Gay football referee opens up, says things are getting better on field

first_imgRyan Atkin, who became English football’s first professional referee, still faces plenty of issues. The 32-year-old said the game is still awash with homophobia.Atkin referees matches in the North and South divisions of the National League but obviously wants to move up the ladder to the Premier League. However, the ambitious young referee said things were improving despite the prevalence of homophobia in the sport.”People who are happy in their own skin at work will perform better as a result – the same is true of professional sport,” Atikin was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.”The best referees are the ones that bring their whole self to the match, officiating with their personality and ultimately improving their ability to get the decisions right.”Referees do not have an easy job and they normally are under pressure from both teams and their fans. Some have also come close to being dangerously heckled by players in matches where passions run high.Atkin said referees can be often unpopular for several reasons but their sexual orientation should not be a reason. However, he was quick to add that he himself has never been a victim of hate or ridicule. “I myself have never been a victim of homophobic abuse but I am aware others have been.”The biggest challenge I might face in the future as an openly gay referee would potentially be dealing with homophobia that could come from players, spectators and possibly even refereeing colleagues, though, so far, I have found officials within football to be very open-minded. It’s something the game can be proud of.”advertisementSeveral top athletes from major sports have come out to speak openly about their sexual orientation. However, in an increasingly more sensitive society, these legends have continued to command respect and fame for their sheer diligence in their due field.last_img read more

River president blasts Boca chief over final ‘betrayal’

first_imgBuenos Aires, Nov 27 (AFP) River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio hit out at his Boca Juniors counterpart on Monday accusing his rival of “betrayal” following the postponement of the weekend’s Copa Libertadores final due to an attack on the Boca team bus by River fans. In a humiliating weekend for South American football, the second leg of the final was postponed twice amid scenes of violence and confusion. The match had been scheduled for Saturday but the two presidents agreed to delay the continental showpiece by 24 hours after some Boca players suffered cuts from broken glass and the effects of smoke inhalation when their bus came under fire from River fans throwing sticks and stones and spraying pepper spray. Yet the game did not take place on Sunday either as Boca said they faced a “sporting disadvantage” due to their players’ injuries and Boca president Daniel Angelici said he would petition competition organziers Conmebol to award the tie, and hence the trophy, to Boca. “I’m struggling to believe he cannot keep his promise,” D’Onofrio fumed on Radio Mitre. “We signed a document and we shook hands. Then I find out he’s petitioned Conmebol and asked for them to be declared champions.” – ‘Not River’s fault’ – ======================= Speaking on Sunday, Angelici revealed he was lodging a challenge with Conmebol’s independent disciplinary commission. “Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that’s my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that’s why I have to stick to the statute,” Angelici said at a press conference.advertisement He was referring to Conmebol’s Article 18 which includes provisions for a number of possible punishments, including the forfeiture of a result. It was the same article South American football’s governing body used three years ago to kick out Boca after one of their fans attacked River players with pepper spray at half-time of a Copa Libertadores quarter-final. River went on to lift the trophy that year. “There’s no chance they will award the match to Boca. If it was the case, it would be totally shameful, one of the worst betrayals someone could commit,” said D’Onofrio. The River plate president insisted that it was only because of his support for Boca’s request to have the match postponed on Saturday that it was not played there and then. Two Boca players were taken to hospital following the bus attack, which happened in the streets near to River’s Monumental stadium in the upmarket Nunes neighborhood of Buenos Aires. River fans were able to attack the bus despite it having a police escort. “Is it River’s fault that the security failed?” said D’Onofrio. Both Argentina President Mauricio Macri and the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, accepted responsibility for the “security failure.” And on Monday, the security minister for the Argentine capital, Martin Ocampo, resigned. The major difference between the attack by Boca fans three years ago and this one is that it took place within the club’s iconic Bombonera stadium, where the team is ultimately responsible for player safety. Saturday’s incident happened in the street where security for Boca’s bus was the responsibility of the police. The two presidents are due to meet with Conmebol chief Alejandro Dominguez on Tuesday to agree on a new date for the final second leg tie.Dominguez had praised the two men on Saturday for coming to “a gentleman’s agreement” to delay the match for 24 hours. The first leg two weeks ago, which was delayed 24 hours after a deluge left the Bombonera turf waterlogged, finished 2-2. From next year, the Copa Libertadores final will be contested in a one-off match at a neutral venue. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

Huawei P30 Pro set to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestream

first_imgAfter unveiling the P30 series in Paris last month, Huawei is all set to launch its flagship smartphones in India on Tuesday, April 9. The Huawei P30 Pro will be announced for the Indian market at an event in New Delhi. Huawei will also launch the mid-range P30 Lite alongside the flagship phone today. The event will kick off at 11.30am and you will be able to watch the live stream via Huawei India’s official YouTube channel.The Huawei P30 Pro is undoubtedly the star of the show as it touts a quad camera setup that includes a revolutionary Periscope zoom camera that allows for 5x optical zoom. The P30 Pro also brings a waterdrop AMOLED display, gradient colour design, in-display fingerprint sensor, Kirin 980 chipset and a long-lasting battery, among other things. The P30 Lite, on the other hand, is a stripped down version of the P30 that retains the design but offers mid-range hardware to make it affordable.Huawei P30 Pro and P30 Lite expected price in IndiaThe Huawei P30 Pro is the company’s flagship smartphone that brings premium, high-end specifications. Naturally, its price is also expected to come a premium as well. In European markets, the P30 Pro is has been priced starting at EUR 999 (approx Rs 77,800) for the 8GB/128GB variant going up to EUR 1,249 (approx Rs 97,300) for the 8GB/512GB model.Huawei will likely announce the regular P30 as well, which gets most of the same features as the Pro model but loses out Periscope and ToF cameras. The Huawei P30 is priced at EUR 799 (approx Rs 62,200) for the single 6GB + 128GB variant. Following their launch, the P30-series will go on sale via Amazon India.advertisementThe P30 Lite was launched a few days ago in Canada with a mid-range price of CAD 429.95 (approx Rs 22,100). These prices give us an idea of what they will cost in India, but Huawei could price them more aggressively in the country in order to compete against Samsung and Apple.Huawei P30 Pro specificationsThe Huawei P30 Pro sports a 6.47-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display with a droplet notch to house a selfie camera. The phone gets a 3D curved glass on the front and back for a premium look and feel. The P30 Pro is offered in Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal gradient colours that have been inspired by nature.The biggest highlight of the P30 Pro is its quad camera setup that includes a 40MP primary camera with 1/1.7-inch Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor and f/1.6 lens, a 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping.The regular Huawei P30 differs from the Pro model as it gets a triple camera system that includes a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.Both the Huawei P30 Pro and P30 are powered by a Kirin 980 octa-core chipset. The phones also run on Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top and support 40W Super Charge technology. The P30 Pro gets a 4,200mAh battery, while the P30 gets a smaller 3,.650mAh battery.Huawei P30 Lite specificationsThe Huawei P30 Lite is a budget version of the P30 flagship. It also brings a waterdrop display and gradient colours to keep in it in line with its more premium brothers. However, the hardware has been downgraded to keep the price affordable. The P30 Lite sports a 6.15-inch FHD+ (2312×1080) LCD display and is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone runs on Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top.The P30 Lite gets a triple camera setup on the back, but the sensors aren’t the same as what you get with the P30 Pro. The P30 Lite gets a 24MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Up front, the Huawei P30 Lite offers a 32MP selfie camera placed within the notch. The handset houses a 3,340mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.ALSO READ | iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Which is the best iPhone to buy at Rs 60,000?ALSO READ | How Facebook is gearing for Lok Sabha Elections 2019ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro: 50x zoom camera, gradient design and 3 more features to get excited aboutlast_img read more

Tyreek Hill is fast

first_imgOklahoma State signed juco WR/RB (ATH?) Tyreek Hill on Wednesday and wow, he might be able to challenge Justin Gilbert to a race.Here is winning some junior international 100 for the US.He is not slow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

24 days agoSon of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Son of AC Milan director Boban slams coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban has slammed coach Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo is under huge pressure at Milan after defeat to Fiorentina – marking the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.And Rafael Boban has added to the speculation by taking to social media today.”Milan,” he wrote in his stories on ‘Instagram’, “has many quality players, the problem is the coach.”Boban Jr went onto praise the qualities of former Milan coach Max Allegri, now a free agent after leaving Juventus. last_img read more

Tune In To We Day Broadcast

first_imgGet ready for We Day!Video: We Day is Coming!For the first time in America, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Lovato, Tyrese Gibson, Magic Johnson, Paul Rudd, Macklemore, Nick Jonas, The Band Perry, Lupe Fiasco, Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Josh Gad, Kid President, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Shay Mitchell and others will come together to inspire thousands of passionate youth to make a difference both locally and globally.Along with international activists and We Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, these famous faces lend their voice to support the We Day movement – celebrating a “we generation.”On August 21st, American families can tune in for the most important conversation they’ll have all year! Join the fun for a one-hour, commercial-free program, and explore today’s greatest social issues – bullying, body image, mental illness, ability, literacy, inner-city violence, environment and so much more.We Day will be airing commercial-free on ABC on August 21st at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.last_img read more

UN envoy to DR of Congo named new deputy High Commissioner for

Mr. Morjane is a veteran UN official who also served as Tunisia’s representative to the UN in Geneva. The 53-year old Ambassador, who has spent nearly 20 years with UNHCR, served most recently as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Mr. Morjane replaces Soren Jessen-Petersen of Denmark, who joined the UN refugee agency in 1973 and held a string of senior positions before becoming Assistant High Commissioner in 1998.In naming the new official, the High Commissioner thanked Mr. Jessen-Petersen for his invaluable contribution to UNHCR. “His leadership, advice and wisdom benefited a huge number of staff in the organization,” Mr. Lubbers said. Mr. Morjane is expected to take up his new duties on 1 October. read more

UK vehicle production – September 2008

-7.4%0.7%-0.7%7.1%-6.0%1.9% % of total77.4%76.6%57.6%60.9%74.9%74.6% Total142,6061,181,13420,675172,535163,2811,353,669 2.4%4.2%3.6%10.0%2.5%4.9% 5.6%5.3%7.0%11.9%5.8%6.0% “UK production continues to demonstrate its strength and resilience with output up 2.5% in September. We already know that production is being scaled back to reflect demand in global markets and we will see this more clearly in the months ahead,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “It is essential that government works with industry to protect vital manufacturing capability. This includes measures to support domestic demand and sustain longer-term investment in skills and new technology.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Home32,278276,5778,77367,43441,051344,011 SMMT LtdSep-08YTD 2008Sep-08YTD 2008Sep-08YTD 2008 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  % of total22.6%23.4%42.4%39.1%25.1%25.4% Export110,328904,55711,902105,101122,2301,009,658 read more

