10 months agoMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has slammed plans to name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.Molde coach Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.But Ince says: “The suggestion of Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes me laugh, that has to be a joke. It’s absolute madness.”He also wrote for Paddy Power: “If it was me? I’d pick Steve Bruce today. He’s not working at the moment, and he had seven or eight years at the club. He’s been a very good, and successful manager and he more than many understands what it’s like to be a United player. Yes, he’s been sacked, but we’ve all been sacked before.”Between him and Solskjaer there’s no comparison. Plus, I’d love it to be someone English, and someone who United fans through the ages immediately recognise and say ‘I remember Steve Bruce, what a player he was.'”The only other caretaker candidate I’d choose would be Roy Keane. He’d knock those players into shape in no time, he’s managed, and he’s familiar with the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship deals

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”. last_img read more

City Harvest Hosts StarStudded Evening Of Practical Magic

first_imgCity Harvest’s 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised nearly $2.7 million to support City Harvest’s anti-hunger programs – enough to help feed over 9,860 families for a year.Ja Rule performs onstage with Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel at the City Harvest’s 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical MagicCredit/Copyright: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for City HarvestCity Harvest’s Evening of Practical Magic paid tribute to the efforts of individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support City Harvest’s work. Lise and Michael Evans received the Harry and Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award, Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman, was presented with the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence, and Chelsea Clinton was awarded the City Harvest Award for Commitment. City Harvest also acknowledged Food Bazaar as 2017 Food Donor of the Year.Hosted by fashion designer Zac Posen, the evening featured appearances by: City Harvest Food Council member and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen; lifestyle expert Martha Stewart; actress Bridget Moynahan; Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard; reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel; actors Jean Reno and JJ Field; as well as renowned culinary experts Eric Ripert, Ted Allen, Marc Murphy, Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, Masa Takayama, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony. At the end of the evening, Ja Rule took the stage for a special performance presented by Fyre with “backup dancers” Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel.The live auction, led by Nicholas Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries, gave one lucky bidding attendee and nine of her closest friends the chance to be wined and dined in the luxury of her home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee, and Sunny Anderson. A bidding war arose when the night’s honoree, Geoffrey Zakarian called on his table guest, Grammy-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule to guest bartend the event. Once on stage, Ja Rule upped the excitement by adding a private performance to the lot which was sold for $150,000.Highlights from the live auction included:· CALIFORNIA DREAMINGGuided by Aldo Sohm, “Best Sommelier in the World in 2008”, Wine Director at Le Bernardin and namesake of New York City’s acclaimed Aldo Sohm Bar, and Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, four guests will receive VIP treatment at Napa’s most exclusive cellars, including Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Screaming Eagle, Shafer Vineyards and Arnot-Roberts Winery. Guests will also enjoy two vintner-housed lunches, two dinners and a dreamy, four-night stay in a three-bedroom guest house.Winning bid: $140,000· TV DINNERTen lucky guests will receive the chance to be wined and dined in the winner’s home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson. The night will also include a hands-on cocktail demo by Geoffrey and special performance by recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule.Winning bid: $150,000· INSTAGLAM COCKTAIL PARTYThe lucky winning bidder and 19 of his closest friends will receive the chance to sip on craft cocktails and tasty bites in the luxury of Isaac Mizrahi three-bedroom home in Greenwich Village and enjoy a menu curated by Danny Meyer and Isaac Mizrahi.Winning bid: $38,000· HOST A LEGENDARY FEASTThe winner of this exciting lot will receive the chance to turn his/her home into a Michelin-starred restaurant for 20 lucky guests with dinner by culinary legend Eric Ripert, the chef and co-owner Le Bernardin, one of the finest restaurants in the world.Winning bid: $340,000· OMAKASE DINNER PARTYThe winning bidder will receive the chance to savor the magic of Masa’s Omakase experience with a private tasting dinner for six by Chef Masa, the man behind Masa & Bar Masa in Columbus Circile, Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side, and the forthcoming Tetsu in Tribeca, opening this summer. The dinner will be in the winner’s home. Winning bid: $220,000· VIOLINIST VIRTUOSOThe winning bidder will receive the chance to join world-class violinist and Grammy-award winner, Joshua Bell, in his sophisticated Gramercy Park penthouse for a private performance and cocktail party for 20 of her closest friends.Winning bid: $55,000City Harvest is grateful to event sponsors Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I.Halper.last_img read more

