2016 NTL Day Two Wrap

first_imgBy Eden Richards Teams will be putting it all on the line as they head into day three chasing a finals berth. Several competitions are evenly poised heading into the final day of fixtures.Injuries featured heavily on day two as many teams struggled with the extreme Coffs Harbour heat taking its toll. The Brisbane City Cobras sit undefeated at the top of the Mixed Open competition with the South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Rebels sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Sydney Mets round out the top four. The Sydney Mets are the stand out team in the Men’s T League Pool A as they continue a strong undefeated run. Pool B is a Queensland affair with the Central Queensland Bulls (A) sitting undefeated on top and the South Queensland Sharks (A) just one win behind. It’s a two horse race in the Women’s T League Pool A as both the Hunter Western Hornets and Victoria sit on five wins from five starts.The two leaders will play tomorrow morning to decide who finishes first. Pool B is being dominated by Queensland with the top five teams all coming from the region. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples sit undefeated in 1st.The Sharks and the Rebels cannot be separated after day two of the Women’s 27’s with both sitting 10 points clear at the top of the standings. The Scorpions are the team to beat in the Men’s 30’s as they round out the 2nd day of competition undefeated. In a huge gap in the class the Hornets have failed to win a game and will look to disrupt the finals chances of their competitors tomorrow. The Pineapples and the Hornets are battling it out for 2nd and 3rd in the Women’s 35’s as the Cobras sit top. A clear top four has emerged in the Men’s 40’s with the Hornets, Mets and Cobras all undefeated. The Defence Warriors are chasing hard in 4th. The South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in the Women’s 40’s with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and the Hornets sitting one game behind. The Scorpions and the Sharks have all but secured the top two spots in the Men’s 45’s and the Men’s 50’s. The Cyclones and the Southern Suns are dominating in Pool A of the Men’s 55’s and the Mets today extended their unbeaten run to four games in Pool B. The Senior Mixed is a battle between three with the Sharks A, Suns and Scorpions all sitting together at the top of the table on 16 points. Related LinksNTL Day Two Wraplast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

American pipeline protesters demonstrate outside Trudeau meetings

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has followed Justin Trudeau to sunny California, where protesters demonstrated Friday outside the hotel where the prime minister was holding meetings with top state officials.About a dozen protesters made up of local climate change activists held signs demanding Trudeau reverse his decision on the project, chanting anti-pipeline slogans from across the street.Three of the protesters briefly got inside the hotel and demonstrated with their backs up against the wall directly outside the room where Trudeau met with California Gov. Jerry Brown.Trudeau has given no indication he’s willing to back down from the project, pledging to get it built one way or another.One of the protesters, Vanessa Butterworth, said Trudeau must to back up his talk about protecting the environment and climate by rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.“If you want to be a real climate leader, you’re going to have to live up to your Paris agreement and say no to Kinder Morgan or the communities are going to shut it down,” said Butterworth, who is from Toronto.The message was different than the one Trudeau received inside the stately hotel first from Brown, and then his deputy Gavin Newsom, who is a favourite to replace Brown at the end of the Democrat’s term.During staged photo-ops, Brown said his state and Canada had much to do while the White House was “temporarily missing in action in terms of climate action.” Newsom thanked Trudeau for his leadership “at a time when that’s not lost on many of us in the political sphere out here.”California and more than a dozen other states have moved ahead with carbon pricing schemes, including a cap-and-trade system with Ontario and Quebec. Brown said he wants to forge other agreements with various provinces, and push for growth in zero-emission vehicles.Tensions around the development of the controversial $7.4-billion pipeline project escalated last week when the B.C. government announced plans for more consultations on oil spill readiness and a limit on increased diluted bitumen shipments until it can be confident of response measures.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asked for an emergency debate on the pipeline impasse, but deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton told him the issue does not meet the criteria.“The House of Commons should discuss all options in order to put an end to this crisis,” Scheer said in French in the House of Commons.Earlier during question period, Kim Rudd, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of natural resources, said Canada won’t let B.C. kill off the pipeline.“Any decision by the B.C. government to limit the flow of bitumen through the pipeline would be outside the province’s jurisdiction,” Rudd said.Protester David Turnbull, with Oil Change International, said Americans are also worried about what could happen to the waters along their western coast if Kinder Morgan is built.“The Kinder Morgan pipeline, if it was built, would increase the tanker traffic along the west coast, including in the United States along Seattle’s bay as well,” Turnbull said.“We’re concerned that the Kinder Morgan would both imperil our climate and also imperil our coast lines as well.”last_img read more

Dhoni not to play last 2 ODIs, likely to have played last game on Indian soil

first_imgRanchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.last_img read more

