NLEX, Blackwater to represent PH in Asia League Super 8

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alapag will join Xinjiang head coach Brian Goorjian and Thomas Wisman, B.League’s Tochigi Brex head coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments MOST READ Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a one-time CBA champion, and Guangzhou Long Lions will represent China while B.League’s Rising Zephyr Fukuoka are the Japanese representatives.Two-time KBL champions Samsung Thunders and ETLAND Elephants are the Korean teams in the tournament while ABL team Formosa Dreamers will suit up for Chinese-Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Asia League Super 8 is a Fiba-recognized tournament with games scheduled from July 17 to 22 at Macao East Asian Games Dome.Apart from the games, there will also be a coaches’ clinic on July 19 and 20 where ABL champion coach Jimmy Alapag is a speaker. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Mapua dominates on JRU’s homecourt in NCAA on Tour Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names NLEX and Blackwater had short campaigns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after failing to enter the quarterfinals but that doesn’t mean the two teams will just linger around and wait for the Governors’ Cup.The two teams are joining the Asia League Super 8 where they will compete against other clubs from China, Chinese-Taipei, Japan, and South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Desire to win finally gets Red Warriors over the hump

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manalang said his patience paid off after watching his teammates find their rhythm after four fruitless games.“I think during the first four games, as a point guard you’re just waiting for your teammates for your shooters to connect,” said Manalang in Filipino. “When they started hitting their shots, this gave me the freedom to drive because the defense started to spread.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All those pent up frustrations were eventually released on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena as the Red Warriors lambasted Far Eastern University in a 25-point blowout, 90-65.UE head coach Joe Silva credited his team’s first win to his players’  desire to finally get over the hump.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We wanted to win, we’re down there in the standings and we should at least get one win before the second round,” said forward Jason Varilla who had 17 points and five rebounds. “We came here to play hard because FEU’s one of the top dogs in the UAAP.”The Red Warriors are still at the eighth spot with a 1-4 record but the win at least gave them a semblance of hope heading into the second round. View comments University of the East had the worst start in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, losing its first four games to crash to the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alvin Pasaol said they poured all their efforts against the Tamaraws with the stigma of losing their first four games already hounding them.“We came here to play. We just needed to double our effort because we didn’t show any during the first four games so against FEU we showed everyone that we can do more than what we’ve done in the past games,” said Pasaol in Filipino.Despite coming off the bench, which was a first for him this season, Pasaol still finished with a game-high 25 points with 13 rebounds and five steals.Pasaol and Varilla did put up gaudy numbers in the offensive end but there was one man who quietly did his job as he orchestrated UE’s offense, and that was point guard Philip Manalang.With his two teammates carrying much of the scoring, Manalang just did his part in distributing the ball as he finished with a 13-point, 12-assist double-double,ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Looming UST-La Salle clash just a regular game for coaches Ayo, Gonzaleslast_img read more

BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHT

first_imgALL roads lead to Brewster Park in Enniskillen tonight (Wed) as Donegal bid to defeat Cavan in the U-21 football championship final.Holders Cavan had nine points to spare in their semi-final win over Down, while Donegal had a nail-biting 2-11 to 0-15 win over Derry.Much of the attention tonight will be on Donegal senior squad star Paddy McBrearty, the victim of a biting incident in the senior league clash with Dublin in Ballybofey on Sunday. He was later treated at Letterkenny General Hospital.However the injury is healing and Paddy has indicated that he is fit to play under the floodlights in Enniskillen this evening.Having hit five of Donegal’s points in that semi-final win over Derry – and set up a goal with some magical play –  that can only be good news for the county U-21 side.  BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHT was last modified: April 10th, 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:BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHTlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR URRIS AS THEY’RE DEFEATED BY RED HUGHS IN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

first_imgUrris GAA NotesU14 GIRLS: Well Done to our U14 girls who are through to the U14 B County Final.Our girls beat N. Columba in Straid on Friday evening -final score Iorras 3-12 N. Columba 3-03. Well done to John Farren and all who help out with this team. They will meet Milford in Final, date and venue to be confirmed .CLUB MEETING: Club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. All welcome.MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win July 3rd: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 14, 18, 19 & 23. €15 winners: Rita Mc Carthy, C/o Bayside Caravans, Tullagh, Anne Devlin, Altahalla, Josephine Diver, Tullagh, Maureen Grant, Tornabratley and Rose Doherty, Isle of Doagh.Jackpot next week €1,780. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.SENIOR & RESERVES: Both teams travelled to Killygordon on Saturday night in the Junior A & B Championship, no luck for either teams. Full time score in Junior A- Red Hugh’s 0-11 Iorras 0-09. Junior B Championship Red Hugh’s 1-12 Iorras 1-05. Next round of the championship home to N. Ultain in Straid next weekend. Training continues for both teams on Tuesday & Thursday night. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies travelled to Kilcar last Monday night and lost to the home side, Kilcar 4-15 Urris 5-03. Training for our Ladies changed to Wednesday night at 7.30pm.Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp: Another successful GAA Cul Camp held in Straid last week, over a 120 boys & girls took part and a great time was had by all. A big thank you to all the girls & boys, coaches , Darragh O’ Connor from the Donegal GAA squad and all who helped out in any way to make the week the great success it was.UNDER-AGE FIXTURES: U12 team away to Moville on Tuesday evening, bus leaving clubhouse at 5.30pm. U10 team home to Moville on Tuesday evening also at 6.30pm. U10 girls away to Malin on Saturday morning at 11.00 am.NIGHT AT THE RACES: The club are hosting a Race Night on Friday August 1st in the Square Bar, Clonmany. Horses now on sale at €10 from all Committee members and both Ladies & men’s team.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off in the cage at all Under-age training/matches. Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR URRIS AS THEY’RE DEFEATED BY RED HUGHS IN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER was last modified: July 7th, 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLE

first_imgGaoth Dobhair’s brilliant U-12 hurling team took the title back to the westIn the recent U12 Hurling ‘C ‘Final Gaoth Dobhair travelled to Burt in what was a repeat of the league fixture a week earlier.In that league game Burt beat Gaoth Dobhair by a point that night. One week later Gaoth Dobhair turned the tables and ran out winners in what was a fiercely contested final played in windy and wet conditions.Burt opened the scoring and went into a 3-0 lead. The lads from Gaoth Dobhair woke up and scored points from Eoin De Burca and Dáithí Óg Roberts before Burt pulled away again with the wind at their backs. Burt led at the interval 0.5-0.3 Gaoth Dobhair and Burt went hell for leather during the second half. Burt started the stronger and bombarded the Gaoth Dobhair goal but just couldn’t score.Gaoth Dobhair were able to clear their lines with Aodán Breathnach and Gavin Mac Giolla Comhaill impressive.Gaoth Dobhair clawed back to 5-5 thanks to points from Dáithí Óg .It looked like a draw and extra time but for 2 frees from Dáithí Óg, the last one with the last puck of the ball to round off a great season for the Gaoth Dobhair lads. This was their first season u12 on their own having played under Cú Uladh, an amalgamation of Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair, last year.Most of this team will be u12 again next year so things are looking good for hurling.A special thanks to James Hartnett who threw his Dungloe hat into the ring with Gaoth Dobhair this year.Maith Sibh a ghasúirí Gaoth Dobhair!! GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLE was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLElast_img read more

COLEMAN WILL NOT BE IN TEAM FOR EUROS – GILES

first_imgIrish soccer legend Johnny Giles has said he does not believe Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman will be in the Irish team for this summer’s European Championships.The former Republic of Ireland and Leeds star was highly critical of the Irish management team for not experimenting with players in last night’s friendly with the Czech Republic.The RTE pundit said the Everton star should make the panel but that Trapatonni is set in his ways and will not change in time for Poland. “I don’t think Coleman will get into the team for the European Championships because he is not getting a chance now.“Coleman did not even get on the pitch. It was a good opportunity for Coleman and McClean..”I don’t think he has any intention of playing the likes of Coleman.“It is a problem not to have enough matches. He knows what McGeady and Duff can do.“It is important to give other players can do. He does not what Coleman or McCarthy can do,” he said. There was also disappointment at the Aviva stadium for Shane Duffy – another player with strong Donegal connections.The Everton player, who was born in Derry but whose dad is from Letterkenny, also failed to get a run out.   COLEMAN WILL NOT BE IN TEAM FOR EUROS – GILES was last modified: March 1st, 2012 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:Johnny Gilesseamus colemanTrapatonnilast_img read more

Stoked to be world’s first longboard champ

first_imgSimone Robb carried up the beach by her South African team mates after winning the women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales By Anne Taylor30 September 2013“No words can describe the stoke right now!”, champion longboarder Simone Robb posted on her Facebook page after winning gold at the International Surfing Association World Longboard Championships in Peru this weekend.Team SA collected the silver medal in the team standings, with Thomas King and Ethan Pentz earning copper medals in the men’s and junior divisions respectively.Robb, a multiple South African surfing champion from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the women’s division, including the final where her long opening ride earned the heat’s highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal, according to Surfing South Africa.“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an 8, and I was really lucky to get that one,” Robb said in her post-heat interview reported on SSA’s website.“It’s really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard Champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home. This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against; they were all are really friendly.” – Simone RobbThe junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who dominated the division by winning every heat she contested.The 36-year-old mother of two is best known for her “signature 360-degree manoeuvre”. Robb “went against girls half her age and some of the world’s best surfers and won each heat”, Robin De Kock, Surfing SA’s general manager, told the Cape Times. “Robb is an inspiration to young girls in this country. We are very proud of her.”last_img read more

Kerala Woman, Lover Get Over 20 Years in Prison for Poisoning Husband in Australia

first_imgAn IT professional hailing from Kerala and her boyfriend were sentenced to over 20 years in prison by the Australian Supreme Court on June 21 for the 2015 murder of her husband.Sofia Sam, 34, and Arun Kamalasanan, 37, were found guilty of fatally poisoning Sam Abraham with cyanide-laced orange juice at his house at Epping, Melbourne. The court heard that Kamalasanan had planned the murder for three years, and poured the juice down Abraham’s throat after sedating Sam, Abraham and her son.Supreme Court judge Paul Coghlan sentenced Sofia Sam to 22 years’ imprisonment while Kamalasanan, who was the main accused, got a 27-year prison term. Coghlan called him the “architect and driving force” of the crime, and said he was satisfied that Sam played a part in the murder, the Australian reported. “I’m satisfied your husband could not have been murdered without your knowledge and acquiescence,” he was quoted as saying by the publication.Abraham, 33, was found foaming at the mouth, and the cause of his death was initially thought to be a heart attack. An autopsy conducted later showed the cause of death to be cyanide poisoning. The police did not reveal the findings of the autopsy to Sam, and started keeping a watch on her and Kamalasanan when their proximity came to light.“This is a very serious example of the crime of murder,” Coghlan said, the Age reported. “Sam Abraham was a young man asleep in bed at home with his family when he was killed by the use of poison.”Sam and Kamalasanan were found guilty in February this year. Both of them were born in Kerala, and met at the Mahatma Gandhi University as students. While Sam moved to Australia with her six-year-old son in 2012, Abraham, an accountant, joined his family a few months later, according to the Age. Kamalasanan left his parents, wife and son behind in India and moved to Melbourne in 2013.Sam and Kamalasanan will be jailed for at least 18 years and 23 years, respectively, before they are eligible for parole, according to the ruling.Kamalasanan is likely to be deported from Australia when his prison term comes to an end. Sam is an Australian citizen but her immigration status will be determined at a later date, News.com.au reported.The victim’s father Abraham Samuel, a native of Karavaloor in Kollam, said he had petitioned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last month, seeking to bring his grandson to India, according to the Indian Express. Related ItemsAustraliaKeralaMelbournelast_img read more

‘Illegitimate’ BJP government is avoiding Maharashtra floor test: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Sunday alleged that the BJP was “running away” from proving its majority on the floor of the Maharashtra Assembly, and demanded an immediate floor test. Addressing presspersons on the Supreme Court lawns soon after the special hearing on the joint plea for an immediate floor test by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Shiv Sena combine, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the government formed by the BJP with the help of rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar was “illegitimate” and should not continue even for a day.“First of all, we are grateful to the Supreme Court that they heard our petition on a Sunday…Our demand is that the Fadnavis government [government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis] is illegitimate and doesn’t have any right to remain in power. That’s why without any delay, we want the floor test to be taken tomorrow [Monday] itself to avoid any horse-trading,” Mr. Chavan said. He added that he “hoped the top court would rule in favour of the people of Maharashtra”.‘Only solution’Mr. Surjewala said an immediate floor test was the “only solution to resolve present crisis”. “Our demand is simple: let’s have a floor test and whoever has the majority will be established. BJP and Shri Ajit Pawar are shying away and running away from proving majority on the floor of the house, while the alliance of the three parties has full majority,” he said.“The moment a floor test is ordered, our majority will be established and it will be proved that the BJP in a surreptitious midnight operation, misusing the office of Governor, constituted an illegitimate government which will fall in a floor test,” Mr. Surjewala added.Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had administered the oath of office to Mr. Fadnavis and the NCP’s Ajit Pawar as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, early on Saturday morning. The move effectively stalled efforts by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine to put together a government as the BJP had managed to split the NCP and wean away its senior leader.last_img read more

China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet

first_img“We want to tell everyone in China that Chinese people have a Zou Shiming who brought back the belt from Las Vegas and kept it here, so that everyone will say, ‘If Zou Shiming can, so can other Chinese’.”Weight of historyWith the end of his boxing career in sight — he declined to say when he would retire — the affable Zou is turning his hand to promotion and mentoring the next generation.He turned professional with US promoters Top Rank, whose founder and chief executive Bob Arum had his eye on the lucrative China market, and was under the tutelage of respected American trainer Freddie Roach.But Zou is promoting himself for the July 28 fight, while insisting he will work with Top Rank again.ADVERTISEMENT He chose China for his first title defence in order to promote the sport in the country, partnering with Chinese companies such as Alisports which is part of e-commerce giant Alibaba.“It was significant that I won the belt in Las Vegas, the boxing temple. I want to bring this glory and passion, as well as the boxing culture, to China,” he said.“It would be significant to defend it in China. I don’t just want to bring the belt from the highest temple, I also want to guard it in China and keep it in China.”The weight of history is against Zou.Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong banned the sport as too violent, and it only returned to the public consciousness in 1979 when Muhammad Ali visited China at the invitation of then-leader Deng Xiaoping.Zou won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, then gold at the Beijing Games four years later, before successfully defending his title at the London games in 2012 to put boxing back on the map in China.Add three amateur world titles and it’s easy to see why, if anyone can make boxing big in China, Zou can.He may train boxers after he retires.“I know this business back to front: not just the training, but also their minds, their injuries, their illness and their promotion,” he said.“I know how to deal with pressure.” Cristiano Ronaldo expecting fourth child with girlfriend Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hard goodbyeSo why are there no other Chinese boxers even close to matching Zou?Unlike other countries, where boxers usually turn professional after a good Olympics, China’s Soviet-style sports authorities are reluctant to relinquish control of their amateurs.And a good amateur does not necessarily become a successful professional because the styles are so different, according to Zou.Zou knows he does not have many fights left.“I don’t want to say goodbye. But the hardest part for an athlete to face is injuries and age,” he said.“Maybe tomorrow I will say I can’t fight anymore.“But as long as I can, I will not say goodbye to boxing because I’d hate to part with it.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments Chinese boxer Zou Shiming trains in a gym in Shanghai on July 12, 2017.He is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTHe is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland.The 36-year-old defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the first time next week when he faces Japan’s Sho Kimura in Shanghai, and is targeting a fourth-round knockout.ADVERTISEMENT After a brilliant amateur career Zou turned professional in 2013 — at the relatively late age of 31 — and last November won the world title in Las Vegas to improve to a pro record of 9-1 with two KOs.Now he wants to harness his fame to put boxing on a par at home with more popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“In the West they already have a long history of boxing and everyone of all ages watch, but in China this is still something we have to work hard on,” he told AFP in an interview at his sweltering gym in Shanghai.“The attention it gets here is not like some of our more conventional sports such as badminton and table tennis that lots of kids practise and play. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

ENT-BACHCHAN-SONG 2 LAST

first_img“The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at”The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at the Mehboob Studio. Now a lot of things have changed. Now those kinds of studios are not there where 200 musicians would sit and compose the song,” Bachchan said.”I have heard that many times singers come, sing the song and go away. They dont even know for which film they have sung the song, which director … nothing is known. So these small changes have taken place, rest everything is same,” he added.”Te3n” narrates the story of a cop (Vidya Balan), a priest (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a vengeful man (Amitabh Bachchan) who investigate a kidnapping that is similar to an 8-year-old unsolved case.”Its been a delight to work in this film. My character in the film is of one Anglo Bengali whose name is John Biswas. He is old, weak, he is defeated and thats what Ribhu (wanted me to portray as a character,” Bachchan said.”So whether it was my clothing, the way I move, the way I walk and spoke they were all suppose to depict a very weak defeated person,” he added.The upcoming thriller is set to be released on June 10. PTI KKP NSK KISlast_img read more

MP to take on UP in National Talent Search Football Meet

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh struck twice through Rohit Dhami and Shreyansh Shukla in the second half today to edge out Uttarakhand 2-0 securing quarterfinal berth in the National Talent Search and Nurture football meet conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation here. Madhya Pradesh will meet Group A winner Uttar Pradesh in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. In another match, DPS Ghaziabad (Bihar) beat Jammu and Kashmir 4-0 to top the league and earn the right to play Rajasthan, placed second in Group B, in the quarterfinals. Priyanshu (9th and 22nd), Saharsh Kumar (69) and Ashsih Kumar (73rd) were the scorers for Bihar. Jammu and Kashmir will take on Jharkhand in the opening quarterfinal. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt quits at the top

first_imgDirk Kuyt announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, bowing out in the best way possible after his hat trick on Sunday won a first Dutch championship in 18 years for Feyenoord.The much anticipated announcement came after Kuyt captained his club to an emotional title victory with a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo, and he led fevered celebrations in front of some 150,000 people in Rotterdam on Monday.”All my dreams have come true. I made decisions throughout my whole career based on gut feeling, and for me this is the right time to stop,” the striker told the club website (www.feyenoord.nl).”Since returning to Feyenoord I’ve had two fantastic seasons, with the title this season an absolute highlight. I dreamt of becoming champion with Feyenoord.”Kuyt will stay with the club as part of the technical management team under technical director Martin van Geel.”We are incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has done for Feyenoord these past two years,” said Van Geel.”He has added a huge deal with his attitude, professionalism and passion. In the dressing room, on the pitch and beyond. So we are delighted to be able to retain someone with his experience and attitude at the club.”Kuyt won 104 caps for the Netherlands and played in the 2010 World Cup final. He began his career with Utrecht in 1998 before twice playing for Feyenoord, for Liverpool, with whom he scored in the Champions league final against AC Milan in 2007, and Turkish side Fenerbahce. He returned to Feyenoord in 2015.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool edge Newcastle 3-2, Cardiff City relegated

first_imgSubstitute Divock Origi’s 86th minute header earned Liverpool a 3-2 win at Newcastle United on Saturday to send them two points above Manchester City and keep their Premier League title bid alive.The race to secure the final two Champions League qualification places looks likely to go to the final weekend after Tottenham Hotspur again slipped up, losing to a last-minute goal at Bournemouth while having two men sent off.Cardiff City’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace ensured they were relegated along with Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, while West Ham United brushed aside Southampton 3-0.Liverpool have 94 points and Manchester City 92 but Pep Guardiola’s City have two games remaining, including Monday’s home match with Leicester City.Liverpool have just their final day home game with Wolves remaining but the result means the race will go down to the wire.Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool in front in the 13th minute, but seven minutes later Newcastle drew level through Christian Atsu.Liverpool restored their lead in the 28th minute when Daniel Sturridge, starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, back-heeled the ball from the corner to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the full-back’s cross was expertly turned in by Mohamed Salah.Managed by former Liverpool boss Rafe Benitez, 14th placed Newcastle drew level nine minutes after the break when the visitors failed to clear a corner and Salomon Rondon’s brilliant fierce left foot drive beat the helpless Alisson Becker.Then, with their talismanic forward Salah carried off on a stretcher with a head injury and facing a massive blow to their title hopes, Origi rose at the near post to head in a Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick and give Juergen Klopp’s side the victory.advertisementA win for Spurs at the Vitality Stadium would have secured a top-four slot ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax Amsterdam.But, after losing at home to West Ham United last week and then going down to the Dutch side in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to fire again and went down 1-0 after Nathan Ake struck in injury time.Son Heung-min was first to be sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma just before halftime with Juan Foyth shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Jack Simpson two minutes after coming on at the interval.Spurs stay third on 70 points, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining. But Pochettino’s side know victory in their final game against Everton will see them qualify, with Chelsea and Manchester United also capable of securing a top-four slot.”It is very painful to play with two players less than the opponent,” Pochettino said.”We need to move on. We cannot change the decisions. We have ahead two finals against Ajax and Everton. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.”We are fighting (five) teams, it is impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the (Champions League) semi-final I will be proud.”Spurs also had to contest with a fine Premier League debut from 19-year-old goalkeeper Mark Travers, who was in inspired form for the hosts with a string of fine saves.Cardiff never seriously looked like securing the win they needed to stand any chance of staying up, with Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend scoring the goals for Palace, who won for the fifth time in six away league games.The result confirmed Cardiff’s relegation after one season for the second time in five years. It was also manager Neil Warnock’s third top-flight relegation after also going down with Notts County in 1992 and Sheffield United in 2007.At Molineux, Leander Dendoncker’s 75th-minute volley against Fulham moved Wolves a step closer to possible European football next season.The Midlanders will be guaranteed to finish seventh in their first season after promotion if Leicester fail to beat Manchester City on Monday. Wolves would then need City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final to secure a place in Europe for the first time in 39 years.The one bright spot for Fulham was Harvey Elliott, who became Premier League’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 30 days when he came on after 88 minutes.Marko Arnautovic scored twice for West Ham – his first goals for four months – as the home side completed a routine 3-0 win over Southampton. Ryan Fredericks rounded off the scoring with his first-ever Premier League strike.advertisementAlso Read | Premier League: 9-man Tottenham Hotspur go down 1-0 against BournemouthAlso Watch:last_img read more

Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of Clasico

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona’s Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of El Clasico Jamie Smith 04:22 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulinho Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Barcelona Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Real Madrid Having proved the doubters wrong with six La Liga goals so far, the Brazilian midfielder claims opinions about his ability do not concern him Paulinho insists he has never been worried about what the critics say, with the previously under-fire midfielder having helped Barcelona to move 11 points clear of Real Madrid in the Liga table going into Saturday’s Clasico.The Brazil international was the first signing made by Barca following the departure of his compatriot Neymar in a world-record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, with many Blaugrana fans underwhelmed at his arrival.Paulinho was then widely mocked after stumbling over tricks in his presentation following the completion of a surprise €40m switch from Guangzhou Evergrande. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But after hitting six league goals to be the most prolific midfielder in La Liga this season, striking a brace in a 4-0 defeat of Deportivo La Coruna last time out, Paulinho has shrugged off stinging criticism ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’ve heard it said that I’m silencing the critics so many times but it’s not that: I don’t have to prove myself to anyone,” Paulinho told The Guardian.”I don’t play for the critics, I play for my team-mates. For three, four years I haven’t listened to anything. People always talk and always will – ‘He’s good now because he’s at Barca’, ‘He was only good then because he was in China’, blah, blah, blah.”When I was at Bragantino and I went to Corinthians it was the same; it was the same at Tottenham and in China. I’ve had that since the beginning.”@FCBarcelona arrive at #ElClasico unbeaten in #LaLigaSantander! pic.twitter.com/JjZ7n1zEhU— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 21, 2017Before moving to China, where he won the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou, Paulinho was perceived to have flopped at Tottenham, having fallen out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino the season after Brazil’s humiliation at the hands of Germany in the 2014 World Cup.”The problem was that this came after the World Cup, with me trying to get back to some normality,” Paulinho said. “I was the last back [for pre-season] and to have gone out of the World Cup that way with Brazil at home…”I’ve never talked much about that game: maybe once or twice, that’s it. There’s no point. You can lose a game by two or three and say: ‘Oh we made this mistake, we made that mistake, we lost.’ But if you lose 7-1, what can you say?”It is something that can’t happen. But it happened. And after that, I had to go back to my club. You have a full season ahead of you when [you hope] you can recover from losing a World Cup semi-final 7-1 at home.”My first game [under Pochettino] is in my position but after that I played in every position apart from my own. If we play in a three, I’m here. If we play in a two, I’m here.”He had a different system, and if you’re not in your position in a football as competitive as England it’s difficult. I was playing on the left wing: the manager put me there and I had to play there, because I wanted to play.”@paulinhop8 and #ElClásico – the midfielder’s in form on the pitch and in our interview! pic.twitter.com/SdU55rskvy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 20, 2017Despite being pushed to the fringes at Spurs towards the end of his Premier League spell, Paulinho does not hold a grudge against Pochettino.”I had no problem with Pochettino,” Paulinho added. “I told him: ‘This position is not mine but if you want I can play there.’ But in the long term you’re not going to be at your best and over the last six months I wasn’t playing regularly.”I thought the moment had come to leave. Where? I didn’t know. But I wanted to leave. The coach wasn’t trusting in me so there’s no reason to stay.”last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattuso

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano2018-12-30 10:20:22.000000Send to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain dedicated his goal in victory over SPAL to coach Rino Gattuso.It was a first goal from the Argentine in two months.“It was an important goal and three fundamental points after all we’ve wasted before, but now we can have a rest with our families,” the striker told DAZN.“It’s natural the fans expect more from me. I came to Milan because I was convinced by the project here and I want to continue like this.“Gattuso has always supported me and above all been honest. This goal is for him.” last_img read more

Farmers Urged To Use National Irrigation Commission Systems

first_imgIn light of the prevailing drought affecting most parishes, farmers islandwide are being urged to utilize the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) water systems to irrigate their crops, instead of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) resources,  which are dedicated for domestic and personal use.     This call comes from Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who says reports indicate a worsening of the drought since its onset in January. He adds that projections suggest it will continue until the end of April. In this regard, the Minister urged farmers to utilize the NIC’s facilities, several of which have been significantly improved by the agency. The latest of these is New Forest/Duff House irrigation system in south Manchester, which was commissioned into service recently by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. This facility will serve some 497 farmers. “Farmers, who normally extract water from the NWC main, (which goes) up to Junction (St. Elizabeth) for agricultural purposes, can now connect into this irrigation scheme and allow householders to get the water (provided by the NWC),” he told JIS News following the commissioning ceremony. The Water Minister also urged the farmers to “make the necessary and appropriate arrangements” with the NIC to provide water for their farms.   Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC has been instructed to repair leaks identified in their systems “as quickly possible” to ensure maximum output, while underscoring the need for water conservation. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 25. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Friday, Nov. 25. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road. It will be open during construction. Work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 15, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 18. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 14. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes The westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area are reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Tuesday, Nov. 15 Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Friday, Nov. 25. A marked detour is available. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30-last_img read more

11 excops among 13 get lifer for killing jail inmate in Pb

first_imgAmritsar: A court here on Monday sentenced 13 people, including 11 former policemen, to life imprisonment in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa pronounced the quantum of the punishment. The court had convicted all of the accused last week. All 13 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Public Prosecutor Rittu Madan told reporters here. They include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police. The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh. On May 5, 2014, jail inmate Bikramjit Singh, who was serving life imprisonment in a murder case, was taken to a government hospital for treatment. He was kidnapped from the hospital by a police team led by Narang Singh and taken to Batala, where he was tortured inhumanely and then murdered, as per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother, Dalbir Singh. Following Bikramjit’s abduction, police had initially registered a case against him on May 6, 2014, alleging that he escaped from custody. But later, the policemen and two others were booked for his murder.last_img read more

Toronto man charged after alleged road rage incident man clings to car

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Provincial Police say a Toronto man is facing charges after an alleged road rage incident involving another man seen clinging to the hood of the vehicle.Police say the incident happened Wednesday morning on a highway in northern Toronto.Video of the footage caught on a dashcam shows a man on the hood of the vehicle while it is travelling at highway speed.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says on Twitter that a 42-year-old man from Toronto’s Scarborough area has been charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the man charged is 32.last_img read more

Steve Van Zandt To Be Honored By Little Kids Rock

first_imgBefore Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band finish the second U.S. leg of its world tour, many of its members will attend Little Kids Rock’s 10th anniversary Right to Rock Celebration, sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love.org.On October 16th in New York city Steven Van Zandt will be presented with the “Big Man of The Year Award,” given annually to honor the legacy of the late, great Clarence Clemons. Van Zandt joins past honorees Lady Gaga and The Big Man himself. The event is being co-chaired by actress Maureen Van Zandt and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.The gala will resemble an all-star rock and roll festival with Van Zandt performing alongside many of his musical friends, including Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad and more surprise guests expected to attend. Little Kids Rock students will join these rock legends on stage to perform along side and celebrate the joy of music.The event, sponsored by The House of Marley and 1Love.org, will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom and will run from 6:30pm until the music stops. Table sponsorships are available for purchase and limited balcony-level tickets for the show (no bar or dinner) will be made available next week. For more information visit www.littlekidsrock.org/rtr12/sponsorship.htm.A key part of the evening will be the live and silent auctions (opening online in the weeks leading up to the event and concluding live at the October 16th event) featuring hard-to-find treasures like a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (with Jake Clemons making the piece a “first of a kind”), a tour of NFL Films and the set of Inside the NFL with Phil Simms, a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley hand painted by famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, an exclusive dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, a 5-night stay at one of the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection Resorts and much more. The funds raised by this once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza and unique auction will help Little Kids Rock bring the gift of music education to disadvantaged youth across the United States. The funds from this event and auction will enable Little Kids Rock to bring free lessons and instruments to over 100,000 disadvantaged public school students in 12 states.“Putting instruments in [children’s] hands is empowering,” Van Zandt said after personally delivering guitars to Little Kids Rock students in the Bronx last year. “We’re the only country in the world that thinks that art is a luxury. It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity of life.”“It is a privilege to honor Steven Van Zandt,” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock’s Founder and Executive Director. “To do so with the company of the E Street Band friends and family is just thrilling.” Wish added, “Steven Van Zandt is a great artist, philanthropist and humanitarian who has provided tremendous support for Little Kids Rock students and for many people around the world. No wonder so many other artists are coming out and paying tribute to him.”Together, The House of Marley and 1Love.org are this year’s presenting sponsors of the Right to Rock Celebration and an ongoing partner with Little Kids Rock. The House of Marley is a collection of premium quality, earth-friendly lifestyle and personal audio gear, created in partnership with the Marley family, and donates a portion of all sales to 1Love.org, the Marley family nonprofit organization that focuses on youth, planet and peace. During the event, 1Love.org will announce a surprise fundraising project with Little Kids Rock that honors the spirit and artistry of the legendary Bob Marley.Tickets are available here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Montreal to get a new largely digital fashion week

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook A new fashion week is in the works for Montreal, and it will largely take place online.Digital Fashion Week Montreal is set to launch in March 2017, with organizers “re-writing the fashion week business model.”Runway shows will be streamed live to a global audience, but there will also be real-world networking events and other educational initiatives to support Canadian designers. The showcase was founded by Melanie Trevett, a fashion and retail entrepreneur who recently moved to Montreal from the United Kingdom.Her new festival comes three years after Montreal Fashion Week merged with the city’s Fashion + Design Festival in 2013.It also follows the loss of Toronto Fashion Week, which announced earlier this month that it was folding.“Canadian designers will be empowered with a fashion week that truly belongs to them, one that will take their careers into the future and from which the industry can grow internationally,” according to a release issued Wednesday.The event has lined up sponsors including Maybelline New York, Redken 5th Avenue New York, and essie.The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate ticks up to 345 per cent

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week, though rates remain at historically low levels.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 3.45 per cent from 3.43 per cent last week. The average rate is down sharply from 3.94 per cent a year ago, and remains close to its all-time low of 3.31 per cent in November 2012.The 15-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 2.76 per cent from 2.74 per cent last week.Record-low interest rates this year have helped spur home purchases and boost the housing market.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage remained at 0.5 point this week. The fee for a 15-year loan also was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.74 per cent, up from 2.73 per cent last week. The fee held at 0.5 point.____This story has been corrected to remove an incorrect reference to the fourth straight week of increases in long-term rates. Average US 30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.45 per cent This Monday, April 11, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, Aug. 11, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 8:45 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Geneva UN chief stresses central role of human rights in global

In his remarks to the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNCHR) annual Executive Committee meeting held in Geneva, the Secretary-General warned the gathered Member States that the “snapshot” of the state of the world is “not a pretty picture,” adding that never before has the UN had to confront “so many refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers” and provide “so many with emergency food assistance and other life-saving support.” “The world must do more to prevent forced displacement, address its root causes, and support solutions for those affected by it,” Mr. Ban stressed. “This requires greater resources and more political leadership. It also requires unprecedented cooperation by the international community.”Pointing to the multitude of global crises, spanning from Iraq and Syria to the Central African Republic and Horn of Africa, he urged “an earlier and greater focus” on human rights for the millions of refugees displaced by the conflicts and reminded Member States that human rights should be the centre point of their humanitarian assistance. “That is what we call Human Rights Up Front,” Mr. Ban continued. “Human rights should be put at the centre and the front when dealing with refugees and asylum seekers.”UNHCR’s Executive Committee reviews and approves the agency’s programmes and budget, advises on international protection and discusses a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners on an annual basis. Addressing the 94-member body yesterday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, cast a similarly foreboding picture of the global humanitarian situation, declaring that “the adequacy and sustainability of the resources available for humanitarian response” has been called into question by the accelerating demands made by a turbulent international political climate. In addition, he also urged more comprehensive prevention and conflict-resolution measures to be initiated by State actors in order to inhibit humanitarian crises altogether.At today’s meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed Mr. Guterres’ remarks, emphasizing the need to combine the efforts made by Member States on development and humanitarian issues. “Unresolved displacement can upend a country’s path to posterity. That is why the needs and potential of displaced populations must be reflected in national development plans and based on joint analysis,” noted Mr. Ban. “There should be no separation between humanitarian and development – it’s all part of development issues.”As he reminded the Committee to continue to ensure that the humanitarian system is “fit for purpose,” the Secretary-General also applauded UNHCR’s 10-year plan to eliminate statelessness in the world and called for “concrete action for changing nationality laws, resolving the plight of stateless people and ensuring no child is born without citizenship.” “We must reaffirm the universality of humanitarian principles which, when respected, protect both the victims and those who came to their rescue,” he proclaimed. “We simply cannot accept the erosion of these fundamental principles – anywhere, at any time, for any reason.” read more

UNICEF says 2017 has been a very difficult year for children in

“2017 has seen a dramatic increase in violence. The previously unstable regions, such as the center and the north west, have remained very tense. In addition, the entire south-west that had previously been spared by the crisis, is now the worst-hit region,” said Christine Muhigana, UNICEF Representative in the country, at the regular press briefing in Geneva.Children and women are of course the first victims: half of the population in CAR is in need of humanitarian support, that is 2.5 million people, including 1.3 million children.Currently, 20 per cent of the schools are closed because of insecurity, and those that are open have too many pupils and not enough teachers.Reports of children’s rights violations are on the rise. In 2017, 50 per cent more documented incidents than the previous year, twice the number of children recruited into armed groups.Immunization campaigns have been disrupted in several regions due to persistent insecurity, and basic healthcare needs are not met especially in regions where the NGOs are no longer able to operate.“As UNICEF Representative, I am very concerned about the lasting impact this crisis is having on children. We have a whole generation at risk of growing up traumatized, without proper education, without healthcare and constantly exposed to the most horrific violence,” she said.UNICEF has helped provide temporary learning spaces for over 50,000 children in 2017, and plans to do so for 85,000 children in 2018. The agency also provided support for children released from armed groups to reintegrate into society.Through a rapid response mechanism, UNICEF has been able to provide non-food items, such as mats, mosquito nets, blankets, and cooking supplies, to nearly 25,000 households and emergency water and sanitation interventions to almost 72,000 people.At the same time, the agency received only 46 per cent of the funding needed to meet the humanitarian needs this year. “In 2018 the needs are growing: we are going to need every support we can get, if we do not want the children of CAR to be left to a terrible fate,” she said. read more

UConn Is Finally An Underdog In The Womens Final Four

The Final Four of the 2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament is set, which means FiveThirtyEight’s Sara Ziegler is here to break down the two semifinal games. Watch to learn how the teams match up, who’s favored to win and how those favorites can avoid possible upsets on their way to the national title.Be sure to follow our live win probabilities and predictions throughout the rest of the women’s and men’s NCAA tournaments.

Pensioner faces jail if he walks on police couples grass in a

first_imgThe grass verge has been a source of controversy for eight years \ The grass verge has been a source of controversy for eight yearsCredit:Ben Lack So when the Webbs started mowing the verge themselves, and told the widower to stop driving across it, he refused.The couple placed nearly 40 ornamental rocks on the border of their land and Mr Taylor was arrested for smashing one of the boulders with a sledgehammer to “protect his right of way”.The turf war dragged on for years in the ordinarily-peaceful residential area nestled between Highfield Road and, ironically, Love Lane. The court heard Mr Taylor began driving his car back and forth across the land almost daily, doing wheel spins and churning up grass.  York Magistrates court was told of how Mr Taylor would sit in his car for hours, staring over at their property. Mr Webb, 43, said that he and his wife had become virtual “prisoners in our own home” because of Mr Taylor’s “vendetta”. Mr Taylor was found guilty of harassing the Webbs and was banned from driving for six months to curb his anti-social behaviour. As a precaution, officers also confiscated his shotgun and rifle, but these have been returned on appeal. A pensioner who battled with his neighbours over a patch of land could be sent to jail if he walks on the grass outside his home.The eight-year feud in Whitby, North Yorkshire – over the ownership of a roadside verge between two houses – reached an uneasy truce when Jon and Sara Webb obtained a court order against their elderly neighbour.Phil Taylor, 86, was served with a harassment notice and banned from driving, as well as other sanctions, after a campaign against the Webbs.The dispute began when the couple, both police officers, bought their property from the police authority along with a 100 yard grass verge that runs down the street past Mr Taylor’s home. Until then, the retired former soldier had tended to the land, planting rows of bulbs along the garden fence and mowing the grass. He also laid a patio next to the area, parked his caravan on the flagstones and built a boathouse, so he could tow his boat across the grass before he went fishing. Mr Taylor added that he would go and live with his family but was afraid of “being a nuisance.””I daren’t set foot on the grass because there is a CCTV camera trained on the verge all the time and if I just step off the patio onto it I will be arrested,” he added.”What gets me is everyone else in the street is free to walk on it and exercise their dogs there – but not me. All the neighbourhood is up in arms about what’s happened.”The Webbs, who have now repaired the damage to the grass verge, refused to comment following the court case.It is understood Mrs Webb has now retired from the police service but Mr Webb remains a serving officer. The pensioner also received a two-year restraining order, which prevents him from stepping on the Webbs’ land until July 2018, and was ordered to pay £620 court costs and fined £225 with a £30 surcharge.Mr Taylor intends to challenge the driving ban on the grounds that he was not convicted of any motoring offences.He said yesterday: “Now I just want my car back so I can pick up my pension and medications without being dependent on my son and granddaughter.”I can’t walk properly and without my car I have lost all mobility. It takes me an hour to get to the shops just down the road.” If I just step off the patio onto [the grass] I will be arrested,Phil Taylor 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.last_img read more

4300pound Objet1000 3D printer is for the big jobs

first_imgThere’s a big, mad rush right now to get 3D printers to a point where they can be in people’s homes. Meanwhile, on the industrial side of that coin — which is often undercovered as we focus on the price drops and accessibility of 3D printing — companies are building dining room table-sized 3D printers like the Objet1000.Home 3D printers are great, and will continue to get smaller, faster, easier to use, and more accurate. Right now, if you have a couple thousand dollars and really want to make your own dice they are amazing machines that fit on your desk. While these are really cool, most people forget that these are the descendants of giants. Industrial 3D printers are built to make massive 1:1 scale objects out of a variety of materials simultaneously. It will be a long time before anyone gets a machine like the Objet1000 in their home, and not just because the printer is 9-feet wide and nearly 6 feet tall.Connex 3D printers are capable of printing more than 120 different materials, and they are able to switch back and forth as needed without interrupting the print job. This allows prototypes to have different surface for more realistic end result, right down to a transparent material to simulate glass and a flexible rubber-like material if necessary. This is accomplished with 8 extruders on the print head, so it can switch back and forth and not risk the project shifting as it cools. The sides of the Printer can hold six different hot swappable cartridges, each weighing nearly 40 pounds. The Objet1000 gets its name by having a 1000mm printing base, meaning a single print can occupy a 1000 x 800 x 500 space.The print quality for the Objet1000 is great as well. If you compare the 100 micron resolution print of the new Makerbot Replicator 2 to the 30 micron resolution of the Objet1000, you begin to understand the difference between an industrial grade 3D printer and a consumer grade model. 100 micros is fantastic for most users, and certainly better than many of the consumer grade printers out there, but pales in comparison to what is being used for 3D printing prototypes on an industrial level.Looking at machines like the Objet1000 paints a great picture for where the consumer space is going to be headed. Right now, companies like Makerbot are working to increase the print resolution and make the machines small enough to fit in homes. We will see printers with multiple extruders for printing different materials and hot swappable cartridges to go with that in time as well.last_img read more

Pourquoi la voix dAdèle provoquetelle lémoi des auditeurs

first_imgPourquoi la voix d’Adèle provoque-t-elle l’émoi des auditeurs ? Afin de comprendre comment la célèbre chanson Someone Like You de Adèle parvient à arracher les larmes de millions d’auditeurs, The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie. Si l’émoi ressenti à l’écoute d’une chanson particulière dépend avant tout de la sensibilité et de l’histoire de chacun, il existe quelques astuces imparables qui permet de provoquer larmes et frissons chez ses auditeurs… Succès émotif assuré ! Parmi le top 10 des morceaux qui promettent un public larmoyant culmine actuellement Someone Like You, de la chanteuse britannique Adèle, récemment adulée lors de la 54e édition des Grammy Awards qui se tenaient à Los Angeles, le 12 février 2012.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie afin d’expliquer comment la chanson est parvenue à faire pleurer des millions d’auditeurs. Selon le psychologue John Sloboda, l’émotion unanime ressentie à l’écoute d’un morceau serait lié à l’appoggiature, un ornement musical consistant à intercaler une petite note avant la principale. Martin Guhn, auteur d’une étude sur le sujet, affirme au Wall Street Journal que l’appoggiature intercalé dans une mélodie “génère une tension chez l’auditeur”. Il poursuit : “Quand les notes reviennent vers la mélodie anticipée, la tension disparaît et est remplacée par une sensation de bien-être”.Pour un morceau comme Someone Like You, la répétition des appoggiatures couplées aux modulations de voix de la chanteuse sur de longues notes, crée chez les auditeurs ce que le psychologue définit comme “de petites montagnes russes” émotionnelles et provoque l’apparition de larmes. Selon une équipe de neuroscientifiques de l’université canadienne de McGillcette, cette sensation contraire à de la tristesse, est très agréable pour les auditeurs. Une récente étude révèle que la chanson provoque en effet la libération de dopamine, un neurotransmetteur qui intervient dans le sentiment de plaisir.Le 18 février 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Emotions still run high over BPA transmission line plans

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — The project was first floated more than two years ago. But the worry — and emotion — surrounding the Bonneville Power Administration’s proposed transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties showed no signs of fading during a public forum in Battle Ground on Thursday night.Close to 300 people turned out at the Battle Ground Community Center to give the federal power marketing agency an earful, with most of the dozens of speakers living near one of the BPA’s proposed routes.Opinions varied on what to do with the project. Many appeared weary of the lengthy planning process that’s left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over landowners living on or near one of those routes — without knowing their fate.“These people have been living in chaos for the last two years,” said Erna Sarasohn, chair of the group Citizens Against the Towers. “These people need to get back to planning their future … You have to give them some freedom and unburden them.”BPA has laid out four possible routes that could carry the 500-kilovolt line, ranging in cost from $317million to $407 million, along with several variations. The federal power marketing agency has said the project, running from Castle Rock to Troutdale, Ore., will help ease a strained Northwest power grid.last_img read more

