Hunger Is Campaign To End Childhood Hunger Finalist In 2017 Halo Awards

first_imgThe Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that Hunger Is, their joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America, has been nominated for two prestigious 2017 Halo Awards, North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing.The Halo Award, now in its 15th year, is presented by Engage for Good, (formerly Cause Marketing Forum). The award honors businesses and nonprofits with Halos for “doing well by doing good.” Hunger Is received nominations for Best Point of Sale Campaign and Best Social Service Campaign.“Each year, as corporate social initiatives get more sophisticated, we receive an increasing number of strong submissions into the Halo Awards. Being named a finalist is an industry honor and demonstrates a level of accomplishment in campaigns that combine purpose and profit,” said Engage for Good President David Hessekiel.A total of 20 category awards will be given out to programs judged the best cause marketing campaigns of 2016 at the 15th Annual Engage for Good conference in Chicago on June 1, 2017.Golden-Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress and humanitarian Viola Davis is the Hunger Is program’s ambassador. To date, Hunger Is has raised more than $18 million and funded 273 programs to provide healthy food to children across the country. Funds are generated through in-store fundraising campaigns that include both customer donations at the check stand and donations generated by the purchase of participating products in more than 2,300 Albertsons Companies stores in 33 states throughout the U.S. Stores include Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME Markets, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Carrs and others.“It’s a tremendous honor to be nominated for the Halo Award and to be recognized for our commitment to ending childhood hunger,” said Christy Duncan Anderson, Executive Director of the Albertsons Companies Foundation. “Along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and our tireless ambassador, Viola Davis, we’ve been able to increase access to healthy food, improve the nutritional quality of breakfast programs and expand weekend, summer and vacation meal programs. We’re grateful to Engage for Good for recognizing these efforts and raising awareness about the problem of childhood hunger in America.”“We are so humbled and honored to be nominated for the 2017 Halo Award for Hunger Is,” said Lisa Paulsen, President & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “We are so proud of what Hunger Is has been able to accomplish, in collaboration with the Albertsons Companies Foundation and our incredible ambassador Viola Davis. We are so appreciative that Engage for Good has recognized Hunger Is’ impact and for helping us raise awareness about this critical issue so we can put an end to childhood hunger in America.”More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.last_img read more

Witness maintains they were at Saskatchewan farm for help when Colten Boushie

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A Crown witness in the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer charged with shooting an Indigenous man on his property said he lied to police and the Crown about carrying a gun and breaking into a truck on the day his friend was killed.But when they pulled up to the farm of Gerald Stanley it wasn’t to steal but get help for a damaged tire.Under cross-examination, 18-year-old Cassidy Cross admitted he changed his story the day before he took the witness stand Thursday in the second-degree murder trial of Stanley.“After the trial started you thought it good to take the Crown and the police officer aside and say actually we did have a gun, it was my gun, we were stealing, we used the gun to try and break into a vehicle?” Defence lawyer Scott Spencer asked. “So that’s all stuff you told the police last night after court?”“I told the Crown,” Cross responded. “Because honestly I was scared for myself and I was scared for the people there that they might get into trouble. I know that was wrong but that’s just how I was feeling over there.”Cross added that he was willing to face the consequence for the sudden departure from his testimony at an earlier preliminary hearing.“I was young. I was stupid and I’ve changed a lot since that happened,” Cross replied.Cross was driving an SUV carrying four friends that entered Stanley’s farm on Aug. 9, 2016.Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder after another man in that vehicle, 22-year-old Colten Boushie, was shot in the back of the head.Cross testified he had about 30 shots of alcohol and was drunk on the day of the shooting.Court has already heard that at around the same time of the shooting, RCMP received a report about a suspected theft from a truck at a farm about 15 to 20 kilometres from the Stanley property. A grey SUV with a flat tire, matching the one Cross was driving, was spotted at that scene and police found the broken stock of a gun.Cross initially told investigators that he and his four friends in the SUV where just checking out the truck, but on the stand, he admitted they were trying to steal and that they had used the gun to break in.“I lied about me going into that truck,” he testified. “My intentions were to go steal. ”The SUV then rolled up to the Stanley farm, but Cross said the group was simply looking for help with the tire.“I wasn’t there to steal,” he told court.Stanley’s son, Sheldon, has testified he and his dad heard an all-terrain vehicle start and thought it was being stolen. The pair ran toward the SUV and threw a hammer at the windshield as the driver tried to leave the farm.Cross said he was blinded by glass when the SUV’s windshield was smashed. He said he jumped out and ran after the SUV hit another vehicle on the Stanley farm.“We didn’t think about it. We just ran. I was scared out of my mind,” he said. “As I was running and got to the approach I heard a ricochet. I heard a bullet right by my right ear.”Sheldon Stanley testified he went in the house to get his truck keys and heard two gunshots. He said he heard a third when he came back out. He testified he saw his father standing beside the SUV looking sick with a gun in his hand saying, “It just went off.”Another passenger in the SUV, Belinda Jackson, testified the group had been drinking the entire day before arriving at the Stanley property. She said her memory of the day was fuzzy but she remembers seeing an older man coming out of a garage while they were still in the vehicle.“He came out with his own handgun. He came around the car to the passenger side and he shot Colten in the head. I’m not comfortable describing how he shot him,” she said.Jackson said she heard four shots fired and two were at Boushie. Court has already heard that Boushie was shot behind the wheel of the SUV. But Jackson said Boushie was in the passenger seat.Crown prosecutor Bill Burge warned the jury in his opening statement “there may well be some serious contradictions to what people saw.”last_img read more

