REMEMBERING BRUCE GRAY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico of Canadian parents, Bruce Gray came to Toronto when his parents decided to return home. He was thirteen. Enrolled at Humberside Collegiate he became an honours student and went on to graduate from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Psychology before heading to London, England in 1960, in search of adventure.Here, far from home, he found himself on stage with a young Donald Sutherland in the play Androcles and the Lion at the Mermaid Theatre. He spent a season at Bath as the juvenile lead at Theatre Royal. Two years after leaving home he returned to Toronto and continued to pursue a career on stage playing regional theatre from BC’s The Bastion to the Playhouse in New Brunswick. During this time he also ran Aries Productions with his Toronto partners and played the lead on CBC’s Son of a Hundred Kings and took the role of the young beachcomber in the cultist Strange Paradise series.

 In 1968 he was on stage at Buffalo’s Studio Arena and then in Rockford, Illinois, appearing in The Owl and the Pussycat opposite legendary black actress Diana Sands. She introduced him to her influential agent who encouraged him to move to Manhattan, which he did in 1970.Over the next few years his career blossomed as he was cast in such popular productions as A Shot In the Dark (San Antonio) and The Philadelphia Story (Indianapolis). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Duncan wont visit Attawapiskat but says temporary shelters opening in healing centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Attawapiskat residents living in squalid housing conditions will be able to move into temporary accommodations in the community’s sportsplex and healing centre.Duncan, however, said he had no immediate plans to take up Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s request to visit the community.Duncan said Emergency Management Ontario was already in the community to prepare temporary shelter inside the community’s existing facilities.Duncan said people would be able to live in the sportsplex and healing centre until the department figures out a way to find a permanent solution to the housing crisis, which has forced families to live in tents, shacks with no running water and a trailer packed with 90 people.The housing crisis has turned into a national spectacle with the Canadian Red Cross flying in sleeping bags and images of children living in houses being slowly choked by mould.“We looked at the facilities, they are ready and we can make other facilities available very, very quickly,” said Duncan, in an interview with APTN National News. “Our most critical thing is to make sure we deal with the urgent need. That is what we are doing. We will look at the medium and long-term separately, that is our priority.”Duncan announced Wednesday the community would be put under third-party management, meaning an outside consultant would come in to run administer the band’s finances.Duncan told APTN National News there were problems with how the band was managing its funds, which total about $90 million since 2006 to run all its services and build houses. Duncan said the department had been very patient with the community.“Twelve years of co-management, the indication is things were not being delivered quite efficiently and there was a high degree of patience expressed,” said Duncan.A former deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs who read the audit on the community said there were problems with how the band handled the money, but found it “surprising” the department didn’t know about it despite Attawapiskat being in co-management for so long.“There is a co-manager in there. The department should have had access to any information they needed if they were really tracking what was going on,” said Scott Serson, deputy minister for the department from 1995 to 1999. “None of this should come as a surprise.”Serson said the bigger issue hanging over the Attawapiskat situation is the two per cent cap imposed by the Jean Chretien Liberal government in 1996 on funding for core band services.The cap, which meant funding for services like education, child and family services and welfare, could only receive up to two per cent extra funding every year.With First Nations facing rapid population growth, they couldn’t keep up with their needs and often took money from housing and other infrastructure to top up their service delivery.“We are going to see more communities like that because the transfers aren’t adequate when they don’t have other sources of income,” said Serson.For his part, Duncan said he didn’t know about the housing situation in the community until recently, despite repeated trips by Aboriginal Affairs officials to Attawapiskat over the last several months, including three trips in October.“I was unaware. My officials may or may not have been aware,” said Duncan.Duncan also dismissed calls made by some newspaper columnists and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former advisor that it may be time to shut down some of these remote reserves that consistently find themselves in crisis.“We don’t do forcible relocations. It is a relic of the 1950s and we don’t do that,” said Duncan.The minister, however, said he wouldn’t be visiting the community any time soon. Spence told APTN National News she wanted Duncan to visit.“I have had officials in the community and that is what is required,” said Duncan. “I have been to many, many communities in remote areas since 1994.”last_img read more

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Trudeau ends threecountry tour with his global reputation alliances intact

first_imgLONDON – Justin Trudeau is heading home from a lengthy, three-country foreign tour in which the prime minister appeared to recapture his international mojo and reassert several key alliances, but didn’t sign off on any big deals or declarations.When the 10-day trip to Peru, France and the U.K., with a quick stop in Ottawa, started last week, one of the top questions was whether Trudeau could rediscover his footing on the world stage after recent controversies in China and India.This time, there were no eye-catching outfits as Trudeau stuck to tried-and-true business suits and, on occasion, his patented button-up shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he met with world leaders, industry representatives and students.There were no noticeable gaffes or tensions as the prime minister pushed his progressive trade agenda, women’s rights and ocean protection while issuing warnings against rising authoritarianism and inequality around the world.Mixed with those higher ideals were closed-door discussions — first in Peru with Mexico and the United States about the North American Free Trade Agreement; and then in the U.K. about Russia, Syria and cybersecurity.The prime minister didn’t make it easy on himself, either, as he flew briefly back to Ottawa from Peru to meet with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. on the Trans Mountain pipeline, and then onto France, rather than directly to Paris as originally planned.Yet that stop back home may have represented the most concrete outcome as Trudeau announced plans to draft legislation affirming federal jurisdiction over the pipeline and negotiations with Kinder Morgan for financial support for the project.In Peru, just hours after meeting Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence did predict a new NAFTA within several weeks. In Paris, Canada and France agreed to co-operate and push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.In London, the prime minister also joined his counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their tight-knit global security alliance.And Trudeau reportedly used every opportunity to promote Canada’s G7 priorities and bid for a UN Security Council seat. That included in meetings on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru and a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London with leaders from Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.However, there were no significant business deals, despite a high-profile address to industry leaders in Peru and several meetings in Paris and London. There were minor foreign-aid announcements.Trudeau did have some bold moments, such as when he used his speech to the French National Assembly to make the case for the Canada-EU free trade deal — to the anger of some French MPs and approval of others.He was also unapologetically tough on the Venezuelan government, which he described as a murderous, authoritarian regime. And he was critical of the Commonwealth — or at least some of its members — for not championing LGBTQ rights.But the prime minister was ambiguous in a variety of other areas, including his plans to fight plastic waste in oceans and whether Russian hackers were a threat to average Canadians.And despite touting democratic ideals, there was no mention of human rights as he met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of growing authoritarianism. He also veered away from any significant criticism of Cuba.Trudeau did, however, demonstrate that he still has drawing power, such as when foreign journalists packed his final news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Peru. He even made the front page of the prestigious Financial Times in London with a picture of himself taking a selfie with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a roomful of students.But he also played it relatively low key in some respects: missing, for instance, were his favoured fancy socks, replaced by fashionable but inconspicuous alternatives.Supporters would likely cheer the trip’s successes in terms of meeting key allies and advancing Canada’s interests on a number of fronts, including trade, security, gender rights and the environment.Trudeau’s Conservative critics, however, were unimpressed.“It is interesting how an average trip by the prime minister looks so good after the terrible embarrassment caused by the India trip,” said foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.He called out Trudeau for using the trip “to discount the importance of the resource industry in Canada at a time of national crisis over the Trans Mountain pipeline.”During his final news conference in London on Thursday, Trudeau was asked for his own assessment.“Here in London and in France and in Lima, we were very much engaged in promoting Canada’s interests and creating opportunities for greater trade, greater relationships that are going to benefit Canadians and benefit the world,” he said.“We know that government and governance and serving Canadians is a process that stretches out over time and we focus every day on defending and advancing the interests of Canadians — whether there’s a headline in it for you guys or not.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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US home construction rose 15 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 per cent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell.The Commerce Department says housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million, up from 1.21 million in September. The gains came entirely from apartments as starts for single-family houses slipped 1.8 per cent last month.A sharp increase in mortgage rates has led to a marked decline in home construction since May, such that ground breakings have fallen 2.6 per cent over the past 12 months.The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has shot up a full percentage point in the past year to 4.94 per cent, according to Freddie Mac.Permits, an indicator of future activity, declined 0.6 per cent to an annual rate of 1.26 million.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Skin and haircare tips to ensure safe Holi

