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Wells, Martinez victors in Laguna Madre Water District races

first_img RelatedLM Water District to hold electionsBY Sasha Heller Managing Editor editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) will hold a General Election on Nov. 4 to fill two open Board seats (Positions 1 and 2). The candidates for Position 1 will be Robert Vela and Rick Wells. The candidates for Position 2 will be…August 28, 2014In “News”Early voting underway in hotly contested racesBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There is still time to participate in early voting, which concludes Oct. 31, before the Nov. 4 general election. Polling places are at the County Annex Building at 505 Highway 100 in Port Isabel during the following dates and times – Friday, Oct.…October 23, 2014In “News”Board OKs controversial rate hikeBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Newly-elected members were sworn in at the Laguna Madre Water District meeting held this past Wednesday. Rick Wells and Nancy Martinez succeeded Rudy H. Garcia and Robert Vela, respectively. Jeff Keplinger took over as chairman for Scott D. Friedman after four years of…November 13, 2014In “News” Share By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comRick WellsThe tedious write-in process used to determine the Laguna Madre Water District Board of Directors elections carried over into late Wednesday as votes were hand counted.Unofficial results revealed Rick Wells triumphant over Robert Vela for Position 1 due to a strong showing in South Padre Island and with mail-in ballot voters, and a surge in Port Isabel allowed Nancy Martinez to squeak out a narrow win over John Thobe for Position 2 by roughly 20 votes.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Terkait Masalah Seat Pitch, FAA Dipaksa Perbaharui Peraturan Penerbangan

first_imgJarak antar kursi 29 inci (Wing Boarding Area) Tersadar atau tidak, saat ini banyak maskapai yang mempersempit jarak antar kursi satu dengan lainnya (seat pitch). Hal ini dilakukan agar pesawat bisa menampung penumpang lebih banyak lagi, biasanya maskapai dengan biaya murah atau low cost carrier (LCC) melakukan hal tersebut.Namun, tahukah Anda sebagai penumpang sebenarnya berhak mendapat tempat yang nyaman walupun dengan maskapai LCC. Karena adanya penyempitan jarak antar kursi ini bila terjadi insiden pada pesawat justru akan memperlambat waktu penyelamatan atau evakuasi.Baca juga: Dilema Seat Pitch, Maskapai Tambah Untung Penumpang Merana KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman cbsnews.com (13/9/2017), tahun 2016 lalu ketika American Airlines 767 mengalami insiden mesin terbakar saat lepas landas di Chicago, untuk mengevakuasi semua penumpang pesawat dibutuhkn waktu lebih dari dua menit. Padahal Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) memiliki persyaratan dimana maskapai penerbangan harus menunjukkan bahwa mereka mampu mengevakuasi sebuah pesawat terbang yang penuh penumpang dalam waktu 90 detik atau kurang, bahkan saat pintu terganjal atau susah untuk dibuka.Tak hanya itu, Delta Airlines yang meluncur di landasan pacu bersalju di LaGuardia New York tahun 2015 mengalami kerusakan sistem komunikasi dalam pesawat dan melakukan evakuasi penumpang lebih dari 17 menit. Adanya penyempitan kursi pesawat ini juga menjadi kekhawatiran baru dimana untuk evakuasi waktu yang dibutuhkan lebih lama.Saat ini jarak antar baris kursi yang seharusnya 35 inci menjadi 31 inci, ada juga yang mempersempit hingga 28 inci apalagi bila penumpang tersebut memiliki tubuh yang besar akan semakin sempit pastinya. Paul Hudson merupakan president of Flyers Rights yakni sebuah kelompok advokasi yang menuntut, memaksa FAA untuk mengatur jarak antar kursi dan memperbaharui standar keselamatan yang sudah berlangsung selama puluhan tahun.“Menyusutnya kursi pasti membuat penumpang yang menggunakan moda udara kurang aman. Perhatian terbesar adalah tidak akan bisa keluar tepat waktu saat terjadi insiden dalam pesawat. Saat harus menunduk, pastinya Anda tidak akan bisa melakukannya dengan baik dan membentur kursi serta bisa membuat patah leher,” kata Hudson.Saat musim panas, pada persidangan banding terkait keselamatan penumpang dalam pesawat, keputusan hakim berpihak pada kelompok Hudson dimana keprihatinan terkait keselamatan penumpang dan memerintahkan FAA untuk mengkaji masalah ini. Dengan putusan tersebut, FAA mengatakan pihaknya tengah mengkajinya, namun pihak maskapai penerbangan menolak untuk berbicara pada media dan mengataakan mereka memenuhi atau melampaui persyaratan keamanan federal.Baca juga: Lima Poin Ini Jadi Kunci Keselamatan Saat Pesawat Alami Crash LandingBoeing mengatakan bahwa pihaknya melakukan tes evakuasi untuk memastikan sebuah pesawat terbang dapat dievakuasi dalam waktu 90 detik atau kurang, namun pengujian tersebut dilakukan di hanggar, bukan di lingkungan kecelakaan dunia nyata.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDilema Seat Pitch, Maskapai Tambah Untung Penumpang Merana21/07/2017In “Featured”Untuk Rute Jarak Pendek, Low Cost Carrier Tawarkan Konsep “Standing Seat”23/04/2018In “Featured”FAA Menolak Aturan Pembatasan Jarak Kursi di Kabin Pesawat13/07/2018In “Domestik”last_img read more

