10 months agoReal Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendous

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.” last_img read more

a month agoNew Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe ­making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after ­considering the cost involved and the ­necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.” last_img read more

5 days agoMourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target man

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target manby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is adamant Marcus Rashford is not a target man.Mourinho was speaking after Rashford scored in United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.”He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions.”As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him.” last_img read more

Help Olivia Wilde Raise Money For Haiti

first_imgOlivia Wilde is raising money for Haiti via Crowdrise, and giving you the chance to win a limited edition, signed Shepard Fairey poster.“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and 50% of the population there lives on less than $1.25 per day,” writes Olivia on her Crowdrise fundraising page. “Over 80% of students drop out of school after 6th grade because they can’t afford to continue their education.“We’re trying to change that. Artists for Peace and Justice encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity.“We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and above all the power of education to change a nation.”By donating at least $30 before November 27, you go into the draw to win a Shepard Fairey poster signed by both Olivia and Shepard. For more info, visit Olivia’s Crowdrise page. You can also help Artists for Peace and Justice win $50,000 as part of the Mozilla Firefox Challenge – for more information, click here.last_img read more

Bow Islands Spitz sunflower seed company shutting down over 50 job losses

first_imgAfter starting out as a family business in 1982, PepsiCo. has announced the Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island will shut down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs.In a statement, the company said it made its “difficult decision” on Thursday.“This facility will close later this year and Spitz production will be moving to an existing contract manufacturer partner in the US.,” the company said in a statement. “This was a business decision based on an extensive evaluation of the long-term viability of this site and its ability to meet our increasing volume requirements for the brand, which will continue to play an important role in our North American portfolio.“We are committed to assisting our impacted associates with financial support, access to financial counselling and job placement services.”Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island is shutting down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs. It was founded in 1982 in Bow Island and bought by PepsiCo in 2008. In a statement, company points to “long-term viability” and “increasing volume requirements” #abmoney pic.twitter.com/yrZR8VbmmV— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) February 16, 2018Spitz International was founded in 1982 by Dutch immigrants Tom and Emmy Droog, eventually becoming a leading sunflower seed producer and was bought by PepsiCo. in 2008.“We hope you get out there and enjoy all our delicious flavours and taste the Spitz® difference for yourself!” the Spitz website still said on Friday. “And when you do, think of the folks in Bow Island, who couldn’t be prouder.”While the company’s statement made no mention of politics, the area’s MLA and UCP Finance Critic Drew Barnes blames the NDP.“Many companies are going to vote with their feet, they’re not going to provide jobs, they’re not going to create wealth here in Alberta, and until a government change or a new direction, we’re going to be feeling the pain for it,” he said. “You look at our ever-increasing electricity rates, you look at our minimum wage changes, you look at our oil and gas people not working in Alberta.“They didn’t make their decision only in this vacuum, but I’m sure when I’m talking to the people in Bow Island in the coffee shop tomorrow morning, they’ll be feeling the current NDP government’s a big part of their decision.”last_img read more

West Fraser notes higher firstquarter earnings despite weather transport woes

first_imgVANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is reporting net earnings of $197 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared with $123 million a year ago.The company reported basic earnings per share of $2.53 versus $1.58 a year earlier. Analysts had expected $2.43 in reported earnings per share according to Thomson Reuters.Sales rose to $1.36 billion from $1.19 billion in the first quarter of 2017.The company says winter weather and transportation challenges, as well as full quarter of export duties, were a factor in its lumber segment’s operating earnings falling to $189 million from $232 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.It says it benefited from stronger prices for plywood and Canadian pulp.Companies in this story: (TSX:WFT)last_img read more

Hovnanian Dollar General fall Duke Cronos rise

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Bank of America Corp. (BAC), down $1.55 to $26.99Banks fell more than the rest of the market as bond yields dropped sharply, which makes it harder to make money from lending.Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), up 43 cents to $90.05High-dividend stocks like utilities held up relatively well as traders sought out lower-risk investments.Cronos Group Inc. (CRON), up 57 cents to $10.74The marijuana producer confirmed it’s in talks about a potential investment by the U.S. tobacco company Altria Group.AutoZone Inc. (AZO), up $55.61 to $880.07The Memphis, Tennessee-based auto parts retailer reported earnings that beat Wall Street’s forecasts.Dollar General Corp. (DG), down $7.60 to $104.10The discount retailer said it expects lingering costs from hurricane season to hurt its results through the rest of the year.Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV), down 12 cents to $1.10Homebuilders fell after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers issued a cautious assessment of the housing market.United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), down $8.50 to $106.77Morgan Stanley analysts said the market is underestimating the negative impact on UPS and Federal Express from Amazon Air.RH (RH), up $13.48 to $137.13The furniture and housewares company reported earnings that came in far ahead of what analysts were expecting.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dispute over rules rile Californias legal pot market

