BTN Analyst Thinks Penn State, Not Michigan, Is Ohio State’s Main Rival

first_imgDwayne Haskins calls signals for Ohio State.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyesa directs the offense against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Ohio State and Penn State captivated the nation with another nail-biting finish. Although the Nittany Lions have lost two consecutive games against the Buckeyes, they may have changed the perception of the Big Ten.For decades, Michigan has been considered the biggest rival to Ohio State. However, the Wolverines have struggled recently against the Buckeyes, which certainly isn’t going unnoticed.In one of the more interesting takes of the season, Big Ten Network analyst Corey Wootton made his argument for Penn State being the bigger rival to Ohio State.Here’s a ????? take: Penn State, not Michigan, is Ohio State’s rival.As @Meesh_McMahon said here, prepare for the haters, @CoreyWootton. pic.twitter.com/jf7qtfq7EK— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 1, 2018Wootton’s case isn’t exactly outlandish, especially considering the recent stretch that Ohio State is on against Michigan. Out of their last fifteen meetings, the Wolverines have only won twice.Moving over to the current rivalry between Ohio State and Penn State, the Nittany Lions have two wins in their last eight matchups. Sure, it doesn’t sound like a huge improvement over Michigan, but keep in mind that Penn State has lost the last two games by one point each.If the Wolverines are going to re-establish themselves as the best adversary to the Buckeyes, they will need to snap Ohio State’s six-game winning streak.Ohio State and Michigan will play on Nov. 24 in Columbus.last_img read more

You’re Going to Want to Pick Up ‘The Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook’

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations If you ever watched Emeril Live! when it was on television, the star chef often talked about “Smell-o-vision” when he cooked — wishing on behalf of the audience at home that they, too, could smell how amazing it was standing behind his the burners on his kitchen stage. We haven’t gotten there yet, but a new bacon cookbook is at least trying with a scratch and sniff feature that is aimed at, well, everyone who loves bacon (we call them “the good ones”).The Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook by Jack Campbell (Smith Street Books, 2018) is a collection of 40 bacon-centric recipes that run the gamut from snack foods to desserts. But before we get to those, we need to address the most important question first: does it actually smell like bacon?The short answer is yes, it does. The cover image smells like almost-burnt bacon. For those that love a good, crispy bacon, this will be right up your alley. We will admit that we were disappointed, however, to find out that the entire book wasn’t a scratch and sniff adventure in porcine goodness — only the slice on the cover was sniff-able. Yes, it says as much in the product description, but when it comes to the issue of bacon, we were more than willing to hold out hope. Sadly, any other image of bacon found in the book smelled like, well, paper. (This could be amended, obviously, by slathering the book in bacon grease, but that’s on you — it’s a pretty book and we didn’t want to mess ours up.)In terms of how long the scent will last, we’ve had our book for about a week and the scent is still going strong, not dissipating once it was removed from the protective plastic wrap.All in all, if bacon is your thing, this is a handy AF book.On the recipe end of things, we were impressed with the bacon-ness of the recipes. The bacon mac and cheeseburger is literally mac and cheese wrapped in bacon to make a patty. How genius is that? The bacon polenta chips are handy, delicious, and pretty easy to make. Campbell also gets bonus points for teaching the bacon-minded how to properly make a bacon weave.All in all, if bacon is your thing, this is a handy AF book. The photos are beautiful homages to our favorite piece of pig and will make you contemplate eating the page.Now, as if you haven’t been salivating enough, check out these two recipes from the book. Need bacon before you start? Order some that will show up at your door. You can pick up The Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook here.Bacon-Wrapped Sriracha Onion RingsThe Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook(Makes 8)The holy trinity of savory: bacon, sriracha, and onion. These are a hit at parties (just make it a small party, you don’t want to have to share) or serve in a pile with burgers or mac and cheese.Ingredients:4 large onions, peeled3 tbsp sriracha hot sauce16 slices rindless streaky bacon, halved lengthways125 g (4.5 oz/0.5 c) sour cream or Sriracha Mayo*Method:Line two large baking trays with foil and place a wire rack on top of each. (There’s no need to pre-heat the oven for this recipe. It’s better to start with a cold oven.)Cut two 1.5 cm (.5 in)-wide rings from the widest part of each onion, being careful to keep the slices intact. Carefully pop out the center two-thirds of each large ring, leaving two or three layers for each ring. You should have 8 onion rings. Save the leftover onion for another use.Brush each onion ring with the hot sauce. Carefully wrap each coated ring with bacon, overlapping the bacon slightly as you wrap it around. You will need 4 strips of bacon for each ring. Secure the ends of the bacon strips with toothpicks as you go. Place the wrapped onion rings on the wire rack and place in the oven. Set the oven to 140 degrees Celcius/275 degrees Fahrenheit (fan-forced) and bake for 30 minutes.Increase the oven temperature to 160 degrees Celcius/320 degrees Fahrenheit (fan-forced) and continue baking for a further 20-25 minutes until the onion is tender and the bacon is crisp.Remove from the oven and carefully remove the toothpicks. Serve with the sour cream or sriracha mayo on the side for dipping.*Sriracha MayoIngredients:150 g (5.5 oz) good quality mayonnaiseAbout 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauceSqueeze of lime juice, to tasteMethod:Mix together, adding lime juice to taste.Bacon & Pecan Brittle Ice CreamThe Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook(Makes about 1 liter (34 fl oz/4 c)You’ll need to start this ice cream two days ahead, to allow for all of the bacony goodness to infuse. But it is well worth the wait, I assure you.150 g (5.5 oz) rindless bacon, roughly chopped500 ml (17 fl oz/2 c) full-cream (whole) milk250 ml (8.5 fl oz/1 c) thickened (whipping) cream (35 percent fat)1 tsp vanilla bean paste2 tbsp Bacon-infused bourbon, optional5 extra-large free-range egg yolks150 g (5.5 oz/2/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugarBacon & Pecan Brittle*Method:Put the bacon in a large, cold heavy-based frying pan and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes until well browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.Put the cooked bacon in a large jug or bowl and add the milk. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavors to infuse.The next day, pour the milk and bacon into a medium heavy-based saucepan and add the cream and vanilla paste. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until the mixture just comes to the boil. Stir in the bourbon (if using). Remove from the heat and set aside.Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until thickened. Gradually whisk in the warm milk mixture, and then pour back into the saucepan. Return the pan to a medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon (85 degrees Celcius/185 degrees Fahrenheit on a sugar thermometer).Strain the ice cream custard mixture into a large bowl set over an ice bath, discarding the solids, and stir until cold. Cover and refrigerate the custard for at least 4 hours until thoroughly chilled, preferably overnight.Churn the prepared custard in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Working quickly, scoop the ice cream into a chilled 1.25 liter (42 fl oz/5 cup) container, alternating with sprinkles of the brittle (reserve some of the brittle to sprinkle on top). Gently swirl to ripple through the mixture and finally scatter with the remaining brittle. Freeze for 1.5-2 hours to firm up before serving.*Bacon & Pecan BrittleIngredients:100 g (3.5 oz) rindless bacon, cut into 1 cm (0.5 in)-dice75 g (2.75 oz/1/3 cup) caster (superfine) sugar1 tbsp glucose syrup 40 g (1.5 oz) butter, chopped.25 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)35 g (.25 oz/0.25 cup) pecans, roughly choppedMethod:Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Put the bacon in a large, cold heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes until well browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.Put the sugar, glucose syrup and 3 tablespoons water in a saucepan over medium heat.Cook, gently swirling occasionally, until the glucose has dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook, without stirring, until the caramel is golden, about 5 minutes.Remove from the heat and add the butter gradually, whisking until combined. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, being careful as the mixture will bubble up slightly.Working quickly, stir in the pecans and pour the mixture onto the prepared tray. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to set and cool. Roughly chop the brittle into bite-sized pieces.Recipes and images courtesy of The Scratch & Sniff Bacon Cookbook by Jack Campbell. Smith Street Books, 2018. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish last_img read more

