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November 16

The “When You Lose Doesn’t Matter” Argument is Really Stupid

first_imgThe CFP committee keeps telling me it doesn’t matter when you lose to get into the College Football Playoff. Here’s what Jeff Long said on Tuesday about Ohio State potentially losing to Michigan State or Michigan.We don’t talk about weighting wins if they’re late in the season or early in the season.One problem with that, it says on their website that it does matter. Now, it doesn’t explicitly say that, they aren’t that stupid. But it says as much in not as many words.The committee has told us they are trying to pick the four best teams. That’s the language.Because humans are confined by the limits of time, the committee must only select the four best teams right now. Condoleezza Rice is a tremendous human being, but she can’t outwit time. She can only pick the best teams right now. Which means, almost by definition, that when you lose matters. It has to!If a team loses its first game then wins its next by 10 and its next by 20 and its next by 30 until the final week it wins by 110 points and another team wins its first game by 110 points and then by 100 and then finally by the final week, it loses — guess which team the committee considers the “best team” even though they did exactly the same thing.[someone from the committee is reading this thinking, “this is silly, the teams we pick would never score that many points!”]Anyway, I point this out to point out the fact that if OSU and OU win this weekend, they will probably play next weekend for a ticket into the College Football Playoff because we’re going to ignore that OU got thumped by Texas because it happened a month ago. Turn that around. What if OSU loses to Baylor this weekend? Do they still get to play OU for a ticket to the playoff? Negative. They’ll be playing for their Peach Bowl lives.There are numerous reasons for this. OU is a brand. OU played Tennessee in its non-conference schedule. OSU has squeaked by all season. But the main one, the overriding one, is that OU lost long enough ago that it’s easy to sweep under the rug.So don’t keep telling me that when you lose doesn’t matter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

OSU Breaks Record for Most Season Tickets Sold

first_imgOklahoma State announced on Friday that fans had purchased 50,354 season tickets ahead of its Big 12 home opener against TCU. This surpasses the previous record of 50,223 set in 2013. In 2013, OSU fans also set a record of 98.2 percent attendance numbers which could also be in jeopardy with the hype surrounding this year’s team.Cowboy fans bought out the season opener against Tulsa and with No. 16-ranked TCU coming to town, hurried to box offices earlier this week and bought up every remaining seat.When Saturday’s #okstate game against TCU is sold out by Wednesday.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 20, 2017 201359,12631398.2% YearAvg AttendanceNational RankBig 12 RankingPct. Capacity Of course, 2017 just reflects the Tulsa game but will remain at 100 percent capacity heading into Week 5.With the next game in Stillwater being Homecoming, you can expect BPS to remain at capacity. Then you’ve got Bedlam — check. And home games against Kansas State and Kansas. If we can all pull together to make it to a Thanksgiving game against the Jayhawks in Week 12, the capacity record should be as good as broken.The buzz surrounding OSU football is palpable. If this team is as good as it looks like it might be, this could be an all-time year, if not an historic one. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 201454,38737590.3% 201557,66831398.8% Here’s a look at the attendance numbers for the past five seasons. 201756,790293100% 201653,81435589.4%last_img read more