The Red Sox Bucked Convention To Build A Champion

After Manny Machado waved at a Chris Sale slider for the final out of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday — the final pitch of the 2018 baseball season — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez bolted toward the pitching mound and leaped into the arms of the lanky Sale. The celebration began there and spilled into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox sported goggles to protect themselves from the salvos of alcohol. They sang “New York, New York” and “California Love” as both songs blasted from portable speakers. The Red Sox had their fourth World Series title this century with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the series four games to one.But it’s how the Red Sox arrived at this point, as perhaps the greatest Red Sox team of all time, that is so interesting. While dominating the American League from wire to wire, and then doing the same to a postseason field of super teams, the Red Sox challenged so many narratives along the way.David Price proved that players can shed the most damning of labels with a change in approach (and perhaps just a larger sample of work). Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, cashed in trade assets accumulated by former general manager Ben Cherington for premium, veteran players like Sale — even at a time when so many teams were hoarding prospects and young talent. And when other teams elected not to spend in free agency, the Red Sox nabbed the best position player on the market in J.D. Martinez.MLB’s stiffer luxury tax acted something like a soft cap last winter as even large-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees vowed to stay under the tax threshold. The Yankees did so for the first time in the luxury tax era, and the Dodgers spent just $4 million on free agents, electing not to bolster what became a suspect bullpen in this World Series. These teams may have taken this route in part because free agency is increasingly viewed as an inefficient way to build a club — but they also likely had an eye on the upcoming free agent class headlined by Bryce Harper, Machado and perhaps Game 5 Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw if he elects to opt out of his deal.The Red Sox, meanwhile, were aggressors in a season of passivity. They ranked fourth in free agent spending, going over the luxury tax while leading the majors in payroll. With the slow free agent period, Martinez didn’t even reach an agreement with the Red Sox until spring training camps had opened. The five-year, $110 million contract he signed might not produce value for the club in its later years, but the Red Sox wanted to win in 2018 — and Martinez rewarded Boston with an MVP-caliber season and a home run in the clinching Game 5.1The Red Sox chose Martinez over Eric Hosmer, who inked an even greater deal — $144 million guaranteed — but posted a replacement-level season with the Padres.Those investments — salaries that not every club was willing or able to pay — paid off this October. In many ways, Boston built a super team the old-fashioned way.While much of the Red Sox’s positional group is homegrown beyond Martinez, the Red Sox paid a premium price to acquire Sale from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season — and he has been an elite arm in Boston. Prior to 2016, the Red Sox surrendered premium talent for closer Craig Kimbrel. They also gave a record deal to Price that winter — seven years, $217 million. It was their investment in Price that paid off in a big way in the final two weeks of October.On the biggest stage in baseball, Boston kept handing the ball to a pitcher who many doubted could perform in the postseason. Entering his Game 5 American League Championship Series start, Price had never won a playoff game he had started. He was 0 for 11 with a 6.16 ERA.To change his postseason reputation, Price changed his pitch mix.In dominating the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS, Price threw a career-high share of change-ups, at 41.9 percent of his pitches. He followed that up in Game 2 of the World Series with a change-up rate of 28.4 percent before nearly matching that on Sunday in Game 5 when he threw 89 pitches, 23 of which were change-ups, for a rate of 25.8 percent. He threw just seven cutters, which was his most frequent nonfastball pitch in the regular season.After allowing a lead-off home run to David Freese on his first pitch of the game, Price blanked Los Angeles for seven innings. He retired 14 straight Dodgers before beginning the eighth by walking Chris Taylor, which ended his night. He allowed one run, two walks and three hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out five.Price has now won three straight October games, including each of his World Series starts. He’s no longer a choker. “This is why I came to Boston,” he said during a postgame interview. “I know it’s a tough place to play. I know it’s challenging with everything that is going to go on here. I’ve been through a lot in three years since I’ve been here.”Despite Price’s contributions, it was Steve Pearce who was named the World Series MVP for his home-run heroics, including a two-run blast off of Kershaw in the first inning Sunday. Pearce — acquired in a midseason trade — led all players in the series in win probability added, which measures the change in win expectancy between plate appearances. The Red Sox acquired Pearce for his platoon advantage against left-handed pitching, and he came through for them.All teams are trying to do the little things, to find value where others do not. All teams are employing data and video, development and coaching, to get more out of players already on the roster. But the Red Sox did a lot of big things, things that others thought they ought not to. They ignored many common narratives and leaguewide trends.It paid off in a big way. read more