Hundreds Attend Independence Church Service in Washington D.C.

first_img Hundreds of Jamaicans turned out on Sunday, August 6, at the Howard University’s Dunbarton Chapel for a service of thanksgiving in celebration of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence. Story Highlights Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his message read by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency, Audrey Marks, lauded members of the Jamaican Diaspora for their contribution towards the development of the country, as well as raising the nation’s profile in their adopted home. “Jamaica has a rich history and culture with a hospitable people. And if we are to move forward both socially and economically, we as a people will have to do it for ourselves and not rely on outside help,” Rev. Dr. Soaries Jr. said. Hundreds of Jamaicans turned out on Sunday, August 6, at the Howard University’s Dunbarton Chapel for a service of thanksgiving in celebration of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.The annual church service, which is the centrepiece of the Embassy of Jamaica’s commemorative activities, was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as members of the Jamaican community in the Washington metropolitan area, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland and Virginia.Also in attendance were representatives of international organisations in Washington, as well as heads of Jamaican Organisations.Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his message read by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, lauded members of the Jamaican Diaspora for their contribution towards the development of the country, as well as raising the nation’s profile in their adopted home.Prime Minister Holness pointed out that the celebration of Jamaica’s 55th year of Independence “provided an opportunity for us to reflect as a nation on our progressive journey over the years, and the important contributions of our people both at home and in the Diaspora, to the development of our island home.”For her part, Ambassador Marks encouraged the gathering to redouble their commitment to themselves and to Jamaica, while ensuring that the country continues on a path towards sustainable growth, development and prosperity.She noted that even as the country celebrates 55 years of Independence, there were still hurdles to overcome, adding that these can be addressed by steadfastly working towards building on the positive legacy of Jamaicans, both at home and abroad.Meanwhile, in delivering the sermon, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset New Jersey, the Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries Jr., said “if Jamaica is to get the help it needs, then it will have to start with itself and its people.”“Jamaica has a rich history and culture with a hospitable people. And if we are to move forward both socially and economically, we as a people will have to do it for ourselves and not rely on outside help,” Rev. Dr. Soaries Jr. said.He added that the Jamaican brand was very strong and “if we harness these attributes, we can become a world powerhouse.”last_img read more

Ottawa police to provide update on investigation of deadly bus crash

first_imgOttawa police will provide an update today on the ongoing investigation into last week’s double-decker bus crash that killed three people and injured 23 others.Chief Charles Bordeleau and Staff Sgt. Peter Jupp of the collision investigation unit will discuss the structure of the investigation, the agencies involved and the work of investigators.The bus, on an express route from downtown to the suburb of Kanata, wasn’t scheduled to stop at Westboro station on Friday when it slammed into the roof of a shelter, cutting through the right side of its upper deck.The bus driver, initially arrested hours after the crash, has since been released unconditionally pending further investigation.It has been just five years since another Ottawa double-decker bus broke through a warning gate at a rail crossing and hit a moving Via passenger train, killing six people aboard the bus.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigated the 2013 crash, but only because a Via Rail train was involved.Some experts have called on the federal agency to lead this investigation as well, but Mayor Jim Watson said he’s confident in the Ottawa police to handle this case.Earlier, Bordeleau said the investigation will not yield answers quickly and he cautioned the public not to jump to conclusions about the events leading up to the collision.The bus was at or near its full capacity at the time of the collision, Bordeleau has said.Sgt. Cameron Graham of the collision investigation unit said police would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tensions high as Oka mayor demands consultation on return of land to

first_imgMONTREAL — Tensions are high in Oka, northwest of Montreal, over a developer’s plan to return land to the Mohawks of Kanesatake.Hundreds packed a church Wednesday night in the community on the frontlines of the 1990 Oka Crisis to discuss the return of a pine forest as part of an ecological donation.Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon says his community wants to discuss the proposed transfer with the federal government and says some in the community share his concerns.Quevillon has said he doesn’t want another Oka Crisis but fears one could be triggered — this time led by Oka residents worried about encroachment. His comments have drawn criticism, with some Oka residents suggesting his inflammatory rhetoric will do little to help relations.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon says he’s worried about the tone of the Oka mayor’s comments, which he says contain a lot of misinformation.But Quevillon doubled down, saying the adjacent Mohawk community has illegal dumps and cannabis and cigarette merchants, and he doesn’t want those coming into his town.Gregoire Gollin, a private developer, said he acted in the spirit of reconciliation in an agreement reached last month to cede 60 hectares of forest known as The Pines to the local Mohawk council as an ecological gift through a federal government program.Gollin said he’s also prepared to discuss the sale of an additional 150 hectares he owns in Oka to the federal government to transfer to the Mohawk community — nearly half of which he said is adjacent to land owned by Kanesatake.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Five community groups honoured with UNbacked prize for AIDS activism

