Canadians crash out of Womens World Cup in round of 16 loss

Canada’s World Cup campaign ended in the round-of-16 Monday with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sweden that saw the Canadians miss a chance to tie the game from the penalty spot.Fifth-ranked Canada, which came to the tournament with hopes of going far deeper, could not break down the ninth-ranked Swedes as its offence lacked clinical finishing again.The tournament lasted just four games for the Canadian women, with two losses to lower-ranked sides.The game started as advertised with two disciplined teams cancelling each other out before 38,078 at Parc des Princes.But Stina Blackstenius broke the deadlock in the 55th minute on a Swedish counterattack from a Janine Beckie giveaway. Kosovare Asllanni drove up the field and sent in a cross that defender Shelina Zadorsky couldn’t get to. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe came out but the Swede got a foot to the ball first for the all-important goal.After the Swedish goal, Adriana Leon replaced Nichelle Prince in a bid for more offence. A Sophie Schmidt header went wide but the play went to video review for a Swedish handball from an earlier Desiree Scott shot and Australian referee Kate Jacewicz correctly pointed to the penalty spot.Beckie stepped up, only to have Hedvig Lindahl make a marvellous diving save. While Beckie’s shot was well-aimed, many will wonder why captain Christine Sinclair did not take the spot kick.The Swedes offered more offence after their goal and thought they had a penalty in the 81st minute after Ashley Lawrence took down Blackstenius. But the penalty call was reversed on video review thanks to an offside call.Scott cleared a Swedish shot off the line in the dying minutes.Eight-plus minutes of stoppage time went without a goal, giving Sweden the win.Sinclair was on her knees with her face down after the final whistle.It was a matchup of the Rio Olympic silver (Sweden) and bronze medallists (Canada) with the gold medallist Germans awaiting the winner on Saturday in Rennes. Second-ranked Germany blanked No. 38 Nigeria 3-0 in Saturday in the first game of the knockout phase.Prince returned to the lineup after sitting out the last group game in the only chance for Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller.While the speed of Prince and Beckie offered some Canadian promise early on, chances were few and far between. The Swedes offered little other than the occasional counterattack from a Canadian turnover. At the other end, they sometimes had six defenders in a line.Canada looked for ways to break the Swedes down. A chance for Jessie Fleming some 20 minutes in was wasted with the ball well off-target.Labbe took care of business in the 36th minute, rising high in a crowded six-yard box to punch away a Swedish corner with authority.While Canada had 61 per cent of possession in the first half, it failed to register a shot. Sweden had three shots, none on target. It was the third game of the tournament without a shot in target in the first half.Sinclair was wide on a free kick from distance in the 53rd minute.Canada came into the game with a 5-13-4 record against Sweden, having been outscored 42-24. But the Canadians had won last time out in a 6-5 penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw in March in the third-place game at the Algarve Cup.The Swedes were well-rested, having made seven changes for the final group game against the U.S. Coach Peter Gerhardsson retained just six starters from that game.There were several loud pockets of yellow-clad flag-waving Swedes in the 45,600-capacity Parc des Princes. Canadian fans were there in smaller numbers but a solid Maple Leaf contingent was present in one corner and a Canada chant was heard soon after kickoff.Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was expected at the game on a hot 29-degree Celsius evening.Canada opened group play by beating No. 46 Cameroon 1-0 and No. 19 New Zealand 2-0 before losing 2-1 to the eighth-ranked Dutch.The Swedes downed No. 39 Chile 2-0 and No. 34 Thailand 5-1 and lost 2-0 to the top-ranked U.S.Sweden came into the game never having lost to Canada at the World Cup or Olympics (2-0-1).The Canadian women made it to the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup on home soil, losing 2-1 to England. Canada’s best showing was in 2003 when it finished fourth (after a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the semifinals).Canada has failed to make it out of the preliminary round in four of its seven trips to the tournament. Sweden reached the knockout stage for the seventh time in eight attempts.The Scandinavians had never won a Women’s World Cup match that went beyond regular time, losing on penalties to China in the 1995 quarterfinals and after extra time to Germany in the 2003 final. Canada had not experienced extra time at the tournament.Parc des Princes is home to the Paris Saint-Germain men’s team. First opened in 1897, the current stadium dates back to 1972 and has been refurbished twice since, first for the 1998 World Cup and then for Euro 2016.The PSG women, whose roster includes Canadians Lawrence and the newly signed Jordyn Huitema as well as Sweden’s Hanna Glas, play at the nearby Stade Jean-Bouin.Sinclair and Swedish captain Caroline Seger played and roomed together in 2011 while with the Western New York Flash. read more