BJP made someone who used word Hindu terror minister: Digvijay

first_imgBhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed Saturday that the BJP made the person who used the term “Hindu terror” in official parlance a Union minister. He was apparently referring to R K Singh, a Union home secretary during the UPA regime who later joined the BJP and became minister. The BJP has often targeted Digvijay Singh for `tarnishing the Hindu community’ by using the term Hindu or saffron terror. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday defended the BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, Malegaon blast accused, from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely bracketed the rich Hindu civilisation as “terrorist”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi was apparently referring to Digvijay, who is the Congress’ candidate from Bhopal. “I think they do not have the knowledge of Hindu civilisation. The person who, as home secretary, issued a statement with the word Hindu terror was given Lok Sabha ticket by the BJP and was made a Union minister,” Singh told reporters here. “Will (BJP chief) Amit Shah speak about it?” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister asked. Amid the political row over the term Hindu terrorism, the Congress had pointed earlier that it was used by Union minister R K Singh when he was home secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Digvijay also said the word Hindutva did not exist for him. “Why do you use the word Hindutva? The word does not exist in my dictionary,” he said. The Congress leader refused to comment on the Election Commission’s notice to Thakur over her remark that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had cursed the police officer for torturing her during the blast probe. “Ask the EC. Why are you asking me? I don’t want to get into it,” the Congress leader said. Asked if he was now in “silent mode”, Singh, known for kicking off controversy with his provocative statements, replied amid laughter, “Have I taken a contract to create news?” Interestingly, Singh, whose outlandish theories about the Mumbai attack and the Batla House encounter have incurred him the wrath of the right wing, has desisted from making any comment on Thakur’s comment on Karkare.last_img

Football Ohio State drops six spots to No 8 in latest AP

Wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) and coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen in front of the student section following their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Credit Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home Saturday, the Buckeyes have dropped six spots from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The victor in that game replaced Ohio State as the No. 2 team.The top five consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team besides Penn State to be ranked ahead of Ohio State at No. 7.In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 25. After Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin placed at No. 10, moving down one spot from last week. Three teams in the conference received votes as Maryland received 42, Iowa had two and Michigan State had one.Ohio State will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Army at 4:30 p.m.AP Poll Alabama (58)Oklahoma (2)Clemson (1)USCPenn StateWashingtonMichiganOhio StateOklahoma StateWisconsinFlorida StateLSUGeorgiaLouisvilleAuburnVirginia TechMiami (FL)Kansas StateStanfordTCUWashington StateSouth FloridaTennesseeFloridaUCLA read more

Neuer Germany win means a lot

first_imgGermany captain Manuel Neuer hopes their 3-0 friendly win over Russia will prove to a turning point to ending their dreadful run of formDie Mannschaft have lost six of their 10 competitive matches this year following their 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to France last month.It also marked the first time Germany, who fell two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry secured Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Russia at Leipzig.And Neuer, whose own form has been put into question, was thrilled with the final result.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The victory means a lot to us,” Neuer told the DFB website.“We want to end our poor year positively by winning our last two games and today was a good start.“We want to try and put a similar display in against the Netherlands. We have a lot of players with huge potential, who are showing just what they are capable of.After winning their fourth game in 14 attempts, Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.last_img read more

Luis Alberto happy with important Lazio win

first_imgLuis Alberto praised Lazio’s important victory over Bologna, as they capitalised on AC Milan’s slip up away to FrisononeGoals from Luiz Felipe and Senad Lulic secured three points for Inzaghi’s men who closed the gap to within two points of Inter, who play Napoli tonight.However, the former Liverpool and Malaga player was buzzing after his team wrapped up what he described as a vital win in the race for a top-four spot.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“The important thing for the team was to get the win,” Luis Alberto told Football Italia via DAZN.“We’ve got three points on the board with two games in quick succession, we hope to keep going like this on Saturday and consolidate fourth place.“We knew Milan had drawn, so that was just one more motivation to win. The important thing is to keep going like this and finish the year well on Saturday.”last_img read more

Soldotna Council To Consider Approval Of Airport Master Plan Phase III

first_imgThe proposed Master Plan was chosen to be implemented in three phases spaced from 2017 to 2035, totaling $46,975,000. The Phase 3 draft states: “The estimated net project costs to the City for the three-phase program are $10,882,813 million after recognition of the receipt of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.” The purchase of the 40 acres of private property along with 9 acres of Salamatof Native Association property would also allow for the realignment of Funny River Road to the east of the airport. Realignments to Funny River Road would also require closure of sections of Kenai River Avenue and Norma Avenue. The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider approval of the Airport Master Plan’s Phase 3 on Wednesday, January 24, during their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Soldotna City Hall. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp300:00RPd The Phase 3 draft is up for council consideration, and has a number of big changes planned for the airport. Among the top changes, the acquisition of 49 acres by the City to further develop the airport is recommended, which would pave the way for the current 5,000-foot runway to be extended by 1,000 feet.center_img Public Works Director and Airport Manager Kyle Kornelis said the Phase 3 draft was updated just before the Airport Commission voted to finalize it on December 21, 2017. Figure 9.1 in the Phase 3 draft which color codes the anticipated schedule. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will mull over approval of their airport’s Master Plan Update Phase III this week, a draft which includes the ultimate extension of the runway, land acquisition for expansion, and possibly a public terminal. The Phase 3 draft also suggests that a public terminal building of up to 4,000 square feet might be beneficial for the city. This space could accommodate passenger and cargo facilities not based locally, along with administration offices, pilots’ lounge, food and drink services, and tourist connection services to hotels/motels and rental cars. The draft says, “The existing air taxi operators have expressed a strong interest in continuing their currentmethod of operation from their own facilities,” but the city will monitor the need for a public terminal.last_img read more

