Super Bowl Media Circus Begins

first_imgSAN JOSE — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night.The NFL took a good idea gone surreal — what used to be known as “Media Day” — gave it a new name, added a live cover band and moved the whole thing to prime time Monday to kick off Super Bowl week between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.This new and amped-up interview-fest came complete with a guy walking around inside an inflatable football and a newly choreographed players’ introduction that involved all 60 players from each team walking out onto a four-story-high catwalk.“I had no idea that was a bridge we were standing on,” said Manning, getting ready for his fourth Super Bowl.And yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same.“Will you kiss my wife?” one questioner shouted to Panthers QB Cam Newton, who answered his hour’s worth of questions with a sports-drink-themed towel wrapped around his head.“I don’t think I can do that,” Newton said.Suffice to say, Manning and Newton — one a five-time MVP, the other a strong favorite to win his first later this week — couldn’t have seen a lot of this coming, no matter how hard they prepared.Who would play you in a movie? “Maybe a young Robert Redford,” Manning said.Another reporter — or make that, person with a credential — asked Manning to look into the camera and wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all his friends in that part of the world.At one point, a reporter from a Spanish-language station cranked up some bass-heavy music and pleaded with Newton to dance.He passed. “Got to be feeling it,” he explained.All of this thoughtfully brought to prime time by the NFL for the first time in the 50-year history of the Super Bowl.For decades, Media Day was a Tuesday-at-noonish affair — scheduled so as not to interrupt the teams’ schedules and to give writers the rest of the week to craft the stories.But this year, the NFL moved it to Monday night, where minor details like dress code, off-color banter and 8-year-olds asking football players questions after bedtime barely raise an eyebrow.NFL spokesman Michael Signora described the scheduling change as one that allows “more fans (to) experience what has grown to become a very unique, popular Super Bowl event.”Conveniently, the NFL-owned NFL Network captured all the action live.Surprising they didn’t do this earlier. It’s a nod to the reality that “Media Day” has long been a “journalism-free zone” — one in which fans have willingly, for the last five years, paid money for tickets that allow them to sit in the stands and watch the madness unfold.Speaking of which …Late in the Broncos session, Rocky the Leprechaun — a regular at Broncos games over the years — laid a dollar bill out on the blue carpeting of SAP Center and waited to see if someone would pick it up. Several minutes passed. Nobody did.“Crazy to see that,” he said.What makes this week so great?“There’s a lot of happiness,” said the gnome-turned-sociologist. “This world needs all the happiness it can get.”Only one team will be happy come Sunday night. The Panthers are favored. Manning is a sentimental favorite; at 39, many people expect he’ll retire after this one.That was one of the few actual news angles being worked on during Denver’s hour of fun behind the mic.“I haven’t made up my mind and I don’t see myself knowing until the season’s over,” Manning said.Also, the Broncos were involved in a minor bus crash after practice. There were no injuries. “Just adds to the intrigue of what we’ve had all year,” Manning said.Back to the important stuff.Miss Universe, one of the 5,500 “reporters” with credentials for Super Bowl-week festivities, answered more questions than she asked. Most had to do with Steve Harvey. “Yes, I am the real Miss Universe,” she said, referencing Harvey’s embarrassing gaffe a few weeks back.Harvey was a no-show at this one.No one missed him.From the costumes, to the beauty queens, to the guys dressed up like the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, this prime-time special had pretty much everything — except for Donald Trump, who was waiting on caucus results in Iowa.Manning was asked to recollect a meeting with Trump a few years back. Maybe someday, Newton will meet The Donald, too.“I tell kids, that oval-shaped pigskin can take you a lot of places,” said the Panthers quarterback, who won the national college championship with Auburn a few years back. “It’s taken me to the White House.”And to this place. Kickoff is less than a week away.EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Australia up for England challenge at Lord’s, says Glenn Maxwell

