MC Hammer knocked for weak first pitch at A’s playoff game

first_imgIt seems that the Oakland A’s aren’t the only ones being criticized for their lackluster performance during Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card Game. Hometown celebrity MC Hammer is also the target of a little trash talk.Hammer, 57, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before his A’s took on — and fell to — the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland Coliseum. Unlike a lot of people who bounce their first-pitch tries in the dirt, or fling them in the general direction of I-880, his toss to A’s …last_img read more

Colonel arrested on rape charges

first_imgA serving Colonel at the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) here was arrested on Wednesday evening on charges of raping the 21-year old daughter of a Lieutenant Colonel. He will be produced in the court on Thursday, police said.In the complaint filed on Tuesday, the victim stated the 56-year old Colonel drugged and molested her on Monday night at a house in Longwood, a Shimla suburb. SSP Shimla Somya Sambshivan said an FIR has been registered and the accused was arrested from the house where the crime took place. “The girl was under shock and could not divulge much,” she added.The woman, who belonged to Haryana, was a modeling aspirant and was frequently visiting Shimla.last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez at Brazil 2014 opener: Will she? Won’t she?

first_imgFIFA announced on June 9 that the ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker would no longer be taking to the stage to sing the official song, ‘We Are One,’ with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte at the soccer tournament’s opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday (12.06.14), but she has since had a change of heart because she doesn’t want to disappoint people.A spokesperson for the 44-year-old singer told PEOPLE.com June 10: “Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies. We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature. Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of football. She will be there.”Lopez has assured her fans she will perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in BrazilFIFA previously said Jennifer, who recently split from her long-term boyfriend Casper Smart, wouldn’t be performing because of unspecified “production issues.”Last week, Jennifer said she was “thrilled” at the prospect of performing at the opening ceremony.She said: “This is an amazing celebration of global unity, competition and sport.”last_img read more

WOODBURY COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES DUE SOON

first_imgA reminder that the deadline for Woodbury County property taxes is the end of September.The last day you can pay in person will be Friday, September 30th.The property tax office has moved up the street out of the County Courthouse to the Trosper Hoyt Building located at 822 Douglas Street in Room 102.Mail in payments postmarked no later than September 30st will be honored.On October 1st, a penalty of one and one half percent will apply to all unpaid taxes.You may also pay online at www.iowatreasurers.orglast_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL VICTORIA AWARDED $40,000 GRANT

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch has been awarded the Supporting Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years from the Victorian State Government.The grant will benefit the development of Touch Football in Victorian regional areas. $1.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget for regional and rural sport. TFA Victoria will use the funds from its grant to employ a part-time regional Game Development Officer to manage a specific area. The new position will be responsible for the development of Touch Football in the region through schools, current affiliates, establishing new affiliates, encouraging the development of referees and coaches, and maintaining facilities. TFAVictoria State Branch Manager David Brady said two regions are currently being considered. “Both have good potential for growth for two years. We’re just finalising partnership arrangements,” Mr. Brady said.Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich played a pivotal role in securing the grant.Ms. Goodrich believes that the grant will be of great benefit to Touch Football throughout regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne. “It will be a big support because at the moment we’ve got a lot of volunteers doing work in that location. The volunteers will now be able to access resources from the State Branch office to assist them,” she said. The new TFA Victoria Regional Game Development Officer will be based in the specified area and employed locally, which will support the community. The level of service to the developing regions of the State is sure to be improved by the location of the GDO in the rural locality.“If our staff live in metropolitan Melbourne, it is difficult to get to a country affiliate so we might go out there only three or four times a year. But if we’ve got someone centred there in that area for the whole time then we would expect to get a lot of growth participant wise,” Goodrich said. The opportunity for the promotion of Touch Football to country areas is one of the key reasons that the grant was awarded.Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Officer Tom Forsell said the more regional participation, the better. “Currently Touch Football is predominantly Melbourne-based but having someone that can go and deliver sessions in the country, whether it’s school-based stuff or club-school links, will really improve the ability of the organisation to start getting more country kids playing. All the projects that we fund are looking at increasing the participation rate and giving people more of a choice,” Forsell said.TFA Victoria has been extremely proactive in seeking funding in numerous areas, and Branch Manager David Brady is confident that two more key project grants will be awarded soon.“With the extra funding from the State Government, and with several other grants in the pipeline, we will be in a position to access extra staffing support from the parent body. What we’re trying to do is to pool our resources in the right direction. We have experienced quite a substantial growth, as evidenced by our Schools Championships, and the number of affiliates that come on board. We’ve had two new affiliates in the last financial year, which is fantastic. We have had a lot of new enquiries about the sport and the game so we are on our way to establishing our niche in the Victorian sporting landscape for the future,” Brady said.The first grant Touch Victoria is awaiting notification on is a Participation In Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR), State and Regional grant, funded by VicHealth.  VicHealth’s charter is to ‘build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments’.The sport of Touch Football seems a perfect fit for this criteria.The second grant is part of the Victorian Government’s Future Directions Project, which is also funded through the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget. These two grants would help TFA Victoria fund Touch Football in the other identified regional area as well as continue the expansion of the sport in metropolitan Melbourne. Nick Mooney, TFA Victoria Operations Manager is in the process of formalising the strategic and development plans to drive the game forward amongst juniors and in new affiliates in Victoria. The grants are a sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football as a sport of choice for Victorians.Australian football is still the dominant code in Australia’s south east corner, with 300,000 Victorians currently playing the game, however Touch Football is promoted as a complement to the game, rather than a competition. Touch Football is predominantly a summer sport in Victoria and affiliates are establishing strong links with Australian football clubs. “We find that it’s a good cross-training sport for a lot of football players to keep fit in summer,” David Brady said. With the increased support from the Government and continued partnerships with other sports, Touch Football in Victoria is going from strength to strength.last_img read more

