Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

first_imgView comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday into the US Open.The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a wildcard spot into the French Open and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.ADVERTISEMENT PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takraw Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” ninth-ranked Venus Williams said.World number six dismissed any notion it would be wrong to give Sharapova a wildcard, saying, “Either way it’s not a controversy. I don’t have a problem with that.”Sharapova has withdrawn from US Open warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati the past two weeks after suffering a left forearm injury at Stanford.In her first US match since March 2015, Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 at Stanford.But in the triumph, Sharapova suffered the forearm injury that has sidelined her since, even after arriving in Cincinnati hopeful of playing as a wildcard in the final major tuneup before the US Open.“Following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended by the International Tennis Federation, a ban that ended in April.Since then, Sharapova has needed wildcards to get into tournaments, drawing criticism from some fellow professionals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process,” the USTA said in a statement.“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw. Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wildcards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Clijsters and Juan Martin del Potro.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2014, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.Sharapova will also speak to youth about the benefits of the anti-doping program and the need for players to be vigilant about the banned substance list, something she admitted not doing when she did not catch meldonium being added to the ban list in 2016.“Additionally, Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA national campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program’s requirements,” the USTA said.Sharapova has shaken off criticism from rival players about wildcards and the French Open snub, tweeting after being denied a spot at Roland Garros, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”Players in Cincinnati for this week’s WTA event welcomed Sharapova back into Grand Slam tennis.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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‘Yo-Yo’ test should not be sole criteria for team selection: Kaif

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Bhubaneswar, Nov 3 (PTI) Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif Saturday said that the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test cannot be the “sole criteria” for picking players, calling for a more balanced approach in team selection. The Indian team has set 16.1 as the Yo-Yo test benchmark for the past couple of years and any player failing to clear the test is not selected. “Fitness is important as we have that the fielding standard of the Indian team has improved a lot. But there should be a balanced approach,” Kaif said at the Ekamra Sports Literature Festival here during a panel discussion on the topic ‘The Secularist and Cricketer’. “If a player is scoring runs and taking wickets, dropping him solely on the basis that he could not pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ is not good,” said Kaif, who was one of the fittest players of his time. The most recent example was Ambati Rayudu, whose national comeback after nearly two years was stalled when he failed to clear the Yo-Yo test despite scoring 600 plus runs in the IPL. Subsequently, Rayudu cleared the fitness test and was picked for the Asia Cup. “When I was in the team, there was test (beep test) to know the fitness of the players but never was a player dropped from the team. He would be told that his fitness level was not good and will have make improvements in the next few months.” Kaif also found it strange that Rishabh Pant is being tried as an outfielder in 50-over cricket.advertisement “Rishabh is basically a wicketkeeper but he has been made to field everywhere. I believe he will not be comfortable with that,” said the 37-year-old Kaif, one of the best fielders of his time. “With captain Virat Kohli setting an example in fitness standards, the team is doing very well and that is reflecting on the results.” Kaif, who fought 2014 general elections, does not rule out joining politics one again. “I fought the election on a Congress ticket and lost. As of now, I am not thinking of joining politics and fight elections once again. But you will never say never,” he said. “I found out that politics divides people. I wanted to serve the people and do something for the society, that is why I fought elections. “Now I am associated with the game and sharing my knowledge with youngsters in my academy. I want as many players from Uttar Pradesh to the Indian team,” said Kaif who played 13 Test and 125 ODIs between 2000 and 2006. He said sports transcends all boundaries like religion and caste. “There are these dividing factors in society and we know that. But sports is above all these. You perform, score runs and take wickets. You will get selection irrespective of the religion, or caste or region you belong to. In my whole career, I have never felt discriminated on that basis of anything. It was all about performance,” he said. PTI PDS KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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a month agoLawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environment

first_imgLawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environmentby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer admits Spain’s tax laws contributed to his decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Ronaldo left Real over a year ago for the Turin giants.And legal rep José Antonio Choclan told AS: “In the thinking of a player when making his decision, he does not think only of the sporting aspect, the element of taxation also counts. “The Italian tax system is very attractive. I guess that’s not the only reason a player decides to go. In Spain, it is difficult to assume such a flexible system, but they are trying to change it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Womens volleyball Leon breaks record in No 19 OSUs revenge against No

