Eliminate Distractions And Do Good Work

first_imgYou don’t really need to be interrupted every time someone calls you. You worry about not picking up the phone because you are afraid you will miss something. If what you are doing is really important, it is better that you give it your full, undivided attention. If you can’t miss a call, set up a voice mail message indicating who your caller should contact in your absence, or tell them to call back immediately if what they need is urgent.You don’t need to know that you have received a text message the minute you receive it. Many of the text messages you receive don’t rise to level of requiring your immediate attention. By responding in real-time, you are giving everyone you know permission to interrupt you at any time. This means everything and everyone is more important than what you were doing.You are allowed to close your email. You can close it for hours at a time. No lives will be lost. Nowhere on your job description is their even a hint that you primary duties require that you respond to email in real-time. Email isn’t your job; it’s a tool. Two hours from now, all of the emails that have come into your inbox will be there for you.Can you imagine being surrounded by people, each of them tapping you on the shoulder to gain your attention one after another? How productive can you be when you are interrupted every few minutes? How can you do quality work when you won’t give yourself permission to turn off all distractions long enough to give yourself over to your work?There is some work you do where it will be okay to allow yourself to be distracted. To do the best work your capable of, you must eliminate distractions. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Slideshow: PETA’s crusade against animal research

first_img Dustin Quasar/Flickr anyaivanova/iStock 1996: PETA convinces Gillette to adopt a moratorium on animal testing by holding stock shares and proposing shareholder resolutions at the company’s annual meetings. PETA 2013: PETA launches its International Science Consortium, which promotes and funds animal alternatives in biomedical research. PETA 1981: Pacheco goes undercover at a Silver Spring, Maryland, monkey laboratory, exposing injured animals being kept in filthy conditions. The lead scientist is charged with animal cruelty, the first such conviction for a U.S. researcher. ( 1989: PETA supporters don rabbit suits to persuade several major companies to stop testing on animals. 1992: PETA targets factory farms, launching an undercover investigation into foie gras production that leads to a police raid. 1980: PETA is founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco. It organizes its first protest against animal research: “World Day for Laboratory Animals.” 2014: PETA protests maternal deprivation experiments at a National Institutes of Health monkey lab with hundreds of ads and disruptions at scientific conferences. Campaign spurs four federal lawmakers to http://news.sciencemag.or Since its founding in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sought to end animal research. Its tactics have changed over the years, as have its targets, which have broadened to include fast food, factory farms, and the cosmetics industry. 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PETA David Shankbone/Flickr PETA PETA 1986: A Maryland laboratory stops putting chimpanzees in isolation chambers after PETA protests. 2010: PETA activists strip down to protest wearing fur, taking to the streets with signs reading “Love in, fur out.” 1980: PETA is founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco. It organizes its first protest against animal research: “World Day for Laboratory Animals.” center_img 2009: PETA targets the University of Wisconsin, Madison, labs for using cats in sound localization experiments. The campaign involves bus ads and protests. 2014: After international protests by PETA, China Southern Airlines announces that it will “stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights.” Mark Lennihan/AP Images 1994: PETA targets the fur industry, with supporters occupying the office of designer Calvin Klein in New York. 2010: Justin Goodman becomes an associate director of research at PETA. He soon begins publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting at meetings. PETA 2012: PETA donates simulators to Egypt so the country will stop using animals in medical trauma training. Steve Rhodes/Flickr PETA 2008: PETA announces a $1 million prize for lab-grown meat, but abandons the prize in 2014, citing lack of interest. PETA ‹› PETA PETA PETA PETA 2011: PETA files a lawsuit in federal court claiming that SeaWorld orcas are “slaves” under the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. PETA Slideshow: PETA’s crusade against animal research By David GrimmJan. 22, 2015 , 2:00 PM 2014: PETA protests maternal deprivation experiments at a National Institutes of Health monkey lab with hundreds of ads and disruptions at scientific conferences. Campaign spurs four federal lawmakers to http://news.sciencemag.or last_img read more

