Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia final

first_imgFrance will take on Croatia in the final of the World Cup 2018 on Sunday.It’s impossible to say for sure who is going to win the World Cup but one thing is certain that the trophy would be won by a European nation. It would be for the fourth time in a row that a team from the European continent will win the World Cup.Apart from serving some exciting football, this World Cup has confirmed an unprecedented dominance for the Old World over their once mighty rivals in South America.Whether France or Croatia lift the trophy in Moscow, it will guarantee a minimum 20-year drought for South American sides.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEUntil this streak, European teams had never won more than two World Cups in a row and that was back in 1934 and 1938. Confirming the hegemony, only one of the last eight finalists (Argentina in 2014) have come from Latin America.There are many possible reasons behind the Europeans’ superiority and some even recommend caution.Although Argentina and Peru were disappointing, Brazil outplayed Belgium for much of their quarter-final defeat, both Uruguay and Colombia did well until being knocked out without their most influential player, and Colombia were even eliminated in a penalty shootout that could easily have gone their way.Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent home”It’s seven matches in one month, a short event – you can make too much out of it,” Andy Roxburgh, a member of FIFA’s technical study group, told reporters in Moscow. “You have to look at the bigger picture over time to see if there is a trend.”advertisementThe trend, however, is clear, with the only question surrounding the reasons.The most obvious reason is financial. Super-rich European clubs and federations have more to spend on recruitment, development and training.FIFA president Gianni Infantino declares Russia World Cup as the best everAlthough South America’s top talents flock to Europe, where playing conditions, security and salaries are all far superior to those at home, better organisation means the European are churning out more and more good players, as well as snapping up others who are eligible to play for more than one nation.In addition, there are almost no Brazilian or Uruguayan coaches in Europe and very few Argentines, creating a gap when it comes to tactics and strategy.Off the field, even modest European clubs are run like any other business, hiring the best candidates at every level, from scouting to nutrition to marketing.Many South American clubs are still run by amateurs who fulfil the role in addition to their full-time jobs.CORRUPTIONThe corruption that has bled the game dry is also a factor.The last three presidents of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) were indicted in the U.S. as part of the FIFA scandal, as were the last three heads of the Brazilian Football Confederation and the former head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).When 75 people voted to elect a new president of the AFA shortly after, 76 ballots were cast in the 38-38 tie.France will rectify Euro 2016 mistakes in World Cup 2018 final: Paul PogbaThat chaos has frightened off sponsors and broadcasters who were already reluctant to pay big money to televise competitions shorn of their top players.Unfortunately for South American football fans, neither Argentina, and especially not Brazil, appear ready to embrace change or humility.When reigning champions Germany were knocked out at the group stages, the shock was soon followed by schadenfreude.”Is this the team we were supposed to mirror,” Rivaldo said in a defiant Instagram post. “Everyone tries but only we’ve won the World Cup five times.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Climate Finance in East Africa: Stories and Lessons

