first_imgTouch Football Australia presents the second edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with the latest rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Two for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Darwin Touch Competition serves up exciting clashesThe second week of the new Darwin Touch competition will be punctuated by several exciting match-ups.Men’s Open Premiers Crocs will face off against Palmerston Bulls in what should be a highly competitive clash with both sides having started the season off with losses and looking to claim their first victory of the New Year.Dream Team will confront the unknown quantities of the competition, Honkers. Honkers forfeited their first game due to a lack of numbers, but have since recruited well and should surprise a few teams once they get into the swing of things.Bundy Bears started the season off with a bang when they defeated Palmerston Bulls in the first round and will be keen to continue on their winning way when they come up against T.C.U Incredibles.The Women’s competition has started off well, with new team Legless Emu’s coming up against All About Us in what shapes as an even money bet for the punters.The game of the round sees Palmerston Bulls take on Premiers Scorpions.Both teams started the season off with wins, so this game should be a very fast paced, high scoring game.Crocs play Divas in the last scheduled game of the round, and the Young Divas side will be looking to keep their good form going, but should be tested by the experienced Crocs outfit.Other Events: The Darwin Junior Mixed Competition will commence on the 20th February 2008. Northern Territory Touch is calling for Team nominations in Under 13 and Under 16 divisions. Nominations close 15th February 2008. Please contact NT Touch for more information 08-89368132 or on e-mail Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2 Be Active 2008 State ChampionshipsAffiliates are getting excited about the 2008 Be Active State Championships that are scheduled to be played in just under three weeks time. 38 teams have entered in 7 divisions with a massive 85 referee nominations from 11 different affiliates.The event will be taking place at Rosalie in the heart of Subiaco on the WA March long weekend. The weekend is not just about playing Touch Football, with a Volunteer Breakfast being organized to recognise some of WA’s worthy volunteers on the Saturday morning. A Dash for Cash Saturday lunchtime, and a Sunday night after-party at nightclub, the Sapphire Bar is also on the agenda for WA’s showcase event of the year.On the Touch side of things, Perth Brothers will be going for their fourth straight Men’s Open title. Standing in their way will be the Southern Stars who recently prevented Brothers fourth straight Super League title in January.In the Women’s division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to add the State Championships trophy to their Super League crown. They will face stern opposition from defending champions Northern Spirit, as well as Southern Stars, Fremantle, and Tompkins Park who are all capable of winning on their day in what should prove to be a very close division.You can keep track of all the action by visiting the State Championships website – Other Events:  WA players as always will be looking forward to the National Touch League in March. Normally they jump straight on a plane for Coffs Harbour after an exhaustive State Championships, but this year an extra weeks’ recovery will hopefully assist the preparation of the Men’s and Women’s Open. The Men’s Open was Plate winners last year, whilst the Women’s Open will be looking to improve on an impressive semi-final finish in 2007.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 3Touch Football South Australia Affiliate Finals Action heating upAll South Australian Affiliates competitions are starting to heat up with a few top of the table clashes in a race for the finals in the Adelaide University Touch Club being highlighted this week.Little Mermaids (1st) vs. Reschke Bulls (2nd)Botanics TA – Fossils (3rd) v Sharks (1st)Mt Gambier TA– Tiki Roos (1st) v AKA (2nd)Other Events: South Australia’s NTL Crusaders representative players have organized a Games Night Fundraiser for Saturday 16 February 2008. A $10 entry fee includes a Barbeque and games all night. The Barbeque commences at 6:30 pm, with games kicking off at 7:30pm.For tickets please contact Sean Owens on Touch Football South Australia website: (QLD) Play # 4SQBD and Brisbane City Planning Days Queensland Touch regions Brisbane City (BC) and South Queensland and Border Districts (SQBD) conducted their respective Planning days for the year ahead on the weekend of 2-3 February 2008. The Planning days for the two heavyweights located in the South East Queensland corner was an opportunity for all affiliates to prioritize and plot events and service objectives and outcomes for the upcoming twelve months.Brisbane City Administrator Gary Madders, QTA Branch Manager John Pratt, and Queensland Touch Game Development Officer (GDO) Glenn Hayes attended the Brisbane City meeting with affiliates Redcliffe and Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.In Sharkie territory, SQBD General Manager Garry Shephard, GDO’s Mark Jansen, and Bernie Hutton, and SQBD Board member Daryl Madge were on hand to guide SQBD’s affiliates through strategic and operational planning aspects for both the immediate and long term future of the region.Other Events: Queensland’s intrepid GDO Glenn Hayes is on a week long development mission in Cairns, whilst fellow GDO Amber Gilchrist will attend the Sunshine Coast Open and 15 Years School trials in Noosa, and the North Burnett School trials in Gayndah this week.The Queensland Touch Association website: (VIC) Play # 5Albert Park Summer Season Grand Finals round upAfter 14 weeks of intense competition in one of Victoria’s driest summer on record, eighteen Summer season championship teams were crowned after four nights of excellent Touch action.   