A soft penalty and questionable selection: the US got lucky against Spain

first_img USA relish ‘a total circus’ as they set up France World Cup showdown The United States got lucky against Spain. They didn’t score from open play and their second penalty was very soft – if it was a penalty at all. I watched the replay in the broadcasting booth over and over again, and none of us could see if Rose Lavelle was touched or not.Spain’s quality should not have been a surprise. If you’d been properly prepared and watched their recent games – and then re-watched their games – you would know that this team was going to cause the US trouble, and could beat them. Read more Spain have a quality team, and Jorge Vilda is an excellent coach. He has demanded the team have fantastic fitness levels and even though they play possession-oriented soccer they know when to go direct. They were organized on set pieces which is often the US’s strength. Their youth teams have an impressive recent record: they were runners-up in the last Under-20 Women’s World Cup and won the 2018 Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The development of Spanish women’s soccer has accelerated so much in the past four years. It shows what the outcomes can be if you invest in women’s football. It is amazing to see and I think they can win the World Cup in 2023.Already playing against a great team, you never want to see a goalkeeper make the type of error that Alyssa Naeher made in the build up to Spain’s goal. So many goalkeepers have the right attributes to make game-winning saves but the position is also much more about decision-making. That ability is what sets great goalkeepers apart and it requires a whole different level of goalkeeping. What makes the position so tough is being able to read the game and make the right decisions under pressure. Alyssa has power and ability in the air but her decision-making needs to improve. The challenge for her is that decision-making often comes from experience and the ability to read the game. People often overlook how long it can take to get confident in your decision-making or to even change that aspect of one’s game.Megan Rapinoe did very well to convert her penalties under pressure but I didn’t understand why Alex Morgan was about to take the second penalty and then walked away from it after the VAR delay. That showed she was off her game. Spain put her on the floor a few times early in the match and she didn’t overcome that. For her to be considered one of the best forwards she needs to step up and put that penalty away when she had the opportunity. Alex needs to score when it matters.What will add to Friday’s quarter-final is that no one knows what to expect – from France or the US. The USA can’t prepare anything radical for France in just three days so on Friday they will give us what they’ve got. Without a doubt, Lindsey Horan needs to return to midfield. She can control the tempo of the game and helps keep possession. It seems Jill Ellis left Lindsey out against Spain to protect her from getting another yellow card and missing the quarter-final, but to me that was a little arrogant. Putting Lindsey on in the 89th minute seemed a little bizarre: she is either being protected or she isn’t.The US defense is going to be what it is, so against France, Tobin Heath and Lavelle will need to add to their list of great games. Rapinoe will have to be at her best and I want to see Christen Press and Carli Lloyd come on earlier if they don’t start. There is so much depth on that team that should be used – and not in the final minutes of the game.It’s to the US’s advantage that France are coming off an emotional and exhausting game against Brazil. I’m not sure France were the better team in that game and I’m not sure they have another victory in them, even though I chose France as my favorite to win the tournament. It is so hard to overcome the emotions from games like the one they played against Brazil so I hope they haven’t given us all they have. As the host nation, they have the weight of their country on their shoulders. We don’t yet know if that expectation is going to be an extra player for France – or the US. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Megan Rapinoe Share on Messenger US sports Women’s World Cup USA women’s football team Women’s football Topics Spain women’s football team Women’s World Cup 2019 comment Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Mining Communities Honour Miners Memorial Day

first_imgNova Scotians living in mining communities pay tribute to miners who lost their lives on the job as part of Miners’ Memorial Day ceremonies. Each year, on June 11, Nova Scotians gather to remember miners killed or injured on the job and help preserve the province’s rich coal-mining heritage. “Miners’ Memorial Day is an important reminder of Nova Scotia’s history,” said Brooke Taylor, acting Minister of Environment and Labour. “The day also serves as a reminder for government, employers and employees to renew our commitment to protecting the health and safety of all workers throughout the province.” Formerly known as Davis Day, Miners’ Memorial Day began in memory of miner Bill Davis, who was killed in New Waterford during the mining strike of 1925. Every year, the United Mineworkers of America organizes Miners’ Memorial Day events throughout the province.last_img read more

Jewish group complains about memorabilia being sold at Ontario antiques market

first_imgA Toronto-based Jewish organization is raising concerns about the sale of Nazi memorabilia at an Ontario antiques market.The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies says one of its members was at the Roadshow Antiques South market in Pickering, Ont., over the weekend and noticed a vendor selling items that included a deck of cards printed with swastikas, stamps featuring Hitler, a Nazi flag and Hitler Youth pins.The centre said it sent a staff member to the market on Wednesday and confirmed the items were still being sold.The staff member asked customers at the market what they thought of the items, the centre said, and one woman remarked that “her (late) husband admired the Nazis.”FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo said he is concerned about that kind of thinking.“This kind of thing is horrific,” he said. “People are venerating the Nazis and celebrating the regime.”FSWC said it raised concerns about the vendor’s items with Pickering’s mayor, the antique market’s owner and Durham regional police.It said the display and sale of the items is hurtful to members of the Jewish community.“There’s a rising tide in celebrating the Nazis and believing that what they did was right. We are very concerned about that kind of philosophy,” Benlolo said.The owner of the antiques market said, however, that he will continue to allow the vendor to sell what he calls German — not Nazi — memorabilia because the items are a part of history.“We sell these products to Jewish people who want to show their kids that the Holocaust did happen,” said Henry Jones. “They should be out in the open for the public to decide how they feel about it.”Jones said the situation is no different from someone selling a samurai sword or pictures of the Enola Gay, a U.S. B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during the Second World War.Similarly, Jewish museums collect German memorabilia to illustrate historic events from the past, he added.Jones did not identify the vendor selling the items that had raised concerns for the FSWC but said the man specialized in the sale of military items and has had a booth at the market for four years.Durham police said they’re aware of a vendor selling the items at the market.FSWC said the police confirmed that the situation does not constitute a hate crime, nor is it illegal to sell Nazi memorabilia.last_img read more

