Somali civilians bearing brunt of latest upsurge in fighting – UN agency

2 October 2009Somali civilians are bearing the brunt in the latest upsurge in fighting in the country’s troubled south central region, the United Nations refugee agency said today, adding that 145 people have reportedly been killed and another 285 injured in heavy clashes in September alone. Yesterday, the opposition Al Shabaab group said it had taken control of the southern city of Kismayo from its former ally, Hisb-ul-Islam. According to hospital sources, some 12 people were killed and 50 others injured, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported.Fighting since early May between Government forces and Al Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam has displaced around 160,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. UNHCR said that the rate of displacement had diminished over the last two months, as compared to May and June, but it is still high, with 17,000 people uprooted last month alone. “We are extremely concerned about the dire humanitarian situation of hundreds of thousands of civilians who have been displaced by the continuing conflict in Somalia,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. “Should the fighting between Al Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam escalate, we fear that more than half a million internally displaced people in the Afgooye corridor, some 30 kilometres south of Mogadishu, could be affected and uprooted once again,” he said.Mr. Mahecic added that insecurity in the Afgooye area is already significantly limiting humanitarian access to the IDPs, but the situation could further deteriorate, making it even more difficult for Somali and international humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance to people in need.UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 515,000 Somali refugees in the nearby countries of Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. There are also more than 1.5 million IDPs in the country and the number is constantly increasing. read more

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Now bus operators against 13 A

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Addressing a press briefing today Wijeyratne said private bus operators will support any political group which stands against both amendments.He also said that the 17th Amendment must be further strengthened. Private bus operators today said that they are against the 13th Amendment to the constitution as well as the 18th Amendment and want both abolished.Lanka Private Bus Operators Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeyratne said that private bus operators are even ready to launch a bus strike against the two constitutional amendments. read more

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Sri Lanka joins Geneva based global peace security body

Welcoming Sri Lanka, Professor François Heisbourg Chairman of the GCSP Foundation Council expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would actively contribute towards the work of the Council. Sri Lanka has been admitted to the Foundation Council, the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha represented Sri Lanka for the first time at the Foundation Council Meeting in Geneva. While thanking the GCSP for the opportunities it has provided for Sri Lankan participants including members of the Mission in Geneva to attend GCSP programmes, Ambassador Aryasinha noted that Sri Lanka is committed to contribute to the furtherance of GCSP’s reach, by providing a platform in Colombo for hosting programmes in cooperation with the Government, with a view to reaching out to the Asian region.In this regard he referred to the upcoming International Defence Attache Seminar to be organized by the GCSP in December 2016, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and the Kotelawala Defence University in Colombo. Addressing the Foundation Council, Ambassador Aryasinha recalled the long relationship between the GCSP and Sri Lanka and expressed hope that Sri Lanka’s membership in the Foundation Council would contribute to further enhance such engagement in the future. Ambassador Christian Dussey, the Director of the GCSP noted that in 2016 the GCSP conducted 40 courses, which involved 720 participants belonging to 109 nationalities, an increase by 15% from last year. This included 15 new courses in 2016. He further noted that the ‘Defence Attache Programme’ to be held shortly in Colombo is part of the GCSP’s outreach programme, and that the Seminar in Colombo would be the first to be held by the GCSP in the South and East Asia region.The GCSP is an international foundation established in 1995, which focuses on promoting peace, security and stability through education, research and dialogue. The institute offers training courses throughout the year, to Government officials, diplomats, military officers, international civil servants and NGO staff in the field of international peace and security. Sri Lanka joins 48 other Member States and the Canton of Geneva in overseeing the work and guiding the strategy of the GCSP. read more

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SriLankan Airlines Directors set to resign to assist restructuring

Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim had earlier this year called for strict action to be taken against a “mafia” at SriLankan Airlines. President Maithripala Sirisena had said earlier that a Presidential Commission will be appointed to investigate into the alleged abuse of state money and public property involving SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka, in the first week of next January. The Minister had also said that his hands were tied in some aspects and so he was unable to do what he wanted to do. (Colombo Gazette) Six SriLankan Airlines Directors are set to resign to assist restructuring of the national airline.The Directors had offered to resign as the airline continues to face major losses. read more

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Landmark UN tobaccocontrol treaty reaches ratification goal to become law

