first_imgA competition among Sioux City firefighters has helped raise money for the local Ronald McDonald House.Personnel at each city fire station saved aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans and the station that had the most received a trophy.Christy Batien, Executive Director of the local Ronald McDonald House, held a weigh in for the collected tabs:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………from pull tabs. ;25Batien says the money raised from the pull tabs helps cover the costs of families who stay at the house while their child is recovering in a local hospital:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………for four months. ;07Assistant Fire Chief Jim Clark says the city’s firefighters enjoy the opportunities to give back to the community:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..any way they can. :07The pull tabs collected by the city firefighters will cover the expenses of a family for a week at the Ronald McDonald House.Fire Station 3 located in Greenville collected the most tabs, just over eight pounds worth.last_img read more

UPDATE: Glenn Spencer engaged to ESPN personality Jeannine Edwards

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! She’s probably best known for getting Ron Franklin fired or the time last year when Dabo lifted her over his head.Spencer, who is the newly named defensive coordinator for the Pokes, is from Georgia. Most of you probably remember that he’s the one whose wife passed away 17 months ago after the Tulsa game.This is a pretty odd pairing, but hey, whatever gets the defense going is all right with me. Screen shot 2013-02-17 at 12.32.22 PMUPDATE (4:30 P.M.): The Big Lead has confirmed with ESPN PR that the couple is in fact engaged. Pretty wild stuff.In your “wait, what” story of the week — Glenn Spencer and Jeannine Edwards, have been dating for a while now and also might have recently gotten engaged (I can’t confirm that part though).The two met during Edwards’ time covering OSU over the last year.Edwards, who works for ESPN as a college hoops and college football reporter, interestingly got her start in horse racing.Here’s a weird video of Kenny Mayne taking video of her riding a horse.last_img read more

Baylor returns its Oklahoma State tickets

first_imgScreen shot 2013-10-07 at 3.09.35 PMThere are days when I have to deep-dive Google Dana Holgorsen facts…and then there are days when the jokes write themselves. See the “Baylor has returned the majority of their allotment (of tickets for the Oklahoma State game)” from the above email via the OSU athletic department.An OSU athletic department source told me Baylor only took 500 tickets total. The source told me this is slightly more than Lamar took.Lamar!A reminder that Baylor is 6-1 to win the national championship…Pokelahoma put it best… Wait Baylor returned a lot of their tickets to our game? They’re going to kill us, win the Big 12 and their fans don’t want to go?— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) October 7, 2013Also, this…is a great idea:Screen shot 2013-10-07 at 3.12.13 PMNow maybe this is one of those “oh our AD was selling them for way more than you could buy them for on StubHub” things but as of right now, not a good look.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a day agoLALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal return

first_imgLALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal returnby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveA round-up of this week’s LaLiga news, including a new award for Leo Messi, a high-profile retirement and a very special comeback.BARCELONA CLIMB TO TOP OF TABLEThere’s new team at the top of the table and it’s a familiar face. Reigning champions Barcelona jumped into top spot with an impressive 3-0 victory away at Eibar. For the first time ever, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in the same game for Barcelona, while Frenkie de Jong also stood out and was even applauded off the pitch by the Eibar fans when substituted.LUUK DE JONG GETS OFF THE MARKThe other de Jong in LaLiga Santander also had a weekend to remember. Sevilla’s summer signing Luuk de Jong scored his first goal for his new club and it was an important one, as his late effort secured a narrow 1-0 win over Levante.A MEMORABLE NIGHT IN MALLORCARCD Mallorca hosted Real Madrid for the first time since dropping out of the top flight in 2012 on Saturday night. A special occasion for the newly promoted islanders became extra special as they secured an unlikely 1-0 win over Zinedine Zidane’s side. And, as sign of just how solid this ‘new’ Mallorca project is, the only goal of the game was scored by Lago Junior, who’s been at the club throughout their journey from the third tier to LaLiga Santander. SPAIN QUALIFY FOR EURO 2020 WITH GOALS FROM LALIGA SANTANDER STARSSpain’s ticket to Euro 2020 was mathematically clinched during the international break, thanks to 1-1 draws in Norway and Sweden. The Spanish goals came from a couple of LaLiga Santander favourites: Atlético de Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno.AN EPIC DRAW AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANOFollowing their international break heroics, Saúl and Rodrigo’s sides then met over the weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano. Injury kept Rodrigo out of the action, but he’ll have cheered as Dani Parejo’s wonderful freekick was able to cancel out a Diego Costa penalty for a 1-1 draw between Atlético de Madrid and Valencia.MESSI RECEIVES SIXTH GOLDEN SHOELionel Messi picked up the European Golden Shoe, the award given out each year to the top scorer in European leagues, for the sixth time in his career to mark the 36 goals he scored last season. He attended the ceremony with his wife and sons in Barcelona on Tuesday.CARLOS CUELLAR HANGS UP BOOTSSpanish defender Carlos Cuellar has announced his retirement from football. Cuellar played for Numancia, Calahorra, Osasuna and Almería during his career, spending four seasons in LaLiga Santander while at Osasuna.GIUSEPPE ROSSI IS BACK AT VILLARREALVillarreal’s all-time top scorer Giuseppe Rossi is back training with the club as he looks to return to full fitness. Rossi, who scored 82 goals for the Yellow Submarine between 2007 and 2013, has long-suffered injury problems but is looking to follow in the footsteps of Santi Cazorla by rehabbing with the club and then returning to action. SEVEN LALIGA PLAYERS ON THE GOLDEN BOY SHORTLISTThe 20-player shortlist for the Golden Boy award, the annual prize given to the top player under the age of 21, has been announced. There are seven LaLiga players on the list, with Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Valencia CF), João Félix (Atletico de Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid), Kang-In Lee (Valencia CF) and Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid, on loan from Real Madrid) making the cut.GETAFE TAKE THE SOUTHERN MADRID DERBY BRAGGING RIGHTSIt was derby day in southern Madrid on Saturday as Getafe hosted neighbours Leganés. Jose Bordalas’ Europa League hopefuls ran out comfortable winners, with ‘Geta’ picking up a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Angel Rodriguez. TagsTransfersOpinionLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Insider Has New Update On Kansas, Les Miles

