first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-One.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League culminated with a thrilling day of Finals action on Saturday 1 December 2007 at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club.Victoria’s Elite players turned on the magic in front of 300 spectators including the Victorian Minister for Sport Mr. James Merlino MP, the Chairman of Touch Football Australia (TFA) Mr. Peter Rooney, and TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire who settled in for an afternoon of quality Touch Football in perfect summer conditions.A close round of semi-final matches in the afternoon in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions was a fitting entrée for fans of the VT League, before two nail biting Grand Finals were served up to spoil the crowd with an absolute smorgasbord of fast and furious Grand final action in the evening.  Melbourne City Lions won the Women’s Open championship over the Bayside Vipers after an epic 3 on 3 drop off was required to split the combatants after scores were locked at 4-4 at full time. Highly credentialed Victorian stalwart Karen Jones was the hero for the Lions snaring the winning touchdown to secure the Inaugural title for her franchise.In the Men’s Open Grand Final, warm favourites and Minor premiers Casey Cougars went on with the job in the decider, but did not have it all their own way, needing to dig deep to overcome a gutsy Bayside combination to claim the crown.  The Cougars had to pull out all stops against the structured Vipers and relied on a pinpoint long ball from their ringmaster Jason “JK” Kaiwai to break a 3-3 deadlock in the closing minutes of the game.Between the Semi finals and Grand Finals, a Touch Football Victoria Community Development game was held, which showcased members of Victoria’s U15 development squad.  This game gave the audience a taste of some of the potential future talent who could grace the VT League. Also in the interval the Minister for Sport, Mr. James Merlino made presentations to the Casey Cougars for the Licence Championships and to the University Blues Women’s team for the first ever “Fair Play” team AwardThanks to all TFA-Victoria office staff, Referees, Volunteers, the Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer club and all other VT League venues for their support of the Inaugural event.A full wrap of Finals day can be accessed by visiting the TFA – Victoria website.Results and Award Winners of the 2007 VT League:Semi FinalsMen: Casey 10 d Melbourne City 7; Bayside 4 d University 3Women: Melbourne City 4 d Casey 3 (AET); Bayside 7 University 3Grand FinalsMen: Casey 4 d Bayside 3Women: Melbourne City 5 d Bayside 4Other awards include:Fair Play Award – University Blues Women’sMost Influential Player Women – Anne Bright (University Blues)Most Influential Player Men – Elias El Charr (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Women – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Men – Terry Beazley (Casey Cougars)Other Events: The Box Hill touch competition has begun, with 10 teams pulling on the boots every Tuesday night at Sparkes Reserve on the corner of Middleborough and Canterbury Rd, Box Hill. In the Mixed competition a team of local teachers are playing against some of their students, making for some interesting classroom exchanges…The Victorian Touch website: AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2South Australia’s State League off to a Great StartThe first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League began on Sunday 2 Dec 2007 at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.The 10th year of the State League commenced with the four franchise teams Wolves (Yellow), Stingrays (Red), Vipers (Navy) and Scorpions (Orange) looking the goods in their new Kooga uniforms. In Round One action in the Women’s Open Scorpions got off to a cracking start to the season with a 12-0 shut out of Wolves, and Stingrays got home in a thriller 6-5 over Vipers.In the Men’s Open Scorpions and Wolves played out a thrilling 7-7 draw, whilst Stingrays had a comfortable 7-3 win over Vipers.Full Results Round 1 – Touch Football SA State League:WomenScorpions 12 d Wolves 0Stingrays 6 d Vipers 5MenScorpions 7 drew Wolves 7Stingrays 7 d Vipers 3 MixedMixedScorpions 5 ft Wolves 0Stingrays 3 d Vipers 6Other events: Damien Carlson, Sean Judge and Chris Denison-Smith conducted a level One Referees Course on Sunday 2 December 2007.Amongst the participants were 4 junior state representative players.The Touch Football South Australia website: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe final round of the Darwin Touch competition produced some exciting games with Crocs ruining Dream Teams perfect season with a tit for tat 3 all draw in the Men’s Open division.Bundy Bears preparation for the finals couldn’t have been better with a 17-2 win over Honkers.In the Women’s Open competition, Palmerston Bulls defeated Divas 10-1 to sail into the finals as red-hot premiership favourites.Scorpions fought out a 5-3 win over Crocs who only fielded six players, but were more than a match for the second placed Scorpions.All About Us had the bye.Other news: Darwin Semi-final action this week features Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions in the First semi-final in the Women’s Open division. In the second semi-final final Crocs take on All About Us. In the Men’s finals Dream team confront Crocs in the First semi-final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Palmerston Bulls and Bundy Bears play the Minor semi-final.The Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Six Wrap The Western Australia Super League Series returned to Rosalie for Round 6. Affiliates wished to do well not only for their Super League Series aspirations, but to familiarize themselves on the ground that will host the 2008 WA State Championships.Northern Women’s continued their recent good form with a win over Tompkins Park.It was a high scoring contest with a 10-9 result to Northern in the end. The teams’ first clash was a draw Northern will be aiming to avoid Tomkins Park who are looming as dark horses come semi-final time.Southern Men’s had a strong 11-1 victory over hosts Rosalie. Their superior for and against pushes them in front of Brothers into first position. The return Brothers v Southern clash in Round 8 is eagerly anticipated between the two top guns of the competition. Southern are now top of the tree in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.In other results:Women’sSouthern 11 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 7 defeated Fremantle 3Men’s Perth Brothers 9 defeated FremantleOther Events: TouchWest has purchased some new domain names to aid in members getting to our event and services websites. So rather than going through links from the TouchWest website, you can go straight to the WA AusTouch site from Other quick links include:Be Active State Touch Championships – Active Junior State Championships – Active TouchWest Junior League – School Tournaments – Active TouchWest Super League Series – Touch – Referees – Touch @ Lunch – Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Queensland Squads get Origin campaign off to a cracking startQueensland’s 13 State of Origin squads got their 2008 Origin campaigns off to a flying start with the first compulsory training camp conducted at the Caboolture Touch Association on the weekend in sweltering conditions.The 13 teams were put through their paces in a hectic weekend of fitness assessments, skill development, and game play under the watchful gaze of the respective coaching staff of each division.Queensland Touch State Branch Manager Jon Pratt, Queensland State Council members, the Queensland Touch Coach Management Team, and various mentors and technical personnel were on hand to assist the squads complete the first of three compulsory camps that are aimed towards maximizing preparation time and quality training experiences.Queensland Touch would like to congratulate host affiliate Caboolture and their tireless volunteer army for their outstanding efforts in providing excellent facilities and assistance in ensuring all needs of teams and players were met during a busy few days.The next compulsory camp for Senior Divisions and 20s teams will be 2 and 3 February 2008 at Caboolture.A Women’s Open Squad Camp will also be conducted on 2 and 3 February 2008 in Brisbane.The next compulsory camp for Open Teams will be 5 and 6 April 2008 after Queensland Men’s and Women’s Open teams are finalized following the 2008 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on 12-15 March 2008.Other News: The Brisbane City Touch Association conducted the Inaugural Brisbane Junior Touch Championships on Sunday 2 December 2008.14 teams contested the Boys and Girls 14 and 16 Years age divisions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Venue at the Kedron AFL club, Kedron.The one day tournament was designed as a fun day for club  / school teams that wanted to participate in a friendly series between South side and North side junior teams. Cobras Junior Representative training squads will be compiled from players who competed at the Brisbane Junior Championships.It has been the first Junior tournament that Brisbane City have conducted in some time and the success of this first event has prompted the Brisbane City Touch Association to plan another Junior Championships for April 2008.BCTA Junior Championships Results: 14 Boys: 1st – Redbacks, 2nd– Bring It, 3rd – SRU Magpies16 Boys 1st – Nudgee College, 2nd – Untouchables, 3rd – Steelers, 4th MacGregor SHS, 5th – Redcliffe Boys14 Girls 1st – Ravens, 2nd – Southern Storm Bratz16 Girls 1st – Tigers Roar, 2nd – Crushers, 3rd – Tigers Girls, 4th – Redcliffe The Queensland Touch website: Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Big Numbers for Level One Referees CourseThe Australian Capital Territory web-site in conjunction with the ACT Touch Referees Association has recruited 35 Level One referee course candidates for a Level 1 course on 4 and 5 December 2007. There are a large proportion of youth candidates for the course who will be welcome additions to the ACT junior competitions, which have experienced significant growth in the past twelve months and are in need of a few more whistleblowers.“The accreditation of an additional 35 officials is a great step towards the continued servicing of our ever expanding competition schedules,” ACT State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday. Other events: ACTTA will be hosting a Referees and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 with food and refreshments provided as a big thank you to the many people who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association runs smoothly. A Very social game of touch is also planned. To mark the end of the Super League season, approximately 70 players, referees and volunteers attended the Super Legue Presentation evening held at Mckellar Soccer Club on 1 December 2007. Congratulations to all award recipients. The Australian Capital Territory website:’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Congratulations to Woden Eagles who defeated the UC Otters 8-4 in the Men’s Open Grand Final of the Super League competition on December 1. Congratulations also to Canberra City who took out the Women’s Open title defeating Woden Eagles 5-4 in a very close (and wet!) affair.last_img read more

