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Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frank Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers drama FILE – Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks stands on the court before the game against the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Fiserv Forum on May 15, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPATHENS, Greece — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority received the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that is being planned in the area. The mayor, Vangelis Bournous, gave no details of the construction cost but said the venue would be ready at the end of this summer.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The forward, the son of immigrants from Nigeria, was born and grew up in Athens and moved to the United States in 2013 to join the Bucks. He has a huge following in his home country, with fans following his games in the middle of the night.Antetokounmpo maintains close ties with Greece and has taken part in campaigns to promote a Greek airline and tourism, as well as recycling. His older brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, lives in Athens and plays for local club Panathinaikos, coached by Rick Pitino, formerly of the Boston Celtics and the Louisville Cardinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The blaze gutted the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, and other coastal areas, destroying more than a thousand homes.“Antetokounmpo, the well-known Giannis Antetokounmpo, has made a donation at the site to build an indoor court — I’m announcing this for the first time,” Bournous said at a campaign event ahead of local elections on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It will be built with a modern method using a steel building frame so it can be ready by the end of the summer.”Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are leading in the NBA Eastern Conference finals 2-1 over the Toronto Raptors.last_img read more

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Championship Club Nottingham Forest Donate 3,000 Food Parcels to Homeless After Match Washed Out

By on November 26, 2019

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. English ChampionshipfoodfootballNottingham Forest First Published: October 30, 2019, 3:40 PM IST The idea of social justice is deeply rooted in the English county of Nottinghamshire. After all, the city of Nottingham and the surrounding Sherwood Forest are believed to be the traditional haunts of legendary outlaw Robin Hood.The local football team has been following in the footsteps of its folklore hero – who famously stole from the rich to give to the poor – by donating food to homeless people in the community. On Saturday, Nottingham Forest, who play in English football’s second tier, provided almost 3,000 parcels of food to a local homeless charity, after its game against Reading on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.Nearly 3,000 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, and other “terrace” food were given to the charity Framework, who work to help homeless people across Nottingham, according to a club spokesperson.According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics there were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales in 2018 — a 22% increase on the previous year.Over the last few years supporters of a number of British football clubs – notably Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle, Arsenal as well as Rangers and Celtic in Scotland – have set up food banks to help people struggling financially. Forest also works with a food bank called Hope Nottingham.Game off but nothing goes to waste 👏 #NFFC CFO Samantha Gordon and @NFFC_Community CEO Graham Moran helped to hand out food left over from today’s postponed game to @Framework_HA. pic.twitter.com/Xfw5RqdNxA— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 26, 2019 ‘JUMPED INTO A VAN’Forest’s match against Reading was abandoned just a few hours before kickoff but the club had made “provisions” to avoid waste.Forest told CNN Sport that this was something they have done before when games were canceled but that Saturday’s action had been more planned.”We were trying to make the best out of the situation when the game was canceled,” the club said.Forest’s CFO Samantha Gordon and Community CEO Graham Moran even “jumped into a van” to help deliver the food.”These kind of initiatives are of paramount importance to Nottingham Forest Football Club, coming straight from our owner Evangelos Marinakis who is a great believer in working in the community to help the area improve and grow,” Club Director, Jonny Owen said.”By donating these food items, we were able to help those who need it most in the Nottingham community, those people who are at the sharp end of homelessness, as we continue to try and tackle the issue in the city,” he continued.Tom Crossland, who has supported Nottingham Forest his whole life, said: “I think it’s great. In this day and age we waste so much. I am surprised it didn’t end up in the bin,” he told CNN Sport.”Forest do a lot of work in the community now with local schools and they do a big camp out to raise money for homeless charities.”Forest won the old first division championship — now the English Premier League — relatively recently in 1978 and then shocked the football world by lifting Europe’s top club trophy — the European Cup — in the following two seasons. last_img read more

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Show utmost respect to verdict on SCS: India to all concerned

By on November 25, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) India today asked all parties involved in the South China Sea row to resolve the dispute through peaceful means without threat or use of force and “show utmost respect” to the verdict by a UN-backed tribunal.Indias reaction came after the tribunal ruled that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in South China Sea.”India supports freedom of navigation and over flight, and unimpeded commerce, based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).”India believes that States should resolve disputes through peaceful means without threat or use of force and exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or escalate disputes affecting peace and stability,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement here.”Sea lanes of communication passing through the South China Sea are critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development. As a State Party to the UNCLOS, India urges all parties to show utmost respect for the UNCLOS, which establishes the international legal order of the seas and oceans,” it said.Ruling out against China in a bitter row over territorial claims in South China Sea, the Permanent Court of Arbitration “concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line.”Asserting that it “does not accept and does not recognise” the ruling, China rejected the verdict as “null and void”.advertisementChina asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from its Southeast Asian neighbours.Manila had lodged the suit against Beijing in 2013, saying after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all political and diplomatic avenues. PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more