November 16

Bale doubtful for Espanyol clash

first_imgGareth Bale Bale doubtful for Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bale - Cropped Getty Images Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Espanyol Espanyol The Welsh attacker was substituted with a slight injury in Tuesday’s win over Borussia Dortmund and Zinedine Zidane could leave him out on Sunday Real Madrid are likely to be without Gareth Bale for Sunday’s La Liga home match against Espanyol, but Zinedine Zidane has not ruled him out completelyBale scored one and provided an assist impressive 3-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but had to be replaced by Lucas Vazquez with five minutes remaining after being seen feeling the back of his leg.Real Madrid 8/1 to beat Espanyol 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Tests have ruled out any significant damage, but the Wales international again missed training on Saturday.Head coach Zidane did not completely rule out the prospect of Bale featuring at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he did not seem keen on taking a chance.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017The injury will also concern Wales, who have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland after Madrid face Espanyol.”We will see [how he is] on Sunday,” said Zidane. “It is a strain, so nothing too significant. But, as always, when a player has even a small problem then we don’t want to risk it.”You will see on Sunday if he plays. He may be [on the squad list] and is not discounted yet.  “As for him playing for his national team [next week], I don’t think there will be any issue between Real Madrid and Wales.”It will depend on his injury niggles and his state of fitness, nothing else. We will take it day-to-day from Sunday.”I’m not worried about the BBC, we will see them all soon.”Today’s training sessionBring on tomorrow’s match against @RCDEspanyol ! #RMCity #HalaMadrid — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 30, 2017 Zidane wants to build momentum at the Bernabeu – where Madrid have failed to win in three LaLiga games – after beating Alaves and Dortmund in consecutive away matches.”We want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and to win well,” he said.”If you play well and start the match well then you’ll have a good chance of winning.”We can change all of [the talk about poor home form]. Now we have a game to change this. We don’t live in the past and what has happened has happened.”The fans have been there for life and we wouldn’t want to change it. We love our fan base and all of the players and the squad want to play at this stadium.”We cannot have the mind-set that we don’t want to play [at home]. If we could play every match here then that would be much better.”last_img read more

October 24

NYK Orion Picks Up Unexpected Guests

first_imgPress Release; September 04, 2014 zoom On August 27, the container ship NYK Orion received an emergency call from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Malta to help a vessel carrying presumably African immigrants, while the container ship was sailing from Valencia, Spain, to Port Said, Egypt, the company says in a release.NYK Orion immediately headed for the position given by the MRCC, and on discovering a ship in distress, rescued 257 people at 2:50 p.m. local time.Those rescued were given drinking water and food, and medical attention was provided to those who had suffered minor injuries.All those who were rescued disembarked onto an escort boat off the coast of Valletta at 5:47 p.m. local time on August 28.last_img read more

October 23

Diana Shipping Secures Work for Five Bulkers

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has secured charter deals for five of its dry bulk carriers with a number of companies.The company said that the vessels in question are the 2010-built Myrsini, the 2013-built Electra, the 2010-built Alcmene, and Oceanis and Triton, both built in 2001.Namely, the shipping firm has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Germany’s RWE Supply & Trading for the 82,117 dwt Myrsini. The Kamsarmax dry bulker was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,650 per day for a period until minimum August 31, 2018 and maximum December 31, 2018. The new charter period commenced on June 8.The Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels Electra was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day by Düsseldorf-based Uniper Global Commodities. Featuring 87,150 dwt, Electra started its charter contract, which runs for a period of thirteen to seventeen months, on June 11.Alcmene, the 93,193 dwt Post-Panamax bulker, has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva’s Cargill International for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. Hired at a gross charter rate of USD 8,000 per day, Alcmene started working under the contract on June 8.Furthermore, Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited hired Diana Shipping’s Panamax vessels Oceanis and Triton. The ships will work at a gross charter rate of USD 7,000 and USD 6,500 per day, respectively. The contract for the 75,211 dwt Oceanis, which runs for a period of fourteen to about seventeen months, started on May 30. With 75,336 dwt, Triton was hired for a period of thirteen to about sixteen months. The charter commenced on June 6.Diana Shipping said that the employment deals are set to generate some USD 15.61 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.last_img read more

