first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_imgRhonda’s Kiss, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, has announced that Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp will be presented with the first “Healing & Hope Award” at their annual concert event on Thursday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.The “Healing & Hope Award” honors an individual or group of local heroes who have a positive impact on cancer patients, survivors and those in need.As previously announced, the rock group Weezer are the headlining act for this year’s benefit concert, with musician/TV host Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray emcee-ing the evening.Proceeds from the concert event with Weezer will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501c3. To date, the charity has donated more than $750,000 to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients.“Cancer affects many lives and this year it was my family’s turn,” explains Johnny Depp. “The team at Cedars-Sinai works tirelessly to help people in their darkest moments. Their work is invaluable to all of us, and I will support any opportunity to help shine a light on the cause through Rhonda’s Kiss.”“The Cedars-Sinai Department of Radiation Oncology is proud to collaborate with Rhonda’s Kiss to raise awareness about the fight against cancer,” explains Amin Mirhadi M.D., Cedars-Sinai. “As a long-standing member of the faculty, I’ve been fortunate to witness the development of a world-class infrastructure for laboratory research, patient clinical trials, and cutting edge technology. With the help of organizations like Rhonda’s Kiss, we are able to develop research projects and ideas that we know will make a difference.”“Aside from regular visits with cancer patients all over the country, Johnny has been instrumental in supporting research on lung cancer in our department at Cedars-Sinai,” continues Dr. Mirhadi. “The contributions Johnny has continually made in honor of his mother have been instrumental in helping us to develop the kind of research we need to move the needle forward in the fight against lung cancer.”“Johnny lends his name, uses his time, and makes donations to causes that positively impact those in the most need, especially in the field of cancer,” adds Kyle Stefanski, executive director of Rhonda’s Kiss. “Because we want to acknowledge and support local heroes who are making a difference in the cancer community, our 2016 Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles ‘Healing and Hope Award’ will be presented to Johnny Depp at our annual event on November 3. Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight. Donating to Cedars-Sinai and their team will help give these patients the support they need.”Rhonda’s Kiss is a recognized 501c3. In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through the Rhonda’s Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefitting Cedars-Sinai, Rhonda’s Kiss events provide financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach, that integrates outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised. For more information or to donate directly, contact: www.rhondaskiss.org.last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA – Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States.Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag — increasing the previous fees by $5 each.The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees.Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free.Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, U.S. carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto.The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada subsidiary through Quebec courts.The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador has argued that Quebec courts are without jurisdiction in the matter because the mining operations are in Labrador.The Innu launched the lawsuit in 2013, seeking $900 million in compensation because the mine was built without their consent.They claim the mine, in operation since 1954, has caused environmental damage, displaced members of the community, and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life.The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court will hear the challenge as it amounts to another delay in their lawsuit. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img“We looked at a projection of over 50 years and, now, this isn’t realistic in a sense that you’re not going have these big swings in cost. It’s really hard to predict 50 years from now. This is based off those expected lifespans.”From those projections, the District will be looking at spending 1.3 million dollars annually over the next 50 years, and for water, the District is looking at paying $800,000 annually over the next half a century.Council feels the Asset Management report was well done.Adam says this Asset Management work puts Taylor in a better position when it comes to applying for financial support.“This whole Asset Management work that you are doing puts you in a better position to be able to access funding for grants because this is all now considered to be a prerequisite for when are applying for certain stuff.”You can view the full Asset Management Presentation on the District of Taylor’s website. “It actually is part of the daily operations and decision making, and it’s something that happens every day. It’s a living document or piece of information that’s constantly changing to have more information available.”According to Zackodnik, the District currently has 114 million dollars in assets.“We came up with 114 million dollars worth of assets that you guys currently own. About 42 percent in roads, and 46 in water.”Zackodnik says they have looked at a projection of over 50 years for the life span of the current assets. Project timeline for the asset management project. Source District of TaylorKimberly Zackodnik and Jamie Adam of Urban Systems made the presentation to Council.The presentation looked at the District’s current status in Asset Management and what steps will need to be taken in the future.Adam says Asset Management is the combination of building or constructing, along with maintenance and operations of assets.“It’s important to remember that asset management is actually the combination of building or constructing, but also, on the maintenance side, it’s also around maintenance and operations as well as rehabilitation or abandoning or disposal of some of the assets you already have. It’s not just “let’s just building something or just replace it,” it kind of looks at the whole picture.”Adam also adds that asset management is part of the daily operations of the District.center_img TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor Council was given a presentation on phase one of the District’s Asset Management at a recent Council meeting on January 21.Urban Systems is the engineering consultants that helped to develop the District’s Asset Management Plan.Discussions for creating the asset management plan had started pre-2014, with inventory taking place since then.last_img read more