Has Mike Trout Already Peaked

Mike Trout has put up an amazing couple of seasons in Major League Baseball, not just for someone as young as he is, 22, but for anyone. His 19.62 wins above replacement (WAR) over his first two full seasons ranks as the 36th best two-year stretch for any batter ever. Only nine batters have had a better stretch by the age of 25, and they’re essentially a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx and Willie Mays. The list of players who put up better numbers at an earlier age doesn’t have any names on it.Conventional wisdom seems to be that Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is only going to get better. Much of that analysis relies explicitly on the traditional aging curve or on similar logic: MLB players and prospects typically improve rapidly through their late teens and early 20s, peaking around age 27. Trout was 21 last season, ergo, he has several years of improvement in his future.But regression to the mean dictates that the better the performance you’re looking at, the less likely it is to be duplicated. Players who put up huge numbers like Trout’s (or anywhere close) this early in their careers have a very high likelihood of having All Star- and/or Hall of Fame-quality careers. But how often do they improve on these initial breakout performances?I’ve taken all the players who put up more than 15 WAR over a two-year period at any point in their careers and broken them down by the age when they first accomplished the feat. Then I asked a simple question: Did they ever manage a better two-year period?The size of the bubbles represent how many players accomplished the “15 WAR in two years” milestone, and the y value of the bubbles show the percentage of those players who surpassed that milestone.As you can see, the odds of someone Trout’s age improving are ostensibly 100 percent, but that bubble represents a single data point: Alex Rodriguez. If you move to the much larger group of players between ages 22 and 24, the odds drop into the 50 percent range.On the other hand, some players who never managed a stronger two-year stretch still managed a strong third season immediately after their initial two-year breakout. In such cases, they may set a new two-year “peak” that overlaps the original. Thus, while never replicating their original two-year performance, they end up with a better two years on the books. This is the most likely time for a player to establish a new “peak,” because pulling it off only takes one well-timed season instead of two.Of the 75 players who achieved 15-plus WAR over two seasons, only 22 managed to replicate or exceed the feat later in their career. But an additional 15 improved their benchmark the following season. Counting these cases, the odds of a player’s two-year performance being his two-year peak drop substantially. Factoring this in and cleaning up the data a bit (I put the players in rolling 3-year age groups) gives us a result like this:For Trout’s case, there are a few other factors to consider:Cutting both ways: Trout’s numbers are higher than average in his age group. This makes it more likely that he’s a uniquely great player, but it also makes the numbers inherently less likely to be surpassed.Cutting in his favor: Trout was 21 last season, and his group covers players age 21 to 23. This gives him a slightly longer career ahead, and thus more chances to put up better seasons. Further, having pulled off such great numbers at such an early age probably increases the chances that he’s truly special. But there’s not really enough data to demonstrate this effect.Cutting against him: Trout is probably less likely to achieve a new two-year peak this year, because the strongest of the two seasons in this run was the first. Improving on his peak will require him posting better than 10.8 WAR — a feat which has happened only 22 times before, six of which were by Babe Ruth. (Also, though outside the scope of this post, it’s possible that the aging curve is no longer as favorable as it used to be).All things considered, the answer to whether Trout has peaked yet is “probably not,” though I think it’s far from being as much of a certainty as many people seem to think. Even some of the Hall of Famers mentioned above peaked early, and Trout’s start has been so strong that he could potentially do the same and still end up joining them. read more