October 20

Today there are few stars and more artistes Diljit

first_imgMumbai: Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh says with new talents emerging everyday across platforms, the mechanics of the industry has completely changed, with star system giving way to artistes. Diljit says today the definition of a “star” has changed. “Back home, no one looks at me as a star. At least I know my mother doesn’t. I don’t about others. But I think there’s nothing like a ‘star’ anymore. People will like you as an artiste, they’ll respect you for that and not just because you’re a star. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “There are very few stars today, there are more artistes. Which is very good,” Diljit told PTI. The actor, who made his Bollywood debut with “Udta Punjab”, says social media has given access and voice to many good singers and actors. “They make even short videos with all seriousness. It makes you realise that you’re working and you’ve got an opportunity but isn’t because you’re the best. “Whatever God has given me, I feel blessed but I don’t take it for granted. There are much better looking, more talented people, sometimes one gets an opportunity and that’s all luck,” he says. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Though there is a constant influx of new talents in the industry–or on the Internet–the 35-year-old actor says it doesn’t cause insecurity. “If you’re getting way too much than perhaps what you deserve, there’s no insecurity. It comes up when you feel ‘I expect and deserve much more but I’m not getting it.'” Opportunity is a key which describes Punjabi artistes ability to multitask. Most of them write, sing, act and produce their own content. “That’s because when there are less opportunities, one does everything on their own. Of course, no doubt there is talent in North. Today if there’s an individual music scene, it’s only in Punjab. Even in Hindi films we have Punjabi songs. “We had heard ‘Kaala Chashma’ long back, it comes to Bollywood and becomes a hit again. Everyone benefits. Hindi has a massive reach. So singers get a platform as well. Both parties are happy,” the actor says. Diljit will be next seen in the spoof-comedy “Arjun Patiala”, featuring Kriti Sanon and Varun Sharma. In the film, directed by Rohit Jugraj, Diljit is playing a quirky small town cop. For the actor, who has done several hit comedies in Punjab, the genre is never easy. “I never approach comedy thinking ‘I know it all.’ Comedy is tough. To make people laugh is not easy. Written material, the story and situation matter a lot. In Punjabi films I do give me inputs. In Hindi not really. “I don’t have that much control in Hindi language, in Punjabi I can say a particular dialogue will sound funnier if we tweak it. In Hindi I just follow.” The actor says he was bowled over the script at the narration stage itself. “I’ve never done a comedy in this space. I thought I should give it a try. Maddock has made some fantastic films too. All it takes is two minutes for me to say yes or no to a script. I had to do this one the moment I heard it.” Written by Ritesh Shah and Sandeep Leyzell, “Arjun Patiala” is scheduled to release on July 26.last_img read more

October 17

Elections Canada scraps social media influencers to encourage youth vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Elections Canada has scrapped plans to use social-media “influencers” to persuade young Canadians to register to vote in this fall’s federal election.Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault said Thursday that a final vetting of 13 people chosen for the campaign — athletes, YouTubers and other television and social-media celebrities— turned up some past activities that could be seen as partisan.“I did not feel that I had the right assurances that were necessary to protect our reputation as an unimpeachable, neutral and non-partisan agency for the election,” Perrault said in an interview.“It would have been a risk and a distraction at a point where the focus should be on the voters, on the candidates, on the campaigns, on the platforms.”Perrault’s decision to scrap the influencers campaign comes after sustained criticism of the idea from Conservative MPs, who alleged it was evidence of bias on the part of Elections Canada. They doubted the influencers would be truly non-partisan and charged that any increase in youth voter turnout would largely benefit the Liberals.Ottawa Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre went so far as to call the independent agency a Liberal “lapdog.”Perrault declined to comment on those allegations.“It’s important for Canadians to understand and know that Elections Canada is a completely independent agent of Parliament, that we are non-partisan, that everything we do, including the media campaign, is done with that in mind. But it’s not for me to respond to politicians and start engaging in what would become political debates with politicians.”Still, he defended Elections Canada’s efforts to persuade young people to register — which will continue, without the influencers.“Our role is to remove barriers (to voting) for all Canadians. Different groups face different barriers,” Perrault said.In the case of youth, he said the problem is that only about 60 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds are registered to vote, as few as 40 per cent for 18-to-20-year-olds. Unregistered voters do not receive voter information cards advising them where and when to vote. Those who do try to register at their polling stations on voting day find the procedure cumbersome and unwelcoming.“We know that youth who vote early (in life) tend to be lifelong voters and those who do not vote early tend not to vote later on. So this is a long game. This is not about a particular election,” Perrault said.As to the charge that young voters are more likely to vote Liberal than Conservative, Perrault said that can’t be Elections Canada’s concern.“We remove barriers for seniors without asking ourselves whether seniors vote one way or another. We remove barriers for Indigenous (people) without asking ourselves whether they vote one way or the other. We remove barriers based on evidence that barriers exist,” he said.“I think it’s quite unhealthy if we start going down that road and then we’ll have to question ourselves as to whether we should have special voting opportunities for seniors in long-term-care facilities.”While influencers are used “as a matter of course” by various provincial elections agencies, Perrault said he was aware from the outset that the idea was “politically sensitive” among federal politicians. That’s why he intended to use the influencers only during the run-up to the election campaign and why he insisted on multiple, “thorough” vettings of the individuals involved.Among those who were supposed to take part in a video encouraging youth to register were Olympic athletes Andre De Grasse, Penny Oleksiak and Max Parrot and YouTubers Mitch Hughes, Elle Mills and Lilly Singh. The others were comedian Katherine Levac, TV hosts Maripier Morin, Nicolas Ouellet, singer-songwriter Alex Nevsky, blogger Thanh Phung, actor and First Nations activist Ashley Callingbull and Maayan Ziv, a photographer and activist for disability issues.The video was to be one part of a larger campaign that will be launched June 25 to reach youth, new Canadians, Indigenous people, disabled electors and others who face barriers to taking part in elections and whose turnout is typically much lower than average. That campaign will still include a video urging young people and others to register to vote, but Perrault said the message will be delivered by actors instead of celebrity influencers in their own names.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 8

