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Secret Service increases protection on Joe Biden as he unofficially becomes president-elect

first_imgAdditional agents are reportedly being added Friday to the team protecting Biden.That full protection may still be delayed if Donald Trump refuses to concede, though: “If Biden is considered the clear winner and Trump does not concede, the Secret Service could wait under agency protocol until the electoral college meets in mid-December to certify the vote results before officially treating Biden as the president-elect,” the Post reports.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The airspace over Biden’s home in Delaware is now considered National Defense Airspace, however. So things appear to be moving in the right direction for Biden to get the protection his position merits, and the threat of Trump’s supporters demands.last_img read more

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Club set to terminate Balotelli’s contract

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Brescia are set to terminate Mario Balotelli’s contract after the Italy striker failed to return to training ahead of Serie A’s restart this month, Italian media reported on Saturday.The 29-year-old Balotelli signed a three-year contract with his hometown club last year after they earned promotion to the top flight for the first time since 2011. Balotelli has earned a reputation as a troublemaker during his career.It was a career in which he has played for Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan, Liverpool, Nice and Olympique de Marseille, and won 36 international caps.A television station had reported that Balotelli was involved in a row with Brescia president Massimo Cellino.This was after the striker did not return to training when COVID-19 restrictions were eased in the country.The report said Balotelli was offered a consensual termination, which he refused, and the club then sent a letter to his lawyer saying his contract would be ended. Balotelli has scored five league goals in 19 appearances this season for a struggling Brescia side who are bottom of the league standings.They are nine points from the safety zone with 12 games left.Serie A, suspended on March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is due to resume on June 20.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AC MilanBresciaLiverpoolMario BalotelliSerie Alast_img read more

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Garcetti urges USC’s involvement in city

first_imgFollow Daniel Rothberg on Twitter @danielrothberg Before Eric Garcetti became Mayor Garcetti at his inauguration on June 30, many USC students knew him by a slightly more academic title: Professor Garcetti.Heated Debate · Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti debates former mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel at the Galen Center on May 5. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanA visiting instructor at USC’s School of International Relations from 1998 to 2000, Garcetti taught a class on humanitarian intervention and human rights, as well as a course on developing countries in world politics. While teaching at USC, Garcetti helped form a chapter of University Watch, a program of Human Rights Watch, and brought a group of students to meet then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, according to the School of International Relations’ alumni magazine.While his tenure at USC might have been short, Garcetti has had a long relationship with the university.In fact, Garcetti has appointed some of his former USC students to serve as city commissioners, he said during an interview with the Daily Trojan, and came back to campus in 2003 to deliver the commencement address for the School of International Relations. As a three-term city councilman representing Hollywood, Echo Park and other communities, Garcetti said he worked with USC on everything from homelessness to rebranding Los Angeles.But, for at least the next four years, Garcetti will work with USC in a more direct capacity as Los Angeles’s leader.And as newly elected politicians adjust to their new roles in city government, so too must USC and other stakeholders.“[A change in government] does affect the university because even though we’ve known a lot of these folks for years, they’re in a new role,” David Galaviz, USC’s executive director for local government relations, said. “We have to reach out to them, we have to be proactive in explaining to them USC’s role, both as a community partner and a partner with local government.”The university’s lobbying efforts extend far past the mayor’s office. Perhaps no one is as important as the university district’s city councilman, Curren Price, who, after working as a state legislator for seven years, is beginning his first term as Ninth District City Councilman.Since taking office, Price has met with university officials to discuss USC’s $1.1 billion renovation of the University Village and a project to improve the Figueroa Corridor. Last March, Price served as the keynote speaker for a student leadership conference hosted as part of USC’s EdMonth.“I think ‘SC brings a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of intellectual power to problems and to opportunities in the area,” he said during an interview with the Daily Trojan. “Overall, it’s a very positive resource and we hope it continues being a good neighbor for the community and the businesses that surround it.”Price said that he’s looking forward to working with the university, noting several shared priorities: beautification, public safety, economic development and youth empowerment.Garcetti is also focused on youth empowerment. Since Garcetti’s tenure at USC, the university has become increasingly active in civic life, he said.“I think that every year USC becomes more and more integrated, not only with their neighborhood, but with the city of Los Angeles in the wider sense,” Garcetti said.When it comes to city politics, USC has considerable influence.“The university has access,” Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the USC Price School of Public Policy, said. “And you don’t ignore the largest employer in the city of Los Angeles. That doesn’t mean you cave in every time that employer breathes. But that employer will certainly get a hearing.”Several of Garcetti’s commission appointments have USC affiliations, Jeffe noted. On Aug. 14, Garcetti named Steve Soboroff, who sits on the Price School’s Board of Councilors, to the commission that oversees the police department. Robert Saltzman, associate dean and professor at the Gould School of Law, already serves on the panel.But Galaviz said his office is careful not to treat USC-affiliated officials differently in its interactions with the city.“We have to approach them like any other constituent,” Galaviz said. “We cannot assume nor do we think that just because a certain community leader has a tie to the university they’re going to do everything the university wants.”When an issue does arise, Galaviz said the first call is always to the university’s councilmember, one reason forming a strong relationship is so crucial. Over the next few years, USC will collaborate with the city on priorities as small as fixing potholes and as large as the University Village renovation, Galaviz said.Price, like Garcetti, isn’t new to working with USC. Recently, as a California state senator, Price criticized an agreement that gives USC a 98-year lease to manage the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Though he supported USC managing the Coliseum, Price was part of a group of critics concerned that museums in Exposition Park would suffer from a loss of parking revenue during several university events. Since the letter was written, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has said the state plans to compensate the museums.“My concern was there would be some reimbursement, either from the state, the university or from somewhere,” Price said. “These are important cultural resources in the community and we didn’t want to turn over the Coliseum to ‘SC at the expense of decreased access by citizens.”The Coliseum isn’t the only area where the university and the city have worked together. In recent years, public safety has become an issue that has required greater collaboration with the city. After an on-campus shooting in October, the university installed additional gating around campus and placed restrictions on visitors after 9 p.m.Though Garcetti said safety in South Los Angeles has improved in recent years, his administration plans to do more work in the area.“I do believe it’s tremendously safe,” Garcetti said. “Certainly compared to 20 years ago, 10 years ago, it’s better. But there’s still too much crime concentrated in South Los Angeles and it will be a focus of mine, particularly with youth intervention and gang intervention, to give young people other pathways.”Despite USC’s efforts to extend its reach beyond the University Park Campus, many students remain reluctant to get involved in city life. After all, turnout in the mayoral election stayed at a low 10.2 percent for 18-29 year olds, according to an exit poll sponsored by Loyola Marymount University.Garcetti hopes to change that. As mayor, he plans to make volunteering easier by creating a forum that lists opportunities. But he also said he recognizes that increased involvement requires a change in attitude.“L.A. is a complicated place to get engaged and involved civically but it’s my goal that not only do we build an easier way to do that but we build a new culture,” he said.As for USC, Garcetti hopes that the university’s presence continues to increase beyond its campus gates.“The university is much less of an island than it’s ever been,” Garcetti said. “But it’s still too much of an island. It reaches its arms out regularly, but I want to see ways in which, specifically with City Hall, we can engage graduate students and professors in coming up with the solutions to problems we all face.”last_img read more

