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Akshay Kumar tells PM Narendra Modi: I wanted to be a martial arts teacher but landed up in acting

first_imgAkshay Kumar piqued the interest of fans when he announced that he was “getting into an unknown and uncharted territory”. While it was speculated that he would contest elections, it was soon revealed that he was turning interviewer for a “candid and completely non-political” conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.During the interaction, Akshay revealed that a career in the arc lights was never on his wishlist. “I never wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be a martial arts teacher, but landed up in acting,” he said.Akshay aka the ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood became a household name as an action hero and has been quite vocal about his love for martial arts. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and has also learnt Muay Thai, a Thai combat sport.At an event a few years ago, he said, “My passion for martial arts goes back to my early teens when I went to Bangkok to master them. My father insisted I learn [martial arts] when I was nine years old.””Even today, I practise for two hours. It disciplines me. Martial arts is not just about violence and fighting, but about the power to change your life,” the actor added.Akshay has passed on his fondness for martial arts to his children – Aarav and Nitara. At the age of 13, the actor’s son received his first degree black belt in Kudo, a Japanese martial art, after nine years of training. Nitara, too, is already training in martial arts.advertisementThis Valentine’s Day don’t let a guy take u for granted.Learn martial arts, u never know when it comes handy & starting early always helps pic.twitter.com/kcDWkAjoSkAkshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 14, 2017On the work front, Akshay was last seen on the big screen in Anurag Singh’s historical drama Kesari, which was based on the Battle of Saragarhi. The film went on to earn over Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office.ALSO SEE | Akshay Kumar shows off his martial arts prowess in this throwback videoALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

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Ranking the OSU defense after Missouri State

first_imgUSATSI_8069745_154512258_lowresComing into this game, everyone figured OSU would have no problem beating Missouri State. In games like this, you hope your team does three things well:1. Plays the game with a high level of energy despite being a heavy favorite.2. Executes plays with as few mistakes as possible.3. Gets some of the younger guys on the roster some reps.With that, let’s get to the rankings of how I thought the defensive/special teams units performed:1. Special TeamsOne blocked punt, one blocked field goal and one blocked PAT. That’s ridiculous. This is only the second time that a team has accomplished this (Oregon State vs. USC, 1996).2. Defensive lineNo surprise here that the defensive line unit performed the great on Saturday. A week after giving FSU’s line all it could handle, OSU’s front four came out Saturday and got after the Missouri State offense in impressive fashion.In total, OSU’s defense tallied five sacks on the day. Jimmy Bean had 1.5 sacks, Sam Wren had 1 and Victor Irokansi provided one off the bench in the 4th quarter.3. LinebackersI thought the linebackers did well against the run. Mobile quarterbacks like MSU’s Kierra Harris can cause a lot of problems against an inexperienced group of linebackers.There were a few times in this game where missed assignments led to long runs, but that will be fixed in no time as this starting group (and the backups) gets more reps.4. CornerbacksPeterson and Lampkin played aggressive the entire time they were in. The coverage was pretty good and they did fairly well on coming up to stop the run.Lampkin cleaned up the defensive holding calls that plagued him against FSU and went the entire game without one penalty.This game was also the first time this season we got a good look at the other corners on the bench. Behind Peterson and Lampkin, the next three corners on the depth chart are all freshman.There were some missed assignments from the corners, but I wouldn’t worry too much going forward. This talented group of corners will start settling into their role on defense and prove to be big time this season.5. SafetiesI really do enjoy the physical nature of these safeties. It’s almost like they would prefer to defend against the run so that way they could have a chance to come up and lay a hit.They’re not the biggest safeties in the conference, but they definitely don’t play small.The secondary looked a little confused at times on Saturday and it showed when Missouri State got a couple of long pass plays, two of which resulted in touchdowns.Things like that tend to happen when you’re going against a team with a fairly decent mobile quarterback; you don’t want to give up the big pass play, but you’re always on edge wondering if the QB will tuck it and run. Like every other position group Saturday, I was overall pleased with the performance from the safeties.Overall, I say it was a good day for the defense. A lot of people look at the scoreboard and see the ‘23’ under Missouri State’s name and probably wonder how I could say that. Well, the defense came away from the game with more positives than negatives, no injuries and, above all, more experience.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoFulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Moussetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset.Fulham are planning a January move for Mousset, says West London Sport.The French striker has struggled to make an impact with the Cherries but could now be handed a lifeline by their Premier League rivals.Fulham are looking to strengthen as they prepare for a relegation scrap after a tough start to the season.The French frontman has made just seven top-flight starts since joining the Dorset club from Le Havre for around €6.5m some two and a half years ago.He has scored four goals, two of which were in the league. last_img read more

