacturing industry, which include the importation of raw materials free of excise tax, waivers on duty and taxes for items that are not listed on the approved list of raw materials once applications are made to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), initiatives by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to reduce processing time, the introduction of the ‘Trusted Trader Status’ for compliant importers, including manufacturers, the implementation of one-year tax exemption letters for manufacturers, and the reduction of the corporate tax rate paid by the manufacturing sector from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.More recently, the Government announced the first Round Table Meeting with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) scheduled for July 28. This Round Table Meeting aims for a more structured dialogue and effective engagement with key players in the sector.OFID is the inter-governmental development finance institution established in 1976 by the Member States of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is based on “the natural solidarity which unites OPEC countries with other developing countries in their struggle to overcome underdevelopment”.OFID has 13 member countries: Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.Resources for the Fund come from voluntary contributions made by members and its various operations.Between 1976 to present, OFID has committed more than US$55 million to Guyana through its Public Sector operations. Much of this amount was provided as debt relief – some within the framework of the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative – while more than US$29 million was earmarked for Guyana’s energy, agriculture and financial sectors.last_img read more

Montoya driving Busch race

first_img“Montoya heads the stars,” roared the headline in Mexican daily Diario de Mexico in its preview for Sunday’s Telcel-Motorola 200. “It’s an honor to be racing alongside a driver like Montoya, a Latino who has had so much success in racing,” Mexico City native Jorge Goeters said. “Montoya is a born champion.” MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya was clearly the center of attention Thursday as Busch Series drivers prepared for NASCAR’s third race in Mexico City. The Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season gained a strong following in Mexico with Formula N victories back in the 1990s. Now the Mexican fans hope a fellow Latino might finally win a NASCAR race on their soil. “He is a very good driver and he knows this track well,” Jourdain said. “Sooner or later, he is make his real impact in NASCAR.” Robbie Weiss, NASCAR’s managing director for international affairs, said Montoya brings in a lot of Mexican fans who are familiar with open-wheel racing. “NASCAR is a brand just being introduced here, but every year it becomes more and more known,” Weiss said. “A big name like Montoya brings in the open wheel fans. And once people try this product they always discover they like it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When NASCAR kick-started it’s Mexico City event in 2005, much was made about the Mexican drivers’ knowledge of the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course and experience racing at 7,400 feet, an altitude that gives the cars a little less downforce, robbing them of grip and horsepower. The expectations for local drivers appeared to be playing out when Goeters stunned the field by winning the pole. But Goeter’s first NASCAR pit stop was a disaster and the final results looked a lot like any other Busch Series race, with Martin Truex Jr. using an early pit stop to outlast Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. In the 2006 Mexico City event, Denny Hamlin won. Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez started in fourth and moved up a spot early, but had a minor crash, injuring his thumb, forcing him to settle for 12th. Mexican driver Michel Jourdain has raced alongside Montoya at the Hermanos Rodriguez. last_img read more

Wales backed to see off Northern Ireland in huge Euro 2016 clash – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales and Northern Ireland will meet in Paris on Saturday evening in a massive Euro 2016 last-16 showdown.The Welsh, with Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in their ranks, are even-money favourites, while the Irish are 7/2.Ireland, meanwhile, face hosts France in Lyon on Sunday and Martin O’Neill’s men are a huge 9-1 to win through to the quarter-finals.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Fashion emerges from discards