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Rohit Sharma creates history as T20I captain, Rishabh Pant dazzles early

By on November 17, 2019

first_imgBrilliant batting performances from Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) helped India edge past West Indies by six wickets in a last ball thriller in the 3rd T20I in Chennai on Sunday.And with that win, India completed a 3-0 whitewash as Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian cricket team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, became the only Indian captain to have led his side to two 3-0 T20I whitewashes. He had previously led the Indian team to a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka in December 2017.Rohit is also the third captain to achieve the feat after Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan (who has 3 series wins) and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (who has 5 series wins).In fact, India as a team have three such series wins. In 2016, MS Dhoni had led Team India to a 3-0 series whitewash over Australia.Rohit also has the best record as captain after leading an international team after 12 games, as he lost just once. The likes of Shoaib Malik, Michael Clarke, Asghar Stanikzai and Sarfraz Ahmed had all won 10 games in their first 12 T20Is as skipper.READ – Virat Kohli thrilled after ‘great show’ by India against West IndiesRohit had come into the match as the second highest run scorer in T20Is, having overtaken Kohli in the previous match, where he also became the first to score four T20I hundreds. He was just 69 runs away from becoming the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game, overtaking New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who has 2271 runs.advertisementTestsODIsT20IsCHAMPIONS #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/x5sxF3T3h1BCCI (@BCCI) November 11, 2018On Sunday, Rohit was dismissed for just 4 runs. However, he will get enough opportunities to overtake Guptill when India take on Australia for a three-match T20I series from November 21.READ – Rohit Sharma not satisfied despite ruthless performance vs West IndiesWhen Rohit does get to the landmark, it will be the first time an Indian would be on top of the run charts in all three formats – Sachin Tendulkar already leads the list in Tests and ODIs.Meanwhile, Pant created some history too, becoming the second-youngest Indian to score a T20I fifty, aged 21 years and 38 days. Rohit is the youngest at 20 years and 143 days.Pant was involved in a 130-run partnership with Dhawan, which is the second-highest third-wicket partnership for India, after the 134-run stand between Kohli and Suresh Raina against Sri Lanka back in 2016.last_img read more

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U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

By on November 9, 2019

first_imgWorld Cup U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 18:56 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Carlos Cordeiro Decio de Maria Serrano Steve Reed United Bid World Cup 2026 Getty Images World Cup United States Canada Mexico The three nations will share hosting duties, and secure qualification for each nation, meaning Canada will compete in their second ever tournament The United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup, after the joint bid of the three countries beat Morocco.The North American bid earned a total of 134 votes, while Morocco garnered 65.It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Three countries have never shared the duties before. The US, however, hosted the country on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986.The move is significant for both the United States and Canada, with each team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which gets underway on Thursday.USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.The African nation also received the boost of US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.Spain also did not vote. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as coach just two days before their opening game with Portugal.The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a FIFA evaluation report had called Morocco’s bid “high risk”.”On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.”The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the USA surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.Mexico, meanwhile, finished top of the qualification pool and will face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.last_img read more

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Spurs’ Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal to sink Juventus in Singapore

By on October 25, 2019

first_img Reuters SingaporeJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 22:02 IST Harry Kane overshadowed crowd favourite Cristiano Ronaldo with a sublime goal in last-minutes. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarry Kane’s last-gasp goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in frontSpurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minuteTottenham Hotspur defeat Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contestTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called one of the best goals of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday.Kane capitalised after teammate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from the halfway line high into the steamy night and over the head of Juventus’ back-pedaling goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.His goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in front.It is probably one of the best goals of my career, Kane said.I could see in parts of the game the keeper was off the line. I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’ll shoot and thankfully it went in.Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minute after Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon palmed a shot from teenage striker Troy Parrott into his path.In a more lively second half, Juventus substitute Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 56th minute after some neat interplay on the edge of the box gave him the space to place it low into the right corner.Then up stepped crowd-favourite Ronaldo.Defender Mattia De Sciglio cut the ball back to the Portuguese who drilled it across the keeper in his last touch before he was replaced.But Juventus’ lead did not last long. In the 65th minute, Moura got on the end of a pinpoint pass from Tanguy Ndombele, the French midfielder who joined Spurs for a club-record fee earlier this month.advertisementIn the closing stages, Higuain had a decent chance to break the deadlock. But it was Kane’s wonder-goal – which came after Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot lost the ball – which sealed the win in the dying seconds.It was a great goal. Unbelievable from Harry. It is good for him to set off pre-season with scoring, said Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendly matches in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow JuventusFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow English Premier LeagueFollow Serie A Next Spurs’ Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal to sink Juventus in SingaporeHarry Kane scored a sensational last-minute goal against Juventus in Singapore to earn his side a 3-2 victory in the International Champions Cup clash.advertisementlast_img read more