JVP to submit reforms proposals to Maithri PM

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has decided to submit a set of reforms proposals to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the proposals have been compiled after obtaining the input of civil society and academics. The JVP leader said that his party will not allow the President and the Prime Minister to divert attention from their responsibilities. The JVP leader said that the proposals includes constitutional reforms and also proposals on strengthening the legal system in the country.He also said the proposals will include sections on strengthening the peace between all communities through a reconciliation process. He said that the new Government, after it initially took office in January, made some urgent changes but the pace in implementing several other key reforms has now slowed down. The JVP is also calling for the strengthening of mechanisms to investigate corruption and for legal action to be taken against those found guilty.Dissanayake said that the proposals have been formulated based on the promises made by President Maithripala Sirisena ahead of the January 8 Presidential election and based on the mandate the voters gave him and the new Government.“If the Government is committed to the mandate it received from the voters at the last Parliamentary election then they must immediately implement the proposals we give them,” he said. “The Government has given importance to other things now,” he said. He said that some of the proposals can be implemented immediately while there are those which may take some time.Dissanayake also claimed that the new Cabinet and State Ministers are now fighting for subjects which come under their Ministry and this has resulted in a delay to Gazette the subjects. (Colombo Gazette) read more

October 6

Security in East Timor is good as territory nears elections Security Council

At the Council’s day-long consideration of the developments in the territory, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi said the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) had registered 390,000 East Timorese and efforts were continuing to complete the registration exercise by the 20 June deadline. Regarding refugees, no tangible progress had been made, but discussions between UNTAET and the Indonesian authorities continued, he said, noting that Jakarta had informed the UN mission that it had rescheduled for June a plan to undertake a one-day registration of the refugees in West Timor.Commenting on Indonesia’s decree of 24 April on the work of an ad hoc human rights tribunal, Mr. Annabi said the time limit imposed by the ruling excluded from prosecution the massacres committed before the August 1999 referendum and that the UN had urged the Indonesian authorities to reissue the decree without temporal restrictions. Concerning the recent light sentences handed out by a Jakarta court in the case of the murders of three UN personnel, Mr. Annabi stressed that given the gravity of the crimes, “that could not be the last word.” In his address to the Council, Xanana Gusmão, the President of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT), reaffirmed East Timor’s commitment to a process of reconciliation, but noted continuing concerns about the situation at the borders where, he said, militia groups continued to reign with impunity.On the economic front, Mr. Gusmão said that East Timor would soon set up a group to work full-time on strategic development planning, which is being supported by the World Bank. He thanked the international community for assisting East Timor in maintaining freedom, saying, “We will reciprocate with the building of a democratic country.”The Council also heard from East Timor’s Cabinet minister in charge of foreign affairs, José Ramos-Horta, who reported dramatic progress in all sectors in the territory. In an effort to encourage political plurality, the CNRT will be replaced by an even more encompassing instrument – the National Pact, he said. read more

