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  • 14 homes destroyed in Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in wildfire

    first_imgMembers were only told to leave when the fire was two kilometers away from the hamlet.Lori Wanuch, vice chair of the settlement, said the community was not given enough notice.“Our members did not take anything. They left their pets at home because we had two volunteers going around feeding the pets. So everyone thought their pets were fine,” said Wanuch.“The horses, everything was at home because as far as we knew we weren’t a threat from the Chuckegg Creek fire.”(People in Paddle Prairie left the community without belongings or pets. The fire was two kilometres away when the call came to evacuate. Photo couresty Dean Ducharme)When APTN News visited Paddle Prairie last week, members were taking in evacuees while creating their own evacuation plan.Elders, children and those with respiratory issues were told to leave due to the smoke.No one was expecting this.“I just talked to my brother and he said ‘we could lose it all,’” said Tina St. Germain, who volunteered to help evacuees last week.“I’m not sure how many homes are lost. With the smoke cover you have to wait until that lifts.”(The wildfire burning south from High Level covers 230,000 hectares. Photo courtesy: Dean Ducharme)St. Germain spoke with APTN from Peace River, a town taking in evacuees.She said her home is in the northern part of Paddle Prairie and in line with the fire.““When I walked in that house it wasn’t about the stuff. It was about the structure that you built your family around. Right?” she said, “I walked around in a daze. There was so much I could have grabbed.“I couldn’t even think all I could think was the memories.”Currently, there are 29 wildfires in Alberta.Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation have also been evacuated.There are more than a dozen communities that have been evacuated since the fires started two weeks ago, leaving evacuees scattered across the northern part of the province.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptn The wildfire moving towards the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Alberta. Photo courtesy: Dean DucharmeTamara PimentelAPTN NewsMembers of the Paddle Prairie Métis settlement say they had no time to take any belongings in order to escape a massive wildfire that was just a couple of kilometres from their community.A message posted on Facebook Thursday evening from the settlement, reported that 14 homes had been lost in the 230,000 hectare wildfire.The community, located 720 km northwest of Edmonton along the MacKenzie Hwy, was forced to flee as winds from the north pushed the out of control fire near High Level, Alta. south toward Paddle Prairie.“It was still going hard when I left,” said council member Danielle Poitras in a phone interview from Grande Prairie.“I know we did lose some homes.”last_img read more

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  • Dairy looms as 11th hour NAFTA irritant as Trump advisers press for

    first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s protected supply-managed dairy industry emerged as a major 11th-hour irritant as the Trudeau government returned Tuesday to what could be the final, pivotal round of talks to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement.Two of Donald Trump’s top lieutenants turned up the heat on Canada to open up the protected sector that the U.S. president has repeatedly attacked. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained unmoved.The pressure came one day after the U.S. president again blasted the Canadian dairy industry during his announcement of a trade agreement with Mexico that he said could replace NAFTA.Late Tuesday, the Globe and Mail reported that Ottawa was prepared to make concessions to Washington on Canada’s dairy market. The offer, the report said, is part of an effort to save a dispute-settlement system within NAFTA, maintain safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections.The report said Ottawa tried to offer more dairy market access to the U.S. during NAFTA talks in May, but the U.S. declined.Dairy is a politically charged issue that many analysts have predicted would be among the final conflicts to be addressed in the NAFTA renegotiation. In Canada, it is a near-$20-billion industry that employs more than 220,000 people. Supply management is considered sacrosanct in Quebec and Ontario — Canada’s two largest provinces, which mark the path to power for all political parties.Trump imposed a Friday deadline for Canada to join the U.S. and Mexico, which is when the administration plans to give Congress its mandatory 90-day notification of the new trade deal.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Larry Kudlow, the director of the president’s National Economic Council, said in separate television appearances on Tuesday that concessions from Canada on dairy are essential to getting a three-way deal by then.“They may have some problems with the kinds of concessions we need,” Ross told the Fox Business News program Mornings With Maria.“They’ve been very bad to our farmers, particularly to our dairy farmers. The president has made clear that’s not something that’s agreeable to him.”Kudlow told the Fox show Varney and Co. that Trump would “love” to make a deal with Canada. But he said it has to be “a good deal which is in the interests of the American economy, the American workforce, American farmers.”The Trudeau government has repeatedly pledged to protect dairy farmers, but Canada has opened up limited access to its dairy market in previous trade talks, including its comprehensive pact with the European Union.The prime minister sidestepped a question Tuesday about whether he would be willing allow more access to the Canadian market.“My position on defending supply management has not changed. We will defend supply management.”It’s not clear that the United States actually wants to destroy supply management. Much of the American ire is focused on Canada’s decision to introduce a new classification of dairy product.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of ultra-filtered milk used to make dairy products. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices than the higher prices under supply management. U.S. farmers say that’s a violation of Canada’s trade commitments.The head of Saputo Inc., Canada’s largest dairy processor, told The Canadian Press in June that the NAFTA dairy impasse with Trump can be resolved if Canada ends Class 7.Dairy Farmers of Canada has said that ending Class 7 is out of the question.On Tuesday, the organization released a statement re-iterating the need for Ottawa to protect supply management. It made no mention of Class 7. Officials from the dairy lobby were unavailable for interviews.On Monday, as Trump piled on his with his long-standing criticism of Canadian dairy, he did not single out supply management specifically. “You know, they have tariffs of almost 300 per cent on some of our dairy products, so we can’t have that. We’re not going to stand for that,” he said.Trump then dangled the possibility of imposing harsh auto tariffs to punish Canada. The Commerce Department is currently investigating whether to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian autos under national security provisions in U.S. trade law.last_img read more

