Who is Mike Yurcich?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireWho is Mike Yurcich?The question we’ve all been asking since about 10 AM this morning.I reached out to Duane Rankin who used to cover Edinboro (where Yurcich was before Shippensburg) football for GoErie.com. Duane now works for the Montgomery Advertiser and was kind enough to answer my questions…1. Why is this a good hire for OSU?You’re looking at someone who has had a Division I offense all along, but has worked out the kinks of it on the Division II level. So he already has an idea of what works and what doesn’t.Plus he was given the keys to the offense while at Edinboro and Shippensburg. So he’s used to be the one to answer why the offense didn’t work or did work.2. What is Mike Yurcich’s personality like? Any eccentricities?He’s pretty laid back, but he can get after it. Subtle, but  has a sense of humor. He’ll may be a little on guard to start just because he’s at a new level, but he’ll adjust to all that comes with being an OC at  Big 12 school.3. One word to describe his offense?Explosive4. Who are his coaching idols? Who does he model his offensive style after?I’m not sure who his coaching idols are to be honest, but his offense is single back with multiple receivers. He coached two of the best Division I quarterbacks – Trevor Harris (Edinboro) and Zach Zulli (Shippensburg) – ever.When he coached Harris, Harris had the freedom to run no huddle and call plays at the line. The offense was high paced, quick passes, but it had the ability to go downfield and utilize the running game.5. Any funny/good stories?Don’t remember too many stories, but he always laid back in his office. You would never even know he was in the office because you never heard him. You’d hear other assistants and the head coach, but not him.So…just like Monken, right?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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India leave for Macau amid Typhoon warnings

first_imgIndia India national football team leave for typhoon-ravaged Macau amid fresh warnings Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:37 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephen Constantine Sunil Chhetri Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers AIFF Media India Macao v India Macao Asian Cup Qualification The territory, which has the fourth highest per-capita GDP in the world, faced severe crisis last week. The East Asian country of Macau, which is known more for its mega casinos than for its football, is getting ready to face India on 5th September in an important AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifier.The last few days, however, has been nightmarish for the island, with typhoon Hato inflicting severe damage to the residents, killing at least eight people and leaving most areas flooded.Stephen Constantine’s troops, which is expected to land there around 1:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) on Saturday, may have to face a tropical storm on Sunday, even though it’s expected to be of a lesser intensity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Hong Kong and Macau brace for the third tropical storm in less than 2 weeks.— Al Jazeera Weather (@AJEWeather) September 2, 2017Macau had planned to host Malaysia last week for a friendly match ahead of the tie against India, but it had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour due to the typhoon, leaving both sides underprepared for their upcoming qualifiers. Chan Hiu Ming, the former Kitchee SC player who was named the head coach of Macau in late July, has been overseeing a preparatory camp for the last ten days with most of the first team players joining on the first day itself.India are fresh from winning a three-nation tournament in Mumbai, where they defeated Mauritius and drew with St Kitts and Nevis – a result which was later termed as a ‘wake-up call’ by the gaffer.The Blue Tigers have won both their matches against Myanmar and Kyrghyzstan in the current round of the qualifiers while Macau are going through a five match winless streak, having registered their last win in November last year.Macau squad: He Wenhui, Feng Zhiheng, Zheng Zhenjan, Liu Bajian, Chen, Shenghao, Li Zijian, Li Jiahao, Wu Yu, Cai, Maersk, Li Jia, Lin Yidong, Huang Hualin, Shanyan, Peng Zihen, Linga, He Zifeng, Zhang Haishan, Liang Jiaheng, Amway, Li JinhongIndia squad:  Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Arnab Mondal, Salam Ranjan Singh, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Md. Rafique, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh.last_img read more

