ESPN Predicts College Football’s 10 Winningest Teams In 2019

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is now just days away, as Florida and Miami will kick off the season in a special “Week 0” game on Saturday night.The preseason Coaches’ Poll and Associated Press poll have been released and projections for the year are rolling in.Who’s going to end up winning the most games?ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its projections.1. Clemson: 12.3 – 0.7 Trevor Lawrence celebrates touchdown with Garrett Williams.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers hugs Garrett Williams #44 after he rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)2. Alabama: 11.0 – 1.6 Tua Tagovailoa and DeVonta Smith being interviewed after the Crimson Tide's national title game win.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 and DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide are interviewed by ESPN analyst Maria Taylor after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Alabama Crimson Tide won 26-23. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)3. Oklahoma: 10.9 – 2.0 A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley talking into his headset.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners during Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)4. Michigan: 10.5 – 2.1 Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)5. Georgia: 9.9 – 2.7 Jake Fromm running onto the field.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)6. Boise State: 9.8 – 2.9 Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.BOISE, ID – NOVEMBER 09: Head Coach Brian Harsin of the Boise State Broncos wears a smile after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs on November 9, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 24-17. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)7. Oregon: 9.7 – 2.8 Justin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)8. UCF: 9.7 – 2.8 UCF coach Josh Heupel looks on during game.ORLANDO, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Josh Heupel of the UCF Knights Looks on during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 17, 2018 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)9. LSU: 9.5 – 2.7 Vadal Alexander and other LSU football players celebrate a play.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers with Vadal Alexander #78 and La’el Collins #70 during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)10. Notre Dame: 9.4 – 2.6 A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full Football Power Index projections here.last_img read more

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Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up

