Now…I get it

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireThis is a guest post by KOSU’s Ben Allen. He responded to my original first post yesterday and I wanted to share his respons with you guys. Hope you enjoy it.I didn’t get it.Who were these people pulling into the raggedy street next to Stillwater Flats at 8 AM on a football gameday? What could possess them to get excited for a cupcake matchup versus Louisiana Lafeyette? You know, there’s other things to do on a Saturday morning than lug a grill, TV, satellite dish, enough food to feed a sorority house for a week, and a healthy collection of alcohol to a small town at least an hour from everything.But as the weeks went by, it became more and more apparent. A “Go Pokes” when I pulled up for an interview and they saw the Oklahoma State University sticker on my state car. Or maybe it was my co-workers at KOSU, a National Public Radio station (not exactly known for rabid sports fans) anxious to talk about the weekend’s football game. But then there was Bedlam 2011, and this became so much more than a bunch of 18-28 year olds (thanks B. Weeden) running around a field.It’s an easy answer, but it’s unavoidable. Of course, there’s the usual pre-game festivities, just times ten in this case. Walking around, things just feel different. There’s a little edge to every step, masked by the friendliness of Oklahomans. But when the Oklahoma State offensive storm clouds opened up, leaving OU not just defeated, but embarrassed, it was the most pure emotion I’ve ever witnessed.It’s like everything was stripped away, students didn’t care about that night’s plans, didn’t care where they would be celebrating. They just wanted to be celebrating. Fans in New England like to boast they’re some of the most passionate in this country. And I have no doubt that’s the case among professional teams. The Red Sox World Series win in 2004 added years to my grandfather’s life, without a doubt. And I’m a Celtics diehard, suffering through an 18 game losing streak spanning 2006 and 2007. When they lost the Finals to the Lakers in 2010, I couldn’t speak about the collapse for weeks, waiting until my cousin and I could hash it out at a bar a month later.But my love of the Celtics is a logical one. Hey they’re making a trip to Oklahoma City in March, I’m trying to get to that. Oh, I’m going home this week, let’s see if I can squeeze in a game at the Garden. It stops at a certain point. That’s how it is for a good chunk of the professional sports team fan.I went to Fordham. We have history (hey Vince Lombardi!), but it’s mostly just that, history. Still, one of the best memories of my college life was when Fordham men’s basketball upset St John’s in Rose Hill Gymnasium, the oldest on campus basketball arena in Division I. None of this can hold a pistol to Oklahoma State. I didn’t have a love of Fordham sports before arriving on campus, and just keep tabs on the teams now.So when Kyle posted “When I Fell in Love with Oklahoma State”, I knew I was in the same ballpark, but it was probably Section 310, maybe 208 if we’re getting charitable. It blows past logic on the way to unquestioned love. It’s something you grow up with, and it becomes a part of your life. Attacking Oklahoma State University in any way is a personal insult.That can lead to some heated “conversations”, but it fosters incredible pride. The school has had some level of success across nearly every sport (thanks for Tony Allen, by the way), but it’s the dedication to Oklahoma State that defines fans.Every fan base complains, everyone wants things to get better, everyone wants to right the injustices in the sports world. But few shut up and show up. And while basketball attendance has lagged (c’mon students, seriously), it will pick up. Baseball too will soon be here, and with it, it would be wrong to expect anything less than healthy crowds at Allie Reynolds with OSU alum Josh Holliday taking over.You can’t fake loving a team. And why would you want to anyway? Sports are meant to be an escape, not another time to put on a show. That’s why I have no doubt countless fans like Kyle can tell the story of Bedlam 2001, or have their favorite Desmond moment, or have lost themselves in Gallagher Iba. That’s not what defines everyone though. It’s belief in Oklahoma State and what it means to each athlete to put on the orange and black.Now, I get it.last_img read more