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Young Hustler would have won a modern Grand National, says trainer

first_imgReuse this content news Twitter Grand National Share on LinkedIn Horse racing Read more Share via Email The injustice still rankles a bit. “He was a phenomenal jumper,” his owner says. “If you saw him jump The Chair at Aintree, he popped it. He’d go over anything, the most beautiful jumper. And he’s not the biggest but he’s certainly one of the bravest. It was all bravery and athleticism.”“To be involved with him, I was amazingly lucky,” says Scudamore, who calls Young Hustler ‘Moony’, short for Moonbeam, the stable name he was given because of his shiny coat. “He had this big, bright arse,” the jockey recalls. “He wasn’t big but he was the right shape, a ball of muscle. Anything he lacked in ability, he made up for in heart.”“Owning him really did change my life,” adds MacEchern, well aware of his immense good fortune in having bought such a horse on a budget of £10,000. “He was so in the spotlight and so well liked by the public. People loved this little horse that jumped big.”Tuesday’s tips, by Chris CookCatterick 12.35 Machree 1.05 Ebitda 1.35 Jabbaar 2.10 Our Charlie Brown 2.40 Tonto’s Spirit 3.15 Economic Crisis 3.45 Short Work 4.20 CommancheBangor 12.55 Dostal Phil 1.25 Modus 2.00 Pearlita 2.30 Ballycool 3.05 Cave Top 3.35 One For Rosie 4.10 Nestor ParkChepstow 1.15 Out Of Style 1.45 Bandon Roc (nb) 2.20 Winido 2.50 Filatore 3.25 Knight Of Noir 3.55 Smart Boy (nap) 4.30 First FlowWolverhampton 4.40 Dream Mount 5.10 Laieth 5.40 Jellmood 6.10 Tidal’s Baby 6.40 Wild Flower 7.10 Mistry 7.40 My Brother Mike 8.10 Vivre La Reve … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cheltenham Festival Thirty is an excellent lifespan for horses of any kind and racehorses in particular, which explains why Scudamore is slightly stunned to learn that Young Hustler is still going. The popular chestnut was not quite good enough to cope with The Fellow and Jodami in the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup but has outlived both by nine years. When they run the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, a race he won 23 years ago, Young Hustler’s longevity will be featured in the racecard.“For a horse of that age he seems in very good nick,” says MacEchern. “The Racing Post put him in their birthday list on 1 January this year, which was rather sweet of them. He spent the summer out in a paddock by my house and now that the weather’s not so good he comes here to be mollycoddled.”Debbie Maunder, who looks after Young Hustler day to day, croons over him while describing how he has mellowed. “He can be a bit pushy sometimes but that’s typical ex-racehorse. He’s a lovely old man, really.”“He could be a stroppy little sod,” recalls Nigel Twiston-Davies, who trained him to win 15 races. “But he was the most unbelievable horse ever, so tough and brilliant. He was just a little bit short of top class but they always gave him lumps of weight when he went to Aintree. If they compressed the top of the Grand National weights then, like they do now, he’d probably have won one.”Ruefully MacEchern remembers the 1994 National, before which someone apparently shared an old piece of hunting wisdom with the horse’s rider, David Bridgwater, that loose horses tend to go left and should therefore be kept on one’s left. Trailing the loose Usher’s Island to the 11th, Bridgwater sensibly steered to the right, only to see Usher’s Island belt the fence and fall in front of him, on to the spot where Young Hustler should have landed. His forelegs knocked from under him, the game little chestnut was brought down. Talking Horses: pros and cons of an upper age limit for jumps racehorses Young Hustler and Chris Maude fly over the Grand National fences on the way victory in the 1995 Bechers Chase at Aintree. Photograph: John Giles/PAcenter_img Topics Support The Guardian Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Facebook As the major races of a new jumps season heave into view, what better moment to drop in on a star of winters long past, now enjoying an easeful life, cosseted in a small stable in Gloucestershire. Young Hustler is 30 years old and still with us, to the surprise and delight of people like Peter Scudamore, who won on him at the Cheltenham Festival in 1993.“He would run through a wall for you,” his former jockey remembers and, as the veteran of 65 races including three Grand Nationals, Young Hustler was certainly tested. But he came through it all, ran his last race at the age of 11 and has been provided with a long, comfortable retirement by his owner, Gavin MacEchern. Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Pinterest last_img read more

