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Govt duplicity, lack of transparency among reasons for PPP boycott

first_img– double standards, witch-hunting also cited As Independence celebrations got underway at D’Urban Park on Thursday evening, it was evident the parliamentary Opposition had boycotted the event. But from reports reaching Guyana Times, the boycott was for good reason.According to a source close to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the decision to boycott the celebration was not taken lightly; but rather one reason for the decision to boycott was the controversy and lack of transparency surrounding the money used on the location.Sources indicate the Opposition boycotted the event due to the controversies swirling around the Government“Apart from the money spent in the past, the Government spent close to another $100 million to have the Park prepared again for these activities. And it seems to be a cash cow for the Government,” the source stated.The source revealed that the Party was also concerned that despite the national nature of the event, the parliamentary Opposition was at no point included in the planning of the celebrations.Other concerns of the parliamentary Opposition are the determined use of agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to persecute members of the Party. This comes despite SOCU turning a blind eye to corruption and criminal acts the party had highlighted being done by officials of the current Administration.During a recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had deplored the fact that the Guyana Police Force continuously demonstrated a double standard in its dealing with PPP/Civic officials as against members of the ruling coalition.“We have had cases where we have called in the Police on several occasions… the Police have two standards now, standards for going after PPP people and standards for APNU.”Jagdeo had called for charges to be laid against Director of the Government Information Agency (GINA) Beverly Alert, for (alleged) misappropriation of public monies, following the glaring admissions made in the Public Accounts Committee recently.Alert appeared before the parliamentary body on Monday last and essentially told members that the GINA staff had been paid bonuses in 2015 following approval from the Finance Secretary.But under cross examination, it was found that a Contingency Fund advance made in 2016 was in fact used to make the payments in 2015. Subsequently, she essentially threw in the towel and said “the auditors probably have to come in back… maybe we have to scrutinise the books again. I can only go to what was provided to me by the staff of GINA.”Jagdeo had also used the occasion to draw reference to staunch coalition supporter, Eric Phillips, a senior official at the State Assets Recovery Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency.The PPP/C General Secretary pointed to statements Phillips would have made, interpreted to mean death threats against the Opposition Leader and senior members of the PPP/C.He reminded media operatives that the PPP/C lodged an official complaint with the Guyana Police Force and “until today we have seen no action.”The PPP/C General Secretary and Opposition Leader said the entire State apparatus would have been brought to bear, had it been the party allegedly committing the act. He also reminded the media of the case of Ruel Johnson.Johnson, the cultural political advisor to the Government, had been condemned for inciting the torching of the Sanata Complex which houses among other businesses, the media grouping TVG, Guyana Times and RGI Radio.According to the source, the Party is still disturbed that while several of its members have either been passed through the courts or are being investigated, the Government seems intent on creating a façade that all is well between the two parties.In retrospect, the source said, the PPP was also cognisant of instances when the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change, then the Opposition, would have boycotted national events the former Government had planned.UnnecessaryThe subject of D’Urban Park has been a contentious one between the Opposition and the Government side, since the structure was built last year at a cost of over $1 billion. The Government has constantly had to defend the logic of building the structure, when the National Stadium, a state-of-the-art structure that already hosted national events, is available.In the run up to the 51st Independence anniversary celebrations, there had been reports that the event would be hosted at Stabroek Square. That ultimately never happened, as Government switched their focus back to D’Urban Park.Due to its lack of utility, the structure stands empty and unused for most of the year. During a press conference, Minister of State Joseph Harmon while responding to assertions that the structure has become a white elephant had defended its existence.“Since the D’Urban Park was built, I can say to you at least once per month or more, that various organisations in this country have been using the Park for various activities. That every afternoon, you can go there, you just walk there and take your cameras, you see people are exercising, they are using the place, you see children playing, so it is not as is portrayed in your article that this is a white elephant,” Harmon had been quoted as saying.Cash cowMeanwhile, as it relates to the overall expenditure and cash donations, questions are still swirling about how much the project really cost taxpayers. This is especially pertinent as the construction costs covered by private entities amounted to no more than 10 per cent of the overall cost of the project.D’Urban Park was initially built under the supervision of Homestretch Development Inc, a private company Government says was solely established for this purpose. Audit Firm Ram and McRae has since debunked assertions that the company was ever a special purposes company. Later, delays saw the project being taken over by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Under pressure from the Opposition, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the House that a total of $27.7 million was received in the form of donations from private individuals and entities, while another $37 million came about ‘in kind’.The Minister provided a list of donors to the House. Among the donors as listed by Minister Patterson are three anonymous contributors, Palm Court, TEOCO, STP Investments Inc, Mohamed’s Cambio and RUSAL, among others.He listed among those entities that have given donations in kind as BK International, Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited, BaiShanLin Forest Developers Inc, Demerara Sand and Aggregates, Barama, Buxton Gas Station, Splashmins, and NABI Construction, among others.Opposition parliamentarian, Juan Edghill, while querying the expenditure was adamant during the consideration that with donations being less than 10 per cent of the $1 billion price tag, the project could not be one that could be considered as done privately.He was adamant that it is reasonable to conclude that Homestretch Development Inc was just a company that was used to engage private contractors of which ultimately all of the money to be expended was to be paid by taxpayers.The Opposition has already called on the Auditor General of Guyana to conduct an immediate forensic audit into all revenues, expenditure and donations received. In addition, there have been calls for a commission of inquiry.The PPP has on previous occasions expressed outrage over the coalition Government seeking an additional $500 million to be plugged into the controversial D’Urban Park Project. The fact that hundreds of millions in public funds had to be used contradicts all suggestions that the project was privately funded.last_img read more

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Get your applications to participate in Sand Sensations B.C.

first_imgThe pound up portion runs on Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm, while the creation of your project will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and again Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m.Judging for this portion of the competition is based on (1) visual impact (2) use of sand (3) creativity (4) theme relevance.The family/community challenge covers basically the same criteria as the amateur challenge, but with its own little twists.Participants are provided with a 10×10 working plot for up to 10 competitors, a sand bucket and small hand tool kit, a bottle of water per person and an opportunity for families to work together for a common outcome.Advertisement The amateur challenge runs from July 25 – 27 and the family/community challenge is being held on August 2. As for the amateur challenge, Sand Sensation B.C. will provide contestants with wood to secure the pound up, both sand and water for the formations, a 10×10 working plot for up to 5 teams and a competition environment.Sand Sensations B.C. is asking potential participants to bring with them their own carving tools, props and sculpture décor (shovel, buckets, spoons, butter knives, straws) and $5.00 per team for the entrance fee.- Advertisement -You’re also required to provide a signed release of liability agreement, waiver of claims, assumption and risk agreement, photo permission to use / release and registration form.All of these documents are provided for signing before the beginning of the competition.You’re also asked to bring your own protective sun lotions and basic food and beverage needs, although venders will be available on site.Advertisement Judging criteria for the family/community challenge consist of (1) teamwork (2) enthusiasm (3) creativity (4) theme relevance. Every participant, regardless of the challenge, has access to a ‘tips and tricks’ workshop hosted by professional sculptors, professional sculptor’s opinion and assistance as required, vendors on site at the park, camping at Peace Island Park, although families and teams are responsible to book and pay for their site, along with washroom facilities provided by the park.The professional exhibition will run July 28 – August 3, with 5 international carvers building a world of creative works to the theme of, you guessed it, ‘Cowboy Country’.Registrations forms for the amateur challenge can be found here and the family/community challenge form are found here.last_img read more

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GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford Stadium.The runners are:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Roe Lark; 2, Portsoy Lyric; 3, Kelsies Rosie; 4, Millview Fox; 5, Freddys Trooper; 6, Deerpark. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Tromora Allstar; 2, Hather Slippy; 3, Rough Rogue; 4, Farmers Dance; 5, Ghetto Seria; 6, Townsend Angel.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Coolcholly Kate; 2, Hather Phoenix; 3, Local Whitesocks; 4, Swanson Cash; 5, Deerpark Jim; 6, Myre Willow.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Rough Wizard; 2, Kagawa; 3, Superfine Swing; 4, Maid of More; 5, Rough Rumble; 6, School Run.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Cailin Or; 2, Sugarland Spook; 3, Tahina Audie; 4, Quill Rocket; 5, Fernhill Blue; 6, Beraghill Monty. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Deerpark Jenny; 2, Swanson Nancy; 3, Mullrook No Cash; 4, Ballybun Oshea; 5, Black Sagitta; 6, Blackstone Hugh.Race 7 (750 yards): 1, Hi Beak; 2, Personal Fantasy; 3, Dardanella; 4, Triangle Tilly; 5, Storm Warrior; 6, On the Snaff.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Altmore Champ; 2, Smurfing Convoy; 3, Hather Crown; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Ballymac Mohamed; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Movin Ahead; 2, Goodinthehood; 3, Lisnatrane Dude; 4, Brubeck; 5, Tobar na Maithir; 6, Ruiris Champ.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Brett; 2, Hather Bonnie; 3, Aughduff Murt; 4, Glebe Flyer; 5, Hi Dibbles; 6, Smurfing Manx. Race 11 (525 yards): 1, Swanson Rosette; 2, Blackstone Maxx; 3, Graysfield Dell; 4, Black Zodiac; 5, Fernhill Travis; 6, Hather Jill.Raace 12 (525 yards): 1, Bannroad Sean; 2, Tullna Island; 3, Wrong Note; 4, Townsend Panter; 5, Hather Eve; 6, Tahina Oscar.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Duo Earns United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-Midwest Region Honors

first_imgThis is the first United Soccer Coaches awards for Rodgers and Smith.Print Friendly Version Rodgers, a forward, was the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award. She is just the fourth player in MVC history to be named Player of the Year twice after previously being named MVC Player of the Year in 2015. Rodgers, who scored a team-high 12 goals in 2017, is Drake’s all-time goals scorer and ranks fifth all-time in MVC history with 39 career goals. She is a four-time All-MVC selection, who was second team as a freshman and first team in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Seniors Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) and Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-Midwest Region Teams, the USC announced Tuesday, Nov. 28 evening. Rodgers was named to the second team while Smith was selected to the third team.center_img Smith started 19 matches at the defender position this season. She was named the 2017 MVC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-MVC First Team. Smith scored two goals, handed out a team-high four assists and helped the defense record seven shutouts. She netted a golden goal to beat Illinois State, which clinched the MVC regular season title for Drake. Smith was a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection and earned All-MVC honorable mention honors in 2016.last_img read more

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ALL IS ‘POSITIVELY WELL’ IN MULROY COLLEGE!

first_imgMulroy College students get stuck in!Students and Staff in Mulroy College enjoyed a week of promoting Positive Well-being to coincide with World Mental Health Day October 10th.They marked this occasion with a week of activities celebrating and promoting well-being in the school community.There was a special emphasis on promoting the “5-a-day” of mental health within the college. These include: Connect, Take Notice, Give, Keep Learning and Be Active. Some of the actives that took place included; talk and walk to music during the morning registration class .Teachers discussed well-being with students and explored how each of us can achieve 5-a-day. There was an emphasis on healthy eating and students were encouraged to learn new skills.A paper tree was placed in the canteen and every student in the college wrote how they felt on a leaf which was later pinned to the tree. During the week students and staff were encouraged to do random acts of kindness.On Friday students and staff participated in a Blue non-uniform day to promote mental health, each student donated €1 to Jigsaw, an organisation who support young people in Donegal. As part of the pastoral ethos in the College students regularly engage in positive mental health and well being projects.Ms Fiona Temple, Mulroy College Principal said “Educating young people about mental health, positive well being and resilience is as important in their development as academics. These approaches along with our ethos of building mutually respectful relationships ensure all members of our school community are valued.” ALL IS ‘POSITIVELY WELL’ IN MULROY COLLEGE! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:MilfordMs Fiona TempleMulroy Collegepositive well-beinglast_img read more

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Kicking off the new marketing year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCollege football just began and every team still has the chance to win their conference or, more importantly, find their way into one of the playoff spots. Some fans believe this is the year they will have a perfect record at the end of the season, while others are worried that their team will not even make it to a bowl game. For many, Saturday’s first game answered some questions about their team’s prospects for the season but undoubtedly some questions will linger and won’t really be known until the season has progressed.Last weekend also marked the beginning of a new marketing year in the USDA balance sheets for the corn about to be harvested. Just like not knowing how your football teams will do this season, the corn market has a lot of time to still have a great season or maybe still disappoint the farmer.December corn continues to hover around $3.70 as the new season starts. Like the die-hard fans of several college teams in the country, I’ll hear these fans suggest why their team should win it all. These same die-hard market participants think corn has to rally back to $4.50 or higher. On the other side of the spectrum there are those who are very pessimistic about their team’s chances this year and are offering rationale why their team isn’t going to be able to even make a bowl game or why corn could still drift to $3.40.There are so many variables affecting any football team’s chances this season to win the national championship, just as there are many variables the corn market will have to work through this season. It’s important to understand, and put into context, many of those variables so I can make the most informed decisions possible for my marketing plan. Historical patterns?The general trend of the corn market is to move lower until harvest starts, then trade sideways through the winter, until the next summer weather scare happens when the market moves higher.In the previous 6 years, there’s been no clear price pattern between the end of August and Thanksgiving. In ’15 and ’16 the market hit its bottom in late August. In ’14 there was a nice bounce at the end of September. In ’13 and ’17 the market trended lower now through Thanksgiving and then like last year went sideways for several months. Prevent plant dates and frost concernsInsurance sets prevent plant dates based upon historical data showing when “normal” frost dates should happen. This year has been far from normal, so the first frost will be more critical than usual to final yields and ultimately prices.Farmers in the east who planted corn around June 10 need the first frost to come after Oct. 15 to avoid significant yield loss. Typical first frosts in the east occur around Oct. 15, so they are cutting it close. Still, farmers there seem optimistic, especially since they’ve had reasonably good growing conditions the past month. One farmer in west central Ohio told me he planted corn last year on June 10 and his final yield was only 5 bushels below his farm’s trend line yield. He indicated that with the right weather in September he could still produce those kinds of yields this year. September weather will be criticalWeather predictions this past week suggest frost dates might now be normal or later, which is a change from a month ago when early frost chances were higher. Frost is hard to predict though, because unlike droughts that damage a crop over 3 to 4 weeks, frosts will damage a crop in 3 to 4 hours. Plus, it also matters how widespread the frost will be. There’s a big difference between isolated pockets and multiple states being affected.Also, widespread cool September weather could impact yields too. With so many weather variables that can still impact prices, we may not know the extent of the weather’s full impact until harvest is nearly over. It will likely be a long harvestThe western states look to start on time or maybe a week late, while the eastern states could be 3 to 4 weeks behind. The crop in the east will be harvested very wet. This will mean long elevator lines and limited dumping space while everyone waits for the grain to dry. A longer than normal harvest isn’t likely to negatively impact prices as much as fast harvests can. When crops are harvested fast, there isn’t as much time to find space for the crop, which means cash prices tend to weaken. A slow drawn out harvest allows for end users to grind more of the crop while the farmer is forced to use their fields as temporary storage. Still a lot of longs in the marketAverage speculators went long (bought futures) between $4 and $4.50 before the August report, with most averaging around $4.20. Largely these speculators have held onto those positions hoping for a rally down the road. This could mean it will take a major shift in the current USDA production estimates to see prices exceed the levels where these speculators bought their corn futures. Too much old crop still stored?End users and elevator managers claim there is a limited supply throughout the U.S. and suggest the high basis prices mean a futures rally is needed. However, given the negative sentiment and frustrations among farmers after the late June acreage report and especially the mid-August report, it seems likely the USDA estimates of significant old crop still in storage could be supported.Elevator managers in the western Midwest states say there were hardly any new crop sales made when the market rallied. Because farmers missed their opportunity before the report, they may be looking for any rally to sell their remaining ’18 crop and get a start on the ’19. This could limit any big rally potential without an unseen production problem. Funds could handle either directionLast spring funds were short nearly 300,000 corn contracts. When the market rallied, they ended up long nearly 50,000 contracts in June. Currently, they are short around 100,000 contracts. This suggests they aren’t expecting a huge futures market rally, but aren’t sure they should push the market lower yet. It seems the funds are listening to the USDA numbers, but haven’t totally discounted the fact that weather could still play a major roll in the final yield potential of this crop. End users may not need to buy more corn until 2020Many end users prepared for higher prices before the August report by having strategies in place to cover corn needs through the end of the year with $4 type levels targeted. Then like everyone else, they were caught off guard as their buy orders quickly filled shortly after the August report. Now end users aren’t in as big of a hurry to buy more, even at these lower futures values.If end users aren’t buying and funds aren’t interested in going long, who’s left to buy this crop in the next few months? This could be a challenge facing farmers going forward. Basis is giving mixed signalsBasis levels at end users across the country are at levels not seen since 2014. This normally would indicate a possible upcoming futures rally. However, lack of exports has pushed export basis prices down to levels not seen since 2017. Current US corn prices aren’t competitive globally, which doesn’t help farmers or necessarily warrant a futures rally. Ethanol has problemsPOET (one of the largest ethanol producers in the U.S.) announced they are slowing grind. They blame margins and the EPA who has been helping the oil industry. If POET is having problems, it’s likely a large percentage of the ethanol community is having problems. This week another ethanol plant in Minnesota discussed shutting down.The president said there will be something “giant” for farmers announced soon. If so, hopefully it will take effect in the next few months to help corn prices, because increasing mandates in 2021 won’t be beneficial in the short term. Corn has a wheat problemThere is an overabundance of hard red winter wheat that is putting downward price pressure on prices. In the southern plains the price of cash wheat and cash corn is nearly the same. This is making wheat more attractive to end users to feeding wheat over corn this season. If the wheat situation isn’t corrected, it could hold back corn prices longer than many expect. Market correctionsJust like when the board runs hard up, it runs down hard too. It needs to find a correction at some point. Lack of farmer selling and strong basis could indicate an upcoming correction, and spreads between contract months have been running unusually tight for such a large expected carryout. If farmers remain convinced the USDA has overvalued yield and/or acres planted, they may hold out until after the January report hoping for a rally, which could keep spreads tighter than normal. This may also mean post-harvest basis values could stay at current elevated levels, helping to propel futures up. Hoping for another 2010In 2010 the USDA and most analysts were surprised by the final yield compared to the August and September reports. Farmers are hoping this happens again. It seems farmers are waiting until harvest to see if the yield is really there before taking much action. This lack of action could help keep futures prices from dropping even further.There’s still a lot of uncertainty until harvest results become available. If the USDA’s numbers would prove to be correct, then corn could trade even lower. However, an early frost or cool September could reduce final yields and propel prices upward. The bigger the problem the higher the prices can go. Anyone who guesses the final harvested acres and yield correctly will be rewarded the most. Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

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Go Beyond the Webinar| Insights into Empowering Parents to THRIVE

first_imgIn partnership with the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Penn State University’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness is implementing a new initiative called THRIVE to empower parents as they nurture their children across developing stages. On August 16, 2018, Dr. Jennifer DiNallo, Director of Research for the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, provided a  webinar presentation on the GROW program within THRIVE which is designed for parents of children 5 to 10 years old.The following are some insights gathered from Dr. DiNallo’s captivating and informative webinar:Dr. Dinallo provided an overview of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, in which they provide programs for various topics including: parenting, obesity prevention, violence prevention, and anxiety/depression.She discussed the history and the development of the THRIVE Initiative as well as the research that has informed the work that they are doing.The three domains that the THRIVE Initiative focuses on are: positive parenting practices, parent & child stress management, and strategies for promoting child physical health.The four programs that currently comprise THRIVE focuses on different child developmental stages. Take Root (ages 0-3), Sprout (ages 3-5), Grow (ages 5-10), and Branch Out (ages 10-14 and 14-18).The THRIVE programs aim to incorporate a strength-based approach by focusing on what families are already doing well to increase family readiness.She introduced the Grow! Program and the application of both their face-to-face and online parenting programs.Dr. Dinallo shared information on facilitator training for the face-to-face application of the Grow! program. Any professional can utilize this training and the resources when working with parents and families in their own practices.To get an overview of this archived webinar, check out the event page here. And that’s not all… if you are a Licensed Social Worker, Family Therapist, or Professional Counselor, you can obtain 1.5 CEUs for this webinar until August 16, 2019. Just watch the webinar and follow the instructions listed on this page!Do you like podcasts? If so, we’ve got an episode with Dr. DiNallo talking about the THRIVE Initiative- CEUs are also available for this until April 25, 2019!last_img read more

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Four killed as hoarding collapses in Pune

first_imgAt least four persons were killed and seven more injured after an allegedly illegal iron hoarding collapsed in the city’s bustling Mangalwar Peth area on Friday afternoon. Police said the flex banner was being removed when it collapsed.The deceased have been identified as Shyamrao Kasar (70), Shyam Dhotre (45), Javed Khan (49) and Shivaji Pardeshi (40). The injured have been rushed to the Sassoon General Hospital for treatment. At least five of them are said to be in a critical condition, undergoing treatment in the hospital’s intensive care unit.The mishap turned out to be a double tragedy for the Pardeshi family, residents of the city’s Nana Peth area. Mr. Pardeshi, an autorickshaw driver, was returning from Alandi with his two children and elderly mother after performing the final rites of his wife, who passed away earlier this week.More than 10 vehicles, including autorickshaws, cars and two-wheelers endured severe damage when the structure crashed on them.The incident led to a major traffic snarl in the city, with traffic police rushing to the spot to maintain order.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup 2011: England set to take on Netherlands in Nagpur

first_imgCouple of years ago, the Netherlands had their most memorable moment on the cricket field when they stunned England in their opening World Twenty20 match at Lord’s and now the two sides find themselves face-to-face once again in a similar situation.On Tuesday here in the Orange City, a repeat of that performance by the men in orange looks highly unlikely but England are well aware of the fact that causing upsets in the tournament is what the minnows are here for. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to limit the World Cup to only 10 nations from 2015 effectively rules out the Dutch from the next edition.Both teams therefore, will play to a purpose with confidence on their side in their opening match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha on Tuesday.Since that fateful evening in 2009, England have seen their brightest days but there are various issues that still need to be ironed out in the English camp, after the 6-1 ODI series loss to Australia that followed the triumph in the Ashes Down Under.England have looked an improved unit in the two warm-up games against Canada and Pakistan, though the former pushed them to the brink before caving in. They have almost made up their minds to open with Kevin Pietersen and push wicketkeeper Matt Prior down the order to counter the spinners. The move did pay off in the game against Pakistan last week when Pietersen scored a fluent 66 while Prior played a 23-run cameo.advertisementOne of the better players of spin – along with Ian Bell – in the English side, Prior will have to take on the important task of dealing with the slow bowlers.However, it is the decision on the inclusion of the world’s leading off-spinner, Graeme Swann, that the English think tank is delaying. Swann, who was recently blessed with a son, arrived here late on Sunday and the jet lag will be a challenge for him to deal with.Although he still remains an uncertainty, on Monday, the off-spinner had a lengthy net session where he was keenly watched and assessed by captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed.The Netherlands, on the other hand, have a sprinkling of talent in their ranks and are well capable of dismantling the more established sides in the competition on their day. Ryan ten Doeschate is definitely the most famous name from an associate team, and his skills have earned him a handsome purse from this year’s Indian Premier League auction, where he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders.A brilliant 98 against Kenya in a warm-up match was ample evidence of his form and talent. Opener Alexei Kervezee has had a decent season with the Worcestershire while Tom Cooper, who plays for South Australia, is another name to watch out for.For England at” the top, Pietersen and Strauss can be a fire-andice combination which may pose difficulties even for the prominent teams. Over the years, England have been the bridesmaids at the World Cup, finishing runnersup three times – 1979, 1987 and 1992. They finally managed to break the jinx in the World Twenty20 in the West Indies last year and, with Strauss and Flower in charge, have looked a more confident bunch.In the nets on Monday, the English batsmen seemed eager to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead after the Netherlands game. Spinners from a local academy were made to bowl at them for hours, though the weather was favourable.Monday morning witnessed a light drizzle in the city but the forecast for Tuesday is clear and sunny skies. The spinners are bound to play a role at some stage of the match, but the pitch is expected to give batsmen value for their shots.All in all, it looks like another mismatch, but in this case, previous experience will teach Goliath not to take David for granted.last_img read more

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High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the 5th and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now under the direction of new coach John Beilein. He, along with the players selected, will transition to the pro game.While Cleveland’s fans were deeply disappointed the Cavs couldn’t conjure more magic and win the lottery for the fifth time since 2003 and have a chance at Zion Williamson, Ja Morant or RJ Barrett — the consensus Big Three in the 2019 class — Beilein was satisfied.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, logisticsHe didn’t dwell on falling short. After all, he’s missed out on big recruits many times in his career.“We’re in great shape,” said the 66-year-old, exuding the same confidence that attracted him to the Cavaliers. “At 5 or 26, we’re going to get two really good players. I’ve gone down the list and I’ve played against many of those guys or I watched them play on TV or I saw them in AAU.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It’s possible that the New Orleans Pelicans, who acquired the No. 4 pick from the Lakers in the blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis, grab Culver. If so, the Cavs can’t go wrong with Hunter, who matched up against Culver in the NCAA championship and is viewed as a solid prospect.Hunter was at his best during Virginia’s title-game victory, when he shook off missing his first seven shots to finish with a career-high 27 points. Hunter has range — he made 44 percent of his 3-pointers last season — and can put the ball on the floor and attack.And then there’s Reddish, perhaps the most enigmatic of this year’s top players.The 6-foot-8 forward committed to Duke before Williamson and Barrett, then became a third wheel on Mike Krzyzewski’s uber-talented squad. Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 36 games, but too often deferred to his more celebrated teammates, raising questions about his attitude and passion.“My personality is kind of reserved, so people might take that as lazy or too laid back,” Reddish said at the NBA Combine in Chicago. “But that’s just not who I am. I’m naturally kind of a reserved, calm guy.”Mock drafts have had Reddish going anywhere from No. 4 to 13, but he won’t be around when the Cavaliers pick a second time. The No. 26 selection is important for a team trying to cleanse after a 19-63 season that included a coaching change after six games, numerous injuries and the surprise hiring of Beilein, who will be a rookie coach next season.Beilein knows the Cavs have a long road ahead of them, and he’s looking forward to the day when the No. 5 pick isn’t Cleveland’s.“Hopefully, the only time we’re there again is because we’ve traded and got the pick from someone else,” he said. “But we’re going to take advantage of it now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIEScenter_img DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:42PH 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 Krauss View comments He’s seen a few in person recently as Cleveland has conducted personal workouts and gotten to know prospective picks.Assuming Williamson, Morant and Barrett are off the board — and barring a major trade, that scenario seems a slam dunk — the Cavs will be positioned to select Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter or Duke’s Cam Reddish, who spent last season playing in the shadow of his Blue Devil teammates Williamson and Barrett.The 6-foot-7 Culver is one of the best two-way players in this year’s draft. The Big 12′s Player of the Year as a sophomore, he averaged 18.5 points along with 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. But he was equally effective on the defensive end, and that’s where the Red Raiders made their mark in marching to the national title game.Culver was on Cleveland general manager Koby Altman’s radar all last season, and Beilein got an up-close look at him in the NCAA Tournament. The 20-year-old scored 22 and Texas Tech’s defense punished Michigan 63-44 in the Sweet 16, holding the high-powered Wolverines to a season-low in points.Culver’s game has continued to mature and the Cavaliers would love to pair him with Beilein, who has built his reputation and resume over four decades developing young players.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver (23) shoots past Buffalo’s Nick Perkins (33) during the second half of a second round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Tulsa, Okla. With the No. 5 and 26 picks in the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be in position to select Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter or Duke’s Cam Reddish. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA’s postseason from afar.They’ll be big players again Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Brazil model accusing Neymar of rape speaks to police again MOST READlast_img read more