Panathinaikos fends off Madrid (video)


first_imgIn a battle of EuroLeague titans, Panathinaikos Superfood Athens got back to its winning ways, pulling out an 88-82 win over Real Madrid in the Greek capital on Thursday night. Panathinaikos moved its record to 15-11 and improved its chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Madrid dropped to 19-7 and missed its first chance to lock up home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams traded baskets often and neither team held a lead bigger than 7 points until the final minute of the game. The Greens were ahead most of the night, but Madrid used an efficient start to the fourth quarter to take a 64-66 edge. That is when Chris Singleton and Mike James stepped up and restored the lead that the hosts held on to in the final minute. Singleton finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts, Mike James and James Feldeine netted 14 apiece, K.C. Rivers scored 1 and in his return from injury, James Gist scored 11 points in victory. Anthony Randolph was Madrid’s top scorer with 13 points and he pulled down 9 boards, Gustavo Ayon scored 12, while Luka Doncic, Othello Hunter and Sergio Llull scored 10 apiece in defeat.Panathinaikos got an early advantage with a three from Singleton and a three-point play by Gist. An alley-oop dunk by Gist opened an early 10-5 lead. After Llull nailed a jumper and a three-pointer to make it 13-14, Nick Calathes replied with a three of his own, and a three-point play by Singleton made it 14. Madrid played a lot of zone defense and did not allow the hosts to get into a rhythm. A floater by Calathes made it 21-19 after 10 minutes, and James hit a triple to push the margin to 26-19 early in the second. Madrid answered with a 0-7 run that included a three from Rudy Fernandez. A wide-open three from Jaycee Carroll gave Madrid a 33-35 edge, but Rivers had a three-pointer and a three-point play on back-to-back possession to restore the lead for the Greens, who went into halftime up 43-41. After the break, Rivers scored twice and Feldeine had a pair of baskets, including a steal that led to a fastbreak dunk and a 53-48 lead. Threes from Doncic and Randolph put Madrid back in front as the visitor took a 55-58 lead before Feldeine hit a triple at the buzzer to tie the game going into the final 10 minutes. The teams traded blows early in the fourth, and an alley-oop dunk from Hunter gave Madrid a 64-66 edge. But Nikos Pappas scored on a fast break, Singleton nailed a three-pointer and James scored a driving layup to give the Greens a 75-69 advantage . A triple from Fernandez got the visitors within 77-74, but James hit a three-pointer with 63 seconds remaining, and Singleton broke free for a dunk with 45 seconds left, making it 82-76 before him and Ioannis Bourousis sealed the deal from the free throw line.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

1999 World Cup Reunion


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them.  Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST.    Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner.  While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation.  We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance.     To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and chrissy.brockway@austouch.com.au   Related Filesflyer-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaer


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Robson praises caretaker Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson has sung the praises of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Robson has been with the squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week and praised the way Solskjaer is getting the best out of them.“Since he’s come into the club he’s been really positive with what he’s been saying and the way he wants the team to play,” said Robson.“The atmosphere seems to be really upbeat around the squad and they’re enjoying the type of work he’s doing. “Obviously, winning five games on the bounce is great for confidence and put a smile back on everyone’s faces.” last_img read more

18 days agoHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the manager


first_imgHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Power Rankings After Week 5


first_imgESPN power rankings for teams ranked 2 through 4 for week 6 of the season.The Coaches Poll received a major shakeup, and the AP promises to do the same after a wild week five, but neither replaced the nation’s top team. ESPN’s College Football Power Rankings, however, did just that. After struggling at Indiana, Ohio State falls a few spots, replaced at the top by Utah, which continues to benefit from its dominant Oregon win. The Big 12 powers Baylor and TCU also look good, after both put up points in bunches on Saturday.Here are the full rankings: Utah New HelmetTwitter/@UtesEquipment1. Utah2. TCU3. Baylor4. Ohio State5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. OklahomaT-9. Texas A&MT-9. Florida11. Alabama12. Northwestern13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Ole Miss17. MichiganT-18. UCLAT-18. USC20. Georgia21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Boise StateT-25. TempleT-25. HoustonHow did ESPN do this week, fans?last_img read more