first_imgzoom Maritime transport is moving towards the use of gas as a prime source of energy for propulsion and power generation on board ships. As the ‘dash for gas’ takes hold worldwide, the maritime industry has a golden opportunity to leapfrog the increasingly strict regime governing emissions of harmful atmospheric pollutants, reduce the carbon footprint of ship operations, and proceed quickly to the adoption of gas, a sustainable and cost-effective source of energy.The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is a non-governmental organisation established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. Formally based in Bermuda with business offices in London, the SGMF was officially established in February 2013.SGMF’s General Manager Mark Bell agreed to share his insights regarding the current position of gas as a marine fuel, as well as to offer future projections on what seems as the most logical step shippers can take to cut fuel costs and reduce emissions.WMN: What was the motivation behind starting the SGMF Society?Bell: “It has been set up as a membership-based organisation and an NGO to represent the best views of the industry, and the best practice within the industry, regarding not only gas as a marine fuel, but also alternative marine fuels of the future. It has been set up to handle the issues dealing with gas and LNG as a marine fuel, which are totally different to the issues around LNG as a transportation cargo.”WMN: Seeing that you are a relatively new NGO player, what do you intend to bring to the table?Bell: “The best practice for the industry. We cannot be prescriptive, we cannot write specifications, we cannot tell people what to do, but as a membership-based industry organisation we can issue guidelines which are the best the industry has to offer.”WMN: Do you see yourself more as a body aimed at raising awareness within the existing regulatory framework or more as a regulatory body for areas that haven’t been adequately covered?Bell: “In terms of the maritime regulatory framework, it tends to be the framework which is reactive as opposed to being proactive. We have the responsibility to manage the public perception of this new marine fuel, what it means, and what impact it has on society. In terms of its environmental performance, there is much of the awareness to be raised there.”WMN: What are the key issues that need to be sorted out with respect to facilitating LNG to become the Number 1 marine fuel?Bell: “The first one is safety. Do not spill it, do not cause an incident, do not harm any people, environment or property. That has got to be the first and foremost.The second one is to make sure that the best that the industry has to offer for technology is brought together.The third one should be that the environmental performance matters are met, and probably the fourth one that needs to be dealt with is that everybody can see the commercial advantage to be had when using LNG as a marine fuel.”WMN: Would you say that the commercial viability of LNG is your strongest argument?Bell: “No, it is not the number one, but it is the one that affects everybody, everybody wants a competitive advantage, and there are always those to be had.”Speaking of the recent Resavika leakage incident Bell said: “One should make sure that the communication is there between the organisation, making sure that they do what they said they were going to do. The statement we issued on our website regarding the incident outlines the importance of adhering to guidelines.”WMN: What are the benefits and what are the challenges you would single out for those who want to shift to LNG?Bell: “There are many benefits. The challenge is to do it fast enough. The maritime industry is not the fastest moving industry in the world, such a major shift is not going to happen overnight. However, there are other industries that are moving far quicker towards adoption of gas as a fuel, and certainly in areas such as North America where there is a dash for gas at the moment amongst some other industries such as rail, mining, road.Maritime industry might find itself a little bit late in the pecking order, so speed I would say would be one of the major challenges. The benefits are many, but once the safety and technological challenges are overcome, the main benefit will be improved environmental performance, which is a major advantage when using gas.”WMN: Any downsides?Bell: “A lot of people perceive that using a cryogenic gas in a liquid form is a challenge for the maritime industry, so the downsides of using gas would be for the global bunkering industry to embrace this technology and move forward, and to look at different ways to doing things.You hear a lot of the industry say it has got to be a bunker barge, it has got to be done in the same way, and that is the way we have always done it. That is the hindrance, and the main challenge is not being able to think differently and do things differently.”WMN: Recently we have seen many firsts in terms of new ship designs adopting LNG as fuel, like the first drillship fuelled by LNG, announced by ABS and DSME. What direction will the LNG industry take in the future? What are your projections?Bell:” If you have an existing asset, in general it does not make sense to convert it to this technology, those vessels are amortized and financed over a period of time, so for a buyer to make a major investment mid-way through does not generally make sense, unless the vessel is on a long-term charter, back-to-back service, or in a restricted area.But for newbuilding it totally makes sense. To not consider this as a viable alternative for any sector of maritime industry would be a mistake. We will probably see a few conversions, but not many. On the other hand, newbuildings are a different story.For the short-sea shipping, the local shipping  and the inland waterways you will see developments pretty much extensively across the board. The attractiveness of the price of the commodity is irresistible.Deep-sea shipping is a different prospect, where availability is a major factor. We will probably see sectors such as container ships, maybe vessels that are on 15 to 20-year charters picking this up as the availability increases.I think we will see deep-sea shipping moving towards this fuel in a major way over the next 5 to 10 years. There are projections that anywhere between 250 and 2,500 ships LNG-fuelled ships will be built within the next 5 years. Even if it goes to 2,500 ships or beyond, that is still a relatively small proportion of the world fleet, but that is probably a rather conservative guess.When you start looking at larger ships, deep-sea operations and long-term operations, 2,500 ships is still a small portion, but nevertheless a significant one.”WMN: What about the port infrastructure, are the ports ready for a surge in LNG orders?Bell: “No. But that is more increasingly being seen as an opportunity. If you look at the existing port infrastructure, it is for commodity LNG.Now, is that available for bunkering by and large? The answer is no. The advantages of having a clean sheet of paper if you will, is being able to provide strategically the best bunkering solutions for LNG.The lack of infrastructure is more and more being seen as an opportunity rather than as a problem. You are not stuck with an existing infrastructure, you can put it wherever you want it. One example would be that you could have package liquefaction plant liquefying gas on a small scale for marine bunkering from pretty much anywhere. Or you could have an offshore supply terminal sitting out in an anchorage. The range is almost limitless.”WMN: Is the introduction of the stricter 0.1% Sulphur Directive, coming into force in January 2015, a positive development for LNG? What are your comments on the UK Chamber of Shipping lobbying to postpone the introduction of the Directive?Bell: “It is very unlikely that the Directive is going to be postponed any further. The Chamber of Shipping is the voice of shippers who are struggling to comply with their existing assets.We have got sympathy towards the shippers, but on the other hand, the Directive has been on the table since 2005, so there has been ten years for the industry to get itself together to comply with this Directive.The switch will take time, and these initiatives are there to try to make the industry move a little quicker. Again, the speed of change is the biggest challenge.” World Maritime News Staff; August 27, 2014last_img read more

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SHADO Group to invest USD10 mn in Pune factory to produce electric

first_imgSingapore: Singapore-based SHADO Group plans to invest USD 10 million (approximately Rs 70 crore) in its Pune factory to produce electric three-wheelers, the first of which will be unveiled in Bengaluru later in the day. The three-wheeler, branded as ERICK, is among the latest electric vehicle (EV) technologies based on affordable low-voltage, high-performance instantly-charged transportation mode, Saurabh Markandeya, Co-CEO and Executive Director at SHADO Group, told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal He stated that the company plans to invest USD 10 million in its Pune factory to these electric three-wheelers, adding that it is also planning to exports to emerging economies. The group, which has its research and development centres in Singapore, Malacca and Bengaluru, is in the process of starting production of 1,000 units per month from Pune this month for India. The zero-emission three-wheeler is designed to work in urban environment, he pointed out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost ERICK has a range of 70-km per charge and is capable of operating at high ambient temperatures and exceeds gasoline, CNG and diesel vehicles in performance. ERICK passenger and the cargo three-wheeler models will be available in urban India and developing markets in Africa and South East Asia. The vehicles are designed and manufactured by Bengaluru-based Adarin Engineering Technologies following its merger with SHADO Group in 2017. The present fleet of EVs take too long to charge, are expensive and charging stations are few and far between, Markandeya observed. EVs need to match conventional vehicles in performance, cost and durability, as well as have the requisite charging infrastructure in place, he elaborated. SHADO group intends to partner Indian Small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs to build out a pan-India charging ecosystem that will go on to enable the widespread consumer adoption of electric vehicles, said Markandeya.last_img read more

