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Indonesia launches media blitz about avian flu

first_imgSep 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia launched a month-long, nationwide media campaign today to warn people to take precautions against H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.Public service announcements on radio and television will urge people to wash their hands after contact with poultry, keep birds out of living areas, and cook poultry products thoroughly, according to a Bloomberg News report. People are also being urged to report sick birds to authorities and to seek treatment for illnesses that follow contact with poultry.”We want bird flu to become part of history,” said Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of the country’s avian flu commission, as quoted in an Associated Press article in the Jakarta Post today.The campaign is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Japanese government and supported by the World Health Organization, Bloomberg reported.A UNICEF official in Indonesia, Gianfranco Rotigliano, warned that the government faces a “huge challenge” in trying to teach the rural population about avian flu, given the country’s great size and many ethnic groups, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.The government said last month that about 30 million families keep backyard chickens, and during avian flu containment efforts, many refuse to turn in their birds despite offers of compensation, AFP reported.Indonesia has had 60 human cases of H5N1 infection, 46 of them fatal, the second highest case count (after Vietnam) and the highest death toll.In other news, Chinese officials are seeking 500 volunteers for the second clinical trial of an H5N1 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., AFP reported yesterday.No serious adverse reactions were reported among 120 volunteers who participated in the first trial of the vaccine, officials announced earlier this week.The Beijing Youth Daily said the aim of the second trial is to see how long the vaccine’s protective effect lasts, according to AFP.Sinovac announced this week that it plans to produce 20 million doses of the vaccine annually over the next few years, AFP reported.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProhibition disaster continues with potRegarding the Jan. 19 opinion column, “Is marijuana the next Prohibition battle?” I’m surprised it took so long for two college professors to question the federal government’s hypocrisy.For 83 years now, powerful politicians have refused to end our costly, unjustifiable war against female cannabis flowers.  In discussing alcohol Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, Donald Boudreaux and Adam Pritchard made their own “important omission,” that of the major role played afterward by one mean federal bureaucrat  named Harry Anslinger.In 1937, Anslinger cemented his reputation as a purveyor of nonsense regarding female cannabis flowers at a committee hearing in the U.S. Congress. Citing biased newspaper articles as evidence, he testified that “marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”Basically, the same Puritanical fervor that resulted in a constitutional ban of alcoholic products later emboldened Anslinger, the first federal drug czar, to arbitrarily impose anti-“marihuana” spending on the states. (That’s been the legal spelling all these decades.)Today, with more than 30 of 50 states openly defying the federal ban, it is now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who exercises the power to do nothing but prolong that total waste of our tax dollars.Anslinger must be delighted in his grave by the public policy disaster that he instituted.Lawrence GoodwinMiltonPolice need access  to records for safetyI rarely agree with your left leaning editorial page, but I enjoyed a vacation from that position on January 15. Your stance on the “Green Light” law is entirely correct.Good decisions require the best, accurate information one can gather before making such decisions.Denying the latest, accurate information to law enforcement personnel in any potentially dangerous situation is a disgrace. The first and primary function of government at federal, state and local levels is protection of the citizenry. The “Green Light” law throws that principle in the trash.“Green Light,” bail reform…what’s next? Voters, wake up.New York state is one of the  50 United States of America, a constitutional federal republic, and cannot and should not expect to enjoy the benefits of the republic of which it is part while rejecting the responsibilities.As you well know, the assault on your position has already begun. Stand firm.Greg SheyonGlenvilleCivics education vital to future citizenshipThe Jan. 13 Gazette (“Earning the ‘gold standard’”) reported on a recent proposal to the state Board of Regents that would give high school graduates the opportunity to earn a “seal of civic readiness” on their diploma, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge of social studies and civic participation.Just 24% of eighth-graders who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress civics exam in 2018 were deemed proficient in civics.Preparing and encouraging students to participate in their government and their community are important components of our responsibility to educate our children.Research has proven that students’ community service and experience outside the classroom are critical to their learning and preparation for college, career and life.Teenagers engaged in civics make greater scholastic progress during high school and acquire higher levels of education than their otherwise similar peers.The likelihood of college graduation is 22% higher for students who participated in high school community service to fulfill class requirements.As the Regents consider updating graduation requirements, I urge them to ensure that civic readiness and engagement are included.At Passport for Good, we measure the positive impact of student engagement outside the classroom in participation-in-government classes, honor societies and community service activities in schools across the state. We see firsthand the positive impact such engagement has on students, their schools and communities.New York should adopt measures to ensure students and their parents understand that such engagement is an important part of long-term success and the development of good citizens.Gayle FarmanBethlehemThe writer is founder of Passport for Good.More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Premier League launches reporting system for online abuse

