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

Boushie family confident concrete change to come following Ottawa meetings

first_imgAPTN NewsThe family of Colten Boushie says they’ve gotten exactly what they had hoped from their trip to Ottawa where they met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers.And that is a commitment from the Trudeau government to change the justice system.“There was a general consensus that there are systemic issues regarding Indigenous people in the judicial system,” said Jade Tootoosis, Boushie’s cousin Tuesday afternoon. “Each person has promised to work with us to make concrete changes within the justice system.“That’s exactly what we came here for.”More from the press conference that took place in Ottawa After meeting ministers Jane Philpott and Carolyn Bennett on Monday, Boushie’s spoke with Trudeau, as well as Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale Tuesday.“I thanked them for their thoughtful sharing of the story and the difficulties they faced with both the justice system and with the police,” Trudeau said following the meeting. “They are very much focused on making sure that we have improvements to our system so that no family has to go through the kinds of things they went through.”Raybould said it was a “very honest, very emotional” meeting.“I don’t know if the right word is hopeful but they reflected broadly on the criminal justice system and how we need to build relationships and work together to make improvements to the criminal justice system from speaking about all actors, whether it be in the courts, in corrections,” said Wilson-Raybould.An all-white jury found Gerald Stanley, a white farmer in Battleford, Sask., not-guilty in Boushie’s death on Friday. The verdict sparked cross-country rallies and calls for an overhaul of the criminal justice system.Wilson-Raybould said the government will have more details about a justice review in “the near future.”Meanwhile, Goodale echoed condemnations for the racist comments that have flooded social media in the days following the verdict.“There is absolutely no place for that in a province like Saskatchewan or anywhere else,” Goodale, who represents the Regina-Wascana riding, told reporters. “We all have to recognize our common interest in peaceful, secure safe communities and all of the forces and factors that go into creating those kinds of communities. We’re all in this together and we need to work very carefully together.”Boushie’s relatives have said RCMP officers were insensitive and initially treated family members like suspects on the day of his death Aug. 9, 2016. Goodale said the independent Civilian Review for Complaints and Commission is looking into it.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

SC asks Narasimha to play mediator BCCI bodies happy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked P S Narasimha, amicus curiae in BCCI matters, to also act as mediator for the state associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Bench of Justices SA Bobde and A.M. Sapre has asked Narasimha to hear the state associations’ concerns and suggest the way forward to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). A senior BCCI official said the move has come as a huge relief for the state associations, which now have the option of getting their issues heard. It will also bring to an end the generic affidavits being filed by the CEO in violation of the newly registered constitution, he added. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”This is a huge relief for several associations, which were shocked and disappointed at the generic affidavits being filed by the CEO in violation of the constitution finalised by the Supreme Court. These were actually bordering on contempt since as per the constitution finalised by the court, it is only the acting secretary who could have filed an affidavit on behalf of the BCCI,” the official said. The SC also barred all courts in the country, including the high courts, from entertaining any plea relating to the BCCI and its state affiliates, that it is hearing. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe Bench also asked Narasimha to look into the release of funds by the SC-appointed CoA to various state associations. Almost all the associations have cited lack of release of funds as a burning issue. Commenting on this, a senior state association official said the order was like a wave of relief for the state bodies of the BCCI. “A wave of relief has swept through the cricketing fraternity after today’s order of the SC. The members of the cricketing fraternity are grateful to the court for its observation that the game must go on.” “The restriction on the flow of associations’ own funds had all but brought the development of the game of cricket at the grassroots level to a standstill and this empathetic view will potentially bring an end to this unfortunate stalemate. The member associations have full faith in the new amicus and for us, his non-partisan approach is a breath of fresh air,” he smiled. At the previous hearing, the Bench had appointed Justice (retired) D K Jain the ombudsman of the BCCI and Lt. Gen. Ravi Thodge the third member of the CoA.last_img read more

Terrell Owens Cut By Arena League Team

Might not see Terrell Owens in a football uniform again.If Terrell Owens‘ career had not hit rock bottom by playing in the Indoor  Football League, it did Tuesday when he was cut from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.Worse, the team was chasing a playoff spot and still got rid of the one-time Pro Bowl receiver.But why?Apparently, Owens refused to play in upcoming road games against the Nebraska Danger and Everett (Washington) Raptors. According to a statement from the Wranglers, T.O. got the boot because of typical Terrell Owens nonsense.“The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches,” the statement read.  It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers’ organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”Reportedly, as part of being cut, Owens loses his ownership stake in the team — and almost assuredly any chance of a return to the NFL. read more