The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternFrom the first serve of the match on Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was in control. The Buckeyes handed the Michigan State Spartans a loss after a show-stopping performance at St. John Arena. No. 19 OSU outplayed the No. 11 Spartans in every category. The team’s dominance led to the Buckeyes dealing Michigan State a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-19). Just two weeks ago, it was the Buckeyes who were scratching their heads after the Spartans swept them in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State was on a two-match winning streak prior to Saturday, which included a impressive upset over No. 3 Minnesota. The win boosts OSU to 14-8 on the season. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team was playing with the fire to show everyone what Ohio State volleyball stands for. “They beat us pretty handily at their place, so (I told them) this is really about ‘defending the jersey,” he said. OSU was able to rally back from a handful of small deficits in the first set and went on a five-point run to take the late advantage, 22-19. A monstrous kill from senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on set point sent the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead. A Michigan State 3-0 lead to start out the second set would be squandered quickly by an OSU 4-0 run. The Buckeyes would fall behind again, but were brought back to life by aggressive attacking from junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and company. OSU delivered nine unanswered points to close out the second set, 25-19. With two sets to their advantage, the Buckeyes maintained steady control in the third, holding onto the lead the entire set. A solo block on match point by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes put the lid on the team’s stunning performance.Schirmer led the Buckeyes with 13 kills, followed by Sandbothe with 12. Both junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz and Hughes had attacking percentages over .500. Hughes also chipped in 37 assists. With such a stark contrast in results from the first matchup two weeks ago, Carlston said one of the major differences in his team Saturday was determination to avenge its last loss to the Spartans. “It’s kind of nice to play only a couple weeks later so you can really lock in on, ‘Hey, this was only two weeks ago, you kind of got it (a loss) handed to you,’” he said. “’What are you going to do about it?’”Senior libero Valeria León added that OSU had a steady handle on every aspect of play, which allowed the team to keep its composure. “We had more control of the tempo of the game,” she said. “We wanted to out-dig them and out-block them … trusting in the game plan and trusting in each other, I think that’s what helped us get that ‘W’.”Not only was León a major contributor to the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans (14 digs), she also solidified her own place in OSU history.  In front of nearly 2,600 fans on her home court, León reached the top spot for most career digs in the program. León said she couldn’t have imagined being in this position four years ago, but felt very honored to make her mark. “When you first sign and you come here, you don’t think about breaking records,” she said. “but it’s really cool to leave my name and leave my legacy.” León has been flirting with the record for a few weeks now. After OSU’s game at Penn State on Wednesday, she stood within one dig of the title. León said people have been joking with her saying she purposely played it out so she could reach the achievement at St. John Arena. “People would think that I planned on doing that, but I didn’t,” she laughed. “It was definitely special breaking that record at St. John, because I’ve been playing in front of those fans since freshman year.”Carlston said León’s four-year journey has been incredible for him to watch and to take part in as her coach.“It’s why you coach in a lot of ways,” he said. “To see her grow from her freshman year to this year and to get that record, that’s a big deal.” With a little less than half of the season left, León has the potential to blow the top off of the career digs record and create a new goal for future players to strive for. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Maryland Terrapins at 6 p.m. in College Park, Maryland. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer bound for NCAA tourney