first_imgLes Miles looks out onto the field from the sideline.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers looks on from the sideline against the Alabama Crimson Tide during a game at Tiger Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Les Miles is probably the name getting the most hype for the Kansas’ head coaching job, which opened up last weekend with David Beaty’s firing. Here’s the latest on Miles and the Jayhawks.A college football insider is reporting that Kansas and Miles have spoken to each other about the opening.“The Les Miles and Kansas camps have spoken,” CBS Sports insider Dennis Dodd tweeted.The Les Miles and Kansas camps have spoken.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 8, 2018Multiple outlets have suggested that Miles would be a good fit for Kansas, which is looking for a proven head coach capable of building some respect within the program.Some, though, think Kansas would be better off finding someone young, like Iowa State did with Matt Campbell.Kansas needs to find its Matt Campbell. Wrote about the Jayhawks’ opening and the lessons that can be learned from Iowa State.— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 7, 2018Miles has been out of coaching since getting fired by LSU in 2016. He’s reportedly been significantly interested in returning to the sideline, showing interest in several openings since then.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported earlier in the week that there was “a lot of momentum for Les Miles at (Kansas) as the new head coach, and that he’s emerged as a frontrunner.”Stay tuned.last_img read more

Capesize Bulker Duo Joins Seanergy’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Greek-based owner and operator of dry bulk vessels Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has taken delivery of two Capesize dry bulk vessels, namely M/V Gloriuship and M/V Squireship.Both the M/V Gloriuship, built in 2004 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., and the M/V Squireship, built in 2010 by Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., will be employed in the spot market.The vessels, featuring 171,314 DWT and  170,018 DWT respectively, are the fifth and the sixth secondhand dry bulk ships that the company has agreed to acquire for a gross purchase price of approximately USD 183 million. According to the company’s announcement, the acquisition cost of the M/V Gloriuship and the M/V Squireship has been funded by senior secured loan agreements with international financial institutions and by a funding arrangement with the company’s sponsor.The acquisition of the seventh Capesize vessel is expected to be completed by November 30, 2015.Following the acquisition of the remaining vessel Seanergy will have a fleet of a total of eight dry bulk carriers, six Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of around 1.1 million DWT and an average fleet age of about 7.1 years.last_img read more