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Explore 8 Countries in 23 Days with the Four Seasons World of Adventures Trip

first_imgThere’s luxury travel, then there’s luxury travel. While an all-inclusive hotel minibar, free bottled water, and a beach massage pass for “the lap of luxury” for most of us, some lucky travelers explore the world in altogether different strata. Enter The Four Seasons World of Adventures Trip, an incredible, no-expense-spared, private world tour that promises eight countries in just 23 days — for a price.The three-week itinerary reads like an entire bucket list for the average person. The Four Seasons private jet departs from Seattle, Washington en route to Kyoto. Here, travelers experience two full days of history in Japan’s cultural hub and walk the city’s Nishiki Market (often called “Kyoto’s Kitchen”) with Four Seasons’ own chefs. From there, the trip only gets more exotic with tropical beach exploring in Bali and Seychelles. Then, it’s on to mainland Africa to trek with gorillas in Rwanda and explore the ancient markets and stunning landscape of Marrakech. The final leg of the trip heads to South America for a deep dive into Colombian history, arts, and culture in Bogota. The tour is capped off with an exclusive three-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands to kayak and snorkel with sea turtles, hike lava fields, and take a Zodiac cruise of secluded inlets in search of sea lion pups and the iconic blue-footed boobies.While the destinations are scheduled well in advance, what travelers choose to do on the ground is wide open. Upon booking the trip, each guest is connected with a personal Four Seasons Global Guest Services Manager. These elite concierges work with each traveler individually to determine what they’d like to experience in each destination. In a sense, travelers can explore every destination in their own way — like a trip within a trip.Four SeasonsAll air transportation is aboard Four Seasons’ private Boeing 757 — a bespoke aircraft designed to feel every bit as luxurious as the brand’s iconic hotels. The private jet accompanies just 52 passengers (compared to the usual 233 on a typical commercial flight), all with fold-flat leather beds. Every design detail — including Mongolian cashmere blankets, handwoven Dutch carpeting, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and Bulgari amenity bags — is precisely as you would expect in this level of luxury travel. Passengers are provided custom cabin bags to ensure their essential belongings are within easy reach at all times. A personal in-flight executive chef also ensures the quality of the scratch-made meals is up to the Four Seasons standards on the ground.The whirlwind adventure takes off October 23, 2019. Book your own seat for the low, low price of $143,000. If it helps, all transportation, accommodations, meals, and most activities and excursions are included.Images courtesy of Four Seasons. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations 1. Bali. 2. Marrakech. 3. Kyoto. 4. Seychelles. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more

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First Phase Privatisation of Rail Service to Begin 2019/20

first_imgImplementation of the first phase of the privatisation of the rail service from Montego Bay to Appleton will be pursued in the new financial year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the disclosure as he delivered the Throne Speech at the ceremonial opening of the 2019/20 legislative year in Gordon House on February 14.He said that in addition to rail-related activities, the process will include relocation of squatters/informal settlers from within the rail reservation.Turning to other areas of focus in the Transport and Mining Ministry, the Governor-General said that the Transport Authority will be amended to allow for a new system to be implemented that will address the renewal of licences on birthdays, and extended licence.He said that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) underwent significant technological innovations to reduce losses and enhance rider experience last year, and these strategies will be intensified in the coming legislative year.The Governor-General said that increased emphasis will be placed on bauxite and mining, which, he noted. “have provided many benefits to the Jamaican economy”.“Even after more than 50 years of mining in Jamaica, there are still huge quantities of high-quality bauxite available. The revitalisation of the global and local industries is evidenced by the reopening and expansion of plants. We will begin upgrading the mines and geology department, so that it can respond to the needs of a dynamic and demanding industry,” he said.last_img read more

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Abu Dhabi Free Port Receives Its Biggest Cargo Ever (UAE)

first_imgzoom Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has welcomed the largest and longest heavy lift cargo load it has ever handled in the Free Port, next to Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi.Five heavy lift pieces of infrastructure equipment were unloaded for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) for the new carbon black and delayed coker plant which is being built at the chemical refining complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.The infrastructure equipment has arrived recently on a heavy project cargo carrier from Ulsan, Korea. The heavy lift carrier occupied three berths at the Freeport. The MV Dongbang Giant No.1 carried five different pieces of infrastructure which had an overall combined weight of 3,367 metric tonnes, and 29,492 cubic meters in volume (freight tonnage).The heavy lift pieces which varied in weight between 140 and 1531 metric tonnes were unloaded onto the quayside by roll off operation with SPMT trailers up to 76 axles.The pieces will be stored in the Free Port for ten days before being reloaded onto a barge to travel down the coast of Abu Dhabi to Ruwais. The shipment has involved very close liaison between the ADPC operations team and their customer Takreer to ensure smooth transshipment and appropriate arrangements for such an extreme cargo.The largest piece of the heavy lift infrastructure equipment had a weight of 1531 metric tonnes, a width of 12 meters and a length of 116 meters – the longest piece that has ever been received in the Free Port.ADPC manages and operates the Free Port which is close to the main Zayed Port in the city. The Free Port has the space to handle such cargo, there is easy access and the quayside is reinforced to carry a weight of 4 metric tonnes per square meter. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close ADPC, April 14, 2014last_img read more