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Domestic Violence Court Program Expands to Halifax

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgA new specialty court program in Halifax will support healthier relationships and help protect survivors of domestic violence and their families from future abuse. The province’s second domestic violence court program officially opened today, Feb. 28, at the Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road. Judge Amy Sakalauskas of the provincial court will preside over the court which will sit one day a week. The first cases will be heard next week. Nova Scotia’s first Domestic Violence Court Program opened in Sydney in 2012. It handles about 300 cases per year. Both courts offer earlier intervention through programs for individuals who commit abuse, to help them change their behaviour and prevent future violence. “Domestic violence has touched far too many lives and we know that women and their children are the primary victims,” said Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, on behalf of Justice Minister Mark Furey. “”The court program will focus on supporting survivors right away. “”Building on what we learned from the program in Sydney, and expanding it to Halifax Regional Municipality, will help us intervene earlier, making our communities safer.” These programs represent a different way to address intimate partner violence. Unlike a traditional court, which is adversarial, the Domestic Violence Court Program is more therapeutic, using a co-ordinated community response that quickly connects family members to services and supports where they live. The accused person must also accept responsibility for their actions and commit to participate. “A significant part of this program involves monitoring the progress of offenders and supporting that person, as well as the victim and their loved ones, throughout recovery,” said Chief Judge of the provincial and family courts, Pamela Williams. “We rely on organizations working in the community for that ongoing support, which is why it was so important to have those groups at the table when we developed the program. This is truly a collaborative and more holistic approach to dealing with family violence.” More than 50 representatives from 25 local community organizations and various government departments helped the Department of Justice with the planning and development of programs and supports for families who will use the court. “We are very excited to see Nova Scotia’s domestic violence court become a reality in the Halifax area.” said Heather Byrne, executive director of Alice Housing. “We look forward to seeing how this court program will help Alice Housing clients and others who have experienced domestic violence stay safe and enable their voices to be heard.” “This new court is an excellent example of community, government and the judiciary working together to make meaningful change,” said Wendy Keen, executive director of New Start Counselling. “This has truly been a very honest and open engagement that is focused on creating a respectful, just and caring response to people affected by domestic violence.” For more information on the court, visit http://www.courts.ns.ca/Provincial_Court/NSPC_domestic_violence_court.htmlast_img read more

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UN finances better overall but challenges remain top budget official reports

By on October 6, 2019

Speaking to the General Assembly’s main Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee, Joseph Connor, the Under-Secretary-General for Management, said the UN now enjoyed better financial liquidity and flexibility. Improvements in the financial situation had been accompanied by progress in the management and administrative arena. At the same time, he noted that the UN’s regular budget appropriation had been reduced in real terms by $75 million, compelling the Secretary-General to implement measures aimed at accommodating the budget cuts.For the Organization to continue to progress towards financial stability, Member States pay their dues in full and on time, Mr. Connor stressed, welcoming the fact that the number of countries paying their regular budget assessments by the first month of this year was 42 – an increase from 39 during the same period in 2001.Last year saw a noteworthy improvement in the UN’s financial situation, but significant arrears remained and reserves were depleted, he said. While the Secretary-General was committed to addressing these problems, success depended on the support and commitment of the Member States. read more

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Labor Department proposal would make millions more eligible for overtime

