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first_imgChelsea youth coach Joe Cole: Liverpool title favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses” that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team’s got everything, they’re fully equipped to win the league and you’ve seen that today with the performance of [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Andy] Robertson,” Cole said on BT Sport.“More importantly I think I put them now as firm favourites because I can see little weaknesses with Man City.“With Liverpool we’ve had to trawl through to find half a weakness, maybe Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets exposed a little bit because of the system.“They’ve got everything, they were fantastic today and if they don’t win the title this year they will probably go down as the best team not to win it, because they’re fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission is learnt to have issued a show cause notice to the Railways and Civil Aviation ministries over the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures on rail tickets and Air India boarding passes as prima facie it violates the model code of conduct. The code came into force on March 10 when the poll body announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11. Sources in the poll panel said prima facie the railways and Air India have violated the model code of conduct, and referred to clause VII of the code which states that “issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer … regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a complaint to the EC, the Trinamool Congress had recently claimed that the “…railway tickets issued by the Indian Railways contain achievements of the party in power at the Centre (BJP) with regard to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is being displayed at the cost of public exchequer and obviously to influence minds of the voters.” The display of photograph was part of an Urban Development Ministry advertisement campaign. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday A portion of the back side of tickets is often used for advertising. The railways had last week decided to withdraw the tickets carrying the photographs of the PM, sources in the ministry said. Nearly one lakh such tickets were printed and a few were remaining in the lot. The ministry is likely to reiterate the same position to EC, they said. The railways had said all its 17 zones have been directed against using the tickets carrying the picture of the prime minister. A boarding pass issued by Air India had pictures of PM Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The airline had said the passes featuring the photographs, which were third-party advertisements, would be withdrawn if they were found to be in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Former Punjab DGP Shashi Kant on Monday tweeted a photograph of his boarding pass issued at the New Delhi airport, questioning how pictures of the two leaders could be on it. An Air India spokesperson earlier said the boarding passes seemed to be the ones printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January and the photographs were part of the advertisement from ‘third parties’.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned ONGC Tuesday said it continues to have strong financial position and sufficient funds to meet current and future capex needs, as it sought to allay concerns over its finances after successive acquisitions and government demands drained out its surplus. From a zero-debt company, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) had to resort to borrowings in the past couple of years after the government asked it to acquire state-owned refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), pay record dividend and buy back shares. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraReacting to reports on the company’s ability to meet its capital requirements, ONGC in a statement said,”it has strong financials in place to finance its projects both ongoing as well as upcoming ones.” “The company’s operational plans and expenditure thereon have also been in line with its requirement,” it said. “There is no plan or item of expense that had to be deferred due to paucity of funds/ resources.” ONGC in 2017 bought Gujarat government firm GSPC’s 80 per cent stake in a complex KG Basin gas field for Rs 7,738 crore and in January last year, it acquired the government’s holding in HPCL for Rs 36,915 crore. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, it paid hefty dividend to shareholders and completed a Rs 4,022 crore share buyback. The government was the biggest beneficiary of both dividend payout and share buyback. These acquisitions and payouts to the government have eroded ONGC’s cash reserves, which was about Rs 13,000 crore a couple of years back and has loaded its balance sheet with a debt of about Rs 20,000 crore. Without dwelling into financial numbers, ONGC said, “mergers and acquisitions are business decisions which have been taken by the companies to foster growth and true value accretion from such ventures gets reflected over a period of time. The acquisitions made by ONGC are going to strengthen the company’s growth trajectory.” The statement said ONGC on a standalone basis has “a very conservative debt-equity ratio which compares favourably with global benchmarks.” The rating of the company is also very strong compared with its peers in the industry, it said adding ONGC today is the largest integrated oil company in the country with a strong presence in the entire hydrocarbon value chain. “The company has also been relentlessly striving to strengthen its operations in line with the energy needs of the country. “Relentless efforts on the part of ONGC management are expected to translate into strong performance not only for its upstream business but going by the results of some of the joint ventures in pipeline and petrochemicals, the downstream units are also expected to contribute through their stronger results,” it added.last_img read more


MONTREAL – Clarke Inc. (TSX:CKI) is making a play for the Supremex envelope company, offering $19.27 million to buy out the other shareholders and take the firm private.The Halifax-based Clarke, which owns 45.1 per cent of Supremex, says it has made an offer of $1.20 per share for each of the more than 16 million shares in Supremex (TSX:SXP) it doesn’t own.Supremex shares closed up nine cents at $1.18 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Clarke has a history of taking an activist role in companies and industries that are in long-term decline, and bringing in new approaches in hopes of turning a profit.“No one expects the envelope industry to turn around so we think that it provides fair value and it’s fair to everyone,” Clarke vice-president Michael Rapps said in an interview.Rapps said Supremex is a very small company for public markets and taking it private would eliminate some of the regulatory and compliance costs involved.“Markets don’t tend to put value on businesses that are in a secular state of decline.”While Clarke has committed to retain Supremex’s management, it would also reduce staffing and other costs over time as the industry continues to shrink.The volume of envelopes produced by Supreme Inc. (TSX:SXP), which has its head office in the Montreal community of LaSalle, has decreased by about a third in a few years, falling to less than five billion a year.It lost $18.69 million last year as revenues declined 8.3 per cent to $131.9 million.During the fourth quarter, Supreme increased its operating margin as it implemented cost reductions including the conversion of pension plans to defined contribution from define benefits.Supremex described Clarke’s proposal as an expression of interest and not a binding offer that would be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.Its board has established a special committee of independent directors, including the board chairman, to review the proposal and make a recommendation.Clarke said Supremex is free to discuss strategic transactions with other potential buyers, but it “will be reluctant to consider acquisition proposals for Supremex from third parties.”Rapps said Clarke has enough shares to block any other bid but said its effort should not be considered hostile. It went public with a news release Monday because it had an obligation to make a regulatory filing.“Anyone who’s going to make another offer should be talking to us before they should be talking to the company because if we don’t like it we just say no.”Clarke nearly doubled its stake in Supremex in November by acquiring 5.2 million shares in two rounds, paying $1.08 and $1.05 per share. At the time, it said the purchases were for investment purposes, but noted that it relied on the private agreement exemption from the formal takeover bid rules set out in the Ontario Securities Act.Supremex is a manufacturer and seller of envelopes and related products, with facilities in six provinces and about 550 employees. Company CEO Gilles Cyr didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.Adam Shine of National Bank Financial said in a research note that Supremex’s shares have decreased since January 2007 amid “evolving secular declines in envelope demand.”He recently upgraded the company’s rating to sector perform following the release of the fourth-quarter results on March 12 that saw its net profit increase 9.5 per cent to $3.23 million despite an 8.1 per cent drop in revenues due mainly to lower Canadian volumes.Over the past 52 weeks, Supremex shares ranged between 93 cents and $2.19 Clarke seeks to buy Supremex despite envelop maker’s declining demand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 1:12 pm MDT read more