Dyche laments injuries to players

first_imgBurnley Manager Sean Dyche is facing an uphill battle in Turkey as his team prepares to face Istanbul Basaksehir with just 17 players in their UEFA Europa League qualifier clash.After overcoming Scottish side Aberdeen in the last qualifying round, Burnley will be hoping to continue their first European adventure in 52 years when they come against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.The Turkish team finished third in the Super Lig last season and could provide a sterner test for Burnley on Thursday in the first leg with a number of players injured for the English side.“We’re a little bit limited in terms of our playing personnel,” Dyche told reporters ahead of the game on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.“Chris Woods is suffering from an infection, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still remain out with injury. So at the moment we’re down to just 17 players.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve included Ben Gibson and Joe Hart in the squad and they could feature if needed.”Burnley are currently in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope out injured and Hart could feature for the Clarets after completing a surprise move to the club from Manchester City.“He’s in good shape and clear minded. He knows he’ll have to work for his place in the team and I believe he’s up to the challenge.” Dyche said.Burnley will also be without new signing Matej Vydra who joined the club from Derby this week.The striker is still working on his fitness due to a lack of preseason with his former club.last_img read more

Community Meeting On Haeg Grand Jury Investigation

first_imgThe former big game guide was convicted of illegally shooting wolves in 2004, a fact he doesn’t dispute, but he says the state lied about what he did and where he did it. According to court documents further hearings, including any evidentiary hearings, will be held in Anchorage rather than in Homer or Kenai, because of the need for additional security. The event will be held on April 21, from 10-2 p.m., at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. On Saturday, April 21,  Alaska, State of Corruption will be hosting a community event at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for residents to look at, listen to, and weigh in on the evidence of Haeg’s post conviction efforts. During that hearing Southwell was unable to disclose his evidence and reasons to the other jurors. The group believes this is a clear violation of Alaska law and constitution, according to the event page.center_img According to details for the event, on March 21, 2018, Kenai Grand Juror Ray Southwell tried to disclose, to the other Kenai Grand Jurors, his evidence and reasons to believe crimes triable by the court were committed by a Kenai District Attorney, State Troopers, and judges from Kenai, Homer, Anchorage, and elsewhere. Haeg: “After fourteen years of studying the law one of your basic rights is to have your trial held in your community, and my community is the Kenai Peninsula.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For fourteen years, David Haeg, of Kenai has continued to fight against what he describes as state and judicial corruption.last_img read more

Smart kettlebells will get you in shape at CES 2019

first_imgHere’s the new JaxJox smart kettlebells. Megan Wollerton/CNET As you can probably guess, KettlebellConnect, launched here at CES 2019, is indeed a smart kettlebell.The $349 weights system comes with a base where you can charge the kettlebells and a small digital display.  These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Health and Wellness Post a comment The coolest part is the adjustable weights. Press the plus or minus buttons to change the weight in 6-pound increments from 12 to 42 pounds. Watch the weight increments adjust on the display. The related app helps you track your reps and can even help you customize your workout. I got to try one out for myself at the show and they were incredibly easy to adjust. Literally just press the button and wait a few seconds for the cylinder weights inside to either add or release weight. This isn’t the only smart fitness tech we’ve seen at the show — I also got to try out FightCamp’s smart boxing system and BotBoxer’s robot boxing system.  Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos CES Products Fitness Whirlpool Smart kettlebells at CES 2019 count your reps as you… 1:14 Smart Home Sport and Outdoorslast_img read more