Local Microfinance Program in Morocco Helps Fund Entrepreneurs

Rabat – Al Karama is a non-benefit association founded in 1999 which specializes in microcredit. Made under Morocco’s national microcredit law (18/97), it is focused on supporting the dynamic development of microenterprise by providing budgetary and specialized help to its customers. The association is supported by interns from the US and the UK.As of March 2012, Al Karama’s Gross Loan Portfolio was MAD 35,4 million (USD 4.2 million) and it served 16,200 customers through 46 branches and satellite workplaces in three areas of Morocco. Al Karama is centered around a need-based clientele, loaning mainly to women (62% of customers) and social advancement projects. Al Karama’s presence in provincial regions is critical (30% of portfolio).Al Karama headquarters are located in Rabat Morocco. The initial goal of this program is to provide small manageable loans to help kickstart businesses from small as fruit stands to as large as a bakery. The type of clients they aid are people with no credit or people who are illiterate, and therefore do not have access to the traditional banking system. This makes it extremely hard for people in this situation to gain any start-up capital with a traditional loan. Read also: Moroccan Government to Form ‘Vigilance Committee’ to Monitor the Labor MarketThe process of being approved for a loanThe process begins, with the help of Al Karma agents, by presenting the business plan and declaring any collateral the entrepreneurs have, if any. The agents then go out into the communities and meet with the clients’ peers to carry out a proper analysis of the client’s ability to pay off the loan and measure the shape of their current business, if relevant. Once this process has been completed, the agents are then able to create a profile of the client’s ability to pay off a loan with interest and they are either approved or denied the loan.These microloans are an asset to the locals trying to build a business who would otherwise be turned down if they went to a traditional bank. To compensate the amount of trust needed to provide these loans, the interest rates are higher than a traditional loan given in a bank.The most common businesses that the firm works with are bakeries who usually need early capital to fund the ingredients required to make their products, as well as utensils, and appliances to boost production.The interns provided through the Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies come from the U.S. and other countries like the U.K. and are able to work alongside this program. They help guide their clients through the process of running a business as well as well as acquiring funds.Read also: Belgium Pledges €3 Million to Support Youth Employment in MoroccoInterns Christopher.L and Alex.B who worked in the Marketing group explained to Morocco World News their experience while working with Al Karma, stating: “There is a lot this overall experience has taught and we are glad to able to support the main goal of Al Karma which is to expand services to the neglected Eastern region of the country and provide financial literacy to multiple residents.”In 2010, Al Karama was rated ” β ” by MicroRate. The rating scale is set from A to D and utilizes a  Plus or minus system. The highest rating being, α making Al Karma’s rating extremely competitive.Grameen-Jameel, the Middle Eastern and North African social business, has been supporting Al Karama since 2005. The work was started with Morocco’s first meeting for microfinance associations and strategy producers to talk about the significance of growing administrations to the disregarded Eastern district of the nation. Al Karama has become a partner to  Grameen-Jameel in 2006. Grameen-Jameel has given financing and specialized to support Al Karama. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,410.88, down 91.87 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 12 cents, or 5.13 per cent, to $2.22 on 22.3 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Down $1.09, or 12.57 per cent, to $7.58 on 10 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Down eight cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $24.62 on 7.7 million shares.Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Materials. Up one cent, or five per cent, to 21 cents on 7.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 22 cents, or 2.45 per cent, to $8.77 on 6.