Sun top Sparks in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

first_imgJasmine Thomas scored 19 points, Jonquel Jones had 16 and Courtney Williams had 15 for the second-seeded Sun, who had a bye for the first two rounds.“We’ve been working toward this all season,” said Alyssa Thomas, who also had five assists and four of the team’s nine steals. “Our first goal was to secure at top-two seed. Single game elimination has not been good to us and we finally put ourselves in a position where we can play a series and we’re more than ready. We’re hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Candace Parker had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks, who knocked off defending champion Seattle in the second round.But the Sun forced the Sparks into 17 turnovers and Los Angeles’ starting backcourt of Riquna Williams and Chelsea Gray were a combined 3 of 17 from the floor. Becoming his own man Haaland hits 3 as Liverpool, Chelsea lose in Champions League This jewelry designer is also an architect Sparks: Los Angeles won two out of three from the Sun in the regular season, but fall to 1-2 in Connecticut.UP NEXTThe teams return to the Mohegan Sun arena on Thursday for Game 2 of the best-of-five series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wouldn’t say we came out slow, we actually came out really fast, unsettled, rushing shots, being too anxious to shoot instead of just getting settled,” said Jasmine Thomas. “She settled us. She took the ball, took over, got us going downhill.”Connecticut led by as many as 11 points in the second, before Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks back. She had 13 points in the half, hitting six of her seven shots as LA took a 40-37 lead into intermission.RESPE-CTConnecticut has used the predictions of pundits as motivation for the postseason, making promos using the Tweets of “experts” saying they don’t have a superstar and picking against them in the series. The team sold T-shirts in the arena Tuesday that read DisrespeCT, with the CT highlighted.“We’ve got All Stars; we’ve got the league’s best 3-point shooter,” said Jasmine Thomas. “I don’t know what it’s going to take to turn us into big names. But we can’t control that. We can’t control what people think about us. We can’t control what people say. But how we believe in ourselves in this locker room is what we feed off of. It’s what makes us special.”UNWELCOME BACKThis was Chiney Ogwumike’s first playoff game in Connecticut since the former Sun star was granted a trade to LA in the offseason. She was booed loudly when the lineups were announced and each time she touched the ball.“It’s sort of surreal,” said the younger Ogwumike, who finished with four points and four fouls in 15 minutes. “The first time I came back here they booed and I guess it hurt me a little bit, because this place meant so much to me. But I understand why. What I just learned is that for 40 minutes they are going boo, but afterward there is still a lot of love. At least, that’s what I’m leaning on.”TIP-INSSun: Connecticut has won 24 games this season, the most since 2012, which also happens to be the last time the franchise was in the conference semifinals. The team lost in the conference finals that year and has had just two playoff games since, losing to Phoenix in the first round each of the last two seasons. “We have a third and fourth, fifth person that’s capable of scoring points,” said Sparks first-year coach Derek Fisher. “But we couldn’t sustain it, particularly from our backcourt.”Connecticut trailed by three points at halftime, but scored the first nine points of the third quarter. A layup by Courtney Williams just before that quarter’s buzzer sent the Sun into the final 10 minutes up 59-58.Connecticut never trailed in the fourth. A key 3-pointer from Jones gave the Sun a seven-point lead with 4 minutes remaining and the home team outscored the Sparks 25-17 over the final 10 minutes.The Sun, who lost their final two regular-season games, had not played since Sept. 8 and missed their first four shots.But Alyssa Thomas quickly found her form, scoring the Sun’s first nine points and had 13 as Connecticut took a 21-14 lead after a quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)UNCASVILLE, Conn.  — Connecticut checked off the first box on its postseason to-do list: winning a playoff game for the first time since 2012.Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and the Sun opened the WNBA semifinals with an 84-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Babar Azam not comfortable with ‘Virat Kohli of Pakistan’ tag

