By Rania TaziCasablanca – Ceramists in Morocco have threatened to boycott the Spanish market due to the increasing amount of Spanish ceramics imports that threatens the local ceramics industries.On June 13th, a press briefing was organized in Casablanca where the president of the Moroccan association of ceramists, Mohsine Lazraq, called upon authorities to take charge of the situation. According to Lazraq, not all ceramics imports are declared, and the industry requires a more strict control on customs. Lazraq stated, “When comparing numbers between Spanish exports to Morocco and Moroccan imports from Spain, there is a large gap of more than 1,25 million m² of ceramics that have disappeared.”According to le360.ma, members of the Association of Professionals in the sector have declared that they will no longer buy raw materials from the Spanish market, although they currently purchase 60% of their raw materials there. The president of the Association added, “We have consulted with other supplier countries and as soon as we judge appropriate, we will no longer be supplied from Spain.”This decision is due to the low prices of imports that trump those of local ceramists, which is an example of Spanish artisans conducting the dishonest practice of dumping. The president of the Association stated, “If Spanish and Moroccan authorities impose no measures to stop the dumping, we will have no choice but to respond with radical decisions.”With the risk of losing tens of millions of euros, Spanish authorities are expected to increase measures to help the Moroccan ceramics market reduce Spanish imports.
MCALESTER, Okla. — Attorneys representing the wife of an Oklahoma man who was killed in an oil rig explosion have dismissed a Houston-based company from her wrongful death lawsuit after a settlement was reached.The March 28 filing first reported by the McAlester News-Capital dismisses the negligence claim against Patterson-UTI with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.Dianna Waldridge’s lawsuit alleged negligence by Patterson and Oklahoma City-based Red Mountain Energy in the Jan. 22, 2018, explosion that killed five workers.Waldridge’s attorney, Michael Lyons, said Friday that he can’t discuss terms of the settlement and that the lawsuit continues against Red Mountain Energy.Parker Waldridge of Crescent died in the blast, along with Matt Smith of McAlester; Roger Cunningham of Seminole; Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas; and Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado.The Associated Press
The Council mission held talks – a follow-up to two previous gatherings in 2007 and 2008 – with their AU counterpart in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 16 May, agreeing “to pursue their consultations on ways and means to strengthen their cooperation and partnership,” according to a communiqué issued after the talks. Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda told the 15-member body today that “meetings between the two bodies are useful in strengthening cooperation, particularly in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, including the promotion of human rights, democracy, and rule of law and constitutional order in Africa.”Also highlighting the virtues of UN-AU collaboration was Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, who was the joint leader of the mission to the Great Lakes region in connection with Rwanda.He said the Council’s meeting at the with the AU’s Peace and Security Council “demonstrated the depth of the relationship and the ways in which it’s becoming more substantive,” noting such areas of cooperation such as Somalia and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, where the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, is in place.Regarding the mission’s Rwanda leg, Mr. Sawers said that it was “invaluable” for the Council to see first-hand the situations in the region that it is dealing with, such as the rapprochement between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, who joined forces to root out the mainly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) from the DRC’s east.For his part, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, who led the mission in the Great Lakes in connection with the DRC, highlighted the serious issue of sexual violence, “which is far too wide-spread.”He said that the Council delegation was “able to see this with horror” when the visited a hospital in the capital, Kinshasa. The Government has taken measures, including creating a fund to promote the protection of children, he added.The DRC has “already started combating impunity and this must remain a priority, which we re-affirmed to the government,” Mr. Ripert noted. “Armed groups, the FARDC [Congolese armed forces], must stop all their abuses against the population, in particular, rapes.”United States Ambassador Susan Rice, who led the last leg of the Council’s Africa trip, told the Council that the purpose of the delegation’s visit to Liberia was to “help re-affirm the Security Council’s support for the Government and people of Liberia and for UNMIL’s [the UN Mission in Liberia] efforts to promote peace and security.”She paid tribute to the “inspiring” all-women Indian formed police unit (FPU) – comprising police officers who have received specialized training in high-risk operations and managing crowds – serving with UNMIL. They have “helped to motivate more Liberian women to apply for more law enforcement jobs,” she said.Last June, a similar Security Council mission visited Djibouti, Sudan, Chad, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire. 28 May 2009Enhanced collaboration with the African Union (AU) will help to promote peace and security in Africa, members of the Security Council delegation, which recently wrapped up a week-long visit to the continent, said today.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — There she is. Here she isn’t.Miss America is leaving Atlantic City for the second time, trading one casino town for another.The Miss America Organization says this year’s pageant will be held at the Mohegan Sun Connecticut in Uncasville, Connecticut.It will be broadcast on NBC Dec. 19, in a switch from recent broadcaster ABC.