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CONGRATS SAMUEL ASANTE – Toronto Monologue Slam Winner

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM – CLICK HERE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Congrats to Samuel Asante on his FIRST Toronto Monologue Slam championship! And congrats as well to runner ups Roby Hollywood and James Smith … and all the incredible actors who took the stage tonight and bared their souls.WHAT IS THE “TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM”?Toronto Monologue Slam has been created to give actors an alternative outlet to explore and display their craft to friends, colleagues and industry professionals, creating relationships and opportunities that will enrich and may possibly lead to furthering their careers. We also wanted to create a fun event for those of us who love theater and performance and just want a fun night out!!!This showcase event is about providing a platform for actors to practice their craft and improve their performance skills. Our primary aim is to create an environment where actors can network and support each other but most importantly learn, develop and BE EXTRAORDINARY. Most actors can go 3-5 months without having an audition, which causes nerves and can affect your next audition. So by preparing for our event each month we have the chance to treat it like a casting. Because lets face it; to perform in front of any audience still requires the effort and discipline you would put in if you had a casting for for the next James Cameron movie.last_img read more

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Food truck serves up some traditional meals during Pan Am games

first_imgAPTN National NewsThousands of athletes from North and South America are in Toronto for the Pan Am games.And the thousands of athletes and visitors are getting the chance to sample some gourmet Indigenous dishes.As Delaney Windigo reports, there’s no need to reserve a table, just grab a spot on the curb.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img

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Toyota moving its US headquarters from California to Texas in 2017

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 12:13 pm MDT FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2008 file photo, Prius enters Toyota’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif. Toyota on Monday, April 28, 2014 said that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Small groups of employees will start moving to temporary office space there this year, but most will not move until late 2016 or early 2017 when a new headquarters is completed. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) TORRANCE, Calif. – Toyota is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas to get closer to its Midwest assembly plants and improve communication between units now spread over several states.Toyota will break ground this year on a new environmentally-friendly headquarters in Plano, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas. Small groups of employees will start moving to temporary office space there this year, but most will not move until late 2016 or early 2017 when a new headquarters is completed.The new campus will bring together approximately 4,000 employees from sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and finance. That includes 2,000 employees at the current headquarters in Torrance, Calif.; 1,000 employees at Toyota Financial Services, which is also in California; and 1,000 employees from Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing centre in Erlanger, Ky.Toyota also plans to expand its technical centre near Ann Arbor, Mich., and move approximately 250 parts procurement positions there from Georgetown, Ky., where the Camry and Avalon sedans are made. That will free up space for approximately 300 production engineers to move from Erlanger to Georgetown.Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America, said the new headquarters will enable faster decision making. It’s one of the most significant changes in Toyota’s 57-year history in the U.S., Lentz told The Associated Press.“We needed to be much more collaborative,” said Lentz.Larry Dominique, the president of ALG, an automotive consulting and forecasting firm, said Texas is a cheaper place to do business than California, which has higher corporate taxes and more onerous work rules like paid family leave. But he said Toyota could be hurt by a brain drain if employees choose not to go.Dominique, a former executive with fellow Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., said Nissan lost 68 per cent of its workforce when it moved from California to Tennessee in 2008. The disruption can also cause the company to lose momentum, Dominique said.“Some people believe that with a big cultural shift like that, you shake up the tree, bring in new blood,” he said. “But the negative side to that is that you lose centuries of institutional knowledge, and that’s so hard to get back. It takes you back four or five years.”Lentz said the cost of doing business in California wasn’t a factor in Toyota’s decision. Lentz, who became Toyota’s first CEO for the North America region in 2013, said Toyota President Akio Toyoda encouraged him to think of ways to make North America more self-reliant. As part of that process, Lentz settled on the idea of a combined headquarters last April or May.The company decided not to locate in California because it was too far from its plants in Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and San Antonio, Texas. Kentucky was rejected because Erlanger wasn’t big enough, and Ann Arbor was rejected because it was too close to Detroit rivals like General Motors and Ford.Lentz said the company ultimately came up with a list of 100 possibilities that it whittled down to four.“As we visited those four primary locations, it became quite clear that the Dallas metro area was far and above the best choice,” Lentz said. He wouldn’t disclose the other three finalists.Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the state offered Toyota $40 million in incentives from the taxpayer-funded Texas Enterprise Fund. Perry, who made two visits to California to lure Toyota, said Texas expects Toyota to invest $300 million in the new headquarters.Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said his state would have welcomed an opportunity to discuss options with Toyota.“Obviously, we are extremely disappointed by Toyota’s decision,” he said.Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, who was informed of the move Monday morning, also said he was “saddened.”“We thought it was going to be part of Toyota, not everything,” Scotto said at a press conference. “They didn’t mislead us; they just didn’t answer the questions.”Toyota said it will donate $10 million to nonprofits and community organizations in California and Kentucky on top of any existing commitments. Those funds will be distributed over five years starting in 2017.Lentz said Toyota expects to keep more employees than Nissan did because of a generous package of benefits for those who stay. Any employee who wants to move will be given a relocation package and retention bonus, he said. The company is also offering to send employees and their spouses or partners to look around the new locations.“Any one of our associates that raises their hand, they will have a job at the new location,” he said. “Everything we are doing is encouraging people to go.”Lentz told employees about the changes Monday morning in a large conference room in Torrance. The announcement was broadcast elsewhere. He said it should help that most employees will have two or three years to plan their moves.“They understand the business decision. It’s a little bit of a shock in the beginning to people. They’re trying to understand, what does this mean for me, what does this mean for my job,” he said. “We made it very clear to them that we want them to come along with us.”Lentz said he didn’t yet know when he will move to Plano, but it could be later this year or early next year. Lentz said he only spends three to four days per month in his California office.“My time is all over the place. Where I live doesn’t make a whole lot of difference,” he said.Toyota will continue to have about 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky after the moves are complete. The company will also maintain offices in New York and Washington. Plants in Mississippi, Texas and Indiana aren’t affected by the moves.Toyota has had a presence in California since 1957, when it opened its first U.S. headquarters in a former Rambler dealership in Hollywood. The following year — Toyota’s first in the U.S. market — it sold 287 Toyopet Crown sedans and one Land Cruiser.By 1975, Toyota had become the top import brand in the U.S. It opened its current U.S. headquarters in Torrance in 1982.Toyota sold 2.2 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year.Dominique said the placement of the headquarters probably won’t have much impact on Toyota’s sales in California, which is a critical market for the automaker. The Toyota Prius hybrid was the bestselling vehicle in California last year, and Toyota controlled 22 per cent of California’s new car market.“From a consumer’s point of view there won’t be much change,” he said.___Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus contributed from Torrance. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota moving its US headquarters from California to Texas in 2017 read more

