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Joe Mixon Meeting the Media in Miami Was Embarrassing

first_imgWhere do we start here? My thoughts on the Joe Mixon-OU situation are well documented. That he’s still on the team is both silly and predicated upon the fact that no video of him punching a woman has been released.On Tuesday, Mixon was handed over to the media at the Orange Bowl for (I believe) the first time since the incident his freshman year. The media there was told to ask football only questions. It … did not go well. I’m not even sure why it happened or who made it happen.“I told you I’m not going to answer that,” Mixon said at one point. “You keep asking, but I already told you that’s not happening.”Reporter: How would you describe yourself?Joe Mixon: A great person.#Sooners pic.twitter.com/HbHXW2siWA— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) December 29, 2015 Joe Mixon on what he learned during his season-long suspension… Only answered football questions. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/F1hwXfKZX2— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) December 29, 2015 Asked Mixon if he feels sorry about what happened. “I won’t answer that.” pic.twitter.com/lHVCIkWDYz— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 29, 2015And the football only questions thing is a little iffy to begin with since it seems nobody knows who that mandate came from.Re: the Joe Mixon football-only media mandate: I’m told it came from Orange Bowl officials, & OU did not instruct them to do so.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 29, 2015center_img #Sooners AD Joe Castiglione said decision to not let Joe Mixon answer non-football Qs was made by legal counsel. pic.twitter.com/MmYrrWCHJ4— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) December 29, 2015Good times at the Orange Bowl!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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How Important is Having an Elite Kickoff Guy and Does Oklahoma State Have One?

first_imgWhy does OSU need to find a player that can “kick the ball to the end zone”? Consider OSU’s performance last year on kickoffs. The Cowboys ranked No. 101 in the country in touchbacks. Average starting field position for opponents on OSU kickoffs was roughly the 40-yard line. This ranked 90th in the country.[1. Shout out to ST coverage for making Grogan look better than he was.]Opponents score 2.33 points per drive when they start on their own 40. Oklahoma State kicked off 94 times last season so that’s an expected average of 219 points over the course of a season.Now let’s look at, say, Oregon. The average starting field position for the Ducks’ opponents on kickoffs was the 36-yard line. This ranked in the top 10. Expected points per drive: 2.14. Multiply that out over the 94 times OSU kicked off and you get 201 points or a difference of 18 points which is about 1.5 points a game.All because of a kicker.And it doesn’t stop there. Your special teams players (who also play defense) don’t have to work as hard when you get touchbacks (Oregon got them on 63 percent of its kicks). Your players don’t take as many hits. They can relax a little more when they know their guy is hitting GIA on the kick. With a team that has as many possessions as OSU has, that stuff adds up.So yeah, it sounds silly but having a kicker who is top 10-15 in touchbacks and average starting field position is yet another key aspect in building a championship team. The good thing is it looks like Gundy has found his guy.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mike Gundy seems insistent that Oklahoma State needs a kicker in 2016 who can perform better than Ben Grogan did last year on kickoffs. And he’s certainly right that it would be beneficial (which I’ll show you in a second).Kyle B. went to the spring game and made a note of just how good freshman Matt Ammendola’s leg looked on kickoffs. It was also apparent on field goals.Matt Ammendola nails a 51-yard field goal to give Team Black a 10-7 lead! #okstate https://t.co/uGqw8wE3T7— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 16, 2016“He’s shown signs of strength and being able to drive the ball,” said Gundy. “Obviously he’ll have to have a good summer. In August we need to find a player who can kick the ball to the end zone. At least get the ball to the goal line. That’s one position that’s fairly easy to recognize because you line ’em up and kick and whoever can kick it the farthest ends up being the kicker.”The most Gundy explanation ever.last_img read more