Advocates say Quebec Alzheimers slaying highlights need for caregiver support


first_imgMONTREAL — Advocates for caregivers are hopeful the case of a Montreal man who killed his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife in what was described as an act of desperation, will shed some light on the plight of those struggling to care for relatives suffering from the disease.Michel Cadotte was sentenced Tuesday to two years less a day in jail for the 2017 suffocation killing of his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, who was in a long-term care facility. A jury had found him guilty earlier this year of manslaughter. He had told the court he couldn’t handle watching her suffer.The culmination of the case will hopefully alert the public to the daily struggles faced by primary caregivers, particularly those who are taking care of relatives stricken with Alzheimer’s, said Sylvie Grenier of the Quebec Federation of Alzheimer’s Societies.Grenier, who testified for the defence at sentencing, said the Cadotte case highlights the fact that relatives caring for patients with the neurodegenerative disease need to be looked after as well.“What the federation wants the public to retain from this, is all the distress faced by those who get the disease — the victim and their family,” Grenier said Wednesday. “We must support the person with the disease as well as all of those around them.”In Quebec, an estimated 145,000 people are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and it’s a number that’s expected to spike to 260,000 by 2025.“We’re not ready for this,” said Grenier, adding that various agencies and groups are working to organize social and support services, medical care and day centres to deal with what she described as a “tsunami” of cases that are coming.Cadotte’s sentence was merited and must be denounced, Grenier said. But, she added, the case reveals how family members caring for sick relatives often live in isolation.“For those who are lucky enough not to deal with it, the impact of this disease is not something they can appreciate,” Grenier said. “They can’t understand the impact it can have on the level of distress in people.”Melanie Perroux, co-ordinator of the Regroupement des Aidants Naturels Du Quebec — an organization that represents caregivers, said she hopes the Cadotte case gives people pause to consider how taxing caregiving can be.“I think it shows us how we forget how complicated it is to take on this role and to be a caregiver on a daily basis,” Perroux said. “I really hope that within families where there are caregivers, people will stop to ask the principal caregiver: ‘How can I help you today? Can I do something for you?.”Political reaction was muted in Quebec City Wednesday. Senior ministers assigned to health and to seniors did not want to comment on the matter.Justice Minister Sonia LeBel wouldn’t comment directly on the Cadotte ruling because of the possibility of appeals.“There’s probably a societal debate to be had,” LeBel told reporters. “We can talk about how this type of situation doesn’t arise again, because there’s a sad situation at its core, the judge highlighted that in her judgment.”Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Notorious Moroccan Hacker Arrested in Thailand


first_imgRabat – Farid Essebar, a notorious Moroccan-Russian hacker wanted by the authorities in Switzerland, was arrested on Tuesday by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok.  He is accused of cracking Switzerland Bank’s computers and websites.Farid Essebar, who has dual Moroccan-Russian nationality, was detained in Bangkok last week by officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), according to the Bangkok Post news website.  Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the International Cases and International Crime Division, said that authorities had arrested the suspect at a condominium on Rama IV Road.“Thailand will send him to Switzerland within 90 days in accordance with the extradition agreement” between Switzerland and Thailand,’’ he added. The 27-year-old Moroccan-Russian citizen was arrested on suspicion of taking part in a cyber crime which involved cracking banking systems and hacking into online banking websites.  The breach was reported to have resulted in $4 billion worth of damage to customers in Europe in 2011.Police are reportedly searching for two other gang members involved in the breach.In an interview with the Bangkok Post, the DSI official said that Swiss police had alerted Thai authorities “to their hunt for the hacker through their embassy in Bangkok after receiving information that he and three other gang members had come to Thailand.”“DSI officials and police tracked Essebar for about two years until they were certain that he was the one on the wanted list by Switzerland,” he added.This is not the first time Essebar was arrested. In 2006, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading the Zotob computer worm that targeted Windows 2000 operating systems in 2005. Among the affected were CNN, ABC News, the New York Times, Caterpillar, United Parcel Service, Boeing and also the United States Department of Homeland Security.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_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

