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Video: The Fear of Being Short

first_imgIf you think that others are out to get you, stand tall. A new study finds that people who perceive themselves as short are more likely to experience feelings of paranoia. Researchers took 60 women with a history of paranoia on a simulated trip in a subway car via a virtual reality headset. The subjects went on the ride twice, but on one trip, the scientists lowered their perspective by 25 cm to make them feel shorter than the other riders. Though the women were often unaware that their vantage point had changed, when they felt shorter, they scored two points higher on a test rating their level of paranoia. They also described feeling vulnerable and that more people had stared at them, researchers report in Psychiatry Research. The results may be useful for treating paranoia by finding that these delusions are rooted in feelings of inferiority. Though they tested only women, the scientists expect that the same experiment in men would cause even more distress, because men generally place greater importance on height and are more likely to exaggerate their own size.last_img read more

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World T20 Ind vs Eng: Harbhajan spins a win on return

first_imgPerhaps after leading India to one of their most comprehensive T20 wins ever, MS Dhoni will shelve his four-bowler theory for good. As it was, his experimental five-man attack produced the goods to steamroll England by a whopping 90 runs in the final Group A encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium here.For Harbhajan Singh, representing Indian after 13 months in the wilderness, it was a dream comeback. He made use of his favourite weapon – bounce – to get the clueless English batsmen into all sorts of tangles and finish with astounding figures of four for 12. The other returning spinner, Piyush Chawla, also got the ball to spit off the surface and ended up with two for 13 as the batsmen opted for premeditated shots. Irfan Pathan, too, bowled brilliantly with the new ball to scalp two as England were shot out for 80 – their lowestever T20 score – in reply to India’s 170 for four. Only Craig Kieswetter (35) made an impression with some clean hitting against the pace of Lakshmipathy Balaji and Ashoke Dinda, cracking four boundaries and two sixes.Earlier, a sterling unbeaten half-century from Rohit Sharma (55) and important contributions from Gautam Gambhir (45) and Virat Kohli (40) had powered India to what looked like a competitive total. England skipper Stuart Broad elected to bowl and Dhoni kept his word on experimenting with the line-up. Injured Virender Sehwag, the out-of-sorts Zaheer Khan and the in-form Ravichandran Ashwin, were replaced by Dinda, Harbhajan and Chawla. The India skipper then sent Pathan to open with Gambhir, but the Baroda left-hander fell early to Steven Finn for eight. Virat Kohli continued his golden run at No.3 with a couple of delectable shots square of the wicket off Finn and Broad, before dancing down the track to pacer Tim Bresnan and slapping it over extra cover for four.But the shot of the day was Kohli’s wristy on-drive off Broad in the eighth over, which sped to the long-on boundary quite like the signature stroke of a certain SR Tendulkar. Another one was an imperious front-foot pull off Bresnan that helped take India to 80 for one in 10 overs. Kohli and Gambhir’s 57-run stand was brought to an end by the excellent Graeme Swann, the only English bowler to concede less than eight an over. He foxed Kohli in flight, and the right-hander could only chip it down deep mid-wicket’s throat.That gave way to a period of quiet rebuilding by Gambhir and Rohit, before the left-hander became Finn’s second victim in an attempt to accelerate the scoring. But Rohit ensured that the platform wasn’t wasted.After pacing his innings well early on, the Mumbai batsman got India’s finishing kick going by taking on a steepling Stuart Broad bouncer and guiding it over the ‘keeper to the boundary. He pulled the very next ball for another boundary. It’s not often that Dhoni scores just nine in a partnership of 47, but Rohit, who took a bulk of the strike, helped India score 51 in the last four overs.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino to extend Tottenham stay with new contract

first_imgMauricio Pochettino to extend his Tottenham contract until 2021.The Argentine, who arrived at Tottenham on a five-year contract in 2014, announced on Friday he has verbally agreed to a new five-year deal.”We started to speak before, a few months ago, and today I think is a good moment to communicate we have reached the verbal agreement,” Pochettino said.”It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change? We create a good atmosphere on the training ground, and we can achieve big things in the future. I believe in this project and this club. I want to stay here.”The 44-year-old former Southampton manager was Tottenham’s fifth appointment in seven years when he took charge in May 2014, and he has nurtured a talented team which is on the brink of Champions League qualification.Tottenham is second in the English Premier League, seven points behind leader Leicester with three games remaining. Tottenham has qualified for the Champions League once before, by finishing fourth in 2010.The north London club is also due to move into a new 61,000-seat stadium in two years.”Tottenham have unbelievable potential. We created after two years here a great group of players,” Pochettino said. “We have a very strong squad, young, with potential to be a top team.”last_img read more

