20 days agoAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastle

first_imgAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastleby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole says it’s tough seeing the club at such a low ebb.Cole feels the same for another of his former teams, Newcastle.He told The Sun: “It’s difficult, really difficult.“My time with Manchester United was so successful so when you see your team struggling like it is, you do ask yourself questions, and naturally punters will ask you questions as well.“It gets frustrating because you want the current team to be playing well and winning the Premier League just like we did. “Likewise at Newcastle, from where they were under my brief time under Kevin Keegan, to where they are now, it’s chalk and cheese. “In those times, the owner Sir John Hall said he wanted to rival Manchester United to try and win the league.“But if you look at Newcastle now, they are more than happy if they finish in the top half. That’s how much things have changed.“I do get a little bit disappointed because all Newcastle fans want is just a little bit of success.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photos: Ohio State Groom Marries Michigan Bride In The Big House

first_imgOhio State fans holding Go Bucks signs during a football game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes cheer as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)How many die-hard Ohio State football fans have gotten married at Michigan’s Big House? Well, at least one. ESPN is reporting that Mike and Stephanie Stout got hitched recently and held their reception at the Wolverines’ football stadium, despite the obvious rivalry between the two fan bases. While it would appear that Stephanie won the overall argument, Mike certainly did all he could to make the wedding feature both schools.The photos, produced by E. C. Campbell Photography, show Mike spelling out O-H-I-O in Michigan’s tunnel. He also had his groomsmen wear Ohio State socks and grey tuxedos. Finally, there were Buckeyes koozies and pom-poms for each guest.When an Ohio State groom marries a Michigan bride and the reception is at the Big House … [Credit: E.C. Campbell Photography]A photo posted by espn (@espn) on Jul 31, 2015 at 8:08am PDT(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));A fun feature on ESPN today. 🙂 #lovewinsPosted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Friday, July 31, 2015(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));What happens when a Buckeye fan falls in love with a Wolverine fan? Check out Mike and Stephanie’s wedding day to find…Posted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Thursday, July 30, 2015You can check out all of the photos over at the photographer’s website. Ohio State fans – is this acceptable?last_img read more

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World Bank Report Says Jamaica Needs $16 Billion Annually to Deal With Disasters

first_imgStory Highlights A new World Bank Report is suggesting that, on average, Jamaica would need $16 billion annually to cover losses from natural disasters. A new World Bank Report is suggesting that, on average, Jamaica would need $16 billion annually to cover losses from natural disasters.Of this amount, it is estimated that $9 billion would be required to address hurricane damage to public and private buildings.Titled, ‘Advancing Disaster Risk Finance in Jamaica’, the report, which outlines proposals for the formulation of a country-specific comprehensive disaster risk finance (DRF) strategy, was officially launched during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Monday (July 16).According to the World Bank, the document is envisioned to be used as a planning tool for the potential development of a comprehensive DRF strategy that would equip the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service with information and instruments to manage contingent liabilities posed by natural disasters.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, welcomed the report, noting that it has laid out in great detail, a roadmap for Jamaica to follow.“I greatly appreciate the work that went into the analysis. It was rigorous, it was practical and the roadmap is straightforward in its suggested implementation,” she said.Mrs. Williams further noted that the report will help the Government to put in place those mechanisms and processes that will support the budget needed for disaster risk financing.“It would also help us to evaluate the various capital market options that can allow us as a Government to transfer that risk that we cannot and should not try to absorb,” she said.The Minister noted that over the years, the capital market for disaster risk has been developing financial instruments to help countries deal with disaster.Mrs. Williams contended that the country is now “at that point where we seriously need to evaluate and implement a set of financial instruments that suit our needs and will provide resources for us to call on to assist with swift recovery”.She argued that access to these resources is critical given the fact that hurricanes rob Jamaica of economic vitality and set the country back, on average, about 2.5 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) annually.Citing research findings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mrs. Williams further pointed out that since 1950, more than 12,000 natural disasters have been registered globally. During that same period, the Caribbean has been hit by 324 natural disasters.“Research shows that the economic impact of these 324 natural disasters in the Caribbean has been substantial, exceeding US$22 billion in cost over the period 1950 to 2016. We suffer about 38 per cent of the global damage from natural disasters,” she pointed out.Mrs. Williams thanked the World Bank team for helping to build the Government’s capacity in terms of knowledge base and in terms of the mechanism and systems that need to be put in place for disaster risk financing.In the meantime, World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, said the report is the first building block for the development of this framework for disaster risk financing.“The report is a result of three years of very close collaboration of the (World Bank Team) and the Ministry of Finance to analyse the gaps in mitigating natural disasters and related risks, and to develop customised solutions based on the priorities in the economic context in Jamaica,” she said.She informed that this is the first in a series of reports that the World Bank will be preparing after last year’s hurricane season, noting that similar reports are being prepared for other countries in the Caribbean. According to the World Bank, the document is envisioned to be used as a planning tool for the potential development of a comprehensive DRF strategy that would equip the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service with information and instruments to manage contingent liabilities posed by natural disasters. Titled, ‘Advancing Disaster Risk Finance in Jamaica’, the report, which outlines proposals for the formulation of a country-specific comprehensive disaster risk finance (DRF) strategy, was officially launched during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Monday (July 16).last_img read more