first_imgKolkata: Are you worried about the effects of harsh chemicals found in the colours that we use to play Holi?The city-based doctors have prescribed some guidelines on how to play a safe Holi without causing damage to the skin, eyes and hair. Holi is the festival of colours and people love to spend the day by rejoicing and merrymaking. Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology at a private hospital in the city, shared effective tips to avoid the side-effects of the chemicals found in colours. Here are some tips to help you take some precautionary measures for a beautiful Holi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Dr Bhattacharya said the amount of colours and water one uses during Holi can have a serious toll on your skin unless you are well-prepared in advance. So, here’s what you should do before stepping out of your house. Dr Bhattacharya suggests you should rub ice cubes on your face which will help to close pores on your skin and ensure colours don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage. One should apply oil on your face. Those who have dry or normal skin, can apply oil on their face and body. Oil will keep your skin moisturized all along. People can use coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil for this purpose, she said. One should also use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors suggested the women to apply nail paints before playing Holi which can be removed later. People are also advised to drink lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps one hydrated and will provide energy. The doctor said one should wear sunglasses and remove contact lenses before going outdoors. If colours enter the eyes one should immediately rinse with cold water. Dr Bhattacharya said one should avoid scented or perfumed colours as they might cause allergies. One should wear dark full sleeves cotton clothes which will cover the whole body and can protect from harmful colours. She also urged people to use organic colours. After playing Holi, people should use a mild soap to remove the colours from their skin and use baby shampoo to wash their hair followed by conditioner. One should strictly avoid the use of kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains as they will damage the skin.last_img read more

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Which College Football Teams Do The Most With The Least Talent And

