BCCI boss Jagmohan Dalmiya suffers heart attack

first_imgBCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who suffered a heart attack, was rushed to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata on Thursday. Dalmiya has been admitted in the ICU of the Birla Hospital, where an angioplasty was conducted. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly visited Dalmiya at the hospital a short while ago.  “He complained of severe chest pain and now has been put in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), doctors are constantly monitoring his condition,” ahospital spokesperson told IANS.Dalmiya had also been suffering from electrolyte imbalance which resulted in memory loss. The 75-year-old has been rarely visiting his office. Lately, he has been attending only important, top-level meetings.There were calls asking the veteran administrator to step down from BCCI’s top post. According to a report published in DNA, Sharad Pawar, who heads the Mumbai Cricket Association, called on Union finance minister Arun Jaitley a few days ago and convinced him that Dalmiya must go.last_img read more

Hanuwantiya Island: Madhya Pradesh gets a new tourist destination

first_imgMadhya Pradesh has been a part of the traveller’s map for a long time, thanks to a wide variety of destinations. Glorious monuments and wildlife destinations are the most popular among tourists visiting the state. In a move to promote water tourism in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government has developed Hanuwantiya Island, located in the reservoir of Indira Sagar Dam on river Narmada.Investing an amount of Rs 8 crore, the Madhya Pradesh Tourist Development Corporation (MPTDC) has constructed a boat club that offers one cruise and two motorboat rides, a restaurant, and 10 cottages to accommodate tourists. For ensuring that the place has ample amounts of natural beauty, plantation has also been done.Also on the cards is a 10-day Water Festival that will be organised by MPTDC at the island from February 12 to 21. A tent city with 120 tents will be set up in order to accommodate the tourists attending the festival. That’s not all, other activities such as water sports, kite flying and volleyball will also be on offer. For those with a love fairs will be able to enjoy the Food and Craft Bazar that will be set up at the place.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Mahajan urges AP Home minister to stop cock fights

first_imgMumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) BJP MP Poonam Mahajan today wrote to Andhra Pradesh Home minister N Chinarajappa, urging him to stop the cockfighting events illegally conducted in the state, despite the high courts prohibitory orders.On December 26, the Hyderabad High Court had upheld the ban on cock-fights and directed the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to ensure that no cockfights take place during the Sankranti festival.The high court had passed the orders on petitions filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India, Humane Society International/India, People for Animals and other organisations.”This was a huge step forward for animal rights. Cock fights are a blood sport and a front for illegal betting, child labour and illicit liquor. Cocks are pitted against one another, provoked and have knives tied to their feet so they cause extreme harm and even death,” Mahajan, who was recently appointed as the chief of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of BJP, said in her letter.She said that despite the HC orders, cock fights are taking place all over the state and cock fighting rings are being prepared, including in a municipal ground in Ramalingeshwar Nagar in Vijayawada.”Preparations are going on in Rajahmundry, Anantpur, Amalapuram, Eluru, Vijayawada, Kothagudem. Animal welfare advocates are on the ground approaching the District Collectors, but it is falling on deaf ears. This is a retrograde and deplorable practice. It harms animals and is illegal,” she stated. PTI MM NP SRElast_img read more

