a month agoWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind them

first_imgWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Apps and websites help air passengers get compensation for flight problems

first_imgMONTREAL – Airline passengers who use social media to vent their rage at being stuck on a tarmac for hours or waiting days for their luggage to arrive may get some apologetic words from the company, but are unlikely to recoup any money for their efforts.That’s because the percentage of Canadians who actually apply to airlines for compensation is in the single digits, something that Jacob Charbonneau hopes to change.The former airline employee is co-founder and CEO of Flight Claim, a Quebec-based company that has helped passengers reclaim $1.5 million in compensation for flight delays, cancellation, lost baggage and overbooking since starting less than two years ago.Charbonneau saw the service’s potential after helping a colleague fight an airline over a $900 claim.“I didn’t find that it was fair that people weren’t able to get the compensation only because they’re not aware of their rights or they’re not aware of how to get that compensation,” he said in an interview.There is plenty of untapped potential because less than five per cent of Canadian passengers bother to file claims for compensation, Charbonneau said.With Flight Claim, passengers complete an online form and leave the company to handle the rest.There’s no fee, but the company gets paid 25 per cent of the award if it is successful.A similar business model is used by a myriad of competitors that operate abroad under names such as Weclaim, Green Claim, Refund.me, EUclaim and Flightright.While airlines are getting better at managing their fleet, a five per cent annual growth of passengers is straining airports, airlines and air traffic controllers, resulting in more delays, cancellations, and the odds of getting bumped, according to Henrik Zillmer, founder of AirHelp, which offers a service similar to Flight Claim. It also takes a 25 per cent commission.Only 15 per cent of global passengers obtain compensation, leaving 85 per cent high and dry, he said.“It’s very much a secret that the airlines have kept from you that we are now trying to tell all air passengers,” he said from New York City.The company says it has helped more than 20,000 Canadians who stumbled upon the service even though it only formally launched in Canada last month.Customers can allow AirHelp to link with their email to automatically monitor if they are entitled to any compensation on flights they have taken.AirHelp sometimes steps in to sue airlines that reject refund applications knowing most passengers will give up and not attempt to force the situation by filing suit within the three-year expiry period, Zillmer said.Gabor Lukacs, founder of advocacy group Air Passenger Rights Canada, says he supports efforts to help passengers get the compensation they deserve, but he’s not confident that for-profit companies will bear the expense of helping the more challenging cases that would require litigation.“Not all companies are the same in the sense that many of them are just looking for the low hanging fruit,” said Lukacs, a mathematician who has gone to court and challenged regulator rulings in the defence of passengers.While online tools or apps can be useful, Lukacs warns passengers not to rely solely on their opinion.His group’s website offers free advice and has templates of letters that should be sent to airlines in the case of baggage claims. Its 7,000 members also offer advice based on their own experiences through its Facebook account.“We work as a community. It’s a non-profit network where we try to give people some guidance on what they’re next steps could be,” he said.Lukacs is also unconvinced that passengers will get more money from Ottawa’s proposed air passenger bill of rights because the yet-to-be-passed bill will relieve airlines from being obligated to pay compensation for maintenance issues that cause delays.“The Liberal government’s bill is going to double the amount of money passengers are not going to get.”Experts suggest that passengers who think they might be eligible for compensation keep documentation on expenses paid, ask for the reason for the flight delay or cancellation in writing, record interactions with airline staff, not accept food vouchers in lieu of claims and not trust advice from airline ground staff who are likely not familiar with the law.“In Europe, things are much easier,” Lukacs said.“But in Canada because you may be facing a high level of burden of proof, you should really document things … as meticulously as you can.”last_img read more

