Any colour medal will do, says hopeful hurdler Sally Pearson

first_imgAustralian hurdler Sally Pearson will return to the scene of her greatest triumph when the World Athletics Championships get underway at the London Stadium, hopeful of capping an emotionally draining comeback with a spot on the podium.Five years ago, Pearson stormed to 100 metre hurdles gold at the London Olympics, a crowning moment after dominating the event in a two-year period that included the 2011 world championship at Daegu and winning the IAAF women’s athlete of the year.Pearson returned to claim silver at the 2013 worlds in Moscow but has since been absent from the biggest stages due to a horrifying run of injuries.At 30 years of age, with creaky hamstrings and a wrist that refuses to bend properly after a “bone explosion” during a sickening fall on the track in 2015, Pearson is nonetheless back and running fast again.The London Stadium, which hosts the championships from August 4-13, seems to bring out the best in Pearson, who posted a 12.48 second run at the Diamond League meeting there last month as runnerup behind American world record holder Kendra Harrison.It was Pearson’s quickest time since her 12.35 run to win the Olympic gold at the same venue and put her third on the year-best lists behind Harrison (12.28) and second-ranked American Jasmin Stowers (12.47).The encouraging buildup has Pearson eyeing a medal next week, even as she tries to keep her hopes in check, having become accustomed to crushing disappointment in recent years.”I have to be fair on myself and remember where I have come from, remember what I have been through with wrists, Achilles, hamstrings, all of that in a short space of time,” Pearson told Australian media at the national team’s training camp at Tonbridge.advertisement”But at the same time I am a competitor, so what do I choose? Do I choose to be fair on myself and just say, ‘just go out there and enjoy it and have fun’, yet my other side is going, ‘You are going out there to win’.”I would love, deep down, I would love a medal. I really would love a medal.”I know you really want me to say gold but that’s what I want, I would love a medal and I think that would be a huge success.”Any colour, that would be a huge success.”Since missing out on her Olympic title defence at Rio due to a hamstring strain, Pearson wrestled with thoughts of retirement before resolving to take another crack at the big-time.She has plotted her comeback alone and there will be no calming words from a coach before she races on the world stage.The process has been both liberating and racked with doubts, as shown when she broke down in tears upon qualifying for the worlds at national trials in Sydney in April.Facing a powerful American team boasting Harrison, Olympic silver medallist Nia Ali and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, Pearson is mindful of the challenge.”Knowing what I have achieved in this stadium before and knowing I’m coming back again, probably not as the favourite to win but certainly a contender to at least medal or make a final or whatever, that sits well with me,” said Pearson.”But it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be one of the hardest races that I have ever done in my whole career, even harder than going for (Olympic) gold in London.”last_img read more

Lautaro Martinez goal helps Inter Milan beat Atletico Madrid 1-0

first_imgInter Milan beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the final match of the International Champions Cup at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Sunday.Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, who was close to being signed by Atletico earlier this year, scored the only goal of the match with a spectacular scissor kick in the 31st minute.This was Atletico’s last pre-season match before next week’s UEFA Super Cup clash with rivals Real Madrid.Atletico Madrid played with a 4-4-2 formation, with keeper Jan Oblak, Juanfran, Diego Godin, Jose Jimenez and Filipe Luis on defense; Thomas Partey, Koke, Saul and Thomas Lemar at midfield; and Angel Correa and Diego Costa in front.Antoine Griezmann stayed on the bench for most of the match, replacing Correa in the 61st minute.Inter Milan opted for a standard 4-2-3-1 formation, with keeper Samir Handanovic, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Milan Skriniar and Dalbert on defense; Matias Vecino and Kwadwo Asamoah as defensive midfielders; Matteo Politano, Marcelo Brozovic and Lautaro Martinez as offensive midfielders; and Mauro Icardi as forward.We lived a special moment, as we were reunited with our friend @miranda023Best of luck! #AúpaAtleti #ICC2018 #AtletiInter pic.twitter.com/WoKjpFOxqVAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 11, 2018Lautaro had an early chance to score in the 11th minute, after an assist by Icardi, but his shot from outside the box was blocked by Oblak.None of the teams found decent chances until Lautaro’s acrobatic goal from the right of the box in the 31st minute, connecting a superb pass over the top and from the left by Asamoah.advertisementA goal in the 43rd minute by Correa off a pass from Koke would have tied the match, yet the VAR determined that the Atletico forward was offside.The International Champions Cup ended with Tottenham in first place, tying at seven points with Dortmund and Inter Milan, though the English team had a better goal differential.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud in Madrid court