natesilver: Our model thought the DeMarcus Cousins injury was a pretty big deal. Although I think it overrated how effective Cousins had been this season.sara.ziegler: All season, Cousins has been more about potential in our model.But the Warriors didn’t need him early in the season, obviously.tchow: I have nothing much to say about this series, but I do want to point readers to this interview KD gave before Game 3. natesilver: It’s not that they’re going to lose to the Clippers, but I do just have to wonder about a team’s mentality when they can blow a 30-point lead.chris.herring: NBC analyst Tom Haberstroh pointed out that Steph was only averaging 19.9 points per 36 minutes this season with Boogie on the court, and that he essentially morphed into Malcolm Brogdon.Averaged 31.4 points per 36 minutes without DeMarcus on the floor.sara.ziegler: Wownatesilver: I mean, part of that might be that Steph was being deferential in an effort to get Cousins feeling like himself again.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhich … there isn’t time to do that in the playoffs.tchow: Definitely. I think Steph went through a similar dip when KD joined too.chris.herring: The last thing you want is Steph playing nice when you need him to be Steph.natesilver: It does just seem kind of impossible when you have to shut down Steph AND KD and Klay. Even if the rest of the team kind of sucks.chris.herring: I tend to think this helps them for now, but the Rockets series was one of the overarching reasons they signed Cousins — to make it so Houston couldn’t switch as much as they did on them last yearnatesilver: Yeah. So in some ways, we’re back to last year’s series, which was as even as it gets. The Rockets lately are playing as well as last year. And the Warriors without Cousins are basically last year’s team.sara.ziegler: After this matchup, will we even want to finish out the playoffs??natesilver: Well, the Western Conference finals are likely to be an anti-climax.tchow: LOL. Yes! I for one am very interested to see who comes out of the East to play against Warriors/Rockets.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Everyone’s like, “Why are these four stars such awkward fits together” — and I’ll admit that they’re a little awkward, but with a half-decent bench, it’s an entirely different team.chris.herring: I don’t think it’s a terrible bench. And the truth is, you can stagger when you have that many stars.But the spots in which it’s terrible … yeah.tchow: Sixers’ bench: Who? Who? Who? The big guy. Who? and Who?sara.ziegler: 🤣chris.herring: That’s their issue, I think. I’m not sure Boban Marjanovic would work against every team. But he’s their backup big.natesilver: I saw Boban at the United Airlines lounge at Newark Airport one time. He was very big and tall and sitting in a giant lounge chair and still looked very big and tall.chris.herring: I tweeted last night that I’m pretty sure he dunked last night with one foot still on the ground.Anyway: I want to talk more about how disappointed I am in Brooklyntchow: Are you just disappointed in their central A/C system at Barclays, Chris? chris.herring: If and when the NBA move the first round back to a best-of-five, they’re going to use this series as evidence as why. (edited)natesilver: I think there needs to be a mercy rule where you can concede your playoff series and get like three Lottery Balls or whatever.sara.ziegler: OK, let’s move back to the West. The Trail Blazers are off to a great start, up 2-0 against the Thunder. Our model is surprised at this series — it had given the Thunder a 77-23 edge. Are you guys surprised?chris.herring: Yes. I’m surprised. Maybe stupid, too.natesilver: I mean, if Paul George isn’t himself, our model is gonna screw that series up.tchow: He’s hurt!chris.herring: I feel like a contrarian now, but I don’t even think he’s shoulder is the problem anymore. He shot the ball semi-decently last game.Russ is shooting like he’s the one injured.tchow: Our model can’t predict that Russell Westbrook will shoot 35 percent and 10 percent from 3-point range in this series.chris.herring: EXACTLYWhat I will say is that I don’t have a lot of faith in OKC if it’s simply relying on the notion that its shooting will improve.They are shooting 16 PERCENT from three in this series.Which, while God awful, is only a slight regression for them!natesilver: That whole quadrant of the bracket — OKC, Portland, San Antonio, Denver — seems incredibly weak to me.chris.herring: If OKC had a team full of sharpshooters, I could understand having more confidence.But Russ still defends Damian Lillard as if he’s surprised that Dame can/will pull up from 35 feet.The guy needs to be treated as if he’s Steph at this pointtchow: I don’t want to take anything away from Portland. Yes, they lost Jusuf Nurkic, but CJ and Dame have been awesome this series.chris.herring: I came in thinking that this might be a sweep or a 4-1 series in favor of OKC. Simply thought that not having Nurkic would hurt against someone like Steven Adams. I thought CJ McCollum would struggle to find a rhythm (he’s coming off an injury and wasn’t good vs. OKC during the season). We watched Dame log 35 a night against the Thunder during the season and still get swept 4-0 during the regular season.tchow: CJ has been 🔥chris.herring: I didn’t think they had a great chance in this series. They had lost 10 playoff games in a row. With the exception of perimeter shooting, I thought just about everything else would be in OKC’s favor. Wrong, wrong, wrong.tchow: If Dame wasn’t in Portland, would he still be this underrated? It feels like this is a storyline every season.sara.ziegler: That’s a good question.How many people regularly see him play?tchow: Basketball nerds: “Look at Damian Lillard!”Basketball fans: “Who this?”chris.herring: I guess we have to define underrated.natesilver: He was All-NBA First Team last season, no?But, yeah, Portland has to be one of the least-watched teams in the league, or at least by people not in the Pacific Time Zone.chris.herring: Even if you know who he is, and how great he is, I think you could objectively look at this series — and what the Blazers have done the last two years in the playoffs (0-8) — and say OKC should have been favored.tchow: For OKC to take Game 3, they need to ____________.And don’t say something like “play better” (looks at Nate).sara.ziegler: SHOOT BETTERchris.herring: … shoot better than my 4-year-old nephew does from outside of 23 feet.natesilver: I’d say they need to play better basketball.sara.ziegler: In the other non-Warriors series out West, the Rockets are handling the Jazz easily so far, setting up a showdown with Golden State in the second round. This has played out about as expected, right?chris.herring: I had higher hopes for Jazz-Rockets. Am impressed with how dominant Houston has looked, but thought Utah would play better than this. Their defensive scheme has looked downright nonsensical to metchow: If Chris has a soft spot for Indiana, I think I have a soft spot for Utah. I love this team and wanted more out of them this series.sara.ziegler: Utah is a very likable team.natesilver: I didn’t expect Houston to dismantle Utah quite so thoroughly.In fact, I think that’s the story of the first round so far. It’s a highly consequential story because the Rockets are absolutely good enough to give the Warriors a series.chris.herring: The disappointment I feel with Utah is equivalent to how excited I am for the second round, with Warriors-Rockets.That will seemingly be the Western Conference finals, just a round early.natesilver: It would be quite something if the Rockets actually need fewer games to dispatch Utah than Golden State needs with the Clippers.chris.herring: Seriously.tchow: The Jazz just seem like a team that’s so close to figuring it out. Maybe not to a point where you think they can beat Golden State, but they’re so good in the regular season. I don’t know what happens to them in the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah, I sort of agree in theory, Tony.But I think what I’ve learned is that I have to be leery of a team that relies on such a young player to be its leading scorer.natesilver: Maybe you just need more isolation scoring in the playoffs? Or more scoring, period?chris.herring: I remember a stat from last year: Donovan Mitchell was the first rookie to lead a playoff team in regular-season scoring since Carmelo Anthony.I think there’s a reason we don’t see it happen much. And I think it’s even more problematic for a team built like that to have all sorts of horrible defensive breakdowns, because at that point, you know they have no shot at keeping up in a shootout against one of the best scorers in modern history.If Quin Snyder rolls out the exact same defensive scheme that he did in Games 1 and 2, this series will end in a sweep.natesilver: Is Mitchell … a little bit like Carmelo Anthony in that he’s taking too many shots? I mean, I guess he has to take a lot of shots with that lineup. But Utah really needs another player who can create his own shot.tchow: What if you played a player like Royce O’Neale more? He’s +1.8 on defense (according to our model), and it looks like they do a bit better defensively with him on the floor.chris.herring: He’s another example of what Nate is talking about, though: A guy that isn’t likely to create his own shot.This is a team that will need to take a long, hard look at itself this summer despite how well it’s played during the second half of these last two seasons.tchow: One obvious fix would be to get rid of Grayson Allen.KIDDING!!!natesilver: I also think Utah benefits from being a bit unorthodox. Rubio is an unorthodox point guard. They’re defense-first. They can play at a slow pace, although they picked up their pace a lot this year. They’re well-coached. So there’s an advantage from game-planning in the regular season. But Daryl Morey and the Rockets are going to study the hell out of the Jazz and know how to counter.chris.herring: Some of these teams are built to play really, really well in the regular season. And there’s incredible value in that, for seeding purposes, etc.But the inability to change your playing style when you’re forced to is often fatal this time of year.sara.ziegler: Finally, Golden State seemed like Golden State in Game 3 of their series against the Clippers. So that panic appears to be over?chris.herring: Hell, they seemed like Golden State in Game 2 to me!It was just a massive collapse at the end of Game 2.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: I actually pointed out yesterday that the game played out exactly the same way for a long while: sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): We’ve had almost one full week of games in the NBA playoffs, and trends are emerging. Golden State took a 31-point third-quarter lead over the Clippers on Thursday night … and didn’t lose! So after a few early surprises, things seem to be getting back to what we expected.One series not playing out according to seeding is San Antonio-Denver. The No. 7 Spurs beat the No. 2 Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This comes as a surprise to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Predictions model, which had Denver as an 88 percent favorite to move on. The Nuggets are still favored, but just 60-40. Are you guys surprised by how this series is going?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior staff writer): Not all that much, no. I think I picked Denver out of respect for the season it had. But this was the one team basically everybody had questions about coming in.I had the series going seven games, with Denver winning. It could easily be 3-0 Spurs right now.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): I am surprised, but I don’t think we really should be. It’s the Spurs being the Spurs again.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): Our model doesn’t like San Antonio very much, so given their regular-season performance and home-court advantage — and Denver has a big home-court advantage — the Nuggets were pretty clear favorites. But it didn’t really like the Nuggets all that much either. They aren’t a great playoff team because their depth doesn’t really help them in the playoffs, the topline talent is not all that good, and they don’t have much playoff experience.So I’m surprised that we had them as high as 88 percent, frankly! But not surprised that the Spurs are ahead in the series.chris.herring: On Denver’s home-court advantage: The Nuggets haven’t beaten the Spurs in San Antonio in 14 tries now.tchow: I am surprised because at one point in the season, our model gave the Spurs just a 4 percent chance of even making the postseason. We had a story a while back that talked about how they started turning it around (better defense, better bench production), but they were still underdogs going into this series, in my opinion.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I had sort of counted the Spurs out a long time ago.Let that be a lesson to me: Never count out Pop.The experience factor really seems to be hurting the Nuggets so far. (And our model took 3 points away from them for their lack of playoff experience.)chris.herring: Nuggets coach Mike Malone has talked about the experience factor a pretty decent amount in the past weekHis young starting point guard, Jamal Murray, began Game 2 going 0-for-8. Malone was asked if he gave thought to pulling him because of Murray’s performance. He said no, in part because he needed to show his young players that he believed in them, and that he’s with them, win or lose. Murray responded by hitting 8-of-9 in the final quarter to bring the Nuggets all the way back for a dramatic win.The win probably saved their season for the time being. But it speaks to the volatility of having such a young/young-minded club.tchow: Murray wasn’t much better in Game 3 — just 6 points and two assists. I’m not trying to pin Denver’s failing’s this postseason all on Murray, though. All the Nuggets starters were pretty terrible in Game 3.chris.herring: It’s a pretty big contrast between the teams.While we’re talking about the growing pains for a young team, it’s worth pointing out that the Spurs are being led in part by youngster Derrick White, whose defense is his calling card. I think this is his first real exposure to a national audience, but he’s been playing really well for months.tchow: White’s Game 3 performance was kind of a reminder for a lot of people who don’t watch the Spurs that he existed.sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: White’s experience has been different because of all the injuries they’ve had. But White and Dejounte Murray are going to be an annoyingly good backcourt once the team is healthy again next season. AND there’s Bryn Forbes, too.natesilver: The whole Nuggets backcourt feels like it’s way short of championship caliber. It needs an anchor. There are lots of useful pieces you could rotate around that anchor, like Murray and Gary Harris, but without that anchor, it doesn’t quite come together.chris.herring: It’s tough: They have a fantastic, sure-handed backup in Monte Morris, who led the NBA in assist/turnover ratio.sara.ziegler: MORE MONTE MORRISCyclones, represent!chris.herring: He may not win a game for you. But he’s extremely unlikely to ever lose one for you, which you could argue Murray either occasionally does, or comes close to doing. Again: These are the growing pains for a young team sometimes.sara.ziegler: On to another team that has seemed shaky at times this postseason: the Philadelphia 76ers. But they seem to have recovered from their upset in Game 1 — they’ve beaten the Nets convincingly twice in a row now. What looked different for them in Games 2 and 3?tchow: Ben. Simmons.natesilver: Sen. Bimmons.chris.herring: Yeah, that sounds about right. Whether it was Jared Dudley that got in his head, or just him recognizing that he had to be more aggressive, Simmons has been a completely different player since Game 1.tchow: Simmons had a -21 plus/minus in Game 1. Game 2 he was +23, and then +11 in Game 3 with a 31 point performance on 85 percent shooting.chris.herring: I hate to say this, because maybe it’s premature, but I was beginning to think that the Nets could steal this series if things broke right for them.tchow: I think a lot of people thought that, Chris. The Nets are legit and play really hard.chris.herring: The Nets stole home-court advantage in Game 1. Were basically even at halftime of Game 2. And then get a gift rolled out on a platter for them, with Joel Embiid sitting out of a Game 3 played in their home arena, in front of a fan base that hasn’t hosted a playoff game in four years.Thursday was their chance. And I think with the loss now, that might be about it.natesilver: I’m in the Ben-Simmons-is-underrated camp. Yeah, he doesn’t really have a jumpshot. But he does pretty much everything else well. And there have been a lot of players throughout NBA history who have survived or even thrived without jump shots — Giannis Antetokounmpo basically does that now. The advanced stats like Simmons.tchow: I think it’s very different for a player like Giannis to not have a jump shot than Simmons.chris.herring: While we’re on the issue of Simmons, I think we learned that Embiid not being there might have been a help for himFor all the wonderful things Embiid does, he plays at a plodding pace.Someone like Simmons thrives in an up-tempo environment because of his inability to shoot.tchow: Sara, I found the hot take for next week’s Hot Takedown episode: FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring says Sixers are better without Joel Embiid.sara.ziegler: LOLOLOLYes!chris.herring: They might be in this series! Well, probably not: Greg Monroe was rough.If they had more depth, they might be.natesilver: That’s the thing about Philly. Look how bad their bench is: chris.herring: Well, that too.sara.ziegler: Are you disappointed that their slogan is “We go hard,” and then they didn’t?chris.herring: They did go hard!It’s not a question of effort with them. It never is. But I think what Nate alluded to is exactly the issue here. The Sixers’ bench isn’t great/may be bad. And the Nets’ second-best player is their bench.natesilver: Yeah, Brooklyn’s not totally unlike Denver. Excellent depth, no playoff experience, frontline talent is meh.tchow: Nate, they’re both small-market teams. I get it. (Queens represent!)sara.ziegler: OMGTony trying to start a borough war here.chris.herring: You generally see Brooklyn go on these massive runs in the second quarter of these games. But then after halftime, the game gets broken open, and Kenny Atkinson — who I really, really like — waits too long to call a timeout!The Sixers went on a 21-2 (!!!!) run in Game 2 before Atkinson called for timeout. It took a 1-point deficit and expanded it to a 20-point lead for the Sixers. And then the game was over.tchow: Maybe Atkinson is from the Phil Jackson school of letting the players figure it out on their own.natesilver: What was the atmosphere like at Barclay’s, Chris? I think it’s one of the coolest venues in sports from an architectural/amenities standpoint, but every time I’ve gone, the fans are sort of half-hearted.chris.herring: Last night was amazing to start the game. But I think they were sort of stunned to see the team run out of steam.And as Tony said: I was freezing.sara.ziegler: Well, it is a hockey rink, too.chris.herring: So maybe the have to have the ice ready? But good lord.My phone turned off at one point because of how cold it was.sara.ziegler: WowThat’s cold.chris.herring: The atmosphere was really great. It’s good to have the playoffs in Brooklyn again. And hopefully Manhattan at some point in the next couple years. (side-eyes Knicks)natesilver: Knicks fans should be rooting against Boston and against Golden State, right?chris.herring: I’ve heard the same stuff everyone else has about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming to the Knicks. As much as I hear it, I just have to see it to believe that it’ll actually happen.natesilver: I think KD could leave either after a championship or a flameout. But Kyrie — yeah, he’s already flip-flopped enough that I think Knicks fans want the Celtics out by Round 2.chris.herring: I think I’m just too conditioned to believe that nothing overwhelmingly good can happen for/with the Knicks unless there’s an enormous downside that comes with it.sara.ziegler: LOLnatesilver: My current scenario is that they get Kyrie and also draft Ja Morant and somehow that turns into a disaster.sara.ziegler: Speaking of Kyrie, the Celtics are making quick work of the Pacers. Indiana doesn’t seem to have quite enough offense so far to hang with Boston.chris.herring: 😔tchow: I’m actually interesting to read Chris’s thoughts on this series. I remember A LOT of people were down on Boston going into the playoffs.chris.herring: Yeah. I had some hope that this could be an interesting series.But I also was tasked with writing an Indiana-based primer for the ESPN side ahead of this series. When I got to the “Why Indiana can win section,” I sat and stared at my screen for like an hour.So this actually doesn’t surprise me all that much.They simply don’t have enough offense. Or ingenuity.natesilver: I haven’t watched much of that series; pretty much my only recollection was seeing a score that was like 76-59 in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and thinking I needed to update my contact lens prescription, but nope, that was the actual score.chris.herring: They basically hand the ball off to Bojan Bogdanovic and say, “Do something.” Kind of like a kid who does a magic trick, but is still holding the quarter in his hand, in plain sight, for everyone to see.tchow: Has Boston done anything to change people’s minds about their chances though?chris.herring: No. They’re merely beating a flawed, weakened team, IMO.tchow: That’s what I figured about Boston. The real test, if they do end up beating the Pacers, will probably come against Milwaukee.chris.herring: In fairness to Nate McMillan and the Pacers, this was always going to be an uphill battle, because they’re playing without Victor Oladipo. It was a great accomplishment to go 21-21 this season without their star player after going 0-7 without him last season.sara.ziegler: Yeah, they don’t really have anything to feel embarrassed about.chris.herring: I really like Indiana, and have a soft spot for Little-Engine-That-Could sort of teams. But they need some reinvention.They could use more firepower. But they need better schemes.natesilver: I feel like the whole first round could use more firepower. Between inexperienced teams, teams with injury problems, teams without any star talent … it feels a little bit like spring training or something.tchow: I agree, but it has been more interesting than I imagined.chris.herring: A little.sara.ziegler: Let’s talk about the other interesting series in the East: No. 2 Toronto has had its hands full with No. 7 Orlando. The Magic took the first game, but the Raptors stormed back in Game 2. The teams will face off Friday night in Orlando. Do we think the Magic have a realistic shot in this series?natesilver: Mayyyyyybe?chris.herring: It depends on what you define as “a shot.” I think they can get another game, potentially. I don’t think they will win the series. The Raptors responded in Game 2 the way you hoped a top-flight team would.sara.ziegler: But the Magic are underrated, Chris!I heard you say so.chris.herring: Oh, they are. And not enough people know that.But I don’t think that I ever conflated them being underrated with the notion that they should somehow beat the Raptors in a series.tchow: Kyle Lowry responded in Game 2 the way you hoped. Chris wrote about Lowry’s Game 1 woes before, but he responded in a big way.natesilver: Orlando is a weird-ass team, and they played very well in the second half of the season.If you’re looking for an upset pick, I’d rather pick a weird team than a normal one.chris.herring: If they had played competitively in Game 2, sure.Or had a matchup they could readily exploit.sara.ziegler: The Raptors had a 98 percent chance to win this series before the playoffs start, and now they’re all the way down to 93 percent. So things are still looking pretty good for them.In the last series in the East, the Bucks had a little trouble with Detroit before pulling away in Game 2. But the most interesting thing to me about that game was Blake Griffin picking up his second technical foul of the series.Blake Griffin, you’ll recall, has not actually played yet in this series.tchow: Bucks in four. I think we can move on?sara.ziegler: LOLchris.herring: Yeah. That’s literally the only thing I find interesting about this series. That, and finding out how far away from the basket Giannis can dunk from.tchow: The NBA tweet highlights of Giannis dunks have been the only saving grace of this series. read more