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Matthew Vincent Raymond 48 charged in Fredericton shooting

first_imgFREDERICTON – Police say Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers and two civilians.Police say the 48-year-old Fredericton man is accused of killing Bobbie Lee Wright, Donnie Robichaud, Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns in the Friday morning shooting.They have not said whether he knew any of the deceased.As of Saturday morning, the residential area where the incident took place remained cordoned off and a mobile police command post was on scene.An officer said it was unclear how long the probe would take, and police have asked anyone who captured photos or video of the incident to come forward.More coming.last_img

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WilsonRaybould tells constituents shes sticking with Liberals for 2019 vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould is telling her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election this fall as a Liberal.The former justice minister and attorney general quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month and has testified that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial on corruption charges.In an open letter posted to her website today, she says important questions haven’t been answered about the affair and Canadian politics still has a “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games.”The letter also says she has support from people across the country who want to change that, which is why she is staying in politics and in the Liberal party.Trudeau has said he needs more time to think about whether he will move to expel Wilson-Raybould from caucus, or bar her from running for the party.Wilson-Raybould was first elected in Vancouver-Granville in 2015 and has already been nominated to carry the Liberal banner in October’s election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Heat no bar 45 percent polling between 9 am and 1 pm

first_imgKolkata: There is something interesting to note if somebody delves deep into the voting percentage of Bengal in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday.Seven of the eight constituencies in the state recorded more than 80 percent voter turnout and interestingly, 45 percent of the total votes were cast from 9 am to 1 pm when the afternoon heat was almost unbearable with temperature shooting up over 35 degrees, coupled with the high humidity level causing profuse perspiration and discomfort. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe overall polling percentage in the state stood at a whopping 83.46 percent, which is far ahead of Haryana that ranked second with 70.31 percent and Madhya Pradesh at third that recorded a polling percentage of 65.25. Kanthi recorded 85.81 percent polling – the second highest in the state as well as in the country after Bishnupur. The figures of the Commission revealed that from 9 am to 1 pm, the East Midnapore constituency witnessed 45.9 percent voting. In the first two hours (7 am to 9am) Kanthi recorded 12.50 percent voting, which rose to 57.09 percent at 1 pm. More than half of the total votes in Kanthi were cast during these four hours. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPurulia, which recorded a polling of only 16.92 percent in the first two hours, had a jump 39.68 percent taking the total percentage to 56.60 percent at 1 pm. This was an increase of 48.22 percent on the total polling in the constituency. The Jhargram seat recorded an increase of 46.51 percent and Tamluk had an increase of 46.55 percent of the total votes polled in the respective constituencies. Even Bankura with 78.50 percent – the lowest voting percentage among the eight constituencies in the state, witnessed a jump of 52.48 percent on the basis of the total number of votes cast in the constituency in these four hours. The district that had a voting percentage of only 11.62 percent in the first two hours of polling, recorded an increase of 41.2 percent taking the voter turnout to 52.82 percent in the next four hours. Bishnupur is the only constituency that had an increase of 33.95 percent in these four hours. The percentage calculated on the total number of votes polled revealed that this parliamentary constituency in Bankura had an increase of only 38.36 percent – the lowest increase among the eight constituencies. Interestingly, among the 59 constituencies that went to polls on Sunday, all the top spots were bagged by the eight LS seats in Bengal. Bishnupur topped with 87.36 percent, followed by Kanthi (85.81 percent), Jhargram (85.39 percent), Tamluk (85.32 percent) and Bankura (78.50 percent).last_img read more

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Ecuador UNICEF continues support to young victims of widespread flooding

About 40 per cent of the displaced are children, UNICEF reported yesterday, adding that at least 14,000 Ecuadorians are currently living in shelters and schools because of the rain and floods, which have devastated cropland and killed around two dozen people.The agency has begun a programme with the National Institute for Children and Family to provide emotional and psychological support to more than 10,000 children traumatized by the floods. Hundreds of volunteers have been trained and given backpacks containing recreational materials for young people.UNICEF said it was also working with the Ecuadorian health ministry to provide chloride equipment, safe water, mattresses and insecticide-treated mosquito nets as part of efforts to prevent the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.Many people are currently living in the midst of what are effectively immense polluted lakes, with the only transportation being small wooden boats. The coastal lowlands have been the hardest hit by the weather this year and national authorities have warned that floods are likely to last through next month. 3 April 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is continuing its relief efforts in Ecuador, where thousands of people are still living in temporary shelters in the wake of torrential rains and floods that have pummelled the country since the start of the year. read more