first_imgLA SOLEDAD, Mexico – Empty candy wrappers, potato chip bags and cookie packages that once littered roads and filled Mexican dumps are now making fashion statements in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. Indian men and women from the central state of Mexico have converted the food labels into colorful women’s clutches, shoulder bags and hip belts that are selling on Web sites and in upscale U.S. boutiques and department stores for up to $200 apiece. The idea began here with the nonprofit Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development, or Grupedsac, an organization that since 1987 has helped poor Mexican Indians become self-sufficient through development projects that also aim to preserve the environment. Solar energy, water cisterns, irrigation systems, organic food cultivation and housing construction are among the many initiatives the group has brought to dozens of residents in La Soledad and other poor communities in Mexico State, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Making purses out of nonbiodegradable packaging started about eight years ago, after a visitor to Grupedsac’s training center taught a group of women how to mold candy and food-wrapper chains into small change purses. The classes inspired Edith Samanao, a social worker with Grupedsac who at the time was teaching women how to sew and make stuffed animals. Samanao learned from her mother years ago how to weave suspenders and belts out of wrappers, but she didn’t know how to make the purses. “We realized that it was actually very easy to do,” she said, adding that soon she and her students began making larger purses as well as designing and manufacturing their own backpacks, bracelets, earrings and placemats. Recently, they added a new item to their collection: belts made from metal beer-can tabs. In early 2004, Grupedsac began looking in earnest for ways to market the purses, initially distributing them to small gift stores and boutiques in Mexico, project coordinator Olivia Mogollon said. Later that year, a daughter of Grupedsac Executive Director Margarita Barney de Cruz brought a few purses with her to show to friends in Palm Beach, Fla, where they quickly caught the attention of retired British textile manufacturer Stanley Cohen and his wife, Elaine. The couple were so attracted by the bags’ designs and socially conscious origins that they began buying them in bulk from Grupedsac in 2005. The organization currently provides the Cohens with up to 150 bags, plus dozens of belts, a week. The Cohens resell them to Bloomingdale’s branches and small boutiques throughout the state of Florida, as well on their Web site, www.Sweetiepurse.com. “Customers love them,” said Stanley Cohen. “They sell from age 8 to 88.” Miami-based entrepreneur Jonathan Marcoschamer began buying the purses more than two years ago – first from a woman who learned how to make them at Grupedsac and now directly from the nonprofit group. Marcoschamer says he has distributed the purses to 250 high-end boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities, as well as to other countries, including Japan. “The product has a really significant `wow’ factor,” he said. Marcoschamer says the product also appeals to the socially aware. “In the U.S. and Europe and around the world, there is more consciousness toward the environmentally friendly,” he said. “We try to communicate the fact that the products are one-of-a-kind, made from materials that would have ended up in landfills, that are now giving people the chance to earn a living.” Keeping up with production isn’t easy for the 40 women from Grupedsac who manufacture bags for export. Due to their elaborate, handmade construction, each artisan is able to turn out only five small purses, or two large purses, each week. Grupedsac pays the Mexican artisans somewhere between $10 and $20 per purse, depending on each product’s size and complexity. The group then marks up the bags by 20 percent to 25 percent for export, investing all proceeds back into the nonprofit organization, said Mogollon, who along with Barney volunteers her time at Grupedsac. Graciela Cristobal, a housewife and mother of four, said before Grupedsac came along, many men in her small community of San Lucas Ocotopec emigrated to the United States because they couldn’t make a living as subsistence farmers. “By selling our products, we have some income to help our husbands stay here and continue working the land,” she said. The purses can be found in Mexico, both in outdoor markets and small specialty shops. Some are distributed by Grupedsac, while others are peddled on the street by unrelated artisans who have picked up the technique on their own. The women of Grupedsac make the purses in their homes and occasionally get together as a group, as they did on a recent day here in La Soledad. Displayed on one of the artisan’s work tables was an elegant black and white clutch purse that upon closer inspection revealed the secret of its design: hundreds of bar codes cut out of product packages and woven together. A shiny shoulder bag that glimmered as if made of copper was actually composed of the inverted wrappers of chocolate cookies. “We never thought they would become so fashionable,” Barney said, “or that they would end up being sold in New York.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESTicket collection for Sunday’s Historic All-Ireland quarter-final v Kerry can be collected tomorrow, Thursday between 8pm and 9pm in the Clubhouse. Please keep an eye on your e-mail and Facebook in case the collection has to be moved to Friday evening – if you don’t hear or see anything, come ahead on Thursday night. The Minor Board Executive are also having a meeting on Thursday evening at 7pm. Please be on time so we can be finished for the ticket collection.The Minor Football Div. 1 League semi-finals scheduled for this Friday (August 3rd) have been postponed, they will be reaffixed for the following week. Details when we get them.  Please remember to pay for your Club Tie if you have not already done so….. There are a few extra ties (€15) if anyone wants to get their hands on one, a very limited number so be quick if you want one. Best of luck to Rory, Kevin and Donegal on Sunday as they travel to Croke Park to take on Kerry for the first time in Championship action.The Senior hurlers had a good win over MacCumhaills last Wednesday and if Burt beat MacCumhaills our boys will meet Burt in the Final.The Minor boys footballers claimed the Northern Board League title last week courtesy of a 1-08 to 0-08 win over Cloughaneely in Dunfanaghy, they take on Aodh Rua, Ballyshannon in the county semi-final this Friday (Aug. 3rd) in Ballybofey. They also have championship quarter-final first leg away to Urris this Wednesday (Aug. 1st).The U14 boys are also in Championship action on Wednesday evening at home to MacCumhaills, the winners will meet Buncrana in the Northern final. They had a huge win over Naomh Conaill in last week’s League Final winning by 1-20 to 0-03.The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy is on a two week break and will return on Friday, August 17th. The Sunday morning Football Academy is also on a break and will return on August 19th.The U16 Hurlers had a walk over from the Gaels last Thursday. They play away this Thursday against MacCumhaills. The bus will leave at 5:45pm.The U12 Hurlers had a good win away to the Gaels. They play at home to MacCumhaills this Thursday. U16 Hurling training is on every Monday at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. U12 Hurling training Tuesday at 5:30. As usual all new hurlers welcome.Money is now being collected for the Club Ties for those still to pay. If you ordered one and still haven’t got it, contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 to arrange collection. There are still a limited number available for anyone that wants to get their hands on one.Rumour has it that Brian Kelly has a milestone birthday in the next week or so (Lordy, Lordy!!).The Letterkenny Reunion will have their Gaelic Match next Wednesday, August 8th in the Park and is always great entertainment. There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot. 3 winners matched 3 numbers and win €35 each: Dessie Larkin, New Mills; Neil Campbell and Kieran Tobin, Orchard Grove (all card). Numbers drawn were: 1-3-11-24. Next week’s Jackpot is €2,200.We extend our sympathies to the Grimes family on the sad passing of Frank, a true gentleman.Paul McGovernGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgNaomh Mhure Ladies CLG U-16s who defeated Glenswilly this eveningNOTE to all clubs. As part of increasing the profile of the Ladies GAA, clubs are encouraged to send results and match reports to Donegal Daily on [email protected] busy weekend coming up on the Ladies GAA Calender.First the County Minor ladies play Cavan in the championship on Saturday. The girls hope to continue on from their fine performance when they were victorious against Tyrone. This game takes place in Breffni Park with throw in at Midday. This weekend also sees all three divisions continue.The fixtures are as follows:Division 1.St. Eunans vs Termon. Glenfin vs Moville.Division 2.Dungloe vs Aodh RuadhGlenties vs KilcarCloughaneely vs Convoy Four Masters vs Milford.Division 3.St. Nauls vs UrrisConvoy vs Termon Carndonagh vs KillybegsGaoth Dobhair vs LetterKenny GaelsBuncrana vs Red Hughes.GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more


