CREWS MAKE PROGRESS ON CITY STREET REPAIRS

first_imgYOU MAY THINK IT’S NOT HAPPENING AS FAST AS YOU WOULD LIKE, BUT PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ON REPAIRING AND RESURFACING THE STREETS OF SIOUX CITY.CITY ENGINEER GORDON PHAIR SAYS WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE MILITARY ROAD BRIDGE INTO NORTH SIOUX, WHILE THE SOUTH DAKOTA D-O-T HAS COMPLETED DECK WORK ON THE I-29 BRIDGE INTO DAKOTA DUNES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SEPTEMBER AS PLANNED. :27WORK ON PIERCE STREET IS ALSO CONTINUING BETWEEN 18TH AND 27TH STREET:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………NEIGHBORHOODS & BUSINESSES. :14DOUGLAS STREET FROM DOWNTOWN NORTH HAS BEEN UNDERGOING RESURFACING, AND PHAIR SAYS THAT WILL SOON BE FINISHED.THERE WERE A COUPLE OF UNEXPECTED ISSUES THAT WERE FOUND AT 4TH STREET AND AT 10TH AND DOUGLAS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………TO FIX THOSE. :18PHAIR SAYS 11TH AND FLOYD WILL SOON BE RESURFACED TO COINCIDE WITH CARGILL’S CURRENT CLOSURE OF 11TH.THAT WILL BE FINISHED BY THE END OF AUGUST.HE SAYS WORK ON MORNINGSIDE AVENUE AT LAKEPORT SHOULD ALSO BE FINISHED BY LATE AUGUST.last_img read more

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Neymar loving responsibility at PSG

first_imgNeymar Neymar loving the responsibility on his shoulders at PSG Last updated 1 year ago 15:20 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain Getty Neymar PSG Monaco v PSG Monaco Ligue 1 The Brazilian came to Paris on a record deal, but claims he loves having the expectation that’s been put on his shoulders with his new club Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar says he knows what comes with being the most expensive player ever, but is relishing the responsibility that the French giants have placed on his shoulders since his world-record €222 million move from Barcelona this summer. The Brazilian has largely lived up to his price tag in the early days in Paris, having found the net seven times in Ligue 1 while netting six in five Champions League outings for the club. PSG 13/8 at Bayern Munich 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 Despite the hype surrounding his move, the 25-year-old says the cost of the player doesn’t matter once the match starts, and that he’s pleased with the faith PSG have shown in him. “Obviously I’m very grateful to the club for the confidence they’ve shown in me, in my football,” he told ‘The Ligue 1 Show’ on beIN SPORTS. “Now I have to perform on the pitch, it’s the best way to repay that confidence.”Of course I understand what it means to be the most expensive player of all time, but I don’t see that as added pressure. I don’t think about it and I don’t spend all day talking about it. It means nothing when you are out on the pitch. When that whistle blows, it’s just 11 versus 11 and everyone is the same.”Edinson Cavani Neymar PSG Celtic UEFA Champions League 22112017The move for Neymar has worked out well for PSG to this point, with the club still unbeaten across all competitions, and the former Barcelona star says he likes nothing more than to have the responsibility of leading a team piled on him. “I love having responsibilities on the field,” he said. “I never shirk away from that. It’s one of the reasons that I joined PSG. Throughout my career, I’ve always looked for more responsibilities, whether they’ve been self-imposed or given to me by the team. And I have always come out on top, always accepted them all. I know I’m very lucky, but I’m also very focused on my work and I’m a very hard worker.”I play a very joyous football. I always try to maintain this happiness in my game, do something different. I like to try new things, dribble, invent new moves. I like to improvise. I’m always looking for freedom! On and off the pitch.”I don’t like being put in a box, I don’t like boundaries. I like to move, play all over the pitch. My parents used to say I was hyperactive when I was younger and perhaps that explains why I play like this. Obviously I respect the coaches’ orders about my positioning, but I like to be allowed to improvise and create something special.”I don’t like losing – ever! I’ve always been an ambitious person, but more than that, I’ve never been someone who accepts defeat easily. I do everything and anything I can to win the match.”PSG face a tough road in the coming days, with the club set to face off against defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco on Sunday, with two more league matches to follow before they close out Champions League group play against Bayern Munich on December 5.last_img read more

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England’s Trevor Bayliss offers Jofra Archer chance to stake World Cup claim