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will make an unwanted trip back to Madrid on Tuesday and is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud. Ronaldo will be in the Spanish capital on tax charges related to his time at Real Madrid.Ronaldo, the Juventus forward, will appear before a judge and receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year. The agreement will cost him nearly 19 million euros ($21.6 million) in fines.In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.In 2017, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.7 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.After being questioned for nearly 90 minutes in a Madrid court at the time, the Portuguese player told a judge he never tried to avoid taxes.The accusations didn’t involve his salary from Real Madrid, his club from 2009 until joining Italian champion Juventus last year.Ronaldo’s presence in court on Tuesday is not expected to last long. Officials said he declined an option to address the court via video conference.Separately, Ronaldo is facing a rape allegation in the United States.Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada in September claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Several other soccer figures have been subjected to investigations from tax authorities in Spain in recent years, including Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.advertisementFormer Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso is also expected to face a judge in Madrid on Tuesday. He is accused of defrauding tax authorities of about 2 million euros ($2.3 million) from 2010-12.He could be sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 4 million euros ($4.5 million), in addition to the amount allegedly defrauded. The charges are related to Alonso’s income from image rights.The retired Spain midfielder, who has denied any wrongdoing, played for Madrid from 2009-14.Also Watch:last_img read more

Robbers Carry Out Another Boarding in Indonesian Anchorage

first_imgzoom Another anchored bulk carrier was boarded by robbers on July 24, as three culprits climbed aboard the ship which was in the Indonesian Samarinda Anchorage at the time of the incident, according to data provided by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC).Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers, which approached the vessel in a small wooden motor boat, and raised the alarm.“Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores,” IMB PRC said, adding that a search was carried out throughout the ship.Earlier in July, a number of robbers boarded an Indian-registered bulk carrier, Vishva Nidhi, while it was anchored in the Indonesian Taboneo Anchorage.The theft was discovered by the duty crew while performing routine rounds.The latest boarding comes on the back of a report released by IMB, which notes that piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa.A total of 98 incidents occurred in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. Out of the 98 incidents, 72 were related to vessel boarding.IMB said that, due to designated anchorages with improved security, there was an improvement in Indonesia as incidents of low-level theft to ships at anchor were decreased to 24 in the first six months of 2016, compared with 54 in the same period in 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

First responders gather in BC to call for end to stigma in

first_imgVANCOUVER — Eighteen years as a firefighter had exposed Greg Gauthier to endless trauma but a call involving a tour bus hitting a family triggered his descent into mental illness as intrusive thoughts and sleepless nights became his daily existence.Gauthier, 48, could no longer function at work but the stigma of asking for help in a job where chaos is the norm initially prevented him from reaching out.“I knew something was wrong right after that call,” he said of the August 2017 incident when an American man died and three others were injured as a bus rolled into a crowd of tourists, pinning at least two people beneath the vehicle.Gauthier said it wasn’t the most horrific situation he’d encountered, but it was the one that broke him emotionally.Over and over again, he would relive the scene of people taking cellphone video of the crash scene as police dealt with a hoard of visitors near a busy cruise-ship terminal and convention centre. Gauthier’s family life began to unravel and he felt helpless.“When you don’t have control of your mind and when you can’t block those thoughts then you feel like you’re losing control and it’s an incredibly distressing feeling,” he said. “I’m still dealing with it a year and a half later but I’m certainly managing it.”Gauthier finally realized that as a supervisor he had to set an example for the rest of his crew at a Vancouver fire hall so colleagues who had also been at the scene and others like it could feel free to talk about their struggles in a job that required them to soldier on day after day.“There’s a stigma and we’re trying to break that down,” he said as he prepared to share his experience and gradual return to work at a conference of first responders meeting in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday and Friday.About 350 people including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatchers as well as their unions and associations are taking part in the event that will feature Gauthier and others in jobs where trauma is part of the job but talking about its impact is not.Gauthier said he wondered if he’d have to prove himself all over again if he took time off, if he’d put the “brotherhood and sisterhood” of his job at risk.“Part of my healing, part of my therapy, is talking about it,” he said, adding he got counselling. When he returned to work after five months he didn’t initially go out on calls, worked shorter days and slowly exposed himself to the rigours of the job, including driving past the accident scene that led to his breakdown.WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ health and safety agency, brought together a committee of 14 first responder agencies that organized the conference.Trudi Rondou, senior manager of industry and labour services for WorksafeBC, said the goal is to work toward dismantling the stigma of mental illness suffered by those who focus on protecting public safety but often need help themselves to cope with extraordinary stress.The key to getting that help is a commitment from employers to put prevention, peer-support and return-to-work programs in place, she said.“We did some research among first responders and that was one thing we clearly heard, that this has to be a culture change and we need to make sure our leaders are invested in this, not only with their words but with the budget and action behind it.”Otherwise, the costs range from low productivity, a high number of sick days and the potential for long-term disability from post-traumatic stress disorder, Rondou said.Last year, the British Columbia government amended legislation allowing first responders including emergency medical assistants, firefighters, police officers, sheriffs and correctional officers to make WorkSafeBC claims for compensation and health-care support if they’d been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, without having to prove it was related to their work.Greg Anderson, dean of applied research at the Justice Institute of B.C., said most provinces have similar legislation, but coverage for first-responder jobs varies.In Nova Scotia, for example, emergency-room nurses are included in so-called presumptive legislation while some provinces have coverage for post-traumatic stress injury and others only accept claims for post-traumatic stress disorder, Anderson said.Federal first responders, including employees of the RCMP, the Correctional Service of Canada and those in enforcement roles for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, are not covered by presumptive legislation.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