first_imgIT is – by all accounts – the talk of the entire county all day.And when you watch this hilarious video, you’ll see why! It was made by Letterkenny man Brian Crawford.Said a friend: “It’s just brilliant. It’s hilarious and works really really well.”DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO OF DOG EATING BREAKFAST SWEEPS THE COUNTY was last modified: September 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:dog eating breakfastdonegalletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgA TV documentary about Donegal’s basking sharks is to be watched by millions of viewers across Canada today.The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.Discovery Channel Canada will feature a number of research initiatives undertaken by the Irish Basking Shark Study Group off Malin Head as one of its Shark Week news items.The programme which was filmed in 2013 and 2014 will air today at 7pm Canadian time as the lead feature for the magazine programme Daily Planet. It will be made available online afterwards for those who were not able to watch the program.Shark week is Discovery Channels flagship promotion and last year was the most watched event on the station and on American TV, outside of Sports events.Shark conservation and in particular shark finning is rapidly becoming the conservation battle of the new century.HUGE AUDIENCE EXPECTED TO WATCH DONEGAL SHARK DOCUMENTARY ON CANADIAN TV was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Basking SharksCanadaDiscovery Channeldonegallast_img read more


first_imgTHE skipper of the world’s largest trawler used illegal equipment to grade fish in an operation which caused a ‘double whammy’ for stocks off the Irish coast, a prosecution lawyer has told his trial. Dutch national Gerrit Plug, 59, the master of the 14,000 tonne Annelies Ilena, is on trial at Donegal Circuit Criminal Court on five charges relating to an incident off Tory Island, Co Donegal, on November 22, 2013.Patricia McLaughlin, prosecuting for the DPP, told the jury of six women and six men, that Mr Plug was in breach of European legislation on the day. He was in charge of a fishing operation aboard the 144-metre long vessel, formerly the Killybegs-based Atlantic Dawn, which dumped perfectly good dead fish back to the sea but kept the best fish on board, she alleged.Grading fish in this way is illegal, Ms McLaughlin told the jury, because discarded fish should be recorded and set against a ship’s quota.It was also illegal not to record the discards over 50Kg on the ship’s electronic log-book.“He graded the catch by discarding smaller fish and retaining larger fish to increase the value of the catch,” said Ms McLaughlin in the trial before Judge John O’Hagan.This was to optimise the market value, said the prosecution barrister.“If you are only retaining the best fish and discarding fish which are less valuable and you are not logging it, it is illegal,” she said.She said trawlers were obliged to record their catch and any discards of species over 50kg, with the dumped fish counting against a quota.This was also done so that when quotas were being decided by scientists, they could give fair allocations.“This was a double whammy in the depletion of resources,” added Ms McLaughlin.The Annelies Ilena was boarded by crew from the LE Roisin at 9am on November 22, 2013 and escorted into Killybegs.Lt Michael Devaney, one of the Navy officers who boarded the factory ship, said there was evidence of fish in the water and seagulls feeding off them.He told the judge that ship masters have to update their electronic log-books up to 23.59 each night but during an inspection they are allowed to update their records for the day in question up until the time of the inspection.This wasn’t done, he said, and no records of dumped fish were added.Lt Devaney said that on inspection he found that there were no records of any fish discards between October 8 and the date of the boarding on November 22.Richard Lyons, SC, for Mr Plug, put it to Lt Devaney that the fishing that day could have been what’s known as a ‘clean catch’ where the crew had just happened to have had come across a a shoal of large mackerel.Mr Lyons also told the court that the records were updated by midnight on November 22 and 83kg of discards were recorded.Questioned again by Ms McLaughlin, Lt Devaney said 53kgs of fish were found in an area of the boat known as the scupper ready to be discharged back to the sea.He said 95pc of the mackerel in the scupper were above the legal catch size of 15cms.The court heard was illegal in 2013 to discard any mackerel above the legal catch size.Mr Plug has pleaded not guilty to five charges.The case continues.SKIPPER OF WORLD’S BIGGEST TRAWLER ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL FISHING OFF TORY was last modified: March 26th, 2015 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:atlantic dawnlast_img read more

Pay-to-Pitch versus Event Sponsorships: What’s the Diff?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img After tech heavy hitters like Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble and Fred Wilson expressed public outrage over its pay-to-play fees, the Keiretsu Forum has begun waiving fees for early-stage startup presentations. According to PeHUB’s Deborah Gage, the network is asking its chapters to disregard presentation charges for companies with less than $500,000 in capital and for those trying to raise less than $500,000 from investors. In early October ReadWriteWeb covered the uproar Jason Calacanis caused when he spoke out against pay-to-pitch VC presentations. Said Calacanis, “It’s low-class, inappropriate and predatory for a rich person to ask an entrepreneur to PAY THEM for 15 minutes of their time.”Since then the vocal entrepreneur/investor has been publicly outing organizations with pay-to-play presentation models. Recently he called on startup companies to boycott events like New York’s Venture Summit and AlwaysOn’s Venture Summit Silicon Valley. Both events charge startups as presentation sponsors before they can demo to attendees. To counter these events, Calacanis even promised to “launch competing, fee-free events directly opposite [these pay-to-play] events.”Meanwhile, Keiretsu Forum user Steve Bell points to demo costs on Calacanis’ TechCrunch 50 floor as an example of the same pay-to-pitch tactics that the entrepreneur is rallying against. Having looked at the argument, we’re unsure whether these fees can be classified as presentation fees or merely sponsorships. Perhaps this is where the ethical lines become really blurry: Because most tech events offset the cost of production with sponsorships, at what point do we draw the line between sponsor presentations and pay-to-pitch demos? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The International Property Maintenance Code Governs Existing Buildings