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  • Gaza UN agencies say closures of crossings come at a humanitarian cost

    The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that the layoff of 65,000 workers by companies in Gaza, following the lack of supplies there, could affect as many as 450,000 dependents.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which has identified $30 million worth of emergency projects for Gaza, said that it will provide employment projects worth some 640,000 days of work for unemployed refugees there. UNRWA further endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for Karni crossing to be open to Palestinian commercial imports and exports. 19 July 2007The United Nations today said that the closures of crossing points into Gaza are coming at a terrible cost to people living there. read more

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  • UN celebrates 60th birthday with wreath laying pledges to rise to new

    From its Headquarters in New York to its far-flung outposts on the front line in Afghanistan and other crisis points around the world, the United Nations today celebrated its 60th birthday with wreath layings for fallen colleagues, the ringing of the Harmony Bell and appeals to rise to the new challenges that lie ahead.Sixty years to the day after the UN officially came into existence with the ratification of its Charter, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalled last month’s World Summit where leaders sought to forge a common response to new challenges in a world that is very different from that of the organization’s founders. “They have left us a great deal of work to do,” he declared in a message, citing their commitment to reduce hunger and poverty by 50 per cent in the next 10 years, their pledge to create new bodies to promote human rights and build lasting peace in war-torn countries, their pledge to fight terrorism and take collective action to save populations from genocide.At a ceremony in the Visitors Lobby at Headquarters he laid a wreath in honour of UN colleagues who fell in the line of duty.In his message, he noted the Summit’s decisions on important reforms of the UN Secretariat, but regretted too the leaders’ weak statements on climate change and Security Council reform and their total lack of agreement on nuclear proliferation and disarmament.“Today, as we mark the sixtieth anniversary of our indispensable institution, I promise you that I will do my part,” he concluded. “And I trust that you, as global citizens, will do yours.”Together with General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden, and the Security Council President for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Mr. Annan rang the “Harmony Bell,” on loan for the day from the World Harmony Foundation, a global non-profit network of independent service providers. “The realities of the world are a constant reminder that global action and collective efforts are now needed more than ever,” Mr. Eliasson declared in his message. “And every day, the United Nations proves that it makes a difference for people and crisis areas around the world: for the starving child, the AIDS-stricken mother, the war-torn country, the disaster-stricken area, the desperate refugee, for the oppressed, the neglected and the vulnerable,” he said. “The best birthday gift to our Organization is for all of us, the members of the global community, to translate our leaders’ commitments at the 2005 World Summit into concrete action to the benefit of the peoples of the world.” United States Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney presented a framed resolution from the House of Representatives congratulating the world body.A celebratory cake was wheeled on and students from the UN International School (UNIS) then sang Happy Birthday in the UN’ six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.Half way around the world in strife-torn Afghanistan, a birthday ceremony was held at Kabul University where Mr. Annan’s message was read out and a film screened on UN activities. In Pristina, capital of Kosovo, which the UN has administered ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs, a forum on the world body’s role on peace, security, human rights and development at the Grand Hotel. read more

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  • David Wrights Career Wasnt Supposed To Go This Way