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Japan Becomes Tenth Member of IMOs Hong Kong Convention

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japan has joined The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.On March 27, Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Japan to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the instrument of accession.With this move, the country became the tenth member of the convention, which covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for environmentally sound ship recycling, without compromising their safety and operational efficiency.Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a Ship Recycling Plan, specific to each individual ship to be recycled, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory.Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is also hosting an international seminar on “Ship Recycling – Towards the Early Entry into Force of the Hong Kong Convention” in collaboration with IMO to help increase international awareness of the importance of the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention.Following Japan’s accession contracting states to the Hong Kong Convention include Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, the Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Serbia and Turkey. They represent around 23.16% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping.The Hong Kong Convention will enter into force 24 months after ratification by at least 15 states, representing 40 percent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and a combined maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3 percent of their combined tonnage.last_img read more

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Alberta premier supports labour ministers visit to Canada Post picket line

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it wasn’t inappropriate for her labour minister to show up at a picket line of Canada Post workers.Edmonton NDP legislature member Christina Gray visited the line and posed with some striking workers for a photo that was posted on Twitter.A spokesman for the minister says she was there to support postal workers without taking sides in the dispute.United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney described Gray’s visit as strange and showing poor judgment.Notley says Gray’s attendance would have been inappropriate if the labour dispute were a provincial matter.But she says the rotating walkouts across the country are Ottawa’s concern.last_img read more

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The fight against billiondollar condo development on shores of Ottawa River

first_imgAPTN National NewsA billion-dollar development project on the shores of the Ottawa River could be an opportunity for local Algonquin groups.But some First Nations aren’t sold on the idea, including a world-renowned architect.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

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Metis musician Nelson Little releases second album

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba Metis musician Nelson Little releases second album – Ain’t afraid of the truthIt’s described as a raw, gritty country album that uses real life situations to bring a message through music.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img

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Protester climbs into tree near BC marine terminus of Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – A mid-air protest has begun in British Columbia at the western end of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries oilsands crude from Alberta to a port in Metro Vancouver.Stand Earth spokesman Sven Biggs says 71-year-old grandfather Terry Christenson has climbed a tree inside the Westridge Marine Terminal, which is the facility where oil would be loaded onto tankers in a planned expansion of the pipeline.This is the second protest for Christenson, who was arrested in March 2018 after climbing a tree in the same area to slow clearing for the pipeline construction. “Canada is already on the path to clean energy and we must continue to diversify our economy, not build more dirty pipelines. I’m here today to ensure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hears this message loud and clear,” Christenson says. Christenson’s first protest lasted 16 hours before he was removed, but Biggs says the professional mountain climber has enough supplies to remain in his new perch for a week.Stand Earth says about 230 people were arrested last year for violating an injunction against protests at the marine terminal and other nearby infrastructure linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline.The federal government supports the tripling of the pipeline’s capacity but suspended work on the expansion last August when the Federal Court of Appeal found parts of a National Energy Board review were flawed and should be redone.Biggs says Christenson’s protest could be the start of many more.“It’s a message to Justin Trudeau and his cabinet who are right now considering whether or not to re-approve the pipeline. If they do that, I think they are going to see a lot more actions like this mornings’,” Biggs says.A statement sent by Christenson, through Stand Earth, says climate change will affect everyone and today’s protest is on behalf of his grandchildren, and grandchildren around the world.last_img read more

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TMX Group moving to new Toronto tower in 2017

TORONTO — The headquarters for Canada’s largest stock markets will get a new home in the fall of 2017.TMX Group Ltd., the owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the Montreal Exchange and other securities markets, says it will move into a new, 40-storey tower that’s being built by Oxford Properties Group.The new address at 100 Adelaide St. W in downtown Toronto is near the current Exchange Tower, which is a block south at 130 King St. W.Oxford Properties Group says it will spend around $400-million to build the new 900,000-square-foot Ernst & Young Tower.The existing building at 100 Adelaide St. W will be torn down, but its historic facade — including the mosaics made by Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald — will be integrated into the new structure.Construction is expected to be finished by June 2017.The Canadian Press read more