107Eastern MichiganMAC344.5-15.1-7.0 44CaliforniaPac-12613.6+9.2+3.2 125North TexasC-USA366.1-18.1-11.2 60WyomingMW315.5-9.0+0.6 119South CarolinaSEC716.3+2.0-9.4 31ColoradoPac-12534.2+6.8+4.8 51Middle Tennessee StateC-USA423.2-2.2+1.7 7TempleAmerican449.3+7.5+10.0 3NavyAmerican324.8+6.4+15.4 41Virginia TechACC652.6+11.6+3.5 18BaylorBig 12639.8+15.4+7.9 42TroySun Belt363.0-3.8+3.3 48Ole MissSEC786.2+17.4+2.3 8OklahomaBig 12776.7+24.4+9.8 9WashingtonPac-12683.5+19.3+9.6 10ToledoMAC444.9+6.6+9.3 118HawaiiMW385.3-14.8-8.9 113SMUAmerican460.4-10.1-8.1 13WisconsinBig Ten639.8+15.9+8.4 55New MexicoMW364.5-5.7+1.3 25TCUBig 12648.0+15.1+7.2 37MinnesotaBig Ten525.8+5.3+3.8 92ConnecticutAmerican412.9-9.0-4.6 54TennesseeSEC812.2+18.0+1.6 99Kent StateMAC336.2-14.3-5.8 120UCFAmerican497.4-9.7-9.6 40StanfordPac-12772.2+17.9+3.5 32USFAmerican546.8+7.3+4.7 23UtahPac-12577.2+11.6+7.4 124Fresno StateMW403.8-15.9-11.0 22HoustonAmerican542.1+9.9+7.6 103BuffaloMAC330.0-15.2-6.4 70Boston CollegeACC534.0+0.2-1.7 17Brigham YoungFBS Indep.525.2+9.4+8.0 95Arizona StatePac-12687.5+5.1-4.9 100Oregon StatePac-12534.8-4.0-5.9 104FIUC-USA361.5-13.6-6.5 14Kansas StateBig 12504.5+8.7+8.3 33Ohio StateBig Ten904.9+25.6+4.3 87MissouriSEC638.3+3.8-3.6 34Georgia TechACC586.4+8.8+4.2 36AlabamaSEC982.3+29.3+4.0 28North CarolinaACC676.3+15.5+6.2 102MassachusettsFBS Indep.347.3-14.1-6.2 47Arkansas StateSun Belt439.8-0.5+2.5 74IndianaBig Ten562.3+1.3-2.1 76SyracuseACC514.5-1.3-2.2 57NorthwesternBig Ten604.7+6.4+0.8 15Oklahoma StateBig 12641.8+15.7+8.1 108Louisiana-LafayetteSun Belt425.8-11.4-7.6 4Appalachian StateSun Belt323.1+5.0+14.1 20IowaBig Ten565.9+11.3+7.7 68Michigan StateBig Ten717.5+10.3-1.2 122TexasBig 12830.1+7.3-10.1 98AkronMAC428.2-9.2-5.6 50Mississippi StateSEC679.6+11.5+2.0 49Central MichiganMAC384.3-3.8+2.1 66DukeACC581.5+3.4-1.0 38PittsburghACC630.5+10.6+3.6 112Florida AtlanticC-USA405.0-12.9-8.0 89Notre DameFBS Indep.849.8+14.4-4.0 69Iowa StateBig 12540.6+0.9-1.4 11ArmyFBS Indep.159.1-8.5+9.2 39MichiganBig Ten852.0+22.1+3.6 59LSUSEC903.5+21.8+0.6 I mentioned the service academies — Air Force, Navy and Army — because they are the biggest outliers here. Although their recruiting process works largely the same as at other schools (with the biggest exception being a lack of scholarships specifically for athletics), they face unique barriers to hauling in top talent, including mandatory military service after graduation, tougher academic requirements and even size restrictions for incoming players.2Guidelines for weight and body fat, for instance, can make it difficult for top linemen to qualify. That’s why, according to the Team Talent Composite, the academies are mostly filled with players who were lightly regarded coming out of high school. But whether because of their emphasis on character and discipline, or just their predilection for triple-option schemes that can trip up the most formidable defenses, these programs have produced far better results than their talent would suggest.Among Power Five schools, the top outperformers are a generally unsurprising collection of well-coached programs, such as the perennially overachieving Wisconsin Badgers, the Washington schools (both UW and WSU), plus Bill Snyder’s K-State and Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State squads. But ahead of them all might be a surprising team: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU got a reputation for losing big games under former coach Bob Stoops, but Stoops probably should have also gotten more credit for putting the Sooners in position to play those games in the first place, given the way they outplayed the expectations of their recruiting classes.Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, there are programs that recruit like crazy but achieve only modest outcomes, like South Carolina, Texas and Georgia. The latter two in particular are storied programs that recruit off of their prestige, but both teams have found a way to mess up that advantage in recent seasons. There’s also no shortage of teams that field average talent but manage to be awful anyway, like Kansas and Rutgers. All of these schools serve as testament to the importance of coaching and player development in any program’s fate. Although a team like Nick Saban’s dominating Alabama squad can be No. 1 in recruiting and No. 1 in performance on the field, most schools have to make the best out of what they’ve got.How much bang does your favorite school get for its recruiting buck? Find out in our searchable table below. 61IdahoSun Belt259.6-11.9+0.5 Sources: 247Sports, ESPN Stats & Information Group FOOTBALL POWER INDEX 126Texas StateSun Belt356.1-20.6-13.2 12Washington StatePac-12531.7+10.6+8.8 121RiceC-USA397.2-15.1-9.8 94UCLAPac-12806.2+11.3-4.8 30TulsaAmerican406.6+0.9+5.6 35Georgia SouthernSun Belt413.3-0.3+4.1 64East CarolinaAmerican422.9-4.5-0.5 79NevadaMW385.0-8.5-2.6 84CincinnatiAmerican518.1-2.1-3.1 78Georgia StateSun Belt328.7-11.3-2.5 105TulaneAmerican398.1-11.7-6.5 19ClemsonACC826.8+25.0+7.8 75NebraskaBig Ten695.8+8.2-2.1 77San Jose StateMW408.5-7.0-2.3 97New Mexico StateSun Belt259.4-18.0-5.5 86Ball StateMAC357.9-10.8-3.5 81IllinoisBig Ten527.4-1.5-3.0 FOOTBALL POWER INDEX▲▼TEAM▲▼CONF.▲▼TALENT▲▼ACTUAL▲▼VS. EXPECTED▲▼ 45OhioMAC351.6-4.8+2.9 83VanderbiltSEC614.4+3.0-3.1 2Western KentuckyC-USA377.7+11.8+18.1 123CharlotteC-USA317.3-19.7-10.2 6MemphisAmerican416.5+6.8+11.0 71MiamiACC759.6+11.8-1.9 College football teams’ success vs. their recruiting programsTeam Talent Composite vs. Football Power Index rating for FBS college football programs, 2015-16 73FloridaSEC794.1+13.5-2.0 90OregonPac-12747.9+9.0-4.1 91ArizonaPac-12611.6+1.6-4.4 114South AlabamaSun Belt378.3-14.7-8.4 72Texas A&MSEC822.5+15.1-1.9 111Louisiana-MonroeSun Belt307.8-17.9-7.9 93MarshallC-USA487.6-5.1-4.6 96KentuckySEC643.3+2.2-5.4 62Texas TechBig 12623.0+6.8+0.2 101UTEPC-USA273.3-17.9-6.2 16LouisvilleACC647.6+16.0+8.1 67Wake ForestACC507.6-0.6-1.1 80Old DominionC-USA333.4-11.3-2.7 88UNLVMW354.5-11.4-3.9 5Western MichiganMAC442.6+9.1+11.9 58Bowling GreenMAC413.1-3.8+0.7 115VirginiaACC643.0-1.1-8.6 ▲▼TEAM▲▼CONF.▲▼TALENT▲▼ACTUAL▲▼VS. EXPECTED▲▼ 21Boise StateMW558.9+10.9+7.7 46N.C. StateACC613.3+8.9+2.8 53ArkansasSEC692.2+11.9+1.7 106Texas-San AntonioC-USA377.0-13.1-6.8 24San Diego StateMW488.5+6.9+7.4 109GeorgiaSEC874.9+12.0-7.7 117MarylandBig Ten627.9-1.9-8.7 College football can feel like a hopelessly deterministic sport sometimes. In this week’s preseason AP poll, for instance, it was revealed that the recruiting machines at Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Southern Cal are also the top favorites to win the College Football Playoff. Ho-hum.But although raw talent has a pretty strong correlation with on-field success, it doesn’t completely guarantee it. Teams with good rosters can always let their fan bases down, while others can achieve far better results than we would expect from their recruiting hauls alone. (Hello, service academies!)To get a sense of which teams have gotten the most — and the least — out of their talent, I took ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) ratings for each FBS program over the past two seasons,1Ideally, we’d be able to look at this over a longer timeframe, but the data I’m using for this story only goes back to the 2015 season. and plotted them against 247Sports.com’s Team Talent Composite scores. (The latter measures a roster’s strength by tracking how many highly touted prospects a team has at its disposal.) The overall relationship between FPI and roster talent is relatively strong — recruiting scores explain about 65 percent of the variation in team performance — but some teams have managed to rise above college football’s penchant for predestination. 82AuburnSEC865.4+16.2-3.0 116Miami (OH)MAC407.6-13.4-8.6 26Louisiana TechC-USA444.7+4.4+7.1 65Florida StateACC898.3+20.1-0.8 110PurdueBig Ten523.5-6.6-7.9 85USCPac-12931.8+19.5-3.2 52Colorado StateMW400.7-3.4+1.7 56Southern MissC-USA456.1-1.0+1.2 29Utah StateMW344.3-2.0+6.0 1Air ForceMW57.8+1.4+24.3 43Northern IllinoisMAC392.0-2.3+3.3 63Penn StateBig Ten737.4+12.3-0.3 127RutgersBig Ten593.9-8.6-13.6 128KansasBig 12495.5-14.4-14.2 27West VirginiaBig 12640.2+14.0+6.5 read more

