African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

first_imgKIGALI, Rwanda – African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.The deal creates a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion. A major goal is to boost intra-African trade and rely less on the volatility of commodity prices that affect many exports.The aim is to have agreement, signed by 44 of the African Union’s 55 member states, enter into force by the end of this year, said the chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. States now must ratify the deal, but the number of countries needed to put the agreement into force has not yet been agreed upon.“Our peoples, our business community and our youth in particular cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth,” Mahamat said. He urged strong follow-up to “confound those who, outside Africa, continue to think, with barely concealed condescension, that our decisions will never materialize.”Concerns remain. The president of Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies, skipped the summit amid trade unions’ objections. “We will not agree to anything that will undermine local manufacturers and entrepreneurs, or that may lead to Nigeria becoming a dumping ground for finished goods,” President Muhammadu Buhari said through his office.And while Africa’s largest economies are expected to benefit most from the deal that progressively eliminates tariffs and other trade barriers, some of them worry that more people from poorer countries will migrate their way.But some of the continent’s strongest and fastest-growing economies, including Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, signed the deal. South Africa’s new president has expressed support but his signing was not announced during the event.“Africa is stronger when we work together,” said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, who led the free trade effort.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigate shooting incident

first_imgPolice continue to investigate the incident. There are no further details available at this time.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or your local police detachment.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On January 20, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP received a report of an individual who had been shot at a location on the west side of the city.One male received a gunshot wound and was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.There are no concerns for the safety of the public.last_img read more

Dhoni Captain Uncool

first_imgIt’s a rare feat and a rare sight too. Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni achieved a major landmark on Thursday to become the first-ever captain in IPL cricket to win 100 matches. “The history of the world,” wrote Thomas Carlyle, “is but the biography of great men.” And if his ideas have been discredited since, in sport, at least, they’ve still some truth to them. For the rest of his life as captain of the Indian cricket team, Dhoni has led India to victory in the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He is the man who brought himself on to bowl for four overs in the Champions Trophy semi‑final against Sri Lanka, took off his gloves so that he could better carry out a run-out off the last ball to beat Bangladesh in the World T20 meet. He is also the one to promote himself up to No. 5 in the order during the World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium though he had barely made a run all tournament long. Dhoni is the only cricketer who has been picked as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on the planet. His aggression, attitude and captaincy have shaped the entire landscape of the modern game. He is a winner, a great mentor, charming and humble as always. But his recent feat was marred by a long debate. An emotionally-charged Dhoni, who had just been dismissed after a stunning performance, stormed on to the ground from the Chennai Super Kings’ dugout and confronted the umpires on why they had failed to call an above-the-waist delivery from Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes a no-ball. Dhoni argued that Ulhas Gandhe, the umpire standing at the bowler’s end, had raised his arm to signal a no-ball. But he quickly realised that it was not his call and reversed his decision after square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford considered it a legal delivery. Oxenford stood his ground and refused to go upstairs to the third umpire which was kind of unfair. Dhoni was furious at Gandhe for backtracking after initially signalling it as a no-ball. However, CSK eventually beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in a last-ball cliffhanger. Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct. With the pressure getting to him, MSD totally lost his cool and the world finally got a glimpse of ‘Uncool Dhoni’. Whoever the player is, he is definitely not bigger than the game. The decorated captain set the wrong precedence and considering his level of maturity and composure, he will surely realise that he shouldn’t have done it in the first place.last_img read more

Al Jazeera video shows Bouteflika recognized the Sahara was Moroccan in

first_imgFez- Any person acquainted with Algeria’s rhetoric over the past three decades regarding the question of the Sahara would tell you that it has always been supportive of the Polisario and its “right” to establish an independent state in the Sahara. She/ he would also tell you that Algeria supports the Polisario because the principle of self-determination is one of the tenets of its foreign policy, that Morocco annexed the Sahara in 1975 and is illegally occupying the territory and violating the human rights of the Saharawis.Yet a video aired by Al Jazeera channel shows that the reality has not always been quite like that. Al Jazeera’s video shows a letter written in 1975 by Algeria’s current president Abdeliaziz Boutefliak, who was then his country’s foreign minister, where he states: “Algeria reiterates that it has no designs on the Sahara” but ” takes note with full satisfaction of the agreement between the two countries”. In the same document, Bouteflika says that “Both countries are convinced of the need to improve the coordination of their action in order to put an end as soon as possible, to the Spanish occupation” of the Sahara.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Lightning strikes twice Moeller out for second straight season