Building the road ahead Tata Motors Q1 profit rises 42 to Rs

first_imgTata MotorsReutersAutomaker Tata Motors on Wednesday reported 42 percent rise in net profit to Rs 3,182 crore in June ended quarter of 2018 fiscal against Rs 2,260.40 crore in the corresponding quarter last year, the company said in an exchange filing.The auto major, owned by the software-to-salt conglomerate Tata Group, said its total income fell about 10 percent to Rs 59,972 crore during the quarter versus Rs 66,339 crore, same quarter a year ago. After announcing results, the company said, “First quarter results have not met our expectations.”Volume sales, including exports of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter stood at 1,11,860 units, down 11.8 percent when compared to the corresponding quarter last year, the statement said.In the domestic market, there has been significant de-growth in the medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment, flat light commercial segment and moderate growth in passenger vehicles segment, the company said.On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted a loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. Total income from operations on a standalone basis during the quarter was at Rs 10,375.32 crore as compared to Rs 11,434.91 crore in the year-ago period, down 9.26 percent.Tata Motors said its operating performance broadly reflected Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s lower wholesale volumes excluding China JV and continuation of higher competitive incentive levels and launch and growth costs seen in FY17. The company made a one- time gain of Rs 3,609 crore related to the changes made to JLR pension plans.Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek said: “While the first quarter results have not met our expectations, we are working with renewed focus and energy to improve performance of our commercial and passenger vehicle businesses.” Showroom attendants polish a Jaguar vehicle at a Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Mumbai February 13, 2013. Hit by falling margins and rising capital expenditure, roaring Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) may be heading for a speed trap. Rising investment is eating into the luxury carmaker’s cash pile and raising the prospect of fresh borrowing while falling profitability is set to tip parent Tata Motors into a first drop in profits in five quarters. Picture was taken February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA – Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)ReutersBritish arm JLR reported a revenue of 5.6 billion pounds, up 244 million pounds. JLR’s profit before tax was 595 million pounds, up from 399 million pounds in the year-ago period. This included 437 million pounds one-off credit relating to recent changes designed to improve the sustainability of the company’s defined benefit pension plans, Tata Motors said.Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said: “We continue to deliver rising volumes and revenues across the business, reflecting strong demand for new models such as the Range Rover Velar and established global award winners such as Jaguar F-PACE.”At Wednesday’s closing shares of Tata Motors are trading at Rs 416.75 a piece, down 3.17 percent, on BSE.last_img read more

Facebook investors want Mark Zuckerberg to resign Report

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergReutersFacebook investors have increased pressure on Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down after a New York Times investigation suggested that the social network hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that “dug up dirt on its competitors”.According to a report in The Guardian on Saturday, Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President at Trillium Asset Management which owns a substantial stake in Facebook, “called on Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman in the wake of the report”.”Facebook is behaving like it’s a special snowflake. It’s not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO,” Kron was quoted as saying.The New York Times report suggested that Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative firm which did PR work for the social networking giant “and dug up dirt on the company’s competitors and its critics”.In a press call, Zuckerberg denied he had any prior knowledge about this firm.”After reading the article, I got on the phone with our team and we are no longer working with this firm,” he said.Definers allegedly “encouraged the depiction of Facebook’s critics as anti-Semites and had published news articles criticising Facebook’s competitors”.Another Facebook investor Natasha Lamb from Arjuna Capital said the combined role of chairman and chief executive means that “Facebook can avoid properly fixing problems inside the company”, said the report.According to TechCrunch, founded by a Republican campaign manager known for his dirt-digging prowess, Definers is far from a normal, politically neutral contractor.In a statement, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also denied any knowledge of the firm.Facebook said that it used the consultant Definers Public Affairs to look into the funding of “Freedom from Facebook” to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, “but supported by a well-known critic of our company,” presumably liberal financier George Soros.”To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue,” the company added.Facebook has also refuted the allegation that it knew about Russian activity as early as the spring of 2016 but was slow to investigate it at every turn.As a fallout of the report, Facebook stocks fell 3 per cent on Friday to $139.53, the lowest since April 2017.last_img read more

