School decertified after students partake in protest in Assam’s Hailakandi district

first_imgThe administration of Assam’s Hailakandi district has sought cancellation of certification of an English medium school for using students in a protest over poor condition of a road in the district headquarters of the same name.In a letter to the Commissioner and Secretary of the State’s Secondary Education on Saturday, Halankandi Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said the school’s principal and teachers headed the road blockade on July 9 in which many minor students in uniforms participated by “throwing traffic out of gear and causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike for close to three hours”.A case was registered at the local police station on July 10 after Hailakandi’s Child Welfare Society filed an FIR against Kshitish Ranjan Pal, principal of Blue Flowers English Medium Higher Secondary School.Ms. Jalli pointed out in her letter that the principal ignored pleas by the circle officer to withdraw the protests as the students were drenched in the rain and stood the risk of infection during the disease-prone season. In March, the Hailakandi administration had served show-cause notice to four schools for using children in political rallies.last_img read more

SPORT-TENDULKAR 2 LAST

first_imgAsked to look back on the changes that have taken place Asked to look back on the changes that have taken place in the game during his lengthy career, Tendulkar said, “A lot of changes happened. When I started playing cricket — that was ages ago in 1989 — we did not have a proper sponsor. So guys who had been around for a while had t-shirts and trousers and all that. “We, on our first tour, had limited resources to get top clothing. So, from there it all started. We were suddenly told that there is going to be a computer in the dressing room — which was in 2002-03. “What is a computer going to do in the dressing room? Computer is not going to teach you how to bat. But over a period of time we realised that planning and executing those plans was not left to imagination. We could actually set up a projector and have all those data displayed on the screen,” he said. “And if we spoke about, do not bowl to this batsman in this area, because that is his strong one, it was not us 15 players imagining, but it was actually there in front of us. Those kinds of things helped us in planning for them and to execute those plans, the thought process was clear,” he said. PTI NRB SSR KRK AH AHlast_img read more

LEMALL 2 LAST

first_img“I am thrilled to join the LeEco family at such a critical”I am thrilled to join the LeEco family at such a critical junction of its growth journey in India. With the launch of LeMall in India, LeEco has already carved a niche for itself in the industry by building a platform for all their products and services. In the next couple of months, we will look at aggressively scaling up operations for LeMall in India,” said Jaiteerth.With this high profile hire, LeEco India is one step closer towards fulfilling its goal of replicating the success story of LeMall in China and the US. In future LeMall R&D is looking to hire 50 more engineers with the talent of building highly scalable distributed e-commerce platform.Headquartered in Bangalore, LeEco India has operated for more than six months with more than 200 employees and aims to become over 1000 people-strong by the end of 2016. Since its India entry in January, LeEco has announced numerous initiatives including smartphone launches and deals with content partners in the country, a testimony to its commitment for India. About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran aaronsamuel@le.com +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN BMR BMRadvertisementlast_img read more

AP-LD SINDHU 2 LAST

first_img“Olympic games should come to India and that will inspire”Olympic games should come to India and that will inspire our sports persons. We are inferior to none. We have a lot of talent better than China or Russia,” Naidu said.”The state government would build necessary infrastructure in Amaravati for hosting the Olympics. It is not difficult,” he observed.”You set up a world class academy in Amaravati. We will get funds from donors, if not the government will release necessary grants,” the chief minister told Gopichand.The Andhra University would confer honorary doctorate on Gopichand, he announced on the occasion.Naidu also announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth of Guntur, who made an early exit from the Rio Olympics.Srikanth has also been offered a Group-2 job in the state government.Another Olympian from the state Rajini will also get Rs 25 lakh and a Group-2 job in the government.The chief minister also felicitated chess grandmaster Koneru Humpy and Gopichands wife and former badminton player Srilakshmi on the occasion.Naidu handed over a cheque for Rs 25 lakh to Sindhu and Rs 10 lakh to Gopichand on behalf of the Andhra Cricket Association.Earlier, Sindhu and Gopichand were flown down to Vijayawada in a chartered aircraft from Hyderabad.A host of state ministers, MPs and legislators received them at the airport at Gannavaram and brought them to the city in a huge procession.Later, at a separate function, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also felicitated Sindhu and Gopichand.advertisement”You have now become Silver Sindhu and I am confident you will become a Golden Sindhu? at the next Olympics,” he said.At a different function, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu congratulated Sindhu on her Olympic triumph and said she was “part of our railway family”.”One of her parents has retired from the railways while another is still serving,” Prabhu said at a railway function. PTI DBV NRB SClast_img read more