Foreign Art Comes Calling

first_imgIn recent years, Mumbai, the mecca of Indian capitalism, has begun opening its fat wallet to art. But art critics and observers have noticed a noticeable bias toward the works of foreign artists, especially pieces with Indian touches.Renowned for its unique black-and-white-prints, Mitterbedi’s studio at Colaba in South Mumbai is a favorite haunt of artist-photographers. Gayatri Bedi, a daughter of the proprietor of this 52-year-old studio, is struck by the heightened interest in foreign artists in the city.  Scene from Julien Mulot’s monologue.Having worked with famed photographers of Indian as well as foreign origins, Bedi is astonished by the extent the media and the public are stirred by exhibitions of foreign artists, as opposed to Indian ones “If the art is great, or the artist famous, it would be make sense,” says Bedi, shaking her head. “But lately, we’ve seen so many mediocre works drum up immense publicity simply on the strength of the origin of the artist.”Indian exhibitions are particularly advantageous for foreign artists, she says: “For photographers, it’s definitely a lot cheaper to have their prints done here and if they’re displaying their works in local galleries and can manage a good media response, then often the studios may not even charge them anything at all in exchange for a bit of the limelight.”Art critic Abhijit Tamhane concedes the media are exceedingly generous with foreign artists, perhaps out of the inherent Indian hospitality toward guests: “I would have to admit that the local media seems to adopt a nicer attitude towards foreign artists exhibiting here as compared to local artists.”Australian Photographer Sam Phelps Inspired by a friend’s observation that the appearance and tools of Mumbai’s fire-brigade may well be the last remnants of the city’s history in this rapidly-advancing metro, Phelps decided to capture this historical record on film. Although his previous background was in the area of fashion and commercial photography, one glimpse of the Mumbai fire-brigade was enough to entice this photographer to spend over a month in the Indian business-capital, which, he says, “took a lot of getting used to.” In the end, however, Phelps found that putting up with the, “stench of open sewage,” was well worth it.Eager to take in the Indian experience when he first arrived in Mumbai, Phelps says, he experimented with different Indian cuisines, including dining at street-stalls, which he doesn’t recommend, after he “ended up spending days in bed with a bad stomach-bug.” Even so, Phelps enthusiastically recommends Mumbai’s restaurants, “Indian cuisine has so many complex and delicate flavors,” raving about a dosa diner he visited near Victoria Terminal station in South Mumbai. Sam Phelps: Putting up with the “stench of open sewage,” was well worth it. Securing official permissions didn’t pose a problem for the Australian photographer, who rather enjoyed the “smooth process” of working in Mumbai. Mumbaites might raise their eyebrows, but somehow, Phelps had it easy: “I met the chief of the fire-brigade, gave a presentation of my work and stated my intent. He liked the idea, signed a permission form and allowed me access to all area, including the burnt-out shell of buildings.”Phelps was overwhelmed by the publicity his exhibition at the Piramal Gallery of Mumbai’s prominent National Centre of Performing Arts at Nariman Point generated. The gallery is well-known for its displays, which have included the works of leading Indian and international artists and houses a rare collection of the works of renowned photographers, such as Judith Mara Gutman, August Sander, Asvin Mehta and Raghubir Singh.“I had about five interviews and articles printed,” said Phelps, noting that the subject drummed up immense public curiosity. Stunned at the revelation that firemen figured “pretty-low on the Indian social-ladder,” Phelps claims that people who came to the show “thanked him for depicting these guys as heroes,” adding, “A lot of professional photographers attended and surprisingly there were many delightful accounts of the display in the press.” He limited seven prints of each fire-brigade portrait, priced upwards of $200 each.French Dramatist Julien Mulot Julien Mulot (left) with Fanny Gloux. Julien Mulot came to India on a holiday with friends a few years ago. He was so moved by the country that he decided to stay for personal insight – to see the country, not as a tourist, but as a resident. Though his travels had taken him to cities like Varanasi and Goa, he decided to live in Mumbai as, “this Indian city offers the closest parallel to Western life.”But his experiences in those two years, which he spent in Malad were so “intoxicating,” says Mulot, that, “I wanted to share them and when destiny led me to Fanny Gloux, who had some directorial experience to offer, we thought it would be a good idea to work on a monologue that captures a foreigner’s experiences in Mumbai.”Gloux explained that the first half of Des etoiles sur la terre, the monologue that Mulot eventually staged, “was written totally out of Julien’s experiences in the city, which most foreigners who stay here would relate with.” Gayatri Bedi: “Lately, we’ve seen so many mediocre works drum up immense publicity simply on the strength of the origin of the artist.” Mulot said it was really hard for him to get used to the noise of the city’s traffic. “Living in Malad,” Mulot admits, “is not like living in Colaba, and sometimes I’d even walk past cattle on the road.” Mulot’s monologue chronicles his observation of the hectic pace of Mumbai. Running his hand through his dark hair, Mulot shakes his head as he speaks of, “the clubs, the parties, the night-life, the work, the beggars, the heat…”Mulot was also captivated by the eunuchs on Mumbai’s streets and the fact that they have social and religious relevance in India, which he says, “they wouldn’t in any other part of the world.” Mulot followed a member of this group, video-taping, “Simran’s experiences,” which eventually formed some of the graphic images that were flashed on the screen as Mulot delivered his dialogue.Gloux is staying on in Mumbai as a consequence of her banker-husband’s work assignment, but Mulot candidly admits that he’s glad to be returning to France soon to continue his career. “It’s a crazy city,” says Mulot who enjoyed the experience of exploring Mumbai at a deeper level. One episode he recalls in his narrative is about a beggar girl who was thrilled to receive a little attention from him, because, “people here are so indifferent that they would not stop for a second to talk to a little girl selling flags or just holding her small hand out for alms.”Although his show attracted many French expatriates, Mulot was stunned to discover that it also caught the attention of the media and Indian audiences as well. Though the whole monologue was delivered in French and subtitled in English, Mulot also spoke a few lines in Hindi.Mulot chose the Alliance Francaise Theater to stage his monologue about India simply because, he felt, it would probably “speak more to a French audience.” But the response he received and the curiosity it generated locally, led him to consider local theaters the next time around. Olaf Van Cleef: “Every time we visited a temple, I would marvel at the statues of Indian deities, which are usually adorned with a lot of jewelry from head to toe.”Jeweler Olaf Van CleefScion of the Van Cleef dynasty (of Van Cleef & Arpels) whose association with jewelry goes back over a century, Olaf Van Cleef has been visiting India for over 35 years now. Van Cleef says that it was his love for jewelry that drew him to recreate the images of Indian Gods and Goddesses. “Every time we visited a temple, I would marvel at the statues of Indian deities, which are usually adorned with a lot of jewelry from head to toe,” says Van Cleef, explaining that his love for jewelry may have been inherent, as his mother would sport five carats of diamonds on one hand and seven carats on the other.Van Cleef’s love extends to all quarters of India, especially to Pondicherry, which he feels is the most spiritual part of the country, though he also has fond memories of, “the spice market at Cochin and the Elephant market near Patna.”Of Mumbai, Van Cleef says, “I love Mumbai, especially sights like the sunrise at the Gateway of India near the Taj Mahal Hotel, the parrots and the many stalls at Crawford Market and the glimmering Zaveri Bazaar.” Van Cleef has been exhibiting his works in India for some time now, but Mumbai had never been a destination of choice for such exhibits. However, this year, Van Cleef chose to display at an exhibition hosted by the Concern India Foundation and to give all its proceeds to the foundation for its programs.Speaking of Van Cleef’s work, Manob Tagore, a close-friend of the artist and a descendant of the illustrious Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, said, “It’s amazing to watch how Olaf’s art captivates visitors at the gallery.” Tagore said people stop and stare at the works on display, “almost as though they are entranced and they marvel at the vibrancy of the stunning colors.”Van Cleef has experienced the awe that Tagore speaks of. “Many times, visitors cannot believe that I use candy-wrappers of 1 mm size to decorate these paintings,” he remarks, explaining that his Indian collection of deities and architectural works are “ornamented with chocolate-wrappers from all around the world and then crystallized by elements of Swarovski crystals.”Tagore is not sure if it’s the Hindu figurines or Indian architecture or simply the bright and striking workmanship that draws Indians to Van Cleefs’ work. “The first time I saw these creations, I was so awe-stricken by this man’s genuine love for our country that I was the one who suggested he exhibit his work,” said Tagore.ABHIJIT TAMHANEART CRITICWith his extensive experience in the Mumbai art scene over the last decade, Abhijit Tamhane feels that the sudden influx of foreign artists into India is a part of the, “globalization process.” But there are, he says, other forces at play as well:A higher degree of professionalism: With advancements in the city and improvements in the field of photography and photo-developing, foreigners feel secure that they can get quality finishing done in India now, so there many foreign photographers are keen to test the waters of Mumbai for their art. Abhijit Tamhane: “There is an obvious preference for art that is created by foreigners, but that contains an Indian element in it.”Improvements in Galleries: During the last decade Mumbai galleries have risen to par with Western counterparts and curators at such galleries are also much more knowledgeable about the art they display. Hence, artists can arrange high-quality displays for their wares and ensure that they are priced suitably.Audience responses: The main appeal for an artist, however, is the public response and here, Tamhane says, Mumbaites have picked up a lot about art in the past decade, although he acknowledges readily that they still have much to learn. “The public is opening up to the World of Art,” says Tamhane, “and yes, there is an obvious preference for art that is created by foreigners, but that contains an Indian element in it.” Tamhane believes that “in the case of Art, certain sections of Mumbai’s population enjoys the story in the art or the overseas-based artists’ perspective on India.”He says that often a foreign perspective is interesting in art: it may be simplistically created, but the subject of the work has a great story and a deeper sentiment, which adds value to the art. Related Itemslast_img read more

