A SET OF SIX – VOLUME NINETEEN

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks  and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Nineteen.WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1Average Joes too good in 5’s competition“Average Joes” were too fast, too furious, taking out the Summer Season Launch 5’s competition at UWA Sports Park on Sunday, 9 September 2007. “Average Joes” triumphed 2-0 over “Brothers” in the decider. Brothers performed strongly in the tournament but simply ran out of legs in the decider. The 11:45am final was their fifth 13-minute game since 9:30am!“Hung Over”, comprised of Fremantle-based played, played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Their 3-3 draw round game against Brothers was a highlight of the day, with only several diving saves on the line from Brothers preventing a Hung Over victory.Brothers then got the better of Hung Over in their semi-final, winning 3-1.Earlier in the day, State Manager Matt Bamford took novice players through an Introduction to Playing Course, going though rules and strategies of the game of Touch. Football. These individuals were then put into the Social Pool for the Fast and Furious 5’s. Quendas (Murdoch Uni Ladies), J.C. United (Tompkins Park Juniors) and Barbarians battled it out in a fun and friendly environment in the social division.A big thanks to the TouchWest staff for their assistance in running the event, and also to referees Amy McQuade, Karen Stone, Ross Mulhern, James Sollis, and Russell Moeahu who officiated the day. Other events:The Summer Season is well on the way with Northern Districts holding its registration day next Monday 17th September 2007. Bunbury is having its first of two registration days next Tuesday 18th September 2007 and Goldfields is commencing its six-week AusTouch program on Sunday 9th September 2007. All three areas have been assisted with radio advertising to encourage and promote individuals to be active and play Touch Football.The TouchWest web-site: www.touchwest.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 2Touch Football South Australia wins Sport Leadership Grants for Women fundingThe Australian Sports Commission’s Office for Women has awarded funding to Touch Football South Australia to conduct a Level 2 Coaching Course. The Australian Sports Commission received 442 applications for the $770 grant.The Coaching Course will be for men and women and will take place in the coming months. The grant will strengthen Touch Football South Australia’s commitment to getting more women involved in Touch Football. Other events:290 teams from around South Australia are raring to go for the South Australian Catholic Schools Competition. The competition will take place from 11 – 13 September 2007. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting tournament. The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auVICTORIAPlay: # 3Prospect of new Swan Hill Touch Football affiliateTouch Football Victoria Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich recently held meetings in Swan Hill to raise interest for the establishment of a new affiliate in the region. Touch Football Victoria is hopeful the new competition can be confirmed and initiated soon. Other Events:Touch Football Victoria would like to wish all the best to all those competing in the Victorian Catholic Schools competition on 11 September 2007. There should be some great Touch played and lots of fun had by all students and staff involved. Lots of affiliates are now hard at work organising their upcoming summer seasons, with much planning to be done before their competitions kick off in October and November.  The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play:  # 4PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League finalsThe PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) finals will take place this weekend 14th – 15th September 2007 at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association grounds – White Hill Sports Reserve, Camp Hill.The preliminary finals were scheduled to take place last Friday but were postponed due to inclement weather. Teams will be competing in the Men’s and Women’s Division 1, 2, and 3 A/B in Friday’s Preliminary Finals. The winning teams on Friday night will earn a berth in Saturday’s grand finals, where they will clash with teams that have already qualified for the decider via victory in the Major semi-final.Presentations will take place on Sunday at The Brewhouse Sports Bar and Grill, located at level 1, 142 Albert Street, Brisbane City, commencing at 2pm.Friday – preliminary finals:Men’s division 1Colts v Southern Storm – winner to play CCU in the Grand finalMen’s division 2Southern Storm v CCU – winner to play First Contact Allstars in the Grand finalMen’s division 3AUni Rebels Maroon v Tigers Cobras- winner to play Custard in the Grand finalMen’s division 3BTigers v Southern Storm – winner to play Crushers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 1Dodgers v Colts – winner to play Uni Rebels in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2AColts v Brothers – winner to play Southern Storm in the Grand finalWomen’s division 2BUni Rebels Maroon v Crushers-Hoodz – winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3AUni Rebels Gold v Caboolture Colts Blue – winner to play Caboolture Colts Red in the Grand finalWomen’s division 3BRochedale High v RATC winner to play Tigers in the Grand finalGood luck to all teams!Other events:The 2007 Queensland Police Games will be on this weekend at Redlands. The Police Games have been running for nearly 20 years and feature a range of sports. Eight police and emergency services teams will compete in a Men’s Open Touch Football competition, while nine teams will battle it out in the mixed division. FireysCops is the favourite in the men’s division, with a star-studded line-up including current Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, and experienced representative players Justin Mitchell, and Matt and Simon Barclay. Reigning champions Swordfish will not relinquish their title easily and will be looking to retain the gold medal. Players will out impress in order to be selected for the 2008 Australia-New Zealand Police Games in Coffs Harbour.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Northern Territory Under-18 teams prepare for 2007 National ChampionshipsThe Northern Territory Under-18 Girls and Boys teams are into their last stages of preparation for the National Under-18 Championships in Coffs Harbour, 17th – 20th September 2007.  Northern Territory players will travel to the Gold Coast from Gove, Alice Springs, Melbourne and Darwin for a two-day training camp before travelling to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.The Boys team this year is very young and is looking forward to the experience. The Girls team has a mixture of youth and experience, with the two youngest players Jordan Ahsam, a National 18 Years squad member, and Jaylene Bonson, leading the charge.Other events:The Darwin Touch Junior Competition commenced last Wednesday 5th September. The Junior Competition in Darwin is growing with six under-13 teams and six under-16 teams. Opening night was attended by a large number of parents and children who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into competitive Touch Football.Outgoing Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston’s one regret in leaving Darwin will be leaving the Junior Competition behind. Rebecca has thoroughly enjoyed establishing the competition and witnessing the enthusiasm of the children and their parents. Rebecca’s legacy will be the healthy competition, which will be a platform for further growth and professionalism in the future.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 6Another fantastic gala day for ACT TouchIn another clear indication of the growth in junior participation in the ACT, the Yr 3 – 4 gala was held on 5th September 2007 with a whopping 800 kids participating! The 180 games conducted as part of the tournament were completely officiated by junior referees. The focus of the day was participation and fun, with no scoring, ladders, or trophies.The Yr 3 – 4 event was the last of six successful ACT Touch gala days for 2007. Other events:ACT Touch was pleased to have TFA National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey in town last weekend to put six aspiring coaches through the theoretical part of the Level 2 course. ACT Touch thanks Dennis sincerely for his time and all his effort.The ACT Touch summer season commences on Tuesday 2nd October 2007 and runs through until 28th February 2008 with a 3-4 week recess over Christmas. An early bird incentive price of $950/team is available until 12th September 2007.Summer is generally a far bigger competition season than winter and ACT Touch is expecting a rush of teams nominating, so get in fast to secure your position in the competition.For more info phone (02) 6212 2880The Australian Capital Territory Touch Association   website www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of  “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State website for all the latest news and views from around the nation.last_img read more