Of the more than 550 organizations from 147 countries that were nominated, 25 were awarded $5,000 and were invited to participate in the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008), which is taking place in Mexico City this week. The winners of the Award – which is presented every two years – were announced in June by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and were honoured at an awards ceremony last night in Mexico City.Five of the 25 winners received special recognition in the following categories: providing access to treatment, support and care; supporting children orphaned by AIDS; promoting human rights; empowering women and girls; and providing HIV prevention programmes and services.They are Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana; Sanghamitra, A Women’s Collective, India; Consol Homes, Malawi; Fortalecidendo la Diversidad, Mexico; and Hamyaran Mosbat – The Mashhad Positive Club, Iran. They will each receive an additional $15,000. “These are extraordinary organizations helping to meet the needs of their own communities in often very difficult circumstances,” Rebecca Grynspan, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, said during the awards ceremony. “In doing so they have shown extraordinary creativity, courage and leadership in responding to the epidemic and achieving tangible results with limited resources.”“All the Red Ribbon participants at this conference are winners,” said As Sy, Director of Partnerships and External Relations at UNAIDS. “We hope that the knowledge and resources gained from AIDS 2008 will help inspire you in your own communities in taking your work to the next level. I know all of us have learned from you and your experiences. This knowledge is truly what the Red Ribbon Awards are about.”The 25 winning organizations are also participating in AIDS 2008, where they are hosting the Community Tequio in the heart of the Global Village, a space for participants share their experiences and best practices on HIV/AIDS issues. 7 August 2008Five community organizations from Ghana, India, Iran, Malawi and Mexico have received special recognition as winners of the Red Ribbon Award, a United Nations initiative that honours outstanding local leadership and action in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. read more

Teletubbies go CGI as Halifaxs DHX Media Ltd resurrects beloved childrens series

The Teletubbies are headed back to television with the help of a Canadian production company.After more than a decade’s absence, Halifax-based children’s programming company DHX Media Ltd. says it will resurrect the series that was once a sensation with preschoolers.DHX Media said Friday that it will produce 60 new Teletubbies episodes for BBC’s CBeebies channel in the U.K., though financial terms of the agreement weren’t released.Producers say Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will remain as characters, but the series will be updated with new CGI effects and shot on replica models of the sets.The original episodes were filmed outdoors at a farm in England, but after the series wrapped production several years ago, the Teletubbies house was been torn down and replaced with a pond.When it first aired, Teletubbies was one of the rare children’s television shows that crept into the mainstream consciousness with a line of plush toys, a top-selling series of VHS tapes, and a song that reached Number One on the U.K. Singles Chart.In 1999, Reverend Jerry Falwell accused the character Tinky Winky of being “a gay role model” for children because he carried a handbag and had triangular antenna, which he suggested represented the gay pride symbol.Falwell’s comments led both the BBC and the show’s production company to issue statements denouncing the suggestions as being part of a children’s television show.After the controversy faded, Teletubbies remained popular in repeat screenings around the world, where it has been shown in more than 120 territories and translated into 45 different languages.“Kids’ entertainment of this calibre captivates generation after generation, so we believe there is considerable demand for an enhanced, contemporary version,” said Steven DeNure, president of DHX Media.Over the past year, DHX has been bulking up its assets with several popular children’s properties.The company grabbed the rights to the Teletubbies franchise last year when it purchased Ragdoll Worldwide from BBC Worldwide and other investors for about $28 million.The acquisition included 365 episodes of “Teletubbies,” the original series produced between 1997 and 2001, and another 52 episodes of followup series “Teletubbies Everywhere,” and 10 other kids series.The company also bought the popular Family Channel from Bell Media, giving it a platform to create and sell more shows globally, and the Epitome group of companies, producer of the hit Degrassi TV franchise.DHX Media creates, sells and licenses other children’s programs such as “Caillou” and “Yo Gabba Gabba.”13:05ET 13-06-14 read more