TWO DEAD – as Police investigate suspected murdersuicide at Rose Hall

A couple from Rose Hall Town (RHT) was discovered dead at their Third Street Williamsburg home on Sunday evening .Dead are Indrawattie Totaram and her husband – Krisha Latchman.Totaram’s body was found lying in a pool of blood on a bed with what appeared to be several chop wounds while the lifeless body of Latchman was hanging from a rafter in the same bedroom.DEAD: Indrawattie TotaramDEAD: Krisha LatchmanThe discovery was made at about 19:00h after calls to the woman’s cellular phone went unanswered. Details so far are sketchy, however, this publication understands that the discovery was made by a relative of the now dead woman.INews  understands that the couple lived together for several years.Neighbours have reported that they did not hear any unusually sounds coming from the home but confirmed that the couple would frequently go out and consume alcohol together.According to reports, after calls to her phone went unanswered a relative visited the Williamsburg home where the gruesome discovery was made. The police were contacted and an investigation has been launched. (More details in a subsequent report) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder/suicide update: Wife knew husband was planning to kill herDecember 4, 2017In “Crime”Body of missing woman found in shallow graveMay 14, 2019In “Crime”Miner found dead hours after killing 15 – year – old loverJanuary 14, 2014In “Crime” read more

Heiner Brand returns to handball

← Previous Story THW Kiel: 5,000 season tickets sold in only five hours Next Story → Russian star Mikhail Chipurin joins US Ivry The legendary former head coach of Germany national team, Heiner Brand, returns to handball after 3 years of break. Unfortunately, it’s not for coaching a team, but Brand decided to return to his youth club VfL Gummersbach as handball advisor.Brand, member of Gummersbach city council, will volunteer at his youth club, Vfl Gummersbach. Brand is expected to advise VfL Gummersbach, which ended the Bundesliga as 10th last year, on tactical matters. “I see my work as advisory capacity. There are plenty talents in the squad of VfL Gummersbach right now”, Brand said to the club’s official website.VfL Gummersbach chairman, Götz Timmerbeil: “Heiner Brand is the face of the German handball. He will very help us in our development progress”By the way, VfL Gummersbach will open 2015/16 preseason with the first training session for this year today at 18:00 in an open training for the fans.TEXT: TAL ALON read more