Cone on freethrow disparity: Ginebra was the ‘more aggressive’ team

first_imghttp://sports.inquirer.net/files/2017/09/Ginebra-vs-Blackwater_9531.jpgGinebra head coach Tim Cone had no qualms about the glaring free throw disparity between his team and TNT in Game 3 of their semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday.The Gin Kings, who are now a win away from a Finals berth, had 43 free throw attempts and converted 30 of them, while the KaTropa had just 14 tries on the charity stripe and made 12 of those shots.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cone added his team was the one that got the short end of the officiating stick back in Game 2 when the KaTropa had 35 free throws while all they had were 18 attempts.READ: Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’ The league’s winningest coach said it’s all a give and take affair in terms of free throw shooting.“We gave up 35 free throws in Game 2… they were the more aggressive team in Game 2,” said Cone of TNT. “I wasn’t happy with the officiating in Game 2 because they [the KaTropa] were beating us up. They were grabbing and holding Greg [Slaughter] and doing all kinds of stuff and they weren’t able to do that today.”READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ View comments “We went to the line a lot because we were the more aggressive team tonight,” said Cone at Smart Araneta Coliseum after their 106-103 win. “I don’t care what TNT may say, that’s the way it is.”READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT also committed more fouls than the Gin Kings tallying 30 infractions, seven more than what Ginebra had.“You are the more aggressive team, you can get to the free throw line. I’m okay with the free throws.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We’ll see what happens in Game 4, but to me it’s just tit for tat.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advances to China Open semis Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Khali aids Mahal to retain WWE title at WWE Battleground

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away MOST READ It was already a tough draw for Orton, with the Singh brothers interjecting themselves numerous times in the match but tried his best to fend off the interference. He even punched Samir Singh out of his way and forced the latter to crash to the announce table on the outside.But the number’s gain was just too much to fight through, with Mahal keeping the title in his grasp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the night’s other matches, John Cena bested Rusev in their flag match, finishing his Bulgarian foe with an Attitude Adjustment on a pair of tables before erecting the flag of the USA on the podium.Kevin Owens also reclaimed the WWE United States Championship after turning AJ Styles’ crossface into a pin to stun his fierce rival. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ In the kickoff show, Aiden English beat Tye Dillinger after nailing the Director’s Cut. IDL The New Day became the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions, topping The Usos after Kofi Kingston nailed Jimmy Uso with the Trouble in Paradise, followed by Xavier Woods connecting with the Elbow Drop.Natalya also earned her title shot at SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi after outlasting four other contenders in their five-woman elimination match.The Queen of Harts got her knees up on Charlotte’s moonsault and followed it with a small package to drive the latter’s head to the bottom turnbuckle, scoring the pinfall. Becky Lynch, Lana, and Tamina were also part of the match but got eliminated early.Baron Corbin disqualified himself in his match against Shinsuke Nakamura, nailing the King of Strong Style with a lowblow before attacking him with his Money in the Bank briefcase and connecting with the End of Days in a post-match attack.Sami Zayn gained a measure of retribution against Mike Kanellis, hitting the Helluva Kick for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Jinder Mahal successfully defends his WWE Championship, outlasting Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match with the aid of The Great Khali. Photo by WWE.comThe Great Khali made his shocking return and assisted Jinder Mahal to successfully defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia.With the Viper sensing victory, the Indian giant came out and rocked the outer cell to force Orton back in the prison. There, Khali choked Orton from the outside, allowing Mahal to climb out of the cell and win the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