WatchCanada deliberately sidelined from latest NAFTA talks Trump suggests

Andrew Harnik / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OTTAWA — U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Canada has deliberately been left on NAFTA’s sidelines as one-on-one talks heat up between Washington and Mexico.For four straight weeks, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo have held bilateral negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada has been absent from the bargaining table.Canadian officials have insisted they’re unfazed by being left out of the discussions because it’s allowing the U.S. and Mexico to sort out tough bilateral issues, such as their differences on autos. They’ve stressed that there have been a lot of one-on-one talks during NAFTA’s renegotiation process.One year later, NAFTA lives on, despite Trump’s best efforts to kill itWhy steel safeguards may end up becoming just another trade headache for CanadaThere’s a good chance a NAFTA deal will be reached this month, Mexico business envoy saysBut some observers have refused to buy that argument. They’ve said Ottawa’s partners have frozen it out of the critical NAFTA negotiations as a tactic and have warned that Canada could eventually be forced into accepting a deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico.Trump appeared to feed that belief during a televised cabinet meeting in Washington on Thursday — on the one-year anniversary of the start of NAFTA’s renegotiation.“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now,” said Trump, who has frequently complained about Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector.“Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It will only work out to our favour.”Donald Trump is suggesting the United States has deliberately left Canada on the NAFTA sidelines as negotiations between Washington and Mexico have heated up in recent weeks. During the cabinet meeting, Lighthizer told the room he’s hoping for a NAFTA breakthrough with Mexico in the coming days.“I’m hopeful with Mexico and then I hope once we get one with Mexico that Canada will come along,” Lighthizer said.The U.S. and Mexican governments have both expressed optimism the entire NAFTA renegotiation could be concluded before the end of the month.But Trump insisted Thursday that he’s in “no rush” to make a deal.“If you don’t have a breakthrough, as you call it, don’t do the deal because it’s a lousy situation for the United States,” he told Lighthizer.“We have much better alternatives than that, you understand? So, if you can’t make the right deal, don’t make it.”Trump added that NAFTA has “been a disaster for our country.”Asked about Trump’s remarks Thursday, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa’s officials remain in touch with their American and Mexican partners.“Minister Freeland, Ambassador (David) MacNaughton and the Canadian negotiating team are in regular contact with their counterparts and we look forward to continuing these important discussions in the coming weeks,” Adam Austen wrote in an email.“Our focus remains defending Canadian interests as we work towards a modernized, updated NAFTA agreement.” read more

Effects of global warming worrying sportsmen UNbacked report says

“If global warming turns the mountains to summer, where am I supposed to snowboard?” Shaun White, the world’s No. 1-ranked snowboarder, says in a book accompanying the findings, which will be discussed at the Global Forum for Sport and the Environment 2003 (G-ForSE) opening in Tokyo, Japan, tomorrow.“Global warming is changing the face of the sea. I just want to ride a natural wave,” adds Ryu Nakamura, a leading Japanese surfer, referring to the way climate change is making weather conditions more extreme and violent.Close to a third of the 4,000 people questioned said they were being forced to alter the way they conduct sporting activities due to environmental concerns, according to the sport and environment survey conducted by the Global Sports Alliance, an international organization supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Many are resorting to the use of higher factor sun creams and wearing long-sleeve shirts to counter what they claim is a higher risk of sunburn, while others are leaving inner-city sports grounds for the cleaner air of the countryside to avoid the impact of smog and other forms of pollution, the survey found. Worries about chemicals in food and their health impacts are also high on the list of concerns. A significant number of those polled said they were turning to “natural, organic, foods whenever possible.”The survey included people aged mainly between 10 and 29 years-old for whom sports is a passionate hobby, as well as professional players, coaches, sports manufacturers, operators of sports facilities and associations. While most respondents came from Japan, there were also responses from Europe, North America and Africa.“Sport and the environment are inextricably linked,” Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director said. “Pollution of the air, the land and waterways can have an impact on the enjoyment and performance of amateur and professional athletes alike. Smog, the result of traffic and other fumes, can make it harder to breathe, which is especially damaging for people like asthmatics.“Chemicals used in and around play areas may also carry risks. Contaminated coasts and freshwaters may cause ill health for sports people such as surfers and water sports enthusiasts,” Mr. Toepfer added. read more

Elderly Greeks with limited access to pension money amid crisis fear new

Elderly Greeks with limited access to pension money amid crisis fear new cuts could hit hard ATHENS, Greece – When Greece imposed cash withdrawal limits, pensioner Roza Alverti stopped paying her utility bills and focused on putting food on the table for her two grown and unemployed grandchildren, who live in her spotless one-bedroom apartment with a sliver of a view of the Acropolis about 6 kilometres (4 miles) away.But now the 83-year-old widow worries even that may be impossible if the country cuts pensions to secure another bailout loan this weekend and stay within the eurozone.The government is racing to approve the cuts as part of a package to be presented Sunday to European leaders in an attempt to prevent Greece from being forced to exit the eurozone. This comes less than a week after Greeks resoundingly voted against an earlier bailout proposal in a referendum, with Alverti among those joining the victorious “No” side.“I remember World War II and I think this could become worse,” said Alverti, who was a child during the war living on the island of Tinos. “In the villages on the island we didn’t have much food and we were hungry but it was easy to find an egg or vegetables. Food doesn’t grow on the streets in Athens.”Alverti, a retired apartment building concierge, probably won’t find out for months how much her 900 euro ($1,007) monthly pension will be reduced. The country’s administration won’t impose cuts until next year, and is unlikely to finalize details on who gets hit — and by how much — until the fall.But she’s already getting a taste of how bad it could be, thanks to the capital controls imposed two weeks ago that limit bank withdrawals — part of Greece’s bid to keep its banks from going under. Pensioners without cash cards are able to take out 120 euros per week; people with ATM cards can withdraw 60 euros per day.With Alverti getting half the money she usually expects per month, it was an easy decision to stop paying her bills for phone, electricity and water, even though she prided herself on always paying on time.She had to in order to keep buying enough food for her 27-year-old unemployed waitress granddaughter and her 24-year-old jobless electrician’s assistant grandson, who have lived with her for years since her divorced daughter died of cancer.“My biggest fear is for my grandchildren and I’m trying not to talk with them about it,” she said, sighing. “But my grandson understands what’s going on, and he says, ‘Grandma, you can cook me eggs, not meat.’”Many elderly Greeks like Alverti never got ATM cards or signed up for Internet banking because they were used to going to the bank every month to receive their full pension payment after it was automatically deposited by the government. Greece’s pensions must be cut, experts agree, because the system is speeding toward insolvency.State spending on pensions has risen from 11.7 per cent of gross domestic product before the financial crisis to 16.2 per cent as the economy shrank. The average in the European Union is about 12 per cent.And the burden on the state is expected to grow dramatically as the number of pensioners — currently 2.6 million out of a total population of 11 million — keeps rising.Greece is hurt more because it has the sixth oldest population in the world, according to United Nations data. Over 20 per cent of Greeks are aged 65 and over, a share the EU statistics agency expects to jump to 33 per cent in 2060.The situation is complicated because Greece’s unemployment rate stands at nearly 26 per cent, and many of the jobless like Alverti’s grandchildren rely on the pensions of their relatives. About 52 per cent of Greek households say pensions are their most important source of income, according to a study published in January and commissioned by the country’s main small business association, GSEVEE.But many Greeks who receive modest pensions say they’ll pay a big part of the price for public sector workers who managed to retire early. “There are lots of pensioners who worked until they were only about 50 and got huge pensions,” said Vassiliki Gouvousi, 80, as she lined up at a bank to withdraw her daily currency control limit of 60 euros.Papadropoulos Prodromos, a retired musician, gets just 470 euros a month now and is scheduled to start receiving 670 after he turns 65 in August. But he said he wasn’t worried about pension cuts because he believes Greece’s far-left government run by the Syriza party will single out the rich.“What can they do, give me nothing?” he asked. “I don’t think so. The pension cuts will probably hit the high-earning pensioners, not the low ones.”Retired bookkeeper Androniki Perdika, 78, fretted in line about the uncertainties promised for life with a bailout deal, and without one. Her biggest fear was that bailout talks would collapse, leading to moves to impose bank account deposit levies.“I’m terribly afraid of what might happen because I can’t take out all the money I want to,” Perdika said, “and I don’t know what the future will bring.”Alverti said taxes on bank deposits wouldn’t be such a bad thing — if the rich are the only ones targeted.“They wouldn’t suffer so much,” she said. “But the problem is that a lot of them took their money out of the banks before the capital controls, leaving us poor people here with a government that’s done nothing.”___This story has been corrected to show that the dateline is Athens, Greece, not Madrid. by Alan Clendenning, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pensioners and customers wait to use ATMs of a bank in Athens, Friday, July 10, 2015. The Greek government is racing this weekend to approve the cuts as part of a package to be presented Sunday to European leaders in an attempt to prevent Greece from being forced to exit the eurozone group of countries. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris) read more