Lebanons lung to Gulf markets choked by politics

first_imgAL-MASNAA, Lebanon — Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed overland trade route to lucrative Persian Gulf markets.But lingering disputes between Lebanon and Syria, and political gridlock in Beirut, mean that many Lebanese businesses still rely on longer and costlier transport by sea, further stalling efforts to restore an economy battered by years of war in its larger neighbour.The reopening of the Naseeb-Jaber crossing allowed Mohammed Araji, owner of a trucking firm in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, to retrieve two trucks that had been stranded in Jordan since 2015, when Syrian rebels captured the crossing. Two other of his refrigerator trucks had been parked in front of his house for the last three years.Even before the crossing officially closed, his brother was briefly abducted by rebels while driving a truck through Syria, underscoring the perils they faced in trying to keep the route open.The crossing was Lebanon’s “lung,” Araji said, and its closure was a “death blow” to the economy, affecting farmers, merchants, industrialists and drivers. So he was pleased when Syrian government forces reopened the crossing and secured the route.But for weeks he was unable to find exporters ready to give him shipping contracts. Finally, on Saturday, he sent his first truckloads to Saudi Arabia after offering an exporter an attractive price.“People are still waiting to see what will happen,” he said.The land route through Syria, Jordan and Iraq is vital to Lebanon, which is squeezed between Syria, the closed border with Israel, and the sea. Lebanon’s exports plunged from a high of 78 per cent of GDP in 2008 — three years before the start of Syria’s civil war — to a low of 36 per cent in 2017.Before Naseeb’s closing, more than 250 trucks a day headed from Lebanon to markets in Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf. After the closure, that dropped to some 300 trucks in a good month, bound only for Syria, customs officials said.An estimated 550,000 tons of vegetables and fruits a year used to be exported through the Syria-Jordan crossing, according to Ibrahim Tarshishi, head of the Bekaa farmer’s union. Since the shutdown, that flow has dropped by nearly 40 per cent, to no more than 330,000 tons. Exports from Bekaa to Saudi Arabia have dropped by 60 per cent, according to figures from the Bekaa chamber of commerce.After the crossing reopened, Syria and Jordan imposed new transit tariffs on trucks heading to the Gulf. The Syrian increase alone was five-fold, Tarshishi said. Lebanon meanwhile subsidizes transport by sea.Traders hope improved ties between Syria and Lebanon will lead to reduced tariffs, but Lebanon’s political leaders are fiercely divided between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad, and they have been unable to form a government since elections in May.Contacts among Lebanese and Syrian officials remain personal and partisan — and some complain Syria is using the tariffs to force normalization. Experts say opaque policies and decision-making have also hindered trade.Charles Zarzour, the head of the government agency for agricultural exports and imports, said the opening of the crossing has at least offered “psychological relief” to traders.“God willing, when we have a government in Lebanon, it lays down a wise policy that serves the country’s interest,” including tariff reductions, he told The Associated Press.Syrian officials had no immediate comment.Tarshishi has pressed for an end to the sea shipping subsidies and other government action to revive land exports, but in the caretaker government “no one wants to take responsibility,” he said.On a recent afternoon at al-Masnaa, the Lebanese side of the crossing into Syria, nearly a dozen trucks loaded with bananas were bound for Damascus. Just one truck, carrying cleaning supplies, was heading to Jordan. None were bound for the Gulf.Talal Darwish, a produce exporter, is still sending his grapes, apples and pears by sea, and on a recent day, workers raced to prepare a shipment bound for Kuwait. By land would be cheaper and faster — a five-day trip as opposed to 25.He has heard talk of efforts to reduce tariffs, but says “we still don’t know officially, so there is no rush.”___Associated Press writer Hiba Delwati in Beirut contributed to this report.Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suncor CEO says hes encouraged new pipelines will be built after PMs