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Companies raise concerns that new AER reporting could be misleading

CALGARY – Some oil and gas companies are raising concerns that information in a new reporting program launched by the Alberta Energy Regulator could be misleading.The regulator launched the pipeline performance report web page Tuesday in an effort to make it easier for the public to see which oil and gas companies are falling behind on pipeline safety, and to push companies to improve.But in laying out the data in simple charts and rankings, some companies fear the information will be misinterpreted.“There’s information that can’t just be looked at from a snapshot,” said Walter Vrataric, CEO of Chinook Energy.Chinook came in as having the worst rating of all operators last year with 52 incidents on a per 1,000-kilometre ratio, the common standard on reporting pipeline performance.Vrataric said the company had one minor gas leak last year, but because it only had 19 kilometres of pipeline at the end of the year after selling off a long stretch, that single incident turned into an alarming statistic when converted to the standard per 1,000-kilometre ratio.He said Chinook is completely supportive of increased transparency at the regulator, but that more effort needs to be done to make sure the data shows an accurate picture.“As a public company punching from its back leg in a tough industry, where its seems like there’s more forces working against industry than with industry, this is not the kind of stuff that I think is transparency, I think it’s quite the opposite of that,” said Vrataric.Justin Robinson, a spokesman of Osum Production Corp., expressed similar concern about the information while supporting the overall push for transparency.“I think it is the right thing to do, it’s just that with smaller operators sometimes you need to pay attention to the context as well as the numbers,” said Robinson.Osum ranked second in incidents per 1,000 kilometres at 37 per 1,000 kilometres, but Robinson said the company had a single leak of 100 litres of produced water on its 27 kilometres of pipeline last year — its first leak since it became an operator in 2014.The report also showed that Enerplus Corp., ranked 25th in kilometres of pipeline under the AER, leaked the most liquid last year at 875,000 litres, while Apache Canada Ltd. was second with about 629,000 litres leaked on the fifth largest pipeline network.Enerplus could not be reached for comment, but Paul Wyke, spokesman for Apache Canada, said the company continues to work closely with the AER to meet its obligations and ensure pipeline integrity.David Helmer, director of pipelines at the AER, said at the launch of the program Tuesday that some companies had expressed concern the data could be misinterpreted, but others were very positive about it.On the whole, pipeline incidents are on the decline in Alberta, with a 44 per cent drop in annual incidents over the past ten years and a three per cent drop between 2015 and 2016 to a total of 460 incidents last year.Veronique Giry, vice president of industry operators at the regulator, said at the launch Tuesday that the trend is encouraging, but the regulator continues to push for greater performance.“While we are encouraged by these results, there is more that we can do because all pipeline incidents are preventable,” Giry said.“And one of the ways that we can help drive industry performance is by holding them more accountable to the public by reporting on their performance.”The regulator has set a goal of reducing high-consequence incidents by two per cent in the fiscal year ending in March, and says its on track to reach that target.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 11:57 am MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Companies raise concerns that new AER reporting could be misleading read more