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Grading the Uniforms: Week 2 vs. South Alabama

first_imgThis is a very good helmet. The chrome badge logo, the chrome stripe, the chrome facemask all on a matte black helmet makes for one of the cleanest helmets in the nation. I’m a Brand logo enthusiast, but I can admit that the Badge looks solid on this helmet.Combo: A+[USATSI]As far as tri-color combos are concerned, B/W/O exhibits everything you need to know about Oklahoma State. As sweet as this combo is, I think it takes a backseat compared to what we saw in 2011 vs. Iowa State and 2014 vs. Oklahoma. I only say that because I think the orange numbers look better with the orange pants. But I don’t hate this new look at all. In fact, I like it a lot.I also liked when we saw a similar version of this combo in the Alamo Bowl vs. Colorado. However, this combo looks better with the Black Badge helmet than it does the Barbed Wire helmet.The Pokes wore something this good against South Alabama, so I’m really excited about what we might see against Pitt.Previous Grades:Week 1 vs. TulsaIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State came out wearing a Black-White-Orange combo on a Friday night. What could go wrong?Let’s hand out grades for the uniforms.Helmet: A[USATSI]last_img read more

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Guardiola: Anyone can beat City

first_imgManchester City Any team can beat Manchester City – Guardiola Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 03:59 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) guardiola-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Arsenal Arsenal Guardiola The Citizens have been irresistible so far this season, but their manager is not getting carried away with the ‘Invincibles’ hype after 11 games Pep Guardiola is not buying into the idea that Manchester City are unbeatable and insists any team is capable of defeating the Premier League pacesetters.City ran out 3-1 winners over Arsenal on Sunday to go 23 matches unbeaten in all competitions this season, with Guardiola’s men particularly impressive in the Premier League and Champions League.Man City -1 v Leicester 5/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The win over Arsenal coupled with Manchester United’s defeat to Chelsea has seen City open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, while their haul of 38 goals is 15 more than Jose Mourinho’s side, who are the second-most prolific team.However, Guardiola is adamant that City are not invincible and does not want his players to think they are.Speaking to reporters after the match, Guardiola said: “Anyone can beat us, that is the principle in all of sport.”It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. You can win the Champions League then lose the day after – that is football, sport, basketball.”All the others want to beat you. They [Arsenal] deserve all credit [for] trying to beat us. It depends on us. It’s so important if we want to fight more to win the title in comparison to last season. “Against the big teams, the five or six contenders, last season we won just twice – at Old Trafford, and here against Arsenal.Pep Guardiola Manchester City 05112017“Now in November we won already three times [against the bigger clubs]. We spoke and if you want to win the Premier League, you need to beat Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham – all the others at the top too.”But you have to win at home – it’s so tough away. If you are stable, not thinking stupid things, winning helps to win more. Our position is good – we have to continue that rhythm.”Sunday’s match saw City come up against Alexis Sanchez, a player they tried to sign at the start of the season, and Guardiola spoke highly of the Chile international and his performance.”Alexis is a top-class player, really competitive,” the Catalan coach said. “All the problems he caused in the first half were our main headache – he’s a really good player.”Fabian Delph picked up a knock towards the end of the match, but Guardiola does not think it is a big problem.”I didn’t ask [about the injury], they [City players] were singing and dancing – I didn’t ask,” he said. “The doctor didn’t come to me so hopefully [he is] OK.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Forrest Bault Is Motorbiking 14,000 Miles of Remote U.S. Backcountry Right Now

first_imgBault told Lonely Planet his plan, in the beginning, had just been to spend the summer riding his own favorite routes in the western U.S. — four months, 18 states in total. But, he found his dream trip overlapped with many existing BDR routes. So, he figured, “Why not ride all of [them] in a row? Turns out it’s never been done before.”It’s no surprise the biggest challenge for Bault has been the hardware. The sheer number of daily miles and the grueling weather conditions he’s suffered have been hard on him and his bike. He’s constantly changing out tires and maintains a rotating stock of spare parts. It seems his bike — a 415-pound, 65-horsepower custom build with a range of 350 miles — has served him well, however. At last check, he was cruising near Nezperce, Idaho, after completing nearly 10,000 miles in June alone. Editors’ Recommendations The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Backcountry Discovery Routes is a non-profit organization that works with the U.S. forest service, state/federal agencies, and land managers to establish and preserve a vast network of off-road trails for dual sport and adventure motorcyclists. The official site details current and planned routes around the United States, all organized by region. They also provide free maps, GPS coordinates for routes and waypoints, tips and advice specific to each route, and general education about the off-road motorcycle community.Follow Forrest Bault on his epic journey via Instagram. Plan your own off-highway motorbiking route, or just live vicariously through those who ride them at the BDR website. Forrest Bault/InstagramA web of interconnected backcountry trails crisscrosses the United States, invisible to most anyone not interested in hiking or the outdoors. Likewise, thousands of miles of relatively unknown trails are established and maintained by the Backcountry Discovery Routes initiative for the sole purpose of intense, off-highway motorbiking. This year, for the first time ever, one man is planning to ride every inch of them.Self-proclaimed perpetual explorer Forrest Bault set out in April 2018 on a never-before-done journey to ride every mile of the country’s Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR). If all goes to plan, he expects to cover more than 14,000 miles — nearly three times the width of Russia — on his rugged Suzuki custom. A full 8,000 of those miles will cover actual BDR routes, while the difference will be spent traveling between routes. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