ESPN’s Trevor Matich Blasts LSU For Its Handling Of Josh Boutte

first_imgLSU player taking a cheap shot at a Wisconsin player.Twitter/@BigTenNetworkESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich vehemently disagrees with LSU’s handling of Josh Boutte.Trevor Matich appeared on ESPN’s Mike & Mike today and called Josh Boutte’s cheap shot on the Wisconsin defensive back the “most cowardly” thing he’s ever seen in the sport.Trevor Matich holds nothing back on the hit LSU’s Josh Boutte made after D’Cota Dixon’s Int for Wisconsin.— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) September 5, 2016LSU announced earlier today that Boutte will be suspended for the Tigers’ next game, a punishment that rings pretty hollow considering it’s a contest against an FCS team.Tigers’ head coach Les Miles said Boutte “made a mistake.”Matich thinks he should be suspended for a year.Strong comments by ESPN’s Trevor Matich, who said LSU’s Josh Boutte should be suspended all year. Matich sad treat it as non-football act.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 5, 2016LSU is set to kick off against Jacksonville State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU.last_img read more

Martin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injury

first_imgMartin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injuryIndia vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill, who injured his back ahead of the fifth and final ODI, has failed to recover in time for the T20I series, starting Wednesday.advertisement Press Trust of India WellingtonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 11:28 IST India vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill also missed the fifth and final ODI vs India with the lower back injury. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMartin Guptill has been replaced by James Neesham in the T20I squadIndia and New Zealand will play a 3-match T20I series from WednesdayRohit Sharma will be leading India as Virat Kohli has been restedSenior New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the New Zealand for the upcoming three-match T20 series against India after failing to recover from back injury.Guptill will be replaced by all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who also featured in the final two ODIs against India in the recently concluded five-match series.”Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by”It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.”Guptill sustained injury prior to the final ODI against India and now will be eyeing a return against Bangladesh in a series starting next week.The three-match T20 series against India starts on February 6 at Wellington, followed by second match at Auckland’s Eden Park on February 8 and the final game at Hamilton on February 10.The New Zealand squad also includes rookie all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who is the son of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.Also Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New ZealandadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Martin GuptillFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand T20I serieslast_img read more

