Majority of Calgary voters say no thanks to 2026 Olympics

first_imgCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a nonbinding referendum.Unofficial results showed that 56 per cent voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid.The city council is expected to address the results on Monday, but there is little doubt the bid seems dead. The council has already shown skepticism, with eight of 15 members voting on Oct. 31 to scuttle the public vote. Ten votes were required for the vote not to be held.The defeat is a huge blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has only two candidates officially declared: Stockholm, Sweden, and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both bids also face opposition and financing problems.Three other cities withdrew earlier this year — Sapporo, Japan; Sion, Switzerland; Graz, Austria — and Turkey’s Erzurum was eliminated last month by the IOC.The IOC was left in a similar spot for the 2022 Winter Olympics when numerous bidders withdrew. Only two unlikely cities expressed final interest, with Beijing, China, winning narrowly in an IOC vote over Almtay, Kazakhstan.The host for 2026 will be selected by the IOC in a vote on June 24 in Lausanne, Switzerland.The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement it was disappointed by the results. Calgary was the host for the 1988 Winter Olympics.“The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our nation’s culture of peace and inclusion, would have offered countless benefits to all,” the statement said. “This would have been a unique opportunity for Canadians to be leaders in fulfilling the promise of a renewed vision for the Games.”The results won’t be declared official until Friday. But the opposition was already celebrating.“I think that people had enough of the establishment, telling us what to do, what to think,” local councillor Sean Chu said.Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary 2026, called the issue “very divisive” and said it was time “to put that behind us.”“We really wanted this dream for Calgary to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Moran said. “We learned so much about our community. We learned so much about each other.”The Alberta government made its funding of a bid conditional on holding a vote and provided $2 million to pay for it.“We fought many, many obstacles along the way,” said Scott Hutcheson, board chair of Calgary 2026. “We had three government partners that stepped up with billions of dollars to invest in this dream.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi voted for continuing with a bid. Calgary 2026 was hampered by last-minute negotiations over a cost-sharing agreement between the federal, provincial and city governments.___More AP sports: and Associated Presslast_img read more

Country Stars Donate To Charity Auction

first_imgLuxury consignment service eDrop-Off has teamed up with some of Country Music’s biggest stars to auction off a one-of-a-kind collection of items donated by the stars.Stars include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean with proceeds donated to the American Red Cross 2013 Oklahoma Spring Storms fund.The items will be auctioned off on from August 9th – 18th with prices starting at $18.99.“Country Music has such a loving and supportive community and I am honored to be part of this amazing project and donate eDrop-Off’s services to raise money to help rebuild Oklahoma.” Corri McFadden, Owner and Founder of eDrop-Off.Some of the most memorable items include: • Carrie Underwood’s Georges Chakra 2-piece, mint green outfit from the 2013 CMT Awards where she won Video of the Year • Blake Shelton’s custom made Chrome jacket and Sand Shirt worn during The Voice, Season 4 Blind Auditions • Miranda Lambert’s coveted Jovani black chain dress worn during her 2013 ACM performance of “Mama’s Broken Heart” and acceptance of her award for Female Vocalist of Year. • Brad Paisley’s Sand Jacquard jacket worn on the 2010 CMA Awards where he won Entertainer of the Year.eDrop-Off is a Chicago based company founded by Corri McFadden. The service specializes in reselling authentic designer clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories with free nationwide pick-up. Since 2004, eDrop-Off has recycled nearly 300,000 lbs. of clothing for over 3,000 consignors across the country. Through an extensive knowledge of the luxury marketplace and impeccable customer service, eDrop-Off has earned ebay’s power seller status, posting approximately 2,500 items each week and completing over 350,000 successful transactions to date.last_img read more