By on October 3, 2019

Labor Department proposal would make millions more eligible for overtime WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, more than doubling the current threshold and extending overtime protection to about 5 million workers.Currently, salaried employees who are paid more than $455 a week — or $23,660 a year — can be exempted from overtime pay if their employer deems them to be “managers,” even if they have little in the way of supervisory duties. The Labor Department’s long-awaited proposal will raise the threshold to $970 a week — $50,440 a year — by 2016.To keep up with future inflation and wage growth, the proposal will peg the salary threshold at the 40th percentile of income, said the individuals, who requested anonymity to discuss the proposal ahead of the official announcement.President Barack Obama was to announce the proposal Tuesday morning in an op-ed in The Huffington Post, said one of the individuals. The White House declined to comment.The Labor Department’s estimates suggest the proposal would raise wages for 5 million people, but other estimates are far higher. The Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think-tank , recently estimated that a threshold of $984 a week would cover 15 million people.“This is by definition middle-class people. This reverses decades of neglect,” said EPI President Larry Mishel, adding that the proposal would also likely create jobs for hourly workers.___Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report. by Christopher S. Rugaber And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mother cleared of encouraging boyfriend to shoot crying toddler in head to

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgAsked how she felt about the incident, Horseman replied: “Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my child.”Cross-examining Horseman, Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, asked why her account given to the police while interviewed as a witness differed from her evidence in court.”Because I didn’t have a lawyer to help me. I was not in the right frame of mind,” she replied. I can’t remember specifically what happened. I am not good on video.”Mr Macfarlane asked why Horseman never mentioned saying anything to Walters before the weapon was fired.”Jordan didn’t hear what I said,” she replied.The barrister asked: “What was it you said?” Horseman replied: “I can’t remember.”Mr Macfarlane asked Horseman about the firing of an air rifle in her two-bedroom flat.”Is it something that you have found in your family… that the sound of an empty gun discharging does keep the children quiet? Have you tried it?,” he asked.Horseman replied: “I didn’t put anyone in danger. I am not that sort of person. I wouldn’t put any children in danger.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “Why fire the gun? Because you told him to do so. What did you say?” The defendant replied: “I didn’t say anything.”Mr Macfarlane asked: “I am suggesting that you are reluctant to admit that you uttered those words. You wanted the child kept quiet by having the gun aimed at him.”Harry, now aged two, was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he had emergency surgery.Doctors discovered he had a displaced skull fracture and swelling and bleeding on the brain after being shot in the right temple. The pellet has not been found.Harry’s speech is now developing normally but he suffers from several post-traumatic seizures a day and is being treated with anticonvulsant drugs. Horrible, I felt bad, sick … like that could have been my childEmma Horseman on how she felt Bristol Crown Court heard that Harry was visiting Horseman’s home in Hartcliffe with his mother Amy Allen and older brother Riley when he was shot.Walters had already admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the toddler.Giving evidence from behind a screen, Horseman had told the court that she and Miss Allen, who were friends, were sitting in the lounge chatting about how to look after two young children while Walters cleaned the air rifle in the kitchen.”I couldn’t see what Jordan was doing. All I know was that he was cleaning the gun. I know he had the gun out but I couldn’t see him,” she said.Horseman denied telling Walters to shoot Harry, telling the jury: “No, Jordan didn’t hear what I said. I can’t remember saying that.”Paul Cook, defending, asked Horseman: “What was the first you knew about the gun being fired?”She replied: “I didn’t even know it was. I just looked down and looked up and saw Harry was bleeding. That’s all that I can remember. Harry was sat on his mum’s lap.”Jordan stayed in the kitchen and didn’t come into the front room and I asked him to chuck a tea towel. I remember Jordan being on the phone and Amy saying ring the ambulance and Jordan staying in the kitchen the whole time.”Jordan said to Amy ‘What do I do?’ and Amy said ‘Ring the ambulance’ and that’s what he did. There was lots of ambulances arriving. It just happened so fast. I just remember Harry bleeding and the police turning up. I can’t remember anything else.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harry StudleyCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Harry Studley A mother of two has been acquitted of encouraging her boyfriend to shoot a crying toddler in the head with an air rifle to keep him quiet.A jury took just 35 minutes to find Emma Horseman, 24, not guilty of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Harry Studley on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence.Harry was just 18 months old when Jordan Walters pointed the telescopic weapon at him and pulled the trigger in July last year.Horseman was accused of telling Walters: “Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry.”last_img read more

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11 meter wide asteroid passing close to Earth today