Asylum seekers on trial in Greece over camp protest

first_imgMore than 100 asylum seekers went on trial on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday after protesting against over-crowded camp conditions, an AFP reporter said.More than 100 asylum seekers went on trial on the Greek island of Lesbos on Thursday after protesting against over-crowded camp conditions, an AFP reporter said.The mainly Afghan asylum seekers stand accused of occupying a central square on the island in April 2018.Along with women and children, they staged a sit-in that was swiftly attacked by far-right militants who threw stones and flares, with riot police deployed to keep the two sides apart.”We didn’t do anything. We were attacked by some extreme people. We are innocent,” one of the defendants, Afghan refugee Hadisse Hosseini told AFP outside the courthouse.Among the attackers, 26 have been provisionally identified by police. Their trial date has not yet been set.Over 70,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece following a mass influx from 2015 onwards. Most were fleeing war-torn Syria and want to go to wealthier EU states such as Germany.Of these, some 15,000 are housed in badly overcrowded camps on Greek islands where living conditions have been repeatedly criticised by rights groups.Conditions are worst on the islands of Lesbos and Samos, where over 10,000 people live in camps built to handle a third of that number.At around 7,000, refugees and migrants on Lesbos currently outnumber the local population by 2.5 to one.last_img read more

Jonathan Demme Director Of Silence Of The Lambs Dies At 73

first_img Listen Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesJonathan Demme speaks with an interviewer at a 25th anniversary showing of The Silence of the Lambs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last yearFor more than four decades, Jonathan Demme threaded a diverse path through the film industry — beginning as a publicist, filming everything from documentaries to comedic sendups, and finally earning the status of Oscar-winning elder statesman. He was 73.The director died Wednesday in Manhattan from complications of esophageal cancer, his publicist, 42 West, confirmed the death to NPR.Demme made films such as The Silence of the Lambs and Stop Making Sense that have helped define their respective genres.Despite his lengthy list of works — which also includes Philadelphia — Demme never set out to become a director. Far from it, in fact: He wanted to be a veterinarian. But, as he told NPR in 2007, that goal ran into trouble when he flunked out of college chemistry pretty much immediately.After a semester of writing movie reviews for his campus newspaper, he left college for a publicity job with B-movie master Roger Corman.“I met Roger Corman, who said, ‘Well, you can write press releases? I’m starting a new company. I need movies. Can you write a screenplay?’ ” Demme recalled in the interview.“I was about 25 years old at the time and I said, I would love to try that. I had had no aspirations to be a filmmaker or a writer. Until then, I was thrilled to be working in the movie business as a publicist. I would have been perfectly happy to do that forever.”But Corman loved Demme’s screenplays and eventually recommended that he get behind the camera, too. As a director getting his start in the early 1970s, Demme infused his first films with Corman’s over-the-top sensibilities, but as he set out on his own later in the decade, he began to find a more distinctive eye — hewing closer to intimate character study.In the 1980s, Demme dabbled in a variety of forms, making a mark in documentary filmmaking — particularly with Stop Making Sense, a seminal 1984 concert film for the Talking Heads — and in comedy with films such as Something Wild and the gangster spoof Married to the Mob.“I’ve always followed my enthusiasm,” Demme said of the variety in his career. “Whether the pictures have turned out good or not is one thing — but I’ve always had a lot of enthusiasm for the project at hand.”It was a pair of prestige dramas that brought Demme his greatest recognition — starting with The Silence of the Lambs, a horror film that swept the 1992 Academy Awards and earned Demme the Oscars for best director and best picture.The movie was also a hit at the box office, which, as Demme told Rolling Stone in 1994, came as a significant relief.“At certain points, I was afraid there was something — a missing chink of skill — that was going to prevent me from having a movie that was financially successful. That frightened me,” Demme said at the time. “So when Silence of the Lambs became an unqualified success, I took a huge sigh of relief. I mean, I can’t tell you how wonderful that felt.”He followed up that film’s success with Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS and fighting for his legal rights. The drama also earned a raft of Academy Award nominations, including a best actor win for Hanks.Still, as Demme told NPR in 2007, there was one form that continued to draw him back to the camera: documentaries. He said it was the form’s endless capacity to surprise that best characterized what he loved about film in general.“The excitement of wading into ‘reality’ and just finding out what happens — and then the challenge of selecting those things that happened and shaping them in the editing into a narrative that will have appeal and be engaging — is a great, great thrill.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /16:26last_img read more

