Messi boosts iconic status at Barcelona with 10th La Liga crown

first_imgAfter scoring the only goal against Levante which clinched Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday, Lionel Messi wrote another page in the history books by becoming the club’s first player to win 10 league titles.Messi’s first Barca title came in 2005 when he was 17 years old and he was also a fringe player when he collected his second La Liga medal a year later.But he has been the talisman behind their last eight triumphs, which Barca’s players celebrated by wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Eight out of 11, the extraordinary seems normal’.Before Messi came of age and inspired a side coached by Pep Guardiola to the 2009 crown, Real Madrid had 31 titles while Barca had 18.Thanks to Messi, who scored his 597th La Liga goal to secure the title against Levante, Barca have swelled their league trophy count to 26, closing to within seven of Real Madrid’s record 33.@LaLiga CHAMPIONS 2018-2019!8 leagues in 11 years.Making the extraordinary seem normal.#WeColorLaLiga Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 27, 2019Messi’s competitive drive pushes everyone forward: Valverde”Messi is the centre of all our successes,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.”It’s obvious that while he has been at Barca the club have won a glut of trophies and league titles. If I had to give a name above anyone else it has to be his. He marks our style and his competitive drive pushes everyone else forward.”Messi, who became club captain at the start of this season, overtook predecessor Andres Iniesta’s nine league crowns with the club and joined a select group of players to have lifted 10 titles with one club in Europe’s top five leagues.advertisementFormer Real Madrid winger Paco Gento holds a Spanish record of 12 league titles and his old team mate Pirri lifted the La Liga trophy 10 times.Manchester United great Ryan Giggs holds the most league titles in Europe’s top five leagues with 13 Premier League triumphs, while his former team mate Paul Scholes collected 11.Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon won 11 Serie A titles with Juventus although two of those triumphs were later stripped from the Turin club due to the Calciopoli corruption scandal.”Messi is the best in the world,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said.”Today he came on late but when he comes on things always happen. He is the leader and he is magic.”Also Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumAlso Read | Southampton stay alive after thrilling draw with BournemouthAlso See:last_img read more

‘He’s hungry’: Timothy Weah joins Celtic on loan from PSG

first_imgShare via Email “Timothy’s a young talent who is a full international player,” said Rodgers. “He has a long career ahead of him but he has those natural attributes in terms of his pace and technique. He’s hungry too.“He’s been in the PSG squad and featured for them in pre-season. With the quality of players they have it’s difficult for him to get in and get any game-time. They wanted him to go out on loan and saw Celtic as a great possibility.“He has really good qualities technically, and tactically is always improving his game. Physically he’s very good, very fast and is a strong player. He’ll add competition to the squad.”In the absence of Leigh Griffiths, who is on leave amid off-field problems, the USA forward will provide much-needed cover as Celtic attempt to record their eighth successive league title. They currently lead Rangers on goal difference but having played a game less, with Weah now set to be handed the opportunity to establish himself in senior football.The son of the 1995 world player of the year, George Weah, he was born in New York but joined the PSG academy in 2014. He scored his first senior goal for the US against Bolivia in May and his first league goal in August. Reuse this content Timothy Weah has joined Celtic on loan for the rest of the season after Paris Saint-Germain agreed to allow the 18-year-old to continue his development in the Scottish Premiership.Weah, who has found his opportunities at the French champions restricted to only two appearances in Ligue 1 this season, will fly to Dubai on Monday evening for his medical before linking up with the rest of Brendan Rodgers’ squad for their warm-weather training camp. He has also signed a one-year extension to his PSG contract, which now expires in 2021. Celtic Topics Paris Saint-Germain Transfer window Forest Green Rovers furious with Bolton over Christian Doidge transfer saga news Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

MSC and Alfa Laval Go Exclusive

first_imgzoom The second largest container line, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has chosen Swedish engineering company Alfa Laval to be its preferred supplier of ballast water treatment systems.The agreement is expected to generate orders worth approximately SEK 230 million (USD 28 million) until July 2016. Some SEK 125 million worth of orders are anticipated to be booked this year.Under the agreement the Alfa Laval PureBallast systems, developed in cooperation with Wallenius Water, will be retrofitted on MSC’s container vessels.”This is an exciting opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with a leading company in the marine industry,” said Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group. ”It is also a clear sign that the retrofit market is starting to open up.”The Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force one year after being ratified by 30 states, representing 35 percent of the world’s tonnage. Today 44 states have ratified the Convention, representing 32.86 percent of the world’s tonnage.last_img read more

