PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Lincoln Riley during the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Entering the 2017 College Football Playoff, the Georgia football defense had surrendered more than 28 points just one time: in a loss to Auburn. Considering the Dawgs avenged that game weeks later, holding the Tigers to one touchdown in the SEC Championship Game, most wrote off the poor performance. Oklahoma was the next team to do real damage against Georgia (in a losing effort), scoring 48 points in the CFP semifinal, and now Sooners coach Lincoln Riley is making headlines for comments about UGA.Oklahoma fell 54-48 in that overtime game, a come-from-behind victory for the Bulldogs. The Baker Mayfield-led offense got off to a blistering start, but ultimately, the Dawgs figured enough things out to slow down OU down the stretch, and the Georgia rushing attack was absolutely unstoppable on the other end.Oklahoma scored on everyone last year. Even with those 48 points, it is hard to argue against the elite status of Georgia’s defense in 2017.In a recent radio appearance, however, it sounded like Lincoln Riley did just that. He appeared on ESPNU on SiriusXM with Danny Kanell and Taylor Zarzour, and had a very interesting quote about how UGA would far in the Big 12:From OU head coach Lincoln Riley just now on @ESPNUonSiriusXM talking with me and @TaylorZarzour about how difficult it is to play defense in the Big 12:”If you throw Georgia in the Big 12 every year there is no way they are a Top 5 defense in the country”— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) July 3, 2018Obviously, that quote quickly made the rounds. Honestly, Riley has to know that it would.He took to Twitter to say that he was propping up the Big 12, and not knocking Georgia.That’s not a shot at Georgia….they were absolutely one of the best defenses last year…it’s a compliment to our league-— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) July 3, 2018Taken literally, Lincoln Riley’s quote about Georgia’s defense is probably correct.Per CFBStats, UGA’s defense finished exactly sixth in both total defense and scoring defense in the FBS ranks last season. Considering the level of talent the Dawgs played against, it is not at all crazy to say they had a top five defense overall.However, the Big 12 is a much different league stylistically. Most of the league scores at least 30 points per game.Georgia’s defense may be just as effective, if the Dawgs played in that league. Given the pace and style of play, however, odds are the numbers wouldn’t be quite as good, at least without adjusting for pace.
The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market There are headphones, and then there are headphones. The Muzik One headphones are the first smart, socially connected headphones. The headphones feature full integration with both Spotify and IFTTT, which means that you can use your headphones for just about anything you can imagine, from turning on your lights at home to getting the weather report, to opening your garage so you can park your car. Its Spotify collaboration marks the first between a music streaming service and a connected headphone company. Also, you can switch from on-ear to over-ear headphones and vice versa.Still not convinced? Some of the world’s most famous athletes and entertainers, like Drake, comedian Kevin Hart, Super Bowl champion and MVP Von Miller, and NBA All-Star Chris Paul have promoted the brand or are strategic investors and partners. Muzik One headphones also have programmable Hot Keys so that you can use one touch functionality, voice control, intuitive touch control and long-range wireless connectivity. Plus, when you download the Muzik Connectivity app and link it up to your headphones via Bluetooth, you’ll be able to customize your hot keys to do the following:Connect: Enhance music and social media experiences by connecting directly with Facebook, . Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music and more with the Muzik® Connect AppDiscover: Proprietary software identifies the song being played and automatically finds a legal link for sharing on social networking platformsShare: Current track, location, weather, time, and an image from Google Street ViewCustomize: Program hot keys to speed dial favorite contacts, save or share songs, get the news and more with one touchHow many pairs of headphones can do all that? None that we’re familiar with. So if you’re in the market for some holiday gift giving, or if you just want a new pair of headphones, go for a pair of the Muzik One headphones. They beat out your headphones in functionality by a landslide.Muzik One headphones, $299 at muzikconnect.com. Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations
A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Next What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Previous The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman 1 of 9 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations In the mid-90s, McLaren built the most incredible supercar the world had ever known. The F1 broke every production car performance record in the book and solidified its place among game-changing automobiles of yore.So powerful was the wake of the F1 that it took the British automaker 15 years to develop a worthy successor. The P1 was introduced in 2012 as a hybrid supercar to rival Ferrari’s LaFerrari and Porsche’s 918 Spyder. While not as groundbreaking as the F1, the P1 laid the foundation for McLaren’s commercial success.Now, just five years after the P1 broke cover, McLaren is back with its most aggressive production car yet. Rumors about the codenamed P15 have circulated for over a year, but details have been virtually non-existent, amplifying our anticipation. This week, the sports car manufacturer showed the world what it’s been cooking up: the McLaren Senna. Owing its name to legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna (who won three drivers’ championships with the McLaren F1 team), the Senna will face off against Aston Martin’s forthcoming Valkyrie, Bugatti’s Chiron, and Mercedes-AMG’s Project One in the latest bout of the badies.Already the McLaren Senna’s design has divided enthusiast opinion. Styled exclusively for function, the Senna is a radical shape of aerodynamic efficiency. Though based loosely on the 720S, the Senna has a completely bespoke form that features sharper edges, bigger air channels, and a truly enormous rear wing. McLaren hasn’t declared exactly how much downforce the car’s body will generate, but it could be well in excess of 2,000 pounds at VMAX.Power is provided by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. While that isn’t as much grunt as the 903-hp P1, the Senna weighs 400 pounds less thanks to an all-new carbon fiber tub and advanced lightweight materials. The claimed curb weight is a featherweight 2,641 Pounds. Time from 0 to 60 mph and top speed figures are TBD, but we’d estimate low-2.0 second sprints and a top speed deep into the 200-mph grouping.Whether you love or hate the wild exterior styling, there isn’t much to get excited about inside the cockpit. A pair of carbon fiber sport bucket seats can be molded to the driver’s body, a thin infotainment tablet is tacked onto the Spartan dashboard, and ignition, door open/close, and window switches are centered mid-cabin overhead.The McLaren Senna will be built next year and all 500 planned production units were sold before the car was even revealed. The Senna has a few options that can raise its price, but the “base” model starts at $837,000.
More than 400 mathematics education scholarships were awarded to potential teachers between 2015 and 2018 at a cost of more than $600 million. They are the first cohort to benefit under the Government’s drive to increase the number of secondary level mathematics teachers trained locally. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that more than 150 specialist mathematics teachers will be deployed to the secondary education system following the completion of training and graduation in June. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that more than 150 specialist mathematics teachers will be deployed to the secondary education system following the completion of training and graduation in June.They are the first cohort to benefit under the Government’s drive to increase the number of secondary level mathematics teachers trained locally.More than 400 mathematics education scholarships were awarded to potential teachers between 2015 and 2018 at a cost of more than $600 million.Senator Reid said that the Ministry will continue to sustain the programme.He noted that the bonding period has been increased from three years to five years to ensure that those who benefit from the scholarships can give back to the country and assist in transforming the education sector.“We will ensure in terms of policy that these areas that the country feel is of great interest and need for us, we will dedicate the resources and provide full scholarships (for training in) these areas in return for a guaranteed minimum of five years service back to the system,” he added.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Mico International Mathematics Summit at the institution’s premises on Marescaux Road in St. Andrew on January 30.Turning to other matters, Senator Reid said that “significant resources, which can support lesson planning and delivery” have been developed and made available to teachers through the Ministry’s website and the newly launched Primary Exit Profile (PEP) website.“The PEP website has (received) over 260,000 hits and growing,” he said.PEP replaces the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school placement test.The main objective of PEP is to enhance the academic and critical thinking capabilities and creativity of students by the end of primary level education.The Mico University College is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to host the inaugural International Mathematics Summit from March 25-27 under the theme: ‘Mathematics for Economic Growth and Job Creation’.The summit, which will be integrated into the Ministry’s National Mathematics Week, will provide a forum for exploring, analysing and consolidating international best practices in the teaching of mathematics.
OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he is truly sorry after claiming in a recent speech to have been the architect of Canada’s largest battle in Afghanistan.The mea culpa follows what some saw as a half-hearted apology for the comments Sajjan made in India earlier this month.In a Facebook post, Sajjan says he made a mistake by describing himself as the architect of Operation Medusa in 2006.He goes on to retract the comments and offer his sincere apologies to all the soldiers he served with in Afghanistan.That includes then-major general David Fraser and his team, whom Sajjan credits for the operation’s success.Sajjan does not say why he made the comments about Operation Medusa, during which hundreds of Taliban were killed.
Rabat – Two people were killed and six others were injured Friday following a stabbing attack at two markets squares in the Finnish city of Turku.Local authorities managed to arrest the attacker after shooting him in the leg. According to Finnish media, the city’s police have put several other suspects in custody, in order to investigate whether additional assailants involved in the attack.The incident happened around 4 p.m. local time at the squares of two market centers, Kauppatori and Puutori. The attack happened just a day after the terror attacks in Barcelona, where 14 were killed and at least 100 people injured.
31 January 2011Fish consumption has reached an all-time high and more people than ever are employed in or depend on the fisheries sector, according to a new United Nations report, which also warns that global fish stocks have not improved. “That there has been no improvement in the status of stocks is a matter of great concern,” said Richard Grainger, senior fisheries expert at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and one of the editors of the State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture, which was released today. “The percentage of overexploitation needs to go down although at least we seem to be reaching a plateau,” he added. According to the report, the contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of almost 17 kilograms per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15 per cent of their average animal protein intake. Overall, fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of an estimated 540 million people, or eight per cent of the world population. In addition, fish products continue to be the most-traded of food commodities, worth a record $102 billion in 2008, up nine per cent from 2007.The report notes that the overall percentage of overexploited, depleted or recovering fish stocks in the world’s oceans has not dropped and is estimated to be slightly higher than in 2006. About 32 per cent of world fish stocks are estimated to be overexploited, depleted or recovering and need to be urgently rebuilt, it states. At the same time, 15 per cent of the stock groups monitored by FAO were estimated to be underexploited (three per cent) or moderately exploited (12 per cent) and therefore able to produce more than their current catches.The report examines the growing legal efforts to enforce tighter controls on the fisheries sector, for example, through trade measures and against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. A recent study estimates the cost of illegal and unreported fishing alone at $10-23.5 billion per year.The report also notes increasing debate about a proposed global record of fishing vessels, which ideally would assign a unique vessel identifier to each vessel that would remain constant regardless of ownership or flag changes over time. Such transparency would make it easier to police vessels engaged in illegal fishing activities.The increasing demand for fish highlights the need for the sustainable management of aquatic resources, states the report, which recommends an ecosystem approach to fisheries, which is an integrated approach for balancing societal objectives with the state of the fishery and its natural and human environment.