Eddie Jones pushes England fitness to the limit in quest for supremacy

first_imgReuse this content Ben Te’o ousts Jonathan Joseph to start for England against Italy in Six Nations Rugby union Eddie Jones Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Pinterest England rugby union team Read more Topics Share on Messenger Italy rugby union team Neither side will be judged on the outcome of a match that should, on the scoreboard at least, result in a healthy away win for England. The average result between the sides in Rome is 36-12, little different from the 42-12 at Twickenham, and there are 12 places between them in the world rankings, with England second and Italy 14th. More meaningful battles for both lie ahead.The championship for O’Shea is about Italy becoming more competitive, as Treviso and Zebre have been in the Pro14 this season, even in Europe, and laying a foundation. For Jones it is about closing the gap on New Zealand as next year’s World Cup draws ever closer. As his side take their first step at a football stadium towards an unprecedented third successive outright title, it is to that sport he continually turns to mine the extra 1% he believes will make the difference.A feature of England’s two Six Nations campaigns under Jones is their strong showing in the second half of matches: they trailed Italy at the break last year and were two points ahead in Rome in 2016, only to win by 21 and 31 points respectively. He calls his eight players on the bench finishers rather than replacements and in the opening match of the championship last year Ben Te’o scored the winning try against France minutes after replacing George Ford, finishing a move started by another substitute, Danny Care.“I have studied football a lot and probably learned more from it than any other sport,” says Jones. “They have a methodology called tactical periodisation that I started in my second year coaching Japan. It was only at the primitive stage then but we have developed it significantly: it has allowed us to play with greater intensity and that has been shown by our performances in the last 20 minutes of matches.“I was one of those coaches where the training went well but the team did not play well. I could not work it out and, having always loved watching the Premier League, I asked myself how the top teams played 45 matches a year consistently well.“I started to investigate it and talked to a few people. I went to Qatar and spoke to a person down there who worked with José Mourinho about the concept because it originated in Portugal. I took it from there. With the help of a number of people we have developed the concept further and our aim is to be the fittest team in the tournament. One of the reasons northern hemisphere sides have done well [against teams from the south] recently is that they are fitter.”England came from behind in the second half in their first three matches in last year’s Six Nations. If they tended to play in spurts, a team that in the four years before Jones had finished second in the championship after a solitary defeat each year, three times on points difference, found ways of winning, being harder mentally as well as physically and more ruthless, until they lost in Dublin having already taken the title. Six Nations 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Observer Share on Facebook features Six Nations Share via Email Johnny Sexton’s stunning drop goal snatches win for Ireland over France Jones’s first match in charge, in Scotland two years ago, seems an age away. It was an underwhelming tournament, as teams rebuilt after the failure to supply a World Cup semi-finalist the previous autumn. England won all five matches but there was little grand about their slam. Now the Six Nations supply three of the top five in the world rankings, with Scotland looking a force for the first time since they won the old Five Nations in 1999.“The standard of the competition has definitely improved since 2016,” Jones says. “That is going to make this Six Nations more interesting. What I want to see is the development of an England style of play which is based on having a consistent, ruthless set piece and then having a defence that creates attacking opportunities.“In 2003 England had great leadership in the team so that when situations were put in front of them they worked them out quickly. That is what we are striving to develop; nothing too complicated.”More big cat than fox, devouring everything in its path. By including Te’o in the midfield, Jones is adding a physical threat that has largely been absent in his time in charge. But as well as power it will be about speed, not just out wide but how quickly England recycle possession. Jones has cranked it up in training in the past couple of weeks and if the champions start as they finish in the coming weeks they will cast a longer shadow on the All Blacks. When Conor O’Shea walked up the driveway of the hotel for a dinner on the eve of the Six Nations’ launch last month, a fox ran out in front of him. The immediate thought of the Italy head coach, which sums up the suspicion that swirls in an era when stories of spying and surveillance are commonplace, was that the animal had been released by Eddie Jones as a joke to mark the tactical ploy pulled by the Azzurri at Twickenham last year.Italy threw England out of their stride by not contesting after a tackle and so ensuring there was no offside line. They called the ruse the fox to signify its cunning. O’Shea and his coaching team will not be able to reheat it at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday because World Rugby changed the law, but Jones and his team can expect another example of left-field thinking from a team that have lost their past 12 matches in the Six Nations and only one of those by a single-figure margin. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