Syria UN agencies assist thousands displaced by recent deadly violence in Baniyas

The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing ready-to-eat food rations and high-energy biscuits to families who were forced to flee Baniyas and surrounding villages on Syria’s Mediterranean coast to Tartous city.WFP aims to distribute supplied to more than 10,000 people – mainly women and children – in gathering points and shelters in communities such as Zamrin, Breej and Mrah, near Tartous city. Following the emergency ration, families will be given WFP’s regular food basket which includes rice, bulgur, sugar, pasta, vegetable oil and lentils. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), images of piles of bloodied and burned bodies, including of small children and babies, have been emerging – allegedly taken after Government forces and militia overran al-Bayda and other parts of Baniyas last week.WFP warned that ongoing classes on the main route between Tartous and the capital, Damascus, would significantly disrupt the movement of WFP cargo to the agency’s warehouse in the capital city. This poses a great risk as more than 60 per cent of all food stored in that warehouse – enough for one million people – arrived from Tartous Port through the Damascus-Homs highway, which was witnessing heavy fighting. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supplying hygiene and children’s clothing to the displaced families through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. In a briefing to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said three trucks were also heading from Damascus to Tartous to distribute hygiene kits, clothing and high energy biscuits.Ms. Mercado also drew attention an increasing number of damaged or destroyed schools in the country. According to the ministry of education, there are now over 2,960 damaged and destroyed schools out of a total of over 22,000 schools in Syria. Some 1,400 schools are being used as shelters, and 222 education staff had been killed. She added that next week UNICEF will deliver 10 prefabricated schools to Adra in rural Damascus and one school in Damascus, the first instalment of a total of 104 pre-fabricated schools provided to meet the huge demand for safe placed to learn across the country. read more

Widow of Falklands veteran wins High Court bid to have his child

first_imgcourt The widow of a Falklands War veteran has won a High Court battle allowing her to have her late husband’s child.Samantha Jefferies and her husband Clive had been undergoing fertility treatment when he died suddenly, aged 51, of a brain haemorrhage two years ago. Mrs Jefferies,  42, from East Sussex, was shocked to discover that the frozen embryos created using their DNA could not be implanted and were due to be allowed to perish because of an administrative glitch.The couple had permission for the embryos to be stored for a 10-year period. But that had been amended inexplicably to just two years by the fertility clinic and had since expired.The clinic – Sussex Downs Fertility Centre – has since changed its policy and supported Mrs Jefferies’ application for the original 10-year limit to be restored.Now Sir James Munby, the most senior family judge in England and Wales, has issued a declaration that the amendment was “not valid” and the embryos can still be stored and used lawfully. Mrs JefferiesCredit:PA BMI Healthcare Ltd, which runs the Sussex Downs Fertility Centre, where the couple received treatment, also supported Mrs Jefferies and funded her legal costs.The judge said BMI seemed to have acted “with sensitivity and compassion”.Mrs Jefferies paid tribute to all those who had supported her “common sense” application and said: “It has given me faith in the law.”In court, Jenni Richards QC told the judge: “Samantha has brought this case because the embryos she is seeking to preserve represent her last chance of having the child of her husband they had both so dearly wanted.” Mrs Jefferies, an occupational therapist, said she did not have a plan for using the embryos soon but added: “I would love to be a mum.” It has given me faith in the lawSamantha Jefferies She thanked the judge for Googling the history of her hero husband, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was on board the transport ship Sir Galahad when it was bombed in the Falklands in 1982, killing 48 men.She told the court her husband was “a wonderful man”, adding: “I want my husband’s child.”The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) had supported her application on the grounds that the amendment to the form – used to record consent for embryo storage – had not been signed by Mr Jefferies. Sir James Munby munby Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With tears in her eyes, Mrs Jefferies said the judge’s decision was “overwhelmingly fantastic – just brilliant, amazing”.Sir James said he would set out his legal reasoning later in writing.last_img read more

Any new Parliamentary convention authorising armed conflict will undermine military effectiveness former

