Kane and Southgate nominated for Fifa player and coach of the year awards

first_imgMen’s player shortlist: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Harry Kane (Tottenham and England), Kylian Mbappé (Paris St-Germain and France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid and France)Women’s player shortlist: Lucy Bronze (Lyon and England), Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg and Denmark), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon and Norway), Amandine Henry (Lyon and France), Sam Kerr (Perth Glory and Australia), Saki Kumagai (Lyon and Japan), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon and Germany), Marta (Orlando Pride and Brazil), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign and USA), Wendie Renard (Lyon and France)Men’s coach shortlist: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia), Zlatko Dalic (Croatia), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool), Roberto Martínez (Belgium), Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid), Gareth Southgate (England), Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)Women’s coach shortlist: Emma Hayes (Chelsea), Stephan Lerch (VfL Wolfsburg), Mark Parsons (Portland Thorns), Reynald Pedros (Lyon), Alen Stajcic (Australia), Asako Takakura (Japan), Vadão (Brazil), Jorge Vilda (Spain), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Switzerland), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) Share on Messenger France’s victorious World Cup team is also well represented, with Kylian Mbappé, defender Raphaël Varane and forward Antoine Griezmann all included, as is Croatia captain Luka Modric.Southgate has strong competition in the coach of the year category with victorious France manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic, the coach of World Cup runners-up Croatia and Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane among the contenders.Jürgen Klopp also picks up a nomination after Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final, as does Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s Premier League title success.The Chelsea coach Emma Hayes makes the women’s shortlist after guiding the side to the Women’s Super League title and the Champions League semi-finals.The England defender Lucy Bronze, who won a league and European double during her maiden season in France with Lyon, is among the women’s player of the year nominations.Brazilian forward and Guardian columnist Marta – who scored 13 goals in helping Orlando Pride reach the NWSL play-offs and captained Brazil to the Copa America Femenina title – is also in the running.Australian Sam Kerr, Germany captain Dzsenifer Marozsan, Lyon captain Wendie Renard and teammate Ada Hegerberg are among the other nominees, along with Megan Rapinoe, who helped the USA to victory in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. Share on Twitter Harry Kane Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest news Gareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook The England captain Harry Kane and national team coach Gareth Southgate have been shortlisted for Fifa’s player and coach of the year awards, after guiding the nation to a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.Kane, who won the Golden Boot at Russia 2018 after scoring six goals, joins last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a 10-man shortlist, but Neymar is controversially left out.Other Premier League players to be included are Belgium duo Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, along with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. Read more Reuse this content Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Wales misses golden opportunity in game against England Women Fifalast_img read more

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Valverde: Barca still need to sweat for title

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona still have to sweat for La Liga title, warns Valverde Dom Farrell 15:38 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Getafe Getafe Primera División Videos Atletico Madrid have trimmed the gap at the top of the Spanish league to seven points and the Barca coach know there are battles ahead for his side Ernesto Valverde warned Barcelona they will have to overcome plenty more dogged opponents like Getafe if they are to get their hands on the title in La Liga.Sunday’s goalless draw at Camp Nou made it back-to-back stalemates for the leaders, whose advantage over Atletico Madrid is now down to seven points.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the rest of Barca’s superstars failed to muster a shot on target during the first half and Valverde felt his players failed to adapt fully to the challenge presented by Pepe Bordalas’ side. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We still have to sweat for this league,” he told a post-match news conference. “We are going to find many teams that are going to make our lives impossible.”[Getafe] are an uncomfortable team and we lacked a bit of freshness to have a little more fluency. Between what they pressed and us not being fresh, it cost us.”We lacked a bit of spark to do something else.”Arguably the most encouraging element of Barcelona’s performance was a classy full-debut from Yerry Mina at centre-back, made all the more impressive by left-back Lucas Digne being played out of position alongside the Colombia international at the heart of defence.”It is positive news that the two centre-backs, Yerry and Digne, have been quite good,” Valverde said.”It was a delicate moment for them and they fulfilled their roles.”Record signing Ousmane Dembele made his latest comeback from injury but the winger flattered to deceive in an error-strewn cameo from the bench.”He thought he could help us but he has not been able to as many times as he would have liked,” Valverde added.”He has gone on to the field because he had to try things. It is a first step.”last_img read more