first_img Show Oshane Thomas skittles England as West Indies square ODI series Trevor Bayliss has confirmed Jofra Archer will get a chance to state his case for a place in England’s World Cup squad at the start of the summer.The England coach was speaking following a seven-wicket defeat that he described as “embarrassing” after the world’s top one-day side were dismissed for 113 in the series finale against West Indies in St Lucia on Saturday. Archer will not be included in England’s initial 15-man World Cup squad to be named in April. But with teams allowed to make unlimited changes before the final deadline of 22 May, he will have six matches in which to state his case for inclusion.“It is 23 April when we’ve got to name the squad but we’ve got another month or so when we can change the team,” Bayliss said.The case for Archer’s inclusion is compelling even if he has played only 14 List A matches. He made his real breakthrough in Twenty20 cricket playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the 2018 Big Bash League in Australia but he has impressed for Sussex, too, in the T20 Blast, guiding the county to finals day last summer in a campaign during which he took a hat-trick against Middlesex that included the wicket of England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan. Hide Share on Twitter Pinterest It is a result that casts a shadow over England’s preparations for the World Cup, a tournament for which they were meant to be favourites before this 2-2 series draw in the Caribbean.Although it was the batsmen who struggled this time, a bowling attack that were routinely taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle and company throughout the series could do with the injection of Archer’s 90mph pace.The 23-year-old, who was born in Barbados but holds a British passport, has benefited from the recent reduction of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s residency qualification period from seven years to three. It means he will be available to play for England on 17 March having spent the required 210 days in the UK over the past 12 months.Now after months of speculation, Bayliss has said the Sussex all‑rounder is likely to get his chance in the one-off ODI against Ireland in Dublin on 3 May and the five-match series against Pakistan that follows.“Jofra Archer’s name keeps cropping up and I think at some stage we will give him an opportunity,” he said. “Those matches against Pakistan and Ireland, I think he will get an opportunity to show us what he can do. I haven’t spoken to him. But he’s said publicly he’s keen.” Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Facebook Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Messenger Trevor Bayliss Cricket Read more Share via Email news … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Support The Guardian Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels England cricket team Twitter Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe England in West Indies 2019 Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Whether or not bringing Archer into the World Cup equation so close to the tournament is wise remains to be seen given his presence could destabilise a closely knit squad who have risen to No1 in the world together over the past four years. “I wouldn’t say it is necessarily a concern but it is something we’ve got to think about,” Bayliss said. “Firstly is he good enough to be in the team and secondly will that upset the apple cart?”Tom Curran, David Willey and Joe Denly are the players who are most at risk of losing their places in the World Cup squad if Archer’s audition is a success. Asked whether the players who might be affected are aware of the situation, Bayliss said: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them. There is plenty of speculation all the time in the papers and I’m sure they read that. They are on their Twitter and stuff so they see it.”As for the defeat on Saturday, in which England were skittled out for a record low total against West Indies in a match that lasted only40.2 overs in total, Bayliss believes it may provide a timely reality check.“For us to lose in such a fashion – I think they were embarrassed,” the head coach said. “In a macabre sort of way it might be exactly what we needed. Like a wakeup call.“Just because we’re one of the favourites for the World Cup doesn’t mean we can turn up and go through the motions and win. There are a number of teams that can win this World Cup and we’ve got to be right on our game to have a chance.” Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 England’s coach Trevor Bayliss said of the seven-wicket defeat by West Indies: ‘In a macabre sort of way it might be exactly what we needed. Like a wakeup call.’ Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Indies cricket team Topics Was this helpful? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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81yrold exNagaland CS convicted in arms case

first_imgNew Delhi: Thirty-three years after registering an Arms Act case, the Central Bureau of Investigation has secured a conviction against 81-year-old Surinder Singh Ahluwalia, a former Chief Secretary of Nagaland recently. A Delhi court has held the IAS officer guilty in the case and sentenced the octogenarian to undergo five years in prison along with a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh.Interestingly, the CBI had started probing allegations against Ahluwalia after the then Nagaland government had referred his case to P Chidambaram, who was then the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Nagaland’s erstwhile Chief Minister Hokisha Sema had written to the Union Home Ministry alleging that Ahluwalia had amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and during this probe the CBI had found that the bureaucrat had amassed assets worth nearly Rs 68 lakh in the 1980s during an 18-year check period. While CBI sleuths were searching his premises in connection with the disproportionate assets case, officials had found four firearms at his Delhi premises and one at his Kohima home along with hundreds of live cartridges. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAhluwalia had the licence for only three of the firearms. Officials here said the CBI had recovered one .38 bore rifle with 74 cartridges, one NP Pistol with 32 cartridges, one .275 bore rifle, one carbine with 200 cartridges and one .22 bore rifle made in Czechoslovakia with 22 cartridges. Ahluwalia was a 1969-batch IAS officer and has held several senior posts in the Government of Nagaland, including that of the Chief Secretary to the State. He was also served as the Director of Police Division, under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs at one point of time. Before being inducted into the IAS, Ahluwalia was also an Officiating Captain in the Indian Army after being commissioned as an Emergency Commission Officer in 1964. But the senior retired civil servant had several allegations of corruption levelled against him by the late 1980s. The Nagaland CM’s letter to Chidambaram in 1986 had said that Ahluwalia had engaged in several corrupt practices since being inducted into the IAS. According to court documents, CM Hokisha Sema had written that Ahluwalia had acquired several properties across the country with income not known to be his. This included an air-conditioned cinema hall in Agra, a residential property in Delhi’s South Extension-II registered to on Kamaljit Walia, another residential property in Delhi’s Greater Kailash area and landed properties in Gwalior and Chandigarh. The CBI had registered the arms case against Ahluwalia in 1987 and duly filed a chargesheet against him in the summer of 1992 after completing its investigation. However, the court framed charges against him only in 2010 and now 19 years later he has been convicted and sentenced. Despite the fact that Ahluwalia had approached the Delhi High Court in 1991 to get the FIRs against him quashed, citing that the consent granted to the CBI by the State’s Chief Minister was not maintainable, judges Arun Kumar and Milap Chandra Jain had dismissed the petition, allowing the CBI to continue with its probe, after which it has pursued the case for 33 years to secure a conviction.last_img read more