Letter accuses St Mikes college president of dishonouring school

first_imgTORONTO – A number of faculty and staff at a college within the University of Toronto are accusing their president of misrepresenting the school and shaming students in remarks made at an international conference.Professors, librarians, past deans and the current registrar all signed the open letter criticizing David Mulroney, president of the University of St. Michael’s College.They say they felt Mulroney’s comments at the Signis World Congress in Quebec last month negatively portrayed the college’s students by glossing over their accomplishments and depicting them as “party animals and Islamophobes.”The letter specifically takes issue with three aspects of Mulroney’s speech to the Congress — a film clip showing provocative images of students, references to a long-standing dispute with the student union, and statements suggesting faculty neglected to encourage strong debates on “human life and personhood.”Mulroney says he stands by the comments, which were delivered to a forum of Catholic communicators and were made with that specific context and audience in mind.He says several of the issues he referenced took place in the past and noted that he has considerable pride in the college and its students, but says maintaining progress sometimes involves frank acknowledgment of difficult topics.Mulroney said he was “disappointed” but “not incredibly surprised” to receive the open letter, which features roughly 20 signatures and was dated July 31.The letter asserts Mulroney squandered an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of St. Michael’s students at the congress, which took place at Laval University in Quebec.“You used an international forum of communicators, educators, and religious leaders to stigmatize the students of St. Michael’s College,” the letter reads.“By profiling only a few negative images in a film clip and taking the administration’s conflicts with the St. Michael’s College Student Union to such a public and well publicized congress, you actively promoted a clear impression of SMC students as party animals and Islamophobes. We believe this is a distorted picture.”Mulroney acknowledged that he did air a 15-second clip of a short student-produced video called “Cowboys and School girls,” which was not sanctioned by the college itself.He described the video as depicting students dressed in provocative school-girl outfits, adding that he found the depiction “demeaning” and “disrespectful.” He said the clip was relevant in the context of a speech to communicators, saying he used it as an example of why organizations need to maintain control of their own messaging.“My contention was this was the slickest and best communications product put out anywhere on campus, but it just wasn’t an image that’s really helpful to our students,” Mulroney said in an interview. “You don’t want people to think you’ve gone to a party school, you want people to think you’ve gone to a great academic centre.”The long-standing issues with the student union, he said, date back several years and involve allegations of financial mismanagement. The results of a forensic audit posted to the college’s website did conclude that members of the student union used funds inappropriately or received kickbacks.Mulroney said he did not believe it was inappropriate to reference the fraught history in a public forum.He also defended his comments about faculty, saying he felt staff could have encouraged more vigorous debate on the issue of euthanasia when he assumed the presidency in July 2015. He said open conversations are now more prevalent on campus.Mulroney said he assumed the college presidency as an outsider, having worked most of his career as a diplomat before entering the world of academia, and said part of the appeal of the job was the freedom to speak candidly on difficult subjects.“Unless you speak frankly about where you’ve been, and these problems are not that far in the past, there’s a danger that they could recur,” he said.He said he has a “profound respect” for St. Michael’s students and praised them in his speech.Those who signed the open letter, however, felt his remarks fell short.“Students routinely win academic accolades, present papers at international conferences, contribute to Varsity athletics, and offer service to their community,” the letter said. “We wish that members of the congress might have learned how Out of the Cold at SMC was a student led initiative at the university,or how our graduate and undergraduate students work for the cause of social justice in the world.”The letter concludes by saying that Mulroney’s remarks have dishonoured the legacy of the college and shaken faculty confidence in his leadership.Mulroney said any further action would be up to the college board, but said he has not changed his plan to step down from the presidency in the summer of 2018.last_img read more

