A Closer Look at Football, Futures, and Failures in Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More At first inspiring and heartfelt, Netflix’s Last Chance U docuseries closed its second season as a reflection of human disparity, frustration, and lost hopes.Set to the backdrop of Scooba, Mississippi, a dilapidated Southern town (population 697), hothead coach Buddy Stephens lead the hyper-successful Lions football team at the junior college (JUCO) East Mississippi Community College (EMCC). The series gave an unadulterated look at the coaches, counselors, and players of that school as they attempt to win, get out of Scooba, and grow as people.Image courtesy of Steve Dietl/NetflixNow, I don’t watch college football because I can’t wrap my head around 19-year-olds being treated like untouchable Greek gods, but this gap in my knowledge made the situation at EMCC that much more bizarre (and binge-able).EMCC Lions football, a seemingly insignificant JUCO, is at the top of the recruitment list for every Division 1 and SEC program in the country (aka the way young players eventually make it to the big stage and play for the NFL). Former EMCC players have gone on to be drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.The only caveat to EMCC? None of the players want to be there.It’s a boot camp of sorts for troubled young men who have been arrested (drugs, robbery, assault), kicked out of their D1 college, never made it to the program they wanted, or are fresh from high school looking for a stepping stone to the college show. Adding to the fire, we’re given raw glimpses into the heartbreaking upbringings of these young men, which include foster homes and violent loss. You root for these young men and want to see them succeed, mature, and smile.Image courtesy of Steve Dietl/NetflixBut, in this world, worth is measured by touchdowns and tackles.These young men live to play football, and to a fault. A loss or injury on the field provokes a deep sense of inadequacy and apathy, making them ditch class, rebel against coaches, and simply stop trying. (We start the series with Coach Buddy having a three-year winning streak. Sure enough, losses ensue.) As viewers, we want to grab the TV and shout, “Skipping class doesn’t make it better!” Personal and football-related problems are taken out on school work and attendance — frustratingly, the things that will make the men eligible for graduation and a potential D1 offer.Voyeuristically watching the bright, capable young gladiators of Last Chance U stumble into class without a pencil or paper and cuss-out their teacher for no apparent reason makes you bubble, but there’s Ms. Wagner to help us and help them. The heroine of Last Chance U and academic counselor for the entire football team, Brittany Wagner has every player’s cell number, ensures they have school supploes, lets them vent in her office, drives to their dorms for a heart-to-heart when they consider dropping out, and generally gives us hope in humanity. She is the heart and soul of Last Chance U — just wait for the scene where her and Ronald Ollie learn his final grade.Image courtesy of Steve Dietl/NetflixAs a single mother living in Scooba, she devotes her life to ensuring these young men graduate and go on to programs suited both for their football aspirations and personalities/mental conflictions. However, in the last episode of season two, Ms. Wagner leaves EMCC.In fact, the entire program seems to crumble in the second season. After season one aired, everyone was reflective on their bad behaviors, especially Coach Buddy, who seeks to stop cursing and be more empathetic to his players. A new crop of players take the field dreaming of success. There’s a bright glimmer of new hope. Then prospects of growth come crashing down as old habits and bad attitudes prevail.Perhaps the hardest part of watching Last Chance U (although I definitely recommend it), is our inclination to Google the players and whether their triumphant acceptance into the D1 school of their dreams ended up successful. The headline you’ll find most often is about on player Isaiah Wright, who we followed in both seasons. Wright has been accused of murder of an 18-year-old man. Other players have been benched, and a few gave up football altogether.A third season has been announced; it won’t take place in Scooba, but at a JUCO in Kansas. To be honest, we couldn’t watch another year at EMCC. This story only survives if there are physical and spiritual triumphs, and lately (however real) it’s been a tale of defeat. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A.last_img read more

