Where sports consultant says A’s will build their ballpark

first_imgBaseball’s most amazing story this season is playing out in the most reviled stadium in Major League Baseball, located at the 66th Avenue exit on Interstate 880 in Oakland.The A’s and their emerging young stars have opened eyes from coast to coast. Led by baseball’s most underrated manager, Bob Melvin, this team is rooted in resilience, with toughness, fearlessness and the grit that defines Oakland.The A’s have told their fans that Howard Terminal or the Coliseum will be selected as the site …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The forecast pattern has become somewhat stupid this morning. Here is what we mean. Every model out there has a completely different take on what is going to happen, not just in the next few days, but all the way through the coming 10-day window. All of them have some combination of 3 systems working in, but timing is all over the place. Also, intensity of the precipitation sits in a wide range. Part of the problem is that we have a fairly distinct frontal boundary setting up between Canadian air and warm, moisture, juicy air from the south. But, that difference in airmass is not the only catalyst. Rather than try and take our forecast day by day, we think it best to step back a step or two and attack this from a multi-day period. In terms of coverage, it is key to note in our forecast this morning that there are two cold fronts draped across the upper Midwest and across northern Illinois into IA that have stayed in the same general area for a couple of days. We think this area should be a starting point for action going forward.So, first off, there is a good threat of rain over the state from today through Sunday. Today action is likely limited to west central and NW Ohio, and tomorrow we may end with better rains in the northern part of the state (closer to that stationary to slow moving frontal complex off to the northwest). But, we will not rule out chances anywhere. Tomorrow looks wetter than we had been talking earlier in the week, a function of increase instability over the eastern corn belt. In fact, we could see some very heavy thunderstorms in northern Ohio, north of US 30 through the day tomorrow and into early Sunday. Rains for the rest of Sunday may focus a bit farther south and definitely east, but still, we don’t want to expressly leave moisture out of any one area. Combined 3-day rain totals will be generally .5”-.2” with the high end of the range coming in the northern part of the state thanks to the aforementioned thunderstorms Coverage of rain on any given day will be no more than 60% of Ohio. The map is a general representation of moisture through Monday morningOur next chance of rain comes next Tuesday, plus a 12-hour window on either side of Tuesday. These rains look to be more shower related, but we still won’t rule out thunderstorms, giving a rain potential of .25”-1”. Coverage again is somewhat hit and miss at 60%.Then system number 3 can move through late next week into the weekend. This one has rain potential of .25”-.75” again with coverage at 70%.Overall, you will notice that we have a good amount of moisture in the forecast. Where we have problems is with timing and coverage. Over the 10 days combined, we likely see 90% coverage over the state with rains over an inch but those will come at various times and rates. In addition, the amount of drying between systems will be limited, at least in terms of number of days that the entire state can stay dry.For growing and developing crops, this forecast is pretty good. If you still are trying to get some seed in the ground…you will have a bit of a challenge.No change for our extended forecast. 2 systems roll through. The first is a cold front around the 18th bringing rains of half to 1 inch, and then a second cold front for the 21st and 22nd has .25”-.last_img read more