10 SportsRelated Jobs Black Children Should Look Into Instead

Audio and Video Equipment SpecialistSports teams rely heavily on being able to review footage of games, individual players, schemes, tendencies, etc. Teams always seek people skilled at editing videos and breaking them down for easy, specific viewing. It also can be an entrée into coaching. Mike Brown, who coached the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers twice and Los Angeles Lakers, started as a video coordinator.Public Address AnnouncerHave an appealing voice, read fluidly and have command of an audience? Working courtside or in the press box as the PA announcer could be for you. It’s a coveted job and an important one that puts you right in the middle of the action. read more

The Paul George And Carmelo Anthony Trades Are Looking Less OneSided

By Geoff Foster, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 13, 2017), FiveThirtyEight sports editor Geoff Foster joins Chris and Kyle to break down the latest NBA news. The Golden State Warriors won six straight road games and then continued their streak with a win at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Have the Warriors overcome their early struggles? The group discusses. Next, when the Oklahoma City Thunder padded their team with stars earlier this year, they traded away Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott. But about a third of the way — and two player of the week awards for Oladipo — into the season, the Thunder’s big moves are suddenly looking less one-sided. The group investigates why the exiles are playing so much better on their new teams. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Minnesota Timberwolves.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Despite the Warriors’ recent success, ESPN still ranks the Houston Rockets above Golden State.Victor Oladipo was named Eastern Conference player of the week for the second time this season.Doug McDermott has been proving his value to the New York Knicks. 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

Defence Force Makes Drug Apprehension

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), October 14, 2016  – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday.  Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area.  As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting and guarding the heritage of the Bahamas.last_img read more

New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates.“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. The proposed shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would mark a dramatic departure from the nation’s largely family based approach, which officials said gives roughly 66% of green cards to those with family ties and 12% based on skills.The president’s plan, unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony, has yet to be embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces dubious prospects in a divided Congress. The show of magnanimity comes as Trump seeks to put a softer facade on the signature campaign issue from his first campaign as he eyes his 2020 reelection.“Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said, adding that it contrasts with what he called Democrats’ support of “chaos,” and predicted it will lead him to victory next November.“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow,” he added.Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. Prospects for an agreement seem especially bleak as the 2020 elections near, though the plan could give Trump and the GOP a proposal to rally behind, even as Democrats signaled their opposition.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.The plan does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Dreamer” immigrants were not included in Trump’s new plan because past proposals involving them have failed.In briefings Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists and outside allies, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries.Under the new plan, the U.S. would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated.As part of the plan, officials want to shore up ports of entry to ensure all vehicles and people are screened and to create a self-sustaining fund, paid for with increased fees, to modernize ports of entry.The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues a push for an overhaul to the U.S. asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and removing people who don’t qualify faster.While the officials insisted their effort was not a “political” plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is “for.”“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.Democrats and some Republicans tried crafting a compromise with Trump last year that would have helped young Dreamer immigrants and added money for border security. But those talks collapsed over White House demands to curb legal immigration and a dramatic Senate showdown in which lawmakers rejected three rival proposals that aligned with the “four pillars” immigration plan Trump unveiled that year.Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than problem-solve,” she said.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration rates, applauded a “very positive effort” on legal immigration, but said it was “undermined by the embrace of the current very high level of immigration.”Republicans on Capitol Hill, too, voiced skepticism. A PowerPoint presentation shared with reporters Wednesday referred to the plan as “The Republican Proposal,” even though many GOP members had yet to see it.___ New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system AP, Posted: May 16, 2019 AP May 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