OSU senior attacker Ryan Hunter (16) celebrates with teammates after a goal during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 12-8.Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to end its four-game losing streak on Sunday when it is set to kick off the Big Ten portion of its schedule against No. 18 Penn State.OSU senior defenseman Chris Mahoney said the team is not trying to change too much in the midst of the four-game slide, which all came against top-20 opponents.“It’s really just getting back to the basics and focusing on the early days in the week,” Mahoney said.After a grueling end to the nonconference portion of the schedule, a return to conference opponents is something some players on the team said they are looking forward to.“We’re so late in the season that people are starting to deteriorate physically and mentally, and as soon as you hear that we’re back in Big Ten’s it’s … a whole big rush of emotions and feelings, especially for the older and experienced guys,” Mahoney said.However, OSU coach Nick Myers said the focus has to be on the game ahead.“You’ve got to kind of put that aside and just prepare yourself and make sure that your team is ready to go, then take a hard look at (Penn State’s) strengths,” Myers said. “They’ve got a very good offense. They’re shooting the ball particularly well, they’re getting a great effort at the faceoff X, and they’re very well-coached defensively.”Penn State (6-3) heads into the matchup coming off a 15-10 win against then-No. 1 Denver, one that Myers called “certainly a big win.”The Nittany Lions offense currently ranks 12th in the nation with an average of 12.67 goals per game. The attack is spearheaded by freshman Grant Whent, who leads the team with 20 assists, and senior T.J. Sanders, whose 20 goals is tops on the team.Although game film and preparation are components of the Buckeyes’ overall game plan this week to stop Penn State’s offense, senior defender Robby Haus said the main focus comes internal.“Right now we’re focusing on ‘chasing us,’ is what coach calls it, and it’s basically just trying to play our best lacrosse of the year this Sunday,” Haus said.Offensive slumpThe Buckeye offense has struggled as of late, failing to score double-digit goals in each of the last five games.The Scarlet and Gray have been without sophomore attacker Colin Chell the last four games and junior midfielder John Kelly the last six. Even so, players on that side of the ball have not given any excuses, Mahoney said.“Guys really don’t put any blame on that and they really put a lot of pressure on themselves, which is awesome to see as competitors and teammates,” he said. “It’s finally nice to start seeing some results, as we are seeing in this week’s practice so far.”Myers emphasized the need for different players on offense to fill the roles vacated by Chell and Kelly.“We need some other guys to continue to step up. It was nice to see Johnny Pearson step up on Saturday versus a stingy Notre Dame defense, and I think efforts like that are going to be important for us moving forward,” Myers said.Pearson almost matched his season total of five goals in the 9-8 loss to the Fighting Irish, as he scored four times. “We’re going to have to get to 10 (goals) to be able to win this game Saturday,” Myers said.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to continue Big Ten play on April 9 in Baltimore against No. 9 Johns Hopkins. The game against the Blue Jays is set to begin at 2 p.m. read more


