ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)For decades the Georgia Bulldogs have played their games at Sanford Stadium, expanding the historic stadium over the course of 90 years. They will continue to play games at the famous venue, but it will now have a slightly different name moving forward.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia Board of Regents announced on Tuesday that the stadium would be adjusted to Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. The name is in tribute to former Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.From 1964 to 1988, Dooley led the Bulldogs to six SEC titles, eight bowl wins, and an undefeated national title win in 1980. He served as athletic director from 1979 until 2004, during which the Bulldogs won another SEC title and nine more bowl games.Per the report, the Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium will be officially dedicated on September 7 prior to Georgia’s home opener against Murray State. Official: ‘Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium’The Georgia Board of Regents approved a proposal today to name the University of Georgia’s football field after former head coach and athletics director Vince Dooley. pic.twitter.com/altmsy7iln— 960 The Ref (@960theref) May 14, 2019Sanford Stadium first opened in October 1929, and had a capacity of 30,000 at the time.The expanding popularity of football and the Georgia Bulldogs over the years has led to no fewer than eight expansions over the years.The stadium now seats a whopping 92,746 people – making it the tenth largest stadium in the United States.It was also one of the host sites for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Associated Press LondonOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 12:27 IST Frank Lampard has opposed the new Champions League reforms. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFrank Lampard was deployed by the Premier League to prevent a radical change in Champions LeagueLampard spoke out against moves to expand the Champions League to add more fixtures Agnelli still hopes for an expanded Champions League that will guarantee more games between the biggest teamsChampions League winner Frank Lampard was deployed by the Premier League on Thursday as part of the mission to prevent a radical change to the format of European competitions.At a meeting of European leagues and clubs in London, the former Chelsea midfielder who in his first season as manager for the Premier League team, spoke out against moves to expand the Champions League to add more fixtures.The push has been advanced by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who as head of the European Club Association has spent this year trying to turn the Champions League in a largely closed competition. However, the concept has faded amid widespread opposition.But Agnelli still hopes for an expanded Champions League that will guarantee more games between the biggest teams.”If you ask me, can we play more European games? I personally don’t know where you fit them in amongst our busy schedule,” Lampard said. “I would find it hard with the players to keep the quality level and the freshness within them. So I think if we did do that, there’ll be a lot of discussion about how that works practically and at the minute and as a player I actually felt the level was quite about right. The competition was good.”We had the group stage, can we get through that? After Christmas, you know you are going into the real business end of the Champions League.”After one season coaching Derby in the second tier, Lampard was hired by Chelsea to replace Maurizio Sarri to take his first top-flight managerial role.advertisementLampard won the Champions League playing for Chelsea in 2012, a triumph that secured a return ticket to the competition the following season after the west London club finished sixth in the Premier League.But unless a team wins the Champions League or second-tier Europa League, the only way into the Champions League is based on the final position in domestic leagues.The top four in England currently qualify for the Champions League. But Agnelli’s fading vision, which was presented by UEFA earlier in the year, would have seen the top 24 of the 32 Champions League group stage teams return the following season.Lampard endorses the current format that rewards domestic performances. Chelsea is currently fifth in the Premier League, while Leicester is fourth in its pursuit of a second-ever Champions League qualification.”You have to leave the carrot of being competitive,” Lampard said. “If you look at the Premier League table Leicester, chances, they’re getting excited. What can they do? West Ham, Everton, teams that are spending and moving forward and they have great coaches and developing players are trying to get into that bracket. Because they know the rewards of that.”So for me, it’s a huge thing on both parts. Domestically, what it means. And then, when you get there, what it means if you can be successful.”Also Read | Ajax Amsterdam fans barred from attending Champions League game at Chelsea in NovemberFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Frank LampardFollow English Premier League Next Keep current Champions League format: Frank Lampard tells European soccer chiefsChelsea manager Frank Lampard believes an increase in Champions League group games in the future could lead to player burnout and has thus joined the call to oppose UCL reforms.advertisement
New regulations mean that any liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in Nova Scotia will be operated in accordance with stringent safety standards. Government has approved amendments to gas plant regulations. The changes allow the province to establish standards for the design, construction and operation of liquified natural gas terminals. “In addition to requiring rigorous measures to protect public safety, these regulations provide certainty and clarity for LNG facility developers,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “That’s important for this emerging component of our energy sector.” The regulations establish a code of practice for LNG plants. The code is based on a Canadian Standards Association standard, but requires more conservative design and operation standards where government thinks it is warranted. The Department of Energy received advice on the regulations from an independent consultant and released the draft regulations for public consultation. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board will administer the regulations, recovering costs from LNG operators. There are two proposals for liquified natural gas facilities in Nova Scotia. Anadarko Canada Limited is developing a facility in Bear Head, Richmond Co. Keltic Petrochemicals is proposing a combined LNG and petrochemical plant for Goldboro in Guysborough County. The new regulations took effect on July 8.