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IPL 2016: AB de Villiers powers Bangalore into final

first_imgAB de Villiers played a breathtaking knock to single-handedly lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions here on Tuesday. (Match Highlights | Scorecard )Chasing 159, RCB looked down and out at 29 for five before de Villiers smashed 79 off 47 balls to script a sensational comeback and take the team home in 18.2 overs. The Lions were outdone by one man’s class as the efforts of Dhawal Kulkarani and Dwayne Smith went in vain.With the spectacular win, RCB are into their third IPL final and one step away from their maiden title. Lions on other hand will have another chance to make the summit clash in the Qualifier 2 in Delhi on Friday.The RCB were expected to overcome the target with minimum fuss but tricky batting conditions at the normally batting friendly Chinnaswamy made the job tougher for them.RARE VIRAT DUCKVirat Kohli and Chris Gayle can close the game in a space of a few overs but the devastating opening pair had an off day. Kohli, who has been in sensational form this IPL, suffered a rare failure when he dragged a wide one off Kulkarni on to his stumps, stunning the crowd into silence.The disappointment on the face of India’s star batsman was evident as he walked back into the dressing room. The two of his four hundreds in the competition had come against the Lions.The odd ball stopping on a slower surface made the task more challenging. Gayle too was out in Kulkarni’s over as he attempted a whack over midwicket to see his stumps rattled.advertisementKULKARNI’S FOUR-FOR IN VAINKulkarni kept bowling in the off stump corridor and that worked brilliantly for him. Lokesh Rahul was caught at first slip the following ball and Kulkarni was on a hat-trick.Kulkarni ended up with a career best figures of 4 for 14, albeit in a losing cause.DE VILLIERS MASTERCLASSSoon after, RCB had lost half their side with de Villiers left to pull off a herculean task. The South African, as he often he does, brought his team back into the game and involved Iqbal Abdulla (33 not out off 25) in a unbeaten 91-run stand for the seventh wicket.The team needed 49 off the last 30 balls but de Villiers paced his innings perfectly to take the team with 10 balls to spare. He ended with five sixes and as many boundaries in his special knock.last_img read more

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Justin Langer to take temporary charge of Australia T20 team

first_imgFormer opening batsman Justin Langer is to take control of Australia’s Twenty20 team for a second time, on a temporary basis, in February.Langer will run the T20 side for three games against Sri Lanka while head coach Darren Lehmann is in India preparing for a four-match Test series.The 46-year-old did a similar temporary job for a triangular one-day tournament in the West Indies earlier this year while Lehmann was taking a break.”I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the national side in the Caribbean … so I am excited and very grateful to get this opportunity to do it again,” Langer said in a Cricket Australia statement. (Mike Hussey may become Australia’s T20 team coach: Reports)”The advantage myself and the players will have is that the series will come just over two weeks after the … Big Bash League wraps up so we should all still be in Twenty20 mode.”And with several senior players set to be in India ahead of the test series, it really will give players an added incentive to perform.”The three-match T20 series begins on Feb. 17 in Melbourne, with a game in Geelong on Feb. 19 before the final fixture in Adelaide on Feb. 22.Australia’s first Test against India in Pune begins on Feb. 23.last_img read more

