Sunshine Coast Accommodation

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast plays host to the NYC from 2013 to 2015. Enquire now for group accommodation at groups@scdl.com.au and plan a fun and naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast getaway.For more information on the Sunshine Coast, check out the website – www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au Related Filessunshine_coast_flyer-pdfRelated LinksSunshine Coast Accommodationlast_img

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10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on you

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CBS Expert Picks Tennessee Over Florida State In National Title Game

first_imgCBS expert makes FSU Stanford prediction.Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]last_img read more

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Economic Benefits Analysis of Jamaica’s Forests Suggested

first_imgUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, is suggesting an analysis of the potential ecomonic benfits to be derived from the country’s forests.Dr. Kashyap, who is also the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Jamaica, notes that the economic potential of forests are often not recognized by countries blessed with these resources. In noting Jamaica’s fairly extensive forest coverage, he contends that sustainable management strategies could yield practical solutions to minimize the frequency with which the country is impacted by adverse weather conditions, such as drought.Dr. Kashyap says Jamaica could also potentially benefit from significant revenue inflows totalling as much as US$30 billion through its forests, under the UN’s programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).“It is now timely and an imperative that Jamaica gradually begins the process of accrediting economic values to as many forestry goods and services as possible,” he contended, while addressing a Forestry Department forum at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, on March 21, to mark the UN’s International Day of Forests.Meanwhile, Director General in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Sharon Crooks, who represented Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, praised the Forestry Department’s work, in its effort to preserve the island’s forests during the agency’s 75 years of existence.She highlighted the Department’s Private Planting Programme initiative that promotes sustainable use of the forest, as well as its instrumentality in establishing some 13 Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs).“It is noteworthy that you are partnering with communities to demonstrate how they can actively pursue income-generating activities and increase their economic benefits without harming our critical forest reserves,” the Director General said.She pointed out that several communities have successfully implemented projects, focusing on nature and eco-tourism; agro forestry; woodcraft and furniture production; and bee keeping and honey production, “all of which have contributed to the improvement of their livelihood.”Conservator of Forests and the Forestry Department’s Chief Executive Officer, Marilyn Headly, underscored the imperativeness of a designated day to recognise and acknowledge the importance of trees to countries’ ecosystems.In this regard, she said the forum was indicative of the Department’s cognizance of the need to heighten national awareness through public education initiatives. “We still have a long way to go (in effiorts to heighten awareness). We really would like the public, the decision makers, the political representatives, (and) more so the private sector, to take a serious look at forests, to see their importance,” she said.Ms. Headley said the results of forum’s deliberations will serve, among other things, chart effective responses to new and evolving forestry related challenges and opportunities.In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that March 21 be observed annually as the International Day of Forests. This milestone decision marked the culmination of a 42-year process to gain formal recognition of the invaluable benefits of forests. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Calcutta HC judge bars journalists from entering her courtroom

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court judge Samapti Chattopadhyay, who is hearing the Bongaon Municipality trust vote and other local body cases, on Wednesday barred journalists from entering her court room till further orders. At the commencement of the hearing on the Bongaon matter, Justice Chattopadhyay orally directed that reporters would not be allowed to be present in her court room, during hearing of cases, till further orders. Eleven BJP councillors had moved the high court claiming they had not been allowed to enter the municipal body office for participating in a ‘no trust’ vote against the chairman and that Justice Chattopadhyay’s earlier order on moving a no-confidence motion was not followed by the administration. The high court judge has recently pulled up the West Bengal government over several issues, including the manner of holding trust votes in municipal bodies and illegal filling up of water bodies. State-empanelled lawyers had on July 22 decided to not attend the court of Justice Chattopadhyay protesting her remarks against the West Bengal government, only to rescind the decision a day later.last_img read more

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NHL hockey players shooting to help First Nation youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere was no hockey lockout in Whitehorse this week.NHL hockey players took the ice in the Yukon capital for a friendly game to raise money for First Nation youth and local charities.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