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Beach Day in Norfolk

Several local students will skip school this Friday in favour of Beach Day.Each year high school students in Norfolk County and beyond take the day off to go to the Port Dover, Long Point, or Turkey Point beaches on the first Friday of June.“Grand Erie District School Board does not endorse this day, as our focus is on student achievement. It is a regularly scheduled school day, and Grand Erie students are expected to be in class. Students who are away must provide documentation to verify any absence,” Denise Martins, superintendent of education for Haldimand and Norfolk Secondary Family of Schools, said in an email to the Reformer.OPP have had reports of assault, sexual assault, mischief, vandalism, underage consumption of alcohol, and impaired driving at previous Beach Day events.“We want everyone to act in a safe and mature manner,” said Norfolk OPP Constable Ed Sanchuk. “We’re asking parents to sit down and have an open and frank discussion with their kids about their safety being a priority.”Police will have a presence on all Norfolk beaches on Friday.“If you do plan on drinking any alcoholic beverages, or using any other intoxicating substances such as marijuana, first and foremost be of age. Second, we all know that probably they’re not going to be so they need to make sure that they’re doing it in a safe manner,” said Sanchuk.“Make sure that you have a buddy system in place so there is always someone there to keep an eye on you, and make sure you get home safely to your family.”Sanchuk said that there are reports to the police every year about incidents occurring on Beach Day, and he hopes with all of the information available on this event that everyone will do their research and stay safe.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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ABC adds 14 new shows for the 201314 season Dancing With the

ABC adds 14 new shows for the 2013-14 season; ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cut to 1 night by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC is cutting its aging “Dancing With the Stars” back to two hours and one night next season, creating a slot for a new drama series based on the Marvel Comics world that’s aimed at expanding the network’s audience, its programming chief said Tuesday.Condensing the celebrity dancing contest on Monday night “opens up Tuesday for a pretty aggressive play,” said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president, whose network became the third of the major broadcasters to announce its 2013-14 schedule. The network’s entire Tuesday lineup for the fall is made up of new series.“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” from hit-maker Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Avengers” films, will help broaden the audience for ABC, which is the network leader among young adult women, Lee said. The comic-book based series presumably will attract some younger men to the network. “Dancing With the Stars” is big with older women.The celebrity dancing contest, although still a ratings winner for ABC in its 16th season, has seen its overall audience decline and grow older, an issue for networks that get higher commercial ad rates for younger viewers.Asked about how he felt putting “S.H.I.E.L.D.” on at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday against TV’s top-rated drama, “NCIS” on CBS, Lee said the ABC drama will draw a different audience and has a built-in fan base from the Marvel franchise.During a Tuesday afternoon network presentation to advertisers that included clips of the new series, Whedon said that “what I loved about ‘The Avengers’ became ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’”The audience’s warmest response, including a standing ovation, was for Barbara Walters, 83, who announced this week that she planned to retire from television, including as co-host of ABC’s “The View.” ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s barbed jokes also went over big with the crowd.He chided Madison Avenue for spending millions of ad dollars on a “network that rolled a 400-pound comedian off a diving board,” a reference to the ABC reality show “Splash” and contestant Louis Anderson. Kimmel also took shots at the competition: “NBC is on a roll, aren’t they. … No, not a roll. A spiral.”Among ABC’s other new dramas are “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” a spinoff from the fairy tale series “Once Upon a Time,” and the Steven Spielberg-produced “Lucky 7,” about a group of gas station employees who win the lottery.Lee also touted the network’s new comedies, especially “Super Fun Night,” written by and starring “Bridesmaids” breakout star Rebel Wilson as a single young attorney, and “The Goldbergs,” about a geeky preteen growing up in the 1980s who puts his family’s antics on videotape.ABC is introducing a total of 14 new shows next season, following other networks that also have hefty freshman programming slates: Fox said Monday it’s adding 11 new shows and is making its largest financial investment ever, and NBC said it would introduce 17 new series.ABC will take a less traditional approach to scheduling, Lee said, breaking some of its series into two sets of 12 episodes with a break between them to avoid airing repeats. The gap will be filled by limited-run shows, including dramas, he said.His competitors also plan to make use of “event series,” the new label for the once popular genre known as the miniseries. Fox said this week its plans include a limited-run return for “24” and the thriller “Wayward Pines” from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”).Other new ABC dramas include “Betrayal,” about a photographer and her husband with political aspirations, with James Cromwell in the cast; “Killer Women,” a Texas Rangers drama focused on a female ranger; “Mind Games,” with Steve Zahn and Christian Slater as problem-solvers for hire; and “Resurrection,” starring Omar Epps, about a small town where the dead return to life.The new comedies include sitcom “Back in the Game,” about a single mom and her estranged dad, played by James Caan; the singles sitcom “Mixology” and “Trophy Wife,” starring Malin Akerman as a newlywed who gets a husband (Bradley Whitford) and three stepchildren.Also on tap for next season are “The Quest,” a reality series from producers whose credits include “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Amazing Race,” and the special “Toy Story of Terror,” which puts the characters from “Toy Story” on a scary road trip. Original cast members Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are among the voice actors.The network’s cancelled series are “Body of Proof,” ”Malibu Country” and “Happy Endings,” which Lee called a favourite but which failed to draw ratings.The network is bringing back 10 current series including “Once Upon a Time,” ”Modern Family,” ”Scandal,” ”Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Castle” and “Nashville.” Moves are afoot for “Last Man Standing” and “The Neighbors,” which will air on Friday.___Online:http://www.abc.com read more