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Walker Appoints Health Commissioner

first_imgAppointments are still subject to legislative approval. The heads of most remaining departments are listed as acting commissioners, pending decisions on permanent appointments. Walker says Davidson is knowledgeable and passionate about the issue and said his administration will move as aggressively as possible to expand coverage. Gov. Walker: “For far too long, far too many Alaskans have gone without healthcare. When one person is sick and doesn’t get medical attention, the entire family suffers.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new Alaska State Health Commissioner has been named, as Governor Bill Walker today appointed Valerie Davidson.center_img Other appointments today include: Sam Cotten as acting Fish and Game commissioner and Marty Rutherford as a deputy Natural Resources commissioner. Walker said Davidson’s appointment is the first big step in expanding Medicaid in Alaska…last_img read more

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Reese hangs on to claim 4th world long jump title

first_img American Brittney Reese competes in the long jump final at the world championships on Friday. Reese won with a leap of 7.02 meters. | AP Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta earned the bronze.Reese won with a leap of 7.02 on her third attempt and had to endure a nerve-wracking finale after receiving a red flag on her next three jumps.The 30-year-old said it was an emotional moment after her grandfather passed away two weeks ago.“I was doing this for him and I know he would have been cheering for me,” she said.Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands dipped at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou in another extremely close race to defend her 200-meter title in 20.05 seconds.The most jaw-dropping result came in the women’s steeplechase, where the U.S. clinched an unlikely 1-2 finishEmma Coburn took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to finish in a championship record of 9:02.58, with Courtney Frerichs taking second in 9:03.77. world championships, Tianna Bartoletta, Darya Klishina, Brittney Reese KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOScenter_img LONDON – American Brittney Reese claimed her fourth world long jump title on Friday after a tense, tight contest in which only 6 cm separated the top four competitors.Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral athlete after the Russian federation was banned over state-sponsored doping, took silver for her first medal at a major finals after jumping 7 meters for the first time in six years. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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House Finance Votes To Eliminate State Funding On School Construction Projects

first_imgThe bond debt vote was included in the first draft of the alternative budget plan presented by the House Finance Committee. In Soldotna, the average home is worth $250,000, which means an additional $360/year in property taxes in order to cover school bond debt if that was the route the Kenai Peninsula Borough chose to take. The 7-4 vote was suggested by Representative Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski): “If we stop spending money that we don’t have, then it will be a shift of responsibility to others who will also have to be fiscally responsible. We are in a different time, we are in a budget situation where we don’t have the money that we had.”  Carpenter during the floor session on Wednesday stated that if the bond debt remained under state funding it could mean cuts to the Permanent Fund dividend or state programs: “While we may be thinking about a $250-500 dollar increase in taxes on the local level. What you are doing away with, for a family of four, is $12,000 in PFD checks.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to stop state payments for school construction debt and require local cities and boroughs to provide the full funding for those projects. Local municipalities and school districts could cut their own budgets to take on the the cost of a project, or they could raise property taxes in response.last_img read more

