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

Fendercare Marine Provides Support Services for LNG STS …

first_imgzoom Fendercare Marine has provided STS support services for the first open sea’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) STS operations for two of the world’s leading Gas Majors.Fendercare Marine has carried out STS operations since 1995 and annually conduct almost 3,000 STS operations globally from over 45 STS locations across the world.The LNG STS operations were performed in the Eastern Mediterranean with a number of 152,000 cm3 membrane tank Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC), and most recently a 135,000 cm3 moss type carrier; all delivering cargo to one of Excelerate Energy’s 138,000 cm3 Floating Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU). These were the first open sea LNG STS operations for either major.Fendercare Marine is the world’s largest operator of genuine Yokohama brand pneumatic fenders and supplied Yokohama Jumbo fenders for the operations, in conjunction with additionally supplied ship-specific mooring equipment and a dedicated rigger to assist with the secure mooring and unmooring of the oil major LNGCs. Furthermore, two large ASD tugs provided assistance as well as guard duties ensuring the operations were extradited without interruption.Fendercare Marine facilitated sessions in their UK simulator to mirror the predicted sea states they would face which, in turn, provided the necessary feedback to assist in tailoring a mooring system to suit. Further simulator sessions allowed for extensive testing of various emergency break away situations.In addition to STS services, Fendercare Marine offers a turnkey service for the operation and management of onshore and offshore marine terminals, supplying pilotage and Mooring Master provision for tandem and CALM buoy berthing, CALM buoy inspection and maintenance, product supply, AHT provision & management, diving & ROV services, as well as hose management, supply and change out.Fendercare Marine, January 30, 2014; Image: SPTlast_img read more

Akhtar slams Sarfarazs brainless captaincy following loss to India

first_imgIslamabad: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed Sarfaraz Ahmed’s ‘brainless captaincy’ after Pakistan’s humiliating 89-run loss to India in the World Cup. “I don’t understand how can a captain be so brainless, couldn’t Sarfaraz think that we don’t chase well. Square of the wicket is dry, the wicket is not wet. Knowing the fact and your strength is not batting it’s bowling,” Akhtar said on his official YouTube channel. Pakistan added one more defeat to their already dismal record in the World Cup against India, taking it to 7-0 in favour of the arch-rivals. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevSkipper Sarafraz won the toss and opted to field first allowing India to post an imposing target of 337 on the back of a brilliant 140 by opener Rohit Sharma and half centuries by KL Rahul (57) and Virat Kohli (77). According to Akhtar, winning the toss was crucial aspect of the game and half the match was won had Sarfaraz decided to bat first. “Now when you had won the toss, you had won half the match there. But what did you do? You tried that we should not win this match. Yet again, brainless captaincy, utterly stupid management.” Highlighting Pakistan’s in ability to chase, Akhtar referred to their defeat to India in 1999 and the previous game against Australia. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”We don’t have a history of chasing. Inzamam, Yusuf, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi all big batsmen were playing in this ground in 1999 and we had to make 227, we weren’t able to do that. So when you got the chance after winning the toss you should have batted.” The Rawalpindi Express also criticised the batsmen for not making use of the conditions unlike their Indian counterparts. “There was no thinking, one-dimensional players came to bat, but the toss was very crucial to win it and in that even if Pakistan scored 260 they would have done it because the pressure is on required run rate. But who would tell them?” “I think it’s a very saddening and disheartening performance by Pakistan team captain and that’s why I was saying that use your head but he tried to not use his brain.” Akhtar singled out pacer Hasan Ali – who went for 84 off his 9 overs – as one of the architects of the defeat. “Yet again, our bowling, Hasan Ali, he can jump on Wagah border but when there is time to exert force, do it here. All these things look good if you take 6-7 wickets, you come here and give 82-84 runs. What mindset is this? “I think his mindset is that he wants to be a T20 player, this is his 4th or 5th match for Pakistan and see the conditions, neither there is any pace or swing. I’m failing to understand what he wants to achieve.”last_img read more