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National Bank of Canada says data exposed includes name birthdate and phone

first_imgNational Bank of Canada says a website error may have exposed the personal information of nearly 400 of its customers, including their names, birthdates, phone number and email address.The Canadian lender says in a statement the problem related to an electronic form on its website and did not expose clients’ banking information, social insurance numbers or addresses.The bank says a customer filling out an online form to make a branch appointment may have been able to see the data entered by a previous user.National Bank says it was notified earlier this week about the problem, which lasted a few days.The lender adds the incident was the result of human error while setting up the online form, and was resolved immediately.The bank is contacting the nearly 400 potentially-affected customers to offer free credit monitoring.last_img read more

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The Latest May to speak to UK lawmakers Brexit vote looms

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on the debate over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):12:20 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an emergency statement to Parliament about Brexit, amid reports that a crucial vote on her EU divorce deal will be postponed.The House of Commons Speaker’s office says May will make the previously unscheduled statement at about 3:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST).The announcement came as May held talks with her Cabinet about the next steps in the Brexit process. The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to accept or reject the Brexit deal, and signs point to a big defeat for the prime minister.May’s office said the vote was definitely going ahead, but the BBC and other outlets reported it would be delayed.___9 a.m.The European Union’s top court has ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed.The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, “that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification.”Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process.Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely.The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that given the absence of any exit provision in Article 50, countries are able to change their mind in line with their own constitutional arrangements and that such a move “reflects a sovereign decision.”The British government is free to do so as long as no withdrawal agreement has entered force.___Lawless reported from London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Launches 16th National Solidarity Campaign in Meknes

first_imgMeknes- King Mohammed VI launched Saturday in Meknes, the 16th National Solidarity Campaign, a royal initiative that illustrates the commitment of the Sovereign to the promotion of the noble humanitarian, civilizational and religious values of the Kingdom.Under the chairmanship of the King who established, since his accession to the throne, social work as a national priority, this campaign has become an annual event meant to strengthen the Moroccan social fabric. The campaign, held on November 9- 17 by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, under the motto “United to help the poor,” also stems from the will of HM the King to foster the culture of solidarity among all Moroccans, offering them the opportunity to renew their attachment to their civic values by contributing for the benefit of millions of poor people across the Kingdom. The solidarity campaign is designed to raise funds to finance social projects and implement action plans that have steadily evolved over the years to meet the needs of the target populations.On this occasion, the King inaugurated a building trades training center, a project that meets the qualification requirements of youth in the region of Meknes-Tafilalet, and which is in line with the Action Plan of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, which places a special interest in youth training as a the best tool for youth social and professional integration.The Training Centre of Meknes aims to promote youth employability through providing training in building trades and public works, and will be an engine for development and promotion of the construction sector in the region.The center provides training to 1,000 students in the field of electricity, construction, aluminum, plumbing, painting, glazing, facades coating. The center also includes a laboratory of civil engineering, and drawing, computer rooms, as well as workshops for practical masonry, a learning resources area, a trainers’ lounge, and a store.Worth around 19.5 million dirhams, the new facility is jointly funded by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity (5 MDH), the Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion (8 MDH), the Meknes City Council (2.5 MDH), the National Initiative for Human Development (2.5 MDH), and the Provincial Council (1.5 MDH).After visiting different areas in the new facility, the King handed over support checks of 3,240 million dirhams to 25 associations and co-ops, mainly in the region of Meknes –Tafilalet.last_img read more

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Ohio State aiming to avenge loss to Wisconsin gain revenge against Purdue