When the 64-team field for the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer tournament was announced Monday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team was included, giving the Buckeyes a chance to follow up last season’s run to the national semifinals. The unseeded Buckeyes (10-8-2, 5-5-1) will take on regional No. 4 seed Tennessee at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in a first-round matchup hosted by the Volunteers (15-6-0). OSU’s postseason hopes seemed to be in some doubt after the team suffered a first-round loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Coming in as the No. 7 seed, the Buckeyes lost, 4-2, on penalty kicks after regulation and two overtime periods resulted in a tie, 1-1. The second-seeded Fighting Illini eventually went on to win the tournament. The Buckeyes concluded the regular season 10-8-1, with a 5-5-1 mark within the conference. A couple of program milestones highlighted the season. The team recorded the 200th victory in program history on Sept. 23 with a 2-1 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. That mark was eclipsed on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” coach Lori Walker, who was at the helm of 164 of the 200 wins to that point, said at the time. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” The 2011 senior class won its 49th game with a 3-0 triumph against Indiana on Senior Day at Jesse Owens. The victory moved that class into a tie with the 2006 class for the second-most wins for a four-year group in program history. “From top to bottom I think they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” Walker said. “Anytime you can have nine seniors go from the beginning to the end together, it’s a testament to their strength.” Senior forward Caitlyn Martin, who tallied a goal in the victory, spoke about the close-knit relationships within the team. “We have a great senior group and we’re really close, so it was really special to go out on our last day in the Jesse and get a win and play for each other,” Martin said. “It was a great team effort.” The low point of the season was a stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 23, in which the team lost five of seven games, prompting Walker to say the offense was “in the crapper” following an Oct. 16 loss to Nebraska. It was during this slide that the Buckeyes let their postseason hopes almost slip away. In the end, the Buckeyes made the national tournament for the third straight season while several OSU players garnered postseason honors. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere followed up last week’s first-team All-Big Ten honors by being named to the conference’s all-tournament team last Sunday, while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu was named to the second-team All-Big Ten. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was OSU’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree and also joined senior goalie Katie Baumgardner on the all-district academic third team, announced Monday. The winner between OSU and Tennessee will go on to the second round to play the winner between Illinois State and Milwaukee. read more

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Mark Hughes is trying to find Southamptons best XI

first_imgThe Saints lost against Everton last weekend and now they will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s StadiumAfter a not-so-good season start in the Premier League, Southampton FC is looking to get its first win on Saturday.The Saints will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s Stadium.Southampton is looking for a victory after tying 0-0 with Burnley on Week 1 and losing 2-1 to Everton on Week 2.And to Mark Hughes, The Saints boss, this means he has to find this best starting eleven.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I’ve got an idea of that,” he said to the club’s official website.“At this stage of the season there are still a few vagaries in terms of guys who have come back late from World Cup who’ve had disrupted pre-season, so there’s still a leveling off in terms of what people are producing and capable of.”“I think that will resolve itself in the next couple of weeks,” he added.“Leicester are probably the club that gains more points on the road than most. They’re a very accomplished counter-attacking team and it’s very difficult to go up against them.”last_img read more

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Major parties rally tonight in Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #pdmrally, #pnprally, #tcigeneralelections2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Grand Turk is a hot spot tonight as both major political parties are holding major political rallies.  Some have dubbed the duke out as a clash of the titans between the Governing PNP and the Opposition PDM as there are two House of Assembly seats up for grabs.The PNP will be in Grand Turk North says National Chairman, Royal Robinson, which is also where they have incumbent, Minister George Lightbourne.   The PDM will set up at the headquarters in GT, and in the Capital – the PDM also holds one seat for Grand Turk South & Salt Cay with its incumbent, Edwin Astwood. We expect to hear from both camps as the evening progresses.#magneticmedianews #pnprally #pdmrally #tcigeneralelections2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 52 Nominate for TCI General Election, information slow in cominglast_img read more

