PAOK Stays 1st, Beats Levadiakos 2-1

first_imgATHENS — Giorgos Tzavelas and Facundo Pereyra scored a goal each to lead PAOK to a 2-1 victory at Levadiakos in the Greek league on Dec. 21.Tzavelas opened the scoring in the 11th and Pereyra added another in the 51st. Emmanuel Kone pulled one back in the 80th and Levadiakos missed several chances to level in the last 10 minutes.Both teams played with 10 men from the 23rd, when Tzavelas and Levadiakos’ Vangelis Mantzios were sent off for shoving each other.Levadiakos missed a number of big chances to equalize, but PAOK held on for a critical win. But the other big event of the night came when Olympiakos player Eric Abidal got a standing ovation from fans of both teams as he played his last game of his career, only four months after joining the team.PAOK remains a point ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which won 5-0 at Kalloni on Dec. 20. Asteras Tripolis beat Xanthi 2-1 to keep third.Also, Ergotelis beat Giannena 2-1, and Atromitos drew 2-2 at Panionios. Panetolikos vs. Niki Volos was cancelled because Niki owes money to two former players. Panetolikos was handed a 3-0 win and Niki was decked three points.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Euro Tourney to Increase Security

first_imgPARIS— Euro 2016 organizers have increased the security budget by 15 percent in the wake of the Paris attacks.The attacks that left 130 people dead in November have forced organizers to “strengthen” safety measures, with the security budget up to 34 million euros ($36.9 million), organizing president Jacques Lambert said on Wednesday at a news conference marking 100 days to the European Championship.France remains in a state of emergency which was recently extended to May 26, two weeks before the June 10-July 10 tournament.About 10,000 people have been privately hired for security, among them 900 agents mobilized for each of the 51 matches. Organizers are in charge of security within stadiums, with French authorities dealing with it outside.“Security is our essential preoccupation, but I don’t lose sleep over it, we are handling it with cold blood,” said Lambert, who was in charge of security issues when France hosted the Winter Olympics in 1992.Security at team hotels will also be heightened, while fans will endure two security checks entering stadiums. A first perimeter will be set up away from the gates where spectators will have their tickets checked and be submitted to body searches. Lambert said fans will be thoroughly checked once at turnstiles.Lambert added that Euro organizers will take over security issues at the 10 stadiums hosting matches by mid-May.“From then, an accreditation will be required to enter the venues,” he said. “And these accreditations will only be granted after a screening done by public authorities.”UEFA said on Tuesday that Euro games could be moved to different venues in France and rescheduled without fans on another day in response to terror attacks or threats. Lambert, however, said they were not thinking of matches behind closed doors at this stage.Security will also be increased at fan zones. About seven million supporters visited the fan zones in the host cities during Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and there are concerns the designated Euro 2016 areas for the public could be targets for attackers.While there has been a significant drop in tourism since the attacks, Lambert said ticket sales for the Euro were not affected, with about 1.5 million fans from abroad expected in France during the tournament.“There has not been any panic,” Lambert said. “We did not receive any request for ticket refund.”A total of about 2.5 million tickets will be sold, with organizers expecting to make about 250 million euros ($280 million) through ticket sales.Lambert and French federation president Noel Le Graet used the news conference to express their support for suspended UEFA President Michel Platini, who is trying to overturn a six-year ban from soccer that is preventing him from attending Euro matches.“His place is here, among us,” said Lambert, a close friend of Platini. “Not on this endless vale of tears that FIFA internal instances are imposing on him. Michel, we are waiting for you, there is a warm spot for you here.”SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Khem Birch signed with Olympiacos

first_imgCanadian center Khem Birch is the new addition of Olympiacos, as he has signed a two year deal with the team, which includes an opt out option for the summer of 2017 with a total net salary of 1,1 million euros.The 23 years old player (2.06 m.) after an impressive season in Turkey with Usak Sportif, during which he played also in the BSL All Star Game, Birch is ready for the next big stop in his career. Born September 28, 1992, Birch played college basketball at Pittsburgh and UNLV before going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft.Since then he played for the Washington Wizards, the Miami Heat and Sioux Falls Skyforce as an affiliate player. However in Turkey and Usak he proved that he can be an asset in Europe as an undersized center. His athletic abilities is what made Olympiacos sign him in order to replace Othello Hunter who is heading for Real Madrid.After all the Reds tried to get him during the season, after the injury of Patrick Young. Birch ended the season averaging 10,4 ppg, 8,9 rpg in 26 mpg in the Turkish BSL.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Thanks to MS Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for India-Pakistan tickets, says Karachi-born fan

