Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close
The Version two event was held on November 20-22 at UWA Sports Park, McGillivray Oval. The event drew 42 teams, and a mountain of spectators and officials.On Friday, we commenced at the new time of 11.50 for Round 1, with round games being played until around 5 o’clock.Saturday was again similar with round games commencing at 9am and concluding at 5pm for the annual Referee Awards Dinner at Challenge Stadium. The dinner saw a range of awards given including the Certificates of Commendation to those who had shown commitment and dedication to their affiliate. During the evening it was also an opportunity to show appreciation to John Moore who commenced refereeing in 1980 and to this day is still holding that whistle and running around the park.However the night was about one award, the 2009 Referee of the Year. This year the prestigious award went to Karen Woods.Sunday was finals day, with the open men’s kicking off the morning with their final round. The day the saw 7 divisions semi-finals and then towards midday the grand finals began. The Womens 35’s, Mens 40’s and Womens 27’s were all at UWA Sports Park, and for the other 4 divisions we moved to the newly built State Athletics Stadium.The Grand Final results are below:Womens 35’sSouthern – 3Perth Brothers – 0Player of the Final – Michelle Keegan – SouthernReferees – Paul Thomas, Matt Thomas, Pammy TauMens 40’sGeraldton – 6Rosalie – 4Player of the Final – Eugene White – GeraldtonReferees – Steve Williams, Stuart Evans, Paul RichardsonWomens 27’sRosalie – 4Tompkins Park – 3Player of the Final – Tegan Young – RosalieReferees – Damien Capp, Brendan Davies, Fiona HayMens 30’sRosalie – 11Fremantle – 6Player of the Final – Jay Laurie – RosalieReferees – Richard McIllroy, Phil Galvin, John Bedford2 November 30, 2009Mixed OpenGalaxy – 10Fremantle – 7Player of the Final – Joseph Parekura Tarau – GalaxyReferees – Andrew Catterall, Ben Morton, Lee BroadbridgeWomens OpenSouthern – 6Perth Brothers – 3Player of the Final – Ashleigh Dewar – SouthernReferees – Chris Murray, James McMahon, Justin ParsonsMens OpenSouthern – 8Tompkins Park – 7Player of the Final – Stuart Brierty – SouthernReferees – Tony Arnel, Grant Hill, Karen WoodsBall Boys – Zac Richardson, Charlie DossetterChampion Affiliate – Southern DistrictsAt the conclusion of the Mens Open final there were several awards to be given to Touch Football Community members who had donated numerous hours to the sport in a range of areas. TouchWest congratulates:State Referee Directors Encouragement Award – Paul RichardsonReferee of the Tournament – Fiona Hay2009 Leading Referee – Tony ArnelCoach of the Year – George Forster-JonesVolunteer of the Year – Freda BlackTouchWest wishes to thank all the volunteers and staff who donated numerous hours to the event.All event action photos are available from www.energyimages.com.auFull results will be available from www.statechamps.com.auRelated Fileswrap_up_-_state_champs-pdf
Over the past few months Touch Football Australia (TFA) has been calling for entries into its Photo Competition and we are now pleased to announce the winners. The following budding photographers’ photos were selected as winners in the competition:Peter SheffordIngrid VirgonaAnthony McGrathKate Spranklin Mick and Sue Gallegos/Melinda ChalkerTerry ParkerTo view the winning photos, check out the ‘TFA Photo Competition Winners’ album on the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Let us know which is your favourite photo on Facebook by ‘liking’ the photo in the album and we will choose someone who has voted for the public’s favourite photo to win a prize. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, 3 November. Thank you to everyone who contributed photos for the competition.Related LinksPhoto Competition
Urban Meyer Play-CallingDuring a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don’t believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn’t mince words when discussing the new rule.Urban Meyer is much more upset about the texting rule change. “The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in my life.”— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) April 11, 2016Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn’t like the then-proposed rule (via Cleveland.com):“I hear the stuff about texting,” he said. “I want to make this clear why — and this is a high school coach’s and high school player perspective — not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That’s not what this is about. It’s about them, and not screwing up a high school kid’s senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can’t stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.