QLD wins ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Origin battle

first_imgA rainy Canberra morning didn’t stop a keen bunch of politicians and former Rugby League stars from battling it out in the 2015 ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Touch Football match at the Senate Oval, Parliament House on Wednesday morning. With New South Wales dominating the annual match in recent years, 2015 marked Queensland’s turn to lift the trophy, much to the delight of captain, Senator Barnaby Joyce. Former Queensland Origin player, Michael Crocker also joined the Queensland team, who ran away with a 4-2 win in the wet conditions.  NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith donned a green and gold uniform for the second year running, joining both sides throughout the match. This comes one day after helping New South Wales to a 2-1 win in the Victorian Friends of Rugby League match at AAMI Park on Tuesday morning.Former New South Wales’ great, Nathan Hindmarsh was another player who backed up again in the 2015 match in the Blues side, led by MP Alex Hawke, hopeful of continuing their winning streak.But it wasn’t to be, with the Queensland side confident that this morning’s win will be a good omen for tonight’s main game. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Touch Football ACT referees, Adam Flint and Clint Jory for refereeing the game as well as ACT representatives Chris Tarlinton, Andrew Moylan, Ian Bateman, Jayde Bennett and Damian Prendergast for playing in the match. To view some of the photos from the event, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page –www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia.  Related LinksQLD Wins Origin Gamelast_img read more

a month agoNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was floating after their victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Koulibaly was outstanding for the 2-0 win.He said at the final whistle: “I arrived late to pre-season training as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and Kostas Manolas had joined a new team, so it took us a while to learn how to play together and we conceded a lot of goals, but we’re improving.“I try to give 110 per cent to these fans, as they give me so much love and I want to repay them. “I throw myself into challenge for them, as I want to take the Napoli colours to the top, so it fills my heart when they cheer for me.” last_img read more

Saskatoon landlord tells First Nations woman to kill herself when applying for

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Patricia Sewap began looking for a place to live in Saskatoon she used the online advertising website Kijiji to help her find what was for rent.She found one advertisement and called the landlord who asked a startling question.“He asked me if I was Native. I said yes. It went quiet for a while then all of a sudden he hung up the phone on me,” said Sewap.She texted him saying he was a racist.The landlord wrote back.“Rent from a Native then don’t pay your rent or always be late,” he said. “Also, wreck his apartment and see how he likes it.”He also told Sewap to “get a job and stop being a welfare bum.”According to the text messages, he didn’t stop there.“If I live the way you do I would probably think about running a straight razor across my neck,” the man said.Sewap said she felt belittled and broke down.She’s been receiving social assistance after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and arthritis.She said covering the rent wouldn’t have been a problem.David Arnot, of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, said they don’t get many complaints over race issues from tenants.“Over the course of the last three years we’ve had six or roughly two a year, so it really isn’t that many,” said Arnot.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more.last_img read more

What A Crying Shame Vandals Deface Jackie Robinson Statue

Image by NEIL MILLERA Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island has been vandalized.The statue was spray painted with swastikas and racist slur that read: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”Brooklyn Cyclones team officials said they made the discovery on Wednesday morning.“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” said Billy Harner, the team’s director of communications. “We have video surveillance of the area, we’re looking at the tapes to investigate exactly what took place.”The sports organization had the slurs covered with duct tape as fans arrived at the park for the team’s 11am ET game. They also plan to remove the paint by using solution at a later time. Police are currently investigating the crime.“This is being treated as a bias crime,” detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct said in a statement. “Hate Crimes will investigate the incident.”The statue depicts teammates Robinson and Pee Wee Reese during the 1947 season.“The statue is a symbol of tolerance,” said Harner. “It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did.”The Brooklyn Cyclones are the minor league team of the New York Mets. read more

The Final Four Teams Are Clear Updated College Football Projections Final Weekend

Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2132% North Carolina 11-11091542%10% ▲ 211% Alabama 12-1212100%>99% ▲ 2128% Clemson 12-015758%76% ▲ 2114% Stanford 10-2761148%7% ▼ 6a1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%>99% ▲ 2140% Ohio State 11-16230%7% ▼ 9a1% Stanford 11-27611100%6% ▼ 8a<1% Oklahoma 11-1351100%99% ▲ 2139% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Iowa 12-1415260%<1% ▼ 39<1% LIKELIHOOD OF BEING SEEDED… College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Includes completed games as of 8 p.m., Dec 5. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. UPDATE (Dec. 6, 1:03 a.m.): Despite all the articles FiveThirtyEight published about the different scenarios that could end the college football season, all that chaos never materialized. The playoff committee’s choice is clear: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State should be the four teams to make the playoff.In case you’re a visual learner, here are our model’s playoff projections: All that’s really unknown going into the final committee rankings on Sunday are the seeding it will give to the four teams. Our model projects those, too: RankingProbability of … Ohio State 11-16330%2% ▼ 14<1% Iowa 12-04142639%39% ▲ 213% Clemson92%9%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma<1<16632 Clemson has a 92 percent likelihood of snagging the top seed, a position they’ve held in every one of the committee’s rankings thus far. There’s an inertia to these things, and Clemson hasn’t done much to shake the committee’s faith. The 13-0 Tigers finish their season as the only undefeated FBS team, with impressive wins against Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina. (Phantom offsides calls presumably don’t factor into the committee’s seedings.)Alabama — the one-loss champions from the SEC — are next in line, fresh off a dominating win against Florida. Currently ranked No. 2 by the committee, the Tide have a 91 percent shot at the No. 2 seed (the most likely outcome), but could possibly leapfrog Clemson to be the playoff‘s top dog (a 9 percent chance). Either way, Alabama is in the top two.Where Oklahoma and Michigan State end up is less clear. The Sooners have been the No. 3 ranked team in the last two committee rankings, and despite an early-season loss to Texas, Oklahoma measures up well according to advanced metrics, like ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) and Chase Stuart’s Simple Rating System. It’s unknown, though, just how much the committee weighs these metrics, leaving Oklahoma with a 66 percent probability of landing in the No. 3 spot.Michigan State survived a thrilling challenge from Iowa in the Big Ten championship, capping an epic 22-play drive with a touchdown in the final minute. Michigan State has the opposite odds of Oklahoma — the Spartans are likely to be seeded No. 4, but could jump to No. 3 depending on the committee’s whims. Then again, the Spartans might not want the No. 3 slot — that likely means they’ll have to play Alabama instead of Clemson, and according to our metrics Alabama is better.If you take a look at that first chart again, you’ll see that Oklahoma is the favorite to win the national title at 39 percent despite likely being seeded third. The Sooners are the No. 1-rated team according to ESPN’s Football Power Index1FPI uses a slew of measures — such as game outcomes, margin of victory, strength of schedule, offensive and defensive team efficiencies — to predict outcomes. You can read more about how it’s constructed here, and why FiveThirtyEight uses it for our game simulations here., which our model uses to simulate game outcomes.2The FPI-based projections presented here may change. FPI rankings will be updated following Saturday’s games. The metrics are higher on the Sooners than the committee has been.One last note: Stanford fans: you may notice a 6 percent shot at the playoff. But that’s just the model being conservative. While the Cardinal played a tough schedule and easily won the Pac-12, it’s extremely unlikely they’ll make it into the playoff over Michigan State. There just wasn’t enough chaos this year. Ohio State<1<1<12 ORIGINAL POST (Dec. 5, 8:24 p.m.): The Tide are rolling into the College Football Playoff. After dominating Florida 29-15 to win the SEC championship, Alabama is a lock for the playoff according to FiveThirtyEight’s model — though you probably didn’t need fancy stats to tell you that.Below are our updated playoff odds following Alabama’s win but before the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games began. As we’ve outlined before, our model sees both Oklahoma and the winner of Iowa vs. Michigan State as shoo-ins. Michigan St.<1<13260 Alabama991<1<1 Michigan St. 12-15214100%93% ▲ 3211% Now it’s just a matter of where the Tide will be ranked within the top four. Last week they were placed at No. 2, but after winning against Florida, our model gives them a 45 percent shot at the No. 1 slot. If Clemson wins, that number gets much lower. The Tide are good, but the committee is likely to keep an undefeated ACC champion as the top team.The path for Stanford and Ohio State, meanwhile, just got much more treacherous. Both teams’ odds fell to 7 percent. Following Alabama’s win, they each need Clemson to lose against North Carolina later tonight; and, of course, the Cardinal need to win the Pac-12 championship over USC to stay in contention. But even then it’s no sure thing.Speaking of North Carolina, the Tar Heels are down, but in better shape than other underdogs because of that last game against Clemson. Because there’s only one playoff slot available to them (Alabama and Oklahoma are now locks, as is the Big Ten winner) the Tar Heels’ odds fell, but only by four percentage points, down to 10 percent. However, if they can upset Clemson and win the ACC, those odds rise to 25 percent. So a UNC playoff berth would still make for a surprise on Sunday, but there’s a chance the committee will smile upon their conference championship and big win against the former No. 1 team in the country.Then again, there’s also a 43 percent chance the committee will put Clemson in the playoffs anyway. We’re only a few hours away from knowing more! Check back in late tonight after the final games for our last predictions before the committee releases its final rankings. NO. 1NO. 2NO. 3NO. 4 TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Michigan St. 11-1541461%60% ▲ 217% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Dec. 1. Playoff probability changes are since Dec. 2; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Stanford<1<1<15 Clemson 13-0147100%>99% ▲ 2320% For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as a methodology update from earlier this season. read more