first_imgThe bond between MS Dhoni and Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ blossomed during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan and it has only grown stronger since then.Such is the bond that Bashir has flown into Manchester from Chicago (approximately 6000 km) for Sunday’s high-octane Indo-Pak contest without a match ticket. He knows that Dhoni will ensure that he is it at the Old Trafford when the first ball is bowled.”I arrived here yesterday and saw that people are ready to pay as much as 800-900 pounds for a ticket. A return ticket from Chicago costs the same. Thanks to Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for a match ticket,” the 63-year-old, who owns a restaurant in Chicago and is an American passport holder, told PTI.The connection goes back to 2011. Bashir was bowled over by Dhoni’s benevolence when India’s World Cup-winning captain went out of his way to arrange a ticket for him for the marquee clash in Mohali, a showdown for which most fans would pay an arm and a leg to watch in person.Eight years later, the heartwarming story of Bashir and Dhoni continues. It is not a surprise anymore that Bashir supports Dhoni’s team over the country of his birth whenever the two sides clash.Dhoni might not be easily accessible for even his teammates at times but has never disappointed Bashir.”I don’t call him as he is so busy. I keep in touch only through text messages. Long before I came here, Dhoni assured me of the ticket. He is a great human being. I can’t think of anyone else doing what he has done for me since that 2011 game in Mohali.advertisement”Imagine I get the ticket for free when most would pay a fortune for it. I have got a surprise gift for him this time and I hope to give it to him later today,” said Bashir.After arriving in Manchester, he checked into the Pakistan’s team hotel where he met most of the squad members including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali.One of his selfies was with Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star wife Sania Mirza, an Indo-Pak union just like him and his wife. He checks into the Indian team hotel later on Friday.I am alive only for cricket: Chacha ChicagoHis love for his homeland is understandable but the reason for his affinity towards India is his Hyderbadi wife, besides Dhoni of course. His match-day uniform has both India and Pakistan colours and Bashir calls himself an ambassador of peace.While watching Indo-Pak games all-around the World, Bashir has made lifelong Indian friends and one them is the well-known superfan Sudhir, who mainly relies on funding from cricketers to support the team from stands. In fact, both are staying together in Manchester.”Sudhir abhi apni body pe tri-colour paint karwane gaya hain (Sudhir has gone outside to get the Indian tri-colour painted on his body).”I book the room and we stay together. Thanks to allah, I am doing okay (financially) and that is the least I can do for a friend. I just gifted Sudhir a phone and it made him really happy. These are the little things in life that give you happiness.”Bashir, who has overcome three heart attacks, carries as many 12 medicines when he is travelling. Before coming to the UK, he was in Saudi Arabia with his grandson during the holy month of Ramadan.”It is not easy with my medical condition. Ab toh aisa lagta hain jab tak cricket chal rahi tab tak saasen chal rahi hain (May be I am alive only for cricket),” Bashir added.No prizes for guessing that he is backing India to maintain their unbeaten run over Pakistan on Sunday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan all about absorbing pressure, says Sachin TendulkarAlso See:last_img read more

Michigan Football Star Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan is losing a number of key defenders to the NFL after this season, but at least one star will be coming back to Ann Arbor in 2019.Cornerback Lavert Hill is returning to school, he announced today on Instagram. Hill was a first-team All-Big Ten performer and a third-team All-American this season.Hill was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in the country.This has been a great season. Through the ups and downs I appreciate all my brothers we stayed solid. I wouldn’t have done it with anybody else. After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided to return and give The University of Michigan and its fans another season. I am confident I will be productive for both my team and myself this coming year. I look forward to one last ride in The Big House. Go Blue!As a junior, Hill compiled 14 tackles and five pass breakups.Michigan finished 10-3 after losing to Florida in the Peach Bowl yesterday. The Wolverines started 10-1 before dropping their final two games to Ohio State and UF.Despite losing defensive stars like Rashan Gary and Devin Bush to the NFL, Michigan should still be a Big Ten contender in 2019.The Wolverines have yet to win the conference under Jim Harbaugh.last_img read more