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Partners to Develop OceanGoing Autonomous Navigation System

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Lloyd’s Register Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ST Engineering Electronics (STEE) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd to develop the world’s first ocean-going autonomous navigation system.The MOU was announced today during Singapore Maritime Week 2019, a maritime event held annually in Singapore.Specifically, the partners plan to collaborate on the ‘Development of Ocean-going Autonomous Navigation System on a Marine Asset’ project.As informed, the MOU forms the foundation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore-funded ‘World’s Largest Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel Programme’, which was also announced today.“This project, a world first for the deployment of autonomous navigational technology to an ocean-going vessel for commercial operations, pushes the boundaries of autonomous technology and moves the industry towards deployment of autonomous navigation systems onboard vessels for enhanced performance and critically, safety,” Andy McKeran, LR Commercial Director Marine & Offshore, commented.He added that increasing interest in maritime autonomy and remote access/control technologies exemplifies technological changes the maritime industry is facing. The key to the success and safe adoption of these technologies is that robust use cases are established, according to McKeran.“Autonomous systems will also provide opportunities for skilled seafarers to focus on what they do best, and the safe and sustainable integration of autonomous systems relies on the appropriate engagement with seafaring professionals,” McKeran further said.“Working with STEE, who have already developed and proven this capability and are now looking to work to scale in the commercial marine market, is what sets this project apart; STEE provide … technical expertise, technology and advanced learnings on autonomous systems… We will support with expertise on assurance, certification and regulation for the application of autonomy in the maritime environment as well as approval of systems where appropriate,” he concluded.last_img read more

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19Million Road Paving Contract for Annapolis County

first_imgA $1,867,365 road-paving contract awarded by the Department of Transportation and Public Works will result in stronger, smoother roads in the Annapolis Valley. Work has already started on the contract, awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc., for repaving of Route 201 from the intersection of Paradise Lane east for 9.5 kilometres to the intersection of Mount Hanley Road. “This is a popular alternate route through the Valley,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The province is working hard to get our roads back into good condition.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Energy hunters Bitcoin miners search for cheap innovative energy sources

