England’s FA confirms potential purchaser withdraws offer to buy Wembley Stadium

first_imgEngland’s Football Association’s plans to sell Wembley Stadium and invest around £600 million into grassroots facilities and projects were in tatters on Wednesday after potential purchaser, American Shahid Khan, withdrew his offer.The billionaire owner of the NFL (National Football League) club Jacksonville Jaguars made his offer public in April and the proposed sale had been discussed by the FA’s Board with the full FA Council to have voted on the matter on October 24.However, the outcome was in doubt with the sale of the iconic national stadium dividing opinion.”At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn said in a statement.”There has been much deliberation on both sides of this debate and it has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment.””We will continue to work together to identify new and innovative ways of investing in community football facilities in the future,” added Glenn.Khan, who also owns English Premier League club Fulham, said his offer had not received the backing he had hoped for.”At this moment, following last week’s FA Council hearing, it appears there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin that the FA Chairman has required,” Khan said in a statement.advertisement”The intent of my efforts was, and is, to do right by everyone in a manner that strengthens the English game and brings people together, not divides them,” he added.There had been opposition to the sale from within the game with some critics questioning the wisdom of surrendering ownership of the national stadium and others sceptical of the future investments in the game.”Unfortunately, given where we are today, I’ve concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favored by the FA Chairman to sell Wembley Stadium,” Khan said.”Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer to purchase Wembley Stadium.”However Khan left the door open, should his idea win broader backing.”I cannot rule out revisiting the opportunity at another time when perhaps the Football Association family is unified in its views on the opportunity,” he said.”I recognize the passion many people have for Wembley and what it means to English football, and will be willing to re-engage with the FA on this matter under proper circumstances.”The new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 on the site of the original venue and cost around £750 million to build.Under the plan, Wembley would have remained the home to major football matches such as the FA Cup final and would also have been available to England for internationals — outside of autumn when it could have been used for NFL games.last_img read more

Matt Renshaw left out as Australia name squad for first two Tests vs India

first_imgOpening batsman Matt Renshaw has been left out of the squad for the first two Tests against India starting next month. The first Test will be played from December 6 in Adelaide while the second in Perth from December 14.Fit-again Usman Khawaja is back in the 14-man squad while opening batsman Marcus Harris and paceman Chris Tremain are the two new comers in the team.This will be Australia’s first home series since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year following the ball-tampering scandal.Harris, who hit an unbeaten 250 for Victoria against New South Wales last month, was preferred over Matt Renshaw and looks likely to open the batting with Aaron Finch, who got his first taste of Test cricket against Pakistan in October.”Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria,” head selector Trevor Hohns said in statement.”Not only has he made plenty of runs, he’s displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket.”Also Read – Kim Hughes wants Australia to get under Virat Kohli’s skin and not be ‘pussycats’Khawaja has recovered from the operation he underwent after injuring his knee against Pakistan and will bring some welcome experience to the top order of skipper Tim Paine’s side.Shaun Marsh, who has been in fine form with the bat recently, also offers plenty of Test match experience, while his all-rounder brother Mitch is one of the team’s vice-captains.advertisementMiddle order batsman Travis Head also made his debut in the series loss to Pakistan and retains his place in the squad while batsman Peter Handscomb, who was dropped for the Pakistan Tests, returns for another chance to cement his spot in the side.Also Read – No bad blood with Virat Kohli, declares Australia pacer Mitchell StarcRenshaw, South Africa-born batsman Marnus Labuschagne, all-rounder Michael Neser and fast bowlers Jon Holland and Brendan Doggett have all been dropped.As expected, the first choice pace bowling attack of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood remains intact while off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s spot was also guaranteed.Tremain, who earned his place in the squad with three five-wicket hauls for Victoria, and highly experienced quick Peter Siddle are unlikely to get a run unless there is an injury or Australia decide to go with a four-pronged pace attack.”We will select a final team of 12 prior to each Test, and the two remaining squad members will be released to get important match time in the Sheffield Shield,” Hohns added.Also Read – I’ll be surprised if Virat Kohli keeps quiet, says Pat Cummins”We believe all players chosen deserve their selection in the squad, and we’re confident given the opportunity all will apply themselves well against India.”Batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and will be eligible to return in January, while Smith and Warner will have to wait until the end of March.Also Read – Shane Warne wants Cricket Australia to remove batting coach Graeme HickThe first Test against India begins on Dec. 6 with the series concluding in Melbourne and Sydney around the New Year.Squad: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand, a battle after 16 years

