Another step forward towards a Community Foundation


first_imgThe creation of a Community Foundation is listed as a 2019 initiative in Council’s Strategic Plan.Mayor Lori Ackerman shared, right now the city spends a significant amount on ‘Grants in Aid’ and permissive tax exemptions.  When the Community Foundation (CF) is established, the funding could come from the CF rather than our operating budget.As the community grows, so too are the requests for assistance.  A CF can determine its ability to fund based on its revenues from the fund’s investments and accommodate the decisions year-round rather than a once a year budget, shared Mayor AckermanCLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council approved $165,751.00 towards the development of a Community Foundation (CF) from surplus 2019 C5 project funds.On Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council awarded the bid for a Community Foundation to KEA Canada Ltd of Canmore, Alberta.On August 27, 2019, city staff met to review submitted proposals which were reviewed against a scoring matrix, which included Company Overview, Project Team and Experience, Methodology, Project Plan, Schedule, and Fees.last_img read more

SC demolishes Modi Jaitley BJPs stand on electoral bonds Yechury


first_imgNew Delhi: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision on electoral bonds, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury Friday said the apex court had “demolished” the stand taken by the BJP-led NDA government on the issue. The Supreme Court Friday did not stop political funding through electoral bonds but brought several checks on it to bring transparency by directing all political parties to furnish receipts of amounts received and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the Election Commission. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In an interim order, the apex court also directed all political parties to provide details of the amount of the bond and bank account of donors by May 30 to the poll panel. “Supreme Court demolishes stance taken by Modi, Jaitley & BJP – which had pushed this as a Money bill, for opaque, secret Electoral bonds. The court says transparency is the basic principle of electoral funding. People have a right to know which party got how much, and from whom,” Yechury tweeted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The Centre and the Election Commission had taken contrary stands in the Supreme Court on Wednesday over political funding, with the government wanting to maintain anonymity of donors of electoral bonds and the poll panel batting for revealing names of donors for transparency. “Anonymity pushed by BJP is on the way out. Donors of black money via this route will be scared to fund from here on. Today EC has the data. Tomorrow the public will also have it,” Yechury wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

Uniteds foundations at risk unless Ole Solskjaer rids club of weeds


first_imgLondon: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again. United’s millionaire stars such as Paul Pogba and David de Gea put up a display described by the British press on Monday as “abject”, “an apology” for a performance, with the team derided as being generally “rudderless” and “spineless”. However, whilst it came five years to the day when a 2-0 defeat by the same opponents cost David Moyes his job, it is not Solskjaer who is being targeted but the under-performing Pogba and his team-mates. The World Cup-winning midfielder, after a series of encouraging performances when Solskjaer first assumed the reins in December, has returned to being the non-existent presence so often the focus of Jose Mourinho’s ire — although it was the Portuguese coach who was sacrificed. His and Nemanja Matic’s failure to shore up midfield has been a contributing factor to United’s miserable run of six defeats in their last eight games and five successive away losses — their worst run on the road since 1981. Seldom can a Manchester derby — they host title-chasing City on Wednesday — have been less eagerly anticipated by United fans. Neville, United to the core and an integral member of Alex Ferguson’s side that accrued eight Premier League crowns and two Champions League trophies, was excoriating in his criticism of the players. “If you’ve got weeds in the garden, you’ve got to get rid of them,” said Neville, who has become a respected pundit for Sky Sports. “There’s some Japanese knotweed at that football club and it’s attacking the foundations of the house. It needs dealing with properly. “I don’t need to name names, you know who they are.” Former England international midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has also turned to punditry since hanging up his boots, turned on the players as well.The 36-year-old said such is the negativity in the team that even the younger talents have been sucked into the vortex of supine performances. “They showed no heart, no desire and no will to win. They were woeful,” Jenas wrote in his column for the BBC website. “Everyone was guilty. “Even Marcus Rashford, who has got one of the best attitudes of anyone at the club, got sucked in by what I would describe as a vacuum of negativity.” United fans may be wondering if the board jumped the gun in giving Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis — as the subsequent results appear to be reflective more of his unsuccessful stint in charge of Cardiff. Indeed, just as his and the team’s fortunes have dipped, the man who was seen as his major rival for the job has seen his stock rise. Mauricio Pochettino’s star has sparkled again thanks to Tottenham’s epic win over Manchester City in the Champions League. But Neville has been slow to criticise his former team-mate Solskjaer. The man dubbed ‘Red Nev’ after he led a players’ strike with England due to their anger over Rio Ferdinand being dropped because of a missed drugs test, took to the barricades when another unloved former United boss, Louis van Gaal, criticised Solskjaer a few weeks ago. Van Gaal said Solskjaer was like Mourinho in parking the bus and relying on the counter-attack, only he was more popular because the results were going in his favour.last_img read more

Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barretts passes through Big Ten for final


Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass on the run during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJ.T. Barrett’s final run through the Big Ten wasn’t supposed to go like this. The redshirt senior Ohio State quarterback holds multiple conference and school records and is three touchdowns shy of matching former Purdue signal-caller Drew Brees’ Big Ten record for most total touchdowns. In his final season as a Buckeye, Barrett and a veteran-laden team, which began the season as the second-ranked team in the Associated Press preseason poll, were expected to be one of the nation’s top teams. But it won’t be easy for the first three-time team captain in program history.The quarterback’s team already has lost 31-16 to Oklahoma in the second week of the season. Penn State’s powerful offense stands in Ohio State’s way. Michigan’s stout defense has stymied Florida and Cincinnati in the first two weeks of the season. The Buckeyes must head to Iowa and Nebraska to take on tough opponents in hostile environments.Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to catch a snap during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut perhaps most importantly, Barrett must not allow the critics who think redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins or redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow should replace him to enter his frame of mind.Luckily for Barrett, this scrutiny isn’t new. “Back in 2014, lost to Virginia Tech and I was 9-of-28 [passing]. So, I’ve been here before,” Barrett said after Saturday’s loss. “I didn’t play that bad, but I definitely didn’t play as far as putting us in the best situation to win. With that being said, I’m going to go to work and get better and I think just try to rally guys and make sure that when it comes next week that we’re at our best.”The difference between the 2014 home-opener loss to the Hokies and the recent loss to the Sooners is that Barrett no longer has youth as a reason for his struggles. When Barrett was thrust into the starting role as a redshirt freshman after quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder which required season-ending surgery, expectations were low. Early career struggles were easy to explain, and chalked up to inexperience. But now, in 2017, Barrett has no such excuse. He holds 22 Ohio State records including most touchdowns in both a season and career, single-season passing efficiency, and total yards in a season.If someone with Barrett’s experience struggles, like he did against Oklahoma when he completed 19-of-35 passes for 183 yards, including an interception, he earns criticism. Barrett isn’t the only player who deserves criticism.  The six-player group of starting H-backs and wideouts — Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin— has done little to help its quarterback. But as Barrett and coach Urban Meyer say, this comes with the position. “When you’re winning, I get too much credit. [That is] when I try to give that credit to the guys around me because that’s who I need — 10 other guys to play well. When we lose, I mean, I’m the one to blame too,” Barrett said. “It’s the life of a quarterback.”Regardless of how much blame Barrett deserves, he must overcome any inner doubt. Just two games — one against Army Saturday afternoon and another on Sept. 23 versus UNLV — stand between Ohio State and the remainder of its conference schedule. In Barrett’s time as a starter, Ohio State has lost just two games in the Big Ten. Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 17-14 in 2015 to hand Barrett his first loss in more than a year. Last season, Penn State upset Ohio State, 24-21. In 2014, Barrett didn’t lose a game to a Big Ten opponent the entire season and was primarily responsible for Ohio State claiming the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterbacks J.T. Barrett heads to Ohio Stadium prior to the 2017 season opener on Sept. 9. The No.2 Buckeyes lost to No. 5 Oklahoma 31-16. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNegative comments and judgements won’t matter if Ohio State wins, even if it isn’t always pretty. Meyer still believes in Barrett despite the offense’s inability to find an optimal flow and pace. “Any decisions about any personnel is strictly who gives us the best opportunity to win, whether it be right guard, quarterback. And it’s always been the case,” Meyer said Monday. “Right now it’s not even a question.”Neither Army, UNLV nor Rutgers — Ohio State’s next three opponents — has especially potent defenses. But Barrett must retake control of an offense that has looked like anything but the potent offense Meyer’s teams normally possess. Barrett played unexpectedly in 2014 because he was one of the few healthy options at quarterback. That isn’t the case in Barrett’s final run. Haskins and Burrow present themselves as intriguing options who have been in the program for years.The mystery and unknown invoke imagination. “Just how good is Haskins’ deep ball?” some wonder. “Maybe a quarterback change is just what a sputtering Ohio State offense needs,” critics say. If Barrett has his way, no one will ever know. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State unable to stop Gustafson in 7852 loss to


