first_imgPhoto: Primary school aged children enjoy a game of silent touch football as part of the Silent Sport Challenge. (ABC News: Mark Moore) Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said one in six Australians dealt with a hearing impairment.”It is unusual because of that lack of communication that is verbal, more looking at each other, having to utilise different ways of communicating,” he said about the game.Mr Maguire said there was no barrier to participation whether players were hearing impaired or not. By Adrienne Francis (Courtesy of ABC)Photo: Chloe Nash says the only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis) Check out the TFA video below, demonstrating there are no barriers to participate in Touch Football. Related Links2016 Silent Sports Challenge A unique game of touch football is closing the divide between the hearing and silent worlds. The Silent Sport Challenge began in 2011 and gives those with hearing the chance to experience what it is like to play the game without sound.Players wear ear plugs and instead of communicating with whistles and referees use flags to signal players.Twenty-nine-year-old Canberra woman Chloe Nash, who was born with profound deafness, has been playing touch since she was nine.”The only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently and that you just need to break through other peoples prejudices, other peoples barriers that they are creating for you,” Ms Nash said.Ms Nash wants hearing health and wellbeing listed as one of the 10 national health priorities to attract and allocate funding to improve access to childhood Auslan education, increase availability of interpreters, improve captioning services and target specialised mental health and aged care.”It is not just Canberra, although we are in dire need. It is all over Australia,” she said.”Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health.”Long-term exposure to excessive noise means the number of Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or hard of hearing is continuing to increase.Game raises awareness of disability that affects millionslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe has no regrets over Defoe signingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe does not regret signing Jermain Defoe.The former England international is heading to Rangers on an 18-month loan deal, per Sky Sports News.And despite the fact he had a limited impact in his stay at the Cherries, Howe does not feel the transfer was a mistake.”The deal (signing Defoe) has been a good one from our perspective, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said in his press conference.”He scored some massive goals for us last year, I don’t think anyone should forget that.”Then you add the other value that he brings in the changing room and on the training pitch. He’s definitely been a role model for a lot of our younger players. As I say it’s something I would do again and again if given the same circumstances.” last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Rodri: Season far from overby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri does not believe the club’s league season is over.Some fans and pundits are already declaring Liverpool hot favourites for the Premier League, given they have a five point lead over City.But Rodri knows that it is still early days, and that every team will slip up in the title race.”The season is very long,” he said to City’s website.”You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season, not the end.”That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.” last_img read more


first_imgESPN College Football Playoff top 2015.ESPNWe’re now less than two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. Get excited, people. In anticipation of the start of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at what ESPN’s preseason top 25 looks like. Can anyone but the defending national champions be No. 1? Nope. ESPN has the Crimson Tide at No. 1 heading into the season. Do they have it right?Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama get some more rings this season?Will Alabama get some more rings this season? 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more


first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was starting a second, six-year term Thursday despite international cries urging him to step down and return democratic rule to a country suffering a historic economic implosion.Maduro says he’s going to turn around an economy whose collapse he blamed on U.S. sanctions. However, few experts see signs that his policies will rescue the once-wealthy OPEC nation. Inflation is soaring, internal political divisions are deepening and millions of Venezuelans have left the country.The Associated Press explains Venezuela’s economic and political crisis:___WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY?Venezuela has the world’s largest underground oil reserves, but crude production continues to crash. Its natural wealth made it once one of Latin America’s wealthiest countries, pumping 3.5 million barrels of crude daily when President Hugo Chavez took power and launched the socialist revolution. Oil has been Venezuela’s prime source of hard cash, and leaders historically haven’t developed other sectors of the economy. Output now has plummeted to less than a third of its historic high, and critics blame that on years on rampant corruption and mismanagement of the state-run oil firm PDVSA.___WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH INFLATION?The economy in 2019 will continue to contract and inflation will skyrocket at a staggering 23 million per cent, forecasts Francisco Rodriguez, a former Venezuelan official who is now chief economist at the New York-based Torino Capital. That is a result of low oil prices compounded by the declining production, Venezuela’s growing financial isolation, years of price and currency controls and heavy government spending in the collapsing local currency. Many Venezuelans struggle to afford food and basic goods. Today, the minimum wage that amounts to less than $5 a month — and is shrinking.