How inconvenient

first_imgRe “Some Gore points under microscope” (March 13): The hubris of Al Gore is amazing and should be no surprise to anyone. Remember, he invented the Internet and was the basis for the book “Love Story,” right? And finally we are seeing in the press what many have known all along. That scientists believe nonscientist Gore’s exaggeration of the impact of global warming is hurting their scientific dialogue. Hollywood may love to think that New York and Florida will be swallowed up by a big wave, but real climatologists are concerned about Gore’s shrill propaganda as being far from fact. But apparently Gore doesn’t care. He has his golden statuette and celebrity sycophants, so why bother with truth? How inconvenient. – Pat Knepley Simi Valley Gore sport Re “Some Gore points under microscope” (March 13): All media are allowed fear-mongering and sky-is-falling (or water-is-rising) global-warming screeds to their heart’s content. But as soon as scientists differ with Al, they apologize; “I don’t want to pick on Al Gore, but there are a lot of inaccuracies.” What? Global-warming errors? Then pick, rip and shred. Let’s debate, or shall we also buy what Al sold us in his movie, “the debate is over.” Oh, really? And you’ve been warning us for 30 years? Right, we all remember the term “global warming” being all the rage in the 1970s. Another inaccuracy (lie)? – Roger Olsen Burbank Not on our street I would like to thank West Valley police for their quick response to my call at 5:15 p.m. on March 8 – in broad daylight. I noticed a car pull up in front of my house and a man and a young girl get out, get undressed, in view of all on the street, and jump into the back of a sport utility vehicle and have sex. Neighborhood kids were out and around in plain sight. I called a West Valley senior lead officer on the cell phone, and police were there in just a few minutes. The neighborhood thanks you for your response. – Chuck Noble Winnetka Raise the flag Re “Lifeguards’ wrong turns costly” (March 12): A 7-foot aluminum pole with a flag that can be embedded in the sand should be made available at the lifeguard tower for beachgoers, with a driver’s license as a deposit to assure proper return after use. This will provide lifeguard patrol trucks with visible markers of where the sunbathers are. – Jazzlyn de Joya Granada Hills Company for `Scooter’ Please tell Rich Lowry (“`Scooter’ deserves a pardon,” Their Opinions, March 12) that the only thing I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby truly deserves is to be joined in prison by his fellow criminals and national traitors: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Richard Armitage and everyone else in the White House who knew about the outing of a deep-undercover CIA operative and her entire covert operation by the White House to keep the lies about why we “had” to go to war against Iraq from being uncovered. – Marcy Rothenberg Porter Ranch Wanted poster Re “Another wanted suspect nabbed” (March 9): It’s interesting to see the quick results the 10 most-wanted list, with a reward posted, has yielded. I am wondering: Why not go with the deck of cards of the 52 most wanted? For years it was thought that if you posted names and pictures, it would bring notoriety to the urban terrorists. I say let the newspapers run a daily picture as well. It’s also nice to know that other countries are no longer willing to harbor them. With a reward and the ability to turn them in anonymously, it seems to be showing results. Maybe we should go back to the days of the “wanted” poster. Remember what it said at the bottom of the poster? – Mike Hoblinski Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Brand South Africa’s assessment of national perceptions reveal improved levels of pride and patriotism among South Africans