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‘Keep quiet, Jose!’ Mourinho advised to swallow his pride

first_imgFor England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson had advised Jose Mourinho to avoid taking on the press in the wake of the Manchester United manager’s recent outburst in which he demanded respect.Mourinho’s side have endured a rough start to the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, edging Leicester City 2-1 in their opener before falling to defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.Alleged unrest between the manager and the club’s board over transfer activity has been a hot topic, while a reported relationship breakdown with players – most notably with Paul Pogba – has also been heavily debated in recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Red Devils’ early-season struggles were branded a full-blown crisis in the wake of the 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham however, and the Portuguese’s post-match meltdown has since dominated headlines across the football world.Eriksson, however, believes that citing past glories in a heated discussion with the press is ill-advised, stating that the United boss should let good results do the talking, as a battle with the press will always end in favour of journalists.“When you are criticised as a coach, and it’s happened to me many times – in England, outside England, wherever – it’s better to keep quiet,” Eriksson told Sky Sports. “Don’t try to defend yourself, because the results defend you. It’s only with results you can defend yourself.“And that’s in the paper… read it, don’t talk about it. Sven on Mourinho GFX“Especially when you start to argue with the press, you will never win that. You will always lose, because if you are a journalist you have the last word – you write it.“So keep quiet, put your head down and go on working and show people in the next game ‘we will play good football and we will win’.“I think that’s the only way to answer [the press]. I’m talking about me, though, how I was.“Don’t start talking about ‘show me respect’.“Everybody knows in football what I have done. I know what I have done. I know what I’m good at, I know what I’m not good at. “I think every manager is the same. When you are criticised… swallow it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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More Details in Death at Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

first_imgThe Department of Justice is releasing more details in the death of an offender on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Yarmouth. The 44-year-old man was discovered in his cell just before 10 p.m. The medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide. The man had been remanded to the institution while facing charges of robbery, wearing a disguise during commission of an offence and possession of property obtained by crime from an incident Dec. 12. He was arrested Dec. 19. Next of kin have been notified. The man’s name cannot be released, under departmental policy.last_img

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Keepsake gear returned to first woman to climb Mount Logan solo

first_imgWHITEHORSE – The Montreal woman who was the first female to make a solo ascent of Canada’s highest mountain has recovered some of the expensive gear she had to abandon during her rescue on the climb down.Monique Richard reached the 5,959-metre summit of Mount Logan in Yukon on May 30, but became exhausted and dehydrated during the descent and had to call for a helicopter rescue.She managed to descend to the 5,400-metre level with the help of two other climbers and a helicopter was able to reach her and airlift her to safety.But Richard was forced to leave her pack and equipment, valued at about $10,000, on the mountain.She says a group of climbers who recently passed her abandoned camp picked up her custom-painted helmet and her high-tech one-person shelter and delivered them to Parks Canada, which oversees activities on Mount Logan in Kluane National Park.Parks officials sent them on to Richard, who has no plans for another climb on Mount Logan, so is delighted to have them back.“I’m very happy because they are special things for me,” she says.Richard credits the uniquely painted helmet for saving her life on several occasions and says she will put it and the shelter in a special collection kept at her home.Richard spent the summer climbing in the Montreal area, and says she is now preparing to write a book about her experience on Mount Logan. (CKRW)last_img read more

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RIP BOBBY GALE

first_imgBobby Gale LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The radio and music industry lost a good one last night. Bobby Gale, the legend, a friend of thousands and a personal friend for 45 years was killed in an accident on Friday night on the way back from a concert in Montreal. He was devoted to music right to the end.. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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Peppa Pig to get new owner GI Joe maker Hasbro

NEW YORK — Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig.The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces “Peppa Pig,” ”PJ Masks” and other animated shows for preschoolers.“Peppa Pig,” which stars a pink cartoon pig with a British accent, airs worldwide and is translated into over 40 languages.Shares in Entertainment One jumped 30% in London on Friday.Hasbro Inc., based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, says the deal will help it turn more of its toy brands into shows or movies. Many of its brands, including My Little Pony and Transformers, already appear in TV shows and movies.The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.The Associated Press

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UN to close political offices in Talibancontrolled parts of Afghanistan

Spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters that after the Taliban requested the closures earlier this month, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative, Francesc Vendrell, met with the Taliban’s so-called Foreign Minister, Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil, in Kandahar. “At that meeting, it was agreed that the UN mission would close its offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-I-Sharif by May 20th,” Mr. Eckhard said, noting that the Kabul office would remain functional.The UN’s political office in Faizabad, which is not in Taliban-controlled territory, is not affected, according to the spokesman.Mr. Eckhard also said that the closures would affect the Organization’s political efforts in trying to bring about some kind of agreement between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance. He added, however, “Our humanitarian offices are still open, so our humanitarian work is not affected.”Mr. Eckhard noted that the world body would not abandon its efforts to promote a peaceful settlement. “The UN continues to maintain contact with the authorities — we still have our political office in Kabul open, Francesc Vendrell will continue his interaction with the parties – it’s just that we no longer have a network of offices, and so that will hinder, to a certain extent, our political work, which nonetheless will continue,” he said.The Security Council was briefed this morning on the closures by Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. read more

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Retail investors can emulate investment shift by pension fund managers experts

Retail investors can emulate investment shift by pension fund managers: experts MONTREAL – The average individual investor can’t make the kind of blockbuster private deals in real-estate, pipelines and toll roads that large Canadian pension funds use to offset the negative impact of volatile public stock markets.But financial experts say retail investors can learn from the strategies adopted by funds like the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec and other professional asset managers.The professional money managers have plowed billions into infrastructure deals at home and abroad, looking for steady streams of returns that match the needs of the pension plans’ members.Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager of KCM Wealth Management Inc., says most retail investors don’t have the access to such investment opportunities but they can still replicate the idea by pursuing alternative investments.“I guess the pension plans have started sort of a wave,” Mastracci saysHe says wealthy individuals with millions to invest have also taken similar steps.The Institute for Private Investors, which surveyed 345 ultra-high net worth families with at least US$30 million in investable assets, have decreased their investments in hedge and mutual funds.In contrast, the poll found 45 per cent of the respondents increased their allocation of commodities, 31 per cent grew the portion in real estate and 22 per cent put a bigger share of their money into private equity.“This year’s data reinforced the investment trends we have been seeing among the ultra affluent as far as the rise in allocation to commodities and real estate, and the continuing popularity of direct investment in private companies,” stated Mindy Rosenthal, IPI executive director.Mastracci says ordinary investors can diversify their holdings beyond stocks and bonds through ETFs (exchange-traded funds) that focus on global infrastructure, real estate, commodities, emerging markets and other alternative investments.But he says investors also need to have long-term investment horizons and enough risk tolerance for investments that have other challenges.“Private equity is hard to value, it doesn’t trade the same way that the stocks do so you’ve got to understand a few other things about that particular part of the portfolio,” Mastracci said from Vancouver.Financial author Gordon Pape said average investors can take a lesson from large investors by looking at their asset mix among equities, fixed income, real estate and infrastructure.REITs can add real estate holdings while mutual funds and ETFs can give infrastructure exposure.“They won’t be the same projects but you could emulate the asset mix,” Pape said in an interview.Adopting this strategy depends on the individual investor’s goals and situation, Pape said.“It certainly might be appropriate for someone in an RRSP or retirement savings plans of some kind to take a look at that and at least have some idea of what the professional pension plan managers are doing,” he said.But it would not be appropriate for someone who is more aggressive in their investing and wants to maximize their capital gains potential outside an RRSP, Pape added.Caisse CEO Michael Sabia recently said its gradual shift to private placements from publicly traded equities offers an opportunity to generate long-term returns.“These investments reflect a strategy based on intrinsic value in the real economy — not on financial illusions,” Sabia said in a speech last month to the Canadian Club of Montreal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2012 2:01 pm MDT read more

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Three defensive backs making up for lost time in 2016

