Dutch pension scheme backs BlackRock ESG launch with €50m

first_imgMathijs van Gool, director of the pension fund, said: “We wanted to introduce a measurable ESG policy for all our equity investments. Another requirement was that the costs should not be higher than with current products.“The risk of ESG selection is that too many preferences could result in the exclusion of too many sectors… The risk is that the fund may miss out on returns in the long run.“We want to invest according to ESG criteria, but not in that way. That is why we have chosen the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact as our tenets. They concern principles in the areas of human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption, that all 180 UN countries agreed on.”The UN Global Compact Principles, which have also been signed by many companies, have been translated into measurable criteria. BlackRock is one of the signatories.BlackRock has outsourced stock selection to the American-Swedish firm ISS Ethix, which monitors companies for violations of the UN Global Compact Principles.The original fund invests in around 360 out of 660 companies from the broad MSCI index for Europe excluding the UK. These companies are selected by BlackRock on the basis of quantitative analysis.“The fund has been outperforming the benchmark for years”, Van Gool said. “On average the return is one percentage point higher than the benchmark.”Back-testing of the ESG strategy showed there was “no significant difference”, Van Gool added. “Despite the ESG screening, the costs for the new fund remain the same, which the social partners consider of great importance.”For the time being, only a European ESG version of this fund has been launched. BlackRock is investigating how the same approach would affect the US strategy, Van Gool said, as there were likely to be more companies excluded. BlackRock has launched an environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused version of a semi-active European equity fund, at the request of Dutch pension fund SCA.The fund excludes companies that do not comply with the 10 UN Global Compact Principles.The €450m SCA pension fund has invested around €50m into the ESG fund. Another pension fund has joined in, but its name has not been revealed.SCA, the Dutch scheme of Swedish multinational firm Essity (which owns brand such as Tempo, Libresse, Tena and Cushelle), was already invested in European and US equities through BlackRock products. Most of the rest of its portflio is run by fiduciary manager MN.last_img read more

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Coventry beaten again

first_imgCoventry slipped to their sixth successive defeat after a 3-1 defeat to Belfast. Elsewhere, Matthew Myers, Doug Clarkson, Joey Haddad, Joey Martin and Andrew Hotham were all on-target as the Cardiff Devils crushed the Fife Flyers 5-0. After a goalless first two periods, the game exploded into life when Cody Brookwell opened the scoring, with Darryl Lloyd doubling the Giants’ lead soon after. Although the Blaze pulled one back through Justin DaCosta, David Phillips sealed victory for the Northern Irish side soon after. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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City complete swoop for Roberts

first_img Press Association Roberts moves for an undisclosed fee, but Press Association Sport understands City will pay in the region of £5million up front for the 18-year-old with a further £6million in add-ons. Roberts is City’s fourth summer signing, and the third Englishman following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, Fabian Delph from Aston Villa and young Turkey striker Enes Unal from Bursaspor. City announced the signing via Twitter with a picture of Roberts putting pen to paper but offered no details of the deal. Fulham simultaneously announced the deal, saying: “The club can confirm that Patrick Roberts has joined Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. We wish him the best of luck in the future.” Roberts played just 22 times for the Cottagers after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham’s 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in March last year . The Cottagers had been keen to keep Roberts, but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club. Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He also led the Cottagers to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final where they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea. City urgently needed to add homegrown players to their ranks after the departures of James Milner, Frank Lampard, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards left them with only Joe Hart and Gael Clichy before their flurry of moves in the past week. center_img Manchester City have completed the signing of Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts in a further move to boost their homegrown ranks. last_img read more

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Maturity and skill driving hockey player Kareem McKenzie to the top

first_imgMANY persons are encouraged by the level of maturity that 16-year-old hockey player Kareem McKenzie displays – both on and off the field.“He has great maturity for such a young player. He is so calm and composed under pressure and has great control and deceptive acceleration that get him past opponents easily,” said Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) president Philip Fernandes, who truly admires Kareem’s character.The Christ Church Secondary School student plays for the Bounty GCC men’s team. He’s also a part of the national senior men’s team, and the national Under-19 team. He has represented Guyana at the Men’s Pan American Challenge in Chile, and Junior Pan American Championship in Canada.His maturity, coupled with his skill, gives Kareem all the right ingredients to continue on his path to become one of Guyana’s greatest hockey players. Kareem already has his sights set on representing even higher on the international stage, including at the highest stage – the Hockey World Cup.“I want to make it to the Junior and Senior (Hockey) World Cup in the next few years’ time,” the youngster said.Also, apart from Kareem’s own aspirations, he wants to see hockey in Guyana developed, particularly in the area of better infrastructure. Kareem lamented that Guyana still does not have the right playing turf and this puts players at a disadvantage when they play in tournaments overseas.“I’m hoping that the GHB gets a water-base turf for hockey players in Guyana to get experience on a turf so the Guyana men’s and women’s national teams, and the club teams can get used to the speed of the turf,” Kareem pointed out. He also talked about wanting to see more in terms of sponsorship.“Funding and commitment are two major issues, because the Guyana male and female national teams can go to many tournaments around the world, but we lack funding,” he noted.Kareem had his first experience at an international tournament when he represented Guyana at the Pan American Challenge in Chile. He added experience with the Junior Pan American Championship last year.At the Junior Pan Am Kareem was faced with the struggle of balancing his preparations for that tournament and his academic obligations, as he was in the process of writing his CSEC examinations concurrently.Kareem even had to travel for the tournament a few days after his other teammates, to accommodate his exams and still develop his hockey.“The preparation for Canada I think I did balance it well, but I wasn’t 100% prepared for the competition because most of the practice sessions were in the evenings and Sunday morning when I had lessons,” he recalled.But he’s glad he was still able to be a part of the tournament, because he really loves getting to experience what the competition outside of Guyana is like.“I like to travel and play against other clubs and countries. I get to explore around different countries and play high, intense hockey which allows me to play at a high level and with good composure.” Kareem related.last_img read more

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Eaves signs 2 recruits for next year

first_imgWisconsin head coach Mike Eaves signed two new recruits yesterday to play in the 2009-10 season.[/media-credit]After losing four seniors to graduation and seeing WCHA Player of the Year Jamie McBain skip his final season at the University of Wisconsin, the men’s hockey team welcomed two new recruits for the 2009-10 season Wednesday afternoon.Joining the Badgers are goaltender Brett Bennett — who hails from Williamsville, N.Y. — and defenseman John Ramage of Chesterfield, Mo.Bennett in particular was a necessary addition to head coach Mike Eaves’ squad with three of the departing seniors playing goaltender, including two-year starter Shane Connelly. As of right now, Wisconsin will carry two net minders on its roster next season with junior-to-be Scott Gudmandson and newcomer Bennett.“Brett will come in as a Badger after a super year in junior hockey,” Eaves said in a press release. “We look forward to him bringing his experience to our team. And John, with his experience with the national team development program, he has already played multiple college games and will come in and add that experience to our incoming class.”Ramage skated for the St. Louis Bandits — a North American Hockey League team — where he recorded 11 points in 56 games, including four goals. Ramage’s point totals are a bit off from McBain’s 37 points in 40 games, which led all WCHA defenseman. Ramage also played for the U.S. Under-18 National Team, and the Bandits won the 2008 USA Hockey Tier II Junior A National Championships.In the 2009 NHL Central Scouting draft rankings, Ramage ranks No. 97 among North American hockey players.Like fellow Badgers’ Blake Geoffrion and Patrick Johnson, Ramage comes from a successful NHL family. Ramage’s father, Rob Ramage, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NHL Draft, and the elder Ramage appeared in 1,044 total NHL games.Bennett will come to UW with only two years of eligibility remaining after suiting up his first two seasons for Boston University. Selected in the fifth round by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Bennett spent this season starting for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.With the Ice, Bennett earned a spot on the First-Team All USHL squad and went 35-17-4 on the year. With four shutouts, the Missouri native posted a 2.59 goals-against average and stopped 91 percent of the shots fired on net.While manning the pipes for Boston University, Bennett went 16-10-3 with a 2.63 goals-against average. This season, Connelly went 19-14-4 for the Badgers and posted a 2.51 goals-against average.last_img read more

