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first_img View Comments Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, Kelli O’Hara and more will perform at Madison Square Garden before Pope Francis’ Mass on September 25. The two-hour show, A Journey in Faith, will consist of prayer and devotional music, The New York Times reports.Joining upcoming The Color Purple headliner Hudson, On Your Feet scribe Estefan and The King and I’s Tony winner O’Hara will be Harry Connick Jr., Martin Sheen, James “D-Train” Williams, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, along with the Broadway Inspirational Voices and the St. Charles Borromeo Choir.The Pope will kick off his three-city U.S. tour on September 22 in Washington, before heading to New York on September 24 and then Philadelphia on September 26. Star Filescenter_img Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

first_img1. Strange Plot Twist in Hitchhiker Shooting, Julian, W.Va.At first, West Virginia’s Ray Dolin appeared to be an ironic victim. While doing research for a hitchhiking memoir called Kindness in America, it was reported that the Julian resident stuck his thumb out to catch a ride in Glasgow, Montana. As he approached a pick-up truck, he was shot in the arm. A mother and daughter spotted Dolin flagging down their car and assisted him until help could arrive. Soon after, Lloyd Christopher Danielson was arrested for the shooting. But a few days later, Danielson was cleared of the charges. Then, after investigating the crime scene, police found a gun that was traced back to Dolin, who later admitted to shooting himself in an apparent effort to create publicity for his book.2. George’s Last Ride, Greenville, S.C. One of pro cycling’s greatest wingmen and notable Greenville residents George Hincapie announced his retirement this summer, just before riding in his final Tour de France. Hincapie is credited with helping Lance Armstrong win all seven of his Tour titles. The 19-year veteran was also part of every U.S. Olympic team since 1992 and won three national road race titles in 1998, 2006, and 2009. His 17th Tour appearance this summer broke the record for most starts in the event’s history. Hincapie will ride through the 2012 season.3. Prison Break, Atlanta, Ga. Jail food is notoriously lousy, but some inmates in Atlanta are being offered better grub if they get past new locks being put on cell doors. Fulton County’s chief jailer is testing his new method of security with a challenge for those it is holding—beat the new cell locks and win free food.4. Dog’s Worst Friend, Wilmington, N.C.Police were trying to run down Travis Keith Glaspie for a number of outstanding warrants. When they caught him, Glaspie shocked Wilmington’s finest by biting the ear off a K-9 named Maxx. Glaspie ended up with a dog bite to the thigh and a felony assault on a law enforcement animal charge, while Maxx needed 15 stitches to repair his ear.5. One Lucky Leg, Lexington, KyThanks to his school pride, Fred Robinson recovered the prosthetic leg he lost while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico over Memorial Day weekend. A fisherman found Robinson’s leg, which is emblazoned with the Wildcats logo of his alma matter, the University of Kentucky. The fisherman, Matt Willingham, contacted the leg manufacturer, and thanks to the logo, Robinson was easy to track down. The former Wildcat football player was quite happy to recover the prosthetic, which carries a steep price tag of $30,000.Beyond the Blue RidgeBam Hucks a Hundred FooterHood River, Ore. Jackass star Bam Margera hit the news this summer after hucking off the 100-foot Metlako Falls in a tandem kayak with pro boater Steve Fisher. Sweet video footage of the stunt surfaced online, but when Margera came up for air, he ended up in the hospital for emergency hernia surgery.Biting the Hand that FeedsEverglades City, Fla. Wally Weatherholt, a 63-year-old airboat captain, tried to bait an alligator with marshmallows to give tourists a choice photo op. When he started slapping the water with the sugary treats, a nine-foot gator lunged forward and bit off his left hand. The gator was euthanized and attempted reattachment surgery was unsuccessful. Weatherholt could face fines or jail time for feeding the gator.Bike Thief Bound for HellSan Francisco, Ca. Double-amputee Krzyszof Jarzebski was preparing to hand pedal across the country, but his plans stalled when someone stole his $13,000 custom-made bike. The 53-year-old Polish Paralympic athlete lost his legs after a fight with cancer, but he’s bounced back to hand cycle all across his native Europe. Unfortunately, Jarzebski’s visit to America was marred by a thief willing to make a few bucks by stealing what’s obviously a bike adapted for those with disability.In other news, what should the next Olympic Sport be; trail running or climbing?last_img read more