Bahri Expands Reach in AsiaPacific

first_imgzoomBahri’s VLCC Hilwah. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) revealed plans to expand its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, in line with the shipping and logistics company’s long-term strategy. The announcement was made at a grand ceremony held in Singapore earlier this month.“The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region,” Bahri explained in a statement.The company added that the expansion will enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of Bahri’s five business units, to market their offerings, acquire new clients and channelize communication.Bahri also intends to expand the services of the company’s other business units to the APAC region in the future.Over the past 41 years, Bahri has steadily expanded market presence in the maritime industry. The company currently has offices in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the USA, and India, in addition to a network of agents across the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Europe, and Asia.Bahri Logistics currently operates six new 26,000 dwt multipurpose vessels on a regular liner schedule.The company’s second business unit, Bahri Chemicals, owns and operates more than 30 chemical/product tankers with a capacity of more than 1 million dwt.Recently, the unit added to its fleet NCC Mekka, a 37,500 dwt chemical tanker. Bahri has raised Saudi Arabia’s flag on the newly acquired Handy tanker, the company informed via social media.last_img read more

Georgia Tech Awards Ivan Allen Jr Prize For Social Courage To Jimmy

first_imgGeorgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson awarded the 2017 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter February 17 in Atlanta.The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter“It is appropriate that this, our first Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to be presented to a couple, will be awarded to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter,” Peterson said. “Together, they exemplify the far-reaching global changes that are possible through a lifetime partnership in social courage.”The former president and first lady were jointly recognized for their partnership in a courageous collaboration to improve human rights and alleviate suffering around the world. Over the span of more than four decades their work has focused on improving health, preventing and resolving conflicts and enhancing freedom and democracy.They are the first couple to receive the award, which recognizes those who demonstrate leadership to improve the human condition despite personal risks and challenges.After the ceremony, the Carters participated in a town hall discussion with Georgia Tech students.“It’s a pleasure always to be associated with the Ivan Allen family in any way. We’ve been close to the family for a long time,” said Jimmy Carter, who attended Georgia Tech and received an honorary degree from the Institute in 1979. “In every respect my heart is with Georgia Tech and completely faithful to Ivan Allen himself and his family, and this award has special meaning for me.”“This is a great honor for me, especially to receive an award in the name of Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. for whom I had such great admiration,” Rosalynn Carter said. “Mayor Allen was a beacon of light for Jimmy and for me and so many others actually in our whole country, standing up for what was good and what was right.”The Carters, who have been married for more than 70 years, have accomplished much together, whether it be their time in the White House, his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 or her groundbreaking work in mental health advocacy.The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize in Social Courage honors the people behind the efforts to improve the human condition. The award is named for former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. Funded in perpetuity by a grant from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, the Allen Prize includes a $100,000 stipend.last_img read more

