Man Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@ThisIsMachadoTexas and Texas A&M haven’t met on the gridiron since 2011, but it certainly seems like Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is open to the idea of resuming the series. Friday, according to OrangeBlood’s Anwar Richardson, Strong, at the Touchdown Club of Houston, said that Texas is “trying” to work something out with its old rival. Richardson is also reporting, however, that Texas itself says no specifics have been discussed. So perhaps Strong got a little ahead of himself.Texas coach Charlie Strong was asked when the Longhorns would play Texas A&M again. Said there is something being worked out— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas coach Charlie Strong says something is being worked out to play Texas A&M again pic.twitter.com/RZVHNpGGs7— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016A UT spokesperson said no specifics have been discussed about Texas playing Texas A&M again when asked about Charlie Strong’s comment— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) June 10, 2016Texas vs. Texas A&M used to be an annual affair – until the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC. It’s certainly one of the rivalries that college football fans miss the most.
Michela Luci is a ten-year-old #Actress who has been singing, dancing, and performing since the age of three. A pianist and a trained dramatist, Michela has appeared in a number of television shows and in numerous movies. She has been featured on household name channels such as PBS and Netflix. Michela’s biggest break to date has been playing the starring role in the Amazon Original Series “#Dino Dana.”“Dino Dana” is a brand-new children’s television series that debuted on Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K. in May of 2017.READ MORE Young actress Michela Luci is enjoying her part on ‘Dino Dana’. / Photo via Michela Luci and Laura Liebeck, used with permission. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
Michael Jordan is universally considered the greatest basketball player of all time, and rightfully so. His game was a combination of skill, heart, effort and guts, and he elevated the Chicago Bulls to six championships. Here are five smaller men who might have equaled Jordan if they were physically his equal.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team fended off fellow in-state universities this weekend to win the Sports Imports Classic at St. John Arena.Bowling Green, Cleveland State and Xavier all fell victim to the Buckeyes (12-1 overall, 3-0 in the tournament), who dropped only one set the entire weekend.Xavier (7-6) had an opportunity to win the event on Saturday night with a victory over OSU, but the Buckeyes won all three sets, pushing the Musketeers into a second-place finish at 2-1.OSU played better as the match went on, winning the final set 25-6 after more competitive bouts of 27-25 and 25-18. Junior Katie Dull led the Bucks with 17.5 points, including 13 kills.Earlier Saturday, OSU faced its toughest challenge against Cleveland State. The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, sparked by a 26-24 win in the first set. However, OSU rolled out three consecutive winning sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-15.Senior Kristen Dozier paced Ohio State with 17 points and 15 kills.On Friday, the Buckeyes swept away Bowling Green in three quick sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-13.Freshmen Amanda Peterson and Emily Danks and redshirt senior Chelsea Noble all represented Ohio State on the tournament team, Peterson being honored as the event’s Most Valuable Player.Cleveland State (11-4) finished third at 1-2, and Bowling Green (7-6) failed to record a victory, finishing up 0-3.The Buckeyes head to Illinois on Friday and Northwestern on Saturday for a pair of Big Ten road games to kick off conference play.
The ex-Roma footballer believes he has grown with the Rossoneri and has so much to offer his clubAC Milan has a new captain, and it’s a young defender.With only 23 years of age, Alessio Romagnoli has been confirmed by the Rossoneri as the new leader of the team.The center-back spoke to MilanTV, as reported on The Offside, about what this means for his career.“How I feel at Milan? I have grown and I have learned more about this world, about the daily life of the Milan world,” he said.“It’s nice; I feel well here in Milano, I’m very happy to stay. I hope to continue at this club for many years.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We must focus on improving, all together, winning and becoming that Milan that was so fun to watch and won so many trophies. We definitely have to improve and do better than last year,” he added.“We need to do much better than the first half of last campaign and to continue to grow together, to finish better in the standings and to raise the bar.”But he aims not to win only locally, but also in Europe.“We have the Europa League and many beautiful challenges ahead of us. We have a very young squad but many experienced players as well, so the goal is to continue improving,” he commented.“We must avoid mistakes and all the distractions that we had last year. Unfortunately, we had them in Madrid too and in other games. We must improve”.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac believes that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player, despite being omitted from the recent UEFA and FIFA awardsThe Argentine superstar was at his brilliant best on Tuesday night by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.Messi was recently left out of the three-man shortlist for both FIFA’s The Best award and the UEFA Player of the Year.But Kovac still believes that the 31-year-old sets the bar for everyone else.“For me, Lionel Messi is the best,” he told Goal.“It used to be that way, and it will continue to be so in the future.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Croatian also rates fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo highly.“Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate, but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent,” said Kovac.“That’s what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way. Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric were also great last year.“The further back you play, the less you get into the limelight. But individual class ultimately decides the games.”Kovac will take charge of his first Champions League game for Bayern later this evening against Benfica.
Anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out has revealed their support for an investigation after Nottingham Forest fans were caught chanting homophobic slurs.Nottingham Forest fans taunted Chelsea fans during Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third round victory for the home side at Stamford Bridge.Information about the incident was sent to the Football Association who will open up an investigation into the matter.According to Sky Sports, Kick It Out released a statement supporting the potential investigation saying: “We’ve received reports of alleged homophobic chanting by Nottingham Forest supporters at Chelsea during the FA Cup fixture,” Kick It Out said in a statement.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have passed those onto the FA and offered our support in any possible investigation.”This is happening a month after a Chelsea fan was fined £965 and banned for three years from football after he was found guilty of homophobic chants during the Blues’ 2-1 victory at the Falmer Stadium.
Everton manager Marco Silva says he will resign his position if the club sells Idrissa Gana Gueye.According to reports in France, the Toffees rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s initial offer of £21.5million on Monday but the player seems determined to move to the club.Marco Silva says the player missed Tuesday night encounter with Huddersfield due to injury noting thqat he intends to keep the player.“We tried to be honest with all of you and with our fans. After the match I tried to find out if something new has happened because I expected your question and there’s nothing new,” he told Express.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He has a minor problem with his groin. No new offers and hopefully he can continue with us.“I don’t know about a new offer or not. Nobody has told me. We were in the hotel last night preparing for the game, fully focused on the match.“I know the market is open until January 31, it’s always tough for us, but about the new offer, £30million, nothing came true.“I asked 10 minutes ago if there was something new, but there is not.”
Oikya Front LeadersA 16-member Jatiya Oikya Front delegation, led by Kamal Hossain, will join the talks with the Bangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Gana Bhaban on Thursday evening.Senior Oikya Front leaders took the decision at a meeting at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber on Tuesday evening, JSD president ASM Abdur Rab told newsmen after the meeting, reports UNB.”We’ve warmly accepted the prime minister’s invitation and we’ll go to Gana Bhaban at 7:00pm on Thursday. Our leader Dr Kamal Hossain and our 15 other leaders will go there,” he said.The meeting also finalised the names of the delegation members.Later, a three-member Oikya Front delegation — Gano Forum’s Jaglul Haider and Mostak Ahmed and Nagorik Oikya’s Mominul Islam — carried the list of the delegation members to AL president’s Dhanmondi office around 8:30pm.AL organising secretary Abdur Rahman received the list, Mostak Ahmed told UNB.The delegation members are Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamir Uddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, JSD president ASM Abdur Rab, vice president Tania Rab, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya’s Mahmudur Rahman Manna and SM Akarm, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur, ABM Mostafa Amin and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrulla Chowdhury.Abur Rob said the nation hopes that the dialogue will help resolve the political problem.He said they will discuss Oikyafront’s seven-point demand and all other issues.Replying to a question, the JSD president said the representatives of BNP, JSD, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Nagorik Oikya and Gono Forum will be there in the 16-member delegation.Asked whether BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will be there in the 16-member delegation, he said, “Surely, he’ll join the talks. It’s not possible to hold the dialogue without him (Fakhrul).”Rob said he has been made the spokesman of the Oikyafront.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alam, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, vice president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Nagorik Oikya’s Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jahedur Rahman, Jatiya Oiky Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur, ABM Mostafa Amin and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah attended the meeting with Dr Kamal in the chair.On Sunday, Dr Kamal Hossain, in favour of Jatiya Oikyafront, sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue over the national election.In response to it, Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to Dr Kamal on Tuesday morning and invited Oikyafront leaders to join the dialogue at 7pm on Thursday at Ganobhaban.AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap carried the letter to Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence around 7:45am.In the letter, the Prime Minister said, “Take Salam and greetings. Thank you for your letter dated October 28, 2018. My door is always open for discussion on all constitutional issues for the continuation of the democratic trend earned through immense struggles and sacrifices. So, I invite you (Oikyafront leaders) to Ganobhaban at 7pm on November 1 next as you sought time for talks.”Earlier on Monday, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at a press conference said Sheikh Hasina agreed to sit in dialogue with Jatiya Oikyafront leaders over the next general election.Later at night, he phoned Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu seeking the list of Oikyafront delegation for the dialogue.On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand.The Oikyafront’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.
