Real Madrid will not play La Liga matches in US, says Florentino Perez

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez said that Real Madrid will not play a competitive regular-season La Liga match in the United States as it doesn’t benefit anyone.The Spanish league announced last month that it was planning to hold a match in January between Barcelona and Girona in Miami but that has faced stiff opposition from the football players’ union. The union said on Saturday that the players are even ready to go on strike over the issue.”We are not going to the United States. I’m not sure who it would benefit, neither the clubs nor the fans. We flatly deny it,” Perez asserted.Perez also asked the fans to be humble despite Real’s recent success. For the first time in years, Real are without star coach Zinedine Zidane and mercurial forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles.”We must avoid falling into the error of a disproportionate demand, and not get to thinking that the wins come easily,” Perez said in a speech at the club’s general assembly meeting.”In sport, we have to know how to win and how to lose, so in this historic cycle, we can’t think we’re entitled to always win everything. We must value what we are achieving,” he added.Perez also gave a grateful tribute during the assembly to Ronaldo, who left for Serie A side Juventus over the summer, and Zidane, who retired after the 2017/2018 season.”(Ronaldo’s) career will be told from generation to generation. It’s an example for all those who wear our jerseys and those who have the dream of doing it one day. Thank you very much Cristiano,” he said.advertisement”Zidane is one of our great legends, and is part of the history of Real Madrid. He knows this is his home forever, as does Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Heartbroken but happy: Mayank Agarwal’s coach reacts after India opener misses ton at SCG

first_imgIndia opening batsman Mayank Agarwal’s coach, Irfan Sait is heartbroken that his ward missed out on a century for the second time in the ongoing Test series in Australia, but is happy that he is cementing his place in the team.”I am heartbroken at his dismissal, but I a happy Mayank has almost cemented his place in the team. Look at his consistency. He has now two half half-centuries and a good 42 in the three innings he had played so far Down Under,” Sait told the Press Trust of India.Mayank Agarwal was out after scoring 77 runs as he tried to hit one six too many off Nathan Lyon to be holed out to Mitchell Starc at long on.”Once again making an ambitious attempt to repeat a six! I hope he learns from this and eschew such shots in the innings to follow. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching every single ball he played,” Sait said.Asked if Agarwal would make way for Prithvi Shaw once the Mumbai youngster returns from injury, Sait said openers who fail to perform should be dropped.Shaw had to return home after suffering an ankle injury while trying to complete a catch on the boundary during India’s four-day match prior to the Test series.Agarwal had scored 76 runs in first innings of his debut Test in Melbourne, which helped the Indian middle order to consolidate and put up a huge total of 443 for seven. In the second innings, he top-scored with 42 runs, which proved crucial in India clinching the Melbourne Test.advertisementAlso Read | Pujara, Agarwal help India bully Australia on opening dayAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso Read | KL Rahul hits the nets at SCG moments after getting out cheaplyAlso See:last_img read more

Nebraska Football Has Big Weekend For Recruiting Visits Coming Up

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)After finishing its season at 4-8, Nebraska football missed out on a bowl by two games. Scott Frost’s staff is looking to take advantage of the situation on the recruiting trail.Huskers coaches are going to be all over the place over the next few weeks. From the Omaha World-Herald:“Ryan Held plans to hit at least five states the first week. Greg Austin doesn’t think he’ll need to leave the country, but his passport is handy just in case. Barrett Ruud knows he won’t see his wife much in the next couple of weeks.Ask any Nebraska coach where they’ll be the next three weeks and they laugh. Everywhere, hopefully, as they aim to close the 2019 class and continue to search for difference-making talent wherever it might be.”Nebraska’s class currently features 21 players, and ranks No. 22 in the country. The staff isn’t done yet, either.This weekend, the focus will be in Lincoln, with a number of big Nebraska football recruits coming to town.Three-star defensive end Jamin Graham out of Alabama recently hosted Frost. Now, the Nebraska staff will return the favor.He is the headliner of the visits this weekend. From 247Sports:The Alabama defensive end or outside linebacker is coming up to Lincoln just days after hosting the Nebraska head coach. Graham wants to see Lincoln and get a feel for the community, the football program and the coaching staff.Nebraska likes Graham because he’s an athletic outside linebacker with good upside and he’s got very unique measurables. The defender is considering Nebraska, along with Southern Miss, where he’ll visit next week and he’s been hearing regularly from Ole Miss and Virginia as well. It’s not a given that Graham decides to commit and sign in December at this time.Junior college defensive back Tony Wallace, a former Nebraska recruit out of high school until he signed with Arizona, is back involved with the Huskers as well. After Rich Rodriguez’s dismissal, he opted to head to community college.The team will also bring a number of current commits back to campus, which can definitely help solidify their decisions heading into the Early Signing Period, which begins on December 19, and help recruit the uncommitted players coming to campus.[247Sports]last_img read more