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United States mens soccer team silences Jamaica in Crew Stadium 10

Members of the United State’s men’s national soccer team like to think of Crew Stadium as home. The American’s most recent visit to Columbus is yet another example of why there’s no place like home. The U.S. improved its all-time record at Crew Stadium to 6-0-3 with a 1-0 win against Jamaica in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match Tuesday. American forward Herculez Gomez struck a set-piece goal in the 55th minute to give the Americans a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard also helped keep a shutout intact for the Americans, who avenged their 2-1 loss to Jamaica on Friday in Kingston, Jamaica. With the win, the U.S. moves into a three-way tie for first-place in its World Cup qualifying group with Jamaica and Guatemala. The Guatemalans defeated Antigua and Barbuda Tuesday, 1-0, to keep pace in the group, from which only the top two teams can advance in World Cup qualifying. The Americans will resume World Cup qualifying Oct. 12 with a game against the group’s last-place team, Antigua and Barbuda, in St. John’s, Antigua. Crew Stadium was a powder keg and the U.S. came close to lighting the fuse numerous times in the first half. Chance after chance went just wide of Jamaican keeper Dwayne Miller’s goal. American midfielder Graham Zusi set the tone for the first half when he clanked an 18-yard shot off the upper right corner of Miller’s goal, which was besieged in the first half. All told, three U.S. shots caromed off the posts of Miller’s net by the time 30 minutes had passed. Other U.S. attempts whistled wide as the American fans standing on temporary bleachers waited to erupt. Howard, by comparison, wasn’t tested once in the opening half, and his teammates kept the pressure up on the other end of the field, outshooting Jamaica, 8-0, in the opening 45 minutes. Jamaica was barely hanging on, but the Americans weren’t able to break through and the teams went to half in a scoreless tie. Fans remained at a roar as the second half began and before long, the moment the entire stadium had been waiting for finally arrived in the 55th minute. After the U.S. earned a free kick from about 25 yards out, Gomez stepped to the ball and bent his kick around a wall of Jamaican defenders. Miller made a full-stretch lunge to save the shot, but could only manage to get part of his left hand on Gomez’s rip from distance. The white twine of the net rippled and Gomez had put the U.S. up, 1-0, to spark Crew Stadium to life. From there on out, it was all defense for the U.S. and few additional offensive chances.  Howard and his backline of defenders managed to deal with Jamaica’s three second-half shot. In the midfield, Jermaine Jones, a dual citizen of America and Germany, pushed and muscled his way around the field to stop the Jamaican attacks. Jamaica never had a shot on goal. In the 82nd minute, Howard skied to tip a seemingly threatening corner kick away from the mouth of his goal, and most of the 23,881 still in attendance roared with approval. Jamaica, nicknamed the “Reggae Boyz,” wouldn’t mount another serious attack.  After three minutes of extra time, Honduran referee Jose Pineda blew his whistle to end the game and send the packed stadium into one final frenzied cheer. read more

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Mens volleyball set to open season in Hawaii

Then-sophomore middle blocker Grayson Overman attempts to block an opposing spike during a match against Lewis March 4, 2011, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Cody Cousino / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to start the 2014 season in a location where the climate is quite the contrary to what Ohio has been facing lately.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Honolulu for the fifth straight year to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.In what marks the 20th anniversary for the tournament, No. 12 OSU is slated to take on top teams in No. 14 Hawaii, No. 7 UCLA and No. 11 Penn State.“The Outrigger Volleyball Invitational is one of the oldest non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball. It traditionally includes Hawaii and a team from the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) in its four-team field,” said Nancy Daniels, the director of public relations for Outrigger Hotel and Resorts.The Buckeyes have made five appearances, Penn State has made 19 appearances with two titles, UCLA has made 13 appearances with a record eight titles and Hawaii has played in all 20 tournaments, winning six times, Daniels said.OSU is set to kick off play Thursday facing the host of the tournament, Hawaii. Hawaii leads the overall series with OSU, 3-1. The Buckeyes picked up their first win over the Rainbow Warriors last year, beating Hawaii in five sets during the first round of the 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational. Friday, OSU is set to take on UCLA at 9 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to finish the invitational Saturday against Penn State at 9 p.m.The Buckeyes are coming off a 2013 season in which they finished 19-8 overall and 9-5 in MIVA conference play, good for third.OSU hosted the first round of the MIVA Tournament, falling in five sets to Grand Canyon. To end the 2013 season, OSU lost seven seniors, including experienced middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman.In coach Pete Hanson’s 28th season at the helm, the Buckeyes are led by a pair of experienced redshirt juniors in setter Peter Heinen, opposite Andrew Lutz, junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt-junior middle blocker Shawn Herron.Upon returning from Hawaii, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Lees-McRae in Columbus, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. read more

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Liverpool fans taunt Gary Neville after Shaqiris debut goal