PRRD holds special meeting on next steps for Caribou Recovery

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board held a special meeting on Friday, August 23, to hear about the next steps for Caribou Recovery in the Peace Region.Presenting to the Board on the next steps for Caribou Recovery were Community Liaisons Blair Lekstrom and Lorne Brownsey. Also in attendance was Cassie Doyle of Environment and Climate Change Canada.Brownsey says he was appointed by Premier John Horgan to facilitate an engagement process that aims to establish a pathway to conclude the Caribou Recovery agreements and in a manner that reflects the concerns of all community members. According to Brownsey, they have two goals that focus on the recovery of caribou and ensuring the success of the affected communities, while also maintaining a form of dialogue that will allow community members to have future input on the matter.Doyle says establishing a leadership table and a common knowledge base is important when it comes to Caribou Recovery.“That’s exactly what we were thinking through is a leadership table that would be able to oversee and provide input for the development of the Section 11 and the Partnership Agreements. I think that establishing a common knowledge base is really important to ensure that everything is known, from on the state of the caribou, on the economic analysis, and that is shared and everybody has an opportunity to question the experts that have done that work.”Lekstrom says he remains optimistic that they can develop a path forward, adding that it will take everybody at the table to form a resolution on the Caribou Recovery Program.“I remain optimistic that we can find a path forward but it will take, as it was laid out here, everybody at the table to find that resolution.”The full special meeting can be found on the Regional District’s website.last_img read more

16 FIRs registered so far against AAP BJP Congress Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three political parties — the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party — have been booked for defacement of public property in various areas of the national capital, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Monday. “Total 16 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered under Defacement of Public Property Act which is also a violation of model code of conduct. Nine FIRs were lodged against the AAP, six against the BJP and one against the Congress,” Singh said, adding that the matters are related to the West, North and New Delhi districts.”The Delhi Election Commission in its special drive, between March 10 and 24, booked total 28,113 people under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Delhi Police Act. A total of 169 illegal guns and 2,198 cartridges have been seized and 51 FIRs were registered for violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Singh said. “Our 210 flying squad and ground teams are removing posters, banners and other outdoor advertisement material in entire Delhi. Around 2 lakh banners, posters and hoardings were removed,” Delhi’s CEO said. Praveer Ranjan, State Nodel Officer of Election said: “Delhi Police on Sunday booked around 50-60 persons for violating the Model Code of Conduct for displaying the signage boards of a political party in Connaught Place area outside a Metro station.” Speaking about a group of people who were displaying a board written ‘Chowkidaar’ on it at IGI-airport, Singh said that he will look into the matter and will take action as per the law. Singh also requested people to get themselves enrolled in the voters’ list as the last date for applying for Voter ID cards whether offline or online — April 12 — is approaching. He also appealed to youth to reschedule their outstation trips according to the election schedule. “Currently we have over 2 lakh people under the age group of 18-19 in Delhi. People who have planned any outstation trip are requested to cancel or reschedule it after or before polling date — May 12,” CEO of Delhi said. “Currently we have 1,40,25,415 voters registered in Delhi,” he added. He said 425 FIRs have been registered so far under the Excise Act and 424 persons have been registered for violation of the Excise Act. Over 1.68 lakh quarters of illicit liquor has also been seized, he added.last_img read more

Man held for selling arms during polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested a person, who tried to sell arms during election time in order to get good money, was arrested from Dwarka. Police identified the accused as Vishal (22).He was arrested near the park, in Dwarka South. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that Vishal fell in the bad company at an early age, he started taking liquor and smoked costly cigarettes. As he did not get enough money for his addictions and to spend on his girlfriend, he started looking for alternative income and discussed various options with his friends. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”He developed the idea of selling the firearms in election seasons. He purchased two pistols and two live rounds in Rs. 20,000/- from a boy and also got one imitating pistol and started looking for prospective buyers. He was looking for a buyer for the illegal firearms but was nabbed,” police said. The arrest was made by the team of Special Staff Dwarka led by Inspector Naveen Kumar. Three held in robbery case Three accused who committed robbery in police uniform were nabbed from Swaroop Nagar, police said on Wednesday. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarPolice identified the accused as Sombir (24), Gaurav (18) and Pawan (23). Keeping in view of forthcoming General Election, patrolling and pickets have been enhanced in Outer-North District Roko-Toko scheme is being implemented. In the evening of April 30, the accused were nabbed. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) Gaurav Sharma said that on April 10, they had committed a robbery of Rs. 1.5 Lakh.last_img read more