England tops ICC ODI rankings

first_imgThere was a bit of upheaval in the International Cricket Council (ICC) team rankings on Wednesday following the annual update as England displaced four-time world champions Australia from the One-day International perch and South Africa replaced England as the number one Twenty20 team.Australia lost their numero uno position on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship for the first time in three years, since September 2009, following an annual update which took place on Wednesday.Australia now have 112 rating points and have fallen to fourth spot which is their lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002 as their outstanding record of 30 wins and eight defeats from 40 ODIs in 2009-10 does not reflect any longer after the update.England, with 121 points, have become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point while twice world champion India are third with 120 points – just one point behind England. Australia trail England by nine points.The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the championship tables continue to reflect recent form. As such, the new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.This is the first time England have topped the ODI Championship table since it was launched in 2002. It is also the first time England can claim to be the top ODI team since January 1996, after the rankings are applied retrospectively.Below the top four, the ODI rankings are unchanged. However, the gap between seventhplaced West Indies and eighthranked New Zealand has grown from six to 20 points while ninth-placed Bangladesh are now only three points behind New Zealand.advertisementOn the Twenty20 International Championship table, South Africa have replaced England as the numberone ranked side on after the annual update.However, the number-one T20 ranking, like in the current Test and forthcoming ODI series, will be up for grabs when reigning World Twenty20 champions England and South Africa go head to head in a three-match T20I series starting on September 8 in Chester-le-Street, England.last_img read more

Solo to run for U.S. Soccer presidency

first_imgUnited States U.S. Soccer’s best Hope? Solo announces run for federation presidency Alec Brzezinski Last updated 1 year ago 13:15 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Hope Solo USWNT Olympics 08092016 Erich Schlegel United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Costa Rica The controversial long-time U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper has announced her plans to run for the federation’s presidency The U.S. Soccer Federation will have a new president in 2018, and controversial former women’s international goalkeeper Hope Solo has thrown her name in for consideration.U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced on Monday that he would not run for re-election after watching the men’s team fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The 58-year-old has served as president since 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Solo, who earned 202 USWNT caps up until 2016, revealed via Facebook on Thursday that she plans to run, laying out a plan to help the country succeed in soccer, having failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. “Ever since I was a young girl, all I ever wanted to do was to play soccer for the United States at the highest level,” Solo wrote. “I wanted to win a Word Cup and play in the Olympic Games. What we have lost in America is belief in our system, in our coaches, in our talent pool, and in the governance of U.S. Soccer. We now must refocus our goals and come together as a soccer community to bring about the changes we desire.”The time for talking is over. I have been traveling internationally learning and speaking about many of these issues. I have met with foreign national soccer teams, player associations and unions.”I have met with Presidents and members of the United Nations to discuss leadership and the importance of sport in the world order.”Through all of these experiences, I have learned that it is the responsibility of those in leadership positions who have the ability to change policy to stop giving lip service to the issues, but to instead, execute and take the actions required to affect real change.”Given the opportunity, as President of the USSF, I will make these changes.”Solo later described a four-part campaign plan, including women’s equality, which is an issue she has been outspoken about throughout her playing career.”Soccer is the world’s game, and I want to share it with all of America,” the 36-year-old added.The 36-year-old comes with her fare share of controversial moments as well, including a six-month suspension from the U.S. national team for her now-infamous “cowards” comments following her team’s Olympic elimination at the hands of Sweden.last_img read more

Ruby Walsh to make return from broken leg as Cheltenham Festival nears

first_img Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 7 March Support The Guardian Talking Horses: Gronkowski ready to take first steps to Kentucky Derby “I think I could be in Thurles, where Willie [Mullins, his main employer] has a couple of entries in the maiden hurdles,” Walsh said. “It’s risk versus reward. I suppose for me, for the past 15 and a half weeks, the reward has always been the Supreme, so it’s how many risks do you take before? Every time you ride in a race you are taking a chance.“You have to balance how many risks you are going to take before you get the ultimate reward and for me, that’s always been to walk out for the Supreme Novice. When it comes to sharpness, riding and schooling at home is not quite the same as race riding but I’m not worried about that. My only worry is that I may be too sharp, may be a bit over-eager.”Thurles is Walsh’s only option on Thursday after the scheduled card at Navan was abandoned on Tuesday afternoon.Horse Racing Ireland has also arranged an additional card at Leopardstown on Friday following the loss of a two-day meeting there on Sunday and Monday but, while the previously frozen track is now thawing, some parts are still described as “unfit for racing at present”.Walsh will be riding several well-backed horses for the first time in public at Cheltenham next week, including Getabird, the unbeaten 13-8 favourite for the Supreme Novice Hurdle, who has been ridden by Paul Townend and Mullins’s son, Patrick, in his previous four starts.“I haven’t sat on him yet but he’s in good order,” Walsh said. “Willie has Sharjah and Whiskey Sour and a few more [in the same race] but Getabird looks number one. I haven’t sat on him because I know I’m going to be riding him. I was really impressed with him at Punchestown [on 13 January]. I was in the stand when he went past the winning post and the speed he went by me when the race was over really impressed me.”Walsh is the leading rider in Festival history and is odds-on to finish as the top jockey at next week’s meeting, for the sixth season running and the 12th time in all. However, his current price of 4-6 is bigger than it has been at the same stage in several recent years, reflecting a smaller number of short‑priced “banker” bets from the Mullins yard over the four days.Barry Geraghty, who is retained to ride for the leading owner JP McManus and will partner the odds-on favourite Buveur D’Air in Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle, is top-priced at 5-1 to win the top jockey’s award for the first time since 2012, while Jack Kennedy, who will take plenty of rides for Gordon Elliott, the top trainer at the Festival last year, is 6-1 and it is 10-1 bar the three. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Was this helpful? Share via Email Horse racing tips Share on Messenger Ruby Walsh, the top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival nine times in the last decade, expects to make his long-awaited return from injury at Thurles on Thursday, four months after breaking his leg and five days before this year’s Festival opens with the Supreme Novice Hurdle on 13 March.Walsh was injured in a fall at Punchestown on 18 November, just as the current winter campaign was gathering momentum, and he has missed dozens of major races and Festival trials as a result.The first day of the Cheltenham Festival has always been his principal target for a return to action, however, and he told the Racing UK website that his only concern now is that he could be “too sharp – a bit over eager” when he arrives in the West Country next week.last_img read more