Kate HumphrysMaster’s candidate, Applied Health SciencesSupervisor: Terry Wade and co-supervisor Erin SharpeResearch project title: “Engaging youth in the process of their own health: Addressing the psychosocial factors of cardiovascular health”Recent recipent of a 2010 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s AwardsHometown: Ottawa/KingstonKate Humphrys’ research focuses on youth participation in health promotion projects. She is part of the HBeat research team that is studying the social determinants of child hypertension. The project is led by her supervisor, Prof. Terry Wade, who is a Canada Research Chair in Youth and Wellness.Who do you hope to help and how?As part of the HBeat study, I’m working with a group of grade 8 students from the Niagara region to implement unique heart health projects in schools. My research examines the process of agency development in a group of students who participated in a peer health leader training program, organized as a five-day leadership camp held at Brock in July 2010.I believe that young people are crucial stakeholders in health and should be better engaged and involved in the process. I hope that my research will ultimately help young people, their communities and all health promotion teams. I hope that this research will identify sustainable and novel ways of involving youth in health that will allow more effective health promotion projects and long-term benefits for all youth participants.How did you become interested in your area of research?My work as an educator has confirmed my long-held belief that young people are capable of any challenge put in front of them! Working in international development, outdoor and experiential education and public health have all contributed to my interest.What made you decide to pursue your graduate education at Brock?The opportunity to work with the HBeat team on such a unique project was a major contributing factor. The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences was also a strong fit as it allowed me to draw from experts in both Community Health, and Recreation and Leisure Studies.How would you describe your graduate experience to a student who is thinking about studying at Brock?The MA in Applied Health Sciences is a fantastic program. The diversity of research occurring in the Faculty is inspiring. The research methods courses (5P17 & 5P07) that I took were both extremely well taught, and I benefited from the flexibility of taking an elective course at the graduate level in Child and Youth Studies. I have also had great opportunities to get involved in the community, including working on a project with the YMCA of Niagara.What are your other interests/hobbies/activities?As much as possible I love to be outdoors and active. I enjoy canoeing, white water paddling, cross-country skiing and hiking. I am a volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and I played on an Ultimate frisbee team with Brock. Since my move to Niagara, I have recently developed a new love for Ontario wine.
Warning of the grave consequences the current conflict in the Middle East is having on the region’s children, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on both sides to denounce violence and move towards peace.”Over the last weeks, Israelis and Palestinians have terrorized each other’s communities, without regard for homes, schools, health centres and other public spaces where children are present,” said Carol Bellamy in a statement released in New York. “The impact of escalating violence on children’s rights and well-being is both immense and lasting,” she warned.Calling for an immediate end to the violence, the UNICEF chief stressed that traumatic events such as the death or injury of family and friends, house-to-house searches, and the humiliating round-up and detention of fathers and brothers “cause irreparable damage to children’s confidence in adults; increase their acceptance of violence as an adequate method for resolving problems; and dim their hope in the future.”Pending a ceasefire, Ms. Bellamy called on all sides to ensure that children are not targeted. In particular, she voiced concern over the confinement of Palestinian families at home under curfew, many without water, electricity, gas or adequate food. “UNICEF calls for the full co-operation of Israeli authorities in ending the curfews and guaranteeing women and children safe access to basic needs such as water, food, health services and education,” she said.The UNICEF Executive Director also pointed out that her agency and others in the area had been unable to operate in recent days, and called for immediate access to vulnerable communities suffering under curfews and military incursions.”If today’s generation does not have the opportunity to grow up in an atmosphere of trust, tolerance and justice, there can be little hope for stability in the region,” said Ms. Bellamy. “It is the responsibility of Israeli and Palestinian adults to denounce violence and move toward peaceful solutions that offer real hope to their children and to future generations.”
by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 5:44 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New York’s attorney general investigates EpiPen manufacturer ALBANY, N.Y. – The state attorney general’s office is investigating whether Mylan Pharmaceuticals unfairly limited competition for its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen, which has been criticized for steep price increases.A preliminary review showed the company “may have inserted potentially anticompetitive terms” into sales contracts with many school systems, Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.“If Mylan engaged in anti-competitive business practices, or violated antitrust laws with the intent and effect of limiting lower cost competition, we will hold them accountable,” Schneiderman said. “Allergy sufferers have enough concerns to worry about. The availability of life-saving medical treatment should not be one of them.”Subpoenas for company information were issued last week.EpiPens are used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions to insect bites and foods including nuts that can lead to anaphylactic shock. They are auto-injectors, or spring-loaded syringes that provide single doses of the drug epinephrine, and can be administered by patients themselves or by untrained people.The price has grown to $608 for a two-pack, up more than 500 per cent since 2007. The drugmaker has announced it will launch a generic version that will cost $300 in the next several weeks.Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Mylan N.V. said Tuesday that more than 700,000 free EpiPens have been distributed to 65,000 schools and it has dropped a previous purchase restriction for schools that wanted more at discounts.“The program continues to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations,” Mylan spokeswoman Nina Devlin said. “There are no purchase requirements for participation in the program, nor have there ever been to receive free EpiPen auto-injectors.”Meanwhile, a New York legislator introduced a bill to authorize pharmacists to dispense little-known and cheaper generic epinephrine auto-injectors under a brand-specific prescription without having to get a new prescription from the doctor.“Mylan has spent billions of dollars making EpiPen a household name synonymous with epinephrine, but there are lesser-known products such as generic Adrenaclick, which can be purchased for approximately $140 for a two-pack,” said Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon, a Long Island Republican.He noted that the essential difference is that the Adrenaclicks injector, by Horsham, Pennsylvania-based Amedra Pharmaceuticals, has two caps instead of one.Democratic Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said she expects Congress to hold hearings on the EpiPen price increases. Asked if legislators will invite Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, she said “of course.”McCaskill is the top Democrat on the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She and the committee’s Republican chairwoman, Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, have written Mylan asking for a briefing on the price increases.
