NEW SOUTH WALES TOUCH ASSOCIATION BLUES AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has announced finalists in all categories for the Annual NSWTA Awards to be held at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday 21 July 2007.The prestigious awards will be presented at the 2007 Blues Dinner that will also commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the New South Wales Touch Association.The evening will celebrate the achievements of the last twelve months for affiliates, participants, and volunteers of the NSWTA. In a boon for the Blues Dinner, Former elite swimmer and multiple Commonwealth, Olympic, and World championship medallist Elka Graham will be the special guest speaker for the gala evening.The Blues dinner will also pay homage to Southern Suns and NSWTA legend Rod Wise, and bestow Life Membership, and Hall of Fame status to exceptional contributors to the sport in New South Wales. 140 guests have already signaled their intentions to attend the evening that promises to be a memorable occasion for both the foundation members of the NSWTA and the young guns of the sport who will celebrate the rich tradition and history of Australia’s foundation State Association.New South Wales General Manager Dean Russell is excited about the response to the Blues Dinner and is looking forward to a night of celebration and recognition for the many people in the NSWTA fraternity who help to make the sport the success it is across the State.“It should be a fantastic evening. Primarily it’s about recognizing our volunteers and the people who work so hard to make our affiliates and the sport so strong. Elka Graham’s involvement as guest speaker for the evening is tremendous, and the response from members wishing to attend so far has been overwhelming. It will be an historic occasion being the 35th Anniversary, but it will also be lots of fun and a chance for everyone to celebrate a great 12 months for the State,” Mr. Russell said.Tickets for the evening are $45- per person and are available from the NSWTA office.If you wish to attend either please contact Jarrat Wood or Kylie Russell on 1800 640 668.The Blues Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 2007 State Conference that will be conducted from Saturday 21-Sunday 22 July.The conference will be attended by 80 plus delegates from affiliates from all over the State.The State Conference offers theory and practical sessions with up to date strategic and operational tools for Administrators and affiliates, as well as technical arm development in refereeing, selecting, and coaching for affiliated members, as well as the opportunity to network with affiliate representatives and some of the sport’s leading administrators and technical personnel from all over the State.The Conference Program is available by following this link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/uimages/419.xlsThe Finalists in the Blues Awards for 2006 are:AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR(Will be awarded from one of the six regional winners)Southern Suns:JerrabomberraWaggaMoruyaSydney Rebels:CampbelltownEastern SuburbsUNSWSydney Mets:PenrithLower Blue MountainsBlacktownSydney Scorpions:ManlyParramattaHornsbyHunter Western Hornets:ParkesNewcastle CityWallsendNorthern Eagles:Inverell JuniorsBallinaTamworthREGION OF THE YEARSouthern SunsSydney MetsHunter Western HornetsVOLUNTEER OF THE YEARCathy Moylan- PenrithLuke McKenzie- WaggaLeo Driscoll- The RockADMINSTRATOR OF THE YEARJenny Thomas- Inverell JuniorsAnnette Thomas-Schumacher- JerrabomberraJohn Ryan- Eastern SuburbsLyn Eason- Forster TuncurryCOACH OF THE YEARPeter Forrester- CanterburyWade Jenkins- CanterburyJason Hunt- Eastern SuburbsMick McDonald- Western SuburbsSELECTOR OF THE YEAR(Will be announced on the evening)MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARGarry Sonda- CanterburyDaniel Rushworth- Western SuburbsJoel Willoughby- CanterburyJason Stanton- Western SuburbsFEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARKristy Judd- Eastern SuburbsAmanda Judd- Eastern SuburbsClare Winchester- CanterburyLouise Winchester- CanterburyJUNIOR MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARDean Springfield- PenrithMaurice Kennedy- HornsbyScott Naughton- YassJUNIOR FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARAmy Regal- WollongongNicole Beck- WollongongSophie Broadhead- Goulburnlast_img read more

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Everton pre-season: Friendlies, transfers & PL fixtures

first_imgThe 2018-19 season was a broadly successful one for Everton as they finished an impressive eighth in the Premier League, just three points behind Wolves, who claimed the final Europa League spot.Marco Silva’s side were also one of the most prolific outside the ‘Big Six’, with only Bournemouth finding the net more regularly than the Goodison Park outfit.Having made promising signings such as Richarlison and Lucas Digne last summer, they will be eager to build from this foundation and enjoy similar success in the 2019-20 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Everton’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Everton pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 7 Kariobangi Sharks 2pm / 9am Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi Jul 14 Sion TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 19 Monaco TBC Bagnes, Switzerland Jul 24 Wigan Athletic 7:45pm / 2:45pm DW Stadium, Wigan Aug 3 Werder Bremen 2pm / 9am Weserstadion, Bremen Everton’s first pre-season friendly match will be played on July 7, with Silva’s side set to play Kariobangi Sharks in Nairobi, Kenya.This is set to be a showcase match for the African side, who won the SportPesa Cup to earn the right to tackle the Premier League outfit.It is not the first time that Everton have travelled to East Africa for pre-season, as they visited Tanzania in July 2017 to face Kenyan side Gor Mahia, running out 2-1 winners.After that, the Toffees make the trip to Switzerland, where they will continue their training, with two matches against Sion and Monaco on July 14 and 19 respectively.They return to England for a match against Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on July 24 and conclude their pre-season preparations in Germany against Werder Bremen on August 3.Everton 2019-20 transfer activity Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham SouthamptonGoalkeeper Jonas Lossl has joined on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town and Danish teenager Sebastian Kristensen has been added from Lyngby for their academy side.Marco Silva has reportedly been exploring options to strengthen his full-back sectors, with Thomas Meunier a potential arrival from Paris Saint-Germain on the right and Aaron Cresswell reportedly a target to supplement Lucas Digne on the left.Marseille are said to have offered the Toffees the opportunity to buy Kevin Strootman, while reports have linked the Goodison club with potential moves for Fulham forward Aleksandr Mitrovic and Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore.Ajax striker David Neres is another name closely linked with the club, with fans heartened to see him pose for photos with the Brazil national side along with Richarlison, a player they will do everything in their power to keep.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sebastian Kristensen Lyngby Undisc. Jul 1 GK Jonas Lossl Huddersfield Town Free Jul 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Jonjoe Kenny Schalke Loan Jul 1 DF Phil Jagielka Released – Jul 1 DF Ashley Williams Released – Jul 1 MF Nikola Vlasic CSKA Moscow £14m Jul 1 Everton 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Everton open the 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to Crystal Palace on August 10.The Toffees face Watford in week two, followed by Aston Villa in week three and Wolves in week four.Click here to see Everton’s full Premier League fixture list. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Measures Being Undertaken To Improve Access to Water for Residents of Clarendon