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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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A look at how the Warriors might defend James Harden

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The Warriors try to follow the rules. Even when they do, the Warriors still often get penalized.Then again that is what happens to most of the 28 other NBA teams that defend Houston guard James Harden. He will either make a step-back 3, sink a floater or go to the free-throw line after drawing contact both real and imagined.Yup, the Warriors will sure …last_img read more

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Young South Africans urged to volunteer

first_img15 June 2012Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has called on young South Africans to make positive changes in their communities by volunteering their services.Sexwale was speaking during the handing over of new houses built by youngsters in the farming community of Kirkwood outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, just two days before South Africa celebrates its Youth Day national holiday.“We emphasis this thing of volunteerism because this is the month when young people took to the streets and took matters into their own hands to better the lives of South Africans – they never sat back,” Sexwale told scores of young people at Thursday’s handover.Youth build programmeThe houses were built by a group of youngsters as part of the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA’s) “youth-build” programme, which encourages young people to participate in community development through the construction of houses.The 36 houses are part of the 36th anniversary of the June 16 Youth Day commemorations. The agency said each house was subsidised through sponsorships to the value of R79 812.78, which included all the building material.Sexwale said there was often a misconception among the youth of today that voluntary work was mainly for old people and the unemployed. He found it strange that many young people refused to do voluntary work even if it would equip them with skills.“This the month we remember a painful year 1976, but what we need to encourage in today’s youth is that despite the challenges, they can still do things to better people’s lives, things like what these youngsters here have done,” Sexwale said.Sexwale hailed the 150 youngsters who were involved in the construction of the houses, describing them as an inspiration to the nation and the heroes of 1976.He said that his department and the NYDA would spread the initiative to other provinces to encourage more youngsters to get involved in the programme.Human settlements projects ‘across the country’Among the beneficiaries of Thursday’s handover was 75-year-old gogo Nongazelo Maqhabase, who had been sharing a small shack with her three grandchildren for many years.She said: “I do not have words to describe how I feel, I never thought I would one day own a decent house of my own. I am a happy person today, I express my gratitude to all those who were involved in the building of the house.”Sexwale said the government was currently busy with human settlements projects across the country. A total of 10 000 houses were being built in Lephalale in Limpopo province, 50 000 in KwaZulu-Natal, and 35 000 to the south of Johannesburg.“So we are building human settlements all over the country, and by doing so we are not just putting a roof over people’s heads but we are creating jobs for the youth, because construction is a skill – we are providing skills, educations and knowledge.”‘We are also present in construction’NYDA CEO Steven Ngobeni said the agency was impressed by the interest it had attracted from young people, considering that construction was viewed as “a sector for the unskilled”.“As young people we are making a statement that we are also present in construction, and we need that skill to be further strengthened in us,” Ngobeni said. “As young people we refuse to let our challenges stand in the way of us seeing progress both for ourselves and our communities.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Obed Bapela, also speaking at the handover, decried the fact that more than 50 percent of South Africa’s unemployed youth were under the age of 35.He blamed a lack of skills and a high dropout rate at schools as contributing to the country’s youth unemployment.“In 1991, we enrolled more than 1.5-million, but only 500&nsbp;000 reached matric,” Bapela said. “We cannot pride ourselves over that; we have to change focus and the way we do things.”He said the Presidency would be requesting all ministers to produce a report on “what they have done for the youth”.“We will be requesting them to give us reports on what is it that they have done in job creation and youth development since we established youth directorates in all departments”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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The depth in Indian boxing catches the eye