Ohio State freshman guard Janai Crooms (3) listens to coach Kevin McGuff during a timeout in the game against Penn State on Feb 6. Ohio State won 78-73. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team could not stop Iowa Hawkeye senior forward Megan Gustafson enough to get the win on Sunday. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year torched the Buckeye defense, shooting 14-19 from the field for 29 points along with 16 rebounds to give the No. 16 Hawkeyes (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) the 78-52 victory against Ohio State (10-12, 6-7 Big Ten). Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff gave all the credit to Gustafson for beating the Buckeyes. “She’s an incredibly efficient player,” McGuff said. “She had 29 points on only 19 shots, so she really knows how to play the game. She understands angles, and she gives her teammates a great target to throw the ball too. And then she also knows how to function within their offense well to get the ball into the basket.”  Despite being down 19-9 early in the first quarter, the Buckeyes fought back in the second quarter, led by freshman forward Aaliyah Patty, who came off the bench to score eight points in that quarter, 11 points total on the game. Gustafson was held to only four points total that quarter.This effort helped Ohio State close the Iowa lead from 19-9 to 31-27 and went into the locker room at halftime with momentum on its side. However, the third quarter was where the game started to unravel for the Buckeyes. Led by Gustafson’s  15 points, Iowa scored 27 to effectively put the game out of reach.Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz felt Ohio State did its best to stop Gustafson, but the senior forward’s experience was a key factor in her success.“In the beginning, I thought that we were guarding her well,” Juhasz said. “But in the second half, that stopped working and we couldn’t get there in time to steal passes and that meant she scored. We knew that she was a great player, and we knew that she would come out of the locker room after halftime and she’s a senior, so she was going to execute.”Juhasz was one of the lone bright spots from the starting lineup for Ohio State. Despite still recovering from an ankle injury sustained back in January against Michigan State, Juhasz had her second consecutive double double, this time scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. While not feeling 100 percent, Juhasz still felt she made a lot of improvement in Sunday’s game.“I would not say that I am back to full health like before the injury,” Juhasz said. “It’s always worse after the games, but during the game I was not even thinking about it.”Sunday’s game saw very quiet performances from three members of the Buckeye starting lineup. Redshirt senior guards Carmen Grande and Carly Santoro did not find the basket and redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman put up five points, all of which came in the fourth quarter, with six rebounds.McGuff said Iowa had a very good defensive game plan that factored into limiting its key scorers, but the blame falls on a lack of execution.“We rely on those guys so much and they’ve been so consistently good,” McGuff said. “They just didn’t have the same night as normal for us. We competed for most part of the game, but our focus on execution was not where it needed to be. Against a team like Iowa, you’ve got to keep up with them by scoring the ball, because they are so good on offense.”Freshman guard Janai Crooms had another solid performance scoring 10 points with a season high seven assists. Patty, redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller and sophomore guard Jensen Caretti combined for 25 points out of 52 off the bench. Miller scored 11 and was 2-4 from the 3-point line while Caretti sunk a 3 in the first quarter. McGuff praised the bench for their efforts and gave them credit for keeping the team in the game.“I thought our bench stepped up and really gave us a lot of energy,” McGuff said. “When we substituted, we seemed to play with a little more energy and gave us more offense, so they did a great job.” Ohio State  will travel to face Rutgers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Center. read more

Germany unhappy with Ozil


first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low is understood to be unhappy with Mesut Ozil’s work-rate during their training sessions as they prepare for the defence of their World Cup, reports FazThe playmaker is expected to play a prominent role for Germany in this summer’s World Cup in Russia and will likely play for the national side in Saturday’s friendly against Austria after missing Arsenal’s final Premier League games this season due to a back injury.But reports in Germany have emerged that Low is feeling frustrated with Ozil’s lack of application at the team’s training ground in South Tyrol.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We expect him to challenge himself in training to build up his resilience. Mesut is always receiving treatment,” said assistant coach Bernd Schneider.Ozil was heavily criticised for his lacklustre performance in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and provoked further frustration among the club supporter’s after missing Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.The 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Gunners back in January for a reported £350,000 per week salary.last_img read more

Hazard is confident Chelsea will beat City again


first_imgEden Hazard believes Chelsea can do a double over Manchester City next week, after their surprise win over the reigning Champions in December.Chelsea responded in an emphatic manner by beating Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge after their 4-0 drubbing to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.Hazard bagged a brace in the tie, while new signing Higuain equally shared in the delight with a double.Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield!Two apiece for @G_Higuain and @hazardeden10, and a @DavidLuiz_4 header get the Blues back on track. 💪#CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/nzdb4gweNS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019With a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up next Sunday, Hazard is optimistic the Blues would once again shock City as they aim to cement their place in the top four.“It’s going to be a different game than two or three months ago,” Hazard disclosed via the Daily Mail.“I think they will have the ball. City have this kind of players to play together.“We will defend well and then we will score one goal or two.”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.The City match is the first of a difficult run, which includes the February 24 Carabao Cup final against the same opponents.And Hazard called for focus as they brace up to face United, Malmo, and Spurs in a congested February.“We need to be focused,” Hazard said.“This month is going to be hard, but we are Chelsea. We can beat everyone if we want.”⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019On-loan Juventus striker Higuain and Hazard teamed up for the first time at Bournemouth, but there was far greater optimism following the win over Huddersfield.And manager Sarri was excited how the partnership has blossomed thus far.Hazard added: “He’s a great striker. He’s a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. He’s intelligent.“In the box he’s unbelievable. He will score more goals.”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wilmington Boosters Thanks Heavenly Donuts Pizza Mia


first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington Boosters Thanks Supporters For Successful Dance FundraiserIn “Letter To The Editor”Athletic Director Tim Alberts Departs Wilmington For TritonIn “Education”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”,Thank You To Our Sponsor: Dear Editor,Wilmington Boosters Association sends a big shout out to Don at Pizza Mia and the crew at Heavenly Donuts for their support and generous contributions to the Thanksgiving Day football game. The Boosters Thank YOU!Regards,Dedi PitziLike 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:last_img read more