first_imgThis post originally appeared on the Climate Development and Knowledge Network’s (CDKN) website.Having recently left the bustling streets and warm hospitality of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I’m taking a moment to reflect on all that I have learned at CDKN’s workshop on “Climate Finance in East Africa.” Representatives of government departments and research institutes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda–as well as members of the donor community and international think-tanks–reflected on their experiences and the challenges faced in mobilizing and effectively deploying climate change finance.I was inspired by the sense of optimism and confidence among participants as they discussed the ways in which their countries are tackling the climate change challenge. And I was struck by the effort and considerable progress that these East African countries have already made, despite limited resources and numerous obstacles.Climate Action in East AfricaFor example, last month Kenya launched a holistic national climate change action plan, following a comprehensive planning process that brought together all key government ministries, subnational governments, civil society, the private sector, and development partners.Rwanda recently established a National Climate and Environment Fund, which is expected to evolve into an important vehicle for mobilizing private sector investment in climate-friendly technologies and initiatives, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.And Ethiopia has established a facility to fund its climate-resilient, green economy (CRGE) strategy. This facility includes two options for development partners to channel their climate finance contributions: directly into a national account, which promotes national ownership by relying entirely on the country’s financial management systems; or through an international intermediary, the United Nations Development Programme.Emerging Lessons in Mobilizing Climate FinanceAs all of us discussed the question of climate change finance from our various perspectives, it became clear that there were a number of emerging messages about what it takes to mobilize and deploy climate finance to achieve low-carbon, climate-resilient development outcomes. A few of these lessons include:Leadership: Key institutions or senior figures in government must take the lead in driving the transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient development planning and implementation. In Ethiopia for example, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development plays the key role of chairing the management committee of its CRGE Facility, while the technical expertise is provided by the Environmental Protection Authority.Accountability: By governments to their citizens, by recipients of climate finance to the providers, and by international climate funds and institutions to the developing countries they fund. Accountability leads to trust, and trust keeps the climate finance flowing.Policies and Plans: Articulating the country’s vision for a low-carbon, climate-resilient future, and the steps it intends to take to reach it, is a starting point for a comprehensive strategy. Identifying clear priorities for funding is key to staying on track to achieve that vision.Coordination: Bringing all the relevant stakeholders within and outside of government into the planning process, with appropriate roles and responsibilities assigned, can help ensure broad support for the resulting policies. Kenya has actively engaged a broad range of stakeholders in developing its national climate change action plan.Capacity: Appropriate technical skills, expertise, and resourcing at all levels of government and in civil society are needed to effectively execute plans and policies. Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salaam has recently established a Climate Change Centre to strengthen Tanzanian expertise in climate change issues.Business case: Making the case for low-carbon investment can convince private-sector investors that they will have much to gain by putting their money into climate-friendly technologies. In Kenya, for example, the government has started funding exploration at potential geothermal energy sites, which has led to keen interest by the private sector to invest in geothermal power development.What these East African countries have in common is their recognition that climate change is not just an environmental issue, but one that lies at the heart of sustainable economic and social development. Furthermore, they are not letting domestic progress hinge on securing climate finance from developed countries, or on making progress in the UNFCCC international climate negotiations. Despite the need for additional climate finance, these East African nations are taking bold steps to mainstream climate change into development planning and financing, as well as allocating their own funds towards implementation. In doing so, they are proactively charting a low-carbon future.last_img read more

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Video: This Kanye West Remix Of Coach K’s “Amazing” Rant After Loss To Syracuse Is, Well, Amazing

first_imgMike Kzryzewski talks after loss to Syracuse.Twitter/Coach KMike Krzyzewski was not happy with his Blue Devils’ Monday night loss to Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. During his post-game press conference, he referred to the end of the game, which featured a few controversial calls that helped the Orange, as “amazing.” Of course, many fans found comedy in that statement because of Duke’s reputation for getting questionable calls throughout the years. North Carolina’s SportsChannel 8 made a very funny remix of K’s presser, using his quotes over Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak hit “Amazing,” spliced with clips of many, many controversial calls that have helped the Blue Devils over the years. We’re sure ACC fans, especially supporters of the Tar Heels, will appreciate this one.[SportsChannel 8]last_img read more

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Government to Proceed With Phase Two Reforms of Pensions Act This Year