Videotel Meets Growing LNG Market Needs

first_imgzoom Videotel now offers the most extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector available in the marketplace. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, amongst many others – it has created a comprehensive package of training covering the essentials required when operating in this important market.Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, says: “Twice as many LNG carriers are operating today compared with five years ago, leading to a growing demand for quality training in the sector. With an evolving market and constantly developing new technologies even those familiar with the sector face new challenges.“Most projections are that cargo volumes will almost double by 2020 from today’s level of around 250m tonnes,” explains Mr Cleave. “This new landscape will call for a whole new skills set, and with its extensive experience of working with industry and regulatory bodies, Videotel is the best placed to service those needs.”Starting with the Videotel Tanker Familiarisation Distance Learning Course, the candidate is then invited to select from a number of courses to further develop their knowledge and skills.The Liquefied Gas Tanker Safety Training Course provides both trainees and officers experienced in other sectors with tanker-specific technical knowledge to serve on an LNG carrier, and to be assigned specific duties relating to cargo or cargo equipment.The LNG Training Course provides the competency knowledge required by officers serving on LNG tankers in accordance with the Competence Standards developed by SIGGTO. Not only is the course designed to provide the underpinning knowledge required to achieve the appropriate level of competence according to the rank of user, but it may also be used to study the knowledge required by higher ranks should the officer wish to gain promotion.Videotel, March 6, 2014last_img read more

DMK opposes Centres one nation one ration card scheme

first_imgChennai: The opposition DMK Sunday slammed the Centre’s ‘one nation, one ration card’ proposal, saying it was against federalism. The BJP-led central government has given one year deadline till June 30, 2020 to states and Union Territories for rolling out the ‘one nation, one ration card’ system, under which beneficiaries can buy subsidised foodgrain from ration shops in any part of the country. “Public distribution is a fundamental right of state governments. The Union food minister does not understand the repercussions that would follow if such a right is infringed upon,” DMK president M K Stalin said in a statement. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Urging the Centre to give up on the scheme, he said, “It is to be understood that the Centre, by implementing such initiatives, is trying to establish its dominance.. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is desperately indulging in activities aimed at uprooting federalism,” he added. In another statement, AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran said if a substantial amount of foodgrain has to be allocated to migrants, the locals would have to undergo hardship. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “Tamil Nadu is already burdened financially by complying with the Food Security Act. The public distribution system in the state will completely collapse because of the one-nation-one-ration scheme,” he claimed. Both the leaders also urged the ruling AIADMK government to oppose the scheme in its budding stage. Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the new mechanism would ensure that no poor was deprived of PDS entitlement if that person shifts from one place to another, besides helping weeding out fake ration card holders.last_img read more

Kenneth Cole Ending AIDS Is Within Reach

first_imgEnding AIDS means controlling the spread of HIV and lessening its impact on people’s lives, the Joint UN Programme fighting the epidemic (UNAIDS) has said, noting that the number of people on anti-retroviral treatment today has surpassed the number of new infections each year, and more countries are reporting that zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV is in sight.But in the latest episode of the UN Radio podcast series The Lid is On, newly-appointed UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Kenneth Cole says that if “there isn’t a continuation of this initiative, we will see that reverse.”Rather than see an end of AIDS by 2030, “we could see AIDS back to its historical level of devastation,” he emphasized.A world renowned, New York-based fashion designer and businessman, Mr. Cole has been an influential voice in the global response to AIDS for more than 30 years. He has also been Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) since 2005.The podcast features another long-time AIDS campaigner and activist, singer and songwriter Annie Lennox, who has been a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador since 2010.Drawing on her own experience growing up in Burundi, UN Radio producer Jocelyne Sambira – who presents the podcast – said AIDS “was a death sentence when I was growing up.”To highlight the realities of living with HIV/AIDS in Africa today, she interviews Loyce Mataru of Zimbabwe, who had just lost her mother and son to the virus, when she found out she herself was HIV positive.She is now living a full and healthy life, and having once tried to commit suicide because of her status, she talks movingly about the stigma of living with HIV.last_img read more

AlQaida terrorist operatives diversifying finances UN expert panel warns

“As a result of the freezing of assets that has been and continues to be carried out globally, there are allegations that Al-Qaida, for now at least, may be diversifying financial aspects of its logistics support by converting parts of its assets into gold, diamonds and other precious stones, for example lapis lazuli and sapphires,” states the report of the Monitoring Group established by the Security Council to ensure enforcement of sanctions against Usama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida organization, the Taliban, and their associates. The report also notes that criminals and terrorists are using the Internet to move their money without detection. “The Group is particularly concerned about the use of the Internet by Al-Qaida and many of its associates, not only regarding financial transactions but also in support of their communications, command, control and logistics,” the report warns, noting that experts are looking into ways to “disrupt and neutralize” these criminal actions.States are working to cut off terrorists’ financial resources, the report says. By the end of March, no less than 144 countries had blocking orders in place in the context of the fight against terrorism. As a result of these orders, $103.8 million in assets have been blocked worldwide since 11 September 2001. The Group estimates that approximately “half of this sum represents assets connected with Usama bin Laden and Al-Qaida.” The Group makes a series of recommendations regarding the Security Council’s list of those subject to the sanctions, proposing, for example, that it be translated into each of the UN’s six official languages.The Group encourages all States to become parties to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, and those nations involved in the trade of rough diamonds to take part in the Kimberly process, a negotiating procedure to establish minimum acceptable international standards for national certification schemes covering the import and export of rough diamonds.On the arms embargo, the Group recommends that, in order to increase the transparency of international weapons sales, all arms-producing countries join the Wassanaar Arrangement on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies. read more