first_imgPakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has played down his comparison with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, saying there is no similarity between the two.When quizzed by a fan on Twitter how he felt about being called the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Azam insisted that the comparison between the duo is not equivalent as the Indian skipper is a great batsman while he is just a beginner.”There is no comparison. Virat Kohli is a great batsman and I am just a beginner. But I would like to be recalled as [the] Babar Azam of Pakistan,” Azam wrote on Twitter while replying to one of his fans.Last year, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur also likened Azam with Kohli, saying the 22-year-old is an exceptional player and could perform as well as Kohli.”He [Azam] is a young gun who will be an exceptional player. I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.”Azam was called up to represent the green shirts during an ODI series against Zimbabwe, thus making an international debut on the home ground amidst Pakistan’s isolation as an international cricketing venue, the Dawn reported.In January, Azam became the joint-fastest player in history to score 1,000 career runs in one-day internationals when he struck a 100-ball 84 against Australia in the third ODI at the WACA, Perth.He reached the landmark in just 21 innings to join West Indies great Viv Richards, England’s Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott as well as South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.advertisementAzam has appeared in a total of 31 ODIs for Pakistan scoring 1,455 runs and nine Tests smashing 436 runs. He has also played eight T20s amassing 253 runs for the country. Ravindra Jadeja replaces Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to become No.1 all-rounder in ICC’s Test rankings.last_img read more

Lionel Messi hat-trick takes Argentina into World Cup, Uruguay and Colombia also qualify

first_imgUruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Peru clinch a spot in a playoff against New Zealand.Brazil had already qualified as group winners.Argentina, finalists three years ago but outside the qualifying spots going into their match against Ecuador, went behind in the first minute but an inspired Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to guarantee his side one of the three automatic qualifying spots still up for grabs.Uruguay also went behind, to an own goal from Gaston Silva after 24 minutes, but they bounced back with two goals either side of half time to secure second place in the 10-team South American group behind five-time World Cup winners Brazil.Martin Caceres, Edinson Cavani and two from Luis Suarez gave the home side a commanding lead before Diego Godin’s own goal made it 4-2.A second-half goal from Paolo Guerrero gave Peru the chance of a first World Cup appearance since 1982 when his brilliant free kick in Lima cancelled out the opener from James Rodriguez.Peru advanced to a playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand.Five-times champions Brazil had already qualified before their 3-0 win in Sao Paulo against Chile, who failed to qualify.Three second-half goals, one from Paulinho and two from Gabriel Jesus, saw the group leaders extend their unbeaten run in the qualifiers to 17 games.Paraguay also missed out when they lost 1-0 at home to bottom side Venezuela.last_img read more

Oklahoma State College GameDay schedule

first_imgHere is the official College GameDay schedule for Friday and Saturday:Friday9:30 AM — Live hit on SportsCenter10:30 AM — Live hit on SportsCenter1:30 PM — Live hit on SportsCenterSaturday6:45 AM — Live hit on SportsCenter7:00 AM — Live hit on SportsCenter8-11 AM — College GameDayh/t Keri PottsIf 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

Busso and Kensaku Oshiro’s Spring Day Valet

first_img Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain When you hear the word valet one often thinks of valet parking — or for those of you who watch Downton Abbey, you think of the Earl of Grantham’s valets, which in this case means male servant, John Bates and Thomas Barrow. In the case of Japanese-born Kensaku Oshiro’s Spring Day Valet, which was commissioned by the Italian company Busso, it refers to a valet stand, a piece of furniture used to hold men’s clothes.Now usually, a valet stand is made from wood and looks really old school — and not in a good way. The Spring Day Valet transforms your traditional valet stand into the present. Constructed with lacquered metal tubing, this valet, a minimalist garment rack, displays your suit — or any of your ensembles — with pride. Turn your clothes into a work of art or a decorative item.With the Spring Day Valet, who needs a stuffy old valet stand — or even their own John Bates or Thomas Barrow?last_img read more

CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS LOVE RULES ON SCHITTS CREEK STEPHANS HOMETOWN SHOUTOUT AND

first_imgRising Canadian star Stephan James might have had a stellar year after starring in the Oscar contender If Beale Street Could Talk and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Homecoming. But the inaugural winner of the CSAs new Radius Award had his mind on those who might be coming up behind him.”I want to dedicate this award to young Black boys and girls across this country.”Congratulations, @realstephj. You are a legend.Don’t miss a minute of the #CdnScreenAwards. Tune in now on https://t.co/N5IHgPn01q! pic.twitter.com/o3wNCk38xn— The Canadian Academy (@TheCdnAcademy) April 1, 2019“I want to dedicate this award to all the little black boys and girls across the country. Perhaps you are watching this now.  I want to tell you that your craziest dreams, your wildest imaginations are all possible no matter where you are, no matter where you come from. Scarborough to the world,” James declared as he accepted the fledgling honour, established to recognize a current talent “making waves globally.”Backstage, he spoke of the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, an initiative he and his brother Shamier Anderson have created to spotlight young filmmakers of colour“We’ve always wanted to try and trailblaze … and try and create the blueprint for young men and young women who look like us to be inspired by seeing themselves on the screen,” he explained.Women behind the lensAs the entertainment industry grapples with gender balance and increasing representation, a factoid off the top of Sunday’s ceremony was notable: 60 per cent of the night’s film nominees were directed by women. The awards show itself had an all-female writers’ room and was also directed by women. Login/Register With: The cast of Schitt’s Creek pose after winning best comedy series at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) Advertisement Advertisement A new wave of Canuck talent shared the stage with industry luminaries at Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards gala, which honoured current creators shaping the industry and paid tribute to Cancon trailblazers.The relatively speedy two-hour broadcast ceremony — the culmination of nearly a week’s worth of celebrations — awarded trophies in the remaining, high-profile cinema and television categories. As well, a quartet of special honourees were feted for their career achievements.Here’s a peek at a few notable moments from the night.Scarborough to the worldcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Number of children in care in Manitoba down but grand chief says

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsFor the first time since 2003, the number of children in care in Manitoba is down – but more needs to be done according to one grand chief.The province released a snapshot of its year-end report.According to the report there were 10,328 children in care as of March 31 – down by three per cent from 2017.87 per cent of these children are Indigenous.“We’re cautiously optimistic about these numbers,” said Heather Stefanson, minister of families.“It’s the first time in 15 years where the number of kids in care has declined. So we’re showing a positive trend here.”Stefanson said the numbers are down because there has been a decrease in apprehensions – and more children have been reunited with their families.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said the news numbers are encouraging.But only if children are going home.“It’s important that we actually have a full understanding as the exactly how you’ve decreased the number of children in care,” said Dumas. “Hopefully it’s not merely creative counting and hopefully not redefining whether someone is truly in care or not.”Dumas emphasized the need for the province to return jurisdiction of child welfar to First Nations.And he criticized the government for not working with Manitoba chiefs and the First Nations family advocate office.“Heavy handed changes from the provincial government on this file are not conducive to working with us,” he said.“We can’t have them on their own making these changes that are going to impact the lives and livelihood of our children.”The province said the full report will be released at the end of the week.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

CN Rail infrastructure workers ratify new contract with 14 per cent wage

Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canadian National Railway and the union representing 3,000 employees who inspect and maintain Canadian track, bridges and infrastructure say employees ratified a collective agreement that provides a 14 per cent wage increase over five years.Workers will also get a $1,000 signing bonus along with improved dental and health-care benefits, chiropractor treatments and travel allowances.United Steelworkers Local 2004 President Jean-Francois Migneault called it a “solid, fair agreement” that recognizes the contribution members make to the railway’s success.JJ Ruest, chief executive of CN Rail, says the agreement provides long-term stability as the country’s largest railway makes record investments in track and bridge infrastructure.The ratification comes days after the railway’s 2,100 mechanics, electricians and apprentices ratified a new contract that provided 11 per cent wage increases over four years.Bargaining continues for 3,300 other CN Rail workers at CNTL, Intermodal, and CN Savage Alberta Railway represented by Unifor National Council 4000 and CN Transportation Ltd. read more

Iraq UN pledges support for Prime Ministers national reconciliation plan

“At a time when violence and sectarian strife continue to mark the loss of life all across Iraq, it is important that the new government has chosen to widen the door for dialogue,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement issued in the name of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi. “All parties should see this as an opportunity for a new beginning and reinvigorate the spirit of national unity to ensure wise governance in the days ahead.” The statement said Mr. Al-Maliki’s efforts to reach out and consolidate the political process are fundamental to establishing the rule of law in Iraq. “The peaceful path of forgiveness and healing through amnesty, release of detainees, placing respect for human rights high on the agenda of the government, emphasizing the delivery of services to a long suffering people, and resolving the problem of militias amongst other critical issues outlined in the 24-point program, are vital steps towards stabilization and normalization of the situation in the country,” it added. “The United Nations stands by to place the necessary means and resources at its disposal, to facilitate and assist in the implementation of the issues outlined in the reconciliation project of the prime minister, in accordance with its mandate,” the statement concluded. read more