first_img Mrs. Williams said principal among the proposed amendments are portability, which will enable members of an approved superannuation fund or retirement scheme to transfer their benefits to another, if they change employers; and vesting after five years, wherein a member shall, after that period of time has elapsed, be entitled to benefits based on employers’ contributions. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government plans to proceed with phase two reforms to the Pensions Act and the attendant regulations, during the 2018/19 fiscal year. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government plans to proceed with phase two reforms to the Pensions Act and the attendant regulations, during the 2018/19 fiscal year.She made the announcement while addressing NCB Insurance Company Limited’s pension funds seminar, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 29) under the theme ‘Governance for Pension Funds: A Jamaican Perspective’.Mrs. Williams said principal among the proposed amendments are portability, which will enable members of an approved superannuation fund or retirement scheme to transfer their benefits to another, if they change employers; and vesting after five years, wherein a member shall, after that period of time has elapsed, be entitled to benefits based on employers’ contributions.There will also be a structured payment arrangement that guarantees a series of fixed or variable payments for the life of the pensioner, and concurrent membership being facilitated in both a superannuation fund and retirement scheme or multiple schemes, once the total contributions do not exceed the limit prescribed by the Income Tax Act.These, she pointed out, are among the amendments that stakeholders have been lobbying for in order to foster the local pension industry’s sustainable development.The Minister said the overarching goal of the reforms is to increase the percentage of the employed labour force having a private pension or retirement scheme to a significantly higher number.She pointed out that, currently, only about 117,000 of the 1,206,600 persons comprising the employed labour force have such an arrangement.This, Mrs. Williams said, equates to 9.5 per cent, while noting that private pension assets totalled $521 billion as at December 3, 2017, which represented 25 per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product.She pointed out that when the current level of private coverage is added to the Government’s pension arrangements, the total figure “would take us up to about 16 per cent of the employed labour force”.The Minister noted that pension coverage in other countries globally is “really high” compared to Jamaica.Among the countries with the highest levels, she informed, are the Netherlands – 91 per cent; Austria – 86 per cent; and United Kingdom –70 per cent.Additionally, Mrs. Williams said that across the Caribbean the coverage ranges between 50 and 60 per cent, while emphasising that “we have a lot of ground to cover” in order to get to this level.Noting that different countries use varying approaches to encourage pension savings, the Minister said the voluntary methodology, with accompanying tax incentives, is utilised in Jamaica.Mrs. Williams emphasised that growing pension savings are pivotal to capital market development and have a positive impact on economic growth. This, she noted, by increasing savings and, by extension, the availability of long-term capital for investments.“Research shows that with accumulating assets and the longer-term nature of their liabilities, pension funds have incentives to invest more in illiquid and long-term assets that yield higher returns for their members, thus helping their members to stay ahead of inflation and have the prospects of a sustainable and decent pension in retirement,” she noted.This, the Minister added, would result in a pension arrangement retaining its adequacy for up to 15 years into retirement.Consequent on this, Mrs. Williams said the Government is committed to maintaining a low rate of inflation, deemed “our biggest contribution”, to ensure that pension savings “are not quickly eaten away”. She made the announcement while addressing NCB Insurance Company Limited’s pension funds seminar, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 29) under the theme ‘Governance for Pension Funds: A Jamaican Perspective’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Yukon families asking if southern families are giving national MMIW inquiry a

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsSome Yukon families of the murdered and missing are asking the southern groups to give the national inquiry a chance.This comes after a rocky week for the embattled national inquiry that was announced in Sept. 2016 and to date has only held one public hearing.On Monday, Commissioner Marilyn Poitras announced her resignation effective July 15.What followed was a flurry of letters and calls for the remaining commissioners to resign and for the government to reset the inquiry.But the Yukon families who have testified want to be shown some respect for the hardships they’ve endured by telling their truths.“The south just has to stop and think about what they’re demanding,” said Shaun Ladue. “They’re demanding the 100 or odd people I think it was 40 families that got up and spoke at the hearing was all for not that we didn’t’ achieve anything and it did it achieved a lot and I think people in the south are not respecting us they’re not listening to us.”smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

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SP-rank officer to lead CRPF convoys in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi: CRPF convoys moving to and from the Kashmir Valley will now be commandeered by a higher SP-rank officer and a single motorcade will not have more than 40 vehicles at any point of time, the paramilitary force has ordered in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 troops during a similar movement. A set of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the force headquarters in Delhi for vehicle-mounted movement of troops in Jammu and Kashmir, and it has also been ordered that the ‘passenger manifest discipline’ for each vehicle in the convoy be strictly adhered to. Amongst the first set of changed SOPs is the move to depute a second-in-command rank officer (equivalent to Superintendent of Police rank) of the force to lead the convoy instead of the current practice of a junior Assistant Commandant-rank (Assistant SP) officer heading the entourage. This is to ensure that the convoy is led by an experienced and senior officer who will have a better understanding and strategy to manoeuvre the convoy to and from the Kashmir Valley which is operationally very sensitive due to terrorist acts and IED threats, official sources said.last_img read more

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Morocco, WB Launch Green Growth Infrastructure Facility for Africa