first_img“The simple measure will be we want to see shovels in ground and pipelines being built.”Suncor reported that the discount paid for oilsands blend Western Canadian Select compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude widened to an average of US$24 per barrel in the first quarter, double the US$12 per barrel average in the fourth quarter of 2017.The higher difference is blamed on difficulty in getting heavy crude out of Western Canada because of a lack of pipeline space.Williams said he’s “greatly encouraged” by what Alberta and federal governments are saying recently and believes even the Trans Mountain expansion project will be built, despite proponent Kinder Morgan threatening to abandon it if it isn’t reassured about its construction by the end of May.He said he also believes Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project into the U.S. Midwest will proceed, despite an ongoing disagreement in Minnesota over its routing.Suncor reported lower production in the quarter ended March 31 because of cold weather-related outages at its Base Camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the nearby Syncrude Canada oilsands mine. It said operations returned to normal at Base Camp in February after a water line leak caused a power outage in the upgrader. At Syncrude, a blockage in a bitumen transport line led to the company starting a planned eight-week maintenance shutdown a month early.Total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the first quarter, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.The operations “fell short” of Suncor standards, Williams said on the call, adding, “We need to do better and, be assured, we will.”Suncor reported net earnings fell to $789 million, compared to $1.35 billion in the same period of 2017. CALGARY, A.B. –  The CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. says he’s confident new oil pipelines will be built after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine in early April.The message he left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.“We don’t want these new projects to have to bear the burden of some of these (oil price) differentials,” he said, reiterating Suncor’s commitment to build no new major oilsands projects without new pipelines.center_img Williams said the differential had no impact on Suncor’s earnings, however, because what was lost in the pricing of oilsands was recovered through the company’s marketing and refining operations, which benefited from low-cost feedstock as well as high capacity utilization and profit margins.First-quarter earnings included a $329-million non-cash loss on foreign currency denominated debt.There was also a non-cash gain of $133 million from a deal to buy a 37 percent interest in Canbriam Energy Inc. in exchange for northeastern B.C. mineral land holdings and $52 million.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Pipeline protesters defy eviction order say theyll meet with officials

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a city-issued evacuation order.The City of Burnaby says there are safety concerns surrounding “Camp Cloud,” including a two-storey wooden watch house and a fire that protesters describe as sacred and ceremonial.Protest organizer Kwitsel Tatel says the participants will not leave, nor will they extinguish their fire. Tatel suggests the structures around the camp’s sacred fire could be modified if only to refocus the attention away from the physical camp and back to the anti-pipeline protest.She adds that snuffing out the fire would constitute a breaking of both B.C. Supreme Court and Coast Salish law.The protesters say the city’s notice, which was issued on Wednesday and expired early Saturday, was written without adequate consideration of a recent court decision or consultation with camp residents.The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., the company behind the Trans Mountain expansion project.Tatel said the residents of the camp have had conversations with the City of Burnaby about the demands set out in the eviction notice, and they are willing to negotiate in good faith. But she said the city has not engaged in those discussions.“The executive assistant to (Burnaby Mayor) Derek Corrigan came many times with orders instead of questions and concerns. I’m respectfully announcing that is not good faith discussion or negotiation,” Tatel said Saturday. She added that they spoke with the City of Burnaby fire department overnight about the sacred fire, and that a load of timber would be dropped off by the department.Tatel said she will request federal intervention if need be, citing the protesters’ charter right to peaceful demonstration.“I’m asking for (federal Justice Minister) Jody Wilson-Raybould to step up and assist, to pull her goons and her dogs,” said TatelShe and several other camp residents said they saw between 30 and 60 “paramilitary” individuals in and around “Camp Cloud” and the woods around the Kinder Morgan tanker terminal late Friday night, and said additional audio and video surveillance near the entrance to the terminal had recently been installed.center_img Demonstrators are angry over the expansion of the pipeline between Alberta and B.C. that would triple its capacity to carry bitumen destined for export.In May, the federal government announced it would buy the pipeline in an effort to see the expansion completed.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Nick Foles Is Not Carson Wentz And The Eagles Adjusted Accordingly