AGDC Working With The City Of Kenai To Find Alternative Water Sources

first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The proposal that was presented by the group was to run a water main from Kenai, tapping into the Kenai system, and running it out north to provide water for this project. Local water in close proximity to the plant, the results from those tests were unsatisfactory, and some contamination concerns came up as a result of those tests.”   Jesse Carlstrom with the AGDC said the project began working with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source after the initial testing: “Alaska LNG project proponents looked at sourcing water locally from the site of the liquefaction facility. Due to unsatisfactory test results and water contaminants the AGDC looked at the City of Kenai for the possibility of securing water from the Kenai water system to supply the liquefaction facility.”  According to Carlstrom, the terminal and plant will need about 150 gallons per minute of fresh water during operation. 135 gallons would be used for power generation and 15 gallons as potable water and for other utility uses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is continuing to work with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source for the LNG project after initial water testing in the Nikiski area came back as ‘unsatisfactory’. Mayor Pierce spoke at the borough assembly meeting last night about the need for an alternative option after the initial test results: “We met with them, we talked with them about the concerns, and they are willing to look at an alternative water source.” Currently the City of Kenai water system serves both residential and commercial users spanning over approximately 8 square miles. Carlstrom: “The AGDC is working with the City of Kenai to identify a viable water source.” The original wells tested in Nikiski underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination, according to the AGDC.last_img read more

FiveYear Pentagon Initiative to Cut Staff Costs by 25 Percent

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Defense Department “delayering” initiative will trim headquarters staff costs by 25 percent in an effort to save $1.9 billion, according to David Tillotson III, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer.About 300 positions from the office of the secretary of Defense are being eliminated, including 243 that are filled. In defense agencies and field activities, 1,260 positions are slated for reduction. The streamlining is part of a broader reform, in which the department is restructuring its business processes and practices, particularly in support areas, Tillotson told DOD News.The restructuring will be carried out over several years, with many of the cuts being implemented through attrition. So far, officials are not making involuntary cuts, he said. The vast majority of affected workers will be placed in other positions or take voluntary actions, such as an early retirement or separation incentive payments.Last August, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work directed a 25 percent reduction of all appropriations funding for major DOD headquarters activities of military departments, the office of the secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, defense agencies and field activities, and combatant commands. The restructuring covers the period from fiscal 2016 to 2020.Tillotson said the savings generated by the initiative would be shifted into modernization and improving readiness and training.last_img read more

Star Wars Resistance episode 19 The First Orders reign allows No Escape

first_img Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen it He orders his Stormtroopers to arrest Doza, but the captain tells droid 4D-M1N (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) to “stop them.” She goes into a previously unseen combat mode and takes several troops down before being blasted by Pyre. With his ally destroyed, Doza is tossed into a cell.Pyre’s shiny gold armor looks beautiful in this scene’s bright lighting. He’s a total jerk but has plenty of style.zro-ff-002574-1The Resistance members hatch their plan. Lucasfilm The Colossus is more than a platformNeeku Vozo (Josh Brener), Kel (Anthony Del Rio) and Eila (Nikki SooHoo) end up in the Colossus’ main control room and back Kaz up by opening and closing hatches. However, they also discover that the platform has a hyperdrive.This basically confirms that the Colossus is a mobile space station; a very exciting prospect. Kaz orders Neeku to get the platform in the air. TV and Movies Culture Tags Comments Now playing: Watch this: All the Star Wars movies, from the cheesy to great, ranked 2 It’s great to finally see the emotional weight of Hosnian Prime’s destruction. Princess Leia’s reaction added some depth to Alderaan being destroyed in A New Hope, but Hosnian Prime was just an unnamed world getting blown up in The Force Awakens. At last, we’ll see a survivor reacting to it.Even though the New Republic can’t help any more, there are still two sources of backup in play for the second part of the season finale. A number of Kaz’s friends went to Takodana to seek help (most likely from Maz Kanada) and the pirates are still itching for a little payback after being betrayed by the First Order.Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD. Share your voice 5:29 Assuming they manage to kick the First Order off it, the Colossus could end up being the Resistance’s base after it was scattered in The Last Jedi. This is major speculative territory, but it could make a cinematic appearance in Episode IX — is it too much to hope that some of the characters could make their live-action debuts as well? Justin Ridge, one of the show’s executive producers, hinted at the possibilities around this in an interview with Good Morning America last week.zro-ff-002594-1These guys look super cool. Lucasfilm Scuba troops!Seeing new Imperial units was always fun in Rebels (the previous Star Wars CGI show), but we haven’t really seen any new First Order troopers in Resistance… until now. As he swims outside the Colossus, Kaz encounters a pair of Stormtroopers in scuba gear.Like the jumptroopers in Rebels, their specialized outfits are awesome. Their blasters also have a cool effect on the water when they open fire on Kaz, even if they’re predictably poor shots.zro-ff-002578-1Tierny sows the seeds of doubt in Tam. Lucasfilm Tam gets an offerThe very charming First Order Security Bureau agent Tierny (Sumalee Montano) continues to get into the head of captive mechanic Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) by making her believe Kaz and her boss Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), who’s also in First Order custody, betrayed her.With Tam set against her friends, Tierny offers to make her dream of becoming a pilot come true if she joins the First Order. Since her prospects on the Colossus seemed limited, this is pretty much the offer of a lifetime. Will she go for it?zro-ff-002637-1Kaz and Tam sneak around before coming around the holo of Hux’s speech. Lucasfilm There is no more New RepublicKaz’s plan goes awry in the closing moments of this episode, when he and Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) see a holographic projection of General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) delivering his fanatical Starkiller Base speech from The Force Awakens.Then the First Order superweapon fires, wiping out five planets in the Hosnian system. This includes Hosnian Prime, the seat of the New Republic government and Kaz’s homeworld.”My parents… my home,” he says, bringing the episode to a dark conclusion. 23 Photos The First Order is about to come out of the shadows, as General Hux delivers his speech. Lucasfilm Well, that escalated quickly.We’re in the first half of the two-part season 1 finale of CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance and thrown right into the events of The Force Awakens.With the Colossus refueling platform underwater, two of his friends in First Order custody and his cover blown, Resistance-spy-posing-a-mechanic Kazuda Xiono (AKA Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) plans a daring rescue. After that, he’s going to get to a shuttle and escape to Hosnian Prime, where he’ll persuade his father — who’s a New Republic senator — to send reinforcements and wrest the Colossus from First Order control.A solid plan…spoilers-starwarsDoza’s droid is deadlyFinally sick of the First Order pushing people around on his platform, Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) confronts Commander Pyre (Liam McIntyre) and threatens to bring in the New Republic.”We are well beyond the Republic’s reach,” says the ever-sinister Pyre. “Fortunately, they are not beyond ours.” Disney Star Warslast_img read more