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville has hit back at Liverpool fans who mocked his criticism of new signing Xherdan Shaqiri.Sky Sports pundit, Neville, had previously labelled Shaqiri, who was part of the Stoke side that were relegated from the Premier League last season, as ‘unprofessional.’Shaqiri, making his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt, found the net with a superb bicycle kick as Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed United 4-1 in a friendly in the United States.Many Liverpool fans took to Twitter to remind Neville of his comments, but the former United captain stuck to his initial viewpoint and wrote: ‘I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him’.I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked ! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him ? https://t.co/s8C8E6PgNb— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 29, 2018Forget the unofficial bit.Xherdan Shaqiri on his Liverpool debut has;• Silenced Gary Neville & Charlie Adam about “laziness” comments.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…• Out muscled Eric Bailly, then a beautiful touch to assist Daniel Sturridge.• Finished off Man United by scoring a bicycle kick. #LFC pic.twitter.com/qA1MfbxxhZ— Anfield Effect™ (@AnfieldEffect) July 28, 2018Hope Gary Neville choked on his brothers dick as that Shaqiri goal rattled the net. The reds are coming up the hill….— AK (@kearnsyLFC) July 28, 2018Neville is evidently not fond of Shaqiri’s work rate. During the World Cup, where Shaqiri represented Switzerland, Neville said on ITV: ‘I’m not a fan of Shaqiri, to be honest with you.‘I think that was, to be fair, worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke.‘They were unprofessional last season, Stoke. There’s no doubt, and he epitomized it.last_img read more

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Ubers flying car initiative gets a massive boost from NASA

first_imgNASA’s aerospace engineer, Mark Moore, who has been working with the space agency for the past three decades, has been hired by Uber, the American transportation network company, to design a flying car.Also Read: Does NASA have a captured UFO hidden in California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory?Uber Elevate, the flying car initiative, will have Moore as its director, in the hope that he will be able to drive the initiative to create flying cars that will be available commercially.These “air taxis” will be small aircraft that will have the ability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).Moore carried out research on VTOL and came up with the idea of an electric aircraft named Puffin in 2010, a unique airplane that’s also a VTOL tailsitter. The Puffin was quite the internet sensation. The Puffin personal air vehicle concept.NASAPAV on YouTube”The animation of the Puffin on YouTube has gotten more 648,000 hits in a week,” Moore said, according to NASA.”Until the concept was mentioned in the media on Jan 19, the video had only been clicked on a couple of thousand times since it was uploaded to the NASAPAV channel last November,” Moore said further.Larry Page, the Google co-founder came across Moore’s research work on VTOL craft and he funded two companies, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, to turn this technology into reality, Bloomberg Businessweek stated in a report.Uber Technologies Inc, is one of Google’s competitors in this area. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a report on their ideas regarding transforming the prevailing way we transport ourselves. The company aims at curbing time wastage on daily commutes.”Every day, millions of hours are wasted on the road worldwide. Last year, the average San Francisco resident spent 230 hours commuting between work and home1 —that’s half a million hours of productivity lost every single day,” Uber stated in its white paper.Uber also hopes to solve the issue of noise pollution, stress, as well as other health issues. People traveling more than 16 kilometres (10 miles) a day were more prone to high-blood pressure, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Passengers will be transported to vertiports situated at a distance of 80 to 100 km (50 miles to 100 miles) from each other.UberAccording to Uber, the long-distance commuter will benefit from VTOL technology. Passengers will be transported to vertiports situated at a distance ranging from 50 miles to 100 miles (80 to 100 kilometers) of each other, Bloomberg Technology reported.According to Moore, various flying cars will come online within the next one to three years, with human pilots in the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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AL leader abducted in capital

first_imgPervez SarkerA mid-ranking leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party was abducted in broad daylight from capital’s Lalmatia area Friday afternoon when he was returning home after performing Jumma prayer, witnesses said.Unidentified abductors whisked away former chairman of Cumilla’s Titas upazila (sub-district) Pervez Sarker into a pajero jeep just after he came out of the mosque after performing Jumma prayer.Pervez, a member of AL’s Cumilla-North organisational district unit, is expecting nomination from the ruling party Awami League for Cumilla-2 constituency.According to witnesses, Pervez was on his way to his home at Lalmatia after performing his Jumma prayer around 1:45pm. Meanwhile, a person wearing pant and t-shirt shakes hand with him. Another person having long hair holds his mouth tight from behind. A pajero jeep came to the scene just the time immediately and forcibly took Pervez to the car and left the scene in no time.Pervez’s cousin Fahad Bhuiyan told Prothom Alo that four persons are involved in his brother’s abduction and all of them had pistol and walkie-talkie with them.According to Fahad, two abductors were in the car while two others were outside. Fahad also said that abductors have long been following Pervez.He also said that a video footage of the incident was also collected and it was found that the car which took Pervez has a number plate on it and the number is Gha-14-2577.When contacted, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammadpur zone senior assistant police commissioner Mrityunjoy Dey Sajal told Prothom Alo that the video footage is not clear.“We are trying to collect more video footages of the scene from near-by houses,” he said.last_img read more

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Kremlin Trump Invited Putin To White House But No Date Set

first_img Share Alexei Nikolsky/APRussian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Moscow on Thursday.An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone last month, but the two countries haven’t started any preparations for such a visit.Trump and Putin had a telephone conversation on March 20 in which Trump congratulated Putin on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier. The White House and the Kremlin said at the time the two presidents discussed meeting in person.Trump specifically invited Putin to the White House during the call, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian news agencies Monday.However, their governments didn’t have time to start arranging a meeting before the United States joined Britain and more than two dozen allies in sanctioning Russia over the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England, Ushakov said.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump invited Putin to Washington during the call, but said the White House was among “a number of potential venues” the two leaders discussed for a bilateral meeting.“As the President himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the ‘not-too-distant future’ at a number of potential venues, including the White House,” Sanders said, adding that the administration had no further comment on the matter.Some Republican lawmakers criticized Trump for making the congratulatory call to Putin. Trump defended his decision on Twitter, saying President Barack Obama did the same in 2012.During the call, Trump didn’t raise Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections or its suspected involvement in the poisoning of the former spy and his daughter in Britain.last_img read more