first_imgThe IPMC calls for all buildings to be maintained in the condition they were when they were given a Certificate of Occupancy. This maintenance applies to several aspects of the home including structural integrity, architectural fire and life safety, means of egress as well as sanitary facilities and conditions. Property conditions around the building such as environmental conditions including noxious weeds, proper drainage, rodent harborage and sanitation are regulated as well. Exhaust vents that discharge gasses, steam, vapors, hot air, grease and smoke are regulated to prevent entry into a premise.Roof drainage, window and door condition, insect screens in habitable rooms, food preparation and service areas are also regulated. Flaking or peeling paint must be corrected to maintain the weather protection barrier and avoid water damage. Rubbish and garbage must be properly contained removed regularly. Refrigerator doors must be removed if stored on the premises. Also, light, sanitation, space heating, ventilation, and overcrowding are regulated similar to the IRC. Combustion products must be exhausted with a chimney or vent.last_img read more

BJP justifies, Congress condemns

first_imgCoimbatore, Sept 18 (PTI) Justifying Centres decision to discontinue postal stamps issued in memory of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, BJP leader and union minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan today said there was “politics in bringing out stamps in their names”. Replying to a question on Congress criticising the decision as politically motivated, Radhakrishnan told reporters here he said” there was politics in brining out stamps in their names. Meanwhile, addressing party workers at a demonstration to protest against the Centres decision, TNCC Presidentr, E V K S Elangovan condemned the Centre and said that tomorrow they will remove the portrait of Gandhiji from the Currency notes and instead “put Godses photographs, since a section wanted his statue to be erected.” Both Indira and Rajiv had sacrificed their lives for the nation and worked hard for the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden and farmers, he said. PTI NVM RClast_img read more

Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughing

first_img2nd T20I Brief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level the three-match series. Rohit 50, Pant 40 not out. Full ScorecardKhaleel Ahmed is only 21-years-old and he has played only 16 internationals for India – 8 ODIs and 8 T20Is. So when he was sent out to address the mandatory post-match press conference by the Indian team, he had every reason to be a little nervous. But to Khaleel’s credit, he handled most questions like a seasoned pro. Most. Almost.Khaleel, who had bled 48 runs off his four overs in the first T20I in Wellington, bounced back brilliantly in Auckland. He bowled the right lengths and returned figures of 2 for 27 off his 4 overs. And when the journalists asked him about India’s plans to avoid bowling short, Khaleel was able to tell them why: the ground was small and there wasn’t much swing. He was happy to execute his plans well.Khaleel also said he was excited to play overseas. “It is a little tough in New Zealand running against the wind but a good experience nonetheless.”Khaleel Ahmed was also thrilled with the support for the Indian team in Auckland. India’s fans far outnumbered New Zealand’s and even Nathan McCullum felt like he was back in India.But Khaleel Ahmed was stumped with a question that many would have expected him to deal rather well. Asked by a scribe if the Indian team was missing Virat Kohli, Khaleel was flummoxed. At first, he laughed, then began to answer before giving up: “Don’t ask… Next question please.”And Khaleel went on to explain India’s stance on the controversial DRS decision that cost Daryl Mitchell his wicket in the last over of the power play.advertisementMaybe Khaleel thought the question on Kohli was banal.Virat Kohli was rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series. So far, India have played four matches without their regular captain: two have resulted in record defeats while the other two saw India win by huge margins.Also Read | We did not win the series but we learnt a lot: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in IndiaAlso Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso See:last_img read more

Hyundai Mipo Licensed by GTT

first_imgzoomImage by WMN South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has inked a technical assistance and licence agreement with French LNG containment systems expert GTT.The deal targets the outfitting of gas carriers, in particular small and middle scale (up to 50,000 m3) and LNG fuel tanks for merchant ships.“This contract represents a new step forward in the development of GTT technologies in the small-capacity market. It will also allow both partners to further expand their offer to ship owners, in particular in the LNG as fuel field,” GTT said commenting on the deal.Hyundai Mipo obtained its license having completed a qualification process that began in April, 2018, including the construction of a Mark III Flex mockup and an audit led by GTT.Hyundai Mipo is the third shipyard among the Hyundai group to be licensed by GTT, in addition to Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, which have been constructing LNG carriers and floating storage regasification unit (FSRUs) with GTT membrane technologies for decades.“We are pleased to expand our long-time partnership with Hyundai, group with whom the signature of our first TALA goes back to 27 years,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.“We have the pleasure to now count HMD, who has just delivered its 1000th ship, among our new partners.”last_img read more