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California has finalized hundreds of pages of rules governing the nation’s largest legal pot market, but the dense regulations are unlikely to settle long-running disputes over testing and home deliveries.Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since the state began broad legal sales last year.By far the biggest dispute focused on deliveries.The rules will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.The dispute could end up in court.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

First Annual Beatton River Round Up Music Festival

first_imgSaturday, July 20th, 2019Saturday boasts wagon rides to three different music pit stops, a full day of family entertainment that includes a gold panning demo, artisan market, kids zone and more shares the organizer. Friday, July 19th, 2019 6:30 pm – Fort Motors Kick-Off Party 7:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – Music & Dance Floor with Travis Fowler Band & Party To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERECamping availableTickets available online and at 8 Seconds Western Wear in Fort St. John. center_img BALDONNEL, B.C. – The Horse Ranch will be hosting the Beatton River Roundup Music Festival, two family-friendly days of entertainment, food and fun.Country music will be heard in this country settings with multiple music venues starting Friday, July 19th to Saturday, July 20th, 2019.  12:00 pm – Music Pit Stop Wagon Rides, Artisan Market Place and Kids & Adult Zones8:00 pm – Main Stage opening with Travis Fowler and headlining Trevor Panczaklast_img read more

Beneficaries of SC quashing RBIs bad loans circular

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court decision to annul the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12 circular of last year on resolving bad debts is set to benefit several stressed companies which were staring at insolvency proceedings. According to rating agency ICRA, as of September 2018, nearly 70 borrowers with bad debts worth over Rs 3.8 lakh crore, could have eventually being referred for insolvency proceedings as a result of provisions of RBI’s February 12, 2018, circular. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While the court’s order will have no impact on the classification of a stressed account as a non-performing asset (NPA or bad loan) or on provisions that banks need to set aside on this account, it will give more time and discretion to banks on finalising a res olution plan. The RBI circular mandated lenders to initiate resolution or restructuring of loans of Rs 2,000 crore and above within six months from the date of default, on which the court found that the central bank had acted beyond its legal powers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After the expiry of the 180 days, the defaulting borrowers, under the circular struck down by the apex court, had to mandatorily face proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court order may be the financially troubled Jet Airways, which has a debt of around Rs 10,000 crore. As part of the resolution plan, the State Bank of India (SBI)-led lenders consortium has taken over 50.5 per cent stake in the airline, with a view to selling the shares to a potential buyer in the coming months. Under the nullified RBI circular, banks would have had to finalise a resolution plan for the airline by June if they wanted to avoid insolvency proceedings. With the Court’s quashing of the circular, the bankers have now more time to seek a resolution. Among the large power companies, which might have faced the heat, is the Lalitpur Power Generation Co, the Shishir Bajaj Group’s 1,980 MW thermal power project in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh which had been struggling for several years. Multiple efforts were made by the lenders to find a resolution for the account but no headway had bee made. Similarly, the KSK Mahanadi Power Co, a former subsidiary of KSK Energy Ventures, has a total debt of Rs 15,702 crore. Delayed repayments from state-owned power distributors led to cash flow strains for the company and it could not purchase sufficient coal. KSK Mahanadi operates a 3,600 MW thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh, which sells power to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Another such case is Jaiprakash Power Ventures, with an aggregate capacity of 2,220 MW comprising hydro (400 MW) and thermal (1,820 MW) across the country. It owes banks Rs 14,000 crore. Earlier last year, lenders tried to sell near 50 per cent stake in the company but there was a lack of interest among buyers. Various experts have said that the February 12 circular had introduced a lot of rigidity. On the impact of the Supreme Court decision, they said it will not have significant impact on assets of the non-power sectors that are already under resolution.last_img read more

Tripura suspends IPS officer 8 TSR troopers

first_imgAgartala: The Tripura government has suspended an IPS officer and eight troopers of the elite Tripura State Rifles (TSR) from service for breaching discipline, an official said here on Tuesday. A Tripura Home Department official said: “Five TSR troopers last week brutally assaulted two of their colleagues, Bhojveer Singh Chouhan and Jaydeep Prashad Tawra, at the 12th Battalion TSR Headquarters in Chakmaghat.” “Chouhan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, had to admitted to the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital here with severe injuries, while Tawra returned to his home in Rajasthan,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The official said after the incident came to light on Monday, the government suspended the 12th Battalion TSR Commandant Rati Ranjan Debnath, an IPS officer, and the five troopers. In another incident, three more TSR troopers of the 11th Battalion were suspended and action will be taken against another three for negligence of duty during a protest near Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s official residence on May 17. The TSR, trained for counter-insurgency operations, was launched in March 1984 to deal with terrorism. Seventy-five per cent of its personnel are from Tripura.last_img read more