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Fighting fire with defiance Some stay home in BC to protect homes

first_imgRise Johansen is among those in British Columbia who has decided against obeying an evacuation order because of a wildfire, choosing instead to remain behind in Takysie to help those who are remaining in their homes.On Friday, she said the sun was out and the smoke had lifted slightly.“It’s a very odd experience because sometimes you wouldn’t even hardly know there’s a fire,” said Johansen, co-owner of Takysie Lake Resort.Johansen and her husband are two of the last people left for a tiny community of about 20 homes on Takysie Lake in central British Columbia. Takysie Lake is about a 30-minute drive from Francois Lake, where others have remained in their homes despite an evacuation order.As the fires snaked through the area, people’s homes were evacuated and the Johansens also left before returning.“We just went down the road a little bit and then we’ve come back,” she said in a telephone interview on Friday. “We didn’t feel like we were in imminent danger the night they started to evacuate.”She said the couple will stay as long as they feel safe. They run a store, resort, gas station and restaurant, and have had a steady stream of people who have been coming to them for everything from a cup of coffee to gas for their vehicles.People are putting up fire guards and using sprinklers to protect a number of homes.The Wildfire Service said more than 550 fires were burning Friday in all areas of the province. Sixty were considered fires of note, meaning they either posed a threat to people and property or were highly visible. Most were in the southeast part of B.C.Winds complicated the battle against many fires, including two with a combined area of more than 1,000 square kilometres southwest of Burns Lake and along the south shore of Francois Lake, where some people have defied an evacuation order to protect their land.Rodney Holland, chief administrative officer at nearby Fraser Lake, said evacuation orders are based on personal safety although adults have the option of defying the orders. He said he understands why people would defy them, based on an underlying belief that nobody will protect their property as diligently as they would.Johansen was also critical of the response to the fires by government agencies.“The boots on the ground are all awesome. The guys and the gals are working their asses off,” she said. “But the system of how this is being taken care of is immensely flawed. And that’s why so many people have stayed here. And I hate to use the word defied, but defied the evacuation order because we don’t have enough faith in the people making the decisions.”Holland said it is “frustrating” that some people are not happy with the government’s handling of the fires.“From everything that we’ve seen, everybody’s who’s responding to this fire is doing the very best possible,” he said. “We can’t control Mother Nature — Mother Nature is much bigger than us and the first responders and it’s sad that these people … are sitting back and criticizing. It’s just sad.”Some members of the Nadleh Whut’en have also defied evacuation orders and have stayed behind to protect their homes.Dana Glanville, who wrote a letter to the government following a public meeting in Grassy Plains, said she’s frustrated that authorities aren’t using valuable local knowledge to fight the fires and dismissed suggestions that local residents are naive or unprepared.“These are seasoned people who are farm people and loggers and contractors and many of them have had extensive experience fighting fires of all sizes and types for many many years,” she said Thursday. “They’re not wet behind the ears by any stroke of the imagination.”Glanville said between 100 and 150 residents on the south side of Francois Lake stayed behind to protect the land.“It’s home. It’s a beautiful little corner of the province,’ said Glanville, a former forestry technician. “It’s wild, it’s free. It’s filled with probably some of the last very, very self-reliant, hard-working, honest people.”— With files from Amy Smart in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Bhikkhuni begins fast over failed good governance

However she says the Government has failed to fulfill the promises so it has no right to remain in power. The Bhikkhuni also alleged that the Government is on the verge of destroying the country through a new Constitution.She claimed the if the new Constitution is approved the Sinhalese community in the country will not have anything left. A Bhikkhuni (Buddhist nun) launched a fast in Kandy today in protest over the failure by the ‘good governance’ Government to fulfill its promises.The Bhikkhuni, who has refused to consume any food or water, said that she will continue the fast until the Government resigns. The Bhikkhuni also accused the Government of protecting the very people it accused of being corrupt. (Colombo Gazette) She said that the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had made several promises to the people. read more

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SEC Sets Record With 8 Teams in AP Poll

The Southeastern Conference got a record-breaking eight schools ranked in the Associated Press college football poll.The Top 25 list was turned upside down this week after seven ranked teams lost. Five of the teams lost to squads that were either lower ranked or not ranked at all. As a result, Michigan fell from the poll and Stanford dropped eight spots.The top four teams on the list didn’t change, with Alabama at No. 1, Oregon No. 2,  followed by Clemson and Ohio State.Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and fell to No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team to lose to team not ranked this season. Michigan dropped from the list after falling to Penn State 43-40 in four overtimes.Auburn landed in at No. 24 in the rankings for the first time this season. The SEC team joined No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida to help set the record.The SEC had eight teams ranked back in a 2011 preseason poll, but never in a regular season poll. read more

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Marketing Expert Says LaMelo Ball Can Disrupt NCAA Regulations