Marrakesh – Morocco’s sovereign investment fund “Ithmar Capital” and the World Bank (WB) inked, on Wednesday in Marrakesh, a memorandum of understanding to launch the first Green Growth Infrastructure Facility for Africa” (GGIF for Africa), during the Finance Summit held on the sidelines of COP22.The GGIF, whose MoU was inked by WB vice president for MENA Hafez Ghanem and Ithmar Capital director general, aims to work as a catalyst for the transition of Africa into a green economy by supporting low carbon infrastructure such as clean energy, low carbon transportation and the efficient utilization of water resources. Its objective is to attract private investors with interest in Morocco or Africa who are looking for responsible and green investment opportunities.GGIF will also include a Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit that will focus on the origination of viable projects in collaboration with Government agencies. This will result in a consolidation of PPPs in the targeted countries. The World Bank and Ithmar Capital will work in close partnership with a broad range of public and private investors, including Regional Development Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and global and regional institutional investors, to increase private capital participation in green infrastructure investments across the continent.The move has already received a letter of support from the IFSWF Chair (International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds), which has just launched its first working group dedicated to climate change. read more

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CIBC shuffles CEO’s brother into new role as head of CIBC Wood Gundy

TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is shuffling its leadership deck in a series of moves effective today that includes appointing Ed Dodig, CEO Victor Dodig’s brother, to head retail investment firm CIBC Wood Gundy.In internal memos provided to The Canadian Press, the bank says the changes are being made to sharpen client focus and develop leadership capabilities.Ed Dodig is to replace Peter Lee, who will become executive vice-president of banking centres, leading personal and small business banking operations in the retail bank.Former banking centres leader Stephen Forbes becomes executive vice-president of purpose, brand and marketing.CIBC says Ed Dodig has had an integral role in the growth of its global markets business, most recently leading its equity markets team, a role that will fall to Anton Erdody on an interim basis.A total of eight executive moves were announced internally last week.“We have a robust internal talent management process with a focus on moving leaders across our bank to foster collaboration, share best practices and instil a strong, client-focused culture as we develop leaders within our team,” said CIBC spokesman Tom Wallis in an email. Companies in this story: (TSX:CM)The Canadian Press read more

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UN envoy continuing intensive talks in Copenhagen on Annans Cyprus proposal

Asked about the efforts of Special Advisor Alvaro de Soto at the European Union’s summit, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters it was hoped the parties would agree on the document on the table as a framework to begin serious and intensive negotiations on a final agreement.“That’s what he, and all of us, were hoping to get by the beginning, or before the beginning of the summit that started today,” he said. Under a worse case scenario, it was hoped that such an agreement could be reached by the end of the meeting.”Should that fail, we’re always prepared to continue seeking agreement, first on the framework and, hopefully, leading eventually to a final agreement,” he added.

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Kosovo new UNbacked rail terminal opened

UNMIK chief Søren Jessen-Petersen and President Ibrahim Rugova were on hand at the ceremony in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje. “UNMIK Railways is working for Kosovo’s future – the new Cargo Terminal is a strong sign of this,” said the UN envoy. He voiced hope that the facility would serve to move UNMIK Railways – currently dependent on donor contributions – to “a market economy and regional economic integration.”Mr. Jessen-Petersen noted that UNMIK Railways – with 20 per cent of its workforce coming from different minorities, passengers from all communities, and operations throughout the province – is a strong example of how a multi-ethnic Kosovo can be a success.He recalled that the so-called “Freedom of Movement Train,” which was initiated in 2001, plays an important role in ensuring this multi-ethnicity by linking Kosovo together.UNMIK Railways currently covers over 300 kilometres and expects to launch inter-city services in close cooperation with neighbouring railways in Serbia and Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. read more

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SEHA Final Sweet revenge for RK Zagreb win thriller final against Vardar