Football Elliott Bosa and Thomas live up to hype in NFL rookie

Former OSU wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) hauls in a pass over Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis (26) during a game on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoIn April 2016, following the NFL draft, the Ohio State football program and its newly drafted former players could reasonably be considered in a league of their own before having played a down on an NFL Sunday. Four of the first 16 picks were Buckeyes, with 12 being drafted over the draft’s three days. Though the class was praised, no analyst or front office official could have predicted the kind of impact they would have on the field. Of the 12 selected, three former Buckeyes had notable years, comparable with some of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.Selected third overall by the then San Diego Chargers, defensive end and former consensus All-American Joey Bosa’s career for the Chargers got off to a rocky start. Disagreements between Bosa’s representation and the Chargers on signing bonuses and offset language in Bosa’s rookie contract and signing bonus led to the holdout. After he held out through both rookie training camp and the preseason, Bosa and the Chargers agreed on a four-year contract on Aug. 30.A hamstring strain held Bosa out another month, as he missed the first four games of the year. As October turned, though, Bosa welcomed himself to the field and to rest of the NFL, recording two sacks and five total tackles in his first game on Oct. 9 against the Oakland Raiders. Bosa was just one of five players in NFL history to record two sacks in their NFL debut.After missing 25 percent of his rookie season, Bosa finished with 48 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Among rookies, Bosa’s 10.5 sacks in 12 games were first in his class, ahead of the second-place finisher Yannick Ngakoue from the University of Maryland, who finished with eight total sacks in a full season.If Bosa had been healthy all year, he very well could have broken the record of 14.5 sacks in a rookie season, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999. Bosa was awarded the Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year award for defense.Picked immediately after his former roommate by the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott not only had the best season of rookie running backs, but also led the entire NFL in rushing during his rookie season, becoming just the fifth running back since 1970 to win the rushing title as a rookie. Amassing 1,631 yards and 14 total touchdowns, Elliott came within 177 yards of breaking the rookie record for yards in a season held by NFL Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson. Elliott also added 32 receptions and 363 receiving yards, while showcasing his non-quantifiable but highly regarded blocking ability in the backfield with fellow rookie Dak Prescott.Michael Thomas upwardly improved in his final years at OSU. In his first year of work in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas led all rookie wide receivers in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in his rookie season. Record-wise, Thomas came only nine receptions short of the rookie record of 101 receptions set by Anquan Boldin in 2003. Thomas’ yardage totals rank fourth in league history for rookies, behind Billy Howton in 1952 (1,231), Boldin (1,377), Randy Moss in 1998 (1,313) and Bill Groman in 1960 (1,473).Though Bosa, Elliott and Thomas all were productive contributors to their teams, other Buckeyes of the class made their mark as well. Eli Apple became the starter partway through the year for the New York Giants, ending with 51 tackles, seven passes defended and an interception. Taylor Decker was ranked second overall among all rookie offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus, and received the top-overall grade of 82.8 for the entire Detroit Lions offensive line.In all, 14 OSU rookies — twelve picks and two undrafted free agents — registered stats during the regular season, in what is the deepest draft class in school history and arguably the entire history of the NFL. read more