October 6

Liberia UN agency appeals for additional 35 million for relief operations

In an announcement released in Monrovia, the agency said the money would be used to support a humanitarian air service that moves workers and cargo to Liberia and within the country, and to replace equipment looted and destroyed during fighting earlier this year.Despite skirmishes in the capital last week the general security situation in the country has improved following the deployment of a West African force of 3,500 troops and President Charles Taylor’s departure in August. The troops have come under UN command and are expected to grow in number to a total of some 16,000 soldiers and security personnel.”The deployment over the coming weeks of thousands more UN peacekeepers is going to open up parts of the country that we have not been able to reach for months,” WFP Liberia Representative Justin Bagirishya said. “We know there are large numbers of people in these areas who need our assistance, so it is crucial for us to have the logistical capacity to provide it and to ensure that it goes into the right hands.”Donors have already contributed almost half of the $6.8 million requested for WFP special operations in Liberia, the agency said.WFP estimates that it will need some 9,000 tons of food each month to feed up to 500,000 people in Liberia. Current stocks are sufficient to last until the end of the year, but more donations are urgently needed to prevent supplies running out in early 2004, the agency said.Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) reported today that a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Committee on the implementation of the June ceasefire agreement was being held in Monrovia.The aim of the meeting bringing together all parties of the Committee is to discuss security issues, confidence-building measures and arrangements for the 14 October governmental transition. read more

October 2

Ban appoints Kyungwha Kang of Republic of Korea as deputy UN humanitarian

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea as the deputy head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Ms. Kang will replace Catherine Bragg of Canada as the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, according to the announcement of her appointment. Ms. Kang has served as the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights since January 2007, during which time she has been responsible for the overall management of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She also led the establishment of OHCHR’s support structure for the Universal Periodic Review and chaired the UN Development Group’s Human Rights Mainstreaming mechanism.Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Kang worked as the Director-General of the International Organization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. She also served as Minister at the Republic of Korea’s Mission to the UN, from September 2001 to July 2005, during which she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).Ms. Kang will now work under the leadership of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos to bring various humanitarian actors together to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. read more

October 2

Northwestern looks to maintain edge over rival Illinois

EVANSTON, Ill. — No. 20 Northwestern wants to keep the Land of Lincoln Trophy, so it’s taking nothing for granted heading into its annual showdown with Illinois.Northwestern has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 108-42, and the Big Ten programs appear to be on decidedly different levels this season. But that trend doesn’t mean very much to Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald at the moment.“We’re been on the tough end of this rivalry, too, at times,” Fitzgerald said. “So, I know the demeanour and feeling that they’ll have coming up here.“This is a big rivalry game for both of us.”The Wildcats (7-4, 7-1, No. 19 in CFP) have clinched the conference’s West Division title and will play Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 1. Then they will play in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive post-season.For Illinois (4-7, 2-6), Saturday’s matchup at Ryan Field is the finale of another tough year.“I think it’s pretty neat that your rival is the last game, especially in our situation,” Illini coach Lovie Smith said. “Our guys realize who we’re playing and what we’re playing for. The Land of Lincoln Trophy has been up there too many years.“Their team has had an outstanding year, but that puts us in a good position, after disappointment, where you can finish the season up the right way by beating your rival.”Illinois is looking for a positive finish after last weekend’s 63-0 loss at Iowa, which tied for the largest shutout in program history. The Illini also will be trying to win a third Big Ten game for the first time since 2014.Northwestern will honour its seniors before the 2018 class tries to become just the eighth in school history to go 4-0 against Illinois.“It would mean a lot,” said senior offensive lineman J.B. Butler, who is from Plainfield. “Being an in-state player, Illinois recruits a lot of guys from my area, so I know a lot of those guys.”Illinois leads the series 55-51-5, with Northwestern holding a 28-27-3 mark at home.Here are some other key angles to follow with the game:RECORD-SETTINGWith a 51st straight start on Saturday, Northwestern senior Clayton Thorson will break the Big Ten record for career starts by a quarterback. He surpassed 10,000 yards passing last week at Minnesota and ranks sixth in Big Ten history. He needs 349 yards to pass Iowa’s Chuck Long (1981-85) for fifth place.“I think it’s a testament to a lot of the guys that have caught balls from me,” Thorson said. “I’ve had a lot of great players around me and the offensive line has kept me healthy for 50 games.”HALL TO MISS FIRST HALFSenior linebacker Nate Hall will sit out the first half for Northwestern because of a targeting penalty in the second half of the Minnesota game. Fitzgerald disputed the call because he believes the Minnesota player lowered his head after catching a pass and caused the helmet-to-helmet contact.Fitzgerald also believes the current targeting rule doesn’t give officials enough leeway to make judgement calls.“Taking playing time away from any player is significant, and Nate Hall can’t go out and start on senior day because of an antiquated rule,” he said.SACK DANCEIllini defensive end Bobby Roundtree leads the Big Ten in sacks with 7 1/2. The sophomore has two in each of his last two games.“Bobby Roundtree will eventually be a captain for this team,” Smith said.TEXAS TWO STEPSophomore safety Travis Whillock and sophomore linebacker Paddy Fisher, both from Katy, Texas, combined for 26 tackles against Minnesota. It was the first time they had reached double-digit tackles in the same game.Whillock had a career-high 15, including 11 solo. His 34 tackles over the last three games are the most in the Big Ten during that span. Fisher had 11 tackles, including his first career sack.STATE OF ILLINOISSmith was asked to assess the state of the program as his third season winds down.“Talking about where we are right now, we’re coming off a disappointing loss,” he said. “You look at the season, we have four wins this year, so that’s reality right now. The state of the program is disappointing right now, but we see brighter days ahead.”___More AP college football coverage: and Jackson, The Associated Press read more