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Gov’t Launches $250m High School Sport Infrastructure Improvement Project

first_img Sporting facilities at 23 high schools scheduled to be upgraded over the next two years. Story Highlights The programme will be funded by the Sports Development Foundation. The Government has signed an agreement that will see $250 Million being pumped into the infrastructural development of 23 high school and community based sporting facilities across the island.The High School Sports Infrastructure Improvement Programme is being facilitated through the collaboration of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Local Government. The project will see schools in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Portland, St. James, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Clarendon, St. Thomas and Trelawney benefitting over the next two years from improvement in their sporting facilities.The programme will be funded by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) which will provide $100 million, and the European Union Sugar Transformation Programme, that will provide another $150 million. It is also being undertaken with the full support of the Inter-Secondary Schools Association (ISSA), and the Social Development Commission (SDC).Minister with Responsibility for Sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, signed the official agreement at a launching and commitment ceremony on November 1, at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon.She noted that under the first phase of the project, the Ministry of Agriculture will be facilitating the development of sporting facilities in 13 schools which fall in areas under the EU Sugar Transformation Programme.Minister Neita Headley said the global acclaim that Jamaica is currently receiving for its athletic prowess, is just recognition for the hard work of its athletes. She noted however, that it was a process that started within the school and community infrastructure.“It started at the grass roots, in community leagues kicking football with juice boxes, on the street corners in communities without playgrounds, at schools with dirt tracks and in competitions organised by ISSA, JISA (Jamaica Independent Schools Association) and INSPORT (Institute of Sports),” she emphasised.The Minister pointed out that in many cases there is a need to improve these facilities. She further noted that some high schools lack even the basic infrastructure on which to develop their interest in physical education and sports.Recalling that in her 2013-2014 sectoral debate presentation, she had made a commitment to address the matter of poor sporting infrastructure, Mrs. Neita Headley informed that following consultations with the Ministry of Education, ISSA, and the Council of Principals, the decision was made to choose five from among the top 10 performing schools and five from the bottom 10, that would benefit from the programme.“There is a need to ensure that the sporting infrastructures in schools across the country are upgraded so that students can truly grow where they are planted, not just in academics but also in sports. It is our responsibility to give every school a fighting chance to hold on to their own stars,” she said.The Minister also disclosed that a recommendation was made for the SDF to implement a shift in the execution of its mandate in relation to the development of community sport facilities. This is to allow greater emphasis on the improvement of sporting infrastructure in High schools. She however, implored principals and administrators to facilitate access to their sporting facilities by surrounding communities. This, she said, must be done in a structured way to minimize the wearing of the facilities.Mrs. Neita Headley invited other organizations to become partners in the project, noting that it is an initiative to build on and secure the country’s sporting prowess for the future. The Ministry of Agriculture will be facilitating the development of sporting facilities in 13 schools which fall in areas under the EU Sugar Transformation Programme.last_img read more

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Desgagnés Welcomes Worlds First DualFuel Asphalt Carrier

first_imgzoom Canadian shipping company Desgagnés Group has taken delivery of the M/T Damia Desgagnés, the first dual-fuel powered Canadian-flagged tanker and the first-ever asphalt carrier of this type.This asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker is the first in a series of four carriers, custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas Shipyard in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.The M/T Damia Desgagnés is scheduled to weigh anchor around April 10. She will most likely make a first delivery in Europe before heading to North America, where she should arrive mid-May, all subject to the cargo that she will carry.The Damia Desgagnés is double-hulled and equipped with a Wärtsila 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing a power output of 5,450 kW.The vessel can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).With a deadweight of around 15,000 tons, her tanks offer a carrying capacity of 14,950 m3 when filled at 98%. She can carry over 13,500 tons of asphalt at a draft of 7.8 meters in seawater. The Damia Desgagnés also holds a Polar 7 certification and is equipped with a variable pitch propeller, a 750 kW bow thruster, a 550 kW stern thruster and a dynamic positioning system.LNG refueling distribution networks for vessels without specific service points and trading various routes remain a major challenge, but they are under development in collaboration with different partners such as Gaz Métro and the ports of Quebec and Montreal, the company said. Desgagnés will continue working with the various suppliers to improve and adapt their services to the needs of the marine industry.“LNG has a bright future in maritime transportation and Desgagnés will actively contribute to broadening its use,” said Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés.last_img read more

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Elizabeth May says shes engaged I had a crush on him he