Health care signups steady in February but Obama may miss scaleddown goal

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 3:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Health care sign-ups steady in February, but Obama may miss scaled-down goal by March 31 Graphic shows statistics on health sign-ups; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Tuesday it’s making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month.It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand and a foolproof website. But they’re not seeing it yet, and time is running out.The Department of Health and Human Services said more than 940,000 people signed up during February for private coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, bringing total sign-ups to 4.2 million.With open enrolment ending March 31, that means to meet the goal, another 1.8 million people would have to sign up during the month, an average of about 60,000 a day.That’s way above the daily averages for January and February, which have ranged between 33,000 and 34,000. The math seems to be going against the administration.If the target isn’t met, the immediate fallout will be political. Republicans will say it proves their point that Obama’s signature project never had the public’s support. Backers of the law will have to work harder to smooth out some of its problems and convince Americans to take a second look.Administration officials expect the pace to pick up as procrastinators are forced to act. There are no plans to extend the March 31 deadline, they emphasize. The big question is whether that will be enough to make up for the technical troubles that paralyzed much of last fall and the continuing challenges for several state-sponsored websites.“Given what we know about past enrolment patterns for health care, we expect that even more (people) will sign up as we approach the March 31 deadline,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.Julie Bataille, communications director for the health care rollout, said she expects millions more to sign up — but she wouldn’t commit to a number by March 31.The goal of 6 million sign-ups is itself a lower bar than was originally set. The Congressional Budget Office scaled back its original target of 7 million because of the federal website’s computer problems. serves 36 states, while 14 states and Washington, D.C., are running their own sites.The 943,000 enrolled in February fell short of the target of 1.27 million that HHS had initially set for the month.And the cumulative total of 4.2 million sign-ups is just three-fourths of the 5.65 million that HHS originally projected would sign up by the end of February. Those estimates are from a Sept. 5, 2013 departmental memo.The numbers released Tuesday still don’t say how many of those signing up were previously uninsured, which is the ultimate test of Obama’s health care overhaul.And they don’t say how many consumers have sealed the deal by paying their premiums.Health care industry consultant Robert Laszewski said that undercuts his confidence in the numbers.“They are still reporting numbers that are inflated,” he said.Separately, a Gallup survey released Monday found that the share of Americans without health insurance has been going down so far this year, albeit modestly.Enrolling for health care under Obama’s law is still nowhere near as simple as shopping online. Bataille said consumers make an average of six visits to, spending 20 to 30 minutes per visit.Among the highlights of Tuesday’s federal report:— Young adults seemed to be showing a little more interest in signing up. Of those signing up in February, 27 per cent were between the ages of 18-34. Their premiums are needed to help defray the cost of caring for older generations. Independent analysts have said the mix should be 40 per cent young adults.But people 55-64 are the leading age group among those signing up, cumulatively accounting for 30 per cent of total enrolment.—More than four out of five who have enrolled thus far were eligible for tax credits to help offset the cost of premiums, and in some cases also to reduce their deductibles and copayments.—Sixty-three per cent of those signing up picked a mid-range silver plan.—Fifty-five per cent of those signing up are women, and 45 per cent are men. “Enrollment among women remains particularly strong,” Sebelius said.An AP analysis of state-by-state enrolment numbers showed that 13 states are running ahead of their enrolment targets. Virginia, with a new Democratic governor who supports the health care law, was the latest addition to that list. Six of the top-performing states are led by Republican governors: Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.Some states that have run into trouble have reduced their enrolment goals. But based on the original HHS enrolment targets, the five at the bottom are Massachusetts, Washington, D.C, Oregon, New Mexico, and Nevada.__Associated Press writer Kevin Vineys contributed to this report. read more

