Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in classic Wimbledon final

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the winners trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men’s singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London on July 6, 2014. ReutersNovak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets  on Sunday.Djokovic wasted a 5-2 lead, and a match point, in the fourth set but held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 Centre Court victory that returned the Serbian player to the No. 1 ranking. It was Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title and broke a streak of three consecutive losses in major finals and in five of his past six.In the last set, Djokovic broke in the final game with the help of four mistakes by Federer to seal the win.After the players met at the net, Djokovic went to the middle of the court, knelt down and plucked out a piece of grass and ate it, similar to what he did in 2011 when he won his first title here.Trailing 5-4 in the fourth set, Federer double-faulted to make it 30-30. He then put a backhand into the net to set up a championship point for Djokovic.The 32-year-old Federer then hit a serve that was ruled out, but he challenged it and the Hawk-Eye replay showed that it hit the line for an ace – one of his 29 in the match. Federer went on to break in the next game before forcing a fifth set.advertisement”I was hoping that Roger was going to miss the first serve, but that didn’t happen,” Djokovic said. “It rarely happens. That’s why he has 17 Grand Slams and he’s been the most successful player ever, because in important moments, he comes up with his best shots and top game.”Djokovic said it was difficult to stay focused heading into a deciding set.”Of course, after dropping a fourth set, it wasn’t easy to regroup and compose myself and find that necessary energy to win the fifth,” Djokovic said. “I don’t know how I managed to do it.”Federer said it was an “amazing” match.”You know going into a match with Novak, it’s always going to be tough,” Federer said. “Sometimes rough physically, because we play athletic points. I can only say congratulations today.”Djokovic had 27 unforced errors in the match while Federer had 29. Djokovic broke Federer four times while Federer converted three of his seven break points.There had been only one service break through the first three sets before a string of three straight in the fourth as Djokovic took a 4-2 lead before holding serve again.Djokovic returns to the top ranking for the first time since last September, taking over from Rafael Nadal, who lost in the fourth round here.The Serbian player first rose to No. 1 when he won Wimbledon in 2011, although he was already guaranteed of securing the top ranking even before beating Nadal in that final.Djokovic fell awkwardly in the first game of the second set and called for a trainer immediately after he broke Federer’s serve to take a 2-1 lead. The trainer worked on Djokovic’s left ankle.Djokovic again called for the trainer after the third game of the final set to have his right calf worked on.Federer led 3-0 in the first-set tiebreaker but later had three unforced backhand errors to let Djokovic back into it and had to save a set point when the Serb hit a backhand into the net.Watching Sunday’s final from the Royal Box were Prince William and his wife Kate, David Beckham and actors Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth.last_img read more

(REOPENS BOM3)

first_imgVishwajeet Kadam, convener and founder of PISE said through the exhibition he wanted to give something more to sports than just exhibitors selling their ware.Seminars and felicitations were just the idea which became possible because so many people from different spectres came together and contributed towards it.He said that honouring Narsing Yadav and Dattu Bhoknal was also one such idea because they have shown that despite coming from a very humble background they have achieved at the international level and now they are going to represent India at the Olympic Games. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS RDSlast_img read more

Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent home

first_imgCroatia will take the field on Sunday in the final of the World Cup 2018 against France.It’s the first final for the European nation. Their best finish before the ongoing tournament came in the 1998 edition, where they lost in the semi-finals against the eventual winners France.The Sunday match will undoubtedly be the greatest moment in the sporting history of Croatia. What makes the final extra special for the nation is the fact that just 10 months back they were not even guaranteed a place in the World Cup finals.Croatia qualified for the quadrennial event after winning the play-offs match as they failed to secure the automatic qualification.WORLD CUP QUALIFICATIONHaving drawn against Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo, Croatia were the favourites to win Group I. But a 1-0 loss against Turkey and a 1-1 draw against Finland in their eighth and ninth game respectively meant Croatia slipped from first to third in their group.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGETheir last match against Ukraine became a must-win affair and the Croatian football federation decided to shake things up. Ante Cacic was sacked from his position as coach. Croatian players celebrate after qualifying for World Cup 2018. (Reuters)The current coach Zlatko Dalic, who coached the U21s for five years up until 2011, was brought in as replacement to turnaround the team’s fortune. And the change made an immediate impact as they registered a 2-0 win over Ukraine to secure a play-offs spot.A reinvigorated Croatia then thumped Greece 4-1 in the two-leg affair to book a ticket to Russia.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: When a photographer got buried in Croatia’s manic celebrationIt was the third time that Croatia qualified for the World Cup finals through play-offs after also reaching 1998 and 2014 tournaments in the similar fashion.NIKOLA KALINIC’S EXCLUSIONOne of the goalscorers in Croatia’s play-offs win over Greece was Nikola Kalinic. The striker played a major role in ensuring the qualification for Croatia but has played no role in Croatia’s World Cup journey. And it’s not because of injury or exclusion, but because he failed to carry on the instructions of the coach.Kalinic refused to come on as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Nigeria in their opening match of the tournament. The act of indiscipline didn’t go down well with Dalic, who ordered the striker to leave the Croatian camp. Nikola Kalinic was sent home back after he refused to come on as a substitute late in the match against Nigeria. (Reuters)The World Cup finalists were not allowed to bring in a replacement and have been forced to make do with 22 players.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatia fans unfurl giant flag to say ‘Thank you, Russia’Assistant coach and former striker Ivica Olic replaced Kalinic during the training sessions of the team.Now that Croatia have qualified for the final, Kalinic has become butt of jokes on twitter with many calling him the unluckiest player of the tournament.WORLD CUP JOURNEYCroatia began their World Cup campaign on an impressive note as they registered a win on the opening night against Nigeria. In their next match, Croatia defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 to qualify for the last 16. They defeated Iceland 2-1 in the final group match to finish at the top with a 100 percent record.Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finalThey defeated Denmark in the Round of 16, Russia in the quarter-finals and England in the semi-finals. All three victories were come-from-behind. Mario Mandzukic scored in extra time as Croatia defeated England in the semi-finals. (Reuters)Croatia were a goal down against Denmark as well as against Russia , before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance.Also read – World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic living the dream as Croatia create historyAgainst England, Mario Mandzukic scored in the extra time as they registered a 2-1 after falling behind after just five minutes.France have a former World Cup-winning player Didier Deschamps as their coach and numerous exciting talents like Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in their ranks.There’s no doubt which team is the underdog, but Croatia’s never-say-attitude and strength of character must serve them well as they hope to clinch their maiden World Cup title.last_img read more

Hyundai Heavy Ends Year in Black

first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has reported a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) for the full year of 2016, returning from a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in the full year 2015.The company’s operating profit also marked a turnaround as it stood at KRW 1.64 trillion, against an operating loss of KRW 1.54 trillion, while the shipbuilder said that its revenue dropped by 15 percent to KRW 39.3 trillion from KRW 46.2 trillion in the respective periods.Yearly operating profits surged mainly due to increased volume of ships that HHI won at profitable prices, continued efforts to cut costs and streamline shipbuilding processes and improved oil refining margin and increased sales of Hyundai Oilbank, HHI’s oil refinery subsidiary.In 2016, HHI implemented a variety of revamping measures to sharpen its competitiveness including carrying out management improvement plan and reorganizing affiliated companies. The company also strengthened its financial soundness by lowering its consolidated liabilities-to-equity ratio to 175% from 220% by the end of 2016 with the sell-off of non-core assets.“The comprehensive management improvement efforts we made last year enabled us to make profits even with a dearth of new orders. Even if the market conditions are less likely to turn favorable this year along with shrinking work volumes, all of our employees will stand united to continue to make profits,” an HHI official said.During the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, HHI racked up KRW 10.34 trillion in revenue and KRW 437.7 billion in operating profits, posting quarterly profits for four straight quarters.HHI’s quarterly net loss shrunk to KRW 288.9 billion from a net loss of KRW 378 billion reported in the fourth quarter of 2015.last_img read more