Analysis Ireland must cut out the defensive failings against All Blacks

first_imgIT’S TAKEN US a few days to bring ourselves to re-watch Ireland’s 32-15 loss to Australia, but second viewing doesn’t make the sense of frustration any less.Watching the game back, it is apparent that Ireland had more than enough possession and territory to win on Saturday night but, as always in rugby, it was the more efficient side who emerged victorious. The Wallabies had under 40% of territory and possession, but the key is what they did with the ball when they had it.Namely, scoring tries. Ewen McKenzie’s men managed six clean line-breaks compared to Ireland’s 12, with the difference being that they finished those chances. Again, it should be stressed that Australia deserve credit for a ruthless edge in attack. However, we are looking at this from an Irish point of view, with the desire to see Joe Schmidt’s side improve for Sunday’s Test against the All Blacks.After the Samoa game, the consensus was that if Ireland conceded similar line-breaks as in that first November Test, the Wallabies would punish them with tries. That prediction proved hauntingly true, so it’s obvious that Ireland must tighten up their defence before taking on the ultra-clinical All Blacks.Let’s take a look at the tries conceded last Saturday and what Ireland need to learn from them as they plan for the All Blacks encounter.Nick Cummins’ tryThis defensive breakdown was very similar to a couple of the examples we saw against Samoa. Australia ran a simple loop play in midfield, with Quade Cooper receiving a pop pass as he came around James Horwill. As we can see in the freeze frame below, Ireland are in an ok defensive position.Inside the circle above is Cooper on the ball, with Devin Toner marking up on him. Outside that there are three Australian attackers and three Irish defenders, in Cian Healy, Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe. While Ireland’s line is a little disjointed, there is no reason this play should result in a line-break.However, there is a clear breakdown in communication, resulting in Stephen Moore busting the line. As you can see below, O’Driscoll has planted his feet and is ‘biting in’ on Cooper (circled). That leaves space on the centre’s outside shoulder, and Cooper never misses the chance to pass into those gaps.As ever, without being on the pitch we cannot know if there was a lack of talk from Toner and Healy inside, or if O’Driscoll ignored their communication and made a decision to bite in himself. Also, you can see that Bowe has become detached from the defensive line above.Generally, in a situation like this, Bowe would be expected to fill the hole O’Driscoll is leaving, with fullback Rob Kearney hoping to cover the last man – in this case Cummins – on the outside. It’s a total system failure though and Moore busts through to offload to Cummins.Ireland are actually still in a decent position despite the line-break, with Eoin Reddan and Kearney covering across. The pair of Irish defenders need to force Cummins towards the touchline here, inviting him to go for the corner and then smashing him out over the line.However, Reddan fails to slow his stride as he approaches Cummins, making it too easy for the ‘Honey Badger’ to step inside and score. Poor defence from Ireland all round.Michael Hooper try 1This try all stemmed from a poor kick by Bowe, which allowed the Wallabies to counter attack and then score on the second phase. At the very root of the issue was Ireland’s inability to get enough width on their defence. As you can see below, Luke Marshall and Healy are marked up on nobody on the blindside. There is certainly a need for Ireland to have a man on that side to cover a snipe by Will Genia, but if one of them, or even Rory Best, who is picking himself up off the ground, could have got themselves into the defensive line on the open side, Ireland may not have conceded.As it is, the lack of pace of the forwards in the middle of the field is exposed as the Wallabies shift the ball straight to the far touchline. At the moment when the screenshot below is taken, there are five Wallabies outside Quade Cooper (circled).The lack of pace of Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Toner inside Jamie Heaslip means the No. 8 is worried about Cooper’s threat himself, leaving Ireland with a 5-on-3 to defend outside of that. There is no cover in behind either, making it even more difficult for Ireland to manage.The Wallabies did very well to convert this chance into a try, with an excellent offload by Scott Fardy, but a little more effort to get set in defence earlier by Ireland could have prevented it.Quade Cooper tryMarshall put his hand up after the game to accept blame for this one, but let’s take a quick look at it anyway. One thing that must be mentioned is the superb platform the Wallabies scrum gave to their backs for this try. It allowed the Aussie backs to run onto the ball at full speed, making it really difficult for the Irish defence to make decisions on who to tackle.As Cooper receives the ball, it is the depth of Matt Toomua which is causing trouble, but there are numerous options for the Wallabies out-half to pass to. There is also an ever-so-slight disjoint in Ireland’s defensive line, and again Cooper is incredibly quick to recognise that.He knows the Marshall is an indecisive half-step behind Ian Madigan and O’Driscoll and decides to run himself.As Toomua starts to show on a switch line, Madigan sets his feet to wait for the centre, but Marshall is looking out at the threat of Cummins and Tevita Kuridrani. That allows Cooper to slice thorough completely untouched.Again, credit goes to the Wallabies for excellent attacking play, but Ireland will have been angry to get cut open in that area. Generally, when the opposition out-half takes the ball to the line in attack, the defence shuts up and bites in. You can see that O’Driscoll has done that. He recognizes that there is little chance of Cooper making a long, wide pass and he bites in.Another point to note is the role of Bowe (circled) in the defensive line. He is in a decent position to cover Toomua coming on the switch, but there is no communication with Madigan. The wing looks to have turned off after the pass has left Genia’s hands. All of this happens in the space of two econd, but there was more Ireland could have done to prevent the score.Michael Hooper try 2The final try for the Wallabies came from a 10-man line-out, a ploy they have used before this season. Forwards coach John Plumtree admitted that Ireland had been expecting it, and expressed his disappointment that they hadn’t defended as had been planned.The numbers the Wallabies committed to the maul meant they were able to sheer away from the original point of attack with the drive, and in the end, there were literally seven men driving against Tommy Bowe. Plumtree will have focused plenty of attention on that failure, as the All Blacks have also used a 10-man drive on occasion this season.There is no need to go into detail on how Ireland will be exposed by New Zealand if their defence doesn’t improve. Lots of the details highlighted above are technical things, but at the root of it all is the focus and desire Ireland need to bring to the table on Sunday.Luke Marshall released from Ireland camp to play for Ulster in Pro12I’m not stepping into Dan Carter’s shoes, I wear my own — Aaron Crudenlast_img read more

BlackBerry Messenger Coming to iPhone Android Report

first_imgBlackBerry Messenger (that’s BBM to those in the know) has long been one of–if not the–biggest non-business selling points for Research in Motion’s handsets. In fact, if you’ve ever seen a teenager walking around with a BlackBerry, there’s a pretty good chance that they’re on BBM at precisely that moment.The company has held onto the service with dear life, even as it watched its market share steadily around it, thanks to the likes of the iPhone and Android. The Canadian handset manufacturer may soon make an about face, however–Boy Genius has word that the company is readying the release of BBM for iOS and Android.The company’s actual financial strategy is apparently still in the works, apparently–options include charging users a download or reoccurring fee to use the service on non-BlackBerry devices.The real question, however, is long-term strategy. What does RIM have to gain from such a move, beyond the aforementioned user fees? Surely making the app non-exclusive would drive away anyone whose BlackBerry uses largely revolves around BBM. As BGR points out, however, the introduction of the service on other devices would effectively kill copycats like Kik. Perhaps it would also buy the company some time as it readies its next major stab at the competition.last_img read more

Microsoft Wants the World to Stop Using IE6

first_imgFriday, Microsoft launched a countdown Web site to urge users to stop using IE6. According to the site, 12 percent of the world was still using IE6 in February. That’s down 9 percent from the previous year, but seriously, people, come on. What are you doing still using IE6?AdChoices广告EI6 is now a 10 year old browser–that’s beyond ancient in tech years. Microsoft’s goal is to get usage down below 1 percent, so developers can stop wasting time making sure Web sites support IE6. Currently, China is the biggest IE6 culprit at 34.5 percent. The USA is only at 2.9 percent, but still…update people!In a time, when people are willing to chuck their perfectly good iPads because they’re a year old, and they want to upgrade to shiny, new iPad 2, it’s time to stop using a browser that is 10 years old. Microsoft says it’s time to say goodbye. It’s way past time.last_img read more