Alberta wont appeal ruling on impaired driving law will make changes minister

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government will not appeal a ruling that struck down part of its impaired driving legislation allowing police to suspend the licences of suspected drunk drivers.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the government will instead bring forward new legislation after talking to interested parties.The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled in May that taking away the licences of drivers who have not yet been found guilty in court violates their charter rights and presumption of innocence.An appeal by four individuals had noted that drivers waiting to be tried on impaired charges have had to do without a licence for many months because of a backlog in the courts.“The defendants in the case argued that suspending their licences until the case gets resolved results in innocent people pleading guilty just to get their licence back,” Ganley said Wednesday.“The court decision stated that drivers may be induced to surrender their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence. Our government has decided we will not be appealing this decision.”She said the province will look at models already in place in other provinces such as British Columbia and Saskatchewan.“We are still looking at administrative sanction models because I think the evidence is very good that those are the best at improving traffic safety and preventing collisions and deaths.”The Appeal Court ruling put everything on hold for a year, so police officers are still able to suspend licences until next May.The British Columbia government also faced a challenge to its drunk-driving law after it was brought in. It imposes heavy fines, penalties and immediate roadside suspensions.But the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a pair of judgments in October 2015 that upheld key portions of the law.It ruled for one that the law as it stood in 2010 did not violate an individual’s charter right to the presumption of innocence. However, a majority of the court said the law violated the charter protection against unlawful search and seizure.By the time the Supreme Court made its ruling, B.C. had already amended its law to address that point by allowing drivers who failed a roadside breath test to ask for a second test and to apply for a review of their driving prohibition.Ganley said it made more sense to simply change Alberta’s legislation.“There were potential legal risks in terms of whether or not the model would be supported.” she said.“The Supreme Court has supported B.C.’s model which obviously doesn’t go quite as far and specifically doesn’t involve the suspension of the licence … pending trial.”The CEO of MADD Canada, an anti-drunk-driving group, said the Alberta government made the right decision.Andrew Murie pointed out other parts of the province’s legislation were upheld.He also said the province now has the chance to consider adopting the B.C. model.“Rather than punish you, they focus on rehabilitation. They impound your vehicle for 30 days … and you have to take a remedial program. You have to put an interlock on your car. Those are constant reminders of what you’ve done,” Murie said.“They’re immediate. They happen right away.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John resident to get award from Cancer Society for contributions

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A resident of Fort St. John is going to be getting an award from the Canadian Cancer Society for his contributions to the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.Darren Thomson has served as an Auxiliary Constable with the Fort St. John RCMP for the past seven years, and began volunteering with the Tour de North ride five years ago. The Tour de North sees police officers, sheriffs, and others ride bicycles over 850 km across Northern BC over the course of week every year to raise money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.Thomson has served on the event’s organizing committee, and has also supported the ride in a volunteer capacity, driving the police cruiser that leads the peloton as well as various other support vehicles. His contribution to the ride also involves arranging the logistics of feeding and lodging the officers. Because of his contributions to the ride, the Cancer Society announced recently that Thomson will be receiving the Society’s 2018 Community Impact Volunteer Leadership Award. Thomson said that he’s not too sure when he’ll be receiving the award, but that’s honoured to have been chosen. “It’s a pat on the back that isn’t really necessary, and I’m happy to do it,” he said.last_img read more

Qatari Media Welcome King Mohammed VI as Blockade Breaker During Diplomatic

Rabat – Introducing the first “blockade breaker”: this is how the Qatari daily Al Arab welcomed King Mohammed VI after he landed in the Gulf country on November 12 amid a Saudi-led blockade.“Welcome King Mohammed VI, Blockade Breaker” – This is how the Qatari daily Al Arab welcomed the King after he landed in the Gulf country on November 12 amid a Saudi-led blockade.Qatari citizens and their media have enthusiastically greeted King Mohammed VI for his special visit, which is intended to discuss “the excellent relations between the two brotherly countries,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Blockade Breaker Many Qatari citizens have taken to their Twitter accounts, launching the hashtags #Blockade_Breaker and #KingMohammedVI in order to express their gratitude for the sovereign’s mediation to resolve the unprecedented Gulf crisis.“A respected King with a strong opinion and a great people. They all gathered in a single country.#Morocco.” wrote one of the Qatari netizens on his Twitter account.#????_??????_????_????????? ????? ??? ??? ?????????? ???????? ?????? ?? #??????— ??? ????? (@Q_ATAR) November 13, 2017“I feel optimistic when I see the Quran verse used by Morocco as its motto – O you who have believed, in case you vindicate God, He will give you victory and confirm your feet.” said another Qatari Twitter user.?????? ????? ??? ????? ???? ??????? #?????? ????? ???????(?? ???? ????? ????? ?? ?????? ???? ?????? ????? ???????)#????_??????_????_??????— ??????? ????? #??? (@q6r) November 13, 2017“Thank you to the Moroccan people and King Mohammed VI for your good stand with us [Qatar]. We will not forget your generosity and your noble morality, ”????? ????? ??????? ?????? ???? ?????? …???? ?????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ????? ???? ??????? ??????#????_??????_????_??????— ???????…??? (@maha_m381) November 13, 2017“All respect and appreciation to King Mohammed VI of the brotherly country Morocco, the country of generosity.”?? ??????? ? ??????? ? ???????? ???? #?????? ?????? ??? ????? ? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????? ??????#????_??????_????_?????? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ???? ?????? ???? #????_????? ????? ???? ??????— AmnaAlthani ?? (@AMA_AlThani) November 13, 2017Since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, Morocco has declared its neutrality and expressed its readiness to mediate between the different parties and help them end their diplomatic rift.King’s Move Makes Moroccans ProudThe King’s visit has not only attracted the attention of Qataris , but also of Moroccan social media users.“Although our brotherly country Qatar is neutral regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, and not on our side, our precious King do not treat people similarly. God Bless our King,” wrote a Moroccan Twitter user.#????_??????_????_????????? ?? ??? ??????? ?????? ?? ???? ??????? ???????? ????? ?? ???? ??? ?? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ?????? ???? ???? ??— ????? ??????? (@ziko_tiskati) November 14, 2017This is King Mohammed VI’s first visit in Qatar since June, when the several Gulf nations severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, triggering a region-wide diplomatic crisis. The ongoing Gulf crisis has pitted Qatar against a quartet of its neighbours: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt.Before landing in Qatar, the monarch paid a friendly and working visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 7. “First direct flight from #UAE to #Qatar since the triple embargo,” wrote another Twitter user.First direct flight from #uae to #qatar since the triple embargo: the royal #B747 ??#Peace #?????? #????_??????_????_?????? ??— Ghita Tazi (@Ghitazi) November 14, 2017 read more