NFL Week 12 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Matt Cassel (Kansas City): One quarterback not getting the respect he deserves is Cassel, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns versus four interceptions. Much of that production is because of Dwayne Bowe’s emergence as a solid wide receiver. Either way, Cassel has a nice matchup against Seattle, which ranks in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez (New York): Last week, Sanchez, battling a calf injury, threw for 315 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against Houston. That performance gives Sanchez three straight weeks with at least 27 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Consider Sanchez a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback against a Bengals defense that got torched by the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to the tune of 316 yards and four touchdowns last week. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continued his breakout 2010 season with an impressive performance Monday night against Denver, with 111 rushing yards with a touchdown. Look for similar numbers against a Colts run defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Darren McFadden (Oakland): McFadden has been quiet the last two weeks, totaling 103 rushing yards with zero touchdowns. Granted, Week 11 was against Pittsburgh. McFadden should return to form against a Dolphins’ defense that allows 113 rushing yards per game. Based on the matchup, McFadden is a low-end No. 1 running back. Steve Johnson (Buffalo): Like Tolbert, Johnson is having a breakout 2010 season, with 728 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Although Johnson faces the Steelers, he is a must-start from now on. The Steelers rank 22nd in pass defense and have allowed five passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in their past five games. So, Steve Johnson, “Why So Serious?” Vincent Jackson (San Diego): Jackson is back after serving a three-game suspension and signing his contract late. This is great timing because Patrick Crayton (wrist) is out, Antonio Gates is still battling a foot injury, and Malcom Floyd tweaked his hamstring. Jackson will benefit by having the league’s leading passer in Philip Rivers and going against a Colts defense allowing 208 passing yards per game. Bench ‘Em David Garrard (Jacksonville): Garrard looked terrible last week, with 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Jaguars’ offense will stall a little with Mike Sims-Walker out. This week, Garrard faces a Giants defense that allowing 14 fantasy points per week. Fred Jackson (Buffalo): Jackson has been solid in his past three games, with four touchdowns and back-to-back 100-yard games. This week, he faces a Steelers defense allowing 63 rushing yards per game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground. Only the Patriots’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers. Look for other options at the running back position this week. Beanie Wells (Arizona): Wells had eight carries for 39 yards last week against Kansas City. Wells’ knee continues to be a burden and the Cardinals continue to use a two-back system. In Week 12, Wells faces a Niners defense that ranks ninth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Brandon Marshall (Miami): It’s unclear if Marshall will play this week against Oakland (top five pass defense) because of a hamstring injury. Marshall hasn’t recorded double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues since Week 6. The Dolphins’ offense is a mess, led by quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Keep Marshall on your bench and hope he’s ready for the playoffs. Johnny Knox (Chicago): Knox continues to be Cutler’s favorite target, with five catches for 55 yards on eight targets last week. But the attention hasn’t translated to fantasy production. The yards are there but the touchdowns are not (one for the year). Expect corner Asante Samuel, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions, to be defending Knox, who is more of a flex option against the Eagles. read more