Google to ask Android users to choose preferred browser

first_img Comments Google Samsung Alphabet Inc. Tags Phones Tech Industry Google will soon prompt Android users to choose their preferred browser. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred web browser and search apps, a senior Google executive said Tuesday, as it tries to avoid new EU antitrust sanctions.The European Commission slapped Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) in July over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system. Google’s agreements with phone makers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG put those companies at a disadvantage because they’re completely dependent on Android, the EU said.Android users have always had the ability to install any browser they wanted, but now Google will highlight that they have other browser and search engine options.Google will do more to “ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones,” Kent Walker, senior vice president of Google, wrote in a blog post. “This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use.”In response to the $5 billion fine, Google said in October it would begin offering a paid license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube. Another license will let phone makers include Google’s search engine and Chrome browser.The EU’s investigation into Android dominance dates back to 2016. In June 2017, it fined Google $2.7 billion over abusing the way it prioritizes its own shopping results in search. Share your voice 4last_img read more

Former Equifax exec gets 4 months in prison for insider trading after

first_img 0 Share your voice Tags Equifax Hacking Post a comment Security A former CIO for Equifax has been sentenced to four months in prison for insider trading related to the company’s massive data breach in 2017. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images A former Equifax executive who sold his stock in the consumer credit reporting firm before it announced a massive data breach has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for insider trading. Jun Ying, former chief information officer for the company’s US Information Solutions, was also ordered to pay about $117,000 in restitution and a $55,000 fine, the US Attorney’s Office said Thursday.In 2017, Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach that would affect more than half of the US population, exposing the Social Security numbers, names and addresses of 147 million Americans. The company learned about the breach on July 29, 2017, but didn’t announce it publicly for nearly three months.On Aug. 25, 2017, Ying texted a co-worker about the breach, saying it “sounds bad. We may be the one breached,” according to the indictment. The next week, Ying conducted a web search to learn what happened to Experian’s stock price after the company experienced a data breach in 2015.Three days later, Ying sold all his shares in Equifax, making more than $950,000. Ying’s insider trading happened 10 days before Equifax publicly announced its breach.Ying, 44, is the second Equifax employee convicted of insider trading related to the data breach. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, a former Equifax software development manager, pleaded guilty in 2018 to using the insider information to make more than $75,000 on the stock market. Bonthu was ordered to serve eight months home confinement, pay a $50,000 fine and forfeit the proceeds from the stock sale.Correction, July 1: Corrected name of company involved in 2015 breach to Experian. last_img read more