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) requires treaty parties to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls, and strengthen laws clamping down on tobacco smuggling in the war on the world’s leading cause of preventable deaths. “The momentum growing around the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control seems unstoppable,” the agency’s Director-General, Lee Jong-wook, said. “It demonstrates the importance placed by the international community on saving many of the millions of lives now lost to tobacco.” If current trends are not reversed, tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020. It is the only legal product that causes the death of one half of its regular users. This means that of the current 1.3 billion smokers, 650 million people will die prematurely due to tobacco. Following yesterday’s ratification by Peru – the 40th country to do so – the treaty will become the first international legally binding public health pact under the agency’s auspices on 28 February. It has become one of the most rapidly embraced UN conventions, with 167 WHO Member States and the European Community (EC) having already signed it. “Now the real work must start,” said WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus. “The Convention sets forth the ideal goals and a roadmap for the work that needs to be implemented in countries. WHO will continue to support all countries in the vital work of building capacity and implementing the treaty.” The economic costs of tobacco use are devastating. In addition to the high public health price of treating tobacco-caused diseases, the product kills people at the height of their productivity. Tobacco users are also less productive while they are alive due to increased sickness. A 1994 report estimated that the use of tobacco resulted in an annual global net loss of $200 billion, a third of this loss being in developing countries. read more

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Groups plan protest at Kentucky Farm Bureaus Ham Breakfast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Protesters are expected to be out at the annual Ham Breakfast, an event put on by the Kentucky Farm Bureau at the State Fair.Four advocacy groups say they are protesting what they call the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “discriminatory policies.” They say the bureau’s policy-book includes positions that are anti-LGBTQ, anti-teacher, anti-union and it recently added a policy targeting transgender students in Kentucky schools. They also say Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance customers may not be aware of the policies.- Advertisement – In a release sent out Wednesday, the groups stated: “Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance customers are automatically charged a fee that enrolls them as compulsory members of the company’s 501(c)4 lobbying arm, which spent nearly $100,000 last year lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly on policies outlined in their printed policy book, which elected officials receive but policyholders do not.”The groups have also released a video, calling on the Kentucky Farm Bureau to “stop the hate.” The 30-second video features Congressman John Yarmuth and advocates from the ACLU of Kentucky, the Fairness Campaign, Jefferson County Teachers Association, and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice.The Kentucky Farm Bureau sent out a statement from its president, Mark Haney, in response to the groups’ accusations.Related Article: Kentucky survey shows slight increase in overall food costs“Kentucky Farm Bureau is proud to be welcoming 1,500 guests to tomorrow’s breakfast that celebrates the best of the Farm Bureau—our commitment to Kentucky agriculture and philanthropy. We are proud of today’s tradition because KFB Loves Kentucky. In its 56-year history, the ham breakfast and auction has raised nearly $13 million for Kentucky charities and nonprofit organizations. Kentucky Farm Bureau is a democratic organization. We are member-based and member-driven and therefore our policies reflect our membership and Kentucky’s rural communities. Our process mirrors the very precepts on which our nation was founded- a fair, free democratic process is essential to best representing the views of the Farm Bureau’s members.The statement goes on to say: “To be clear, the Kentucky Farm Bureau does not discriminate. We follow the law. And to be very clear, we do not apologize for our democratic, grassroots process, the principles of which have served our nation very well for a long time and this organization for 97 years. We respect the right of all organizations to go through their policy development process. We ask that organizations and individuals respect our right to follow our process, even if you think differently.”The Ham Breakfast takes place on Thursday, August 22 at 7 a.m. at the State Fair in Louisville. read more

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Cardale Jones looks to keep Ohio State on track against Minnesota

