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Wenger to Experiment with ‘Experienced Team’ against BATE

first_imgThe Gunners have managed to qualify without using a number of regular first-team players in European games.Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have not started a Premier League match between them in 2017-18, but have played in Europa League ties.“I have many players available who need competition,” said Wenger.Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection for Thursday’s home match, Wenger replied: “Not too much.“Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team.”While Arsenal has already secured a place in the last 32, Belarusian side Bate Borisov is one of three teams aiming to finish second in the group to also advance.Borisov, beaten 4-2 at home by Arsenal in September, is bottom, but only a point behind Red Star Belgrade and Cologne, who meet in Serbia in Thursday’s other match in Group H.Wilshere has had numerous injury problems during his Arsenal career and has not started a Premier League match for the Gunners since the last match of the 2015-16 season.He spent the last campaign on loan at Bournemouth in an attempt to get regular match action but has only played 65 minutes of Premier League football this season.On Tuesday, Wilshere posted a picture on Twitter of him ice skating with his family, but Wenger has warned the 25-year-old England midfielder to be careful.“It is not ideal for your balance, the way you fall down, for a footballer it’s not great,” said the Frenchman.“You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently. I don’t think he did that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram EUROPAArsenal boss Arsene Wenger will this evening play “quite an experienced team” against Bate Borisov, despite his side having already won Europa League Group H.last_img read more

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Felon voting rights restoration clears Iowa House panel

first_imgDES MOINES — The House Judiciary Committee’s chairman called it a “rare moment.”   Republicans and Democrats on the committee unanimously embraced a plan from Governor Kim Reynolds on felon voting rights on Wednesday night.The proposed constitutional amendment would automatically restore the right to vote to felons who’ve completed their sentences. Backers hope the proposed amendment could be presented to voters in 2022.Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton says House Republicans will meet soon to discuss how to legally define what sentence completion means.“Because I believe the voters should know what they’re voting for,” Kaufmann told reporters this evening.Kaufmann said he’s interested in keeping felons who’ve done time for murder, rape or child sex abuse from voting.“I don’t think that certain classes of criminals should ever have the opportunity to get these rights back,” Kaufmann said.Other Republicans have discussed requiring felons to pay any restitution to their victims before they’d be allowed to vote.last_img read more

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Florida Unemployment Claims Begin to Increase After Weeks of Decline

first_imgThe Department of Economic Opportunity had paid out $7.29 billion in Florida and federal benefits, of which $1.8 billion was state money.DeSantis has indicated he plans to continue moving forward with reopening efforts. Rather than implementing a statewide mask requirement, he asked younger Floridians this week “to do your part” by following health recommendations regarding social distancing, hand cleaning and mask wearing.However, the governor added that he also understood the desire of younger Floridians to go out after being at home for weeks.“People naturally want to do things,” DeSantis said. “If I was 25, I’d be probably with them. I mean that’s just realistic. I can sit here and try to act like I wouldn’t, but I remember what it was like then.”He has also pushed for the resumption of professional sports in Florida. Florida saw a slight increase in first-time jobless claims last week, as the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday reported 1.48 million initial unemployment claims were filed nationwide.Our state had an estimated 93,394 claims during the week that ended June 20. That was up from 88,148 the previous week, as the second phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening effort slows down amid an increase in coronavirus cases.The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced last Friday that the state’s May unemployment rate was 14.5 percent, which represents 1.412 million Floridians out of work from a labor force of almost 9.71 million. A June rate will be announced July 17.Florida’s 93,394 claims are behind only the 287,354 posted in California and the 124,283 in Georgia.Meanwhile, New York had 90,186 claims, while Texas recorded 89,241. The numbers for Georgia, New York and Texas were all lower than in the previous week.The unemployment increase in Florida followed two weeks of declining first-time claims. Since March 15, when the coronavirus pandemic began affecting the state, more than 2.64 million jobless applications have been filed, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.last_img read more