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Opinion How to stay productive during the World Cup finals

first_imgTHE WORLD CUP is great, even when your team doesn’t qualify!Weeks on end filled with football, get-togethers with friends and summer fun… the only problem is there is still work to be done. So how do you stay productive during the World Cup?Every time there is a major sporting event we hear about the hit to productivity. Hours wasted tuning into the matches and employees not showing up for work. Although there may be truth in these reports, few talk about the increase in morale and camaraderie that comes about from these tournaments. So, let’s focus on the positive and put in place a few strategies to stay productive and still enjoy the rest of the World Cup.Advanced planningLike most things in life, a little planning goes a long way. Take a look at the big picture in advance and decide which matches are a priority for you. Put these in your calendar and let everyone know your intentions. Communication is key to ensure no one is put out by your football fanaticism.Being this organised doesn’t sound like you? But what about the benefits?You won’t miss any important matchesYour won’t get into any trouble in workYou won’t annoy your other half because they will be well informed in advance of your intentionsYou will be relaxed and in control, free to enjoy the football to the full.Stay focused in workSo now you have the matches all planned and everyone is happy. How do you actually stay focused and get as much work as possible done so you can knock off early to catch the start of the matches?Switch off distractionsIt’s nice to listen in to the updates from the matches, but my advice would be to switch off so that you can focus on the work at hand. The fewer distractions the more quickly you will get your work done and get to enjoy the match.Eliminate the unnecessaryIf you are trying to free up time to get out of work early or to take a day off after staying up in the early hours to watch a match, you will need to get your work done first. Make sure you are working as effectively as possible. Take a look at what really needs to get done and don’t waste time on trivial tasks such as email. Your inbox will distract you with lots of small tasks that may not be urgent. Process your email a couple of times a day and close it in between. See what work is not urgent and can be postponed to a later time.Focus on the ‘big rocks’Schedule important work to be done in your calendar and do it before you get distracted by other work. Do not open your email first thing. By focusing on the big rocks and eliminating the unnecessary work you can free up a lot more time than you would imagine. You could gain up to 45 minutes a day by being more organised.And when possible don’t forget to delegate work, only do what only you can do.Take actionSo get going, plan in advance, communicate with those who will be affected. Have a conversation with your manager or boss about employee engagement and the benefits of keeping the office team as motivated as the football teams, you might be surprised at the result on all fronts.Go Ireland… 2018!Ciara Conlon is a Productivity Coach and author of Chaos to Control a practical guide to getting things done. She helps busy professionals save time and get focused. If you would like help getting organised and setting goals for 2014, Check out her online course Get Set for Successlast_img read more

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LiveMap wants to put fighterjet tech in your motorcycle helmet

first_imgThe big problem with products like Google Glass is that it’s hard to get people to put stuff on their face. While eyeglasses come in and out of fashion, most people opt for contact lenses out of sheer convenience, and the technology to turn those into a display is still very early in development. So, naturally, inventors turn to the demographics that already submit to putting a screen over their eyes. A new Indiegogo campaign looks to sell motorcyclists on a helmet that incorporates technology once reserved for fighter pilots.It’s an idea that seems so obvious it’s surprising it hasn’t been floated long before now — and it has, to varying degrees. Most of those proposals have seemed relatively half-baked though, more fancy concept renderings than something that could actually come to market. The problems have been technological and financial; helmet mounted displays have traditionally been prohibitively expensive. The team is projecting a cost per unit of $2000, which puts it firmly in the expensive-but-doable category for real, dedicated gearheads.The primary feature of the LiveMap helmet is, well, maps. Though there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason that a navigation system couldn’t be built into the increasingly sophisticated dashboards of modern motorcycles, there’s also advantages to being able to keep your eyes on the road. The screen will not display video or anything similarly distracting (until it is inevitably hacked) and won’t even show a complete navigation map unless the bike is at or near a stand-still.This is just chopped together in an image editing program, but if realized could be very cool.At speed, it will show a markedly Burnout: Paradise-esque Next Turn feature, one that does actually look fairly useful. Like Google Glass, it will be voice controlled so you can keep your hands where they ought to be: on the handlebars. Other stats, like speed and time, are displayed as well.Unfortunately there’s no Augmented Reality feature to the helmet. I would have loves to see a Forza-esque line laid over the road. Even if they managed to make that work, there’s no telling whether it would be legal; motor authorities tend to freak out about anything that pops up in a driver’s view, while dashboard doohickies that actually tear their gaze off the road get far less scrutiny.The funding campaign is looking for $150,000, but if you invest early you can reserve a helmet for $500 under the projected retail price. If you’ve got money to burn, it might be worth it, and if you need convincing check out the rather hilarious video below. It’s certainly informative, though you may find that it inspires you to set off in the opposite direction.last_img read more

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WWE honors Dr Martin Luther King Jr Edge and Christian do battle

first_img Pinterest WWE has posted a video today (view above) celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is expected that WWE will show the video at the beginning of tonight’s episode of RAW which begins at 8:00pm ET live on the USA network and emanating from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Edge and Christian do battle on “Game of Jabrones”Tonight’s new episode of The Edge and Christian Show on the WWE Network at 11:00pm ET will feature a battle segment entitled “Game of Jabrones” which is a parody of the HBO series Game of Thrones. WWE has posted a short clip of the segment that features Tommy Dreamer, Hornswoggle, Christian, Hall of Famers Edge and Beth Phoenix, former WWE star Mordecai, former ECW star Braden Walker and former WCW star Yeti. You can view the short clip below: Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Google+ WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 94.52%0:02Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApplast_img read more

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Missing Hollywood man found safe