Council Banishes 2 In Village Where Troopers Died

first_imgThe tribal government in the village where two Alaska State Troopers were killed has voted to banish two men indirectly connected to the deaths.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Tanana Tribal Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask Arvin Kangas and William Walsh to leave permanently.Kangas is the father of 20-year-old Nathanial “Satch” Kangas, who is charged with murder in the May 1 deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich.Walsh is leader of the Athabascan Nation, a small group that rejects the authority of the Alaska state government.Tanana Tribal Council chairman Curtis Sommer says the council is holding the older men accountable for rhetoric that “more or less brainwashed” Nathanial Kangas.The council’s action must be reviewed by the tribal court.last_img read more

Simple Solutions To Harvey Related Respiratory Issues

first_img 00:00 /01:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo via FlickrHoustonians are still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey. For many, it’s health issues caused by Harvey that people are dealing with. In fact by the time the storm cleared, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was issuing warnings of health risks.But a local doctor said there may be some easy solution for some people.It’s become common occurrence in Houston following Harvey. People dealing with sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes. The biggest instigator is mold spores, which have increased following the storm. Those with allergies suffer even more, but according to Doctor Dat Tran, there’s good news for many sufferers.“Fortunately, many of them are not allergic, which is great. I mean it’s just an irritant,” he said.An allergy specialist can determine if you’re allergic by administering a simple pin-prick test with results in less than ten minutes. For those that only irritated by the pollen, mold, or dust, a simple, over-the-counter nasal irrigation is one solution.“A bottle irrigation that you fill up with bottled water, and has salene, and then you flush your nose. Now I tell you, it’s rough although, once you get used to it, it’s a relief,” Dr. Tran said.Tran said if you use an antihistamine, and that reduces symptoms, you’re probably not dealing with an allergy. For those that are allergic to whatever Harvey has kicked up, Tran said doctors can prescribe shots or oral medications to treat your allergy. Listen Share Xlast_img read more

A 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Pack

first_imgA 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers taken on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments   Share   Related LinksReport: Cardinals interview former Browns HC Hue Jackson for OC jobReport: Arizona Cardinals hire former Broncos DB coach Greg WilliamsJohn Clayton: ‘Hard to tell’ who will be Cardinals OC right nowClements coached the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks from 2006-11 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.Clements has coached the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99) prior to his tenure in Green Bay.This will be Clements’ first season coaching since 2016.The Cardinals had interviewed six other candidates before deciding to reportedly not move forward with an offensive coordinator. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly not expected to hire an offensive coordinator but have hired Tom Clements to assist in the passing game.The move first reported on Saturday was made official by the Cardinals on Tuesday.Clements, 65, will coordinate the team’s passing game while also serving as quarterbacks coach.Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is expected to be the main play-caller with Clements assisting in the offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Rep Lucido reminds residents to attend his November town hall meetings

first_img30Oct Rep. Lucido reminds residents to attend his November town hall meetings State Rep. Peter J. Lucido will host a series of town hall meetings on identity theft and Internet safety this November in which he will host special guests.Rep. Lucido wants to stress this important issue as we approach the holiday season when our personal information is most susceptible to being compromised.The town halls will take place at the following times and locations and will include special guests from local law enforcement agencies.Tuesday, Nov. 17Washington Township Hall57900 Van Dyke in Washington7-9 p.m.Special guests: Representative from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau, Romeo Police Chief Gregory Paduch and a representative from the Macomb County Sheriff Department.Wednesday, Nov. 18Shelby Township Hall52700 Van Dyke in Shelby Township7-9 p.m.Special guests: Representative from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau and a Detective from the Shelby Township Police Department.“This is an event you do not want to miss,” said Rep. Lucido. “This is a very important issue that affects everyone and we want to make sure that your hard-earned money and property is kept out of the hands of criminals.  There are many ways that your information can be compromised, especially during the holidays, but there are also many ways that you can help protect it and we will have specialists on hand to help you do just that.”If you have any questions, please contact Rep. Lucido by phone at 517-373-0843, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photoslast_img read more

Special guests join Rep Alexander for Sept 11 Memorial Service

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today hosted Napoleon Township Police Chief Duaine Pitman (left)  and Michigan State Police Jackson Post Commander Kevin Rod as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos,News 07Sep Special guests join Rep. Alexander for Sept. 11 Memorial Servicelast_img read more

Rep Lucido Macomb officials speak against cyberbullying

first_img05Dec Rep. Lucido, Macomb officials speak against cyberbullying Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter Lucido today was joined by Macomb County assistant prosecutors William Harding and Derek Miller to speak before the House Law and Justice Committee in support of Lucido’s legislation to stop cyberbullying.“I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but hate speech, threats and intimidation are not universally accepted forms of free expression,” said Lucido, vice chair of the committee. “We’re seeing more and more of this kind of behavior online and it’s not free speech. It’s permanently damaging lives and encouraging suicide among the young and old alike. It has no boundaries and Michigan is overdue to establish limitations.”Under the legislation, anyone who commits cyberbullying may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year incarceration, if it leads to an assault. If the offense leads to a fatality, it’s a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.“We have to get in front of this issue because of our youths’ increasing dependence on social media,” said Miller, a former state representative for Macomb County. “I believe that cyberbullying needs a clear and concise definition, which this is bill provides. This bill will save lives in Michigan and hold accountable those who incite fear.”House Bills 5017 and 5018 remain under consideration by the committee.“The internet is leading to places it wasn’t intended to go, with cyberbullying being a clear example of that,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “We are not assured a right to be able to say anything that can intimidate or spread fear because we all should know when words cross the line. There has to be responsibility for one’s words or actions, even if it is online. This bill is the starting point, a bedrock toward establishing what is a crime for behavior which does not pay attention to physical boundaries.”last_img read more

Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017

first_img28Dec Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017 Categories: News,Whiteford News With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community.Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year.As the chair of the House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee, I want to ensure that legislation will protect Michigan families. That’s why I sponsored legislation – signed into law in October – to ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. All refined petroleum products sold in Michigan are subject to an environmental protection regulatory fee. The bill ensures the fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum is used for cleaning up contaminated sites.This law also allows for owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to apply for funds to clean up older contaminated sites.The governor also signed legislation I introduced to ensure communication between local township officials and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before conducting a prescribed burn. This law was sparked by an incident several years ago in Valley Township, when local officials were not made aware of a prescribed burn. Local fire departments were called to respond to the fire, and the township later received a bill for the expense. Improved communication will help prevent similar expenses in the future.I also supported efforts to improve education, particularly when it comes to expanding career opportunities. I sponsored legislation that became law earlier this year allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs.Earlier this year I voted in support with my Michigan House colleagues for record funding for K-12 education. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and believe students and teachers in Allegan County classrooms will benefit from this budget. Funding for career and technical training also increases through competitive grants.Other highlights from 2017 include:•           Joining the majority of my House colleagues in voting to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgiving all outstanding debt associated with the fees.•           Becoming a member of the Michigan House C.A.R.E.S task force to address mental health issues across the state. The goal is to help support vulnerable citizens within the community and create legislation that will help residents live happier and healthier lives.•           Voted in favor of a five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan schools. Skilled trades is a growing field that will help strengthen Michigan’s economy and future.If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. If residents are unable to meet during my scheduled office hours you may contact my office at 517-373-0836 or by email at marywhiteford@house.mi.gov.I look forward to continue working with residents to improve our community in 2018.###last_img read more

Rep Runestad votes to protect Michigans children

first_img Categories: News,Runestad News Landmark bipartisan plan recently approved by state HouseState Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, recently voted to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents.“Although the moral and administrative failure at Michigan State affected hundreds of girls and young women, sexual misconduct goes beyond what Larry Nassar did. It’s a problem at our colleges, our neighborhoods and within families,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “That must stop. With the overwhelming bipartisan support in the state House, we’re sending the message this abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated.”Runestad voted in support of the multi-bill plan, citing the specific need for expanding the criminal and civil statute of limitations, better information and specific consent for invasive medical procedures and stronger penalties against child pornography offenders.“As a father, of course I want to protect my children from all of the crimes committed by Nassar and see him punished for it, but we also have to give victims the opportunity to come forward to report and help prosecute these crimes,” Runestad said. “This plan will make it almost impossible for another Nassar-like violation no matter where it may occur. This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole addresses the problem of illegal sexual behavior in our society. I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of so many, especially the determined and courageous efforts of Nassar’s victims.”The legislation has advanced to the Senate for its consideration and Runestad has pledged to continue his support.“As long as I’m in the state Legislature, we’ll continue to push for eliminating sexual assault wherever it may occur in Michigan,” Runestad said.##### 29May Rep. Runestad votes to protect Michigan’s childrenlast_img read more

Stories of those Homeless Who Dont Fit the Housing First Model

first_imgShare87TweetShare20Email107 SharesOctober 7, 2015; Street SenseFor those who are concerned about homelessness in the United States, it is worthwhile read the “street papers” that are produced and sold by homeless persons in many parts of the country. The perspectives to be gleaned are frequently revealing, as in the October 7th print edition of Washington, D.C.’s Street Sense. Its cover story by editorial intern Alexandra Pamias asks about those who don’t get served in Housing First programs in Washington—“who get left behind,” according to the headline.The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness defines Housing First as:An approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness…While Housing First can be used in both short- and long-term interventions, the approach is closely tied to permanent supportive housing and…to rapid re-housing as well.In Washington, D.C., Housing First has been a part of the city government’s response to homelessness since it was first launched during the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty. Current mayor Muriel Bowser has populated her cabinet with experts who bring extensive Housing First experience to the table, notably Department of Human Services director Laura Zeilinger, whose official bio credits her as having “designed and implemented” the District’s Housing First initiative, and Department of Housing and Community Development director Polly Donaldson, whose prior work at the Transitional Housing Corporation included placing homeless families in transitional housing and permanent Housing First units. In DHCD’s RFP for affordable housing funds issued in August, the commitment to the Housing First model was evident in a requirement that five percent of the housing units in a funded project must be set aside as permanent supportive housing (PSH) units which would be made available following a Housing First model “in which clients don’t have to meet prerequisites before accessing housing and services…[which is] a recognized best practice in combatting homelessness.”That is a solid expression of DHCD’s intention regarding the prioritization of its use of local affordable housing trust fund dollars, but the challenge is always one of making the model work. Pamias talked with Beau Stiles, the program coordinator for the Georgetown Ministry Center, about the homeless people he meets at his weekly gatherings for guests at the homeless drop-in facility.Describing a story about one of his guests who believed that Stiles was trying to kill him through sorcery, Stiles averred that one major challenge is how to provide services to homeless people who might be suffering from a mental disorder. The executive director of the Georgetown Ministry Center, Gunther Stern, explained the challenge as “anosognosia”:It is a syndrome associated with neurological disorders. About half of people with mental illness also have some degree of anosognosia, which is the inability to understand that they have a problem. So they might be yelling and howling at the wind but they don’t perceive that they have a mental illness.In its Winter Plan for getting homeless people off the streets during hypothermia season, the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness has expanded street outreach services to the homeless accompanied by the District’s commitment to Housing First. Stern says there will still be people who fall through the cracks of the policy; potentially as many as half of the homeless community will refuse Housing First assistance because of distrust of the system or other reasons, even if there is widespread adoption of the Housing First model.“The people that I work with are mostly missed by [Housing First] for two different reasons,” Stern told Street Sense. “One is that they don’t get hit because they are too low functioning. Or the second is that they are too low functioning that they are unsuccessful once they receive housing.”Several noteworthy observers—Jack Tsai and Robert A. Rosenheck, Nicholas Pleace, Victoria Stanhope and Kerry Dunn, and Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff and John Rook—have written on the limited kinds of homeless people who are best served by the Housing First model. The criticism isn’t that Housing First doesn’t work, but that it doesn’t work in all cases, must be adapted to local conditions, and must be followed by the provision of education, employment, and human services to the re-housed homeless residents (essentially, the “where’s the [Housing] Second” question posed by Tsai and Rosenheck).The stories Pamias recounts in Street Sense do not rely on the academic investigations looking for the empirical evidence that Housing First works. Rather, they are the experience of the homeless and the homeless service providers who meet the challenges on the street in the form of people who happen to fall through the cracks in the system. The D.C. Housing First model does work, but it’s not a panacea—even if there were Housing First units available for all the homeless to move into. Service providers will find themselves better informed overall about the population whose needs they serve when they read the newspapers that the homeless themselves sponsor, produce, and sell.—Rick CohenShare87TweetShare20Email107 Shareslast_img read more

Wherefore Art Thou Family Farmer under the New Administration

first_imgShare5Tweet10ShareEmail15 SharesBy Keith Weller, U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 7, 2017; NPR, “The Salt”One of the many sectors facing turmoil and uncertainty under the Trump administration includes the people who feed your community—farmers. While the significant subsidies that Big Agriculture receives are roundly and rightly criticized, some farmers also say that they’ve received a raw deal since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, and the future of the country’s economy is now up for grabs.Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement open next week in Washington, and in an increasingly interconnected world, the issues at stake are numerous and reflective of today’s wider political landscape, as NPR aptly summarized in an article that’s part of the Food & Environment Reporting Network:From tomato growers in Florida to cattle ranchers in Montana, some farmers bruised by NAFTA think it has favored agribusiness over small-scale farms, lowered environmental standards and made it harder to compete against cheaper imports. Now that the White House is scheduled to revise the treaty in talks slated to start on August 16th, the question for many of these disgruntled farmers is whether President Trump will remember them at the negotiating table…Free-trade proponents argue there are always winners and losers in globalization, but overall, gains outweigh losses. Farmers may see more competition, but consumers get lower food prices. That “everyone’s better off” argument, though, rang hollow among Rust Belt workers left behind in globalization—and in rural areas, even as farm exports took off. Their discontent—fed by Donald Trump’s promises to rip up NAFTA, calling it the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”—helped land him in the White House.But what do the numbers show? NPR explains:Whether or not it was the primary culprit, NAFTA certainly hasn’t altered the steady rise in farm concentration. Trade expanded the total size of the pie, as the Farm Bureau points out: U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada jumped from $8.9 billion in 1993 to over $38 billion today. Yet, critics point out, the largest farms control most of the slices, with 20 percent of farms operating 70 percent of U.S. farmland. Between 2013 and 2016, 42,000 farms ceased operations, according to USDA data.One of the arguments for globalization is that a rising tide lifts all boats and that economic empowerment can alleviate poverty. How have America’s trading partners fared? NPR points out that Mexico’s poverty rate was still 53 percent as of 2014 and millions of Mexican farmers have lost their land. Ironically, Mexico also relies mainly on American corn to feed its citizens.Nearly half of Mexico’s food is imported from abroad, much of it from the United States. That includes corn, which is both a staple food and a religious symbol for the indigenous population—yet today, most of Mexico’s corn comes from the U.S. Midwest. In 2016 alone, the U.S. shipped $2.6 billion worth of the stuff to its southern neighbor—its largest export market—mostly for livestock feed.Like many of us currently at the whim of Trump’s cabinet, farmers are asking for a place at the negotiating table. But, it seems unlikely Trump can keep all of his lofty campaign promises to everyone. Last month, U.S. farmers were reeling when the White House proposed cutting $38 billion in subsidies to farmers, including $28 billion in crop insurance. Thus, farmers are turning to Congress with their appeals, according to CNBC:To be sure, the White House budget is generally considered a wish list. The farmers are hoping relief will come when Congress writes its own version of the budget. In addition, lawmakers must renegotiate the 2014 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in September 2018. That bill was particularly bruising to farmers, slicing $23 billion from the Department of Agriculture over 10 years. The Farm Bureau called Trump’s proposed cuts a magnitude higher.In the meantime, agriculture, argued the New York Times, is just another sector left in the lurch by President Trump’s stalled trade agenda. “After beginning his presidency with a bang by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in January, Mr. Trump has accomplished little else of significance when it comes to reorienting deals with other countries,” reporter Alan Rappeport wrote. “Instead, his administration has been struggling to work through the complicated rules that dictate international commerce…All the while, they are learning that bold campaign promises are hard to keep when many voices advocate different plans.”—Anna BerryShare5Tweet10ShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

Netflix has launched a TV series and film streamin

first_imgNetflix has launched a TV series and film streaming service in the UK, its first roll out outside the Americas. Netflix will cost UK customers £5.99 (€7.25) a month and rival streaming service Lovefilm immediately responded with an introductory £4.99 (€6) a month streaming deal, heralding the prospect of a price war between the two.
Netflix’s UK content partners for the service include Hollywood studios Disney, Fox, Paramount and Sony. It has also struck TV and movie deals with NBC Universal, CBS and MTV as well as domestic UK players All3Media and ITV.Netflix offers delivery and streaming services in the US, but its UK and Ireland service will be streaming only. It is offering a free one-month trial and touting the fact there are no contracts, unlike with UK pay TV providers, and that the service can be cancelled with ‘three clicks’. Content can be streamed through connected devices including TVs, games consoles, tablets and smartphones.Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix said: “Now you can enjoy as many great films and TV programmes as you want, when you want, where you want, for one low monthly price with no contracts or commitments.”The company has about 21.5 million customers in the US, but not broken out subscriber targets for the UK and Ireland service. However, on the day of the Netflix UK launch, Amazon-owned Lovefilm took the opportunity to announce that  it had reached the two million subscriber mark after a record fourth quarter in 2011.last_img read more

Finnish service provider DNA has today completed i

first_imgFinnish service provider DNA has today completed its DTT network, with the switching on of the TV transmitter in Palomäki.DNA’s DTT network covers 85% of Finnish households. It offers DNA’s Welho pay TV service, which includes 19 pay channels and nine HD channels. The YLE HD channel can be viewed free-of-charge, and with the DNA Welho viewing card, MTV3 HD can also be viewed for free.The operator said it hoped central government measures would create DTT competition that would ensure diverse services and “a positive consumer price level development”.“DNA’s channel offering for both cable and terrestrial networks is the most extensive in Finland. We also offer the highest number of HD channels. It is very important for us to be able to provide versatile high-quality television services not only for the cable but the terrestrial network, too. This summer’s programmes appeal to the tastes of sports lovers in particular, and the autumn will bring more exciting viewing for free-to-air and pay-TV channels alike. The YLE HD channel, available free-to-air on the DNA network, offers high definition broadcasts of Euro2012 football, the European Athletics Championships Helsinki, and as the climax for the summer, the London Olympics,” said Mikko Saarentaus, DNA’s director of television services.last_img read more

The Advanced Television Systems Committee ATSC h

first_imgThe Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has created two teams to drive the adoption of two new US TV standards.The teams will work on prototypes, demonstrations, interoperability testing and field trials of the standards, ATSC2.0 and Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS).ATSC president Mark Richer said: “We want to keep the ATSC standard relevant and up-to-date for broadcasters and consumer device manufacturers. The introduction of Implementation Teams for both ATSC 2.0 and M-EAS underscores our progress and will help drive next-generation technologies toward marketplace introduction.”The ATSC is the US industry group responsible for digital TV implementation in the US.last_img read more

Polish pay TV provider Canal Plus Cyfrowy has secu

first_imgPolish pay TV provider Canal Plus Cyfrowy has secured rights to ENEA Ekstraligi speedway for the next three years.Coverage of the motorsport competition will be shown on nc+, the newly merged pay TV platform comprising the former Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ offerings. As part of Canal Plus’s strategic partnership with ‘n’ owner TVN, selected matches will be shown on the TVN Turbo channel.All coverage will be in high-definition.last_img

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat ended the ye

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat ended the year with 3.57 million television subscribers, a 0.4% increase year-on-year with more growth anticipated.In its end of year report, the DTH provider said that it believes the Polish pay TV market “still has some growth potential,” due in part to the transition from analogue to digital television and distribution opportunities to mobiles, tablets and other devices.“We consider the combination of traditional television with VOD, on-line video services and mobile television to be the key to the future growth. We believe we can seize the potential market expansion by developing our pay TV offer, enriched by complementary products and services,” said Cyfrowy Polsat.It said that it saw particular opportunities in the switch from analogue to digital in rural areas where it is able to offer satellite TV at a lower cost than cable-delivered services.It added that mobile TV services have big growth potential, with more reliable access technologies, such as LTE, to have an important impact on the development of this market segment.For the year ending December 31, 2012, the firm reported a lower churn rate at 8.6%, while average revenue per-user was up 5.4% year-on-year to PLN39.3 (€9.47).For the year, the firm reported ne profit of PLN539.8 million and revenues of PLN1.78 billion.last_img read more

Viviane Paxinos AE Networks UK has appointed Vivi

first_imgViviane PaxinosA+E Networks UK has appointed Viviane Paxinos as senior director of advertising sales.In this new role, Paxinos will lead the ad sales operations and be responsible for shaping the company’s strategy for ad sales growth, both in the UK and across their international territories.Paxinos previously held senior commercial roles at BBC Worldwide, where she developed the local advertising business across EMEA, and spearheaded the creation of a global branded entertainment division.She will report to Bakori Davis, VP of Commercial, A+E Networks UK.“We are delighted to welcome Viviane to A+E Networks UK in this important new commercial role. With a proven track record of delivering highly-effective international advertising sales strategies, her wealth of experience will help us to identify and deliver valuable opportunities to our local and international partners,” said Davis.last_img read more

Overthetop TV operator Wuakitv has struck partn

first_imgOver-the-top TV operator Wuaki.tv has struck partnerships with TV manufacturers Samsung, LG and Panasonic to offer its service via the latest generation of their smart TVs.Users of new smart TVs from the three manufacturers will be able to access Wuaki.tv’s catalogue of programmes via the dedicated Wuaki.tv app.Wuaki.tv’s content library includes movies and TV series from suppliers including Warner Bros, Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the BBC and ITV.The service is already available via a range of devices including the iPad, iPhone and Xbox One consoles as well as previous generations of smart TVs from the three manufacturers.“Having already launched on Samsung, LG and Panasonic’s previous ranges of Smart TVs, we’re really excited to be a part of the latest 2014 range,” said Jordi Miró, CTO of Wuaki.tv.“As more and more consumers are watching movies, TV and entertainment shows on-demand and online, Wuaki will continue to expand our range of supported devices so our content can be watched on any and all screens.”last_img read more