first_imgVICTORIA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May is engaged and is making plans for a wedding next spring.May said Monday she and John Kidder will be married in Victoria on April 22 and are planning a train trip from Vancouver to Ottawa shortly afterwards as their honeymoon.She said the couple have known each other for about five years, but the sparks flew at a Green Party convention in Vancouver in September. Kidder, who is from Ashcroft, B.C., popped the question about a month later.Kidder, 71, has deep roots in the Green party, running federally for a seat in B.C. and is a founder of the provincial party.May says he is a retired technology entrepreneur who operates a hops farm in Ashcroft, but also spends time in Vancouver.“I had a crush on him and he had a crush on me,” said May, who represents the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in the House of Commons. “It was kind of like high school.”She said once the pair decided they were an item, the proposal came quickly.“When you know it’s right, it’s right. Whirlwind,” she added.Kidder is the brother of the late actress Margot Kidder, May said. He has three children and four grandchildren.May, who has a daughter, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren, credited her friend Sylvia Olsen with playing matchmaker. Olsen is the mother of Adam Olsen, the Green member of the B.C. legislature for Saanich-North and the Islands.She said Olsen told her she would encourage Kidder to make the move.“Let’s face it,” said May. “I didn’t have time. I said, ‘I don’t need a partner.’ I’m really busy. I’m quite happy as a single woman.”But now May said she’s thrilled.“I feel pretty goofy,” she said.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Iqaluit shaken by discovery of four bodies

first_img(Iqaluit RCMP discovered three bodies in this house Tuesday after finding a man dead from a self-inflicted shotgun blast in a cemetery. APTN/Photo)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT-Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of one body in the cemetery and three more in a home.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.Police said the first body found in the cemetery was of a man who appeared to have been killed by a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the face.Three other bodies were later discovered in his home by police.Four people lived in the home, including a common-law couple and their young daughters, a toddler and a student at Joamie Elementary School.APTN National News has chosen not to publish the identities of the victims, which are known. The RCMP said officers are still trying to reach all next-of-kin.RCMP officer were seen canvassing the neighbourhood near the residence Tuesday night.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

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Heads of various depts asked to ensure compliance of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Chief Electoral Office (CEO)’s office in Delhi has asked heads of various departments under the Delhi government to ensure compliance of the poll code after it received a complaint that MLAs were allegedly “alluring” voters in the garb of undertaking field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in the city.In a letter to all principal secretaries and secretaries of the Delhi government, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in has said the matter appears to be “violation of instructions”. The CEO’s office said it is in receipt of a complaint that certain public representatives or MLAs were allegedly “alluring” the voters in the garb of field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in residential colonies and market places in their respective constituencies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe poll panel has also attached instructions containing point number 2 and 5 of Chapter 4 — special measures taken by the Election Commission to enforce model code. “It appears to be violation of instructions contained in point-2 and 5…All are requested to comply with the above instruction, in letter and spirit,” the CEO office stated. According to sources, Bharat Electronics (BEL), a state-owned company, had recently agreed to execute the project, under which 2,000 cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies and the work for installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras each in every assembly constituency has begun. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe motive behind huge installation of CCTV cameras are to curb cases of chain and mobile snatching. Thousands of people do not even file complaint with the police. Installation of CCTV cameras in every street will bring the situation under control and also help the police. The Arvind Kejriwal government has been installing CCTV cameras across the national capital, saying it will contribute towards the safety of women. Last month, the CEO office had also received several complaints about various departments of the AAP government and BJP-ruled MCDs which had started work on projects before the poll code came into force and had sought formal approvals later, an official said. The CEO office had shot off a letter to head of departments, saying the projects that actually started on the ground after obtaining all necessary permission, before the poll code came into force, can be continued.last_img read more

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Heavy tall kids at higher risk of kidney cancer

first_imgHeavier and taller children may be at an increased risk of developing kidney cancer as adults, a study has found. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common form of kidney cancer found in adults. Although it often occurs in men between the ages of 50 and 70, the cancer can be diagnosed throughout adulthood. “We know that overweight in adulthood is associated with an increased risk of RCC. We also know that cancers take many years to develop,” said Britt Wang Jensen, from the Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We therefore had a theory that already being overweight in childhood would increase the risk of RCC later in life,” Jensen said in a statement. To tease out the relationships between childhood body size and the risk of RCC in adulthood, researchers used data from 301,422 children born in Copenhagen in the years 1930 to 1985. The weights and heights were measured at annual school health examinations at the ages 7-13 years. During about 32 years of observation, 1,010 individuals (680 men) were diagnosed with RCC. Among men and women significant and positive associations were observed between childhood BMI and height, respectively, and RCC risk. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhen comparing two 13-year old children with one z-score difference in BMI –equivalent to 5.9 kg for boys and 6.8 kg for girls – but with similar height, the heaviest child had a 14 per cent higher risk of RCC than the leaner child. For height, a one z-score difference in two 13-year old children was associated with a 12 per cent increased risk of RCC later in life for the taller boy or girl. “We have found in other studies that childhood height is positively associated with several cancer forms. Therefore, we did expect to find that tall children have a higher risk of RCC than average-sized children.” Findings that heavier and taller children have increased risks of RCC opens new ways to explore the causes of kidney cancer.last_img read more

