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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce pregnant with first child

first_imgTHREE-TIME World 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not be in London this summer to defend her 100-metre title as she is pregnant with her first child.Her manager Bruce James confirmed to SportsMax.TV that the two-time Olympic 100-metre champion will be a mother later this year.“She is quite pregnant,” James said in response to queries from Sportsmax.TV Wednesday.The 30-year-old sprinter also confirmed her condition on social media yesterday. “All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London 2017,” she posted on her Facebook page.“But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me. Moving forward on this journey, I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 when I return to competition on the tracks and around the world.”Sportsmax.TV had been informed that in recent weeks that the sprint icon had been periodically absent from training.James confirmed that the pregnancy was partially responsible but that it was part of an overall plan to resolve the issues with an injured big toe and her pursuit of further Olympic glory at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“We decided since we are doing the toe thing, we might as well do everything at one time,” James said emphasising that Fraser-Pryce will not be available for Jamaica’s team to the 2017 IAAF World Athletic Championships in London in August.“That physically can’t happen,” he said.Fraser-Pryce is one of the most successful female sprinters in history. She won consecutive Olympic 100-metre titles in 2008 and 2012. She failed in her bid to win three consecutive titles when she competed in Rio in 2016 due mainly to Sesamoiditis of her big toe.She won bronze.She is also a three-time World Champion in the 100m – 2009, 2013, and 2015. She also won the 200m world title in Moscow 2013 when she became the first female sprinter to win the sprint treble – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.She is the second member of Jamaica’s famous 1-2-2 finish at the 2008 Olympic Games venturing into motherhood. Silver medallist Sherone Simpson gave birth to a daughter in late 2016.last_img read more

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Government Must Save Ganta Hospital

first_imgWhen in 1926 Dr. George W. Harley, the great American missionary doctor, came to this part of Africa as part of the Harvard Medical Expedition, one of the first things he did was to care for the sick in that part of the country later known as Nimba County.Dr. Harley built the Ganta Methodist Mission to educate first the Manos, main inhabitants of the area, and the rest of the Nimba people.  The doctor, at the same time, also  devoted his time to healing the souls by engaging in evangelism.  He later built the rock church that still stands there till this day.  Dr. Harley soon discovered that leprosy was in the area and he began treating the lepers.He then built the Ganta Hospital, the  first referral hospital far into the Liberian interior.  American  Lutherans later erected a hospital and nursing school in Zorzor, Lofa County.  It would take another a half century before the Lutherans would erect Phebe Hospital in Suakoko.The Methodists, of whom Dr. Harley was a part, also opened a  nursing school at the Ganta hospital.How sad it is that such a rich and glittering medical facility, built and maintained over the decades purely by Methodist missionary money, is now in trouble and, according to our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor, threatening collapse.You mean after all these years the Liberian government cannot find the money to maintain that purely humanitarinan effort developed by American Methodists?    What is the real problem?  Surely Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has not forgotten and can never forget that Phebe, built by American Lutherans, was in the identical boat in 1973 when President William R. Tolbert came to the rescue.  When news broke out that Phebe was about to be closed down due to the shortage of funds, he asked his Health Minister, Counselor Oliver Bright, what it cost to run Phebe annually.  The answer lay in the two stories that had been written about Phebe’s imminent closure: US$400,000.  The President immediately ordered Minister Bright to draft a letter for the President’s signature directing the Minister of Finance, Steve Tolbert, to make immediately available an annual budgetary allocation of   US$400,000 to keep  Phebe open.  Since then support for Phebe has primarily come from the Liberian government.  But thankfully, the Lutherans have always, until this day, kept a keen interest in Phebe.We are sure that the Methodists will do the same thing in Ganta.  But in this time of crisis, we call on Senator Prince Y.  Johnson and all the other political heavyweights in Nimba immediately to consult with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to keep theGanta Hospital open by injecting emergency funding to save lives.    It must be remembered and carved into our consciousness that it is the government, not the churches or anyone else, that has the  primary responsibility to care for the sick in our country.  The churches—Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran,Catholic and in later years the Pentacostals, Seventh Day Adventist and the Ahmadiyya, have done us a great favor by investing in our health care delivery system and using it—and education, too, as a tool of evangelism.  The government must now face up to its responsibility to care for its sick, and to ensure the health and medical wellbeing of the whole Liberian population.  Even as we do this, the religious community, the international community, private individuals and others would be encouraged to join in lending a helping hand to keep Liberians and others in our midst healthy and well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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From Red List to Ready List