Eabametoong First Nation man charged will killing 3 Winnipeg men says hes

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man charged with killing three vulnerable people in Winnipeg earlier this year is speaking for the first time.John Paul Ostamas is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder.One of the victims was killed next to APTN’s building.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

EGE Students to Represent Morocco at New Yorks Model United Nations

Rabat – A delegation of students from Rabat’s Governance and Economic School (EGE) will represent Morocco at the “National Model United Nations (NMUN) 2015”, scheduled from March 22 to 26 at the Sheraton New York Times Square.The strongly motivated delegation, composed of 14 students between the ages of 18 and 22, is one of the two only delegations representing the African continent, according to a press release issued by EGE.Every year, this international event brings together thousands of students from all around the world to debate, negotiate, and defend the interests of the country they are assigned to represent. The Moroccan delegation will represent Kuwait. “Our main purpose is to give the best image of Morocco in this large gathering, but also to put what we have learnt in our Political Science and International Relations studies into practice,” reads the press release.It is not the first time that a delegation from EGE has participated in NMUN. The school has been successfully represented for the past three years.The Moroccan delegation has attended many workshops run or supervised by experts in order to be fully prepared for NMUN. These workshops included training on UN rules of procedure and jargon, Model United Nations conferences at EGE, and training at the Diplomatic Academy of Morocco.The event is a simulation of three UN bodies: the General Assembly, ECOSOC and the Security Council, in addition to several other UN committees, such as UNESCO, C-34, HRC, UNHCR, and others. read more

Darfur UNAfrican Union official meets with displaced returning home

9 June 2009A senior official with the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur, in western Sudan, met today with representatives of villagers returning to the war-torn region. Henry Anyidoho, Deputy Joint Special Representative of the joint AU-UN mission, known as UNAMID, met with traditional leaders and some of the residents of a small community in South Darfur.He held discussions on how the mission could help the resettlement of the roughly1,500 people to a secure environment after a lengthy stay in UN-protected camps, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.Mr. Anyidoho later met with blue helmets stationed at the nearby town of Muhajeria, the scene of deadly clashes earlier this year, between the Government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which forced some 3,000 civilians to gather at the UNAMID compound seeking safety. Meanwhile, the mission’s new Deputy Force Commander, Major General Duma Dumisani Mdutyana, visited troops at their base near the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur as part of his tour of the region’s operations.UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

Former Hawk Jason Collins Says He Is Gay

This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgment began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I’m a creature of routine. When the regular season ends, I immediately dedicate myself to getting game-ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. “I’ve known you were gay for years,” she said. From that moment on, I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence, I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating, but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator.If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half-truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”Believe it or not, my family has had bigger shocks. Strange as it seems today, my parents expected only one child in 1978. Me. When I came out (for the first time) the doctors congratulated my mother on her healthy, 7-pound, 1-ounce baby boy.“Wait!” said a nurse. “Here comes another one!” The other one, who arrived eight minutes later and three ounces heavier, was Jarron. He’s followed me ever since, to Stanford and to the NBA, and as the ever-so-slightly older brother I’ve looked out for him.I had a happy childhood in the suburbs of L.A. My parents instilled in us an appreciation of history, art and, most important, Motown. Jarron and I weren’t allowed to listen to rap until we were 12. After our birthday, I dashed to Target and bought DJ Quik’s album Quik Is the Name. I memorized every line. It was around this time that I began noticing subtle differences between Jarron and me. Our twinness was no longer synchronized. I couldn’t identify with his attraction to girls.Read more: Sports Illustrated read more

