A look at the teams that Costa Rica will face in Group D at the World Cup:MIAMI — England were held to a goalless draw by ten-man Honduras on Saturday in their final friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.Roy Hodgson’s team had the better chances in a largely scrappy game which was interrupted in the first half by a 43-minute suspension of play due to a severe lightning warning.Honduras had Brayan Beckeles sent off in the 66th minute for a second bookable offence but will take heart from a battling display and a clean sheet after losing their previous two warm-up games 4-2 to Israel and 2-0 to Turkey.England created several openings but failed to take advantage with Daniel Sturridge the main culprit.Wayne Rooney made his third straight start for England, making him the only member of Roy Hodsgon’s squad to play in all three pre-World Cup warm-ups.Honduras were reduced to ten men in the 66th minute when Beckeles was given a second yellow card after he recklessly caught Leighton Baines with an arm to the head as he flew in to a challenge for a header.England start their World Cup Group D campaign against Italy in Manaus on June 14.Report: Suarez kicking ball againMONTEVIDEO — Luis Suarez kicked a ball again during World Cup training Saturday just 16 days after undergoing knee surgery, Uruguayan media reported.The Liverpool striker has been “walking, running a little in a straight line and for the first time kicked the ‘Brazuca’ ball”, said the Uruguayan football website Tenfield.“He played short passes and did some headers”, Uruguayan newspaper Ovacion reported of the team training session, which was supposed to take place behind closed doors.On Friday, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said Suarez’s rehabilitation was proceeding well.The 27-year-old is a key element in Uruguay’s team after the best season of his career when he was top scorer in the English Premier League with 31 goals for Liverpool, who finished runners-up to Manchester City.Suarez underwent a knee operation on May 22 in Montevideo to fix a problem with his meniscus. Uruguay opens the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 14.Results from World Cup warm-up internationals played on Saturday:At BrusselsBelgium 1 (Mertens 88) Tunisia 0At La Plata, ArgentinaArgentina 2 (Alvarez 11, Messi 75) Slovenia 0At YaoundeCameroon 1 (Edgar Salli 30) Moldova 0At WashingtonSpain 2 (Villa 60, 87) El Salvador 0At MiamiEngland 0 Honduras 0At JacksonvilleUSA 2 (Altidore 32, 68) Nigeria 1 (Moses 86-pen) Facebook Comments Related posts:Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Italy ties tiny Luxembourg; England equals Ecuador; Uruguay shuts down Slovenia Do or die for England, Uruguay on Thursday Costa Rica’s first World Cup opponent Uruguay could lose spot in the tournament
Related posts:PHOTOS: Chasing Moby at Uvita’s Whale and Dolphin Festival UPDATE: Eruption of Turrialba Volcano closes airport, launches ash, rocks 4 km high Op-ed: Reduce and Recycle to Remain Relevant in Global Tourism Municipal project to build cableway to Chirripó’s peak faces opposition It’s whale watching season in Costa Rica.Every year, thousands of humpback whales come to Costa Rica to give birth. The warm waters keep predators at bay and give whales a safe place to give birth. The mothers and calves spend up to three months near the coast while calves gain enough strength to head out to open sea. The whales migrate from the Southern Hemisphere and usually arrive in July. The best time to take a tour and see some whales is in September and October, right before the whales head back out to open sea. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a whale jump out of the water. Tour operators say this act, called breaching, only happens about one out of every 10 tours. If you don’t catach a breach, you will be able see whales up close at Marino Ballena National Park: Facebook Comments
The results are in for Luxury Travel Magazines’ prestigious Gold List for 2012 and BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel, is right up there with the very best of them. BLUE Sydney has been listed as number 4 in the Best Australian Hotel category and number 3 in the Best Australian Boutique, Villa or Lodge category. Ben Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing for BLUE Sydney, is thrilled with the outcome saying ‘We are very proud of these results. It’s a true achievement that BLUE is recognized in these categories as the Luxury Travel Magazines’ Gold List is voted by its readers. Source = Blue Sydney
“The site can be accessed by links www.aealuxury.com.au OR www.ozeco.com.au.” Late last month the company announced that for the second time in 23-years, an intruder had gained access to their online site, and made the decision to shut down www.ozeco.com.au and rebuild the website for its clients. All company email address remain unchanged. Tour group rebuilds website after hacking. AEA Luxury Tours has rebuilt and relaunched its online space after the company’s website was hacked five weeks ago. Source = ETB News: NJ “We certainly apologise for any inconvenience caused to yourselves and respective clients and appreciate your patience during this recent process,” the company’s international sales and marketing manager Tane Evans said in an update.