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 2.48 per cent, to $11.81 on 6.9 million shares.Companies reporting:Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. is looking to sell its aerostructures businesses in Belfast and Morocco as part of a consolidation of its aerospace business into a single unit. The company said Thursday the newly created Bombardier Aviation division will include its business aircraft business as well as its CRJ regional jets. Some 3,900 employees are expected to wind up in the hands of a prospective buyer. The would-be sale also means Bombardier would stop building the wings of the A220 jet, formerly known as the C Series and now controlled by Airbus SE. The company reported a first-quarter profit of US$239 million as revenue fell to $3.52 billion.Manulife Financial Corp. — Tensions between Ottawa and Beijing have not had a direct impact on Manulife Financial Corp.’s business in China, chief executive Roy Gori said Thursday, adding that he expects its franchise in the Asian country to remain strong. Gori told the company’s annual meeting that Manulife continues to work closely with relevant stakeholders and regulatory authorities to ensure it “can navigate this as well as we can.” Gori’s comments come after Canada’s biggest insurer reported first-quarter earnings that surged on strong growth in Asia, particularly in Japan where sales among corporate clients jumped ahead of potential tax changes.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Down 27 cents to $59.78. BCE Inc. said Thursday that its wireless business performed well in the first quarter, with its revenue up 4.5 per cent, helped by improved subscriber retention and higher average revenue per user. Chief executive George Cope acknowledged in a conference call that the first quarter is usually a seasonally slow sales period for wireless, but Bell has been helped by a government contract that began to roll out last year. Its first-quarter profit was up 12 per cent to $740 million as revenue improved by 2.6 per cent to $5.73 billion.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down $4.38, or 13.13 per cent to $28.97. The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said the company will wind down its operations in 15 countries and swear off bidding on fixed-price contracts in the mining industry as it reported a loss in its latest quarter. CEO Neil Bruce noted the company is undergoing an organizational revamp, combining its oil and gas business with its mining unit as part of a cost-reduction program under chief operating officer Ian Edwards, who was appointed in late January. The engineering and construction giant said it lost $17.3 million on $2.36 billion of revenues.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Down $1.14 or 2.6 per cent to $42.61. Suncor Energy Inc. remains opposed to the Alberta government-ordered oil production curtailments, but new CEO Mark Little conceded Thursday the program was actually “slightly positive” for the company’s financial results in the first quarter. The Calgary-based oilsands producer and refining giant reported net income for the first three months of the year that beat analyst expectations thanks to higher oil prices, record downstream results, growing oilsands production and a $264-million after-tax insurance gain on its assets in Libya. The company reported net earnings of $1.47 billion.The Canadian Press read more

Central African Republic UN envoy voices deep concern over recent violence

François Lonsény Fall condemned the latest shooting incident on 7 August between Government forces and the rebel Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD).In a press release issued by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the country, known as BONUCA, he urged both sides to follow their agreements and to act with restraint.The Representative appealed to the parties to move forward and adopt the amnesty law to lay the ground for disarmament, cantonment and reinsertion of members of armed political groups.He also voiced his concern over allegation against the APRD in the areas they control.According to media reports, the Government said that the rebels have intensified their attacks after pulling out of the 9 May accord, which was reached in Libreville, Gabon. 13 August 2008The Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the Central African Republic (CAR) today expressed his deep concern over insecurity in the country’s north-east, stressing that violence threatens the ceasefire and peace accord signed by the parties in May. read more