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SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND TOUCH LEAGUE ROUND NINE WRAP

first_imgRound Nine of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 10 August 2007.The second last round of games produced some great contests as teams across all grades stepped up performance and intensity levels with the 2007 Finals program just around the corner. In the early game of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition on Friday night, Country Club United (CCU) reaffirmed themselves as end of season specialists with a decisive 6-3 victory over a Colts combination that was lacking the cohesion and flow of recent weeks.Brent Madders was outstanding for CCU, whilst Brett Hughes continued his good form this season with another stand out performance for Colts.Dodgers took a share of the competition lead with CCU after completing a comprehensive 11-4 drubbing of Tigers at 8.10pm.Australian Men’s Open guns Peter Stoddart and Nathan Jones led Dodgers brilliantly and the defending premiers are timing their title defence well coming into the business end of the season.Southern Storm, with Australian Mixed Open star Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen, and 2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Drummayne Dayberg Muir and Jason Stanton calling the shots completed a comfortable 10-6 victory over University Rebels.Ryan Pollock was also at his industrious best for Storm, whilst Damian Moar continues to shine in a Uni-Rebels side that crossed for six touchdowns of their own in a highly entertaining contest that was played in good spirits by both teams.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open action, 2006 Grand Finalists Southern Storm showed their enormous depth when, despite missing six regular Division One players, they prevailed with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Colts. Storm dug deep in a contest that had plenty of feeling in it, with Emily and Sam Hopkin, who have been in commanding form in recent weeks, leading the way for the Southside club in a battle that was extremely physical.Master of the mind games, Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams stepped up and inspired her young Storm team to meet the challenge issued by the bustling Colts outfit.Missy Tyack and rookie Mtia Tass also played strongly for Storm who called up former Australian Women’s Open legend Catherine Bell to her first Division One game in five years. Bell answered the call from Coach Wayne Grant admirably to chip in and help her club out when it was most needed. Colts were best served by Meg Ballon and Lauren Potter who never stopped trying to lift their team.Colts were without their marquee player Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, but it was still a below par performance that Colts, a quality combination, will be keen to atone for this week.Both these sides meet again this Tuesday night in a catch-up game that will, along with the last round of fixtures have a big bearing on the finishing positions of the top four.Crushers and Country Club United played out a highly competitive 2-2 draw in the 8.10 pm game on Field 2.CCU got off to a good start to go 2-0 up at the break with Australian Mixed Open star Rebecca Tavo, Kate Adams, and National 18 Years Youth player Kelly Jones leading the way.Crushers, boosted by a half-time address from Australian Men’s Open star Jason Stanton, came out a focused outfit in the second half with relentless defence being rewarded with a glut of possession that allowed them to claw their way back into the contest and claim an honourable 2-2 draw.National Youth squad member Kathrine “Dooie” Moore, Margo Mackintosh, and  Melissa Cragg led the inexperienced Crushers team well, with 13 year-old Michaela Jacks again proving her mettle at this level with an impressive display.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field 7, Dodgers defeated defending premiers University – Rebels 4-3.Dodgers looked to have the contest well in hand for the duration with good drive and intelligent ball movement a feature of their performance.Kiwi International Anita Kerrigan, Australian Mixed Open playmaker Amy Fong, and 2006 Queensland Mixed Open representative Nicola Slade were key contributors for Dodgers, whilst Australian Women’s Open 2007 World Cup stars Teena Mc Ilveen and Roxy Winder, and Barbarians Women’s Open player Tamara Appo tried valiantly to inspire a late comeback from the premiers.The final round of the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL will be played this Friday 17 August 2007 with some key match-ups to decide the finishing order of the top four in the Elite Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.The Men’s Open top four are all capable of winning the premiership and Friday’s tenth and final round will set the scene for an engrossing finals series in coming weeks.Colts will be looking to keep their Major semi-final berth hopes alive by securing the three points against Tigers in the 7.20pm timeslot.Colts will need to win, and then rely on either CCU or Dodgers to lose to get “two bites of the cherry” for the semi-final series.CCU will be looking for the win against Uni-Rebels at 8.10pm to wrap up a spot in the top two.Dodgers and Storm will meet in a pivotal contest at 9.00pm with Dodgers desperate for the points to secure a major semi-final berth as well. Storm, arguably the most dangerous attacking unit in the competition, will suit up for the minor semi-final regardless of the outcome Friday night, and will be looking to set up their finals campaign with a good performance Friday night.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition the top four is clear, however the make-up of major and minor combatants is still to be resolved.The catch-up game between Colts and Storm this Tuesday and the final regular season round games will have an impact on the finals games.CCU will meet Colts at 7.20pm, Dodgers will take on Southern Storm, and Crushers will battle with Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL action continues Friday night in the Division Two and Three A/B divisions with key contests having a bearing on semi-final composition.For further information, draws, ladders, and results please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web site: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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Salman Khan shares shirtless photo, Varun Dhawan says Bhai has turned 18. See pic