Houston Schools Launch New Be Nice Program for Mental Health Bullying Prevention

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Crime Stoppers of Houston, a nonprofit dedicated to public safety, partnered with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan to launch the program this fall. So far, more than a dozen Houston schools have signed up for training and there is a wait list.Christy Buck, who developed the program, said that it teaches skills — sort of the “stop, drop and roll” of mental health — that could ultimately save lives.“Ultimately. it’s taking responsibility for myself to be the person that might change attitudes and culture in a school for more kindness, consideration and respect,” Buck said.Buck said that early research shows that the training improves school climate, with fewer behavior problems.Rania Mankarious, who leads Crime Stoppers of Houston, said that it dovetails with other initiatives at the nonprofit to keep schools safe, giving kids tools “to notice not just when a student is going to bring a gun on campus, but when a student behaves differently or is posting things that are concerning, or maybe making outcries, empowering them to get involved as a community, so we can create an entire new culture in our schools.”Laura IsenseeStudents learn tools to recognize emotions in others and take action to challenge and empower others and themselves. 00:00 /00:49center_img X Laura IsenseeKandice Sloop with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan coaches students on an action plan to be nice. The program is meant to prevent bullying and suicide.At Stevens Elementary, a group of second graders gathered around a new coach, Kandice Sloop, who asked them what it means to “be nice.”“Do you think you can notice if someone was playing by themselves at the playground? Is that something we can notice? What would you do if that’s what you noticed?” Sloop asked.Then Sloop guided them through an action plan to be nice: — to notice how others are feeling and behaving, invite others to play, to challenge and empower themselves and others.It may sound simple, but the training — dubbed “Be Nice” — could have important, positive effects on school climate, according to early research.last_img read more

Cardinals Win Pair Force Regional Final Monday

first_img Preview From there, the story of the night was Smith on the mound. The junior, making his first start since April 16 at Kentucky, was masterful on Sunday evening. Smith had the first two hitters of the fourth inning reach, but pitched out of the jam with a fly out and pair of strikeouts and settled in. PDF Box Score (ISU) Postgame Quotes (IU) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Entering the day on the brink of elimination, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team tallied a pair of victories on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium to force a winner-take-all game in the NCAA Regional on Monday. Illinois State (36-25) got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, but Luke Smith was able to limit the damage. Photo Gallery | Illinois State Postgame Quotes (ISU) Miller (6-1) allowed four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts across 5.1 innings. Adam Elliott gave up just an unearned run in his 2.1 innings. Next Game: Illinois State 6/3/2019 | 1:00 PM “We knew it was going to be a long day, but it was a fun day,” head coach Dan McDonnell said. “I’m really proud of these guys. We needed to get the bats going, and we got the bats going. So, I’m just happy for these guys.” Louisville provided Smith with insurance in the eighth, plating six runs to blow the game open. Oriente, Campbell and Zach Britton all had run-scoring singles, while Snider had the final blow of a two-run base hit to cap the offensive output. Indiana (37-23) wouldn’t go quietly though. The Hoosiers finally broke through against UofL starter Bobby Miller in the sixth, bringing home four runs to cut the deficit to just three. However, Louisville answered back with run-scoring knocks from Binelas and Drew Campbell and held a 9-4 lead after seven. One inning later, Alex Binelas hit his 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall, to stretch the advantage to six. The freshman then added another run on a groundout in the fifth and the Cardinals appeared to be cruising. The Champaign, Illinois, native allowed leadoff singles in the first and second innings, and did not give up another hit until the ninth. Smith retired 10 in a row from the fifth through the eighth innings and exited to a standing ovation in the ninth with the longest postseason outing in Louisville NCAA Tournament history. Story Links Justin Lavey had three hits in the win, while Logan Wyatt, Tyler Fitzgerald and Binelas finished with two each.center_img Following a loss on Saturday, the Cardinals woke up on Sunday needing two wins to keep the season going. The offense got the ball rolling against Indiana to start the day and Louisville never looked back. Louisville (46-16) downed Indiana 9-7 to begin the day and followed with an 11-2 showing against Illinois State to set up Monday’s final. The Cardinals and Illinois State will play for a spot in the Super Regionals Monday at 1 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Danny Oriente kicked the scoring off with a double into the gap that plated a pair of runs in the second inning, and Justin Lavey added a two-run single later in the frame to give the Cardinals a 4-0 cushion early. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats With the two wins, McDonnell now has 600 for his Louisville coaching career. Since taking over the UofL program in 2007, the Cardinals lead all of Division I in victories. PDF Box Score (IU) After an emotional close to game one, the Cardinals attention turned to Illinois State. The Cardinals jumped in front in the second inning once again, getting a sacrifice fly from Campbell and RBI single from Lavey to take an early 2-0 edge. Listen Live IU chipped away with a run in the eighth and a two-out solo homer in the ninth made it a three-run game. The Hoosiers added a RBI single two batters later and brought the tying run to the plate. Louisville closer Michael McAvene was ejected from the ballgame by the home plate umpire with a 3-2 count, forcing Michael Kirian into action, and the left-hander got a called strike three on his first pitch to finish off the victory. Jake Snider crushed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and Lucas Dunn dropped a perfectly placed fly inside the right field foul line for a triple that scored two more runs. ESPN3 Smith (6-0) closed out the night with two runs allowed on three hits in 8.1 innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and tossed a career-high 129 pitches. Photo Gallery | Indiana Snider was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way. The home run was the fourth of his career, three of which have now been in NCAA Tournament play. Binelas, Campbell and Lavey each had two hits. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PM asks IAS trainees to research governance issues

