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InfoUSA Faces delisting

first_imgVinod Gupta’s InfoUSA, the Omaha, Neb., based list marketing company faces potential delisting from the NASDAQ stock exchange for failing to file its 2007 annual report and first quarter 2008 report. The company is being sued by shareholder hedge funds alleging that InfoUSA founder Gupta spent corporate funds on personal expenses. The lawsuit alleges that InfoUSA paid Bill Clinton more than $3 million for nominal work and spent nearly $900,000 since 2001 to fly Bill and Hillary Clinton to domestic and international locations and political events.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sania, Paes move into mixed doubles quarter finals at Olympics

first_imgIndia’s mixed doubles duo of Sania Mirza and Leander Paes defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia to advance into the quarter-finals of the tennis event at the London Olympics on Thursday. Mirza and Paes defeated the Serbians 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets in a match that lasted 64 minutes. The duo will face off against Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus in quarters.The win comes as a huge relief for India after Paes who was paired with young Vishnu Vardhan in the men’s doubles crashed out after they went down fighting against Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.Sania, who has been more prolific with Mahesh Bhupathi winning the 2009 Australian and 2012 French Open titles, was paired with Paes after much controversy in the Indian tennis circuit.Sania and her partner Rushmi Chakravarthi have been knocked of the women’s doubles in the first round.- With IANS inputslast_img read more

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Don Bradman debuted 89 years ago and finished with a Test average of 99.94

first_imgDonald George Bradman, born August 27 1908, played his maiden Test match in the Ashes series against England on this very day in 1928. And even though his first tryst with Test cricket didn’t really go to plan, Bradman went on to earn the reputation of the greatest batsman of all time in the course of the next 20 odd years.Bradman scored just 19 runs (18 & 1) in two outings on his debut as England thrashed Australia by 675 runs, which till date is a record for the highest margin of victory in Test cricket. England went on to clinch the series 4-1 under the leadership of Percy Chapman and retain the Ashes.After a disappointing debut, Bradman went on to slam two hundreds in the series and scored 468 runs in the five Tests at an average of 66.85. For a 20-year-old making his debut at the biggest stage in world cricket, the stats were outstanding and it was enough for people to judge his pedigree as a batsman.Today in 1928: A 20 year old Donald George Bradman became Australia’s 124th Test player @ Brisbane’s Exhibition Ground. He spent nearly two days on the field as England amassed 521 runs in 175.3 overs! His first contribution in Test cricket came when he ran out Jack Hobbs for 49! pic.twitter.com/1Coxnhk7DF- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 30, 2017From that day onwards till today, no other batsman in the history of the game has even remotely matched his reputation as a player. Bradman’s contribution to the game is not just restricted to mere statistics and records. He became the cricketer everyone looked up to and till date want to emulate.advertisementBradman remained a flawless batsman throughout his magnificent career, far ahead of everyone else in his generation. Wisden regarded him as “the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all games.”Bradman finished his international career with a batting average of 99.94 (runs per innings) and if he had scored just four runs in his last Test innings at the Oval in 1948, he would have finished with a Test average of 100 runs an innings. He was bowled second ball by England’s Eric Hollies for a duck in his last innings at The Oval in 1948.”I’m very sorry I made a duck. I’d have been glad if I’d made those four extra runs to have an average of 100. I didn’t know it at the time and I don’t think the Englishmen knew it either. I think if they had known it they may have been generous enough to let me get four,” the then 40-year-old had said.(Reuters Photo)He played 52 Test matches for Australia, coming out to bat in 80 innings (unbeaten in 10 innings) amassing 6996 runs with a highest score of 334 runs.Even though he himself rated the record 334 he scored at Leeds in 1930 as “technically flawed” and said the 254 he scored against England at Lord’s in 1930 was much better.”Every ball went exactly where I wanted it to go until the ball that got me out,” Bradman had revealed.In all first-class cricket, Bradman played 234 matches, scoring 28,067 runs with a career average of 95.14. His highest score in first-class was 452 not out.Since his retirement in 1948 and until his death in 2001, Bradman found just one other player in world cricket who reminded him of himself and that turned out to be Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.”I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at the TV and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel,” the Don had famously admitted.(File Photo)SIR DON’S NEAR UNTOUCHABLE NUMBERSHolds the record for the highest batting average in Test cricket – 99.94Crossed the 200 mark a record twelve times in his cricket career.Only player in the world to have scored 5000 runs against a single opposition. He scored 5028 runs against England in 37 Ashes Test matches at an average of 89.78.Bradman took just 56 innings to reach 5000 Test runs, making him the quickest batsman to reach the landmark till date.Holds the record for the maximum number of double hundreds in a series (Ashes 1930). The number stands at three double hundreds in a series.Only batsman in Test history to have scored 974 runs in a single series (Ashes 1930).Holds the record for the highest 5th wicket (405 runs with Sid Barnes) and 6th wicket (346 with Jack Fingleton) partnership in Test matches.advertisementRemains the only batsman to have scored six consecutive centuries.Hit just six sixes in his Test career, five against England and one versus India.BRADMAN vs THE RESTThroughout his career Bradman played against just three other nations apart from England.As mentioned earlier, against England he scored a record 5028 runs in 37 Tests at 89.78 with 19 hundreds and 12 fifties.He played five Tests each against India, South Africa and the West Indies averaging 201.50, 178.75 and 74.50 respectively with the bat.Against India he amassed 715 runs in six innings with four hundreds and a highest score of 201.Against South Africa he scored 806 runs in five innings with four centuries and a highest of 299 not out.Against the Windies he slammed 447 runs in six innings with two tons and a highest of 223 runs.last_img read more