Ohio States John Simon Were playing for each other

The seniors on the Ohio State football team cannot play for championships this year. Not for trophies. Not for banners. So they plan to play for their fellow classmates. “We’re playing for each other,” said senior defensive end John Simon. “And when you come in here every day and work out with these guys, you really don’t want to let them down.” The 2012 season will be absent of even a chance to compete for the Big Ten Conference and national championships as a result of the NCAA-imposed bowl ban dating back to December 2011. Former coach Jim Tressel knowingly fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season after six players – former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, former running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, former wide receiver DeVier Posey, former offensive tackle Mike Adams, former defensive end Solomon Thomas and former linebacker Jordan Whiting – traded memorabilia for tattoos, resulting in a vacation of wins for that season, donation of team’s winnings from the 2011 Sugar Bowl victory against Arkansas to charity and a ban that will keep the team out of postseason action this fall. Pressure mounted, and Tressel was eventually forced to resign from his post as Buckeyes coach on May 30, 2011. Simon recounted the dark moments. “It was a tough time,” Simon said. “But we’re a new team and we’re doing everything we can to get better.” Senior players are looking beyond the NCAA-imposed limitations the coming season holds and focusing on the things they can control. “We’re just focused on our first game of the season,” said senior running back Jordan Hall. “We aren’t focusing on what we can’t do, only on what we can do.” And the OSU football team will need that focus heading into a season that is sure to face even higher expectations with the addition of new coach Urban Meyer. Meyer’s arrival has turned into a complete program transformation – from the pre-Spring Game circle drill where players collided with one another to the overhaul of the team’s nutritional strategies – that has made a strong call to senior players to take control of the team. “Coach Meyer is always talking about leaders,” said senior linebacker Etienne Sabino. “And (we) want to be the leaders of this team.” And leadership is not limited to the field – Simon said leading begins away from Ohio Stadium and at the indoor practice facility. “It’s all about coming in and doing extra,” he said. “The senior class is really stepping up into a leadership role … showing the young guys the ropes, reading the playbooks with them, whatever it takes. We’re just trying to have the best offseason possible.” Meyer and the OSU coaching staff have praised Simon for his role as a “workout warrior,” and said he and his fellow seniors are doing everything they can to either be in the classroom or in the gym. And the senior players said the extra effort is partially because this season will be the last time they represent the Buckeyes on the field. “It’s the last time for everything,” Sabino said. “Every time you go out there, it’s your last first day of camp, last Spring Game. You just know it’s your last one.” And the thought of a final season in a Buckeye uniform is bittersweet for Simon. “The years go fast,” Simon said. “But I’m just looking forward to winning every game. That’s our goal this year, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.” Winning is the only thing that will take away the sting from last year’s tumultuous season, said senior tight end Jake Stoneburner. “We’re out to prove that we’re a better team than we were last year,” he said. “We’ve got something to prove. And for us seniors, we have to play to the best of our ability; you only have so many games left in the ‘Shoe, so you have to make every game count.” It remains to be seen if Stoneburner will be on the field when the Buckeyes begin the 2012 season as he and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were arrested Saturday morning for allegedly obstructing official business. Sunday, Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended from the football team until their cases are resolved. Stoneburner and Mewhort did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding their arrests. With the 2011 season in mind, Stoneburner said he is still confident that the Buckeyes will be on people’s radar this year. “We’re always going to be circled on opponents’ schedules. It’s Ohio State,” he said. “No matter what kind of year we had the year before, no matter who’s our coach, quarterback, we’re always going to be circled because it’s Ohio State.” When the seniors and the rest of the Buckeyes take the field on Sept. 1 this year, Simon said it’s going to be business as usual. “We’re going to go out there and play for each other and for Buckeye Nation,” Simon said. “And we’re going to have a good time doing it.” read more

Mourinho on new De Gea deal I am not confident it

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has thrown David De Gea’s future into doubt after revealing he is not confident the Spaniard will sign a new contractThe 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea has just 18 months left on his current contract at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have been delayed by two months.De Gea had been close to sealing a switch to Real Madrid in 2015 – only for a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the transfer window putting an end to it.But following Real’s capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, United were reportedly confident of sealing a new deal for De Gea.However, Mourinho appears to have suggested otherwise now ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Everton.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse.He added: “Obviously it would be very important to keep David.”The Spain international has struggled this season for United and has conceded 16 goals in nine Premier League games.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been reportedly interested in De Gea.last_img read more

Guardiola Saints are difficult to beat

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Southampton as ‘so hard to beat’ ahead of their Premier League showdownThe South coast club put up two good showings against City last season but were denied on both occasions by late goals.Despite the club’s inconsistent display, this season Guardiola is clearly adamant they pose a threat ahead of a meeting of the team’s at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.“It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.“They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points.”last_img read more

Jamie Robson disciplined for racist blackface paint

first_imgDundee United have released a statement saying they have “disciplined” defender Jamie Robson for painting his face black for a party this month.Earlier this month, pictures from the fancy dress party released on social media showed the defender in ‘blackface’ and the club immediately started an investigation into the racially insensitive behavior.“Dundee United can confirm Jamie Robson has been disciplined in relation to his actions at a players’ social event earlier this month,” a statement on the club’s website read.“As a club, we have high standards concerning the behavior and actions of our staff, and on this occasion, Jamie has fallen short of these expected standards.“Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity.RangersRangers agree Kamara and Jones signings Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 6, 2019 Dundee United midfielder Glenn Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.Both players are expected to join the Ibrox…“The player’s actions were potentially offensive and with, the club’s support, he will undertake some diversity and inclusion training.”As part of the statement, Robson said: “I fully accept the naivety of my actions and can see that my actions fall short of what is expected by a professional footballer.“As soon as I became aware that I could offend, I took immediate action and removed both the make-up and costume.“I want to apologize for any offense I have caused, and I have also apologized to the club for not adhering to the standards expected.”last_img read more