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Tasmania antiprotest bill contravenes Australias human rights obligations – UN experts

Among other things, the experts said that the legislation could silence legitimate and lawful protests, is disproportionate, and targets specific issues such as the environment. “If passed, the law would almost certainly run afoul of Australia’s human rights obligations, which Tasmania is also obliged to uphold. State governments in Australia need to ensure the legislation they adopt is in line with the country’s international obligations under international human rights law,” they said in a news release.The Tasmanian government argues the law is necessary to prevent businesses being disrupted by protesters, especially as Tasmania has been the focus of debate and demonstrations on environmental concerns.The bill, which is now before Tasmania’s Upper House, prohibits protests, whether on private or public property, that hinder access to business premises or disrupt business operations. It imposes mandatory penalties, including fines up to 100,000 Australian dollars ($93,000) for organizations and up to 10,000 Australian dollars ($9,300) for individuals. Repeat offenders face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three months. “The law itself and the penalties imposed are disproportionate and unnecessary in balancing the rights to free expression and peaceful assembly and the government’s interests in preserving economic or business interests,” said David Kaye, the recently appointed Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression. “The bill would have the chilling effect of silencing dissenters and outlawing speech protected by international human rights law.”Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, noted that in democratic societies, protests are key to raising awareness about human rights as well as political and social concerns, and of holding not just governments, but also corporations accountable. “The bill, if adopted, would impede that very function,” he stated.Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressed concern that the law would curtail human rights defenders’ legitimate right to express their opinions, especially when these are at odds with the government or industry.“Moreover, by listing specific industries, such as forestry, agriculture, or mining, it specifically targets environmentalists; this is shocking,” he added. The experts, who report to the UN Human Rights Council, noted that in March 2014, Australia co-sponsored Council resolution 25/38 that recognizes that peaceful protests can make a positive contribution to the development and strengthening of democracy, and urges States to facilitate peaceful protests by providing access to public space. “Given this, the experts pressed the government and legislature of Tasmania to be consistent with Australia’s international commitments and withdraw the bill,” stated the press release.Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Global food price index rises for second consecutive month – UN agency

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the rise was driven by “robust increases” in the prices of cereals (165.6 points) and dairy products (197.4 points), averaging 2.7 per cent and 3.3 per cent higher, respectively, than their prices the previous month.Wheat prices increased mostly on weather worries, including prolonged dryness in the United States of America and cold wet conditions in parts of Europe. Similarly, maize – another major cereal – saw its prices rise on back of strong global demand and deteriorating crop prospects also in Argentina.FAO also anticipates that 2018 world maize and wheat production could decline based on early forecasts. Worldwide wheat output could drop to 750 million tonnes, about 1 per cent below its near-record level of the previous year.In 2017, worldwide cereal production, including wheat, hit a record level, up 33 million tonnes from 2016, to nearly 2,646 million tonnes globally.Price indices for sugar and vegetable oils, however, recorded declines in March, averaging 186 points and 156.8 points, respectively. The meat price index (169.8 points) remained almost unchanged from February. read more