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No Injuries Reported In Two Vehicle Collision In Nikiski

first_imgThe accident halted traffic briefly while emergency responders cleared the scene. James Mika, 34 of Nikiski, was operating a 1998 GMC Yukon northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway and was in the process of turning right onto Sandy Lane when he was struck on the passenger side by a 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 operated by Sean Lucas, 42 of Kenai. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision at mile 16 Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski, on January 7, at 12:50 p.m. According to the trooper online dispatch, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and no injuries were reported. Lucas who was also traveling northbound and had not realized the Yukon was slowed or turning.last_img read more

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PLOT TWIST Massachusetts Attorney General DELAYS Ruling On Town Meeting Article Relative

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In a recent letter to Town Clerk Sharon George, Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley announced that the Attorney General’s Office is not prepared to issue a ruling yet on Article 2 from the Special Town Meeting on December 16.Article 2 changed the town’s zoning bylaws to place any future hospitals, nursing homes, and detox centers exclusively in industrial zones with a special permit.“The Attorney General’s Office is essentially delaying their ruling on Article 2, the article to make modifications to the zoning bylaws to address detox centers,” Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen at this week’s board meeting. “They’ve established a new deadline of June 19, 2018. They’re looking to take additional time to review the merits as to whether the article complies with state law and the state constitution.”Hull noted that the other articles (Article 3-5) from the Special Town Meeting were approved by the Attorney General’s Office.  Article 1 was never taken up at the meeting.Selectman Mike McCoy, who was the lead petitioner of Article 2, had a lot to say about the Attorney General’s delay.“I believe if the Attorney General thought the article was discriminatory, the AG’s Office would have disapproved it immediately, but she has not,” said McCoy. “I believe this has become a political football.  That is why, I believe, the Attorney General’s Office is delaying their decision.”“The Attorney General’s Office has heard from the opposing side. Local lawyers and residents have submitted briefs against Article 2,” said McCoy. “The AG has to really realize that — the bottom line is – 1,571 people in this community signed 3 petitions and 85% of the vote at the Special Town Meeting supported Article 2, plus a majority vote from the Board of Selectmen at that time… Now she needs to hear from the winning side.”McCoy made a motion to “have Town Counsel engage with the Attorney General’s Office in order to have Article 2 approved,” noting “Town Counsel needs to defend the vote of Town Meeting.”“We need to put the Attorney General’s Office on notice that if she disapproves it, the town has a right to sue the Attorney General’s Office and bring it to court…. We have that constitutional right,” added McCoy.“I may disagree with a vote of the Town Meeting, but I’ve always accepted it. It is our duty and obligation to fight for a Town Meeting votes passage,” ccontinued McCoy. “Town Counsel Foskett believed Article 1 would not stand up… but felt Article 2 would probably hold water with the AG’s Office.”McCoy’s motion failed for a lack of a second.“I appreciate your passion, but am not prepared to endorse your motion at this time,” responded Selectman Mike Champoux. “When the Attorney General does come back with her findings, it may be a moot point… And if she doesn’t rule [in favor of Article 2], I might give some consideration to your request, but – at this point – I don’t think it’s necessary. We ought to let her do her job.”Selectman Kevin Caira questioned why the town should get involved since it was a citizen-backed petition, not a Selectmen-backed petition.“Why can’t the petitioners (“Mike McCoy and others”) and get the attorneys together to fight, why should the town have to do that?,” asked Caira.“When I walk out the door tonight, the AG’s Office is going to find out what that exact vote was,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I’m also going to solicit our legislative delegation – our state senator and our two state reps – to do their jobs and engage with the Attorney General. This has become a political football.  I know local attorneys have submit briefs in opposition in Article 2. Residents have contacted her. Now she needs to hear from the winning side, plain and simple.”Two residents spoke on the matter.“Article 2 has become a political football, largely due to Mr. McCoy’s efforts,” said Mary Giroux. “I don’t believe in name-calling, or bringing up issues that don’t pertain to this particular one. I do believe, from the very beginning, the intent, itself, was discriminatory all along. It does require further review. I’m glad the Attorney General is looking at it. The intent could open up the town to liability later. This really does need to be looked at patiently and thoroughly, not just for the good of the people with substance abuse disorder, but also for everyone in this town.”“We change people’s mind one problem at a time, not with conflict and name-calling.  