LaMelo Ball left California high school to be homeschooled. (Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions)In a world where young athletes are unable to profit from their likeness, a marketing maven says LaMelo Ball may be the catalyst for change. The youngest of Lavar Ball’s sons is a 16-year-old point guard, but he already committed to UCLA at 13. While he’s set to follow in his older brother Lonzo Ball’s footsteps, LaMelo will have a new challenge to take on.The youngest Ball appeared in an advertisement for his signature sneaker under the family’s Big Baller Brand, the Melo Ball 1. The ad for the MB1s, which go for $395, could put him in violation of the NCAA’s rule prohibiting athletes from profiting from their likeness.“An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual (a) uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;” Article 12 of the NCAA Division I Manual reads per Sports Illustrated. “[Or] (b) accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.”But according to Sonny Vaccaro, a former sports marketing executive known for signing Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal, the Balls can sue the NCAA if they deem the former Chino Hills High School student ineligible.Related: Ball Family NewsLaVar Ball Pulling AAU Team Off Floor Over ‘Bad’ Call Earns Immediate Scorn from Disgusted Twitter UsersLaVar Ball Shaking Things Up Again As He and Sons Set to Star In Facebook DocuseriesLaVar Ball Remains Unbothered As Son Lonzo Gets Drafted by L.A. Lakers“This has the potential to change the landscape of amateurism, but I hope it’s resolved before the Ball kid gets to the NCAA,” Vaccaro told Bleacher Report Thursday, Oct. 19. “This is an obscene rule where they discriminately have control over individuals that they shouldn’t have control over in earning a living. This would create more turmoil in the right to earn, and is the ideal setup for what I believe athletes should have — the freedom to earn money off their God-given ability.”According to Sports Illustrated, Ball’s suit can claim the non-profit regulatory organization and member schools have banded together “in an anti-competitive arrangement to prevent him and other players from being able to license their identity rights or ‘brand.’” Such an arrangement would break the federal antitrust law, he could argue.Still, Ball may circumvent the issue altogether if dad LaVar sticks to his statements made in September.“When it comes to basketball and you’re good, you just better be ready for training camp … Who cares?” LaVar said on ESPN’s “First Take” in September. “He won’t go to the NCAA. ‘Oh, he better go overseas.’ Why? All he gotta do is be faster and stronger. And when it’s time to prepare, we could sit out for as long as we want.” read more

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Overweight horses are the new normal vets warn

Half of horses in the UK are overweight because owners have forgotten how to keep them healthy, leading equine vets have warned.Experts from the British Equine Veterinary Assocation (BEVA) said obesity is the gravest threat facing horses, which is resulting in hundreds being put down every year.David Rendle, a member of BEVA’s ethics and welfare committees, said studies showed around half of all UK horses are now overweight, while research from the Royal Veterinary College found as much as 70 per cent of native pony breeds were obese.Horses with excess weight are at risk of suffering from laminitis, a potentially fatal condition caused by blood flow restriction to the hooves, which can cause swelling and inflammation.Around 600 horses a year are said to be euthanised as a result of the disease.Mr Rendle warned the obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing as horse and pony owners are now no longer capable of recognising or determining a healthy weight for their animals.He said: “Overweight has become normal and horse owners no longer appreciate what a healthy horse should look like. Show horses are often obese, so this is what people aspire to.” Horses with excess weight are at risk of suffering from laminitisCredit:Edward Wilson / Alamy Horses with excess weight are at risk of suffering from laminitis It comes after another equine vet, Joe Mackinder, told Horse and Hound magazine last year that horses admitted to his Yorkshire-based practice were getting “progressively fatter and fatter”. Dr Mark Kennedy, a senior RSPCA manager, warned horses with laminitis remained at risk even if the disease is identified and treated at an early stage.He said: “Once a horse gets laminitis once, it’s more prone to it. If a horse is overweight, it’s always at a greater risk of laminitis.”Equine vets said horses had evolved to lose weight in the winter and regain it by spring but improvements to land meant animals were still able to graze on hillsides and moorlands, halting any natural weight loss.The World Horse Welfare Association warned modern practices such as putting rugs on horses during winter in order to keep them warm had inhibited their ability to efficiently burn calories by using energy in cold weather.Experts added horse owners who treat their animals as pets often made the mistake of overfeeding, especially in the case of foals, which leads to obesity-related conditions.Sam Chubbock, from the World Horse Welfare Association, said: “Overweight horses and ponies continue to be one of the most pressing challenges facing our equine population.”We advise owners to monitor their horses’ weight regularly, using a combination of weight taping and body condition or fat scoring.”   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. read more