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Ola expands operations to Australias Sunshine Coast

first_imgNew Delhi: Ride-hailing firm Ola on Friday said it has started operations in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, expanding its services in Australia. The Bengaluru-based company, which competes with US-based ride-hailing firm Uber in multiple markets, had launched its services in Australia in February last year. “Having been present in Australia’s most-populous cities, Ola received a large number of requests from drivers and customers alike to introduce its services in other parts of the country. Sunshine Coast was chosen due to the bustling tourism industry and the need for more choice in the local rideshare market,” Ola said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOla has over 1.5 million drivers across 250 cities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and India. “We have seen a tremendous response to our offerings across the country as customer demand has been on an upward trend. After seeing a large number of requests to introduce our services in other parts of the country, we have chosen the Sunshine Coast as Ola’s first launch in a non-metro city in Australia,” Ola Managing Director (Australia and New Zealand) Simon Smith said.last_img read more

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UN football match scores for people affected by Haiti and Pakistan disasters

Organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and football stars, Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, both UNDP goodwill ambassadors, the Match Against Poverty series has the overall aim of reminding people about their responsibility for ensuring the achievement of the UN’s anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).For this year’s match – hosted by Greek football team Olympiacos at its Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and broadcast live in more than 30 countries – half of the funds raised will be used to help the more than 20 million people in Pakistan and Haiti affected by the floods and earthquake which devastated those countries in January and July, respectively.“It is important that we reach out in solidarity with those affected by extreme poverty,” Zidane told a pre-match news conference. “We cannot allow the people of Haiti and Pakistan to suffer in silence. Through this match we hope to let the world know we’re in this together.”“It really inspires me to see that despite the economic crisis in Greece the people of this great country still come together in solidarity with the poor of the world,” Ronaldo added. “I’m really impressed that the stadium is sold out tonight.”The UNDP Director of Communications, Stéphane Dujarric, stressed that sports can be a powerful tool for bringing a positive impact to millions of people. “Through sport we can bring people together to focus on a common goal – a world without poverty where everyone on the planet can live with dignity,” he said.The owner of Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, said his team will donate its share of the money raised to a group that helps children with special needs, as well as to homeless and disadvantaged communities in Piraeus.The Tuesday night match ended with a 2-2 draw. It was the eighth so far in the Match Against Poverty series, with the seventh match having taken place in January in Lisbon, hosted by Portuguese team Benfica. 15 December 2010The plight of those affected by the natural disasters which struck Haiti and Pakistan this year was the focus of a special UN football match played by some of the world’s top footballers and watched by a live crowd of 33,000 in Athens on Tuesday night. read more

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No need to go to Colombo says UN

He told the Colombo Gazette that some 10 bus loads of people mainly from Vavuniya and Mannar, which were preparing to leave Vavuniya, were blocked by the police.Ganeshan said that the police had warned the people that there was information the buses may come under attack when heading to Colombo. The police had this week blocked a group of people heading to Colombo from the north to take part in a demonstration over the disappeared, Tamil politician Mano Ganeshan said. The United Nations (UN) says there is no need for people from the north of Sri Lanka to go to Colombo to provide information to the UN on any issue.Responding to reports that hundreds of Tamils from the north were prevented from heading to Colombo this week to stage a demonstration and handover a petition to the UN country office, a UN spokesman in New York said there are other ways to communicate with the UN. “Well, there would be other conduits to be able to provide information if people feel they have information that they wish to hand over to the United Nations.  There are other ways to do it if they cannot reach Colombo.  So I am sure that that would be possible, to be able to receive information and not just via the country team in the country,” UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. The US Embassy in Colombo had called on the Sri Lankan authorities to allow free movement of these citizens as the right to freely express opinions is universal and protected under Sri Lankan and international law.The Embassy also said that the United States is constructively working with international partners to support these basic freedoms through the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution in Geneva.“We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to follow through on its own commitments to its people by implementing recommendations made in their Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report;” the Embassy had said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Canadian dollar closes little changed amid higher crude oil prices lower copper