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 10:45 IST Salman Khan shared a shirtless picture of himself on Instagram. Varun Dhawan had the ultimate fanboy moment.Yesterday after the Bharat Janata Party had a landslide victory, Salman tweeted a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Following this, Salman Khan took to social media and shared a shirtless picture of himself and captioned the photo, “Chilling and watching the news Swachch Bharat Fit Bharat.” The post hints at the changes and progams which were initiated under Narendra Modi’s government.After seeing the post, Varun Dhawan, who is an ardent fan could not keep calm. He wrote, “Bhai has just turned 18!” This is a possible reference to Salman’s younger days when he flaunted his chiselled body in songs like ‘O Jaane Jaane Ja na’. Varun Dhawan’s comment on his Instagram post.Salman has been in the news for his upcoming film Bharat, which will hit screens in June. Bharat also stars Katrina Kaif, who plays his love interest in the film.Interestingly, it was during one of the promotions when Katrina said that Salman needs to ‘up his game’ on Instagram. Katrina took a dig at him saying that he doesn’t even follow her on the photoblogging site.When Salman was asked if he follows Katrina, he said, “Har jagah! Abhi main inko ghar tak chhod ke aaunga yahin se.”Last week, at the launch of the song Zinda from Bharat, Katrina explained why she never likes or comments on any of Salman’s posts. “You know, it’s not intentional, but now that you say it, I’m thinking about it and yeah,” she said.advertisementIn Bharat, Salman will be sporting five different looks, including his young Maine Pyar Kiya look. Varun Dhawan was last seen in Kalank, which turned out to be a dud at the box office.ALSO READ | Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor to head to Dubai for next schedule of Street Dancer 3DALSO READ | Varun Dhawan gushes over October actress Banita Sandhu’s new international project: So proud of youALSO READ | Varun Dhawan on Kalank disaster: The failure hit me hard. People said don’t show your reactionALSO WATCH: Varun Dhawan on nepotism, Judwaa 2 and how to woo a girlGet 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 Tags :Follow Varun DhawanFollow Street Dancer Salman Khan shares shirtless photo, Varun Dhawan says Bhai has turned 18. See picSalman Khan shared a shirtless picture of himself on Instagram. Varun Dhawan had the ultimate fanboy moment.advertisementlast_img read more

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ITF Calls for Safe Release of Kidnapped BBC Caribbean Crew

first_imgzoom A number of seafarer unions are calling for a fast but reasoned response to the kidnapping of eight crew members from the 2008-built general cargo ship BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its member unions ver.di, the Seafarers’ Union of Russia (SUR) and Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) have urged relevant authorities to secure the release of seven Russian and a Ukrainian seafarer, taken by pirates and believed to be held hostage in Nigeria.“This is an urgent and dangerous affair for these seafarers, and a deeply worrying time for their families. It requires a speedy response. We understand that the Russian Embassy is involved and if there is anything we can do to assist their diplomatic efforts to release the crew we will be pleased to do so,” David Heindel, ITF seafarers’ section chair, said.“The ship is owned by Briese Schiffahrts and managed by one of their subsidiaries in St Petersburg, and we call on the company to engage with all parties to ensure the safety and release of the crew members. Again, we are available to assist,” Heindel added.The seafarers were abducted on February 5, at about 10:00 am local time, from the 2008-built general cargo ship while it was some 120 nautical miles west-southwest of Bonny Island, Briese Schiffahrts earlier said.At the time of the incident, the 6,229 dwt ship was on its way without cargo from Duala, Cameroon to Tema, Ghana.last_img read more

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Harper announces historic gathering with First Nations leaders amid outraged cries over