I hope everyone keeps a cool head on this,” continued Giroux. “I hope we continue to help everyone in our community — not just a group of neighbors — but also those people suffering from substance abuse disorder, as they need our help most of all.”“[Article 2] is incredibly discriminatory, that’s all it is. It’s mind-blowing… Those suffering from substance abuse disorder are a protected class of citizens,” said Michael Gray, who noted he’s talked to the Attorney General’s Office on this matter several times. “I’ve never been more mad or disgusted of the town I’ve lived in for 42 years.”In response to Gray’s plea that the Selectmen stand up against discrimination, Selectman Mike Champoux took umbrage.“It’s our job to see that the government process goes effectively, fairly and equitably,” responded Champoux. “We had a Special Town Meeting where the entire voting population was invited to come and participate in. The fact that the vote didn’t come out the way you liked it, I’m sorry…. Let’s see if [the article] is determined to be constitutional. You may not like that answer too.  It’s called democracy. Sometimes democracy kinda blows, but that’s the way it goes. I prefer it to any of the other systems.”McCoy Drops Another GrenadeTowards the end of the meeting, under “New Business,” Selectman Mike McCoy surprised his colleagues with a possible revelation surrounding the detox facility proposal.McCoy claimed, based on conversations he had with land owners on Lowell Street, that – to lock in the zoning on a property for 8 years prior to a zoning change at Town Meeting –  a plan needs to be submitted to the Planning Department, and stamped by the Town Clerk’s Office, prior to the first posted advertisement date of the joint Planning Board/Finance Committee Public Hearing in the Town Crier. He had previously been under the impression that the deadline was prior to the actual hearing.Paul Kneeland, the lead backer of the proposed Detox Facility Proposal at 362 Middlesex Avenue, submitted his subdivision preliminary plan on November 27. While the hearing wasn’t until November 30, the first Town Crier advertisement date for hearing was November 15.  According to McCoy, Kneeland should have had his plan submitted no later than November 14 at 4:30pm.“The stamp here on the application says November 27,” said McCoy. “This application is null and void. This man can’t go forward to the Planning Board and Finance Committee.”McCoy felt confident his position, but did note he could be wrong. He asked Town Manager Jeff Hull to confer with Town Counsel on this matter.Wilmington Apple followed up with the Town Manager on Tuesday morning via email, asking to be provided with Town Counsel’s opinion. On Wednesday night, Town Manager Hull responded.“I appreciate your interest in receiving the Town Counsel’s legal opinion.  At this point, based upon the advice of Town Counsel, I am not at liberty to provide specific details about the legal opinion,” wrote Hull. “In general, I can tell you that the Board has been advised that the filing of the preliminary subdivision plan with the Planning Board on November 27, 2017 preserves the rights of the proponent to develop the property at 362 Middlesex Avenue based upon the General Business zoning in effect prior to the December 16, 2017 special town meeting vote as long as the preliminary subdivision plan is followed by a definitive subdivision plan within seven months.”It would appear that Town Counsel is disagreeing with McCoy’s assertion that Kneeland needed to submit his preliminary subdivision plan by November 14.Open Meeting Law Violation ConcernsTown Manager Jeff Hull told the Selectmen that more care needed to be given when bringing items up under “New Business.”“The Open Meeting Law is established so that the public can be informed, in advance, of what matters are to be considered before the board and any actions to be taken,” cautioned Hull. “When the board is looking to take up, or instruct me to take up, actions under ‘New Business,’ I’m concerned someone could make a case they weren’t forewarned that the matter was being brought up. ‘New Business’ is not for the purpose of taking up unadvertised items on the agenda.”Hull pointed out that, as an example, two meetings ago, under ‘New Business,’ a motion was made relative to authorizing discussions relative to the acquisition of Sciarappa Farm.“Every once in a while, we get these hand grenades from [Selectman McCoy],” observed Selectman Kevin Caira. “This concern [over the Kneeland application] could have been place on the agenda and the Town Manager could have already found out the answer. Now it drags on… All these hand grenades! You should have brought this forward [prior to the meeting] and communicated with your colleagues.”Selectman Chair Mike Champoux said the agenda is put together on Thursday at 4pm. McCoy said he made this discovery on Wednesday around 2:30pm.“Then it should have been on the agenda. The Town Manager could have done his homework ahead of time,” responded Champoux. “This is not the intent or spirit behind ‘New Business.’”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… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: Selectmen Call For Special Town Meeting On December 16; Detox Issue Will Come To A HeadIn “Government”GAME CHANGER: Special Town Meeting Votes Won’t Affect Current Detox Proposal As Emotions Boil OverIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: McCoy Calls For Special Town Meeting In Response To Detox Center Zoning ConcernsIn “Government”last_img read more