Black box recovered from crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight

first_img Rescuers work beside the wreckage of an Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft at the crash site Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Mar 11th 2019, 7:22 AM Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter Short URL By Hayley Halpin https://jrnl.ie/4534157 Share52 Tweet Email Monday 11 Mar 2019, 10:39 AM Updated Mar 11th 2019, 10:39 AM THE DIGITAL FLIGHT data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed yesterday, killing 157 people, including one Irish person, has been recovered, according to the airline.The brand new Max 8 plane, being flown by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed just six minutes into its flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya, killing all those on board.The airline this morning announced that it is pulling its fleet of 737 Max from service, just hours after China’s air safety regulator ordered domestic airlines to do the same.Last October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.Since the Lion Air accident, the 737 MAX has faced growing skepticism from the aviation community. The program had already encountered problems during development.In May 2017, Boeing had halted 737 MAX test flights due to quality concerns with the engine produced by CFM International, a company jointly owned by France’s Safran Aircraft Engines and GE Aviation.While Teal Group expert Richard Aboulafia said it was “too soon to make any kind of meaningful comment,” another industry expert stressed the similarities between the two incidents.“It’s the same plane. Like Lion Air, the (Ethiopian Airlines) accident took place shortly after takeoff and the pilots signaled they were experiencing problems, then the plane crashed. The similarities are clear,” the expert added, requesting anonymity.Chinese aviation authorities have also noted the “similarities” between the two deadly incidents.Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” by the Ethiopian Airlines incident, adding that a technical team would be providing assistance to investigators.VictimsEight crew and 149 passengers from 35 countries perished when Flight ET 302 smashed into a field.The Irish person who was among those who died was last night named as Michael Ryan, originally from Lahinch, Co Clare. Michael Ryan was Deputy Chief Engineer at the United Nations’ World Food Programme and was based at its Rome headquarters, a spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie.“All of WFP’s thoughts and condolences are with the families of those killed.”A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of the incident and providing consular assistance.Also among the dead were tourists, business travellers, and UN staff, including some who worked for the World Food Programme, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The IOM said early indications were that 19 staff members of UN-affiliated organisations died in the crash.Many were headed for an annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, which opens in Nairobi today with 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives.Ethiopia’s parliament has declared a national day of mourning today. According to the airline, Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each.Britain and France each had seven people on board, Egypt six, and Germany five – though the breakdown was not final.France’s government later said there were eight French victims.“Our thoughts tonight are with families of all those lost in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including Irish engineer Michael Ryan,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted.“Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme. Deepest sympathies to family, colleagues & friends.” center_img Rescuers work beside the wreckage of an Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft at the crash site Our thoughts are with the families and the Department of Foreign Affairs remains ready to act in any way that they can and give any support to the families.Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that it is a “tragedy” for the families involved. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May both described the news as “devastating”.InvestigationEthiopian Airlines, Africa’s biggest carrier, said the search of the crash site had been suspended overnight, but would resume in daylight.“A committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations,” it added.Once the… deceased are identified, their bodies will be delivered to their families and loved ones.The US National Transportation Safety Board also said it would send investigators to assist.With reporting by – © AFP 2019   Black box recovered from crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight 157 people were killed in yesterday’s crash, including Irishman Michael Ryan. 31 Comments Our thoughts tonight are with families of all those lost in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including Irish engineer Michael Ryan. Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme. Deepest sympathies to family, colleagues & friends— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 10, 2019 32,191 Views Speaking to reporters yesterday, the Minister for Business Heather Humphreys said:“I just want to say I am very sorry to hear about the Ethiopian airline that crashed this morning and I understand from media reports that there is one Irish citizen on that. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