Government, law enforcement agencies and MADD Canada are working together again to help keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season. Operation Christmas, a yearly campaign aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving, was launched today, Dec. 1, in Bridgewater. “Driving while impaired puts the public at great risk and every person has a responsibility to stop it,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “If you plan to drink this holiday season, arrange for a safe way home. If you’re with someone who has been drinking, don’t let them drive.” Impaired driving is a leading cause of preventable death and serious injury on Nova Scotia roads. Bridgewater Police Service is working with Lunenburg County District RCMP to host the campaign. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada will also participate in Operation Christmas. “There is always an option other than driving while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired,” said Cpl. Darren Slaunwhite of Lunenburg District RCMP. Police will set up checkpoints targeting impaired drivers across Lunenburg County during the campaign. More checkpoints will be in place across the province throughout the holiday season. Motorists are also encouraged to call 911 if they see a driver who appears to be impaired. “Random checkpoints at this time of year help us to make drivers more aware of their behaviour,” said Acting Chief Scott Feener, Bridgewater Police Service. “Every year this program helps save lives.” It is illegal under the Criminal Code to drive with a blood-alcohol level above .08. Police are trained to test for alcohol impairment at the roadside. A driver in Nova Scotia can lose their licence for a week or more for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 to .08. Anyone who fails the roadside test can be required to take a breath test at the detachment and could be charged with impaired driving. “The Christmas season is the busiest time of year, with holiday toasts to good cheer, and the risk of impaired driving is greater,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “We don’t want there to be an empty place at the dinner table this year.”
Rabat – The president of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, reiterated here on Monday the support of his party to Morocco concerning the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and human rights.Daul, who commended the stability of Morocco, said that the Kingdom is a strategic and distinguished partner in the region, the House of Advisors (Higher house) said in a statement following talks between EPP’s president and two members of the higher house’s bureau.Talks focused on the good cooperation between the European Union and Morocco and the means to strengthen them, the statement added. According to the same source, the two sides stressed the need to multiply visits and exchange views on various issues of common interest.Talks also focused on the importance of the European support to the deep reforms undertaken by the Kingdom in various fields under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, and which enabled Morocco build a democratic model of development.On this occasion, Ahmed Touizi and Rachid El Maniari highlighted Morocco’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism, stressing the importance of the Moroccan autonomy proposal in the southern provinces and its role in securing the stability of the region.The EPP has the largest Group in the European Parliament.With MAP
FINANCIAL MARKETSAsian shares fall as Fed minutes show data may tweak stanceSINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets retreated Thursday on news that most U.S. Federal Reserve officials believed the central bank would leave interest rates unchanged for the rest of the year. But several said their views could shift with incoming data.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released minutes from a meeting in March on Wednesday. There were no major surprises. It showed that most officials believed that the central bank would leave its key policy rate unchanged for the rest of the year.This was in line with the outcome of the March 19-20 meeting, where the Fed trimmed its 2019 rate hikes outlook from two to none.In the minutes, several Fed officials also said that they may feel differently, depending on the data that surfaces.China reported inflation figures in March on Thursday that met market expectations. The country’s producer price index rose 0.4% in March from a year ago, according to National Bureau of Statistics. This was up from February’s 0.1% increase. Its consumer price index picked up 2.3% in March from a year earlier, as compared to a 1.5% gain in the previous month.On Wall Street, strong gains by technology companies and small-company stocks lifted indexes, while utilities lagged. The broad S&P 500 index climbed 0.3% to 2,888.21. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was less than 0.1% higher at 26,157.16 and the Nasdaq composite jumped 0.7% to 7,964.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rebounded 1.4% to 1,581.55.Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell below $64.50 per barrel.The dollar strengthened against the yen and fell against the euro.STREAMING SERVICES-PRICE HIKESLive online TV, once a bargain, is getting more expensiveNEW YORK (AP) — If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise.Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were cheaper than cable. Now, many are raising prices. The latest is Google’s YouTube TV, which is increasing its monthly fee to $50. It launched at $35 and has raised prices as it added more channels.Cable executives derided the online TV packages as unrealistically cheap, but they have grown in popularity as cord-cutting picked up. They have racked up more than 7 million users, according to MoffettNathanson Research, helping offset the declines in traditional TV customers for entertainment companies like Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Viacom.But that bump may be petering out. DirecTV Now lost customers for the first time in the fourth quarter after AT&T canned big discounts. MoffettNathanson noted that growth slowed for the online-TV providers overall.Price increases starting last year — just like you get with your cable package — may be to blame. This year has brought another round of price hikes, often as the bundles fatten up and more closely resemble traditional TV packages.That could turn still more people off, particularly as subscriber fatigue sets in with a slew of new streaming services coming from Disney, AT&T, Comcast and others.CONGRESS-ALGORITHMIC ACCOUNTABILITYDemocrats want feds to target the ‘black box’ of AI biasUNDATED (AP) — Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks.One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to test the “algorithmic accountability” of their high-risk AI systems, such as technology that detects faces or makes important decisions based on your most sensitive personal data.The Democrats’ proposal is the first of its kind, and may face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate. But it reflects growing — and bipartisan — scrutiny of the largely unregulated data economy — everything from social media feeds, online data brokerages, financial algorithms and self-driving software that are increasingly impacting daily life. A bipartisan Senate bill introduced last month would require companies