Social Media Reax: OSU Players Tweet after win over TCU

first_imgOne last big 12 game with my brothers can’t wait, and God Bless!!!!! #GoPokes— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) November 19, 2016 Mood:— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 19, 2016 As a former offensive lineman rushing for 300+ feels good way down in my soul. Great job men. ??— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) November 19, 2016 All glory to God for today— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 Great overall team win today man I love my brothers lets get that ring!!!!— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) November 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! My roommate @chriscarson29 need to go to prison for 25 to life for first degree murder— Bk (@Bryce_Balous) November 20, 2016 We just having fun with it ??— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 All glory to God ???? Thank you ??— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) November 19, 2016 I love that shit ! Keep it comin— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 Glory Up ?— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 I need that?— Justin Phillips (@Phillips_Era19) November 20, 2016 Here’s a look at all the player reaction from OSU’s 31-6 win over TCU.And then he said, TCU was gonna beat us? #GoPokes ??— Keondre Wudtee (@K_wudteeQB) April 3, 2016last_img read more

Man Utd star Pogba admits: I’m an Arsenal fan

first_imgPaul Pogba Man Utd star Pogba admits: I’m an Arsenal fan Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:54 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Arsenal v Manchester United Premier League Arsenal The Frenchman came through the academy system at Old Trafford and returned as an £89 million signing, but was a supporter of the Gunners growing up Paul Pogba may be very much a Manchester United player, but the Frenchman admits to being a fan of Arsenal.The 24-year-old was given his big break by the Red Devils after emerging out of their academy system.Those at Old Trafford thought so much of him that having seen him depart for Juventus, they spent £89 million bringing him back in the summer of 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba is now striving to deliver further success at the Theatre of Dreams, but he concedes that he was a supporter of United’s fierce foes in north London growing up.“In France, they were very big – they had a lot of French players,” Pogba told Football Focus ahead of a meeting between United and the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.“I was a big fan of Arsenal, Thierry Henry, I was watching him.Paul Pogba Arsenal Thierry Henry fan“I was a little fan, not a crazy fan, but I was watching a lot of Arsenal games.“They have always been a great club.”Pogba has made a welcome return to the United ranks over recent weeks after being forced to sit out 12 games with a hamstring problem.Jose Mourinho is delighted to have him back, but has admitted to facing a “dilemma” when it comes to getting the midfielder back up to speed.Pogba is still working on his match sharpness, but revealed earlier this week that he does not enjoy the defensive side of training as the Red Devils ready themselves for competitive action.He told reporters: “My favourite part is the game at the end of the session.“The worst is the same for everyone I think – the tactics.“Defensive tactics because you just have to drill, you don’t have the ball. I always learned playing with my friends.”Pogba and Co will need to get their tactics right at the Emirates on Saturday, as United cannot afford any slip-ups in a Premier League title race which continues to see them trying to chase down arch-rivals Manchester City.last_img read more

Beating Barca key to a Happy Christmas for Real

first_imgFIFA Club World Cup Five titles in 2017 for Madrid but beating Barcelona key to a Happy Christmas Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:59 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Gremio Getty Images FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid v Grêmio Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Grêmio Barcelona Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion It’s been a record-breaking year for Zidane and his players but it’s not over yet with arguably their biggest league clash of the season coming up Real Madrid have made it an historic 2017 with five titles won across the calendar year – a feat never before achieved by this great institution.Domestically, they won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup. In Europe, it was the Champions League and the Super Cup. And here, in Abu Dhabi, four became five with the addition of the FIFA Club World Cup for the third time in four seasons.Zinedine Zidane takes his place alongside Luis Molowny as Madrid’s second-most decorated manager. Only the great Miguel Munoz is ahead of the Frenchman. That is some achievement considering it is not yet two years since he replaced Rafael Benitez at the helm. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There is no doubt that the addition of this title had weight in the corridors of the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid appeared sluggish against Al Jazira in the semi-final on Wednesday but this was the real thing against Gremio in the final.”When you win a trophy it’s always special,” Toni Kroos said. “I think it was a tough game. We knew they are way better than Al Jazira for example and they played a good first half. I think we felt on the pitch that they got tired a little bit in the second and everything was a little bit more easy but first you have to work to score and at the end you have to finish. But we deserved it.”Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid GremioThere is always a danger for European teams in this fixture to be caught cold by the intensity provided by their South American counterparts. The Club World Cup means a lot to South American teams, as evidenced by the throng of Brazilians that made it to the United Arab Emirates to witness this game.However, Madrid had enough to see off the threat of a very good team with what should rank as one of their most complete performances of the season.We’ll get to Cristiano Ronaldo shortly but a word first on Luka Modric. There is not a midfielder in the world operating on his level. A lot of his work goes unnoticed – providing the platform for his attackers to wreak devastation – but someone this good deserves close attention. His range of flicks and space-conjuring touches are unmatched.He tilts the full pitch at his will through his clever view of where gaps are going to appear. Then there are the dribbles which earn Madrid more space in the frontline. He was unlucky not to score with a shot that cannoned off the post but that won’t bother him. He was the best player out there even if he won’t see his name in lights.Again, that honour is reserved for the irrepressible Ronaldo. He bludgeoned the equaliser against a stubborn Al Jazira on Wednesday and gave Madrid their platform to win the tournament overall.There is a faint ridiculousness to the manner in which he demands the attention when shaping up to take a free-kick. It more often than not ends up in the stands despite the elaborateness of the preparation routine.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid GremioBut there was no one in Gremio blue laughing when his free kick beat Marcelo Grohe. He had to put up with the opposition manager Renato Gaucho reiterating his claims to be a better player before this encounter. If that was designed as a psychological ploy, well, it failed.He had to listen to Diego Maradona too who said Ronaldo was “taking the p*ss” if he thought he was the best player of all time.In a sense, he had to back up those claims he made after gaining the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time. He can talk the talk but boy can he walk the walk.Five Ballons d’Or for Ronaldo and five titles for Madrid and Zidane in 2017. But before they put their feet up and enjoy the festive season there is the small matter of the Clasico. On December 23, they will square off against their great rivals Barcelona in a crucial La Liga showdown at the Bernabeu.Their status as five-time winners in 2017 will give them a little spring in their step no doubt but more valuable than silverware on the day will be the reduction of the gap in the league table to five points.”We are a little bit behind in the league,” said Kroos. “Maybe we can close this a little bit in some days but we will still be behind so it’s going to be difficult to win the league for sure. “For this game you don’t need anything special before or any motivation or anything. It’s better to go with a good feeling back to Madrid but this game is special whatever happens before.”Only a win will do lest Barca get too far out of sight. It’s job done as far as the Club World Cup goes and next it’s time to give Barca white Christmas.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Harry Maguire set for Man City medical?