Highlevel UN meeting in June will urge political will on nuclear safety

30 March 2011The high-level conference that the United Nations global nuclear safety watchdog is hosting in June will address the political impact of the Japanese power plant crisis, and not just its technical aspects, the agency’s chief said today. “That’s why I would like to have the presence of political leaders,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told a news briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Vienna, announcing that he had sent invitations today to the prime ministers and foreign ministers of all 151 IAEA Member States. “But at the same time it (the meeting) is closely related to the technical aspect. We need to address both aspects,” he said, calling the situation still “very serious” at the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant that has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment since 11 March. The conference will be held from 20 to 24 June in Vienna at ministerial level. Starting on Monday, the Japanese crisis will also be discussed at a Vienna meeting of Member States of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), a legally binding international instrument borne out of the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago, for which IAEA provides the secretariat. The CNS, which has more than 60 contracting parties, aims to promote nuclear safety, safety culture, safety management and knowledge sharing among current and future nuclear power States. A seminar will be held on the sidelines of this meeting to provide a forum for the wider IAEA membership. Mr. Amano said the June conference would provide “a preliminary assessment and a preliminary review of the safety standard in light of this accident… It is not just backward-looking but it should be forward-looking.” Asked for an assessment of the current stumbling blocks the Japanese are facing in their efforts to overcome the Fukushima crisis, he replied: “The situation continues to be very serious and the effort to overcome this crisis is increasing. “At the same time they encounter difficulties like the existence of water or high level of radiation. There has been also some progress. I really hope that the efforts by the emergency workers would lead to the stabilization of the reactors and this crisis situation.” Several UN Messengers of Peace, including the Japanese violinist Midori Goto and the United States actor Michael Douglas, have recorded public service announcements (PSAs) in which they express their solidarity for the people of Japan in the wake of the disaster. “I want to reach out to you, the people of Japan, from the other side of the world,” Mr. Douglas said in his message. “I want you to know that you are not alone, that you are in my thoughts, and the thoughts of people everywhere, as you work to rebuild your lives following the tragic events of 11 March. We are standing by your side, and the international community is ready to help.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Princess Firyal of Jordan, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have also recorded messages of support. read more

Malaysia bust Sri Lankan human trafficking ring

“With this detention, the (police) have successfully foiled a human trafficking syndicate in Malaysia that has been operating since mid-2018, with international networks across Sri Lanka, India, Australia and New Zealand,” he said in a statement. He added that investigation showed the syndicate purchased a yacht and was in the process of buying three boat engines to smuggle the migrants to Australia and New Zealand. Malaysian police have dismantled an international human trafficking syndicate that were shipping migrants, including children, through Malaysia to Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia Police chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today.The inspector-general of police said 24 Sri Lankan migrants — 12 men, eight women, two boys and two girls — and 10 Indian citizens — four men, three women, and three girls — were rescued, Malay Mail reported. Three Sri Lankan men suspected of being traffickers have been arrested for unlawfully entering and exiting Malaysia and are being investigated under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act 2007, on top of violating immigration rules under Section 5(2) of the Immigration Act 1959 and 1963. read more