Hershey Canada pleads guilty to chocolate price fixing fined 4 million

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 3:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hershey Canada pleads guilty to chocolate price fixing, fined $4 million TORONTO – Hershey Canada Inc. will pay a $4-million fine after pleading guilty to working with other companies to fix the price of chocolate products.The Competition Bureau said the Mississauga, Ont.-based company admitted in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that it conspired, agreed or arranged to fix the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada in 2007.The company has also agreed to co-operate with federal prosecutors in return for lenient treatment from the Competition Bureau.The agency laid charges earlier this month against three other companies and three high-ranking individuals within the businesses.Also charged by the Competition Bureau are Nestle Canada and two of its former executives, Mars Canada, and national wholesale network ITWAL Ltd. as well as ITWAL’s chief executive officer.Hershey had previously agreed to make the guilty plea and co-operate with the Competition Bureau’s investigation into the alleged conspiracy.The Competition Bureau has a leniency program for the first party to disclose an offence that hasn’t been detected, provided it co-operates fully with the agency’s investigation and later prosecution.“Price-fixing is a serious criminal offence, regardless of whether it is in the chocolate confectionery market or any other industry,” John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, said in a statement Friday.“The collaboration of organizations or individuals is one of our best weapons to bring to light illegal agreements between competitors, which are secretive in nature and very difficult to detect.”The Competition Bureau earlier this month filed criminal charges against Nestle SA’s Canada arm, Mars Inc.’s Canada division and ITWAL Ltd., a network of independent wholesale distributors. Also charged are former Nestle Canada Inc. president Robert Leonidas; Sandra Martinez, former president of confectionery for Nestle Canada; and David Glenn Stevens, president and chief executive of ITWAL.Nestle, Mars and Itwal Ltd. have said they intend to defend themselves against the charges. A trial date is set for Oct. 3.Under the Competition Act, it is a criminal offence for two or more competitors or potential competitors to conspire, agree or arrange to fix prices, allocate customers or markets, or restrict the output of a product.If convicted, the defendants could face a fine of up to $10 million and a prison term of up to five years.Under newer provisions of the act, however, a conviction could result in a fine of up to $25 million or a prison term of up to 14 years, or both.Chocolate maker Cadbury Adams Canada first brought the matter to the bureau’s attention in 2007 and received immunity from prosecution.Hershey Canada reported communications with competitors related to the price fixing from 2007. The company said neither its current senior management, nor the leaders of parent company Hershey Co., were involved in fixing prices.– with files from The Associated Press read more

Kinder Morgan president says BC pipeline benefits fair conservative

Kinder Morgan president says B.C. pipeline benefits fair, conservative VICTORIA – Duelling reports about job-creation numbers and oil spill cleanup costs for the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., have prompted the company to defend the benefits it has forecast for the project.Kinder Morgan’s president Ian Anderson said estimates of a high number of jobs in British Columbia during the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline are based on fair and reasonable assumptions.He also justified the company’s liability insurance coverage for an oil spill as “more than enough.”But Anderson said he has yet to fully review a Simon Fraser University study that forecasts one-third fewer jobs and concludes the company has not set aside enough cash to handle a major environmental incident.“Clearly, the SFU study has used a different set of assumptions than what our work has,” Anderson said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “I’ll be most interested in looking at that to determine what’s most reasonable. We think what we have done is fair and reasonable and in many respects conservative.”Kinder Morgan’s application last year to the National Energy Board included an analysis by the Conference Board of Canada that estimated 36,000 person-years of employment in B.C. while the pipeline was being built.The NEB is the federal regulatory body that will conduct the review process of Kinder Morgan’s application to proceed with the project. The Conference Board of Canada is an Ottawa-based think tank.“I’m open to considering those (SFU assumptions) and looking at the impact of those,” Anderson said. “Most certainly our views on that study will be public shortly.”The university’s Centre for Public Policy Research teamed up with a California-based consulting firm to examine the estimated impacts of the project.It estimated the pipeline expansion will create only about one-third of the projected jobs — 12,000 person years — and B.C. government coffers will reap a small benefit, with most of the benefits going to Alberta and oilsands producers.Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4-billion expansion would nearly triple its capacity to ship petroleum products to 890,000 barrels a day, enabling crude exports to Asia through the Vancouver area.The SFU report expresses concern about Kinder Morgan pegging the top cost of an oil spill at $100 million to $300 million. It said a large spill in a highly populated area such as Metro Vancouver could cost up to $5 billion.Anderson said Kinder Morgan’s estimates of a worst-case spill scenario contained in its report are reasonable, at a cost of $350 million. He said the company’s liability insurance coverage reaches to $750 million.He said an incident in 2007 where city workers ruptured the Kinder Morgan pipeline and sent oil spewing into a neighbourhood cost $21 million to clean up.“It’s our job, and those who are in the marine community’s job, to ensure that those risks are as absolutely low as possible, and they can be managed effectively,” Anderson said.He said he expects the B.C. Supreme Court to rule Monday on an injunction application the company made to prevent protests at a test-drill site on Burnaby Mountain.“I know we have opposition and I know that not everybody supports the project,” Anderson said. “I expect and welcome as many voices and opinions as possible. The court case is about us lawfully trying to carry out our studies on Burnaby Mountain that have been authorized by the National Energy Board.” by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2014 3:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