Une nouvelle espèce de crabe yéti découverte dans locéan Antarctique

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de crabe yéti découverte dans l’océan AntarctiqueDes chercheurs britanniques ont découvert dans les profondeurs de l’océan Antarctique une nouvelle espèce de crabe yéti. Une grande première alors que les scientifiques pensaient que ce type de crabes n’existaient que dans l’est du Pacifique.Un très grand nombre de spécimens d’une espèce de crabe yéti jusqu’alors inconnue ont été découverts par des scientifiques britanniques dans l’océan Antarctique. Ces crabes vivent autour d’évents volcaniques, et différent de ceux observés dans le Pacifique, surnommés yétis en raison des poils qui couvrent leurs longs bras. Cette espèce vivant dans l’Antarctique est dotée de bras courts, et c’est son ventre qui est velu, expliquent les chercheurs dans un article publié par la revue PloS Biology.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de Christmas”Le crabe se reproduit dans des densités énormes. Il est tout simplement incroyable de voir ces animaux littéralement entassés autour du flux diffus des évents. À certains endroits, ils ont atteint près de 600 individus par mètre carré” s’exclame le Dr Rogers, du Département de zoologie de l’Université d’Oxford.Ce crabe yéti n’est pas la seule espèce découverte qui a marqué la croisière de recherche des scientifiques britanniques. L’équipe a également observé de nouvelles espèces d’étoiles de mer, des bernacles, des anémones de mer, et même un poulpe. Tous vivent à une profondeur de 2.500 mètres environ et ont pu être découverts grâce à un robot sous-marin. “Ces sources accueillent des animaux qu’on ne trouve nulle part ailleurs sur la planète et qui tirent leur énergie non pas du soleil mais d’éléments chimiques tels que le sulfate d’hydrogène” explique Alex Rogers, chercheur de l’Université d’Oxford qui a dirigé cette étude.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kiwanis Club of Little Havana grants scholarships to 33 students

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several students received scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana.An event was held on Thursday in West Miami-Dade to grant 33 students their scholarships.The Kiwanis Club has granted over 500 scholarships since 1987.This is a part of the club’s focus on strengthening the community and promoting education.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Engaging with culture Native Charter School teacher nominated for Alaska Teacher of

first_imgDanielle Riha is a nominee for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year. She teaches at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The State Department of Education will pick Alaska’s teacher of the year next month.This week we’ll have profiles of each of the five finalists, from across the state.Danielle Riha teaches seventh and eighth grade at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. Riha’s career has been varied, transitioning from working in rural Alaska to helping open the charter school.Listen nowAfter getting a degree in physical therapy in her native Texas, Danielle Riha thought she’d only be in Alaska for a short time. She was working in Dutch Harbor for a summer on a fishing vessel in order to save up money for graduate school.“While I was playing ball with some kids at the rec center, the superintendent asked me if I wnated to substitute teach, and I told him, ‘No way! I am not teacher material. You don’t want me in your school,’” Riha said. “And he said, ‘Well, I’ll pay you $120 dollars a day.’ and I said CHA-CHING! Okay, let me do that.”She was wrong about not being teacher material.“Everybody at the school in Unalaska was like, ‘You’re a natural. You should become a teacher.’ And of course, I fell in love with Alaska,” Riha said. “I went to Anchorage, got my degree and went and taught in Togiak and New Stuyahok.”Riha admits that her introduction to rural Alaska was a little rocky.“I’m not gonna lie to you. My first year in Togiak was a really tough year,” Riha said. “I was spat at, people threw rocks at me, people said, ‘Go home, kass’uq!’ It was tough. I was not welcome. Parents wouldn’t come to teacher conferences. Parents wouldn’t shake my hand, because I was white. But that was my first year. My second year, people were at the airport — which is just a runway; there’s no real airport. And they were waiting for me to get off the plane because they were so happy I was back.”Riha says many Outside teachers only stay in rural communities for a year or less. Her determination to continue to teach won over the village.The strong relationship Riha had with rural Alaska and Alaska Native children is largely what led her to help establish the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. Riha had spent years developing curriculum in rural Alaska that helped keep the kids engaged by connecting lesson plans to Native customs.“So the kids weren’t connecting the base of the readers, they didn’t understand the curriculum and they weren’t learning. They were checked out,” Riha said. “So I had, in order to teach the elements of literature, I had elders come in and tell oral traditional stories. And I taught what a protagonist is, what an antagonist is. I taught everything through those stories. And I worked with some elders on math and science and subsistence things, like why did they design boats differently?”The Department of Education described Riha’s dedication to helping build the charter school from the ground up as the reason she was nominated for Teacher of the Year.These days, Riha spends her time teaching seventh and eighth grade language arts, social studies, science and math. She says she’s happy she’s made lasting relationships with her students.“And they all come to my school and they all volunteer and they all tell my kids to listen to me and to participate,” Riha said. “So my kids see these older kids come back all the time, and they’re just like, ‘Wow! I’m gonna be like them.’”Riha says she’s proud she’s been able to help mold students into passionate community members who aren’t afraid to voice their perspectives.last_img read more