NHL Players Arent At The Olympics So Who Are These Guys

Slovakia593377 Switzerland67157 Olympic Athlete from Russia2,5651,955 Germany1,429527 TEAMGAMESPOINTS You probably know this by now, but when the puck drops next week in Gangneung, South Korea, there will be no current NHL players on the ice. And whether it’s the NHL’s fault for being overly cautious and stingy or the International Olympic Committee’s fault for being stubborn — to be sure, it’s a mix of both — the fact remains the same: Pyeongchang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympics since Lillehammer ’94 not to feature a men’s ice hockey tournament stocked with players from the world’s best hockey league.The dearth of North American household names in the men’s tournament has a lot of people wondering if the games will even be worth watching. Every game will be contested while Americans and Canadians are about to go to sleep, are already asleep or are just waking from sleep. North Americans have been forced to ask themselves some important questions, such as: Is it really worth sacrificing sleep to watch a bunch of players you’ve never heard of battle it out for gold? And who are these guys anyway?This decision by the NHL, of course, makes Olympic hockey closer to what it was for decades when the league didn’t release its professionals. In 1980 in Lake Placid, the U.S. rallied behind a bunch of largely anonymous kids from the ranks of college hockey, and it became the country’s greatest Olympic moment. So maybe this is a good thing?A closer look at the rosters in South Korea this month will put a damper on such optimism. Teams are not exclusively bringing a collection of their brightest youngsters from the amateur ranks. They’re bringing something else: players plucked from the NHL scrap heap.You might think that the exclusion of the NHL would bring the average age of Team USA down from previous years, but the 2018 roster is older on average than those from Sochi in 2014 and Vancouver in 2010 — 29.4 versus 27 and 26.6, respectively. In fact, this is the third-oldest Team USA roster in the past 38 years. Finland48452 United States3,0831,216 Total IN NHL No current NHLers, plenty of former NHLersOlympic rosters with the most NHL experience and points accumulated Norway14530 Sweden1,612370 South Korea272 Canada5,4442,140 Many of these players have passed their prime, like Team USA stalwart Brian Gionta, who has more than 1,000 career NHL games on his resume. Others are simply out of NHL work: James Wisniewski, who last played significant NHL minutes in 2014-15, was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 after failing to impress on a tryout contract. He’s playing abroad now — in the second tier of the German league.To be fair, much of the age disparity can be accounted for by the fact that those early rosters had to be comprised of amateurs, which largely meant college players.1The IOC changed the rule to allow professionals in 1988, although the NHL didn’t agree to stop its season and release players until 10 years later. And it’s not as though those kids were stiffs — the 1988 team alone boasted players like Brian Leetch, Chris Terreri, Kevin Stevens, Craig Janney, Tony Granato and Mike Richter. The 2018 team features some college players who have the potential to go on and have fruitful NHL careers — Harvard’s Ryan Donato, for example — but the majority of the roster is made up of guys who’ll never get another sniff (or never got a sniff at all).This trend is worldwide: Each team has at least one skater with NHL experience on its roster, and six teams (Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the United States) can count at least 1,000 combined NHL games played in their ranks. In total, the tournament boasts a combined 17,419 NHL games played. Source: NBC Olympics, Czech Republic1,330649 Total17,4197,379 Slovenia364 Team Canada leads the way with 2,140 NHL points and 5,444 NHL games among their Olympians. Those numbers may seem impressive until you realize that the equivalent numbers from the Canadian team in Sochi — the one with Sidney Crosby and Co. — were 8,400 NHL points and 12,936 NHL games.2Through the 2013-14 season.The Olympic rosters are clearly lacking star power. The one exception is the roster for Team Russia — er, Team Olympic Athlete from Russia — which boasts two forwards who each played more than 800 NHL games and scored more than 800 career NHL points: Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.Kovalchuk is a former Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, and Datsyuk won three consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies between 2008 and 2010 as the league’s best two-way forward. Each Russian has some very good hockey left in his legs. They’re also the reason the Russians are the odds on favorites to win the tournament.Team Russia is also bringing Kontinental Hockey League star Sergei Mozyakin along to South Korea. Aside from current NHL sniper Alexander Radulov, no other player has won the KHL scoring title in the past decade. The KHL isn’t exactly the NHL, but it’s not exactly a beer league either: It’s the world’s second best hockey league, and 91 of the tournament’s 300 players currently play there. Russia’s games alone should be reason enough to tune in next week.As for the rest? Among the non-KHL cadre, 203 players play across 17 professional leagues spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia; five play NCAA Division 1 hockey; and one — Gionta — is currently not playing any competitive hockey at all. Some teams rewarded players who choose to play their professional hockey on home soil: Every Russian player plays in the KHL, every South Korean player plays in Asia League Ice Hockey, and every Swiss player plays in the National League.3A lot of NHL superstars — including Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Joe Thornton, to name a few — skated in the National League during the lockout of 2012-13. They did so because it is a very good hockey league.But other teams seem to prefer a more well-rounded bunch: The U.S. roster features players from seven professional leagues and a handful of college studs.4And Gionta. And the Slovenian roster features players from 11 leagues across Europe — from the Alps Hockey League to the Czech Extraliga (they know how to score pretty in the Czech Extraliga) to all three divisions of professional German hockey.5This tournament may not feature the world’s top talent, but no one could argue it’s not well-traveled.The NHL’s absence dictates that this won’t be the deepest or most talented group of hockey men ever assembled at an Olympics, but those North Americans willing to stay up late or wake up early will get to see a lot of players they’d never otherwise get to see. read more

