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a month agoOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashing

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first_imgOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup after suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to League One side Oxford United.The Hammers were dire as Oxford run riot at Kassam Stadium.Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes to the team that beat Manchester United last Sunday and was punished accordingly.Second-half goals from Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste gave the U’s a deserved victory.Speaking after the game, Pellegrini said: “We played against a team who played very well.”It’s easy to say that we played very badly, but I think Oxford did everything they needed to win this game here at home for them.”They played with a lot of motivation, with desire and we didn’t play well.”If you give them time and space all of them are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we only created one in the first ten minutes of the game and one in the last minute.”In the second half we lost all the moments [which decided the match].”If you want to continue playing in all competitions you have to use your whole squad, and we played with [experienced] players. I repeat, Oxford made it tough and after that [we perhaps showed a] lack of belief that these games are always very difficult for the teams who are in the better league.”Of course for the fans who came to Wimbledon, and to Oxford today, it’s not the best way to answer them. Football is like this, unfortunately it was a very bad night for some players and we’ll try to recover in our next game in the Premier League.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 hours agoRaul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout round

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Raul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout roundby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez says Wolves are fighting to reach the Europa League knockout stages.The Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m never going to change. I had a lot of confidence and it was a good moment to score the second goal, we’re in the fight now.”We came here knowing that if we won the game it would be better for us, we’re fighting to go into the next round now.” last_img read more

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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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Government faces balancing act on marketing packaging of legal marijuana

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first_imgVANCOUVER – David Brown’s marijuana marketing students are often shocked to learn how difficult it is to — well — market marijuana.Advertising medical cannabis is essentially banned in Canada, with some exceptions. Restrictions on recreational weed are set to be a bit looser, but Brown still advises students to think of the constraints as opportunities.“These limitations can really aid in creativity. Marketing weed isn’t difficult, but marketing a highly regulated cannabis product is a lot more of a challenge,” said Brown, an instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis professional series.As legalization looms, observers say Ottawa faces a tricky balancing act on marketing. Large growers say branding is necessary to convince consumers to switch to the legal market, while health advocates call for plain packaging and strict advertising limits.The Cannabis Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana next July, would restrict marketing similarly to tobacco. It would ban promotion that appeals to youth, contains false or misleading statements or depicts people, celebrities, characters or animals.It would allow ads that present facts or promote brand preference. But they could only be shown in places where youth are not legally allowed, or broadcast if “reasonable steps” have been taken to ensure they “cannot be accessed by a young person.”The rules have been criticized as hazy. It’s unclear, for example, whether a commercial could air before a TV show or movie that is intended for adult audiences or how Internet ads would be policed.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said the “reasonable steps” to ensure an ad cannot be seen by a young person would depend on the circumstances. For example, websites could use age verification mechanisms, she said.“This would provide an opportunity to communicate factual information about cannabis, as well as information about a product’s brand characteristics, to allow adult consumers to make informed decisions,” she said.She said the government was not considering changes to the advertising provisions of the legislation, but if it’s passed by Parliament, Health Canada will develop guidance documents to help industry comply with the rules.Seventeen licensed producers have formed a Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding and put forward proposed guidelines, including that ads be allowed on TV, radio and websites where at least 70 per cent of the audience is expected to be over 18.Provinces can introduce additional marketing rules. Quebec’s framework allows some ads in newspapers and magazines where 85 per cent of readers are of the legal age, as well as in displays inside cannabis stores.“Offloading it to the provinces is not the answer,” said Lindsay Meredith, a Simon Fraser University marketing professor, who added it can lead to “spillover advertising,” where ads that comply with rules in one province are shown in another where they don’t.Mark Zekulin, president of Canada’s largest licensed producer, Canopy Growth, said branding breeds accountability. If consumers are going to be more likely to remember their experience, companies will put more effort into ensuring it’s a good one.“If everybody’s in the same white packaging, maybe they’ll remember what they bought, maybe they won’t,” he said.Health Canada recently proposed regulations that would limit the use of colours and graphics on packages and require labels to have specific product information, mandatory health warnings and a standardized THC symbol.They would also restrict brand elements, including requiring a standard font, size and colour relative to other information on the package. Public consultation on the rules ends Jan. 20.Restrictions on fonts, graphics and colours open the door to brand prohibition, limiting the ability of companies to differentiate from each other and the black market, said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, a leading licensed producer.“What you’ll see is a race to the bottom, where all these products are essentially competing on price,” he said. “You’ll see less investment in high-quality products.”Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction said the regulations were positive overall but restrictions on brand elements should be clearer.“It’s a tricky balance, because we don’t want to promote increased use and we don’t want (packaging) to be flashy, but we do certainly want to use it as a way to convey information effectively,” she said.“I think we’re looking at something that’s informative, truthful and perhaps a little bit bland.”Canada can learn from U.S. states that have legalized pot. Colorado allows print, radio, TV and Internet ads if there’s reliable evidence that 70 per cent of the audience is over 21, while Washington state requires ads to contain a number of warnings.Colorado banned promotions that appeal to kids when it legalized cannabis, but over time the rules became more specific, including prohibiting edibles shaped like animals, said Lewis Koski, the state’s former marijuana enforcement director.The federal government has given itself extra time to allow edibles, such as candies and cookies, in the marketplace, with regulations expected by July 2019. Koski, co-founder of consulting firm Freedman & Koski, praised the strategy.“Health Canada has done a really, really good job,” he said. “They’ve been very thoughtful in their approach and they recognize that this is going to take some time and it’s going to evolve.”The department said companies that violate the advertising or packaging rules, if passed, could face licence suspensions or revocations, fines of up to $1 million and potentially be referred to police.Brown, the Kwantlen instructor, said he expects Health Canada to make examples of those who don’t comply early on. The department already sends a stern letter about once a year to all the licensed medical producers, he said.“Inevitably, it’s a cycle where they all agree and they all comply, and then six or seven months later, they tend to drift away from that compliance,” he said. “We’ve yet to see any enforcement of that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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NDIT appointed by BC Hydro to administer Site C agricultural compensation fund