first_imgJonathan A. Wright, the founder of Wright Builders Inc., has worked on two Living Building Challenge projects. Andrew Solem also contributed to this article. Along with his colleague Phil White, Solem led the vetting process for Wright’s two Living Building Challenge projects. This post was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of BuildingEnergy, a publication of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Main electric by Square D, Schneider ElectricThe biggest hurdle with electrical components is confirming that they are Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant. RoHS was developed in Europe and is the highest standard worldwide, for lowering hazardous content, including mercury and lead. American specifiers and manufacturers do not generally require their products to comply. Square D is a company that has already changed its manufacturing process so that some of its products meet the RoHS standard. They also have constructed a timeline for when their non-compliant products will be ready for RoHS certification. R-Guard and ConsolideckProsoco is a company that focuses on clean construction products. The Kern Center includes products from Prosoco’s R-Guard line: Cat 5 and AirDam. The Hitchcock Center used the Consolideck product line: ColorHard and PolishGuard and LS/CS. Prosoco products are in some ways the poster child for LBC, in that the entire line of products was stripped of Red List components as a result of the company’s involvement with the Bullitt Center in Seattle. The company is very forthcoming, offers great support, and generates keen interest. Spectrem 1 and 2 by Tremco SealantsWith the newest addition of Red List chemicals, LBC 3.1, it has become very difficult to find compliant sealants and adhesives. Fortunately, Tremco has taken the initiative to push and create LBC-compliant products. Interior shades by MechoShade SystemsWhen these projects were coming to a close, interior shades rose to the top of the priority list. MechoShade offers a Declared shade, meaning that any LBC project team can easily document and use it, along with other options for Red List-free shades. Solar panels by SunPowerThere are now multiple companies that will install solar panels on your building. The project teams chose to use panels from SunPower because they have proven themselves as a company fighting for sustainability. The high output, longevity, solid warranty, and durability of the panels all contribute to the value. These panels have Cradle to Cradle Certification at the Silver level, giving the project teams confidence in their selection. Carpet tile by Shaw Contract GroupShaw has created a carpet tile that is 100% recyclable. Wright Builders worked with Shaw to identify a good solution for recycling the installer’s carpet scrap. They arranged to send what little scrap was generated back to a facility capable of making new backing and new fiber from the returned materials. Adhesives manufactured by Loctite/OSIThese products included: PL 300 Foam board adhesive; H2U Window, Siding, Door, Trim Adhesive;F-38 Drywall and Panel Adhesive; SF-450 Subfloor Adhesive; and SC-175 Draft and Acoustical Sound Sealant. Loctite and OSI have demonstrated excellence in the Living Building Challenge. The vetting teams for both the Kern Center and Hitchcock Center found success when vetting products from these manufacturers. Liquid Nails 903This common product can be found in nearly every home improvement store across the country. Having been vetted under LBC 2.1, homeowners can be confident in the safety of the chemicals used in this adhesive product. It is no small achievement that this product is LBC 2.1 compliant. Better products over old standbysThe purpose of the Living Building Challenge is not to keep us up at night, but to change the way products are made and used so that we may build and experience our world in a healthier, more resilient and environmentally responsible way. To that end, even if we are not building our next project for LBC certification, we can still choose to use better products in lieu of our old standbys. These everyday decisions will lessen toxin loads and support companies that are trying to make positive change and grow their influence in the marketplace.Enter stage right: not the Red List but its country cousin the Ready List — a specialized private list developed by Wright Builders to answer the question: What can we do today? It is an eclectic range of off-the-shelf products that professionals in our industry can examine and adopt right away to make incremental but meaningful change.The following suggestions from Wright Builders Inc., reviewed by the design and materials collaborators on these projects, are based on our 30-month intensive LBC odyssey. Many of these we have already included in our more conventional projects. We are not vouching for perfection here — only indicating that these are best-in-class for now, and a great place to start. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment and the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College are within a quarter mile of each other in Amherst, Massachusetts. As the construction manager for both buildings, Wright Builders learned quickly what a complex process this is. More than 1,400 submittals and products were vetted by the teams. We also learned that with good communication systems, persistence, and careful record-keeping, the teams could advance the knowledge base significantly.The vetting process for the Hitchcock Center occurred just enough later to benefit fully from the lessons learned during construction of the Kern Center, bypassing some blind alleys in favor of proven materials that would pass vetting. Lighting fixtures by FluxwerxLight fixtures can be some of the most difficult products to vet for an LBC project. Every single part of the fixture needs to be accounted for, from powder coating to the coating on the lenses inside the fixture. Fluxwerx was engaged with the vetting team to break down components of the fixtures. This new generation of lighting specifically designed for LEDs is versatile, efficient, and beautiful. Wires and cables by General Cable and BeldenGeneral Cable and Belden succeeded where others have failed. Although they are not the only companies who make LBC-compliant wires and cables, they were both able to supply the required amount of LBC-compliant wire and cable needed for the Kern Center and Hitchcock Center. Yes, the Living Building Challenge is OverreachingLiving Building Challenge 2.0 ReleasedFirst Living Building Challenge Projects CertifiedEarly Lessons from the Living Building ChallengeTeaching Deep Green by Building ItToxic and Non-Toxic Houses A continuous collaborationFundamentally, the vetting process is a continuous three-way collaboration between architect, construction manager, and materials consultant. Early on, I asked Charley Stevenson of Integrated EcoStrategies, who would actually be accountable for securing materials documentation, to join the team, and he said we would collaborate. Hmmm. Who, and how, exactly?The process evolved through months of weekly calls, hot lists, and dead ends. Together with Kern Center architects Bruner/Cott and the Hitchcock Center’s DesignLab, we all lent significant effort and creativity to the process. Charley was so right — everyone has to get under the weight of it to avoid wasting time and resources.From the first days of concept design, the design teams looked at the available materials within 500 kilometers, evaluated these potential palettes, and developed the building designs using materials highly likely to be accepted. This drove us toward regional and local sourcing of all material, especially timber, lumber, and stone.The materials and substances that must be eliminated or reduced are on the LBC Red List. They include known carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and contributors to a wide variety of diseases and conditions, the effects of which have been largely borne by the manufacturing and skilled trade workforce for centuries.Wright Builders Inc. and the teams worked under the Red List 2.1 (now augmented and supplanted by later versions), which identifies the following material and chemical classes:AsbestosCadmiumChlorinated polyethyleneChlorosulfonated polyethleneChlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)Chloroprene (Neoprene)Formaldehyde (added)Halogenated flame retardantsHydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)Lead (added)MercuryPetrochemical fertilizers and pesticidesPhthalatesPolyvinyl chloride (PVC)Wood treatments containing creosote, arsenic or pentachlorophenolDerived from these are hundreds of other compounds and ingredients, which in turn are being modified and incorporated into still more chemicals — perhaps as many as 200 every day — in American industry.center_img By JONATHAN A. WRIGHTOne of the primary goals of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is to eliminate the use of known toxins in products installed in the built environment. If it is harmful to life — human, animal or anything else — do not use it if at all possible.In 2016, Wright Builders Inc. completed two Living Buildings, which will be evaluated for certification over the next 18 to 24 months. These projects gave us a unique opportunity to work inside the largely unexplored new world of materials research, vetting, documentation, and advocacy.The International Living Futures Institute has developed a list of worst-in-class chemicals and compounds that are widely used in construction products. We know that the course from first discernment to total ban for DDT took about 15 