first_imgCroatian tourist offer is again presented this year at the largest tourist fair for the general public in France “World tour salon“, Which takes place from March 15 to 18 in Paris.The fair is visited by more than 100.000 visitors every year, and the tourist novelties are represented by about 500 tourist destinations in Europe and the world. In addition to the Croatian Tourist Board as the main exhibitor, the tourist boards of the City of Zagreb, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties also present their offer at the fair. The Croatian stand was also visited on the first day of the fair by the Croatian Ambassador to France, HE Filip Vučak with associates.According to Danijela Mihalić Đurica, director of the CNTB Representation in France, arrivals from the French emitting market are constantly increasing “In 2017, there were more than 540.000 arrivals of French tourists in Croatia, which is an increase of 9 percent and a record 2,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 5 percent compared to 2016. Especially cheerful and realized increases in the pre- and post-season periods in regions where the French have not been present in large numbers so far, which has certainly contributed to the numerous promotional activities in the regions from which direct flights to Croatia are being introduced.”, Pointed out Mihalić Đurica.In recent years, the International Tourism Fair in Paris has been associated with the fair “Destination Nature“Which is dedicated to active tourism. Thus, for the price of one ticket, visitors have the opportunity to visit two fairs, which is why the interest in these fairs is constantly increasing, which is evident in the extremely high attendance of the Croatian stand during the first day of the fair.Photo: HTZ”France is a very potent market for Croatia, from which we have been achieving excellent results in tourist traffic in recent years. Together with key partners, we are working hard to increase airlines, which are one of the key prerequisites for further growth and maintaining positive trends. We are extremely pleased with the data of the Association of French Tour Operators (SETO) according to which the demand for package deals for Croatia is constantly increasing, while the sale and reservation of summer package deals for Croatia is increasing by as much as 45%”, Said the director of the CNTB Main Office Kristjan Staničić.According to the CNTB, the Croatian tourist promotion on the French market will continue next week with a performance at the active tourism fair in Lyon, followed by the presentation of Croatian tourist and maritime heritage at the event “Escale à Sète“, Which takes place in the south of France in the city of Sète. Croatia, along with Italy, will be one of the honorary countries of this year’s edition of the event, which annually attracts about 300.000 visitors, who have the opportunity to see more than 130 boats. Thus, as part of the Croatian presentation, the arrival of several Croatian traditional boats was organized, such as Kvarnerski guc, Lošinj regatta pasara, Condura Croatica, Komiška sandula, Neretvanska lađa and trupica.last_img read more

first_imgThe pair noted that the concept paper published by the exchange was not yet a fully-developed proposal, but bemoaned its one-sided approach.“Considerable weight is given to the interests of the exchange in attracting the listing of certain issuers, compared to the interests of long-term investors in supplying capital to issuers,” they said.NBIM acknowledged it could be appropriate to relax some eligibility criteria at least in the early stages of a newly listed company’s life cycle, and supported motivating businesses to go public.“Our main concern is with the suggested introduction of Weighted Voting Rights (WVR) on the new board,” the letter said. “This would allow issuers to provide unequal voting rights to shareholders of different share classes.”NBIM opposed a similar proposal three years ago, recommending that the exchange stick to the long-standing rule of banning differentiated voting rights.“We recognise that the exchange in its current concept paper proposes to limit the introduction of WVR to a new board, but in our view this does not provide sufficient safeguards against the weakening of investor protection,” Johnsen and Gjessing said.In the long term, issuers were likely to be willing to adapt to higher standards of corporate governance if incentivised by the listing framework, they argued. “We believe the Hong Kong market has an opportunity to compete as a stock exchange with high-quality market standards,” they said.The criticism from one of the world’s largest investors comes as China is attempting to open up its stock and bond markets. In June, MSCI added A-shares – equities listed on the Chinese mainland – to its indices, effective next year.Last month China’s central bank opened up its “bond connect” service, allowing investors to trade Chinese fixed income via Hong Kong. The manager of Norway’s NOK7.7trn (€826bn) sovereign wealth fund has warned Hong Kong’s plan for a new market for tech startups and new Chinese companies lacks safeguards against weakening investor protection.In a letter to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) took issue with the idea of having different levels of voting rights for different shares in Chinese firms.In June, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) proposed several changes to its listing framework, including the addition of a third board to attract “new economy” technology firms.In the letter, NBIM’s Petter Johnsen, CIO for equities, and senior analyst Peter Gjessing said: “We would have liked to see a more balanced consideration of the interests of all the stakeholders in the listing environment.”last_img read more

first_imgThe East Central Trojan Football Booster meeting will be Wednesday (1-8) at 6 PM in the East Cafeteria.  They will be accepting nominations and voting on next years board.last_img