What is sport climbing


first_img 0 Fitness Sports Tags Post a commentcenter_img Share your voice Getty Images At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, we’ll get to watch athletes compete for gold medals in four new sports: karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing (also known as indoor rock climbing).  Rock climbing has been around since — well, since the first time someone tried to climb something rocky. But modern recreational climbing started in the 19th century, with Sport Climbing only emerging in the 1970s and ’80s. In traditional climbing, sport climbing’s outdoor counterpart, the focus is typically on scaling a route or reaching the top of a natural landmark. A lead climber will place bolts on a mountain as they go, typically with hand drills, then remove them once they are complete. The climbers use ropes to protect themselves against falls. gettyimages-1127551032.jpgTraditional climbing takes place outside without a predetermined route. Getty Images In contrast, sport climbing takes place on engineered or indoor routes where climbers are using protection already bolted in place. They practice in pursuit of physical perfection and strategy as opposed to vertical height. Rock climbing has evolved as a catch-all term for many different sports, including everything from free soloing to bouldering. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about sport climbing at the 2020 Olympics. Sport climbing events at the 2020 Olympics Sport climbing will be broken up into three separate disciplines: speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. Not every country will be represented; only 20 athletes per gender (40 climbers total) will be allowed to compete at the Games, and only 2 athletes per gender per country will compete in any given event. FYI, the International Olympic Committee currently recognizes only two genders — female and male. There are currently stipulations for athletes that identify as transgender, both female and male, to compete. But there aren’t any guidelines or rulings for athletes who don’t identify as female or male — including those who are nonbinary, agender and genderqueer. Speed climbing48197605737-530595438d-oTwo climbers, one wall. IFSC Speed climbing is relatively simple: there are two climbers with safety ropes and one 15-meter wall set at a 95-degree angle. The climbers race against each other to get to the top, with the fastest one winning.  Bouldering48027672136-56260aac2a-oAthletes use physical and mental precision to climb to the top of a bouldering route. IFSC Bouldering takes place on an even shorter wall, where climbers take turns attempting to scale as many routes on a four-meter-tall wall in 4 minutes. Each route (also called a bouldering problem) is laid out with hand and foot holds in a specific color, and they vary in difficulty based on the size of the holds and the way they are spaced out. A climber completes a problem by grabbing the top hold with both hands. Lead climbing48322747156-585511f9a3-oIn Lead Climbing, participants secure themselves with a rope as they climb higher. IFSC Lead climbing is arguably the most recognizable of the three events. The climber has six minutes to climb as high on a wall that is taller than 15 meters. They use safety ropes that attach to quickdraws on their way up, allowing the rope to run freely while they stay anchored to the wall. If two athletes reach the same point on the wall, the person who got there first is the winner.  In both bouldering and lead climbing, climbers are not allowed to practice climbing on the routes before they compete or watch each other scale the wall, and they only have a couple of minutes to study the routes and decide their strategy before the timer begins. How to qualify for Olympic sport climbing The 40 spots total for sport climbing are going to be hard to nab. One male and one female spot will be reserved for athletes from Japan, the host country. Another man and woman will be chosen by the Tripartite Commission, who give Olympic spots out to qualified athletes in special circumstances. If you were counting on your toes and fingers, that leaves 36 total spots left.  The rest of the spots will be determined through a series of qualifying events taking place from August 2019 till spring 2020.  IFSC Combined World Championships The championship event for the International Federation of Sport Climbing will take place on August 20-21, 2019 in Toyko, Japan. The top seven women and top seven men will each receive Olympic invitations. Because each country can only have two male and two female athletes, if one country has many female competitors in the top seven, only the top two will be invited and other women further down the list will get bids (the same goes for the men).  Olympic qualifying event  This will take place on November 28-December 1, 2019, in Toulouse, France. Athletes that have already qualified for the Olympics will not attend. The only invited athletes will be the top 20 climbers on the IFSC’s World Cup circuit, so climbers will be encouraged to participate in the World season. Similar rules as the last event apply, but this time only 6 female and 6 male athletes will get Olympic bids (and again, only 4 total from each country).  If you’re still managing to count along, you’ll notice that there’s only five spots for men and five for women remaining. Instead of any more mega-events, the rest of bids will be determined through a series of continental championships.  Continental championships Athletes that still haven’t qualified can compete in these events, but there’s a twist: climbers can only participate in the event that their climbing federation is a member of. So, a climber from the US can only compete in the Pan-Am event. The male and female winners from each event will be awarded a spot, but if their country has already met its limit of four athletes total, the Olympic bid will go to the next in line.  The first continental championship is the Pan-Am event on Feb. 27 to March 1, 2020 at Sender One in Los Angeles, California. The next four take place in April through May of 2020 in each major continent. Medaling system tokyo-2020-medalsThe Olympic and Paralympic medals are made from recycled electronics. Tokyo 2020 If you thought the qualifying system was a bit complicated, take a deep breath. There’s only one set of medals awarded per gender, so all three events will go into determining which country gets the gold, silver and bronze. The speed climbing discipline will be done in a bracket format, with athletes competing head to head, while bouldering is in a leaderboard format. Lead climbing will have a point system in which each hold on the wall counts as one point and the athlete who climbs the highest will obtain the highest score. Once all the athletes are ordered by placement per event, their placement numbers will be multiplied, and the climbers with the lowest scores will win medals. Because of the scoring format, each climber will compete in each event. For example, if an athlete gets second place in speed climbing, third in bouldering and first in lead climbing their overall score would be six (2 times 3 times 1 equals 6).  Sport climbing schedule The Olympic master schedule has already been released, with sport climbing qualifying events on Aug. 4 and 5, 2020. The finals will be on Aug. 6 and 7. In the US, NBC will broadcast events, with the BBC securing rights in England and Channel Seven, 7Mate and 7Two in Australia. All events will take place at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. last_img read more