In the news today Nov 27

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 26———ROTATING POSTAL STRIKES TO END TODAYMail service will resume all across the country at noon today after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers. Royal assent was granted late Monday shortly after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25. Four senators abstained. The government had deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy holiday season. It rushed the bill through the House of Commons last week.———GM CUTS: BLAME TECH, NOT TRUMP, EXPERTS SAY Donald Trump’s tariff battles with Canada, Mexico, China and Europe have inflated the cost of steel, making it more expensive to build cars in North America. But General Motors’ decision to close factories and lay off thousands of people is more about tactics than the balance sheet, say trade observers and automotive industry experts. The company is placing a substantial bet on a future dominated by three high-tech trends that have been upending the world of the internal-combustion engine: electric vehicles, mobility services like ride-hailing apps, and cars and trucks that are capable of driving themselves.———NOVA SCOTIA GROUP RALLIED BEHIND GRIEVING FAMILYA woman who has gone through loss of her own is coming to the aid of the parents of a young girl who died in a Christmas parade accident in Yarmouth, N.S. The small town of 7,000 people was left devastated when four-year-old MaCali Cormier died Saturday night after she fell under the wheels of a float during the annual Parade of Lights. Sarah Robicheau says she understands the intense pain the loss of a child can bring, after experiencing a stillbirth in 2012 and the loss of an infant to SIDS just two years later. Robicheau has since started a local group called Anchor for Hope, which provides support for parents who have lost children.———PAROLE HEARING FOR WOMAN BEHIND RENGEL KILLINGA young woman who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl she saw as a rival more than a decade ago is set to appear before the Parole Board of Canada today. Melissa Todorovic was convicted in 2009 for masterminding the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but who became the focus of her jealousy. Rengel had briefly dated Todorovic’s then-boyfriend, David Bagshaw, years earlier and Todorovic threatened to break up with him or withhold sex unless he killed his former flame. He eventually carried out her command, stabbing Rengel six times and leaving her to die in a snowbank outside her house on New Year’s Day, 2008.———WIRELESS GROUP CALLS FOR FAVOURABLE REGULATIONSCanada’s wireless telecom companies need a regulatory environment that will encourage about $26 billion worth of investments in networks over the next seven years, the head of the industry’s trade association said Monday. Former P.E.I premier Robert Ghiz, who is now CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, told a Toronto audience that the industry is pleased with a provision contained in the federal government’s fall mini-budget. He said Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s increases to the capital cost allowance — which determines how quickly companies get to write down investments in longer-term equipment — will make it easier to invest in wireless networks.———BECCA SCHOFIELD TO GET ORDER OF NEW BRUNSWICKA young New Brunswick girl who inspired people around the world to perform random acts of kindness will be honoured posthumously today with the Order of New Brunswick. Becca Schofield died in February at the age of 18 — two years after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Her movement on social media, with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo, quickly went viral and inspired ongoing acts of compassion and generosity. Schofield is one of 11 recipients of the award this year who are being recognized for their work in the arts, sports, community, health and justice.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The trial of Dennis Oland resumes today. Oland was charged in 2013 with the second-degree murder of his father, a multi-millionaire businessman and member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family.— The First Nations Self-Government Summit will feature a series of best practice presentations from across the country to highlight a pathway to independent nationhood in Mi’kma’ki.— Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an major investment announcement today in London, Ont., at Maple Leaf Foods.— Edward Downey, 48, will stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in the summer of 2016.— Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will participate in an armchair discussion at an event hosted by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada can avoid offending US by pursuing sectoral trade with China report