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first_imgNDIT is an independent corporation that was established in 2005 that has managed more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of BC Hydro’s $800,000 Generate Opportunities, or GO Fund.Hydro said that NDIT will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, which is responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.Northern Development Initiative Trust and the board will work together to develop a strategic five-year plan, fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.For more information about the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has appointed the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the financial administrator of its Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund.The $20-million fund, which was launched earlier this year, supports agricultural priorities in the Peace Region.Hydro said it set up the fund to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the local economy and the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture.last_img read more

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Injured Suarez to miss China Cup for Uruguay

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first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has been ruled out of playing in the China Cup with Uruguay after spraining his ankle for his club at the weekend. Suarez, 32, is expected to miss between 10 and 15 days after limping off late in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Real Betis in La Liga. “He will… undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad,” the club said in a statement Monday. Suarez’s absence adds to that of Edinson Cavani for Uruguay after the Paris Saint-Germain striker failed to shake off a thigh injury for the trip to China. Oscar Tabarez’s squad travel to Nanning to take on take on Uzbekistan on March 21, with the winner meeting China or Thailand in the final four days later. Suarez scored his 18th league goal of the season at Betis to draw level with Diego Forlan for the most goals scored by a Uruguayan in Spain’s top flight with 128.last_img read more

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US Influential Congress Members Call For Consolidating MoroccoUS Exceptional Partnership

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first_imgWashington – Leading members of the US congress called in a letter addressed on Monday to President Barack Obama for consolidating the strong partnership linking the USA to Morocco, “a country deserving our support and commitment.”The letter, sent as King Mohammed VI will be paying this November 22 a working visit to the USA where the Sovereign will meet the US chief executive, expresses the US congress members’ support to efforts meant consolidate the US-Morocco strong partnership.The letter, signed by president of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and member of the commission, Ted Deutch, notes that “thanks to the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has been spared the violence and chaos spread in the region, adding that the Kingdom “stands out today as a model of stability in a region fraught with doubts and uncertainty.” The US congress members’ letter also welcomes the multi-dimensional strategy adopted by Morocco to fight religious extremism, based on security cooperation and social values, political reforms, economic development and religious education founded on moderation virtues.They also recall the US administration’s support to the Moroccan plan to grant autonomy to the Sahara, under Moroccan sovereignty, noting that Washington’s position had been repeatedly expressed by three successive administrations, including the present one.The Moroccan autonomy plan enjoys “a strong bi-partisan support at the US congress,” write Ilena Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch, who call President Obama to seize the opportunity of the King’s visit to further consolidate the strategic relationship binding the two nations and reaffirm and consolidate the bi-partisan support to the Moroccan autonomy planlast_img read more