Mens Basketball Ohio State faces toughest challenge to date against No 5


Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerSince playing Michigan on Dec. 4, Ohio State (10-3, 2-0 Big Ten) has dominated three straight nonconference opponents, scoring at least 80 points and allowing no more than 67 points in any game. The Buckeyes will not find their next matchup quite as easy. They travel to New Orleans to play No. 5 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Here is a rundown of what to expect out of that game.Projected StartersUNC:G — Joel Berry II — Senior, 6-foot, 195 lbs., 17.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, G — Kenny Williams — Junior, 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apgG/F — Theo Pinson — Senior, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.7 apgF — Garrison Brooks — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 215 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Luke Maye — Junior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.3 apgOhio State:G — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apgG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting UNCOhio State has played a ranked opponent only once this season, and it was an 86-59 loss to now-No. 12 Gonzaga. The team it faces Saturday might be even better than that Bulldog squad. According to Kenpom.com, North Carolina is the No. 11 team in the nation, one spot ahead of Gonzaga. The Tar Heels have handled a few quality teams to this point, beating Stanford 96-72, Michigan 86-71 and No. 21 Tennessee 78-73. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in watching the film of those wins, it is clear North Carolina is a team that should be making a return trip to the Final Four in 2018.“There’s a reason they’re the No. 5 team in the country,” Holtmann said Thursday. “We’ve watched them play both home and away, they were up on Michigan by 30 with 10 minutes to go. They just can be really, really explosive. Obviously they have a terrific win at Tennessee. Every time you’re watching them play, you’re trying to evaluate things.”But while North Carolina has several big wins on its resume, it also has several standout losses. In its first real test of the season, it was beat down by now-No. 2 Michigan State 63-45, and lost to Wofford 79-75 Wednesday night. The Tar Heels tend to be one of the more dominant teams in the nation across the board, ranking as both a top-20 team by KenPom in both adjusted offensive efficiency (No. 14) and adjusted defensive efficiency (No. 19). But there is one area that could bode well for the Buckeyes. When Ohio State struggles, it is because it gets into turnover trouble. According to KenPom, Ohio State ranks No. 173 in offensive turnover rate. But the Tar Heels have not been a team to force many turnovers this season, ranking only 267th in defensive turnover rate. In North Carolina’s loss to Wofford, it forced just 10 turnovers and scored eight points off those turnovers. But that is one of the only matchups that looks favorable for the Buckeyes. The Tar Heels typically run a zone defense, a scheme that has caused Ohio State fits offensively all season.The Buckeyes also have not dealt with up-tempo teams well. The three teams that have beaten Ohio State — Gonzaga, Butler and Clemson — average just 16.8 seconds per offensive possession this season. The three Power Five teams Ohio State has beaten — Wisconsin, Michigan and Stanford — average 18.2 seconds per offensive possession. The Tar Heels are the seventh-fastest team in the nation on offense, taking just 14.4 seconds on every offensive possession. Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate said the team has spent extensive time at practice this week working on transition defense in anticipation for North Carolina’s faster offense.“The way they get the ball up the court so fast even on made-baskets, going to be key trying to make them play in the half-court is basically what we’re going to have to try to do,” Tate said.How will UNC rebound from its loss to Wofford?Both Ohio State and North Carolina wrapped up relatively easy nonconference stretches of their schedules before the upcoming trip to New Orleans. But unlike Ohio State, North Carolina could not handle its business against Wofford, losing 79-75.Wofford shot 43.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc overall, but was exceptional in the second half. The Terriers shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, while also maintaining a 40 percent 3-point success rate with 6-of-15 makes. The Tar Heels, by comparison, shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range during the game. North Carolina, not known to be a 3-point shooting team, fell behind to Wofford and tried to make it all back up in bulk, but went just 5-for-16 from beyond the arc in the second half.The loss to a 25-point underdog could do one or two things to a team: it could serve as sufficient motivation to play as hard as possible the next time out or it could drag down morale. Holtmann and the Buckeyes are preparing for the former, reflecting on how the Tar Heels responded to its first loss of the season to Michigan State.“After they came back from getting beat by Michigan State, they were phenomenal against Michigan and it was incredible. Like I said, up 30 midway through the second half. I think any time you have a veteran team, that’s typically what happens,” Holtmann said. “You look at it, you say, ‘Absolutely, I’m pretty confident that we’re going to get their very best.’”Prediction:UNC wins 76-68 read more