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Bosso Faults Rohr On Ignoring Home-Based Players (AUDIO)

first_imgChairman of the Nigerian Football Coaches Association Ladan Bosso has faulted Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for constantly ignoring home-based players in selecting players for the senior national team.The Franco-German tactician has relied heavily on foreign-based players for Super Eagles games and tournaments, overlooking their domestic counterparts whom he claims are not good enough.Rohr’s persistent snub of home-based lads has prompted the Nigeria Football Federation to insert a clause in his new contract offer which mandates him to live in Nigeria and watch league matches so he can ‘nurture’ domestic players.While reckoning that Rohr has done well since he took charge of the 3-time African champions in 2016, Bosso berated the former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach for not giving some of the finest players in the Nigeria Professional Football League a chance in his team.“In the first place, as far as I am concerned, Gernot Rohr has extremely done well,” the former Abia Warriors coach said. “The only issue is that he has not been encouraging the local lads in the national team. That’s the only area I found fault in him.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bosso-April-13.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“As a technical adviser of the senior national team, you are to put glamour in the local league. Putting glamour in the local means inviting those players who are doing well in the league from time to time.“I cannot see any reason why we say we are lacking strikers those days and you cannot go and pick, maybe, the top three scorers in the league. You are supposed to be inviting them so they can get polished one time or the other they’ll gradually come into the team.“By the time they start moving around with those foreign-based players, I think that will give them confidence. That’s the only area where I find fault in Gernot Rohr.”Otherwise, the former Flying Eagles coach believes Rohr is a good coach and has done well in qualifying Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFCON quite easily.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bosso-2-April-13.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“He is not a bad coach because the most important thing is that since he started handling the national team, we have always been qualifying. Even before the end of the qualifying series, we know that we are already there,” the former Bayelsa United and Kano Pillars coach said.“That alone shows that he is doing well.”RelatedYobo Departs From Rohr With NPFL Players Stance (AUDIO)May 28, 2020In “Featured”Former Eagles Reproach Gernot Rohr on Team SelectionNovember 9, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Restates Preference For Foreign-based Players (AUDIO)March 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Quid-a-kid for Shrewsbury friendly

first_imgThe Shrews will be City’s fourth opponents of the pre-season calendar – a game which will see the players wear the 2018/19 away strip – as preparations continue to build ahead of the new campaign.Tickets are priced at £11 for adults, £6 for senior citizens and a special quid-a-kid offer will be available for under-19s – all inclusive of fees.Only the West Stand Lower will be opened to home supporters initially, with unreserved seating in operation. The Atyeo Stand will be used by the Shrewsbury Town fans.Supporters will be able to pay on the day but please arrive early to avoid queues at the main ticket office next to the Atyeo statue.last_img read more

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Thumbs up, thumbs down from the Milwaukee Mile