We are good to PLP Women lineup in support behind Bahamas Leader

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.   After spending most of the day travelling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave.   Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time.As Mr. Davis took the podium with cheers from supporters, he began by celebrating womanhood as he went on to describe women as “Strong, resourceful, resilient, wise, loving, tender and nurturing are all words to describe women, whom God designed to be the equal counterparts of man.”For the past few weeks, the Party Leader has made campaign stops in his “Road to Convention” travels across the country, sharing his message to rebuild and renew the PLP.“I am committed to the PLP!  I believe in our party.  I believe we are the best vehicle to bring about real change and progress for our people.  Our core values are as relevant today as they were 60-plus years ago,” Davis told the women of the party.Outlining his plan for the organization moving forward, Mr. Davis told the women supporters gathered, “I pledge to ensure that the Women’s Branch receive an annual stipend from the Central Party.   The work of the Women’s Branch is fundamentally important to the effectiveness and future success of the Party.”Mr. Davis also announced his commitment to young Bahamians, ensuring that particularly women are adequately represented in his parliamentary team.    “The Parliamentary team of the PLP acts as its standard-bearer in the public and is in effect a representation of what we claim to be.“We must ensure that women and young people are active leaders and participants on this team so that we reflect the reality of the current demographics of The Bahamas.”Assuring supporters that he intends to lead a Party with a united voice, Mr. Davis added, “…we must restore and maintain discipline and order among the rank and file of the membership of the PLP.“As a priority, I will, as your Leader, ensure that the Party speaks with a common voice and approaches the next election with a singular purpose.”Mr. Davis’ remarks were received with thunderous applause and loud shouts by delegates attending the conclave to “Be Brave”!Press Release: Philip Brave Davis – Leader of Opposition Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, July 12, 2019 Heat wave in San Diego County to last throughout the weekend SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring well into the triple digits today in the San Diego County deserts. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the San Diego County deserts that will be in effect from 10 a.m. today through 8p.m. Monday.High temperatures near the coast will be in the high 70s to low 80s today, while temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s today in the western valleys, forecasters said.A high of around 113 degrees is expected today in Borrego Springs.The scorching temperatures could cool a degree or two over the weekend, but high temperatures were expected to remain around the same before cooler weather arrives Tuesday, according to the NWS.The weather service advised that those who work outdoors should avoid the midday sun, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.Nighttime lows will be in the mid to high 80s today in the county deserts, meaning the minimal cooling at night could pose a health risk to those who don’t have access to air conditioning because the body needs time to cool down from the day’s heat, according to the NWS.Avoid leaving senior citizens and kids at home without air conditioning, if possible. And never leave a child, senior or pet in a parked vehicle, even with windows cracked open, because interior temperatures can quickly turn lethal. Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Democrats target Trumps inner circle in probe

first_imgUS president Donald Trump addresses the National Association of Attorneys General in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on 4 March. Photo: AFPUS Democratic lawmakers on Monday launched their most ambitious investigation yet into alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of office by Donald Trump, targeting dozens of individuals in the president’s inner circle.With controversies swirling around Trump, the powerful House Judiciary Committee’s chairman sent strongly worded letters to family members of the president — including sons Don Jr and Eric — as well as political confidantes and related entities.The letters demanded documents that could shed light on possible wrongdoing by the administration and Trump himself.Son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization’s long-time chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were among the 81 people and organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, that received letters from the panel’s Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler.They also include White House ex-aides Steve Bannon and Hope Hicks, current Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, former attorney general Jeff Sessions, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The request is the most serious overt ramp-up of investigations into Trump since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in early January, and seeks to uncover whether Trump or his administration have participated in obstruction of justice or public corruption — potentially impeachable offenses.”This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts,” Nadler said in a statement.”Over the last several years, president Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” he added.”Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress.”Political hoax?Trump himself swatted away the probe as a “political hoax,” but said he would cooperate with the probe.”I cooperate all the time with everybody,” he said at a White House event.He later hardened his reaction, tweeting that any effort by Democrats to probe new avenues of possible wrongdoing “will never work.”Nadler has given the recipients of his requests two weeks to respond.Conspicuously absent among his 81 targets is the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a senior White House advisor and is married to Kushner.The chairmen of three other House panels also joined the fray Monday, demanding the White House produce details of communications between Trump and Putin, after reports that such information was destroyed or hidden in the aftermath of their 2017 Helsinki summit.The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and that Putin ordered the influence campaign as a way to help elect Trump. The US president has repeatedly cast doubt on the findings.Nadler’s broad investigation is focused on Trump’s business dealings and obstruction of justice allegations, along with possible Russian collusion.It also will address accusations of campaign finance law violations and potential violations of the US Constitution’s ban on foreign emoluments.Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in explosive congressional testimony last week, implicated the president in illegal activities, including a scheme shortly before the 2016 election to pay hush money to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.One of the women reportedly received the payoffs through American Media Inc, a company run by a longtime Trump ally, David Pecker.Pecker and AMI both received letters from Nadler demanding information about their involvement.Letters to other key players include requests for information on the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower attended by Kushner, Trump Jr, now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer reportedly close to the Kremlin, and documents surrounding the termination of FBI director James Comey.The expansive new probe suggests the potential for laying the groundwork for possible impeachment proceedings against Trump.But Democratic congressional leaders including Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been reticent about pushing for the president’s impeachment.Nadler told ABC on Sunday that such action would be “a long way down the road.”But in the same interview, he said that “it’s very clear that the president obstructed justice.”In addition to the NRA, Nadler also sought documents from the White House, the Trump Organization, Trump’s charity, the FBI and Cambridge Analytica, a data company that worked with the Trump campaign and has been investigated by Congress in connection with Russia’s election interference efforts.last_img read more