Trump says would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 election race, after years of denying Moscow helped him win office. Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice, as well as several similar and ongoing efforts in Congress. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The Russia issue has consumed the Trump presidency for the past two years, and his new remarks suggested he still sees nothing wrong with a US political candidate accepting help from a foreign power. “I think you might want to listen… there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a US election. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong,” Trump said. Mueller’s report on his investigation stated that while there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with criminal conspiracy, he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said that Trump was “welcoming” foreign interference in US voting. “This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy,” Biden said on Twitter. Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, seized on Trump’s comments to repeat her strident calls for him to be impeached. “The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation,” Warren tweeted. “Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.” Democrats in Congress continue to seek testimony and information as they press the president with multiple investigations — mostly related to Russia meddling, obstruction and the 2016 election — and are debating among themselves whether there is enough evidence and political space to pursue impeachment. The president’s remarks came on the same day that his son Donald Jr was grilled by US senators about his contacts with Russians. The younger Trump likely faced questioning about his role in arranging meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 that included his father’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information. Some Democrats suspect Trump Jr may have lied in previous testimony in 2017 about what he and his father knew about the now-infamous meeting, as well as other connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Trump team had initially tried to cover up the meeting, providing conflicting stories about its purpose and what happened. Mueller’s report detailed how the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr may have told his father about the meeting. The president has denied knowing about it ahead of time.last_img read more

Former cabinet minister Vic Toews cleared of conflict judicial council

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Canadian Judicial Council has rejected complaints that former federal cabinet minister Vic Toews, who is now a Manitoba judge, is unfit to remain on the bench after violating the Conflict of Interest Act.The council said Thursday the two complaints were reviewed by Justice Christopher Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, who found nothing that would warrant Toews’ removal.“Chief Justice Hinkson notes that the (federal ethics) commissioner did not make any findings that put into question the integrity, good faith or credibility of Justice Toews,” the council said in a media release.“Upon a full review of all the relevant information, Chief Justice Hinkson found an absence of any information that would suggest an attempt to mislead or reveal conduct incompatible with the duties of judicial office.”Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson ruled in April that Toews violated the Conflict of Interest Act when he received money from two Manitoba First Nations for consulting services shortly after leaving federal office in 2013.Toews was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench in 2014.Dawson said Toews broke a two-year cooling-off period required under law in one case involving the Norway House Cree Nation.In the other, she said Toews provided strategic advice for the Peguis First Nation about the transfer of military land, even though he had been involved with the same file as a minister.Toews filed an appeal of Dawson’s decision. He said his dealings with Norway House Cree Nation during his final year in office were very limited, and his advice to Peguis was not related to the land-transfer negotiations.The commissioner’s findings prompted the two complaints to the judicial council, alleging Toews’ actions impaired his ability to be a judge. Toews’ lawyer said Thursday he is happy the matter is finished.“I thought the (ethics) commissioner’s process was badly, badly flawed and unfair, and so I’m happy that everything’s over,” Robert Tapper said.Toews dropped his appeal of the ethics commissioner’s ruling last week to allow the judicial council probe to be completed. As such, the ethics commissioner’s findings stand, although they carry no penalty.Democracy Watch, an ethics advocacy group that had criticized Toews’ actions, expressed disappointment Thursday that the council found Toews did nothing that would call into question his integrity.“I don’t know how they reached that finding when he was found guilty of violating a conflict of interest law,” co-founder Duff Conacher said. “To face no penalty at all, or sanction, is a questionable ruling.”last_img read more

Stars To Shine At GLSEN Respect Awards

first_imgHollywood will come together at the 9th annual GLSEN Respect Awards this month.Award-winning actress Kerry Washington, star of the hit ABC-TV series Scandal and feature films Django Unchained and Ray, and openly gay LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles presented by Target and Wells Fargo, to take place at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, October 18, 2013.Jim Parsons will be honored with an Inspiration Award.“GLSEN is on the front lines of keeping kids safe from bullying in our schools. That’s absolutely a cause that I support and believe in,” said Ms. Washington.“GLSEN levels the playing field for kids who are bullied simply for being themselves,” said Mr. Rogers. “Any help I can lend to that effort…any way I can make these kids lives a little bit easier, that’s what I’m going to do.”In addition, the organization also announced the impressive Host Committee for the event, which includes Betsy Beers (Executive Producer – Scandal; Grey’s Anatomy; Private Practice); Dan Berendsen (Creator/Executive Producer – Baby Daddy; The Nine Lives of Chloe King); Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer – Arrow; Brothers and Sisters, Golden Boy; Political Animals); Linda Bell Blue (Executive Producer, Entertainment Tonight); Matt Bomer (Actor – White Collar, Magic Mike); Kevin Brockman (Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group); Donald De Line (Film Producer – Pain & Gain; Green Lantern; I Love You, Man); Robert Greenblatt (Chairman, NBC Entertainment); Simon Halls (Partner, Slate PR); Dave Karger (Chief Correspondent, Fandango); Carlos Lopez (Events and Special Projects Manager, The A List); David Phoenix (Interior designer); Shonda Rhimes (Creator/Executive Producer – Scandal; Grey’s Anatomy; Private Practice); and Chip Sullivan (Head of Publicity, DreamWorks Studios).The GLSEN Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.“We are grateful for the generous support from this year’s event co-chairs as we honor a group of outstanding leaders that are strongly committed to our belief for schools that teach respect for all,” said Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “Our event co-chairs generate increased awareness and support for GLSEN that ultimately make it possible for us to focus on ending bullying and harassment in K-12 schools.”last_img read more