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Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona- reports

first_imgLondon, Aug 8 (AFP) France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday. The 25-year-old — who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth 89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to the Daily Mail. The reported agreement would see him pick up 346,000 a week, almost double what he earns at United. The Sun claims the former Juventus star — who joined United for a then world-record fee of 89 million in 2016 — has demanded the Premier League side increase his wages from 180,000 to 380,000 a week so he is paid almost on a par with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, otherwise he will leave. United, though, would be most reluctant to sell him, with the Daily Mail reporting they have already rejected a bid by Barcelona of 44.5 million plus Colombian central defender Yerry Mina and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes. Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the club’s transfer policy, and Pogba’s departure would leave little time for executive chairman Ed Woodward to find a suitable replacement with the Premier League transfer window due to close on Thursday. The club has had to deny the claim that Pogba sent a text message to Woodward demanding he be allowed to leave. The Frenchman is keen to move to Barcelona — the Spanish transfer window does not shut till the end of the month — to play with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, while his close friend and former Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal also recently moved to the Catalan giants.advertisement – ‘Pogba needs to play his part’ – ================================== Essentially, though, Pogba’s unhappiness stems from the deterioration in his relationship with Mourinho, who not only does he blame for his muted performances for United since his move but also for his qualified praise of his performances for France at the World Cup. “Paul was like the (France) team. He started average and ended top,” Mourinho told beIN Sports on United’s unhappy tour of the United States last week. Pogba, though, is believed to have been more upset by what followed in the interview as Mourinho implied being in an enclosed environment over six weeks ensured he focused just on football and not on outside matters such as commercial contracts. Pogba’s super agent Mino Raiola — who was also instrumental in bringing Romelu Lukaku to United last summer — has remained out of the fray, refusing to comment on links with Barcelona. “I will never make declarations about Paul,” said the Dutch-Italian agent, who is reported to have earned just over 40 million when Pogba moved to United. “You have to speak to Manchester United,” added Raiola. Former United star Rio Ferdinand told Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Mail that Mourinho needed to fit the team around Pogba’s sublime talent, but accepted the player needed to adapt too. “It’s down to the manager to get the best out of him, setting the team up and setting Pogba up in the right way to achieve the best,” said the former England central defender. “But Pogba needs to play his part in that. “It’s a case of the player and manager getting an understanding for each other and getting the best out of the player.” (AFP) ATATlast_img read more

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India women’s team coach selection: Kapil Dev recuses himself from interviewing Manoj Prabhakar

first_imgFormer India captain Kapil Dev, who has been assigned to shortlist the next head coach of the Indian women’s team, has asked the BCCI to recuse him from interviewing Manoj Prabhakar.The process to appoint the next head coach of the Indian women’s team has already begun and the interviews of 10 applicants will take place in Mumbai on Thursday.Besides Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy will interview the applicants, including India’s World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten. They will shortlist the candidates for the top job, which has been lying vacant after Ramesh Powar’s tenure got over at the end of last month.Top BCCI sources told India Today that they have been informed by Kapil that he doesn’t wish to be part of the interview process when Prabhakar presents his case.Prabhakar had accused Kapil of fixing but the 1983 World Cup winning captain was cleared of all charges.Powar meanwhile, has also thrown his hat in the ring, despite Mithali Rahi’s serious allegations against him, following India’s semi-final exit from the Women’s World Cup last month.Besides South African Kirsten, Brad Hogg, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Trent Johnston and Herschell Gibbs are the other foreign names who have applied for the next women’s coach.WV Raman, Venkatesh Prasad, Kalpana Venkatacher are the other applicants who will be interviewed by Kapil, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy.Powar was appointed as interim coach after Tushar Arothe was shown the door and was forced to put in his papers, following differences with some of the star players in the team.advertisementT20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and opener Smriti Mandhana have backed Powar to be reappointed as the head coach despite serious claims by Mithali, who accused the former India off-spinner of discrimination.Also Read | Kapil Dev on the perils of giving too much power to players: They will do what they feel likeAlso Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kapil’s Devils more handsome than Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning team: GavaskarAlso Read | Kapil Dev’s 175 in 1983 World Cup the greatest ODI knock I have seen: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil Devlast_img read more