Share Renee Klahr/NPRRepublicans currently have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with two independents caucusing with Democrats. With Vice President Pence as the tie-breaker in the Senate, Democrats need to flip a net of two seats in 2018 to win back the majority.Democrats are going into the 2018 elections with the wind at their backs, which could even be enough to flip a Senate map heavily stacked for Republicans come November.In conversations with several top GOP strategists, nearly all conceded that the overwhelming Democratic enthusiasm they’re facing this November is incredibly worrisome. Most still think it’s a better than even chance that they do keep the Senate — albeit narrowly — but it’s no longer out of the realm of possibility that the upper chamber could change hands, especially given the volatility of the GOP’s two-seat majority.“Generally speaking, close races aren’t won by the party with the wind in their face. That’s not the way it works,” said one top GOP Senate race veteran. “If we lose 40 to 50 seats in the House, you can’t pick up three to four Senate seats.”“If we hold the Senate, I think it will be close. It will be closer than it should be when the cycle started,” said another longtime Republican Senate operative. “There’s no question it’s far more in play than it was a year ago.”Moreover, lackluster fundraising as of late from GOP challengers and stronger-than-expected hauls from Democratic incumbents has further stoked worry among Republicans.Many Republicans are already beginning to make the argument in some surprisingly volatile states like Tennessee that the Senate majority is on the line — hoping to woo voters to the polls by hammering home the implication that something as important as another Supreme Court vacancy could be left in the hands of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.Still, Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law, who runs the superPAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, recently noted that the last time the House flipped in 2010, Democrats lost the House and still managed to hold on to their Senate majority because those statewide races were more insulated from national trends.“The political train in the Senate is a lot more favorable for Republicans than it is in all these House districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton … I think we’ve got a lot more terrain to play with that makes the task of defending the Senate majority, I wouldn’t say easy, but a task that we think we can undertake and win,” Law said last month on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily.However, one reason Republicans were unable to flip some of those Senate seats was because of problematic nominees from their own party, and as the Senate primaries begin in earnest, they’re hoping to avoid disasters.Overall though, Republican fortunes in keeping the Senate aren’t as good as they should be, especially given the near-perfect map they were gifted this cycle. Democrats are defending 26 seats — 10 of which are in states that President Trump carried — while Republicans have nine seats on the ballot, and only one (Nevada) in a state that Hillary Clinton carried.Most Republicans believe Sens. Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Claire McCaskill in Missouri are their best chances to win seats currently held by Democrats. In recent weeks, one of the best bits of news for Republicans was when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he would challenge Sen. Bill Nelson. The billionaire Scott can give freely to his own campaign, forcing Democrats to perhaps divert resources from other contests.In the next tier are Democratic incumbents in states President Trump won by more than 20 points — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Montana’s Jon Tester. But even Republicans admit all three have strong political identities distinct from the national Democratic Party and that they won’t be as easy to knock off as once thought.In addition, once-competitive states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania have slipped from being realistic opportunities, according to multiple GOP sources, both in part because Republicans have struggled to attract strong candidates. Some Republicans still mention Wisconsin as a possible sleeper race, where Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election.Meanwhile, Republicans are at risk of losing as many as three of their own seats. The most endangered is Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in Nevada, a state won twice by Barack Obama and by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The contest to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona worries many Republicans because a late unsettled primary contest could weaken the party’s nominee in a state that’s changing rapidly. And what should be a safe seat in Tennessee is becoming anything but a sure thing, rocketing up the list of GOP concerns.All in all, everything has to go right for Democrats to flip the two seats they need to win control of the Senate, including hanging on to most of their own endangered incumbents. But Republicans are growing increasingly pessimistic about their chances come November — and as many privately note, the environment is probably going to get worse for them before it gets better.Hoosier and Mountaineer brawlsContests on Tuesday will determine GOP nominees in two critical contests. West Virginia is the biggest test yet as to whether Republicans could forgo a winnable opportunity due to primary squabbles. A nasty three-way race there pits Rep. Evan Jenkins (the establishment favorite), Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (who argues he’s the true conservative candidate in the race) and coal CEO and Don Blankenship (who’s the most Trump-like figure) against each other.Blankenship is giving