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Australia up for England challenge at Lord’s, says Glenn MaxwellGlenn Maxwell said England’s extreme pace will suit Australia when the rivals clash in a World Cup 2019 fixture next week at Lord’s. England are heading into the big-ticket encounter on the back of a shock defeat to Sri Lanka.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 10:09 IST England’s extreme pace will suit Australia, Glenn Maxwell said. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth Australia and England have fine pace-bowling batteriesGlenn Maxwell believes Australia can tackle England’s pace attackAustralia and England will clash on June 25 in at Lord’s, LondonEngland’s extreme pace will suit Australia when the Ashes rivals clash in a mouth-watering World Cup contest at Lord’s next week, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said.Jofra Archer, currently the tournament’s joint leading wicket-taker, and Mark Wood have combined to torment the batsmen with their express speed and have claimed 27 wickets between them during the tournament.”I think that sort of pace probably suits our attack a bit more, a bit more pace on the ball, something we’re a bit more used to,” said the 30-year-old Maxwell.”So I think it’s a challenge we’re up for and we’re certainly getting enough practice in the nets against our bowling attack, that’s for sure.”Australia have their own speedsters in Mitchell Starc, who is level with Archer with 15 wickets, and Pat Cummins (11).Maxwell blasted 32 runs off 10 balls in their 48-run victory against Bangladesh but admitted the reigning champions were not flawless on Thursday.”I just feel like we’ve been building and building each game, getting better in different areas,” he said.”I thought against Bangladesh we were just a little bit off at different stages during the game, but that can happen I suppose.”Everything will come together on Tuesday at Lord’s, hoped Maxwell.”It’s been a pretty long tournament so far, but we’ve got a few days to refresh now and get ourselves up for England,” he said.”And what better place to get amped up for the game than at Lord’s. We’re all looking pretty much forward to that now.”Team mate Marcus Stoinis was aware of the challenge against an England team with a formidable batting lineup.advertisement”Going to be a good challenge,” said the pace bowling all-rounder.”Hopefully, I can nail some yorkers and bowl a few good slower balls because they’re on fire. We’ll definitely come up with some plans for them.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t underestimate Rashid Khan, says Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Lasith Malinga a legend: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne in awe of England slayerAlso SeeFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Australia vs EnglandFollow Glenn Maxwell Nextlast_img read more

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Has enough been done to curtail arms supply in Capital

first_imgNew Delhi: “Huge arms’ haul seized” is a common headline which Delhi people read occasionally, this shows that the Delhi Police and its specialised units like special cell and crime branch have time and again busted gun-running rackets but the question is whether enough has been done to curtail the weapons supply to infamous gangs of Delhi?With the recent spate of violence on Delhi streets where at least four persons have been killed and two injured in less than 15 days and the answer seems to be ‘No’. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWhile the data might speak in Delhi Police favour and boast about that the use of firearms in heinous crimes has come down to 9.2 percent from last year and 286 cases have been reported till May 15 this year in comparison to 315 last year. Also, till May 15, 1,081 illegal arms were seized as against 736 in 2018 which shows a rise of 47 percent rise in the seizure of firearms in the city. 10 days before National capital went into polls massive arms haul seizure was made in which police seized huge cache of arms including as many as 65 pistols besides cartridges and extra magazines and several people were also arrested in Khargone, Dholpur and Aligarh. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHowever, when the whole country was gripped with election fever, five days after Delhi went to polls a man was shot multiple times by unidentified gunmen. Two days later the Capital was rocked by a gang war in Dwarka Mor where two gangsters died in an exchange of fire between the two groups. One of them shot dead by a Delhi Police constable. Later, a gym Trainer and Tik Tok sensation Mohit Mor was shot multiple times in Najafgarh by three men including a juvenile. This was linked to Dwarka Mor gang war. On the day after the Lok Sabha election counting, six men fired indiscriminately on a man in Jahangirpuri. The man luckily survived after he was grazed by a bullet. This recent violent use of the gun shows that more work has to be done to curtail the supply of firearms in the Capital from NCR and Munger in Bihar. The supply chain needs to be broken, information network to be strengthened and the source of the gun running rackets should be brought to book for a substantial change.last_img read more