Mortgage applications declined again for the week ending November 6, 2015. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey showed that mortgage loan application volume decreased 1.3 percent from last week on a seasonally adjusted basis.On an unadjusted basis, the index decreased 2 percent.According to the MBA, refinances fell 2 percent compared to last week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier, while the unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent and was 18 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The refinance share of mortgage activity rose from 59.7 percent the previous week to 59.8 percent of total applications this week, the report showed. Meanwhile, the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 6.6 percent of total applications.The report found that the Federal Housing Administration share of total applications increased to 14.1 percent from 13.2 percent the week prior. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs share of total applications decreased to 10.9 percent from 11.9 percent the week prior. The U.S. Department of Agriculture share of total applications was unchanged from last week at 0.7 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 4.12 percent, its highest level since August 2015 when the rate was 4.01 percent, with points decreasing to 0.45 from 0.47 for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.35 percent, its highest level since August 2015, from 3.24 percent, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.37 for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.The average contract interest rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to 3.22 percent, its highest level since February 2015, from 3.12 percent, with points increasing to 0.28 from 0.25 for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate increased from last week.Click here to view the full report. November 11, 2015 596 Views Mortgage Applications Slip Again This Week ARMS Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Mortgage Refinance 2015-11-11 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News
Categories: News 27Mar MacGregor invites local pastor to deliver House invocation Rep. Peter MacGregor, back left, bows his head as Craig Owens, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cedar Springs, delivers the invocation to the state House of Representatives before today’s legislative session at the Michigan Capitol.
Madison Killion, State Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and McKenna Merkel testify before the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs in support of House Resolution 390. Resolution supports no-cost calls for active duty service members State Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, was joined in the House Committee on Military and Veterans affairs today by Dundee students Madison Killion, McKenna Merkel, Hannah Keinath and Britney Weick during testimony for House Resolution 390, which urges the U.S. Department of Defense to provide toll-free overseas telephone calls for the brave men and women serving around the world.“It was an honor to testify with students from Dundee High School who made it their mission to ask the Federal government to provide toll-free telephone calling while a soldier is deployed overseas,” Zorn said. “Madison and McKenna provided superb testimony that was well-communicated to the members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.”The four high school students from Dundee organized the “Helping Soldiers Reach Home” project, which has petitioned the U.S. government to provide toll-free telephone calls to active duty service members overseas.“I am proud of these students, who care deeply about the well-being of our soldiers and their families.” Zorn said.Testimony focused on the vital role that personal communication plays when a service member is away from family and loved ones. Maintaining an emotional connection with family and home is essential to sustaining personal relationships and the emotional well-being of the soldier.The students have also spoken about their project at school assemblies and began a corresponding petition drive to submit to the Federal government.### Categories: News 24Sep Zorn welcomes Dundee students’ testimony
13Mar Rep. Barrett’s legislation part of needed state drone regulations Legislator: We must balance hobbyist, recreational element with state interestsThe House Committee on Communications and Technology today advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Tom Barrett as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state laws for drones.A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million unmanned aircraft systems were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills discussed largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“I am not someone who is against drone technology expanding, but I think to the greatest extent possible we should have common-sense public safety in mind,” said Barrett, of Charlotte.Barrett hopes that establishing laws for proper use will help shore up a lack of current protocols.“With these laws on the books and some sort of centralized location where this information is available to users, we can start to implement these common-sense reforms,” Barrett said.Barrett’s bill, House Bill 5497, makes it a crime to interfere with a public safety official performing their official duties. First responders attempting to reach people in life-threatening, emergency situations have been impeded by drones in the vicinity – most notably during airlift evacuations when helicopters need to land close to an accident in order to provide assistance.Companion legislation in the package declares drone use as an “extension of the person”. Illegal activity carried out with the use of a drone would be treated the same as an individual breaking the law without unmanned aircraft as an aid. This language would apply to Barrett’s proposal in regards to interference.