first_imgMussoorie: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held an interaction with IAS officer trainees here and asked them to research governance issues in depth, so that they could understand those well.He held the interaction with over 360 officer trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a day ahead of his address to them.During the four-hour interaction in four groups, a variety of subjects such as administration, governance, technology and policy-making came up, according to a PMO statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Officers shared their own experiences, which were very constructive,” Modi tweeted.The prime minister urged the officer trainees to express their ideas and thoughts to him frankly and without fear, the PMO statement said.He also stressed on the need for them to develop a national vision, the PMO said.The discussions were marked by a large degree of experience-sharing.The prime minister also interacted with faculty members of the academy, who gave him an overview of the work being done there, to train India’s civil servants, the statement said. He also visited the state-of-the-art Gandhi Smriti Library at LBSNAA and attended a short cultural programme by the officer trainees.last_img read more

Michigan Legislature approves Rep Alberts plan continuing school employee retirement fund improvements

first_img Categories: Albert News,News The Michigan House today gave final legislative approval to Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan further improving the finances of the state’s school employee retirement system.Albert’s legislation provides a more stable and predictable method of paying into the system, with the dual benefit of erasing debt while protecting retirement benefits for teachers and other school employees. The bill is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.“This is another important and necessary step to improve the finances of our school employee retirement system,” said Albert, of Lowell. “Together with reforms enacted last year, these changes will brighten the financial future of our schools and the dedicated teachers who work in them.”Albert said the change eliminates a flawed and unpredictable method the state now uses to pay off school employee retirement system debt.Current payment projections are based on an assumption that school payroll will grow by 3.5 percent annually. But payroll has been declining for more than a decade, which means payments to offset unfunded liabilities have fallen short and debt has continued to rise.Albert’s plan calls for gradually reducing the payroll growth assumption over time until it reaches zero. Debt then would be paid off along the lines of a fixed-rate home mortgage or car loan, with “level dollar” payments that remain the same year to year.Albert said the switch will greatly improve the chances of truly eliminating the school retirement system’s $30 billion debt by 2038, which is the current goal.“Without this change, we risk creating a mountain of debt that we may never overcome,” Albert said. “The goal is to truly eliminate debt so it is not left to our children and grandchildren.”The new legislation affecting the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System is House Bill 5355.Albert also played a key role in related reforms signed into law last year. Those changes protect the retirement benefits of school employees and begin to address the system’s debt in part by changing retirement plan options for new school employees.### 30May Michigan Legislature approves Rep. Albert’s plan continuing school employee retirement fund improvementslast_img read more

The UKs Digital Television Group DTG has called

first_imgThe UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has called for the BBC to champion innovation and open standards in digital and wireless communication technology.In its response to the UK government’s consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the DTG said that it believes the BBC should play a leading role in the UK and in global forums related to technology standards, best practice and the optimal use of spectrum.The UK digital TV standards group called for the BBC to “retain a critical mass of technical knowledge and excellence” to support the deployment of infrastructure and systems in the UK, supported by an external technical advisory board.It also said that the BBC should continue to support open technology standards, technical interoperability management and promote innovation through open collaboration with the industry.“The BBC is a globally-respected organisation which has played a leading role in innovation and defining technology standards and best practice through open collaboration,” said DTG CEO, Richard Lindsay-Davies.“The DTG believes that the BBC should continue to be able to do that, with the support of advice from the digital and wireless communication technology industry.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The Class A, B and C Drugs seized by police in the Waterside area on FridayA 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.The arrest was made after a quantity of suspected class A, B and C drugs were seized in Derry on Friday, October 6 by  PSNI Foyle’s Waterside Critical Neighbourhood Team.The drugs were uncovered during what police have described as a ‘proactive search’ at a property in the Sheskin Gardens area, close to the Dungiven Road in the Waterside. Dungiven RoadMAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRYPSNISHESKIN GARDENSWatersidecenter_img The arrested male remains in custody at Strand Road PSNI station assisting police with their enquiries.MAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRY was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