Spring House Coworking to open 12th centre plans to raise USD 2

first_imgNew Delhi: Spring House Coworking has taken 21,000 sq ft office space on leases in Gurugram, Haryana, to open its 12th centre; and plans to raise USD 2 million for further expansion, a top company official said on Monday. The Gurugram-based startup has taken space in Galaxy group’s Good Earth Business Bay commercial project to set up a 350-seater coworking centre. At present, Spring House has 11 coworking operational centres, totalling 1,23,500 sq ft area and around 2,050 seats, in Gurugram, Noida, Delhi and Lucknow. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We recently opened our flagship property of 30,000 sq ft at MG Road, Gurugram, and now taking another property on lease in the same city proves the growing demand of the co-working spaces here. This centre will be operational by the end of this month , said Mukul Pasricha, Founder, Spring House Coworking. He said the company has not yet raised funds to run its operations, but is now looking at it for expansion in other major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “We need USD 2 million for expansion,” Pasricha said. “The shared/flexible workspace trend has seen a rapid boom in the past few years in India. The demand for coworking spaces was initially taken up by startups, freelancers and small business owners and now MNCs and enterprises have taken the plunge,” he said. The number of coworking operators in the country is close to 500 and they collectively operate approximately 950 centres, Pasricha said. In its latest report, property consultant Colliers has estimated that leasing of office space by coworking operators would touch record 8.8 million sq ft this year. It also expects major consolidation in this segment from next year onwards.last_img read more

TSX falls weighed by resource stocks Valeant US markets take breather after

TORONTO — Oil prices slid to two-month low and dragged the Toronto stock market down with them, led by the energy sector, while Valeant Pharmaceutical International Inc shares’ 5 per cent fall also weighed.Toronto’s S&P/TSX index ended 162.76 points lower at 13,790.90.The December contract for benchmark crude oil fell 62 cents to US$43.98 a barrel, its lowest level since late August, amid continuing concerns about oversupply in the market. November natural gas plunged 22 cents to US$2.06 per mmBtu. Gold rose $3.40 to US$1,166.20 an ounce.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a cent at 75.97 cents U.S. as the greenback weakened in advance of this week’s two-day policy rate meeting of the Federal Reserve, which gets underway Tuesday.In New York, markets were mostly negative with the Dow Jones industrial average down 23.65 points at 17,623.05, while the broader S&P 500 gave back 3.97 points to 2,071.18 and the Nasdaq index edged 2.84 points higher to 5,034.70. read more

UN helps evacuate first group of refugees from Liberia

The evacuees, who departed on Friday, included several vulnerable refugees from among the tens of thousands of desperate Sierra Leoneans and displaced Liberians who fled to the Liberian capital of Monrovia in the wake of a rebel onslaught in early June. UNHCR says out of an estimated 15,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in the area, some 5,000 have so far indicated their desire to go home.The agency’s effort to care for those forced to flee their homes has been stymied by looting and insecurity in Liberia. After UNHCR vehicles were stolen or vandalized, the agency borrowed two trucks from the European Union to support the transport of refugees to the port.The agency also lost stocks in all of its warehouses, which had contained tons of blankets, mattresses, kitchenware, food, medical supplies, generators and other items for up to 90,000 people. “All of it has been looted,” said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond, adding, “We can only hope it has reached those who most need it.”Meanwhile, an increasing number of refugee arrivals from Liberia are being reported in other West African countries. Mr. Redmond appealed to governments in the region to receive these new arrivals and to recognize that “after so many years of war, just about everyone in Liberia is suffering.” read more

Grassroots battle against desertification honoured with UN environmental prize

Highlighting the daily struggle of billions of people living in the world’s drylands, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has awarded a major prize to two grassroots initiatives that combat desertification and land degradation in Colombia and Mauritania. The 2006 UNEP Sasakawa Prize goes to Rodrigo Vivas Rosas of Colombia, leader of an alliance of 16 organizations and 6,500 people that has promoted the sustainable use of water, and the Tenadi Cooperative Group of Mauritania, which has sunk boreholes with immersed pumps and reforested the area around them to stop the movement of dunes and solve the problem of drinking water. “This is an award for the literally hundreds of thousands of grassroots initiatives trying to conserve the health and the fertility of the land in some of the harshest environments on the globe,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said today in announcing the award. “In honouring Mr. Vivas Rosas and the Tenadi Cooperative we also honour these countless unsung individuals and groups whose commitment, creativity, tenacity and steadfastness are a lesson to us all.”The prize is sponsored by UNEP and the Nippon Foundation of Japan, whose chairman is Yohei Sasakawa. Mr. Vivas Rosas’ Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture (CIPASLA) includes government and non-governmental organizations, a foundation established by ex-guerrillas and an association of indigenous people, and his activities span the Andean region. His achievements have led to a dent in the poverty that helps to perpetuate local guerrilla activity, the production of illicit crops and the flow of migrants to cities. His integrated models are considered by many as a laboratory for sustainably managing hillside environments threatened by desertification and plagued with a lack of resources. “I always thought we could replicate successful sustainable development initiatives in Colombia,” Mr. Vivas Rosas said, voicing pride at receiving the award. “Thanks to the support of international organizations, this has become possible. It is now feasible to promote a culture of harvesting and using rainwater in Colombia. This should become public policy and a priority for all local and regional governments.”The Tenadi Cooperative, led by Sidi El Moctar Ould Waled, has worked against a background of years of persistent drought in the Sahel region of Africa that since 1973 has killed 90 per cent of livestock and annihilated the hopes of nomadic people who have been living there for centuries.Thanks to the Cooperative’s activities, a large number of families have chosen to settle around the Tenadi oasis, where they are being trained in new income-generating agricultural techniques, including introducing new crops in a desert environment through the regeneration of flora which were rapidly becoming extinct.“Our initiatives serve as an example to many other communities who are fighting desertification in Mauritania and throughout West Africa,” Mr. El Moctar Ould Waled said on learning of his award.The winners will formally receive the Prize from Mr. Steiner on 30 October at a ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They were selected by an independent jury of international leaders and environmentalists, including 2004 Nobel Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. read more