US Soccer Fans Click On Manchester United More Than Other Better Teams

Counting all visits to English-language article and game pages, the Premier League is on top, with about three times the traffic as the Champions League. Then again, the Premier League had more than twice as many weeks and three times as many games on its calendar as the Champions League,2From the group stage on, when the good teams join the fray. and some Champions League games featured Premier League teams, so per game the two leagues are about even. Share of U.S. views of English-language pages for ESPN clubs, articles and players 8Liga MX1.7 7Serie A2.0 6Barcelona7.1 RANKLEAGUESHARE 9Manchester City2.8 8Mexico men3.9 2U.S. men8.7 7Real Madrid6.1 4La Liga7.7 10Tottenham2.7 3Champions League9.0 3Liverpool7.9 Source: ESPN 1Premier League26.1% 1Manchester United12.0% The international soccer activity includes the Women’s World Cup last summer. Although the U.S. women’s national team didn’t get many views of its club page, ranking behind MLS’s New York City FC and just ahead of Chile’s men, it drew lots of views to its game pages during its run to victory. The women’s wins in the final and semifinal drew more traffic than any other soccer matches, and four of the top five were U.S. World Cup matches. The match that clinched the Premier League for Leicester topped all other club matches, including any from the Champions League. Drawing more interest than MLS is no great accomplishment. Lionel Messi’s player page drew more traffic than all but six of the 20 MLS clubs.Even these metrics overstate MLS’s popularity among U.S. soccer fans, because they don’t account for U.S. page views of ESPN sites in Spanish, including Deportes. MLS gets an even lower share of those page views, which are dominated by Mexico’s Liga MX and Spain’s La Liga. Account for those, and Barcelona and Real Madrid would move closer to Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in popularity but would still lag behind Manchester United. Those six clubs account for 49 percent of all U.S. traffic to ESPN’s English-language sites for clubs and players around the world. (Atlético Madrid remains far behind, getting about as much total traffic as MLS leader Los Angeles Galaxy.)Leicester City finished with less than one-fifth of Manchester United’s traffic but gained during its stunning run to the Premier League title: Source: ESPN 5Arsenal7.8 5MLS6.7 Share of U.S. views of English-language pages for ESPN articles and games 4Chelsea7.9 2International17.8 6Bundesliga2.8 The Champions League features the very best club soccer teams in the world. The Premier League generally doesn’t: Saturday’s Champions League final, an all-Madrid affair between Real and Atlético, will be the fourth straight without a premiership team. The Champions League pits the best clubs in Europe against each other, including the four best Premier League teams, whose performance shows that their league is struggling to keep up with the best of Spain, Germany and Italy. Yet the Premier League remains the most popular attraction for U.S.-based fans looking for news and scores at ESPN’s soccer website — and its traffic dwarfs that of the U.S.’s own professional men’s soccer league.Manchester United drew 12 percent of all U.S. visits to ESPN FC’s club and player pages during the 12 months through May 15, according to page-view data provided by Timothy Bayus, a senior analyst in ESPN’s research and analytics department.1ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight. That wasn’t a particularly good 12 months for United: a fifth-place finish, failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League, exiting this season’s Champions League in the group stage. (United did win this year’s FA Cup, scant consolation.) Yet it led all clubs in traffic and drew more than four times as much as all the Major League Soccer clubs combined: RANKCLUBTRAFFIC SHARE read more