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Likely out of spring practice Ohio States Braxton Miller to focus on

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) walks off the field during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the third time in his college career, Braxton Miller is set to enter spring practice as the starting quarterback of the Ohio State Buckeyes.But for the first time as OSU’s signal caller, the rising senior likely won’t participate over the course of the 15 practice sessions after undergoing minor surgery on his throwing shoulder Feb. 21.According to an OSU press release, Miller “isn’t likely to take a snap” because of the surgery, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be busy improving his game.Two days before Miller had the surgery, the quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio, paid a visit to the OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern to accept his second consecutive Chicago Tribune Silver Football, which is given to the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player.Miller said that night he “cherished” winning the award for a second time, but also shed some light on what he needs to do to become an even better asset to the team.“Get more polished in the pocket … I think the game is changing now. There’s a lot of things that tie into that,” Miller said Feb. 19. “But I just (have to) work leadership-wise, and just learn the whole aspect of the game from the shoulders up. Just make sure I know everything.”Miller’s quarterbacks coach Tom Herman echoed the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player, adding how even though he has all the physical tools to wreak havoc on defenses, he isn’t where he needs to be mentally yet.“As improved as he got in the mental side of playing quarterback (this past season), he still can get a whole lot better,” Herman said. “(He) could probably make that same leap this year and still have work to do.”Miller’s leap as a passer in 2013 is evident in his numbers, as his passing touchdowns, passer rating and completion percentage all improved from the year before. But Herman said he believes those numbers can jump even higher if Miller puts in the time studying the game.“When you know what you’re doing, and you know what you’re seeing, and you know what everyone around you is doing, it’s easy to play with great fundamentals because you’re very relaxed,” Herman said.Miller officially announced his decision to put the NFL Draft on hold and return for his final year of eligibility Jan. 9, saying he “made the right decision” after talking to Herman, his family and coach Urban Meyer.Meyer said on National Signing Day Feb. 5 he thought it was a definite possibility he wouldn’t have Miller at his disposal in 2014, but said he wasn’t shy about giving the quarterback his opinion on the matter.“I told him my opinion that he could become a very high draft pick if he continues to improve,” Meyer said. “And he said, ‘That’s what I thought.’ It wasn’t much more than that. We met together as a family … but I gave my opinion as far as how much more he could grow as a quarterback.”It appears that could be the theme of Miller’s 2014 campaign: developing mentally and physically as a quarterback to boost his stock for the 2015 NFL Draft.“You can learn every day,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of things I gotta learn on the field and outside the field too. On the football side, you can learn from coach Meyer, coach Herman, defensive coach — you can learn from anybody every day. Get better every day. I don’t know if you can learn too much and not be the best, but put in the effort and the time to get better every day so I feel like I’m going to improve.”Herman said he wants his quarterback to be able to know what opposing defenses will do on any given down.“I told him it’s more, you don’t want to memorize like you’re memorizing something to take a test tomorrow. You want to know it so that at any given point tomorrow, a week from now I can say, ‘Hey, show me where the Sam (linebacker) goes in Cover 3. But what about Cover 2?’ And boom, just get on the board and go,” Herman said. “I think he’s getting to that point where all that stuff is slowing down.”Whether or not Miller participates in OSU’s Spring Game, set for April 12 in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeye lacrosse team takes on Michigan at 11 a.m., is still up for debate, but in his absence, the players looking to take the reps and compete to back him up are rising redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and rising redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett. True freshman and early enrollee Stephen Collier will also be in the mix, but his time under center is likely to come after Miller departs.Miller was mum on the feedback he received from draft experts, instead saying with a laugh he would share “maybe when I leave next year.” But he did say he ultimately never thought he was going to leave Columbus.“There wasn’t a deep thought about that,” Miller said. “I always knew I was eventually going to make that decision that I was going to come back.”Barring any other injuries, Miller and his surgically repaired right shoulder are set to lead OSU in its first game of the 2014 season, scheduled for Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Navy. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett sets Big Ten record for alltime

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap from center Billy Price during the Cotton Bowl. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — In his final collegiate game, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett added yet another record to his long list of accomplishments.He surpassed former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees to become the Big Ten’s all-time total yard leader with 12,701 yards.He set the record with a 20-yard pass to redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh in the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl against USC. Earlier in the game, he broke his own program record for total touchdowns in a single season when he rushed into the end zone for the first score of the game, his 46th touchdown of the season. He added another rushing touchdown in the second quarter of the game. read more