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Orange volleyball looks for consistency to rescue conference season

first_img Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The players on the Syracuse volleyball team realize the importance of consistency. But this season, consistency has remained elusive for the Orange. Ask any player why that is, and there won’t be any excuses. Instead, it’s just reality. ‘Every team has ups and downs, it’s a long season,’ outside hitter Hayley Todd said. ‘We’re just sort of fighting through that.’ Syracuse (21-5, 3-5 Big East) heads into a weekend with two must-win matches against Pittsburgh and West Virginia. The two wins would keep the Orange’s season alive in the Big East. Coming off a lost Midwest road trip in which it suffered two defeats at the hands of Notre Dame and DePaul, Syracuse needs to right itself for the last stretch of the season. Now’s the time to do that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Both the Mountaineers (14-10, 4-4) and the Panthers (10-14, 4-4) come in with even conference records, sitting in seventh and eighth places in the conference, respectively. The Orange leads the Big East with a .288 hitting percentage, while Pittsburgh sits at No. 9 at .188 and West Virginia is No. 13 at .173. On paper, Syracuse is the better team. If the Orange can live up to those statistics on the court, getting at least one win, if not two, shouldn’t be too much of a problem. If it doesn’t, SU will be in for a tough final weekend of the season, when it would have to beat the top two teams in the Big East in Cincinnati and Louisville. ‘If we lose this weekend, it’s going to be tough,’ Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘Pitt and West Virginia are no pushovers, and DePaul has one win in the Big East and that’s against us. Anything can happen.’ SU hasn’t been able to put together a string of wins, instead it has tough losses that keep the Orange’s quest to remain in the top eight of the Big East a daunting task. Syracuse’s crucial victories have been mixed with untimely defeats. The consistency of winning hasn’t been there in conference play. For the Orange, that isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary. That’s what happens when good teams beat up on each other. Any team can get a win in any match, and that team doesn’t have to be the best one on the court. But this weekend, Syracuse has to do both: Be the best team and get the two wins it needs to contend. ‘We have to keep playing defense well,’ middle blocker Lindsay McCabe said. ‘Just keep our hitting consistency, we’ve been having good kill percentages.’ SU continues to have the best overall record in the conference, but its Big East record remains the issue. The Orange now sits in 10th place in a position that is far from where it wants to be. A league record below .500 probably wouldn’t allow Syracuse to get into the top eight to make the playoffs, although there could be a shot. Albeit a long shot. ‘It has to be mathematically perfect,’ LaMarche said. ‘But you know 8-6 is definitely in, 7-7 has a good chance. We’re pushing through these next four games, and hopefully one from Louisville or Cincinnati.’ Two wins this weekend would get SU back to .500 and back to a good spot in the standings. After losses this season, the players have said that not everything came together well enough to get a win. Everything didn’t click the way it should. But as the season goes on, things better start coming together and clicking. Syracuse’s grip on its playoff ambitions loosens with every loss. At least for SU, it knows what it needs to do to turn things around. ‘We just have to finish the plays,’ McCabe said. ‘Last weekend we dug a lot of balls up, had good sets and just struggled to end the play with a kill. That definitely has to be our focus.’ cjiseman@syr.edulast_img read more

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Women of Troy take on weekend series in Arizona

first_imgAfter recording both a win and a loss in each of the last two weeks, the Women of Troy are hoping they can come away with two victories in Arizona this weekend.Extra effort · Junior setter Kendall Bateman has helped lead the Women of Troy to a 14-2 record and an overall ranking of fifth this season. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The No. 5 USC women’s volleyball team will play Arizona State tonight before facing No. 25 Arizona on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m.Last weekend, USC lost to then-No. 1 Stanford after winning the first set. The next night they lost a 2-0 lead and just barely squeaked out the win against then-No. 7 California in five sets.When looking back at this inconsistent play, USC coach Mick Haley said one of the main problems is a lack of consistency.“We struggled with lack of rhythm at certain parts of the [match against Cal],” Haley said. “We have to fight through that.”Regardless of the team’s impressive 14-2 record, Haley notes there are still a lot of areas his team has to focus on.“We’ve got a lot to learn in the way of continuing to control matches,” Haley said. “But I believe the real culprit in doing this is still our defense. Our blocking at the net has to continually get better.”To help improve the team’s weaker areas, the Women of Troy have spent the week practicing their transitions after kills, while also participating in competitive serving and receiving drills. But these extra efforts in practice cannot help the players deal with something else that might be distracting them — midterms.“I’m really trying to get them to focus and study at the same time,” Haley said. “They get stronger as they go through it, especially the younger ones.”Haley has six freshmen on his 16 roster team, and with midterms and other distractions standing in the way, he cannot deny he is a bit worried about his team having to travel and play the next two games on the road.“I am real concerned, but there’s not anything I can do about it except keep us very organized, keep life simple and give them time to study that won’t affect their preparation for the matches,” Haley said.First up for the Women of Troy is Arizona State. While the Sun Devils are just 6-11 this season and a mere 1-4 in the Pac-10, Haley is definitely not taking the team lightly.“If [Arizona State] lose[s] twice this weekend, they could be looking at their season being over, and they can’t afford to have that happen. They’re at home. They’ve been playing well. They just haven’t won,” Haley said.Facing Arizona will not be easy either, as the Women of Troy have lost two straight games in Tucson.“I think it’s always difficult to play there,” Haley said. “They’re always ready for us.”Despite USC’s high national ranking and impressive depth, Haley is not getting overconfident, especially when he considers how young his team is and how much room there is for improvement.“I think we’ve really got our work cut out for us. This is not going to be easy at all,” Haley said. “It’s always hard playing at the Arizonas.”last_img read more

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Racing goes ahead at Powerstown Park in Clonmel.

first_imgThe action gets underway at 12.50. However the steeplechase course is waterlogged so it’s down to a 5 race card with Vroum Vroum Mag the star attraction.Unbeaten in six starts since joining Willie Mullins from France, she runs in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle at 1.20.The Dermot McLoughlin-trained Dragon Fei and Mrs MacVeale from the Gavin Dwyer yard are tipped to be her principal rivals in the race.last_img

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“I was quoted out of context” – Afriyie Ankrah clarifies ‘sacrificial’ comment

first_imgFormer minister of sport Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has moved to clarify his comments that he was a political scapegoat in the events after last year’s bungled World Cup effort.In an earlier interview exclusively with Joy Sports, the embattled official – now based at the Office of the President – seemed to have made statements intimating that the political system had made a scapegoat out of him following the Black Stars dismal performance in Brazil.His earlier comment was: “When there are tournaments, naturally people are excited. There is so much expectation and when we go and we don’t do well, then we are all looking for somebody’s blood. It’s normal and so I had to be sacrificed, it’s normal.I think that we should support the New Minister. He is very capable. I have full confidence in him and his capabilities.”But in a swift move to clear the air, Afriyie Ankrah told Asempa FM on Tuesday that the comments were not couched in their proper context. “In a football loving country like Ghana, people’s emotions in the game mean that sometimes there is tension when tournaments come around,” he began. Elvis went on: “And when the national team does not do well, people get angry after being broken hearted and when that happens there is a push to look for someone to blame.” Afriyie Ankrah admitted that as the sitting minister at the time, the buck stopped with him, but offer perspective on his earlier comments.”Just like Ghana beat Egypt 6-1 [during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers] and all of who were involved were widely praised, in the same way I accepted that the World Cup fiasco was a failure and I have taken responsibilty. That is what I meant when I earlier used the ‘sacrifice’ description.”Speaking in Akan on the Eko Sii Sen program, he went on: “But what I didn’t like were the lies and half-truths peddled. Which is why we are all patiently for the incoming final report of the 2014 World Cup Commission.”In retrospect, the former minister reflected that he could probably have used another expression such as “paid the price” in his earlier interview.”I am still in government. I still work with the President so such a comment would have reflected very badly and for someone who is still committed to the better Ghana agenda, I could not possibly have done so.”  Responding to whether he felt confident that exoneration will come when the final recommendations are made by the Justice Dzamefe-led commission, Ankrah was coy.”I don’t expect to be exonerated. I am expecting the truth. There is only one truth and whether I went and embezzled public funds or otherwise will be laid bare and I know my administration worked with a clean heart.”The World Cup Commission is expected to present its final report in the next few days.–last_img read more