first_img Jyotindra Dubey New DelhiJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 18:19 IST India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 (AP Photo)The 18th group stage match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will witness a clash between two-time World Cup champions – India versus New Zealand. This will be the first time India will be facing against New Zealand in a World Cup match after 2003.The two teams have played against each other on seven occasions in a World Cup tournament and four times the results went in favour of New Zealand. Interestingly, India was at the losing end in all three World Cup matches being hosted in England.It is a crucial match for both the teams in with respect to the current edition of this grand championship which has been massively affected by rains. As many as three matches so far in the tournament have been washed out to rains. New Zealand is currently leading the chart winning all the three matches it has played so far and would want to retain its Numero Uno position even after facing India.While India also remains unbeaten so far in the contest would want to climb up the points table.The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of India Today group have analysed the squad of both the teams to see who could be the impact players for both teams for Thursday’s contest and which bowler could be a threat to them looking at the past ODI records.Virat Kohli is the most successful batsman for India against the New Zealanders. He has played 22 matches against them and has scored more than 1,300 runs with an average of 68.5 runs per match, including five centuries. While Rohit Sharma’s record against them hasn’t been that great. In 23 matches he has only 702 runs at an average of 35 runs per match.advertisement Both Kohli and Sharma have gotten out to Tim Southee at most number of outings. Kohli and Sharma have been dismissed by Southee five times each. Other than Southee, Boult also got Kohli out twice and got Sharma’s wicket on four occasions.Boult also dismissed India’s wicket-keeper batsman and former captain, MS Dhoni in two matches. Dhoni has played 27 matches against them, scoring 890 runs at an average of 49.44 runs. KL Rahul, who is most likely to open the innings along with Sharma in Thursday’s match hasn’t played any ODI against New Zealand so far. Similarly, among Indian bowlers in the current squad, Md. Shami has a terrific record against New Zealanders. Shami has taken 20 wickets in nine matches he has played against them, at a decent average of 22.7.Jasprit Bumrah, India’s frontline pacer has faced New Zealand in seven matches and has struck 12 wickets at an average of 22.75. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken 16 wickets in 13 matches he has played against them.The New Zealand top order consists of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor among others. For Guptill, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be a threat as he has got him out on most of the occasions he had played for India. Kumar is followed my Indian allrounder Hardik Pandya and Shami, both got him out thrice in 29 matches he has played against India.Shami could also be a threat to Ross Taylor, the most experienced batsman in the side. Taylor got out to Shami on four occasions in 31 matches he has played against India so far. Shami is followed by Pandya who got him out twice.For Kane Williamson, there no one particular Indian bowler who has got him out the most. The New Zealand captain has been dismissed twice by Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and the two wrist spinners for India – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.Also See:Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand, a battle after 16 yearsIndia vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of India Today group have analysed the squad of both the teams for Thursday’s big-ticket clash in Nottinghamadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup opener

first_img Associated Press MontrealAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 11:28 IST Rafael Nadal defeated Daniel Evans to win Rogers Cup opener. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal defeated Dan Evans 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach third round of Montreal MastersStefanos Tsitsipas and John Isner both fell in second-round upsets at the Rogers CupNadal was playing his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finalsTop-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.After rain delays of six and 30 minutes, Nadal fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Play was stopped for 1 hour, 56 minutes with Nadal leading 2-0 in the second set.”All the matches are difficult here,” Nadal said. “It was a tough first set. Then in the second, I was able to take advantage at the beginning, but then he broke me back.”The 33-year-old Spanish star, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, will face Argentina’s Guido Pella in the third round. Pella beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).Second-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Coming off a victory on clay at the Generali Open in his native Austria, Theim will face 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia,Cilic topped Australia’s John Millman 6-3, 6-4.Felix Auger-Aliassime won an all-Canadian match when Milos Raonic retired because of a back injury. Auger-Aliassime won the first set 6-3, and Raonic took the second 6-3 before stopping play.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz upset fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, France’s Richard Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4); France’s Adrian Mannarino, topped 11th-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, 6-2, 6-1; ; and Cristian Garin of Chile knocked off 12th-seeded American John Isner 6-3, 6-4.Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia edged Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2; seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini beat American qualifier Tommy Paul 7-6 (3), 6-3; eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia topped Kyle Edmund of Britain 6-3, 6-0; and 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain edged Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 7-5.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Rafael Nadal Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup openerRafael Nadal, playing his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreak before roaring back to win the match against Daniel Evans.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