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Runaway Hypervelocity Stars Might Be Galactic Orphans

first_imgStay on target Stars are weird things. They’re huge, awesome, powerful, make life possible — all that good stuff. But that good stuff only really happens when they’re stable. You don’t want a finicky star anywhere near you. Nuh-uh. Those things can burp and destroy planets or even explode and wreak havoc for lightyears. But all that stuff is normal star stuff. Stars have life cycles, and sometimes they get all wild. It’s just kinda what they do, right?Yes, but, a select few stars, known as “hypervelocity” stars go through all of that stuff AND are whizzing around at a million kilometers an hour. Which… what the fuck? Yeah. These things really exist. And they are kinda terrifying. We all know what happens when something gets hit by a small chunk of rock moving really fast (hint: it helped a bunch of lizard lookalikes grow into chickens), and these things are fucking STARS moving THOUSANDS OF TIMES FASTER. There aren’t too many of these things around, thank fuck, but it is pretty important to know where these death-monsters come from and what causes them lest we be ripped asunder by one of these hell-demons sometime down the line.A new paper suggests that these special stars might come from our galactic neighbors. “We conclude that hypervelocity runaway stars from the Large Magellanic Cloud, as a consequence of star-formation, are unavoidable,” the study reads.You might hear a lot about Andromeda, our closest proper counterpart, but the Magellanic Clouds are far closer (and smaller). There are a few around, and each hovers pretty close to the Milky Way — some closer than our own galactic core.The scientists analyzed a bunch of data detailing the 20 known hypervelocity stars, and then found with a computer simulation that the Large Magellanic Cloud would spit out one every few hundred thousand years. And that lines up rather neatly with a star we found in 2005. It was zipping along at more than 2.5 million kilometers an hour. Given that the star isn’t the type that lives long enough to get from the galactic core — where many stars are born — to where it was, scientists concluded then that it probably came from the LMC.It seems likely, at least, that the LMC is the source of at least some of these stars. Researchers suspect there may be up to 10,000 flitting about the Milky Way, and if that’s true, some of them may suggest an alternate origin, or perhaps another possible source. Only time (and more science, of course) will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

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BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2017

first_imgMOON                                                     MOONSET:         8:29PM                    MOONRISE:       8:31AM WED. TIDESLOW TIDE:        3:02PM                       3:36AM         WEDHIGH TIDE:       9:15PM                       9:38AM         WEDWEATHER OUTLOOK: PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK:DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA AND ADJACENT WATER AREAS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF HARVEY. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT WHEN THE SYSTEM MOVES OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE TONIGHT, AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY…THIS SYSTEM HAS A 90% FORMATION CHANCE THROUGH THE NEXT 5 DAYS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau –GENERAL SITUATION:  THE NORTHERN PORTION OF A TROPICAL WAVE PRODUCES SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…WHILE A SURFACE TROUGH INFLUENCES WEATHER OVER THE NORTHERN ISLANDS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: …MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE POTENTIAL OF WATERSPOUTS……BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY, HOT AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY:     …EXPECT GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS…WINDS:      EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS:          2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND A BIT BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.ADVISORY:     A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWINDS:      EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS…& 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS:          3 TO 5 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS…& 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE                  91       °F        33        °C       HEAT INDEX                           °F                    °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE                 79       °F        26        °C       WIND CHILL                           °F                    °C SUN                                                         SUNSET:        7:38PMSUNRISE:        6:47AM WED Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SHOWER ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH A BROAD TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE NEAR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS REMAINS LIMITED. ANY DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS SHOULD BE SLOW TO OCCUR WHILE IT MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS COULD BECOME A LITTLE MORE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT BY THE WEEKEND. THIS SYSTEM HAS A 30% CHANCE OF FORMATION DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES/AA Related Items:last_img read more

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Vancouver charity bridges gap between foster teens needs

first_imgStevenson High School senior Jenay Walsh is facing some steep, but important, expenses right now: college application fees of approximately $50 per school. She’s applying to four. Her grades have been great lately, and her hopes are high.Last year, due to education budget cuts, Walsh was facing steep fees for school sports: $85 per sport. Plus expenses like equipment and uniforms. Walsh is a basketball and softball star at SHS.None of those costs are chump change to this foster child and her family — a big group that includes several other foster kids, not to mention the birth son of parents Leah and A.J. Smith.In both cases, Walsh talked to her caseworker, and the caseworker talked to Bridge the Gap. That’s a Vancouver-based charity aiming to sweeten the lives of needy foster children with some of the perks most of us take for granted — from Christmas presents to dance lessons, or, in Walsh’s case, from basketball shoes to college application costs.It’s helped Walsh, 18, carve out some normalcy in what’s been anything but a normal life. Without Bridge the Gap, she said, she might be holding foster-youth fundraisers or otherwise hitting up others for help.last_img read more

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We Have Some Big Fires to Put Out in BtoB