“If I don’t want to hear from that school they’ll keep hitting me because that’s their job, and usually it’s not them, it’s maybe an intern doing it. So here’s a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it’s social media, you can determine who you want to hear from.”There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Karl Samuda says he is impressed and highly satisfied with the quality of operations at the Ministry’s Plant Quarantine Unit and Export Centre, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James. “I am very impressed and I am happy to know that this level of surveillance that is being carried out here enables us to export our produce without being confronted with any negative reactions when it arrives at its destination,” Mr. Samuda said.The Minister was speaking with JIS News following an extensive tour conducted of the facility, which was led by Export Complex Manager, Dalton Hastings, on Friday (October 13). The Plant Quarantine Unit has the responsibility to ensure that harmful pests and diseases do not enter Jamaica, and that only the highest quality, pest free produce is exported from the country.The Unit is headquartered in Kingston and operates two export complexes, one at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the other at Sangster.Minister Samuda said he was also “surprised” to see the extent to which the unit is engaged in all aspects of securing the country’s exports.“For instance, the whole section dealing with fumigation and the care that is being taken to ensure that every item that is packaged and exported are properly fumigated, and offers the maximum safety to the customers at their destinations,” he addedMeanwhile, Minister Samuda said his Ministry would be examining ways in which it could contribute to the expansion of the Montego Bay facility, which he added, is being funded without any additional special budgetary requests. “It is not funded by the budget by special line provision. They earn money and those resources put together with the Ministry’s ability to provide the necessary funds required to keep it going efficiently, is being done,” he explained.
Round of 32Buffalo1376 With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Sweet 16Kansas State968 Round of 64Davidson1261% RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers. Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group
Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown.
Fernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”
Pablo Zabaleta thinks Hammers fans will see “attractive” and winning football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.The full-back, who had played under Pellegrini in Argentina and then at Manchester City, also said that the Chilean is “a quiet person” but “strong in his belief about how football should be played”.“Manuel did well when we were at San Lorenzo,” said the Argentine defender via Standard Uk.“He had success there, he built a good team, won the Primera Division title and set some records.“After he left San Lorenzo he went to River Plate and won another Primera Division title. He was always keen on youth development, bringing through good young players who went on to do very well.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“He went to Spain with Villarreal and did a great job, taking them to the Champions League semi-finals. I played against his teams many times when I was with Espanyol and they were always very tough opponents.“He also did well at Real Madrid and Malaga, then he came to City, where we worked together for three seasons and won the Premier League title.“He’s a quiet person but he is also very determined and very strong in his belief about how football should be played.“He likes to play good, attractive football and he plays to win, which the fans of all the clubs he has managed have always enjoyed. He has always been a good manager and I am sure he will show that again with West Ham.”
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Sarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/4ehechUVwJ— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed he still supports the German national team despite the criticism and abuse he received after the World Cup.The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup citing racist abuse and remarks from the German Football Federation (DFB).Ozil was criticized in Germany prior to the World Cup when he and Ilkay Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In July, he wrote on Twitter:‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”However, the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed on his Twitter account during a Q&A session with fans, that he still supports the German team.I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course I’m still supporting the team! https://t.co/flgtc13DZT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2018He said: “I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course, I’m still supporting the team!”
A Chelsea fan has been handed a three-year ban from attending games after being found guilty by Brighton Magistrates Court last Thursday.George Bradley, 20 pleaded guilty of homophobic chants during Chelsea’s away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.Additionally, Bradley was also fined 965 pounds.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We’d like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident and we are very pleased with the outcome, a Brighton spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters.“It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”Chelsea were involved in series of racial abuse claims late last year following a racial abuse on Manchester City striker Raheem Steerling and another during their last Europa league tie against Vid FC.
