Schedule predictions: Second three games

first_imgUSATSI_7643841_154512258_lowresPredictions of the first three gamesOnce Oklahoma State gets through the Florida State gauntlet and handles Missouri State and UTSA then the real season begins.No matter what happened in those first three games you can, at this point, still win the conference crown and make it to a big-boy bowl game (possibly even the playoffs).Let’s get to the second three games on the schedule.Texas TechHome on September 24 (Thursday)I believe I’ll be attending this one and it should be a gem. Texas Tech shouldn’t be that great but they might be crazier than a Miley Cyrus-Jesse Pinkman (the character, not the actor) love child which means getting them at home on a Thursday night will be wild and fun and Mike Holder might want to invest in a company that makes new scoreboards.As a program OSU is just better than Tech is right now — deeper, stronger, more consistent. That doesn’t mean Tech won’t win but I think Old Gundy > New GundyPrediction: OSU by sevenRecord: 3-1Iowa StateHome on October 4I do love getting the Cyclones at home if only because it means I don’t have to see a psychiatrist about the PTSD I experience when I flip on my TV and see a bunch of orange running around Jack Trice.I keep hearing that Paul Rhoads is a good coach — and I actually do like him quite a bit — but his records at Iowa State by year are as follows:7-65-76-76-73-9I didn’t ace statistics in college but I believe that’s trending in the incorrect direction.Prediction: OSU by 14.Record: 4-1KansasLawrence on October 11Prediction: Pokes by 21Record: 5-1We haven’t reached the “omg did David Boren or Joe Castiglione make this schedule” portion of the schedule yet, but it’s coming.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Manchester City under FA investigation over Sancho’s signing from Watford

first_imgShare on Messenger Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp news The allegation was published by Der Spiegel on its website on Friday. The German publication reported that Sancho was represented by Emeka Obasi, who was given a £200,000-a-year scouting contract that was actually an “impermissible payment” by City to help facilitate the then 14-year-old’s move. A player cannot be represented until the year they become 16.City offered the response they have given to Der Spiegel’s previous reports into the club and Uefa’s financial fair play regulations and players’ image rights. “We will not be providing any comment on out-of-context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people,” a club statement said. “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.”The Guardian tried without success to reach Obasi for comment on Wednesday.Der Speigel’s report is the latest to draw on information from the Football Leaks website. Sancho, now 18 and at Borussia Dortmund, moved from Watford to City for a fee of around £150,000. Share on Twitter Share via Email Manchester City Reuse this content Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics Share on LinkedIn Watford Share on WhatsApp Manchester City are being investigated by the Football Association regarding claims the club made an irregular £200,000 payment to the agent of Jadon Sancho when the forward joined from Watford in 2015. Share on Pinterest Read morelast_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder raps: Henderson needs to do better

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder raps: Henderson needs to do betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says Dean Henderson needs “to do better” after a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.The on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper gifted Gini Wijnaldum his winner on the day.Wilder rapped: “If he wants to be a professional footballer, these things are going to happen. But if he wants to play for the top teams, he wants to play for England then he needs to do better, he needs to concentrate more, it’s a disappointing day for him. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better.”The manager also said: “I am not bothered about pride, I am bothered about the result. Liverpool had an off day and I think we missed an opportunity. In pressurised situations we need to remain composed. We were delighted with the shape but there chances came from our mistakes.”We have had big moments in the game but we did not take them, we had to jump all over it and we didn’t. We had enough to get something out of this game but we did not take our opportunities. Points are the most important thing and we did not get the points we deserved today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alabama Fans Not Happy With Hit On QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_img Another, closer look at the hit on Tua Tagovailoa:Al the “player safety” and “targeting” focus and Tua gets drilled on a late hit in the end zone with no call. #Alabama #cfb @AlabamaFTBL— SportSource Analytics (@SportSourceA) September 28, 2019Luckily he is okay, flexing after absorbing the hit on the score.Alabama has the ball back, and just hit Smith for another big gain of 45 yards. Still, you never want to see your quarterback take a shot like that, especially with how Tua’s played so far in his college career.As you can imagine, Alabama fans were none too happy with the play:@SECOfficiating no late hit or targeting on Alabama’s 2nd TD? Clear hit to the head on Tua by Ole Miss defender. #norulesforbamaopponets— BCinTtown (@BCinTTown) September 28, 2019That should’ve been a late hit on Ole Miss #1. Tua was a whole 3 yards in the end zone and he pops him. Ole miss came to play dirty and get the win however they can I see 🤨🤔🤔 Run it the Fuck UP!!— Straight up…Tua 🐐 (@BamaBoy26101314) September 28, 2019Ole Miss playing dirty dirty today. BS hit on Tua, he was 3 yards into the endzone— Austin Randolph (@austinsrandolph) September 28, 2019They hit Tua like that again, when he’s already a few yards deep in the end zone, we’re gonna have a problem chief.— Peyton (@PeytonBM18) September 28, 2019Ole Miss has given Alabama trouble in the past, winning back-to-back games against the Crimson Tide in 2014-15 under Hugh Freeze. Matt Luke, in his third year as head coach, could really use a signature win like this. His Rebels are hanging tough, even with starting quarterback Matt Carrol out for the game.Tua Tagovailoa has been near-perfect though.So far, he is 11-for-12 for 153 yards and a touchdown, and scored from one yard out on that run. If Ole Miss can’t find a way to disrupt him a bit, this score won’t be close for long. Tua Tagovailoa takes a scary hit in the end zone on a touchdown run for Alabama vs. Ole Miss.CBSTua Tagovailoa just set another Alabama record. The superstar quarterback scrambled to score the team’s second touchdown of the day, to put the Crimson Tide up 14-10 on Ole Miss.Earlier in the game, he found Devonta Smith on a slant that the receiver broke for a 74-yard touchdown. Those two scores put him at 81 for his Alabama career, in just his second year as starter, breaking a record by AJ McCarron.That second touchdown wasn’t without a scary moment, though. A few yards into the end zone, Tua took a big hit from a pair of Ole Miss defenders.💪— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) September 28, 2019last_img read more