“The Miss America Organization is proud to partner with Mohegan Sun as we return to our longtime NBC home,” said Regina Hopper, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. “We are looking forward to a fresh take on this historic competition that will showcase the incredible women vying for the job of Miss America 2020.”The pageant began in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourism season beyond Labor Day weekend.It became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort but moved to Las Vegas in 2005, returning to Atlantic City in 2013.The pageant went through some big changes last year, the most attention-getting being the elimination of the swimsuit competition in favour of more in-depth contestant interviews.It had been held at the historic Boardwalk Hall, and a parade in which contestants wore shoes with themes identified with their individual states had become part of the pageant’s history.For decades, the pageant was a part of Americana, and longtime master of ceremonies Bert Parks crooning, “There she is … Miss America,” became synonymous with the pageant.Its latest departure from Atlantic City had been expected since the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority declined to renew subsidies for the pageant following last September’s competition.Over the past six years, the agency spent more than $20 million on subsidies for the pageant.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press
“Instead, we should pursue reforms that have generated unprecedented progress and build on these advances to define the objectives of the development programme for the period after 2015 while strengthening multilateralism and UN reforms,” Prosper Bazombanza told the 193 Member States in New York.Despite challenges, Burundi has made undeniable progress in the areas of education and health through measures of free education and medical care for children under five years of age, the Vice-President assured delegations. Mr. Bazombanza noted that his country is continuing the process for the 2015 presidential and general elections which should be “transparent, free and democratic.” According to the Vice President , Burundi has made significant advances in the field of good governance, including the establishment of institutions such as the Independent National Commission on Human Rights and the Institution of the Ombudsman and that the strategy to fight against corruption.“This is long- term and what is important is that there is a political will to move forward,” said Mr. Bazombanza.He also noted that the mandate of the United Nations Office in Burundi will complete its transfer by the end of the year to the UN Country Team.The Vice-President is one of 196 speakers addressing the high-level General Assembly debate whose focus this year is on the MDGs and the sustainable development agenda that will follow after their 2015 deadline. He is one of several speakers from Africa that will address the General Assembly today. Foreign Minister Oldemiro Marques Balói of Mozambique addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey FelipeAlso taking the podium in the Assembly Hall, Oldemiro Baloi, the Foreign Minister of Mozambique, highlighted the importance of multilateralism in addressing the “grave instability and conflicts in the world.” As the UN begins to mark its 70th anniversary year, he called for its bodies to be strengthened so that it can continue to effectively plan its role as the epicentre of multilateralism. “Today more than ever, we must take concrete actions to reinforce the strategic role of the United Nations in the architecture of the global governance,” Mr. Baloi said, in particular the reform of the Security Council.“The United Nations inability to solve conflict situations and political instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe poses a challenge to its authority as the universal entity and multilateral political form to foster dialogue,” he noted. The Foreign Minister highlighted the principle of self-determination which he called central to the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly the rights of Palestinians and people in Western Sahara. “Freedom of choice of political system and of trade is an inalienable right of all states,” he underscored. Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim HaughtonAlso addressing the General Assembly, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra today urged the international community to intensify the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.Mr. Lamamra, whose country is a co-chair of the Task Force on the Sahel, noted regional threats posed by the instability of Mali and Libya.At the request of the Malian parties, Algeria – with support from a strong team of international representatives – is leading the mediation effort between Mali’s Government and groups in the North.“The adoption of a ‘Roadmap for negotiations under the Algiers process’ and the ‘Declaration on Cessation of Hostilities’ have cleared the way for the launch of substantive negotiations, ongoing since 1 September, in order to reach a final peace accord,” Mr. Lamamara said. The launch of these talks coincided with the release of the last two Algerian diplomats held hostage for nearly three years by a terrorist group.Turning to the situation in Libya, the Algerian Minister noted that the establishment of a framework for joint action by neighbouring countries and the launch of an inclusive dialogue for national reconciliation and strengthening of state institutions has raised hopes in a country whose situation has steadily deteriorated over the past three years. “The difficult regional situation requires greater efforts to fight against terrorist groups operating in the Sahel and the interconnections they have established with networks of drug trafficking and organized crime,” he summed up.