Children who spend more time on phones and tablets are more likely

first_img Share Tweet Email2 By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP/Press Association Images Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images Children who spend more time on phones and tablets are ‘more likely to develop diabetes’ Researchers have said limiting usage of electronics can help stave off future health issues. CHILDREN WHO WATCH TV or use phones or tablets for more than three hours a day have a higher chance of contracting diabetes, a new medical study has found.The report, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that there are several risk factors linked to children who do not get enough exercise.Previous research suggested that spending a lot of time glued to a screen is linked to a heightened risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes among adults.But it was not clear if children might also be at risk, according to the researchers who pointed out that trends indicated that the amount of time spent on electronics is on the rise.The researchers assessed a sample of 4,500 children from 200 primary schools in London, Birmingham, and Leicester for a series of metabolic and heart risk factors.These included testing blood fats, insulin resistance, fasting blood glucose levels, blood pressure and body fat. The children were also asked about their daily screen time which was to include TV and the use of computers and games consoles. Sugary drinks heighten the risk of diabetes. Source: Anthony Devlin/PAJust 4% said screen time didn’t take up any of their day, while over a third (37%) said they spent an hour or less on it.Under 30% said they clocked up 1-2 hours, 13% claimed their daily tally was 2-3 hours while around one in five spent more than three hours in front of a screen.Insulin resistanceChildren who spent the longest using electronics had higher body fat ratios than those who spent less time in front of a screen. And, crucially, for studying the diabetes risk, there was a strong trend between a daily quota of three or more hours of screen time and levels of leptin. This is the hormone that controls appetite, fasting glucose and insulin resistance.“Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls and in different ethnic groups from an early age,” the research found.“This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 diabetes, the early emergence of type 2 diabetes risk, and recent trends suggesting that screen time related activities are increasing in childhood and may pattern screen-related behaviours in later life,” the researchers concluded.Read: ‘Jordan and Holly loved their Mammy’: Funeral of Clondalkin fire victims takes place in Shankill >Read: ‘St Patrick’s Day can’t just be a parade, it has to be a stand’: Senator goes on US TV to rally against Trump > Mar 14th 2017, 6:15 AM 39,737 Views Short URL 40 Comments last_img read more

Beacock comedy benefits young musicians

first_imgThe thespians at Beacock Music Theater sure know their market: zany ladies of a certain age.Last spring, Beacock watered the east Vancouver theater desert, a little, with its revival of “Nunsense,” a musical comedy about nutty sisters in habits who scheme, wisecrack, sing and dance their way into our hearts. The performance was staged in the second-floor recital room at Beacock Music, and it raised money for the Hough Foundation and a new after-school band program at Hough Elementary School.This year, Beacock is back with another comedy that raises money for a serious cause — better musical instruments for the band students at Mountain View High School.The show, “Queen of Bingo,” celebrates, and pokes fun at, unattached ladies looking for laughs, love and completed lines on their Bingo cards. Sis and Babe may be sisters, but they don’t seem to have much in common besides regular Bingo night attendance at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (in Battle Creek, Mich., not Vancouver). The restrained, wizened Sis keeps busy with friends and their news, but the dynamic, boisterous but deeply insecure Babe finds it hard to strike a healthy balance. Hungry for attention, she also overeats, worries and withdraws.“The Queen of Bingo” has gained fame over the last couple of decades as a friendly, whacky comedy in the tradition of those classic Tim Conway-Harvey Korman slow-burn sketches on “The Carol Burnett Show.” A successful touring version of “The Queen of Bingo” that ran for years compounded the silliness by featuring men in the women’s roles, but this version stars a couple of actresses from what’s turning into Beacock’s regular returning cast.Business co-owner Gayle Beacock plays the calm and collected Sis, and Kimberly Dewey is the church’s Sister Robert Ann (a name borrowed for fun from “Nunsense.”) Jennifer Johnson plays the volatile Babe.last_img read more

Campaign Trail

first_imgPerez campaign kickoff: Diana Perez, a candidate for Vancouver City Council Position 6, will kick off her campaign with a celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Main Event East, at 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 204, Vancouver. Beer and wine will be available to order, though the event is open to all ages.For more information or to RSVP, contact Perez’s campaign manager Jake Garcia at


Mina hints that Barcelona future is in doubt

first_imgBarcelona defender Yerry Mina has hinted that his future at the club is in doubt after stating that he intends to take some time out before making any final decisions following Colombia’s World Cup exitThe 23-year-old has impressed in Russia on the back of becoming just the second Colombian player to have scored in three successive matches in the tournament with James Rodriguez being the other from four years ago.Mina cancelled out Harry Kane’s opening goal in the third minute of stoppage-time to hand Colombia an unexpected lifeline at Moscow.However, his efforts proved to be in vain with England coming from behind to take a 4-3 victory in a penalty shoot-out.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Now the World Cup is over, Mina must now decide what he will do with his future with Liverpool understood to be keen on signing him this summer following a difficult start at Barcelona.“In my head, I’m going back to Barca,” he told Mundo Deportivo.“Now is not the time to talk about my future, but the World Cup has helped me reconnect and reaffirm myself as a footballer.”The Colombian centre-back played just six times by Barcelona last season after completing his move from Palmeiras in January.last_img read more


