England denied by All Blacks and late decision in Twickenham thriller

first_imgShare on Facebook Sign up for the Breakdown. When Sonny Bill Williams was replaced on the half-hour with a shoulder injury, New Zealand’s day looked like getting longer but his replacement, Ryan Crotty, proved the catalyst his side had been looking for.Crotty helped his side on to the front foot and when he supported Jack Goodhue’s break, taking play into England’s 22 towards the end of the first half, it gave the All Blacks their first attacking foothold. They opted for a scrum after a penalty award and when three players had been held up short, Beauden Barrett’s inside pass allowed Damian McKenzie to be sent in between Farrell and Ben Te’o.New Zealand had scored at least four tries in their previous 12 games, but it was their only one of the afternoon. Barrett’s first Test drop goal trimmed England’s lead to five points and the fly-half’s penalties on 45 and 59 minutes were their only scores of the second period. Underhill’s disallowed try gave England a focus of discontent, but they were not quite cute enough, hardly surprising given the players they had missing and who they were playing. Share via Email Rugby union England achieved width in the opening quarter with New Zealand expecting their attacks to be narrower and such was the speed of England’s defence, organised by the former All Blacks’ coach John Mitchell, that it was the visitors who found themselves compressed and squeezed on an afternoon when the conditions made handling hazardous and betrayed an uncertainty that England, whose tactics, like Ireland under Joe Schmidt, had been to go for New Zealand early, exploited.Farrell’s drop goal was followed by a long touch-finder by Elliot Daly after a penalty. Maro Itoje caught the throw and England immediately set off on the 15 metres to New Zealand’s line. They did not drive sideways but at an angle, which made the maul harder to defend. As Hartley secured the ball at the back, the All Blacks started to splinter, at which point four backs joined in and England were in dreamland, 15 points ahead. Read more Share on LinkedIn Twitter Read more New Zealand rugby union team England’s co-captain Dylan Hartley, the scorer of their second try, was replaced at half-time by Jamie George. It led to speculation that the hooker’s England career would not extend to the World Cup but it emerged he had been struggling all week with a thumb injury and that the replacement was not tactical. It would have been strange had it been, given England’s effectiveness at the lineout on New Zealand’s throw in the opening half, putting pressure on their jumpers for Hartley at the back to snaffle scraps.England lost five lineouts in the second half, Retallick stealing three. The All Blacks brought on a second-row, Scott Barrett, for a back-rower 11 minutes into the second half, putting pressure on George on a day when towels were not going to be able to keep the ball completely dry. It was typical New Zealand, turning one of their opponents’ strengths into a source of strife. Reuse this content England 15-16 New Zealand: how the players rated at Twickenham Read more Since you’re here… match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sam Underhill goes over for England with five minutes to play – but the try was chalked off for an offside. Photograph: Matthew Impey/Rex/Shutterstock Share on WhatsApp Tommy Seymour bags treble and Scotland score eight tries in rout of Fiji Underhill had picked up the ball and wrong-footed Beauden Barrett to somehow cover the 40 metres to the line at the end of a match in which he had been a pivotal figure, but as the crowd celebrated, the referee Jérôme Garcès asked Jonker to look at whether Lawes had been onside. Under a new World Rugby directive, referees are encouraged to make decisions, not hide behind TMOs, but here Jonker was asked to rule, directing that Lawes had been in front of England’s hindmost player at the ruck, Harry Williams.It was a marginal call, but England had a final opportunity when New Zealand, not for the first time, coughed up possession and launched an attack. As Owen Farrell, who had kicked a drop goal early in the first half, manoeuvred himself into position for another attempt, his team looked to attack down the right rather than stay narrow. Lawes threw an overhead pass to Henry Slade who was unable to find his target and the All Blacks held on to the lead they had secured with 21 minutes to go.The Lawes call was a significant moment – as was the abortive, last attack and Farrell’s call, twice, to kick a penalty into touch 10 minutes into the second half and drive a lineout. Retallick had by then started to take control of the lineout, but the second set piece came to nothing when Kyle Sinckler knocked-on in contact as a team that had been in control in the opening 30 minutes became hustled out of their stride. Topics New Zealand do not lose many matches, even fewer when Brodie Retallick plays. The second-row has been on the beaten team in the black jersey only once since August 2015, against the Lions last year, and was hugely influential as the World Cup holders overcame an early 15-point deficit and torrential rain that hampered their running game to win another compelling Test here that was decided by a point.England held on against the Springboks the previous weekend after a review decision went their way, the legitimacy of Owen Farrell’s challenge on André Esterhuizen, but the victory against the All Blacks – that would have been in their grasp had Sam Underhill’s try five minutes from time been allowed – was denied when the South African television match official, Marius Jonker, ruled that Courtney Lawes had been offside at a ruck before charging down TJ Perenara’s kick. Autumn internationals The Observer Facebook England rugby union team Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Pinterest England 15-16 New Zealand: rugby union international – as it happened Share on Messenger It had been different for Retallick at the start. He fumbled the kick-off and the next time New Zealand took possession they were taking a restart. England forced their way upfield and used a scrum to take play through seven passes before Ben Youngs’ long pass found Chris Ashton free on the right in the wing’s first Test start since he faced New Zealand four years ago.last_img read more