Rooney Exciting times ahead at DC United


first_imgWayne Rooney reckons that there are exciting times ahead for DC United after surpassing his expectations for this seasonThe former England captain joined the MLS outfit from Everton in June and made an immediate impact in Washington.DC went from being last in the Eastern Conference to a fourth-place finish and progressed to the playoff semi-finals, where they lost to Columbus Crew on penalties.However, on the back being named in the MLS Best XI for 2018, Rooney is predicting a bright future for DC.“We went on a great run, making the playoffs and finishing fourth in the league,” said Rooney, according to Flow Sports.“At the time I joined I don’t think we really expected to finish that high up. Obviously disappointed to go out on penalty kicks.“We’ve set foundations now. We’re looking to build on the momentum we’ve built up. We’ll try and start the season well next season and try to kick on.”Rooney added: “Did I think we would go on the run we did?“Probably not, but the team grew, as a team and as individuals, and showed great character to help us get there.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“The way we ended the season was an exciting time for the team and fans and it leads to an exciting time coming up.“This has to be the marker we’ve put down to improve on. It’s on us as players and on the club to move forward and that’s what we’ll be looking to try to do.“It’s early to put down expectations and we don’t know what’s going to happen with players coming in and players going out.“Once we know what our squad is we can start to set goals for the season, but we need to move forward and our first goal has to be to make the playoffs.”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC this season.2018 MLS Best XIGoalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew)Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders).Midfielders: Luciano Acosta (DC United), Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC).Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta United), Wayne Rooney (DC United).last_img read more

Revitalizing Grand Bahama – Letter of Intent Signed for Our Lucayan Properties


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 23, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Government received a mandate from the Bahamian people and the people of Grand Bahama to restore economic health and vitality to the economy of Grand Bahama.  Over the past several months we have made positive steps to improve Grand Bahama’s economy.  However, the island’s recovery will not be complete until the full opening and development of the Our Lucayan strip properties.While this process has taken longer than the Government would have liked, significant progress has been made.I am therefore pleased to inform Grand Bahamians and the nation that today my office has been informed that the owners of the hotel strip have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Paul Wynn.   This is a very important formal step toward the completion of the sale.The Government will now enter the approval stage and enter formal discussions with Paul Wynn on a Heads of Agreement, which will detail the future development of the hotel strip.   We expect this process to be completed within the next month to two months.The Government is very hopeful that this important formal step will lead to the full renovation, opening and redevelopment of the entire strip in early part of 2018, helping to bring much needed economic growth and jobs to Grand Bahama, which will also help to boost the national economy.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

It took a lot of guts Manuel Akanji


first_imgThe Swiss defender says his overjoyed about how Borussia Dortmund managed to come from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in Der KlassikerIn his first season with German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji is overjoyed after the 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.“It took a lot of guts, especially in the second half when you consider how many chances we had. We never gave in, we never stopped fighting,” he told the club’s official website.“To score 3 goals against Bayern is not bad at all. To concede two goals is a little too much. Our strength is that we can always turn it around. We proved that again this time.”borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“The Bavarians played at pace in the first half and you could detect that in the pressing. They had a lot of aggression,” he added.“The coach said at halftime that they wouldn’t be able to maintain that over 90 minutes and you could see that.”“They didn’t play the same way in the second half as they had in the first and neither did we, but we had a bit more in the tank,” he continued.“It’s only done when we’re done. The game is never done and dusted, we can fight until the last minute and we can turn it around. That is a good mentality.”last_img read more

Six flurelated deaths reported last week bringing seasons total to 308


first_img Posted: March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A half-dozen influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season’s total to 308 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country. At this time last year, 72 deaths had been reported.There were 682 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, up from 602 the week before. That brings this season’s total to 19,483, compared to 4,956 at this time last season, according to county data.The number of influenza cases being reported is still elevated, a sign that the flu is still here and making people sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “People should continue getting vaccinated.”Wooten has extended until April 30 an order for unvaccinated health care professionals to wear a mask while they’re in patient care areas. She said she may need to extend the order further if flu activity remains elevated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Six flu-related deaths reported last week bringing season’s total to 308last_img read more