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Why the Big Ten canceled 2020 football season: COVID-19 ‘uncertainty’ overrules Ohio State, Michigan pleas

first_imgThe Big Ten is the first Power 5 conference to officially nix its campaign.“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said commissioner Kevin Warren in a statement. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.”MORE: Dabo Swinney confused by Trevor Lawrence’s plan for players associationJust because there won’t be games doesn’t mean all football activities will be wiped out, though. Despite pleas from Big Ten football players and coaches in recent days to compete this fall, the conference announced the cancellation of the 2020 season on Tuesday.The decision, reportedly finalized in talks late Monday night, came as COVID-19 cases continued to rise at an alarming rate nationwide. The Big Ten ultimately felt holding football games was not in the best interest of student-athlete safety, citing unknowns over the long-term effects of the coronavirus. Fall workouts remain on the table and subject to further discussion. A spring season is also reportedly under consideration, though that would be made complicated by NFL prospects.This conversation last night about how programs would handle the *fall* with no football, hinted at what came today. Officials and coaches were discussing potential fall plans — workouts? athletic activities? strength and conditioning? — for the first time. https://t.co/hF9lMhou5P— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020Ohio State and Michigan were among the Big Ten teams pushing hard for football games to be salvaged this fall.Other Power 5 conferences continue to debate the merits of playing this year; the ACC has reportedly become more confident in recent days it can hold games.An ACC source told me today: “We’re further away from pulling out now than we were a few days ago. I think we’re more steady in the boat in sticking with our plan. Given the conditions of COVID, we know that can change quickly.” 1/2— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020last_img read more

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Bassa Association President Blasts County Leadership

first_imgThe president of the Grand Bassa Association in the Americas, Jerome Gaymen, has blamed leadership of the county for the abject poverty and low esteem facing citizens therein.Making the statement to the Daily Observer in an internet message exchange, Mr. Gaymen said leaders in developing countries attach seriousness to quality education for their youth to prepare them for a better future.According to Mr. Gaymen, the same would work in Grand Bassa case if leaders of the county use their influence to use development funds and seek assistance from other sources to develop the county.He observes that because of political parties’ interests, lawmakers and other leaders of the county are not collectively working in the interest of Grand Bassa, noting, “To ensure that life gets better for the young and old in Bassa, lawmakers from the county need to give preference to the affairs of the county.“Forming partnerships and collaboration, and working across party lines are key aspects of collaboration,” he said.“If these opportunities are given our people, I believe the youths will be able to realize their full potential and see how best they can adequately contribute to the society,” he noted.The GBAA president added that in such societies, young people look forward to a better future.“Contrary to this philosophy that drives countries to a better future, I am not seeing this in Grand Bassa County for the young people. Young people in Bassa seem to have no faith in their leaders,” he said.“The proof is clear. Do we have quality schools, as the second oldest and most powerful county in the nation? Are the citizens benefiting from our people including Gbezongar Findley the Pro Temp, Hans Barchue the Deputy Speaker, Julia Duncan Cassel, Gender and Development Minister, T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director for the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, and Matilda Parker, Managing Director of National Port Authority and others who hold prestigious positions in government?  Is it only to have Bassa connection but Bassa not to have their benefits?” Mr. Gaymen questioned.Although praised the establishment and funding of the Bassa Community College, he also identified three areas he says need to be addressed.He named Community/youth development Center, Job creation and services to the elderly as areas of concern.Disclosing development plan the US based Grand Bassa organization has for the county; Gaymen said the organization is constructing a hospital in Deso Town.“We are working with the Community College to build the capacity of students. We also have scholarships at Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences,” he further acknowledged. “We have interest in doing more only as a partner to the county and its people,” he assured.He clarified that his comments are not meant to set the impression that he wants a political position in the county.“I don’t believe in seeking political glory before performing my duty as a lawful citizen. When we brought the books and computers, the speculation grew that I want political office. That’s not true. I do not have to do these things to qualify me for a political office,” Mr. Gaymen stressed.However, Grand Bassa Senator and Senate Pro-Temp Gbehzohngar Milton Findley told the Daily Observer that he would continue to work with the Grand Bassa Association in the Americas to ensure that development be the first priority of the county.T. Nelson Williams, Managing Direct of the Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company dispelled discrediting statements made by Gaymen and noted that there are prominent sons and daughters of Grand Bassa, who are contributing to the growth and development of the County.He said he has personally contributed to private sector and government-owned institutions in the county through partnership with his friends.“I am personally supporting the private sector. I also have a foundation in Buchanan and a Hotel which have about 27 employees in both institutions. I have scholarships for both junior high students and those of the Grand Bassa Community College. My foundation has a feeding program that caters for the old, blind, crippled and the underprivileged,” Mr. William said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Stunning stats! Find out the most unbelievable records from the Premier League weekend

first_img 1. Not only that, but Wayne Rooney’s goal was his 187th in the Premier League, tying him with Andy Cole as the top flight’s second all-time top scorer. 10 2. Wayne Rooney scored his first away goal in 1,550 minutes, his last being 17 games ago, in November 2014. 10 10 After enduring the humdrum of the international break, the Premier League needed to deliver – and that it did.  From Newcastle United’s thrashing of Norwich City, their first victory of the season, to Wayne Rooney equalling Andy Cole’s all-time goalscoring record – over the past two days, a number of exciting records were broken in the blink of an eye. So talkSPORT has listed the most interesting, exciting and downright unbelievable stats from the weekend’s action.To find out the very best, click the yellow arrow above, right.  10 10. Jamie Vardy became only the fourth Englishman to score in six consecutive games in England’s top flight, following Michael Owen, James Beattie and Daniel Sturridge – to find out nine more amazing stats from the Premier League weekend, click the arrow above! 7. After Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool finished 0-0, Simon Mignolet has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this calendar year – with 13. 10 10 3. Raheem Sterling scored the first hat trick of his senior career after netting three in the opening 45 minutes against AFC Bournemouth. 5. With 614 sprints in comparison to Tottenham Hotspur’s 564, Liverpool became the first team this season to out-run the north London outfit – a sign of what’s to come under Jurgen Klopp. 10 4. Own goals are Chelsea’s top scorer, with three, so far this season. Diego Costa and Willian are behind having netted an uninspiring two. 10 10 8. Georginio Wijnaldum is only the second player to have ever scored four goals in a single Premier League game for Newcastle United. You guessed it – Alan Shearer is the other, during a clash against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. 6. Branislav Ivanovic ended a run of 63 consecutive Premier League starts, missing his first domestic game since January 11th 2014 9. The eight goals scored at St James’ Park are the most seen in a Premier League game so far this season. 10last_img read more

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Leicester will NOT be disrupted by Steve Walsh’s exit, claims Claudio Ranieri

first_img1 Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri insists life will go on for Leicester despite Steve Walsh’s departure to Everton.The Foxes boss was disappointed to see his influential assistant manager depart for Goodison Park earlier this week.As the Premier League champions’ head of recruitment, Walsh was also responsible for unearthing many of the players who led the club to their shock title triumph.New Toffees boss Ronald Koeman hopes he can achieve similar success by appointing Walsh as Everton’s first director of football and Ranieri is now on the look out for the 51-year-old’s replacement.But the Italian is confident that no matter who takes on the role in future, Leicester will not face disruption.Speaking ahead of the International Champions Cup friendly encounter with Celtic in Glasgow, Ranieri said: “I worked with Steve at Chelsea a long time ago. I was very pleased to work with him also here at Leicester.“Now he wants to go and I can only say thank you. He worked so well here.“But now we have our plan and will continue with our plan.“Without me, without the players, football always goes on.”Walsh has been credited with discovering the likes of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.The latter has already moved on to Chelsea in a £30million deal while Ranieri preferred not to discuss Mahrez’s future as he dismissed recent chatter surrounding the Algeria international’s contract talks as “speculation”.He did confirm left-back Ben Chilwell was closing in on a new deal and also rejected claims striker Leonardo Ulloa could be set to quit the King Power Stadium.According to reports, the Argentinian is considering his Foxes future amid concerns he has dropped behind new signing Ahmed Musa in Ranieri’s pecking order.But Ranieri added: “It is not true because nobody asked me something. It is only speculation.“The player is very, very happy. He works in training sessions and the last match very well.“I’m so happy with him and all my players. My plan is to keep all the players.“N’Golo Kante wants to go – okay good luck to him. But the others want to stay.”last_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: SPL POST-SPLIT FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Celtic will play Rangers in the final old firm game of the season on April 29, it was announced today.The Hoops can clinch the SPL title this Saturday if they get just a point at Kilmarnock, the side who beat them in the League Cup final.The passing of the father of Killie’s Liam Kelly at that match has undoubtedly brought both sides closer. Today Kilmarnock announced they will give over three stands to Celtic supporters for this Saturday’s match at Rugby Park.Killie had balloted season ticket holders in their East Stand, with 93% of respondents agreeing to move to the Frank Beattie Stand. The Ayrshire club say that almost 70% of those asked replied.The remaining fixtures are below:  Sunday, April 22Motherwell v CelticFir Park (KO: 2pm)Sunday, April 29Celtic v RangersCeltic Park (KO: 12.45pm)Thursday, May 3Celtic v St JohnstoneCeltic Park (KO: 7.45pm)Sunday, May 6Dundee United v CelticTannadice (KO: 12.45pm)Sunday, May 13Celtic v HeartsCeltic Park (KO: 12.30pm)THE HOOPS REPORT: SPL POST-SPLIT FIXTURES ANNOUNCED was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: SPL POST-SPLIT FIXTURES ANNOUNCEDlast_img read more