The Day the AFRO Used Wild Comedy to Fight Bias

first_imgThis article appeared in the Oct. 14, 1978 AFRO.The history of journalism is filled with any number of incidents where instead of waiting for news to happen, a newspaper went out and made it happen, thus changing the course of events.That’s what the Baltimore AFRO AMERICAN did during the turbulent 60’s when in a burst of inspired lunacy it concocted and executed what in time came to be known as “The Great Route 40 Hoax,” producing a large number of red faces among Maryland’sbumper crop of racists and hilarity throughout the rest of the country, even into the White House itself.In the summer of 1961, Maryland was having its share of racial problems, a spillover from the Civil Rights Movement that was sweeping the south.The majority of these problems were concentrated along the Maryland stretch of Route 40 that began at the Delaware-Maryland state line and ran to the outskirts of Baltimore where it turned west and continued cross country to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.Segregation was nothing new in the almost continuous strip of restaurants, diners, pizza parlors, hot dog stands and motels that made this particular section of Route 40 almost one single massive and garish neon light from end to end.It had existed quietly for more years than anyone could remember, but then came a flood of African diplomats from newly independent nations and the racism along Route 40 was forced out of the closet into public view.Quickly, the denial of service to the diplomats mushroomed into a matter of serious international proportions bringing the Federalgovernment into the picture and raising the wrath of the restaurant owners who railed at what they viewed as the intrusion of outside forces into their personal business.Traveling between their embassies in Washington and their missions to the United Nations in New York, the Black diplomats hadto use Route 40 as the most direct link between the two cities.While they rarely stopped on the northern bound leg of the trip; fatigued and hungry after spending several hours returning to Washington on the depressingly dull New Jersey Turnpike, the bright lights of Route 40 beckoned them to stop, eat and rest – and that’s when they collided with the racial traditions of the “Free State” of Maryland.After a number of them had been insulted and refused service, the State Department, which in pre-Kennedy years had not been overly concerned with the treatment meted out to dark-skinned foreign diplomats, became alarmed at the damage such incidents were doing to the nation’s relationships with African countries.In moments of candor, officials at the State Department wished privately that Route 40 would just dry up and blow away, but it wouldn’t and as one department official woefully conceded: “Those damn limousines (of the diplomats) always seem to run out of gas just as soon as they get to Maryland.”This was the kind of state Ambassador Adam Malick Sow of Chad, who had just represented his country at the UN and was on his way to present his credentials to President Kennedy, found when he stopped on June 26th at the Bonnie Brae Diner near Edgewood, Md., to fill up his car and get a cup of coffee. He never got the coffee and later, when the diner’s owner, Mrs. Leroy Merritt, explained why, she probably voiced the sentiments of most of her fellow restaurateurs: “He looked like just an ordinary run-of-the-mill n—-r to me.I couldn’t tell he was an ambassador.” The seething Ambassador was a shade more circumspect in his choice of words to describe the incident.“When I asked for coffee, the good woman said she could not serve me. She said, ‘that’s the way it is here. I cannot say how I felt.I was astonished. I was so angry. President Kennedy has made deep apologies, but these humiliations are bad.”In rapid succession, similar incidents occurred along Route 40 involving diplomats from Niger, Cameroon and Togo, and thegovernment’s face grew progressively redder as each incident provided fresh ammunition for the anti American propaganda millsof the world.Stung by this latest series of incidents and faced with the obvious fact that Maryland was not prepared to take any action on itsown, the Kennedy forces dropped the soft approach and announced that beginning on Labor Day, 1961, a special Federal task force would be sent to Route 40 to see what could be done about persuading the restaurants to change their policies toward African diplomats.But in the city room of the Baltimore AFRO, the announcement was greeted with a healthy amount of cynicism. It was clear thatthe Federal forces were not being deployed because of any strong concern about Black Americans; those forces were going out onRoute 40 to persuade the restaurant owners to serve Black foreigners, end an embarrassing situation for the State Department, and thus help America’s foreign policy.Despite the talk of a brave and marvelous New Frontier coming out of Washington and the skillful use of symbolic gestures to indicate sympathy with the spreading Civil Rights Movement – such as expressing concern over the well-being of Rev. Martin Luther King – it was evident that the Kennedy Administration possibly because of its razor-thin margin of victory in 1960 – was not ready to deal