___WHAT’S THE POLITICAL BACKDROP?Maduro has successfully maintained power, opposed by a fractured opposition. The hand-picked successor of Chavez won a second term in a May election that opponents and many in the international community reject as a sham. Maduro’s government has jailed or driven into exile its most popular opposition leaders. Among them, Leopoldo Lopez remains under house arrest. Government opponents consider him a political prisoner.Internationally, the United States and a coalition of a dozen Latin American countries reject Maduro’s government. However, leftist allies such as Cuba and Bolivia maintain their support, while Maduro has deepened economic and political ties with Russia, China and Turkey.___HOW ARE VENEZUELANS RESPONDING?An estimated 2.3 million people have fled hyperinflation, food and medical shortages over the last two years, according to the United Nations, most going to nearby Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Leaders in those countries say they struggle to handle the influx. Many of the migrants arrive sick and hungry, needing medical care.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: To stave off any haircut in Jet Airways, the lenders of the company have already started approaching prospective investors, informed sources said on Friday. Accordingly, the lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) have approached various prospective buyers from conglomerates to a global private equity firm for sale of their stake in the financially challenged airline. Sources said that Tata Group, TPG Capital and Delta-Air France-KLM are among the companies approached by the lenders. When contacted, a Tata Group spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on market speculation.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are very serious about their exposure to Jet and how to come out of the situation. They may have given interim relief but there is no surety that the company won’t go into the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) process,” a source close to the development said. Corroborating the first source, another industry insider said: “Initial feelers have been sent. This is a standard procedure but talks are in a preliminary stage. The lenders are scouting for companies that can not only give them an exit but also sustain the size of the airline. Thus far, an Indian diversified conglomerate, global PE fund house and even other global airline companies have been approached through various channels.”last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kyrghyztan on Tuesday where she will represent India at the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)here. In a statement released here on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said this will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of the SCO. Sushma Swaraj had attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing in April 2018. “India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek in June,” the statement said. Sushma Swaraj will also issue a joint call of SCO Foreign Ministers on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The CFM meeting iwill review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on June 13-14 and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance.last_img read more


first_imgRabat – The Moroccan government has ratified a law allowing the building of two hospitals funded by the United Arab Emirates in Casablanca and Rabat.The Moroccan government has approved a law pertaining to two projects funded by UAE to build the Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rabat and the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital in Casablanca.Mustafa Al Khalfi, Minister of Communications and spokesperson for the Moroccan government, said during a governmental meeting: “the two projects are aimed at enhancing the healthcare services and medical education in Morocco, as well as providing free treatment to the poor.” Mustapha Al Khalfi added that the two projects aim at the development of higher education and scientific research in the field of health sciences. The two hospitals will establish higher education institutions and vocational training centers in order to encourage researches in the medical sphere.According to the Emirate News Agency, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has offered “a grant of $100 million (MAD 367 million) in order to build the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca.”last_img read more


Mandy Minella pulls a Mandy Minella. She set her own standards, no need to drag the 🐐 into this mediocrity.— Dagreatone1 (@freddie005) July 4, 2017 I pulled a Michael Jordan and didn’t make the NBA— mikey the apache (@m1kety) July 4, 2017 She didn’t “pull a Serena” because she didn’t win. She just a lost a tennis match while pregnant. https://t.co/g9McD2QRzW— Imani Gandy o—€ (@AngryBlackLady) July 5, 2017 Wouldn’t that require oh I don’t know, WINNING? Delete this headline. Do NOT diminish/pin Serena against anyone.— WitchyKilljoy (@JJovana) July 4, 2017 Winning while never dropping a set.