War for the Planet of the Apes roars past SpiderMan

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ roars past ‘Spider-Man’ by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2017 9:05 am MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This file image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Woody Harrelson, center, in a scene from, “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “War for the Planet of the Apes” took down “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales, according to information available Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Monkey business still pays. “War for the Planet of the Apes” took down “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.Though some initially expected a closer race, “Spider-Man” dropped to second with $45.2 million after its $117 million debut last weekend. But director Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” pulled away thanks to strong reviews for the third installment of the rebooted “Apes” franchise. Led by Andy Serkis’ celebrated motion-capture performance as the ape leader Caesar, “War for the Planet of the Apes” won a 94 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Fox’s “Apes” led something of a summer anomaly: There is an unusual confluence of acclaimed films in release. Five of the top six at the box office (“Apes,” ”Homecoming,” ”Baby Driver,” ”The Big Sick” and “Wonder Woman”) boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth (“Despicable Me 3”) was largely received as a solid enough family release.Summer, rarely a critics’ paradise, is suddenly flush with good movies.“What I think sets the ‘Planet of the Apes,’ these three films, apart from other franchise films, is that it’s not gratuitous sequel-itis,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s distribution chief. “This is storytelling, and it’s episodic storytelling. It’s not ‘Well, let’s put the band back together.’ “But there were also hints of franchise fatigue for the “Planet of the Apes” series. Reeves’ latest edition came in closer to 2012’s “Rise of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes,” and well below the $72.6 million debut of 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” The film, which cost about $150 million to produce, added $46 million from overseas. (“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was still king overseas, where it added $72.3 million to bring its global haul to nearly $500 million.)Aronson believes the good word-of-mouth will carry “War for the Planet of the Apes.” ”At the end of the day, we’re going to have a terrific multiple and it will be a lot closer to ‘Dawn’ than it will be ‘Rise,’ ” he said.Universal’s family sequel “Despicable Me 3” pulled in $18.9 million in its third week, bringing its cumulative total to $188 million domestically. Sony’s Edgar Wright action comedy “Baby Driver” followed behind with $8.8 million; its three week gross is $73.2 million.The weekend’s other most notable new entrant was Kumail Nanjiani’s acclaimed romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” which expanded to about 2,600 theatres after three weeks of limited release. The Lionsgate-Amazon Studios film, produced by Judd Apatow, made $7.6 million — a rare success for a comedy in a summer full of disappointment .The horror film “Wish Upon,” from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend’s only other new release. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C CinemaScore from audiences.Next weekend may well continue the streak of well-reviewed summer releases. Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” lands in theatres following rapturous early reactions.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” $56.5 million ($46 million international).2. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” $45.2 million ($72.3 million international).3. “Despicable Me 3,” $18.9 million ($71 million international).4. “Baby Driver,” $8.8 million ($6.2 million international).5. “The Big Sick,” $7.6 million.6. “Wonder Woman,” $6.9 million ($3.3 million international).7. “Wish Upon,” $5.6 million.8. “Cars 3,” $3.2 million ($20.1 million international).9. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” $2.8 million ($6.7 million international).10. “The House,” $1.8 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” $72.3 million.2. “Despicable Me 3,” $71 million.3. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” $46 million.4. “Wukong,” $37 million5. “Cars 3,” $20.1 million.6. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” $7.5 million.7. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” $6.7 million.8. “Silver Soul,” $6.3 million.9. “Baby Driver,” $6.2 million.10. “Wonder Woman,” $3.3 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Analog Devices Recognized For Employee Benefits Work Culture Business Growth

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) was recently recognized by Forbes magazine and the Silicon Valley Business Journal for providing industry-leading benefits and a work culture that has led to strong employee satisfaction and pride. The global semiconductor provider employs more than 15,000 individuals who work to solve the world’s biggest technology challenges – from electric and autonomous transportation, to 5G wireless communications, to Industry 4.0, to digital healthcare, and much more. ADI also recently joined the prestigious 2019 Fortune 500, jumping more than 45 spots from its 2018 Fortune 1,000 ranking, due to achieving annual revenues of $6.2 billion in fiscal 2018.Forbes included ADI on its America’s Best Employers 2019 list, ranking the company at #49. The list is based on an anonymous survey of 50,000 Americans working for companies with at least 1,000 employees. Respondents rated how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others and nominate organizations in industries outside their own. Last year, ADI ranked #284 on Forbes’ World’s Best Employers list.ADI was also ranked one of the top 15 largest Bay Area employers on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in the Bay Area. This annual ranking spotlights companies spread across the Bay Area whose employees rate them as exceptional on values such as trust in leadership, collaborative culture, personal engagement, and satisfaction of individual needs through great benefits and perks.“Our goal is to make ADI the premier employer for people who want to build long-term careers making a real-world and lasting impact,” said Marnie Seif, Chief People Officer, Analog Devices. “We are proud to be recognized once again as a great employer, and most proud of the fact that these accolades are based on our employees’ own experiences of life at ADI.”To learn more about life at Analog Devices, please visit: Analog DevicesAnalog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI) is a leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret. Visit The above press release is from Analog Devices.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Analog Devices Recognized As A Top Place To WorkIn “Business”Wilmington’s Analog Devices Named Top 100 Global Technology Leader By Thomson ReutersIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Analog Devices Honors Top Suppliers At Inaugural Supplier Day 2019In “Business”last_img read more

Asian shares extend rally on China trade relief

first_imgAsian share markets extended early gains Wednesday after upbeat Chinese trade data offered hope the economy was stabilising, underpinning both risk sentiment and commodity prices.China reported exports rose 18.7 percent in yuan terms in March, compared to a year earlier, while imports dipped only a slight 1.7 percent. That was a huge improvement on February, even though data at this time of year tends to be distorted by the new year holidays.The early investor reaction was to take the improvement on trust and push up China-sensitive assets such as the Australian dollar which climbed above 77 U.S. cents.Shanghai stocks gained 1.9 percent while Japan’s Nikkei rose 2.4 percent to its highest in eight sessions. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.4 percent and Australia gained 1.1 percent.Oil prices pared some of their early losses, having run into profit-taking after a barnstorming performance on Tuesday. Brent crude eased 27 cents at $44.432 barrel, while U.S. crude lost 38 cents to $41.79.Prices had hit four-month highs overnight on reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia may have reached consensus on an oil output cap.Analysts at Citi noted U.S. crude finished above its 200-day moving average since its long downtrend first started in 2014. “It suggests that the low is in and higher levels should continue to be seen in 2016,” wrote Citi.A rally in energy stocks helped the Dow end Tuesday 0.94 percent firmer, while the S&P 500 gained 0.97 percent and the Nasdaq 0.8 percent. The S&P 500 energy sector jumped 2.8 percent.All 10 S&P sectors closed higher and the Dow industries posted their best day in about a month.The lift in energy boosted the oil-sensitive Canadian dollar to near a nine-month peak while nudging the safe-haven yen back from recent highs.Canada’s loonie stood at C$1.2765 per USD, not far from the overnight top of C$1.2750 – a level last seen in July.The greenback was up at 108.81 yen, having climbed from a near 18-month trough around 107.63 set on Monday. The euro rose to 123.73 yen, putting further distance from a three-year low of 122.085 set last month.Against the dollar, the euro eased to $1.1375 after turning around from a six-month peak of $1.1465. That helped the dollar index climb back above 94.141, from a near eight-month low of 93.627.In commodity markets, copper and iron ore sat on large gains while gold held firm at $1,253.55 an ounce, having climbed to a three-week high of $1,262.60 on Tuesday.last_img read more

