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first_imgStar shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth registered straight wins in the women’s and men’s singles matches to storm into the semi-finals of the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries here on Friday.Playing the third match of the day, Saina, seeded seventh, beat second-seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 28-26, 21-16 in 56 minutes while Srikanth overcame Hee Heo Kwang 21-18, 21-17 in a 36-minute quarter-final clash.SAINA BOUNCES BACK In the opening game, Saina trailed briefly but bounced back superbly to force a tie-breaker. After that it was the Indian who dictated the terms in the second game to pocket it with ease.The World No.8 will now take on fourth seed Yihan Wang in the semi-finals on Saturday against whom she trails 4-11 in head-to-head face-offs.EASY OUTING In men’s singles, Srikanth had a relatively easy outing against the South Korean qualifier. The Indian will now take on Denmark’s Vittinghus Hans-Kristian in the semi-finals.Meanwhile, in a major upset, Chinese top seed Chen Long crashed out of the tournament after going down 21-14, 21-17 to Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a 44-minute clash.Ginting will now face South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgFreestyle football world champion Liv Cooke has joined Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative.Common Goal is a charitable movement run by streetfootballworld that was launched with the support of the Manchester United attacker.Mata announced in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he was pledging one per cent of his salary to Common Goal, and called for other players to do the same. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The likes of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa and Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini have all signed up, along with Manchester United great Eric Cantona.Cooke, the first British female professional football freestyler, has become the latest star to make the pledge, contributing to the rapidly growing football-based initiative tackling some of the world’s toughest social challenges.Common GoalA gifted young footballer, Cooke was part of the Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence before her promising potential career was cut short by injury.She found the art of freestyle football via YouTube and quickly turned her hand to it. In August 2017, she became the youngest football freestyle champion in history, winning the Super Ball final in Prague.On joining the initiative, she said: “One major thing I’ve learnt along the way is that football is more than just a game or a sport. Football can be a powerful force for good – used to tackle some of the world’s toughest social issues and make so many people’s lives better.Freestyle champion @LivCookefs has joined @juanmata8, England’s @Sio_Chamberlain, and the rest of the @CommonGoalOrg team to become the first freestyler to join the movement. pic.twitter.com/G6ogXuwI2y— Goal (@goal) 16 October 2018″I want to call freestylers from all over the world to come and join us, take the pledge, and help us make a difference.”Common Goal co-founder and CEO, Jurgen Griesbeck, added: “It is great to have Liv on board at Common Goal with us. She is a world champion and a pioneer in women’s freestyle football – she represents everything we are trying to do here.”I know she has a great passion to give back to those less fortunate, and I’m excited to work with her going forward.”last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — A Federal judge has all but warned the NFL that he can erase New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension if it fails to negotiate a deal in the “Deflategate” case.Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan on Aug. 19 cited legal precedent for overturning the kind of penalty the NFL imposed on Brady during oral arguments by lawyers in the case.Berman cited at least three legal issues that could result in a ruling against the NFL, including that an arbitration must be fair.The suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after he concluded Brady conspired with Patriots equipment employees to deflate footballs before New England crushed the Indianapolis Colts in January’s AFC championship game.Berman says he hopes to rule by Sept. 4 if there is no negotiated deal before then.(LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgBrief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsGlenn Maxwell would prefer batting higher up the order in ODIs, following his series-winning 113 at number four in Australia’s seven-wicket victory against India in the second T20 International.Glenn Maxwell, who bats at No.7 in ODIs and said he would happily take a promotion in the five-match ODI series starting in Hyderabad on March 2.Maxwell slammed his third T20 international hundred on Wednesday night, an unbeaten 113 off 55 balls, to blow away India and win the series 2-0.”In my case tonight, when I came out, it was 15 overs to go I think. And as long as I get a 80 or a 100 out of that even, if I am doing that at a No. 6 or a 7, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just me making the most of the opportunities when I get them,” said Maxwell.”It’s not easy to just come here and go like that because the ball is a lot older, the wicket’s gone a lot quicker here. Even tonight at the end of the game, the wicket’s sort of drying out and there was scuffs all over it,” he added.Maxwell believes that in ODIs, he will find it difficult to make a difference at No. 7 in most occasions and a promotion up the order may just suit his game.”In one day cricket, it’s not as easy to go at the end. So it would be nice to bat higher up but it depends on what happens in the top four or top five. If the opportunity does come up, I’d like to take,” he said.advertisementMaxwell was on a rampage, hitting bowlers to all corners of the park for nine sixes and seven