Russia focuses on nuclear energy

first_imgWhile investment opportunities still exist in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector of the Russian energy industry for the construction of gas liquefaction plants, the Government has turned its focus on the nuclear power generation sector. The idea is to attract significant foreign investment by diversifying and transmitting nuclear energy through the establishment of various nuclear plants and other technologies.   New Country Industry Forecasts from the Frost & Sullivan Economic Research and Analytics team addressing the Russian Energy Industry reveal that particular opportunities exist in the oil and electricity as well as nuclear energy sectors of the industry.   The increasing nuclear power generation is expected to trigger demand for nuclear power reactors and nuclear gas turbines. Russia is emphasizing on upgrading and maintaining its old reactors and nuclear plants to enhance electricity generation. The demand for electricity and natural gas may rise steeply due to an expected boom in automobile sector, an increase in the number of households, urbanization, and growth in the transport sector. In the wake of such enormous demand, Russia is trying to stave off energy security-related challenges by encouraging energy-efficient consumption patterns among Russian households. It also hopes to satisfy the country’s energy need through substantial research and development efforts and domestic production augmentation.   “The huge untapped oil reserves, particularly in Western Siberia, provide immense prospects for oil exploration activities,” says Mary John. Research Associate for Frost & Sullivan’s Economic Research and Analytics Group. “However, the underdeveloped refineries in the oil and gas segment require huge investments for upgrades and expansion.” Transneft and other state-owned companies are looking to increase the transmission and distribution network using sophisticated technology to enhance distribution efficiency. The Government has been encouraging new pipeline projects and the adoption of latest technologies for these projects, both domestically and internationally.   Russia is also focusing on the development of the huge Shtokman gas fields in the Barents Sea, which will increase natural gas production – particularly LNG. As oil drilling projects and the amount of gas production help exceed internal gas demand, Russia will continue to increase exports to satisfy international demand.   Coal is another export-friendly sector, especially since Russia is the fifth largest coal producer in the world. This abundance of raw materials, coupled with privatization of the economy, has increased competition in the fast developing energy sector. As one of the most important and fastest developing industries in Russia, energy accounts for a quarter of the gross domestic product. International Mining’s September issue includes the annual review of world coal, in which Russia features prominantly. “Moreover, Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the various energy agreements with countries worldwide has led to the increase in foreign investments and boosted the demand for its energy reserves,” notes Mary John. “Russia’s leadership in the G8 summit, on promoting energy security, has enhanced its trade ties in the international arena and promoted its huge energy reserves.”   The country also shares strong associations with the EU and the US. The Russian Government has leveraged these favourable international relationships and signed various energy agreements to strengthen further its infrastructure. Several economic and industry-driven policies have also helped create an encouraging business climate by offering numerous attractive investment opportunities.   The three-part series addressing the Russian Energy Industry is part of the Frost & Sullivan Energy GPS subscription services. The Political and Policy Analysis of the Russian Energy Industry provides a detailed coverage of the political establishment, general economic and industry specific policies, and their impact on the industry. The Economic Analysis provides an overview of the market size, a discussion of drivers as well as restraints, and an analysis of market structure in the context of the overall Russian economy. The Social, Infrastructure, and Labor Analysis studies the labor market dynamics, infrastructure conditions, and consumption profile. http://www.frost.comlast_img read more

LNH PSG draw in Toulouse

6.Nantes17827472:45118 14.Istres172213446:5256 8.Aix17638466:49115 3.St. Raphael171025524:51122 13.Selestat174013449:5188 4.Chambery Savoie171016454:45521 Even Toulouse FENIX had series of bad results which put them just beyond the relegation line in the LNH, home team made a huge surprise and win a point in home match against PSG Handball 29:29. The powerhouse from Paris lost another important point in the Championship race with Montpellier HC, giving their rivals a chance to leave them on three points with possible win over Cesson Rennes tonight.RESULTS – LNH – Round 17:Chambery Savoie 25 – 24 NantesToulouse 29 – 29 Paris SGSelestat 27 – 31 St. RaphaelNimes 24 – 25 DunkerqueIstres 26 – 30 CreteilAix 33 – 28 TremblaySTANDINGS: 2.Paris SG171313560:43827 12.Toulouse17449495:49212 9.Cesson Rennes16637403:42115 11.Nimes17539487:49613 5.Dunkerque171007439:43520 7.Tremblay17728463:47916 1.Montpellier161321486:41928 10.Creteil17638473:48615 PSG Handball ← Previous Story PSG Handballl sign new deals with Vori and Melic Next Story → BYE BYE BUNDESLIGA: Darko Stanic to Kuwait Sports Club! read more