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Morocco World News Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

By Morocco World News Editorial BoardNew York – Morocco World News has never before endorsed a candidate for president of the United States, but then again, the stakes in a presidential election have never been so high. It is with that in mind, and because the choice is so clear in the U.S. presidential election, that we are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President.This is an easy choice for us. We have never before seen anyone so ready to assume the office of President of the United Sates. The chasm between former Secretary Clinton and her Democratic rival Senator, Bernie Sanders, is vast. Sanders’ approaches to solving serious problems, seemingly without regard for whether they are either politically feasible or even practical, can barely be taken seriously. Secretary Clinton, on the other hand, is proposing a vast range of thoughtful solutions to the major domestic and international challenges facing the United States, and she does so in a way that holds real hope that she can accomplish them.Some say that the Democratic race is a choice between the heart (Sanders) and the head (Clinton). We disagree. In our opinion, Hillary Clinton is the candidate of both the heart and the head. She is the candidate of the heart, because she has had a lifetime of standing up for those in need, passing up opportunities that her stellar academic record gave her to work for the most prestigious law firms in the country. Instead, she devoted herself to the welfare of children with the Children’s Defense Fund. She became the first woman to chair the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which was created to increase access to legal services for the poor.As first lady of Arkansas, she took responsibility for modernizing the school systems of Arkansas. As first lady of the United States, she pushed for healthcare reform that paved the way for the Affordable Care Act. Hillarycare, as it was called, led to Obamacare. And let’s not forget that as First Lady, she inspired women around the world by proclaiming in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women, that “human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” This proclamation remains as powerful today as it was in 1995.She is also the candidate of the head, the clear choice if Democrats are serious about retaining the White House. Her proposals on economic and foreign policy issues are well thought out: rational, egalitarian, and doable.Moreover, Hillary Clinton has a close affinity with and longstanding ties to Morocco, the first country that recognized the independence of the United States. She has visited Morocco numerous times over several decades and clearly has a good rapport with Morocco’s present monarch, King Mohammed VI.For the sake of the country, the bigoted, xenophobic rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates must be rejected. Hillary Clinton is the only Democratic candidate who gives us confidence this will happen. Forget what the polls say now. If Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, were the Democratic nominee, the Republican attack machine would make him look entirely unpalatable to the majority of the American electorate. If electability matters, as we believe it does, Hillary Clinton deserves the vote of every Democrat in the nomination process.Whether the Republicans nominate Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or any of the other Republican candidates, the Republican Party has embraced the hateful rhetoric that each one has purveyed on the campaign trail. It is shocking that one of the two major political parties of the United States has stooped so low.It is vital that Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee. For the sake of the United States’ standing around the world, and for the sake of the world community that looks to the United States for leadership, rejecting the Republican message is essential. More importantly, putting someone of Hillary Clinton’s international stature in the Oval Office is critical. From day one, she will command respect from leaders the world over, having come to know so many of them during her travels as Secretary of State, and having demonstrated to them her impeccable judgment, and command of world affairs.Rather than rejecting Muslims as Donald Trump and virtually all of his fellow Republican candidates seem prepared to do, Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she embraces the Muslim community, both in the United States, and internationally. She has made it clear that nurturing relationships in the Muslim world is critical to succeeding in the fight against jihadists. Her experience as first lady and Secretary of State during a watershed period in the history of the Arab World (the Arab Spring) makes her the best candidate to work toward fostering stability and promoting democracy in this vital region for the world economy.Our support for Hillary Clinton is unqualified. We urge readers of Morocco World News to draw the same conclusions about her that we have, and if they agree, to register to vote if they are not already registered, and to make sure to vote in the primaries or caucuses of their states. And to our readers abroad, please tell your friend and relatives in the United States that support for Hillary Clinton matters to you as well. read more

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Football Hilliard Babb suffer injuries sidelining them indefinitely

