I am Impressed by the Support We Received from Moroccan Fans…

Rabat – Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he expressed his gratitude to Moroccan fans of Real Madrid, also known as Madridistas.Speaking in French from what seems to be a hotel balcony, the Italian coach said in the video that he is very impressed with the support of Real Madrid fans in Morocco and Africa, in general.“I thank you all and goodbye,” he added. He also said in a press conference held after the semifinal match against Cruz Azul: “I applaud the Moroccan public for supporting us in this match. Real Madrid is a global team, and whenever we go, we find fans who support us.”In addition to the coach, many Real Madrid players expressed their appreciation and gratitude to Moroccan Madridistas.Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale also expressed his gratitude to Moroccan fans who were present during the Los Blanco Tuesday semifinal clash with Cruz Azul from Mexico.The Welshman, who scored a header during yesterday’s match ended 4-0 for the Whites, wrote on his facebook page that the Moroccan fans in the Marrakech stadium were incredible.“Starting to feel a bit like #Alan Shearer with these headers! Moroccan Madridistas were incredible tonight #21 #halamadrid”The Los Blancos were impressed by the atmosphere in the red city in addition to the graciousness and the warmth of the Moroccan fans. read more

Fonseka ready to countersue Wijeydasa

Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka says he will  countersue Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha in relation to comments made on the Avant Garde issue.Fonseka said that he will sue Rajapaksha for Rs. 500 million and added that he has all the evidence required to back allegations against the Justice Minister. Rajapaksha is to sue Fonseka for Rs. 500 million as damages for the statement he had made this week. Rajapaksha had earlier said he had decided to sue Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka over a defamatory statement made by him. Fonseka had accused Rajapaksha of taking bribes and attempting to hide facts relating to the Avant Garde issue.Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said that he had made a similar statement on Rajapaksha even during the August 17 Parliament election period and he stands by that statement even today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

OPP reminds public of grisly unsolved murder

It has been seven years since a Bolton father-of-four went missing and the Ontario Provincial Police believe someone knows something but has yet to come forward.Morris Conte was 45 years old when he was last seen in Caledon on May 21, 2010. Roughly twelve hours after Conte’s disappearance, police began to find his dismembered body parts scattered in several locations throughout Central Ontario.The OPP have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder. Anyone who may have information related to this unsolved homicide is asked to contact Detective Constable Shawna Ovenden at (705) 726-6484. read more

Steady start to 2017 as van market sees modest growth

Van registrations rise 1.2% in January 2017, with 21,363 new light commercial vehicles joining UK roads.Demand for pick-ups continues to rise, up 28.9% at 3,439 units.Heavy van segment sees gains, growing 5.6% compared with January 2016. The new van market got off to a positive start in 2017, with January seeing a small 1.2% growth in registrations, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Heavy vans weighing between 2.5 and 3.5t, which make up the bulk of the market, rose 5.6% in January. Meanwhile, pickups’ popularity continued to grow following a successful 2016, with registrations increasing 28.9%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Vans are the backbone of British business so it is positive to see the strength of the market continue into 2017. With the success of the sector so closely linked to business confidence, government must ensure the conditions that have delivered this growth are maintained. Download the LCV registrations press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Well Leave it There So Ringrose starts Man Uniteds Ireland keeper and

first_imgWe’ll Leave it There So: Ringrose starts, Man United’s Ireland ‘keeper and all today’s sport Plus, Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings has received a five-match ban for his stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. No Comments Mar 8th 2017, 8:43 PM Source: NBA Conference/YouTubeThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Working with a football hero in Kerry and preparing for a sellout clash in Tralee against Dublin>Finishing up gym sessions at 7.45am part and parcel of Heaslip’s ‘lucky’ 100-cap haul> Share3 Tweet Email Source: The42.ie/YouTubeOn The Record(I’ve) played him a lot of times, he’s a big, prominent ball carrier and he’s good in defence. To have a player like him on the bench is obviously a plus for Wales and when he does come on he’ll be carrying a lot of ball. Towards the latter end of the game it’s going to be tough for us but we need to be nailed on.”Robbie Henshaw discusses the threat posed by Wales’ Jamie Roberts.Where we were today Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSean Farrell and Murray Kinsella were in attendance for the Ireland Rugby press conference today.The Fixture ListThere are a number of Europa League round of 16 games taking place tomorrow, including Man United v Rostov.The fifth stage of Paris-Nice race gets underway tomorrow.Showbiz, Baby!Russell Westbrook had the best night of his career last night – and still lost. Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 8:43 PMcenter_img Dan Martin moved up to fifth after the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race today.Five-time Tipperary All-Ireland senior winner and member of the ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ full-back line, Michael Maher, has passed away.The Irish women’s football team have finished fourth in the Cyprus Cup after today’s defeat to North Korea.Munster’s medical team have been cleared following an investigation into the Conor Murray head injury.Kieran O’Hara, the young goalkeeper who last year declared for Ireland, is part of Man United’s 20-man Europa League squad to face Rostov.There are no changes for Ireland ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales as Joe Schmidt has decided to keep faith in Garry Ringrose at 13.Ulster have confirmed the signing of South African prop Schalk van der Merwe.Away Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings has received a five-match ban for his stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesJose Mourinho wants Man United’s Europa League tie called off because of the state of the pitch.Wales have named an unchanged side to face Ireland.Bournemouth have hit out at the “extraordinary” ban handed out to Tyrone Mings for his stamp on Man United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Limini is absent as 13 horses have been confirmed for the Champion Hurdle.Eddie Alvarez will make his return against another former foe of Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier.Six men have been jailed for attacking French rugby players with machetes and knives.Ben Rothwell is the latest UFC fighter to be flagged for an anti-doping violationThe Best Thing We SharedWe caught up with Bernard Dunne to chat about his amateur boxing career and Olympic dreams. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Hannah Tyrrell pictured at the Ireland Women’s Rugby Media Briefing, Old Belvedere RFC. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHome By Paul Fennessy 14,188 Views https://the42.ie/3277809 Short URLlast_img read more