first_img(Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on Thursday. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–With cries of political outrage over the Attawapiskat crisis still echoing off Parliament Hill’s sandstone walls, Prime Minister Stephen Harper invited television cameras into his wood-panelled office before his meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo Thursday to announce a “historic” gathering between his government and First Nations leaders.The prime minister, sitting on a leather armchair, said he was hoping the Jan. 24 meeting in Ottawa would offer a chance to discuss the many challenges and opportunities of First Nations people. Atleo sat next to him on a couch beneath a portrait of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald.“I look forward to that, not only to look at the many challenges that confront First Nations, but also some of the opportunities that First Nations have and some of the opportunities that Canada has for First Nations people,” said Harper. “It is something I hope to be historic.”Atleo did not mention the word Attawapiskat, but responded by highlighting the government’s 2008 residential school apology and its decision to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Atleo said he hoped the government would seize the moment the meeting offered to create a new relationship with First Nations.“All of us inherited a very difficult task and discussions and conversations in recent days have highlighted that this is perhaps a moment that we grasp, that we seize this opportunity,” said Atleo. “That this government can grasp this moment to work with First Nations so we can begin to look forward to supporting the unleashing of the potential of our young people, the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population.”The gathering will feature meetings between a delegation of chiefs and government cabinet ministers and include discussions on a wide array of topics including education, treaties, land claims, self government and economic development.The gathering will open with a ceremony and speeches by the prime minister and First Nations leaders. The event will be broadcast live on the Internet.Chiefs not able to attend will also be able to participate from 10 regional video conferencing stations.The meeting has been months in the works, but the announcement came as the political fever pitch over the housing crisis in Attawapiskat was hitting a crescendo.Images of children and elders living in shacks with no insulation, tents and packed into a trailer donated by a mining company have been flickering on television screens across the country.The story of Attawapiskat, a Cree community on the shores of James Bay in northern Ontario where people live without running water and use the bathroom in buckets, has sparked a national debate over the state of First Nations communities in the country.Some of Attawapiskat’s residents in the most dire housing situations are expected to be moved into the community’s arena and healing centre for temporary accommodation as deep winter like temperatures grip the community.A little over two hours before Harper and Atleo’s meeting, the NDP and Liberals opened their question period assault on the government with Attawapiskat.The prime minister and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan stuck to their defence that the dire housing conditions in the community were the result of faulty band management.Attawapiskat has been put under third-party management, meaning a consultant is now in charge of administering the band’s finances.“The prime minister’s response to the crisis in Attawapiskat is unbelievable. What the people there need is heating, housing and running water, but instead the prime minister is sending accountants and auditors,” said NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel. “Does the prime minister realize that with this third-party management the message he is sending (is that) if you need help, shut your mouth or you’ll be punished?”Harper responded by repeating his government’s line of defence, that the community had received $90 million since 2006 and that the housing situation was the result of faulty administration.“The government is responding actively and immediately to the needs of these communities,” said Harper. “Not just now, but over the past five years the government has invested $90 million to the community of Attawapiskat. Obviously a large part of our responsibility is to ensure these funds fully benefit the people in these communities.”Attawapiskat’s band council issued a statement saying the community had received $94 million over six years and it amounted to under $10,000 for each of its 1,800 residents every year.The band says only about $6 million had been spent on housing over the past six years.The rest of the money has been spent on services like education and child care, the band said.“My people deserve dignity, humane living conditions, for that our community asked for the assistance from my fellow citizens,” said Chief Theresa Spence in a statement. “For our simple request for human dignity, the government’s decision was to impose a colonial Indian agent.”On Wednesday, an Aboriginal Affairs official interrupted a meeting of the community’s emergency team and handed Spence a letter indicating she was no longer in charge of the band’s administrationSome Attawapiskat residents, however, told APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin that they were glad with the change.One resident said they were concerned about what was happening to money that came from the impact benefit agreement Attawapiskat had with De Beers, which runs a diamond mine 90 kilometres from the community.“I’m concerned about where the money is,” said Greg Shisheesh. “This past October it was $13.5 million. I just found out the other day there’s only $8 million in the trust fund and I want to know where the rest of the money is, $5.5 million.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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5 questions the government needs to answer before the start of the

first_imgMessage — with files from The Canadian Press Email APTN National News OTTAWA – The pre-consultation sessions with families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women is over.The sessions are part of the Liberal government promise to launch a full public inquiry into the more than 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada.More than 2,000 family members met with government leaders over the course of the past month.Now the government has to come up with a plan.Here are five questions the government will need to explore:1. Who will the commissioner or commissioners be?Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Monday the government still needs to determine who will lead the inquiry but there is hope the process will be up and running by the summer. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission had three commissioners for its six-year study of the residential school legacy. How many for this inquiry?2. What role will families play in the Inquiry? One of the common themes during the pre-inquiry process is that families need to be involved in the public inquiry. How will the be involved? How will the government do that?3. How will the government ensure the inquiry is national in scope?Bennett said Monday the government will need to work closely with the provinces and territories to ensure the examination is not simply a federal undertaking. How will provincial and territorial governments be involved in the process as it moves forward? What kind of travel will be involved in the study?4. What will the role be for police forces?Bennett has indicated some families in the pre-inquiry process have suggested they do not trust police. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson made headlines in December when he admitted there are racists within the national police force. How will officers be involved in the inquiry process?5. How long will the inquiry take?During the election campaign, the Liberals said they were looking at a two-year inquiry. Bennett indicated Monday the breadth and depth of the problem is far greater than the government originally anticipated. Does this mean the future commissioners will need more time to look at complex issues that come up during the course of the inquiry? And will there be extra costs? The Liberals suggested during the campaign that the inquiry would cost $40-million, but Bennett later indicated this was a “placeholder” budget. The government is keen to ensure it gets the process right. Will this be enough money for this undertaking or will more be needed?news@aptn.cacenter_img Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

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Annan stresses vital UN partnership with business to advance responsible globalization