Just two weeks before begining of League competition in Slovenia (11th September), news is that MIK company who was general sponsor of “1. MIK Liga” in last three season (from 2006/07) resigned due misunderstanding with League Board. That is a huge step back for best League at the Balkans and it will be very interesting to see, what are the next moves of Slovenian handball management.Champions title defending Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Slovenia has one team in Champions League (Celje Pivovarna Lasko) and one in qualification round (Gorenje). 1.MIK LigaCelje Pivovarna LaskoGorenje ← Previous Story Toyota Handball Bundesliga on TV in 40 countries! Next Story → Petar Nenadic in Tvis Holstebro
Already with 20-8 after the first half, Barcelona made it clear that it’s going to be another convincing victory in the ASOBAL, still going undefeated. Ademar Leon however managed to get as close as 24-28 in the second half, and the four goals advantage only were enough for Xavi Pascual to call for a timeout after which a 12-2 final run ended the score at 40:26 for Barcelona. The giant Alex Tatarinstev was best in Ademar Leon’s squad with 8 goals and at the same time the top scorer of the game, as Barcelona’s best – Kiril Lazarov – had six goals.26 – ADEMAR: Llamazares (Asanin); Carrillo (3, 2 p), Díez (1), Carou (-), Almeida (-), Castro (1), Mario López (4), Vejin (2), Tatarintsev (8), Víctor Alonso (2, 1 p), Piñeiro (2), Vega (-), Mellado (1), Molina (2), Javi García (-).40 – BARCELONA:Sterbik (Saric); Stranovsky (1), Karabatic (4), Sarmiento (4), Noddesbo (3), Gurbindo (2), Tomás (4), Virán Morros (-), Entrerríos (2), Rutenka (4 p), Sorhaindo (3), Ariño (1), Balaguer (4), Juanín García (2), Lazarov (6, 2 p). ← Previous Story Cup Winners Cup TOP 8: Viborg against FTC – Hypo in Norway Next Story → Bidasoa Irun sign Filip Kallman alex tatarinstevASOBALbalonmanoBarcelonahandballXavi Pascual
commerzbank arenahandballHSV HamburgRhein Neckar Lowentag des handballs ← Previous Story CELJE CHANGES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Pungi without contract Next Story → 14 BIG STARS: All the stars you can see in Struga! Rhein-Neckar Lowen and the HSV Hamburg are set to make history in their match on 6th of September. The game at the “Commerzbank-Arena” is to be visited by 37,000 people. The sponsor goldgas in the “goldgas – tag des handballs” event which will be organized throughout the day, will have the game between the Mannheim and Hamburg clubs as the biggest single event that day. The record which was previously held by AG Kobenhavn and Bjerringbro, and attrached 36,651 visitors, will definitely be overtaken as there will be 37,000 visitors on Sept 6th, and the new world record will be moving to Germany. Other activities that day include matches between teams of Stefan Kretzschmar and Frank Buschmann, and some charity events.