Hillman continues to spark OSU offense

A “say hey” to Ohio State’s outfielder Dee Dee Hillman might mean more than just a greeting.Hillman compares her softball prowess to Major League legend Willie Mays.“We have the same mentality that wherever the ball is hit, I’m going to get it,” Hillman said. “That is my outfield mentality. I love to make the plays that seem to be impossible. I love the challenge.”Not only can Hillman play defense like Mays, making only one error this year, but she hits like him as well.In a two-week span from April 21 to May 2, Hillman had a .524 batting average from the leadoff position.The team went 7-1 during this stretch, including a split series over the No. 2 team in the country, Michigan.Batting first in Ohio State’s lineup is an important role, which she considers an honor.“It’s my responsibility to get everybody off to a good start and set a good tone,” Hillman said. “I think it’s my job to break the ice.”Coach Linda Kalafatis has simple expectations for her leadoff hitter when she approaches the plate.“Get on base and challenge the defense,” Kalafatis said. Hillman’s role as the leadoff hitter is enhanced because of her ability to put the ball in play.She has only struck out 12 times all season.“It comes down to being relentless and knowing that (the pitcher) is not going to get me out,” Hillman said.Though Kalafatis has simple expectations, Hillman has had to work hard to fulfill her coach’s wishes.“I know I have been putting a lot of extra work in and all the extra swings in the (batting) cages is really starting to pay off,” Hillman said.Hillman’s work ethic spotlights her versatility. She is the only player listed on the roster as a switch hitter. “I switched over from a righty hitter to a lefty when I was about 14 and it has its advantages,” Hillman said. “The fact that you are two steps closer to first base is really huge. Another advantage is that you can mis-hit and still beat it out.”As the junior’s confidence has been increasing with every game, she has made big strides compared to last year.In 2009, Hillman hit .297, whereas this season she is second on the team with a .361 batting average. Her big strides are evident in the batter’s box, but much shorter on the base paths. Hillman led the team last year with 17 stolen bases. This season, she only has five.One reason Hillman has not been able to “run like Mays” is because of a lingering hamstring injury, but her coach believes there is a bit more strategy to worry about.“We don’t want to open up first base and invite teams to walk Sam Marder,” Kalafatis said. “We don’t want to open the base up.”As the regional tournament approaches, Hillman is already looking to change up her game for next year.“As I am getting older, other teams start to know you a little bit better and start to scout you more.” Hillman said. “So, if it comes to bunting or just working more on power-slapping to hit it more in the gaps, I’ll do whatever.”In the end, Kalafatis is aware of Hillman’s big goal.“She wants to be an All-American,” Kalafatis said. read more

Weekly football picks Week 6

Quinn Pitcock Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 9-8 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida Zack Meisel Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Little changed standings-wise last week, as all five participants in the Weekly Picks Challenge correctly predicted three out of the four games. This week, the only game featuring different predictions is Michigan State-Michigan. Justin Zwick remains atop the leaderboard with a 14-3 overall record. A three-way tie for second place has James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and defending champion Quinn Pitcock at 12-5.  THIS WEEK’S GAMES Indiana @ No. 2 Ohio State No. 17 Michigan State @ No. 18 Michigan No. 14 LSU @ No. 12 Florida Last week: 3-1 Overall: 12-5 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Florida Justin Zwick read more

