CLOVIS WITHDRAWS FROM U.S.D.A. CONSIDERATION

first_imgSam Clovis has withdrawn his name for consideration to be an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Clovis sent a letter to President Trump saying he does “not want to be a distraction or a negative influence” amid “relentless assaults on you and your team.”Clovis has been linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.This week, it was revealed that Clovis had communications with George Papadopoulos, who’s admitted to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries.Questions have been raised about Clovis’ qualifications to serve as the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist.He is a self-described skeptic of climate change.The position for which Clovis was nominated, the undersecretary for research, education and economics, is usually chosen from scientists with training or experience in agricultural research, education and economics.APlast_img read more

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Only Connect: the Guardian World Cup edition

first_imgTelevision With thanks to the Only Connect production team for inventing the format, and to Eddie Robson for inspiring the idea of doing a World Cup version. Which legendary player comes next: Eusébio (9, 1966), Gerd Müller (10, 1970), Grzegorz Lato (7, 1974) …? Argentina 1978 Ossie Ardiles (6, 1978) Nigel De Jong (2010) 2014 France Excellent effort England v West Germany (1966, attendance 138,886) West Germany 1974 Yes, it is tournaments won by the host nation, which has happened six times to date. Who comes fourth in this sequence: Brazil in 1966, France in 2002, Italy in 2010…? You failed to qualify from the group France (1986) You got… Teófilo Cubillas (6, 1978) Which tournament comes next in this sequence: Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966 …? Rob Rensenbrink (6, 1978) West Germany v France (4-2 in 1986) Brazil v Sweden (1950, attendance 138,886) The most attended matches in World Cup history. The top four all come from the 1950 tournament. Although recent tournaments have higher average attendances, the record crowds to watch Brazil play in the Maracanã in 1950 have never been topped. You failed to qualify from the group Argentina v Italy (4-3 in 1990) Good effort, it was quite tricky Lost to Brazil Mark Clattenburg (2010) Which game comes next: Uruguay v Brazil (1950, attendance 173,850), Brazil v Spain (1950, attendance 152,772), Brazil v Yugoslavia (1950, attendance 142,429) …? Mike Riley (2010) Mario Kempes (6, 1978) It’s Golden Boot winners – well, not technically, as there wasn’t a specific award for it until 1982, but these are the consecutive top scorers at World Cups in the late 1960s and 1970s. Cubillas and Rensenbrink were runners-up to Kempes in 1975 with five goals each. David Elleray (2010) Beat Hungary Wales’ sequence of results in the 1958 World Cup. Having drawn all three group games, Wales then faced a playoff with Hungary to see who progressed to the quarter-finals. Wales won the playoff, then lost to eventual champions Brazil. Republic of Ireland v Romania (5-4 in 1990) Share on Twitter Argentina in 2010 Laurent Blanc (1998) Greece (1994) 2014 Spain This is a sequence of reigning champions who exited the following tournament at the group stage. France’s performance in 2002 has started a recent dismal run for European countries trying to defend the title – which Germany continued in Russia. Share on WhatsApp Howard Webb (2010) They refereed World Cup finals. Webb was the fourth Englishman to referee the final, following in the footsteps of George Reader (1950), William Ling (1954) and Jack Taylor (1974) Challenge your friends 2014 Germany Share on Facebook Argentina v West Germany (1986, attendance 138,886) Excellent effortcenter_img England in 2014 Which country (linked by Diego Maradona) comes next: Hungary (1982), Italy (1986), England (1986) …? Belgium (1986) Belgium in the 1986 semi-final – the next team to concede a goal to Diego Maradona in the World Cup. World Cup 2018 Topics Belgium v Spain (5-4 in 1986) Yes, it’s games decided by penalty shootouts at the World Cup. The first, after Schumacher had flattened Battiston in 1982, set the tone. Germany are the only team to face two or more shootouts at World Cups and maintain a 100% win record. Share via Email Who comes fourth in this sequence: Pedro Monzón (1990), Gustavo Dezotti (1990), Marcel Desailly (1998) …? Germany in 2010 The last teams to knock England out of the World Cup in the knock-out stages. Mexico v Belgium (1970, attendance 138,886) Share on Twitter Who comes fourth in this sequence: Said Belqola in 1998, Pierluigi Collina in 2002, Horacio Elizondo in 2006 …? Well done. It was pretty tough Good effort. It was quite tricky Excellent effort You failed to qualify from the group Well done. It was pretty tough Zinedine Zidane (2006) Players who were sent off in World Cup finals. Heitinga became the fifth player to see red in a final in 2010, although arguably Nigel De Jong should have been sent off much earlier in that match. France 1998 Good effort. It was quite tricky Share on Facebook John Heitinga (2010) Which result comes next: drew with Hungary, drew with Mexico, drew with Sweden …? Reuse this content Which match comes next: West Germany v France (5-4 in 1982), France v Brazil (4-3 in 1986), West Germany v Mexico (4-1 in 1986) …? Submit answers Beat Mexico Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn World Cup The Only Connect format is pretty easy to get the hang of even if you’ve never seen the show. We give you three bits of trivia from the World Cup that are linked in a sequence and all you have to do is pick the correct option for what comes fourth. Simple, eh? Spain 1982 Brazil in 2014 West Germany (1986) Share via Email Lost to Sweden Who comes fourth in this sequence: Argentina in 1998, Brazil in 2002, Portugal in 2006 …? 2014 Netherlands Share on Pinterest quizzeslast_img read more