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Timmer Scores 32 Points In Men’s Basketball’s Win Over Chicago State

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Led by a career-high 32 points from senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.), the Drake men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State, 79-67, in its return to the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon. Drake (4-1) recorded 19 assists on 29 field goals while shooting 47.5 percent (29-61) from the floor. The Bulldogs recorded 11 three-pointers, eight of which came in the second half as the team shot 53.3 percent from the arc in the period. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Box Score (HTML) Listen Live Watch Live Preview Story Links Box Score (PDF) at Omaha 11/29/2017 – 7 p.m. Sophomore Nick McGlynn added a career-high 17 points while just missing his third straight double-double with nine rebounds. H was joined in double-digits by redshirt senior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who tallied 10 points. Senior C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) tied for a team-high nine rebounds and had eight assists, one shy of a career high. Chicago State (2-7) opened the first half with a 10-4 lead over the Bulldogs before extending it to a 32-18 lead. Drake surged back out of a timeout to end the half on a 17-2 run that included eight straight points by McGlynn and a three-pointer by McMurray for the 35-34 halftime lead.center_img Following Sunday’s win, the Bulldogs return to the road for a Nov. 29 contest at Omaha. The contest is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Print Friendly Version “Reed’s been phenomenal so far,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “If they’re going to give him open looks, he’s going to knock them down and that’s what you expect from a senior. He showed a lot of confidence on the offensive end that really helped us.” Full Schedule Roster Chicago State was led by Fred Sims, Jr. who poured in 25 points followed by Glen Burns and Deionte Simmons who put up 15 and 11 points, respectively. Simmons grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. “We didn’t have our best today, but you have to give a lot of credit to Chicago State,” Medved said. “They [Chicago State] made the decision to soft press back into a zone and it bothered us early. They took us out of rhythm and defensively we weren’t very good. We dug ourselves a hole but showed a lot of resiliency.” The Bulldogs continued their push to open the second half with six straight points for a 41-34 lead. Chicago State fired back to erase Drake’s lead and used an 11-3 run to build a 58-53 lead. Minutes later, a Woodward three-pointer gave Drake the go-ahead lead as part of a 21-3 run that ultimately secured the Bulldog victory. Timmer poured in a career-high seven three-pointers to put himself into 10th all-time at Drake with 139 career three-pointers and those seven three-pointers rank as the fifth most in a game in Drake history. Timmer’s 32 points marked the third time in five games this season he has scored 20 or more points and his 11th straight game in double-figure scoring dating back to last season. Next Game: “We finally had a stretch in the second half where we defended the ball screen better and when our defense picked up, that’s when we went on a run and found a way to get a hard-fought win,” Medved added.last_img read more

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Mandela birthday song a group effort

first_img30 May 2012 Nelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when the recording of the song, in which South Africans across the spectrum sing Happy Birthday to him, goes viral. The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.Video: South Africans sing Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known. Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars. Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.” The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.An icon honoured Moss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.” Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating. Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come together South Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie. Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.” Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994 Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse. “This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.” Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwide Dlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.” She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”. They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person. In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto. Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Rokinon Announces New Wide-Angle Lenses

first_img12mm f/2.0 NCS CS LensAccepts front filters using a 67mm diameter thread.Price: $399Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX,  Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Rokinon announces affordable wide-angle lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.Rokinon has announced their latest line of lenses today and we’re impressed….Rokinon has cornered the market at creating high quality lenses at a low price point. Their latest announcement serves to address a problem that plagues indie-filmmakers everywhere, crop factor.Crop factor happens when a lens is not capable of taking on the entire field of view of a given lens. This makes lenses look as though they are a higher focal length then what they really are.For example, the popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera has a crop factor of 2.4x, which would take your normally wide 24mm lens and turn it into a 57mm lens. Crop factor makes getting wide shots more difficult but the new manual Rokinon lenses aim to help.Rokinon’s new lense announcement includes a number of wide-angle lenses. Let’s take a look….8mm Fish-Eye II LensThe second generation of the popular 8mm lens.Price: $349Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fijifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II LensA wide angle lens specially designed to be used on film productions. The lens has threads that can be easily fitted into most follow focus’s.Price: $399Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fufifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony EWhen Will the New Rokinon Lenses Ship? The lenses are expected to be available by Tuesday, March 25. You can pre-order all the lenses from most popular lens distributors.What do you think of the new Rokinon lenses?Are there any better alternatives? Share in the comments below.center_img 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS LensDesigned for APS-C Sensors. The lens was created with a nano coating system.Price: $539Mounts: Canon EF, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirdslast_img read more

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Michigan Lands 2018 Recruit Jalil Irvin

first_imgjalil irvinjalil irvinJalil Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound player from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has officially committed to the Michigan Wolverines. Irvin dropped the news on Twitter Friday morning, adding that since he still has two years of high school left, he’ll be taking official visits elsewhere. Irvin isn’t yet ranked by 247 Sports, but he does have offers from two other schools – Illinois and Tulane.Think you officially a Michigan commmit #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/78dSlEO3P4— Jalil Irvin (@only1_lil) June 3, 2016Irvin is Michigan’s third 2018 commitment – joining Leonard Taylor and Antwuan Johnson.last_img read more

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$800 Million Allocated to Repair Farm Roads

first_imgStory Highlights “As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network.Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.“As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said.Mr. Shaw, who was appointed to the post late March, noted that there is significant potential for growth in the agricultural sector.“It has only been a week now since I assumed this portfolio, but I have already made it abundantly clear that my mission is to unleash the latent potential of agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, thus contributing to growth in the economy and enhancing rural development and prosperity for all farmers. The farmers are at the centre of the Ministry’s mandate,” he said.President of JAS, Norman Grant, told JIS News that the announcement is welcome news for the island’s farmers, as upgraded road conditions will greatly improve efficiency as well as contribute to increased earnings in the agricultural sector.“I would like to welcome the Minister’s announcement for the allocation of $800 million towards farm road improvement… . We called last year for $1 billion, up from the $500 million and we are happy that it is moving in the right direction. We will engage the Ministry and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to ensure that this is expedited, because there is a strong correlation between increased production and improvement of the rural and farm road network. The JAS is delighted that this allocation has been made,” the JAS President said.He added, “It is important to note, that if we want to increase production and productivity, that we (address the need for a proper) rural road network and farm roads in the agricultural areas.”Celebrated annually throughout the Month of April, this year’s commemoration of Farmers’ Month marks the 35th consecutive staging since its launch by the JAS to recognise the contribution of Jamaica’s farmers to national development.Activities for the month are being held under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’ and include church services, health fairs, training sessions, a farmers’ award ceremony and a mini expo. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network. Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.last_img read more

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PO Ferries Opens Expanded Terminal in Zeebrugge