They would make monkey noises former NHLer reflects on his experience for

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Since 1976, Black History Month has celebrated African-American triumphs. As the NHL formally recognizes Black History Month for the first time, a former NHLer is reflecting on the hardships he endured on and off the ice.As a former winger for the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils, Claude Vilgrain has experienced racism during the three decades he was an amateur and professional player from the 70s to 90s. His first game in the juniors playing in Montreal he was targeted by fans and players for the colour of his skin.They would make “monkey sounds, and say ‘go back to Africa,’” he said. “I was shocked.” It was his first time he had left the protection of his suburb in Quebec City and experienced the blatant racism.“That was the worst hockey game I ever played and after that, I swore I would never let that bother me,” he said.Born in Haiti, Vilgrain moved to Quebec City when he was a child where he fell in love with the game of hockey.“I was always the black kid unless I played with my brother,” he said. “I went through the ‘hey blackie’ or after games kids not shaking my hand.”Though the NHL is making efforts to put racial diversity front and centre, minority players like P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators still endure racism from fans. One man was charged for throwing a banana onto the ice in the direction of Wayne Simmonds, then forward for the Flyers, during a pre-season game in London, Ont.READ MORE: Karl Subban on racism, in-game protests and the power of sportOne of the most famous African-American NHL players is Willie O’Ree, whose known for breaking the colour barrier in the sport. Vilgrain had the opportunity to speak with him many years ago.“I finally met Willie O’Ree maybe 30 years ago, and I heard his story and it was amazing how he managed to play,” he said. “My story paled in comparison to his story.”READ MORE: NHL to celebrate Black History Month for first time The NHL has since created a mobile museum to showcase the role of minorities in the game. Today, there are roughly 20 black players currently on NHL rosters.With files from CityNews’ Brittany Rosen.last_img read more

Trade war heavy rains weigh on Deere Co

Deere cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates at the same time that farmers are attempting to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains.Prices of soybeans targeted by Chinese tariffs last year fell to a 10-year low this week as the countries traded jabs .“Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases,” Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said in a prepared statement Friday.Deere now expects to earn about $3.3 billion in 2019, down from its forecast three months ago for profits of about $3.6 billion. The company is less optimistic about revenue as well, lowering its forecast of a 7% increase, to just 5%.Company shares slumped 5 per cent to a new low for the year.China has targeted U.S. farmers, particularly soybean farmers, in retaliation for tariffs put in place by the Trump administration. The effects of China’s actions have not taken full force in the U.S. Farm Belt.Roughly 60 per cent of U.S. soybeans are shipped to China. But China doesn’t begin most of those purchases until the fall. It typically buys soybeans from South American nations such as Brazil and Argentina during spring and early summer.Yet the fight being waged across the Pacific is already hitting U.S. farms.Despite the $11 billion in relief payments that were doled out last year by the federal government, the personal income of farmers declined by $11.8 billion through the first three months of 2019, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. A similar pace of decline is expected in the coming months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.And that is hurting Deere.Deere & Co. earned $1.13 billion, or $3.52 per share, for the period ended April 28, which is 6 cents less than industry analysts had expected, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. And it’s less than the $1.21 billion the Moline, Illinois, company earned during the same period last year.Revenue rose to $11.34 billion from $10.72 billion. Adjusted revenue of $10.27 topped forecasts.Construction and forestry sales climbed 11% to $2.99 billion on higher shipment volumes and increased prices. It also benefited from the inclusion of Wirtgen’s sales for two additional months. Equipment operations sales increased 5% to $10.27 billion, while agriculture and turf sales climbed 3% to $7.28 billion._____AP Writer Blake Nicholson contributed to this story from North Dakota.__Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DEMichelle Chapman, The Associated Press read more

