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Premier to address Province Tonight

first_imgPremier Gordon Campbell addresses the province tonight, about the jittery global economy and, his government’s plans to meet the challenge. He told reporters yesterday it’s important to focus on the basics, that helped B-C become so strong… [asset|aid=475|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d4c7463b4ea6b8e3291ae5517bd076ae-Premier-plan_1_Pub.mp3] Mr. Campbell has already ruled out running a deficit but, government spending cutbacks remain a definite possibility.The 15 minute address is scheduled for 6.15 and will be carried live on BC’s Legislative Hansard Television Channel. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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‘Reus loves Borussia Dortmund!’ – German star to reject Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool interest?

first_img Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is optimistic Marco Reus will still be at the club next season, despite interest from a host of the Premier League’s top sides.Reus is currently one of the most sought-after talents in European football, with the World Cup winning star reportedly the focus of interest from Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.German giants Bayern Munich and European champions Real Madrid are also said to be keen on the attacker, who has a clause in his contract permitting him to leave for a set fee at the end of the current campaign.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed several months ago that he knows the value of that clause to be €25million (£19.9million).However, it seems suitors would need to convince the 25-year-old to leave his home region of Westphalia, with the Dortmund chief insisting Reus is happy at the club.“I believe that fundamentally Marco would love to stay here because he loves the city and he loves Borussia Dortmund,” Watzke told Stern magazine.“But I’m sure the people who are interested in him moving will provide him with other arguments.”Dortmund have seen Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski move to Bayern in the past two years, and they are eager to avoid losing another key player to their bitter rivals.And Watzke was adament the financial implications of another big-money sale would have no impact on Reus’ future.“We’re aiming to build revenue to around €300million by 2017/18, but that excludes transfers,” he added.“That would mean we would be able to invest an additional 20 million in the team than we can now.” 1last_img read more

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College offers McCain-Feingold 101

first_imgThe speech policeman’s lot is not a happy one, as the University of Montana at Missoula is learning. Herewith a tale about the mess that institution has made by regulating political speech. Perhaps the university noticed the praise that speech rationers in Washington receive when, in the name of combating corruption or the appearance thereof, they regulate, as with the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, the timing, quantity and content of political speech. In any case, the university has a rule that limits candidates for student government offices to spending a maximum of $100 when campaigning among the university’s 10,000 students. Restrictions on freedoms, and especially freedoms as fundamental as those of the First Amendment, require serious justifications. So the question is: To what pressing problem did the university’s $100 limit respond? Or is it merely another manifestation of the regnant liberalism common on most campuses – the itch to boss people around? Again, what caused the university to so severely circumscribe the spending necessary to disseminate political advocacy? Was it big-money corruption, or the appearance of it, in student politics and government? Not exactly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) allocates student activity fees, which are public funds, and lobbies students, the university administration and the state Legislature on policy matters. In April 2004, Aaron Flint ran for the student senate. During the campaign, a large number of posters critical of him appeared around the campus. He believes they were placed by the University of Montana College Democrats and the liberal Montana Public Interest Research Group. Neither group is subject to the expenditure limits applied to candidates. To counter this opposition, Flint spent $214.69 of his own money on professionally made posters and pizza for his campaign workers. He won. But because he spent an impermissible $114.69 – enough to buy seven large Domino’s pepperoni pizzas – in order to respond to unregulated speech, ASUM removed him from office. Flint took the university to court, charging that his rights of political speech and association had been violated. A district court, genuflecting before the university’s academic autonomy, declared the $100 limit a reasonable measure to “ensure all students enjoy equal access to the educational benefits available through student elections and governance.” Now, that is a novel argument: Equal “access” to the educational benefits of student politics would be diminished if more political advocacy were permitted. Unpersuaded, Flint appealed, but his appeal took him to the epicenter of novel argumentation, the reliably liberal and frequently reversed 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It ruled against Flint, arguing that the university’s limits on political speech are reasonably related to two permissible institutional objectives – providing “student candidates a valuable educational experience” and maintaining the election process “as an educational tool, rather than an ordinary political exercise.” Two things were unexplained: What is the nifty educational value of an election process that is not an ordinary political process? And: How does severely limiting political speech serve “a valuable educational experience”? Anyway, last summer the U.S. Supreme Court, while upholding the right of a high school to restrict speech advocating the use of illegal drugs, stressed that students’ rights are greatest with respect to political speech and ideological speech. And Justice Sam Alito, joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, stressed that the ruling “provides no support for any restriction of speech that can plausibly be interpreted as commenting on any political or social issue.” Courts have spun a complex tangle of law distinguishing different degrees of permissible regulation of speech depending on which kind of “forum” it occurs in – a “limited public forum,” a “designated public forum,” even a “metaphysical” forum (it is not physical). In this case, the forum is neither mysterious nor small nor the university’s property: The $100 limit covered an individual’s political advocacy not just on campus but on public sidewalks and streets throughout Missoula, where many students live. If the Supreme Court takes Flint’s appeal, it will see that the University of Montana is indeed teaching students a lesson about politics – the pernicious lesson that politics should be conducted under tight restrictions on advocacy. The university is preventing students from learning such essential civic skills as how to raise and allocate political money for advertising and organizing. Thus do the grossly anti-constitutional premises of McCain-Feingold seep through society, poisoning the practice of democracy at all levels. George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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JOHN’S STUNNING PICTURE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS AND PLOUGH ABOVE DONEGAL

