Month: July 2019

Nearly half the sports at this summers Paralympic

first_imgNearly half the sports at this summer’s Paralympic Games in Rio will not be covered live on television after the host city scrapped plans to pay for an expansion of its coverage.The Rio organising committee has decided not to provide the funding needed to increase the number of Paralympic sports that were covered live at London 2012, because it could not afford the extra expense.This means that the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide live TV feeds for just 13 of the 22 sports, so there will not be live coverage from Rio of some of the biggest British names from London 2012.Channel 4 was responsible for the critically-acclaimed UK coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics and has the UK television rights for the Rio Paralympic Games.But the UK broadcaster has no say over which events are covered live, and has instead pledged to provide its own camera teams “at the finish line” to at least “capture British medal wins and the reaction of athletes after their events”.The sports that OBS will not cover live are goalball, triathlon, rowing, canoeing, sailing, shooting and archery, as well as road cycling, although track cycling will be covered.There will also be no live pictures from the marathons, which means no coverage of one of the stars of the ParalympicsGB team, David Weir, in one of his gold medal events from London 2012.And there will be no live feed from the equestrian events, which rules out another of the British team’s high-profile stars, Sophie Christiansen (pictured at London 2012), who won three golds at London 2012, and double gold-winner Natasha Baker.The OBS decision also means there will be no live coverage of boccia, the sport that features those Paralympic athletes with the highest support needs.The OBS plans are detailed in a Channel 4 briefing document obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) through the disabled Liberal Democrat peer Lord Addington.The document was prepared by Channel 4 after Lord Addington told the government of his plan to raise the issue of live Paralympic coverage in the House of Lords.Channel 4 says in the document that it will broadcast “all sports with British representation” which are covered live by OBS, on Channel 4, More4 or its online channel All4.It says the decision on which sports are covered live is made by OBS and the Rio 2016 local organising committee, and that it has been working with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), OBS and the Rio committee to “ascertain the scope for extending live coverage to all sports particularly where British teams are represented”. These efforts appear to have failed.Lord Addington told DNS that he had heard about the problem at a parliamentary event on rowing, and emphasised that “it really isn’t Channel 4’s fault”.Because the television coverage of London 2012 was so successful and had “set a precedent”, he said, it was assumed that it “would go on from there” with live coverage of more sports at Rio, but that had not happened.He said: “One of the big successes of 2012 definitely was the way that the Paralympics was brought out to our attention, and I was hoping that this would be followed up [for Rio].“There are a lot of events out there but I would hope as a matter of course that everything would be covered.“This is something which should be a normal price of having the games: that all the Paralympic sports are covered.”He said he wanted the government and the British Paralympic Association to ensure that all sports were covered live at future Paralympic Games, but the government had “ducked” this request.He said he had been told the loss of extra live coverage was because of the crumbling Brazilian economy, with the local organising committee trying to cut down on the cost of expensive live outside broadcasting.Last week (7 July), he asked the government to promise that it would encourage the IPC to insist that all future host cities “guarantee in the planning process that the Paralympic Games will have full coverage”.He told fellow peers: “That will ensure that we do not have the situation we are in now, where certain sports will happen to be missed out, many of which have good British medal prospects.”But the hereditary Tory peer the Earl of Courtown said it was for UK Sport to pressure the IPC on television coverage of future Paralympic Games.Asked whether it was concerned at how many sports would not have live coverage, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “We will be showing more hours of live sport online and on television than we did in 2012.“We are fully committed to giving the best coverage we possibly can and are continuing to work closely with the host broadcaster to that end.”She added: “We’re delivering the most comprehensive and innovative coverage of the games ever.“With a combination of live units and roving cameras we will cover rowing, canoeing, equestrian, sailing, road cycling, marathons, triathlon, boccia, archery and shooting and can be flexible on the ground to make sure we broadcast as many medal successes as possible.“Our ambition is to show as many [British] medal-winning performances live as possible – every single medal will be reflected in the coverage.”The Rio organising committee had not responded to a request for a comment by 11am today (Thursday).But an OBS spokesman said: “In the Paralympic Games the scope of coverage is defined by the organizing committee of the Paralympic Games, in this case Rio 2016, as they are responsible for funding this production. “Usually, the baseline coverage for every Paralympic Games is the broadcast coverage plan from the previous games.“In Rio, OBS, at the request of Rio 2016, developed a broadcast plan that included the sports covered live in London.“OBS also proposed a few other sports for additional live coverage. This plan was presented to the Rio 2016 committee and the International Paralympic Committee with the corresponding budget.“Rio 2016 then reviewed the proposal but eventually determined that the increase in live sports coverage was outside their budget and as a result, the live broadcast plan in Rio is identical to the plan from London.”OBS was set up by the International Olympic Committee in 2001 and is responsible for providing “unbiased” pictures and sounds from all Olympic and Paralympic Games to broadcasters that hold the rights to broadcast the games in each country.Channel 4 will provide nearly 120 hours of live television coverage across Channel 4 and More 4.Nearly three-quarters of its presenters, reporters and pundits will be disabled – which Channel 4 says will be the largest number of disabled presenters ever seen on UK television – including its four daytime studio anchors and its entire swimming on-screen team, while more than 15 per cent of its Rio production team will be disabled people.The Last Leg, featuring the disabled comedian Adam Hills and disabled journalist and presenter Alex Brooker, will be filmed live every night during the games in front of a studio audience at the Rio Olympic Park.Other disabled presenters will include Breaking Bad actor R J Mitte, broadcaster and campaigner Sophie Morgan and retired Paralympian Ade Adepitan, with reporters including retired Paralympians Steve Brown, Martine Wright, Steve Rose, Sophia Warner, Danny Crates, Giles Long, Liz Johnson and Peter Norfolk.All coverage will be available with subtitles, and a signed and audio described version of the opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast simultaneously on 4seven, with audio described and signed editions of The Last Leg available each evening on 4seven soon after the live broadcast.last_img read more