Nones now as big as evangelicals Catholics in the US

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsdata evangelicals homepage featured nones polling religiously unaffiliated,You may also like Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic.According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious — or nonreligious — groupings in the country.“Nones have been on the march for a long time now,” Burge said. “It’s been a constant, steady increase for 20 years now. If the trend line kept up, we knew this was going to happen.”The 2018 GSS was just released and there’s some big news. Those of “no religion” (23.1%) are statistically the same size as evangelicals (22.8%). There was also a small resurgence of mainline Protestants, while Catholics are down 3% in the last four years. pic.twitter.com/uiyDSe7M6f— Ryan Burge 📊 (@ryanburge) March 20, 2019The shift could signify coming political changes. Evangelicals often lean conservative and are known to have outsized influence on American elections: According to exit polls, white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.“Evangelicals punch way above their weight,” Burge said. “They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That’s largely a function of the fact that they’re white and they’re old.”A rising tide of religiously unaffiliated voters — a group that a 2016 PRRI analysis found skews young and liberal — could potentially offset that influence. But the same PRRI analysis also noted that religiously unaffiliated Americans do not vote in the same percentages as evangelicals, and are often underrepresented at the polls.As such, the most immediate impact of the rise in religiously unaffiliated is likely to be felt in religious communities themselves, where their absence will be noted. Even then, those who claim “no religion” are not inherently atheists or agnostics: A 2017 Pew Research survey found that only 22 percent of “nones” listed not believing in God as the most important reason for their lack of religious affiliation.But while most religious groups in the GSS survey either saw dips in affiliation or remained roughly consistent — such as black Protestants and those listed as “other faiths” — one group did see an increase: Mainline Protestants, who have been declining at a steady clip for decades, saw their numbers tick up slightly, from 10.2 percent to 10.8 percent.Even so, Burge noted that the change is not statistically significant, and more years would have to pass to register if it signifies a resurgence among mainliners. In the meantime, he pointed to another trend: The rise of the religiously unaffiliated tracks closely with the decline of mainline Protestantism beginning in the early 1990s.“The biggest story is that ‘no religion’ is coming from the mainline,” he said. “Mainliners are jumping ship.” Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more

Transit Supporters Rally in Annapolis

first_imgA coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)With the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly in full swing, supporters of myriad causes have been making the pilgrimage to Annapolis. On March 9, it was the supporters of the Purple and Red subway lines, both of which are on the verge of beginning construction.Over 150 community members, business leaders and elected officials, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gathered to signal legislators and the governor’s mansion that neither delay nor cancellation of the projects is acceptable. The warning came in light of alleged delays by Gov. Hogan’s administration, which they say is jeopardizing nearly $2 billion in federal funding.“If we scrap these projects and dream up new ones each time there is an election, Maryland will not build the infrastructure it needs to provide a high quality of life and a competitive economy,” said Grant Corley of Red Line Now, according to a statement. “The Red Line and Purple Line projects have been in development for decades, and now Governor Hogan’s administration has the opportunity to put people to work and inject the investment into the economy in year one.”A coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)The transit lines are expected to stimulate significant economic activity and investment. “The Purple Line will create over 27,000 permanent jobs, generate billions of dollars in new economic activity, and provide a vital east-west transit connection between the University of Maryland and job centers like Silver Spring and Bethesda in Maryland’s inner suburbs,” said Ralph Bennett, of Purple Line Now.“We probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 85,000 to 100,000 jobs in the pipeline in Montgomery County,” Leggett added, “and what is tied to all of that is transportation, and most specifically transit. There is no Plan B for the Purple Line; any backup is a mild substitute, and we all will suffer.”Baltimore business leaders also stressed the Red Line’s economic impact. “The Red Line will not only transform the city’s rail transit into a connected, comprehensive system, it will be an important factor in attracting people and investment to Baltimore,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.Residents are also eager for the projects to be finally underway given their potential to cut back on longer and frustrating, traffic-choked commutes. According to the National Household Transportation Survey, 30 percent of Maryland residents aged 16 and older take transit at least once per month, the fourth-highest of any state.last_img read more