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Ryanair has signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) to enable collective pay bargaining.The agreement, signed on 30 January 2018, recognises BALPA as the sole trade union representation for all of Ryanair’s 600 employed pilots based in the UK. This means that the union will be able to negotiate matters such as pay, hours, rostering and holidays on behalf of its members.BALPA has opened elections for its members in order to create a council of five Ryanair-employed pilots to act as employee representatives. The elected council representatives will then lead any future negotiations with the airline organisation, for example surrounding pay. In addition, BALPA will also open an election for an advisory group for contractor pilots who are not employed directly by Ryanair.Eddie Wilson, chief people officer at Ryanair, said: “We are pleased to announce this UK recognition agreement with BALPA on behalf of our directly employed pilots in the UK. The UK accounts for 25% of Ryanair’s fleet and pilot numbers. This agreement validates the decision of Ryanair’s board in December to recognise unions, and the fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% and union recognition for our pilots in our largest market, shows how serious Ryanair is about working constructively with unions that are willing to work constructively with us.“This rapid progress in the UK is in marked contrast to some other [European Union] countries where we are still waiting for a response to our recognition proposals and where some unions have failed to put these substantial pay increases to our pilots. We now call on these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to deliver 20% pay increases to our pilots in February, and conclude formal recognition agreements, which they are presently sitting on.“Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay pay increases to our pilots. In Dublin for example, where just 35% of our pilots have not yet received this pay increase, we have warned [the] FÓRSA/IALPA [trade union] that we will offer it to these pilots individually if they refuse [or] fail to organise a vote among just 35% of our Dublin pilots on this pay increase on [or] before 31 [January].“[This] agreement between Ryanair and BALPA shows that Ryanair can work with unions that wish to work with us to promote the interests of both our pilots and our customers.”Brian Strutton, general secretary at BALPA, added: “Given Ryanair’s previously hostility towards unions, [this] agreement is an historic one. While we were initially skeptical about Ryanair’s sincerity in offering recognition to us and other unions, our conversations and meetings with them have shown that they are genuine in wanting a constructive trade union relationship.“I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between BALPA and Ryanair and I urge Ryanair to agree deals with pilot unions in other countries and with cabin crew unions.”
– / 4Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was prompted to form the Commission Against Gun Violence after the school shooting in Parkland. After 10 people were killed at Santa Fe High School, Turner said the effort took on new urgency. Listen Share Today we’re convening the first meeting of the Commission Against Gun Violence https://t.co/9ujLkxXZ3B— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 31, 2018 X Several students are on the 37-member commission along with law enforcement, health care professionals, and community leaders. The group held its first meeting on Thursday.Turner said he’s asking them to come up with pragmatic ideas, not just for school safety but also how to curb gun violence on the streets.“We can’t wait for the perfect solution before we do something,” said Turner. “Because if we wait for the perfect solution we’ll end up doing nothing.”One of the members of the commission is University of Houston student Ariel Hobbs. She said she’s hoping for sensible gun reform.“I want the lives of students and children who live in the inner city to be taken as seriously as we do our football teams, our sports teams,” added Hobbs. “I want them to be able to walk out of their homes and not be scared to go to church or to a concert or to school. I feel like those places are supposed to be either places of fun or safe havens. Those have become places that people have to look over their shoulder and worry, is there a gunman in here.”Mayor Turner said he wants a preliminary set of recommendations before school starts in August, along with more recommendations by the end of the year.I took a moment to sign a banner for Santa Fe. The public is invited to write messages of support, comfort and strength for the Santa Fe shooting victims and their families. Details here https://t.co/wjmWMMfxTZ pic.twitter.com/K9LsxTY50V— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 31, 2018 00:00 /00:40 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