SpiceJet to Receive funds from Promoter Says Airline to DGCA

first_imgFinancially strapped SpiceJet assured the government that its  promoter, Sun Group, will infuse funds into the airline.However, the sum has not been revealed by the airline. ReutersThe management team of the beleaguered airline promised to submit a detailed plan on the airline’s revival on Monday, in line with the deadline set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA.)SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor met the civil aviation secretary V Somasundaran on Friday, and reiterated that the promoters remained committed to the airline’s future.He contended the figures quoted by media houses, adding that lessors are owed around  Rs. 200 crore, against the 700 crore making the rounds. Government sources put the figure at Rs.1,630 crore, according to the filing with DGCA.Shilpa Bhatia, SpiceJet’s senior vice-president and head for sales, held a conference call with travel agents, assuring that all dues remained safe and a plan will be shared with them on Monday.The airline’s advance booking facility is limited to a 30-day window, as per DGCA order; with the regulator also withdrawing 186 flight slots held by SpiceJet.SpiceJet delayed salaries of its staff for the first time this month.last_img read more

Reliance Industries bucks bearish trend to hit 18month high

first_imgWhile the benchmark stock indices plunge to multi-month lows due to fears over China’s turbulent markets, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) shares hit an 18-month high on the bourses, supported by improving prospects for the company in 2016.The stock price of RIL ended 2.7% higher at Rs 1,052 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday, reaching its highest levels since 24 June, 2014.Overall, the stock gained 6% in the past one week compared to a 3% decline in the benchmark indices. The BSE S&P Sensex closed at a 19-month low of 24,825 points.Analysts attribute the rally in RIL to its positive earnings growth outlook on the back of improvement in its gross refining margins (GRM).”We expect RIL to earn a premium of around $3 per barrel over the Singapore GRM taking the Q3FY2016 GRM to $11 per barrel from $10.6 per barrel in Q2FY2016. The capacity addition in the high-margin petrochemical business would further boost the profitability,” Business Standard quoted brokerage Sharekhan as saying in a Q3FY2016 earnings preview.Another brokerage, CLSA, expects RIL’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to increase 50% in the next two years.CLSA maintains a “strong buy” on RIL as the Mukesh Ambani-led business conglomerate is set to commission projects worth $30 billion in 2016.RIL had announced to $55 billion till 2018 to expand capacity in petrochemicals, refining and launch its telecom arm Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio is expected to roll out its 4G services in the next fiscal year. Last month, Reliance Jio had launched its services initially for the group’s employees.CLSA expects the market capitalisation of RIL to go up 25% from current level if its telecom arm manages to acquire 10 crore subscribers in the first year of its launch, reported The Economic Times.Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), who have stayed away from the stock for the past few years due to its high capital expenditure and investment in the telecom business, are expected to increase their exposure to it.”Reliance Industries is our top pick in the oil and gas space and the main reasons for it is a fact that the two large projects commencing operations in the next fiscal — the gas cracker and the petro gasification — have the potential to double the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of their core business of petrochemicals and refining in the next three to four years. Along with it, the retail business is doing well,” Prayesh Jain, AVP – Research at IIFL, told CNBC-TV18.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 ending preview leaks online furious fans say

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeThe final season of Game of Thrones has not lived up to expectations, be it the story, character arcs or the technical details of the show, like the lighting in episode 3 or the coffee cup min episode 4. Fans are dissatisfied by season 8. And to make things worse, reportedly a minute-long preview for the last two episodes of Game Of Thrones’ eighth season was allegedly leaked on Monday, leaving fans livid over the show’s potential ending.According to The Sun, the footage is believed to show major spoilers for the battle of King’s Landing, as well as how the show will end in episode six. Viewers, who had seen the potential spoilers on Twitter, were furious at the prospect of what the leak could mean, with some even going as far as to say that it meant the show had ‘the worst ending in TV history.’ That seems like quite a claim but the way the final season has been progressing, we have to say that we are a little apprehensive about what the last two episodes hold for fans. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Spoilers for Episode 4 ahead.The last episode was disappointing as well, with character development and story arcs abandoned at the drop of a hat. Jaime Lannister abandons Brienne of Tarth after making love to her, Brienne of Tarth, a strong, independent warrior Knight is reduced to a sniveling stereotype of a lovestruck woman. And a Dragon is shot down from in the air in an apparent impossible shot. Why? So that the final battle is an even match between Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.The fifth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on May 12.last_img read more