Ohio State junior safety Erick Smith talking to media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 11. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorSixty-one starts departed at safety, yet Ohio State remains confident in their last line of defense. Former Buckeyes Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, who started the last two seasons at safety for coach Urban Meyer, are off to the NFL. The “next man up mantra” has never been more prevalent than this season for OSU. The players that fill the spots left open by Bell and Powell need to be consistent despite what their past seasons have indicated.Junior safety Erick Smith and fourth-year sophomore defensive back Cam Burrows are both recovering from season ending injuries suffered in season last year. Smith is returning after ACL surgery in November, and Burrows underwent surgery on a broken bone in his foot in October. Junior Damon Webb was suspended for five games in 2015 for a reason held internally.“It feels great, man. Just to be back out there and competing,” Smith said. “I’m medically cleared, but I can always get better. The knee is 100 percent. It’s the things around it that I have to strengthen.”Smith—ranked as the No. 6 safety in the 2014 recruiting class—and Burrows—the No. 8 cornerback in 2013—are Ohio natives who came in hoping to play immediately. Burrows took a redshirt in 2013 during his freshman year, but he saw time in 2014 with Smith during his true freshman season.Smith is taking reps at the free safety and strong safety position while not taking part in the nickel package where there are five defensive backs on the field opposed to the standard four.Burrows is currently practicing with the second-string but first-team in the nickel.When Smith was injured in November with Burrows already ruled out for the season, now-redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker moved into Smith’s spot on the depth chart behind Bell and Powell. Hooker was listed as the team’s No. 1 safety into spring camp and associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano mentioned Hooker being a step ahead of other players at that position.In the same fashion as Hooker, the other player mentioned by Schiano was Webb.When asked about his suspension in 2015, Webb was clear that his focus is on this season.“It was last year,” he said. “I just want to leave it in the past.”Webb was recruited out of Case Tech High School in Detroit as the fifth-best cornerback recruit in the 2014 class. In the spring, Meyer asked Webb if he wanted to switch to safety. Without a doubt, Webb transitioned to safety, and he is currently taking reps with the first team next to Hooker.“I feel like my transition has been real good,” Webb said. “The biggest thing was just learning the safety position. Now that I’m playing safety, I have to get used to making the calls, so I had to get used to that.”What the safety unit may be lacking in starting experience, Hooker, Smith, Burrows and Webb are no strangers to competing for starting positions. Smith said that the household names may have left the program, but the talent is still present.“We don’t rebuild, we reload,” Smith said. “We never lower our standards. We know we have to be better if not just as good as the people before us.”Schiano said after Day 5 of practice that the competition is wide open at safety. He added that Smith and Burrows won’t truly feel confident after their injuries until they can perform on the field.“The thing that I like is that they’re working their tails off. They truly are,” Schiano said. “In the spring we played guys at both positions… we’re starting to zero in.”No matter who gets the nod on the first team at season’s start, Smith, Burrows and Webb have the opportunity to make a significant impact in 2016 that wasn’t present in 2015. From injury to suspension, the development in fall camp and the availability of the trio for Meyer and Schiano could be a decisive factor in the potency of the defense. read more

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Driver accused of DUI after Sunday crash spurs outage

first_imgA 34-year-old Vancouver man was accused of DUI and given a Clark County District Court date after crashing into transformer boxes near 192nd Avenue and Brady Road on Sunday evening.The crash was reported around 8:40 p.m. The crash caused about 1,900 people to lose power, said Erica Erland with Clark Public Utilities. Power was restored for many, she said.The driver did not appear to have serious injuries, said Capt. Dave James, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.“He sheared off a 5-inch diameter tree and three transformer boxes,” James said.Firefighters and police said 192nd was blocked for about an hour.The man was not arrested but given a court date, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman. His name was not released.last_img

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Walker Delays Payment On Oil Tax Credits

first_imgGov. Bill Walker discusses a tax credit veto with the press, July 1, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker is delaying payment of $200 million worth of oil tax credits. The veto is the most significant change the governor made to the state budget.Download AudioSigning his first budget, Walker was, for the most part, light with the red pen. The capital budget the Legislature sent him had already been cut from about $600 million to a little more than $100 million, so there were few projects to target. And after two special sessions and a compromise between Republicans and Democrats, Walker decided to mostly leave the worked-over operating budget alone. The only big adjustment Walker made was on oil tax credits. Walker put off payment of $200 million in oil tax credits to send a message.“We have to have that discussion about what can we afford — what can we afford in the way of paying companies to go out and do exploration work in our state. That’s really what it comes down to,” Walker said at a Wednesday press conference.Walker added that the action was a way of sharing the pain among Alaskan people and interests at a time when the state is looking at years of budget deficits. The payment delay only affects companies who are exploring for oil — not actually producing it. The state will still issue about half a billion in credits to companies that are extracting the resource.And as far as the delay goes, it’s just that. All of the credits will still have to be paid out eventually, even if they don’t count against this year’s budget. Walker said there isn’t a legal avenue for striking them from the books.“I’m not aware of any,” said Walker. “We haven’t looked for any, and that’s not the goal.”The payment of oil tax credits was a major part of Democrats’ agenda this legislative session. The minority party regularly offered amendments that would have cut them from the budget, but all of them were unsuccessful.Walker told reporters that his move on the budget should push the issue to the forefront when legislators reconvene.“As we see this growing to the point that it could potentially be the largest expenditure we have in the state — these payments for exploration — that we have to get a handle on,” said Walker.Including the oil credit delay, the budget Walker signed spends just under $5 billion in state dollars.last_img read more