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DAY THREE SUMMARY- SENIORS 2006 NTL

first_imgDay 3 at the seniors NTL was hot and not just in the competition…the weather had taken a turn for the worst, bringing out the swimming pools and the doctors. It was not to last though, as the storm clouds rolled in for the final rounds of the day (thankfully no rain, just a little heat relief). The competition was also heating up as teams fired up as they were heading for the finals…MENS 30’s: It was day three that saw the Sydney Mets record their first non-win, well sort of, they didn’t lose but instead managed a draw against the Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions scored in the final minute of play to seal the 4-4 draw.The Suns and Defence Warriors fill the remaining top four spots, with the fourth placed Warriors facing the fifth placed Sharks tomorrow morning in a qualifying final for the last semi final position. It will certainly take a mighty effort from the Suns, Scorpions, Warriors or Sharks to bring down the Mets, aiming for their fourth title in a row.WOMENS 30’s: After a tight Womens 30’s series, the showdown begins tomorrow with the semi nfinals set to produce some brilliant matches.The Scorpions may have finished undefeated, but this will not matter to their cross-town rivals the Mets, who will be keen to upset the favourites in their semi.In the second semi it will be the Southern Suns and the Rustlers, who both finished strongly with 6-3 and 5-3 wins over the Sharks and Cyclones respectively.     MENS 35’S: The Mens 35’s top four for the semi finals is signed, sealed and delivered. The Sharks will face the Rustlers in the first semi final, while the Mets and Scorpions will play in the second one. The Sharks have not been troubled yet, although they were not entirely convincing over both the Mets and the Scorpions, both times winning 5-3. Tomorrow’s action in the Mens 35’s will certainly be tough.WOMENS 35’S: The Womens 35’s still takes the cake for the most even division, with the Sharks clear on top with 6 wins and 1 loss, with just one match tomorrow morning before finals.However, second through to fifth is an entirely different story, as the Rustlers, Suns and Hornets have all recorded 3 wins apiece, while the Eagles have recorded two wins. This division is up and down like a yo-yo and with the finals series being a straight 1-2 grand final. Stay tuned tomorrow; it’s set to be a cracker!MENS 40’S: Day three action saw some good matches in the Mens 40’s division, with the Mets holding off a spirited Barbarians attack 5-3, a great 3-2 win for the Cyclones over the Rustlers and the Sharks taking 4 touchdowns off the Scorpions, recording a 7-4 loss.At the end of the day it was the Scorpions who were untroubled at the top of the ladder and who will go through to the first semi final against the winner of the fourth vs fifth quarter final the Sydney Mets, while the Suns face the Sharks in tomorrow’s second semi final.In the fourth vs fifth quarter final, the Defence came from 2-0 down at half time, to force the game into a drop off, where the drop off lasted for almost 8 minutes before the Mets crossed the line for the winning score. They’ll have their work cut out against the force of the Scorpions in tomorrow’s semi final.The remaining teams will fight it out for the Plate final tomorrow.WOMENS 40’S: The Womens 40’s finished off their round matches with some great Touch Footy, a 1-0 win for the Eagles over the Cyclones was a great defensive exhibition, while the Scorpions 4-3 win over the Rustlers was a touchdown for touchdown affair.The Eagles win saw them through to the final four, facing the Sydney Scorpions in the first semi final, while the Suns will face the Cobras in the second semi final.MENS 45’S: The moment of the day in the Mens 45’s had to be when the boys in the Fishbowl pointed out TFA’s Member Services Manager Peter Topp in his field one match at 5:40pm…they very kindly dedicated the next song…’Top Cat’…to the Fishbowl Favourite. Great work Toppy.The day three action in the Mens 45’s saw the ACT side narrowly miss a semi final berth, their late charge not enough to win them fourth position.The Cobras finished undefeated with 4-1 and 6-2 wins over the Eagles and Suns respectively sealing their unbeaten run and their position in the first semi final against the Suns.The Mets and Northern Eagles will face off in the second semi final tomorrow.MENS 50’S: The heat on day three seemed to bring the front runners back to the pack in the Mens 50’s, with several close games…The Cyclones held off the Cobras 3-2, while the Rustlers and Scorpions drew 2-2 and most other games were decided by no more than 1-2 touchdowns.Tomorrow, the Hornets will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Rustlers and Scorpions will follow up their earlier draw with another meeting in the second semi final.last_img read more