Tihomir Doder joins HC Metalurg Skopje

Jugovic KacMetalurg SkopjeSkopjeVardar Skopje Former player of Spanish Cangas, this year in Vardar Skopje, Tihomir Doder (33) signs contract with the biggest rival, HC Metalurg Skopje. Experienced left back was one of the best Vardar’s player in winning campaign in SEHA League. This is his second time to play for Vardar Skopje. Last time, he won Championship title in Macedonia, but this year, his future team, HC Metalurg is one step to triumph.Doder started his proffesional career in Jugovic Kac (Chalenge Cup Winner in 2001). He played also for Yugoslav NT. ← Previous Story EHF with Humanitarian Golf event and the $100,000 shot at the Final Four! Next Story → Denmark Semi-Finals: Holstebro with slight advantage against Bjerringbro!

Column Action plans for young people may be laudable but theyre just

first_imgIN BUDGET 2012 the government removed the quota system for the provision of guidance counselling in our schools. Prior to these changes, each school got one or more counsellors based on the numbers of young people in each school; there were guaranteed, specific hours for guidance counselling. For instance, 300 plus students equalled about 11 hours, plus 4oo was equalled 17 hours and so on. This time was guaranteed and ring-fenced, so effectively what happened was schools were told that guidance had to be managed by schools from within their standard teacher allocations.Before the budgetary axe fell, every school had a provision of guidance counsellor hours, but now the hours have been struck down significantly. There is no doubt that there has been significant job losses, too, as a result of decisions made. Many of the part-time hours which would have been in the smaller schools are completely gone.Holistic counselling modelWe did a survey and found there has been a 21 per cent reduction nationwide in guidance counsellor hours, but the more interesting figures relate to the amount of one-to-one time: the inter-personal time with counsellors has been reduced by 51 per cent. That is a huge amount.Guidance counsellors are important. There can be a lot problems facing young people today and often a teacher may express their concern about a student to the guidance counsellor, who can follow it up and deal with it in a professional and caring way. The benefit of the model was that it was a holistic one – meaning that students could present themselves to the guidance counsellor for a whole host of different reasons.It may occur that there are underlying issues that the counsellor can then begin to tackle with the young person. It is confidential and anonymous, so no one needed to know why you were there. There was no stigma attached with going to visit the counsellor, because you could be visiting about any matter – it could just be that you need help with study skills or a certain a subject.Continuity of careStudents can often present themselves with a mundane issue but, upon exploration of the matter, counsellors may find that it relates much more to a social or personal issue, like problems at home.  Many of the problems that young people face are not being picked up on because of the cut backs and the shortfall in resources. The problems are then presenting themselves later on when they have become a lot more serious. Often they have to be referred to out of school resources at that point. We should be dealing with the issues early on, so the resources need to be there to do so. Guidance counsellors can provide a continuity of care that the support services of outside agencies cannot.The Action Plan on Bullying and the Mental Health Guidelines were launched this month. However, they seem to be at odds with what they are doing with guidance counsellors. They are very laudable, but they are totally aspirational as the schools do not have the resources to implement them. The cut-backs are seriously threatening the schools capacity to provide services to children. It is one thing to provide these laudable documents, but if you are not going to provide the resources then it does seem to be a bit of window-dressing unfortunately.A lot of the outlines in mental health promotion documents were already in place in schools but the schools have been denied the necessary resources to implement these strategies. There has been a reform of the junior cycle, promotion of numeracy and literacy, mental health initiatives and anti-bullying programmes — but to actually get schools to buy into all of that at a time when they are being denied resources to implement them, seems to me to be counter-productive. The mental health initiative mentions the importance of counselling and especially one-to-one counselling, but this is at odds with their cutbacks.The bottom line is students are sufferingIf you want to bring about change you have to get people to buy into it. If you are landing more work on these people, resentment builds. There is also still an expectation from some parents that the same service should be provided. However, guidance counsellors are being made to do other work and teach other classes, while still trying their best to provide a quality service and this is having an impact on their health also. If they are not in good health or they feel stretched, how can we expect them to deliver a quality service to the young people in this country.Personal counselling needs to be ring-fenced. I can sympathise with school management – they are placed under huge stresses and strains. While the mental health guidelines are a huge step forward and are welcomed, the bottom line is that students are suffering. We should be doing as much as we can — and utilising the resources we can — to see changes are made.Gerry Flynn is the President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Read: Cutbacks reduce one-to-one guidance counselling by 50% – study>Column: Why we need career guidance counsellors – and why all the stereotypes are wrong>last_img read more