SARAH MCLACHLAN SET TO PERFORM CANADIAN ANTHEM AS RAPTORS AIM FOR TITLE

first_imgSarah McLachlan is pictured at the Juno Awards Nominations event in Toronto on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The 12-time Juno Award winner will host this year’s awards show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Advertisement Sarah McLachlan will sing Canada’s national anthem tonight as the Toronto Raptors attempt to win their first NBA championship.The league has announced the Halifax-born singer-songwriter will perform O Canada prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.The American anthem will be sung by Pat Monahan of pop-rock act Train. Advertisement It is the last Warriors game at the Oakland, Calif., facility before the team moves to San Francisco. The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Previous renditions of O Canada at the NBA Finals in Oakland have been met with mixed reviews.Saskatchewan-born country singer Tenille Arts faced some backlash on social media after Game 3 as several people accused her of “butchering” the anthem by veering away from its familiar tune.Walk Off the Earth, Burlington, Ont., band, divided audiences for Game 4 when the four members gathered around a triple-necked string instrument for an acoustic folk version of “O Canada.”Longtime Toronto national anthem performer Doug Tranquada delivered the opening stanza to O Canada in Game 5 before letting fans at Scotiabank Arena take over on Monday night.McLachlan, a Juno and Grammy winner, has a history of singing O Canada to usher in historic sports moments.She performed the anthem at Canadian football team the BC Lions’ first game back at their newly refurbished home stadium in 2011. Two years later, she sang for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks home opener. Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

DR Congo UN deploys nearly all its 17500 peacekeepers to strifetorn east

“The task that the blue helmets are fulfilling at this very moment is absolutely vital,” General Babacar Gaye, military head of the UM Mission in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, said in an update on the disposition of forces. But he noted that while the number of troops in itself might seem impressive “and creates expectations among the population,” it also creates a feeling of dissatisfaction when compared to the huge size of the country.“This dissatisfaction is felt by all those who make up this force when you consider all the protective missions they would like to carry out,” he added. Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide Francis Deng is assessing whether the continued violence and massive human rights abuses in North Kivu could amount to violations of the Genocide Convention.Mr. Deng has just returned to UN Headquarters in New York from a 12-day mission to the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, during which he met with leaders of some of the largest armed groups in eastern DRC. He also held talks with UN and government officials, civil society, the clergy and victims of large-scale human rights violations. Members of his delegation also visited Burundi. MONUC, which at the moment has more troops on the ground than any other UN mission, was originally set up in 1999 with a mandated force of some 5,500 to help enforce a ceasefire after years of civil war that cost 4 million lives in fighting and attendant hunger and disease – widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since the Second World War – before it ended earlier this decade.Since then its forces have been steadily increased and in 2006, the UN helped organize presidential, national and provincial elections, the largest and most complex polls it has ever helped to run. Much of the rest of the country has since been relatively calm, but fighting has continued in the east.Most recently the Security Council authorized a further temporary increase of nearly 3,000 troops in the face of an upsurge of the conflict in North Kivu, where the national army, the mainly Tutsi rebel National Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP), the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and other rebel groups such as the Mayi Mayi have clashed in various permutations and shifting alliances.An estimated 250,000 civilians have been driven from their homes since late August, mainly in North Kivu, creating a humanitarian crisis. MONUC is also fielding over 3,500 troops in South Kivu and some 3,770 in Ituri to the north, a province that has also been torn by fighting with rebel groups. 15 December 2008Peace and SecurityMore than 90 per cent of the nearly 17,500 United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are now deployed in the strife-torn east of the vast country, including over 6,000 in North Kivu province which has seen an upsurge of fighting between various rebels groups and the national army. read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1517481 up 3981

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,174.81, up 39.81 pointsDow — 21,637.74, up 84.65 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,459.27, up 11.44 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,312.47, up 38.03 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 78.91 cents US, up 0.44 of a centPound — C$1.6553, up 0.71 of a centEuro — C$1.4515, down 0.14 of a centEuro — US$1.1454, up 0.52 of a centOil futures:US$46.54, up 46 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,227.50 per oz., up $10.20(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $20.904 per oz.; $672.06 per kg.) read more

Commission for Integrated Transports sound advice

Motor industry urges government to consider fresh advice from the Commission for Integrated Transport Transport and Climate Change, a report launched today by the Commission for Integrated Transport, contains sound advice for government, because present policy for road transport carbon reduction by the government will not result in its targets being met. What makes this report stand out is that it’s the first one that quantifies savings from behavioural change. Changes in driver behaviour, such as eco-driving and better enforcement of speed limits, would result in 1.7 million tonnes of carbon being saved by 2020 alone. Efficiencies in other areas of road transport, such as goods deliveries, could similarly result in a saving of 2.7 million tonnes carbon, according to the report. ‘This report is both refreshing and welcome in identifying cost-effective ways to tackle CO2 emissions from the transport sector,’ said Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT. ‘Importantly, it recognises the considerable ‘lifetime’ of a vehicle, from design to renewal and the fact that carbon reductions can be made simply, without burdening car makers with additional cost via further technological routes.’ The report can be downloaded from the CfIT web site www.cfit.gov.uk and includes many other recommendations including; more intensive promotion of smarter choices to encourage take-up of alternatives to car travel, supported by improvements to the carbon performance of public transport, an incentive and reward approach to promoting more efficient use of cars through the pump price of fuel and measures to stimulate the demand for lower-emission cars. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens volleyball Ohio State wins in five to advance to conference title