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar on border security and recent trip

first_img Posted: January 17, 2019 1/2 Instead of criticizing behind your computer, let’s have a meaningful discussion. I never said anything about the wall. Just like you, I’m a mom who cares abt the safety of kids in our community & I’m concerned, as I’m sure you are about the proliferation of dangerous drugs… https://t.co/PQGDz6xvIJ— Kristin Gaspar (@KristinDGaspar) January 15, 2019Below is a transcript of her discussion with President Trump:THE PRESIDENT: Miles away. You don’t even hear about it because you don’t want to tell the story of what’s going on at the border. You don’t want to tell the story about how dangerous it is. So you have people get up and say walls are immoral. What’s immoral is what’s going on. It’s — there’s never been anything like it. And we can stop it so easy.And the Border Patrol and ICE — they’re doing a fantastic job. But we’re not giving them the equipment when we’re not giving them the walls or the steel barriers or whatever you want to call it. We’re not giving them the equipment.Remember El Paso? Remember what I said about El Paso? From one of the worst to one of the best.Yes, ma’am. Please go ahead.MS. GASPAR: I’m San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar. We’re the fifth-largest county in the nation. We actually have the busiest land crossing in the entire world. And we do rely on our border to maintain that strong, binational economy. But at the same time, we rely on our border to keep us safe.The last time, I had the opportunity to share the tragic loss of Alexander Mazin, a young person in San Diego who was brutally murdered while his killer slipped freely across the border into Mexico.Today, I’d like to share with you an alarming trend about what’s really happening with the insecurity of our border when it comes to the exploitation of our children. There is an alarming trend in San Diego that our young teens in San Diego schools are being actively recruited by violent drug cartels. They’re being pack mules for these drug cartels — smuggling heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl across the border.It’s become such an alarming trend that they’re being recruited over social media. They’re being recruited over gaming consoles. They’re being recruited in traditional safe spaces, like our schools and our libraries and our parks.Last year, 527 San Diegans lost their lives. They overdosed because of these drugs that are pouring across our border. In addition, San Diego is America’s finest city. But America’s finest city is now home to the second-largest human trafficking industry in the country.Our children are being sexually exploited because of the insecurity at our border. San Diego — this evil industry raked in close to a billion dollars last year. There are 12,000 human trafficking victims and survivors in San Diego County alone — the average age, sixteen years old. Sixteen years old.A third of this trafficked population are the very immigrants who have come to the United States to make for a better life.Now, 2,200 miles from Washington, D.C., representatives like me are held accountable by these families and these victims each and every day, while a standoff continues here. And so I challenge our congressional members to meet with these families, to meet with these victims, to look them in the eye, and tell them that this is not a crisis.Thank you for the opportunity to be here.THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. And this is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington, and to vote for money for the wall, the barrier — whatever you want to call it is okay with me. They can name it whatever. They can name it “Peaches.” I don’t care what they name it. But we need money for that barrier.I will say this: The Republicans have been rock solid. They want this to happen. They’ve wanted it to happen a long time ago, and, frankly, for many years. I’m not just talking about now. I’m talking about for years. 2/2 Just last week our Board of Supervisors voted to seek to increase federal and state funding into our region. That is why I went to Washington. https://t.co/PQGDz6xvIJ— Kristin Gaspar (@KristinDGaspar) January 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Donald Trump, Kristin Gaspar FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:12 AM KUSI Newsroom, center_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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After heading to the White House to meet with President Trump about the U.S.-Mexico border, San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar joined us in studio on Good Morning San Diego to discuss what she talked about.After Gaspar’s trip to meet with President Trump, Lorena Gonzalez went to Twitter to criticize her for what she calls a “photo op.” San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar on border security and recent trip to the White House January 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

ASA Calls for Senate to Put Biodiesel Jobs Back in Jobs Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling for the Senate to reinsert a retroactive extension of the biodiesel tax incentive in the first Jobs Bill it passes to save the jobs of 23,000 people working in the biodiesel industry. The biodiesel tax incentive had been included in a version of the Senate Jobs Bill unveiled last week by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) later stripped the biodiesel and other tax provisions out of the bill. Production of biodiesel, a homegrown renewable fuel, also supports higher prices paid to farmers for their soybeans, which contributes additional employment opportunities in both urban and rural communities.”There is a direct correlation between the biodiesel tax incentive and creating jobs,” said ASA First Vice President Alan Kemper, a soybean producer from Lafayette, Ind. “If Senators really want a bill to save jobs for American workers, they need to put a retroactive extension of the Biodiesel Tax Incentive back in the first Jobs Bill they consider. Put simply, we don’t understand the logic used to strip the biodiesel provisions out of the bill. The biodiesel tax incentive provisions would save and create thousands of green jobs and help all Americans move away from their dependence on imported petroleum.”Expiration of the biodiesel tax incentive on December 31, 2009, has essentially caused the production and use of biodiesel in the U.S. to cease and has placed the 23,000 jobs that are currently supported by the domestic biodiesel industry in immediate jeopardy. Companies have already started laying-off employees, and this situation is certain to worsen the longer the tax incentive is allowed to lapse.The one dollar per gallon biodiesel tax incentive is structured in a manner that makes biodiesel price competitive with petroleum diesel fuel in the marketplace. Absent the tax incentive, biodiesel is more expensive than conventional diesel fuel.”Biodiesel has the best energy balance and the best greenhouse gas reduction of any fuel that is currently in the commercial marketplace, and biodiesel is the only advanced biofuel that has reached commercialization in the United States,” Kemper said. “Biodiesel is an excellent way for America’s soybean growers to boost U.S. energy security, promote economic development and improve the environment.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 20 and 26 April 2017 were:Government launches gender pay gap viewing service29% of baby boomers cite work-life balance as top consideration when looking to move jobsFacebook and Microsoft among 2017’s highest-paying UK organisationsBrighton and Hove Albion Football Club staff to receive up to 20% bonusUber is granted right to appeal in UK worker-status caseGovernment delays money purchase annual allowance and pensions advice legislationIris Worldwide and Warner Music shortlisted for health and wellbeing benefits39% are somewhat likely to provide access to a Lifetime Isa in the next five years65% want to see changes to equal pay and discrimination laws after BrexitGovernment consults on employer debt in multi-employer DB pension schemeslast_img read more