first_imgPlayers, managers and coaching staff will be able to flag up serious discriminatory online abuse through a dedicated reporting system, the Premier League announced on Wednesday.Targeting direct messages received on social media platforms, the Premier League says the central rapid response reporting system could lead to legal action where appropriate.”Online discriminatory abuse is unacceptable in any walk of life and tackling this issue must be a priority,” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said on Wednesday. “The Premier League will not tolerate discriminatory behavior in any form and we, alongside The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA will continue to challenge major social media companies that fail to do enough to block offensive discriminatory material and identify and ban offenders from their platforms.”The growth of social media has fuelled discriminatory abuse of footballers in recent years.Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have both been victims while Watford’s Troy Deeney claims he was ignored when he reported monkey emojis directed at him on social media.Former Manchester United player and now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville last year urged players to boycott social media.Since the restart of the Premier League this month, players have shown strong support for the Black Lives Matter campaign. Topics : “There are too many instances of footballers and their families receiving appalling discriminatory messages; nobody should have to deal with this.”Each case will be will be reviewed, reported to the relevant social media company and investigated.Masters highlighted the racist abuse recently received online by former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, saying the new system will help track down the perpetrator.”The Premier League strongly condemns this deeply offensive behavior. We immediately implemented our reporting system and will support Ian in any endeavor to bring the offenders to justice,” Masters said.last_img read more

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Drug-driving testing: ‘If it saves one life, it’s worth it’

first_imgStuff 28 October 2018Family First Comment: AA figures show last year drug-drivers were involved in 79 fatal crashes, topping the 70 drink-drivers. That number increased from 14 drugged drivers in fatal crashes in 2013, to 59 in 2016.“The driver.. smoked meth and cannabis in the hour before the truck slid off the road.”#saynopetodopewww.VoteNo.nzA woman whose son was killed by a driver on methamphetamine is disappointed a bill allowing roadside drug-driving tests has been thrown out.The bill would introduce random roadside saliva drug tests, but was voted out after its first reading in Parliament last week, with 56 votes for and 63 against.Christchurch woman Lee-ann Forster said random drug testing could prevent crashes like the one that killed her son.“I’m all for drug testing, even if it saves one life it would be worth it,” Forster said.Forster’s son Dylan Sutton, 24, was in the front passenger seat of a four-wheel-drive that flipped into a vineyard near Blenheim in March 2017.The driver i, Blenheim man Stewart Holdem, smoked meth and cannabis in the hour before the truck slid off the road.Holdem was found guilty of manslaughter and two counts of dangerous driving causing injury, and sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment in July.READ MORE: read more

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Village councilman jailed for owning unlicensed gun

first_imgThe 32-year-old Harold Tablazon wascaught after the police raided his house on the strength of a search warrantaround 6 a.m. on Dec. 7. Upon his arrest, police recovered fromTablazon a .45-caliber gun with several live bullets.   The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Tubungan police station. ILOILO City – For owning an unlicensedgun, a village councilman was arrested in Barangay Ago, Tubungan, Iloilo. center_img Theweapon was confiscated after Tablazon failed to present its license. Charges for violation of Republic Act10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act will befiled against him./PNlast_img read more