Republicans the most heartburn with a racially charged campaign that’s focused as much on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as it is on Sen. Joe Manchin. The former CEO of Massey Energy was convicted in 2015 on a misdemeanor count of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards after a 2010 explosion killed 29 miners. He served a year in prison and is still on probation, but has painted himself as the scapegoat of federal prosecutions run amok. If Blankenship wins the nomination, Republicans fear their chances of winning would evaporate.The GOP nomination is also up for grabs in Indiana in another bitter three-way race, this time between Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer and businessman Mike Braun. Braun, who’s funding his own campaign, has styled himself the outsider in the contest, and in a memorable ad even carried around cardboard cutouts of both Rokita and Messer — who dressed similarly for an early debate — to underscore the similarities of the two congressmen.Republicans say they’d be happy with any nominee against Donnelly, who benefited in 2012 from a gaffe-prone GOP nominee. However, in both Indiana and West Virginia, Democrats are ready to repurpose the same attacks the Republicans have been using against each other for their fall campaigns.“Republicans are airing all this dirty laundry for us, and they’ve been doing it pretty rampantly,” said one Democratic operative involved in several Senate races this cycle.Can Republicans overcome Democratic incumbents’ independent brands? Donnelly and McCaskill are regarded as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents as of now. In Missouri, McCaskill is likely to face state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has been thrust in the unwelcome position of investigating Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican, in an increasingly messy sex and campaign finance scandal that could lead to Greitens’ impeachment.While Republicans got a break in North Dakota earlier this year when GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer decided eventually to run for Senate, Heitkamp has made overtures to the Trump White House and still seen as an independent figure in the state. Veterans of past Senate campaigns caution she won’t be as easy as some think to knock off.The same is true for Tester in neighboring Montana, who recently raised multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, which ultimately sank his nomination. Trump has fired back against Tester repeatedly over those actions and some Republicans think the Jackson issue could hurt Tester at home. But in a state where nearly 1 in 10 residents are veterans, Tester is betting that the episode won’t have an impact on his race this fall.Republicans find themselves on defenseThe two most vulnerable seats for Republicans are in the Southwest. In Nevada, the White House maneuvered to head off a primary challenge against Dean Heller in Nevada, the most endangered GOP incumbent in the country. But in anticipation of a primary, Heller, who was once critical of Trump, also embraced Trump in a way that could have a lasting impact on his race against likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Jacky Rosen, come this fall. But Republicans counter that Trump’s numbers in Nevada, which he lost to Clinton by 2 points, have rebounded.In neighboring Arizona, Republicans are defending the open seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. There’s a three-way late August primary there, between establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally, conservative Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a prominent birther who Trump controversially pardoned after he was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop detaining immigrants without legal status.McSally turned in a strong fundraising haul, even besting likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Republicans believe that McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, has just the profile needed to hold this seat and she’s widely favored to win the primary. But the question is whether conservatives will launch an all-out assault that will damage her in the general election. And like Heller, McSally has had to embrace Trump after refusing to endorse him in 2016.National Republicans think this race will be lost if anyone other than McSally wins, and question what Trump — who’s been complimentary of Ward and is downright chummy with Arpaio — will do. Vice President Pence’s remarks last week in favor of Arpaio when he visited the border certainly didn’t help the primary situation, either.Volunteer majority maker? Tennessee has emerged as the biggest wildcard that could make or break the Senate majority for both parties. Democrats scored a major coup by convincing former Gov. Phil Bredesen to enter the race after frequent Trump critic and GOP Sen. Bob Corker announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.In recent weeks, Corker has made glowing remarks about Bredesen, whom he worked closely with when the Democrat was governor and Corker was the mayor of Chattanooga, while not even mentioning the name of the Republican, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, other than to note she would be the GOP nominee and he had donated to her campaign.Early polls show Bredesen with a lead, but Republicans argue that he has statewide name recognition, which Blackburn does not and that the race will tighten over time. Republicans are also left hoping that their voters will come out if they know their vote means the difference between a Democratic or a Republican-controlled Senate. Still, this contest has more than a few national strategists worried.Tennessee is more likely to flip than is Texas, despite Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s strong fundraising over GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. The only other wildcard could be the special election in Mississippi to replace Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned last month due to failing health. There’s some conservative skepticism about newly appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat.Conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who nearly ousted Cochran in a nasty 2012 primary — switched to this race and is challenging Hyde-Smith in an all-party open primary on Nov. 6. If no candidate gets 50 percent on Election Day, the race will go to a Nov. 27 runoff. Meanwhile, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary and ex-congressman Mike Espy is the Democrats’ best-known candidate.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