On Favrd, Twitter & Community: Why You Should Be Able to Count the Stars

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos guest author 1 For Goodness’ Sake…SmallCanBeBig is a charitable non-profit that harnesses the power of small, direct donations for families in need. Mark Nikolewski (@mnik) is lead designer and art director for the organization; from his personal experience in the community, he can trace back thousands of dollars in direct donations to SmallCanBeBig from Favrd members. He estimates that the community supplies about 20% of the organization’s (@smallcanbebig‘s) retweets, without accounting for any secondary networking effects. Mike Monteiro (@mike_FTW) has been one of SmallCanBeBig’s most outspoken supporters, incenting donations via Twitter in Favrd fashion: “SmallCanBeBig: Tell you what: you donate $50 and I will tweet a PERSONAL INSULT which you can RT to show your friends how cool you are.” (Visit SmallCanBeBig.org directly to donate sans personal insult.)Josh Hopkins (@thedayhascome) began tweeting about the medical condition of his daughter (born January 2009) as a part of the Favrd community, which rose up with overwhelming support while Lucy underwent serious operations and prolonged hospital stays. (Josh and his family will be participating in the March for Babies in 2010 to raise money on behalf of Lucy’s name. If individuals would like to donate money to The March of Dimes, on behalf of Team Lucy Kate who is walking in the Indianapolis event, more information is available here.)“Keep starring the heavens, kids. #thankyoutextism” (via @pagecrusher)A more comprehensive directory of projects from the Favrd community is available here. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social networks#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Favrd, the now-retired (creator-destroyed) aggregation site for Twitter “favorites,” began as the irreverent offshoot of a community of influential designers and developers — people like Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies), John Gruber (@gruber), Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman), and Dean Cameron Allen (@textism), the site’s creator.You don’t need to know the lofty origins of Favrd, though; if anything, they’re antithetical to the point. Favrd ran on a “no-webcock algorithm.” (“Webcock” was Dean’s term for shamelessly self-promoting “new media gurus.”)This guest post was written by Kim Gaskins, a writer for Latitude Research.In an interview earlier this year, web developer Rafael Torres (@rafitorres) remarked: “A common concern for all of [the creators] was the idea that the social web had been invaded by a certain class of individuals who were apparently only concerned with marketing themselves and their brands through fake social interactions.”How Many Stars in the Sky? Infinite: and That’s Too Many.Simply put, I think what happened to Favrd was that a new crop of users appeared who didn’t know how to value the currency, and thus they inadvertently devalued it. They were arbitrarily plastering their stars around town to promote themselves, like “take-out menus hung on the doors of other restaurants.” Dan Wineman (@dwineman), “The Favrd Situation”In this way, currency (devalued) only serves to commodify valuable content. Remiel (@remiel) makes some generative suggestions here to “inject scarcity back into the equation.” What if Favstar instituted a new metric… ? “The result, ideally, is… a truly useful list of vetted Twitter content, reliably worth reading. In short: a great, alternative Twitter filter.”“I hate when clever, elegant things leave the web.” Jeffrey Zeldman to Dean Cameron Allen, commenting on “The Stars Look Down”Favrd: The Black Sheep of Bottom-Up PosterCommunitiesCohesive communities like Favrd, grown organically without a pointed goal — especially the communities grown around liberality of mind and well-placed puns — have some people asking, “yes, but what’s the point?“Therein lies the point.“I’ve met lots of people, collaborated creatively with a few and even had one stay on my couch during his trip across the country. All wonderful experiences.” Jon Dascola, commenting on Zeldman’s “The Stars Look Down”So What’s Beside the Point?Professionally speaking, Avery Edison (@aedison) is an upcoming UK-based comedy writer who has her roots in the feedback and support of the Favrd community. You Look Nice Today (@hotdogsladies, @lonelysandwich, and @scottsimpson) is a free podcast “prepared by and for ‘adults’” that now performs in 3space as well, for money.Interview with Nick Douglas (@nick), author of Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less: last_img read more

London Olympics: France upset US to win freestyle swimming relay gold

first_imgThe French stunned the heavily favoured US and Australian teams to win Olympic gold in the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay on Sunday. The US had a half-second lead going into Ryan Lochte’s final leg, but French specialist Yannick Agnel overtook him on the final straight to claim the gold in 3 mintues 9.93 seconds.The Americans, who were 0.7 seconds ahead after Michael Phelps’ second leg, were half a second behind for silver, while Russia stole the bronze, leaving the Australians out of the medals in fourth.”We are the best four guys,” Lochte said. “We went out there to win, but we came up short. When we come out of the blocks we always want to win.”France’s trio of Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot and Clement Lefert held the country in third behind the Americans and Australians in the first three legs, before Agnel’s turbo 100.The US fielded Nathan Adrian for the first leg, Phelps on the second, returning with Cullen Jones and then Lochte.Russia put out a talented team including Beijing silver medallist Nikita Lobintsev, who was joined by Andrey Grechin, Vladimir Morozov and Danila Izotov.Izotov outpaced Australia’s James Roberts to bring home the bronze on the final leg.last_img read more