Ohio State senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson swings from service line against Ball State on April 19 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSurvive and advance is the post-season mantra, and the Ohio State men’s volleyball team did just that in the semifinal round of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference championship. No. 2 Buckeyes (39-2, 17-0 MIVA) reigned victorious over No. 11 Ball State (19-10, 9-8 MIVA) in a battle of five sets (25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 23-15, 15-13) for a bid in the MIVA championship game and a chance at an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Ball State came back from a two set deficit to force a fifth set against the top-seeded Buckeyes, in which the teams were tied at 13-13. In an electric atmosphere at St. John Arena, the home team took the set 15-13 after a service error from Cardinal freshman outside hitter Matt Szews and a final block from OSU senior setter Christy Blough. “It was a tough match,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “They did a nice job of really defending the guys that we know are going to hit a lot of balls and it took us to the distance to figure it out.”The Cardinal’s top-10 nationally ranked defense, which averages 9.37 digs and 2.48 blocks per set, shut down the Buckeye offense in the third and fourth sets. Ball State racked up 15 digs, 3.5 blocks in the third and 17 digs and two blocks in the fourth. The Cardinals held OSU to a .171 attack percentage in the third. “They’re a good defensive team,” Hanson said. “They spend a lot of time on it and that created momentum for them and kind of frustrated our guys a little bit.”OSU senior Miles Johnson stepped up and led the Buckeyes with 15 kills, closely followed by junior outside hitters Nicolas Szerzsen with 14 and Maxime Hervoir with 11. Senior middle blocker Driss Guessous had a team-high attack percentage of .538 with eight kills. Szerszen started off firing in the first set and got the Buckeyes on the board with a back-to-back kill and service ace. OSU took a quick 8-4 lead, forcing a Ball State timeout. The Buckeyes charged on and took the set by 11 points, 25-14. OSU scored six of the last seven points of the set and ended with a .560 attack percentage. Ball State took an early lead in the second set, 6-3, in part to two service errors from the Buckeyes and kills from Szews and junior outside hitter Mitch Weiler. OSU tied the set at 12 after a powerful kill from Johnson. On the next play, the home team took its first lead of the set, 13-12, thanks to a block from Blough. OSU pulled away and won the set 25-22 to go up 2-0. In a do-or-die third set for the Cardinals, the two teams battled back-and-forth. No more than one point separated the conference opponents until OSU gained a 9-7 lead. After 12 ties and seven lead changes, Ball State led 24-23. The set came down to a final play in which Ball State junior Matt Walsh blocked an attack from Szerszen to keep his team in the game, 2-1. The fourth set continued in similar fashion with teams trading points all the way to a tie at 17. Ball State gained a four-point lead, 23-19, after multiple errors from OSU, a service ace from Walsh and a kill from sophomore middle blocker Parker Swartz. The Cardinals won 25-23 to force the fifth set. Ball State continued its momentum into the fifth set and got off to a quick 7-2 start which forced a Buckeye timeout. OSU fought back and tied it at 8 after a spike from Johnson. The teams were tied yet again at 13 with a chance at the conference championship on the line. “At that point, I’m happy” Blough said. “We were down 7-2 or 8-3 so that was a little scary in the beginning but when it was 13-13, I was pretty happy and I was also pretty confident.” The confidence paid off with a game-winning block from Blough to take the set 15-13 and secure OSU’s spot in the title game. The Buckeyes will host the championship game against Grand Canyon University in St. John Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. “It’s absolutely critical,” Hanson said of the home-court advantage. “That’s why you go through the regular season and you win the league and earn this type of environment and earn the support of your home crowd. The ability to be somewhat relaxed and not in somebody else’s gym having to serve at 13-all – that’s huge.” read more

The RehabCRC effect 9 in 10 donors less trusting of charities

first_imgA NEW SURVEY conducted by an independent research group has found a worrying dive in the public’s trust in charities.The Pulse survey, conducted online by iReach for Carat Ireland, reached 1,000 people nationwide. Of those who donate to charity on a regular basis, nine out of ten said they were less trusting of charities in general as a direct result of the controversy around the Central Remedial Clinic, and more recently, Rehab.Some good news though: 47% of those same people “strongly agreed” that they would still donate, but would look a little closer at each charity’s credentials.Sadly for some charities, 10% of donors surveyed said definitively that they had cancelled charity subscriptions “because of the recent news” – another 12% said they “somewhat agreed” with that statement. Only 6% said that the controversies had no effect at all on their feelings towards charities in Ireland.Click here if you need to see a higher-res version of the table below.via Carat PulseFor brands who support charities, the findings are a little less alarming. While those surveyed seem less inclined to reach into their own pocket because of the revelations, six out of 10 of all those surveyed said that companies should continue to find ways to support charities. Two out of ten would definitely be influenced to buy products or services by brands supporting charities.Charity index reveals Ireland’s top 100 highest-earning charities>last_img read more