OSU redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) turns the corner to drive to the hoop during a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternFollowing an 88-79 exhibition win over the Ashland Eagles on Sunday, Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff was not shy about voicing his displeasure with his team’s performance.“We had an overall lack of focus and effort that was disappointing, quite frankly,” McGuff said.He also said  Ashland did a great job of executing throughout the game and praised the opponent for sticking to its game plan.“We didn’t do anything to make it hard on them,” McGuff said. “We had a couple flurries where we kind of pressed them a little bit, but we didn’t sustain anything with any consistency because we didn’t have focus and energy that would give them problems.”After Ashland claimed the opening tip, it was a back-and-forth contest for most of the first quarter. Ashland pulled it to within one at 22-21 with 1:34 remaining in the first, but an 11-0 run by the Buckeyes put the score at 33-21 early in the second.OSU took a 47-36 lead into the half, but a 9-3 Ashland run to begin the third put the Eagles within five at 50-45. OSU would then use a 17-4 run to claim a 67-49 lead early in the fourth.The Eagles used one last push to slowly chip away at the Buckeyes’ 18-point lead. Ashland brought it to within six at 82-76 with 2:06 left before OSU closed out the tight win.McGuff said that the Buckeyes displayed much more effort in a recent closed-door scrimmage.“Early in the year, we’re picking and choosing where we’re going to have our best effort,” McGuff said. “That’s a really dangerous thing for a team to do.”Cooper leads the wayThis offseason, senior forward Shayla Cooper said that OSU’s depth would allow her to slide into a more comfortable role. At times last season, she had to play in the middle due to depth issues. On Sunday, Cooper looked more like a guard than a forward.“It was stuff that I worked on all summer, so I was glad to be able to put it to test,” Cooper said.The 6-foot-2 forward brought the ball up the court to set up the offense on several occasions as well.“Coach put a big emphasis on that in these past couple of practices,” Cooper said. “If you get the rebound, go.”Cooper finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She added four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.Newcomers showcase talentOf OSU’s 88 points, 42 came from three new additions to the Buckeyes’ roster. Redshirt junior transfer Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina) led all newcomers with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and a 4-for-4 mark at the free throw line. The forward added eight rebounds and a team-high five blocks.“I think she’s still not where she’s going to be,” McGuff said. “You can see today what she’s capable of doing, but she also missed some shots that I think she can make, and she can be better defensively and on the boards.”Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun, a transfer from Duke, tallied 12 points on 4-of-10 from the field. True freshman Kiara Lewis put up 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting and buried both of her three-point attempts, but she went just 2-of-10 from the free throw line.Freshman guard Jensen Caretti also saw the court, but she was 0-of-1 from the field in 10 minutes.Mitchell struggles from the fieldJunior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who was voted as the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year, couldn’t find her shot on Sunday. She went just 5-of-20 from the field and missed all eight of her three-point attempts.“She wasn’t her normal self,” McGuff said. “But, we had other people step up.”Of OSU’s 88 points, 77 came from players other than Mitchell, something that likely would have not happened with last year’s team.“That’s the beauty of this team, is we have a lot of offensive weapons,” McGuff said.Up nextOSU will tip off its regular season on Nov. 1 at noon against Duquesne at St. John Arena. read more