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Floyd Mayweather

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates celebrated their Italian Super Cup success with Floyd Mayweather.Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game as the Bianconeri beat AC Milan 1-0 after the match was controversially staged at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.The former Real Madrid star scored 15 minutes after half-time, heading home Miralem Pjanic’s dinked cross to give the Juventus their first trophy of the season.It was also Max Allegri’s’ first success in the competition since 2015, having lost the two previous last Italian Super Cup games.The Juventus players were congratulated in the dressing room by boxing superstar Mayweather.Speaking post-game, Ronaldo said, according to Mirror Football :“It was a very difficult match, it’s very warm and hard to play in these conditions.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal.”“It was my intention to start 2019 with a trophy, I have my first title with Juve and I am very happy.”“But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time. We’ve got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one.”But despite the near certainty of winning this season’s title, Ronaldo insists he and his teammates have no intention of getting complacent.“Serie A is always Juve’s main objective,” he added.“We are top of the table, but it’s a very long tournament.”“It’s going to be tough, so we need to keep working.”last_img read more

Eusebio on Torino and Monchis transfer dealings

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has reiterated his faith in the transfer dealings of sporting director Ramon Monchi.Ahead of the club’s game with Torino, Eusebio went on to give an insight into the fitness of his players for the game.“Both Dzeko and Schick are in excellent condition,” the Coach said at a Press conference via Football Italia.“I’ll make a decision tomorrow, keeping Edin’s recovery in mind. I’m happy to have two important options in front of me, especially Patrik’s recent growth.“Who will recover in time for tomorrow? Manolas almost certainly because he’s trained with us for the last three days, so if he doesn’t have any problems [before Saturday] then he’ll be available.“Florenzi isn’t at his best because of a bad cold, so I have to evaluate whether to call him up or not.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Karsdorp will play for his place with Santon [at right-back], then there are Mirante, Perotti, De Rossi and Juan Jesus who aren’t available.“Pastore? He’s acquiring good physical condition. Now he must find consistency in what he does, but Zaniolo will start as our No 10.“I can say we’ve improved our last three games, but we’ve often come back from bad runs and we hope we don’t have to again.“Tomorrow we have the obligation and need to win, and we’ll show intent right away because against certain teams with certain mechanisms, everything becomes more difficult.“I have faith in Monchi, who is looking for opportunities [to bring in players]. I told him that if we have to do something for the sake of it, it’s better to do nothing at all.“If there’s an opportunity to improve our squad, then yes, otherwise we’ll stay as we are. Belotti? I won’t talk about players who don’t belong here.”last_img read more

Solari Second captain Marcelo is 100 Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Folio Show Coverage CMO Keynote Panel Discusses Strategies in a Changing World

first_imgNEW YORK—The final day of the Folio: Show here at the Marriott Marquis began with a breakfast keynote panel discussion featuring four magazine publishing CMOs. The ever-present changes in the ways readers access and perceive magazines—and in the readers themselves—continually necessitates creativity and flexibility among marketers, publishers and editors alike. One thing that is clear, though, is that a magazine’s most powerful leveraging tool is the intimate knowledge of and constant reach to an engaged audience whose trust has not only been earned, but carefully maintained. “Clients look to us to create branded content because we know our audience, we have a trusted voice and we’ve been speaking to that audience for years,” said Murphy. The discussion then turned from ways of generating audience and data analysis to ways of using it to position brands as powerful connections between advertisers and readers. “Many clients came looking for specific brands to advertise with,” Rhee continued. “The solution we found as we went deeper into those conversations was that we can actually sell across a number of brands.” While attendees numbering in the hundreds finished breakfast in the Westside Ballroom, Hunt described the way Vox analyzes and organizes audience data. “Highlighting audiences has become critical, shining a light on our reader base and allowing us to segment our brands into like-minded groups,” added Murphy. “A big area taking off in client services is customer research,” said Rhee. “We have the audience. We have an understanding of how to speak to them. That conversation feeds on itself and really builds a powerful relationship with clients.” “For a long time, brands were told, ‘Think like a media company,’” Hunt added, “We can be that solution.”center_img “Services can go anywhere from social media, to events, to media planning,” said Murphy, adding, “Recently, we’ve seen tremendous growth in brand licensing, such as our Outdoor Life clothing line.” “We over-index for purchase power and factors like readers with higher education,” Hunt said. “Data ops allows us to find specific audiences, wherever they live in our portfolio of brands.” Diversity in services, too, is rapidly becoming a major component of marketing and building a client-publisher connection. “We have increasingly been asked to take over content from a nuts and bolts standpoint,” said Monroe. “What we did was bring formerly separate teams together and created a formal internal studio—a full service offering. This started new conversations with clients about our capabilities.” As marketing managers in a rapidly changing industry, Jonathan Hunt, global marketing VP at Vox Media, Elizabeth Burnham Murphy, CMO of Bonnier Corp., Minna Rhee, CMO at SourceMedia and Michael Monroe, VP of advertising at Forbes collectively shed light on what’s worked for them when attempting to reach new audiences on multiple platforms, and by extension sell those audiences to advertisers. Another service magazine publishers can offer is live events, said Hunt. Monroe agreed, stating that it was one of the areas in which Forbes has seen considerable growth, along with an increasing international presence which, in turn, has opened even more event possibilities. Rhee echoed those sentiments, explaining how standardizing experiences across SourceMedia’s various B2B brands and targeting audiences across different sites opened up a number of new sales opportunities.last_img read more