As if the Ohio State football team needed more motivation after suffering its first loss of the 2010 season against Wisconsin, its next opponent is a Purdue team that stunned the Buckeyes last season. “I think a lot of guys have had this one circled for a while now,” junior left tackle Mike Adams said. “At Ohio State, we never like to lose games.” Last season, a Boilermaker team that held a 1-5 record entering the game upset the Buckeyes, 26-18. Entering the game, OSU was ranked No. 7 in the nation. In the defeat, the Buckeyes committed nine penalties for 65 yards, compared to Purdue’s one penalty for five yards. For the second time since 2004, OSU had lost to a team that didn’t reach a BCS bowl game. “We didn’t play as well as we could,” junior linebacker Andrew Sweat told the media after Tuesday’s practice. “They played really well.” Adams said the coaches have been using last year’s loss as a motivational tool in hopes of preventing a second straight defeat. “They’re definitely reminding us. We got some posters up all over the place,” Adams said. “It’s something that they’re obviously going to do, and you know, we need to be aware, and we can’t let that happen again.” Sweat agreed that last year’s loss to Purdue motivates the Buckeyes but said neither team is the same as it was a year ago. “You remember it, but that just gives you motivation to do better this year,” Sweat said. “Ultimately, it’s a new year, and you just have to go out and fight.” Aside from avenging their loss to the Boilermakers, sophomore fullback Zach Boren said the Buckeyes are also motivated not to feel the sting of a loss for the second straight week. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” Boren said. “You’re kind of just sitting there in disbelief. You’re just like, ‘Wow, like, that just happened.’” OSU coach Jim Tressel said last year’s loss adds extra motivation for this year’s match-up, but he hopes his team gives the same kind of attention to each opponent on a weekly basis. “What you hope you have full attention of is what you have to do to get better, more so than it being Purdue,” Tressel said. Tressel also said he’s aware of the kind of attention the Buckeyes receive on a weekly basis. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure, and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions,” Tressel said. “Now let’s see how you can handle it.” This year will be OSU’s chance to knock Purdue down from atop the Big Ten standings, just as the Boilermakers did to the Buckeyes a year ago. Purdue is in a three-way tie for the conference lead, with Michigan State and Iowa also undefeated in Big Ten play. “We know they’re going to come in here and play hard. We went up there last year and they beat us, so we just got to go out there and get it done this week,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. “Any time somebody beats you, it goes towards motivation.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball loses to Penn State for first time under

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) pushes toward the basket for a shot. OSU lost to Penn State, 71-70, in overtime Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAn inability to put teams away, a lack of toughness or simply missing shots — no matter how you look at it, the Ohio State Buckeyes are no longer undefeated against Penn State with Thad Matta as their coach.Matta’s streak of 17 straight wins against the Nittany Lions came to an end Wednesday, after a jumper in the lane by Penn State redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill with 1.9 seconds left in overtime gave them the lead, 71-70. OSU senior guard Aaron Craft was unable to get a shot off at the buzzer and the Buckeyes suffered their fifth loss in six games.“We weren’t the tougher basketball team tonight,” Craft said after the loss. “That’s what it comes down to, 10-point lead with however much time we have left, and we just couldn’t do it.”Newbill carried Penn State down the stretch, scoring 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and overtime, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation.“This was more than a winnable basketball game,” Matta said after the loss. “It’s one of those things that we’ve got to — we gotta be a tougher physically and tougher mentally basketball team.”The Buckeyes held the lead for the majority of the second half, but were unable to convert when it counted, failing on three attempts before the buzzer sounded in regulation to win.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. was at a loss for words following the game, but did say the loss “hurts the most out of every game” since he’s been a Buckeye.“This is embarrassing,” Smith Jr. said. “Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now.”The Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6), jumped out to an early 15-11 lead on OSU, aided by just 3-10 shooting by the Buckeyes in the game’s first eight minutes.OSU’s shooting percentage improved late in the half, as it used a 7-3 run to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.The Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) would increase the lead to 11 after two free throws by junior forward LaQuinton Ross, but Penn State would not go away.OSU had multiple opportunities to extend the lead, but was unable to do it and Newbill hit big shots down the stretch to secure the win.Ross led OSU with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Smith Jr. added 15 points of his own in the loss.OSU’s last two losses come by a combined seven points to Nebraska Jan. 20 and Penn State. Both are teams that typically sit near the bottom of the Big Ten standings throughout the course of the season, so are OSU’s problems stemming from a lack of motivation against the traditionally weaker conference opponents?“I would hope not,” Matta said. “I would hope not. Yeah, I would hope not.”For Penn State — who has three conference losses by three points or less — a road win against OSU is “exciting,” Nittany Lion head coach Pat Chambers said.“I’m excited for the kids, for our players,” Chambers said after his team’s win. “It’s so hard, losing by a possession and the ball doesn’t bounce your way … I’m happy for them. They deserved to get one back, so to speak.”For whatever reason, OSU continues to struggle as it makes it way through the rugged Big Ten. The Buckeyes are just 1-5 since starting the season 15-0.“In this league, if you don’t come to play every night, you’re going to lose, as you see tonight,” Smith Jr. said, seemingly shaking off tears. “Top 25 teams at home don’t lose these games. And we lost.”Up next, OSU is set to travel to No. 14 Wisconsin (17-3, 4-3) to take on the Badgers at noon Saturday in Madison, Wis. read more

