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Alexi Lalas calls out USMNT in epic rant

first_imgUnited States ‘A bunch of soft, tattooed millionaires’ – Alexi Lalas calls out USMNT in epic rant Last updated 2 years ago 20:02 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexi Lalas Mark J. Rebilas United States World Cup Videos The U.S. national team has been struggling in World Cup qualifiers, and the squad’s former defender unloaded on them during an MLS broadcast Former U.S. national team defender and current TV pundit Alexi Lalas went nuclear on the U.S. squad in a memorable rant on Sunday evening. Speaking at halftime of the Seattle Sounders’ 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy on Fox Sports 1, Lalas unloaded on Bruce Arena’s side, calling out a number of players by name. Addressing the “supposed leaders” of the team, he told Tim Howard to stop playing in the past, Michael Bradley to get out of his “zen” mentality and “play better.” Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore and Arena himself were also singled out during Lalas’ tirade, with a passing mention of Christian Pulisic, identified only as “Wonderboy.”Even national icon Clint Dempsey could not escape his wrath. Hey #USMNT, @AlexiLalas has a message for you.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 11, 2017″What are you guys going to do?” he continued. “Are you going to continue to be a bunch of soft, under-performing, tattooed millionaires?”You are a soccer generation that has been given everything, you are a soccer generation on the verge of squandering everything.”The U.S. fell at home to Costa Rica on Sept. 1 in a World Cup qualifier, before scraping out a 1-1 draw at Honduras four days later. The results leave the U.S. in fourth place heading into CONCACAF’s final two qualifiers next month, a position that would only be good enough for a playoff spot against Syria or Australia.last_img read more


Wenger declares Walcott has Arsenal future

first_imgTransfers Wenger declares Walcott has Arsenal future Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 22:12 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Everton Southampton UEFA Europa League Premier League The England winger has been linked with the likes of Everton and former club Southampton after fallen down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium Arsene Wenger has insisted that Theo Walcott does still have a future with Arsenal despite him being linked with a January exit from the club.The winger has struggled for regular game time in the 2017-18 season and has been limited to just three Premier League appearances thus far this campaign.His only starts for the Gunners have come in the Europa League, where he’s scored two goals and registered one assist in his four games in that competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The likes of Everton and Southampton have been linked with January moves for the 28-year-old but Wenger is adamant that he does have a future at Emirates Stadium.He told reporters ahead of Thursday’s clash with BATE Borisov: “Yes he has a future. He works very hard. He was sick a few weeks ago and after I didn’t change the squad. But overall in training he looks very sharp.”Wenger also suggested Shkodran Mustafi faces a race against time to be to face Southampton on the weekend.He added: “Everybody is available. There is a small problem with Mustafi from Saturday but everybody else looks alright.”He’s got a little thigh problem, but it’s a small one. He could be available for Southampton.”last_img read more


AFC Cup 2018: Playoffs 2nd leg Roundup

first_imgToyota Football Engine AFC Cup 2018: Playoff Roundup – Bengaluru FC, FC Ahal & Hwaepul SC qualify Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:28 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bengaluru v TC Sports Toyota Football Engine AFC Cup Hwaebul v Erchim Khujand v Ahal Bengaluru v TC Sports Club Erchim TC Sports Club Khujand Bengaluru Hwaebul Ahal The three remaining teams to enter the group stages of the tournament were finalised this week… The playoffs in the South, Central and East Zones of the AFC Cup came to a close this week. Here’s a recap of what transpired.Bengaluru FC 5-0 TC Sports Club (Dovale 12′, 35′ 48′ Paartalu 36′ Bheke 90′) | Aggregate: 8-2Indian side Bengaluru FC qualified for the South Zone group stages of the AFC Cup after romping to a 5-0 win over Maldives’ TC Sports Club on Tuesday. Spanish winger Toni Dovale was the star of the night for Bengaluru with a sumptuous hat-trick while Erik Paartalu and Rahul Bheke completed the scoring for them. The side from Maldives could not muster even a goal back and ended up being outclassed 8-2 on aggregate.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bengaluru now join Aizawl FC, Dhaka Abahani and New Radiant in Group E. FC Khujand 0-2 FC Ahal (Wezirgeldi 49′ Suleyman 52′) | Aggregate 0-3Turkmenistan’s FC Ahal made their way into the Central Zone group stages after notching 2-0 win away from home over Tajikistan’s FC Khujand on Tuesday. Two quickfire second-half goals from Ylyasov Wezirgeldi and Muhadov Suleyman were enough for Ahal to emerge victorious 3-0 on aggregate. They now join FC Istiklol, Altyn Asyr and Alay Osh in Group D. Hwaepul SC 3-0 FC Erchim (Kuk-Chol 27′ Kwang-Jin 41′ Chung-Il 45′) | Aggregate: 7-0  North Korea’s Hwaepul SC eased into the East Zone group stages after getting the better of Mongolian outfit FC Erchim 3-0 on Tuesday. Defender Jang Kuk-Chol, Choe Kwang-Jin and Jon Chung-Il scored the goals on the night for Hwaesul which meant they trounced Erchim by an aggregate margin of 7-0. They join April 25 SC, Hang Yuen and Benfica de Macau in Group I.last_img read more