Somali drought crisis worsens mortality risk grows UN warns

23 September 2009The drought crisis in war-torn Somalia is turning increasingly acute and spreading to regions previously spared, with half the country’s 7 million people in need of aid, an increasing risk of deaths, and insufficient international donor response, a senior United Nations official said today. “Somalia needs to be seen as a priority case,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden told a news briefing in New York. “The implications of not responding now are a future of miserable destitution but also the potential to tip the region into a far greater level of crisis through the movement of Somalia’s population out of the country if assistance isn’t provided…“We have critical shortages in the water, sanitation, health and nutrition areas which endanger the relief operation at the moment. We need to have a far clearer view from the donor community itself as to the continued commitments for the relief programme to the end of this year,” he added, calling the current aid insufficient.Mr. Bowden noted that Somalia hosts the biggest displaced population globally at the moment, with some 1.5 million displaced “living in conditions which are, I think, some of the worst for displaced populations in the world.“Before this I worked in (Sudan’s war-torn region of) Darfur, and I’m concerned that conditions for the displaced populations in Somalia are if anything worse than in Darfur,” he said.He said the problem was exacerbated because Somalia is essentially a pastoralist trading economy and there have been high cattle death rates. “A large proportion of the population are losing their livelihoods and we are, I believe, this year at a critical point,” he added, noting that the effects of the drought had now spread from its epicentre in central and southern Somalia to Somaliland and Puntland in the north. He stressed that relief operations in Somalia are challenging. “It is the most difficult and complex environment for humanitarian organizations to work,” he said. “We have, however, despite attacks on humanitarian workers, despite the many obstacles that exist in Somalia, been able to maintain humanitarian assistance.”Meanwhile, the 33-member International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG), which is seeking to bring peace and stability to a country that has had no functioning central government for nearly 20 years, met in New York today, with the top UN political official warning that the whole world will pay a heavy price if their efforts falter.“It is now critical that we deploy concrete and meaningful assistance to the TFG (Transitional Federal Government) to enable it to consolidate its position, establish institutions that would allow it to address the needs of the people and begin to deliver concrete peace dividends,” Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe said.The TFG, assisted by a nascent African Union mission know as AMISOM, is battling Islamic militant movements that control much of the south. AMISOM is slated to achieve its full strength of 8,000 personnel by the end of the year and the UN is working hard to expedite a support package for the mission, Mr. Pascoe noted.“We believe that our support for the Transitional Federal Government and to the Somali people will be further enhanced as we establish a UN presence in Mogadishu (the war-battered capital) in the near future, security conditions permitting,” he added. read more

Syria More aid gets into besieged Homs as more evacuees leave UN

UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, who yesterday said scant progress was being made in the talks which he is mediating, today met both delegations simultaneously, but made no statement afterwards.Tomorrow, he will hold a joint meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and United States Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in a bid to speed up the talks, which the two countries initiated in a diplomatic push to end a war that has killed well over 100,000 people and driven nearly 9 million others from their homes since it erupted between President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago.On the humanitarian front, food for around 1,000 people for one month was delivered to community leaders inside the Old City of Homs under a sometimes violated three-day “humanitarian pause” that the warring sides agreed to last week and then extended for a further three days to bring relief to a city that has become an iconic symbol of the suffering endured by civilians in the war’s relentless bombardments and sieges. Some 200 men, women and children were reported to have left the besieged area so far today, bringing the total evacuated under the accord to 1,350, more than half the estimated 2,500 who have suffered the years-long siege, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. As with those who left earlier, many were frail and had difficulty walking, it added.Under the agreement, women, children and the elderly were allowed out but not men over 15 and under 54 years of age, but 336 men in this latter category, apparently unwilling to abandon their families, were detained by Syrian authorities in a school on the outskirts where UN officials are present but do not attend interrogation sessions. So far over 150 of these have been questioned and released.UN officials have voiced deep concern at the detentions, warning that torture and mistreatment are war crimes. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is waiting along with partners to receive evacuees at a reception point at the edge of the Old Town. Only 200 have so far opted to go to a centre in the suburb of Al Waer which Syrian authorities have designated as a shelter should they wish, while the rest have asked to be taken to neighbourhoods where they have ties or might feel more secure.Despite the declared “pause” sporadic mortar and sniper fire has at times interrupted the operation, which has been fraught with risk.On Sunday, UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid workers delivering food and medical aid were deliberately targeted by fire that killed 11 civilians and almost completely destroyed the car of the UN country representative while he and colleagues were in it. read more