Meshkov Brest take away points from Kristianstad

Meshkov Brest made an important success at the start of the season in Sweden. Team of Manolo Cadenas won two points away against IFK Kristianstad 32:30 (16:14) to ensure a little bit easier future in amazingly tough group.The Serbian right wing Darko Djukic netted nine goals for the winners.IFK Kristianstad–Meshkov Brest 30–32 (16–14)Kristianstad: Philip Henningsson 7, Teitur Einarsson 5, Valter Chrintz 5, Alfred Ehn 4, Arnar Freyr Arnarsson 3, Marc Canellas 2, Anton Halén 2, Emil Hansson, Adam Nyfjäll 1.Meshkov Brest: Darko Djukic 9, Sandro Obranovic 7, Aleksandr Shkurinskiy 7, Sime Ivic 4, Siarhei Shylovich 2, Andrei Yurynok, Vid Potenko & Simon Razgor 1.Veszprem tight win over KielceEHF CL 18/19: RNL beat Barca in the first derby of the season – PSG routine win in UkrainePHOTO: BGK Meshkov ← Previous Story EHF CL: First wins for Sporting CP and Tatran Presov Next Story → Nenad Perunicic to become Serbian NT coach IFK KristianstadMeshkov Brest read more

Google exec grilled in UK over devious use of Ireland to reduce

first_imgA TOP GOOGLE executive has been challenged by MPs in the UK over the internet giant’s sales and tax activities for its British and Irish operations.The parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) leveled harsh criticism at Matt Brittin, Vice President of Sale and Operations in Northern and Central Europe, claiming the company is using loopholes to dodge tax in the UK and is, in fact, selling products from its London headquarters.The company paid £6 million in corporation tax in 2011 though its sales in the UK, mostly processed through Dublin, are worth around £3.2 billion.Google have 300 staff in Ireland, where they pay a corporation tax rate of 12.5 per cent, solely dedicated to looking after UK accounts but Britton admitted to the committee that “lots of aspects of selling” take place in the London office. However he stressed that the products sold – mainly advertising – were sold products by Google Ireland and not its UK office.He said staff in the UK spend a percentage of time with clients, helping them to establish which Google products would serve them best but that the Dublin office works on building a campaign in the long-term, sometimes over a number of years.‘Devious, calculated and unethical’Chair of the committee Margaret Hodge raised several issues brought to her by whistleblowers in relation to invoices requesting payment in Sterling to a bank in London for products sold by Google Ireland, staff working on Android product development in the UK office and money transfers from Ireland to Bermuda which save the company a significant amount on its tax bill.She asked Britton to think of how “hard-pressed families” and struggling businesses must feel looking at Google’s “rather devious, calculated and, in my view, unethical behaviour in manipulating” its business.Britton insisted that staff in London do not make deals with clients on advertising sales and that the company is not breaking any tax laws in its UK and Ireland operations.“Any customer that spends with us, they have to buy from Ireland, because that’s where the intellectual property sits,” he said.Hodge and other MPs expressed their dissatisfaction with Britton’s responses and indicated that further interrogation is on the cards for Google in the future.Read: Court says Google’s auto-complete ‘can be defamatory’>Read: Want to send (and receive) money by email?>last_img read more

Garbage Fueled Garbage Truck Could Be In The Future For Toronto

first_imgThe city of Toronto is experimenting with a new type of garbage truck, one that is powered by compressed natural gas and could potentially be powered by biofuel created from household waste in the future.“Pending results from a pilot program, the City hopes to convert biogas produced from digesting Green Bin organic material into compressed natural gas for distribution across Enbridge’s system,” said Geoff Rathbone, General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services. “In essence, Toronto will be making its own natural gas. Our two Green Bin processing facilities have the potential to produce enough natural gas to take our entire fleet of 300 waste trucks off diesel. Creating natural gas from kitchen waste will be the first operation of its kind in North America.”The new truck features a Cummins Westport ISL G engine that meets emission standards without any modifications. And if successful, the pilot program could lead to a more long-term and widespread commitment for similar green vehicles.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Superstars tapings for June 26