first_img In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.   Story Highlights Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill. Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish. Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish.Less than two months ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, commissioned the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project into service, bringing the commodity into some homes for the first time in 30 years.A joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), the project was completed at a cost of $38 million, representing savings of $12 million to the NWC on the original cost.The works involved installation of 3.4 kilometres of pipelines, service laterals and reinstatement of pipeline trenches.The RWSL, which has been mandated to provide water solutions to communities not covered by the NWC, is constructing a pump station, which will form part of the Southern Clarendon Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, and will serve the communities of Portland Cottage, Shearer Heights and much of Lionel Town.Director of the RWSL, Audley Thompson, says the pump station is slated for completion during the current financial year.Phase one of the project included rehabilitation of an existing pumping station as well as the installation of two new vertical turbine pumps, fencing, operators’ amenities and a pumping main.The supply scheme was designed to serve approximately 17,000 residents, and provisions were made to serve an additional 5,000 residents, in the event of a population growth.The Managing Director further points to the development of a well in the New Bowens area, which, he notes, allows for service to the nearby Longville Park housing scheme.In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.These sources, which include springs and rivers, will have to be assessed by experts from the NWC and RWSL to determine their viability.Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill.“We are going to make sure that the people of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities get water from the sources,” he assures.Mayor Maragh notes, further, that the Corporation is “far advanced” in sourcing funds for a water project in Thompson Town that will serve over 300 residents.Meanwhile, more than 1,000 persons from Pennants are to benefit from a $10-million water shop.The complex, which comprises eight 1,000-gallon water tanks plus administrative offices, is set to open shortly, providing residents with reliable access to water. Persons will receive three months’ free service, after which a cost will apply. The facility has capacity for development to serve more than 5,000 persons.The water-shop concept will see facilities being established islandwide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usually affected by drought.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the provision of potable water is part of a “critical mission” being pursued by the Administration under instructions from the Prime Minister.He informs that funding is being finalised in order to bring the commodity to all Jamaicans, including those in remote sections of the island.“We will move access to potable water from 55 per cent to near 85 per cent. All Jamaica will have good quality water supply,” the Minister says, noting that in some communities, water-harvesting systems will have to be utilised.Minster Chang is urging the residents of Rosewell to “make every effort to protect the system”, noting that while the water agencies have a responsibility for management, “the citizens have a responsibility to ensure that it is treated well”.Under the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply project, the Rosewell Primary School benefited from a new drinking/hand-wash station, and refurbishing of its sanitary facilities.last_img read more

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Sweden Removes Diesel from Grounded Cargo Ship

first_imgzoom Sweden has managed to extract the diesel load from the grounded cargo ship Atlantic, thereby averting a possible oil spill off the coast of Oskarshamn, according to the country’s coast guard.Following the diesel extraction operation, the officials are now looking to remove the vessel from its grounding spot, where it got stuck in the morning hours of September 23. The salvage works would not start before September 27, the coast guard added.The 3,041 dwt cargo ship, which was earlier reported as taking on water due to hull damage, was loaded with 44,000 liters of diesel. Out of the amount, 28,000 liters were located near the damaged area of the vessel.Although the ship is up against rocks in three places, the authorities said that there were no signs of oil spill and no reports of injuries to the crew.The Swedish Coast Guard informed that the shallow waters in the area are hampering salvage efforts.After preliminary investigations into the incident, Atlantic’s captain and superintendent were taken into custody as they were suspected of negligence in maritime traffic.AIS data from Marine Traffic shows that the Faroe Islands-flagged ship was on its way from the port of Visby to Oskarshamn when it ran into trouble.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Three Road Improvement Contracts Awarded in Cape Breton County

first_imgThe province has awarded three separate contracts worth a total of more than $2.5 million for road improvements in Cape Breton County. The work, which is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, involves three separate contracts, two for road repaving and a third for bridge rehabilitation. The first contract is for repaving on Route 223 from the Highway 125 underpass, near North Sydney, for 6.6 kilometres east toward Leitches Creek. The winning contractor was Alva Construction Limited with a bid of $2,155,263. Also awarded was a contract for the construction of 1.3 kilometres of new pavement on the following three roads: Leblanc Road in Millville; Petersfield Court in Westmount; and Andrews Lane in Port Morien. The cost of this contract is being shared with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The winning contractor was Municipal Ready Mix Ltd. with a bid of $324,752. The third contract is for the refurbishment of Catalone River Bridge on Trunk 22 near Catalone. The winning contractor was Allcrete Restoration with a bid of $115,891. “Good roads are a vital part of Nova Scotia’s economy,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The department is working hard to get the province’s highways in tip-top condition.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Trudeau and Singh have private conversation about blackface scandal

first_imgVANCOUVER – Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh have had a conversation about Trudeau’s history of donning blackface and brownface.Both camps say the Liberal leader and NDP leader spoke this evening by phone.Neither is saying just what was said, which is one of the terms Singh set.Trudeau has said he wanted to talk to the first visible-minority leader of a federal Canadian party about the times when, as a youth and young teacher, he darkened his skin for various costume events and performances.Trudeau says he now realizes that donning blackface and brownface is racist and hurtful, part of a long tradition of mocking racialized people.Singh had said he was willing to talk to Trudeau about it, but didn’t want to be part of an attempt to repair Trudeau’s image for political reasons.last_img read more