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Week One Football

first_imgHigh school football kicked off another season last Friday night.  Both Batesville and Oldenburg Academy are off to winning starts.  For the second year Twisters, it is the second win for this young program and a great way to start their second season.  All of the EIAC teams had their first games as well.  It is too early to say who is going to be the best in 2014.Winning for the EIAC was Batesville, Franklin County, and South Dearborn.  The surprise of the night was South Dearborn winning in overtime over Lawrenceburg.  Former BHS athlete Chris Nobbe’s Knights won their opening game this year after failing to win a game last year.  East Central lost to a tough Campbell County Kentucky team, and Greensburg lost their opener to Shelbyville.The two newest members of the EIAC both lost their openers as well.  Rushville fell to Batesville’s next opponent, Milan, and Connersville lost to Richmond.  From the closeness of a lot of these scores, it appears it will be a few weeks before we know who are the teams to beat in the EIAC.  Tune in next week to see how they are do.last_img read more

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Laudrup warning for Swans

first_imgMichael Laudrup has warned Swansea they must retain their motivation until the end of the season despite having already secured silverware and 40 Premier League points. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Arsenal, courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho, was Swansea’s second defeat in the three games since their Capital One Cup final success over Bradford. The Swans have not added to their league tally since reaching the 40-point mark which is generally seen to earmark safety, and Laudrup said: “It is important to always try – as individuals and a team – to find motivation in each game. We compete at the highest level, even in training everyone wants to win.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “If you want to move on and have that ambition to move higher in the coming years, you have to be up for every game. “Even if you have done well yesterday, you have to do well today and tomorrow, but I cannot say anything about the attitude of this team. They have been excellent. “The three games since the final have all been tight. “Against Newcastle and West Brom a draw could have been a fair result and this game could have been 0-0. “So in terms of points it would have been the same, but I would have preferred three draws to one win and two defeats. “But it’s part of our education. It is not often a smaller club is in this situation. To have 10 or 11 games before the end of the season, and already have a trophy and 40 points, but we have to carry on. “Some of my players may end up at a top club one day, and then they will need to win every game, so we have to stay motivated.” last_img read more

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During coronavirus isolation, family recreates Pirates of the Caribbean ride in their house.

first_imgIf you can’t go to Disney’s theme parks, then just build your own.As many families are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic by going through a period of self isolation, many are finding unique ways to spend their time. With the Disney parks closed, one family decided to recreate one of the company’s most famous rides in their living room.last_img

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Flamengo clinch first win of Brazilian Serie A season

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO: Uruguay international midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta struck a first-half goal as defending champions Flamengo secured their first win of the Brazilian Serie A season with a 1-0 victory at Coritiba.On Saturday, De Arrascaeta put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute after latching on to a Bruno Henrique pass and firing a shot beyond goalkeeper Wilson Rodrigues from a tight angle, reports Xinhua news agency. It represented a welcome return to form for the 26-year-old, who started Flamengo’s last match – a 3-0 loss at Atletico Goias – on the substitutes’ bench. The hosts were reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark when midfielder Rene Junior was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Joao Lucas. The result at Couto Pereira stadium marked Flamengo’s first win under their Catalan manager Domenec Torrent, who was appointed just a week before the start of the Serie A season after the departure of Jorge Jesus. Flamengo were left 10th in the 20-team standings with one win and two losses while Coritiba remained last with three defeats. Earlier on Saturday, Corinthians held hosts Gremio to a goalless draw in the southern city of Porto Alegre. IANS ALSO WATCH: BREAKFAST NEWS | 17 AUG, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: Table tennis events to return in November

first_img September 4, 2020 More AP sports: and The Latest: Table tennis events to return in November The International Table Tennis Federation says World Cup events for men and women will be held in China after the country took over hosting duties from Germany and Thailand.The Chinese table tennis federation says “we are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table.”The ITTF froze the world rankings in April when all international competitions were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 16 top-ranked men and women will compete at the ITTF Finals. World Cup events will have 20-player lineups of no more than two from each country.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Table tennis events will return in China in November. Associated Press last_img read more