School in Colville Lake has students using buckets for toilets NWT MLA

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small school in the Northwest Territories has been without running water or a proper washroom for the last eight years.That’s according to one MLA who feels that enough is enough.The school in question is in Colville Lake, a remote fly-in community of about 130 residents.Kids attend school in two buildings, both equipped with slop pails in instead of regular toilets.The MLA for the region, Norman Yakeleya, recently brought up the matter in NWT’s legislative assembly.He called the situation unacceptable and compared the school to an episode of the television series, Hoarders.last_img read more

Monitoring MP inspects facilities in Riyadh for Sri Lankan migrant workers

The Embassy updated the delegation on the current processes in place focusing on migrant worker welfare, and the delegation inspected the facilities available in Riyadh for Sri Lankan migrant workers who are in transit to return to Sri Lanka. A delegation led by Parliamentarian. Hector Appuhamy, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports concluded a three-day official visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 4 March 2019, the Foreign Ministry said today.The delegation held a range of discussions with the Embassy and other officials concerning the welfare facilities for Sri Lankan migrant workers during this visit. The delegation also met with the Sri Lankan professional groups in Riyadh and held discussions on a wide range of topics which are related to welfare of the migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. These discussions also focused on steps that could be taken to enhance employment opportunities for Sri Lankan migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. The delegation comprised Parliamentarian Hector Appuhamy Monitoring MP of the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, M.R.C.B. Ekanayake, Deputy General Manager, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and Abdul Haq Mohamed Shibly, Liaison Officer, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police reveal content of suspicious packages

A bomb scare in Hamilton’s east end Friday has left residents in the area asking what happened? No bombs were found and a man was arrested but not charged.The bomb squad was called in and detonated two suspicious packages; one found in a Canada Post box on Main and Huxley. The other five blocks away at Main and Cameron.The packages had excessive amounts of tape on them with wires sticking out and CHCH has learned at least on of them had a thumb drive attached to the outside.The packages were found by a postal worker who called the police out of concern.A 2 kilometer area was blocked off for nearly 12 hours.Police revealed Saturday that the packages did not contain bombs and that a man was arrested and released, which left neighbours with lots of questions.The answer is pretty innocent though.“It ended up being someone was sending some electronic parts back to the manufacturer because of a defect.”It’s not clear why the packages were in two different mailboxes but police say there there was no criminal intent in the incident. read more

UN rights chief heads to Afghanistan to support moves to deal with

Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is scheduled to launch on Saturday the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission’s (AIHRC) report on transitional justice, which contains recommendations on how to deal with past crimes and to end impunity for those who committed the crimes.The report is being released after eight months of nationwide consultation by the AIHRC, which included the surveying of 4,000 people and the participation of 3,200 others in focus groups.A spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ariane Quentier, announced details of Mrs. Arbour’s trip during a press briefing today in the capital Kabul. She added that the High Commissioner’s arrival may be delayed by poor weather.In another development, Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, welcomed the inauguration of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to help organize and supervise free elections.”High participation by men and women in the first presidential election [last October] made it clear that Afghan people have embraced the principle of popular election of their leaders. The Commission will serve to make sure that this becomes a permanent feature of Afghanistan’s public life,” Mr. Arnault said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.The nine-member IEC replaces an earlier interim commission and will assume sole responsibility for running elections once parliamentary polls are held later this year. Until then, the IEC’s members will work with foreign representatives as part of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB). read more