People on the Move


first_img Jennifer Prandato recently joined the team as a freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer. She was previously a design intern at The Boston Globe and worked as a graphics reporter for the Chicago Tribune during the Olympics. Group editor Clare McHugh has added Sunset and This Old House to her existing portfolio of Health and All You. Carrie Gee recently started as a senior art director and will help shape upcoming redesign efforts. She was most recently the design director of AdWeek. Timothy Clark joins as a full-time contributor. He had served as editor-in-chief, publisher and president of Government Executive previously, and will continue in his role as editor-at-large at the publication while contributing to Route Fifty. Time added a few new additions and promotions to their art department: Eric Markowitz joins as senior writer for the technology team. He will cover the deep web, the sharing economy and the issues surrounding the intersection of technology and society. Brad Dunn was named SVP, chief digital officer for Athlon Media Group/Parade. Dunn had been executive editor of Parade when it was owned by Advance Publications, and had been serving as a consultant for Athlon since the group was purchased from Advance in September. IBT Media announced additions to its’ newsroom: The Competitor Group announced new senior leadership: Chelsea Kardokus has been promoted to assistant art director. She came to Time in 2013 and has since art directed the Smart Home special issue, 2015 Future Issue and is in the midst of this year’s TIME100. Owen Davis joins the business team as a financial writer covering Wall Street and its connections to everyday financial concerns such as retirement planning. Mashable has hired two reporters for new beats at the company: Atlantic Media’s new local government publication, Route Fifty, has hired three editorial staffers ahead of its spring launch:center_img David Yi was named Fashion Reporter. He’d worked as a regular contributor to GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Fashionista, and had been a writer at WWD. Josh Furlow was named president, overseeing all of CGI’s global business. Furlow was previously the executive VP of events and he joined the CGI team back in 2011 as VP of operations. Bill Lucia was hired as a reporter. Lucia had been with the Inside U.S. Trade newsletter. Miriam Kramer was named Space Reporter. She’d been a staff writer at Space.com previously. Wendy Godoy joined the executive team as CAO and CFO. She previously served as senior VP and CFO of Terramar Retail Centers and has more than 30 years of financial management experience. Sid Evans will deepen his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living, working closely with Marcoux in her new role. Steele Marcoux is the new editor of Coastal Living. She will be focused on expanding the brand across digital, social and video platforms as well as leveraging the power of the brand’s audience. Dave Nyzcepir was named news editor. He had most recently been writing for the Desert Sun newspaper. Allison Duda was promoted to associate art director. She has been at Time since 2012, and started as an art department intern several years earlier. Time Inc. announced that Coastal Living’s Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer is leaving to pursue new opportunities. Several new staff changes accompany her departure: Cole Stangler joins the business team as staff writer. He will cover labor and the workplace, focusing on the nature of the changing workplace.last_img read more

Dating app 3Fun had users data location and pictures exposed report says


first_img Now playing: Watch this: 3:59 Dating app 3Fun’s lax security measures reportedly made it easy to find its 1.5 million users’ personal data.  Screenshot Dating app 3Fun, which describes itself as an app designed “for meeting local kinky, open-minded people for 3some & swinger lifestyle” and claims over 1.5 million users, appears to have been open to more than just relationships. In a new post from security firm Pen Test Partners this week, it also apparently exposed sensitive user data including the “near real time location” of its members, their photos and information including birthdates, sexual preferences and chats. In short, the firm called the app a “privacy train wreck,” adding “how many relationships or careers could be ended through this data being exposed?”Available on iOS and Android, the app’s Google Play page lists it as having over 100,000 installs. Best dating apps of 2019 According to Pen Test’s findings, which were shared and verified by TechCrunch, getting some of the data was as simple as spoofing a GPS location in the app, which then pulled up information of users nearby. The results included finding members located in the Supreme Court and the White House, though the exact information on those users wasn’t revealed, and the report notes it’s possible somebody was spoofing their own location to appear as if they were in those government buildings. Pen Test says it reached out to 3Fun on July 1 to let them know about the holes, writing that the company responded “Thanks for your kindly reminding. We will fix the problems as soon as possible. Do you have any suggestion? Regards, The 3Fun Team.”The research firm says they did make some suggestions and that 3Fun “took action fairly quickly and resolved the problem.” In a statement, the company acknowledged the issues and says it will work to make its app safer going forward. “We sincerely apologize about the vulnerability. We took the action immediately,” the company told CNET. “Security updates to 3Fun’s API, servers and mobile application were made on July 2nd and a new, more secure version of the app was released on July 8th. We will focus on updating our product to make it safer.”Originally published August 9 at 10:08 a.m. PT. Updated August 12 at 8:00 a.m. PT: Added 3Fun comment.   Tags 0center_img Share your voice How Facebook Dating works Security Post a comment 13 Photoslast_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