first_imgTalk of depth in Indian sport, the 2010 Games have been a revelation. In the see-saw battle between the hosts and England to finish second in the medals tally, India did lose some gold medals which were almost taken for granted.One thought Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi or Leander and Sania Mirza would certainly win gold medals as also Ronjan Sodhi in double trap.But as if to make up for the loss of these, came the solid showing from the Indian boxers on Wednesday. Agreed, Suranjoy Singh, arguably the brightest talent in Indian boxing, walked in and out of the ring without having to land a punch as his opponent failed to show up because of an injury.That set the tone for the next two gold medals from boxing, with Manoj Kumar and the powerhouse called Paramjeet Samota rocking the Talkatora Stadium.So what is it about Indian boxing that we can now conveniently overcome the disappointment of Vijender Kumar and Akhil Kumar not making it to the final stage?I think the depth in the sport was always there. Now, it’s just that the boxers are getting the right support from the federation and the Indian government to hone their skills and gain from the exposure-cum-competition tours.Suranjoy’s achievements in the last four years are quite impressive and it was sad the paying public did not get to see the 52kg boxer showcase his talent.For sheer consistency, he has earned the nickname ‘Chhota Tyson’. It’s a nickname which has caught on among the boxing lovers and now finds its way into headlines as well! However, old timers will always remember ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson as someone who was heavier and more mean inside the ring.advertisementSamota has again shown consistency and, being in the highest weight category, he looks pretty good on his feet and in his approach.At a time when babus in the sports ministry are still calculating how much they will have to cough up for all the medals won, one must appreciate the efforts put in by coach B.I. Fernandez. On your TV sets, it is Indian coach G.S. Sandhu who does all the talking, and he is good at PR!But the man who stays tucked away from the media is Fernandez, who was almost taken away from India after the Beijing Olympics by Cuba, from where he hails. Luckily for Indian boxing, he returned to help the talented bunch. The results are there for all to see.last_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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RCMP arrest suspect in Charlie Lake in connection to Pouce Coupe murder

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North District Major Crimes Unit has arrested a male in Charlie Lake in connection with the death of Troy Streeper.On Friday Jessie Romeo Fougere was charged with manslaughter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Then on December 8, investigators determined that Fougere was in residence in Charlie Lake.  The residence was contained with assistance from the Fort St. John RCMP, North District Major Crimes, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team.After an extensive attempt at negotiation, the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the suspect. On February 16, 2017, the RCMP started their investigation into the suspicious death of Troy Streeper in Pouce Coupe.  Streeper was 55 years old and a resident of Dawson Creek.  The RCMP believe Fougere and Streeper were known to each other.Fougere made his first court appearance in Dawson Creek on December 9 and is now scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court December 11 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Visions Voices with Medium Tania Thomas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Medium Tania Thomas will be bringing her live show, Visions & Voices to the Lido theatre, Thursday, April 4th.Thomas is an internationally known Spiritual Medium and Intuitive Life Coach. Thomas believes that each person should leave her session or live event feeling better than they did when they first walked in.Visions & Voices event will feature selected readings by Thomas alongside the music of the Sarah Smith Musical Duo. This evening is said to be uplifting, inspiring and comforting. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show ends at 9:30 pm “Events such as these very often create a deeper sense of community. People are involved in the very personal aspects of private stories and the empathy is incredible,” said Thomas “Friendships are made, supports are discovered and people learn that it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be honest in grief and to allow others the opportunity to offer support.”Thomas shares she is a natural born medium, with a “give it as I get it” motto allowing the words that your loved ones wish to say to come forward unfiltered and true. Thomas’s intention is to change the way that you view life following physical death.  To bring some comfort, reminders of small joys and direction to your life as you move through the grief.For a link to the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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