first_img The following was taped on Monday from Indianapolis.WWE Superstars taping results for June 26, 2015:* The Lucha Dragons def. Bo Dallas & Heath Slater* Cesaro def. Luke HarperSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipLuke Harper Returns To WWE LiveVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Luke Harper Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Roman Reigns Pinterest Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next At least 17 deaths from Florence: NC governor Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Facebook Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 10/9 WWE 205 Live TV taping results from Indianapolis to air on Wednesday WhatsApp WWE Tag Team Tournament Unveiled WWE Smackdown Results – 3/19/19 (Gauntlet Match with Kofi Kingston, Banks and Bayley) Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Former head of Friends of Clark County Sydney Reisbick dies at 74

first_imgSydney Reisbick, a long-time conservation advocate and former head of local environmental group Friends of Clark County, died this week at age 74. According to Lucy Krantz, the organization’s treasurer, Reisbick was in hospice care when she died Oct. 17. She said the cause of death was multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells.Those who knew Reisbick described her as a soft-spoken, bright and gentle individual who had a deep affinity with animals and the environment. She served as board president of the Friends group for five years before stepping down this spring due to her health, said Sue Marshall, who succeeded her.In 2016, the county completed the tense and heated process of updating its comprehensive plan, a document required by state law to guide growth and land use. As head of the loosely organized group, Reisbick showed up frequently at county council meetings to warn of how growth could imperil farm and natural resource lands.“It was a very important time, and Sydney was just a champion,” said Marshall. “I think our overarching goal was we should be striving for smart growth and avoiding sprawl and not squandering our natural resources and open space.”Marshall said that although many of the conservation group’s specific goals for the plan were not shared by the Republican-dominated county council, the organization, under her leadership, joined with the Seattle-based land-use group Futurewise to appeal the comprehensive plan. As a result, the county reversed some of its zoning decisions regarding forest and agricultural land. Other parts of the plan are under appeal.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 – A Turks and Caicos teenager, on her birthday, is formally charged we learned yesterday in Port St Lucie, Florida with aggravated battery on a person with a deadly weapon and like other matters with TCI women abroad, it is a shocker. Karyanna Cox is a former Clement Howell High School student who is studying graphic design at the Indian River State College and according to police records, it was on November 11th that she was arrested for some sort of domestic violence incident, according to information posted by the Sheriff’s Office. Young Karyanna, who is the daughter of Russell Cox, a former CHHS educator and current Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Government Support Services and Ianthe Pratt Primary School teacher Kay Cox reportedly faced formal arraignment on Wednesday for the matter; it is alleged that Karyanna attacked her boyfriend who is believed to be from Grand Turk. Some of her friends were oblivious to her dilemma and yesterday posted birthday greetings at her Facebook page. The petite teen turned 19 yesterday… likely her worst birthday. Magnetic Media is working this story, we will have an update later. No bond for alleged terrorist of Bahamian descent Recommended for you Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high school, florida, ianthe pratt pprimary school, karyann cox, kay cox, port st. Lucie, russel cox Turks and Caicos to be affected by closed sea ports in Floridalast_img read more

Frenkie de Jong doesnt like Cruyff comparisons

first_imgThe Dutch wonderkid says he feels honored, but he says he cannot be compared to the Oranje football legendAFC Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong is enjoying his time with his club and the national team.And some have even compared him to a young Johan Cruyff.“I feel honored,” de Jong told The Guardian.“But I don’t think you can compare the two of us. He is so much better than me. He had so much quality. I will never reach that level.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t want to compare myself to Cruyff. And I think people who do that don’t want me to compare to Cruyff, they just see similarities in us,” he explained.“But not the same qualities. I watch his videos and he was amazing; the way he moved with the ball, the way he saw the game.”“Normally midfielders only pass the ball but I dribble as well,” he commented.“People say I take a lot of risks but I don’t think I do, because I don’t lose possession that much.”last_img read more