    —David Wright3B100042.65.92.20.70.20.0 Perhaps Zimmerman’s rebirth can provide hope of a similar renaissance for Wright and the Mets. Just last Thursday, Wright told reporters that he still hopes to return to the major leagues, perhaps as soon as next season. But if Wright wants to contribute anything going forward, he’ll have to contend with history: Since 1901, only three position players — Ken Griffey Jr., Arky Vaughan and Richie Ashburn — produced at least 40 WAR through age 31, fewer than 1.0 WAR per season from ages 32 to 34, and still came back to generate at least 2.0 WAR from age 35 onward. (For his part, Wright had 50.7 WAR through age 31 and 0.3 WAR per season over the next three years.)Even if Wright does buck that trend, he’ll be a long way from the path that once seemed so certain for him and for the Mets. More likely, he’ll serve as a cautionary tale that even the most probable of future Hall of Famers can get derailed on the path to Cooperstown.Check out our latest MLB predictions. In a narrow sense, the recent announcement that New York Mets captain David Wright needed surgery — thus ending his latest rehab stint — was just another line item in what was already an absurdly injury-wrecked, grossly disappointing Mets season.Wright’s setback, however, was more a symbolic blow for the Mets than anything else. The once-great third baseman hadn’t played a game since May 2016 and turns 35 in December, so he probably wasn’t going to add much production on the field, at least not anytime soon. But Wright is also the top position player in franchise history according to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs versions of WAR. and the Mets’ second-best player ever, period (behind Tom Seaver). He’s just the fourth captain in club history and was once on the shortlist of the most popular players in the game.As difficult as it is to remember now, a healthy Wright was among baseball’s upper echelon of players for a very long time. He was also easily on track to become a Hall of Famer — the rare member to spend his entire career with the Mets, who have a tendency to either pick up HOFers mid-career or jettison them too soon.2Only one of the 14 Hall of Famers to suit up for New York (Seaver) produced more than half of his career WAR in a Mets uniform. This is not how the future was supposed to look for both Wright and the Mets.In the decade from 2005 (Wright’s first full MLB season) to 2014 (his last full season), only four position players — Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre — put up more WAR than Wright. Looking at primary third basemen since 1901,3The first season of MLB’s modern, two-league era. Wright also ranked ninth in total WAR through age 31 (Wright’s age in 2014). Even more so than his longtime infield partner Jose Reyes, Wright was widely viewed as the kind of ballplayer that a franchise could build around for years to come.Certainly that’s what the Mets were thinking when they extended Wright’s contract by eight years and $138 million in November 2012.4Meanwhile, the Mets let Reyes bolt for the Miami Marlins when his contract was up after the 2011 season. At the time, it was the 17th-biggest contract in baseball history, but Wright’s future appeared to warrant the investment. Here’s a list of Wright’s most similar historical players through 2012, according to The Baseball Gauge, along with how many WAR each ended up producing over the following five seasons: Wright isn’t the only recent third baseman who appeared to be on a HOF trajectory, but then fell off quickly heading into his 30s. Like Wright, Eric Chavez was supposed to anchor the Oakland Athletics’ infield for years to come — and like the Mets, the A’s chose to extend their star third baseman over their star shortstop (with Miguel Tejada playing the role of Reyes). But in the middle of his prime, Chavez started battling a seemingly endless procession of neck, shoulder and back ailments. Shockingly, he ended up generating just 3.5 WAR from age 29 on.Some star third basemen even begin to drop off like Wright and Chavez, but then manage to recover their form. Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals was an All-Star with multiple Silver Slugger Awards early in his career, but suffered from injuries and mediocre play as he neared age 30. After a miserable 2016 performance that rated below the replacement level, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if Zimmerman’s days of being a productive major leaguer were over. And yet, Zimmerman bounced back this season with a vintage performance, particularly at the plate. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe 16Dick Allen3B87043.48.73.14.0-0.11.1 6Carlos BeltranCF89739.75.37.13.20.74.5 4Chipper Jones3B90239.35.94.23.64.53.7 Most David Wright types hit their mid-30s in strideSeasonal WAR totals for David Wright’s most similar historical players through age 29, and year-by-year WAR through age 34 3Eric Chavez3B90334.50.1-0.5-0.50.41.6 Seasonal WAR is pro-rated to a 162-game schedule for shortened seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, The Baseball Gauge 7Gary SheffieldRF89625.93.46.34.54.67.1 2Ryan Zimmerman3B91534.10.7-1.22.9—— 15Shawn GreenRF87327.51.92.11.1-0.80.2 10George Brett3B88654.64.22.98.33.92.9 12Evan Longoria3B87642.54.23.6——— 1Scott Rolen3B93746.81.35.72.13.04.7 11Robinson Cano2B88533.76.85.82.86.63.4 13Adrian Beltre3B87540.12.77.15.76.95.3 14Harlond Clift3B87338.21.1-0.41.80.00.0 5Carl YastrzemskiLF89852.59.23.92.75.53.6 All newsletters 17Greg LuzinskiLF86821.94.02.72.5-0.20.0 9Andrew McCutchenCF88939.12.9———— RKPLAYERPOSSIM SCORETHRU 293031323334 20Travis Fryman3B86330.00.64.7-1.0-0.70.0 WAR BY AGE A good number of Wright’s top comparables lived up to their lofty expectations as franchise cornerstones. For instance, the longtime Phillies and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen — Wright’s most similar player through age 29 — wound up producing excellent seasons well into his 30s, basically matching the career benchmarks for Hall of Fame third basemen (Rolen has 70.2 WAR; Hall members at the position average 71 WAR). And Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves — Wright’s fourth-most similar player through 29 — had an even more impressive run in his 30s. From age 30 to 36, Jones never produced fewer than 3.5 WAR in a season, and from age 37 onward, he never had fewer than 2.2 WAR.5For the sake of context, Baseball-Reference.com lists 2.0 WAR as the threshold for a viable starter, and 5.0 WAR as the mark of an All-Star season.And then there’s the still-active legend on Wright’s list of comparables: Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Beltre, who recently collected his 3,000th career hit, has remained extremely productive deep into his second major-league decade, helping power Texas to four playoff appearances in the last seven seasons. Speaking of active players, even 31-year-old Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has started his thirties in a way that suggests he could join Beltre, Rolen and Jones in Cooperstown someday.Wright, however, has seen his stardom put on hold ever since he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015. After that and several more injuries, Wright finds himself pushed significantly off of the HOF path:6In the chart, Wright’s future performance is projected by the “Favorite Toy,” a Bill James invention that uses a player’s age and recent level of performance to project how much more of a statistic — in this case, WAR — a player has left in his career. 8Aramis Ramirez3B89518.83.81.9-0.43.05.6 18Del EnnisLF86730.73.8-0.7-0.3-1.1-1.0 19Dale MurphyCF86731.62.47.52.91.51.2 read more