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter Read more features Share on Facebook Manchester United close to Aaron Wan-Bissaka deal with Crystal Palace Rumour Mill Football Share on Pinterest Share via Email With a mere 49 days left until the transfer window closes, Manchester United fans are getting decidedly antsy over their club’s apparent lack of activity in the summer meat market. Dan James has arrived from Swansea for £17m and reports suggest young Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be rocking up at Old Trafford once England’s interest in the European U-21 Championships ends, but the club’s supporters want to see more incomings and outgoings sooner rather than later.Harry Maguire has been a long-time target of United’s but looks likely to ignore their overtures if rumours that Manchester City have arranged an appointment for him to cough for their doctor turn out to hold any water. United have continually balked at paying a fee north of £75m for the Leicester defender and it seems City are prepared to pull the rug from under their feet as they continue to dither. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp With United’s players due to convene for training ahead of the new season on 1 July before heading off on a tour of Australia and Asia, the club remain hopeful of enticing midfielders Declan Rice and Sean Longstaff from West Ham and Newcastle respectively, while the agent of Sporting attacker Bruno Fernandes is reported to be in Manchester to talk turkey about a move to Old Trafford for his client. Speculation elsewhere suggests he has also spoken to Spurs.Reports from Germany suggest Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri has eschewed a move to Bayern Munich in favour of signing up for Manchester City for a fee of £62m, while Liverpool seem likely to be thwarted in their attempts to sign Ousmane Dembélé after Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the French striker is going nowhere.Tottenham’s dogged pursuit of Lyon central midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé could be coming to an end, what with the north London club reported to be increasingly confident of landing their man by the end of the month. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims his club have received several bids for the 22-year-old, with representatives of both Manchester City and United also believed to be gyrating lasciviously in a bid to attract the player’s attention. “We have lots of offers but they do not come up to the price we feel is right, said Aulas in a party political broadcast to L’Equipe, before announcing that one-time Liverpool target Nabil Fekir is also leaning towards a move elsewhere.Meanwhile in Spain, Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo is being courted by Liverpool, who would have to trigger a £45m release clause to land the 22-year-old. Following the departure of Alberto Moreno for pastures new and yet to be confirmed, Firpo would provide cover for Andy Robertson. Across the Atlantic, Real Salt Lake’s diminutive Venezuelan winger Jefferson Savarino is wanted by West Ham and Tottenham and could be available for a cut-price £6m.And finally, Matt Clarke is ready to swap one south coast seaside town for another by moving from Portsmouth to Brighton. The 22-year-old will undergo a medical with the Premier League club today before a £5m deal is signed, sealed and delivered. Transfer window Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mumbai University with IISM launches Bachelor of Sports Management programme

first_imgMumbai University with IISM launches Bachelor of Sports Management programmeInternational Institute of Sports Management (IISM) in association with Mumbai University has announced its three-year Bachelor of Sports Management programme.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 15:58 IST The course will provide students and young professionals with an in-depth understanding of the design and implementation of the evidence-based sports-specific training interventions.In order to offer students an opportunity to tap the unexplored sports management career in India, International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) in association with Mumbai University has announced a three-year Bachelor of Sports Management programme. The programme aims to develop top-class human resources for the growing sports industry with a piece of essential industry knowledge and leadership skills and puts a special focus on the understanding required to pursue a successful career in this sector.About the course: Founded by former Indian Test Cricketer Nilesh Kulkarni, the course will provide students and young professionals with an in-depth understanding of the design and implementation of the evidence-based sports-specific training interventions.The bachelor degree at IISM will let students embrace the study of management for issues related to the administrative tasks, planning, organizing, managing and operating for various types of sporting ventures.It will also teach students about the business aspects of sports including sports systems and organizations finance, promotion, management, law and other relevant areas. On the other hand, the course will help in establishing a foundational base for students to be well-equipped with everything that goes on the field- right from technology to nutrition, anatomy-physiology to the direction.Leading faculties from the sports sector will help students at IISM learn the art of sports management and offer valuable inputs based on their experience in the industry.Speaking on the sports management courses, Nilesh Kulkarni, Founder, IISM, said, “Owing to the influx of various sporting leagues in the country, there is no doubt that the sports industry is seeing an upward surge. In order to keep pace with the demand and supply, there is a need for sports management professionals in the country at various skill levels. The holistic approach being offered by IISM in association with Mumbai University will equip students with the professional skills and proficiency necessary to lead meaningful careers within the sports industry.”advertisementHe further added by saying, “When it comes to career decisions, students in India mostly go with the conventional courses and tend to find a limited number of options. There are many who are interested in sports but few of them know about a comprehensive degree in sports management. Sports management is one such growth-oriented career option available which has now become a powerhouse of unexplored avenues & innumerable opportunities for an individual who wants to take up sports as a career.”The bachelor in Sport Management admission at IISM starts from Sep 2019 and will be a three-year program.About IISM:International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), a venture of Eduhub Education, is India’s first dedicated and largest sports education institute of its kind. It offers value – academic programs in Sports Management, One of the most unexplored education avenues. We provide students and young professionals with an in-depth understanding of the design and implementation of evidence-based sports-specific training interventions. Our comprehensive curriculum is a judicious blend of classroom learning and field exposure to the best of international events and industry assignments.Read: Admission for distance learning courses including BEd and MBA begins in JMIAlso read: Jadavpur University teachers protest for implementation of new UGC pay scaleGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow IISMFollow Mumbai UniversityFollow Bachelor of Sports Management programmelast_img read more

Stakeholders in St. James Welcome Extension of SOE

first_imgStory Highlights St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”. St. James business and tourism interests say they are in strong support of the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) in the parish, arguing that “Montego Bay and neighbouring communities have never felt safer”.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.“We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added.On May 1, the House of Representatives unanimously voted to extend the SOE in St. James until August 2, 2018.Mayor Davis said since the SOE, crime has taken a welcomed nosedive and that “the criminals are on the run”.“If they are planning a ‘waiting out’ strategy, we have to show that our resolve is stronger than theirs. We can’t give them any opportunity to regroup… no opportunity to come back and set up shop,” the Mayor said.“We have made some tremendous gains, which in no way we can allow to be reversed. That would be nothing short of a tragedy and something I am sure none of us want,” he emphasised.For his part, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said everything should be done to send the criminals a message that their days of waging terror on the streets are over.“We have to remain committed. We cannot allow the crime situation to get back out of control,” he said.Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, said the Chamber welcomed the extension.“The Chamber lauds the tremendous work of the joint security forces since the advent of the SOE and recognises the significant successes in reducing the crime levels,” he said.“We hope the extension time is used to strategise in transitioning away from the SOE,” Mr. Lawson said. “We have to keep ostracising the criminals… . We can’t give them any breathing space. We have to speak with one voice as a nation and to let them know that there is no place where they will be safe,” he added. Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, told JIS News it is clear that the SOE is working, and every effort should be made “to keep a good thing going”.last_img read more