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Three lynched in Bihar village on suspicion of cattle theft

first_imgChapra (Bihar): Three people were lynched at a village in Bihar’s Saran district Friday morning by a mob that caught hold of them while they were allegedly stealing cattle, police said. The incident took place in the wee hours at Paigambarpur village under Baniapur police station. The deceased have been identified as Raju Nat, Bides Nat and Naushad Qureshi, Superintendent of Police Har Kishore Rai said. He said two of the deceased were beaten to death at the village, while another succumbed to injuries when he was being taken to a hospital by family members. All the deceased belonged to Paigambarpur village, Rai said, adding the bodies have been sent for post mortem and investigation is on.last_img

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Government says 84 PTA related cases still before court

The Government says 84 cases related to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are still before court.The President’s media division said that the Attorney-General’s Department is examining police investigation reports pertaining to another 12 suspects also arrested under the PTA for further legal action. The current trials include conspiracy and aiding and abetting the assassination of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar, attempted Assassination of former Defence Secretary, conspiracy and aiding and abetting to carry out a suicide attack during “Deyata Kirula” targeting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other VIPs, conspiracy, aiding and abetting the assassination of former Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, attempted assassination for former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and the Anuradhapura killing of 29 persons including retired Major General Janaka Perera. read more

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Brock returns to a balanced budget but theres work to do

For the first time in a decade, Brock University is starting a new fiscal year with a balanced budget plan in which expenses are met by revenues.Earlier this month the University’s Board of Trustees approved a 2017-18 financial plan that comes in at just under $324 million. Brock’s fiscal year runs from May 1 to April 30.Being one of the area’s biggest employers, two-thirds of Brock’s expenses — more than $213.3 million — are wages and benefits. Brock has 1,570 full-time and 1,100 part-time employees, and in a typical year, can employ 4,000 temporary contract staff. The University further impacts the Niagara economy through goods or services purchased from local businesses, and last year spent more than $23 million on this.On the income side of the new budget, about 70 per cent of revenues will come through tuition, student fees and other sources such as parking, facility rentals and conferences. The Ontario government’s operating grant this year will come to $96.3 million, covering about 30 per cent of budgeted revenues.In terms of dollars per student, Brock has received the lowest provincial grant funding of any Ontario university, though Brock officials are hopeful this discrepancy will be addressed later this year when the Province unveils a new funding formula for universities.While the budget calls for completing the year with no deficit, that result is dependent upon a significant factor: Brock must generate an additional $3 million by exceeding the base enrolment forecast by three per cent, either through greater student retention or new student recruitment or a combination of both. This means increasing the headcount by between 255 and 390 students (depending on the mix of international and domestic students), in an era when Ontario universities are competing to grow domestic undergraduate enrolment from a shrinking pool of applicants.Brian Hutchings, Vice-President Administration, said the scenario is not without challenges, but he feels momentum is on the University’s side, given Brock’s emerging reputation and growing sense of itself.“For several years Brock employees have worked hard to tackle deficits and help the University regain control of its future,” said Hutchings.“It hasn’t been easy, hasn’t been painless and we are not yet out of the woods. But the effort has had a unifying effect. There’s a sense of confidence and determination around campus that we will continue to make Brock a destination for more and more people.”For more details and breakouts for Brock’s 2017-18 budget, see the full report. read more

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Soap actress says her engagement to notorious prisoner Charles Bronson is the