Proposed bylaw changes could see Uber return to Calgary

by Jonathan Muma Posted Oct 18, 2016 7:05 am MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 7:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Proposed bylaw changes could see Uber return to Calgary The city is preparing to take another step which could open the door for Uber to start operating in Calgary by the New Year.A number of bylaw changes have been proposed, based around an alternative licence fee system for Transportation Network Companies (TNC).The city proposes a one-year pilot of new licensing fees which puts the onus on TNC’s to pay for licensing their drivers which scales based on the size of the operation.That means instead of paying the city an annual of $1,753 as a company license fee and $220 per driver, companies would pay an administration fee depending on the number of drivers, a $15 licence fee per driver, and a fee of 0.20 cents per trip.A company with one to 100 drivers, for example, would pay a license fee of $5,000 while 1001 or more drivers would see a fee of $20,000.The proposal also takes away the required police check for drivers.The changes will be discussed at a meeting of the Livery Transport Advisory Committee on Thursday before a report goes to council on November 7 for debate.The full report can be found here. The Uber mobile app is shown on a smartphone in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS read more

David Siegel will leave lasting legacy upon retirement from Brock

When David Siegel retires this June after more than 40 years of service to Brock University, he will leave a lasting impact felt in many areas across campus and in the Niagara community.To celebrate his career and ongoing contributions, a reception is planned for Thursday, April 18.Siegel joined Brock’s Department of Political Science as a lecturer in 1978, later gaining tenure and promotion to full professor. In the decades since, he has held multiple positions within the University, both academic and administrative.“You’re not going to find many people at Brock with that kind of portfolio of experience,” says Paul Hamilton, Chair of the Department of Political Science.In this photo from Brock University’s archives, Professors David Siegel and Joe Kushner are shown readying to present a paper together on amalgamation and citizen satisfaction in 2001.In addition to teaching, Siegel has served as Chair of Political Science (1987-88, 1989-91) Associate Vice-President, Academic (1995-99), and Dean of two Faculties: Social Sciences (2002-08) and Education (2015-17).“I don’t think that’s ever happened at Brock before,” says Hamilton, adding that with Siegel’s vast experience at the University and knowledge of public administration “he could have been the Dean of any number of Faculties. It just happened that Education needed someone.”During his time in Education, Siegel made an impression as an “attentive listener, as someone who made and accepted responsibility for tough decisions, and as an approachable, supportive and forward-thinking Dean,” says Renée Kuchapski, Associate Professor of Education.“Although he was from Political Science, not Education, Professor Siegel participated fully in the Faculty and remained quietly focused on improving the student experience,” Kuchapski says.While the Department of Political Science wishes Siegel the best in his retirement, his colleagues will be sad to see him go when he has his last day at the University June 30.“His work is essentially part of our work,” says Hamilton. He specifically points to the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) as Siegel’s legacy at Brock.In 2008, Siegel served as founding director of the NCO, an institute devoted to research on the Niagara area.For Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Conteh, who now heads the observatory, taking over from Siegel has been a privilege and a challenge. He watched with admiration as Siegel fostered collaborative community-based research networks in and beyond Niagara.“He brought to these networks an uncompromising commitment to producing objective, credible evidence-based research to support community-based decision-making,” says Conteh. “Under David Siegel’s leadership, the NCO became a highly engaged and visible think-tank working in partnership with the Niagara community to foster, produce and disseminate research on current and emerging issues.”Siegel’s vision and leadership “continue to heavily influence the NCO’s mission and activities,” Conteh says.Dean of Social Sciences Ingrid Makus met Siegel many years ago when the pair became colleagues in the Department of Political Science. They have since crossed paths in their various administrative roles.“I’ve learned a lot from him. He has such a wealth of experience navigating all aspects of university life,” Makus says. “Dave Siegel has excelled in all his roles — as a professor, teacher, researcher, administrator, mentor and colleague — consistently demonstrating his passionate commitment to the University’s mission.”Conteh describes Siegel’s University career as “an excellent embodiment of Brock’s strategic commitment to community engagement.”Current and former Brock students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the reception in Siegel’s honour on Thursday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pond Inlet. Hamilton has also invited representatives from local municipal and regional governments, former students and local non-profit organizations, many of whom have worked closely with Siegel on various projects.Retirement Reception for David SiegelDate: Thursday, April 18Time: 2 to 4 p.m.Location: Pond Inlet read more