Football can bring peace: Syrian great Firas al-Khatib

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore Moscow, Jun 14 (PTI) A political stance halted his international career for five years and now that he is back in the fold, Syrian football great Firas al-Khatib says he doesn’t care about politics anymore as football could end up being better at bringing about peace in his war-ravaged country. Firas had hit international headlines when he withdrew from the national team back in 2012 to protest against Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad, accusing him of bombing his home town Homs, following the uprising in 2011. Firas boycotted the Syrian national team for five years — from 2012 to 2017. He agreed to return to lead the national team “for the sake of his people”, in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers last year. “Our players always try their best to do well on a football pitch and bring some smile on the faces of our fans. This is our first and foremost thought,” he said. “Apart from that, we don’t care about the politics, we don’t care. We play football, we play sport. We don’t care about other things.” In return, he lost many friends as players were then forced into taking sides — either in favour of or against Assad. The 35-year-old forward was at the helm of affairs as the team, battling heavy odds, came agonisingly close to securing a historic World Cup berth, only to fall in the final play-off game against Australia in Sydney. And as the death and destruction continues with no redemption in sight, Firas wants to keep doing whatever little he can, through football.advertisement “We are sad that our team is not in World Cup but this is football, we tried our best. We have very big problem back home and it’s been six years that Syria is in war,” Firas said. Firas, who has been a regular in the national team since 2001, currently plays in the Kuwaiti Premier League, but his heart lies in Syria. Besides the national team, Firas has turned out for plenty of top clubs in Asia with plenty of success, scoring goals at will. Asked about staying away from the national team, he said, “It’s a long story, but finally, I am back to help the team, players, help all the people and the country. “Football can surely bring about peace. Because all the people whether against or for the government, are coming behind the national team and that is a very good step for us. Now, we are much better than last two years. “The (Syrian) league has restarted, 20,000 people come to support the players, their teams and this is good.” He looks at the future with hope. “We have talented players, we are a very god national team in Asia. We are ranked sixth and will try to at least make the semifinals of Asian Cup. “We now have a new coach from Germany and he is very good, and experienced. I am sure he will help us to get better,” said Firas, whose favourite team in the World Cup is Argentina. His past has been a roller-coaster but rather than dwelling on it, Firas is looking ahead with renewed hopes. PTI AH PM PM PMlast_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea loanee Abraham turns down Wolves for Aston Villa stay

first_img​Chelsea loanee Abraham turns down Wolves for Aston Villa stayby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has rejected a move to Wolves.According to Sky Sports, Abraham is committed to Aston Villa for the rest of the season.Chelsea do not want to sell him this winter, preferring a loan move.It was thought he would join Wolves till the end of the season in a few days.But Abraham wants to help Villa gain promotion to the Premier League.He was at the club’s training ground on Tuesday and told his teammates he is not going anywhere.Abraham has netted 16 goals in 21 games for Villa. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alabama-LSU: A Kickoff Time, TV Channel Is Set

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A kickoff time and TV channel have been set for what might be college football’s game of the year: Alabama-LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.The undefeated Crimson Tide and the one-loss Tigers are set to meet at LSU on Saturday, Nov. 3.The schools announced this afternoon that the game will be played in primetime on CBS.For the 8th-straight season, #LSU and Alabama will meet in @CBSSports’ primetime slot. Details: https://t.co/Nuqt2JK7Ni pic.twitter.com/nYZ18fjxRL— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 22, 2018From LSU:As expected, the Nov. 3 game in Tiger Stadium featuring fourth-ranked LSU and top-ranked Alabama will be televised on CBS and will kickoff at 7 p.m. CT, the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday.LSU, which stands at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC action, is coming off a 19-6 win over 22nd-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday, while Alabama (8-0, 5-0 in SEC) beat Tennessee, 58-21. Both teams have an open date on Saturday leading into next week’s primetime contest in Death Valley.This year, LSU has four wins over teams ranked in the Top 25, including three victories over Top 10 teams. The four Top 25 wins and three Top 10 victories are the most of any team in the country.Next week’s contest marks the eighth consecutive year CBS will feature the LSU-Alabama game in primetime.We can’t wait for this one.last_img read more