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Too many refugees denied their rights despite recent gains – UN official

Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller described the past year as “not the worst, but certainly not the best of times” in terms of the international community’s performance on refugee protection issues, in an address yesterday to the annual meeting of UNHCR’s 76-member Executive Committee in Geneva. Among the positive findings of the agency’s annual Note on International Protection was that many States have honoured their responsibilities to provide asylum and protection.“Last year, more than 700,000 refugees were able to return home, while some 70,000 are benefiting from resettlement opportunities made available by an ever growing and diversifying group of resettlement providers,” Ms. Feller stated.“New laws in a number of countries have extended the rule of law in displacement situations, including through more enlightened provisions in key areas such as sexual and gender-based violence. The right to a nationality has been underpinned through serious efforts on the part of States to ensure the necessary documentation is available to formally record births, deaths or marriages,” she added.At the same time, there are still a “disturbing” number of refugees today who do not enjoy the rights which refugee law formally guarantees them, she said.“UNHCR’s ability to extend protection is challenged in many regions by the absence of political will to support it and the disinclination to recognize that asylum is a non-political and humanitarian act.“Asylum is viewed through the security prism in many parts of the world. This has meant denial to specified groups of access to the existing asylum procedures, with forced return or refoulement a repeated occurrence.”In addition, the Assistant High Commissioner noted increasing racism and exclusion in many parts of the world, as well as a resurgence in anti-foreigner sentiment, including in some countries that have provided support for refugees for many years.“Intolerance has many faces,” she said. “Intolerance is obviously not solely linked to refugee arrivals, but it is part of the asylum equation, in subtle and not so subtle forms. It impacts border control measures, refugee status decisions, resettlement and integration programmes, and the sustainability of refugee and asylum policies in many countries.”Almost 150 countries have signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and/or its 1967 Protocol, Ms. Feller pointed out. However, the failure by some States to perform up to Convention standards is detrimental to those other States which do comply and take implementation seriously.“It can disturb burden-sharing, distort the operation of the system internationally, provoke secondary movements and complicate responsibility-sharing arrangements,” she said. “Non-implementation also impedes UNHCR’s own capacity to assist and be a protection partner of host States.”Ms. Feller highlighted the importance of burden-sharing among States, noting that currently the majority of refugees are in countries that do not have the resources to meet their needs. In fact, a new report released by UNHCR today revealed gaps in several areas, including shelter, health, education, food security, sanitation and the prevention of sexual violence. “Refugee Realities” is based on the pilot Global Needs Assessment carried out by UNHCR in eight pilot countries in early 2008 – Cameroon, Ecuador, Georgia, Rwanda, Thailand, Tanzania, Yemen and Zambia.“Anyone who visits a refugee camp or sees the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers living in urban areas can be in no doubt that more needs to be done,” said Deputy High Commissioner L. Craig Johnstone.“The Global Needs Assessment is a clear mapping of the real state of the world’s refugees and others of concern – their total needs and, very importantly, the consequences of not meeting these needs,” Mr. Johnstone said. “It is a blueprint for action and allows donors to have a very accurate picture of what’s needed and what the impact of their backing will be.” 9 October 2008Far too many refugees and asylum-seekers still face intolerance and are denied their rights, even though the past year has witnessed some improvements in their treatment, according to the top protection official serving with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

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Rift in COPE as chairman walks out on CB bond issue

A rift has emerged in the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) after its chairman Sunil Handunneththi walked out of a meeting today.Handunneththi walked out of the meeting after accusing the United National Party (UNP) members in the committee of attempting to intimidate the report on the Central Bank (CB) bond scam. The COPE report on the bond scam was not backed by UNP members in the committee. (Colombo Gazette)

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World Series champ Red Sox accept invitation to White House

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.Team President Sam Kennedy says the ballclub is working out a date with the White House.The traditional champions’ visit to Washington has become more politicized, with some teams declining invitations from President Donald Trump.Kennedy says it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend.Manager Alex Cora says he’ll be there. A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island. He says he will use the platform “in the right way.”Cora and others were at a premiere Monday for a documentary on their championship season.The Associated Press

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Former Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleads guilty to having physical