Professional Competitive Gaming on the Rise Overwatch Shows Olympic Potential

first_imgTBS’s ELEAGUE showcases both esports tournaments and narrative driven shows about the teams and players on Friday nights. Since its foundation in 2016, ELEAGUE has generated over 6 billion minutes of video consumption across digital and linear platforms and doubled its viewership in 2017, reaching over 60 million viewers through broadcast alone. According to ELEAGUE’s packaged linear shows have delivered the seven of the top 10 most–viewed esports shows in 2017 across all of television.Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer of Turner Sports (Turner is the parent company of TBS) said that while professional esports is still in its infancy, its growing pains mirror those of the NBA and NFL.“We’re really committed to esports, which is like any other league when it started out and first played to some kind of broadcast medium,” Barry said. “TBS is a portal, right? Esports will always be a native digital property and TBS has become a portal for a casual fan, for someone who knows about, or is interested in, esports but may be intimidated or not used to going to Twitch or engaging with it online.”While the NHL’s single tournament circuit foray into esports is being approached as a test vehicle, the NBA is fully devoted to it’s esports league. Over 72,000 people participated in tryouts that began in January, which was whittled down to a pool of 250 finalists.That number will be further reduced in April when each of the 17 teams will draft 6 players each. These 102 players will enjoy salaries between $32-$35,000 on a six-month contract with the option to sign endorsement deals on top of paid medical insurance, housing, relocation costs and a retirement plan. The prize pool for the league’s first season is $1 million spread across multiple tournaments.Given the partnership history between the NBA and Turner Sports, who runs NBA.com and NBA TV and broadcasts NBA games through its TNT channel, it would be natural to expect to see content from the NBA 2K League broadcast through a Turner Sports property. According to Barry, while nothing is certain the conversation between Turner and the NBA is ongoing. Among the prominent existing members in esports, a cult of celebrity similar to that of traditional athletes is already beginning to form, which Ohanian partially attributes to the continuous access fans have to their favorite players provided by social media, where some players have amassed followings of tens or hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. “As a sports fan, I followed players from my favorite teams but I never really knew them because their world was really only limited to when they were on the field,” Ohanian said. “A powerful, underrated part of esports is that fans have a relationship with the players that is almost 24/7. They can follow them on Twitter or watch them practice on Twitch. Can you imagine if fans bad been this connected to Michael Jordan?”FACEIT co-founder Michele Attisani said that one of the biggest tools that esports has is its community. As young fans grow up and have children of their own, they will instill that same love in their children resulting in a generational shift of attitudes towards acceptance. While no framework is currently in place to foster young talent or provide defined path to a career in professional esports, Etienne suggested that an “AYSO of esports” could provide that structure.Groundwork has already been laid for the birth of Olympic esports. Two days before the opening ceremonies of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the Intel Extreme Masters Pyeongchang “Starcraft II” tournament was held in Korea with the support of the IOC, who broadcasted the event on the Olympic Channel. The Olympic Council of Asia has recognized esports as an official event and will be added for the 2018 Asian Games and incorporated as a full medal sport in 2022. The Asian Games are the second largest multi-sport event outside of the Olympics. Competitive gaming, or esports, is not new. The competitive activity is as old as video games themselves, although for most of its history gaming competitions were not professionally organized. But professional leagues and tournaments for games like “Counterstrike,” Starcraft,” and “League of Legends” only arose after the year 2000, however viewership is strong and continues to grow. Blizzard’s new Overwatch League (OWL) draws in 100,000 to 180,000 viewers worldwide for its weekly matches and the “League of Legends” World Championship draws over 70 million viewers worldwide. The “Future-Proofing the Video Game Industry in California” report by the Milken Institute claims that professional esports brought in roughly $660 million dollars in 2017 and projected that number to grow to over $1 billion by 2019. Currently, 17 colleges including UC Irvine, University of Utah, and Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom offer athletic scholarships for competitive gamers.“There’s a movement that’s been going on for a long time but is only now being recognized,” said Jack Etienne, founder of the Cloud9 esports organization and owner of OWL’s London Spitfire team. “It took things like Riot Games throwing world tournaments at the Staples Center and selling out in under an hour. Twice they’ve done that, and we’ve filled the Bird’s Nest in China. It took people watching these events where traditional venues that most people associate with sports are being completely filled up by a specific demographic of folks: young millennials all buying these tickets that aren’t generally interested in traditional sports events but love esports.”Given this growth, linear television networks and sports team owners have taken notice of esports’ potential. ESPN, TBS, SyFy, and Telemundo have partnered with competitive gaming platform FACEIT to broadcast esports events. Sports figures such as New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Sacramento Kings owner Andy Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, and Alex Rodriguez all have ownership stakes in esports teams. Etienne’s Cloud9 teams recently gained $25 million from investors including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Tesla board members Antonio Gracias and Kimbal Musk, Golden State Warriors co-owner Chamath Palihapitiya, Creative Artist Agency co-founder Michael Ovitz, and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Despite this progress, the IOC is not welcoming competitive gaming with open arms. The IOC would require the creation of an internal governing board for eSports that would set and enforce rules and regulations that ensure compliance with Olympic values. Furthermore, IOC president Thomas Bach said in an interview that Olympic eSports games would not include “violence, explosions and killing.”This kind of stipulation would severely limit the sport’s potential and audience, immediately disqualifying some of the most popular games like first-person shooters (FPS) “Counterstrike” and “Overwatch.” Kent Wakeford, co-founder of KSV esports and chief operating officer of OWL’s Seoul Dynasty team, said that while he understands the concern, he does not believe that all FPS games should be lumped together and that the IOC should be mindful of global tastes when determining which games to include. Etienne commented that such statements by the IOC feel “disingenuous” when some Olympic sports “involve real rifles and boxing, which causes actual, physical damage to a person.”The consensus among both players and officials in competitive gaming is that while it would be a great boon for esports to be accepted on a stage as grand as the Olympics, it’s not essential for the growth and survival of the sport. Viewership of the Olympics has declined over the years, with average viewership down 6% since the Sochi games in 2014.“The Olympics brings the highest level of competition for sports that maybe don’t have a unifying league, but the way I see it is the Olympics needs eSports more than eSports need the Olympics,” said Houston Outlaws player Jake Lyon during a press conference at the OWL stage one finals. “We’re already building it out ourselves. Esports is so grassroots, so ground up. If the Olympics really wants it, this could happen.” Yet this sentiment of acceptance is not shared by all sports figures and fans. “Physical sports belong in the Olympics. I don’t think esports belong in the Olympics,”said two-time Olympic gold medal Alpine skier Ted Ligety in an interview with Reuters. While competitive gamers agree that acceptance by fans of traditional sports would be beneficial to their sport, there opinions are divided as to whether that approval is necessary. The London Spitfire’s Jae-Hui “Gesture” Hong remarked that professional esports is just as competitive as any other sport and that through their actions and efforts, they can convince doubters rather than trying to force their opinions to change. Others, like Ohanian, attribute the dissent to generational differences and don’t feel the need to try to convince people. According to Barry, the median age of viewership during an ELEAGUE broadcast is four years younger than any other program in the same 10 p.m. ET time slot across TBS.center_img The landscape of sports is changing. As viewership of traditional sports leagues and the Olympics continues to decline, the new frontier of esports continues to grow in popularity and revenue.New sports are continuously being added to the Olympics and last August, the Paris 2024 bid team expressed interest in including esports as a medaling event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged the rapid growth of competitive gaming and released a statement that said, “competitive esports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.” American sports leagues have also taken notice and are eager to cash in. The National Hockey League’s first esports tournament is set to begin on March 24 across the US, Europe, and Canada. The National Basketball Association is forming an entire competitive league around the “NBA 2K” video game with 17 teams, including the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors set to participate. ×”Black Panther” – The Women of WakandaMore VideosVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpRyan Coogler on the Impact of ‘Black Panther’00:51 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/esports-video-games-olympics-1202709110/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p720p406p270p180pLive00:0003:2903:29 The Overwatch League currently streams matches weekly on Twitch from Wednesday to Saturday. The draft of the NBA 2K League is set to be televised on April 4 with further details to come as the date approaches. POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY last_img read more