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Sing With Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus Open House On May 3

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMerrimack Valley A Cappella To Run FREE Workshops For Middle School & High School Female Singers In WilmingtonIn “Community”Wilmington’s Merrimack Valley Chorus Seeking New MembersIn “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus Is Looking For New MembersIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Join the Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus for the first three Thursdays in May for an Open House! That’s May 3, May 10 and May 17th. Singers of all levels are welcome! Don’t know how to read music, but love to sing in the car? The chorus has plenty of members just like you! Know what a Coda is and suffer from perfect-pitch-itis? Again, the chorus have members just like that, too! Chorus members just love to sing, move their bodies, have fun and show off.Join the fun! Contact bevjane62@gmail.com or just show up at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Route 62) at 7:30pm. Bring a friend!(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Merrimack Valley Chorus.)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.last_img read more

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Twitter adds way to appeal violations within its app

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 0 We move quickly to enforce our rules, but sometimes we don’t have the full context and can make mistakes.To fix that, we added a way for people to appeal our decision in the app and have been able to get back to people 60% faster than before. pic.twitter.com/0BWBnff9lt— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 2, 2019 Twitter logo is seen on an android mobile phone.  SOPA Images via Getty Images Getting mistakenly locked out of your Twitter account can be a pain, but now there’s a way that could get you a faster response from the company.On Tuesday, Twitter said it added a way for users to appeal a company decision from within the app. Previously, users had to submit an appeal through an online form by visiting Twitter’s Help Center. Twitter said it’s been able to respond to user appeals 60 percent faster than before thanks to the new tool.Twitter users can get locked out of their account for various reasons. The company has rules against harassment, impersonation, child sexual exploitation and other offensive content. Twittercenter_img Tags But the company has also made mistakes. Over the weekend, Twitter suspended and then restored an anti-abortion film’s Twitter account, according to Variety. The account for the movie Unplanned was reportedly suspended because it was linked to another account that ran afoul of Twitter’s rules.In a tweet announcing the new feature, Twitter provided an example of a user getting locked out of their account for tweeting “Boom headshot! You don’t have a chance! I’m going to kill you this time with a knife.” The user then sends an appeal to Twitter, noting that the tweet was a joke between friends about a video game and not a real physical threat.  Mobile Digital Media 5:14 Post a commentlast_img read more

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Centre mulls merger of PNB Union Bank and Bank of India