Timeline of events at St Michaels College School

first_imgMonday, Nov. 12:— In the morning, school administrators receive a video of a hazing incident, which police sources say involved members of the basketball team bullying a student in the washroom and soaking him with water.— The school launches an internal investigation and interviews the students involved and their parents.— The school contacts police to seek advice on how to handle the incident. Police advise that if the alleged victim thinks it was an assault, he should report it to police.— In the evening, the administration receives a video of a second incident, which police sources say involved a group of students on the football team pinning down another student in a locker room and allegedly sexually assaulting him with a broom handle. Thursday Nov. 15:— Police dispute the school’s claim that the administration contacted police about the alleged sexual assault on Monday.— The school is made aware of a third incident captured on video and notifies police, which later said it also involved an alleged sexual assault.— The school sends another email to parents about the incidents and the expulsions. Friday, Nov. 16— The school holds two information sessions for parents regarding the incidents. Tuesday, Nov. 13:— The school investigates both incidents, identifies and interviews all students involved and their parents.— Four students allegedly involved in the hazing incident are expelled. TORONTO — Here’s a timeline of events at St. Michael’s College School based on information provided by the school and Toronto police:center_img With Ont-School-Investigation, The Canadian Press Sunday, Nov. 18:— Principal Greg Reeves says in a series of media interviews that the school has reported a fourth incident captured on video to police.— Reeves admits he didn’t report the alleged sexual assault to police on Monday because the victim had not yet informed his parents about the incident.Monday, Nov. 19:— Police say six boys have been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault at St. Michael’s — five of them turned themselves in, a sixth one was arrested on the way to school.— Police say they’re investigating three additional three incidents, including one involving an alleged sexual assault. They warn the ongoing investigation could lead to more charges.— The accused — aged 14 and 15 years old — appear in a youth court and are granted bail. Wednesday, Nov. 14:— The school continues its internal investigation and expels four students and suspends another one in connection with the locker room incident.— Toronto police receive media inquiries about a video of an alleged sexual assault at St. Michael’s circulating on social media.— Police send an officer to the school. Prior to the officer’s arrival, police receive word from the media regarding the expulsions of students related to an alleged “sexual assault involving an object.”— The officer meets with the principal, who hands over the video of the alleged sexual assault.— Police announce they have launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.— Police announce the video meets the definition of child pornography and advise it should be deleted immediately.— The school emails parents and issues a statement saying it notified police about both incidents on Monday.last_img read more

Senate committee approves changes to solitary confinement bill

first_imgOTTAWA — A committee of senators has approved changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in Canadian prisons — including one key change that would place a 48-hour maximum on the time an inmate can be kept in isolation.A number of human-rights organizations have raised concerns about the Liberals’ Bill C-83, saying it offers only a cosmetic rebranding of solitary confinement with no hard time limits on isolation or separation of inmates. The current law has such restrictions.Sen. Kim Pate, who has called for the bill to be scrapped entirely, successfully sponsored several amendments at a Senate committee earlier this week, including adding a 48-hour time limit for anyone placed in a “structured intervention unit.”This change also says a judge must approve any extension beyond 48 hours, a provision that adds judicial oversight to decisions about isolation.“The Correctional Service of Canada is the last branch of the administration of justice to have the Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) applied to it,” Pate told senators during the committee meeting on Monday. “We have it in bail provisions. We have it in search warrants. We have it in right to counsel. We don’t have it yet in the provision for jailing or isolating within the jail, which is segregation.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of segregating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves, changes aimed at addressing recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of Ashley Smith.Smith, who was 19, strangled herself in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as prison guards looked on. She had spent more than 1,000 days in segregation before her death.Inmates who do pose risks would instead be moved to new “structured intervention units” where they are supposed to get better access to programming and mental-health care.Josh Paterson, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, says the amendment imposing time limits on inmates placed in these units is a “huge step toward trying to ensure this bill is constitutional.”His organization provided witness testimony to the Senate committee and is among several experts and groups saying they do not believe the bill as originally written would withstand a constitutional challenge.Both the B.C. Supreme Court and the Ontario Superior Court have delivered decisions saying administrative solitary confinement is inhumane and, in the Ontario decision, unconstitutional if it lasts longer than five days. Both of these decisions are under appeal.“It’s clear from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision and the B.C. decision that there has got to be a hard time limit on placements in isolation,” Paterson said Wednesday.Another amendment passed by the committee would allow the correctional service to have Indigenous groups and community organizations provide more support services to help prisoners from vulnerable populations to reintegrate into the community when they are released.Sen. Josée Forest-Niesing tried to introduce a change that would have, in essence, repealed the entire section of the bill that introduces structured intervention units in place of segregation.Several senators on the committee balked at this, calling it a gutting of the bill. The amendment was withdrawn on the understanding it would instead be debated by the whole of the Senate at third reading.Pate says she intends to support this when it comes back up for debate.“It would be my hope that we would go much further and work to actually put an end now to practices of isolation, particularly for women, that have been found to inflict irreparable harm and that can amount to torture,” Pate said Wednesday.“At the very least, however, we must meet the bare minimum requirements that courts have set out as constitutional imperatives. To do otherwise would be to abdicate our duty as senators.”The committee plans to include some additional observations as part of its report back to the Senate detailing concerns that C-83 does not prescribe any training for correctional staff to help them identify and support inmates with mental illnesses. The senators also have concerns about a lack of detail on what kind of therapeutic programming will be offered to inmates who are placed in structured intervention units.The committee’s amendments must be accepted by the Senate and then by the House of Commons if they are to become part of the law.Paterson remains optimistic this will happen.“I’m very hopeful that a government which promised to follow to recommendations of the Ashley Smith inquest, which is a promise to end the torturous conditions of isolation in Canadian prisons — I’m hopeful that they will make sure that the law that they pass respects that and that they will accept amendments.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Farm Sanctuary Celebrates 30 Years With StarStudded Gala