The Maryland democratic delegation issued a statement on Oct. 6 denouncing one of their own and calling for his resignation. Howard County Sheriff James F. FitzgeraldThe letter, sent by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes called for Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald to step down following accusations that he threatened employees and made derogatory comments about African Americans, women and Jews. A report from the Howard County Office of Human Rights claimed Fitzgerald created an atmosphere of intimidation and was reportedly a “poster child for bigotry, bullying, and temper tantrums.”“We were appalled to see the report from the Howard County Office of Human Rights detailing how you have created a hostile and abusive work environment for the nearly 70-person department you oversee,” the letter stated in part. “As federal elected officials with responsibilities for the people of Howard County, we urge you to prioritize the needs of the residents of the county you serve, as well as the officers under your command, and resign your office.”Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman asked Fitzgerald to resign in a letter on Sept. 20, citing the importance of maintaining the public’s trust in law enforcement personnel. Three former county executives joined Kittleman’s statement.The county’s Office of Human Rights determined that a former sheriff’s lieutenant was “subjected to a severe and pervasive workplace environment” for not supporting Fitzgerald’s political re-election campaign.“A hostile work environment alone is not the way we should have our sheriff’s department run,” Kittleman told the Baltimore Sun. “I recognize that impeachment of any elected official is an extreme step, one that should not be taken in haste. But the offensive actions and behavior documented in the OHR report are so grossly contrary to the shared values of inclusion and respect for all that we hold dear in Howard County that I see no other recourse.”As an elected official, Fitzgerald cannot be fired, thus forcing state lawmakers to consider impeaching Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald took over as Sheriff of Howard County on Dec. 15, 2006 following victory in a preceding election. He currently manages 69 employees with a budget of nearly $8 million, in a job that pays him $91,000 per year. He has been re-elected twice; his current term ends in 2018.Fitzgerald addressed the charges at a news conference to which only select press were invited and during which no questions were allowed. He called the accusations as “humbling, hurtful and disappointing.” Fitzgerald’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Hobbiton in Matamata, New ZealandInternational Hobbit Day celebrates at first lightInternational Hobbit Day also happens to mark the birthdays of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins so, the famous Hobbiton Movie Set – in the beautiful Matamata Waikato countryside – awoke to the inaugural sunrise tour and breakfast birthday banquet in the hobbit village.The birthday party started at 5.30am with guests looking forward to an exceptional other-worldly experience in the 12-acre site and carrying a lantern as they follow their guide along illuminated paths while listening to fascinating stories of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created and the making of the movies.Meanwhile, down at the bottom of the hill in the famed Green Dragon Inn, the fires were burning to welcome party goers for the breakfast banquet feast. It’s the first time the Inn has had such an early opening and, in true hobbit tradition, there were copious servings of delicious hobbit fare, with second helpings guaranteed – even thirds for the Peregrin Tooks of the party.Aussie Hobbit fan David Bhana who travelled to New Zealand for the day said: “It’s my sisters birthday in November, so I thought be the good big brother and take her, but really I wanted to come!.“It was pretty special being at Bag End when the sun came up, you could see right across the horizon, it was breathtaking!”To conclude the special event, guests were taken along the wandering paths of The Shire, across the bridge, past the mill and under the Party Tree.Hobbiton Movie Set fact fileFilm set area: covers approximately 12 acresHobbit houses: 44 Hobbit HolesParty tree: 70 – 80 metres tallConstruction: 70 set buildersCatering: During production, three meals were served daily to cast and crew, plus snacks on demand for 600+ peopleGardens: 2.3km of hedges; 30 – 200 plants around each Hobbit houseGround staff: 7 – 8 gardeners during height of season, 5 in winterTraditional ales, cider and non-alcoholic ginger beer, all brewed exclusively for Hobbiton, are served from barrels behind the bar at the Green Dragon Inn.The set is a two-hour drive from Auckland and within easy access of other North Island tourist destinations including Rotorua, Waitomo, Tauranga and the city of Hamilton.Waikato, North Island, New Zealand Flanking the mighty Waikato River which flows through the heart of the North Island, the prosperous Waikato farming region has been a tourism destination with an international reputation for at least 125 years. First it was the underground lights of glowworm caverns in the famed Waitomo Caves, now it’s the home of hobbits as featured in The Lord of the Rings andThe Hobbit film trilogies. But long before Europeans were on the trail through the Waikato, Māori were the people of this historically and culturally significant land. Many Waikato Māori trace their ancestry back 800 years to the arrival of the Tainui waka (canoe). This area was well populated with Māori pa (fortified villages), and an important centre of early Māori commerce.Source = International Hobbit Day