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BCCI backs Ganguly, tells Ombudsman his conflict of interest could be sorted

first_imgIf Sourav Ganguly is to resign from Cricket Association of Bengal in the conflict of interest case, even Sachin Tendulkar (mentor, Mumbai Indians) and VVS Laxman (mentor, Sunrisers Hyderabad) could be forced to do the same.BCCI Ombudsman Justice D K Jain has sought a written submission from Sourav Ganguly after Saturday’s hearing, even as the Board put its weight firmly behind the former India skipper in the alleged conflict of interest case.Three Bengal-based cricket fans — Bhaswati Shantua, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Ranjit Seal — had alleged that Ganguly’s duty as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president is in direct conflict with his dual role as an advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as well as Cricket Advisory Committee member.The BCCI termed that the former India captain’s alleged conflict of interest comes under the ‘tractable category’ which could be sorted without much fuss and with “full disclosure”.According to the BCCI’s constitution clause 38 (3) (a): “Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and – or – with full disclosure of the interest involved.”It is learnt that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) does not want Ganguly to be penalised if he makes “full disclosure”.”Agreed that he resigned from IPL technical committee and Governing Council after the sub-committees were dissolved when new constitution came into force. Yes, he is still a part of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) but that committee has met only twice in four years,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI.advertisement”How can we stop him from performing his professional activities as a cricketer? Let the Ombudsman decide as this could be sorted without any problem. If full disclosure is made, the BCCI sees no harm in continuing in all three posts. If Ombudsman feels otherwise, he may have to resign from two of three posts,” the official said.However, if Ganguly is to resign from CAC, even Sachin Tendulkar (mentor, Mumbai Indians) and VVS Laxman (mentor, Sunrisers Hyderabad) could be forced to follow suit.As far as adminstration is concerned, Ganguly’s six-year tenure before the mandatory cooling-off as an office-bearer will only end in July 2020.In his deposition, Ganguly said that he is working in a voluntary role with the IPL franchise.”Sourav, in his verbal submission, told the Ombudsman that he is not taking a single penny as DC advisor even though his name is there in the Team Officials’ list,” a source said.Jain, who is also BCCI’s Ethics Officer met Ganguly, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (representing the CoA) and legal counsel of the complainants, senior Supreme Court advocate Biswanath Chatterjee, for around three hours.All three parties met Jain together at the Delhi Capitals’ team hotel for a meeting that went on for three and half hours.”I have heard both the parties as well as the BCCI and will soon give my order. However since hearing is over as per principles of natural justice, both parties can give their written submissions before the final order is pronounced,” Justice Jain said after the meeting.When asked if there is a timeline, he said: “Of course, there is a timeline. I can’t tell you what happened as the matter is sub-judice. But the order will come out soon.”Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is humanAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly replies to ombudsman, clarifies stand on conflict of interestAlso See https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/video/dinesh-karthik-exclusive-interview-india-world-cup-squad-ipl-2019-kolkata-knight-riders-1503798-2019-04-17last_img read more

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Jonny Bairstow picks World Cup glory over Ashes win for England in 2019

first_imgEngland batsman Jonny Bairstow said he would rather win the 50-overs World Cup than the Ashes series against Australia if he was given the chance to claim only one.World Cup returns to England and Wales after 20 years and Bairstow said England deserved to win their maiden title after all the hard work they had put in over the past two years to become the number one ranked one-day team.”I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” Bairstow told Sky Sports.”I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.”Guys have worked day in, day out, taking their games to places that they weren’t at 18 months, two years ago. That’s from the vision Morgs (England captain Eoin Morgan) has had and the way we are playing our one-day cricket.”Bairstow also credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for sharpening his skills and improving his form ahead of the World Cup.The 29-year-old scored 445 runs in 10 matches at an average of over 55 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise, forming a formidable opening partnership with Australia’s David Warner.”You go to the IPL to develop your skills, to put them up against the best in the world,” Bairstow, who smashed one century and two half-centuries during the tournament, said.advertisement”We saw Jos (Buttler) coming back into the Test side last summer after a brilliant IPL. The competition over there can only improve your skills. I genuinely think I’m still learning and improving.”England begin their World Cup campaign on May 30 when they take on South Africa at The Oval in London. The first of five Ashes tests begins on Aug. 1.last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goal

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they must fight to stop their slide after defeat to Real Sociedad.Madrid have begun the New Year with one point from two games.Ramos said, “It upsets all of our plans. We would have liked to have got the year off to a good start, but it’s not turned out that way. We’re going through a bad spell. “The team performed well in spells but we lacked that cutting edge and luck in front of goal and had we had it, we’d be reflecting on a different result right now. We’ve been through a lot of tough times and this is another such spell. We’ve got to look at ourselves. It’s all about performing as best we can and being clinical, particularly because football is all about the results.”You go through periods in football where everything goes for you and right now nothing is going our way. Sometimes the woodwork gets in the way and at others you’re not creating the chances… We can’t blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we’ve also got to look at ourselves. “We’re going to keeping battling, but it’s difficult because Barcelona don’t usually slip up and the gap is opening up. We’re going to stick together and fight until the end. Real Madrid won’t lie down, even if we’re kicked seven times.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JAMPRO Intensifying Efforts to Source Markets for Country’s Products

