CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):The Australian duo of Mike Hussey and Shane Watson have congratulated St Lucia Zouks teammate Darren Sammy, following the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground in his honour.Watson, who retired from international cricket following the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, hailed Sammy as a “great leader” and said he was looking forward to playing alongside him at the Zouks’ home ground in Gros Islet.”I knew when I first signed up for CPL how passionate the West Indies public are, but to receive this news about the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the national stadium in honour of one of their favourite sporting sons is a huge thing, especially for someone so young, who has so much top-level cricket ahead of him,” Watson said.”Darren is a great leader and a true champion in all regards, and I know how passionate he is about the Zouks. He deserves this accolade for the manner he has led the West Indies team, and this is an honour for all time.”It really excites me about being a part of CPL 2016, and I can’t wait to step out on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium this summer.”Hussey, meanwhile, affectionately known as ‘Mr Cricket’, called the honour for Sammy an “incredible accolade”, and heaped praises on West Indies for winning the T20 World Cup.”To win a world title for your country is the ultimate accolade and I would like to offer my congratulations to fellow Zouks man Darren Sammy, coach Phil Simmons, and the West Indies team on their win last weekend in the ICC World T20,” said Hussey, who averaged 51 in 79 Tests and 48 from 185 one-dayers.Sammy led West Indies to the second T20 World Cup title when the Caribbean side beat England by four wickets in the final of the tournament in India last Sunday.
STRAIGHTFIGHT The second race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers should come down to a straight fight between hat-trick seekers SIR D, with promising apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle and EUSEBIA under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker. Both are extremely fit, but the Steadman Curtis-trained EUSEBIA looked the more fluent in victory and is given the edge over SIR D and REIGN OVER ALL in an eight-horse field. The Steven Todd-trained DOOLAHIN has been a model of consistency, having finished 3-1/2 lengths third to ALYCINTH over 1100 metres on Heroes Day, and will prove hard to beat in the third race over 1000 metres for maiden three-year-olds. The chestnut filly by Legal Process out of Lady Naragin has less to do in present company and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen taking the ride and needing every winner if he hopes to catch Shane Ellis in the championship race, DOOLAHIN is preferred to MEET JUSTIN. BRAVE PROSPECT, with Ellis riding for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection, is a strong fancy to win the fourth race over 1820 metres to be contested by nine $250,000-$210,000 claiming horses. A three-year-old colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, BRAVE PROSPECT, who was previously trained by 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta, finished 11 lengths fifth to ORIGINAL TRAIN over 1400 metres in much better company last Saturday, and despite the presence of the recent winner AUDRE’S BLESSING and the useful BROWN GIRL, should make no mistake in a race of this nature. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by FRANFIELD, who carries a mere 50.5kg for the services of 4kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey and STIR IT UP under top apprentice rider Linton Steadman. Their respective dangers are TRADITIONAL PRINCE and TASHIE BABY. With DI COBRE at 27-1 and KIMMY’S TRAIN at 25-1 scoring upset wins early on the Heroes Day programme, the first Super-6 had no takers. As a result, the carryover to tomorrow’s first Super-6 stands at $1.3 million. The Pick-9 and second Super-6 start anew with $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race over 1600 metres in which TWILIGHT ROCKET under leading jockey Shane Ellis, MY FAVOURITE DANCER with apprentice Andree Powell aboard, SMART TRAIN under former champion Wesley Henry, and ALL FOR GLORY with Rayan Wilson astride, the fancied horses. Although the form in maiden races is usually unreliable, TWILIGHT ROCKET from the stables of top-line trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes gets a glorious chance to open his account despite topweight of 57.0kg. The four-year-old colt beat all barring GIRSHOM over 1400 metres when installed a 3-5 favourite on October 10 but finished 1-1/2 lengths ahead of MY FAVOURITE DANCER in third and SMART TRAIN in fourth. All are expected to figure prominently, none moreso than TWILIGHT ROCKET, who will report even fitter for this race. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES 1. TWILIGHT ROCKET 2. EUSEBIA/SIR D 3. DOOLAHIN 4. BRAVE PROSPECT 5. FRANFIELD/TRADITIONAL PRINCE 6. STIR IT UP/TASHIE BABY