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Trumps Immigration Policies Stress Baltimore Students

first_imgFor many immigrant students in Baltimore the Trump administration’s focus on deporting illegal immigrants has lead to constant praying that they or their family will not get picked up and deported by police.Franca Mueller Paz (right) outside with activist Yesenia (left) protesting recent deportations with their dance group Naciones Unidos (United Nations). (Photo credit: Casey McKeel)This fear has infiltrated the school system, from students and parents alike, leading to a spike in absences among immigrant students. This fear has also caused more distractions in the classroom, such as more texting in class so students can keep abreast of their family’s whereabouts. A delayed response has caused panic for more than one student this year, according to Franca Muller Paz, the adviser for Latinx Rising, a Latino/an organization at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.According to a memo distributed by Baltimore City Public Schools, school police and personnel are not allowed to ask a student’s status. The memo also states that Baltimore City Police are not supposed to ask for anyone’s legal status while patrolling the streets.However, due to an increased focus by the Trump administration on any immigrant in America illegally, almost any trip out of this house is a cause for alarm.Muller Paz said that an immigrant parent confided in her that she was uncertain where to purchase her child’s poster board for a class project. Undocumented immigrants, she said, are afraid that ICE raids may occur at stores such Walmart and Walgreens. In addition, absence rates among children of immigrants are rising.During a recent parent-teacher conference, one of the undocumented parents confided in her, teary-eyed, that she did not know how much longer she could continue to live in such conditions.Muller Paz said in an email to the AFRO, “The fear cannot be alleviated as long as systematic deportations of innocent people continues.”According to CNN, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, during the first three months of the Trump presidency. This is slightly lower than the number removed during the Obama administration during the same time period in 2016.While the number of deportations are currently lower under Trump, the president has vowed to increase them substantially. In an effort to fight back, the Latino students within the Baltimore City Public School system have formed Organized Youth in Education (OYE) to rally for students’ rights and to promote policies that supports immigrant families and students.last_img read more

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Responsibility towards heritage

first_imgLending support to the Government’s efforts to promote cleanliness, GAIL (India) Limited has adopted two historical monuments in Delhi- Purana Quila and Safdarjung Tomb – for upkeep and sanitation purposes as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. It is a part of GAILS’s corporate social responsibility. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is a national level campaign by the Government of India, covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country GAIL employees have also been regularly participating in cleanliness drives in and around the company’s corporate office at Bhikaiji Cama Place for atleast two hours every week since the commencement of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Activities such as cleaning of office peripheral areas, roads, railway stations, government schools, beaches, villages, delivering lectures to school going children on health tips, sensitizing contract personnel regarding importance of hygiene, etc. are being carried out at GAIL work sites across the country. In addition to this, GAIL (India) Limited has taken over the work of constructing over 1,000 toilets in schools across the country in a significant move towards fulfilling the PM’s commitment towards providing hygienic sanitation facilities for girl students. GAIL (India) Limited is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India.last_img read more

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16 candidates in final poll fray for Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: The final tally of candidates in the poll fray from the Darjeeling constituency now stands at 16. Owing to the number of candidates, two balloting units of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) have to be placed in each polling booth of the constituency.21 persons had filed their nominations for the Darjeeling constituency seat. During scrutiny, the candidature of Maheswari Barman and Wajed Ali, both independent candidates, was rejected. While Barman did not deposit DCR cash, Ali’s papers were incomplete. Meanwhile, three candidates, namely Pawan Agarwal, R B Rai and Swaraj Thapa, have withdrawn their nominations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have 16 candidates in this constituency and hence two balloting units will be provided in each booth,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Election Officer and District Magistrate. There are 1,899 booths in the constituency. Election symbols for the candidates were also allotted on Friday. The day also saw CPRM candidate RB Rai and independent candidate Swaraj Thapa withdrawing their nominations. While talking to media persons, Thapa stated: “My nomination was a symbolic protest against the idea of repeatedly foisting outsiders for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe added that after he had filed his candidature, he had taken up the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and decide on a consensus candidate from the candidates who were in the poll fray. “I had approached all regional parties along with the Congress and CPI(M). However, owing to time constraint, this could not materialise,” said Thapa. Nearly a month ago, the CPRM, while still in the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and field a consensus candidate, had unilaterally announced the name of R B Rai. “Just to save a fractured mandate we withdrew our candidate. We are holding dialogues with national parties and regional parties. In the next few days we will announce our support to a party or coalition,” stated Govind Chettri, CPRM spokesperson.last_img read more

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VIDEO The Browns released their 2017 schedule with a Tecmo Bowl themed

first_imgThe 2017 NFL Schedules have been released, and the Browns have their first, and possibly only, victory of the season.The Browns released their schedule in a video tribute to the greatest football game of the Nintendo generation, Tecmo Bowl. It has everything from 8 bit graphics, to the music that played throughout the entire game for some reason.Aw, the memories.Even in Tecmo Bowl, it’s hard to find wins on the Cleveland schedule.READY, DOWN, HUT HUT HUT …? » https://t.co/kSz2iaAlom pic.twitter.com/dP7qPcnxDC— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 21, 2017last_img

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Explore the Islands with Hawaii Tourism Canada

first_imgExplore the Islands with Hawai‘i Tourism Canada Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Video Series, Videos TORONTO — In this new video series, Colin Wood, Account Director with Hawai‘i Tourism Canada, sits down with Travelweek to discuss tips for travellers to Hawaii, what brings Canadians to the Islands, and the most popular attractions for visitors.As Hawaii loves Canadians, Canadians love Hawaii. Experience a special relationship born from an appreciation of the welcoming Aloha Spirit. Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, the only royal palace in the U.S. and the welcoming aloha spirit—Hawaii is like no place on earth. Discover the glimmering ocean, emerald valleys and golden sands; get lost in the spiritual beauty of the hula and find out how the warmth of Hawaii’s people wonderfully complement the islands’ perfect temperatures.There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii! Each has its own distinct personality, adventures, activities and sights. Explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.Top 5 Attractions:Travelling To Hawaii:Let Hawaii Happen: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 last_img read more

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Nicolas de Tavernost president of French commerci

first_imgNicolas de Tavernost, president of French commercial broadcaster M6, has said he will remain vigilant on Canal Plus’s implementation of its acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star following the French competition authority’s green light for the deal.Speaking to analysts, De Tavernost said that M6 would analyse the competition authority’s decision in detail when it was published and had not ruled anything out at this stage. He said the conditions imposed by the regulator appeared to be “relatively light”.M6 was hit by a weak advertising market in the second quarter, with the main channel’s ad revenues declining by 6.6%.last_img