Fraggle Rock Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Popeye all ruined by strangers

first_imgWinnie the PoohImage: via FanPop“I love you, Pooh,” I hear myself say, hardly even aware that I’m the one saying it.“I love you too, Piglet,” he replies softly.We have what’s important. We have the little things. We have each other. And I am more happy here and now with him than anywhere and anywhen with anyone else ever. THE INTERNET IS a weird, weird place  – and the corner that houses fan fiction must be one of the weirdest.Fanfic is loosely defined as stories about characters/settings/people written by fans rather than the original creator.Not just any fans – die-hard super-fans. These people routinely obsess over Harry Potter, Dr Who or Twilight and they feel so strongly that words just pour out of them.But what about more… ahem… unusual topics for fanfic?We’ve gathered the weirdest, all from Fanfiction.net.PopeyeImage: via ComicBookResourceThat’s right. Someone has written fanfic about Popeye, Olive and Bluto.Popeye bit his lip as he held his pipe in his hands. He looked at and old photo of Olive and him hugging on the harbor. He smiled lightly. That was why he never stopped being with her. He loved her and it was almost too much for him. Sometimes being apart from her was like his heart was being crushed yet it felt the same, sometimes, being with her.He would often wonder when their moment would end with her running off to Bluto. How long did he hold her mind and heart till it ran off again. That was why he didn’t ask her to be his bride. Oh he wanted it. He could almost taste it with how much he wanted it. He just didn’t want to tie her down like that when she could still leave him by walking out a door instead of forcing her to stay. “I yam what I yam” has never sounded so poignant. Tear.QueenThere are 345 stories on fanfiction.net dedicated to the Queen musical “We Will Rock You.”Not even the band.The musical.Image: via Wikimedia CommonsYes, you read correctly. THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE.Thick of ItImage: via AU TimeoutWe shudder to think what Armando Iannucci would make of his fiery Malcolm Tucker in a romance novel.If it had been anyone else, Malcolm would’ve thrown off the grip and released a raging inferno of four-letter-words at the person who’d dared to touch him.But Nicola Murray had always had a bizarre effect upon him—an effect that frightened the otherwise fearless Malcolm Tucker. He was supposed to be invincible—wasn’t he? So why did this damned basket case of a woman make him feel so vulnerable and yet so strong?Swoon.I’m Alan PartridgeImage: via Comedy ScoopI hate you, Tony HayersBBC, say your prayers.Tony Hayers, smells a bit,Like being covered in polyurethane composite.Smell my cheese, Tony HayersCheese made up of many layersI was great until you came,Then you came and stole my fameNow I’m on Radio NorwichAnd I can’t think of anything that rhymes with Norwich.Then you fell from your roofI’ve always thought: what a goof!And on your grave, I did stamp,Your wife always thought you were damp.Knowing Me, Alan Partridge, Knowing You, Scum:Ah-ha.Sabrina the Teenage WitchImage: via TumblrSalem kissed the top of Sabrina’s head then rested his head against hers. They stayed like this for what felt like hours, just holding each other in silence. Enjoying each other’s company.There’s so much wrong with this, we don’t even know where to start.Fraggle RockThe author of this Fraggle Rock fanfic piece describes it as: “Horrible, awful, but the idea popped into my head and wouldn’t leave.” Jim Henson would not approve.Image: via I Love FragglesSilence came again, a long, awkward silence. Red surprisingly decided to linger in his arms until she spoke again.“Then take me with you, Gobo.”He gasped in shock, looking into her eyes meaningfully. “R-really? You’d come with me? You’d leave the Rock… all for me?”“Yeah.”“But why?”“Because I think I might love you, Gobo Fraggle. And- and I just couldn’t bear to live without you.”center_img Aww. Sorta.And finally…On Fanfiction.net, there are2,791 entries for Kung Fu Panda92 entries for Blue’s Clues26,691 entries for Stargate: SG-15 entries for… Father Ted!Read: Weird Wide Web: Pizza, glass texts, and a text pest>last_img read more