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  • Lenders like loans for renovations

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many home owners are prioritizing saving for renovations over other household upgrades, according to a survey by Loan Market.Loan Market Corporate Spokesman Paul Smith said 37 per cent of respondents said the main household item they were saving for this year was a major renovation. Mr Smith said that 23 per cent of the 532 respondents were saving to landscape their property and 30 per cent of Gen-Y respondents said they were saving to buy new appliances or furniture.Mr Smith said that many lenders looked upon home owners who were borrowing for renovation purposes favourably because they were investing in their home and adding to its value.Source: Loan Marketlast_img read more

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  • Deux tombes de vampires découvertes dans les Balkans

    first_imgDeux tombes de ‘vampires’ découvertes dans les BalkansD’après la BBC, des archéologues ont découvert dans des tombes médiévales, des restes de deux corps percés de barres de fer. Une trouvaille qui illustre la façon dont, jusqu’au 20ème siècle, les villageois des Balkans enterraient ceux qu’ils soupçonnaient d’être des vampires.C’est dans la ville de Sozopol, au bord de la mer Noire, en Bulgarie, que des archéologues ont fait l’étonnante découverte. Ils ont trouvé, dans des sépultures datant du Moyen Âge, deux squelettes à la poitrine percée de tiges de fer : une coutume destinée à clouer les défunts à leur tombe pour les empêcher de revenir à la vie sous la forme de vampires, selon les historiens. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ces squelettes percés avec des tiges illustrent une pratique qui était courante dans certains villages bulgares jusqu’à la première décennie du 20ème siècle”, a expliqué Bojidar Dimitrov, directeur du Musée National d’Histoire de Sofia cité par la BBC. Une centaine de telles tombes, où reposaient des gens soupçonnés par leurs contemporains d’être des vampires ’potentiels’, sont déjà connues en Bulgarie. Mais ce rite païen était également pratiqué dans la Serbie voisine et dans d’autres pays des Balkans, selon l’archéologue Petar Balabanov. Les légendes liées aux vampires forment d’ailleurs une partie importante du folklore de cette région. Elles ont même directement inspiré Bram Stoker pour son roman Dracula, publié pour la première fois en 1897.Le 10 juin 2012 à 10:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Cancer un Canadien de 16 ans optimise un traitement pour tuer les

    first_imgCancer : un Canadien de 16 ans optimise un traitement pour tuer les cellules maladesUn étudiant canadien de 16 ans, Arjun Nair, a obtenu un prix des laboratoires Sanofi pour ses recherches sur une thérapie anticancéreuse. Le jeune homme a optimisé la thérapie de la photothermie en utilisant des nanoparticules d’or chauffées qui tuent les cellules cancéreuses.La lutte contre le cancer gagne de plus en plus de terrain. Mardi, un étudiant canadien de 16 ans a reçu le premier prix 2013 du concours Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (l’équivalent de 4.916 dollars) pour ses recherches sur une thérapie anticancéreuse. Objectif des travaux d’Arjun Nair, lycéen d’origine indienne : optimiser la thérapie existante de la photothermie.En effet, cette technique consiste à détruire les cellules cancéreuses en les brûlant grâce à des vibrations et rayons infrarouges. Mais l’un des problèmes majeurs est qu’elle ne peut être utilisée durablement car elle entraîne une défense des tumeurs exposées à la chaleur qui se mettent à produire des “protéines du stress” pour s’en protéger. Pour contourner ce problème, Arjun Nair a eu l’idée d’utiliser des nanoparticules d’or qui, injectées à un cancéreux et chauffées, tuent les cellules malades. Le jeune homme est ainsi parvenu à démontrer qu’un antibiotique (17-AAG) permettait de contrer les défenses des cellules cancéreuses contre les “nano-projectiles” ce qui avait pour effet de rendre le traitement plus efficace. Outre ce premier prix, Arjun Nair a également reçu un prix spécial pour le projet ayant le plus grand potentiel commercial. Une idée viable à approfondir À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au cours de ses deux ans de recherche, le jeune chercheur a pu profiter des installations de deux laboratoires de l’université de Calgary et profiter des conseils de leurs dirigeants, Simon Trudel et David Cramb, une faveur exceptionnelle pour un lycéen. Il a ainsi réalisé des tests qui prouvait la viabilité de son idée. “C’est le départ d’une fantastique carrière de recherche pour ce jeune homme”, a déclaré Jon Fairest, président de Sanofi Canada, après lui avoir remis son prix. Bien que des recherches doivent encore avoir lieu pour que la technique puisse être commercialisée, la chose a de grandes chances de se faire.Arjun Nair a raconté à l’AFP s’être intéressé à ce sujet après que sa grand-mère se soit vu diagnostiquer un cancer. “Elle a beaucoup souffert pendant la thérapie, donc j’ai commencé à étudier les cancers en général et j’ai lu beaucoup de choses sur les traitements”, a-t-il expliqué. S’apercevant que de nombreux concours scientifiques s’y consacraient également, il a décidé de relever lui-même le défi. Au total, 208 élèves du secondaire travaillant sur 123 projets ont participé à la compétition annuelle.Le 10 avril 2013 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Deputy wrangles feisty alligator in central Georgia