first_imgSebastien Bourdais (11) competes at the IndyCar Series auto race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Sunday, July 12, 2015. Bourdais won the race.Sebastien Bourdais (11) competes at the IndyCar Series auto race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Sunday, July 12, 2015. Bourdais won the race.THUMBS UPSebastien Bourdais and KVSH: Give this group credit for sticking together. Jimmy Vasser won a series championship (CART in 1996), and he knows what he has in the Frenchman who won Champ Car titles from 2004-07. Now they have three wins together, including one in Toronto last year and the second Detroit race in May. The Indianapolis-based team also now has two oval-track wins. The other is fairly memorable: the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan at the wheel. That seems like ages ago, but Vasser and co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven tabbed Bourdais, now 36, to lead the latest era, and he’s delivered. This arguably was his best drive since returning to IndyCar from a short Formula One stint. He said he doesn’t “think I’ve ever been better.”Sebastien Bourdais wins ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee MileJosef Newgarden and CFH Racing: Because of this event’s rare packaging of qualifying and the race in the same afternoon, the pole won by the No. 67 car was overshadowed. But as with Bourdais’ situation, this group is having a dream season, and it’s not over yet. Newgarden won the Barber Motorsports Park road race in April and last month’s street show in Toronto. Now he has a pole in his 63rd IndyCar start. Newgarden will be a free agent at season’s end – unless he re-signs with the team in the meantime – and it will be interesting to see if Chip Ganassi calls. Roger Penske probably won’t with the lineup he has, but Newgarden will have to list to Ganassi. Newgarden will also have to listen closely to Ed Carpenter, Wink Hartman and Sarah Fisher because they’ve handed him a golden opportunity to show his skills. And he’s doing just that.Cavin: Does IndyCar have a new star in Josef Newgarden?Ryan Briscoe’s strong weekend: Yes, he lost control of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car on Lap 131 and crashed, but the air flow changed as drivers surrounded him in the congested restart. Yes, that sounds like a copout and maybe he deserves blame for what happened. But Briscoe also has been swinging a big bat since replacing the injured (and now recovering) James Hinchcliffe. Briscoe ran with the leaders in the Indianapolis 500 and again at Texas Motor Speedway. He was on his A-game at Auto Club Speedway before Ryan Hunter-Reay spun in front in his path, and he qualified second here and gave Newgarden his best battle for the lead before the car’s air jack briefly failed during the first pit stop. That bobble cost Briscoe 18 seconds to the leader and dropped him to 18th place, and yet he still managed to fight back to fifth, which is where he was when he spun.Everyone involved with the IndyFest: Michael Andretti, who owns the promotion company hosting this event, concedes another event is in question, but Andretti got about everything he could hope for Sunday. The weather was warmer than expected, but there was no threat of rain. The entertainment around the actual race was festive, and the ticket buyers seemed to respond. The racing was good, too. This is a bottom-line business. If the numbers add up, Milwaukee will be on IndyCar’s 2016 schedule (and it doesn’t matter what happens with nearby Road America). If they don’t, it’s been a heck of a run for the Mile.THUMBS DOWNTeam Penske’s weekend: The finishes of Helio Castroneves (second) and Juan Pablo Montoya (fourth) don’t really reflect how much of a struggle these two days were. When Montoya got flagged for speeding on pit road, only one of Roger Penske’s cars was running in the top 10 (that was Will Power in ninth). Power later was collected in the spin of Briscoe, forcing him into a 22nd-place finish (of 24 cars) and knocked him severely back in the championship chase. He’s 70 points behind Montoya, with Scott Dixon, Castroneves and Graham Rahal between them. Simon Pagenaud didn’t show much either day, qualifying 17th and finishing ninth. Also, Team Penske should never be forced to start at the back because its car wasn’t in the qualifying line on time.Roger Penske: Team ‘committed’ to four IndyCar driversThis format: Some have pushed for a one-day IndyCar event, but as Bourdais pointed out, the schedule of a 24-hour show puts a strain on the teams if something happens. Not just crashing but an engine failure in qualifying or even a car that doesn’t start before the race. It can happen. Also, there were only three hours to honor and promote Newgarden winning his first career pole. True two-day shows are better, and it would be nice to have qualifying on the first day to allow for a news peg.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Facebook and on Twitter: @curtcavin. Sebastian Bourdais ,. of France, wears a cheese head hat and gets the winners trophy after the IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Sunday, July 12, 2015.Sebastian Bourdais ,. of France, wears a cheese head hat and gets the winners trophy after the IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., Sunday, July 12, 2015.last_img read more

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Prep football: Parkway gets past Haughton