Best Buy Chairman steps down after investigation finds he failed to report

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 14, 2012 6:33 pm MDT Best Buy Chairman steps down after investigation finds he failed to report CEO’s missteps NEW YORK, N.Y. – Best Buy’s founder Richard Schulze is stepping down as chairman of the beleaguered consumer-electronics chain after the company’s investigation revealed that he failed to alert the board of directors when he learned that the CEO was having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.Best Buy Co. said Monday that a probe it launched in March determined that former CEO Brian Dunn, who resigned last month, violated company policy and showed poor judgment by having a “close personal relationship” with a subordinate.The inquiry also found that Schulze, who first heard about the relationship in December when another employee gave him a written statement regarding it, acted inappropriately by not telling human resources or the company’s board about the allegations.“I confronted him with the allegations (which he denied), told him his conduct was totally unacceptable and contrary to Best Buy’s policies and everything I, and the company, stand for,” Schulze said in a statement on Monday. “I understand and accept the findings.”The latest revelations are part of a scandal that couldn’t have come at a worse time for the 46-year-old retailer. The company, which has more than 1,400 U.S. locations, is struggling to regain its footing as it faces increased competition from online retailers and discounters. Customers have all but abandoned buying at so-called “big box” stores like Best Buy.Best Buy reported in March that it widened its net loss to $1.7 billion, and the company announced a major restructuring. That included closing some of its big-box stores, cutting 400 corporate jobs and trimming $800 million in costs in addition to opening 100 smaller, more profitable locations.Later that month, Best Buy’s board learned about the allegations that Dunn was having an inappropriate relationship with the employee after they were brought to the attention of a senior human resources executive — several months after Schulze questioned Dunn. Best Buy’s board then hired an outside law firm to investigate the allegations.The company probe found that although Dunn did not misuse company resources or aircraft related to the relationship, he and the employee were in significant contact for no identifiable business purpose. For example, during one four-day and one five-day trip abroad in 2011, the CEO contacted the female employee by cellphone at least 224 times, including 33 phone calls, 149 text messages, and 42 picture or video messages.Both Dunn and the employee said the relationship was a close friendship but not romantic in nature. Still, the relationship has claimed the executive roles of two long-time Best Buy executives.Dunn was a 28-year company veteran who worked his way up from being a sales associate to head of the company in 2009. He will receive a compensation package worth $6.6 million, which includes a 2012 bonus of $1.1 million, stock grants of $2.5 million, a severance payment of $2.9 million and more than $100,000 for unused vacation.Schulze created the company by opening his first store called the Sound of Music in St. Paul, Minn., in 1966. He was CEO for more than 30 years, overseeing it through decades of steady growth before relinquishing that title in 2002.Schulze’s resignation is effective June 21 at the company’s annual meeting. He will become chairman emeritus, an honorary position, and serve out his term as director through June 13. He will be replaced at Best Buy by Hatim Tyabji, who is currently chairman of Best Buy’s audit committee and CEO of Bytemobile Inc., a provider of video optimization and traffic management systems for mobile network operators.R.J. Hottovy, a Morningstar analyst that follows Best Buy, said Schulze’s departure might be good for the company as it seeks a “fresh start.” It also may open up the door for a takeover offer, he said, since getting Schulze to part with his shares has been a barrier for private equity companies. Schulze currently owns 20 per cent of Best Buy’s shares.“Schulze has been influential in building the business from the beginning,” Hottovy said. “That said, the company has struggled to keep its relevance in today’s consumer electronics retail environment.”On the news of the departure, shares closed up 28 cents at $19.56 on Monday after earlier sinking to $19.02 — the lowest they’ve been in more than three years. read more