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Rajasthan Royals launches cricket academy in UK

first_img Indo-Asian News Service JaipurMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 12:06 IST Rajasthan Royals Academy will have a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre (@RRAcademyUK Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRajasthan Royals have always been known for scouting and unearthing talentRoyals had launched their grassroots program in India back in October 2018RR decided on UK for association with English cricketers Jos Buttler and Ben StokesThe Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday launched its first cricket academy in the UK.The Star Cricket Academy based at Reed’s School in Surrey joined hands with Rajasthan Royals to relaunch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’, according to a statement.It has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre with an indoor cricket training facility run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of elite coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott.The Royals, who have always been known for scouting and unearthing talent had launched their grassroots program in India, in October 2018 called the Royals Colts for boys and Royal Sparks for girls.Going one step further, the Royals who have a strong base in the UK owing to its association with two stars of English cricket, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, and also the base for the team’s lead owner Manoj Badale, took a conscious decision to develop cricketing talent globally.Speaking ahead of the launch of the academy, Manoj Badale, Lead owner Rajasthan Royals said: “Education and sports go hand in hand, which helps in building strong characters and leaders. Rajasthan Royals Academy is a great way to engage the youth, develop talent, and potentially find the stars of the future.”Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals, said: “We have entered into this partnership to engage with the growing cricketing talent in the UK with learnings from the most innovative T20 league in the world. I am very thankful to Sid who shares the same vision as the Royals and agreed to join hands and provide training of the highest quality to budding cricket enthusiasts in the UK.”advertisementThe state of the art facility at Reeds has an exclusively built cricket centre called the Jarrett Centre. It is an indoor cricket training centre run by Sid Lahiri along with his team of international coaches that include Ollie Pope (England and Surrey), Ryan Patel (Under 19 England and Surrey pro), Amar Virdi (Surrey) and Alex Milton (Worcestershire).”It feels great to be laying the foundations for the future careers of so many cricketers. I am honoured to have Rajasthan Royals on board who have always been keen on providing opportunities to young talent. We are thrilled to be starting on this new journey and are hopeful of producing cricket superstars from the Rajasthan Royals Academy,” said Sid Lahiri, Academy Director-Rajasthan Royals Academy.Also Read | IPL 2019: Steve Smith ready to work his magic in Jaipur for Rajasthan RoyalsAlso Read | Rahane and Kohli have their own unique strengths as captain: Rajasthan Royals coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Cricket academyFollow UKFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow RR Rajasthan Royals launches cricket academy in UKRajasthan Royals joined hands with Star Cricket Academy based at Reed’s School in Surrey and will be known as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’.advertisementlast_img read more

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Fincantieri to Extend Silverseas Silver Spirit

first_imgzoom Cruise company Silversea has unveiled plans for its first-ever ship lengthening, as it agreed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to transform the company’s 2009-built Silver Spirit.The works will take place early next year at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard. Starting in early March, Silver Spirit will be lengthened by inserting a prebuilt 49-foot-long midsection housing 6 silver suites, 26 veranda suites and 2 panorama suites. Technical upgrades will also be implemented, according to the shipbuilder.“Based on the wonderful feedback from guests sailing aboard our beautiful Silver Muse, we believe the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Spirit will enrich the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by guests,” Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations for Silversea Cruises, said.“The lengthening of a ship always entails a rare level of complexity in a sector with already high technological content as the cruise one is,” Giorgio Rizzo, Senior Vice President Services of Fincantieri, said.The 36,009 gross ton vessel can currently accommodate 608 guests and 412 crew.last_img read more

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Trudeau visits Vimy ahead of world leaders gathering to mark historic armistice

first_imgVIMY RIDGE, France — The iconic monument at Vimy Ridge served Saturday as a reminder of Canadians’ wartime sacrifice, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made another visit to the memorial one day before the world marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.Running his hands along the carved names of Canada’s war dead and walking among the graves — some with names, others simply marked as “a soldier of the great war” — Trudeau and his veterans affairs minister shook hands with veterans and thanked them for their service.The monument has become the symbol of Canada’s experience during the “War to End All Wars,” during which approximately 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served — a number considered remarkable given the population of the country was roughly eight million.The prime minister visited Vimy Ridge last year to mark the centenary of the battle.On Sunday, more than 60 world leaders are scheduled to gather in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, making Trudeau’s stop at Vimy politically symbolic. Many of them gathered Saturday night in Paris, walking a red carpet and stopping for photographers before having dinner inside the Musee d’Orsay.Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Trudeau, says the combination of events this weekend gives the prime minister symbols to put behind his repeated public push for governments to not tear down international alliances.Sunday will see Trudeau and other leaders stand alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at Armistice Day commemorations in Paris. Later on in the day, Macron will host a peace forum the French government hopes to make an annual draw for civil society and political leaders. “Going to Vimy and the Armistice Day celebration…provides the opportunity for the prime minister to underscore why it was that Canadians have sacrificed in the past and the importance of maintaining the rules-based international order,” Paris said.Some 66,000 Canadian soldiers died during the First World War, between 1914 and 1918, and a further 172,000 were wounded. Those buried at Vimy and elsewhere believed defending Canadian values “were worth that sacrifice,” said Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan.“We must remember the lesson of these conflicts: that freedom is not free. That it is not easy. Indeed it is hard fought,” O’Regan said.“But to remember those lessons is to remember those who fought these battles and who fight them still.”A lesson world leaders have learned from the First World War is how a regional dispute can spiral into a broader, global conflict, said Matthew Barrett, an expert on Canadian military history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.That concern about becoming entangled in a conflict feeds into U.S. President Donald Trump’s unease with military alliances such as NATO — which in turn keeps Trudeau talking about maintaining alliances.Trump was noticeably not among the leaders to walk the red carpet for the evening’s dinner gala in Paris. Earlier in the day, he received criticism for cancelling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery outside the French capital due to inclement weather.Many of the 2,289 soldiers buried at the cemetery died in 1918, the last year of the war.Some 11,000 names of Canadians who died in France are inscribed on the Vimy monument, marking the ridge Canadian soldiers took from the Germans in April 1917.Fighting continued in Europe for a year afterwards before the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.“Canadians remember who you are, what you stand for and the history you defined, a history for which you bled and fought, a history built on your sacrifice. Thank you,” Trudeau told a group of veterans during remarks at one of the cemeteries where Canadians are buried.Clouds hung over the site — rain holding off until the service at the monument had come to a close — and a cold, wet wind swept through the area, ever so slightly rustling the leaves of a sapling, grown in Canada and descended from oaks that once grew here.In the aftermath of the Vimy battle, a Canadian soldier, Lt. Leslie Miller, plucked a handful of acorns from a downed oak tree and sent them back home to Toronto where they grew.A group of volunteers have worked to get 100 saplings for the four-acre park to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War. The trees will grow inside four concentric rings, each one representing one of the four Canadian divisions that fought at Vimy.Trudeau and O’Regan walked the newly opened memorial park.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Adrienne Shelly Foundation Launches 7th Annual Celebrity Auction