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LETTER Second deliberate attempt aimed at besmirching my integrity

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRequest by Communities PS for suspension of PAC sittings deniedJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”LETTER: Govt to be blamed for ‘bungling’ the signing bonusDecember 11, 2017In “latest news”Minister Hughes threatens legal action against TeixeiraApril 18, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,A letter which appeared in another section of the media titled “Will the Auditor General investigate the deputy chief elections officer?”  is the second deliberate attempt aimed at besmirching my integrity – obviously with clandestine objectives.  And it brings to mind something that a former boss of mine had continuously repeated i.e. a lie repeated often enough metamorphose to become the truth.  This is the only reason that I have taken the decision to respond to this piece of mischief, lest the general populace internalize the contents of the letter to conclude that I have been involved in corrupt undertakings and that, somehow, I am being shielded and protected.The motive behind this targeted aggression is anybody’s guess and leaves great room for speculation.The forensic investigations that are currently being conducted by the Auditor General into allegations of fraud has nothing to do with me.  Accordingly, I will not comment on this except to note that reference to this was made at the opening of the letter to create the platform to launch the mischief aimed at me.I am not at all surprised at this letter because of reasons I need not mention here.  However, I find it astounding that the author(s) of the letter would attack the Auditor General in an attempt to dare him to launch an investigation into me relative to allegations that were published in the Guyana Chronicle last year.  In so doing, the author(s) failed to recall that I had debunked those allegations via the said articles in the Guyana Chronicle. One year later – here we go again.Specifically, the letter asked – Why was Vishnu Persaud signing contracts and documents as deputy chief election officer and public relations officer”, and “whether I was usurping the functions of the substantive PRO at the time…”In this regard, please note the following:-I have never signed any contract in my capacity of Deputy Chief Election Officer nor Public Relations Officer.Documents prepared by me in my capacity as Deputy Chief Election Officer and Public Relations Officer for submission to GECOM personnel above me were required to be signed by me for obvious reasons.There was an instance in which I prepared the evaluation of quotations pertaining to Civic and Voter Education during the high activity period of preparations for the conduct of the 2015 General and Regional Elections.  This is an activity that I had been doing over the years as authorized by the Commission.  In so doing, and in the interest of saving time, I had copied the format from the last evaluation I had done and made the required changes accordingly.  The evaluation was submitted to the CEO for approval with my designation was unintentionally stated as Public Relations Officer, as had been copied from the earlier evaluation.  The CEO brought this to my attention, and I requested that he return the document to me so that I can append the rubber stamp of the Deputy Chief Election Officer, sign there-above and return it.  This was done.  In retrospect, I admit that I should have printed a new page and signed thereon or at the least cancel my signature as PRO.I have never usurped, nor even encroached upon, the functions of the PRO in reference.In view of the foregoing, I wish to state categorically that, throughout my tenure at GECOM, which commenced in November 2001, I have never conducted myself in any way, shape or form that could have brought disrepute to myself or the Commission.  On the contrary, I stand grounded in my conviction that I have always carried out my responsibilities with loyalty to the organization, and with consistent efficiency to the satisfaction of my superiors.I therefore have no reluctance or objection to avail myself to any investigation pertaining to any area of my conduct relative to official activities that were undertaken by me at GECOM.As it relates to the use of quotes, I will close with the simple one that were taught to us by all of our grandparents: – “Do nothing – fear nothing”.This is my only and last public position on this matter. Kind regards,Vishnu PersaudDeputy Chief Election Officer read more

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Joy s first Smart Services Centre opens in South Africa