MES Delivers Bulker to Saville Shipping

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier MV Phoenix Rising to Liberia’s Saville Shipping Corporation in a ceremony held at its Chiba Works on July 1, 2015.This is the second ship of the shipbuilder’s ”neo60BC” eco-ship design, capable of accommodating up to 24 persons and sailing at the speed of up to 14.5 knots.The Phoenix Rising is 200 meters in length, 32.25m in breadth, with a depth of 18.5m. It has four cranes and five cargo holds.The ship has low sulfur fuel oil tanks designed for operation in ECAs (Emission Control Areas).The bulker is classed by NK, and is designed in accordance with IACS Common Structural Rules.last_img read more

G E Shipping to Sell Supramax Bulker

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Daniel van den Berg on Unsplash India’s Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has inked an agreement to dispose of its Supramax bulker Jag Ratan.The 52,179 dwt vessel will be delivered to an undisclosed new buyer in H1 FY 2018-19, according to the company.Built at South Korean Daedong shipyard in 2001, the ship has a market value of USD 8.12 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Back in 2007, the 65,500 cbm Jag Ratan was purchased by G E Shipping from Turkish Kaptanoglu Group.Last month, G E Shipping expanded its gas carrier fleet as it took delivery of Jag Vayu, a secondhand medium gas carrier.Including Jag Ratan, company’s current fleet stands at 49 vessels, comprising 34 tankers and 15 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 10.68 years aggregating 3.97 million dwt.last_img read more

Extended EI benefits surpass budget expectations as program closes doors

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals are looking for answers after the government’s program to help workers in hard-hit economic regions of the country blew past budget expectations, with spending now topping $1.3 billion.The government figured that just 235,000 people would use extra weeks of employment insurance benefits when they unveiled the program last year to help workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates.That was projected to cost the government $827.4 million between April 2016 and March 2019.But as of July 9, Employment and Social Development Canada said that it had spent just under $1.31 billion on the extra weeks of benefits for 317,261 claimants.The spending figure may yet change as officials pore over the last few claims that trickled in by last week’s deadline for program eligibility.A report will be coming out in September with a revised cost for the program.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that the high cost for the program was one of the reasons it wasn’t renewed and that a review is underway to determine why costs exceeded estimates.Opposition critics argued the fault lay in the Liberals’ economic policy.Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre said the government’s moves to increase taxes had a negative effect on hiring, which meant more spending on employment insurance programs.“The government should, instead, cut payroll taxes so employers can afford to hire more and employees can enjoy the rewards of their labour.”NDP jobs critic Brigitte Sansoucy said the Liberals were right to extend EI benefits, but the numbers suggest Canadians are struggling more than the Liberals are willing to admit.She called on the government to make more permanent improvements to EI, suggesting the high spending and claimant figures show such changes are badly needed.The program was rolled out in 2016 for workers in 15 economic regions of the country that had seen a hard and sustained drop in employment as a result of the sharp downturn in energy prices.Eligible workers received an extra five weeks of regular benefits effective July 2016 but retroactive to January 2015.Long-tenured workers in the regions were also eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks — again, starting last July but retroactive to January 2015.last_img read more