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A missing Hollywood man who had police asking for the public’s help in locating him has been found safe.According to Hollywood Police, 58-year-old Jorge David Martinez was found in Pembroke Pines.In a missing persons report issued early Tuesday morning, police had said Martinez  was known to frequent the Pembroke Pines area.He was last seen Monday.Police considered him endangered because he suffers from Alzheimer’s.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Schoolboy commits suicide in Sylhet

first_imgLogo of SuicideA school boy reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his room in Dewannagar village of Biswanath upazila on Friday.The deceased, Nuruzzaman,14, son of Fatik Mia of the village, was a Class-VIII student of PMC High School of the area.Family members found Nuruzzaman hanging around 8:00am at his room and took him to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, police said quoting family members.The body was sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img

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Bentley Motors Creates Buzz As It Enters Honey Business

first_img NYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry TerminalTruck Crashes While Hauling 130 Million Bees Stay on target Bentley Motors is abuzz with new employees.Famous for its “flying B” emblem, the luxury car maker introduced 120,000 “flying bees” of a different kind.With the help of local beekeepers, two national hives of British Apis Mellifera honeybees have been installed at the edge of Bentley’s Crewe factory in England.The insects are settling into their new home—grassland sown with bee-friendly wildflowers—and are already showing “promising signs” for the first honey harvest this summer.Each hive has the potential to create around 15kg (approximately 50 jars) of honey.“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our environmental footprint and achieve our goal of carbon neutral operations,” Peter Bosch, member of the Board for Manufacturing at Bentley, said in a statement.(via Bentley Motors)“We already have the largest solar carport in the UK on our site—which means that all of our electricity use is now either solar or certified green,” Bosch boasted. “So we’ve also started to look at ways we can use our site to increase local biodiversity.”Bees are vanishing at an alarming rate, and humans are largely to blame: We are responsible for the two most prominent causes of death—pesticides and habitat loss.More big businesses, however, are doing their part to help save one of the most effective pollinators on Earth.Ford last year launched a global beekeeping program with six hives at its Dearborn World Headquarters in Michigan. The program supports honeybee populations, as well as the local ecosystem and gardening and farming communities.Now, Bentley wants to join the fight.“Our ‘flying bees’ are honeybees that have been bred by local beekeepers, Bosch explained. “With their help, we’re checking on them every week and it’s great to see that they’re already starting to produce the first Bentley honey.”More on Geek.com:San Diego Padres Criticized For Needless Bee MurdersProof Is In the Honey: Urban Bees Can Help Monitor PollutionWorld’s Largest Bee Rediscovered in WildView as: One Page Slides1. (via Bentley Motors)2. (via Bentley Motors)3. (via Bentley Motors)4. (via Bentley Motors)last_img read more

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Zachary Quinto leads Hollywood tributes to Tab Hunter

first_imgOne of the great pleasures of working at @tcm is meeting actors & filmmakers we all admire. It was impossible not to like Tab Hunter – he and his partner Allan were a delight to be around – at the TCM Film Festival & on the cruise. Thoughts are with Allan today. pic.twitter.com/4MHaWwH5lo— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) July 9, 2018 Tab Hunter, you will be missed. Thank you for always living your truth and for joining us at #BoysintheBand. pic.twitter.com/CJlsgMt8oa— The Boys in the Band on Broadway (@BoysBandBway) July 9, 2018 RIP to the most handsome and special man. “Young Love” forever. #RIPTabHunter E xx pic.twitter.com/TIrAjpbRtw— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 9, 2018 “I don’t care whether people like me or dislike me. I’m not on earth to win a popularity contest. I’m here to be the best human being I possibly can be.” – Tab Hunter, 1931 – 2018. Our hearts are with Tab’s loved ones. https://t.co/2YOCKcsDpj— GLAAD (@glaad) July 9, 2018Also on Gay Star News:BREAKING: Hollywood legend Tab Hunter dead aged 86 RIP…. my wonderful friend, Tab Hunter has passed away. He was an amazingly genuine and gifted man. I was lucky to have him in my life. Thankful I got to spend the afternoon with him just a few weeks ago…#TabHunter #RIPtab #damnyankees pic.twitter.com/z4vt4mBmJh— Michael Feinstein (@MichaelFeinstei) July 9, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Zachary Quinto posted to Instagram: ‘So sad to wake up to the news of the passing of Tab Hunter.‘I was honored to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life. And what a life!‘Such a rich experience. Such a vital and generous nature. And such a pioneer of self-acceptance and moving through This world with authenticity as his guide.‘He will be missed greatly. May he rest in peace.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Following the death of actor Tab Hunter on Sunday, tributes have poured in for the star.The Hollywood legend and gay icon died from cardiac arrest three days shy of his 87th birthday. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . RIP Tab Hunter. Beautiful man with a beautiful soul. One of Hollywood’s Gay icons and historical legendary LGBT lives. You will be remembered #loveislove #RIPTabHunter pic.twitter.com/xRwBU4snw4— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) July 9, 2018 Tab Hunter was such a popular movie star in the 50s but spent decades fearing that he’d be outed for being gay. He eventually came out and at age 84 joined me on @SIRIUSXM #121 to discuss how far we’ve come, and what it’s like to hide in the spotlight. With @FrankConniff pic.twitter.com/RKe8a0UetA— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 9, 2018 Sad to report that Tab Hunter, the gawjuss gay icon, and true gentleman, has left the building. We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) July 9, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- Quinto, alongside JJ Abrams, is currently producing a movie about Hunter for Paramount. The project chronicles Hunter’s affair with actor Anthony Perkins in the 1950s, using his autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential as its source.His memoir was a New York Times best-seller upon its release in 2005. It followed Hunter’s struggles to come to terms with his sexuality as a Hollywood leading man.Hunter’s husband Allan Glaser is also involved in the movie’s production. Glaser previously produced a documentary based on the same book in 2015.Many other stars have lined up to commemorate Hunter.George Takei: ‘Tab Hunter was a trailblazer and icon’George Takei took to Twitter to remember his achievements. He wrote: ‘Tab Hunter was so much more than a teen heartthrob—he was a celebrated actor, trailblazer, and an icon for the LGBTQ community. Brad and I extend our deepest condolences to his husband, Allan Glaser.‘RIP, Tab. You will be sorely missed.’Tab Hunter was so much more than a teen heartthrob—he was a celebrated actor, trailblazer, and an icon for the LGBTQ community. Brad and I extend our deepest condolences to his husband, Allan Glaser.RIP, Tab. You will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/Hgyf520aVB— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 9, 2018See below the outpouring of condolences from stars across social media.RIP Tab Hunter, gentleman and hero, w DH c 1980 NYC pic @chrissteinplays pic.twitter.com/6LulgUoPUI— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) July 9, 2018 Grateful that we were able to meet the incredible Tab Hunter and thank him for his authenticity and courage. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/5e740V7uXv— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) July 9, 2018 Zachary Quinto to make movie on Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins romanceZachary Quinto in full drag is exactly what we needed to see todayColton Haynes was literally told he couldn’t be a gay actor by managersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/zachary-quinto-tributes-tab-hunter/last_img read more