first_imgOTTAWA – Dozens of experts are urging Canada to choose a surgical, sector-by-sector approach when it comes to expanding its trading relationship with China rather than a sweeping free trade deal that could risk provoking the United States, says a new report.The Public Policy Forum paper, to be released Thursday, lays out a suggested blueprint for Canadian policy-makers at a time when Ottawa has struggled in its efforts to deepen business ties with the Asian superpower.The study will also arrive after Canada recently agreed to a free trade pact with the U.S. and Mexico, a deal that includes a controversial new clause requiring the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy.The clause makes no specific mention of China, but the provision is being widely viewed as an attempt by Washington to single out Beijing.Even with these new constraints, the report advises Canada to chase several targeted arrangements covering numerous sectors ranging from agri-food, to natural resources, to education.A more-focused approach was preferred by most of the experts consulted for the report — even before the North American trade deal and the clause were announced last week. Many of them believe it would help Canada avoid the long, complicated process of hammering out a far-reaching trade agreement with a country as complex as China.“We settled on a set of recommendations built off the foundation of sectoral agreements, rather than comprehensive free trade, as the best means for realizing quick and significant gains,” reads the report, which is based on input from more than 70 experts, including business executives, government officials, environmentalists, Sinologists and former prime ministers.“A sectoral approach also provides the benefit of creating a pathway to a more diversified and growing trade portfolio for Canada that does not run afoul of the virtual veto given to our North American trading partners.”The document, the culmination of consultations over the last 18 months, argues that Canada cannot afford to ignore China’s size and rapid growth.As an example, the report said in 2000 China made up just four per cent of the global economy compared to the U.S. share of 31 per cent. Today, China accounts for 15 per cent and the U.S. 24 per cent.Ottawa must engage with China if it’s truly focused on trade diversification and on moving away from its heavy dependence on the U.S. market, the study said.For instance, it noted that 75 per cent of Canada’s merchandise goods go to the U.S. In the United Kingdom, however, less than 50 per cent of its goods go to the European Union, which is about the same size of the American market.As Canada looks to diversify, Public Policy Forum President Edward Greenspon said the consultations argued Canada can do more business with China”in such a way that should not offend the United States.”Greenspon said in an interview that 4.3 per cent of Canada’s export basket goes to China. In comparison, he said 8.4 per cent of U.S. exports go to China, which means Canada could double its exports before its engaged at the same level as the U.S.“So, there’s room for growth without provocation,” he said.The document said a minority of the participants thought the sectoral approach was not ambitious enough. But they found common ground on many points.Beyond the sector-by-sector approach, the document offered about a dozen other recommendations for Canada in its engagement with China. Here are few:— Strike a new deal on a co-operation arrangement in areas of shared global interest, including environmental protection, climate change and the governance of international institutions.— Take steps to ensure more clarity, transparency and predictability when it comes to Canada’s foreign investment regime, including national security reviews.— “Radically raise Canada’s game” in understanding and interacting with China — for all levels of government, the business community, financial sector, civil society and higher education.— Direct infrastructure spending, including financing through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, to improve inadequate transport and port facilities on the Pacific coast because the country is squandering export opportunities for industries like agri-business, forestry and energy.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

UNP urges protection for women

The UNP Lakvanitha Front meanwhile says a condolence book will be placed at the Viharamaha Devi Park tomorrow (Monday) at 9.30 am for the public to sign and express their sorrow over the death of the rape victim in India.The body of the 23-year-old Indian woman who was gang-raped was flown back to New Delhi for cremation today (Sunday). The victim, whom police have not yet identified, died in a hospital in Singapore while being treated for severe organ failure.Hours upon returning to India, she was taken to her residence for cremation. The brutal rape at the hands of six men on a bus has shaken India, leading to protests about women’s safety in the nation and calls for harsher punishments for the perpetrators.  (Colombo Gazette) She claims that even in Sri Lanka women are being abused and have failed to be given protection by the government. The opposition United National Party (UNP) has condemned the brutal rape of a girl in India and called for urgent measures to be taken for the protection of women around the world.A statement by Shanthini Kongahage, head of the UNP Lakvanitha Front, said that the rape incident which drew regional and international headlines, highlighted the fact that there has been a rise in the number of women being abused. The UNP notes that some government politicians are also known to have abused women and so even locally there needs to be an uprising to protect the rights of women. read more

Five Sri Lankans arrested in Dubai for stealing millions

The men confessed that they often stole from vacant villas. They would ring the doorbell and if they did not receive any response, one suspect would climb the wall and open the door to three others, while the fifth would stand watch outside. The fifth suspect was also found to be violating the UAE residence laws. All five men have been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution. (Colombo Gazette) The Dubai Police have busted a gang of five Sri Lankans who stand accused of stealing millions of dirhams worth of valuables from villas in Dubai before attempting to flee the country, the Khaleej Times reported.On Monday, the Dubai Police Operations Room received information about a theft in a villa in Dubai’s Al Barsha area. The police rushed to the scene and were told by the homeowner, an Emirati, that when he came home at 9.30pm he found the villa’s doors broken. Watches worth Dh250,000 and Dh100,000 in cash were stolen. Police investigation revealed that the modus operandi was the same as in eight other villas in the area. The police arrested four of the suspects as they tried to leave the country through Dubai International Airport. Huge amount of dirhams and Sri Lankan rupees, as well as gold and watches were retrieved. All four men confessed during interrogation, as did the fifth suspect who was arrested in Dubai later. read more

UN relief agencies respond to heavy flooding in Zambia

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a $43,500 emergency grant to buy urgently-needed supplies such as water purification sachets, blankets, mosquito nets and jerry cans, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has supplied tents and “school-in-a-box” kits.For its part, the Government of Zambia has carried out evacuations of several areas and its Disaster Management and Migration Unit has propositioned 150 tons of food in the seven most affected districts. The Zambia Red Cross, together with the International Federation of the Red Cross, has provided emergency goods and is appealing for more supplies like tarpaulins and portable latrines. A multi-agency team comprising government ministries, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies will report back once its latest assessment of needs in the area is completed.According to OCHA, Kalabo district has recorded rainfalls that are 66 per cent above average. An increase in malnutrition rates is feared as many rice and maize fields have been submerged and food stocks have been depleted by years of food shortages. Flooding has spread disease among livestock that are fundamental to the economy of the region.Meanwhile, some 39 schools have been submerged or destroyed by the waters, and health centres have been destroyed and water and sanitation facilities rendered inoperable, with outbreaks of dysentery being reported, OCHA said.Zambia is classified as having “low human development” with a Human Development Index ranking 163 out of 175 countries. All of Zambia is recovering from severe food insecurity as a result of a complex combination of drought, high HIV/AIDS prevalence and endemic poverty. In 2002, the number of humanitarian aid beneficiaries totalled 2.6 million people, which was brought down to less than 500,000 in 2003. read more