Shame on you Trudeau Pipeline critics shout down PM at Nanaimo town

first_imgNANAIMO (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke over jeers of “shame” Friday at a rowdy town hall meeting in Nanaimo, where he spent a large part of the two-hour gathering defending his government’s decision to support the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline through the province.Trudeau said the pipeline is a key component of the federal government’s approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which means Ottawa had to get a national agreement on carbon pricing that will allow Canada to meet its international commitments on climate change.“But in order to do that, part of moving forward is approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which will be able to get our resources responsibly and safely to new markets across the Pacific,” he said, adding the government’s ocean protection plan will better protect the coastline from oil spills at the same time.An emotional woman at townhall in #Nanimo begs @JustinTrudeau, “Please, please don’t approve the pipeline”— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) February 2, 2018“It is in the national interest to move forward with the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and we will be moving forward with the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”The town hall was often raucous.The prime minister faced a mix of cheers and boos on his arrival. When he spoke about the pipeline, he was repeatedly interrupted, causing him to show his frustration at one point by exclaiming: “Come on! Come on! Really?”“If you can’t respect the people in this room, you need to leave,” he said before asking the police to remove those who were disrupting the event.Police physically removed a man and two women as someone else shouted: “Shame on you Trudeau.”Trudeau spoke to an overflow crowd estimated by officials at 1,700 people in the gymnasium at Vancouver Island University, while dozens of protesters carried anti-pipeline placards outside. One man held up a sign throughout the town hall that read: “Climate leaders don’t build pipelines.”.@JustinTrudeau loses patience at #Nanaimo townhall. “REALLY? COME ON!” he says to crowd. Asks crowd if it’s time for hecklers to leave. Crowd cheers. Trudeau asks police to remove them.— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) February 2, 2018The final town hall of his cross-country tour started almost an hour late because of travel delays caused by weather, officials said. So many people wanted to attend the event that organizers were shifting seating in the gym at the last minute to make room.While the many questions centred on the pipeline issue, Trudeau ended up fielding about 20 questions, ranging from the opioid crisis to fish farm policy to how Canadian children are taught about residential schools in classrooms.“I had tears in my eyes at the end of it,” said Nanaimo resident Deborah Haight.She said she opposes the pipeline, but she was not happy about the reception Trudeau received.“I just felt we could give have given him a little bit more respect,” Haight said.B.C. announced proposals earlier this week that would ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called that an unconstitutional attempt to get around federal approval of the Kinder Morgan project, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Georgia Strait from five to 34 per month.Notley promised to suspend electricity talks with the province in its first step to fight against the B.C. government’s proposal. Up to $500 million annually for B.C.’s coffers hangs in the balance, Notley said.B.C. Premier John Horgan said earlier this week his government consulted Alberta and Ottawa about his province’s intentions, which includes appointing a scientific advisory panel to study the issue.On Friday, he said the provincial government’s move was not intended to be provocative.“We are not putting in place regulations today, we are not putting in regulations at the end of the month. We are putting in place a consultation and an intentions paper so that the public has an understanding of the potential impact of a catastrophic spill within British Columbia.”Watch the town hall belowlast_img read more