Football Ohio State tight ends embrace their role in the run game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell (89) carries the ball downfield in the first quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State has a tendency to recruit highly-touted tight ends. Of the four tight ends looking to make an impact for the Buckeyes this season, redshirt junior Rashod Berry, redshirt sophomore Luke Farrell, redshirt sophomore Jake Hausmann and freshman Jeremy Ruckert, three of them were rated in the top 10 of their position in their respective recruiting classes. With that, all four players came in with a similar mindset: to change the view of the role tight ends have in the Ohio State passing game. First comes an expectation for a part of the game that many tight ends were not familiar with coming into college: blocking. In high school, Berry said he never blocked as a tight end. However, when he entered the position room at Ohio State, the expectation remained. “As a tight end in high school, you don’t block,” Berry said. “It’s a natural thing. If you got it, you got it, if you don’t, you don’t, it’s going to take time. It took time for me, but once you get it, it’s muscle memory that you are not going to miss.” For Berry, he didn’t have it. The redshirt junior said he was not excited about that part of his position. However, knowing blocking was the only way he would see the field as a tight end, Berry began to work, repeating rep after rep, learning the basics. He created an attitude each block he made against a mat in practice. “You have to have the mindset, ‘I’m about to kill this dude,’” Berry said. “‘I’m about to hit this block.’” In the mind of offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, blocking is everything. With the running game stagnating with the rise of redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the passing game, Wilson has utilized two-tight end sets, using both Farrell and Berry, with one on the line of scrimmage, the primary position, and one as what many consider to be a fullback, blocking for the runner. This is the part of the tight end position that is crucial to the overall success of the Ohio State offense. “As coach Wilson likes to say, ‘You run into a lot of problems when you don’t have a tight end that can block well,’ whether it’s in protection or in perimeter running, running the quarterback too much and getting hits on him,” Farrell said. “He feels and we feel that it’s crucial for our offense for what we want to do.”  Berry has a different approach to his blocking skill. Recruited as a tight end out Lorain, Ohio, in the 2015 class, Berry moved to the defensive line for the 2016 season, playing 10 games at defensive end. He was moved back to the tight end position prior to the start of the 2017 season. With experience at both positions, Berry thinks he has a unique ability to pick up blocks other tight ends might not catch. “Just knowing what a D-lineman is going to do just because I did it,” Berry said. “It’s helping me on the blocking side, helping me where the linebackers are going to be at.”  The Ohio State tight ends, according to Farrell, are expecting to do everything evenly, excel in the blocking game and in the passing game. Berry said the passing game is going to come. However, the blocking aspect at tight end is a thankless job. But it’s one Berry has embraced, celebrating each time he makes a big block to secure a score for his teammate. “That’s my passion for the game,” Berry said. “When the game is on the line or even if it’s not on the line, just seeing my teammates score, it’s excitement for me, doing what I can for the team.” read more

Digne undergoing Everton medical

first_imgLucas Digne is undergoing a medical at Everton’s training base ahead of his transfer move from FC Barcelona.The French left-back is closing on a £20million move to the Toffees after both clubs agreed on a transfer fee on Sunday night. Digne arrived on Merseyside on Monday as he seeks to get his career back on track at Everton after spending the last few years as second fiddle to Jordi Alba in Barcelona.The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was previously on tour with the Spanish champions in the United States and was an unused substitute during their penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham Hotspur.The Catalan club confirmed Digne’s departure on social media, according to Sky Sports:“Digne has traveled back to Barcelona with the club’s permission to finalise his departure from the club.”The former Lille man paid tribute to the Catalan club on Instagram, saying:David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I want to say thank you very much to the club and everyone associated with the club.”“Thanks to the players, the staff, the physios and everyone that makes the club a family,”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona since joining from PSG two years ago and was also a part of France’s 23 man squad to the UEFA European Championships in France.The left-back missed out on the chance to play in the World Cup after he was dropped from the team due to lack of appearances at club level for Barcelona.Digne becomes new manager Marco Silva’s second summer signing after Brazilian winger Richarlison signed for the club last week from Watford.last_img read more

Hasan Salihamidzic reacts to Bayerns UCL draw

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the team’s UEFA Champions League second round which pits them against Liverpool is a tough one.The German champions who were seeded for the draw which took place on Monday morning, will face Jurgen Klopp’s team over two legs when the knockout stages begin in February.“They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.” Salihamidzic said, according to the club’s official website.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy. You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Andres Jung, another board member of the German club, said:“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams we could’ve got. We’ll prepare well and certainly have no fear. It’ll be a great away game but the stadium isn’t that big, so we won’t have many tickets for our fans. We have respect for every team, and certainly for Liverpool. They’ll be two great games.”last_img read more