AEU President calls for action on teacher shortages

first_imgThe Australian Education Union has called for a national approach to tackling teacher shortages after a new survey found almost 60 per cent of schools had trouble getting the teachers they needed.In the survey of 1,473 public school principals across the nation, 59 per cent of principalsreported problems with the supply of teachers in the past year and 57 per cent said the problem was getting worse.Releasing the survey in Canberra, AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said schools faced a range of problems including major shortages of teachers qualified to teach key subjects, difficulties recruiting and retaining staff and a short pay scale that made it difficult to keep experienced teachers in the classroom.“The survey found that because of the shortages, 59 per cent of secondary schools had teachers working outside their area of expertise,” Mr Gavrielatos said.Mr Gavrielatos called for long-term plan to address the chronic problems with the supply of teachers and for significant improvemens in the pay and working conditions for teachers.“Australian teachers spend more hours in the classroom than those in almost any other major nation and yet they are paid below-average wages.We have had a record investment in new classrooms and facilities. Now it is time to invest in teachers and end the under-funding of public schools so we can maximise the benefits of these facilities and give every child the individual attention they deserve.”The survey also found:Principals said the top priority for the Rudd Government should be investing more in teachers (30 per cent) followed by increasing teacher numbers (22 per cent).Schools are relying on fund-raising to pay for the basics. Almost 90 per cent of principals said fundraising was important for their school with the number one use of the money being to pay for library resources and textbooks (57 per cent).Student class sizes are still too high with 80 per cent of students being taught in classes with 20 or more students and 32 per cent in classes of 26 or more.Ms Gillard says the Government knows there is a problem and is providing extra funding to encourage graduates to become specialist teachers.“We obviously can’t make teachers overnight, and we inherited a school system that had been neglected for more than 10 years by the Liberal government, but our education revolution is already delivering measures to induce teachers in the maths and science fields,” she said.The Federal Government had committed $550 million to inspire and reward teachers and principals, and $626 million to boost the number of maths and science teachers in schools. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Title match set for RAW next week RAW vs Smackdown Live debate

first_img Now Playing Up Next Title match set for RAW next weekWWE.com has announced a title match for next week’s WWE RAW taping in Newark, New Jersey. Dean Ambrose is being advertised to defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz next Monday night.RAW vs. Smackdown Live debateWWE has posted a clip from the latest episode of “Bring it to the Table” where Peter Rosenberg, Corey Graves and JBL debate RAW vs. Smackdown Live. Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Pinterest Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Ronda Rousey WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Save the Date Arts crafts train rides music and more make for

first_imgCelebrate color and energy during the May Day Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The festival is hosted by the Ke Kukui Foundation. It features the May Day Court, with the May Day King and Queen and their eight Hawaiian Island princess attendants, wearing their respective island flower lei and colors. There will be hula dancing, food and shave ice, craft vendors and a lei making contest in Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Admission is $7, free for ages 10 and younger and Clark College students. 360-992-2662 or kekukuifoundation.comThe Chelatchie Prairie Railroad kicks off its season with a Mother’s Day Weekend ride for the whole family. The train carries passengers on a 13-mile round trip through north Clark County, including crossing the Lewis River, with a stop to see Yacolt Falls and passage through a 330 foot tunnel. Reservations recommended. The train rides begin at noon and 2:30 p.m. May 13 and May 14 from Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Tickets are $16, $15 for seniors, $11 for youth, $9 for ages 2 to 4. 360-686-3559 or www.bycx.comThe Southwest Washington Wind Symphony welcomes Pat Vandehey, Director of Bands at George Fox University, to conduct its concert “Spring Song.” This concert celebrates the arrival of spring with animated dances, Latin themes and a musical tribute to the city of Paris by contemporary composers at 3 p.m. May 14 at Union High School, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. Admission is free. 360-574-8386 or www.swwindsymphony.orgPHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are the authors of “We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe,” where they explore why a vast portion of the universe is still a mystery, and explore those mysteries with infographics, cartoons and illustrations. At this Science on Tap at 7 p.m. May 16 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., they will introduce their new book and show how the universe is an exciting expanse of mostly uncharted territory to explore. Admission is $8 to $10 suggested donation. www.viaproductions.orgThe 28th annual Senior Citizen Prom will be themed “Moonlight in the Tropics” with dancing, food and fun, in honor of Older Americans month. Sponsored by Vancouver Pointe Senior Living, The Messenger and KISN Good Guy Radio 95.1 FM, the event for seniors run 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 19 at the Luepke Center, 1009 E Mcloughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Registration is $16 for Vancouver city residents, $19 for non-residents. 360-487-7100 or www.cityofvancouver.us/messenger/page/luepke-centerlast_img read more