first_imgIT only lasted a few minutes…but snapper John McCandless was on hand tonight to capture this wonderful image.A blur from the Northern Lights and the Plough can be seen in the skies above Isle of Doagh in Inishowen.“Unfortunately the aurora only lasted two to three minutes,” says John.  JOHN’S STUNNING PICTURE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS AND PLOUGH ABOVE DONEGAL was last modified: November 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalInishowennorthern lightslast_img read more

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Ex-child care worker jailed

first_img Rankins, who was convicted of arson, auto theft and receiving stolen property in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively, lost her child-care license in November 1999. Rankins was accused of fraudulently receiving the Medi-Cal benefits from November 1995 to February 1999. In the welfare fraud case, Rankins was accused of wrongfully collecting $20,549 in welfare payments from 1996 through 1998. She went off welfare in 1998 after her child-care income increased to an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 a month, prosecutors said. Prosecutors were unable to provide figures on Rankins’ child-care earnings during the years she was on welfare, but a state report said receipts found in her home during a search reported she took in about $14,000 from child care in 1998. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It was not clear what the suspected probation violation was, but Christopher said it may be related to the real estate investigation. Christopher said that evidence had been collected regarding the real estate case and that the matter was under investigation. No charges have been filed. “We collected evidence and are in the process of determining if it’s a crime,” Christopher said. In March 2002, Rankins was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and sent to jail for a year for welfare fraud. Rankins was charged with illegally receiving welfare and Medi-Cal benefits while running a day care center in her home. She pleaded no contest in March 2001 to one count of welfare fraud. PALMDALE – A Palmdale woman who served jail time for welfare fraud and previously provided child care under a county contract despite having a criminal record has been arrested on suspicion of violating her probation. Alvina Rankins, 41, was arrested last week after probation officers and patrol deputies searched her home. Paperwork found there prompted deputies to initiate an investigation into possible real estate fraud. “Some of the documents that we looked at were suspicious,” sheriff’s Detective Chris Christopher said. “We are investigating whether she was involved in various real estate fraud, including obtaining false loans.” Rankins was arrested Nov. 16 and was being held without bail. She was scheduled to appear late Monday for a probation violation hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. last_img read more