Ant Simulator business partners say allegations against them are comple

first_imgYesterday, we told you about an unusual situation involving a now cancelled crowdfunded game called Ant Simulator. Eric Tereshinski, who is the game’s creator, posted a video where he explained that the reason for the game’s cancellation was due to his business partners wasting all of the company’s funds on restaurants and exotic dancers. The story made the rounds across the internet with most being sympathetic to Tereshinski’s plight.Speaking to Game Informer today, Tereshinski’s business partners have revealed their side of the story. Tyler Monce and Devon Staley, who helped create ETeeski LLC along with Tereshinski, claim that what is being said about them is “completely false” and that they didn’t wrongly spend company funds in the way they’re being accused of.“I don’t know why he’s painting that picture, but the reality is that anything that was spent in a bar or restaurant was very reasonable in nature when you look at any business, including video game companies,” said Staley. “It was part of our operating budget, it’s not anything that was excessive. It was all reported to the IRS. The picture he’s painting about that is 100 percent bull****.”The pair claims that they had no chance to do anything wrong with the money since the company’s books were open and Tereshinki had access to all of the financial data. Supposedly, after Thanksgiving, Tereshinski decided to cut his ties with the company and closed the firm’s business accounts without consulting with his partners beforehand.“He took control of everything,” Monce said. “He took control of not only all the company’s physical property, our bank accounts, our social media accounts, our website (which he changed to just our faces for some unknown reason), that was all him. This all started to take place right after the game started to get really popular late in the summer. My personal theory is that he wanted to take it all for himself and cut us out of it. We made it clear that we weren’t going to let him do that, because we had a moral and legal right not to.”In his video, Tereshinski made it seem as if he was the only person actively developing the game. However, Monce and Staley claim that ETeeski was composed of nine or ten independent contractors who helped develop the title along with Tereshinski. These folks worked on various things like models, rigging, environmental art, and human art.“We paid all those contractors, as well,” Monce said. “He’s making this claim that we spent all this money on expensive entertainment, and that’s completely false. We paid all these people who worked for us.”This messy situation seems to have gotten even more complicated with two contradictory stories going around. At this point, it is hard to say who is telling the truth, but it’s clear that one side isn’t being completely honest about what really happened, we just don’t know which side that is.Monce and Staley plan to pursue legal action against Tereshinski. Make sure to read the rest of the story in the link provided above. We’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops.last_img read more