Llorente: Watford winner will give me confidence

first_imgTottenham striker Fernando Llorente has said his dramatic late winner against Watford on Wednesday could prove to be a huge goal for him and the entire team.Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to come from behind to earn all three points at Wembley against the Hornets, and were still trailing 1-0 with 10 minutes left.But Heung-min Son, who only recently returned from international duty with South Korea, fired them on level terms and, just before stoppage-time, Llorente headed home the all-important winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Spaniard has been forced to step up in recent weeks following the injury to Harry Kane, but he made the worst possible start after returning to the starting XI against Fulham when he scored an early own goal at Craven Cottage.Thankfully for Spurs, Llorente has recovered from that tough return to the side and has netted in two of the last three games.His goal against Watford proved the 33-year-old is still capable of producing in the Premier League, however, he again faced a knock to his confidence earlier in the game after missing a golden chance after 51 minutes.“It was difficult because I had a big chance, normally, in 10 chances (like that) I’d score nine but sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in,” he told Spurs’ official website.“In that moment, you have to forget that chance, keep fighting, believe, always believe in the team, believe we can win and in the last minute I had an amazing chance and this time, I scored.“This goal is very important for me. It gives me confidence to keep fighting, to keep running, to be stronger every game.”Spurs have been criticised for their supposed mental weaknesses in recent times, but Llorente believes the comeback against Watford shows how strong the team are.“We suffered a lot,” he said. “Watford created a lot of problems for us with their goal from the corner. We were strong, strong mentally, because after the two defeats in the cups this wasn’t easy.”We played well in the second half. We were 1-0 down but I think we’re a very strong team because we played really well in a difficult situation. I’m really happy to help the team.The 2-1 win could prove to be hugely important for Tottenham, whose confidence was at rock bottom following eliminations from the FA and Carabao Cups last week. It also closes the gap to leaders Liverpool to just seven points.“It’s a massive result, a massive win,” said Llorente. “At that moment [when I scored], it was very special – and after all that running, I was really tired! We ran a lot, we were aggressive, we played well.”last_img read more

12 Best Bottles of Wine to Bring to Christmas Dinner

first_img Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir Editors’ Recommendations With Christmas Eve and Christmas right around the corner, there are going to be plenty of opportunities to pop a couple of bottles of wine. Whether it’s a casual affair with friends or a daylong family-filled extravaganza wherein Aunt Susan is bound to ask what happened to Jill, because she was really a keeper and your cousin Steve is going to sabotage the White Elephant — somehow — because he’s Steve, wine will be present.What wine, though? Do you go with a nice, crisp white wine or a bigger, bolder red? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list for the best wines to take to a Christmas dinner and get ready to really enjoy the yuletide spirit.White Wines1865 Single Vineyard ChardonnayMade by Viña San Pedro from grapes harvested in the Elqui Valley in Chile, this Chardonnay is anything but what you would expect from a California Chardonnay. You’ll not find those buttery notes; instead, your palate will be gifted with flavors and aromas of honey, papaya, and citrus. There’s a good bit of minerality and acidity, creating a full and lively wine.Stony Hill Riesling 2017Crisp and complex, this Napa Valley Riesling from Stony Hill Vineyard is an aromatic and fruity wine that finishes with great savory notes. What starts with floral notes and some herbal characteristics reminiscent of chamomile then presents a nice minerality before finishing on a savory note. You’ll also find Meyer lemon and a nice level of acidity.Ayres Pinot BlancLocated in Newberg, Oregon, Ayres Vineyard primarily produces Pinot Noir, however, their Pinot Blanc should not be ignored. Quite mineral and full of citrusy flavors, this wine is a crisp and refreshing pour should you need something with a little zest to it. Expect nice acidity to invigorate the palate.Mulderbosch Sauvignon BlancMade by one of the premier winemakers in South Africa, this Sauvignon Blanc from Mulderbosch is a fresh and vibrant take on the wine. Lightly chalky, you’ll get plenty of lime and other citrus notes playing with figs, passionfruit, and more bright flavors. The structure of the wine is strong, allowing for a long and lingering finish.Willamette Valley Pinot GrisJust as wine another white wine on this list, Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards primarily produces reds, but this Pinot Gris is another example of a winery doing a great job producing a varietal outside their comfort zone. Peach and honeysuckle are the primary flavors in this bottle, with melon and citrus playing backup. You’ll find some more orchard fruits on the palate before the clean, crisp finish.Red WinesSpoken Barrel Meritage Red BlendRich and complex with an almost black body, this 2015 red blend from Washington state’s Spoken Barrel is a great option for those looking for bolder flavors in a red. You’ll find dark fruits such as blueberries mixing with leathery notes, some oak, cocoa, and even a little smoke. A good tannic presence helps to enliven the palate.Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de GuigalMade from 96 percent Syrah and 4 percent Viognier grapes, this wine from E. Guigal is a great example of red grapes and white grapes working in harmony. In the case of this wine, the Syrah is obviously the main component, with red berries, spice, and oak all very much at the front of the senses. These are tempered by low levels of acidity and tannin, creating a balanced wine that is ready for long periods of aging.Lasorda Cabernet SauvignonLike baseball, but know nothing about wine? Go for this one. Founded by Tommy Lasorda, Lasorda Family Wines are meant to be representations of his spirit and love of baseball. You’ll find loads of currant, raspberry, and dark chocolate on the nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon, with many of those flavors following through into the palate and mixing with oak and boysenberry.Etude Temblor Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014Made from grapes harvested specifically from the Temblor Vineyard located in the Etude Estates Vineyards, Grace Benoist Ranch, this Pinot Noir is a limited edition in that less than 500 cases were produced. A highly aromatic wine, you’ll find plenty of raspberry and cherry notes on the nose mixing with cinnamon and vanilla. On the palate, you’ll be greeted by a deluge of fruit flavor and nice acidity.Early Mountain Shenandoah Valley Cabernet FrancAs the name suggests, this red wine is made in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, about 90 miles southwest of Washington D.C. While Cabernet Franc is typically used for blending (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) in Bordeaux and elsewhere, on its own, it exhibits a richness that is easily drinkable. Made more in the Burgundian style, Early Mountain’s Cab Franc is silky smooth with great herbal notes and a fairly light body.Légende MedocMade from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60 percent) and Merlot (40 percent), this wine is part of the Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) family’s Légende line, which emphasizes easy-drinking. Dark in color and rich in flavor, you’ll find dark berries, vanilla, and cinnamon on a very silky body. A long, spicy finish ends each sip of what is a very rounded wine.Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil MerlotMade in response to the movie Sideways (and the subsequent backlash against Merlots), this wine from Charles Smith is made with 89 percent Merlot, 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1 percent Malbec. Produced in Washington State, Velvet Devil is indeed velvety on the palate, with a bounty of dark fruits playing against notes of cedar and tobacco.Planning an event yourself and need more than just wine? We’ve got you covered with a playlist of Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley last_img read more