Monday 11/26Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-1126.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-1126.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor’s Office Attends FERC Meeting In D.C., Soldotna City Council To Tour Proposed Site For New Visitor Center, 2018 Toys For Tots Is Underway On The Kenai Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 11/27Audio PlayerJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp3VmJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp300:00RPdQuick Appointed Commissioner of the Department of Administration, Borough Approves Lease Of Anchor Point Parcels To Hilcorp, Redoubt Elementary Students Donate 1,300 Pounds Of Food To Local Food Bank Wednesday 11/28Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp300:00RPdDon’t Miss The Klimpke Christmas Lights In Nikiski, Local Law Enforcement Warn Of Increase In Thefts Over Holiday Season, Kenaitze Among Alaska Native Tribes Suing Drug Companies Thursday 11/29Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor Names New Chief Of Staff, Credit Union 1 Now Offering Financial Services To Marijuana Businesses, Soldotna Advances To Next Round For Levitt AMP GrantFriday 11/30Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-1130.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-1130.mp300:00RPdBack-To-Back Earthquakes Shake South Central Alaska, Kenai Spur Highway Near South Miller Damaged In Earthquake
The Halibut Cove/Peterson Bay area will have two brief outages at the beginning and end of thescheduled outage, according to HEA. The outage is necessary to safely replace switching equipment on the Spit. The outage will occur between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and could last up to 8 hours on the Homer Spit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association will be conducting scheduled power outages in the Homer Spit, Peterson Bay, and Halibut Cove areas on Thursday, December 13. As a reminder from HEA, take steps to protect all sensitive electronic equipment in your home andbusiness.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Chief Executive N. Chandrasekaran speaks during a news conference in Mumbai July 18, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters FileIndia’s Information Technology (IT) behemoth Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have been sued by three US citizens from two different companies for alleged discrimination based on race and national origin. They are seeking exemplary and punitive damages from the IT giant.The Economic Times reported that, in a complaint to the District Court of New Jersey, the three complainants — Darryl Stacy, Donald Stephen Bradley and Hesham Hafez — have alleged that TCS prefers to bring in the human resources from India even though there are able and trained US citizens.The complaint further added that when it comes to hiring local talent, the company prefers Indian and South Asians over US citizens. The complaint is the latest addition to a number of litigations filed against Indian IT companies operating in the US including TCS, Infosys and HCL Technologies.The complaint has come at a time when the United States president Donald Trump has openly opposed immigration in the country. The Trump administration has ordered for an increased inspection on the issuance of the H-1B visa; additionally, it is also working towards withdrawing an Obama-era policy that allowed spouses of H-1B visa workers to work in the US. Employees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work inside the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013.Reuters FileThe complaint said: “TCS’ president for North America Surya Kant and vice president and head of human resources Narasimhan Srinivasan devised and implemented a nationwide ‘leadership directive’ to utilize TCS’s visa-ready South Asian employees (also known as ‘expats’) to the ‘maximum extent’ when filling US positions.”Stacy and Bradley were ex-employees of Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company in southern California. While on the other hand, Hafez worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in Connecticut. The complainants are being represented by Kotchen & Low, the firm that is also representing some other employees of Southern California Edison in a class-action lawsuit against TCS related in a similar case of discrimination. It is the same law firm which has filed that case against Infosys and HCL Technologies.However, the TCS management defended the company and argued that “the allegations by the plaintiffs are baseless, and is confident that it will successfully defend itself”.