Putting the boys to shame

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At just 12 years old, Sofia Sakali is a football pocket-rocket. Having such advanced skill that the female squads of her age group can’t keep up, she’s been playing with the boys squads for years. A regular at South Melbourne and now Box Hill, Sofia has been playing well beyond her years, and has been integral in making Australia shine internationally. In late July, Sofia was one of 10 hand picked girls to represent Australia in a Foxtel All-Stars Koala Kickers team at the Disney International Cup. The cup brought national teams of youngsters from the football mad countries of Mexico, Honduras and Puerto Rico, amongst others. After the way the World Cup turned out, no one expected the Australian teams to amount to much. The Australian women’s and men’s teams didn’t just make an impact, they got to the finals and won. Sofia in fact was so integral to the team that she scored eight goals in five games and assisted even more. She was the youngest player on the female team, and was hand picked by Everton Academy coach Robbie Anderson and Tim Cahill. Her doting dad and coach, Stefano Sakali, was with her all the way, and says the love of football came to her while travelling in Greece. “We went to Greece when she was three and six years old, and we went to the matches with Hraklis, and we put her in the Toumba to watch PAOK, which is a bit, not fanatic, but they make a lot of noise,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “And from then I think she just clicked.”Sofia was always a keen footballer from a young age when she would see her older brother take up the sport. “My older son is three years older than her, so we played together in the garden, and she would play with us, concentrating so much on the soccer ball and we started teaching her some tricks and she amazed me,” her father says. Her biggest achievement to date would have to be representing the country for the Disney International Cup. Travelling to Florida with her family at the sidelines to cheer her all the way, the 12-year-old played so well that she was promoted to the role of captain in the grand final. “She scored eight goals in five matches, she scored in every game and she scored from a corner kick, which is very rare for the girls in this age group,” he father says.“It’s just amazing.”The final game was with Mexico, where the Kicking Koalas managed to grab a huge 5-1 win, with Sofia scoring the second goal. In the boys team, fellow Greek Australian Jack Koutrodimos, who plays for Blacktown City, helped the team beat Bermuda 3-1.At the end of the tournament, Sofia was even scouted by Robbie Anderson, who told the family if she continues like this, she’ll be a shoo-in for an American college scholarship. Back home now, Sofia is content with playing the NPL season through, even if she still creates a bit of surprise from her male opponents. “The Box Hill boys respect her, they know she is capable to play with them,” her father says.“The only thing is when the opposite team sees a girl in the team, they think oh she’ll be very, very easy, and when they start to play with her they are amazed.”Things are still on the up for Sofia. In September she has been selected to play with her school team at the School Sport Australia Football Championships in Bendigo.last_img read more

IVG le forfait versé aux médecins prochainement augmenté de 50

first_imgIVG : le forfait versé aux médecins prochainement augmenté de 50%France – Le forfait versé aux établissements pratiquant des avortements sera bientôt augmenté de 50%, passant de 300 à 450 euros, selon une volonté du ministère de la Santé visant à améliorer la prise en charge des grossesses non désirées.Pour de nombreux établissements de santé, l’IVG (Interruption volontaire de grossesse) chirurgicale est une pratique déficitaire. Par conséquent, certains d’entre eux la retirent de leurs activités, réduisant encore le nombre d’établissements proposant l’avortement.À lire aussiAvortement en France : avortement médicamenteux, délais, prix, ce qu’il faut savoirRoselyne Bachelot, la ministre de la Santé française, avait annoncé début février plusieurs mesures de lutte contre les grossesses non désirées. Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, elle présentera la suite de ces mesures, notamment l’augmentation du tarif de l’IVG. Cette mesure est réclamée depuis longtemps par les associations de défense de droit à l’IVG. Une augmentation de 50% du tarif est prévue.Le gouvernement va également discuter du remboursement de certains modes de contraception par l’assurance-maladie avec les laboratoires pharmaceutiques. Car la plupart des femmes utilisent aujourd’hui uniquement la pilule, alors que cette dernière n’est pas toujours le contraceptif le plus adapté.Le 8 mars 2010 à 11:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Man found guilty of vehicular homicide assault

first_imgJurors in a vehicular homicide trial on Thursday determined the driver accused of causing the deadly 2015 crash on state Highway 503 had disregarded the safety of others on the road. However, they did not find that he was driving recklessly at the time.The jury returned the verdict in Dean Imokawa’s case after deliberating for nearly four hours. They ultimately found him guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault caused by disregarding the safety of others — the least serious level of the crime. But the jury acquitted him of a charge of reckless driving and could not agree on whether recklessness played a role in the other convictions.Imokawa, who’s been out on supervised release, will be sentenced Feb. 8, at which time he will be taken into custody.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said that Imokawa may be facing a sentencing range of 26 to 36 months in prison.The crash, which occurred April 2, 2015, resulted in the death of 86-year-old Eleanor Tapani of Battle Ground. She died the following day from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to a probable cause affidavit.Imokawa was driving north on the highway in a 2006 GMC pickup shortly after 9:30 a.m. when he attempted to pass a Land Rover he was traveling behind in the left lane. He used the right lane to pass the vehicle and then merged back into the left lane on the Salmon Creek bridge. His pickup struck the front right corner of the Land Rover, however, and both vehicles lost control, crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes. A southbound Kia Sorento, in which Tapani was the passenger, struck Imokawa’s pickup.The driver of the Kia, Linda Dallum of Battle Ground, suffered multiple fractured ribs and fractures to her right ankle, foot and kneecap in the crash. She, Tapani and Imokawa were all transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Land Rover, Nicholas Grier of Battle Ground, was not injured.last_img read more