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Freshman duo shines as Ohio State tops Walsh in exhibition matchup

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) follows freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) down the court on a fast break during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerLess than a week before its season opener, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team dispatched Walsh University, 77-37, behind the play of a pair of freshmen.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes with a game-high 17 points while freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate added 10 points in the Sunday evening exhibition at the Schottenstein Center.Tate said making his first appearance in front of the Columbus crowd was something he’s dreamed of as a Pickerington, Ohio, native.“I’m from here, this was a dream come true,” he said after the game. “This was a good first game to get all the butterflies out and we are just ready to go and get this season rolling.”Russell and Tate each tallied eight rebounds, while Russell had six assists.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell has shown throughout preseason practice that he has the ability to make an impact in a variety of ways.“That’s kinda what he’s done to this point,” Matta said after the game. “I think that he’s got a different pace about him, he sees things like a lot of freshmen don’t see them. And that’s good.”Russell said he came to OSU with a chip on his shoulder, and added he’s prepared to do anything the Buckeyes’ coaching staff asks of him this season.“Whatever coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” he said after the game. “If he needs me to score, I’m gonna score. If he needs me to get everybody going, I am going to do it. Rebound, defend, I am going to do it.”Matta added that Tate can play bigger than his 6-foot, 4-inch frame would suggest.“Jae’Sean Tate plays big for his size, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.Senior forward Sam Thompson chipped in with 13 points in just 20 minutes of action.Russell and Tate were among five new faces for OSU coach Thad Matta, as three true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior transfer took the floor for the Buckeyes. Russell started the game while Tate, freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams and Temple transfer forward Anthony Lee came off the bench.“It’s good for these guys to get through that,” Matta said of the young Buckeyes making their debuts. “I think from the standpoint of first time they’ve ever worn the jersey, I think they’ll be at a little bit more at ease as we move forward.”Because of an offensive rebound from senior center Amir Williams, OSU had two chances to score on its first possession of the game, but Thompson and senior guard Shannon Scott each missed three-pointers. From there, the Buckeyes shot seven of 13 from beyond the arc and added a buzzer-beating tip in by Tate to close out the first half with a 48-19 lead.Russell — a Louisville, Ky., native — finished the opening 20 minutes with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range.Through the first 10:11 of the second half, OSU opened up a 38-point advantage before closing out the game.But despite the 40-point win, Matta said the OSU offense could have run with a higher tempo at points in the second half.“I thought for the most part, that was the biggest thing,” he said. “We just stopped. We became very stagnant offensively there in the second half.”Behind Russell and Thompson, sophomore forward Marc Loving added 12 points and seven rebounds for OSU. Scott tied Russell for the game-high with six assists, while Thompson added three blocks. The 10 players to see the floor for the Buckeyes scored at least two points each.Tate said any player on the roster can make an impact offensively in any given game.“We just try to share the ball and get the win,” he said. “I think the team as a whole will carry the offense.”Junior guard Jesse Hardin Jr. had 10 points to lead Walsh.Sophomore center Trevor Thompson, senior forward Jake Lorbach and freshman center David Bell were the only players listed on the Buckeyes’ roster not to appear in the exhibition. Thompson has to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules after coming to OSU from Virginia Tech. Lorbach is a senior walk on while Matta said Bell will likely redshirt this season. Neither Thompson nor Lorbach dressed for the game.OSU’s regular-season schedule is set to begin Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.“It’s the season now, practice this week, play a game,” Matta said. “It’s on us.” read more