Mochizuki makes Grand Slam history for Japan at Wimbledon

first_imgLondon: Shintaro Mochizuki made history on Sunday becoming the first Japanese player to win a boy’s Grand Slam title, beating Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. The 16-year-old, who was playing just his third grass court tournament, follows 1969 girls singles title winner Kazuko Sawamatsu in triumphing at the grass court Grand Slam. Mochizuki said he had learned a lot from his compatriot, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”He’s really nice,” said Mochizuki. “He gives me a lot of advice. “Like sometimes I practice with him. I learn from him a lot. Yeah, he’s smart.” Nishikori, nine times a Grand Slam quarter-finalist, took to Twitter almost immediately to fete his compatriot. “Huge congrats to @ShintaroMOCHIZU! Such an amazing tournament,” tweeted the Japanese star, adding a thumbs up icon, a flexed bicep icon and several Japanese flags. However, it is not 29-year-old Nishikori who is his idol. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Roger Federer, I love watching him on TV, yeah,” he said. “I don’t want to copy him, but I love watching him.” Mochizuki said he had been mindful of his implosion at the French Open when he led 5-2 in his semi-final only to lose. He said the pivotal moment had been when he was a set up but break points down early in the second set and managed to hold. “In the first set, I got broken twice,” he said. “I wanted to hold my service game a lot. It was good. I played really tough. “He had some break points, but I just tried my best to hold my service game. “Yes, it was really important game for me.” Mochizuki admitted not being used to playing in front of so many people on Court One had made him reluctant to perform in front of them.last_img read more

Canadian English accent surprisingly uniform coast to coast Researchers

first_imgVANCOUVER – Celebrations across Canada this weekend may look different from one community to the next, but for most of the country it will all sound the same.Derek Denis, a post-doctoral researcher of linguistics at the University of Victoria, said more than just the stereotypical “eh?” unites Canadians.His research comparing the recorded oral histories from 50 years ago and interviews from more recent times found that from the Ontario-Quebec border to Vancouver Island, English-speaking Canadians have a largely homogenous accent.“There is almost no dialect region that is that large and so homogenous,” Denis said.The United States and even the United Kingdom have far more variation over smaller geographic areas.Denis said migration patterns and settlement patterns are believed to be behind the consistency in accent in Canada.Southern Ontario was settled by English-speaking United Empire Loyalists who were fleeing the American Revolution in the late 1700s. Denis said those people established their accent and as they drove the westward colonization, the accent spread across the country.It’s a phenomenon Matt Hunt Gardner, Canadian English instructor and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, said is called the “founder effect.”“Who the first successful or persistent group of English speakers is in an area is important because they sort of set the tone for everybody who comes later,” he said.That means if a swell of immigrants enter a community, they and their children will eventually adopt the accent of the original settlers.Loyalists who fled to the Atlantic provinces were largely from the coast, unlike those from inland who went to Ontario. A significant number of Scottish settlers also influenced language in Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, Gardner said.The distinct Newfoundland accent is a result of settlers from southwest England and southeast Ireland, Gardner said. Because Newfoundland was last to join the Confederation and remained relatively isolated, its unique accent was preserved.Yet while many Canadians say they can tell whether someone is from the East or West based on their accent, the differences are narrowing, Gardner said.Atlantic residents are increasingly dropping their distinct Rs and the use of “dis and dat” for “this and that” to sound more like Canadians in Ontario, which Gardner said is largely driven by economic factors.People want to be mobile and work outside the region, and Gardner said sounding more like the rest of the country is perceived as desirable.As for Canadians’ use of the linguistic feature “eh,” Denis said it doesn’t define the country in the way most people think.He said it isn’t used nearly as often as other linguistic features, such as “right?” and “you know?”Eh isn’t unique to Canadian English either. Denis said the first use in English literature was found in an Irish play from the 1770s and didn’t appear in Canadian literature until the 1830s.What is unique, Denis said, is its status in Canada, which started to develop in the 1950s and ’60s as the country started to think more about its identity.The 1980s SCTV skit “The Great White North” helped define the Americans’ perceptions of Canadians as their plaid wearing, eh-saying neighbours.The joke was turned around, Denis said, as Canadians began appropriating the word.“I think most Canadians agree that part of the Canadian identity is to be explicitly not American, so if you have Americans laughing at you for using eh for being Canadian, that might be something you want to embrace because it defines you as not American,” he said.While a single television show was enough to differentiate Canadians from their southern neighbours, there’s no cause for alarm about an overwhelming amount of American content broadcast in Canada undoing our unique accent.Television and other media are great tools to spread or popularize certain words or phrases, but Gardner said “when it comes to how you construct a sentence or pronounce something, that’s something that requires face to face contact.”American television has been playing in Canada for 70 years now and the differences between Canadian English and American English are growing, not shrinking, Gardner said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Quebec sweetens pot in effort to get more immigrants to learn French

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec announced tens of millions of new dollars Friday aimed at getting more newcomers to learn French.One of the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s main pitches to get elected last fall was to temporarily reduce immigration and ensure the newcomers who are accepted can integrate by learning the province’s only official language.Not only are French classes free for immigrants in Quebec, but the state pays them to take the courses. It also subsidizes daycare costs for immigrant parents who study French.Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette told reporters Friday he’s sweetening the pot to gently push more newcomers to register for courses.His department will spend an extra $70 million a year, he said, to create 300 new classes, hire 80 more teachers, and increase the weekly stipend for people who take full-time courses from $141 to $185.Immigrants who take part-time French will now receive $15 a day, up from nothing.“Your government is showing beyond any doubt its determination and its desire to reform the immigration system,” Jolin-Barrette said during a news conference. “The government of Quebec is very serious in its approach … the knowledge of French by immigrants ensures the success of all of society.”Absent in the minister’s announcement was the other, less generous component of the government’s immigration strategy. The Coalition also ran last fall on a promise to refuse residency certificates to those who fail a French-language test within three years of arriving.Obtaining that document, known as the Certificat de selection du Quebec, is essential to receiving permanent residency status by the federal government.Quebec adopted Bill 9 before the summer recess, creating a legal framework allowing the province to be more restrictive regarding who gets to come to Quebec and who gets to stay. Bill 9 didn’t include specific regulations about the promised French-language tests and the government has yet to announce them.Jolin-Barrette said state-subsidized French classes will now be accessible to all immigrants, regardless of how long they have been in the province. Before Friday’s announcement, newcomers weren’t eligible for free classes after five years.The classes will now be offered to temporary foreign workers and foreign students — as well as their spouses. Daycare subsidies for part-time French students will increase from $7 to $9 per day, per child. The money given to parents taking full-time courses remains the same, at $25 per day per child.Jolin-Barrette estimated about 4,500 more immigrants a year will take advantage of the free classes.Anait Aleksanian, executive director of an immigrant resource centre in Montreal offering French-language classes, said she is “rejoicing” at Friday’s news.“They have put in place all the conditions for immigrants to learn French,” she said in an interview. “I don’t really know what else they could do.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Thief steals gold chain from around Hamilton seniors neck