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Contract ratified Wage gains benefits protected for Manitoba Safeway workers

first_imgWINNIPEG – Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have ratified a four-year contract that provides pay increases in the third and fourth years and preserves benefits and seniority.The union that represents about 2,200 employees in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Neepawa and Dauphin says 98 per cent of those who voted on Sunday supported the deal.A tentative agreement with Sobeys had been reached earlier this month, just hours before members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 were in a legal strike position.The union says on its website that the bargaining committee was able to preserve rights and benefits for workers and to avoid major concessions.Jacquelin Weatherbee, director of external communications for Sobeys, had said during negotiations that the company was committed to working toward a deal that worked for everyone.It was the first full round of negotiations since Sobeys took over ownership of the Safeway brand in Western Canada in 2013.“I couldn’t be more proud of our bargaining committee and our members for giving us such a strong strike mandate that made this deal possible,” Jeff Traeger, president of Local 832, said in a statement.“They (Sobeys) were pushing hard for major concessions since day one. It wasn’t until the final hours of bargaining that we were able to make serious movement and come up with a tentative agreement that works for both sides.”No details of the contract were immediately released.“Knowing the realities that the company faces, our bargaining committee got the best contract possible,” said Traeger.The union said during negotiations that Sobeys was planning to shut down 10 stores in Manitoba.(Companies in this story: TSX:SBY)last_img read more

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After shocking NY arrest Avenatti faces court in California

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A week after Michael Avenatti’s shocking arrest in New York, the attorney famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump will be back in federal court Monday to face fraud charges in California.The brash lawyer faces a hearing in the Orange County city of Santa Ana on charges he fraudulently obtained $4 million in bank loans and pocketed $1.6 million that belonged to a client. Avenatti has long faced allegations from a former client and a former partner that he was hiding money to avoid paying what he owed.Now, federal authorities are adding their voices to that chorus, with the spectre of a long prison sentence that could be the downfall of a man who once considered challenging Trump in his re-election bid.Avenatti, 48, is charged with wire and bank fraud. He was arrested last week in New York and released on $300,000 bail on unrelated extortion charges. He has said he expects to be exonerated.Federal prosecutors in New York allege that Avenatti tried to shake down Nike for millions of dollars so he wouldn’t reveal allegations the apparel company paid off high school basketball players. He has denied the charge to reporters and began tweeting what he called evidence of the scandal the day after he was arrested.In California, federal prosecutors said Avenatti filed bogus tax returns to fraudulently secure $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank and embezzled a client’s settlement funds.The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles said Monday’s hearing would likely focus on setting future court dates.Avenatti is known for his outspoken challenge of Trump and lavish lifestyle, including renting a $100,000-a-month home in upscale Newport Beach. He represented Daniels in her claim that Trump paid her to keep quiet about their alleged affair ahead of the 2016 election.Avenatti’s former law firm went through bankruptcy proceedings and was ordered to pay $10 million to a former partner, who is still seeking to collect the money.The Associated Press read more

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Ban Kimoon shocked by deadly wave of violence in postelection Kenya

2 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his shock at the deadly outburst of violence that has gripped Kenya following the announcement of election results last week and has reportedly claimed the lives of 300 civilians, including dozens who were burned to death inside a church. A statement issued by his spokesperson said Mr. Ban is “increasingly troubled” by the escalating tensions and violence in the aftermath of last week’s polls. “He is shocked by reports that dozens of civilians were burned to death in a church in Eldoret, and that 300 people have now been reported killed in this deplorable outburst of violence,” it added. Strongly urging the authorities to do all they can to prevent any further violence, Mr. Ban “reminds the Government, as well as the political and religious leaders of Kenya of their legal and moral responsibility to protect the lives of innocent people, regardless of their racial, religious or ethnic origin.” The Secretary-General is in touch with the leadership in Kenya, the African Union and other concerned parties on how to address the current crisis. Drawing attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the East African nation, Mr. Ban called for safe access for relief workers assisting those affected by the violence, including the large number of displaced people. Humanitarian access has become a major problem, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which reported that the Nairobi-Nakuru road is currently being blocked by vigilante groups. In addition, the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) reports that transport corridors from the Port of Mombasa through Kenya have been restricted, disrupting supply chains to humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in areas such as Southern Sudan, Uganda and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Nairobi office has also highlighted disturbing reports of sexual abuse and assault against women and children. It is concerned that slum populations in cities are critically short of food and other essential items. For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is ready to help up to 85,000 people with shelter and basic supplies, and has already pre-positioned 13,000 family kits – which contain blankets, tarpaulins, cooking sets, soap and jerry cans – with a further 2,000 kits in the pipeline. At the same time, the UN refugee agency has sent a team to the Kenya-Uganda border, following reports that 600 Kenyans have arrived there. The UN system in Kenya has appealed to the Kenyan Government and security forces to establish safe corridors for public transport, ensure that ongoing humanitarian operations are not disrupted and initiate a national reconciliation process at the earliest possible opportunity, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. Meanwhile, the UN’s Disaster Management Team in the country is meeting today with the Kenyan Red Cross to assess humanitarian needs and determine how it can best help alleviate the current crisis. read more

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Sri Lanka seeks to further enhance relations with Korea