first_imgWith around 66% of the population under the age of 34, South Africa is one of the youngest countries in the world, which is why people are optimistic about prospects for future generations. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Johannesburg, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 – Brand South Africa today presented the outcomes of a range of research papers at a round table discussion hosted by PowerFM.  This was part of an ongoing research programme aimed at contextualising South Africa’s attractiveness as an inward destination for investment, tourism and skills.Download press releaseKey findings emerging from the National Perceptions Audit – one of Brand South Africa’s flagship research projects – indicate that South Africans are optimistic about prospects of future generations, with respondents reporting that the country has made the most progress over the last 10 years in fields of education, religious tolerance, public transportation infrastructure, housing and improved access to medical facilities and treatment thereof.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research Dr Petrus de Kock said: “South Africans on the whole are extremely proud of the country and its achievements. Key concerns however, pertain to crime, corruption, and lack of employment opportunities. That being said – survey results also indicate that citizens want to focus on solutions and that South Africans are willing to take action, rather than wait for someone else.”The National Perceptions Audit also measured the levels of active citizenship and social cohesion among South Africans, and results reflect that there is a generally positive attitude towards fellow citizens and relatively high levels of social cohesion despite the income inequality and insufficient employment opportunities.Research reports that were presented for discussion at the roundtable included:Reports on South Africans being a united nation against the attacks on foreign nationals;Findings on levels of active citizenship and social cohesion;Results on evolving the Nation Brand identity through a collective heritage;Findings from the WEF Africa Research Seminar Report; andBrand optimism and Youth development findings from Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research.The range of competitive and human development indicators that were studied and presented by Brand South Africa – together with international investor perceptions of the country provide building blocks that can effectively contribute to South Africa’s national competitiveness as outlined by the National Development Plan (NDP) which seeks to increase productivity, and thus improve living standards for South Africans.Dr. de Kock concluded: “The NDP can be seen as part of South Africa’s National Competitiveness Programme that identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. It is important for South Africa to manage its reputation, to ensure the country is positively positioned internationally – because this improves the country’s competitiveness, which in turn will attract investment, business and trade which is tied to job creation.”Follow the conversation on  @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Samsung Heavy Clinches Order for SpecialPurpose Ships

first_imgSouth Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.Samsung Heavy did not unveil any further details related to the units on order.In a separate statement, the shipbuilder said it agreed with Ocean Rig to delay the delivery of a drill ship from January 2019 to September 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

NCAA Football Playoff Format Coming In 2014

Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick.The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick on endorsed a seeded four-team playoff model for college football that would begin for the 2014 season.The commissioners’ consensus must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington, D.C. If approved, the four-team playoff would replace the current BCS system, which has been in place since 1998.Sources told ESPN.com that under the recommended model, four participating teams would be selected by a committee, which would consider certain criteria such as conference championships and strength of schedule.The two national semifinal games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis, with the host sites being predetermined before each season. The national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.“We’re very unified,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “There are issues that have yet to be finalized. There’s always devil in the detail, from the model to the selection process, but clearly we’ve made a lot of progress.” read more

NBA Draft Anthony Bennett Surprise No1 Pick To Cavs

Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish. In between, Nerlen Noel and a number of others experienced wild rides to start their careers in an unsettled first round of the 2013 NBA draft.Bennett became the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, and Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade.The draft was as unpredictable as expected, capped by Hakeem Olajuwon coming on stage at the end of the first round to greet Stern. Olajuwon was dressed in the same tuxedo style he wore when Stern called his name to start the soon-to-be retired commissioner’s first draft in 1984.One of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, league sources told ESPN.com.The Cleveland Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor of Bennett, the UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada’s junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. Bennett led a record 12 international players who were taken in the first round.“I’m just as surprised as anyone else,” Bennett said.There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men, with Noel largely considered the favorite for the No. 1 choice even after a torn ACL that ended his lone season at Kentucky in February.“I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn’t thinking I was the No. 1 pick,” Noel said.Stern, booed heavily in his final draft, added to the surprise of the moment by pausing slightly before announcing the Cavs’ pick, their first at No. 1 since taking All-Star Kyrie Irving in 2011.Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town.Ten years after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James to start a draft that included future NBA championship teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the top five, this one lacked star power and perhaps even the promise of stardom.Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn’t even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett’s shoulder surgery wasn’t enough cause for concern.Len walked up to meet Stern and collect his orange Suns hat, then sat down near the stage to put on the walking boot he needs for the stress fracture of his left ankle that was discovered after Maryland’s season.Noel finally went to New Orleans with the next pick. He didn’t seem upset at his fall down the draft board, hugging his mother and shaking hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari.It was a good start to the night for the Hoosiers, with Cody Zeller going to the Charlotte Bobcats two places after Oladipo.Kansas guard Ben McLemore, another player who was considered a potential top-three pick, also dropped, going seventh to Sacramento.Headed by a lackluster class, the draft promised confusion and second-guessing, with no consensus No. 1 pick and little agreement among the order of the top five.The guys coming into the league were glad for the attention they did finally get once their names were called.“It’s like a weight vest you took off after running five miles,” Oladipo said. “It’s relaxing, man. But at the same time, you know it’s just getting started.”National player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan also was traded, the Minnesota Timberwolves sending his rights to Utah for the rights to Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, the Nos. 14 and 21 picks.Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum rounded out the top 10 by going to Portland.Stern, retiring in February, seemed to play up the boos, which turned to cheers after every pick, fans perhaps as puzzled as some of the players at the names they were hearing.“I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out,” Zeller said. “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.”Other players couldn’t get too excited about their new addresses, because they changed quickly.Stern was announcing deals by the middle of the first round and they promised to keep coming after he called it a night and turned things over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver for the final 30 picks.The flurry of trades wasn’t surprising with so much uncertainty surrounding this class and so much hope in other areas. Teams such as Houston, Dallas and Atlanta already have an eye on Dwight Howard’s future, needing to have necessary salary-cap space to offer a maximum contract that could lure him away from Los Angeles. read more