In the news today Oct 31

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Oct. 31———KENNEY TURFS PARTY MEMBER AMID REPORT OF EXTREME VIEWSAlberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has turfed a party member who once ran the call centre for his leadership bid amid reports the worker is behind an online store that sells white supremacist memorabilia. “I am shocked and disturbed by reports of hateful and extreme online activity by a UCP member named Adam Strashok,” Kenney said in a statement on Twitter Tuesday. “Neither I nor anyone on my staff was aware of the extreme views of the individual in question.” Kenney said he has ordered party officials to cancel Strashok’s membership.———FUNDING PROPOSAL REACHED FOR CALGARY OLYMPIC BIDCalgary city council will decide today whether a last-minute revamping of financial terms is enough to save a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. A bid seemed destined for the dust bin after Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s Olympic assessment committee that brought forth motions to kill the bid and cancel a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want the Games or not. But Calgary 2026 announced Tuesday night that an agreement was reached between the federal and provincial governments to consider a new funding proposal. The public investment required was reduced by $125 million to $2.875 billion.———DOGS USE UNDERWATER SCENT TO FIND BOY’S BODYThe search for an 11-year-old boy who fell into the St. Lawrence River near Rockport, Ont., this fall took an agonizing 48 days and involved dozens of people from amateur dive teams to military divers, police helicopter units and the Canadian Coast Guard. His body was finally found Oct. 18 by a sonar expert trolling the water from above, but the location in a channel near Club Island was no surprise. He was exactly where a team of search and rescue dogs from Ottawa pointed more than a month earlier. The dogs’ handler insists they were just one part of the effort but the boy’s family and friends on social media say the dogs were “instrumental” to finding him.———CANADA POST ROTATING STRIKES MOVE TO P.E.I.Canada Post employees in two Prince Edward Island communities are joining the Canada-wide rotating strikes a day after about 6,000 workers walked off the job in Montreal. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says walkouts started in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., on Wednesday just after midnight local time. CUPW also says the seven Ontario communities are still on strike, as well as five in B.C. and three in Saskatchewan.———NOVELIST STEVEN GALLOWAY FILES DEFAMATION SUITThe former chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia is suing a woman, claiming she falsely accused him of sexual and physical assaults. Steven Galloway’s lawsuit also accuses two dozen other people of repeating the accusations on social media. The lawsuit filed by the novelist in the B.C. Supreme Court claims he was defamed and suffered damage to his reputation. It asks for damages and an injunction preventing the defendants from repeating the allegations, as well as having them removed from the internet.———BOARD REJECTS BERNARDO’S LOW SELF-ESTEEM ‘MANTRA’The fact that convicted killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo resorted to blaming his sadistic behaviour on an anxiety disorder and low self-esteem underlines his lack of insight into his criminality, the Parole Board of Canada said. In providing written reasons Tuesday for why it refused to grant him day or full parole at a hearing two weeks ago, the board said it doubted Bernardo had truly come to understand the depravity behind his horrific crime wave in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bernardo, 54, who has served more than 25 years of a life sentence for the savage kidnapping and killing of two teen girls, was rejected for day or full parole on Oct. 17.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting of German tourist in Calgary is scheduled to appear in court today.— Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will testify today before a Senate committee on banking, trade and commerce.— Statistics Canada is expected to releases gross domestic product by industry figures for August.— RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust will release its third-quarter results today and hold a conference call with financial analysts.last_img read more

Yoga program starts at Bert Bowes as a new initiative for wellbeing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has started a new Yoga Program to help improve the well-being of staff and students.Bert Bowes Middle School and Soul Space Community applied for an IMAGINE grant from Northern Health in September 2018.Jen Harrison, Vice Principal at Bert Bowes and Instructor at Soul Space Yoga Community, and Tammy Still, Owner of Soul Space Yoga Community, put the grant proposal together. According to Harrison, features in the proposal included weekly student yoga club, weekly staff yoga, a full set of mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets for Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools, and a professional development session in Spring 2019.Harrison says she thanks Northern Health for the grant and feels the Yoga Program is an excellent initiative for improving the well-being of both staff and students.“I just think that the opportunity that Northern Health gave our school is one that we are so grateful for. Having someone offset the cost of purchasing equipment and supporting a teacher, and accessing the training is what has made this project possible.”Harrison also says Yoga is a relatively new frontier in education.“It’s a relatively new frontier in education and the connection between curriculum, instruction assessment, and mindfulness practices like Yoga, the research is really starting to show that there is a really strong correlation between mindfulness practice, positive mental health, and academic achievement.”Yoga sessions take place for all School District 60 staff on Monday afternoons, along with a Student Yoga Club session on Tuesdays, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., at Bert Bowes Middle School. For more information, you can contact Bert Bowes Vice Principal, Jen Harrison, by email at jharrison@prn.bc.ca.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral calls on Iran to comply with Security Council demands on nuclear