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RCB come up short as Mumbai deny AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers and Virat Kohli joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) party yesterday but it was not enough to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to victory over Mumbai Indians.After failing in the opening loss to Chennai Super Kings, both men found their form in Bangalore as RCB looked set to claim their first win.However, the hosts fell agonisingly short as Jasprit Bumrah (3-20) and Lasith Malinga (0-47) bowled superbly at the death to earn Mumbai a six-run triumph.Mumbai set a challenging target after they were put in, captain Rohit Sharma leading the way with some trademark hitting but falling two short of a half-century.Hardik Pandya, Yuvraj Singh and Quinton de Kock all followed their captain’s lead as Mumbai reached 187-8 from their 20 overs, only the control of Yuzvendra Chahal (4-38) keeping them in check.Chahal’s work with the ball seemed to have been enough as Kohli – who reached 5 000 IPL runs as he made 46 – and de Villiers led the run chase, the pair sharing 49 for the third Villiers was given a life by Yuvraj early on and he quickly took advantage, upping the pace, following Kohli’s departure to finish unbeaten on 70. However it left RCB just short.Bumrah bowled a penultimate over that only went for five to leave RCB needing 17 to win, and Malinga – playing his first IPL match since May 2017 – ensured they would not reach it as the hosts finished 181-5.BANGALORE’S BRILLIANCE ON THE BOUNDARYMumbai’s big-hitters delivered some devastating blows to the RCB bowlers but in the end they were all snared on the boundary by some superb fielding.Rohit and Yuvraj cleared the ropes four times between them but ultimately they perished before being able to inflict serious damage as Mohammed Siraj took two fine catches.The dangerous Kieron Pollard went before clicking into gear as West Indies compatriot Shimron Hetmyer clung on at deep extra cover.Hardik could not be stopped, though, with three huge maximums, including one that flew out of the ground.YUVRAJ’S RELIEFMumbai’s win could have been less stressful had Yuvraj sent de Villiers packing on his first ball.Buoyed from removing Parthiv Patel, Mayank Markande pushed through his next delivery and it brought an edge from de Villiers, but Yuvraj spilled the chance at first slip.Luckily for the veteran it did not prove costly as Mumbai earned their first win.last_img read more

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Super Falcon Coach, Dennerby Seeks Revenge against South Africa

first_imgAWCON 2018Femi Solaja with agency reportSuper Falcons Coach, Thomas Dennerby is already looking beyond the final match against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa as he expresses optimism that his wards are in good shape to handle three solid opponent. Thomas Dennerby Moments after it was confirmed that Nigeria will go head long against the same opponent that had beaten in the tournament, the coach expressed satisfaction as he hoped to get his revenge this Saturday in the final match.The Swede tactician was on his feet for most of the semi final against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in Accra on Tuesday, which exhausted the statutory regulation and extra time and then went into penalty shoot –out before the Cup holders inched past their bitter rivals into the final and a place in France.“This is a dream final but when we arrived in Ghana, we made it clear our first target was the ticket to the World Cup, and after that, retaining the trophy. Now, we have achieved our first target. On Saturday, we have the opportunity of achieving our second target. We will go in there and give it our best shot and take the trophy back to Nigeria.“Sincerely, I was not happy with our performance in the first 20 minutes of the match. We lost the ball too many times; we were too anxious and the defenders and midfielders couldn’t contribute to the attack. However, the positive from this tournament is our defence is very good. We have a compact team and that is why we made it today. Going to the World Cup, we need to improve the way we attack. We need to create chances and make the best use of the opportunities that come our way,” he explained.In a related development, the First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi has declared Tuesday’s battling win over Cameroon and the accompanying qualification for the FIFA World Cup and the Women’s AFCON Final as justification by the Super Falcons of the NFF’s confidence in the team.“I feel elated, and I am sure that my colleagues on the board of the NFF will feel the same way anywhere they are presently. The NFF has always had confidence in the Super Falcons and we are happy we got this World Cup ticket.“It was not easy and it could not have been easy, as that was a semi final match (against Cameroon). The Cameroonians were the hosts in 2016 when we beat them in front of a capacity crowd to retain the trophy, so they came with every ounce of strength and tactical knowledge to try and gain revenge. But champions would always be champions and we overpowered them.”On the preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France, the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association and Member, CAF Youth Competitions Committee said told that there would be no half measures.“The FIFA World Cup is the FIFA World Cup, and we must put in place a proper and comprehensive preparatory programme for the Super Falcons. We must utilize all the available FIFA windows for the team to play friendlies.“After the final match on Saturday, the NFF will ask Coach Thomas Dennerby to submit his program and we will take it from there.”Nigeria is one of only seven countries in the world that has qualified for all the editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the championship was launched in China in 1991. The others are the United States of America, Germany, Sweden,Brazil, Norway and Japan.The Super Falcons will be joined in France by South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, who they meet in the Women AFCON Final in Accra on Saturday, as well as the winner of the losers’ final between Cameroon and Mali.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers suffer heartbreaking senior day loss