Onetime shot Kim and Trump arrive in Singapore for high stakes meeting

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4062877 By AFP Image: Terence Tan UPI/PA Images Jun 10th 2018, 10:04 AM 25,011 Views ‘One-time shot’: Kim and Trump arrive in Singapore for high stakes meeting Trump has said the summit is a “one time shot” at peace. Short URL Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 5:41 PMcenter_img 77 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Kim disembarking his plane Image: Terence Tan UPI/PA Images Updated Jun 10th 2018, 5:41 PM NORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore today for an unprecedented summit, with Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda and the US president calling it a “one-time shot” at peace.Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting president of its “imperialist enemy”.It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of last year, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes – earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions – and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war.But critics charge that the meeting risks being largely a triumph of style over substance.Kim arrived in Singapore on board an Air China 747 that according to flight tracking website Flightradar24 took off from Pyongyang in the morning ostensibly bound for Beijing, then changed its flight number in midair and headed south.He was driven into the city centre in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, and later met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, thanking him for hosting the event.“If the summit becomes a success, the Singaporean efforts will go down in history,” Kim said.Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the G7 meeting there, telling Singaporean officials who welcomed him that he was feeling “very good” about the summit. Source: Evan Vucci/PA ImagesAuthorities imposed tight security around the Singapore summit venue and the luxury hotels where the leaders were to stay – including installing extra pot plants outside Kim’s accommodation to obstruct reporters’ views.‘Not just a photo op’Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula – a term open to wide interpretation – while seeking security guarantees.Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage expected little progress on the key issue of defining denuclearisation.“The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras,” he said. “They both get what they want.”Trump insisted last week that the summit would “not be just a photo op”, saying it would help forge a “good relationship” that would lead to a “process” towards the “ultimate making of a deal”.But as he embarked for Singapore he changed his tune, calling it a “one-time shot” and adding he will know “within the first minute” whether an agreement will be possible.“If I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time,” he said.He has also dangled the prospect of Kim Jong Un visiting Washington if the meeting goes well.But the value of the event – long sought by the North, and which Trump apparently impulsively agreed to in March, reportedly without consulting his advisers – has been called into question.“People call it a historic summit but… it is important to understand that this summit was available to any US president who wanted to do it and the point is no US president wanted to do this, and for good reasons,” said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.Decades of tensionsThe two countries have been at loggerheads for decades.The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war pitted US-led UN troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang’s forces which were aided by China. The conflict ended in an armistice which sealed the division of the peninsula.Occasional provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion.Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, while Trump threatened the North with “fire and fury” and Kim dubbed him a “mentally deranged US dotard”.But the South’s Winter Olympics in February were the catalyst for a flurry of diplomatic moves as South Korea’s dovish leader Moon Jae-in sought to bring the two sides together.Kim has met twice with both Moon and Xi Jinping, the president of China, long the North’s most important ally.Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning three US detainees and blowing up the entrances to its nuclear test site.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that progress was being made in bringing the two sides together in their understanding of denuclearisation.But Trump baffled observers when he said he did not think he had to prepare “very much” for the summit.“It’s about attitude,” Trump said. “So this isn’t a question of preparation.”- © AFP, 2018 Kim disembarking his plane Share21 Tweet Email last_img read more

55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo is being held next weekend

first_img April 20, 2019 Posted: April 20, 2019 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo is being held next weekend 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of the most popular family-friendly events in our region is coming next weekend.Joining KUSI to talk about the rodeo is Miss Rodeo Lakeside Renee Winter and Miss Jr. Rodeo Lakeside Vianette Garcia.For more information: https://www.lakesiderodeo.com/ KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

STATE REP RACE State Rep Jim Lyons Tewksburys Other State Rep Endorses Prinzivalli