Rep Frank to Update Plans for FOMC Overhaul

first_img September 13, 2011 434 Views Rep. Frank to Update Plans for FOMC Overhaul Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-13 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is speaking out again on new legislation that would block regional presidents within the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ system from voting participation in the “”Federal Open Market Committee””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomc.htm. Rep. Frank, author of the proposed bill, is seeking to replace five seats on the committee – those traditionally reserved for the presidents of regional Fed banks – with four hand-selected individuals, chosen by the president and confirmed by the Senate.[IMAGE]Made up of 12 voting positions, the FOMC’s body is typically comprised of seven members of the Federal Reserve governors, each of whom must gain Senate approval, and the regional presidents. Rep. Frank’s opposition to the current complexion of the FOMC stems from the fact that statistics from 2009 demonstrate that the five regional members accounted for more than 90 percent of all dissenting votes throughout FOMC sessions. More specifically, the regional presidents totaled 97 percent of all “”hawkish”” dissents, directed at policies regarding inflation protection.The ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee struck out against the regional presidents recently, [COLUMN_BREAK]calling them “”representatives of private interests,”” and stating that their behavior wasn’t a positive factor in “”this extremely important issue of public policy.”” However, the initiative proposed by Rep. Frank is under extreme criticism from Republicans in the Senate, most of whom are against all current candidates suggested for replacement membership in the FOMC. Members nominated for appointment to the FOMC have included noted professionals such as Peter Diamond, Nobel Prize winner and MIT economist, who withdrew his candidacy following repeated refusals from Republicans. The Senators who blocked Diamond’s nomination cited improper qualifications as the reason behind their opposition.Within the FOMC, there is much division over current issues, and the committee’s June meeting resulted in the highest number of dissenting votes in more than two decades, for a total of three; the regional presidents were responsible for each of the dissents and the members in question claimed an inappropriate timeline was to blame. Major economic issues on the table for the FOMC now include the reduced interest rate initiative, slated for a two-year continuance, and the nation’s larger economic recovery plan.Rep. Frank’s original version of the bill simply eliminated the five seats held by regional presidents, in favor of a smaller body, but it was quickly dismissed by many on Capitol Hill, fearing the lack of diversity within the FOMC. Rep. Frank is also said to be working on an updated version of the legislation for consideration; the fresh bill would allegedly call for the four seats in question to be nominated by the president, but would mandate that the four members come from outside of Washington, D.C. At present the FOMC has two vacancies, neither of which has been filled due to the on going tension with Senate Republicans. The next scheduled meeting for the FOMC is set for Sept. 20 and 21. Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The defense led the Cardinals’ charge, highlighted by an interception-returned-for-touchdown by linebacker Karlos Dansby. Safety Rashad Johnson also added a pick off Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.It wasn’t all good news, however, as breakout rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu injured both his ACL and LCL in his left knee. The injury ends Mathieu’s season, and a return date has yet to be determined.Arizona stayed in the playoff hunt with the victory, though the road remains tough. The Cardinals trail San Francisco and Carolina for the wild card spots by one game with three to play. While the Cardinals hold a tiebreaker over Carolina, the 49ers would advance if the two teams finished with the same record at the end of the season.The Cardinals can get another crucial win this weekend when they travel to Tennessee to face the 5-8 Titans. After a promising start to the season, the Titans lost starting quarterback Jack Locker for the season to a Lisfranc injury and backup Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled in his place.Tennessee is reeling having lost two straight, including a 51-28 blowout to the Denver Broncos Sunday, and is clinging to very faint AFC playoff hopes.This week we’ll check in on what’s going on Behind Enemy Lines in Nashville leading up to the game. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals are back in the win column. After a disheartening loss in Philadelphia, the Cardinals responded with a complete dismantling of the St. Louis Rams, earning a 30-10 win in Glendale.Quarterback Carson Palmer had one of his best outings of the season, completing his first 11 passes and finishing 27-of-32 for 269 yards and a touchdown.The win was the team’s first over an NFC West opponent since Week 1 in 2012 when Arizona beat Seattle 20-16.last_img read more