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Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dead at 82

first_imgIn this Jan. 6, 1980, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll glances toward the scoreboard clock during the closing seconds of AFC championship game against the Houston Oilers in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82.The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, one that breathed life into a struggling, blue-collar city.“He was one of the great coaches of the game,” Steelers owner Dan Rooney once said. “He ranks up there with (George) Halas, (Tom) Landry and (Curly) Lambeau.”Noll’s 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll worked so well with Steelers President Rooney that the team never felt the need to have a general manager. When he retired, and was replaced by Bill Cowher, only four other coaches or managers in modern U.S. pro sports history had run their teams longer than Noll had.“Chuck Noll is the best thing that happened to the Rooneys since they got on the boat (to America) in Ireland,” Art Rooney II, the former Steelers personnel chief and the son of the team founder, once said.A former messenger guard for his hometown Cleveland Browns who earned the nicknamed Knute Knowledge — as in Knute Rockne — Noll was an assistant with the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Colts for nine seasons. Then he accepted what seemed a dead-end job in January 1969 as coach of the NFL’s least-successful organization.Art Rooney Sr. often hired friends and cronies as coaches, and only two of the Steelers’ first 13 coaches had winning records. At the time Noll took over, the franchise was 105 games below .500 in its history.Noll, hired only after Penn State’s Joe Paterno turned down a $350,000, five-year offer, was different from any Steelers coach before him. He immediately brought intelligence, toughness, stability, confidence, character and a can-do mindset to a franchise accustomed to constant upheaval and ever-changing personnel.Asked at his first news conference if his goal was to make the Steelers respectable, Noll said, “Respectability? Who wants to be respectable? That’s spoken like a true loser.”Perhaps not the most colorful coach behind the microphone, Noll could often be counted on for memorable, motivational one-liners that became rallying cries. Phrases like “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning,” and “Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it,” and “The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing,” spoke volumes about what Noll was trying to accomplish. They went over well in a football-crazed region of Pennsylvania.The day after Noll was hired, the Steelers drafted defensive lineman Joe Greene. He was the first of the nine Hall of Famers selected during the Noll era. Four of the others were drafted within Noll’s first four seasons: Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Franco Harris.Four more arrived in the first five rounds of the 1974 draft: Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. And the 1971 draft, though it produced only one Hall of Famer (Ham), generated seven starters.While the Steelers surprisingly won their opener under Noll in 1969, beating Detroit, they lost their final 13 games that season, and their first three in 1970. By then, some were questioning Noll’s hiring.The Steelers’ turnaround began in earnest in 1970, the year they moved into the AFC after the NFL and AFL merged. They drafted Bradshaw with the No. 1 pick, moved into Three Rivers Stadium after years of being a secondhand tenant of Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. They won five of eight during one stretch.By 1972, the year Harris arrived to give them the ground game Noll sought, they were championship contenders with an 11-3 record and a we’ve-turned-the-corner attitude. Noll had long since run off underachievers and pushed the Rooneys to bring in the players he wanted.“He’ll argue a point with you and keep yelling, ‘No, this is right, you’re wrong,’” Dan Rooney said. “Sometimes you have to say, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it.’”In this Jan. 13, 1975, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll holds Super Bowl trophy aloft before fans who greeted the team at the airport in Pittsburgh on the team’s return from New Olreans. The Steelers won the first NFL football title in their 42 year history by defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. (AP Photo, File)The first traditional playoff game in Steelers history on Dec. 23, 1972, also signaled what was to come. The Steelers were in control of the John Madden-coached Raiders most of the game, until quarterback Ken Stabler scored in the final two minutes to put Oakland up 7-6.With the Steelers down to fourth-and-10 on their side of the field, Bradshaw lofted a pass downfield intended for Frenchy Fuqua. As Fuqua and safety Jack Tatum converged on the ball, it bounded high in the air for what looked to be a certain incompletion. Instead, Harris, trailing on the play, caught the ball nearly at his shoe tops and raced into the end zone for an improbable touchdown.The play would quickly become known as the “Immaculate Reception.”Noll’s Steelers did not win the Super Bowl that season — they lost to unbeaten Miami on a fake punt in the AFC title game.But, with their roster completed by their remarkable 1974 draft, they finally became NFL champions and did it three more times by January 1980.Still, Noll’s best team might have been in 1976, when the Steelers rebounded from a 1-4 start to go 10-4 — even with Bradshaw injured and out most of the season — by playing the greatest stretch of defense in NFL history.The Steel Curtain shut out five of their final nine opponents while yielding only 28 points. At one point, they didn’t allow a touchdown for 22 quarters.However, Harris and Rocky Bleier, 1,000-yard rushers that season, were injured in a playoff game against Baltimore. Without a running game, they lost the AFC title to Oakland.A year later, Noll wound up in a federal court trial. He accused Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, who had leveled Swann with a brutal hit the season before, of being part of the NFL’s “criminal element.”Noll prevailed, but there were hard feelings when, under oath, he included Blount as also being part of that criminal element. The Steelers went 9-5 that season, but rebounded to win the championship in the 1978 and 1979 seasons.When all the talent began to retire, the championships ended. Great drafts gave way to poor ones. The Steelers won only two playoff games and no conference championships in Noll’s final 12 seasons, missing the postseason eight times.Noll never was much of a yeller or screamer, though he had his moments. He confronted Oilers coach Jerry Glanville at midfield and warned him about the team’s borderline-legal blocking techniques.“He didn’t feel like it was his job to motivate,” Bleier said. “It was his job to take motivated people and give them a direction and get the job done.”When he retired, Noll always said he would never coach another team and he didn’t.In 2007, the football field at St. Vincent College, the Steelers’ longtime training camp home in Latrobe, was named for Noll, even though he played at and graduated from Dayton.Born in Cleveland, Noll attended Benedictine High School, where he played running back and tackle, winning All-State honors, before gaining a scholarship to play for the Flyers. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh’s biggest, most traditional rival, in 1953.At 27, he retired as a player from the Browns in 1959.Funeral arrangements have been set for former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll.A public viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John A. Freyvogel Sons in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.The funeral home’s website says visitation is also being held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.Noll died of natural causes Friday at his home near Pittsburgh. He was 82. The Hall of Fame coach won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers.A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.last_img read more