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed slightly higher Friday amid mixed commodity prices.The loonie edged up 0.03 of a cent to 99.9 cents US on top of a 0.25 of a cent Thursday on signs from the U.S. Federal Reserve that further quantitative easing could be on the way. This involves the central bank printing more money in order to buy up bonds.The Canadian currency lost about nine-tenths of a cent in the two days following the U.S. election on Nov. 6, which left the Washington political landscape little changed.The results increased pessimism that Congress would be able to stop the U.S. economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year, which would involve a tremendous shock to the economy as a series of tax hikes and automatic spending are scheduled to take hold.Since then, the loonie has traded in a narrow band below parity with the greenback.But analysts say the Canadian currency could find some lift when Ottawa unveils new foreign investment guidelines.“There are rumours of an impending release, either this week or next, of new guidelines,” said Scotia Capital currency strategist Eric Theoret.“The clarity provided by the new rules would likely be Canadian-dollar supportive, given the considerable and ongoing interest in Canadian resource assets.”The federal government is currently considering whether a $15.1-billion offer for energy giant Nexen (TSX:NXY) by China National Offshore Oil Co., a state-controlled oil company, can go through.Commodity prices were mixed with December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.22 to US$86.67 a barrel as investors monitored the fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza, and the effect it might have on oil supplies. So far supplies have been ample. But they could be disrupted if the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza spreads and further destabilizes the region.A higher U.S. dollar and demand concerns helped push December copper down one cent to US$3.45 a pound while December gold bullion was up 90 cents at US$1,714.70 an ounce.A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals which are dollar-denominated. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2012 4:41 pm MDT Canadian dollar closes little changed amid higher crude oil prices, lower copper read more

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Shalina Resources awards Outotec copper and cobalt processing technology contract for Mutoshi

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract by Shalina Resources Ltd for the delivery of copper and cobalt processing technology to the Mutoshi project near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The order value, approximately EUR65 million, is booked in Outotec’s 2017 fourth quarter order intake. Outotec’s scope includes basic engineering, technology and equipment deliveries for a new plant with an annual processing capacity of 20,000 t copper and 16,000 t cobalt. The plant will use Outotec’s modular hydrometallurgical solutions, such as OKTOP® reactors, VSF®X solvent extraction, and electrowinning. Outotec delivers also grinding mills, thickeners, filters, analysers and process control system. Outotec’s deliveries will take place during 2018. Shalina Resources has two operating copper/cobalt plants at Etoile and Usoke. “We have formed strategic partnerships with key companies to help realize the potential of our operations, considering the project pipeline and the growing demand of copper and cobalt to the electric vehicle market. This contract regarding the Mutoshi project marks an important milestone in the realisation of this potential, and we look forward to working with Outotec as we continue on this path,” says Shiraz Virji, Chairman of the Shalina Group of Companies. “We look forward to working with Shalina Resources in the Mutoshi project. We will be happy to deliver this wide and diverse technology package including our latest hydrometallurgical, modular concepts which are the most sustainable solutions available. The Mutoshi project will be a great reference for Outotec in the active African copper/cobalt market”, says Kalle Härkki, Head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business unit.last_img read more

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Paul Pholeros Indigenous housing pioneer dies at 62