Kiran Bedi to attend swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi

first_imgPuducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi will attend the May 30 swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for the second term. An official source said Bedi left here for Delhi Tuesday. The Lt Governor will in the meanwhile complete three years in office on Wednesday, but will not be in the union territory because of her visit to Delhi. She has been at loggerheads with Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his government on various administrative issues ever since she assumed office in May 29 2016.last_img

Cases of residential school abuse uncompensated because of signature rule

first_imgTORONTO — Legitimate cases of residential school abuse are going uncompensated under a class-action settlement because the victims died without signing an application form, a situation one lawyer calls arbitrary and the fault of the federal government.In at least one such case, compensation was initially awarded in March last year to relatives of a victim but taken back after a review determined the deceased applicant had never signed the application form.“This is so formulistic, it is remarkable,” said David Schulze, the lawyer handling the case. “The claimant meets the criteria, the abuse is proven, and yet the government of Canada runs around saying: ‘Oh, but he didn’t sign himself, so we can all agree our employees raped him but his heirs get nothing’.”Based on eyewitness testimony, an adjudicator under the independent assessment process (IAP) awarded $27,222 to the estate of a residential school sexual-abuse victim known as A-16726, who had died without signing the application form. While Canada raised objections about the lack of a signature, it did not oppose the claim.However, when the estate tried to argue the compensation amount was too low, a reviewing adjudicator overturned the award altogether.“I must overturn the initial adjudicator’s decision and substitute a zero award,” Wes Marsden, deputy chief adjudicator wrote in his decision last July. “IAP rules clearly state that the claimant must sign an IAP application.”Even though other estate compensation claims without signatures had previously been accepted over Canada’s objections, Marsden said he was simply following decisions in two other cases by chief adjudicator, Ben Shapiro, from March and April last year.On Sept. 6, Shapiro published the signature-needed rule on the adjudication secretariat’s website after a case involving a disbarred Calgary lawyer, David Blott. Because of Blott’s negligence, scores of files related to compensation were never processed and more than 150 of them lay rotting in a warehouse for at least six years.“It was deemed advisable to post a notice to our website advising that claims that did not meet the criteria set out in (one of Shapiro’s rulings) would not be eligible,” Roger Tetreault, executive director of the adjudications secretariat, wrote last month. “To do otherwise would potentially have worked an unfairness by causing family members of deceased former students to incur significant expense (on) claims that would be doomed to failure.”Latest data from the adjudication secretariat show 59 of 78 estate claims not signed by the claimant were dismissed — some for a lack of evidence — but it is unclear just how many were rejected based only on the signature rule. Regardless, Schulze called the requirement unconscionable given that proving an estate claim is difficult enough.Schulze, who is challenging Marsden’s decision, said there is no basis under the Indian residential school agreement to deny estate claims as long as the victim was alive as of May 30, 2005 and the claim was filed in time. The chief adjudicator, the lawyer said, had no authority to come up with the signature rule.The lawyer has now asked an oversight committee, which Shapiro has said is the forum to resolve such disputes, to weigh in.A spokesman for the oversight committee said its chairwoman, Maya Moran, would not comment. Neither Shapiro nor Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett responded to questions about the situation.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Delhi HC restrains 30 torrent sites from hosting copyrighted content

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has permanently restrained 30 torrent sites from hosting, streaming, reproducing, distributing or making available to the public by any means the movies, music, shows or any content which violates the copyright of film production companies like Twentieth Century Fox and UTV Software.Justice Manmohan, in the order, directed internet service providers (ISPs), like Airtel, Reliance Jio and MTNL, to block access to these websites. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Directions were also issued by the court to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to ensure that the ISPs registered with them block access to such “rogue websites”. While issuing the directions based on a plea by the film production companies, the court said website blocking was a “cumbersome exercise” and majority of the viewers who access and download the infringing content are youngsters who are unaware that the content is pirated. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt directed the DoT and the MEITY to “explore the possibility of framing a policy under which a warning is issued to the viewers of the infringing content, if technologically feasible in the form of e-mails, or pop-ups or such other modes, cautioning the viewers to cease viewing/downloading the infringing material. “In the event the warning is not heeded to and the viewers/subscribers continue to view, access or download the infringing/pirated content, then a fine could be levied on the viewers/subscribers,” the court said. It added that such a measure would go a long way in curbing piracy and the dark-net as well as in “promoting the legal content and accelerating the pace of Digital India”. The court, in its 99-page verdict, also noted that such websites were “hydra-headed”, who on being blocked, “actually multiply and resurface as alphanumeric or mirror websites”. Therefore, to meet the ends of justice and address the menace of piracy by such hydra-headed websites, the court permitted the plaintiff production companies to implead as a party in the matter the mirror/redirect/alphanumeric websites. However, the plaintiffs would have to file affidavits confirming that the newly impleaded sites are a mirror/redirect/alphanumeric website along with “sufficient supporting evidence”.last_img read more