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Auction Companies Agents Learn to Collaborate for Success

first_img Share 12th Annual Five Star Conference and Expo Auction Companies Real Estate Agents 2015-09-19 Staff Writer Auction Companies & Agents Learn to Collaborate for Success What was once an extremely acrimonious relationship is getting better all the time. According to a panel of experts at the REO lab at the 2015 Five Star Conference and Expo Friday, real estate agents and real estate auction companies are learning that a harmonious collaboration is the best solution for all parties involved.The lab co-directors were Brandon Kirkham, SVP of Business Expansion with VRM Mortgage Services, and Jinja Martin, Business Controls and Reporting & Analytics Executive with Bank of America. A panel moderated by SVP at Bank of America Renee Johnson and featuring Auction.com EVP Rick Sharga, Altisource Chief Revenue Officer John Vella, Genesis Capital President Rayman Mathoda, and EVP of Default Services with Williams & Williams Real Estate Auctions Elsa Lewis discussed such topics as the agents’ involvement in auctions and whether there is a need for an agent in the process.”Agents and auction companies have a common interest, which is to get the best results for their clients,” Sharga said. “What we have found in both the commercial and residential space is we get the best results for buyers and sellers when we can combine the global marketing power and the efficient online transaction capability of an auction company with the local market expertise of a real estate professional. It’s a win-win if everybody cooperates and they’re out to get the same objective.”That is a huge “if,” however, because the agents do not always have the same goal in mind as the auction companies and some agents are still not willing to collaborate. In many cases, Sharga said when the auction companies first entered the real estate space, they were “forced” on the agents in many cases, which caused resistance because sellers were reducing the amount of commission the agents were paid.”Our best results are almost invariably when an agent cooperates with us and we work together,” he said. “Our worst results are when the agent tries to deliberately sabotage the process to try to make the auction company look ineffective. Forward-thinking agents will embrace technology and partner with companies like ours to grow their business. Sadly, there are some agents who will cling to old, outmoded business models, and may go the way of the dinosaur—munching contentedly on their ferns when the meteor hits.””I think when you can start giving specific examples of how you’re already doing it and how it’s successful for the seller, the buyer, and the agent involved, it starts to prove the point.”In a market where all distressed volume, including REO, is currently at a fraction of what it was five years ago at the height of the crisis, the shift toward online auctions has taken place.”In real estate, everyone sees REO as a declining market. Defaults are down, delinquencies are down, foreclosure starts are down, foreclosure inventory is down, but there is still a real estate market that needs to be managed,” said panelist John Vella from Altisource. “We’re seeing now where more of the buyer and seller activity is taking place online. The auctions have been very successful. The ballroom auctions have given way to the online auctions and servicers and investors have gravitated toward that model because you’re getting maximum eyeballs on the product and getting multiple buyers negotiating and bidding on properties, which ultimately is best for the investor as far as driving the price up. We’re also finding ways to work with real estate agents through this process, because real estate agents are still part of the process. We want the real estate community to engage and work as part of the process.”According to panelist Elsa Lewis, who is both an agent and an executive with an auction company (Williams &Williams), the local expertise the agents provide is invaluable to the process.”The important part to remember is that the agents are the local experts and we are the auction experts,” she said. “By combining their knowledge of the property and our expertise in auction, we provide the seller the best opportunity to achieve the highest results possible. The agents bring the ‘rest of the story’, as Paul Harvey used to say. If you don’t get that, the result is only a flat number on a screen. We market to the individual property, not just a platform, and bring life to the property. The agent helps us do that. “Lewis talked about their standing partnerships with real estate broker networks such as Long & Foster and JLL, both of which are very successful for the individual agents in helping get properties sold through auction and bringing successful sales results to their sellers in 30 days. “We are looking for good partnerships with real estate brokers nationwide,” Lewis added.Sharga said he believes that the auction companies participating in the Five Star Conference presented the message that agents needed to hear, which was that the auction companies are actively looking to partner with them.”I think when you can start giving specific examples of how you’re already doing it and how it’s successful for the seller, the buyer, and the agent involved, it starts to prove the point,” Sharga said. “There is still a lot of skepticism. I think a lot of agents are looking for ways to keep their business viable as the market for distressed assets compresses, and for us to be going outreach and saying, ‘Hey, work with us and we’ll grow this together’ is probably the tonic that they’re looking for.”center_img in Daily Dose, News, REO, Secondary Market, Technology September 19, 2015 484 Views last_img read more