US urged to block sales of crowdcontrol gear to Hong Kong

first_imgA protester sits atop an overhead bridge during a rally by civil servants to support the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China on 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersA bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Friday urged the Trump Administration to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong police which has been accused of using excessive force against anti-government protesters.A Hong Kong democracy activist, Joshua Wong, this week tweeted pictures of teargas shells and rubber bullets he said were used by police against protesters.Representatives Christopher Smith and James McGovern, chairs of a congressional human rights commission, made their request in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.”We ask that you suspend future sales of munitions and crowd and riot control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force and publicly announce that the US will not contribute to the internal repression of peaceful protest in Hong Kong,” they wrote.They also urged the secretaries to push back “against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments’ efforts to characterise the demonstrations as ‘riots’ and to blame the US for political instability which they alone created.”Members of Hong Kong`s medical sector attend a rally to support the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China on 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersThe State Department and the Commerce Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”All these weapons are imported from the United States. Given the innumerable proof of police brutality in recent protests, all countries should call a halt to the sale of arms to the notorious Hong Kong Police,” Wong said on Twitter.Thousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Friday for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral.Protests against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China have grown increasingly violent, with police accused of excessive use of force and failing to protect protesters from suspected gang attacks.The human rights commission is composed of more than 40 members of the US House of Representatives. Smith is Republican and McGovern a Democrat.last_img

Todd Faces Campaign Finance Probe

first_imgDespite news that D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) is embroiled in a controversy over unsubstantiated donations and missing information, some Ward 4 residents seem willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.Brandon Todd is facing accusations of campaign inconsistencies in his 2015 council bid reporting. (Courtesy photo)On April 7, the Washington Post reported that Todd’s 2015 special election campaign was unable to document $100,000 in contributions and failed to report $34,000 to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. On April 16, the newspaper reported that there is missing information for 136 contributors that gave $18,000.“I take very seriously any audit conducted by the Office of Campaign Finance,” Todd told the AFRO on April 17. “My campaign team is working diligently to address all of the issues of the audit. We are confident that this matter will be resolved soon after all of the documents are in.”On April 28, 2015, Todd won a special election to serve out the remainder of Muriel Bowser’s term as the Ward 4 representative. Bowser stepped down from her council seat when she was elected District mayor in 2014.Bowser endorsed and supported Todd, who served as director of constituent services for Bowser when she was on the council and served as the finance chair for her mayoral bid.In addition, he was elected a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and in 2013 he was elected as the chairman of the Ward 4 Democrats. Todd was elected to a full term on the council in November 2016. He is the chairman of the Committee on Government Operations.“I am a strong Brandon Todd supporter,” Marlena Edwards, a longtime Ward 4 political activist and a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, told the AFRO\. “I look forward to a quick resolution of this issue.”Not all Ward 4 residents feel the same as Edwards. Leo Alexander, a former television journalist who ran for mayor in 2010, is no fan of Todd’s.Alexander said that Todd can’t cut the mustard when it comes to being a member of the District’s legislative body. “Brandon is a nice guy,” he said. “But he is in over his head as the council member. Everybody can’t be ‘the guy.’ He is just a stooge for Muriel and that’s it.”“Brandon Todd is only accountable to the people of Ward 4 and he goes to the Wilson building everyday fighting for them,” Everett Hamilton, campaign spokesperson for Todd, told the AFRO.last_img read more