September 24

US congress makes funding available for historic mine clean up

first_imgThe Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) has applauded the US congress’ decision to pass the H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This new act will, according to NWMA, create thousands of good-paying jobs in the west with the help of funding for the remediation of abandoned mine lands. The bill provides $125 million to the Bureau of Land Management for the ‘maintenance, rehabilitation and restoration of facilities, properties, trails and lands and for the remediation of abandoned mines.’ The U.S. Forest Service will receive $650 million for capital improvement and maintenance projects, which include efforts to remediate abandoned mine sites. The clean up of historic mine sites within National Parks is also eligible for $589 million in National Park Service construction funding.NWMA Executive Director Laura Skaer stated, “Most of the abandoned mine sites in need of remediation were developed prior to this nation even thinking about environmental laws or regulations. Mining took place in this country for one hundred and thirty years before the first environmental laws were enacted. I’m pleased that congress recognises that America benefited from these historic mines. It is therefore appropriate to use some taxpayer resources to clean up these abandoned mines.”In contrast to the unregulated era of mining of the past, today America has stringent environmental laws and regulations. NMWA: “Modern mines are safe, protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat, and reclamation plans are in place and funded prior to the commencement of mining operations. Last year, for example, federal and state agencies in Nevada announced that they jointly hold $1.031 billion in reclamation bonds to guarantee reclamation of Nevada mines. The environmental protections and bonding requirements for modern mines work together to ensure that today’s mines will not become tomorrow’s abandoned mines.”The Northwest Mining Association is a 114 year-old, 1,965 member non-profit, non-partisan trade association based in Spokane, Washington. NWMA supports and advances the mineral resource and related industries, represents and informs its members on technical, legislative and regulatory issues, provides for the dissemination of educational materials relating to mining, and fosters and promotes economic opportunity and environmentally responsible mining.last_img read more

September 22

NACH BERLIN 5000 tickets sold 100 days before EHF Cup F4

← Previous Story THW Kiel secure “line power”! Next Story → Greek handball legend Savvas Karypidis ended NT career Berlin handballehf f4 cuphandball After a successful premiere in Nantes last May, the second edition of the EHF Cup Finals is also bound to be a fantastic event. With 100 days to go, over 5,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament in Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle.“Our team is working intensively on the preparations for the EHF Cup Finals in Berlin. More than 5,000 tickets have been sold so far and there are just a few tickets left in the lower level of the arena,“ said Bob Hanning, the manager of Füchse Berlin, who will stage the tournament on 17/18 May 2014.Tickets available from €49Handball fans across Europe can purchase their place at the high-profile event in the German capital through the official website of the club – tickets valid for all four matches are available in three categories for 49, 99 and 199 euros.Berlin Finals CallingOn the fringes of their first match in the EHF Cup Group Phase (on Sunday 9 February) Füchse will also launch the campaign “Berlin Finals Calling” which will see the promotion of the event through posters all over the city, Berlin’s airports or through spots in cinemas.Furthermore, the official website of the EHF Cup Finals 2014 will be launched on Sunday.To promote the group phase games, Füchse cooperate with more than 100  “Kaiser’s” supermarkets in Berlin where fans can buy tickets for group phase games for €10 eachTEXT: EHF read more