Canal has expanded its service for subSaharan Af

first_imgCanal+ has expanded its service for sub-Saharan Africa with the creation of three new dedicated channels and the addition of 22 other services to its offering, now marketed under the Bouquets Canal+ brand. The new channels are Edan, described as a “cosmopolitan and urban” entertainment channel, Gulli Africa, said by the broadcaster to be the first youth channel to be tailored for African audiences, and telenovelas channel Novelas TV.Other channels new to the platform include AB Group’s Science et Vie TV, which will be launched in Africa ahead of France, Histoire, Ushuaia TV and France 3. Canal+ said it now offered close to 200 channels in Africa.Canal+ is also providing access to multiscreen service MyCANAL, which allows users to access the Canal+ premium channels and up to 11 Bouquests Canal+ channels, along with video-on-demand, on computers, tablets and smartphones. According to the broadcaster, this is the first such service launched in Africa.The latest expansion of Canal+’s African service follows the launch of A+, its first dedicated African channel, last year.David Mignot, the Africa chief executive at Canal+ Overseas, earlier told French financial daily Les Echos that the broadcaster could reach up to five million homes over the next few years. Canal+ has doubled its African subscriber base from 700,000 to 1.5 million over the last couple of years.last_img read more

Modern Times Group has secured the exclusive right

first_imgModern Times Group has secured the exclusive rights to the World Boxing Super Series across the Nordic and Baltic regions.MTG’s TV channels and streaming service Viaplay will be the exclusive home of the World Boxing Super Series in the Nordic and Baltic regions from September 9, when thei will air the bout between WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck in Berlin.Peter NørrelundThe series encompasses competitions for seven world title belts and US$50 million in prize money, and rings together 16 elite boxers in the cruiserweight and super middleweight weight classes. Among those competing for the Muhammad Ali Trophy are local stars Erik Skoglund from Sweden and Mairis Briedis from Latvia.“This tournament is what boxing fans everywhere have been dreaming about – an elimination format with the best fighting the best for a prize named after the greatest fighter of all time,” said Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport.“Nine of the boxers taking part have never lost a fight, and the combined record for all 16 participants is an astonishing 423 wins and 294 KOs. Get ready to rumble as we bring fantastic live fight action to our platforms across the Nordic and Baltic regions – the recent Mayweather vs McGregor fight was MTG’s most successful ever, so we’re even more excited about what’s to come.”last_img read more

Until this week sex between unmarried people in U

first_imgUntil this week, sex between unmarried people in Utah was technically illegal, a vestige of earlier times. That changed Wednesday, when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that decriminalizes sex outside of marriage in the state, spokesperson Anna Lehnardt tells NPR.Utah’s 1973 fornication law designated sex outside of marriage as a class B misdemeanor. The act carried a possible penalty of up to six months in jail or a maximum fine of $1,000. Utah was among only a few states that retained these laws. State Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne sponsored the bill and tells NPR that it was just a small piece in Utah’s criminal code that needed to be revamped. “You hear all over the U.S. how you have antiquated laws about horses in the streets and all kinds of things, so we wanted to make them modern-day, in the now,” Mayne says.The measure also modifies criminal offenses. State Rep. Paul Ray called the 1973 fornication law unenforceable, according to The Associated Press. But some lawmakers did not want it repealed on moral grounds. “Personally I don’t know if anyone ever worried about this,” Emily Anderson, a senior at the University of Utah and the editor-in-chief of its newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, tells NPR. The fornication law was really just something that people joked about in class and on Twitter, she says. “Basically just like, ‘Oh thank God, I can do this thing I’ve always been doing.’ “The law had not been prosecuted for years, according to a Utah website covering policy. In a 1991 Deseret News report, an unmarried woman was quoted as saying she had “real concrete fear of criminal prosecution” for breaking the fornication law. “I am aware that last year another person in Salt Lake County was criminally prosecuted for such conduct,” she said in a lawsuit filed that year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more