Ontario Fall Economic Statement set to be delivered on Nov 15 minister

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives will deliver their first major update on the state of the province’s books in two weeks, the finance minister said Thursday, promising to offer a clear snapshot of the government’s finances.Vic Fedeli provided few details on what the Fall Economic Statement will contain when it’s issued on Nov. 15, saying only that the government did not plan to use one-time revenue to tackle the province’s $15-billion deficit.“The days of phoney numbers in Ontario are over,” he said.Opposition legislators said, however, that the government has overstated the deficit by including spending earmarked for programs brought in by the previous Liberal regime that are being scrapped.Fedeli said the $15-billion figure was arrived at by a commission of inquiry that spent a month going through the previous government’s spending.The Tories have also explained that they chose to adopt accounting practices used by the auditor general in arriving at the deficit figure.The Liberals had fought with Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk who said they had “dramatically understated” Ontario’s deficits by counting certain pensions plans as assets and moving borrowing for a hydro plan off the province’s books. Lysyk refused to sign off on the Liberal government’s public accounts for two years as a result of the dispute.Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said the government needs to clearly account for savings from programs under the Liberals that are being cancelled.“I suspect you might see a lower (deficit) number that they will take some credit for,” he said. “But you have to take a close look at those numbers.”The Progressive Conservatives, who won a majority in June, have not provided a timeline for getting the province to balance, although they promised during the election campaign to get back into the black by the end of their mandate.The economic statement is delivered annually to provide an update on the province’s finances. In 2017, the-then Liberal government used it to cut taxes for small businesses in an effort to offset increases to minimum wage.last_img read more

North American energy ministers sign agreement to share data on clean energy

WINNIPEG — Canada, the United States and Mexico have agreed to share information, maps and clean-energy innovations — a step toward a continental energy strategy that would include lower emissions and greater energy security.Energy ministers from the three countries met for a day in Winnipeg and said they are making progress toward greater co-operation. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz cited the new Liberal government in Canada, along with energy reforms in Mexico, as being part of a “revived relationship.”“The trilateral relationship certainly is not missing a beat. If anything, I think it is accelerating even more with the very strong Canadian commitment in the areas of energy, environment and innovation,” he said Friday.Moniz, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell signed a memorandum of understanding that commits the three countries to share information on climate-change adaptation, clean-energy technologies, low-carbon electricity and more.The three ministers also announced that an earlier plan to map out the energy infrastructure across North America and include it in one place — a web platform — has been completed.Obama seeks new $10-per-barrel oil tax in budget proposal to fund clean transportAlberta’s clean-tech sector could be one of the province’s few growth businesses in 2016Carr said the three countries have a common understanding of what constitutes clean energy and share a commitment to sustainability.“North America is truly on the same page on all of these issues. I think that it’s a happy alignment,” he said.As the ministers were signing the agreement, a young man protesting the Energy East pipeline stood up and unfurled a small banner that read “Keep It In The Ground.” He was allowed to say his piece before he was escorted out by security.The pipeline would move more than one million barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta through Central Canada to refineries in New Brunswick.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said a continental energy strategy will be up for discussion when he meets with President Barack Obama next month.Some environmental groups hope the end result will be a firm climate-change agreement that would be as binding on individual countries as trade agreements are.“It’s still early days, but if this agreement evolves into a continental climate pact that has the same kind of enforcement teeth as trade agreements have now, it will be a leap in the right direction,” Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada wrote in an email. read more

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha begins work

Ambassador Aryasinha is married and has three children. (Colombo Gazette) Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today having being appointed to the position by President Maithripala Sirisena.The new Foreign Secretary Aryasinha was warmly received by his colleagues this morning, upon arrival at the Ministry. On leave from the Foreign Service, in 1993-1995 he served as National Information Officer in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, he was a pioneer in the setting up of Rupavahini, the National Television Network of Sri Lanka, where he served as a Senior Political Correspondent/ News Editor from 1982-1988.Foreign Secretary Aryasinha is a past student of Ananda College, Colombo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Peradeniya and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Colombo. He was a ‘Hurst Fellow’ in International Relations at the School of International Service (SIS), American University, Washington DC in 2001-2002. Having joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1988, he was Second Secretary in New Delhi (1989-1991) and Minister and later Deputy Chief of Mission with Ambassador rank in Washington D.C. (2002-2006). He served as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and to the European Union from April 2008-June 2012, and as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland (July 2012-March 2018), while being concurrently Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Between 1995-2000 and again in 2007-2008 he headed the Public Communications Division and was the Foreign Ministry Spokesman. Ambassador Aryasinha was previously Additional Secretary/ Economic Affairs and Trade in the Foreign Ministry since April 2018. read more