Oscar Fulloné Dismisses Accusations That He Squandered his Fortune in Casinos

Rabat – In an interview with daily newspaper Al Massae, former coach Oscar Fulloné, said that he refuses all accusations made against him suggesting that he has squandered all his fortune in casinos, pointing out at the same time that the reason why he goes through a difficult financial situation is because his wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2001.The Argentine, who coached many Moroccan football clubs such as Raja de Casablanca, Wydad de Casablanca, Maghreb de Fes and KAC de Kenitra, said that he lost most of his personal savings on the medical treatment of his wife, who underwent a surgery in the French capital in order to control the spread of the malignant disease.Asked about the veracity of reports suggesting that he misspent his fortune in casinos, Fulloné said that much of what he was earning from his job as a football coach was directed to the help of anyone who was in need, adding that he would have become a millionaire by now if he had adopted some of the behaviors other coaches are embracing, such as the receiving commissions from selling players. The former Estudiantes player said that he lives now in a small apartment in the city of Casablanca with his little family. He added that his right eye was infected with a malicious virus that made him unable to see properly.Talking about his relationship with the former clubs he once coached, the 75-year-old said that almost everybody turned their back to hm with the exception of former Raja Casablanca president Abdul Hamid Soauiri who offered him“great help.”Asked to explain the reason of this kind of behavior towards him, Fulloné said: “I was telling the truth and therefore I am only afraid of God.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Recent firing incidents most serious test of UN resolution on Israel Lebanon

Recent firing incidents have posed the most serious challenge since the adoption of a resolution which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.Rockets fired into Israel from south Lebanon and return fire at the time of the recent crisis in Gaza led to heightened tensions along the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides and “endangered the cessation of hostilities agreement,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report to the Security Council on resolution 1701.The 2006 resolution called for renewed respect for the Blue Line, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.“The firing of rockets from southern Lebanon towards Israel, which I condemn in all instances, constituted a serious violation” of the resolution, he said. The attacks were launched from sites close to populated areas, including a school in session at the time, “putting innocent civilians at risk.”The Secretary-General added that “the fact that the Israel Defense Forces returned fire with artillery shells into Lebanese territory on 8 and 14 January without providing prior warning to [the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)] is also a cause for serious concern,” noting that these acts endangered civilians, as well as UN blue helmets and soldiers of the Lebanese Armed Forces.“At the same time, I was encouraged by the measures that were taken by all parties to avoid an escalation,” he wrote, with the resolution’s mechanisms having served as an “effective deterrent and prevented an escalation of the situation in southern Lebanon.”But he cautioned that these incidents “also highlight the precarious nature of the current cessation of hostilities and the necessity for both parties to take further steps to address a number of unresolved issues,” including disarming militant groups.Mr. Ban said that he is pleased that the parties have made strides to visibly mark the Blue Line, encouraging Lebanon and Israel to stay the course and build on existing momentum to curb inadvertent violations and boost confidence.He reiterated his call on Israel to immediately end all over-flights of Lebanese territory which violate Lebanon’s sovereignty and resolution 1701.The report also called on all Lebanese leaders to exercise restraint ahead of the 7 June parliamentary elections, which “will bring added challenges that may test the country’s frail domestic stability.”The Security Council will be briefed on the report by Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in a closed meeting tomorrow. 9 March 2009Recent firing incidents have posed the most serious challenge since the adoption of a resolution which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report. read more

Africa still hungry despite annual 3 billion of aid and 33 billion

11 March 2010One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the director of the food security at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned. One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the director of the food security at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned.Much of the $33 billion that Africa spends to import food could be better diverted to domestic production for regional and global trade, contributing to poverty reduction and repositioning Africa in the global economy, said Josue Dione, Director of Food Security and Sustainable Development of ECA, at a conference on agribusiness that wrapped up yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria.“African agriculture is thirsty as less than 4 per cent of the total arable land is irrigated compared to 33 per cent in Asia and the Pacific and 29 per cent in the Middle East. African agriculture is hungry as it receives only 14.6 kilograms of fertilizers per hectare, against 114.3 kilograms per hectare for all developing countries,” Mr. Dione said in an address on behalf of the ECA’s Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh.Africa’s share in world agriculture trade fell to 3.2 per cent in 2006 from 5.4 per cent in the 1980s and 15 per cent in the 1960s, according to ECA.The continent’s small share in regional and global agricultural trade is strongly associated with a shift in world agricultural trade away from bulk commodities, Mr. Dione said.“Significant part of global agro-food trade has moved downstream along the value chains, and thus become less dependent purely on natural-resource endowment,” Mr. Dione said.Yet moving Africa’s food and agriculture system towards processed, higher value-added products has been more difficult for the continent than for other developing regions.Mr. Dione said while Africa is suffering from a competitive disadvantage in agro-processing, better policies can help improve the business environment and create the conditions necessary for higher private investment in agribusiness.ECA has advocated for the development of regional value chains for selected agricultural commodities, which would allow domestic production to gain more resources.“Developing agriculture for broad-based economic growth, food security and poverty reduction in Africa now requires an integrated approach to investing in improving productivity and efficiency at all stages of the commodity value chains, from research and development, to input markets, farm-level production, processing, storage, handling, transport, distribution to the final consumer,” Mr. Dione said. read more

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to be sold stripped for parts and closed