Learn to Make Your Own Jerusalem Hummus With Michael Solomonov

first_imgBuying hummus is easy when you have to go to a party and bring an app, but if you didn’t know, it’s just as easy to make it yourself. In fact, not only is it easy to make, but you get bonus points with anyone you’re trying to impress that you can make such a delicious, shareable dish.Another thing you might not know is that in some places — such as Israel — hummus is typically served with spiced ground beef and eaten as a meal. We’re fans of this method — who hasn’t thought about just taking a bowl of hummus and simply using a spoon from time to time? And the addition of beef? No question about the deliciousness of what’s about to happen.This hummus — Jerusalem hummus — is what we’re talking about here. By the end of this piece, you’re going to know how to make Jerusalem hummus so that the next time you need to go somewhere and bring a dish or you just want a bowl of the stuff for a hearty meal, you’ll be prepared.To ensure you are prepared, we spoke with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov, who is the owner of Zahav in Philadelphia. In addition to the restaurant, Solomonov has also authored the award-winning cookbook, Zahav, which brings modern Israeli cuisine into the home, and the upcoming book Israeli Soul, which can be pre-ordered here.Below, you can find Solomonov’s recipe for Jerusalem hummus. Jerusalem HummusMichael PersicoJerusalem Hummus typically refers to hummus that is garnished with hot, spiced ground beef, often with the addition of pine nuts. The appeal of this dish is obvious, with the hot beef fat exerting a “bad” influence on the normally wholesome hummus. To my knowledge, the name isn’t geographically precise, but eating a bowl of it on a winter’s night in Jerusalem is one of the best things ever. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally until it begins to soften, 5 to 8 minutes. Add 1 pound ground beef, 2 slivered garlic cloves, and 2 tablespoons pine nuts. Cook, stirring, until the beef is browned about 10 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon baharat (see below) and season with salt. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve over 1 recipe Hummus Tehina (recipe follows). Baharat (the word is Arabic for spices) most commonly refers to a Middle Eastern spice blend of warm flavors that I think of as Turkish pumpkin pie spice. It has all the usual suspects, such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, but with hints of cardamom, coriander, and cumin that lend an exotic quality. Baharat is available at good spice shops or Middle Eastern markets.Hummus Tehina(Makes 3.5 cups)By now, you will not be surprised to learn that the secret to great Israeli-style hummus is an obscene amount of tehina [aka tahini], as much as half of the recipe by weight, so it’s especially important to use the best quality you can find. Unlike Greek-style hummus, which is heavy on garlic and lemon, Israeli hummus is about the marriage of chickpeas and tehina. In fact, with the exception of a dash of cumin, there are no other ingredients. The only lemon and garlic involved have been used in my Basic Tehina Sauce. There are countless variations of hummus, but I’m not talking about black bean, white bean, or edamame hummus. Those might be perfectly nice dips, but since hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas, that’s what we use. The variations are condiments spooned into the center of a bowl of pure hummus. My favorite, and by far the most popular, is a plate of tehina-rich hummus garnished with — you guessed it — more tehina. Remember to leave time for dried chickpeas peas to soak overnight.Ingredients:1 cup dried chickpeas2 tsp baking soda5 cups Basic Tehina Sauce (recipe follows), plus a bit more for the optional topping1 tsp salt.25 tsp ground cuminPaprika, for garnishChopped fresh parsley, for garnishOlive oil, for drizzlingMethod:Place the chickpeas in a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the baking soda and cover with plenty of water. (The chickpeas will double in volume, so use more water than you think you need.) Soak the chickpeas overnight at room temperature. The next day, drain the chickpeas and rinse under cold water.Place the chickpeas in a large pot with the remaining 1 teaspoon baking soda and add enough cold water to cover by at least 4 inches. Bring the chickpeas to a boil over high heat, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface. Lower the heat to medium, cover the pot with a lid, and continue to simmer for about an hour, until the chickpeas are fully cooked and completely tender. Then simmer them a little more. (The secret to creamy hummus is overcooked chickpeas; don’t worry if they are mushy and falling apart a little.) Drain.Combine the chickpeas, tehina sauce, salt, and cumin in a food processor. Puree the hummus for several minutes until it is smooth and uber-creamy. Then puree it some more! To serve, spread the hummus in a shallow bowl, dust with paprika, top with parsley, more tehina sauce if you like, and drizzle generously with olive oil.Basic Tehina Sauce(Makes about 4 cups)This simple sauce is one of my basic building blocks and is so versatile that once you master it, there are a million things you can do with it. The important step here is to allow the garlic and lemon juice to hang out for 10 minutes after blending but before adding the jarred tehina. This step helps stabilize the garlic and prevents it from fermenting and turning sour and aggressive, which is the problem with a lot of tehina sauces (and therefore the hummus made from them).Because you’re making an emulsion (oil-based tehina incorporated into water and lemon juice), the tehina sauce can sometimes separate or seize up. Don’t panic! Keep a glass of ice water nearby and add a few tablespoons at a time to the lemon juice–tehina mixture while you’re whisking, until your creamy emulsion returns.Ingredients:1 head garlic.75 cup lemon juice (from 3–5 lemons)Salt2 generous cups tehina.5 tsp ground cuminMethod:Break up the head of garlic with your hands, letting the unpeeled cloves fall into a blender. Add the lemon juice and .5 teaspoon of the salt. Blend on high for a few seconds until you have a coarse puree. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to let the garlic mellow.Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large mixing bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Add the tehina to the strained lemon juice in the bowl, along with the cumin and 1 teaspoon of the salt.Whisk the mixture together until smooth (or use a food processor), adding ice water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin it out. The sauce will lighten in color as you whisk. When the tehina seizes up or tightens, keep adding ice water, bit by bit (about 1.5 cups in total), whisking energetically until you have a perfectly smooth, creamy, thick sauce.Taste and add up to 1.5 teaspoons more salt and cumin if you like. If you’re not using the sauce immediately, whisk in a few extra tablespoons of ice water to loosen it before refrigerating. The tehina sauce will keep a week refrigerated, or it can be frozen for up to a month.JERUSALEM HUMMUS is excerpted from ZAHAV © 2015 by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook. Photography © 2015 by Michael Persico. Used by permission of Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish last_img read more

