IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

first_imgThe Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has elected new members of its council for the 2018-2019 biennium.Category (a) includes ten states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.Category (b) comprises ten states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.Category (c) encompasses 20 states not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.The council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the assembly, for supervising the work of the organization. Between sessions of the assembly, the council performs all the functions of the assembly, except that of making recommendations to governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.The newly elected council will meet, following the conclusion of the 30th Assembly, for its 119th session on December 7 and will elect its chair and vice-chair for the next biennium.The 30th Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from November 27 to December 6, 2017. All 172 member states and three associate members are entitled to attend the assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body.The assembly, which meets once every two years in regular session, is responsible for approving the work program, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the organization. It also elects the organization’s 40-member council.last_img read more

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STX Gets AiP from LR for LNG-Fuelled MR Tanker

first_imgClassification society Lloyd’s Register has presented STX with approval in principle for a 50,000 dwt MR tanker design capable of using LNG as fuel.STX incorporated an LNG-fuelled propulsion system into their existing conventional MR tanker design with technical assistance and support from LR, ensuring that the design is in compliance with the new IGF code as well as LR’s Gas Fuelled Rules, covering other applicable requirements.LR also supported STX in carrying out a risk assessment of the LNG-fuelled propulsion system for the vessel design.“The experience and know-how that has been built to date has been utilised to develop this new LNG-powered MR tanker. The design enables the lowest possible fuel consumption and allow owners to select a design that will meet the future SOx and NOx emission challenges,” EK Choi, Chief Technical Officer of STX, said.“It’s been an exciting project where we are delighted to have been able to support STX in incorporating LNG as a fuel option,” Young-Doo Kim, LR’s North Asia Technical Support Office Manager, added.last_img read more

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Police rule at Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival

first_imgDavin Fraser closed off the day’s activities as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) athletics club teams ran away with most of the spoils at the Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun Day at the Police Sports Club Ground, yesterday.On a day loaded with excitement, however, it was Walter Grant- Stuart’s win in the men’s 5000m cycle race that really got the crowd animated as they unanimously backed the one-handed cyclist.The differently-abled athlete started out with a 200m head start over his competiters, and that was more than what he needed as he maintained the lead throughout the race.As he gained momentum and began lapping a number of his opponents the crowd became even more enthusiastic to see him succeed and many rose to their feet as they cheered him on, breaking out in resounding applause after he rode down his final lap and took the win.In the men’s 4x100m, Kevin Abbensettes,who ran the second leg, ran the race of his life as he established Police in the lead, taking over after a sharp start from Stephon Boodie. On the third leg, Linton Mentis simply needed to preserve that lead, paving the way for Davin Fraser to bring home an easy win.Differently-abled cyclist Walter Grant- Stuart gunning in the lead of the men’s 5000m race at yesterday’s Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival (Samuel Maughn photo)The second place went to Super Upcoming Runners (SUR) ‘A’ team, and the Mercury Fast Laners (MFL) boys took the third place.The preceding women’s 4x100m was just another opportunity for Police to dominate, with Police ‘A’ team taking first place, and Police ‘B’ ending with third place. The SUR women team of Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, Cassie Tixie and Cassie Small finished in third place.Running out of lane three, Police’A’started off with Kezia Bess handing over to Tandika Eastman, who blazed ahead of the pack on the straight.Coming around the turn the team depended on Shauncel Adams to sustain the lead and she did not let them down.With Alita Moore on the final straight the team had no problem closing off with a gapping win ahead of SUR. Cassie Small ended for SUR, while the team also had Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, and Cassie Tixie.The Police ‘B’ team started off with Cindy Fraser, while Tasnica Lovell ended, and Tandika Burgess and Shauncel Adams completed the team.Police also had the female distance medley, the 4x200m mixed, and the male and female sprint medley relay wins. The men’s sprint medley in particular had the packed crowd thrilled as Police dug deep and climbed from third to emerge victorious.Tyrell Peters gave SUR a power start that made them seem almost certain for the win of that 1500m medley relay, but Police still had a card up their sleeve. It was Quacy Morian on the final 800m leg that really pulled the team through, as he closed in on SUR’s Ronaldo Thomas almost 50m lead, and took him down by the first 300m in.Another 300m and Thomas was almost at risk of even losing the second place finish as UG’s Salim Yussuf challenged him on the turn. But Yussuf had nothing left in him to fight with on the final straight, leaving the second place for SUR, and seeing UG finishing in third place.last_img read more