← Previous Story DHB-Pokal: THW Kiel defends German Cup title after defeating SG Flensburg Next Story → After 13 years, Oana Manea will leave Oltchim and join Krim Ljubljana milicRK VardarSEHAVardarzagreb RK Zagreb handball players won the trophy in this years’ SEHA second edition after winning 25:24 over hosts RK Vardar after extra time. In extremely interesting game, the Croatian side were better in the end and won 25:24 (22:22 – 10:11).Strahinja Milic, RK Vardar goalkeeper was MVP of the tournament.VARDAR – C.O ZAGREB 24:25 (22:22 – 11:10)HALL „Boris Trajkovski“Spectators – 3000VARDAR:  Lazović 1, Ojleski, Markoski 1, Stoilov 1, Pribak 2, Dragaš, Raković 2, Milić 13 odbrana, Petrić 4, Jovčevski, Marković 1, Daskaloski, Lazarov 1, Karačić 6, Rajković 2, Abutović 2C.O ZAGREB: Marić, Mihić 1, Brozović, Stepančić 7, Matulić 6(2), Šprem, Stevanović, Špiler 6, Šebetić, Ivić 10 odbrana, Batinović, Horvat 2, Valčić J 1, Sršen, Valčić T, Mandalinić 1SCORE MOVEMENT: 4:0 (8.) 4:5 (12.) 6:6 (16.) 7:9 (21.) 11:9 (29.) 15:13 (39.) 17:17 (46.) 18:19 (51.) 19:21 (57.) 22:25 (66.) 24:25 (59.) read more

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Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

first_imgMISS PHILIPPINES HAS been crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.Hundreds of Islamic radicals held a prayer session in a mosque near the capital to express their anger, while Megan Young wept as she won the coveted title on Hindu-majority Bali at the end of a three-week contest.The 23-year-old, wearing a pearl white gown, promised to be “the best Miss World ever” in front of a cheering crowd, which included many Filipinos, in a venue guarded by heavily armed police and water cannons.The final was moved to Bali, where there is little hardline influence, from its original venue just outside the capital Jakarta after thousands of protesters took to the streets across the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.Denouncing the pageant as a “whore contest” and “pornography”, the demonstrators pressured authorities into shifting the venue, the latest sign of the growing influence of country’s hardline fringe.PoliceHundreds of police were deployed across Bali for Saturday’s final, which saw 127 contestants clad in stilettos and shimmering gowns take to the stage in the Nusa Dua resort, southern Bali.The contestants were quickly whittled down to six. Then, they faced a question-and-answer round before the winner was announced in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries.Young, the first ever Philippine Miss World, took the crown from last year’s winner, China’s Yu Wenxia.Young, who is studying digital media and also presents TV shows in the Philippines, pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people”.France’s Marine Lorphelin was second, while Ghana’s Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter came in third.ExtemistsAdding to security concerns in the run-up to the final, the American, British and Australian embassies had warned that extremists might attack the pageant.Bali has suffered extremist attacks before, notably in 2002 when bombings killed more than 200 people, most of them foreign tourists.But Saturday’s finale passed off smoothly, with no new protests or security scares — despite a pledge by prominent hardline group the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) to stage demonstrations.Hundreds of members of the FPI and other hardline groups limited themselves to holding a prayer session in a mosque in Sentul, just outside the capital Jakarta, to express their opposition to the pageant.While the popularity of Miss World, first held in 1951, has waned in the West, continued interest in Asian countries ensures that the final rakes in a huge global television audience.© AFP, 2013Read: Shoe thrown at Iranian President following historic Obama phonecall >Read: New Jersey politicians will appeal judge’s ruling enforcing gay marriages >last_img read more

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Driver arrested after passenger killed in Tipperary crash

first_imgA 20-YEAR-old man has been arrested this morning after a man died in a road crash in Tipperary on Tuesday.The man arrested is believed to be the driver of the car.The front seat passenger, a 28-year-old man, died when the car hit a ditch in Clonmel in the early hours of Tuesday morning.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver was taken to South Tipperary Hospital with non life threatening injuries.The investigation is ongoing.Gardaí are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052 – 6177640, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: 28-year-old man dies in Tipperary crash>last_img