Midnight Moon is so good it used to be illegal

first_img 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Even though Johnson family hooch isn’t made in copper stills out in the woods any more, the recipe lives on in the (now legally distributed) Midnight Moon. The family took a huge risk bootlegging corn alcohol before, during, and after prohibition, and the decades of hard work and fast driving paid off in the form of one of the most recognizable moonshine brands in the country.Related: Spirit Education at Moonshine UniversityJunior Johnson’s legacy extends far beyond crafting some of the finest corn whiskey around, though. A big part of distilling moonshine is transporting and selling it, or bootlegging, a role that Junior took over for his family when he was 14. Junior was never caught while driving, and only spent 11 months of a two-year sentence in prison when he was caught lighting a still the police had staked out in May of 1956.Bootleg drivers in the ’40s became the pioneers of professional racing, and Junior Johnson was well known in the early NASCAR movement.  A creative and daring racer, Junior is also credited with creating the bootleg turn, a sharp 180-degree turn designed to lose police cars in a chase. Despite his car driving 22 miles per hour slower than the fastest cars in the race, Junior won the 1960 Daytona 500, one of the first documented uses of drafting in racing.Despite multiple distilleries making offers on the Johnson family recipe, Junior partnered with Piedmont Distillers in 2007 to bring his historic moonshine to life once again — this time legally. Midnight Moon is now distilled in small batches in North Carolina, where Junior Johnson can still get involved from time to time.Midnight Moon is available in its classic clear form, or in one of six infused flavors: blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, and strawberry, all of which are made with the real fruit included in the jar. The apple pie flavor, for instance, is made with real apple juice and includes a stick of cinnamon inside for an added kick.The infused flavors are hand-packed with real fruit to impart flavor and color, without making the moonshine overly sweet. The fruit is preserved in the alcohol, making it safe to eat even for years after the jar has been opened, even if Midnight Moon recommends against it. Since the fruit absorbs the alcohol as well as imparting its flavors into the jar, it’s important to remember to “respect the fruit” and think carefully before you start snacking on those blueberries, as tasty as they are.The strawberry infused Midnight Moon has a quiet sweetness to it, but it doesn’t distract from the huge taste of real fruit. The vibrant red and pink spirit goes down deceptively smooth, considering that the infused varieties are bottled at 100 proof. Serving it chilled brings out the fruit flavors and corn sweetness even more, but it’s great in a glass of lemonade, too.By the time the jar hits the shelves, the blueberry infused Midnight Moon has turned the clear liquid a deep, opaque purple. The mass of blueberries at the bottom of the jar can only be seen by tilting the glass so their dark lines can be seen moving around. The result is a drink that’s smooth and just a little tart, with the corn alcohol coming a bit more to the front than in the strawberry and apple pie infusions.The apple pie flavor is a bit different than the other infused flavors. Rather than dropping a pile of fruit into the bottom, the classic Midnight Moon is mixed with real apple juice and cinnamon. The result is a cocktail in a jar, and while Midnight Moon offers up a number of simple recipes to go along with each flavor, the apple pie is sweet, warm, and tastes great on the rocks or with a splash of ginger ale.The Midnight Moon website has great recipes for all of their infused moonshines, as well as a handy “find the shine” tool so you can taste it for yourself. The Best American Liqueur The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider It’s Time to Take Moonshine Seriously Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Orgeat: The Tiki Drink Ingredient You Need to Know

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now While the name might not look familiar, if you’re ever had the tiki classic Mai Tai, then chances are you’re already at least a tiny bit familiar with orgeat. Pronounced or-zha, orgeat is an almond-flavored syrup that has the potential, when used properly, to elevate your cocktail game to the next level.The name orgeat is French and derived from the Latin “hordeaceus,” which means “made with barley.” In French, barley is called orge and the syrup, while it doesn’t have barley in it now, used to be made from a mix of barley and almonds and used as a substitute for milk because of its stability and the fact that it did not need to be refrigerated. Nowadays, because refrigeration is a thing and there are more milk substitutes than states in the union, orgeat (which is made with almonds, sweetener, and a bit of orange or rose water) is used almost exclusively in cocktails and, of those cocktails, most are tiki style, because the sweetness and nuttiness from the orgeat blends incredibly well with the citrus flavors you’ll find in the drinks.You can buy high-quality orgeat from producers like Small Hands Foods, but it can end up being pricey if you intend to buy a lot of it (remember, though, that you don’t need a lot per drink—orgeat is intense and powerful in even small amounts). The cheaper stuff, such as that made by Torani (you know, the syrups that go into every Italian soda ever) is readily available in most grocery stores but with those syrups, most do not even contain real almond and you will sacrifice flavor for price.Who wants to buy, though, when you can show off and make the stuff? The recipe doesn’t call for that many ingredients, and it’s pretty easy to make. This recipe by Marcia Simmons, author of DIY Cocktails is a great place to start. Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Nowlast_img read more