first_img Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is intensifying its marketing and promotional efforts to increase exports and source additional markets for Jamaica’s authentic food brands and products.The JAMPRO team has been tapping into various markets, including Canada, United States of America (USA), Cuba and other Caribbean territories.Highlighting the marketing initiatives, Manager for Sales and Promotion at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, told JIS News that through its Canada Market Development programme, JAMPRO has been undertaking several activations to identify and grow exports in the various areas.“JAMPRO has been looking at the Canadian market for several years now and we have had workshops that look at that country. We have had speakers share with us on the Canadian market and doing business there. We have hosted engagements in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission, so that our local stakeholders and clients can be sensitised on the market requirements, the trends in consumer demand and other dynamics relating to the market and how to penetrate it,” she said.Mrs. Porter added that there have been workshops looking at the packaging and labeling requirements within the Canadian market as well as trade missions and shows that various local companies have participated in to network and showcase their products.“We have put some 16 companies before buyers that have come in from Canada for business-to-business meetings and visits to their facilities, so that the buyers can see that we have the capacity and can sustain a presence in the market,” the Manager pointed out.Mrs. Porter said that the market development programme for Cuba has been bearing fruit, with plans for an inward mission from Cuba to coincide with Expo Jamaica in April.In terms of the United States, JAMPRO has undertaken a number of activations in Florida, New York and Georgia, and is preparing to venture into Washington DC.“The Caribbean is an important target market, and we continue to look for the opportunities there. Late last year, we did a mission across three Caribbean markets with a number of companies, to explore even further how we can build out that market,” Mrs. Porter informed.“So, we have a number of activations planned to get our export products out there, to get brand Jamaica out there, and we are looking at special programmes as well that will help to promote brand Jamaica as we build out our individual market-penetration initiatives,” she added.Come March 13, JAMPRO will be hosting an agricultural information session geared at further promoting investments in that sector.The session is targeted at persons who have a deep interest in that industry, and those with projects and seeking investors.“In going into exports, people need to understand that it requires work. You have to take certain steps to understand the market and realise there are differences in doing exports than just selling on the local market,” Mrs. Porter said.She is encouraging persons to “seize opportunities of this kind by going into the markets, gather market intelligence and take that step of doing business and expanding exports”. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is intensifying its marketing and promotional efforts to increase exports and source additional markets for Jamaica’s authentic food brands and products. Highlighting the marketing initiatives, Manager for Sales and Promotion at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, told JIS News that through its Canada Market Development programme, JAMPRO has been undertaking several activations to identify and grow exports in the various areas. Mrs. Porter added that there have been workshops looking at the packaging and labeling requirements within the Canadian market as well as trade missions and shows that various local companies have participated in to network and showcase their products. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Diana Fixes Panamax

first_imgzoom Athens-headquartered dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Melite. The gross charter rate is USD 7,250 per day minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven months to maximum fourteen months.The charter for the 2004-built, 76,436 dwt Melite is expected to commence on October 13.This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 2.39 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.last_img read more

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Kartarpur corridor will be opened Nov Pakistan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal has said despite tension with India his country is committed to open the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims from November. “Pakistan is committed to open the corridor in November on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak”, he said here on Thursday. A meeting on the corridor would take place soon, he added. The proposed corridor will allow Sikhs to visit the shrine, located only a few km from the border, without visa. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, Faisal said he was not sure if India would remain committed to the project, which many thought could help bridge differences between the two countries. On the reports of stranded Indians in Pakistan after snapping of rail and bus links, Faisal said he had no knowledge of any Indian citizens in Pakistan. “If there were any, we are ready to facilitate their return. They can go back on foot through the Wagha border because that is open,” he said.last_img read more

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Katherine Heigl Supports Remember Me Thursday