Britain’s first ‘guide horse’, who was sacked for being too big, has found a new home with a partially sighted Office for National Statistics worker in London.Digby, who is an American Miniature horse, became Britain’s first ‘guide horse’ when he began training with BBC journalist Mohammed Salim Patel in February.But due to an unexpected growth spurt, which took Digby to the height of 33 inches, Mr Patel decided the horse was too large to guide him around his office in Salford, Greater Manchester. He said the animal had become inconvenient because it would knock items off the shelf in supermarkets and couldn’t fit under his desk at work like a guide dog could.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, Digby’s special training will no longer go to waste as partially sighted Helena Hird, who works for the ONS in London, has decided he’s not too big for her. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Eventually, it will be on a national scale. Guide horses will have to be individually assessed and accredited,” she said.“When more people come forward who want to see guide horses working and recognise the benefits of them, it could work on a greater scale.” Ms Hird, 51, told The Telegraph that she wanted a horse to help her with a genetic sight condition, rather than a guide dog, because horses live for much longer. Unlike dogs, they can live for as long as 45 years.“I’ve grown up around horses, and they’re my default animal, if you like,” she said. Digby, Helena (left) and trainer Kate Masteic at a London awards ceremony.Credit:Caters News Agency “You’ve got to be confident you can read an animal and understand it.“But above all, they have a lot longer life. If I could have one horse that could see me out, that would be great. Guide dogs work for about five to eight years, and they either retire with you or you have to give it away. “If I do the maths and work out how many dogs I could be getting through, that’s heartbreaking.”Digby’s new duties will include travelling on the Underground and navigating escalators for the first time. He could be on the streets of central London and in the ONS’ offices by next year.Digby has already been recognised for his work. Last month, he received a judges’ special award at the Amplifon 2018 Awards for Brave Britons and attended a ceremony at London’s Army and Navy Club in Mayfair.Katy Smith, who runs KL Pony Therapy in North Yorkshire, trained Digby from a foal to help the partially sighted in their daily lives. He can press the button at pedestrian crossings, find the opening in post boxes and lie down on command. Ms Smith hopes that one day ‘guide horses’ will be as popular as guide dogs.
The D-Link Boxee Box has just been released, and it’s already shot to the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling set top boxes, but just in case you’re holding out on buying the gadget based upon whether or not it can be easily self-repaired, the gadgetological vivisectionists over at iFixIt are already on the scene with a fresh teardown.There’s a lot of interesting details in iFixIt’s dissection. iFixIt marvels that the Boxee Box is so small: while it is three times the size of the new AppleTV iFixIt says that it’s still tiny… but the unorthodox form factor makes the internal construction of the device as strange to behold as it is fun to take apart.Inside, iFixIt found an Intel CE4110 processor, which is basically the same as that of the Google TV boasting Logitech Revue. In fact, it’s similar to the Revue all around, except that iFixIt think it’s a much more solidly constructed gadget.One of the most interesting details of the teardown? “The Boxee has a digital to analog audio converter, courtesy of Wolfson Audio! That means you can pump out 1080p video and still use your analog audio equipment. Very convenient for people who may hook up the Boxee Box directly to their computer speakers or retro stereo equipment.” Score!The Boxee Box is looking like a real winner this holiday season. Check out the full teardown below.Read more at iFixIt
They just don’t make them like this anymore — without a 3D printer, that is. Researchers from Birmingham City University in the UK have used high-resolution scanners to recreate a number of historical objects set to go on display at the Museum of London later this year. The 3D printed objects include a watch made in the early 1600’s that had an alarm and calendar functions.It can be easy to forget with the technology we’re accustomed to, but the gilded brass Ferlite watch (named for its creator) was a huge technological achievement at the time. The level of detail that went into its design — including intricate floral designs in gold leaf on the face — made the Ferlite watch a much sought after item in the 17th century. Researchers are cheekily calling it “the iPod of its day.”Scientists fear some of the techniques used to build the Ferlite watch and other technological marvels from centuries past may be lost to us. With so few examples of an item, you can’t very well take it apart to see how it works. This was the impetus to use 3D printing to create replicas of the objects from the Museum of London exhibit. The team was able to remove the remaining enamel on the surface of the virtual watch to get a better look at its internals and construction.Visitors to the exhibit will be able to handle 3D printed replicas of the Ferlite watch, while the genuine article is kept safely out of reach. Researchers also plan to build more detailed replicas to better understand how it was built over 400 years ago.The exhibit containing the watch, and many other items found with it in 1912 will open up in October.