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries has opened its expanded terminal in Zeebrugge, Belgium, which will help the company to double freight capacity in order to meet rising demand from exporters to Britain. The terminal has now been enlarged by 14 hectares, comprising a fourth berth and enhanced rail infrastructure.The expansion is expected to give the ferry company the capacity to handle 700,000 units of freight every year at the Belgian terminal, compared with the current figure of 370,000 units of cargo.From its Zeebrugge hub, P&O Ferries operates services across the North Sea to UK’s Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.Last month, the company said it recorded a 16 percent uplift in freight units on its service between Zeebrugge and Teesport between July and September 2016.In the same quarter, the number of freight units which the company shipped between Gothenburg and Britain almost doubled, compared with the same period in 2015.P&O Ferries operates 20 vessels on eight routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Encouraged to Celebrate Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee during community events, medal presentations, tours of Province House, film presentations and other activities to be held across the province throughout the year. The celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign as the Queen of Canada begins today, Feb. 6, with the Queen’s Personal Canadian flag being raised at provincial legislatures across the country. “The Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful opportunity for all Nova Scotians to recognize and celebrate our province’s ties with the Commonwealth,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Those ties have helped to make our province, and our country, what it is today – a place that exemplifies peace, tradition, diversity, respect and strong values. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend warm wishes and congratulations to Her Majesty on this remarkable and historic milestone.” There has only been one other Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Canada – that of Queen Victoria in 1897. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis said Her Majesty’s 60-year reign demonstrates the importance of fostering and nourishing strong relationships in the global community. “As Nova Scotians celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, let us give thanks for a sovereign who continues to inspire us, who has stood beside us with unwavering strength, and who has been a trusted source of steadfast hope for the future,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. The celebrations will recognize Nova Scotians who have made significant contributions to their communities at ceremonies to be held across the province throughout the year. In an effort to engage and recognize young Nova Scotians, the province will award 60 scholarships – one for each year of Her Majesty’s reign – to Grade 12 students who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to their communities and the province. An interactive, online learning tool and resources about the Diamond Jubilee and Her Majesty will also be available to help teachers educate students in grades 2 to 11 on the monarchy and how Her Majesty continues to be a role model for active citizenship. “Young Nova Scotians are the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our province,” said Premier Dexter. “These tools will help students better understand how government works and why community involvement makes our province a stronger and better place to live, work and raise a family.” Nova Scotians can send congratulatory messages online through the Diamond Jubilee website or by signing a commemorative message book at Province House. The book is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by a Nova Scotian artisan. These keepsakes will be sent to Her Majesty once the celebrations wrap up in December. As part of the festivities, a photo exhibit of previous Royal tours to Nova Scotia is on display at Province House and a film of the 1951 Royal Visit by then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will be shown at Government House tonight at 7 p.m. The Queen supports more than 620 charities and organizations around the world, including 33 charitable and military organizations in Canada. Since her accession to the Throne in 1952, Her Majesty has completed 22 Royal Tours of Canada, five of those including Nova Scotia, with the most recent in 2010. “I encourage all Nova Scotians, young and old alike, to celebrate this important and significant anniversary,” said the premier. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee, visit http://novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee.last_img read more

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MPs are no Einstein when it comes to misattributing famous quotes

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian parliamentarians love to quote Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity.No one more so than Liberal Sean Casey, who’s cited the famous quotation purportedly from the acclaimed physicist at least five times in the House of Commons or in parliamentary committees since he was first elected in 2011.“Albert Einstein once said, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,’” the Prince Edward Island MP told the Commons during a 2014 debate on the previous Conservative government’s bill to stiffen criminal penalties for child predators.“No one in the House would accuse the minister of justice of being Einstein, but the government’s behaviour on this issue gives rise to the suspicion that they are playing politics with a very serious issue.”But it seems no one can accuse Einstein of being Einstein either — at least not when it comes to the insanity quotation.“There is no evidence to suggest that Einstein ever said this,” says a report by micro-learning platform Blinkist.“It only began to be attributed to him long after his death … The exact origin of the quote is unknown, but the general consensus is that it emerged during the 1980s.”Casey is far from alone in mistakenly attributing the insanity definition to Einstein. A quick search of Commons and committee transcripts turns up at least 13 references to the supposed Einstein maxim by Liberal, Conservative and New Democrat MPs — just since 2015.According to Blinkist, which analyzed 25 years of publicly accessible records from Canadian, American and British legislative transcripts, it is the most frequently misattributed quotation cited by Canadian parliamentarians — with former Reform MP Mike Scott appearing to be the first to use it during parliamentary debate in 1999.“It’s human nature to try and find the perfect quote from famous figures we admire in order to support our point of view,” says Blinkist CEO and co-founder Holger Seim. “However, when taken out of context, quotes can lose their meaning or, as we’ve seen in the age of social media, could be completely wrong in the first place.”Here are the nine runners-up for the top misattributed quotes cited in Canada’s Parliament:— “Let them eat cake.” Attributed to Queen of France Marie Antoinette on learning that starving peasants had no bread. According to Blinkist, the phrase was first attributed to an unnamed princess in philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s 1770 work, “Confessions.” At the time, Marie Antoinette was a child, so it is unlikely she was the princess to whom Rousseau referred.— “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Attributed to 18th-century historian and philosopher Voltaire. According to Blinkist, “Voltaire never used this expression. It was actually written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her book, ‘The Friends of Voltaire,’ in 1906.”— “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the independence movement against British colonial rule in India. Blinkist says there is no evidence Gandhi ever said this, although it does fit with his non-violent philosophy.— “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Also attributed to Gandhi. According to Blinkist, what he actually said was, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”— “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Attributed to American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Blinkist says this was actually said by Carl W. Buehner, former Republican party candidate for governor of Utah.— “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” Attributed to former British prime minister Winston Churchill. According to the International Churchill Society, “It’s a nice quote, but definitely not Winston Churchill.”— “An army marches on its stomach.” Attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte.  Blinkist says there’s no evidence he ever said this.— “There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.” Falsely attributed to various people, including Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. According to Blinkist, it was first uttered by English actor Christopher Bullock in 1716.— “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” Attributed to one-time Soviet strongman Josef Stalin. Blinkist says this was “actually a satirical point made in an essay by Kurt Tucholsky about French diplomacy in 1925.”Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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eBay for Charity Partners with GLAAD to Celebrate Pride Month and the

first_imgToday, eBay for Charity, a platform that easily connects buyers and sellers with the causes they care about, announced its partnership with GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy group, to launch a campaign in celebration of Pride Month this June.eBay for Charity Partners with GLAAD to Celebrate Pride Month & the LGBTQ CommunityFrom Monday, June 11 at 8 a.m. PDT – Thursday, June 21 at 8 a.m. PDT shoppers can visit eBay.com/GLAAD to enter a truly unique sweepstakes as well as bid on exclusive auction items and experiences donated by their favorite celebrities. 100% of proceeds from this campaign will benefit GLAAD, a nonprofit whose goal is to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance by working with content creators in film, television, music, digital, and more, as well as the news media, to ensure fair and accurate LGBTQ representation.“In partnership with our employee-led Communities of Inclusion like United in Pride, which focuses on the LGBTQ community, we are committed to making our workplace safe, inclusive and free of judgement and discrimination for everyone at eBay,” said Damien Hooper-Campbell eBay’s Chief Diversity Officer. “By partnering with GLAAD through this charity campaign, it is yet another way we’re able to help advocate, educate and celebrate diversity of the LGBTQ community within eBay and beyond.”Lunch with the Real Housewives 
The cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is offering the chance for one lucky fan to dine in housewife style for the day and join them for a VIP lunch. GLAAD supporters and Housewives fans alike can enter via a sweepstakes by donating either $10, $25, $50 or $75 at eBay.com/GLAAD. Shoppers who enter the sweepstakes by donating a value higher than $50 will receive a PINTRILL pin at no charge. See below for more information on the PINTRILL pins.Support GLAAD like a Celeb
Some of GLAAD’s biggest celebrity supporters including Debra Messing, Iggy Azalea, Halsey, and more, have united to celebrate Pride Month by donating unique auction items/experiences, including:Cast Autographed This Is Us “Pilot” ScriptTwo VIP Tickets and a Meet & Greet with HalseyWill & Grace Photo with the CastSigned Costume from Iggy AzaleaOne-on-One Lunch or Dinner with Yara MartinezTwo tickets and Meet & Greet with Melissa EtheridgeWynonna Earp Blue Devils Cheerleading UniformVIP Meet & Greet Pass with Betty WhoTwo Tour Costumes signed by Adam LambertNY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning Autographed PosterTwo Tickets to Broadway’s Acclaimed Kinky BootsAlice and Olivia SUGAR BABIES Embroidered & Beaded Handbag by Stacey BendetShow Your Pride
Lastly, eBay for Charity has partnered with PINTRILL to design two limited-edition Pride-themed pins that will be available exclusively on eBay for Charity for $15 each. The designs include a “Love Is Love” pin and a “Rainbow” pin.last_img read more

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BC premier says Site C could end up in Supreme Court over