to notify people before using facial recognition software on them, while also requiring third-party testing to check for bias problems.Academic studies and real-life examples have unearthed facial recognition systems that misidentify darker-skinned women , computerized lending tools that charge higher interest rates to Latino and black borrowers, and job recruitment tools that favour men in industries where they already dominate.EARNS-DELTA AIR LINESDelta profit surges and releases strong outlookDALLAS (AP) — A new credit card deal and rising corporate travel boosted profit for Delta Air Lines in the first quarter, a trend it predicts will continue this spring.Delta executives said Wednesday that corporate-account revenue is up 10% from this time last year, helping offset choppy demand from vacation travellers.That was one of several factors that pushed Delta’s first-quarter profit up by 31%, to $730 million.Atlanta-based Delta has been leading its closest U.S. rivals — American Airlines and United Airlines — in financial measurements such as profit margin and operational ones like on-time flights and fewer cancellations. Delta executives say it helps them win corporate travellers.On top of that, Delta cut a revamped credit card deal with American Express that Delta says will produce $500 million in additional revenue this year and even more in the future. AmEx will pay Delta up to $7 billion a year by 2023, compared with $3.4 billion last year — a better deal for the airline than analysts were expecting.Delta gets an increasing share of revenue, now 55%, from premium fares and non-ticket sources such as the credit card deal and a growing aircraft-maintenance operation, which might partly insulate it from an economic slowdown.EASTERN EUROPE-CHINAChina’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries WestBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe’s cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing’s mounting economic and political influence on the continent.EU member Croatia is hosting a summit Thursday between China and 16 regional countries — the 8th so far — that focuses on expanding business and other links between China and the region, which Beijing sees as a gateway into Europe.The gathering in Dubrovnik of the so-called 16+1 initiative consists of Central and Eastern European countries that have endorsed China’s ambitious global “Belt and Road” investment project, which has triggered concerns among some key EU states about increased Chinese political and economic clout in the region.China has already invested billions of dollars in various infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Western leaders worry that further investment in the states that are EU members — or those hoping to join — could mean lower environmental and other standards than those in the rest of the bloc.Thorny issues include the flouting of EU competition rules, potential over-borrowing by some of the states, the quality of constructions, and security concerns over high-speed 5G network technology supplied by Chinese companies.ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEADBusiness and economic reports scheduled for todayWASHINGTON (AP) — Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases the weekly mortgage rates today.Also, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for March.FEDERAL RESERVE-MINUTESMost Fed officials see rates staying on hold for all of 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed’s benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year.Several officials said their view could shift in either direction based on incoming data, according to minutes of the meeting.A shift to a view of weaker growth and lower inflation could prompt the Fed to cut rates, while a shift to a view of faster growth and rising inflation could prompt the Fed to resume raising rates.The Fed at its March 19-20 meeting left its key policy rate unchanged and trimmed its expectations of rate hikes this year from two to none.Some economists believe the Fed could actually start cutting rates later this year if the economy slows more.BREXITEU offers to postpone Brexit until Oct. 31BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders and Britain have agreed to allow Britain to extend Brexit until Oct. 31.EU Council president Donald Tusk says “this means additional six months for the UK to find the best possible solution.”Tusk said early Thursday that it is a flexible extension, referring to his earlier offer that Britain could leave before if it accepted the withdrawal deal with the EU.British Prime Minister Theresa May came to the summit in Brussels requesting a delay until June 30 but acknowledged she would be willing to extend the date. The British Parliament has repeatedly rejected a withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU, leading to a deadlock over Britain’s long-awaited departure.May says the EU granted her ‘key request’ of an early exit clause in the Brexit extension.NATIONAL ENQUIRER-POSSIBLE SALENational Enquirer parent explores possible sale of tabloidNEW YORK (AP) — The supermarket tabloid under fire for paying hush money to a former Playboy model to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign is on the auction block.The parent of the National Enquirer said Wednesday that it is exploring a possible sale as part of a “strategic review” of its tabloid business. The decision by American Media comes after the tabloid said it paid $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet about an alleged affair with Trump and being accused by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos of blackmail.American Media agreed in August to co-operate with federal prosecutors looking into campaign violations in exchange for immunity.American Media recently refinanced hundreds of millions of dollars of debt after years of heavy borrowing and acquisitions.SPACEX LAUNCHSpaceX delays mega rocket launch due to high wind shearCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed the launch of its newest mega rocket because of dangerously high wind.The Falcon Heavy was poised to blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night with a communication satellite. But SpaceX chief Elon Musk said upper-level wind shear was extremely high.SpaceX will try again Thursday evening. It will be just the second time a Falcon Heavy soars. Last year’s test flight put a sports car — Musk’s own Tesla convertible — into space. It’s almost certainly still in orbit around the sun with a mannequin at the wheel.The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in use today. SpaceX will try to land two of the first-stage boosters back at Cape Canaveral and the core booster on an ocean platform.STREAMING SERVICES-PRICE HIKESLive online TV, once a bargain, is getting more expensiveNEW YORK (AP) —If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise.Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were cheaper than cable. Now, many are raising prices. The latest is Google’s YouTube TV, whose price just shot up to $50. It launched at $35 and has grown more expensive as it added more channels.Cable executives derided the online TV packages as unrealistically cheap, but they have grown in popularity as cord-cutting picked up. Their millions of users helped offset the declines in traditional TV customers for entertainment companies like Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Viacom.But that bump may be petering out.YAHOO-BREACH SETTLEMENTYahoo to pay $117.5M in latest settlement of massive breachSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million.The deal disclosed in documents filed Tuesday revises an earlier agreement that was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. The value of that settlement had been pegged at $50 million, but Koh questioned the calculations.A more detailed breakdown used in the revised settlement drove up the estimated cost. The money will be paid by Yahoo’s current owner, Verizon, and Altaba, a holdover from Yahoo’s past.If approved, the settlement will become part of the financial fallout from digital burglaries that stole personal information from about 3 billion Yahoo accounts in 2013 and 2014.JETBLUE-LONDONJetBlue to offer flights to London from NY and BostonUNDATED (AP) — After mulling it over for a long time, JetBlue is taking a leap across the pond.JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes announced Wednesday that the airline will start flying to London from New York and Boston in 2021.JetBlue leaders have been talking about the possibility of flights to Europe since mid-2016, around the time they announced plans to tweak their Airbus orders to get a longer-range plane.Hayes says customers want the service, and the move will help JetBlue strengthen its position in New York and Boston.The CEO announced the move during an employee gathering at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.BOEING-SHAREHOLDER SUITBoeing shareholder alleges investors were misled on Max jetNEW YORK (AP) — A Boeing shareholder is suing the company for allegedly hiding problems with its 737 Max jet to push its shares higher.Shareholder Richard Seeks argues that Boeing should have told investors about safety problems with its bestselling plane after a fatal crash in October. Instead, it pushed the stock up to artificial highs by speaking optimistically about future sales before a second fatal crash in March sent shares tumbling, he says.The federal suit, which also names Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the chief financial officer, Gregory Smith, as defendants, seeks class action status for Boeing shareholders who bought stock between January 8 and March 21.Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press
“A healthy population is a prerequisite for economic growth,” WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland stressed at a press conference this afternoon at the Second World Assembly on Ageing.Dr. Alexandre Kalache, Coordinator for WHO’s Ageing and Life Course Programme, added that the right policies would benefit all people. “They will lead to fewer premature deaths in the highly productive stages of life… fewer disabilities, and more people enjoying a positive quality of life, and actively participating in society as they age,” he said, noting that costs related to medical treatment and care would be lower.UN experts estimate that by 2050, there will be nearly 2 billion people aged 60 or older worldwide, with 80 per cent of them living in developing countries. Those nations will face a heavy double burden of both infectious and non-communicable diseases, while often lacking sufficient resources, including comprehensive ageing policies, to cope.According to WHO’s new policy framework, the challenges posed by ageing can be surmounted by promoting healthy lifestyles and appropriate preventive action. Its recommendations include addressing factors that contribute to the onset of disease, controlling tobacco use and alcohol abuse, and ensuring that appropriate nutrition and healthy eating starting at an early age.In other news from the conference, the Assembly has decided to split into two groups to work separately on outstanding issues in the Plan of Action and Political Declaration to be adopted at the end of the week.Working Group I, chaired by Morocco, has been holding informal consultations on the remaining 10 per cent of the 117-paragraph action plan yet to be agreed on. Working Group II, chaired by Uruguay, has been meeting on the 17-paragraph Declaration, which is still largely under negotiation, according to a UN spokesman in Madrid.Some of the remaining contentious issues include debt relief as a prerequisite for developing countries to address the impact of population ageing and migration flows, and the economic needs of ageing immigrants. Other subjects include the needs and rights of the ageing workforce and the implementation and monitoring of the action plan, including resource allocation and international cooperation and follow up.
Nancy Kiser, left, a fifth-grade teacher at Kimball Elementary School, and Simone Boe, an organizer with the Washington Education Association, assemble signs to be used in the event of a strike by teachers in the Seattle School District, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Seattle. Seattle teachers voted overwhelmingly last week to strike if the district and teachers fail to reach a contract agreement by the first day of school on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) by Phuong Le, The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 7:31 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teachers in Seattle to strike Wednesday as negotiations with school district fail SEATTLE – Teachers in Seattle will walk picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state’s largest school district.Classes for 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students were cancelled Wednesday, on the scheduled first day of school.Phyllis Campano, the union’s vice-president, said Tuesday night that the district came back with a proposal that the union “couldn’t take seriously,” and they decided to end for the night.Members of the Seattle Education Association, which represents about 5,000 teachers and support staff, plan to picket at all 97 schools.“Nobody really wants to strike, but at this point the school board has not come to the table with a serious proposal to get it done,” Campano said. The union voted to walk out last week if a tentative agreement wasn’t reached by the first day of school.“Bargaining teams for both sides have worked hard over the past months and practically round the clock in recent days_putting in marathon hours over the Labor Day weekend,” the school district said in a statement. “We are hopeful talks can resume and agreement can be reached to allow our students to start school.”Both sides remained far apart on key issues, including pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day. The district earlier offered an increase of nearly 9 per cent over three years. The union countered with a 10.5 per cent increase over two years, Campano said, but she said the district barely budged from its previous proposal.Meanwhile, the Seattle School Board voted Tuesday night to authorize the district superintendent to take legal action against striking teachers.Seattle parents were scrambling to come up with day care options, including working from home, swapping care with other parents or signing up for other programs. The city parks department was expanding before- and after-school care programs into all-day offerings because of the strike.Seattle isn’t the only district in the state facing a teacher labour action. Teachers in Pasco in southeast Washington have voted not to return to the classroom despite a court order to end the strike. In Pasco, teachers decided Monday night to remain on strike, idling 17,000 students