first_imgThe Joy Smart Services Centre was officially opened and is the first facility in the world of its kind for Joy. The company says it “is set to take performance levels in underground coal mining operations to the next level.” Ted Doheny, President and COO of Joy Mining Machinery, who officially opened the centre, commented, “The Joy Smart Services Centre in eMalahleni, South Africa is a major milestone in Joy’s 90-year history of providing key innovations for the mining industry. Joy Smart Services will allow us to get critical operational data on our equipment and the mining operation back to our engineering design centres around the world so that we can enhance the performance of the entire mining system. Joy Smart Services will help us increase our service performance to the mines as we extend the equipment life and provide predictive tools so we have the right part and service available when needed.“We are excited to have our South African team taking the global leadership position for us as we expand this service to other markets around the world and take our industry leading service to the next level of performance.”Joy South Africa’s Managing Director, Jason Savage said, “The global applications of our resources and expertise, coupled with Joy’s leading control system technology, have enabled us to reliably obtain ‘real-time’ data from underground and apply this information to improve the performance of equipment and processes.“South Africa was selected as the first operation in the global group to deploy Joy Smart Services, as the coal mining industry is room and pillar orientated, and there is a strong drive to be the lowest cost producers of coal. Our committed engineering team, combined with the local mining environment, made South Africa the ideal site to launch Joy Smart Services. The South African operation will act as a blueprint for the roll out of Joy Smart Services across the world.“Many South African mines are keen adopters of technology and have deployed it effectively to increase productivity against a background of other mining constraints. As a result, these South African coal mines are amongst the most productive and lowest cost room and pillar producers in the world.”“Although our machines are amongst the highest producers in the world, there is still an opportunity to increase production. The deployment of Joy Smart Services in partnership with our customers will facilitate maximum underground to surface utilisation by extending cutting time and improving process availability”, added Savage.The Joy Smart Service Centre combines all Joy’s services into one package under one roof as an integrated offering to customers. The centre features technological advancements in predictive maintenance, integration of mining processes/system optimization, remote machine health monitoring, condition monitoring, training and 24- hour support. At the hub of Joy’s Smart Services is the 24/7 monitoring centre, which provides real-time information and support on Life Cycle Management packages. The control room features a 6-m video wall, which displays information dashboards of various machines at different customer sites, as well as comprehensive underground machine and network status information.“The launch”, concluded Savage, “marks the new beginning of an ongoing journey, and is core to our global strategy going forward. The Joy Smart Services Centre is the culmination of our vision in partnership with our customers in applying technology to improve safety, productivity and lower the cost of coal mined.”last_img read more

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Man Finds Surgical Plate in 15Foot Crocodiles Stomach

first_img“Strange things turn up in crocodile stomachs all the time. But finding a surgical plate in there, well, we never thought we’d find that,” Lever told CNN affiliate 7 News. He added, “The crocodile, it’s eaten something with a plate in it so it’s either a human or a pet — and I presume with a plate that size it would be a dog.”M.J. was up to 70-years-old and reportedly lived at the farm for six years.  The reptile was originally bought from a nearby farm that captured it in the wild. The plate was initially produced in Switzerland, so Lever said it’s possible that it was in the “crocodile’s stomach for decades.”Crocodiles have interesting appetites: In June, a kayaker caught a ginormous python eating an entire crocodile in chilling swamp photos. The photos showed the python swallowing the reptile after it squeezed it to death at an Australian swamp.More on Geek.com:Ginormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp PhotosWatch: Crocodile Crawls Into Boat in Miami, Evades Wildlife OfficialsTerrifying ‘Death Roll’ Almost Universal Among Crocodile Species Watch: Crocodile Snatches Angler’s Catch in Australian National ParkHere’s How This ‘Croc Whisperer’ Is Protecting Jamaica’s Largest Predator A crocodile farm owner recently came across a shocking discovery when he found a surgical plate in the stomach of a dead 15-foot crocodile.M.J., a saltwater crocodile, died at the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Queensland, Australia, in June, CNN Travel reported. The strange orthopedic plate was discovered inside the reptile’s gut, along with stones used to grind up food, during a necropsy. A photo of the deceased creature and the objects were posted on Facebook, and it has received more than 117 comments so far.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Guardiola hints on the possible start of De Bruyne

first_imgPep Guardiola has revealed that Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker are likely to start in Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on TuesdayDe Bruyne made a cameo appearance in City’s 5-0 mauling of Burnley after a lengthy layoff on the sidelines while Walker missed out due to a groin problem. However, Pep confirmed the duo are fit to play against Shakhtar.“If they are here it is because they are ready to play,” said Guardiola of the duo’s availability.The former Bayern boss also encouraged two of his senior players David Silva and Fernandinho, to extend their playing days for as long as possible.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They [Silva and Fernandinho] have two more years contract but they have to think day by day, month by month and then ask themselves at the end of the season if they are still ready to play. My advice then is to play, you have to play,” he told Sky.Guardiola equally spoke about City’s poor start to the competition against Lyon urging his lads to learn from the experience and raise their game.“Learn from that [defeat]. When you play an entire season the Champions League level is higher. So work. It looks easy, it is not,” he said.“When you win games with a big result it is not easy. So learn, you have 15 points still to play for and to compete in the competition you have to live it. All we can do is learn and try to avoid it in the future.”last_img read more