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, is pessimistic that the Spanish top flight season will be completed and has called La Liga’s conditions for the campaign recommencing “a non-starter” due to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus.La Liga has been on hold since March 10 due to the pandemic, although president Javier Tebas has said matches could start up again on either May 29, June 7 or June 28, most likely without spectators.Tebas has estimated Spanish clubs would lose around one billion euros ($1.09 billion) if the season is not completed.A draft of the league’s protocol for returning to training and matches, once given the green light by health authorities, recommends that clubs hold training camps at their training grounds or hotels for a two-week period before matches can start again.Added the protocol: “Only first team players, coaching staff and a small number of other staff would be allowed to access the facility, with everyone at the training camp being subjected to two COVID-19 tests before accessing the site.“Testing would continue to take place during the camps.”But Setien, whose Barca side held a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the standings when the campaign was indefinitely postponed, does not think it is so simple.Setien told Catalan radio station RAC1 on Thursday: “Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems.“I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written, I think it’s unworkable, I think it’s very difficult logistically.”Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets also expressed doubts about the feasibility of clubs holding training camps.Busquets told Spanish radio stations Onda Cero and Cadena Cope: “We can start training again little by little but it will be difficult once everyone comes together and the competition starts again and teams start travelling.“I have heard that La Liga wants teams to concentrate for a few months, I think that’s too much and it cannot be done. There will be too many problems.”La Liga declined to comment on Setien and Busquets’ comments although a source close to the matter said stakeholders were continuing to discuss a plan to return to matches along with the association of European leagues.“The objective of La Liga is to create a protocol of the highest possible standard that can allow return to training and get us in a good, healthy, way to the light at the end of this dark tunnel,” added the source.More than 19,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Spain although this week the government loosened the terms of a strict lockdown to allow some businesses back to work.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaLa LigaQuique Setienlast_img read more

first_imgFIFA President, Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Ahmad, top football stars, and captains of industry are expected at the inaugural edition of the Aiteo/NFF Awards taking place this evening at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. Infantino and Ahmad are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria this afternoon and would be live at the event venue alongside presidents of about 20-member associations of FIFA. NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi confirmed yesterday that broadcast partners SuperSport and Africa Independent Television (AIT) will relay the programme live as from 7pm. “SuperSport and AIT will broadcast the Awards ceremony live, starting from 7pm, and it will last for exactly 90 minutes – the period of a football match.” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is expected alongside a number of his cabinet members, with Aiteo Vice President/CEO, Benedict Peters and top shots of the sponsor company also set to add glamour to the big event. Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who is outside the country on official duty is to be represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola at the ceremony. It is the first time that the nation’s football-governing body is organising an awards ceremony to reward and inspire the major actors and actresses in the Nigerian Football space. Gongs will be presented to winners in Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fair-play Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award and Platinum Award categories. Also, there will be special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players. The Awards ceremony will also be attended by a large selection of Nigeria football legends, including former captains Christian Chukwu, Olusegun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said yesterday Aiteo has set a high mark for corporate bodies in Nigeria to follow. “The NFF and the Nigerian Football family are very proud of AITEO and very delighted at what the company is bringing into our football in particular, and African Football in general.” Venue of the programme is the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels & Suites, with cocktails slated for between 6pm  and 6.45pm. NOMINEES * PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)Victor MosesWilfred NdidiAnthony Okpotu * PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)Asisat OshoalaCharity ReubenFrancisca Ordega * COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)Kennedy BoboyeAbdu MaikabaFidelis Ilechukwu * COACH OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)Whyte OgbonnaEdwin OkonAnn Chiejine * YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)Stephen OdeyNura MohammedIkouwem Udoh * YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)Rasheedat AjibadeAnam ImoGift Monday * TEAM OF THE SEASONPlateau UnitedAkwa UnitedMFM FCRivers AngelsNasarawa AmazonsIbom Angels *GOAL OF THE SEASONSikiru Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)Oche Salifu (Remo Stars v El Kanemi) Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHubbard Lake, Mich. — An 18-year-old man was caught on video performing sex acts on a bull terrier/lab mix.Troopers were called to investigate a report that a man had been caught on video engaging in sex acts with the animal. The complainant reported that she was reviewing her home security video system when she saw the man, an associate of the family, performing the acts. Troopers spoke with witnesses and reviewed video.They arrested 18-year-old Damian Barton of Alpena with one count of crime against nature or sodomy. He was arraigned on Monday in the 88th District Court.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena County Jail, bull terrier/lab mix, Crime, hubbard lake, Security Video, sex acts with animalContinue ReadingPrevious Candlelight vigil for sexual assault survivors on WednesdayNext Alpena native performing two nights of music this weekendlast_img read more