“The laws we currently have address someone interfering with a law enforcement official by getting between them and the job they have to do,” Barrett said.In offering testimony before the committee on Feb. 13, Barrett also touched on the issue of drone use around correctional facilities. Individuals use unmanned aircraft to drop contraband, cell phones, weapons and other items onto correctional facility property for inmates.“Systems operating in this fashion put our correctional officers at risk,” Barrett said. “When a weapon is smuggled in to use against an officer or another prisoner, it goes against the state’s interest because we are in charge, at the state level, of that prisoner’s welfare. I am pleased these bills have come up as a result of the task force’s work on the issues surrounding this growing industry in Michigan.”House Bills 5494-98 advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tom Barrett (left), of Charlotte, provides testimony for House Bill 5497 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Barrett’s proposal is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. State Reps. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, and Roger Hauck (right) of Union Township have also drafted legislation within the plan. Categories: News
Share7Tweet4ShareEmail11 SharesMarch 10, 2016; Centre Daily Times (State College, PA)As NPQ readers remember, the scandal surrounding convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky and the charity he founded, The Second Mile, began in late 2011 when allegations first came to light. Shortly thereafter, in 2012, operations at The Second Mile ceased. The key remaining questions: would there be a successor nonprofit, and would there be any assets left to transfer after claims by Sandusky’s victims were settled?Last Thursday, Senior Judge William Morgan approved the dissolution of The Second Mile. Another nonprofit, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, had been awarded some of The Second Mile’s assets over the past three years. The remaining assets, approximately $750,000, were awarded by the judge to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. Potential creditors and claimants have 120 days to make final claims against the remaining assets. Before making the ruling, the judge was assured that dissolution of The Second Mile would not affect claims against the nonprofit’s insurance policies or other assets, subject to the 120-day deadline.While many other media outlets focused on the details of Sandusky’s crimes against innocent children, we focused on the governance and management lapses at both The Second Mile and at Penn State that facilitated Sandusky’s conduct, weakened the organizations with which he was affiliated, and helped delay his being held accountable for his crimes. Lax accountability (or no accountability), rampant conflicts of interest, and both ignorance of and disregard for law, policy and best practice all played a part—exposed as a consequence of the egregious conduct of one man over many years.We’re glad that Arrow is continuing services in Pennsylvania using intellectual property and assets provided by The Second Mile. One tragedy among many in this saga is that, for many years, The Second Mile was renowned as a quality service provider that improved the lives of thousands of Pennsylvania children. It was recognized by the Points of Light Foundation and attracted both celebrity and strong donor support. The Second Mile is far from the first nonprofit organization whose staff and volunteers provided good services despite poor governance and criminal conduct by its founder. The corruption needed to be weeded out and Sandusky’s reprehensible crimes needed to be punished—no question. Fortunately, damage to The Second Mile’s intended beneficiaries has been lessened because Arrow has taken over responsibility for fulfilling a worth mission to serve Pennsylvania’s children.—Michael WylandShare7Tweet4ShareEmail11 Shares
Set-top box and conditional access module (CAM) manufacturer Aston is embedding Viaccess-Orca’s ACS 5.0 content protection technology into its latest products.The CI Plus 1.3 CAM, which offers USB and DVR capabilities, now supports Viaccess-Orca technology. The DVB S2 Mpeg4 HD 3D, dual tuner and DVR now includes Viaccess-Orca ACS 5.0.Aston and Viaccess-Orca also announced the availability of a secured CAM module capable of 16 simultaneous channels decryption.“Viaccess-Orca’s latest and most secure reception device embedded technology is now available on-the-shelf because of our partnership with Aston,” said Johary Ratsimbazafy, partnerships director at Viaccess-Orca. “These announcements show the industry that Aston and Viaccess-Orca provide the strongest security solutions for pay TV operators and broadcasters.”
Italian media group Mediaset has launched a new multiplatform version of weather service Meteo.it that will be available via PCs, tablets, smartphones and Mediaset’s TV networks.Meteo.it, previously available as a website only, has been revamped as an online service with new graphics and hourly updates for all Italian municipalities, available via a free download to smartphones and tablets. The TV version will be expanded and offered via channels TgCom24, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Retequattro.
France’s competition regulator has given a green light to Canal+ Overseas’ acquisition of a 51% stake in Mediaserv, the main alternative telecom operator in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion. Canal+’s overseas media unit is taking over the stake from existing owner Groupe Loret.According to the group, the acquisition will enable it to diversify its activities overseas and assist it in launching new services including internet TV.The deal is expected to close in the next few days.