Detectives have provided a photo of a similar necklace to the one that was stolen. The difference is that the border for the one stolen is in the shape of a diamond. Detectives have provided a photo of a similar necklace to the one that was stolen. The difference is that the border for the one stolen is in the shape of a diamond.Hamilton police are looking for a man in his twenties after an elderly woman had a sentimental piece of jewellery stolen from around her neck.Police say the woman had just finished gardening shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday when she was approached from behind by a young man.The suspect stole a gold chain from around the woman’s neck and ran away on foot. The victim suffered minor injuries during the encounter.The man is described as white and was wearing a dark baseball cap, red sweater and dark jeans.Detectives have released photos of a similar necklace to the one that was taken but the difference is that the border for the stolen necklace is in the shape of a diamond.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Hamilton police. read more

Lawyers accuse BA of swerving responsibility for data breach after time limit

British Airways has been accused of “swerving responsibility” for a massive data breach by trying to limit compensation payouts for victims, lawyers claim.Up to 600,000 customers were affected by the 2018 cyber attack after hackers managed to intercept the details of those who made bookings through the BA website, threatening their financial security.The airline has now applied to launch its own class action for victims but it includes a 17-week time limit for claimants to join.Lawyers branded the move “unprecedented” and warned the “cynical” action was designed to limit a potential £3bn payout to customers.It is just the latest in a string of scandals to hit the airline, coming just days after it was crippled by strike action in an ongoing pay dispute with pilots.A further 24-hour walkout is planned by the union Balpa for September 27. Meanwhile, climate change activist group Heathrow Pause is plotting to shut down the airport tomorrow by flying drones within its no-fly zone.Some 185,000 BA customers are believed to have had their details compromised between April and July last year, while a further 380,000 were affected by the breach between August and September.Details taken included their name, billing address, email address and card payment information, including in tens of thousands of cases their cvv security code. A hearing is due to take place at the High Court A hearing is due to take place at the High Court The data breach compromised the data of thousands of passengers Lawyers said victims could receive as much as £16,000 each in cases where psychological injury is extreme, while average compensation payments for distress could reach £6,000. Financial losses from any fraud resulting from the data hack will also be claimed.The airline was fined a record £183m by the Information Commissioner’s Office for the breach.Your Lawyers, a consumer rights law firm representing claimants, branded the time limit imposed on the class action a “disgrace”.It said that previous group litigation orders had been applied for by claimants, not defendants and that in large consumer actions a court would never allow such a short recruitment window unless BA could guarantee that all affected customers have been notified.Director Aman Johal said: “This is a new low for British Airways, a disgrace. It has let down hundreds of thousands of customers by losing their card payment details. Now it is failing them again by giving everyone affected just 17 weeks to claim rightful compensation for the distress caused. “Never mind ‘To fly, to serve’, BA should change its tagline to ‘To fly, to swerve responsibility’. I encourage everyone affected to act quickly to ensure they don’t miss out.” A hearing at the Chancery Division of the High Court on October 4, will decide if BA’s action can go ahead under the proposed terms.Only around 6,000 potential claimants are estimated to have contacted lawyers with a view to claiming compensation. The data breach compromised the data of thousands of passengers A British Airways spokesperson said it had been working continuously with specialist cyber forensic investigators and the National Crime Agency to fully investigate the data theft.“It was a law firm representing prospective complainants who suggested the timeframe (of 17 weeks), and this will have to be agreed by the court,” they said.“It does not prevent customers joining the group claim at a later date.” Sources suggested that the airline did not recognise the £3bn figure and insisted that such an action was not unprecedented. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