Thats all she wrote Legendary playbyplay man Bob Cole makes final call

Legendary play-by-play man Bob Cole had to work overtime in his final game for “Hockey Night in Canada” on Saturday.The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs needed overtime and a shootout to decide the match which marked the last ever broadcast for the 85-year-old, who admitted it was hard to get his head arouind the fact he’s hanging up his microphone after 50 years.”Yes sir!”Bob Cole with the call as Ryan Poehling scores the shootout-winner for the @CanadiensMTL. “Mixed feelings, I guess,” the St. John’s, N.L. native recalled earlier in the week. “It’s starting to sink in. …It’s difficult.”While there were tributes Saturday on TV and at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Cole said he prefered the focus remains on the ice.“It’s going to end. Let it end,” he said. “The players are the game – not me.”Cole, who moved to TV in 1973, saw his workload scaled back in recent years by Sportsnet and Rogers Media, which took over national television rights in 2013 – a deal that included a sub-licensing agreement to allow the CBC to continue airing HNIC.He didn’t call any playoff games last spring for the first time in his career, and got 16 dates on the 2018-19 schedule.“You have to feel the game – breathe it – the timing, the sounds you’re creating,” Cole said in the night’s taped opening. “When you get 20,000 (fans) roaring after a play, it’s perfect.”“The great players are special people,” he added. “I’ve enjoyed that over the years. It’s a great privilege.”Don Cherry praised Cole during his Coach’s Corner segment in the first intermission, which opened with archive footage of the pair.“Foster (Hewitt) was good, Danny (Gallivan) was good,” Cherry said of Cole’s HNIC predecessors. “But the best of all, I think, and I’ve seen them all, is Bob Cole.”“We had some fun here tonight.”Bob Cole signs off one last time on #HockeyNight in Canada. Cole still remembers the butterflies flapping in his stomach as he walked into the old Boston Garden in the spring of 1969.Calling games for “Hockey Night in Canada” was his dream. This was the opportunity, one he wasn’t about to let pass him by.“Nervous as heck,” Cole recalled this week. “It was radio on the CBC network. Playoffs. It was something I always wanted to do. Now you’re asked to step up and you’re front and centre. If you’ve never done something like this, it’s hard to understand – you really wanted to do it, and here you are given a chance.“You better do it. It’s a crazy world, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 as a recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting excellence, his personal highlights include the 1972 Summit Series on radio and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City – “It’s going to be a break! It is Jooooooe Sakic … scores!” – when Canada won gold to snap a 50-year drought.And then there’s his signature phrase, one that nearly every Canadian hockey fan associates with Cole.“Ohhhh baby!”“I used that many times, I’m told, at home growing up,” said Cole, who got his start with VOCM radio in St. John’s. “If you spilled some milk and your mother found out that you’ve made a mess, it’s: ‘Oh baby.’”Asked if there’s any animosity with how his broadcasting career is coming to an end, Cole said that’s not the word he would choose.“I respect what my superiors are doing,” he said. “There’s a lot of great talent working on our games now, but of course I’m disappointed. I always wanted to be involved.“I’ve given it my best shot. I’m going to miss it.””The truth is you have to sell the song with your sincerity. That’s Bob’s magic. He sings the game.” – @RonMacLeanHTHTonight the voice of Saturday night, Bob Cole, calls his last #HockeyNight in Canada.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 6, 2019 read more

Jabari Parker Gets Hate Messages For Choosing Duke

Jabari Parker has been called unflattering names for signing with Duke, an indication of how the Blue Devils are perceived in the black community.As a guest on ESPN Radio in Chicago a day after choosing Duke over Michigan State, the No. 2-ranked player in the country said it was a tough choice, but he selected Duke because of coach Mike Krzyzewski. Over the years, although the Duke program has been extremely successful, the perception in the black community is not positive.Parker, a 6-foot-8 diverse player who is black and Mormon, said he received countless Tweets about his decision, most of them ugly, some too ugly too print. Here are a few:• “Ur a loser. Have fun not having a pro career after duke #dukesucks #UNC”• “committing to duke???youra joke. UNC is wheres it’s at…..Hope you never get to the league”• “Ungodly amounts of respect lost for @JabariParker22 tonight… Duke? Seriously?”“Fans are just now giving me a hard time,” Parker said on the radio show. “They sometimes just forget I’m a kid. . . Real hateful stuff. It’s no problem, though. I know it comes with the territory, and it’s just going to make me stronger.”Parker had 34,175 Twitter followers. he Tweeted: “Trying to grow up fast. Act with a lot of class. I want to be respectful ALL the time. Sometimes people forget I’m 17#strivingforcharacter”Parker it was “difficult” to pass on coach Tom Izzo, who recruited him since h was 14.Parker was  Illinois’ Mr. Basketball as a junior and the national Gatorade player of the year. He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game.He announced his commitment to the Blue Devils at Simeon Thursday live on ESPNU. He chose Duke over BYU, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford. read more