Afghan Prez seeks clarification after Trumps war comments

first_imgKabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday the US should clarify remarks President Donald Trump made about Afghanistan, including a claim he could easily win the war but didn’t “want to kill 10 million people”. Trump had made several controversial statements a day earlier alongside Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, including that he had plans that would ensure a speedy end to the Afghan conflict, but which would wipe the country “off the face of the Earth”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHis comments sparked outrage in Afghanistan, where the war-weary and traumatised population is already worried about a precipitous pull-out of US forces and whether that means a quick return to Taliban rule and civil war. Afghanistan “would be gone. It would be over in literally, in 10 days”, Trump said, adding, “I don’t want to go that route”, and that he didn’t want to kill millions. Trump’s statements came as his peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, travelled to Kabul ahead of a new round of peace talks with the Taliban. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe insurgents — who now control or influence about half of Afghanistan’s territory — have been talking to Washington about a possible deal that would see foreign military forces quit in return for various security guarantees. “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls for clarification on the US president’s statements expressed at a meeting with the Pakistan prime minister, via diplomatic means and channels,” Ghani’s office said in a statement. Trump also said Pakistan would help the US “extricate” itself from Afghanistan, adding there was “tremendous potential” in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad. Afghanistan has long blamed Pakistan for fuelling the Afghan conflict and for supporting the Taliban — which Islamabad denies — and Ghani is furious about being continually sidelined by the US in ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. Pakistan’s influence over the Taliban, who have waged an insurgency since they were ousted by US-led forces in 2001, is seen as key in facilitating a political settlement with Ghani’s government. “While the Afghan government supports the US efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan, the government underscores that foreign heads of state cannot determine Afghanistan’s fate in absence of the Afghan leadership,” Ghani’s office said. Everyday Afghans took to social media to vent after Trump’s comments. “I feel shocked, threatened and humiliated. We trusted Americans to help us in the war against terror, and now President Trump is threatening us with genocide,” Facebook user Mohd Farhad wrote. “I cannot believe he said it. I know it is him but I’m still in shock,” Nadene Ghouri, another Facebook user, wrote. Trump’s envoy Khalilzad meanwhile arrived in Kabul on Tuesday ahead of a trip to Qatari capital Doha for what will be the eighth round of direct talks he’s held with the Taliban.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, June 14———GUNMAN WOUNDS U.S. LAWMAKER, THEN KILLED BY POLICE: A Republican-hating gunman who had spewed rage upon U.S. President Donald Trump and his party opened fire on a group of U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, causing a range of injuries in what appeared to be a politically motivated shooting. A senior Republican lawmaker was in critical condition. Steve Scalise is the third-ranking House Republican and the hospital treating him tweeted that his status was more precarious than described earlier by colleagues: “(Representative) Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition.” The scene of terror unfolded on a suburban baseball field. Standing along the third-base line, shooter James Hodgkinson sprayed gunfire at a group of congressional Republicans who were practising for their annual baseball game against Democrats. The multi-minute mayhem ended with five injured and one dead: the shooter. A more severe bloodbath was averted because Capitol Hill police were there to return gunfire, holding back the assailant, according to one politician there.———DON’T STAY OVERLY DELAYED TRIALS, SENATORS SAY: The Liberal government needs to establish a different consequence for cases that take too long to make their way through the courts to prevent those accused of sexual assault or murder from walking free without a trial, a Senate committee says. The Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Jordan decision last summer set out a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed to the point where it has violated an accused’s charter rights. The high court cited a “culture of complacency” as part of the problem, and imposed a ceiling of 30 months for a case to make its way through superior courts, and 18 months for provincial courts. Wednesday’s new Senate committee report points out that a stay of proceedings is currently the only remedy for a trial that goes on too long, and recommends reduced sentences or the awarding of costs as other solutions. The Supreme Court ruling came with a transitional measure for cases already in the system, although a dissenting minority opinion argued the new time limits could lead to thousands of prosecutions being tossed out.———DEATH TOLL RISES TO 12 IN LONDON APARTMENT BUILDING INFERNO: They banged on windows, screamed for help and dropped children from smoky floors in a desperate attempt to save them. Terrified residents of the Grenfell Tower said there was little warning of the inferno that engulfed their highrise apartment building and left 12 people dead — a toll that officials said would almost certainly rise. The blaze early Wednesday in the 24-storey building in west London’s North Kensington district also injured 74 others, 18 of them critically, and left an unknown number missing. A tenants’ group had complained for years about the risk of a fire. More than 200 firefighters worked through the night and were still finding pockets of fire inside later in the day. A huge plume of smoke wafted across the London skyline and left a burned-out hulk in the working class, multi-ethnic neighbourhood. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said she was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life” in the fire. Mayor Sadiq Khan said many questions must be answered about safety for the scores of other apartment blocks around the British capital.———SAN FRANCISCO UPS SHOOTING LEAVES 4 DEAD, INCLUDING GUNMAN: A UPS employee opened fire at a San Francisco package delivery facility on Wednesday, killing three employees and then himself as officers closed in, police and the company said. San Francisco assistant police chief Toney Chaplin said at a news conference that two others were wounded in the shooting that prompted a massive police response in an industrial neighbourhood near downtown. Police have not determined a motive. Chaplin said that the shooter was armed with an assault pistol and put the weapon to his head and pulled the trigger when police found him. A UPS statement said the shooter and all the victims were employees. Spokesman Steve Gaut told The Associated Press that the gunman opened fire inside the facility before the drivers were sent out for their daily deliveries. Neighbours said they heard up to eight rapid gunshots.———LARGE WAVE ROLLED WHALE-WATCHING VESSEL, TSB REPORT SAYS: The Transportation Safety Board says a large, breaking wave hit a whale-watching vessel off British Columbia’s coast in October 2015, overturning the boat and dumping passengers and crew into the water. The board makes three recommendations after the fatal capsizing, including that all commercial passenger vessels operating beyond sheltered waters carry emergency radio beacons that indicate their positions. Six people, five Britons and one Australian, died in the capsizing and 21 others were rescued on Oct. 25, 2015, near the resort community of Tofino. The board also recommends that passenger vessels across Canada adopt risk-management processes that identify hazards, such as areas known to have large, breaking waves. The report says search and rescue authorities were not aware of the capsizing for 45 minutes because the crew didn’t have time to transmit a distress call and it was only by chance that they were able to activate a flare, alerting rescuers nearby. In the days after the capsizing, the board said many passengers were standing on the top deck on one side of the ship when a large wave hit the opposite side, rolling the boat and sending the passengers and crew into the water.———HALL OF FAME CFL COACH MATTHEWS DIES AT AGE 77: They called him “The Don,” and with good reason. A larger-than-life character with a sharp wit who thrived in the spotlight, Don Matthews took wicked pleasure in keeping people around him on edge with his abrasive, no-nonsense style. The Hall of Famer, who died Wednesday at the age of 77, was one of the most prolific coaches in CFL history with 231 wins and 10 Grey Cups on his resume. Players traditionally loved suiting up for him because of his reputation for creating a winning atmosphere and protecting his athletes. While known for being a “player’s coach,” he could also be ruthless when it came to making tough personnel decisions and he wasn’t afraid to bench a veteran or cut him outright if he wasn’t producing. “It’s that balance and to do that you must be brilliant,” said running back/slotback Mike (Pinball) Clemons, who won two Grey Cups over three seasons playing for Matthews in Toronto. “Some people try to be a player’s coach but they let it go too far and the players run the roost.”———LA LOCHE SHOOTING WISHED HIS KILLED HIMSELF, HEARING TOLD: A teenager who killed four people and injured seven in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche told a case worker that he wished he had killed himself. Christopher Hales told the teen’s sentencing hearing Wednesday that the youth also told him that he got “an extreme scary rush” after pulling the trigger. Hales works at the youth detention centre where the teen has been held since shortly after the January 2016 shooting. Hales told court that the teen slipped a note under the door of his room that said “F–k life” and showed a picture of a stick figure shooting itself in the head. Hales said the teen told him: “I should have shot myself when I had the chance.” The teen pleaded guilty last fall to killing brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine in a home before shooting up the high school where teacher Adam Wood and teacher’s aide Marie Janvier died. The sentencing hearing is to determine if he should be sentenced as an adult or a youth.———MP SAYS RCMP SHOULD HANDLE THUNDER BAY, ONT., DEATHS: Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus wants Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ask the Mounties to investigate the deaths of two indigenous young people in Thunder Bay, Ont. In a letter to the minister, Angus says First Nations leaders have also asked the RCMP to intervene in the investigations. The body of a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were found less than two weeks apart in local waterways. On Tuesday, Goodale said municipal policing falls within Ontario’s jurisdiction, adding Ottawa would “respond constructively” if local authorities were to express the need for federal support. Indigenous leaders say children are dying in urban centres like Thunder Bay because they are placed at risk, far from their families, in order to seek education and health care services not offered in remote communities. Last year, an Ontario inquest explored the circumstances surrounding the deaths of seven First Nations high school students that occurred between 2000 and 2011 — all while they were living in Thunder Bay.———SPA’S ‘NO MALE GENITALS’ RULE IGNITES TRANSGENDER DEBATE: Controversy over a female-only spa’s “no male genitals” policy has reignited debate over the rights of transgender people to access traditionally gender-exclusive spaces, even as the federal government pushes stronger protections prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. The uproar over Toronto’s Body Blitz Spa prompted a flurry of complaints on social media, with longtime regular Shelley Marshall among those vowing to boycott the luxurious retreat. Marshall says she tried to bring her transgender friend to the spa last year but was told she would only be welcome at the bathing suit-optional facility if she had undergone sex reassignment surgery. On Wednesday, “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany added her voice to the protest, tweeting that until the spa “changes its policies and is an inclusive space for all women, I’ll no longer be going.” Body Blitz refused to comment on the issue, but released a statement insisting it supports the LGBTQ community. “However, because Body Blitz Spa is a single-sex facility with full nudity, we are not like other facilities. We recognize that this is an important discussion for single-sex facilities to have and we will seek to find a satisfactory resolution,” reads the statement.———TREATY 7 CHIEFS TO LEAD STAMPEDE PARADE: The Calgary Stampede will have not one but seven parade marshals this year. Chiefs of the Treaty 7 First Nations in southern Alberta have been chosen to ride at the head of the parade on July 7. They include three chiefs from the Blackfoot Confederacy, three from the Stoney Nakoda Nations and the chief of the Tsuut’ina Nation. Some 1,800 First Nations people took part in the first Calgary Stampede 105 years ago, president and chairman David Sibbald said Wednesday. “We have had a strong relationship since the beginning of this great festival and we would like to build on that relationship going forward, making our connection even stronger,” he said. Chief Darcy Dixon with the Bearspaw First Nation west of Calgary said the organizer of the first Stampede made a point of making sure indigenous people were able to participate. “It wasn’t until 1912 that we had a person by the name of Guy Weadick who actually went to bat for the nations to talk to the politicians, so that the Indian agents would allow us to travel freely into our own country from the reservations we were put on,” he said.last_img read more