first_imgUW guard Jade Davis finished with a career-high 14 points vs. Michigan but missed a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.[/media-credit]Senior Day took on an emotional setting Saturday at the Kohl Center, and Wisconsin’s (14-12, 9-5) matchup with Michigan (16-10, 9-5) fit the somber pregame mood, as the Badgers fell 68-66 after an impressive comeback.Playing without senior forward Tara Steinbauer, who suffered a torn ACL against Iowa, Wisconsin guard Jade Davis missed a three-pointer just before time expired to give Michigan the win. Up two points with a minute to go, junior guard Courtney Boylan made two straight baskets to give Michigan a lead it would never surrender.After building a 12-point lead on the Badgers early in the second half, it appeared the matchup had turned into an easy win for the Wolverines. However, the Badgers displayed their resilience by finally finding an offensive rhythm in the closing minutes of the game.“They’re a relentless group. We know we’re a second half team; we’ve talked about it. We talked about it at halftime,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I knew that we’d give a valiant effort and play to the better end. I mean, there’s not a player on our team that didn’t leave themselves on the floor. They laid it out there and played very, very well.”The Badgers led 5-3 less than two minutes into the game and didn’t regain the lead until just over four minutes remained in the game. With only two players in double figures and not one reaching the 15 points, Wisconsin struggled offensively for much of the contest.Senior guard Alyssa Karel, UW’s leading scorer, finished with only nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. For the game, the Badgers managed 43.1 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc, but it simply wasn’t enough to take down a Michigan team that was finding its stroke in the first 20 minutes.Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines’ attack on offense, scoring 18 points in the first half. Although the Badgers held her to four points in the second half, Sheffer was crucial to Michigan, building a nine-point halftime lead.“In the first half, she had our number a little bit. In the second half, my goal was to be as physical as possible and keep her out,” senior forward Lin Zastrow said. “In the first half, she got prime position and that’s hard to stop anyone. …So I just tried to be as physical as I could with her and keep her off the block.”Sheffer was only one piece of a Michigan offense that was red-hot in the first half, and the Wolverines never allowed the Badgers to gain an advantage late in the half. Although they struggled from three-point range in the first half (shooting 21.4 percent), the Wolverines shot nearly 52 percent from the field.Building on that lead for much of the first half, Wisconsin’s late run was simply not enough to bring down a Michigan team that dominated most of the game.“I thought Jade’s shot was going in; [it] sat up in the air for a long time. I thought that was going down,” Stone said. “But the game doesn’t come down to one shot or one play. It comes down to 40 minutes, and I give Michigan a lot of credit. In the first half they found ways to get mismatches.”The Wolverines also got a great boost from sophomore guard Kate Thompson in the second half, who hit three big shots from long distance that slowed Wisconsin’s momentum.As several of the Badgers’ usual scorers had a hard time finding their game, Davis, a junior guard usually known for her defense, picked up her game in their absence, finishing with a career-high 14 points. Davis played a major role in keeping UW in the game late, shooting 50 percent from the floor to go along with four three-pointers, including one that gave Wisconsin a lead with just more than three minutes to go.“Once we started moving and really working together, [the Michigan defense] couldn’t find us and Alyssa, Taylor – they were all able to find me,” Davis said. “Lin every once in a while tells me to shoot it when I’m wide open when I don’t really see that, so, I mean, it was just team effort, really.”The Badgers may have minimized their chances of winning a Big Ten title with the loss, but UW is trying to stay positive and maintain perspective heading into the next game against Indiana Wednesday.“We just have to take care of what we can take care of, control what we can control, and that’s the next game,” Stone said. “What I want our team to do is respond from this, play well, bring some momentum into the Big Ten Tournament and make some noise, because this is a really good team.”last_img read more