The most pleasing aspect of the finals was the fact that 6 of the 18 championship winning outfits contained a majority of first season players who thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into the game of Touch Football. Experienced observers and referees commented on the excellent athleticism and skill displayed by these new players as well as improvement across the board from all participants.  The grand final results and in depth match reports can be found at Events: Royal Park Affiliate wrapped up their season with a finals afternoon last Wednesday that saw six Premiership deciders on the menu.  State Council Chairman Steve Cullen and State Manager David Brady was present to witness a great evening of Touch Football played at the Northern side of the City of Melbourne. For the grand final scores, go to The Touch Football Victoria website: CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6ACT Winter Competition Nominations Now OpenThe ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or Events:  Semi Finals for the ACTTA Summer 07/08 Competition are in full swing!  In further news, a drought reprieve has been received with Level 4 Water Restrictions delayed even further to September 2008 for the ACT. That’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

first_imgShot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The NFL Draft kicks off tonight! That means the last mock drafts are starting to come in, just hours ahead of the first round.Once again, it seems very unlikely that Texas has a player go on the first day.  The last Longhorn that earned that honor was Malcolm Brown, who was the final pick of the first round by the New England Patriots in 2015.Expect more on the horizon with Tom Herman’s continually improving recruiting efforts. Still, in the 2019 NFL Draft we should see a few Horns selected throughout.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with four Texas players being drafted.Per Miller’s predictions, the Longhorns will have to wait until late Friday for a pick though.Here are where he has the four Texas players being selected:Round 3, Pick 98 – EDGE Charles Omenihu – Jacksonville Jaguars The countdown is on. The 2019 NFL Draft is almost here. On the clock in Music City. #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 4, Pick 110- CB Kris Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals It’s almost the #Endgame #HookEm🤘 | #NFLDraft2019— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) April 25, 2019Round 6, Pick 190- WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Minnesota Vikings#WallpaperWednesday NFL Draft edition. @LJ_Humphrey23 #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 6, Pick 214 – LB Gary Johnson – Kansas City ChiefsGary Johnson is an absolute beast. Texas Pro Day. @_GaryJohnson #ThisIsTexas #HookEm— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 28, 2019Four selections would match last season’s NFL Draft for the Longhorns. Offensive tackle Connor Williams led the way in 2018, going in the second round to the nearby Dallas Cowboys. The team also produced a rookie Pro Bowler, in punter Michael Dickson, who shined for the Seattle Seahawks after being a fifth round selection.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

first_img The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica.The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members.The last stop of the ‘Croc-Wise’ outreach was in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 6. The Black River Lower Morass is the largest wetland in the island and a well-known crocodile habitat that generates many reported cases of human-crocodile interactions.“As our population is growing, more and more communities are encroaching into wetland habitats, which is causing a disturbance, and it is resulting in conflict. A lot of people have a view that ‘we need to kill it before it kills us’, so when people run into crocodiles they do not have the most suitable reactions. Operators along the river and residents have expressed their concern about crocodile poaching in Black River and the surrounding areas,” said Fauna Environmental Officer in the Ecosystems Management Branch at NEPA, Treya Picking.Ms. Picking told JIS News that the American Crocodile “is one of the shiest species of crocodiles”.“They are more likely to flee at the sight of humans than attack, but like any wild animal, they will become defensive and aggressive when they feel threatened. The best approach you can take is to be extremely cautious in a crocodile habitat and just to respect their habitat or space,” she said.When a crocodile is sighted, the public is being encouraged to contact NEPA at 876-754-7540 or the nearest police, instead of taking matters into their own hands. Attracting a crowd, throwing rocks or trying to get the reptile to move will cause it to feel stressed and retaliate, which can be extremely dangerous. Do not dump in wetlands, gullies or other waterways as food waste will attract crocodiles. NEPA also advises the public not to feed crocodiles under any circumstance.The crocodile, which is featured in multiple ways in Jamaican culture, also plays an important role in the environment.“In terms of environmental importance, it’s our apex predator. They control the balance in the ecosystem, so if you remove the top predator it will have a very negative effect. It would affect the fish stock and the quality of the wetland habitat. People really do need to stop poaching, as it is having very negative effects on the population, and if trends continue it could lead to the extinction of the species in Jamaica, which we would not want at all,” Ms. Picking told JIS News.NEPA’s educational outreach recently received a boost through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) video, ‘Lord of the Wetlands, Changing Seas’, which featured the crocodile conservation efforts of NEPA and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).Crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, which makes it an offence for anyone to kill or have in their possession the whole or any part of the crocodile. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica. Story Highlights To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members. The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching. last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A parliamentary committee will grapple this afternoon with the consequences of a major data breach at Desjardins Group.The breach, revealed in June, affected roughly 2.7 million people and 173,000 businesses.Desjardins Group said names, addresses, birthdates, social-insurance numbers and other private information was leaked.The Quebec-based financial institution said a single employee, who has been fired since the breach was detected in December 2018, was responsible.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called for the committee to examine whether issuing new social-insurance numbers to Desjardins members could protect them from identity theft and further privacy violations.In addition to the committee’s study, privacy commissioners in Ottawa and Quebec will be working in tandem to investigate the issue and determine whether Desjardins had adequate data-protection policies in place.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIn a fun, but serious, fundraising effort, celebrities, artists, sports teams and businesses are donating brains to The Brain Project in support for Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences, a hospital, assisted living and research centre focusing on brain health and age-related diseases.TV personality Kim Kardashian donated a brain and Canadian singer Michael Buble as well, but not the brains atop their shoulders, naturally. A total of 100 sculptures are popping up in and around Toronto, which have been artistically decorated by various artists and celebrities.Kardashian painted her brain with her daughter, whose coloured handprints appear on it; Bublé’s piece, as you might expect, is covered with musical notes and lyrics.Not all the sculptures went up in June, however. Some are mapped out on the brain project website, while others will have to be discovered as they appear throughout the summer, some for prizes. According to the co-chair of The Brain Project, Erica Godfrey, half of the sculptures were sponsored by companies and individuals, while the rest will be sold by auction at the end of the summer. The goal is to raise at least $1.5 million for the facility.Over 35 million people around the world are living with dementia, according to the WHO, expecting to double in 25 years. “One hundred percent of people are affected by [Alzheimer’s or dementia],” says Godfrey. “That’s what we’re really trying to shine a light on.”You can follow the latest news on Twitter at #TheBrainProjectTOCopyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature has voted to repeal the state’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions.The National Conference of State Legislatures says North Dakota is the only state that prohibits shopping on Sunday morning. The ban is rooted in religious tradition.Senators voted 25-21 to repeal the restrictions on Tuesday. That sends the bill to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum. He’s expected to sign it.North Dakota law once required most businesses to stay closed on Sundays. It was changed in 1985 to allow grocery stores to open. In 1991, the Legislature agreed to let most businesses to open on Sundays but not before noon.Lawmakers have defeated several measures over the years to end the Sunday morning shopping prohibition, most recently in 2017.James MacPherson, The Associated Press read more

24 December 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Hamas to ensure an immediate end to rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and urged all parties to work urgently to ease humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, including the continuous flow of needed supplies. “The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the situation in Gaza and southern Israel and the potential for further violence and civilian suffering if calm is not restored,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said. “He condemns today’s rocket attacks on southern Israel.”Israel kept the crossings into Gaza closed for the eighth consecutive day today, cutting off humanitarian supplies, the second longest period they have remained shut since Hamas seized control of the Strip from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in June 2007, the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) reported. Israel cites the rocket attacks for its closures.“The ongoing closures have significantly reduced the capacity of UN humanitarian agencies to provide assistance in the event of an escalation in violence,” OCHA said. “UN humanitarian assistance programmes have run out of stock for several essential supplies and are facing severe difficulties in implementing their regular programmes.”Mr. Ban stressed that a lasting solution to the situation in Gaza can only be attained by peaceful means, reiterating calls made earlier this month by the so-called Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – which is championing the Roadmap plan for a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.At the time the Quartet called for a continuation of the calm between Gaza and southern Israel that expired at the end of last week, and underscored that a lasting solution could only be achieved through peaceful means, with all Palestinians committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations. Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza has no flour or cash-notes to distribute, affecting thousands of dependant beneficiaries, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been unable to preposition stocks and has no food available in case of an emergency, OCHA reported.There are shortages of over 100 essential pharmaceuticals and critical emergency surgical kits, while over 100 containers of humanitarian aid at Ashdod port in Israel have been cleared for entry into Gaza.Due to the lack of fuel and spare parts, Gaza power plant has been shut since 19 December, affecting all aspects of daily life including sanitation, water and power supply to households, schools, and civilian institutions.In particular, 60 per cent of the Gaza population is receiving running water once every five to seven days. The wastewater treatment plant, unable to operate regularly, has since Saturday doubled the amount of raw sewage it is dumping into the sea to 40 million litres per day, OCHA said. read more