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway Township, NJ . OSU won 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the one-game suspension of Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett following a Saturday morning drunk-driving citation, the door has opened for redshirt junior Cardale Jones to come off the bench and lead the offense.It is a situation the Cleveland native is more than familiar with after filling in for the final three games of last season, but not likely one he expected just one game after losing his starting job for the first time.Still, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has complete faith in Jones.“Cardale had a great week of practice last week, he’s engaged, he handled everything like a man,” Meyer said. “He threw for 300 yards a couple weeks ago at a 75 percent clip. He’s 10-0 as a starter. That’s not even a hesitation.”Despite Meyer’s confidence in Jones, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said the absence of Barrett could affect the offense for OSU (8-0, 4-0) that was improving each game.“I think it does affect our momentum,” Decker said. “We were getting J.T. in there more and more and we were improving week to week, but at the same time I don’t think it was just J.T. getting in there that affected our momentum. I think everyone was playing better.”That start for Jones is set to come on Saturday against visiting Minnesota (4-4, 1-3).OSU has won eight consecutive meetings with the Golden Gophers, but Decker said OSU expects a very tough matchup with the road team, which is led by the 25th ranked defense in the country.“It could be one of the toughest games for us thus far this year,” Decker said.If something were to happen to Jones on Saturday, Meyer said another former starting quarterback would step in: redshirt senior Braxton Miller.Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, started at quarterback for the Buckeyes for three seasons before a shoulder injury and the emergences of Barrett and Jones forced him to switch positions to H-back.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native is yet to throw a downfield pass this season, but Meyer said the decision to slot him as the backup over redshirt freshman Stephen Collier was an easy one.“There’s no question that he’s our No. 2 quarterback,” Meyer said.Meyer said no decision had been made as of Monday as to if Miller would be behind center in the red zone, as Barrett did for the final two weeks of Jones’ original stint as the starter.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.About the GophersMinnesota’s season has been marked by several strong performances and several duds.The Golden Gophers put scares in No. 8 TCU in the season opener and, last week, No. 17 Michigan, losing by six and three points, respectively.However, a trio of three-point wins over the Mountain West’s Colorado State and the Mid-American Conference’s Kent State and Ohio showed that Minnesota has oftentimes looked better in losses than wins this season.Minnesota’s interim coach, Tracy Claeys, is set to lead his team for the second consecutive game after stepping in following the sudden retirement of former coach Jerry Kill.The players rallied around Claeys in his first game, coming within a yard of upsetting Michigan. Meyer said he expects that same passion on the road in Columbus.“I think that they played their best game (against Michigan),” Meyer said. “They were very inspired, they played tremendous in that game on both sides of the ball against a very good team. So, I think they’re an excellent team. They’re hitting their stride right now as well.”A season ago, Minnesota put up a fight against the Buckeyes in Minneapolis, though OSU came away with a 31-24 victory. Barrett was responsible for 389 yards and four touchdowns in the game.That contest marked the last time OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott failed to rush for over 100 yards, as he finished with 91. The St. Louis native has eclipsed the century mark in 13 consecutive games since. Webb is backDuring Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer revealed that sophomore cornerback Damon Webb’s suspension has been lifted and he could return to action on Saturday.Webb played in each of OSU’s first two games, picking up eight tackles, before being suspended for an undisclosed violation of a team policy before the Buckeyes’ Week 3 game against Northern Illinois.Webb’s return comes as a necessity for an OSU secondary that has lost junior safety Cam Burrows and, as Meyer also announced on Tuesday, sophomore safety Erick Smith for the season.Webb did not appear on OSU’s weekly depth chart, but Meyer indicated during the teleconference that he will see the field against the Golden Gophers.Meyer also said on Monday that junior H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt freshman receiver Parris Campbell are questionable on Saturday, while redshirt freshman receiver Johnnie Dixon is out following a knee injury.Up nextAfter the matchup with Minnesota, OSU is scheduled to head to Champaign, Illinois, for a meeting with the Fighting Illini. 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Not always greener on the Urban side for Ohio States new coach

At the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus Monday night, some clapped as Urban Meyer was introduced as the 24th coach in OSU football history, but others remain skeptical. The six-year, $24 million contract Meyer signed earlier that day has stirred Buckeye Nation just days after the conclusion of a 6-6 regular-season campaign. The former University of Florida coach arrives at OSU as it awaits a final ruling from the NCAA regarding rule infractions committed by the football program, though OSU’s newest hire also departed a Florida program that was rife with off-field transgressions. The Associated Press reported Monday that 27 UF players were arrested a combined 30 times during Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville, Fla. Meyer said during the Monday press conference that the reports of charges against his former players were inflated. “I see numbers of arrests and the numbers I see are exaggerated,” Meyer said. “We’ve had a pretty good track record. We ran some bumps in the road at the University of Florida. Does that mean we had bad kids? I’ll fight that forever. No, absolutely not ­— we did not have bad guys. Did they make stupid mistakes? Yeah, I’ve made a few stupid mistakes.” George Diaz, a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla., said that it’s on Meyer to choose to deny documented arrests and cases against UF players that ranged from marijuana busts to domestic violence. “(Meyer) certainly had some issues with discipline and keeping everyone in order,” Diaz said. “That’s on his record. It doesn’t overshadow everything that he has done, which is a lot of great things, but it’s a part of his permanent record.” Tom Green, a UF student and sports editor of The Independent Florida Alligator, said that the off-field arrests and run-ins with law enforcement by UF players made headlines in the Sunshine State. “It got a lot of headlines because of the number of arrests,” Green said. “It got a lot of attention. A lot of the arrests were either marijuana related or underage drinking and, you know, stuff that a lot of college students get arrested for.” Green said he disagreed with Meyer’s claim that the charges against UF players were exaggerated. “(Players) got arrested and it got reported,” Green said. “The arrests just piled up over the years.” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said that should OSU receive a bid to a postseason bowl game, Meyer would not be involved with preparing or coaching the team for the game. Once Meyer takes the reigns at OSU, he said he would apply a set of core values that will help Buckeye players stay out of trouble. “We have a set of core values. Honesty (and) respect,” Meyer said. “Number one, treat everyone with respect. Number 2, no drugs, no stealing, no weapons. Those are core value issues. You’re either dismissed or you miss a good bunch of time playing the game.” Both Diaz and Green said a bitter taste will remain in the mouths of Florida fans because Meyer, who left college football to address health concerns and family issues, returned to the sidelines so soon. “Florida fans are understandably disgruntled and upset and confused,” Diaz said. “There’s a lot of emotions going on. I think (Florida fans) are just upset by the mixed signals he’s sending out by taking the (OSU) job.” Green agreed. “Just from what I’ve seen from friends, Facebook and on Twitter and online, all of the people are mad because they didn’t think that (Meyer) would do that,” Green said. “A lot of them feel betrayed.” Meyer said during his introduction as OSU coach that he would always consider himself a member of the Florida family, having won two national championships in Gainesville. Green said he didn’t think those words would console many Gators fans. “I personally don’t think he lied to (Florida fans),” Green said. “An opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to him and he couldn’t turn that down. (Fans) shouldn’t feel betrayed.” Meyer boasts a 104-23 overall record in 10 seasons as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision coach, as well as a 7-1 mark in bowl games and a 4-0 record in Bowl Championship Series games. Diaz said OSU fans can look forward to having one of the most talented and capable coaches in the country patrolling the Ohio Stadium sidelines when the 2012 season begins. That isn’t to say there aren’t potential draw backs to having Meyer lead OSU football. “He’s gone through some significant health issues and had to deal with some family matters. He said he’s come out of it differently and will approach things differently,” Diaz said. “Now, we’ll see if that new approach changes what transpires on the field. That’s the great unknown.” OSU (6-6, 3-5) is currently awaiting a postseason bowl bid. read more