Tyler Moeller is no stranger to bad luck. Perhaps that’s how he knew more of it was coming when he suited up to play Illinois on Saturday. While the senior defensive back was pulling up his uniform pants, he could feel a tweak on the left side of his chest that had bothered him since partially tearing his left pectoral muscle in 2008. By his own count, he’s partially torn the muscle 10 to 12 times during the last two-and-a-half years. Those injuries never fully healed, and Moeller could sense that it was only a matter of time before it would cost him. “I kind of thought it was a ticking time bomb,” Moeller said. “Something big was going to happen eventually.” Sure enough, something did happen. During Illinois’ opening drive, Moeller tried to wrap up Illini running back Mikel Leshoure. Moeller’s left arm was pulled back violently as the hard-charging Leshoure burst through his arm tackle. Before hitting the turf, he could feel the muscle rip from the bone. As he got up and rushed toward the sidelines, Moeller knew his fate. “I knew it was totally torn when it happened,” Moeller said. “I ran off the field, and the trainers didn’t even have to tell me what was wrong. I knew what was wrong.” Moeller had completely torn his left pectoral muscle, finishing his season and possibly his career at Ohio State. The NCAA must grant him a medical redshirt and a sixth year of eligibility for him to return. But none of that news could dim the radiant smile Moeller wore on his face as he addressed the media on the eve of his surgery Tuesday night, accepting his latest misfortune. “Bad things happen,” Moeller said. “You have to keep your head up and you have to work hard. Then you can overcome everything.” Moeller, who missed all of last season with head injuries he sustained during an attack in Florida, will have to overcome another setback. “It’s really sad for a guy to be able to put so much work into something and have it taken away twice in a row,” defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said. “It is kind of tough for everybody on the team, especially since he was a great player for us and did some great things.” The injury comes just as his career was finally taking off. Before Moeller came to OSU in 2006, he was a relentless pass rusher at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He spent his Friday nights wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield, recording 15.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss as a senior. But questions regarding his 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound stature clouded the outlook of his future. Seen as too big to play safety but too small to play linebacker, Moeller developed into a solid defender on special teams during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. “I wanted to be a linebacker,” Moeller said. “I always had the mentality. I wish I had the mentality to play safety because linebacker kind of beat me up.” During the summer of 2008, Moeller partially tore his left pectoral muscle for the first time. Unable to fix the injury with surgery and too focused on the season to bother with rehab, Moeller essentially played 2008 with only one functioning arm. “I was younger then, so I wasn’t as intelligent as I am now,” Moeller said. “If I could do it again, I would definitely rehab it a lot more.” He made his first career start at linebacker, strangely enough, against Illinois in 2008. He recorded seven tackles, including two for a loss and forced a fumble. Before the 2009 season, Moeller was expected to win a starting linebacker job, even though doubts about his chest problems and size still lingered. But those issues would prove to be the least of his troubles. On July 26, 2009, Moeller was with his family in Florida to celebrate his grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. He doesn’t remember much else from that night. While eating at Gators Cafe and Saloon in Treasure Island, Moeller was punched in the face by Ralph Gray Decker, 28, of Kenneth City, Fla., in what was described as an “unprovoked” attack by an assistant state attorney. The back of Moeller’s head smacked against the ground as he fell, leaving him to spend the coming days fighting for his life in a Florida intensive care unit. Details of the altercation with Decker remain murky because of legal issues, but on June 3, Decker pleaded guilty to assaulting Moeller and in August was sentenced to two years of probation. He’s paid the Moeller family more than $11,000 in medical expenses. After the attack, Moeller had severe memory loss and trouble speaking. Doctors learned there was bleeding in his brain and had to drill two dime-sized holes into his skull, which now has a metal plate. Moeller said the surgery had him worried for his life, even if only for a little bit. “I was worried in the beginning, going into surgery,” Moeller said. “But after surgery I knew I was fine and was going to be OK.” Even though some doctors suggested he should’ve ended his football career, Moeller’s passion for the game wouldn’t let him stop. “Why would I want to keep playing? Because I love it,” Moeller said. “I love the game of football.” He spent the next few months preparing for his return to the football field. Unable to train for more than seven months, he spent most of his time away from the football team, focusing on his school work. He couldn’t participate in any contact drills until summer practice, but by the time the season started, coach Jim Tressel had a spot for him that would maximize the speed and physicality of the undersized Moeller. Inserted at the “star” position, which is a hybrid between a linebacker and a defensive back, Moeller’s tenacity resurfaced immediately during the season-opener against Marshall as he registered seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. It was good enough to earn him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Moeller would spend the next three games harassing the offensive backfield unlike any time since high school, recording 12 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss during that span. But his comeback would be cut short after his season-ending injury against Illinois. And even though the injury isn’t comparable to the one he suffered at the hands of Decker, the two injuries are related. Because of the brain surgery, Moeller was unable to exert himself physically enough to treat the lingering pectoral damage he suffered in 2008, leaving him vulnerable to more damage. He hasn’t bench pressed in two years. The Moeller family has forgiven Decker for his crime. Tyler, who no longer suffers from short-term memory loss, said he’s moved on from the attack. “I don’t really think about it anymore,” Moeller said. “If he’s sorry or not, I don’t really care. I wish him all the best. I hope he controls his inner demons.” The Buckeyes’ loss of Moeller can’t be understated. As one of the most effective pass rushers and leaders on the team, Tressel knows he won’t be easy to replace. “You just feel sick for him because you saw the pain he was in last year not being able to help his teammates and now he was, and now he was having fun,” Tressel said. “So, yeah, it’s very disappointing and obviously it hurts us.” Moeller won’t be able to train for the next three months but he expects to be much more involved with the team this year and help freshman Christian Bryant take over his role at the “star” position. Regardless of whether his career as a Buckeye is over, the ever-resilient Moeller expects to play football again at an even greater level. “I know I can play at that caliber level, and if I can get a medical redshirt, I’ll be better than ever,” Moeller said. “I’ll have a chest to work with and my legs will be stronger.” As unlucky as Moeller has been for the last two years, he refuses to let bitterness consume him. Moeller thrives on confidence, even while on the road to recovery. It’s a road he knows very well. read more