Foles did little to suggest otherwise in four mostly lackluster appearances to close the regular season. But he spent the month of January proving himself up to the challenge. With 352 yards (on 26-for-33 passing) and three touchdowns versus Minnesota, he produced one of the greatest QB performances in conference championship history. The game brought back memories of Foles’s 2013 season in Philadelphia, when he posted the third-best single-season passer rating in NFL history. But it was also a testament to the adjustments that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson made to accommodate the different strengths of Wentz and Foles.Under both Wentz in the regular season and Foles during the playoffs, the Eagles’ offense averaged over 390 yards per game. But those yards were accumulated in different ways. Before Wentz’s injury, Philly was a balanced team whose aerial attack primarily relied on the power of its quarterback’s arm — often assisted by Wentz’s magician-like ability to improvise and buy time in the pocket. One thing it didn’t do, however, was ask receivers to do lots of work after hauling in the football. Through Week 14, Wentz led the league in touchdown passes per attempt and ranked third in air yards per attempt, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, but his targets were only 22nd in yards after the catch per reception.Foles connected on three 40-yard passes against the Vikings. But those have been big exceptions to the Eagles’ general approach with Foles at the helm, which has been to throw much shorter. In the playoffs, Foles’s average pass has traveled 7.1 yards through the air. Compare that with Wentz’s average of 9.8 air yards per attempt during the regular season, and you can begin to see how Pederson has shifted his offense’s focus. Forty percent of Wentz’s passes went 10 or more yards downfield, compared with 25 percent for Foles in the playoffs. And Foles has actually thrown a larger share of his passes to players at or behind the line of scrimmage (29 percent) than 10 yards past it. *Playoff games onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Carson Wentz7.74.812.415.5%44.3%40.2% Philly’s passing offense changed in the playoffsDistance traveled through the air — and after the catch — for passes by Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, 2017 season In today’s NFL, throwing shorter passes isn’t always correlated with better outcomes. But Foles is succeeding in large part because his receivers are taking those short passes and running for big gains after the catch. With Wentz under center, the Eagles’ pass-catchers produced only 98.6 yards after the catch per game (eighth-fewest in football); with Foles in the playoffs, they’ve nearly doubled that output (164.5 YAC/game). In particular, they’re doing a ton of damage on screen passes, which Pederson seldom utilized with Wentz. Running back Jay Ajayi, for instance, went from gaining just 7.4 yards after catch per game with Wentz during the regular season1In the five games immediately after Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. to 51.0 yards per game in the postseason, including nearly 30 receiving yards per game on screens alone. Foles is also making smart reads and getting the ball out very quickly. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.39 seconds before each pass, a mark that would have been fourth-fastest in the NFL during the regular season. (Wentz, for comparison, was 17th-fastest, at 2.54 seconds.) Foles has used that quick release to lethal effect when conducting the run-pass option — which is more than just a ubiquitous piece of announcer-speak during Eagles broadcasts. The RPO helps freeze defenses with the added threat of handing off to a dangerous runner like Ajayi, and it lends itself to the types of quick passes that Foles has excelled at this postseason. Philly ran plenty of RPOs even before Foles took over, but that section of the playbook has been crucial to Pederson’s resurrection of the Chip Kelly-era version of Foles.Now, it remains to be seen which version will show up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. The conditions have been right for Foles to succeed in the playoffs thus far — Philadelphia hasn’t had to play from behind much and has enjoyed one of the league’s most drastic home-field advantages. But there’s no telling what will happen if things go off script. That’s why the Eagles need to stay out of third-and-long, where the drop-off from Wentz to Foles is really glaring. (On third down with 8 or more yards to go, Wentz was the NFL’s top passer this season according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was even remotely close.) They need to keep feeding the ball to Ajayi, who’s averaging roughly the same number of yards from scrimmage in these playoffs (98.5 per game) as he did during his All-Pro season with Miami in 2016. And perhaps most importantly, Foles needs to keep playing mistake-free football: Only 8.2 percent of his passes have been off-target this postseason — a rate that would easily have ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season.He could do all of that, of course, and still fall short: Tom Brady could always reach into his bag of comeback tricks, and there’s also the small detail of Brady and Bill Belichick’s 15-0 record in the playoffs against teams that they’re facing for the first time in a season. But putting those metaphysical factors aside, the Patriots have their own vulnerabilities. They aren’t exactly a defensive powerhouse, having ranked ninth-worst in the NFL in expected points added during the regular season. And although that number improved as the year went on, they still allowed the league’s fourth-highest QBR on passes that traveled fewer than 10 yards through the air — the kinds of throws they’re likely to see a ton of from Foles and company. If the Eagles can execute their newfound offense and resist Brady’s supercharged comeback powers, there are plenty of reasons to think Foles (of all people) will be the one to deliver Philadelphia its long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Around Thanksgiving, the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles would make it all the way to Super Bowl LII wouldn’t have surprised many people. Philadelphia started the season 10-1, and quarterback Carson Wentz emerged as the front-runner for league MVP honors. But after Wentz was lost to injury in Week 14, the Eagles’ title chances seemingly disappeared, too. Backups — like Philly’s stopgap, Nick Foles — seldom carry a team to Super Bowl glory. Yards/Completion …% of Passes by Air distance QuarterbackThrough AirAfter CatchTotal<=0 Yds1-10 Yds10+ Yds Nick Foles*5.56.712.228.646.025.4 read more

Big win honors for Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State women’s soccer’s season will continue after a big day on and off the pitch. On the field, the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 1-0, in a Big Ten Tournament opening-round match Wednesday to advance to the next round of competition. Off the field, five OSU players received conference honors, the Big Ten announced. OSU, the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2-seed, got the eventual game-winner from sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber just before halftime. Buckeyes freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made one save in the game to help OSU advance. Prior to the game, the Big Ten Conference announced that five OSU players had received honors, including record-setting senior forward Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, along with junior midfielder Danica Wu, was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection to add to her recent success. On Monday, Cameron was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Indiana to become OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer. After entering the match against the Hoosiers tied with former Buckeyes Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann for the all-time goals lead with 35, Cameron grabbed the record herself with two goals in the team’s regular season finale. Wu was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season and earned the first-team honor despite missing four games on international duty with Canada’s U-20 team. OSU senior midfielder/forward Kendyl Reed, McVicker and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman were also honored by the conference, according to a Wednesday OSU release. Reed was tabbed a second team All-Big Ten selection after posting one assist in 18 starts for the Buckeyes while McVicker was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after allowing just four goals in almost 734 minutes in goal this season. Middleman was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship honoree. Members of OSU women’s soccer were not immediately made available for The Lantern’s Wednesday request for comment. OSU (14-4-1) will continue Big Ten Conference play Friday against either No. 3-seeded Michigan or No. 6-seeded Wisconsin. Kickoff for the tournament’s semifinal-round game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State stuns No 1 Michigan State with 8064 upset