first_imgFarm Sanctuary’s 30th Anniversary Gala brought out the compassion in Angelenos, celebrities and animal advocates from across the region and country-wide to celebrate 30 years of rescue, education and advocacy for farm animals, the largest population of abused animals on Earth.Richard Marx Performs At Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe Gala took place Saturday evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.Comedian Kevin Nealon hosted the formal 30th Gala fundraiser, supported by Farm Sanctuary co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel. United against farm animal cruelty, guests sipped on luxury artisan cocktails from The Grand Bevy featuring stenciled art of celeb supporters on top, then enjoyed a 100% plant-based dinner, custom designed by Beverly Wilshire in partnership with Gardein Executive Chef Jason Stefanko.Moby at Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe heartfelt evening included musician, artist and entrepreneur, Kat Von D, accepting the Compassion In Action Award from long-time vegan and award-winning DJ, Moby. Then Farm Sanctuary c0-founder, Gene Baur, presented Chef Tal Ronen, the founder and chef of Crossroads Kitchen, with the Inspiration Award, as the innovator of exceptional Los Angeles’ vegan cuisine.MTV’s first Latina VJ, now TV host, businesswoman and most importantly, animal activist, Daisy Fuentes, joined the stage to present the Friends, Not Food Award to award-winning singer and songwriter, Leona Lewis. As a strong and very vocal advocate, Leona has stood up for the rights of animals in numerous campaigns including refusing to perform in places that condone animal cruelty.Emily Deschanel At Farm Sanctuary 30th Anniversary GalaCredit/Copyright: Conscious ChrisThe presentation concluded with award-winning comedian and Farm Sanctuary supporter, Jon Stewart, presenting the final Gift of Life Award to, the President of the Allene & Jerome Lapides Foundation, which focuses on animal rights, animal protection, women’s issues, and the environment. Allene Lapides, a longtime supporter of Farm Sanctuary, has been very devoted to the welfare of animals, and is making it possible for Farm Sanctuary to open a shelter and educational center in Santa Fe, NM. Jon & Tracey Stewart were last year’s honoree of Farm Sanctuary’s Gift of Life Award, and their acceptance marked the beginning of a journey that includes rescuing a bull named Frank, a horse named Lily and many other beautiful animals. Jon and Tracey Stewart will also be opening a location at their New Jersey farm in Fall 2017.Celebrities in attendance included Natalie Portman, James Cromwell, Renee Olstead, Jeff Garlin, Craig Ferguson, Jennifer Coolidge, Kara Royster, Simone Reyes, Sloane Avery, Lesley Nichol, David Mazouz, Jonathan Slavin, and many more.Guests enjoyed a surprise “Happy Birthday” performance by Leona Lewis and a nostalgic performance by pop icon and recent vegan, Richard Marx, singing “Right Here Waiting” and “Don’t Mean Nothing”. Paddles were raised during an exciting Fund-A-Farm Live Auction to raise money for Farm Sanctuary, and guests shopped a farmer’s market style gift station to cut down on waste and take home the products they will use most. Gifts ranged from Kat Von D Beauty make-up, Love Goodly’s eco-luxury lifestyle box curated by Emily Deschanel, 100% PURE beauty; to Live Beaming, NuCulture Cheese sampling, Wully Outerwear, and more.Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to be a part of her SuperSoul 100 and who TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement,” is a native Angeleno, growing up in the Hollywood Hills. As a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts in the ’80’s, Baur’s original VW Westphalia van was parked inside the Beverly Wilshire, serving vegan hot dogs at the after party which ran until Midnight.Farm Sanctuary, with a 26 acre Los Angeles area shelter and sanctuaries in Orland, CA and Watkins Glen, NY, works to educate people nationwide about farm animal abuse and the adverse effects of factory farming on our health and environment.“We’re excited to gather fellow advocates and supporters under one roof to celebrate Farm Sanctuary’s accomplishments over the past 30 years. We’re using this special occasion to applaud how far we’ve come, but also to continue our mission of revealing the truth behind factory farming practices, saving animals from abusive conditions, and changing how society views and treats farm animals. With tireless advocates and co-chairs, Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, we are thrilled to raise awareness and further advance our cause in Los Angeles, country-wide and beyond,” said President and Co-Founder Gene Baur.last_img read more

Hamiltons Pakistani community mourns Peshawar massacre

The Pakistani government has lifted a six year execution ban following last week’s military school massacre.Seven Taliban gunmen wearing explosives stormed into a school killing 148 people, most of them children.As Pakistani officials have announced a plan to hang around 500 convicted terrorists believed to be connected to the slaughter, Monday night members of the Hamilton community came together to show solidarity with the families of the victims.Around 200 people came together at Hamilton City Hall to mourn one of the darkest days in Pakistan’s recent history.Organizer Basharat Tayyab spoke about the importance of coming together.“It’s a bad event. We were really moved and we wanted to show our solidarity with those who lost their lives. Everybody is so shocked, so angry, they’re mad, they’re so upset.”Tayyab moved to Canada from Pakistan 17 years ago, her whole family is still there.Amin Ullah came to Canada from Peshawar just this September. He grew up attending a similar military school.The news from back home was devastating.“It’s my village. It’s my city over there. Most of the relatives, family, friends, their kids are studying over there. I feel like it’s my family.” read more

Toronto stock market falls on weaker commodities US budget talk concerns

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 4:46 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was lower on Thursday as gold stocks were weighed down and concerns developed over comments made at the federal budget talks in Washington.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 63.92 points to end the session at 12,289.17, with commodities-heavy sectors contributing most to the decline. The TSX Venture Exchange was off 11.35 points to 1,173.59.The Canadian dollar fell 0.01 of a cent to 101.54 cents US.The TSX gold sector fell 2.8 per cent as February bullion dropped against the U.S. dollar. The contract fell $21.10 to close at US$1,696.80 an ounce.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) shares dropped 3.2 per cent, or $1.22, to $36.41.Crude oil prices for January backed off 88 cents to US$85.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, helping to pull down the energy sector 0.5 per cent.And copper prices also fell, with the March contract on the Nymex dropping 5.6 cents to US$3.66 a pound.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 74.73 points to 13,170.72, while the Nasdaq shed 21.65 points to 2,992.16 and the S&P 500 dropped 9.03 points to 1,419.45.In Washington, House Speaker John Boehner said that the White House was so resistant to cutting government spending that it risked pushing the country off the “fiscal cliff.”The cliff scenario involves an end-of-year deadline when automatic spending cuts and tax increases are set to take place. With economic growth already weak, the worry is that the two moves would push the U.S. back into recession, sending shockwaves around the world.President Barack Obama said that a deal was “still a work in progress.” Asked about Boehner’s assertion that he was waiting to hear more from the president, Obama said only, “Merry Christmas.”The developments appeared to leave traders with mixed feelings about whether a deal to avert the cliff will come to fruition before the end of the year.“We all know they’re going to take it to the last minute,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“If they could get something done prior to Christmas it would be fantastic, the problem is we know how these politicians work … and unfortunately it looks like they’re going to take this right to the wire.”In U.S. economic data, the Commerce Department said Americans spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in November, pushing retail sales up 0.3 per cent last month. That offset a 0.3 per cent decline in October.And the U.S. Labor Department said fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the fourth straight weekly decline. The seasonally-adjusted figure of 343,000 was the lowest level in two months and the second-lowest total this year.The data on declining unemployment applications, which suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs, comes after the Federal Reserve for the first time ever tied its interest rate policy to unemployment as it aggressively attacks joblessness in the U.S.The Fed said Wednesday that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero at least until the unemployment rate drops below 6.5 per cent and inflation rises to 2.5 per cent.On the TSX, shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) gained more than 3.5 per cent after the company said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be launching a pilot program with its smartphones using the new operating system BlackBerry 10, likely in January. Its stock was up 49 cents to $13.63.Sobeys supermarket operator Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) reported a 19.5 per cent increase in fiscal second-quarter profits to $93.3 million or $1.37 per share, compared with net income of $78.1 million or $1.15 per share in the second quarter last year. Shares of the company fell $1.66 to $59.85. Toronto stock market falls on weaker commodities, U.S. budget talk concerns read more