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Zipf Knows Environmental Victories Temporary

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – It was a good week last week for Cindy Zipf and her organization, Clean Ocean Action, with the hard fought defeat of a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline, but the work of protecting the environment continues.COA, a coalition of 117 organizations, is turning its attention to the health of the Navesink River and returning to the task of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone 20 miles from the shoreline running from Montauk Point to Cape May. But Zipf is still calling for Gov. Chris Christie to take a stand on the LNG proposal to strengthen the state’s position in anticipation of the possible submission of a modified, but similar proposal.Zipf and Catie Tobin, COA’s marine science education coordinator, sat down with The Two River Times Nov. 19 in a wide ranging discussion about the group’s ongoing projects. COA and other environmental groups shared a big win against LNG last week, although, they would certainly say it was a victory for the environment, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo evoked his unilateral veto to stop a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline proposed 18 miles off Jones Beach and 28 miles off Long Branch.Zipf’s organization along with the Sierra Club, NY/NJ Baykeeper, American Littoral Society, Sen. Jennifer Beck and Representative Frank Pallone, had vociferously opposed the plan that was under consideration by federal agencies. Opponents for the better part of seven years have maintained this LNG facility and similar proposals pose a real threat to the environment, economy and national security and had worked to encourage the public to offer their opinions and persuade federal officials to deny the licensing application. On Nov. 12 Cuomo agreed, expressing the same concerns when he signed his veto.Zipf noted the U.S. would be a natural gas exporter by 2017 and therefore the facility wouldn’t be needed for domestic use. Besides, “there are alternatives out there,” on the energy front, those that are more efficient and renewable, including considering offshore wind energy that could be established in the same area of the Atlantic.But this was only one of a number of fronts the group has been coordinating its efforts.A major push for COA will be to again take up the cause of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone. Environmentalists are encouraging lawmakers – ideally on the federal level, but until then state legislation will work – to establish a 20-mile zone for the New York/New Jersey Bight – an idea that has been discussed for roughly two decades. The zone would “lock out the bad and lock in the good,” as it relates to the waters from Montauk Point, New York, to Cape May, protecting the marine life, preventing the Atlantic Ocean’s over-industrialization and prohibiting new ocean dumpsites, Zipf said.
Another pressing front is the Navesink River here in the Two River area and the growing problem of pollution in the waterway. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has downgraded the water quality for portions of the river. The DEP has prohibited the harvesting of shellfish and recommends not swimming in those portions of the river, extending to McClee’s Creek in Middletown and west of the Cooper’s Bridge into the Swimming River, due to contamination“It is certainly a cause of concern,” she said.A major culprit for the contamination is fecal matter bringing with it E. coli bacteria, according to Zipf.“When it rains,” she explained, “that entire area is contaminated.” Fertilizer is also a major concern.COA is working with other organizations “to bring them all together to come up with a game plan,” Zipf said. And that could involve utilizing the services of Environmental Canine Services. That New England–based company uses scenting dogs to detect and source track human sewage contamination in storm water systems. And this game plan, when completed “could be a model for all the other watershed areas of New Jersey,” she said.COA continues to conduct its Beach Sweeps, with the help of volunteers who work to remove debris and trash from the shore. The organization also conducts educational programs in schools and works with municipalities on their environmental issues and helping them in obtaining the DEP’s Sustainable Jersey certification program and Clean Ocean Action’s Municipal Blue Star program for municipal environmental stewardship.COA was established 31 years ago, an outgrowth of the Ocean Dumping Task Force and has now grown to a large coalition. Zipf started with the task force about that time, being brought into the organization by Dery Bennett, the former executive director of the American Littoral Society, who died in 2009.Zipf considered Bennett “a guru, a mentor.” “In many ways he was a father figure to me,” she noted.“He was the one who let me find the path in life that I didn’t know was in me,” she explained.Referring to the environmental organization’s work focusing on cleaning and protecting area waters, “The whole goal is we shouldn’t be needed,” however, there is always more work, Zipf explained. “Our goal is to put ourselves our of business. We shouldn’t be needed, but that’s not the case yet.”Great progress has been made over the 30 years, as we no longer have medical waste washing up on our shores and beach closings because of contamination are now rare instead of commonplace. But Bennett instilled in Zipf a lesson that has shown itself to be true time and again.“Dery use to say, ‘Environmental victories are always temporary,’” Zipf recalled. The Navesink River and Ocean Zone Up Nextlast_img read more