*— Neuroscience Nerd (@CourtB890) July 4, 2017 Many said Mandy Minella, with her husband on the left, shouldn’t be compared to Serena Williams (@mandyminella Twitter/@serenawilliams Instagram)An article linking pregnant tennis player Many Minella to expectant Grand Slam winner Serena Williams backfired, primarily because the former lost her first-round match at Wimbledon.During the early stages of her pregnancy in January, Williams famously won the Australian Open and earned her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Tennis.com’s Baseline ran an article Tuesday, July 4, saying Luxembourg native Minella, who is four months pregnant, “pulled a Serena” during the first round, where the world No. 82 fell to 37-year-old and No. 72-ranked Italian Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-1. Comparatively, Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Australia.The failed comparison immediately got Twitter users talking.So she didn’t pull a Serena? https://t.co/ZwM5AtcYGG— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) July 4, 2017 pic.twitter.com/63HmZMR3lA— Ashley Ja’Terria (@All_N_Yo_Tweets) July 4, 2017Despite having the best possible reason to be doing so, Williams seemed to be missing Wimbledon as she showed off her drills on Instagram Monday, July 3. read more


Again, not every DNF or DQ is a crash, and research has shown that per-run injury rates are still highest in the speed disciplines (downhill and super-G) versus the technical ones (giant slalom and slalom). This jibes with common sense: Although it’s easy to get disqualified for missing a gate in slalom, those miscues don’t always result in terrifying crashes. Making a mistake at the speeds involved in downhill, on the other hand, can have more devastating consequences.All of this is worth keeping in mind while watching Olympic races over the next few weeks. Some of the most seemingly terrifying sports can actually rank among the lowest in terms of on-course incident rates — although what few mishaps there are tend to be quite dangerous. Meanwhile, anything can happen in the most technical skiing events. As it turns out, hurriedly weaving down an icy slope on skis is difficult to do without skipping a gate or crashing. Who knew?— Ella Koeze contributed research. In addition to skeleton and bobsled, luge is another sport that seems prone to disaster, with its high speeds and steeply banked turns. However, roughly 96 percent of competitors end up finishing their runs unscathed, an even better rate than bobsledding can claim.4That doesn’t mean luge isn’t dangerous, of course. At the 2010 Olympics, amid concerns over an excessively quick course, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died after a crash in practice. Short track speedskating, by comparison, has a more deserved reputation for mayhem, with nearly 9 percent of runs ending prematurely — though the list of offenses that can get you disqualified from a race is fairly lengthy. On the short track, crashes and chaos are features that add to the excitement.But the undisputed king of ending athletes’ races prematurely — and thus dashing gold-medal dreams — is Alpine skiing. Since 1994, nearly a third of all ski runs have ended without the racer actually crossing the finish line. And the breakdown within the sport varies pretty heavily by event: Perhaps surprisingly, the lightning-fast downhill discipline has skiing’s lowest rate of incidents, with only about 10 percent of runs going unfinished. That number would still be higher than any of the sports we looked at above, but it’s low compared with other familiar high-speed activities such as NASCAR (where 16 percent of individual races ended in a DNF last season) or Formula 1 (24 percent). Downhill takes tremendous speed, skill and courage, and we’ve all seen what can go wrong when a racer makes a mistake, but those moments are still rather few and far between by Alpine standards.DNFs and DQs become much more common, however, in disciplines featuring tighter turns and more gates — those pesky markers that a skier must navigate around to complete the course. Whatever the discipline, failing to send the tips of your skis (plus boots) inside of a gate will get you disqualified from the race.In the super giant slalom (or “super-G”), racers gather speeds comparable to those seen in downhill, but they also must make sharper cuts around more gates, which are bunched more closely together. (They also aren’t allowed practice sessions beforehand, which doesn’t help matters.) Between the men and women, only about 78 percent of Olympic super-G runs are completed cleanly.And super-G is not considered a “technical” skiing event. Giant slalom is, and it involves even more gates and more side-to-side turning. Since 1994, a third of Olympic giant slalom runs ended in DNF or DQ. But the ultimate tough-to-finish Alpine discipline is the standard slalom, with skiers zigzagging back and forth across the slope around pylon-like gates in rapid succession. Almost 50 percent of slalom runs fail to cross the finish line, a testament to the perfection required to clear every gate at world-class speed.Nothing in slalom is guaranteed. For instance, even in successful runs like the one that clinched the gold medal for the great U.S. racer Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2014 Olympics, disaster is always lurking around the next gate: At one point midrace, Shiffrin’s left ski lost contact with the ground, requiring an expert recovery to avert a missed gate — or worse. Tianyu Han of China and Yuri Confortola of Italy, at right, crash during men’s 1,500-meter short track speedskating qualifying during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images At the climax of everyone’s favorite bobsleigh-based film, 1993’s “Cool Runnings,” disaster strikes the upstart Jamaican team when its ricketty sled flips over during the final race. Everyone from Calgary to Jamaica fears the worst — but the teammates shake off the wreck, determined to finish the race. Together, they hoist up the sled on their shoulders, carrying it over the finish line. Cue that inspirational slow clap.It was a real thing that actually happened … well, aside from a few