first_imgCALGARY – For most Canadians, Drumheller conjures up images of dinosaur bones and ancient fossils, but entrepreneur Sean Clark’s expedition in the northern Alberta town is focused on a very current obsession: Bitcoin.The CEO of Hut 8 Mining Corp. recently set up his company in the self-proclaimed ‘dinosaur capital of the world’ because its cheap electricity rates give him the biggest margins for his Bitcoin mining business.The cryptocurrency boom is pushing Canadian companies to join the global rush to find the cheapest sources of energy as computing competition drives power demands higher, resulting in crypto hotspots cropping up in communities like Drumheller, Winnipeg and Montreal.“Because electricity is our highest cost, we become energy hunters,” Clark said. “We find the cheapest sources of energy, put a container down, plug it in and start mining.”Access to cheap energy is crucial because Bitcoin miners around the world are competing to solve the equations that feed into the blockchain that supports the currency.The more computing power miners throw at the system, the better their chances of being rewarded with Bitcoin, said Clark.Thanks to the abundance of cheap natural gas and lower-than-expected demand growth, Alberta power prices are some of the cheapest around. Clark said he’s getting electricity at about three cents per kilowatt hour.Should prices rise, the company would simply put the 12-metre containers that hold its data centres on 18-wheelers and roll them to the next-cheapest energy spot, he said.The competition in Bitcoin mining has increased considerably as it and other cryptocurrencies have seen huge price gains in the past year — trading as high as US$19,000 in December — putting an end to the early days when mining could be done on a laptop.A typical laptop might be able to make about 40 calculations a second, whereas the 1.1-megawatt containers supplied by Hut 8’s partner Bitfury can handle 7.5 quadrillion calculations per second. The company expects to have about 60 megawatts of installed capacity by the end of the year.The demand for computing and electrical power has led smaller previously pure-play energy companies to add cryptocurrency mining to the mix.Oil and gas explorer Iron Bridge Resources Inc., for one, recently announced plans to launch a cryptocurrency mining division that will use excess energy from its oil and gas operations in northern Alberta.Chief executive Rob Colcleugh said the company is planing to pilot a roughly 600 kilowatt crypto-mining operation to make use of the high Bitcoin prices and extremely low natural gas prices.“The economics at these levels are pretty astounding,” he said.Colcleugh said he’d look to create a partnership that could offer power costs “orders of magnitude” less than provincial utility rates.Meanwhile Toronto-based Blockchain Power Trust, which this year changed its name from Transeastern Power Trust, plans to use the renewable power it has been developing largely in Romania to power new cryptocurrency mining operations in the eastern European country.Global Bitcoin miners have also taken note of Canada’s abundant cheap electricity, as China looks to crack down on mining operations in the country.Manitoba Hydro said it’s had more than 100 inquiries and has already seen operations set up, while Hydro-Quebec said it has had more than 70 inquiries for projects with some as big as 300 megawatts.“We have quite a lot of available energy in Quebec,” said Hydro-Quebec spokesman Marc-Antoine Pouliot.“We are moving forward quite quickly, so we think we might have a project going ahead in 2018.”The rush in energy demand from cryptomining has led to dire warnings about the energy consumed by the power-hungry operations, especially with the large contingent of coal-powered mining in China.The website Digiconomist currently estimates Bitcoin mining is consuming energy at a rate of about 44.5 terawatt hours of electricity a year and climbing — or about the same as Iraq — and up from under 10 terawatts as of March last year.But the wide variables and rapidly evolving technology mean accurate estimates are difficult. Credit Suisse recently put power usage somewhere between 16 and 21 terawatt hours.The bank said that if Bitcoin hovered around US$13,500, then power demand could go up at the “ultra-high-end” scenario to 350 terawatt hours and still be profitable — but that even then, it would consume less than 1.5 per cent of total electricity demand.“This is a far cry from the power and environmental Armageddon that some have feared,” said analyst Michael Weinstein in a note.With more companies looking to get in on Bitcoin mining though, the power demands are expected to keep climbing.Morgan Stanley projects in a recent note that just this year Bitcoin power demand would hit 120 to 140 terawatt hours — or about the consumption of Argentina — in an industry that didn’t exist a decade ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:IBR, TSX-V:BPWR.UN)last_img read more

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Vancouver artists cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver illustrator said she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting a victim of the recent school shooting in Florida.Pia Guerra’s “Hero’s Welcome” shows a young girl leading the school’s football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings.Feis was one of 17 victims who died when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.The assistant football coach and school security specialist was trying to shield students from bullets when he was fatally shot.“It gave me a little lump in my throat when the idea (for the cartoon) first kind of popped up,” Guerra said.“I thought, I think that might be strong enough. But I had no idea it was going to hit people this hard. Everyone’s telling me that it broke them or they’re devastated or they got all punched in the gut with it or they’re in tears. And that was surprising.”“Hero’s Welcome” had been liked on Twitter more than 32,000 times by Saturday morning.Guerra launched her career illustrating graphic novels, including DC/Vertigo’s Y – The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan.But her editorial cartoons are gaining attention too. Last year, her cartoon of a child-like U.S. president Donald Trump sitting on former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lap and saying, “I’m a big boy,” also went viral.“I’d just started getting into doing (editorial cartoons) out of a sense of needing to do something after the election,” Guerra said.Former student Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 murders in the Florida shooting.From the time he entered the building until the time he left, only six minutes passed, authorities said. During that brief time, he shot more than two dozen people.Feis, 37, graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity football team, the school’s website said. It said he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.The Sun Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie. Someone on the radio asked if loud sounds they heard were firecrackers, said football coach Willis May, who also carries a radio.“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.Feis’ grandfather, Raymond Feis of New York, said his grandson “was wonderful.”“Everyone loved him and he was a jolly person,” Raymond Feis said.“What takes away some of the pain is that he was a hero.”A tweet from the school football program ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”— with files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