first_imgCoronation Street actress Paula Williamson plans to move in with Charles Bronson, should he be released Coronation Street actress Paula Williamson plans to move in with Charles Bronson, should he be released Ms Williamson met Bronson – who has been married twice, engaged to two other women and has a son by one marriage – when she wrote to him after reading a book he had written about his life.She said her parent may be concerned about her choice of groom – particularly her mother, a lab technician – but they “just want me to be happy”.As for conjugal rights, they will have to wait until his release.“I’d very happily spend the night with Charlie in his cell,” she said. “But it’s not allowed.” Charles Bronson seen leaving the High Court in London in February 2010Credit:Nicholas Razzell Paula Williamson, actress girlfriend of criminal Charles Bronson Charles Bronson seen leaving the High Court in London in February 2010 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It was Ms Williamson – who has appeared in a number of TV soaps, including Coronation St and Hollyoaks – who alerted press photographers when she visited HMP Wakefield, where Bronson is held in the segregation unit, last Monday.He had asked her to visit him that so day he could ask for her hand in marriage. Apparently he would have done it the next day – Valentine’s Day – but it was not his turn to receive visits.The couple plan to marry on her birthday in August, in the prison chapel.center_img Paula Williamson, actress girlfriend of criminal Charles Bronson She is not the first woman to develop a questionable relationship with a prison ‘lifer’ over a series of letters and occasional visits under the watchful eye of prison guard.But bit-part TV actress Paula Williamson insists she is more than just another woman who has developed an obsession with a ‘bad boy’.No, says Ms Williamson, her relationship with Charles Bronson – one of Britain’s most infamous prisoners – is the real thing.The 36-year-old has given a lengthy newspaper interview in which she insists that she and Mr Bronson, 64, will eventually marry when he is finally released after 43 years and counting behind bars, and settle down to a happy retirement together. Credit: Cherri Gilham/REX/Shutterstock “Charlie is a changed man. It is my hope that he will be released by my 40th birthday, in August 2020,” Ms Williamson told the Daily Mail.“In 2000 he was sentenced to life with a tariff of three to four years, which means he has served 14 years over his sentence. I don’t know why. I think Charlie’s been lost in the system. He’s a victim of his own infamy. He’s become a caricature of himself, really.“What really upsets me is when people think Charlie’s a serial killer. He was sent to jail for armed robbery.‘I know he’s done things in prison, and we have spoken about that. He admits he has lost his temper but has acted under extreme provocation.” Charles Bronson In fact they plan to buy a country cottage together, a stone one if you don’t mind, and have even spoken about having children.“I’m madly in love with Charlie and he’s madly in love with me. But even I can’t believe I’m marrying Britain’s most notorious prisoner,” she said. “We just want to be a normal couple.”This may be difficult, given that Mr Bronson, who was originally sentenced to just seven years for armed robbery, in 1974, has gone on receive regular increases to his sentence following repeated violent offences inside and outside prison.Bronson was released in 1988, but spent just 69 days on the outside before being arrested for robbery. In 1992 he was released again and this time returned to jail for conspiracy to rob after 53 days.Still, she lives in hope.last_img read more

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Improve your typing skills with a HTML5 shmup

first_imgTyping on a keyboard is a skill you develop over time, but I bet many of the people reading this don’t touch type. Even if you don’t, it’s possible to improve your typing speed with practice, and what better way to do so than by playing a game?One of the best typing tutors I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing is Typing of the Dead. Typing words correctly to shoot zombies before they had a chance to bite you worked well and kept you playing. Your typing skill was improving while you had fun making practice a very pleasant experience.Typing of the Dead was released several years ago, and it’s about time we had a new game that improves your typing. Now we do. It’s a shmup called Z-Type and it’s completely free to play in your web browser.The gameplay is simple: you control the weapon of a ship positioned at the bottom of the play area. Enemy bombs will then appear at the top of the screen with each one having a word printed next to it. Typing the words out fires your weapon and slowly destroys each unit. Each word must be typed before the bomb decends the height of the screen and hits your craft.Gameplay happens in waves which get progressively harder based on the length of the words you have to type and how many enemies there are in each wave. You should be able to make it past Wave 10 easily, but it then starts getting more difficult.This game has been created in HTML5 using the Impact Engine created by Dominic Szablewski. We have featured him before on the site when he created the great little 2D platformer Biolab Disaster.Give Z-Type a play and see if it improves your typing skills.Read more at the PhobosLab bloglast_img read more