10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.” last_img read more


Maury Povich Said Something Insane As College GameDay’s Guest Picker

first_imgmaury povich reacts to making a puttPEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Maury Povich reacts to making a putt on the 5th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 13, 2011 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)For some reason, ESPN tabbed talk show host Maury Povich to be its celebrity guest picker on College GameDay Saturday morning. While Povich seemed to know his college football, he made one head-scratching mistake.Povich, when picking the Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest game, told viewers that the Panthers could “make the playoff” coming out of the ACC.Pitt has a 6-4 record. While it’s looking very likely that the Panthers will get to play in the ACC title game against Clemson, there is a zero percent chance they wind up in the Playoff. Zero.Twitter found the comment interesting, to say the least.Maury Povich just said that Pitt can go to the College Football Playoff.Pitt can’t go to the College Football Playoff.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 17, 2018Maury Povich just said Pitt can make the PlayoffMaury Povich, welcome to the resistance #PutPittIn— Shutdown Fullcast, the world’s only CFB podcast (@ShutdownFullcas) November 17, 2018Look, if Maury Povich says Pitt can go to the playoff, then so it shall be!— Jack Jorgensen (@JackJorgensen14) November 17, 2018Maury Povich: “Pitt could get to the playoff from that conference”Suddenly, I don’t have the worst Pitt take— Thighnoceros (@IAmSpilly) November 17, 2018In reality, there are probably only nine teams with realistic shots at the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Washington State. Everyone else is out.Povich’s appearance on GameDay was controversial in the first place. This comment didn’t help.That said, UCF fans brought it for GameDay on Saturday. Props to them.last_img read more


Province Safety Leaders Work to Improve Workplace Safety

first_imgEmployers and employees will have a say in how administrative penalties are used to make their workplaces safer. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More today, Nov. 21, announced a review of the province’s administrative penalties, which were put in place in 2010. The penalties, fines for employers and employees who break safety laws, act as a deterrent, and help better protect Nova Scotians on the job. “Our focus is protecting workers, and administrative penalties are an important tool,” said Ms. More. “That said, we need to make sure they are having the best impact as we continue to improve safety for our workers. “The review will focus on ensuring we are assigning the penalties for the right types of offences and that they promote better overall safety.” The review is part of a new five-year workplace safety strategy being developed with the Workers Compensation Board. It aims to make Nova Scotia one of the safest places to work in the country. “We are seeing improvements in our safety record, but there is still much work to be done,” said Ms. More. “This strategy will work to identify areas that need improvement, and ways that we can make our workplaces safer, so that all Nova Scotians who get up and go to work, return home safe.” Over the past several months, the province and the Workers Compensation Board have been gathering feedback from many employees, employers and other safety partners for the strategy. Twenty-six consultations took place across the province with more than 400 participants, and another 1,000 Nova Scotians provided feedback online. A strategy framework has been developed, and consultations will continue over the next couple of months. During consultations concerns were voiced about administrative penalties, including the inconsistency with which the penalties were given out and their effectiveness. “We are pleased that the province has listened to the construction industry and is taking initiative to review these penalties,” said Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “These penalties have their place in preventing workplace accidents, but we feel the administration and processes require examination and can be improved going forward.” “Safe workplaces and workers are a critical part of Nova Scotia’s future,” said Rick Clark, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “Administration penalties are just one tool that help us make that happen, and we need a review that will help align the penalties with all the other tools available.” A finalized workplace safety strategy is expected to be released early in the new year. For more information about the workplace safety strategy, visit read more


Ive never been recognised in industry Kirsten Dunst

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Kirsten Dunst says she feels like a “nobody” in Hollywood as she has never received award recognition despite several critically-acclaimed performances. During an interview on SiriusXM’s “In-Depth with Larry Flick”, the 37-year-old actor listed such as films “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Mary Antoinette”, which were all panned by the critics but loved by the audiences. “Remember ‘Marie Antoinette’ — y’all panned it — and now you all love it. Remember ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’? Panned. Now, you all love it. It’s, like, interesting for me. I feel a lot of things I do people like later… I’ve never been recognised in my industry,” Dunst said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I’ve never been nominated for anything… Maybe like, twice. For a Golden Globe (one) when I was little, and one for (TV series) ‘Fargo’. I always feel like a nobody… I don’t know, maybe they just think I’m the girl from ‘Bring It On’,” she added. Dunst, who received widespread recognition for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, said part of the reason could be her lack of participation. “I am so chill. Maybe I don’t play the game enough. But then I do, I mean, I do everything I’m supposed to. It’s not like I’m rude or like, not doing publicity or anything,” the actor added.last_img read more


Ellie Goulding marries fiance Caspar Jopling

first_imgLondon: Singer Ellie Goulding has tied the knot with fiance Caspar Jopling in a lavish wedding ceremony. Goulding, 32, and Jopling, 27, got married at the gothic York Minster Cathedral in Yorkshire, England, reported BBC. Among the guests who attended the ceremony were celebrities like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, James Blunt, Sienna Miller, Jo Wicks, and comedian Jimmy Carr. Goulding wore a white custom Chloe gown. She pulled up in a flower-adorned blue Volkswagen minivan to cheers with her long veil over her face. The singer started dating Jopling, the New York-based art dealer, in April, 2017.last_img read more