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says British Columbia’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project could face ongoing legal battles over Indigenous rights and may eventually end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.Horgan made the comments Tuesday on the eve of the release of an independent review his government ordered on the economic viability of the hydroelectric dam project in northeast B.C.He said he believes Aboriginal people will continue to fight Site C in the courts.“I believe that the Indigenous people in the region who are concerned about this will continue to push their case to appeal and we’ll see where we go, and if we end up in the Supreme Court at the end of the day,” Horgan said outside the legislature.He said he’s aware that every Aboriginal court challenge of Site C so far has ended in defeat or been abandoned, but those issues were fought on environmental grounds, not land, hunting and fishing rights that are enshrined in the Constitution.In August 2015, the Federal Court dismissed an application by the Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was filed and was dismissed in January.In September 2015, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the same two First Nations challenging the environmental approval of Site C by the B.C. government. An appeal was filed and was dismissed in February.Crown-owned B.C. Hydro says it has been consulting with Indigenous communities and people about the project since 2007.Horgan said he expects future Indigenous legal challenges to focus on land rights.He cited the concerns raised in a report by a joint review panel in May 2014 about Site C’s potential impacts on Indigenous rights as a possible avenue for legal pursuits.The report found B.C. will eventually need the power generated by Site C, but the project would impact land and resources traditionally used by First Nations. It said the effect on treaty rights would also have to be weighed by the government.Harry Swain, chairman of the review, has since said the panel was not permitted to look at other energy solutions.“The rights and title question that Harry Swain touched upon, the constitutional barriers that he touched upon, I don’t believe the courts have addressed because that hasn’t been how the questions have been put,” said Horgan.The review by the B.C. Utilities Commission due Wednesday will serve as an independent assessment for the project, which is under construction on the Peace River.Horgan said cabinet will make a decision by the end of this year on whether to allow the project to carry on, put it on hold or stop construction.Scott Fraser, B.C.’s Indigenous relations and reconciliation minister, will meet with Aboriginal communities in the northeastern part of the province shortly after the review is released, Horgan said.Site C, which would flood agricultural land with the creation of an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, would produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity every year, enough to power about 450,000 homes.last_img read more

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Bomb Attacks Kill at least 22 in Afghanistan

Kabul – More than 20 people were killed in bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including at least 14 when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepali security contractors in the capital Kabul, officials said.A bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan, said provincial government spokesman Naveed Frotan. The attacks are the latest in a surge of violence that highlights the challenges faced by the government in Kabul and its Western backers as Washington considers whether to delay plans to cut the number of its troops in Afghanistan.Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter that 14 people had been killed and eight wounded in the attack in Kabul. Police were working to identify the victims, he said. The casualties appeared to include Afghan civilians and Nepali security contractors, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack in a statement from the Islamist group’s main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Twitter. However it denied responsibility for the attack in Badakhshan.“By organizing this attack, we wanted to show Americans and NATO military officials that we can conduct attacks wherever, and whenever, we want,” the Taliban spokesman said.Another explosion in Kabul later on Monday morning wounded a provincial council member and at least three of his bodyguards, Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said.With MAP read more

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Canadian women win all three matches on Day 1 of Dubai Rugby

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bianca Farella scored four tries and Julia Greenshields added three more as Canada won all three of its games Thursday on Day 1 of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.Greenshields collected her three in Canada’s 38-7 opening win over Fiji. Farella, who scored one try against Fiji, recorded a hat trick in a 29-7 victory over Spain.Britt Benn and Kaili Lukan then scored their second tries of the day in a 21-14 win over France that gave the Canadians first place in Pool C. John Tait’s team will face Ireland in the Cup quarterfinals Friday. The Irish (2-1-0) finished runner-up in Pool A, giving New Zealand a good run for its money before going down 24-17. New Zealand and England went unbeaten in winning the other two groups.The other Cup quarterfinals are New Zealand versus Russia, U.S. versus France and England versus Australia.The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals.Canada is coming off a third-place finish in Glendale, Colo, the first stop of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. The Canadian women went 5-1 in Glendale, losing 28-19 New Zealand in the Cup semifinal before beating France 28-0.The Canadian men, whose pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, open their season Friday in Dubai in a pool with Australia, England and Japan.The Canadian women finished fourth in the overall standings in a disappointing injury-plagued 2017-18 season. Tait’s team had placed third in four of the previous five campaigns. Canada was second in 2014-15.The Canadian men were ninth last year. Their previous best finish on the circuit was sixth.A top-four finish this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics. Failure to do that means having to go to a regional qualifier.The Canadian women won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The men failed to qualify.The Canadian Press read more

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Students were put through the mill by SUSI

first_imgTHE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE has said that some third level students were “put through the mill” by the new grant-allocating body over the past year.The Ombudsman – which deals with complaints about certain public bodies – had taken on more than 50 complaints relating to problems with the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).SUSI was set up to process grant applications last year, taking over the role from local authorities. However the new system was beset with delays and problems with processing applications.Outgoing Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly took the unusual step in July of advising students affected by the delays in processing their applications that they could submit complaints to her office. Around 400 students were still waiting for their application appeals to be processed by mid-July.Speaking at the launch of the Ombudsman’s annual report yesterday, Richie Philpott, an investigator who is handling complaints against SUSI, said the most common complaint the Ombudsman’s office has received is about the long delays.Philpott said that SUSI is cooperating and are trying to work hard to solve the complaints.SUSI has repeatedly said that things will be different for students this year and that it is more prepared for dealing with applications.Read: SUSI ‘working closely’ with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints > Read: Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI >Read: Ruairí Quinn considers cutting grants; students say ‘don’t even think about it’ > Read: 59,000 new grant applicants received by SUSI ahead of deadline >last_img read more

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Report Is Apple Working on an HDTV

first_imgRumors that Apple was planning to get into the HDTV business started initially back before the current Apple TV model was released. After the Apple TV hit store shelves, people resigned themselves to the likelihood that Apple had no plans to release a consumer HDTV, and moved on. Now, a new report by an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities says that it’s more than possible that Apple will launch an Internet-connected LCD HDTV before the end of 2011, retailing for close to $2,000. The report cites several “data points” that Brian White, the analyst who authored the report, picked up at a trade show in China this week, and says in essence that Apple isn’t happy with the Apple TV being its only major living room business play. Combined with Apple’s iTunes video sales and rentals and its devotion to Airplay – its technology for wirelessly streaming audio and video from iOS and Mac OS devices to one another and supported home theater equipment – White believes that Apple is well positioned to make a push into the HDTV market. [via Apple Insider]last_img read more

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Nearly 350 traffic tickets by Bahamas Police 36 others for other crimes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – Police continue to try to suppress crime and on Wednesday there were all of arrests.    Thirty-six people were arrested for criminal offenses including possession of dangerous drugs, assault with a deadly weapon and outstanding court warrants; while 347 drivers were ticketed for traffic violations. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

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Official Empoli name Giuseppe Iachini their new coach

first_imgEmpoli have named Giuseppe Iachini as their new manager following the club’s dismissal of Aurelio AndreazzoliThe Azzurri fired Andreazzoli on Monday after their 5-1 Serie A loss to Napoli over the weekend – ironically on the day of his 65th birthday.Empoli are currently 18th in the league table in their first season back in the Italian top-flight with just one win in 11 games.Now they have turned to former Sassuolo coach Iachini to kick-start their campaign.“Empoli Fc communicates that it’s entrusted the technical guidance of the First Team to Giuseppe Iachini,” read a statement on the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Iachini will take charge of his first game for Empoli at home to former club Udinese this Sunday.L’Empoli Fc comunica di aver affidato la guida tecnica della Prima Squadra a Giuseppe Iachini pic.twitter.com/z7J43Jk3PP— Empoli Fc Official (@EmpoliCalcio) November 6, 2018last_img read more

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Vancouver man raises awareness of radon

first_imgLocal and federal health officials urge all residents to test their homes for radon. Home test kits are available for as little as $15, and can be found at many hardware stores.January is National Radon Action Month. More information about the potentially hazardous gas is available at EPA.The number didn’t mean much to John Koroloff at first: 26 picocuries per liter.That’s the amount of radon gas the retired environmental science professor measured in the air of his own basement, after getting his hands on a home test kit a couple of years ago. He just wasn’t sure if it was good or bad.“It meant nothing to me,” Koroloff said.That feeling didn’t last long. Turns out, the reading registered way past what’s considered a safe level of radon — the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after only smoking, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.Koroloff didn’t waste time in taking action. He used another test kit to verify his initial result — the second test came in at 22 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), still more than five times higher than the EPA’s safe radon threshold. He installed a new ventilation pipe in the basement of his home in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood, and more recently worked on new walls and flooring.last_img read more