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgIt may not count as a near miss, but there’s an asteroid passing very close to Earth today. How close? 66,000km close. That may sound like a long way away, but to give you some idea of where that distance falls in line with other close proximity objects we know about, our satellites orbit at around 20,000km, and the Moon is around 356,000km away. Therefore the asteroid will be classified in the top 20 of closest passes on record.The asteroid is called 2012 BX34 and measures roughly 11 meters in diameter. It did cause a few astonomers concern when it was initially discovered. Observers thought BX34 would pass much closer to Earth at around 20,000km, but the predictions were off and we are not going to lose any satellites. A collision with Earth definitely won’t happen so we can all relax.If you’re trying to visualize how big an 11 meter wide asteroid is, the BBC refer to it as about the same size as a double-decker bus:Even so, when it passes by at around 11am EST (4pm GMT), you won’t be able to look up and see it with the naked eye. However, if you’re an amateur astronomer with a decent telescope set up, you could catch a glimpse of it speeding past.Gareth Williams of the Minor Planet Center has some further reassurance for us. A bus-sized asteroid may sound huge, but in the grand scheme of things it is relatively tiny, and even if it did have a course that saw it travel into our atmosphere, it would most likely break up into smaller pieces. via BBC News and Space.comlast_img read more

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Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water for

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3231746 34 Comments Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 5:52 PM The first thing I thought is ‘I told (my wife) I wouldn’t die first’.Miller, who is married with young children, said he went “into an almost robotic state and thought ‘just count to 60, move my arms, readjust’”.Just try and be calm, be logical. Like I watched a cricket climb across a piece of grass for two hours. 46,092 Views Share511 Tweet Email3 Source: Facebook Source: 9NewsAN AUSTRALIAN MAN has had a lucky escape after a digger he was driving overturned and rolled into a muddy dam.45-year-old Daniel Miller was trapped after the mechanical tracks of the excavator he was driving shifted unexpectedly forcing both him and the machine into the water.Miller had been tending to plants on his Charlotte Bay, New South Wales, property when the accident occurred, just after 2.30pm Australian time on Tuesday afternoon.Subsequently, the roll-bar from the vehicle pinned him beneath the surface of the water as he tried to make his escape.He remained in that position, with his head barely above the surface of the water, for five hours.“I didn’t have time to jump clear so I kind of rode the machine down hoping I would be alright. I hit the water and went under. The next thing I feel is the roll bar come across my back, the dam was very soft, very muddy,” he told Australian station 9News.“I thought I have to get the surface, so I pushed my arms up into the mud and grabbed a mouthful of air. Feb 9th 2017, 5:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan I was thinking about how my family is going to find me face down in the dam dead on my property, so that wasn’t going to happen – not without a fight. Source: Facebook Source: FacebookFinally, Miller’s cries for help brought a neighbour to his assistance, and emergency services were duly able to dig him out.He survived, miraculously, with only minor back injuries and a case of hypothermia.His wife, Saimaa, doesn’t see his survival as a coincidence though. Source: Facebook“It was literally sheer mental strength and determination to survive that got him through,” she said in a Facebook post.As well as being fit, strong and healthy. Nothing to do with luck. Legendary effort from a legendary man.Read: Supermacs are hiring… someone to taste their chicken sandwichesRead: Driver thinks he’s being stopped for speeding – has cat stuck in engine grille Short URL Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours 45-year-old Daniel Miller escaped with his life after the excavator he was driving pinned him almost beneath the surface of a waterlogged dam for five hours.last_img read more

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USDA Releases Digital Toolkit for TPP

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) recently shared a digital toolkit to help explain how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can help the American agricultural industry reach more of the world’s consumers. The digital toolkit is full of links, information, social media hashtags, images and other sample posts from USDA’s digital channels.The TPP agreement would help America’s farmers tap into Asia-Pacific markets, reduce agricultural barriers in the TPP regions, create jobs within the exporting industry and strengthen the economic future of rural America.Growers are encouraged hope to use these resources to continue the effort in spreading the word about the importance of the TPP agreement on the U.S. agricultural industry and America.The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently led a coalition to discuss the implications of TPP and what it means for American farmers at a press event, where ASA President Wade Cowan, Brownfield, Texas, stressed that the partnership is great testament of agriculture joining forces to support each other and work together.last_img read more

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ASA Policy Priorities for 2019