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‘Teddy’ fires TG to win

first_imgJermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson netted a 24-minute brace, grabbing goals in the 43rd and 67th minutes as Tivoli Gardens defeated Portmore United 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex, ending a two-game losing streak.After back-to-back defeats to UWI and Harbour View, the west Kingston team was intent on getting back to winning ways, with the three points lifting them from fourth to second position in the standing, two adrift of leaders UWI (47).Despite a lacklustre start, Johnson got the home team off the mark when he converted from the spot two minutes to the break after Junior McGregor was tripped inside the area.However, that lead lasted just two minutes as Ewan Grandison whipped a corner kick to the near post past Tivoli custodian Davin Watkins, with the help of the wind.GREAT GOALSAfter the interval, the game came to life, with Johnson leading the charge for the home team, and after 67 minutes in the contest, McGregor robbed Roberto Johnson of possession and fed the former Bolton striker, who steadied himself and fired past Shaven-Sean Paul in goal from 20 yards.”Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continued to live up to expectation and he came up big again. This was a very important three points. Both teams wanted it, but Tivoli wanted it more,” said Tivoli Gardens coach Omar Edwards.Portmore’s coach, Lenworth Hyde, said that his opponents defended stoutly.”We tried to get back into the game but they fought hard and defended well,” he said.In other games, UWI stayed top of the table after a 0-0 draw with Maverley/Hughenden (24), while Waterhouse (27) continue to pull further from the bottom two after a 1-0 win over Jamalco (23).Reno play Harbour View in the lone game at STETHS today at 3:30. p.m.last_img read more

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Cone unfazed as Ginebra faces ‘greatest team of all time’ in PBA Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone, the most decorated coach in PBA history with 20 championships under his belt, is the only coach in the league to win two Grand Slams.But despite being part of several super teams with Alaska, Purefoods and now Ginebra, Cone sees the current San Miguel Beer team, which he is about to face in the finals, having the makings of the greatest PBA squad ever assembled.ADVERTISEMENT “You wanna have a great challenge? There’s nothing more challenging in our league than playing this San Miguel which might be the greatest team of all time. I mean, they could very well be the greatest team of all time,” Cone said on Monday night after guiding the Gin Kings back to the finals in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.“So the challenge is out there for us. I think our guys are going to embrace it and we’re expecting a tough series,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cone offered high praise for San Miguel but there was never a hint of fear while he kept raving about the formidable Beermen, who are the equivalent of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA.Cone likes his chances and he believes Ginebra, which has no shortage of star power, is equipped to dethrone San Miguel. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Like I said, any team in the league we have, probably, the best matchup to San Miguel,” he said, wary of the Beermen’s ultra talented core anchored by reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and NBA-caliber import Renaldo Balkman. “We think we can give them a battle. We’ll do our best.”The best-of-seven finals begin on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Ginebra escapes Rain or Shine, sets up finals clash with San Miguel MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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Joel Embiid uncorks 41 points as 76ers beat Clippers