The street was my playground A journey back to the tenement days

first_imgHenrietta St. Pic: Wikimedia CommonsHenrietta St once was home to hundreds of people, all occupying the former houses of well-off families  – mainly connected to the law profession, given Kings Inns’ location at the top of the street – who abandoned their large dwellings when they began to move to the suburbs at the turn of the 19th century.By the 1880s, 14 Henrietta St had become a tenement.As the owners of the homes left, and the economy experienced a downturn, the Georgian buildings were turned into tenements, with large families occupying single rooms. Slum landlords moved in and the palatial mansions became home to the poor.Radburn lived with her family at 14 Henrietta St in the 1930s, while her sister lived on the other side of the road in the 1960s.There is not a lot of amount of information available about the families that lived in Henrietta St, save some details in census records. DCC is trying to build a picture of life there throughout the years, and families like Radburn’s are helping to fill in the gaps. With Radburn’s daughter and son-in-law avid amateur historians, there is already lots of information to pass on to the council.Life in the tenements was basic, but it was not easy. Disease was rife due to overcrowding, and the conditions in some of the homes were deplorable. In the 1890s, the first initiatives began to tackle tenement problems and create new homes for people, and the 1913 lockout only served to highlight the chronic issues that tenement life meant for people in poverty.By 1960s Ireland, tenements were on their way out, with public housing schemes being created in order to replace them.For children like Radburn, there was no other life to think about than the one they had, and she has fond memories of a childhood spent on Henrietta St.“The street was my playground,” said Radburn. Here, she reminisced about some of the games that she and her friends played:(Video was able to make this journey back to her old home thanks to Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer at Dublin City Council, which recently held the Dublin Tenement Experience in 14 Henrietta St.To see his observations on the secrets within the homes, click here.VIDEO: The secrets of Dublin tenements> STANDING TALL IN the centre of Dublin city are the houses of Henrietta St, once grand Georgian buildings which tell a tale of a changing Ireland.Earlier this week, Phyliss Radburn (84) stood in the front room of 14 Henrietta St, her dusky scarf highlighting her lightly pinked cheeks, bright from the cold. The room was bare, the walls pockmarked and scarred, the large fire grate empty.Radburn, however, radiated warmth and excitement. It was here, in this bare room with its clattering echo, where she lived for more than a decade as a child, and her return – arranged by family members with the help of Dublin City Council – had come as a surprise.She had lived at 14 Henrietta St from the age of two to 13, when the family moved to Whitehall.In the days approaching her visit back to the room she had once shared with her parents and sister, she was unable to sleep due to the anticipation.Radburn, who now lives in the UK, recalled the layout of her former home for the rest of the house, which is under the ownership of Dublin City Council, were members of Radburn’s family, including her sister, Rose Bergin (along with husband Francis, daughter Jane and her husband Fergal Donnelly) who was born after the family moved from Henrietta St. Radburn was 13 when they moved to Whitehall.Also there were Radburn’s daughters Elaine Radburn and June Warfield, her grandchildren Laragh Lever and Ciaran Warfield, and great-grandchildren Riain and Odhran.“The street was my playground”last_img read more

Report Rafinha to join Real Betis

first_imgAccording to reports in Spain, Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is close to joining Real Betis.Rafinha spent the second half of last season on loan with Inter Milan, but due to Financial Fair Play, they couldn’t pay his buyout clause before June 30, when it expired.According to Football Italia, there were negotiations for another loan deal at Inter, but Barça are only interested in a permanent transfer.Rafinha’s father and agent is now in Spain to finalise a permanent move to Real Betis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.It’s a huge blow for Inter, as Real Betis have shown interest in signing Joao Mario, who Inter are willing to sell.If Real Betis signs Rafinha, they would drop their interest in Joao Mario, with just 11 days left to find a buyer for the Portuguese.Rafinha joined Barcelona’s youth ranks at the age of 13 and made his debut with the senior Barcelona squad in 2011. He scored 8 eights in 48 appearances for Barcelona.last_img read more

