Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

first_imgJUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected.The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta. The team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”last_img read more

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Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

first_img(AP) – A federal judge has blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close.U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary restraining order shortly before midnight Tuesday. The 159-page order blocks the state from enforcing the new laws, including a measure prohibiting the procedure 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. They also included a requirement that doctors performing abortions be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology.An official with a Little Rock clinic that performs surgical abortions says it has one physician who meets that requirement, but he only works there a few days every other month.Baker also blocked a law prohibiting doctors from performing an abortion if it’s being sought because the fetus was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.last_img read more

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Beer Bellies to Fear

first_imgChubby bellies deprive their owners of more than a svelte figure, according to new research. Abdominal flab in middle-aged rats causes insulin resistance, a common precursor to diabetes that afflicts old people disproportionately. Surgically removing the fat restores insulin function, suggesting that the condition develops because fat accumulates around the internal organs.As people age, they acquire beer bellies and love handles. Their bodies also lose the ability to absorb glucose from the blood, a condition called insulin resistance. Circumstantial evidence links insulin resistance to visceral fat, the blubber found in bellies, but not to subcutaneous fat, which molds love handles. Researchers have debated whether visceral fat is a byproduct or the cause of insulin resistance.To investigate, Nir Barzilai and colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City cut out fat from adult rats with insulin resistance. When subcutaneous fat was removed, the rats fared no better. But when visceral fat was removed, the rats recovered and began to extract glucose from their bloodstream just as well as intact young ones did, the team reports in the October issue of Diabetes. 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They found that removal of visceral fat changes the signals sent out by subcutaneous fat cells. They produced about two-thirds less of the messenger RNA templates for the hormone leptin, which controls appetite and is overproduced in insulin-resistant people. There was also less TNF-a, a protein thought to stymie insulin by blocking its biochemical pathways. This observation implies that visceral fat causes insulin resistance by changing the output of molecules made by a wide range of fat tissues.”This is the first demonstration that I know of that removal of visceral fat fixes the resistance problem,” says endocrinologist Michael Schwartz of the University of Washington, Seattle. Endocrinologist Robert Schwartz of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver suggests how diet could factor into the equation: calorie restriction–which is known to reduce insulin resistance–might alter metabolism by influencing the types of fat that calories build.Related sites A longer version of this article at SAGEKE Nir Barzilai’s lab at Albert EinsteinAmerican Diabetes Associationlast_img read more

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Amgen Pulls Cancer Drug

first_img Wikimedia/KGH Hardy. Pancreatic cancer often outwits drugs, including one by Amgen that just failed. The failure of a pancreatic cancer therapy, announced Wednesday by its maker Amgen, is yet another sign that a once-promising class of cancer treatments has failed to meet expectations. The latest therapy to flop, called ganitumab, is a monoclonal antibody that targets type 1 insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF-1R). At Amgen, the drug made it all the way to a phase III clinical trial before the company pulled the plug partway through the trial after concluding that the therapy was unlikely to help patients live longer. IGF-1R was deemed a promising target after researchers made a number of intriguing observations. Circulating levels of the hormone IGF-1 in a person’s blood were linked to a slightly higher risk of cancer. The receptor is often expressed on epithelial cells, the type of cells that turn cancerous, and it promotes cell survival. Finally, in cell cultures and animals, overexpressing the hormone could produce something that looks like cancer, and that would shrink when treated with an IGF-1R blocker.But in patients, the drugs are “a serial failure,” says Vuk Stambolic, a cancer researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, Canada. Other trials of this drug target in lung cancer have not worked, and the drugs’ effects in colorectal cancer are also questionable, Stambolic says. 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In short, it usually turns out to be more complicated than first thought. It may not be enough to go after IGF-1R alone, and the patients in these trials have very advanced disease and may be less likely to respond to narrowly targeted treatments. The work in animals and cells also may not fully mimic real life. “I think that the model is probably only partially representative of what happens in cancer,” Stambolic says.Various companies are also testing a class of drugs that target both IGF-1R and the insulin receptor. The hope is that the double whammy will be more damaging to tumors.last_img read more