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City concerned about fire response times

first_imgAs the Vancouver City Council tries to stabilize the fire department’s budget without gutting services, councilors focused their attention Monday on a different set of numbers.Chief Joe Molina and Deputy Chief Dan Olson reported the department’s response times. A 2005 state law requires fire departments to specify targeted response times, and then report annually on how well those targets are met. There’s no minimum standard response time, Olson said, but each agency has to set goals.The clock on the response time, Olson said, starts when a call is received at the firehouse and ends when the first unit arrives at the fire. He explained that the times reflect the 90th percentile — that is, 90 percent of calls have a response time equal to or faster than what’s listed as the response time.For priority 1 and 2 calls — fires and the most critical medical calls — the current response time is 7 minutes, 59 seconds. For priority 3 and 4 (less critical) calls, the response time is 10 minutes, 59 seconds.For the priority 5 calls — an example would be a person who fell but isn’t seriously injured — that would be an ambulance-only response and the response time is 15 minutes, 59 seconds.last_img read more

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Ridgefield man sentenced to nine months in jail for having sex with

first_imgA Ridgefield man was sentenced Thursday to nine months in the Clark County Jail for having sex with a 13-year-old boy he met via a free iPhone app that links men looking to hook up.Jeffrey Scott Boyington, 23, pleaded guilty to child molestation in the third degree. Following his jail term, he will be on community supervision for one year and will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.Defense attorney Clay Spencer said Boyington was wrongly portrayed in the media as a predator at the time of his arrest. Spencer said the victim posed as an adult on Grindr — an iPhone app that describes itself as a way to meet “local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends” — and his client wasn’t online trolling for children.Regardless of how the defendant met the victim, Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis said, he obviously realized once he saw the boy that he was not of legal age to consent to sex.It doesn’t matter if the victim said he could handle his first sexual experience, Lewis told Boyington.That’s exactly why the law prohibits minors from having sex with adults, the judge said. Even if a minor insists it’s fine, the minor isn’t equipped to understand the consequences.last_img read more

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Military Families Could Send Kids to Private School under School Choice Proposal

first_imgClaiming that many military families are unhappy with the quality of local schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday said she supports a proposal to allow service members to tap $1.3 billion in federal funds to send their kids to private schools or pay for other education services. “An education savings account would afford them a much different dynamic and approach to be able to get their education in the way that best works for them,” DeVos said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, reported Army Times. The proposal calls for setting up education savings accounts with money that can be used to pay for private school, private instruction, therapy for special needs students, textbooks and other services. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is expected to introduce legislation shortly to offer school choice to military families, according to the story.Photo by Gage Skidmore Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition Bradys Foundation To Hold Donation Drive For Kids

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition and Brady’s Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Children and Families, is holding a Donation Drive this September in recognition of National Recovery Month. All donations received will benefit children and teens involved with DCF due to their caretakers impacted by mental health and/or substance abuse.Donations will be accepted starting September 4th at various locations throughout town during their regular business hours. Donations will be accepted daily until September 30. Drop off locations include: Wilmington Town Hall, Wilmington Public Safety Department, Wilmington Senior Center, Wilmington Veterans Office, Wilmington Public Library, and in Wilmington Middle and High SchoolsDonations accepted include: cleaning supplies, soap, toilet paper, laundry detergent, trash bags, gloves, PJs (any size), baby diapers (any size), baby wipes, leisure wear for teens (any size), sheets, blankets.There will be two incentive days in which if you donate at least one listed item you will get to enjoy a donut from Wilmington Dunkin Donuts. Get this nice treat on September 10th at Town Hall from 8:30am to 8:30pm (stop in on your lunch break or before heading to the Selectmen’s Meeting at night) and September 19th at the Public Library from 9am to 9pm (swing in for an event or to find a new read and drop off a donation).This drive is partnership between Brady’s Foundation, Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition, and Wilmington High School Volunteers.All donations will be given directly to DCF Cambridge, which is the office which serves the Wilmington area.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition.)Like 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… RelatedWilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 17In “Community”Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 29In “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington’s Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Samantha Reif Discusses Town’s National Recovery Month EffortsIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Delta Western Workers Approve Union Membership

first_imgAfter two months of protests, Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska have voted to unionize. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific got the support of a slim majority in an election on Thursday night.Download Audiolast_img

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With winter snow trails North Slope Borough hopes to offer residents a