Deputy Prime Minister Yoo welcomed these measures and expressed the Korean Government’s strong interest to enhance economic cooperation with Sri Lanka.  The Minister also apprised the Korean Deputy Prime Minister of the economic policy of the Sri Lankan Government, fiscal and other reforms being undertaken, FTAs under negotiation, and the setting up of industrial zones to attract foreign direct investment.  The two Ministers discussed progress and ongoing collaboration on the megapolis programme via the Korea Land and Housing Corporation, which has opened up a valuable opportunity for Korean companies to invest in Sri Lanka’s development drive.Minister Samarawickrama also met with the Korean Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Woo Taehee and discussed ways and means to further enhance bilateral trade which currently remains at a modest level.  He welcomed the early conclusion of the proposed Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the two Governments which would provide a framework for discussion on economic issues such as a Joint Working Group.  Minister Samarawickrama also conveyed the interest of the Sri Lankan Government to enter into a Free Trade Agreement with Korea in the future.  Acknowledging that the Korea-Sri Lanka economic partnership has greater potential than currently reflected, Deputy Prime Minister Yoo supported measures that would create more opportunities for Korean entrepreneurs to engage in Sri Lanka.  He also welcomed the upcoming high-level visits and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017.Meanwhile, in discussions with the Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kang Ho-in, Minister Samarawickrama strongly welcomed the Korean Ministry’s engagement in the Megapolis and Western Development programme in Sri Lanka within the framework of the MOU signed with the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development in May this year.  He also referred to the need to forge closer cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries, including the exchange of more business visits.  Vice Minister Woo referred to the significant potential that exists to expand the trade volume between the two countries, and extended his support towards action being taken to further enhance trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama underscored Sri Lanka’s interest to further strengthen economic relations with Korea, at a meeting with the Korean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Yoo Il-ho, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Minister strongly welcomed more Korean investment in Sri Lanka’s growing economy, taking advantage of the island nation’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean with access to markets and value chains in the Indian sub-continent, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  At a meeting with the Chairman and President of the Korea EXIM Bank Dr. Lee Duk-Hoon, Minister Samarawickrama expressed the Sri Lankan Government’s deep appreciation for Korean development cooperation, with particular emphasis on loan assistance extended through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) which supports key infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka.  The two parties agreed that development cooperation forms an important dimension of the countries’ bilateral relations, and discussed means of elevating this partnershipincluding consideration of increase in the EDCF funding arrangement in the context of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017.  During the visit, Minister Samarawickrama also met with the Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Kyunghwan, Senior Secretary to the Korean President on Economic Affairs Kang Seok hoon, Chairman of the Korea Federation of SMEs (KBIZ) Park Sung Taek, and Vice Chairman of the Korea Importers’ Association Kim Hyunmyung.  The Minister and delegation also participated in a Business Meeting organised by KBIZ and attended by a cross-section of Korean businesses in manufacturing and industries, and several Korean Industry Cooperatives and Associations. The State Minister of Science, Technology and Research Lakshman Senewiratne; Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Manisha Gunasekera; Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Chandanie Wijayawardhana; Managing Director, Agency for Development of Sri Lanka Mangala Yapa; Director General, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Duminda Ariyasinghe and Minister Counsellor / Commercial of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul Jagath Abeywarna, were associated with the visit. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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After briefing by inspectors Security Council plans to consult on Iraq Wednesday

Video of delegates comments Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month of January, was speaking to the press outside the Council’s chambers, where the 15-member body heard reports by Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), and Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Following the Council’s open meeting, where only the two chief inspectors spoke, representatives of several countries addressed the Iraq issue in their remarks to the press. Speaking in his national capacity, Ambassador de La Sablière reaffirmed his country’s support for the inspection process, noting that it has been going on so far without difficulties. “They have already produced some results but there are still question marks,” he said. “This is the reason why Iraq must cooperate more actively in accordance with resolution 1441.” Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States told reporters that “unfortunately nothing we have heard today gives us hope that Iraq intends to fully comply with resolution 1441 or any of the 16 resolutions that preceded it over the last 12 years.” He underscored that Iraq was failing in at least two important tests presented by resolution 1441 – submitting an accurate and complete declaration of all aspects of its programme of weapons of mass destruction and cooperating unconditionally and actively with UNMOVIC and the IAEA. “In the days ahead we believe the Council and member governments must face its responsibilities and consider what message the Council resolution sends to Iraq and other proliferators,” he said. For his part, Iraq’s Ambassador, Mohammed A. Aldouri, stated that Baghdad had fully complied with all its obligations under resolution 1441 by providing a complete declaration and, since 27 November, actively cooperating by facilitating interviews and providing the IAEA and UNMOVIC unconditional access for inspections. He said that all sites alleged by the US and the UK to be producing weapons of mass destruction have been repeatedly inspected and tested, and the results prove that Iraq is clear of such weapons. He added that Iraq had expressed its willingness to clarify any questions and resolve any outstanding issues.Speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, which had requested an open meeting of the Council on inspections, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa recalled that his country had been repeatedly used as an example of the way inspections should be conducted on nuclear disarmament matters. He pointed out, in this context, that with all the cooperation the Government of South Africa had extended, it still took more than two years for the inspectors to be satisfied. “We would hope, in the Non-Aligned Movement, that the Security Council will allow the inspectors sufficient time to do what we agreed they should be doing in Iraq,” he said.Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom described today’s briefing by Mr. Blix and Mr. ElBaradei as a catalogue of unresolved questions. “It is quite clear to all members of the Security Council that this is not going to be resolved peacefully, through the UN process, unless we have 100 per cent cooperation from Iraq,” he said, citing Mr. Blix’s mention of the South Africa model as an example of “grade A” cooperation. “That contrasts with passive cooperation, or partial passive cooperation, or the semblance of cooperation, which is accompanied by the hindering, the obstruction of what is going on in Iraq,” he said. Zhang Yishan, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the 10-point statement agreed last week between the UN inspectors and Iraq was a positive step, showing that Iraq was prepared to make more efforts. He also noted that in their reports, both officials raised some questions that need to be clarified. “We share the view of many that this process needs to continue and more time is needed for the inspectors and we trust that UNMOVIC and the IAEA will continue their homework impartially, objectively and professionally,” he said.According to Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, the main conclusion heard today was that all the new discoveries, documents and physical evidence “do not change the basic assumption on which UNMOVIC and the IAEA are working, namely that they don’t have evidence that Iraq has resumed its WMD programmes nor can they assert that all these programmes have been stopped.” He said the inspections needed to continue their work and Russia would support that effort “because we do believe that the inspectors are doing a very useful job” and they must continue to ensure that WMD programmes have indeed been stopped.Syria’s Ambassador, Mikhail Wehbe, said he had informed the Council of the recent ministerial meeting in Istanbul of the six neighbouring countries of Iraq, which concentrated on pursuing a peaceful solution. He noted that all these countries were ready to cooperate with the Security Council to find a peaceful solution, since the Council was the only authority with the full responsibility for maintaining peace and security in the world. He also stressed that the meeting agreed on the necessity of allowing the UN inspectors enough time to finish their job.Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany emphasized that the Council’s common goal is to fully disarm Iraq peacefully. “On the other hand, the question whether this can be done peacefully, is up to Iraq,” he said, stressing that Baghdad has to comply fully, and that the report of the two chief inspectors showed there was “ample space” for better and more proactive cooperation on the Iraqi side. “We should give the inspectors the realistic opportunity to achieve their goals in a peaceful manner,” he said, adding that Germany wanted the Security Council to remain united to achieve the goal of fully disarming Iraq in a peaceful way. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,358.77, up 34.10 points):Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Down 12 cents, or 9.76 per cent, to $1.11 on 16.8 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 7.74 per cent, to $1.67 on 8.7 million shares.Energizer Resources Inc (TSX:EGZ). Miner. Down half-a-cent, or 5.88 per cent, to eight cents on 7.4 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 5.77 per cent, to $4.90 on 5.9 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.79 per cent, to $2.54 on 5.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up one cent, or 0.82 per cent, to $1.23 on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Down 77 cents, or 0.78 per cent, to $97.81 on 1.7 million shares. The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by CIBC, allowing a class-action lawsuit against the bank to proceed to trial. The bank is alleged to have failed to adequately disclose its exposure to the U.S. subprime market.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Transportation. Down $7.65, or 4.07 per cent, to $180.15 on 672,975 shares. Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison saw his US$28 billion offer takeover bid for Norfolk Southern, one of the biggest rail companies in the U.S., rejected Friday over concerns it would not secure regulatory approval. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 2:59 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