UN envoy calls for litre of water per day for people in

The United Nations envoy for the most vulnerable countries has called for a global campaign to bring safe drinking water to the millions of people living in the world’s most impoverished States.In an opening speech at the First Global Peace Film Festival in Beppu, Japan, on Friday, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries (LDCs) and Small Island States proposed a campaign to ensure at least one litre of water a day for each of the 300 million people without access to safe drinking water in the LDCs. Mr. Chowdhury said that in recognition of the value of water to human health, well being, poverty reduction, sustainable development and peace, the UN had declared the years 2005 to 2015 to be the “International Decade for Action: Water for Life.” Yet over 40 per cent of the population in the LDCs remains without access to an improved source of drinking water.To achieve sustainable peace, he advocating improving “living conditions of the whole of humanity through poverty eradication, equitable economic development, good governance and democratization and respect for human rights.” He added that sustainable peace also requires changing “the subjective conditions that breed conflict, our beliefs and our prejudices, by cultivating the values of tolerance and understanding, in short, the culture of peace, in our mindsets.”Mr. Chowdhury emphasized the role of film and other forms of art in promoting dialogue and understanding and galvanizing action in support of the victims of natural and man-made disasters. He urged filmmakers to focus more purposefully on those in distress, the poor and the marginalized in society.The film festival, sponsored by the City of Beppu, Friends of the UN and the Global Peace Film Committee, was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the UN and the Decade for the Culture of Peace. read more

AutoNation 1Q net income up 5 per cent on higher new used

AutoNation 1Q net income up 5 per cent on higher new, used vehicle sales by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 7:53 am MDT RICHMOND, Va. – AutoNation says that its first-quarter profit rose 5 per cent on growing new and used vehicle sales.The nation’s largest auto dealership chain said Wednesday that its net income rose to $73 million, or 55 cents per share. That compares with $69.4 million, or 46 cents per share, a year earlier. It says net income from continuing operations at 56 cents per share is a record for the quarter.The company, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says revenue increased 10 per cent to $3.66 billion.Analysts expected earnings of 53 cents per share on revenue of $3.59 billion.AutoNation Inc. says new-vehicle revenue at dealerships open at least one year increased 8 per cent and were up 10 per cent overall.Used vehicle revenue rose more than 10 per cent. read more

Ahead of Fathers Day UNICEF cites critical role fathers play in early

“What these numbers show us is that father’s are struggling to play an active role in their children’s early years,” said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy, in a statement on the study, released as some 80 countries around the world are set to celebrate Father’s Day this coming Sunday.“We must break down the barriers that prevent fathers from providing their babies and young children a conducive environment for them to thrive, including love, play, protection and nutritious food,” he said.The UNICEF analysis examined whether children aged three and four engaged in any play and early learning activities with their fathers, such as having their father read to the children, tell them stories or sing with them; taking them outside, playing with them; and naming, counting or drawing with them.UNICEF urges governments and the private sector to increase spending and influence policies to support early childhood development programmes that focus on providing parents with the resources and information they need to provide nurturing care to their children. “We must ensure that all parents have the time, resources and knowledge they need to fully support their children’s early development,” Mr. Chandy said.Advances in neuroscience have proven that when children spend their earliest years in a nurturing, stimulating environment, new neural connections can form at a once-in-a-lifetime speed of 1,000 per second. These connections help determine their health, ability to learn and deal with stress, and even influence their earning capacity as adults.Research also suggests that exposure to violence and a lack of stimulation and care can prevent neural connections from occurring; and when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term. Read more: Super Dads: New UNICEF campaign spotlights fathers’ critical role in children’s early developmentThis month, UNICEF is inviting families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.Photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign are being posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery, to inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments. read more