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Marks of a rebound following recession

first_imgAfter six years of negative growth and recession, the modern Greek tragedy is starting to take a 180 degree turn as the country strives toward positive economic growth, thanks to a boost in tourism, revitalised European Union-supported infrastructure projects and increased availability of loans from recapitalised banks.At its peak, Greece’s financial crisis caused the economy to shrink by 25 per cent, the loss of tens of thousands of family-owned businesses and living standards to fall to appalling levels, as the country vehemently culled its public and social spending to stem the economic bleed. Many Greeks fled the country, opting for opportunities in Germany, the UK and Gulf states, as the country perilled amidst the cuts. But Greece has been boosted by its return to international capital markets in April, and increasing confidence has encouraged hedge funds and private equity groups to reconsider Greek companies as serious investment prospects.The country’s revenue targets are on track to hit a primary surplus of 1.5 per cent before the repayment of loan interest, according to figures from the first five months, but more obstacles need to be met before it can be completely in the clear – and headed towards complete recovery.Particularly, the European Central Bank’s stress testing of eurozone banks, which gives a representation of non-performing loan portfolios, resolves debates about banks’ recapitalisation needs and write-downs of bad debt, to prevent companies from draining funds that can be allocated toward profitable business ventures.Secondly, Greece will have to overcome negotiations with the EU and IMF on debt relief, in the hopes for debt restructures.Thirdly, a worrying prospect for the Greek government is the non-election of a new president, when incumbent Karolos Papoulias retires next year. The Greek parliament must elect a new president with a two-thirds majority, and if it fails fresh elections will be held, which will invariably delay restructure programs. The ideological make-up of the current Greek parliament, consisting of a coalition government (made up of centre-left-and-right party members from PASOK and New Democracy), leftist party Syriza and the far-right Golden Dawn party, potentially creates a stumbling block. But, reforms have already made it easier for young entrepreneurs to create new businesses and hire part-time personnel, thanks in part to EU-backed funding, which is making incredible inroads to Greece’s predicted recovery. The country is also involved in the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project which transports natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea territory to central Europe. The construction of the Greek fragment is expected to create 1,000 jobs in Greece’s northern regions, where unemployment rates are at a staggering 30 percent. China too has emerged as a major investor in Greece, with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang describing it as his country’s “gateway to Europe”. Chinese shipping operator Cosco operates a container terminal at Pireaus, Greece’s main shipping port, and other Chinese companies are looking to acquire concessions to operate Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ and the state railway company when they are privatised next year.Source: Financial Times Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Kenai Assembly considers moment of silence after Satanic prayer protest counterprotest