The Humax HDR1800T Settop box provider Humax has

first_imgThe Humax HDR-1800TSet-top box provider Humax has launched a new lower cost Freeview+ HD DVR set-top for the UK digital-terrestrial market.The Humax HDR-1800T, priced at £149.99, is available to buy from retailers including John Lewis, Tesco, Currys PC World, Argos, Euronics and a range of independents.According to the company, the box is the most compact and cost-effective Freeview DVR available. The twin-tuner device includes a 320GB hard drive and connects to home networks. The box also enables users to connect to BBC iPlayer and YouTube via the Humax TV portal when connected to the internet.New pay TV streaming service VuTV will be available on the device later this summer, offering channels including Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.“The new style and compact size of the Humax Freeview HDR-1800T makes this new set-top box a discreet yet powerful addition to the living room. It’s ideal for those cost-conscious consumers looking for fantastic HD content and recording abilities, all at an affordable price point,” said Graham North, Humax’s commercial director.last_img read more

The South African Football Association SAFA has

first_imgThe South African Football Association (SAFA) has reportedly sold rights to matches of the country’s national team to pay TV licence holder Siyaya TV.The deal, which covers rights to matches of the national team, junior teams, the national women’s team and the ABC Motsepe League, includes TV and radio broadcasts and mobile and internet streaming rights, according to press reports.South Africa’s City Press reported that the deal is worth about ZAR175 million (€12.2 million), well above the value of previous deals with public broadcaster SABC and sports channel Supersport.Siyaya TV won a licence to operate a pay TV service in South Africa from national regulator ICASA and is expected to launch in June 2015.Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.netlast_img read more

Russias ExpressAM6 satellite has successfully be

first_imgRussia’s Express-AM6 satellite has successfully been launched on board a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.The satellite will be deployed into geostationary orbit at 53 ° East, from where it will provide coverage of European Russia, the Urals and Western Siberia as well as the Middle East, Europe and Africa.Express-AM6 was commissioned by the Russian Satellite Communications Company and built by Reshetnev ISS of Russia in association with Canada-based MDA and the Russian Radio Research and Development Institute. The satellite is equipped with 72 C-, Ku-, Ka- and L- bands transponders.The satellite will provide additional infrastructure for digital TV and radio broadcasting services, including HD television, accessible to Russia’s western regions. AM6 is also designed designed to support mobile presidential and governmental communications, broadband internet and multi-service access as well as to set up VSAT communications networks in European Russia, the Urals and western Siberia. The craft be used for international projects by Russian and international users in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.The Express-AM6 satellite is expected to be commissioned at 53° East in the first quarter of 2015 after completion of requisite flight tests and inspection of all on-board systems.“It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that the launch of the Express-AM6 is the most anticipated event of the year in the satellite industry. With the new satellite in action, the overarching task of broadcasting nationwide television programmes from Kaliningrad to Irkutsk will be addressed,” said general director of RSCC Yuri Prokhorov.“The Express-AM6 has been built under the Federal Target Program ‘Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in Russia in 2009-2015’. The first satellite produced in the context of this Federal Target Program is Express-AM5 and it has been servicing the consumer needs in the Far East and Siberia since April 2014. Another two spacecraft – Express-AM7 and AM8 – are expected to be launched in the first quarter of the next year. Thus, continuous high-quality broadcasting service will be secured for the first, second and subsequent federal multiplexes throughout Russia.”last_img read more

Russian mobile operator Tele2 has teamed up with t

first_imgRussian mobile operator Tele2 has teamed up with technology provider SPB TV to launch an OTT TV service.The service gives Tele2 3G users the ability to view over 60 Russian and international channels, which will also be available via fixed broadband.The Tele2 TV service will be available to Android device users, who represent about two thirds of the Tele2 base, and the app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Versions for iOS and Windows Phone are expected soon, according to SPB TV. The service will be available free fir the first three days and users will subsequently be charged RUB7 (€0.10) per day to access it.Tele2, jointly owned by Tele2 Russia and Rostelecom, currently operates 3G services in St Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Chelyabinsk. The company this week said it had signed an agreement to provide telecom services in the Ryazan region.Tele2 this week reported it had 35.375 million subscribers and posted revenues of RUB24.9 billion and EBIDTA of RUB6.6 billion for the third quarter.last_img read more

NumericableSFR has successfully priced a new US1

first_imgNumericable-SFR has successfully priced a new US$1.34 billion (€1.12 billion) term loan and a separate €500 million term loan with a maturity date of January 2023, which the company said would be used to finance its previously announced dividend to shareholders.Those shareholders include Altice, the company’s principal owner, which plans to use its share of the dividend to repay a loan related to the May purchase of an additional 10% stake in Numericable-SFR from Vivendi.last_img

Jeff Heynen Spending on cable broadband infrastruc

first_imgJeff HeynenSpending on cable broadband infrastructure dipped by 3% year-on-year in 2015 to US$1.74 billion, (€2.23 billion) according to SNL Kagan.The research firm said that competitive pricing combined with a rise in software licences helped push down the average price per downstream channel.Despite this, global cable operators took advantage of low downstream channel prices and boosted shipments of converged cable access platforms (CCAP) to “record levels”, according to the report.Total Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) downstream channels also jumped 41% for the full year to top six million, with cable operators looking to ramp up downstream bandwidth to stay ahead of growing fibre to the home (FTTH) deployments.“The imminent availability of DOCSIS 3.1 linecards and full-spectrum channels won’t slow the continued purchase and deployment of current DOCSIS 3.0 channels as cable operators must continue to increase throughput to reduce the likelihood of churn among their broadband subscribers,” said SNL Kagan senior research analyst, Jeff Heynen.According to the report, Arris accounted for 53% of total revenue among providers of cable broadband infrastructure last year, ending 2015 as the global revenue leader.last_img read more

Satellite operator SES has launched a new Ultra HD

first_imgSatellite operator SES has launched a new Ultra HD test channel that includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.The channel was unveiled at SES’s annual Industry Days event, where SES is focusing heavily on technologies that can enhance the quality of UHD TV with HDR. Demonstrations at the event include HDR 10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma and the Technicolor/Philips technology.SES said that the goal of its HDR demon channel was to allow industry partners to test the various technology candidates.The channel is currently carrying Ultra HD content provided by LG Electronics, using the backwards-compatible HDR technology called Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). HLG HDR content is being demoed on LG’s E6 4K OLED TV.Thomas Wrede, vice-president of reception systems at SES said, “High Dynamic Range will be a major improvement for satellite delivered Ultra HD television. As industry and operators now face the challenge of standardising and implementing a plethora of technology candidates, we intend to support the process with our test channel. At the same time, we have started to implement relevant HDR technology at our Munich playout facility.”last_img read more

Andorra Telecom has tapped technology outfit Viacc

first_imgAndorra Telecom has tapped technology outfit Viaccess-Orca (VO) to use its TV Platform and DRM products for the expansion of its IPTV service and to launch a new, next-generation TV offering.VO said it would help Andorra Telecom to securely deliver live and VOD content including advanced services such as live VOD, catch-up TV, start-over TV, and NPVR to subscribers in multiple places.VO’s TV platform will provide content personalization enable Andorra Telecom to manage subscribers and content delivery to all countries from a single platform.VO will also provide Andorra Telecom with DRM, system integration and professional services.“Video consumption is changing, and our goal is to keep our consumers engaged with best-of-breed services. At the same time, we will also expand our IPTV capabilities outside of the Andorran territory and reach potential customers connected to FTTH networks belonging to our partners,” said Alberto Sáenz de Ugarte, CTIO at Andorra Telecom. “We have used Viaccess-Orca’s TV Platform for several years to manage our IPTV services and were impressed by the way it simplifies orchestration and monetization. Upgrading the TV Platform and adding VO DRM to the mix will streamline the launch of our new services and extension to foreign territories.”Paul Molinier, CEO, Viaccess-Orca, said: “After supporting Andorra Telecom’s IPTV service for several years, we are excited to take part in this service expansion project. Our TV Platform and DRM solutions provide a strong foundation for Andorra Telecom’s future offerings, enabling the operator to manage the whole spectrum of TV services in a unified and streamlined way. Used by millions of consumers around the world, Connected Sentinel will provide high availability and performance while helping Andorra Telecom to meet the growing demand for multiscreen services.”last_img read more

The number of fibre to the home FTTH and fibre t

first_imgThe number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe has increased by an impressive 15.7% since September 2017, according to a new report from IDATE released during the 2019 FTTH Conference on behalf of the FTTH Council Europe. According to IDATE, there were more than 59.6 million FTTH/B subscribers in September 2018. By country, Russia is the leader, though it showed a lower growth rate compared to other European countries, which are catching up quickly with a 21% growth.The country adding the most subscribers was Spain, which increased its FTTH/B subscriber base by 1.86m. France came second (+1.48m) while other countries experiencing notable were Czechia and Italy. Italy saw outstanding growth in the number of homes passed, from 4.4m in September 2017 to 6.3m in September 2018 (+43.12%).Encouragingly, the IDATE report found that governments and local authorities are getting more involved in fibre projects, either directly, by signing agreements with telecom players, or via public funds. It also noted that “incumbents in some countries have started to modify their strategy in order to deploy FTTH solutions, instead of continuing the development of legacy copper-based or cable-based networks.”Commenting on the report, Ronan Kelly, President of the FTTH Council said: “these new figures show a momentum that is accelerating over the last few years. Full fibre is the way forward and the results of (this report) provide compelling evidence of this. Fibre expansion is booming in many countries and today more consumers are aware of the benefits of fibre. Our job is not done, however, there is still a long way to go until every citizen and business has access to full fibre.”last_img read more

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first_img Previous PostBeckley VAMC Celebrates National Donate Life Month Google+ Home NewsWatch Local News Senator Manchin to attend UBB mine disaster remembrance ceremony Facebook Linkedin Twitter Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Senator Manchin to attend UBB mine disaster remembrance ceremony By Tyler BarkerApr 04, 2018, 15:15 pm 454 0 Pinterestcenter_img Next PostCharleston Police Investigating After Dead Dog Found Hanging in Tree on West Side Mail Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will attend a Remembrance Ceremony for the 8th Anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that killed 29 miners, in Whitesville.“Eight years ago, 29 brave West Virginia miners went to work and never returned home to their loved ones. In the aftermath of that horrible day, through moments of hope and despair, all West Virginians and the nation grieved with the miners’ families. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in honoring those miners’ memories as we pray for continued strength for their families.”last_img read more

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first_img Previous PostAmazon Responds To Story That Couple’s Private Conversation Was Sent To Random Contact Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website A group of 10 French Parliament members are proposing an amendment giving official status to chocolatine. Linkedin Daniella Hankey NewsWatch ‘Pain au chocolat’ vs ‘chocolatine’: Pastry-name War Heading To French Parliament By Daniella HankeyMay 26, 2018, 08:17 am 403 0 The debate has been trending on social media in France, with some commentators mocking the amendment, saying French MPs probably have more urgent topics to discuss than the question of the appellation of a pastry. Other joked about the ongoing debate, with one writing: “I respect chocolatine and pain au chocolat: THEY HAVE THE SAME TASTE!” Home NewsWatch ‘Pain au chocolat’ vs ‘chocolatine’: Pastry-name War Heading To French Parliament Tumblr This amendment is to be discussed at the French National Assembly by May 30. According to Jean-Baptiste Moreau, member of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party, it has “little chance” of being adopted. It will compete for debating time with more pressing issues such as banning pesticides and introducing cameras into abattoirs to prevent animal mistreatment. Twittercenter_img Google+ The change would “give value to the customary name and fame of a product,” the proposed amendment says. “This would, for example, be the case for the chocolate pastry whose name has historically been rooted in the Gascon region, and which is the pride of all southwestern France: the chocolatine.” (ABC NEWS)- Should one of the best known French pastries be called chocolatine or pain au chocolat? This is a debate that has been going on for decades in France. A group of right-wing French MPs are bringing the question to the French National Assembly as they are fighting to promote the term chocolatine. Pinterest Mail The semantic battle over the name of the pastry might very well continue to divide France. Next PostTrump Suggests June 12 Meeting With North Korea May Be Back On Facebook A vast majority of French people, as well as tourists visiting the country, use the word “pain au chocolat” when ordering the French puff pastry with chocolate inside. But in the southwest region of France, people call it ‘chocolatine’ and see it as a source of regional pride.last_img read more

Home NewsWatch Sports betting debuts in West Vir

first_imgHome NewsWatch Sports betting debuts in West Virginia CHARLESTON, WV (AP)- Sports betting has debuted in West Virginia, just in time for college football season.West Virginia Lottery general managing counsel Danielle Boyd says in an email the first legal wager was accepted Thursday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. She says it’s the first sports book to begin operations in West Virginia.While the casino’s sports book has a larger-scale debut scheduled for Saturday, Boyd says it is “officially open.”Lawmakers earlier this year approved sports betting at the state’s five casinos and on certain mobile apps, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law banning most sports betting. The state Lottery Commission later approved applicable rules.Hollywood Casino’s sports book is operated by William Hill US. Charles Town Races is owned by Penn National Gaming Inc. Twitter Tumblr Facebook Google+ Mail Previous PostCollege basketball player collapses after game: later dies Pinterest Next PostHigh School Soccer Scoreboard – August 30 Linkedin NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Sports betting debuts in West Virginia By Daniella HankeyAug 31, 2018, 04:28 am 356 0 Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

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first_img Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories West Virginia city councilman resigns over health issues By Tyler BarkerDec 05, 2018, 04:55 am 863 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A city councilman in West Virginia who ran unopposed for re-election this fall has resigned, citing health reasons.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a news release Tuesday said Republican Richard Burka resigned effective immediately. He had represented the Charleston’s 18th Ward for the past 10 years.Burka wrote to Mayor Danny Jones, “I must concentrate on the commitment to myself and my family.”The newly elected council’s first meeting is Jan. 7. Mayor-elect Amy Goodwin’s transition co-chairman Matt Sutton said Goodwin and Jones have spoken about Burka’s resignation.Jones assistant Rod Blackstone said Jones and Goodwin are discussing whether to appoint someone before the new term starts. Tumblr Home NewsWatch Local News West Virginia city councilman resigns over health issues Google+ Linkedin Facebook Previous PostPortions of Appalachia under winter weather advisory Mail Next PostLewis Nissan Athlete of the Week – Skylar Davidson Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

In a fastpaced interview with Max Keiser Doug Ca

first_imgIn a fast-paced interview with Max Keiser, Doug Casey explains how the “financialization” of the global economy came about and why it’s a time bomb about to explode; why travel is a key element in successful speculation; and much more. Quadrillion dollars of derivatives: an unstable daisy chain. Stock certs are just computer entries, therefore can’t trust them and the businesses. HSBC’s discovered “$70B black hole of debt”, Harvard prof’s withdrawal of 1M from Bank of America are straws in the wind. Gold is the only way to truly save and hold on to wealth. As was pointed out, one can’t both run with the crowd and be a successful speculator. If your approach to investing needs recalibration—if you’re ready to change your thinking and the course of your financial future—click here to get started now.last_img read more

One person has been shot after an armed robbery in

first_imgOne person has been shot after an armed robbery in Demopolis Thursday morning.Demopolis Public Safety Director Tommie Reese says the robbery happened around 4 a.m. on Highway 80 East.Reese says a Captain D’s delivery driver was held at gunpoint by a man who demanded money.The driver suffered a gunshot wound to the arm during the exchange and the assailant ran away. The driver’s injuries were not life threatening.Anyone who has information about the crime is asked to call Demopolis police at 334-289-3073.last_img read more

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service have responded

first_imgTuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service have responded to 14 out-of-control trash and rubbish fires over the last month.The latest of these happened Monday when fire officials said a mobile home being lived in by Jessica Holloway on Whispering Lane went up in flames after a trash burn spread.Holloway said she was inside her home when it went up in flames.“They said (the fire) was burning up under (the house) too from like another day,” Holloway said. “I didn’t know that, deep down in there, and that’s scary.”Holloway, two other family members and her dogs Kasey and Chevy made it out of the fire unscathed, but they lost many possessions that just can’t be replaced.None of these recent fires have resulted in a loss of life, but Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Smith said fire can quickly take a turn for the worse.“It can happen very quickly and it doesn’t just have to be right around your fire,” Smith said. “We have what we call flying bands, they’re basically anything on a windy day. A leaf can become a flying band, a piece of trash that blows away it may blow 50, 60, a hundred feet away from where you have your fire and set another fire.”Holloway said the fire was a wake-up call.“I’ll be right there with it and never leave it,” Holloway said.Smith said residents who conduct open burns should always follow some guidelines.“By the ordinance, they are not to leave the fire unattended,” Smith said. “You need to stay with the fire until it is extinguished and you need to make sure you have a good way of extinguishing the fire, controlling the fire. Another thing I would highly recommend is having a cellphone or a way to contact assistance if the fire does get out of control.”In the city of Tuscaloosa, you can obtain a burn permit by calling Fire Prevention at 205-248-5420. A permit is not required for cooking food for human consumption, contained fires used by construction or other workers for heating, recreational or ceremonial fires or certain commercial clearing or construction fires with specific criteria. For the full list of rules, see below.Download the PDF file .last_img read more

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first_imgUsually summertime calls for vacation, swimming and relaxation, not reading, writing and arithmetic. But, through Elevate Tuscaloosa’s new summer education program, local students can take advantage of learning all year long.Students can now spend their summer improving their reading and writing skills as a part of a national summer reading program. Mayor Walt Maddox said it is imperative that students are able to reach important literacy goals.“We want Tuscaloosa….when people think about not only the economy, the quality of life, when they think about education, we want them to think about Tuscaloosa and elevate Tuscaloosa is part of that,” Maddox said.Maddox and Tuscaloosa City Schools’ superintendent Mike Daria spent their Tuesday touring University Place Elementary School where the Elevate Tuscaloosa Summer Reading Program is being held.“We know that the summer slide is real and that’s for all students,” Daria said. “So, this work is about preventing the summer slide, it’s about when our students return in August that our teachers, they don’t have to spend as long catching students up from what was lost over the summer.”Just back from the Paris Air Show and meetings in Germany, Maddox said it is critical that Tuscaloosa’s students become the best educated, not just in Alabama or the United States, but in the world.“What the Tuscaloosa City Schools is doing is telling our students is look we’re ready to be competitive, not only with Birmingham and Huntsville and Mobile, we’re ready to be competitive with Stuttgart, and London and Paris,” Maddox said. “That’s the type of innovation and excellence that the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan is investing in.”There is currently no state funding available for the Elevate program, but the school system, the city and federal grants are paying for the programs. Students receive breakfast and lunch at the program, and transportation is provided, too.last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Greek soccer, already tainted with scandals and financial problems, now has another one: match-fixing is a “major problem,” a report said, with 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey saying they had been asked to help throw a game.The survey was conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, and found players being asked to manipulate games and scores was routine in Italy, Reuters news agency reported.Footballers in England, meanwhile, said they did not believe that match-fixing had affected the game and no players reported being approached about fixing a game.There had been previous allegations in Greece that players, referees, and even owners had conspired to throw games. Betting is legal in Greece.Around 1,500 first and second division players in England, Scotland, Greece, Slovenia, Finland, Italy, Hungary and Romania were interviewed in the survey as part of FIFPro’s Don’t Fix It campaign.The campaign was started in 2012 to educate players about match-fixing and tackle the causes which lead them to accepting offers to get involved.Among 17 questions on match-fixing and gambling, players were asked if they had ever played in a game later identified as having been fixed; if they had been approached and asked to fix a match in the last year; and if they had any reason to believe matches in their league had been fixed in the last year.In Greece, 29 players, or 13.7 percent of those interviewed, said they had played in matches which had been fixed, with nine of those saying they were suspicious at the time, and 12.8 percent had been approached in the last year.Sixty-four percent said they had reason to believe that games in their league had been fixed in the last year. This was far higher than any other country and compared to 13.6 percent for Romania, 11.8 percent for Italy and 10.4 percent for Slovenia.“The results…indicate that match-fixing is a major problem in Greece,” said the survey.“The staggering number of players who had reason to believe that matches in their league has been fixed in the past 12 months is remarkable…this piece of evidence, while uncorroborated as it stands, should alert the football authorities to investigate further.”last_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN (AP) — In a continuing shake-up of Germany’s national team following its woeful World Cup campaign, coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday axed the experienced trio of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his future plans — paving the way for a new generation of players to take over.The decision — which caught many by surprise — represents a calculated gamble by Loew, who is counting on younger players to fill the void the three Bayern Munich players will leave.Mueller scored 38 goals in 100 appearances for Germany and has been a mainstay since finishing joint-top scorer at the 2010 World Cup. Hummels and fellow central defender Boateng have 70 and 74 appearances, respectively, and formed the backbone of the team’s defense for years.All three helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014 but now have to pay the price for the team’s botched title defense in Russia, where it was eliminated in the group stage.“We want to give the team a new look. I am convinced that this is the right step,” Loew said. “The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility.”Boateng, though, said he would have liked to continue playing for Germany.“Loew told me in a straightforward conversation today that I will not continue to be a part of the Germany team because he wants to offer the stage to young players and give the team a new face,” Boateng wrote on Twitter. “I personally am convinced that I can still play at the highest level and I will show that in future. … I’d have wished for a different type of farewell for us.”Loew, who avoided being fired after the tournament in Russia, was backed by German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel and team manager Oliver Bierhoff.Grindel said the changes come at “the right time” and Bierhoff hailed “a new beginning for the squad.”Grindel himself has also weathered the post-World Cup fallout, despite being heavily criticized for his handling of the media storm that was caused by midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan posing for photos in London with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the tournament.It led to both players being subjected to abuse from fans and Ozil’s retirement from internationals after the tournament amid accusations of racism. Ozil said he had been made a scapegoat for the World Cup debacle and was particularly scathing of Grindel for adding fuel to the fire.The national team shake-up has also seen Loew drop Sami Khedira, Sebastian Rudy and Kevin Trapp, while striker Mario Gomez retired.The forced retirements for Mueller, Hummels and Boateng mean just four players are left from the World Cup-winning side of 2014 — Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler. It remains to be seen if Mario Goetze or Shkodran Mustafi return.Players like Niklas Suele, Jonathan Tah, Thilo Kehrer, Antonio Ruediger or Ginter will be expected to fill the void in defense, while Draxler, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz will shoulder the attacking responsibilities.More surprises could come on Friday when Loew announces his squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia on March 20 in Wolfsburg and the first European qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam four days later.By:Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Awardwinning actor Alan Alda has revealed that he