Telus suggests Mason may have cut stake

Telus Corp. said Friday that foreign ownership of its common shares has been cut in half, leading the telecom company to believe that a U.S. hedge fund that it’s been locked in battle with has reduced its stake in the company.Telus said the non-Canadian ownership of the company is roughly 15 per cent as of Nov. 16, down from almost 33 per cent last summer. Large Canadian telecom companies can’t have foreign ownership levels that exceed 33.3 per cent.Telus (TSX:T) has been embroiled in a fight with New York-based Mason Capital Management over its plan to convert the telecommunication company’s non-voting shares into voting shares on a one-for-one basis.Mason has argued that Telus’ voting shareholders should get a premium for the conversion to one class of shares, reflecting the higher trading value of the voting shares compared with the class of non-voting shares.Mason owned almost 20 per cent of Telus’s voting shares and its position had helped push up foreign ownership in Telus to 32.6 per cent last summer.“Based in part on this change in foreign ownership levels and short trading positions, Telus believes Mason Capital has materially reduced both its long and short positions in the company,” Telus said in a news release.“Mason last disclosed its ownership levels in August, which was 18.7 per cent of Telus common shares. Notably, given the current total foreign ownership level of only 15 per cent and historical level of approximately 13 per cent, Mason has clearly reduced a significant portion of its holdings,” Telus said.But Telus also said that it’s possible that Mason Capital may acquire shares on a short-term basis at the end of this month to avoid reporting its trading position.A spokesman for Mason Capital declined to comment on the matter Friday.Telus voting shares were up slightly, 31 cents to $64.88, in Friday afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on heavy volume of 15 million shares.Analyst Dvai Ghose of Canaccord Genuity said the decline in foreign ownership of Telus common shares implies that Mason Capital is unwinding its position.Ghose also said the lower foreign ownership level puts to bed small telecom Globalive’s claim that Telus may have been in breach of foreign ownership restrictions.“While Mason is not the only foreign holder of Telus common shares, if we assume that the decline in foreign ownership of Telus shares from 32.6 per cent on June 29 to 15 per cent on Nov. 16 was entirely driven by Mason, its stake in Telus common shares could be as low as two per cent,” Ghose said in a research note.“While we assume that Mason still owns more than two per cent of Telus common shares because we assume that other foreigners may have sold down as well, nonetheless it seems that Mason has unwound a large chunk of its Telus voting share ownership.”Telus said a decision from the Supreme Court of British Columbia is expected in the coming weeks on its share conversion proposal, which was approved by shareholders earlier this fall.Telus first introduced its share-conversion plan in February, but withdrew the proposal right before its annual general meeting in May when it said that Mason’s tactics would have prevented the proposal from passing.Mason Capital bought up almost 20 per cent of Telus last spring after the Vancouver telecom company announced it would hold a shareholder vote on converting its non-voting shares into a common class of voting shares.The hedge fund also shorted the company’s non-voting shares, which historically traded for less than the voting shares but rose in anticipation of the conversion. Short sellers make a profit when the stock price falls. read more


Ban wants international participation in judicial mechanism

“Broad‑based national consultations are about to kick off, and they will help inform the modalities of the mechanisms.  The Secretary‑General also recalls that the Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, cosponsored by the current Government, affirms the importance of a credible justice process and international participation in the judicial mechanism,” Stéphane Dujarric said. UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon wants international participation in the judicial mechanism when investigating the war in Sri Lanka.Ban ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the Secretary‑General understands that the discussions in Sri Lanka on the transitional justice mechanism, including the judicial component, are ongoing. He said the UN Secretary General remains hopeful that the Sri Lankan Government stands by its commitments and fully implements the resolution. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Orders for US durable goods up 28 per cent in January with

Orders for US durable goods up 2.8 per cent in January with strength in business investment In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, workers perform final inspections on 2015 Ford Explorers on the assembly line at the Chicago Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago. The Commerce Department releases its January report on durable goods on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2015 7:53 am MDT WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January, rising by the largest amount in six months, although much of the strength came from a big jump in airplane orders. A key category that signals business investment plans did manage a small gain.Orders for durable goods increased 2.8 per cent in January, the biggest increase since July. Orders were down 3.7 per cent in December and 2.2 per cent in November, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.Demand in a category that serves as a proxy for business investment increased 0.6 per cent in January. It was a small gain but it came after four consecutive declines including decreases of 0.7 per cent in December and 0.5 per cent in November.The 2.8 per cent rebound in total orders was larger than had been expected but it was heavily influenced by a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, which soared 128.5 per cent in January after having fallen 58.3 per cent in December.Excluding transportation, orders showed a more modest gain of 0.3 per cent in January after declines in December and November.The stronger U.S. dollar and global weakness have hurt exports but economists are still optimistic that surging domestic demand will result in a sustained rebound in orders this year.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that orders should begin to increase as the supply backlogs caused by the West Coast port dispute start to clear.For January, demand for machinery showed an increase of 1.9 per cent while demand for computers was up 7.4 per cent.The government is scheduled to revise its estimate for economic growth for the October-December quarter on Friday. Analysts are expecting that the initial 2.6 per cent estimated growth rate for the fourth quarter will be revised down to 2.1 per cent.However, they are looking for a rebound in the first quarter to around 2.5 per cent.Delivering the Fed’s twice-a-year report on the economy to Congress this week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck an upbeat note, saying that the Fed is looking for strong employment gains to help lift economic activity in 2015. read more