on Tuesday in a dispute over pay and curriculum. Classes were cancelled for another day Wednesday.The strikes are happening at a time when Washington officials are under growing pressure to increase the amount of money the state spends on K-12 education.Washington state is being sanctioned $100,000 a day by the state Supreme Court because the justices say lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state’s 1 million school children. The court has said the money is to be put in a separate fund for education.Lawmakers have allocated billions of dollars toward public schools, but critics say that’s not enough to meet the requirements in the state Constitution that education be the Legislature’s “paramount duty.”The Washington Supreme Court decided in 2012 that state funding for education is not adequate. The justices said the state was relying too much on local dollars to make up for an inadequate state budget for education. Overreliance on local dollars makes the inequity worse because school districts with higher property values can raise more money more easily.Rich Wood, a spokesman for the Washington Education Association, said the strikes were mainly about local issues not tied to the larger state debate about funding.“The negotiations are about meeting the needs of students in school districts,” Wood said. He noted that teacher strikes are relatively rare in Washington, with the last major one in 2011 in Tacoma. The state has 295 school districts.This is the first strike by the Seattle Education Association over contract negotiations since 1985, Wood said. Seattle teachers participated in a statewide walkout in 1991 to urge the Legislature to spend more money on schools.___AP reporter Nicholas K. Geranios contributed to this report from Spokane.
Sophomore running back Curtis Samuel (4), junior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) and redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (17) are all working as receivers this spring after playing other positions in high school. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDontre Wilson arrived at Ohio State as a highly rated running back, but Carlos Hyde stood in the way of his playing time at the position.Wilson finished his freshman year with 31 carries for 250 yards and a touchdown, but perhaps made an even more significant impact by catching 22 passes for 210 yards and two more scores. After proving his worth, Wilson still wasn’t in line to start ahead of then-sophomore Ezekiel Elliott at running back last season, so the coaching staff found a way to get him playing time.“Dontre was in that situation with Carlos Hyde and then Zeke came in,” OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith said Tuesday. “We weren’t gonna keep him off the field, so we moved him to receiver.”The DeSoto, Texas, native responded by racking up 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air, and he still managed to tally 18 carries for another 100 yards on the ground. But Wilson’s final contributions of the season came when he broke his foot on a key touchdown catch against Michigan State.That injury still has Wilson sidelined this spring, but Smith said the rising junior has been working on his ball skills even though he can’t run just yet.Even before Wilson’s injury, he was splitting time at H-back with now-redshirt-sophomore Jalin Marshall, who finished second on the team with 38 catches last year. Marshall added 983 all purpose yards in the process, finishing behind only Elliott and Wilson.Like Wilson, Marshall wasn’t a slot receiver in high school. Instead, he made the switch after playing quarterback at Middletown High School. But another spring has brought another slight change for Marshall as well, as Smith said he’s practicing as an outside receiver.With Wilson out and Marshall working on the outside, sophomore running back Curtis Samuel has transitioned to the receivers’ room for spring, much like Wilson did a year ago.“He had a full year at running back to really work those skills, so we took him this spring and said we’re gonna give him a full spring at wide receiver so we can try to develop that skill set,” Smith said of Samuel. “Hopefully he becomes more multi-talented and we can use him in more ways.”Smith said switching positions is like going to a “different world,” and added that the Buckeyes simply want to get the best players on the field. He noted that OSU has had success moving players to new positions in the past, but said the key is to do it with time to learn.“Guys don’t understand the position coming from a different one,” Smith said. “Jalin Marshall went through it when he came from quarterback to receiver. Dontre went through it, Curtis is going through it. That’s why we’re trying to saturate him now, as opposed to fall camp and saying, ‘Shoot, we need to get him on the field, let’s put him at receiver a little bit.’”At least for the spring, Samuel is making the switch after finishing third on the team with 383 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground last season. He added another 11 receptions and 95 receiving yards in limited playing time behind Elliott in the backfield.Now after nine practices as an H-back, Smith said Samuel won’t necessarily stay in his room but will be contributing in whatever way he can come the regular season.“In an ideal world, he’s gonna play both, the ability to go into the backfield when Zeke’s not in, or play in the slot when Zeke is in,” Smith said. “And so we’re developing that skill set. Does he stay there? I don’t think so, but I guess nobody has a crystal ball, so we’ll see.”Buckeye fans will get their first chance to see Samuel at H-back when OSU plays its annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their regular season on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Allardyce said in a statement on Friday: “I welcome today’s confirmation from City of London Police that I will not be the subject of a police investigation. I was always confident that this would be the case as there was no evidence against me. I now ask that the Football Association deals with this matter as quickly as possible.“I would like to thank my friends and family who have stood by me during this difficult period. The position of England head coach is the pinnacle of any English manager’s career and it was my dream job.“While I am sad that my tenure came to an end early, I am nonetheless proud to have been chosen to manage the England football team and hope that today’s confirmation from the police will give me the opportunity to move on”.A spokesman for City of London Police said on Friday: “Detectives from the City of London Police Economic Crime Directorate have reviewed material gathered by a recent Daily Telegraph investigation into suspected corruption in football. “This review of the material has concluded and the decision has been taken to begin a criminal investigation into a single suspected offence of bribery”.A Telegraph spokesman said: “We will continue to cooperate with the police during their investigations. In the meantime, it remains our intention to release to the FA the relevant transcripts of our investigation when we are free to do so”. A criminal investigation has been launched following The Daily Telegraph’s revelations about greed and corruption at the heart of English football.Detectives from the City of London Police Economic Crime Directorate announced that they have begun a probe into a suspected bribery offence, after