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Indias Top IT Firms to Post Strong Revenue Growth for June Quarter

first_imgIndia’s top IT firms Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys are expected to announce strong revenue growth for April-June quarter, after posting disappointing results in the March quarter.Many brokerages believe that seasonal demand and receding currency fluctuations have helped IT companies in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.Even though some software firms such as Tech Mahindra, Persistent Systems and KPIT Technologies have warned about posting weak earnings in April-June period, some analyst expect top line firms to post an improved growth figures in the quarter, partly supported by increase in technology budgets of their clients.”Seasonally weak mobility business will be a drag on Q1 revenues and EBITDA. H1 B visa costs will be another drag on margins,” Tech Mahindra had said on 29 June.Tech Mahindra’s profit fell nearly 40% to ₹472 crore in January-March quarter, due to lower margin and increase in forex losses.However, India’s largest software firm TCS is expected to post a growth of about 4% in its revenues in the June quarter on sequential basis, while the second biggest company Infosys is also estimated to put up a good show.Country’s third largest IT firm Wipro has already cautioned about a slow beginning to the year. Analysts said that the company would find it difficult to “regain momentum” in the next quarters of FY16.ICICI Securities forecasts the income of the top five domestic IT companies to witness a sequential growth of 2.6% in April-June quarter in dollar terms.”Excluding Tech Mahindra, we expect the revenue growth to be 3 per cent Q-o-Q and 7 per cent Y-o-Y. This is broadly in line with the Qo-Q growth of 2.8 per cent and 3.4 per cent for the top four vendors in Q1 of FY14 and FY15, respectively,” Kuldeep Koul, an analyst at ICICI Securities, told The Economic Times.Infosys and HCL Technologies are projected to record an average sequential revenue growth of about 3% in the first quarter. Wipro estimated its revenue to grow in a range of -0.5% and +1%.While software company Accenture’s upbeat revenue guidance of 9 to 10%  for the full year has lifted investors’ confidence in Indian IT companies, some analysts warn that its robust growth may not necessarily benefit domestic IT services firms.”The usual buzz of the June quarter is definitely missing this time — I don’t think we should expect any blockbuster numbers, given that there haven’t been too many large deal signings over the last few quarters, and also clients in general have been tight with budgets,” said an India-based analyst at a top multinational brokerage.In March quarter, revenue growth of top IT companies hit its worst levels in five years, mainly impacted by cross-currency fluctuations. However, the companies expect the currency impact to be less in the June quarter, as rupee saw a depreciation of about 2.2% against the dollar in the period.last_img read more

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UNHCR involvement in Rohingya repatriation iterated

first_imgRohingya refugees line up for daily essentials distribution at Balukhali camp, near Cox’s Bazar. Photo: ReutersBangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled an army crackdown last year in Myanmar.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), responding to the plan, said they were concerned about forcibly repatriating over 650,000 Rohingya who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a conflict erupted in western Rakhine state in August.Statements from the Myanmar and Bangladesh foreign ministries said Bangladesh would set up five transit camps on its side of the border. Those camps would send Rohingyas to two reception centres in Myanmar. The repatriation process would start next Tuesday, the statements said.Myanmar said it would build a transit camp that can house 30,000 returnees.The Bangladesh statement said: “Myanmar has reiterated its commitment to stop (the) outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh.”Guterres said the UNHCR had not been involved directly in the agreement. “It will be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operations abide by international standards,” he said.“A huge effort of reconciliation is needed to allow it to take place properly,” Guterres told reporters. “The worst would be to move these people from camps in Bangladesh to camps in Myanmar, keeping an artificial situation for a long time and not allowing for them to regain their normal lives.”Myanmar stressed the need for both sides to take preventive measures against possible Rohingya attacks and said it gave Dhaka a list with the names of 1,000 alleged militants.The crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on 25 Aug in Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing. Some 650,000 people fled the violence.The military denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.The Bangladesh statement called for repatriating orphans and “children born out of unwarranted incidence,” a reference to cases of rape resulting in pregnancy, said a Bangladesh foreign ministry official who declined to be identified.The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces was widespread, according to interviews with women conducted at displacement camps by U.N. medics and activists. The military denies it was involved in any sexual assaults.VERIFICATION PROCESSA UNHCR spokesman said on Tuesday the Rohingya should return voluntarily only when they feel it is safe to do so.“Major challenges have to be overcome,” UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a news briefing in Geneva. “These include ensuring they are told about the situation in their areas of origin … and are consulted on their wishes, that their safety is ensured.”The United States expressed similar concerns. “The timeline is less important to us than the ability for people to safely and voluntarily go home,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.Nauert, who visited the region last year, noted that it has only been a few months since large numbers of Rohingya fled their homes. “I can’t imagine anyone would feel safe at this point in returning,” she said, adding that the people she met were frail, scared and in no way ready to return.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told Reuters last week the returnees could apply for citizenship “after they pass the verification process.”Myanmar does not recognise its Rohingya minority as citizens, rendering them effectively stateless.Myint Kyaing, permanent secretary at Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, told Reuters this month that Myanmar would begin processing at least 150 people a day through each of the two camps by Jan. 23.The meeting that concluded on Tuesday in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, was the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of a November repatriation agreement.Left out of the talks were the fears and concerns of the refugees themselves, “as if they are an inert mass of people who will go where and when they are told,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, told Reuters in an email.“LIVING LIKE PRISONERS”A group of refugees at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh expressed doubt about the camps Myanmar has agreed to establish on its side of the border.Mohammad Farouk, 20, who arrived in Bangladesh following the 25 Aug attacks, said exchanging one camp for another made little difference – except “the camps in Myanmar will be far worse, because we will be confined there and there will be a risk to our lives.”Another resident of the Kutupalong camp compared the new transit camps to ones set up near the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe following bouts of violence in previous years “where people are living like prisoners.”“First, ask the military to give those Rohingya their homes and property back, then talk to us about returning,” said the Rohingya refugee, who did not want to be identified.Some said the kind of violence they witnessed toward their community in Myanmar made it hard for them to trust the military. “Even if I don’t get food or anything else here, at least there is safety. I won’t feel safe if I go back to Myanmar,” said Rashid Ahmed, 33.Some young men in the camp worried they might be arrested on accusations of terrorism if they returned to Myanmar.Camp conditions in Bangladesh are dire enough, but more than 520,000 Rohingya children are at even greater risk ahead of the cyclone season that generally begins in April, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Tuesday.“They will face an even greater risk of disease, flooding, landslides and further displacement,” said Edouard Beigbeder, the UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.Nearly 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, including those who came after previous displacements dating back to the 1990s.last_img read more

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Schwartz Conflict of Interest Worries

first_imgCarol Schwartz was appointed as an Ethics and Government Accountability board member by Mayor Bowser.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Carol Schwartz as an Ethics and Government Accountability board member. However, some residents worry that her new position would be a conflict of interest.Schwartz, along with Stephen Danzansky, Dionna Lewis, and Andrew Richardson, were recently appointed by Bowser. “The District is fortunate to have these passionate and experienced public service professionals working for the betterment of our city,” said Bowser. “Together, we will create a better, stronger government that best serves the interests of our residents.”The move follows the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability disciplining several sitting council members, including Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), for “abusing the “prestige of the office” for attempting to interfere with a 2013 health department inspection of a campaign donor’s restaurant. Schwartz is a former at-large councilmember for the District, having served as chair of the Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations and the Committee on Public Works and the Environment.“Carol Schwartz is an old-head who knows this city,” said Ward 1 resident Ulysses Penny.  “Bowser is being very strategic in placing someone who could be counted easily as her nemesis in a position of power because if anyone can keep the rest of that Council in line – if they know Schwartz in watching – they are less likely to do underhanded things.”While many residents applaud Bowser’s attempts to streamline city government, others voiced concern that having Schwartz work on a board that monitors many of her former colleagues could diminish the politician’s integrity. The District’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) actively investigates any ethics violations within the D.C. government and monitors compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.“Honestly, Schwartz probably should have been elected mayor, but having her work with a team that investigates the city, including the Council, may not be such a good thing,” said Ward 6 resident Michael Jolley, a long-time supporter of Schwartz. “I trust her judgment, I just believe that the levels of corruption in this city would back her into a corner where she may have to compromise her integrity or lose friendships with colleagues.”Stephen Danzansky, Dionna Lewis, and Andrew ‘Chip’ Richardson will also join the Board of Elections. The Council of the District of Columbia will host a confirmation hearing for the Board of Election members on Dec. 16 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.last_img read more