first_imgTonight, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson plans to introduce an ordinance that would replace the invocation, or prayer said at the beginning of meetings, with a moment of silence. Earlier this month, an invocation by a member of the Satanic Temple was offered before the assembly. The prayer sparked a protest, and a counter-protest.Listen nowProtesters gathered at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to pray in front of the Soldotna Planned Parenthood offices. Counter-protestors also gathered holding signs and chanting. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)Rumors had been circulating online that there would be an exorcism performed on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly building, but that did not happen. At least not right away. Instead, in the steady rain, in front of the Soldotna Planned Parenthood, two groups gathered. On one side, Catholic protestors carrying rosaries and a life-sized wooden cross said a prayer.On the other side, a group of women held signs reading, ‘my body my choice’ and ‘reproductive health is not a sin’, and they chanted this:“Keep your rosaries off my ovaries  … keep your rosaries off my ovaries,” counter-protesters said. The protest was sparked by something that happened down the street inside Borough Assembly Chambers a couple weeks back. That’s when 27-year old Kenai Peninsula College student Iris Fontana invoked the power of Satan.“Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born fearful minds in darkened times,” Fontana said.Some children took part in the Aug. 23 protest with their parents. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)It ended like this: “It is done. Hail Satan,” Fontana said.Several months ago, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President, Blaine Gillman, introduced an ordinance that would have done away with the invocation. But he withdrew it under pressure from local Christian leaders who wanted the prayer to continue.Fast forward to August 17, when the religious protestors combined issues they see as community problems.Outside Planned Parenthood, spokesperson for the Catholic group, Toby Burk said he is there to address what he calls, two ‘evils’ going on in the community:“First and foremost the evil of abortion, the destruction of innocent life, for one. We are out here in front of Planned Parenthood because they make all or most of the local referrals to the abortionist. And two, you may have heard about the invocation at the Borough building last week. So this is like, we are going to start praying here and we are going to eventually process over to the Borough building.” Burk said.Praying is the catholic group’s way of fighting back, he said.On the other side of the Planned Parenthood issue were counterprotesters, including Michele Vasquez. She said that she supports the clinic which provides many important services, besides abortion.Reporter Elizabeth Earl with the Peninsula Clarion Newspaper interviews counterprotesters in front of the Soldotna Planned Parenthood on Aug. 17. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)“It’s actually the healthcare provider for millions of low-income women across the country. They provide pap smears; they provide cancer screenings, breast exams, and prostate exams for men. It is just so crucial that we have that. Only 3 percent of their services are abortion. So, I just find it reprehensible that these people would want to see such a great organization just disappear,” said Vasquez.This summer, the Assembly heard repeated public testimony from residents who said that prayer at a public meeting was inappropriate – and also that the invocation, as practiced, seemed exclusionary to non-Judeo-Christian faiths. Local religious leaders testified in support of keeping the invocation. Now a moment of silence is under consideration as an alternative.The Catholic protestors walk toward the Borough building and right before they get to it the counterprotesters link arms to form a symbolic human wall.“Separation of church and state, we are the wall! Separation of church and state, we are the wall!” counter-protesters said.Eventually everyone arrives in front of the borough building.Iris Fontana is also at the protest – the woman who said the prayer that sparked so much controversy. Fontana said she supports Planned Parenthood and free speech.Protesters in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)“The invocation that I used was written by the spokesman for the Satanic Temple and so I could have left ‘hail Satan’ off but why? There should not be a reason to have to rein myself in. It is free speech. Everyone has free speech. You know, I should not have to hide,” Fontana said.Standing with Fontana is a retired school teacher and self-described Christian.“I am Judith Jenkinson, the grandmother of this nasty rebel I love so much and I’m here because I support her. She’s right,”  Jenkinson said.Jenkinson said she’s proud that her granddaughter is fighting for separation of church and state in the local government.“It is 2016, people ought to have rights. This whole protest is so dark ages, it just scares me to death,” Jenkinson said.Fontana said she’s pleased that the Assembly is now considering doing away with the invocation and instituting in its place a moment of silence.“That would be perfect. I think that’s reasonable,” Fontana said.The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is scheduled to introduce the new ordinance at their Tuesday, August 23 meeting.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday March 2 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPublic testimony tilts against oil and gas tax overhaulAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauMost Alaskans who offered public testimony Wednesday on a proposed overhaul of the state’s oil and gas taxes and tax credits opposed the measure.House majority looks to tap Permanent Fund to close budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFor years, the minority caucus in the Alaska House has had a say in the state’s budget. But that may not happen this year, as the majority caucus looks to tap Permanent Fund earnings to close the budget gap.Should foster kids know when the state uses their benefits?Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSome foster kids are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, but the kids and their families don’t always know the money is available. Instead, the state applies for the benefits and puts the funds toward paying for foster care services. Now a lawsuit is asking if the state needs to notify families and guardians before it starts taking the money. A judge heard oral arguments last month.Murkowski, Sullivan diverge on SessionsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will not involve himself in any investigation of foreign interference in last year’s election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among several Republicans who called on him to recuse himself.Murkowski joins several Democrats in challenging proposed pot enforcementsZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA group of U.S. senators – including one Alaskan – is asking the Justice Department to keep existing guidance on marijuana laws.With new Interior secretary, renewed hopes for King Cove roadLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke rode a horse to his first day of work in Washington, D.C. today. He’s the new secretary of the Interior. The position is an important one for Alaska, where more than 60 percent of the land is owned by the federal government.State Troopers plan to move lone Haines position to BethelEmily Files, KHNS – HainesThings are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. AST Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.Bill would change state arts council to a corporationEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauLawmakers take their first look Friday at a bill changing the Alaska State Council on the Arts from an agency to a public corporation.Scientists propose plan to help refreeze melting ArcticJennifer Pemberton, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe Arctic could see its first ice-free summer as soon as 2030 as the region continues to warm faster than the rest of the planet. Some scientists think we’ve reached a point of no return, where no amount of reducing carbon emissions will save the Arctic, and a small group of scientists think it’s time for an intervention to help Mother Nature out.last_img read more