Rethinking The NFLs Rooney Rule For More Diversity At The Top

As word spread quickly in January 2007 that Mike Tomlin would be the next head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, no one needed to explain the significance of the move to Steve Jackson. Then a safeties coach with the Washington Redskins, Jackson was among the many African-American assistants rooting for Tomlin to get the job. Just a few years earlier, Tomlin, who had just completed his first season as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator, probably wouldn’t have been on the short list for one of the most prestigious coaching gigs in professional sports. But under the Rooney Rule, times were changing.“For me, that’s the one that really stood out,” said Jackson, now the Tennessee Titans’ assistant secondary coach. “It was the Steelers. That’s one of those jobs that everyone looks at. And he wasn’t the leading candidate when he walked in for the interview, but he got in that room and he made his case. That’s what we all want: just to have a real chance to compete for the job. A lot of us [black coaches] looked at that and said, ‘Yeah.’”There’s no debating that the Rooney Rule has had a positive impact on the NFL. By providing owners with the first leaguewide tool to make hiring potentially more inclusive, the NFL took a significant step toward changing its culture. The rule continues to be expanded, and major corporations have followed the league’s lead. But in a workplace in which the overwhelming majority of players are African-American, the NFL has many more opportunities to strengthen the rule and further increase diversity in its management ranks.In place since 2003 for head coaches and expanded in 2009 to include general manager jobs and equivalent front-office positions, the rule — named after Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and onetime head of the league’s diversity committee — mandates that an NFL team must interview at least one minority candidate for these jobs. The rule, however, has two fatal flaws: the temptation to substitute sham interviews in place of a search for real diversity, and coordinator-level positions, a crucial step to head-coaching jobs, are not under the umbrella.The NFL did recently expand the rule again to include women: For all executive openings in the commissioner’s office, a woman must be interviewed. The San Francisco 49ers were the first team to formally adopt the practice, but the same flaws still apply.But the league did provide a blueprint for corporate America to improve its poor hiring record when it comes to diversity. Facebook, Pinterest, Intel, Xerox and Amazon are among the major companies that have instituted their own version of the rule. Even the Pentagon has explored using some form of the rule to diversify its officer corps.“The Rooney Rule really has become the best practice for diversity and inclusion,” said Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. “The Rooney Rule is all about access and opportunity, and it’s exciting to see where we are now after having the Rooney Rule in place for 12 years when you look at what the Rooney Rule has delivered.”In the 12 seasons before the rule was instituted, the NFL had only six non-white head coaches. In 12 seasons under the rule, the league has added 14 head coaches of color. From the NFL’s standpoint, there were other encouraging numbers last season regarding diversity. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida found that:At the start of last season, there were six head coaches of color, one more than in 2014. In 2011, the NFL had an all-time high of eight head coaches of color.There were seven African-American general managers in 2015 and for the ninth consecutive year, there were at least five general managers of color.Eight of the last 18 Super Bowl teams have had either an African-American head coach or general manager.Clearly, minorities have made modest strides in filling leadership positions. The problem is, there are 32 NFL teams. Even at its highest point, minority representation among coaches was a meager 25 percent. Almost 68 percent of the NFL’s players are African-American, but there are no African-American team presidents, and only one team president of color. Although the NFL received an A grade for overall racial-hiring practices from Central Florida, only 19.4 percent of the league’s professional positions — front-office and business-operations personnel — were filled by “people of color” in 2015. The numbers