UNbacked Global Fund reports expansion in fight against AIDS TB malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a unique global public-private partnership created three years ago on the initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, today reported a rapid expansion in treatment and other services over the past six months.Fund-financed programmes supported 90,000 additional people on antiretroviral treatment for AIDS, bringing to 220,000 the total now benefiting from programmes; 215,000 more people were provided with tuberculosis treatment, bringing the total to 600,000; and a further 1.55 million bed nets to help prevent malaria were distributed or re-impregnated, more than doubling the total number of nets to 3.1 million. “It is extremely impressive that health programmes deliver such substantial results just out of the starting gates,” Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem said. “The dedication and commitment to results in the large majority of the programmes we support is very encouraging, and we are optimistic that these programs will continue to meet or exceed their targets in the coming years.”These results could not have been achieved without substantial technical assistance from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and a number of other partners, the Fund said.The scale-up of AIDS treatment in particular is a collaborative effort, where donors, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) all play supporting roles in national campaigns in many countries to provide treatment – often under extremely difficult circumstances.The Fund has so far committed $3.5 billion to over 300 programmes in 127 countries. Around 60 per cent of this funding has gone to Africa, and 55 percent to fighting HIV/AIDS. Around half of the funding is being spent on medicines, mosquito nets to prevent malaria and other products, while the other half is for strengthening health services.To date, $1.3 billion has been disbursed. The programmes are on track to meet combined targets over five years of 1.6 million people on AIDS treatment and 3.5 million people treated for TB, though they are slightly behind schedule in the goal of distributing 108 million bed nets.Fund-supported HIV/AIDS programmes aim to build up a long-term, sustainable effort to halt and reverse the pandemic in the countries hardest hit and prevent its growth in countries still in the early stages. Resources from the Global Fund therefore go to a wide range of activities, from training and infrastructure-strengthening to help expand treatment and care to large-scale prevention programmes and expansion of testing and counselling.”We are seeing a revolution in providing AIDS treatment for those who need it,” Mr. Feachem said. “The scale-up of treatment is moving fast and we can now be hopeful that universal access to treatment will become a reality before the end of the decade.”This would not have happened without the bold leadership by the World Health Organization, which has engaged the world and committed us all to doing our best through the 3×5 campaign,” he added, referring to the WHO programme to treat 3 million HIV-infected people by 2005, a target the agency said today it was unlikely to meet. read more

Narragansett Beer reintroduces retro can design featured in Jaws in honour of

Narragansett Beer reintroduces retro can design featured in ‘Jaws’ in honour of ‘Shark Week’ PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Narragansett Beer is reintroducing a 1970s can design featured in the movie “Jaws.”The company says the retro design depicting a ship and a red diagonal stripe is being re-released temporarily in honour of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” which began Sunday.In the 1975 film, Capt. Sam Quint, the shark hunter played by the late Robert Shaw, crushes a can of ‘Gansett with one hand to intimidate the oceanographer played by Richard Dreyfuss.The Narragansett Brewing Co. was founded in Cranston, R.I., in 1888 and produced its first beer two years later. The company’s beers are now produced in Providence; Rochester, N.Y.; and Buzzards Bay, Mass. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 12:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock thanks Rotary Club of St Catharines with new Reflecting Pool at