British soldiers come under attack in the southern Iraqi town of Basra, Monday March 22, 2004.Credit:NABIL AL JURANI/AP The creeping convention that Parliament gets to vote on deploying British forces to war will harm military effectiveness, a former Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) has said.The suggestion that any future significant deployment of the Armed Forces would now be impossible without recourse to parliament has caused “unease within military ranks”, according to General the Lord Houghton.The former CDS, in post from 2013 to 2016, believes it would be “highly undesirable” for any constitutional convention to come into existence for the Government to seek Parliamentary approval prior to committing British forces to conflict   “Successful military operational activity, particularly at its outset, relies on secrecy, security and surprise,” he said.“Greater parliamentary involvement could easily undermine the UK military’s operational effectiveness.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. General Houghton made his comments in a new paper from the Society of Conservative Lawyers (SCL), a party affiliated think-tank.The paper, co-authored by a number of leading Conservative MPs, all of whom are Barristers, including Sir Oliver Heald, Sir Henry Bellingham and Victoria Prentis, says the preferable procedure is that which Theresa May followed when ordering airstrikes in Syria in April 2018.Any decision to deploy the armed forces should be taken by the Prime Minister under the Royal Prerogative, upon advice from the National Security Council, intelligence agencies and the military, the MPs say.The paper argues that military deployments should be announced to the Commons as soon as possible after the Prime Minister’s decision, to allow Parliament the opportunity to scrutinise and debate the issue.The power to commit Britain’s military forces into conflict lies in the Royal Prerogative; the authority of the monarch to exercise his or her will. In modern times the prerogative has been exercised only upon the advice of the Prime Minister, in effect bestowing such power onto the government of the day.The dispatch of the naval task force to the Falklands in April 1982 was announced to the House of Commons by Margaret Thatcher without a vote. Equally, MPs were informed by John Major of the start of the 1991 Gulf War, and British military activity in Kosovo in 1999 was announced by John Prescott. Neither had previously sought a vote in parliament.There is no constitutional convention that Parliamentary approval is required before military action can be launched, but Prime Ministers of both parties have in recent years demanded a vote prior to committing the armed forces.  The first such vote was in 2003 on the deployment of British forces to Iraq.The SCL paper says the Labour government’s action at the time, “is best understood as the administration seeking approval from a wider polity to bolster its position before making a desperately unpopular decision.“Such a calculation, sprung from the political exigencies of the time, cannot found a convention constitutionally binding on future Governments.”The Iraq 2003 vote was a “a historical aberration precipitated by the febrile political atmosphere of the time,” it concludes.The paper says David Cameron’s Commons defeat in August 2013 for military action in Syria following the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime – the first defeat for a Government in relation to military action since 1782 – and its commitment to adhere to the will of the House, formed the main precedent for advocates for a convention.Transport Secretary Jesse Norman warned against an increased role for parliament: “Ministers can always take final refuge in saying, ‘Well, you authorised it,’” he said.“Thus, far from strengthening Parliament, it weakens it and the Government: it weakens the dynamic tension between the two sides from which proper accountability and effective policy must derive.” British soldiers come under attack in the southern Iraqi town of Basra, Monday March 22, 2004. read more

Photo Gift Fast Mainstream Zoom Lens

first_imgYour DSLR probably came with an affordable zoom lens worth $200 on its own. But its optics are so-so. The largest aperture, or biggest light-gathering setting, is relatively modest at its widest-angle setting and falls further as you zoom toward telephoto. The downside to the faster lens is the price, $500 to $1,350, and some makers nick you another $25-$50 for the lens shade. The f/2.8 lens is also bigger and bulkier as you can tell from the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses above. With a high-speed zoom, you can do most all your indoor photography without resorting to using a flash, so the photos will look more natural. And the optics are better. AdChoices广告The high-speed, mainstream zoom lens typically have a zoom ratio of just over 3-1, from wide-angle to short telephoto. They also weigh 1.5-2 pounds with the shade, a half-pound more than their low-cost siblings, and stick out about an inch more (about 4.5 vs. 3.5 inches long). The lenses here all have image stabilization or vibration reduction (same thing, different terms) either built in to the lens or camera body. These are lenses that fit consumer and prosumer level digital single lens reflex cameras. They include: Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, $1,000 street (EW-83J hood, $45 street)Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, $1,350 street (lens shade included) Olympus Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II AF Zuiko Lens, $480 street (lens shade included),. This isn’t f/2.8 across all focal lengths (zoom settings), but it’s close enough, especially for the price, and the zoom ratio is 3.9-1. Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens, $700 street (built-in lens hood). Also fits Minolta DSLRs. This is more of a barely-wide-angle to medium-telephoto lens. Third-Party Lenses from Sigma, TamronWhat if $1,000-$1,500 for the Canon and Nikon lenses is just too much – like, say, if the recovery hasn’t yet reached your neighborhood? Consider a third-party lens. The optics are similar to the other lenses here. If there’s a difference, say industry insiders, it’s that the construction doesn’t have the incredible ruggedness of working-pro lenses such as the Canon L series (with the off-white barrels). They come in versions for most every major DSLR camera model. Note  the zooms on these lenses are just a bit less, 2.9-1 vs. 3.2-1 for the 17-55s. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens, $700 street (built-in lens hood).  Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP ZL Aspherical (IF) zoom lens, $460 street. Some of these lenses may have holiday rebates (not just instant rebates) that will knock another $50-$100 off the price. The prices cited here are street prices as of early in the 2010 holiday season and include instant rebates but not mail-in rebates. About Apertures The maximum aperture or f/number description is a little confusing. Smaller numbers are better and the light gathering power goes up or down to the square of the number (it’s one of those Pi R squared calculations) so f/2.8 (pronounced F-two-point-eight) lets in twice as much light as f/4, and f/4 lets in twice as much light as f/5.6. A $200 kit lens might be an 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens, meaning f/3.5 at its widest-angle aperture and f/5.6 at its longest, most-telephoto aperture, or one-quarter the light gathering power of the f/2.8-always lens.Other Photo Gifts Other photo gifts to consider this 2010 holiday season:Fast Mainstream Zoom LensInduro 5-Way Pan Head for Perfectly Level Pans with DSLRs, Video Cameras Jill-e Photo Bags for WomenAll-Purpose Lowepro Outback, Tamrac Speed Pack BagsMicrofiber Cloths (You Never Can Have Too Many)last_img read more