RBC joins the global ranks of banks deemed too big to fail

TORONTO — The Royal Bank of Canada is the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail.The FSB, which co-ordinates the work of national financial authorities and international standard-setting bodies, added RBC as it removed French bank Groupe BPCE, keeping the total number of institutions on the list at 30.“This designation reflects the size and scale of RBC’s global operations,” RBC said in a statement Tuesday.Banks that receive this global systematically important banks (G-SIBs) designation face increased regulatory expectations designed to reduce the likelihood of a failure, and the ripple effects on the global economy. That includes a higher capital buffer and higher supervisory expectations.RBC joining global tech giants in setting up lab in AI-friendly MontrealWhere are Canadian stocks headed? RBC’s bear takes on BMO’s bull in 2018 market standoffRBC, which is Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization, says it was ranked in the lowest G-SIB capital surcharge bucket and that it already meets the requirement of a one per cent capital buffer. The bank “does not expect any impact to its capital position with this designation,” RBC added.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said in a statement Tuesday that RBC is already subject to its framework for domestically systematically important banks (D-SIBs), and “therefore is well positioned to meet the G-SIB requirements starting in January 2019.”Canada’s banking regulator in 2013 named the country’s six largest banks, including RBC, as D-SIBs. In turn, the banks were subject to additional requirements such as a capital surcharge, enhanced supervision, and increased disclosure, which OSFI says is generally consistent with the G-SIB requirements.There are five G-SIB capital surcharge buckets, and RBC is one of 17 financial institutions required to hold an additional one per cent of common equity as a percentage of risk-weighted assets, on top of the requirements outlined by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Eight banks including Goldman Sachs are subject to a 1.5 per cent buffer, and four banks including HSBC must hold 2 per cent. Only JP Morgan Chase must hold a 2.5 per cent buffer, and no bank is in the highest bucket with a 3.5 per cent requirement.Over the years, there has been “rampant speculation” that RBC would be included in this list and this “should not come as a big surprise to markets,” said Cormark Securities analyst Meny Grauman in a note to clients.“The question is what does that mean for investors, and in our view the likely answer is not much…. the G-SIB buffer will not be additive to its D-SIB buffer, but rather is already included.”CIBC World Markets analyst Robert Sedran said RBC’s possible inclusion had often been discussed at the time of FSB’s annual update “as the combination of currency translation and business growth made it a close call each time the list was released.”“It is not a stretch to suggest this bank has always been systemically important to the global financial system (at least a little),” Sedran said in a note to clients.“More important to us is the fact that management (in its language), the Board (as evidenced by the buyback activity) and the regulator (with its formal pronouncements) are comfortable that the domestic buffer can absorb the first level of the required global buffer and that the capital position is strong.”Sedran added that the lasting impact of the announcement on shares should be limited.Shares of RBC were flat in morning trading, at $101.22 in Toronto.FSB Level 1 (lowest tier) banksAgricultural Bank of China Bank of New York Mellon Credit Suisse Groupe Crédit Agricole ING Bank Mizuho FG Morgan Stanley Nordea Royal Bank of Canada Royal Bank of Scotland Santander Société Générale Standard Chartered State Street Sumitomo Mitsui FG UBS Unicredit Group read more

Students will be emailed about Ontariowide sexual violence survey

Later this month, students at Brock and all Ontario publicly-funded universities and colleges will be asked to participate in a massive online survey about sexual violence or harassment.On Monday, Feb. 26, some 650,000 full-time students in 44 post-secondary institutions will receive emails containing a link to the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey that is meant to provide a clearer sense of the prevalence of sexual violence in the province.This “climate survey” is a government initiative and part of new Ontario legislation that also requires universities and colleges to report on student experiences involving sexual violence. The anonymous survey will inquire about sexual violence supports, services and reporting processes at campuses, as well as perceptions of consent and the experiences of survivors of sexual violence.Respondents have until March 26 to log in and complete the survey. The government has hired an independent consultant, CCI Research, to conduct the province-wide poll, which will take about 20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $5 gift card from the government, not as payment but as a gesture of appreciation for the time spent contributing to the research.Anna Lathrop, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Teaching, Learning and Student Success, said the University has worked with the Human Rights and Equity (HRE) office, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) in order to encourage all students who receive the survey to respond.“We are encouraging students who receive the survey to take part, in order to better understand the problem of sexual violence and thereby provide more effective campus response and support,” said Lathrop.Persons not comfortable doing the survey in an isolated setting will be able to visit a “support room” on campus, where they can participate in the company of colleagues or counsellors, while still having their privacy protected.These facilities were organized by the GSA and BUSU working with the University’s office of Human Rights and Equity. There will be two support venues available each week during the month-long survey period:Tuesdays (Feb. 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown D302, the Graduate Students meeting spaceWednesdays (Feb. 28, March 7, March 14 and March 21) from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Meeting Place, R208 in Decew ResidenceBUSU President Faisal Hejazi and GSA President Shannon Kitchings both joined Lathrop in encouraging participation.Data collected in the survey will be compiled into a provincial report that will seek to identify any gaps in services and reporting processes, while highlighting supports and reporting components that are found to be successful.“Having information on how students have perceived a process of reporting sexual violence will help with our revisions of the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy,” said Allison Cadwallader, Brock’s Sexual Violence Support and Education Co-ordinator.“Based on its anonymous nature, the survey will provide us with important information that may not otherwise be received during consultations with students. It will also help us understand where to better focus our resources and efforts.” read more