The bond between Brock University and the Rotary Club of St. Catharines became a bit tighter today when Brock formally dedicated the Rotary Reflecting Pool at its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.Under a drizzly fall sky, representatives from Rotary, the University and the City joined students and local residents for the first look at the new artistic water feature as it was unveiled during a midday ceremony.The University dedicated the pool to recognize St. Catharines Rotary’s support in helping Brock locate its arts school into a restored industrial heritage site. In doing so, the Walker School became a key factor in the city centre’s economic and cultural revival, alongside other major downtown projects the Meridian Centre and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, which also received support from the Rotary Club of St. Catharines.In 2011, as Brock was seeking government and community help to relocate the MIWSFPA from its main campus into the city’s core, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines announced it would donate $100,000 to the cause, the club’s largest single gift in its nearly-100-year history.Over the next four years the school took shape in an award-winning project that integrated new construction with a carefully refurbished textile mill dating to the 19th century. The project — made possible by a $26-million investment from the Province of Ontario, and provision of the former industrial site from the City of St. Catharines — was opened in the fall of 2015.Set amidst modernist sculptures in a greenspace beside the Walker School, the Rotary Reflecting Pool’s gently flowing current echoes the tranquility of a semi-private space that can be used by students and by members of the public.Brock’s Interim President Tom Traves said the University is very pleased to partner with an organization like Rotary on an investment that will benefit not just students but citizens all across Niagara.“Just as the Welland Canal contributed to the life of the City many years ago, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Centre are contributing to its revitalization,” said Traves. “As we stand in this space, we further transform this area and we thank Rotary for its support of Brock.”Rotary Club of St. Catharines President George Darte said the club agreed to contribute such a large sum because the Brock project represented a historic opportunity that the community could not afford to miss out on.“Our members are dedicated to the vitality and the prosperity of the community,” said Darte. “Through our support to the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, we are delighted to be nurturing the next generation of artists and performers here in St. Catharines, while at the same time contributing to the revitalization of our downtown core.”Liz Palmieri, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines past president, who was chair of the club’s Major Grants Committee at the time of the gift, said club members knew what they had to do.“We felt strongly about our commitment to the arts in our community,” said Palmieri, “and we are proud to be major supporters of an institution that embodies the vision of Marilyn I Walker, one of our community’s finest citizens, artists and philanthropists.  It is a fitting tribute to her memory.”Like the Walker School project itself, the pool’s actual creation is the result of many parties working together.It was designed in a collaboration between Scott Roper, of Brock Campus Planning, Design and Construction; David Vivian, Director of the MIWSFPA; Arie Shipper of Merit Contractors; and Wally Healey and Brian McLeod of Stevensville Lawn Service, with artist Elizabeth Chitty who consulted on details of local history and geography.The project’s strong focal point occurs where the water flows through a metal grate fashioned by Fenwick blacksmith Ken Robertson. The grate consists of a series of panels set at different angles, representing the hillsides of the Walker School’s valley setting, as well as iron cutouts to portray Twelve Mile Creek, the Niagara River, the Welland Canal and the Raceway which used to course through the property on which the Walker School now stands.The following message is on a plaque beside the new water feature:The Rotary Reflecting Pool is dedicated to the Rotary Club of St. Catharines and to the historical significance of the original Welland Canal which was located nearby. Rotary’s support for this place of tranquility and creative reflection for students and the community is an investment in arts and culture that celebrates the revitalization of the St. Catharines downtown core.There are over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide whose motto is “Service Above Self.” Rotarians are dedicated to important global causes including the quest to eradicate polio, education, clean drinking water, assistance for mothers and children, and numerous other initiatives. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts occupies the historic 1880’s Canada Haircloth Building and 1940’s storage shed near what was once the third lock of the first Welland Canal. Water was diverted from the canal along the north side of the building to provide electrical power to the mill. The Welland Canal transformed the local economy and navigation of the entire region. read more

Redskins London Fletcher Likely to Retire After This Season

Photo by The Washington Post.London Fletcher, the undrafted linebacker out of tiny John Carroll University, said he likely will retire after 16 NFL seasons that could land him in the Hall of Fame.Fletcher said at Redskins Park he is  ”99 percent certain” he will quit after the remaining two games. He said he must have one more conversation with his wife to make the decision final.“I felt like I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in the National Football League,” Fletcher said.He said he wanted to have a chance to say goodbye to the fans against Dallas in the season’s finale.Quarterback Kirk Cousins told The Washington Post, “We would love to have him walk off that field the last time, if it will be the last time, with a victory.”He accepts that he will not leave the game as fellow linebacker Ray Lewis did with Baltimore last season, with a Super Bowl championship.“I’m not 28,” he said. “I’m 38. I understand that.”Fletcher has played in 254 consecutive games, the most of any active player. He holds the league record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 214.That is the greatest “part of my legacy” Fletcher said.Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he “really didn’t know” if Fletcher would walk away after this season. Shanahan said, “I’ve never been around a guy like London who prepares for every game like it’s the Super Bowl.” read more