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Steve Nash Looks to Keep Family Away in Custody

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Lakers point guard Steve Nash is involved in a custody battle of an odd variety, as he fights to keep his ex-wife and three children from following him to Los Angeles. Nash separated from Alejandra Amarilla last year shortly after the birth of his son Matteo in 2010. Amarilla lived in Phoenix during the majority of Nash’s stint with the Suns following their 2005 marriage, but now she wants to bring Matteo and the twin daughters Nash fathered closer to their father’s new home.Despite Nash’s alleged legal action against the move, TMZ reports that Amarilla has retained divorce lawyer Lance Spiegel to combat the case in both Arizona and California. Nash has not given any public reason as to why he want to prevent his children from being nearby, but TMZ speculates that the two-time MVP could be required to pay more child support should the family move to Los Angeles.Nash, 38, has missed 15 of the Lakers’ 17 games this season after fracturing his left fibula early on in the team’s second game. The absence of the normally healthy veteran is a factor in the teams underwhelming 8-9 start. When he joined the team as a part of a sign and trade deal over the summer, Nash stated that he stayed on the west coast in order to be closer to his children. read more

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Video Hazard produces brilliant pass for Belgium goal

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first_imgEden Hazard provided fans with a timely reminder of his world-class talents on Thursday in Belgium’s 2-0 win over IcelandThe 27-year-old winger has had a quiet return to action from a back injury with just one assist and no goals in his last three games at Chelsea.However, eight goals and four assists in 14 appearances still represent an impressive tally for this season.But Hazard was on top form on Thursday night at the Heysel Stadium and produced a moment of true class in helping assist Michy Batshuayi’s opening goal.The Belgium captain’s superb pass from the final third of the pitch had carved open the Iceland defence with Batshuayi later breaking the deadlock.Batshuayi, who’s on loan at Valencia from Chelsea for this season, then added a second to seal the win for Belgium.Incredible pass from Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/e21Ejk0btZLuka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.— 🇧🇪 (@FlicksLikeEden) November 15, 2018Speaking before the match, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hailed Hazard’s leadership skills.“He’s been a very good leader,” said Martinez, according to FourFourTwo.“There are many different types of leaders but I think what Eden Hazard brings is someone you can get influenced by.“He is an incredible source for younger players and who has been someone who can never, ever get affected by the pressure of the game or the pressure of the situation.”last_img read more

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Jordan celebrate qualification to the knockout stage

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first_imgFor manager Vital Borkelmans, his team can celebrate after beating Syria 2-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. They now sit on top of Group B.Jordan is the first country to qualify to the next round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The team did this by beating Syria 2-0 on Thursday at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.And manager Vital Borkelmans has allowed his players to celebrate such occasion.“The players made a lot of good things tonight for their country and for their fans to party tonight,” said Borkelmans to The National.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“This is normal. It’s an occasion to celebrate.”“For me, it’s so nice to see the players celebrating the achievement after the game. This is important for them to enjoy and take this confidence forward,” he added.“I have a team that can play on any system I want them to play.”“They carry out that task so well and they are the ones who can take decisions on the pitch, and so far, they have done all the right things,” he commented.“When you have players who can do that, it becomes very easy for me to work on our strategies and game plans.”last_img read more

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Sidney Stuart beloved balladeer gone family and friend