European Tour chief says some of Sergio Garcias best friends are coloured

first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack A DAY AFTER Sergio Garcia’s fried chicken joke blew up, the head of the European Tour used the word “colored” on live TV in the UK.According to multiple reporters who are in England covering the BMW Championship, Euro Tour CEO George O’Grady said on Sky Sports, ”Most of Sergio’s friends are coloured athletes in the United States.” Here’s the full quote from ESPN UK:“We know the connotation [of the words ‘fried chicken’] in the United States. We accept all races on the European Tour, we take it very strongly. Most of Sergio’s friends are coloured athletes in the United States and he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it.”Accidentally using a term from America’s overtly racist past probably isn’t as bad as what Sergio did. But it certainly shows a lack of racial sensitivity. Yesterday, Tiger called Sergio’s comments “wrong, hurtful, and clearly inappropriate.”McIlroy, McDowell and Clarke labour at PGA as Lowry leads Irish challengeDonald: Sergio ‘full of regret’ over Tiger fried chicken commentlast_img read more

ASA Announces 20082009 Officers and Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Johnny Dodson from Halls, Tennessee, as President, and John Hoffman from Waterloo, Iowa, as Chairman. Board members also elected Rob Joslin from Sidney, Ohio, to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Joslin in line to be ASA President next year. Also elected were Ron Kindred from Atlanta, Illinois, as Secretary, and Steve Wellman from Syracuse, Nebraska, as Treasurer. Four Vice Presidents also were elected: Randy Mann from Auburn, Kentucky; Alan Kemper from Lafayette, Indiana; Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa; and Joe Steiner from Mason, Ohio. These soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held on Thursday, Dec. 11, during ASA’s winter Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.”The outlook for both the soybean industry and the American Soybean Association is bright,” Dodson said. “We are a grassroots agricultural organization and one of the keys to our success is membership. The leadership of ASA gets direction from our membership and we encourage our members to continue to participate in ASA and their state affiliates.””For over 88 years, the American Soybean Association has been a leader in the U.S. soybean industry and soybean farm and trade policy,” said ASA First Vice President Rob Joslin. “As chairman of ASA’s Public Affairs committee, I’m looking forward to working with ASA leaders to continue our domestic and international policy work. Among the issues that we will need to work on in the coming year are implementation of the Farm Bill, climate change legislation and free trade agreements.”Following the elections, committee assignments were announced. Public Affairs Committee Chairman Rob Joslin is joined by committee members Alan Kemper (IN), Dan Beenken (IA), Charles Cannatella (LA), Kelly Forck (MO), Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Leo Guilbeault (Canada), Ron Kindred (IL), Joe Layton (M-A), Robert Ross (OK), Curt Sindergard (IA), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Jack Trumbo (KY) and Steve Wellman (NE).The Membership Services & Corporate Relations committee Chairman is Joe Steiner, with committee members Ron Bunjer (MN), Mark Detweiler (GA/FL), M.D. Floyd (SC), Mark Jackson (IA), Joseph Mills (AL), David Poppens (SD), Mike Skinner (TX), Jeff Sollars (OH), Warren Stemme (MO), Andy Welden (MI), Wyatt Whitford (NC) and Bob Worth (MN).Randy Mann was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Committee members are Dennis Bogaards (IA), Mike Cunningham (IL), John Freeman (AR), Scott Fritz (IN), Tim Goodenough (WI), Bob Henry (KS), Kevin Hoyer (WI), Dennis Jaeger (SD), Jason Nelson (ND), Jim Miller (NE), Ron Moore (IL), Danny Murphy (MS), Barb Overlie (MN), Lance Peterson (MN) and Charles Skalsky (VA).Steve Wellman was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Bob Henry (KS) and Joe Layton (M-A), serving as committee members.The Board welcomed nine new members who are Jim Miller (NE), Dave Poppens (SD), Lance Peterson (MN), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Ron Bunjer (MN), John Freeman (AR), Jeff Sollars (OH), Warren Stemme (MO) and Jason Nelson (ND).ASA also recognized retiring directors Bob Rikli (NE), Bob Metz (SD), Gary Joachim (MN), Ed Hegland (MN), Greg Devries (Canada), Mark Watkins (OH), Neal Bredehoeft (MO) and Rick Ostlie (ND).last_img read more