Hundreds of thousands of Raptors fans turn out for parade fan rally

Raptors play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin spoke to the crowd, saying there had been an emergency and urged fans to remain calm.As more and more people crowded into the city to see the parade, the TTC closed Queen, Osgoode, Dundas subway stations because of overcrowding, but they have all since reopened.Nathan Phillips Square was at capacity long before the parade arrived so The City of Toronto opened Yonge-Dundas Square as an alternative viewing site.MLSE had estimated that as many as two million people would be at the parade.RELATED: First responders dealing with lost kids, dehydrated fans at Raptors paradeRELATED: 3 downtown subway stations closed due to overcrowding from Raptors paradeRaptors global ambassador Drake had his own float at the parade and Superfan Nav Bhatia served as the Honorary Parade Marshall.City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said the parade moved slower than anticipated because of the sheer volume of fans who came to celebrate with the Raptors.“There are so many people that are so eager to celebrate with this team … Everything otherwise is going well,” said Ross. He urges people who are trying to take the TTC to walk north of the downtown.Once players arrive, the rally lasted just under an hour.“That’s what’s going to take some time, getting all of these people out of the downtown corridor where they need to go. So as I say, pack lots of patience. Once the team arrives in the square and things get going, we are about an hour from there.” At Nathan Phillips Square, there were reports some in the crowd were asking for water.When you wait 24 years, what else could you possibly expect? #Raptors #RTZ #Parade— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) June 17, 2019 BROWSE raptors Summary Related Stories In pictures: Raptors fans crowd Toronto streets for NBA Championsh…Follow along with our reporters as they cover the Raptors parade Mayor John Tory walked into the growing crowd outside city hall early in the morning and spoke with several fans and they were all in the mood to celebrate.“I went down and talked to them, some of them, of course, were here all night, some have come first thing this morning, but they’re all in a great mood,” he said.“They are happy, in some cases, that their employer actually said, as I hoped would be the case, that they could take some of the day off to go to the parade.” The festivities were interrupted when gunshots rang out near Nathan Phillips Square. Two people were seriously injured and another two were arrested on the scene. Several people were also treated after being caught in a stampede following the shots. We ready at the start of the parade!! @BTtoronto @Raptors #WeTheNorth— Devo Brown (@devobrown) June 17, 2019 Queen, Osgoode, Dundas Stations are closed due to overcrowding at street level. Thousands of Raptors fans poured into Toronto Monday, overwhelming downtown streets and throwing off the planned victory parade’s schedule.The Raptors have made their way along the Parade route, taking over four hours to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square. A fan rally took place in the square for the hundred thousand fans who have been camped out since sunrise.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory both spoke during the rally as Tory presented the key to the city to the Raptors and Kawhi Leonard and announced Bremner Boulevard from York Street to Lake Shore Boulevard would be renamed “Raptors Way.” read more

Presenter Jon Snow confronted by angry group over Grenfell Tower coverage

first_img 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. “I hope people know that @BBCLondonNews is here to HELP not hinder -please contact me if you want to appeal for missing people Grenfell,” she tweeted.The confrontation took place after residents’ groups claimed they raised concerns about the safety of the building, which had been recently refurbished.Kensington and Chelsea Council admitted it had received complaints over the works, after a residents’ action group said its warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”. A blog post from the Grenfell Action Group from November 2016 said “only a catastrophic event” would expose issues residents had. “Do you want the proof? You’ve got the proof right there,” the unidentified man says, gesturing towards the gutted 24-storey tower block. “Right, you didn’t come here when people were telling you that the building was unsafe! That is not ‘newsworthy’.“You come here when people die. Why?” Remains of furniture are seen through the windows as smoke still emerges from the charred Grenfell Tower Yes and @jonsnowC4 will be nothing but sympathetic, empathetic and frankly, bloody angry, at how these people have been batted away/ignored.— annemariewyley (@annemariewyley) June 15, 2017 Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow was confronted by an angry mob next to Grenfell Tower upset over the lack of media coverage about residents’ concerns on fire safety in the building before the disaster.BBC journalist Victoria Cook tweeted footage of an angry man shouting loudly at the veteran presenter near the scene of the tragedy. I hope people know that @BBCLondonNews is here to HELP not hinder -please contact me if you want to appeal for missing people #Grenfell— Victoria Cook (@victoriacook) June 15, 2017 Remains of furniture are seen through the windows as smoke still emerges from the charred Grenfell TowerCredit:AP Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the scene  Credit:Getty  the people are in pain… forgive their anger. @jonsnowC4 is a good man, with solid political principles doing his job.— chris williams (@chris71williams) June 15, 2017 “They’re very angry that they have raised concerns about this building, that the Grenfell Action Group raised concerns about this building, that their concerns were not answered, questions they asked were not responded to.”There are so many questions to put.”He said these included questions about the fire walls, the sprinkler system, the alarm system and the way the fire spread inside and outside the building. Jeremy Corbyn Ms Cook said the presenter was being “mobbed”, adding there was “huge hostility to the media” at the scene of the tragedy. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said after visitng the site: “I tell you this – many residents I met there this afternoon are very angry.last_img read more

Iowa Governor Signs Biorenewable Chemical Tax Credit into Law

first_imgInformation provided by a news release from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s office.Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and many stakeholders were on Iowa State University’s campus to witness the governor’s signing of Senate File 2300. This legislation was outlined in the Governor’s 2016 Condition of the State Address and will represent the next generation in production of renewable bio-chemicals.“This legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, will help build Iowa’s renewable chemicals industry by using biomass as feedstocks for the production of building block chemicals,” said Branstad.  “Iowa is the nation’s premier leader in the renewable fuels industry and we will now build on our legacy of leveraging homegrown renewable resources to produce the next generation of building block chemicals.”Lt. Gov. Reynolds added, “The production of biochemicals is perhaps the fastest growing segment of the bioscience industry which means it represents one of Iowa’s best opportunities for development of a high density industry cluster.  I want to commend the Iowa Legislature on passing this bill in a bi-partisan fashion to put Iowa in a unique position to grow Iowa’s biorenewables industry.”Senate File 2300:  an Act relating to the administration of programs by the economic development authority by creating a renewable chemical production tax credit program, modifying the high quality jobs program, and including effective date and other applicability provisions.  The bill was passed on a bipartisan basis through the Iowa Senate 46-3 on March 16, 2016 and the Iowa House 95-1 on March 28.last_img read more