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The Graduates – Jordan Marshall-King

first_imgIn the sixth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) player, Jordan Marshall-King, who played for the Sydney Scorpions at the 2010 NYC.  After being a part of the Sydney Scorpions side that won the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League in March, Jordan Marshall-King was back in the Scorpions colours at the National Youth Championships, having one last shot at the title. He was rewarded for his contribution to the team, being named the Most Valuable Player for the Scorpions 18’s Boys side. Marshall-King was part of the NSWCHS side that came third at the 2009 NYC, and enjoyed being back in the Scorpions team for his last year. “It was pretty good, all of the boys back together again, we had a lot of fun,” he said. Marshall-King and his Scorpions teammates didn’t have a chance to play against NSWCHS at the tournament due to being in different pools, but he says it would have been fun to play against his old side. “It would have been good, because I’m good mates with the coach and a few of the boys.”“It was a good experience last year, I had a lot of mates in that team which made it a lot of fun.”Marshall says that he has plenty of good memories of playing at the NYC, and will miss playing at the event. “It’s good fun coming up and playing with all of the boys, that’s one thing that I’m going to miss and seeing mates from different states that you’ve met through Touch, it’s going to be a big loss.”The event also marked the final chance for players in the Australian Youth Squads to be selected for the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman which will be played in Canberra next January. Marshall-King is in the Australian Under 20’s Boys squad, but says his biggest focus at the NYC was to play well for the Scorpions.“I was just focussing on my game, I’m here to play for my mates and my team, if I make the Aussie team, that’s a bonus.”last_img read more

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54 Young People Equipped With Skills in Filmmaking

first_img Fifty-four young people from vulnerable communities across the island have been equipped with skills in film-making, having successfully completed training under the University of the West Indies Community Film Project (UWICFP).The graduates, from UWI’s Mona and Western Jamaica campuses, represent the largest cohort, to date, under the initiative, which was implemented in 2012.Founder of UWICFP and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Ian Boxill, hailed the various partners in the undertaking.He cited the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), which came on board last year providing a grant to boost the training.Professor Boxill, who was addressing the graduation ceremony held on Thursday (December 7) at the Faculty of Law, said the project has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people over the years.“Once people are given opportunities, once we open up doors, we know that many people will have been helped. We know from experience that we have persons who have graduated from this project and who have gone on to do great things. The mandate of this university when it started in 1948 was that of helping those in need; all of us who would have not had the opportunities that others would have had,” he noted.Professor Boxill said the next major objective is to invest in underwater filming and documentaries to help boost Jamaica’s film production and tourism industry.“This region has more sea than land. We want to swim and discover the marine environment. We want to move forward. We want to push boundaries. We believe once we begin to expose persons to this sort of opportunity, we can get them to make films and documentaries of the environment,” he said.The UWICFP was started by the Centre for Tourism and Policy Research (CTPR) in the community of August Town. Drawing on partnerships with the Mona Social Services/UWI Township, Grace Kennedy Foundation, Social Development Commission and others, the project rapidly expanded to a number of other urban and rural communities across Jamaica.The initiative encourages youth to get directly involved with innovative storytelling and film-making around important community and national issues. It provides new opportunities and new experiences to young people while simultaneously contributing to their education, social development and the economic empowerment of the community members through film-making.Most of the graduates then go on to make short films for public screening. The eight-week programme also provides a platform for the graduates to showcase these short films to the public through the GATFFEST Film Festival.In addition, some graduates are given internships with the UWICFP and media and film-making companies to hone their skills in an area related to film-making. Fifty-four young people from vulnerable communities across the island have been equipped with skills in film-making, having successfully completed training under the University of the West Indies Community Film Project (UWICFP). Story Highlights Founder of UWICFP and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Ian Boxill, hailed the various partners in the undertaking. The UWICFP was started by the Centre for Tourism and Policy Research (CTPR) in the community of August Town. Drawing on partnerships with the Mona Social Services/UWI Township, Grace Kennedy Foundation, Social Development Commission and others, the project rapidly expanded to a number of other urban and rural communities across Jamaica. last_img read more

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Mother of missing woman says police said daughter was probably drinking