Trump Nominates Abbott Adviser Oldham To The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals


first_imgJolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneThe John Minor Wisdom United States 5th Court of Appeals building in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 3, 2017.President Donald Trump has announced his third Texas pick for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Andrew Oldham, who currently serves as general counsel to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Oldham was on the short list last year for what is arguably the nation’s most conservative appeals court, when the president had two long-standing Texas vacancies to fill. But Trump ultimately tapped former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General Jim Ho. Both Ho and Willett were confirmed to the bench in December.Oldham, who has been at his post in Abbott’s office for just over a month, previously served as deputy solicitor general for Texas. He moved into the general counsel post in January after Abbott nominated his former top lawyer, Jimmy Blacklock, to take Willett’s place on the state’s highest civil court.Abbott reportedly had unusual and outsized influence on the nomination process for federal judges, which is traditionally a process led by a state’s two U.S. senators. That party infighting seems to have delayed what was expected to be a relatively smooth nominations and confirmation process dominated by Republicans. “This is an excellent choice of a strict construction constitutionalist,” Abbott tweeted Monday afternoon. “I think he’s even better than [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch].”Oldham will require a positive vote out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then approval from the full Senate. If confirmed, he’ll take the place of Edward Prado, a longtime 5th Circuit judge who Trump named last month as his pick for U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore City Council Seeking Control of City Police Department from State


first_imgBaltimore City Council members are asking the state of Maryland to give them direct control of Baltimore City Police Department policies.Councilman Brandon Scott stands with Council Colleagues, Delegate Curt Anderson, No Boundaries Coalition, CASA De Maryland and Community Mediation in support of House Bill 1504 which would make the Baltimore Police Department a city agency. (Courtesy Photo Instagram/Brandon M. Scott)Despite popular beliefs, the city’s police department has been a state-controlled agency since the late 1800s. Council members have argued in recent years that they lack the control needed to implement reforms within the department.“When we tried to do the body cameras, they [the state] told us we had no authority to tell the police department what to do,” said City Council President Jack Young.Baltimore’s mayor has the power to hire and fire the police commissioner, city taxpayers fund the department, and the city carries the weight of liability for officer conduct. But ultimate oversight and policy-making powers over the department belong to the Maryland General Assembly. Brandon Scott, the city’s Public Safety Committee Chairman is spearheading the drive to give the city a greater ability to implement change in the department. A bill currently before state legislators would address the council’s concerns. “There are several proven instances where we would have already taken action if we had the ability,” said Scott. However, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office said Scott and the council have not met with Pugh to discuss the fallout from their desired change.“Councilman Scott has not spoken to the mayor about any legislation regarding the Baltimore City Police Department or its financial implications for the department or the city,” a spokesperson for Pugh said. “She finds the lack of communications on such important matters to be disrespectful.”State Delegate Curt Anderson, who represents Baltimore City, is sponsoring a bill in Annapolis to address the city council’s concerns. A hearing is set for next month. “You’ve been down there, you know what the process is,” said Anderson. “Most bills don’t pass the first year, but we’re certainly going to work on getting this passed this year.”last_img read more

Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi Adds ExHulu Execs Tim Connolly Jim OGorman to Management


first_img Popular on Variety Another recent Quibi hire is Diane Nelson, former president of DC Entertainment, who is the startup’s head of operations for content.Quibi, previously operating as “NewTV,” says it has raised $1 billion from investors including Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCU, Viacom, WarnerMedia. The service will serve up short series, pegged at around 10 minutes per episode, in a range of genres.Quibi (a portmanteau of “quick bites”) has inked content deals including with Jason Blum, Guillermo del Toro, Catherine Hardwicke and Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. The company is targeting commercial launch toward the end of 2019 or early 2020. Whitman previously announced it would cost $8 monthly without ads and $5 per month with commercials.Katzenberg, speaking at Variety’s Innovate summit earlier this month, said Quibi is aiming to deliver 5,000 episodes in the year following its launch. “The biggest challenge is the volume of content,” he said. “It’s a tall order to do this in the next 12 months, but that doesn’t mean we are not gonna try.”Pictured above: Tim Connolly (left), Jim O’Gorman Quibi, the mobile-TV startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has tapped several Hulu alums among its latest hires.Tim Connolly, formerly senior VP of partnerships and distribution at Hulu, has joined Quibi as head of partnerships and advertising. Jim O’Gorman, previously Hulu’s SVP of talent and organization, is now head of talent and organization at Quibi.Connolly left Hulu this summer as part of a reorg at the company. At Quibi, Connolly is in charge of business relationships with all Quibi partners including subscriber-acquisition partners (like app stores, mobile operators and music services); advertisers and agencies; technology partners; and promotional partners.Other ex-Hulu staff who have joined L.A.-based Quibi include head of engineering Rob Post (previously VP engineering at Hulu); Denise Jackson, head of people operations (formerly Hulu’s senior benefits manager); and head of talent development Megan Tannenbaum (former Hulu manager of ad operations).center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Experts to decide stability of weak Bagree Market