bits of artistic license. (For instance, they never carried the sled; the fact that all four racers walked away from the crash at all was remarkable enough, given how it looked in slow motion.) But one of bobsledding’s most iconic moments was also a total rarity. As far as Winter Olympic sports go, bobsled has one of the lowest rates of in-race mishaps, with racers completing roughly 95 percent of their runs. In other sports, by contrast, finishes aren’t anywhere near as guaranteed — we’re looking at you, Alpine skiing.To measure how often a run goes awry, we grabbed data from Sports-Reference.com’s Olympics site going back to 19941The year the Winter Olympics switched to its current cycle. for events in nine timed sports: skiing (Alpine and cross-country), skeleton, luge, bobsled, speedskating (short and long track), biathlon and Nordic combined. For each event, we tracked how often it ended in a DNF — “did not finish” — or a disqualification.To be sure, not every DNF or DQ represents a crash like the Jamaicans suffered in 1988.2Technically, they were disqualified for the wreck. For example, in skeleton (you know, the one where you slide face-first down an icy track at stomach-churning speeds), the only DNF or DQ happened not on the course but when Canadian racer Mike Douglas was late for a pre-race inspection.3It should be noted that, before 2002, skeleton had appeared in only two Olympics: 1928 and 1948. The sport was reintroduced to the Olympics in 2002. But DNFs and DQs do usually correlate with the difficulty in staying on course and avoiding spills, missed gates or other sources of misfortune.Since 1994, these are the winter sports with the lowest (and highest) rates of DNFs and DQs among the timed events in our data: read more


In layman’s terms, the Nets have essentially adopted the same offensive principles as the analytically friendly Houston Rockets, coached by Atkinson mentor Mike D’Antoni. (Fitting that these clubs combined for an NBA-record 106 3-point attempts in a game last week.) Russell, who leads starting ball-handlers with 61.5 pick and rolls per 100 plays, will run you around screens all day, and he and his Brooklyn teammates generally avoid midrange shots, instead probing for much higher-percentage looks. No NBA team has driven to the basket more than the Nets, and this would mark the third consecutive season that Brooklyn ranks in the top 10 in free-throw rate.Defensively, the story is much the same. The Nets have excelled at forcing opponents to walk the analytics plank, ranking among the top five in 2016-17, 2017-18 and again this season in terms of how often they coax teams into longer midrange 2-pointers. When teams are fortunate enough to get to the basket, they’re often met by 20-year-old Jarrett Allen, a big man who has erased some of the game’s biggest names at the rim while sometimes playing a one-man zone. The Nets also rank near the top of the NBA in boxing out, to finish those defensive possessions.That combination — continuing to take the most efficient shots possible on offense while taking those same shots away on the other end — has been the NBA equivalent of Andy Dufresne’s rock hammer in “The Shawshank Redemption.” The team’s strategy and talent, combined with its newfound maturation in the clutch, have finally set it free.Brooklyn basically looked shackled at the ends of games last year and at the start of this season. Whether it was inexperience, consistently bad whistles or a combination of the two, the Nets were managing to find new, devastating ways to lose close contests each night.But even that’s changed of late. The Nets, who were a dismal 4-10 in clutch situations as of Dec. 1, have since gone 11-4 in those same scenarios.One noteworthy shift there is rooted in Russell and Dinwiddie’s ability to coexist during the hot streak — something that had consistently backfired from a net-rating standpoint over the past two seasons. (Their ability to play together, or lack thereof, will be worth watching because of the decision the Nets have to make about the future of Russell, who’s a restricted free agent this summer. Yet it looks like Russell will have the show to himself, as Dinwiddie, who just signed a three-year, $34 million extension, could miss considerable time with a torn ligament in his thumb.) But other elements also stand out. Joe Harris is one of the NBA’s best perimeter shooters. Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs was a great find and is a fluid scorer at 6-foot-9.While the Nets are clearly ascending, they still have their issues, too.Brooklyn has one of the highest turnover rates in the league. The Nets can occasionally find themselves with matchup problems against teams with floor-spacing bigs because of how Allen anchors himself to the paint on defense. The lack of pressure on pick-and-roll ball-handlers hurts their ability to force turnovers. For how well the team gets to the stripe, Russell, its leading scorer, takes fewer free throws than any other volume shooter in the NBA.1This includes any player taking at least 15 field-goal attempts per game. Injuries have nagged Brooklyn all year, and while it’s fair to expect a boost from players if and when they return — especially from LeVert — key players’ roles may have to shrink to accommodate everyone once they’re back. And the Nets, who have enjoyed one of the easiest slates so far, will be thoroughly tested by their upcoming schedule — especially from mid-March to the end of the season.There’s a reason we hear so much about the Nets eventually landing a player like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Aside from the fact that they’re one of few big-market teams that seemingly has a direction, a blank-enough canvas (in terms of not having a star) and cap space to make something happen, they also would become an instant contender by adding someone of that caliber. Again, the decision on Russell could complicate that. Yet the reality is that getting past the second round likely requires more than this current cast, even at full strength.For the time being, though, it has been eye-opening to watch the 22-year-old Russell play this well since the turn of the new year, a span in which he’s averaged 24 points and nearly eight assists on 49 percent shooting from the floor, along with his rainbow-arc triples falling at a 44 percent clip.While he’ll never possess the sort of bounce that some of his counterparts have, the former No. 2 overall pick has leveraged the threat of his pull-up jumper into being able to beat defenders to certain spots. When he senses defenders on his hip, he’ll often make use of ball fakes to buy himself more space before shooting.