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Baseballs 20Something Sluggers Are Saving The Sport

22Rafael Devers98Ozzie Albies97Yordan Álvarez94 21Ronald Acuña Jr.99Bo Bichette84Carter Kieboom3 11Michael BrantleyHOU325.3 18Clayton KershawLAD314.1 Some of this onslaught of young star power was to be expected, such as with Trout and Christian Yelich — a pair of former MVPs — or Alex Bregman, who became that kind of player last season. Even Acuña, whose full-season breakout seemed apparent from the beginning of the year, could be included on that list. Some of it has involved precocious young players maturing quickly, as in the cases of phenoms such as Tatís and Juan Soto, or midseason call-ups like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Yordan Álvarez. Others still have either improved themselves to truly dominant levels (Bellinger, Marcus Semien) or seemingly emerged out of nowhere to become borderline MVP candidates (Ketel Marte, Pete Alonso). All have combined to give us the most potent group of under-30 position players the game has ever seen.WAR is adjusted for the league’s run environment and the overall value of various statistics, so this isn’t just a matter of today’s players seeing their value pumped up by record home run rates. There are always only so many WAR to go around in a given season, and this crop of young batters are grabbing a greater share than any of their historical counterparts. This is “Generation OPS,” and they’ve bent the game to their will. Instead of moaning about those changes, we should take a moment to appreciate the historic nature of what they’re doing.Of course, since WAR is a zero-sum game, other player groups have suffered at the expense of these bright young hitters. One cohort whose struggles aren’t all that surprising is older (age 30 and up) position players, who now account for just 13 percent of all the value produced in MLB. That’s the lowest share they’ve had since 1901, breaking the old record of 14 percent set last season and a far cry from the 28 percent mark which 30-and-over hitters achieved 20 years ago, at the height of the steroid era in 1999.Although the effect of performance-enhancing drugs on 1990s power numbers may have been overstated, one of the underrated effects of those chemical enhancements was the extension of productive careers beyond the normal aging curve. Now that those anomalies seem to be a thing of the past, aging hitters are less valuable — and less desirable — than ever before.A group whose struggles are perhaps more surprising, on the other hand, is the current batch of young pitchers. Pitchers under age 30 this season account for just 24 percent of all major league WAR, their smallest share since 2001, and the subgroup of pitchers age 25 or younger have produced only 7 percent of WAR, their smallest share since 1996.Some stellar young pitchers have bucked this trend. Atlanta’s Mike Soroka, 22, is having one of the best seasons ever by a starter so young, and the crop of slightly older hurlers — which includes Lucas Giolito of the White Sox, German Marquez of the Rockies and Shane “Don’t Call Me Justin” Bieber of the Indians — have been lights out. But as a whole, pitchers age 25 or younger have put up only 17 percent of pitching WAR leaguewide and have logged only 20 percent of all innings across baseball — the lowest share of innings pitched since 1947.Ancient pitchers (age 35 and older) aren’t in great shape, but they’ve nearly tripled their share of pitching WAR from last year.3Going from 3 percent in 2018 to 9 percent in 2019. And prime-age or slightly old hurlers (between age 26 and 34) are doing great, recording 74 percent of pitching WAR4Trailing only 2017 for the largest share since 1996. and eating 73 percent of innings — the third-most ever for that age cohort.5Trailing only 1920 and 1938. Despite longstanding evidence that fastball velocity and overall pitching effectiveness peaks in the early 20s and declines progressively with age, the list of 30-something pitchers having great seasons this year is incredible, especially when juxtaposed against how few batters can say the same: 10Zack GreinkeHOU355.4 23Cody Bellinger100Alex Verdugo93Adalberto Mondesí91 27Mike Trout100Christian Yelich99Jeff McNeil96 16Whit MerrifieldKCR304.2 26Matt Chapman98Mookie Betts98Javier Báez98 20Fernando Tatís Jr.98Juan Soto98Vladimir Guerrero Jr.92 28Marcus Semien98Max Muncy96Nolan Arenado94 8Charlie MortonTBR356.0 1Lance LynnTEX327.8 AgeFirst placeSecond placeThird place 19Mike FiersOAK344.0 29Anthony Rendon98George Springer97Freddie Freeman94 6Justin VerlanderHOU366.2 *WAR is prorated to 162 team games.Ages are as of June 30.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 4Jacob deGromNYM316.6 rkPlayerTeamAgeWAR* 2Max ScherzerWSN347.6 12Carlos SantanaCLE334.8 7DJ LeMahieuNYY306.2 20Cole HamelsCHC353.9 17Brett GardnerNYY354.2 This year’s best old players are almost all pitchersMajor League wins above replacement (WAR) leaders for 2019 players age 30 or older, with pitchers highlighted in gray 9Stephen StrasburgWSN305.4 If you believe many media stories about the present (and future) of baseball, the sport is doomed. The current crop of young players are ruining the game: They aren’t famous enough, strike out too much and hit too many home runs. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, indeed.This is, of course, mostly just nostalgia-tinted silliness. We’re really going to complain that there are too many home runs? Really? Even if you do take offense with the prevailing style of baseball in 2019, it shouldn’t obscure the fact that today’s up-and-coming stars are objectively awesome. From Cody Bellinger and Ronald Acuña Jr. to Mookie Betts and Fernando Tatís Jr. — to say nothing of Mike Freaking Trout, who is only 28 years old — MLB is awash in young talent just begging to be properly appreciated, if we bothered to take the time.The truth is, this particular season might contain the best group of young or prime-age hitters there has ever been, which is saying something in a sport whose history runs back to the 19th century. According to wins above replacement,1Using our JEFFBAGWELL metric to blend WAR from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. position players age 25 or younger (as of June 30) have produced 17 percent of leaguewide value — the 25th-largest share in any season since 1901 — and those between age 25 and 30 have accounted for 28 percent of all WAR — the fifth-most ever, and second-most2Behind only 1995. since 1917.Added together, under-30 hitters are producing roughly 45 percent of all WAR in baseball this season, the highest share in modern history. Trout alone accounts for 1 percent of that (!) — his greatness is a whole story unto itself — but he’s not the only 20-something position player who’s shining in 2019. Here are the best players by WAR at each age and the percentile rank for their season, relative to other seasons at the same age in baseball history: 13Nelson CruzMIN384.5 Today’s young batters are historically greatPercentile rank in wins above replacement (per 162 team games), relative to historical* seasons at the same age, for 2019 batters under age 30 15Eduardo EscobarARI304.4 14Josh DonaldsonATL334.4 3Mike MinorTEX317.4 24Pete Alonso97Yoan Moncada96Bryan Reynolds95 5Hyun-Jin RyuLAD326.4 As good as those older pitchers are, however, their value still pales in comparison with the young sluggers who step into the batter’s box against them every night. Amid MLB blaming its own players for not being more famous and all the complaining about Three True Outcomes, it can be easy to lose sight of how exciting this young crop of stars is. But don’t be fooled by older generations pining for a version of baseball that doesn’t exist exactly the way they want it to anymore. The game now belongs to players like Bellinger, Acuña, Tatís and Soto — and it’s going to be greater for it.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (Aug. 14, 2019, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly identified German Marquez’s team. He plays for the Colorado Rockies, not the Oakland Athletics. 25Ketel Marte99Alex Bregman99Jorge Polanco96 *Since 1901.Ages are as of June 30 of a given season.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs read more