PASADENA, Md. (AP) — Following reports of a teacher calling a student a racial slur and a social media post targeting Black students, a local NAACP chapter says Black students at a Maryland high school are subject to daily abuse and humiliation.Anne Arundel County NAACP President Rev. Stephen Tillett said at a press conference on March 13 that families have seen “a decades-long pattern of resistance to change and the creation of a hostile environment for children of color” at Chesapeake High School and feeder schools.Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier told The Capital the school system wants to combat the system of intimidation Tillett describes. He said Chesapeake’s principal met with the NAACP March 13.Investigators identified the threat’s poster as a Black student, but Tillett says the student’s identity doesn’t negate other experiences.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore EditorBusiness Name: Different RegardWhat: A men’s clothing and accessories boutique (that also sells some women’s garments) located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. The current location opened in 2011.Owners: Steven White and Dominick DavisAddress: 825 N. Charles StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.Phone: 410.225.3777Steven White is co-owner of Different Regard, a men’s clothing boutique in Mt. Vernon. (Photo by Sean Yoes)From the website: “Since inception, DifferentRegard has aimed to provide the modern gentleman a classic style with a modern edge. We are a Maryland made clothing brand that designs luxurious well-tailored garments created in-house for those who have an uncompromising vision of style and quality. We design for the professional, personal, and social lifestyle. We believe your clothing helps promotes your lifestyle growth. We create not just fashion-forward clothing, but a lifestyle and attitude.”
Story Links The University of Louisville Cardinals made a splash that included a podium appearance and an American record on the opening day of the FINA World Championships in Gwangzu, Korea. In the women’s 400M Freestyle Relay, Team USA with Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, won a silver medal with a time of in 3:31.02. Comerford put up 52.98 lead-off split, touching just behind Australia. Team USA teammate Abbey Weitzeil put up a 52.66 on the second leg to take the lead, passing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (53.88) and Australia’s Brianna Throssell (53.34). Kelsi Dahlia split 53.46 for the Americans, handing off to Simone Manuel who produced a 51.92 to pull ahead of Canadian anchor Maggie MacNeil (53.18) for silver. In the 50m Fly, UofL redshirt freshman Haridi Sameh took the lead in heat 7 in a time of 23.54 to rank 15th to qualified for semi-finals, then finished 16th in the semi-finals with a time of 23.68. In the 100M-fly, Kelsi Dahlia won her first heat to qualify for semi-finals, In the semi-finals, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom put up an initial split of 26.12, finishing in 56.29. Canadian Maggie MacNeil finished with a 56.52, while Kelsi Dahlia touched third to finish in 57.06, good for 7th overall. In the 400 M free, Louisville’s distance specialist Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished 7th in his heat in a time of 3:55.06 to touched 7th in heat 3 for a final ranking of 31st. Print Friendly Version
Share Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Newfoundland town wakes up to find giant iceberg off its shores Travelweek Group Tags: Newfoundland FERRYLAND, NL — The sleepy town of Ferryland, Newfoundland, population 465, isn’t accustomed to bumper-to-bumper traffic. But these days, congested roads are a common occurrence, all because of one massive iceberg.Located one hour south of St. John’s, Ferryland became the latest social media sensation over the Easter weekend when a huge iceberg floated towards its shores. Though drifting icebergs are nothing new to residents – the town has a prime view of ‘Iceberg Alley’, where icebergs regularly break off in the Arctic and float past the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador – this giant snow-peaked cap doesn’t appear to be moving along like the 600 bergs that have already happily floated into the North Atlantic this year.Instead, the iceberg, which mayor Adrian Kavanagh says is the biggest one he’s ever seen in the area, appears to be grounded. The result is a striking visual that has caused a frenzy on social media.With news spreading quickly, droves of tourists and curious onlookers have descended upon Ferryland to catch a glimpse of the berg and snap pics. In one Instagram photo, a helicopter appears to be parked on one end of the iceberg, looking tiny in comparison.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamKavanagh expects to see even more icebergs to float past the town, with six “big” ones already visible in the distance.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: TravelBrands MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands says it will donate 1% of all Aug. 16 sales to the SickKids Foundation.