Americas Heartland Debuts 10th Season

first_imgAmerica’s Heartland marked its 10th season this month. The latest episode of the national, weekly show on American agriculture featured a segment on preserving the building blocks of our food supply. Viewers met “men and women striving to protect genetic material in plants and animals” at the USDA, ARS, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado. The installment also took a look at sunflower seed research in North Dakota, a profile of a California tomato farmer and soil improvements.ASA is proud to be a promotional partner of America’s Heartland, which can be seen nationwide on PBS affiliates, RFD-TV and now on FamilyNet. You can find out more about America’s Heartland by clicking here.last_img read more

Bay grads tale illustrates persistent bullying problem

first_imgOne day they were friends sharing classes, working together at school activities.The next, Lindsey Elhart became the target of her classmate’s relentless harassment. She called Elhart “slut,” “whore.” She made snarky comments about the clothes Elhart wore. Threatening voice mails and text messages from blocked phone numbers flooded Elhart’s cell phone. Her parents’ home was covered with toilet paper in the middle of the night numerous times.Elhart’s friends turned on her for fear of becoming the girl’s next target. Others knew of what was happening but stayed quiet. That, Elhart said, includes school administrators — a claim the district denies.“A majority of the school knew how hurtful she was and a majority of the school just saw me take it because there was nothing else they could do for me,” Elhart, now 19, said of her senior year at Hudson’s Bay High School.When Elhart walked through the high school’s doors, she felt alone. But statistics prove she’s only one example of a widespread problem.During the 2008-09 school year, more than 15,000 students in the state were suspended and 442 expelled for bullying, harassment and intimidation. In Clark County, 115 students were expelled for the offenses — more than the more populous King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties — and 1,411 served suspensions.Local and state officials don’t have any hard evidence as to why the number of students suspended and expelled for bullying is higher in Clark County. However, multiple people interviewed by The Columbian speculated as to what the cause may be. Perhaps Clark County school administrators are more diligent in handling complaints and enforcing district policies. Maybe districts in other counties emphasize more on the prevention and intervention, thus nipping the problem in the bud before it leads to expulsion. On the other hand, Clark County could simply have more kids bullying each other.last_img read more

China confirms 23 October opening ceremony for Hong KongZhuhaiMacau Bridge

first_imgBeijing authorities have revealed that the long-awaited opening ceremony for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB) will be held next Tuesday 23 October, attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping. But there remains some confusion over whether or not the ceremony will also signal the start of operations for the world’s longest sea bridge linking the three key southern China cities.According to the South China Morning Post, there is still no official clarification on whether the bridge will be open for business following the ceremony, with one source stating, “We are still awaiting confirmation from the mainland authorities – there may be a last-minute change.” Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Officials last month conducted a full test of the HKZMB – which spans 55 kilometers – and its various border crossing facilities but until now there has been no word on when the HK$50 billion project would finally open.Suggestions that it could now be operational before the end of the month potentially leaves companies tasked with running inter-city transport services scrambling. They include One Bus, which will run 19 buses between Hong Kong and Macau, with the SCMP quoting spokesman Eddie Choi as stating, “We hoped to have ample time to make manpower arrangements and to promote our new coach services.“At such short notice and without any details, how can we make the necessary logistic arrangements? It will cause chaos and great inconvenience to the passengers.”Choi said the company had asked Transport Department officials if the bridge would open on the same day as the ceremony but “they had no clue.”Beijing reportedly told the SCMP that the late notice was due to security requirements for President Xi.last_img read more