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2026 World Cup: FIFA Task Force Assessment Release Date Postponed

Rabat – The release date of the FIFA task force assessments, which evaluates Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid and North American joint bid, has been delayed.FIFA’s task force was expected to announce its final decision on 2020 World Cup bids on May 29.French sports outlet L’Equipe reported on Friday that the task force will announce its decision in the first week of June. FIFA task force will meet with both committees of the 2026 World Cup in Zurich on May 30 to answer questions of the five-member task force.The task force has the legitimacy to disqualify one of the bids if it does not meet FIFA’s requirements.The countdown to the FIFA vote, which is set to take place on June 13 in the presence of 211 football federations, has begun.Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid committee received the task force on April 16. The five-member committee spent three days in several Moroccan cities in order to evaluate Morocco’s assets and capacity to host the 23rd world’s premier tournament in 2026.The Moroccan bid committee said in April that the task force expressed their admiration for the quality of Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.Chairman of the Moroccan bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy said that the FIFA delegation  felt the passion of the whole population” for the tournament, which “clearly highlights the fact that Morocco as a whole is a candidate.”FIFA’s Task Force committee included Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaž Vesel; Chairman of the Governance Committee Mukul Mudgal; Member of the Organising Committee for Competitions Ilcho Gjorgjioski; FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Administration) Marco Villiger; and FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban. read more

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Beruwala tragedy No life jackets small boat

Investigations into the boat tragedy at Beruwala yesterday in which five people were killed revealed that the boat in which they were travelling in was too small and none of them had life jackets on.The police said that investigations had also found that most of them were drunk at the time they were on the boat. Five people were killed when the boat they were travelling in capsized in Beruwala last evening. The boat was taking the group to visit the Beruwala lighthouse when tragedy struck. The police said that 13 people were on board the boat when it was hit by a strong wave.But the police said that the boat was not big enough to carry 13 people. read more

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Gotas petition to be discharged from AvantGarde case rejected

In November last year the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court had also rejected a request to clear Rajapaksa from all the charges in the Avant Garde case. (Colombo Gazette) A petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeking to be discharged from the Avant-Garde case has been rejected.The Colombo High Court rejected the petition against the case filed by the Bribery Commission.

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Senior German diplomat appointed Annans top envoy for Kosovo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a senior diplomat from of Germany to be his Special Representative for Kosovo and the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK). Michael Steiner, a former Foreign and Security Policy Adviser to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, replaces Hans Haekkerup, who left Kosovo when his contract expired at the end of 2001. Mr. Steiner is the third Special Representative for Kosovo since UNMIK was established in 1999, following Mr Haekkerup of Denmark and Bernard Kouchner of France. He will take up his duties in Pristina early next month. read more

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UN agencies to airlift emergency supplies for Sudanese refugees in Chad

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to send 40 tons of emergency supplies – including high-energy biscuits and logistics equipment – tonight from its depot in Italy to N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is bringing six plane-loads of supplies, including plastic sheeting, tents, kitchen sets, jerry cans and mosquito nets, over the next week to the town of Abeche in Chad’s east.More than 110,000 Sudanese have crossed the border into Chad over the past year to escape fighting in the Darfur region between rebel groups, the Sudanese Government and militias.The UN estimates another 700,000 Sudanese have become internally displaced since the Darfur conflict erupted last March.The WFP’s Representative in Chad, Philippe Guyon Le Bouffy, said relief agencies are racing to provide help before the annual rainy season begins in May or June and cuts off access to many areas.”This region is very, very poor,” he said. “Initially the local population made great efforts to help the refugees but they themselves are finding it more and more difficult to cope.”A month after WFP launched an appeal for donations, it has so far received less than a quarter of the $18.5 million needed to help the Sudanese refugees in Chad.But, for the first time since November, WFP staff have been able to provide food to people in Kutum in north Darfur. Most of Darfur remains off-limits to humanitarian workers because of the fighting.Meanwhile, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond today told journalists in Geneva that the agency has set up two refugee camps in Chad, in Farchana and Touloum, and will be ready to open three more “in the near future.” That agency is trying to move as many refugees as possible away from their temporary shelters along the Chadian-Sudanese border because of frequent cross-border raids by armed militias. read more

