Matthews Walk-A-Thon to take place with virus safety measures, details here

first_img“The great thing about this event is it’s so flexible, you really can do as much or as little as you want,” said Matthews Auto President Rob Matthews. (WBNG) — Matthews Auto is giving you the chance to give back to local charities in need. This year, walkers can walk the Vestal Rail Trail while maintaining social distance, or they can walk in their own neighborhoods. People who walk in their own neighborhoods will need to report their mileage. Matthews will donate $10 to five local charities for every mile walked by participants. The charities are: Toys for TotsGiGi’s PlayhouseMom’s HouseA Room to HealCamp Hopecenter_img The 2nd Annual Matthews Walk-A-Thon will take place on Oct. 10 and 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. You can register online by clicking here. There will be no registration tent at the Rail Trail. “Last year we had a lot of people doing a mile or two, and we also had three people do over fifty miles. So it’s wide open. Whatever your fitness level is, whatever you’re comfortable with, everybody’s welcome, and every bit helps,” he said.last_img read more

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Rains rob West Indies of warm-up ahead of WC

first_imgCMC – THE West Indies’ preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup were foiled by inclement weather, with their first official warm-up game against South Africa being abandoned here Sunday due to heavy showers.The Windies were hoping to use the match as practice, with their opening match of the World Cup against Pakistan just five days away.However, despite the match being restarted after a lengthy delay, the rains came again, forcing the match to end in a no-result.South Africa had progressed nicely to 60 without loss in the 10th over, when the first set of showers came.Two more attempts were also made, but both were short-lived as showers forced the players to seek shelter with the Proteas 95 without loss in 12.4 overs.Openers Hashim Amla, who was unbeaten on 51 and Quinton de Kock, who scored 37 not out, were the batsmen at the crease.It was tough going for the Windies’ bowlers up to that point, with captain Jason Holder’s five overs for 29 runs being the most economical of the five used.The West Indies will play their final official warm-up game against New Zealand at Bristol on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Q&A with Georgia Tech beat writer Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (17-13, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) and Georgia Tech (17-13, 8-9) will play for a first round bye in the ACC tournament when the two teams meet for the second time this season. Josh Pastner’s side defeated Syracuse, 71-65, two Sundays ago in Atlanta. The Orange gets another shot at the Yellow Jackets on Senior Day in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Tech beat writer Ken Sugiura answered five questions for The Daily Orange to preview the matchup.The Daily Orange: Jim Boeheim won’t acknowledge Syracuse’s standing on the bubble. What does Josh Pastner say when it comes to NCAA Tournament possibilities?Ken Sugiura: Pastner is fairly open (and optimistic) about the Tournament and where Georgia Tech stands. From a standpoint of deserving to get in, he feels like the Yellow Jackets should be in (surprise) on the basis of winning eight games in the ACC, the point being that, in a conference this tough, any team that wins eight games should get in. I think he recognizes, though, that in reality, the Jackets still have a bit more work to do.The D.O.: Last time these two teams played it was Ben Lammers and Tadric Jackson who did the most damage, but what should SU fans know about freshman Josh Okogie?