Saskatchewan deficit jumps government points to potash oil price drops

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2016 10:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan deficit jumps; government points to potash, oil price drops REGINA – Low resource prices are being blamed for a big jump in Saskatchewan’s deficit last year.The final, audited numbers for the fiscal year that ended in March show a deficit of $675 million — a big change from the $107-million surplus the government originally predicted.Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says the deficit is due almost entirely to falling oil and potash prices.“Obviously the price of oil and the price of potash and the volatility in the Canadian dollar continue to affect the province’s finances and slow down our economy,” Doherty said Friday. “We acknowledge that. We recognize that both in the last fiscal year and what we’re forecasting this fiscal year.”Doherty also said the province was counting on receiving federal assistance for wildfire costs before the end of the fiscal year, but that didn’t happen.When changes in provincial pension obligations are added in, the deficit totals $1.5 billion.The falling resource prices prompted Standard and Poor’s to downgrade Saskatchewan’s credit rating last month, to double-A plus from triple-A.Doherty said the province will continue to work toward returning the province to a balance budget in 2017-18, but he added that can be a fine line to walk.He said he believes people understand the impact of less resource revenue on the Saskatchewan’s finances, but he’s also hearing that they don’t want government funding cut and they don’t like deficits.“They understand what’s going on here, but they don’t want to see their government doing anything crazy. They don’t want to see us massively slash programs. They don’t want to see us jack up taxes considerably to try to meet a balanced budget.”— With files from CKRM read more

Extreme weather hit 60 million people in 2018 no part of the

The head of CRED, Debarati Guha-Sapir, acknowledged that the human impact of all disasters, particularly drought and extreme temperatures, is poorly reported, especially in low-income countries. Innovative approaches that measure progress and report on specific Sustainable Development Goal targets need to be urgently addressed by appropriate UN agencies, she added.Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, said that, with time running out to limit global warming to 1.5˚C or even 2˚C, climate change adaptation needs to be a high priority, citing measures such as “reducing disaster risk in our cities, avoiding the creation of new risk by better land use, stronger planning regulations and building codes, safeguarding protective eco-systems, reducing poverty, and taking active measures to reduce exposure to rising sea levels.” 2018 was a record-breaking year when it came to wildfires, with the US experiencing its deadliest outbreak in over a century (it was also the costliest on record), and Greece suffering a record number of casualties from wildfires, with 126 losing their lives.As for drought, over 9 million people were affected worldwide, with the Kenyan population accounting for a third of the total, followed by Central American countries (2.5 million people), including migration hotspots Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The study cited by the agency, from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) –  showed that earthquakes and tsunamis claimed more lives than any other type of hazard, with over 10,000 lives lost in the last year; whilst floods, droughts, storms and wildfires affected more than 57 million.Floods affected the largest number of people – over 35 million – with 23 million in the Indian State of Kerala alone. Storms are expected to be the costliest type of disaster once final economic losses are compiled: the cost of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael, which inundated the eastern seaboard of the United States, is estimated to reach around $16 billion. read more

Nearly four million North Koreans in urgent need as food production slumps

Because of the underfunding, many UN agencies have had to scale back their programmes, or even close projects that have served as a life-line for millions of people. Mr. Mishra described delays and challenges to programmes as “unintended consequences of sanctions,” which have a “real and tangible impact on the aid that we are able to provide to people who desperately need it.”Mr. Mishra praised the generosity of those donors who have provided funding, noting the positive impact that humanitarian programmes are having on the lives of North Koreans; and the improved access and monitoring that agencies can engage in thanks to “continued, principled and robust engagement with the DPRK Government.”The Resident Coordinator appealed to all potential donors and stakeholders to rise above political and security considerations, and prevent them from getting in the way of providing life-saving aid to the men, women, and children who need it the most, because “we simply cannot leave them behind.” Women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities are prioritized in the plan: 90 per cent of nutritional aid, and 92 per cent of health assistance, go to children under five years old and women.In a statement published on Wednesday, Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the country is officially known, expressed particular concern over the fact that food production in the country dropped by almost 10 per cent between 2017 and 2018 – the lowest production in more than a decade – resulting in a significant food gap.Arguing for adequate funding, the Resident Coordinator said that “the time to act is now,” in order to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in DPRK. Overall, some 11 million people in the country are not getting enough nutritious food, clean drinking water or access to basic services like health and sanitation, and one in five children are stunted due to chronic undernutrition.Mr. Mishra said that, despite these alarming facts, humanitarian activities in DPRK are “critically underfunded.” Last year, barely a quarter of the requested $111 million was provided by donors, which meant that an estimated 1.4 million people went without the food they needed, and almost 800,000 people had not access to essential health services. read more