Arraignment delayed in motorcylists death

first_imgThe arraignment of an Amboy woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs was delayed Thursday because the woman hadn’t retained an attorney.Tanya M. Leffler, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of James Luden, 54, of Vancouver. Luden was killed while stopped at a traffic light on Vancouver’s Padden Parkway on April 14. Leffler was arrested earlier this month after investigators received the results of toxicology tests.Although the court determined that Leffler is indigent and eligible for a court-appointed attorney, Leffler said she plans to hire her own attorney. She hadn’t done so by Thursday’s hearing.“I’ve talked to a few attorneys,” Leffler said Thursday. She said she needed time to get money together to pay for the attorney.Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier rescheduled the arraignment for Aug. 5. Leffler was released from jail July 10 after posting $75,000 in bail.About 30 of Luden’s friends and family attended Thursday’s hearing. They expressed frustration over the delay.“She knows she’s guilty,” said Jimmy Luden Jr., the victim’s son.Leffler was behind the wheel of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant driving west when she struck Luden’s 2010 Harley-Davidson stopped in a left-turn lane at the intersection of Northeast 94th Avenue, according to a court affidavit. His motorcycle was among multiple vehicles stopped in three lanes of traffic at a red signal.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather is the worlds highestpaid athlete for 2018

first_imgSomething for the weekend: American boxer Floyd Mayweather has secured his latest sporting victory, ranking as the world’s highest-paid athlete in Forbes’ 2018 list.Between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018, the undefeated boxing champ earned $285 million (£214 million) including salary, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that Mayweather has topped the highest-paid athlete list.The top 100 best-paid athletes earned a total of $3.8 billion (£2.9 billion) over the past 12 months, a 23% increase from 2017’s highest sporting wages.Footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also ranked highly, with salaries of $111 million (£83 million) and $108 million (£81 million) respectively. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer took home an impressive $77.2 million (£58 million) over the last 12 months. American golfer Tiger Woods hit gold rather than the green with a total of $43.3 million (£33 million), but British race driver Lewis Hamilton sped ahead of him with $51 million (£38 million).The world’s highest-paid athlete list features no female sports stars for 2018.The top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world for 2018 are:Floyd Mayweather: $285 million (£214 million)Lionel Messi: $111 million (£83 million)Cristiano Ronaldo: $108 million (£81 million)Conor McGregor: $99 million (£74 million)Neymar: $90 million (£67 million)LeBron James: $85.5 million (£64 million)Roger Federer: $77.2 million (£58 million)Stephen Curry: $76.9 million (£57 million)Matt Ryan: $67.3 million (£51 million)Matthew Stafford: $59.5 million (£45 million)Here at Employee Benefits, we are thinking of raiding our sportswear. Clearly a career as a professional athlete is incredibly lucrative, although we do not plan on fighting Mayweather for his salary any time soon…last_img read more

Court Says Alaska Must Translate Election Materials Into Alaska Native Languages

first_imgA federal judge says the constitutional right to vote requires the state of Alaska to translate all election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency.Download AudioThe Anchorage Daily News says U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason plans to conduct a 10-day trial this month in a voting rights lawsuit brought by several Native villages and elders with limited English skills.Gleason denied requests for summary judgment yesterday (Wednesday). She also laid out her standard for the trial, saying that the state is obligated to match all English materials including pamphlets, instructions and ballots with Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Gwich’in translations.Assistant Attorney General Libby Bakalar is representing the state in the case, and she says the state will have to prove that its translation efforts measure up to those terms.“That is the statutory rubric that Judge Gleason has laid out for the parties at trial,” Bakalar said. “She hasn’t made any findings at all about what our program is or does.”The lawsuit alleges the state is violating language provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act by not providing election materials in their Native languages.The state defends its Native languages program as robust.APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez contributed to this story.last_img read more