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Clippers trailed by as many as 22 points in the opening half and were down 72-57 entering the third quarter. But Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the deficit, going in front for the first time on Gallinari’s 3-pointer from the right wing that made it 81-80 with 3:58 left in the period.Another Gallinari 3 put the Clippers up 84-80 before Fultz showed flashes of why Philadelphia drafted him first overall in 2017.Fultz scored on a goaltending call, and then assisted on Mike Muscala’s four-point play before converting consecutive coast-to-coast layups, helping the 76ers end the quarter on a 10-2 run that put them ahead 90-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 57.4 percent from the field and made 7 of 10 3-point attempts in a strong opening half. Simmons had 10 points and eight assists at the break after he tied his career high with 11 turnovers in Tuesday’s 129-112 loss at Toronto.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Ben Simmons added 14 points and 11 assists, bouncing back nicely from one of his worst games as a pro. Markelle Fultz provided a spark late in the third quarter and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists while helping Philadelphia improve to 5-0 at home.Lou Williams scored 26 points for the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari had 25. Tobias Harris finished with 24 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPhiladelphia led by as many as 11 in the final quarter on Embiid’s follow dunk, but the advantage was just three with 6:16 remaining.Embiid then scored nine of the next 12 points, including an emphatic dunk over Boban Marjanovic with 1:39 remaining that gave Philadelphia a 117-109 lead. After Embiid made the second of two free throws with 1:14 to play, Philadelphia fans began chanting “MVP! MVP!” Underdog candidate fights for boxing’s Olympic future Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dives to make a save during the second half on an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 122-113. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 41 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-113 on Thursday night.It was Embiid’s sixth game already this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Clippers: The Clippers lost their fourth straight to the 76ers. They last beat Philadelphia on March 11, 2017.76ers: Embiid’s career high is 46 points. . Philadelphia declined the third-year contract option on reserve swingman Furkan Korkmaz, meaning Korkmaz could be a free agent on July 1. . New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in attendance. . The 76ers are 0-4 on the road. . Rookie Landry Shamet gave Philadelphia a lift in the opening half with 11 points, one shy of his career best.UP NEXTClippers: At Orlando on Friday.76ers: Host Detroit on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate

first_imgResidents in Council Housing estates across Donegal are being encouraged to enter this year’s Best Kept Council Housing Scheme competition.“We have over 200 Council housing estates all over Donegal and there are lots of residents living in these estates that do a tremendous job year in and year out keeping their estate in tip top shape” says Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.“This competition is about acknowledging the great work that they do. This year we are also keen to encourage more and more estates to enter the competition. The competition is organised on a Municipal District basis with a substantial prize fund to be won. Prizes are awarded for schemes of 20 houses or less, schemes of between 21 and 50 houses and schemes of 51 houses or more.” The competition is easy to enter and is currently open for applications. Adjudication will take place during August. Marks will be awarded for effort involved; absence of litter; planting trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens; colour and colour harmony; condition of houses in the scheme; absence of unsightly objects and other special factors.Cllr. Crossan believes that this is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families. “Each year I have the pleasure of seeing first-hand the work that is done by residents groups in these estates where people are working together, creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas and we are keen to recognise their achievements.”To qualify for the competition at least 20% of the total number of dwellings in an estate must be in the ownership of the Council. To enter the competition simply submit an entry form signed by two tenants of the Scheme on behalf of the residents.Competition entry forms are available from the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900. The latest date for receipt of entry forms for the competition is Friday 26th July 2019. The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’

first_imgGardaí in Buncrana are investigating if a fire at Fort Dunree yesterday was started maliciously. An outbuilding at the military museum in Linsfort was totally destroyed in a fire on Monday morning. Fire services were quickly on the scene to extinguish the large blaze. The museum remains open to the public as normal.The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Gardaí have confirmed that criminal damage is one line of enquiry in the incident. Reports had been received about a group of youths engaging in anti-social behaviour in the area of Dunree Fort over the weekend. The alarm was raised at approx 10.30am on Monday morning when staff at the historical site noticed smoke coming from the old Officer’s Mess building. “It has not been ruled out that the fire may have been started maliciously,” said a garda spokesperson. “If anyone seen any vehicles or persons in or around Dunree fort area early yesterday morning or the previous night that arose suspicion then please contact Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.”  Fort Dunree fire ‘may have been started maliciously’ was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warriors 117; T-Wolves 107: Inside Stephen Curry’s scoring outburst

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MINNEAPOLIS – The shots may feel like a blur for Stephen Curry. He has drilled too many 3’s to count. So which ones prompt Curry to perform a shimmy move afterwards?“There is no criteria,” Curry said. “Sometimes I immediately regret it after I do it.”Curry did not immediately regret his latest dance move in the Warriors’ 117-107 victory over the Minnesota …last_img read more