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BT has said it is making significant inroads to the UK pubs and clubs market with its BT Sport offering.Citing the results of an independent survey by Sweeney Pinedo in April based on 2,011 telephone interviews, the telco says it has signed up 19,000 commercial premises, including pubs, clubs, betting shops, hotels and other premises, over the nine months since the service launched.BT claims to have captured a 24% share of all pubs, including groups and independents, placing it almost on a par with BSkyB which delivers services to 25% of UK pubs.BT’s service is available via satellite to pubs and clubs that already have equipment to receive Sky’s service, and BT is also installing equipment at no extra charge to commercial premises that do not yet take the Sky offering.Other significant commercial contracts for BT include one with bookmaker chain Betfred, where the telco delivers its three channels to 1,400 outlets across the UK.“To sign up 19,000 customers is a fantastic achievement and underlines the appeal and the affordability of BT Sport. And to achieve a 24 per cent share of pubs in our first year is phenomenal,” said Bruce Cuthbert, director of commercial customers, BT Sport.“A year ago we said we wanted to bring premium live sport to a wider audience including those that were unable to afford Sky’s high prices, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. To be able to grow the market by 26 per cent and to be a part of what pubs are able to offer their customers is enormously satisfying. Our success in the commercial TV sports market adds to our achievements in the consumer area, where BT Sport is now available in around five million homes.”
Shane SmithVice Media has teamed up with the UK’s Guardian newspaper in a strategic partnership that will provide Vice with access to original investigative news reporting from a unit of dedicated Guardian journalists, and the Guardian with access to Vice’s video production skills, distribution platform and audience, according to the pair.The partnership will include co-branded special reports that will air across Vice’s news offerings such as Vice News Tonight, Vice and HBO’s new nightly news programme, news magazine series Vice on HBO and Vice Specials, the hour-long documentary series for HBO.The pair said they would also collaborate on the development of new video formats across genres and platforms, from informational TV shows to investigative mini-series and mobile-first media products, feature documentaries and virtual reality storytelling.A team of Guardian journalists, led by multimedia news editor Mustafa Khalili, will work side-by-side with Vice News producers and development executives on developing this original content in Vice’s London newsroom.Vice News Tonight and Vice on HBO will be available to UK and Irish audiences on Viceland UK, available on Sky and Now TV.“When I was a young man studying political science, my International Politics professor told me to get a Guardian subscription because it was ‘the best news in the world’. I have had one ever since. This partnership provides a test case for the way forward in multi-platform exploitation of content. And when that content is the foremost investigative news in the business it becomes even more imperative. Real, fact-based, trusted news has never been more important and this partnership, I am very excited to say, will provide just that,” said Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO, Vice Media.Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media, said: “Guardian journalism has never been more relevant or in demand. This partnership recognises the Guardian and Vice as pioneers in digital news and underscores our commitment to using video to open up our journalism in new and interesting ways.”
Sahar BabheryFrench copyright collecting society SACD has named Sahar Baghery as director of audiovisual, cinema and digital creation.Baghery is currently director of global media research an content strategy at Eurodata TV Worldwide/Mediamétrie.At SACD, Baghery will be charged with implementing the society’s strategy regarding authors and partners in the broadcast, film, web and OTT segments. She will report to Patrick Raude, SACD general secretary.Baghery as worked in research and strategy roles for Nielsen, CNN International, NBC Universal, Walt Disney Company France and Canal+ Group.SACD represents about 59,000 audiovisual and live performance authors, and finances content creation through remuneration rights for private copying.
The BeIN Connect TV appSpanish broadcaster Mediapro is in talks with Telefónica to secure the rights to transmit coverage of UEFA Champions League football on its BeIN Connect service, according to local reports.Telefónica is to begin airing UEFA Champions League football on its Movistar+ service via the Movistar Liga de Campeones channel tomorrow, having secured the rights to the competition from Mediapro two months ago.Mediapro is now trying to strike an agreement with the telco to secure the rights to transmit the championship on its internet TV platform, Mediapro chief Jaume Roures told the COPE radio network.Mediapro’s goal is to distribute Champions League matches on the online platform from September. However, it is likely that Telefónica will retain the rights to the UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Altlético Madrid in Tallinn on August 15.Mediapro sold the Spanish rights to the Champions League for the next three years to Telefónica in a €1.08 billion deal. Mediapro retained the rights to produce the matches and commercialise the rights to public venues such as bars and clubs.According to business daily El Español, while a deal to transmit the tournament on BeIN Connect would not have a significant immediate impact on the battle for TV subscribers between telecom operators on its own, given the relatively low penetration of the online service, it could have an indirect impact by enabling Vodafone customers to view Champions League matches without switching to a rival service provider.