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Marco Asensio could replace Ronaldo as Real Madrids new false nine

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cuplast_img read more

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Pioli happy with Fiorentina performance

first_imgStefano Pioli has praised his players and expressed his happiness after Fiorentina demolished Chievo 6-1.Fiorentina thrashed Chievo Verona 6-1 at the Stadio Franchi. Marco Benassi scored a brace and there was late Giovanni Simone nutmeg. Pioli was delighted with the performance of his team. Football Italia reports.“I am happy, but there was more to it than the result. Chievo still caused us a lot of problems and at least it means we are capable of suffering under pressure in difficult moments,” Pioli said.“We started the season earlier than usual actually, as we hoped to play the Europa League preliminary rounds, but then Milan won their appeal and were reinstated.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We had a lot of friendlies and trained well, but there’s always the doubt in your mind on how it’ll work in a competitive match. This was the big test and Chievo did cause us problems, but we remained a unit and that’s what I wanted to see.“The midfield is where we made the most changes, but we had eight of the old guard starting, so I was confident. Edimilson has been training with us for two weeks and there’s a lot of potential in the team.“What we’re trying to do is provide entertainment for the fans and some beautiful football, because those are the characteristics we have.”last_img read more

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Final Countdown To First Day Of School For Kenai Peninsula Students

first_imgDusek: “Hopefully kids and parents will be safe, and get that tape and those reflective hats on.”  Teachers are already filling the halls, and the students have initiated the final countdown for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 21. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We’ve been working for a couple of days on opening up school, and making sure everyone is ready to go. We are taking care of some of the nuts and bolts, but also really exploring great instructional practices, and we are really excited about this year for the things we are going to try and accomplish in the classroom.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Summer vacation for students around the Kenai Peninsula is drawing to a close as local schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year.center_img Teachers, district representatives and local safety officials highlight the importance for students to dress in high visibility gear as they get ready to start commuting to school. For a comprehensive rundown of back to school information, including bus times, school locations, and healthcare records, click here: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.last_img read more

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Soldotna Makes Last Minute Push For Field House Prior To Special Election

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with the City of Soldotna, and the Field House project team presented an overview of the proposed field house to a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. PROPOSITION NO. 2019-AGENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FORCONSTRUCTION OF A FIELD HOUSE AND RELATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSAT THE SOLDOTNA REGIONAL SPORTS COMPLEXShall the City of Soldotna incur debt and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) for the purpose of paying costs of construction of a Field House containing an indoor turf field and elevated track, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex?The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of full faith and credit of the City of Soldotna (Ordinance 2018-035)Yes     A “YES” approves the issuance of general obligation bonds.No      A “NO” opposes the issuance general obligation bonds. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen, Public Works Director Kyle Kornelis and Project Co-Chair Tim Dillon gave the presentation. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. Dillon: “For years our young people have been traveling from Soldotna up to Anchorage on the weekends in order to use indoor facilities. You think about the safety back and forth, and the economic side of things. Well, with some of those people coming down this way paying for gas and food, that is going to dictate how this thing will get paid for.” center_img The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. Dillon: “I just think it’s something that is much needed, and it’s been on people’s mind for a long time, 15-20 years. I’m excited to see it come to a vote on March 5, and we will see where people want to go.”  The proposal will go before the voters within the City of Soldotna on March 5.last_img read more