fours. However, he felt that he did not take any needless risk.”I think it’s just got to be about picking your moments. I think a little bit of it is that I have to go hard but I think I had been just picking off balls I can hit the boundaries in.”Like today, I don’t think I took too many ridiculous risks and I feel I read the game really well and was able to hit the ball in areas where the fielders weren’t at all. There’s not many times I hit the ball straight over a fielder’s head but just place it in the gap and I feel that’s okay for me.”When I had a successful innings, if I am mistiming and it’s still falling in the gap but I have gotten in control and I really had a good read of the game and I was just one step ahead,” said Maxwell.He even negotiated pacer Jasprit Bumrah well to stay unbeaten.”I was always trying to attack him. We needed 44 off the last four overs and he came back on. I suppose it was a key over. If that only went for four or five, suddenly you need 13 an over. And it only takes six good yorkers from him to push that up to 18-19. That can be quite difficult to get in the last two overs, or the two other overs.Maxwell was well aware of the threat that Bumrah could pose.”So, I was just hoping he missed a couple of times and wanted to pounce on that. He’s done me a fair few times in T20 cricket to his credit. I have sort of changed my approach to him a little bit. Been able to wait for a ball that’s slightly off and capitalise on that.”I was able to get him for two boundaries in that over, and keep the run rate in check and I was able to target Siddarth next over and then we only needed 14 off 12 balls.”Maxwell was batting in such a zone that he did not even feel the need to change his bat.”I have been saying in the change room I’ve got the best bat ever. It’s being held together by tape at the moment. Inside edge has been pretty badly hammered. There was a bit of it coming off in the third last over. They told me to change it and I was just like ‘no, not changing this bat, it’s the best bat ever’.”Following their maiden T20 series win over India, Australia go into the ODIs a more confident lot.”I have been here a lot of times but haven’t felt a lot of success. In 2013, we had that amazing series, record amount of runs and last game here Rohit got a double hundred. We tried to chase 380 and I think Faulkner got a 100 in that game.advertisement”That was one of the best series played here and to not win that is probably a sign of we played such good cricket in that tour and India still beat us and that’s how difficult to win here. So to win here in the first two games of the tou, that starts really well,” he added.Also Read | Clinical Australia outplayed us in both games: Virat Kohli after India’s T20I series lossAlso Read | Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell’s Bengaluru blitzAlso Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicsAlso Read | KL Rahul reflects on Koffee With Karan controversy: It was a hard time for meAlso Watch:last_img read more

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first_imgFormer world number one Roger Federer marked his return to the Italian Open for the first time since 2016 with a 6-4 6-3 second-round win over Joao Sousa on Thursday.The Swiss had criticised organisers for doubling ticket prices after he confirmed his participation last weekend but the fans who had made their way into Foro Italico on Thursday have been rewarded with a Federer double bill.With rain having washed out Wednesday’s play, Federer along with champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic all face playing back-to-back matches on Thursday if they want to reach the quarter-finals.The backlog means that fans on the secondary Grandstand Court can also look forward to a blockbuster schedule as Federer will be back for an evening showdown with Croatian Borna Coric.Earlier in the day, Nadal had treated the Grandstand fans to a 6-0 6-1 demolition of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and the Spaniard will be back on action on the main stage against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.Women’s world number one Naomi Osaka produced a solid performance to beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in the day’s opener.Djokovic, fresh from winning last week’s Madrid Open, was playing Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the round of 32. A clash with either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Marco Cecchinato will be the winner’s reward.The 37-year old Federer moved around the court like his younger self as he rifled in 17 winners in the opening set, having broken Sousa in the seventh game before he saved a triple break point, the last one with a stunning crosscourt forehand.advertisementHaving broken Sousa’s serve in the opening game of the second set, the Swiss maestro was at his best again in the seventh as he saved a double break point and went on to wrap up the entertaining contest.”I came out of the blocks well and held serve throughout, so I am very happy to be in the next round,” said Federer.”I played today already and Borna didn’t. I don’t know whether it’s a disadvantage or not but either way it’s going to be tough.”After crashing out in the semi-finals on home soil in Madrid, Nadal wasted no time in making a statement of intent as he blew away Chardy.Nadal won 80 per cent of the points on both his first and second serve as he tormented the Frenchman with a barrage of stinging baseline shots.Osaka made a slow start against Cibulkova as the Slovakian broke the world number one in the third game of the opening set but regained her composure quickly.The Japanese served two aces to save a double break point in the eighth game and enjoyed plain sailing for the rest of the tie after clinching the game with a service winner.In the men’s draw, Fernando Verdasco ground out a surprise 4-6 6-4 7-5 win over fifth seed Dominic Thiem, as did Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-2 6-3 hammering of Marin Cilic.Also Read | Novak Djokovic