More than ever before, the United Nations is making the business world, as well as civil society and the academic community, “vital partners” in advancing international peace and development, but much more remains to be done, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a forum of business leaders. “Just 10 years ago, the relationship between the United Nations and the private sector was burdened with mistrust,” he told the forum, ‘Business as an agent for world benefit – management knowledge leading positive change,’ organized by the Case Western Reserve University and the UN Global Compact in Cleveland, Ohio, US. Mr. Annan stressed the importance of the Compact, the initiative he launched six years ago to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization in such areas as combating corruption, safeguarding the environment, ensuring social inclusion and building markets. “Today, UN engagement with business can be seen in countless day-to-day initiatives around the world encompassing most of the pressing problems of our time, from poverty and hunger to HIV/AIDS and water supply,” he said in the message, delivered by UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell. “By aligning corporate activities with UN goals, the Compact’s stakeholders have generated improvements in governance and built up the capacities of suppliers and small enterprises. And by advocating universal principles as a core part of corporate strategies and operations, the Compact has sought to make global markets more sustainable and inclusive,” he added.“But there remains much to do. Globalization remains an imperfect process. Business continues to face tremendous pressure to uphold its social responsibilities. There is a pressing need to sustain the momentum of the corporate responsibility movement. And the academic community has an important role to play in this effort.” read more

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St Francis Pa trounces Div II Bloomsburg 11359

LORETTO, Pa. — Randall Gaskins Jr. scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead five teammates in double-digit scoring and St. Francis (Pa.) beat Division II Bloomsburg University 113-59 on Tuesday night.Keith Braxton and Myles Thompson scored 15 points apiece, Andre Wolford added 12 points and Isaiah Blackmon 11 for the Red Flash (2-4), who shot 62 per cent to 35 per cent for the Huskies. Jamall King scored 10 points and he, Gaskins and Ramiir Dixon-Cooper each dished six of 26 Red Flash assists.St. Francis pulled ahead on a 17-0 run capped by his layup and led 58-32 at halftime behind Gaskins’ 14 points. Gaskins’ 3 midway through the second half made it 86-49 and the Red Flash hit the century mark on Precious Ikediashi’s layup with 5:34 to go.William Melson scored 13 points and Travis Elmore 11 for Bloomsburg University, which turned it over 20 times.The Associated Press read more

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Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has resigned

first_imgUpdated 12.45pmGARDA COMMISSIONER Martin Callinan has resigned.TheJournal.ie learned of the resignation this morning and an official statement dropped before lunchtime.There was no immediate response from a government spokesperson or the Department of Justice and it is understood the surprise development is being discussed at Cabinet.Deputy Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan will take over the role in the interim.The embattled chief has been under fire over the ongoing whistleblower controversy, which is being discussed at Cabinet level today.Callinan had been criticised for comments made at a Public Accounts Committee hearing in January, where he described the actions of Sergeant Maurice McCabe and retired garda John Wilson as “disgusting”.Both men had come forward with allegations about the mishandling of cases and inappropriate cancellation of penalty points.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar reignited the row last week, calling the actions of the whistleblowers “distinguished” and urging Callinan to withdraw his earlier remarks.He was backed up by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.The dispute has also increased the focus on Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who has been silent on the matter this week.Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins told Pat Kenny this morning that the Minister “still has to owe up to the gross injustice he carried out”.He said that his party had lost confidence in the Taoiseach, as well as Shatter. According to the justice spokesperson, the pair had “shown no leadership” and the country is at a “complete loss”.In a similar vein, Deputy Shane Ross – who sits on the PAC – warned that the “row is far from over”. And fellow Independent TD, Luke Ming Flanagan, suggested his replacement.Fine Gael Senator Deirdre Clune has called for the next chief to be hired externally.The right thingSpeaking on Today with Seán O’Rourke, Deputy Mick Wallace – who has been consistently vocal on the whistleblower issue – said he was not shocked by this morning’s announcement.“It was getting more difficult for him to stand over how he has run the police force,” he said.The question now hangs over Alan Shatter. He has not dealt well with the policing side of his ministry at all.“He has overseen a totally dysfunctional police force.”Sinn Féin’s Pádraig MacLochlainn said his party’s focus will be on the “necessary changes” required in Ireland’s policing.He cited the need for an Independent Policing Authority, accountable to an Independent Policing Board, similar to what is in place in the North of Ireland and increased powers for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).PAC Chairman John McGuinness also pointed to other cracks within An Garda Síochána.He told Newstalk that the resignation comes as the “administration within the force was not up to scratch”.The Fianna Fáil chair also expressed concern over last weekend’s revelations in the Sunday Times that Traveller children have been put on the Garda PULSE system. He said that the issue had not been properly discussed.With reporting by Paul Hosford and Nicky RyanFirst published 9.44amVIDEO: Taoiseach declines to answer questions on Callinan controversyGarda voices on the whistleblower controversy: ‘Morale in the force is in the toilet’Catch up: Everything you need to know about GardaGate in one place >last_img read more