Convertibles reach record market share in May

Full details, comment and analysis is available by downloading the attached report.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commenting on the new car registration data, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘In a competitive market, this month’s figures remain stable, despite a slight dip compared to last year’s near record levels. The industry is proving resilient as it rides out weakening consumer confidence and the short-term problems associated with MG Rover. New car market dips 3.4 per cent to 187,900 units, compared to May 2004 Diesel market takes 36.8 per cent market share, the highest so far in 2005 Convertible cars increase in popularity, with the sector now accounting for a record six per cent of May registrations ‘The new road pricing proposals could also have an effect on car buyers. Charging may well have a role in managing demand on our congested road network but it must not lead to an increase in tax take from the motorist. Any plans to change driving habits will only succeed if government delivers an improved infrastructure and a credible, cost efficient public transport network.’ read more

Without Jeter The Yankees Improved More At Shortstop Than Any Other MLB

The other day, several of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were musing about the New York Yankees’ chances in 2015. Certainly the Yankees are no longer the dominant powerhouse they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nor are they even the outrageously expensive (but championship-starved) juggernaut of the mid-to-late 2000s.1They’re still spending in excess of $200 million on payroll, but that no longer ranks No. 1 in baseball, nor is it anywhere near as far from average as their payroll was at its 2005 peak. Fangraphs’ projections — which, like all preseason predictions, come with a lot of uncertainty — see the Yankees as a slightly above-average team this season, and their 84-78 record last year fit that description as well.But another interesting note about the 2015 Yankees is that their position-player corps figures to be one of the most improved in the American League, according to the projected wins above replacement (WAR) listed on Fangraphs’ depth charts. And the biggest position at which they got better? Shortstop — former home of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.We slagged on Jeter a bit last season for all the attention paid to his yearlong retirement tour despite his plainly awful numbers. The truth is that, according to WAR at least, the Yankees had the least-productive shortstop situation in all of baseball last year, so even a shortstop depth chart headlined by Didi Gregorius was bound to be one of the game’s most improved in 2015. And, sure enough, no team is projected to gain more WAR at shortstop this season than the Yankees, mostly because Jeter retired.Here’s an accounting of the Yankees’ projected gains and losses at each position, along with those of every other team going into the 2015 season:Of course, some teams improved even more at other positions than the Yankees did at shortstop. The St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, picked up WAR superstar Jason Heyward to man right field, a position that had been filled poorly by Allen Craig and the late Oscar Taveras in 2014. That change projects to be worth a net improvement of about 7 WAR for St. Louis this season (including 4.6 from Heyward himself, plus the additional bonus of getting rid of -1.8 WAR from Craig and Taveras).The following table represents a more specific breakdown of the Yankees’ shortstops, the Cardinals’ right fielders and the 28 other positional situations that are projected to improve the most in 20152Note that, in some cases, a team can show great improvement despite the same player being projected as the primary starter in both 2015 as in 2014. This could be due to a number of reasons, including the player having improved projected rate statistics (whether because of age-related improvement or regression to the mean after an out-of-character bad season) or even more projected playing time in 2015.: read more

Paul George Makes The Thunder Contenders Again

Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Paul George35.02.40.4 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 WINSLOSSES Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 read more