UK to ban gay cure therapy offer other pledges in LGBT action

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- ‘Gay cure’ conversion therapy still legal in most countriesUK considering a ban on ‘gay cure’ therapyLGBT Labour condemns MSP’s intern due to conversion therapy linkRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Published by the Equalities Office today (3 July), the dangerous practice of ‘conversion therapy’ will be stopped in Britain.The proposal was part of a series of 30-page pledges, including on how to improve police response to LGBTI hate crime.Other suggestions include more support for LGBTI students and teachers and improvements to gender identity services.However, the UK government will only give an in initial £4.5 million in funding.Is the LGBT action plan good enough?Other activists say that it does not cover protections to LGBTI asylum seekers. It also gives no likelihood to what will happen after Brexit.Over 100,000 people responded to the survey which ran from July to October last year.They found: The UK government will finally ban ‘gay cure’ therapy and proposed other pledges in the LGBT action plan. Gay cure therapy is a cruel practice | Photo: Unsplash/Jesper Aggergaarcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 68% said they had avoided holding hands in public with a same-sex partner70% said they had at times not been open about their sexual orientationTransgender respondents had very low scores of life satisfaction (5.4) compared to the rest of the UK (7.7)5% of respondents had been offered so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy to cure them of being LGBT. A further 2% had undergone it.19% of respondents with a job had not been open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with any of their colleagues.Prime Minister U-turns on ‘gay cure’ therapyPrime Minister Theresa May has previously said she would not go ahead with plans to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy.But in response to the action plan, she said: ‘I was struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual orientation or avoid holding hands with their partner in public for fear of a negative reaction.‘No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. [The plan will] set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society.’Penny Mordaunt, the minister for women and equalities, said: ‘Our action plan is a step towards everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, being able to live safe, happy and healthy lives where they can be themselves without fear of discrimination.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Dominicas new blog site has updates on the islands status

first_img ROSEAU, Dominica — Discover Dominica Authority has launched a new blog site,, to provide regular updates on key visitor-related products and services. Updates to be included on the site range from accommodations, access, things to do, volunteering and voluntourism, as well as information of the relief efforts and responses to frequently asked questions.According to Director of Tourism Colin Piper, “This web page is another way that DDA is striving to keep its public informed about the realistic situation in Dominica post Hurricane Maria.”Hurricane Maria’s impact on Dominica can be seen and felt across the breadth of the Nature Island, he added. Over the past weeks, Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal together with other private and public sector stakeholders and partners have been working to assess the readiness of Dominica to receive visitors.There has been significant progress in the rebuilding process over the past two months since Hurricane Maria barreled over the island. Mobile phone service has been restored to approximately 80% of the population, and voice and Internet service has been restored to 70% of major business customers and 80% of government offices and departments.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterRestoration of water continues across various parts of the island and electricity restoration continues throughout capital city Roseau and the town of Portsmouth.To date, 18 properties have indicated they have resumed or will resume accommodation services by Dec. 1, 2017. Some amenities available at these properties will be limited but most have the ability to provide regular water and electricity.The properties are: Atlantique View Resort, Bay View Port Residence, Caribbean Seaview Apartments, Classique International, Coffeeriver Cottages, Emerald View Apartments, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Le Petit Paradis, Picard Beach Cottages, Picard Family Guest House, Pointe Baptiste Guest House, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Rejens Hotel, St. James Bed & Breakfast, Suite Pepper Cottage, Sunset Bay Club, Tamarind Tree Hotel & Restaurant, and 3 Rivers Eco Lodge & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge. Tags: Dominica Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Dominica’s new blog site has updates on the island’s statuslast_img read more