head on with the explosive domestic race issue.While sympathizing with the plight of the Africans, the reporters on the AFRO, several of whom had covered civil rights  demonstrations all across the country and risked their lives in the process, felt there was something morally lacking in the government’s efforts to end discrimination along Route 40 if those efforts did not extend to its own Black citizens.I was managing editor of the Baltimore AFRO at the time and I remember the conversations that went on in the city room in adingy ill-lighted bar across the street in Smith’s Hotel – now gone the way of all flesh – where we used to gather to share some booze and our thoughts.We were frustrated at always being the recorders of action and never the actors.Somehow out of the talk, out of the venting of ideas, came the irresistible urge to poke fun at the stupid silliness of discrimination by showing to the world that it was not so much the color of a Black’s skin that many White folks objected to so much; it was where the Black came from.I’ve never been quite sure of where the original idea came from, but come it did, and by the time the AFRO got through with it, a bitof history had been written.The idea was simple. Dress up several AFRO reporters in the proper diplomatic attire, equip them with phony accents, and youcould bet your next pay check that the White restaurant owners along Route 40 would not be able to tell them from the real article.The late Dr. Carl Murphy was publisher of the AFRO then and he was blessed with such a keen and analytical mind, that when youtook him an idea it had better be a good one, or he would wither you with a look. This idea he liked and he gave the full speedahead signal with one proviso: “You can’t have diplomats riding around in those cars you young fellows drive, so get yourself a limousine.”Picked for the leading role in the play that was about to unfold was George W. Collins, who was later to become a familiar face as aBaltimore TV newscaster. The centerpiece in the masquerade was another volunteer reporter, Herbert Magrum, short, rotund, with the heavy sounds of the open spaces of Texas still twanging in his speech.Magrum was to posed as Orfa (That’s AFRO spelled backwards) Adwuba (which meant absolutely nothing), the Minister of Finance from the non-existent nation of Gabon, located for no particular reason, except that we couldn’t come up with a better location,on the East Coast of Africa.Filling out the trio was another AFRO reporter, Rufus Well, a courtly Virginia. Dressed alike in striped pants, swallow tail coats and top hats – the epitome of sartorially correct diplomats – Collins was assigned the principal role of Loua Akulu, the interpreter,and Wells that of Dulah Okoro, the aide decamp.Collins was to speak heavily accented English and do all the talking. His companions, if they had to speak at all, were to use someform of gibberish that hopefully would pass for an African tongue.On the morning of Aug. 22, a miserable sweltering day, they began their journey.Underneath the robe and other clothes they were sweating and nervous, and for good reason.Accompanying the reporters was AFRO staff photographer I. Henry Phillips, there to record on film as much of the activities as hecould.Since the southbound side of Route 40 was where all the trouble had taken place, the group first rode up the four lane highway and then doubled back, in the vicinity of Rising Sun, toward Baltimore.The initial stop was the Madison House where Blacks had been ejected on several prior occasions when they sought service.As the car drew to a smooth halt, the hoax almost ended before it got started when, in an effort to make a regal exit, the diplomats got tangled up in the rove, attaché cases, legs and arms for several long minutes before they could sort themselves out.All the while the chauffeur, who was holding the door, desperately tried to keep a straight face while saying to himself – “Those White folks are in there probably saying ‘look at them crazy n—-rs out there playing like they’re Africans.’”However, when the group finally reached the front door, the waitress surprised them by saying ever so polite: “Good morning, how many are in your party,” with her eyes fixed in fascination on Mangrum’s mangy robe.Collins held up three fingers – as if he had been doing this kind of thing all his life – and they were escorted to a table in the main dining room. By pointing to the menu, Collins indicated they would have the day’s special – veal cutlets, mashed potatoes and green peas.Several of the White customers swirled their heads to look in amazement, but no one said anything.When Collins and the others had finished and were about to pay their bill, the hostess stunned them by asking for Mangrum’s autograph. Unable to write in any African language, Mangrum, in panic, scribbled on the back of the check: “On behalf of my staff and myself, thanks for a wonderful lunch.”And then with a flourish of supreme self-confidence, he added his name: “Orfa Adwaba, Minister of Finance, Gabon.”The hostess was still looking at the check as the three left, probably wondering how the minister, whom she had been told spoke no English, could write it so well. Score one.The Redwood Inn was next and here the greeting was a