Gay man in fight for equal pension rights for husband confident of Supreme

first_imgLiberty points out that his husband would receive a pension of only a few hundred pounds a year – but if he was married to a woman, she would be entitled to receive around £45,000 a year for life.Before the hearing, Liberty lawyer Emma Norton said “many, many others will be suffering the same injustice”, adding: “We hope the Supreme Court will drive the law into the 21st century and take a huge step towards equal pension rights for same-sex spouses and civil partners.” Liberty said the case “challenges an exemption in the Equality Act that lets employers exclude same-sex partners from spousal benefits paid into a pension fund before December 2005, when civil partnerships became legal”.It will be argued that the exemption is “discriminatory”. Mr Walker wants to ensure that, should he die first, his husband, 52, will be adequately provided for.Mr Walker earlier said: “The Government should be ashamed that, in 2017, I and so many others are being forced to live with the worry that our loved ones won’t be provided for when we’re gone, solely because of our sexuality.”My husband and I have been together for 24 years. During that time, I also gave more than two decades of my life to Innospec, paying in exactly the same amount into the company pension fund as my heterosexual colleagues.”How can it be right that my husband will get practically nothing but, if I were to divorce him and marry the very first woman I see, she would be immediately entitled to the full spousal pension? It’s not just unfair – it’s absurd.” Winning the case would be the “icing on the cake” after being able to enter into a civil partnership and then “upgrade” to marriage.He said: “It would give us total equality with our heterosexually married friends, and complete security.”A ruling in his favour would not only be important on a personal level, but it would also be “incredibly important” for many others in same-sex relationships in a similar position, some of whom had already lost partners.Mr Walker suffered a defeat at the Court of Appeal in 2015, when judges ruled that his claim failed because it applied to a period before gay civil partnerships were recognised by the law.He retired from chemicals group Innospec Ltd in 2003 after working for the company for more than 20 years. He had made the same contributions to the pension scheme as his heterosexual colleagues.Mr Walker and his husband, a former computer executive, have been together since 1993. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I and so many others are being forced to live with the worry that our loved ones won’t be provided for when we’re gone, solely because of our sexualityJohn Walker John Walker suffered a defeat at the Court of Appeal in 2015 Credit:Martin Keene/PA The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on December 5 2005. Mr Walker and his partner entered into a civil partnership in January 2006, which was later converted into a marriage. A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy in a heterosexual relationship described feeling “confident” as he began the final round of his legal battle.Ex-cavalry officer John Walker, 65, is hoping that five justices at the Supreme Court in London will overturn an earlier ruling against him.Human rights organisation Liberty, which is representing Mr Walker, says a successful outcome could “dramatically change the lives of thousands of same-sex couples”.As Mr Walker arrived at the UK’s highest court on Wednesday, he said: “I am feeling confident. I think common sense will prevail.” John Walker suffered a defeat at the Court of Appeal in 2015last_img read more

Malaysian PM confirms that flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean

first_imgUpdated 11.07 pmTHE MALAYSIAN PRIME Minister says that new satellite analysis has shown that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth.Speaking at a new conference in Kuala Lumpar this afternoon after meeting with families of those on board, Najib Razak says that the conclusion comes as a result of data analysed by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and satellite firm Inmarsat.The data shows that the flight flew along the southern corridor and ended in a remote location in the Indian Ocean west of Perth.“This is a remote location far from any landing sites. It is therefore with great sadness and deep regret that according to this new data we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean, ” he said.Razak said that they will hold another press conference tomorrow to give more details but that they wanted to we wanted to “inform you of this news development  at the earliest opportunity”.The BBC is also reporting that relatives of those on board the flight were told of the latest development by way of a text message .“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived,” it said in a text message to relatives, the BBC reported.Earlier today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said one of his country’s planes had spotted two objects during a search of the southern Indian Ocean.Abbott said it was not known whether the objects came from the Boeing 777 which went missing on March 8. “Nevertheless we are hopeful that we can recover these objects soon and they will take us a step closer to resolving this tragic mystery,” he told the Australian parliament.Ships and planes from several nations swarmed over a lonely corner of the southern Indian Ocean as mounting evidence of floating debris energised the search for Malaysia’s missing passenger jet.But the roiling seas characteristic of the region threatened once again to foil search personnel who have failed to turn days of tantalising leads into hard evidence that could help solve the baffling mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.China’s Xinhua news agency said a Chinese air crew spotted “two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres”.This map, released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, shows the areas already searched and the plan for today.The report added to an Australian aircraft’s visual sighting Saturday of a wooden pallet, strapping and other debris, and subsequent French and Chinese satellite information indicating floating objects far off Australia’s west coast.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said search teams would investigate the Chinese sightings.A growing international fleet of military and civilian aircraft has converged on the area, around 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth, supported by Australian and British naval vessels tasked with retrieving any objects from the forbidding waters.MH370 vanished without warning on March 8 over the South China Sea en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew.Malaysia believes the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board. But the absence of firm evidence has fuelled intense speculation and conspiracy theories, and tormented the families of the missing.Malaysia Airlines suffered another headache early today when a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul had to divert to Hong Kong due to a malfunctioning electrical generator.The airline said back-up systems kicked in and the plane, with 271 passengers, landed “uneventfully.” © AFP, 2014-Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: New floating objects spotted in hunt for missing Malaysia flightlast_img read more