May asks British MPs to show EU what Brexit they want

first_imgPro-Brexit protesters, some dressed as suffragettes, demonstrate on the pavement outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on 29 January 2019. Photo: AFPPrime minister Theresa May asked the divided British parliament to send a message on Tuesday to Brussels that it would support a European Union withdrawal deal if a plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland is replaced.Parliament has been in deadlock since May’s Brexit plan, agreed after months of negotiation with the EU, was rejected by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers.With exactly two months until Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March, there is no agreement in London on how and even whether to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.Parliament on Tuesday will try to find some way forward by debating and voting on what changes they want May to seek to her deal.”Today we have the chance to show the European Union what it will take to get a deal through this House of Commons, what it will take to move beyond the confusion and division and uncertainty that now hangs over us,” May told parliament before five hours of debate on how to end the stalemate.”I also accept that this House does not want the deal I put before it, in the form that it currently exists … Today we need to send an emphatic message about what we do want,” said May, adding she wanted “a significant and legally binding change to the Withdrawal Agreement”.However, Brussels has repeatedly said it does not want to reopen the treaty, which has been signed off by the other 27 EU leaders, and has said there must be a “backstop”, a guarantee to ensure there is no return to a hard border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.”We will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement. So it may be about semantics of what ‘reopening’ means,” an EU diplomat involved in Brexit talks said. “If things go towards more declarations, assurances or statements – we can do that. But if she really wants to reopen the whole thing, then it’s a ‘no’.”Unless lawmakers agree a way forward or the EU agree to extend the negotiating period, then Britain will leave without any deal, a scenario that businesses fear will bring chaos to the world’s fifth biggest economy.There have been warnings that borders will be snarled up, hitting trade and leading to shortages. On Monday major grocers and fast-food restaurants warned food supplies could be seriously disrupted.Sterling has recently hit 2-1/2 month highs of $1.3218 against the US dollar on hopes that a no-deal Brexit would be avoided but has retreated slightly from those levels and was holding at $1.3178 at 1520 GMT on Tuesday.”Alternative Arrangements”May wants lawmakers to support the proposal or amendment authored by senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady to call for the backstop to be removed and replaced with “alternative arrangements” during a series of votes, which are due to start at 1900 GMT.Her spokesman said her strategy had won the backing of her cabinet but it is not a foregone conclusion that lawmakers will back the amendment, one of seven proposed to try to break the impasse.Others include one proposed by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, which seeks to shift control of Brexit from May’s government to parliament and if successful could have a profound effect, giving lawmakers who want to block, delay or renegotiate Brexit a possible legal route to do so.If a subsequent piece of legislation is passed, it would give May until 26 February to get a deal approved by parliament or face a vote on whether to ask the EU to delay Britain’s exit to avoid leaving without a deal on 29 March.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would back this proposal, adding a delay to the March 29 departure date was now inevitable.”In backing her amendment we are backing a short window of three months to allow time for renegotiation,” he said.Another faction, led by both Conservative pro-EU and pro-Brexit lawmakers, are trying to come up with a new plan for Brexit – to return to Brussels with two new options.It calls for the backstop to be renegotiated or if that fails to leave on World Trade Organization rules at the end of 2021.Tuesday’s votes are not a rerun of the 15 January vote on whether to approve May’s Brexit deal, but a chance to discover what sort of changes would be required to win the support of parliament, so the prime minister can try to renegotiate the agreement in Brussels.May said she would hold a second “meaningful” vote on her deal as soon as possible. Strong support for the Brady amendment would allow May to tell the EU that changes to the backstop could be enough to allow her to get parliamentary approval for a deal.The EU’s deputy chief negotiator Sabine Weyand said on Monday the bloc was “open to alternative arrangements” on the Irish border but that Brady’s proposal did not spell out what they were.Brady’s amendment is not certain to pass, as a group of prominent pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers have said they are yet to decide whether they will support it.The small Northern Irish party which props up May’s minority government but opposes her deal, said the contents of May’s speech to lawmakers on Tuesday will determine whether it will support the amendment.”If you want to leave with a deal, you have to vote for it,” May said. “If you want Brexit, you have to vote for Brexit.”last_img read more

Alpha Kappa Alpha Partners with Alzheimers Association to Raise Awareness

first_imgThe Prince George’s County, Md. Upsilon Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is using its influence to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, one of the nation’s leading diseases among Black Americans.The sorority partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association, a global health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research, to launch the “The Longest Day” event on June 18 as part of their activities during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month.“Our goal for this program is to share information with residents about the signs and disease of Alzheimer’s and how it affects family members and friends who have to deal with loved ones who have it and to encourage people today to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association,” Danaeka L. Spear, the chapter’s president told the AFRO.According to the association’s website, the national partnership “will engage both campus and alumni members of AKA through local community outreach efforts and participation.”The association said many Americans dismiss the disease’s warning signs, such as confusion with time or place, memory loss and problems with speaking or writing among others.As part of their education initiative, the group handed out information booklets, posted items on their social media outlets and performed three flash mob routines at Bowie Town Center, a local Wegmans, and a local Giant grocery store. Forty members of the sorority also danced to hits such as Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” wearing Alzheimer’s awareness T-shirts.“There is no cure to Alzheimer’s,” said Genesta Belton, a member of the chapter. “My father had Alzheimer’s and when you hear about ‘the longest goodbye,’ it’s true. He suffered six years before his death in 1996 and it was sad to see him deteriorate mentally.”Black Americans are at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and are about two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s than their White counterparts, according to the association. There is also a greater familial risk of developing Alzheimer’s among Blacks than Whites. In 2014, the chapter also formed a series of “Community Service Day” projects, encouraging members worldwide to host various target programs for Alzheimer’s awareness.“We want to reverse the growing trend of late diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease among African Americans and to help them find affordable ways to get the latest information on treatments, research and care,” said Tia Belton, vice president of the chapter.last_img read more