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Moroccos Fuel Prices Down This Weekend by Almost Half Dirham

Rabat – The minister in charge of public affairs and governance, Lahcen Daoudi, announced yesterday that fuel would go down this weekend by at least MAD 0.30 per liter of gasoline and MAD 0.40 per liter of diesel.In a statement to Moroccan media, the minister stressed Moroccans are supposed to “punish” the companies which will not cut fuel prices on Saturday.Following the minister’s statement, Afriquia, one of the leading fuel companies in Morocco, decided to reduce its fuel price by almost half a dirham per liter. Afriquia said it will cut fuel prices this weekend by MAD 0.49 per liter of diesel and MAD 0.39 per liter of gasoline. It is the fourth time in a month that the company has reduced fuel prices, having reduced prices by MAD 1.5 per liter of gasoline and MAD 1.7 per liter of diesel.Afriquia was one of the three major companies to be hit by a five-month long boycott campaign in which  many Moroccans spoke out against rising commodity prices.Read also: Fuel Prices Decrease, Freight Drivers End Transport StrikeDaoudi’s Friday announcement comes two days after his ministry decided to implement fuel price cap regulations because a number of companies refused to reduce fuel prices following the drop in oil prices in the international market.The decision is pending the approval of the Competition Council which is examining the implementation of a fuel price cap.The price cap could last for a period of 6 months according to the law, Daoudi noted on Sunday in a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party in El Kelaa des Sraghna, in central Morocco.“After the liberalization of hydrocarbon prices in 2015, some companies have been earning MAD 2.13 per liter,” the minister regretted. He said Moroccan oil companies’ profit margins exceed the threshold set by the state, which is supposed to be MAD 0.70 per liter of diesel and MAD 0.60 per liter of gasoline.Read also: Government Should Retrieve MAD 17 Billion from Morocco’s Fuel Companies: BalafrejNew foreign companies will soon open gas stations in Morocco as part of the country’s strategy to  increase competition among fuel companies.One of the investing companies is Spain’s Cepsa which signed a partnership with Morocco’s Derhem Holding this month to expand its oil business in Morocco. Cepsa will build 100 service stations in 5 years in Morocco. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 5:22 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,639.97 down 74.08 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 39 cents, or 9.11 per cent, at $3.89 on 38,648,548 shares. The plane and train maker said its fourth-quarter net income tumbled 93 per cent to US$14 million, which included a $119-million charge for restructuring. Solid results at its aerospace division helped its overall revenue increase to $4.7 billion from year-ago $4.3 billion.Sophiris Bio Inc. (TSX:SHS). Drug developer. Down six cents, or 25 per cent, at 18 cents on 8,328,200 shares.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 18 cents, or 1.29 per cent, at $14.13 on 6,628,388 shares.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 5.11 per cent, at $1.85 on 4,993,267 shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Miner. Up 21 cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $12.81 on 4,287,716 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,133.97 up 2.80 points):Samaranta Mining Corp. (TSXV:SAX). Mineral explorer and developer. Down a penny, or 22.22 per cent, at 3.5 cent son 6,268,273 shares. Samarium Group Holding Ltd. made an unsolicitied offer Tuesday to buy not less than 51 per cent of the issued and outstanding public shares of the company at a price of 12 cents per share.Seafield Resources Ltd. (TSXV:SFF). Gold explorer. Up half a cent, or five per cent, at 10.5 cents on 5,052,144 shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A). Retailer. Up 69 cents, or 1.01 per cent, at $68.91 on 513,871. The Toronto-based retailer of general merchandise, clothing and sporting goods booked fourth-quarter profits of $163.1 million, down two per cent from the same 2011 period while revenue increased to $3.16 billion from $3.12 billion.Loblaw Companies Ltd (TSX:L). Grocer. Up 67 cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $40.42 on 570,862 shares. Canada’s largest grocer said its fourth-quarter profit was cut nearly one-fifth due to a $61-million restructuring charge. Revenue rose 1.2 per cent to $7.46 billion.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Hardware retailer. Down 46 cents, or 3.81 per cent, at $11.60 on 710,641 shares. The home improvement retailer is slashing 200 full-time jobs across Canada and will shrink its presence outside of Quebec. Rona said its fourth-quarter loss narrowed to $17.9 million or 15 per cent compared with a loss of $153.6 million or $1.19 per share a year earilier. Revenue advanced by 2.2 per cent.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI). Coffee and doughnut chain. Down $1.50, or 2.95 per cent, at $49.30 o 1,317,992 shares. Profits weakened in the fourth quarter as the restaurant chain logged fewer customer transactions, and booked costs related to a lengthy search for a new chief executive. Net income dropped 2.5 per cent while revenue rose 4.1 per cent to $811.6 million. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Columbus Crew Stadium offers comforts of home for US Soccer