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PM Hasina vows to work till last breath to fulfill Bangabandhus dream

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina prays for eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation before a discussion arranged by the UK chapter of Awami League in London on Saturday, 3 August, 2019. Photo: CourtesyPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday vowed to work as long as she is alive to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to establish a Sonar Bangladesh, reports UNB. “I have nothing to get for my personal gains; rather the aim of my life is to materialise the ideals of Bangabandhu based on which he had run the country,” she said while speaking at a discussion arranged by the UK chapter of Awami League in London. Recalling her bitter experience after her return from exile following the 15 August massacre in 1975, Sheikh Hasina said she returned home alone losing all of her near and dear ones on that black night. Highlighting various successes of the present government, she said Awami League has a policy and idealism to develop and advance the country. Taking a swipe at BNP, the prime minister said it turned Bangladesh into a country of food deficit while in power during the 2001-2006 period. The Awami League chief also elaborated on destructive activities of the BNP-led government. She said BNP leaders had indulged in unbridled corruption, money-laundering and looting of orphan money while its activists in burning people to death, terrorism and militancy as well as killing and torturing the AL leaders and workers. At the beginning of her speech, Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation and other martyred members of her family as well as the martyred four national leaders.last_img read more

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Womens Civic League Celebrate 11th Annual Apple Festival

first_imgThe Women’s Civic League in partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks invite you to come celebrate the 11th Annual Apple Festival at West Shore Park (Baltimore Inner Harbor) located at the 400-500 block of Light Street, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 3.The free event will feature a variety of delicious food, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, and lots of fun activities for the entire family.The Women’s Civic League is comprised of women from all walks of life whose mission is to engage in varied human relations and civic activities to beautify their communities and promote good neighbor relations.  Their activities vary from beautification of neighborhoods, working with schools and students, to organization fund raising events such as the Apple Festival to raise funds for high school graduates pursuing a college education and for maintaining the historic building we are located in at 9 N. Front St.last_img read more

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Final Fantasy VII recreated in Little Big Planet 2