years; the Red List approach is a quicker, more responsive, advisory process based on a path to better health results. Many of us remember when asbestos was the all-purpose additive in many construction products and have followed its gradual removal with no ill effects on product performance. There are many cases where toxic products are simply not needed. EcoBatts by Knauf InsulationThe project team came across an acoustical issue at the Kern Center. Wright Builders and Integrated Eco Strategy researched and found Knauf Insulation, a company with a proprietary formula which excludes formaldehyde from their insulation. RELATED ARTICLES Manufacturers want inOver the course of these two LBC projects, we at Wright Builders have found that the word is getting out, and that many manufacturers want to be able to participate in the LBC. Paint companies and carpet companies are flocking to be included in specifications. And with each project or consumer purchase, the values of sustainability and resilience are reinforced for those manufacturers who make the commitment.An important connection is created between specifier, designer, builder, and tradesperson around making meaningful change every day. Overall, except for the Kone elevator, none of the products reviewed here come with a significant cost premium. Old habits die hard sometimes, but new habits can sparkle with a little hope, which is always a good thing. Fireblocking foam by Handi-FoamThis is a common product in most building supply stores. Having widely available, LBC-compliant product is great for the everyday buyer. Windows and doors by AlpenThese exterior windows and doors used at the Hitchcock Center are now Declare-labeled products. They have a low U-factor, which makes them attractive to designers aiming for a high performance building. Alpen has a pultruded fiberglass frame system, lots of custom options, and good design support. We have used the 725 series in three different applications with great results. Check out the 925 series and their other products. Expanding foam sealant by Premier Building SolutionsIn any industry, it’s normal for products to be discontinued. In our case, the approved expanded foam sealant was no longer available. Premier Building Solutions was able to provide a Red List-free product with the transparency needed to be approved on extremely short notice. Door hardware: ASSA ABLOYBefore the Living Building Challenge, many of the products made by ASSA ABLOY were already compliant. ASSA ABLOY was very diligent with transparency and is constantly working on improving their products. They are based in New Haven, Conn. Stonetech Bulletproof sealant by LaticreteThere are multiple LBC and Red List compliant stone sealers on the market. What sets Laticrete’s Stonetech Bulletproof apart is the extremely low VOC. A total of 12g/l makes this a smart choice when thinking about off-gassing. PolyWhey by Vermont Natural CoatingsVermont Natural Coatings is a small, regional company that makes great finishes using local whey by-product generated during the cheese-manufacturing process. We like this product for its low stink, local availability, ease of application, and durability. Our teams could sit down in the building for coffee or lunch near these applications and experience no smells. Almost weird — and of course, wonderful! Electric elevator by KONEThe hydraulic fluid used in traditional elevators is full of Red List chemicals. KONE manufactures an electric elevator which performs just as well as a hydraulic elevator. This product uses 40% less power than a hydraulic unit, and its mechanisms free up some of the space usually allocated to a machine room. It provides equal performance without harmful chemicals. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., incorporates timber components manufactured by Nordic Structures.Paint by ECOS Paints and Benjamin Moore PaintsECOS Paints was one of the first options for Declare labeled paint, leading to its use at the Hitchcock Center. We also vetted several Benjamin Moore paints for the Kern Center. The Benjamin Moore paints, which are readily available nationwide, have recently been added to the Declare list of pre-approved products. However, in order to avoid using Red List products, careful attention should be paid to the contents of tints. Glue-laminated post and beam by Nordic StructuresThe post and beam structures inside the Kern Center and the Hitchcock Center are made from black spruce lamination sustainably harvested in Canada. Nordic Structures can make a structure in any shape as long as it can fit on the bed of a truck. Both buildings took advantage of this sustainable and beautiful product. Design, fabrication, and installation were done by Bensonwood for the Kern Center and Architectural Timber and Millwork for the Hitchcock Center.last_img read more