Cardinals Celebrate Historic Season at Banquet

first_imgStory Links The Joseph Mittel Award: Alina Kendzior, Marcelo Acosta The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team awarded their best and brightest stars at the annual Swimming and Diving Team Awards Banquet held at the Brown Williamson Room at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Perseverance Award: Nikkos Sofianidis, Abel Aulbach, Daniel Fecteau, Molly Fears Print Friendly Version Underclassmen Unity Award: Daniel Pinto, Daniel Sos, Morgan Friesen The following athletes were given the awards at the banquet: Freshmen of the Year: Alena Kraus, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Mitchell Whyte Ralph Wright Most Memorable Performance: Mallory Comerford and the men’s 400 Free Relay team (Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna, Bartosz Pisczcorowicz. The Rick Hill Award: Mallory Comerford, Nick Albiero Cardinal Spirit Award: Lainey Visscher, T.C. Smith, Jarrett Jones The Cardinals made a historical run this season. History was made on the final night of the NCAA Championships as the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team had program-record fifth place finish on Saturday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Cardinals’ 212 points were also the most scored by a Louisville team at an NCAA Championships. Prior to this year’s NCAA Championships, the Louisville men’s top finish occurred in both 2018 and 2012 when the Cardinals placed ninth overall.The men finished second in the ACC Championships. Academic Awards: Women: Clara Baggett, Morgan Friesen, Caitlin Ahern, Rachel Howard, Sophie Cattermole; Men: Nikkos Sofianidis, Daniel Sos, Nick Albiero Most Improved Athlete: Michaela Sliney, Kaylee Wheeler, Maria Sumida, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Mitchell Whyte, Tanner Cummings Igniting Performance Award: Grace Oglesby’s 200 Fly; 800 Free Relay: Zach Harting, Nick Albiero, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Colton Paulson Relay Award: Women’s 200 Free Relay (Lainey Visscher, Mallory Comerford, Avery Braunecker, Casey Fanz) ; Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Evgenii Somov, Andrej Barna and the 200 Medley Relay: Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna. The Christine Simatacolos Cardinal Support Award: Zach Brooks The Coaches Award: Grace Oglesby, Zach Harting Following the Louisville women’s fourth place finish the 2019 NCAA Championships, the Cardinals become the first ACC program in history to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish among the top-five in the team standings at NCAAs in the same year. The women’s team finished third in the ACC Championships. The women’s NCAA week was highlighted by a pair of national championships by Mallory Comerford.   Photo Gallery last_img read more