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Phone and broadband firms to be forced to tell customers if they

An estimated 15 million households are currently out of contract with their broadband provider, or around a third of all customers.  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 year, The Telegraph reported how phone and broadband customers would soon receive alerts telling them when they have reached the end of their contract under a crackdown being planned by regulators. At present most providers do not inform customers when their terms are up and they could switch to a cheaper deal.  Every year at least six million loyal mobile phone contract holders are being charged for mobile phones they have already paid for, Citizens Advice analysis shows. Ofcom said the new rules would not come into force until February 15 next year, giving companies nine months to make the necessary changes to their systems and processes to make sure they “get this right”. Similarly most broadband providers quietly move customers onto a more expensive tariff when their contract is up, leading to them unwittingly paying over the odds. Broadband, TV, mobile and home phone companies will have to tell customers when their contract is coming to an end and show them the best deals available under new rules unveiled by Ofcom.The telecoms regulator said the move, the latest in its Fairness for customers programme, could see up to 20 million customers benefit by switching provider or agreeing a new deal with their existing one.Ofcom said people who bundle their landline and broadband services together pay on average around 20% more when they are out of contract and this rises to 26% among customers who bundle in their pay-TV services.It said that around one in seven customers do not know whether they are still tied to the original deal.Ofcom’s consumer group director Lindsey Fussell said: “We’re making sure customers are treated fairly, by making companies give them the information they need, when they need it.”This will put power in the hands of millions of people who’re paying more than necessary when they’re no longer tied to a contract.”The changes will involve providers sending tailored information to millions of individual customers, including the contract end date, the price before this date, any proposed changes and the best deals offered by their provider. Customers are unaware they are being charged for handsets after their contracts have ended, as providers do not tell them they have finished paying off the cost of the phone and only need to continue paying for calls, texts and data.On average, those customers pay an unnecessary £22 a month which rises to £38 extra for smartphones. One in five customers only realise after six months, by which time they will be £228 worse off. read more

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Up to 40 jobs created as US digital media company announces HQ

first_imgUS DIGITAL MEDIA and domain services company, Demand Media, is to open an office in Dublin, creating between 20-40 jobs in the process.The Dublin office will be the company’s largest international outlet, and will serve as the international HQ for its domain services business.The jobs are to be in product engineering, sales & marketing, IT, finance, operations and customer support, with the jobs to be filled this year.The jobs announcement comes as the result of work with the IDA. Dave Panos, the executive vice president of emerging markets for Demand Media said that he was “excited to expand our business into the thriving tech scene of Dublin.” At such an exhilarating time in the domain services industry with the upcoming launch of new TLDs [Top Level Domains], we are eager to recruit creative and high-energy professionals who are up to the challenge of taking the lead in the changing Internet landscape.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said that information and communications technology was a major part of the government’s plans for jobs and growth, with over 11,000 additional people employed in this sector in the last two years.“Today’s announcement that this leading US company is opening its largest international office in Dublin is a further boost for the sector,” he said.Read: Expansion at Fota Wildlife Park to create 10 jobs >last_img read more