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first_img Related Items:died, kew town, sidney stuart Recommended for you Nancy Reagan gone but touched the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – Another beloved Turks and Caicos Islander thrusts residents into a state of new mourning when this afternoon news spread on the death of Sidney Stuart, a taxi driver and who became well known for as a riveting balladeer who could cause tears to flow no matter the occasion. To many, he was simply ‘Heads,’ a bubbly, jovial taxi driver and former driver for the former Premier Michael Misick.Scores gathered at the morgue in Provo upon hearing of Sidney’s passing; proof that he had become as beloved in Provo as he was in his other home, The Bahamas. Already his Facebook page is filling up with tributes. Stuart was a member of the Abundant Life Ministries International.When Magnetic Media reached out to his family in Grand Bahama moments ago, we learned they are in a terrible state of shock as relatives not only have to come to grips with such the sudden and tremendous loss but to do so on the exact day his father, the late Edwin Stuart died, 12 years ago.Sidney Stuart’s death is believed to be of natural causes. Reports are he was complaining of chest pains. That he missed a pick-up this morning of some guests. That he missed a lot of calls today. All uncharacteristic and it led to friends going in search of him… they found him, reportedly at his home in Kew Town, Providenciales unresponsive; he was pronounced dead on the scene by the emergency team which was called.Sidney Kevin Stuart hails originally from Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama and is the sixth of eight siblings. Three young children he has; two daughters and a son.While Sidney’s father is from The Bahamas; his mother is from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Stuart, who had been living in the Turks and Caicos for some 12 to 13 years now, was just 45 years old. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Murdered father of two, shot in the head Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morninglast_img read more

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Sharknado is coming to an end Last panel is at ComicCon Friday

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first_img Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 19, 2018 Posted: July 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Sharknado is coming to an end. Last panel is at Comic-Con Friday evening 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sharknado blew onto the movie scene back in 2013, and quickly became somewhat of a cult classic. Five years later, the franchise is coming to an end, and will hold its last panel at Comic-Con Friday evening.The latest “Sharknado” TV movies haven’t had as much bite ratings-wise as before, and now they’re ending.According to TVLine, Syfy has decided to conclude the franchise with the sixth film. “Sharknado 6” will have a time travel theme and bring back stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Vivica A. Fox.The original campy TV movie swam into pop culture history in 2013 — thanks to fans who couldn’t get enough of its plot about a cyclone causing flying sharks to attack Los Angeles and they live-tweeted it into infamy.The 2014 sequel, “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” pulled in major ratings with 3.9 million viewers, but that number dropped by more than half by the time the fifth movie, “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” debuted in 2017.In studio to tell us more about “The Last Sharknado” is Director Anthony C. Ferrante. last_img read more

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At hajj Arab disunity blamed for Jerusalem debacle

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first_imgMuslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque ahead of annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 16 August 2018. — ReutersMuslims at the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia criticized what they described as discordant Arab leaders for failing to block president Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem after he recognised the city as Israel’s capital.It was a reversal of decades of American policy and the embassy opened in May at a high-profile ceremony attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, the US envoy to the Middle East.The status of Jerusalem – home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions – is one of the biggest obstacles to any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.The United Nations says the status of the ancient city – whose eastern sector was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war – can only be resolved by negotiations. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek. Israel says Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital.“This happened with the complicity of the Arab leaders,” 53-year-old Saad Awad from Sudan said on Monday as he walked east of Mecca with more than 2 million fellow Muslims from around the world.“If the Arab leaders were united and adhering to the Koran and the Sunna (Islamic practice based on words and deeds of the Prophet), it would be impossible for the Americans or anyone else to do something like this.”Saudi Arabia, which stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites – Mecca and Medina – and organizing the haj, has urged pilgrims to put aside political concerns and focus on spirituality.The five-day ritual, the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims, is a religious duty once in a lifetime for every able-bodied adherent who can afford it.Few pilgrims openly censured the host country, but dismay among ordinary Arabs at the embassy move has been tinged with anger at regional governments – particularly those of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies – for failing to stop, or even strongly protest against, Trump’s decision last December.“The Arabs are weak and have not taken a stand on the issue of Jerusalem,” said Algerian pilgrim Hilal Issa, 70.Some critics accuse Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, of surrendering Palestinian rights for the sake of its alliance with Trump and his tough stand on Iran.While Saudi Arabia and its fellow monarchies have previously criticized the embassy decision, they have also welcomed Trump’s harder line against Iran, which has cast itself as the guardian of Palestinian rights.In recent years the bitter regional rivalry that pits Shi’ite Muslim Iran and its allies against a bloc led by Sunni Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia has increasingly pushed the decades-old Arab-Israeli struggle into the background.King Salman has reassured Arab allies Riyadh would not endorse any peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or other key issues, Reuters reported last month, easing concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent US deal which largely aligns with Israel.“If the Arabs were united, nobody would have dared make such a move,” Yemeni pilgrim Amr Ahmed Ali said of the embassy transfer. “But God willing, the Arabs will unite, and this city will unite the Arabs and Muslims behind one cause which is the Palestinian cause.”last_img read more