    first_imgMACON, Ga. (AP) — An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff’s deputy wrestled the creature.The Telegraph reports that Bibb County Sheriff’s deputy Clay Williams and Animal Welfare officer Bruce Rozier were dispatched to round up the 4-foot alligator Monday morning in Macon.Footage from the deputy’s body camera shows Williams straddling the reptile and holding its jaws shut as Rozier tapes its snout. Someone can be heard telling the alligator “you’re under arrest.”The alligator writhed in protest and lashed its tail at Williams, but the officers managed to load it into an Animal Welfare vehicle for relocation. The alligator was later released at a swamp.last_img read more

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  • Ancelotti reflects on narrow Napoli win

    first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side is showing signs of maturity after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over SPAL on Saturday.It was an unconvincing performance by Napoli on Saturday after Raul Albiol’s first-half goal, but they managed to see off the game.Ancelotti far from impressed with his side’s performance was however confident there is room for improvement.“The match was not exciting, but personally I’m satisfied with the work we’ve done so far and I am confident that we can do better,” Ancelotti told Football Italia.“We are in line with expectations. The championship remains open, not because of the points difference, but because there is such a long way to go.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“There is no need to bother ourselves with calculations, we just have to race against our own best and improve where we have to.“We intend to remain competitive for the duration of the championship. We managed to scrape together wins even when we do not play very well.“Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.“And now it’s Juventus-Roma. That’s always a good match. The Bianconeri are the favorites because they are in fantastic condition, but anything can happen in football. Let’s say we’re hopeful.”last_img read more

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  • Seahawks soar to NFC title

    first_imgSeahawks are Super Bowl boundSEATTLE — The 12th Man is in Seventh Heaven.The NFL rivalry of this decade gave Seahawks fans a game for the ages Sunday.Seattle earned its second NFC championship with a 23-17 win over San Francisco. The Seahawks advance to face Denver in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at The Meadowlands.“They say when you enjoy the journey, the destination will take care of itself,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “The destination is New York, and I’m glad we’re there.”But it wasn’t an easy road. San Francisco drove down the field in the final minutes, advancing to the Seattle 18-yard line with 30 seconds left.But the NFL’s top defense stood tall when it had to. Richard Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Malcolm Smith for an interception in the end zone.That set off a wild celebration for a CenturyLink Field crowd that once again registered a small earthquake on Seattle seismic monitors.Now the Seahawks will try to further shake up the Northwest sports scene with their first Super Bowl title.“We kept battling and believing in ourselves,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “It doesn’t get any better.”last_img read more

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  • 2500 jobs available at Sunrise job fair

    first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 50 companies are looking to hire, Wednesday, at the BB&T Center.JobNewsUSA.com is bringing the companies to Sunrise for a job fair. The companies are looking to fill more than 2,500 jobs.The event is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.To pre-register and see a full list of the companies, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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  • 20202023 Community Transportation Program Application Period Extended

    first_imgIn response to these requests, the DOT has extended the CTP project nomination deadline to September 15. This allows time for community sponsors to analyze fund availability and to pass a resolution in support of local match contributions. Applications were previously due by May 15. Further information, including application and the area planner map, can be found on the CTP website. In a release, DOT stated that they had received requests to extend the CTP deadline to allow community sponsors to have a full understanding of the impacts of the state budget before they commit local matching funds. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has extended the application deadline for Community Transportation Program (CTP) applications. There are two sets of criteria for this project nomination opportunity: 1) Urban and Rural, and 2) Remote. Communities not connected to the road system by road or ferry are considered Remote. All other communities are considered Urban and Rural. The total funding available for this CTP nomination opportunity is approximately $50 million and may be adjusted based on the project nominations received.last_img read more

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  • Micromax Officials Arrested for Bribing CBI Nabs Them RedHanded

    first_imgThe co-founder of home grown smartphone manufacturer Micromax Mobiles, Rajesh Agrawal and a senior executive of the company Manish Tuli have been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the capital on Wednesday in a bribery case.According to a PTI report, the duo was nabbed red-handed by CBI for allegedly bribing the two junior engineers of North Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to obtain clearance for a banquet hall in Wazirpur. CBI, which got a tip-off that both Agrawal and Tuli, had got into a deal with the civic body officials to seek clearance for construction of a banquet hall in the Wazirpur area laid a trap and arrested five persons in connection with the case. CBI sources revealed that initially the MCD engineers demanded a bribe of ₹50 lakh but Aggarwal and Tuli managed to strike a deal for ₹30 lakh after bargaining.”The two arrested private persons had agreed to give the bribe to suspected MCD officials to seek civic authorisation for setting up a banquet hall for commercial usage at Wazirpur, North Delhi. A structure had to be removed to set up the banquet hall,” said a source to The Hindustan Times.Reports also said that CBI conducted raids at 15 other places, including the offices and homes of various MCD officials and seized ₹40 lakh from the MCD Junior Engineer Kapil Dev’s residence.”We have arrested five persons so far including Agarwal and Tuli. Further investigations are on,” CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra told to The Indian Express. All five will be produced before a court on Thursday.However, Micromax which issued a statement on the same, distanced itself from involving in any such moves. “The Company has nothing to do with alleged personal misconduct of two arrested individuals,” a Micromax Informatics spokesperson said.last_img read more