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Cops open up closed case in Sioux Lookout after family testifies at

first_img[email protected]@katmarte Audrey Anderson (left) and her sister Norma Anderson in 1972.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWhen 19-year-old Audrey Anderson was found dead in 1972, Sioux Lookout, Ont., police thought she’d been involved in a motor vehicle accident.But now they aren’t so sure.“There is a lack of clarity in our minds about the way that the death occurred,” said Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner for Ontario.“So I’ve reclassified the death from accidental to undetermined.”That means police can reopen their investigation. And Det.-Insp. Gilles Depratto said they need help to fill in the blanks.“We are appealing to the public for information in relation to what could have occurred if this wasn’t a traffic collision,” he said from Sioux Lookout.“The two, male parties involved may have told friends, family or acquaintances additional information that may be crucial to determining what really occurred.”The special tipline for the case is 1-807-738-5926.Depratto said the men left Lee’s Café in downtown Sioux Lookout in a pick-up truck before Anderson’s body was found on the shoulder of Drayton Road at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, 1972.He declined to reveal the make, year and model of the truck. He also hesitated to declare the men, who were interviewed as part of the original accident investigation, potential suspects in the new probe.“I’d rather not comment on that,” Depratto said, noting the men are still living in the community.“If there is any information about the two individuals – any of the family members of those or friends of those individuals – then that information would be of great value,” added Huyer.Huyer and Depratto were at a news conference Tuesday at the OPP detachment in Sioux Lookout with members of Anderson’s family.“This was very difficult for the family,” her niece, Jolene Banning, said afterwards.“It was not long after they packed up and moved to Thunder Bay.”Huyer said the same autopsy results would have been found today.But photos from the scene didn’t age well so they have to rely on help from the public.“The main purpose of this is to provide some information that we can look at these individuals differently than as part of a motor vehicle collision,” Depratto added.Banning said questions persisted about what happened to Audrey and in 2017 they contacted the Family Information Liaison Unit, which was established as part of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).“My grandpa never stopped trying to find answers and going to the local police,” Banning said of Audrey’s dad who died in 2016.She and others testified at the inquiry in Thunder Bay before FILU put them in touch with Depratto, who is the OPP’s liaison to the inquiry.Depratto said he and Huyer have met with more than 20 mmiwg families that have questions about their loved ones’ cases.“As a result of that…we’re looking at three separate cases …that we’ve started re-looking at,” he said.Audrey had several jobs and was known as a hard worker.Her death shattered her family, Banning said, and haunted her parents“Her and my grandpa split up. It was really rough,” she said.“I remember being a little kid and my grandma still crying about it.”last_img read more

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201516 NBA Preview The Hornets Coulda Been A Contender