New number plates havent helped motor industry

first_imgNEW CAR SALES rose in October, but the industry has seen a six per cent slump in sales in 2013.The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) says that while new registration plates, 131 and 132, had given the industry a mid-year boost, it has been a “difficult year”.Year-on-year, sales in October were up two per cent on last year, with 1,696 cars being sold.However, in the year to date, 73,395 cars have been sold, down on 78,375 at this time last year.So far this year, the Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus are the top selling models, with 72.6 per cent of new cars having diesel engines.It’s not all bad news however. Van sales are up two per cent for the year, while truck sales are up 18 per cent.Suzanne Sheridan of SIMI says it has been a tough year.“”While the industry had a boost from the mid-year 132 number plate, it doesn’t hide the fact that it has been a very difficult year with sales about half of normal levels.“Car dealers are now gearing up for the new year and with a forecast for economic growth next year, the industry is already offering customers deals on ’141 cars.’ Many dealers are already reporting enquiries for new cars for January.”Read: This chart shows how the 132 registration plate boosted the Irish car marketRead: Consumer confidence is at the highest level since June 2007last_img read more

Gay cake row Bakery loses appeal is found to have directly discriminated

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 463 Comments By Rónán Duffy 41,489 Views Monday 24 Oct 2016, 10:55 AM Share565 Tweet Email2 Oct 24th 2016, 10:55 AM Image: Niall Carson Image: Niall Carson ASHERS BAKERY HAS lost an appeal to a ruling which found they were guilty of discrimination for not making a wedding cake that supported gay marriage.Last year, a Belfast District Court ruled that the bakery’s refusal to bake the cake amounted to “a clear case of discrimination.”The owners of the bakery had appealed that decision but have now lost the appeal.In its ruling today, the Court of Appeal found that:Ashers Baking Company had directly discriminated against Gareth Lee on grounds of sexual orientation by refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.The Ashers Bakery Company had initially taken the order from a customer for a cake with a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street – with a slogan that read  ’Support Gay Marriage’.The customer also asked for the logo of LGBT organisation Queer Space to be placed on the icing. The proposed cake design.Igniting what was to become a long-running public row – Ashers said that, after consulting about the order, they decided that they would not be able to complete it, and informed the customer before refunding him.It was decided by the Northern Ireland Equality Commission that their decision breached laws against discrimination. This was backed up by the District Court and now the High Court.Ashers’ owner Daniel McArthur has claimed that the refusal to bake the cake was made on religious grounds. Some Northern Ireland politicians have argued that the rulings impinge on the rights of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs.More to follow.Read: Couple at the centre of ‘gay cake’ row say they ‘don’t hate anyone’ > Short URL Gay cake row: Bakery loses appeal, is found to have ‘directly discriminated’ against activist The long-running dispute has made it to Belfast’s Court of Appeal. last_img read more

Maguire respects Leicesters decision to block his transfer

first_imgThe Foxes’ defender was wanted by Manchester United but his club decided to slap a £75 million price tag on himAfter Leicester City decided to put a £75million price tag on Harry Maguire, deterring Manchester United’s intentions to buy him, Harry Maguire is focusing on the future.The Foxes’ center-back says he respects his team’s decision not to let him move to The Red Devils.“There was obviously a little bit of interest, you’ve probably all seen,” he told Metro UK.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The owners spoke with me and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale at any price.”“So I respected their decision, they’re the ones that gave me the chance to come to Leicester and play for such a great club,” he explained.“So I respect that decision, and I just got my head down and got ready to play the season for Leicester.”last_img read more

Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule Revoking Soy ProteinCHD Authorized Health

first_imgThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed revoking the unqualified health claim regarding soy protein and coronary heart disease (CHD) and changing it to a qualified claim.If your state is planning to submit comments on the agency’s proposed rule to revoke the authorized health claim on the relationship between soy protein and reduced risk of coronary heart disease, please note that the FDA is providing an additional 60 days for public comment. The deadline for comments has been extended from Tuesday, Jan. 16 to March 19, 2018.The notice to extend the comment period went on advance display Friday Jan. 12, 2018 here.Please reach out to the American Soybean Association (ASA) Washington office if you have any questions.last_img read more