How Unexpected Was Clevelands Shellacking Of Cincinnati

Before Thursday night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, our Elo ratings predicted a 77 percent probability of a Bengals win. Cincinnati had the higher Elo rating before the game, 1568 to 1420, and it was playing at home, both of which fed a pregame point spread of -8.5 points in the Bengals’ favor.Instead, the Browns dominated, winning 24-3 (and forcing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton into one of the worst passing games ever). How unexpected is it for a team favored by 8.5 to lose by 21 points? And what does it say about the confidence we should have in these types of point-margin predictions — whether generated by Elo or otherwise?Nearly three decades ago, statistician Hal Stern found that, for NFL games, “the margin of victory over the pointspread (number of points scored by the favorite minus the number of points scored by the underdog minus the pointspread) is not significantly different from the normal distribution” with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of 13.86 points. In other words, the likelihood of the actual margin in any given game can be described by a bell-shaped probability distribution centered on the pregame spread (in Stern’s case, the Vegas line).Stern’s original research had only tested results from the 1981, 1983 and 1984 NFL seasons. But using Vegas spread data from 1978 to 2012, I replicated Stern’s work and confirmed his findings — the final margin of victory in an NFL game can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation somewhere between 13 and 14 (for the entire 35-season sample, that standard deviation was 13.45).We can also see this effect if we plot a histogram of the prediction errors between the actual scoring margins of games and those predicted by the pregame Elo ratings:In the case of Elo, the normal distribution predicting a game’s final margin of victory is centered around the difference between the two teams’ Elo ratings divided by 25 (adding or subtracting 2.6 points if the team is at home or on the road), with a standard deviation of 13.65 points. That means the likelihood of last night’s score was about 1.5 percent, based on the pregame ratings and the location of the game.But Thursday night’s outcome wasn’t the most unexpected of the season thus far. When the Atlanta Falcons faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 18, they were favored by 5 points; there was only a 0.3 percent chance they would decimate the Bucs by 42 points, which is what ended up happening. Likewise, there was only a 0.3 percent probability that the Miami Dolphins would win by 37 as one-point underdogs against the San Diego Chargers last week.Here are the most unexpected results of the 2014 season to date:It bears mentioning that the normal distribution model is an approximation, and approximations can break down at the extremes. If we toss all NFL games since 1978 into buckets based on the probability of exceeding the actual point margin and compare those buckets to the expected frequencies, we can see where the model is over- or under-estimating the likelihood of a given outcome:If the model is properly calibrated, each bucket should contain exactly 5 percent of all games. And that’s basically the case, but there are small deviations. For example, the model predicts slightly more games than it should in the top and bottom 5 percent buckets, fewer than it should in the 10 to 25 percent and 75 to 90 percent likelihood zones, and more than it should in the buckets between 40 and 60 percent. read more