first_imgUpdated 18.47THE HSE HAS said it will not withdraw the supports offered to sufferers of narcolepsy who have taken a case against the State for its use of the swine flu vaccine.The agency’s position has changed since a letter was sent to families to inform them that their medical expenses would no longer be reimbursed.The Director General Tony O’Brien said he first heard of the move on RTÉ News headlines this morning and, in a statement, confirmed that he has “given a direction that such supports will not be withdrawn and that any supports have been withdrawn they will be immediately reinstated”.Advocacy group, Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder (SOUND), then received a phone call to say the HSE were looking to reverse the decision.SOUND says it wants confirmation of the HSE’s latest position in writing, adding that although it welcomes the comment from O’Brien, it cannot rely on it yet.Spokesperson Mairéad Lawless told TheJournal.ie that they would like to hear from both the Minister of Health and the State Claims Agency on the matter.“It was not a decision by the HSE in the first place,” she said. “It was a ministerial decision. The reimbursement of claims was handed over to the State Claims Agency.”O’Brien also said he would not consider any discrimination against any person asserting their legal rights and apologised for any distress caused to families.The original letter, sent by Director of the HSE’s Advocacy Unit Greg Price, detailed a decision based on the direction of the State Claims Agency. It explained that reimbursements would be stopped where families had initiated legal action against the State.In a statement this evening, HSE reiterated its position stating that the intention was not to “withdraw any discretionary medical cards or any other health services or supports”, and the letter did not say that “the State Claims Agency advised the HSE of any requirement to alter its approach in this regard”.The State Claims Agency also clarified its position, echoing that it did not advise the HSE to change its practice of awarding medical cards and other health benefits.SOUND now has about 60 members with the youngest sufferer aged just seven years old.“The numbers continue to grow,” says Lawless. “We are still concerned that there has been no public campaign highlighting the issue. Some families who have just got in touch have been distressed for three years. They haven’t been able to get on a pathway to diagnosis, which the Minister himself cites as being of vital importance.“Many people are panned off or told it is depression or panic attacks.”The group represents those who developed the disorder after receiving the Pandemrix flu vaccine during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. A report by the National Narcolepsy Steering Committee found that there was “a significant 13-fold higher risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated compared to unvaccinated individuals”.The vaccine was fast-tracked because of the H1N1 crisis and the maker – GSK – given an indemnity by the government. As a result, any legal liabilities have been taken over by the Irish State. That means that any compensation bill will be footed by the taxpayer, and not the drug’s manufacturer.Similar problems have been found in both Sweden and Norway following their vaccination programmes.Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder which can cause sleep attacks at inappropriate times but sufferers can also be impacted by muscular weakness and dream-like hallucinations.The use of Pandemrix has ceased in Ireland and all stocks are being returned by administering GPs.Originally published 09.40Read: Government official defends indemnity for swine flue vaccine makersMore: Mother says she’s totally convinced swine flu jab caused son’s narcolepsylast_img read more


first_img“Unrealistic notions”Powell spoke of the “unrealistic notions” a woman has while pregnant as to what kind of child she will have.“You think they’re going to be Olympic swimmers with university degrees and everything you can have and you know, I got a daughter that can’t do anything,” she said.I will never have grandchildren ever, I come from a big family, I’d love to have more children, but we couldn’t have more, it just didn’t happen. By Cianan Brennan I can understand that. I’m not talking for everybody, everybody doesn’t feel like I do, this is how I feel, but it’s also how a lot of us carers talk when we meet up. Short URL Johanne Powell Source: RTÉA WEXFORD MOTHER of a profoundly disabled woman has described her frustration at her life of care dedicated to her daughter.Johanne Powell gave birth to her daughter Siobhan in 1984. Siobhan has the rare genetic disorder Ring Chomosome 8, and has been seriously disabled all her life. She cannot walk or speak, and requires constant round-the-clock care, which is performed by Johanne and her husband Alan.In a brutally honest interview with the Irish Times, Johanne had previously described how she is “bored” with the job of caring for Siobhan, and how she doesn’t “want to do it anymore”.Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ’s Late Late Show last night, Johanne said that the feelings she has about being a full-time carer are ones commonly felt by people in the same position but which “people are afraid to say out in public”.“The things I’m saying now, how I’m bold, I’m depressed, I want more, a life for myself – people are afraid of being judged,” she said. “I would love to meet the child that she could have been” – mother of disabled daughter speaks out Johanne Powell’s 32-year-old daughter has been seriously disabled her entire life. Read: Irish Rail to refund clamping fees as ‘gesture of goodwill’Read: ‘A greater sense of political power’: the angry, white alt-right are feeling legitimised after Trump’s win Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 12:07 PM Share1609 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3103944 28 Comments 24,095 Views Nov 26th 2016, 12:07 PM I would love to have plenty of grandchildren to spoil and do things for, and at the same time you grieve also for the child that you thought you were going to have.The Powells, from Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford (though Johanne was born in Norway) have been looking to move Siobhan to a long-term residential placement in their locality, though thus far without success. The waiting list for such placements in Wexford extends back to 2007.“It’s not that you want away, because you don’t,” she said.You love her, but at the same time there’s a child there that you thought you were going to have and that you never met. I would love to meet the child that Siobhan could have been if she didn’t have the chromosome disorder.“I do think about that child, yes I do,” she added. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Sheriff’s deputies Saturday arrested nine people as part of a warrant sweep in the South Bay area.Deputies apprehended the suspects in the cities and unincorporated areas of Imperial Beach, National City, Bonita and Lincoln Acres, focusing on any outstanding warrants “regardless of charge or bail amount,” according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Pocklington.A total of 10 misdemeanor warrants were cleared as a result of the sweep.One of the arrestees also received a new felony charge for possession of a controlled substance on jail grounds, Pocklington said.The warrant sweep was funded by the sheriff’s Warrant System Automation Trust Fund, which is made up of assessment fees collected from people who have violated a written promise to appear in court or failed to comply with a court order, Pocklington said. Posted: June 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Nine arrested during warrant sweep in South Bay June 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The holiday season is upon us.  Parties and gift giving can often lead to excess trash.Below are five reminders about the town’s overflow trash bags, courtesy of the Wilmington DPW:#1) Overflow bags are the only approved bags for extra trash. Trash not in the official 64-gallon blue containers or in the overflow bags will not be collected.#2) The bags are sold in packets of 5 for $10.#3) The bags are available for purchase at:Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue)Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street)Market Basket (260 Main Street)Stop & Shop (265 Main Street, North Reading)#4) Overflow bags are for trash only – no yard waste, no recycles, no construction debris, and no hazardous waste. The bags can hold a maximum weight of about 25 pounds.#5) Remember to securely close and tie each bag before disposal. Bags must be placed beside your trash container.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Get Your Overflow Bags For Post-Christmas Trash CollectionIn “Community”REMINDER: Get Your Overflow Bags For Post-Christmas Trash CollectionIn “Government”QUESTION OF THE DAY: How Do You Feel About The New Automated Trash & Recycling Program Starting Tomorrow?In “Question of the Day”last_img read more