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Ohio State confirmed Tuesday that senior linebacker Justin Hilliard and redshirt freshman wide receiver Kamryn Babb have sustained injuries that will sideline both indefinitely. The announcement did not come with clarification as to what the injuries were for both players. Lettermen Row reported Monday that Babb had sustained a non-contact knee injury after suffering an ACL tear that kept him off the field for the 2018 season. Ohio State did not confirm the specific injury for the redshirt freshman receiver, only that he would have surgery on the injury within the next week. According to the release, Hilliard has already had surgery for his injury. A former five-star recruit, Hilliard played in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season, accumulating 20 tackles, including a tackle for loss against Tulane on Sept. 22. Hilliard has played in 29 games for the Buckeyes in his four years with the program, recording 38 total tackles. read more

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Baby boomers embrace bingewatching just as millennials tire

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Amazon's The Grand Tour Fleabag, from BBC iPlayer Midia analyst Amanda Stears said: “The drop within this demographic [25 to 34] could well be an early indication of the peak attention economy now affecting the entire digital marketplace. “With more streaming services being made available, it is becoming increasingly challenging for media companies to vie for consumer attention – particularly in video.  Conversely, viewers aged 16 to 34 are leaving services which require a monthly paid subscription, with those aged 20 to 24 doing so in the highest numbers. “This is a telling sign of how competitive the video streaming landscape is becoming: with more and more video services available, consumers need to readjust entertainment budgets to suit their TV and video needs,” said Stears, in a blog.She added: “The biggest standout of this trend is that people in their golden age consume a healthy ratio of traditional and online TV. “Although consumption is not as heavy when compared to the younger generations, this demographic group has great potential to the TV industry. “They have demonstrated a higher purchasing power and a steady growth in video consumption.” British baby boomers have embraced the binge-watching trend just as their children are tiring of it, a study has suggested. A third of television viewers (31 per cent) aged 55 and over now class themselves as “binge-watchers”, nearly double the proportion who said they enjoyed it a year ago. The findings, from analysis by Midia Research, suggest older viewers are rapidly catching up with their younger friends and relatives, swiftly followed by those aged 45 to 54. Millennials, on the other hand, are tiring of the box set binge, with those aged 25 to 34 beginning to drop the habit.  Some 35 per cent now watch several episodes of a show back-to-back, down from 38 per cent last year.It is the only age bracket to show a decline. The study, of 1,000 people, refers to streaming entire series of a favourite show on services including Netflix, Amazon Prime or BBC iPlayer.  “As Netflix CEO Reed Hastings famously said, ‘we actually compete with sleep’.”The trend is also reflected in paid-for subscription services.  In 2018, just 17 per cent of over 55s paid for their video streaming, compared with a quarter happy to sign up for Netflix, Amazon and others this year.  Amazon’s The Grand Tour Fleabag, from BBC iPlayer read more

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive travel ban

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIn victory for Trump, U.S. Supreme Court revives travel banJune 26, 2017In “latest news”Trump’s travel ban to expire on SundaySeptember 22, 2017In “latest news”Trump vows to appeal against travel ban ruling to Supreme CourtMarch 16, 2017In “World” By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTONA picture of the travel advisory page of Qatar Airways advising passengers bound for the United States from seven newly banned majority Muslim countries that they need to have either a U.S. green card or diplomatic visa, January 28, 2017 in London, Britain. Picture taken January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Boyce(BBC) President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his plan to temporarily ban travelers from six Muslim-majority nations after it was blocked by lower courts that found it was discriminatory.In deciding whether to allow the ban to go into effect, the nine justices are set to weigh whether Trump’s harsh election campaign rhetoric can be used as evidence that the order was intended to discriminate against Muslims.The administration filed emergency applications with the nine high court justices seeking to block two different lower court rulings that went against Trump’s March 6 order barring entry for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the U.S. government implements stricter visa screening.The move comes after the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 25 upheld a Maryland judge’s ruling blocking the order.The administration also filed a separate appeal in that case.“We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the legal groups challenging the ban, tweeted in response: “We’ve beat this hateful ban and are ready to do it again.”At least five votes are needed on the nine-justice court in order to grant a stay. The court has a 5-4 conservative majority, with Justice Anthony Kennedy – a conservative who sometimes sides with the court’s four liberals – the frequent swing vote. Another of the court’s conservatives, Neil Gorsuch, was appointed by Trump this year.If the government’s emergency requests are granted, the ban would go into effect immediately.The court first has to act on whether to grant the emergency applications, which could happen within a fortnight. Then, the justices will decide whether to hear the government’s full appeal. The Supreme Court is not required to hear the case but is likely to due to its importance and the fact that the request is being made by the U.S. government.The Justice Department has asked the court to expedite the case so that the justices could hear it at the beginning of their next term, which starts in October. That means, if the court allows the ban to go into effect, the final decision would be issued long after the 90 days has elapsed.In the court filings, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall highlighted the unprecedented nature of courts second-guessing the president on national security and immigration.“This order has been the subject of passionate political debate. But whatever one’s views, the precedent set by this case for the judiciary’s proper role in reviewing the president’s national-security and immigration authority will transcend this debate, this Order, and this constitutional moment,” he wrote.In its 10-3 ruling, the appeals court in Virginia said the challengers, including refugee groups and others represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, were likely to succeed on their claim that the order violated the U.S. Constitution’s bar against favoring or disfavoring a particular religion.The government had argued that the court should not take into account Trump’s comments during the 2016 U.S. presidential race since he made them before he took office on Jan. 20. But the appeals court rejected that view, saying they shed light on the motivations behind Trump’s order.During the campaign, Trump campaign called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”His administration has argued that the travel ban is needed to prevent terrorism in the United States.Federal courts in both Maryland and Hawaii issued rulings suspending key parts of the ban. The appeals court in Virginia upheld the Maryland ruling. A San Francisco-based appeals court is currently considering the Hawaii case.The administration is asking the Supreme Court to throw out the injunction imposed in both cases.The March ban was Trump’s second effort to implement travel restrictions on people from several Muslim-majority countries through an executive order. The first, issued on Jan. 27, led to chaos and protests at airports and in major U.S. cities before it was blocked by courts.The second order was intended to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, but it was blocked by judges before it could go into effect on March 16.(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Sue Horton, Christian Schmollinger, Shr Navaratnam and Michael Perry) read more