first_imgIn the wake of last year’s overwhelming global support, Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations worldwide for the 2nd Annual Remember Me Thursday global pet adoption awareness campaign.Remember Me Thursday 2014 official spokesperson Katherine Heigl with Oscar,one of her adopted dogsNow some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated actress, Katherine Heigl, who has been named official spokesperson for the 2014 campaign.Around the world, candles will be lit on the exact same day, honoring the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to take part at scheduled candle-lighting ceremonies or online Thursday, September 25th, 2014 and bring attention to adoptable pets still waiting for forever families.The first Remember Me Thursday took place on the fourth Thursday in September, 2013. Moved by the staggering statistics of homeless pets who lose their lives each year (The Humane Society of the United States approximates this number at 3.4 million annually in the US.), Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed 9.3 million pets in homes since 1999, Arms was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.139 countries united to support the movement including Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many more, with over 100,000 individuals holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message through social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website or lighting a virtual candle.Now in its second year, the Remember Me Thursday campaign continues to expand with multiple candle-lighting ceremonies and special events already organized internationally, as well as an A-list lineup of celebrity supporters.As official spokesperson, Katherine Heigl adds another charitable title to her growing list of animal-focused endeavors. The award winning actress, best known for her starring roles in such films as 27 Dresses and Knocked Up, and her portrayal of Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens in the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, is co-founder of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an organization dedicated to animal welfare. A dedicated mother of two girls, and loving guardian to a menagerie of pets, Heigl is also set to star in the NBC drama series State of Affairs this Fall. She is taking time out of her busy schedule to champion homeless pets and is featured with Oscar, one of her adopted dogs, in a downloadable poster for participating animal organizations.“Every day in America, 10,000 pets are killed for lack of a good home,” stated Heigl. “It is important to not forget those animals who have been euthanized in our shelters across America and to focus on those still waiting for a home. Remember Me Thursday is our opportunity to bring to light these homeless pets and I am honored to be the spokesperson for such an important and powerful message.”Heigl is not the only celebrity supporter. Accomplished Emmy and Tony-award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is lending her voice once again by offering her inspiring song “It Will Be Me” as the official anthem of the Remember Me Thursday campaign video. Other actors, comedians, pet behaviorists and professional athletes are showing their love for orphan pets by taking the title of campaign “Luminaries,” reminding the public to light a candle Thursday, September 25th, 2014.Animal loving celebrities are also sharing their thoughts on pet adoption via video PSAs (public service announcements) in a special online gallery and via their social media accounts. At press time, luminaries include:Alan Cumming – currently starring on Broadway in his Tony Award winning performance as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, as Eli Gold in the CBS series The Good Wife and author of the upcoming memoir, Not My Father’s Son (Day Street Books, October 2014);Anže Kopitar – professional ice hockey player, Olympian, two-time Stanley cup winner, and the alternate captain of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings;Beth Stern – TV host, model, author (Oh My Dog! Gallery Books, 2010), animal advocate, and the national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America;Carrie Ann Inaba – award winning television host, choreographer and producer, best known for her role as a judge on the ABC hit, Dancing With The Stars and founder of charitable organization The CAI Animal Project;David Backes – NHL hockey player and captain of the St. Louis Blues, two-time Olympian and Silver medalist, co-founder with wife Kelly of the non-profit organization, Athletes for Animals, a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide;Diane Keaton – American film actress, director, producer, screenwriter, and author. Diane is a lifelong animal lover, Board Member of Helen Woodward Animal Center, and proud guardian of many rescued creatures;Eric Roberts – Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor of both film (Runaway Train, Pope of Greenwich Village, The Expendables) and television (Less Than Perfect, Heroes, Crash);Ian Somerhalder – American actor and philanthropist, best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries and founder of Ian Somerhalder Foundation which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures;Jackson Galaxy – cat behaviorist with more than fifteen years of experience – and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell;Jeff Carter – Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time Stanley cup winner, current player for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings;Kathy Najimy – acclaimed actress of film (Sister Act 1 & 2, Hocus Pocus, Rat Race, Wall-E), television (VEEP, The Big C, Numb3rs, Veronica’s Closet, King of the Hill), and stage (The Kathy and Mo Show, Dirty Blonde) and outspoken activist on women’s, gay, and animal rights;Kristin Bauer van Straten – American film and television actress including HBO series True Blood, Seinfeld, and sorceress Maleficent in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and producer of Out For Africa, a documentary about the plight of endangered elephants and rhinos;Kristin Chenoweth – Emmy and Tony Award winner and Hollywood Bowl and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. This fall, she will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival and release a live concert CD/DVD entitled Coming Home. Next year, she will co-star in the Universal film The Boy Next Door and make her return to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century;Mark Buehrle – professional baseball player, World Series Champion, five-time World Gold Glove Award winner, and starting pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays;Sara Rue – critically-acclaimed actress best known for the roles she played as Claudia Casey on the sitcom Less Than Perfect, Carmen Ferrara on the comedy-drama Popular, and Kim on Malibu County;Tamar Geller – famed canine coach and author of The Loved Dog: The Playful, Non-Aggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior (Gallery Books, 2008) and 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog (Simon and Schuster, 2011) and founder of nonprofit Operation Heroes & Hounds pairing shelter dogs with injured military.Remember Me Thursday asks organizations and individuals to dedicate the fourth Thursday of September, annually, to remembering the millions of homeless pets who lost their lives over the last year. By uniting in this way, the worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of healthy and loving orphan pets still awaiting adoption. Individuals can get involved by attending a candle-lighting ceremony at their local shelter, or assisting with organizing one; lighting a virtual candle on-line at www.remembermethursday.org; changing their social media profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day, September 25th; spreading the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS; and most importantly by always adopting and encouraging friends and family to do the same.For more information on Remember Me Thursday and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to www.remembermethursday.org.last_img read more

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US mortgage rates move little after big drop 30year 408

WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates moved little this week after the key 30-year loan rate marked its steepest weekly drop in a decade the week before.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 4.08% from 4.06% — which had plunged from 4.28% last week. The average rate on the benchmark loan stood at 4.40% a year ago.The average rate this week for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped to 3.56% from 3.57% last week.The decline made purchasing a home a lot cheaper, and potential buyers have been rushing to take advantage of the cheaper borrowing costs.The Associated Press read more

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UN atomic watchdog chief seeks additional nuclear safeguards from Iran

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, first met with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi in Tehran before seeing President Mohammed Khatami in an effort to answer questions about Iran’s nuclear programme after an official agency report detailed the earlier failures.Mr. ElBaradei, whose one-day visit is at the invitation of the Iranian authorities, is trying to obtain a commitment from Iran to sign an additional protocol in connection with IAEA safeguards agreements as required by the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which would allow for enhanced, unannounced, on-the-spot inspections.He was returning to Vienna tonight, but a senior team of experts was staying on in Tehran for technical talks with their Iranian counterparts over the next several days.On 19 June, the IAEA Board called on Iran to allow environmental sampling of alleged enrichment activities and agree to enhanced inspections after Mr. ElBaradei reported the earlier failures.He noted at the time that corrective actions were being taken in cooperation with the Iranian authorities, but called on the country to “conclude and bring into force an additional protocol at an early date, in order to enhance the Agency’s ability to provide credible assurances regarding the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.” The Board then adopted a statement urging Iran to “promptly and unconditionally conclude and implement an additional protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, in order to enhance the Agency’s ability to provide credible assurances regarding the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, particularly the absence of undeclared material and activities.”Iran is a party to the NPT, which the IAEA is entrusted with verifying. The additional protocols aim to enhance IAEA’s ability to provide “credible, comprehensive assurances” regarding all NPT States. So far only 35 countries have brought additional protocols into force. read more

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Blustery showers look set to deny Britain a bank holiday heatwave

Blustery showers are expected across the UK over the next few days, while hopes of a Bank Holiday heatwave have been dashed by forecasters.Sunny spells will brighten up the weekend in between showers, and maximum temperatures are expected to be average – about 21C in the South and about 19C in the North.People can expect to see a “gradual improvement” in the weather next week, but one last hot weekend of summer is not looking likely.Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “We can’t get much worse, can we? We’ve had such wet and windy weather so far this month.”He added: “It’s likely that Saturday right through to Wednesday, at least, will be summarised by sunny spells and showers.”And hopefully from Thursday through the rest of the week those showers should start to become less, but a bit of uncertainty with exactly how less they will become as we head towards the Bank Holiday weekend.”I’d say, overall, compared with the wet and windy weather we’ve had over the last few weeks, there is a gradual improvement over the next four or five days.”But it is only a gradual improvement, rather than any heatwave or hot and sunny weather on the way.” 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. Looking ahead to the Bank Holiday weekend, Mr Dewhurst said it was too far off to know with any certainty, but said it was more likely to be “pleasant” rather than “hot and sunny”.Singer Liam Payne was forced to cancel an outdoor charity concert in west London on Friday because of the wet weather and bookmaker Coral said it has suspended betting on this month being the wettest on record. read more

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Jonas Erik Larholm for HP I enjoy in Szeged