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Stone Cold Podcast w Ric Flair airing 111 on WWE Network

first_img ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Declares Ric Flair The Greatest Wrestler Of All Time Twitter Stone Cold Steve Austin Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Courtesy of WWE.com:Watch Ric Flair on the Stone Cold PodcastWhat’s better than having a WWE Hall of Famer on the Stone Cold Podcast? How about having the only two-time WWE Hall of Famer on the Stone Cold Podcast? One of the greatest performers to ever step foot inside the squared-circle, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, will be a guest on a brand-new Stone Cold Podcast on Monday, Jan. 11, immediately following Raw. You can watch it only on the award-winning WWE Network.From WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon to Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has interviewed sports-entertainment’s biggest names on his immensely popular WWE Network podcast. Just like during his WWE Hall of Fame career, The Texas Rattlesnake has shown he isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. So what will Austin ask The Nature Boy when they sit down for a one-on-one interview? Find out when two of the greatest talkers in the business are given an open mic and no rules on the Stone Cold Podcast.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRemember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A ComebackVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 49.88%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlundcenter_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback Vince Mcmahon Donald Trump Wrestleview Post-RAW #51: Thoughts on Bayley’s surprise heel turn, Clash of Champions build Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

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ASA Attends Grand Opening of Valent BioSciences new Biorational Research Center

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) industry partner Valent BioSciences celebrated the grand opening of its new global research facility this week at Innovation Park in Libertyville, Illinois.ASA staff members Bill Schuermann and Michelle Hummel participated in the event celebrating the opening of the Biorational Research Center, along with more than 250 guests representing Valent’s strategic partners, customers, allied industry representatives, media representatives and leading members of the scientific community.The opening of the BRC completes a two-year build-out and transition from Valent BioScience’s legacy research facility in nearby Long Grove, Ill. The facility boasts approximately 65,000 square-feet of open-concept lab and office space combined with a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot greenhouse. Read more here.last_img read more

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Kendall rabies alert extended for second time after 6th raccoon tests positive

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida health officials have once again extended a rabies alert in the Kendall area for an additional 60 days after another raccoon tested positive for the virus.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County received confirmation of a sixth raccoon that tested positive for rabies in the same Kendall area this year. The raccoon was found dead and with no known human exposure.The rabies alert was originally issued back in May, but was extended after more animals tested positive for the virus. Officials extended the alert again Monday to Nov. 16 after receiving confirmation of the latest infected raccoon.The rabies alert is in effect for:Southwest 152nd Street, to the northSouthwest 187th Street, to the southSouthwest 117th Avenue, to the eastSouthwest 137th Avenue, to the westRabies is a disease of the nervous system and can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.If you believe your pet has been bitten by a wild animal, health officials advise you seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Miami-Dade Animal Services.State health officials listed the following safety precautions area residents should observe: Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litterDo not leave food sources out for wildlife such as pet food or unsecured garbageAvoid contact with stray and feral animalsNever adopt wild animals or bring them into your homeTeach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendlyPrevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areasFor further information, click here. You may also call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or Animal Services at 311.For a list of wildlife trappers, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Governors proposed budget cuts could mean fewer staff at ASD

first_imgThe Anchorage School Board is debating what to do about next year’s school budget in light of the governor’s proposed funding cuts. Wrapped into the discussion is the future of the middle schools and literacy programs.ASD’s administration is proposing a $784 million budget that includes 43 new full time positions with teachers for both charter and neighborhood schools.But if Governor Bill Walker’s proposed budget cuts pass the legislature, ASD will be short about $12 million for next year. That means losing staff, not adding.Superintendent Ed Graff says they could cut their pilot programs, like literacy coaches, pre-K, and professional development. That includes 36 positions. Or they could cut 120 full-time positions from the district overall.“You know close to 90% of what we do in our budget is related to people and personnel,” he told the School Board on Monday evening. “And you can talk about a lot of things but it’s still going to come down to FTE [full-time equivalent], or people.”School Board President Eric Croft says even if they cut the pilot programs, they’ll still have to cut other staff. It could add one more student to each classroom next year. Parents and teachers have told the district they want to keep class sizes down.Graff says he wants to keep funding the middle school model and core teacher team planning with general fund money because the district is evaluating the effectiveness of the model.But Board Member Natasha Von Imhof questions prioritizing middle schools when the district’s funding is decreasing.“I also just want to point out that Anchorage School District is the last district in Alaska to still hold on to the middle school model. Fairbanks has eliminated it. Mat-Su has eliminated it. When oil is at 50 bucks a barrel, I think we have to start making choices.”Von Imhof says some of those choices could include putting aside some of this year’s $17 million fund balance for the 2016-2017 school year instead of using it all next year. She says she’d rather slide the district’s budget down a slope rather than have it fall off of a cliff.The board decided to advance the budget to the next reading on Thursday, February 19. They are accepting input from the community.last_img read more