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Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group NEW YORK, N.Y. – The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her “a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world.” Pallante said in a statement she was “deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry.”“Publishers promote literature, literacy, education, and research around the world, while advocating for free speech, creating jobs, and making considerable contributions to the global marketplace,” she said. “It will be a privilege to represent these interests in matters of policy, trade and business.”Copyright protection has long been a central issue for the publishing association, which hopes to find common ground on this with President-elect Donald Trump, who has published numerous books.Pallante, 52, was abruptly reassigned last October by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and soon resigned after declining to accept a new position as a digital strategy consultant. She was widely regarded as sympathetic to artists, while also facing criticism that her priorities were too closely aligned with the entertainment industry’s. Don Henley of the Eagles was among those last fall praising Pallante, who had served as the U.S. Register of Copyrights since 2011.“She was a champion of copyright and stood up for the creative community,” Henley told The Washington Post in November.Her removal from the copyright office came amid speculation that she and Hayden had been clashing personally and that the two were part of a wider dispute between advocates for copyright protections and Google and other Silicon Valley companies seeking greater access to copyrighted material.The publishers association and Library of Congress do, on occasion, work together; a copy of each book published is deposited with the library.“We expect that Pallante, as president and CEO of AAP, will have future dealings with the library,” AAP communications director Marisa Bluestone told The Associated Press. “As far as we know, there is no animosity between them (Hayden and Pallante). They are both well-respected professionals, and expect their future dealings will be conducted accordingly.” read more

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Mother of murdered teenager Breck Bednar calls for Government social media crackdown

“It will have to balance all these things in its judgments,” he said. “We are not interested in journalistic content. We are not interested in what journalists write.What journalists say on radio, what they write in newspapers, what they say on TV is controlled in other ways. What we are talking about is user generated content, what people put online and companies that facilitate access to that kind of material.“This is not about journalism. This is about an unregulated space we need to control better to keep people safe.”Mr Wright said the Government aimed to move as swiftly as possible to introduce legislation following an initial three-month consultation on the plans.The consultation includes whether the regulator will be an established body such as broadcasting watchdog Ofcom or a new one. Lorin LaFave said the Government’s White Paper needed to improve the way police and social media firms investigated trolls Lorin LaFave said the Government’s White Paper needed to improve the way police and social media firms investigated trollsCredit:Ben Kendall/PA Amid concerns over potential backdoor censorship of the media, Mr Wright stressed the regulator would be fully independent of Government and would be expected to take account of privacy, freedom of speech and the need to promote innovation in the tech sector. Jeremy Wright, the Culture Secretary, said it was an example of the “truly tragic consequences of harmful material online” which was why the Government was introducing a statutory duty of care requiring tech giants to take greater responsibility for keeping users safe online.He pledged that companies which failed in their duty of care would face fines of a “significant scale” worth billions of pounds rather than millions by the independent regulator responsible for policing the regime.He suggested they could be similar to those under new data protection laws where the Information Commissioner can fine errant firms up to four per cent of global turnover, which would be $2 billion for Facebook and up to $4.8 billion for Google.“Beyond even that we are also going to ask about the measures we might be able to take to hold individual directors liable for the behaviour of their companies,” he said.“And in the final analysis if everything else fails we will look to denying the opportunity for those companies to operate in the UK. That’s a power available elsewhere. It’s technically feasible. It’s not without problems.“That’s one of the reasons why we want to hear what people have to say about them. It’s right at this stage for the Government to set out a full range of penalties up to and including that one because we need those large global companies to take this regulator seriously.” The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was murdered after being groomed online appealed to ministers to go further in their crackdown on social media to combat trolling.Lorin LaFave, whose son Breck Bednar was stabbed to death after meeting his killer on an online gaming site, said the Government’s White Paper needed to improve the way police and social media firms investigate harmful accounts online.His sister, Chloe, received disturbing messages over Snapchat purporting to be from Breck’s killer, 18-year-old Lewis Daynes, but the messaging app refused to identify who was behind them until it had been formally approved under a treaty with the US, which could take a year.Ms LaFave told the BBC: “Snapchat and police said they can’t do anything… they pushed it back and forth on to each other. Then we found out it has to go through this process in the States and that would take a full year of investigation.“There’s no reason why police can’t get answers from social media platforms much more quickly than that in order to be able to investigate when there are malicious and harmful communications happening.“They have to be able to get the police and social media platforms to co-operate rather than saying there’s nothing we can do. That’s how it feels, they are both blaming each other that they can’t do anything when it should be quick and at the click of button, find out who is behind the profiles.” Snapchat has said it aimed to be “as helpful as we can” to police and that it would “welcome any efforts that help to speed up the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process whilst allowing for appropriate judicial oversight and avoiding conflicts of law.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Victims in Moblissa fatal accident die from multiple injuries – PM