shade less cordial as the sullen manager demanded: “Who are you and where are you from.”Putting on a look of annoyance at such impertinence, Collins explained in his barely understandable English that the group was on its way to Washington for high level talks with the State Department on financial aid to help Gabon develop its principal crop – the betel nut.The introduction to the betel nut into the conversation seemed to remove whatever doubts the manager had been harboring and he ushered the three into a side dining room where they had pie and coffee, much to the amusement of the restaurant’s Black workers who with smiles creasing their faces looked into the room from time to time, probably well aware that the trio was puttingsomething over on their boss. Score two.The third stop was the Double T Diner near Baltimore where just the night before, several Black students had been thrown in jail forattempting to eat there. The manager physically barred the door and told the reporters they could be served there but only if they presented their credentials.“Credentials?” asked Collins, expressing both innocence and amazement. “What is this credentials?”“It’s a state law,” replied the manager.“Law?” echoed Collins.“You see over here (in America) we have what you call private enterprise. Private enterprise is our business, our domain, and we can do anything we feel is good for the business.” The manager lectured the trio in the ways of American capitalism.“Like not serving us,” thought Collins as he and his two companions turned away and started back toward the waiting car.Failure one.The Route 40 story appeared in newspapers all across the country and overseas, and a lot of people had a good laugh.In New York City, the now defunct Herald Tribune described the hoax as “an element of wild comedy” and reported that “wrath and hoax is still monumental on Route 40.”The AFRO was not published until several days after the hoax, but when it hit the streets it had all the details along with pictures and a headline that asked: “When is an African Not an African?”The restaurant owners were blazing mad about being made fools of, but over in Washington, Angier Biddle Duke, the head of the State Department’s Protocol Division, which had to deal with the Route 40 incidents, called the hoax “a ridiculous system.”For days after the hoax, the phones were kept busy with callers who wanted to congratulate the reporters and those who wanted tomeet them in a dark alley.Despite the adverse publicity and the federal pressures, the restaurant owners remained adamant. A few agreed to serve Africans, but the vast majority continued to keep their doors closed.The uneasy situation might have dragged on for months, but CORE, then at the peak of its power and influence announced that it planned to send some 1,500 Freedom Riders down Route 40 on Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day. Leading the riders would be the late Julius Hobson, then Eastern Regional Director of CORE, who had the reputation of delivering on everything that he promised.Behind the scenes frantic negotiations went on between the State Department, the Maryland Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations, a toothless body without any power – and the restaurant owners.At the 11th hour, actually a day before the scheduled ride, the restaurants capitulated and announced that most of them werenow willing to serve anyone. Up in New York Hobson and James Farmer, then national director of CORE, held a press conferenceto announce that the ride had been called off and to warn that:“We offer the remaining restaurants until Dec. 15 (the Bill of Rights Day) to desegregate. If not, we shall feel free to take necessaryaction.”The delayed ride actually took place on Dec. 16 and involved some 500 individuals and 100 cars – the largest Freedom Ride ever held outside the south.In most instances, the racially mixed riders were served, though not too gracefully in some of the establishments. Eight were arrested in places that were still holdouts but Farmer pronounced the ride a success and the riders departed forever.The years since then have not been kind to the highway. Late in 1963, a new turnpike was opened between Baltimore and theDelaware Memorial Bridge, making it unnecessary for motorists and truckers to use the old route and the flood of traffic that once clogged Route 40 dried up to a slow trickle.In time, the reporters who figured in the AFRO hoax moved on to other things. Collins is at Baltimore’s WMAR-TV; Mangrum is a public information officer with the Food and Nutrition Service in Washington, D.C. and Wells holds a similar position with the Department of Agriculture in the same city.Myself?I’m in New York City as director of communications for the National Urban League. None of us has ever forgotten that August day or the AFRO.A few weeks ago at our favorite meeting spot, the Sphinx Club, I asked Collins, who was sipping his usual brandy – a little milk and no ice – if he ever thought about the hoax.“Sure I do,” he answered. “We proved something out there that day and I believe we helped make Baltimore and Maryland better places. And that, ‘Ole Buddy, is what this business is all about.”Read about their encounter at Miller’s restaurant on afro.comlast_img read more