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Verizon accidentally tests mobile alert system with doomsday text

first_imgFEMA and the FCC got some free testing of the new Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) in the form of a freak text message from Verizon to some of its customers in New Jersey recently. Users got a text alert that there was a civil emergency in their area, and that they needed to take shelter immediately. Signed by the US Government, the message certainly caused some concern because of its vagueness. Thankfully, there wasn’t some sort of localized apocalypse that necessitated an alert.Verizon’s statement after the event said that the message was actually planned test of the system that was poorly labeled, but there differing account of how and why this could have occurred, so it’s not exactly what happened. No final word has come out yet, but the investigation continues.The CMAS system is a joint effort between the FCC, FEMA and mobile carriers to implement a nationwide system to let people know when there are natural disasters or other life-threatening emergencies that should be avoided. Since most everyone in the country carries some sort of cell phone, this project certainly makes more sense than simply using radio or television broadcasts. With the ability to erect portable mobile towers in a disaster zone, CMAS could certainly be a benefit to large numbers of people. Of course, if there are any more accidental alerts, the whole “cried wolf” metaphor could apply, reducing people’s trust in the system.Star Ledger, via Gizmodolast_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:53 PM Short URL Source: Shutterstock/urbanbuzzEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #TRIBUNALS A COMIN’: The latest twist in the Maurice McCabe saga has seen Enda Kenny declare that a tribunal of inquiry will be established into the alleged smear campaign against the Garda sergeant.2. #NOT ADVISED: A man who attended a job interview with Manchester Police while drunk got arrested for drink driving.3. #KUALA LUMPUR: The half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been ‘assassinated in Malaysia by poison needles’.4. #TESCO: Striking workers at Tesco outlets around the country say they’re in it for the long haul.5. #NOT ADVISED 2: An Irish rugby fan in Rome last weekend was arrested after attempting to ‘grab a soldier’s machine gun’. By Cianan Brennan 8,128 Views Share Tweet Email1 1 Comment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3239142 The 5 at 5: Tuesday A tribunal into the alleged Maurice McCabe smear campaign has been announced – it’s the Five at Five. Feb 14th 2017, 4:53 PM last_img read more

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Hockinson little pantry aims to help those in need

first_imgHOCKINSON — When she was younger, Anna Lee would regularly pepper her parents with questions from the backseat of the car.“Can we stop?”“Do we have snacks?”While they’re questions parents might be used to hearing in the car from their 8-year-olds, Anna wanted her parents to stop the car so she could give her snacks to people out on the streets of Portland.They started taking extra bottles of water and food to hand out to people. There were a lot of trips to Portland while Anna, now 13, was growing up. Three of her siblings have heart conditions, and all were treated at Oregon Health & Science University. Her siblings are doing better now, so there are fewer trips across the river.Now Anna is looking to help people closer to her family’s Hockinson home. About a month ago, she officially opened Hockinson’s Little Pantry, a place where people can grab free hygiene items, toiletries, nonperishable food items and school supplies for those in need.It works like a neighborhood free lending library. People can stop by and pick up what they need. So far, canned food and bags of food mix have been the most popular items. They’ve also learned some lessons, like don’t leave deodorant in a pantry when it’s hot out, or else you’ll be cleaning up some melted deodorant.“For the last few years, I’ve had this feeling to give,” said Anna, who is enrolled in online school for eighth grade and plans on attending Hockinson High School next school year. “My older siblings worked at the (North Clark County) Food Bank in Battle Ground, and I saw how it helped people.”last_img read more

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Childrens Pool open to public with rope barrier to protect seals

first_img Ed Lenderman May 16, 2018 Children’s Pool open to public with rope barrier to protect seals Ed Lenderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt’s mid-May and pupping season is officially over at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla.This means the beach is no longer closed to the public and the rope barrier is back up on the sand.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story.last_img read more

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Richard Wilkins Chairman • Greenwood Del

first_imgRichard Wilkins, Chairman • Greenwood, Del.[button color=”green” url=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pic-Wilkins-120712.jpg” title=”Download Hi Res Image” target=”blank”]Right-click here to download Hi-Res image file (JPG)[/button][button color=”blue” url=”mailto:wilkfarm@verizon.net” title=”Email Richard Wilkins”]Email Richard Wilkins[/button]Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., is chairman of the American Soybean Association (ASA). He is one of nine soybean growers who make up the ASA Governing Committee.Wilkins has served as ASA president, vice president, treasurer and on ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations (2010), Public Affairs (2011-13), Investment (2013) and Strategic Planning (2013) committees.Wilkins has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association since 2002, and served his state association as President (2005-10) and Membership Chair (2003-04).Wilkins farms 400 acres of soybeans annually. In addition, he produces 400 acres of corn, 250 acres of wheat, 100 acres of barley, 200 acres of vegetables, 250 acres of hay and raises 150 head of beef cattle. He is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Soybean Advisory Committee.Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Delaware and enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.last_img read more