Asus Shrunk the Bezels on Its New Laptop to Just 25mm

first_imgStay on target 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Asus is on the floor at CES 2019 and they’re out to blow some minds. One of the innovations they’re showing off is a laptop that is as close to being bezel-free as anyone has ever come.I’m actually writing this post on a Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, which features one of their InfinityEdge displays. The bezels are pretty darn slim. Slim enough that when I use a laptop with a run-of-the-mill display I tend to fixate on how un-skinny the bezels are.Somehow Asus has managed to make Dell’s bezels look freakishly wide. The display on the ZenBook S13 is bordered by just 2.5mm of bezel. Asus says that works out to a screen-to-body ratio of 97 percent.Like some of the company’s other laptops, the ZenBook S13 is hinged so that part of the lid rotates down to form a stand. It’s A slick little trick that has two effects.One is that it angles the keyboard to a more comfortable typing position. The other is that it makes the bottom bezel disappear almost completely.One downside is that the way the ZenBook opens doesn’t leave enough room to jam in a webcam at the bottom. On top of that (literally), the 2.5mm top bezel wouldn’t work either.Rather than just skip the webcam entirely, Asus decided to embrace the notch trend. Instead of going down, as smartphone makers do, Asus went up.Just like the hinge packs a one-two punch, so does the camera hump. One, it let Asus keep the top bezel mostly razor-thin. Two, it provides a little something for you to grab on to when you need to open the S13, as Liliputing’s Brad Linder noted when he checked it in Vegas this week.The ZenBook S13 has a lot of other things going for it, like 8th-gen Intel processors, GeForce MX150 graphics, up to 1TB of storage, and a battery that lasts for about 15 hours… but man, dig those crazy bezels!More on Geek.com:LG Launches First Rollable OLED TVThis $1,000 Robot Can Fold Your Laundry in MinutesNew Mophie Battery Cases Solve Dumb iPhone Port Problemlast_img read more

Dwayne The Rock Johnson announces Ballers to end on HBO with Season

first_img Gillian Anderson tapped to play Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown’ What to watch on Wall Street next week Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Netflix to introduce weekly episode schedule Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Millie Bobby Brown lands new Netflix movie deal with sister Facebook “Hobbs & Shaw” starring Dwayne Johnson takes #1 spot at box office over the weekend Google+ The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Birders Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhat to watch on Wall Street next weekVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 91.96%0:03Remaining Time -0:56 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 Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dwayne Johnson announced on social media Thursday that his football comedy “Ballers” on HBO will end with its upcoming fifth season.According to a recent report from Hollywood Reporter, producers of “Ballers” crafted season five with an endgame in mind as decision on the conclusion of the series was made months in advance.Also per the same report, the decision to end the series comes at a pivotal point for HBO in the TV world as HBO is expanding scripted originals in a bid to better compete with Netflix and other online streaming services such as the new upcoming Apple TV plus.“Ballers” ranks as HBO’s most-watched scripted comedy, and season four averaged 834,000 same-day viewers.Season Five is scheduled to premiere on HBO August 25.You can view the announcement from Dwayne Johnson below:last_img read more

Fundraising goal met for new Clark County Food Bank HQ

first_imgNext year’s Walk & Knock donations may well pass through an impressive new warehouse facility before heading on to local food banks and, finally, hungry people’s homes.The Clark County Food Bank crossed a fundraising finish line in time to score a hoped-for additional infusion of cash from the Washington Legislature. With a grand total of more than $4.2 million now in hand, the food bank is ready to built a new headquarters and distribution center in Minnehaha.“We made it,” said development officer Greg Flakus, breathing a definite sigh of relief. “It’s an amazing story of how a community can get together.”The new property is 2.09 acres at the corner of Northeast 47th Avenue and 68th Drive, in the Cold Creek Industrial Park. The food bank plans to build a 22,000-square-foot warehouse, distribution center and headquarters that includes enough space to store large shipments of food, as well as built-in refrigeration, offices and meeting space.The current leased warehouse, farther north in Hazel Dell, has none of those things. It’s 8,000 square feet — not including outside storage containers that were donated almost 20 years ago as a “temporary solution,” Flakus said. Those containers aren’t big enough to accommodate forklifts and are hard to use in bad weather, Flakus said.last_img read more