Robben Alaba Sule believes Liverpool game will be an epic match

first_imgBayern Munich’s Arjen Robben believes the team’s second round UEFA Champions League tie against Liverpool will be an ‘epic match’.Speaking about the game which comes up next year, Robben said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s an epic match.”“Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).David Alaba, speaking about the second draw, said:“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”Meanwhile, German defender Niklas Sule also had this to say:“In terms of the team, the names and the stadium it’ll be an extremely tough match, but we’re all really looking forward to it. We need to be at the top of our game and get a good result in the first leg. I’m very confident that we’ll come out on top. I’m really looking forward to going up against their attack and seeing Roberto Firmino again. It’ll be an awesome experience.”last_img read more


Search continues for suspect who attempted to kidnap 11yearold Jamul girl

first_img April 26, 2018 Updated: 5:21 PM Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJAMUL (KUSI) — She was walking home on a dirt path when suddenly everything changed. An 11-year-old girl was attacked and thrown to the ground. Fortunately, she did the right thing and got away.“The little girl yelled and screamed and the attacker took off,” said Lt. Thomas Seiver of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.It happened in bright daylight, about 4;00 in the afternoon. The little girl was walking alone, like a lot of people do in this area.“I wouldn’t let my kids walk that dirt path, I know this is a safe place, but I’ve heard about things happening out there,” said Kylie Chalfa, a parent of school kids.Truth is, this dirt path is a “connector” between two schools in the area. The middle school and the elementary school kids use it every day.“I think when anything like this happens, it’s very nerve-wracking,” said Raimee Durphy, also a parent of two kids in the area.Even though the little girl was under attack, she managed to get a good look at the alleged attacker. The most prominent feature, a “big scar” under one of his eyes. Other than that, dark clothes, dark hat, a dark hoodie. The big scar is the key.“Just because we’re out here in the country, doesn’t mean we’re immune to this, we all have to be vigilant,” Durphy said.In fact, several convicted “sex offenders” have been “placed” in this area after serving their time in prison.“We are in contact with the officers in charge of sex offenders. At this point, we’re focused on people closer to the area,” Lt. Seiver said.Until this is solved, people in this quiet community are a little edgy. One call to Crimestoppers could return life back to normal. Posted: April 26, 2018center_img Search continues for suspect who attempted to kidnap 11-year-old Jamul girl Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Eclipse Proposes Vulnerability Assessment Tool

first_imgThe Eclipse Foundation has a proposal to incorporate a Vulnerability Assessment Tool that helps developers identify which of their software dependencies contain known security issues from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) database.The tool assists teams identify otherwise harmful violations of OWASP’s A9 security issue, using components with known vulnerabilities. Without automated checks to monitor downstream libraries, many developers do not know when to upgrade components and may continue using libraries with known automated exploits, leading to system compromise and breaches. The most prominent case of vulnerable components was the Equifax breach from 2017 that lead to an exposure of 143 million private records, $600 million in losses, and a four month prison sentence for former CIO Jun Ying. Ying was convicted and fined for insider trading, using his knowledge of the breach to sell shares before other investors would find out.The Vulnerability Assessment Tool was open-sourced by SAP in January 2019, with support for Java and Python. It operates in the same industry space as other Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tools that monitor for known CVEs. A similar feature is available for software projects that use GitHub, following Microsoft’s acquisition of Dependabot. Similar to the Vulnerability Assessment Tool, GitHub will identify libraries with known CVEs and will go even further to submit pull requests that upgrade the offending library.Although scanning for CVEs will improve security by patching vulnerable components, some risk will remain. By basing scans on library and version numbers, tools are unable to determine with versions are misreported or not what they claim. In May 2019, Docker provided a default version of OpenJDK that used a version number indicating a level of security, but this OpenJDK did not contain the security fixes. In 2017, the Eclipse marketplace for IDE plugins provided a popular plugin that showed open source code but ran a different codebase with adware. In each case, the CVE database did not apply because the actual running code was different. The OpenJDK docker issue was resolved through community collaboration, and the Eclipse Foundation took action to remedy the misleading plugin.Software Composition Analysis also analyzes each component in isolation, unaware of how they work together. For example, tools would not report on cases where two libraries that were free of security issues were used together in a way that created them. Many Java applications, such as WebLogic, expose this type of vulnerability by using Java deserialization on untrusted data. Another feature is usage of MLets, which load and execute management code from URLs.Participants in the overall Eclipse communities can participate in discussion around the Vulnerability Analysis Tool while it is in its proposal stage.last_img read more