Elon Musk sued for calling Thai cave rescuer rapist

first_imgTesla Motors Inc chief executive Elon Musk pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 8 September 2014. Photo: ReutersElon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, was sued for defamation on Monday for falsely suggesting that a British caver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July was a pedophile and child rapist.Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, sued over Musk’s 15 July tweet to more than 22 million followers referring to him as a “pedo guy,” a comment for which Musk later apologised.He also claimed that Musk falsely called him a child rapist and sex trafficker in a 30 August email to BuzzFeed News.Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Musk and the company.Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 of compensatory damages plus unspecified punitive damages in his complaint filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles.The Hertfordshire County resident said he also plans to file a second lawsuit with the High Court of London for reputational damage suffered in the United Kingdom.”Elon Musk falsely accused Vernon Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes,” L. Lin Wood, a lawyer for Unsworth, said in a statement. “Musk’s influence and wealth cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability.”The case adds to a slew of litigation against Musk, including over his running of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.Musk stunned investors last month with tweets saying he had “secured” funding to take his electric car company private in a buyout valued at $72 billion, before backing off.The billionaire’s behavior has raised concerns about his corporate leadership, and several Wall Street analysts and some investors have urged Tesla to appoint a strong second-in-command. Musk has admitted to severe stress from running Tesla.’Sorry, pedo guy”Unsworth said he has been exploring caves since 1971, when he was 16, and now shares a house in the Thailand countryside near Chiang Rai with a 40-year-old woman who owns a nail salon.He said he became a target for Musk after cavers rejected Musk’s offer of a mini-submarine created by his rocket company SpaceX to rescue the soccer team which was freed from the cave on 10 July after an 18-day ordeal.Though Unsworth told CNN three days later that Musk’s offer was a “PR stunt” that had no chance of working and that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts,” he said that did not justify Musk’s use of Twitter and the media to defame him.The 15 July tweet by Musk touted the mini-submarine and then, referring to Unsworth with a shorthand description of pedophile, said, “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”Three days later, Musk defended his mini-submarine proposal, but said he had “spoken in anger” toward Unsworth, and that “his actions against me do not justify my actions against him,” and that “the fault is mine and mine alone.”But Unsworth said Musk urged in his 30 August 30 email that the BuzzFeed reporter “stop defending child rapists,” and called him as “an old, single white guy From England” who moved to Chiang Rai, “renowned for child sex-trafficking,” to take a 12-year-old bride.Unsworth said he is not a pedophile, child rapist, child sex trafficker, husband of a 12-year-old bride, or liar, and that the defamatory statements “were manufactured out of whole cloth by Musk” because of the disagreement over the mini-submarine.”On the surface, it appears that Mr. Unsworth can assert the elements of defamation,” said Nancy Costello, director of the First Amendment Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law, in an interview.”Being called a pedophile can be defamation per se, meaning the claim could obviously damage his reputation,” she added.The case is Unsworth v Musk, US District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-08048.last_img read more

Remembering the Day Freddie Died

first_imgSean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.      we are who you have forced us to become      a blood stained blemish of dreams long      deferred festering in the shadows      floating silently through our pain      come and fly with us      through the meadows of our mind      we are baltimore.      jagged edges. imperfect. flawed.     but this is our life/our home      and we must claim it as our own      we are who you have forced us to become      a manifestation of your very worst daymares      downtrodden bums carving out a righteous experience Sean YoesI had a conversation on my radio show “First Edition” (April 18) with three dynamic storytellers; two brothers (Black men) Kondwani Fidel, a young spoken word artist and Bayete Ross Smith a multimedia artist. My friend (and frequent contributor to “First Edition”), Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead was also part of the conversation. She is a lot of things; a phenomenal poet, author, filmmaker, college professor and public intellectual.We were talking about a series of events taking place at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from now until September, remembering the arrest and death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising last April. And Dr. Kaye was talking about remembering where we were when Gray died on April 19 and when the uprising was sparked after his funeral on April 27. Then it hit me while I was on the air, I really haven’t taken (or had) time to really think fully about what happened last April.I clearly remember where I was on April 27. I along with my colleagues at the AFRO and WEAA, as well as a gaggle of (mostly feckless) journalists from around the country were at New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore covering Gray’s funeral. I had just finished interviewing the iconic Dick Gregory, and then Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, when the word came down that something was jumping off at Mondawmin Mall.Some of us attempted to get closer to the mall, but police had shut down the perimeter as the situation deteriorated rapidly. Kids streamed out of Frederick Douglass High School, and other area schools, into the streets surrounding the venerable mall, only to find out the subway and buses were shut down. Rumors were swirling, the now infamous, “purge,” tweet (in reference to the anarchy themed movie series) had hovered over West Baltimore like ether since the morning hours.Many of us made our way back to WEAA to monitor and report on the burgeoning tragedy, scrambling to gather eyewitness accounts from on the ground. The next day I headed to Penn and North, the sight of the torched CVS, to feel the energy and talk to the people on the ground.It was such a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. But, the disease was still heavy in the air.From that day to this and all of them in between with few exceptions, I’ve been talking about and reporting on the uprising, its aftermath and the ramifications. But, I haven’t reflected much personally on the perilous days after Gray’s death. Of course we had already witnessed the murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida. The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the televised execution of Eric Garner in New York, and the instantaneous death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland among others.Then it was our turn.We all witnessed the video of Gray being arrested in the neighborhood around Gilmor Homes where he lived, as he howled in agony. We all saw him being hauled into the police van, clearly injured, his face contorted with pain. By the time he died I was numb. I still am.Kaye Wise Whitehead’s new book (released last week by Apprentice House), “Race Brave,” chronicles the days leading up to the Baltimore uprising. Her poem, “baltimore’s Uprising — at last,” is illuminating.last_img read more