first_imgThe Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of actor/filmmaker Adrienne Shelly (Waitress), launched its 7th annual Celebrity Auction this week with support from prominent celebrities across the entertainment, literary, sports, business and political arenas.The auction is open to bidders internationally from January 22 through February 11 at www.charitybuzz.com/AdrienneShellyFoundation. Proceeds will support ASF’s mission of supporting women filmmakers through production grants.“It’s truly an honor to have so many wonderful people pitching in to help us raise money,” said Andy Ostroy, ASF’s founder and executive director. “We’re very grateful for their support.”“The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is an important organization with a critical mission,” said Keri Russell, star of the FX Network’s The Americans, Adrienne Shelly’s hit film Waitress, and a member of ASF’s Advisory Board. “This auction is a major source of funding in its support of women filmmakers and it’s a fun thing to be a part of.”More than 60 exclusive experiences are being auctioned. Bidders can: • Have lunch with Paul Rudd, Salman Rushdie, Michelle Williams, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Mark Cuban, Keri Russell, Bill Hader, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross, Melanie Griffith, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto and many more • Join Alanis Morissette for a paddle boarding class and tea • Receive a birthday call from Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz • Hit the town with David Arquette at his club Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood • Visit the set and meet cast members of TV shows such as Community, Cougar Town, Dallas, Mad Men, The Americans, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Dallas, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Good Morning America • Score VIP tix to Two and a Half Men, Letterman, Rachael Ray and The Colbert Report • Enjoy walk-on roles in TV shows like Drop Dead Diva, Workaholics and films • Experience movies like never before with VIP access to the Tribeca Film Festival, LA Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through annual grants distributed through partnerships with Women in Film, IFP, Nantucket Film Festival, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Columbia University, Boston University, Rooftop Films and American Film Institute. It has awarded forty-eight grants since its inception in 2007. For more information and to make a donation, please visit www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Top Court Panel Rejects Centres Objection On 2 Judges Recommends 2 More

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today rejected the government’s objections to the elevation of two judges to the top court, stressing that merit should be considered above seniority. The Supreme Court collegium, or panel of five senior most judges, reiterated its April 12 decision to recommend Justices Aniruddha Bose and AS Bopanna for the top court. “Merit should be given predominant consideration,” the collegium said, noting that “nothing adverse regarding competence, conduct or integrity of the judges had been pointed out” by the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Amid disagreement over the two names, the collegium today also recommended two more judges for the Supreme Court – Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant. Justice Gavai is a judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Kant is the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The collegium includes Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice RF Nariman. Reports suggest that the government had cited seniority and regional representation to send back the names recommended by the judges’ panel. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “We have carefully considered the observations made by the Department of Justice while referring back to the Collegium,” the judges said. Aniruddha Bose is the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and AS Bopanna is Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court. “The Collegium is of the view that, as laid down by the Supreme Court, though seniority amongst Judges in their High Courts and their combined seniority on all-India basis should be given due weightage, merit should be the predominant consideration,” the judges said. While recommending two new names, the Supreme Court said it had considered their seniority, competence, conduct and integrity. With Justice BR Gavai’s elevation, added the collegium, “the Supreme Court Bench will have a Judge belonging to Scheduled Caste category after about a decade.” The Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 31 judges but is working with 27. with inputs of NDTVlast_img read more

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Morocco Nearly 827000 women have experienced sexual abuse

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco- According to the Moroccan High Commission Plan, nearly 827,000 Moroccan women have suffered sexual abuse at a certain point in their lives. The victimized women are aged between 18 to 64 years old.The phenomenon of sexual violence against women has grown rampant. In a survey conducted by HCP in 2009, 38,000 women experienced forced sexual intercourse at least once in their lives.Celebrated every year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reminds the world of the injustices done against women and pushes the authorities to take action. Some husbands are reported to have raped their wives. According to the study, this is also considered as cases of sexual violence.In every Moroccan household, nearly 6.6% of women or 444,000 women admit to having experienced sexually violent acts. 45.1% of these acts are inflicted by the husband, reported HCP.The youngest women (18-24), the survey shows, are the most affected by sexual violence.This threatening fact is sounding alarms for the authorities to intervene to alleviate the problem.Recently, Moroccan lawmakers drafted a bill threatening jail terms for the perpetrators of sexual harassment.Women’s rights groups continue to express their disgruntlement over the policies of the government as regards criminalizing sexual abuse.While marital rape has been overlooked in the draft bill, women rights activists complain about not being involved in the initiatives being taken to alleviate this violence.“I regret that women’s rights groups have not been involved in drafting the bill,” said Nouzha Skalli, former family and social development minister, as quoted by AFP.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Increase in local home sales