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  • Witchblade Vol 1 Gives New Life to a Beloved Franchise

    first_imgStay on target ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… “Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding its extraordinary powers. But those powers come with a heavy cost, and Alex soon finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC.”WITCHBLADE VOL. 1(W): Caitlin Kittredge (A): Roberta Ingranata (C): Bryan Valenza (L): Troy PeteriWitchblade is a comic series that has stood the test of time. Witchblade has been adapted, adopted, handed down, reworked and revamped into and as many different things. It’ll stand the test of time as an influential series for a very long time. However, I’ve never read Witchblade quite like this. Witchblade Vol. 1 is a revision of the acclaimed series the mystical and mythical world of Witchblade for old and new fans alike.via Top CowCaitlin Kittredge delivers a wicked charm and powerful force to this series that feels just right. Kittredge provides a refreshing and invigorating take to these issues that bring a new kind of mythos to the Witchblade but keeps it intact. The narrative that she weaves is entirely out of this world. She provides multiple stories within a delightful ensemble with one hell of a problem to tie it all together. You think it’ll be a straight-forward investigation riddled with mystery. No, no, that’s too easy. You know what jazzes everything up a bit? Demons! It takes a brilliant left turn that keeps the secrets still in question but dives you deeper into territory that you didn’t know you wanted to do. Kittredge pulls off a Jessica Jones like vibe with her narrative. You feel this within the story, but you think about it even more with the characters.Kittredge’s story shines with her cast of characters as they display their personalized quirks and meaning to the main character. Roberta Ingranata amps this up more, bringing out their characteristics within her brilliant designs, but each of them carries their type of mystery in the narrative that I so badly wanted more of. One character we have to talk about is the lead and current holder of the Witchblade, Alex Underwood.Kittredge writes her strong but withholding. Tough, but scared. Alex suffers from PTSD and Kittredge portrays that with sensitivity. This is where the Jessica Jones vibe comes from. Kittredge writes a “phoenix rising from the flames” narrative that gives empowered energy for Alex but takes a look at her mystery and scattered past. As readers, we’re left wondering a little more about Alex and her budding support system. Kittredge does a hell of a job with this character. It’s a captivating and gripping introduction to a character. She’s completely shrouded in mystery, but doing her best with in keeping up with herself and discovering her newfound power.via Top CowRoberta Ingranata’s art for Witchblade is STUNNING. Ingranata’s art comes with an insane amount of detail that will have you scanning the panels from top to bottom. Ingranata works within multiple panel pages that display more elements in her art but bring those essential bits out for us to see. She shines the best with long single panels that are showing off the brilliant character design and composition of the character, mainly when she displays Alex. Ingranata’s art is sharp and focused, but flows so naturally and beautifully in her pencils.Ingranata’s art is detailed more by Bryan Valenza’s beautiful colors that give her pencils feel like a silky dream. I don’t think anyone could bring out chilly vibes with as much precision as Valenza. Valenza gives us an atmosphere that reminded me of a brighter Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It immediately put you in the mind of an intense and cold thriller. He works with muted blues and darker tones to bring out the mood of the series, draping it in the shadows at some points and brighter when the answer is clear. As the supernatural element shows, it mixes within, weaving neon colors with the cold, snowy setting.via Top CowThe unsung hero of this comic is Troy Peteri. He does a hell of a job placing heavy dialogue inside multiple panels. This is pretty hard in a story like this. Kittredge’s script comes with some heavy exposition and dialogue to move the story forward. Peteri keeps a good amount in his balloon placements, allows your eyes to move from panel to panel places in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. He allows for you to take a break and keep up with the story. Peteri lets the art and the action shine between his letters. You soak it in, and it lets the reader breathe within panels and pages.Witchblade Vol. 1 is a brilliant start to a revised series that can take us into the future of the title. The foundation of the revival lays the groundwork for new and enchanting stories to bloom within the narrative and characters. It’s only the beginning for the Witchblade to display its real power and I hope we see more of it in the future. Witchblade Vol. 1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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  • People think Sam Smiths new promo art makes it look like hes

    first_imgThe promo art is for a new version of Pray, a remixed version of the Thrill of It All track.Smith had teamed up with the Maryland rapper Logic for the re-release.This is the actual record label-approved promotional art:Yes, those are Sam’s arms. It’s not another guy.Some have made memes inserting an actual penis there. We’re not going to show that.If you’ve been fooled, trust us by saying you’re not the only one. GAYSTARNEWS- The new version of Pray follows the release of Too Good at Goodbyes and One Last Song.The Logic-featuring version of ‘Pray’ is out now and can be streamed below via YouTube.Speaking about the release of the single, Smith wrote on Twitter: “I am so excited for you to hear this new version of one of my favourite tracks on the album.‘It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Logic to create this, such an incredible artist.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . People think Sam Smith’s new promo art makes it look like he’s having oral sex with a guy.And at first glance, you might be convinced too. Another said: ‘Sam Smith knows the implications there.’ Was Sam Smith’s promo art…intended to look like sex?‘I thought the same thing when I saw it. Really got my hopes up,’ one said on Reddit. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Sam Smith is loving this explicit art his boyfriend got him for his birthdayMeet the 83-year-old gay man who just made his porn debutMy tips for Sam Smith on how to have the perfect showbiz relationshipRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sam-smith-promo-art-oral-sex/last_img read more