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textK.S.: Josh Okogie is likely to be on the ACC all-freshman team. Buzz Williams, the Virginia Tech coach, said recently that he thought he was the best freshman in the league outside of the one-and-done players like Dennis Smith and Harry Giles. His game is mostly attacking the basket and scoring in transition, and he’s a better rebounder as a guard than you’d think. He’s also fantastic at winning loose balls, which isn’t exactly something you hear much about but it’s something that Tech coaches value and keep track of. One huge part of Tech’s success this season has been its effort, and that kind of exemplifies it. Also interesting about Okogie – he was a three-star recruit coming out of the Atlanta suburbs and ESPN didn’t even include him among its list of top players in the state (which ran 19 deep, I believe) last year. For a couple of reasons, he was under the radar and the old Tech staff deserves credit for identifying him and jumping on him.The D.O.: If you were on the selection committee, would you put this Georgia Tech team in the NCAA Tournament? How much does it depend on what happens on Saturday and in Brooklyn?K.S.: It’s hard for me to say, because I don’t know nearly enough about who else is on the bubble to give an educated opinion. Just from a resume standpoint, they have some really, really good wins – North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame and VCU (and Syracuse) – but all but the VCU win have been at home, and I know the selection committee looks hard at road and neutral-court wins, and Tech only has one noteworthy road win (VCU). They hurt themselves by scheduling soft in the non-conference (expecting the team to be weak) and that should hurt them, too. Plus, 13 losses is a lot. For me, I’d want to see them win Saturday and win at least one game in Brooklyn, ideally two.The D.O.: What was your biggest takeaway from the Yellow Jackets’ win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night?K.S.: One big takeaway was that Tech could have easily had Pitt’s season. Many (or at least some) of your readers, I’m going to guess, may not realize that Georgia Tech was picked to finish 14th in the league and some predicted that the Jackets would go 0-18. That might have been far-fetched, but with the roster Pastner inherited, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had won two or three. Being in position to possibly earn an NCAA Tournament berth is truly astounding.At any rate, Pitt was up at the half and then collapsed at the end – Georgia Tech made its last seven field-goal attempts. Pittsburgh has had a lot of games like that, losing late, and that’s really what I figured Georgia Tech’s season might be – good effort, but just not enough talent or depth to win many ACC games. Somehow, primarily really good defense, the Jackets have found a way. As far as takeaways pertaining to the Syracuse game, it was noteworthy to see center Ben Lammers play a better offensive game (20 points on 8-for-13 shooting). He’d been struggling a bit – he’s played a ton of minutes. Maybe he’s figuring out how to play fatigued.The D.O.: Do you have a prediction for Saturday?K.S.: I think it’s going to really tough for Georgia Tech to win Saturday. So much is in Syracuse’s favor — extra rest, Senior Day, payback for the first game, simply just being at home — on top of the Orange’s roster being better. It’s also worth noting that of the other three teams that the Jackets have played home-and-home — Clemson, N.C. State and Notre Dame — Tech won the first game and lost the second, and I imagine the added familiarity with what the Jackets do — they’re a little unconventional on both ends — probably helped their opponents. Georgia Tech is not a very good offensive team, and will have to be at the top of its game to have a shot, which means taking advantage of transition opportunities, making free throws, not turning the ball over. I think the Jackets have a shot, but I’d expect Syracuse to come away with this one. Comments Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:34 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Links of Gerrard to Celtic move busted