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Puravankara shares fall sharply on weak Q1 results Sensex plunges 444 points

first_imgPuravankara Projects reported 66 percent fall in net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 2016, causing its share price to fall more than 4 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday. The stock recovered partially to end at Rs. 48.55, down 3.57 percent.The Bengaluru-based real estate developer’s net profit for Q1 stood at Rs. 10.24 crore as against Rs. 30.72 crore in the corresponding period last year, while sales declined 31.7 percent to Rs. 311.35 crore from Rs. 456.52 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a regulatory filing last week.Prestige Estates Projects, another Bengaluru-based real estate developer, will be declaring its Q1 results on Wednesday. The company is has been in the news for alleged encroachment of storm water drains in Bengaluru and staring at possible demolition, though the company denied knowledge of any such encroachment. “We are completely unaware which building is being referred to…We are always open to getting ourselves audited at any point in time,” Irfan Razzack, the CMD of Prestige Group had said.The BSE Realty index fell 5.23 percent to close at 1,527.76 on Monday, mirroring the crash on Indian stock markets following weak global cues. The steep fall of 444 points on Sensex was caused mainly on fears of an imminent interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve.The 30-scrip benchmark index closed at 28,354. Top Sensex losers were Tata Steel, Adani Ports, State Bank of India and Larsen & Toubro.The 50-scrip NSE Nifty closed 1.70 percent down at 8,715.last_img read more

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Breaking West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes suffers cardiac arrest

first_imgTwitter/ICCLegendary West Indian former batsman Sir Everton Weekes suffered a heart attack in his native country of Barbados, the BBC reported. Weekes, who is best known as part of the famous three ‘Ws’ – Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Weekes – is 94 years old.Playing in 48 Tests, he scored 4,455 runs and was part of that West Indian side which first showed the World the quality of West Indies cricket and their quality. What made this troika of Ws most impressive was the fact that all three members of it belonged to Barbados and came from the same region.Till date, Sir Everton is the only batsman in the history of the game to record hundreds in five successive Tests – four of which he got on a tour of India. He made his debut in 1947-48 season and played for around a decade. BBC Sports further reported that his condition is presently stable.last_img read more

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Style hacks for all dads

first_imgA solid white or navy poplin shirt or smaller tartan with country checks tucked in with a pair of slim fit, stretchable jeans and aviators will keep you in vogue irrespective of your age, say experts. Take a look at the below mentioned style hacks:Linen shirts: A crisp linen shirt is an absolute must-have in any father’s wardrobe. A millennial father would look dapper in a full-sleeved linen shirt with rolled-up sleeves paired with denim jeans. For a seasoned father, a short-sleeved linen shirt tucked in with clean and clear cut creases would be more appropriate to give him a prim and proper look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPolos: Polos are extremely versatile. It is recommended, especially for seniors, that they experiment with polos for a fresher optic. They could try saturated brights paired with navy chinos or rugby polos for a family day out and printed polos for an evening get-together. The new age dads could opt for solid polos with denims or chinos.Prints: Younger dads could opt for subtle, minimal, tonal prints while the senior ones could try printed shirts with khakis, geometric motifs/cravats. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBelts: The most essential accessory in any man’s wardrobe is the belt. The choice of belts is very important. It’s time to give up on the conventionally formal metal buckle belt and instead move towards matt finish leather belts.Denims: The younger dad could go for denims with a medium to heavy wash accompanied by mild distress along with plaid. The older ones should opt for cleaner, mid-washed to rinsed jeans that could be clubbed with a solid shirt, tan belt and leather boots. Khakis: From its origin to its sturdiness, khaki beautifully blends into the Indian man’s wardrobe. Be it the khaki-based checks or brown tartans, they go well with Indian geography. The younger dads could go for earthy shades, be it mud-brown or maroon with bigger checks paired with desert boots. The seniors could bring alive the perfect urban escape by adding a dimension of adventure amidst wilderness.Invest: Divulge in live-forever pieces like a good white oxford shirt, premium indigo denim, leather bomber, cable knit sweater, pure wool suit and a navy blazer.last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia SoftBank Aim to Be Worlds Top Tech Investor With 100