tell the story: There’s still plenty of work to do.Jeremi Duru wrote the book on the Rooney Rule. Literally. In Advancing The Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, Duru masterfully details the history of the process that resulted in the rule. Duru, a law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, agrees that the rule is not perfect, but “the whole idea of it is to prompt kind of a culture change in the league,” he said. “It’s not that the outcome of each particular interviewing season is going to vindicate the rule, but rather that the rule will put in place the sense that, in order to be the best, you have to think broadly. It’s the idea that in order to succeed and be competitive, you have to look at a deep pool of candidates.”One of the biggest criticisms of the rule is that it hasn’t effected change fast enough. For the rule to have been in place so long, some African-American commentators have argued, the NFL should have many more minorities in the highest-ranking positions. “It’s extremely difficult to eradicate a long-standing problem quickly,” Duru said. “The Emancipation Proclamation itself isn’t going to be a panacea. But it creates a culture where there’s no longer lawful slavery, and where we start to see progress, slowly but surely.“In the end in the NFL, hopefully, the idea is that it really becomes clear that the best coaches come from all sorts of different places. And if you think broadly about coaching and you slow down and take time with your hire, you’re going to find yourself with the best outcome. It’s not a consequence of the rule itself, but of the culture that the rule has ushered in.”Unfortunately for the NFL, the public perception is that sham interviews are integral to the league’s culture. Invariably each season, rumors have swirled that some teams interviewed African-American candidates only to comply with the rule. In January, the timing and execution of the Philadelphia Eagles’ hiring of new coach Doug Pederson raised questions about whether they had violated the spirit of the rule. The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley, a former Philadelphia player and current assistant coach on the team. Staley had never been a coordinator and only served as a position coach for three seasons. To many league observers, it appeared the Eagles had skirted the rule by interviewing an in-house candidate who obviously lacked the experience to be a head coach.That’s where the Fritz Pollard Alliance comes in. Together with the league’s front office, they determine whether a team’s interview process is legitimate. In the first year of the rule, commissioner Roger Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, fined former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 for “failing to discharge his duties” under the rule.Although the specter of fines should serve as a deterrent to teams violating the rule, there’s another step the league could take to ensure compliance besides the removal of draft picks: require teams to provide transcripts of interviews with minority candidates. That way, the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the commissioner’s office could judge for themselves whether teams adhered to the spirit of the rule.“The Rooney Rule requires that there be a meaningful interview of a person of color, not just an interview,” Duru said. “Any mechanism that can be used to ensure an interview that is meaningful should be on the table.”However, among NFL decision-makers, there’s no momentum for detailed transcripts to become part of the process. “What is important is getting interview feedback,” the NFL’s Gulliver said. “We really do find that getting feedback, getting candidate feedback, on what worked and what didn’t work, and what can even be better the next time, will help candidates as they continue their quests to become a head coach or a general manager.”That being said, covering more potential candidates under the rule would seem to be a logical next step. Generally, coordinators have the most responsibility among assistant coaches. Owners often pluck coordinators from successful teams to become head coaches. If there were more minority coordinators in the pipeline, theoretically, there would be more minorities in the applicant pool for head coaching positions. The Rooney Rule does nothing to address that basic fact.In response to the NFL’s horrible hiring record after the 2012 season (eight head coaches and seven general managers were fired; 15 white guys