Dalic Croatia dont intend to stop here

first_imgCroatia boss Zlatko Dalic insists that they intend to go beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup after booking their place to the last-eight in a tense penalty shoot-out win over DenmarkAfter some impressive displays in their opening three games of the tournament, Croatia failed to build on their Group D win in a convincing manner in what turned out to a rather disappointing match against Group C runners-up Denmark.Mario Mandzukic cancelled out Martin Jorgensen’s 1st-minute opener for the Danes by taking advantage of a mix-up to grab the equaliser just three minutes later.The scoreline remained the same for the rest of the game with the Vatreni later securing a 3-2 win in a penalty shoot-out.But Dalic insists that his side are far from done.“We have come so far but we don’t intend to stop here,” said the 51-year-old, according to The National.Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks form Nicolai Jorgensen, Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“You have to earn your luck and the lads earned theirs,” added Dalic.“Without luck, you cannot do anything in life.”The Croatian coach was full of praise for Luka Modric, who missed a golden chance to hand the side the win when he missed a 116th-minute extra-time penalty.But the captain then later stepped up to score in the penalty shoot-out.“He said it himself, ‘I am going to take a penalty in the shoot-out,’” said Dalic.“Can you imagine what would have happened if he had not scored, but he’s a great player.”Croatia will now meet hosts Russia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.last_img read more