Provinces territories refuse federal governments offer on health care funding

Minister of Health Jane Philpott listens as Minister of Finance Bill Morneau responds to a question following the Finance Ministers meeting in Ottawa, Monday, December 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Provinces, territories refuse federal government’s offer on health care funding by Andy Blatchford and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2016 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government pulled billions of dollars off the negotiating table Monday after failing to reach a long-term health-care funding agreement with frustrated provincial and territorial health and finance ministers.Ottawa attempted to sweeten its offer somewhat at midday in the face of withering criticism that it wasn’t bargaining in good faith, but the additional $3.5 billion over 10 years wasn’t enough to bridge the widening gap between the two sides.“We were working today to have partners with the provinces and territories,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a news conference. “We were unsuccessful in that effort.”Ottawa offered $11 billion over 10 years for home care and mental health, as well as $544 million over five years for prescription drug and “innovation” initiatives, on top of a 3.5 per cent annual increase in health transfers.That offer is now off the table.Heading into the talks, Morneau warned that if no deal could be reached that federal support would revert back to what the Liberals have long said they would do: limit the annual increase in health transfers to three per cent, or nominal economic growth, and provide $3 billion for home care.The annual transfer payment increase is poised to drop next April to three per cent a year — half the six per cent it has been since 2004.“We were disappointed that the provinces and territories did not feel that they could accept this offer,” said federal Health Minister Jane Philpott.Monday’s talks appeared doomed from the start, with the provinces accusing the Trudeau government of refusing to negotiate a new federal health-care funding framework, instead putting forward what they considered a lacklustre take-it-or-leave-it offer.Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette had threatened to walk out if the federal government didn’t put more money on the table.In the end, it was Ottawa that was accused of shutting down the talks.“Let’s be clear, we did not walk away from this meeting … It was the federal government that closed the meeting, ultimately,” said Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa.“We are here to negotiate at the directive of the first ministers; by the prime minister himself, who invited the ministers of health to attend as well to find a solution. We didn’t have the opportunity here today to have that discussion.”The federal government put forward a unilateral approach, Sousa added.Earlier Monday, Philpott ducked questions about the concerns of the provinces, describing Ottawa’s earlier offer of mental health and home care cash as “historic” and “transformative.”“They can’t continue to make ultimatums, to make threats,” said Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen, who added that the provinces have long been demanding health-funding negotiations with Ottawa.“For months, we’ve been begging for this.”It was clear the federal government wasn’t offering much wiggle room.Philpott appeared wilfully blind to the dissent, saying she was “absolutely delighted” with her government’s “substantial offers on the table” as she skated around questions about the provincial concerns.“This is a transformative, historic offer — we’re changing the face of health care in this country,” she said. “I am certainly optimistic that the provinces and territories would not walk away from something like this.”But walk away they did — although not before the meetings were over, which appeared a distinct possibility as the day began.P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan, speaking on behalf of the provincial and territorial interests, sounded a pragmatic and determined note as he acknowledged the failed talks and called for a first ministers meeting on health funding.“We do not — and we all want to be very clear about this — view the end of today as the end of a path,” MacLauchlan said.“We are on a path together, a path that we have travelled for 50 years, and on which we expect the federal government to be an active, supportive, engaged partner.“We do not believe that as of the end of the day today that we are at an impasse. We have work to do.”An analysis by provinces released Monday compared the potential outcomes of the status quo versus federal Morneau’s latest offer.The data said that the status-quo scenario of annual increases of three per cent, or the average rate of nominal economic growth, in addition to $3 billion in targeted funding, would mean a total of $445.2 billion in federal health-care cash over the next decade.It would also lower the federal share of funding in provincial health budgets to 20.2 per cent in 2026-27 from 22.9 per cent next year.In comparison, the document said Morneau’s earlier $8-billion, 3.5 per cent offer would provide the provinces with total of $445.9 billion over the next decade.Under that scenario, the share of federal funding would fall to 19.8 per cent in 2026-27 from 23.1 per cent in next year, the data noted.Even with the 2015 Liberal platform’s pledge of $3 billion for home care, de Jong said he didn’t think his province would necessarily be better off. At the end of the day, he said it would essentially be “a wash.”“It’s just an example of a federal government that says, ‘Here’s the solution and if you don’t like that’s too bad — it’s take it or leave it,’” he said.“For me, for an issue of this importance, it’s ridiculous.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions said the federal offer would revert to $8 billion over 10 years, and had an incorrect spelling for the Manitoba health minister’s first name. read more