Racehorses are failing drugs tests because their grooms are peeing in stables

first_imgDean Ivory at Goodwood “It’s cost me dearly,” he said.“Let’s hope something can be learned from this.” Dean Ivory’s fortunes improved at Goodwood, winning the showpiece Qatar Stewards’ CupCredit:Dan Abraham I’m very embarrassed that a member of staff has urinated in the stableDean Ivory, trainer “I had no idea you could get cross-contamination like that,” Ivory told the Racing Post. “I’m guilty because I’m responsible for my staff, but if I was more aware I could have made my staff more aware.“This could happen to other trainers.”Ivory, who has since updated his yard’s health and safety policy to explicitly ban urinating in the stables, said he suspected the practice was going on at other establishments and in stables at racecourses.The trainer was fined a total of £1,500 by the BHA for not taking all reasonable precautions to prevent contamination in the case of Wotadoll, and following a failed drug test by another of his horses, Links Lady Drive, after she won a race at Windsor in June last year.In that case, traces of the antihistamine cetirizine were found, which were traced to both a stable girl and the horse’s jockey, who were both on the medication.There is no suggestion, however, that Links Lady Drive, whose win was subsequently quashed, was contaminated through urine.The trainer revealed he had reimbursed the horse’s owners for their loss of earnings and waived a months’ training fees by way of apology.“I’m very embarrassed that a member of staff has urinated in the stable considering we’ve a new toilet block here,” said Ivory. Racehorses may be failing drugs tests because grooms taking painkillers and hay fever medications are urinating in their stables, a trainer has said.For months a cloud has hung over long-time Hertfordshire trainer Dean Ivory after two of his horses tested positive for banned substances in 2016.But a disciplinary panel has now concluded the drugs entered at least one of the animal’s systems via an innocent, if unsavoury route. An investigation was launched when traces of the analgesic O-desmethyltramadol were found in the system of then 2-year-old sprinter Wotadoll, after she came ninth in a race at Wolverhampton last November.A distraught Ivory, who has an unblemished record going back 16 years, was at a loss to explain the breach.However, the groom responsible for looking after the horse has since stepped forward to admit a habit of relieving himself in Wotadoll’s stable.The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) established that the staff member, Shane Cuddy, who is no longer employed at the yard, had been recovering from surgery in the lead-up to the race and had been taking the opioid painkiller tramadol, which metabolises into O-desmethyltramadol. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

MOSS cuts blasting overbreak and simplifies face markup reports that the Miner Operated Survey System (MOSS) developed by former Falconbridge employee Bernie Smith and still in use by Glencore at its Nickel Rim and Raglan operations, is now available to the global mining market.“Northern Survey Supply (NSS), a surveying company serving the mining industry from offices in Sudbury and Oakville, teamed up with the now retired Smith, who has rewritten MOSS in an AutoCAD platform.”According to NSS Senior Account Manager Bruno Lalonde it is now “far superior in operating power and functionality”. Miners perform the survey and overlay it on the mine plan using a tablet, “so they can understand in real time every round, every face and how it has broken.”The system calculates overbreak and underbreak, “which is great, unheard of and doesn’t happen anywhere else,” said Lalonde.“Studies show that most mines are looking at an overbreak of 20%. With MOSS, we’re able to bring that down to under 10%, so there’s less waste and an immediate return on investment.”The system tells the miner exactly where to collar the hole within millimetres of accuracy. The miner paints marks on the face and marks up the whole pattern. Using the traditional method of marking up the face takes a lot more time, and is much less accurate.“Also, with this process there’s no need for a scoop at the face to mark it up because you can use a paint stick to reach the back height without any problems,” said Lalonde.Using an instrument called the MS60, which is integrated with the MOSS system, the miner does a full 3D LiDAR scan. “It takes a picture and creates a point cloud which then creates a 3D mesh. With this process, you’re able to get an accurate volume. With 3D mapping, geologists can see any slips, dykes or structure issues in the back. If the miner is at the face and says the ground doesn’t look too good, he can connect to the network and the geologist on surface can see what’s going on, per face, per round. As the development is going forward, so is this information.”The imagery also shows the ground support, so in the event of a fall of ground, there’s documentation to prove that the ground support was properly installed.MOSS positively impacts professionalism and worker satisfaction, Lalonde told Sudbury Mining Solutions. “Because the surveys are done per round, per shift, the guys take a lot more ownership of their work. There’s more pride involved. At the end of a shift, they can say ‘I was under 5% overbreak.’ Because they take a picture, they know what the round looks like.“The return on investment is within 82 m of development,” said Lalonde. “The cost savings are huge.”There is also an improvement in cycle times.“The whole process – markup, setting up the instrument, teardown – takes 25 minutes, which is huge because the normal cycle time to mark up a face is an hour plus, so we’re saving on cycle time and saving on surveyors and geologists not having to come down to the face.”In the absence of MOSS, surveys aren’t done as frequently, so there’s a possibility of significant deviation from the mine plan.“Traditionally what happens is you get out by four feet, you get out by a metre and the mine design has to be adapted based on that because you can’t just say, ‘We’ll turn here.’ You can’t do that in rock. MOSS helps miners stay true to the mine plan.“It’s easy for me to believe in the system because of my surveying background,” said Lalonde. “I never had MOSS. Now that I see MOSS and how simple it is to implement, I’m convinced it’s the way surveying is going.”last_img read more

Morata happy to stay at Chelsea

first_imgAlvaro Morata didn’t have a successful first season at Chelsea as his performances were downgrading by every single game and there were a lot of rumours that he is not happy at the club and he wants to leave.The Spaniard was linked with a move abroad but he insisted that he was told that everyone wants him to stay and therefore, he decided that the best option would be to try to improve his performances with the Blues.Morata spoke about the upcoming season as he said, according to Goal:“On the first day of pre-season, I spoke to [Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia] and with the manager and I said: ‘I want to stay at Chelsea.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“They told me: ‘We have a lot of confidence in you and we want you to stay too.’ So everything was perfect.”“All the people said I wanted to leave, that I was not happy in London but it’s not true. Now I have taken another house, a bigger one, near to Cobham.”“My wife is very happy. When everyone is talking about the possibility to leave I am here looking for a house. So the story is finished and I can’t wait for Sunday’s game.”last_img read more