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Asia Durr Named USBWA AllAmerican

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first_imgStory Links F Megan Gustafson, Iowa 6-3 Sr. Port Wing, Wis. G Bridget Carleton, Iowa State 6-1 Sr. Chatham, Ont. C Kalani Brown, Baylor 6-7 Sr. Slidell, La. G Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M 5-11 So. Mansfield, Texas F Lauren Cox, Baylor 6-4 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas G Asia Durr, Louisville 5-10 Sr. Douglasville, Ga. G Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame 5-8 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis. Pos. Second Team Ht. Yr. Hometown F Alanna Smith, Stanford 6-4 Sr. Melbourne, Australia G Sophie Cunningham, Missouri 6-1 Sr. Columbia, Mo. G Kaila Charles, Maryland 6-1 Jr. Glenn Dale, Md. ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – For the second straight season, University of Louisville guard Asia Durr has been named USBWA All-American. She joins Angel McCoughtry as the only Louisville players to ever be named USBWA All-American two times.Durr returns to the All-America team, this time as a second-team member after first-team recognition a year ago. Durr finished her career as the two-time ACC Player of the Year averaging 21.2 points per game, the fourth-highest average in school history, and ranks second in career scoring with 2,485 points and 374 made three-pointers.Four senior standouts and a junior repeat member were named to the 2018-19 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-America first team.Six different conferences are represented on the team, which for the first time the USBWA composed into three teams to honor 15 players. The Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences lead the way with three members each on the combined rosters, with the Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference and Big Ten Conferences contributing two apiece. Connecticut and Baylor each have two members on the senior-laden team. Eleven of the 15 members are seniors to go with three juniors and a sophomore.The five first-team selections will contend for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award given to the USBWA’s National Player of the Year. Along with the National Freshman of the Year and National Coach of the Year, the announcement of the winner will come Friday in Tampa. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner will be formally presented with the award at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Dinner on April 15, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is back on the first team as a two-time All-American. Ionescu is the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaging 19.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game, and most recently scored 31 points Sunday against Mississippi State to send the Ducks (33-4) to the Final Four. That game was also the final one for Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State’s first-team center who became MSU’s all-time field goal shooting percentage leader. McCowan averaged 18.4 points and was second nationally at 13.5 rebounds per game and posted 31 double-doubles and 70 in her career.Arike Ogunbowale of Notre Dame and UConn’s Napheesa Collier are also first team members. Ogunbowale, a second-team All-American last year, is one of five Division I players to average more than 20 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals, scoring 20-plus points 21 times to help guide Notre Dame to the ACC regular-season and tournament titles. Collier leads UConn with 21.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game with 24 double-doubles while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. The AAC’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year is UConn’s single-season rebounds record-holder now with 398 and counting this year.Iowa’s Megan Gustafson finishes off the first team after a second-team nod a year ago. The nation’s scoring leader at 27.9 points per game also ranks in the top three nationally in seven other statistical categories, including field goal percentage (1st, 70.1), double-doubles (1st, 33) and rebounds per game (T-2nd, 13.5).Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn and Kalani Brown of Baylor join Durr on the second team. Samuelson, a first-team All-American last year, and Collier, both seniors, have led the Huskies to a 12th consecutive Final Four and are 145-4 in their careers heading into Tampa.Samuelson is second at UConn with 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and leads the team with 86 three-pointers. Samuelson and Collier have combined for 4,708 career points, the most by a pair of classmates in UConn history. Brown, a second-team All-American last year, will likely leave Baylor as its all-time leader in field goal percentage, currently hitting 60.9 percent of her shots. Brown averages 15.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter made the second team after setting her school’s scoring record at 23.3 points per game, eighth-best in the nation. Carter, the only sophomore on the All-America team, also set five other Texas A&M records this season. Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, a second-teamer and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, led the nation in rebounding at 16.2 rebounds per game, almost three boards ahead of any other player.Baylor’s Lauren Cox, one of three juniors honored, is Final Four-bound as a third-team member. Cox was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season and averages 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Big 12’s Player of the Year, Bridget Carleton of Iowa State, also earned third-team recognition after leading the Big 12 in scoring with 21.7 points per game, which broke ISU’s season scoring record with 760 points. She ranks in the top five of Iowa State’s record book in five categories.Kaila Charles led Maryland to its fourth Big Ten regular-season title in five years and led the Terps in scoring with 17.5 points per game. She and Gustafson were the only two players to earn unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team. Stanford’s Alanna Smith was the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and led the Cardinal to its 13th Pac-12 Tournament title. The team’s scoring leader at 19.5 points per game also shot 51.5 percent from the field and was one of only two players nationally to average 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Sophie Cunningham closed her Missouri career as its all-time scoring leader with 2,187 points. She ranks in the top four in school history in six other career categories.Following is the complete 2018-19 USBWA Women’s All-America Team: The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956, has named a women’s All-America team since the 1987-88 season. The association has also named a national player of the year – now known as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award – since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated an award for the nation’s top freshman. For more information on the USBWA and its awards, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.Print Friendly Version Pos. Third Team Ht. Yr. Hometown F Napheesa Collier, UConn 6-3 Sr. O’Fallon, Mo. C Kristine Anigwe, California 6-4 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. G Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn 6-3 Sr. Huntington Beach, Calif. C Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State 6-7 Sr. Brenham, Texas G Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon 5-11 Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif. Pos. First Team Ht. Yr. Hometownlast_img read more