FTC Confirms Probe of Facebook Privacy Practices

first_imgLast week, Facebook had said expected an inquiry by the FTC. “We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information,” Facebook deputy chief privacy officer Rob Sherman said in a statement issued last week. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”The company is facing an FTC probe into whether it violated a 2011 consent decree requiring user consent for sharing data. Facebook faces potential fines of $40,000 per user for violations of the FTC agreement, which could amount to a massive monetary penalty.In the statement Monday, Pahl said noted that one of the FTC’s chief tools is “enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises.” In addition, he said, “Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements.”In addition to the ongoing Cambridge Analytica flap, Facebook acknowledged Sunday that it has collected and stored detailed calling and text-messaging records from some smartphone users for years. The company said the data is aggregated on an opt-in basis for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android and that it does not share that info with third parties.About 51% of consumers said they “don’t trust” Facebook, with 41% saying they do trust the company, according to a Reuters poll of 2,237 people conducted March 21-23. By comparison, 62% said they trust Google (while 29% do not) and 53% said they trust Apple (and 31% do not).Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a statement last Wednesday about the situation and subsequent media appearances, apologized for the “breach of trust” with users and outlined actions the company has made and plans to make to “fix” that. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Fallout from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis continued Monday, with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission confirming the launch of a “non-public” investigation into the social giant.“[T]he FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement about the agency’s probe. “Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”Facebook shares, already down 13.9% since the scandal broke March 16, dropped nearly 6% in morning trading Monday. The stock recovered somewhat but was still down 3.3% at noon ET. [UPDATE: Facebook shares closed up 0.4% Monday, to $160.06 per share.]Investors are worried that the revelations about the unauthorized possession of data for around 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica — a U.K.-based analytics and consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign — will result in new government regulations that could hamper Facebook’s business. The scandal has contributed to Facebook’s market capitalization shedding more than $70 billion in value at this point in a little over a week. Over the weekend, Facebook placed full-page ads signed by Zuckerberg in several newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post apologizing for the Cambridge Analytica breakdown.last_img read more

A look at Chromes new Focus this Tab feature

first_imgA look at Chrome’s new Focus this Tab feature by Martin Brinkmann on March 22, 2019 in Google Chrome – 6 commentsFocus Mode is a new experimental feature of Google’s Chrome web browser. Google added a Focus Mode flag to Chrome Canary in February 2019 but enabling it at that time did not do anything as the underlying functionality was not fully implemented back then.The description did not reveal much, as it simply stated that enabling the flag would allow users to switch to Focus Mode.Recent versions of Google Chrome Canary, the cutting edge development version of Google Chrome, support Focus Mode functionality. It is unclear whether the feature is fully implemented already or if it is only partially available.Focus Mode in ChromeIt is still necessary at this point to enable Focus Mode in Chrome before the feature becomes available. Note that you do need to run Chrome Canary at this point to test it.Make sure you run Google Chrome Canary and that the browser is up to date.Load chrome://flags/#focus-mode.Set the flag to Enabled.Restart Google Chrome.A right-click on a tab displays the new “Focus this tab” option after the restart. What it does? It loads the web page in a new browser window that lacks most interface elements.Only the title bar and scroll bars remain; all other interface elements, the address bar, extension icons, Chrome’s menu, or bookmarks toolbar are hidden in that window.The window spawns with its own icon in the taskbar of the operating system, and the icon that it the site’s favicon.A right-click on the title bar displays more options than usually. You find options to go back or forward, reload the page, zoom in or out, or search for content on the page.There is no option to bring the page displayed in the focus window back to the Chrome window it was launched from.Closing wordsFocus Mode displays a single web page in a headless window. Extensions continue to work in Focus Mode but you may get less control as you cannot interact with the extension icon while in that mode.There is also no (obvious) option to access the menu to make configuration changes, or switch to a different URL that is not linked on the page that is active.Focus Mode removes some distractions from Chrome and may display more content of a web page in the window due to the reduced browser interface. Whether that is sufficient for it to be used instead of fullscreen mode remains to be seen.It is possible that Focus Mode is still in active development and that additional functionality will be added to the mode in future builds.Now You: What is your take on Focus Mode?SummaryArticle NameA look at Chrome’s new Focus this Tab featureDescriptionFocus Mode is a new experimental feature of Google’s Chrome web browser that is now available in recent Google Chrome Canary builds.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Cher reveals her mothers favorite song from the ABBA album and its