GPs leaders hit back at Theresa May in row over extended opening

first_imgThe row over growing pressure on the NHS has intensified after GPs’ leaders refused to take the blame for the growing strain being placed by patients on A&E services.Theresa May warned GPs’ surgeries they would face funding cuts if they did not meet the Government’s pledge for them to open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.A new set of figures appears to back up Mrs May’s call for family doctors to meet growing demand for care after they showed that the surge in patients attending hospital A&E departments is not caused by elderly patients, but by working age people with “nowhere else to.”The figures revealed that just one fifth of patients attending A&E last year were over 65. NHS data shows that among all ages there were 185,017 patients who waited at least 12 hours on trolley and chairs in 2015-16 – a rise from 87,213 cases two years before. The steepest rise came among older patients.“This is another strong argument for investing more in our GP, community health and social care services as it would relieve the pressures on A and E by providing more healthcare options for all of us, closer to our homes,” said Ms Abrahams. Mr Dorrell added: “They fill up when the rest of the public services don’t work, when people cannot find a way of solving their problems except by going to A&E.”However, the charity Age UK maintained that it is the elderly who tend to suffer worst in jam-packed emergency departments, where cases of older patients languishing on trolleys for more than 12 hours have tripled in the last two years.The new figures reveal that last year 9.5 million people, roughly 50 per cent, received only guidance or advice or were simply sent home from A&E, rather than needing treatment. Health chiefs also admitted they were considering drafting in doctors from India to deal with soaring patient demand.But the former health secretary Stephen Dorrell said part of the problem was the inefficient running of surgeries which forced family doctors into spending often a third of their time attending to non-medical administrative tasks.Mr Dorrell told The Telegraph: “GPs undoubtedly have a heavy workload, but why in God’s name are we using people in whom we have invested seven years’ training to do this kind of thing?” he said.He also said the new data showed it was wrong to blame pensioners for the crisis. Mr Dorrell, who chairs the NHS Confederation, the membership body for hospitals and care commissioners, told The Telegraph: “Older people are by no means the only factor. This evidence shows they are 20 per cent of the problem at most.”He said the majority of patients attending A&E were responsible people who “go because it’s the only place with the lights on”. The crisis in the NHS is very clearly caused by the fact that we have chronic underfundingDr Chaand Nagpaul The concern over inappropriate use of emergency departments has prompted scrutiny of the Government’s target to see all patients within four hours.On Monday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt briefly appeared to suggest the target could in future only be applied to attendees with acute conditions.NHS England data also showed that 9 per cent of all A&E patients are seen between three hours 50 minutes and four hours, indicating a scramble to stay within the target. However, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee, defended the efforts of family doctors.He said: “We don’t have enough GPs to provide a safe service at the moment. [Theresa May] knows that we’re several thousand GPs short, she knows in fact that more than eight in ten GPs cannot provide safe care. We’re trying to churn patients through our waiting rooms in ten-minute intervals, patients that need half an hour.”But the most important thing is the crisis in the NHS is very clearly caused by the fact that we have chronic underfunding. We have fewer doctors per head than the rest of Europe, we have fewer hospital beds than the rest of Europe.”We spend less, we’ve got fewer GPs, we see patients in general practice at shorter intervals than any other European country.”Dr Nagpaul also said that the thousands of new GPs set to join the NHS would not improve the situation, as many more are about to retire.He said: “One in three GPs will be retiring in the next five years. That will more than offset any increase in numbers that might enter. The crisis in the NHS won’t be solved by scapegoating or deflecting blame onto general practice.”Separate NHS data last week revealed almost half of hospital trusts declared one of the two highest states of alert in the first week of January. “Saying there’s not a crisis won’t do,” said Mr Dorrell. “The fact is that performance is getting worse year by year.”Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said busy A&E departments posed a particular risk to old and frail patients.“Older people are not the primary users of A&E services, but we  know that those who do go there, whether under their own steam or taken in an ambulance, are more likely than other groups to be admitted,” she said.“This certainly lays to rest any suggestion that older people are using A&E for the wrong reasons and we know that many of them worry about burdening an already hard-pressed NHS and if anything tend to minimise their health problems and delay seeking help.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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IHF Super Globe FlensburgAl Sadd BarcelonaEl Jaish in semifinals

al-saddBarcelonaEl JaishFlensburghandballIHFsuper globe ← Previous Story Radnicki KG brings Slobodan Ervacanin Next Story → SEHA week: Vardar win in Banja Luka – Draw in Serbian derby After the completion of the group stage, the semifinal pairs are now known. Al-Sadd and El-Jaish are to defend Qatari honour against the European giants. Al-Sadd will be playing against the reigning EHF Champions League winner Flensburg-Handewitt. In the other match, the reigning IHF Super Globe winner, Barcelona (beat HSV Hamburg in 2013) are to play against El-Jaish. The European teams are big favorites in this matches, but with the tournament in their home country, the Qatari teams stand a good chance for a surprise.The matches are scheduled for the 11th of September, at 18:00 and 20:15 local time. read more

Mirsad Terzic dissapointed with Swiss reaction How they can complain after we

Bosnia and Herzegovina stayed without WCh 2019 Play-Off place after decision of EHF to punish domestic team in “case Nuic” which put Switzerland ahead with 0:10 win in Tuzla, after well deserved defeat. Dissapointment with decision of EHF, coach Bilal Suman, expressed with words against Slovenian delegate Darko Repensek and EHF live-ticker match list on which is clear that left wing Tomislav Nuic was registered for the match from Bosnian side. One of those who are also deeply dissapointed is team’s captain, Telekom Veszprem member, Mirsad Terzic:As an athlete, I don’t understand Swiss, how they don’t have ethical problem to complain after they lost two matches against better team? We beat them in all segments of handball game. I am more than dissapointed with their decision to put official objection, but also with EHF decision – said Terzic for national newspaper – Oslobodjenje. ← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen lose Gedeon Guardiola for the rest of the season! Next Story → Challenge Cup 17/18 1/4 finals: Turda against Fyllingen, AEK against Berchem read more