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Report: Greg Papa switching from 95.7 The Game to KNBR

first_imgAlmost six months after becoming the 49ers’ new radio play-by-play announcer, Greg Papa is reportedly joining the team’s flagship station.As of Friday, Papa is no longer working with 95.7 The Game, where he’s hosted an afternoon talk show for years, sources told The Athetic’s Steve Berman. Papa is switching channels to join KNBR 680 for an undisclosed sports talk show slot.Bonta Hill, who was Papa’s co-host for the daily noon-3 p.m. show on 95.7, said on Twitter he was blindsided by Friday’s …last_img read more

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Plastic-bag billboard a world first

first_imgThe eye-catching recycled plastic billboard at OR Tambo International. (Image: Net#work BBDO) Schoolchildren benefit from the solar- powered billboard that stands in their school grounds. (Image: Treehugger) Crafters hard at work on Nedbank’s recycled plastic billboard. (Image: Net#work BBDO)Janine ErasmusLeading South African financial services provider Nedbank is once more setting the pace in good environmental practice, with a billboard made entirely of recycled plastic bags at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.Claiming that “Only one bank can truly call itself the green bank”, the billboard was hand-made by a group of seven crafters, all of whom are the breadwinners in their families. It took six weeks and more than 2 000 recycled plastic shopping bags to make the remarkable 40m-long advertisement.Nedbank’s head of marketing Greg Garden said the new creation showed the bank’s commitment to doing things differently, and would hopefully serve as an example and inspiration to South Africans.“Too many South Africans don’t understand the need to recycle as a way of preserving our environment,” commented Garden in a statement, “and this billboard represents just one of Nedbank’s efforts to change this mindset and demonstrate the practical application of recycling principles in everyday life.”With its Climate Change Position Statement issued in March 2009, Nedbank became the first South African bank to make a firm pledge to reduce its impact on the environment in terms of energy, water and paper usage, as well as carbon emissions.The banking group has set targets of a 12% reduction in energy and carbon emissions by 2015, as well as a 5% water and 10% paper reduction by 2010.Positive impactThe resourceful advertising agency in charge of the Nedbank brand is Cape Town-based Net#work BBDO.BBDO’s executive creative director Rob McLennan said the Nedbank campaign was an example of how the agency is building its clients’ brands whilst maintaining an awareness and respect for environmental matters.“This billboard has created jobs, married advertising with social conscience, showcased our local artistry and has removed some of the country’s non-biodegradable rubbish,” he said.Although reusable plastic shopping bags are considered better for the environment than paper bags because they need less energy to produce, transport and recycle, a bag may take hundreds of years to degrade.Award-winning innovationThis is not the first time Nedbank has shown that it has a conscience where the environment is concerned, and has turned that conscience into innovation.In 2006 its first solar-powered billboard in Alexandra township, east of Johannesburg, won the Outdoor Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.Said to be the world’s first solar-powered billboard, it is titled “Power to the People” and has 10 solar panels. Harnessing the fierce power of the African sun, each panel generates 135 watts of power that provides energy for the MC Weiler Primary School in Alexandra, in whose grounds the billboard stands.The school saves over US$240 (R2 000) a month in electricity fees and furthermore can supply a hot meal daily to its 1 100-plus pupils, many of whom will not get a decent meal anywhere else. Stored energy gathered from the solar panels during the day lights the billboard at night.The ground-breaking hoarding swayed the jury with its contribution to the upliftment of the community. Jury chair Jean-Remy von Matt described it as work that continues to work and to provide, in contrast with the many short-lived promotions that ultimately serve little or no purpose.According to Net#work BBDO, the power generated is enough to boil 18 1-litre domestic kettles continuously at any one time.Helping the communityTowards the end of 2007 Nedbank’s second solar billboard was installed at the Athlone Youth and Family Development Centre in Athlone on the Cape Flats, south-east of the Cape Town city centre. However, this one also has a wind turbine for extra power generation, providing energy for the kitchen, security lights and geysers. This drastically cuts the community centre’s monthly electricity bill.The centre works with youth in the area, many of whom come from troubled homes and have become drug addicts and school dropouts. It provides a home for to up to 22 youngsters at a time, helping them to overcome their addiction, go back to their families, and rebuild their lives.Director Sydney Dicks described the billboard as a godsend, saying that it has enabled the centre to install a 200l solar-powered geyser and two security floodlights as well as slash the monthly bill.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesLight for AfricaInvesting in a clean futureWind power on SA’s national gridUseful linksNedbank’s Climate Change Position StatementNet#work BBDOCannes Lions International Advertising FestivalAthlonePlastics Federation of South AfricaAlexandra Renewal Projectlast_img read more