PM Hasina assures EU of free, fair pollsPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday assured the new ambassador of European Union (EU) of a free, fair and credible general election to be held at the end of this year.“The Awami League had to struggle for protection of the democratic rights of the people when the state power was confined in the cantonment,” she said when new EU envoy Rensje Teerink called on prime minister at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.Briefing reporters after the meeting the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier’s comment came in response to the EU envoy’s hope for a transparent and credible election.Sheikh Hasina and the envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing cordial relations, the press secretary said.Sheikh Hasina thanked the EU for helping the election commission and introducing transparent ballot boxes and voters’ list with photographs.The prime minister highlighted the development policy of her government saying the government is working with a special policy for socio-economic development and all development works are being implemented as the target set earlier.Recalling her visit to EU headquarters in her first term in office the prime minister appreciated EU’s continuous support to Bangladesh.As the Rohingya issue came in their discussion the prime minister said Rohingyas are creating immense burden on Bangladesh’s economy. Everybody including administration, police, army, BGB and other agencies are sincerely working to ensure their safe shelter, food and healthcare.Huge number of Rohingyas is occupying the cultivable land of local people, causing economic problem on them.The prime minister highly appreciated the role of EU on refugee issue.She said as the next door neighbor Bangladesh is engaged in dialogue with Myanmar and other bordering countries of Myanmar to resolve the problem.The press secretary said the envoy talked about the current situation of the garment sector saying the present government is very much sincere for giving a legitimate wages.For fixing wages for workers of garment industries, the prime minister said, she herself bargained with the owners to raise their wages.She said garment workers are working very nicely for development of the sector, despite attempts of creating trouble in the mills and factories from outside by non-professionals in vested interest.Sheikh Hasina laid importance on role of buyers in fixation of prices of garment products which was endorsed by the EU envoy.The press secretary said the EU envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous achievement in various sectors including in the economic growth, graduation from LDCs to developing countries.Raising power generation capacity from 3,000 MW to 18,000 MW is an impressive success, she said.The envoy assured stepping up their support and pointed out 30 million Euro additional support of EU for Rohingays. She also mentioned about imposing sections on seven Myanmar generals for their links with the atrocities on Rohingays.Rensje Teerinks hoped that the visit of UN secretary-general would help making the international support to Rohingyas more strong.The envoy assured continued cooperation with Bangladesh on the issues of socio-economic development.Principal secretary to the prime minister Md. Nojibur Rahman and military secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin were present.
Rashed KhanA Dhaka court has placed quota reform leader Rashed Khan on a fresh 10-day remand in two separate cases.One of the cases is under the ICT act and the other is for attack on Dhaka University’s vice-chancellor’s residence.Dhaka’s additional chief metropolitan magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Nur ordered the remand fresh after his five-day remand ended in an ICT case on Sunday.The Detective Branch (DB) investigation officers of two cases sought 10-day remand in each case to interrogate Rashed while the court put him on 5-day remand in each case.Inspector Rafiqul Islam, also investigation officer of the cases, told the court that the transaction of Tk 700,000 was found in Rashed’s account during the street agitations of quota reform.In defence, Rashed’s lawyer told the court that protesting university students sent him the money even at an amount of Tk 100 for bearing the expenses of banners, festoons and renting microphones and so on. Police arrested Rashed, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, the platform demanding civil service quota reforms on 1 July from his Bhashantek residence.
A Howard University student, who is also employed as a resident assistant in the university’s College Hall South dormitory, was recently accused of sexually assaulting another Howard student. The accusations have unveiled concerns about a rape culture on campus, which has led to policy changes at the university.Scores of Howard student-protestors spilled into the streets last week, chanting “no means no,” as part of #TakeBackTheNightHU, a broad protest for all victims of sexual assault on campus following online accusations against the resident assistant. The student was accused of two sexual assault cases occurring in February of this year and in May of 2015. The AFRO is not publishing the resident assistant’s name because he has not been formally charged with a crime.The demonstration was intended to “bring attention to the rape culture at Howard and hold the administration accountable for how they treat victims,” a flyer from the #TakeBackTheNightHU protest said. According to news reports, several rapes have occurred on Howard’s campus, but have not been thoroughly investigated.Holding signs with the protestors’ demands, students crowded the lobby and front entrance of the dorm where the female student alleged she had been raped. They proceeded throughout the main campus.The accused student employee was formerly employed by the University of California Los Angeles. According to officials at UCLA, the student was fired and banned from the campus in 2014 for falsifying information to obtain employment with campus police and “build social relationships” with young women on the campus. According to the police, the student was also banned from the school because of a domestic violence accusation and refusing to give back his employment identification.So far, there has been no comment from Howard on whether the school knew the accused resident assistant had been banned from UCLA when the Department of Residence Life hired him.In a statement to students March 23, in response to one of the demands of the #TakeBackTheNightHU protestors, the university said it changed its policy to include background checks for all employees, including students.Howard officials said they could not release information regarding the rape investigation against the student. “We do take this very seriously,” Candi Smiley, the school’s deputy Title IX coordinator, said. She said the school could not release information about the case because it would be illegal.
This week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well, a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2. But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.