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Philly Mayor Has Zero Mercy on Trumps Fragile Ego

In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Former NFL football player Anquan Boldin, left, Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, center, and San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid, right, speak to the media outside the league’s headquarters after meetings in New York. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Eric Reid says he left AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after scrubbing a White House visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, President Donald Trump appeared to challenge a new NFL policy that requires players to stand if they’re on the field during the national anthem or stay in the locker room.Trump initially praised the policy after the NFL announced it last month.Seizing an opportunity to fan a culture war he has stoked, Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!”Instead of hailing Eagles players for their work on the field and in their community, the White House is staging a “Celebration of America” featuring music provided by U.S. military bands and choruses.“We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!” Trump tweeted.In a separate tweet, he named the championship teams that have visited the White House during his presidency, including the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots and some college sports teams.Trump’s announcement was the latest signal that tensions remain high around the NFL protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem. Kaepernick’s protest was intended to raise awareness around systemic racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police.Trump said in a statement Monday that some Eagles players “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”He said the team wanted to send a smaller delegation Tuesday, but “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”None of the Eagles took a knee during the anthem in 2017.One person set to attend the ceremony told The Associated Press less than half of the team’s 53-man roster planned to go to the White House. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the decision.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday criticized Trump’s decision and questioned Trump’s patriotism.“When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it’s really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form,” Kenney told CNN, referring to military deferments Trump obtained that kept him from being sent to Vietnam during the war.Kenney earlier had called Trump “a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he would not attend the ceremony and participate in a group photo to “to avoid being used as any kind of pawn.” In addition to Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long was the most outspoken player against going. Quarterback Carson Wentz had planned to attend.The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what prompted the change of plans and why the circumstances were different from other events honoring winning teams, such as the NFL’s New England Patriots. Some Patriots players boycotted the visit.Trump wrote on Twitter late Monday that “Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event.”Several players asked about Trump’s decision declined to respond. A statement from the Eagles did not directly addressing the White House cancellation.“Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration,” the team statement read. “We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.”Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said previously that he planned to skip the visit, responded with a series of tweets.“So many lies,” he wrote, adding, “Not many people were going to go.”Smith, who played with the Eagles before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in March, added: “No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem. … The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti-military.”He went on: “There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.”Trump praised the NFL’s new anthem policy after the league announced it last month. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Violations would result in fines against the teams.“I think that’s good,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview last month. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., invited the Eagles to visit Capitol Hill instead.“I’m proud of what the @Eagles accomplished this year. I’m skipping this political stunt at the White House and just invited the Eagles to Congress. @Eagles How about a tour of the Capitol?” he wrote.White House legislative director Marc Short told CNN he didn’t know who had canceled on whom, but said, “It’s unfortunate when politics gets in the middle of this.” read more

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Yahoo est prêt à intégrer Bing aux USA et au Canada

first_imgYahoo! est prêt à intégrer Bing aux USA et au CanadaDans quelques jours, au Canada et aux États-Unis, le moteur de recherche Yahoo! intégrera la recherche motorisée par Bing au sein de son portail. Un partenariat sur dix ans engagé en 2009 par les deux concurrents de Google.Yahoo! a annoncé sur son blog être sur le point d’effectuer la bascule de Bing dans son portail, pour les versions américaine et canadienne du moteur de recherche. A la fin de la semaine, les internautes des deux pays naviguant sur Yahoo! verront s’afficher des résultats de recherche exclusivement issus de Bing. Chose qui leur sera annoncée via une mention “Powered by Bing” inscrite en bas de page.Microsoft profitera des technologies de recherche de Yahoo! pour améliorer son moteur grâce à un partenariat qui concerne également le secteur de la publicité sur Internet. Yahoo! deviendra ainsi la régie exclusive des annonceurs achetant des liens sponsorisés aux deux sociétés.Si le projet Yahoo! Search Monkey va être partiellement stoppé, avec l’abandon de SearchMonkey developer tool, gallery, app préférences, Yahoo! tient à rassurer ses utilisateurs en assurant que les outils de recherche comme Site Explorer resteront opérationnels.D’après les derniers chiffres de ComScore, le duo Yahoo!/Microsoft représente aujourd’hui 32,7% du marché américain, tandis que les sites de Google se hissent à 61,6%. Aux États-Unis ce sont quelque 159 millions d’internautes qui seront concernés par ce partenariat. Il seront 15 millions à l’être au Canada.Le 18 août 2010 à 16:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ray Chavez oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest at