first_imgIt took awhile, but the Parkway Panthers finally subdued the pesky Haughton Buccaneers 23-7 in a District 1-5A game Friday night at soggy Preston Crownover Stadium.Heavy rain before the game made for some tough field conditions. There was a steady downpour in the first half before the rain finally stopped.Parkway, ranked ninth in Class 5A, improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in District 1-5A. The Panthers are tied for second with Airline and Byrd, one game behind Evangel. Haughton, which lost its third straight, dropped to 5-3 and 1-3.Parkway plays winless Southwood (0-8, 0-3) Friday at Lee Hedges Stadium. Haughton hosts Evangel (7-1, 4-0).Parkway outgained Haughton 416-195, but the Bucs stayed in the game until midway in the fourth quarter.The Panthers came into the game averaging 41 points per game, but head coach David Feaster said the field conditions weren’t really a factor.“Haughton was really good,” he said. “They did some things to hurt us on both sides of the ball. A lot is going to be said about what if it wasn’t muddy, what if we’d been on a dry field. But the truth is that it would have been a very good ball game either way.“Very happy with the guys effort tonight. It was a different type of ball game. I thought we did a good job of not turning it over very much and handling the environment and all that other stuff. They did the same thing. If they would’ve turned it over a few times in the first half we could’ve jumped ahead of them, but they never did.”Haughton scored on its opening drive, taking over at the Parkway 37 after forcing a punt. The Bucs converted a fourth-and-2. Quarterback Darius Brooks ran up the middle for the touchdown from seven yards out, pushing through several Panthers for the last couple of yards.Nico Broadway’s PAT made it 7-0. But that would be it for the Bucs.“We feel our defense really played well tonight,” Feaster said. “It was key to stop them, particularly the run game in the rain in the first half and all that. But in the second half we did a better job with the pass, too.” Haughton had its chances. A 43-yard run by Antonio Woodfork set the Bucs up at the Parkway 35 in the second quarter with the game tied at 7.After converting a fourth-and-5, Haughton had a first down at the 23. But Kyler Marrus and Greg Jones stopped Haughton backs behind the line of consecutive plays.Ryan Black broke up a pass on fourth-and-17 and Parkway took over at the 30.The Panthers drove 70 yards for a touchdown to take the lead for good. Keondre Wudtee passed to CJ Morgan for 36 yards to the Haughton 30. Four plays later Morgan went around right end 19 yards for the TD.Antonio Woodfork blocked the PAT and Parkway led 13-7. That’s how it stood at the half.With Haughton still trailing 13-7, Duncan Smith picked off a Wudtee pass at the Parkway 42. But the Bucs turned it over on downs on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-3.The Panthers finally got a little breathing room when Harrison Hopkins kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11:12 left in the game. Terrace Marshall had a 26-yard catch and Wudtee a 31-yard run on the drive.Parkway finally put the game away on Robert McKnight’s 11-yard TD run with 5:35 left.Wudtee completed 11 of 21 passes for 172 yards. He also rushed 11 times for 59 yards. McKnight rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries. Morgan rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries and scored two TDs, including a 13-yard run in the first quarter. Marshall caught three passes for 60 yards. Deonte’ Hawkins had two catches for 41 yards. Kei’Untre Normandin led Haughton on the ground with 49 yards on nine carries. Pryce Curry, who came in at quarterback for a few second-half series, completed three passes for 61 yards.Kynan Hayes had two catches for 40 yards, and Woodfork had two for 35.Lloyd Cole and Semaj Tarver were in on 12 tackles each to lead Parkway’s defense. Black was in on seven. Derious Bradford had an interception.T’Marquiese Winfield had seven solo tackles and two assists to lead Haughton. Harrison Voight had five solos and one assist. Woodfork had five solos. Smith and Matthew Davis had interceptions.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoOceandrawThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowOceandraw|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCars|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Speculation over Van Ginkel’s future and Cech is linked with loan move

first_imgThe Sunday Mirror reports that Marko van Ginkel has told Chelsea he wants to move if he is not in their first-team plans.Italian clubs AC Milan and Lazio are said to be interested in the Dutch midfielder, who has recovered from a long-term knee injury.There continues to be speculation over the futures of Blues duo Petr Cech and Fernando Torres.AdChoices广告The Mail on Sunday say AC Milan are interested in taking Torres on loan as well as Van Ginkel.Van Ginkel’s first-team prospects at Chelsea currently look bleakAnd the Sunday Express say Cech, previously linked with an £18m move to Real Madrid, could be heading for France on loan.Paris St-Germain and Monaco are reported to be interested in the 32-year-old keeper, who has lost his place to Thibaut Courtois.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Why Conte would be ‘very happy’ to risk being sacked