first_imgSquare Enix has never been shy about dusting off its classic games, slapping a fresh coat of paint on them, injecting them with some new CGI cutscenes and pushing them out the door for gamers to buy all over again… so it’s long been a mystery why they’ve yet to try to milk some more money out of Final Fantasy VII, the most beloved entry in their classic JRPG series, with a sexy high-def remake.Sadly, it doesn’t look like Squeenix has any intention of remaking Final Fantasy VII anytime soon, but if you’re a fan of Sony’s cute game builder Little Big Planet, there might be some good news: some plucky person is trying to put together a remake of Final Fantasy VII within Little Big Planet 2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBQdGx9uLc&feature=player_embeddedOf course, Little Big Planet 2 isn’t out yet, but the maker in question is a beta tester and is already getting the project rolling, having successfully modeled the overworld, many of the main characters, some monsters, the battle screen and even a giant Chocobo. Pretty neat! Of course, this is exactly the kind of huge scoped project that never gets finished, but even so: it’s amazing that Little Big Planet 2 is even remotely capable of this sort of complexity.Read more at Games Radarlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Female Alzheimer’s researchers band together Central America benefits from generosity of Seattle-based Gates Foundation Costa Rican companies visit U.S. to promote medical tourism services Why aren’t eggs refrigerated at Costa Rican grocery stores? High care costs in the United States for patients with Alzheimer’s disease are prompting many families to look to other countries, including Costa Rica, as an alternative treatment option.According to the nonprofit health group Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Alzheimer’s patients live in the U.S., and someone is diagnosed in that country every 67 seconds. Out-of-pocket health care costs paid by family members of Alzheimer’s patients will total $34 billion this year alone.Medical travel group Patients Beyond Borders estimates that 900,000 U.S. residents traveled abroad last year for health care services. Part of that demand includes services for Alzheimer’s patients.To respond, some care centers in Costa Rica now offer bilingual services targeting Alzheimer’s patients. La Casa Sol, in the southwestern San José suburb of Escazú, is a daycare center offering physiotherapy, psychogeriatric evaluations and sensory stimulation. Hugolino Cardenas dances with a La Casa Sol employee during morning activities at the Escazú center. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesTwenty-five years ago, La Casa Sol Director Jenny Mora helped found the Costa Rican Alzheimer’s Association (la Asociación de Alzheimer de Costa Rica, in Spanish), and she currently serves as the group’s vice president. Mora said the center’s clients have several options, including music therapy that includes singing and dancing, table games, gardening, a literature club, and sports such as volleyball and golf.La Casa Sol has about 45 guests, but they don’t visit every day. Some attend once a month, while others visit two or three times a week. Some are from the United States, and others are from Venezuela, Spain, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.“It’s multicultural,” Mora said. “We have staff who speak English, and those who don’t speak Spanish won’t feel isolated. For example, the psychomotor exercises include dancing, and the explanations are given in both languages.”While the center offers basic care, it also has agreements with medical specialists at affordable pricing. Members of the staff also help guests find and purchase affordable prescription drugs.“A lot of people have the wrong impression that North Americans always come here with a lot of money. We know that’s not true, because we are aware of the costs associated with aging. This is one of the reasons we always look for the best and most affordable pharmacies,” Mora said. Stretching is an everyday activity at La Casa Sol. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe center also offers a nutritional menu designed to manage cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid for diabetics. “Today we have on the menu, for example, olla de carne [Costa Rican meat stew], which is nutritious and delicious. Many people come from [the U.S.] with poor nutrition because they’re accustomed to a high-fat diet,” she said.Another center that offers services for Alzheimer’s patients is Verdeza, which also is located in Escazú. Maybell Araya, director of marketing, said Verdeza has four floors of varying residential care. The second floor caters to Alzheimer’s patients and has specialized staff.Daily services include housekeeping, laundry, lifestyle activity assistance, prescription drug management, meals, social programs and therapeutic activities.At Verdeza, a monthly payment of $3,800 includes an apartment, targeted care and meals. A similar care package in the U.S. could cost up to $9,000 a month, depending on the state, Araya said.Araya said Verdeza has had residents from California, Arizona and North Carolina, among other states. Temporary guests stay from two weeks up to three months, or longer, according to needs. Permanent residents also are welcome. Manuel Ruiz sings opera to his mates at La Casa Sol. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesSome health experts question the benefits of sending Alzheimer’s patients abroad, arguing that it is important to keep them at home and near family, friends and in familiar neighborhoods in order to stimulate with memories, language and familiar culture. But other experts say that depending on the advancement of the disease, patients are able to adjust to new environments, and what makes the difference is the quality of care they receive.Asked about this, Araya told The Tico Times that, “a person with Alzheimer’s should be in a safe environment with qualified and well-trained personnel who promote independence, social activities and a healthy routine.”Mora said La Casa Sol aims to help patients maintain mental stability as long as possible to avoid institutionalization.“Our therapies are based on improving physical, mental, emotional and social capabilities,” she said.“While it is true that it’s inconvenient to transfer an Alzheimer’s patient, I can assure you that early diagnosis can help avoid accelerated deterioration into dementia,” Mora said. Nora Carvalho plays a board game at La Casa Sol as part of the center´s morning activities. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOther concerns about traveling abroad for medical care include the quality standards of facilities and local regulations that guide them.Araya said Verdeza follows national regulations set by the Costa Rican Health Ministry, which audits them on the quality of care given to seniors and the level of training of staff.For La Casa Sol’s contact information, click here. For more on Verdeza, visit their website here. Visit the Asociación Costarricense de Alzheimer’s Facebook page here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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