first_imgRay Chavez, oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor attack, laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetary Posted: December 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ray Chavez, also know as the oldest-surviving veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died at the age of 106, according to his family.Chavez’s family said he passed away last month peacefully in his sleep.Chavez was aboard the USS Condor in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, but was unhurt in the attack.Just a few hours before the aerial offensive, Chavez said his crew had seen a submarine in restricted waters. Although this sighting was reported to his command, he said no one seemed to realize at the time, that it was part of a much larger scheme to attack the United States.Chavez would later be assigned to an attack transport, responsible for taking troops in and out of combat zones in the South Pacific. When he was discharged in 1945, Chavez returned to San Diego, and worked as a landscaper, while raising his family. His daughter Kathleen said her father did not talk about his war experiences for 50 years.It was not until the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, that Chavez decided to break his silence. He attended the commemoration in Hawaii that year and has participated in the remembrance ceremonies in Oahu for each of the last five years.Ray Chavez does not like to talk too much about his feelings, however, he was clear about one thing; he would not hesitate to fight for his country again.Of survivors like her father, Kathleen Chavez said, “They deserve every ounce of adulation and respect because if it wasn’t for them, we’d be living in a whole, totally different United States and most people don’t even stop to think about that.”Just a day before the funeral service, Chavez’s great niece, Summer Serrano, remembered the life of Ray Chavez on Good Morning San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings December 13, 2018 Updated: 2:54 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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UPDATE Unemployment rate likely unchanged despite some job gains

first_imgClark County employers have added a net 900 jobs in the past 12 months, a small climb that likely left September’s unemployment rate at roughly 12 percent, Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department, reported on Tuesday.Professional and business services employers have added 1,000 jobs since September 2010, more than any other sector, while the leisure and hospitality industry shed 600 jobs.“Staffing agency employment has been trending up over the past few months, an encouraging sign,” Bailey wrote in his “Southwest Washington Labor Market News” report.Health care continues to be a major source of new jobs, adding 700 in Clark County in the past year.However, the construction sector, just like leisure and hospitality, has lost 600 jobs since September 2010.“Construction is still looking for a bottom,” Bailey said in a phone interview.‘A worrisome picture’The earliest realistic time line for the county’s economy to return to pre-recession employment levels is five years, according to an analysis by Bailey, and even then the odds aren’t good.To recover by 2016 and drive down the unemployment rate to 5 percent, the county’s job growth would have to average 4 percent a year, or 5,300 jobs annually. The county would have to create roughly 442 jobs per month to recover by 2016.There are no signs that such rapid growth is on the horizon, especially in light of the nation’s feeble recovery and of the European debt crisis.last_img read more

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Stepfather of teen in sexual assault case of selfproclaimed pastor arrested

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested the stepfather of a 13-year-old Lauderhill girl who, authorities said, was sexually assaulted dozens of times by him and a self-proclaimed pastor.Thirty-two-year-old Avo Roker was taken into custody on Saturday. He faces multiple counts of sexual assault involving a minor.According to an arrest affidavit, Roker molested the teen up to 65 times between December 2015 and December 2016.Police said Roker introduced his stepdaughter to self-proclaimed pastor Ricardo Strachan, who also sexually assaulted the girl.Strachan was arrested on Thursday and also remains in jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Vacant Sitka Hotel gets new owner remodel