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is flanked by President David Granger (to his right) and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves (to his left) during the meeting on FridayPresident David Granger on Friday co-chaired a special meeting in New York, which was convened at the request of outgoing United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, with the aim of engaging the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of States on issues affecting countries in the Region and to bid farewell to them ahead of him demitting office in December.The President described the Secretary General as a “great friend of the Caribbean”, noting that during his tenure in office, he attended two Caricom Heads of Government Meetings, which is rare for a UN Secretary General. He reminded that the Secretary General pioneered one of the most important environmental agreements, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) agreement, which would have a significant impact on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).“Most of the Caribbean is made up of islands and, therefore, the threat of rising sea levels and global warming is prominent in terms of their environmental agenda and these are important achievements of Mr Ban Ki-moon’s tenure of Service,” the Guyanese Head of State said.Speaking about the Secretary General’s relationship with Caricom, President Granger said Ban Ki-moon presides over a complex array of services and programmes, particularly through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to address issues such as poverty alleviation, migration, trafficking, governance issues, gender issues, youth and unemployment.“He superintends a very complex network of activities and all of them have been geared to make the quality of life better in the Caribbean, particularly among the Caricom States. We are happy that the UN programme is concerned with women, poverty alleviation, reduction of diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases. These are important areas for intervention by the UN,” the Head of State noted.Regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, President Granger is scheduled to meet with the Secretary General today.The Guyanese Head of State said that given the fact that Ban Ki-moon,with whom Guyana has been engaged over the past years on this matter, will soon be demitting office, the country is not looking to start the process all over again with his successor.“Guyana has come to the conclusion 25-years after the Good Officer’s process has been exhausted and we do not intend to go back there. Our intention is to move forward to a juridical settlement, so once the replacement for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been identified, unless he says something very definitive, it will be our responsibility to engage the new Secretary General to move the process forward from where it is at present, rather than to go back to where we were before,” President Granger posited.He added that through the shuttle diplomacy that had started between Caracas, Georgetown and New York, Guyana is satisfied that by now the Secretary General would have been able to arrive at an assessment of the positions taken by Guyana and Venezuela, so at this point it should just be a matter of making a decision.At Friday’s meeting, six Caricom States addressed the outgoing Secretary General. They were The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. President Granger disclosed that Guyana and Belize spoke about their respective territorial issues; while Haiti raised concerns about the lasting consequences of environmental disaster and about the large number of people who were expelled from the Dominican Republic and are now suffering from a cholera outbreak.Meanwhile, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas and St Vincent and the Grenadines raised issues relating to corresponding banking. President Granger explained that Caribbean countries have been stigmatised as being centres of financial impropriety since their financial transactions are being treated as a block of delinquent States rather than being investigated individually.
Santa and his sleigh will tour Carson starting Monday. But before that, he’ll make a visit to the SouthBay Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Santa will make a few sweeps around the parking lot before settling in at the U-shape area between Target and Jamba Juice. The shopping center is at 20700 Avalon Blvd. You can also learn when Santa will be in your city and when he’ll pose for photos at the malls at www.dailybreeze.com. Starting Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., Santa will be in Carson, handing out candy to children. Here’s where he’ll be: WEDNESDAY: Areas bordered by 223rd Street, Figueroa Street, Sepulveda Boulevard and Main Street. THURSDAY: Areas bordered by Torrance Boulevard, Figueroa Street, 223rd Street, Main Street, Carson Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 7: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Main Street, 228th Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 10: Areas bordered by 213th Street, Avalon Boulevard, 223rd Street and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 11: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Santa Fe Avenue, 223rd Street and Alameda Street. DEC. 12: Areas bordered by Dominguez Street, Alameda Street, 223rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. DEC. 13: Areas bordered by Alondra Blvd., Main Street, 189th St., Avalon Boulevard and Stevenson Village area. DEC. 17: Areas bordered by Turmont Street, Avalon Boulevard, Del Amo Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 18: Areas bordered by University Drive, Avalon Boulevard, Turmont Street and Central Avenue.DEC. 19: Areas bordered by University Drive, Central Avenue, Turmont Street and Wilmington Avenue.DEC. 20: Make up for any areas canceled due to poor weather. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Kroger has also expanded to compete with both supermarket chains and specialty grocers. It opened two dozen Marketplace stores nearly double the size of its typical stores, selling expanded food offerings and nongrocery goods such as furniture, office supplies, kitchenware and fine jewelry. It is competing with the specialty food stores with about two dozen Fresh Fare markets, mainly in California, offering natural and gourmet food, and it has added no-frills, low-price warehouse stores, called Food 4 Less, in some markets. “Kroger has been able to experiment more with alternative formats,” said Whitmer, whose company has a “buy” rating on Kroger stock. “They’re definitely ahead of other companies … in becoming more relevant to a broader customer base.” Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc., the nation’s third-largest supermarket chain, is in the midst of a makeover – remodeling hundreds of stores for a more upscale look. Second-largest Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, has tried lower prices on high-volume items, opening Extreme Inc. discount stores and slashing costs, but the struggling company has put itself on the market. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is trying to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed this year, and Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets Inc. is considering a sale of the company after a weak earnings report. Kroger reported second-quarter net earnings of $196.5 million, up from $142.4 million the previous year, with sales rising 6.8 percent to $13.9 billion. The company, which also operates hundreds of convenience stores, jewelry stores and fuel centers, will report third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Kroger overhauled its business strategy in 2001 to include $500 million in cost cuts, elimination of 1,500 jobs and lower prices. Rhodes said traditional grocers can’t comprehensively compete with Wal-Mart’s prices, but Kroger can neutralize price while focusing on better customer service – faster checkout and better food selection, particularly in meats and produce – and by presenting inviting, attractive stores with more amenities. “The Krogers of this world are working very hard to create a reason to shop in the traditional supermarkets,” said consultant Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic Retail of New York. “It’s about food. It’s about what’s for dinner tonight. It’s about ease of shopping.” The success of chains such as Trader Joe’s proves that people are willing to spend extra time and effort on groceries if they think the quality is high, said Liebmann, adding there’s also appeal to some in the one-stop-shopping approach. At one of Kroger’s two Marketplace stores in Columbus, Ohio, Ginger Perry explained that she works long hours in interior design and marketing, and shopping at the year-old store – including picking up a hot Donatos pizza for dinner – works out perfectly for her busy schedule. “I can get a lot done in one trip,” said Perry. “That saves fuel; that’s a factor now. And convenience is certainly a factor.” But Susan Riolo, a nurse in Mason, Ohio, is unimpressed by Kroger’s fuel discounts and too busy to worry about tracking her qualifying purchases. She shops at a Supervalu store. “Their prices are usually lower,” Riolo said. And while Weisbrod likes the gas discounts and other Kroger promotions tied to the Plus card, she doesn’t like expanded stores. “I like to get in, get my groceries and get out,” she said. “I don’t like the distraction of being tempted by the nongrocery things.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Wal-Mart took less than 15 years to become the nation’s largest grocer since its aggressive entry into the food business in 1988, and rival Target Corp. has complicated matters with its own aggressive expansion of grocery aisles. “It’s not a simple business,” said Jason Whitmer, an analyst at FTN Midwest Research of Cleveland. “It’s not just putting discounts in the weekly circular or giving double coupons.” Kroger – still the country’s largest grocery chain, with more than 2,500 stores under banners including Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s and Smith’s – has rolled out a variety of weapons to battle its multifront competition. It launched a rewards MasterCard, which awards points for purchases that build up to gift certificates, and expanded use of its customer loyalty card for promotions. Some Kroger stores have also added nongrocery bargains, such as televisions, deck furniture or toys, meant to make store visits “like a treasure hunt,” said spokesman Gary Rhodes. CINCINNATI – The days of gasoline price wars aren’t over. They have moved from service stations to grocery stores. “Ten cents is 10 cents. It adds up,” said Vikki Weisbrod, a nurse in suburban Fairfield, Ohio, who often saves $2 on a fill-up of her minivan through a Kroger Co. discount of 10 cents per gallon for frequent shoppers. “It’s convenient, so why not take advantage of a chance to save some money on gas?” Most of Kroger’s competitors in Ohio markets – such as Giant Eagle, Meijer and Wal-Mart – also have offered gasoline promotions. The gas discounts, usually tied to total shopping purchases or use of loyalty cards, vary in different markets. The fuel promotions are one of the latest forms of competition in the grocery industry, where traditional grocery chains led by Kroger battle Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp. and other big-box discounters on one side and, on the other, upscale specialty food stores such as Trader Joe’s Inc., Whole Foods Inc. and Wild Oats Inc.