Sarovar Hotels Pvt Ltd, recently announced its arrival into another international market with a hotel in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. This is another significant development by the group after it recently took over the management of a hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. The hotel marks Sarovar’s presence in the fifth country in Africa after Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan and Zambia.Situated at one of the prime areas of the city, the 101 keys hotel will be called Sarovar Premiere Addis Ababa, making it the seventh Sarovar Hotel in Africa.Commenting on the new endeavour, Ajay K Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Hotels Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are very excited to be expanding to another new destination in the African region. With Sarovar Premiere Addis Ababa, we exceed a total of 1000 rooms in Africa.”Located in Meskel Flower Road, one of three main streets of the city, the Sarovar Premiere Addis Ababa will be accessible to all important landmarks in the city and just a 15 minutes’ drive from the airport. With Addis Ababa being a key transit point, it is an important link for Sarovar Hotels’ growth in strategy in East Africa.Sarovar Hotels currently operates over 75 hotels in India and abroad with a key size of over 6000 under the brands Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico and Hometel.
We speak to Neil Waller, co-founder and CEO of MyDestination.com about Air Force One, how Sharm el Sheikh is overrated, and why Brazil is going to be the next big thing. 5. Where is the ‘next big thing’ in travel and what are the next trends in tourism?I think Brazil seems to be getting ever more popular and is certainly moving into the spotlight with the World Cup and the Olympics. I love the country and spent six months as part of my university course. Other places like Slovenia look beautiful and are certainly on my to-do list and Croatia seems to be very on-trend at the moment.6. What is the one place you keep going back to?Cape Town is my personal favourite as it very much combines a city with an outdoor lifestyle and the food and wine, especially in the surrounding vineyards are amazing and such good value. I also find myself in Dubai quite often and whilst it gets a bad rep and a lot of people ask what’s there to do, I always have a great time there. Just be aware that it can actually be too hot in Dubai which isn’t a concept an Englishman can often understand.7. Train, plane or road trip?The A380 is a pretty incredible plane to travel on and I love just being able to travel so far to another part of the world in a short space of time. RelatedEverything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…Wind & Water: 6 best places to windsurf and kitesurfWind & Water: 6 best places to windsurf and kitesurfWhy Luxor is the new Sharm el SheikhA holiday in Egypt is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap package deal, usually to Sharm el Sheikh. But this year, why not try something different but still stay within your budget? Give Luxor a look and discover the ancient Egyptian capital, the sun-soaked banks of the River Nile… 1. What three items do you never travel without?A really great pair of headphones to help block out the noise of travelling. A hoodie so that you can easily rest your head against the window or just try and hide away. My ipad so I can watch a movie. Basically, my essential travel items are all about comfort and entertainment when travelling to make the journey as easy as possible.2. What was your worst travel experience?I’ve missed two connecting flights before and had really long delays because of Air Force One flying the president into the airports…when that happens they don’t let anyone land for 20 minutes and keep you up in the air….he’s got to stop following me around!3. What’s the most overrated place you’ve been?Sharm el Sheikh was perhaps the most overrated place I have been. On paper it sounds amazing but I think you get what you pay for in life and you can get some very cheap rates for a holiday in Sharm. Having said that there are some great diving spots and the sun is shining!4. What is the place you’ve been most pleasantly surprised by?Malta. Want to win an all expenses paid trip for a six-month, six-continent trip? Enter MyDestination.com’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucklist competition!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 8. What is the biggest benefit of travelling?Meeting people and experiencing other cultures has to be one of the best educations you can have.9. Does virtual travel encourage travel or reduce to need to travel?Encourage, it helps people feel more confident and safer about travelling to lesser well known places and experience new things.10. Wheelie bag or rucksack?Wheelie bag, but so long as it’s hand luggage size.