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Mexico deports US affluenza teen Ethan Couch

first_imgTonya Couch was deported from Mexico on Dec. 31 and was promptly arrested by U.S. authorities to face charges of hindering his apprehension.Her son had lodged an appeal that could have delayed his deportation for months, but he dropped it on Jan. 15.In 2013, the teen crashed his pickup into a group of pedestrians in Texas and another vehicle, leaving four dead and several seriously injured. Couch, who was 16 at the time, had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for an adult.The son of millionaire parents made headlines during his trial when a psychologist testifying on his behalf claimed he suffered from “affluenza.” The term, coined from affluence and influenza, implied that financial privilege made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions.Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication and manslaughter. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term, but the court handed him a surprise sentence of mental health treatment and a decade of probation. A handout photo released by the Jalisco State Public Prosecutor’s Office of U.S. “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Sate, Mexico on Dec. 28, 2015. AFP/Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students How chocolate cake led to Mexican drug kingpin’s arrest Mexico drug war shootout leaves dozens dead Peña Nieto administration wants answers after Egypt kills 8 Mexican tourists MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities on Thursday deported a U.S. teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a fatal Texas drunk-driving accident, a month after the fugitivewas caught at a resort.The National Migration Institute released a video showing agents escorting a bearded Ethan Couch, 18, into a plane flying from Mexico City to Dallas, Texas, after he dropped an appeal against his deportation.Couch, who had spent 28 days in a detention facility, will be met by U.S. authorities in Dallas “because he faces several charges,” the institute said in a statement.Couch and his mother, Tonya, were detained by Mexican authorities in the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta on Dec. 28 following an international manhunt. The young man had disappeared late last year after missing a mandatory meeting with his probation officer. Couch apparently vanished after the emergence of a video showing him at a party taking part in a drinking game, which violated the terms of his probation.last_img read more

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Agencies Announce Mortgage Relief Strategies for Disaster Victims

first_img The GSEs and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD are rolling out relief strategies for servicers and borrowers caught in the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.[IMAGE]HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced Wednesday that the department is working to speed up federal disaster assistance to areas in New York and New Jersey following the passage of the storm. The announcement follows a disaster declaration for those states from President Obama.According to a release, HUD is currently contacting state and local officials in New York and New Jersey to discuss opportunities to use its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs to re-allocate federal resources toward disaster recovery efforts. Federally guaranteed loans are being offered for housing rehabilitation and economic development in disaster areas.HUD is also granting a 90-day forbearance on foreclosures of home mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).In addition, HUD reminds homeowners that its Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster victims who have lost their homes and have to rebuild or buy another home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs. The announcement also notes HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program, which enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reaching out to assist borrowers and servicers, as well. In a “”release””:http://freddiemac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=12329&item=135028, Freddie “”strongly encouraged””:https://themreport.com/articles/freddie-mac-offers-mortgage-relief-to-hurricane-sandy-victims-2012-10-30 servicers to help affected borrowers with Freddie Mac-owned loans by suspending foreclosure and eviction proceedings by up to one year. Servicers are also urged to waive assessments of penalties or late fees against borrowers with damaged homes and to forgo reporting delinquencies caused by the disaster to the nation’s credit bureaus.””Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/media/corporate-news/2012/5878.html advised the same forbearance for its servicers, who may suspend or reduce a borrower’s payments for up to 90 days in the case of a natural disaster. Since a storm of Sandy’s scale can make it difficult to reach borrowers, servicers may grant this temporary relief even if they cannot reach the homeowner immediately.””We understand the disruption that a storm such as Sandy can have on people’s lives, and we’ve made it easy for our servicers to offer relief to those who need it,”” said Leslie Peeler, senior vice president of Fannie Mae’s National Servicing Organization. “”Servicers are on the front lines with homeowners and we are grateful for their efforts to help borrowers. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by the storm.”” in Secondary Market, Servicing October 31, 2012 466 Views Agencies Announce Mortgage Relief Strategies for Disaster Victimscenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Freddie Mac HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-31 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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If I am Scared I Will Sit at Home Says Priyanka on

first_imgSalon (Uttar Pradesh): Dismissing suggestions that the Congress will cut into votes of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday said her party has fielded candidates either with prospects of victory or having potential to damage the BJP’s chances.Asked whether she was afraid of contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, the Congress general secretary said she was not scared at all and that she joined politics “for good”. “If Priyanka Gandhi gets scared, she will sit at home and not do politics. I am in politics for good and will be there,” she said.The Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh also hit out at the BJP for what she called its “obsession” with the Gandhi family when the focus should be on solving people’s problems.On the political landscape in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka said, “We have carefully chosen candidates so that either Congress wins or they cut into BJP’s votes. Congress is not at all cutting into votes of the ‘UP gathbandhan’.”Priyanka was talking to the media during her campaign trail in Amethi where her brother Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election.The Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) forged an alliance months before the Lok Sabha polls, but kept out the Congress as there was no agreement on seat-sharing.According to political observers, the anti-BJP vote could get split between the Congress and the UP alliance, benefitting BJP.”This is not a preparation for (assembly polls) in UP in 2022. This is about defeating BJP in 2019,” she said, adding, “Congress party is weak in UP we need to strengthen it here. I am working towards it.”Sharply reacting on her comments, BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The Congress party is not contesting elections to win but to cut into votes of BJP. Today the grand old party has become a vote katua party.”‘Vote katua’ is a term used for those candidates who may not come out victorious but may tilt the electoral balance in the favour of one of the two main contestants.Asked whether Rahul Gandhi will become the prime minister, Priyanka said, “My brother will prove to be a good prime minister. Whether he will become the prime minister or not, the public has to decide.”On the row surrounding Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship, she said, “This is a baseless issue which is being raked up, and the need is to focus on problems of the people.”Priyanka said there was no leader like her brother Rahul Gandhi as he listens to people and tries to resolve their problems.”BJP is obsessed with Gandhi family. When we come here we do not talk about our family. We talk about problems of people, but they target our family in half of their speeches,” said Priyanka.On the decision of her not being fielded from Varanasi, she said if she had contested from the temple town, she would have been confined to only one constituency.”I am not dejected that I am not contesting from Varanasi. I wanted to campaign and strengthen Congress in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Had I contested from Varanasi I would have got confined to Varanasi alone and would not have been able to work for strengthening the party,” she said.”There is a lot of work to do in eastern Uttar Pradesh and we have to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and strengthen the Congress,” she said.The Congress fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi, ending weeks of speculations that the constituency may witness a blockbuster contest between Modi and Priyanka.”I am not fighting elections or campaigning for myself…I have a lot of work to do here and every Congress candidate wants me to campaign for them,” she said.”I had said in the beginning that if the party wants me to contest (from Varanasi), then I am ready and would go by the party’s decision,” she added.Training her guns on the BJP, Priyanka alleged that the government at the Centre has not given “nyay” (justice) to people.”People are harassed. This government has lost the trust of the people who voted them on hopes which have been dashed,” she added.”You have to understand their niyat (intention) and neeti (policy). They have done nothing to solve the menace of stray cattle. Gaushalas are yet to be set up,” she said.Priyanka also took a swipe at government over the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, under which a farmer will get Rs 6,000 annually, saying it’s “a kisan apman (insult) yojana”.The Congress general secretary attacked Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi constituency Smriti Irani. “By distributing shoes, she has insulted people of Amethi…They say that there is parivarwaad (dynastic politics), but this is the love of the people of Amethi, which our family is getting…When I was 12-year-old, I had seen barren land, and I remember my father seeking your support, and today there is greenery,” she said and referred to various works done by her father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and by her brother Rahul Gandhi.The Salon assembly segment in Rae Bareli district falls under the Amethi parliamentary constituency. Amethi and Rae Bareli will vote on May 6 in the fifth phase.The BJP had won a whopping 71 seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 2, 2019, 8:01 AM ISTlast_img read more

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