Flu epidemic set to hit Britain within fortnight as 83 million now

first_imgDr Richard Pebody, PHE acting head of respiratory diseases department, said: “The flu survey is an on-line survey, which was set up during the swine flu pandemic in 2009 as an indicator of flu activity in the community. Around 7,500 people around the country are currently registered with survey and, during the winter, they voluntarily report if they have had flu-like symptoms during the previous week. A flu epidemic will hit England within a fortnight, if current trends continue, according to latest figures suggesting more than eight million people are now suffering symptoms.The new data shows a “significant excess” of deaths among over 65s in England, and among those in all age groups in Scotland and Northern Ireland.Across England,  flu levels are currently approaching high levels, the statistics from Public Health England show, with a 2.5 fold rise in cases in the last two weeks.If current trends continue, it means England will reach epidemic levels within a fortnight.Health officials had been fearful about the impact of a strain of flu A (H3N2) dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the worst flu season in Australia for a decade.   “The best prevention for flu, other than observing good hygienic practices, such as regular hand washing, is for people, particularly those in at-risk groups, including patients with long-term conditions and pregnant women, to get their flu jab. It is not too late to receive some benefit from vaccination.“If someone does have the flu, unfortunately there is no cure, but patients can assist their own recovery through taking plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids as it is easy to become dehydrated. Fevers and muscle ache, which are often symptoms of flu can also be improved with paracetamol or ibuprofen, if appropriate. But NHS senior managers say GPs were put under pressure by health officials to choose the cheaper option – excluding the Japanese strain now spreading through hospitals.The latest statistics suggest around 4,500 people were admitted to hospital with flu last week.Of those, 61 per cent – were suffering influenza B, the vast majority with the B-Yamagata strain.The latest report includes estimates suggesting that more than 15 per cent of people have been left suffering influenza-like illness in the past week – equating to more than 8.3 million people.Those figures come from internet-based surveillance run by PHE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Separate statistics published today by PHE covering GP consultations show 53.1 consultations per 100,000 people in England last week, compared with rates of 37.3 per 100,000 people last week, and 21 per 100,000 in the last week of December. Health officials said levels were highest among those aged 45 to 64.The report shows 120 deaths from flu have now been confirmed in England, a rise from 85 on record last week.Broken down by region, the latest figures show Midlands and East England, which includes Birmingham, Norwich and Nottingham, was worst affected, followed by North England, including Manchester, York and Newcastle. The Royal College of GPs said the figures represented a 150 per cent rise in flu rates since the start of the year, with an estimated 31,300 patients in England attending their GP practice with flu symptoms in the week ending 14 January.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “General practice continues to face huge winter pressures with a significant increase in patients presenting with influenza, and high numbers of patients continuing to present with other common winter illnesses.“Wintertime always brings challenges for the health service, and GP practices have prepared well in order to deliver the best possible care for patients. But patients can also help in keeping themselves safe and well during the cold weather.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But the new figures suggest that B strains are now dominating, making up more than six in ten hospitalised cases last week.  The vast majority of those cases involve a strain called B-Yamagata – known as “Japanese flu” – which is not covered by the vaccines most patients have received.Two types of vaccine were available to the NHS – a £5 trivalent version covering three main strains of flu, and an £8 quadrivalent version protecting against four strains. “This means number of participants at a local level will be small and figures should thus be interpreted with caution. It is just one of a range of indicators which PHE flu surveillance considers when looking at the position across the country each week.” “We do encourage patients who are ill to think hard about whether they do need to see a GP – not just in terms of reducing pressures on the NHS, but to minimise the possibility of passing viruses, such as flu, to other people, particularly in at-risk groups, such as those with long-term conditions or pregnant women.”Professor Paul Cosford, medical director, PHE said: “Our data continues to show that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu.“In terms of hospital admission, this is the most significant flu season since the winter of 2010/11 and the preceding pandemic year of 2009 although it is not an epidemic.“We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. The A(H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.last_img read more

2008 – exploration budgets peak crash and burn

first_imgEstimated Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total**     $13.2 billion *MEG estimates that the companies covered by the CES account for about 95% of nonferrous exploration budgets.**Includes the additional 5% of planned expenditures MEG could not obtain. Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total* (1,912 companies covered)     $12.6 billion Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total* (2,085 companies covered)     $13.75 billion Including Uranium Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) 19th Edition of Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) shows that the planned 2008 nonferrous exploration budgets included in the study total $12.6 billion this year. MEG estimates that the budgets of the 1,912 companies included cover 95% of worldwide commercially oriented nonferrous expenditures. When the remaining 5% is added, exploration expenditures reach $13.2 billion-a 26% increase over last year’s estimated total and the sixth consecutive yearly increase since the bottom of the cycle in 2002. In addition, the CES study began including uranium budgets in 2007. This year’s study includes aggregate uranium budgets totalling $1.15 billion. Including uranium budgets, the total number of companies covered rises to 2,085, and the aggregate exploration budget (including the $12.6 billion nonferrous total above) increases to more than $13.75 billion. Including estimates for budgets MEG could not obtain, worldwide nonferrous planned exploration expenditures, including uranium allocations, total more than $14.4 billion. center_img Excluding Uranium Estimated Worldwide Nonferrous Exploration Total**     $14.4 billion Worldwide Exploration Budget Totals, 2008 However, companies seldom spend exactly the amount budgeted on exploration in a given year, tending to spend more than budgeted during the good times and less during the bad. The current global economic crisis will certainly suppress the actual aggregate exploration spending relative to the total amount budgeted, but the overall decrease will likely be tempered by the fact that many companies spent the bulk of their 2008 budget in the summer field season prior to the acceleration in market panic that began in late September. While cuts to residual exploration plans over the remainder of 2008 will likely be quite severe for many companies-particularly the junior explorers-MEG still expects the total amount actually spent on nonferrous exploration during the year to reach an all-time high, although it will be somewhat lower than the $14.4 billion total planned budget (including uranium).While major and intermediate producers with their deeper pockets have the option of continuing to fund exploration at close to previous levels, in the near term panicked equity markets and tumbling commodity prices will have severe effects on the junior explorers, since their dependence on equity financing for funding makes them the most vulnerable sector of the industry. The majority of the juniors-the drivers of the exploration upswing over the past few years-will cut exploration and development to conserve their cash in an effort to survive until conditions improve. As a result, 2008 will mark the end of the recent exploration boom, as contractions in both the number of active junior explorers and their individual budgets will take their toll on the industry’s aggregate total, regardless of what the major and intermediate companies do in 2009.Given the uncertain financial outlook for the mining industry, and the global economy in general, just how deeply explorers cut spending next year and how long the down cycle will last are impossible to predict at this point. That said, given the decline in metals prices and the continuing volatility and financial instability at the time of writing, an overall decrease in 2009 exploration spending similar in scale to the year-on-year declines during the first few years of the last downturn is certainly possible.For more information on the Corporate Exploration Strategies study, please visit http://www.metalseconomics.com/, phone +1 902-429-2880, or email: sales@metalseconomics.com.last_img read more