22 June 2009The agency tasked with coordinating the United Nations response to the AIDS epidemic today called for improving HIV information and services for “people on the move,” saying it will help further development and promote human rights. The agency tasked with coordinating the United Nations response to the AIDS epidemic today called for improving HIV information and services for “people on the move,” saying it will help further development and promote human rights.Addressing the HIV-related needs of the millions uprooted from their homes every year, either by forced displacement or migration, is the focus of the annual meeting of the governing body of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which began in Geneva today. Figures by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) indicate that there were 16 million refugees, 26 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to conflict and an additional 25 million displaced due to natural disasters in 2007, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates there were over 200 million international migrants in 2008. Meeting the needs of people on the move for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is essential for achieving universal access, UNAIDS noted in a news release.The agency said that populations on the move are sometimes blamed for the spread of HIV, or for increasing the burden on limited services for people living with HIV. However, many of the underlying factors driving mobility also increase the vulnerability of this group to HIV infection. In addition, those among this group living with HIV and those taking antiretroviral medication face additional challenges in obtaining needed care and treatment. It is critical to address the needs of those who ‘fall between the cracks’ in national AIDS strategies, and in global discussions of forced displacement, migration and travel, the agency said. Among the specific issues of concern being discussed at the three-day UNAIDS meeting are human rights, especially in connection with access to services, as well as stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV. read more

code:2<^^company says@<^THE CANADIAN PRESS@< TORONTO _ Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba Group’s onlinepayment platform AliPay will officially launch in Canada through apartnership with Canadian tech firm Snap Pay Inc.< Canadian retailers will be able to accept Chinese currency fromChinese shoppers starting this week.< AliPay North America president Souheil Badran says the companywants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access theChinese market.< He says more than 450 Canadian merchants already accept AliPay inan unofficial capacity.< But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity toaggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education,winery, restaurant and retail sectors.< The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chineseconsumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’sgrowing middle class.< AliPay was launched in 2004 and has more than 450 million activeusers.< “We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canadathe ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offerCanadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,”Badran said.< AliPay surpassed PayPal as the world’s largest mobile paymentplatform in 2013. It is the payments platform division of onlinecommerce giant Alibaba, founded in 1999. The parent company operatesonline marketplaces and support services such as cloud computing,logistics and digital media.< The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hittersincluding the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario PremierKathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canadaconference Monday in Toronto.< Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman andfounder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerceopportunities for Canadian businesses in China.< Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland andCanadian business representatives at the company’s campus inHangzhou, China last September.< < < < < < <16:12ET 24-09-17< read more

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.51 points to 15,989.02.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 46.78 points to 23,387.41.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.20 points to 2,576.87.The Nasdaq composite index was up 7.08 points to 6,708.34.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.89 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 77.68 cents US.

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 12:01 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received at least three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as its spokesman.Katie McLaughlin said at a news conference Monday that she filed the lawsuit in Hamilton County Superior Court because she has questions about Subway’s actions and inactions wants to someday have answers for her two children, who are now 3 and 5 years old.“Questions like: What did Subway know? When did they know it? What investigations did they conduct? Did they ever notify the authorities?” said McLaughlin, who said she was “shocked” to learn the accusations against her husband, the earlier of which came in 2004, according to the lawsuit.Subway issued a statement saying it could not comment on pending legal action.The lawsuit filed Monday, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Subway allowed Fogle to spend significant time in elementary schools promoting the chain after learning of allegations against him.