SD Sheriffs Department announces fugitive in custody

first_img Updated: 11:26 PM FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News SD Sheriff’s Department announces fugitive in custody KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -A 22-year-old woman who escaped from a Santee jail five days ago was recaptured tonight. Destiny Guns was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. by San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit detectives, according to sheriff’s Lt. Dave Schaller.Details of where Guns was found were not disclosed.Guns escaped the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility at 451 Riverview Parkway about 6 p.m. Saturday after being arrested April 1 on suspicion of possession of a stolen car, Schaller said.She had last been seen by deputies about a half-hour before.Guns was rebooked at the facility on the original charge and will face an additional charge for the jail escape, Schaller said.Related story:Escaped inmate in Santee Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019last_img read more

Northwest Arctic Borough to receive almost 200 million over 10 years from

first_imgThe Red Dog Mine in 2010. (Alaska Public Media file photo)After a Borough meeting Tuesday night, a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) agreement has been struck between the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) and Teck Alaska, the operator of Red Dog Mine.Listen nowFor the next ten years, the borough will receive annual payments from Teck Alaska based on a fixed asset value of Red Dog mine. The payments are estimated to be between $14 and $18 million per year. Previous payments were $11.6 million annually. Wayne Hall, superintendent for environment and community relations with Teck Alaska, explains the annual payments to NAB have increased since the previous agreement.“There was a previous PILT agreement that was for five years, which expired a year and a half ago and we’ve been under a severance tax until this new agreement has come into effect with the approval of the ordinance on Tuesday,” Hall said.In addition, Teck Alaska will create a Village Improvement Fund to be distributed by the Borough towards community services and infrastructure, with input from its eleven villages. The fund will be opened with $11 million and will receive $4-8 million per year based on a certain percentage of Red Dog’s gross profits.The total payment will be $20 to 26 million per year. Hall said it’s also a retroactive agreement, dating back to January 1st of 2016.Red Dog Mine sits on land owned by the NANA regional corporation and has been in operation since 1989.According to the corporation’s website, during the mine’s existence NANA has received $1.3 billion in net proceeds payments from the mine and distributed $820 million of that to other shareholders and corporations.The Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly approved the new PILT agreement on Tuesday night following a public hearing.last_img read more

Passengers suffer as transport strike begins in Ctg

first_imgChittagongOne of the transport owners’ associations of the district enforced an indefinite strike in the port city on Sunday morning to press home their 11-point demand, causing immense sufferings to commuters, reports UNB.Public transports, including buses, minibuses and human-haulers, stayed off the roads since morning in response to the strike called by Chittagong Metro Public Transport Owners’ Sangram Parishad.Belayet Hossain, convener of the transport owners’ platform, said around 1,500 vehicles will stay off the city streets until the administration meets their demands.Their demands include ending harassment of transport workers by police, relaxing driving license issuance rules and taking unfit vehicles off the roads.Thousands of commuters in the city are facing immense sufferings following the transport strike. CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers are charging excessive fares taking advantage of the situation, alleged commuters.last_img read more

Eugenie Clark shark lady who explored ocean depths dies at 92

first_imgIn 1968, Clark joined the zoology faculty at the University of Maryland and taught there full-time until 1992. At that point she became emeritus and continued teaching for several years before rejoining Mote — now based on City Island in Sarasota — in 2000.Along with underwater explorer Sylvia Earle, Clark inspired dozens of young women and men to enter the field of marine biology. Until a few months ago, she came into Mote most days, Hueter said, regularly hosting young scientists in her office.Stanford University marine science professor Barbara Block, one of the world’s foremost shark trackers, described her in an email as “one of my early mentors” who worked on making powerful acoustic tags to study six-gill sharks off the coast of Bermuda. Working with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Frank Carey, the team developed a pressure-resistant acoustic tag that could track sharks nearly 5,000 feet below the water’s surface.“She was a life force very much at the top of her academic game — shark biologist, explorer, diver, academic, professor and leader,” Block wrote. “We called her the shark lady.”Clark was also a tireless defender of sharks. “Lady With a Spear,” published in 1953, detailed her early expeditions in Micronesia and the Red Sea; she later worried that journalists assumed she collected large sharks by spearing them.She filmed dozens of documentaries and television specials and wrote for National Geographic and other publications, often about the need to protect shark species and their surroundings.Clark took her last ocean dive in 2014 in the Gulf of Aqaba, in the Middle East. During a 2008 interview at Mote, when she was describing how deep she had recently gone, she quickly admonished a reporter to keep that figure secret.“Don’t mention how deep I went,” she said. “I’m not supposed to do that anymore.”And with that, Clark threw back her head and started to laugh.Eilperin’s books include “Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.”Read more:Illegal shark fins destined for Hong Kong seized at Costa Rica airportCosta Rica joins Ecuador in calling for more protection of endangered shark speciesDead shark finding precedes ‘Black October,’ the worst month for illegal fishing in Costa Rica© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Eugenie Clark, a world authority on sharks who defied society’s expectations about women’s roles in science and the much-feared underwater creatures she studied, died Feb. 25 at her home in Sarasota, Florida. She was 92.Clark, an ichthyologist and oceanographer, divided much of her career between the University of Maryland and the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. The cause of death was lung cancer, Mote officials said.An unabashed adventurer and prolific researcher, Clark traveled the globe to study reef fish, sharks and mollusks. She made 71 dives in submersibles, a practice that is still done by a relatively small number of explorers, plunging at one point to 12,000 feet.Clark, whose mother and stepfather were Japanese, grew up immersed in a family and culture that valued the sea and all its life forms. Her career preceded Rachel Carson’s book “The Sea Around Us” and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s book and documentary “The Silent World,” which in the 1950s helped generate broad interest in undersea research.As a leading champion of marine life and conservation, Clark criticized the 1975 fright movie “Jaws” and other popular depictions of sharks that gave them “a bad rap.” For decades she had traveled with them underwater, studied them in captivity and saw them as a way to understand the globe’s vast seas.The first time Clark encountered a massive, pregnant whale shark, off Baja California, she grabbed onto a fold of skin under the animal’s dorsal fin and rode it for an extended period of time, holding onto her air tank as it slid off her back.“It was incredible,” Clark said in a 2008 interview, recalling how she lost sight of her colleagues who had remained on their vessel. “When I finally came up, I could barely see the boat, I was so far away.” U.S. ichthyologist Eugenie Clark at an event held at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, April 11, 2011. (U.S. Labor Department via Wikimedia Commons)One of Clark’s most significant academic contributions came in the late 1950s, when she proved sharks could be trained to pick a target based on visual clues and could learn tasks as quickly as mammals. She eventually published her findings in the journal Science.“It was the first demonstration of sharks’ intelligence,” said Robert Hueter, director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research, in an interview. “Before, people thought these were primitive, dim-witted animals, and she showed they were capable and had an important role in the marine environment.”She discovered “sleeping sharks” in underwater caves in Mexico and Japan, a finding that challenged the conventional wisdom that all sharks had to move constantly in order to get the oxygen they needed to survive, and proved that the Moses sole, which lives in the Red Sea, produces a natural shark repellent.Clark received awards throughout her lifetime, including the Explorers Club Medal and high honors from the American Society of Oceanographers and the National Geographic Society. She wrote more than 175 articles for academic and popular publications, said Mote spokeswoman Hayley Rutger.Eugenie Clark was born in New York City on May 4, 1922, to an American father and Japanese mother. She was 2 when her father died and her mother, Yumico, had to work on weekends to help support the family. When Eugenie got a little older, her mother would sometimes drop her off on Saturday mornings at an aquarium in lower Manhattan. She was fascinated and persuaded her mother to buy her a 15-gallon tank one Christmas. She amassed a collection of fish.“I knew more about produce from the sea than any of my schoolmates, and my reports in school, from kindergarten on, amused and shocked my classmates and teachers,” she recalled in a 1994 article in the journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. “I told them how we ate with chopsticks, had rice and seaweed for breakfast, raw fish, octopus, and sea urchin eggs for supper, and cakes made from sharks.”She graduated in 1942 from Hunter College with a zoology degree. After working as a research assistant at the Scripps oceanography institute in California, among other jobs, she completed her doctorate in zoology in 1950 at New York University, with a focus on sperm competition in poeciliids. Shark Biologist, Eugenie Clark passed away yesterday, aged 92. Her curiosity and her courage was an inspiration.— Science (@ScienceAllDay) February 26, 2015 Photo gallery: Eugenie Clark, Sarasota’s ‘Shark Lady.’— Herald-Tribune (@HeraldTribune) February 25, 2015center_img In New York City, Clark befriended members of the Vanderbilt family who admired one of her earliest books, “Lady With a Spear,” and who invited her to visit their southwest Florida estate. In 1955 she moved with her second husband, surgeon Ilias Konstantinu, and their two young daughters, “to start a marine laboratory in a little wooden building, 20 x 40 ft., in Placida,” she wrote in her 1969 book, “The Lady and the Sharks.”Clark served as the lab’s founding director until 1967, the year it was renamed to honor major benefactor William R. Mote.Konstantinu and Clark had four children together, all of whom survive her, and all of whom learned to scuba dive. She also has one grandson.Her first marriage, to Jideo Umaki, ended in divorce, as did her marriages to Konstantinu, author Chandler Brossard and National Institutes of Health scientist Igor Klatzo. Her fifth husband, Henry Yoshinobu Kon, whom she married in 1997, died in 2000.Watch Clark search for Hexanchus griseus, the six-gill shark, in the waters off Bermuda aboard the IUC submarine Pisces: Related posts:Following public outcry, Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle releases first interview filmed at depth off Cocos Island Costa Rica government vows to no longer support international shark protections Costa Rican government rejects Shark Enemy nominationlast_img read more