In This Issue G81 leaders step up pressure

first_imgIn This Issue. * G(8-1) leaders step up pressure on Russia… * Pound moves higher on UK inflation data… * Aussie $ and Indian rupee both higher vs. US$… * Gold off lows, but struggles to gain momentum… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Leaders of the Group of Seven increase pressure on Putin… Good day.  I made it through the first day back, and the desk was relatively well staffed so it turned out to be a pretty good day.  Currency traders were certainly busy selling dollars yesterday as weaker US manufacturing data disrupted heightened expectations of an early rate hike.  And it seemed global investors were becoming more comfortable with the political stalemate in Crimea even as world leaders, including President Obama met in The Hague. The G7 leaders pledged further measures against Russia amid growing concerns that the Crimean peninsula is just the first step toward an expanded Russia.  And the families of those unfortunate passengers of Flight MH370 were told that new evidence has led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian ocean off the coast of Australia. A very busy start to the week, and with a plethora of data releases scheduled for later this morning, today could shape up to be just as volatile. But before we get talking about today’s data, I will recap the numbers released yesterday morning.  The Markit ‘flash’ report on the US manufacturing sector showed a slip in the Purchasing Managers Index to 55.5 in March from a reading of 57.1 in February.  The median estimate called for a reading of 56.5 and the poor number had some investors re-evaluating the consensus reached last week that rates would be heading higher in April of next year.  All economic numbers will be watched closely for any signs that the US economy isn’t performing quite as well as expected, with the thought that the ‘6 month’ window laid out by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen would/could be extended if/when the US economy stumbles.  Funny how one piece of not so good data can switch the mood of the markets.  Last week the taper of 10 billion at each of the remaining 2014 Fed meetings was all but guaranteed, and investors were counting on a rate increase 6 months after the last of the bond buying.  But the lower than expected manufacturing number, combined with an even worse number out of China to cause some to question if the global recovery will have ‘legs’.  Investors took profits in the US currency which rose last week after many bet on a US interest rate hike in early 2015. The safe haven bid for US$ seems to have dried up also, as global currency investors seem to have gotten comfortable with the fact that the Crimea region will become part of Russia.  Ukraine has told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety, all but handing over the peninsula to the occupying Russian forces.  G8 members, less Russia, met at The Hague and increased the number of Russian individuals subject to restrictions.  Currency traders seemed to largely ignore the situation in Ukraine, and as long as Putin ends his expansion plans in Crimea the events will quickly become ‘old news’.  But a reported buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border has some fearing that the Russian leader has new designs on Moldova, another former Soviet republic.  It is a bit sad to see just how helpless the Western leaders seem to be in standing up to Putin, not that I want to see bloodshed, but he certainly seems to be having his way right now.  While the currency markets aren’t focused on Ukraine, the equity markets seem to be spooked by these events along with the slowdown in China and an earlier than expected rate rise here in the US.  Global equity markets have been trading lower all week but may have found a bottom overnight as the European markets are all trading higher this morning. The Japanese yen continued to fall amid bets the Bank of Japan will need to boost stimulus measures in order to offset the impact of a planned tax increase.  Japan’s central bank has been desperately trying to encourage their citizens to begin spending in order to reverse decades of a deflationary spiral.  A sales tax hike scheduled for April 1 has Japanese consumers rushing out to make purchases which should help boost the BOJ’s quarterly TANKAN survey which is expected to show the headline index improved by two points during the first quarter of 2014.  But the sales tax increase, combined with worries over the global economic recovery have many economists predicting the business sentiment could shift negative during the next 3 months.  Many global investors are expecting the BOJ will launch another round of Quantitative Easing later this summer as consumer inflation continues well below the central bank’s target and the broader outlook weakens.  The BOJ will hold its next monetary policy meeting on April 7-8, and the Tankan report will be released April 1st.  I would expect Japan’s economy to contract a bit following next month’s tax hike, and that will likely spur another round of monetary stimulus by the BOJ.  Shifting the focus to Europe, the euro is drifting a bit lower vs. the US$ this morning after enjoying a full cent move higher yesterday.  A report released this morning showed German business confidence dropped for the first time in five months, reversing yesterday’s mini-rally.  The Ifo Institute’s German business climate index dropped to 110.7 in March from a reading of 111.3 during the previous month which was the highest level since July 2011.  This drop broke a five month string of increases, but the number still shows European business conditions remain fairly robust. The Bundesbank said yesterday that German orders, production expectations and an improving assessment of current economic conditions “point to a very strong growth in the first quarter.”  But the economic outlook of Europe’s major economy is certainly threatened by rising tensions in Ukraine.  German / Russian trade is fairly substantial, which is one reason Chancellor Merkel has been a bit hesitant in supporting dramatic sanctions against Russia. The pound sterling rose after a report showed UK inflation data for February were in line with expectations, increasing 1.7%.  Recent ‘color’ in the markets had predicted a weaker number, which could have led to additional stimulus measures from the BOE.  But with the number coming in as expected it helped push the pound sterling up vs. the US$ and euro.   Currency investors definitely seem to be ignoring events in Ukraine as they continue to pour back into ‘risk on’ trades.  