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The casino that would become The Atlantic Club opened as The Golden Nugget in late 1980, an opulent pleasure palace by the sea whose commercials featured owner Steve Wynn delivering fresh towels to Frank Sinatra.But next month, the casino will be stripped for parts and sold to two larger competitors, neither of which has any interest in operating it amid Atlantic City’s shrinking casino market.It will be an inglorious end for the Atlantic Club, which says it will close on Jan. 13, reducing the number of casinos in the struggling gambling resort to 11.The Atlantic Club will be the first Atlantic City casino to close since the Sands shut down in 2006 to make way for a new casino project that never got built.Two companies with casinos in Atlantic City, Tropicana Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment, will pay a combined $23.4 million for the business.According to bankruptcy filings made Friday afternoon, Tropicana will take the 1,641 slot machines and 48 table games for $8.4 million, while Caesars will get the property and its more than 800 hotel rooms for $15 million.A judge must approve the buyers at a hearing Monday.“First and foremost I would like to express my profound admiration and respect for the employees of this company,” said Michael Frawley, chief operating officer of the Atlantic Club. “The events of the last few months have evoked an array of emotions, and through it all, the employees of the Atlantic Club have remained consummate professionals. It is because of these outstanding individuals that we were able to build considerable momentum over the last year. Unfortunately our pace was unsustainable in the extremely challenging Atlantic City gaming market.”He said the casino will operate normally until the Jan. 13 closing date. There were 1,659 employees at the casino-hotel as of Nov. 13.“The workers at Atlantic Club have loyally served the company for three decades,” said Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite_HERE union, representing hotel workers, beverage servers and other casino service employees. “While we can’t stop the Atlantic Club from closing, we are going to do everything we can to fight for the workers to get as much as possible in this tragic situation.”Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson said the company has no plans to operate the hotel portion of the complex. Rather, he said, the company will distribute the Atlantic Club’s non-gambling assets to its four casinos in Atlantic City — Caesars, Harrah’s, Bally’s and the Showboat — and will “consider various options for the rest.”Tony Rodio, president of the Tropicana Casino and Resort, declined comment Friday.Word of the shutdown came on the fourth day of a bankruptcy court auction.The Atlantic Club thus became the first Atlantic City casino to fall victim to the insidious downward spiral the resort has found itself in since the advent of casinos in neighbouring Pennsylvania that began in late 2006. Pennsylvania will soon have more casinos (12) than Atlantic City for the first time ever.Atlantic City’s casino revenues reached a high of $5.2 billion that year, and will likely fall below $3 billion this year.Analysts have long said Atlantic City has more casinos than the now-diminished market can bear.Another struggling casino, Revel Casino Hotel, could be headed for a second bankruptcy filing, or could be sold to new owners soon.Half of the 12 casinos currently operating in Atlantic City have filed for bankruptcy in the last six years.The Atlantic Club was formerly known as The Atlantic City Hilton, and before that, as the original Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, not to be confused with the former Trump Marina casino that now carries the Golden Nugget name at the opposite end of town.It struggled to compete against newer, bigger casinos here and in Pennsylvania. For the past two years, it turned its focus to low-rollers and local residents, offering cut-rate prices to attract those unable or unwilling to afford the pricier casinos.That effort improved the casino’s financial picture, but not quickly enough. It filed for Chapter 11 protection in November.Its owners, Colony Capital LLC, the Los Angeles hedge fund, paid more than a half-billion dollars for it in 2005.It searched in vain for a purchaser for the past three years, before inking a deal to sell itself to the PokerStars website for $15 million. But that deal fell apart within months due to concerns over whether the websites’ management could qualify for a casino license in New Jersey due to an unresolved indictment against the company’s founder.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to be sold, stripped for parts and closed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am MDT read more

Mens basketball Ohio State struggles at times takes down Fairleigh Dickinson 7062

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (left), junior Trevor Thompson (middle) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson defend Fairleigh Dickinson junior guard Darian Anderson in the Buckeyes win over the Knights.In Ohio State’s last performance, coach Thad Matta and company put on an impressive display against the No. 6 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. On Saturday afternoon, that impressive play seemed to disappear, as OSU struggled to get ahead against Fairleigh Dickinson before the Buckeyes pulled away 70-62. “I’m just proud of my guys fighting to the very end,” Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda said following the game. Saturday was the first time the two teams had met. It took nearly three minutes before either side found the bottom of the net. The first time a Buckeye touched the ball, it was a turnover, committed by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. OSU junior center Trevor Thompson provided a spark off the bench on the defensive end, registering three blocks and pulling down four defensive rebounds in the first. Two of his first half blocks came on the same defensive frame. The long arms and physical play of Thompson was noticed by the Knights coaching staff.“Guys like that don’t exist in our league,” Herenda said.Senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams led the Buckeyes with 13 and 10 point in the first half, respectively. By the end of the game, the pair had poured in a combined 35 points.Fairleigh Dickinson leaned on junior guard Darian Anderson to lead the offense in the first, as well as the rest of the game. Anderson had eight points in the first, along with three assists. By the final whistle, he had 17 points and six assists.Tate shook off a rough start to finish with his third double-double of the 2016 season, racking up 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Early in the second, the junior provided a spark with a no-look, over his head pass from the right elbow to a cutting Thompson for an emphatic alley-oop slam.After a forced turnover on the other end, OSU kept the momentum with a and-one dunk for Loving. The Buckeyes made eight of their first 10 shots to start the second, stretching out to a 51-34 lead off a layup by freshman forward Andre Wesson. The Buckeyes held on to a comfortable lead for the rest of the game, using a fast break to pick up 14 points. OSU’s defense pestered the Knights for most of the night, as Matta’s team picked up five blocks and seven steals.A 6-0 run for Fairleigh Dickinson that started with 11:13 left in the second, pair with a three minute scoring drought for the Buckeyes brought the Knights with nine, but was not enough in the end.“I just didn’t like the overall effort we had today,” Matta said. “We gotta get that corrected by Tuesday night.”Turnovers and poor free throw shooting continue to plague OSU, as the Scarlet and Gray made just 12 free throws of their 21 attempts. The Buckeyes were guilty of 14 turnovers, and averaged 14.6 turnovers per game coming into the contest.Even though the team struggled at times, The Buckeyes walked away victorious, albeit with a few things to work on in the next few weeks.“Today wasn’t a complete L,” Williams said. “We won the game. Just go back to the drawing board.” The biggest for Buckeyes fans following the win might not be the poor showing, but the potential effects on Thompson. Following the game the junior center appeared to be limping. When asked about it, he said it should not be a factor in OSU’s next game.“I just wanted to win, so regardless of any type of pain or whatever that I was going through, I knew I had to push through for the team,” Thompson said. “I don’t know what happened. I went up for like an offensive rebound when Marc shot it and I twisted my ankle, but I should be fine.”The Buckeyes remain at home to face Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Owls are currently 2-4 this season, with wins over Edward Waters College and University of South Florida. read more

Cat Among The Pigeons Pic of the Day

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