Weakened alQaida in Afghanistan tries comeback

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project When he visited Afghanistan in May to mark the one-year anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said his administration had turned the tide of war. “The goal that I set _ to defeat al-Qaida, and deny it a chance to rebuild _ is within reach,” he said.As things stand, however, an unquestionably weakened al-Qaida appears to have preserved at least limited means of regenerating inside Afghanistan as U.S. influence in the country wanes. The last U.S. combat troops are scheduled to be gone by Dec. 31, 2014, and security matters turned over to the Afghan government.“They are trying to increase their numbers and take advantage of the Americans leaving,” the police chief of Paktika province, Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran, said through a translator in an interview this month in the governor’s compound. He mentioned no numbers, but said al-Qaida has moved more weapons across the border from Pakistan.For years the main target of U.S.-led forces has been the Taliban, rulers of Afghanistan and protectors of al-Qaida before the U.S. invasion 11 years ago. But the strategic goal is to prevent al-Qaida from again finding haven in Afghanistan from which to launch attacks on the U.S. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) U.S. and Afghan officials say al-Qaida also has been building ties with like-minded Islamic militant groups present in Afghanistan, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is present in the north.Ahmadullah Mowahed, a member of the Afghan parliament from the eastern province of Nuristan, along the Pakistan border, said he fears the departure of American combat forces will open the way for the Taliban and al-Qaida to overwhelm the provincial government.“As soon as they leave, the eyes of al-Qaida will quickly focus on Nuristan,” he said.U.S. analysts say there is reason for concern that al-Qaida is down, but not out.“They’ve been hit hard in a few cases, but they definitely are involved in the fight _ absolutely,” said Seth G. Jones, a senior political scientist at RAND Corp.Jones, a former adviser to the commander of U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan, recently returned from a trip to eastern Afghanistan where he learned that al-Qaida’s support network has expanded and its relations with groups such as the Pakistani-based Haqqani network are strong. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A diminished but resilient al-Qaida, whose 9/11 attacks drew America into its longest war, is attempting a comeback in Afghanistan’s mountainous east even as U.S. and allied forces wind down their combat mission and concede a small but steady toehold to the terrorist group.That concerns U.S. commanders, who have intensified strikes against al-Qaida cells in recent months. It also undercuts an Obama administration narrative portraying al-Qaida as battered to the point of being a nonissue in Afghanistan as Western troops start leaving.center_img U.S. commanders say they will keep pressure on al-Qaida to frustrate its goals, but few think al-Qaida will be gone before U.S. troops leave.“I see no evidence to suggest that it will be eliminated by 2014,” said Jones, the RAND analyst.____Associated Press writer Amir Shah contributed to this report.___Robert Burns can be followed on Twitter at Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Al-Qaida’s leadership fled in late 2001 to neighboring Pakistan, where it remains.The group remains active inside Afghanistan, fighting U.S. troops, spreading extremist messages, raising money, recruiting young Afghans and providing military expertise to the Taliban and other radical groups.U.S. Gen. John Allen, the top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, has said al-Qaida has re-emerged, and although its numbers are small, he says the group doesn’t need a large presence to be influential.U.S. officials say they are committed, even after the combat mission ends in 2014, to doing whatever it takes to prevent a major resurgence. The Americans intend, for example, to have special operation forces at the ready to keep a long-term lid on al-Qaida inside Afghanistan.“Al-Qaida could try to reconstitute itself, but they would do so at their own peril given the intense pressure they and other terrorist groups are facing in Afghanistan,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said Saturday.A more immediate worry is the threat posed by the growing presence of al-Qaida and affiliated groups in Yemen, Somalia and across a broad swath of North Africa, where it is believed al-Qaida-linked militants may have been responsible for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. “That’s a very serious concern because that kind of environment would allow al-Qaida to continue to operate, at least at a small level, because it’s a workable environment for them, he said.Richard Barrett, head of a U.N. group that monitors the threat posed by al-Qaida and the Taliban, said al-Qaida fears the Taliban will strike a deal with the Afghan government that would make the group all but irrelevant.“So they will be doing whatever they can to assert their influence, to assert their presence” in Afghanistan, he said.At least for now, al-Qaida in Afghanistan has no capability to launch attacks on the U.S., although commanders are taking no chances.Little-noticed fragmentary U.S. military accounts of raids and strikes against al-Qaida in the northeastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan show the group retains a command structure inside Afghanistan. On May 27 the U.S. killed the No. 2 commander in Afghanistan, Saudi national Sakhr al-Taifi, in Kunar, but it has yet to catch up to the top al-Qaida commander in the country, identified by U.S. officials as Farouk al-Qahtani, who resides in Nuristan.In early September the international military coalition announced the death of an al-Qaida operative, Abu Saif, described as an associate of an al-Qaida leader killed along with several of his fighters July 1 in Kunar. Saif was called a conduit between senior al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan, passing messages between them. In the most recent strike, officials said Sept. 27 they killed al-Qaida “facilitator” Abdul Rauf in Kunar. He was a Pakistani coordinator of foreign fighters’ movements into Afghanistan and a builder of improvised explosive devices for attacks on coalition troops. Patients with chronic pain give advice Interviews with Afghan officials suggest that al-Qaida also is present in other parts of the country, including the northwestern province of Faryab as well as Logar province, just south of Kabul.Logar’s provincial chief of police, Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roogh Lawanay, said it is difficult to know how many militants are directly affiliated with al-Qaida, but he estimated their numbers in Logar at 100 to 150.“Al-Qaida is very active. It is like fish. When one fish dies, another comes,” he said in a recent interview. “The determination of these Arab fighters is high.”In interviews in Kabul and Washington, U.S. officials said they are satisfied that al-Qaida is so small inside Afghanistan _ they put the number at between 50 and 100 fighters _ that they can be contained indefinitely if the Afghan government allows U.S. counterterrorism forces to monitor and hunt the remnants. U.S. and Afghan officials are working to craft talks on a bilateral security agreement that could include such an arrangement.Al-Qaida’s numbers, however, don’t tell the whole story.Allen has said al-Qaida has learned to leverage its presence in Afghanistan to give the impression of having withstood U.S. military might and to burnish its image as a global force. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   The Cardinals travel to Minnesota Sunday and are looking to get their first road win this season. The team struggles on the road date back to last season as the team has dropped nine straight games away from University of Phoenix Stadium. Whisenhunt knows that it is a must for the team to come away with a win in order to get this season back on track. “Is there a sense of urgency with this team, absolutely,” Whisenhunt said. “Our guys feel it and hopefully that’s the way we’ll play Sunday.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The possible biggest injury to the team could be Heap, as the tight end is listed as questionable and will be a game time decision Sunday. If Heap can’t go Whisenhunt is confident in rookie Rob Housler to fill in.“You’ve got young players at some point you’ve got to play them and they’ve got to learn,” Whisenhunt said. “Rob is a talented young player we saw a lot of things in preseason and you know this is a tough defense that you have to go up against, but if he has to then we expect him to hold up.” Another key injury is punter David Zastudil, who has a sore knee and is uncertain if he’ll play Sunday. The team signed former Cardinal punter Ben Graham as a backup if Zastudil can’t go. Whisenhunt said Graham still has some rust to shake off but should be ready to go for Sunday, if he is needed. Beanie Wells has also battled injuries this season and one of his backups, Chester Taylor, is making progress since joining the team prior to the season opener. “You see a lot more confidence and decisiveness in his runs,” Whisenhunt said. “He does a nice job in the protections and pass game as far as check downs and screens so I feel comfortable with Chester.” The Cardinals are in need of win after losing three straight, but injuries may limit the team. Some of the injured include Joey Porter, Early Doucet, Todd Heap, A.J. Jefferson and Michael Adams, all of whom were limited in practice at some point this week. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes the injuries are typical at this point of the season. “This time of the year even though it’s still early in the season you have a lot of nicks and bruises,” Whisenhunt said. “But our guys have rallied earlier in the week we had a lot guys missing and today we had a lot more guys practicing and feeling better so that’s just the cycle this time of year” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Can you argue with the Lands Office