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Architect Paul Pholeros, widely recognised for his work in improving the health of Indigenous communities, died at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney on Monday after a short illness, leaving an inspiring legacy.“In the politically- charged world of Indigenous affairs, Paul never stepped back from simply telling it straight.”A co-founder of Healthabitat in 1985 – a not-for-profit that created a new model in Australia for Indigenous housing projects – Mr Pholeros worked alongside remote, urban and rural communities to improve amenities in more than 8,000 houses – and the health of more than 50,000 Indigenous Australians.Pholeros founded Healthhabitat with Dr Paul Torzillo and anthropologist Stephan Rainow, and the organsiation has been awarded multiple honours over the past 30 years, including a UN World Habitat Award for its impacts on public health. Pholeros’ contribution was recognised in 2007 with an Order of Australia.An adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Sydney, he once said growing up in a household with Greek-speaking grandparents gave him a different perspective that allowed him to be open to experiences with the Aboriginal people.Cuts in federal funding to continue his award-winning projects nationally meant in recent years he and his colleagues focused on Aboriginal communities in NSW, while using their unique experience to help similar disadvantaged communities – from Nepal and Bangladesh to the Bronx in New York. Their mission remained constant: to improve the health of those who need it most, particularly children, by improving their living environment.Speaking of his long-term friend Professor Torzillo said: “He was a truly humble, giant of a man in every sense of that phrase. He had a huge intellect, a great physical presence, an enormous capacity for work, and a lasting impact on everyone he met.“His legacy is his influence on people working away doing genuinely ‘good work’, in equality, and the practice of social justice. The link between the living environment and health, the idea of ‘health hardware’, this is now firmly on the map.”President of the Australian Institute of Architects Jon Clements said Pholeros had an “unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those living in disadvantaged communities around the world through his award-winning health and sanitation programs”. “Anyone who had the opportunity to hear him speak about his work could not help but be moved, changed in some fundamental way. “His exceptional work has made valuable impact in Indigenous and disadvantaged communities across Australia and around the world from Johannesburg to New York, and will leave an enduring legacy.”Tributes also flowed from architectural peers. Adrian Welke of Troppo Architects in the Top End said: “In the politically-charged world of Indigenous affairs, Paul never stepped back from simply telling it straight. As the best architect should be, he was a champion for his client. He was our mentor, our guide, and always our friend, with a twinkle in his eye and a self-deprecating quip at the ready.“It is impossible to imagine his lean and taught bower and studio high on Bilgola Plateau – the platform refuge shared with his partner Sandra – without his big presence. It was here, between months on the road, surrounded by bush and a big view, he would recharge, to continue his polite but unwavering 30-year battle against the antipathy and prejudice that precludes our first Australians in sharing our society’s riches of housing, health and education.“The torch will be carried on, for he has taught us well – but how well and with what authority is the question, and, for all of us, our individual challenge.” Pholeros is survived by his mother and wife Sandra Meihubers.last_img read more

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Mourinho doesnt know when United can win title

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”last_img read more

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What may happen if both SoccerCity and SDSU West fail

first_img 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) – SoccerCity or SDSU West, which one is best for the city and taxpayers?Maybe neither, and voters do have a third option.If both measures fail, the city maintains control of the land and opens it up to a competitive bidding process. October 15, 2018 Posted: October 15, 2018 Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwittercenter_img Steve Bosh What may happen if both SoccerCity and SDSU West fail KUSI’s Steve Bosh has a closer look at that option. last_img read more

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Gas prices rise to 5 a gallon in New York City

first_img(WSVN) – With summertime right around the corner and travel season picking up, gas prices are on the rise.While the current national average for regular gas is $2.93, in New York City drivers are getting a bit of sticker shock.According to Fox 5, regular gas in at least one station in Manhattan has hit $5 a gallon.AAA said the average in New York City is $3.18, while in New Jersey, the statewide average is $3.Fox 5 reports the price gap between New York and New Jersey has shrunk due to a tax increase that was enacted during the Christie administration.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Suu Kyi decried for war crimes