Solskjaer discusses bringing the best out of Pogba

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes rattling Paul Pogba is key to bringing out the best from the Frenchman.United continued their 100 perfect start to life since Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager in December following their 2-0 win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.Pogba has been one of the most improved players since the Norwegian took over, with the World Cup winner scoring four goals and creating three assists in his last four games for the Red Devils.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Solskjaer believes tapping into the aggression of the former Juventus star which was on display against the Magpies after being fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, has helped him rediscover his form for United.“You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going; he has been immense for us,” Solskjaer said, according to Standard.United face a tough game after their FA Cup third round tie at Reading on Saturday when they travel to Wembley Stadium to face high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

PDM relaunches radio show for Youth Week

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – It is National Youth Week and the PDM in a media statement says it’s Radio Show “Raising TCI” will return to the airwaves with a theme to honor young people. Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson explained about Youth guests that: “We will hear from them the challenges and what they feel can be done. We will also celebrate with the Miss Teen Organization….” Hon Robinson listed some challenges for young people including: “unemployment; under employment; depression; poverty; the growing inability to find their place or worth in their own country … lack of adult guidance; crimes; juvenile delinquency and improper facilities and programs…” but in her address, there was a charge for young people to, and again I quote: “…rise up and make your positive mark. You are required to contribute positively towards nation building. That is your duty and more so as you are the inheritors of what you build or destroy today.” National Youth Day is on Friday; it is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos. Related Items:national youth week, Pdm, public holiday, radio show Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

Avengers Endgame ending — Solo Black Widow movie may feature Iron Man

first_imgScarlett Johansson as the Black WidowAvengers official FacebookAvengers: Endgame movie released earlier this week and it instantly broke all the box-office predictions. The movie made a whopping $60 million on opening day and movie experts are predicting that it will garner more than $1 billion. Apart from the box-office success, the movie will be remembered for several iconic sequences and particularly the one which happened between Black Widow and Hawkeye.Major spoilers for Avengers Endgame movie:As we have covered in our previous Avengers Endgame time travel post, Black Widow and Hawkeye goes to Vormir to get the Soul Stone. As we learned in Avengers: Infinity War, the only way one can acquire Soul Stone is by sacrificing the one person he or she loves the most. In IW, Thanos sacrificed his daughter Gamora.Black Widow and Hawkeye had a discussion as who is going to die and who is going to get the stone. After a lot of heated argument that involved punching and hurting each other physically, we see how Black Widow dies and Hawkeye comes back to the present storyline with the Soul Stone.If Black Widow is dead then what it means for Scarlett Johansson’s solo Black Widow movie?Scarlett Johansson has played Natasha Romanoff from Iron Man 2 and has remained a core member of the Avengers team. Before Captain Marvel, she was the only woman in the group and her presence meant a great deal especially to Bruce Banner aka Hulk. Scarlett Johansson at the press event for Avengers: EndgameTwitterAs earlier reported, a solo Black Widow movie was in development by Marvel with a May 2020 release. Cate Shortland is attached to direct the project and stars like Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour are going to play some important roles. At first, we were speculating that the solo Black Widow movie will feature Natasha’s story after the events of Avengers Endgame movie but the character’s death has proved that the upcoming solo movie will be a prequel story, which means that we might get to see other Avengers as well.As of now, neither The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios have confirmed the plot details of Black Widow movie but since the lead character is dead, it is most likely that they will be working on a prequel movie. We are not sure whether we get to see Tony Stark in the upcoming Black Widow movie but characters like Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, and Nick Fury may come in some capacity.Production of solo Black Widow movie is expected to begin after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.last_img read more

Dhaka Beijing sign 9 instruments

first_imgChinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan (R) shakes hands with a Bangladeshi delegate as Bangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina (back-L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang applaud during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 4 July 2019. Photo: AFPBangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas.The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the capital of China.Of the instruments, four ones were signed between the Economic Relations Division of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Commerce of China, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters.The four instruments are Framework Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area; Framework Agreement of Power Grid Network Strengthening Project under PGCB Project; Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the two governments; and Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Investment Cooperation Working Group.The ERD also inked two loan agreements with the Export-Import Bank of China.Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina (R) and Chinese premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 4 July 2019. Photo: ReutersThe two agreements are Government Concessional Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project; and Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project.Besides, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and its Implementation Plan upon provision of Hydrological Information of Yaluzhangbu/Brahmaputra River was signed between Ministry of Water Resources of Bangladesh and Ministry of Water Resources of China.Bangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina and China`s Premier Li Keqiang talk during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 4 July 2019. Photo: ReutersAnother MoU on Cultural and Tourism Exchange Programme was signed by Ministry of Culture of China and Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh.The remaining instrument is Letter of Exchange (LOE) on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid, which was signed the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry of Bangladesh and China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA).Under the LoE, China will provide 2,500 metric tonnes of rice as assistance for the displaced Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.On behalf of Bangladesh side, ERD Secretary Monwar Ahmed signed most of the instruments, while Water Resources Secretary Kabir bin Anwar and Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr Md Abu Jena Mostafa Kamal inked one instrument each.last_img