Jonas LarholmlarholmPick Szeged We talked to Jonas Erik Larholm, the first Scandinavian player of Pick Szeged about many things. How he’s recovering from his injury, how is he doing in Szeged, about the Olympic games, about the Women’s European and Men’s World Championship and much more… check it out!How is your leg doing? Are you getting better or it still hurts?It still hurts, I was in the fitness center. It is not broken, only a bit swollen. I would have wanted maybe 2 or 3 weeks more rest. There’s 3 weeks before I can put some pressure on it and run, I just walk around now and rest.You’ve been living in Szeged for almost 6 months now. What do you think about Hungarian people, culture and in general how do you feel in Hungary? How would you describe the major differences between Sweden and Hungary? Maybe some things are a little bit different but it’s still handball and it is the same sport, I think we have good conditions here in the sportshall. I enjoy it. I am also on good terms with my team and with my teammates.What do you do in your spare time? Do you have local friends from Szeged? Do you have any preferred bar or restaurant which you attend more often than the others?We have some free time but in some periods there’s too much traveling, playing and everything. I like the city, I live in the center. Mainly I go out with my teammates. There is one cafe place in the city center that we like.The opponents usually notice the good atmosphere of the Szeged hall and also how much the fans cheer for their team. In your previous teams was it similar or this is a little bit different? I spent 2 years in Barcelona and it was not the same. The fans came only for the big games and then there was a good atmosphere. In Aalborg there were many spectators but it’s different here (in Szeged) as fans are more louder and cheering more emotionally and the atmosphere gets better and better.Do these things inspire you and your play as well?Yes of course, it helps a lot. There are many people in the sportshall and they also make some loud noise. In Denmark and in Sweden it is more common to sit with the family and it is nice and quiet, but here in Szeged it is different. I like this.How do you feel about the match against Veszprem? That was a big win.It was really great for the sport and it was a really good match. I was very satisfied with it.What do you think about the Hungarian League? How could you describe the differences of this league comparing to the Swedish or to the Spanish?I think the difference is bigger between the good teams and the weaker teams here. In Denmark it is more even and also in Spain but in Spain is a little bit more like here in Hungary.The level of the Swedish teams maybe the same comparing to the Hungarian teams, but it is hard to say. We have 2-3 really good teams here.What about the young players? How many talented young players can play in this leage or in Spain or in Sweden?In Sweden there are a lot of young players, but most of the young players if they have a succes maybe they could play in the natioal team also they try to go abroad because the financial situation is often better in Denmark or in Germany.I think it’s a good league for young people. We can develop them, many players go but we should keep them in Sweden. I think maybe it’s the same for the Hungarian league.You want your star players to stay. You may have more succes with this here because you have big teams in Szeged and Veszprém and people want to stay because they are more competitive in the Champions League. They also have a bigger chance to get a good place and to stay here in Hungary. This we have to work on in Sweden.What final result do you expect from Pick Szeged? The draw against Tatabánya made it harder to win the preliminary round. If Szeged and their great rival play in the final again, what do you think about your team’s chances against Veszprém, who have a great chance of getting into the Champions Leage final four.  We saw we had a good chance to beat them here at home, we played a good game, we can compete with them, but of course this goal – to get ahead of them – may be harder, we have a lot of work to do and we try to improve and then I think we can match up to them and I think we have a chance.In the history of Pick Szeged you are the first Scandinavian player. The CEO Richárd Mezei said, that they would like to get more players from the nordic countries to come to Szeged. Do you think its possible? Could you mention some names whom you would like to play with? I think people from Scandinavia are very friendly and more positive to the idea of moving to Hungary.  Some people also from Spain came to Hungary and I think its more mixed in Europe now and everybody can play everywhere and I think this trend will go on…Maybe from the Swedish national team?I don’t know, maybe.. I will try to get them here!In the Bundesliga there are a lot of Scandinavian players, the German top clubs like to have players from the nordic countries. You haven’t played in Germany, went to Denmark after Barcelona. You didn’t intend to play there or the Danish offer was unrefusable? It was a good offer and a good opportunity for me to play with some of the players from our youth national team, that I know well. We had a good team there. It was a good   step for me that time and in that point of my carrier. I think it was also great socially in the first 2-3 years. After that I wanted to try something new, something different.If you go back in time, would you make the same decision?I don’t know, that time it was good for me, now I also feel good here and I try to focus on this situation and to improve myself here and then I’ll see where I’m going next, but I hope I can stay here for a long time.After the first period of struggle in the Champions Leage you were getting better and after the victory against Zagreb we’ve got a real chance to qualify for the next round. Do you think you could make the last 3 rounds? Maybe 4 points would be enough.We still have it in our hands, I think we can make it, but we have to improve, like we did during this period then I think we’ll have a chance. It will be tough because we have to beat Schaffhausen away and also Minsk here at home. I think many of these teams in this group caused a real surprise in a positive way. Also Zagreb are playing really good but they haven’t been lucky with their points, they were close to winning in Berlin. This group is very tight but if we work hard and if we do our best then we can do it.What is your opinion regarding Balic who missed the World Championship?I haven’t seen him during this autumn only maybe in 1 or 2 games when he played in Atletico, it’s hard to say what happened there, I don’t know I don’t want to speculate maybe it’s his relationship with Goluza. I enjoy watching him so I would be a little bit sad not see him in the Championship.In the European Champ. in Serbia in January he played for a very little time.Yes he also didn’t play much at the Olympics. He played well I think in the semi final against France but this was also the only chance he got to play, he played 70%. I don’t know why, I would say maybe he may come back or maybe he had enough.In the last few years some serious changes have happened in european handball. Some really good teams got weaker and some teams got unexpectedly stronger (Polish teams, Metalurg Skopje and Veszprém too). The CL got more balanced, as some unexpected results show. What do you think about this?I agree, I think it’s got more balanced as you say. I think it is good for handball, for the sport and also for the interest of the spectators. You can never say for sure that one team is going to win a game. Savehof can beat Atletico or Minsk are now playing really good for example. Its good for the spectators also and for the clubs. Everyone feels in the CL that  “we have a chance, we can go trough maybe to the next round and build on that”. Why not? I like this development.Have you watched the Eurpoean women’s handball championship?Yes, I saw some of the matches and in the final Montenegro won in two overtimes.In 2010 the Norwegian national team beat Hungary with 21 goals in the European Championship. On Saturday the two teams played again in the semi final and Norway won by 11 goals. The norwegian coach of the Hungarian national team Karl Erik Böhn said, that they got better by ten goals comparing to the last match. We could say, it is an interesting explanation. Do you think that this kind of „positive thinking” is part of the scandinavian mentality or he just simply wanted to cheer his team up a bit before the upcoming very important match against Serbia. (Finally the Hungarian team beat Serbia and reached the bronz medal.)Maybe because of this. It’s hard to say when you have only one example, but maybe in general it is like this. We have a different mentality.He might just tried not to be hard on his team and instead he was a little bit more constructive. I don’t know which is the best way because sometimes it’s also good to put elite sportsmen under really big pressure and then they perform good. Maybe a mixture of this.Is this better for the players?I don’t know. I think sometimes the swedish or the scandinavian style is very individual from player to player and from team to team For example some player just need to hear ’Come on’, ’Harder’, ’Tougher’ and to be put under a lot of pressure and some players work better without this. So you have to know your team and know your player and your couch and try to find the best approach.The World Championship in Spain 2013 is approaching and Sweden are not there after losing in the European playoffs against Montenegro. Andersson, Kallman, Ahlm and Lundström decided they need a rest before the Olympics and did not play these two legs against Montenegro. Bengt Johansson said he would have forbidden these players not to play. Do you find these players responsible for Sweden not reaching the WC in Spain 2013?Bengt Johansson said that? Of course this is disappointing for us not to be at the WC. We played well at the Olympics and I think it was a good comeback, a good revenge but now we just have to work for the next championship in Denmark.It was harder for your team without these players.Yes but Marcus did hasn’t played in the national team for 7-8 years, he was not a suprise for us. Kim needed some time with his family, I think we just have to play with the team we got, with players who are able to be there and to contribute. Of course we would like as many players as possible every time we meet, but it’s hard sometimes. The players are under a lot of pressure as the game schedules and programs in the clubs are tight so I understand some people need to rest sometimes.Yes it was in June just right after the end of the season.Yes we had a tough summer, I was participating in the national team all summer and also I think from start of June till after the end of the Olympics in August, so it was a tough but exciting journey this summer. I almost did not get any rest and then directly down here and to play. I can feel it now, I have some small injuries. I think it is because I’ve put hard pressure on my body for a long time. It would be good now to have a two-week restI for my feet and these small injuries.Only two weeks? Yes, in the summer you normally have maybe 3 week, but this summer I had only 3 days so of course it’s hard.What do you thik about the Olympic games? You reached the final you had two fantastic matches against Denmark and Hungary and you lost by only one goal against France. Do you think it was a big success for you or more like a failure and disappointment for losing the final?We were very happy to reach the final and have a silver medal but I was a bit disappointed and a little bit sad after the final. Because winning was so close… I think we played good and we had the chance. It was disappointing but of course now I’m also very happy with a silver medal.Interview: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Aurél Iványi ← Previous Story WCH 2013 TOP 10 disappointments: Vujin, Narcisse, Abalo, Lijewski… Next Story → Nikola Karabatic is out of contract! read more