13 more than lucky for some

As the March ’13 registration plate’ nears the end of its six-month run and September’s new 63-plate waits in the wings, SMMT has revealed that the 13-plate has outsold the past nine registration plates.The 13-plate has, up until the end of July, overtaken all previous plates dating back to September 2008. It has been registered to 1,115,459 vehicles since it came into use in March this year and even with the August registrations still to be included, it has outsold the previous plate changes dating back over the last five years.New 63-plate vehicles are being readied and manufacturer main dealers are bracing themselves for new vehicle deliveries that could see around 390,000 new cars on the road over the 30 days of September.That means around £6 billion is expected to be spent on new cars as motorists take advantage of affordable finance deals and buy into better fuel efficiency, predictable maintenance and often lower tax bands.“We have seen a strong performance from the new car market throughout 2013, with the number of cars registered increasing in July for the 17th successive month,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Now we have evidence of consistent growth, we have raised our forecast for 2013 new car registrations to 2.216 million units, an increase of over 8% on last year. In line with this positive trend, we expect the new 63 plate to be very successful and for September registrations to provide a similar peak to that seen in March.”March is typically the month for the highest number of registrations, with September coming a close second. More than a third of annual registrations occur in March and September combined, with the other months typically each accounting for 6.5% of the annual total.Click through to download the press release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Football Campbell Baker Worley named to national watch lists

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) intercepts a ball in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State’s wide receiver and punt and kickoff returner Parris Campbell was named to the Paul Hornung watch list Monday, while linebackers Jerome Baker and Chris Worley were put on the Butkus Award watch list.The Butkus Award is given to nation’s top linebacker and was last won by a Buckeye in 2007 when James Laurinaitis took home the award. The Hornung, which a Buckeye has never won in its seven-year existence, is awarded to the nation’s most versatile player in a major college football conference by the Louisville Sports Commission. Baker and Worley were staples of the 2016 linebacking corp and figure to lead a fierce unit in 2017. Baker, a junior from Cleveland, tallied 83 tackles last season, including 9.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He started 12 of 13 games for Ohio State and recorded a career high 15 tackles against Michigan.Worley, a senior captain from Cleveland, recorded 70 tackles last season and started in all 13 games. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker is expected to play the Mike position in the fall.Campbell, a redshirt junior wideout from Akron, Ohio, will be one of Ohio State’s top targets at wide receiver in 2017, as well as its premier return man. Campbell caught 13 passes for 121 yards last season and led the Big Ten in kickoff return average with 27.8 yards per return.Campbell and Worley join 10 other teammates on watch lists this season. For Baker, this is his third watch list nomination having received a nod for the Bronko Nagurski watch list and the Bednarik Award watch list. read more


Centuriesold rituals to be carried out as conclave begins

first_imgCARDINALS MOVED INTO the Vatican today as the suspense mounted ahead of a secret papal election with no clear frontrunner to steer the Catholic world through troubled waters after Benedict XVI’s historic resignation.The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice.In a series of centuries-old rituals to be carried out today, cardinals will be sworn in with a solemn oath that threatens anyone who reveals the deliberations of the conclave with instant excommunication.Dozens of Vatican staff working on the conclave, including cooks, drivers and security guards, swore the oath yesterday and jamming devices have been installed to prevent any bugging or communication in or out of the chapel.(Italian Police officers outside St Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, yesterday – Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images)The prayers will begin with a special mass called “For the Election of the Roman Pontiff” in St Peter’s Basilica starting at 9am.Cardinals will later file into the Sistine Chapel from 3.30pm chanting in procession to invoke the Holy Spirit to inspire their choice.The cardinals are set to hold a first round of voting later today – but the Vatican has already said it expects the smoke from the burning of the ballots to be black indicating no papal election has taken place.Ballots on subsequent days will be burnt at around 11am after two rounds of voting in the morning and at around 6pm after two rounds in the afternoon – the smoke is famously turned white if there is a new pope.Catholics around the globe have been praying for the conclave, which is expected to last no more than a few days.‘Praying for the cardinals’“We’ll be praying for the cardinals until a decision is made, it’s the part we play in the conclave,” said sister Celestina, 62, a nun from Croatia, kneeling in a church near the Vatican.“The Church is like a boat, all the faithful are sailing in it together but we’re without a helmsman at the moment.”Among the possible candidates, three have emerged as favourites – Italy’s Angelo Scola, Brazil’s Odilo Scherer and Canada’s Marc Ouellet, all of them conservatives cast in the same mould as “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI.But the rumour mill in the Vatican has thrown up more names too including cardinals from Austria, Hungary, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa and the United States – many of them inspiring pastoral figures in their communities.The field is wide open although a few key aims unite many of the cardinals after Benedict’s rocky eight-year papacy – reform the intrigue-filled Vatican bureaucracy, counter rising secularism in the West and find new inspiration for Catholics in the way John Paul II did.The scandal over decades of sexual abuse of children by paedophile priests — and the efforts made by senior prelates to cover up the crimes – has cast a long shadow over the Church that will be an ongoing challenge for any new pope.Celibacy and artificial contraceptionThere have been calls from within the Church too for a rethink of some basic tenets such as priestly celibacy, the uniform ban on artificial contraception and even allowing women to be priests as in other Christian denominations.“We need someone able to provide the Church with what it needs in today’s world, someone who will help it open up to the world and listen to the people,” said Roger Seogo, a priest from Burkina Faso in west Africa visiting the Vatican.The tradition of holding conclaves goes back to the 13th century when cardinals were locked into the papal palace in Viterbo near Rome by a crowd of angry townspeople because they were taking too long to make their decision.That conclave still dragged on for nearly three years but the rules have been reworked since then and the longest conclave in the past century – in 1922 – lasted only five days. Benedict’s election took just two days.Benedict stunned the world on 11 February, announcing that he no longer had the strength of body and mind to keep up with a fast-changing modern world shaken by vital questions for the Roman Catholic Church.In a series of emotional farewells attended by tens of thousands of supporters, 85-year-old Benedict said he would live “hidden from the world” and wanted only to be “a simple pilgrim” on life’s last journey.Vatican experts have said the German’s decision, which makes him only the second pope to resign by choice in the Church’s 2,000-year history, could mean future popes will also step down once their strengths begin to fail them.Cardinals prayed for divine guidance at their last Sunday masses before the conclave in churches across Rome.Ouellet said this was a “unique time in history for the Church”, adding: “The whole world is waiting”.“We pray that the Holy Spirit may indicate to the cardinals the one that God has already chosen,” he said.US Cardinal Sean O’Malley – also a possible contender– said in his homily: “Let us pray that the Holy Spirit enables the Church to choose a new pope who will confirm us in our faith and make more visible the love of the Good Shepherd.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen? >last_img read more