4th tunnel found in Ariz near USMexico border

first_imgNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) – U.S. authorities have unearthed an unfinished border tunnel near Nogales, Ariz., making it the fourth tunnel found in a week.Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Amber Cargile says authorities found the incomplete tunnel on Friday and that it didn’t appear to be in use.Authorities believe the tunnel’s aim was to smuggle drugs into the U.S.Earlier this week, federal officials found three sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation. Sponsored Stories The 240-yard tunnel in Arizona showed a level of sophistication not typically associated with other crude smuggling passageways that tie into storm drains in the state.“When you see what is there and the way they designed it, it wasn’t something that your average miner could put together,” said Douglas Coleman, special agent in charge of the Phoenix division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “You would need someone with some engineering expertise to put something together like this.”As Thursday’s massive pot seizure in Tijuana demonstrates, tunnels have become an increasingly common way to smuggle enormous loads of heroin, marijuana and other drugs into the country. More than 70 passages have been found on the border since October 2008, surpassing the number of discoveries in the previous six years.More than 150 secret tunnels have been found along the border since 1990, the vast majority of them incomplete, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Raids last November on two tunnels linking San Diego and Tijuana netted a combined 52 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border.The latest Arizona tunnel was discovered after state police pulled over a man who had 39 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle and mentioned the strip mall. Two were found in the San Diego-Tijuana area, and another was found in a vacant strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis.Cargile says the investigation into the Nogales tunnel is ongoing. No arrests have been made.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.Three drug smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation _ including one with a railcar system _ have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building sophisticated passages to escape heightened detection above ground.Two of the tunnels were incomplete, including one that the Mexican army found in a Tijuana warehouse Thursday with more than 40 tons of marijuana at the entry. The passage extended nearly 400 yards, including more than 100 yards into the United States.Soldiers found the Tijuana warehouse with four moving trucks full of marijuana, a trailer full of dirt, pickaxes, wheelbarrows, drills and other excavation equipment. The tunnel was equipped with a railcar system.The Mexican army said three people were detained.It was the second, major incomplete tunnel discovered in the San Diego-Tijuana area in two days and the third along the U.S.-Mexico border since Saturday, when a completed passage was found in a vacant strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis. U.S. authorities were investigating the tunnel discovered Wednesday for three months, said ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack.It takes six months to a year to build a tunnel, authorities say. Workers use shovels and pickaxes to slowly dig through the soil, sleeping in buildings where the tunnels begin until the job is done. Sometimes they use pneumatic tools.The tunnels are concentrated along the border in California and Arizona. San Diego is popular because its clay-like soil is easy to dig. In Nogales, Ariz., smugglers tap into vast underground drainage canals.San Diego’s Otay Mesa area has the added draw that there are plenty of nondescript warehouses on both sides of the border to conceal trucks getting loaded with drugs. Its streets hum with semitrailers by day and fall silent on nights and weekends.___Billeaud reported from Phoenix.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The tunnel was found beneath a water tank in a storage room and stretched across the border to an ice-plant business in the Mexican city of San Luis Rio Colorado. It was reinforced with four-by-six beams and lined with plywood.Investigators believe the tunnel wasn’t in operation for long because there was little wear on its floor, and 55-gallon drums containing extracted dirt hadn’t been removed from the property.Coleman said investigators can’t yet say for sure if the tunnel, estimated to cost $1.5 million to build, was operated by the powerful Sinaloa cartel. Still, authorities suspect cartel involvement because the group from Sinaloa controls smuggling routes into Arizona.“Another cartel wasn’t going to roll into that area and put down that kind of money in Sinaloa territory,” Coleman said. “Nobody is going to construct this tunnel without significant cartel leadership knowing what’s going on.”On Wednesday, the Mexican army found an incomplete tunnel in Tijuana estimated to be more than 150 yards long, beginning inside a building that advertised as a recycling plant. .The Mexican army said two tractor-trailers were found inside the building, along with shovels, drills, pickaxes, buckets and other excavation tools. The walls were lined with dirt and wide enough for one person to get through comfortably. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