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press release from the campaign of 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury):Today, Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, announced that she has been endorsed by State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) who serves Precincts 3 & 3A in Tewksbury.“I’m excited to have the support from one of the best fighters for the taxpayers on Beacon Hill,” said Prinzivalli. “Rep Lyons has been a champion for more local aid and has led the way in fighting the opioid crisis. He’s also a great small business owner here in Tewksbury. I can’t wait to serve with him at the State House.”“For 8 years I’ve had the honor of serving Precincts 3 and 3A in Tewksbury,” said Rep Lyons. “This election we have the opportunity to continue the tradition. Pina will be a partner who will help me protect the taxpayers, combat the opioid crisis, and fight for more local aid so our towns can have the best services possible. That’s why I’m asking you to vote for Pina Prinzivalli on Tuesday, November 6. Together, we’ll continue the tradition.”In May, Prinzivalli joined Representative Lyons’ efforts to impeach Judge Timothy Feeley who came under fire for his decision to release a career heroin dealer, stating he was only trying ‘to provide for his family. Judge Feeley also lowered the bail for John Williams, who after his release was arrested and charged with the murder of a Maine sheriff’s deputy.“Pina will help make our communities safer,” said Lyons. “Pina joined my fight and I need you to send her to Beacon Hill so she can help me hold activist judges accountable.”Early voting is underway through November 2. The general election is November 6th.Pina Prinzivalli with U.S. Senate candidate & State Rep. Geoff Diehl and State Rep. Jim LyonsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail in

first_img $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Boost Mobile DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice $299 at Amazon 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. Tags Tech Industry Julian Assange WikiLeaks,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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read DJI Osmo Action preview Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Amazon 1:26 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. Rylo 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. Julian Assange is going to prison. Jack Taylor / Getty Images WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced Wednesday to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail at London’s Southwark Crown Court.Assange was arrested last month at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the British capital after having his asylum withdrawn by Lenín Moreno the president of Ecuador. He’d been living in the Embassy for almost seven years after skipping bail for fear he’d be extradited to Sweden on rape charges. Sweden dropped the charges while Assange was inside the embassy, but is now considering reopening the case. The WikiLeaks founder is also facing the possibility of extradition to the US. The 47-year-old faces charges stemming from his alleged role in what the US Justice Department calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” There will be a hearing on Thursday morning at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on the extradition request.”Julian Assange’s sentence is as shocking as it is vindictive,” said WikiLeaks on Twitter. “We have grave concerns as to whether he will receive a fair extradition hearing in the UK.”The sentence handed down to Assange in the UK is just two weeks short of the maximum he could have received. If found guilty in the US, Assange would face a maximum sentence of five years, according to the Justice Department. 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. Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 See It 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. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Post a comment Tags 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. Read Google Home Hub review Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 0 Chris Monroe/CNET $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET After Julian Assange’s arrest, the US DoJ piles on Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Angela Lang/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comments 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. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See it 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. $6 at Tidal $520 at HP $999 7 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). 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. $999 $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint Now playing: Watch this: See at Turo See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazonlast_img read more

Winter food security

first_imgA lot of Americans would welcome a forecast for a mild winter, but in Alaska a lack of snow and ice can mean hardship for those in rural communities who depend on cold for traveling and hunting. What happens when the land of ice and snow isn’t so frosty?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Carolina Behe, ICCJim Dau, caribou biologistCyrus Harris, Maniilaq Traditional food programParticipate:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Pakistan bans Valentines Day

first_imgHowever preparations appeared muted in more conservative areas such as Peshawar, capital of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where only a handful of shops were selling Valentine’s Day-themed goods. The ruling, seen by AFP and greeted with approval by Islamist parties, also called for the electronic and print media to stop promoting Valentine’s Day. Last year, Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain had urged the nation to refrain from celebrating Valentine’s Day, saying it had no place in the Muslim-majority nation. Other officials blasted it as “vulgar and indecent”. Some restaurants in Islamabad continued to send out text messages advertising Valentine’s Day promotions even after the ban was announced. A Pakistani court on Monday banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital Islamabad, the latest attempt by authorities to outlaw a holiday seen by many in the traditional Muslim society as vulgar and Western.center_img The annual occasion is increasingly popular among young Pakistanis, many of whom seize the chance to celebrate romance by giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts. But the country remains deeply conservative, and many disapprove of the holiday as an indecent Western import. The Islamabad high court issued the order after a petitioner declared love was being used as a “cover” to spread “immorality, nudity and indecency… which is against our rich traditions and values”.last_img read more