Scientists need help studying dead salmon in Yukon area

first_img“That could be a catastrophe out here, because there’ll be no returns,” said DeWilde. “That person reported that their kids were able to catch chum salmon with their bare hands in the mainstem of the Yukon River because the chum salmon seemed so disoriented,” Quinn-Davidson said. The reports of dead salmon started late last week. One of the most disturbing came from a series of Facebook videos posted by Ricko DeWilde. The more tributaries they boated down, the more dead salmon they found. And inside the salmon they found eggs and sperm, meaning that the salmon had not yet spawned. In the video, DeWilde suspects that there are too many eyeballs for the birds to eat, and he has a theory about why the salmon died: it’s too hot. “Okay, we’re in Huslia, Alaska, Koyukuk River. Everywhere, dead salmon all over the place out here. I’m going to cut them open,” DeWilde says in the video.  KYUK will provide an update on the scientists’ trip and community reports next week. “Just along one cut bank and one sand bar they counted over 100 dead chum salmon,” Quinn-Davidson said. Fishermen found dead chum salmon lining the banks of the Koyukuk River. (Photo courtesy of ADF&G) He notes that there are no net marks on the fish, and that the birds aren’t eating them. Dead chum salmon are lining the banks of one of the Yukon River’s largest tributaries. Koyukuk River residents and scientists alike suspect the deaths are related to the river’s warm water. A team of scientists headed to the river on July 26 to gather data.  Quinn-Davidson says that all the signs point to heat stress. The Koyukuk water has been warmer than usual, and the Yukon water temperatures have broken records. Quinn-Davidson asked two people on the Koyukuk to boat around and let her know what they saw. Their report alarmed her. Quinn-Davidson began mobilizing a team. She, along with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Yukon fishery manager and a UAF fishery professor, are flying to the Koyukuk River. The crew will boat about 350 miles over two days, counting salmon, sampling fish, and testing the water. “So either global warming is killing them or something is in the water,” he said. But they are just three people on one stretch of river, and the magnitude of the problem is one of the questions that they’re trying to answer. Quinn-Davidson is asking everyone along the Yukon and its tributaries for help. When he does, he finds eggs inside one and sperm inside another. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson directs the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. She saw these videos, and then more people began calling her. They reported dead salmon, salmon polling in large numbers, salmon seeking slower moving water, and salmon otherwise just acting tired. Like this report from Kaltag: “The best thing that people can do when they come across a dead salmon is take pictures, examine the salmon, look for eggs, look and see what the fat content is like, if the belly fat layer is missing, look at the gills. Note where you found the dead salmon, take a count or estimate of how many are there, and contact [the Alaska Department of] Fish and Game immediately,” Quinn-Davidson said. “If something is dead like this, the birds will eat the eyeball right off,” DeWilde said.last_img read more

Forests in literary imagination

first_imgFrom Snow White to Tarzan, Robin Hood to Alice, Lord Rama to the Pandavas, Ali Baba to Winnie the Pooh, Dorothy (of Oz) to Harry Potter, from works of Shakespeare to Henry David Thoreau, Rudyard Kipling to Bill Bryson and Enid Blyton to Cheryl Strayed, there is one common thread, wholly or partly, to some of our most remembered and favourite literature – forests as a setting for key action.Earth’s dominant terrestrial ecosystem, forests are commonly taken to mean a large area with trees or other woody vegetation though there isn’t any common global definition – 800 definitions are available around the world! What is however more acceptable and indisputable is their role in human imagination and culture, be it folklore, fantastic or legendary, and modern literature, whether children or adult. They can represent a place of refuge or menace, of succour or challenge, of restful contemplation or exciting adventure, a metaphor for nature at its most basic and untrammeled by human civilising, and a source of sustenance – or danger. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But best-served are those who take some benefit from their sojourn in the woods. As a Shakespearean character ruminates: “And this our life, exempt from public haunt,/Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,/Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”This was the Senior Duke, perfectly content in his exile in the Forest or Arden in “As You Like It” (Act II, Scene 1) but forests are not always that welcoming and instructive for the Bard’s other creations. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, some unwelcome changes afflict various characters, especially poor Nick Bottom in the forest (though everything gets amicably and amenably solved in the end), while in another, the appearance of the Dunsinane forest (or a branch of it, excuse the  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixpun) before Macbeth’s castle spells his doom!In ancient Hindu epics, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman first exhibit their mettle by ridding some forests of demons before their eventful exile to the forest, as do the Pandavas who raise their capital after clearing a notorious forest and then spend part of their own exile in forests.But some of the most memorable and universally-known stories set in the woods – Snow White, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Hansel and Gretel and many more of brave young princes and fair maidens.last_img read more