first_imgWINNIPEG – Feeling abandoned by police, the family of a Manitoba Indigenous woman who disappeared in 2008, has been digging through fields, ditches and garbage dumps for any sign of her.The effort has put Jennifer Catcheway’s relatives on an emotional roller-coaster and taken a toll on their health, they told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women on Friday.“One time, we found kind of a piece of a pelvic bone … and I took that hip bone and I put it on a dresser,” Jennifer’s mother, Bernice Catcheway, said at a hearing in Winnipeg.She paused, sobbing softly.“I said, ‘I don’t know if that’s you, Jen. At least we get to sleep with you one more time.’”The bone was later determined not to be from her daughter.Another time, the family dug up what appeared to be a head covered in mud and dirt, Catcheway said. It turned out to be a helmet.Jennifer Catcheway was last heard from on her 18th birthday. She called her mother from Grand Rapids and said she was on her way back to the family home in Portage la Prairie — a 400-kilometre trip.A few days later, when friends and relatives were unable to find any trace of the teenager, her mother went to the RCMP to report her daughter missing.She said she was brushed aside.“I said, ‘I want to report my daughter missing’ to this constable,” Catcheway recalled.“He said, ‘Oh, how old is she?’ … and I said she just turned 18 Thursday, her birthday (and he said) ‘Oh, give her a week. She’s on a drunk.’”A similar message came, Catcheway said, when a woman called her and said she saw two men burning clothes in a field.“I called the detachment … and you know what he said? ‘Oh, I know her … she’s a drunk. Don’t believe her.’”The RCMP did launch an investigation and later determined the case was a homicide. But nine years later, no one has been arrested and Jennifer’s body has not been found.Catcheway said the RCMP have not interviewed some potential witnesses and were slow to take statements from others. The family continues to act on rumours and tips and search areas between Portage la Prairie and Grand Rapids.“I want the public and Canada and the world to know how we were failed, how Jennifer was failed.”Jennifer’s brother, Willie Starr, told the inquiry the family observed a different response when a white woman — Amber McFarland — disappeared later in 2008. He pointed to media reports of an extensive search effort, including one day when hundreds of people came out to look for the woman.Dozens of family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women told their stories during five days of hearings in Winnipeg, but a backlog remains. Inquiry officials announced this week there will be three days of hearings next month in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House.The next round of hearings are scheduled to start Oct. 30 in Membertou, N.S.Nahanni Fontaine, an NDP legislature member who has worked with families of the missing and murdered, said the federal government must extend the inquiry’s two-year time frame. She said more time, more resources, such as travel funding, and more emotional supports are needed to ensure every family across the country that wants to be heard is heard fully.“To imagine that we could do that in two years is so beyond unreasonable and so beyond disrespectful.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the trip from Grand Rapids to Portage la Prairie was 250 kilometreslast_img read more

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Dalai Lama To Visit Los Angeles

first_imgThe Lourdes Foundation is honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s special visit to the City of Angels, coinciding with Auge Media’s 60th Anniversary.Dalai Lama To Visit Los AngelesThis celebratory publication will honor Los Angeles — a magnificent “country” within a country. Sponsored by The Lourdes Foundation, this special edition coffee table book will include a gathering of influential leaders from Los Angeles; all proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Foundation’s work locally and internationally.Sean Lourdes, Philanthropist and President of Auge Media, says his life was dramatically changed by a personal encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Lourdes Foundation, which he chairs, is dedicated to enabling positive social change by sharing opportunities and values that match the ideals of integrity, peace and compassion, which His Holiness often imparts in his public talks.Lourdes hopes to share his transformative experience of being in the company of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the people of his hometown, including the city’s most influential leaders. “I believe that fundamental changes can begin in a diverse metropolis like ours,” Lourdes said. He is most grateful to The Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden for his enlightening guidance in making His Holiness’s visit to Los Angeles a reality.As part of His Holiness’ visit, a Public Talk will be held in order to reach out to the greater Los Angeles community. “The Public Talk will focus on sharing the value of social integrity,” said Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the Personal Peace Emissary to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, under whose guidance this special visit is organized. “This event will be open to the public and the theme will be non-violence and the effects of compassion in the 21st Century. It is hoped His Holiness’s words will make a significant contribution to minimizing the stresses people face in today’s world, where financial environmental and social conflicts are constant,” Lama Tenzin Dhonden continued.“The first step to achieving peace is to facilitate understanding and compassion between people who wouldn’t otherwise know each other,” Lourdes added. “This is what we strive to do with our books and what His Holiness, The Dalai Lama personifies. There is no more inspirational leader.”His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He is also the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He was awarded the United States highest civilian honor, The Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 and in 2012 received The Templeton Prize which honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.Since 1959, His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his messages of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books and travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has meet with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations and held dialogues with the heads of different religions along with leaders of science and industry.His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s remarkable visit to Los Angeles will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the teachings of a man who understands the significant impact values such as social responsibility and compassion can play in daily life.“The more people who hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message, the more impact it will have in Los Angeles and internationally,” said Lourdes, who describes Auge’s philanthropic coffee table books as positive press.Details, including information on obtaining tickets to the February 25th event and how to purchase Auge Media’s Special Edition Philanthropic Coffee Table Book honoring Los Angeles will be released soon.last_img read more