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Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident at Wheatfield Prison yesterday morning in which a helicopter drone full of drugs crashed into the prison.The incident was first reported by Mick McCaffrey in the Sunday World. The newspaper reports that prisoners ran towards the drone and one of them was seen swallowing some of the packages contained in it.It is expected the man will be charged with possession of illegal drugs but it is unknown where the drone was being controlled from or who was flying it.A garda spokesperson confirmed today that there had been an incident at the Dublin prison at 11am yesterday morning.They said they were “handed a device by prison service staff and are investigating the incident”.This is the first time in Ireland a drone like this has been caught smuggling drugs into a prison. In March this year, criminals attempted to fly a similar drone laden with drugs into a prison in Melbourne, Australia. It was spotted hovering near the walls and a man was later arrested over it.Originally published 5.27pmRead: Drug-carrying drone discovered hovering outside Melbourne prison>Read: Check out the insane-looking drone camera the Golf Channel are reportedly using to film golfers>last_img read more

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Road Health Safety for Back to School

first_img Related Items:back to school for TCI Students, road and health safety for back to school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Children looked really smart today… it is great to see them back in this element… and the traffic, well it is what it is.  We all need to ensure that we adhere to the speed limits in our school zones and follow other road safety and personal safety rules… washing hands, fending off mosquitoes and being alert as we use our streets.  last_img read more

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Lawmakers discuss new bridge effort

first_imgA group of state lawmakers from Washington and Oregon met in a closed-door meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday to discuss a new Columbia River bridge.It was not, however, a meeting to “revive the Columbia River Crossing,” said Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, one of the lawmakers spearheading the so-called Bi-State Bridge Coalition.Pike said she was encouraged by the meeting, which included 12 lawmakers, representing both states and both parties.The meeting, which was closed to the public and the press, was a combination of a “healthy postmortem and lessons learned” and the start of rebuilding relationships, Pike said.After Washington lawmakers declined to vote to pay their share of the Columbia River Crossing, which would have replaced the Interstate 5 Bridge, Oregon’s governor pushed ahead to consider an Oregon-only version of the project. The go-it-alone strategy failed to garner enough votes earlier this year, and the project was declared dead.“If we can get to yes, we have to lift together this time,” Oregon Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, said after the meeting. She was a vocal opponent of the Oregon-led project.last_img read more

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