has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked: Nick Kyrgioslast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Allies of Donald Trump have lined up to defend his mental stability in the face of a tell-all-style book that says his entire entourage views the U.S. president as unwell, compares him to a child, and discusses whether he might be removed from office.One after another, they appeared on weekly political talk shows Sunday to endorse the president’s assessment of his own abilities, conveyed in a surreal front-page headline in The New York Times — “A ‘Stable Genius’: Trump Declares He’s Mentally Fit.’”What catapulted this conversation from the realm of Washington bar-room whispers to the top of the national news was the release of a new book, “Fire and Fury,” by Michael Wolff, that describes wall-to-wall concern within the White House about the president’s cranial capacity.Trump made clear Sunday that he was watching, and keeping tabs, on how his troops defended him on TV. The president praised one aide who engaged in a bitter back-and-forth on CNN and insisted the president is not only sane, but brilliant.Stephen Miller described travelling with Trump during the campaign and seeing Trump adapt to breaking news: “I saw a man who was a political genius,” Miller said. As for Wolff’s work, Miller sneered: “A garbage author of a garbage book.”The interview went off the rails when the CNN host tried interrupting Miller’s soliloquies with new questions, and finally kicked him off the air. Host Jake Tapper motioned toward the camera, saying it was clear Miller was simply sucking up to one viewer.That one viewer was pleased: Trump tweeted that Miller had destroyed Tapper.The political relevance of this conversation, aside from the benefits of mental competence from a U.S. president, was revealed in another interview with the book’s author. Wolff noted that an unfit president can be removed from office under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.He said people in the White House talk about it constantly.Wolff said staff frequently comment on whether zany events do, or do not, warrant the 25th Amendment. The author said he had an open mind about Trump when he started conducting interviews inside the White House, but no more.He said the president’s faculties are a subject of universal scorn — not just among staff, but among family members: “This is alarming in every way … The 25th Amendment is a concept that is alive every day at the White House,” Wolff said.“This is a breakdown.”Trump allies pushed back:—On CBS’s “Face The Nation,” CIA director Mike Pompeo praised the president’s mental state. Pompeo said he briefs Trump every day on complex issues: “He engages in a way that shows his understanding of the complexity. He asks really hard questions.” Pompeo cited deliberations over Syria airstrikes as one example, among many. He said Trump asked three smart questions about Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons to help him make a decision.—On ABC’s, “This Week,” UN Ambassador Nikki Haley concurred: “I … speak with him multiple times a week… He didn’t become the president by accident… Was he unstable when he passed the tax reform? Was he unstable when we finally hit back at Syria and said, ‘No more chemical weapons?’”—The head of leading conservative group CPAC said it’s not true the president absent-mindedly repeats the same story and can’t grasp policy. Matt Schlapp also pointed out mistakes in the book — Wolff messed up job titles for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and aide John Kelly, and mixed up the names of a reporter and lobbyist. Schlapp told ABC: “Look, there might be some truth in (the book). But it’s riddled and surrounded by the fact that this is a journalist who doesn’t believe in calling anyone to correct sources.”—Senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham also defended the president. Graham used to be a virulent Trump critic. Asked to explain his recent about-face, Graham said it’s not a total reversal. He still supports Robert Mueller’s investigation, but believes there should be a second investigation to monitor the probe.But he acknowledged his shift from being a critic of Trump to being a golf partner and ally: “I’ve enjoyed his company. He beat me like a dog (in the presidential election),” Graham told NBC’s, “Meet The Press.” “I used every adjective on the planet. I lost, he won … I’ve enjoyed working with him…“I don’t think he’s crazy. I think he’s had a very successful 2017.”One conservative critic of Trump, writing in The New York Times, once suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president, but now says it’s probably fantasy. The 25th Amendment requires overwhelming backing from the cabinet and Congress — and it won’t happen, probably not even if there’s a major crisis, Ross Douthat wrote in Sunday’s New York Times.A likelier scenario, he said, resembles the past examples of Richard Nixon cracking under the stress of Watergate; Woodrow Wilson after a debilitating stroike; and James Garfield slowly dying from an assassin’s bullet.In these cases, he wrote, allies run the government, and try limiting the damage.“Can the people who surround Donald Trump work around his incapacity successfully enough to keep his unfitness from producing a historic calamity?” Douthat wrote.“They have done so for a year, with some debacles (Puerto Rico) but also some genuine successes (the defeat of the Islamic State).”last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction that stops random drug and alcohol testing at Suncor Energy sites.A Court of Queen’s Bench judge granted the injunction last December after the union representing thousands of oilsands workers requested one.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing violates workers’ rights and privacy. Calgary-based Suncor said in its appeal that random tests are needed to bolster safety.Suncor and the union have been battling over the tests since 2012.Unifor is also seeking leave to appeal an earlier court ruling related to the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.last_img read more