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SPEEDY GONZALO CRASHES INTO DONEGAL AS WINDS HIT 100KM/HR

first_imgEX-hurricane Gonzalo has brought torrential rain and damaging winds to Donegal.Driving conditions in the county have been described as treacherous with flood waters affecting many roads.Gardaí are warning motorists to take extreme caution on the roads. They say conditions are expected to remain poor right through the morning, with extra caution needed.A wind gust close to 90km/hr was recorded at the Met Eireann station at Finner just after midnight as the storm took hold, with gusts increasing throughout the night.Coastal areas of Donegal are getting the worst of the weather.The Irish Coast Guard has issued a warning to people driving or living along the coast. “The morning should see highest wave heights off the Donegal of up to 7 or 8 meters,” said a spokesman.“Thankfully the height of the storm does not coincide with high water. However coastal areas, cliffs and piers may still be very dangerous. Please exercise caution and use common sense – the next breaking wave may be much bigger and could just be the one that sweeps you away.”Gonzalo lost its tropical storm status yesterday and is now classed as an ‘extra-tropical’ depression. SPEEDY GONZALO CRASHES INTO DONEGAL AS WINDS HIT 100KM/HR was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgonzaloHurricanestormlast_img read more

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Mars Water Evidence Evaporates

first_imgThe strongest evidence for water from the Mars rovers has been called into question.  Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder believe that the observations of sulfates and concretions are better explained by fumaroles in volcanic ash deposits (see also EurekAlert).  Their paper in Nature1 explains that the model means high temperatures: “Consequently, the model invokes an environment considerably less favourable for biological activity on Mars than previously proposed interpretations.”  Another paper in the same issue of Nature2 by scientists from University of Arizona and Los Alamos proposes rapid turbulent flows caused by meteor impacts produced the deposits, not periods of long-standing water as was previously assumed.  The report by Robert Roy Britt on Space.com included a response from Steve Squyres, principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers.  He said he always contended that the water was primarily underground, but thought that alternative views are good for science.  The rovers, by the way, both celebrated their “One Martian Year Anniversary” recently (about twice as long as an Earth year).  Both rovers are still going strong (see JPL press release).  Opportunity recovered from a shoulder injury not long ago.  Engineers were able to get the robotic arm working again.  The MER Website has posted some more “special effects” images in which the rovers are placed into the scene.  This one of Opportunity on Burns Cliff would make a nice Christmas stocking stuffer.    In other Mars news, the first results of the MARSIS instrument (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) on the European orbiter Mars Express were published in Science.3  The radar instrument can penetrate the surface for up to a kilometer.  Researchers found an underground impact basin 250 kilometers in diameter, and probed the northern polar ice deposits in this first-ever survey of the 3rd dimension of Mars.1McCollom and Hynek, “A volcanic environment for bedrock diagenesis at Meridiani Planum on Mars,” Nature 438, 1129-1131 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04390.2Knauth, Burt and Wohletz, “Impact origin of sediments at the Opportunity landing site on Mars,” Nature 438, 1123-1128 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04383.3Picardi et al., “Radar Soundings of the Subsurface of Mars,” Science, 23 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5756, pp. 1925 – 1928, DOI: 10.1126/science.1122165.Remember the optimistic claims that Opportunity had found evidence for long-lasting surface water?  Remember how the astrobiologists immediately jumped to the conclusion that Mars probably had good conditions for life?  (They’re still doing it; see the 11/29 JPL press release).  It was interesting to hear that the concretions or “blueberries” that seemed to clinch the argument for water have another explanation; they are apparently expected in an impact scenario, when a meteorite strike causes a short-term flood or “base surge” that can travel hundreds of kilometers from the impact site.  It may be possible that the H2O on Mars is subsurface ice that might liquefy during an impact event, only to freeze or vaporize quickly afterward.  Whatever they eventually decide, Mars doesn’t have to be lively to be interesting.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Pune IPL team reaches out to its new fan base