One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General noted “with satisfaction” that the Council had acted unanimously in adopting Resolution 1747, which imposed a ban on arms sales and expanded the assets freeze against Iran. He called on Iran “to fully implement the resolution’s provisions and to urgently take the necessary steps to restore the international community’s trust that its nuclear programme is peaceful in nature,” according to the statement. “The Secretary-General believes that a negotiated solution would strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and hopes that dialogue will resume on this issue of paramount importance.” Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT. At yesterday’s Security Council meeting, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, rejected the resolution as a politically motivated scheme to deprive the country’s people of their rights. 25 March 2007One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. read more

Engine manufacturing remains upbeat

UK engine manufacturers produce 207,773 units in February, 414,459 so far this year. Exports stable in February, while home market still strong year-to-date. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Sector outlook is positive as major investments set to come to fruition in coming year.“UK engine output in February has yielded a steady performance for the year to date,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With new Euro-6 technology coming to the market, manufacturers have invested heavily to build new, cleaner engines and volumes are expected to increase in the near future. A growing number of UK components are being used in British-built cars, which also stands to benefit the engine sector at production and supply chain levels.” read more

Continental launches new cut resistant compound for rigid truck RDTMaster tyres

first_imgContinental is launching a new compound for its RDT-Master tyres for use on rigid dump trucks. The cut-resistant compound was developed for rough and abrasive applications where tyres have to withstand sharp gravel, rocks and stones. “Thanks to the newly developed  polymer meshing system based on high synthetic rubber and selected components, the RDT-Master cut-resistant offers good protection and wear resistance in rough applications while still maintaining good levels of heat dissipation.” The new compound complements the standard compound for the RDT-Master which is the best choice for mixed applications.In commerical news, Back in October 2018, Continental and manufacturer of lift equipment JLG signed a supply agreement naming Continental as the solid tyre provider for JLG’s telehandlers for the next five years. During this period, Continental’s TeleMaster is given priority as the solid tyre for all JLG telehandlers manufactured and sold. The solid OTR tyre was created in a joint development effort of Continental and JLG. Thanks to the proven Continental compound for solid tyres, it comes with low rolling resistance reducing heat build-up. In addition, the tyre offers a rugged tread to handle rough surfaces at worksites. “The TeleMaster is a true win-win outcome of the collaboration with JLG”, says Pavel Prouza, Head of Sales and Marketing, the Americas at Continental Commercial Specialty Tires. “Us at Continental were able to transfer and extend our sound knowledge of solid tyre compounds from the industrial to the OTR tyre segment, while providing JLG with a solution tailored to their individual needs.”last_img read more

Three women due in court over €360000 drug seizure

first_imgTHREE WOMAN ARE due to appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning charged in connection with the seizure of cannabis plants in Ballbofey on Tuesday.The plants, which had an estimated street value of €360,000, were seized during the search of a premises on Navenny Street on Tuesday evening. Other items made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis were also found.A male in his 30s was arrested, along with the three women – one in her 20s and two in their 50s.The man remains in custody at Letterkenny Garda Station where he can be detained for up to seven days.Read: Four arrested in €360,000 Donegal drug bust>Read: One arrest after cannabis seizure worth €100,000>last_img read more