A gang led by The US General rounded up in one of

first_img Share Tweet Email Mar 19th 2017, 8:30 AM Image: New York State’s Attorney Office No Comments https://jrnl.ie/3290090 Organised crime costs retailers up to $30 billion a year, he said.Twelve alleged gang members have been slapped with a 41-count indictment that could land them in jail from eight to 25 years.‘The US General’The alleged Manhattan kingpin, Richard Rimbaugh, is being held on $500,000 bail while alleged second-in-command George Athanasatos, nicknamed ‘Field Marshall’ comes from Brooklyn, Schneiderman said. Source: TwitterRimbaugh, known as the ‘General’, allegedly paid crews 30 to 50 percent of the goods’ retail value, then sold them through an illegitimate business operated out of his Manhattan apartment.Athanasatos allegedly equipped the crews with custom-made vests known as ‘bazookas’ in which they stuffed their contraband.The crews are accused of getting around the country on ‘missions’, charging plane tickets, cars and hotels to their handlers as in a normal business.Staples and BestBuy were two of the stores most often targeted.When leaving, they allegedly used ‘kryptonite’ devices to deactivate security alarms and short-wave radios to eavesdrop on store security.Crew members, who each had designated roles – Captain, Lieutenant or Sergeant – could steal $45,000 on a single mission and targeted high-value products that could be resold, officials said.While police searched Rimbaugh’s Manhattan apartment, UPS turned up to deliver another five boxes of stolen merchandise, Schneiderman said.- © AFP, 2017Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  A gang led by ‘The US General’ rounded up in ‘one of the largest-ever busts of retail theft ring’ Crew members, who each had designated roles – Captain, Lieutenant or Sergeant – could steal $45,000 on a single mission and targeted high-value products that could be resold. 25,839 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet IT WAS A criminal enterprise with military-like precision run by a ‘general’ – packs of thieves stealing merchandise worth up to $45,000 on a single mission, stuffing it into custom-made vests and disabling store security.New York prosecutors on Wednesday announced the indictment of 12 people accused of stealing more than $12 million worth of merchandise across 28 US states and transforming idle shoplifting into an organised criminal enterprise.A 10-month law enforcement operation code-named ‘Sticky Fingers’ netted more than $7.7 million from defendants’ homes and bank accounts, and more than $1 million in stolen merchandise, officials said.While electronic goods were most favoured, the gang also ran a sideline in expensive flea collars pinched from pet stores, which like other ill gotten gains were re-sold online on sites such as Amazon and eBay, prosecutors said.New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman called it “one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring” – a racket that he said was on the rise in the United States. Image: New York State’s Attorney Office By AFP Short URL Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 8:30 AMlast_img read more

Guardiola feels its not a two horse race

first_imgManchester City’s Premier League title defence will receive further stiff tests according to Pep Guardiola, who believes it is a five horse race.Liverpool failed to extend their lead at the top after back to back slip-ups against the Foxes and the Hammers.And Guardiola whose side travel to Everton on Wednesday feels other teams like Manchester United and Chelsea could mount a late charge for the title race.A victory over the Toffees will move them above leaders Liverpool on goal difference. But the former Bayern boss is particularly wary of the threat posed by Solskjaer’s resurgent United.“I never put out [of the race] all five or six teams and United is making this run of victories every single week. They will be there to fight for the Premier League.“We see the table and see the first two or three and say, ‘they are able to be champions’ and we don’t look further than that. If Chelsea win games in a row they will be a contender too to win the Premier League.“Everybody is there. The gap is not too big. With 39 points to play for, nine or 10 points behind is not too much. Seeing the Premier League now, everybody is ready to take points.”It amounts to the type of title battle the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach expected when he moved to England, stating City’s 100-point season last time around is something of an outlier.Guardiola thinks there’s a five-team title race brewinghttps://t.co/uNjOa0w3Q8 pic.twitter.com/Na6fuu5nu1jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…— AS English (@English_AS) February 5, 2019“I would say it is typical in England, this type of situation. What is not common is what happened last season – a team with 100 points and a lot of distance, 18 games winning,” Guardiola said via FourFourTwo.“Normal is what happens now. Every game is tough. You can win and lose every single game.“Everybody is involved for all the chances to win all the titles, [qualify for] Europe, trying to stay in the Premier League.”Marco Silva received the backing of his midweek opponent with having won three and lost seven of 12 Premier League games since the start of December.“The people do not know how difficult it is to create a team. The people believe I buy three or four players as a new manager and everything fits perfectly immediately,” Guardiola added.“Sometimes it takes time. My advice, if they believe in one project, if they believe in him, they have to move forward with him. No one can ensure the new manager is going to be better.”last_img read more

Caltrans spends more than 63 million a year on removing litter graffiti

first_img Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom, 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 Settings 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Caltrans District 11 said it spends more the $6.3 million dollars annually removing litter, debris, graffiti from the highway, this total includes storm water prevention.Caltrans Corridor Director Mario Orso explained the departments’ new nine-step process to maximize litter collection work.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has more on this story. Posted: February 28, 2019 Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom Caltrans spends more than $6.3 million a year on removing litter, graffiti February 28, 2019 Updated: 6:40 PMlast_img read more

PlayStation 2 Is Still Going Strong

first_imgThe PlayStation 2 might be outdated today after being around for 11 years, but fans are still buying the console as if it were still brand new. Sony released its first quater sales and the PlayStation 2 is still doing well. At times in the past couple of years, the PS2 sales have actually been higher than the PlayStation Portable.Back in 2006, PlayStation 2 was supposed to be phased out by Sony, in order to make room for the younger console PlayStation 3. Sony must have changed its mind, because the company is still building older console and release games. In all, Sony has sold more than 150 million units.While this is good news for Sony, stores may have to make more room for the PlayStation 2 game titles that manage to help expand the console’s lifetime. What is the lesson learned here? Newer doesn’t always mean better.Via Gizmodolast_img read more