first_imgAward-winning actor Alan Alda has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I’m not angry,” he said.”It hasn’t stopped my life at all. I’ve had a richer life than I’ve had up until now,” Alda said as he made the announcement Tuesday on CBS This Morning. The actor, who had prominent roles in M*A*S*H and The West Wing, said he wanted to inform people of the diagnosis he received three and a half years ago so that they are aware there are things they can do if they find out they have the disease. Alda also said that he decided to tell the public about his neurodegenerative disorder because during recent television appearances, “I could see my thumb twitch in some shots, and I thought it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad … point of view.” He added: “That’s not where I am.”Alda later posted a video of himself juggling, with the words, “If you get a diagnosis, keep moving!” He said he takes boxing lessons three times a week, plays tennis, and he marches to Sousa music. He encouraged people who receive a Parkinson’s diagnosis not to be “immobilized by fear.” He requested a test after he noticed that he had a symptom of the disease that he read about in The New York Times – he was acting out his dreams while he was asleep. Alda told CBS that he threw a pillow at his wife while he was dreaming about throwing a sack of potatoes at an attacker. The Times described this as “one of the strongest prediagnostic symptoms” for Parkinson’s. When he was diagnosed, he said he had no other symptoms. He said that “if there’s anything I can do, I want to do it, before things start to show up.” The actor also hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for more than a decade. Alda has continued to act since his diagnosis, and he’s not alone in Hollywood. For example, actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and has continued to act, including playing a character with Parkinson’s disease on The Michael J. Fox Show. He started The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which says it has funded more than $800 million in research for a cure. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, symptoms include tremors and balance problems. “The cause remains largely unknown,” the foundation said, and “although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery.”Some 930,000 people in the U.S. are expected to be living with Parkinson’s by 2020, according to a Parkinson’s Foundation study. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgParks Committee Report – Robyn Reed(01:50) Langone Park / Puopolo Fields renovations – report from the recent public meeting where three concepts were revealed. See the NorthEndWaterfront.com post with concept renderings and take part in our poll to vote for your favorite.(03:10) Concern regarding healthy trees being cut down on Hanover Street(03:50) “Tunnel of Love” Valentine’s Day celebration at Christopher Columbus Park. See our listing of local Valentine’s Day events.(04:10) Greenway Conservancy request for support of new Business Improvement DistrictNEWRA Parks Committee Chair Robyn Reed presented a draft letter to the Boston City Council in support of a proposed tax on property owners with over $10 million of assessed value around the Greenway district. The Greenway Conservancy’s BID comes as part of an agreement that was reached with the State last summer. [See Greenway Deal Establishes New Public-Private Funding Arrangement]  Proceeds would go toward funding of the Greenway Conservancy and its work in maintaining the parks. Residential and condo buildings would be exempt from the BID tax. NEWRA members asked questions with some voicing opposition to the proposed BID concept. Without details available, NEWRA deferred taking a vote on whether to support the BID.(20:30) Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee – Victor BrognaGoing Bananas on Salem Street has inquired with the ZLC Committee regarding zoning relief for a future package / liquor store. The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) held their February 2018 meeting starting with a series of reports and community updates. Here is a summary to follow along with the video posted above.(00:00 in video) President’s Welcome – Mary McGee*Advertisement*last_img read more

Celebrating 25 years the annual Taste of the Nort

first_imgCelebrating 25 years, the annual Taste of the North End was a fabulous festival of food, charity and commemoration of the rich history of the neighborhood. Held on Friday, April 27th, the destination event set an attendance record with over 800 patrons coming out to the neighborhood’s largest fundraiser at the Steriti Memorial Ice Rink in Boston’s North End.Pamela Donnaruma, publisher of the Boston Post-Gazette was honored for her community support. (L-R) Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, TONE co-founder Donato Frattaroli, NESN’s Billy Costa, Pam Donnaruma, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and NEW Health CEO James Luisi.This year’s Taste of the North End community honoree was Pamela Donnaruma. Pam is the third generation publisher of Boston Post-Gazette newspaper, working with her staff out of their office on little Prince Street. Also celebrated was Paolo D’Amore as the restauranteur behind Massimino’s on Endicott Street.Of course, it wouldn’t be the Taste of the North End without showcase samples from more than 30 popular North End eateries with a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts. Revelers also sipped on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. In a friendly participant survey at the event, Best Food went to The Living Room and Best Dessert to Modern Pastry.*Advertisement* 25th Taste of the North End featured over 40 restaurants and suppliers donating their delicious food and libationsBilly Costa, radio personality and NESN’s Dining Playbook host, was the emcee for the milestone event that included a high-end silent auction with iconic local photographs, hotel and restaurant packages, tickets to Boston sports events and memorabilia.The North End’s local politicians each took part including State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Senator Joe Boncore and Boston City Councilor for District 1, Lydia Edwards.Billy Costa of NESN’s Dining Playbook is presented with a framed Boston Tall Ships photograph for his support as TONE emcee. (L-R) Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Donato Frattaroli, Billy Costa, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and James Luisi.TONE co-founder Donato Frattaroli with host, NESN’s Billy CostaEvent organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health co-chaired the event. Zach Goodale was the event coordinator with committee members Donato Frattaroli, Gianni Frattaroli, Daniel Leonard, Mary Wright and Patrick Lyons.The money raised from the event benefits the North End Waterfront Health as well as several local nonprofit organizations in the North End including: the Eliot School, St. John School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association (NEAA), and North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC).Thanking some of the founding committee members of Taste of the North End (L-R) Donato Frattaroli, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Marie “ReRe” Bamonte, Nancy Frattaroli, Pamela Donnaruma, Councilor Lydia Edwards, Sen. Joe Boncore and Jim LuisiFor 25 years, Taste of the North End has brought together the neighborhood’s best restaurants to celebrate its culture and to give back to local organizations providing health care and other social services to our struggling friends and neighbors. Founded in 1993 by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli – the annual event has raised over forty five thousand dollars for local North End charities and organizations. To learn more and see a full list of sponsors, see netaste.com.See more photos here. While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ The fire was reported at 3:26 p.m. and appeared to have started in a small bakery near Torregoso’s house but the actual cause is still being investigated, said Fire Chief Inspector Rogelio Bongabong Jr.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipMORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipIt took more than an hour to control the blaze in sitios Laray and Caimito in barangay Carreta, where the damage was concentrated. Fewer houses were hit in sitio Tierra Kura in barangay Tejero.Traffic was tied up on General Maxilom Avenue and MJ Cuenco Avenue.The fire started behind the Halfway House of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office and spread to the houses near Doña Pepang Cemetery up to the boundary of barangay Tejero.Carreta barangay firetrucks responded to the first alarm but were not adequate. Hoses were linked up with other hoses to reach burning houses in the interior of the village. Reinforcements had to be called in from Talisay City and Liloan town.ADVERTISEMENT WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time LATEST STORIES Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege While the fire was ongoing, Waterfront police caught two thieves looting burning houses.“Both of them took advantage of the commotion. They may actually be from neighboring areas, said Chief Inspector Wildemar Tiu of the Waterfront Police Station.Tiu said he would field police at the fire site to prevent a repetition.Bakery owner Gaudenzia Barda denied reports that her building was the source of the fire and used illegally tapped electricity to cope with heavy power consumption.“I heard that there were children playing with firecrackers and that matches were found at the corner near the store,” Barda told Cebu Daily News, identifying grandchildren of boarders next door.Property damage was estimated at almost P1 million.Gaudenzia said she and her 78-year-old mother Hermogina were on a jeepney riding home from Carbon when they saw the smoke rising from afar. They quickly walked the rest of the way to the house.Gaudencia said her 80-year-old father, Ponciano who is partly paralyzed was earlier saved by neighbors./with Correspondents Chito O. Aragon and Jhunnex Napallacan PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Read Next PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Painters refuse to go quietly She ran down a burning staircase, unable to save a single belonging in sitio Laray, barangay Caretta in Cebu City.Fire swept through at least 100 houses in barangay Carreta and Tejero, destroying residential buildings of wood and light materials.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeIt was the second fire in four months to hit barangay Carreta, this time causing wider damage in a congested neighborhood with narrow roads.About 2,000 individuals were evacuated to the sports complex of each barangay. SMC bags Bulacan airport project Torregosa, a mother of three, ran down a staircase already being eaten up in flames. She stumbled on newly washed clothes earlier hung in the room.“Nakulbaan jud ko kay pagkita nako sa bintana nga naa nay sunog ni naog jud dayon ko pero ang kalayo naa na pasaka sa among hagdanan,” Torregoso told Cebu Daily News.(I was alarmed to see the window on fire. I immediately went down but the flames were already going up the stairs.)If not for the wet laundry wrapped around, she said, she would have suffered worse injuries in her feet and left arm, which had minor burns.Eldest son Emman helped try to douse the fire.“Wala na jud nasalbar nga gamit. Sige lang, bahala na basta buhi lang ta, ma,” he told her. (We weren’t able to save a single thing. Never mind, mama, as long as we’re alive.)The mother found her two other children who had dashed out from the Carreta Elementary School. Together, the family sat on the street curb across the bakery, crying as they watched the rest of their house burn down.Most of her relatives live in the same barangay, also fire victims.Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, who rushed to the scene with Mayor Michael Rama, said authorities would reblock the burned area as soon as possible. The move was supported by Carreta barangay captain, Eduardo Lauron so that wider paths would be set up to make it easier for firetrucks to enter.Labella said both barangays are declared under a state of calamity which allows them to release calamity funds for immediate use. Housewife Joy Torregoso was watching a video at home when she saw flames in the upper floor window past 3 p.m. yesterday.She jumped to her feet as neighbors started shouting “Sunog!” (fire).ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/venturefund-io-combats-startup-funding-bias/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/venturefund-io-combats-startup-funding-bias/ Serial entrepreneur and Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs’ Summit and TechConnext featured speaker, Clarence Wooten, has launched VentureFund.io, a data-driven funding platform.[Related: Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level Requires Action, Not Ideas]With VentureFund.io a startup can link data from Google Analytics, Mixpanel, Stripe, Braintree, and more. That data can be shared with investors that a startup founder chooses through the VentureFund.io app. Investors can, in turn, see a startup’s growth and other important data. VentureFund.io eliminates the need for startups to pitch investors.“All VCs want data,” said Wooten to BlackEnterprise.com. “The more data they have, the more informed an investment decision they can make. We created the plumbing and infrastructure for them to see this data.”With VentureFund.io, investors only see a startup’s data. “I know how it is when you are a Silicon Valley outsider or from a smaller market. With VentureFund.io it doesn’t matter where you are from, your educational level, or your ethnicity.”Minority founders have more trouble acquiring startup capital. Statistics show that VCs are more likely to invest in companies with founders more like them–predominately white and male.“Early funding is often the most difficult for people with less access to influence and money—particularly people of color and women,” said Aaron Walker, the founder of Camelback Ventures.Black women fare worst when seeking early funding, as DigitalunDivided’s Kathryn Finney’s #ProjectDiane report reveals.As of today’s launch, VentureFund.io has over 150 participating angel and venture investors representing firms including Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ, Social Capital, Upfront Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and more (see the full list at http://VentureFund.io/about/investors).Besides addressing the issue of funding bias, VentureFund.io is an effective and easy way for startups and interested investors to find each other.“The launch of VentureFund.io today couldn’t come at a better time, with the explosive growth of web and mobile software innovations happening globally. Talented founders are launching and scaling software/app startups more quickly than at any other time,” said Wooten.Clarence Wooten has been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. In 2006, he founded Groupsite, and more recently, Progressly, where he serves as chairman.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-people-playing-pokemon-go/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-people-playing-pokemon-go/ Since its U.S. launch on July 6, Pokémon Go has been downloaded millions of times, surpassing Tinder in downloads and Twitter in daily active users, reports Venture Beat.But are black people among the millions playing the game?Or, does the recent news of yet more instances of police brutality with the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling; as well as a polarized political climate which seems to be bringing out the racists from everywhere, make indulging in a past time such as Pokémon Go frivolous, especially for black adults?Should we be playing Pokémon Go in such times of crisis?Yes, says Anjuan Simmons a software developer, speaker and author. “Yes, black people should play Pokémon Go. If we waited for peace and tranquility before we let ourselves experience fun little diversions, then we would never enjoy them,” says Simmons.“Also, Pokémon Go encourages physical activity and socially exploring the real world, which is a nice alternative to sitting on couches playing video games all summer.”“So, not only should black people play Pokémon Go, I think it is one of the best summer activities for black families.” Simmons says his daughter is an avid Pokémon Go player.Chan C. Smith, a.k.a. Twitter handle @BlkFilmSmith, tweets, “Yes, black people are playing Pokémon Go, especially the ones who grew up playing it as a kid on Game Boy.”Others say yes, Pokémon is a diversion from very painful current events, but that playing the game does not mean you don’t care about issues such as Black Lives Matter.Ashley, a.k.a. Twitter handle @tokenblackchick, tweets that as black people, “we can do both. You can protest with and still earn steps to hatch your egg.”Entrepreneur, Katherine Valeri takes the opposing view. “Black people most certainly shouldn’t be playing Pokémon Go; it is too much of a diversion. We are experiencing a crisis; one that has existed in this nation since black people stepped foot on the shores of North America. It’s imperative that we as a people remain focused and undivided on the matters at hand; only then will we be able to see change and progress.”Stephanie Foxwell, a professional and mother of four says that in her area she saw kids playing of “all different races.”Perhaps a silly game can build much needed relationships in trying times.What is your opinion? Do you play Pokémon Go or is it the farthest thing from your mind in light of recent news and events?Samara Lynn has covered the technology space as a journalist for almost a decade and previously worked in the IT field. Follow her on Twitter:@samaralynn GroupMe App Used for Racial Profiling in George…16 Things Black People Say or Do That Annoy Whi…Family-Owned Georgia Funeral Home Finds Success…last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/detroit-engineer-turn-buses-rolling-tech-teaching-labs/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/detroit-engineer-turn-buses-rolling-tech-teaching-labs/ What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos An Amazon engineer hailing from Detroit has a novel idea for that city’s unused school buses: turn them into mobile tech labs.Thomas Phillips presented his idea at last month’s Hack the Central District Cultural Innovation Conference (Hack the CD) in Seattle, according to The Detroit Metro Times. The Aspire Tech Bus would be a school bus modified into a mobile tech lab. In this lab, students will work on coding projects as an actual software development team.The students will learn basic and advanced topics in full stack Web development: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for front-end development, and NodeJS and ExpressJS for back-end development. Students will also be taught to build a website and a server from scratch. Furthermore, Phillips’ vision extends to teaching career skills as well, such as project management skills, how to create LinkedIn profiles, and how to establish professional email addresses.The planned curriculum includes two 16-week courses, in total. The mobile lab students will receive a Raspberry Pi computer. By the end of the program, they will have a portfolio of coding projects to present to potential employers.“I envision this project as a ‘high-tech, voc-tech,’” he says, as giving students high-tech skills before college will better position them for success. “Some of them will choose to pursue their education further at the college/ university level, others will venture into the entrepreneurial sector. Both of these have far reaching implications that reverberate across the world,” said Phillips at the event.Phillips’s project has already attracted attention, and he will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign for more support. “I want to drive around to different locations in the city and teach web development or other advanced STEM programming concepts to kids in Detroit,” he said in an interview. His goal is to eventually roll out his program to other underserved communities and school districts.last_img read more

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first_imgArticle in the newspaperEl Periodic.ad (The Periodic Newspaper of Andorra) –Interview LLUÍS BABI (By ESTHER MARTIN JOVER): « He wanted a better Constitution for the Country » LLUÍS BABI AMBASSADOR FOR PEACEThe Universal Peace Federation has several Ambassadors to Andorra, one is Lluis Babi, former Member of the Parliament, not satisfied with the politics, while not yet retired, spends part of his time in Coral Casamanya Ordino (pictured, Babi is top right).– What Does the Universal Peace Federation do in Andorra?– The Universal Peace Federation was created in 2005, and those who are part are ambassadors for peace, from the religious sphere, sports, politics, and so on. In Andorra, we are 15 who are ambassadors for peace: the first was Mrs. Rosa Mari Sorribes. This year we organized a football tournament under the theme “Play football for Peace.”But you do something…We share in various fields, one of which is interfaith dialogue while a couple of years ago that we met with representatives of different religions, which is one of the foundations of our Federation, and an initiative of UNESCO. Another is the foundation of our family as a school of love and a base through which we can promote peace. In addition, education and human development, service to others and give to others.– You sings in the Casamanya Choir.– Yes, it is one of the activities I do to keep music in Ordino, but I do not have a great voice! When I will retire in a few years if I am healthy I will dedicate myself more to these activities.– Your Family has political tradition, the name “Babi” is known.– My Grandfather, my father and I had been the Member of the Parliament; my brother was the Mayor of Ordino Parish, and another older brother was a member of the Mayor Hall of Encamp Parish. Our family involved in Politics for a while.– A Family wanting to do things for people.– Yes, but I was disappointed in politics after the Constitution. I participated a lot in Politics and I was very critical of the Constitution, so the people thought I would not vote for the Constitution, but I did because I wanted a better Constitution for Andorra. However, it was better to have the Constitution than not to have! After that, I was not active in politics because I think it was not the way it should had been done.– But politics is the key to help foster peace. Yes, and today, in London, until the 9th there is the 1st meeting to create the Federation of European Parliamentarians for Peace. I was inviting Andorran Parliamentarians to participate, but due the celebration of National Day on September 8 [Meritxell Day], it was not possible for anyone to participate in London.– And you? No, I could have gone as Former Member of the Parliament but since there was no Current Member of Parliament participate so I did not feel necessary to participate. I left Politics in 1989; it was a long time ago and Andorra has changed a lot in the politics.– If someone interests to contact representatives of the Andorran Universal Peace Federation?– At this address : ffpum@andorra.ad UPF Andorra, By Chatiboot BabiIn commemoration of the International Day of Peace, UPF-Andorra organized the mini football (football 7) tournament on the 4th of September in one of the National Football Camp in Ordino, a beautiful Parish north of Andorra, under the theme of “Play Football Make Peace”.There were 4 amateur football teams: Associació de Residents Xilens a Andorra, Associació de Residents Peruans al Principat d’Andorra, Grup d’amics Portuguesos Residents a Andorra and Grup d’amics Espanyols Residents a Andorra. It was the first time the 4 teams played together so it was a very meaningful and happy time for all participants as it was the event in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. After finishing the football matches; we went to Hotel Babot, overlook the beautiful village of Ordino, for a presentation of International Day of Peace.There were about 55 people attending the event included a Member of Andorra’s Parliament from St. Julià de Lòria Parish, His Excllency Josep Majoral. Mr. Lluis Babi, Andorra’s UPF director explained about the history of the International Day of Peace. He read the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the statement by the Universal Peace Federation and explaining about the UPF’s founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his vision and works for world peace.A video introduction of UPF and the overview of the UPF‘s work in 2015 were shown. We had an honor of His Excllency Josep Majoral gaving the trophy to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and the certificates were given to all the teams.The 1st winner was Associació de Residents Peruans al Principat d’Andorra Team. The 2nd prize was Grup d’amics Espanyols Residents a Andorra Team.The 3rd prize was Grup d’amics Portuguesos Residents a Andorra Team. We ended the day with the nice lunch at the hotel. It was a very successful and happy day as all participants felt very good to participate in the commemoration of this International Day of Peace; it was not just playing football together. They could know each other and were very happy to spend the day together and all expressed the appreciation for inviting them to part of the program to promote peace. They expressed their supports for our next event.We are thankful to one of our Ambassador of Peace, Mr. Carlos Leandro, who brought the teams together.Following this International Day of Peace in Andorra’s event “Play Football Make Peace”; the event and the result was published in one of the newspapers, “Bondia” and one national newspaper “El Periodic d’Andorra” interviewed Mr. Lluis Babi, as Andorra’s UPF director and as the former Member of Andorra’s Parliament from Ordino Parish.last_img read more

Someone Wrote F—k Goodell in the Snow at Copley Square

first_imgSomeone Wrote ‘F—k Goodell’ in the Snow at Copley Square When Goodell goes low… We also go low. 000 Someone drew a giant Fuck Goodell in snow on Copley Square this morning. #PatriotsParade (📷: @vmvy30) pic.twitter.com/0ieKm4Ku0q— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) February 7, 2017As Boston prepared to let the confetti fly and welcome the duck boat-riding champions to the heart of the city, a vulgar tribute to Roger Goodell appeared in Copley Square.‘Fuck Goodell,’ the message read. It was accompanied by a drawing of the, um, human anatomy.Juvenile? Yes. But hey. Revenge, as they say, is a dish best served cold.This wasn’t the only insult lobbed in Goodell’s direction over the past couple days.As the commissioner spoke in the immediate aftermath of the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, you could barely hear him over the chorus of boos.Last night, while the team was getting off their flight at Logan Airport, Pats Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia was spotted wearing one of those shirts that depicts Goodell as a clown.Looks like Matt Patricia is wearing a Goodell clown shirt as the team arrives back in Boston pic.twitter.com/YK8OPZ4Hoh— Nick Emmons TV (@nicknbcboston) February 6, 2017And in an update to his well-known Shields MRI commercial, which aired after Sunday’s victory, Tom Brady seizes the moment to rub his brand new ring in the commissioner’s face (“Roger that,” he says). Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 2/7/2017, 12:23 p.m. center_img Print Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Spencer Buell· last_img read more