Bits n Pieces Art about the power of YES

first_imgo What: Opening Reception for “YES!”o When: 5:30 to 9 tonight. Exhibit runs until June 29.o Where: North Bank Artists Community Project Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver.o Information: North Bank gallery website and 360-693-1840.“YES!” is about big ideas and big art. Inspired in part by the message of Yoko Ono’s famous mid-1960s art installation — where visitors ascended a ladder and used a hanging magnifying glass to focus on the tiny word “YES” — the latest North Bank Artists Gallery exhibit aims to impart a message of positivity.“It encouraged people to look up to see the word ‘yes,’ and it being a metaphor for being positive,” said exhibit curator and Vancouver artist Erin Dengerink.The group show, which opens today, features work by Dengerink and four other Northwest artists. Though their styles are varied, each of the artists’ pieces are tied together through their use of non-traditional materials. The works are big too, not just in feeling, but in size. On one wall, two large, fantastical drawings by Dengerink show her children — Amelia, 14, and Annabel, 11 — seeming to float while looking forward and upward. The girls were somewhat blase about their likenesses being used in the show, mostly because they are now used to being drawn by their mother, who has devoted so much of her life to her craft after journeying into the professional art world a few years ago.“So for them, it’s old hat,” Dengerink laughed.Other pieces in the show include water-filled sculptures of black porcelain by Portland’s Terri Bradley and a wall covered in rows of silverware crafted from fragrant cinnamon bark by Lindsay William of Portland. The exhibit also includes work from two Seattle artists: Danielle Foushee, who is exhibiting a sculpture that drips blue ink, and Sarah Paul Ocampo, who will show a quiltlike installation made of debris she collected from New York sidewalks over the course of two years.last_img read more

Israel grants Tlaib West Bank visit on humanitarian grounds

first_imgJERUSALEM: Israel’s interior minister said Friday he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. The decision marked the latest sharp reversal over what had been a planned visit by Tlaib and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, to Jerusalem and the West Bank. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us On Thursday, Israel had announced it is barring the two from entry — an unprecedented move targeting members of the U.S. Congress. Israel’s decision came after President Donald Trump said in a tweet it would show “weakness” to allow in the two Muslim members of Congress who have been sharply critical of him and of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and Trump’s prior prodding — had sparked widespread criticism, including from Israeli and Jewish organization which said it was an affront to U.S. institutions to bar the entry of members of Congress. Critics also argued that it weakened Israel’s traditionally strong ties with the U.S. through heavy-handed partisanship. Advertise With Us On Friday, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced the latest twist — that Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see relatives, including her 90-year-old grandmother. Deri’s office published what it said was Tlaib’s written request, on congressional stationery. In her letter, Tlaib said this would likely be the last chance to see her grandmother and that she would respect any restrictions and “not promote boycotts” during her visit. Tlaib’s office could not immediately be reached for comment. Deri’s office said he “decided to allow her entry to Israel and hopes she will stand by her commitment and that the visit will be for humanitarian needs only.” Tlaib’s apparent pledge to conduct the visit in line with restrictions imposed by Israel was bound to anger Palestinians who had hoped the congressional tour, organized by a Palestinian group, would highlight their plight. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. Palestinians hope to establish an independent state on those lands. Tlaib and Omar are known as supporters of “boycott, divestment and sanctions,” or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement. Israel alleges that BDS targets Israel’s very existence, while the movement’s supporters say it is intended as leverage to end more than half a century of Israeli military rule over Palestinians. Israel’s decision Thursday had been an extraordinary step bringing the longtime U.S. ally into Trump’s domestic fight against political rivals at home. The U.S. president was essentially relying on Israel to retaliate against Tlaib and Omar. The two are part of the “squad” of liberal newcomers — all women of colour — whom Trump has labelled the face of the Democratic Party as he runs for re-election. Trump’s actions marked a glaring departure from the tradition of American politicians leaving domestic disputes at the water’s edge. For Israel, the willingness to the side so pointedly with Trump marks a deeper foray into America’s bitterly polarized politics and risks its relationship with Congress. Israel announced the ban Thursday after Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if the two were allowed to visit. Asked later if he had spoken to Netanyahu, he said, “I did talk to people over there,” but he declined to say to whom. Omar, who became the first Somali-American elected to Congress, denounced the ban on her and Tlaib’s tour as “an affront” and “an insult to democratic values.” In Israel, Netanyahu said Thursday that his country remains “open to critics and criticism,” except for those who advocate boycotts against it.last_img read more