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Council temporarily closes developer loophole

first_imgCounty councilors Tuesday passed a temporary emergency ordinance removing a loophole in county code that allows developers with projects near busy intersections to avoid paying for road improvements.Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Horne proposed the change after the loophole came to light after neighbors complained about a recent development project near Northeast 182nd Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard.Horne said that the issue needed to be addressed before other development is approved with the same loophole in place.Normally, developers whose projects will impact traffic can either delay development until the county makes road improvements or developers can offer a mitigation that returns the traffic in the area to pre-development standards, Horne explained at the meeting.However, there are exemptions for intersections, one of which Horne said has faulty wording.The exemption states that if a project’s traffic volume-to-capacity ratio exceeds 9/10 during peak traffic periods, then the exemption applies. However, Horne explained, that doesn’t work when traffic is so backed up that few cars can even make it through the intersection during peak hours.“Unfortunately, the way the exemption is written, the exemption always applies,” Horne said at the meeting. “We thought it was important to immediately get this ordinance to the board for consideration and potentially, if the board approves it, to extend that exception to give council sufficient time to determine whether a re-write of the ordinance is required.”last_img read more

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France wont take it easy against Denmark – Van Marwijk

first_imgAustralia manager Bert van Marwijk has dismissed suggestions that France may field a weaker side in their final group game against Denmark due to the fact they have already secured their place in the knockout roundsThe Socceroos need to beat Peru in today’s encounter and hope that France manages to secure a win against Denmark to reach the last 16.Australia must also ensure that they better the Danes’ goal difference or goals scored record in the Group C table.Anything less from France will end Australia’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 2006, but Van Marwijk is confident that Didier Deschamps side will be determined to win.“The players of France also have their own pride,” said the Dutchman, according to SBS.“They have won twice (against Australia and Peru) but they didn’t play well, and they want to prove to the whole world they are one of the best teams.“I believe they will do their utmost to show that.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…The 66-year-old will not be abandoning his principles for the crucial encounter in what may be his final game in charge of Australia.“It’s very important in all the games that you are yourself,” he said.“I think against this opponent it’s even more so. I told them just at a meeting …the way we play and the way we want to play.“The opponent is an emotional team so you can expect everything. We have to trust our way of playing.“I think that’s the key so there is nothing to do with forcing some things … only in the second half, and it depends on how the situation is.“You must have the body language and confidence and be 100 per cent concentrated.”The match will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

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Leganes request clarification over Barca controversial incident

first_imgLeganes have officially requested ‘clarification’ after Barcelona’s controversial second goal was allowed to stand in their 3-1 loss to the Catalan club on Sunday evening.Luis Suarez restored Barca’s lead when he scored their second goal in the match in the 70th minute, but he collided with Leganes’ goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar just before striking the ball.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system did not overrule the referee’s decision to allow the Goal, causing anger amongst the away support, who have now emailed the Spanish FA requesting an explanation.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.However, Barcelona manager manager Ernesto Valverde told reporters immediately after the match that he ‘thought it was a valid goal’.“Everybody will have their own opinion on decisions of this nature but the referee awarded the goal and VAR was in place to overrule that decision had it not been correct,” he said, according to Football Espana.“Luis does not touch the goalkeeper so that is why it was given so there really should not be a big deal about the controversy.”last_img read more

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Share Backpack Program provides food for growing minds

first_imgThe Backpack Program didn’t take long to outgrow its initial clientele of 75 children. It didn’t take long to outgrow its namesake, either.But after nine years, thousands of kids and a couple of transitions in take-home technology, it’s still the Share Backpack Program.Share, a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization, sends more than 1,500 food bags home with local children each Friday during the school year.Volunteers at the Share Fromhold Service Center pack 11,000 pounds of food into those 1,500 take-home bags each week, then distribute them to about 70 schools in six districts.A unique challenge at one school recently showed the commitment of Share volunteers and school staffers, said Diane McWithey, executive director of Share.In February, a fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in the Evergreen district.“Crestline burned on a Sunday,” McWithey said. Evergreen Superintendent John Deeder had those displaced children back in class, at five different elementary schools, on the following Thursday.“And we had the backpacks follow the children to the appropriate schools on Friday,” McWithey said.To have the bags delivered to the right children at five different schools with no lapse in service, well, “that says so much for those counselors and teachers,” McWithey said.Crestline counselor Kirsten Bledsoe choreographed that seamless transition, Evergreen spokeswoman Carol Fenstermacher said.Clark County Public Health is not involved in the program, but the department conducted a survey in 2012 to evaluate it.“There was a sense that it was a good program, overall, but there was no research or data,” said Tricia Mortell, public health program manager.last_img read more