“Our goal is to bring the travel community together for a great cause,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands. “Whether you are a client or a supplier, we are encouraging everyone to support the advancement of child healthcare.”This one-day event complements other charitable initiatives TravelBrands participates in to raise money and awareness for SickKids, adds DeMarinis, including an annual 5km employee walk, participation in the MississaugaDragon Boat Race Festival and the annual TravelBrands Charity Golf Classic.To date, TravelBrands has raised approximately $447,000 for the SickKids Foundation.All net proceeds will be contributed to the SickKids’ Labatt Family Heart Centre. These funds support its goal of being the leading pediatric and congenital heart disease centre in the world.Clients, suppliers and partners are encouraged to make their bookings through TravelBrands on Aug. 16 to contribute towards a fantastic cause. To plan your booking visit http://www.travelbrands.com. For more information about the SickKids’ Labatt Family Heart Centre see sickkids.ca/Labatt-Family-Heart-Centre. << Previous PostNext Post >> 1% of all TravelBrands sales on Wed. Aug. 16 will benefit SickKids Foundation
Friday, November 3, 2017 Posted by Save 20% on select Cuba tours includingCuba Colonial (15 days, Havana to Havana) was $2,629, now $2,103Biking in Cuba (eight days, Havana to Havana) was $1,899, now $1,814More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFor more information visit gadventures.com/stop-book-and-go. TORONTO — With G Adventures’ year-end ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale, clients looking to travel by Jan. 31, 2018 can save up to 30% on select trips to South America, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Cuba.“It’s not too late to pack your bags and check another destination off your bucket list,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director, G Adventures. “There’s still time for one more adventure and we hope our ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale will help agents secure additional bookings in the remaining two months of 2017. We’re offering huge savings on some of our most popular destinations and itineraries.”Bookings must be made by Dec. 31, 2017 for trips departing before Jan. 31, 2018. Highlights include:Save 20% on select Peru tours such as:Inca Empire (15 days, La Paz to Lima) was $2,749, now $2,062Amazon Riverboat Adventure in Depth (nine days, Lima to Lima) was $2,799, now $2,239Peru Panorama (15 days, Lima to Lima) was $3,549, now $2,959More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSave 20% on select Southeast Asia tours including:Thailand & Laos Adventure (14 days, Bangkok to Hanoi) was $1,909, now $1,575Vietnam on a Shoestring (12 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi) was $1,209, now $967Cambodia on a Shoestring (10 days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City) was $1,089, now $871Sailing Thailand Phuket to Phuket (seven days, Phuket to Phuket) was $2,199, now $1,759Save 30% on select Mekong River Cruises including:Mekong River Encompassed (eight days, Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City) was $2,879, now $2,015 Tags: G Adventures << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Save up to 30% with G Adventures’ ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale Save 15% on select South America tours including:Highlights of Chile & Argentina (10 days, Santiago to Buenos Aires) was $2,399, now $1,919La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (15 days, La Paz to Buenos Aires) was $2,099, now $1,980
Kevin Spacey in House of CardsThe House of Cards model pioneered by Netflix offers the TV business the best way to combat content piracy and prevent it sharing the fate of the music industry, according to actor Kevin Spacey, delivering the annual MacTaggart lecture at the Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday. The commissioning of House of Cards by Netflix showed that TV could be made cost-effectively outside the pilot-testing model of mainstream US TV and its success demonstrated that audiences want control, freedom and the ability to “binge” view shows, said Spacey, who starred in the show.“Clearly the success of the Netflix model – releasing the entire season of House of Cards at once has proved one thing – the audience wants control,” said Spacey. “They want freedom. If they want to binge – as they’ve been doing on House of Cards – then we should let them binge. Many people have stopped me on the street to say, ‘Thanks – you sucked three days out of my life’. And through this new form of distribution, I think we have demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn. Give people what they want – when they want it – in the form they want it in – at a reasonable price – and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it, well, some will still steal it, but I believe this new model can take a bit out of piracy.”Spacey said it was important to create an environment where executives are “willing to take risks” and “be prepared to fail by aiming higher rather than playing it safe”.Spacey also warned that TV was in danger of being left behind by the “warp-speed of technological advancement” in the form of the internet, streaming and multiplatform distribution. Content providers need to stay ahead of their audiences, he said. “Netflix and other similar services have succeeded because they have married good content with a forward-thinking approach to viewer habits and appetites,” he said.He said that distinctions between film, TV, mini-series and webisodes was likely to melt away over the coming decade or two. “The device and length are irrelevant. The labels are useless – except perhaps to agents and managers and lawyers who use these labels to conduct business deals,” he said.