Report Number of US Heroin Users Rose 300000 over a Decade

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among Whites, according to a new government report.Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It’s based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government’s main source of data on use of illegal drugs.In recent surveys, nearly 3 in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That’s up from under 2 per 1,000 about a decade ago, a 62 percent increase which translates to hundreds of thousands more people, government researchers said.The findings mirror trends seen in earlier reports, which noted marked increases in heroin use in people who are White and living outside of major cities, said Katherine Keyes, a Columbia University who researches drug abuse issues.But the new report offers some additional details about people using heroin, government scientists said.While heroin use more than doubled among Whites, it seemed to level off in other racial and ethnic groups, the report found.But it grew among different income levels, in different parts of the country. And the rate of heroin use doubled in women — a more dramatic rise than what was seen in men.For years, officials have focused their worry on misuse of prescription “opioid” painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. Experts say recent restrictions on prescribing such painkillers may be reducing illicit supplies of them at a time when the heroin supply has been increasing.Heroin has become a popular alternative. It is essentially the same chemical as that in the prescription painkillers, but it costs roughly five times less on the street, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.“An increasing number of people are primed for heroin use because they were addicted to an opioid painkiller,” Frieden said.The new report found that people who abused opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.The heroin death rate quadrupled over a decade, reaching nearly 8,300 in 2013, with most of the fatal overdoses involving other drugs at the same time — most often cocaine.Deaths involving opioid painkillers have been leveling off but continue to be more common than heroin-related deaths, government statistics show.___Online:CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsignslast_img read more

Cardinals Wrap Up Lenny LylesClark Wood Invitational

first_imgMen’s High Jump (Seeded)2. Luke Nichols, 2.06m/06-097. Skyler VanMeter, 1.96m/06-05 Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood InvitationalCardinal Park | Louisville, Ky.April 27, 2019 Final Results Women’s Discus Throw (Open)2. Gianna Gaul, 48.75m/159-113. Lilli Popovich, 47.67m/156-05 Women’s 100m Hurdles 3. Sydney Hill, 13.66 (+1.8)9. Holly Hankenson, 14.20 (+1.8) Men’s Pole Vault (Seeded)8. Lucas Weaver, 4.63m/15-02.25 Women’s 800m16. Lindsay Fanz, 2:18.22 Noah McBride finished second in the 200m with a time of 21.03.  McBride also finished third in the 100m with a time of 10.57.  Sydney Hill finished third in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.66.    Women’s High Jump (Open)6. Holly Hankenson – 1.61m/05-03.25T7. Gabryella Pinnow – 1.56m/05-01.25 Men’s 200m2. Noah McBride, 21.33 (+1.1)7. Donald McClinton, 21.55 (+1.1)12. Anthony Crandon, 21.99 (+0.8) Men’s 400m Hurdles4. Kameron Jones, 53.75 Photo Gallery The Cardinals will take next week off to prepare for the ACC Championships, held May 9-11 in Charlottesville, Va. Women’s 400m Hurdles8. Kelsey Heyward, 1:02.42 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase1. Albert Kosgei, 8:57.307. Cameron Stephens, 9:17.32 Rashida Harris finished third in the shot put with a throw of 15.70m/51-6.25.  Makenli Forrest finished third in the seeded discus with a mark of 52.38m/171-10.  Women’s 200m9. Sharnae Alston, 24.26 (+2.1)12. Angel Amadi, 24.62 (+2.2)27. Sydney Hill, 25.63 (+1.0) Gabriela Leon finished second in the pole vault, clearing 4.02m/13-2.25.  Senior Morgan Zacharias finished third with a mark of 4.02m/13-2.25. Albert Kosgei won the 3000m steeplechase to give the Cardinals their first win of the day.  Kosgei finished with a time of 8:57.30.  Martice Moore won the 110m hurdles handily with a time of 14.08. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team wrapped up the final day of the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on Saturday with two wins and 11 top-three finishes.  Overall, the Cardinals had four wins on the weekend. center_img Freshman Luke Nichols finished second in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.06m/6-09.  Alivia Ash finished tied for third in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.71m/5-7.25.  Men’s 100m3. Noah McBride, 10.57 (+2.6)5. Donald McClinton, 10.64 (+2.6) Women’s 3000m Steeplechase6. Aurilla Wilson – 10:59.019. Abigail Wright – 11:17.9012. Lauren Radenhausen – 11:34.60 Men’s Discus Throw (Open)6. Cade Richeson, 43.40m/142-05 Men’s 400m4. Martice Moore, 47.445. Anthony Crandon, 47.7233. Aaron Johnson, 52.42 Men’s 110m Hurdles1. Martice Moore, 14.08 (+1.3) Men’s 800m20. Alex Lynch, 1:56.53 Women’s High Jump (Seeded)T3. Alivia Ash, 1.71m/05-07.25 Gianna Gaul tied her personal best with a throw of 48.75m/159-11 to finish second in the women’s open discus.  Teammate Lilli Popovich finished third with a season best time of 47.67/156-05.  Women’s 100m6. Sharnae Alston, 11.77 (+1.4)7. Angel Amadi, 11.84 (+1.4) Men’s Shot Put (Seeded)6. Cade Richeson, 17.14m/56-03 Women’s 1500m31. Brittney Hansen, 4:55.70 Men’s Javelin 20. Clay Moss – 39.20m/128-0728. Aaron Johnson – 33.51m/109-11 Men’s Pole Vault (Unseeded)7. Clay Moss – 3.28m/10-09 Women’s Discus Throw (Seeded)3. Makenli Forrest, 52.38m/171-10 Women’s Pole Vault (Seeded)2. Gabriela Leon, 4.02m/13-02.253. Morgan Zacharias, 4.02m/13-02.254. Aliyah Welter, 3.87m/12-08.25 Women’s Shot Put (Seeded)3. Rashida Harris, 15.70m/51-06.25 Men’s 1500m50. Clay Moss, 4:46.51  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