Rodney Moss Succeeds Gene Ross at LoanCare

first_img March 26, 2018 907 Views HOUSING loanCare mortgage Servicing 2018-03-26 Rachel Williams Rodney Moss Succeeds Gene Ross at LoanCare LoanCare, a national provider of full-service subservicing and interim subservicing headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, announced that Rodney Moss will succeed Gene Ross in the role of EVP of Strategy and Business Development and that Ross will retire after almost three decades at the company. “LoanCare would not be the company it is today without Gene’s leadership,” said Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare. “During his time as president, Gene helped the company navigate through exponential growth, changes in ownership and deep economic troughs. As our head of business development for the last two years, Gene has been instrumental to the company almost doubling in size.”Moss has taken over the role effective March 19 and will work with Ross through April to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Moss brings more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry to the position. Prior to joining LoanCare, he served as the SVP of Sales and Business Development for the lender-placed insurance division of National General Insurance with responsibility for strategic accounts. Moss was also the SVP of Business Development for Subservicing for Flagstar Bank and served as director of business development for Ocwen Loan Servicing from 2007 through 2015. Prior to Ocwen, he spent 10 years in the debt capital markets division of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. “In addition to his professional experience, both Gene and I agree that Rodney’s impeccable integrity and forthright approach reflect the values of the LoanCare team,” said Worrall. In this executive position, Moss leads the continued growth of LoanCare’s portfolio of strategic subservicing relationships. In addition to overseeing LoanCare’s team of sales professionals, he also directs the company’s expansion into new products, such as the recently announced program to service open-ended home equity lines of credit and e-mortgages. “LoanCare is recognized as a best-in-class subservicer that delivers industry-leading service and results for customers, clients, investors and all other stakeholders,” said Moss. “I am thrilled and honored to be working with such a talented, experienced and forward-thinking team at LoanCare. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the company.”center_img Share in Headlines, News, Servicinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Acclimation has not been a problem, though, for Mendenhall’s back-up, rookie Andre Ellington. Ellington is second on the team in rushing yards (558) and rushing touchdowns (3) and leads the team with seven rushes of 20 yards or more. In addition, the former sixth-round pick out of Clemson also has 34 receptions for 351 yards and a touchdown.And as noted Wednesday, Ellington is one of the league’s best backs when it comes to both inside and outside rushes after contact.Still, the backfield roles have not changed. Mendenhall continues to be the primary back, while Ellington, who is listed at 5-foot-9, splits his touches as a running back and pass catcher.“I’m happy coach is looking out for me,” Ellington said. “I’m not the biggest guy and when I’m carry the ball numerous times, I’m taking a lot more hits than I need to.“The kind of way he’s using me now is that he’s using me at perfect times. I’m always healthy. I’m always playing fast. I’m actually able to making plays, get a break and then come back in and do the same thing.”With that said, Ellington, who is coming off a career-high 87 yard receiving, was used very sparingly — three carries for three yards and two catches for 10 yards — during the Cardinals’ 34-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks back in Week 7. While Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians has worked his way into the discussion for the 2013 NFL Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season, one point of contention throughout the campaign has been his steadfast belief in starting running back Rashard Mendenhall week in and week out.Although Mendenhall leads the team in rushing yards (577) and rushing touchdowns (6), the six-year veteran has had an up-and-down season to say the least in Arizona. Whether because of a lingering toe injury or playing with a new offensive line, Mendenhall struggled to acclimate to his new team until about mid-November. Even heading into Sunday’s game, Arizona’s starting back is sporting a 3.1 yards/per game average — his lowest since 2008. However, when asked if he get an increased work load the second time around Sunday in Seattle, Ellington was rather non-committal. “We’ve practiced our plays this week,” said Ellington. “We have a pretty good game plan. When we get to the game, we’ll see what coach dials up. Whatever it is, I’ll be ready to take on that challenge and continue playing pretty good football.”This season, Seattle has allowed four 100-yard rushers (Frank Gore, Arian Foster, Mike James and Zac Stacy) in 14 games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Andre Ellington, Cardinals RB Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact read more