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Heathrow bank holiday weekend strike postponed after threats of summer travel chaos

“Heathrow has a duty to ensure the business is sustainable – particularly against the backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty facing the UK in the immediate future.”The pay offer we have put on the table achieves that, in addition to being rewarding and fair to all colleagues.”It comes after another strike date was suspended earlier this month to allow for a vote by workers on a previous pay offer. 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. A planned strike by thousands of workers at Heathrow Airport has been suspended while they vote on the latest pay offer.Flights had been expected to face disruption at Britain’s biggest airport during the industrial action on the Friday and Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend.The Unite union had warned of “summer travel chaos”, with walkouts scheduled on a number of days during the peak season.Unite confirmed that a ballot is under way on the revised pay offer, made by Heathrow to more than 4,000 security, airside operations and passenger services staff.The vote closes on September 2, and the union said the strike “has been suspended to allow the ballot to take place”.A Heathrow spokesman said: “We’re pleased that Unite has postponed the strike action scheduled for August 23 and 24 to give union members the time to consider our revised offer.”We have put an additional £2.5 million on the table since talks began, with our current offer bringing the total pay rise to 7.8% over two years for all frontline colleagues.”This is well above RPI (inflation), higher than any other UK airport and helps to provide long-term wage certainty and job security. read more

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Autopsy confirms Constable in fatal accident ingested pesticide poison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSecond pedestrian succumbs in ECD accident involving ConstableAugust 8, 2017In “Crime”Woman dies in Bee Hive accident involving copOctober 29, 2018In “Crime”Better Hope man dies after ingesting rat poisonFebruary 1, 2016In “Health” The Constable’s car following the accident on the Bee Hive Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD)A autopsy conducted on Police Constable, Delroy Argyle has confirmed that he died as a result of pesticide poisoning.Dead: Delroy ArgyleIt was reported that Argyle took his own life on Tuesday when he ingested what he told his colleagues was rat poison.INews understand that the man, who only days ago was involved in an accident, causing the death of 27-year-old, Keiolla Thomas of Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara (ECD), ingested the poison while at work.However, when the poison began to take effect, Argyle reportedly ran out of the compound of the East Coast Demerara Police Station and collapsed on the roadway.He was questioned and then promptly rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he died while receiving treatment.           Dead: Keiolla ThomasThomas, an overseas based Guyanese was killed on Monday last (October 29)  after the car in which she was travelling in, Toyota Allion bearing registration PWW 5851which was being driven by Argyle, crashed into an electric pole at Bee Hive and toppled into a nearby trench.Reports are that the Argyle was speeding along the roadway when he lost control of the car.He however, escaped with minor injuries.This publication understands that Argyle took his own life because he was having a hard time dealing with the aftermath of the accident that also claimed a life. read more