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Ewan McGregor Urges UK To Donate To Nepal Earthquake Relief

first_imgActor and UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor has urged the UK public to support the Nepal Earthquake Appeal as the death toll continues to rise.Ewan McGregor met children in Nepal during his 2011 Cold Chain MissionCredit/Copyright: UNICEF“I don’t think anyone seeing the news over the weekend could fail to be moved by the devastating situation in Nepal,” said Ewan. “I was able to visit this beautiful country with Unicef, so I know that the team on the ground will be doing everything in their power to help children and their families in danger.”There are now at least 3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF UK is preparing two cargo flights of humanitarian supplies for urgent airlift to Kathmandu.In 2011, Ewan went to India and Nepal to deliver vaccines and immunise children in some of the world’s remotest places. “The children I met in Nepal left a lasting impression on me and now hundreds of thousands of them are facing a third night out in the elements,” he said. “It’s absolutely heart-breaking to think that some of the children I met have now been left with nothing. The earthquake has not only destroyed their homes and their schools, but left millions of children scared and in danger.”“With children accounting for half the country’s population, we fear loss of life and great disruption to children’s lives, as homes and schools are destroyed,” said David Bull of Unicef UK Executive Director. “Unicef has been working in Nepal for over 40 years so our experience and local knowledge is huge. But we can’t do it alone.”Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

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Drakes Views takes tenth week atop Billboard 200 chart

first_imgThe album’s sales have been driven predominately by streams from online music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).Other artists to achieve 10 weeks at the top include Adele with her blockbuster 2011 album hit “21,” which spent 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart, as well as the soundtracks to 1998’s “Titanic” and 2014’s “Frozen.”“Views” was pushed to No. 2 last week when Blink 182 took the top spot on the album chart with their latest record “California.” The alt-rockers’ album dropped to No. 3 this week on the chart.Other new entries on the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart this week includes rapper Schoolboy Q at No. 2 with “Blank Face LP,” rockers Chevelle at No. 8 with “North Corridor” and alt-rock band Switchfoot at No. 10 with “Where the Light Shines Through.”(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Andrew Hay) Canadian R&B singer Drake reclaimed the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart on Monday for a 10th week, joining a small group of artists to have achieved the same feat in recent years.Drake’s “Views” album sold another 18,000 albums and 161,000 songs and was streamed more than 86 million times in the past week, totaling 117,000 overall album units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.“Views” is only the 10th album to clock 10 weeks, consecutive or non-consecutive, at No. 1 on the album chart in the past 20 years, according to Billboard. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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TSX up after string of losses caused by Greek turmoil weak economic

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market broke a six-session losing run Thursday as traders used the selloff resulting from Sunday’s inconclusive Greek elections as an opportunity to pick up some beaten-down equities.The S&P/TSX composite index was off early triple digit advances as enthusiasm waned late in the morning but the market was still up 58.83 points at 11,733.84 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 16.97 points to 1,362.66.However, nervousness hit the Canadian dollar, which was down from the best levels of the session, up 0.03 of a cent at 99.94 cents US.The loonie closed below parity with the U.S. dollar Wednesday for the first time in two months as traders avoided riskier assets such as commodities and resource-based currencies such as the loonie amid a new round of eurozone turmoil.U.S. indexes weakened during the morning with the Dow Jones industrial average up 14.76 points at 12,849.82.The Nasdaq composite index slipped 7.9 points to 2,926.81 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 2.39 points at 1,356.97.Positive jobs data had helped support stocks Thursday. Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. edged downward last week, suggesting that employers may accelerate hiring this month. Applications dropped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ended May 5, the U.S. Labour Department said Thursday.The recent selloff on the TSX left the market about two per cent lower than where it started the year.Besides the latest round of uncertainty in Europe, stocks and commodities have also been pressured by signs of slowing economies in China and the United States.“It’s really based on commodities and demand from the emerging markets,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at MFC Asset Management. “They are growing but at a slower pace and I think the consensus was an expectation of continued strong markets and I think maybe that was a bit of a pipe dream.”Meanwhile, analysts expect talks to form a Greek government will go nowhere and that Greeks will go back to the polls in June.There are some hopes in the markets that in new elections Greeks who want the country to remain in the euro currency bloc will support the main pro-euro parties, facilitating the creation of a moderate coalition government.“There is talk maybe the Greeks will have realized OK, this was my vote against austerity, now we’re going to look at one of the other parties,” Headland said. “But again, how much does Greece matter? It’s more about what is going to happen with Spain and is there going to be some kind of knock on effect on their debt and perhaps Italy’s and that’s a bigger issue going forward.”In the meantime, Greece is being held together by an international bailout. And analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its bailout.On Thursday, China’s weak import growth data raised fears the world’s second-biggest economy wasn’t doing enough to stimulate domestic demand amid an economic slowdown.Imports edged up 0.3 per cent to US$144.8 billion in April while exports rose 4.9 per cent to $163.3 billion, leaving a surplus of $18.4 billion, according to customs data released Thursday. That compared with a surplus of $5.35 billion in March and a deficit of $31.5 billion in February.China has been an important prop for a global economy still in the midst of a fragile recovery from the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession. Its huge appetite for energy and metals has boosted commodity prices and oil and mining stocks on the TSX.But resource stocks and commodity prices have been hit particularly hard recently. The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave up early gains to dip a penny to US$96.80 a barrel, down sharply from US$106 at the beginning of this month. The energy sector improved by one per cent as Suncor Energy advanced 28 cents to C$29.35.The base metals sector gained 0.75 per cent with copper prices up a penny at US$3.67. Demand concerns had pushed the metal down almost five per cent from May 1. Teck Resources climbed 38 cents to C$33.62.Bullion prices added 30 cents to US$1,594.50 an ounce, taking the gold sector up one per cent and Barrick Gold Corp. gained 24 cents to C$37.89.Financials were also positive as Sun Life Financial shares gained 16 cents to $22.29 as it reported that an improvement in capital markets led to quarterly net income of $686 million or $1.15 per share compared with $438 million or 73 cents in the same period last year. Elsewhere in the sector, Royal Bank rose 81 cents to $54.18.In other earnings news, Bombardier Inc. was off nine cents at $3.60 as it reported net income of $190 million in the first quarter, or 10 cents a share. That is down sharply from $220 million, or 12 cents a share a year ago. Revenue was $3.5 billion, compared with $4.7 billion last year.Magna International Inc. posted first-quarter sales of $7.7 billion, up seven per cent from the first quarter of 2011. Canada’s largest auto parts maker handed in net income of $341 million, an increase of $19 million compared with the first quarter of 2011. Magna shares gained $2.15 to $44.83.Canadian Tire posted $2.4 billion in revenue for the quarter ended March 31, up 23 per cent from the same period last year and a profit of $71 million, or 87 cents a share, up 21.5 per cent from the same period in 2011. Its shares gained $3.53 to $70.95.European markets were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.42 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX up 0.62 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 ahead 0.1 per cent. 11:33ET 10-05-12The Canadian Press read more