Innovation Forum to Feature Interviews with Senior Installation Officials

first_imgInstallation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for next month in Charleston, S.C., will feature one-on-one interviews with senior installation officials from each of the military departments:Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy;Steve Iselin, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; andDiane Randon, deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management, U.S. ArmyThe new session format will allow for a focused discussion with each of these leaders that touches on many of the themes of this year’s conference, including defining and enhancing military value, understanding defense infrastructure, and building the defense community of the future. The speakers also are expected to address their services’ community partnership and renewable energy initiatives.Hartley was named principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force last year, a post responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives.Previously, he was the assistant deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements. In that position, he was responsible for the developing Air Force strategy, long range plans and operational capabilities-based requirements to ensure the service builds and employs effective air, space and cyber forces capable of achieving national security goals. Hartley first came to the Pentagon in 2003 as the deputy assistant secretary for cost and economics.Iselin has been the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy since October 2014, and serves as the service’s senior installations and facilities program expert. In that post, he participates in the formation and management of Navy and Marine Corps energy, installation and environment policies related to construction management, facility sustainment, acquisition and disposal of real property, and environmental planning.Prior to that, Iselin served in a series of capacities at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), including chief engineer and executive director. As the executive director, he led his agency’s response to BRAC 2005, Marine Corps Growth the Force program and defense policy review initiative programs in Guam. Iselin also was the NAVFAC assistant commander for base development, and helped created Navy Ashore Vision 2030, a strategic vision for Navy shore infrastructure that helped guide policy during BRAC 2005 and future shore investments.Randon has been the Army’s deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management since 2012. She provides policy direction and programming guidance for a portfolio that includes installation services, facilities infrastructure and community partnerships worldwide across active and reserve components.Previously Randon served as the director of resources within the office of the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) and director of installation services within OACSIM. She had been the executive director for the Army Resources and Programs Agency in the office of the administrative assistant to the Army secretary.The conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Partial Ruling Against State In Alaska Native Language Ballot Case

first_imgA federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters.Download Audio A “partial decision” Wednesday in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at  protecting  the voting rights of Alaska Natives.In Toyukuk v. Treadwell, plaintiffs argued that translation of state of Alaska ballot language from English into Yupik is not adequate to ensure voters’ understanding of the ballot.Four tribal councils filed the suit against the state division of elections last year, alleging the state violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by not providing language assistance to Yup’ik and Gwich’in speaking voters in three census areas.State attorneys argued that because the languages are historically unwritten the Voting Rights Act requires only oral language assistance in these languages. The division of elections said it provides translators and bilingual poll workers.In a hearing Wednesday before a federal judge in Anchorage, Native American Rights Fund attorney Natalie Landreth argued for the plaintiffs.“But the federal court held this morning that [the state was] not providing even oral language assistance,” Landreth said. “Because they don’t ask or pay their outreach workers in the villages or bilingual poll workers to translate any of the information in the official election pamphlet. That was part of her holding today.”Landreth says, plaintiffs want written information translated.  Under the current system, Yup’ik speaking voters do not get a written election pamphlet in advance of the election.“If you’re a Yup’ik speaking voter, the translated information you receive consists of three things: here’s the day of the election, here’s the time of the election, here’s where it will be. And then there will be language assistance available at the polling place,” Landreth said. “There’s no advance information about the candidates, no advance information about bond measures, nothing about constitutional questions, nothing about ballot measures.”“To such a degree that the plaintiffs and other witnesses testified that the first time they find out about ballot measures is often when they go to vote on election day.”Federal district court judge Sharon Gleason sided with plaintiffs. In a partial decision Wednesday, which addresses only the Voting Rights Act claims, Gleason said the division of elections has violated the Act by not providing substantially equivalent language assistance in Yup’ik and Gwich’in in the three census areas.The court has given the state until Friday, Sept. 5 to provide a proposal for additional language assistance measures that could be implemented in time for the November election.  Alaska assistant attorney general Corey Mills says time is running out.“And the court also recognized the difficulty that the division of elections has in providing this type of assistance,” Landreth said. “So the state and the division of elections and the department of law are looking at that and what that proposal will entail.”The court did acknowledge the state’s efforts so far in providing ballot translations for Yup’ik and Gwich’in speakers, saying the state has been working diligently this year in providing language assistance.last_img read more