By September, the United States men’s national soccer team will likely be in need of the comforts of home. Lucky for local soccer fans, Columbus Crew Stadium is the closest thing to a home ground for the U.S. team, and its return to central Ohio appears imminent. The final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for the CONCACAF region, comprised of countries in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is under way, and the U.S. national team got it started with a 2-1 loss at Honduras, leaving it in last in the six-country group. It’s still early – the Stars and Stripes have nine games remaining in World Cup qualifying contests – but the team can scarcely afford to drop points, especially when it has the home-field advantage. Enter Crew Stadium, the ground on which the U.S. men boast a 6-0-3 record, as well as a 3-0 record against rival Mexico. And it just so happens that the Mexicans are scheduled to visit the U.S. on Sept. 10, a day on which no other events are currently scheduled at Crew Stadium. There are groundswells of support for the coveted U.S.-Mexico game to be held at American soccer-specific stadiums that are newer and flashier than the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, such as Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Based on the criteria U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati laid out during a Jan. 30 press conference, Columbus’ 14-year-old soccer stadium could be the leading candidate to host the Americans and “El Tri.” “I think you will see us play in this round in five MLS venues and four soccer-specific stadiums,” Gulati said during the press conference. “I think that is how it is shaping up. And none of the soccer-specific venues will be in New Jersey or in Los Angeles and so on … We will play, generally, in venues where the U.S. team has been successful in World Cup qualifying before.” U.S. Soccer did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Monday regarding the timetable for announcing the venue for the Sept. 10 match. The U.S. men last visited Crew Stadium on Sept. 11, when it tallied a 1-0 win against Jamaica in the previous round of the current World Cup qualifying campaign. Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the U.S. and English Premier League club Everton, said he was hopeful that the U.S. would return to Crew Stadium. “Columbus – you can’t say any more about it,” Howard said. “We were talking inside – there’s no bigger home field advantage for us in America. You know, for whatever reason, they didn’t sit down, there were a thousand flags waving. It was really awesome, so hopefully we have a lot more games here.” The next World Cup qualifying match for the Americans is scheduled for March 22 against Costa Rica. The match is scheduled to be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colo., home of the Colorado Rapids of the MLS. read more