British Open 2019 Emiliano Grillo makes first ace at Open Championship since

first_imgIt happened on the 13th hole at Royal Portrush, but the roar from the grandstands that accompanied Emiliano Grillo’s ace reverberated all the way to the third tee.“Must have been a hole-one-one,” a fan mused.“Or a chip-in,” suggested another.But the noise was at the level reserved for one of golf’s ultimate achievements — a hole-in-one. A bucket-list feat for anyone who loves the game, but one that’s especially sweet when it happens at a major championship.All the times a hole-in-one doesn't count.Features21 times a hole-in-one absolutely doesn’t countlast_img read more

More than half of disabled people who have tried t

first_imgMore than half of disabled people who have tried to buy tickets for live music events have had to call premium-rate phone numbers to arrange access, according to a new survey.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they had experienced problems with booking access alongside their ticket, while nearly three-quarters said such barriers had been discriminatory.The results of the national online survey were published by the user-led music charity Attitude is Everything (AiE) as part of its fourth State of Access Report on the live music industry.Of the 53 per cent who said they had been forced to use premium rate phone lines to book access, several reported that this had cost them more than £20 in phone charges.Although the survey results cannot be directly compared – because they were obtained through different methods – they do appear to show an improvement since a survey of AiE mystery shoppers in 2014 found 95 per cent of respondents had experienced problems when booking access and 88 per cent said they had felt discriminated against.This year’s State of Access Report focuses on problems associated with booking tickets for live music events.Publishing the report, the charity also launched a new taskforce, the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, which aims to address five key problems encountered by Deaf and disabled live music fans when booking tickets.The pan-industry group includes more than 35 trade bodies, ticketing agencies, event promoters and venues, including UK Music, PRS for Music, Ticketmaster, Festival Republic and Live Nation.The areas the coalition will address include: the need for a single proof-of-disability system that is uniformly recognised and accepted across the UK; all venues and events to provide quality online information about access; more choice and flexibility when booking tickets for fans with access requirements; and a more dependable system for managing access bookings.The coalition will also target the need for “equal access”, so that disabled fans can book access for pre-sales of tickets, VIP and artist meet-up tickets, and when using entertainment gift cards; can resell accessible seats; are not charged to use access booking lines; and can easily book tickets for a personal assistant if they need one.The report concludes that access across the live music industry “remains a mixed picture”.It adds: “Many venues and events have moved beyond basic reasonable adjustments to improve access for customers in impressively creative and collaborative ways.“On the other hand, there are venue and event organisers now being left behind as they continue to enact outdated and potentially discriminatory policies that impact the ability of Deaf and disabled people to access the paid-for services they provide.”Suzanne Bull (pictured), AiE’s chief executive and the government’s disability sector champion for music, said: “Although there has been much progress in making the ticketing process accessible and inclusive, and certain venues and companies are definitely getting this right for their Deaf and disabled customers, we felt that only a comprehensive and truly unified approach would be able to drive through the real and lasting changes that we need. “In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive.“Disabled customers should be able to buy a ticket online, they should be encouraged to attend shows with their friends, and not have to jump through undignified hoops when things go wrong.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Going to a gig or festival is an experience that everyone should be able to enjoy.“It’s therefore incredibly important that disabled people have the right access when booking tickets for live music events, which is why I’m really pleased to see leading businesses from across the music industry coming together to improve accessibility. “We know that disabled people and their households have a combined spending power of £249 billion a year, proving that being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”AiE also announced that it will convene a new cross-sector group that will “exchange ideas and unite around common principles when it comes to accessibility”, across music, cinema, theatre, heritage and sport, and will focus on issues such as the provision of access information, providing evidence of access requirements, and implementing access bookings.Organisations that have already pledged to join the group include Arts Council England, Shape Arts, Level Playing Field, UK Theatre and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.Picture by Joanna Dudderidgelast_img read more

UNCW student needs votes to bring Camp Kesem to the Cape Fear

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Veronica Wernicke is one of millions of children who learned about cancer at an early age.“My mom was diagnosed when I was in second grade. So, that’s pretty much a majority of my life and you feel very alone. Yes, I had my sister and she had me, but the kids in our neighborhood didn’t know what it was like to have a parent with cancer,” Wernicke said.- Advertisement – Her mom tried to find things for the whole family to do. She eventually came across Camp Kesem, a camp for kids whose parents have cancer. Wernicke went to camp at a chapter in Illinois and said it changed her life.“They just created a really strong family for me and they just made lasting memories that I’ll never forget and they understood,” Wernicke said.Now, she wants to do her part for the Cape Fear and bring Camp Kesem to UNCW. Camp Kesem is adding new chapters and she needs votes to make a camp here a reality.Related Article: Weather postpones UNCW baseball game“You can vote once from your computer, once from your phone, and then you can share the vote on either Facebook or Twitter. And then that counts as three votes per day. So, I’m just asking you to vote, share the vote, tell your friends, pass it on, and just so we can get it out there,” Wernicke said.She wants the program to make a difference for kids in this area, just as it did for her.“As a child of a parent who had cancer, you don’t meet a lot of people who understand. Like friends will say like they’re sorry or they’re sympathetic but they don’t know what that feels like. At Camp Kesem, people know what it’s like but they don’t make you feel sad. They make you feel happy,” Wernicke said.Voting closes on Friday. If you want to show your support, vote here.last_img read more

New park plan on the way in Ocean Isle Beach

first_imgOCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Planning for a new park started after a meeting on Monday. Town administrator Daisy Ivey says the plan is estimated to cost $1.1 million.McGill associates is handling the plans. The open piece of land will include a permanent band stand, a playground, water features, a trail around the park, restroom facilities and more.- Advertisement – There is not set timeline yet for completion.last_img

UNCW business school offeres free tax prep services

first_imgTax forms and money (Photo: Pictures of Money / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Your deadline to file taxes is a little more than one month away.Do you need help? Good news! Some seahawks are ready to help.- Advertisement – UNCW’s Cameron School of Business is offering free tax preparation through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.The program is for anyone who earned less than $66,000 last year.If you qualify  bring your social security card, photo ID, tax documents and a copy of your prior year’s tax returns.Related Article: UNCW grants 28 high schoolers opportunity to learn about STEAM majorsUNCW’s free tax-prep service is Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on South College Road.There are several other dates the service will be available. Click here for them.last_img read more

NCDOT Bridge inspections on I40 require lane closures

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers who travel on Interstate 40 over the Northeast Cape Fear River in New Hanover County will encounter lane closures starting Wednesday.NCDOT says the closures are for crews to inspect the bridge.- Advertisement – The closures will be in place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day through Friday, with one lane remaining open in each direction.Drivers are encouraged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching the bridge during the lane closures for their own safety, as well as the workers conducting the inspection.last_img read more

Church holds annual Thanksgiving meal gives out donations for Florence victims

first_img Church members cooked the meal, and they even had free health screenings and flu shots.Free clothing and shoes were also available for families in need.Pastor Darwin Murrill says the event grows every year. He says it is their opportunity to give back.Related Article: Team Rubicon helps with hurricane relief in Wilmington“This is actually for everybody. So we’re just pleased to be able to do that. We have some great cooks and some delicious food. And people are leaving here smiling. This is just our moment to be able to induce some love in our community,” said Darwin Murrill.Pastor Murrill says this year is even more special, after Hurricane Florence left a lot of the Wilmington community with nothing. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Word Changing Hearts Ministries held their annual Thanksgiving meal for the Wilmington community Wednesday.The church has been putting on the event for almost 18 years. The event was held at Douglass Academy, free of charge to all families.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington bulldog to be featured in iconic Cadbury bunny commercial

first_imgThis English Bulldog could be featured in iconic Cadbury commerical. (Photo: Cadbury) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have some exciting news for one Wilmington furry friend. Henri the Bulldog is the winner of the first “Bunny Tryouts” for the Cadbury company.This Easter, Henri, who lives with his owners Kathie & Tim Santillo in Wilmington will star with the Cadbury bunny in the brand’s iconic “Clucking Bunny” commercial.More than 4,000 entries of pets wearing bunny ears were submitted to the first official Cadbury “Bunny Tryouts”.- Advertisement – Henri will make his debut with the Cadbury bunny himself in this year’s commercial, which will be released in April.The Santillo’s won $5,000 and Cadbury is also donating $10,000 to the ASPCA.last_img read more

Cinderellas Closet to host events for girls in need of prom dress

first_imgProm dress (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Any girl who needs a prom dress and accessories in New Hanover County is now able to get help.Cinderella’s Closet is having its first shopping event at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – Cinderella’s Closet helps girls who have financial issues afford clothing for their prom.More girls are still needed to sign up for Saturday. You can register right up until the event.There will be a second event on Saturday, April 13.Related Article: Local Rotary Club previews fundraisersIf you any questions, you can email Cinderella’s Closet.last_img read more

LinkedIn is now No 2 US social network

first_imgAdvertisement LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique visitors in June, an increase of about half a million from the month before, according to new data from comScore, the Internet analytics firm. By contrast, fewer than 33.5 million Americans visited Myspace last month, a drop of about 1.4 million U.S. visitors from May.The numbers don’t tell the whole story — Myspace still has an estimated 130 million active users, compared with roughly 115 million for LinkedIn — but it’s another symbolic blow to the once-dominant social network, which is struggling to reinvent itself.U.S. traffic to Myspace is half of what it was in June 2010, when the site had more than 66 million unique visitors, according to comScore. Myspace still leads third-place Twitter, which had 30.6 million visitors last month, although at their current rates, Twitter will eclipse Myspace in the next few months. – Advertisement – By comparison, Facebook, social networking’s ever-expanding behemoth, had 160.8 million unique visitors in June.LinkedIn was surging even before the company went public in a splashy and successful debut in May. The social network has been adding about a million members each week, CEO Jeff Weiner said in March.A new survey sheds some light on how are people using LinkedIn, which lets members post résumés, search for jobs and network with other professionals in their fields.According to a survey of 500 LinkedIn users by Lab42, a market-research firm, 35% of members visit the site daily, and 42% update their profiles regularly. Perhaps not surprisingly, the survey found that top-level executives and entry-level workers use LinkedIn differently: The younger members use the site mostly to find jobs, while the senior executives use it for networking and promoting their businesses.More than half of LinkedIn members are based outside the U.S.Source: CNN Newslast_img read more

Uganda Standards body to go digital

first_imgAdvertisement The platform includes an e-portal that will facilitate online filing of applications for goods inspection and integrated electronic databases for management of lab testing activities, standards inspection and payment channels.Currently, it takes more than three hours to deliver a certificate of analysis for product tests done at UNBS laboratories in Kampala to customs stations like Malaba.In addition, physical filing of applications for product tests has frequently generated queues, leading to frustration among importers. Under the e-portal, certificates of analysis will be accessed online, which will save on travel costs and time. – Advertisement – However, lack of decentralised testing facilities, owing to inadequate funding, importers will continue to deliver physical product samples to UNBS offices in Kampala.Funding is also blamed for inadequate staffing at the standards agency; a situation that has restricted its border operations to a 12 hour schedule unlike its partner agency, Uganda Revenue Authority that currently enjoys 24 hour, and seven-day-customs operations.“The new automated system will help integrate lab testing functions, standards inspection and payments channels on a single platform that will be supplemented by an intercom system to connecting our staff in real time. In addition, we are considering distribution of mobile data gadgets to our staff to facilitate upload of information while in the field,” explained Topista Agoa Mpora, the ICT Co-ordinator at UNBS.Though the automated platform promises more efficiency than the manual system, importers of chemical or biologically active products which require microbiology tests that sometimes take up to five days will still have to endure long waits.Local businesses are upbeat over the prospect of improved services at UNBS.“As part of the general economy, we feel UNBS is a bit challenged on technical systems. It lacks sophisticated testing tools, has suffered from underfunding and needs vigorous staff training to enable it deliver better services,” said Richard Wejuli Wabwire, corporate relations and regulatory affairs director at Uganda Breweries Limited.But some traders feel a one stop integrated standards control and customs system would deliver more efficiency and even lower rates of corruption that hurts local business people, according to Issa Sekitto, spokesperson for the Kampala City Traders Association. Source: The EastAfricanlast_img read more

Most Liked facebook pages in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda has over 594,000 people on Facebook. Many Brands have realized the power of social media and hence adopting it as a way of reaching out to their fans and clients. MTN Uganda leads the revolution with 109,745 facebook fans followed by NTV Uganda with 81, 146 fans.Among celebrities, Bebe cool leads the race at position Number 3 with 76,650 fans, followed by Navio with 42,843 fans. Below is a list of the 10 facebook pages with most followers.NameTotal Likes1MTN UG109,7452NTV Uganda81,1463Bebe Cool76,6504Airtel Uganda72,2945Club58,5186The New Vision54,5027Orange Uganda52,8558NAVIO42,8439Radiocity 97FM35,70110Desire Luzinda35,55811Daily Monitor35,091last_img read more

Nigerias Globacom hits 30M subscribers

first_imgAdvertisement Nigerian mobile network operator Globacom has revealed that its mobile subscriber base is approaching the 30 million mark.The revelation was through local newspaper Vanguard which quoted the company’s national sales coordinator for North West operations, Samuel Edoho.Edoho was quoted saying that Globacom’s wireless customers have grown from 28.22 million at the end of December 2014 and 23.42 million at 31 March 2014, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). – Advertisement – He attributed the growth in subscriber numbers to the firm’s continued investment in its network infrastructure and the launch of innovative customer-orientated services.‘We are still very aggressive, we will keep the spirit high and assure Nigerians who have no confidence in the market of our determination to offer them best experience ever across all network,’ he added.Vialast_img read more

Hackers Targeted Trump Campaign and Republican Party groups

first_imgDonald Trump at one of his presidential campaigns. Image Credit: Independent Advertisement Hackers targeted the computer systems of presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Party organizations as well as Democratic Party networks, sources familiar with investigations into the attacks said.At least one Trump staff member’s email account was infected with malware in 2015 and sent malicious emails to colleagues, according to one insider for the Republican candidate’s campaign and an outside security expert. It was unclear whether or not the hackers actually gained access to campaign computers.In the past month, U.S. security officials have said that starting last year, hackers infiltrated computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and her party’s congressional fundraising committee. – Advertisement – U.S. officials said they have concluded that Russia or its proxies were responsible, leading to calls by some Democrats and cyber security officials for the Obama administration to blame Russia publicly. Kremlin officials have dismissed the allegations as absurd, but there is anxiety in Washington over the possibility that a foreign power might be using hacked information to meddle in the Nov. 8 U.S. election.[related-posts]The Trump campaign has hired security firm CrowdStrike, which also is assisting the Democratic National Committee, according to one person briefed on the matter. The company declined to comment.A different outside security firm was hired to examine software the Trump and Clinton campaigns use to manage mailings, electronic outreach and other campaign efforts, another person who was briefed on the issue said.A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign declined to comment. A spokesman for the Republican National Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.The tools and techniques used to hack Republican targets resemble those employed in attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the DNC and Clinton’s campaign organization, two sources said. That has led U.S. officials to reach a preliminary assessment that Russia’s military and civilian intelligence agencies or their proxies have targeted both political parties.Attempts to hack into Republican political organizations over an extended period were reported in intelligence bulletins circulated by U.S. agencies, four sources said. They did not disclose the identities of the organizations.Two U.S. security officials said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have offered assistance to both political parties in identifying possible intrusions and upgrading their defenses against what one of the officials called “constantly evolving threats.”[Reuters]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 2 July3.30 HamiltonGrandiloquent we ducked the early 16 – laid at 12 and now 5 (25p rule 4 on early bets)5.50 Gowran ParkHarpist 2/1 > 6/46.00 BathBrunhilde 9/4 > 6/4last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Friday 29 March

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Friday 29 March2.20 WetherbyDenmead evens > 4/62.50 WetherbyPaddling 6/1 > 9/43.25 WetherbyViking Hoard 16/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event17/20 West Brom10/3 Birmingham City13/5 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

NYSE Euronext comes to Rice to discuss the future of capital markets

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777                                                                                  E-MAIL : stark@rice.eduNYSE Euronext comes to Rice to discuss the future of capital marketsJones School students and faculty ring The Closing Bell AddThislast_img

Premier violin and piano professors join Rice

first_imgAddThis PAUL KANTORVIRGINIAWECKSTROM ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduPremier violin and piano professors join Rice’s Shepherd School of MusicKantor and Weckstrom to join faculty in 2012Two of the country’s premier teaching musicians are joining Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Paul Kantor, currently the Eleanor H. Biggs Memorial Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and Virginia (Ginny) Weckstrom, a member of the chamber music and collaborative piano faculty at CIM, will join Rice in July 2012. The two have been married for 30 years.“Paul Kantor is widely recognized as one of America’s leading violin pedagogues,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “His appointment to the violin faculty at the Shepherd School adds a special luster. It also reaffirms the school’s commitment to sustaining the extremely high quality of its program and fine reputation as a top-ranked music institution.” Kantor, who will become the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, joined the Cleveland Institute in 2002. His impressive musical career includes serving as chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan for 13 years. Prior to that he held concurrent appointments on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University. For the past 32 years he has been an artist and faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony.“I am both professionally and personally thrilled to learn that Paul and Ginny will be joining the Shepherd School community and I know that my sentiments are shared by my colleagues, many of whom have already had the good fortune of collaborating with them in the past,” said Kathleen Winkler, professor of violin and The Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin. “They are two of the most esteemed pedagogues and performers in their respective areas, and their addition to our faculty will further solidify the Shepherd School’s standing as one of the finest music schools in the world.”Over the years, Kantor has visited and taught at Rice, but his and Weckstrom’s last visit to campus played an important role in their decision to join Rice.“We were made to feel so welcomed … from the dean’s assistant to our colleagues in every department we met with, and certainly with Dean Yekovich,” Kantor said. “The excellence of the Shepherd School is so well known, and I am struck by the appreciation and affection the graduates have for Rice and the education they received, as well as the internal respect which seems prevalent between all constituencies at the school.”Weckstrom will join the Shepherd School as an Artist Teacher of Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying. Prior to joining the Cleveland Institute in 2003, Weckstrom had taught piano since 1989 at the Residential College of the University of Michigan, where she directed the chamber music program for the last four years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the Western College for Women and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Weckstrom also served as chair of the Piano Department at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Conn., and was a founder of the School for Performing Arts in Ann Arbor.“The graduate program in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying, directed by Brian Connelly, is a small, highly selective program,” Yekovich said. “With the addition of Virginia Weckstrom and her vast amount of experience in this particular area, the program is now poised to make important strides forward. Her appointment will ideally complement the fine work already being done by Brian and Jeanne Kierman Fischer.” “I’m welcoming this new adventure,” Weckstrom said. ”Houston seems like a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. When I have students, I don’t just have a musical relationship with them, but I have a life-long friendship. I recently gave a concert with my teacher and mentor from my undergraduate years. She’s 90 years old and I still treasure that relationship. I would hope to have those types of friendships with the students I teach too.”Kantor and Weckstrom have two adult children, Gwendolyn and Timothy. The Shepherd School of Music is ranked one of the country’s best musical schools. Graduates can be found in orchestras around the globe, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco and Chicago symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and opera graduates have sung in several of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and recital halls.To learn more about the Shepherd School of Music, visit www.music.rice.edu. Long DescriptionLong Description last_img read more

Hybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteries

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduHybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteriesRice lab finds vanadium oxide/graphene material works well for lithium-ion storageHOUSTON — (March 25, 2013) — Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for electric cars and other demanding applications.The Rice University lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan determined that the well-studied material is a superior cathode for batteries that could supply both high energy density and significant power density. The research appears online this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.The ribbons created at Rice are thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper, yet have potential that far outweighs current materials for their ability to charge and discharge very quickly. Cathodes built into half-cells for testing at Rice fully charged and discharged in 20 seconds and retained more than 90 percent of their initial capacity after more than 1,000 cycles.“This is the direction battery research is going, not only for something with high energy density but also high power density,” Ajayan said. “It’s somewhere between a battery and a supercapacitor.”The ribbons also have the advantage of using relatively abundant and cheap materials. “This is done through a very simple hydrothermal process, and I think it would be easily scalable to large quantities,” he said.Ajayan said vanadium oxide has long been considered a material with great potential, and in fact vanadium pentoxide has been used in lithium-ion batteries for its special structure and high capacity. But oxides are slow to charge and discharge, due to their low electrical conductivity. The high-conductivity graphene lattice that is literally baked in solves that problem nicely, he said, by serving as a speedy conduit for electrons and channels for ions.The atom-thin graphene sheets bound to the crystals take up very little bulk. In the best samples made at Rice, fully 84 percent of the cathode’s weight was the lithium-slurping VO2, which held 204 milliamp hours of energy per gram. The researchers, led by Rice graduate student Yongji Gong and lead author Shubin Yang, said they believe that to be among the best overall performance ever seen for lithium-ion battery electrodes.“One challenge to production was controlling the conditions for the co-synthesis of VO2 ribbons with graphene,” Yang said. The process involved suspending graphene oxide nanosheets with powdered vanadium pentoxide (layered vanadium oxide, with two atoms of vanadium and five of oxygen) in water and heating it in an autoclave for hours. The vanadium pentoxide was completely reduced to VO2, which crystallized into ribbons, while the graphene oxide was reduced to graphene, Yang said. The ribbons, with a web-like coating of graphene, were only about 10 nanometers thick, up to 600 nanometers wide and tens of micrometers in length.“These ribbons were the building blocks of the three-dimensional architecture,” Yang said. “This unique structure was favorable for the ultrafast diffusion of both lithium ions and electrons during charge and discharge processes. It was the key to the achievement of excellent electrochemical performance.”In testing the new material, Yang and Gong found its capacity for lithium storage remained stable after 200 cycles even at high temperatures (167 degrees Fahrenheit) at which other cathodes commonly decay, even at low charge-discharge rates.“We think this is real progress in the development of cathode materials for high-power lithium-ion batteries,” Ajayan said, suggesting the ribbons’ ability to be dispersed in a solvent might make them suitable as a component in the paintable batteries developed in his lab.Co-authors of the new paper are Rice graduate students Daniel Hashim and Lulu Ma; research scientist Zheng Liu; former Rice visiting researcher Liang Zhan, now an associate professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai; and faculty fellow Robert Vajtai. Ajayan is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, chemistry, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.The work was funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship grant.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl400001uThis news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/03/25/hybrid-ribbons-a-gift-for-powerful-batteries/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Ajayan Group: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~rv4/Ajayan/Images for download: Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0325_BATTERY-2.jpgHydrothermal processing of vanadium pentoxide and graphene oxide creates graphene-coated ribbons of crystalline vanadium oxide, which show great potential as ultrafast charging and discharging electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0325_BATTERY-1.jpgGraphene-coated ribbons of vanadium oxide, seen in a scanning electron microscope image, might be the best electrode for lithium-ion batteries yet tested, according to researchers at Rice University. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University)last_img read more