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Mesha Marens debut novel Sugar Run is heartfe

first_imgMesha Maren’s debut novel, ‘Sugar Run,’ is heartfelt AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 5:48 am PDTcenter_img “Sugar Run: A Novel” (Algonquin), by Mesha MarenFlawed people and a forceful look at an area ravaged by an economic downturn and a rising opioid epidemic meld in the character-driven “Sugar Run,” Mesha Maren’s novel debut.At 35, Jodi McCarty is getting her first taste of freedom when she’s released from prison after being convicted at 17 for shooting her girlfriend, Paula Dulett. Before Paula, the only person who had been kind to Jodi was her grandmother, Effie. The aimless cross-country trek, including a dip into Mexico with Paula, was the closest to happiness Jodi had known, savoring the “delicious, unfamiliar risk” of each day. The couple supported themselves with petty crimes and Paula’s skills as a poker player. Paula’s intoxicating talks about how a good poker hand is a “sweet sugar run” has Jodi remembering her West Virginia home, and how she wants to return to the landscape of “flashing mountain creeks that appear out of nowhere after a good rain.”The relationship with Paula — and its violent end — preys on Jodi’s mind as she begins her new life, hoping she can fulfil her dream of settling on the land once owned by her grandmother. Then Jodi meets and falls for Miranda Matheson Golden, who is separated from her husband, a country music star “of receding fame.” Along with Miranda’s three sons, the new couple heads for West Virginia where Jodi remembers “even the air around her had felt right.” Along the way, Jodi hopes to find Paula’s younger brother, Ricky, who was abused as a child.“Sugar Run” gains its strength from Maren’s uncompromising storytelling and her insistence on showing even the most painful realities, especially when Jodi finds her grandmother’s land “ripe with disuse.”Maren seamlessly moves “Sugar Run” from 1988 as she describes the deteriorating romance between Jodi and Paula and the present as the newly released Jodi, who always considered herself a victim and is now desperately trying to make better choices with her life and her heart. Jodi is constantly weighed down by her past, and her future with the complicated and unstable Miranda.Jodi fears her grandmother was correct —”the future was only a parallel of the past.” Jodi’s salvation will be if she can rise against her past.Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Police arrest drunk troublemaker

first_imgAn Estonian man was arrested at Larnaca airport on Friday evening for causing trouble while drunk.The 32-year-old arrived at the airport at 7.30pm to catch a flight for Moscow. But he started causing trouble resulting in his arrest.He was taken to the police holding cells to sober up.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Kyprianou sees potential for talks to collapse

first_imgThe potential collapse of the Cyprus talks is now plainly visible following the  erroneous decision House vote on Enosis and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s reaction to it, Akel general-secretary Andros Kyprianou said on Tuesday.At a news conference in Nicosia, Kyprianou, whose party was the only one to vote against the Elam-tabled proposal to mark a 1950 plebiscite for union with Greece, expressed his concern and that of ordinary Cypriots who were “frustrated and pessimistic”.“The potential collapse of the talks and deadlock It now apparent,” said Kyprianou, referring to the impasse created by the Enosis vote when Akinci walked away from the talks last month.“Surely this is not the last chance for solution in Cyprus? There will always be the next day, the next opportunity. But we have to reflect on what will the next day bring and with what conditions will come next opportunity,” he said.He spoke of possible colonisation as official Turkish policy, existing financial protocols and agreements for water and electricity, all of which were changing the identity and outlook of the Turkish Cypriot community by the day.“No one should consider that the strength of the progressive portion of the Turkish Cypriot community is limitless,” said Kyprianou.“Therefore, we should not have illusions. We should not think that we can put aside talks now so you can engage in an undistracted election campaigns and that in March 2018 the next president will find the situation in Cyprus as it is today.”The Akel leader said many criticise the party’s positions and accuse it of being willing to accept any solution.  Kyprianou said Akel would never accept a bad solution but it was naive to believe that without a solution Greek Cypriots would simply continue their lives as they were today. “We live on quicksand that we do not know when it might swallow us,” he said.Some parties, she said seek to change the strategic goal on Cyprus and leave behind a federal solution for a unitary state, and use the word traitors for those who support the former.“Who will force Turkey to accept an ideal solution for us?” Kyprianou said. “The easiest thing of all is to say slogans and empty words. But if they do not bring results, we will all pay for their consequences.”He said Akel has supported the negotiations “not because we owe something to Mr Anastasiades, but because we owe it to the country and our people to support the resolution of the Cyprus problem”.Unfortunately, he added, for some months it was obvious that the negotiations process was blocked and the reason was that Anastasiades was not ready to discuss the rotating presidency, and Akinci did not want to discuss territory.“No matter who started this tactic. What is significant is that the process did not proceed and while we were looking for a way to unblock the talks by submitting proposals, along came the decision of the majority of the House,” he added.On top of that, instead of the two leaders trying to defuse the situation, their daily statements played into the narrative of extreme elements in both communities, Kyprianou said.“While Cyprus was ‘lost’ between declarations and counter statements, Akinci withdrew from the talks while Mr Anastasiades presented himself as the deus ex machina that will solve the problems in the NHS, Limassol port, the Athalassa psychiatric hospital and elsewhere.”Even ruling Disy, which abstained from the Enosis vote, allowing it to pass the plenum, began to say Akel was to blame “instead of considering its own responsibility and how it could correct the mistake,” Kyprianou said.He referred to Disy’s reference to not being Akel nor Elam.  “Certainly Akel is not Disy but Disy has supporters among Elam,” said Kyprianou.Now, he said it was imperative for the two leaders to rise to the occasion and not do favours for the forces of nationalism.“We strongly believe that the crisis created can be overcome and negotiations can be restarted if this is pursued unwaveringly because what interests us is the next generation and not the next elections,” he said.He suggested the focus be put back on track with discussions on key issues under the chapter of governance and the executive.“If you address these key issues, we will get to the major issues of security and guarantees. We have no illusions about the difficulty of this chapter. But any solution of all other key issues will make it easier to deal with,” he said, adding however that the safety of a community cannot be guaranteed at the expense of the other.Kyprianou said it was being written by some that their working to solve the Cyprus issue was dangerous but he said: “It’s not we who strive to reunite our country that are dangerous. Dangerous are those whose policies, if applied will lead Cyprus to a standstill… a dangerous setback that will allow Turkey to promote its objectives.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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Rep McCready plans office hours July 12 in Birmingham