Nicer than most houses 200K luxury playhouses a thriving business

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Childhood was never like this.A company in southern Alberta has found an unexpected luxury market that involves the lifestyles of the rich and famous, their offspring and its own reality TV show.Former landscaper Tyson Leavitt launched Charmed Playhouses two years ago after noticing countless houses with big, beautiful yards geared to adults while the kids had to settle for a rickety swingset.So he started building luxury playhouses.“This is a Snow White house and the family has got three kids,” explained Leavitt, 33 as he pointed to the future playhouse which was under construction. “One loves Snow White, one loves Rapunzel and the other one is a boy so he wants a castle.“We combined Snow White and Rapunzel’s house and we’re building this really cool bridge which connects the two over to the castle. The house is going to be really refined because it’s obviously for princesses, while the castle is going to have a dungeon so you can throw some prisoners in there.”The project will sell for about US$40,000.Another treehouse is being built for a couple with six special needs children and includes features to help them with dexterity.“A lot of times clients come to us. They just tell us what they like. We take their ideas, we combine them and they morph into something beautiful by the time we’re done,” said Leavitt.“Our entry level one starts at $3,500 and we’ve done playsets up to $200,000. It really depends on what your budget is and your vision is.”Celebrity clients include NBA most valuable player Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Washington National’s slugger Ryan Zimmerman.“I knew it could grow into something great and big but I didn’t imagine the level of clientele I’d be working for. It’s not just celebs — we’ve got amazing families all throughout North America and we’ve shipped stuff over to China which is a travelling set that goes from mall to mall to mall,” he said.“It’s been a crazy ride.”The crazy ride includes the reality TV show ‘Playhouse Masters’ which originally aired on TLC and is now on Animal Planet.Charmed Playhouses started up at the time when Alberta’s economy tanked due to plunging oil prices, but Leavitt said that wasn’t a problem.“A majority of our business is in the U.S. so the recession benefited us because the dollar plummeted and it allowed us to get workers and supplies easily.”The luxury playhouses are completely finished inside, said Leavitt. They feature fireplaces, wainscoting, chandeliers and furniture. No one has asked for indoor plumbing — yet.“Nicer than most houses … legitimately,” Leavitt said with a chuckle.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