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Terry eyes famous European triumph

first_imgJohn Terry has issued a rallying call to his team ahead of their Champions League showdown with Napoli, declaring that it could be one of the greatest nights in Chelsea’s history.The Blues trail 3-1 from the first leg in Naples, where Juan Mata’s goal gave them a fighting chance of progressing to the quarter-finals in tonight’s second leg.And skipper Terry believes he and interim boss Roberto Di Matteo can lead them to a famous victory.AdChoices广告“It could be one of the great nights of Chelsea’s history and kickstart our run-in to the season,” he said.“In Robbie and I you won’t find two people who care more about this club. We both represent Chelsea and have blue blood.“We’ll get that fiery atmosphere in the dressing room and then take it on to the pitch and hope everyone feeds off that. We’re determined to make things happen.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Clothing drive helps community

first_imgIn hopes of making job-seeking community members more self-sufficient, two USC employees organized the second annual USC Professional Clothing Drive.The clothing drive, which lasts until Dec. 17 and is sponsored by USC Employee Recruitment Services, USC Civic and Community Relations and the Southeast L.A-Crenshaw WorkSource Center, is a chance for USC to give back to the community, said Hector Ramos, a recruitment specialist who is co-leading the drive.“The objective of this annual clothing drive is for the USC community  …  to have the chance to contribute to the welfare and well being of our extended community here in South Los Angeles,” Ramos wrote in an e-mail. “In the spirit of the holidays, this is an opportunity for the Trojans to make a difference and give back to the community in which we live, work and learn.”The Southeast L.A.-Crenshaw WorkSource Center hosts numerous programs aimed at helping the community in time of need. The job readiness program helps the local unemployed find and keep jobs to provide stability. Participants in the program will be able to benefit from the clothing drive, Ramos said.“The clothing collected from this professional clothing drive will be donated to the local WorkSource Center in order to give community job seekers and residents a competitive advantage when they show up for their next job interview,” Ramos said.Phil Barajas, an employee at the WorkSource Center, said the clothing donated to the center reaches many people.“This year we helped hundreds of people, from security officers that need to wear a dark suit all week, to someone that needs a blazer to interview,” Barajas said.The clothing drive is in response to the rising unemployment rate in the last couple of years and the fact that many who are seeking jobs are not equipped to purchase professional business attire for interviews, Ramos said.“Over 100 community job seekers took advantage of last year’s clothing drive. And of those 100, 50 job seekers ended up finding full-time employment,” Ramos said.Diana Seyb, personnel specialist for employee recruitment and leader of the clothing drive, said she was amazed by the participation last year.“It was amazing to see so many USC retirees donating clothing and supporting our efforts to provide professional clothing to the surrounding USC communities for both campuses,” Seyb said.The initial idea for clothing donations was inspired by neckties at the WorkSource Center, Barajas said.“When I started working here last year, there were a couple of ties to give out to clients. I thought. Why not bring my clothing I am not using to help the clients?” Barajas said.He recruited his colleagues to do the same, the idea of the clothing drive evolved from there, he said.USC’s involvement in the clothing drive began with David Brown, talent acquisition supervisor for employee recruitment, Ramos said. When approaching the WorkSource Center, Brown asked how the USC community could support them. Their reply was for professional clothing for their clients.“David began thinking about it and realized that he had lots of high-quality professional attire that he no longer wore and it would be helpful to give them to someone who could use them,” Ramos said.Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays until Dec. 17, excluding Nov. 26. Bins are located on the University Park Campus in the Employee Recruitment Services office, Figueroa Building room 100, and on the Health Sciences Campus in the Civic Community Relations office, Keith Administration Building basement and room 420.last_img read more