Historic Trust seeks nominees for awards

first_imgThe Historic Trust is seeking nominations for the 2018 leadership awards honoring Gen. George C. Marshall.Recipients of the Marshall Adult Leadership Award and Marshall Youth Leadership Award will be honored on March 21 at the Providence Academy.The event’s keynote speaker is Kim Wyman, Washington’s 15th secretary of state, and the second woman to hold that position. Returning as special guest is the 2017 keynote speaker, Cyrus Habib, lieutenant governor.A nominee for the adult Marshall Leadership award must be a resident of Clark County, 35 years or younger, with a four-year college degree. Criteria include leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.The award includes $2,200 toward a trip to the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va., Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.; opportunities to work with community leaders; and a scholarship for the Leadership Clark County Program.Marshall Youth Leadership nominees must be Clark County residents in the 12th grade. Criteria include activities and projects demonstrating the values represented by Marshall.The youth award includes a $2,500 college scholarship; a $500 paid summer internship in The Historic Trust administrative offices; a chance to meet local elected officials; and opportunities to participate in Celebrate Freedom events.last_img read more


Alaska communities to receive millions in Payments In Lieu of Taxes

first_imgCruise ship approaches Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park. (NPS)On Monday, the Department of the Interior announced that Alaska would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.Listen nowPILT funding is determined by Congress and provides local governments with funding they can’t get from tax-exempt federal lands within their boundaries. It pays for services in communities containing national parks, national forests and other public lands.“Because there are impacts from people coming to visit those federal lands for recreation, for fishing, for hiking, whatever… there are costs associated with with maintaining roads, public safety,” Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said. “It’s tax exempt but there are costs associated for local governments and state governments to pay some of the costs of services. And that’s what a Payment in Lieu of Tax is for. So it’s very important.”Alaska’s 18 organized boroughs will each get a check from the federal government. Navarre’s borough and the Mat-Su Borough will receive the largest funding amounts with both getting more than $3 million each from the federal government.However, Alaska also has vast tracts of land not in organized boroughs, according to Kathie Wasserman with the Alaska Municipal League. This land, known as the state’s Unorganized Borough, will also see money from the PILT payments,  — but it won’t be in the form of one payment — since there is no borough government to receive it.“So those 18 boroughs will each get a check and then the state gets a big one for all the geographical land that is in the Unorganized Borough,” Wasserman said. “And they send it to every organized municipality within the unorganized borough.”So 146 municipalities will split a large check from the state.Navarre said that certain capital projects in his borough wouldn’t get funded without assistance from PILT funds.“We’ve just set up a highway service corridor for emergency services. And it’s going to be paid for, in part, with Payment in Lieu of Taxes,” Navarre said. “And the reason it’s important is it’s a whole corridor from almost Hope all the way down to Sterling and into Moose Pass. Those highways, where there’s a lot of federal land adjacent to it, where there’s large swaths of highway that there’s no residents that live in, but emergency services have to be provided, or should be provided.”The almost $30 million Alaska will receive is part of a record $464.6 million that will be distributed to 1,900 local governments in the country this year. President Donald Trump, in his budget proposal, proposed a 12 percent cut to PILT funding for next year.Navarre said that with reductions in PILT funding, the budget gap would end up falling on state residents to fill.“Having that land be tax exempt means that the other taxpayers on taxable lands and taxable properties have to pay for those costs of services. So it’s important that we continue to make that case to the federal government.”Taxpayers in areas near federal lands, particularly Western states, will have to wait for Congress to pass a federal budget before they know how much they will receive in next year’s PILT payments.Note: This story has been updated to reflect information regarding the state’s Unorganized Borough.last_img read more