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank Group will create a technology investment fund that could grow as large as $100 billion, making it one of the world’s largest private equity investors and a potential kingpin in the industry.The move is part of a series of dramatic business initiatives launched by Riyadh this year as Saudi Arabia, its economy hurt by low oil prices, deploys huge financial reserves in an effort to move into non-oil industries.Earlier this year, it invested $3.5 billion in U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber, surprising many.SoftBank, a $68 billion telecommunications and tech investment behemoth, has also been stepping up investment in new areas. It agreed to buy U.K. chip design firm Arm Holdings in July in Japan’s largest ever outbound deal.Saudi Arabia’s top sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), will be the lead investment partner and may invest up to $45 billion over the next five years while SoftBank expects to invest at least $25 billion.Several other large, unnamed investors are in active talks on their participation and could bring the total size of the new fund up to $100 billion, SoftBank said.”Over the next decade, the SoftBank Vision Fund will be the biggest investor in the technology sector,” SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son said in a statement.At an annual rate of $20 billion, the new London-based fund could at current levels account for roughly a fifth of global venture capital investment.In the year to September, venture capital-backed companies globally raised $79 billion, according to data from KPMG and CB Insights, with tech start-ups attracting the lion’s share of that cash.”Son is very good at looking for companies with big growth prospects, and that will create fierce competition,” said Hiroyuki Kuroda, secretary general of the Venture Enterprise Center in Japan.The project will be led for SoftBank by Rajeev Misra, the group’s head of strategic finance and who joined the Japanese firm in 2014 from Fortress Investment Group, a private equity and hedge fund group. PIF will engage its own team.Investment powerSaudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, leading an economic reform drive in the kingdom, has revealed a string of high-profile investment plans this year.He aims to expand the PIF, founded in 1971 to finance development projects in the kingdom, from $160 billion to about $2 trillion, making it the world’s largest sovereign fund.In June, the PIF departed from Saudi Arabia’s traditional strategy of low-risk investments and took a step into the tech world with the Uber investment.That deal which illustrated how Riyadh now hopes to use its investments to develop the economy: Uber is a popular form of transport for Saudi women, who are banned from driving, and is creating badly needed non-oil jobs for Saudi citizens.SoftBank, a diverse company with stakes from U.S. carrier Sprint to e-commerce giant Alibaba, is also changing, shifting towards cutting edge tech investments after Son scrapped retirement plans in July and announced plans to reinforce “SoftBank 2.0″. It is still wrestling with a $112 billion debt pile and the turnaround of Sprint.”SoftBank has been looking to invest aggressively in the internet of things, and this fund is part of that wider move,” said Naoki Yokota, analyst at SMBC Friend Research Center Ltd.(Reporting by Andrew Torchia and Tom Wilson; Additional reporting by Sami Aboudi in Jerusalem, Ali Abdelatti in Cairo, William Maclean in Dubai and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt; Writing by Clara Ferreira-Marques; Editing by Edwina Gibbs) This story originally appeared on Reuters October 14, 2016 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian show after threats

first_img Top Stories Associated PressJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country’s reputation for combining free speech and democracy with a mostly moderate brand of the faith.Fans were devastated, despite the promoter’s offer of full refunds. Some accused police _ who refused to issue a permit over concerns about security _ of buckling to the will of a small group of thugs. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   “We have gotten Lady Gaga tickets,” the caption said. “Not to watch but for us to enter.”“Our target is to stop the concert,” he wrote, providing little more detail. “We would force them off the stage but not harm the audience.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Police responded by denying the necessary permits. Then, after public outcry, they said they’d reconsider _ but only if Lady Gaga agreed to tone down her act.Instead, she pulled the plug on what was supposed to be the biggest stop on her Asian tour.Michael Rusli, head of Big Daddy, promised “Little Monster” fans full refunds.But that provided little consolation to people like 25-year-old Johnny Purba.“This only shows to the world how weak security forces are in this country, how police are afraid of a bunch of hard-liners,” he said.“Gaga’s two-hour show will not hurt Indonesian Muslims. For God’s sake, she is not a terrorist!”Around 50 others, dressed up like the pop diva, performed a mob flash dance at a shopping mall in Jakarta to some of her biggest hits.Hard-liners, however, were ecstatic.“This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims,” said Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front. “Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”Earlier, Murhali Barda, a spokesman for the group, said supporters had purchased more than 150 tickets to the concert.He posted a picture on his Facebook page of a man hiding his identity with a turban and sunglasses and holding a $50 ticket to the “Ball.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The planned “Born This Way Ball” concert has been on-again-off-again from the start.But on Sunday, it was final, said Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show.“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”Indonesia, a secular nation of 240 million, is often held up by the U.S. and others an example of how democracy and Islam and can coexist. In many ways they are right. Since emerging from dictatorship just over a decade ago, sweeping reforms have resulted in direct elections, while vastly improving human rights and freeing up the media.But a small extremist fringe has become more vocal _ and violent _ in recent years, attacking Christians and members of other religious minorities, transvestites, atheists and anyone else deemed immoral.The most notorious group, Islamic Defenders Front, called Lady Gaga a “messenger of the devil” and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane. Others said they bought tickets so they could wreak havoc from inside the 52,000-seat stadium in the capital, Jakarta. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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