Then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) lines up in coverage during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while impaired, reduced from a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence, Tuesday.According to the Franklin County court report, Roby was fined $375 in addition to court fees.Roby was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence that was suspended on the condition that Roby participate in a three-day driver intervention program. He was given 30 days of probation as well.The former OSU cornerback was charged with OVI April 20.Roby’s agent Michael Perrett issued the following statement to The Lantern following Roby’s plea deal Tuesday.“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” Perrett said in an email.“A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today … Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”Roby, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, voiced his frustration with the matter last week.“I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot,” Roby tweeted April 25 from his personal account, @BradRoby_1.Roby did not immediately respond an email requesting comment Tuesday.He was suspended the first game of the 2013 season after an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. The charges in that case were later dropped.Roby, who redshirted the 2010 season, recorded eight interceptions and 179 total tackles in his time at OSU and was named an All-American by ESPN in 2012. He is one of 30 NFL prospects scheduled to attend the NFL Draft in New York May 8. read more

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Un élastique pour lutter contre le VIH

first_imgUn élastique pour lutter contre le VIHUne nouvelle méthode de circoncision non chirurgicale appelée PrePex a reçu l’aval de l’Agence américaine du Médicament (FDA) le mois dernier. Moins coûteux, moins douloureux et plus efficace, ce type d’opération pourrait limiter la contamination du virus du sida. Depuis plusieurs années maintenant, les chercheurs ont découvert que la circoncision permet de réduire de 60% le risque d’infection au VIH. En effet, cette opération consiste à couper le prépuce, une peau qui contient de nombreuses cellules dendritiques particulièrement sensibles au VIH. En laissant le gland du pénis à découvert, les risques de contamination diminuent ainsi grandement. Toutefois, la circoncision reste une opération douloureuse et coûteuse qu’il est difficile de généraliser. Mais des scientifiques israéliens ont mis au point en 2009 une technique qui pourrait rendre l’opération moins lourde. Une méthode baptisée PrePex qui a été reconnue en janvier 2012 par l’Agence américaine du Médicament (FDA). Celle-ci consiste à apposer un élastique au bout du pénis sur le prépuce, ce qui a pour effet de couper l’irrigation. Ainsi privé, le prépuce s’étiole et peut tomber au bout d’une semaine ou être coupé “comme un ongle”, selon Tzameret Fuerst, PDG de la société cité par le Courrier International. Et pour que chaque prépuce soit suffisamment comprimé sans causer de douleur, il existe cinq tailles d’anneaux. Par ailleurs, la procédure n’entraine aucun saignement et nécessite simplement l’application d’une crème anesthésiante. Celle-ci peut alors être réalisée par des infirmières ayant subi une formation de quelques jours. Autre avantage majeur : son coût. D’après ses créateurs, l’élastique ne devrait pas coûter plus de 15 euros, prix qui fait actuellement l’objet de négociations.Des tests au Rwanda prometteurs À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au vu de tels avantages, il n’est donc pas étonnant que le PrePex ait déjà fait l’objet d’une expérimentation. Lors d’une conférence sur le SIDA, des chercheurs du ministère de la Santé ont annoncé que la technique avait été testée chez 590 hommes parmi lesquels seuls 2 auraient eu des complications “modérées”. 2 cas pour 590 sujets, c’est un taux dix fois inférieur à celui de la circoncision chirurgicale, souligne le Dr Jason Reed, épidémiologiste à la division VIH-sida du Centre américain de lutte et de prévention contre les maladies (CDC). De même, sur une échelle de douleur de 0 à 10, la moyenne était d’environ 1 lors de la pose de l’anneau et de 3 lors de son retrait. D’après le Dr Reed, 3 équipes de deux infirmières pourraient en théorie circoncire environ 400 hommes par jour avec cette méthode quand la technique classique ne permet d’opérer que 60 à 80 hommes. L’étude a été approuvée par le Comité national d’éthique du Rwanda et a été menée à l’Hôpital militaire de Kanombe, entre Juillet et Octobre 2011. D’après Alphonse Sibomana, médecin à l’hôpital militaire de Kanombe, ce système de circoncision masculine nécessite également moins de d’expertise. “Dans ce sens, il permet de gagner du temps et de diminuer les couts du soin”, a-t-il expliqué.Le 20 février 2012 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Assemblymember Brian Maienscheins legislation to combat human trafficking is signed into law

first_img September 5, 2018 Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s legislation to combat human trafficking is signed into law 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An anti-human trafficking bill that was authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. AB 2105 allows courts to triple any fine, add a civil penalty, or damage award regarding the purchase of sex from a minor.“In San Diego alone, sex trafficking is estimated to be an $810 million a year industry and we can see that criminal sanctions are not enough to stop these reprehensible enterprises.”“AB 2105 protects children from sex predators looking to make money off their suffering. It also provides a base statutory civil penalty of $10,000 to be awarded to minor sex trafficking victims. This new law deters child sex purchasers and provides a source of funds for the rehabilitation of victims of commercial sexual exploitation,” said Maienschein.The U.S. State Department conservatively estimates 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked annually in the country. More than 80% of reported trafficking cases are sex trafficking cases. The average age of entry for girls into prostitution or pornography is 12-14 years; for boys in California, the average age drops to 11 to 13 years old.The bill’s author, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein joined us in studio on Good Morning San Diego to tell us about his bill that has been signed into law.Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, of San Diego, represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta. Posted: September 5, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Brian Maeinschein FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Borough Mayor Vetoes Additional Funding For KPBSD