BT Sports Champions League presenter team BT adde

first_imgBT Sport’s Champions League presenter teamBT added 97,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million. The company said that viewership of its BT Sport offering had increased by 46% thanks in part to coverage of Champions League and Europa League football.BT said that 20 football matches recorded peak concurrent viewing above one million viewers between August and the end of the year, compared with only 12 for the previous season.  The majority of both consumer and commercial BT Sport customers take the full range of the company’s sports channels, according to BT.BT also saw a strong boost to its mobile numbers, with 300,000 new mobile customers added in the quarter. Overall, the telco added 6,000 customers, the first growth in its consumer base in over 10 years, compared with a decline of 60,000 for the same period last year.BT Consumer posted a revenue increase of 11% to £1.2 billion (€1.6 billion) for the quarter, including a 23% increase in broadband and TV revenue. Operating costs increased by 12% thanks to BT’s investment in rights for BT Sport Europe. However consumer division EBITDA grew by 8% to £250 million.“BT Consumer had a standout quarter, increasing its overall line base for the first time in well over a decade and capturing 71% of new broadband customers.  Good customer growth in broadband, TV and mobile helped to grow ARPU by 7%.  Customers like what we’re offering, whether that’s superfast broadband, Champions League football or mobile data bundles.  BT Global Services also did well with good revenue growth in continental Europe and Asia,” said CEO Gavin Patterson.BT took the opportunity to defend the record of Openreach, its infrastructure arm now subject to numerous calls from rivals to be subject to a forced sale. The telco said that the growth of broadband usage during the period of Openreach’s existence had been explosive, and that the group had now deployed fibre to over 24 million premises from a standing start in 2009, including 500,000 homes passed in the third quarter.BT itself added 250,000 fibre customers in the quarter, taking its retail base to 3.7 million, with 46% of the company’s broadband customers now on fibre.“Fibre is underpinning the growth at Openreach with almost half a million premises taking up the service this quarter via dozens of service providers.  The fibre market is highly competitive and growing all the time, which is great news for the UK economy.   Our superfast fibre broadband network is available to well over 24m homes and businesses.  We will help take fibre coverage to 95% of the country by the end of 2017, with plans to go even further.  Our G.fast trials are progressing well.  The UK is poised to take the important journey from superfast to ultrafast broadband and BT is well placed to lead the charge,” said Patterson.The results came as BT completed the acquisition of EE, bringing Deutsche Telekom on board as a shareholder, and announced a new operational structure with EE retaining its brand in a separate division under Marc Allera.last_img read more