IHF will pay compensation for participation at WC

← Previous Story EHF CL 2010/2011: “Kings” broke resistance of SG Flensburg Next Story → TOP 10 coaching “Best jobs” in 2009/10: Onesta took all… The International Handball Federation will pay a compensation fee to all clubs releasing their players during World Championships  from 2011 on – and will insure all participating players during the WCH. Those were the results of the historical meeting of IHF with top federations and club organisations last Friday 17 September 2010 at the IHF Head Office in Basle.The total amount of those compensation fees will be approximately 1 million Swiss Franc for every Men’s World Championship, starting with the tournament in Sweden in 2011. Those compensation fees are divided  in an IHF compensation for the players per day (not per match) and a club bonus system for the time of training and preparation the player spend  for the World Championships. The amount of the daily compensation will be in total 736.000 Swiss Franc, the bonus payment is 288.000 Swiss Franc.Including prize money, compensations, qualification bonus, host fee and insurance the IHF grants a total cost of 3,774 million Swiss Francs for each Men’s World Championship. The prize money increased to a total of 450.000 Swiss Francs – 200.000 Swiss Francs for the title holder, 150.000 Swiss Francs for the Silver medalist, 75.000 Swiss Franc for the Bronze medalist and 25.000 Swiss Franc for the fourth ranked team. read more

Victorinox Makes Swiss Army Knives From Old Coffee Pods

first_imgStay on target Researchers Use Rats to Find Out Why Coffee Makes Us PoopStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon More than 75 million homes have a single-cup brewing machine. They’re convenient, sure, but they also generate an estimated ten times as much waste as traditional coffee makers.Billions of Keurig’s K-Cups, Tassimo Pods, and Nespresso capsules get used up every year. Thankfully, there’s been an increased focus on sustainability from these companies recently. Nespresso, for one, started shipping pre-paid recycling bags to its customers in the EU last year. The program has been very well received, and Nespresso decided to get creative to trumpet its success.They teamed up with the legendary knifemakers at Victorinox to produce a limited edition Swiss Army knife. The company calls it “a bit of Swiss recycling history,” and it’s fitting that they chose to create a new member of their Pioneer line with this pioneering project.Like K-Cups, Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum. Each Pioneer Nespresso Livitano knife contains aluminum from two dozen spent capsules, which gets melted down and cast to form the Alox scales on the sides of the knife.It’s going to take a whole lotta knives to make a dent in the billions of aluminum single-cup containers consumers are burning through each year, but every little bit helps. Now that Nespresso and Victorinox have shown that the recycled material can meet the knifemaker’s rigid quality standards, perhaps other companies will be willing to follow their lead.In the meantime, you can always re-purpose your single-serve waste into things like tiny leprechaun hats for your St. Paddy’s day festivities or seed starters.last_img read more

SDSU City of San Diego provide update on stadium redevelopment project

first_img Posted: March 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SDSU, City of San Diego provide update on stadium redevelopment project 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of San Diego and San Diego State University announced today the establishment of negotiating teams that have begun taking proposals from real estate consultants for the SDCCU Stadium redevelopment project.City and SDSU officials are currently negotiating sale terms for a 132-acre parcel of land in Mission Valley containing SDCCU Stadium. If all goes according to plan, SDSU will re-develop the site into a 35,000-seat athletic stadium, a campus extension, a park along the San Diego River and commercial and residential space.“Before us is a golden opportunity to turn the city’s most underutilized piece of real estate into something special that will benefit the entire San Diego region,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “We will negotiate an agreement with SDSU that respects taxpayers, fulfills the will of the voters and allows for the university’s future growth.”The city entered into a memorandum of understanding with the California State University Board of Trustees that details facets of the negotiations like public records requests and consultation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act.The city’s nine-person negotiating team includes COO Kris Michell, Deputy Planning Director Alyssa Muto and Public Utilities Department Assistant Director John Helminski, while SDSU’s team includes the university’s CFO, Tom McCarron, and former president, vice president and CFO Sally Roush.Roush was SDSU’s interim president when the university broke off negotiations with FS Investors, the La Jolla-based investment firm that would eventually launch the competing SoccerCity initiative. Roush unveiled the SDSU West plan with other university officials in November 2017.“Each team member brings to the table knowledge and expertise that will be critical to the success of these discussions,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “I am confident they will ensure this process proceeds in a way that is fair and equitable to both the university and San Diego residents.”Voters approved the so-called SDSU West plan during the mid-term election last November, favoring the university’s plan over the venture capital-backed SoccerCity initiative. SDSU announced Thursday the selection of Clark Construction, the builder of Petco Park, to design and build the new stadium to replace SDCCU Stadium. March 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Couples yard crash site twice in six months