first_imgThe mayor’s budget will be presented to the assembly at  their meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Additional details to follow. Total funds provided for school purposes are $57,555,977; the Borough portion is $57,555,977 and the State of Alaska is forecasted to provide $0.00 for debt reimbursement. Funding provided by the Borough, net of the State’s contribution for debt service, for school purposes is equivalent to 6.79 mills. This statute outlines the minimum and maximum amounts that can be contributed to the school district. The required minimum local contribution is estimated to be $27,492,488 and the maximum amount is $52,537,091. The amount the Borough has appropriated for FY2020 is $51,512,091, or 98% of the maximum allowed by statute. Pierce announced his intent to veto the additional funding in education ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting. That money had been approved by the assembly at its April 16 meeting. Pierce also released his proposed KPB Budget for FY2020 to the Assembly. The largest component of the budget is the contribution the Borough makes to fund the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The Borough’s local contribution is governed by AS 14.17.410, according to a social media post from the borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce issued a veto of Ordinance 2018-19-33, which appropriated supplemental funding of $2,423,955 for the Kenai Peninsula School District for Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Sales tax revenue is expected to cover $32,272,462; the balance of funding of $25,283,515 (equivalent to 2.98 mills) comes from property taxes, federal revenue, and other sources. Total funding provided for schools (not including post-secondary education funding) represents an amount equal to 68% of the Borough’s General Fund budget.last_img read more

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State govts get nutritional cushion Centre to sell pulses at discounted rates

first_imgReuters fileThe state government is all set to get pulses at discounted rates from the central government. The pulses will be made available for the mid-day meal scheme for school children through the public distribution system (PDS). In an unprecedented move, nutritional indicators for poor households are likely to improve as the government will clear the 3.5 million tonne of stock gathered in last year.Interestingly, last year India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mozambique where India will import around 150,000 metric tonnes (a unit of weight equal to 1,000 kilograms) of Mozambique grown pigeon pea (commonly known as tur/arhar). The move was strongly opposed by the Indian farmer unions as the country has reported a bumper pulse production in last few years with an increase in area under cultivation.Pulses like tur, chana, moong, masoor and urad will be sold at a discounted price of ₹15 per kg over current wholesale prices. The cabinet stated that the move will be a one-time measure to clear the stock for about ₹5,237 crore and sale will last for one year only. Wholesale inflation rose sharply in July on the back of spiralling prices of pulses, vegetables and sugar. In Picture: An employee collects wheat from a sack inside a grocery store at a residential area in Mumbai, India, March 14, 2016 (representational image)Reuters fileFollowing the record production of pulses in subsequent years, the government stepped in to buy pulses at minimum support prices from peasants as farm gate prices fell sharply. The step was taken to protect the farmers’ interest against the low prices.Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of law and justice and electronics and information technology hailed the decision of the government and said, “This is a pro-poor decision. We intend to give nutritional strength to the poor people. Pulses are generally out of reach of the poor because of high prices. Since pulses have high protein content in them, they will help in improving the health status of the poor.”According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) 2015-16, one-third children in India are malnourished, underweight (35.7%), or stunted (38.4%), and 21% of children under five years. Moreover, protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) continues to be a major public health problem in India.Pulses are an important source of protein which provides iron, zinc, folate, and magnesium and fibre. The inclusion of pulses in the diet not only prevents major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments but also helps to eradicate malnourishment and protein energy malnutrition.last_img read more

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In a dream reverie

first_imgA painter, a story writer and a poet whose words echo her heart’s desires, Hyderabad-based artist Tarab Khan is displaying her third exhibition in the Capital titled Whimsical 3, The Wonder Walk.  The exhibition is about her dreamlike paintings with a childlike curiosity to chase and explore life, fantasies and beyond. Tarab says she doesn’t acknowledge any boundaries that define an end. Some of her paintings are inspired by her poems like Am I for Real, A piece, A bunch of lilies and many more. The recent work is her series on The Wonder Work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She has always been a dreamer, she has always felt like a voyager embarking on a journey to discover the Dreams and experience the Reality of life. She says, being human, blessed with senses, she could see and discover the imaginary world of dreams, she could hear the silent music and its vibrations, feel and sense the nature, its mysteries around.In Wonder Walk she steps into those moments and paint them with the rhyming intensity. Wonder walk is a journey through different times, in different state of mind, on different levels of sub-consciousness and with enchanting experiences. As a lone voyager she is on a journey to discover the life, fantasy and beyond! Tarab’s paintings are vibrant, colourful and radiate energy.When: Till 3 JanuaryWhere: Lalit Kala Academylast_img read more