Chelsea players tribute to Cesc Fabregas

first_imgEden Hazard, Ross Barkley, and David Luiz have paid their tribute after Cesc Fabregas completed his move from Chelsea to AS Monaco.After four-and-a-half-year at Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas on Friday joined French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco on a permanent deal.The midfielder won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and one League Cup at Stamford Bridge, and will be missed by fans and especially teammates.Eden Hazard“I can say that I was lucky to play with him. Since the beginning when he came we won the Double together,” he told the Chelsea website.“Top guy on the pitch and off the pitch. A great friend of mine. I just have admiration for this guy.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I hope he will have a good future. He is still a very good player. He will enjoy it.”Ross Barkley“Day to day you see Cesc in training and he’s a fantastic player. You learn things from him in training and on a matchday.“Over the years, when he was at Arsenal and Barcelona, as a young lad I took notice of the simple things he did right. He’s been a magnificent player for Spain as well.”David Luiz“I think Cesc is one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years.“It was emotional, not just for him, but for everybody. we are sad, but we wish him all the best because he is a great character and a great player and we will miss him. It’s always hard, but it’s part of the process.”last_img read more

After Long Delay Governor Denies Record Request Into National Guard Response

first_imgIn April, it was reported that Gov. Sean Parnell’s top staffer used his personal e-mail account to communicate with Alaska National Guard whistleblowers about sexual assault response. In an interview with APRN that month, the governor said Chief of Staff Mike Nizich’s correspondence on the National Guard should be a matter of public record.PARNELL: I spoke with Mr. Nizich and understand that was at the request of the chaplains who wanted to go outside the official channels. However, I’ve asked Mr. Nizich to check his personal e-mail for that and his recollection is that it’s one email, but again that was four years ago, five years ago. I’ve asked him to check for that and move it to the state account, which is protocol to follow. And that will be a part of the public record at that point.Shortly after that interview, APRN filed a records request to learn how the Office of the Governor handled complaints about the Guard. Four months later, that request has been denied. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez has more.Download Audio:Alaska regulations give government bodies 10 working days to fulfill a records request, plus another 10 if they need an extension. It took Parnell’s office 86 full working days just to deny one.The request asked for any e-mails Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich sent to National Guardsmen using his personal account from 2010 on. It also sought interdepartmental correspondence between the governor’s office and the top two officials at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Adjutant General Thomas Katkus and Deputy Commissioner McHugh Pierre. The governor asked both of those men to resign this September, after a scathing federal report concluded the Alaska National Guard mishandled sexual assault reports and was plagued by a lack of trust in leadership.APRN asked for these documents to find out how the Governor’s Office responded to complaints about the National Guard from its own members: Did they respond efficiently, and did they take complaints seriously?Since the request was filed in May, APRN put in more than two dozen calls to the governor’s office to find out when the request would be satisfied, many of which went unreturned. The response finally came in as a three-page letter that arrived on Friday, September 26, at 6p.m.The denial letter, sent by Policy Director Randy Ruaro, brings up three major reasons for rejecting the request. It cites the legal right to privacy, and it makes reference to a recent attack ad by Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign that upset the family members of sexual assault victims. It mentions not wanting to identify victims, even though two victims have already publicly come forward. It also suggests the documents fall under privileges protecting personnel and the communications of clergymen.The letter notes that a “significant amount of information on the subject of alleged misconduct in the National Guard has already been made public.” To that end, the Governor’s Office also included a 56-page enclosure of news stories on the matter, including some done by APRN, instead of any actual documents.Gov. Parnell was aware of the request, but not of its denial. After a Monday debate in Juneau, Parnell did not say if he believed records related to the National Guard should be made public, and instead repeatedly referred questions to his policy director before telling a reporter she was not “serious” in her questions.PARNELL: I’ve known about the request, but I have not reviewed any records. I don’t know what he has done.CANFIELD: Do you want to release the records?PARNELL: We will comply with the statute to the best of our abilities and that’s why I suggest you go see and ask Randy Ruaro.So, that’s what we did. First, Ruaro apologized for the slow response.“That is a long period, I agree,” Ruaro said in a phone interview.Ruaro said they were “swamped” with requests and lacked manpower to deal with them. He said there was no political calculation behind the delay, and that there was no effort to avoid potential litigation over the request being processed before Election Day.As far as the denial itself, Ruaro said he took a “broad view” when he opted to reject the request wholesale instead of partially fulfilling it or releasing redacted documents.“There’s no exceptions for partial releases of records when it’s coming to identities of victims, their circumstances, personnel records,” said Ruaro. “The statutes don’t just say in those instances that you can release part of a record but not all of it. As I read it, they’re more of a blanket prohibition.”Parnell’s political rival disagrees with that legal interpretation. Bill Walker, an attorney who is running as an independent candidate for governor, questioned some of the reasons for the denial, specifically the argument that the correspondence with National Guard chaplains who raised concerns about leadership should be excluded.“They’re trying to apply a privilege that doesn’t apply to them,” said Walker. “Those chaplains are not the clergy for Mike Nizich and Sean Parnell.”Walker said if he were governor, his interpretation of the public records statute would make transparency a higher priority.“Certainly the victims’ names would be redacted out, but not necessarily the process would be redacted out,” said Walker of the policy he believes should have been followed.Walker also suggested the governor is stonewalling, and the point of the delay is “to keep the issue out of the public eye — to not expose the governor’s wrongdoing until after the election.”The chaplains who notified the Governor’s Office of wrongdoing within the National Guard declined interview requests or did not respond to messages. But their attorney, Wayne Ross is disappointed Parnell is not providing more information about his office’s response to the allegations.“I think you ought to hold his feet to the fire and get them,” said Ross. “Obviously he said if it would be released and it’s not being released, somebody’s not following his orders — or he’s not being truthful. I would like to believe that somebody is not following his orders.”While the Governor’s Office did not provide any records, APRN was separately able to obtain three e-mails sent by a National Guard chaplain along with one response sent by Nizich from his personal account.The e-mails were sent at the beginning of 2012, and the chaplain’s correspondence refers to the sexual assault crisis only broadly. The chaplain does not identify victims, but he does name specific Alaska National Guard leaders and proceeds to excoriate them. The chaplain mentions the “misuse of a government credit card to the tune of over $200,000” and the promotion of a senior officer who ignored the problem of sexual assault in his command. On a third message sent February 3, the chaplain expresses concern that he’s “cluttering up” Nizich’s inbox.Nizich did not respond until more than two weeks after the chaplain’s third message. The e-mail, sent from Nizich’s personal e-mail account, reads “just so you know I am receiving your messages. I got a call … wanting to me [sic] to send an acknowledgement.”KTOO’s Jennifer Canfield contributed reporting to this story.last_img read more