The local real estate market is off to one of its best starts in the past 10 years, says the president of the Simcoe and District Real Estate Board.A total of 39 homes sold in January 2019, up from 33 or 18.2 per cent for the same time period last year.“Simcoe home sales bounced up to start 2019,” Melissa Mummery said. “The January 2019 sales figure was actually one of the best starts to any year in the last decade.”The average price of homes sold however, dropped 9.2 per cent to $367,210 from January 2018.But the real estate board believes the drop in the average price is an aberration because the overall trend is moving higher.Meanwhile, the dollar value of all home sales in January 2019 increased 7.3 per cent to $14.3 million from the same month in 2018. There were 56 new residential listings in January 2019 – down one listing or 1.8 per cent.Although the overall supply of housing is up from last year, it is still running at some of the lowest levels on record for this time of year.Active residential listings numbered 143 at the end of January, an increase of 30 per cent. However, the end of January average is about 350 listings, the real estate board says.At the end of January 2019, the months of inventory – the number of months would take to sell homes at the current rate of sales activity – number 3.7 up from 3.3 recorded in January 2018 but well below the long-running average of 11.8 months for this time of year.Established in 1959, the real estate board covers Norfolk County including Delhi, Long Point, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Simcoe and Waterford. read more

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Donors pledge over 47 million to UN relief agency for Palestine refugees

The pledges to UNRWA’s 2002 budget were made by over a dozen countries at a meeting on Friday of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions. Donors also pledged $6.83 million for an emergency appeal launched on 22 June.Contributions in various amounts were made by Austria, Bahrain, Chile, China, Cyprus, Greece, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. These came in addition to previously announced pledges made by India and the Maldives, and brought the total amount pledged to UNRWA’s regular budget to $47.2 million.Established over 50 years ago, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services to over 3.7 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East. read more

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UN refugee agency meets with its vital partners – nongovernment organizations

“The reality of today is that no humanitarian organization can go it alone,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief of operations officer Judy Cheng-Hopkins told the opening session yesterday of the three-day meeting in Geneva, attended by more than 300 delegates.“We increasingly rely upon partnerships and collaborative mechanisms to deliver protection and solutions,” she said.NGOs act are the UN refugee agency’s right arm, implementing many of the crucial programmes for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in some of the world’s most remote and difficult places. In all, about a quarter of UNHCR’s resources are channelled through its partners.Ms. Cheng-Hopkins highlighted the ways in which NGOs can help strengthen the humanitarian response to emergencies.“UNHCR’s emergency response capacity is largely dependent on how fast we can get the right people and the necessary relief items to the areas where they are most needed,” she said. “There is clearly a need to better utilize local networks and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness and speed of our response. NGOs can and do play an important role in facilitating such cooperation and collaboration.”She also addressed the challenges of ensuring the security of humanitarian staff, an issue of concern to all humanitarian organizations.For the past two decades, the annual consultations have brought together NGOs and UNHCR managers to examine all facets of their partnership on behalf of refugees. The UN refugee agency works extensively with well over 500 NGOs worldwide, many of them national or local organizations. read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 2