first_imgAntonio Conte has laughed off the suggestion that the sackings of Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri mean his job could be at risk if he leads Chelsea to the title.Conte was cheekily asked at a press conference on Friday if he felt the fate of two of his predecessors at Stamford Bridge did not bode well for him. Mourinho was axed seven months after guiding Chelsea to the title in 2015, while former Blues boss Ranieri has been controversially shown the door by Leicester, having won last season’s Premier League with the Foxes. AdChoices广告Conte said: “If we are able to reach this dream, I’m ready to face this risk. I’m very happy to, if it means we won the league!”Conte’s side, who are at home to Swansea on Saturday, are eight points clear at the top. “I’m really focused about this season,” the Italian added. “There are 13 games to the end of the season and we want to stay at the top of the table, but it won’t be easy.” Embed from Getty Images  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Bitcoin Boy’ Says if You’re Not a Millionaire in Two Years, It’s Your Own Fault x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x 20 Heartbreaking Selfies Taken Right Before Tragedy. # 10 is Insane x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Remember Her? Take a Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like Now x 39 Eye-opening Photos Smuggled out of North Korea x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jones: Florida should be motivated to win at Vanderbilt

first_imgGAINESVILLE — If ever a Florida team should be motivated to win a football game, this has to be it. The Gators fell behind early and were beaten bad by Vanderbilt, 34-17, last fall at The Swamp.It was the first time since 1945 that the ‘Dores won a game at Florida Field and ended a 22-game winning streak against Vandy. Then UF quarterback Tyler Murphy (now at Boston College) had four turnovers that led to three Commodores touchdowns. Vandy had just 12 first downs and 183 yards total offense but took a 17-3 lead at the half and never looked back.The loss was perhaps the low point in Will Muschamp’s four years as head coach at Florida. On Saturday, Florida visits Vanderbilt with Muschamp clinging to his job. Motivation for the Gators?Linebacker Bryan Cox: “Bad. I mean, there’s not really a word to describe it. We hadn’t lost since 1945, so it obviously wasn’t good.”Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves: “It was a tough season, it obviously wasn’t very good. It was a lot of shock, but, you know, we’re past that and I guess we owe them one.”In the bag! Gators’ Publix worker runs trick play as UF beats GeorgiaSafety Jabari Gorman: “I felt like all last season was embarrassing, not just to us, but to this program.”Which brings us back to just what it would mean to beat Vanderbilt this time. It’s beyond revenge or embarrassment. It’s about survival. In several ways.The magical number for Muschamp to save his job, since the season opener was canceled due to weather, seems to be seven wins. Florida is 4-3 and after Vandy hosts South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky before traveling to Florida State. There still could be a bowl game to play but logic tells you the next three games could determine the future of the head coach.A 38-20 shockingly easy win against Georgia last week certainly helps his status. But this game has danger written all over it. Vandy hasn’t won an NCAA game in five tries. Florida ran for 418 yards against the Bulldogs and 10th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 170.9 yards a game. With freshman Treon Harris making his second career start at quarterback for the Gators it’s only logical UF will try to run it down the ‘Dores throats.Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor are both coming off career games with 197 and 192 yards rushing against the ‘Dawgs. Jones was out for the season with a knee injury by the time Vanderbilt arrived last fall, Taylor had 47 yards on 14 rushes.“I did horrible last year versus them. I’m just going to try to go out there and have a great game, help my teammates win and just play my game and have fun,” Taylor said.Players back Gators coach Will MuschampFlorida will be without Keanu Neal (sprained ankle) at safety. He’s UF’s big play defensive back this year. Vanderbilt (3-6 overall) is coming off a 42-28 win against Old Dominion in non-conference play in which Ralph Webb, a native of Gainesville, rushed for 166 yards and has 760 for the season.“He’s really playing well, he’s going to set the freshman record there at Vanderbilt as far as rushing yards are concerned,” Muschamp said. “He’s a guy that we really liked out of high school. He’s a very good football player, runs extremely hard. Whenever you play a guy like that, certainly I’m sure he has a chip on his shoulder. But it doesn’t look like it’s just against the Gators, it’s against everybody he plays against. He’s a really good player.”The Gators have an outside shot at getting back into the SEC East race but Florida’s season has been so fragile that Muschamp doesn’t dare even think that way.“I guess everybody’s motivated differently, but now it goes through Nashville. It goes through Vanderbilt for us,” Muschamp said. “We just need to take care of Florida and Vanderbilt and have laser focus on Saturday night and what we need to do to be successful. Because really if we don’t take care of our business nothing else matters. And that’s really where we are at this point.”Motivation?“Just look at the film from last year and that should be all the motivation we need,” lineman Chaz Green said of Vandy.last_img read more