first_imgCHICAGO—During an afternoon session on the final day of American Business Media’s Top Management meeting here, moderator and Apprise Media CEO Charlie McCurdy said Booz & Company’s survey, “A Roadmap for Profitable Growth,” which was presented here Monday, comes at a difficult time in b-to-b publishing.“I was in Montecito, California having dinner the other night and was looking up at all of the houses that were destroyed from the wildfires,” McCurdy said. “Booz coming to do this survey is kind of like an interior decorator coming to decorate those houses. It’s great advice, but we have some big fires to put out.”Panelist and Summit Business Media CEO Andy Goodenough said the study was a “concise view of what we need to do here as businesses,” noting that Summit has “tripled in size” since launching nearly two years ago. M2Media360 CEO Marion Minor noted many companies need to cut costs but stressed considering audience, “not just numbers.”Show Me the Money The morning session, “20 Money Making Ideas in 20 Minutes,” proved to be a lively discussion led by NewBay Media CEO Steve Palm and Carr Davis, co-CEO of Cygnus Business Media. Although the pair came up short of delivering 20 ideas, they talked about the importance of publishers customizing their Web sites and repurposing client video online.Davis, who didn’t mention the pending sale of Cygnus, stressed the use of Webinars as lead generators. Webinar revenue has more than doubled since Davis and fellow co-CEO Tony O’Brien joined the largely print-centric company a little more than two years ago, Davis said.Palm said NewBay is the latest publisher to join the BBN Network, b-to-b advertising network founded earlier this year through a partnership with Cygnus, McGraw-Hill Nielsen, Reed Business and 24/7 Real Media, Inc.last_img read more

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The Chainsmokers Duran Duran To Headline KAABOO Cayman In 2019

first_img FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images News Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Email Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 https://twitter.com/KAABOOCayman/status/996367232501460993 Content Not Available Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Who Is Headlining KAABOO Cayman In 2019? chainsmokers-duran-duran-headline-kaaboo-cayman-2019 Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images “The lineup for Cayman was curated specifically with the KAABOO fan in mind,” says Jason Felts, chief brand officer of KAABOO and CEO of Virgin Produced, the entertainment arm of Richard Branson’s group of companies and producing partner of KAABOO. “Similar to our event in California, KAABOO Cayman will also include a combination of bucket list artists and today’s hitmakers. With both a local and tourist focus, KAABOO Cayman also would not have been complete without the islands sounds of Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Maxi Priest.” Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Facebook Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Twitter Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images KAABOO Cayman will mark the festival’s first edition outside of its original home in Del Mar, Calif., where it will return for its fourth annual festival Sept. 14–16 with headliners Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, and Robert Plant.Just last month, the festival announced additional 2019 expansion plans, revealing a deal with the Dallas Cowboys organization to bring KAABOO to Texas in May 2019.Tickets for the two-day KAABOO Cayman Festival are currently available via the festival’s website. Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest More Music Festivals The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran To Headline KAABOO Cayman In 2019 Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 13, 2016 – 12:46 pm The Chainsmokers Talk Fan Theories Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Prev Next Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com The San Diego-based festival reveals performers for their expansion to Grand Cayman Island in February of next yearNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 15, 2018 – 8:38 am GRAMMY-winning groups the Chainsmokers and Duran Duran have been announced as headliners for the first ever edition of KAABOO Cayman Festival, set to take place Feb. 15–16, 2019, on Grand Cayman Island. The festival also announced additional acts including Zedd, Counting Crows, Blondie, Flo Rida, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Maren Morris, Bryan Adams, and Los Lobos. Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival?last_img read more

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Senate Republicans Defy Democrats Boycott To Advance Trump Nominees

first_img Share Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, is seen with Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on Jan. 24.Updated 1:15 p.m. ETA day after Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance the nominations for President Trump’s nominees to lead the departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, the panel’s Republicans met in a surprise meeting Wednesday morning and voted to suspend committee rules to vote on those nominees without Democrats present.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Finance Committee called the Democrats’ boycott “the most pathetic thing.” Opening the meeting, Hatch said, “We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues.”Democrats consider the move in violation of longstanding rules on the finance committee, which require one member of each party present.Where are @SenateFinance Dems this morning? Standing with the ppl of OH and others hurt by the abusive practices of Mnuchin’s bank. pic.twitter.com/AvLpnxyJko— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) February 1, 2017Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, posted a photo of empty seats in the committee room and said the Democrats were standing with people “hurt by the abusive practices of Mnuchin’s bank.”Democrats boycotted yesterday, saying they had new ethical questions about both Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin and HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price, as we reported:Price has been under a cloud of controversy for weeks over questions about whether he properly disclosed stock trading of a biomedical company, which says the congressman was able to purchase with a discount, according to the Wall Street Journal.As for Mnuchin, he faces more questions about his role in the foreclosure crisis as the head of OneWest Bank. As NPR’s Yuki Noguchi reported when Mnuchin testified before the committee earlier this month, he was grilled by Democrats “for his role as CEO of a company that took over IndyMac Bank, now known as OneWest, which failed because of its bad home loans and later pushed through many controversial foreclosures, ultimately yielding massive profits for Mnuchin.”The Columbus Dispatch reported over the weekend that Mnuchin “flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used ‘robo-signing’ on mortgage documents. But records show the bank utilized the questionable practice in Ohio.”Hatch defended both nominees this morning. “Dr. Price’s account of the investment hasn’t really been substantially refuted, let alone disproven. But, my colleagues claim that their misinterpretation of his testimony is grounds for an indefinite delay on his confirmation,” he said. Hatch also said the Mnuchin controversy is moot because there is “no fixed definition” of robo-signing. Consumer advocates and the financial services industry have differing views on the term.Democrats have insisted that their issue with these nominees is strictly the issues they’ve raised, though Hatch accused them of being “ready to leap off whatever cliff” that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asks them to.Schumer broke with time-honored Senate decorum yesterday by voting against Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for Transportation Secretary. She was approved 93-6.The minority party, with virtually no legislative power to block Trump Cabinet nominees as was illustrated this morning, is under pressure from liberal voters to do whatever they possibly can to stop Trump’s nominees from being approved.Democrats did stage another boycott against the committee vote for Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency over Obama-era regulations as Oklahoma Attorney General and has expressed skepticism of climate change. That vote was supposed to occur Wednesday morning in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.GOP committee chairman Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., called the move “political theater,” and said there would not be a vote today, declining to force a vote in the way Hatch did. He also said Democrats were simply stalling because they don’t like Pruitt’s views.Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said he didn’t like that Pruitt would not definitively say whether he’d recuse himself from the lawsuit by the State of Oklahoma that he had filed as attorney general against the EPA if he were leading the agency.The real fight could come now with Trump’s nomination of a Supreme Court justice. Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch will need 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle needed for confirmation. That threshold was removed for lower court nominees and cabinet positions in 2013.While the Democrats boycotted the Price and Mnuchin committee votes, they did allow other panels to move ahead on Trump nominees including Betsy DeVos for education secretary, Rick Perry for energy secretary and Ryan Zinke for interior secretary.Democrats have delayed the final floor vote on Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, but Rex Tillerson was set to be confirmed Wednesday afternoon.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Chuck Harmon Cincinnati Reds First AfricanAmerican Player Dead at 94