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Russell.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s been more consistent with the ball during that window, too, passing teammates open while logging a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019 — up from 2-to-1 earlier this season and much better than his career ratio of 1.5-to-1 coming into the 2018-19 campaign.Certain elements of Russell’s offensive run lately, much like the team’s overall, are going to come back down to earth at some point. But with how hellish things have been in Brooklyn for much of the past five years, and with how sound the team’s strategy has been in digging out of that trench, Russell, the Nets and their fans all have ample reason to be enjoying this — even if they aren’t exactly sure what comes next.Check out our latest NBA predictions. For more than four years, the Brooklyn Nets had been more or less irrelevant on a national scale. Whenever the team came up in a larger conversation, it was usually to discuss how one of its first-round picks — dealt in that infamous trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — was benefiting another franchise that got to reap the draft payoff. You have to go back to 2013-14, a full season after the Nets left New Jersey for Brooklyn, to find the last time they finished .500.All of which makes the Nets — winners of five straight and co-owners of the NBA’s best record over the past month and a half — so compelling. At 26-23, the team is currently holding a playoff position in sixth place in the East. Coach Kenny Atkinson, again, is finding enormous success with his point guards, including D’Angelo Russell, who’s in contention for an All-Star spot. And the club, which in early December was mired in an eight-game skid and couldn’t hold late-game leads, is all of a sudden unbeatable in the clutch. And this is after Brooklyn lost perhaps its best all-around player, Caris LeVert, to a brutal long-term injury.But underneath all that past losing — and there was a lot of it, given that this team has had three consecutive seasons with fewer than 30 wins — there were several road signs that the Nets were tapping into an array of good strategies to begin a turnaround.Much of that was rooted in ideology and experimentation, necessities because of how bare the draft-pick cupboard was for a while. The team had to take some creative steps (read: accept salary dumps) in a bid to get some talent on its roster. And the club’s front office, led by Sean Marks, had to identify talent that was being ignored or undervalued, like guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and trust its own ability to help develop players like him into everyday rotation pieces.The hiring of Atkinson, a longtime NBA assistant, was a key catalyst. Well before the wins started outnumbering the losses, and before there was enough talent to expect playoff berths, the 51-year-old quickly began changing the team’s shot profile on both ends of the floor.During the 2015-16 campaign, a year before he came on, the Nets ranked 26th out of 30 in quantified Shot Quality, which measures the likelihood of shots going in, if taken by an average NBA player, according to stat database Second Spectrum. The club completely overhauled that at the start of Atkinson’s tenure, though, as Brooklyn finished fifth and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. And this season, the Nets rank ninth in the metric. read more


first_imgThe Manchester United striker is out with the Belgium squad getting ready for the World Cup, and a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.But in a brief press conference at Belgium’s training camp, the forward was asked to choose between Belgium and United with a clear answer to the question “is the current Belgium squad better than the Manchester United squad?”, he acknowledged that Belgium squad is better by answering “Yeah”. However, it was after winced, took a deep breath and smirked his face, signaling how tough the decision was for him to make, according to the Mirror Uk.Also, in fairness to the striker, most football fans will also take his stance if asked and would surely agree with him so far Belgium’s preliminary squad for the World Cup includes Lukaku,Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Mousa Dembele and more.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Providenciales, 27 Oct 2015 – It was another successful event for the ‘In the Pink’ organizers and another successful night for the National Cancer Society as organizers of the Pink event say some $40,000 was raised.