first_img Categories: McCready News 28Jun Rep. McCready plans office hours July 12 in Birmingham State Rep. Mike McCready will meet with residents Tuesday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the board room at the Baldwin Library, 300 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham.“Office hours offer an optimal opportunity for me to meet with people in our community and address their questions and concerns,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “I take ideas from residents back to Lansing with me and use them to improve state government.”No appointment is necessary to attend Rep. McCready’s office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact his office by calling toll free at (855) 373-8670, emailing MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or visiting his website, www.RepMikeMcCready.com.#####last_img read more

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Rep Lower praises SepticSmart Week on House floor

first_img Categories: Lower News State Rep. Jim Lower today offered House Resolution 146 to declare Sept. 18-22, 2017 as SepticSmart Week in the state of Michigan.Lower said proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued ground water, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect.“SepticSmart Week is a great reminder for everyone to make sure septic systems are in proper working order,” Lower said. “Many homeowners don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late. Properly maintained systems can save everybody a lot of time and money in the long run.”SepticSmart Week is an annual event focused on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. Visit www.epa.gov/septic for homeowner resources and information about SepticSmart Week. 14Sep Rep. Lower praises SepticSmart Week on House floorlast_img read more

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Pet Cemeteries and Health Centers Does this Reorganization Pass the Smell Test

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 11, 2015; Baltimore SunAt a meeting of skeptical creditors in federal bankruptcy court, William Green, the new leader of Baltimore’s now-shuttered People’s Community Health Center, discussed his plans for working through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.NPQ wrote about People’s last summer when it closed its five clinics precipitously, leaving $6.7 million dollars of debt to employees, the IRS, vendors, Baltimore city…and on and on. Basically, it stiffed everyone in sight. It also left patients without plans for ongoing care.Green acknowledges that the mountain of disbelievers might be high. “Who are the creditors? Give me the Yellow Pages,” he declared, in pursuit of convincing the court that he could come up with a viable plan. That plan, apparently, will entail relaunching clinics, albeit without the backstop of relying on federal grants as an FQHC; instead, they will rely on insurance payments from patients as their main revenue source.Some of the former staff suggest that the endeavor might be best scrapped. Barbara Einzig, previously a grants specialist for People’s, said, “I think it would be a disservice to community health for People’s Community Health Center to reopen,” saying that she did not see how reopening without the federal grants would be viable.Noelle Lang is still waiting for around ten weeks’ pay. She notes that Green has petitioned to use People’s cash flow of approximately $55,000 a month to pay his company, Enterprise Development Corp., a management fee while she waits and waits some more to get paid. “It’s frustrating,” she said. “How do you sit in that office all day and not have a plan to pay employees back?”Green said that the organization’s problems stemmed from a lack of good management rather than fraud, that too many bank accounts existed with too many transfers between them, and that payroll was unsustainably high.According to this article in the Baltimore Sun, “Under Green’s management last year, People’s briefly changed its name to MedHealth of Maryland and became a unit of a newly created for-profit, MedHealth [Companies LLC],” but the name has since been changed back. And, according to an earlier report:“Green has a history of legal issues connected with his past business ventures. […] Green and a real estate investment trust he owned, SynVest, were ordered by the state in 2005 to pay restitution to dozens of investors, according to a consent order signed by the state’s securities commissioner and Green. Regulators found SynVest omitted key financial information and gave misleading information to investors. In the 1990s, Green owned Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park, a pet cemetery in Elkridge. He was fined for running an illegal crematorium on the property and was ordered to repay customers who said ashes were mixed up and grave markers weren’t delivered. After he filed for bankruptcy, the cemetery was sold at auction in 1997.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Frigid Temperatures and Poverty Meet Reduced Fuel Assistance Budgets