Save the Date Immerse self in seasons sights sounds

first_imgIt’s time for a visit of Christmas past, as visitors can explore the holiday traditions of the 1840s during Christmas at Fort Vancouver from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Take part in wreath making, sip hot cider or take in some caroling as volunteers give peeks into the lives of residents of the Hudson’s Bay Company fort, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Admission is $5, free for ages 15 and younger. 360-816-6232 or www.nps.gov/fovaAnd don’t forget to drop by the Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row, for an extra bit of seasonal fun from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The historic building will be dressed for the holidays, serving hot cocoa and cider to visitors, along with an appearance by Santa Claus in the parlor. 360-992-1800 or www.fortvan.orgCatch another performance of “The Nutcracker,” featuring dancers of all ages from DanceWorks Performing Arts and Vancouver City Ballet. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the nonprofit Friends of DanceWorks, which provides scholarships for arts education. Performances begin at 2 and 7 p.m. today, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday at Prairie High School, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets are $16, $12 for seniors, $8 for ages 3 to 12, free for ages 2 and younger. 360-892-5664 or http://danceworksperformingarts.com/nutcrackerTouch of Class Chorale will present its winter concert program, “The Return of the Light,” featuring seasonal music from around the world. The Clark County-based community choir will give half of its concert proceeds to each concert venue’s chosen charity. Performances will take place at 2 p.m. today at Elim Lutheran Church, 15815 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie; then at 2 p.m. Sunday at East Woods Presbyterian, 16210 N.E. 20th St., Vancouver. Finally the ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 N.E. 86th St., Vancouver. All tickets are $12 and $10 for ages 12 and younger. 210-570-7464 or http://touchofclasschorale.comThe 39th annual Ridgefield Singing Christmas Tree performance features 70 choir members sharing holiday songs on a 50-foot tree starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and Dec. 13 and 16, plus 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene, 747 Pioneer St., Ridgefield. Admission is free, with offerings collected during the performance going toward Compassion Ridgefield. 360-887-3576 or www.ridgenaz.orglast_img read more

Daring rescue saves all 12 boys soccer coach from Thai cave

first_imgMAE SAI, Thailand — “Everyone is safe.” With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand came to a close on Tuesday — a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide.Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, celebrated the feat with a post that read: “All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” — a reference to the boys’ soccer team. “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what.”Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the final four boys were brought out, along with their coach. Their rescue was followed a few hours later by the safe return of a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their cramped refuge in the cave.Cheers erupted from the dozens of volunteers and journalists awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters transporting the boys roared overhead. People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city.Their joy and relief was echoed around the globe by the multitude of people who had watched the long ordeal in widely broadcast newscasts.last_img read more

Thieves break into Encinitas American Legion Post

Week In Review 78712

first_imgThursday 7/11Audio Player0712.mp3Vm0712.mp300:00RPdThursday Update: Swan Lake Fire Dense Smoke Begins to Clear, Dunleavy Signs Capital Budget, Urges Legislature To Complete Unfinished Business Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 7/12Audio Player0713.mp3Vm0713.mp300:00RPdFriday Update On Swan Lake Fire: Containment Line Complete Near Sterling Highway, Alaska Lawmakers Again Fail To Override Governor Vetoes Tuesday 7/9Audio Player0709.mp3Vm0709.mp300:00RPdTuesday Noon Update: Swan Lake Crews Establish Spike Camps In Critical Areas, 18-Year Old Drowns In Moose River, UPDATED: 18-Year-Old Killed In Fatal Collision On Sterling Highwaycenter_img Monday 7/8Audio Player0708.mp3Vm0708.mp300:00RPdMonday Noon Update: Swan Lake Fire Continues To Move Into Chugach National Forest, Know Where To Dispose Of Your Fish Waste On The Kenai Peninsula Wednesday 7/10Audio Player0710.mp3Vm0710.mp300:00RPdWednesday Update: Swan Lake Fire Surpasses 100,000 Acres, Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery Opens Todaylast_img read more