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Fourhour strike at archaeological sites a sign of trouble for highpeak tourist

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For the tourism industry in Greece, Easter is seen as an unofficial start to the tourism season, a precursor of what is to be expected during summer. From this point of view, a four-hour shutdown of archaeological sites, can be considered as an ominous sign.The shutdown in question was caused by a strike, programmed to take place on Holy Saturday, by the union of Archaeological Sites’ guards. The decision to close down sites of major touristic significance from 8am till noon came under severe criticism by the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies (FedHATTA). The peak body issued a statement warning that this kind of industrial actions put the country’s image at risk.In its statement, FedHATTA stressed that this particular strike would cause delays and long cueues outside of museums and archaeological sites, and would irritate tourists.“We must all see that tourists leave Greece with the best memories from their stay in our country,” reads the statement, warning that such motions are undermining the country’s potential to benefit from its cultural legacy, which is a point of attraction for visitors from all over the world.last_img read more

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Unidentified Body Found Between Gunjur, Sifoe

first_imgBy Hatab Nyang An unidentified body was found last Wednesday July 31st 2019 between Gunjur and Sifoe, by one Dr. Ahmed Manjang, who reported the matter to the Sifo Police.According to Dr. Manjang, he was coming from the airport from Saudi Arabia, when he found the body lying on the roadside; that after looking at it closely, he discovered that the body had a serious wound but was alive during those early hours of the morning; that he forthwith reported the matter to the Sifoe Police Station. He said when the Police arrived they contacted the Gunjur Health Facility who provided them with an ambulance and a driver, to take the body to the Brikama Health Facility. According to Lamin Danso, the Chief Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Gambia Police Force (GPF) stationed at Sifoe, the incident happened at 3 am in the morning; that when they were alerted by Dr. Manjang, the body still had some life in it; but that before they arrived at the Brikama Health Facility, the body was lifeless.  Chief Inspector Danso  said the deceased was in his 30s; that they found no documents on the body which proved challenging to identify know who the person is; that no one has also come forward to claim for the body, which makes it all the more challenging.The body which can be found at the Brikama Health Facility’s mortuary is open to the public for identification.last_img read more

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Two arrested in Northeast Vancouver drug bust

first_imgTwo people were arrested and a 4-year-old child was placed in protective custody following a Thursday night drug raid at a home in northeast Vancouver.After issuing a search warrant, the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force entered a home on the 6100 block of Northeast 34th Street. Upon entering, officers allegedly found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, oxycodone, hallucinogenic mushrooms and GHB. About $25,000 in cash was also found, police said.The home’s resident, 29-year-old Markel K. Town, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug house. Miran R. Arakelian, 29, of Talent, Ore., was also arrested for delivery of a controlled substance.Town was in the Clark County Jail Friday night with bail not allowed. Arakelian also was in jail with bail at $10,000.The 4-year-old child is in custody of Children’s Protective Services. Police said the investigation is ongoing and no further details are expected to be released.last_img read more

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Missing Child Alert for teen canceled