Both the Indian Rupee and Australian dollars high yearly highs vs. the US$ yesterday.  India’s Rupee hit a 7 month high as investors became more optimistic that the election of a new government will hasten the nation’s economic recovery.  Overseas investors are pouring funds into the Indian stock market in front of these new elections, helping to spur a record-setting rally in domestic shares this month. The Australian dollar also traded to the highest level of the year vs. the US$ as investors continue to adjust to new rate expectations.  As Mike wrote last week, the RBA has made it clear that there is no need for further rate cuts, and now investors are gearing up for rate increases in the ‘land down under’.  RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will be speaking later today, followed by Governor Glenn Stevens tomorrow so I would expect to see even more fireworks from the Aussie dollar over the next few days.  The markets will focus on Governor Stevens speech, as he is scheduled to talk about the economic outlook and will probably mention the Aussie’s recent strength.  The Chinese leaders pushed the renminbi higher overnight after allowing it to fall to a 13 month low last week.  The 2.8% YTD loss of the renminbi is being seen as engineered by the Peoples Bank of China who wanted to push speculators out of the market.  Many felt the renminbi was a one-way bet, as the PBOC continually allowed it to appreciate since letting it float in 2005.  A vice governor of the central bank, Yi Gang said over the weekend that the exchange rate will be more and more determined by the market and that the PBOC’s decisive role on the exchange rate will weaken.  Well I guess they will leave it up to the markets as soon as they get done ‘punishing’ the speculators!  That is the thing about Chinese leaders – they are able to do one thing and then announce that they will be doing something totally different going forward pulling a jedi mind trick on the markets “these aren’t the droids you are looking for”. I do expect the renminbi to continue to be a bit more volatile than it has in the past, with a widened trading band and more liquidity.  But I continue to believe this currency should be one of the core currencies in an investor’s asset allocation.  The Chinese economy continues to grow, and the importance of the Chinese renminbi will continue to grow at an even faster pace than the economy.  The Chinese currency will certainly one day be considered as a possible global reserve currency.   Precious metal prices fell further yesterday, with gold sinking to a one month low near $1,300 an ounce.  Last week’s hawkish comments by Janet Yellen continue to weigh on the precious metals markets, and forecasts of sharply lower prices by some of the large Wall Street banks have prompted institutional selling of bullion.  Societe Generale and other bullion banks have made recent forecasts that the price of gold will drop below $1,200 as stimulus is removed by the major central banks.  Silver traded below $20 for the first time since the beginning of February, dragged lower by gold sharp losses. But both Platinum and Palladium held on to their recent gains on supply worries.  The combination of the South African mining strike and tensions in Ukraine have supported the price of the ‘platinum group’ of metals.  Palladium actually hit it highest price since August of 2011 and is now within easy striking distance of $800 per ounce.  The focus of investors will shift to the US data this morning as we will get an indication of how the Housing markets are performing in 2014.  The S&P/Case Shiller home price index is expected to show an increase of .6% for January and a more impressive 13.34% increase in the YOY figure.  We will also see the March consumer confidence index which is expected to have increased to 78.5 from February’s reading of 78.1.  And then we will get the New Home Sales figures for the month of February which are expected to show a drop of 4.9% compared to January’s impressive 9.6% increase.  The housing numbers could still be impacted by the winter weather during the first two months of 2014, so traders will have to consider just how much of a ‘weather impact’ they want to read into these reports.  Unfortunately we won’t be clear of the ‘weather effect’ for some time, and it is interesting to see just how the numbers are received by investors.  When sentiment is positive, it seems any bad data is immediately dismissed due to ‘weather’ but I’m not sure sentiment is so positive after last week’s statement by Yellen.  It will certainly be interesting to see just how the markets react to today’s start of what will be a very busy week of data here in the US! To recap.  G7 leaders met and agreed to increase pressure on Putin in hope of preventing any further ‘land grabs’.  The yen traded lower on expectations that the BOJ will need to institute additional stimulus to offset a tax rate increase scheduled for April 1.  The euro is range bound after moving higher yesterday, and the pound sterling rebounded on UK inflation data which came in right where expected.  It was a ‘risk on’ day for currency traders as both the INR and AUD benefitted from new investors buying into these higher yielding currencies.  And the Chinese renminbi appreciated overnight, reversing the sharp fall orchestrated by the PBOC last week.  Finally, gold fell further on interest rate concerns, but Palladium hit a fresh high on supply concerns. Currencies today 3/25/14. American Style: A$ .9145, kiwi .8549, C$ .8926, euro 1.3812, sterling 1.6495, Swiss $1.1326. European Style: rand 10.78, krone 6.0372, SEK 6.4156, forint 225.62, zloty 3.0342, koruna 19.855, RUB 35.694, yen 102.22, sing 1.2693, HKD 7.7572, INR 60.50, China 6.1426, pesos 13.1677, BRL 2.3230, Dollar Index 80.058, Oil $99.92, 10-year 2.7281%, Silver $20.15, Platinum $1.430.25, Palladium $784.97, and Gold. $1,314.80. That’s it for today. We got a dusting of snow this morning, a reminder that winter is still not quite over.  It looks like it is going to be a busy day today, as I have an interview later this morning and then have to work on wrapping things up and getting back out of town.  I am speaking at the 16th Annual IU Investment Conference in Carlsbad CA later this week, so Mike Meyer will be bringing you the Pfennig for the next 3 days.  Chuck will be headed back home from spring break, and should be back in the saddle next Monday.  Thanks again for reading the Pfenning, and I hope all of you go out and have a Terrific Tuesday!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more