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London  – The British government welcomed the signing this Thursday in Morocco of a Libyan political agreement to end the crisis in Libya.“This is a positive step for Libya and I commend those who have worked together to seek consensus in the interests of all the Libyan people”, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a release.“To ensure a lasting peace in Libya, all parties must maintain this momentum to create a Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. I also urge those who have not yet signed, to support this agreement”, he added. The agreement was signed this Thursday in Skhirat (30 km south of Rabat), by representatives of all parties taking part in the inter-Libyan dialogue, held under the aegis of the UN support mission in Libya, mainly the Tobrouk agreement (recognized by the international community), the National General Congress, called the Tripoli parliament, independent figures and representatives of the civil society. Morocco had hosted several UN-sponsored rounds of talks. read more

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Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices.Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.For an average family of four, that represents an increase of $348 to about $11,948 for the year.About 59 per cent of the expected hike — $208 — will come from consumers eating out and opting for prepared food.“Most of (the increase) will come from food service which would make some consumers a bit vulnerable — particularly those who don’t cook or (who) eat out a lot,” lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview from Halifax.“But if you are cooking and you rely mainly on grocery stores to get your food, you should be in good shape for 2018.”Canadians now spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on eating out and consuming prepared meals. Restaurant and store owners recognize the demand for eating out and ready-to-eat products is a robust one. In the United States, the divide between grocery expenditures and those types of eating out reached a 50-50 split in 2016.Charlebois said a fast-food culture has been successfully cultivated over the past 50 years in the United States, but Canada could reach that split by 2035 at its current pace.Canadians now spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on eating out and consuming prepared meals.The report suggests different parts of the country will feel different impacts at the checkout line next year.Atlantic Canada is expected to see above average increases — with prices bouncing back after consumers in the region enjoyed lower prices in 2017.British Columbia too is expected see increases, due to inflation.But increased competition in Alberta and Ontario means consumers will see below average price hikes, while Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are expected to remain steady.The cost of dairy, baked goods, meats and seafood is expected to rise by up to two per cent, while fruits and nuts are forecast to rise by one to three per cent.The other category where consumers are expected to pay significantly more is vegetables — as much as four to six per cent extra because of climate woes like the La Nina weather phenomenon, bringing drought conditions to the United States.Health Canada expects to unveil a new Canada Food Guide in 2018, which the department hopes will change the way people eat over the longer term as a shift toward plant-based diets continues.A dramatic policy shift isn’t expected to have much impact in the short term, Charlebois said.Another issue is where people buy food — the so-called Amazon effect as food sales move online has grocers trying to change their pricing strategies and approach.Charlebois said that in an effort to compete, grocery chains are looking at online delivery, embracing more responsive business models and using data science.Researchers found that pricing discounts intensified around September 2016, which has made food prices more difficult to predict.“Grocers are trying to compete, they are discounting aggressively to keep consumers in their stores,” Charlebois said. “That will come to an end at some point, but we’re not sure if that’ll happen in 2018.” read more

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“Heavy fighting over the past few days has continued to put civilians at risk of death and injury while effectively cutting off humanitarian’s access to people in need of assistance,” a UN spokesperson told reporters today in New York. This follows intensified fighting by all parties to the conflict in Aleppo City and surrounding areas in recent weeks, including reports of airstrikes, shelling, and heavy clashes, causing many civilian deaths and injuries. It has also caused damage to schools, hospitals, and other civilian infrastructure, and hindered humanitarian aid operations. The spokesperson reiterated the UN’s call on all parties to the conflict to take measures to protect civilians, as required under international humanitarian law, in order to safeguard the lives of all civilians living in Aleppo city and added: “We also call on all parties to the conflict to take all measures to facilitate humanitarian access, particularly to eastern Aleppo city, as required under international humanitarian law.” read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP ups pressure on GECOM to hold elections; threatens Court actionFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”No confidence resolution: PSC says CJ’s ruling should be respected by allJanuary 31, 2019In “Business”GECOM Secretariat’s March 2020 election date proposal “shocking”– PSC ChairmanSeptember 8, 2019In “latest news” Chairman of the PSC Desmond SearsThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has made the call for Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) “to assure the nation that the Commission is so fully prepared” to host General Elections in keeping within the Constitutional requirements of a passed no confidence motion.In a statement on Wednesday, the PSC said it has “given serious and continuing consideration to the fact that the motion of no confidence in the Government, passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, requires that general elections must be held within ninety days of the passing of the motion.”Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The Commission said it “wishes to remind the nation of the fact that, unless otherwise ruled by the Court, or decided upon by a motion passed by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly the Guyana Elections Commission must be fully prepared to conduct these elections within this period of time.”On December 21, the No-confidence Motion brought by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party against the Government in the National Assembly succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With 26 days already passed since the motion was carried, it would effectively mean that GECOM should be ready to hold General Elections within 64 days in keeping with Guyana’s Constitution. read more

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first_imgEven though Internet speeds have increased significantly in recent years, the computer party is still a very popular event for taking your computer along and playing games. You only have to look to QuakeCon every year to see that. However, id software’s event is by no means the biggest as it only focuses on games.The largest party/festival is the all-encompassing DreamHack held in Sweden every year, and that is closely followed by The Gathering held in Norway. Both events have some healthy competition going to outdo each other. In particular, the speed of the Internet connection on offer is the focus of this competition.Last year The Gathering set a world record by setting up the world’s fastest Internet connection at 110Gbit/s for its 5000+ attendees. DreamHack then went and beat it with 120Gbit/s. This year The Gathering want to ensure they win back the crown and manage to keep it for a whole 12 months at least. To do that they are promising a 200Gbit/s connection.To put that in context, a 5MB MP3 could be downloaded 5,120 times every second using such a fat pipe. It’s also more bandwidth than the whole of Thailand’s 60 million people manage to get along with (158Gbit/s). The high speed connection is made possible by Altibox, which runs an all-fiber network through Norway. But even that can’t achieve 200Gbit/s alone as Norway’s infrastructure isn’t good enough (yet). For additional capacity, Level 3 has been brought in to offer bandwidth from outside of the country.As you can imagine, the 200Gbit/s pipe is only temporary, but should allow all companies involved to learn something about how to handle a network of this speed. It is, after all, inevitable that one day 200Gbit/s will be the norm as networks around the world continue to improve. Read more at The Gathering, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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first_imgAZTEC, N.M. — A shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead, authorities said Thursday as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution.State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School. No other injuries were reported, officials said.The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the buildings and teens were taken to another location.A crowd of nervous parents gathered outside City Hall to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.“The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers,” state police said in a statement on social media.State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting and did not immediately release any details about the circumstances. A news conference was planned.last_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom ENCINITAS (KUSI) – A body was found in a creek bed near Moonlight State Beach Monday.A passer-by spotted the dead person, described only as male, near the intersection of Second and West B streets in Encinitas about 9:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes, Lt. Dave Perkins said.Deputies said they are not investigating the death as a homicide. Body found near Moonlight Beach in Encinitas Posted: December 17, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgA 5-acre brush fire in the median of Interstate 5 north of Woodland briefly shut down the freeway in both directions. Clark County Fire & Rescue firefighters assisted Cowlitz County firefighters in putting out the blaze, which was reported around 11:40 p.m. near milepost 28. The Washington State Patrol assisted in temporarily shutting down I-5 due to heavy smoke in the area. “We err on the side of caution when heavy smoke crosses the freeway,” said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. He added that the closure was also for the safety of the firefighter. “One of the most dangerous things firefighters ever do is work along the freeway.”The fire was extinguished and all lanes of freeway reopened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe”, age 66, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019.Joe was born in Boston, MA on August 15, 1952; he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Sophie Parrella. Joe was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.Joe was an “outdoorsman” who enjoyed going hunting and camping with his family and friends. He was also an avid boater who loved to go sailing and worked towards getting his Captain’s license which he earned many years ago.Joe worked hard; he was a talented carpenter and the founder of United Construction Company in Wilmington. Joe also was very active in Wilmington’s permanent Building Committee for many years and was instrumental in the building of the new Wilmington High School.Joe will be remembered as a “quiet guy” who loved his family, his friends and his town; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Joe was the beloved husband of Sharon Kelley-Parrella (Mahoney), devoted father of Linda Ducharme & her husband Bob of Wilmington, Joseph Parrella & his wife Jess of Westford, Matthew Parrella & his wife Jess of Sandown, NH, Robert Baronowski of Derry, NH and Lyndsey & Michael Rice of Sterling. Loving “Pa” of Rob, Michael, Kylie, Joseph, Jake, Avery and Tyler. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Sophie (Golebiewski) Parrella, dear brother of Cindie McCue and Sandy Cosman both of Wilmington. Joe is also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, June 8th for Visiting Hours from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:00 noon.In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 214, Mission, KS 66202.Joe J. Parrella, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond J. Spahl, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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first_imgClose Edmund Shing explains why despite the recent share slump for Next due to their poor Christmas sales, now is a great time to invest in the UK retailer. Here are five things you need to know about Next.1) Next is a FTSE 100 company (code: NXT) and a clothing retailer.2) It targets young professions primarily and has a strong record of growth not only from its high street stores, but its Next directory catalogue and its online presence.3) It has suffered over Christmas due to warmer weather causing a shortfall in winter wear sales such as coats and boots.4) But this is likely to be only a temporary hiccup, as due to it successful history this company in the long-term is primed for growth.5) This is a good value stock with an income yield of 4.7% (as of 7 January).Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

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first_imgAll are invited to join the Church of St. Michael & All Angels as they celebrate the renovated restoration of their sanctuary on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. A guided tour and reception will follow the celebration.  The church is located at 2013 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Md. 21218. Call 410-685-3128 for more information.last_img

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first_imgRymdkapsel, a minimalist space-based base-building RTS recently released on iOS, Android, and the PlayStation Vita. If you’re into any of those combination of things, playing Rymdkapsel will be a bright part of your day. Though minimalist, the game does require some complex strategic thinking, so on top of explaining how good the game is, we’ll explain how to be good at it.The semi-unpronounceable game (it’s the Swedish word for “space capsule) leverages an extremely minimalist style of flat pathways and basic shapes and colors — triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids, and so on. Since this is a space game, the background is black with rotating white dots that signify stars. The game only appears to have one “mode,” so to speak, with three missions within the mode. Start a new game and the tutorial begins, but you can just ignore it and it’ll catch up to you, rather than you having to complete it each time.Perhaps an overused phrase that absolutely applies here, Rymdkapsel‘s gameplay is easy to learn, but tough to master. You build corridors in the vacuum of minimalistic space, onto which resource generation rooms attach, and you set your little rectangular minions to do your building and gathering. The game has three missions per match, which is to research (a form of resource gathering) all four monoliths on the map, survive 28 waves of enemies, and reach all four monoliths within 45 minutes of a match.The strategy of the game is based on the red bar sits at the bottom of the HUD, alerting you to when the next wave of increasingly difficult enemies is coming to attack your minions, and the one finite resource on the map sitting amongst the other infinite resources. In a majority of RTS games, resources are limited, but there are so many that it barely ever matters. In Rymdkapsel, you run out of that one pink resource very quickly, and there are only a handful of resource nodes, so you have to plan far ahead from the start.The other difficult bit is that your minions can’t dispatch enemies (and thus, stay alive) without taking them off building and gathering and placing them in a weapons zone that only holds two units each. You also have to precisely time your minion’s movements to make it back to the weapons zone before the enemies arrive, a task much more difficult than it sounds.The game becomes very tough very quickly, but there are some easy-to-follow rules that will keep you afloat, but still provide you with the freedom to be creative with your base and strategy.Next page: Tips, hints and tricks to survive a minimalist death in Rymdkapsel… 1 2last_img read more

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first_imgSabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has announced a 3-night fly in package in conjunction with Federal Air for 2016.Travellers can now fly directly from Johannesburg to the five-star accommodation of Sabi Sabi, that features a private airstrip in the centre of the reserve.A choice of packages include flights and accommodation at any of the four Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve lodges, complete with luxurious all suite accommodation, morning and evening open vehicle safaris with a highly trained ranger and Shangaan tracker, three gourmet meals daily, local beverages, morning coffee and afternoon high tea.Two scheduled flights a day, operated by Federal Air, depart OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Sabi Sabi, with the same number of daily returns.The departure lounge for all Sabi Sabi passengers is accessed by a complimentary shuttle from the main ORTIA terminal to the Federal Air departure terminal.last_img read more

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