UN prepares ground for Yemen peace talks

first_imgIranians carry placards as they demonstrate in front of the UN office in Tehran on 20 November 2018, in support of the Yemen people. Photo: AFPUN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing Tuesday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden, after fresh fighting shook the flashpoint city of Hodeida.Griffiths—whose efforts at kickstarting peace talks collapsed in September—is again trying to get the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government to the negotiating table by the end of the year.He is expected to meet with Huthi officials in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday.Both sides have in the past week expressed their support for the envoy and his mission to hold talks in Stockholm, but fierce clashes erupted in the Red Sea city of Hodeida late Monday after a lull.Military officials said the battles were the worst since loyalists halted an offensive last week, and were concentrated in the eastern part of the city where rebels fired artillery.Pro-government forces struck back, supported by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition which launched a dozen raids, the sources said.According to Huthi-run media, clashes lasted up to four hours and resulted in fatalities.The city was relatively calm on Tuesday morning, according to an AFP correspondent who spoke to residents by telephone from Khokha about 100 kilometres (62 miles) away.Call for truce – On Monday, Britain presented to the UN Security Council a draft resolution urging an immediate truce in Hodeida, whose port serves as an entry point to nearly all imports and humanitarian aid to the impoverished country.The draft, circulated by Britain to the 14 other council members and seen by AFP, sets a two-week deadline for the warring sides to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid.The proposed resolution would significantly ratchet up pressure on the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthis to seek a negotiated settlement in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.It also calls for a large injection of foreign currency to support Yemen’s collapsing currency and for salaries of civil servants, teachers, and health workers to be paid within a month.Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Huthi rebels’ Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted on Monday that he wanted his group to announce “readiness to suspend and halt all military operations” and stop firing missiles on Saudi Arabia.Riyadh also lent its support to new talks.Saudi King Salman told the Shura Council, his country’s top advisory body, that the kingdom backed a “political solution” and a “comprehensive national dialogue” in Yemen.Multiple past attempts to hold negotiations between the government alliance and Huthis have failed.Griffiths said on Monday he hoped the rivals would meet in Sweden “within the next few weeks”. No date has yet been set.‘Stop selling weapons’ – The Huthis seized Sanaa in late 2014, when they also took control of Hodeida and its port.A year later, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war to bolster Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.Both parties in the conflict stand accused of acts that could amount to war crimes.Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on France to address laws-of-war violations with the UAE—a key member of the Saudi-led coalition—during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s visit to Paris on 21 November.“If president (Emmanuel) Macron is truly concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, he should tell the crown prince that France will stop selling weapons to the UAE if there’s a real risk of their unlawful use,” said Benedicte Jeannerod, HRW’s director for France.Although Western governments have condemned civilian deaths in Yemen, they remain political and military backers of Saudi Arabia, which is a regional ally and spends billions of dollars on arms from the United States, Britain and France.The World Health Organization says nearly 10,000 people—mostly civilians—have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi intervention in March 2015, but rights groups believe the toll may be five times higher.The World Food Programme says up to 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation.On Monday, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced they would each give $250 million in aid to the war-ravaged country to support more than 10 million people.last_img read more