Party Politics National Edition Ep 4 Taxes And Asteroids

first_img X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:The outcome of the G6 race and its political impactTrump’s moves away from an “America First” agendaThe British election in JuneTrump is snubbed by his buddy Tom BradyThen the profs dig in to one of the two certainties in life, Tax Day! What are the prospects for tax reform? And how about Trump’s returns and those Tax Day protests? Also mentioned, Earth dodges a bullet as a massive asteroid just misses us. (Phew!) By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  00:00 /16:20 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Documentary Examines Rise Of Militant NeoNazi Groups

first_img Share pbs.orgRiots in Charlottesville, Va. between Alt-Right demonstrators and counter protesters in 2017.Last month, a Frontline documentary called Documenting Hate: New American Nazis aired on PBS. The investigation from Frontline and ProPublica examines a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military and how it’s gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally, that erupted in violence.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with A.C. Thompson, a reporter with ProPublica, and correspondent for Frontline.Related Link: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/11/21/312814/pbs-frontline-documentary-follows-neo-nazi-group-to-houston/last_img read more

Bryson Starts Youth Sports Coalition to Improve PG County Athletics

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comDr. Rick Bryson has long been an advocate for youth sports and participatory activities in Prince George’s County. Bryson has put his money where his money mouth is by creating the County’s Scholastic Sports Awards Banquet and has now begun a new initiative designed to improve the quality of youth and participatory sports.Dr. Bryson’s latest cause is the creation of the Youth Scholastic Coalition, designed to support and advocate for the activities kids participate in while collaborating with the scholastic support network for young athletes throughout Prince George’s County. Building bridges for youth and scholastic sports athletes with an academic support network has been a passion for the longtime podiatrist since his days as a baseball dad when his son was growing up and competing in Accokeek.The PG Youth Sports Coalition hopes to improve the quality of baseball field throughout the county. (Courtesy Photo)During that time Dr. Bryson built a relationship with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Fort Washington. For three years youth baseball players from the District and Prince George’s County participated in an academic development program that served as the genesis for the establishment of the coalition. They competed on the field while “barnstorming” throughout the DMV for games during the summer.However, the players also participated in a Scholastic Aptitude Testing Program at the church for 12 weeks over three years. The synergy between the athletics and academics for that group of players helped prepare them for the road to college. Several players part of the initial group would head to schools such as the U.S. Air Force Academy and Morehouse College to pursue their college degrees not just as athletes.“Sports is one thing, but academics will carry you which is what we’re trying to stress,” Bryson told the {AFRO}. “It was a lot easier to get the kids to participate in the learning phase when their peers were a part of the program.”There are many organizations in the community that provide academic and athletic options for youth as individuals and the Coalition is working to connect students with groups that will able to provide additional information and services. For example, organizations with athletic–based programs can expose their participants to services offered by an academic-based program. Those programs can include everything from college preparatory test tutoring to advising families about the NCAA eligibility clearinghouse requirements for potential college student-athletes.“Most groups are focused on the specific activities of their respective organizations, but the Coalition’s focus is on addressing issues that concern everyone,” Bryson said. “The basic premise of establishing the Coalition is the belief that collectively, organizations can be more effective in addressing concerns and issues that have an impact on the community, if there is a positive atmosphere of collaboration.”The Coalition is also serving as the advocate for the various needs related to youth sports programs in P.G. County. The Coalition assists by lobbying to improve facilities and interacts with various state and county officials to engage them in addressing issues of concern for high school sports participants as well. In addition to providing academic support and access to potential scholarship opportunities, one of its goals is to make access to quality fields a priority for all sports participants.The greatest challenge that faces the Coalition is developing corporate partnerships to help sponsor the programs Dr. Bryson and his group are working to establish. Grantors typically look favorably on civic organizations that partner with other groups to address community needs and services. The Coalition helps facilitate these partnerships.“We are aware of the various needs related to youth programs,” Bryson said. “We are working to identify grant-funding sources from various government and non-profit organizations.”last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Riley Schindler