UN relief chief speaks out against Ugandan rebel violence in DR Congo

The top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned the “horrific” atrocities committed by a notorious Uganda rebel group in the volatile northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes spoke out against the violence on a visit to Niangara, an area in Orientale Province near the DRC’s border with Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). It was the scene of one of the worst recent massacres carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which terrorized northern Uganda for two decades before spilling over into neighbouring countries and has been accused of committing atrocities including mutilations and the recruitment of child soldiers. During the attack last December, more than 300 civilians were reportedly killed and some 250 – including at least 80 children – were kidnapped. Since late 2007, roughly 1,800 civilians are thought to have been killed by the LRA and 2,400 abducted throughout the province. In Niangara today, Mr. Holmes heard first-hand accounts from survivors, including one woman whose lips and ear had been torn off two days ago in a typically barbaric and inexplicable attack. “This is unacceptable. We need a rapid solution to what has become a regional crisis,” he emphasized. In meetings with authorities and humanitarian workers in the area, the official voiced concern that the possible drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, could have negative effects on the protection of civilians and on humanitarian access. “MONUC is a deterrent for the LRA, and its presence is also essential to humanitarian operations in this province,” he stated. “I am concerned that their departure could increase the suffering of civilians, and reduce our ability to help them.” Seven UN agencies and 23 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out humanitarian work in Orientale Province’s Haut-Uele and Bas-Uele districts, combined are home to at least 320,000 persons uprooted by LRA-related violence. Due to the ongoing threat posed by the group’s presence, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have little prospects of returning home in the near future. Aid workers have been able to reach nearly two-thirds of the displaced population, but face obstacles on a daily basis due to insecurity and the inaccessibility of many of the IDPs in an area with little or no road coverage. Yesterday, Mr. Holmes visited uprooted people in Mwenga, approximately 80 kilometres south-west of the city of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, also in northeast DRC. “Civilians continue to suffer enormously and disproportionately in this armed conflict,” he said in Mwenga, where he helped launch a new feeding programme of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). North and South Kivu provinces have been ravaged by armed conflict mainly pitting DRC”s national army against insurgents of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, better known as FDLR, the group’s French acronym. Local armed militias and bandits also contribute to insecurity in the two Kivu provinces, where an estimated 1.4 million people are internally displaced, more than 70 per cent of whom live with host families, increasing the burden on a population with already-scarce resources. 1 May 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned the “horrific” atrocities committed by a notorious Uganda rebel group in the volatile northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

Activist investor Starboard wants Yahoo to sell Internet business and keep Alibaba

Activist investor Starboard wants Yahoo to sell Internet business and keep Alibaba by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 7:44 am MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Activist investor Starboard Value is urging Yahoo to scrap a planned spinoff of its lucrative stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and sell its own Internet business instead.The demand, outlined in a Thursday letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and the company’s board, represents a reversal for Starboard. The New York hedge fund last year began pressuring Mayer to spin-off Yahoo’s Alibaba Group stock into a different company to avoid paying future taxes on the gains on its original investment of $1 billion. Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba currently is worth $30 billion, far more than its main business of showing ads on its websites and mobile applications.Starboard wants Yahoo to hold on to Alibaba because of the uncertainty raised by the Internal Revenue Service’s refusal to guarantee the spinoff will qualify for a tax exemption. Yahoo is still planning to transfer its 384 million Alibaba shares into a new company called Aabaco because it believes tax law is on its side. The spinoff is scheduled to occur next month or in January.If the spinoff doesn’t get an exemption, the tax bill and other costs associated with the manoeuvr could total about $19 billion, estimated SunTrust analyst Robert Peck.“We urge you to change direction and do the right thing for shareholders,” wrote Jeffrey Smith, Starboard’s managing member. If Yahoo doesn’t heed the advice, Smith threatened to lead a shareholder mutiny to overthrow Yahoo’s board. Starboard has a nearly 1 per cent stake in Yahoo, according to FactSet.Yahoo declined to comment Thursday.Under Starboard’s alternative scenario, Yahoo Inc. would become the holding company for two Asian investments, Alibaba and Yahoo Japan. The hedge fund didn’t suggest who might be willing to buy Yahoo’s Internet business, where revenue has been declining for years even though advertisers have been steadily increasing their digital marketing budgets.Starboard’s missive is the latest sign of the mounting pressure on Mayer, who has been unable to engineer the turnaround that she has been promising to deliver since Yahoo hired her away from Google to become its CEO.In an unusual step for a Wall Street analyst, Peck recently sent a letter to Yahoo’s board of directors recommending that the Sunnyvale, California company dump her as CEO.Yahoo’s stock has more than doubled under Mayer’s leadership, but the gains have been driven by the rising value of the Alibaba stake. In a sign that Wall Street is losing confidence in her strategy, Yahoo’s stock has plummeted 35 per cent this year while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 1 per cent.Yahoo’s shares shed 1.1 per cent Thursday to close at $32.62. read more