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 80-64 win against No. 1 Michigan State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and its sixth man showed up in the Schottenstein Center Sunday.The crowd of 17,599 was as loud as it has been in years and the players did everything they could to keep the fans energized as the Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) stunned No. 1 Michigan State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) in an 80-64 upset. It was Ohio State’s first win over a top-ranked opponent since Feb. 25, 2007 when it beat No. 1 Wisconsin 49-48. After the game had ended and all the fans who had stormed the court began making their way to the exits, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann had a moment to reflect on the game that had just unfolded.“Whoa. That was quite an afternoon,” Holtmann said Sunday. “We’ll enjoy this one today here. I can’t say enough about the crowd. The energy was outstanding. Obviously to be expected, we played an incredible team and incredible program, but wow, they really lifted us and lifted our guys.”Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State ended the first-half on a 16-2 run, capped off by an improbable buzzer-beating 3 from Youngstown on the half-court image by redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich to take a 41-29 lead, the largest halftime deficit the top-ranked Spartans have faced this season. “That really was a critical stretch. It was all things kind of went in our favor at our point,” Holtmann said Sunday. “All that kind of played into it and it broke open what was a really close game.”The Spartans appeared to seize momentum early with forward Miles Bridges making a mid-range jumpshot and forward Jaren Jackson making a 3 to put them up 5-0 just 36 seconds into the game. About a minute later, Jackson made another athletic layup, spinning while in the air to put his team up 7-2. Bridges finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jackson had 11 points before fouling out with 9:49 left in the game.But Ohio State remained in the game and progressively began to take over momentum. With every make by Ohio State and miss by Michigan State, the Schottenstein Center was brought to life.A mid-range jump shot by Tate to bring the Buckeyes to within two and subsequent make by redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop sent the crowd into a frenzy as the Buckeyes took a 12-11 lead. A 3 by Bates-Diop gave his team some breathing room and extended its lead to 15-11. He led the game in points with a career-high 32 and added seven rebounds.Bates-Diop caught a pass from Dakich in stride as he raced towards the basket, slamming it home for a one-handed dunk to give Ohio State the 31-29 lead with 1:05 left and forcing the Spartans to call a timeout.Tate took over the game for Ohio State in the final minute of the first half, making a layup to put Ohio State up 33-29. He blocked a layup attempt on the other end of the court by Jackson, dished it over to redshirt senior guard Kam Williams back in the Buckeyes’ offensive side of the court who knocked down a 3 to push the team’s lead to 36-29. Bates-Diop then made two free-throws resulting from a technical foul on Michigan State’s bench.The Buckeyes resumed their roll right out of the gate in the second half. Just 11 seconds in, Williams caught a pass from freshman center Kaleb Wesson and threw down a thundering one-handed dunk to put Ohio State up 43-29. After a Spartan possession, Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to go up 46-31. Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson made a defender fall to the ground with a crossover to the left and drove to the basket for a short-range jumper in the paint to put the Buckeyes up 65-42 with 12:23. Tate followed that up with a layup to give Ohio State the 67-42 lead, its largest lead over the Spartans.Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorMichigan State began to regain some momentum, going on a 10-0 run to cut Ohio State’s lead down to just 69-55. But a dunk by Bates-Diop ended the run and shifted momentum back in the Buckeyes’ corner as the team went on a 8-2 run. The run brought back memories for several of the Ohio State players to last season when the team often blew leads late. And those memories proved fuel for the team to try and avoid letting up at the end.“We’ve been in situations where we’ve been up 20 and we’ve lost in the last one minute. It happened multiple times last year,” Tate said. “I think me, Keita and the guys that were here last year just continue to have those flashbacks in our mind. We call it, ‘Don’t fold. Like don’t fold like a lawn chair.’ And that’s all we kept saying was we are not folding today. And we got it done.”The Buckeyes shot 53 percent from the field — 47 percent from the 3 — while Michigan State shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 from beyond the arc. Ohio State outscored Michigan State 30-24 in the paint and 10-4 in points off turnovers despite losing the turnover battle 12-6.Ohio State will celebrate its upset victory today, but the players and coaches both said after the game thoughts will quickly turn to facing Maryland, which comes to the Schottenstein Center Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

David Smith freed from GT Prison next faces US Feds

first_img Related Items:David smith, free, grand turk prison, olint, ponzi scheme Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – No comment for the media; David Smith who had been serving a six and a half year sentence on four counts of financial crimes namely: two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud whisked his wife through the Provo International Airport terminal today bound for a private vehicle waiting to take them away from the spotlight. Smith has been incarcerated at the Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk since 2010 and is due to complete a Federal sentence in the United States for similar crimes linked to a $220 million Ponzi scheme exposed in 2008; an Orlando court gave him 30 years. Smith was obviously thinner than when we last saw him; still with his signature beard and fresh off a flight out of the capital Grand Turk where he was released. Magnetic Media was told that he is finished his time for the Turks and Caicos; and what is next for the man who once headed Olint, a company founded in Jamaica is unclear. In 2013, the US Department of Justice advised individuals who had invested with Smith that they could make claims for compensation. The report in the Jamaica Observer explains that a part of Smith’s criminal sentence was to forfeit assets seized by federal authorities. In 2011, David Smith was convicted in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Robert Di Pano, a NY, NJ and Florida attorney who writes frequently on financial crimes cases put the gravity of what David Smith, who is a TCI Belonger into perspective, saying and I quote: “Regardless of the outcome (in the Turks and Caicos), the severity of Smith’s US sentence looms large in the background.” David Smith back in court; continues to fight US Extraditionlast_img read more

Kenaitze Among Alaska Native Tribes Suing Drug Companies

first_imgThe complaint accuses drug manufacturers of marketing their products as safer and less addictive than they actually are, and accuses distributors of failing to halt suspicious orders and keep the drugs out of the black market. Among those is the Kenaitze Indian Tribe of the Kenai Peninsula. There are a total of five including; the Native Village of Afognak, the Native Village of Port Heiden, the Akiak Native Community and the Asa’carsarmiut Tribe of Mountain Village. The restitution amount the tribes are seeking has not been determined yet. According to the Complaint, “it’s created an Alaska Native community ravaged by painkiller addiction, overdose deaths, infant dependency, increased homelessness and rising suicide rates.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A group of Alaska Native Tribes has filed suit accusing drug manufacturers of marketing their products as safer and less addictive than they actually are. The list of defendants includes OxyContin and Percocet, as well as distributors and retailers like Walmart, Walgreens and Kroger.last_img read more

GOP Leaders to Discuss TwoYear Budget Deal with White House McConnell Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican leaders plan to enter budget discussions with the White House shortly to reach a deal over topline spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday.“I hope that we in the fall negotiation can get some kind of an agreement on a top line for next year so we can finally, at long last, get back to acting on each appropriations bill separately,” McConnell said, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate leader also revealed that he and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with President Obama last week about launching budget talks.“I would expect them to start very soon,” McConnell said.An effort to reach a two-year budget deal would mirror the agreement reached in late 2013 that provided relief from the discretionary spending caps in FY 2014 and 2015 for defense and non-defense agencies.Meanwhile, the Senate is scheduled to vote this morning on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government open when the new fiscal year begins Thursday. The stopgap runs through Dec. 11 and does not strip Planned Parenthood of funding. After the Senate approves the CR, the House is expected to take it up before the end of the day to avert a federal shutdown.The House will only have a matter of hours to act before the midnight deadline, but House Republicans widely believe the chamber will pass the CR in time, according to CQ.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) applauded the news that McConnell favors a two-year budget deal and stressed the need to combine negotiations over spending with an effort to extend the nation’s debt ceiling.“They have to be handled together. It’s the only way to intelligently do this,” Reid said.When asked about raising the debt ceiling before he steps down from his post at the end of October, Boehner on Tuesday did not rule it out. “We’ll have to see. There’s a number of issues we’re going to try to deal with in the coming month,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Receives 750000 Grant To Improve The Health Of Its Students

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently received a substantial grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to expand its health services in an effort to improve student attendance and boost academic achievement.Wilmington was awarded a four-year Comprehensive School Health Services Grant at $75,000 annually. The grant comes with three, 2-year options to renew, meaning Wilmington excepts to receive $750,000 in funding.The grant process was competitive. Wilmington’s grant amount was based on student enrollment, community need, and the level of programming that schools committed to in their grant applications. Wilmington was one of 123 public school districts in the state to receive the grant.The grant writing committee recently appeared in front of the Wilmington School Committee to share the good news. The Committee consisted of Director of Nursing Services Doreen Crowe; Assistant Superintendent Brian Reagan; Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Social Emotional Support Christine Murray; Health & Physical Education Liaison Laura Stinson; Athletic Director Tim Alberts; ESL Director Susan MacDonald; and Middle School Nurse Janice Bacon.Crowe explained how the funding will positively impact health services to students in Wilmington.A part-time social worker (.4 FTE) will be hired at the high school to support its new Bridge Program, which assists students who have been absent from school for an extended period of time due to a health issue to successfully return to the classroom.A part-time care coordinator (.4 FTE) will be hired to help coordinating care to students with mental and physical health needs.In addition to program support and professional development, the district will use funds to improve and expand its health curriculum.As a result of the grant, Athletic Director Tim Alberts noted that health education will now be offered at the PreK and Kindergarten levels, and new nutrition education materials will be purchased at the elementary level.The district hopes these measures – and several others outlined – will help decrease chronic absenteeism and childhood obesity amongst its students, while increasing individualized health care plans and services to its students with mental and behavioral health conditions.“All the evidence points to the fact that children can’t learn if they are not healthy,” said Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders in a recent press release announcing the grant recipients. “This funding will support our efforts to keep students healthy, in school, and prepared to learn.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Subaru stops two Japanese factories to address powersteering defect

first_img 45 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Subaru Subaru: Stay up-to-date on everything Subaru.Subaru STI S209: Finally, Japanese forbidden fruit comes to the US. Subaru has discovered a defect in the power-steering systems of some of its Japanese-built vehicles, and has shut down the plants briefly as it investigates the root cause.On Wednesday Subaru announced that it had idled two plants in Japan’s Gunma prefecture on Jan. 16 when it discovered a defect that may disable a vehicle’s power steering and illuminate a warning lamp. According to the automaker’s press release, it hopes to have the plant up and running again on Jan. 28.The two plants comprise a majority of Subaru’s global manufacturing, including some models destined for the US. A Subaru spokesperson said approximately 10,000 examples of the Crosstrek and Forester might be affected, but the final number may be smaller.Enlarge ImageSubaru’s Japanese plants represent an overwhelming majority of its global sales, and the company isn’t sure how the shutdown will affect its bottom line in the short term. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images The spokesperson also stressed that no affected units have reached dealers or consumers, so there won’t be a need for a recall in the US. Any vehicles en route to retailers will receive a permanent fix before going on sale. This problem does not affect Subaru vehicles built in the US at its Indiana facility.In its press release, Subaru said it’s still working to determine the cause. A loss of power steering can make turning the wheel more difficult, especially at idle. Subaru Japan recommends that Japanese owners who experience this fault should stop driving and contact a dealer. In addition to affecting the Forester and Crosstrek (called the XV) in Japan, the problem also affects the Japanese-market Impreza.Subaru suffered a scandal in Japan in 2017 when it copped to decades of “flawed” vehicle inspections. Both Subaru and Nissan admitted to using unauthorized employees in quality-control jobs, in violation of Japanese regulations. Both automakers recalled vehicles for additional inspections following their admissions. More From Roadshow Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment Car Industry Crossovers Subaru Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Cardinals Will Face Seton Hall in First True Road Game

first_imgThe Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over nine points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 10 points a game after scoring a career-high 24 points on Tuesday night.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.7 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  Louisville Game Notes Seton Hall Game Notes Live Stats Seton Hall, coached by former UofL assistant coach Kevin Willard, has had nearly a week off after winning the 2018 Wooden Legacy Championship, beating Miami 83-81 in the title game on Nov. 25 in Fullerton, Ca. Junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates top scorer this season averaging 24.3 points per game (15th in the nation in scoring; 20-of-50 three-pointers), was named the Wooden Legacy’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 25.3 points in three games in the event. All-tournament selection senior forwardMichael Nzei scored a career-high 21 points against Miami and averages 11.2 points while shooting 77.1 percent from the field (27-of-35). GAME 7Date: Dec. 1, 2018Time: NoonSite: Prudential Center (10,862), Newark, N.J.Television: FOX – Tim Brando, play-by-play; Jim Jackson, analyst; Andy Katz, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 193, Internet 955)Series History: Louisville leads 13-6 (6-2 in Louisville, 6-4 at Seton Hall, 1-0 neutral)Last Meeting: Seton Hall 79, UofL 77 (Dec. 3, 2017 at KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Mike Roberts, Brent Hampton, Ron GrooverNext UofL Game: Dec. 5 vs. Central Arkansas, KFC Yum! Center, 7:00 p.m. ET (WAVE-TV in Louisville/Raycom Sports) Louisville plays its first true road game of the season as the Cardinals visit the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday. Louisville posted its first victory over a Top 10 team in two years in beating No. 9/8 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday. Ryan McMahon scored a career-high 24 points off the bench, connecting on 4-of-7 three-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws as the Cardinals overcame a 17-rebound deficit. The Cardinals made 10 threes, their fourth game with eight or more. UofL has won 50 straight home games in the month of November spanning the last 28 years, including a perfect 37-0 record in the KFC Yum! Center. CARD FILES Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version Story Links Louisville has made 36 more free throws (163-of-213, .765) than its opponents have attempted (94-of-130, .723). Louisville leads the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (213/325, 65.5 percent) and leads the nation with 31.8 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 31st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (40.0 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 37 points against Michigan State. Jordan Nwora has scored in double digits in all six games this season, averaging 17.7 points per game (7th in the ACC). He produced 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Michigan State on Tuesday, his fifth game with seven or more rebounds. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its six games and the Cardinals are 30th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 85.3 points per game. Louisville has a 37-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville has a 13-6 series advantage over Seton Hall, winning five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 meetings. Seton Hall won the last matchup 79-77 over the Cardinals in the KFC Yum! Center last year (12-3-17) as Desi Rodriguez scored 29 points for the Pirates, including the winning basket with eight seconds remaining.last_img read more

Death of spouse ups irregular heartbeat risk

first_imgThe death of a spouse is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the bereavement, says a study adding that the risk is prevalent among those below 60.The condition known as atrial fibrillation — itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure — can also flare up in cases when the loss was least expected.According to Danish researchers, acute stress may directly disrupt normal heart rhythms and prompt the production of chemicals involved in inflammation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The elevated risk was especially high for those who were young and those who lost a relatively healthy partner,” said Simon Graff of Aarhus University in Denmark. The team collected information on 88,612 people newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and 886,120 healthy people.They looked at several factors that might influence atrial fibrillation risk which included time since the bereavement, age and sex, heart disease and diabetes, the health of the partner a month before death, and whether they were single. The results, published in the online journal Open Heart, indicated that the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat was 41 per cent higher among those who had been bereaved than it was among those who had not experienced such a loss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe risk seemed to be greater during eight to 14 days following a death, after which it gradually subsided until after a year the risk was similar to that of someone who had not been bereaved.The highest risk was seen among people under the age of 60: they were more than twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation if they had been bereaved and the risk also seemed to be greater where the partner’s death had been unexpected.Those whose partners were relatively healthy in the month before death, were 57 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.last_img read more

Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgars AWS brochure

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Brochures, Contests, Trafalgar TORONTO — After breaking down the numbers of Trafalgar’s new 2017-18 Autumn, Winter & Spring (AWS) brochure, you get 34 itineraries, 26 European countries, two new trips, and $150 in early booking savings.The new brochure highlights everything from traditional Christmas Markets and alpine peaks to Tuscan wines and Parisian farmers’ markets. New this year are the nine-day ‘Delights of London and Paris’ and the seven-day ‘Festive St Petersburg and Moscow’ itinerary.In addition to these two new itineraries, Trafalgar has made its 15-day tailored ‘European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights’ trip available to Canadian travellers for the first time ever. While on this tour, clients will learn about champagne production, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and ring in the New Year in Tuscany.To entice clients to book early, Trafalgar is offering 7.5% off 2017-18 AWS Europe vacations when paid in full by Aug. 31, 2017, plus $150 per couple on air booked and paid in full from May 5-June 15, 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAgents also have a chance to win one of four pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Agents can enter by signing up for Trafalgar’s agent newsletter, by selling from the AWS brochure from now until June 30, 2017, and by sharing travel moments and including a #SimplyAWS hashtag. This contest is running now and will end on June 30.“There really is no better place in the world to experience different seasons than Europe, and we’ve made it easy for clients to discover the festive flavours and allure of some of our favourite destinations with authentic experiences and moments of magic,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We also want to help our loyal agents sell effortlessly this season and top up their 2017 bookings while giving clients amazing value holiday experiences.” Travelweek Group Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgar’s AWS brochurecenter_img Posted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Irma recovery Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct 1

first_imgTags: Florida, Hurricane Irma Source: The Associated Press KEY WEST, FLORIDA — Florida Keys officials say the island chain hit hard by Hurricane Irma will reopen to tourists Oct. 1.Officials made their announcement Monday, more than two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 per cent of homes on the islands.Florida Keys officials asked visitors to postpone their trips after the storm damaged power and water supplies. Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said power and water service is now restored to customers that can receive them and a boil water notice has been lifted.The Key West and Marathon airports have reopened, but debris removal continues and some hotels and tourist facilities are still recovering.Key West did have its first cruise ship return to the island on Sunday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Share Irma recovery: Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct. 1last_img read more

September 2 2016The Living Theatre visited Arcosa

first_imgSeptember 2, 2016The Living Theatre visited Arcosanti on Monday to perform one of their most significant pieces -“Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism” – which has been described as a “visceral examination of the social contract between the governed and the government”. The Theatre arrived at 3 pm to perform a matinee in the North Vault before continuing on their national tour.[photo by planning intern Victor dos Santos, text by Sean-Paul VonAncken]The Arcosanti audience knew that the themes would be somber and hard-hitting, but nothing could quite prepare us for the earnest delivery, emotional precision, and unwavering authority of a truly relevant and revolutionary performance.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Seven Meditations awakens our civic senses, orienting us in relation to our oppressive governing structures and economy of alienation. It frames the human condition, confronting themes of violence, slavery (both ancient and contemporary), property, warfare, police brutality, and death in a 21st century context.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The piece was both activating and provocative. In the end, the group – bound in chains and in agonizing pain – asks how their pain can be remedied, how their chains can be removed, and how their minds can become truly free.[photo by Sue Kirsch]As an audience we rose to the occasion, jumping to the aid of the actors and embracing them, helping our fellow men and women to their feet. As a whole group we made a circle in the vaults and concluded with a powerful hymn.[photo by Sue Kirsch]We send out a huge thank you to the living theatre and wish them well along their tour. It was an honor to host their sentiments of revolution, awareness, and hope.[photo by Victor dos Santos]It is rare to witness a performance that confronts our most deeply embedded socio-economic concerns with such poignancy and realism.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img read more

Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkhole

first_img The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency.The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole that developed in late December. A state of emergency continues in the area.“Time is of the essence when it comes to the sinkhole emergency,” said Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond, who sponsored the funding bill approved by the House. “We have to act now to protect public safety and health. If we have another heavy rain, we can’t afford to have raw sewage backing up into our residents’ homes and polluting the Clinton River, Lake St. Clair and beyond. Our Great Lakes are too important to not just Macomb County, but the entire Great Lakes region, so we can’t afford any delays in this project.”Republicans and Democrats joined forces to support the bill with a sense of urgency. The House Appropriations Committee approved the measure earlier in the day.“Hard-working families have enough to worry about without adding sinkholes and infrastructure problems to the list,” said Rep. Patrick Green, D-Warren. “I’m grateful that the state Legislature is moving quickly to repair the sinkhole in Macomb County and to take steps to make sure this won’t happen again.”“I am pleased to see Macomb County receive additional funding to deal with the sinkhole disaster,” said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores. “This tells homeowners and businesses that we are focused on doing all we can to help with these massive infrastructure repairs.”The money approved by the House would go toward building a long-term bypass around the sewer collapse that started the sinkhole. The project is needed to prevent sewage from backing up into homes and waterways.“We need to make sure we do what we can to protect people in our communities, as well as the environment and our precious natural resources,” said Rep. Diana Farrington, R-Utica. “This funding is an essential part of that effort.”Legislators praised the bipartisan support and quick action.“I am glad to be a part of this effort to continue helping our Macomb County communities affected by this sinkhole disaster,” said state Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights. “Acting now to send additional help will prevent the situation from worsening.”The Macomb County sinkhole started along 15 Mile Road in Fraser, but its effects have spread across the region.“The impact is broad and devastating,” said Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township. “This disaster affects more than 500,000 people, nearly a dozen communities and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. These residents need and deserve our help, and the Legislature must deliver that help.”Rep. Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township, echoed those sentiments.“Many residents and businesses of my district are severely impacted, along with several families having lost their homes, due to this infrastructure collapse,” Sowerby said. “I am pleased to join my Macomb County colleagues and vote for this additional money to help with the infrastructure repairs.”Many local communities remain urged to limit water usage to avoid strain on the system.“Due to the urgency of this situation, we need to move swiftly to approve this legislation to clear the financial obstacles Macomb is facing,” said Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township.Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, agreed.“You can’t see sewer pipes. You can’t see water pipes. But they need to be kept in good repair, just like the roads and bridges we see every day do,” Lucido said. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this help for Macomb County.”Said Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville: “I’ve heard from many constituents who are concerned about the state of our infrastructure since the sinkhole opened up, and I’m glad that I’ll be able to tell them that the state is taking action to address the problem. Moving forward, I will work to see our state invest in maintaining and updating our infrastructure to prevent another sinkhole opening up here or anywhere else in Michigan.”The bill approved today by the House now goes to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Yaroch News 22Mar Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkholelast_img read more

Carl Icahn Billionaire investor and Apple sharehol

first_imgCarl IcahnBillionaire investor and Apple shareholder, Carl Icahn, said he expects the firm to make a “more dramatic push” into the TV market next year. In an open letter, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Icahn said he believes TV’s role in the living room is a “strategically compelling bolt-on to the Apple ecosystem” and predicted the launch of a much-rumoured Apple branded TV set.“In addition to an Ultra High Definition television set, we expect Apple to launch a related suite of tiered products and services, including a ‘skinny bundle’ of pay TV channels (partnered with various media companies) and an updated Apple TV microconsole (which will continue to service the massive install base of televisions offered by other OEMs),” said Icahn in the letter, which was co-signed by son Brett Icahn and business partner David Schechter.“This will enable Apple to pursue the entire market by offering multiple products at various price points across the demographic spectrum.  Netflix offers a similar tiered approach to pricing today by charging a higher price for those seeking the ability to receive ultra high definition content.”Icahn said that a larger move into TV would benefit Apple’s other devices and services – suggesting that the recently launched Apple watch could be use as a remote control.“Similarly, as we expect Apple to launch a larger 12.9” iPad, it would offer an enhanced viewing experience for an Apple pay TV service, or act an improved “second screen” to an Apple UltraHD television,” said Icahn.Outlining the opportunities in the TV space, he claimed that people spent an average 25% of their free time watching TV and that excluding advertising, the addressable market for TV is roughly US$575 billion – “which is larger than the smartphone market.”According to previous reports, Apple is planning to launch a revamped version of its Apple TV set-top box in June, along with a new version of its App Store and a software development kit optimised for the device.It is also reported to be planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox.However, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Apple’s long-rumoured TV set plans were “quietly shelved” more than a year ago after almost a decade of research. Crediting people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported that Apple did not consider features that it was looking at “compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market.”Carl Icahn is currently ranked 31 on the Forbes rich list, with an estimated worth of US$22.4 billion.last_img read more

Channel 4s digital service All4 is launching su

first_imgChannel 4’s digital service, All4, is launching support for 360° video ads from this week.The UK broadcaster’s 4Sales division announced the new Ad 360 format today, and Honda and South African Tourism will be the first brands to use the 360° interactive VOD ads.“Ad 360 enables All 4’s audience to engage with brands in a new and exciting way using the latest developments in 360 degree content creation, strengthening our existing suite of innovative digital ad products,” said Channel 4’s digital and creative leader, David Amodio.The Ad 360 format was developed by video technology partners Innovid, and the firm claims that together with Channel 4 it is bringing “360° interactive video experiences to the European market for the first time.”last_img read more