“Finding out your husband and the father of your children is a child predator and knowing that his job involved visiting schools on a regular basis is devastating,” said McLaughlin, whose divorce from Fogle was finalized days before he was sentenced last year to spend more than 15 years in prison.Fogle pleaded guilty to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. That came four months after FBI agents raided his suburban Indianapolis home in an investigation that ended Fogle’s lucrative endorsement career with Subway, which started after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating Subway sandwiches.McLaughlin’s attorney, Mike Antrim, said he will recommend what damages she should request only after learning the extent of what Subway knew. The lawsuit alleges McLaughlin and her children sustained injury, pain and suffering because Subway failed to act properly.McLaughlin said Subway touted Fogle as a “family man” even after it knew about the allegations against him and “used my children and my likeness in that campaign. I did not give them consent to do so.”The lawsuit contends Subway knew as early as 2004 that Fogle had approached a young girl for a sex act at an event for Subway in Las Vegas. The lawsuit contends Subway sent a senior public relations manager to talk to Fogle and the franchisee about the allegation but never talked to the girl.The lawsuit alleges Subway either failed to have protocols in place to address and investigate such allegations or failed to follow those protocols.The lawsuit also alleges that another franchisee in Florida in 2007 told Subway’s chief executive officer that Fogle had sex with minors from 9 years old to 16 years old. The lawsuit said Subway again sent a public relations manager to ask Fogle about the allegation.The lawsuit said a Florida journalist in 2011 notified Subway about concerns of Fogle being around children and, “Subway admitted that complaint was ‘not properly escalated or acted upon.’”The lawsuit alleges Subway “failed every test of responsible corporate behaviour” and had moral and legal obligations to alert the authorities about Fogle but instead continued to use Fogle family “as a marketing tool.” Katie McLaughlin, former wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, makes a statement on legal action filed on her behalf during a press conference in Noblesville, Ind., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Fogle was sentenced last year to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography and traveling out of state to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.McLaughlin is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as their spokesman. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle sues company read more

Former All-Pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter returned to Colorado State last week to complete his bachelor’s degree and to answer a long-standing arrest warrant.Porter, who is currently an undergraduate student assistant coach with the Rams’ football team, turned himself in early Wednesday morning at the Larimer County Jail for a failure to appear on a warrant that dates back to his time as a student at Colorado State University in 1999.On May 3, 1999, Porter received a ticket for speeding and driving with a restricted license. He made it to two court dates, but failed to show up on his final court date. The Fort Collins Police issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 10, 1999.Court Records show that Porter was a repeat offender  for driving illegally in Larimer County, while he was a student at Colorado State.Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain said that Porter can use this as a teaching moment for young players to understand why they should stay out of trouble. read more

first_imgFronditha will open a new 90 bed facility in Thornbury called Anesi on Saturday 13 April. The new facility still needs an additional boost from donations and sponsorship from the community, so the care facility are holding a radiothon on Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April to assist the ongoing upkeep of the facility. The radiothon, hosted by 3XY, will be the community’s chance to give back to the aged care facility in support of the work they do. Fronditha Care is a community based organisation providing services to Australian elders of Greek speaking background. Fronditha has been in existence since 1976 and enjoys broad support from the Greek Community. Fronditha is the only organisation providing a range of residential and support services to the Greek speaking elderly in Victoria. Services provided by Fronditha aim to ensure that Greek speaking elderly are able to live in a residential facility or remain at home and be supported by an agency which shares their language, history, religious values, attitudes, rituals, celebrations, music and food. In essence, all the elements that have, and continue to play a central role in their lives. For more information on Fronditha and the radiothod, visit or contact Thalia Ioannidou on (03) 9552 4144. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom How to have a successful holiday season without all of the stress Posted: December 16, 2018 December 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The holiday season is a happy time, but it can also be stressful.Dr. Melanie Burkholder joined us Sunday morning to talk about ways to have a successful holiday without the stress. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — Democratic businessman Denny Heck says he is guardedly hopeful the political gridlock he campaigned against can be unlocked.Heck, who grew up in Vancouver, lost to Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2010 in a 3rd District race. On Nov. 6, he won a resounding victory in his campaign for Congress in Washington’s newly created 10th District, capturing more than 58 percent of the vote against Republican Dick Muri of Steilacoom.“I think every Congress is mostly colored in its personality by its incoming class,” Heck said in an interview after his election. “Two years ago, it was the Tea Party. (This time) I think it’s going to be a bunch of people of both political parties — like me — who have talked about moving the economy and sitting down and breaking gridlock.