Paint the Town in Dyed Apple AirPods from ColorWare

first_img Save an Extra 15 Percent Off on These Airpod AlternativesThese AirPod Alternatives Offer Better Sound, Added Comfort, and Great V… Stay on target Apple built a brand on clean lines and no frills. But one company is adding a splash of color to the whitewashed manufacturer.Minnesota-based ColorWare customizes computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, and, now, Apple AirPods.Choose from 58 shades and two finishes (gloss or matte) to personalize the wireless in-ear headphones. Make a matching pair, or identify right and left buds by hue; a brand new pair costs $299 (plus shipping). Customers can also opt for a painted charging case (for an additional $40).The possibilities are endless: Pick from a rainbow of solids and metallics, then decide between a shiny glaze or muted coating. Heck, why not try one of each? Click the “Inspire Me” tab at the top of the page for some colorful stimulation.You’ll have to make due with Apple’s EarPods for now, though. ColorWare estimates a 10-12 week shipping timeline. That accounts for in-house disassembly, painting, and reassembly of the accessories, as well as transportation from the factory to your front door.September’s iPhone 7 launch divided opinion, mainly due to Cupertino’s removal of the headphone jack, instantly rendering millions of pairs of headphones unusable without an adapter. Instead, the tech titan introduced a $160 set of Bluetooth earbuds—with five hours of battery life and a recharging case.Apple charges $69 for each replacement, and recently removed an app purported to assist owners in finding the lost peripherals.For more, see a review of Apple AirPods by Geek.com’s sister site PCMag.Fashion-forward customers, meanwhile, can coordinate outfits and accessories with ColorWare’s lineup of iPhone and MacBook skins, iMac and Mac Mini products, and vibrant Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Superdrive components.The company also sells jazzed-up PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and controllers; Beats, Bose, and other over-ear headphones and portable speakers; Google Pixel skins; NZXT computers; and Sennheiser microphones.last_img read more

Asias largest gifts and handicrafts fair starts today

first_imgThe fair which has been playing a vital role in providing a platform to Indian exhibitors of home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products for the last 23 years is back this year starting form today. The Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida will showcase the abundance of raw materials products backed by a rich heritage of design and handcrafting skills until October 16.IHGF is amongst Asia’s largest gifts and handicrafts fair, held biannually (spring and autumn edition) and organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Union Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani will be inaugurating the fair. The five power-packed days with over 2750 exhibitors, spread over 190,000 sq metres area, brings you an entire range of home, lifestyle, and fashion accessories, with a traditional artistic finish in perfect harmony with modern designs and contemporary colours. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVisitors can go through materials like housewares, gifts, decorative, furniture, garden and outdoor, bathroom accessories, home furnishing, carpets, rugs, floor accessories, lamps and lighting, Christmas and holiday decor, spa and wellness, handmade paper items, educational games, trophies, fashion jewellery and accessories, stationery and gifts at this unique fair.”The Limca book of world’s records has already recognised the IHGF-Delhi Fair as the world’s largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof,” informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe people who will be visiting the show includes buyers from across the globe who are wholesalers, distributors, chain stores, departmental stores, retailers, mail order companies, brand owners, buying houses and designers and forecasters. The show will also have visitors from major Indian Retail and online brands like Fab India, Westside, Trends, The Wishing Chair, Furniture Walla, Goodearth and many more.The overseas buyers from over 100 countries include Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, UAE, UK and Zimbabwe. Major departmental stores who have already confirmed their visit to the show include Roost, Kirkland’s, Pier1 Imports, Two’s Company Inc., Interlude Home Inc. BBB, Anthropologie, Design House, Century Sourcing, Prestige Cutlery, Accent Décor, Apropos International, Kalalou, Appleman & Schauben, Interior Home Inc. and Hoesh International from USA, The Libra Company, UK, LDR Furniture group, Heine, Atlas Einrichtungs, Lambert from Germany, Eurogroup from Hong Kong, Lifestyle and Redtag from UAE, The Moshi from Sweden, Manor AG and Migros from Switzerland, Rivera Maison from Netherlands, & Samsara Furniture from Australia, Aux Fil De Saison from France and Ningbo D. Sky Home from China.Based on a survey conducted during previous editions of the show, buyers from across the globe prefer to visit the IHGF-Delhi fair due to a great product range, attractive prices, different varieties, distinct quality and new product lines.The extravaganza will also witness a live demonstration, regional craft, and knowledge seminars with complimentary facilities. During this edition, a pavilion of cane and bamboo products from North-Eastern region and Jodhpur cluster will also be set up. Knowledge seminars will be on different and important subjects such as investments in handicrafts sector, goods and services tax, necessary compliances for handicrafts sector, neuroscience in marketing, survey from Telangana and trends and forecast 2019.OP Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH elaborated that the quest for seeking something different, unusual and new drives a large number of buyers from all over the world to visit IHGF-Delhi fair during each edition and during this edition too buyers visit will be more than the previous years.last_img read more