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rogers has poured cold water on speculation linking Steven Gerrard to the club.The 36 year old has left LA Galaxy and the Hoops are one of the clubs linked to the former Liverpool midfielder who worked under Rodgers at Anfield.The Celtic boss says he doesn’t want to add to claims they could link-up again.last_img

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Africa targets free trade area by 2017

first_img1 February 2012Africa will target the establishment of a continental free trade area by 2017, according to a document issued at the closing of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday.“The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) should be operationalised by the indicative date of 2017,” the document said.The AU has made a three-step plan in preparation for the ultimate CFTA target.The first step is to finalise the tripartite agreement among the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Southern African Development Community by 2014.The second step is to urge other the continent’s other trade blocs – the Economic Community of West African States, the Economic Community of Central African States, the Arab Maghreb Union, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States – to follow this example by reaching parallel agreements between 2012 and 2014.The third step is to consolidate the tripartite and other regional free trade areas into the CFTA initiative between 2015 and 2016.“Enhanced intra-African trade and deepened market integration can contribute significantly to sustainable economic growth, employment generation, poverty reduction, inflow of foreign direct investment, industrial development and better integration of the continent into the global economy,” the document read.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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Hashim Amla: a life in cricket

first_imgHashim Amla’s cricket career has been impressive. In both Test and one day international cricket matches over the past five years, the right-handed batter has excelled. In 2014, he was named as the Test captain, but he announced his resignation from the role on 6 January 2016. South Africa’s cricket Test captain, Hashim Amla, announces his resignation from the captaincy on 6 January 2016. (Photo: Cricket South Africa) • Infographic: how South Africa fared in the RWC2015  • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • Sanlam Cape Town Marathon goes silver  • South Africa to host Commonwealth Games in 2022 • Rural Southern African doctors go the extra mile  Compiled by Priya PitamberSouth African cricket Test captain Hashim Amla said his resignation from the role, announced on 6 January 2016, was a difficult decision to take. But he believes he can contribute better to the team as a senior player and a focused batsman.“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the honour of captaining my country,” Amla said. “It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla took over the captaincy role in 2014, but he had already created a name for himself well before he was asked to helm the team.“He became the fifth South African and the third of the modern era to score centuries in both innings of a Test match,” reads the Cricket South Africa website. “Not surprisingly these feats saw him named SA Cricketer of the Year for 2010. He won the award for a second time in 2013. He was also selected for the ICC Test Team of the Year for the fourth time in 2013.”The organisation described his rise in the one day international (ODI) format as stunning.“He only got the chance to get into the South African one-squad for the Indian tour of 2010 when Graeme Smith was ruled out by injury and he has been a first choice ever since,” states the website.“On the tour to the West Indies later that year he scored two centuries and became the first Protea to have an aggregate of more than 400 runs in a five-match series. He currently has the best average and the third best career strike rate of those Proteas who have scored more than 1 000.”Watch Amla talk about the honour of being the Test captain and representing South Africa:The right-handed batter recently scored a whopping 200 for South Africa:200 up for @amlahash. #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/h9NuylS1mk — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 5, 2016And he reached 7 000 Test runs this January during the Test series against England:pic.twitter.com/fAEUVKsRtX — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 4, 2016Backing our boys 100% #ProteaFire #SAvENG #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/BHmPZJ4VQw — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 2, 2016Fans at Newlands stadium during the Test in Cape Town began a good-natured and catchy chant pitting Amla against Moeen Ali, the left-handed English batsman:International media said Amla excelled during the Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015:Cricket World Cup 2015: Hashim Amla shines as South Africa set Ireland 412 to win at Manuka. http://t.co/UsaJMWktal pic.twitter.com/YtiOV1G6Qe — Canberra Times (@canberratimes) March 3, 2015 Hashim Amla receives the winning trophy on day five of the 2015 Sunfoil Test Series cricket match between South Africa and the West Indies at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town on 5 January 2015. (Photo: Cricket South Africa) Hashim Amla celebrates his 100th run during the 2015 Momentum ODI match between South Africa and the West Indies at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 January 2015. (Photo: Cricket South Africa) His overall stats for batting and bowling are remarkable. CSA summarises Hashim Amla’s performances in batting and bowling during his cricket career so far. (Photo: Cricket South Africa)“We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat of Amla’s decision to resign as Test captain. “It was consistent with his well-respected personality.”last_img read more

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OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Accounts Enabled

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Portability#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.With a community of nine million sites that use OpenID logins and one billion enabled accounts, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities. Best of all, it’s not just bloggers and geeks who sang OpenID’s praises: The U.S. federal government got on board this year, too.OpenID accounts are enabled by such providers as AOL, Blogger, Flickr, Google, LiveJournal, MySpace, Verisign, WordPress and Yahoo, with announcements of upcoming OpenIDs from Microsoft and PayPal. Sites that allow users to login with OpenID range from major retailers and music labels to news organizations and social sites.As for the government, at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the General Services Administration and several government agencies announced they would adopt OpenID as part of the White House’s Open Government Initiative. Participating companies included Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and related agencies.Not only is the government’s involvement a vote of confidence for OpenID’s innovation, it also speaks to the product’s security progress, which was spearheaded by security committee head and PayPal exec Andrew Nash.In addition to developing and spreading the OpenID product, there’s also the OpenID Foundation, which appointed its first executive committee, including Chris Messina and Don Thibeau, in 2009.Portable identity is one of our favorite themes from this year, and we applaud what OpenID has been able to accomplish. What do you look forward to seeing from the product, the foundation and OpenID partner sites in the year to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Update: The title of this post was changed to reflect the discrepancy between the number of OpenID enabled accounts now online vs. the number of probable OpenID users.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Outgoing chief adjudicator criticizes lawyers in residential school compensation process