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Q&A: Editors discuss state of football team

first_imgUSC’s football team is heading into its first weekend without a game since late September. Over this weekend, Trojan fans will have to sit back and watch the national and the Pac-12 landscapes shift beyond their control. Daily Trojan sports editors Aubrey Kragen and Will Hanley, along with Editor-In-Chief Euno Lee, sat down to discuss the Trojans’ season so far and going forward.Workhorse · Redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen is well on his way to earning offensive MVP honors for the Trojans this year. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanQ: The Trojans are hitting the home stretch and they have a matchup against Cal on a Thursday along with the two rivalry games after that. They’re 6-3 right now. What’s their record going to be at the end of the season?Will Hanley: 9-3. The Trojans have the talent to beat nearly any team in the country. Individually, USC can claim more Pac-12 Player of the Week awards — six, between offense, defense and special teams — than any other Pac-12 squad thus far. The Trojans’ results as a team, however, do not tell that story, and believing in them to go undefeated from here on out is an admittedly dangerous proposition. Everything depends on which USC team shows up on a given Saturday — or Thursday. Will it be the squad that held on for gutsy road wins at Arizona and Stanford, or the group that was eviscerated by an entirely average Boston College offense? Because there is clearly no way to predict that, it still seems a little foolish to pick against the Trojans’ talent.Cal has given up at least 30 points to all but one FBS opponent this season, and it’s hard to believe the Bears’ offense can keep them in the game against a stout USC defensive front. Though rivalry games are always a crapshoot, UCLA nonetheless has yet to put together impressive performances from its offense and defense in the same game. A 17-7 home win over Arizona does not inspire confidence that the Bruins can match their crosstown rivals’ firepower. And Notre Dame? Well, our luck against the Irish has to change at some point, right?Aubrey Kragen: In our first columnist roundtable this year, I predicted that USC would go 14-1 and win the national championship. And after the first game of the season, my ridiculous claim didn’t seem so ridiculous. But the Trojans have hilariously stumbled a few times this season, and I have a feeling they won’t go smoothly through these last three games. We’ll probably beat Cal, but lose to UCLA and Notre Dame. Despite not looking terribly impressive this season, the Bruins have escaped with a handful of wins that they didn’t deserve, and the Nov. 22 tilt between the crosstown rivals will probably fall in their favor, simply because this USC season has been impossible to predict, and Notre Dame is one call away from being undefeated this year.Q: How would you grade USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s performance as a coach so far?Euno Lee: I’d grade Sarkisian’s season a solid B, with the understanding that it’s his first season with a completely new set of players. I’m disappointed that he couldn’t find a way to bring back Clancy Pendergast, who did brilliant things with the defensive backs last season. For a reason that completely escapes me given the generally dilapidated state of Pac-12 defenses, this man does not have a job.What I certainly respect is that Sarkisian takes chances and puts faith in his players to execute. The sky is the limit with this Trojan offense, and though it can be hampered by some shaky play-calling at times, Kessler still has 25 touchdowns to two interceptions on the season.WH: B-minus. As much as USC fans don’t want to hear this, Sarkisian and the Trojans are legitimately a Hail Mary away from being 7-2, and a converted fourth-and-2 away from being 8-1. Yes, a purely results-based evaluation is flawed. And yes, USC even finding itself in situations to lose those games can partially be blamed on the coaching staff. Still, I’d bet that most fans would be willing to look the other way about those coaching errors if a little luck swung their team’s way.Losing close games against ranked conference opponents is no knock on a rookie head coach. If anything, Sarkisian’s deserves a downgrade for one thing: his team’s woeful lack of preparation against Boston College. Without prognosticating about where the season could have gone if the Trojans had won that game, the 37-31 loss cast a pall over a season that started with a lot of hope. It was an inexcusable result among excusable inconsistency.Q: With just three games remaining, who would you tab the Trojans’ offensive and defensive MVPs at the end of the season?WH: Offense: redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen. Defense: sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens.Man, I wish I could give the offensive award to two people. Both Allen and redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler have exceeded expectations, and both rank at or near the top of the Pac-12 in a variety of statistical categories. If anything, I have to give Allen the nod for pure value. The Tallahassee, Florida, native has only one sub-100-yard rushing game this season — in the loss to BC — while two of his three best performances in terms of yards per carry have come in key wins over Arizona and Stanford. Kessler, on the other hand, had his two worst performances of the year in those games.Defense is a no-doubter. I swear Cravens has figured out a way to be in two places at once this season. The man has been all over the field, racking up 12.5 tackles for loss — costing opponents a total of 67 yards — all while figuring out a new position. Get well soon, Su’a.AK: You know it’s a weird season when the quarterback who sets the school record for touchdown passes in a game isn’t the consensus pick for offensive MVP. But like my fellow sports editor, I’ve also gotta tab Buck Allen as that guy. He’s always been dependable, takes care of the ball, and sustains drives. He doesn’t score as many touchdowns as you’d expect, and when he does, they aren’t as spectacular as Nelson Agholor’s punt return touchdowns, but he somewhat quietly accrued the ninth-most rushing yards in the nation.If I say Leonard Williams for defensive MVP, will that launch him back into the conversation for the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft? Yeah, I’m gonna do that. Rooting for you, Leo.last_img read more