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  • Lesbian activists block Pride in London march to protest against trans women

    first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Lesbian activists storm and block the Pride in London parade route. | Photo: Gay Star News Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-activists-protest-against-trans-women-pride-london/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Photo: Gay Star NewsShe continued: ‘Only women can be lesbians. A man who has surgery can never be a lesbian.Sarah Mason, founder of Get The L Out, told GSN: ‘It’s a coalition of individual lesbians and feminists. It’s also feminist organizations such as Object, Mayday 4 Women, Critical Sisters and Lesbian Rights Alliance.’She said her sexuality is seen as transphobic and exclusive ‘just because we are women attracted to women.’‘We don’t want any kind of penis in our bedroom,’ she said. ‘I’m really sad I have to reassert this again.‘It’s everywhere online – it’s everywhere in LGBTQ centres,’ she said.Gay Star News reached out to Pride in London for comment.See also:Is Pride a safe space for all? A group of eight women stormed the parade route without accreditation. Then five of them laid down on the road in front of the parade and draped a banner over them.The banner read: ‘Transactivism erases lesbians’.They then blocked the parade route for about 10 minutes. One of the activists shouted out: ‘A man who says he’s a lesbian is a rapist’Photo: Gay Star NewsThe group also had a banner that said ‘Lesbian = female homosexual’, as well as flyers with the organization ‘Get the L out’ as the headline.The flyer states: ‘The trans movement is… coercing lesbians to have sex with men. We firmly condemn this vicious form of anti-lesbianism disguised as progress.’Lesbian activist: ‘Only women can be lesbians’Speaking to Gay Star News, Jan Williams from Object said: ‘Transgenderism is conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is wrong.’center_img Police warn to be vigilant at day of Pride in London, World Cup match Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A group of lesbian activists blocked the start of the Pride in London march today (7 July) in protest against transgender women. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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  • Heathrows baggage handlers break free to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury

    first_img Share LONDON — Baggage handlers at airports are used to staying behind the scenes. But yesterday at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, they finally got their time in the spotlight with a rousing performance of Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’.Why baggage handlers, you ask? You probably didn’t know that Freddie Mercury, the legendary frontman of Queen, was once a baggage handler for British Airways at Heathrow Airport nearly 50 years ago.And why yesterday of all days? Sept. 5 is the rock legend’s birthday, and to commemorate the occasion, Heathrow Airport and British Airways teamed up to rock out in spectacular Freddie fashion.Following weeks of rehearsals, a team of baggage handlers surprised travellers with Mercury-inspired dance moves choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and ‘X Factor’ choreographer Lyndon Lloyd.Plus, any traveller landing at Terminal 5 yesterday were greeted with Queen songs on Arrivals boards. And to pay tribute to the late singer’s birthday, any customer named Freddie, Frederick or the legend’s real name, Farrokh, who departed from Terminal 5 on Sept. 5 were invited along with their travelling companions to use British Airways’ First lounge.Good morning! We’ve got some special arrivals at Heathrow today. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see… #BohemianRhapsody #ForeverFreddie pic.twitter.com/cb6VFnBHMn— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) September 5, 2018The celebrations will continue, with Queen memorabilia going on display in the departures area next month.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe celebrations, which will help raise awareness for Mercury’s charity, ‘The Mercury Phoenix Trust’, are in anticipation of the cinema release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, a moving tribute to Queen, their music and their lead singer.Adam Dewey, one of British Airways’ baggage managers who stars in the video, said, “Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow Airport, where he once worked.“Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall! The new film Bohemian Rhapsody has proved a great inspiration for all of us and we can’t wait to be hot-stepping our way to the premiere next month!” Thursday, September 6, 2018 Heathrow’s baggage handlers break free to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Heathrow Airport, Music Posted bylast_img read more