first_img(NOTE: Planet Fitness is located at 355 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington.)HAMPTON, N.H. — Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone  and one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., today announced it has awarded 30 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with $5,000 individual scholarships. Unlike most scholarship programs which reward youth for academics or athletic abilities, these were awarded based on each teen’s inspiring efforts to create a kinder world for today’s youth as part of the company’s Judgement Free Generation initiative, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness everywhere. To celebrate the scholarship recipients, Planet Fitness joined Boys & Girls Clubs to host surprise graduation ceremonies throughout the country.Based on the results of a national study commissioned by Planet Fitness, 43 percent of parents feel that kids are “meaner” today than they were when they were children, while more than two in five (44 percent) parents admit they are not spreading kindness themselves by teaching their children the importance of simply being kind. Even more concerning is that 53 percent feel there are dangerous forms of bullying today that did not exist just one generation ago, with social media continuing to influence the actions and feelings of today’s youth in both positive and negative ways.In an effort to create a more empowering future for young people everywhere, Planet Fitness set up this scholarship to recognize teens who promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion in their communities, qualities that Planet Fitness and its charitable partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, strongly support. Scholarship recipients were selected based on multiple criteria, including a personal essay, staff recommendation and video submission that demonstrated how each youth perpetuates values of kindness, acceptance, respect and tolerance.Since 2016, Planet Fitness and its franchisees have donated more than $4 million in support of the cause. As part of the program, the Company has funded first-of-its-kind pro-kindness and bullying prevention trainings for Boys & Girls Club professionals and youth, engaged in ongoing volunteer efforts and built welcoming gym spaces known as Mini Judgement Free Zones at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country.The 30 deserving scholarship winners selected by Planet Fitness and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are as follows:Amyah B. (Theodore, AL)Elanne E. (Mobile, AL)Jarren N. (Mobile, AL)Clara O. (Indianapolis, IN)Teshi E. (Carson, CA)Jazz R. (Carson, CA)Evelyn P. (Napa, CA)Mary I. (Southport, CT)Aidan S. (Milford, CT)Symone W. (Knoxville, TN)Katelyn H. (Wake Forest, NC)Maria M. (Carlsbad, CA)Destiny D. (Tucson, AZ)Anai A. (Denver, CO)Leslie B. (Portland, OR)Jaleelat A. (Canoga Park, CA)Angeline B. (Canoga Park, CA)Pauline M. (Canoga Park, CA)Ashley P. (Canoga Park, CA)Charlie N. (San Francisco, CA)Angel V. (Holland, MI)Jacquelin M. (Orange Cove, CA)Islande V. (Immokalee, FL)Katherine W. (Fort Lewis, WA)Sayuri H. (Las Vegas, NV)Ian B. (Pittsfield, MA)Tara M. (Scottsdale, AZ)Tahiti A. (Wailuku, HI)Jocelyn A. (Santa Ana, CA)Yesenia G. (Santa Ana, CA)In a winning submission from Tara M. from Scottsdale, Ariz., the scholarship recipient shared the importance of empowering today’s youth to become the best they can be. Tara shared, “I am a role model and insist on building character within the children whom I mentor, as I believe minds are most malleable in youth and should be taught acceptance in efforts to take preventative action against bullying.”“It’s an honor to recognize several youth across the country who have already made (and will continue to make) an impact within their communities as part of Planet Fitness’ Judgement Free Generation initiative,” said Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness’ Chief Executive Officer. “Our hope for the future is that all youth create a world that is both inclusive and free from judgement, and these impressive teens are a great example of that.”“The emotional safety of our Club members is of utmost importance to Boys & Girls Clubs. Through our partnership with Planet Fitness, we are able to provide positive club climate trainings to Club professionals and teen leaders, and are thrilled to award scholarships to youth who are furthering our shared mission of spreading kindness,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark.To learn more about the Judgement Free Generation or find a Planet Fitness club near you, please visit PlanetFitness.com/giving-back.About Planet FitnessFounded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of March 31, 2019, Planet Fitness had more than 13.6 million members and 1,806 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Planet Fitness Provides Nearly 5.5 Million Free Workouts For 900,000+ Teens This SummerIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Planet Fitness Named To Fortune’s 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies ListIn “Business”Planet Fitness Raises More Than $1 Million For Boys & Girls Clubs Of AmericaIn “Business”last_img read more


first_imgThe complaint stated that Grover used foreign contribution for personal benefits and spent it outside India which is a violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).Bar and BenchThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a criminal case against NGO Lawyers Collective (LC), its president Anand Grover and unknown office bearers for alleged violations of Foreign Contributions Registration Act (FCRA).The FIR was filed by CBI on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the NGO. According to the complaint, the NGO, which was registered for undertaking social activities, had received Rs 32.39 crore from 2006-2007 to 2014-2015.”The violation of the FCRA was noticed in 2010,” the MHA complaint said. The complaint also said that the response from LC after a site inspection at their office between January 19-23, 2016, was not satisfactory. Following this, the MHA had cancelled their registration under the FCRA and asked the NGO to stop accepting funding from abroad.In 2017, the NGO’s license was suspended. In May his year, LC was slapped with a Supreme Court notice for the alleged violation.Indira Jaising’s remunerationThe complaint stated that Grover used foreign contribution for personal benefits and spent it outside India which is a violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It also said that Indira Jaising had received Rs 96.6 lakh remuneration from foreign contributions made to the NGO during her term as Additional Solicitor General (2009-14).It also further stated that her foreign travels as ASG were funded by Lawyers Collective, using such contributions, without prior approval of the ministry.The complaint also claimed that the NGO organised a free-trade agreement rally and held “paid dharnas” on the HIV/AIDS Bill outside the Law Ministry. It said Rs 13.03 lakh was found to have been spent on air travel, boarding and lodging, local travel of of trustees and various contractual employees for drafting the HIV AIDS Bill in violation of rules.In response to the complaint, the organisation and its Trustees expressed shock and outrage in a statement on Tuesday. They alleged that the FIR had no basis in fact and in law.”It has been filed to target the organisation and its office bearers to silence them for the cases and issues that they have taken up in the past and continue to take up since 2016. LC is seeking competent advice and will defend themselves in accordance with law in every forum,” the statement said.The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 regulates the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies.last_img read more


first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 1, 2019 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. The way you decorate your office can have a huge effect on your mood — and your productivity. Bland hues like beige, gray and white can induce feelings of depression, while pops of red and yellow can invigorate and enhance creativity.If you’re just starting out with a new company or a fresh office space, you might night have the funds to do an office makeover just yet. Luckily, you can still create a welcoming, energized environment with well-placed accessories. The Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera takes vintage-style photos in color for a one-of-a-kind office vibe.This camera’s classic design is upgraded to fit in with today’s hottest styles. It still looks like a Polaroid camera from the late 70s or early 80s, but you can charge it with a USB cord to enjoy 60 days of battery life and a powerful flash.The OneStep2’s intuitive design features a lighten/darken switch to adjust the exposure, a timer for perfect group shots and LED lights to track how many photos you have left. It uses special film made from premium cardstock for photos that last – they’re perfect for creating a collage in your office. If you need to store them, the included Photobox is designed to pack in as many as 40 photos.Start capturing new memories with one of these Polaroid OneStep 2 cameras:Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera In White With Photobox – $99.99 (Orig. $119.99)Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera In Graphite With Photobox – $99.99 (Orig. $119.99)Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera In White With B&W Film + Photobox Bundle – $109.99 (Orig. $127.99)Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 + i-Type Instant Film (2-Pack) – $129.99Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Camera: Summer Blue Edition + Film Bundle – $109.99 (Orig. $126.99)Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Camera: Stranger Things Edition + Film Bundle – $126.99 Register Now »last_img read more