Bigg Boss Telugu 3 vote for elimination Which contestant should saved from

first_imgBigg Boss TeluguTwitterRahul Sipligunj, Himaja Reddy, Baba Bhaskar, Ashu, Mahesh Vitta and Siva Jyothi were nominated from the elimination from the house of Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the fifth week.As the fifth Monday episode began, Vithika, Varun and Punarnavi are seen discussing about something. At this juncture, Big boss announced a new strategy for the nomination process. He asked captain Ali Reza to choose four housemates and they have to name one contestants each for the nomination for the elimination from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the fifth week.After disucssing with the inmates, Ali Reza announced the names of Rahul Sipligunj, Vithika Sheru, Himaja Reddy and Baba Bhaskar. Later, Big boss asked other housemates to apply pink colour to the face of two contestants and nominatate them for eviction from Bigg Boss Telugu 3. All of them applied the colour, went inside the confession room and told him the reasons for nominating them.After hearing from everyone, Big boss announced that Rahul Sipligunj, Himaja Reddy, Baba Bhaskar, Ashu, Punarnavi Bhupalam, Mahesh Vitta and Siva Jyothi were nominated from the elimination from the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the fifth week. Baba Bashkar is heart-broken over Ali nominating him and Sreemukhi tried to console him. Have your say in the pollBigg Boss Telugu 3 Vote: Who among these contestants should be saved in week 5? 1. Baba Bhaskar 33.51% 2. Rahul Sipligunj 20.75% 3. Mahesh Vitta 10.83% 4. Siva Jyothi 9.48% 5. Himaja Reddy 8.91% 6. Ashu Reddy 8.37% 7. Punarnavi Bhupalam 8.15% Audience have two options like missed call and voting on Hotstar app to save their favourite housemates. Here are the steps to save them.Missed call from PhoneStep 1: Find your favourite Bigg Boss Telugu bontestant missed call number form the below table.Step 2: Dial it.Step 3: Give missed call to that number.Step 4: Your vote is submitted.Note: Only 10 missed call can be given from one phone number in a week.Here are the Missed Call Numbers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 contestantsNoNoContestantContestantNumberNumberNo1ContestantRahul SipligunjNumber8466 996 706No2ContestantSiva JyothiNumber8466 996 701No3ContestantBaba BashkarNumber8466 996 708No4ContestantHimaja ReddyNumber8466 996 705No5ContestantAshu ReddyNumber8466 996 703No6ContestantMahesh VittaNumber8466 996 712No7ContestantPunarnavi BhupalamNumber8466 996 709 1Rahul Sipligunj8466 996 706 2Siva Jyothi8466 996 701 NoContestantNumber 4Himaja Reddy8466 996 705 7Punarnavi Bhupalam8466 996 709 5Ashu Reddy8466 996 703 Voting on Hotstar App1 – Download the Hotstar app from Playstore and install it on your smartphone.2 – Login to the page through your e-mail or Facebook account.3 – Type Bigg Boss Telugu in the Search bar and press Enter.4 – Click on the green ‘Vote’ button below the video5 – Find the names of the contestants who are facing elimination test this week.6 – You will get 10 votes per day till Saturday midnight. You can either cast those votes to one person or divide it among the nominated contestants.7 – One click on any contestant is considered one vote and you have to click ten times to cast 10 votes. Once you click on any contestant and you can take back that vote. You need to decide on who you want to vote for before clicking on anyone. 3Baba Bashkar8466 996 708 6Mahesh Vitta8466 996 712last_img read more

Apple Launches New TV App Providing Access to Over 150 Video Apps

first_imgApple launched its redesigned Apple TV app, now giving users the ability to stream more than 150 video services and subscribe directly to channels like HBO and Showtime.The new version of the app comes ahead of the planned fall launch of Apple TV+, the company’s video-subscription service that will be stocked with original TV shows and movies and will be available through the Apple TV app. The tech giant announced the plans at an event in March; it hasn’t revealed pricing or other details for Apple TV+ aside from teasing a slew of originals.The new Apple TV app is available across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs starting Monday (May 13), in over 100 countries worldwide.In the U.S., customers can subscribe directly to channels from the Apple TV app. At launch, those include HBO (and Cinemax), Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel, Epix, Tastemade, MTV Hits, PBS Living, Acorn TV, Sundance Now, Lifetime Movie Club, Urban Movie Channel, CuriosityStream and Comedy Central Now. Apple said it expects to add more in the future. The pricing of the streaming services through Apple TV channels is the same as through the services’ standalone apps. HBO Now, for example, costs $14.99 per month via Apple’s App Store and Apple TV channels, and Showtime is $10.99 per month.Through Apple’s Family Sharing feature, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels by using their Apple ID and password. In addition, subscribers can download and watch shows and movies offline — which makes the Apple TV app the first (and for now only) on-demand service to let HBO subscribers download movies and series such as “Game of Thrones” for offline viewing. (Comcast doesn’t let customers download HBO VOD content for offline viewing; however, Xfinity customers with cloud-based DVR service can download any HBO content they’ve recorded for viewing on the go.)The Apple TV app also provides access to other third-party video services including Hulu, CBS All Access, ESPN+ and Amazon Prime Video, with the ability to search for and browse selections from those apps.Conspicuously absent from the Apple TV app lineup is Netflix, whose execs have said that they’re not interested in integrating with the Apple service. At a recent press event, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained that Netflix wants to control the user experience within its own app.The upgraded Apple TV app also provides personalized recommendations of TV shows and movies from the third-party video streaming services, as well as more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows.The app’s Watch Now section features Up Next, where users can find and watch their favorite titles with activity synced across devices, as well as explore curated collections based on their viewing interests (in a privacy-protected way, Apple noted). Also, the Apple TV app features a new, dedicated “Kids” section, curated to showcase shows and movies for children of all ages.The new app is available with the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 releases and will be available on Mac this fall. The Apple TV app offering Apple TV channels also is available on all 2019 Samsung smart TVs and select 2018 models. Customers with select Vizio, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to use the Apple TV app with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year. Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Related How HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Recreated the Horrific Radiation Burns Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The Rocket Launch Countdown we all use Comes from a 1920s SciFi