Is Al Jefferson more like Carlos Boozer or Zach Randolph? Jefferson turned 30 last season and was a significantly less productive player than he’d been the year before. Randolph has turned his career back around in his 30s. Boozer, though, kept declining after turning 30. They’re both among Jefferson’s top comparables according to CARMELO. The Hornets need him to be much more like Randolph if they’re going to make the playoffs. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Nicolas Batum played a niche role in Portland’s offense. Now that he’s in Charlotte, can he adjust to bigger demands? His shots, points per minute and 3-point percentage declined in each of the last three seasons. He shot or turned over the ball on just one of seven possessions when he was on court last year. The Hornets will expect more of Batum. His defense, at least, is solid across the board — a must for replacing a stopper like Kidd-Gilchrist. After a mediocre rookie season, Cody Zeller improved markedly last year, shooting more effectively while turning the ball over less often. Can he keep it up? CARMELO says yes — sort of. He’s likely to remain at his sophomore-year level but not graduate to All-Star level. How he does will determine how much of an opportunity he has to improve — the roster is crowded with big men. The offense runs through Kemba Walker, but too often it stops with him: He takes and misses too many shots. His teammates last year didn’t give him many great alternatives; this year he should do better if the new Hornets give him better options. In the preseason, Walker has been clicking well with Lin, which at times means Walker shoots even more and passes less while Lin plays more like a point guard setting up his backcourt mate. Marvin Williams has done well to reinvent himself as primarily a 3-point shooter. His accuracy shooting over defenders from outside, coupled with his effective rebounding, made him a valuable player last year. CARMELO doesn’t expect that to last. Few of Williams’s closest comparable players avoided big declines in their 30s, and Williams is 29. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Before Kidd-Gilchrist went down, Charlotte had taken steps to bolster its depth at just about every position but his small-forward spot. The Hornets signed guard Jeremy Lin and power forward/center Tyler Hansbrough, drafted Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky at No. 9 in the first round and traded for power forward Spencer Hawes and shooting guards Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum. Well, Batum really was more of a small forward for the Blazers, but he was going to move over to the No. 2 spot before Kidd-Gilchrist went down. Batum’s shift back to small forward leaves lots of room for young Hornets to move around the lineup and step up. CARMELO’s projections, though, call into question whether the healthy Hornets have enough talent to make the playoffs.Here’s what’s in store for the key Hornets in 2015-16 (and beyond): After the giddy rush of Linsanity, Jeremy Lin settled into a recurring role as a very standard, effective guard: For the Rockets and Lakers, he shot effectively, got to the free-throw line, handed out assists and stole the ball, but did little else on defense and turned the ball over too often. He’s expected to back up Walker but probably will play alongside him at times, as well. Jeremy Lamb disappointed in Oklahoma City. Will moving to a team with less talent free Lamb to play a bigger offensive role, or will he struggle even more with less help from teammates? CARMELO expects modest improvement for the 23-year-old, but not enough for a starting — let alone starring — role. Everything changed for the Hornets on Oct. 3. Before that day, Charlotte looked like a young, talented team on the rise, with lots of new players fighting for minutes. In a preseason game that night, though, forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder, requiring surgery that will likely keep him out for most of the season. Charlotte’s depth at small forward, and one of its best defensive players, vanished. With Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte looked like they could add a dozen wins to their total (33) last season, the team’s first rechristened as the Charlotte Hornets after New Orleans became the Pelicans. The new Hornets’ sophomore year won’t exactly be a slump, but Charlotte likely will struggle to reach .500 and make the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects the Hornets to go 40-42: read more

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Football Justin Fields granted eligibility to play for Ohio State in 2019

Ohio State freshman quarterback Justin Fields speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State has officially gained its third quarterback heading into next season.Freshman quarterback Justin Fields has been granted eligibility heading into the 2019-20 academic year, allowing him to play for Ohio State in the upcoming season.“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a release. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”Fields transferred from Georgia and committed to the Buckeyes on Jan. 4, but would typically be forced to sit out a season due to transfer rules.“I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty,” Fields said in a statement. “I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall.  I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process.” Fields said that he and his family did not feel it was appropriate to speak publicly about the events that led to his transfer publicly while the decision was being made. The former five-star quarterback applied for a transfer waiver application, allowing him to forgo sitting out a season due to problems at Georgia involving a baseball player who yelled a racial slur toward him during a game.“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Fields said. “A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.”On Wednesday, Fields said he wasn’t sure when a decision would be made on his waiver, and that he was hoping it would come soon.“I don’t really control that. They do,” Fields said. “I’m just trying to get here to be the best quarterback I can be.”At Georgia, Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 266 yards and four touchdowns in limited time throughout his freshman season.Fields said in his statement he “will not be speaking” on the subject of his transfer moving forward, instead focusing his attention to the upcoming season.“To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome,” Fields said. “I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner.  My dad always tells me that ‘you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’’ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.” read more

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