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky embrace following the Blue Jackets’ opening night victory against the New York Islanders on Oct. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (4-1-0) backed up a solid first week of the season with three wins in Week 2 against two 2017 playoff teams.Columbus won a thrilling overtime game, 2-1 Tuesday at Carolina and fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 3-1 Friday night. Saturday, the Jackets came from behind again to defeat the Wild in a 5-4 barnburner in St. Paul, Minnesota.Here are some headlines from the second week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense staying aggressiveThrough five games, the Blue Jackets offense looks like they can handle themselves against stiff competition. Columbus registered 43 shots against New York and 35 shots against Minnesota — two teams who made the playoffs in 2016-17.Tuesday’s game against Carolina was sloppy on both ends, but the offense still created quality chances by attacking the net with its speed. Matt Calvert was perhaps the most aggressive player this week with two shorthanded opportunities — one each against Carolina and New York — and constant play close to the net when the Jackets were in the offensive zone.Calvert had a goal disallowed in the first minute of Friday’s contest because he interfered with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after deflecting a shot from defenseman David Savard into the back of the net. Calvert tied a team-high six shots against the Rangers and continues to be an integral part to the third line with center Brandon Dubinsky and right wing Josh Anderson.Left wing Artemi Panarin has also continued to make a difference, especially with his speed. He scored the go-ahead goal Friday after racing from his own blue line, past three skaters, then firing a shot above Lundqvist’s right shoulder. Panarin had three assists against the Wild Saturday with his final one coming in overtime, when he drew two defenders as he approached the net and Wennberg cleaned up Panarin’s shot for the game-winning goal.Defense making mistakesWhen Sergei Bobrovsky is the man in net, that team will always have a chance to win. He allowed a season-high four goals Saturday in Minnesota, but his defense had some costly mistakes.On the first goal allowed, a pass went between defenseman Ryan Murray’s legs and found a Eric Staal streaking to the net. Defenseman David Savard turned the puck over in the neutral zone, creating an odd-man rush for Minnesota, which turned into a goal. Early in the first period, a puck jumped over defenseman Scott Harrington’s stick and Bobrovsky had to make a one-on-one save.The defensive miscues weren’t isolated to just that one game. Tuesday, Carolina tied the game with 1:25 remaining after defenseman Gabriel Carlsson failed to clear the zone and Jeff Skinner faced Bobrovsky from the low slot. Then Friday, the Rangers first goal came from a Seth Jones turnover just beyond the Jackets’ blue line.The penalty kill struggled against Minnesota, but has mostly been consistent. However, the Jackets continue to struggle with open-ice turnovers, which can be a death sentence on nights against the premier teams in the league.Powerplay strugglingThe Blue Jackets power-play goal in the second period on opening night against the Islanders remains the lone power-play goal the team has scored this year.Columbus was 0-for-9 on the powerplay this past week.With the addition of Panarin, the power play was viewed as one of the units likely to see an immediate change from last season. So far, that has not been the case. The Blue Jackets are seeing quality shot attempts on the power play, putting possibly passing up too many good looks. They currently rank 27th in the league with 7.7 percent power-play conversion rate.Teams fluctuate with success on the power play, so there’s no need for fans to panic. But, more success from the line is absolutely needed to compete in the Metropolitan division.Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets face another week of quality opponents. Winnipeg, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are each above .500 and rank in the top half of the league in goals for per game.Columbus recalled defenseman Markus Nutivaara from Cleveland and placed Carlsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury body injury. The Blue Jackets sent Nutivaara to Cleveland at the beginning of the season due to an offseason hip surgery, which put him behind the ball in his fitness to play. The Jackets are looking for some help on the defensive end and after showing promise at times in his 66-game rookie season in 2016-17, Nutivaara has an opportunity to step into the lineup and make an impact.Top performersArtemi Panarin – one goal (1), three assists (6), four points (team-lead 7), +5Alexander Wennberg – one goal (1), two assists (4), three points (5), +6Zach Werenski – one goal (2), two assists (2), three points (4), +5Seth Jones – one goal (1), two assists (3), three points (4), +2Sonny Milano – two goals (team lead 4), two points (4)Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – three wins (4-0), 91 saves, six goals allowed, .938 save percentage (.952)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 30-32, 48.4, 22-26, 3-1, 5-5Alexander Wennberg – 22-32, 40.7, 19-26, 3-4, 0-2Nick Foligno – 19-30, 38.8, 18-24, 0-4, 1-2Lukas Sedlak – 10-14, 41.7, 8-12, 0-2, 2-0Overall: 143-175 (45.0 percent), ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-3 at Carolina; 0-for-3 vs. NYR; 0-for-3 at MinnesotaOverall: 1-for-13 (7.7 percent), ranked 27thPenalty kill – 4-for-4 at Carolina; 3-for-3 vs. NYR; 1-for-3 at MinnesotaOverall: 10-for-13 (76.9 percent), ranked 23rdUp next: 10/17 – at Winnipeg (3-2-0)10/19 – vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0)10/14 – vs. Los Angeles (3-0-1) read more

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Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers fans do not have reason to celebrate — yet

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) dribbles the ball during a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Cleveland won, 107-98. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCleveland sports can be described as many things. Depressing, gut-wrenching and eternally simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic are just a few.One thing the three major professional teams in Cleveland cannot be called with a straight face is cool.Being uncool comes with the territory of the city’s championship drought, turning old enough to receive an AARP card this coming December.And yet, the Cavaliers are somehow now the “cool” team in the NBA. And I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way that feels.It goes beyond being the title favorites in Las Vegas the season after receiving the first overall pick in the draft.There’s nothing I want to see more than a team in Cleveland win a championship. And so I was ecstatic when the return of LeBron James to the Cavs signaled a very real opportunity for that to happen.But I also knew to hold my breath.The Browns in the ‘80s, the Indians in the ‘90s and the Cavs in the 2000s were all teams that seemed just as destined to bring home a trophy as this upcoming edition of the Cavs. Of course, as we all know, those squads each came up empty in a more heartbreaking fashion than the last.So when James announced his return, I told myself, “Dream today, but save the celebrating for the parade.”For the four years James played for the Miami Heat, I found myself glaring at everyone I passed by who was wearing Heat gear. Not only because I was admittedly still bitter about James leaving, but because I could not stand people that simply hitched on with the “cool” team.After all that I and the generation before me had suffered, waiting for our Cleveland teams to deliver, it infuriated me that so many people could openly flaunt taking the cheap and easy “thrill” of a championship over the real blood, sweat and tears experience.And now, suddenly, the Cavs are “that” team.Look, I know there are a ton of Cleveland fans out there, and not all of them can remain as passionate through the four years of garbage that the Cavs put out in the between-LeBron era. But I was at last year’s preseason game at the Schottenstein Center as well as the one this week, and I can tell you confidently that many people came out of the woodwork for this team.Last season, there were about 11,000 people at the preseason game. This year, there was a sold-out crowd of more than 19,000. At last year’s contest, you could hear a pin drop, while this year’s sounded like a playoff game.On Tuesday, the Cavs announced they are throwing a fan fest before the home opener against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30. That event is scheduled to feature comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Kendrick Lamar.I’m sorry, but that is just simply not how it is supposed to go in Cleveland.After all that these teams have gone through, we have to know better than to count our chickens before they hatch. Confidence is great, but that only gets you so far.So what exactly are we celebrating with this fan fest? The Cavs’ “coolness?”All I’ve ever wanted from my teams was a championship, not to be trendy.If all this attention and bandwagon-hopping is a byproduct of that possibility, then fine. And if they win, please invite Kevin Hart and Kendrick Lamar and Drake and whoever else wants to suddenly convince the world that they’re a Cavs fan to Euclid Avenue for the parade.But please, for now, let’s remember what the real focus is here and save the festivals for a real accomplishment. read more