“There is a pent-up hunger in America for problem-solving. There really is.”Whatever happens, Heck is wasting no time getting ready to take the job in January. On Friday, he named his campaign manager, Hart Edmonson, as his chief of staff. Jami Burgess, a Tacoma native and a graduate of Stadium High School, will serve as his No. 2. Both have worked for retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, and Burgess has a background in military issues.Heck, whose election means Washington state will have six Democrats and four Republicans in the U.S. House, flies to Washington, D.C., this week for his first week of orientation and likely meetings with members of the Northwest delegation. He already has met with veteran U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, who has talked about the need for higher taxes, and Rep.-elect Suzan DelBene, the Democrat who last week won the 1st District seat vacated by newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee.Heck’s trip coincides with Congress returning to work Tuesday to deal with looming tax increases and spending cuts dubbed “the fiscal cliff.”But Heck will be able only to watch from the distance.“It’s the members of the lame-duck (Congress) that are going to take the issue up,” Heck said. “It would be unconscionable to fail to act and thereby plunge us into another recession.”last_img read more

first_imgThe only reunion that matters! The glorious, @DestinysChild reunited at #BeyChella!(via Coachella/ GIPHY)— BET (@BET) April 15, 2018 With reunions, special guests, explosive debuts, and plenty of only-in-Indio moments, Coachella’s first weekend had festivalgoers and social media drunk in loveSteve BaltinGRAMMYs Apr 15, 2018 – 11:42 pm Looking at social media this weekend, all of the music talk centered around Beyoncé’s career-defining performance at Coachella on Saturday night. And rightuflly so.  Twitter #Beychella: Highlights From Coachella Weekend One beyonc%C3%A9-x-japan-mason-ramsey-more-coachella-2018-weekend-one yo @whethanmusic just brought out the yodel kid at coachella!!— paul.psd (@pauldonatelli) April 13, 2018 News She is amazing. I wanted to watch #Beyonce , but we are playing at the same time @coachella. @XJapanOfficial #Coachella— Yoshiki (@YoshikiOfficial) April 16, 2018For starters, there was the typical plethora of big-name guest stars. Just on night one, GRAMMY winner Kendrick Lamar made surprise appearances with both Vince Staples and SZA; Steve Aoki joined Alan Walker; and Carly Rae Jepsen played with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers. For her Sunday Coachella set, Cardi B brought out Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy and Kehlani for her reported $300,000 set.One-off collaborations like these are part of what make Coachella so unique according to Odesza’s Harrison Mills.”I think what’s cool about Coachella is because there are so many eyes on it, it can create collaborations you would never think of, like just celebrities in the crowd seeing acts they would never see otherwise cause their lives are so intense,” says Mills. Beyoncé, X Japan, Mason Ramsey & More: Coachella 2018 Weekend One #IG | Justin Bieber has now posted the photo on his Instagram.— Greta Van Fleet Updates (@GVFDaily) April 14, 2018center_img .@reddit : #Holograms return to #Coachella! #XJAPAN !!@Coachella— X Japan (@XJapanOfficial) April 16, 2018 Whether it was her precision opening that featured 100 dancers in perfect choreographed unison, the surprise appearances of husband Jay-Z and sister Solange, or the reunion with former Destiny’s Child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the combination of Queen Bey and Coachella proved uncontainable for pop culture. (And so did the hashtag #Beychella.)”This is a very important performance for me,” she told the crowd in between performances of “Sorry” and “Bow Down/I Been On.” “I’m happy to be back home on the stage tonight.”If Beyoncé — who made history as the first-ever black woman to headline Coachella — had given the exact same performance at another festival, say Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or New Orleans Jazz Fest, would it have had the exact same impact? No, according to her fellow Coachella performers.”It’s few and far between where there’s a setting where there’s so much focus. Coachella is the epitome of that. The world is watching, so the artists really put the focus in,” says Odesza’s Clayton Knight. “It’s a cool thing to be part of and history in the making in a lot of ways. Whatever happens this weekend sets the tone for this year almost.”The Neighbourhood’s Zachary Abels concurs. “It feels a little different. There’s an aura around it,” said Abels while at the KROQ House. “You feel like you’re someplace special.”Outside of Beyoncé dominating this weekend’s headlines, per usual, Coachella offered an abundance of moments that stirred up social media. Proving Mills’ point, Justin Bieber posted a photo hanging out with up-and-coming rock stars Greta Van Fleet. Maybe the photo-op doesn’t represent a potential musical pairing per se, but given Bieber’s staggering 98.6 million followers and the photo’s 3 million-plus likes, it equated to tons of exposure for the Detroit rockers. And it happened at Coachella, of course. There’s no question the proximity to L.A., and the fact that the festival has become the epicenter of glitz and glamour in the music world for the two weekends, plays a big part in Coachella’s lofty status. It’s a chicken and egg question as to whether the celebrities have helped make Coachella or Coachella was so big already and that’s why artists like Madonna were willing to play it as far back as 2006.Coachella has transcended music to also become a major event for fashion. For an artist like X Japan’s Yoshiki, the marriage of music and fashion that takes place is part of what excited him to travel all the way around the world be one of the major rock acts on this year’s bill.Music Festival Essentials: 11 Must-Haves, From Apps To Packs & More”Coachella is not only one of the biggest festivals in the world, but very edgy [and] fashionable,” says Yoshiki. “I love the style, so we wanted to do something unusual. I’m heavily influenced by David Bowie, so fashion wise I wanted to do something