State to Offer ND Communities 15M to Support Military Bases

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on Friday signed legislation funding a $1.5 million base retention grant program for the state’s defense communities.The funds would be allocated for the two years beginning July 1 and would support Grand Forks and Minot Air Force bases, and the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Each community can receive up to $500,000.The legislation, the state Department of Commerce budget bill, also includes $7.5 million for infrastructure development at the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB. The 217-acre project is being developed under an enhanced use lease with Grand Forks County. Plans call for 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space required for research, testing, training and operations of UAS.The provision allocates $3.1 million for taxiway reconnection and alert pad refurbishment after the project secures its first private sector tenant. The remaining funds will be awarded after a second private sector tenant signs on to the project.A separate component of the legislation provides $2.7 million for operations at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, one of six test sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research to determine how best to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.“We are excited to be in Grand Forks to sign the Commerce bill, which includes more than $10 million in funding to expand the state’s UAS industry, and to highlight the nearly $175 million in legislation that was passed this session with direct benefits to the region,” Dalrymple said according to a press release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Best universal remotes of 2019

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET If you have a serious home-theater system, or even a semiserious one with three or more components, a universal remote control is a wonderful thing. The best universal remotes can unify all those different device clickers into a single wand in a way that can feel magical. All of the best universal remote options have superior ergonomics, with more intuitive button layouts and a better feel than standard remotes. And many of them work with your smartphone or voice systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. My family and I have used many of the remotes on this list to control my main home-theater system for months or years at a time. At various points they’ve controlled multiple devices including my TVs, AV receivers, game consoles, Roku streamers and even a cable box DVR. My family uses the system as much as I do, and my main criteria in a universal remote is making it simple enough for a child to operate.Here are my favorite choices for best universal remote over the years that are currently available, in ascending order of price.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read the Logitech Companion review My pick for the best universal remote for the money, is the Companion, a real remote tied to a Harmony Hub. Since the Harmony Hub handles the actual command sending you don’t have to aim the remote and risk one of your devices missing a command — which leads to confusion and delay. The remote is slick and easy to hold, and the battery lasts for months. In my years of using it at home, the main things I missed are backlighting behind the keys and a remote finder. Logitech Harmony Companion: $105 Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Logitech Harmony 650 review Caavo Control Center: $60 plus service fee Read the Logitech Harmony Express preview Read the Amazon Fire TV Cube review Read the Caavo Control Center preview See at Amazon Comments Logitech Harmony wrote the book on the universal remote control, and these are its most basic clickers I can recommend. The main appeal over a cheaper, non-Harmony-based remote controller, or the clicker that comes with your cable box, is the activity-based control. Press the “Watch TV” or “Listen to Music” buttons and the remote controller turns on all the relevant devices (such as your smart TV, blue-ray player, cable box and AV receiver), switches to the right inputs and maps the keys to that activity (Volume to the receiver and Channel up/down to the cable box, for example). Unlike more-expensive Harmonys (below), which use a universal remote app for setup and control, you’ll have to use Harmony’s Mac- or PC-based software to program the remote. The 650 and 665 also rely on IR (infrared) codes emitted from the front of the remote — if you want point-anywhere convenience, you’ll have to spend up for a system with a hub.The 665 is the only one currently listed on Harmony’s site but the 650 is identical (aside from color and number of devices each can control) and can often be found for less, especially refurbished. Harmony Elite: $250 Now we’re getting into big spending territory. The Elite’s main draw over the Companion is its screen, and for most users it’s just not worth it. The touch screen makes it more versatile than cheaper models, especially for calling up favorite channels and Roku apps, and the full backlighting is great. Unfortunately, both suck a lot of battery power so you (and your family) will need to remember to park the remote in its dock on the reg. The Hub is the only clicker on this list that doesn’t actually include a clicker. Instead, you control everything using the Harmony smartphone app — or by talking to your Alexa or Google Home speaker. The hub itself nestles deep in your AV cabinet, blasting out Infrared, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals to your equipment. This Harmony smart control is a great system if you live on your smartphone, but for most people investing in a real remote is worth the extra few bucks.  Share your voice See at Amazon See at Amazon Amazon Fire TV Cube: $120 Logitech’s newest all-in-one remote control is its most voice-centric yet. Like the Caavo, you can use voice commands to control stuff by talking into the smart control, but unlike Caavo, the Express can talk back in Alexa’s voice. It’s like having a miniature Alexa speaker in your hand. After a couple months as my family’s main remote I find myself wanting an actual power button — you have to say “Turn on the TV” or “Watch Netflix” or even “Turn off the TV” to get stuff to happen — but my main quibble is its high price. As Harmony’s only remote with a finder function, however, this is still the one I’d get if money wasn’t an object.center_img The wacky Cube is a mashup of universal remote controls, Fire TV 4K streamer and Amazon Echo speaker. It comes with a remote but its keys are sparse and rudimentary: real device control happens via your voice. The Cube has an IR blaster to control your gear and a mic sensitive enough to hear your commands over the blare of music. On the downside, you’ll need to keep your old remotes around for many functions.This controlling device is often sold for as little as $80 or less, so definitely wait for a sale — or Prime Day — before buying it. Sarah Tew/CNET Logitech Harmony 650/665: $50 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Logitech Harmony Hub: $70 TVs Media Streamers Logitech Harmony See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Google Logitech Roku Tags Read the Logitech Harmony Elite review See at Amazon 4 See at Best Buy Caavo’s Control Center is one of two non-Harmony remotes on this list and is also the second-cheapest, but there’s a catch. To get Caavo’s advanced features, you’ll need to shell out bank for the service fee. It costs $4 per month, $40 per year or $130 for the lifetime of the remote. Unlike Harmony, Caavo Control Center includes an HDMI switch in addition to the smart remote. You plug your stuff into the switch and it handles the rest, including automatically recognizing your gear during setup. Caavo has its own voice control system and onscreen display to help you find stuff to watch, the clicker itself is simple and elegant and the remote finder is gold. Like the hub-based Harmonys below, Caavo doesn’t require line of sight (the switch acts as the hub) and will also work with voice commands from Alexa and Google Home speakers. Logitech Harmony Express: $250 See at Amazonlast_img read more