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MatSu Borough bans trapping on some public land

first_imgMat-Su Borough LogoA ban on trapping within some public lands in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is now official, after a yearlong push by concerned trail users.Listen nowThe Borough Assembly approved the ban in a unanimous vote Tuesday (March 21) night. The new ordinance prohibits trapping on school grounds and the borough-owned parts of some recreation areas. Those include the Crevasse Moraine trails, Lazy Mountain Recreation Area, Matanuska River Park, Alcantra Athletic Complex, West Bodenburg Butte and Jordan Lake Park in Big Lake.Assembly member Dan Mayfield sponsored the new ordinance after hearing from the Alaska Safe Trails group and receiving a petition with the signatures of more than 3,500 Mat-Su residents.“It’s really providing people with a opportunity to recreate in a healthy environment, without the stress of worrying about if they, or their animals or any family member whatsoever might be hurt from traps that are out there,” Mayfield said in an interview.Mayfield said that a few trappers gave public testimony at previous assembly meetings, explaining they felt the ordinance opened the door to further restrictions. Mayfield and Borough officials said the trappers were vastly outnumbered by the residents in support of the ban at those same meetings.“You know, our population has grown to the point where we’re the second-largest municipality in the state of Alaska,” Mayfield said. “We’ve got about 103,00 people, and there are bound to be conflicts with traditional Alaskan land usage and a growing population, and certainly we have to resolve those conflicts.”Maps showing where trapping is now banned under the ordinance are available on the Mat-Su Borough’s website.last_img read more

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Heres where Princess will sail to in 20202021 from the West Coast

Heres where Princess will sail to in 20202021 from the West Coast

first_imgTags: Princess Cruises SANTA CLARITA — For the upcoming 2020-2021 season, Princess Cruises will be visiting top destinations including Mexico, Hawaii and the California Coast, all going on sale May 9.Highlights include a new hometown cruise ship for San Francisco, Ruby Princess, which sails roundtrip to Hawaii, Mexico and the California coast. In addition, there’ll be new 16-day Hawaiian Islands cruises roundtrip from Seattle aboard Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess.Regal Princess makes its west coast debut with a seven-day Pacific Wine Country cruise visiting San Francisco, San Diego and Astoria, Oregon.Additional west coast sailings from September 2020 through May 2021 include:MexicoRoyal Princess returns to the Port of Los Angeles with 25 cruises to the Mexican Riviera. These include seven-day cruises to such favourite ports as Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán, as well as five-day sailings to Cabo San Lucas featuring an overnight stay.Ruby Princess will offer three 10-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera from San Francisco, which include Cabo san Lucas, Mazatlán, Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. Plus, Emerald Princess and Star Princess will sail from Los Angeles on five 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez voyages with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas and visits to La Paz, Loreto and Puerto Vallarta.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemHawaiian IslandsNew for this season, two 16-day cruises from Seattle onboard Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess are offered. Star Princess (roundtrip Los Angeles), Ruby Princess (roundtrip San Francisco) and Grand Princess (roundtrip Vancouver) will sail 15-day Hawaii cruises.Emerald Princess and Star Princess will also offer a 28-day Hawaii and Tahiti cruise roundtrip (Los Angeles) featuring visits to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, plus Pago Pago and Samoa in addition to the Hawaiian Islands.California CoastSeven-day cruises from Los Angeles and San Francisco allow guests to experience coastal towns and cities including Astoria, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. A Grand Princess 10-day option from Vancouver also includes stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.Early Booking DepositPast guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book early with up to a US$100 per person discount off the public fare. This does not apply to third or fourth berth guests. Additionally, reduced deposit is available for Captain Circle guests when they book by Nov. 30, 2019.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upFor more information, visit princess.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Here’s where Princess will sail to in 2020-2021 from the West Coast Friday, May 10, 2019 last_img read more