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Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N Roses Album Oh Its Real

first_img Email Facebook Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N’ Roses Album: “Oh, It’s Real” Following the wildly successful reunion for the Not In This Lifetime… Tour, GN’R’s bassist provides a promising update on new materialNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 25, 2019 – 5:26 pm At this point, Guns N’ Roses fans are used to two things: extended waits for new music and big surprises. The band’s 2008 album, Chinese Democracy, came after a notorious 15-year hiatus, and their blockbuster 2016 reunion for the Not In This Lifetime… Tour shocked and delighted fans on its way to becoming the fourth-biggest tour ever. Questions about new music were bound to arise, and now GN’R bassist Duff McKagan is fanning the flames of anticipation for a new album.”Oh, it’s real, but the fun part and the cool part about Guns N’ Roses is we don’t really talk about it, and what happens next just happens,” McKagan said on the Trunk Nation radio show. “It’s never been that band that there’s a direct schedule of how we do things. I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl [Rose] has, really cool stuff he’s been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.” Twitter center_img Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N’ Roses Album duff-mckagan-teases-new-guns-n-roses-album-oh-its-real Earlier this month, the band’s unmistakable guitarist Slash gave an equally hopeful yet murky glimpse into the new project. “Axl, Duff, myself and Richard [Fortus] have all talked about… there’s material and stuff going on already for a new record,” Slash said. “It’s just, with Guns N’ Roses, you don’t go, ‘Oh, there is a plan, and it’s gonna be like this,’ because that’s not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we’re hoping to put a new record out, and we’ll just see what happens when it happens.”Guns N’ Roses have been nominated for the Best Hard Rock Performance GRAMMY Award three times in their career. Last year the group released a sprawling 73-track box set to commemorate the anniversary of their 1987 debut, Appetite For Destruction. The collection, titled Locked N’ Loaded, earned its art directors a GRAMMY nomination for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package and gives fans plenty of music to enjoy from the GN’R archive while they eagerly await additional details on a new album.Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction | For The RecordRead more News last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Democratic Candidate Dave Robertson Proposes Reforms To How Judges