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Scientists discover tarantula with bizarre horn on its back

first_img Turo Tailed spider found in amber will crawl into your nightmares Giant Australian funnel web spider gets named ‘Colossus’ Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Enjoy these spiders 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Comment Apple iPhone XS Ceratogyrus attonitifer is a type of horned baboon spider, but its prominent soft horn is highly unusual. The team described the tarantula in a paper published this month in the African Invertebrates journal. “No other spider in the world possesses a similar foveal protuberance,” the researchers say.The spiders are venomous and like to dine on insects. “The venom is not considered to be dangerous, though bites may result in infections which can be fatal due to poor medical access,” the paper notes.C. attonitifer might seem horrifying or scary to people who fear spiders, but it’s an eye-opener for arachnologists. Researchers hope to further study the mysterious spider to learn more about the extent of its range. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Rylo Share your voice Enlarge ImageSpider expert Ian Enelbrecht photographed this close-up of the odd horn found on C. attonitifer. Ian Enelbrecht Excuse me, your nightmares would like to have a word with you. Please take a moment to say hello to Ceratogyrus attonitifer, a spider with a species name derived from the Latin root for astonishment. Because that’s just how amazed the scientists were who found it.The new-to-science tarantula sports a horn-like protuberance on its back. Researchers from the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project discovered it in Angola in Africa while investigating biodiversity in the region. Chris Monroe/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Amazon Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo $59 at eBay Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 1 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best Buy Share your voice Tags $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 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first_imgChildhood friendships can often fall apart if the parents suffer from depression, or are psychologically controlling and manipulative, a study has found. The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology is the first to demonstrate that parents are an important factor behind the stability of kid’s friendships.Looking at data from 1,523 children (766 boys) from grades one to six, researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the US and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland conducted a survival analysis to identify the characteristics of parents that predict the stability of their children’s friendships. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers examined mother and father reports of their own depressive symptoms and parenting styles and used these reports to predict the occurrence and timing of the dissolution of best friendships from the beginning to the end of elementary school.They assessed three commonly recognised parenting styles: behavioural control such as curfews and monitoring; psychological control such as shaming and guilt; and warmth and affection.They also assessed parental depression to disentangle the unique contributions of parenting styles from parent mental health difficulties known to shape parenting. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLastly, they assessed the children’s peer social status or how well-liked they are by other children to separate the effects of parenting from difficulties that children have getting along with peers. “We already know that peer status plays an important role in friendship outcomes. For example, well-liked children have more long-lasting relationships than do their classmates,” said Brett Laursen, a professor FAU.”Our study is the first to include both parent characteristics and peer social status in the same model to identify the unique contributions of parents to child friendship stability,” said Laursen. Researchers wanted to determine if negative parenting characteristics such as manipulative and coercive behaviours disrupt children’s friendships.The study found clear support for their hypothesis that negative features of parenting, such as depression and psychological control, increase the risk that best friendships would end.For children with clinically depressed parents, the risk of best friendship dissolution increased by up to 104 percent. There was a similar, although not quite as dramatic, increase in the risk of best friendship dissolution for children with psychologically controlling parents.Parent depression and parent psychological control uniquely predicted subsequent child friendships breaking up, above and beyond contributions of peer difficulties.A surprising finding from the study that was contrary to the researchers’ expectations was that they did not find any evidence that positive parenting behaviours like warmth and affection altered the stability of children’s best friendships. “We were hoping that positive behaviours would help extend the life of friendships and that it would be a buffer or a protective factor,” said Laursen.”This wasn’t the case – warmth and affection don’t appear to make that much of a difference. It’s the negative characteristics of parents that are key in determining if and when these childhood friendships end,” he said.Findings from this study also confirmed that most friendships were transitory; fewer than 10 per cent of first-grade best friendships survived from the first to the sixth grade, with roughly half (48 per cent) dissolving within a year of initiation.”Psychologically controlling parents create an affective climate that is detrimental to a child’s well-being, with problems that spill over into the peer social world. Best friendships are one causality of this affective spillover. We believe that children with depressed and psychologically controlling parents are not learning healthy strategies for engaging with other people,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgLooking for some amazing discounts on DJI drones? If you missed out on holiday sales, now is the time to get yourself the best consumer drone there is on a massive discount. Here are all the details that will help you get DJI Mavic Pro for as low as $849 for standalone version and for just $1059 for the coveted Fly More Combo.Deal: Get DJI Mavic Pro for $849 with code ‘HKDJIM’ The best-selling consumer drone goes for over $1,400 in its Fly More Combo package. However, you can save a few hundred bucks in today’s deal.Head over to this link.Click on Add to Cart.Go to the cart.Enter coupon code HKDJIMC to get the price down to $849.Hit Apply and Proceed to Checkout.Bonus: MJXYou can also get MJX Bugs 2 B2W Brushless RC Quadcopter for just $163.99 with code ‘Bugs928‘ DJI Mavic Pro is popular for its enhanced endurance and quieter flight. The Mavic Pro box brings you the aircraft, remote controller, intelligent flight battery, charger, power cable, propellers, microSD card, and other bits and pieces. The company itself is offering it for $999. However, you can get the vloggers’ favorite gadget for just $849 in this limited time deal.Head over to this link.Click on Add to Cart.Go to the cart.Enter coupon code HKDJIM to get the price down to $849.Hit Apply and Proceed to Checkout.Save over $350 on DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo with code ‘HKDJIMC’ [$1,059]center_img Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_imgThe hospitality industries of Melbourne and Sydney posted record occupancies across all properties over the football grand final weekend.The National Rugby League (NRL) grand final was played in Sydney, while Melbourne hosted the Australian Football League (AFL) grand final.Accor hotels in Melbourne attracted the largest number of interstate visitors to their 17 hotels, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.“With it being a long weekend back in Sydney we saw the Sydneysiders use the extra day to make it a long weekend in Melbourne, so our hotels boasted close-to-full occupancies on Friday and Sunday nights, as well as a sell-out on Saturday,” Accor Victorian regional manager Adrian Williams said.Accor’s nine hotels in western Sydney, including four at Sydney Olympic Park, posted 100 percent occupancies.“Western Sydney had its strongest weekend of the year, while the city also recorded near-full occupancy,” Accor NSW regional manager Scott Boyes said.“We didn’t have as many Melbourne Storm fans come to Sydney compared to Swans fans going to Melbourne, but Sydney had many activities on over the weekend.”The Mantra Group also reported strong occupancies in both Sydney and Melbourne.Visitors to both cities brought in revenue dollars across a range of industries during the finals weekend; airlines, restaurants and retailers all benefited. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvantage or disadvantage that you’re playing in the Hall of Fame Game Thursday?“Advantage. Anytime I think you can get another live look at, particularly some of your young players, again the Budda Bakers of the world, the Haason Reddicks, the Chad Williams’, some of the linemen that we’ve drafted and some of the young players, it’s always good to try and get, because you know as hard as we practice, you can never replicate full speed game stuff. Not only the physical part of it, but the ability to quickly process on your feet and the decisions that you have to make in a game, I just think it will be a great experience for all of us.”Are you surprised that Evan Boehm seems to be settling in at right guard?“I would just say from a stature standpoint that he doesn’t possess the ideal length you’re looking for, he certainly is built more like a center, but the two attributes that he has that are really good are he has really good feet and he’s got really strong hands. His lateral quickness, his ability to take on and his strength when he gets his hands inside, he’s a good player and he’s really grown in this offense mentally understanding all of the checks and the things we ask him to do and as you know, coming out one of his strengths was his toughness and there is no doubt that he is a tough, physical player. Seeing him and all the weight that [left guard] Mike Iupati lost and [center] A.Q. [Shipley] coming back and [right tackle] Jared [Veldheer] playing well and [left tackle] D.J. [Humphries] continues to take steps and really have high expectations for him because D.J. has had a real strong camp so far.” Following their annual Red & White Practice Saturday, the Cardinals are getting set for Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game.Instead of another week of practice before their first preseason matchup, the team will fly out to Canton to take on the Cowboys, letting the battle for 53 get its first taste of game action.To discuss the state of some pivotal positional battles, along with who has stood out to him thus far, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station as he will do every Monday throughout the season, to share his thoughts. “Yeah, we all talked to him, and think like a lot of players, they’re in shock. And it’s tough for them because they put so much time and effort into it and he was an undrafted free agent and a guy who has continually grown and got better and had an opportunity to make our football team and certainly contribute on special teams. It’s a tough part of the game and those are the things that occur that don’t make our jobs easy is when you see a young man trying out live out his dream and it just falls short because of an injury.”How long have you been talking to the Tramon Williams camp and what do you expect from him?“Well, it’s been a few weeks, so it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the injury, but once we start to approach camp always been my philosophy to start attacking that free agent market that has some of those players that are unsigned and we liked in the spring that are out there whether it’s because of injuries, contract demands, and those sort of things. Really, really liked what Tramon brought to the table in terms of leadership, the guy he is in the locker room. The tape that I watched of him, he’s got great positional versatility, he played a little out of position, in my opinion, at safety when he was in Cleveland, but then go back and see him at perimeter corner in Green Bay and he played some nickel. And just really has a good feel for the game, you know he’s got really good feet, he’s got great quickness and the one thing that I really liked is his understanding of leverage and route combinations and the way that he can jump those things is really what it’s all about. I mean, it’s kind of like we always talk, it doesn’t matter how talented a guy is, particularly these young guys, until he understands how to play the game and understand it from a schematical standpoint, it puts you in a tough position.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Who are the veterans that you are saying ‘wow, I like what I’m seeing right there?’