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Latin America ministers agree to emergency meeting on Cuban migrants

Latin America ministers agree to emergency meeting on Cuban migrants

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Cuban migration in Central America in limbo after Nicaragua refuses to budge Ecuador requires Cubans get visas to dissuade them from using country as springboard to US Murillo also claimed Thursday that allowing the Cubans to proceed would “expose them to a series of risks.” Prompted by pressure from Costa Rica following aCuban migrant crisis on its border with Nicaragua, representatives from the Latin American countries transited by Cubans on their way to the United States are set to meet in El Salvador next Tuesday, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry.Foreign ministers from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba and member states of the Central American Integration System, or SICA, are scheduled to meet on Nov. 24 to discuss a “humanitarian corridor” proposed by Costa Rica, as well as other possible solutions to the influx of Cuban migrants traveling illegally through the isthmus.“The countries have responded positively and in solidarity,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González told reporters on Thursday. “They understand that there is a humanitarian aspect in play here that needs to be addressed holistically by the entire region.”González said the countries are seeking a “stable, long-term” solution to the migration conflict that started at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama and has since moved to the north at Peñas Blancas, along the Nicaragua border. Currently 1,100 Cuban migrants are at that northern border, staying in six different shelters set up by the National Emergency Commission, the Costa Rican Red Cross, and other public and private organizations, according to a video from Casa Presidencial on Thursday.See: President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis A group of 150 Cubans at a shelter in Costa Rica are served hot coffee on Nov. 17, 2015. Ezequiel Becerra/AFPGonzález said the meeting should not be seen as an invitation for more Cubans to leave the island and cross the isthmus illegally.Nicaragua confirmed its assistance late Thursday afternoon.On Thursday morning, Nicaragua’s first lady and spokeswoman Rosario Murillo read a statement to government-controlled media again accusing Costa Rica of provoking the humanitarian crisis at the border, the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa tweeted. Murillo said Costa Rica was “politicizing the wave of Cuban migrants for its own purposes” and that the country “wants to play the victim and wrap itself in the flag of human rights.” Costa Rica countered by saying Nicaragua’s actions to block the Cubans would force them back into the hands of smugglers, where they would not be safe or protected.Some 2,000 Cuban migrants have entered Costa Rica with temporary transit papers after the country temporarily closed its border to the migrants following the dismantling of a human smuggling ring on Nov. 10.Gladys Jiménez, assistant director of Costa Rica’s Immigration Administration, told The Tico Times that the government will continue issuing seven-day transit visas for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, Costa Rican officials said they expect up to 300 additional Cuban migrants a day to arrive at Costa Rica’s border with Panama.David Boddiger contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Murillo’s claims are the latest dustup in an ongoing diplomatic row between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after the Nicaraguan military refused to let several hundred Cubans enter the country without legal permission, confronting the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday, Nov. 15.Costa Rica, which says it has worked with Nicaragua in the past on facilitating transit visas for migrating Cubans, accused Nicaragua of politicizing a humanitarian crisis and antagonizing border police with heavily armed soldiers. Costa Rican police stationed across from the Nicaraguan soldiers were ordered to disarm to prevent the situation from escalating, Costa Rican officials said on Tuesday.The Nicaraguan first lady’s accusations appear to overlook several diplomatic discussions in recent months – spearheaded by Costa Rica – to address the pending Cuban migrant crisis. As recently as Oct. 2, Central American immigration officials signed an agreement backed by SICA and the International Organization for Migration to respond to the increase in Cubans arriving at borders here from South America.The agreement, based on recommendations from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, included several commitments, among them to “control at borders the entry of Cubans by registering those with a legitimate passport and to provide for the orderly and regulated passage through the countries of the region, in conjunction with national legislation an international commitments.” It was signed by Nicaragua’s Assistant Director of Immigration José Anibal Sobalvarro, along with immigration officials from the other Central American countries.Read the Oct. 2 Central America immigration agreement, signed by Nicaragua (in Spanish): #Nicaragua acusa a #CostaRica por provocar crisis humanitaria de cubanos varados en Peñas Blancas.