first_imgBy Antonis Loizou FRICSThere appears to be an increasing rate of title deeds issue and although with some delay (approximately four to seven years after completion), this positive development has highlighted some problems related to the transfer of property.Transfer fees are calculated at a percentage of the value according to how much it is in addition to a fee. Currently no transfer fees are payable if VAT was applicable/paid at the time of purchase of the property. If no VAT was paid, they are currently reduced by 50 per cent.Transfer fees paid on the transfer of property to a family company are refunded in five years provided the company still owns the property and there have not been any changes to its shareholders.On the transfer of immovable property from a family company to its shareholders as well as on transfer by donation between spouses, spouses and children or relatives up to third degree of kindred, transfer fees are calculated on the estimated value of property as at the 1/1/2013 and at the following rates: Between spouses 0.1%, Parent to children 0%, between third degree relatives 0.1%, to trustees €50. The actual cost refers to transfer fees of around €100.Transfers of immovable property by a company to another company for the purpose of a company re-organisation are exempt from transfer fees.The date of the valuation is taken as being the date of sale/acquisition. As such if one bought a property in 2002 and transferred it now, the transfer fees will be based on the market value on the date of the acquisition i.e. 2002.The law stipulates that the Lands Office must ascertain the value of the property on the relevant (sales) date, based on the market value on the date of sale. Usually the Lands Office accepts the actual sales price, but approximately 20 per cent of values are disputed by the Lands Office if it can ascertain from its own records that the market value at the time is different.Regrettably a good percentage of locals and others under-declare their sales/acquisition price for the purpose of saving capital gains (by the seller) and transfer fees (by the buyer) and this is widely known – hence the Lands Office stand.If you disagree with the Lands Office valuation you can apply to the High Court supporting your claim using a private valuer’s report. This must be done within approximately 40 days from the date the Lands Office makes its final/determination assessment.If a contract is deposited at the Lands Office, then the date of sale so recorded in the contract is the one adopted. If the contract is not deposited, you must produce your contract as well as the receipt of the down payment, so that the Lands Office can ascertain the sales date.After all the uphill battle to secure the deeds, it has now been ascertain that only 20 per cent of the title deeds issued are actually transferred.Antonis Loizou & Associates Ltd – Real Estate Valuers & Estate Agents,, May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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