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) entered 2019 focused on achieving key federal legislative and regulatory priorities that can benefit soybean farmer competitiveness and profitability.Topping the list for 2019 is pushing the Administration to resolve its tariff war with China, including rescinding its Section 301 duties if China agrees to lift its 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.  When and if this happens, the process of rebuilding the U.S. market in China could take years. So, ASA is also pressing to open Free Trade Agreement negotiations with other countries that have potential to import more soy and livestock products. In addition to the European Union, Great Britain and Japan, prospects include Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.Another initiative to increase U.S. competitiveness is to double funding for the FMD and MAP export promotion programs.  Funding projects that upgrade the inland waterway system infrastructure is also high on ASA’s list. Finally, ASA remains focused on extending the biodiesel tax credit, both retroactively for 2018 and forward to 2023.  Each of these priorities would help restore U.S. competitiveness and farmer profitability in 2019 and future years.One must-do item no longer on the list is enacting the 2018 Farm Bill. ASA pushed hard for Congress to find strong bipartisan majorities to pass the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” which President Donald Trump signed on Dec.  20.  The legislation extends programs that have provided a needed assurance of price and income protection, and allows producers to choose between the PLC and county ARC programs four times on a farm-by-farm and crop-by-crop basis.The bill also raises the soybean marketing assistance loan rate to $6.20 from $5 per bushel, and increases the cap on the CRP to 27 from 24 million acres. These provisions were strongly supported by ASA. ASA also worked to convince the Administration to approve a second MFP payment in December, providing soybean farmers with $1.65 per bushel on their entire 2018 production.last_img read more

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Success Dragon to spend HK30 million from share placement to launch blockchain

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first_img Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Success Dragon said it would spend HK$30 million of the raised funds to hire the relevant personnel, expand the office premises and develop relevant management and settlement systems and platforms to build up the group’s blockchain expertise. The company added that it has also identified candidates for Chief Technology Officer and has started looking for potential developers and third-party resources to build up a related blockchain system and platform.Explaining its interest in blockchain, Success Dragon said, “The group intends to expand its business by applying blockchain technologies to improve its business operations. For example, blockchain technologies could be used to track gaming machines leased by consolidating delivery records, maintenance and servicing records, usage records, agreements, invoices and payments into a single transparent, easily accessible and secure ledger.“This will reduce the need to engage multiple systems and resources and potentially make these machines available to clients who are further away and who may not have the necessary infrastructure to accurately report the delivery, maintenance and usage records required to use these machines.Success Dragon revealed earlier this month that its cash reserves are down to just HK$1.2 million. Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load More RelatedPosts Macau-based electronic gaming machine service provider Success Dragon says it will use almost half of the HK$68 million it hopes to raise via the placing of new shares to establish a blockchain business.The company announced in early August that it planned to place almost 415 million shares representing 20% of the issued share capital of the company with a view to raising up to HK$97.5 million. That figure has now been revised to around HK$68.8 million representing 14.11% of issued share capital.last_img read more

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Campfires RestrictedProhibited In Certain Areas

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first_imgFire danger remains very high over much of the state.  Residents and visitors are urged to continue to use extreme caution with anything that could ignite a fire. King: “Our hope that folks will never leave a fire unattended. If it’s too hot to touch than it is too hot to leave behind.”  Remember, you are responsible for any fire you start and can be held liable, both criminally and financially, if that fire escapes and starts a wildfire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 5th, 2019 at 06:33 amIn response to the current high fire danger throughout the state, effective immediately and until further notice, open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided at developed recreational facilities within the Northern, Mat-Su, Chugach/Southwest, Kodiak and Kenai Regions of Alaska State Parks; within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park; and all Bureau of Land Management lands it manages in east-central Alaska. Alicia King, Public Affairs with the Forest Service: “In the Kenai Peninsula area on our Seward Ranger district we are restricting all fires in that area of the Kenai Peninsula and across the Seward Ranger district.”  It is the responsibility of individuals to know what, if any, fire restrictions are in effect in the land they are recreating on. Be sure to check with the appropriate land manager to ensure you have the correct information. For statewide fire information, visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/or http://www.akfireinfo.com.last_img read more

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Trump admits Russia boosted his election