Valerie Ervin Drops Bid for House Seat in Marylands 8th District

first_imgFormer Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin. (Twitter Photo)Former Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin has halted her campaign for the House of Representatives seat in the state’s 8th District.Ervin, the first Black woman elected to Montgomery County’s council, cited a lack of funds as the reason for ending her campaign.In an e-mail sent to supporters, the Democrat detailed the struggle she faced while attempting to get her campaign moving.“In politics today, fundraising is the sign of a campaign’s viability,” she wrote. “Not your ideas about how to serve your constituents, not your track record of service, not even the groundswell of grassroots support—but your ability to raise money. And unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to raise enough.”Ervin announced July 1 that she would run for the seat after its current holder, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, began a campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Mikulski plans to retire when her term ends.Ervin served on the Montgomery County Council from 2006 until 2014. She left the Council to become the executive director of the New York-based Center for Working Families, where she remained for 14 months.Ervin has not detailed her future plans. State Sen. Jamie Raskin, William Jawando, State Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Kathleen Matthews remain in the race for the seat.last_img read more

Movement is Medicine Moving into the Community

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO“Last set, best set,” Mark Harding says, his legs taped together.He’s doing resistance training at MedStar Good Samaritan’s gymnasium.Each step up, each step out, stretching against the tape, is as smooth and even as when he started. Things are going so well Harding will be able to complete a full circuit of the gymnasium track unassisted. He came in on this day with a walker.Anthony Watters takes Mark Harding through a series of exercises to improve his strength and coordination.Harding is recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a long period of hypoxia. The loss of oxygen to his brain had taken away a lot of his coordination.At his side through the whole process in Anthony Watters, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).“We want to make him (as) functional as possible, it’s hard to gauge how much he can progress because we haven’t been doing this in the clinical setting long enough,” Watters told the AFRO. “My goal is to have him interact and be a part of the greater community again and not be confined to his home or a hospital space. And I think we’re making tremendous strides toward that.”Before the one-on-one with Harding, Watters had been leading a Rock Steady Boxing class, an innovative program that research indicates is helpful for treating other neurodegenerative symptoms that come with disorders like Parkinson’s disease.Anthony Watters takes Mark Harding through a series of exercises to improve his strength and coordination.The pace is slowed down, but Watters is taking his students with Parkinson’s through the complicated footwork of jump rope ladders and the advance across the classroom ends with each student putting a solid and satisfying knee into a heavy bag.“Movement is medicine,” is the mantra. And Watters wants to take his experience and practices to the larger community of Baltimore.He’s created the brand Drink More Watters as a start.“It’s a lifestyle brand that uses exercise, water, lifestyle and culture to create healthier communities,” Watters said.Watters’ particular approach has caught the eye and the funding of Baltimore Corps, a fellowship with the mission to “enlist talent to accelerate social innovation in Baltimore and advance a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice.”Watters is one of Baltimore Corps’s 15 Elevation Awardees. He now has a $10,000 grant to get his business and brand started.“Along with the money though, more importantly in my opinion, is the workshopping, engagement, assistance, everything that they do to help you be successful,” Watters said.He’s already publishing through DrinkMoreWatters.com, most recently about navigating Baltimore’s overlapping food deserts.But, in addition to hydration and nutrition, Watters hopes to save lives with exercise. Watters explained. He said that while lives lost to violence in Baltimore are high, deaths from heart disease and stroke, and the complications that come with a sedentary lifestyle, eclipse those figures.Watters hopes to take his message and practice of diet and exercise into his community, looking to expand on the results that the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) achieved by funding similar programs in the YMCA.“If we do this and we use exercise, we can have better health outcomes, but save insurance companies money, save hospitals money, but most importantly, save the people money, the community money, the patient’s money,” Watters said. “Healthcare is becoming ridiculously expensive and exercise is a low overhead modality that we can use to effect change.”last_img read more