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Smith’s original church had just six members, mostly his family, and only 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were published at first. He sent out a handful of missionaries. Today, Mormonism has more than 12 million members, half of them outside the United States. Some 130 million copies of the Book of Mormon are circulating in 77 languages. “If (non-Mormons) care at all about the history of religion in their own country, they should certainly be interested in the influence of Joseph Smith,” said Armand Mauss, a professor emeritus of sociology and religious studies at Washington State University, who is currently a visiting scholar at the Claremont Graduate University in California. The growth of the church since the mid-20th century has helped change the perceptions non-Mormons have of the faith, for the better and for the worse, said Mauss, himself a lifelong church member and a past president of the Mormon History Association. “The positives are those which see Mormonism as an increasingly legitimate religious tradition, entitled to a certain amount of admiration and appreciation for its unique teachings and lifestyle,” he said. “This is also accompanied by more negative feelings as the political and economic influence of the church sometimes looms large.” SHARON, Vt. – Faithful Mormons on Friday celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. The cross-country commemoration was scheduled to include a 90-minute satellite broadcast to 160 nations from the Smith birthplace monument, dedicated here 100 years ago. Church President Gordon B. Hinckley was to make the closing remarks. A simultaneous celebration at the church’s Salt Lake City conference center was expected to draw a capacity 21,000-person crowd and was to feature a performance by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Joseph Smith founded the church in 1830, 10 years after he claimed to have experienced a vision of God and Jesus in a grove of trees near his family home in Palmyra, N.Y. He also said an angel named Moroni led him to a set of buried gold plates that contained the ancient records of Christ’s dealings with the inhabitants of the Americas. Smith’s translation of the plates became known as the Book of Mormon, the text on which Mormons base their religion. Attention to the church could grow if Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, decides to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. Some have speculated he could have a hard time winning over Christian conservatives, some of whom do not consider Mormonism to be a Christian religion. Mormons are viewed largely as ultraconservative because the church has strict lifestyle standards, shunning the use of alcohol, for example, and favoring traditional family practices. Faithful members also adhere to a standard of tithing 10 percent of their income to the church, which is said to be worth billions but never publicly reports its annual income or expenses. Hinckley and others were expected to quote from Smith’s own writings Friday and offer their personal testimonies of belief.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
One of Donegal’s best known choirs is putting out a call for new singers to join its ranks to mark National Choral Singing Week.The Inishowen Gospel Choir is trumpeting the health benefits of singing in choirs to mark National Choral Singing Week.The event takes place from 10th to 16th October in association with Mental Health Ireland to mark World Mental Health Week Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The Inishowen Gospel Choir was established over a decade ago and has become one of the north west’s most popular choirs, singing at events and festivals around the country.The choir attracts people of all different ages and musical experience who share a love of singing and performing.It meets every Monday night at Colgan Hall in Carndonagh at 7.30pm.The choir has a busy schedule of performances through the year, from weddings to festivals, which gives its singers plenty of opportunities to perform. It has performed at festivals from Glastonbury to the Electric Picnic and performed with leading Irish musicians such as Declan O’Rourke and Liam Ó Maonlaí.Musical director of the choir, Anna Nolan, said the benefits of signing in a choir are obvious and people who have not experienced it, and think they would enjoy it, should try it.“Over my ten years with the Inishowen Gospel Choir, I have seen it have such a positive effect on so many people. I have seen it boost people’s confidence, offer a place for friendships to grow and really give people a sense of achievement and general joy. All in all I would wholeheartedly advocate the sentiment that singing is good for your health.”For further information and to get in touch with the choir go to www.inishowengospelchoir.net or www.facebook.com/TheInishowenGospelChoir/Choir marks National Choral Singing Week with call for new members was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