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I loudly applaud Jim Sinclairs efforts to get the

first_imgI loudly applaud Jim Sinclair’s efforts to get the PM miners to do something about this outrageous price management situation.Gold began to rally in fits and starts just before 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and hit its zenith less than fifteen minutes after Comex trading began in New York yesterday morning…and that, as they say, was that.The gold price got sold off, but began to rally again shortly before 10:00 a.m. in New York.  That rally also failed to get very far above the $1,590 spot price level.From there it traded more or less sideways until a thoughtful soul decided to sell it down into the Comex close.  The New York low came at precisely 2:00 p.m. in electronic trading.  From that low, gold rallied a bit before trading almost ruler flat into the 5:15 p.m. close.Gold finished the Thursday trading session at $1,581.70 spot…up $8.20 on the day.  Net volume was around 113,000 contracts, which was a few thousand contracts higher than Wednesday’s volume.Silver’s price path was very similar to gold’s right up until the 8:35 a.m. Eastern time high tick of the day.  After silver got sold down going into the London p.m. gold fix, its price never recovered for the rest of the Thursday trading session and, like gold, got sold off some more going into the close of Comex trading.The absolute New York low for silver was also at precisely 2:00 p.m. Eastern time…the same time as gold.  From there, it recovered a little going into the close.Silver finished the day at $27.28 spot…up a whole dime.  Net volume was around 27,500 contracts…a bit higher volume than on Wednesday.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  Note the sell off going into the close of Comex trading…and the precise 2:00 p.m. low tick.  This sort of timing doesn’t happen by accident.The dollar index didn’t do a lot on Thursday, it just jumped around a bit either side of 83.00…and close pretty much where it opened on Thursday morning.  But you will carefully note that the low and high ticks of the dollar index in New York yesterday corresponds almost exactly with the high and low ticks for gold and silver.The shares gapped up…and then stayed up.  The stocks hit their high of the day [a hair above 400 on the HUI] came just before the sell off began going into the close of Comex trading…and the HUI finished up 1.14%.Most of the silver stocks turned in a pretty decent performance yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 1.63%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report is hardly worth mentioning, as zero gold and only 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The number of silver contracts still open in July has now fallen all the way down to 126…so the July delivery month should finish quietly when it wraps up about ten days from now.There was a rather large 291,035 troy ounces of gold withdrawn from GLD yesterday…and no reported change in SLV.There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday, as only 100,000 silver eagles were reported sold.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 608,904 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 924,891 out the door.  The link to that activity is here.Reader Scott Pluschau has a new blog posted.  It’s headlined “Complex Head-and-Shoulders on the dollar”…and the link to that is here.I have the usual number of stories for a weekday…and the final edit is up to you.It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore RooseveltWith crude oil, copper and the grains all rallying strongly yesterday, it was obvious that the precious metals were not being allowed to join the party.  You can tell from the price action that they all attempted to move higher, but there was always that not-for-profit seller waiting in the wings to make sure that it didn’t happen.  It appears as if all four precious metals are being held in place by brute force.I loudly applaud Jim Sinclair’s efforts to get the PM miners to do something about this outrageous price management situation…but I doubt very much that they will lift a finger to help themselves, or their shareholders.  Their response will be what it has always been…stony silence.  I always like to quote John Embry at this point, as he said many years ago that the “miners are either ignorant, naïve…or complicit.”But having said all that, I would certain get on the blower and raise hell with a few of the companies that you own shares in…and try to be as polite as you can.  I’ve been doing it by phone, e-mail…and in person for over a decade now.  They all know what’s going on…and most of the gold and silver producers are complicit by their very silence.  These are not brave men when it comes to speaking up on behalf of the real company owners…us.Today we get two data points of interest…the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday…and The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updates its website with their June numbers.  I’m hoping that they added a goodly chunk of gold to their reserves…and I’ll have all of this information for you in tomorrow’s column.The gold price traded flat through most of the Friday session in the Far East…and the tiniest of rallies has begun now that London is trading.  Volumes in both metals were exceedingly light at the London open, but have now picked up a bit as of 4:56 a.m. Eastern time, as even these small rallies in gold and silver are running into resistance.  The dollar index is up about ten basis points from Thursday’s close.Before hitting the ‘send’ button, I’d like to point out the upcoming “Casey’s Fall Summit – Navigating the Politicized Economy”. It’s being held over three days…September 7-9th at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.  It’s being co-sponsored by my good friend Eric Sprott…and it will be well worth attending…and like every other Casey Research summit, it will sell out quickly.  You can find out more by clicking here.Have a good weekend…and I’ll see you on Saturday…Sunday west of the International Date Line. Sponsor Advertisement Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011. Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide.The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.”Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information.last_img read more

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Its been clear to anyone paying attention that th