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Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0

first_imgTwo of soccer’s all-time best players, the 39-year-old Buffon had denied Messi a goal in their previous three meetings, including Juventus’ 3-0 aggregate win in last season’s quarterfinals.But once he found room to work, Messi picked Buffon’s Juventus apart – to take some revenge from last year’s elimination and continue his superb start to the current season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s second goal, Messi rounded off the commanding win.“Tonight (Messi) did score (against Buffon) because we left him too much space,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “(Messi) plays perfectly well in tight spaces, but today he had more space, and I would even say that we made it easier for him, leaving him so open.” Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (L) vies with Juventus’ defender from Brazil Alex Sandro during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi finally added Italy great Gianluigi Buffon on his long, long list of vanquished goalkeepers.Messi struck two shots past Buffon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in their opening match of the Champions League on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared a header by Medhi Benatia off the line in Juventus’ best scoring opportunity in the 81st.Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, Messi has now scored eight goals in six games across all competitions this season.In the other Group D match on Tuesday, Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Olympiakos.Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when it signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match.“Dembele was fine. It’s true that he has to adapt to the team, to learn some tactical questions,” Valverde said. “We have to help him come along. He has just arrived, he is young, and he has a long career in front of him.”To pry Dembele away from Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona reinvested a large part of the world record 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from Paris Saint-Germain for Brazil star Neymar. It paid Dortmund 105 million euros ($124 million) in a deal that includes possible add-ons that could bring the total to 147 million euros (about $173 million).Juventus was without injured defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira. Juan Cuadrado was suspended. During the match, the Italian champions also lost De Sciglio to an injury in the first half, when he was replaced by Sturaro. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers in December The first half was dull, apart from long-range attempts by Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio for Juventus, until Messi struck just before the interval.Ousmane Dembele, the most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history, made his first start for the Catalan club. The 20-year-old France forward helped with a counterattack that caught the Juventus defense off-guard. Messi took the ball from Dembele, worked a quick one-two with Luis Suarez and then rolled a left-foot shot just inside the far post.Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.Messi got his second in the 69th when he took the ball on the right side and cut back to go around two defenders. He left Buffon with no chance against another left-foot strike that smacked into the lower corner of his net.As Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde put it, “when Messi has the ball, anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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first_img8.22pm 30.6.05 The Queensland Junior State Cup will continue with Fridays schedule start at 10.00am suspended because of the heavy thunderstorms expereinced overnight in Glasshouse Mountains Region. Andrew Barr, QLD A/General Manager, has stated that the competition will commence under a revised draw games to commence at 7.30am on Saturday. A Managers Meeting is now scheduled for 3.00pm 1.7.05 The revised draw will be posted shortley on this website following a final proof reading of the draw. The ATA and QTA apologise for the delay but the fields were deemed unplayable late this afternoon, Thursday 30.6.05last_img read more