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  • FIFA corruption probe expands with arrest of two top executives

    first_imgRelated posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns Two FIFA vice presidents were arrested Thursday at dawn at their luxury Zurich hotel, signaling that U.S. prosecutors have widened a seven-month corruption investigation that’s led to the biggest crisis in football’s history.Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay were arrested at the Hotel Baur au Lac at the request of U.S. authorities on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars in bribes for selling marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America. The pair are opposing extradition to the United States, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was scheduled to detail the charges on Thursday afternoon in Washington.On May 27, seven FIFA officials gathered in Zurich for FIFA’s congress were detained in a dawn hotel sweep as part of a U.S. federal indictment of 14 sports officials for racketeering and bribery. Prosecutors accused U.S. and South American sports marketing executives of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks for media and marketing rights to football tournaments.The arrests are the latest by the U.S. Department of Justice and Switzerland’s Attorney General as they crack down on corruption on the sport’s governing body. Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into a 2 million-Swiss franc ($1.96 million) payment from Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, who’s overseen FIFA for nearly two decades, to Michel Platini, European football’s head. Both were suspended in October.“As it stands, FIFA is not corrupt,” Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s acting president told reporters at a building known as the Home of Football at the organization’s headquarters in the hills above Zurich. “We have individuals who have shown negative behavior, so do not generalize the situation.”Napout, the head of the South American Football federation known as Conmebol, didn’t answer an email seeking comment. A spokesman for Concacaf, the North and Central American association headed by Hawit, said the organization is cooperating with authorities, and would continue with reforms made earlier this year. FIFA Reform Committee chairman Francois Carrard looks on during a press conference at the FIFA headquaters on Dec. 3, 2015 in Zurich. The unprecedented corruption scandal engulfing FIFA widened with the arrests of two more top officials in another dramatic dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. Fabrice Cofrini/AFPThe New York Times, which reported the arrests, said more than a dozen people are expected to be charged by U.S. authorities. A BBC sports reporter tweeted that the number may climb to 16.“According to the arrest requests, some of the offenses were agreed and prepared in the U.S.,” the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said. “Payments were also processed via U.S. banks.”The Swiss authorities said they’ll ask the U.S. to submit formal extradition requests within 40 days.Among those charged in May were Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner, both former presidents of football’s governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, or Concacaf. They deny wrongdoing. The U.S. has secured guilty pleas from Chuck Blazer, Concacaf’s former general secretary; Brazilian sports-marketing executive Jose Hawilla, who agreed to forfeit $151 million; and Warner’s two sons, Daryll and Daryan.Blazer secretly pleaded guilty in 2013 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges and income-tax evasion. The 70-year-old forfeited more than $1.9 million at the time of his plea and agreed to pay more money when he’s sentenced.Since those arrests, more turmoil has shaken the South American football establishment. Last month, Chilean football association president Sergio Jadue resigned from his post and headed to New York to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation, La Tercera and El Mercurio reported. The head of Colombian football, Luis Bedoya, also resigned in November.The head of Brazilian football, Marco Polo Del Nero, stepped down last month from his role on FIFA’s executive committee. He hasn’t left the country since returning hurriedly from Zurich a day after May’s arrests. Del Nero, already facing a probe by Brazil’s parliament, is now the subject of proceedings by FIFA, according to a statement Thursday by the investigatory chamber of its ethics committee.Former Brazilian football official José María Marín is subject to house arrest at New York’s Trump Tower after putting up $15 million in bail. Webb, who was released on $10 million bail after agreeing to return to the U.S. in July, is living in the Atlanta suburb of Loganville, with electronic monitoring. Both have pleaded not guilty.FIFA released a statement early Thursday, saying the Zurich-based body pledged to “continue to cooperate fully with the U.S. investigation as permitted by Swiss law, as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.”As the U.S. expanded its investigation, Swiss authorities began their own criminal probe into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. A spokesman for Switzerland’s Attorney General declined to comment Thursday and referred all questions to the Federal Office of Justice, which handles requests for extradition and other judicial assistance from foreign bodies including the U.S. Department of Justice.Reporters and TV camera operators were gathering outside the Baur au Lac, although there was no police presence or signs of the earlier raids. Attention has now shifted to FIFA’s headquarters, located on a hill above central Zurich, where a reform committee responsible for crafting proposals to overhaul FIFA is scheduled to hold a press briefing Thursday at around 2 p.m. local time. The U.S. Department of Justice said it will discuss the arrests during a media event in Washington, D.C. at 1:30 p.m. local time.FIFA’s executive committee will make a decision on corporate reforms including term limits for senior officials, salary disclosures and an increase in women on the organization’s board. Most of the changes will require a vote of FIFA’s full membership at an emergency congress in February.Bloomberg’s Paul Verschuur, Ting Shi, Jeffrey Vögeli and David Voreacos contributed.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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  • In conjunction with the release of the brochure Sc

    first_imgIn conjunction with the release of the brochure Scenic has unveiled a variety of great Earlybird savings, with offers including savings of up to $1,400 per couple.Book by 30 April 2019 and receive:· Free flights on selected journeys of 15 days or longer· Partner fly’s free on any journey of 15 days or longer· Earlybird savings of $300 per couple of any journey of nine days or longer.The Pristine Wonders of New Zealand 2019/2020 brochure features six itineraries ranging in length from six to 24 days, across the North and South Islands; including a six day tour focused on the beautiful Bay of Islands and the 24 day Ultimate New Zealand program covering both North and South Islands. Scenic has revamped its New Zealand offering with a selection of enhanced Scenic Freechoice options in the new Pristine Wonders of New Zealand 2019/2020 brochure which also includes a new Taste of the Bay tour sampling local olive oil chocolate, cheese and honey, and day trip to Akaroa now includes a cruise with opportunities to spot dolphins; penguins and fur seals. brochureNew ZealandSceniclast_img read more

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