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first_imgDonald TrumpPresident Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Thursday that Moscow helped him win the White House in 2016 — before retracting himself to launch a fiery attack on Robert Mueller and the Russia probe.”Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax,” Trump tweeted, in an outburst against Special Counsel Mueller’s suggestion that Congress impeach him for obstructing the two-year investigation.”And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,” Trump said.It appeared to be the first time that Trump accepted claims by US intelligence chiefs that Russian government meddling aided his stunning upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.Although Trump did not remove the tweet, he shortly afterward sought to walk back the admission, telling reporters as he left on a trip to Colorado that Russia “if anything, helped the other side,” or Clinton.”Russia did not get me elected. You know who got me elected? I got me elected,” he said.”Russia didn’t help me at all.”Trump has stridently rejected any suggestion his victory was illegitimate ever since US intelligence chiefs announced in January 2017 that Moscow interfered heavily in the election, hacking computers and manipulating social media largely to damage Clinton and boost Trump’s campaign.His outburst came a day after Mueller — in his first public comments on the investigation he was named to lead in May 2017 — said the probe had established “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.””Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system,” he said, with their hacking “designed and timed… to damage a presidential candidate.”Trump: Mueller is ‘conflicted’Mueller also reiterated that the investigation found evidence of attempts by Trump to obstruct his investigation.”If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” he said.But he said he was blocked from charging the president by Justice Department regulations and indicated that it is up to Congress to launch impeachment proceedings to determine if Trump committed a crime.”When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable,” Mueller said.Trump in response slammed Mueller as conflicted and said the investigation had produced no evidence against him.”Robert Mueller should have never been chosen,” to lead the probe, he told reporters Thursday.”I think he is a total conflicted person. I think Mueller is a true never-Trumper.””He is somebody that dislikes Donald Trump. He is somebody that didn’t get a job that he requested.”Asked about growing clamor in Democratic ranks for the launch of impeachment proceedings against him, Trump called it “presidential harassment.””To me it’s a dirty word, the word impeach, it’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word, and it had nothing to do with me,” he said.”There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor,” he said, referring to the grounds defined in the US constitution for removing a president.”So how do you impeach based on that?”Democratic leaders have remained cautious about taking the politically fraught step to remove the president, with elections less than 18 months away.Nancy Pelosi, the top Democratic lawmaker, said Wednesday that Congress would step up investigations, but studiously avoided the word impeachment.”The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the president accountable for his abuse of power,” she said.”The American people must have the truth.”But several Democratic presidential hopefuls are pressing for Congress to start impeachment proceedings.”If he were anyone other than president of the United States, he would be in handcuffs and indicted,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.”What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable,” Senator Kamala Harris said on Wednesday.last_img read more

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4 Reasons Not to Hire a Full Stack Developer for Your Startup

By on August 30, 2019

first_img 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » The idea of a “full stack” developer has been around since the early 2000s, and it’s steadily gaining momentum as a standard in the startup sphere.With nearly a third of developers considering themselves full stackers, the term has become one of the most popular hiring buzzwords of the decade. But does your startup really need one? Probably not.1. It’s a nebulous concept.There are no exact definitions for a full stack developer. The consensus, however, is that full stack developers are skilled in front-end/UI, back end language and database. While this seems like a simple enough characterization, it doesn’t really describe any particular skill set.Related: Successful Startups Know How to Motivate Top Software DevelopersFor starters, “full stack” it doesn’t specify which stack someone is proficient in. Are we talking about LAMP, MEAN/MERN or Laravel stacks? Does the stack include web-based applications such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML and SQL Server, or is it more mobile-focused with iOS Swift, MySQL and Java?“Full stack developer” is an excellent keyword for connecting job seekers and recruiters, but it does a poor job of actually describing a meaningful position in your company.2. Your startup has specific needs.Startups are unique beasts in the business world, often serving — or even inventing — distinctive niches. This specificity, along with budgetary and business constraints, means that most startups can’t afford to have the wrong personnel on their team.Companies that push and update tech often will benefit from an integration engineer. On the flip side, companies such as financial or global organizations that don’t make too many changes, but require a high level of stability, will likely require a performance expert. Even more helpful is recruiting people who have the exact skill set your business needs. If your startup is app-based, a full-stack developer without expert knowledge of Android or iOS will be of little use.Related: Do You Have Too Much Tech or Not Enough? 5 Ways to Find Out.Leading with terms like “mobile application developer,” “web application developer” or “UX developer” will draw candidates that have the specific skills you need while any additional required skills can be detailed within the job description.3. Technology is becoming too complex.Early applications required little more than basic if-then-else statements, so acquiring a full stack of knowledge wasn’t as daunting a task for avid developers. As technology becomes increasingly labyrinthine, however, professionals with deeper knowledge of a smaller subset may be a better bet.Ideally, your IT team will consist of at least one person with a broad understanding of the relevant stacks as well as specialists in each component. This generalist serves as a hub that connects the experts to ensure comprehensive integration.4. Full stack developers are unicorns.The main reason that you shouldn’t hire a full stack developer for your startup is that they likely do not exist. With the increasing complexity of today’s technology comes the simple truth that being an expert in every facet is simply not possible.The rise of mobile applications, predictive machine intelligence, intricate data analytics, cloud database services and a multitude of JavaScript frameworks has made maintaining deep knowledge of a full stack of front end tools, back end architecture and everything in between implausible to the point of fatuity.Related: Looking for a Tech Job? Then Learn How to Recognize Early Stage UnicornsHowever trendy, hiring a full stack developer may not be the best course of action for your startup. Instead, your search for a ”full stack” developer should be less about a jack-of-all-trades skill set and more about the suite of skills that matches your startup’s specific needs coupled with a high-level understanding of the various concepts that make up a particular stack. Your startup is unique. Make sure that the tech team behind it is as well. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 11, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Windows Tweaker disorganized but powerful