first_imgEpisode 8: Riley SchindlerThe Riley Schindler FileNumber: 4Full name: Riley Michele SchindlerNickname: RiClass: SophomorePosition: OutfielderBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Borden, Ind.   High School: BordenTravel Team: OC EliteMajor: Sport AdministrationFun Fact: She was a cheerleader for eight years. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode eight features sophomore Riley Schindler. Story Linkslast_img read more

Paul McCartney almost played Ross fatherinLaw on Friends

first_imgBeatle star Paul McCartney almost guest starred on Friends as he was offered the role of Ross’ father-in-law.Emmy-nominated casting director Leslie Litt, who was working on the NBC hit series during most of its run, revealed that McCartney, now 72, could’ve appeared in the season 4 finale of the show as David Schwimmer’s on-screen father-in-law, but he turned it down, reported Huffington Post.“I went through his manager and gave him all the details. One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself! He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him,” Litt said.If the British musician had agreed to do it, he would’ve appeared in the two-part season four finale which aired in 1998.In the said outing, Ross married Emily (Helen Baxendale) in London though he accidentally said Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) name instead of his bride’s name at the altar.last_img read more

Govt develops Energy Action Plan to ensure generation of worldclass electricity in

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has developed a comprehensive ‘Energy Action Plan’ in order to generate world-class electricity in Bengal.The Power department has been exploiting all its resources to ensure that the people here in the state can avail the quality of electricity that is normally found in Western countries. In its attempt to produce best quality power, the state government has focused on the renewable energy sector. A senior official of the department said through the development of an ‘Energy Action Plan’, the department aims to produce the best quality electricity, at par with the Western countries, in the next 2-3 years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We are venturing into the unknown areas of renewable energy sources and in the future years, there will be a paradigm shift from conventional energy to renewable energy. We are taking all necessary steps to make the whole process more sustainable. How the grid integration will be done remains a big challenge for us,” a senior official of the Power department said. In the last one year, more than 10 power sub-stations have been constructed across the state to maintain better quality of electricity and also to address the voltage problem that has often been reported from some pockets, the official added. In the solar energy sector, Bengal has already achieved a significant growth through various projects. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStressing on the generation of hydroelectricity, the Bengal government has taken up a number of new initiatives. Several hydroelectric projects are coming up on Teesta river, namely Teesta I, Teesta II, Teesta V, Teesta Intermediate state and Rammam Stage I in Darjeeling, each having a capacity of 80-84 MW. “The number of hydroelectricity resources is not plenty in Bengal. Despite the challenges, we are trying our best to generate hydroelectricity, which is one of our main focus areas in the state now,” the official said. It may be mentioned here that the Centre, during the Paris Convention in 2015, had vowed to catch up with other developed nations in the field of energy generation and power. The Centre has also made some commitments before the United Nations, saying that it will achieve the target of producing 40 percent of its power through renewable sources by the end of 2030. The overall carbon emission level in the country will also be reduced within the same period. India has so far been successful in generating 20 percent of its total power through renewable sources. The country will achieve the goal if all the states give more emphasis on renewable energy, thereby contributing towards the cause. Bengal is one of the states that has done a great deal of work on building infrastructure in the renewable energy sector. Since the Mamata Banerjee government came to power in the state, there has been a significant infrastructural reform in the energy sector. Power generation from solar energy has been given paramount importance through the launch of the ‘Aloshree’ project, a brainchild of the Chief Minister. To this end, solar panels have been set up on the rooftops of various government buildings, schools, colleges and other offices by the Power department.last_img read more