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have canceled a missing child alert for a 13-year-old in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police canceled the alert for 13-year-old T’kai Francis, Thursday evening.Officials said she had gone missing from a house located at 18700 N.W. 32 Ave. in Miami Gardens.Police have not released further details.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Gloria Estefan honored in Spain for contributing to the arts

first_imgMADRID (WSVN) – Cuban-American pop star Gloria Estefan was honored by the Spanish government for her contribution to the arts.Estefan was accompanied by her husband, Emilio Estefan, when she was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for the Arts in Madrid, Monday.In her speech, the Grammy winner spoke about many issues, including the policy of separating the children of migrants from their parents in the U.S.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Google employees reportedly say they faced retaliation for organizing walkout

first_img 7 Tech Industry Share your voice Tagscenter_img Comments Google employees protested the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims in November. James Martin/CNET Two Google employees who helped organize a worldwide walkout at the company in November say they’ve faced retaliation for their actions, according to a Monday report. Meredith Whittaker, the head of Google’s Open Research, and Claire Stapleton, a marketing manager at YouTube, say they were told their roles would change several months after the walkout, according to Wired. More than 20,000 full-time workers and contractors walked off their jobs to protest the search giant’s handling of sexual harassment claims. After Google shut down its AI ethics council in early April, Whittaker was told her position would be “changed dramatically,” she wrote in a message sent to several internal Google mailing lists, according to Wired. If she wanted to say at the company, Whittaker would have to give up her work on AI ethics, as well as her job at the AI Now Institute at New York University, a research center she cofounded, the magazine said.Two months after the walkout, Stapleton was told she was being demoted from her role and would lose half of her reports, she reportedly wrote in the email. She brought the issue up with human resources and faced more retaliation, according to Wired. “My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick,” she reportedly wrote. Stapleton hired a lawyer. After a company investigation, she was reportedly able to keep her position. “While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day,” she wrote, according to Wired. Whittaker and Stapleton didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Wired reported that the pair would hold a “town hall” meeting on Friday, at which other employees will be able to discuss any retaliation they may have faced. A Google spokeswoman denied any retaliation, saying the moves were part of routine staffing changes. “Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganized, to keep pace with evolving business needs,” she said in an email. “There has been no retaliation here.” last_img read more

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Anushka Sharma spotted with Virat Kohli on London street as WAGs join

first_imgThis picture of Virat and Anushka in London was shared on InstagramInstagramAfter being kept away from their husbands by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in the early stages of the ongoing World Cup, the spouses of Indian cricketers have finally joined their husbands in England. The most high-profile pair, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, has already been spotted on a London street.Apart from the Indian captain and his wife, pictures of other players with their better halves have also been posted on social media. Shikhar Dhawan uploaded a picture of himself and Rohit Sharma with their wives and kids in a bus.The family members of the cricketers will only be able to remain with the players for a period of 15 days. However, some of the wives of cricketers have been spotted in the stands during India’s matches. Sakshi Dhoni was seen cheering her husband on during previous matches of the Indian team as was Ritika Sajdeh, wife of Rohit Sharma, who already has two hundreds in the tournament. Shikhar and Rohit with their wivesInstagramThe WAGs of the present cricket team are often seen during matches of the team. This is a huge change of culture from the previous generation of Indian cricketers. The likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were rarely seen being supported by their wives in the stadium. In fact, the players were hardly seen anywhere in public with their families.The present crop of players though, are very active on social media and proudly display their affection for wives and kids. This could partly be due to some of them being married to women from the showbiz industry. They are bound to be in public light. But the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also are regularly spotted on platforms like Instagram and Twitter sharing pics of themselves with their spouses.Hopefully, Indian WAGs won’t have to face the kind of heat that Sania Mirza is due to her husband’s bad performance.last_img read more