Blending New and Old Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

first_img Today Microsoft unveiled what it says will be a unifying platform across more devices than ever before: Windows 10.The new operating system, which won’t be available until next year, is designed for desktop and mobile devices that use either a keyboard and mouse or a touch interface. Terry Myerson, head of the company’s operating systems group, said it will be a “one application platform” with a single store and “one way for applications to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.”With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to merge the best part of its touch-focused Windows 8, which alienated some traditional Windows users, with an experience similar to its well-received Windows 7. “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience… at the right time,” he said. The new operating system will have a universal search feature and a revamped Start menu.Related: Microsoft Accidentally Teases Windows 9, Quickly Deletes PostFor enterprise customers, Myerson said the new operating system would include all of the tools they’ve come to expect and be compatible with management systems already in place. He also said Windows 10 offered a “novel approach of separating corporate and personal data” across devices — a pitch aimed at companies worried about the messy entanglement of business and personal information stored on many employees’ computers and smartphones.In a live demonstration today in San Francisco, the company showed off the new Start Menu with customizable tiles and a universal search feature that also pulls in web results, similar to Spotlight on OS X.”We’re looking to find the balance, so that all the Windows 7 users get a familiar experience on the devices they already have,” said Joe Belifore, corporate vice president of operating systems. “It gives the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8.”Some of the other features Belifore showed off have an emphasis on productivity, including a new “task view” button that shows all apps currently open and gives users options to use multiple desktops, similar to Expose in OS X.Related: In Risky Move, Microsoft to Open NYC Flagship Right Near Apple’sOther new productivity features let users run different apps in different desktops to keep things organized and the “Snap Assistant” lets users rearrange apps from multiple desktops and snap them into place, just like in Windows 7.Belifore demonstrated another feature called “Continuum” designed to make the integration of touch and traditional keyboard and mouse interfacing more seamless in two-in-one devices.Windows 10 will be released sometime in 2015 after Microsoft’s Build Conference in April, but the company is asking for customer feedback through its Windows Insider Program.Related: Using Wearable Devices to Help Promote Employee Wellness  Listen Now 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens September 30, 2014last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Guests can now book re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGuests can now book reservations for the newest on site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Built around a lush, tropical lagoon and cascading waterfall, the new 1000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms to 5200.Guests will be captivated by a vivid retreat that evokes a free-spirited, Caribbean sense of ease with a modern yet timeless feel. The unforgettable island escape will feature Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, zero-entry pool at 1486 square metres, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.The hotel’s unique dining experiences include:Amatista Cookhouse: a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with an open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining.Strong Water Tavern: a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s waterfall and offering a tapas-style menu and a one-of-a-kind cocktail journey.Drhum Club Kantine: a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails.New Dutch Trading Co.: a quick-service marketplace.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Travellers booking flights to India are most likel

first_imgTravellers booking flights to India are most likely to travel to the southern state of Kerala, it has been suggested.Figures from Mahindra Homestays have revealed that over half of its bookings to India from the UK are for the region, which was followed by Rajasthan and Delhi.Kerala received three times as many bookings as its closest rivals, with holidaymakers being tempted by the range of attractions in the state.Japa Ghosh, Mahindra Homestays head of marketing, said that travellers are attracted to the region’s homestays, which often allows them to sample home-cooked Indian cuisine.”The survey reinforces our initial belief that UK consumers want an affordable holiday experience and are keen to discover the ‘real’ India by staying in private homes,” the expert commented.People who have booked flights to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kochi or Kozhikode can stay in a homestead for an average of £44 per night.Kerala, which is noted for its impressive coastline and the beach resorts of Varkala and Kovalam, has a population of 31.8 million.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedA first-timer’s guide to holidays in IndiaIf you’ve never been to India before then it might seem like a daunting destination. You may have heard things about the crowds, the heady mix of nose-tingling spices, the fairytale architecture surrounded by packed, chaotic streets. Planning a holiday to India may feel like a challenge, so what are…Flight searches on handheld devices increases by 152% in 2014Brits feel more confident than ever before with booking flights on the goWhen is the best time to visit India?The subcontinent of India has been capturing the hearts and minds of travellers for years. Colourful spice markets, elegant palaces and a rich cultural heritage make this a dream destination for everyone from budget backpackers to bourgeois yogis looking to find themselves.   Ladakh and the HimalayasFebruary to MayAgra and…last_img read more

Three suspected burglars arrested

first_imgPolice on Tuesday evening arrested three persons in connection with various burglaries in Paphos.The two men, aged 36 and 24, and a 36-year-old woman were in a car which was moving suspiciously when officers stopped the vehicle in Peyia.Masks, watches, earrings and €495 in cash were found in the car, as well as receipts for the sale of jewellery to a company in Paphos.The suspects’ apartment was also searched and another 21 receipts for the sale of jewellery were discovered.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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