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Youtuber Chief Pat forms Tribe Gaming and enters both Vainglory and Clash Royale

first_imgChief Pat, a Youtuber with over 2.3 million subscribers, announced earlier this week that he has launched his own mobile esports organisation called Tribe Gaming.In a video revelation on his channel, Chief Pat announced the news of the team and that they would be competing in “the two biggest mobile esports titles right now”; Vainglory and Clash Royale. When it comes to Vainglory the team has acquired Liberation X, the first Vainglory champions in North America.The team will consist of Status, Pon The Original and E36 and Martohhh. Chief Pat boldly stated that they’re hoping to qualify for the Vainglory Spring Championships in London next month, and that by the end of the year they hope to represent the USA in the Vainglory Worlds Championships.You can watch the video for yourself here:Tribe Gaming’s Vainglory roster made its debut last weekend. They went down to One Piece 101, an organisation which was acquired by Tempo Storm on the same day. They’re now known as 101 VG. As for Clash Royale, Chief Pat discussed his high hopes for the game. Chief Pat said: “There is so much potential for the future of Clash Royale esports, and it’s something I want to be a part of. I’ll be looking for the best possible players going forward to the summer of 2017.“Hopefully Supercell is going to figure out that secret esports sauce and make Clash Royale esports a reality. That’s what I, and a lot of other organisations, are banking on.”You can keep tabs on what Tribe Gaming are getting up to by following them on Twitter here. The account has already amassed close to 30,000 followers at the time of writing. Esports Insider says: Chief Pat has covered Clash Royale and Vainglory for some time now, and so this move makes sense. Kudos to him for going it alone and launching his own organisation, and it’s great to see the mobile esports hype train roll on.last_img read more

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Child and Family Services recognizes foster families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – May is foster care awareness month.In response Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan is placing heightened awareness on the importance of foster families.Fundraising is a huge part of support for the children entering the foster care system as many of them enter with very few material possessions.This year the agency is hosting two fundraising campaigns that the public can support and you may possibly get lucky in the process by receiving an envelope with a gift card.According to Director Stephanie Dettloff,  their department has been inundated with calls and she foresees a greater need for foster families within the region.According to Stephanie,  there are approximately 13,000 children who enter the foster care system and about 300 who still do not have adopted families.For more information on how you can contribute or learn more about foster care you can visit the child and family services website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hinks Elementary’s “Operation: Rock It” ProjectNext Donations are being accepted for annual fireworks displaylast_img read more

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Karim Benzema free to return to France team for Euro 2016 after Court of Appeal decision

first_imgKarim Benzema could be free to play at Euro 2016 after a judge lifted legal restrictions around the France striker.Benzema had been prevented from meeting his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena after being charged in connection with an alleged plot to blackmail the midfielder over a sex tape.The Real Madrid striker remains under investigation but now the Court of Appeal of Versailles has partially lifted some of the restrictions around Benzema, namely the judicial ruling that he could not contact Valbuena.In December, the French Football Federation suspended Benzema due to the circumstances of the case and has yet to issue a statement whether the striker, who has 27 goals in 81 international caps, will be welcomed back into Didier Deschamps’ squad.Benzema and ValbuenaThere is still the possibility that Benzema’s case will go in front of an ethics committee, and in any case, Benzema is currently sidelined for several weeks and would not be available for the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands on March 25 and Russia on March 29.In February, Deschamps said: “As of today, he is still not available so I cannot select him. It would need my president to decide (he can play) and for the law to give a positive answer as well. “If I found myself in that situation, I would consider it and make my decision. Things can change. From a sporting point of view, I want to have the best team and therefore the best players. But in this case, there is also a judicial panel. We have to see how things develop.”Benzema has been charged with complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning – an offence which is punishable by at least five years imprisonment.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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