first_imgBy The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds’ first African-American player has died at the age of 94.The team says Charles “Chuck” Harmon died Tuesday, nearly 65 years after he made his debut against the Braves in Milwaukee on April 17, 1954. It did not provide details.In this March 1956, file photo, Cincinnati Reds’ Charles Harmon poses during spring training baseball in Tampa, Fla. Harmon, the Reds’ first African-American player, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019. He was 94. ( (AP Photo/File)Harmon had remained a familiar figure in Cincinnati as a regular participant in fan and community events.Among his Reds honors is a bronze plaque near their stadium entrance.In this April 20, 2004, file photo, former Cincinnati Reds player Chuck Harmon, left, reaches across a plaque honoring him to shake hands with his son, Chuck Harmon Jr., during ceremonies before the Reds game against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati. Harmon, the Reds’ first African-American player, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019. He was 94. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)A native of Washington, Indiana, Harmon served in the Navy and was a standout basketball and baseball player at the University of Toledo . He worked his way into Major League Baseball seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.Harmon played more than two seasons as a Reds utility player. He also played for the Cardinals and Phillies in his four years in the majors.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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How This FoodDelivery Entrepreneur Pivoted to CannabisDelivery

first_imgFebruary 27, 2019 Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 4 min read Cannabis had just been legalized for recreational use in Oregon, so I and everyone else in my town lined up, sometimes for an hour, outside the busy dispensaries. When I finally got to the counter, I had mere minutes to read the menu and even less time to discuss it with the budtender and make an informed decision. It was a terrible customer experience.That’s when it hit me: What if I could just go online, educate myself about the products available at each dispensary, determine which was right for me, click a button, and have them delivered straight to my home?Related: Her Dad Founded the Emerald Cup and Now She Is Co-Producer of the Industry’s Largest FestivalThe concept wasn’t completely random. In my previous life, I ran and sold two online food-ordering companies. The first I helped start in college, after I noticed how much time students wasted looking through stacks of paper menus and calling restaurants for delivery. After graduating, I discovered there were no online food-delivery businesses in Canada, so my partner and I created GrubCanada, scaled it from coast to coast, and sold it to Just Eat in 2012.Now I live in Bend, Oreg., where I ran my idea by my brother. He hates 99.9 percent of the stuff I pitch him, but he said, “You have to do this.” So he joined as my CPO. We named the company Dutchie (slang for “joint”) and got to work applying the same ideas that we would in online food ordering.We soon learned that the cannabis business was a different beast. It would require some creative rethinking.At first, we stuck with what we knew: We built a system that looks a lot like a restaurant delivery service. Customers can shop on our platform, and then a dispensary receives the customer’s order and is responsible for delivering the product. But as soon as we launched, we ran into a big problem. Dispensaries may sell up to 1,000 products, always get new products in, and run out of stock all the time — which means their inventory is constantly changing. This is the opposite of the restaurant business, where menus stay the same. When was the last time you ordered from Domino’s and were told they ran out of pepperoni pizza?Related: How MedMen Is Making Marijuana MainstreamWe quickly got calls from frustrated dispensaries that were getting orders for sold-out products, and from angry customers who’d ordered something that wasn’t available. It was devastating — I thought we might have to shut down. Then we came up with a solution. We integrated our software with major POS systems, so when a dispensary added or sold out of a product, Dutchie updated automatically.One crisis solved, but soon there were others. In my former businesses, we used Google AdWords, Instagram, and Facebook to market, which you can’t do with cannabis. We had to get the word out, but how? One thing I learned from the food-­ordering business is that when a customer uses your service, it’s easier to get them to order again than it is to get somebody new to order. We needed to encourage repeat business. Related: How to Finesse FDA Regulations and Successfully Market Your CBD BusinessThat’s why we got creative with customer service. When somebody orders from Dutchie for the first time, we surprise them a week later with an appreciation package in the mail. Inside is a handwritten thank-you note, some Dutchie swag, and a pair of custom Dutchie slippers. Our message is: Relax and let the dispensary come to you, or order for pickup. That personal touch builds brand loyalty and creates word of mouth. Dutchie is now in more than 250 stores across nine states. If I could share one takeaway for those considering jumping into the cannabis business, it would be to stay in your lane. If you become a master at something, no matter what business it is, then stick to that expertise. For me, it was online ordering. I’m still in online ordering today. I’ve switched my focus to cannabis because I saw an opportunity, but at the core of what we’re doing — our operation, our logistics, our software, our team — it’s the same as helping you order a pepperoni pizza. This story appears in the March 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