HC finds 3 sections of Organ Transplantation Act unconstitutional

first_imgThe High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why three sections (2ga, 3, and 6) of the Organ Transplantation Act-1999 will not be declared unconstitutional.The HC also asked them to explain why the failure of defendant to form rules despite having a provision for formulation of rules in the Act would not be declared as unconstitutional.The Health and Family Affairs secretary and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) have been asked to respond to the rule within two weeks.A two-member bench, led by justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and JBM Hassan, issued the rule following a petition filed by a woman, Fatema Zohora.Barristers Rasna Imam, Reshad Imam, Arefin Ahsraf, Zarif Mohammad Jubayer, Tasnim Ferdous and Narida Nabin Khan stood for the petitioners.As per the act, Barrister Rashna Imam said, the close and blood-connected relatives have been allowed for donating organs. Parents, siblings, uncle (paternal), aunt (paternal), uncle (maternal) and husband-wife have been defined as close relatives.But in the law related to organ transplantation in India, grandfathers, grandmothers (both maternal and paternal ones) and cousins have been included in the list who can donate organs. Besides, in special cases, it had been relaxed that donor need not be close relatives.The petition was filed due to failure in formulation of rules in this regard.last_img read more

Progga terms proposed budget as antipublic health

first_imgA Screen grabAnti-tobacco group Progga has labelled the proposed national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal as anti-public health and ineffective to reduce tobacco consumption, reports UNB.”The budget leaves cigarette tax rates and price slabs untouched which will benefit tobacco companies,” Progga executive director ABM Zubair said in a statement on Friday.He said that considering factors such as inflation and increase in per capita income, the hike in tobacco price will do “absolutely nothing” in encouraging low-income people to cut tobacco use and discouraging potential new users and the youth from lighting up.The budget also keeps the existing 45 per cent corporate tax on cigarette, bidi and smokeless tobacco companies. The 2.5 per cent health development surcharge on the income of tobacco businesses is also in place.He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s directive was to build a tobacco-free nation by 2040 by adopting a strong tobacco taxation policy.”Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not reflect the directive of the prime minister and frustrates the anti-tobacco activists,” Zubair said.last_img read more

Stellar Attorneys Step Up To Defend Dawnta Harris

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comDawnta Harris, 16, sits in the Baltimore County Detention Center awaiting trial as an adult for the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer First Class, Amy Caprio. On May 30, just nine days after Caprio’s death, a Baltimore County grand jury indicted Harris, Darrell Ward, 15, Derrick Matthews, 15 and Eugene Genius,17, for first-degree murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.Harris is being represented by two of the best defense attorneys in the state; J. Wyndal Gordon and Warren A. Brown.“This is not a kid that has a murderous spirit at all. This is a kid who panicked,” Brown told Fox 45 News. “…A lot is on the line,” he said.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Indeed, a lot is on the line, but it is a familiar position for both Brown and Gordon, who decided to take the Harris case pro bono.Brown, a veteran of over 5,000 criminal cases since being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1980, has been a player in Maryland’s legal arena for decades. In the 1990’s Brown spent thousands of his own dollars annually around the Christmas holiday, buying back guns off the street at $50 a pop, no questions asked. In 2005, Brown represented Dontee Stokes, the man who shot defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell in 2002, in Stokes’ sexual abuse case against Blackwell (Stokes was an altar boy at Blackwell’s church when the abuse began). Brown got a conviction in the case, which garnered national headlines at the height of the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Brown, who was named one of Maryland’s “super lawyers” five years in a row (2007-2011), has also experienced his share of adverse moments in the spotlight.In 2015, Brown’s son Matthew was arrested on charges of human trafficking connected to three underage, teenage girls allegedly forced into prostitution. The younger Brown was sentenced to two years last July. Just weeks earlier on July 1, Warren Brown’s stepson, Louis “Cody” Young, was gunned down at a West Baltimore gas station and Matthew Brown was allegedly the gunman’s target.Brown has spent much of his distinguished career, as well as instances in his private life, fighting to keep young Black men and boys from being devoured by the criminal justice system.Gordon has been licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland since 1995, the same year he graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.In 2006, Gordon was appointed lead standby counsel for John Allen Muhammad, the so-called “Beltway Sniper,” thrusting the attorney on to the national stage. Gordon has maintained a national presence as a legal commentator on several cable news network shows such as, CNN, TruTV and Headline News and he has been a part of several high profile cases prior to teaming with Brown to defend Harris.Gordon represents Aaron Winston, who at 5’6”, 150 pounds, was allegedly brutalized and had his arm broken by 6’2”, 350 pound Baltimore police officer Alexandros Haziminas. Winston was acquitted of assault and other charges connected to his arrest that led to him allegedly being beaten up by the behemoth Baltimore cop. A lawsuit by Gordon on Winston’s behalf is pending.Gordon also represents the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year old mother of two who was shot to death by Baltimore County police on Aug. 1, 2016, who was awarded $37 million in damages Feb. 16 in a wrongful death lawsuit against the county.Now, Gordon and Brown have decided to defend Harris, this 16-year old boy at the center of a tragic series of events that took the life of a young woman and threatens to incarcerate him and three other boys for decades. Harris has been branded by virulent online trolls as every vile thing from  a “nigger” to the devil and everything in between. He is none of those things, he is a child that made a horrific mistake.In a commentary by E.R. Shipp, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in residence at Morgan State University, Brown said, “In taking on the case pro bono, J. Wyndal and I are saying, `He matters. He’s not garbage. He’s clothed and covered with our credibility.’”A lot is on the line.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO.last_img