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Abba Bichi Becomes Youngest Ambassador of 5 Stars Football Academy

first_imgBrazil 2019 FIFA U-17 campaigner with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, Abba Bichi, has become the youngest Ambassador of the 5 Stars Football and Consultancy.At a colourful and glamorous event held in Abuja, Bichi, who this year, founded the Abba Bichi Football Academy, where amateur players are groomed, was bestowed the ambassadorial honour because of his contributions to grassroots sports development.Speaking before conferment of the ambassador title on Bichi, management team of 5 Stars Football and Consultancy, we’re effusive in their praise of the youngster. “Due to your globally recognised achievements and contributions to grassroots football, as well as your status representing our country’s team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in -Brazil last year, setting up of a grassroots football team, Bichi FC in Abuja, currently Nigeria’s youngest most influential footballer, we are extremely delighted to name you as an Ambassador of 5 Stars Football.“Your induction as an Ambassador will help the organisation achieve its goals. We strongly believe your experience, expertise, network and popularity, will enable 5 Stars Football have a positive impact on lives through other competitions and more events you may help our company with”, 5 Stars Football added.In his response, Bichi said he was honoured to be named the youngest football ambassador in Nigeria and vowed to do his best to help further the growth of sports in all its ramifications in the country.“I am truly honoured and blessed to be named the youngest ambassador of 5 Stars Football and promise to give my all for the growth of Nigerian sports”, said Bichi remarked.Reacting to the development, UK-based FA licensed football agent and international athletes brand expert, Drew Uyi, who also manages Bichi, said he was not surprised by the accolades, awards and recognitions that Bichi has been receiving given the charitable works behind the scene.Drew Uyi added that “I expect Bichi to get more sponsorship, Ambassadorship and endorsement because he understands the principles I am educating him on, part of which is to give to get back big time.“I will always urge athletes not to just compete in their sports, rather compete to have your brand known, which helps to multiply your profitability through branding and endorsements”, Drew Uyi concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Abba Bichilast_img read more

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FEI General Assembly Report – Pony Measuring

first_imgHome  »  General  »  FEI General Assembly Report – Pony Measuring 27 November 2019, 12:38 FEI General Assembly Report – Pony Measuring Update FEI Pony Measuring Rules 2020 and beyondAttention all Pony OwnersThe FEI Veterinary Regulations effective 1 January 2020 were approved at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow Russia on 19 November 2019. Pony Owners should note that a merged proposal for amendments to Chapter IX in the Veterinary Regulations on pony measuring were approved. The amendments combine aspects of the first proposal sent to National Federations and stakeholders on 8 July, including the three-year transition period, with aspects of the 22 October 2019 proposal such as the Lifetime FEI Measurement Certificate for ponies that measured in during 2017, 2018 and 2019.Full details can be found here: FEI General Assembly Report – Pony Measuring 2020 Tags: 2020, FEI, Ponies, Pony Measuringlast_img read more

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Crazy or not, Ravens striking right chord after bye week