first_imgFile photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe central government is planning to invite selected lenders for another round of merger in public sector banks (PSBs). The lenders that may be called for proposed round 2 of PSB merger include Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India and Bank of India (BoI). If the finance ministry goes ahead with the plans, this would be the second merger this year after the centre merged Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. Starting this financial year, both Vijaya and Dena were amalgamated with the Bank of Baroda.The Economic Times reported that the activity would take place in the second or third quarter of the current financial year. “We wouldn’t like to wait for too long,” said a finance ministry official. He further added that the government will amalgamate these banks through an alternate mechanism if the banks are not able to give options.”If the banks are not able to give options then the alternate mechanism (AM) group can make suggestions,” he added. Notably, the three banks that merged earlier — Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank — had done so through the alternate mechanism (AM). “It need not be a tripartite merger again. We will be looking at various combinations. It has to be organic, besides we will like some of these large banks to further consolidate their balance sheets in the first two quarters,” he went on to add.  The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, .Reuters fileHowever, there were also some counter-voices in the finance ministry against the proposed merger. It was argued that the timing is not perfect for the publicly owned banks. One of the other officials said: “Bank of India has just come out of the Reserve Bank of India’s PCA (prompt corrective action) framework. Union Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are also in the early recovery stage.” It is to be noted that in February, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slapped PCA framework on Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra for not complying with the banking norms. PCA framework meant the imposed lending restrictions on financially weak banks.Fear of job lossesThe General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) had earlier highlighted the fear of job loss due to the consolidation of banks merged on April 1. “Firstly, there is no evidence that the merger of banks would strengthen the banks or make it more efficient,” he said. “Post amalgamation of the State Bank of India (SBI), no miracle has happened and it has resulted in the closure of branches, increase in bad loans, a reduction of staff and a reduction in business. For the first time in 200 years, SBI has gone into the loss,” he added.last_img read more

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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa meets BJP MLAs at Bengaluru hotel issues whip for

first_imgBS Yediyurappa sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka on 26 July 2019TwitterKarnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday issued a whip to all its 105 legislators to attend the Assembly on Monday from 11 am when the trust vote will be moved by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for proving majority, a party official said.”The whip was issued at our legislature party meeting in the presence of Yediyurappa and all the MLAs at a hotel in the city. All the legislators have been told to be present in the Assembly by 11 am,” said BJP spokesman G Madhusudan.About 100 of the saffron party’s 105 legislators have been staying at a private resort in the city’s northern outskirts since July 12 when the 10-day monsoon session of the Assembly commenced and the month-long political crisis led to the fall of the 14-month-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government on July 23 after its Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote.”Though the Governor (Vajubhai Vala) directed the new Chief Minister to prove majority by July 31, Yediyurappa had announced on Friday that he would face the floor test on July 29, as the Finance Bill had to be moved later in the day and passed by July 31.”With the Assembly strength reduced to 208 from 225, including a nominated member after Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified 17 Congress-Janata Dal-Secular rebel legislators, 105 is the new halfway mark for a simple majority, which the BJP has.”With the support of Independent H Nagesh, our party’s strength is 106, one more than the halfway mark to win the trust vote,” Madhusudan said.If Congress legislator B Nagendra, who is in a private hospital here for treatment, and Bahujan Samaj Party member N Mahesh abstain from the Assembly as they did on July 23, the effective strength for the floor test will be 206, with 104 as the magic figure for proving majority.Post-disqualification, the strength of the Congress has reduced to 64 from 78, excluding the Speaker and that of JD(S) to 34 from 37.On July 23, with 20 legislators – 15 rebels, two sick Congress MLAs, two Independents and the BSP member – absent, the Assembly strength was 205, with 103 the mark for a majority.The JD(S)-Congress coalition lost the motion as their combined strength was 99 against 105 of the BJP.last_img read more

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EN ESPAÑOL Cuáles son las consecuencias de la salida del acuerdo climático