Surprising Primaries Results May Change Political Landscape

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROPrince George’s County residents are poised to elect a new generation of lawmakers who  political analysts and community leaders say represent a partial rebuke of the country’s old political guard who many say have grown out of touch with the needs of ordinary people.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous beat Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker for the largest prize in the Maryland Democratic primary that also saw voters go to the polls to help State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks defeat former Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Calvin Hawkins win the Democratic nomination for a new at-large seat on the  Prince George’s County Council.“Jealous represents more youthful progressive insurgency politics unlike Rushern Baker who was more of a traditional moderate,” said Alvin Thornton, a veteran political science professor, who added if the Democrats are to win in November they will need help from the disciples of U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders. “If not they can learn lessons from former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend or former Lt Governor Anthony Brown.”Alsobrooks ascribed her win to voters’ desire for a brighter future.“Thank you so much to the people of Prince George’s County,” she said during her victory celebration at the Hotel at the University of Maryland. “We believe in our future. We believe that we can grow. Prince Georgians believe in Prince George’s County.”While many say that Hogan will be hard to be beat because Jealous has never held an elected office, the gubernatorial candidate reminded reporters in Baltimore on June 26 that Hogan never held office before he was elected governor of Maryland and some observers say that Jealous will definitely take Hogan on about a range of issues.In terms of the new political kids on the block, former Clerk of the County Court Sydney Harrison won the District 9 council seat. Harrison was a product of a sexual assault on his mother but he has never shied away from his story while speaking as a motivational speaker.And in one of the biggest surprises of the night, former Maryland State Del. Joseph Vallario Jr. was defeated by former school board member Ron L. Watson for seat 23B in the Maryland House of Delegates.Rev. Henry Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Highland Park, said the election  Tuesday night is a new milestone from Maryland to New York, where a 28-year-old woman defeated a veteran Democrat.“It is a very exciting season a season of possibilities,” Davis said. “It’s a new chapter with new persons. It is way to shape the future in Prince George’s County and in the state of Maryland. People are rising to political promise out of nowhere.”last_img read more

Geek Pick Blue Snowball Ice Microphone

first_img It’s not just enough to consume content on the internet these days, you also have to create it. And whether you’re livestreaming yourself playing a video game, recording a true crime podcast, or cutting a sick mixtape demo, a lot of the best content out there involves recording your voice.For professional quality voice recording, you need a professional quality microphone, not the cheap little one in your phone or headset. But that doesn’t means you need to spend the hundreds of dollars a pop star might just to get something nice and listenable. According to our sister site PCMag.com, the Blue Snowball Ice is one the best microphones you can get at just $50. The Snowball Ice is definitely a budget microphone. It’s limited to 44.1kHz/16 bit quality with cardioid unidirectional recording, and unless you have your own tripod the short stand doesn’t give you a lot of room to angle or maneuver the nifty looking metallic 12.7-inch sphere of a microphone itself. There are more professional options out there if you’re willing to spend more money.But what you get with the Snowball Ice for just $50 is still pretty impressive. There’s no digital signal processing (DSP) so you have a raw signal to balance however you please. It easily connects over USB. You of course have to speak close to the mic for your voice to come through over room sound, but audio quality is very high. And if you speak off-axis you may not even need to get a pop filter, although you probably still should. It’s a solid entry point to more serious audio recording.For much more on the Blue Snowball Ice microphone, be sure to read the extensive review over on our sister site PCMag.com. And for other audio or streaming needs, check out our Geek Picks on the Anker Soundcore Flare and AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus. Stay on targetcenter_img Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet last_img read more

Mamata rebukes cops for blocking public vehicles to let her convoy pass

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed her displeasure with the police for restricting public vehicles in order to let her convoy pass. Banerjee, who had landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata from Chennai in the evening, was on her way home. During her journey she noticed massive traffic congestion at Tegharia. Sources informed that in order to provide safe passage to her convoy, all the vehicles were diverted to the service road and the traffic was blocked near the Tegharia crossing. While on her way home, Banerjee noticed the arrangement and stopped her car at Tegharia. She reportedly got down from her car and expressed displeasure seeing public vehicles stopped for a long time. When she learnt that police had restricted public vehicles to let her convoy pass, Banerjee instructed police to take steps to clear the snarl immediately. Sources said that she has instructed police not to stop public vehicles for passage of VIP vehicles in future.last_img read more