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Meier gives Sharks needed boost in 51 win over Hurricanes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier had a goal and two assists in his return to San Jose’s lineup, Martin Jones made 39 saves and the Sharks bounced back from a rough road trip by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Wednesday night.Barclay Goodrow and Tomas Hertl got San Jose started with goals in the first period, captain Joe Pavelski added his team-leading 18th in the second period and Marcus Sorensen scored in the third to give the Sharks a convincing victory.Lucas Wallmark scored on the power play for the Hurricanes, who have scored just five goals in the past five games, losing four of them. Curtis McElhinney made 18 saves.The Sharks had been outscored 20-7 in losing the first four games on their recent road trip before salvaging it a bit with a 3-1 win in Montreal. They built on that momentum against the Hurricanes with Kevin Labanc setting up two goals in the first 10:10 and Jones stopping 17 shots in the first.Labanc took a bad bounce off the boards to feed Goodrow in front to open the scoring and then made a perfect pass from the boards that deflected off Hertl’s stick for a power-play goal midway through the first.San Jose blew a 2-0 lead at Carolina earlier this season, losing 4-3 in a shootout. But the Sharks managed to build on this advantage in the second. Meier deflected Radim Simek’s point shot past McElhinney for his 14th goal of the season. Meier had missed the previous three games with an upper-body injury.He added an assist on Pavelski’s goal, which came when a centring pass was deflected by Carolina’s Jordan Staal into his own net.The Hurricanes managed the power-play goal late in the second, but it wasn’t enough with Sorensen adding the insurance goal in the third off a pass from Meier.NOTES: Joe Thornton had three assists for San Jose, leaving him two shy of tying Marcel Dionne for 10th place all-time with 1,040. … Staal left the game in the third with an upper-body injury. … Simek had his first career point with the assist on Meier’s goal. … Hurricanes D Brett Pesce returned after missing nine games with a lower-body injury.UP NEXT:Carolina: Visit Anaheim on Friday.San Jose: Visit Dallas on Friday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJosh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

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No more expansion Big Ten says

The Big Ten will expand to 12 teams when Nebraska joins the conference in June. That, however, will be the extent of the league’s expansion for the “foreseeable future,” the conference announced Sunday in a press release. The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors met Sunday in Park Ridge, Ill., and decided that “although the conference will continue to monitor the intercollegiate landscape, it will not be actively engaged in conference expansion for the foreseeable future and does not expect to be proactively seeking new members.” Last December, the conference announced that it would explore the possibility of adding more teams to the 11 already in the conference. On June 11, Nebraska agreed to leave the Big 12 and join the Big Ten. Although the Big Ten originally mapped out a 12- to 18-month exploration period, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Lantern in September that it was likely finished with expansion. Smith, however, left open the possibility that other schools would ask to be included in the Big Ten and the conference would listen. “We’re done with it,” Smith said. “We’re finished. The only thing that would cause us to look at it further is if someone contacted us. So we’re not going to go out and say we’re thinking about expansion. “We think there are some schools that are going to try to talk to some conferences. But we’re not actively out looking at expansion. After our October meetings, that’s going to be the last we talk about it.” With the league set on 12 teams, the committee decided “it was appropriate to focus completely on conference affairs at this time,” according to the release. “We have been thoroughly engaged in the process since last December,” said COP/C chair and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie in the release. “Following detailed discussions at today’s meeting, my colleagues and I can report that we believe that this process has reached its natural conclusion. We are pleased with the addition of Nebraska and look forward to working with our colleagues there in the years ahead.” read more