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Frances top honour for World Cup team

(BBC) France’s victorious World Cup team is to receive the country’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur, the French presidency has announced.France’s Hugo Lloris holds the World Cup trophy as he arrives in Paris (Reuters photo)France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the football final in Moscow on Sunday – its second World Cup win in 20 years.Crowds of fans lined the Champs-Elysées in central Paris to give the team a heroes’ welcome.The players will be honoured with a parade on the capital’s main artery and a presidential reception.The World Cup winners, who have now landed back in Paris, will take an open-top bus along the avenue later on Monday.Captain Hugo Lloris and coach Didier Deschamps were the first to emerge from the plane, raising the competition’s golden trophy to the cheering crowds of fans who gathered to greet them.Some 3,000 people have been invited to the reception at the Elysée presidential palace, including 1,000 youths from football clubs around the country such as Bondy, the Paris suburb where 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappé first started his career, “in order that they can welcome the Blues”.Mbappé is only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, after Brazil’s Pelé.The footballing legend, now aged 77, noted he may have to resume his career to ensure his record remains unbeaten.Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were marred by violence. Police fired tear gas as sporadic clashes broke out in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Rouen.Dozens of youths broke into a shop on the Champs-Elysées and stole wine and champagne.But the national mood was one of joy, and Paris transport company RATP said it was celebrating the success of Les Bleus by renaming some stations after the victors.They include Victor Hugo Lloris, after the team’s captain and goalkeeper, and Deschamps-Elysées, in honour of the coach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: France beat Messi’s Argentina 4-3 to reach World Cup quarter-finalsJune 30, 2018In “Sports”World Cup: Messi’s Argentina lose 0-3 to CroatiaJune 21, 2018In “Sports”World Cup fever builds as fans, teams pour into RussiaJune 14, 2018In “Sports” read more

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RIM Vers une division de ses activités