‘In the Pink’ featured hours of shopping at the Regent Palms Resort where gently used clothing was available at marked down prices. The evening included a Pink Poker Tournament, sponsored by Casa Blanca Casino and an after-party featuring PRIME DJ’s. Karen Whitt, General Manager for The Palms said, “In the Pink gives guests the opportunity to celebrate the joy of giving by coming together to enjoy music, shopping, food and friendship. We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with the National Cancer Society as we join the fight against breast cancer, and we are extremely excited to support such a worthy cause.”The night also featured a raffle for a new cherry pink KIA car. Residents who want tickets can purchase them still at the concierge desk at the Palms; one ticket is for $25; get three tickets for $50. The winner will be announced on October 31st at the Cancer Society’s annual luncheon. At In the Pink, Jack Lightbourne also debuted his highly anticipated, destination song and music video called, “Take Me to Paradise”. Related Items:breast cancer, casablanca casino, in the pink, jack lightbourne, karen whitt, national cancer society, regent palmscenter_img In the Pink attracts hundreds Brazil & Argentina are coming to Turks and Caicos TCI Shines joins National Tourism Month activity calendarlast_img read more


first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate both canceled scheduled meetings for Tuesday making it the end of the second special session. Its 30-day limit is at midnight Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The last day of the second special session of the 31st Legislative session wrapped up on Tuesday. Governor Mike Dunleavy stated in a press release that he has no plans to call a third special session, at least not for awhile. Leaders of the state Legislature sent a letter to the governor last week urging him to call a third special session to study the Permanent Fund and the dividend.  Dunleavy said that he is “weighing all options available” to continue dialogue about the Permanent Fund. In the release he also stated that he “largely considers a vast majority of the FY20 budget settled.” The governor is required to give thirty days notice before calling another special session. In the press release he did not state whether or not he might call a third special session in the future.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 7, 2018 to May 13, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington-Burlington Special Olympics Day: Two hundred and forty student-athletes enjoy fun-filled day by Jamie PoteTown Meeting rejects Special Town Meeting articles by Lizzy HillGirl Scout Troops promote literacy with Little Library by Christina HainesSchool Committee talks tech education by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchTewksbury Police Arrest Man For Flipping Out, Flipping Pool Table by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington Town Meeting bans retail plastic bags by Kori TuittAlways going full REED ahead by Kori TuittWilmington officer wakes family as flames spread by Aaron CurtisWilmington man guilty of dealing fentanyl by Aaron CurtisTewksbury Police: Unwelcome customer flipped pool table, crushing woman by Aaron CurtisLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more


first_img “When they talk about their electric cars, many carmakers promote the same rational and empirical data-driven messages as they do with their internal combustion engined cars, such as range, economy and performance criteria,” Guillaume explains. “Kia prides itself on its power to surprise, which is why we wanted to move away from the rational and focus on the emotional, and embrace a warmer and more human approach to electrification.”OK, so let’s talk about what we do know: Kia’s concept is a large, C-segment car with a high-riding stance, “intentionally designed to not sit within the industry’s predefined vehicle categories,” according to the automaker’s statement. The front fascia has an illuminated grille surround, and the main headlights are housed in individual blocks of glass. Underneath the car is a “low-mounted, induction-charged battery pack that powers a compact drivetrain.” (This vague powertrain data is as technical as Kia gets.) Geneva Motor Show 2019 If you’re looking for hard data about Kia’s electric Geneva Motor Show concept, you’re out of luck. Dubbed “Imagine by Kia,” this big four-door doesn’t focus on things like power or range or advanced driving tech. Instead, it’s all about emotion.”Today’s drivers understandably have many questions about electric cars. They’re concerned about range, the recharging network and whether electric cars will still be dynamic and engaging to drive,” said Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s vice president of design, in a statement. “So, when we first started thinking about this concept and imagining what its role would be, we knew that the best way to answer those questions and address those concerns was by approaching electrification purely from an emotional point of view.”Answering questions by — *checks notes* — not answering them? Go on… Concept Cars Electric Cars 0 1:45 Kia See All Now playing: Watch this: reading • Kia Imagines an electric car with coach doors, silk seats and 21 screens Tags Geneva Motor Show 2019 Kia Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 16 Photos Share your voice Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept: part design study, part parody Imagine by Kia Concept brings 21 screens to the Geneva Motor Show The exterior color comes off as a sort of bronze, and there’s a lot of depth to the hue. Kia says six layers of chrome-effect silver paint were applied to the car’s body, and then covered in a bronze tint.A single piece of glass serves as the windshield and the roof, and tapers into a double-bubble design over the rear of the car. The more you look at the car, the more its elegant surfacing becomes apparent. But because of its 22-inch wheels, wrapped in Goodyear 255/35-series “Intelligrip EV Concept” tires, and large car proportions, it’s hard to tell if this car is really worthy of being called “pretty.” Seeing it in person will surely help.Enlarge