first_imgSome of the communities can get those things through a seasonal ocean barge service. Others are only served by air cargo. But there’s a third option some people take to try to save money: driving over the tundra.Now the North Slope Borough is testing a pilot network of winter snow trails, which they hope will make that a safer choice.Ten years ago, Robin Mongoyak bought a new truck in Anchorage and drove it up the Haul Road with a buddy. That road ends in Deadhorse.“We were stubborn,” Mongoyak said. “We thought, ‘Oh, everybody’s making it across … the Slope to Barrow from Deadhorse. We got an F-150 (with) four-wheel drive. I think we got no problem making it too.’”But once they were out on the open tundra, they hit some bad weather.“We had total white-out,” Mongoyak remembered. “You felt like you were 30,000 feet in the air. I mean, the wind was blowing that hard.”The snow piled up rapidly around the truck, and they constantly had to get out and dig.“Holy cow, man. There were so many times where we almost gave up and abandoned our vehicle,” Mongoyak said.They did eventually make it home to Utqiaġvik. But Mongoyak told himself he would never attempt that drive again.Then last year… he did.Out past the airport, where the view south is miles and miles of flat, snow-covered tundra, Mongoyak gestured at a spot just to the side of the road.“That’s where we came in from,” he said.Robin Mongoyak at the southern edge of Utqiaġvik, next to the spot where he arrived last year as part of a caravan escorted by North Slope Borough staff that drove a snow trail from Prudhoe Bay. Jan. 30, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Instead of braving the tundra independently, when Mongoyak wanted to bring up a second car for his wife last April, he joined an organized caravan of cars, escorted by North Slope Borough staff and specialty equipment to help people if they got stuck in the snow.They made their way from Prudhoe Bay to Utqiaġvik along a snow trail built by the borough.Mongoyak said that even though the caravan was slow, since they often had to stop and wait for borough staff to pull out cars that got stuck, it did feel less risky.He estimated he saved hundreds of dollars taking the car up that way. He might have saved more if he’d driven the car up from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay himself, instead of paying someone else to do it.It also gave him peace of mind to get the car up from Anchorage quickly, instead of having it sit in a lot for months, waiting for the summer barge service.The borough’s Community Winter Access Trails — or CWAT — project is in its second year. It’s a project to build trails and then lead organized trips — like the caravan Mongoyak was with — between several North Slope villages and Prudhoe Bay.Gordon Brower is the director of the borough’s Planning and Community Services Department, which is overseeing the project. He said that residents of the borough have been driving over the tundra on their own for years, and that has resulted in people frequently getting stuck in the middle of nowhere and needing rescue, which can be expensive for the borough.“In some cases in the past, people … have broken down a hundred miles in either direction,” Brower said. ”Near-deaths and freezing, running out of gas are some of the issues surrounding being able to go between communities,” he added.Brower said this year the borough anticipates they’ll be able to connect Utqiaġvik, Atqasuk, Wainwright and Anaktuvuk Pass with chaperoned pathways to Prudhoe Bay and the Haul Road.They have a permit for five years — counting this year and last year — but will be making the decision year-to-year whether to continue the project.The borough is keeping track of how many people use the road, what kinds of goods they’re bringing in, and collecting feedback from the community about the trails.“It’s a proof of concept to measure the impact to the economy,” Brower said. “What kind of impact does it have when you’re connected for just several months?”Brower said that information could help inform a larger state of Alaska project to identify regional infrastructure and connectivity needs — a chronic issue for the North Slope.That’s the Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources — or ASTAR— project. While the state said they still haven’t determined what the specifics of it are, it could include a network of year-round gravel roads between some of the North Slope communities.Right now, crews are out working on the trails to two of the villages. Others will begin when weather conditions allow.The borough said that once the trails are open, ideally they’ll be usable until the end of April or early May. Last April, Robin Mongoyak drove his family’s new Subaru Forester from Prudhoe Bay to Utqiaġvik, using a new trail provided by the North Slope Borough. (Photo courtesy Robin Mongoyak)If you live on the North Slope of Alaska, you have limited options when it comes to bringing in goods from down south — especially big things like cars, appliances and lumber.last_img read more