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Tanner talks about his elimination from WWE Tough Enough

first_imgFacebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Videos Articles Cesaro Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Kurt Angle Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Twitter Scott Fishman has a new interview up with recently eliminated WWE Tough Enough finalist Tanner Saraceno. Here are some excerpts from the interview:On what led to his elimination:“I think my lack of facial expressions was the big thing that held me back. I also have a sarcastic kind of humor at times. I grew up with tough love and older brothers bullying you. So any reaction you give them, they just run with it. If they don’t get a reaction, they leave it alone. I think years of that secluded me a little bit. I think taking a few acting classes would help to work my face a little bit better. It’s the one thing I’m missing.”On his future:“I’m not going to lose what got me here, I’ll definitely be using my MMA with my wrestling. There is a gym nearby where I live that I can do my wrestling. I am going to try to find an acting class here and there. I am going to find a way to get my personality through a camera. I do have a great personality. It’s just being able to showcase that through a lens.”ChannelGuideMagBlog.com: Tanner talks about being a fighter and his time on WWE Tough Enough Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

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Henderson happy Ings cannot play today

first_imgThe Liverpool footballer knows Ings cannot take part in the match between the Reds and Southampton because of his contract termsStriker Danny Ings moved on a season-long loan from Liverpool to Southampton in the English Premier League.But on the terms of his contract say, that if these two teams faced each other, he would not be eligible to play.And that’s what will happen today when the Reds host the Saints at Anfield Stadium.For Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson, this is good news.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There’s no hiding the fact that we’re delighted Danny can’t play against us today at Anfield because for the first season of his move he’s on loan. I don’t mean that with any negativity – we’re delighted because we know his class better than most,” Henderson told The Reds’ official website.“When people in the game talk about Danny it’s always with positivity, but it’s quite often focused on what a great person he is and how fantastic his attitude is. Both of those things are correct – he is someone you fall in love with when you spend time with him and his courage and spirit is contagious.”“But people should not ignore his ability and talent. He is technically superb and extremely clever,” he added.“Danny’s Liverpool story didn’t materialize as he ultimately would have hoped, but when he told us he was going to leave during the summer window and join Southampton it was always going to be a case of starting a new story and kicking on.”last_img read more

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Hokkaido corporate group issues report in support of local IR

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR As Tomakomai City, Rusutsu village and other local municipalities are actively preparing for the IR selection process, Hokkaido Economic Federation – a corporate group made up of 500 companies in Hokkaido – published a report in support of IR selection.The topic of the report was, “Achieving Hokkaido Regional Tourism Promotion with a focus on IR” and emphasized two main points – one, that Hokkaido is the optimum location for the “Developed Nation Tourism” concept of a Japan IR and two, it will largely contribute to resolving the tourism and economic social problems in Hokkaido. Analysis shows that it will be possible to attract customers to tourist locations via IR facilities, particularly for long-stay tourism. These efforts are in conjunction with the planned privatization of seven airports in Hokkaido and extension of the Hokkaido bullet train.At the same time, anxiety is rising among residents of Hokkaido, especially regarding problem gambling, and the topic of taking measures and offering courses to deepen the public’s understanding while minimizing the negative image of IRs was also introduced in the report“Our belief is that an IR will provide a large economic ripple effect and we can expect innovations in tourism, development of human resources, industrial technology, transportation and other innovations for Hokkaido’s future, and we should promote it,” the report concludes. RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

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Flight delays cancellations after latest Turrialba eruptions

first_imgCosta Rica’s main international airport remains open after Turrialba Volcano erupted again Friday morning in the latest of a series of powerful recent eruptions. While the airport is operating normally at this writing, some airlines have canceled or delayed flights into Costa Rica.The eruption at 7:20 am Friday was one of the most dramatic in the last month, shooting a column of ash a staggering 3 km into the air, according to National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica.Concern over the eruption led Southwest, Air Canada, Spirit and Aeromexico to cancel flights Friday morning, according to Silva Chaves, spokeswoman for Aeris, the company that operates Juan Santamaría International Airport. United Airlines rerouted a flight to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.The volcano’s eruption Thursday afternoon sent ash as high as 1.2 kilometers into the air. Following that eruption, United canceled two flights arriving from Houston, and some domestic TACA flights were canceled flying into Juan Santamaría from Tambor, Palmar and Drake Bay.Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Delta and Aeromexico all diverted flights into the Alajuela airport Thursday evening, according to flight information from Aeris and FlightRadar24.Chaves said that the airport is operating normally. There is no alert for volcanic ash at this time, she told reporters, but airport officials are monitoring the situation. Airlines can decide to delay or cancel flights depending on conditions.Travelers flying out of Costa Rica can check the status of their flight on the Juan Santamaría International Airport’s website. Facebook Comments Related posts:BREAKING: Volcanic ash closes Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport expands capacity with new departure lounges, boarding bridges United Airlines ponders an earlier retirement for out-of-favor 747s Costa Rica’s new international airport expected to open in 2027last_img read more