New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduNew patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnologyHOUSTON – (April 22, 2014) – Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Published in the current issue of the journal Regenerative Medicine, the paper is based on the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) v. Myriad Genetics that naturally occurring genes are unpatentable. The court case and rulings garnered discussion in the public about patenting biological materials.“The AMP v. Myriad Genetics case raises questions about the patent system,” said Kirstin Matthews, the Baker Institute fellow in science and technology policy and an expert on ethical and policy issues related to biomedical research and development. She co-authored the paper with Maude Rowland Cuchiara, the Baker Institute scholar for science and technology policy. The paper has timely significance in light of President Barack Obama’s recent announcements on reforming the nation’s patent process, including an initiative announced in February to “crowdsource” the review of patents.“There are not many opportunities to challenge patents once they have been granted, and the options that are available are costly and mostly limited to lawsuits,” Matthews said. Judges typically do not have the scientific knowledge to understand some of the technical arguments that are made in their courts, she said. “It may be better, as President Obama has proposed, to revise patenting guidelines at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office based on feedback from scientists, engineers, ethicists and policy scholars as opposed to leaving it up to the courts.”Until the Supreme Court’s decision, Myriad Genetics was the only company in the U.S. that could legally conduct diagnostic testing for BRCA 1 and 2, genes that are linked to familial breast and ovarian cancer. The company was granted the patents in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Myriad chose not to license the patents and harshly pursued anyone who infringed on them.“The patenting of the BRCA genes launched a raucous debate about the ability to patent life: How do we distinguish between what is simply discovered and what is truly ‘made by man’?” the authors asked.Biotechnological inventions have been patented for several decades, though the criteria for patent eligibility have been refined through numerous court decisions, according to the authors. One of the most influential was Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which determined that “anything under the sun made by man” could be patented, leading to the diverse biotechnology patent landscape seen today, the authors said. However, biotechnological patents must meet the same requirements as all other patents, and they cannot be laws of nature, physical phenomena or abstract ideas.The authors said the ruling could affect the patentability of other biotechnologies, like stem cells, depending on how the ruling is interpreted. Stem cells, like genes, are also isolated from the body although they do require some manipulation after isolation. But it is likely that if stem cell patents include detailed procedures for the manipulations beyond isolation, they will be upheld. “However these types of patents could also be challenged for failing to meet other patenting requirements like non-obviousness – meaning that they were not really unique or original after all,” the authors said.Overall, it remains to be seen what impact the ruling in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case will have on the biotech industry or if any patenting requirements will be changed in response to this or other court rulings, the authors said. So far, the patentability of biotechnological inventions appears to remain unaffected. “However, as more and more biotechnological inventions are patented, the line between what is and is not a ‘product of nature’ becomes blurred and will most likely continue to be decided in a courtroom,” the authors said.The authors suggest initial steps to address the current situation, including an outside review of patents before they are granted, reforming the rules of patent licensing to minimize restrictive practices and requiring detailed patent descriptions to prevent expensive and disruptive lawsuits.“Moving forward, scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines,” the authors said. “This could keep patents out of court, make the patenting process more seamless and help to spur innovation.”-30-To schedule an interview with Matthews or Rowland Cuchiara about their paper, “Gene Patents, Patenting Life and the Impact of Court Rulings on U.S. Stem Cell Patents and Research,” contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Read the abstract at http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/rme.13.93.Related materials:Matthews bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/kirstin-rw-matthewsMatthews on Twitter: www.twitter.com/stpolicy @stpolicyRowland Cuchiara bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/maude-rowland-cuchiaraFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Nanocoating makes coaxial cables lighter

first_imgShare1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNano-coating makes coaxial cables lighterRice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use HOUSTON – (Jan. 27, 2016) – Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists.The Rice lab of Professor Matteo Pasquali has developed a coating that could replace the tin-coated copper braid that transmits the signal and shields the cable from electromagnetic interference. The metal braid is the heaviest component in modern coaxial data cables.The research appears this month in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.Replacing the outer conductor with Rice’s flexible, high-performance coating would benefit airplanes and spacecraft, in which the weight and strength of data-carrying cables are significant factors in performance.Rice research scientist Francesca Mirri, lead author of the paper, made three versions of the new cable by varying the carbon-nanotube thickness of the coating. She found that the thickest, about 90 microns – approximately the width of the average human hair – met military-grade standards for shielding and was also the most robust; it handled 10,000 bending cycles with no detrimental effect on the cable performance.“Current coaxial cables have to use a thick metal braid to meet the mechanical requirements and appropriate conductance,” Mirri said. “Our cable meets military standards, but we’re able to supply the strength and flexibility without the bulk.”Coaxial cables consist of four elements: a conductive copper core, an electrically insulating polymer sheath, an outer conductor and a polymer jacket. The Rice lab replaced only the outer conductor by coating sheathed cores with a solution of carbon nanotubes in chlorosulfonic acid. Compared with earlier attempts to use carbon nanotubes in cables, this method yields a more uniform conductor and has higher throughput, Pasquali said. “This is one of the few cases where you can have your cake and eat it, too,” he said. “We obtained better processing and improved performance.”Replacing the braided metal conductor with the nanotube coating eliminated 97 percent of the component’s mass, Mirri said.She said the lab is working on a method to scale up production. The lab is drawing on its experience in producing high-performance nanotube-based fibers.“It’s a very similar process,” Mirri said. “We just need to substitute the exit of the fiber extrusion setup with a wire-coating die. These are high-throughput processes currently used in the polymer industry to make a lot of commercial products. The Air Force seems very interested in this technology, and we are currently working on a Small Business Innovation Research project with the Air Force Research Laboratory to see how far we can take it.”Co-authors are graduate students Robert Headrick and Amram Bengio and alumni April Choi and Yimin Luo, all of Rice; Nathan Orloff, Aaron Forster, Angela Hight Walker, Paul Butler and Kalman Migler of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Rana Ashkar of NIST, the University of Maryland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Christian Long of NIST and the University of Maryland.Pasquali is the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry.The research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Laboratories, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, NIST, the National Science Foundation and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.5b11600Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Complex Flows of Complex Fluids (Pasquali Lab): https://pasquali.rice.edu/home/Wiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduVideo: Spinning nanotube fibers at Rice University: https://youtu.be/4XDJC64tDR0Images for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-1-WEB.jpgRice University research scientist Francesca Mirri holds a standard coaxial data cable (bottom) and a new cable with an outer conductor of carbon nanotubes. Replacing the braided metal outer conductor with a conductive nanotube coating makes the cable 50 percent lighter, Mirri said. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-3-web.jpgReplacing the braided outer conductor in coaxial data cables with a coat of conductive carbon nanotubes saves significant weight, according to Rice University researchers. (Credit: Pasquali Lab/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-2-WEB.jpgA coating of carbon nanotubes, seen through a clear jacket, replaces a braided metal outer conductor in an otherwise standard coaxial data cable. Rice University scientists designed the cable to save weight for aerospace applications. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

Rices Glasscock School Texas Tribune to host The Federal Response to Harvey

first_imgAddThis Share2MEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Rice’s Glasscock School, Texas Tribune to host ‘The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later’ Aug. 30HOUSTON – (Aug. 13, 2018) – Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will host a Texas Tribune conversation Aug. 30 about the federal response to Hurricane Harvey one year after the storm made landfall in Texas. Panelists from federal, state and local government will discuss the status of recovery and the long-term plans for getting neighborhoods and towns back on their feet.Courtesy of Texas TribuneThe event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Panelists George P. Bush, Texas land commissioner; Traci Brasher, recovery division director for FEMA Region 6; Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston; and Beth Van Duyne, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Brandon Formby, urban affairs reporter for the Texas Tribune, will serve as moderator.David Leebron, president of Rice, and Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, will give welcoming remarks.What: A panel discussion titled “The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later.” An audience Q&A will follow.When: Thursday, Aug. 30, noon-1 p.m. Registration and a light lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m.Where: Rice University, Anderson-Clarke Center, Hudspeth Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Paid visitor parking is available in West Lots 4 and 5, located adjacent to the Anderson-Clarke Center. For a map of Rice’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps.The public must RSVP for the event at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-federal-response-to-harvey-one-year-later-registration-48847890355. A live webcast will be available at https://www.texastribune.org/events.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related information:Hurricane Harvey Registry: The Hurricane Harvey Registry (HHR) is collecting information on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Greater Houston community in order to direct recovery efforts and plan for the future. The HHR is a joint venture of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Fort Bend County, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Houston Health Department, Montgomery County and Rice University. It is is funded by the EDF, the Cullen Trust for Health Care and the National Institutes of Health. People can help the region recover by taking the HHR survey, whether Harvey impacted them severely, lightly or not at all.Course on Hurricane Harvey: The Glasscock School is offering a new course this fall, After the Flood: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, which considers the Houston region’s vulnerability to extreme weather and the extraordinary efforts to rebuild lives and communities in the wake of Harvey. Scientists, engineers, architects, urban planners and others share innovative design, engineering, social, environmental, economic and policy strategies that may help Houston and other cities around the globe become more resilient to future storms. Information about the course agenda is available here.-30-Follow the Glasscock School via Twitter @GlasscockSchool.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Why McKinsey Company Loves Hiring MBAs

first_imgWhy McKinsey & Company Loves Hiring MBAs Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail McKinsey & Company is considered one of the most prestigious management consultancy firms in the world, with a clientele that includes 80 percent of the world’s largest corporations, along with an extensive list of governments and non-profit organisations. The firm is also a prestigious landing spot for MBAs following graduation.About McKinseyFounded in 1926 by James O. McKinsey, the firm developed an “up or out” policy, where consultants who are not promoted are asked to leave, developed by Marvin Bower. He served as managing director of McKinsey from 1950 to 1967, and remained a leadership figure at the firm as director and partner until 1992. McKinsey was the first management consultancy to hire recent college graduates, rather than experienced managers — a practice that holds true to this day.Who McKinsey HiresMcKinsey cites four main factors it looks for in the job candidate it hires: Personal impactEntrepreneurial driveProblem-solving skillsLeadership abilitiesIn an interview with CNN Money, Brian Rolfes, McKinsey partner and head of global recruiting, added, “Two qualities we look for as we recruit are problem solving and the ability to work well in teams. These are at the heart of what our consultants do every day.”In fact, McKinsey views business schools—and particularly the very top business schools—as the ideal training ground for its consultants. The frim believes that the business knowledge MBAs come in with can prove invaluable to solving client problems, and that’s why the firms sees so much value in hiring MBAs. According to McKinsey:“Your MBA program prepares you as a problem solver—developing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. You’re intellectually curious, asking and answering questions others don’t, and testing solutions others haven’t thought of trying.”Salary Expectations for MBAs at McKinseyAs we reported in our March highlight on the “5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World,” McKinsey came in second place overall.“According to Management Consulted data, McKinsey & Company is the second-highest paying consulting firm in the world for MBA grads, with offered base salaries coming in at $152,000. With an added potential performance bonus of $35,000, those figures can rise to $187,500 in just one year.”McKinsey Emerging Scholars ProgramAbout 50 percent of the McKinsey’s incoming consultant hires have earned MBAs. However, students at certain business schools can get an inside track at a job at McKinsey before they earn their MBA by taking advantage of a unique pre-MBA opportunity called the Emerging Scholars Program.McKinsey looks for pre-MBA students over the summer and offers monetary awards for the highest performing applicants. The program also offers one-on-one mentorship by McKinsey consultants and valuable networking opportunities to its scholars.The program is only available to students admitted to a full-time MBA program beginning in the fall at one of the 16 participating schools: UC Berkeley’s Haas School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, UCLA Anderson School, Michigan’s Ross School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, UVA’s Darden School of Business, Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management.The Emerging Scholars program is limited to students entering full-time programs only. Dual-degree program students are eligible to apply, and McKinsey encourages that they do so the spring before they begin the first year of their MBA program (e.g. MD/MBA, JD/MBA). Those students currently living outside of the U.S. are also welcome to apply.Associate Internship OpportunitiesMBA graduates usually enter McKinsey as an associate, working either as a generalist or as a practice consultant if they have a particular area they want to focus on. Coming into McKinsey as an associate intern is the best path to securing a full-time position post-MBA.According to McKinsey, current MBAs can apply to work in one of McKinsey’s offices around the globe for eight to 10 weeks as an associate intern. Most associate internships take place in the summer between the first and second years of business school. Interns work in teams of three to five consultants to perform tasks such as information gathering and analysis, testing hypotheses, and developing and communicating recommendations to clients.Like Emerging Scholars, associate interns benefit from coaching and mentoring from colleagues on their teams as part of day-to-day project assignments, as well as one-on-one career guidance from a partner assigned to them.Interviewing & Applying to McKinseyMcKinsey wants applicants to succeed, and offers a variety of resources to those interesting in applying at the firm. Here are just a few places applicants can look for additional help and information directly from McKinsey:Student ResourcesInterview InformationApplication Tips regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedWhy McKinsey and Company Loves to Hire MBAsWhen it comes to careers MBAs are likely to land, working for a management consulting firm tops the list. McKinsey and Company is one such firm that conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis for companies around the world in order to evaluate management decisions across the public and private sectors. McKinsey is…June 6, 2016In “Featured Home”New Consulting Job Openings Are Flourishing at These FirmsTop MBA talent has made its way into prestigious consulting firms for decades, creating what we’ve previously called “a virtuous circle,” where the demand for this talent grows. With high starting salaries and the opportunity to work with a range of clients across many industries, new MBA jobs at consulting…December 10, 2018In “Advice”Where Should I Work? Boston Consulting Group vs. McKinseyWhether you’re still in school or you’ve already earned your MBA, it can be a tall order to shuffle through the sheer numbers of job options. Perhaps you’re even fortunate enough to have a number of offers that seem appealing but you’re wondering how to find the best fit. If…March 28, 2019In “Advice”last_img read more

Applications Down 45 Percent at HBS But Applicant Quality Remains High

first_img RelatedWhat MBA Class of 2019 Profiles from HBS, Kellogg Reveal about YOUR Admission ChancesNorthwestern’s Kellogg School of Management last week released a profile of its incoming Class of 2019, and Harvard Business School (HBS) earlier this summer released its own preliminary Class of 2019 profile. (The Boston school notes there could be subtle shifts come late August when the final class matriculates.) A look at both reveals…August 18, 2017In “Admissions Tips”School v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of BusinessThe MBA application process is not for the faint of heart. Elite programs have increasingly required applicants to follow paths unique to their schools, which makes the process of narrowing down the options to find the right fit even more essential. Our School v. School series saves you the headache…March 14, 2019In “Admissions Tips”Harvard Halts Round 3 MBA AdmissionsBeginning this application season, Harvard Business School (HBS) will no longer feature a Round 3 for applicants to its MBA program, the school’s admissions director announced in a post to his blog this morning. “After careful consideration, we have decided to focus our MBA application process on two rounds—with deadlines in September…May 15, 2018In “Boston” The release of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Class of 2020 profile statistics last week revealed that the Boston school—like many of its U.S. peers—saw a decrease in overall application volume, but median GMAT score and GPA remained unchanged from the prior year at 730 and 3.71 respectively. The admit rate, 11 percent, was also unchanged year over year. So though he was working from a smaller pool of 9,886 applicants (down from 10,351 last year), Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee did not sacrifice on quality.Harvard Business School Application Slips for Class of 2020HBS is one of many leading U.S. business schools to see application volume drop off in this most recent application cycle. A strong economy paired with concerns among international applicants about potential student and work visa challenges made for even more dramatic declines at schools like UNC Kenan-Flagler and Georgetown’s McDonough School, which reported double-digit drops of 18.3 and 16.2 percent respectively. Yield at HBS–which is to say the percentage of admitted students who chose to enroll–slipped from 91 to 90 percent. Still, HBS remains far and away the leader in this statistic.Applications are down 4.5 percent at HBS, but declines across other U.S. MBA programs was much more apparent.At HBS, the 4.5 percent application volume decline was spread between both international and domestic applicants. International students make up slightly more of the HBS class this year, 37 percent compared to 35 percent last year. They hail from 69 countries as compared to 70 for the Class of 2019. Another interesting development is the increase in GRE takers among admitted students. A record-setting 15 percent of the incoming class got there on the strength of their GRE scores, up from 12 percent last year. It’s only in the past couple of years that schools have begun to disclose the percentages of students who submit GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores, which used to be the gold standard. But at HBS and elsewhere, a growing number of applicants seem to be taking schools at their word that they are indeed test agnostic.There were not a lot of major shifts elsewhere in the statistics for the newest HBS class. The percentage of women is down by one point, slipping from 42 to 41 percent. U.S. ethnic minorities remained constant year over year at 26 percent of the class. The average age also remains unchanged at 27.Applicants from Private Equity, Tech, IncreaseIn terms of prior work experience, there were again few shifts from the prior year. Slightly more students came in from private equity/venture capital (16 percent, compared to 15 percent last year), tech (also 16 percent, up from 15), and government/non-profit (7 to 8 percent). These upticks correlate with small declines in students from industrial/heavy manufacturing and other services. Military veterans make up 5 percent of the Class of 2020, on par with the Class of 2019.And in terms of what students in this year’s entering class studied as undergraduates, again HBS showed little fluctuation. Economics/business majors make up the largest portion—46 percent, up from 45 percent last year. STEM undergrads also increased one percentage point, from 36 to 37 percent. Humanities/social science undergraduates made up just 17 percent of the class, down from 19 percent last year.To view HBS’s complete Class of 2020 profile, click here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. regions: Boston Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Applications Down 4.5 Percent at HBS, But Applicant Quality Remains Highlast_img read more

Bridgegate Christie Says He Never Knew Other Say Different

first_img TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has maintained for three years that he didn’t know anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closures either before they happened or while they were going on.But that story has come under withering assault in a Newark courtroom in the criminal trial of two former Christie allies. Prosecutors say the lanes were closed in September 2013 to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who refused to endorse the Republican governor.Four people, including one of his closest political advisers, have testified under oath that Christie knew more than he said he did.While Christie continues to deny any knowledge of the plot, here is a look at what each testified to:___BRIDGET KELLY’S TESTIMONY Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff and a defendant in the trial, believed the lane closures were part of a legitimate traffic study that would eventually improve traffic flow.She said she told Christie about the planned traffic study a month ahead of time. He told her to run the plan by his then-chief of staff. The governor also asked how their relationship was with Sokolich.Kelly talked to Christie about the lane closures twice while they were underway, including once in which she passed along that Sokolich had asked whether the lanes were closed for “government retribution.”___DAVID WILDSTEIN’S TESTIMONYWildstein, a former high-ranking official at the Port Authority who attended high school with Christie, testified that Christie was told about the traffic in Fort Lee on the third day of the gridlock during a Sept. 11 memorial event.Wildstein said Bill Baroni told Christie there was “a tremendous amount of traffic in Fort Lee” that morning and that Sokolich was “very frustrated” he wasn’t getting his phone calls returned. Baroni then told the governor that Wildstein was watching over the situation.Wildstein said that the governor responded sarcastically “well, I’m sure Mr. Edge would never be involved in anything political,” and then laughed. “Wally Edge” was a pseudonym Wildstein used while publishing a New Jersey politics website.___BILL BARONI’S TESTIMONYBaroni, Christie’s deputy executive director at the Port Authority, contradicted Wildstein’s version of that story.Baroni testified it was Wildstein who told Christie about the traffic and that no mention of Sokolich or political retaliation was made.___MIKE DUHAIME’S TESTIMONYDuHaime, one of Christie’s closest political advisers, said he told Christie in December 2013 that Kelly and campaign manager Bill Stepien knew about the lane closures. Christie then said at a news conference that he had no reason to believe that anyone on his senior staff had any knowledge.DuHaime gave similar information to investigators working on a taxpayer-funded report commissioned by Christie, which cleared the governor of any knowledge.___CHRIS CHRISTIE’S RESPONSEChristie has not testified in the case, but he has always maintained that he knew nothing of the lane closures before or during.“I worked the cones, actually. Unbeknownst to everybody, I was actually the guy out there, in overalls and a hat,” Christie said sarcastically when he was first asked about it on Dec. 2, 2013. “You really are not serious with that question.”Christie said 11 days later that no one in his senior staff had knowledge about the lane closures.And then on Jan. 9, 2014, after Kelly’s “time for some traffic problems” email to Wildstein was released publicly, Christie said that he was “embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team” in an expansive apology for the lane closures.“And I’ll say one last thing, just so we’re really clear. I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here,” Christie said.Christie has spoken twice since the trial began, affirming on sports talk radio that he was tired of talking about it and addressing Wildstein’s statements on Sept. 27, saying that “no matter what is said” in the trial he didn’t know about the lane realignments or authorize them.After the first day of Kelly’s testimony last week, his spokesman sent out a statement maintaining that he had no knowledge of the lane closures before or during. US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Bridgegate: Christie Says He Never Knew, Other Say Different By The Associated Press October 26, 2016 Updated: October 26, 2016center_img Share FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, Gov. Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Kelly, center, arrives at Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with her attorneys Michael Critchley Jr., right, and Michael Critchley, back second left. Kelly talked to Christie about the September 2013 Fort Lee lane closures twice while they were underway, including once in which she passed along that the city’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, had asked whether the lanes were closed for “government retribution.” (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) Show Discussionlast_img read more