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first_img14. Oakland Raiders (6-6)Shift: ▲4Hi: 16Lo: 16Comment: Well, now. The Raiders are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City and the LA Chargers. — MorganNext: at Kansas City15. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)Shift: ▲6Hi: 14Lo: 18Comment: Cowboys have lost three of the last four games, it may be difficult to make the postseason. — JureckiNext: at NY Giants16. Green Bay Packers (6-6)Shift: ▲6Hi: 15Lo: 18Comment: Still hanging around with the hope that Rodgers could be back in Week 15. — LapinskiNext: at Cleveland17. Detroit Lions (6-6)Shift: ▼5Hi: 14Lo: 19Comment: Stafford’s hand injury (even though he might play) should take care of the Lions’ season. — MarottaNext: at Tampa Bay18. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)Shift: ▼4Hi: 11Lo: 16Comment: A tale of two seasons: Kansas City has dropped six of its last seven after opening the season 5-0. — MorganNext: vs. Oakland19. Buffalo Bills (6-6)Shift: ▼2Hi: 19Lo: 22Comment: After getting off to good start, they’re 1-4 in their last five games. — JureckiNext: vs. Indianapolis20. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)Shift: —Hi: 20Lo: 22Comment: Their best half of football this year followed by their worst. — BurnsNext: vs. Chicago New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Patriots won 23-3. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 21. New York Jets (5-7)Shift: ▲4Hi: 18Lo: 24Comment: Raise your hand if you thought the Jets and Cardinals would have the same record 12 weeks in. Liar! — MarottaNext: at Denver22. Washington Redskins (5-7)Shift: ▼6Hi: 19Lo: 22Comment: Seems like we can stop trying to convince ourselves Washington is a good team at this point. — LapinskiNext: at LA Chargers23. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)Shift: ▼4Hi: 21Lo: 25Comment: Special teams coordinator Amos Jones has to go. — MorganNext: vs. Tennessee24. Miami Dolphins (5-7)Shift: ▲2Hi: 23Lo: 25Comment: Ended that pesky five-game losing streak by running it up on Adam Gase’s former team. — LapinskiNext: vs. New England (Monday night)25. Houston Texans (4-8)Shift: ▼2Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: Honestly feels like they just left the NFL after Watson got injured. — LapinskiNext: vs. San Francisco26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)Shift: ▼2Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: Can Dirk Koetter’s “NFL guys” help him survive this season? — MorganNext: vs. Detroit27. Denver Broncos (3-9)Shift: ▲1Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: I’m starting to wonder if Vance Joseph is one and done in Denver. — JureckiNext: vs. NY Jets 1. New England Patriots (10-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 1Lo: 1Comment: Gronk suspension A) is warranted and B) doesn’t hurt the Pats at all. — LapinskiNext: at Miami (Monday night)2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: First leg of West Coast journey didn’t go so well. — BurnsNext: at LA Rams3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: The Vikings are the latest team to flirt with the possibility of hosting the Super Bowl. — MorganNext: at Carolina4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 3Lo: 5Comment: Came back from 17-0 deficit on Monday Night Football in Cincinnati. — JureckiNext: vs. Baltimore5. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)Shift: —Hi: 4Lo: 6Comment: Unspectacular, but solid win over the Cardinals in Arizona. — MarottaNext: vs. Philadelphia6. New Orleans Saints (9-3)Shift: —Hi: 5Lo: 7Comment: Sweeping the Panthers gives them the inside track on the NFC South. — LapinskiNext: at Atlanta (Thursday night) Biggest Risers: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers ▲6Biggest Fallers: Washington Redskins ▼6 Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | MorganWeek 14 Composite 1 Comments   Share   28. Chicago Bears (3-9)Shift: ▼1Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: Coach John Fox is 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears. — MorganNext: at Cincinnati29. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)Shift: —Hi: 28Lo: 30Comment: They’ve scored more than 25 points in a game once since September. — LapinskiNext: at Buffalo30. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)Shift: ▲1Hi: 27Lo: 31Comment: Robbie Gould made 5 FGs in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him before the 2016 opener. — MorganNext: at Houston31. New York Giants (2-10)Shift: ▼1Hi: 30Lo: 32Comment: Geno Smith started. Ben McAdoo got fired. Will Eli be back vs. Dallas? — MarottaNext: vs. Dallas32. Cleveland Browns (0-12)Shift: —Hi: 31Lo: 32Comment: The Browns are 1-27 in their last 28 games. The expansion Bucs (1976), regarded as the worst team ever, were 2-26 in their first 28 games. — MorganNext: vs. Green Bay The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Well, well, well, look who’s back on top.The New England Patriots dismantled the Buffalo Bills, 23-3, for their eighth straight win. Coupled with the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss on the road at Seattle, we’ve got a new No. 1 team in the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.Here’s a look at our 1-32 NFL pecking order heading into Week 14.Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)Shift: ▲2Hi: 6Lo: 7Comment: Seahawks get their best win of the season. Russell Wilson is building a real MVP case. — MarottaNext: at Jacksonville8. Carolina Panthers (8-4)Shift: ▼1Hi: 8Lo: 10Comment: Coming off a division loss to the Saints, currently would be a Wild Card team. — JureckiNext: vs. Minnesota9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)Shift: ▲1Hi: 8Lo: 11Comment: Another sack for Calais, he’s now Jags’ single-season record holder. — BurnsNext: vs. Seattle10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)Shift: ▼2Hi: 9Lo: 11Comment: The Falcons were held without a touchdown against the Vikings, the first time that has happened since Dec. 13, 2015. — MorganNext: vs. New Orleans (Thursday night)11. Tennessee Titans (8-4)Shift: —Hi: 9Lo: 12Comment: I, for the life of me, can’t figure out how this team is 8-4. — MarottaNext: at Arizona12. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)Shift: ▲1Hi: 12Lo: 13Comment: Big game against the Steelers on the road coming up. — JureckiNext: at Pittsburgh13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)Shift: ▲2Hi: 10Lo: 15Comment: At this point, they look like the team to beat in the AFC West. — LapinskiNext: vs. Washingtonlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter More than 150 years