Merkel Hollande commit to global climate protection

center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The German government plan is one of the world’s most ambitious, calling for renewable energies, including wind and sun, to make up 40-45 percent of Germany’s energy mix by 2025, compared with just under a quarter now, and 55-60 percent by 2035.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Top MSAs for SFR Homes

first_img HouseCanary’s HCRI measures the Effective Gross Yield (EGY) of the single-family rental (SFR) industry as a whole to give investors, lenders and renters a health benchmark of the for-lease market by state, ZIP code and block.”Of the top 50 metros, only 3 metros have shown positive growth in yields over the last quarter,” said Alex Villacorta, HouseCanary’s EVP of Analytics. “Though the most abundant double-digit opportunities reside in the Southern region of the country, there are still several localized pockets of high-yield opportunities in most markets throughout the country.” The nationwide EGY is holding at 8.0 percent, despite the continued rise in housing prices.The top five highest MSAs by EGY as listed by HouseCanary in Q3 were Rochester, Memphis, Buffalo, Birmingham, and Cleveland. The EGY of three of the top MSAs’ decreased compared to last quarter, including Rochester at 13.9 percent which had the largest decrease of 3.3 percent. HouseCanary indicates this drop as a sign that the top MSA market may be beginning to soften. It’s also worth noting no other MSA decreased more than 0.7 percent compared to Q2.The MSAs of Memphis,TN-MS-AR, Buffalo-Cheektowaga, Birmingham-Hoover, and Cleveland-Elyria landed at 13.7, 13.3, 13.1, and 13.0 percent respectively.  The HCRI analyzes 40 years of residential property data spanning over 1 billion transactions, 100 million macroeconomic and local data points, and 3 million census blocks across the country. Lenders and investors have only been able to calculate gross yields for individual properties or their own portfolio of properties in the past, but this data provides the industry with a uniform and centralized index of rental yields.The methodology and data can be viewed here. Top MSAs for SFR Homes October 19, 2017 579 Views Alex Villacorta effective gross yield HCRI HouseCanary SFR 2017-10-19 Dean Terrelllast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 7:09 am PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby, right, arrives for his sexual assault case spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, left, at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) The Latest: Jury picked for Cosby’s sex assault retrialcenter_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):3:55 p.m.A jury has been picked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Prosecutors and the defence have settled on the panel of 12 jurors who will sit in judgment of the 80-year-old comedian. They still have to pick six alternates.The main panel appears to have 10 white and two black jurors. Cosby’s lawyers had accused prosecutors of racial discrimination Wednesday for excluding a black woman from the panel. Prosecutors denied race had anything to do with it. Cosby is black.The jury has seven men and five women.Cosby has denied charges he drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.___3:10 p.m.Three more jurors have been selected in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Two white men and a white woman will serve on the panel.Cosby’s lawyers had tried to get the woman removed for cause after she admitted she checked off the wrong answers on her jury questionnaire because she hadn’t read the questions. The defence complained “she keeps changing her answers.”Eleven jurors have been picked so far, including nine whites and two blacks. The jury has six men and five women.The 80-year-old entertainer has denied drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.Cosby’s lawyers earlier alleged a black woman was removed from jury consideration because of her race.___1:15 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have agreed to move ahead with jury selection after alleging prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration because of her race.Jury selection in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial was halted for several hours Wednesday after the defence challenged the woman’s removal. Defence lawyers say a member of the prosecution team was overheard making a disparaging remark after prosecutors used one of their challenges to have the woman dismissed as a potential juror.Prosecutors pushed back, noting two blacks have been already been seated as jurors.Cosby’s lawyers agreed to let jury selection proceed.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___12:05 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are alleging a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration as a prospective juror in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.The 80-year-old comedian’s lawyers are trying to use the remark as evidence that prosecutors were discriminatory in wanting the juror off the case. Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss said Wednesday that a member of the prosecution team was overheard saying “something that was discriminatory and repulsive.”District Attorney Kevin Steele says “there’s absolutely no legitimacy” to the defence challenge. He says prosecutors had no problem seating the two other black people who’ve appeared for individual questioning so far.Judge Steven O’Neill has ordered both sides into chambers to talk it over.___10:35 a.m.Jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial has been halted as the comedian’s lawyers challenge the prosecution’s decision to exclude a black woman from the jury.The defence is alleging the prosecution was discriminatory in using one of its seven strikes to remove the woman from consideration. Prosecutors did not have to give a reason for wanting her removed. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden says the challenge makes no sense because they’ve already seated two black jurors.The judge says he doesn’t believe the prosecution had any “discriminatory intent” but halted Wednesday’s proceeding to read a defence brief.Eight jurors have been picked so far, including one Wednesday.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He’s pleaded not guilty. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___This item has been corrected to fix the spelling of Feden’s name.___10 a.m.A judge is giving The Associated Press and other media organizations more access to a portion of jury selection in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial.Media lawyers had challenged an arrangement that forced reporters to watch the group questioning part of jury selection on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci agreed Wednesday to move the camera to the back of the courtroom so the media can see the potential jurors.DelRicci refused to make room in the crowded courtroom for a pool reporter, but said if the jury pool did not fill the room to capacity, he’d allow reporters to attend live.Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.___8:50 a.m.Comedian Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of jury selection in his retrial on sexual assault charges.Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday where lawyers are continuing to choose the jury.One juror was chosen Monday and six on Tuesday.The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004.The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favour of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.Cosby’s lawyers scored a pair of rulings Tuesday crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar.__12:05 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have scored a pair of rulings crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar as jury selection in his sexual assault retrial continues for a third day.Seven jurors have been picked so far. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.Judge Steven O’Neill on Tuesday granted the Cosby team’s request to call a woman who says accuser Andrea Constand talked about framing a celebrity before she lodged allegations against the comedian in 2005.Constand’s lawyer has said Marguerite Jackson isn’t telling the truth.The judge also ruled that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid Constand in a 2006 civil settlement.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___The items marked 3:55 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. have been corrected to reflect year of alleged assault was 2004, not 2012.last_img read more