first_img Share El presidente Donald Trump anunció el jueves que Estados Unidos abandona el acuerdo climático de París, del que son parte todas las naciones desarrolladas y casi todas las naciones en desarrollo, y que fue firmado en 2015 para controlar y disminuir la emisión de gases de infecto invernadero que contribuyen al cambio climático. Algunas de las reacciones nacionales han sido inmediatas, por ejemplo la de un grupo de más de 60 ciudades del país que  formado por los llamados  alcaldes climáticos para seguir adheridos al acuerdo y a sus requerimientos. Houston es una de esas ciudades.A nivel internacional, los jefes de Estado de los principales países occidentales han expresado su desacuerdo con la decisión de Trump y han asegurado que ellos continuarán la tarea propuesta en el acuerdo para evitar el deterioro del planeta.Pero, ¿por qué es esta decisión del gobierno tan importante para nosotros?Como cada viernes, nuestro experto en política, en profesor de la Universidad de Houston Jerónimo Cortina, te lo explica En Pocas Palabras.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/02114026/6-1-17-EnPocasPalabras1.mp400:0000:0001:39Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Tips to prevent text neck

first_imgPain in the neck from too much mobile usage? Keep changing hands and hold cellphone at the eye level to avoid it, say experts. Here are few more tips to consider: Maintain correct posture: It is very essential to maintain good body posture while sitting or standing. It is important to stand up straight and keep the neck in line with the trunk. Hold cellphone at the eye level: Hold the cellphone at eye level and avoid bending the neck forward for a prolonged period. Hold it such that it reduces stress both on the head/neck and the arms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTake a break: Avoid continuously using smart phones for more than a few minutes. While working on laptops or desktops, take a break for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of continuous working. Work ergonomics: Understand the ergonomics of your work place and if necessary, change it to keep a comfortable posture while working. It also increases your ability and work output. Avoid prolonged static postures: In between working on the desktop/laptop, move your neck regularly with movements like rotations, arching neck backwards and side bends to relieve the muscles of the strain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChange the hand: Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand continuously for a long duration. Neck exercises: Neck and shoulder exercises help to improve muscle stamina, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscle. Trapezius and levator stretches may help. Ice/heat packs: Ice/hot packs can be applied to the painful area of the neck or upper back. Some physicians suggest alternate ice and hot packs as well. Massage: Massage by trained professionals or even just a gentle rubbing can give relief from the stiffness and pain. Use technology: Use apps and devices which track and calculate the time spent in a static position or with stooped posture and give an analysis of the same. If the pain continues, it is important to consult a spine specialist and not try any self-medication. Specialists can prescribe pain medication and inject medicine into the facet joint or trigger point for relief from painful text neck.last_img read more

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Broadcast management software provider SintecMedia

first_imgBroadcast management software provider SintecMedia has acquired cable industry business solutions specialist Argo Systems.The deal brings together Israel-based SintecMedia’s OnAir  broadcast management solution for media companies and its line of related products with Argo Systems’  management solutions  designed for pay TV channels and multichannel video distributors. This is SintecMedia’s second acquisition in the North American market, complementing its recent purchase of StorerTV.“SintecMedia’s acquisition of Argo Systems will further augment our local activities in the North American cable television and MSO markets,” said SintecMedia CEO Amotz Yarden. “Its team and suite of products have gained the respect of every television executive in the industry. Argo Systems will increase SintecMedia’s footprint and capabilities, boost our US presence in terms of local support including software engineers, technicians as well as other professionals and delivery resources that will enable us to supply a greater array of broadcast and digital media solutions.”last_img read more

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Showtime the new standalone streaming service fro

first_imgShowtime, the new standalone streaming service from the US broadcaster, has now gone live in the US.The service, which is priced at US$10.99 per-month, gives users on-demand access to Showtime original series, movies and live broadcasts of the east and west coast feeds of the Showtime TV network.Showtime is available via Apple TV, iOS devices, Roku streaming players, the PlayStation Vue cloud TV service and Hulu Plus.Hulu is offering the service for US$8.99 per month in addition to a US$7.99 per month Hulu subscription and said that the Showtime offering “complements Hulu’s rapidly expanding library of exclusive content.”Commenting on the Showtime launch last month, Leslie Moonves, the CEO of the firm’s parent company CBS Corporation, said: “Going over-the-top means Showtime will be much more accessible to tens of millions of potential new subscribers.”last_img read more

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