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 22, 2015;PBS NewsHourIn the face of the last month’s record-setting low temperatures and high snowfall, community organizations all over the country are struggling to keep up with the pace of calls for emergency energy assistance.“We still have numerous applications that haven’t been processed yet, because they all come in at the same time,” says Mary Knittle, director of energy resources at the Worcester Community Action Council. Worcester, Massachusetts is now officially the snowiest city in the United States, with 107.7 inches so far this season against a yearly average for this date of 44.4. (But check for updates.)“A lot of those people heat with utilities,” Knittle says, “and utilities won’t shut you off in the winter. So, we’re working as hard as we can to get them processed.” But the agency is out of benefits to pay those who deliver fuel, and they “probably process 100 calls a day, at least, for people who are looking for more benefits.”According to Knittle, all the emergency energy assistance providers in the state of Massachusetts are together petitioning for additional funds. Not only have federal allocations to fuel assistance programs diminished from $5.1 billion in 2010 to $3.4 billion this fiscal year, as reflected in the following bar graph…Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Image Credit: Daniel Finley/NewsHour Weekend…but the peculiar hardships caused by extreme weather this winter have affected household budgets negatively in other ways. In Massachusetts, schools have been closed for several days, causing additional expenses or missed workdays for many low-income households, and in and around Boston, public transport ground to a halt for extended periods, which also had an impact on low-wage workers.A mild December mitigated some of the past month’s intensity of need, but as Ms. Knittle said, “The federal government gives money to the state every year to help households through the coldest times of winter, and most of the households have used up those fuel assistance benefits. In spite of the fact that the price of home heating oil is considerably lower than it was last year, the price of electricity and natural gas has increased considerably.”A report for PBS NewsHour out of Asheville, N.C., describes the quandaries of a few residents making use of fuel assistance funds:“Jorge Londono is 40 years old and has four kids. His single-family home is equipped with an oil heater. He told us he couldn’t afford the upfront cost of having the oil company deliver the minimum of 100 gallons, so his family opted to switch on electric space heaters instead. Now he’s facing two electric bills totaling more than $1,000.“Debra Wolf, 36, came to Eblen Charities with her mother, Jackie Henry (left). Wolf owes back payments of $417 on her utility bill. She and her four kids have struggled since her husband’s work schedule was cut from 80 hours to 40 hours each week. His hour-long commute each day means gas—along with food and utilities—are straining the family budget.”Fuel assistance programs limit the amounts that can be drawn down per family, but as Mr. Londono’s story exhibits, attempts by families to limit expenditures can backfire—not just in higher costs elsewhere, but in healthcare and other expenses as well as safety. Although energy companies may not cut off utilities in the dead of winter, many families worry about the kind of instability that February’s reduced incomes and increased fuel costs will mean for their families as the weather gets warmer and threats of shutoffs are more imminent.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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The State of Local AntiPanhandling Ordinances

first_imgShare28TweetShare1Email29 SharesNovember 12, 2015; StatelineAs cities increasingly adopt anti-panhandling ordinances, they find themselves facing legal challenges. Teresa Wiltz reports for Stateline that that the number of cities with outright bans has increased 25 percent between 2011 and 2014, while those with restrictions on panhandling in designated public places (such as near schools) rose 20 percent. Examples include Tennessee, which has banned “aggressive” panhandling; Utah, which has outlawed panhandling in traffic; and Atlanta, which has passed a law preventing panhandling throughout much of the downtown area.Opponents argue that these laws violate First Amendment free speech rights. Wiltz says that three federal judges have struck down or otherwise turned back anti-panhandling ordinances if those ordinances were “content-based” rather than “content-neutral” speech restrictions. One example is the overturning of the “aggressive panhandling” ordinance of Worcester, Massachusetts.Homeless advocates claim these ordinances criminalize homelessness and poverty. Supporters of the ordinances, however, claim they are simply trying to reduce the nuisance created by panhandlers, not to criminalize homelessness itself. Moreover, the panhandlers are not always homeless. As Susie Sinclair-Smith of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless points out, about half of the panhandlers are simply very poor.There is some indication that the rise in anti-panhandling ordinances is related in some ways to the economic revivals of downtowns, with residents of luxury condominiums and patrons of upscale restaurants and bars unhappy with the presence of homeless panhandlers. Downtown business and real estate interests aren’t particularly happy with the market impact of visible poor people.“Cities are being pressured to ‘do something,’” says Maria Foscarinis of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. “The idea is that visible poverty is bad for tourism and bad for business. A lot of cities have chosen a quick fix response, passing a law making it a crime to be poor.”Notwithstanding the legal challenges to many anti-panhandling ordinances, communities are still passing new laws. Just recently, Nashua, New Hampshire, narrowly adopted a law that calls for “prohibit(ing) citizens from distributing, exchanging or receiving any object from an operator of a motor vehicle while the car is on the travel portion of a public roadway,” as summarized by Kimberly Houghton of the Union Leader. In the summer, the city of Charleston, South Carolina, adopted an ostensibly content-neutral ordinance “that would prohibit anyone—including panhandlers, people collecting money for charities, handing out religious fliers or selling newspapers—from passing items to or from the occupant of a vehicle on a roadway in a traffic lane.” Other cities whose ordinances have been deemed not constitutionally solid, like Worcester’s aim to stop panhandling near ATMs and bus stops, plan to fight to overturn the court rulings or adjust their ordinances to make them legally enforceable.—Rick CohenShare28TweetShare1Email29 Shareslast_img read more