first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to consult experts to assess the “strength” of the six-storeyed Bagree Market building considering that it might have turned “weak” with the devastating fire continuing to burn inside it for the past 60 hours.This comes a day after the Group of Ministers (GoM) held a meeting at Nabanna and a committee has been set up to probe the incident.Sources said that the necessity to assess the condition of the building has been felt considering two basic aspects. Firstly, it is a 55-year-old building and secondly it could have become “weak” with the recent incident of fire.It is learnt that the step to engage experts have been taken considering that the structural engineers can ascertain whether there is any need to pull down the building or any particular portion of the same. A senior official said it would lead to another disaster if any portion of the building collapses later. The structure is situated at Canning Street which is extremely narrow and congested, especially on weekdays and would claim lives if any portion of the building collapses all of a sudden. “So, as a precautionary measure, the assessment will be carried out to ensure security of the people,” the official said.The police have also been directed to find out the authorities of Bagree Estates Private Limited. An FIR was also lodged against the directors of BEPL – Radha Bagree and Varun Raj Bagree — and also against its Chief Executive Officer, Krishna Kumar Kothari.The official maintained that the report of the experts is quite crucial as subsequent steps need to be taken if they suggest to bring down the building or some of its portion.The six-storeyed Bagree Market at 71, Canning Street, where the fire broke out in the wee hours on Sunday, houses around 900 shops, godowns and offices. So the issue of rehabilitating some of the traders to some other location could also crop up if decision is taken to bring down the building or any of its portions. In that case, the state government will be extending necessary support as much as possible for the sake of the people.It may be mentioned that the devastating fire led to loss of crores of rupees. So the state government is all set to take precautionary measures to avert such incidents in future.last_img read more

Siddha Group introduces Rooftop Skyplex


first_imgSiddha Group, Eastern India’s leading real estate developer, recently announced a first-of-its-kind initiative, Rooftop Skyplex, at their projects with Skywalks to give Kolkatans an altogether new movie-watching experience like never before.Siddha Group has always been a pioneer in introducing new dimensions in real estate; be it the longest ever Rooftop Skywalk in the world at an affordable residential project or the Siddha homebuying App and more. Skyplex is an additional feature where Siddha home-buyers can watch movies at the open air Rooftop Skywalks in an amphitheater setting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA lot of residential condominiums have introduced the concept of mini theatres at their residential clubs but Siddha Group is going a step forward and introducing Rooftop Sky Theatre experience with Skyplex with modern projection technologies with hi-tech sound system at their Skywalks. “We have always added innovations in our projects which have made home buying and living experience for the customers better. With our Rooftop Skywalks being the talk of the town, we added this extraordinary feature in the form of Skyplex in our Skywalks. Because who wouldn’t love the experience of watching their favourite movies or watching their favourite teams fight it out at the fields, at the rooftop under the sky in the open air. Now-a-days it is all about providing unique experiences and we are sure this is something our customers will look forward to”, said Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha Group. Siddha will be adding this feature across their affordable Skywalk projects that include Siddha Sky at EM Bypass, Siddha Suburbia on Southern Bypass, Siddha Eden LakeVille on BT Road and Siddha Galaxia at Rajarhat. All the Skyplex are proposed to have a 2K projection and dolby digital sound system. Comfortable sit outs across the amphitheatre will provide ample seating space for the residents.last_img read more

Nintendo Shipped 274 Million Switch Units in Its First Month


first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Before the Switch launched, Nintendo set a target of shipping 2 million of the hybrid consoles during its first month on sale. We’ve already heard about Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling more copies on Switch than there are Switch, but now we know that Nintendo easily beat its own target, shipping 2.74 million Switch consoles in its first month.Breath of the Wild continues to outpace the hardware, racking up 2.76 million copies sold. This is surely a mix of gamers buying more than one copy (standard and collector’s edition), and those who haven’t been able to get a Switch yet buying Zelda anyway in preparation. If you add in the Wii U version, the total increases to 3.84 million copies. The good news for Nintendo doesn’t end there. According to Eurogamer, the 3DS is continuing to sell well. The 2016 sales report shows 7.27 million 3DS sales, taking the lifetime total to 66 million. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon played a big part in shifting new hardware, selling 15.44 million copies.Considering the Wii U was never really very popular, it’s impressive to find it still managed to sell 760,000 units last year. Its lifetime sales now sit at 13.56 million, which is easily going to be surpassed by Switch at this rate. Nintendo is predicting another 10 million Switch will sell over the next 12 months, taking the total close to 13 million. That’s lower than the production doubling estimate of 18 million made in March.Surprisingly good sales of the 3DS last year make it clear Nintendo won’t be ending support for its handheld platform any time soon. In fact, the 3DS is expected to sell another 6 million units over the next year. If the rumors of a Mini Switch arriving in 2019 are true, then Nintendo will likely continue supporting the 3DS until then. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 27, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   New Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander appeared at Heritage Elementary School in Glendale Friday morning to speak to 400 students about the importance of exercise.But after his positive message to the kids, the talked turned to his teammate, Daryl Washington, who was accused in a domestic disturbance Wednesday.“Of course, we’re his support system, we’re his brothers and we’re definitely backing him up,” Alexander told KTAR reporter Bob McClay. “The team has talked to him and they’re handling it the best way they can.” Alexander did elaborate that he hasn’t seen Washington since the alleged incident.“We work out every day, but I haven’t seen him since everything has come out,” Alexander said. “Him and his family are going to deal with that the best they can and we’re praying for D-Wash and hopefully he comes out from this, learns from this and continues to move forward.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