As the price of information storage has plummeted over the years, it has become unthinkable to simply discard data. It wasn’t always like that, though. The iconic BBC TV series Doctor Who debuted in 1963, but the network subsequently taped over or discarded many of the early episodes.With the show’s popularity ballooning following the 2005 reboot, fans have been searching with increased urgency for those lost episodes. It seems now that at least some of them have been uncovered.According to a report in The Mirror, 106 episodes from the show’s early years were discovered in, of all places, Ethiopia. It’s always in the last place you’d think, right? Fans have responded skeptically to the claim, which has yet to be confirmed by the BBC. The incredulous response is understandable — it would be quite fortuitous to find 106 episodes, which is the entirety of the lost episode archive.However, there does appear to be a grain of truth to all this. The BBC has called a press conference and screening event for Tuesday regarding lost Doctor Who episodes. No one is saying anything about how many programs have been found, but it seems the rumors are not made up out of whole cloth, and it wouldn’t be the first time. In fact, many of the early episodes have been recovered in the past from overseas broadcasters that bought copies from the BBC before the originals were discarded.The lost episodes of Doctor Who are from the first two series, which starred William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as The Doctor. The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is coming up in a few weeks on November 23rd. It would be a very timely to happen upon a cache of classic episodes, but we’ll know more in the coming days.
Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on target The beginning of October brings pumpkin spice everything, Halloween décor, and New York Comic Con. This past week, New York Comic Con greeted the nerd masses from all over the world at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center from October 5th through October 8th. As East Coast’s answer to San Diego Comic Con and the largest convention in North America, the crowds of enthusiastic fans were in full effect. Whether they were there to meet their favorite artists and celebrities, pick up some convention exclusives, or dress up as their favorite fictional characters (or all of the above!).Despite the muggy autumn weather in New York and the cramped conditions of a convention center that’s currently in the process of expanding, nearly 200,000 attendees congregated to partake in the spectacle that is New York Comic Con. Since this year’s show featured the relocation of Artist Alley to a smaller ballroom and various events/panels taking place off-site, the lobby and the primary exhibit halls actually ended up being the breeziest and most bearable areas to wander. This year’s show also included a SyFy fan lounge, a quiet room, and an artist alley lounge, in case you wanted to take a break from the crowded crowds in a slightly-less-crowded-but-still-kind-of-crowded area. One of my favorite things about New York Comic Con is witnessing the pure dedication and artistry of con-goers dressed up in some of the most clever, creative, and often unwieldy costumes, regardless of the massive crowds. From My Hero Academia to Twin Peaks to New Gods, cosplayers proudly wore their hearts on their sleeves as they portrayed their fandom faves throughout the convention. Luckily, I was able to capture some of New York Comic Con’s finest in cosplay craftsmanship – check out some of the amazing cosplayers I met last week!All photos by Betty Felon.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.
The play-off fixtures for the third round of the Champions League have been announced following Monday’s draw in NyonThe ties have been separated into a champions path and a league path with the winners of the six fixtures set to be entered into the group stage draw.Eredivisie title holders PSV Eindhoven will face either Qarabag or BATE Borisov in the Champions path, which will take place between August 21 and 29.Benfica, whose four-year dominance of Portugal’s Primeira Liga came to an end last season, will first face Turkish giants Fenerbahçe before they can take on either Greek side PAOK or Spartak Moscow from Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…The exact third qualifying round contenders will be concluded on August 14.Champions League play-off draw Ties on 21 & 29 August: Champions path Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Salzburg (AUT)/Shkëndija (MKD) Qarabag (AZE)/BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED) League path Benfica (POR)/Fenerbahçe (TUR) v PAOK (GRE)/Spartak Moskva (RUS)Ties on 22 & 28 August: Champions path Young Boys (SUI) v Astana (KAZ)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Malmö (SWE)/Vidi (HUN) v Celtic (SCO)/AEK Athens (GRE) League path Standard Liège (BEL)/Ajax (NED) v Slavia Praha (CZE)/Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)(As reported on the UEFA website).