FW Taps SelfService EContent Platform for Widget Creation

first_imgF+W is working on its first batch of 1,000 widgets and Domville hopes to have the bulk of it online in May. “This is a very straightforward piece of gear and we don’t need to ask somebody else to do it for us, once we have the widgets,” Domville said. “Our team immediately started talking about ways they can use this. It’s low hanging fruit; we’ve already digitized much of our content. This is an opportunity to feed it straight through our products.” F+W Media has tapped Impelsys’ iPublishCentral, a self-service e-content platform, to enhance its digital strategy, including the creation of widgets for 3,000 book and magazine titles this year. “This is one particular area I was keen to exploit—having a widget that can go to the depths of our content,” F+W president Sara Domville told FOLIO:. “We’ve got 70 Web sites and what we really want to do is help content drive traffic to our sites. Impelysis gave us an advantageously-priced model that allows us to send much more content to the search engines.”Publishers can sign up for iPublish at no cost initially. “Publishers can load up content to create widgets by registering for free,” said Impelsys CEO Sameer Shariff. Impelsys can also provide e-commerce applications for the widgets. However, if a publisher still wishes to use the widgets for free, the transaction will link to an Impelsys retail partner. If a publisher wants to control the transaction then they pay a per-title, per-month. Publishers also fork over a 35 percent transaction fee, while keeping 65 percent of the sale. last_img read more

Prime Day 2019 American Express Chase credit card rewards could give you

first_img Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV Stick Amazon Fire TV Stick CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $39 Amazon Prime Day Amazon Prime Amazon American Express The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and more American Expressamerican-express-platinum-card-1American Express credit cards that earn Membership Rewards, like the Platinum card, could give you some extra Prime Day savings. American Express American Express has a few deals available for Prime Day, including one for 20% off (up to $50) and one that offers $30 off of purchases of $60 or more. Either option requires you to use at least one Membership Rewards point from that card to pay for your purchase at checkout, at which point the discount should be reflected in your cart. A third deal offers up to 25% off Amazon devices like Fire TV sticks and Kindles, adding additional savings to the already discounted gadgets.  As one would expect there are restrictions, such as products needing to be sold by Amazon.com. While it appears to a targeted deal, if it doesn’t initially work with your Membership Rewards-earning American Express card you can try removing your AmEx from Amazon, re-adding it, and then try activating the deal again. Before you check out you’ll also want to make sure you are only using a single Membership Rewards point, and not the max which is sometimes placed by default. Chasechase-sapphire-reservesm-credit-cardChase credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, like the Sapphire Reserve, also are offering savings for Prime Day.  Chase Chase’s deal offers $15 off of purchases of $60 or more when using a single Ultimate Rewards Point from that card at checkout. Like with AmEx, a single rewards point is all that is needed to activate the savings, though similar restrictions may apply. The deal also appears to be targeted and needs to be activated. Also, products need to be sold by Amazon.com directly, not a third-party reseller.  If you have a Chase card that earns Ultimate Rewards and promotion doesn’t activate you can try removing your card and then re-adding and reactivating the deal again. As with AmEx, a single point is often enough to trigger the discount during checkout, so make sure to adjust the point total down to 1 to avoid having the full purchase be made using points by default.  Post a comment Your credit card may have extra Prime Day savings for you.  Sarah Tew/CNET Prime Day is filled with discounts, but those looking to save a few more bucks might be able to find it by activating deals from their credit card providers. As spotted by deals site Dan’s Deals, American Express and Chase cardholders can get up to $50 off if you use a rewards point during checkout. A single point is often enough to initiate the savings, with no need for users to use up all of their rewards to get the extra discount.  Unlike the Amazon’s own Prime Visa card — which is offering 6% cash back on purchases during the company’s shopping “holiday” — these promotions do in some cases appear to be targeted, making them not available to all users. They also need to be activated before they take effect.  Share your voice 0 See also Tags Review • Amazon Fire TV Stick updated review: No longer the sharpest stick in the stream See it Internetlast_img read more

Training held for receptionist cops

first_imgVikarabad: A one-day vertical awareness training programme for reception constables of all police stations was conducted at District Police Headquarters here on Tuesday. Additional SP R Bhaskar explained how to treat complainants and help them. He also explained how to enter details of the complaints online. DSB inspectors Venkateshwarlu, Seethaiah and other officials were present on the occasion.last_img