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Your GAA championship weekend review

first_imgIT WAS ANOTHER epic weekend of GAA action up and down the country. Missed any of the drama? We’ve got you covered.  The home fans welcome Sky Sports to Wexford Park on Saturday evening. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHORebels revel in Clare winCork gained some measure of revenge for their All-Ireland final defeat to Clare last September to set up consecutive Munster hurling finals with Limerick for the first time since 1979-80.Patrick Horgan was the hero for the Rebels with two goals – one from a 20m free with the second a penalty – as he contributed 2-11 of their 2-23 to 2-18 winning margin.Five Cork players who started Sunday – Damien Cahalane, Mark Ellis, Aidan Walsh, Bill Cooper and Alan Cadogan – were not involved in the squad for last year’s All-Ireland final replay. The quintet have certainly given Jimmy Barry-Murphy plenty of options.Banner unfurledClare manager Davy Fitzgerald was brutally honest about the performance of some of his team admitting when speaking to RTÉ after the game: ”[Cork] were smarter than us and faster than us.”However, that didn’t stop him questioning the performance of referee James McGrath.“There were other factors that I won’t go into.He continued: “I’m not the fella in the middle giving the frees… Conor McGrath gets pulled to pieces in the middle and gets nothing for it.”Say What?Antrim hurler Neil McManus didn’t have much sympathy for Fitzgerald. Talking points Mickey Harte confronts referee Eddie Kinsella. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOTyrone were very unhappy with referee Eddie Kinsella’s decision to add just two minutes of injury time at the end of their Ulster football quarter-final with Monaghan. The Red Hands lost by a point and assistant manager Tony Donnelly told BBC television: “We felt two minutes was a little bit on the stingy side. There was even a stoppage during the additional time and when we won possession and were just breaking forward the referee blows the whistle.”Conor McManus started that game despite telling TheScore.ie earlier this week he was resigned to watching from the bench after damaging ankle ligaments in a club game with Clontibret last month. The 2013 All-Star converted six of six frees, the last of which ultimately gave Monaghan their first win over Tyrone in 26 years.Meath made light work of Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park, finding the net no less than seven times as they warmed up for their Leinster football semi-final with Kildare in real style. Mickey Newman (3), Andrew Tormey, Bryan McMahon, Stephen Bray and Dalton McDonagh all raised the green flag.In the Munster SFC, Clare made no mistake in their quarter-final replay against Waterford with an eight point win at Fraher Field on Saturday evening. Goals from Gary Brennan, Shane Brennan and Rory Donnelly secured a comfortable win in front of a crowd of just 1,357.Lovely hurlingChristy Ring Cup winners Kildare were unable to match their previous week’s heroics as they fell to a nine point loss to Westmeath in the Liam MacCarthy playoff game on Saturday. Two early goals gave the Lilywhites hope but the men from the Lake County retained their All-Ireland status with relative ease in the end. Armagh’s Ciaran Clifford with Derry’s Ruairi Convery battle for possession. Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHOIn the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship, there were comfortable wins for both Derry and Down as they set up a semi-final clash on June 29. Derry and Armagh shared seven goals as the Oak Leaf County advanced while Down had 24 points to spare over Donegal.The man behind the most famous tweet in the history of hurling spoke to TheScore.ie about his new found fame and appreciation for the sport. Source: The GAA/Twitter Forget any other games tonight! Paul McGrath is here in #Wexford Park for @OfficialWexGAA vs @DubGAAOfficial #GAA pic.twitter.com/4hmDUt5wcl— The GAA (@officialgaa) June 14, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Anthony who?With new rules in place, Horgan took over the penalty and 20m free duties for Cork on Sunday. It’s fair to say he did well. Source: Balls.ieGer wasn’t impressed with Clare’s defending though:center_img Source: RTÉ ScreengrabStat attack“Dublin converted 61% of their shots compared to Wexford’s 47% as they ran out five point winners.”- via @AnalysisGAAOoh ah Wexford ParkAnd look who turned up to watch Dublin reach their second consecutive Leinster hurling final. Thought Davy Fitz was going to cry at the end that interview— Neil McManus (@Neilmcmanus88) June 15, 2014 Source: Neil McManus/Twitter Hungry fans pic of the day Source: Alex KelleherAnd they were live again Source: Sky SportsThe Sky cameras were back in Ireland with Jamesie and Brian looking sharp in front of their giant iPad.Meanwhile, Dublin’s Simon Lambert was so excited to see them he phoned his family to make sure they were recording the game. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO5 talking points after Cork’s win over Clare in Munster senior hurling semi-finalMagnificent seven goals for Meath as they rout sorry Carlowlast_img read more

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Twinning of two Parliaments TCI Prince Edward Island Canada

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – A better record keeping system may be imminent now that Turks and Caicos parliamentarians largely voted agreement to twin the parliament of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Since February this year the idea was made known and during House of Assembly debate on Tuesday, the Premier moved a motion to see the partnership solidified.While there was concern expressed by the Blue Hills Member, Hon Goldray Ewing about the depth of public consultation and understanding on the potential twinning of the two parliaments… the Government’s Appointment Member, Hon Ruth Blackman shared that she is most looking forward to the introduction of the Hansard Reporter system which records every word uttered in the House of Representatives and is made available to the masses.There was wide support for the motion and contributing members on the motion rejected that the twinning of the parliaments could lead to the TCI being annexed to Canada as a Caribbean territory of the North American country. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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UPDATE California woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

first_imgBAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A nurse’s refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.The harrowing 7-minute, 16-second call also raised concerns that policies at senior living facilities could prevent staff from intervening in medical emergencies. It prompted calls for legislation Monday to prevent a repeat of what happened Feb. 26 at the Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield. Loraine Bayless collapsed in the dining room of the retirement home that offers many levels of care. She lived in the independent living building, which state officials said is like a senior apartment complex and doesn’t operate under licensing oversight. “This is a wakeup call,” said Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, chair of the California Assembly Aging and Long-term Care Committee. “I’m sorry it took a tragedy like this to bring it to our attention.”Yamada cautioned that while it’s not yet known whether intervention would have saved the woman’s life, “we want to investigate because it has caused a lot of concern and alarm.”last_img read more