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Gigabyte reveals two new dual core netbooks including Jolicloud model

first_imgThe netbook market may be suffering in the the face of millions of iPad tablet sales, but that isn’t stopping the more established vendors from rolling out new models.Gigabyte is no exception, and has started listing two new dual core netbook models on its website before 2010 is over. What’s interesting here is that one of the models seems to be the exact same spec used in the Jolicloud Jolibook minus the cloud OS of course.The two new models are the M1005 and the Q2005. Both are almost exactly the same, but have a few differences that may be important to some.Here’s the base spec of the two netbooks:Intel dual core Atom N550 @ 1.5GHzWindows 7 Starter or Home Premium10.1″ 1024 x 600 LED backlit display1GB or 2GB DDR3 RAMIntel GMA 3150 integrated graphics250GB or 320GB 5400rpm HDD3x USB 2.0 portsThe differences come in the form of the card reader, camera, and battery. The M1005 only ships with a 4-cell battery, has a 1.3 megapixel camera, a 4-in-1 card reader, and ships in silver/black colors. The Q2005 has a 3-cell and 6-cell battery option, only a 0.3 megapixel camera, an 8-in-1 card reader, and ships in black.The Q2005 is the equivalent of the Jolibook and is clearly more suited for travel with the larger battery. The M1005 on the other hand looks to be more for use around the home. It also has a novel upright docking stand including USB, D-Sub, RJ45, earphones connections as well as doubling as the charger. It offers easy storage and charging many users may appreciate for its quick access and small footprint.We don’t know what Gigabyte intends to charge for either model, but we expect both to be on display at CES next week.Read more at Netbooknewslast_img read more

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Apple about to make owner of earpodscom very rich

first_imgVery rarely does a business that never got going in the first place end up making someone a millionaire years later. But that seems to be exactly what’s happening to the owner of earpods.com. You may remember last week that Apple announced a new version of its iconic white earbuds called EarPods $19.99 at Amazon . It’s not unlike winning the lottery.An anonymous individual bought the domain name back in 2004 with plans to sell hearing aids. The business was never able to launch, and the site has sat vacant for these last eight years. Now it’s worth some serious dough. The owner of the domain has retained the services of Domain Name Sales Report (DNSR) to fend off any overzealous trademark claims made by Apple.The fear is that Apple might try to file a UDRP claim through ICANN to seize the domain. DNSR has posted a short message on the earpods.com page making it clear the domain has been registered since 2004 and offers contact information for interested parties. A UDRP procedure usually requires the trademark owner to prove that someone is squatting on the domain.DNSR hasn’t come right out and said it, but it’s pretty clear they are hoping to sell the domain on behalf of the client, who I imagine is rubbing his or her hands together and laughing maniacally right now. Apple paid $4.5 million for iCloud.com recently, and it’s not like Apple is strapped for cash.I’d expect the owner of earpods.com to walk away a millionaire. Not bad for a page that has been nearly worthless for the last eight years.via Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Tremblement de terre en Chine le dernier bilan fait état de plus

first_imgTremblement de terre en Chine : le dernier bilan fait état de plus de 2.000 mortsChine – Le bilan du séisme qui a frappé le nord-ouest de la Chine la semaine dernière s’est encore alourdi. Il fait désormais état de 2.183 morts, tandis que quatre-vingt-quatre personnes sont toujours portées disparues.Alors que les chutes de neige sur le plateau tibétain viennent entraver la poursuite des recherches de survivants sous les décombres, l’agence Chine Nouvelle annonce un bilan encore alourdi. Le séisme de magnitude 6,9 a tué plus de 2.000 personnes et fait 12.135 blessés, dont plus de 1.000 grièvement. Le tremblement de terre qui a frappé la préfecture de Yushu, dans la province du Qinghai, a également laissé plus de 100.000 personnes sans-abri, lesquelles campent aujourd’hui sous des tentes.Huit jours après le séisme, les opérations de secours se poursuivent, rendues encore plus difficiles par les chutes de neige. Mais les chances de retrouver des survivants sont de plus en plus minces pour les sauveteurs, qui sont également gênés par l’altitude et les glissements de terrain engendrés par les plus de 1.300 répliques du séisme.A Jiegu, ville proche de l’épicentre du séisme où 85% des bâtiments se sont effondrés, les routes d’accès “sont recouvertes de neige et de verglas, ce qui perturbe énormément l’acheminement d’une aide très attendue” rapporte Chine Nouvelle. Une situation qui ne s’améliorera pas avant la fin de la semaine : la neige devrait en effet encore tomber jusqu’à samedi, dans cette zone située à 4.000 mètres d’altitude et constituée à 90% de membres de l’ethnie tibétaine.Le 22 avril 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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THREE BIDS IN FOR LONG BAY HILLS GOVT SCHOOL