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final standards for 2017 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2018 for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moved to the last review step. EPA has sent the final standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review, which includes addressing input from the USDA and DOE.In the coming days and weeks, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) will coordinate meetings between NBB staff, with members of the RVO Working Group, and the Administration to again press our case for stronger Biomass-based Diesel and Advanced Biofuel volumes. After the OMB review, EPA will finalize the standards and release them publicly.The EPA proposal calls for increasing the Biomass-based Diesel volume from 2 billion gallons in 2017 to 2.1 billion gallons in 2018. Additionally, it calls for increasing the overall Advanced Biofuel volume it previously set for 2016 of 3.61 billion gallons to 4 billion gallons in 2017, well below the statutorily required volume of 9 billion gallons. The American Soybean Association and NBB have made the case to revise the volumes upward to at least 2.5 billion gallons for Biomass-based Diesel for 2018 and 4.75 billion gallons for overall Advanced Biofuels for 2017.EPA remains on pace to issue the final standards by Nov. 30. We will keep you posted on any developments.
Around 10,000 service members participate in Northern Edge, which lasts from May 13-24. The exercises take place primarily above the Alaska Range and in the Gulf of Alaska. A jet-fighter taking off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during exercises in 2015. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media) Environmental groups have criticized both the timing and scale of the trainings, which take place as fish and marine mammals are passing through the waters around the state. The military says this time of year provides an abundance of daylight, along with relatively mild weather that is conducive to the large-scale effort. Thousands of military personnel are in Alaska for the start of Northern Edge 2019. The biennial training exercise is the largest in the state, bringing troops, aircraft and ships from all the service branches. Personnel come to Alaska from across the contiguous United States and Pacific. In a press release, the Air Force says around 250 aircraft will take part. And, for the first time in a decade, an aircraft carrier from the Pacific Fleet will be on hand.
Warangal: His love for alma mater, Mahabubia High School, hasn’t diminished a bit even though it’s been more than three decades from the time he had completed his schooling.Since then Nannapuneni Narender had a meteoric rise from impoverished student to a lawmaker. Even though he had scaled new heights politically from Corporator to Mayor, and eventually becoming the MLA from the Warangal East constituency, Narender has always concerned about his school and his classmates in which he studied from Class VI to SSC between 1983 and 1988. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us He went emotional on Tuesday when he noticed the kind of pathetic situation the school was in. “It was not expected. I tried my level best to develop the school when I was the Mayor of the city. And it’s high time to focus on the school.” He spoke to teachers and assured them to provide adequate funds for the development of the school. “Mahabubia High School would be developed on par with the infrastructural facilities the corporate institutions have. A committee exclusively for the school development would be formed,” Narender said. A bank account in the name of Mahabubia High School Development Fund would be opened and the District Collector or District Education Officer as its custodian to collect donations from alumnus and philanthropists for the development of the school, he said. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Starting English medium classes in the school is also on the priority list, the MLA said, urging teachers to prepare an action plan to protect the school. He clarified that there was no proposal to change the name of the school as ‘Mahabubia High School’ itself is an identity. Teachers, retired teachers and several alumni were present.
Yakutpura: After filing scores of RTI applications, an activist from the Old City, who failed to receive any of the information from GHMC even after 15 months, continues to strive and run from pillar to post for getting details. All that he received was a clear ‘non-availability’ of information, in spite of his gruelling efforts.Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, Abdul Rahman, a social activist from Yakutpura, said that his 25 RTI applications have been pending with the GHMC officials. Amongst them, he even took up the case of 8 RTI applications to the Appellant Authority but to no avail. Apart from PIO (Public Information Officer) and Appellant Authority, he also sought information through five applications from the Zonal Commissioner and, interestingly, even the zonal office could not provide the details even after five months. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He said that he also approached the RTI Commissioner over the matter three months ago, but nothing happened. “Why the RTI queries were not being answered. Is there any scam in the projects under the Charminar zone? In every zone, citizens were receiving information but why there is no reply from Charminar Zone,” he wondered. To make his task more arduous, when Rahman visited the GHMC office to enquire about the status of his applications, one of the officials from engineering wing questioned why he wanted the information and what he intended to do with the information after he gets it. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us After waiting for hours, he got a reply that there was ‘no information available’ or the officer, who is designated to release information, was not available. “RTI is like a bombshell for them, if the information is revealed, they fear losing their jobs owing to the scams in which are involved,” he added. He feels that the reason behind the official apathy could be reason to suspect something fishy was going on. Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that the activist was earlier assaulted by GHMC workers, which made some headlines locally. Following a complaint lodged against 28 workers (Sanitary Field Assistants) under GHMC (South Zone), the activist was allegedly physically assaulted by those whose names were enlisted for indulging in corruption. People’s Union for Civil Liberties-Telangana State (PUCL-TS) took up the matter with the DGP, alleging that Abdul Rahman was physically assaulted and also threatened. He faced the wrath after he had filed a complaint before the Anti-Corruption and Vigilance Department against the SFA at Rein Bazar area of Old City on how they were pocketing the public money in the name of sweeping and cleaning.