first_imgTexas-based businessman Robert Petrie bought the Sitka Hotel about a month ago. He has big plans for the historic hotel like remodeling all the hotel rooms, adding apartments and putting in a completely new bar and restaurant. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)You’ve probably noticed the construction happening downtown on Lincoln Street. The Sitka Hotel has a new owner with big plans for the iconic building.After two years of vacancy, The Sitka Hotel needs a lot of work.Just ask James Dunnavant.“As you walk into the old part you can just smell it, and everything, like the carpet has got to come out it’s just really old …  and nasty, everybody smoking in their rooms for so many years,” Dunnavant said.Dunnavant is the foreman for Shaffer Construction. His company is working for new owner Robert Petrie, a Texas-based businessman who sees a lot of potential in the building. Petrie bought the historic hotel about a month ago and started renovations the same day.“It just has a lot of history to it and I hated to see it become dilapidated and unused,” Petrie said.The Sitka Hotel is best known for its saloon-style eatery Victoria’s Restaurant and its bar, the Pourhouse. The Lincoln Street hotel was built in 1939. Petrie says he’s going to maintain the historic feel of the structure during the remodel. He’s updating the restaurant and bar to have what he calls a “rustic but elegant feel.” Plans also call for some of the 43 rooms to turn into one- and two-bedroom apartments.“Housing’s at a premium, apartments, anything,” Petrie said. “It’s hard to find anything in Sitka right now.”Construction workers have already gutted the restaurant, bar and kitchen. Again, foreman Dunnavant.“The tentative plan is to remove some of these walls to give it more of an open floor space I don’t know if you remember how this bar was real narrow and everybody sort of funneled in,” Dunnavant said. “We want to open it up a little bit more and make it feel a little bit more comfortable.”(Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)The back addition of the building used to be apartments. That part was destroyed by a fire in 2006 and more recently rebuilt. The new area is staying the same. But the upstairs of the main hotel is getting a complete makeover.“It’s going to be a totally different facility – much more upscale,” Petrie said.Petrie says the new restaurant will seat some 100 patrons and serve upscale Alaskan fare such as king crab and caribou. He’s hoping to have the restaurant and bar open early next year, in time for the Super Bowl. But the hotel needs more work than he originally thought.“We’re running into a lot of issues with this building,” Petrie said. “We’re putting a new roof on it. We’re redoing the electric. We’re redoing the plumbing. We’re redoing the sprinkler system for the fire safety system. There are a lot of old things in here that we have to make new again.”In the meantime, workers are focused on adding cedar siding and a copper awning to the front of the building. Petrie wouldn’t reveal how much he paid for the hotel. But, he says, he’s investing more than $1 million in its remodel.Petrie owns an auto dealership and other businesses in Texas. This is his first hotel. He says he’s committed to the community, having bought a house here about a year ago.Former owners of the hotel owed the city more than $100,000 in unpaid sales and bed taxes. Sitka Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman says the city recouped all monies due when the sale went through.last_img read more

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Wipros Q1 net profit falls 6 sets services revenue target of 195

first_imgIndia’s IT services major Wipro Limited on Tuesday said its consolidated net profit for the first quarter (April-June period) for the financial year 2016-2017 fell 6 percent to Rs. 20.5 billion ($304 million) from the corresponding quarter a year ago.Total revenues of the company increased 11 percent to Rs. 136 billion ($2.0 billion) in the same period.IT Service SegmentThe IT Services segment revenue grew 7.6 percent to contribute $1,930.8 million of the total revenues. This was, in fact, close to the company’s higher range of guidance estimated between $1,901 million to $1,939 million in constant currency terms for Q1.”We have delivered revenues in line with our guidance,” said Wipro CEO Abidali Z. Neemuchwala.India’s third largest exporter of software services said the company looks to achieve a guidance value in revenues of $1,931 to $1,950 million for the July-September quarter of FY2017. On a sequential basis, the IT services segment revenues of the company rose 2.6 percent to $1,930.8 million in constant currency terms. However, on a year-over-year comparison, profit was lower by 3 percent to Rs. 23.3 billion ($345 million). IT services margin was 17.8 percent for the quarter, as compared to 19.7 percent for Q4 2015-16.”IT Services margins reflect the investments in rewarding our employees as well as the impact of consolidation of our acquisitions for the full quarter,” said CFO Jatin Dalal.HeadcountThe IT Services segment had a headcount of 173,863 as of June 30, 2016.Deal winsThe company said it added 50 new customers in Q1.Cash in handThe company’s cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2016, stood at Rs. 12,443 crore, up from Rs.9,904 crore at the end of previous quarter.Wipro stock priceThe Wipro stock closed at Rs. 549.40, down 0.47 percent from its previous close. The financial results were declared after trading hours on Tuesday.last_img read more

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