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22 days agoSpurs midfielder Sissoko slams Pochettino tactics: We’re exhausted!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Spurs midfielder Sissoko slams Pochettino tactics: We’re exhausted!by Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics after the 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.The home side looked ran off the feet as Bayern scored three goals in the final ten minutes.And Sissoko claims Spurs’ midfielders are worn out by Pochettino’s formation.”We get tired too quickly physically when we play with a diamond midfield,” Sissoko told RMC.The Argentine is under growing pressure as Spurs continue their spluttering start to the season. last_img read more

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9 days ago​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demands

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demandsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United want to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January, but not at any price.The Red Devils are on the lookout for an experienced striker who could add a physical presence and goals to the team midseason.Mandzukic was a summer target, but the clubs could not agree on a fee late in the transfer window.ESPNsays United want to sign the player, but they want to ensure the 33-year-old reduces his wage demands first.Another report suggests United will offer Mandzukic £85,000-a-week, which is almost equivalent to his existing salary at the Italian club.But the Croatian could be looking for a pay rise in what would be his final major contract as a footballer. last_img read more

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Photo: Ohio State Sent A Valentine To The Mother Of 2016 4-Star LB Brendan Ferns

first_imgOhio State sends Valentine to mother of recruit.There’s a reason why Urban Meyer is one of the country’s best recruiters. The Ohio State coach and his staff are thorough – ridiculously thorough. The Buckeyes’ recruiting staff sent a Block O Valentine’s Day card to the mother of Brendan Ferns, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class considering Ohio State. Here it is: Ohio State coaches with a smart mailer. Sent valentine cards to mom of 2016 Brendan Ferns.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 14, 2015Ferns, a 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker out of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, is ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He is reportedly considering OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and West Virginia, among other schools. [11W]last_img read more

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Photo: The Cleveland Browns Had A Spelling Error Announcing Their 1st Round Pick For The 2nd Year In A Row

first_imgCleveland Browns have spelling error while announcing their 19th overall pick.Cleveland Browns’ Spelling ErrorFor the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns had some difficulty announcing one of their first-round picks on Twitter. Last year, while announcing the selection of Johnny Manziel, Cleveland’s Twitter account misspelled “22nd.” It took them three tries to get it right. And tonight, while announcing the selection of Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving, the Browns spelled the player’s last name wrong. It’s “Erving,” not “Irving.”The Browns just misspelled the name of their own 1st round pick. Sigh….— Al Ciammaichella (@Gotribe31) May 1, 2015Thankfully, it didn’t take them too long to correct it. With the 19th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft the #Browns select Florida State OL Cameron Erving. #BrownsDraft— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2015Do better, Cleveland.last_img read more

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Highlights of the NDPGreen deal in British Columbia

first_imgVICTORIA – Some of the key elements of a deal between the NDP and Green party on a minority government in British Columbia:— The legislature would be recalled within one month of the swearing in of an NDP government.— A referendum on proportional representation will take place in the fall of 2018, concurrent with the next municipal elections in the province.— If it is approved, proportional representation would be used in the next provincial election.— The parties agree to work together in good faith to consult British Columbians to determine the form of proportional representation that will be put to a referendum.— The NDP and Greens will actively campaign in support of the system of proportional representation that is agreed on.— Legislation would be introduced in the first sitting of the legislature to ban corporate and union donations and contributions from non-residents of British Columbia to the province’s political parties, as well as placing limits on individual contributions and conduct a review of campaign finance and the Elections Act.— The fixed election date would be moved from May to a date in the fall, starting in 2021.— Implement an increase to the current $30-dollar per tonne carbon tax by $5 a tonne per year, beginning April 1, 2018, while giving rebate cheques to ensure a majority of taxpayers are better off financially than under the current carbon tax formula.— Immediately refer the Site C hydroelectic dam construction project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.— Employ every tool available to the new government to stop the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which has already received federal approval.— Set up an arm’s-length commission that will be tasked with “establishing a pathway” to a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour and overseeing regular rate reviews.— Create an emerging economy task force to address the changing nature of business over the next 10 to 25 years.— Establish an commission to support innovation and business development in the technology sector, and appoint a commissioner with a mandate to advocate on behalf of the province’s technology sector in Ottawa and abroad.— In its first budget, the NDP would develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs program, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.— Invest in home care to enable seniors and other people who need assistance to stay in their own homes.— Appoint a minister of mental health and addictions to develop and implement a mental-health and addiction strategy and a youth mental-health strategy.— Develop an immediate response to the fentanyl crisis based on successful programs that invest in treatment-on-demand, drug substitution, early-warning monitoring systems, and a co-ordinated response to overdoses.— Implement an agreed upon approach to improving access and reducing the cost of post-secondary education for students.— Invest in childcare and early childhood education to improve quality, expand spaces, increase affordability and ensure childcare is accessible for all families, with a focus on early childhood education.— Eliminate medical service premiums.— Make housing more affordable by taking action to deal with the speculation and fraud that the NDP and Greens say is driving up prices.last_img read more