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Cancun shooting against civilian ends in shootout with police arrest made

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A shooting that began against a civilian in residential Cancun ended with gunfire aimed at city police.On Saturday evening, police arrived at the scene of a civilian shooting in a residential area of suburban Cancun. While entering the area, municipal police themselves were attacked by gunfire.The incident occurred around 6:20 p.m. on Págalo Avenue in a suburb of Cancun when one of two men walking through the neighborhood, a 35-year-old Canadian, was shot twice.According to preliminary information, municipal police were making their way toward the crime scene when they encountered a spray of bullets after intercepting a red car trying to flee the area.Upon returning fire, police were able to cause the fleeing Ibiza to crash into a roundabout, resulting in those inside running to escape, however, as more police arrived they gave chase and caught one of the men running from the car.He was arrested and taken to the Public Ministry for processing. While not officially confirmed, the red car involved in this incident was previously reported stolen and is thought to be related to other recent shootings in the city.The Canadian man who received the two bullet wounds was taken to Cancun hospital. Authorities are investigating.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Solís celebrates historic win

first_img¿Cómo quedamos hoy? Yo digo que #CRC 1 #ITA 0 🙂 ¿qué dicen tuiteros y tuiteros?— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 20, 2014 After Costa Rica won, Solís invited Ticos to join him in a celebration at the La Hispanidad roundabout, a traditional point of celebration for residents of the capital.“I told you, 1-0” the president tweeted after the game. Se los dije 1-0 #CRC— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 20, 2014 La emoción es grande. Así lo celebramos. Todo sueño es posible. ¡Grande Sele! #CRC pic.twitter.com/kGW6lHxtI8— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 20, 2014 Solís walked from Casa Presidencial to the roundabout and joined thousands of Ticos in a massive celebration that extended into the afternoon. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Costa Rica fans drive to Brazil in … The Chunche Joel Campbell and the Ticos against the world: Dates and local times for every group stage match World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win La celebración es grande, las calles son marea azul y roja. #CRC pic.twitter.com/8rfmgsUIrZ— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 20, 2014 Solís watched the game with staff and family members at the Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote. President Luis Guillermo Solís predicted the final score of the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Italy.In a tweet sent minutes before the Friday morning match, Solís asked Ticos to send their predictions for the match. Then he accurately predicted a Costa Rica victory 1-0 over four-time champions Italy.last_img read more

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Epsy Campbell asks the United Nations to intervene in Nicaragua

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tanks 23,000 Nicaraguans seek asylum in Costa Rica: UN Independence torch travels through a fractured Central America Madelaine Caracas: the fierce Nicaraguan artist who stood up to Daniel Ortega Thousands of Nicaraguans have fled to neighbor countries, especially to Costa Rica, where at least 23,000 have already sought asylum.For Campbell, “only the path of committed, effective dialogue between the two parties, with a serious agreement and an agenda of democratization, can be a solution for the conflict that distresses the brother land.”The dialogue in Nicaragua, mediated by the Catholic Church and started May 16, has been paralyzed since the middle of June. This is due to the government’s violent repression of protests and refusal to accept democratization measures, including early elections. Facebook Comments For this reason, she suggested that the international community and the U.N. General Secretary participate with the preventive diplomacy and help mediate the crisis.The massive protests that erupted in Nicaragua five months ago against President Daniel Ortega has resulted in more than 320 deaths and 2,000 injured in midst of a violent repression.Campbell noted an increase of migration and refuge applications of Nicaraguans in Costa Rica, emphasizing a “responsible, orderly and solidary” answer from Costa Rica.“But of course, Costa Rica cannot carry this weight alone,” she said. “The situation in Nicaragua is not sustainable.” Fleeing violence, Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Ricacenter_img Vice President Epsy Campbell, said Thursday at the U.N. that the situation in Nicaragua is “not sustainable,” and called on the international community to help solve the “crisis with the potential of growth” with impacts all over Central America.“When it comes to the life and dignity of people, to their chance of living free of fear and misery, the silence makes us accomplices,” she said from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.“That is why Costa Rica raises its voice,” she said, expressing her preoccupation regarding the “disrespect of the rule of law” and the “violations of the human rights” in Venezuela.Campbell said that the “deterioration of the institutionalization and the systematic erosion of the human rights” in Nicaragua requires worldwide attention. Nicaragua expels UN human rights missionlast_img read more

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