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first_imgWindows Tweaker: disorganized but powerful by Martin Brinkmann on November 16, 2016 in Software – Last Update: November 10, 2016 – 9 commentsWindows Tweaker is a software program for Microsoft Windows devices that you can use to fine tune various features of the operating system.The open source program is compatible with all supported versions of Windows starting with Windows Vista and up to Windows 8.1. While Windows 10 is not mentioned, most of the tweaks work fine on the newest version of Windows as well.While there are plenty of tweak apps out there for Windows, there is always room for one more especially if it does not just rehash what other programs already offer.Windows TweakerWindows Tweaker ships with more than one hundred tweaks sorted in more than a dozen main categories and dozens of sub-categories.While that may sound neat, it makes it difficult to keep an overview and navigate the program. See, the categories that it supports are listed on the left, and sub-categories as tabs in the main interface. It happens more often than it should that you end up with a single tweak on a page.While I’m no fan of throwing all tweaks on a single page, less categories would mean faster access to the tweaks without losing anything in the process.The current layout means that you have to click a lot to check out all the tweaks Windows Tweaker offers. There is no index of tweaks available that would allow you fast access, nor is there an option to change the layout to be more user friendly.The built-in search is probably the closest that you get to that. Click on the search icon, type a phrase or word, and get suggestions in list form right on the same page.Checkboxes are provided to enable or disable certain operating system features. You need to click on one of the save buttons to apply them to the system.One shortcoming is that Windows Tweaker does not create a system restore point before it makes those changes. It is recommended that you create one, or a backup of the system, before you run the program.You find a “create system restore point” option under the options button, but it needs to be activated manually.As far as tweaks are concerned, there are plenty of them. Here is a short selection:Enable Automatic Sign-In to Windows.Change the border width of windows.Add or remove context menu items in Explorer.Schedule custom tasks.Hide specific folders, and create special folders that cannot be deleted.Disable certain operating system features (thumbnail caching, all Windows-shortcuts..)There is plenty more. It is probably best to click through all the menus that the program offers on first start as it is the only way you get a complete overview of what Windows Tweaker offers.Closing WordsWindows Tweaker could use an interface overhaul, or at least a second layout mode that improves the accessibility and visibility of the tweaks it ships with. If you look beyond that, you get a capable program for Windows to change more than a hundred operating system features.Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Windows TweakerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://www.thewindowstweaker.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Amazon Black Friday Deals Discount PlayStation 4 Slim Xbox One S Bundles

By on August 27, 2019

first_imgBlack Friday is almost upon us, and new deals on video game consoles, accessories and games are coming in constantly. Today, those looking into purchasing PlayStation 4 Slim and Xbox One bundles will be happy to know that Amazon is offering them for reduced prices as part of the retailer’s Black Friday deals.For the next few days, Amazon is offering the PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted 4 Bundle, including a 500 GB PS4 Slim console, the popular Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and a DualShock 4 controller, with a 17% off its full price, $249 instead of $299. The retailer is also offering the DualShock 4 controller with a 35% off.Plenty of Xbox One bundles also got their prices slashed for Black Friday on Amazon. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle, including a 1TB Xbox One S console and the recently released third person shooter by The Coalition, is available for $299. Another very nice bundle, including a 500GB Xbox One S console, Battlefield 1 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is available for $288.99 instead of $359.98. The Xbox wireless controller is also available with a 35% off.Speaking about Xbox One games, the already mentioned Gears of War 4 and ReCore are available for reduced prices. Skyrim Special Edition and the PC exclusive  Civilization 6, both released recently, also got a price reduction.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is definitely the best way to enjoy the game right now, thanks to a variety of enhancements and improvements. The game itself hasn’t changed much since its original release, however, so those who have spent hours upon hours exploring the game’s world may not find the Special Edition all that special like noted in Rosh’s review.Although the allure of returning to one of the most engaging Elder Scrolls titles might be overwhelming, Skyrim Special Edition itself feels dated, with little improvements made in terms of gameplay and graphics. You’ll play it for hours, but you’ll keep wondering why.The Amazon Black Friday deals will be going strong for the next few days, so make sure to take advantage of them as soon as possible to purchase bundles and single games for the best possible prices. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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