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Buying American in Tehran Apples razors and Coke

first_imgAssociated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The Great Satan still sells in Iran.Even after decades of diplomatic estrangement and tightening economic sanctions, American products manage to find their way into the Iranian marketplace. The routes are varied: back channel exporters, licensing workarounds and straightforward trade for goods not covered by the U.S. embargoes over Iran’s nuclear program.It offers lessons in the immense difficulties facing Western attempts to isolate Iran’s economy, which has deepening trade links with Asia where distributors serve as middlemen to funnel U.S. and other goods to Iranian merchants. But sanctions are also battering Iran’s currency and driving up costs for all imports, which could increase domestic pressures on Iran’s ruling system. Sponsored Stories Although the number of Made-in-America items in Iran is dwarfed by the exports from Europe, China and neighboring Turkey, some of the best-known U.S. brands can be tracked down in Tehran and other large cities. It’s possible to check your emails on an iPhone, sip a Coke and hit the gym in a pair of Nikes.“I’m always looking for what new Apple products are in the windows,” said Kamyar Niaki, a 19-year-old freshman at Tehran’s Azad University, as he played Angry Birds on his iPhone 4S _ about $800 in Iran _ at a northern Tehran shopping mall popular with young people for its selection of computers, mobile phones, software and apps.The iPhones and other Apple products typically enter Iran through networks in Dubai or from Asian distributors, which also ship everything from lower-cost MacBook fakes to bogus Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger.Similar trade routes from the Far East or nearby Dubai also bring in Westinghouse appliances, Microsoft programs. And they were probably also responsible for the Epiphone model guitar by Nashville-based Gibson that Ali Mahmoudi bought for his oldest son last week for about $1,200 _ more than double the price in the United States. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Reza Kazemi, a worker at a government-owned Tehran hospital, carried a family-size Coke _ 1.5 liters at the equivalent of 50 cents _ among his groceries from a shop in downtown Tehran. “My wife and three children like it,” he said. “It’s delicious.”The same shop stocks Gillette razors and Pampers diapers, both made by Procter & Gamble Co., whose health care products are not blocked by sanctions.“Since a long time ago, Iranians have learned that American products are among the best,” said Masoud Mohajer, an economic columnist who writes for Iranian newspapers and journals. “If the government bans them, they will infiltrate the Iranian market through smugglers since there is a market for them because of their reputations.”Last year, American companies exported $229 million worth of products to Iran not blocked by sanctions, according to U.S. government and independent figures cited by the U.S. Institute of Peace. The list is as eclectic as it gets: Frozen bull semen, artificial teeth, chewing gum, cranberries, toothpicks and antibiotics. The top U.S. export last year: more than $11.2 million worth of butter.The figure has seesawed over the years, from a high of $747 million in U.S. exports to Iran in 1992 to just $28,000 in 1998, the institute said. Iran also buys U.S. commodities such as wheat, corn and soybeans. ErrorOK ErrorOK Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day ___Murphy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   This is where hackers such as 23-year-old Amir comes in. He charges between $5 and $10 to “jailbreak” an iPhone to work on Iran’s domestic mobile network. “I have 10 to 15 customers every day,” said Amir, who gave only his first name because reprogramming the phones is illegal.That’s about the same number of daily sales of Apple laptops and iPhones at Mansour Ahadi’s electronics store in the Tehran digital mall.“We import them from neighboring countries simply because there is a high demand,” he said.But there are clear pressures. A nosedive in the value of the Iranian rial _ which hit an all-time low against the dollar this week _ has sharply raised the cost of imports. This has almost doubled prices of many imported items from cosmetics to cell phones to spare parts of cars.For Iran’s extensive middle class _ many with university degrees and near Western-standard lifestyles _ the blows to their buying power could bring more heat on authorities as they try to ride out sanctions.Amir, the iPhone jail-breaker, summed up his slice of Americana in the middle of Tehran: “I earn from Apple, I drink Coke and I dream of buying a Ford Mustang.” “My son learned from his classmates in high school that American guitars are still the best,” said Mahmoudi, an engineer.Middle-aged Iranians have memories of a time when stores were awash with U.S. products and the Cadillac was the gold standard on the roads, which still have some Detroit behemoths from the 1970s weaving through Tehran’s relentless traffic.The U.S. became vilified as the Great Satan after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and chants of “Death to America” remain a staple at Friday prayers at Tehran University. But even Iran’s leadership could not stamp out the taste for Coke and Pepsi.Both iconic American drinks have been mainstays for years in one of the Middle East’s largest consumer markets with 75 million people. The U.S. Treasury sanctions on Iran give some leeway for food and beverages, allowing The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo to work through non-U.S. subsidiaries to ship their syrup to Iranian bottlers and distributors.It’s brought some backlash from hard-liners who cringe at the popularity of Coke and Pepsi at the expense of local rival Zamzam Cola, named after a venerated well in the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Zamzam is owned by a government-backed foundation. Yet in the cola wars, Iran is struggling. Until U.S. sanctions were tightened in recent years, some major American companies such as heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, General Electric Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co. had a presence in the Iranian market through non-U.S. affiliates or distributors. But all later said they were canceling any ties with Iran _ following similar moves by European heavyweights including Germany’s appliance maker Siemens AG, steel and machinery company ThyssenKrupp AG and Italian energy company ENI.Much of the sanctions-covered American products arrive via networks in Asia in which buyers legally purchase U.S. goods and then reship them to Iran. Previously, the primary route was through Dubai, but authorities in the United Arab Emirates have significantly stepped up inspections of Iran-bound cargo for possible U.S. sanctions violations.“Dubai is like a hypermarket for Iran,” Ahmed Butti Ahmed, executive chairman and director general at Dubai Customs, said in April.A Tehran-based technology industry analyst, Jafar Tehrani, said the UAE is still a main jump-off point for iPhones and other Apple products coming to Iran.“Technology does not recognize borders. Apple is very popular in Iran, and customers have no problem except after-sale services,” said Tehrani. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Getting in to the scher wing of New Orleans