first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The comments mirror the ongoing debate and rhetoric in America where as many as 16 states have considered so called ‘toilet bills’ in 2017.The Tory MP David Davies made the comments in a column in his local constituency’s paper the South Wales Argus.He was criticizing the Equalities Minister Justine Greening’s plans for reforming the Gender Recognition act.Though stating that ‘we should show understanding and compassion’ and not ‘discriminate’ anyone ‘confused about their gender.’He then says:‘We cannot consider the rights of transgender people without considering the rights of others.‘If a man decides to register him/herself as a woman, should he/she have the right to use women’s toilets, changing rooms, hospital wards, etc.? This would clearly have an impact on the rights of women using those facilities.‘Some might say I am on the “wrong side of history” and “bigoted”. But I would maintain that anyone in possession of male genitalia should be expected to use male facilities regardless of what gender they feel they are.’ A Conservative MP has said if you have ‘male genitalia, you should only use male toilets.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Trans* Form Cymru, a local support group for trans and non binary people called the article ‘inaccurate and disrespectful’, on their Twitter.Gay Star News reached out to the gay Minister for Equalities, Nick Gibb and Minister for Education Justine Greening, who is in a same sex marriage–to ask if they’ll be asking MP David Davies to retract the comments.The Department of Education declined to comment on Davies’ remarks. However, they pointed us to their recent announcements about continuing to drive LGBT equality.They also said that it’s up to services and facilities providers to use discretion and common sense when it comes to gender neutral toilets. Adding that the government has produced guidance on this for service providers.Gender Recognition Bill could let trans people self-defineThe minister for equalities Justine Greening released plans to reform the Gender Recognition act last month. They came as UK reaches the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.The UK government is proposing to allow transgender people to self-identify their gender.It also means non-binary people will be able to record their gender as ‘X’.It’s part of a new Gender Recognition Bill, due to be published in the next few months.Since 2004, if a person wishes to change their gender, they need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.Currently, a doctor must medically diagnose a person with gender dysphoria. They must also spend two years living as their preferred gender.Related stories:‘Parents don’t want gay children’ says Tory MP Tory MP calls transgender women ‘he/she’ and says they should use men’s bathroomsTory Vice Chair mocks gender-neutral bathrooms and safe spaces at Labour eventSpeaker John Bercow: We don’t have equal marriage until it’s in churchesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tory-mp-proposes-american-style-trans-toilet-restriction/last_img read more


first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Thank you for change my life for a new page full of amazing things. #TheFameTurns10 #TheFame— e n i g m a (@xlibrianjo) August 19, 2018 A still from Lady Gaga’s The Fame: Part One music video The Fame did the fame#TheFameTurns10 pic.twitter.com/ocQ8kOQmdO— josefs (@gagascars) August 19, 2018 10 years ago,Lady Gaga released her debut album “The Fame”,a futuristic project that changed and reinvented music & pop culture forever,bringing back to the game EDM sounds and showing the world how it must be done.The album is all about pop culture and how it feels to be famous. pic.twitter.com/B4zBWKTBEn— (@artpopf) August 19, 2018 Today marks 10 years of the release of one of the best albums in history and the album that started a revolution in pop, I would like to thank Lady Gaga for this incredible work. This album will never die! I love you! #TheFame #TheFameTurns10 pic.twitter.com/oiXzFv1Lf2— well || lady gaga (@killthefame) August 19, 2018 The Fame, Lady Gaga’s hit debut album, was released on 19 August 2008 — making today its tenth birthday. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . BackgroundThe album has received a lot of notoriety since its release. At the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010, it was nominated for five Grammys, including Album Of The Year. The Fame won the Grammy for Best Electronic/Pop Album and one for Best Dance Recording for the single Poker Face. In 2013, five years after its release, Rolling Stone named The Fame as one of the Greatest Debut Albums of All Time. The video for Bad Romance was also recently named Best Music Video of the 21st Century by Billboard. To this day, The Fame has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.Additionally, since The Fame, Lady Gaga has become an icon for the LGBTI community. From her identifying as bisexual to launching the Born This Way foundation to prevent bullying, it’s clear why she’s held in such high esteem. Some even consider her a more powerful figure than the Queen of England.What Gaga means to queer people‘Ten years ago, I was at my ex girlfriend’s house reloading Myspace groups waiting for someone to post a link of Lady Gaga’s first album The Fame,’ Gaga fan Aye, 28, tells GSN.‘Up until then, we had only heard maybe 6 or 7 songs – a few of them being old demos from Pure Volume. Even with just those few songs, we were both instantly OBSESSED. We geeked out over her videos and watched them over and over again. We watched every interview, every performance, and read every article we could get our hands on.’‘At a time my friends and I were obsessing over rock and metal acts like Kittie, Otep, Wednesday 13, Marilyn Manson and of course all of the cringy emo bands,’ Aye recalls.‘For us to be obsessing over a pop artist was completely out of character,’ they say.‘We finally had an fresh new artist from our generation talking about issues that affected us, making music we had never thought about loving, and one that openly very queer.’‘A decade later, it’s weird looking back on the album that I now associate with people that are not toxic parts of my past. Every song reminds me of a drunken night in my hometown, my first big break up, fully coming out, escaping home, and so many other memories. Though those memories feel like they happened ages ago, the songs bring me right back to them – which I’m still unsure is a good or bad thing.’#TheFameTurns10Many Lady Gaga fans on Twitter are sharing their appreciation for the album using the hashtag #TheFameTurns10.The Fame impactedThe Fame revolutionizedThe Fame changed the industryThe Fame was the pure pop Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… If you’re a pop music fan and you grew up somewhen in the ‘90s, chances are you’re in the place to guarantee that no event in pop music history was more powerful than the release of The Fame in 2008. This album is the foundation of everything that’s built today. #TheFameTurns10 pic.twitter.com/ZbxjfYwGjE— Monster Reactions (@LMonsterReacts) August 19, 2018 Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance named the best music video of the 21st centuryLady Gaga’s boat-riding, flower-waving Venice entrance is serious goalsCountry singer Carrie Underwood releases new inspiring song Love WinsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lady-gaga-the-fame-turns-ten/last_img read more


first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Sam’s Sound & Lighting has joined forces with Mason’s Car Audio to present the most overpowering Sound and flashiest Show & Shine competitions ever held in our area.To complement this exclusive event, they will also incorporate a bike display to set pulses racing among the hundreds of enthusiasts that are expected to attend the Ladysmith Show from as far afield as Johannesburg and Richards Bay.This friendly yet intense encounter will be held on the Saturday from about 2pm till 11pm. Brace yourselves for a Sound extravaganza like never before!The entry fee is R200 per vehicle and driver. Passengers and supporters of each entrant will have to join the queue and pay the normal admission fee at the main gate.More information can be sourced from Sattar on 0730482005 or Sam on 0829652973 Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more


first_img Share Tweet Submit Some people might’ve missed Prime Day altogether, but Anker’s deals on Monday has some interesting discounts on stuff you definitely need.Grab a Wireless Charger at a 20% Discount, Bluetooth Headphones for $39.99 & More from Anker Monday DealsFirst and foremost we have a discount on the Anker PowerWave Stand fast wireless charger. It’s down to just $39.99 from $49.99. It’s a Golden Box deal therefore you don’t require a code or anything to get the discount.On the headphones end, the SoundCore Spirit Pro Bluetooth headphones are discounted to $39.99 from $49.99. Just like the PowerWave Stand, this too is a Golden Box deal.Next up, we have discounts on the Eufy HomeVac lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner which is seeing a 30% discount today, bringing the price down to $69.99 from $99.99. The Eufy HomeVac 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner is too discounted today. It’s down to just $72.99 from $99.99. These are both Golden Box deals, so no code is needed.Looking to add some smarts to your home? Then grab the Eufy Lumos smart bulb today at a price of just $12.99 instead of $18.99. It fully supports Amazon Alexa which means you will have complete control of your home using just your voice.The Anker Bolder LC90 2-cell rechargeable flashlight too is discounted today. Instead of $35.99, you can pay $27.99 and this extremely bright flashlight is all yours. And last but not the least, the Anker 3.3-feet double braided Lightning cable is discounted to $8.79 today. That concludes all the Golden Box deals.Moving on, the Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 cable is discounted too today. It’s the ultimate cable to have in your backpack since it has a Lightning, micro USB and USB-C connector built into one cable. It’s available in Black and White color options. The price is down to just $11.24 from $14.99. Use the code ANKER436 at checkout to get the discount.Roav products are discounted as well today. You an pick up the Roav Dash Cam C2 for $45.99 instead of $69.99 if you use the code C2JULYDL at checkout. The Roav Bluetooth receiver is also discounted to $15.99 from $22.99 if you apply the code ROAVB288 at checkout. And last but not the least, the Roav HydroClean 2100 PSI electric pressure washer is available for just $159.99 instead of $199.99 once you use the code ANKERPRE at checkout.last_img read more