Soft Cell release first new single in 17 years

first_imgNorthern Lights is an atmospheric but hook-laden slice of classic synth-pop which features some of Almond’s trademark kitchen sink drama lyrics (‘What do you think I do all night? Sit here catching up on soaps?’).The track will be available to download from tonight at midnight. A CD, double-A side package will go on sale 28 August, featuring second new track, Guilty Because I Said So.Almond also revealed that the 30 September concert at the O2 will also be screened live in selected UK cinemas.News of new Soft Cell material comes just a month after Boy George and Culture Club, another huge band from the 80s, revealed their first new track in 20 years.See alsoBoy George and Culture Club back with first single in 20 years GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… British synthpop duo Soft Cell have today unveiled their first new track in 17 years. Singer Marc Almond revealed the track, entitled Northern Lights, on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two this morning. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Soft Cell are Marc Almond and Dave Ball (Photo: Dave Chambers) Talking to host Evans, Almond said the song pays homage to the band’s northern roots.Almond met bandmate Dave Ball at Leeds Polytechnic in northern England in the late 1970s. They subsequently formed Soft Cell.The duo had a global smash with their cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul song, Tainted Love, in 1981. They went on to have ten top 40 hits in the UK and released four albums between 1981-84.Soft Cell circa 1981 (Photo: Universal)They reformed briefly in 2001 to release new material. Almond has enjoyed a successful solo career in the intervening years, including a UK number one in 1989 with a cover of Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first gig, the duo have reformed and will play a one-off Soft Cell concert at the O2 in London next month. They are also releasing a ten-disc career retrospective.‘We didn’t have plans to do new music,’ Almond told Evans about the new material. ‘Dave sent me a couple of tunes and asked “What do you think of these?” The Definitive Ranking of Madonna’s Top 60 Singles Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Soft Cell are reuniting for one final performance Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/soft-cell-release-first-new-single/last_img read more

Happy 170th birthday to Staffordshires ticket to ride

first_imgDave Barrett and Robin Mathams In 2017 the busy services take 56 minutes to travel from Stafford to Rugby – travelling at up to 125mph. But back in 1847 the stopping passenger service would have taken two and a quarter hours – longer than most journeys between Stafford and London nowadays. At first the line was used for through goods traffic and local stopping passenger services only, but Victoria, husband Prince Albert and their-then five children were aboard the first through train of passenger coaches to use the line, on their way from Fleetwood to London, on an unscheduled passage of the Royal Train. Robin and Dave said: “The train had hastily been laid on because the Royal Family had experienced a severe delay due to a storm on their sea voyage from Scotland. “The line was due to be opened on June 26 1847, for which a sumptuous luncheon for around 600 guests was held at Tamworth, but because of the recent disastrous collapse of Robert Stephenson’s bridge over the River Dee at Chester, the opening was delayed whilst six bridges of a similar, but upgraded design, were subjected to additional tests and found to be fit for purpose – they lasted some 50 years. An engraving of Rugeley Station published in the London Gazette “Sir Robert Peel was the principal speaker at the luncheon and Sir Robert’s brother, Edmund, was Chairman of the Trent Valley Railway Company.” The Trent Valley Railway Company had been formed in April 1844 by a group of mainly Manchester businessmen, to build a line to bypass Birmingham giving a more direct line to the north, Robin and Dave explained. This timber trestle bridge at Baswich spanned the River Penk and Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal before it was destroyed by fire in 1858. “Theirs wasn’t the first proposal for such a line, but they succeeded. They later sold their company and the line – still under construction – to the London and Birmingham Railway Company in April 1846, it becoming part of the mighty London and North Western Railway which was established three months later on July 16. “The railway was initially surveyed by Robert Stephenson. It was constructed by Thomas Brassey and partners with construction starting in November 1845, the same month Sir Robert Peel ceremonially cut the first sod of earth at Tamworth. It took 18 months to build and cost £1.177m (around £160m today). Volunteers give Longton railway station ‘a spring clean’ “Of the 11 original stations – Milford and Brocton being opened 30 years later – Nuneaton, Atherstone, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley and Rugeley Trent Valley remain open today. At Polesworth only the northbound platform remains open, with one train per day calling at 7.23am. Villagers call on HS2 plan for Whitmore and Madeley to be revised – with residents told to have their say “Atherstone Station retains its original, magnificent Trent Valley Railway building designed by John Livock, but rest of the buildings have long since been demolished, apart from Station House at Colwich and the level crossing keeper’s lodge at Mancetter, Atherstone.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA RAILWAY line that provides a vital link to London for Staffordshire passengers celebrates its 170 anniversary today. The Trent Valley Railway, a 50 mile section of the West Coast Main Line between Stafford and Rugby, was opened on September 15 1847 – 10 years into the reign of Queen Victoria. Little Haywood residents Robin Mathams and Dave Barrett have spent the past eight years researching the detailed history of the line, which passes through Rugeley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Atherstone and Nuneaton and is currently served by London Midland trains. A photograph of the approach side, courtesy of Mrs Margaret Neal, showing the half-timbered Rugeley station building designed by John Livock and built by Thomas Brassey.last_img read more