Schoolgirl raped


first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by her former ‘boyfriend’ at Jalirpar union in Muksudpur upazila in Gopalganj, reports UNB.The victim alleged that she recently broke up an affair with Sohag Mallik, a student of Kaligram Banga Ratna College.Out of vengeance, he picked her up on Tuesday night when she went outside to fetch water from a tube-well.Sohag took the girl to a bush and forced her to drink liquor. Later, he violated the girl and fled, leaving her unconscious.On Wednesday morning, the victim regained her senses and narrated the brutality to her family members. Later, she was taken to Sadar hospital.Physician Shamima Islam at the hospital said they carried out the medical test on the victim and it will be known after getting the report whether she was raped.However, no case was filed in this regard.last_img read more

N Korea to expel US citizen for illegal entry


first_imgUS president Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un after they signed documents that acknowledged the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea has decided to expel a US citizen who illegally entered the country last month, Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency said Friday.The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on 16 October, it said.”While being questioned, he said he had illegally entered the country under the command of the US Central Intelligence Agency,” KCNA said.”Relevant authorities have decided to expel him from the country,” it added.A man with the same name was arrested in South Korea while trying to sneak over the inter-Korean border in November last year.Byron, who is in his late 50s and from Louisiana, was later deported back to the US.Media reports said he told South Korean officials he sought to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States, although he is a private citizen.It is rare for North Korea to release an American detainee so swiftly and it comes amid stalled negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.”This gesture means the North wants to keep up momentum for dialogue with the US,” professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP.From journalists to missionaries, most Americans held by North Korea have been released after high-profile interventions.The reclusive regime freed three US detainees in May in an apparent goodwill gesture before a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump in Singapore.The three men travelled home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and were greeted by Trump on their arrival at an air base near Washington.Currently, there are no known US detainees held by the rigid communist state.The latest release also came after fresh allegations emerged last month that Otto Warmbier, a US student who died after being held in the North, was tortured in custody.The 22-year-old was jailed in the North for more than a year and was released in a comatose state in 2017 but died shortly after returning home.The exact cause of his death remains unknown but a recent US media report claimed there was new evidence that he was beaten by the regime.The director of the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital — which treated Warmbier — slammed the allegations as a “total distortion of the truth” in October.North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier and claims he contracted botulism in detention.At their historic Singapore summit, Trump and Kim signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula.Progress has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document.Also on Friday, KCNA reported that Kim had overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”.It marked the first official report of a weapons test by North Korea since it began the delicate diplomatic process with Washington.last_img

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

Researchers find blocking Internet pirating sites is not effective


first_img Citation: Researchers find blocking Internet pirating sites is not effective (2013, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-blocking-internet-pirating-sites-effective.html Credit: Tobias Lauinger et al. Researchers find most BitTorrent users being monitored Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. There has been a lot of press coverage of pirating on the Internet and corporate efforts to stop it, yet to date, the researchers note, very little if any research has been conducted to determine if the methods used are effective. To find out for themselves, the team began monitoring the availably of thousands of files spread across the Internet via popular file-hosting sites. They noted that as sites were blocked, availability of certain files dropped, but only for a short time – soon other sites picked up the slack and the files formerly found on the blocked site soon became available on other hosting sites, making the blocking action moot.As part of their research, the team also noted that the shutdown of the wildly popular Megaupload site did little to curb the spread of content that users had previously found there. They suggest that if anything, shutting down arguably the most popular file sharing site on the Internet led to a more fractured landscape, with many more small sites sharing files, making stopping piracy even more difficult. The researchers also counted the number of file-sharing sites that are believed to currently host pirated content and found over 10,000 domain names covering more than 5,000 IP addresses.After analyzing their data, the research team concluded that blocking file-hosting sites is ineffective and the practice has done little to lessen the number of illegally shared files available for download from such sites. They suggest that taking away the ability to process payments from such services would likely be much more effective, though they also note the difficulty content providers might find in separating legitimate file-hosting sites from those that share pirated material. Another approach they suggest is that a more reasonable alternative be created that reduces demand, similar to the model that has been created for downloadable music. © 2013 Phys.org More information: Clickonomics: Determining the Effect of Anti-Piracy Measures for One-Click Hosting (paper PDF) (Phys.org)—Researchers at Boston’s Northeastern University have conducted a study on the effectiveness of anti-piracy measures taken by content providers to deter the illegal sharing of files on the Internet. Their research shows that tactics such as blocking sites by seizing domains names does little to curb the sharing of protected files. They suggest that providers instead focus on blocking the income stream such sites generate.last_img read more