The White House petition to ban Google Glass is here

first_imgThere seems to be a vocal minority that are deeply concerned about the invasion of privacy caused by Google Glass. So much so, in fact, that there’s now a petition on We The People to ban the hardware until Google fixes what these people consider to be serious issues.It takes absolutely no effort, or really even a particularly strong grasp of English to create a White House petition. We The People was designed to make it as easy as possible to get the attention of the White House if enough people agreed with your petition, and it has yielded positive results.The chief concern of those who are in direct opposition of Google Glass is the potential for this hardware to be used to take photos or record video of someone without their knowing. There’s no recording light or anything when you use the camera on Glass, and that makes people uncomfortable. Furthermore, the open source nature of Android makes it so anyone can make Glass do things that weren’t intended by its creator.This may seem a little silly, and that’s because it is. There are dozens of other electronic devices out there that record without a notification light, and that are capable of either wirelessly sharing their recorded content to the Internet or storing it to be extracted and used later. In this aspect, there is nothing unique about Glass at all.While groups like Stop the Cyborgs, who refused a live interview with Geek.com, continue to pretend that Google Glass is a new way to record your fellow man, the truth of wearable computers gets lost in the discussion. Glass as it exist right now and at the price point the explorer program was set at, is impractical for a full consumer release. The goal behind this limited release is to crowdsource the possibilities of the design, with the specific intention of seeing the usage evolve as it is used and improved. Instead of participating in that conversation in a rational way, we get signs that are meant to ban Glass and the intent to spread general distrust for the hardware, eventually leading to a petition for the White House written by people who are only aware of the technology by rough description.In the end, this is exactly why Google shouldn’t do or say anything about the people so distrusting of Glass right now. If Google were to release a statement or a video about the use of Glass, or if they were to explain that Glass can only record video for 20 minutes on a full charge, or that the hardware is really terribly designed for surveillance, that immediately diminishes the potential of the hardware. Exploration is critical in order to answer the basic questions that will ultimately define the finished product. How people will use the hardware, and what they want to use it for are both questions that can only be answered by trial and error.Like any of a dozen other pieces of hardware out there, you can use Glass to record someone. This is an inescapable truth. If we live in the perpetual fear of what a given piece of technology could be used for, we’d never progress any further. That’s not to say that there aren’t real privacy dangers out there that need to be addressed, but the unhealthy assumption that technology will be used for evil simply by existing is not going to get you anywhere.last_img read more

Greece to the eurozones rescue

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici’s unnecessary – and unseemly – visit to Athens served to spotlight Europe’s corrosive politics. Mr Moscovici chose to all but endorse Antonis Samaras, the beleaguered Greek prime minister who promises to play by the European Union’s dysfunctional rules. And the commissioner described as “suicidal” the positions held by the opposition party SYRIZA, which may well lead the next government and correctly deems the EU’s rules to be intolerant.His boss, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, weighed in by expressing his preference for Greece to be led by “known” faces.Greece should not have been a member of the eurozone. But after German Chancellor Helmut Kohl ensured Italy’s inclusion in May 1998, Spain and Portugal were waved in. So, the inevitable Greek entry came in 2002. By then, any vestige of economic good sense in the euro’s construction had been abandoned in the name of peace and friendship, a cause that Moscovici and Juncker presumably seek to promote.From October 2009, when Greek authorities acknowledged that they had lied about their fiscal accounts, to May 2010, the claim was that the problem would go away without external help. When eventually the troika – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – put together a large bailout fund, the manifestly untenable claim was that Greece would repay its private creditors in full. In July 2011, the repayment terms on the troika’s debt were eased, but it was too little too late. Large losses were eventually imposed on private Greek creditors but not before harsh austerity caused an extraordinary slump in growth and lasting misery.Pretty much every time there was a choice between the right and wrong decision, the wrong one was taken.Today, the only right way forward is for the troika to allow Greece to repay its official creditors in, say, 100 years. This will effectively mean debt forgiveness but the cosmetics may help German leaders tell their citizens that they will be repaid.But of course the system fights back all rational thinking. Ireland and Portugal will cry that they also deserve more relief on their troika borrowings. More fundamentally, the forgiveness will directly contravene the Lisbon Treaty’s no-bailout provision, which prevents one member state from paying another’s debts. That would call into question the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism, which was approved by the European Court of Justice on the basis that the loans from the facility would be repaid with an “appropriate margin.”At some point, a new fork in the road has to be taken. Today, Greece offers an opportunity to modestly test the eurozone’s pressure points. The stakes are high not just for the resolution of the crisis but for the future shape of Europe. Through this crisis, Greece has been at the leading edge of testing the eurozone’s most idealistic goal: greater political unity. Moscovici’s visit to Athens accentuates just how far that goal has been set back.It is easy to label the forces that wish to loosen European tethers as reactionary. But that does not help. These same debates are being played out in Spain and will inevitably appear in Italy, which is being sucked into a debt-deflationary cycle. The discordant politics will make the resolution of economic challenges ever harder, and the politics will grow every more discordant.With Greece, the mistakes were legion. But a fresh start is now possible. Forgive the troika’s Greek debt. With a primary surplus – fiscal revenues above expenditures – and now with a very low public debt burden, Greece can start afresh with private creditors. The task of monitoring Greek fiscal accounts must shift from Mr Moscovici’s office in Brussels – and from German officials – to private creditors.Private creditors who will own newly issued Greek debt will also unambiguously bear the burden of future defaults, ideally automatically and incrementally through sovereign “cocos” (contracts that specify debt restructuring at pre-agreed levels of distress). A one-time violation of the no-bailout provision would be accompanied by a credible new no-bailout regime. And Greece will remain under pressure to reform and manage its public finances, but under a less politically charged regime.The euro’s credibility can be rebuilt only step by step. The time for grand gestures, such as quantitative easing by the ECB, has come and gone: Little economic benefit will accrue.Greece – which has been a source of endless disruption – can, for once, be the edge that leads onward to a more fundamental change in the eurozone’s architecture.Loosening European ties and allowing countries some real flexibility in managing their national affairs may in fact be the only way of stopping the march of the most egregious forms of European nationalism. It may be the only way to give Greece a real chance – and it may be the only way to save the euro.* By Ashoka Mody for Kathimerini. Ashoka Mody is Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor of International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a visiting fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank. He is a former mission chief for Germany and Ireland at the IMF. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Deux Français se lancent dans un tour du monde en voiture électrique