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This is how Ranji player Gaurav Gaur turned organiser of fashion show

first_imgGaurav GaurPR HandoutGaurav Gaur is Ranji player, who became a fashion show organiser. He has always dreamed big in his life and worked hard for what he has achieved.Gaurav Gaur is managing director at Fuchsia Bridal Couture which is well-known brand of many famous Bollywood actresses like Karisma Kapoor, Bhagyashree, Amrita Rao, Surveen Chawla, Urvashi Rautela.Gaurav was very good cricketer. His dream was to play for India but unfortunately it didn’t happen. He has played up to Ranji level which is also an achievement because cricket in India is religion and only few people get a chance to play in the tournament.Gaurav and his team has worked hard and handled this firm beautifully. They have given the opportunity to many young talented and beautiful girls of Rajasthan and a platform for all who want to make their mark in the fashion Industry.Gaurav Gaur is also a Managing Director of Jaipur Couture Show. It is one of the most talked about fashion shows and due to the presence of Bollywood stars, the show create huge limelight amongst the masses.Till now Gaurav Gaur and his team have managed six shows. They have organised this show for two days where India’s most talented designers will be showcasing their talent with at least five to six Bollywood stars on the ramp. It is not an easy thing to do and they have done it all the shows successfully till now. It seems like not only Bollywood but we might see celebs from every place in the near future.last_img read more

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HISD Could Need 12M To Remove Confederate Names

first_img Share Laura IsenseeReagan High School in the Heights.  The biggest school district in Texas will consider paying more than $1.2 million as part of changes to rename eight campuses previously named for Confederate leaders.The Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Independent School District board is expected to vote Thursday on a request by the interim superintendent, Ken Huewitt, to approve the cost.Some taxpayers in June filed a lawsuit alleging lack of transparency over the cost to rename the schools. Several parents and other taxpayers, during a news conference Wednesday, said they were “outraged” by the $1.2 million request and planned to speak against it at Thursday’s meeting.Supporters of the change say the new names would represent modern values and diversity.HISD has about 213,000 students.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition Tuesday Jan 27

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA report recently released by the Maryland Department of Education indicates the state’s high school graduation rates are up for the fourth year in a row, gains nearly across the board, which are being characterized as historic. We’ll talk about the state of education in Maryland with ourexperts. And the Baltimore City Police Department recently held a community meeting on, `bias in policing,’ and the media wasn’t invited. But, our team got the story anyway and we’ll have a report. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img
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Portal 2 on the stage and IRL

first_imgAt many anime conventions and events, there’s usually a masquerade of some type – not necessarily a dance, but an opportunity for people who dress up in costumes of their favorite characters from movies, TV shows, and video games, to get up on stage and strut their stuff. In this particular case, a couple of Portal fans donned the orange jumpsuit Chell wears in the game, and did probably the best Portal-inspired stage show we’ve ever seen.Complete with actual portals, black curtains, and some stage trickery, we get a musical rendition of Chell exploring portals for the first time, walking through portals to come out the other side, meeting her beloved Companion Cube, and overall just being impressive, especially for a stage performance.Sure, we can all figure out how it was done, there’s no secret there. What was particularly interesting was the way the other people in the crew used their own props to help the effect. Just by hiding behind “walls” and dressing in black, they managed to make sure the only person you pay attention to on stage is Chell herself. The performance was done by the Ninja Of The Night cosplay group, and the performance took the Most Dramatic award at Fanime 2011.Read more at YouTubelast_img read more

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Wieners and onesies among ways to celebrate the holiday season