first_imgIt’s been clear to anyone paying attention that the October “rollout” of Obamacare has been a turbulent, confusing disaster. Sloppy IT systems and technological failures combined to cripple Obamacare’s sign-up systems. Security flaws put Americans at risk for identity theft. In an almost comical understatement, President Obama summarized these massive failures as “a few glitches.” I think that Luke Chung, IT expert and president of database solutions firm FMS, explained the situation much more accurately: “What should clearly be an enterprise quality, highly scalable software application felt like it wouldn’t pass a basic code review. It appears the people who built the site don’t know what they’re doing, never used it and didn’t test it.” Chung went on to call it a “technological disaster.” Think about what this ineptitude means in the bigger debate about Obamacare. The administration spent 3½ years and $698 million of taxpayers’ money to develop this software. They’ve known since earlier this year that the system wasn’t ready to support the rollout of the exchanges. Yet they proceeded anyway, apparently unconcerned about their faulty software costing Americans millions of hours of frustration and lost productivity. These same bureaucrats continue to assume more and more control of our medical care. What does their incompetence say about how they will handle making life-or-death medical care decisions? Like a parasite taking over its host, Obamacare will commandeer almost 20% of our economy, crowding out private options. With 2014 fast approaching, what should we expect in its next phase? Here’s my list Top Ten list for 2014: 1. The expansion of Medicaid, with increased cost burden for taxpayers. Medicaid is a combined state-federal program initially designed to help the neediest among us. But it has burgeoned to cover medical costs for about one in every five people. Today, Medicaid pays for two of every five babies born in the United States, and three of every five people in long-term care facilities in the US. Obamacare will add another 20 million new Medicaid dependents. According to the Kasier Family Foundation, that Medicaid expansion will add an average of 13% to state budgets in costs for 2014 alone. Even though Medicaid was designed to help the poor, studies have consistently shown that Medicaid recipients receive worse medical care than people without any health insurance at all! Medicaid patients have longer waits to see a doctor, fewer specialists to choose from, and poorer medical outcomes overall. A particularly morbid piece of evidence is that on average, Medicaid patients die sooner after surgery than people who have no medical insurance. Essentially, Obamacare is forcing 20 million more Americans into second-class medical care with Medicaid. 2. “Sticker shock” as the reality of higher health insurance premiums hits home. The majority of Americans, especially those who are young and healthy and therefore have paid low premiums in the past, are seeing their health insurance premiums rise between 50% and 150%. Further, employers are cutting full-time workers back to part-time by reducing employees’ hours per week from 40 to 29 or less, to avoid having to provide those employees with expensive, Obamacare-compliant coverage. The “Affordable Care Act” has become anything but affordable for most people. 3. Large and small employers are cutting health insurance benefits. Obamacare expands the requirements for what all health insurance policies must cover. So it’s no mystery why premiums have risen: Americans now must pay for a host of features, whether they want to or not. For example, in my office, the women employees are all menopausal. Yet Obamacare requires our small-business health insurance policy to cover pregnancy and maternity care! That means our policy costs more. These higher premiums force employers to pass on the costs to employees (in the form of higher co-pays and deductibles) and/or customers (in the form of higher product costs). 2014 will bring even higher premiums for most individuals and businesses. To deal with this onslaught of rising costs, businesses have a series of bad options: fire or lay off workers, cut health insurance benefits for everyone in the company, or reduce full-time employees to part-time so they don’t qualify for health insurance benefits, as I mentioned above. Unfortunately, some businesses will be forced into the worst option of all: going out of business. 4. The employer-based health insurance policies that remain will have higher out-of-pocket costs for employees. Because businesses must pay more to purchase Obamacare-compliant plans, they will require employees to pay higher co-pays and deductibles before coverage begins. 5. Fewer types of health insurance policies can be offered under Obamacare. Many small-business plans and existing physician networks are being terminated due to the expanded coverage requirements under Obamacare. We just received notice that our own small-business plan is being terminated. Candidate and then President Obama promised, “You can keep your insurance plan.” Nope. 6. Many people cannot keep their doctors. Candidate Obama promised, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But many patients who like their doctors are being forced to find new ones due to changes in physician networks, as well as doctors leaving insurance plans to start fee-for-service or “concierge” practices. Sadly, when a patient is pushed out of a long-standing relationship with a physician who understands their medical history, medical outcomes often deteriorate. This is especially true for special-needs patients, who often fall between the cracks when doctors are pressured to see 40 or 50 patients a day in five-minute visits. 7. Further destruction of Medicare. In 2014, Medicare patients will discover several unwanted changes: higher premiums for their supplemental policies fewer types of Medicare supplement policies available more cutbacks in Medicare-covered services longer delays to see doctors, because many doctors are closing their doors to Medicare patients due to the cuts in reimbursements fewer cancer care specialists taking Medicare patients higher costs for hospital-based cancer treatments, as private offices with lower costs are closed due to reimbursement cutbacks fewer hospital-based surgeries being approved because as of October 2012, Obamacare rules incentivize hospitals (i.e., paid more by Medicare) to do fewer surgeries and procedures. Medicare patients who sign the Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) agreeing to pay for services Medicare does not cover will find that they now have higher out-of-pocket costs to pay for these non-covered services. Patients over 80 are already finding reduced approvals for certain procedures and medicines. Expect to see more of this age-based rationing as the Medicare cuts increase over the next decade. 8. Loss of ownership of your medical records. Your doctors, hospitals, and other health professionals are being pressured to adopt electronic medical record systems and send patient information to the federal government’s medical database by 2015. If they don’t comply, they’ll be penalized with reduced payments for services. This means the government will own your personal, private information, and you have no say in the matter. I consider this a complete loss of your privacy, as well as a violation of the Constitution’s 5th Amendment “Takings” clause. 9. More waivers and exemptions for the political elites and Democrat cronies. The Obama Administration and its political appointee, HHS Secretary Sibelius, have granted over 1,000 waivers and special exemptions to various Democrat donors, political allies, unions, and others. Obama’s politically connected friends are the only Americans who won’t suffer under Obamacare’s onerous regulations, ballooning costs, and 20 new taxes. 10. On January 1, 2014, the Individual Mandate to purchase Obamacare-compliant health insurance goes into effect. “Mandate” may sound benign, but it carries the force of law. Those who do not comply face another Obamacare tax (as the Supreme Court defined it), though called a “penalty” by Democrats when they forced the healthcare law through Congress on a partisan vote. At the end of the day, Obamacare shifts a bigger burden onto taxpayers and increases the number of people on the dole. In other words, it pushes the US in the exact opposite direction it needs to go to solve its massive debt problems. The most serious problems of Obamacare, however, will be felt at the individual level. You’re going to wait longer to see a doctor, you’re going to pay more for fewer treatment options, and healthcare quality will deteriorate as doctors and hospitals go out of business. Obamacare seeks to replace the adaptability and efficiency of our free markets with heavy-handed government control and micromanaging by bureaucrats who don’t have a clue about what really helps patients. We need the opposite: patient-centered, free-market reforms. Such programs have been successfully implemented in states like Indiana and businesses like Whole Foods and Safeway. They used health savings accounts and other incentives to empower consumers to make their own medical spending decisions. It’s possible to reform and improve the broken payment system while keeping our excellent medical care and innovative atmosphere that relieves suffering and improves quality of life. Unfortunately, Obamacare is pushing our country in the wrong direction. Dr. Vliet writes as an independent practicing physician with medical practices in Tucson and Dallas focused on issues of endocrine aging in men and women from puberty to late life. Dr. Vliet is a registered political Independent, and is also medically independent of all health insurance contracts since 1986. Her allegiance is to and for patients. Dr. Vliet is the 2007 Voice of Women Honoree by the Arizona Foundation for Women for her pioneering work on the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health, and she is the author of six consumer books on health topics. She has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and TV shows discussing the healthcare law as well as a variety of health topics for women and men. Dr. Vliet was one of the speakers at the just-concluded 2013 Casey Research Summit. (Click here to pre-order the complete Summit Audio Collection and save $100 off the normal price. This discount offer ends tomorrow.) Dr. Vliet’s medical websites are www.herplace.com and www.InternationalHealthStrategiesLtd.com. Follow Dr. Vliet on twitter @healthandcentslast_img read more

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