FILE In this July 21 2011 file photo Stan Lee

first_img FILE – In this July 21, 2011, file photo, Stan Lee poses for a portrait at the LMT Music Lodge during Comic Con in San Diego. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth’s angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade.But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far more than that. It’s no stretch to say that he helped redraw the world of American fiction. And he certainly made sure everyone knew it.From the ashes of pulp magazines and the radioactive raw material of postwar uncertainty about science and power, he summoned — not singlehandedly, but certainly without parallel or peer — a textured, self-sustaining universe of imperfect heroes.While Updike and Cheever were doing it in literature, while Kubrick and Lumet and Penn were doing it at the movies, the father of Marvel presented comic-book America — which meant, at the time, mostly adolescent boys — with a pantheon of deeply flawed protagonists who, despite their presence in so many tales to astonish, were in many ways just like you and me.These outcasts and misfits rose to the alarm clock’s buzzing and slogged to work each morning to get the job done, not in a fanciful Metropolis or Gotham but on the actual streets of New York City and in the imperfect America beyond it. For them, the struggle was the thing — no matter whether the task was saving the world, paying the rent or trying to make ends meet as a freelance photographer or a blind lawyer or an itinerant stunt motorcyclist.Unlike DC Comics’ iconic heroes, many of whom had been destined for greatness as the last sons of doomed planets, Amazon royalty or rightful kings of the sea, the likes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Ghost Rider and the Incredible Hulk composed a catalogue of human frailties — schmoes who inadvertently, or negligently, wandered into the traffic of destiny.Some moneyed, some working-class, all neurotic, they had powers thrust upon them by misfortune or questionable choices. Their abilities were just as often bane as boon. And sometimes it was hard to tell the heroes and the villains apart. Sort of like real life.This was in no small measure due to Lee, who as Marvel’s editor-in-chief wrote many of the books himself during comics’ “Silver Age” years of the early 1960s. With seemingly boundless energy and a staggering variety of voices, he breathed personality, ambiguity and a common narrative into soon-to-be-beloved characters.“One of the things we try to demonstrate in our yarns is that nobody is all good, or all bad,” Lee wrote in a column for Marvel’s March 1969 issues. “Even a shoddy super-villain can have a redeeming trait, just as any howlin’ hero might have his nutty hang-ups.”It’s hard to overestimate how groundbreaking this philosophy was in a nation that, with a tone set by production-code Hollywood since the early 1930s, had spent three decades positioning largely unambiguous heroes at the centre of its rising mass culture. Add government efforts in the 1950s to demonize comics as the mind-decayers of America’s youth, and to push publishers back toward pablum, and you’ll have some idea what Lee accomplished at the beginning of the 1960s.Suddenly here was Tony Stark, a genius inventor with daddy issues (and, we would eventually learn, an alcoholic narcissist) who fixed his literally broken heart by turning himself into Iron Man. Here was Peter Parker, a meek high-school nerd who had no clue how to handle the creepy abilities and hormonal changes bestowed upon him by the bite of a radioactive spider on a class field trip. Talk about playing to your target audience.Here was Bruce Banner, a military scientist who tried to save someone from one of his test blasts and ended up locked in a battle with his own angry, destructive id — hardly an incidental narrative in an era when psychotherapy and self-help were sharply on the rise. And here was Matt Murdock, blinded in a horrible accident by irradiated waste, proving every night with precision radar powers, as Daredevil, that disability isn’t necessarily destiny. And here were the X-Men, mutants and perpetual outsiders whose struggle to find a place in the mainstream on Earth has been variously framed as a parable for race relations, anti-Semitism and the Red Scare.Even Steve Rogers, whose Captain America was the most Superman-like of the bunch, had demons. He was the skinny kid rejected by his World War II draft board who wanted so badly to fight that he volunteered to be a guinea pig for a “supersoldier serum” that would turn him into the ultimate fighting machine.Captain America debuted during the war years when Marvel was still called Timely Comics, but Lee and his team updated the story for the 1960s by giving Rogers even more ghosts: He lay frozen in ice for nearly two decades after falling into the sea, and awakened out of time in a fast-changing, morally murky world he barely recognized or could navigate.There was another, less-noticed corner where Lee was equally groundbreaking. As Marvel’s editor, in an age before computers were in every pocket, he worked tirelessly to develop a relationship with his audience.He talked about stuff behind the scenes and curated a tallish tale of a wacky, collegial studio of writers and artists who might do just about anything in their pursuit of good stories. His regular column, “Stan’s Soapbox,” talked directly to readers in a way that presaged the kind of access to celebrities that Twitter, Facebook and Instagram afford today.Many felt Lee didn’t share enough credit with such comics pioneers as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, who worked alongside him in those early years as he developed the “Marvel Method” of story development. Fair enough. But part of Lee’s genius was his ability to be a master of collage.Like a Bob Dylan or a Gene Roddenberry, Lee took cultural threads — elements already afoot in society — and constructed his own quilt. While his source material was sometimes derivative, what he stitched was something new under the sun.And within his emerging pantheon of white male angst, Lee was often an enthusiastic champion of progressive views about race, if not always gender. The now-fabled Black Panther first appeared in a Marvel comic book in 1966, becoming one of the earliest mainstream superheroes of African descent, though it took until 1973 for him to snag a marquee spot in a comic entitled “Jungle Action.”“None of us is all that different from each other. We all want essentially the same things outta life,” Lee wrote in the pages of Marvel Comics in February 1980. “So why don’t we all stop wasting time hating the ‘other’ guys. Just look in the mirror, mister — that other guy is you.”Marvel is a calibrated commercial juggernaut now, its stories drowning in the merchandise that amplifies them. It has been dismissed as mass-produced storytelling for a mass-produced age. Yet somehow, among the things Lee manages to leave behind is a lingering sense — snake oil, maybe, but potent nonetheless — that with Marvel’s tales, still, anything might happen.Because, as Stan Lee knew well before America did, we still want our fantastic, unlikely superheroes to be just like us. Or, more saliently, we want to believe that we can be just like them. And who knows what they might do to prevail because, after all, who really knows what we might do? Maybe we can be heroes, sure, but the rent’s still due on the 15th.___Ted Anthony, director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, writes frequently about American culture. Follow him on Twitter at @anthonyted A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his timecenter_img by Ted Anthony, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 3:55 am PDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more