first_imgDeux Français se lancent dans un tour du monde en voiture électriqueLe 11 février, deux jeunes ingénieurs français ont quitté Strasbourg pour entreprendre leur Odyssée électrique, un tour du monde en voiture électrique qui pendant sept à huit mois les mènera à travers 17 pays. Xavier Degon et Antonin Guy, deux jeunes ingénieurs français, se sont élancés dans un tour du monde inédit, à bord d’une petite voiture électrique, une Citroën C0 que le constructeur leur a fournie. Ils ont quitté Strasbourg samedi, et leur Odyssée électrique, qui devrait durer sept à huit mois et les conduire à travers 17 pays, peut être suivie en temps réel sur un site Internet dédié.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A l’issue de leur épopée, Xavier et Antonin devraient avoir parcouru quelque 25.000 kilomètres. Ils commenceront par traverser la Belgique et les Pays-Bas. Plusieurs événements ont alors été organisés, à Bruxelles et Rotterdam notamment. Et pour alimenter leur véhicule, qui n’offre une autonomie que d’une centaine de kilomètres, c’est sur la population des pays qu’ils parcourront que les deux jeunes hommes devront compter. De nombreuses personnes ont déjà proposé de prêter leur prise électrique au duo. Il est encore possible de le faire en s’inscrivant sur le site de l’Odyssée électrique.Trouver des prises s’avérera sans aucun doute difficile dans certaines des régions qu’ils traverseront, comme le Kazakhstan. Mais Xavier et Antonin ne laissent paraître aucune inquiétude alors qu’ils entendent avec leur tour du monde valoriser les véhicules électriques, en rassurant les automobilistes quant à leur utilisation et leur autonomie. “Si nous pouvons faire le tour du monde en voiture électrique de série, vous pouvez l’utilisez pour la majorité de vos trajets quotidiens !” affirment-ils.Le 15 février 2012 à 15:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Owner of closed Vancouver coin shop faces federal charges

first_imgThe owner of a Vancouver coin shop allegedly defrauded customers out of $1.3 million, according to a federal indictment announced Wednesday.Blue Moon Coins owner Aaron Michael Scott, 40, of Portland was indicted by a grand jury on 11 counts of wire fraud and five counts of mail fraud, according to a statement released by U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.In a statement announcing the indictment, Hayes said 139 customers were defrauded out of $1.3 million, with individual losses ranging from just over $2,000 to more than $154,000.The Vancouver Police Department began investigating Blue Moon Coins in 2014 after customers claimed they’d paid for gold and silver coins from the business’s website but received nothing in return. The shop abruptly closed after the investigation began, though a related business, Affordable Precious Metals, continued to operate at the site for a time. It is no longer at that location.The indictment alleges that between October 2013 and April 2014, Scott repeatedly accepted customer money for the purchase of precious metals and coins and then used the money for his personal and company expenses.Scott had told customers that the money would be used to immediately purchase the coins and metals, but instead it was used for expenses or to fulfill earlier customer orders in the form of a Ponzi scheme, according to the indictment.last_img read more

In Our View: Yay, we’re No. 37! So how do we stay so livable?

first_imgWhere do we go from here?Sure, it is tempting to rest on our laurels, considering that Vancouver has just been deemed the 37th-most livable city in the United States by something called Livability.com. The website ranked cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 based on metrics such as education, economy, health and infrastructure. The computations determined that Clark County’s largest city is not quite as charming as Royal Oak, Mich. (No. 36) but clearly is superior to Lexington, Ky. (No. 38).The website also decided that Vancouver is the second-most livable city in the state, behind Richland at No. 30. Spokane at No. 41 and Pullman at No. 86 gave Washington four cities on the list of the top 100.The ranking adds to a long string of plaudits for Vancouver. Earlier this year, ApartmentGuide.com ranked it as the second-best coffee city in the country; in 2017, MoveHub.com had it as the “Most Hipster City in America,” which we’ll take as a compliment; in 2017, Livability ranked it the sixth-best city in which to retire; and in 2015, Amazon had it as the fifth-most romantic city in the country.There are several lessons to be learned from all these kudos. For one, Livability.com likes us; they really, really like us. For another, websites like to make lists and The Columbian relishes in writing about those lists. Hey, when people say nice things about us, it is newsworthy. But the most important thing is that by any measure, Vancouver — and by extension Clark County — is a pretty wonderful place to live. But you already knew that.So, where do we go from here? As they say, it’s harder to stay at the top than it is to get there.last_img read more

Puel already thinks about the upcoming season

first_imgClaude Puel knows that Leicester City doesn’t have much to play for this season and he insisted that all of the remaining games will be like a start of the next season for him as he is already making plans for it.Puel took over after Craig Shakespeare back in the autumn and he managed to take Leicester to the first half of the table but all hopes for gaining the European football are almost gone after the last defeat to Burnley.The former Southampton coach spoke about his plans for the next matches as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“This game will be the beginning of next season I think.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It is important for us to finish strongly and top prepare also for next season. It will be important to see the situation because we have some strong work to do in the summer to prepare the squad for next season.”“I think until the end of the season it will be an opportunity for different players to play and take some habits, perhaps to give a good solution.”“We know all the hard work from Okazaki, for example in the last game Kelechi came on with good intensity and quality. He gave a good assist to Jamie.”last_img read more