first_img Wednesday, December 21, 2016 By: Mike Fuhrmann Share Wieners and onesies among ways to celebrate the holiday seasoncenter_img HALIFAX — How do Canadians with different traditions celebrate the holiday season?With dancing, rigatoni and wiener roasts, according to a display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.In some households, pyjamas play a major role in the festivities.The Halifax museum is inviting visitors to provide details about their holiday customs, and displaying their notes in its Hall of Tribute.The entries run the gamut from dining to dancing and cover Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali and the lunar new year, said Ann-Marie Begin, a heritage interpreter at the museum.“One family says that on New Year’s Day they’ve had a wiener roast in the provincial park at Goldstream (near Victoria, on Vancouver Island) every year for 35 years, rain or snow,” Begin said.Several people have mentioned wearing pyjamas while unwrapping gifts, or receiving pyjamas as a gift, “and that being the one gift they’re allowed to open on Christmas Eve.”Besides adding to the display, some visitors appear to be picking up ideas to adopt in their own homes. A case in point is one family’s Christmas tradition that involves everyone wearing matching onesies on which their names are embroidered.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“And I actually had someone come up to me and say, ‘Do you know where I can get matching onesies for my whole family that I can get embroidered?”’ Begin recalled.“She liked that tradition so much that she wanted to start it with her own family. It’s been neat to see that kind of sharing of traditions.”So what do Canadians do during the holiday season? Here’s a sampling from the display:— “Mummering or ‘Jannying’ between Christmas and New Years. A Newfoundland tradition! And lots of fun!”— “Tortiere after midnight on Christmas Eve and open one present!” a Quebecer wrote.— “At New Year’s, me and my family throw money and coins at midnight. It’s something we’ve always done and it brings the family together.” Written by a 23-year-old from Brampton, Ont.— “New Year’s Eve. Polenta. Yum.”— “Chrismukkah! We decorate the house w/ a Hanukkah bush and xmas tree! We have a big holiday dinner w/ traditional Jewish dishes like latkes, roast beef and potatoes, brisket, chopped liver, etc. On xmas we have rigattoni w/ homemade sauce and meatballs.” The multi-coloured note concludes with a smiley face. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, reviews a Navy parade in Baltisk, western Russia, Sunday, July 26, 2015, during celebrations for Russian Navy Day. (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories The new doctrine states that NATO is pursuing “unacceptable” plans to move military infrastructure to Russia’s borders.Rogozin, a strong critic of NATO, told the meeting that the new doctrine reflects “changes in the international political situation and the objective strengthening of Russia as a great naval power.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the country’s maritime doctrine that calls for maintaining a strong Russian presence in the Atlantic Ocean amid concerns about NATO expansion.The doctrine, which covers naval, merchant marine and scientific maritime issues, also adds the Antarctic as a region of strategic interest for Russia.Putin gave his approval on Sunday at a meeting with military officials and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Baltiisk, where he observed elaborate ceremonies marking Navy Day. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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TripFactory introduces BOGO cards to offer value for money to travellers