were hired), the Fritz Pollard Alliance proposed that coordinator-level and team president positions should be covered under the rule. The NFL rejected the proposal, but in 2013 the league did restart the Career Development Symposium, which previously ran from 1998-2008.The commissioner’s office requested that teams send two representatives, including at least one person of color, who aspire to be general managers and head coaches, to a three-day program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Besides networking with decision-makers from throughout the league, participants honed their interview skills through presentations and panel discussions. (In March, the league had its first Women’s Career Development Symposium.)But remember: Last season, the league had only six head coaches of color and seven African-American general managers. Obviously, the Career Development Symposium didn’t hobble efforts to improve minority hiring — but how much did it help? It just seems that including coordinator positions under the rule could be another major turning point in the ongoing struggle to level the playing field.In ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 8 Super Bowl 50 Issue, senior writer Mina Kimes wrote that white position coaches and assistants are more than twice as likely to be promoted to coordinator than their African-American counterparts, according to research from professors at Georgetown, George Washington, Emory and Iowa State University. Moreover, those promotions occur regardless of the white coaches’ performance, experience and coaching background. The data shouldn’t be ignored.The Titans’ Jackson is a 13-year NFL assistant. Despite his experience, Jackson knows it’s downright impossible to make the leap from an assistant coach to a head coach without first being a coordinator.“There’s always a network, an inner circle, and then there are others,” he said. “And if you’re in the others, you have to do everything you can to get in the door.”The argument against expanding the rule to include coordinator positions is that head coaches should be allowed to pick their staffs without any restrictions on interviewing. There may be something to that.During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Brian Stewart directed the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. If coordinators are covered under the rule, Stewart envisions the potential for conflict. “That would be rough,” said Stewart, now a college coach at Nebraska who works with defensive backs. “You really have to leave picking those guys [coordinators] to the head coaches. They have to be allowed to choose their own people.“That’s one of the benefits of reaching the level of head coach. And if you don’t let them interview only the guys they want to interview, it could really open up a can of worms when you talk about relationships on the staff. If guys feel like a coordinator didn’t get the job the right way, there could be a lot of resentment from all the other assistants. It could be a problem. It could be a big problem.”Of course, there’s often resistance to change. When the rule was instituted, many within the league suggested head coaches wouldn’t have credibility if they were hired as a result of the process. But who would argue that great coaches such as Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Tomlin and Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera lack credibility? The Steelers’ pick of Tomlin worked out spectacularly.The Rooney Rule is still evolving and growing pains are part of the process. But with the NFL on the right track, it’s definitely not time to slow down. More stories from The Undefeated:Serena: The embodiment of it all by LZ GrandersonDon’t believe the fairy-tale mythology that sports promote by Domonique FoxworthWill my 2-year-old nephew end up like Michael Brown? by Wendi Thomas Editor’s note: Tuesday was opening day at The Undefeated, a new ESPN website that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture. In an introductory letter, Kevin Merida, its editor-in-chief, says the site won’t shrink from covering challenging subjects with a mix of original reporting, innovative storytelling, provocative commentary, must-see video, narratives and investigations. At FiveThirtyEight, we’re so excited at having a new sibling that we’ve been running several of The Undefeated’s articles on our site this week — including the one that follows here — and we have big plans for partnerships in the future. read more

Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs Florida

For a 12th consecutive year, the Ohio State football team is heading to a bowl game. In Luke Fickell’s final game as head coach, OSU will take on the University of Florida in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2. Here’s a look at what the Buckeyes can expect in Jacksonville, Fla. What will new OSU head coach Urban Meyer’s role be in helping prepare OSU for the Gator Bowl? Meyer said Dec. 11 that he would not travel with the Buckeyes to Florida, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t helping prepare the team before it departed. During a Dec. 4 conference call, Fickell was vague about whether Meyer would help the Buckeyes prepare for Florida, saying he would continue to focus on the coaches currently leading OSU. “I couldn’t tell you exactly how the whole situation is going to work,” Fickell said. “I don’t know that I would sit there and explain it to anybody other than our team and coaches anyway.” Fickell didn’t dismiss the idea that Meyer would assist the OSU players and the current coaches, so one might think it is likely he’ll have some level of input on the game plan. After all, Meyer recruited the majority of the players on Florida’s roster and is barely a year removed from coaching his former team. One could argue that no person outside of Florida’s current staff knows the Gators better than Meyer. What Florida players could pose a threat to OSU’s defense? The Florida offense has averaged 25.6 points per game this season which is ranked 71st nationally. Quarterback John Brantley came into Florida as a highly touted recruit and was expected to replace former Gator legend Tim Tebow, but has struggled at times moving into the offense. He’s thrown 1,912 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. The strength of the UF offensive attack is its speedy running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. Both backs are under 5 feet 9 inches, but it’s the running backs’ agility and speed that make them a threat. The Gators try to get the ball to Rainey and Demps on the edge and aren’t afraid to utilize the two in the passing game. Between the two of them, they have combined for 1,329 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said he’s very aware of Florida’s fast running back tandem. “They have speed in the backfield,” Heacock said. “They changed to a pro-style offense this year and I think it’s been good for them. I think they have a little more power and they are a little more physical.” Can the Buckeyes keep up with Florida’s speed? When Meyer was head coach at Florida, the Gators developed a reputation for speed. It gave Florida a multitude of options on offense and a swarming mentality on defense. OSU witnessed the danger of Florida’s speed first hand in 2007, when the Gators beat the Buckeyes, 41-14, in the BCS National Championship Game. Will Muschamp took over as Florida’s head coach and switched the offense to more of a pro-style attack, but many of the speedy players Meyer recruited are still on the roster. “You hope we can keep up with their speed,” Heacock said. “You never know until you get out in the game and see how we’re playing. I think we have the potential when we are moving fast and playing fast that we can match up. A lot of it has to do with attitude and the approach you take to the game.” But, the Buckeye players believe they have enough speed of their own to matchup with the Gators. “I think we match up (to Florida’s speed) pretty well,” freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “People may overlook us just because we’re in the Big Ten and they don’t think we are fast. But I think we have just as much speed.” Can the Buckeyes put a happy ending on the turbulent year? The OSU football team has been through a lot this season on and off the field. Scandals, suspensions and six losses have made this year one that many Buckeye fans would like to forget. For the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be playing in a BCS bowl, but the Buckeye players still say they have a lot to play for. “It would mean a lot to win this game,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “You always want to finish on top. It would give the team great morale heading into next year. And for me personally, and especially the seniors, it would be great to go out with a win in the last game.” Expect the Buckeyes to do just that. A Buckeye defense that’s almost back to full health and maturing freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will lead the Buckeyes to a close victory over the Gators. Final score prediction: OSU 31, Florida 27 read more

Official PSG beat Chelsea to sign Leandro Paredes

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have pulled off a shock transfer coup by beating Chelsea to Leandro Paredes’ signature.The Blues had hoped to sign Paredes in this month’s transfer window following Cesc Fabregas’ departure for AS Monaco.But in light of Marco Verratti and Lassana Diarra’s injuries along with Adrien Rabiot’s suspension from PSG, manager Thomas Tuchel publicly urged the club to get a move on with signing new players over the weekend.And now the Ligue 1 champions have delivered by signing Zenit star Paredes on a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Parc des Princes for a reported fee of €45m.“I’m very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain,” Paredes told the club website.“After my previous experiences in Italy and Russia, I now have this fantastic opportunity, not only to discover a new league, but above all one to wear one the most prestigious club jerseys in the world.“I’d like to thank the chairman and the coach for the confidence they have shown in me by signing me.“We all know the extraordinary sporting dimension of Paris Saint-Germain, its players and staff.“I share the same high ambitions and I will do everything I can to give my club what it expects of me as a midfielder. I also look forward to the passionate atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, as I grew up with football fever in Argentina.”PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Leandro brings with him the traditional strengths of Argentinian football – a fighting spirit and excellent technical skills.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He will bring a lot to our midfield and I am sure he will fit quickly into our coach’s well-organised and ambitious team.“Leandro’s arrival will keep the momentum, both on the pitch and among our supporters, ahead of the major events coming up. Exciting times lie ahead.”The Argentina international could make his PSG debut away to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.The French giants also had a bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye rejected earlier this week.📸👕 #BienvenidoParedesThis was the moment this morning when our new Parisian discovered his new locker room 🔝❤💙 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/yDFk6FpmKI— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Trippier believes in Spurs character