Joe Barton on his management career

first_imgJoey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton discussed quitting football and the first steps he took towards management.“For me it has been a case of years of thinking, planning and anticipating what you were going to do coming to fruition,” he told Sky Sports.“And then all those best-laid plans going right out the window!“Everything you think you’ll face you do and then more, but it has been really enjoyable and every day is a real learning experience.“I don’t think anything can ever prepare you for it. It’s a role that varies from club to club and you can have all manner of things going on in any given day.“You really have to think about the ramifications of any decision or any interaction.”LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Joey Barton, Manager of Fleetwood Town reacts during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leicester City and Fleetwood Town at The King Power Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Joey Barton remembers those four years he played for Newcastle Manuel R. Medina – April 30, 2019 The English midfielder talked how he was signed by owner Mike Ashley and how he was frustrated after a while with the Magpies.It has been a good start to life as a manager for Barton. Fleetwood Town are 12th in the League One table. And the for the rookie manager, it’s been a learning curve as their form has tailed off in the last few weeks.“Getting the job was a case of timing and opportunity,” Barton said. “Fleetwood were changing managers and wanted to speak with me, and I couldn’t refuse that opportunity.“It has been a bit of a baptism of fire because I didn’t really know much about the level and there were a lot of grounds I hadn’t visited before this season.“But it’s the perfect breeding ground for me and a place where I know I can fulfill my potential.“It’s enough out of the spotlight to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, while also not getting too much praise when you do really get it right.”last_img read more

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State Regulators Consider Reducing Pacific Halibut Quota Next Year

first_imgThe commission is considering dropping the total allowable catch from more than 42 million pounds this year to 31 million pounds for 2018. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp3VmJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp300:00RPd In a report presented to the intergovernmental organization at the commisions meeting in November, the reduction was recommended due to low recruitment rates among young halibut populations over the last decade and increasing pressure on the fish stocks. Regulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast in 2018.center_img The commission is scheduled to meet in January in Portland, Oregon, to make a final decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The International Pacific Halibut Commission is considering adopting a 24 percent reduction to the annual halibut quota for fisheries from Alaska to California.last_img read more

Time Inc Lays Off HelloGiggles Editors

first_img The representative adds that the cuts were strictly on the editorial side, and HelloGiggles will continue to maintain a New York-based sales team. This is a developing story. Was just laid off from the job I moved to NYC for, so if you have any editing / writing leads, please let me know. Please RT. Email in bio. — Sammy Nickalls (@sammynickalls) July 8, 2016 Just laid off from my job with the rest of the NYC office. Any editing or writing ledes, hit me up. In the wake of news, leaked last week, of a potential reorganization looming at Time Inc. that would place further emphasis on social media, video, and events, the layoffs at HelloGiggles are most likely a bid to streamline the brand’s operations by centering them in Los Angeles, rather than an indication that Time Inc. is backtracking on its significant digital investments, which also include xoJane and xoVain, Fansided, Viant, The Drive, and Extra Crispy. — Jessica Wakeman (@JessicaWakeman) July 8, 2016 Co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel in 2011, HelloGiggles was purchased by Time Inc. for as much as $30 million last October amid a string of digital acquisitions by the legacy publisher. The site receives around 16 million unique monthly visitors, most of whom are female and between the ages of 25 and 34.  HelloGiggles, the women’s lifestyle and entertainment site purchased by Time Inc. last year, has laid off several editors in its New York office, according to multiple sources. “There was a small editorial reorganization at HelloGiggles,” a Time Inc. spokesperson tells Folio:. “We’re constantly evaluating the ways we can be more efficient. As an L.A.-headquartered operation, this realignment creates editorial efficiencies for us.” Representatives for Time Inc. wouldn’t provide details on the number of staffers cut, but sources familiar with the situation tell Folio: that all of the brand’s New York-based editors were let go. The HelloGiggles masthead lists 16 editors split between offices in New York and Los Angeles, including several who confirmed their departures on social media.last_img read more

SpaceX expands rideshare missions on Falcon 9

first_img Share your voice Tags 2:57 The SmallSat Rideshare Program will be pre-scheduled, with SpaceX saying it won’t ever be delayed by co-passengers. If a small sateliite company is delayed due to “development or production challenges,” SpaceX will also let them put 100% of their payment toward rebooking a later mission.Pricing goes up to $6 million for up to 300kg of payload mass, with a charge of $20,000 per kg of additional payload mass. Elon Musk shares behind-the-scenes pics as SpaceX Starship aims for orbit SpaceX Falcon 9 launch delayed to replace ‘suspect valve’ NASA puts SpaceX, Boeing ISS flight test dates ‘under review’ “With SpaceX as a launch partner, small satellites can fly on dedicated missions with the world’s leading commercial launch provider at a fraction of traditional costs,” the space company said.The first mission will launch between November 2020 and March 2021, with the subsequent two SmallSat Rideshare Program missions scheduled for the first quarters of 2022 and 2023. Sci-Tech Culture Small sats can use SpaceX’s dedicated, regular Falcon 9 missions for $2.25 million minimum. SpaceX Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expanding its Falcon 9 rideshare missions to target small satellite operators, saying Monday it will have “regularly scheduled, dedicated” missions. The service will start at $2.25 million for 150kg (330 pounds) of payload mass, plus $15,000 for every kilogram above that.The company pioneered the reusable rocket, lending it out for rideshare missions as a faster, less expensive way for companies to get their products into orbit. Now playing: Watch this: Are SpaceX Starlink satellites ruining the night sky? 0 SpaceX on CNET Post a comment Elon Musk SpaceX SpaceX is expanding its launch services to directly address the needs of small satellite operators through regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare missions → https://t.co/jqQxEdt4xp pic.twitter.com/3gzOPxdVkW— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 5, 2019last_img read more

Neyveli Lignite Corporation is now NLC India Limited

first_imgNeyveli Lignite Corporation, a state-owned Indian enterprise based out of Chennai, is now NLC India Limited. The company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday that it got 97.52 percent of the votes polled in support of the special resolution for the name change and for altering its Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.The company had sought approval through postal ballot and e-voting for changing its name. The votes were scrutinised on Wednesday.Neyveli is the name of a town in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. The company, incorporated on Nov. 14, 1956, took its original name from the town and is predominantly engaged in lignite excavation and generating power from it.On March 15, the company informed the BSE of the notice being sent to its shareholders seeking approval for changing the name of the company.”The company has expanded its activities to other parts of the country and also has embarked upon expansion plans to add power generation capacity by foraying into coal and renewable energy sources like wind and solar based power generation. Further the company has also plans to acquire power assets and engage in coal mining besides development of domestic coal block(s) allotted by the government of India.”Since the present activities of the company are no longer restricted to lignite mining and confined to Neyveli region alone as brought out above, approval of members is being sought through postal ballot for the change in the name of the company from Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited to NLC India Limited and consequent alteration in Memorandum and Articles of Association.”On Feb. 23, the company informed the BSE that the union coal ministry conveyed allocation of two coal blocks (Talabira-II & III) in Odisha to NLC to generate power for NLC Tamilnadu Power Limited, Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited and Sirkali Power Project.NLC India posted net profit and revenues of Rs. 47.61 crore and Rs. 1,225.25 crore, respectively for the quarter ending December 2015.The NLC stock closed at Rs. 71.20 on Wednesday on the BSE, up 0.92 percent from its previous close. The government of India holds 90 percent stake in the company.last_img read more

4 Factors Behind Kashmere Highs Expected Passing State Grade

first_img Listen 00:00 /04:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTeachers and administrators at Kashmere High are focused on turning the school around this year and getting off the state’s list of struggling schools.The Texas Education Agency keeps a list of schools that must improve academically or face tough penalties. The school that’s been on that “failing” list the longest: the historically black Kashmere High School in northeast Houston.It hasn’t passed the state’s accountability system for over a decade. But that may change very soon. Before the summer’s over, Kashmere High is expected to finally get a passing grade.That’s despite doubts by many, even its own students, that Kashmere could improve in time, as reading coach Shundra Mosley explained at a community meeting last fall. “She told me, she said, ‘Miss, why did you come here? We bad, miss. Kashmere’s bad. Why did you come here?’” Mosley said, recounting a conversation with a student.“And I had to hold the tears back and I had to swallow a little bit and let her know that Ms. Mosley has been known to turn bad into good but I can’t do that by myself. It takes all of us and what we’ve come here to do. I said all that to say, their confidence is low because of what they’re hearing,” Mosley said.For at least the last two years, Kashmere’s students and teachers have heard that if they don’t improve, their school could be shut down — or the state could take over the entire elected school board of the Houston Independent School District, thanks to a law known as House Bill 1842. At least for Kashmere’s part, that threat appears to be waning. But just like the school’s struggle has been years in the making, so has its turnaround. News 88.7 looked back at four key changes that have helped the school improve.More access to social services: In 2016, Kashmere High opened a new service center with the help of the group, ProUnitas. There students could find a food pantry, mental health services and other support. It’s since evolved to include more wrap-around social services for students at all the schools in the neighborhood. Helping bring in that support: alumni, churches and community leaders, like Keith Downey. “It’s not someone else’s responsibility, it’s all our responsibility,” Downey told News 88.7 last fall.Community Support: Downey helped create a community council four and a half years ago for schools in Kashmere Gardens. He said that there are ongoing social service needs in the community, especially after Harvey hit Kashmere Gardens hard. “A lot of our children are hungry and we want them to pass a test to see where a school lies. But if you’re hungry in the mornings, then can an adult pass the test if they’re hungry in the mornings?”The community council holds regular meetings with principals and social service coordinators to check how they are doing academically and what kind of support they need. Downey said the social services and community support have been critical for Kashmere students.Stable Leadership: Chris Ray graduated from Kashmere High School and now sends his daughter there. He said that within the last 10 years or so, he hasn’t seen a principal who’s lasted long enough to watch a freshmen class graduate as seniors — and that churn in leadership drags down improvement. And Ray noted that it takes time to develop improvement in education: “You take a year to figure out the problem. You take the second year to implement some things to help solve the problem,” Ray told News 88.7 earlier this year. “In the third year, those things that didn’t work, you go back and reinvest more problem solutions. And maybe the fourth year everything turns around.”Ray said that recent principals have brought stability and momentum. In 2015, Nancy Blackwell came out of retirement from the Aldine school district to lead Kashmere High. She made sure all teachers were certified and got others more training. But, as she told News 88.7  in 2017, they missed the state’s grade by just a few points: “Coming close hurts, but coming close doesn’t count,” Blackwell said. Then came Hurricane Harvey, prompting the state to give Kashmere a one-year break from its accountability system. Consistency: Halfway through this past school year, Kashmere’s new principal Reginald Bush gave his prediction: “Consistency, consistency is the big piece.” In his first year, Bush has brought a military-style energy to campus. He’s put tutors in classrooms and encouraged students to join clubs. Along the way, they’ve celebrated small victories in ways students wanted, like fish fries and field trips, turning that doubt into confidence. “I think if we remain consistent, with the momentum that we have, there’s no doubt in our mind that Kashmere will receive distinctions this year,” Bush said.Kashmere High will get its official state letter grade in August when the Texas Education Agency releases them. However, if the school barely passes, the pressure for progress will continue, because Texas will expect more improvement the following year. center_img X Share last_img read more

Mayor Urges for Cannabis Legalization

first_imgConsumers must be at least 21 and have a government I.D. to enter and make purchases in cannabis establishments.Consumers are limited to a daily purchase of no more than one once of cannabis flower per day, five grams of cannabis concentrate, 16 ounces of marijuana infused edibles or 72 ounces of liquid cannabinoid products.Consumers cannot ingest marijuana in public places, including sidewalks, roadways, schools and parks.Consumers will be able to purchase products online for delivery to a residential address.Consumers are prohibited from smoking at any workplaceConsumers will be taxed 17 percent for cannabis at the point of sale.Cannabis vendors would also have more opportunities, but with rules and regulations.-For a six-month period, vendors who already have medical marijuana licenses will be first to receive applications for licenses for off-premise retailers and cultivators.– Vendors will be offered five types of licenses, which will be valid for three years and renewable based on demand.  The license types include: cultivator, manufacturer, distributor, off-premise retailer and testing facility.– 60 percent of ownership and 60 percent of employers must be D.C. residents.– Vendors must solicit feedback from the public and ANC’s during the application process.– A seed to sale tracking system will be created– D.C.’s medical marijuana program will continue– The Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will regulate cannabis sales and be renamed the Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis Administration (ABCA).This change comes on the heels of the District opening up medical marijuana dispensaries to patients who are from most states where it’s legal.Last Thursday, Bowser announced that she is permitting more non-resident, medical-marijuana patients to use their cards for access to purchase and consume their medicine. This ruling allows the District to recognize the cards of residents from 27 states, which is an expansion from previously honoring patients from 19 states.  Safety was at the forefront of this ruling as well.“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “It ensures medical marijuana patients from other states can obtain their needed medicine. It will also promote public safety by allowing visitors to obtain their medicine at one of the District’s six – soon to be seven – authorized dispensaries rather than forcing them to go without or patronizing the illegal market.”The new states recognized include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Vermont. Other states, including: Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma and West Virginia, are under review.Residents with medical cards from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington State are already recognized. By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe pot possession to prison pipeline has historically affected communities of color and become another factor in inequities faced, but now District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Boswer is emphasizing the need for marijuana legalization and law reform with her campaign #SafeCannabisDC.“It’s time to legalize marijuana. For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity,” the mayor wrote on Twitter while promoting a petition for the Safe Cannabis Sales Act.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing for marijuana legalization. (Courtesy Photo)The Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019 builds on Initiative 71, which decriminalized marijuana usage in Washington, D.C., and institutes a legal sales and tax program in order to create a safer environment, while also offering clarity on cannabis usage and products.  In addition, the SAFE Cannabis Sales ACT was also introduced to promote and ensure justice and equity, so that the benefits of a legal sales and tax regime could go towards assisting and boosting, versus historically harming, vulnerable communities. The slogan for #SafeCannabisDC is “Safety, Equity, Clarity.”With #SafeCannabisDC the sales and purchase of marijuana would be tracked and taxed, and comes with rules and limitations building on current cannabis laws.  If passed, the Safe Cannabis Sales Act would offer more latitude in how residents can purchase marijuana- with restrictions of course.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews MARVELS INHUMANS IMAX Preview

first_imgStay on target Is Inhumans good?It’s alright.Just alright?It’s the first two episodes of a standard-budgeted network TV genre show, sort-of spun-off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., being released as an IMAX “special engagement” to promote the launch of the series-proper. This show is based on a subset of Marvel Comics characters generally considered to be too weird/obscure for prime time and widely believed to only be getting this kind of a big league push because Ike Perlmutter thought they could be reworked into an X-Men replacement. In that context? It’s alright, yeah.Okay. So… what’s it all about?Do you watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or regularly follow the fringe regions of the Marvel Comics line?Let’s assume I do not.Groovy. Okay: The Inhumans are this weird set of characters that originated back in the old Fantastic Four comics that were kind of a dry-run for various ideas Stan Lee and/or Jack Kirby would end up expanding upon in later projects like X-Men and especially Kirby’s later 2001, Fourth World and Eternals stuff. Their mythos is VERY convoluted, and they’ve never been particularly popular, but the basic idea is that they’re an alternate strain of the human race who descend from early-humans who were experimented on by The Kree in prehistoric times.Refresh my memory: The Kree are…?The mean blue aliens from Guardians of The Galaxy – Ronan the Accuser’s people. Anyway, Inhumans are born indistinguishable from “normal” humans, but exposure to a rare element called Terrigen (traditionally as part of a reaching-adulthood ceremony) their latent Kree-augmented genes become dominant, and they manifest super-powers and/or extreme physical transformations. Originally, the comics depicted them as a relatively small secret-civilization living in a hidden city where the main characters were the Inhuman Royal Family. But more recent stories introduced the idea that there are actually a lot of Inhumans all over the world who just don’t know their true nature because they haven’t encountered Terrigen yet; which was the narrative mechanism by which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to this series.So this DOES connect to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after all?Yes – though, given how AoS’s fourth season wrapped, no characters from that show actually show up here… at least, not yet. In any case, S.H.I.E.L.D’s second season introduced the idea that Inhumans have been living either in secret or in ignorance (of their true selves) since prehistoric times, and that season’s big climax involved Earth’s water supply becoming contaminated with Terrigen. This causes an “outbreak” of newly-transformed Inhumans to flare up all over the globe. Season 3 revealed that HYDRA was founded as a religious cult worshipping an ancient Inhuman “god” and that some of the old-school Inhumans had left Earth altogether once upon a time. THIS series is about those guys, or rather the Inhuman secret-city they apparently established in secret on the Moon, where the Royal Family familiar from the comics are both in charge and our main protagonists.Okay. So who are these people and what super-power stuff do they do?King Black Bolt (his power is a voice so loud that even a whisper is like a bomb going off), Queen Medusa (living hair, like in Disney’s Tangled), Princess Crystal (Medusa’s little sister, does elemental science-magic), Gorgon (really strong, has hooves), Karnak (kung-fu guy, sees the future), Triton (fish-man), and Lockjaw a gigantic but friendly bulldog with teleporting powers that they use to get around.That’s… wow. Okay, who are the bad guys and what’s the conflict?Black Bolt has been covertly sanctioning attempts to rescue newly-transformed (because of the stuff from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Inhumans from Earth and bring them to Attilan (the Moon city.) This angers BB’s scheming, jealous younger brother Maximus; who thinks Attilan can’t support much more of a population and thinks their civilization should return to Earth and take over the planet. Also, he had a crush on Medusa before she hooked up with his brother and he’s still kind of sore about that, plus he has a massive inferiority complex about not having powers of his own.So Maximus isn’t Inhuman?It’s… complicated. Apparently, not all Inhumans get powers after going through “Terrigenesis” – and some that do get kind of crummy, minor powers. These less-lucky Inhumans make up an impoverished underclass in Attilan’s genetic caste-system, and part of Maximus’ desire (or what he claims is his desire) to take the Inhumans back to Earth is that abundant room and resources will render the caste-system redundant. Hence why the main thrust of these two episodes (once introductions are out of the way) is him initiating a military coup that puts him on the throne, Crystal and Lockjaw under house arrest and Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Triton, and Karnak fleeing to Earth (specifically Hawaii.)Why am I not supposed to root for Maximus? Seems like he’s got a pretty good point!They cast the guy who played Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, so… we’re kind of already meant to “guess” that there are darker motives waiting to be revealed. But, yeah – one of the reasons that this franchise is hard to work with is that there’s a weird quasi-eugenicist “blood purity” undercurrent to the backstory that’s kind of tough to mitigate without blowing up the whole mythos. Presumably, the show making it so central to the main conflict means they’ll be tackling these questions directly; but right now that’s a big maybe.So what CAN we tell about it, based on these two episodes?The whole enterprise is incredibly silly – turns out I jumped the gun in declaring Defenders the cheesiest thing Marvel has ever done. When you combine the inherent absurdity of the premise and characters with the way outside their budget scope and character concepts, what you end up with is, effectively, a late-90s Nickelodeon genre series but with middle-aged adults instead of teenagers. At least some of that is owed to the chintzy minimalist production design, which would probably look pretty cool if they bothered to photograph it with any kind of flair beyond basic network drama point-and-shoot setups. I’m sure they spent what is for ABC a lot of money on this, but they really could’ve stood to spend some more of it.Oof. What are the good parts?In a way, super-cheesy might have been the ONLY place you can go when your main characters’ primary mode of travel is “teleporting giant dog” and whose leader never speaks because his power is super-shouting. It’s probably a foregone conclusion that Lockjaw will end up being the “big thing” everyone likes (because dog), but – honestly, so far the standout actually seems to be Anson Mount as Black Bolt. Mount has a really rough, “hard-edged” tough guy look happening; so it’s kind of a riot to see him playing this guy whose alternately arrogant and “kingly” but also wounded, self-conscious and who can only communicate through sign language, gesture, and facial expressions. This has to be a weird role to figure out, and he’s doing something really interesting with it so far. Also, his relationship with Serinda Swan as Medusa feels pretty genuine and worth investing in – they’ve got real chemistry, and she holds her own despite having easily the MCU’s silliest looking super-power. The other characters, though, are all carrying invisible “I’ll be interesting later in the season” signs.So what’s the verdict?It’s a big mixed bag and almost certainly not the “royal intrigue epic” core fans of the comics were hoping for, but as network sci-fi shows go it has potential. Despite the budget kneecapping a lot of the broader weirdness, it’s still bizarre enough just on its face to stand out among other genre shows, and despite the connections, it feels decently different enough from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other MCU material. It’s a very silly show executed in a cheesy, schlocky way; but there’s room for it to (maybe) grow into the right kind of cheesy.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img read more

Sony lists hundreds of PlayStation games releasing in 2015

first_imgEven as the PlayStation 4 left its competitors in the dust for most on 2014, many still felt its lineup of exclusive games wasn’t as strong as it could have been. Sure, it got a lot of indie love with games like Octodad and Transistor, but those showed up on PC as well. As far as big, PS4-only experiences last year, Infamous: Second Son was your best bet, and that came out in February. Sorry Driveclub. However, with sales in their favor, Sony wants to further its lead in 2015, and has announced the games it hopes will do just that.On the exclusive AAA front, gothic third-person shooter The Order: 1886 is out in just a week from now while Dark Soul’s spiritual successor Bloodborne will once again test players’ masochism next month. From there it’s a lot of updates of last-gen games including Borderlands and Devil May Cry along with multi-platform titles such as Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and the already released Dying Light.Once we reach the holidays, though, the prospects get a little more exciting. Although they don’t have solid confirmed release dates yet, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and a new Star Wars: Battlefront are all still scheduled for 2015.One of Sony’s smartest recent moves has been to continue courting the independent developers that prop up the industry between blockbuster releases. 2015 should be no different as games like Hyper Light Drifter, Shovel Knight, Nuclear Throne, and Apotheon land on PS4. And who can forget that PS4 is the only console players will get the ludicrously hyped, procedurally generated, sci-fi exploration adventure No Man’s Sky sometime this year.The PlayStation 4 isn’t Sony’s only video game hardware though, even if it definitely is the focus. 2015 won’t leave PS3 and PS Vita owners completely in the cold. Cross-generation games like MLB 15: The Show, Battlefield Hardline, and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will come out on both home consoles while tons of smaller games like Broken Age, Broforce, Axion Verge, and Shantae: Half-Genie can be swapped between PS Vita and PS4.You can check out the full list on Yahoo!, but since it’s so early in the year plenty of this information can and will change. Expect more concrete info at E3 this summer. After all, what good is a game console, even one as slick as the PS4, without any games to get excited about?last_img read more

Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts

first_img Friday, October 19, 2018 Share Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts MONTREAL — It’s official: Transat is now Travelife Certified.This marks the first time that a major international tour operator has been awarded the international certification for its full range of activities.To hold and maintain Travelife Certified status, Transat must comply with more than 200 criteria covering its workplace practices, product range, business partners and customers. Travelife certification is accredited by the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and also complies with the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility Standard, which puts forward guidelines on environment, human rights and labour relations.“Twelve years ago, we began a structured approach aimed at becoming a model of sustainable tourism,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “In the process, we strengthened our environmental management and our social engagement, including toward children, trained our teams on the importance of sustainable development, retooled our operations to better address customers’ concerns, and urged our partners to implement sustainability practices. We are very proud to receive the Travelife Certified attestation, recognizing best practices in responsible tourism across all of our tour operator and travel agency activities, which were painstakingly reviewed to secure certification.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedMélanie Joly, Minister of tourism, Official Language and La Francophonie, added: “The tourism industry is growing in Canada and around the world, and we want to make sure Canadians benefit from that. We applaud Transat’s leadership in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by the company receiving certification that recognizes its commitment to the environment, communities and sustainable tourism development.”Transat has been committed to sustainable development since 2006, with multiple initiatives in environmental stewardship and heritage protection, which are described on resp.transat.com. It has also established policies recognizing sustainability certifications by its hotelier partners, adopted a code of conduct for tourism service providers, and created volunteering and humanitarian leave programs for its employees.In conjunction with the award, Transat is now following a new Action Plan (2018-2020) aimed at raising awareness among employees and customers of sustainable development and responsible tourism practices. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   “Before we get started, I do want to say a few things. No. 1, I just want to congratulate you and everyone at the station. As a father of four young children, the work that you guys did for P.C.H. and all the things that they do, I truly admire not only the work that you guys did, but all the hard work that everybody at P.C.H. does to keep our children healthy. And again, congratulations.”What stood out, positive or negative, in the Chargers game?“I think that defensively we did some good things and there were certain players that are flying around and making plays. Offensively, just didn’t seem to be able to get in a rhythm, particularly early on with our first unit. There were some guys who stood out, individually, but as a whole I think Coach Arians said it best after the game, is we need to pick up our level of urgency and there’s no doubt even though we internally feel like we have a very good football team, we can’t just go out there when the season starts and turn the switch on. We have to continue improve in practice every day, continue to use our urgency and play at a high tempo. And again, we can’t sleep walk through the preseason. I think it’s a great lesson for our players that we need to up the ante a little bit and put some good stuff on tape so that not only we feel good internally about our team moving forward, but really just to play in sync offensively and to be able to all get on the same page. Now, that being said, it’s nice as we’re starting to get back into the flow of things, talking to our trainer Tom Reed yesterday, there could be a chance that only one or two players out of our 90-man roster don’t play this week, so that’s great news to be able to get some of the guys like Tyrann (Mathieu) and Justin Bethel and Robert Nkemdiche back on the field again.” The Arizona Cardinals lost for the second time this preseason, this time to the San Diego Chargers on the road by a score of 19-3.The game was about as ugly for the Cardinals as the score would indicate, and afterwards head coach Bruce Arians talked about how “pissed” he was about the performance.As he will every Monday throughout the season, general manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, and took a look back at the Chargers game as well as gave some insight into where the team is at halfway through its preseason slate. Your browser does not support the audio element. Cardinals GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians watch during a practice in San Diego. Aug. 17. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What comes to mind when you think about Brandon Williams?“A competitor. A young man who is resilient from a standpoint, we all knew there was going to be some bumps in the road where he’s going to have to continue to work on playing off-man coverage, work with his eyes, all those different things. But when I watch him and he gets beat in practice or in a game, you don’t see him pound the ground with his hand; hey, he doesn’t have the ‘woe is me’ attitude. He jumps back in there and lines up and is ready to go again. But there’s no doubt there’s little areas of his game where he’s got to continue to grow and develop. Like D.J. Humphries, I think he played better in this game than he played in the first game. As we talked about last week, he’s just got to get out there and continue to play and get more snaps. When you have guys like Justin Bethel returning and you have some different things happening for you defensively, whether it’s adding guys up front, where the pass rush continues to improve. It’s going to certainly help Brandon’s transition.”Are the bumps in Brandon Williams’ road the size you thought they’d be? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager What do you want to see from the team this week?“I think this week, more than anything, because of the way we played in the first couple preseason games, just to be in sync on offense, to play in rhythm, to iron out some of the issues we had in the red zone. More than anything, too, is to eliminate the turnovers. I don’t think there’s any secret in the first couple preseason games, the interceptions certainly has to be minimized. And I don’t think that any of our quarterbacks played particularly well this past week.” – / 21 “Quite frankly, I thought it would have been a little worse. Some of the stuff he does naturally you just can’t coach. When you have a guy that has that kind of length and movement skills and natural competitiveness. So, he’s a little further along, actually, than I anticipated. But there’s no doubt that we expected that there’s going to be things he had to work on, particularly, again, the off-man stuff when people motion to him or run bunch routes. He’s going to have to continue to get better with his eyes and anticipation. But again, you can’t coach size, speed and physicality. Those are things that a guy just naturally has to have, and Brandon has those tools.”What are the chances we see Robert Nkemdiche Sunday against the Texans?“I think there’s a good chance. He’s a guy that sustained that injury, and it could have been much worse. But a guy like him, when you see his body type, I think it’s tough to hurt Robert. And he has worked his butt off in the rehabilitation process, which has been good to see, knowing that he’s committed, that he’s willing to do all the work to get better. I talked to him at length yesterday, and he’s really excited to get back out there. He’s certainly one of the guys in the preseason, and I think all of us would agree, we couldn’t wait to see him on the field and contributing. But I think there’s a good chance that we’ll see him on Sunday. Not sure if it will be one of those things where he’ll just play a small role because of the injury, but he’s been working hard with our training staff and again, I can’t wait to see him out there contributing.” So you’re not one of those guys who is concerned about the offense?“No, because I know what kind of firepower we have, I know the quarterback that’s going to be running our offense, and I know the guy that’s going to be calling the plays, so I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our offense. Yet at the same time, we haven’t looked in sync in these preseason games. John Brown hasn’t played, Larry (Fitzgerald) hasn’t played — so there’s some things that, we can all make excuses but I’m not the type of guy that’s going to do that — I think it’s one of those things that people have to step up and make plays. There were some good things that I saw on tape — D.J. (Humphries) gave a pressure on the first snap, but aside from that I thought he did good things. And he certainly played better Week 2 than he did Week 1. Evan Mathis I thought had a good game and did some good things as a veteran and a steady pro, he put some good stuff on tape. And then the left side of the line certainly gives me confidence. Mike (Iupati) is playing physical and Jared Veldheer has been very consistent this preseason.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So when you watch the tape, you are OK with your offensive line play?“Yeah, for the most part. The two young kids, Evan Boehm and Cole Toner, continue to do good things and are steadily improving. Those are guys that I don’t see the physical part of the game being an issue, but as we all know, rookies mentally have to grow. And both of those guys are steadily getting better, and again, I think that they’ve put some good stuff on tape to at least give us some confidence that they’re going to continue to grow and get better as they develop.”From your perspective, how successful were the joint practices with the Chargers?“It was great to see us going against another team, to get to know their personnel and have good understanding of what their needs are, kind of some of the areas where we may need to improve. And then the relationships — Mike McCoy is a great guy and a good friend of ours; Tom Telesco. I think the fact that we all had a mutual respect for each other, kept the practices clean and it was just good work for our players to be able to compete against their guys. To have a better understanding of what kind of player Keenan Allen is, who is a guy that really impressed me. And some of the other players that I saw out there — Jason Verrett’s a very good player — it kind of helps not only you, but it helps your scouts see guys up close and personal. And again, we’re always trying to have an advantage in the scouting side of it, whether it’s seeing a guy like Jason Verrett who has great skills. Maybe not the tallest corner in the world, but as we go out to the colleges now, we understand what we’re looking at and can continue to grow as evaluators.” How do you feel about the idea of hosting a joint practice?“I love it. Training camp can be monotonous, as you know, and to be able to work with other teams, again, it creates a lively atmosphere and then the competitive juices start flowing. So I think it gets the most out of our players.”Are you still talking about possible trades with the Chargers?“We continue to have conversations. A lot of times, early in the process, people don’t pull the trigger. Generally, those kind of conversations heat up towards the end of cuts. But we’ll continue to talk to the Chargers and other teams about any possible moves.”You were quoted as lamenting not drafting Russell Wilson; how often do you evaluate yourself?“Every year. And that’s the learning lesson that we try to continue to convey to our scouts, is humility and to be able to go back, self-evaluate, and understand why you missed on particular players. Russell Wilson is a great learning lesson for all of us. He didn’t have the necessary height and length that you would check off the box that he was the perfect fit for the NFL, and there weren’t a lot of comps for him at the time. But, listen, I have a great deal of respect for John Schneider and the job he does in Seattle, and the fact that he made the comment that aside from height, what does Russell Wilson lack, and again, that’s a lesson for all of us that there are players out there. Tyrann Mathieu is a perfect example; Ty doesn’t have all the natural tools, maybe, that you look for in terms of size and length and that sort of thing, but he makes up for it with compensating ability: with instincts, with unusual ball skills, and the ability to play with his eyes in the slot, and the different things he does from a versatility standpoint. There are players out there that don’t always go in the first round that teach us, as evaluators, moving on through the process, what are compensating abilities and how can they overcome certain factors that they lack. I think as an evaluator, you have to continue to challenge yourself on why and where you missed.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more