After Nolen Gur honey mustard sauce tubes to hit market soon

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) will take another two months to finalise packaging of honey and mustard sauce (kasundi) that will be introduced in tubes by West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB).”We have received samples of both honey and mustard sauce from WBKVIB and are examining the same. We have received 200 sample packets of each and believe that their shelf lives can be retained for a reasonable period in packaged tubes. We are in the final stage of examination,” said Bidhan Das, deputy director, IIP Kolkata. The shelf lives of the two products will be mentioned clearly on the tubes that will be developed by IIP. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that IIP was instrumental in developing the toothpaste-styled Nolen Gur tube more than two and a half years ago.The WBKVIB in last year’s December came up with a state-of-the-art common production centre (CPC) for Nolen Gur at Krishnaganj in Nadia district. The machine that was procured from Ahmedabad with an investment of around Rs 2.5 crore is presently packing jaggery in 30 tubes within a minute.”We have witnessed that if the machine works 8 hours a day, it can produce 14,400 such tubes in a day. If it works for 4 months, which is the usual time when date palm jaggery is available, it will shell out 14.4 lakh tubes. In the remaining period, the machine will be utilised in making tubes of honey and mustard sauce. This will ensure that the machine remain operational through out the year,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNolen Gur tubes, which has a shelf life of 180 days, are available in 100 gm and 150 gm packs at the Biswa Bangla and Khadi stores in Kolkata and also with leading sweets chains. The price is Rs 50 for 100 gm and Rs 70 for 150 gm. Apart from domestic customers, Nolen Gur tubes are very much in demand among foreigners visiting the city. “We are hopeful that mustard sauce and honey will also have good demand,” said Mrityunjoy Bandyopadhyay, CEO of WBKVIB.last_img read more

Falakata fiasco Subhanjan Das replaces Nirmal as DM

first_imgKolkata: The state government on Thursday appointed Subhanjan Das as the District Magistrate (DM) of Alipurduar district. Nikhil Nirmal, who was posted as the DM of the district, was transferred as the Managing Director of West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. Das has been holding the charge of Additional Secretary of the state Health and Family Welfare department.Nirmal, an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, was removed from his position a few days ago, after he was caught on camera thrashing a man inside a police station. The state government on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking permission for transferring Nirmal and as soon as the nod was received, the state effected the transfer. The nod of ECI was necessary as DMs are electoral officers. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA state government notification further informed that Mahua Banerjee will be posted as the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare department until further orders. Banerjee was holding the charge of Commissioner in the state Information & Cultural Affairs department and is the CEO of Nandan. It may be mentioned that Falakata police station at Alipurduar had arrested one Binod Sarkar for making objectionable comments against the wife of Nirmal on her Facebook page. Following his arrest, the DM went to the police station and thrashed Sarkar. His wife Nandini Krishnan was also present during the assault. The video footage of the incident went viral on social media, following which Nirmal was sent on a 10 day leave by the state government. Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the district Chiranjib Ghosh was acting as the DM. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the police have started a fresh case against Sarkar on the basis of a fresh complaint by Krishnan, who had alleged that Sarkar had beaten up one of her close friends.last_img read more

Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. All In One: Data protection and system maintenance are two important goals of Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2006. A dashboard-style interface makes sure that any computer user will feel comfortable with the program and not have to face a steep learning curve to get the most out it. The package includes Norton GoBack, a program that can roll your system back to before a problem installation or an unwanted program took its toll. Norton CleanUp helps you get rid of unwanted files, and Norton AntiVirus and a system optimization solution come bundled as well. SystemWorks 2006 costs under $70, and a Premier version with even more features is available for just under $100. Visit www.symantec.comfor more information.Flat Out Worth It: Flat-panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Case in point: Hewlett-Packard’s L1706. For $319, you get a clean, silver design with a wide 140-degree viewing angle, 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a range of tilt settings and a detachable base. There’s no pivot capability, but that’s to be expected in this price range. If you want, you can add an attachable USB speaker bar for $35. The three-year warranty with on-site service is a nice benefit that will help keep you working with mini-mal interruptions should anything happen. A 48-hour exchange is also available under the warranty. For more details, stop by www.hp.com.The Upper Hand: The Palm TX has just about everything you might need in a Palm-powered PDA, all for less than $300. Here’s the list: a high-resolution 320 x 480 color screen, 128MB memory, a 312MHz processor and an expansion card slot that can accommodate Multi-MediaCard, SD and SDIO formats. Best of all, it comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make it a truly flexible wireless device. The Palm TX weighs 5.25 ounces and includes the Documents to Go software suite. That lets you take your Excel, PowerPoint and Word files with you on the road. Some of the Mac functionality is a little limited, but Windows users can take full advantage of the many software features. Stop by www.palm.comfor complete details and an in-depth product tour of the TX. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read March 20, 2006 Listen Nowlast_img read more