first_imgBy Kathleen MartensAPTN InvestigatesWINNIPEG – If he had to do it over again, Dan Ish would make a few changes.Top of the list for Canada’s chief adjudicator? Forcing lawyers to apply to the court to be part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s Independent Assessment Process (IAP).That way they would be approved and monitored throughout the process of obtaining compensation for their clients, former residential school students. A relationship of trust that Ish says several lawyers have violated during his six-year term.“It’s been a very difficult job for me,” Ish said in a telephone interview from Saskatoon. “I travel all the time, I don’t live in the city (Regina) where the main office is. After a while you just run out of steam and that’s what happened to me.”Those are some of the reasons Ish has resigned from the high-profile position as head of the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS). He’ll leave the post in June to make room for a new adjudicator he says will need to be hired for at least the next four years.That’s a lot longer than he signed up for and, at 66, Ish says he’s ready to move on. He’s already served six years of what was originally supposed to be a five-year term.“Six years! My God, I’m older than dirt…There’s absolutely no question that had the original schedule stayed in place I’d have stayed till the end of it. Or even if we were a year away from completing , I’d complete it. But we’re four years away from completing it.”That’s double the time Canada thought the process would take. But Ish says IRSAS received triple the number of expected applications from former students for compensation for serious physical and sexual abuse. Already $1.8 billion has been spent.Ish says that’s been a highlight of the job-seeing abuse survivors get compensated. The secretariat trains and oversees more than 100 adjudicators who preside over the confidential compensation hearings with claimants and their lawyers.“The adjudication side runs very well. The roughest side is the job that fell to me,” he said, referring to the issue of monitoring private lawyers involved in the process. No other parties to the settlement agreement took responsibility, Ish said, noting the Assembly of First Nations was interested but lacked the resources to do it.“We went after (Winnipeg lawyer Howard) Tennenhouse, and then got involved with (Calgary lawyer David) Blott and (Vancouver lawyer Stephen) Bronstein…and numerous other cases (with lawyers) that didn’t get to that level but where we intervened on behalf of claimants to make sure they got what they were entitled to.Ish personally reported Tennenhouse to the Law Society of Manitoba, who eventually disbarred the veteran lawyer and repaid clients nearly a million dollars. A Vancouver judge barred Blott and others he worked with from further IAP work after claimants complained of wrongly being charged loans, fees, penalties and interest-something forbidden under the IAP. The investigation into Blott’s action cost taxpayers $3.5 million.And just last month, the IRSAS requested an investigation into Bronstein but settled for a “review” of his practice and alleged connection with a paroled murderer doing IAP intake work.“And it hasn’t been fun. That part’s been no fun at all. Like, it’s a totally negative part,” Ish said.Ish says there was nothing written into the agreement about monitoring or regulating lawyers, nor was it part of his job description. But he says it will be part of the job for his successor.Meanwhile, IRSAS does have authority over legal fees and Ish says lawyers regularly challenge the payment decisions.For each IAP application, Canada pays lawyers 15 per cent and they can request up to another 15 per cent from claimants. Ish says lawyers were often seeking the full 30 per cent even though the settlement agreement reserved that amount for the most complicated cases.“Again, when we started that I thought it would be a small deal but it turned out to be a huge deal. Because early on the lawyers threw everything but the kitchen sink to try to thwart the supervision or the assessment of their fees.”Ish said arguing its position in court cost IRSAS about a million dollars, adding: “The courts are quite clear. One judge said 30 per cent must be reserved for the most complex of cases.”In hindsight, Ish says there should have been a process where lawyers have to qualify to represent claimants and then go through training before signing an agreement to abide by certain regulations.It wouldn’t solve all the issues but it would streamline the process, he noted.More than 100 lawyers are involved in the IAP across Canada. Their professional association – the law society in each province or territory – is responsible for disciplining them. The Law Society of Manitoba disbarred Tennenhouse, but the Law Society of Alberta has yet to take disciplinary action against Blott.Meanwhile, Ish is not the only official involved in the settlement agreement to move on. Sources say in the past five years, there have been three executive directors of the IAP, four directors general of Resolution Services, two assistant deputy ministers, two courts counsel and now two chief adjudicators.Ish, a former university professor, will return to his labour law practice. He also sits on various boards including one that regulates the finance industry in [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

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Construction service workers Pre Apprenticeship Program

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Construction service workers is bridging the gap between public works projects, employers and disadvantage workers.There is a pre-apprenticeship program that is helping create a skilled stable workforce in construction.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Construction service workers Pre Apprenticeship Program January 25, 2019 Updated: 8:20 AMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 25, 2019last_img read more

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