first_imgTripFactory, known for simplifying travel and curating bespoke travel experiences, is all set to change the way India travels by introducing BOGO Cards – an innovative travel card that offers value for money to travellers like never before.A large population of India comprises of budget travellers (almost 60-70% of holiday travellers in India are budget sensitive). They love to travel and explore the world however the cost of travel often becomes a deterring factor. Understanding the complex travel scenario for budget travellers, TripFactory has launched this unique travel card that ensures pocket friendly travel packages that enables you to fly and stay at any airport city at just four economical price points. Starting at as little as Rs 4,999 for domestic leisure destinations such as Goa, inclusive of round ticket air fares, 4 days 3 nights stay, breakfast and all taxes these cards are also available for eight International destinations for Rs 19,999.Vinay Gupta, Founder & Chairman at TripFactory said, “Our vision is, buying a holiday should be as simple as recharging your phone, a simple re-charge card, you buy, you know what it contains and then you use it, without surprises.  We want to create a simple way for everyone to be able to holiday, starting from choosing, buying a quality product, packed with value, fun and enjoyment. That is where a fixed price Bogo card comes in, targeted at the value sensitive consumer, in all 2, 3, 4 and 5 star categories, this is sure to be a big excitement, relief and value to consumers.”Launching in August, 2015 across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, BOGO Cards are prepaid cards that are cost effective, offer convenience and provide a hassle free experience that will cater to the needs of the dynamic traveller. Travel made simpler the card offers flexibility to travel 200 days in a year at a fixed price. BOGO Cards can be redeemed for travel 14 days prior to the date of departure for a date that extends up to 12 months from the date of purchase.Speaking about the launch, Amit Aggarwal – Co-Founder & CEO at Trip Factory said, “Trip Factory endeavours to be at the forefront of the dynamic needs of the new age world traveller. BOGO Cards are poised to be an industry game changer with greater value for money, convenience and flexibility to the traveller.  We are sure that our latest offering will emerge as the first choice for the wanderlust filled Indian traveller looking at a hassle free and enhanced travel experience.”Enhancing the convenience quotient, BOGO Cards boasts of specially curated experiences at great prices that offers the best of experience. Connected with all 38 airports in India and catering to eight  major International airports to start with, including international destinations in Asia & Middle East like Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Colombo & Kathmandu BOGO Cards aims to entice Indians to set out to explore new destinations.last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates a Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn over during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) “It was pretty depressing,” he told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday of finishing the season on IR. “I would say most people that are close to me didn’t know I was dealing with something.“It was really depressing, man. I had to take a step back and I’m really grateful and fortunate to have the kind of people I have around me nowadays, so I wasn’t in a slump too long.”Mathieu said that from the moment the season ended he has been in the weight room, making sure he understands that he has to take care of his body.“I just have to take really good care of it, but I also have to be conscious and understand how my body works,” he added.When Mathieu is right, he is a centerpiece of Arizona’s defense. As much of a playmaker as there is in the NFL, he helps in coverage and against the run, while also producing sacks and turnovers. It’s why the Cardinals, even while he was rehabbing from the most recent torn ACL, signed Mathieu to a long-term extension last summer, and why they are still bullish on his future with the organization.But 2016 was the third time in four seasons he has ended the campaign on IR, Mathieu said he has been able to approach this offseason healthy, which allowed him to work on his game. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Tyrann Mathieu did not have a particularly good 2016 season.The safety was coming back from a torn ACL, and while he was on the field, he just was not himself.Then Mathieu suffered a shoulder injury in Week 8, missed two games and returned for one, before missing two more. He played in Week 15 against New Orleans, but then that was it before it landed him on injured reserve.In all, the dynamic defensive back collected just 36 total tackles, one sack and one interception. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals’ Safety The 24-year-old said he has been able to add weight while getting faster — he said he is stronger and faster than he’s ever been — with the goal of being able to play well and withstand a full NFL schedule.Mathieu regaining his form would go a long way toward Arizona bouncing back from a season in which the Cardinals slumped to a 7-8-1 record. A team leader, Mathieu felt he wasn’t able to do what he needed last year while battling injury.That isn’t a problem now, but the team he could be helping to lead has taken some big hits in free agency. Mathieu said losing key players like Tony Jefferson, D.J. Swearinger and Calais Campbell is tough because while he is happy for them landing big contracts and being able to take care of their families, their losses will be felt on the field and in the locker room.“We drafted players to replace those guys, so it’s going to be key for guys like Robert (Nkemdiche) to step up and different guys in our secondary to really step up try to just fill those voids,” he said.Other players will have to fill in, but Mathieu understands his role in the grand scheme of it all. He understands that his contract means there are expectations, and not playing up to them could lead to some changes. He said he can’t control that, however, and will only focus on being as good a player as he can. The fifth-year pro is confident in himself, and not at all down on his team’s future.“Even a lot of games last year we lost really close games, games we’ve won in the past,” he said. “Really, just mental errors, mental mistakes. So if we can clean those things up I still think we’re a top-10 offense and we still had a pretty good defense last year; we just couldn’t finish out in critical situations, you know, late in the first half, late in the football game. We couldn’t find turnovers, we couldn’t score points.“I think it’s really up to our playmakers, our five-star players to really step up and really try to carry this team as far as we can. And not to mention our young guys that have a season under their belt now, we need those guys to step up and play well as well.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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