Eurozone inflation at 15month high but outlook still weak

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi waits for the beginning of a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. The chief monetary authority for the 19-country eurozone helped stem a global stock market slide last week by indicating the ECB could provide more stimulus at the next meeting in March. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File) LONDON – Inflation across the 19-country eurozone doubled in January, but few economists think it represents a meaningful pick-up in the economy given subdued growth across much of the region, a renewed drop in oil prices and mounting uncertainties around the world.Consumer prices were 0.4 per cent higher in January than the year before, against December’s 0.2 per cent rate, according to figures released Friday by Eurostat. January’s rate was the highest since October 2014, when it was also 0.4 per cent, a development that may provide comfort to at least some policymakers at the European Central Bank.The ECB is in the midst of a massive stimulus program that is designed to get inflation back toward its target of just below 2 per cent. By keeping interest rates low and pumping money into the economy via a bond-buying program worth over a trillion euros, the ECB is hoping to generate enough economic activity to get prices rising. Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi hinted that an expansion of the stimulus could be announced in March.Inflation has been below target since February 2013 for a variety of reasons, not least the fall in oil prices. Few economists think inflation is heading toward target any time soon.“Rather than representing the start of a convincing upward trend, we view today’s outturn as a transitory hiccup in an otherwise lifeless path for inflation,” said Timo del Carpio, European economist at RBC Capital Markets.Once again, energy prices weighed the most on inflation in January, but the impact was smaller than it has been in previous months as prior-year declines start falling out of the annual comparison. In the year to January, energy prices were 5.3 per cent lower. The last time the impact was smaller was in June 2015.Other components of inflation saw price increases, such as processed food, alcohol & tobacco.Perhaps more encouraging for ECB rate-setters was the news that the core rate, which strips out volatile items like energy and food, rose to 1 per cent from 0.9 per cent. The increase in the core rate suggests underlying price pressures are building as unemployment drops in many parts of the eurozone and amid signs of a pick-up in wage increases.The outlook for inflation is likely to hinge heavily on oil prices. A big drop in January — which saw the benchmark New York rate fall to a near 13-year low around $27 a barrel — amid worries over the scale of the Chinese economic slowdown stoked renewed worries that the eurozone, and other economies such as Japan, could suffer a debilitating bout of deflation, or falling prices.The idea of falling prices sounds good but in reality can be a big problem. Consumers could decide to postpone spending if they think prices are likely to continue falling, while businesses fail to generate the profit margins they need to invest and innovate. In combination, they can cause an economy to stagnate, as happened in Japan over the past two decades.A rebound in oil prices this week following speculation that the OPEC oil cartel and other suppliers such as Russia are mulling production cuts has helped push the price of oil back above $30 a barrel — on Friday, it was up a further 19 cents at $33.41 a barrel. If that trend continues, the deflation fears may recede and ease the pressure on the ECB to do more.Following Draghi’s comments last week, markets have been primed for a further stimulus and the reaction to Friday’s figures suggests that hasn’t changed much, with the euro fairly flat around $1.09. The improvement in inflation contrasted with downbeat data showing lending by commercial banks to businesses increased only 0.3 per cent in December, after rising 0.7 per cent in November. The ECB has cited improving bank lending statistics as proof its stimulus is working.“We still expect the ECB to revise its (core inflation) forecasts sharply downwards in March, which will clear the way for further expansionary measures,” said Christoph Weil, an economist at Commerzbank.___David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany contributed to this report. Eurozone inflation at 15-month high, but outlook still weak by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 3:01 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN mission in South Sudan deeply concerned by clashes between Government and

“The Mission reiterates its call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and fully implement the peace agreement,” according to a statement from the Office of the Spokesperson at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UNMISS said that as of Sunday, the situation in the town remained “tense.” UN peacekeepers are continuing to regularly patrol the northern town, and report that it is “largely deserted.”The UN Mission “will continue to act within its capacity to protect South Sudanese civilians in imminent danger,” the spokesperson said, calling for humanitarian aid and access to the affected areas.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict between forces loyal to each in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of the country. read more

RA Rodriguez supplies conveyor belt tensioners ideal for harsh gypsum mining conditions

first_imgOver time all operating conveyor belts stretch requiring adjustment to restore optimal tension. Failure to do so not only compromises handling efficiency but can also result in unplanned downtime and maintenance and therefore higher operating costs. This was the exact problem at British Gypsum in Barrow, England. It had become virtually impossible for the engineering team to adjust the conventional tensioners that the OEM had supplied with the conveyor system. Their design was wholly inadequate for the harsh operating environment in which they work. “Incorrect tension and the need to stop/isolate to clean the tension arrangement was leading to reduced life and tracking problems,” explained Mine Manager David North. The minerealised it needed to make changes and it was precision engineering component supplier, R. A. Rodriguez, which provided the solution.” The product comes from Bryant Products in Wisconsin, USA.Mine output ranges from 700,000 t/y to 1 Mt/y and it is an environment in which components regularly become caked with dirt and gypsum dust. For the Bryant Telescoper®, recommended by R. A. Rodriguez, this isn’t a problem. Its threaded internal adjustment rod is totally enclosed and therefore protected against dust ingress, rust, corrosion and thread damage.  The product also brings design as well as performance benefits.The Telescoper uses standard pillow block bearings which are cheaper and easier to fit than take-up bearings, commonly used on conventional angle frame tensioners.  It also requires a shorter conveyor bed – which saves material – and the four-bolt assembly makes the product quick and easy to fit or retrofit.A wide range of designs and modifications are additionally available to tailor the product to the application including take-ups with a linear actuator, spring compression or quick release mechanism.  Although primarily used as belt trainers and tensioners, Telescopers can also be adapted for other uses, such as levelling legs, or in any application where controlled linear movement is required.“We now have two conveyors running with Bryant Telescopers.  The first sets were installed in February this year and the second, just a month ago,” North confirmed.  “It’s obviously early days but because we are now able to achieve good tensioning and tracking, I would expect to get a longer life with less downtime to clean from these conveyors.”He concluded: “The picture we have taken of the Bryant Telescopers on our M1 conveyor shows they can get completely buried in gypsum dust which is almost impossible to regularly clean out as part of our ‘clean/lubricate/inspect’ regime because of the guarding and enclosed nature of the arrangement. In these conditions our old type of screw tensioner would have completely seized up.”last_img read more

Gro Hammerseng is pregnant

One of the best female handball player, the leader of fantastic Norwegian generation, who won all except World Championship, Gro Hammerseng is pregnant. She (currently playing in Larvik) and her girlfriend, Anja Edin, also a handball player, announced that baby will come next February.– We look forward to being parents and it’s exciting times, says Gro Hammerseng and continues:– I am going to keep me in shape and aiming to get back to the handball court as quickly as possible.For now is for sure that Hammerseng will miss the World Championship in Brasil, while her participation at Olympic Games in London is still under question mark.photo: EHF Gro HammersengLarvik ← Previous Story WHRL goes further – Romanians want to play from the next season Next Story → Women’s 19 European Championship 2011 in Netherlands read more