September 22

The internets best responses to LoveHate season 4

first_img Source: FacebookHead over to @DailyEdgeTV this evening for our livetweet and watchalong session. We’ll have the season finale recap tomorrow morning too. Coola boola. Last week’s Love/Hate: Nidge’s sex face, a big death, and Keith Duffy>Catch up on all the Love/Hate coverage, yiz dancers> Source: journal-emerTommy’s arse on FacebookIn the middle of the series Tommy’s arse came into its own when he flashed it at some girls. The Facebook page wasn’t far behind. This Darren floormatArtist Niall O’Loughlin shared his Dazzler creation on Twitter. Source: @NiallOLoughlin Source: RTÉDebbie and her dildoNiall O’Loughlin was also quick to capture the essence of Debbie and her decoy Dildo. Source: @NiallOLoughlinThe Keith Duffy effectThe Duffster showed up unecxpectedly in last week’s episode, and the internet responded. *SPOILER ALERT! If you’re not up to speed, you might want to proceed with cautionSO, THIS EVENING marks the season finale of Love/Hate.What will we do with our Sunday evenings from now on? How will we cope without our fix of Nidge in his undercrackers and Fran’s toothy grin? Source: RTÉThis series has really taken Irish telly watchers by storm, with expectations that one million people will tune in tonight.It’s taken the internet by storm too.Here are our favourite responses, from parody accounts, to shared images, to arses on Facebook…SandnidgesSpotted outside a cafe in Waterford, and shared by @JoannaRyde. Source: @JoannaRydeThe Love/Hate cat on TwitterAfter the demise of the Love/Hate cat in the opening scenes of season four (RIP) it took on a persona of its own.center_img Halloween costumesWhen we issued a call for Ireland’s best Halloween costumes, and the Love/Hate fans delivered. Darren, back from the dead Source: Declan Lee Cleo, the Love/Hate cat Source: Mairead KellyThe ‘Elmo is a rat’ pumpkin Source: Corrina StoneNidge on TwitterThis parody account has almost 40,000 followers. Nidge loves his tweets so he does. Source: journal-emerFizzy orangeIn the first episode Tommy was GASPING for a fizzy orange. The internet responded. Source: @Jim_Sheridanlast_img read more

September 22

You cant believe everything you see on the news

first_imgYouTube/Phil ODWell spotted lads.UPDATE:  Thanks to commenter Paul Martin for drawing our attention to this clip – it would appear the problem is not just in Ireland.YouTube/MonkeyWrenchDogThe Dredge: Is Niall Horan going into politics in Mullingar?>Here is the man so good looking that he was deported from Saudi Arabia>6 reasons why you should jump at the chance to be in Riverdance> THANK GOD FOR the internet lads, if it weren’t for sites like Reddit we may never have known about the lengths that news organisations go to deceive us.Check out what is really happening in this shot where they’d have us believe someone is typing.  Shocking carry on.last_img read more