Now accepting reservations Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

first_img Share Tags: California, Four Seasons, Los Cabos, Resort Travelweek Group Now accepting reservations: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas LOS CABOS, MEXICO — The all-new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is now accepting reservations beginning Nov. 1, 2019, inviting guests to experience Los Cabos in a new way.Situated on the East Cape of the Baja California Peninsula, the 405-hectare resort community of Costas Palmas stretches along 3.2 kilometres of swimmable white sand beach on the shores of the Sea of Cortez.“We are truly breaking new ground here, being part of this community that, while only 45-minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, presents an undiscovered paradise like no other on the Baja Peninsula,” says Vince Parrotta, Four Seasons President, Hotel Operations – Americas West.The grounds offer five dining options, seven hectares of organic farm and orchards, a Spa and Wellness Centre with 10 stand-alone treatment rooms with two couples suites; four expansive pools; a Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole golf course; a Sports Complex that includes tennis, volleyball and basketball and fitness facilities; and a well-stocked Teen Centre and Kids for All Seasons program.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe resort features 141 guest rooms, including 23 suites, all with views of the Sea of Cortez and private terraces. The interiors include sunlit bathrooms with sea views and free-standing oversized bathtubs. Four Seasons Private Residences will also soon be available for short-term vacation stays.The on-site culinary team is led by Chef Tonatiuh Cuevas, who most recently introduced the Nayarit-inspired restaurant Zanaya at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City. Dining venues include Casa de Brasa, a Baja-inspired brasserie; El Puesto, for sea-to-table ceviches; The Cove, an al fresco bar and grill; and Ginger’s, an all-day eclectic café. There’s also an extensive collection of local tequilas and mezcals to complement the food and beverage offerings, as well as an impressive collection of Greek, French and regional wines from Baja Mexico, the oldest wine-producing nation in the Americas.“Costa Palmas and now Four Seasons Resort truly introduce a new way to experience Cabo. Our vision from the outset was to create a fresh and mindfully planned community in the natural beauty of the East Cape for those of all ages who appreciate a natural setting, a refined approach to design, a spirited sense of adventure and of course, impeccable service,” adds Jason Grosfeld, Chairman and CEO of Irongate (Costa Palmas developer).More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionFor more information, visit fourseasons.com/loscabos.center_img Posted by Wednesday, May 22, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts February office hours

first_img Categories: Tedder News 30Jan Rep. Tedder hosts February office hours State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of February.“I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jerry’s Coney Island, 5744 Highland Road in Waterford; and• Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6325 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Filler House budget plan repairs roads improves schools without massive tax

first_img13Jun Rep. Filler: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without massive tax hike State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“We dug through the budget to find savings and efficiencies so we could deliver better value to seniors, families and workers all throughout Michigan,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more money, we’re using the tax dollars they already provide more effectively to increase our investments in priorities like roads and schools.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures money spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. Once fully phased in over two years, this change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services.Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.Criminal justice reform. Our efforts to reduce crime are working. Data continues to show that problem-solving courts produce substantial savings for taxpayers by significantly decreasing the number of people who reoffend. We will continue this trend by fully funding drug treatment courts, mental health courts and veterans’ treatment courts.Agriculture. This spending plan prioritizes our farmers and farming communities by maximizing existing state resources. We continue to support local programs that get food from farm to table across the state and supplements county fairs that help our farmers get their products to market. We worked hard to ensure that every dollar put toward agriculture in Michigan is well spent and critical services are funded without raising fees or increasing general fund dollars.Filler said the House budget plan costs Michigan taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.### Categories: Filler Newslast_img read more