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Carnegie Mellon’s Sam Benger balances football, diabetes

first_imgSam Benger was 5 years old when a flurry of health anomalies began to worry his parents. After one particularly late night, his father, Stu, began looking up his symptoms.“You start doing the research online, and realize a lot of terrible things could be the cause,” Stu said.Eventually, Stu and Sam’s mother, Beth, decided to drive Sam to to the Boston Children’s Hospital to run tests. Within hours, doctors diagnosed Sam with Type 1 diabetes.“It was kind of scary,” Stu said. “I mean he was 5 (years old).”Sam spent three days in the hospital, where the doctors ran more tests and began getting the family acclimated to what the rest of Sam’s life would entail. Daily blood sugar tests. Daily insulin shots. And if they failed to carefully monitor the condition, a very real possibility of death.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDoctors were quick to tell the family the negatives of the rest of Sam’s life, but nobody told them the positives.Nobody told the family that Sam would become one of the most legendary football players in Hingham High School (Massachusetts) history. Nobody told them that he would eventually be one of the most decorated running backs in all of Division III football, running for over 3,600 career yards and setting multiple program records at Carnegie Mellon University.But through battling his disease, Sam has realized that he doesn’t need other people to tell him what he can and can’t do. He can figure that out himself.“Diabetes shouldn’t be a limiting factor in any way,” Sam said. “You grow to love challenges, because you know they’re events that will strengthen your character and who you are as a person.”It took a while for the daily routine to catch on when Sam was first diagnosed. Since Sam’s pancreas doesn’t create its own insulin, when his blood sugar gets too low, he has to inject himself with insulin to raise his levels back to normal amounts.A few years after the initial diagnosis, doctors transitioned Sam to an insulin pump. The pump automatically injected Sam with insulin, and although he still had to constantly monitor his blood sugar, it made the routine a little easier.Sam also began playing football around the same time in second grade, with Stu as one of the assistant coaches. Stu said that he was initially worried about Sam getting injured, but his fears subsided when he saw how much potential Sam had.“One of the other coaches came up as he was timing sprints, and he was like, ‘look at these times. He’s a whole second faster than anyone else,’” Stu said. “He was a legend here in youth football, and from day one you could just tell that he’s got it.”Hingham is a hockey town, according to Stu, but everybody knew Sam the football player. By the time he was a junior in high school, he had received offers from multiple colleges, including a letter of interest from the staff at now-No. 3 Michigan, which he posted on his Twitter account.“It shows you can do whatever you want to do with diabetes,” Stu said. “It’s one of the things he emphasizes to tell kids that are diagnosed — it doesn’t have to hold you back.”Around the same time, Sam told his family that he had made the decision to be a college student, not a college athlete.He began looking at Ivy League programs and small Division III programs with strong academics, and eventually got an offer from head coach Rich Lackner at CMU.Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Athletics“I’ve been the head coach for 31 years,” Lackner said. “Those competitive juices that Sam has that he wakes up with every day are something he has day in and day out. He just does everything right all the time.”With the new environment at CMU came new challenges with his diabetes. For the first time in his life, Sam was away from home and his family, the group of people that had supported him throughout his childhood.Sam’s schedule also got tighter. Between classes, homework, practices and games, he said it sometimes was a struggle to find time to monitor his diabetes. Regardless, he has learned to be responsible over the years, and has adapted to life as a college athlete.“It’s like, alright practice is over, I’ve got two or three hours of homework, what can I get in my system?” Sam said. “I’ve grown to really have good control over the diabetes, and it’s something that I think has definitely made me a better person.”He said that careful nutrition is something that most players don’t have to take as seriously as he does, but also something that gives him an advantage over his competitors.Sam was a first team Division III All-American last season, setting the CMU school records for single-season rushing yards, single season touchdowns, single-game rushing yards and single-season yards per game rushing. He has already rushed for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.Sam has developed the pedigree of a ball-hungry, hardworking player, Lackner said, and he refuses to let anything slow him down, even a life-threatening disease that doctors once told him would overshadow him for the rest of his life.“Sam would never use his diabetic condition as a crutch, an excuse or anything of that nature,” Lackner said. “If you came here and didn’t know he was a diabetic, you would never know he was. He knows he has it, he deals with it, and he doesn’t let it hurt his performance at all.” Comments Published on October 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Ex-Laker Derek Fisher weathering growing pains as Knicks’ coach