Starz Play ArabiaStarz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare.Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region a year ago, will bring about 1,000 hours of Arabic content to the platform, according to Saniel Jesse Bates, CCO, speaking on a panel session at TV Connect yesterday.Bates said that ninety per cent of subscribers to the platform are Arabic speakers. Saudi Arabia is a key market with high demand for Hollywood content.He said Starz had tried not to become “all things to all men” by focusing primarily on Hollywood content rather than introducing packages targeted at expatriate and migrant workers. “We wanted to create strong clear positioning and we’ve added Arabic content to complement that,” he said.Addressing the challenges of SVoD in the region more generally, Bates said that an SVoD subscription could work in the Arabic region by adding value and delivering a high quality user experience, including delivering everything in HD.He said Netflix’s entry into the market had been positive for all players, making people aware of the SVoD category. “We saw a large lift in our numbers as a result of Netflix coming in,” he said.Bates said Netflix’s offering was two dollars more expensive than Starz, and faced a number of challenges.“One of the challenges they have is that their full service is not subtitled for the region,” he said, adding that Netflix was also challenged by its lack of rights to key properties. He said that Starz had not seen a significant impact on the price of rights as a result of Netflix’s entry. The latter had however made the company more aggressive in searching out key rights that it wants to tie down.Bates said that carrier billing was key for SVoD players as other payment methods were not common or were not trusted. “About 40% of our customers are coming from carrier billing. This is something Netflix will have to adjust to too.”Bates said that mobile across the region is predominantly pre-paid. However, about 80% of people sign up on their mobile phones, even though many watch the content on their TV screens. “The dynamics vary market by market,” he said. “But the number of people who come to us via mobile sign up has been surprising.”Samer Abdin, co-founder and CEO of rival SVoD service Istikana, speaking on the same panel session, said that his service had, in contrast with Starz, launched with a primary focus on premium Arabic content. “Pay TV is dominated by Hollywood and sports. In the Arabic content space, how to attract customers is about a combination of breadth with a large range of multigenre content and things that are hard to find on FTA, and convenience and quality,” he said.Samer said that the availability of legal content was the best way to tackle piracy. “VPNing is huge, but now Netflix has launched. If HBO did the same no one would access the US via a VPN to pirate it. As more content becomes available legally, the level of piracy will go down,” he said. He said legal attacks on piracy have a very limited impact, because people always find a way round restrictions and only a few players are every prosecuted.Samer said that Netflix did not have a full catalogue of content for the region, with House of Cards being owned by OSN, for example. He said that people who had been aware of the whole Netflix catalogue through VPNs were aware of how restricted the Netflix local catalogue was.Samer said that billing was an issue across the region, with few people having access to banking or ATM cards in many territories. He said that content discovery as well as sign up was often via mobile. Consumption of the service is about 50% via mobile devices and 50% via the TV.
ShareTweet CORNSHELL FIELDSCouncillor Elisha McCallionDC EMMA MARSHALLPSNIshantallowUPDATED NEWS: WOMAN AND TWO CHIILDREN CHEAT INJURY IN GUN ATTACK ON DERRY HOME Detectives at Strand Road investigating shooting in Derry’s Cornshell Fields area last nightDETECTIVES say a woman and two young children have escaped injury after shots were fired at a house in Derry under the cover of darkness last night.The shooting incident happened at Cornshell Fields area in Shantallow just after 11 pm.A number of people were in the house at the time but no one was injured in the cowardly attack. The shooting has been condemned by local Sinn Fein councillor and Foyle Assembly candidate Elisha McCallion.The former Mayor of Derry and Strabane said: “There can be no place for the use of guns on our streets.“I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI.”UPDATED NEWS: WOMAN AND TWO CHIILDREN CHEAT INJURY IN GUN ATTACK ON DERRY HOME was last modified: February 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The PSNI are keen to trace a white vehicle seen in the area at the timeDetective Constable Emma Marshall said: “Detectives are investigating and are particularly keen to trace a white vehicle observed driving in the area around the time of the incident.“We are appealing to anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1312 on 27/02/2017.“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”