What Restaurants Are Open Thanksgiving Applebees Golden Corral Cracker Barrel Olive Garden

first_img What Restaurants Are Open Thanksgiving? Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, More – Hours By Jack Phillips November 24, 2016 Updated: November 24, 2016 Share this article Thanksgiving is Nov. 24, and some restaurants are open and even offer meals.Applebee’s will be open in some locations. Check before going to your local restaurant.Black Angus Steakhouse encourages people to make reservations. Hours appear to be normal, but check first. It will be serving its Thanksgiving Day Feast, which includes deals.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is open Thanksgiving, and it is serving a Thanksgiving meal.Golden Corral is offering a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at some locations.Marie Callender’s – Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Check hours before going. Olive Garden locations will be closed on Thanksgiving. Some locations might operate on holiday schedules, however.Denny’s is open with their normal hours on Thanksgiving. It will be serving Thanksgiving meal.Waffle House will be open on Thanksgiving. Check hours first.Most TGI Friday’s will be open on Thanksgiving. However, check before going. Most will be open until 4 p.m. local time.Chili’s will be open on Thanksgiving in some locations. Check first before going out.More listings for stores:TARGETThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night to Black Friday.KMARTThanksgiving: Opens 7 p.m. and stays open all night to Black Friday.WALMARTThanksgiving: Deals start at 6 p.m.JC PENNEYThanksgiving: Opens 3 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.KOHL’SThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.MACY’sThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.SEARSThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 5 a.m.— Electronic StoresBEST BUYThanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and closes 1 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 8 a.m.GAMESTOPThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 5:00 a.m.HHGREGGThanksgiving: Opens 4 p.m. and closes 12 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m.RADIOSHACKThanksgiving: Opens 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Black Friday: Opens 8 a.m.— Toy StoresTOYS R USThanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.— Warehouse StoresCOSTCOThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 9 a.m.SAM’S CLUBThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m.— Sporting Goods StoresDICK’S SPORTING GOODSThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 5 a.m.MICHAELSThanksgiving: Opens 4 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m. Share US center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion An Applebee’s in a stock photo (Tim Boyle/Getty Images) last_img read more

Report Puerto Rico Aid Supplies Trapped at San Juan Port

first_imgA sail boat lies over a pier as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo on Sept. 20, 2017. (Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Aid supplies to Puerto Rico are trapped at a port in the capital, San Juan, according to reports on Thursday.They’re trapped because there’s a shortage of truckers, trucks, and devastated infrastructure after Hurricane Maria hit the island.Jose Ayala, the Crowley shipping company’s vice president in Puerto Rico, told CNN that there are at least 10,000 containers of supplies, including food, water, and medicine.Only 20 percent of truck drivers in the U.S. commonwealth have reported back to work, said a representative for Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. There’s also a diesel fuel shortage and a number of roads that have been blocked by floods and other hurricane-created damages. An historic shanty town overlooks the ocean at the San Juan National Historic Site in Old San Juan. Authorities in Puerto Rico are urging residents of poorly made houses to evacuate as Hurricane Maria sets a collision course with the U.S. island territory. (Eric Pancer/Wikimedia Commons)Contacting drivers is an issue due to downed cell towers. “When we say we that we don’t have truck drivers, we mean that we have not been able to contact them,” Rosselló told the network.On Thursday, the White House authorized 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, which is a federal law that limits shipping to U.S. ports by foreign vessels.Ayala said that only about 4 percent of containers that were sent to San Juan’s port have been dispatched from there People wait in line for aid items to be handed out in San Juan. (Reuters/Alvin Baez)“The problem has been with the logistics, the parts of the supply chain that move the cargo from our terminal to the shelves or to the tables of the people in Puerto Rico,” Ayala said on Wednesday. “This hurricane was catastrophic.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Reuters that 10,000 federal government relief workers were now in Puerto Rico, including 7,200 troops, and that 44 of the island’s 69 hospitals were now fully operational.Overall, the island is likely to need far more than $30 billion in long-term aid from the U.S. government for disaster relief and rebuilding efforts following Maria, a senior Republican congressional aide said on Thursday.As CNBC reported, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is now working to reduce the fuel distribution disruption. On Wednesday afternoon, at least a dozen fuel trucks departed the Crowley shipping terminal in San Juan.The Department of Defense said it will aid FEMA’s efforts to stabilize the situation on the island.“Gasoline is beginning to flow to gas stations, which, despite rationing, are unable to remain open for more than a few hours at a time,” according to the Pentagon.Reuters contributed to this report. Report: Puerto Rico Aid Supplies Trapped at San Juan Port By Jack Phillips September 28, 2017 Updated: September 28, 2017 US News last_img read more

NYC Terror Suspect Wanted to Fly ISIS Flag From Hospital Bed

first_img Share this article A police officer walks past the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck on November 1, 2017, a day after it was used in a terror attack in New York City. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News NYC Terror Suspect Wanted to Fly ISIS Flag From Hospital Bed By Colin Fredericson November 2, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017 Show Discussion Saipov killed eight people in the attack. Two Americans, both men who were young professionals, died after Saipov hit them in the truck he rented from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey. Five men from Argentina were killed while celebrating their high school reunion, and one Belgian woman, who was on vacation with relatives, was struck also struck and killed.After killing and injuring people along the bike path, Saipov crashed his car into a school bus.  After exiting the truck, he got out, brandishing a paintball gun and a pellet gun, before he was shot by a police officer. The terrorist who drove a truck down a popular Manhattan bike path on Oct. 31 killing eight and injuring at least 12 wanted to fly a flag of the ISIS terrorist group from his hospital bed, according to a criminal complaint.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov lay in his hospital bed after being shot in the abdomen. A day later he felt no remorse, say prosecutors, who visited him in his hospital room.“Saipov requested to display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room and stated that he felt good about what he had done,” reads the complaint.Saipov also wanted to fly the ISIS flag from the truck he used to carry out the attack, but decided against it because it would draw too much attention, the complaint says.The document says that after his West Side Highway attack, Saipov was planning to head to the Brooklyn Bridge to attack more people. He had a bag of knives in the truck, which he couldn’t use because after he crashed the truck into a school bus, he couldn’t reach them. Saipov arrived in court handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair. Investigators are still trying to figure out if Saipov acted alone or with others. Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, an acquaintance of  Saipov’s who is also from Uzbekistan, was questioned by the FBI, The Associated Press reported.Saipov was found with videos and photos from ISIS on his cell phone.“He seemed to have followed almost to a T the instructions ISIS had put out,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism John Miller, according to NBC.last_img read more

Fox News Chief Rupert Murdochs LA Home Threatened by Fire

first_imgRupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 13, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) The estate is trapped in the 150-acre Skirball fire, which is also threatening the homes of other celebrities in the area.Murdoch’s Moraga Bel Air issued a tweet on Wednesday, saying, “We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else. Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share The early-morning #SkirballFire is shutting down parts of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles.Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by multiple wildfires in southern California since Monday. pic.twitter.com/XkJaDLBM7r— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 6, 2017 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s Los Angeles-area home reportedly is caught in a California wildfire sweeping across the region.The home of Murdoch, the 86-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, is located in Bel Air and is worth about $29 million.According to an NBC News report Wednesday, flames could be seen near the newsman’s home. The Los Angeles Times later reported that the fire had grown, but it hadn’t burned down the buildings or the vineyard on the estate. NBC Los Angeles reporting Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch’s $30-million vineyard estate is on fire. https://t.co/2P1Lw905Ql pic.twitter.com/QGWG9vIpzH— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) December 6, 2017 Homes Burning in Bel-Air; 405 Freeway Closed Near Skirball Center https://t.co/7tIiOcy4rH— NYI Entertainment (@nyientertain) December 6, 2017 And while you’re here …We have a small favor to ask of you. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! “It was simply stunning,” Murdoch was quoted by the LA Times as saying of his purchase of the property. “The winery and vineyard, and the wine were a great bonus. I very quickly fell in love.”center_img Fox News Chief Rupert Murdoch’s LA Home Threatened by Fire By Epoch Newsroom December 6, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 It’s getting MUCH worse for us in Los Angeles and Ventura County! Check on your people if they live here. The air quality is HORRIBLE so even if you’re not near the fires, you’re affected! #SkirballFire #ThomasFire #RyeFire #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/cNQDX2TwYY— Justin Key (@JustinKey101) December 6, 2017 The Skirball fire has shut down Interstate 405 and prompted evacuations, CBS Los Angeles reported. .@MoragaBelAir Statement on Skirball Fire pic.twitter.com/mCcVDLtgUp— Moraga Bel Air (@MoragaBelAir) December 6, 2017 US News There are four fires in the L.A. area right now. The newest one, #SkirballFire in Bel-Air, shut down the 405 Freeway and forced mandatory evacuations. The Thomas fire in Ventura burned 50,500 acres on its way to the Pacific Ocean. https://t.co/J30cNxYQ6F pic.twitter.com/83R3cXFQfG— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 6, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Child on Tricycle Rides Into California RushHour Traffic

first_imgQualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Child on Tricycle Rides Into California Rush-Hour Traffic By Jack Phillips August 29, 2018 Updated: August 29, 2018 A child on a tricycle was seen riding into Southern California traffic in a dash camera video.The incident was captured on camera at around 5:30 p.m. in Santa Ana during rush hour on Aug. 27, a witness told Fox11.The vehicles missed the toddler, but it left one woman shaken.“I think he’s so lucky,” Sarah Tran told the Fox affiliate station. “He’s so lucky that nothing happened to him, especially on this busy day.”Tran captured the moment on her dash camera, and she said she stopped her vehicle, ran out, and grabbed the child before bringing him to safety.“He was determined to go into the middle of the road,” she added. “I was so afraid of cars just not seeing him because he’s so small and bolting into him.” Santa Ana PD Corporal Anthony Bertagna said the incident was not reported to local police. “Was the kid supervised? How did the kid get out into a busy street like that, that would be evaluated,” he told Fox11. “These incidents are on a case-by-case basis.”On Aug. 24, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi released video footage of a K-9 vehicle striking a 7-year-old girl on a bike to show that the incident was an accident. According to local reports, the girl’s injuries are not life-threatening. Sabrina Nixon, the mother of the girl, accused the deputy of speeding while hitting the girl, reports said.“It is my opinion that once the public sees the video, it will be agreed by most that this accident was not only unavoidable by my deputy, but the statements made about speeding, leaving skid marks and having to be flagged down are utterly false,” Adam said in a statement. He said the video was released “in light of multiple inaccurate statements” made about the Aug. 22 incident.hancock mississippi The Hancock County Sheriff’s office in Mississippi released video footage of a K-9 vehicle striking a 7-year-old girl on a bike to show that the incident was an accident. (Hancock County Sheriff’s Office)“There was nothing anybody could do about it,” Adam said. “It was completely unavoidable.”But he stressed the accident is a reminder to keep a close eye on their kids, especially when they’re near a road.“This same diligence should be had when our children are swimming, near flames at cookouts, or there are firearms in a home. Many children experience injuries, minor and major, from incidents that could have been avoided with proper parental supervision. We are all very blessed that this incident did not have a more disastrous outcome,” he said.Child SafetyAccording to the U.N. World Health Organization: “Children are at risk for road traffic injuries for a number of reasons. Younger children are limited by their physical, cognitive and social development, making them more vulnerable in road traffic than adults. Because of their small stature, it can be difficult for children to see surrounding traffic and for drivers and others to see them. In addition if they are involved in a road traffic crash, their softer heads make them more susceptible to serious head injury than adults.”It says that younger children can have difficulty interpreting sights and sounds, which might affect their judgment on the proximity of moving vehicles.“Globally, around 186,300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and road traffic injuries are the leading killer of children aged 15-17 years worldwide. Two times as many boys as girls die in road traffic crashes. In addition, rates of road traffic death among children are 3 times higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries,” WHO says on its website.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

US Voters to Decide 76 Billion of Bonds Taxation

first_img US Voters to Decide $76 Billion of Bonds, Taxation Limits By Reuters November 1, 2018 Updated: November 1, 2018 Show Discussion CHICAGO—Election ballots around the United States on Nov. 5 will be packed with referendums for billions of dollars of state, local government, and school bonds, as well as measures seeking to curb taxation, expand health care for the poor and increase school funding.There are 673 bond issues on ballots in 38 states totaling nearly $76.3 billion, the biggest amount for a November general election since 2006, according to near-final data from Ipreo by IHS Markit.The biggest concentration of bonds, $34.9 billion split between 126 measures, will appear on ballots in California, by far the largest U.S. state in population. Voters in the Golden State will consider nearly $16.4 billion of bonds—in four state-wide referendums—to fund water projects, housing, and children’s hospitals.People cast their ballots People cast their ballots for the 2016 general elections at a crowded polling station as early voting begins in Carrboro, N.C., U.S., Oct. 20, 2016. (Reuters/Jonathan Drake)Tax Policy ChangesIn addition, Californians will vote on repealing a 2017 hike in gasoline taxes and vehicle fees aimed at raising $5.1 billion a year for transportation projects. The measure would also require voter approval to impose future transportation-related tax and fee increases.Ballots in other states also include questions aimed at reining in taxes. “Voters often like the idea of enacting limits on their government’s ability to raise revenues, but from our perspective those kinds of constraints reduce financial flexibility and can certainly create problems for state governments,” Ted Hampton, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, said in an interview on Nov. 1.Florida’s legislature put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot mandating a two-thirds vote by each legislative chamber to pass new or increased taxes or fees.“If approved, a higher legislative hurdle to approve increases to existing revenue and taxes would slightly weaken our view of revenue structure flexibility in the state’s fiscal policy framework,” S&P Global Ratings said in a July report.In Oregon, a constitutional amendment on the ballot would extend an existing three-fifths legislative vote for tax increases to include revenue raised by fees or through changes to or the elimination of tax breaks.In North Carolina, where the personal income tax rate is 5.499 percent, the legislature put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that would lower the maximum tax rate to 7 percent from 10 percent. A proposed constitutional amendment in Indiana would mandate balanced state budgets unless a two-thirds majority vote by the legislature suspends the requirement.The taxation of groceries is the focus of ballot measures in two states. Oregon voters will vote on a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state and local governments from imposing a tax or fee on the sale or distribution of eatable or drinkable groceries.In Washington state, a campaign in support of a ballot initiative to ban new or increased local government taxation of food and beverages bought in stores has been largely funded by soft-drink makers, including Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. If approved, Seattle’s existing tax on sweetened beverages would remain in place.Health, Transportation, and EducationVoters in three states—Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah—will be asked to expand Medicaid, the state and federal healthcare program for low-income residents.Colorado voters will choose between two competing measures to fund transportation. One measure seeks to increase the state sales tax rate to 3.52 percent from 2.9 percent for 20 years to back $6 billion of bonds. Another authorizes $3.5 billion of bonds without specifying a revenue source.There are several state-wide measures to boost education funding. Colorado would hike its corporate income tax rate and individual rates for residents earning over $150,000 to generate $1.6 billion a year for primary and secondary schools under a proposed constitutional amendment.Maryland voters will decide whether to allocate an increasing amount of gambling revenue every year to public education starting in fiscal 2020. Michigan’s K-12 schools would receive a portion of revenue from a tax on marijuana sales if voters agree to legalize recreational use of the drug.A Hawaii measure would impose a surcharge on residential investment property for schools, while South Dakota voters will vote on increasing a tobacco products excise tax to raise money for the state’s four technical institutes.US election booths A man walks to use a voting booth March 1, 2016, at one of the Virginia primary election polling stations at Colin Powell Elementary School, in Centreville, Va.(Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)By Karen Pierog Share The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on Jan. 22, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this articlelast_img read more

The bodies of two teenagers were found buried in t

first_img The bodies of two teenagers were found buried in the backyard of a Georgia home, prompting law enforcement officers to arrest three individuals believed to be involved in the murders.Investigators were called to a house in Effingham County on Dec. 19 for a welfare check on a juvenile. Officers couldn’t find the girl but eventually shifted to a death investigation and found Mary Crocker, 14, buried in the backyard.Her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr., who was also 14 when he went missing in November 2016, was also found buried.The three adults living in the home lied to investigators and said Mary Crocker had gone to live with her mother, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.“Deputies realized this information was false and not accurate,” said Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, reported WTOC. “Information from Elwyn Crocker led investigators to search the grounds, and two bodies were discovered.” Crime and Incidents  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video He said that the girl’s death could have been prevented if neighbors had called the police. “People hear things. People see things. Of course, all day today, people have been coming up to us, ‘Well, I saw this and I saw that,’ But for whatever reason, they didn’t feel comfortable enough to call and let us know that,” Sheriff McDuffie said. “I’ve been doing this for 41 years and a while ago, I almost broke down in tears.”“This day in time with social media, people are always staying in touch, and when people disappear off the grid, something is wrong,” added Effingham County Coroner David Exley.A third child, who was found alive in the house, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was identified as the biological son of Candice Crocker and as having special needs.effingham county arrested (L to R) Candice Crocker, 33, Elwyn Crocker, 49, and Kim Wright, 50, were arrested and charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree after two children were found buried in the backyard of their Effingham County, Ga., home on Dec. 20, 2018. (Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)“I think he has, and I’m not sure exactly, but I think it’s cerebral palsy and, you know, we just needed to make sure he had his health issues taken care of,” said Sheriff McDuffie, reported Fox 28.Crocker, 33, the stepmother of the two deceased children, was arrested along with Elwyn Crocker, the biological father of the children.Kim Wright, 50, the children’s step-grandmother, was also arrested.All three were charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree.Autopsies are planned for the children to determine the cause of death in each case.Neighbors SpeakNeighbors said that the two children who appeared to live in the house didn’t play with the other kids on the street, while the small girl who lived there was always outside doing yard work.“Other kids said at school, they could tell stuff was wrong with her hands. They were red. That was from being out in the yard out there most of the time working, doing stuff from the time she got off that bus until they would go in at night,” Gary Bennett, the family’s next-door neighbor, told WTOC.“Then she would go to school and kids would see her and ask what was wrong and she wouldn’t ever say anything. She wouldn’t open up to anybody,” Bennett said.“It’s devastating to know someone would do this to a child. I love my children. I have five kids and 10 grandkids, almost six great-grandson [sic] the way, and I can’t imagine someone doing this to one of them and it terrifies me to know that someone would do this to a child,” added neighbor Ruth Sikes.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Share this article Three People Charged After Bodies of Two Teens Found in Georgia Backyard By Zachary Stieber December 21, 2018 Updated: December 21, 2018 Mary Crocker, 14 (L), was reported missing on Dec. 19, 2018. Her brother Elwyn Jr. Crocker was 14 when he vanished in November 2016. Their bodies were found in Effingham County, Ga., on Dec. 20, 2018. (Effingham County Sheriff’s Office) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Only on Staten Island This 83yearold woman is g

first_imgOnly on Staten Island: This 83-year-old woman is getting bills addressed to the wooden pole outside her Great Kills home. Yes, the pole.由 Staten Island Advance 发布于 2019年3月12日周二 Exasperated New York Woman Keeps Getting Power Bills For a Telephone Pole Near Her Home By Tom Ozimek March 14, 2019 Updated: March 14, 2019 Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury told the Staten Island Advance that it’s company policy to send the bills and notices to the telephone pole. He added Charter Communications, the company behind in payments, is also receiving bills and notices to a post office box.He said Sprizzo is not expected to pay the bills and there was never any risk of her service getting shut off.The octogenarian just wants the letters to stop.“That mail comes into my box every month,” Sprizzo told WABC. “What they’re doing is completely wrong.”Charity Buys and Erases Past-Due Medical DebtRIP Medical Debt, a New York-based nonprofit, uses money from donors to eliminate crushing medical debt that threatens the financial well-being of hundreds of thousands of American families.According to a recent report, the charity said it has erased $475 million in debt for more than 250,000 people since it was founded four years ago.“It’s a random act of kindness, a no-strings-attached gift,” said Craig Antico, RIP’s co-founder and CEO.Philip Sasser of Milton, Florida, was more than pleasantly surprised when instead of another past-due medical bill, the envelope he received in the mail contained a notice that his debt had been cleared.“I opened it, and it said these bills had been paid off,” said Sasser, according to The Associated Press. “I didn’t understand. It was out of the blue.”Antico and RIP co-founder Jerry Ashton spent decades as executives in the debt-resolution business. Now, they do the same thing debt collectors do—buy portfolios of past-due bills for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people for payment, they send letters announcing the debt is now zero. Forgiven debts have ranged from $100 to more than $250,000, Antico said.A $10 donation can buy—and eliminate—$1,000 in long-delinquent debt.More than 43 million Americans have about $75 billion in past-due medical debt on their credit reports, according to “End Medical Debt,” a book co-authored by Antico, Ashton, and Robert Goff.They estimate a total of $1 trillion in reported and unreported, unpaid medical debt.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Stock photo of a telephone pole taken on Feb. 24, 2014. (Alexis Gravel/Flickr) Show Discussioncenter_img She said the bills feature the words “Charter Communications,” along with her exact street address followed by the word “pole.” These come in addition to her actual monthly bills, which are addressed to her, personally.“I did what I could, and I called and I tried and their answer was just throw them out if you don’t want them,” Sprizzo said. US News Share this article Socialists would say Ms. Sprizzo should pay the bill for the pole😉: New York woman receives hefty power bills addressed to the wooden telephone pole in front of her house: report https://t.co/mYRAYhrdMS #FoxNews— Shelly🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸😏 (@ShellyCov) March 13, 2019 An elderly New York woman said she keeps receiving huge power bills addressed to a telephone pole in front of her house.Maria Sprizzo, 83, of Staten Island, told the Staten Island Advance on Monday, March 11, that she began receiving Con Edison bills for thousands of dollars in early 2018—and they just keep on coming.“I opened this bill, over $5,000 in billing, and I said ‘Oh my God!” Sprizzo told WABC.Sprizzo told the Staten Island Advance she received the first bill about a year and a half ago.“I’m reading this thing, and it says that I owe them $2,000,” the elderly woman said. “I called (the utility company) to no avail. Then I read it carefully and I noticed that the letter was addressed to the pole—a wooden pole in front of my house. You don’t write to a pole, if you’re normal.”She said she continues to receive bills on a near-monthly basis as well as termination notices. “I kept protesting and calling up, and none of them helped,” she said. “I’m 83 years old. Why are they putting me through this? I’m a nice woman.”“One showed my name and my address. The other one just had the address,” Sprizzo told WABC.She said she sent the bill back to Con Edison, explaining the apparent absurdity of the situation.“You are writing to a wooden pole and I sent it back to them,” Sprizzo said.last_img read more