first_imgA Rohingya refugee boy waits for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: ReutersMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military deserve prosecution at the International Criminal Court for the ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. The recommendations for the trial for committing war crimes came from expert witnesses and prosecutors at the mass tribunal that concluded in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.Concluding the hearing of the tribunal on the recent genocide in Myanmar, the president of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, an Argentine judge, has fixed the date for announcing the verdict on Suu Kyi and others for Friday at 10 am KL time.The seven-member panel of judges led by Argentine lawyer Daniel Feierstein has made six specific recommendations.The first recommendation says the Bangladesh government has to take further steps for Rohingya refugees. It also suggests protests and condemnation against the confinement of ethnic Rohingyas in camps in Bangladesh.The second recommendation says the Myanmar policy to hold Rohingyas responsible for any occurrences has to be rejected in context of Myanmar’s systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims since 1962. It is impossible to brand Rohingyas as militants and terrorists as Myanmar couldn’t show any evidence to this end, so their claim has to be rejected outright, the recommendation suggests.The third recommendation says sanctions have to be imposed on Myanmar as the international community including UN, OIC, and Commonwealth has done against North Korea for nuclear weapons.According to the fourth recommendation, ASEAN will corner Myanmar until it accepts Rohingya, Karen and Kachin people as its own.The fifth recommendation says Suu Kiy will be tried at the ICC, and a safe zone has to be established.Rohingyas have to be given full ciltizenship, says the last recommendation.Chief prosecutor Doreen Chen and deputy chief prosecutor Azril Mohd Amin in their concluding speech said allegations of genocide against Myanmar top generals and state counsellor  Aung San Suu Kyi have been clearly proven.Doreen Chen said offences of a state and a person can be identified and the accountability ensured in perspective of committing international crimes.Under the international criminal law, the criminal offences of Myanmar military leaders and the political authorities can be taken into account in view of their ‘authority and higher responsibility’.Doreen Chen said, “Myanmar signed the Genocide Convention in 1956 and the Vienna Convention in 1992. I have seen the brutalities against women in the evidence and proofs.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin and Rabiul Islam.last_img
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Feds Approve Texas School Accountability Plan That Includes Parts Of AF Rating

first_img Share By REUTERS/Joshua RobertsU.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies to the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on the FY2019 budget request for the Department Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2018.Texas got final approval Monday from the U.S. Department of Education for its school improvement and accountability plan, including a portion of its new system for grading schools.Texas is in the process of finalizing its plan for evaluating public schools, as the federal government transitions to a new set of policies governing how schools should use federal funding to educate students. In 2015, the federal government signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which is intended to give states more freedom on setting goals for school districts, turning around low-performing schools and administering standardized tests. ESSA replaces the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, which had stricter regulations on how states were expected to hold schools accountable for educating students.Each state was required to submit a plan last year, including a rundown on how it would rate and evaluate its schools, intended to take effect this school year.Texas submitted a plan that includes parts of its newly updated accountability system for rating and evaluating schools and districts on a scale from A to F. The state Legislature made final revisions to the accountability system last spring, replacing a pass/fail system; school districts will receive their first grades this August.Schools and districts will be graded in three categories: student achievement, student progress and closing the gaps.“Texas’ plan met the requirements of the law, therefore I have approved it,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Monday. “I look forward to seeing how Texas embraces the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of the Lone Star State’s students.”In the spring, Texas will open up public comment on the A-F system, beginning the process of creating a manual for how schools and districts will be graded. State education officials say it’s not too late for parents and educators to suggest changes to the accountability system despite the fact that it has received federal approval.“Should the agency receive additional feedback during the A-F accountability public comment period that leads to decisions different from what has been approved in our ESSA plan, Commissioner [Mike] Morath will submit amendments to USDE that reflect input from stakeholders,” TEA spokesperson Lauren Callahan said in a statement. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/26/texas-makes-accountability-decisions-federal-deadline/.last_img read more

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Tim Cook Tells Stephen Colbert He Had a Tremendous Responsibility to Come