ShareTweet CHANNEL 4’s hit comedy Derry Girls is now making waves across the Atlantic – but the appears to be causing some difficulties.The show first aired in January 2018 and was added to the Netflix catalogue in December for users outside Britain and Ireland to enjoy.Written Derry-born Lisa McGee, it follows the antics of a group of teenage girls along with one English boy based in 1990s Derry. The Troubles are a backdrop to every episode, showing armed police and army checkpoints on the girls’ journey to school.Cosmopolitan magazine has described the series as a “must watch” and US viewers have been taking to Twitter to show how much they love the show – even if the accent sometimes proves confusing.One said: “Do yourself a favour and check out Derry Girls on Netflix! You’ll need to put subtitles on to decipher the accent and you still won’t understand about 1/4 of what they are saying… it’s brilliantly written.”Another agreed, tweeting: “Derry Girls is now my favourite show! Bless Netflix for subtitles.” On the other hand, one user explained how familiarity with singer Nadine Coyle’s strong Derry accent has helped her enjoy the series.“Cheers to being a Girls Aloud fan and all of those years of listening to Nadine Coyle in interviews. “No need for subtitles while watching Derry Girls.”Channel 4 has commissioned a second series which is due to be aired in March this year.Last November, cast and crew came to Derry to shoot some scenes in the city for new series.The cast of Derry Girls back in the city in November to start filming for series twoDerry Girls a hit in America – but ‘you’ll need subtitles on to decipher the accent’ was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Cosmopolitan MagazineDerry CityDerry Girls a hit in America – but ‘you’ll need subtitles on to decipher the accent’LISA MCGEENetflix
ShareTweet Sitting councillor Angela Dobbins topped the poll and was duly re-elected.Party colleagues Brian Tierney and Rory Farrell look on course to taking further seats for the SDLP in the ward.A lot will depend on transfers in the fourth count with Caoimhe McKnight and Aileen Mellon following closely behind on on 943 and 953 votes after stage 3 of the count process.Aontu candidate and local doctor Anne McCloskey could also get a seat at the expense of Sinn Fein after she polled 1,032 first preference votes. Also excluded on the third count was Danny McCloskey of the Alliance Party.McLoughlin eliminated as SDLP on course for three seats in Ballyarnett was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: McLoughlin eliminated as SDLP on course for three seats in Ballyarnett Sinn Fein representative Neil McLaughln failed to be electedSINN Fein has suffered a blow in the Ballyarnett ward when council hopeful Neil McLoughlin failed to get elected.At the third count in the Foyle Arena, the Sinn Fein was eliminated after only polling only 538 first preference voites.
Google+ Grant recipients have three years to plan, implement and gather data on their respective projects. The USDA handed out more than $72.1 million to 788 SCBG projects across the United States and its territories for 2018. For complete project descriptions, click here CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG). Eight West Virginia projects will share in $271,980 of federal funding. The money will be used to enhance the production, processing, and consumption of specialty crops within West Virginia. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.“Specialty Crop Block Grants have had a tremendous impact on West Virginia. From research to education, as well as expanding agricultural markets, these grants are vital to our state,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “It is imperative they continue to be included in the next and future Farm Bills.”This year total funding requests for projects was $360,042 from West Virginia organizations, agencies, and institutions. The SCBG program funded the following eight: Twitter WVDA (Statewide) – $68,342: “Developing New Detection Methods to Enhance Food Safety in Specialty Crops in West Virginia”WVDA (Statewide) – $50,000: “2018-2021: West Virginia Specialty Crop Producer Education Opportunities”West Virginia University (Statewide) – $31,460: “Growing Farmers, Horticulturists, Nutritionists in West Virginia: Garden-Based Learning for Elementary Schools”Raleigh County Schools (Raleigh County) – $25,000: “Creating Education and Market Opportunities for Students and Beekeepers in Southern WV”West Virginia University (Jefferson County) – $24,522: “Initiative to Develop a Cider Apple and Cider Production Economy in West Virginia”Yew Mountain Center (Pocahontas County) – $19,932: “Yew Mountain Center Forest Farming with Non-Timber Forest Products Research and Education Project”WVDA (Statewide) – $17,500: “2018-2021: Supporting GAP Audits of Specialty Crops”West Virginia State University (McDowell County) – $15,000: “Southside K-8 Tunnel and School Farm Project” Linkedin Next PostDay care worker pleads guilty to smothering infant girl Facebook Previous PostWest Virginia Senate mulls next steps in impeachment drama Mail Pinterest Home NewsWatch West Virginia Receives More Than $271,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants Tumblr NewsWatchState News West Virginia Receives More Than $271,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants By Tyler BarkerNov 28, 2018, 11:36 am 180 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com