first_imgAfter attaching the device to the teen, Peters fled to the U.S., but police used an email address he left on the ransom note to track him down. Authorities arrested him two weeks later at his ex-wife’s home in Louisville, Kentucky, and extradited him to Australia. He pleaded guilty in March to aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offense.Defense attorneys had argued that Peters was depressed, drinking heavily and exhibiting wild mood swings before committing the crime and had no memory of the attack. He had recently split from his wife, was separated from his children and had become obsessed with a book he was writing about a villain out for revenge, his lawyer Tim Game said during earlier sentencing hearings. A psychiatrist for the defense testified that Peters may have tried to become the evil protagonist in his book. Peters told the psychiatrist: “It’s not about money, it’s about revenge.”But prosecutors said it was exactly the opposite.During an earlier hearing, prosecutor Margaret Cunneen said that Pulver was never the intended target of Peters’ crime. The investment banker was having financial problems and originally traveled to Mosman _ the wealthy Sydney suburb where the Pulvers live _ to hunt down the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar trust fund he had learned about, she said. When he arrived in Mosman, he bumped into a neighbor of the Pulvers whom he had met while doing business in Hong Kong. That man, who lived next door to the Pulvers, then became Peters’ new target, Cunneen said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) – An Australian investment banker who admitted chaining a fake bomb to a Sydney teenager as part of a bizarre extortion plot was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison on Tuesday.Madeleine Pulver, then 18, was studying at home alone in her family’s mansion in August 2011 when Paul Douglas Peters walked in wearing a rainbow-striped ski mask and carrying a baseball bat. He tethered a bomb-like device to her neck along with a ransom note and then slipped away, leaving the panicked teen alone. It took a bomb squad 10 hours to remove the device, which contained no explosives. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Peters, 52, failed to convince the judge that his made-for-Hollywood crime was the result of a psychological meltdown sparked by the breakdown of his marriage and a failing career. Instead, the judge said, the once-successful businessman and father of three had shown no remorse, lied to police and was largely motivated by one thing: money.“The offender intended to place the very young victim in fear that she would be killed,” New South Wales state District Court Judge Peter Zahra said. “The terror instilled can only be described as unimaginable.”Pulver hugged relatives after the sentence was read. Her father, Bill Pulver, wiped away tears. Peters remained stone-faced and said nothing.“I’m pleased at today’s outcome and that I can now look to a future without Paul Peters’ name being linked to mine,” Madeleine Pulver said outside court. “For me, it was never about the sentencing, but to know that he will not reoffend. And it was good to hear the judge acknowledge the trauma he has put my family and me through.”Zahra gave Peters less than the maximum sentence of 20 years, acknowledging he’d pleaded guilty and was likely depressed at the time. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too But on the day of the attack, Peters walked into the wrong house. Madeleine Pulver was, in the end, just the unwitting victim of Peters’ incompetence, the prosecutor said.Embarrassed by his bungled extortion bid, Peters concocted a story about being delusional and not remembering the crime to save face, Cunneen said.The judge largely agreed with the prosecution’s version of events, saying the attack was precise and premeditated, and dismissed the defense’s arguments that Peters was delusional and in a psychotic state during the crime. Zahra did accept that Peters was likely depressed, but said it did not explain or excuse his behavior.Peters, who will be eligible for parole in 10 years, cried in court when the judge detailed the problems the banker had been facing with his marriage and his career. He showed no emotion when the judge described the trauma Madeleine endured as a result of the attack _ a point which did not escape Bill Pulver’s notice.“Mr. Peters has actually, from our perspective, shown no clear remorse for this entire event,” Pulver said outside court. “There has still been no apology nor any explanation for his behavior, which is disappointing. But the man was just told he was going to be in jail for 10 years, so he has reason to be upset.”last_img read more


first_img May 8, 2018 782 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Charmaine Brown, Director, Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at Fannie Mae, was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC). Partnering with Chair Kathy Cummings, SVP, Homeownership Solutions and Affordable Housing Programs at Bank of America, Brown will assist with the implementation of an aggressive agenda for the AMDC this year, working to equip the industry with the education and advocacy tools needed for fostering an industry-wide culture of diversity and inclusion.Brown completed her Diversity Management Program at Cornell’s ILR School, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory, a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.Please tell us more about your role as Director, Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at Fannie Mae.I’m focused on outreach and engagement strategies that cultivate a more inclusive marketplace and workforce. Our aim is to create environments that value, appreciate, and embrace differences; ones that see differences as a source of learning and a competitive advantage, rather than a source of conflict. I’m also leading outreach strategies that focus on building strong partnerships and alliances with critical stakeholders to help our customers increase their understanding of how diversity and inclusion, when done right, drives better business outcomes.What are your goals for the year as the newly appointed Vice Chair?My key goal is to support our Chair, Kathy Cummings, in her vision to further the objectives of the organization, by leveraging the strength and expertise of AMDC members to be a resource to the industry. Additionally, I will focus on helping the industry to understand and address holistically the pressing issues of the day—not only what we should be talking about today, but also what we should be doing about today’s diversity and inclusion challenges. The challenges include supply chain opportunities, gender inclusion (cisgender as well as transgender), pay equity, and how we connect the dots to the marketplace.We want to address the question: how are we addressing, anticipating, and proactively meeting the needs of the underserved community and communities of color? There’s work to be done to try to help low- and moderate-income communities get on a path to sustainable homeownership. All of those things are strategic priorities for us, but most importantly as the Vice Chair I am invested in the success of the entire organization and furthering the vision of our Chair, who is an exceptional leader.What does the word “diversity” mean for you?Diversity is relational. I often hear leaders say that they want a “diverse” candidate. Another misperception is that diversity is solely visible—what we can see. This is quite limiting. When we focus on the visible dimensions, so much is missed and oftentimes assumptions are unconsciously made. It’s not that identity isn’t important, there is indeed a corollary between the visible dimensions and deep level diversity. However, the richness is in the deep level diversity, the diversity we cannot see. I encourage business leaders to think about the diversity of skill sets, mindsets, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural views, and to look at strategies to get the right mix of talent to achieve business goals.Can you share some best practices in the areas of diversity and inclusion that companies should adopt?Among the best practices in recruitment, retention, and development is to expand outreach to multiple sources where you are likely to engage a variety and broad mix of talent and capabilities. In retention, for example, mentorship and sponsorship can help build talent within the organization. Have a healthy and balanced “buy and build” strategy; acquire the talent that differentiates and builds promising talent internally. Undeveloped high-potential talent is such a loss to organizations. And expose your organizations to opportunities to engage with cultures that they are unlikely to engage in their normal course of business to counter stereotypes.How can building a more diverse market in the workforce help Americans achieve their dream of homeownership?We are in the business of working with our partners to serve the housing needs of all communities, in good times and bad. I always keep in mind the lessons learned from being on the front line during the foreclosure crisis. Buying a home is an emotional decision for many and lots of families, particularly those in low- and moderate-income communities of color, those who were disproportionately impacted by foreclosures during the crisis, did not understand their mortgage product. Sustainability is key, and we can help to position families for successful homeownership through education and counseling. At the same time, not everyone wants to own a home, so providing safe, decent, affordable rental options remains critically important. Finally, providing transitional and supportive housing for those in crisis and suffering from the trauma that can lead to homelessness is an important aspect. For example, LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18-24, veterans suffering from PTSD, etc. are more likely to experience homelessness. Sharecenter_img Charmaine Brown Diversity and Inclusion Fannie Mae Office of Minority and Women Inclusion Outreach and Engagement 2018-05-08 Radhika Ojha Looking Beyond the Visible Dimension of Diversitylast_img read more