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an op-ed submitted by State Rep. Candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury):Over the last few days there has been great media coverage of a long-time issue here in Massachusetts; the release of repeatedly violent criminals who have continued to live a life of crime. Most recently, Judge Tim Feeley released Manuel Soto-Vittini, a longtime heroin dealer, by claiming his crimes were financially based, as if it was similar to providing bread to his family. This, of course, ignores all those who potentially overdosed or had their lives destroyed by Soto-Vittini’s poison. Only a few weeks before Massachusetts lost one of its finest, Officer Sean Gannon. This was by a criminal who started dealing drugs and robbing individuals as a teenager, and deserves no mention by name. I could continue listing heartbreaking issues such as these, but it would take up far too much space. What is apparent is the system needs to be examined.Over the next few weeks you’ll likely hear a pitch that sounds good, and appears to be a silver bullet when it comes to oversight on judges ruling. This, of course, is directly elected judges. There are many aspects of this touted to be better, such as accountability to the general public, which Massachusetts currently lacks. However, when one looks closer at this issue, many issues and flaws with this suggestion also come to late. In fact, elected judges were first brought to the ballot early last century to increased judicial independence, striking down more laws than many who preceded them and upholding criminal accountability by following the rule of law, rather than letting certain folks off due to political patronage. Over the past century, this system has completely reversed itself and when measured, has become more corrupt than appointed judges.Professor Jed Shugerman, a graduate of the top-ranked Yale Law School and now a professor at Fordham, did a terrific in-depth study of elected judges that eventually he published into a book. Through his research he found out that since elected judges must appeal to contributors, judicial rulings become compromised when certain favorable parties appear before the bench. In addition, elected judges have a much higher percentage of their rulings overturned by superior courts, showing that elected judicial authorities choose the correct ruling at rates below those of an appointed counterpart. This research has been since confirmed by Emory University, NYU, and the non-partisan Constitution Center. In Michigan, a battleground state with an even split among Democrats and Republicans, over 13 million dollars was contributed to judge campaigns. With that sort of money floating around, how can justice be fair from either side?So what can we do to clean up our act here in Massachusetts? Long-time, Reagan-appointed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day-O’Connor actually has a brilliant, common-sense solution. First appoint, like Massachusetts does, then wait and let the judge work. After a certain term, Justice Day-O’Connor suggests, have voters elect these judges back to power if they are doing a good job in the eyes of the public. This hybrid plan is ingenious for several reasons. Political appointments are often more-vetted and experienced, guaranteeing a higher quality of judgeship that elected states fail to maintain. In addition, the removal of any ballot races aside from accountability removes the potential corruption that money donated to judges would otherwise risk. When a judges term is up, say every 7 years as suggest by Justice Day-O’Connor, voters face a simple choice based on the judge’s track record and no more. There are no competitors and no need to raise money, it’s time to send them back to the bench or for the Governor and their council to pick a new appointee.This balanced, while sensible, approach would bring to Massachusetts what we in the state need; accountability. In addition to allowing us regular folks to hold those in government accountable, it preserves the higher quality of rulings that the majority of judges, who tend to do a good job overall, bring to the courts. In addition, it insulates us from potential corruption that many elected judges show, and ensures that in several years we won’t be reading about an elected judge because they let off the relative of their largest donor, who actually was “only selling heroin to get by.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Judge Sides with DC in Ongoing Lawsuit over Strict Gun Law

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided Monday with the District of Columbia in an ongoing dispute over the city’s strict gun law, agreeing that the city can continue to enforce it while a lawsuit proceeds.Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a motion by opponents for a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of portions of the law. Opponents immediately said in a court filing that they are appealing the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Opponents of the law include city residents and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation. They object to portions of the law that require a person who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside their home to show he or she has a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or another “proper reason” for carrying the weapon. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires a person to carry or protect cash or valuables.Kollar-Kotelly said in her 31-page ruling that opponents had not shown that their lawsuit was likely to be successful, leading her to deny the request for a preliminary injunction. She also noted that appeals courts in other parts of the country had approved of laws in New York, New Jersey and Maryland that are similar to the District of Columbia’s.Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling follows a lengthy legal back-and-forth in the case already. Opponents were initially granted a preliminary injunction by another judge in May 2015. That ruling was appealed, and the appeals court ruled late last year that the judge didn’t have the authority to decide the case. Kollar-Kotelly was then assigned to the case.Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a telephone interview that the ruling was what they had expected from Kollar-Kotelly but that he appreciated that she made a quick ruling so that it could be appealed. Gottlieb said opponents look forward to ultimately winning their case.District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, whose office has been defending the city’s gun law, said in a statement that his office was pleased with the ruling “because it means the District will be able to continue enforcing its law requiring applicants for permits to carry concealed guns in public to state a ‘good reason’ for doing so.”___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at twitter.com/jessicagresko. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jessica-greskolast_img read more

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ECB chairman opens door to KPs return

first_imgIncoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career. Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback. “The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket. The selectors and the coaches are not going to pick him if he’s not playing. It’s as simple as that. I’ll leave it at that,” Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaPietersen is currently without a county after leaving Surrey and although Graves is not an ECB selector, he believes a county return would help the outspoken South Africa-born batsman’s cause. Asked if he was in favour of Pietersen returning for England, Graves replied: “At the end of the day it’s down to the selectors and coaches and what they feel is best for English cricket. They will make the decisions and I will support their decisions.”last_img read more

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