concluding their review of material gathered by this newspaper.It is likely that any criminal inquiry will focus on Tommy Wright, Barnsley Football Club’s assistant manager who was sacked after being filmed holding a series of meetings with undercover reporters posing as representatives of the fictitious Far East company.At a meeting in August, Mr Wright accepted a £5,000 cash bribe. In return for the money, Mr Wright agreed that he would help persuade Barnsley players to hire the fake Far East firm as their agents, as well as recommending that Barnsley sign other players represented by the consortium. He was caught on camera negotiating a £400,000 deal to take on an ambassador role at the fictitious company, which would involve travelling to Singapore and Hong Kong. Allardyce also offered advice to undercover reporters, posing as businessmen, on how to “get around” FA rules on player transfers. The Telegraph did not suggest that Allardyce had broken the law, and he subsequently admitted he had been a “fool” and claimed that he had been “helping out” an old friend. City of London Police wrote to Allardyce informing him that he is no longer part of their investigation. A spokesman for Mr Wright has previously told The Telegraph: “Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the FA and Fifa are categorically denied.”England’s manager Sam Allardyce lost his job last month after he was secretly filmed agreeing to be paid by a fake company to travel to the Far East for speaking engagements. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Former England national football team manager Sam AllardyceCredit: AFP
I think our situation could be the tip of an icebergValerie Cappell The moths infested the organic wool insulation in the overhangsCredit:Alasdair McBroom She has since been advised by experts that, unless properly treated, sheep’s wool is considered ‘fillet steak’ for moths.“We’re not green activists but we wanted to do the right thing,” she said.“We went for an adventurous design, very airy with lots of space, and we wanted it to be as ecologically friendly as possible.”“Passive” housing is built to a rigorous design whereby homes are build to conserve as much energy as possible.Although not quite qualifying for this standard, Ms Cappell’s home requires very little artificial heating due to the “extraordinary” amount of insulation. However, the cost of the ruined wool, as well as removing and replacing it is likely to come to nearly £10,000, negating any savings gained from low energy bills.Because the material was bought in 2011, Ms Cappell says she is out of time to sue the supplier, which is no longer in business.“The whole thing seems very unfair, and a horror story for those who have installed it,” she said, pointing out there was no obvious body to whom she could report the problem.Pyrethrins are a class of synthetically made organic compounds and are more commonly used in temporary anti-insect solutions like moth sprays. The moths infested the organic wool insulation in the overhangsCredit:Telegraph Having consulted experts and sent portions of the infested wool for laboratory analysis, the biologist has now been told by Rentokil that her traumatic experience is shared by many others who opt for organic insulation.“It was soul-destroying and incredibly stressful when we couldn’t work out where all the moths were coming from,” she told The Telegraph.“I think our situation could be the tip of an iceberg – many more people must have installed this kind of insulation.”Ms Cappell and her family moved into the newly-built home in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in 2012, but it was not until this year that they began noticing moths all over the house. When Valerie Cappell and her family decided to build their dream home, they determined “to do the right thing” by making it as ecologically-friendly as possible.But the “Grand Designs-esq” adventure turned into a nightmare when she discovered the highly sustainable wool she had chosen to insulate the four-bed property was hosting a moth infestation of “biblical proportions”.Despite being reassured that treating the organic substance with pyrethrin would be sufficient to ward off insect invaders, she had to rip apart swathes of the wave-shaped house. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
BSE closes points 115.61 down on Dec 26.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 115.61 down on Dec 26.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Dec 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 115.61 points down to stand at 28,444.01. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 31.20 points down to stand at 8,524.70. BEL and WOCKPHARMA were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.36% and 9.88% along with SPARC and RAYMOND with an increase of 9.61% and 8.98% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include KAILASH and INFRATEL with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.87% along with SREI INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE LTD and BALRAMPUR CHINI MILLS LTD with a decrease of 4.46% and 4.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 198.55 points at 19,082.11 while the banking sector is up 26.23 points at 21,248.52 and the reality sector is up 1.45 points at 1,674.03. The Indian currency is up 0.23% at Rs 61.88 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Dec 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 115.61 points down to stand at 28,444.01. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 31.20 points down to stand at 8,524.70. BEL and WOCKPHARMA were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.36% and 9.88% along with SPARC and RAYMOND with an increase of 9.61% and 8.98% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include KAILASH and INFRATEL with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.87% along with SREI INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE LTD and BALRAMPUR CHINI MILLS LTD with a decrease of 4.46% and 4.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 198.55 points at 19,082.11 while the banking sector is up 26.23 points at 21,248.52 and the reality sector is up 1.45 points at 1,674.03. The Indian currency is up 0.23% at Rs 61.88 per dollar.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail. File PhotoThe High Court will hear the leave to appeal petition of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, now in jail, filed the leave to appeal petition with the High Court on Tuesday afternoon against the verdict that sentenced her to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust case.In the afternoon, an HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim fixed Thursday next as the date for hearing the leave to appeal petition.Khaleda was sent to the abandoned central jail at the Nazimuddin Road of the capital on 8 February shortly after the fifth special judge’s court of M Akhtaruzzaman convicted her in the case.Although Khaleda’s lawyers filed a petition to get the certified copy of the verdict on that day, the court issued the 1,174-page verdict copy on Monday last.And then the BNP chief’s counsels submitted the leave to appeal petition to the respective section of the High Court around 3:00pm Tuesday.In the 632-page judgement, the judge, Md Akhtaruzzaman, also awarded 10 years’ imprisonment to five others, including Khaleda Zia’s elder son and the BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.