April 23 2004 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialo


first_imgApril 23, 2004SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa]SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa] Moderator Jim Huth [middle, next to Paolo], prepares and reads topic papers, and adds a sparkle of humor to the conversation. [Photo & Text: sa] Paolo Soleri, at 84, is still very fond of philosophical discussion. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]center_img Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]last_img read more


first_img — • A critical vote in Italy today could be that pin… That’s why you need to act now. You may be exposed to this toxic financial waste without even knowing it. My friend, mentor, and globetrotting colleague Doug Casey thinks the situation in Italy is just the beginning of a disaster much worse than the 2007–2009 global financial crisis. Here’s Doug: I expect a truly major banking crisis. Much worse than that of 2007–2009. Governments, who are all bankrupt, borrow money from commercial banks. Commercial banks have lent it to them because they believe it’s a risk-free loan. Governments encourage them to lend recklessly, hoping that will jump-start sluggish economies. Central banks, which are the arms of their governments, have taken interest rates to zero and below for that reason and to make it easier for governments to service their debts. This policy has encouraged businesses to take on debt. It’s an idiotic and reckless experiment that will end—likely in this cycle—with bankrupt central banks and governments bailing out bankrupt commercial banks and businesses. Just the way they did in 2007–2009. Except this time, the situation is much more serious. How to profit? Don’t own European companies, stocks or bonds, and banks in particular. In fact, even though they’re already down considerably, they’re going lower and are excellent candidates for short sales, or the sale of naked calls. I agree with Doug. The European banks most exposed to the looming crisis in Italy are excellent short-sale candidates. To hone in on the best options, I looked at which European banks hold a lot of Italian government bonds. According to the German media, French banks are the most exposed by a wide margin. They have over $275 billion worth of Italian sovereign debt on their balance sheets. Germany is next, with $90 billion, followed by Spain, with $45 billion. If you own any of the European bank stocks listed below, I recommend selling them immediately. Even though their share prices have all taken serious hits recently, they’re still great short-sale candidates. You only have a short window to act… Today, Italy is voting on a crucial referendum. It’s almost certain to fail. And that will probably be the pin that pricks this super bubble. Doug and I just released an urgent video on this issue with all the details. Click here to watch it now. It ends at midnight tonight, get started NOW Today – December 4 – Italian citizens will vote on their own version of Brexit. If they vote no like British voters did, it could spell the end of the European Union itself. Since the EU is the world’s largest economy, its fall will instantly affect your investments and savings. The first domino was Brexit, the second domino was Trump’s election, and this Italy vote will be the third domino in the global wave of discontent. This crisis promises to make a few lucky speculators insanely rich, but you need to get prepared before midnight tonight. Here’s the entire story so you can prepare right now… – Recommended Links Editor’s note: You may be exposed to toxic financial waste without even knowing it. In today’s essay, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno details the super bubble that’s set to pop at any moment. Read on to learn what you should be doing now…and why there’s only a small window left to prepare. By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Italian government bonds are in a super bubble. They are primed to collapse soon. Italy has one of the most indebted governments in the world. It’s borrowed over $2.4 trillion, and its debt-to-GDP ratio is north of 130%. (For comparison, the US debt-to-GDP ratio is 104%.) But the situation is actually much worse. GDP measures a country’s economic output. However, it’s highly misleading. Mainstream economists count government spending as a positive when calculating GDP. A more honest approach would count government spending as a big negative. In Italy, government spending accounts for a whopping 50%-plus of GDP. A more accurate debt-to-GDP ratio would exclude government spending from economic output. I suspect that figure would reveal the Italian government’s hopeless insolvency. I don’t see how it’s possible for the Italian government to extract enough in taxes from the productive part of the economy to ever pay back what it’s borrowed. • Yet Italian government bonds are trading near record-low yields… It’s a bizarre and perverse situation. Over $1 trillion worth of Italian bonds actually have negative yields. That’s completely insane. Given the huge risks associated with lending money to the bankrupt Italian government, the yields on Italian sovereign bonds should be near record highs, not record lows. Source: Zero Hedge Italian government bonds are, without a doubt, in super-bubble territory. It won’t be long before a pin pricks it and… pop. Will Bonner: “We’re sharing our family’s next big gold investment” In the past, Bill Bonner hasn’t discussed his specific gold investments. But for the first time, he’s agreed to “open up his gold portfolio” and reveal exactly where he’s about to invest in gold next through his family trust. Click here for all the details. France—Société Générale (SCGLY) France—BNP Paribas (BNPQY) Germany—Deutsche Bank (DB) Spain—Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Spain—Banco Santander (SAN)last_img read more