first_imgNothing says space travel quite like a clock counting down to blast off. Add a loud voice commentating on the action and the listener is transported to a scenario depicted in dozens of movies. Ironically that dramatic image of a rocket countdown actually comes from a motion picture. Specifically Frau im Mond, or Woman in the Moon, a silent film directed by the legendary Fritz Lang in 1929.The poster for ‘Woman in the Moon’ (1929), directed by Fritz LangIt was Lang, co-creator of sci-fi classic Metropolis, who impacted the real life world of science and engineering… though he had some help. Metropolis had been released two years earlier and the expensive production hadn’t received a rapturous reception. For his next project, Lang decided to leave the city and head toward the stars.A screenshot from the film ‘Metropolis’ (1927)Woman in the Moon was based on a novel by Thea von Harbou — Lang’s wife, who had also written Metropolis. A 2014 Guardian review of the movie version called it “Less ambitious and mystical” than its predecessor. However the thrill-packed story “combines an imaginative adventure yarn, a triangular love story and a conspiracy thriller.”Director Fritz Lang (on the right), on the set of his film ‘Frau im Mond’ (1929). Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-08538 / CC-BY-SA 3.0Entrepreneur Helius (played by Willy Fritsch) wants to take a rocket to the moon, believing he can find gold there. While this sounds far-fetched, it is in fact an idea suggested by Prof. Mannfeldt (Klaus Pohl).Helius’ assistant Friede (Gerda Maurus) joins the crew, which is just as well as the craft is named after her. She is described as “the modern liberated woman both men love”. The other man being Windegger, another assistant to Helius.Still from 1929 German movie ‘Frau im Mond’ (The Woman in the Moon). Investors examine a model of the spaceship Friede.A team of greedy businessmen blackmail Helius into taking their rep Turner (Fritz Rasp) aboard, leading to conflict and intrigue once the existence of lunar gold is revealed.With a running time of nearly three hours, there’s certainly room to pack a lot in. Many regard the finished product as a landmark in science fiction cinema. The reason for this lies in Lang’s attention to detail.Photo by Raboe001 CC BY 3.0Despite the far-fetched premise of treasure on the Moon, when it came to rocketry Woman in the Moon was surprisingly accurate. In fact it influenced aspects of space travel in various ways.Motherboard pointed out the movie’s innovative features in a 2017 article, saying it “was far ahead of its time and anticipated a number of developments in rocket science, including the countdown to launch sequence.”Intertitles took the place of sound in silent film, with Lang showing the numbers of the countdown getting bigger and bigger to really build the tension. Woman in the Moon also presents ahead-of-their-time ideas like “launching the rocket from a pool of water (launch pads are normally wet today to dissipate the heat), and the use of a multistage rocket to reach the moon.”Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou in their Berlin flat, 1923 or 1924Aside from Lang and von Harbou the main trail-blazer behind the future-predicting endeavor was an Austro-Hungarian named Hermann Oberth, who worked as the film’s scientific advisor. A physicist and engineer, Oberth was inspired by Jules Verne. In 1923 he wrote Die Rakete zu den Palnetenräumen (By Rocket into Planetary Space).This pamphlet sought to shine a scientific light on the concept of journeying into the cosmos. wrote in 2013 that among other things it “not only mathematically demonstrated the ability of a rocket to leave Earth’s orbit, but also explored the theory that rockets could operate in a vacuum, where they could travel faster than their own exhaust.”V2-Rocket in the Peenemünde Museum. Photo by AElfwine CC BY-SA 3.0The work started life as a dissertation, though was rejected on the grounds of being too fanciful. Eventually it became a book and surprise hit. Post World War I society was excited by the prospect of leaving a drab and dreary Earth behind, and Lang was only too eager to put their fantasies on screen.The character of Prof. Mannerfeldt was mocked for his ideas, a feeling Oberth and contemporaries such as Robert Goddard were used to. Still, he had the last laugh. The pioneer who had his dissertation dismissed went on to greatness.A V-2 launched from Test Stand VII in summer 1943. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1880 / CC-BY-SA 3.0Lang moved to Hollywood, whereas Oberth worked in Germany alongside “space architect” Wernher von Braun (who Oberth had previously taught) on the V-2 rocket. Interestingly, the Nazis stopped showings of Woman in the Moon in case it blew the lid on their plans.Read another story from us: How Rasputin Initiated the ‘All Persons Fictitious’ Disclaimer in MoviesHe eventually moved to the U.S. so he could work on the Saturn V rocket, something closer to his Verne-infused origins. Though his field of expertise was the practical, he used science-fiction as a springboard into the utterly destructive and also truly wondrous sphere of rocketry.last_img read more