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WHAT a difference a week can makeLast week the Re

first_imgWHAT a difference a week can make.Last week the Reserves showed resolution and character to beat the League Leaders on their own patch, this week Leeds take them apart in an 16-58 hammering.There is little to say about the first half except that the Rhinos starved the Saints of possession by completing their sets and scoring. When the Reserves had the ball they did fairly well in getting to the end of their sets but too often turned possession over in poor field position finding themselves immediately on the back foot.The second half started much better. Matty Ashe’s wide miss pass down the left found Tommy Johnson whose quick ball put Dan Brotherton (pictured) over.Joe Greenwood and Ste Yates put their hand up in defence forcing a Rhinos knock on with a driving tackle and the Saints completion rate was 100% through 20 minutes.However, the Saints then errored in four of the next five possessions and were punished in exactly the same way as earlier.Saints rallied with two tries in the final 10 minutes to Brotherton again from Matty Ashe’s chip and Alex Trumper after Simon Atherton had done well to regain possession from a short kick off.Best for the Saints on the day was Alex Trumper fresh from his exploits in last week’s National Conference League Grand Final winning Thatto Heath Crusaders side but in truth all were poor. Much work will be have to be done on the tackle bags over the 4 week break to give the Saints any chance of making the play offs.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Alex Trumper, Dan Brotherton 2.Goals: Matty Ashe 2.Leeds Rhinos:Tries: Jimmy Watson 2, George Elliott, Jamel Chisholm 2, Matty Syron, Liam Hood 2, Luke Burgess 2, Jack CarvillGoals: Sean Casey 4, Liam Hood 3Half Time: 0-36Full Time: 16-58Teams:Saints: 1. Nathan Ashe, 2. Simon Atherton, 3. Ste Yates, 4. Alex Trumper, 5. Dan Brotherton, 6. Matty Ashe, 7. Ben Karalius, 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Tommy Johnson, 16. Josh Greaves, 17. Samir Tahrouai.Leeds: 1. Jimmy Watson, 2. George Elliott, 3. Jake Normington, 4. Jay Pitts, 5. Jamel Chisholm, 6. Aaron Brown, 7. Sean Casey, 8. Matty Syron, 9. Liam Hood, 10. Luke Burgess, 11. Danny Bravo, 12. Chris Clarkson, 13. Jack Carvill. Subs: 14. Tom Carroll, 15. Gareth Morgan, 16. Clayton Stott, 17. Matty Nicholson.last_img read more

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Teen accused of secretly taking photos in dressing room at Wilmington mall

first_imgA Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman said Acosta was taking pictures of women in the dressing room in Forever 21 at the Independence Mall Saturday, one of whom was a juvenile.- Advertisement – Acosta was placed in the New Hanover County Jail under a $65,000 bond, but has since been released after posting bond. (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington teen Josue Noe Acosta, 18, was arrested and charged with six counts of secret peeping over the weekend.last_img

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Recycle holiday lights in New Hanover County

first_imgChristmas lights (Photo: Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County’s Public Library and Environmental Management Department are partnering with Keep New Hanover Beautiful for a second year to recycle holiday lights.Starting Wednesday, you can bring broken and burned out holiday lights to locations around the county to be recycled, with proceeds benefiting Keep New Hanover Beautiful.- Advertisement – “We collected more than 1,860 pounds of holiday lights in our first year, and I call that a success,” said Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman. “We hope even more residents take advantage of this program in our second year, so we can keep even more holiday lights out of the landfill.”From Wednesday through January 4, lights can be recycled at all four New Hanover County Public Library locations, the county’s mobile HazWagon and Household Hazardous Waste Facility, and the Wrightsville Beach Recycling Center. Each location will have a large blue recycling cart designated for lights.Learn more about the Holiday Lights Recycling Program here.last_img read more