The White House says its trying to help journalists not hinder them

first_imgProtect the media“We are glad to see that that legislation will be reintroduced, because he believes strongly that we need to provide the protections to the media that this legislation would do,” Carney told reporters.This week’s revelation that investigators probing alleged leaks of secret or classified information had secretly obtained phone records for numbers used by Associated Press reporters triggered a political firestorm.Several commentators and a coalition of media organisations accused Obama’s administration of trampling on press freedoms in its pursuit of government leaks and whistleblowers.But Carney insisted that the White House was not involved in the Justice Department investigation that acted against the AP, and protested that Obama supports laws that would protect the identity of press sources.- © AFP, 2013US Attorney General: We seized reporters’ phone records to protect American lives>Labour TD says newspaper ‘sting’ job on abortion beliefs was intended to mislead> THE WHITE HOUSE threw its weight behind a bid to pass a law to strengthen journalists’ rights to protect their sources, amid controversy over the seizure of a news agency’s phone records.Following allegations that federal investigators had gone too far in their move against the Associated Press, a spokesman said President Barack Obama had contacted lawmakers to ask that the bill be brought forward.“The president has long supported media shield legislation in the Senate during the 2008 campaign and as president,” Carney said, adding that Obama had spoken to Senator Charles Schumer to press his support for the bill.last_img read more

Guardiola delighted Man City have avoided champions curse

first_imgPep Guardiola is proud of the way Manchester City have remained in the hunt for the Premier League title after what’s happened to past champions in recent years.After storming to league crown last season in record-breaking fashion, City have had a much harder time on their hands this time around in the form of Liverpool.The Reds have won 20 of their 26 games to lead City by three points at the top of the Premier League table as they chase a first league title since 1990.But City can go back level on points with Liverpool later today should they defeat Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, albeit having played one more match.For Guardiola, however, the fact that his City team are still firmly in the mix to retain their league crown is the thing that he’s most proud of.The last team to successfully defend the title was Manchester United in 2009.“I know in the last five or six years what happened with the champions the year after, in which position they were,” said Guardiola, according to Goal.“All of them, they were out. They did not have a chance in that period to win the Premier League.“We are there. That is one of the things I am most delighted about this season.”The Catalan coach, who’s also won league titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the past, is aware that no team in the Premier League can be underestimated.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Guardiola made reference to their shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on January 30 while discussing the level of competitiveness in England.“When the people say, ‘You underestimated Newcastle.’ No, no,” he said.“You don’t underestimate anyone if you are in the final of the Carabao Cup again and you are in all the competitions and fighting.“The previous seasons, Leicester [City] and Chelsea and the other ones – no chance. We are there.“We want to be there until the end. [Sunday] will help us. If we are able to win the game I am pretty sure until the end we will be there fighting to be champions again.”The City and Chelsea match will begin at 5:00 PM (CET).Ready for Sunday? ⚽️#FIFA19 @EASPORTSFIFA 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/GWZJdAFLh3— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 9, 2019last_img read more

EXCELLENT EMPLOYEES REWARDED AT POINT GRACE RESORT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Dec 2014 – Point Grace recognizing and rewarding excellence of its staff just before Christmas; Margaret of the Housekeeping Department was presented the Employee of the Month prize by General Manager of Point Grace, Beverly Williams. “Obviously she has been very helpful in whatever it is that she does and she loves her work and so she is always trying to make things nice, and she likes to fix our flowers and I think that is one of the reasons why she got it.”Margaret says this recognition motivates her. “I feel so good, it make me think to work harder to try to do my best.”Renee of the Maintenance received the certificate of Excellence. “I say thank you to the staff for thinking about this, and I feel so well today. We are in the Christmastime, this makes me feel better.” Many Nominations for TCI Hotels in World Travel Awards Gala Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beverly williams, employee, excellence, point grace Provo Road Runners contest challenging residents to beat the bulgelast_img read more