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Virtual Help for Real Entrepreneurs

first_imgOctober 14, 2008 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve got piles of paper cluttering your office and to-do lists that seem to be multiplying like rabbits. The good news is that many of the tasks that keep you from being as productive (and profitable) as you could be can be outsourced. You may not think you can afford to hire help, especially in these economically turbulent times. But the fact is you can’t afford not to.Today’s Profit FormulaThe internet lets you access scads of talented folks with a click of your mouse. And while some tasks, such as filing or greeting clients, might require on-site work, many administrative, marketing and sales functions can be handily accomplished using the services of one or more Virtual Assistants (VAs).Having a VA frees you up to do what you do best. The smart profit formula for lots of successful entrepreneurs (whether they’re a firm of one or many) involves a little front-end investment for maximum returns.For example, Danny Bradbury, a Canadian freelance writer with clients in his home country, the UK and the Middle East, has seen his workload decrease by 25 percent and business increase 30 percent since using a VA for administrative tasks, such as scheduling interviews, transcribing interviews, tracking down contacts, doing back research and registering him for webinars. Sounds like a darn good deal, right?Three More Takes Regarding VA’s.Laurie Macomber, president of Colo.-based Blue Skies Marketing, an SEO company serving clients across the country, uses a team of virtual workers from different areas (including Canada) to handle diverse functions. Her VA, Melissa Silva, runs Alchemy Virtual Office Solutions out of her Georgia home. She accomplishes an impressive list of tasks for Macomber, including:Team management and communicationsScheduling and tracking jobsSetting up virtual password protected communications and file sharing systemSending presents to clients for referrals, writing and sending out handwritten thank you notesResearchProofreading and “prettying up” documentsAccording the Macomber, aka the Google Guru, along with the benefit of having time to run her business, she loves that she doesn’t have to deal with any personnel or HR issues typically associated with a part-time or full-time employee.”At first I thought it was outrageous when I discovered the cost would range from $30 to $35 an hour, but their hour is so efficient,” Macomber says. “Their 15 minutes is another person’s hour.”Michael Katz, chief penguin of Blue Penguin Development, an electronic newsletter relationship marketing firm in Massachusetts) concurs. He went back to work with a VA after a three-month stint with a less productive employee. His L.A.-based VA, who works for Ohio-based Coaches Marketing Source, handles behind-the-scenes tasks that include the mail server and shopping cart, as well as projects related to spell checking and what Katz calls “important detail work.”Katz found his VA through a friend’s recommendation. Katz says his VA experience has been purely positive. “She allows me to be more effective. I know that there’s a direct connection between the increased income I see coming in,” Katz says, adding it covers the expense of paying his VA.Kim Beasley is the owner and senior developer of several businesses, including CustomizeWordPress and Agape3 Business Services, a five-year-old web design and business consulting firm in St. Louis. She has clients all over the world, including Australia and Canada, due in no small part to her team of VAs. Unlike Katz, who prefers to utilize his VA for back-end tasks, Beasley assembled a VA team of professionals with specific skill sets that directly handle many of the services she offers. Her three VAs take care of graphic design, content management, audio and video editing, as well as a range of internal administrative work like managing Beasley’s calendar, scheduling webinars and training, putting networking information on Facebook, etc.”I believe in using the strengths of my VAs, and those things I feel I can outsource, I do,” Beasley says.Because of the web and the various business-related portals and programs (such as Basecamp, GotoMeeting, Twitter and Facebook) these entrepreneurs can do everything a traditional brick-and-mortar does, and more; including client prospecting, account management, selling products and providing services. Effective VAs are worth their weight in gold. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Minorities Expected to Close Homeownership Gaps by 2045