first_imgRIM : Vers une division de ses activités ?Et si RIM cesser de fabriquer ses célèbres BlackBerry ? La firme canadienne peine à retrouver une place au soleil face aux géants Apple et Google et leurs si populaires systèmes d’exploitation mobile iOS et Android. Elle envisagerait alors de diviser ses activités, pour en céder certaines. Déjà, Amazon, Microsoft et Facebook sont évoqués comme d’éventuels repreneurs.En grandes difficultés face au succès d’Android et iOS – une popularité qui ne semble pas près de s’amoindrir-, le Canadien Research in Motion (RIM) serait en train de plancher sur une restructuration de ses activités. La firme envisagerait en effet de les scinder, et pourrait alors revendre certaines d’entre elles, à des géants américains. C’est du moins ce que révèle le Sunday Times. Si rien n’est encore sûr, la firme n’ayant pas confirmé la rumeur, cette possibilité serait du moins très sérieusement évoquée par RIM, qui au mois de mai s’est tourné vers la Royal Bank of Canada et la holding financière J.P. Morgan pour obtenir des conseils en matière de stratégie. Pour l’heure, aucun détail n’est précisé quant à cette éventuelle division des activités de la société canadienne productrice des smartphones et OS BlackBerry, dont la première génération a été lancée voilà déjà treize ans.Mais si l’on en croit les sources du journal britannique, de potentiels repreneurs se seraient d’ores et déjà manifestés. Parmi eux, la firme de Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, et le géant de la vente en ligne Amazon. RIM cédera-t-il sa branche de fabrication de terminaux mobiles afin de se concentrer sur ces activités de services et ses outils de messagerie BlackBerryMessenger (BBM) et BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) ? Si tel était le cas, les smartphones et tablettes de RIM pourraient être vendus sous forme de licences.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais le nom de Microsoft est lui aussi évoqué. Non pas cette fois pour racheter certaines des activités de la firme canadienne, mais pour acquérir une importante part de la société. Car cette seconde possibilité serait également envisagée par RIM, dont la stratégie définitive devrait être annoncée au cours de l’été. Avant cela, la firme a prévu d’annoncer son dernier bilan trimestriel aux Etats-Unis jeudi prochain. Et les résultats attendus ne sont pas des plus réjouissants…Alors que RIM a dévoilé le mois dernier son nouvel OS, BlackBerry10, lors d’une conférence de presse qui s’est tenue à Londres, sans toutefois donner de date précise de sortie, la firme a vu en mars son équipe dirigeante renouvelée. Le nouveau PDG, Thorsten Heins, a alors annoncé une “révisionglobale” de la stratégie de la société canadienne. Après s’être séparé l’année dernière de 2.000 employés, soit 10% de l’ensemble de ses effectifs, RIM entend au cours de l’année fiscale 2013 économiser encore 1 milliard de dollars. Ce sont alors 2.000 autres postes qui devraient alors être supprimés.Le 26 juin 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SummerSlam to stream live in several languages New NXT dates set

first_img Pinterest Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H Now Playing Up Next Facebook See @WWENXT in South Florida…#NXTMiami: October 6th#NXTWestPalm: October 14thTickets on sale Fri. at 10am at https://t.co/pcQU3cSnfR pic.twitter.com/7OXN5xgRMD— Triple H (@TripleH) August 14, 2017 New NXT dates setWWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Monday, announcing new NXT touring live events for the months of September and October..@WWENXT is on the road September 21st-24th#NXTLowell #NXTKingston#NXTBethlehem#NXTAmherstTickets on sale Fri. at 10am. #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/tfH2lcE2Ah— Triple H (@TripleH) August 14, 2017 SummerSlam to stream live in several languagesWWE posted the following videos on Monday, announcing that this Sunday’s Summerslam PPV will stream live on WWE Network in several different languages. Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:33 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 WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

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Petit slams Ozil He has been a ghost for two years

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.last_img read more

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Full Show The Houston Matters Fifth Anniversary Spectacular April 26 2018

first_imgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: Five years ago today, Houston Matters aired its first show. At long last, Houston listeners had a place to turn to learn about and discuss the people and issues shaping our dynamic, growing city.The show started off with a small staff and only aired once a week on Fridays. But, gradually, we added people to our staff and days to our schedule, taking to the air five days a week ever since.It’s hard to believe half a decade has already blown by, but the demands – and privileges – of telling our city’s story make time fly.On this special edition of our show, we celebrate our fifth anniversary by looking back at some of our favorite segments, interviews, and moments that moved us, made us laugh, or stood out in some other way.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting platforms. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /35:27 Xlast_img read more

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MTA FOR A FAST ROUTE TO ARTSCAPE FESTIVAL

first_imgThe Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) encourages everyone to ride MTA to the 33rd Annual Artscape Festival, spanning Baltimore’s Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods of Mt. Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill and Station North. The free three-day event will be held 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., July 18 and 19; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 20.Public transit is the best option to get to Artscape while avoiding area traffic modifications, street closures and parking hassles:Steps away from Artscape is the State Center Metro Station, open until midnight, seven days a week.The Light Rail stop at University of Baltimore and Mount Royal Avenue is at the center of Artscape. Light Rail service runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11a.m. Sunday until one hour after the festival ends. Some stops may have earlier service so check the timetable at your boarding location for actual times.New for 2014! MARC Train Weekend Service on the Penn Line will carry you directly to the center of Artscape.The closest MTA Local Bus Lines to Artscape are Numbers 3, 11, 13, 19, 21, 27, 64 and 91.Mobility service will operate on its regular schedule.last_img read more