first_imgThe team has been getting impressive results lately, while also juggling with a difficult schedule and an injury crisis.Tottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the third position of the English Premier League table with 60 points.The team is five points behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.The Spurs have won 20 out of their 26 matches, drawing none and losing six.And for defender and midfielder Kieran Trippier, the results of the team speak of the strong character they have.“The past few weeks have been very good,” Tripper told Sky Sports.“We could have played a lot better, we all know that, but the results are the most important thing.”“We’ve had a few injuries recently and the people that have stepped in have done really well,” he added.“If you look at Son [HEung-min], he’s played in three major tournaments this season and he still looks fresh.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s come back and scored goals and topped it off with the result the other night which was amazing,” he commented.“It took me a good 16 months to settle in at Tottenham.”Trippier joined Spurs in 2015, after being with Burnley three years.“But what Pochettino does really well is developing players and getting them to play for their national teams,” he continued.“His record speaks for itself – he’s got five in the Tottenham squad now and the same happened at Southampton. He makes players become bigger and better.”“He helped me develop as an attacker. He sets everything out day by day in training perfectly for the lads, the sessions are unbelievable,” he concluded.😄🙌#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0W4fk0ewHg— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 15, 2019last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of snow after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission is scheduled to meet at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At Town Hall: The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office’s Housing Coordinator Laurie Stanton will be holding office hours from 2pm to 4:30pm in Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Stanton will assist residents with their affordable housing questions. The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus. If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced. Laurie can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.At The Library: Jazz and Bossa: Haley Peltz & Molly Flannery at 2:30pm. First Look Book Group at 2:30pm. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group at 7pm. English Conversation Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Meditation Class at 12:15pm. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Judge Separated Families Must Be Reunited Within 30 Days

first_imgA judge in California on Tuesday ordered U.S. border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn’t want to be with the child. He also requires the government provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters — hundreds of miles away, in some cases — under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally entering the U.S.Amid an international outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. A Department of Homeland Security statement over the weekend on reuniting families only seemed to sow more confusion.“The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance_responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”The ruling was a win for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in March involving a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.“Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.The Justice and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. That is only six fewer children than the number in HHS custody as of last Wednesday. Democratic senators said that wasn’t nearly enough progress.Under questioning, Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it will take to reunite families. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.At a Texas detention facility, immigrant advocates complained that parents have gotten busy signals or no answers from a 1-800 number provided by federal authorities to get information about their children.Attorneys have spoken to about 200 immigrants at the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, since last week, and only a few knew where their children were being held, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.“The U.S. government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is “scrambling to undo this terrible thing that they have done.”A message left for HHS, which runs the hotline, was not immediately returned.Many children in shelters in southern Texas have not had contact with their parents, though some have reported being allowed to speak with them in recent days, said Meghan Johnson Perez, director of the Children’s Project for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides free legal services to minors.“Things might be changing now. The agencies are trying to coordinate better,” she said. “But the kids we have been seeing have not been in contact with the parents. They don’t know where the parent is. They’re just distraught. Their urgent need is just trying to figure out, ‘Where is my parent?’”The decision comes as 17 states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite children and parents. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education and social services costs. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the multistate lawsuit.“The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance.”In a speech before the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration for taking a hardline stand on illegal immigration and said the voters elected President Donald Trump to do just that.“This is the Trump era,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws again. We know whose side we are on — so does this group — and we’re on the side of police, and we’re on the side of the public safety of the American people.”After expressing reluctance in May to get too deeply involved in immigration enforcement decisions, the judge who issued Tuesday’s ruling was clearly influenced by Trump’s reversal last week and the Homeland Security Department’s statement on its family reunification plan Saturday night, which, he said, left many questions unanswered.“This situation has reached a crisis level. The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. People are protesting. Elected officials are weighing in. Congress is threatening action,” he wrote.Outraged by the family separations, immigrant supporters have led protests in recent days in states such as Florida and Texas. In Los Angeles, police arrested 25 demonstrators at rally Tuesday ahead of Sessions’ address.Outside the U.S. attorney’s office, protesters carried signs reading, “Free the children!” and “Stop caging families.” Clergy members blocked the street by forming a human chain. Police handcuffed them and led them away.Later, protesters gathered outside the hotel where Sessions gave his speech. As the attorney general’s motorcade arrived, the crowd chanted, “Nazi, go home.” Sharelast_img read more