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FilMart China Streaming Giant iQIYI Expands Production in Hong Kong Taiwan

first_imgChinese streaming giant iQiyi is boosting its original content production with a partnership to produce a web series with Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers, and four series to be made in Taiwan this year.Announced on Tuesday at Hong Kong FilMart, iQiyi will team up with Shaw Brothers Pictures International for the first time to produce suspense thriller “The Protector.” To be produced by Hong Kong’s TVB veterans Virginia Lok and Chung Shu-kai, the series fictional series probes the secrets behind the insurance industry. It will star Michael Miu and Bosco Wong, and location shooting take place in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Prague.iQIYI has gained traction for its streaming service in Taiwan and is now cementing that position by producing original series on the island for the first time. Four titles — “Meet Me @1006”, “Befriend”, “Plant Goddess” and “Re-play” — are in different states of production and are slated for release this year. Each series comprises 24 one-hour episodes. Production of all four is overseen by veteran Taiwanese director Sam Liao. Original series production has proved to be a winning strategy for the company, notably in helping to convert casual users who access the advertising supported version of its platform into paying subscribers. iQIYI claims 50.8 million subscribers at the end of 2017.Mainland Chinese search engine giant Baidu will continue to own a majority stake in the company after the ongoing IPO of iQIYI on the NASDAQ exchange in the U.S. iQIYI expects to raise some $2.25 billion, much of which will be spent on new content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Man Found 40yrold Wedding Photos in a Camera then Sought out the

first_imgWhen photographer Alex Galmeanu bought an old camera on eBay, he certainly didn’t expect to find anything special. However, he was shocked to discover that the camera still held a roll of film, which had stayed inside, undeveloped, for 40 years. The 50-year old camera, a Balda Baldix, was bought from an online seller in Birmingham, according to My Modern Met. Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuHowever, the owner had never opened it and had no idea as to where the film might have come from. Galmeanu, an avid photographer, immediately attempted to develop the exposed film, curious to discover what it might show.Writing on his blog, Galmeanu reported that the majority of the pictures were unsalvageable. However, he managed to recover 10 images, which were of particular interest.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuTo his surprise, the photos appeared to have been taken at a wedding, and evidently dated from the 1970s. They show a happy, newlywed couple and their guests, enjoying festivities at a large rural location, probably a hotel.The family is seen posing on the steps of a large garden, smiling for the camera. Another image shows the newlyweds walking from the hotel, being scattered with confetti by exited guests.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuAlthough there were no obvious clues as to the identity of the newly married couple, one of the photos contained the image of a car.Using the registration, Galmeanu was able to determine that it had been registered in Edinburgh, after August 1973. Nevertheless, he was not able to track down its owners, and feared that the provenance of the car might be a red herring.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuAccording to the BBC, the mystery of the 50-year-old wedding photos provoked a widespread search online. They were seen by the general manager of Burleigh Court Hotel, near Stroud, who came forward to explain that this hotel was where the images were taken. However, Galmeanu was still unable to discover who the people were in the images.Incredibly, and with the help of the BBC, Galmeanu was eventually contacted by relatives of the people who were featured in the photograph. A man named Alistair Bremner explained that the blushing bride featured in the photographs was actually his sister, Kathy.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuThe guests at the wedding were members of his family and friends, and the mystery car had actually been owned by his father. His parents were in fact Scottish, but at the time of the wedding, the family had been living in Gloucestershire for some years.Unfortunately the marriage was short-lived, and shortly afterwards the groom, named Pete Maloney, emigrated to Australia. Kathy now lives in Cheltenham.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuGalmeanu was thrilled at the prospect of having tracked down the people in the photographs, but one missing detail still remained. According to the BBC, no one seemed to have any idea of the identity of the photographer.Two of the photographs developed by Galmeanu were not taken at the wedding, and it is hoped that these may provide additional clues as to the mystery photographer’s identity.Photo Courtesy Alex GalmeanuThese two additional photographs featured a house and garden, and a woman with three small children. Speaking to the BBC, Bremner explained that he did not recognize the individuals in the photographs that were not taken at the wedding.He speculated that they were images of the photographer’s family, and perhaps even grandchildren, but he could not shed any light on their identity.Galmeanu continues to wait for another lead that may provide clues about who this camera originally belonged to.Read another story from us: Man Finds Rare 100-Year-Old Negatives – Uses Photoshop to “Develop” ThemIn a video posted on his blog, he stated that he is waiting for the day that he can meet the photographer, and hand them the pile of photographs that they took 40 years ago.last_img read more