first_imgSource = British Airways British AirwaysGetting in to the “scher wing” of New OrleansBritish Airways’ VIP charter flight to New Orleans with 180 guests who have enjoyed the Mardi Gras party flight with live performances from Nicole Scherzinger and jazz artist YolanDa Brown, is heading home tomorrow.Jodie Kidd joined the star-studded flight, along with Made in Chelsea stars Oliver Proudlove and Georgia Toffolo and models Danielle Peazer and Emma Louise Connolly.The flight also showcased the talents of Cherise Adams-Burnett, 21, from Luton, 25-year-old Jamie Brownfield, from Powys in Wales, and 21-year-old Londoner Quinn Oulton, who won the airline’s busking competition that was judged by Grammy winning singer, songwriter and pianist, Jon Cleary, and double MOBO award-winning saxophonist, YolanDa Brown.Or view it on Nicole Scherzinger’s facebook here.The VIP charter, which was compered by Jazz FM DJ, Nigel Williams, took place ahead of the airline’s official launch to New Orleans on March 27.The city, also known as ‘The Big Easy’, is famous for jazz, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Creole cuisine and its annual Mardi Gras celebration.Nicole Scherzinger, said: “Wow! We certainly got the party started up there! There was an amazing atmosphere on the flight and everyone really threw themselves into the party spirit. What a great way to kick off Mardi Gras!”As well as the live in-flight entertainment, guests were treated to a New Orleans inspired Creole menu and shaken and stirred signature cocktails from award-winning Shoreditch drinking den, NOLA.Saxophonist YolanDa Brown, said: “New Orleans is known for its jazz roots – even the airport is named after Louis Armstrong – so the flight was an amazing way to launch into Mardi Gras.”Packages for the sold-out VIP trip of a lifetime were sold exclusively through eBay, and included direct return flights, three nights’ accommodation, transfers and Mardi Gras grandstand parade tickets. Ten per cent of all auction bookings went towards Flying Start– the airline’s charity partnership with Comic Relief.The airline will begin serving New Orleans with its new Boeing 787-8s from March 27, 2017 with four flights a week from Heathrow. It will be the only airline flying direct between Europe and the Louisiana city.The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller (economy) starting from £543, £935 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £1,755 in Club World (business class).The charter arrived in time for Mardis Gras weekend.  The return flight will leave New Orleans at 11.25pm on February 27 and arrive in to Heathrow at 2.10pm the following day.Jazz FM will be hosting a live programme from Mardi Gras, which will be available through their website.For those wanting to join the party year-round British Airways Holidays offers five night holidays to New Orleans.To book visit: www.ba.com/neworleanslast_img read more

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