“Jaron Brown, particularly coming off ACL surgery, he has worked his tail off and he’s a true pro, a guy we had confidence to come back from the injury and he certainly hasn’t let us down. Couple other guys that I would say have been impressive, you know Patrick Peterson just continues to be a pro and is consistent. Tyrann Mathieu is starting to come around in terms of just feeling comfortable, and we knew that would be the case. When you sustain those types of injuries, you have to get your legs back under you and you have to get the feel of the game back and we all know that Ty lives on his instincts and you’re starting to see him now starting to make plays. And then I would say a couple other guys, you know having Karlos Dansby back is exciting for me, because the way he directs traffic on defense and his command, his ability to see things just from a linemen standpoint, if he, whether it’s an offensive linemen or if an offense gets in a two-by-two and just the way they motion, I mean the guy has tremendous football IQ, so I think it’s going to pay huge dividends for us to have Karlos out there leading our defense.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Has the definition of a franchise quarterback changed in the NFL in terms of what he’s already accomplished at college?“I don’t think there’s any doubt because the supply and demand has gotten so difficult and offenses have changed. The ability to come in and play right away has really changed and then what really is the definition of a franchise quarterback? Is it a guy that you acknowledge and sign to a long-term deal or is a guy that you think you can win with, you know, or is it both? That’s the difficult part of it and I know one thing, we have a franchise quarterback right now. The biggest task, as we have always talked about, is my job is to find the next franchise quarterback, so that’s the one that keeps you up at night.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Can you handicap the backup quarterback battle for us?“Well, I mean, I think it’s a little early for Blaine [Gabbert] because he is still continuing to learn the offense. Now again, he’s shown us some good things. I mean he’s got a nice release, he’s got enough arm strength, he’s made some really good throws and if you’ve been out there enough, you guys have seen that he’s got some wheels. You know if things break down, he can make things happen with his foot speed. Drew [Stanton], quite frankly, has had a good camp for us and we all know that when there is competition, it raises your level of play and Drew has had a great offseason and has come in ready to go as well.”Do you have any time this weekend to really sit back and enjoy the Kurt Warner story and the Hall of Fame and really be invested and be a part of it and sit and watch it, or do you need to get home and get to camp after the game Thursday?“No, I mean thankfully Michael [Bidwill] afforded me the opportunity and the ability to go and spend that time with them and I won’t be able to attend. Wish Kurt the best, he’s been a true pro and he’s a good friend and nobody is more deserving because it is amazing what he has done. Not only in the NFL, and in particular what he did for this organization, and he was a lot of fun to watch. I think back to those days and when he would get hot, I don’t know that I have ever seen a quarterback throw with better natural anticipation, I mean he put that ball out there and it was amazing when we would get on a run and some of the ball placement and anticipation that he would throw with, he was a special guy.” Can you talk a little bit about the philosophy of team building? Has it changed at all in the NFL? And if so, how?“I think everybody has a different philosophy, but I think the hardest part for a guy like myself is how you’re going to allocate your money in terms of the salary cap. You obviously have your core pair players in place at the most important positions, whether it’s quarterback, or corner, pass rusher, left tackle, those certain positions. But then the hardest part as you approach camp is usually those last 10 players on the roster. How are those guys going to fit in schematically? What are the contributions on special teams? And really the big thing is on game day, which players are going to be active, inactive and that’s the hardest part. Trying to understand who’s going to be up, who’s going to be down and then on top of that, building a practice squad, that’s not a team for practice in my mind. A team that really is, a farm team that any point in time an injury can occur or a player can go down and you feel good enough about that player coming up.”Tell me about [cornerback] Ronald [Zamort] the person. Did you already reach out to him? Have you already talked to him? And how he’s doing after the injury? 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, right, fakes a handoff to running back David Johnson (31) during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve, when I say Cards Camp 2017, where does your mind go? What players are sticking out to you? What players are you watching on film and are impressing you on a regular basis?“Well, when you’re around a lot of the veterans and whether it’s the Carsons, the Larrys, the Jermaine Greshams, I mean I think you always have a good feel for what they are, you just hope their skills don’t diminish and I certainly haven’t seen that with any of them. A lot of the young guys are a focus and really, really excited about the new additions in free agency, [kicker] Phil Dawson has been lights out so far, I think that he is going to make huge contributions for us this year and then Robert Nkemdiche, I don’t want to anoint him as a Hall of Famer yet, but he has certainly put in the work and not only on the field, but off the field. Whether it’s studying the tape, the preparation in the weight room and he is playing at a high level right now, and so is [defensive tackle] Olsen Pierre, a guy that we had on our roster last year and was not active most of the season, he’s another young man that has great positional flexibility, can bounce inside and outside and he has great quickness and length, so I think that he is going to be a guy that can create obstacles for offensive linemen in the passing game.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2019 4:04 am PDT Oscar-winning ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ composer Legrand diescenter_img PARIS — Oscar-winning composer and pianist Michel Legrand, whose hits included the score for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and the song “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at age 86.Legrand last performed on stage just two months ago, and practiced piano an hour a day even as fatigue increasingly forced him to economize his energy, said Claire de Castellane, who organized a series of recent solo piano concerts by Legrand. Castellane confirmed his death Saturday, without providing details.Legrand was born Feb. 24, 1932 and went on to win three Academy Awards, five Grammys and two top awards at the Cannes Film Festival among other honours, according to his official website.He worked with famed lyricists in Hollywood and on Broadway as well as with French New Wave directors.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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