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SA to host African Gymnastics Champs

first_img16 January 2014 South Africa’s leading gymnasts will take on the continent’s best when the University of Pretoria hosts the 12th African Gymnastics Championships from 25 March to 4 April. Both men and women will compete in the artistic competition, while the women will also contest the rhythmic disciplines. Much will be expected of Cameron MacKenzie and Kirsten Beckett, who will be at the forefront of the South African team’s challenge.‘A welcome shot in the arm’ After spending a decade abroad, MacKenzie provided South African gymnastics with a welcome shot in the arm when he returned from the United Kingdom in October, having represented Great Britain at junior and senior level. He was a member of the Huntingdon Club, which also produced Olympic medal winners Louis Smith, Daniel Keatings and Sam OldhamAchievements MacKenzie’s list of achievements includes representing Britain at the World School Games in Qatar in 2009 and being part of the Great Britain National Gymnastics squad that won team gold at the Junior European Championships in 2010. That same year he won gold in the Junior Men’s All-Around at the Bumbo Cup in South Africa. More recently, in 2013, MacKenzie placed sixth in the Senior Men’s All-Around at the British Championships in Liverpool.Commonwealth Games places In the South African artistic trials last year, he confirmed his pedigree by finishing first in the all-round competition. After also excelling in the apparatus finals he secured a place in the South African team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with Tiaan Olivier, Kirsten Beckett and Claude Cummings. MacKenzie’s UK coach Paul Hall has been signed up to help with a training plan for the both the South African junior and senior men’s artistic gymnastics teams. Kirsten Beckett Beckett, aged 17, first competed outside of Africa in 2008. Last year, in the International Gymnastics Magazine, John Crumlish wrote: “Beckett’s achievements in 2012 continue the momentum generated by South African teammate [and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal winner in the vault] Jennifer Khwela earlier in the Olympic cycle”. In 2013, Beckett was South Africa’s top performer in her first visit to the World Championships. She is ranked ninth on the floor in the latest International Gymnastics Federation world rankings, up from 24th in 2012. She is also ranked 12th on the vault, and 49th on the uneven bars.Revival Gymnastics South Africa is aiming to use the African Championships to help spearhead a revival of the country’s international fortunes, which peaked in 1998 at the Commonwealth Games when Simon Hutcheon won gold in the men’s vault, Christian Brezeanu captured silver in the vault and on the floor, and Athol Myhill won bronze on the rings.Support To show your support for Gymnastics South Africa, visit the 12th African Gymnastics Championships pages on Facebook and Twitter. SAinfo reporter and 12th African Gymnastics Championshipslast_img read more