exciting.” Email Facebook Speaking of exciting, X Japan’s set featured hologram technology that allowed them to feature late band members Hideto “Hide” Matsumoto and Taiji Sawada for a set that also garnered plenty of chatter.As for other weekend one highlights, David Byrne masterfully showcased Talking Heads’ classics like “Once In A Lifetime ” and ” Burning Down The House”; Chic and Nile Rodgers got funky with classics such as Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — two songs Rodgers produced and co-wrote, respectively; Illenium, one of the top young electronic artists in music, incited thousands of festivalgoers to dance in frenzied joy; and Tyler, The Creator created a series of new worlds with every song — including “Boredom” and “911/Mr. Lonely” — to a stunning visual showcase that was as much live cinema as music. Then there was the “yodeling Walmart kid,” Mason Ramsey, who traded up his YouTube star status for a chance to perform alongside DJ  Whethan on Friday afternoon.With such a diverse lineup of talent — from the jazz of Kamasi Washington to the folk-pop of First Aid Kit and the plethora of dance music, including icons such as Jean-Michel Jarre — Coachella even turns the performing artists into fans.”Whatever happens this weekend sets the tone for this year almost.” — Odesza’s Clayton Knight”I went to see St. Vincent, saw Vince Staples bring out Kendrick, that was a really cool. Beyoncé [was] the thing to see … David Byrne, I’m a big fan of Talking Heads,” says English singer/songwriter Declan McKenna, who performed at his first Coachella.That is Coachella, where, as Odesza says, everybody has to up their game. And that was shown time and again this past weekend. For some, like Illenium, it is a coming-out party. For Haim, who performed in front of tens of thousands thanks to being the direct support for Beyoncé, it was the best night of their lives, according to Este Haim, who told a hilarious story about her unique experience being at Coachella for Prince back in 2008 with her close friend Kesha. Playing the main stage of what they called their “hometown festival” topped that, she told the audience.For so many artists, who live and attend shows in L.A., Coachella represents a major goal. “It’s a big thing growing up in L.A. — everybody wants to go to Coachella,” says Sage Chavis of the L.A.-based Regrettes.If weekend one is any indication, Coachella’s reputation as the most unique festival going in music looks to be secure.”It’s like no other festival I’ve ever been to,” says McKenna.(Steve Baltin has written about music for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Chicago Tribune, AOL, LA Weekly, Philadelphia Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and dozens more publications.)Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: With the passing away of Arun Jaitley, the country has lost a brilliant parliamentarian, an intelligent statesman and a legal luminary whose advise was trusted by all in public life across the political divide, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said on Saturday. Jaitley, 66, who opted out of the Modi 2.0 government over health issues, died at AIIMS here after being admitted on August 9 following complaints of breathlessness and restlessness. “It is a great loss for the nation, the Indian polity and the legal fraternity,” Mehta told PTI, condoling the former Union Minister’s demise. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The Solicitor General said Jaitley always left a lasting imprint on anyone he came in touch with and as a senior advocate, guided his political and professional colleagues with mature legal advice and “stood by them during the most adverse circumstances”. “He will be remembered as a sane voice, a dependable friend, an intelligent statesman and a legal luminary whose sound legal advise was trusted by all persons in public life across the political divide,” Mehta added. Mehta described Jaitley as “a human being with a golden heart, a statesman without malice against anyone, a senior advocate par excellence and an orator with the rare gift of articulation”.last_img read more

first_imgForIT, a forum for IT professionals asked Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to stop mass retrenchment of its employees, even while admitting that involuntary attrition is part of the industry that depends extensively on global and external markets to keep the system going.The forum demanded the intervention of the state and central governments in saving thousands of jobs. It even asked the IT bellwether to continue to keep the employees on its rolls till the point when a ‘comprehensive grievance redressal mechanism,’ is put in place.”It is due to the hard work and commitment of the employees of TCS that it has acquired a brand value. It is unethical, irrational and illegal to ask the same employees that made it the number one IT services firm in the country to quit,” Vijay Chandra of ForIT said in a statement.The Tata Group Company that employs more than 3 lakh people, made an official declaration on Twitter, that for the first nine months of the current fiscal, involuntary attrition stood at 2,574, stating that about 1% of its employees would be affected, reported The Hindu.’Around 600 more employees will be asked to leave the organisation in the next few months,’ added Chandra.ForIT admitted that lay-offs were a regular phenomenon in the IT and ITeS industry, adding that other IT companies could also retrench, affecting more jobs in the industry.Meanwhile, TCS has confirmed that it plans to induct 55,000 people this year.TCS shares were trading at ₹2,513.95, down by ₹25.15 or 0.99% at 12:44pm, Friday.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Better brush up on your received pronunciation: The UK royal family is searching for a new digital communications officer.As the monarchy continues to grow, so, too, does its need for public interplay.But ain’t nobody got time to tweet between hosting heads of state, opening new sessions of Parliament, knighting celebrities, and throwing lavish parties.Enter the digital communications officer—a permanent job in the private secretary’s office at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty’s London residence and administrative headquarters.For £30,000 ($38,000) a year, the glorified intern media manager is expected to engage the already watchful world with the public role and work of the royals.“Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, your challenge will be to manage and oversee the daily news flow on digital and social networking platforms, as well as play a key part in some of the digital projects,” according to the job description.Expected to work 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday, ideal applicants have experience managing websites, delivering digital projects, and creating and publishing social media content. A grasp of modern digital communication developments and a creative flair are also a plus.You’ll also need some photography and video production skills, the ability to multitask, and organizational prowess.“Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony, or royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,” the description said.The chosen candidate can look forward to 33 days of annual leave, access to training and development, and, perhaps most importantly, free lunch.But hurry: The vacancy closes on Wednesday, May 22.The British Monarchy in 2010 launched its own Facebook fan page to provide news and information about the royal family. Four years later, the Queen sent her first tweet, introducing a major new exhibition at London’s Science Museum.Other vacancies within the royal household include sous chef, kitchen porter, and systems analyst (Buckingham Palace), retail admissions assistant (Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh), and paintings conservator (Shaw Farm Gate, Windsor).You can also apply to be the head gardener at Prince Charles and Camilla’s private Scottish home Birkhall, or office manager to the Equerry’s Office in St. James’s Palace—the London residence of several minor members of the royal family.More on Harry Wants ‘Fortnite’ and Other Addictive Games BannedUK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social MediaUK Gov’t Uses Alexa, Google Assistant to Dispense Info THQ sends the Queen a gold-plated Wii last_img read more

first_img Explore further ( —Researchers from the University of Kentucky have identified 14 molecular markers in bedbug genes commonly associated with resistance to pyrethroid, the most popular pesticide used to control them. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes how they compared genes from pyrethroid resistant bedbugs found in the Los Angeles area, to those from other areas of the country that had not yet developed a resistance, and as a result were able to identify 14 gene markers, that are associated with resistance to the pesticide. Bedbugs have been in the news of late as outbreaks have occurred in cities throughout the world. They are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts and leave behind itchy rashes. Efforts to eradicate them have become less effective as the pesticide most commonly used to kill them—pyrethroid—has become less lethal in some areas as the bugs develop resistance to it. In this new effort, the research team compared the genes of bedbugs found in the Los Angeles area that were known to have developed a resistance, with bedbug gene samples from 20 populations from other parts of the country that thus far, have not. In so doing, they found 14 markers, which they report, mostly involve the bugs’ outer shell, which serves as a barrier, preventing the toxin from reaching the inner body, allowing it to survive.The markers found by the researchers represent genes responsible for a variety of outer shell properties such as shell thickness, enzyme levels involved in metabolizing pyrethroid, etc. They also found that the markers represented two categories of defense, those responsible for neutralizing the pesticide before it could reach sensitive areas, and those that physically prevented the chemical from gaining entry to the body in the first place. Taken together, the markers represent a formidable line of defense that has evolved with bedbugs that helps them survive in a hostile environment.Because bedbugs are evolving in ways that make them resistant to current pesticides, researchers are looking for other ways to kill them—learning more about the ways they are evolving that help them survive doses of pyrethroid gives researchers a better picture of what is occurring, which will hopefully result in revealing an unknown vulnerability that could be exploited for use in a new kind of pesticide. Journal information: Scientific Reports More information: Bed bugs evolved unique adaptive strategy to resist pyrethroid insecticides, Scientific Reports 3, 1456, doi:10.1038/srep01456AbstractRecent advances in genomic and post-genomic technologies have facilitated a genome-wide analysis of the insecticide resistance-associated genes in insects. Through bed bug, Cimex lectularius transcriptome analysis, we identified 14 molecular markers associated with pyrethroid resistance. Our studies revealed that most of the resistance-associated genes functioning in diverse mechanisms are expressed in the epidermal layer of the integument, which could prevent or slow down the toxin from reaching the target sites on nerve cells, where an additional layer of resistance (kdr) is possible. This strategy evolved in bed bugs is based on their unique morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics and has not been reported in any other insect species. RNA interference-aided knockdown of resistance associated genes showed the relative contribution of each mechanism towards overall resistance development. Understanding the complexity of adaptive strategies employed by bed bugs will help in designing the most effective and sustainable bed bug control methods. Citation: Researchers identify genes involved in bedbug pesticide resistance (2013, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Entomologists make important discovery regarding insecticide resistance in bed bugs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more