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK — His words sounded measured and calm, suggesting unyielding optimism the outcome will turn out as he envisioned.Derek Fisher once provided that for the Lakers, complementing Kobe Bryant with a respected locker room presence and clutch shots. All of which helped produce five NBA championships. After exuding those qualities he once perfected as a critical role player, Fisher has since discovered the same approach in his first season as the New York Knicks’ head coach has not crafted the same result. The Lakers (13-34) visit the New York Knicks (9-34) on Sunday at Madison Square Garden amid little intrigue beyond whether a loss could help either team’s chances to land a top draft pick. So much that ESPN dropped the game. “I’m definitely going to search for what I think will get the guys the best out of themselves,” Fisher said. “But I’m also a very strong believer in an individual taking responsibility for themselves. We’re breaking ourselves down through that process in order to build ourselves back up. We want to be the best of the best.”Fisher conveyed optimism for one obvious reason. After winning five of his 11 NBA championships coaching the Lakers, Phil Jackson became the Knicks’ president last season on a five-year deal worth $60 million. Fisher’s assistants include Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and Rasheed Hazzard, figures who once contributed to the Lakers’ championship success on Jackson’s coaching staffs. Yet, Fisher’s new task in rebuilding the Knicks could prove more challenging than sinking a game-winning shot with .04 seconds left, as he once did in the 2004 Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. “He’s learning us and we’re learning him,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said of Fisher. “It’s his first crack at it at being a head coach in New York. So a lot of pressure comes with that. I think he’s handling it very well. He’s only going to get better.” The Knicks went through a stretch this season when they lost a franchise-record 16 consecutive games. Persistent injuries to Anthony (left knee, seven), Amare Stoudemire (knee, ankle, nine), Andrea Bargnani (right calf, hamstrings) and Jose Calderon (right calf) have kept them out of a combined 67 games. Stoudemire lauded Fisher’s teaching, but acknowledged a “learning curve” in executing the triangle offense Jackson once used. center_img The Knicks also took a short-term hit when Jackson traded All-Star center Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks last offseason for Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin. Jackson recently waived Dalembert and traded J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a three-team deal with Oklahoma City and Cleveland, a move that secured them a 2019 second-round pick and loads of cap space for next offseason. The Knicks may have won four of their past six games. But Fisher often stands or sits on the sideline with a stoic expression while stomaching another loss. “I don’t believe, especially in sports, that it’s necessary for everybody else to know what you’re expecting and feeling,” Fisher said. “When our record is flipped the other way, you’re not going to see me smiling and doing cartwheels on the sideline, either. I’ll still be carrying myself the same way because I’m always thinking about what else we can do to get better. “Some people may like it or may not. But I think over time it works well.”Anthony noted unspecified times Fisher has shown anger in practice and behind closed doors. But there remains a reason behind Fisher’s even-keeled approach. He remembered Jackson acting just as calm through both the mostly good and occasionally bad times. “Phil always has a presence whether he’s physically there or not. When he’s physically here, watching practice or at games, he’s observing and watching with very few direct comments.” Fisher said. “We talk every day about the team and what he’s seeing and observing. But I’m still being myself and being my own man and coach. “He wants us to do well. He’s offering his thoughts and information. But he’s not coaching a team. He’s the president of the team. He respects those boundaries. He was never a micromanager as a coach and I don’t think he is as an executive.”That approach once brought the Lakers instant success. But they are experiencing struggles similar to the Knicks. The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season and are on pace to end the 2014-15 season with their worst record in franchise history. Yet, Fisher still credited Lakers coach Byron Scott for instilling a no-nonsense culture, one he still remembers when Scott mentored Fisher his rookie season 18 years ago.“He was willing to sit down, talk to you and say the uncomfortable thing in reminding you as a young guy how you need to go about your business,” Fisher said of Scott. “You see that in his leadership style as a coach with holding guys responsible.”The Lakers hired Scott last season partly because of his connection with the franchise where he won three NBA championships during the Showtime Era. Yet, the Lakers passed over Fisher because they wanted candidates with head-coaching experience. “None at all,” Fisher described as the Lakers’ level of contact. “I can’t say it would’ve interested me or not.”Fisher stressed he “didn’t assume or expect” the Lakers to show interest. After all, the Lakers traded Fisher and a first-round pick in 2012 to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, both to clear salary and trim their backcourt. Did that forever taint Fisher’s relationship with the Lakers’ front office?“It impacts the way you view certain things. But I don’t have any negative feelings toward Mitch (Kupchak), Jim (Buss) or Jeanie (Buss) or anybody there,” Fisher said. “Could it have been different? Should it have been different? I think you can write enough words to describe that. But I’m not carrying it around with me at all. What the organization did by drafting me and all the experiences I had, I have no complaints at all.”Fisher refused to complain about his current gig, either. He remained determined he will rewrite his script with much more polish than his rough first draft. “I’m loving every moment of this opportunity and this job here,” Fisher said. “I love being here and love working with Phil. Even with our struggles, I love what it is we’re trying to do. Success is not found in just the results. We’re going through what successful people have to do.”last_img read more