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Netflix Raises 19 Billion in Debt Financing Its Biggest Round Ever

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first_imgNetflix priced a junk-bond offering of $1.9 billion — the streamer’s biggest round of debt financing to date — as it looks to fuel its continued content binge-spending.The $1.9 billion debt offering, announced Monday evening, was increased from Netflix’s plan announced earlier in the day to issue $1.5 billion in debt. Shares of Netflix had closed down 2.8% Monday, to $318.69 per share, as investors reacted to the company’s plan to take on additional debt.Netflix has been routinely turning to debt for financing its massive content spending instead of raising that through equity markets, because “we believe the debt is lower cost of capital compared to equity,” as the company said in its April 16 letter to shareholders. The latest proposed debt offering is the fifth time in a little more than three years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds. As of March 31, Netflix had $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $17.9 billion in streaming content payment obligations (of which $3.44 billion are long-term content payment obligations). The company had $2.6 billion in cash and equivalents on hand as of the end of the first quarter of 2018.Netflix’s interest expenses have risen as it assumes a bigger debt load. In Q1 2018, interest expense was $81.2 million, up 74% from $46.7 million in the year-earlier period. But as a percentage of operating income, its interest expense was the same — 18.2% — for both quarters.Netflix said the latest debt offering of 5.875% senior notes, set to mature Nov. 15, 2028, is expected to close on April 26. The company will begin paying interest on the notes in cash semi-annually beginning Nov. 15, 2018. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Mamata remembers Tapasi Malik on death anniversary

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first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday remembered Tapasi Malik who was raped and burnt to death during the Singur agitation over land acquisition in 2006. Besides paying homage to Malik on her death anniversary, Banerjee also remembered those who had lost their lives in political violence during the 34 years of Left Front rule in the state. Remembering Tapasi Malik on her death anniversary. The young protestor from Singur was raped and burnt to death during the farmers agitation in 2006. My homage to all those who lost their lives during the 34 years of Left rule, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Malik was a member of the ‘Save Singur Farmland Committee’. Her charred body was recovered from the Tata Motors’ factory site in Singur on December 18, 2006. Singur witnessed large-scale protests in 2006, when the CPM-led Left Front tried to acquire land for the factory. The agitation, that lasted for months, made headlines across the world and catapulted the then opposition leader Mamata Banerjee to limelight.last_img read more

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