first_img Education Minister tours schools this week Related Items:akierra missick, bidding, government school, long bay hills Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Dec 2014 – The tender process for the new government high school to be built in Long Bay Hills is said to be still open. Government had announced it would extend the time; the Minister of Education and Deputy Premier Akierra Missick in a recent press conference had expressed disappointment that there were no bids up to that point. Yesterday, the PDM confirmed that there are three bids in for the job now. The delay had reportedly been that the money for the project was insufficient. Apart of the budget supplementary is a move to get $1.6 million dollars more for the construction of the school. Hon Clarence Selver of the PDM said the government is playing games, that he questions whether they can ever deliver on their budget and that the administration, due to its late budget lost four months within this new fiscal period. Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schoolslast_img read more

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YouTube CEO amid criticism defends the sites open platform

first_img Share your voice 3 Tech Industry Google YouTube Alphabet Inc. Comments YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki  Getty As YouTube deals with an onslaught of controversies — from the spread of extremism to child sexual exploitation issues — critics have questioned the site’s policy to let just anyone with an internet connection to upload a video. But YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Tuesday doubled down on the site’s open platform.”As more issues come into view, a rising chorus of policymakers, press and pundits are questioning whether an open platform is valuable…or even viable,” Wojcicki wrote in her quarterly letter to YouTube creators. “Despite these concerns, I believe preserving an open platform is more important than ever.” She said the site’s open nature allows a more diverse set of voices to be heard. But that openness also has a dark side, allowing disinformation, racism and influence campaigns by foreign actors to spread on the platform. The challenge, she said, is finding the “balance” between openness and policing the site’s community of more than 2 billion monthly visitors. “It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive,” she wrote. “But I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views.” Wojcicki’s letter comes as YouTube, which is owned by Google, faces several high-profile scandals involving creators who have called out YouTube’s policies. In June, the service drew blowback for not taking down the channel of a conservative comedian named Steven Crowder, who hurled homophobic slurs at  Carlos Maza, a journalist and video host who is gay. A group of LGBTQ creators also filed a lawsuit against YouTube earlier this month for allegedly discriminating against the gay community. Meanwhile, a German labor union called IG Metall has accused YouTube of not being transparent with creators. The union, along with a group of YouTubers, demanded last month that YouTube form a third-party council for disputing decisions over content removal and demonetization. YouTube responded last week by saying it wouldn’t negotiate with the group.In her letter Tuesday, Wojcicki said the company has tried to clean up the platform in a number of ways, including removing content that violates the company’s guidelines, and “raising up” authoritative sources like mainstream news outlets. Wojcicki also sought to strike down the criticism that YouTube hesitates to remove certain content because it would hurt YouTube’s business, which relies on various factors like engagement and watch time.She said the claim is “simply not true,” adding, “the cost of not taking sufficient action over the long term results in lack of trust from our users, advertisers, and you, our creators. We want to earn that trust.”  Tagslast_img read more

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ABC Board upholds Bethel City Councils protest of liquor license

first_imgBethel city councilmembers and the city clerk listen to the ABC Board meeting. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, voted unanimously late Tuesday morning to uphold Bethel City Council’s protest of Dimitri’s, a local pizzeria in Bethel, liquor license application.Five council members, including Bethel Mayor Rick Robb, and the city clerk called into the meeting from the local city chambers.“It’s not so much alcohol policy, it’s about Bethel Municipal Code,” Robb said.The Bethel Municipal Code states that alcohol cannot be sold within 200 feet of the entrance to a church or school grounds.“In this particular case, this restaurant, due to its proximity to an established and defined school, is in violation of the Bethel Municipal Code,” Robb said.Community members voted out of local option in 2010 due to what some call, draconian laws regarding alcohol.But the issue of alcohol sales in Bethel is much larger than Dimitri’s. Bethel is an unrestricted alcohol community, although no sales are allowed in town.Councilmember Chuck Herman says it’s an issue that’s caused a lot of debate.“This issue is a very divisive issue,” Herman said. “I know people on about every conceivable side.”He says the focus is on finding a good solution.“What everyone can agree is that there’s no perfect solution, especially in the framework we’re given,” Herman said. “I think we’re trying to find a solution within the framework we’re given and this is what we can come up with for now.”Bethel City Councilman Zach Fansler and attorney Patty Burly traveled to Kotzebue to attend the meeting, on behalf of the council.When pressed about the council’s potential response to other liquor licenses, Fansler said the board’s protest of Dimitri’s application was based on their code violation.There was no representative from Dimitri’s to counter their argument.Dimitri’s could not be reached for comment at the time this story was produced.Community members will be able to vote on an advisory question regarding legalized alcohol sales in a regular election Oct. 6.last_img read more

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