September 21

Greek Australian candidates in Victorias council election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 63 Greek Australian candidates will be competing for a place in one of the 78 Victorian councils this October. The list of Greek Australian candidates includes prominent members of the Greek community such as Mike Zafiropoulos, President of Fronditha Care. Stonnington City Council, Whittlesea City Council, and Moreland City Council Mulgrave City Council – which includes the Oakleigh ward; Manningham City Council and Darebin City Council have the largest representation of Greek Australian candidates. This year’s local council election has seen over 2004 candidates compete for the 631 councillor positions following the closure of nominations this week.The Greek Australian candidates include: Mr Ron Janas; Mrs Gina Papadopoulos; Ms Alissa Fotiades; Ms Kaela Katherine Pandelides; Mr Peter Kostos; Mr Phillip Mallis; Mr Alexander Teligioridis; Ms Bianca Stavropoulos; Louis Kiriakidis; Leon Zembekis; Mrs Maria Topalidis; Mr Steven Tsitas; Mr Peter Drakopoulos; Mr Rodney Andonopoulos; Mr Angelo Kakouros; Mrs Leanne Raditsas; Mr Jim Marinis; Mrs Helen Patsikatheodorou; Mr James Didolis; Mr Kon Mosidis; Mr Tass Koutsikos; Mr Steve Staikos; Mr Jim Grivokostopoulos; Mr Mike Zafiropoulos; Mr George Neofytou; Mr John Mitakakis; Mrs Kylie Georgiou; Mrs Androulla Touvanna; Mr Con Parthimos; Mr Eric Koutroubas; Mrs Stella Koutsikos; Mrs Vicki Sifredi; Mr Alexander Tamvakis; Mr Paul Klisaris; Mr Bill Pontikis; Mr Stephen Dimopoulos; Mr Argyri Stavridis; Mr Theo Zographos; Mrs Lucy Athanadopoulos; Ms Mary Spiropoulos; Mrs Miriam Gillis; Mr Ange Kenos; Mrs Stella Kariofyllidis; Mr Steve Liberogiannis; Mrs Bess Kyriakidis; Mr Lambros Tapinos; Mr Jim Doukas; Ms Meni Christofakis; Mr Jimi Athanasopoulos; Tas Athanasopoulos; Mr Evri Katsavos; Mr George Neophytou; Ivy Fatouros; Miss Jami Klisaris; Tini Athanasopoulos Peter Patisteas; Mr Steve Stefanopoulos; Ms Tina Sofos; Mr John Koutras; Mr John Nicholas Katis; Mr Peter Sycopoulis; Ms Mary Lalios; Mrs Sofia Kotanidis; Ms Kris Pavlidis; Mr Nikos Psaltopoulos; and Mr Phillip Vlahogiannis.last_img read more

September 17

Two firefighters injured battling Bay Ho house fire

first_img April 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A fire that erupted Friday in the garage of a Bay Ho-area home caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage and left two firefighters with superficial injuries.The blaze in the 3700 block of Balboa Terrace was reported about 10:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.It took crews about 40 minutes to fully extinguish the flames, which spread into an attic space in the residence, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Two firefighters suffered “very minor” burns to their ears while dousing the blaze, Munoz said. They were treated at a hospital and were expected to return to work later in the day.The fire caused about $150,000 worth structural damage and destroyed contents valued at roughly $50,000, according to Munoz.The cause of the blaze remained under investigation this afternoon. Posted: April 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Two firefighters injured battling Bay Ho house fire KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

September 16

National forest branches out

first_img1990Budget: $50 million.Employees: 750.Timber volume sold: 689 million board feet.Ranger districts: 5.2010Budget: $17.8 million (plus $15.8 million in one-time stimulus funds and grants).Employees: 171.Timber volume sold: 16.5 million board feet.Ranger districts: 3.Value of partnerships: $4.1 million.Collaborative groups: 3.Back before the spotted owl, the salmon and ecosystem management changed the rules of the game, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was one of the biggest timber producers in the Northwest. The numbers tell the story.In 1990, the 1.3-million-acre national forest in Vancouver’s backyard sold 689 million board feet of timber, enough to fill more than 1.2 million log trucks. The 1994 Northwest Forest Plan whittled that to 52 million board feet, a target the forest never met. In 2010, the forest sold 16.5 million board feet. This year, it sold 25 million board feet, slightly above its current goal. In the late 1980s, before legal injunctions to protect the northern spotted owl and other species ushered in a new era in federal forest management, the forest service employed 750 at Gifford Pinchot headquarters in Vancouver and five ranger districts. The forest pumped tens of millions of dollars into the U.S. Treasury and had an operating budget of approximately $50 million.Last year, the forest had a budget of $33 million, temporarily swelled by $15.8 million in stimulus funds and grants, and employed 166 permanent and 65 seasonal employees. Since 1990, its five ranger districts have been consolidated into three. The building that housed the Packwood Ranger District, where 60 to 80 Forest Service workers were based in the late 1980s, has been sold. It now houses a tool rental business.What timber the Gifford Pinchot sells these days comes almost entirely from commercial thinning projects. The old-growth forests that remain are largely off-limits to logging.last_img read more