LIME launches 4GLTE with Delano Williams as Ambassador

first_img Recommended for you The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Aug 2015 – LIME has done it, launched 4GLTE in the Turks and Caicos Islands and now both mobile service providers can offer this superfast service to customers. On Friday evening at the Seven Stars resort, LIME invited dignitaries including Premier Rufus Ewing to be a part of the launch where not only was the 4GLTE unveiled, but a dazzling campaign featuring the country’s fastest man and one of the region’s fastest athletes, Delano Williams as the new brand ambassador. LIME had months ago announced the acquisition of Islandcom, and unabashedly stated they wanted the company’s assets primarily for its LTE license. Now, under a new general manager, Delleriece Hall, the superfast service is launched. Premier Rufus Ewing is among the first in the country to boast the service from LIME. Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Related Items:Delleriece Hall, launch, lime, LTE, premier rufus ewing, seven stars resort Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’slast_img read more

States competing for drones

first_imgInsitu founder speaks to lawmakers about dronesLOS ANGELES — It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space.Capitalizing on Southern California’s aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range.They face crowded competition. In search of an economic boost, more than half the country is looking toward the sky — expected to be buzzing in the near future with pilotless aircraft.Before that can become reality, the Federal Aviation Administration last month put out a call to test fly drones at half a dozen to-be-determined sites before they can share the same space as commercial jetliners, small aircraft and helicopters.Fifty teams from 37 states — including Washington and Oregon — answered, vying to win bragging rights as a hub for unmanned aerial vehicles.The military has long flown drones overseas to support troops, spy on enemies and fire missiles. There’s a recent clamor to fly them domestically to track the health of crops, fight wildfires in remote terrain, conduct search and rescue after a disaster and perform other chores considered too “dirty, dull or dangerous” for pilots. The expanding use for drones comes amid concerns of a “Big Brother” society.The untapped civilian market — estimated to be worth billions — has created a face-off, with states perfecting their pitch — ample restricted airspace, industry connections, academic partners — not unlike what you might read in a tourism brochure.last_img read more

Politicians partly responsible for sorry state of education

first_imgHyderabad: Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy found fault with the political parties for being irresponsible for the sorry state of the education sector in the country. The Minister inaugurated a National Workshop on “Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Ranking in Higher Education – Road Map Ahead,” jointly organised by TSCHE, CCE & RUSA here on Monday. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us While addressing the gathering, he said there is not a single university from the country figured among the top 100 universities in the world. He reasoned that this was the result of the universities lagging behind in research. For this, political parties are also partly responsible, he added. He asked parents to stop pressurising children to achieve what they wanted them to be. Instead, he stressed to inspire students to ask questions. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us For this, the Minister said focus should be made to transform the primary schools into centres to produce scientists. He expressed anguish for continuing British style of the education system in the country. The Minister found fault with the polarisation of the education system in which parents are giving only two options for their children, either to become a doctor or an engineer. This, in turn, has let down the research capabilities in the country. Advertise With Us Member of the NITI Ayog, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat in his address said efforts are being made to introduce education relevant to the changes in the country and explained at length the educational reforms proposed to be introduced in near future. Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE), Chairman Prof T Papi Reddy, State Education Secretary B Janardhan Reddy, Technical Education Commissioner Naveen Mittal were among those participated.last_img read more

Abbott Cuts Funding To Travis County Over Sanctuary Cities

first_img Share Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blocked funding for the first time over so-called “sanctuary cities” after Austin’s sheriff stopped complying with all federal immigration detainers.An Abbott spokesman said Wednesday that $1.5 million in previously approved criminal justice grants will no longer go to Travis county.The move follows Sheriff Sally Hernandez announcing after President Trump’s inauguration that she would stop honoring all immigration holds in her jails.That blocked funding is only a fraction of Hernandez’s budget but funds programs such as crime victim services and drug treatment courts.Abbott has asked the Texas legislature to prioritize a “sanctuary city” law between now and June.He wants the power to remove locally elected officials and block a wider array of funds.last_img read more