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The last “honey-do” project before spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Okay, ladies. I’m back with my farm wife’s seasonal thoughts. I want you to know that I crossed a birthday threshold in January that officially qualifies me as being able to provide “authentic” words of wisdom (or storytelling).So the weather forecast has not been conducive to getting in the fields anytime soon. Is the planter ready? History tells us that as soon as the National Farm Machinery show is over, they are all in “planting-season mode.” For my urban sisters, that means don’t even THINK about asking for any more honey-do projects. That’s over for the season. Done. (And it’s okay, because we’re ready to get them OUT of the house. J)The past few seasons have given those of us who farm in the eastern Corn Belt a bit more moisture than we care to have. Reading Ryan Martin’s weather forecast in this morning’s Digital Dale e-newsletter http://ocj.com/ohio-ag-net-weather-forecast/ made me wonder if perhaps a few farm sisters might not have “one last chance” to get that last honey-do project done before spring planting.Last weekend, my honey proved that he really can “do it all.” I waited a long time for a new kitchen, and we remodeled ours six years ago this May. When one of the purchases included a refrigerator with an ice-cube maker and dispenser, we were all over it, in spite of several well-meaning friends shaking their head and telling us, “Well, expect it to break at least once.”We like to break those kind of records at our household, and we are now in the midst of repairing that refrigerator’s ice-maker for the second time in two years. I won’t take the time to share how long this saga has gone on, but I have to admit I am impressed with my own patience. We have been without “automatic ice” since before the NFMS. Part of the reason it has taken so long to be repaired is our schedule doesn’t coordinate with the repairman. He can only be in our area on Tuesday or Thursday. So, this morning, after three visits, and all three of them having to order a “different” part, the repairman is due back to repair what was supposedly the “latest update” to repair the blessed ice-maker. No, it didn’t work. It never made ice after he left. So he is due back, shortly.Adding to the drama of the kitchen is that not only has the refrigerator stayed true to what every appliance store told us beforehand: “don’t expect your appliances to last beyond 5 years – that’s why they’re cheap.” Let me keep it short: we have also replaced the dishwasher and last Saturday, the microwave.This brings me to the story of my farmer being a “Jack of all Trades.” It was almost a crisis when the microwave simply died. We remember the days of no microwaves. We can survive. So, buying a new one was going to be the same price as repairing one but the hubs said, “I can install that. No problem.” (Ladies, I know YOU know I could start a second blog here on that statement alone.)Yes. The anticipated 45-minute project took six hours on Saturday. Yet the amazing thing for both of us was that we didn’t get snarky with each other, even though it meant at least one trip to Lowe’s and three to the shop to get three different size drill bits. The problem was that the new support frame had the holes placed in different locations, and the size of the microwave — although portrayed as the exact same replacement as our old model — wasn’t. (Yes, we measured it) It was a quarter inch taller. Which, to make a long story very short, meant taking the microwave in and out (above the oven) about a hundred times so it could be lowered three-quarters of an inch to fit. But my guy did it. Perfectly. Yes, he could have said spend the $114 and let Lowe’s install it. And often times, he should spend the $$$ to let someone else do it. (Farmers don’t always “value” their time, monetarily, when they know they can surely do a project, no matter how LONG it takes, but that, too, could be another blog).Quite frankly, I am tired of the bashing that men get in today’s world, especially our folks in ag. There is only one sinless person that has ever lived on earth, and that is Jesus. We were created to be helpmates to each other, and nowhere is that more apparent than in agriculture. The weather controls most of what we can do and when we can do it. So if life is giving us lemons right now, we make lemonade. And that might just mean I get a microwave installed and it saves us $114.I have attached a picture to keep the farmers who will read this out there comforted to know that he did do the project “farmer-style.” If you have some “honey-do” last minute projects that your farmer might be convinced to do for you before spring, please share some photos or comments. (I have been promised a small raised-bed garden for a Mother’s day gift. Stay tuned!)last_img read more

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3 counterintuitive trends to consider when thinking about smart cities

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#top Amit Garg How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… The idea of creating better cities is as old as human settlement. Smart cities is our latest iteration, amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution, now that we have exponentially more data and computing power available affordably. This article will focus on illuminating three counterintuitive trends I have observed with smart cities.Trend 1: Cheap sensors are not enoughThere is a widely ingrained belief that having cheap sensors means we will be able to deploy great products and services to manage water, energy or traffic in our cities. Indeed, the cost of sensors has more than halved in a decade but what hasn’t changed yet is the actual placement of these sensors into the end devices. So if you are trying to do vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication, outside of a few highly specialized environments, you simply don’t have enough sensors on the road to be able to do anything meaningful. Even if you are a well-capitalized company you may face the chasm of adoption, like the cautionary tale of iBeacons. Anyone wishing to innovate within smart cities needs to contend that creating highly specialized environments may actually be a precondition, and potentially pushing them through policy a postcondition.Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung NEXT VenturesTrend 2: Be iterative & leapfrogLeapfrog approaches are the stuff that innovators, especially in Silicon Valley, talk about. Take a radically different approach and disrupt this industry, so goes the mantra. When it comes to smart cities I think nothing could be further from truth. Our technology progresses often much faster than our ability to adapt to them and when it comes to adjusting to new ways of living, potentially even relocating, it just adds a significant barrier. Case in point, the successful smart city projects are being incubated in vibrant places with a long-standing culture of innovation, whether it be Singapore or Songdo right outside of Seoul. Starting from scratch on the other hands has had setbacks, whether championed by a strong government in Masdar City or a powerful corporation in Celebration, USA. I believe iterative approaches are the way to go ie incremental improvements in a city’s infrastructure rather than drastic overhauls.Trend 3: You do not need scaleWe live in an increasingly urban world — 2007 is widely seen as the year when for the first time in history there were more humans living in cities than in rural areas. But the trend is hyper-urbanization, with people concentrating even more in a few cities, and most of those mega cities increasingly in Asia and Africa.This means that if you are developing an innovation around smart cities you may not need to get to scale in hundreds of cities, just a few markets might actually do it. In fact, if you can get an innovation working fully even in one mega city you may create a hugely successful company with the due caveat that a single point of failure, especially in an area rife with policy, is a high risk.The author is currently a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, which houses their early-stage investment arm, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. He focuses on software, especially Internet & consumer technologies, investing $250K to $3M in seed, series A or B, and helping them partner with Samsung to grow and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Related Posts last_img read more

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