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I Dont Understand This Stuff Is No Excuse Nationalist Nonprofit Loses Tax

first_imgShare177TweetShare6Email183 SharesBy Vas Panagiotopoulos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/vas/30910084580/, CC BY 2.0, LinkMarch 14, 2017; Los Angeles TimesRichard Spence’s “alt-right” National Policy Institute has lost its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as of May 15, 2016, for not filing its 990 forms with the IRS since 2012.Among the policies for which the group advocates is a separate nation for white people. It is, according to its website, “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”One of the nonprofit’s most high-profile events was a conference in D.C. last year where Spencer famously bellowed, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” One would assume that the organization might wish to keep itself squeaky clean legally, but the group has not filed a 990 since 2012. Spencer has been running it since 2011.Spencer said yesterday that an IRS error led him to believe his group was not required to file the 990s. “I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to make a comment because I don’t understand this stuff,” Spencer said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s not good. We’ll figure it out.”The error on the part of the IRS is as yet unconfirmed by the agency, but it had classified the group as not being required to file such forms until February, when it informed the group it was out of compliance.Still, “They should have known that they should have been filing,” said Philip T. Hackney, a law professor and former IRS employee. “It’s very clear under the law that if you don’t file for three years, you lose your status.”According to Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, the National Policy Institute is also raising money in the state despite having no authorization to raise funds there. “They had sent in a registration form to us years ago, but it was incomplete and we requested additional information,” she wrote in an email to the L.A. Times. “We never heard back from them.”There are also questions about whether the group flouted IRS rules on election-year activities by 501(c)(3) nonprofits, which prohibit “partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization.” In September of last year, for instance, Spencer wrote, “I invite you to join us in the fight against Hillary Clinton, and the liberal agenda that’s haunted our country for generations.” Later, he declared that the organization had “willed Donald Trump into office.” But, as Hackney points out, at that time, the group wasn’t a charity anyway.—Ruth McCambridgeShare177TweetShare6Email183 Shareslast_img read more

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New Pennsylvania Congressional District Map Gives Small Cities Greater Say

first_imgShare6Tweet7ShareEmail13 SharesFebruary 20, 2018; FiveThirtyEight.comThis week, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would do if the legislature failed to submit a map by February 15th, the Supreme Court mandated a new map for congressional elections. Last month, the Court ruled that the state’s previous congressional district map “clearly, plainly, and palpably” violated the state constitution and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. That map, drawn by what was at the time a state government led by a Republican governor and a Republican state legislature, was widely seen to favor the Republican Party.Now, the state has a Democratic governor and a Republican state legislature. Since the governor and state legislature failed to agree on a map, the Court drew its own. The new map is, not surprisingly, more favorable than the old map for the state’s Democratic party. But the map has other effects that don’t neatly fit either party’s interest.In particular, Rachel Dovey in Next City points out that the map “stands to benefit Pennsylvania’s smaller urban areas.” Many cities, like the post-industrial Reading, notes Dovey, were previously packed into districts in which rural voters overwhelmed the city vote.As for the partisan impact, according to Aaron Bycoffe, writing for FiveThirtyEight.com, the new map, while more favorable to Democrats than the old map, stops short of committing the reverse offense of being a “Democratic gerrymander.” Even though Democratic and Republican voters are evenly split in the state, a hypothetical model of a “normal election” shows the Democrats’ expected win total being 7.5 seats out of 18, the result in part of Democratic voters being concentrated in the state’s two largest cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.Bycoffe adds,The new map has five seats that we would categorize as “usually Democratic” over the long term, compared with four under the current map. These are districts where Democrats have better than about a 5-in-6 chance…. Democrats would still be heavily favored to hold four of those new districts—the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 18th—even in an extremely GOP-friendly national environment. The other one—the 4th—could be at risk in a Republican wave. Eight seats, meanwhile—the 9th through 16th districts—are, to varying degrees, “usually Republican.” The other five districts—the 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th districts and, and to a lesser extent, the 17th—all look highly competitive.The Court, in drawing its map, were advised by Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford constitutional law professor. Persily, Dovey notes, has in the past assisted judges with other redistricting cases in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland.Last month, when the Pittsburgh Community Foundation filed its precedent-setting amicus brief with the state supreme court, its CEO, Maxwell King, noted that the foundation felt compelled to intervene because of its “concern about the strength of the civic fabric.”King added that, “More and more voters feel as if they don’t matter, they don’t have a role.” Now, because of the state supreme court ruling and the creation of more compact and competitive districts, a growing number of Pennsylvanians, particularly in the state’s smaller cities, will find that their votes could have much more impact on electoral outcomes than before.—Steve DubbShare6Tweet7ShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

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