ImageKia says the Imagine is about the size of a C-segment sedan, but uses SUV styling cues. Kia Open the coach doors and move inside, and you’re greeted by 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. The displays curve their way across the dashboard for a look that’s “both casual and coordinated,” according to Kia. This super techy display is actually Kia poking fun at modern cars’ ever-growing infotainment displays.”These 21 incredibly thin screens are a humorous and irreverent riposte to the ongoing competition between some automotive manufacturers to see who can produce the car with the biggest screen,” Kia Europe’s head of interior design, Ralph Kluge, said in a statement.Imagine by Kia ConceptEnlarge ImageYo dawg, we heard you like screens… Kia When viewed from the driver’s seat, the 21 screens appear to form one single display. A robust infotainment system is said to be housed within, with “birds-eye navigation,” as well as the usual roster of media and connected functionality.The slim seating surfaces are covered in leather and silk, and the floating center console sits above the low, flat load floor. Two cargo compartments are found up front (a frunk) and around back, and the Imagine Concept uses a hatchback design, for easier access to your belongings.Given the lack of tangible data, it’s hard to, uh, Imagine this car is destined for production in some form or another. But we like what we see in terms of lighting and infotainment design, as well as body surfacing. Kia’s concept car may be short on details, but there’s certainly a lot to talk about.Imagine by Kia ConceptEnlarge ImageThe hatchback design is said to visually link this concept to the Kia Stinger. Kia More From Roadshow Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s •last_img read more


first_imgChittagong city Awami League president and former city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury`s body was taken to Laldigi Maidan in the port city in the afternoon. Thousands of people gathered there to pay last tributes to their leader. Photo: Shourav DasBangladesh Awami League (AL) leader and Chittagong city unit president ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was buried on Friday with full state honours beside his father’s grave at Chasma Hill family graveyard in Chittagong.His namaz-e-janaza was held after Asr prayers on Laldigi Maidan in the port city. Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away at city’s Max Hospital early Friday at the age of 74.He left his two sons, two daughters, wife and a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and political fellows to mourn his death.President and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock and grief at the death of the renowned politician.Speaker of the parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, deputy leader of the house Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, state minister for public administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique and Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued separate condolence messages.They expressed profound shock and condolence at the death of Mohiuddin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.Recalling his contribution to the country and its people, they said the loss in his death is really irreparable to the country’s political arena.Chowdhury, one of the organisers of 1971 liberation war had been suffering from heart and kidney complications for long. He was put on life-support at the Max Hospital at Mehedibagh in the port city on Thursday evening.last_img

first_imgNPRTo get ready for SXSW 2018, we listened to more than 1,800 artists.In the middle of every March, the SXSW Music Festival fills Austin, Texas, with thousands of musicians from around the world. It’s a marathon so daunting — it’s a marathon and a sprint, really — that even longtime SXSW veterans need a hand winnowing the festival’s countless discoveries down to digestible doses.That’s where The Austin 100 comes in. Handpicked from thousands of bands playing at this year’s festival, these 100 songs highlight the best SXSW 2018 has to offer — songs from around the world, across a broad spectrum of genres, sounds and styles.Here’s how you can listen: Every artist page includes a streamable and downloadable version of a song we love. You can also download a ZIP file containing all 100 songs here or from any artist page. Or if you’re a Spotify user, you can stream most of the mix using our Austin 100 playlist.These six-plus hours of music are only the beginning of NPR Music’s SXSW 2018 coverage: You will eventually find more recommendations, conversations, videos and dispatches from this year’s festival at NPR.org/SXSW. But in the meantime, enjoy the music!Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgThe George H. W. Bush Commemorative Forever Stamp is unveiled! #GHWBushStamp pic.twitter.com/LckWfhpgVq— George & Barbara Bush Foundation (@BushFdn) June 12, 2019 U.S. Postal Service via APThis photo provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the new Forever stamp design honoring former President George H.W. Bush.The U.S. Postal Service unveiled Wednesday a Forever stamp honoring President George H.W. Bush, who passed away in Houston on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94.USPS held an event to officially issue the stamp at the Bush School of Government & Public Service in College Station. The former president is buried nearby at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin.Pierce Bush, one of Bush’s grandchildren, attended the event, along with representatives of the USPS Board of Governors and the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. Bush served as President from 1989 to 1993. The continuing normalization of relations with the former Soviet Union after the cold war, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the First Gulf War in 1990 were some of the key milestones of his presidency.After his death, he was remembered for his service during World War II, as well as his statesmanship and lifetime of public service.The Bush family became an icon of Houston. They lived in the Bayou City before residing in Washington, D.C. and after the presidency. The former president and first lady gave Houston worldwide exposure. They frequented philanthropic and sports events and local restaurants, establishing a memorable bond with many Houstonians.The funerals for Barbara and George Bush were both held in Houston last year, with thousands of people attending to pay their last respects. center_img Sharelast_img read more