Food Safety Workshop Series goes to southern TCI

first_img Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Recommended for you Related Items:Environmental Health Department, food safety, kenrick neely, south caicos, workshop, world health day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – As World Health Day continues to be marked in the Turks and Caicos, the Environmental Health Department, EHD explains that it managed to draw 18 food handlers in South Caicos out to a food safety workshop held on Tuesday. EHD Director Kenrick Neely said the focus of the one day session was to educate on personal hygiene, pest control, solid waste management, hand washing techniques and avoiding cross contamination of food. Other elements of the food safety initiative of the Department will take Neely and his officers to the fisheries plants and restaurants in South Caicos for inspections and then into the Capital, Grand Turk for a food handlers workshop tailored to the vendors at the newly launched Fish Fry there; that workshop is set for Saturday. All participants will receive certificates. World Health Day was commemorated this past Tuesday, April 7… the theme: ‘Food Safety ‘from farm to plate, keep food safe’. Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigatelast_img read more

Democrats capture US House majority

first_imgAlissa Mauk and her son, Lyric, 8, look on at Democratic US Senator Heidi Heitkamp`s midterm election night party in West Fargo, North Dakota, US on 6 November. Photo: ReutersDemocrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with president Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday where they will seek to keep his agenda in check and open his administration to intense scrutiny.In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.Democrats in the House could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US special counsel Robert Mueller’s already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump’s behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.Tuesday’s result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American “mobs.”Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump’s policy agenda.The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.It also will test Trump’s ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.The loss of power will test Trump’s political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party’s core supporters, who remain in his corner.Democrats celebrate after gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly wins against Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka, Kansas, US on 6 November. Photo: Reuters Tag: USA, Democrats, Donald Trump, Barac ObamaMost Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign’s final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump’s biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under president Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday’s voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly’s seat in Indiana and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling. Liberal House member Beto O’Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.Incumbent Democratic senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and conservative Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio.All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.last_img

How A Trade War With China Could Affect Houston

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: lecsWhen it comes to the Trump administration’s growing trade war with China, Houston’s industry is probably better insulated than the rest of the U.S., according to experts.Steve Lewis, the China fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told Houston Matters that China typically imports only what it can’t produce domestically – and on which it’s willing to pay a premium.“If they’re getting something from Houston, it’s usually something they really need,” Lewis said. “It’s usually something like energy-related equipment [or] specific chemicals or plastics that actually are cheaper here than they are in China, because we have source supply coming from shale oil and shale gas.”But Lewis said the city’s port is more vulnerable. “I think there’s about $20 billion a year that goes through the Houston port,” he said. “And there’s all those jobs associated with the port authority and the airport that relate to that. So, accountants, shipping, truckers, everything that’s associated with that will also be affected by a trade war.”Lewis also said there’s another big risk to the Houston economy from a trade war with China. If slowing trade hurts China’s economy enough, Chinese demand for energy will drop. That in turn could drive down the price of crude oil.Listen to the full interview with Lewis in the audio below: X 00:00 /13:10 Sharelast_img read more

Six new DTT channels will launch in France on Dece

first_imgSix new DTT channels will launch in France on December 12, the country’s communications regulator the CSA said yesterday.TF1’s HD1 channel and NRJ Group’s Cherie HD and Amaury Group’s L’Equipe HD will be on the R7 multiplex. Three other channels, M6’s 6ter channel, NextRadioTV’s RMC Découverte and TVous la Diversité will be on the R8 multiplex.At launch the channels will have 25% coverage of the French population in the major cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Bayonne and Auxerre.The announcement caps a process that began last year when the CSA called for applicants to launch six new channels on the DTT platform. The regulator received 31 applications for the channels.last_img

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Trump has raised important questions that speak directly to the anxieties of many Americans, but from his trademark exhibitionist belligerence. U. making a successful return from injury is one of the many challenges. Dr.In statements from the bench she has challenged the conservative majority’s curtailing of federal voting rights law and, That’s still under wraps. Ted Cruz, with the remaining shares sold on December 9.