President Carter Played Role in Saving Connecticut Sub Base

first_imgOn the 10th anniversary of the 2005 BRAC Commission’s final votes on the Pentagon’s closure and realignment recommendations, the Norwich Bulletin recounts a little-known story about the role former President Jimmy Carter played in helping overturn DOD’s proposal to close Naval Submarine Base New London in southeastern Connecticut.Nine days before the commission was scheduled to vote, Carter, who spent seven years at Groton during his Navy career in the submarine service, wrote to Commission Chairman Anthony Principi. Instead of supporting the department’s recommendation to close New London, which would have benefited the sub base in his home state of Georgia, Carter urged Principi to reject it.“Kings Bay could certainly be expanded to accommodate a larger contingent of ships and personnel, and this region would welcome the additional jobs that may be transferred from Connecticut,” Carter said. “However, I am concerned about the adverse economic impact on the New London area, the abandonment of a huge installation of facilities, and, less quantitatively, a loss of some of the proud submariners’ heritage of our historic association with service and training in New London,” he wrote.At the time, former Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) said the letter was an “important development” in the state’s campaign to save the base. “As far as I know, it is entirely unprecedented in the 17 years of the BRAC process for a former commander-in-chief to write to save a particular military base from closure,” Dodd said.Carter was criticized at home for supporting Groton, but his loyalty to the submarine service and his fondness for the region ultimately won out, according to the story.On Aug. 24, 2005, the commission voted 7-1 with one abstention to overturn DOD’s recommendation to close the sub base. After the vote, Principi told the Bulletin that Carter’s letter was one of several “key factors” that swayed the commission. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Symantec to buy LifeLock in 23 billion cybersecurity deal

first_imgSymantec Corp, a US-based computer security software provider, on Sunday announced that it will acquire identity theft protection company LifeLock for an enterprise deal of $2.3 billion or $24 per share. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to LifeLock’s shareholders approval.The deal would expand Symantec’s portfolio at a time when the 34-year-old firm is looking to break away from the traditional anti-virus software. California-based Symantec said that the deal with LifeLock would not have any impact on its financial results for next year and has “reaffirmed” its revenue guidance for 2017 and 2018.”As we all know, consumer cyber-crime has reached crisis levels. LifeLock is a leading provider of identity and fraud protection services, with over 4.4 million highly-satisfied members and growing. With the combination of Norton and LifeLock, we will be able to deliver comprehensive cyber defence for consumers,” Greg Clark, Symantec’s CEO said in a statement.”This acquisition marks the transformation of the consumer security industry from malware protection to the broader category of Digital Safety for consumers,” he added.The combination of both the companies is expected to create the world’s largest consumer security business.”Together with Symantec we can deploy enhanced technology and analytics to provide our customers with unparalleled information and identity protection services. We are pleased to have reached an outcome that serves the best interests of all LifeLock stakeholders,” Hilary Schneider, CEO of LifeLock, said in the statement.Symantec expects to finance the transaction with cash on the balance sheet and $750 million of new debt. Symantec’s board of directors has also increased the company’s share repurchase authorisation from about $800 million to $1.3 billion, with up to $500 million in repurchases targeted by the end of financial year 2017.Barclays, Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo are acting as financial advisers and are providing debt financing commitments to Symantec. Fenwick & West and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are acting as legal advisers.last_img read more