Guaidó calls for mass protests ahead of return to Venezuela Monday

first_imgVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for mass protests across the country against President Nicolás Maduro on Monday as he announced his return after a week touring Latin American allies.His reappearance in Venezuela would pose an immediate challenge to the embattled Maduro, who will have to decide whether to arrest him for defying a travel ban — thereby provoking strong international condemnation — or allow him to enter unmolested, which would undermine his authority, analyst say.“I’m announcing my return to the country. I am calling on the Venezuelan people to mobilize all over the country tomorrow at 11:00 am (1500 GMT),” Guaidó said in a Twitter message Sunday.Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president, gave no details of when or how he would return, though speculation is rife that a flight from the Colombian capital Bogota to Caracas is the most likely route.However, its possible that he plans to slip across the border with Colombia in the same way he left Venezuela, claiming he had help on that occasion from Maduro’s military.In his message, Guaido asked supporters to pay close attention for messages of where the demonstrations would take place on Monday. “Let’s go Venezuela,” he said.He spent the weekend in Ecuador, but flew out of the city of Salinas around midday on Sunday. Authorities did not immediately clarify where he was headed.Guaidó held talks in the city on Saturday with President Lenin Moreno, and met with Venezuelan refugees.Defying a travel ban by Maduro, Guaidóz slipped across the border to Colombia last weekend to try to bring in international humanitarian aid and to meet with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence.The 35-year-old political newcomer continued on to Brazil, where he met the new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, and on Friday traveled to Paraguay and Argentina.Guaidó stunned the world on January 23, proclaiming himself Venezuela’s acting president after the National Assembly he leads declared Maduro a usurper and illegitimate over his May re-election which was widely criticized as fraudulent.Guaidó wants to oust Maduro and set up a transitional government ahead of new elections.Maduro — who retains the support of Venezuela’s powerful military — enjoys strong support from Russia, which accuses Washington of interventionism, and China, which is concerned over the fate of billions of dollars in loans to Maduro’s regime.The socialist president warned last week that Guaido should “respect the law” and would have to “face justice” if he returns to the country.Guaidó said last week he intended to return to Venezuela “despite threats” to arrest him. The US and other allies have expressed concern for his safety.“The challenge has gone very far,” political analyst Luis Salamanca told AFP. “If he comes in and they stop him, it will generate strong internal reaction as well as internationally. Maduro is at permanent risk.”EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini warned on Saturday that any measure that would put at risk Guaidó’s “freedom, safety or personal integrity would represent a major escalation of tensions and meet the firm condemnation of international community.”“Guaidó has grown so much politically that they haven’t been able to touch him, in the traditional ways of Chavism, which is to put him in prison or force him to flee the country, harass him,” said Salamanca.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica UN says Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions Guaido vows to oust Maduro as thousands of Venezuelans protestlast_img read more