In a battle of top players, junior Lauren Hartlage downed Kentucky’s Leonie Bettel, an ANNIKA Award candidate, 2 & 1. Delaney Shah was victorious by the same score over Claire Carlin. Louisville is back on the course for the Moon Golf Invitational Feb. 18-19 at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla.ResultsLauren Hartlage (UL) defeats Leonie Bettel (UK) 2 & 1Delaney Shah (UL) defeats Claire Carlin (UK) 2 & 1Olivia Cason (UL) defeats Josephine Chang (UK) 1 up (19)Lauren Thibodeau (UL) defeats Rikke Svejgård Nielsen (UK) 5 & 3Sarah Shipley (UK) defeats Mairead Martin (UL) 1 up Casey Ott (UK) defeats Linda Trockel (UL) 6 & 5Sarah Fite (UK) defeats Margot Bechadergue (UL) 4 & 3Ryan Bender (UK) defeats Meghan Nay (UL) 1 up (19) Print Friendly Version “Today was a great way to start off the spring season with a win against Kentucky,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “We always want to bring the Battle of the Bluegrass trophy back to Louisville. The match today provided great competition and gives us a good building block to begin the rest of our spring season.” Louisville downed Kentucky 4-1 in the five-player match play format to win the Battle of the Bluegrass State for the fourth time in five seasons. Three other individual matches were played, with Linda Trockel falling 6 & 5, Margot Bechadergue dropping her match 4 & 3 and Meghan Nay taking a 1 down loss in 19 holes. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The spring season started with a bang for the University of Louisville women’s golf team with a victory over Kentucky on Sunday in the Battle of the Bluegrass State. The event was played at Hoover Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Mairead Martin was 1 down in her match against Sarah Shipley for Kentucky’s lone point on the day. Olivia Cason needed a 19th hole, but the senior came out with a 1 up victory. Lauren Thibodeau grabbed the largest victory of the day, winning 5 & 3 over Rikke Svejgard Nielsen.
Related posts:Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup run Chile’s Copa América: Pollution worries hang in the air Sloth Kong nurses Panama back to health as La Sele takes lead in World Cup group play “Coaching Costa Rica’s squad is a big responsibility,” Gareca said. “Leading any country is always a big responsibility, and Costa Rica has had an incredible World Cup. I accepted the invitation [to visit], and we’ll see what happens.”Recommended: PHOTOS: Costa Ricans go wild celebrating World Cup upset over UruguayGareca did not comment specifically about Costa Rican football, saying in press reports that, “I’m not going into details about Costa Rica beyond their great performance at the World Cup. Their tough play and the work of the coaching staff drew the admiration of the entire world. We all enjoyed watching Costa Rica play in the World Cup.”Who is ‘El Tigre’?Gareca was born in Tapiales, in Buenos Aires province, and began playing for a neighborhood club at the age of 11.“My destiny was a football,” he said in a 2012 interview with Guillermo Salentino. “Every time I came home from school the first thing I did was play football. I lived in the street. We grew up in the street. As a kid, my dad and I were Vélez fans.“Later, my dad would come watch me play in a club at the local church. I started as a goalkeeper and then moved to midfield. … My dad was my life; he influenced my career in sports and was the person who had the most faith in me,” he said.Watch the full interview in Spanish: Gareca played with the Argentine clubs Vélez Sarsfield, River Plate and Boca Juniors, and Colombia’s América de Cali.He coached Talleres de Córdoba and Vélez, where he won the Argentine championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he took his team to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana.He also coached Universitario de Deportes in Peru, wining the national championship in 2008. His last job was at Palmeiras de Brasil, a team that fired him last August after only three months. His record at Palmeiras: four wins, one tie and eight losses.Related: Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup winSee more of our 2014 World Cup coverage here Facebook Comments Argentina’s Ricardo “El Tigre” Gareca, 56, a former coach of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, is the frontrunner to become Costa Rica’s new head coach for the national football team, known as “La Sele.”According to statements by both Gareca and Eduardo Li, president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, or Fedefútbol, the Argentine and La Sele are close to a contract deal that would start in 2015.Gareca arrived in Costa Rica on Sunday, and on Monday was given a tour of Project Goal and several local sporting facilities. He returns to Argentina on Wednesday.