29 June 2009If the quality of the football that has been on display in South Africa over the past two weeks is anything to go by, the world is in for an absolute feast when the World Cup arrives in Africa for the first time in 2010.The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup has seen goals galore, upsets aplenty, and some stunning reversals – and the final day did not disappoint, producing 10 goals and two comebacks, as Brazil and Spain turned the tables on the USA and South Africa respectively.An action-packed tournament got the final it deserved at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday, as Brazil and the USA served up a five-goal thriller that ended in the South Americans’ favour, courtesy of captain Lucio’s 84th-minute header.When the final whistle blew, Brazil had won the tournament for the third time since its inception in 1992, becoming the first team to defend the title – they won it in Germany in 2005 – while Dunga had become the first person to win the tournament as both player and coach.Yet it was the North American underdogs who had looked the most likely to take the honours at half-time, having raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.However, the five-time World Cup winners grabbed a vital lifeline just moments into the second period through Luis Fabiano, who subsequently took his tally to five goals in five games with the 74th-minute equaliser that set up his skipper’s grandstand finish.In the play-off for third place, any fans who left Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium early would have kicked themselves after a match which failed to ignite until South Africa stung Spain into action through Katlego Mphela’s 73rd-minute opener.With Bafana Bafana all but ready to occupy the final place on the podium, two goals in a minute from Spain’s Daniel Guiza spun the scoreline on its head. First, the Fenerbahce forward levelled the score at 1-1 with a crisp right-footed finish.Then, moments later, Guiza collected the ball just inside the box in the right-hand channel before sending a inch-perfect lob spinning high beyond the reach of the Bafana Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune and in off the inside of the far post.Though tempted to give full credit to the former Mallorca poacher for an opportunistic strike, could Guiza’s pinpoint chip really have been a mis-hit cross?Bafana, and Mphela, weren’t finished, however. Handed a lifeline deep into injury time after a foul by Liverpool winger Albert Riera, Mphela stepped up to fire home a guided-missile of a free-kick from fully 35 yards which even a keeper of the calibre of Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas could do nothing about.Clear chances came and went for South Africa in the first period of extra time before Xabi Alonso’s 107th-minute free kick eluded everybody to find the back of the net and clinch third spot for Spain at South Africa 2009.Source: Fifa.com
It’s 2017 and “Assessing the reliability of online information” is still relevant.In 2012, Stephen Judd wrote a blog Is that so? – Assessing the reliability of online information”. This blog is an update to his post with a focus on fake news and social networks, especially since Facebook and Google are beginning to take steps to combat it.Facebook and Google see themselves as technology companies, but critics see them as media conglomerates with the power to deliver fake and real news to most news consumers. The Pew Research Center states that 62 percent of U.S. adults get news on social media. Facebook and Google are taking the first steps in combating fake news by prohibiting advertising on sites found to “contain content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news.” This reduces the fake news sites revenue, but perhaps the best way to fight fake news is to become more knowledgeable about detecting fake news.Judd’s post list the C.R.A.A.P, (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose) test as a way to determine the accuracy of an information source. ABC News reports that 5 questions all journalism students learn can be applied to spotting fake news.Who is telling the news?What is the evidence?Where did the information come from?When was the information reported?Why is the information being reported?Additionally, we can become more media literate by following the advice of Melissa Zimdars and Alexios Mantzarlis. NPR summarized their best practices as:Pay attention to the domain and URLRead the “About Us” sectionLook at the quotes in a storyLook at who said themCheck the commentsReverse image searchThere are a number of sites that regularly vet news stories and rumors, including, Snopes.com and Factcheck.org. Technology will not be able to detect all fake news, so it is imperative that we become more knowledgeable about detecting fake news ourselves. Sharing and perpetuating fake news stories can damage our personal and organizational reputations. Stopping the spread of fake news is not something that will happen overnight, but we must continue to be vigilant to not be duped by fake news.Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 23, 2017. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Five youths were killed and one seriously injured when their car hit a stationary truck on the national highway near Kendrapara on Monday morning.All the five victims, aged below 25 years, were returning after watching a cultural programme at Tinimuhani when the accident took place at 2 a.m.The crash left the car badly mangled and the bodies had to be extricated from the vehicle by using gas cutters, Inspector of Derabish police station Sudhir Kumar Sahu said.The youths succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital. The injured youth was rushed to SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.Meanwhile, the State government has come up with an amendment to the Odisha Motor Vehicles (Accident Claims Tribunal) Rules, 1960, empowering the departments to recover compensation from registered owner of vehicle which is not covered by policy of insurance against third party risks.