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >More than 150 years after its debut on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka, has emerged from a 30-month-long restoration of the North Wing’s 72 rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, lobby, ballrooms and executive lounge.The current restoration is the most significant ever for the iconic property, which was opened in 1864 by four British entrepreneurs. Its North Wing’s rooms have been completely reimagined for the 21st century; an ocean-view executive lounge, The Long Room, spanning 25m added for well-heeled suite guests; and a new conservatory with towering arched doors links the Grand Ballroom with the Jubilee Ballroom.“With this restoration, we believe the property will resume its standing as one of the most storied hotels in all Asia,” said Sanjeev Gardiner, the hotel’s chairman.Indeed, many sources point to the Galle Face as the oldest hotel east of the Suez still in operation today. Its handwritten guest book includes a long list of heads of state and royalty, as well as notables such as Vivien Leigh of ‘Gone with the Wind’ fame and Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who spent a year living in the hotel while writing the final chapters of ‘3001: The Final Odyssey’.The restoration stripped every room to the bone, and brought back each with striking new interiors and classic mahogany furnishings. Stylish grey marble cases the bathroom walls. Private balconies with sea views now jut from 21 rooms. The room sizes range from 26sqm to 60sqm studios that feature a separate living room and workspace.In addition, Galle Face Hotel unveiled the Empress Eugenie Suite. Named for one of the hotel’s most illustrious guests, this signature suite measures 120sqm. Its 60sqm terrace consumes the roof of the hotel’s iconic carriage porch, a restored architectural feature that pays homage to the structure’s original façade.The restoration repurposed other age-old elements about the Galle Face for modern exigencies such as:The dressing rooms of the Grand Ballroom, along with its storage area, are now home to the hotel’s executive lounge, The Long Room.The Verandah restaurant has doubled in size with two levels of spacious wooden terrace seating, and a permanent roof that doubles as the balcony and rooftop garden of The Long Room above.A recently cultivated croquet lawn beckons players to this decidedly Edwardian pastime.And the Poolside Bar and Terrace has extended its open-air perch along the waterfront.Where once there was an Americano Bar, there is now a Traveller’s Bar, featuring a handcarved mahogany bar and a photo gallery of distinguished guests on the walls. The hotel makes much of the 19th century, from the croquet lawns to its suites to its menus. The Beluga caviar and house-smoked salmon on the Traveller’s Bar menu are inspired by Anton Chekhov. Three new Pimm’s cocktails reference the first case of the British spirit to arrive on the island, destined for the Galle Face Hotel. The Verandah’s new afternoon tea also features classic British treats, and is served on a tiered platter with personalised tea pairings from a tea trolley stationed at the restaurant.A new lighting system paints the walls of the Jubilee Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom in subtle colours. A reconstruction of the space restores both ballrooms to their original footprint. The new conservatory serves as a reception area for both.Last but not least, the restoration involved the North Wing’s original high-ceilinged lobby, which features Corinthian columns, 17th-century Dutch colonial chairs, and a wall-length terracotta mural of traditional Sri Lankan imagery.Go back to the e-newsletter >A Premier Room in the North WingNorth Wing Premier Room with Private TerraceJunior suite with sea viewBartender at Travellers Barlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2019 9:16 am PDT “The Biggest Little Farm” is a documentary with the title, and much of the rosy fantasy, of a picture book. John and Molly Chester didn’t, like Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, buy a zoo. But they got start-up investors to help them purchase a 213-acre farm just north of Los Angeles.“Not just any farm,” John says of their ambitions for an old-school, biodiverse plot. “We’re talking about something out of a children’s book.”When they excitedly survey their new land, the couple, newly liberated from day-jobs and a cramped Santa Monica apartment near Los Angeles, bubble with anticipation. “I wonder if we can grow bananas,” says Molly.The imagined romance of agrarian life has long been the stuff of daydreams, from “Anna Karenina” to “Shaun the Sheep.” ”The Biggest Little Farm,” which chronicles the eight years that followed for the Chesters, captures what happens when two city folk try to really do what many urbanites only imagine before determining that we could never, really, bring ourselves to wear overalls.The steep learning curve for the Chesters is steeper, still, because they aren’t merely dipping their toe into farming. Unlike the mono-crop farms all around them, their Apricot Lane Farms will be a restorative farm with its own self-perpetuating ecosystem that, once up-and-running, coasts on nature’s own cycles. There will be ducks and chickens and a bull and over 70 varieties of fruit. “Diversify, diversify, diversify,” says their consultant Alan York, a surfer dude-type who speaks mystically about riding a farm like you would a wave.Harmony, of course, proves elusive. Their bliss is constantly interrupted by the toil of daily farm life and a host of invaders: coyotes, snails and birds, not to mention drought and wildfires.Capturing those pains was always part of the plan. Molly and John, who’s also the film’s director and narrator, began their quixotic journey documenting every step of the way, leading to previous segments on Oprah’s OWN network. Their lives are laid out here for inspiration and envy, much like Joanna and Chip Gaines on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” The Chesters are about soil the way the Gaines are about shiplap.“The Biggest Little Farm” can at times feel like a larger, better-produced version of the kind of viral video that spreads on Facebook, equal parts uplifting and self-congratulating. It’s a self-contained film about a self-contained paradise.But John, a former cameraman for Animal Planet, documents the place with “Planet Earth” specificity, with views from the microscopic to the aerial. And “The Biggest Little Farm” is most invested in capturing not the Chesters’ renewal, but the rehabilitation of their land, from dried-out hillside to lush, recycling idyll.And as much as it might seem silly to say about a long-term documentary composed significantly of people doing yard work, “The Biggest Little Farm” couldn’t be more urgent. The United Nations, in its first comprehensive biodiversity report, on Monday said extinction is looming for more than 1 million species of plants and animals. On a planet overwhelmed by habitat loss, the Chesters managed to build an ark. We’re going to need a lot more of them.“The Biggest Little Farm,” a Neon release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for mild thematic elements and brief language. Running time: 92 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of PG: Parental guidance suggested.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Coyle, The Associated Press Review: In ‘Biggest Little Farm,’ a journey back to the land This image released by Neon shows a scene from “The Biggest Little Farm.” (Neon via AP) last_img read more