first_imgAn 8-0 finish?Playoffs?Seriously?The chatter among players began moments after the win over San Diego and has only been amplified with a bye week to rest their bodies and minds. Despite a 2-6 record that has them standing 13th out of 16 teams in the AFC entering Week 10, the Ravens still have their sights set on the playoffs as they trail current No. 6 seed Pittsburgh by 2 1/2 games.Few outside the Baltimore locker room think qualifying for the postseason is anything but crazy talk, but that’s perfectly fine with the Ravens.“That’s why it’s going to feel so much greater when we finally make it,” cornerback Jimmy Smith said. “Coming back from this type of record and this season and the first eight [games], it’s going to feel that much greater when we make the playoffs. Let’s make some history.”Unrealistic? Absolutely. Insane? Perhaps.But I still like it.Recent Ravens teams haven’t exactly oozed swagger like those from yesteryear, and that was even before they lost their two most demonstrative leaders — Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith — to season-ending injuries in the first half. Players know the odds are wildly against them, but believing you’re good enough fits into that winning equation — whether you actually are or not in the end.Doubting talent and coaching is fair, but questioning the effort of these Ravens doesn’t mesh with all six of their losses coming by just one possession and a combined 30 points. A team that’s mailed it in doesn’t compete on a weekly basis, making the post-bye confidence an encouraging sign for better results with a more favorable schedule in the second half.Of course, how much better is the real question, and that can only be answered on the field.“We have to earn our way to have that conversation for sure,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “But I expect our guys to have high expectations. The standard here has been high. We’ve set a high bar here for a long time, and we’re proud of that. We have high expectations, so we’re not going to let those expectations go. We’re not pleased with where we are — just like the fans aren’t pleased, coaches aren’t pleased, players aren’t pleased. Nobody in the organization is pleased with where we are, and we’re very determined to turn it around.”We’ve all heard how the Ravens could be better than their 2-6 record. Given the small margin of defeat in those six losses, it’s fair to acknowledge the possibility, but let’s not forget those two victories could have easily turned into defeats as well. The eternal optimist would be stretching further to say the Ravens could be 6-2 or better than the pessimist would be in pointing to the possibility of a winless record through eight games.Even if you believe that the Ravens were unlucky in the first half of the season, that doesn’t mean a run of good fortune is on the way. With Baltimore having a poor defense and an average offense lacking reliable pass-catchers — even before Smith’s Achilles injury — for Joe Flacco, predicting much better than a .500 record in the second half of the season would be based more on blind optimism than what we watched in the first half of 2015.But players and coaches certainly don’t have to feel that way.“The mindset is 1-0. Take care of what we have to take care of this week,” said running back Justin Forsett, who “definitely” thinks the Ravens can still make the playoffs. “We’ll just do our part and control what we control. Hopefully, at the end, we’ll be where we want to be.”Even if the Ravens were to somehow run the table to finish 10-6, there’s no guarantee of even that being good enough as they needed help in Week 17 a year ago to make the playoffs with that same record. Rebounding from 2-6 is an incredible long shot, but who said the Ravens or their fans need to be grounded in reality, especially with eight games to go?Does Harbaugh think the Ravens can make history as the first team to start 1-6 and make the NFL playoffs under the current format?“Of course we can. We’re planning on it,” Harbaugh said. “We’re very optimistic about what’s in front of us, our future. We love our players, love the way they work, love the enthusiasm that they had today coming back and getting ready for Jacksonville.“We’ll take it one day at a time, one game at a time.”That’s all the Ravens can do, but some extra bravado can only help their near-impossible cause.last_img read more

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‘The View’ co-host Meghan McCain announces she’s pregnant with 1st child

first_imgCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Meghan McCain announced Sunday that she is pregnant with her first child.The View co-host, 35, and her husband Ben Domenech wed in November 2017.“My husband Ben and I have been blessed to find out I’m pregnant,” McCain wrote in her announcement on Instagram. “Although this isn’t how I expected to announce my pregnancy, both we and our families are excited to share the news with you all.”The news comes amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar are staying home as a precautionary measure over concerns during the pandemic.While McCain is in good health, she made the decision to co-host from home. “I consulted with my doctors and they advised me that for the safety of our baby and myself, I should be extra vigilant about limiting the amount of people we come in contact with,” she said in her post Sunday. “Starting immediately, I’ll be joining the millions of Americans who are self-isolating as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”“As a result, I will be appearing on The View from home via satellite,” McCain continued. “I’m fortunate that my employer, ABC, has allowed me and my co-hosts to work remotely. I am indebted to our producers and crew.”The setup will be similar to how Goldberg co-hosted the Emmy-winning daytime talk show last week. “I will continue to see you each morning on ‘The View,’” said McCain, joined the show in October 2017.last_img read more