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Whiteville City Schools announces new superintendent

first_img Whichard comes from Edgecombe County Schools, where he has been the assistant superintendent since 2016. Before that, he was named Executive Director of Human Resources in 2015.He joined Edgecombe County Public Schools in 1998 as a teacher at Tarboro High School. He has served as Assistant Principal at SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Principal of Martin Middle School.He was selected as Edgecombe County’s Principal of the Year in 2014 and was on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Executive Board of Directors.Related Article: Pender County Schools announce return dates for students and staffWhichard has a doctorate from East Carolina UniversityWhichard takes over for Kenny Garland, who is leaving next month to become the superintendent for Jasper County Schools in Georgia. Marc Whicard (Photo: Whiteville City Schools) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville City Schools has a new superintendent.Marc Whichard was named as the new top educator at Monday night’s board of education meeting.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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El Hiblu 1 incident very much the result of European border policies

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Could the El Hiblu 1 incident have been the culmination of failed border policies? interviewed Valentin Schatz a research associate and Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law, Public International law and Public Law (Professor Alexander Proelss) of the University of Hamburg, Germany, on piracy as well as referred to the case of El Hiblu 1 throughout the conversation.READ: El Hiblu: Piracy as defined by the international law of the sea – An interview with Valentin Schatz (Part 1)READ: El Hiblu 1: Existing case law – An interview with Valentin Schatz (Part 2)Taking the incident in its context, the El Hiblu 1 incident could be viewed as the result of European border policy, Schatz remarked. He referred to the downgrading of the mission in the central Mediterranean which is now almost history as well as the restrictive policies adopted by Malta and Italy in the case of disembarking the rescuees. Schatz explained that commercial vessels are obliged to carry out search and rescue at sea when they encounter boats in distress. In the case of El Hiblu 1 the maritime rescue coordination centre had even asked the commercial vessel to conduct the search. However when it comes to disembarking the asylum seekers the commercial vessels might face problems. He explained that commercial vessels cannot take the people to Europe as they risk remaining without a port of safety or being faced with criminalization. Further Schatz explained commercial vessels are not equipped to take on board such a large amount of people in need of assistance for a long period of time.Private actors face a dilemmaComparing what happens when a search and rescue NGO steps in to when a commercial vessel is asked to conduct a rescue, Schatz observed that while NGOs as part of their self-given mandate ensure that the asylum seekers are disembarked in a recognised safe port where human rights are ensured, commercial vessels would have to make a decision to either disembark the rescuees in the ports to which they are directed by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre which is in charge over a particular case or to act similar to the NGOs. This decision between subjecting rescues to potential human rights violations in Libya and being faced with no port access, commercial losses for delays, and potentially even detention of the vessels and criminalisation of the crew should not be placed on masters of commercial vessels.Thus he explained people might ‘revolt’ on getting to know that they are being returned to Libya where they would face immediate threats. Schatz further explained that rescuees could try to talk and convince the master of the vessel to re-route or even resort to illegal means, however commercial vessels . ‘Had it been a government vessel…’Describing the situation as paradoxical, Schatz noted that while government vessels such as those operated by the  Maltese or Italian coast guard would not be in a position of taking the asylum seekers back to Libya due to the principle of non-refoulement, NGOs and commercial vessels are expected to take them back to Libya by these states.Schatz described the approach taken by the European Member States towards private actors as problematic saying that they did not accept what private actors are doing what they would have to do themselves had they been the ones rescuing the people in distress. The lawyer acknowledged that Malta and other peripheral states faced pressures and were partially left on their own to deal with the challenges of migration. However he said that despite the political dimension and attempts to pressure the bloc into long-term solutions on migration, he was not seeing positive results from the stand adopted by countries such as Malta and Italy.Problem could have been avoided had the European governments been involved in rescue missionsSchatz in his concluding remarks said that the master of a commercial vessel may feel conflicted over whether to take the people they rescued to Libya or take them to Europe. Such a conflict of interest does not lie when an NGO vessel carries out a search and rescue operation, since their aim would be to rescue asylum seekers and bring them to a recognised port of safety. He underlined that had it been a government vessel, such dilemma would have not arisen, as the asylum seekers would have been brought to safety in Europe.WhatsApplast_img read more