Al Jazeera documentary highlights erosion in Kivalina Newtok

first_imgOn Sunday evening, the issue of Alaska coastal erosion will be featured on the Al Jazeera America program “Fault Lines.” The correspondent for the story is former APRN reporter Libby Casey. She says they highlighted Newtok and Kivilina on the northwest Arctic coast.Newtok is farther along in the very slow process of relocation, but Kivilina is having trouble getting disaster funds in part because of their strong efforts at protecting the community from storm damage.Download AudioLibby Casey is a reporter for Al Jezzera America. The Fault Lines program “When the Water Took the Land” will air Sunday evening at 9 p.m. EST.last_img

What is milkshaking Heres all you need to know about UKs latest

first_imgTwitter/@veganpoIiceMilkshaking is the latest trend to take over Europe, especially the United Kingdom, with people throwing diary-based products on far-right politicians and those who propagate hate speech. Brexit leader Nigel Farage was the most recent victim of milkshaking. Recently, he was campaigning in Newcastle when he was hit with a banana and salted caramel shake by a 32-year-old man, reports Washington Post. Other victims of milkshaking were former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and UKIP election candidate Carl Benjamin.”Complete failure” haha #Milkshake.pic.twitter.com/op92tmUNKb— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 20, 2019Carl Benjamin was heavily criticised for his tweet that “he wouldn’t even rape” Jess Philips, a Labour lawmaker. Benjamin has been milkshaked four times this past month while Robinson was milkshaked twice in two days in May.This incident prompted the hashtag #Milkshake to trend on social media in the UK and the second trending hashtag was the name of the person who threw the milkshake, Paul Crowther. Apparently, he did not regret what he did and was heard saying, “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose.”He was in handcuffs when he said this. Crowther added, “It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”One of the reasons why Farage got milkshaked was his tweet which read, “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible. For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers’ consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”The report states that milkshakes are used to throw at politicians since people carrying milkshakes are not suspected and can blend in quite easily.last_img read more

Bus services of Dhaka with 11 districts resume

first_imgBus services of 11 northern districts with the capital via Bogra resumed on Wednesday evening after a suspension of around 12 hours over a dispute between bus workers and owners in Bogra.The decision was made at an urgent meeting convened by the deputy commissioner of Bogra with the local leaders of transport owners and workers, reports UNB.Earlier in the morning, transport owners of 11 northern districts—Bogra, Naogaon, Joypurhat, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat—suspended the bus services via Bogra over an internal conflict with workers, inflicting untold sufferings on passengers.However, the buses from Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Pabna, and Sirajganj were plying leading to Dhaka as per the schedule.last_img

Khulna journo Hedait gets bail until 14 Jan

first_imgHedait Hossain Mollah. File photo UNBA Khunla court on Thursday granted bail until 14 January to Hedait Hossain Mollah, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running a report on the election results of Khunla-1 constituency reportedly with false information, reports UNB.District and session’s judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Hedait’s lawyer Masum Billah.Police arrested Hedait, also city editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, from Gallamari area in the city on Tuesday afternoon.Later on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-day remand in the case.Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with Batiaghata police station on Monday night against Hedait and Rashedul Islam, Khulna Bureau Chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published report headlined ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’ based on false and fabricated information.last_img read more

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is clear Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11 2018 Write to Abby Vesoulis at abbyvesoulis@timecomFor people who have a heart attack chances are high that if they dont do much to change their lifestyle and health habits they will have another onepossibly even a fatal onein a few years But the dietary and exercise changes that doctors recommend are often too intimidating and frightening for patients Most heart rehabilitation programs include regular treadmill sessions several times a week at a hospital or heart facility but nearly two-thirds of heart attack patients dont participate in these programs For people who are overweight or obese and are not in the habit of exercising such regimens are off-putting and stressful since they are afraid that the exercise will trigger another heart attack Dr Elena Salmoriago-Blotcher assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown Universitys Warren Alpert School of Medicine & Public Health wanted to find an alternative for people like this In a small new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association she and her colleagues found that tai chi might be a useful way to introduce reluctant people to exercise TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news plus: burning questions and expert tips View Sample Sign Up Now In the study 29 men and women who had recently had a heart attack were randomly assigned to two tai chi groups One practiced tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks by attending sessions at the hospital while the other group did it three times a week for 24 weeks All of the volunteers were also given DVDs to help them continue practicing tai chi at home After three months Salmoriago-Blotcher found that the people in the group doing tai chi more frequently were more physically active than those doing less of the exercise After six months the differences were more pronounced Not only were the people in the more intensive group practicing tai chi more often but they were also doing more physical activity outside of their sessions such as riding their bikes and climbing up and down stairs in their homes that they were afraid to use before MORE: Why Tai Chi Is As Good For You As CrossFit "People like it and they came” says Salmoriago-Blotcher “We retained pretty much everybody for the length of the study And there is a preliminary indication that the longer program may improve physical activity We changed behavior" The study which was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health wasnt designed to see if tai chi could actually replace the traditional exercise programs associated with cardiac rehab but to see if people who are averse to exercising would accept tai chi as a way to get more physically active The study didnt include enough people to see if it changed their fitness levels and other measures of metabolic health for example But getting previously inactive people to move more is the first hurdle says Salmoriago-Blotcher The results suggest that for people who dont do cardiac rehab tai chi may be a way to entice them to start exercising in a gentle less intimidating way It may also act as a gateway to other types of more traditional and intensive exercise that have been shown to improve fitness and potentially lower risk of having further heart attacks "Tai chi is an interesting promising exercise option" says Salmoriago-Blotcher "I think based on what we found its a reasonable and safe step to offer tai chi within cardiac rehab If someone says they are afraid of exercising we could ask if they are interested in doing tai chi" MORE: Eating and Exercise Needs to Be Part of Heart-Health Counseling Say Docs Once people start to move more using tai chi she says doctors can revisit the possibility of switching them to a more intensive traditional cardiac rehab program The benefits of offering tai chi to the people who arent getting cardiac rehab now could be enormous since its a gentle way to become physically active Unlike other forms of exercise including working out on a treadmill and even yoga tai chi is non-striving says Salmoriago-Blotcher meaning there is no set goal or pose that needs to be reached: just moving for the sake of moving By its nature people who practice tai chi "are not going anywhere and not wanting to achieve [physical goals]" she says "We tell people to just do it without thinking about goals They should just enjoy the movement and the practice" Tai chi is also customizable For people who cant arrange transportation to come to regular rehab sessions at a hospital tai chi can also be easily done at home without equipment which might also encourage more people to exercise It can also be adjusted to be more or less strenuous depending on how its practiced Salmoriago-Blotcher is hoping to study tai chi further in heart attack survivors by upping the intensity and seeing through heart rate monitors if that actually helps improve their physical fitness If it does then tai chi 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