first_imgEdward Brooke (Courtesy Photo)Political leaders from both major parties and District residents recently reflected on the life of Edward W. Brooke III, the first popularly elected African-American senator representing Massachusetts. He was a native Washingtonian.He died on Jan. 3 of natural causes in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 95.As a moderate Republican, Brooke was elected in 1966 as a senator at a time when only a handful of Blacks were in the House of Representatives and fewer Blacks served in elected offices. Brooke also made history in 1962 when he was elected as the Massachusetts attorney general, the first Black to be elected to that position in the nation.President Obama, upon hearing of Brooke’s passing, said in a statement that “Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service” and “Ed Brooke stood on the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness.” Brooke received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress has to honor civilians, in October 2009. The late senator also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 from President George W. Bush.Brooke served in the Senate from 1967-1979 and was an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights, federal raid to the poor, increased foreign support for African and Caribbean countries, and a critic of African countries, such as Rhodesia and South Africa, that were ruled by White supremacists. He was one of the first lawmakers to call for President Richard Nixon to resign in light of the Watergate scandal and, according to his book, “Bridging the Divide: My Life,” he was considered a vice presidential and a U.S. Supreme Court prospect.While Brooke was a passionate Republican, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, nevertheless praised his leadership skills and their impact. “He was a statesman in the truest sense, possessing a commitment to public service which is all too rare to find in this day and age,” Schultz said. “HIs constituents were fortunate to have been served by him and our legislative branch of government was better for his service.”Schultz’s Republican counterpart, Reince Priebus, agreed. “Brooke was a pioneer and an inspiration to many,” Priebus said. “Our party and our nation have lost a statesman and a trailblazer.”Outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) tweeted that Brooke was” a friend and a mentor.”“Massachusetts has a history of sending giants to the U.S. Senate, great statesmen like Quincy Adams, [Daniel] Webster, [Henry] Cabot Lodge and [Edward] Kennedy,” Patrick said. “We count Ed Brooke among them. He carried the added honor and burden of being ‘the first’ and did so with distinction and grace.”Brooke was a graduate of Howard University in 1941 and supported his college alma mater as an alumnus and a senator. He supported the university’s annual congressional appropriation and received an honorary degree in 1967.Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said Brooke was an example of the fabled “Howard Man.” “He was an advocate for education and a generous donor, with several scholarships in his name for the benefit of students in need,” Frederick said. “He will be greatly missed by all and we at Howard will honor his memory by continuing to ensure that we send our graduates out onto the path he blazed in earnest.”While at Howard, Brooke joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and served as a national undergraduate leader. He stayed active in Alpha throughout his life, participating in national conventions and served, in 1996, as the first chairman of the fraternity’s World Policy Council and chaired its 100th anniversary Centennial Celebration in 2006.Brooke graduated from Dunbar High School in 1936 and lived in the LeDroit Park neighborhood that was nearby. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), a longtime friend of Brooke’s, said that “the District has lost its most distinguished native son.”“Edward Brooke had to leave his hometown to get a congressional vote and certainly to become a U.S. senator,” Norton said. “Sen. Brooke, however, never forgot his hometown and played an important role in the city’s quest for the House Voting Rights Act, when he lobbied his former colleagues in the Senate.”Norton is referring to the 2009 bill that would have given the city a voting representative and Utah an additional representative. It was killed in April 2010 when the National Rifle Association pressured members of Congress to support an amendment eliminating all the District’s gun laws. While that effort failed, the delegate said Brooke tried to do what he thought was right. “D.C. residents will never forget their native son, who got a vote for himself in Massachusetts and used his last years to try to do the same for the city where he was born and raised,” she said.On Jan. 4, Norton tweeted that Brooke’s wife, Ann, agreed to hold the senator’s funeral services in the District. Norton had not released any further details by AFRO press time.last_img read more