Doug Lasher retires after more than three decades as Clark County treasurer

first_imgDuring the last week of his last term as Clark County treasurer, the walls and shelves in Doug Lasher’s second-floor office had been mostly cleared off.Next to the window, overlooking a parking lot and Mill Plain Boulevard, remained frames containing his oath of office, as well as two tax warrants. The tax warrants are aging documents from 1930 and 1957, respectively, that functioned like checks for the treasurer’s office. For Lasher, they served as reminders of just how much the office has changed.Lasher, who became treasurer in 1984, oversaw an office responsible for collecting and processing the annual taxes and assessments for 148,000 billable parcels, while also managing funds for local school districts and overseeing banking functions of 42 taxing districts.While it’s a government function many residents would rather forget about, Lasher said he’s sought to move the treasurer’s office from relying on slow, tedious labor to more digitally streamlined and customer-oriented operations. Each time he came up for re-election during his 34 years in office, Lasher, a Democrat, recalled how there was always one more project he wanted to see through.“It takes more than just four years to do this job,” said Lasher, a bespectacled, soft-spoken and owlish 69-year-old with neatly combed hair. He speaks cheerily about taxes, computer systems, mortgages, state statutes and other dry facets of government.last_img read more

Ronaldo equals 60year old Juventus record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is already making his mark at Juventus after equalling a 60-year-old goalscoring club recordThe Portuguese striker may have had to wait until his fourth Serie A game against Sassuolo to find the net for Juventus, but the goals have since flowed in.Since that match-winning brace on September 16, Ronaldo has directly contributed towards eight goals for Juventus by either scoring them or assisting a teammate.Now AS reports that Ronaldo’s current goal tally of seven goals in his first 10 Serie A games has equalled John Charles’ 60-year-old record.The former Welsh forward, who played for Juventus between 1957 to 1962, managed seven goals in his first 10 league fixtures for the Old Lady.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Charles finished his debut campaign at Turin with 28 goals for the 1957/58 season and won the Serie A title.Argentine strike duo Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez both struck six times in their opening 10 league games along with Italian Filippo Inzaghi.While Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet both struck five times in 10 appearances.Now Ronaldo will undoubtedly have his eyes set on Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday in their next league game with kick-off to begin at 20:30 (CEST).last_img read more

Solari says Club World Cup is still far ahead

first_imgThe Real Madrid manager says his team has to focus on the matches ahead instead of on the FIFA Club World CupThe FIFA Club World Cup starts on December 12.But for UEFA Champions League 2017-2018 champions Real Madrid, the tournament doesn’t start until December 19.On that date, Los Merengues will play against the winner of the Quarterfinals match between Japan’s Kashima Antlers and Mexico’s Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday,” Madrid’s manager Santiago Solari told The Daily Mail.“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that.”“There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League,” he explained.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”last_img read more

6yearold raises money for other Doernbecher kids

first_imgCole’s Christmas Furry Friends Fund is collecting donations through Dec. 23. To donate, visit the YouCaring website.Cole Merle has always had a heart for service. But the kids the 6-year-old is choosing to help with his latest effort are a little closer to his heart.Cole’s Christmas Furry Friends Fund is raising money to purchase stuffed animals for “sick kids” at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Specifically, the children in Doernbecher’s 10 South, the inpatient oncology wing.Just last month, Cole was one of those sick kids on the 10th floor.During his frequent stays there, Cole found comfort in the furry friends given to every child who enters the hospital. Stinky the skunk and Scratchy the cat still sleep with Cole every night.“They’re some of his most cherished stuffed animals now,” said Cole’s mother, Ann Hackman.So now that he’s home, Cole wants to make sure kids at the hospital have plenty of cuddle buddies.“When you get toys you feel better,” Cole said. “Sometimes maybe they’ll feel like they’re at home for a little while.”Cole’s diagnosisCole was only 4 years old when doctors found a tumor the size of a football growing on his kidney.last_img read more