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Stories on the wall

first_imgMinister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor on Thursday launched The Fly on the Wall and Other Stories by Shubha Sarma, IAS, in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch.A collection of thirteen short stories, the book Fly on the wall and Other Stories tells some realistic tales which are rooted deep in the Indian soil and appeal to the Indian sensitivities and sensibilities. Inspired by the great storytellers such as Munshi Premchand and Sharat Chandra Chattyopadhyay, the young author tries to revive the old world charm through her fiction. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gracing the book release ceremony, Chandresh Kumari Katoch said, ‘Fly on the Wall and Other Stories is a bold and candid piece of work written in a refreshingly simple, straightforward way which reveals the unnoticed facets deeply rooted in our society.’Presently serving the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Sarma believes in simplicity of life which reflects in her writing as well. ‘Fly on the Wall and Other Stories’ is the first book by Sarma, who is a 1999 batch IAS officer of the Odisha cadre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on the occasion, Shashi Tharoor praised the debut book and said, ‘A compelling read, overflowing with acutely-observed and cleverly-plotted stories that hold your attention from the first to the last, Fly on the Wall marks a remarkable debut by a gifted storyteller of undoubted promise. I look forward to more from her pen.’The book release function saw the presence of renowned names of the Indian literary world such as Namita Gokhle and Professor K Satchidanandan along with other prominent faces from all walks of life. The evening saw a well conducted ceremony with the presence of the various luminaries from the bureaucracy and cultural sphere. Commenting on the book, Professor K Satchidanandan said, ‘Sarma’s subtle ways of critiquing the society’s cant, the hidden greed and violence in human beings, the nuanced condemnation of patriarchy in its various crippling incarnations, has created a publication crafted with an ingenuous sense of structural balance.’Author and civil servant, Shubha Sarma’s Fly on the Wall and Other Stories is a rarity in today’s times- well written, concise stories with subjects set in diverse settings and places, ranging from up-market, urban milieu to the depths of rural Orissa and areas of civil strife and deep social  unrest. The locales vary from deep forests of Odisha to the lush greenery of Assam and the fast-paced life in Delhi and Lucknow. The narrative strings together anxious house-wives, over-imaginative teenagers and men and women in the sunset of their lives. The characters are deeply etched and delineated. They are people one encounters everyday on the bus, the metro and the mirror. Each story is different, and each has characters etched lucidly as on ivory, situations that look so real in their contexts and strategies that enhance the fascination of the unfolding narratives. As a whole, this assortment of tales with a twist brings to life the realities and contradictions of India and makes it an enchanting collection of highly readable short stories.Author and civil servant, Sarma was born and brought up in Lucknow, and is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Fond of dogs, she enjoys tending to her bonsai collection in her spare moments. After joining the IAS, she served for more than a decade in the tribal districts of Odisha where she endeavoured to catalyze social change, empower women and address complex issues concerning left-wing extremism. A yoga practitioner, Sarma enjoys travelling, cycling and swimming. She lives with her husband and two sons in Delhi.last_img read more

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Judge public prosecutor arrested for false charges

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A judge and public prosecutor agent from the state of Quintana Roo have been arrested for initiating irregular criminal proceedings.The two were taken into custody Thursday after the Attorney General found they had a journalist jailed without evidence.Agent Tila Patricia León and judge Javier Ruiz Ortega were arrested for initiating an irregular criminal proceeding against journalist Pedro Canché who was detained for nine months.In a public statement, the Attorney General of the Republic said the reporter was charged with the crime of “sabotage to the detriment of society in general” but the public ministry agent did not have “any evidence” to prove the responsibility of the journalist nor did the judge have “probative elements” against him.Journalist Pedro Canché was covering a demonstration in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and had published critical notes about authorities. According to the prosecution, his detention was “in reprisal to his journalistic activity.”Canché celebrated the arrests of agent Tila Patricia León and judge Javier Ruiz Ortega, noting the case against him was based on false evidence.“It is very rare in Mexico for a journalist to have justice,” he said.He highlighted that the responsibility must reach whomever ordered them to act against him and, according to Canché, former governor Roberto Borge was one of the regional leaders at the time.“Judge Ruiz Ortega himself confirmed it to me and told me to seek good defense,” said Canché. “No one is going to give me back nine months in jail, but when a judge uses false evidence to incriminate a journalist, when a public prosecutor forces justice to imprison a journalist, that has debt to be paid.”Pedro Canché was imprisoned from August 2014 to May 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ When it comes down to it, no one was likely more tired of the Arizona Cardinals quarterback controversy than receiver Larry Fitzgerald.Fitz projected a sense of relief when he sat down with the media following Monday’s practice.“I’m just happy it’s behind us and we don’t have to answer that question every day,” he said.Fitz said that he respects head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s decision and is ready to move forward with the season with Skelton at the helm. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories In 2018, he played all 16 games for the Falcons and started half of them while recording 24 tackles and a sack.Related LinksArizona Cardinals hire Matt Harriss as director of football administrationCardinals DC Vance Joseph plans to play aggressive 3-4 defenseThree ESPN writers tab Cardinals as favorite for No. 1 pick in 2020’Cardinals Flight Plan’: Offseason moves, including Pugh’s dancingArizona Cardinals sign former Falcons CB Robert AlfordThe eight-year veteran has a career 276 tackles, 21.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.His best statistical seasons are as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme rather than as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.The Cardinals will be looking to improve at outside linebacker as the team is going from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 scheme under new DC Vance Joseph and defensive end Markus Golden is expected to become a free agent in March.Reed, the former Sabino High School Sabercat, turns 32 later this month. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent linebacker Brooks Reed to a one-year contract, the team announced Saturday.Reed was recently cut by the Atlanta Falcons in order to free up cap space, much like his teammate Robert Alford, whom the Cardinals signed on Thursday.Reed, the Tucson native that played his college ball as an Arizona Wildcat, was selected 42nd overall by the Houston Texans in 2011 and had three tackles for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img 11 Comments   Share   (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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