first_imgPune: Soldiers housed in the Paraplegics Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune, are cheering for the home team, Rising Pune Supergiant, in the IPL. But one team member is special for the soldiers. For a few years now, cricketer Rahul Tripathi has been visiting the soldiers at the centre with his mother, Saroj, bearing fruits and gifts. The Khadki institution houses soldiers forced to live in wheelchairs due to combat injuries. On Sunday, he visited the centre along with his teammates to launch the ‘Supergiants for Soldiers’ initiative, aimed at creating a support base for soldiers. The cricketers were left awestruck by a basketball-on-wheelchairs exhibition match, with the soldiers wheeling around furiously to get into position for a shot at the rim or to collect a rebound.Mr. Tripathi’s visits to the centre, close to his residence in Pune, were a result of his parents’ involvement with the institution. His father, Colonel A.K. Tripathi, says, “I am posted at the Command Centre, where each person is assigned one initiative. Helping out at the PRC was assigned to me, and my wife became involved. She fasts on certain days in the week, so I suggested gifting fruits on fasting days, and her visits became regular.”Tripathi, then a youngster working his way up the ranks in Maharashtra age group cricket, accompanied his mother whenever he was at home in Pune. He bonded with the soldiers, his visits bringing them joy and earning him their blessings.Col. Tripathi believes his son’s career took off after those trips to the PRC. “After a visit, he scored heavily in the next match. I feel those blessings were working. The donations began 2011 onwards. He kept coming here and his success in cricket continued.” The RPS batting sensation returned to the PRC as a celebrity of sorts on Sunday, clicking selfies and mingling with the combat veterans. He was happy to spend time with familiar faces. “I take away positive energy from here each time. Their courage to overcome difficulties is inspiring.” The 26-year-old’s stylish strokeplay when partnering with Ajinkya Rahane or Steve Smith, and the fact that he’s the only Maharashtra cricketer in the Pune playing squad, has made him a fan favourite at the MCA stadium. The Supergiants for Soldiers project, announced by CEO Raghu Iyer, aims at creating awareness and raising funds for the PRC through online fund-raising firm Ketto. The centre’s medical director, R.K. Mukherjee, said the facility needs wheelchairs, both manually and battery operated. He added that sport is a key aspect in the soldiers’ rehab. “There are soldiers here paralysed waist down, others with no movement in their limbs. We call them differently abled, not disabled, because at heart, they want to live life. Besides basketball, at which they excel, our soldiers take part in swimming, athletics, badminton, archery for paraplegics,” he said.last_img read more

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Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand brought down host Philippines, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, to advance to the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Thais set up a semifinals matchup against 10th-ranked Korea in the penultimate stage while the Philippines will duke it out against Chinese-Taipei in the bottom four of the classification stage.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Read Next Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters 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 View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img The Philippines labored to score against the Thais’ superb defense, converting on just 28 of its total 114 spike attempts.Thailand, on the other hand, scored on 46 of its 109 spike attempts.READ: Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’Chatchu-on Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points apiece to lead Thailand while Wilavan Apinyapong added 13.Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the 79th-ranked Philippines with 11 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who scored tournament-highs in their previous game against Vietnamn, were limited to a combined 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was pleased with the fight his team showed against the Asian powerhouse.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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“This is a game, you win some you lose some. But it’s how you fight that’s important,” said Vicente in Filipino. “I saw that the heart was still there and the determination to not give up was there also.”“It’s just unfortunate that we lost today.”last_img read more

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Foton sets up decider against F2

first_imgDown for the count, Foton on Saturday night stood up against formidable F2 Logistics and displayed the fighting heart that made it a two-time champion in the past.Foton took its quarterfinal series against the Cargo Movers to a deciding game after scoring a 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12 win on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jaja Santiago and import Courtney Felinski came up with the hits that told in the stretch as the seventh-ranked Tornadoes set up the do-or-die match against the No. 2 Cargo Movers for Thursday.“It’s a big win for us, especially coming off an 11-game losing streak and now we still have the chance for the semifinals,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFoton president Rommel Sytin expressed delight in the performance of his Tornadoes, who were given up for lost after that sorry losing streak.But it won’t be easy for 2015 and 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix champions as the Cargo Movers, three-time champions themselves, are expected to come back strong in the winner-take-all match. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Manila Golf Ladies lures banner field Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s just a little luck and the big fighting heart of the players,” said Sytin after the thrilling win.It was the Tornadoes’ third straight win after the tailspin, as the return of sisters Santiago and Dindin Manabat and the arrival of import Milagros Collar continued to boost their confidence.Santiago, a standout in the Japanese V-League, scored 20 points like Felinski. Collar added 16, while Maika Ortiz had 11.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus had earlier warned of a big Foton comeback. But he is expected to make key adjustments in the sudden-death.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more