Share – / 5Bayou Greenways 2020 Along Sims Bayou in southeast Houston you can see glimpses of the way things used to be. With its grassy sloping banks, the meandering bayou travels through woodlands and meadows. Off in the distance you can see cows grazing in a pasture. And there will soon be a new way to explore the area by bike. The city’s Bayou Greenways initiative is now working to improve the old bike trail that runs along the bayou between Martin Luther King and Scott Street.Conservation and Maintenance Director Trent Rondot says they’re replacing the asphalt with a new 10-foot-wide concrete trail. “It will now be possible to ride a bike on this portion of the trail which was very difficult before because of the condition of the asphalt,” says Rondot. “The other part is you can rollerblade on this. You could push a baby stroller on this.”The project runs just under two miles and it cost $1.4 million. Rondot says eventually expand the trail to the east and west.“Now all of a sudden you have a much longer run of bayou for the greenway trail,” adds Rondot. “You’re able to access churches and schools and businesses that are upstream and downstream from here.”The trail improvement project should be finished in April. 00:00 /01:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
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How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Stay on target When you think of Sonic the Hedgehog, what comes to mind? Do you think about chili dogs? The mascot’s fall from grace? Hooters? If you didn’t before, you will now. Sonic the Hedgehog will see a Tokyo-based promotional tour throughout Tokyo branches of Hooters for around two months in celebration of the newest Sonic game, Sonic Forces. Yes, you read that correctly. Hooters.Source: RocketNews24The party kicked off on October 16, where three branches of Tokyo Hooters restaurants began decking their locations out with special Sonic Forces decorations, promotions, and plenty of other awesome Sonic-themed regalia to celebrate the newest game. There’s a special Sonic-themed menu, like the Sonic chili dog set, which comes with a chili dog (Sonic’s favorite), fries, coleslaw, and a blue-themed beverage. It’s non-alcoholic, and it’s a blue citrus-flavored soda.If you decide to purchase the Sonic set for $11, you’ll get an individual character coaster too, featuring new and old Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, and several other characters as well so you can keep your drink on it during your meal. Unfortunately, you can only get the Sonic chili dog dinner from 3 to 5 PM, though the Sonic decorations will be left up during the entire event. At certain points, Hooters waitresses will even do a special dance set to the song “Fist Bump,” which is the Sonic Forces theme song.Source: RocketNews24If you’re interested in seeing a Hooters restaurant totally decked out with special Sonic Forces regalia, you’ll want to head over to Japan (if you’re planning on going, anyway) and hit up the Shinjuku Nishiguchi, Ginza, and Akasaka branches in downtown Tokyo to see it all in its glory.Are you looking forward to playing Sonic Forces? Did you check out the excellent Sonic Mania? Sound off, Sonic fans, and let us know!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Update: it appears the code on OnePlus 6 (8+128GB) has expired. You can still get it for $424.99 OR get $50 off on the very latest OnePlus 6T!We have seen OnePlus 6 being offered for as low as $390 but as reported earlier Gearbest is going all out this year, pushing the price further down to $375.99!Since 11.11 promos, we have seen some amazing discounts being offered on OnePlus 6. This Android powerhouse remains our favorite smartphone for not only offering brilliant camera results and strong performance but also for managing to offer such a smooth software experience that we believe Samsung needs to buy a few pieces to learn how to do Android skins the right way.Get OnePlus 6 (6+64GB) for $375.99 with code GBMPBF8OnePlus is one of the very few Android phone makers offering timely security and software updates. But hardware, software brilliance aside, OnePlus 6 is also the last device from the firm to flaunt an audio jack. Perhaps not a big issue for many, but if you are someone who hates dongles, now is the time to get yourself OnePlus 6 and at least avoid these dongles for the next 3 years (we don’t believe if phones need to be changed every single year). Hopefully, by then these phone makers would have fixed this cable/dongle issue.It seems like Gearbest is trying to clear its OP6 stocks this Black Friday, slashing the prices further down! Black Friday 2018 brings the hottest discount we have ever seen on OnePlus 6. The latest code brings the price down to $375 but make sure you act fast as we aren’t sure how many units can avail this fresh code.Head over to this link.Click on Add to cart.Go to the cart and click on the Proceed to Check out button (you should be signed in).Add code GBMPBF8 in the lower-left corner to bring the price down.Note: If the above code doesn’t work, use GBMPBF4 and it will bring the price down to $379.99.OnePlus 6 (8+128GB) now available for $399.99 $424.99It appears the coupon code GBMPBF5 that brought the price down to $429.99 has expired. BUT, when we added the product to the cart and hit the “Proceed to Check out” button, it brought the price down to $424.99 without any codes! We aren’t sure if this is a system glitch but at least one of our readers has already managed to get OnePlus 6 (128GB) for $424.99, which is the lowest price we have seen for this variant.Simply click on this link > go to Cart > click on Proceed to Check out buttonBonus: Original OnePlus Charge Power Bundle for $16.99[Update 2] Okay folks, this appears to be the BEST deal we have