Mayor Says Inaugural Conference Was Opportunity to Share Ideas

first_imgStory Highlights Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says the three-day inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors provided an opportunity for them to share developmental approaches in their respective countries.The event was held in Jamaica from April 9 to 12 under the theme ‘Caribbean Cities: Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future’, with special focus on industrial opportunities, building linkages among regional mayors, improving cities, and promoting solidarity.Addressing a press conference held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston today (April 12), where the mayors signed the ‘Kingston Accord’, Mr. Williams said the sessions provided ideas that are crucial to building the various municipalities across the region.“We also commit to share ideas and approaches and to continue the process of relating our challenges regularly, in city to city visits and in a formal gathering of mayors to be held every two years,” he said.For his part, Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Alderman Joel Martinez, said the conference allowed them to benefit from “important meetings”, and the Accord is a “commitment to each other as Caribbean nations, to develop the local government system”.He commended Mayor Williams and the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) for organising the conference.Meanwhile, Mayor of Georgetown in Guyana, Patricia Chase-Green, argued that the Kingston Accord is a pledge from the mayors that they can work together, as “we have the same challenges throughout the Caribbean”.“We are all committed to serve, and “things that will make a difference in the lives of the people, we are here to do that,” she said.Mayor of Castries, St. Lucia, Peterson Francis, said the conference has empowered him to serve better.Outcomes from the conference are expected to expand and consolidate on the structures and systems within the various Caribbean territories as well as provide the platform to further develop Caribbean cities and townships. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says the three-day inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors provided an opportunity for them to share developmental approaches in their respective countries. Addressing a press conference held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston today (April 12), where the mayors signed the ‘Kingston Accord’, Mr. Williams said the sessions provided ideas that are crucial to building the various municipalities across the region. “We also commit to share ideas and approaches and to continue the process of relating our challenges regularly, in city to city visits and in a formal gathering of mayors to be held every two years,” he said. last_img read more

BG Hands Over Two LNG Carriers to GasLog

first_imgzoom Monaco-based owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog has drawn down on a USD 460 million credit facility led by DNB Bank to complete the previously announced acquisition of two LNG carriers from Methane Services Limited (MSL), a subsidiary of BG Group.The two vessels are the 2010-built, 170,000 cbm Methane Becki Anne and Methane Julia Louise.This completes the third acquisition of ships from BG by GasLog in the last twelve months, with eight vessels acquired in total.The two ships will be chartered back to MSL for nine and eleven-year initial terms. The nine and eleven-year charters add approximately USD 580 million of contracted revenue over the charter period and are expected to provide a combined annual EBITDA of approximately USD 46 million.MSL has options to extend the term of the time charters for each vessel for three or five years at its election.”We believe this transaction reaffirms our commitment to BG and their appreciation of GasLog as a long-term service provider of LNG shipping,” Paul Wogan, CEO of GasLog, said.”It is also an important step in realizing the GasLog 40:17 Vision1 that we announced at our capital markets day in December and we are continuing to develop further attractive opportunities to grow our fleet. These ships also add growth to the Gaslog Partners dropdown pipeline and should, we believe, enhance the sum of the parts valuation of GasLog.”last_img read more

NS art gallery dealt major blow as board rejects bulk of Leibovitz

first_imgHALIFAX – It was an enormous coup for a small art gallery, scoring 2,070 photos by famed American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.But the donation of the multi-million-dollar collection to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by a Toronto family has been mired in controversy — with allegations that the gift was a potential tax shelter — leaving the images of celebrity and pop culture icons in storage for four years.On Wednesday the Halifax gallery’s fourth and final application to have a federal board certify the photographs as “cultural property” of outstanding significance was rejected, casting a shadow over the prospects of the gallery holding an exhibit of the photographer’s work.A gallery spokesman said the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board has once again concluded that the bulk of the photographs did not meet the criteria for outstanding significance or national importance.Colin Stinson said the gallery is “extremely disappointed” and disagrees with the federal board’s decision, noting that Leibovitz is one of “the most influential photographers of her time.”“We know people are eager and excited to see this very special collection,” Stinson said in a statement. “Our priority is still to share the work of this iconic and celebrated artist in our gallery and across the country.”While the board certified Leibovitz’s file collection — a series of snapshots that led to final photographs — it refused to certify the large-scale exhibition-style prints.The collection includes a portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, a brooding image of the Queen, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers, and the haunting photo of a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono cuddling on a floor hours before the musician was gunned down in front of his New York apartment.Stinson said the gallery’s priority is to display the photography, but without the federal certification that decision belongs to Leibovitz.“We will talk to the artist to determine the best path forward,” he said.The certification is crucial for lucrative tax incentives that encourage private collectors to donate artwork to public institutions that couldn’t otherwise afford the art.Toronto art lawyer Aaron Milrad has said the works were purchased for roughly US$4.75 million but have a fair market value closer to $20 million.He said the federal board got “all hot and heavy about the money part” and failed to recognize the spectacular magnitude of the collection.The family of Al and Faye Mintz of Toronto donated the images to the gallery in June 2013 in what was the largest single donation of one artist to the gallery.last_img read more


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UN agency signs cooperation deal with European nuclear research organization

Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, signed the agreement last week in Geneva, WIPO announced today.The pact focuses of four main areas: capacity building, awareness raising and knowledge sharing; transfers of technology and know-how; cooperation in the fields of technological, scientific and patent information; and alternative dispute resolution options.Mr. Gurry said the agreement should provide mutual benefits to CERN and WIPO, which was established in 1967.“CERN’s groundbreaking research in the field of particle physics is a fertile seedbed for innovation and technological development,” he noted. “This makes WIPO a natural ally in the mutual endeavour to facilitate technology transfer and to support enhanced and broad access to scientific and technological information.” 27 August 2010The United Nations agency tasked with helping to protect intellectual property has struck a cooperation agreement with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), known as the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. read more

Employee charged with embezzling 5 million from BMG LabTech

RALEIGH, N.C. — A corporate executive in North Carolina is accused of stealing more than $5 million from his medical technology company, going on lavish trips, staying at the Trump International Hotel in New York, spending $145,000 at a steakhouse and making big donations to his church.The News & Observer reports the embezzlement trial of Hugh Johnson II begins Monday. The former secretary at BMG LabTech allegedly took the money over six years, much of it using a company credit card.State Bureau of Investigation documents show Johnson made more than 300 unauthorized wire transfers for himself and friends, and owns three homes and five luxury vehicles.Johnson told the judge at a bond hearing he’s an active churchgoer.BMG LabTech fired Johnson and said the Ortenberg, Germany-based company remains financially strong.___Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.comThe Associated Press read more

Seeking momentum for Annans reform package UN introduces two new envoys

“Getting the envoys here so soon after the launching of the ‘In Larger Freedom’ report reflects our determination to really get momentum behind this report and the package deal,” Mr. Annan’s Chief of Staff Mark Malloch Brown said in introducing Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern and former Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas at a news conference in New York.Their appearance came just two days after the announcement of their appointment, along with former President Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.All four will now travel to world capitals to seek support for the reforms, ranging from greater investment in developing countries to steps to fight catastrophic terrorism through an international treaty and collective action against genocide and ethnic cleansing, which Mr. Annan has bundled together in a package to be accepted as a whole, not as an “a la carte” menu from which to choose or discard at will.The proposals, which also include expansion of Security Council membership and replacement of the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights by a more focused body, are to be taken up at a summit from 14 to 16 September at UN Headquarters in New York, and then put before the General Assembly for formal adoption.”While the recommendations are bold we also believe that they are achievable and I think that Kofi has provided leadership and it’s now up to the General Assembly and the members of the United Nations to take up that challenge and, as has been said, we will in effect be the eyes and ears of the Secretary-General,” Mr. Ahern said of his mission.”Personally I’m quite convinced that we are at the unique moment in time as far as facing these new threats are concerned, as far as reform of the United Nation is concerned and therefore I’m very pleased to do my bit to see that we can have concrete decisions taken in September,” Mr. Alatas said of the feedback he would give Mr. Annan.Mr. Malloch Brown recognized that some details of “the broad package deal in terms of the headings that this report on development, security and human rights and the rejuvenation of the UN itself lays out” would be modified in negotiations.”But these men are not just salesmen. They’re also good listeners and they’re obviously going to bring back…issues where there are problems that we need to address, where we need to find ways of either modifying things or reaching out to people to explain them better,” he said.”So they’re offering us a two-way channel of communication between ourselves and the capitals and in that sense we think we’ll get some real energy and political will to the negotiation process itself which will be happening here,” the Chief of Staff added.Stressing the importance of the outreach to Heads of government “to get them to buy into the importance of this moment and the importance of the wholeness of this package,” he called it a “strategic bargain” in the sense of “everybody having something in it and…everybody having to put up some things that they don’t like so much in it.”Meanwhile, the General Assembly began informal consultations, to run through Friday, among its membership on the reform proposals presented in the report. Beginning on 19 April, the talks will move behind closed doors and will be organized around four clusters, each focusing on one of the four major elements of the reform package: Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom to Live in Dignity, and Strengthening the United Nations. read more

Westbrook scores 30 as Thunder hold off Hornets

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a late rally by Charlotte to win 109-104 on Friday night, completing a regular-season sweep of the Hornets.Dennis Schroder — paired with Westbrook in the starting lineup for the first time this season — scored 23 points and Paul George added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of its last 14 games after an 0-4 start.Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight assists for Charlotte, but the NBA’s leader in made 3-pointers went 2 of 10 from behind the arc. With the Hornets down 105-104, he drove and passed to Marvin Williams, who missed a 2-point jumper from the corner. Westbrook rebounded and hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Walker missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2.4 seconds left and Westbrook again rebounded and hit two free throws to seal the win for the Thunder.Charlotte rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to close within 93-92 on a put-back by Jeremy Lamb with 5:38 left and was within 97-95 after Walker hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 left. Westbrook answered with a three-point play and Oklahoma City pushed its lead to six points before Williams hit a 3-pointer with 37.1 seconds left to pull Charlotte within 105-104.Westbrook threw ball away with 20.5 seconds left, giving the Hornets a chance to take the lead.Lamb scored 18 points for Charlotte.The Thunder took the lead for good at 53-51 on a three-point play by Burton with 4:49 left in the first half and a 3-pointer by Westbrook in the final minute gave Oklahoma City a 62-57 advantage at halftime. The Thunder led 89-80 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INS:Hornets: Reserve G Tony Parker missed the game with bruised ribs. Coach James Borrego said Parker was day-to-day . F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain . Frank Kaminsky recorded a season scoring high for the second straight game, finishing with 12 points after scoring 11 against Indiana on Wednesday . Williams’ 10 points gave him 10,002 for his career . Lamb tied his career high for made free throws, going 8 for 8.Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan said G Terrance Ferguson, who sprained his left ankle in a win Wednesday at Golden State, will be reevaluated in 10 to 12 days. The Thunder said Thursday rookie G Hamidou Diallo, who also sprained his left ankle during that game, would be reevaluated in seven to 10 days . Two-way player Deonte Burton scored a career-high 11 pointsUP NEXT:Hornets: Wrap up a two-game road swing on Sunday at Atlanta.Thunder: Continue a four-game homestand on Saturday against Denver.Murray Evans, The Associated Press read more

Audit knocks county agency on federal rules

first_imgThe state’s audit of Clark County found that the Department of Community Services did not follow federal requirements for inspecting low-income housing developed through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.During 2016, there were 17 properties that required a housing quality standards inspection. The county inspected 13 properties, according to the report published Thursday by the Washington State Auditor’s Office. This included four properties that had four or fewer units and not all of those units were inspected as required, the report said. Properties that are developed using HOME funds have to be inspected at the project’s completion, within 12 months after project completion and at least once every three years thereafter, so long as it remains affordable housing.The auditor’s office said internal controls would’ve ensured all the properties needing inspections were inspected. That lack of controls was considered a material weakness, meaning that there’s a possibility that the county won’t meet a federal requirement, according to the auditor’s report. Not complying with the inspection requirements could result in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — the federal source of HOME grant funding — withholding future funding.Last year, the county spent $1.06 million on its HOME Investment Partnerships Program. It can use the money to acquire property, build houses or rehabilitate housing, primarily for families earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income. Funding has been available since 1992, resulting in the development of more than 1,000 affordable rental units.The auditor’s office recommended that the county implement a system to track properties requiring inspections and train employees so they know the process to follow federal requirements.last_img read more

BAHAMAS PM and Cabinet Tour New World One Bay Street – The

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre right) and members of the Cabinet toured ‘New World One Bay Street – The Pointe’ development today, downtown, Bay Street.  Executive Vice-President/CCA South America, Mr. Daniel Liu (centre) led the tour and updated members of the government on The Pointe’s construction progress.(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Clubs learn Europa League fate

first_imgChelsea will face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League while Arsenal will play Rennes.The two London teams will play at home first which is slated to take place on March 7.The Blues brushed aside Malmo 5-1 on aggregate while the Ukrainians recorded a slim 3-2 advantage over Olympiacos to qualify for the last 16.Arsenal beat BATE 3-1 on aggregate to reach the last 16 and their reward is a tie with Rennes, who eliminated Real Betis in the previous round.The French side sit 11th in Ligue 1 and their squad includes former Newcastle and Hull winger Hatem Ben Arfa.Five-time winners Sevilla face Slavia Prague and Zenit St Petersburg play Villarreal.Elsewhere, Inter are handed Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League last-16 draw, while Napoli will face Red Bull Salzburg.Valencia, who knocked out Celtic, have been pitted against Russian club Krasnodar while Dinamo Zagreb will play Portuguese outfit Benfica.🔸OFFICIAL: ROUND OF 16 DRAW!🔸😃 or 😩 ❓ #UELdraw pic.twitter.com/3OCua9VOkC— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 22, 2019WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.Europa League round of 16 drawChelsea v Dynamo KievEintracht Frankfurt v Inter MilanDinamo Zagreb v BenficaNapoli v SalzburgValencia v KrasnodarSevilla v Slavia PragueArsenal v RennesZenit St Petersburg v VillarrealFirst legs will be played on March 7, second legs on March 14last_img read more

State lawmakers recommend closing the Nome Youth Facility

first_imgThe Nome Youth Facility. (Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM)A subcommittee for the Alaska House of Representatives has recommended closing the Nome Youth Facility. The closure would save more than a million dollars outright, but some say it would come at the expense of kids who live in western Alaska.The Nome Youth Facility serves 28 communities surrounding Nome and Kotzebue. Last week, the House Finance Subcommittee for the Department of Health and Social Services recommended the state shut it down.“We reduced funding to the Nome Youth Facility in the amount of $1,693,900, which deletes 15 full-time positions and three temporary positions and would close the facility,” said Representative Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River), the subcommittee chair.Saddler said the recommendation comes as an adjustment to Governor Bill Walker’s budget proposal, aimed at shrinking the state’s deficit.Juvenile Justice Director Rob Wood said generally low and fluctuating numbers at the Nome Youth Facility in the last few years probably played a role in the recommendation.“Realistically, if you look at detention numbers, they just go up and down quite a bit. And we don’t control those numbers,” he said. “Those are based on law enforcement investigations and arrests.”He said the Nome Youth Facility’s rural location makes lower numbers — and higher operating costs — stand out.But Wood said the facility’s location is also one of its strengths. He said having a facility in Nome allows young offenders around the Bering Strait Region to rehabilitate near home, rather than leave for Fairbanks or Anchorage. They can even participate in local activities like fishing and hiking on the tundra.“One of the reasons we have the Nome Youth Facility is because we thought it was important where it is. We think they do a really good job for the area, not just the community,” he said. “So this is hard for us, but we’re still talking. A lot of this is negotiable.”The full House Finance Committee will consider the recommendation as part of the proposed FY17 budget for the Department of Health and Social Services. Wood said it’s hard to tell whether it will pass, but he knows difficult cuts have to be made.In the meantime, Nome Public Schools is one of the local entities waiting for a final decision. Superintendent Shawn Arnold said the closure would affect the district’s student enrollment and state funding.“We actually run a school out of the Youth Facility, and this cut will be pretty significant for us,” said Arnold. “So it’s not just going to impact the Youth Facility. It’s going to impact our district as well.”The Nome Youth Facility can house 14 juvenile offenders at a time, and it’s one of eight youth facilities in Alaska. Three others also face state funding cuts.last_img read more