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First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA Wide Open Street Fest

first_img https://twitter.com/RhiannonGiddens/status/1045848578088980480 News Twitter Get the inside scoop on the all-star band at the center of Friday night’s festivities in RaleighDerek HalseyGRAMMYs Sep 29, 2018 – 7:03 pm There is a strange moment that happens at the end of the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, N.C. A surreal transition takes place on Friday afternoon. After a week of business being done, seminars and workshops taking place, and bands doing late night showcases for talent buyers, record label reps and DJs from all over the world, the mood changes abruptly.Once the IBMA Awards show on Thursday night is over and the free-form jams that last until dawn have died out, the streets of Raleigh are blocked off, stages are set up and the vendors get ready for the Wide Open Street Fest.Beginning at noon on Friday, tens of thousands of festival goers show up to enjoy eight stages of live music with some of the best musicians in the world playing for who really counts: the general public.A big part of the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival is the performances at the beautiful 5,500-seat Red Hat Amphitheater located in the heart of Raleigh. This year, on Sept. 28, the headliners are the First Ladies of Bluegrass, an amazing group of women who have bursted through the ceiling of the bluegrass genre to rightfully claim their place in history.The First Ladies of Bluegrass include Missy Raines, the first and only female musician to win the IBMA Bass Player of the Year award, Alison Brown, the first woman to win the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award, Sierra Hull, the first and only woman to ever win the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award, Becky Buller, the first and only woman to ever win the IBMA Fiddler of the Year prize, and Molly Tuttle, the first and only female to ever take home the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year honor.Raines and Brown’s breakthroughs happened in the 1990s, but Hull, Buller and Tuttle’s awards came about within the last two years. The times are still changing.The impetus for this lineup came from the recording of Raines’ new album, Royal Traveler, a year ago. Produced by Brown for Brown’s label, Compass Records, an idea was hatched to bring in Hull, Tuttle and Buller for the recording of the song “Swept Away.” From there, the all-star collaboration that would grace the stage at Wide Open Street Fest was set in motionTo add to the excitement of the show, two special guest musicians were added to the First Ladies of Bluegrass bill: Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch. Both Giddens and Welch are GRAMMY-winning artists, and Giddens gave the IBMA World of Bluegrass Keynote Address a couple of years ago.Before the First Ladies of Bluegrass band takes the stage, however, lightning strikes for this special lineup of female talent when on the evening of Sept. 27, exactly 24 hours before their headlining show, Raines, Brown, Tuttle, Hull, and Buller won the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for “Swept Away.” Additionally, Hull earned another IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year title and Tuttle won her second IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award in a row. Backstage at the Fest, we talked to Raines, Buller and Giddens about this historic grouping.When Raines was growing up near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and going to bluegrass festivals as a kid, she was inspired by watching the Katie Laur Band perform. Laur was one of the first females to lead a bluegrass band of men that were not related to her in any way.“I think about Katie Laur a lot because, even though I wasn’t imagining leading a band when I was a teenager, she stood out to me because she was in stark contrast to a lot of the women I saw playing music at the time,” said Raines. “It was Katie’s group and she was leading it and fronting a band of men, and that was something you didn’t see much then. And, there was a style about her while onstage that I really liked. She would talk to people like they were in her living room, and I was very influenced by her presence and what she was doing onstage as much as her music.”Giddens grew up listening to all kinds of music as a kid in North Carolina. While her own style is more on the old-time, African-American blues and old-school country side with modern sensibilities and a little funk thrown into the mix, bluegrass music was in her ears for as long as she can remember.“Bluegrass is probably the genre that I have had the longest relationship with because my uncle was a bluegrass musician and evidently my grandfather was one as well, though I never met him,” said Giddens. “It was a part of my upbringing and a part of who I am. I don’t play it, but I sure appreciate it and have my favorite sound in it. I am drawn to the older stuff. Newer bluegrass is very virtuosic and the modern pickers are amazing and they can do all kinds of things. But, I like my bluegrass a bit more gritty. One of my favorite mandolin players is Mike Compton, who plays a style that is real. He just digs in there and does it. I’m not really into the clean, fast picking, even though it is amazing to see.”Giddens is also well-aware of the history being made with Raines’ group.“The image of bluegrass music is still, to a certain extent, a bunch of guys in suits playing onstage,” said Giddens. “Image doesn’t always reflect reality. That is why things like this First Ladies of Bluegrass show are important so people know that women are playing these instruments and have been influential going back to the beginning. It is like, ‘We are here, and we kick butt and have been kicking butt for a long time, so we’re letting you in on a little secret.” Man it’s been awesome to work with the ladies of bluegrass…cooking up some good stuff for tonight. @missyraines @sierrahull @molly_tuttle @FiddlerBeckyB @alisononbanjo @gillianwelch #IBMA pic.twitter.com/MuVcCiSMbe— Rhiannon Giddens (@RhiannonGiddens) September 29, 2018 Facebook Email Buller grew up in Minnesota before making her way south to the wonderful Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University. Now, even as a performer who has won some big awards, she gets emotional thinking about standing beside and playing music with such impressive women.“I still think of myself as a bluegrass picker from Minnesota who grew up playing with my family,” said Buller. “I never dared to dream that I would get to do this at the level that I am getting to do it now. I look over and I think, ‘Whew! It’s Alison Brown. Wow. And, I’m playing with her.’ Each and every one of these ladies is a hero of mine. All of these women are so nice and it is just a joy to get to spend time with them, and then to get to create music with them as well.”With all of this history and excitement mounting around the First Ladies of Bluegrass’ special IBMA Wide Open Street Fest appearance, the anticipation is palpable – especially for Buller.”I imagine that at this show a part of me is going to be flipping out,” added Buller. “But, the other part of me is saying, ‘Yeah, man! Let’s pick!’”Photo Gallery: Inside World Of Bluegrass, IBMA Awards & Festival in Raleigh First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA first-ladies-bluegrass-make-history-ibma-wide-open-street-fest First Ladies Of Bluegrass Make History At IBMA Wide Open Street Fest Read morelast_img read more

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Huge response to blood donation camp in Ramagundam

first_imgRamagundam: On National Doctors’ Day, blood donation camp was organised at NTPC-Ramagundam Hospital in collaboration with Blood Bank, Mancherial on Wednesday wherein 55 employees of NTPC and CISF donated their blood.The chief guest CGM (O&M) Mathew Varghese inaugurated the camp and appreciated the blood donors for their overwhelming response. The team from Blood Bank, Mancherial collected the blood. CMO Dr Sasmita Dash; CISF Commandant Gurjeet Singh; NTPC senior officials, Deepthi Mahila Samithi president Swati P Kulkarni, office bearers of different associations and unions, doctors from NTPC Hospital and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

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