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Questions and answers about the expiring ExportImport Bank

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility However, lawmakers of both parties say the bank commands enough support to pass Congress, and it looks like it could do just that in July. Supporters plan to try to attach it to must-pass highway legislation in the Senate, which could also get it through the House.“Looks to me like they have the votes, and I’m going to give them the opportunity,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told The Associated Press on Monday.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Congress failed to renew the bank’s charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.Some questions and answers about the Export-Import Bank, and its future: Comments   Share   Top Stories However, supporters note that if you count the number of transactions, many more small businesses are helped than big ones. It’s just that the amounts spent on them are much smaller.___Q: What will happen when the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires?A: The bank will lose its ability to make new loans when its charter expires Tuesday at midnight. However, it will stay in business to service outstanding loans. Supporters warn that even a short-term shutdown could disrupt some deals that are in the pipeline, but any impacts would likely go unnoticed by the vast majority of the public.___Q: Why is Congress letting the Export-Import Bank’s charter expire, and will lawmakers revive it?A: Congress has renewed the Export-Import Bank’s charter on a bipartisan basis with little controversy over the years. But recently, the obscure agency has become something of a conservative purity test, with tea party-backed lawmakers and groups attacking it and rallying fellow Republicans to defy the business community and turn against it. That’s caused leading Republicans who once supported the bank, such as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to oppose it. The GOP’s presidential candidates also have lined up against it. Amid that opposition, it was easier for congressional leaders to let the bank expire than to try to take action to renew it. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How do cataracts affect your vision? Top holiday drink recipes “Where is the fairness in giving Washington politicians and bureaucrats the power to pick who gets helped and who gets hurt?” asked GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a leading opponent of the bank.But supporters like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers say the Export-Import Bank plays a critical role in stepping in where commercial lenders can’t. Government backing can be needed because of the huge amounts of money involved in big purchases such as aircraft, or to help U.S. companies protect against the risk of default from a little-known buyer in a foreign country.Supporters also note that foreign competitors such as China have foreign credit agencies more generous than the Export-Import Bank, and so U.S. businesses would be at a competitive disadvantage without it.“We ought to reauthorize the bank and provide certainty to businesses and their workers who depend on it to level the playing field against foreign competitors,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.___Q: Whom does the Export-Import Bank help?A: Opponents argue that the bank primarily helps big businesses — and that is true if you measure its spending in dollars. Of the $20.5 billion in financing and insurance authorized by the bank in 2014, just over $5 billion of that was for small business exporters, according to bank officials. ___Q: What does the Export-Import Bank do?A: The federal Export-Import Bank’s principal role is to guarantee commercial bank loans made to foreign businesses and governments to buy U.S. products. That means U.S. taxpayers would pick up the tab if, say, a company in South America defaulted on a commercial bank loan it got to buy a Caterpillar tractor.The Export-Import Bank also makes direct loans and provides export credit insurance to protect against losses to companies from non-repayment of loans.The bank says that last year it authorized $20 billion worth of transactions which supported $27.5 billion of U.S. exports and 164,000 U.S. jobs. And it says it has a default rate of less than 1 percent.___Q: Why is the Export-Import Bank needed?A: That’s the question at the heart of the current debate in Congress.Opponents, including conservative lawmakers, groups like the Heritage Foundation and the GOP’s presidential candidates, say it isn’t needed at all. They point out that the vast majority of U.S. exporting is conducted without government support. They argue that the Export-Import Bank primarily supports big businesses that don’t really need the help, such as Boeing and GE. And they say the bank amounts to “crony capitalism” and the government picking winners and losers.last_img read more

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