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Wellington Recreation Commission meeting to be held Tuesday

first_imgSumner Newscow — The Wellington Recreation Commission will be holding their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 7 a.m. located at the WRC (202 S Jefferson).  Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Cover 2: Even Sherman and Rice can’t help Stanford

first_imgFormer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center watches play between Dayton and Stanford during the first half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, we plumb Richard Sherman’s psyche, debunk Peyton Manning’s talismanic quality, examine Mitch McConnell’s phobia and go channel-surfing with John Calipari. Without further ado:___CELEBRITY ALUM(S) OF THE DAYStanford was getting sliced-and-diced again as the second half began, right in front of his eyes. Somebody had to step in.“They need a lockdown defender,” a member of the CBS broadcast crew said.Conveniently, one happened to be sitting nearby. Two if you count Condoleezza Rice.Richard Sherman’s seat at the South Regional in Memphis was a row in front of hers (from Twitter: http://bit.ly/OZBii9 ). But then he got his tickets from Tim Tebow (same agent.).Rice has been a fellow, a professor and the provost at Stanford, and U.S. Secretary of State, but apparently she doesn’t have as much pull. Either way, and other than Dayton clocking the old alma mater 82-72, they appeared to be having a grand time.You might recall that Sherman, who plays cornerback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, made sideline reporting hazardous duty for a few minutes a few months ago (via YouTube.com: http://bit.ly/1g5GN4H ).But Thursday night, he was his off-the-field self, which is to say both engaging and chilled when AP freelancer Clay Bailey asked whether it was tough watching his team get beat without jumping in.“Not when it’s not your sport,” Sherman replied coolly. “It’s easier to watch when it’s not your sport.”That explains a lot.___CELEBRITY ALUM OF TOMORROW?Meanwhile, the last guy who crossed Richard Sherman’s path in his sport probably regrets it still.That would be his opponent in the Super Bowl nearly two months ago, Denver Broncos quarterback and Tennessee alum Peyton Manning.Manning’s Vols face Michigan on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium — aka “The House That Peyton Built,” by turning the once-sorry Indianapolis Colts franchise into a powerhouse before he left town in late 2011. Even if he doesn’t put in an appearance during the game, someone asked Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin whether some of the old Manning magic might rub off on his team.“I hope so,” Martin said. “He’s texted me several times wishing us good luck.”Decide for yourself whether that’s a good thing. There’s the recent Super Bowl loss, then there’s the time Manning turned up at the women’s Final Four at Indy in 2005, when Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols lost to Michigan State. And just last October, the Colts spoiled Manning’s “homecoming” and ended Denver’s quest for an unbeaten season with a 39-33 win.The Vols will understand if he has a previous commitment to honor — somewhere else.___TODAY IN KENTUCKY BASKETBALLFor a guy with two teams still in it, Mitch McConnell probably can’t wait for the tourney to end. It’s been one headache after another.The senate minority leader was raised in Louisville, got his B.A. there, and by most accounts is a rabid Cardinals fan. But he got his law degree from Kentucky.AP’s intrepid congressional reporter, Donna Cassata, tried to get him on the record last year about which team he backs. She looked on helplessly Tuesday as McConnell — who was in the middle of a back-and-forth with reporters about the Ukraine — sidestepped the question yet again, ahead of Friday night’s Louisville-Kentucky clash at the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis.“You know, I didn’t get this far in my line of work by answering questions like that,” he said to laughs. “That is the hottest issue in our state.”McConnell briefly distracted the gathering by citing an article he’d read that when “college basketball is on, there are more eyeballs watching college basketball in the Louisville, Kentucky, media market than any other media market in the country. So it is a passion in our state.”OK, we get it.So who you got?“My law school classmate, the governor, has refused to take a position on this important game,” McConnell finally said, “and I think he’s got it right.”By recent standards, that was practically a command performance. The other question McConnell has been ducking lately is how a clip of Duke basketball players celebrating their 2010 national championship wound up in a campaign video that hit all the state’s other touchstones: horse racing, bluegrass, guns and American flags.The images of the team in white and blue reveling as confetti rains down was on for no more than a split-second. Even so, a few of those “eyeballs” saw it and nearly popped out of their passionate owners’ heads. McConnell’s campaign blamed the mistake on the vendor. Might it have been pressure instead?The incumbent Republican is up for re-election in November, likely against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. If nothing else, she was a lot more candid about her bracket. She picked Wichita State to beat Kentucky (didn’t happen) and Florida to beat defending champ Louisville in the title game.Not saying McConnell’s campaign shouldn’t be nervous.But at the moment, Grimes seems more focused on winning her office pool than the senate seat.___SEE NO EVIL — AND ANYWAY, THE ADULT CHANNELS HAVE BEEN BLOCKEDWaiting around to play a basketball game can be tough on the nerves. With so many of his highly regarded freshmen finally fulfilling their promise, Kentucky coach John Calipari is worried more about egos.At Thursday’s news conference, he repeated the instructions he gave his young Wildcats when they were finished with practice and under lockdown (presumably) in their hotel rooms. He’d rather they stare at blank walls and then hear about how good they’ve become.“Don’t watch any TV,” Calipari began. “Watch the History Channel, watch Biography, watch the military channel, watch movies and don’t read anything, don’t look at anything.”He better hope his players aren’t nearly as sharp as some his fans (see above). Because the way March Madness is settling in, UK basketball will probably make a cameo on all those channels and more.We suggest Animal Planet’s “River Monsters”, which was the go-to show for UConn star Shabazz Napier last year when he wanted to avoid any mention of the tournament. OK, so UConn was barred from last year’s NCAAs because of academic sanctions, but they weren’t going to get mentioned, anyway. Not only that; it’s all fishing all the time.“I love fishing,” said Napier, whose Huskies face Iowa State on Friday night in New York. “And I could get the smallest fish, but I think it’s the biggest fish ever.”Quit bragging.___STAT OF THE DAYIn honor of the bluegrass state, STATS offers handicappers this tip: Based on the experience level of the teams, each of Friday’s four regional semifinals is a potential mismatch. Looking at total tournament man-games on each team’s roster entering 2014, the matchups break down this way: Michigan State (49 man-games) vs. Virginia (three); Louisville (53) against Kentucky (nine); Michigan (47) battling Tennessee (five) and Connecticut (23) vs. Iowa State (nine).And they’re off!___QUOTE OF THE DAY“People grieve for a year after the game. People celebrate for a year after the game. I’ve tried to not make it bigger than it is. But it doesn’t work.” — Calipari on the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry.___THURSDAY’S RESULTSRegional SemifinalsSouth RegionalAt Memphis, Tenn.Dayton 82, Stanford 72Florida 79, UCLA 68West RegionalAt Anaheim, Calif.Wisconsin 69, Baylor 52Arizona 70, San Diego State 64FRIDAY’S GAMESRegional SemifinalsEast RegionalAt New YorkUConn (28-8) vs. Iowa State (28-7)Michigan State (28-8) vs. Virginia (30-6)Midwest RegionalAt IndianapolisKentucky (26-10) vs. Louisville (31-5)Michigan (27-8) vs. Tennessee (24-12)last_img read more

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