How will BREXIT affect the TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 8, 2016 – Brexit continues to spawn headlines and in its overseas territories, Premier Rufus Ewing recently explained there is concern.   The TCI is actually planning to seek greater linkage with CARICOM for regional support and at the upcoming Joint Ministerial Council or JMC which will be hosted by the TCI later this month, the country’s leader said talks will get serious about the impact of the British vote to eventually leave the European Union.  “We have invited and he has accepted, this is the Secretary General, the Ambassador of CARICOM, because we, the OT’s need to have the discussion with CARICOM, as to what is in it for us, and how best CARICOM can represent us as overseas territories in this jurisdiction here in the Caribbean region.”The decision by 52% of the voters could mean a change in how British citizens, which includes many Turks and Caicos Islanders, move about Europe.  “Turks and Caicos is affected in the manner that right now, as a BOTC citizen, using the Turks and Caicos passport, the BOTC passport,  we have visa free travel into the Schengen region, as part of the EU block.  And we also have free access for those persons who are British citizens with the British passport through the European region, but those will be affected or may be affected depending on what is negotiated going forth in the future.”The matter was also addressed in the House of Assembly today by the Premier who said our GDP disqualifies us anyway from receiving significant financial handouts by the EU.last_img read more

University of TT signs USCaribbean education MOU

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Medgar Evers College, university of trinidad & tobago Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe University of Trinidad & Tobago has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Medgar Evers College of New York to establish the USA-Caribbean International Education Consortium (UCIEC).The UCIEC is a partnership between three Caribbean universities and Medgar Evers. The other Caribbean universities included are the University of Guyana and EGC Martinique Business School. The MOU was signed in Port of Spain last Wednesday.According to T&T Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, the consortium seeks to promote and foster academic collaborations addressing the economic and social challenges of developing countries and historically disadvantaged peoples. Garcia added that officials are working toward have more Caribbean institutions join UCIEC in the near future.#MagneticMediaNews#USACaribbeanInternationalEducationConsortium Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Inter legend says they must stop Suso

first_imgFor former defender Beppe Bergomi, “the way to stop Gonzalo Higuain and Milan is by neutralizing Suso” in the Derby Della MadonninaInternazionale Milan and AC Milan will face off in the Derby Della Madonnina this Sunday at San Siro Stadium.And for former defender Beppe Bergormi, there is only one way to stop AC Milan.“The two players who I think are fired up in the right way to decide the derby are Lautaro Martinez and Patrick Cutrone, as they can also come off the bench with a sense of recklessness and shake things up,” Bergomi was quoted by Football Italia.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“There’s a lot of quality, but we saw in last season’s 0-0 that it doesn’t necessarily mean goals. Inter have the wide men and Radja Nainggolan who can slip in, while Milan can count on Suso, Higuain and their aggressive midfielders pushing forward.”“We can ask Icardi for more, to be a leader on the pitch and work harder for the team, but must ultimately concentrate on his extraordinary knack for finishing chances in the box,” he added.“The way to stop Higuain and Milan is by neutralizing Suso. Higuain lunges at every loose ball and has a good shot from distance too. I think Milan Skriniar is the one who can mark him, as he’s so good in one-on-one situations. He fires up the crowd with his tackles, too.”last_img read more