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… That’s very sweet. But why is she crying about the song? Is it emotional? Well, according to the goddess herself, it’s because all the songs have their own energy, or something. She Tweeted the day before about each song on the album.‘Songs are individualsDONT BOTHER…1. MAMMA MIA &WATERLOO THEY’RE JUMPING ON [BED]& RUNNING AROUND STAGE2. WINNER & ONE OF US ARE CRYING3. NAME OF GAME IS 3 [COLD BREATH AND SNOWFLAKE EMOJI]4 [DANCING QUEEN], SHES 2 [FIRE AND FINGER ON LIPS]5. NANDO WANTS” DO NOT DISTURB SIGN”6. CHUIQUITITAHAS BROKEN A FEATHER7. SOS,IS”WHAT HAPPENED”[EMBARRASSED EMOJI]’Now, there’s a lot to unpack here, because absolutely none of it made any sort of sense. I suppose ‘Winner and One of Us are crying’ refers to her mom crying? How has no one come up with queer icon Rosetta Stone yet? Luckily, the star herself “clarified” the comments in a follow up:Sure thing, Cher. Sure thing.Listen to Cher’s SOS right here:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Cher reveals tracklisting for her ABBA covers albumCher has made an album of ABBA covers and now we need some SOSCher just announced an Australian tour and people aren’t copingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : To be able to not only create a being like Cher, but to raise one means that we as a people have to take her mother, Georgia Holt’s opinion very seriously.OK……ME & MY MAMA MIA WITH SOUND— Cher (@cher) August 25, 2018That lovely mother has heard Cher’s latest album of ABBA covers and finally revealed her favourite song.A Twitter user asked the pop superstar: ‘@cher Did you play the new cd for you r mom today mama lovely?’To which she replied: ‘Yup… she bopped & [blowing smoke out of the nose emoji’.Not sure what she means by that, but moving on, journalist Darren Scott followed up with a question ‘What’s her favourite song on the album?’Cher replies: ‘Wait…. I’ll Ask her…. OKONE OF US & WINNERSHE. CRIED’center_img I always assumed Cher was a being of pure light, born into this world as a gift to teach the the gays about bops and autotune. But it turns out she has a mother. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Cher is back | Photo: I Hope You Find Itlast_img read more

Vaccination campaign against influenza to start this month at public hospitals

first_imgCosta Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, will launch its annual vaccination campaign against seasonal influenza on April 27, hoping to double the number of people who get the vaccine.Health Ministry officials want all people between 6 months and 2 years old to get a flu shot, along with people over 60 years old, pregnant women and people with respiratory problems or chronic deseases.Flu cases in Costa Rica mostly occur during the rainy season that runs from May to November. The number of cases usually spikes from July to September, according to Caja records.Caja’s medical authorities expect to vaccinate a total of 715,000 people: 650,000 adults and 65,000 children, Caja Immunization Program coordinator Vicenta Machado Cruz said.Previously the vaccine was given only to people over 65 and to those with cancer, diabetes, heart and lung problems, or other chronic diseases. Last year a total of 300,000 Costa Ricans got the flu shot.Expanding the population to be vaccinated will cost an estimated $3 million. In 2014 Caja invested some $800,000, Caja Executive President María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal said.The campaign will continue until May 30 at all Caja hospitals and community clinics (EBAIS).People who are not within the high-risk population but want to get vaccinated as a preventative measure can buy the vaccine at private pharmacies. Facebook Comments Related posts:Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign AH1N1 virus blamed for 7 deaths in Costa Rica this month Costa Rican health minister: Auto accidents are a public health issue Costa Rican experts seek to curb increase in breast cancer cases, deathslast_img read more

Industry Mourns Passing of CFPBs Laurie Maggiano

first_imgLaurie Anne Maggiano, Servicing and Secondary Markets Program Manager at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has passed away. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.“Laurie dedicated her life to the service of both consumers and lenders in the residential mortgage market. Her expertise and passion had a profound impact on our industry and our ability to meet the challenges posed by the worse financial crisis in generations. Most importantly it was her desire to find reasonable balance among the various interests that was so beneficial, particularly in her role at CFPB. However, it is Laurie’s endearing smile and friendship I will miss the most,” said Ray Barbone EVP of Mortgage Services at BankUnited.Laurie had served at the CFPB for more than four years and is a nationally recognized authority on default management and foreclosure prevention. She was previously Director of Policy, Office of Homeownership Preservation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Acting Director of Single Family Asset Management at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Laurie was one of the original architects of the administration’s mortgage relief and foreclosure prevention programs.“I am deeply saddened by the news of Laurie’s passing,” said Five Star Institute President & CEO Ed Delgado. “She was a gifted and talented professional, dedicated to public service. But more importantly she was a loving mother and grandmother. I am proud that we shared a special friendship. She will be missed.”Caroline Reaves, CEO at MCS also offered prayers for Laurie’s loved ones, saying, “Although Laurie is well-known for her tireless dedication to our industry, I had the privilege of knowing her as an amazing friend who shared many personal moments with my family. We shared many hours of laughter as well as tears. I will miss her terribly.”In 2011 The Five Star Institute honored Laurie with their Lifetime Achievement Award. To mark the occasion, her colleague Phyllis Caldwell, then Chief of the Homeownership Preservation Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said of Maggiano:”Laurie has worked to make sure that policies translate into actions that help homeowners, while laying the foundation for sustainable change on how delinquent loans are managed. She is a tireless champion for homeowners across our country.”To view Laurie’s Lifetime Achievement video, click here. in Daily Dose, Government, News January 7, 2018 720 Views Industry Mourns Passing of CFPB’s Laurie Maggianocenter_img 2018-01-07 Rachel Williams Sharelast_img read more

Earlier this week ESPN Insider John Clayton said

first_imgEarlier this week, ESPN Insider John Clayton said he wasn’t sold that Ray Horton had the experience necessary to be a head coach in the NFL just yet.While Horton’s résumé suggests that he’s accomplished plenty in the National Football League (10 years as a cornerback and 19 years as an assistant with the Bengals, Lions, Redskins and Cardinals), he has only be a defensive coordinator for two seasons. Comments   Share   Regardless, his name has already been linked to several head coaching vacancies, including Arizona, who already interviewed him twice this week.Having also conducted interviews with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, the 52-year-old has seemingly become ‘the frontrunner’ for several jobs — a fact Clayton did not try to ignore when speaking to Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Thursday.“There isn’t any doubt that he’s going to be in the mix [for multiple jobs],” Clayton said. “With two interviews in Arizona, I don’t think he’s out of the mix in Arizona.”Although Horton has proven his pedigree as a defensive coordinator with the Cardinals (unit ranked in the top 5 in takeaways, passing defense and third-down defense in 2012), Clayton admitted there might be a small hurdle that could prevent his ascension to the position of head coach.“I don’t think there’s any guarantee that he’s getting a head coaching job, because the trend right now is everyone wants offensive coaches,” said Clayton. “They want offensive assistant coaches and they want former head coaches who were offensive guys. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more