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SIMON NOTT Tales From The Ring Aintree Thursday

first_imgAINTREE FESTIVAL THURSDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch on day one of the Aintree Festival. After a mauling at the Cheltenham Festival how did day one fare – up north a bit and across west a bit?It doesn’t seem a year since we were last at Aintree, but as my old boss Jack Lynn used to say, ‘Your life flies by in this game’. It wasn’t exactly the same as last year though, Ben was abstaining from Michelle’s ham and cheese rolls. ‘I’m getting too fat’ he protested tapping his belly. When we got on course his willpower was tested to the max when Diane of GW Sports presented him will all manner of calorie-packed temptations. Time would tell if he gave in. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS 1:45 Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)The weather was far from ideal as betting got underway for the opener. It was lucky Lofty was a non-runner for the firm today as he’d have been having a moan-up. Mind you, soprano Laura Wright should have stopped any cold bookie grumbles by belting out ‘Land Of Hope & Glory’ outside in the pouring rain dressed in a sleeveless dress. Betting itself was very light, the punters reluctant to leave the warm, dry bars.The winner, 4/1 Kalashnikov was a good result for what we’d taken but the weather ensured the ring wouldn’t have got their whack.2:20 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)The rain didn’t deter everyone from coming down for a bet but it certainly kept business light. Feature of the heat was the weakness of favourite Band Of Outlaws. The jolly cost the firm untold bundles when it won at Cheltenham but was friendless today. Punters who gave the jolly the swerve did right as it didn’t ever really look like winning. 11/4 winner Pentland Hills won after a photo and copped a round of drinks in the book.2:50 Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1)Kemboy was another weak favourite, easing from 2/1 to 9/4. The market got that one wrong though, those firms that stuck it up the favourite must have watched the race through their fingers. It’s never nice for the bookie when the bogie wins as easy as Kemboy did.3:25 Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1)Between races an eternal optimist piped up that the rain was ‘getting warmer’. I’m not convinced he was right but it was a nice thought. Without wishing to sound like a broken record, business was once again light, once again the favourite, this time Buveur D’Air, was weak, 8/11 out to 5/6. In an eventful race Supasundae beating the jolly was a very welcome result for the books. Was the rain getting warmer? Maybe it was after all.4:05 Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (National Course)Ben pulled the boss’ rank and legged it before the next. He always was a shrewdie. The weather did shine, well not shine but the rain ceased, on the foot-soldiers that remained during the Foxhunters for which business had been poor.Burning Ambition looked to have the race won at the elbow, no good for the meagre book. Then things turned for the bookies when 14/1 Top Wood fought back to get back up to win on the run-in. That was another result for the books in addition to the rain relenting.4:40 Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3)The rain had returned colder than ever as punters made the book in the penultimate handicap. Whatswrongwithyou popular 10/1 into 7/1.As the race unfolded luck went our way as punters left us out Moon Over Germany which was a winner in the book despite returning 11/2.5:15 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)The mood along the long lines of bookmakers huddled under their umbrellas taking bets on the concluding bumper with frozen fingers was that the sooner they were back in their cars with the heater on, the better.It’s often when you least expect it, a punter came in with a grand for Misty Whisky at 8/1. Betting up to that would be challenge but it at least warmed the race a bit and would make standing in the prevailing conditions worth its while if the firm get it beaten.Another punter came in with £400 The Glancing Queen at 5/1. It was good to see punters braving the weather to bet with the bookies. The majority of punters appeared to be betting online in their phones in the bar. As they were running and the prices were off the board we laid another grand The Glancing Queen to trade.Sometimes luck just doesn’t go your way. The Glancing Queen winning at 5/1 ended a testing day in a very character building manner. We’ll be dried out, warmed up and back to get it back tomorrow.Simon Nottlast_img read more

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Will MoviePass Keep Its Millions of Customers

first_img Will MoviePass Keep Its Millions of Customers? By Annie Wang August 20, 2018 Updated: August 20, 2018 Share this article Movie-ticketing service company MoviePass recently has made a number of changes to its subscription plans in order to stay financially stable, with the latest strategy offering its customers only three movies per month.That’s a big difference for the company’s more than 3 million customers, who were once able to watch one movie every day for just $9.95 a month. While the company has become a major player in the film industry, the future profitability of its business model is being questioned.On July 27, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe sent out letters to subscribers about more changes to their subscription plans, saying that customers wouldn’t be able to see major movies during opening weekend without paying an extra fee.“Rather than raise the price of the subscription, we’ve decided to enable all of you to have the choice between high value (ability to see up to one movie a day) at a low cost ($9.95) versus the flexibility to see whichever movie you want, wherever and whenever you want to see it,” stated the letter.Movie Pass then put out a press release on July 31 announcing the business’s new plan for profitability, including “a future increase of the standard pricing plan to $14.95 within the next 30 days.”Also, tickets to blockbuster films like “Mission Impossible 6” and “Christopher Robin,” opening on more than 1,000 screens, will be limited for two weeks following the films’ releases. “These changes are meant to protect the longevity of our company and prevent abuse of the service.,” Lowe said in the press release. “While no one likes change, these are essential steps to continue providing the most attractive subscription service in the industry.”The company, owned by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., then said in a release on Aug. 6, that it would limit the number of movies its subscribers could see to three in a month and go back to the old price.“Beginning August 15, 2018, MoviePass subscribers will transition to the new plan upon their renewal, which gives subscribers up to three movies a month for $9.95, and up to a $5.00 discount for any additional movie tickets,” the statement read.MoviePass will also only allow about six movies to be available for viewing each day, and these will change daily. The schedule of the available films will be published at least a week ahead of time on its website to allow customers to plan ahead.In addition, MoviePass said that based on its research, only 15 percent of its customers went to four or more movies a month, and they hoped that the new model wouldn’t greatly affect the other 85 percent of its subscribers. Many customers have complained about the new plan on social media and canceled their subscriptions.AMC, the world’s largest theater chain, recently started its own monthly subscription service. For $19.95 a month, customers can watch up to three movies a week, but only at AMC theaters.With advance reservations and premium showings included, the AMC Stubs A-List plan is giving MoviePass some strong competition.  Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Film & TV A view of signage at the MoviePass House Park City during Sundance 2018 on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for MoviePass) last_img read more

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Student Forced to Remove Trump Shirt at USA AmericaThemed Football Game

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   At a football game in North Carolina, an 18-year-old student was furious after the principal told him to remove a jersey that had on it ‘Trump’ and ’45’. (L: Ben Hershey/Unsplash. R: Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Student Forced to Remove Trump Shirt at ‘USA America’-Themed Football Game ‘Discriminated, and my first amendment right was violated’By Mimi Nguyen Ly October 11, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018 Share Show Discussion  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Matthew’s father, a registered Democrat, said there was nothing disruptive about the shirt.“I can assure you there was nothing about this shirt that was disruptive. I think we should stand up for our rights,” Mike Collins told WTVD.“We don’t want any kids violated. We don’t want to see kids embarrassed over something like this,” Mike said. “He was not disrespectful. He was not acting in a manner that would cause attention to him.”The father has since consulted an attorney over the matter but is not going to sue. He said several school board members have contacted him, and said they will handle the situation and make things right.“We’re not promoting Donald Trump. He’s our president,” Mike said. “You’ve got to respect your president.”From NTD.tvWatch Next: Kanye West Meets Trump at Oval Office  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Mimi on Twitter: @MimiNguyenLy A father tells me his son was asked by the school principal to remove this jersey during a patriotic-themed football game after people complained. Dad, a registered Democrat, says his son complied but felt humiliated. @HarnettCoSchool says it supports expression not disruptions— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) October 10, 2018 In an interview with Big League Politics, Matthew recounted the situation: “I make the statement of ‘Why? He is the president of the United States and it is America Night.’ She responded with ‘It’s political.’ I came back at her with ‘How is it political? He is our president and it’s America Night.’ She then stated ‘change the shirt.’“I then make the statement to Mrs Gordon that ‘if Obama’s name was on the back of this jersey, you wouldn’t have a problem with it.’ She froze up and honestly didn’t know what to say,” Matthew continued.“She walked me to the gate and asked ‘if I payed’ because she was going to give me my money back. I said no and walked to my truck,” Matthew said. “At this point, I was so furious I almost had tears coming out.”Matthew did remove his shirt, saying that it “was the only way I was getting back in.” But later he felt humiliated, and left with some friends.“I 100 percent believe I was discriminated against, as well my first amendment right was violated,” he told Big League Politics. “There were many ways to handle this situation … She humiliated me and embarrassed me in front of everyone in that stadium.”The Daily Record, a local paper, said Gordon has not responded to calls for comment.The Harnett County school district did not comment on the situation directly, but issued the following statement to WTVD, an ABC affiliate, in Durham: “While we cannot comment on specific student issues, the Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students’ rights to express themselves,” the statement read.“As long as the expression does not disrupt, and is not reasonably expected to disrupt, the educational mission of the school system, these rights include wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates.” Share this article US News At a football game in North Carolina, an 18-year-old student said he was furious after the school principal told him to take off a shirt that had on it President Donald Trump’s name and the number 45.Matthew Collins wore the Trump shirt to a Harnett Central High School football game in Angier on Oct. 5, where student attendees were asked to dress patriotically for “USA America” night.Matthew said the school’s principal, Cindy Gordon, called him over at half time and asked him whether he had another shirt he could change into. Matthew said that the principal told him: “Parents are complaining about your shirt.”last_img read more

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Following the community outrage Bellaces father

first_imgFollowing the community outrage, Bellace’s father, Bruce, said he was not proud of his son and has apologized to the family for his actions.“I’m not proud of him,” Bruce told Press of Atlantic City. “I had to remove him from employment.”“Ultimately it’s my fault. Maybe we didn’t teach him right,” he added.Christian’s father, Mark Clopp, also reacted to the video in a Facebook post, saying that his initial reaction was to “was to find you and beat you senseless in defense of my son’s honor and the distress you caused my family.” In the video, Bellace, who was wearing his company’s T-shirt, could be seen putting a beer can on the ground before committing the alleged offense. The 23-year-old told ABC news that he did not remember the incident as he was intoxicated, apologizing for his conduct.“It was a big mistake I made. I was intoxicated. I didn’t know what I was doing at the time,” Bellace told the news station. “When I came to my senses the next day, I realized I made a huge mistake. I wish I could take it all back and make things right.” Crime and Incidents Share New Jersey — Man who allegedly urinated on child’s park memorial says ‘I made a huge mistake’— KAMC News (@KAMCNews) May 21, 2019 Father Fires Son After He Allegedly Urinated on 9-Year-Old Cancer Victim’s Memorial By Janita Kan May 21, 2019 Updated: May 21, 2019 Share this articlecenter_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Police tape in a file photo. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) But the former police officer said he was above that and instead hopes the incident becomes a learning experience for the two men.“I don’t know either one of you. I have no idea what exists in your life to make you so indifferent to how others feel but I hope this serves as a wake-up call and you get the help you need,” he said.“I hope it doesn’t take the heartache my family has lived through to open your eyes. Something is wrong in your life and you need to fix it. You have done serious damage to your reputation; only you can fix it. How you respond to this dictates the direction your life will take,” Clopp added.After the incident, community members from Hamilton Township came together to clean up the memorial.“Those who went to clean the playground: You are the glue that holds this community together. Your actions were kind, thoughtful and selfless. You are the example of “loving thy neighbor.” Thank God we have role models like you!” Clopp said in his post.Bellace was released on a summons and is expected in court on May 29, reported Press Atlantic City. Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan A New Jersey father has fired his son from the family plumbing business after his son sparked widespread backlash for allegedly urinating on a memorial of a young boy who died of cancer in 2012.Bryan Bellace, 23, was charged on May 19 with lewdness, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief after he was captured in a viral video allegedly urinating on a plaque at a playground in Mays Landing dedicated to Christian Clopp, a 9-year-old boy who died from an inoperable brain tumor. The plaque reads, “A child who made the world a better place through his courage, faith, smile, laughter, and love of others. May your memory and inspiration live on forever.”Township of Hamilton Police Department said in a statement that they received information about the video circulating on social media earlier that day. Authorities also charged 23-year-old Daniel Flippen, who was filming Clopp, with having an open alcoholic beverage in a park.last_img read more

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Central Oregon Real Estate Statistics Report 2013 Q3

first_img189 0 540 271 2009 2013 Area Bend Redmond 78 +95% 155 16 on November 14, 2013 By CBN 2013 0% 2013 100 Bend 352 +101% 3 Redmond 43 Ave DOM Ave Sales Amount (Thousands)  16 Central Oregon Real Estate Statistics Report: 2013 Q3 3 Rivers S 140 Sunriver +99% -90% 137 -16% Sisters 141 Bank-owned sales 31 +8% E-Headlines 193 -50% Short Sales 199 19 278 -112% 2010 -52% 23 15 195 Median Sales Amt (Thousands)  3 Rivers S 9 Each month, the Central Oregon Association of Realtors® publishes real estate statistics that help you understand what the local market is doing. Comparing the volume of sales over time, for example, provides one indicator as to whether the real estate market is growing or declining. This report covers some of the high points and trends for the third quarter of 2013 in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Three Rivers South.Central Oregon has seen a steady increase in total number of residential properties sold in Q3 between 2009-2013, including a 64.3% increase in Bend sales from 1,039 in 2009 to 1,707 in 2013. Other areas saw the following increases comparing 2009 to 2013:• Redmond: +17.3%• Sisters: +166%• Sunriver: +127%• Three Rivers South: +33%The period has seen a sharp reduction in 3rd quarter Short Sales and Bank-owned Sales between 2010 and 2013. There was a recorded increase in Sold Volume, Average Sales Amount (the sum of all the sales prices, divided by the number of sales) and Median Sales Amount (the number half way between lowest and highest amount) between 2009-2013; Sisters and Sunriver, however, saw reductions in these amounts. Average days on market (DOM) has also been decreasing, meaning that homes are selling faster. -33% Twitter 122 -81% 176 262 Bend saw positive real estate growth trends over last year and a movement away from the Short Sales and Bank-owned Sales of the Recession period. Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Three Rivers South saw similar trends. Overall, the statistically-measured trends for Central Oregon real estate are positive: More homes are on the market, and they are selling faster and for more money. Watch for upcoming monthly and quarterly reports from COAR in local publications and on the COAR website. Full statistics sheets for Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties are available at About COARThe Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) advocates for the local real estate industry and for property owners. It is the hub of real estate information, communications, training and other resources that support our real estate economic base. Kelly Walker, M.S. is Creative Director for Intrepid Marketing. For more information, contact Kelly at: (541) 419-9976 or [email protected] 269 59 % Change 2010 +27% 22 2013 2010 Share. 139 306 +28% -40% 179 Pinterest 261 317 Area 9 3 Sunriver Google+ SoldVolume(Millions)  5 Sisters 418 % Change 2013 -84% 171 74 LinkedIn 262 193 299 385 +57% -19% 6 285 -4% % Change 231 310 463 % Change % Change 2009 6 398 +10% -33% 14 6 22 +21% 238 212 154 2013 +50% Facebook -14% 424 2009 +17% 3 112 Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

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Can a Horse Improve Your Business Relationships  Personal Growth

first_imgCan a Horse Improve Your Business Relationships & Personal Growth? on December 22, 2015 By CBN Tumblr Share. (Photo above: Shera with two of the horses at BendHorseTalk| photo provided by Shera Felde) You may not be a horse person, but there is a global phenomenon that involves what horses can teach us, and what we can learn about ourselves and others in the process. It’s called Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) and it’s based on a unique approach to professional development, communication and team-building.“Traditional professional development typically involvesclassroom-style education, presented to an audience that’s expected to absorb and implement key messages,” observed Shera Felde, founder and owner of Bend HorseTalk. “It’s not personal, experience-based learning.”In order to create a moredirect, experiential learning environment, Felde has combined 40+ years of horse experience with two decades working in education and professional development. “There are a number of reasons horses are good teachers,” she explained. “For one, they give honest, non-judgmental feedback that can be applied to developing our own skills in communication, problem-solving and decision-making. We get to see ourselves as others do when we get their objective feedback.”Because horses are naturally prey animals, their safety is in their team (the herd), and they have evolved into extremely sensitive creatures. “Most of what humans react to is verbal communication,” Felde continued, but for horses, vocalizing is a very small part of their communication. So part of the EFL approach is watching for the different signals they give: such as where the feet are positioned and movements of the tail, ears and hips, all of which silently convey their messages. How well we partner with them reflects our own relational skills as well as our leadership skills.”Another key factor in the herd community is trust. Horses are not inherently trustful of others. It’s one of their survival mechanisms. They are constantly evaluating whether outsiders are worthy of their trust and respect. Just as in human interactions, being a good leader in the herd involves effective communication, confidence and sound decision-making. Because we all tend to behave with the horses as we do in our lives with people, we can see where our leadership and relational skills have gaps.“Some of us have learned to read body language and other subtle cues but horses have an innate, highly-developed ability to see through a facade. Their heightened sensitivity means that they’re able to read not only body language, but personal energy. “One of the things horses look for is congruence,” Felde said. “You can act confident, but if you’re actually fearful or angry, they will respond to that.”“Horses are all about communication, trust and respect,” said Felde. “And in business settings as well as our personal lives, most problems are either caused or exacerbated by these issues. So when we’re engaged in an activity and the horse isn’t reacting the way we’d like, how do we respond? Even without verbalizations, you can be sure they’re reading it all and sending honest feedback. We just have to learn to recognize it.”The approach at Bend HorseTalk is one of flexible, individualized coaching, rather than a pre-set agenda. Before any interaction with the horses, workshop attendees are asked to complete a questionnaire, and from these the facilitator identifies key issues, choosing and structuring activities to address the needs and interests of the specific group.“With business groups, the pre-activity survey gives people a chance to provide anonymous background on their situations and the issues they face at work,” she said. “Business groups face some common problems, but when we examine them from this unique perspective, we often find that the issue boils down to one of trust, teamwork, or communication. Sometimes the communication weakness is what we say to ourselves.”Workshops generally involve a series of activities, all conducted on the ground. (No riding is involved, and no horse experience is necessary.) After each one, the group comes together to share the experience, discuss what happened and consider how it relates to the group’s workplace. The takeaway is an identified action plan, helping the attendees develop ways to initiate change, facilitate success and improve their effectiveness as a team.“This type of learning tends to be highly individualized,” Felde added. “Attendees engage in an emotional experience that isn’t often present in traditional classroom settings, and that leads to long-term retention.”Class size at Bend HorseTalk workshops are generally limited to a maximum of eight, although larger groups can also be accommodated. The typical format is two half-day sessions or one full-day with lunch, and the setting alternates between activities in the arena and discussion as a group. An indoor classroom is available for cold weather.“This kind of participatory education can be extremely helpful, even once or twice a year, identifying issues deserving further consideration and spotlighting opportunities for personal and professional growth,” Felde concluded. “It’s a very effective learning experience.”Shera [email protected] E-Headlines Twittercenter_img Google+ Email Pinterest LinkedIn 0 Facebooklast_img read more

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SIMBAWARE Announces The Launch of Its Rapidly Deployable CloudBased Quality Management System

first_imgSIMBAWARE Announces The Launch of Its Rapidly Deployable, Cloud-Based Quality Management System By SIMBAWARE Inc 0 Google+ E-Headlines Email Twitter Share.center_img LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest on March 24, 2016 Tumblr (Photo courtesy of SIMBAWARE, Inc.)SIMBAWARE, Inc., a Massachusetts headquarter company with product design, business consulting, sales and marketing operations in Bend, Oregon announces the launch of its first application, a simple and affordable, cloud-based, electronic quality management system (QMS).SIMBAWARE was founded in 2015 to enable its customers to more efficiently improve quality and compliance while increasing competitiveness and reducing risk. Prior to launch, SIMBAWARE had already contracted two customers, a local life science research product manufacturing company and a multi-billion dollar medical device company.SIMBAWARE was founded by a team of regulatory and quality leaders, business administration and software engineering veterans based in Bend, Oregon, Massachusetts and Austria. With decades of experience implementing regulatory and quality assurance processes and systems in global manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, the team recognized that existing software platforms were too cumbersome or inflexible. As such these existing platforms are expensive or otherwise out of reach of most regulated industry (medical device, pharmaceutical, aviation, automotive, food, etc.) manufacturers and suppliers.According to Manfred Walder, vice president of operations and quality at SIMBAWARE, the company has achieved milestones in its product development and launch in mere months that would have taken years at established organizations.“SIMBAWARE is a shift in business process platform design, development and deployment,” said Walder. “Because we’ve engineered the platform to operate in the cloud, customers benefit from rapid deployment, ease-of-access, state-of-the-art security and scalability, all at rates that are exceptionally affordable compared to competing options.”About SIMBAWARE, Inc.: SIMBAWARE Inc. is a developer and provider of Quality Management Systems (QMS). Its highly configurable software as a service (SaaS) platform is offered to customers through a convenient and highly available cloud service managed by SIMBAWARE. The pre-configured, industry proven quality process models like Document Management, Corrective Action and Preventive Action, Complaint Management, Audit and Nonconforming Materials enable customers to get up and running within days.SIMBAWARE provides customers startup and ongoing support including review and mapping of their current processes, alignment of the pre-configured models to the customer process, training of local system administrators and users, ongoing system support, help desk support and integration services to customers’ on premise or cloud-based IT systems.last_img read more

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Hiring a Creative Partner 101

first_img Tumblr Google+ Hiring a Creative Partner 101 on March 15, 2017 E-Headlines, Feature Section Twitter Share. 0center_img Pinterest Email (Photo above | Courtesy of Done Photography & Marketing/Studio Absolute)There are a wealth of talented creative resources at your fingertips in the Marketing Industry issue of the Cascade Business News. Here is a quick guide on how to enter into an agreement with confidence and make the most of your marketing dollars.View and understand the portfolio. Is the work done internally or by freelancers hired by the agency? If outsourced, will the agency’s partners be part of a transparent creative team?Seek references. For a balanced view of the firm or individual’s strengths and weaknesses, seek out non-vetted reviews from past clients. We are fortunate in Central Oregon to have a strong pool of reputable creative talent. The vast majority of companies deliver as promised. The few that do not can easily be weeded out of an RFP process by interviewing previous clients and reading online reviews.Know your objectives and hire accordingly. Branding, marketing, advertising and PR firms have crossover services but specific strengths in their area of expertise. For example, Studio Absolute is a branding and design firm so our strength is in telling our client’s story in a way that differentiates them from their competition. Once a strong brand identity and standards are in place, we extend the brand through web design, print, writing, photography and other marketing platforms. As a branding firm, we develop content strategies and creative messaging for advertising but media placement is not the crux of our business model. It’s simply another tool in our toolbox for meeting a client’s overall goals for their business.Have a creative brief. A thorough creative brief helps your creative team see the project through your eyes and in doing so–saves time and money by leaving less to chance. There are great examples online that you can use as a guide.MoneyYour marketing dollars are measured so choosing the right agency or creative partner is an important decision. Below are a few tips to make the most of your investment.Communicate your budget up front. Communicating your objectives and budget at the proposal stage saves time in negotiations and puts the emphasis on how the creative team can best serve your needs. Any reputable company is going to provide the most value they can for the dollar amount you propose.Everything in writing. The chemistry is there, the ideas are flowing and you’re excited to get started. Before you sign that first check, make sure the project objectives are outlined in a detailed proposal. The proposal should include a list of specific deliverables, a timeline (if that is important), billing policies and terms. It will also explain how kill fees work should you need to exit the agreement. The well-written proposal serves as a guide and protection for both parties.Understand the deliverables. The initial discovery phase of a project may include a series of meetings and brainstorming sessions. That is an intangible deliverable but the resulting report is tangible. Both have value but it is worth being clear up front about what project fee includes.Investing in the due diligence process can save you thousands of dollars and bring your closer to your objectives–faster. Cheryl McIntosh of DONE Photography and Marketing is a commercial photographer with a 20 year marketing and branding background. She also co-owns the branding and design firm, Studio Absolute, with Creative Director, Russ McIntosh. Their work can be found at and or for more information, contact Cheryl at 541-280-0086 or [email protected] By Cheryl McIntosh, DONE Marketing + Photography Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

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