first_imgWhen an alleged drunk driver careened through the chain link fence outside of her house, Terry Mabe was shaken up. But when six months later she awoke to similar crash noises and walked outside to see her yard had again become a crash scene, she was in disbelief. “I’m still kind of in shock,” she said. “You’d think we lived on a curve, but we don’t.”Terry and her husband, Curtis Mabe, have lived in their one-story house at 9701 N.E. Burton Road, just east of Northeast 98th Avenue, for 24 years. Until this year, they’ve never had a problem with people damaging their property. But in the span of less than six months, two allegedly impaired drivers have crashed into Mabe’s yard, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.She and her husband awoke to the first loud crunch at about 3 a.m. April 14. A black Ford F-350 truck hit an electrical pole, their neighbor’s fence, the Mabes’ mailbox and their fence, then came to a stop in their driveway.The alleged driver, Edgar E. Iglesias Garcia, 27, of Vancouver fled but was quickly caught by police.He faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-and-run.The damage from that crash was about $1,500, Terry Mabe said. In the early morning hours of Oct. 4, nearly the same scenario played out again. At about 4:45 a.m., a van crashed through Mabe’s fence, colliding with a Volvo V70 parked in front of the house. The vehicle, which belongs to the girlfriend of Mabe’s son, was then pushed over onto its side and into a neighbor’s wooden fence.last_img read more

Robert Pattinson — From a sparkling vampire to a billionaire bat

first_imgRobert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Robert Pattinson is officially set to star as Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed The Batman movie. Twilight fans from around the world are overjoyed with this casting update and some are even stating that now they have a reason to watch DCEU movie featuring a billionaire orphan who turns a vigilante to avenge the murder of his parents.In the upcoming DCEU movie, there a lot of things which are at stake. If we go in the past and check then apart from Aquaman and Wonder Woman, all the recently released superhero flicks have failed to impress the audience. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in several DC movies was appreciated by fans but the script and screenplay were not up to the mark.When it comes to Batman, everyone (both Marvel and DC fans) talks about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In those three films, we got to see how a superhero can actually relate to everyone. Those movies gave the antagonist some ideologies and it is always a tough task to beat the villain if he has his own philosophies, consider Thanos for that matter. Christian Bale breathed life into the character and we keep on talking about his for the generations to come. Hiring Robert Pattinson to play Bruce Wayne is surely a gamble for Warner Bros. who wants to press the reboot button on their superhero movies.Over the years, Robert Pattinson has proved that he is not only an actor with some sharp jaws that can cut throats or someone who had a high romantic endeavor with his former Twilight co-star. After wrapping up Twilight saga, Robert did star in several projects which brushed his acting skills and even enhanced him as a person. A still from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises, FacebookIn The Last City of Z, we got to see an extremely different side of Robert Pattinson. The 2016 film starred Charlie Hunnam in the lead role but it was Robert’s portrayal of Henry Costin that won applause. If this was not enough, then Robert amazed everyone with his brilliant performance in science-fiction movie High Life featuring him as a former criminal who is now on a voyage into deep space. The movie was well received by the critics and everyone appreciated Robert Pattinson’s performance.With films like Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Planet of the Apes II & III, Matt Reeves has proved that he knows his art and knows what he has to do to make a great cinema. Even he knows what is at stake here and chances of Robert Pattinson’s Batman movie going south are pretty slim.Robert Pattinson’s The Batman movie is currently under preproduction and as of now, there are other actors to be cast. The upcoming DCEU movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 25, 2021. It will be amazing to see how an actor who once played a vampire could actually become a bat.last_img read more

Kris Gopalakrishnan Most startups destined to fail says Infosys cofounder

first_imgStart-ups may be buzzing with funding, acquisitions and business models, but most of them do not realise that only a few will eventually make the cut, with the rest bound either bound to fail or languish, according to Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan.The comment comes in the context of start-ups being perceived as over-valued and many of them resorting to layoffs and cutting costs as a result of investors being less generous with their money. “Almost seventy per cent of start-ups will fail. About 20 per cent will survive but will not grow. They will remain small enterprises, and may be only five to ten per cent will become large and scale up — that is the spastics globally,” Gopalakrishnan told the media at the announcement of the 12th Innovation Summit 2016 in Bengaluru.  Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of the 12th Innovation Summit 2016, which will take place on July 28 and 29 in Bengaluru. The former vice chairman of Infosys identified two Indian companies that could potentially make it to the list of leading global start-ups. “I would say Flipkart and Snapdeal — these companies have made a mark. Paytm and Freshdesk — there are so many of them actually. They have made a mark and that process will continue. May be three years from now and five years from now, you would start talking about these companies in a big way,” Gopalakrishnan, who is also an investor in Indian start-ups, said.He identified sectors where start-ups would manage to grow at a global level. “When you look at transport, hospitality, logistics — these are the companies, which will be the names in future in years to come,” PTI quoted Gopalakrishnan as saying.His choice of Flipkart and Snapdeal is interesting in the context of former co-founder of Sun Microsystems Vinod Khosla identifying the two companies as “overvalued.”Ratan Tata, another prolific investor in start-ups, also said a few months ago that some Indian start-ups are “pricey”.”There are tremendous opportunities in reaching this population and the task is being undertaken by passionate young people. They need backing. Having said that, some of the valuations are pricey,” he told Tata Group publication in February this year.Gopalakrishnan agreed with the view of many investors that fresh investments are not coming into the Indian start-up space since existing investors are finding it difficult to exit. “Both private equity and venture funding have slowed down for a different reason because exits are not there. When this happens, money is not recycled,” he said.Gopalakrishnan is the co-founder of Axilor Ventures that was formed about 18 months ago to invest in about 20 Indian start-ups every year.last_img read more