first_imgBH basketball player Jusuf Nurkic recently signed the new four-year long contract with the NBA team Portland Trail Blazers, and he will earn around 40 million EUR or almost 10 million a year in four years, which makes him the best paid athlete in BiH.After signing the new contract, Nurkic surpassed Mirza Teletovic, who earned 9 million EUR a year as a member of Milwaukee Bucks. It is an interesting fact that BH center player expected even bigger financial offer, but none of the clubs, not even Portland, wanted to offer 15 or more million of USD per season.According to analysts, Nurkic made a mistake by not accepting Portland’s qualifying offer of 4.75 million USD, after which he could receive 15 to 20 million USD per season for the following year.The second best paid player is Miralem Pjanic who, according to his new contract with Juventus, will earn 6.5 million EUR, while Edin Dzeko earns 4.5 million EUR per year in Roma.Dzanan Musa, who was elected in the NBA draft as the 29th pick, should earn 8 million EUR in Brooklyn Nets in four years, which is 2 million EUR per year.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The sporting public has heard a lot of Rossland’s George Grey and his success on the cross-country scene. Now that Grey has retired, the fans may start to hear a little more about Nelson’s Shawn DeGroot. DeGroot, 16, won the silver medal in the Junior Boy’s 1994 at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals held last month in Canmore, Alta. “It wasn’t really a surprise . . . okay maybe a bit, in the distance races,” DeGroot, who placed 10th overall in the Junior Boy’s Division, told The Nelson Daily. “I got about the same results last year, but I improved on my sprinting (in Canmore).” The 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals attracts all of the top athletes in Canada. DeGroot, who skis under the Rossland Black Jack banner, competed in all of the major races — skate, classic, sprint and mass start. He accumulated 217 points in the four races. “The competition was fun, (but) it was surprisingly warm out (for Canmore),” explained DeGroot, who raced three of the four days in a T-shirt. “That means using klister for classic races for grip, it’s really sticky wax (kind of like tree sap or honey) that makes a mess and is a real pain to clean up.” Although he skis for Black Jack to receive expert advice from former National Ski Team coach Dave Wood, DeGroot spends most of his time training on his old stomping grounds at the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. “I go (Black Jack) occasionally to train and get technique, but still do the majority of my training in Nelson,” said DeGroot, adding his dedication, commitment, perseverance, and lots of time on the trails as the reason for his success. The season has gone extremely well for the 5’9”, 140-pound dynamo. DeGroot finished first overall 1994 for the BC cup series, seventh and first in 1994 in junior boys at the NorAms (North Americans) in Kelowna and fourth in the Rossland Blackjack Loppet. DeGroot, in Grade 11 at L.V. Rogers, still has another year in the junior circuit. So next year is a big one for him. “I’d like to make the B.C. ski team, get good results at cross country running provincials and continue skiing and training hard and to have fun,” DeGroot, who finished 24th overall at the 2010 B.C. High School Cross Country running championships in the fall. “I’d also like to qualify for FIS junior Nordic World Ski Championships in Ezerum, Turkey, although that would be quite tough.” Those goals might be lofty for some. But if you’ve ever seen Shawn DeGroot train, his determination and perseverance, that a bet you don’t want to [email protected]last_img read more