first_img Future U.S. households will be more diverse, with Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, and other minorities set to bolster up homeownership numbers in the coming decades.A whitepaper from First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming showed that minority household numbers will see substantial growth in the next 45 years, with a large portion of the increase stemming from the Hispanic population.According to First American, the U.S. population will be mostly minorities by 2045, and the fastest growing ethnic group will be Hispanics. This group will make up one-quarter of the total population, double the size of African-Americans.Minority population growth is expected to also drive household formation growth and homeownership demand, Fleming said.”Just as non-Hispanic white Americans in the past have aged into their prime home-owning years, minority households will do the same, Fleming stated. “Today, large segments of the minority population, primarily Hispanic, are too young to be expected to pursue homeownership, yet their time will come.”Since the housing crisis, minority borrowers have had trouble getting a mortgage loan or been completely locked out of the housing market due to affordability problems. Now, eight years into the recovery, minorities are still a disproportionate part of the housing economy.Zillow’s recent analysis of mortgage access and homeownership by race showed that eased credit access is allowing more people to be eligible for mortgage loans, especially among middle-income blacks and Hispanics, but despite the uptick, they still lag behind in the housing market recovery.Another report from the Urban Institute showed that clear signs of recovery have been recorded in the housing market, but minority borrowers do not seem to be linked to this recovery.”A number of reforms can be undertaken to encourage lending to creditworthy borrowers who would have qualified before the housing boom,” Urban Institute said. “A return to 2005 and 2006 lending practices would be ill-fated, but the pendulum has unquestionably swung too far. Today’s tight standards have locked out many prospective borrowers from homeownership, disproportionately preventing African-American and Hispanic families from building wealth and benefiting from the recovery.”Click here to view First American’s whitepaper. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination March 7, 2016 566 Views center_img First American Financial Corp. Homeownership Minorities 2016-03-07 Staff Writer Minorities Expected to Close Homeownership Gaps by 2045last_img read more

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Watchdog Joins Calls for More Oversight of NonBank Servicers

first_img A few weeks after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report saying that non-bank mortgage servicers need more oversight from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), another federal watchdog has joined the GAO in calling for the federal government to keep a closer eye on non-bank servicers.In its quarterly report to Congress, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) expressed the opinion that the federal regulators should more closely watch non-bank servicers because of the servicers’ increased participation in TARP’s signature foreclosure prevention program—the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP—over the past six years.Non-bank servicers have more than quadrupled their market share in the nation’s $9.9 trillion worth of outstanding mortgage loans since 2012. According to the GAO, non-bank servicers’ market share has rose from 6.8 percent in 2012 up to 24.2 percent by June 2015. According to SIGTARP, there has been a corresponding increase in non-bank servicers’ role in HAMP; six of the 10 largest HAMP servicers were large banks in 2010, the first full year of HAMP. That calculated to about 65 percent of HAMP loans serviced by large banks. Now, non-banks service 56 percent of loans modified through HAMP, and the large bank share has declined to 39 percent.Treasury pays mortgage servicers for every homeowner who receives a permanent loan modification through HAMP, which has made HAMP and related programs a lucrative venture for non-bank servicers. To date, according to SIGTARP, non-bank servicers have received $1.1 billion in Federal TARP money from Treasury through HAMP.The reason why SIGTARP believes that non-bank servicers need more federal oversight is because without the same level of oversight those loans receive from bank servicers, the loans are considerably riskier.“As non-bank servicers increase their role in HAMP, the risk to homeowners has also increased.”Special Inspector General for TARP“As non-bank servicers increase their role in HAMP, the risk to homeowners has also increased. Non-bank servicers have less federal regulation than banks that service mortgages,” the SIGTARP report stated. “Some of the largest non-bank servicers have already been found to have violated laws in their treatment of homeowners, and have been the subject of enforcement actions by the federal or a state government. Some of the largest non-bank servicers also have been found to have violated HAMP’s rules in their treatment of homeowners. This increased risk to homeowners must be met with increased oversight to ensure that homeowners are treated fairly, and that HAMP and its related programs are effective and efficient.”According to SIGTARP, many homeowners were harmed when HAMP’s rules were not followed during the transfer of the loan from one servicer to another. Some of the problems that delay, decrease, or even deny the relief provided to HAMP-eligible homeowners that occurred were delays, omissions, and miscommunications between servicers. One problem that can be particular harmful to borrowers waiting for HAMP relief is when the HAMP application is “lost”, according to SIGTARP, because the borrower’s financial hardships continue while the determination as to their eligibility for HAMP is delayed.“Strong oversight is critical to ensure that these non-bank servicers follow HAMP’s rules and the law, give homeowners a fair shot at HAMP, and administer HAMP effectively and efficiently,” the report stated. “Violations of the law and HAMP rules raises risks to homeowners. With less regulation, non-bank servicers making decisions in HAMP need strong oversight to ensure homeowners and this TARP program are protected.”HAMP, which began in February 2009 in response to the foreclosure crisis, is scheduled to expire at the end of 2016.Click here to see the complete SIGTARP report. The section on non-bank servicers begins on page 63. Federal Oversight Non-Bank Servicers 2016-05-09 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img May 9, 2016 533 Views Watchdog Joins Calls for More Oversight of Non-Bank Servicerslast_img read more

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