“We have everything ready. We have a verbal agreement, and all that remains are a few contract details,” Li told the Argentine radio station América. Li added that a contract likely would be signed this week.Gareca, meanwhile, told local media, “I was invited to get to know Costa Rica and the intentions of Fedefútbol directors in hiring me, of which I’m thankful. I am one of the options.”That seemed like a bit of an understatement, as Gareca is strongly favored to be La Sele’s next head coach following the departure of Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto, who led Costa Rica this year to its strongest World Cup performance to date. Pinto was temporarily replaced by Costa Rica’s Paulo Wanchope. According to Reuters, one of Costa Rica’s conditions is for Wanchope to remain part of La Sele’s coaching staff.If Gareca gets the job, one of his first challenges would be CONCACAF’s Copa Oro in June 2015.Another candidate in the running is Argentine Miguel Ángel Russo, but Gareca seems to be in fashion these days South America (in Spanish):
Share Senators Pen Letter to FHFA Chief Over FHLB Requirements Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA Mel Watt Politics 2014-12-19 Seth Welborn Twenty-seven senators have signed a letter addressed to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt asking him to reconsider the stricter membership requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks the Agency proposed in September.The changes to membership requirements outlined by Watt in a speech at the FHLBank Director’s Conference on September 2 require members to hold 1 percent of their assets in home mortgage loans (HML) on an ongoing basis, whereas the previous rule requires members to demonstrate this only at the time of their application and not at any time afterward. Another proposed change requires members to adhere to the 10 percent residential mortgage loan (RML) requirement on an ongoing basis as opposed to just at the time of application.The letter, co-authored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), states that “(t)he proposed rule affects long-standing membership rules for the Federal Home Loan Bank system and will negatively affect new and current members in the system.” Twenty-five other senators signed the letter.”Under the current regulations, if a member does not have assets that meet the system’s statutory and regulatory requirements for eligible collateral, it cannot borrow,” Manchin and Kirk wrote in the letter. “Under the proposed regulation, however, even if a member has assets that meet this test, a member could be expelled from membership if the member cannot meet the new—and unprecedented—mortgage asset tests for continued membership. The consequences are harsh and the terms of the proposed rule are inconsistent with the explicit terms of the FHLBank Act.”The letter states that in the 80 years since it was created, the FHLBank system has been a key partner in the success of smaller institutions, and the authors pointed out that Watt has stated the importance of these institutions in housing finance. The authors of the letter also pointed out the value of the cooperative FHLBank model was demonstrated by the stability the FHLBanks provided during the 2008 financial crisis.”Given their success and importance, we are concerned the proposed rule could jeopardize the ability of FHLBanks to provide liquidity to community financial institutions when they need it most,” the letter said.Manchin and Kirk also asked Watt in the letter to “consult further with other agencies before finalizing any rule that affects these much needed financial institutions,” since the FHLBank system is currently operating “safely and successfully.””In light of these concerns, we urge you to reconsider this proposal and consult with Congress, which is where these important policy decisions should be made,” the letter said.The senators who signed the letter were (alphabetically): Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Blunt (R-Missouri), Cardin (D-Maryland), Chambliss (R-Georgia), Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Cochran (R-Mississippi), Coats (R-Indiana), Donnelly (D-Indiana), Fischer (R-Nebraska), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Isakson (R-Georgia), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Johanns (R-Nebraska), King (I-Maine), Kirk (R-Illinois), Manchin (D-West Virginia), Moran (R-Kansas), Portman (R-Ohio), Roberts (R-Kanas), Rubio (R-Florida), Scott (R-South Carolina), Tester (D-Montana), Thune (R-South Dakota), and Wicker (R-Mississippi).Last month, a bipartisan group of 68 house members signed a letter to Watt, authored by Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) and David Scott (D-Georgia), expressing the same sentiments regarding the proposed FHLBank membership rule. The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) voiced similar concerns in November. December 19, 2014 454 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News
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