Houston Debuts New Common Application For Charter Schools

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:10 Houston charter schools are taking a page from the world of higher education, with the launch of a new common application for prospective students.It means families can apply to five different charter school networks at the same time online at ApplyHouston.org. They include large ones like KIPP and YES Prep; smaller ones, like A Plus Up and Promise Community Schools; and a brand new charter, called Etoile.“Houston parents have become accustomed to having a diversity of choices and this movement —  this ApplyHouston.org  —  is really just about helping parents become better consumers to be able to better navigate the marketplace of school options,” said Rachael Dempsey, with the advocacy group Families Empowered. It’s managing the common application.Before, families had to to keep track of different forms for different charter schools, which Dempsey called “a big hassle.”“You’d be doing lots and lots of applications to be able to really maximize the chance of a parent finding a school that they’d be satisfied with,” she said.With the new streamlined process, Dempsey expects more than 40,000 applications and said that it may introduce some parents to new options.“They might be logging on to ApplyHouston.org to start a KIPP Houston application for a school that they know that they love. And they might find another school nearby that they had no idea about that might be a great fit for them,” she said.It makes Houston the first city in Texas to have a common application for charter schools, according to the Texas Charter Schools Association. Other cities like New York that have done this have seen their number of applicants grow.“We cannot say whether this alone will increase public charter school enrollment, as it has not been done in Texas before, but that is certainly the goal of the common application,” said Christine Isett, with the association.She added that on average charter school enrollment is up 12 percent over the last five years in Texas and there are more than 140,000 students on a waiting list statewide. center_img Pexels To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Hindi Rabindrasangeet to reach audiences in Europe Asia

first_imgRabindrasangeet exponent Santanu Roychoudhury’s musical journey began in 2008, when a private TV channel requested him to translate Tagore’s songs and perform for their audiences on screen. When Roychoudhury informed his guru, Pandit Subir Chakraborty of the Gwalior gharana about this development, he said that it was impossible to translate Tagore in any other language from Bengali. But then he started transcreating the songs and the first song he chose was ‘Megh boleche jabo jabo’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When 10 songs were ready, HMV Sa Re Ga Ma released the album, Musafir in 2011. Soon, the Ministry of Culture rewarded our effort by asking me to perform at UNESCO, Paris. In front of a 5000 strong international audience I sang Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, in a new format”, Roychoudhury told Millennium Post. This was followed by a performance at Vigyan Bhavan and the songs gradually became popular in UP, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Twenty more songs were added to his repertoire and resulted in two albums produced by Times Music, titled ‘Deewana’ in 2013 and ‘Intezaar’ in 2015. Ten new Tagore songs have again been prepared by the singer and are awaiting release in the public domain. The album is likely to hit the stores by the end of 2017. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeanwhile, at the behest of the Ministry of External Affairs, Roychoudhury recently performed at the ASEAN -India Cultural and Civilisational Link’s 2nd International conference at Jakarta. The audience was treated to 15 unique Tagore’s songs. The musical presentation was based on the poet’s ‘Java Jatrir Patra’, which literally means “Letters of a traveller on his visit to Java”. It is a collection of 21 letters, written by Tagore originally in the Bengali language, while he was paying a visit to the South East Asia in 1927. “The songs were Hindi transcreations of ‘Mor Beena Uthe kon shure baaje’, ‘Danriye acho tumi’, ‘Anandadhara bahiche bhubane’ and ‘pagla haoar badal dine’, Roychoudhury added. Interestingly, during July – October 1927, Rabindranath toured Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar extensively. He was fascinated with the idea that the Island of Indonesia , especially Java and Bali contained remnants of the ancient India. It was a cultural mission from Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan. The mission had two aims. The first was to study the remains of Indian civilisation in the antiquarian relics as well as the life and living arts in Indonesia. The second aim was to bring about close cultural cooperation between India and these regions through an appreciation of Visva-Bharati. As for Roychoudhury, during the last twenty five years, he has performed in several parts of India, USA, Canada, UK, Bangladesh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Paris.last_img read more