Meghan Markles shocking decision has angered the last of her supporters

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may have damaged her reputation with the public with her recent alleged acts violating Royal protocol. The Duchess of Sussex has made no secret of the fact that she wants to carve her own path as a Royal. And it seems that she is using the birth of Baby Sussex as a tool to do just that.Royal author, Tina Brown, claimed the decision from Meghan to not stand on the steps of a hospital after the birth of her and Harry’s new baby has “angered the press.” Speaking on CBS, she said: “They have decided they don’t want to have any royal photograph on the steps, all the snappers come outside the hospital….I am not so sure that was the greatest of moves in terms of the whole perception and popularity. But, on the other hand, this is a very private event, she is allowed to do what she wants after having a baby.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesNow, Meghan Markle needs the press on her side if she wants to be effective as a Royal. In fact, Royal observers and fans are already upset with Meghan Markle. She can’t afford to lose the press too. Though the Duchess of Sussex has been performing her Royal duties with a smile on her face, public perception depends a lot on media coverage.As things stand, she has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way in the Palace. If she continues to play by her own rules and alienate the press, Meghan could find Royal life very difficult in private as well as in public. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth this month.last_img read more

Donald Trump Nominates Texan Ronny Jackson To Lead Department Of Veterans Affairs

first_img Share U.S. Navy official portraitRonny Jackson is a rear admiral in the Navy and a longtime White House physician.President Donald Trump has tapped another Texan for his Cabinet — this time, via tweet.I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018Trump said Wednesday afternoon that Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who has served as a White House physician for more than a decade, is his new pick to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would replace David Shulkin, who has been under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe last year.Andrew Harnik/APDavid Shulkin at a news conference in March.Jackson is a native of Levelland, near Lubbock. He is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 1995 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has served as a White House physician during the past three administrations.Trump’s nod to Jackson comes after weeks of speculation that a different Texan — current U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry — would take Shulkin’s place at the agency. Perry, an Air Force veteran, has long expressed interest in veterans’ causes.And the announcement follows a host of other shakeups in the president’s inner circle, including the news earlier this month — also disseminated via Twitter — that Texan Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, was out as secretary of state.Disclosure: Texas A&M University, ExxonMobil and the University of Texas Medical Branch have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more