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Siri has some nerve. She asked Apple CEO Tim Cook for a raise on live TV last night, but not without a nudge from Stephen Colbert first. “Siri, what should I ask Tim Cook?” Colbert asked the wise-cracking virtual assistant as he wrapped up his 10-minute Late Night With Stephen Colbert interview with the Apple chief. Siri cooly responded: “Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise.” To which the bespeckled exec erupted into laughter. (Colbert also threatened to stab Cook in the neck with a fondue fork during the show, but that’s neither here nor there.)Last night’s Cook-Colbert tête-à-tête wasn’t all quips and giggles. Once the inevitable iPhone 6S show-and-tell was over, after Cook refused to spill the beans about Apple’s driverless car and admitted that he “hates” opportunistic Steve Jobs biopics, the conversation got heavy.Related: Tim Cook Is Gay. But As Apple’s CEO, That Isn’t His Biggest Revelation.Colbert went there. He popped a question about Cook’s sexuality. “You yourself came out as gay recently,” he said. “Was that an upgrade or just a feature that had not been turned on?” After a long, loud laugh, Cook shared what moved him to finally publicly say “I’m proud to be gay.”Just as he did in his famous Bloomberg Business essay last October, Cook told the story of how he was inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he has a photo of in his office. He said he reflects every day on this powerful quote from the civil rights pioneer: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”After challenging himself with that powerful question often, Cook felt he had “a tremendous responsibility” to come out. “It became clear to me,” he told Colbert. “Kids were getting bullied in schools. Kids were basically getting discriminated against. Kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents…that I needed to do something. Where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do with other people, so I wanted to tell everyone my truth.”Related: Leadership Lessons From Apple CEO Tim CookAnd, for those who didn’t already know he’s gay, Cook, never one to miss a prime promotional opportunity, said learning his truth was like bumping into something new on your iPhone. “It’s like discovering something in your iPhone,” he said, gesturing toward a shiny, new rose gold iPhone 6S on Colbert’s desk. “It’s always done, but you didn’t quite know it.”Yes, all things must point back to iPhone sales, even in vastly unrelated exchanges with Jobs’s predecessor.To see more from the interview, check out the video below:Related: Stephen Colbert Tries to Figure Out if Elon Musk Is a Superhero or Something More Sinister (VIDEO)center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 16, 2015last_img read more

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JTG Orbitz strategic alliance

first_imgThe agreement aims to provide helloworld with a robust online and mobile presence for the future. Source = ETB News: P.T. “Our alliance with Orbitz Worldwide is a key component in helloworld’s multichannel strategy,” JTG chief executive Rob Gurney said. “helloworld.com.au will feature a comprehensive range of air, land, cruise and car options… and will continue to evolve throughout 2014, with mobile applications, travel insurance and dynamic packaging functionality to be introduced in the coming months.”center_img The first helloworld stores and online platform will launch soon, paired with a consumer campaign. Jetset Travelworld and Orbitz Worldwide have signed a ten-year Strategic Alliance Agreement for new retail brand helloworld to be powered by Orbitz’ global technology platform.last_img read more

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State doctors leaving work earlier than they should

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouAS THEIR claims for overtime pay continue to go unchecked, doctors at public hospitals may be leaving work early, Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides noted in his 2013 annual report.The report included references to on-site checks by audit service officials at the Nicosia General’s underground car-park – mostly used by medical personnel – who recorded “fewer parked vehicles between 2.15pm to 2.40pm than between 10am to 11 am.”“This fact could suggest the staff’s departure from work before their workday’s end,” noted Michaelides.“It is also noted that our service has often received complaints by citizens, relating to medical practitioners not complying with their work schedule.”Noting that this issue has remained outstanding for a long time, the Auditor General’s report proposed the adoption of immediate and appropriate remedies.“For example, installing a punch-card system to electronically record the staff’s arrival and departure time,” he said.He added that non-compliance with working-hour schedules also hinders the monitoring and control of medical staff’s overtime hours.With regard to this issue, Michaelides noted that total overtime pay for 2013 for doctors and nurses came up to a little over €22 million, down from over €26 million in 2012 – a 15.8 per cent drop.However, the control system for overtime pay “exhibits serious weaknesses, resulting in an inability to evidence all claims, which in turn allows for exploitation,” the Auditor General said.“The system does not require the substantiation of overtime needs,” he said.Although the health ministry has variously received complaints for the possible exploitation of the system’s weaknesses by medical practitioners, subsequent investigation has failed to furnish any evidence of disciplinary offences.As well, in many instances doctors have filed claims for as much as 11 hours of overtime pay for one day.“In addition to the financial aspect of this issue, according to labour laws voted in compliance with the relevant European Directive, a minimum rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24-hour period is required,” Michaelides said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more