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first_imgMost snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they’re getting a lot of use this summer.Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball. Every Monday night in the summer—and on the 4th of July—hundreds of tourists and residents gather to cheer on players who strap on snowshoes and hit a large softball around a field of wood chips. This has been going on since 1961, when then town chairman Ray Sloan came up with the idea to turn the game into a spectator sport capable of entertaining both summer tourists and town residents. An earlier version of the game was played on frozen lakes. Hence, the snowshoes.Admission is free, but slices of homemade pie cost $2. The pie is a big deal here, too. On any given night you can find 40 different flavors.Sheila Punches says that “they come for the pie and stay for the game.” She’s been coming to games since the 1970s and she says pie is one way she measures its popularity.”There was a time when 30 pies was enough,” she says. “Then it was 40, 50, 60, 70 … 100 pies is not too many pies to have. I think somebody said they had 160 pies last week for the 4th of July.”Pie flavors range from the traditional — Raspberry Rhubarb or Apple — to the more unique: Banana Split, Margarita, and even Sawdust, featuring graham crackers and coconut flakes.The game starts with a rendition of the national anthem by the local barbershop chorus. Then local commentators Adam Lau and Jimmy Soyck lead the way. In a recent game, someone takes a swing, misses the ball, and switches bats. “Oh, it’s the bat,” says Soyck into his microphone.”It’s always the bat’s fault,” agrees Lau.Then when the player does hit the ball, he trips right after leaving home plate. The crowd audibly cheers, then sighs. This hilarious scene is all too common, especially for newer players. Soyck says you can’t run in snowshoes. It’s all in the shuffle.”You gotta shuffle your feet. You can’t pick them up,” he says. “If you pick them up, you’re going over. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”The game carries on this way until about the 7th inning, when one lucky batter gets a disguised cantaloupe thrown to him instead of a ball. When the batter makes contact, he immediately scatters the baseball field with pieces of melon.”When that thing hits, it splatters everywhere,” says Jeff Smith, who coaches the Snow Hawks, the home team. “It’s painted to look pretty much like those balls out there, and the batter isn’t supposed to know until he hits it.” It’s easy to laugh at the idea of people playing softball on snowshoes in the middle of the summer, but fan Phil Hejtmanek says there are a lot of talented players here.”The funny thing is these guys are really good,” he says. “You figure ‘oh, the outfielders aren’t going to be able to make any plays,’ but just you wait.”Coach Jeff Smith says that it takes a lot of work from local volunteers to make each game run smoothly, but that he doesn’t expect the game to ever fade out. “There’s too much passion amongst the townspeople around Snowshoe Baseball,” he says. “People get pretty serious about their home team winning and playing and they just want to be a part of it.”Ultimately, this game is a part of this town’s fabric. Residents like Macey Macintyre grew up watching it.”The whole town comes together just to watch this and you know it’s the whole town because you see everyone week in and week out,” she says. “It makes our town unique and it makes me just love my town and the people in it a lot more.”So if you’re in Wisconsin’s Northwoods on a Monday night this summer and looking for some entertainment and good company, snowshoe baseball will be happening in Lake Tomahawk. The season ends in late August. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM


first_img BombBombcrmcustomer relationship managementmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleYext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsNext ArticleiQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work “His Smile”, Providing Brand New User Experience to the Chinese Audience Top of Mind Networks, a leader in customer relationship management and marketing automation software for the mortgage lender and real estate industries, is pleased to announce that it has integrated with BombBomb, a personalized video tool.“As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”“We are excited to be able to integrate BombBomb technology into our Surefire system for clients. The ability to add an individually targeted video to follow-up emails is important in today’s world where consumers are looking for personalized messages,” says Erik Enright, CTO. “As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”Marketing Technology News: ADK, Japan’s Third-Largest ad agency, partners with CHEQ for Brand Safety and Anti-Fraud PreventionThe integration of BombBomb with Surefire means that Surefire users can:Easily deploy BombBomb videos to contacts inside of Surefire.Record videos within the Surefire platform by pressing one button.Quickly choose from their personal library of videos to send them multiple times.BombBomb videos allow mortgage professionals to create a one-to-one human experience. Video email builds trust, converts leads and wins referrals because senders rehumanize their communication and thus their brand. Sending an email with an embedded video gets professionals face-to-face with the people who matter the most – customers.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Display Ads Shown To Drive Sales In Channels Other Than AmazonTop of Mind continues to lead the way in developing new tools to address the needs of the loan origination ecosystem. The company’s product capabilities, particularly with the newest version of its Surefire platform, allow its clients to run, track and improve campaigns, so that its originators can focus on doing what they do best – selling.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM Business WireJune 22, 2019, 8:08 pmJune 21, 2019 last_img read more