first_imgby Selim SAHEB ETTABAGAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories– It was the publicity stunt of the year in Hamas-ruled Gaza: the delivery of Kentucky Fried Chicken from a branch in Egypt through a tunnel under their shared border.But since the service was launched in spring, the Hamas-friendly Egyptian government of Mohamed Mursi has been toppled in an army coup. And since then, Egypt’s military has destroyed hundreds of the tunnels, sending the takeaway orders into free-fall with the rest of Gaza’s economy, already squeezed by trade restrictions imposed by its other neighbor, Israel.In Rafah, the sprawling city which straddles the Gaza-Egypt border, the dust raised by hectic smuggling activity has settled in the wake of the Egyptian army’s campaign against the tunnels.Just a few scattered diggers are working under tarpaulins covering the entrances to abandoned tunnels, excavating “for the future”.“Is there a future for tunnels? Not with Sisi,” sighs a Gazan border police officer, referring to Egyptian military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.The flow of state-subsidized Egyptian fuel to Gaza has all but dried up since the July coup, dwindling from about a million liters a day in June to 10,000-20,000 liters a week now, according to the latest report of the U.N. Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The shortage caused the shutdown on November 1 of the Palestinian territory’s only power plant, which provided about a third of the strip’s electricity.The closure has resulted in power cuts for 16 hours a day.Without electricity, water treatment stations have stopped working, and last week sewage began spilling onto the streets of several neighborhoods in Gaza City.Now the Al-Yamama delivery company is looking back nostalgically on its days of delivering Egyptian KFC.“Despite the high prices because of transport costs, people paid to have something that does not exist here,” said Haitham al-Shami, a 29-year-old partner in the business.“It was a challenge,” he said, “to show that Gaza is not only war and death. We love life, but we have nothing.”‘Ketchup and mayonnaise’His subterranean fast food service, largely conceived to promote Al-Yamama’s business, lasted only a month before being banned by Hamas “for public health reasons” even before the tunnel crackdown, Shami said.According to Palestinian economist Omar Shaaban, Gazans had developed a taste for small luxuries, which Israeli and Egyptian restrictions have taken away again.“Gaza is a modern society. People in Gaza know Nescafe and cappuccino and these products,” he said.“Now we have become a relief society — we depend on international humanitarian assistance for food.”Israel first imposed its land, sea and air blockade on the coastal strip in 2006 after militants there seized an Israeli soldier, who was eventually freed in a lop-sided prisoner swap in 2011.It was further tightened in mid-2007 when the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of Gaza.Israel eased the blockade slightly following an international outcry after its botched commando raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, allowing food and some building materials to be trucked in.“The siege destroyed the industrial productive sector, the siege prevented any export from Gaza, only five or six items were allowed,” said Shaban, director of local think-tank Palthink.“We’re not suffering because of a lack of rain or because we don’t have food. It’s a man-made catastrophe, because somebody decided to make our life difficult,” he added.“We are a hostage by four kidnappers,” he said, naming Israel, Hamas, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank, and the international community.Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh wrote last month in left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz that token Israeli economic measures would not change the Palestinians’ lives.“In recent years, some international parties have tried to convince the world that solutions begin by removing a roadblock or allowing ketchup and mayonnaise into Gaza,” he said.“What Palestine needs is ending the Israeli occupation, which is the only way for Palestine to reach its full economic potential.”last_img read more

The Ohio state baseball team celebrates the team’s Big Ten championship victory. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter clinching an automatic bid into the NCAA College Baseball tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been placed as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional, hosted by No. 2 national seed Louisville Cardinals. For the Buckeyes, this has been a truly spectacular season, fueled by steady contributions from both sides of the plate as they finished with a Big Ten-best record of 43-18-1. On the year, OSU ranked second in the Big Ten in runs scored with 362. The team’s offense was driven largely by their strong power numbers, where they ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for 28th in the country with 56 home runs. Another strength was the speed on the basepaths, where they ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the country in stolen bases with 98 successful swipes.But it wasn’t just the bats that worked for the Buckeyes. The pitching staff for the Scarlet and Gray also contributed in a major way to the success of the team. OSU pitchers posted a 3.02 ERA on the season, good for second best in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation; a 1.20 WHIP, best in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation; and a miniscule 2.40 BB/9 rate, second best in the Big Ten and fifth best among all NCAA teams.In the first matchup of their regional, the Buckeyes will take on Wright State University, champions of the Horizon League. The Raiders have put together a strong season, posting a 44-15 record overall. They currently sit 36th overall with a 3.47 ERA and tenth overall with a 1.20 WHIP. Though WSU ranks 22nd overall in runs scored (424 on the season), they have few explosive aspects to their offense. The Raiders currently rank 95th in batting average (.283) and tied for 55th in home runs (46). Their offense has largely been sparked by a NCAA 20th best-91 stolen bases.That game begins on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. E.T.The winner of the Louisville regional will play the winner of the Vanderbilt regional in the Super Regional round. read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Everyone knows we love our clean cars in Southern California. But Escondido could have the cleanest cars in San Diego County: 28 car washes and counting.“We just need to look at this closer. Do we really need any more car washes in town,” said Escondido City Manager Jeffery Epp.This came as a big shock to the local businessman who bought a piece of land, got most of it approved for a car wash, then the city pulled the plug.“We did the environmental studies, we did traffic studies, who did everything needed and I was waiting for final approval. Then they decided to impose a moratorium on me,” said Wash n Go owner Neil Capin.Capin invested a lot of money in the old skating rink, a place that has a lot of nostalgia, but it’s been shut down for 10 years.“If someone wanted to build a skating rink, they should have done it,” Capin said.After the city council voted in favor of the 45-days moratorium, Capin still has hope.“What I hope is that the projects that are already in the works keep moving forward. I was almost finished with the whole process, we should be able to finish the project,” Capin said.“I don’t think anyone is telling him he can’t build it, We just need a time out, take a look. Do we really need another car wash in Escondido,” Epp said.After investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the skating rink, Capin is not pleased.“Why would anyone invest in Escondido, when something like this can happen. We should be allowed to “finish” the project. It’s just not right to start a project and have them change in midstream,” Capin said.A final decision is expected within the 45-day moratorium. Updated: 10:28 PM Too much of a good thing: Car wash surplus leads to drama Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante May 2, 2018 Posted: May 2, 2018last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more