Dead, Tessa Telford IbrahimA post-mortem performed on the bodies of the two persons killed in the Moblissa, Linden-Soesdyke Highway smash-up on Saturday last has revealed that they both died from multiple injuries.Former seamstress Tessa Telford Ibrahim, 60, was killed, along with her son Marlon McFarlane, 30, a former employee of Guyana Goldfields and a former member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).The accident occurred after Ibrahim’s niece, Maisha Ibrahim, 23, lost control of the car when it dropped into a hole.After dropping into the pothole, the vehicle, in which Maisha’s young nieces were also travelling, veered into a ditch and came to a halt but not before hitting a tree.Following the incident, public-spirited persons rushed the family members to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where the seamstress and her son were pronounced dead on arrival.Dead, Marlon McFarlaneMaisha was released from hospital on Wednesday, while her two nieces, Patricia McFarlane, nine, and Roshana McFarlane, seven, remained hospitalised.Patricia, who was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, remains a patient there reportedly on life support while Roshana who suffered a broken leg remains in stable condition at the LHC.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden on Thursday said Police were continuing the investigation into the accident and would send the case file for advice on the way forward.The Commander has since cautioned members of the public to exercise caution, especially when driving along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 dead, 3 critical in Moblissa accidentSeptember 1, 2018In “Crime”Two killed in accident on Linden/Soesdyke highwayOctober 29, 2016In “latest news”Two killed in Coverden accident – two others criticalApril 17, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Children vending begging is illegal dont contribute to its growth CPA

Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene“When you purchase from a child that is vending, you are part of the problem, and you are part of the exploitation of that child and if you throw a dollar in a child’s outstretched hand you are part of the problem, you are part of his exploitation”.Those were the sentiments shared by the Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene at the Agency’s head office on Charles and Broad Streets, Georgetown on Monday during one of the initial events being hosted to observe Child Protection Week.Her statements came after being questioned by this publication about the recent increase in children vending water and other items at stop lights.According to the Director, such activities should not be condoned by sympathetic persons, since it will only result in the action being continued rather than being resolved.She said too that it only supports the exploitation of the child, since many times those monies are taken away from the children by their parents.“People should not (buy from those children), what people should do is link them to the services (CPA), like talk with them, find out what is happening and tell them where they can come…if you stop (giving or buying from them) you become part of the solution and not problem…but don’t keep giving children money or purchase from children who are vending. We would never get it to stop,” she informed.Greene reminded that children vending is illegal as well as children begging, and they ought not to be on the streets but in school. She explained that children who are on the streets become vulnerable since they endanger their lives while running to a person’s vehicle, in a mere attempt to help their parents or guardians put food on the table.According to her, such matters should be reported to the CPA, which can result in action being taken against the parents or guardians which have happened before.She said the purpose of the CPA is to investigate matters such as these and help children who are in need. Greene said while she understands poverty is a sore area which often results to these things, it is not a child’s duty to help parents earn an income. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChild Care Director wants Special Victims Unit; cites sloth in police investigationsSeptember 17, 2015In “Politics”Losing toddlers in fire was biggest downfall for CPA in 2016- DirectorFebruary 21, 2017In “latest news”Linden has highest child abuse cases in Region 10- CPA Director  March 18, 2018In “latest news” read more

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VIDEO The Greatest RTÉ tribute to Brian ODriscoll feels a lot like

first_imgWE’RE ALL SICK of hearing about it but today could be the last time we see Brian O’Driscoll in green. RTÉ have hedged their bets and put together this very nice tribute to Ireland’s best ever.YouTube: RTE‘Substantial difference between finishing 3rd and bottom of the pile’ – Declan KidneyCian Healy unsure of Brian O’Driscoll plans after today’s 6 Nations finalelast_img

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