— La Prensa Nicaragua (@laprensa) November 19, 2015 “El Gob. de #CostaRica quiere victimizarse y abanderarse como defensor de #DDHH ” #Nicaragua #CostaRica— La Prensa Nicaragua (@laprensa) November 19, 2015last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.“Obviously we made a couple transactions today and I really like the look of our squad. All the painful days are over and it’s good times. We got a very good practice start with the bonus day and I look forward to getting back here Wednesday.” 3 Comments   Share   On the Cardinals’ captains for the 2017 season:“Yes. Carson (Palmer) and Larry (Fitzgerald). Patrick (Peterson) and Frostee (Rucker). And (Phil) Dawson.”On signing P Andy Lee:“Andy, obviously, has a very good relationship with Phil. He’s been an All-Pro punter for years. He’s healthy and we’re real glad to have him. He’s been his holder for two years so that shouldn’t be any problem.”On how much improvement he sees special teams making this season with Lee and Dawson together:“Yeah, I would hope they would be a whole lot more consistent, you know? Two veteran guys that have been through a lot of big games, and I’m excited they’re both on our team.”On how good of a punter Lee was at his peak:“He wasn’t Ray Guy, but he was close. For his era, he’s one of the tops and he can still put it out there.”On RB David Johnson’s versatility and how much can he be used in different ways:“Like I’ve always said, he’s the closest thing I’ve been around since Marshall Faulk. Marshall could start at wide receiver, probably on defense as a safety or corner, play running back. Very smart guys. You have to watch, if a guy’s not real smart, you overload him to where he can’t play fast if you put a bunch of things on his plate. Obviously, David’s very bright and it’s good to see Andre (Ellington) back healthy, because he can do a lot of things like that also.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Very consistent. He’s got a good anchor. He’s very quick. Those blitz pickup drills, he could fly out of there and get those safeties and he’s just been really consistent the whole time.”On what’s the biggest difference personnel-wise from this year and last:“I think we’re smarter. That’s the biggest thing, especially in the back end of the secondary. We’re, I think, longer and faster again. Each year, we’ve tried to get longer and faster. I think our biggest improvement would be special teams.”On whether he feels like LB Haason Reddick will start and how he feels about Reddick’s progress:“He’ll start in certain packages and I love where he’s at. He’s growing every single day.”On whether there are any concerns with initially keeping only three outside linebackers:“No, because Philip (Wheeler) trained last week and played outside backer in that game and he is a versatile guy so he gives us a versatile inside and outside guy.”On Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and his defensive scheme:“He’s an excellent coach. A first-class guy. Always got his team in a standing position to win games. They’re sound with everything they do.” On the importance of starting the 2017 season well:“It’s going to be paramount with all those road games in September and October. Yeah, we’ve got to get off to a good start and there are no excuses about 10 a.m. and all that crap. We all know the schedule. So yeah, we’ve got to get off to a good start and we’ve got to get off to a good start in those games. You don’t want to get behind on the road in a domed stadium for sure.”On what he saw out of Ellington in training camp and preseason:“I saw Andre. The guy that was there two or three years ago. That run he made in the Hall of Fame game for the touchdown, that was the Andre Ellington of a couple years ago, fighting, spinning, getting it in. And, the dynamic pass receiver that he’s been.”On whether he ever figured out why the Cardinals had issues playing on the East Coast last season:“Going east last year, we snapped the ball over a guy’s head. We just didn’t play very well and the year before, we had no problems. Each team is so different. We went up to New York a couple years ago and played great, so it’s an excuse really. That’s all it is.”On what he saw from C/G Daniel Munyer in training camp and the preseason: (AP Photo) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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