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West Hollywood Calif and Austin Texas to the list of cities with gender-neutral bathroom provisions More than 150 US colleges and universities have also instituted such measures including the entire University of California system In April the White House added a gender neutral bathroom at the nation’s most prominent address These changes have prompted push back in a number of states where bills that would determine access to public school restrooms according to a person’s biological sex at birth are now being considered Campos who developed San Francisco’s bill with the Transgender Law Center argues its benefits extend beyond that community “Many people right now are impacted negatively by the gender-specific restroom” he says Among his examples: a mother who wants to accompany her son to the bathroom and isn’t sure which to choose; a disabled or senior person who is a caretaker of the opposite sex; any woman stuck in a long line for a single-occupancy ladies’ room while the men’s sits there vacant Still helping LGBT people is the primary thrust of such bills “Having gender-specific restrooms can create unnecessary risks that lead to transgender or gender non-conforming folks to be harassed” says Sasha Buchert a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center “Those aren’t in a vacuum either Those types of interactions can have long-term health consequences” Read More: Everything You Need to Know About the Debate Over Transgender People and Bathrooms One high-profile example is the case of Chrissy Lee Polis a transgender woman who was beaten at a Baltimore McDonald’s after using the women’s restroom One of her assailants was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for first-degree assault and a hate crime A video of the beating taken by a McDonald’s employee went viral Bathrooms are one of the most incendiary battlegrounds in the transgender community’s ongoing fight for civil rights as those spaces have previously been for women African-Americans and the disabled community This bill comes at a time when four statesMissouri Indiana South Dakota and Wisconsinare considering bills that would limit transgender students usage of facilities at public schools The Wisconsin bill for instance would mandate that all sex-specific bathrooms be used by students according to their biological sex “as determined by an individuals chromosomes and identified at birth by that individuals anatomy" The Transgender Law Center’s Buchert says such laws are unenforceable “Are they going to place security guards at each bathroom to do DNA tests to verify folks’ chromosomes” she says There are also questions about whether laws restricting bathroom access run counter to federal guidance In a 2014 memo citing the Civil Rights Act the Department of Education said a school "must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity in all aspects of the planning implementation enrollment operation and evaluation of single-sex classes" Rulings from the Department of Justice have found that not allowing a transgender person to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity is a form of sex discrimination Though the issue remains controversial in cities and states around the country San Francisco’s measure is likely to become law without much fuss “The bottom line” Campos says “is this: going to the bathroom is such a basic necessity that nowhere should anyone have a difficult time or be in danger because of that” Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecom “NCAA wrote to us (Jet Air) that they are coming to audit us and it is currently going on Public Relations Amin Ansari His DNA was also found at the scene according to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif one of the family’s neighbour told the newspaper: “I heard a scream from the wife Also "Districts know the facts: Their levies are more likely to be approved in odd-year elections because of lower turnout and lower voter engagement” Nigeriacom or mail to The Grand 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" Rupala said, dead from starvation or freezing to death. My unavailability was forced on me. there are many complicated, but not surprising to read that a small handful of anonymous voices within the Chicago Police Department decided to assign blame to the ACLU and our agreement with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department to curb the abusive use of stop and frisk by police as the reason for a one-month spike in gun violence. and assisted in preparing for the interviewThe Stearns County attorney gave permission for Heinrich to be arrested for the Cold Spring abduction Gilkerson said And when Heinrich asked whether he was under arrest Gilkerson told him he was in the Cold Spring case and he advised him of his legal rights"He stated he was being framed and he would not talk to me" Gilkerson said "I told him at that point that we had evidence showing that he had committed a crime against Jacob and I wanted to talk to him about this He stated he wanted a lawyer Well this ended the interview Once they ask for a lawyer (we) can’t interview him any further So I was unable to conduct any further investigation"Heinrich was taken to jail but was released the next day because the Stearns County attorney’s office advised them they did not have enough sufficient evidence to hold him Gilkerson saidThe death has been announced of Hajiya Fatima Al-Mustapha Nguru the mother of Major Hamza Almustpha the former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State General Sani Abacha who joined her ancestors at the age of 67 on Wednesday at a hospital in Kano after a protracted illness Her funeral prayer was held at the family residence at Lamido Crescent area of Kano metropolis and she was buried at the Kofar Mazugal cemetery in the city at around 5:30pm according to Muslim tradition The late Hajiya Fatima we learnt was a kind and loving woman’s condition worsen after her last but unsuccessful attempt to see Al-Mustapha in prison after he was sentenced to death in January by a Lagos High Court for his alleged role in the death of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in 1996 “There wasn’t a single day that she would not discuss her son’s predicament with anybody who happened to be around her She always believed that her son would not die in the hands of the authorities till the day she died She always believed her son was innocent” he said She was survived by behind 10 children including Maj Al-MustaphaIn a statement on Tuesday, How could phoning it in be good advice? The rate of developmental and behavioral disorders in kids was higher in those whose parent went to jail versus kids who experienced a parent death or divorce. Herbert was instrumental in France’s Davis Cup final victory against Belgium where the 26-year-old lived up to the billing along with his doubles partner Richard Gasquet and singles star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as they lifted the prestigious title,Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ” he said.

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