seen this entire holiday season so far! OnePlus 6 (8+128GB) is down to $399.99 with code GBMPBF16. Gearbest says it’s right at the end of its OP6 stock clearance but let’s hope most of you can avail this code to get your hands on this absolutely gorgeous phone.Head over to this link.Click on Add to cart.Go to the cart and click on the Proceed to Check out button (you should be signed in).Add code GBMPBF16 in the lower-left corner to bring the price down.OnePlus 6 6+64GB (specs):Display: 6.28 inch 2280 x 1080 pixels screenCPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz Octa CoreStorage: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROMCamera: 16.0MP + 20.0MP rear camera + 16.0MP front cameraOS: Android 8.1 (Android Pie is already available for all OnePlus 6 devices)Fingerprint ScannerBattery: 3300mAhSensor: Gravity-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, E-compass, accelerator,RGB sensor, NFC, hall sensorSIM Card: dual Nano SIM, dual standbyNetwork: GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz, CDMA: BC0 / BC1 | WCDMA: B1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 8 / 9 / 19, TD-SCDMA: B34 / 39 | TD-LTE: B34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41, FDD-LTE: B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 66Also on promo: latest DJI Mavic 2 Zoom & Pro get up to $300 off Share Tweet Submit
Related Content July 11, 2014 — Kubtec’s new patent pending technology TomoSpec is an integral part of Mozart 3D specimen radiography system. Digital specimen tomosynthesis is a 3-D imaging modality for the intraoperative imaging of excised breast tissue.TomoSpec reconstructs 3-D tomographic images from 2-D projection images in real-time. TomoSpec offers the ability to examine specimens at varying slice depths, and includes the K-view image for a comprehensive 2-D view of individual slices at higher resolution.TomoSpec technology eliminates the need to acquire multiple images of a specimen container at varying angles for margin confirmation. The acquired data set provides greater detail and more information than available in any 2-D image. Physicians have the ability to view individual 3D slices for the exact location of calcifications in breast specimens.Mozart will be the first system using the TomoSpec technology. Image acquisition time is comparable to 2-D system images and Mozart does not require a dedicated specimen container and can be used with most available specimen containers.For more information: kubtec.com/tomospec FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | July 11, 2014 Kubtec Introduces Real-time Digital Specimen Tomosynthesis
Source = Mike Parker-Brown – Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Solomon Islands Tourism ready to take the next stepIndicative of the Solomon Islands government’s drive to see tourism become a major economic contributor within the next five years, Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has officially launched a key National Tourism Development Strategy (SINTDS).Funded by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and the European Union, the strategy sets out the Solomon Islands government’s commitment to developing the country into a unique tourist destination within the five year timeframe, a key tenet of which is to increase tourism sector development and encourage international visitor growth.However, the Prime Minister cautioned that even with relatively modest growth at the levels proposed in the SINTDS – a nine per cent growth within the next five years – achieving targets will require sustained commitment to the strategy backed by strong leadership, increased investment and additional government and donor resourcing.Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has played a key role in helping shape the SINTDS in tandem with his Department of Tourism counterparts headed by Director of Tourism, Barney Sivoro.Speaking from Melbourne where he is attending the 2015 South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE), Mr Tuamoto agreed that compared to other neighbouring destinations’ visitor arrival aspirations, the nine per cent target might seem modest. “The reality here is that for the first time the Solomon Islands government is serious about tourism and has committed major resources into the sector,” he said.“Given the Solomon Islands’ traditional sources of wealth are now well into ‘sunset’ mode, tourism growth has become a priority area for the economic and social well-being of the country,” he said.“For us as industry players, having the government make this major commitment to tourism tells us where we want to go.“You can achieve almost any goal if you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. “The SINTDS has been extremely well researched with key drivers identified. It is now time for the Solomon Islands to take the next step and make those aspirations a reality.” Visit Solomon Islands
ESPN.com Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When it comes to the Arizona Cardinals, confidence is not at an all-time high.For just the second time in two seasons under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have dropped two straight games — the second coming Sunday in a 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals still own the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff pecking order with four games to play, but their sputtering offense coupled with a lackluster defensive effort in Atlanta has many experts moving Arizona from contender to pretender. Here’s this week’s look at the Cardinals’ place in various NFL power rankings from around the country. Week 14 Average Rank: 7.37 (4.05 last week) Highest Rank: #4 – CBSSports.com Top Stories Lowest Rank: #13 – Washington Post Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact