first_img HELP IN DEVELOPMENT President of the IAAF Sabastian Coe said despite his busy schedule, he is happy to be in Jamaica to see sprint superstar Usain Bolt compete in his last race on home soil. Coe, who along with his son, Harry, arrived in the island yesterday, also lauded Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, for his outstanding contribution to the sport over the years. “It’s never a sacrifice to spend time in Jamaica, and I am so pleased to be here today (Friday). I am also delighted to be among close friends,” said Coe following his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. “I have got to know all of you extremely well in the last few years,” he said. Coe added that Bolt has done a great deal for the sport and so deserved all the honours that he has received. “This is an extraordinary career that is coming to a close and we are very excited, of course, that career will close fittingly in a World Championships stadium and if you look at his record everywhere and everything he is done, he has been the first and the best,” Coe said. Coe, who won four Olympic medals, including the 1500m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, said Mills has done a lot in helping to develop the sport of track and field. “I am the product of world class coaching, I owe a lot to my coach, my father and the teams that he put together. I know that there will be many, many wonderful and quite fitting things to say about Usain over the next few days, but let me just place on record my thanks to you, Coach Mills,” added Coe. “Behind every great athlete, there is a great coach, and we are particularly proud, Coach (Mills), that you have been a part of the IAAF family since 2006, where you have been working for us and with us, and helping us understand and promote the status of coaching,” Coe stated. “Coaching under my watch at the IAAF will always be accorded the highest status,” he said. Coe was met yesterday at the airport by Minister of Sports Olivia Grange, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association Mike Fennell, Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association; and coach Millslast_img read more

first_imgThe chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHRC), Cllr. Justice Gladys K. Johnson, has called for the elimination of the deeply rooted ancient African practice of polygamy from Liberia. Cllr. Johnson, who is also a retired Supreme Court Associate Justice, says polygamy is responsible for the unhappiness of most Liberian women.“I have sat and listened to all of the speakers but none have spoken about the elimination of polygamy. Let’s say no to polygamy in Liberia. It is responsible for the unhappiness among Liberian women,” she said.Her remarks were preceded by speeches by at least six other personalities, including the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (UNSG), Ambassador Farid Zarif, who delivered the UNSG’s International Women’s Day’s (IWD) Message; former Grand Bassa Superintendent Etweda S. Cooper, who delivered a statement from the women of Liberia; and National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director David F. Williams, who delivered the Day’s oration. Others who spoke were Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, former Senate Pro Temp G. Milton Findley and Senator Nyonblee K. Lawrence, chairperson of the Bassa Legislative Caucus. Although none of these speakers touched on the elimination of polygamy from Liberia, they, however, called for equal space to be provided for the women of Liberia to experience their full potential. During her remarks, Cllr. Johnson went on to blame most of the country’s high illiteracy rate on a man having more than one wife and subsequently having far more children than he could adequately educate. “It is very hard to feed one child lest I say five children. What more to send all of those 10 or more children to school to be fully educated? If those children are uneducated, they then become serious societal burdens. So, in order to avoid this, let’s eliminate polygamy,” she reasoned to loud applause from the audience of mostly women from different walks of life in the Liberian society.The INHRC chair made the call on Tuesday, March 8, at national celebrations of the IWD, held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The IWD was celebrated under the global theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” which calls on countries to make specific commitments at the national level to address the challenges that are holding back women and girls from reaching their full potential.Meanwhile, nearly all of Africa supports polygamy except for Guinea, La Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, Madagascar and Angola, which have laws criminalizing the practice. While polygamy is illegal in nations such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, its practice is, however, not criminalized. Eritrea is the only African country that allows polygamy, but only for Muslim men, and none other. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgArmed bandit’s killingThe High Court trial of businessman Lawrence Wayne, who allegedly shot and killed a bandit in August 2014, continued before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow on Tuesday. At the day’s proceedings, the 12-member jury heard the testimony of the man’s son, Akeem Ashton Wayne, who despite being a schoolboy, refused to hand over money to the two “tall” armed bandits, who infiltrated Wayne Beverage Paradise on Merriman Mall, in Georgetown.Lawrence WayneThe court heard that the lad would work at the business on school holidays and he was the cashier at the time of the invasion.Wayne recalled that he had observed a car on Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, parked for about five to 10 minutes. The secondary school student further explained that two men armed with guns “collared” and “slapped” him, demanding that he hand over a bag which they believed contained money. This, the witness noted, left him traumatised. The younger Wayne testified that he was not willing to surrender the bag and neither of the men was able to get it.It was later suggested by Defence Counsel Stanley Moore representing Lawrence Wayne that the men may have known what to look for. In fact, Akeem told the court that as the cashier, he received large amounts of money and that he normally stored the money in the bag before he handed it over.Additionally, the court heard from a separate witness that the bandit who was shot and killed, Dexter Lindo, and other associates, would frequent a Light and Sixth Streets business place where they would consume alcoholic beverages. It was nearby at Light and Fifth Streets, Alberttown, where Lawrence chased Lindo and another accomplice, before the suspected bandit was shot to the abdomen after a confrontation.According to facts of the case, Wayne who was a licensed firearm holder, had pursued the suspected bandits after a female stallholder had raised an alarm when the men entered the Wayne Beverage Paradise premises on Merriman Mall.He followed the bandits after they fled in their getaway car before accosting and shooting Lindo. Though Lindo escaped, he was later admitted to the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital in Georgetown where he succumbed to his injuries. Police recovered an unlicensed .32 Beretta Pistol with four matching rounds which was reportedly in the possession of the bandit.In May 2015, the licenced firearm holder was nabbed at the then Ogle International Airport moments after returning from Barbados. He was remanded and formally arraigned for the bandit’s death. Wanye is also being represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay while the State’s case is being led by Prosecutor Shawnette Austin.The trial continues before Justice Barlow at the Demerara High Court.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE – In an innovative study that evaluates how well car shoppers – not buyers – are treated in showrooms, Acura, Land Rover and Saturn dealers came out on top. Brands such as Volkswagen, BMW, Dodge and Lexus also did well. Toyota and Honda ranked about average for the auto industry, while Ford, Chevy, Mazda and Scion were below average. Evaluating the experiences of car shoppers is important, the study’s founder said, because 75 percent to 90 percent of car shoppers don’t buy a new car or truck the same day they visit a dealership. Most surveys of customer satisfaction, including the well-known annual studies from J.D. Power & Associates, focus on car buyers, said Fran O’Hagan, whose Pied Piper Management in Pacific Grove released its first auto-industry Prospect Satisfaction Index on July 16. “Very few industries or businesses devote much time to tomorrow’s buyers,” said O’Hagan, a former executive with Indian Motorcycle in Gilroy, and a 15-year veteran of the auto industry with BMW, Land Rover and others. In all, 21 brands ranked above average, four were at the industry average and 12 were below average. Like early J.D. Power studies, the Pied Piper report ranked those brands only at or above average. The below-average nameplates were listed alphabetically. Power, based in Westlake Village, and now owned by McGraw-Hill, has been researching how satisfied car buyers are with brands, dealers and vehicles for decades. It now does studies on everything from mobile phones to new homes, and in places from Germany to Thailand as well as in the United States. In its most recent Sales Satisfaction Index, released in November, Jaguar, Cadillac, Lincoln and Porsche topped the study that measured factors including the sales staff, dealership facility and car-buying process. In comparison, Pied Piper is an upstart. But O’Hagan thinks he has found a niche. He envisions the automotive Prospect Satisfaction Index as an annual study. He has conducted similar research on motorcycle and recreational vehicle dealers, where Harley-Davidson and Monaco came out on top, respectively. He spent several years refining a process that adds empirical research to mystery-shopper interviews. As a marketer, O’Hagan said he views mystery shoppers, anonymous people assigned to shop at a retail facility, “very, very positively.” Yet, there’s a caveat, he said. “The very nature of mystery shopping is hiring fake shoppers.” And, sometimes, those fake shoppers act or react different from real ones. Mystery shoppers tend to grade whether they’re greeted and how nicely very highly. Regular shoppers don’t care as much, he said. “In contrast, when a shopper wanted help, and a dealer provided help in a professional manner – whether it’s a particular model they’re looking at or `Where is the Coke machine?’ – that’s 10 times more important to a real shopper.” So he and his staff separated the auto-industry sales process into a list of 223 different factors and researched their importance with real car shoppers at dealerships throughout the country. They then sent in hired mystery shoppers to the same locations, to compare their responses with the responses from the real car shoppers, and used the findings to narrow down the sales process factors into a 55-item survey. This approach allowed Pied Piper to use its mystery shoppers solely to gather data and measure facts instead of relying on their opinions. Ultimately, for this year’s study, shoppers visited 1,592 dealerships to get representative samples for all 37 auto brands. Acura’s strong point was its consistency across the board, O’Hagan said. Land Rover dealers did a good job of showcasing product features. Saturn’s sales staffs were the most likely to offer a test drive. Lexus salespeople – 98 percent of the time – asked for contact information. One conclusion he reached was “the perception and the reality about the car business in the United States is still pretty far apart,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
first_imgIf not for scheming teen Andrew Van De Camp on ABC’s megahit “Desperate Housewives” and Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running “ER” on NBC, the only regular gay or lesbian character on a returning broadcast network show this fall would be a closeted accountant named Oscar on NBC’s “The Office.” Of all the series regulars on the networks’ 2006-07 prime-time schedules, there are only the returning three gay characters as well as six on new shows – all in supporting roles, according to a study, “Where We Are on TV,” being released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). That makes for only 1.3 percent of all the regular characters on scripted network shows during a year when portrayals of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters have gotten unprecedented exposure in such films as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote” and “Transamerica.” “In the last year, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of visibility on the big screen, reaching a large audience anxious to see our stories,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The networks, though, are not tapping into this audience and are failing to represent the reality and diversity of their viewers and the world around them.” GLAAD analyzed the 95 new and returning comedies and dramas announced for the new season by CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, The CW and MyNetworkTV. Of the 679 lead or supporting characters on those shows, there are eight gay male characters and one lesbian. There are another five semi-regular gay or lesbian characters but no bisexual or transgendered characters on any of the shows. “Not only is it low representation, it’s also low diversity,” said Damon Romine, GLAAD’s entertainment media director. Officials at ABC, the network with the best results in the study, did not return calls seeking comment. Of the new network shows set to bow in the coming months, the ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters” features a gay man as a supporting character, the CBS comedy “The Class” has one of the only gay leading characters on any show, the ABC comedy “Help Me Help You” features a closeted gay man, and MyNetworkTV’s “Fashion House” has two gay supporting characters.” The character of Andrew on “Housewives” has been one of the most intriguing on the popular Sunday night soap. He has shared passionate kisses with his on-screen boyfriend (Ryan Carnes), and the two have also been seen lying in bed together. But “Housewives” creator Marc Cherry said earlier this year that when he pitched the show to the network, he did not disclose that Andrew would be gay. His sexuality was not revealed until the second half of the first season. “I revealed he was a sociopath first, then I revealed he was gay,” Cherry said. “(Andrew) is perhaps the most empowered gay teen in the history of television. He’s gay and he doesn’t care.” Last season, the networks had 10 gay regulars, including Andrew, representing 1.4 percent of all characters on television as well as six recurring characters. The end of the eight-year run of “Will & Grace” means the elimination of two of broadcast television’s highest-profile gay men: Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes). “The broadcast networks have a responsibility to replace `Will & Grace,”‘ Giuliano said. “Not only is a show like this good TV, but it can foster acceptance, dialogue and respect – and it’s the right thing to do. If the success of `Will & Grace’ proved anything, it’s that inclusion is good business.” In addition, CBS pulled the promising sitcom “Out of Practice,” which had Paula Marshall portraying the lesbian daughter in an upscale dysfunctional family, after one season. The ABC sitcom “Crumbs,” with Fred Savage as a closeted gay man struggling to come out to his eccentric family, didn’t even last through the season. “This year we’ve dropped slightly from 1.4 percent but last year we had these major representations,” Romine said. “This year, that type of representation really has dropped, and we have more supporting roles.” GLAAD also tracked race and gender of network characters and found that males outweighed females 57 percent to 43 percent, and that 75 percent of all characters were white. African-Americans made up 12 percent, Latinos 7 percent and Asian-Pacific 3 percent. “When you look at prime time’s dismal lack of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) characters – combined with the continuing underrepresentation of people of color, gay and straight alike – it’s clear that the broadcast networks have a long way to go before they accurately reflect the diversity of their audience and our society,” Giuliano said. Cable is a different story completely, where 25 series regulars are gay or lesbian, in addition to many recurring characters on such shows as “The Sopranos,” “The L Word,” “The Wire,” “South of Nowhere,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Rescue Me.” The addition of MTV’s Logo channel and its drama “Noah’s Arc” has helped numbers with a cast exclusively featuring gay African-American characters, while the LGBT digital cable channel here! TV has the soap opera “Dante’s Cove” about gay and lesbian relationships. “Cable continues to be the place where we can find multidimensional, complex LGBT characters,” Romine said. “Successful and popular cable programs seamlessly weave our stories and relationships into the fabric that have a broad and mainstream audience, reflecting how our lives intersect with the larger culture.” GLAAD has reported on the state of LGBT characters on television for 11 years and for the last two years has examined race and gender. The findings show that the ABC network ranks highest in overall diversity while Fox ranks lowest. For a complete breakdown by network, go to (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WE’RE celebrating my father’s 84th birthday. In the car on the way to my sister’s house for the birthday dinner, he tells me he can’t remember who’s still around. “My folks are gone, aren’t they?” he asks. “Yes,” I assure him. “They’ve been gone for some time.” “And Don,” he asks. “What about Don?” Don was his older brother. They were close. “Yes,” I tell him gently. “Don’s been gone for quite a while.” Don died young, only in his 50s. I remember seeing my father’s eyes well up weeks afterward, just mentioning that he had a jacket of Don’s in his closet. But now he seems to take the reminder all right. “Your sister Julie’s still around,” I say, trying to focus on the positive. I recall that her husband died last year, but decide to skip that part. “And you’ve still got all your kids and grandkids around. There are plenty of them.” Later at my sister’s I hear him asking her, “Where’s your mother?” and her reminding him that our mother died seven years ago. The birthday celebration is small this year, just three daughters and one granddaughter, but he seems to do better at smaller gatherings. At the end of dinner we bring out the cards and gifts for him to open. My card has just one short sentence on the front, but he sits staring at it for a long time. He starts to read it out and promptly mixes up the words and trails off. I slide over next to him, to help. My sister is helping with the gifts from the other side. My youngest sister’s card has a whole series of silly quips on the front alterations of fatherly wisdom. I read these out, and each one gets a laugh from the whole table, Dad included. He laughs with gusto no confusion, no delay, no questions, just simple instant mirth. It’s something I’ve noticed about him since this whole dementia thing started. He’s right there and right in tune when it comes to humor. Almost every time I visit his residence, someone says to me some variation of, “Your father is such a nice man.” Even the attendants say this, which touches me, because I know they’ve had to deal with the Mr. Hyde side, where he threatens to call the police if they don’t leave him alone. But I see that it’s true he tries to keep them smiling. So when he tells me how much he hates what’s happening, how he can’t remember anything, how he hates not having anything to do and not being able to do anything, I remind him to give himself credit for what he does well. When you make someone laugh or smile, it makes a difference to them, I tell him. It can change their whole day. Keep doing what you do best. After the birthday party, my daughter and I take him back to the residence. He stops when we get to the door of his room and starts explaining something very complicated about if those are there and we don’t have this, then how can we do something. I can’t even start to follow it. I walk in and put away his birthday things, but he comes only part way into the room and keeps edging toward the door. I make the point several times that we have to drive back to L.A., and he should go ahead and settle in. He picks up a hat from his dresser even though he still has one on his head. My daughter and I start out the door and he comes with us. I try to make the leaving point again and give him a good-bye hug, but he doesn’t really return it. “Why don’t you walk us to the door,” I tell him, “and then we’ll say good night.” Near the door, three of the attendants are together talking and working on the laundry. We exchange some pleasantries and they ask how his evening was. “We had a good time,” he tells them. He’s still wearing one hat and carrying another. I go through the good-bye speech again, and give him another hug. “Well, OK,” he says. “Take care of my hat.” I don’t know where that sentence was aimed when it started, but it gets a laugh from everyone, and from the smile on his face I see this satisfies him. “Come, Jerry,” says one of the attendants. “I’ll help you get ready for bed.” They walk away smiling and we, smiling too, slip out the door. Mari Werner is a freelance writer in Glendale. Write to her by e-mail at read more

first_img huge blow 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It was an early warning shot and five minutes later he was at it again.Espanyol, pushing with the confidence of a team that has excelled at the RCDE Stadium for much of this season, lost the ball to the worst player possible with a lack of numbers left at the back. Messi was free, in space, surging down the right towards the box, beating man after man before he was brought down.The subsequent free-kick that broke the deadlock should go down as one of the Argentinian’s best – no small feat considering the variety he has scored.Dipping up and over the wall then curling into the corner well beyond Diego Lopez’s reach, it marked his 19th in La Liga against Espanyol, more than any other player in history. REVEALED This was Messi at his exquisite best Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY 3 The warm-up was over, and the exhibition just starting.Six minutes later the Rosario native was turning on a sixpence in the box, wriggling away from challenges in signature style, then apparently from one challenge too many, crumbling to the ground. Even from there Messi still managed to keep possession – not looking for a foul but instead shielding the ball before returning to an upright position and picking out Ousmane Dembélé, the only player in space, all in a blur.The Frenchman cut inside to curl in a wonderful right-footed finish, sprinting away with his supplier, Barcelona’s inimitable number 10, who leapt into his arms.A goal and an assist all before the break, and Messi wasn’t done.There should have been more before the players went in for half-time; a perfectly weighted first-time ball over the top to Luis Suarez was begging for the right connection, while Messi’s own header – complete with a leap reminiscent of the one in Rome against Manchester United in 2009 – hit the post.Messi even claimed a small part in Barcelona’s third as a defender of sorts, racing back to win back possession (and a rare smattering of applause from some of Espanyol’s fans) to start the move that ended with Suarez finally beating Lopez. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Messi stepped and scored a truly beautiful free-kick Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Messi with another stunning free kick. Group of Espanyol supporters in front of me literally got up and left when it hit the net.— Lee Roden (@LeeRoden89) December 8, 2018As the ball flew past the home keeper silence gripped the RCDE stadium, a number of supporters simply getting up and leaving, resigned. In theory there was plenty of time left for a comeback and tickets aren’t cheap, but with Messi in this mood they knew there was no way to turn it around. It was by far the best game he has ever played at Espanyol’s ground.It was almost as if he was particularly motivated.The Ballon d’Or may not recognize it, but there is no other player in the world who can dominate in so many different ways in the space of 90 minutes.Englishman abroad Patrick Roberts proves leaving Manchester City was a brilliant decisionAnd this was no straightforward game either. The gap between Espanyol and Barça is the shortest for a long time this season, the smaller team from Barcelona sitting second in the table and undefeated at home as recently as the second week of November, playing some excellent attacking football at their ground. On Saturday they approached the derby with ambition and intent, but unfortunately for them, so too did the extra-terrestrial in the Barça number 10 shirt.“They can compare Messi with whoever they want, they’re only wasting their time,” Spanish football historian Angel Iturriaga concluded. With the level Messi produced on Saturday, it was almost a waste of time trying to stop him. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Modric claimed the honour of being crowned the best player in the world center_img If you ever needed proof that individual awards are a waste of time in team sports, then this year’s Ballon d’Or provides the best evidence you’ll need.Lionel Messi is the fifth best player in the world, according to that ranking. Some of those chosen to decide the winner didn’t even have him in their top five. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY His masterclass that decided the Barcelona derby on Saturday suggested that assessment may just be wide of the mark. It quite literally had everything – this was Messi in vintage mode.There was the goal, from a stunning free-kick. The assist, from some incredible work in tight spaces. The second goal, from another equally stunning free-kick. The dribbles, the nutmegs, the work-rate, the intelligence, not to mention the tracking back to defend and win the ball back then initiate moves.Messi was everywhere, and more importantly he was decisive everywhere, too.The exhibition started with 10 minutes played, Messi receiving the ball between the lines on the edge of the box, accelerating in a burst then playing a well-weighted pass to the overlapping Nelson Semedo, whose cutback was only just put out for a corner before it reached a free Arturo Vidal. Latest Football News Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card In the second half the Argentinian continued to toy with his city rivals, constantly looking over his shoulder and drawing a map of the right space to deal damage.As it happened, the right space was from 30 metres out, where his second free-kick sailed into the back of the net in the 65th minute. A different variation with less curl and more power this time, Lopez was again beaten comfortably, Messi scoring two free-kick goals in one La Liga game for the first time ever. RANKED 3 BEST OF shining no dice Pueden comparar a Messi con quien quieran; solo pierden el tiempo.— Ángel Iturriaga (@anituarco) December 8, 2018last_img read more

first_imgIt’s safe to say Jurgen Klopp is not a fan of allowing video cameras into the changing room.The German has said he would quit Liverpool if the club attempted to film his methods. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more latest Klopp has said he would quit Liverpool if video cameras filmed him behind the scenes After Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Red Bull Salzburg the Austrian club shared a clip on social media of their coach Jesse Marsch’s half-time team-talk at Anfield, in which the animated American switched between English and German as he tried to get his message across in an expletive-laden speech.There is a growing trend for clubs to invite television crews into their inner sanctum and the Reds were one of the first to do it with the 2012 ‘Being: Liverpool’ documentary.It focused on their first season under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who coincidentally returns to Anfield for the first time with Leicester on Saturday, but while offering some fly-on-the-wall insight was often cringeworthy and was widely criticised by, among others, former players.Rodgers subsequently admitted the documentary, which famously featured him admonishing a young Raheem Sterling on the training ground in front of his team-mates, and the memorable ‘three envelopes’ speech in which he claimed he had written down the names of three players he said would let them down over the impending campaign.“If LFC put a video of me out in that situation, then I would leave the club. That’s the truth and that’s all I will say about it,” said the German. Rodgers has significantly improved Leicester statement What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas PEP TALK stalemate targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta The Liverpool manager has to deliberate considerably more on whether to bring goalkeeper Alisson Becker back into the starting line-up for the visit of Leicester.A calf injury in the opening match of the season has sidelined the Brazil international ever since but he was back in full training on Thursday, leaving Klopp with a conundrum as he is keen to preserve the goalkeeper’s long-term fitness.“With Alisson it is still, ‘maybe, maybe not’. Yesterday he trained with the team for the first time. He looked really good, but we will see,” said the Reds boss, who confirmed he will be without central defender Joel Matip for the second successive match. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error “We have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.”Third-placed Leicester pose a considerable threat to the Premier League leaders, even if much of the pre-match conversation has been about Rodgers’ return.Klopp hopes the Northern Irishman gets a suitable welcome after almost winning the league with them in 2014.“I hope from the fans the reception will be OK. From my side it’s fine. All the issues from a couple of years ago, when we started living in his house, are sorted,” said the manager, who currently rents Rodgers’ house in Formby,“We love living there. We pay our rent for him, so I’m not sure he has to work but he still does. You’re welcome!”last_img read more

first_imgOf course, not everyone is even washing them regularly.  The study found 18% of men and 10.5% of women wear underwear multiple times without washing them. According to a new study, you should throw away your underwear every YEAR . . . or it becomes a health risk. When do you throw out a pair of underwear?  If your answer is, “Only when it has too many holes for me to count” or “Wait, people throw away underwear?” . . . then listen up. Even though you’re washing them after you wear them . . . hopefully . . . old underwear can still develop a buildup of bacteria like E. coli.  That can lead to you getting infections down there.  And NO ONE wants those infections. And one more thing:  The researchers also say you probably shouldn’t wear underwear when you SLEEP . . . nude is better.last_img read more

first_imgRichard Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, served as guest speaker as more than 250 students were honored during the Academic Awards Ceremony that was held on April 19 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.Among the honorees were 51 “Students of Distinction” as well as a handful of individual award winners.Trevor Gates of Webster received the “Bob Scott Leadership Award,” which is named after the former N.C. governor who also served as president of the state’s community college system for 12 years.Angela Beck  of Cullowhee won the “Dallas Herring Achievement Award,” which bears the name of one of the state’s earliest advocates for community colleges.The Charlie McConnell New Century Scholar Award recipient was Olivia Perkins of Franklin, and Veronic Judson of Webster was named the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence recipient for SCC.Rotary Students of the Month were Kimberly Bailey of Franklin, Alexandria Crisp of Bryson City, Cory Gates of Waynesville and Amanda Stafford of Tuckasegee.To qualify for the “Academic Honors” portion of the program, each student had to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit within the last four years by the end of the fall semester at SCC, be enrolled in the spring semester and have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above.Following are students who earned Academic Honors (special designations in parenthesis):ASHE COUNTYWest Jefferson: Joseph William GentryBUNCOMBE COUNTYArden: Vonda Kay StringfellowAsheville: Erin Elizabeth Cahill, Joshua Ray Fultz, Erika Garcia, Andrew Phillip Walden and Kirsten Elliott Warstler.Black Mountain: Izabel La Rae Evans.Candler: Anna White.Leicester: Matthew Wayne Ledford.Weaverville: Brian Joseph Rhodes.CHEROKEE COUNTYAndrews: Daphne Dawn Browning.Marble: Julie Dailey Roper.Murphy: Shelby Alicia Crisp (Honors Project), MacKenzie Elizabeth Miller, Brittany Lucille Newton and Tasha Nicole Raper.CHEROKEE (QUALLA BOUNDARY)Cherokee: Hannah Leeane Carroll, Jill Carpenter Cooper (Student of Distinction), Jasper Isaac Groenewold, Kayla Jean Pheasant, Israel Milan Rodriguez, Tashina Lynn Rodriguez, Dolores R Taylor, Devona Michelle Toineeta, Holi Ramsey Colson, Elizabeth Loest Kelly, Trina Diane Sneed and Michael David Thompson.CLAY COUNTYHayesville: Dina Danyella Rigal and Daniel Brian Sherlin (Honors Project).DAVIDSON COUNTYThomasville: Jennifer L. Bellis (Honors Project) and Holly Elizabeth Brock.GRAHAM COUNTYRobbinsville: Noelle Diongco Crisp, Mariah Lauren Moody, Connor Sawyer (Honors Project), Katelyn Stevens (Robbinsville).HALIFAX COUNTYRoanoke Rapids: Karl Miller (Honors Project).HAYWOOD COUNTYCanton: Clyde Sawyer Leatherwood (Student of Distinction) and Nikki Parton Luther.Clyde: Anna Caroline Cleaveland, Michael B Johnson, Brittney Lynn Rogers, Donna Morgan (Student of Distinction) and Daniel Keith Trantham (Student of Distinction).Lake Junaluska: Brett Nathaniel Kerby.Maggie Valley: Ronald J Peters, Dustin Roche (Honors Project, Student of Distinction) and Richard Michael Walker.Waynesville: Riki Braentner (Student of Distinction), Andrew Caldwell, Bridgette Kelly Cope, Cory Edward Gates (Honors Project, Rotary Student of the Month, Student of Distinction), Laken McKenzie Grasty, Ashley Ann Hooper, James Richard Hopkins (Student of Distinction), Tara Brooke Stevenson (Student of Distinction) and Cindy Woodbery.HENDERSON COUNTYHendersonville: Elizabeth Johnson Cook and Corey Maman (Student of Distinction).JACKSON COUNTYBalsam: Corey Alan SmolikCashiers: Lisset Alheli Magana Almanza, Pollyanna Marie Ballentine, Katherine E Flynn, Alheli Morales-Maravilla, Jonathan Paulino-Velazquez, Rodica Popescu, Jonathan R Poznanski-Galvez, Aleksandra Tabakova (Student of Distinction) andYauheni Vasilevich.Cherokee: Jasper Isaac Groenewold and Michael David Thompson.Cullowhee: Angela Marie Beck (Dallas Herring Achievement Award, Student of Distinction), Samantha Lynn Burch, Lance R Buskey (Student of Distinction), Justin Daniel Lee Clifton, Madison Reyanne Cox, Matthew Joseph Draughon, Jordan Nicole Fox, John David Frye, Hannah Harris (Honors Project), Amanda Claire Kanack, William Caleb Long, Gifty A Mansah (Student of Distinction), April Dawn Mattox (Honors Project, Student of Distinction), Mariah Rose Mauro, Benjamin Dewey Mills, Ragan Arlene Moore, Colin Dean Morrow, Kaitlyn Cheyenne Moses, Yesenia Yazmin Navarro (Student of Distinction), Victoria Abigail Oroz (Honors Project), Mariana Monserath Ramirez, Madison Elizabeth Rogers, Lucas Leonard Sanders (Honors Project), Alyssa Anne Schaub (Student of Distinction), Dakota Shay Shapiro, Stephanie Renee Sisk, Teresa Jade Sterling, Katlin Rose Watson, Brandon Lee Wooten and Crystal Lynn Yanez.Dillsboro: Morgan Kyle-Anna Biddix, Debra Jean Cumbie, Selena Marie Robertson and Dereka Marie Taylor.Glenville: Zoe Renee Alvarez and Sarah Maylakaye Jennings.Sylva: Ameer Maqbool Adam, Josiah Christopher Akers (Honors Project), Clayton Justice Ammons, Alexander C. Baker (Honors Project), Kanan Bipinchandra Bengali (Student of Distinction), Elizabeth Helene Branscome (Honors Project), Jessica Casey Bumgarner, Bryan Eugene Burkett (Student of Distinction), Susan L Burrell, Christianna D Castro, Lisa M. Connolly, Nancy R Crawford, Angel Davis (Student of Distinction), Caitlyn Marie French, Emily Rose French, Jessica Lane Gibson, Steven E Grady, Jessica Marialice Hall, Tammy L Haskett, Morgan Paige Hawkins (Student of Distinction), Isaac Clayton Hensley, Nicholas Christopher Jacobs, John Jarvis II, Grey Jenkins (Student of Distinction), Sarah Danielle Johnson, Destiny Jones (Student of Distinction), Kennedy Danielle Jones, Semanur Karayaka, Scarlett Elizabeth Kinkaid (Honors Project), Wioletta Agnieszka Koniecko Sikorska, Leilani Marie Kosempa, Rebecca Ann Lind (Honors Project), Phil Dexter Maynor, Thoma Howard Meek (Honors Project), Chace Hunter Morgan, Maleia Rebecca Parris, Sherry Pless Parris, James Alexander Powell, Jackson Philip Ridenour, Elizabeth Ann Sellers, B Austin Sherman, Kayla Elaine Sloan, Brian Alan Strong (Student of Distinction), Morrow Lee Tritt (Student of Distinction) and Levi Jihon Weigand.Tuckasegee: Emilee Ashe (Student of Distinction), Lowery Elizabeth Messer and Amanda Stafford (Rotary Student of the Month, Student of Distinction).Webster: Natalie Marie Brewton, Trevor Mark Gates (Bob Scott Leadership Award, Student of Distinction), Veronica June Judson (Honors Project, NCCCS Academic Excellence Award, Student of Distinction), Carrie Jo Shuler and David Joseph Walsh.Whittier: Isaac Barrera Arellano, Jutta Farrer Kacey Leigh Fontenot, Chloe Lucille Langston (Student of Distinction), Noah Bryan Leamon, Autumn Elena Pine, Elijah Michael Quillen, Karen Miranda Reddish, Alma Gail Russ, Noemi Genesis Santoyo, Trenton Nathaniel Sawyer, Gabriel David Sessoms, Calli Anna Sutton, Natalie Swayney, Chelsea Nicole Ward and Jessica Gladden Watkins (Student of Distinction).LENOIR COUNTYKinston: Ryan Grady.MACON COUNTYFranklin: Britany Lorin Beck, Abrianna Jordan Berry, Judy D Blanton (Student of Distinction), Allison Nichole Burd, Madeline Paige Burr, Jason Malone Casada, Bethany Rose Cocke, Julio Cesar Cruz, Sandra S Deats, Izabel La Rae Evans (Honors Project), Faith Ann Farnum, Jennifer Fuentes-Hernandez, Michaela Meschial Guffie, Matthew William Guthrie, Tyler E Hance, Elizabeth Ashley Hazellief, Travis J Hedden, Tanner Blake Higdon, Sophia Hincapie-Rodriguez (Honors Project), Alex V Hurst, Cristina Guadalupe Hurtado, Gabrianne Lye Ivey (Honors Project), Jessica Leigh Jones, Amy L Justus, Ariana Kathleen Kimsey (Honors Project), Tonya Marie Land, Sandra Lapp, Kuteka Nicole Lopez, Olivia Cobian Marquez, Morgan Danyel Mason, Morgan Renae McClure, Stephen Mercier, Nicole Elizabeth Morgan, Lacey L Morrow, Dyanna Lynn Newsome, Shannon Newsome, Billy G. Newton, Olivia Carol Perkins (Honors Project, Student of Distinction and Charlie McConnell New Century Scholar Award), Dexter Kenneth Phuong, Valerie Renee Prestia, Nichole R Rogers, Savannah Elise Sanders, Madison Nicole Shope, Nathaniel Gregory Smith (Student of Distinction), Ryan Smith (Student of Distinction), Jenna M. Snell, Allison Ann Southard (Student of Distinction), Dylan M. Southard, Emily Ann Southard, Sean Sullivan (Student of Distinction), Stephanie Tice (Student of Distinction), Celeste Torres, Rebecca Haas Tyrone (Student of Distinction), Alysia Nicole Viar, Timothy John Vliet, Faith Alize Webb, Matthew Sloan Wilson, Alexander Winogradow Ribeiro, Lindsay Ann Wood, Danielle Andrea Woodard (Honors Project), Angela Rose Young and Joshua Cale Boucher.Highlands: Kyle Gabbard (Student of Distinction), Brenda Hogan Lopez and Radmila Alieva Marling.Otto: Maria V Ereeva, Benito Garcia-Garcia, Sara Jane Messer (Student of Distinction) and Christopher N. Newsome.RUTHERFORD COUNTYForest City: Keltcie L HoppesSWAIN COUNTYAlmond: Austin Robert SimpsonBryson City: Rachael Marie Baines, Jacob Daniel Barker, Tessa Leah Brendle, Jessica Elizabeth Brooks, Alexandria Miles Crisp (Rotary Student of the Month, Student of Distinction), Teresa Defoor (Student of Distinction), Shayna Dickerson (Student of Distinction), Victoria Chaleon Fuller, Gillian Kathryn Gerard, Zachary Ian Grant, Sage Moonbyrd Holden (Student of Distinction), Mikel Lucaine Laws, Amanda Joy Lile, Bronson Lindsay (Student of Distinction), Bobbi Jo Mathews (Student of Distinction), Deanna Lee Miller, David Wayne Parton, Rayah Jenay Smith, Jasmine Nicole Spencer, Joshua Lee Stephenson, Aaron W. Swenson (Student of Distinction), Angela Patricia Tourtellott, Amber Marie White (Student of Distinction), and Kayla Elizabeth Wike (Student of Distinction).Cherokee: Hannah Leeane Carroll, Jill Carpenter Cooper (Student of Distinction), Kayla Jean Pheasant, Israel Milan Rodriguez, Tashina Lynn Rodriguez, Dolores R Taylor, Devona Michelle Toineeta, Holi Ramsey Colson, Elizabeth Loest Kelly and Trina Diane Sneed.TRANSYLVANIA COUNTYBrevard: John Edward Nicholson and Mark E. Orr.Rosman: Bethany Savannah Green.Sapphire: Jennifer Romero.DILLARD, GA.Dillard, Ga.: Hannah Marie Williamsonlast_img read more