Man finds knife in own back three years after being stabbed

first_imgBILLY MCNEELY WAS just scratching what he thought was an old itch. It turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.McNeely said this week it all goes back to an April, 2010, birthday party in his home town of Fort Good Hope in Canada’s Northwest Territories.He got into a fight over an arm-wrestling contest and was stabbed five times. A doctor stitched him up back then and never took X-rays.Ever since, McNeely would set off metal detectors and he’s had a lump in his back where the knife went in. It never stopped nagging him and grew more painful this week.Doctors dug out a blade about 7cm long.Vatican tweets Batman story, but says it wasn’t hacked>VIDEO: This woman’s description of a hailstorm is the best ever>last_img read more

Bord Gáis price hikes questioned as staff set to share €54m payout

first_imgTHE CONSUMER ASSOCIATION of Ireland (CAI) is questioning the credibility of Bord Gáis’ claims that it needs to increase prices after reports that workers are to split a payout of about €54 million.It emerged yesterday that Bord Gáis workers are to split a windfall after the winding up of the company’s share ownership scheme, a restructuring necessitated by the company absorption of Irish water and the sale of Bord Gáis energy.RTÉ News reports that the workers employed between 2005 and 2009 are to receive payouts averaging just under €54,000.The news comes after Bord Gáis announced price hikes in January and again earlier this month. The latest increase will see customers paying 1.47 per cent more from 14 April.Bord Gáis have explained that the increases are due to factors that are outside their control but Dermott Jewell of the CAI says this must be questioned in light of the worker payout.“If there are choices to made they must be explained. The organisation has come out a number of times to say that they are unable to manage. We’re therefore questioning their ability to make payments to staff.”The price increases are approved by way of a a collaborative process with the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). Energy suppliers submit an application to increase prices to CER and must explain their justification for those increase. The CER then determine if such increases are appropriate and can tempering them if necessary.But Jewell says that Bord Gáis’ reasoning “doesn’t add up”:“It’s down to the word transparency. If you have so many customers, many of whom are in arrears, they’ll be asking how these payouts can be made in light of the increases.”“It’s not just one or two, its a constant level of price increases for people who are seeing increases in from other sources, we now have property we will soon have water added to everything else, ” he added.Read: Bord Gáis announces 2.2% electricity price increase >Read: “There is no bonus culture in Bord Gáis – and won’t be in Irish Water” – Rabbitte >last_img read more

2 Dundalk stars named in Ireland squad to face Austria

first_img https://the42.ie/3058331 Nov 2nd 2016, 10:00 AM Current holders play behind closed doors and what to look out for in the Champions League tonight>‘I don’t think it’s any disadvantage for Dundalk being in Russia, they’ll still bring their A-game’> By Paul Fennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share111 Tweet Email 25,197 Views 42 Comments MARTIN O’NEILL HAS named a 35-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Austria.Dundalk defender Andy Boyle and winger Daryl Horgan make the cut for the first time.Shane Long and Daryl Murphy are out with injuries, while Stephen Ward, James McCarthy and John O’Shea are included despite being doubts for the game.Looking ahead to the match with Austria, O’Neill says the hosts will be tough opposition for Ireland, despite some disappointing recent results — most notably a defeat away to group rivals Serbia.“I think they underachieved at the Euros,” O’Neill said. “They’re a better side than that suggested. They’ve had some difficult matches — away in Serbia is a tough place to go to get a result and they could have got something from the game.“It’s hard to say in terms of position (in the group) where they should or shouldn’t be. I think by the time we get to seven or eight games, they’ll be right back in it again.”The injury to Shane Long means Ireland are left with just four strikers for the game, but O’Neill backed Jon Walters to fill in in the centre forward position if necessary, having impressed there in the last few minutes of the recent qualification win over Moldova.“When Shane went off, Jon played centre forward. It’s not an unusual position for him. He played there at Stoke. He’s played in a number of positions for us and I thought he made a marked difference for us at centre forward in the last 25 minutes of the game (against Moldova).”The match with Austria takes place on 12 November.Republic of Ireland Provisional Squad to face AustriaGoalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Ian Lawlor (Manchester City), Danny Rogers (Falkirk*)Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Paul McShane (Reading), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Andy Boyle (Dundalk), Stephen Ward (Burnley)Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Preston North End*), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), James McCarthy (Everton), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).*Indicates player is currently on loan Add us: the42.iecenter_img Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 10:00 AM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO BREAKING: Martin O’Neill has announced his provisional squad to face Austria with first call-ups for Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/3fXa41xMNj— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 2, 2016 The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Short URL 2 Dundalk stars named in Ireland squad to face Austria Defender Andy Boyle and winger Daryl Horgan make the cut for the first time, while Shane Long has been ruled out. Source: FAIreland/Twitter Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHOlast_img read more

Former Federal Prosecutor Lori Lightfoot Advances to Runoff Could Become Chicagos 1st

first_imgBy HERBERT G. McCANN , Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A former federal prosecutor running as an outsider advanced Tuesday to a runoff for Chicago mayor, a transitional election for a lakefront metropolis still struggling to shed its reputation for corruption, police brutality and street violence.Lori Lightfoot, who could become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city, was the top vote-getter in a field of 14 that included a member of the Daley family that has dominated Chicago politics for much of the last six decades. She advances to a runoff against the candidate with second-highest vote.In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot announces her bid for mayor of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)Mayor Rahm Emanuel ‘s decision not to seek a third term drew some of the biggest names in state and municipal government as would-be successors, along with some political newcomers with strong support. But none figured to get enough votes to avoid a two-candidate faceoff on April 2.“What do you think of us now?” Lightfoot said Tuesday night to a crowd of her supporters. “This is what change looks like.”Lightfoot, the first openly gay woman to run for Chicago mayor, has been critical of efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election, said turnout by late afternoon was around 27 percent of registered voters. The record low for a February mayoral election was 33.8 percent in 2007, when Emanuel was first elected.“It appears that some voters either just disengaged or are not willing to make a decision until they know who’s in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff,” Allen said.William Daley, 70, a former U.S. Commerce secretary who (like Emanuel) served as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, has never held major elected office but features the most famous surname in the race. His father, Richard J. Daley, and brother, Richard M. Daley, held the city’s top job for nearly 43 years of a 55-year span before Emanuel took the oath in 2011.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and attorney Gery Chico, who has headed several city departments including the Board of Education, round out the highest-profile candidates.Although a nonpartisan election, the candidates are all attached in varying degrees to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.“A problem is the absence of the Republican Party offering a different choice and different ideas,” said DePaul University political scientist Larry Bennett. “Those running are all Democrats, offering odd claims of doing something different.”The variety of candidates reflects the many issues facing Chicago’s next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation’s worst.However, an issue that took center stage in the contest is the need to change how business is conducted at City Hall. For some that means an end to pay-to-play, paying off influential politicians in order to do business in the city.Since 1972, more than two dozen city aldermen have been convicted of crimes related to official duties.Last month, Edward Burke, a 50-year veteran and former chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, was indicted after authorities said a wiretap on his cellphone captured him pressuring executives of a fast-food chain to hire his law firm in exchange for help with permits. Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Chico and Daley all sought to distance their ties to Burke, who was easily leading his race for re-election on Tuesday.Reforming the city’s police department is a job the winning candidate can’t dodge. A consent decree approved last month by U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. is aimed at tightening supervision, improving training and fixing the department’s disciplinary system.The decree is the most important consequence of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by former officer Jason Van Dyke. A video of the shooting sparked demonstrations and resulted in Van Dyke’s murder conviction . Illinois’ attorney general sued the city to force the court’s involvement after years of inaction by the City Council, which dealt with systemic police misconduct in recent years by approving millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements.Emanuel’s popularity plummeted after release of the McDonald shooting video and he eventually decided not to seek re-election to a third term, leading to the scramble to succeed him.Voters will also choose among candidates for the 50-member City Council.The city has a tradition of having a dominating mayor and a City Council that isn’t aggressive in serving as a separate branch of government, according to Bennett, the political scientist. That has meant the performance of various city departments hasn’t received adequate scrutiny.last_img read more

VIDEO Youth softball umpire unapologetically makes the worst call ever may actually

first_img Advertisement Being a youth umpire is a lose/lose proposition. No matter which call you make, it’s always going to piss off one group of overly emotional, overly invested parents.One youth softball umpire actually deserves every ounce of ridicule that ends up getting thrown his way after making one of the worst blown calls in the history of sports at any level.The egregious call came when a batter laid down a bunt and clearly legged out a single. Even though the batter beat out the throw to first by about six steps, the ump incredibly punches her out with the certainty of a 30-year MLB umpire. It’s really remarkable.People give youth sports officials way too much grief, but this guy deserves it. Time to find another hobby other than ruining kids dreams, bruh. Check out the blown call of blown calls by the Don Denkinger of the youth softball circuit.the umpire called her out.. RT if you think she was safe pic.twitter.com/KoVXa4febo— kayla jasper (@kaylajayyyy4) March 10, 2017last_img read more

Search for trapped miners in Nicaragua suspended

first_img Facebook Comments Rescue teams Tuesday suspended effortsto reach seven trapped gold miners in Nicaragua because landslides were making the work too dangerous.“Experts have to acknowledge it’s impossible” to keep going back into the mine, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said.Mud and earth were pouring into the mine constantly and tearing down the wooden structures the rescue teams had built to try to shore up the pit.In the four-day effort, rescuers had made 25 trips into the mine.It first collapsed because of a landslide triggered by heavy rains, trapping 29 people early Thursday. Earlier reports had said 30.Two of the trapped miners dug themselves back to the surface. Another 20 were hauled out one by one after 30 hours trapped inside the mine.The mine shaft, in the remote village of El Comal, was abandoned more than 80 years ago by the foreign mining firms that operate in Nicaragua’s gold-rich northeast.But it was reopened by “guiriseros,” or small-scale independent miners, a dangerous occupation that has boomed over the past decade as the price of gold has tripled from less than $400 an ounce to more than $1,200. Related posts:Rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for missing comrades VIDEO: English language school on a remote island in Lake Nicaragua makes use of trash Extreme poverty increases in Nicaragua in 2013, study finds In Nicaragua, tarantulas are latest cash croplast_img read more

Kenya govt issues stern warning to intl media

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission cleared Prime Minister Raila Odinga and running mate Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka as candidates for the Coalition for Reform and Democracy. It also listed presidential candidate Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former government minister and vice presidential candidate William Ruto as candidates for the Jubilee Alliance.Kenyatta and Ruto face crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court for allegedly orchestrating the post poll chaos after the flawed 2007 presidential vote. A high court will determine the candidates’ compliance for the positions.A total of eight candidates will vie for the presidency in the March 4 elections. Candidates must get 50 percent of the vote plus one in order to be elected. Otherwise the top two candidates will compete head-to-head in a runoff vote in April, the same month that Kenyatta and Ruto face trial at The Hague.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya’s government spokesman appeared to make a veiled threat Wednesday against international journalists while announcing a tough stance on information deemed divisive surrounding nationwide elections March 4.Government spokesman Muthui Kariuki told a gathering of international reporters that the government will summon journalists who publish stories that have a polarizing effect. He did not say what action would then be taken. Kariuki told the journalists: “We will set you on fire before you set us on fire.” He said the media and pollsters were the catalysts of violence that rocked Kenya following a disputed presidential vote five years ago.“We believe to a greater extend that 2007-08 (violence) was as a result of a lot of information that journalists wrote and passed on to our people,” he said.Tom Rhodes of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Kariuki’s threat to set journalists on fire and his accusations that the foreign press instigated some of Kenya’s postelection violence was “utterly reprehensible and unbecoming of a government spokesman.”“The government spokesmen should refrain from empty accusations and explain specifically how the foreign press was responsible for inciting the postelection violence and respect Kenya’s constitution that provides ample provisions for press freedom,” Rhodes said.More than 1,000 people died and 600,000 were driven from their homes following the December 2007 vote. The government is seeking to prevent a repeat of violence during this year’s election.Meanwhile, the top two contenders for Kenya’s presidency were officially registered Wednesday by Kenya’s electoral authority. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more