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PDS to offer over 500 branded products

first_imgDarjeeling: More than 500 branded products, including oil, soaps, shampoos and toothpaste will shortly be available through the Public Distribution System (PDS), that too at a 25% lesser cost.The products will be available throughout the state and are mainly aimed at benefitting the rural areas. This has already commenced in North 24-Parganas and is to be implemented soon in 7 districts, including Darjeeling and Kalimpong.”The state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Future Group, during the Bengal Global Summit in Kolkata. The Future Group will make 500 branded products available through the PDS, that too at a 25% lesser cost,” stated Jyotipriyo Mullick, minister in charge of Food and Supplies. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister held a meeting with PDS dealers and officials at Uttarkanya, the mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri on Wednesday.Meanwhile, good quality packaged atta is now being distributed in the Hills. “This atta is being packaged in the local mills. However, we have got a system in place to check whether the atta is adulterated in any way. CCTVs are fitted in the mills and there are food inspectors deputed to oversee operations on a rotation basis,” stated the minister.”The distribution of pending ration cards in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will be completed soon,” stated the minister.Distribution of around 64,000 ration cards is pending in the two districts, including 17,000 in the plains of Siliguri.last_img read more

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Costa Rican health authorities declare malaria alert

first_imgCosta Rica declared a health alert Wednesday because of various new cases of malaria related to travel and immigration to and from Nicaragua, where the disease has a much broader presence.The Ministry of Public Health announced in a statement that the alert will trigger increased vigilance of all potential cases in the country, particularly in low-lying areas, as well as increased communication regarding malaria symptoms.“Because of the high and constant migration rates between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, mostly for work-related reasons, and taking into account that [Nicaragua] is an area of high endemic [malaria presence] and has recently reported an increased number of cases, we have decided to declare a health alert for increased risk of transmission of malaria in Costa Rica,” the statement indicated.Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites in areas of less than 500 meters (approximately 1,600 feet) above sea level. Its symptoms include fever, chills, headaches and muscular pain.Costa Rica had no malaria cases between 2012 and 2015, but this year has reported nine cases in different parts of the country. Facebook Comments Related posts:First Zika virus case reported in Costa Rica Tire mosquito trap could boost Zika control Health officials fight to avoid outbreaks of waterborne diseases Cases of microcephaly quadruple in Costa Rica due to Zikalast_img read more

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Air Partner prepared for Turkish relief

first_imgSource = Air Partner Air Partner Air Partner prepared for Turkish relief www.airpartner.comAir Partner prepared for Turkish reliefHighlights: Istanbul office, charter broking team and Ops24 on standbyGroup in contact with Turkish based clients about evacuation plansKeeping a close eye on the situation and the evolving aviation and transport issues in that areaAir Partner the global aviation services group, today reports that its charter broking, 24/7 Operations Department (“Ops24”) and Istanbul office are preparing to support clients needing to move people, freight and aid in or out of Turkey during this turbulent period.Air Partner has a number of Emergency Planning Department (“EPD”) clients in Turkey, these clients have contracted Air Partner to prepare an evacuation plan and standby to repatriate staff in times of crisis. Turkey is situated at the heart of energy trade routes from the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia to European markets, and a number of Air Partner’s EPD clients, who are in the energy sector, have been in contact with them to discuss the situation in Turkey.Air Partner has significant experience working in extreme crisis situations to evacuate people and deliver aid. During the Arab Spring, which coincided with several natural disasters, Air Partner worked around the clock to evacuate more than 12,000 people from across the Middle East in just six weeks. The Group also transported 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region.Richard Smith, Head of Products at Air Partner said: “We have emergency evacuation clients in Turkey with pre-planned evacuation subscriptions and some have been in touch. While nobody is pulling people out now, Air Partner is monitoring the situation and ensuring we have appropriate plans to get clients out if they decide to repatriate staff. Our 24 hour a day operations team are well placed to help and we have an office on the ground in Istanbul which is keeping a close eye on developments.”Founded in 1961, Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.About Air PartnerFounded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group is structured into four reporting divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight and Baines Simmons. The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Cabot Aviation, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in Aviation Safety Consulting which specialises in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is also ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide. Air Partnerlast_img read more

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