Young starts second Waterhouse stint with draw in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgPaul Young’s second stint as coach of Waterhouse Football Club started with a 2-2 draw against Tivoli Gardens at Waterhouse Stadium yesterday. The home team took the lead through Kemar Beckford after 10 minutes, but Junior Flemmings equalised midway the first-half, and AndrÈ McFarlane fired them in front after 62 minutes. However, Kenroy Howell secured a point for the hosts with a goal four minutes later. Tivoli Gardens were reduced to 10 players in the 69th minute when Ranike Anderson was ejected after picking up his second yellow card. Young, who had only three days with the team prior to the game, thought they should have taken all three points. “We let them off the hook,” he told reporters after the game. “With 20 minutes to go, we had an extra player, and we didn’t capitalise on the chances because they (players) didn’t follow instructions. But the discipline has stepped up. We just need to get more organised defensively, concentrate throughout the duration of the game and score the chances when we get them. Yesterday’s Results Today’s Game – Waterhouse 2 Tivoli 2 – Boys’ Town 3 Portmore 0 – Rivoli 2 Humble Lion 2 – UWI FC 1 Cavalier 0 – Harbour View 1 Arnett 3 WORK IN PROGRESS “It’s work in progress, and I am looking for better things,” he added. Tivoli’s head coach, Christopher Bender, believes the red card and forced changes were their downfall. “We made two forced changes because of injury, and that affected us because we had players to come in to affect the game, and we had to change that plan. Also going down to 10, we had to be resolute in defending; but I thought we gave it way,” he said. Waterhouse remain at the bottom of the 12-team League with 14 points, while Tivoli are ninth on 19. 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Reno FC at Montego Bay Sports Complex.last_img read more

Positive outlook for African growth

first_img8 August 2013 The African continent’s economy is projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and 5.3% in 2014, but that could improve if countries enhance the management of their mineral resources. Announcing the continent’s economic outlook at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday, Mthuli Ncube, a chief economist for the African Development Bank, said regional integration, in terms of infrastructure investment and maximising revenue from mineral resources, was the best way for Africa’s economies to improve growth. The West Africa economic region, also known as the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), remains the fastest growing economy on the continent, with Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Ghana being among the countries with the highest real Growth Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2013/14. He also said there was a lot more to be gained in terms of the movement of people and investment. “There are some long-term challenges, and the first one is infrastructure investment. As a bank, 60% of our portfolio focuses on infrastructure investment,” he said. Infrastructure investment could help the region to grow by 3% more and reduce the trade deficit gap.Promoting the private sector Ncube also said promoting the private sector to encourage entrepreneurship was key to reducing inequalities. “The other thing is harnessing natural resource revenues and creating sector industries around mining,” he said. At a recent Infrastructure Africa Conference held in Sandton, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said African countries should work towards eliminating regulatory red-tape that restricts intra-investment among African countries. On Wednesday, Ncube said doing away with visa requirements between African states would promote the movement of people, which would in turn improve intra- investment opportunities that would fast-track regional integration. “I am certain that we can make progress on regional integration. It is very important. Regional integration has three pillars – movement of people, movement of capital and trade in goods and services,” he said. “There is more to be gained in movement of people and in intra-African investment, like the MTN investment in the rest of Africa and Equity Bank investing in other parts of East Africa.’Better tax systems on mineral resources Ncube said the African continent also needed to ensure that it introduces better tax systems on mineral resources to avoid losing mining royalties through illicit transfers. Illicit transfers or theft – where revenue made by mining houses leaves the continent due to under-invoicing on mineral resources – has seen Africa losing about $1.4-trillion in revenue. Former President Thabo Mbeki was recently tasked with investigating the theft, which has impacted negatively on the continent’s GDP. While other economies, like the Eurozone, are struggling to recover following the 2008 global economic meltdown, Ncube said Africa continued to record good growth. Despite South Africa being ranked among the countries with high inequalities, Ncube said the country, which has anchored its job creation drive on infrastructure investment, was on the right track as far as achieving inclusive growth was concerned. “Let’s take South Africa for example. I think one way that it can assist is to target the issue of job creation as we can see that inequality is a big issue. Not having jobs contributes to inequalities.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Trump Administration announces withdraw of GIPSA rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump administration announced it will withdraw regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move strongly commended by a number of livestock groups that opposed the Obama-era rules.“This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers — and it’s a victory for America’s consumers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserves a great deal of thanks and credit for this smart decision,” said Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “The proposed rule would have crippled cattle producers’ ability to market their products through the value-added programs that help make American-produced beef the most delicious and nutritious in the world. This is a decision worthy of celebrating this evening with a top-quality steak.”The decision came about when Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue decided not to move forward with an interim final rule of the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which was written in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The agency also announced it will take no further action on a proposed regulation of the Farmer Fair Practices Rules.“We’re very pleased that the secretary will withdraw these bad regulations, which would have had a devastating impact on America’s pork producers,” said Ken Maschhoff, National Pork Producers Council president. “The regulations would have restricted the buying and selling of livestock, led to consolidation of the livestock industry — putting farmers out of business — and increased consumer prices for meat.”The interim final rule would have broadened the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 related to using “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive practices” and to giving “undue or unreasonable preferences or advantages.” Specifically, it would have made such actions per se violations of federal law even if they didn’t harm competition or cause competitive injury, prerequisites for winning PSA cases. (The proposed rule would have defined the terms in the interim final rule.)USDA in 2010 proposed several PSA provisions – collectively known as the GIPSA Rule – that Congress mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill. Although lawmakers did not include a provision eliminating the need to prove a competitive injury to win a PSA lawsuit, the agency included one in its proposed regulation.“Eliminating the need to prove injury to competition would have prompted an explosion in PSA lawsuits by turning every contract dispute into a federal case subject to triple damages,” Maschhoff said. “The inevitable costs associated with that and the legal uncertainty it would have created likely would have caused further vertical integration of our industry and driven packers to own more of their own hogs.“That would have reduced competition, stifled innovation and provided no benefits to anyone other than trial lawyers and activist groups that no doubt would have used the rule to attack the livestock industry.”An Informa Economics study found that the 2010 GIPSA Rule today would have cost the U.S. pork industry more than $420 million annually — more than $4 per hog — with most of the costs related to PSA lawsuits brought under the “no competitive injury” provision included in the interim final rule.The GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules did have supporters, including the National Farmers Union (NFU).“It is deeply disappointing that USDA did not side with family farmers in the long-contested debate over rules for the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules offered a basic, yet important first step to addressing the unfair practice that family farmers and ranchers face in the extremely consolidated meatpacking industries,” Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. “The withdrawal of the competitive injury rule is unjustified, given the long-held, plain language interpretation by the Department that growers do not need to prove harm to the entire industry when seeking relief from poultry companies for unfair contract practices. It is particularly egregious given the abuses that poultry growers face in the vertically integrated marketplace.“With this decision, USDA has given the green light to the few multinational meatpackers that dominate the market to discriminate against family farmers. As the administration has signaled its intent to side with the meat and poultry giants, NFU will pursue congressional action that addresses competition issues and protects family farmers and ranchers.”last_img read more

‘Never conspired to pull down the govt.’, says Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said despite his party being in the State government for the last five years without much power, he never betrayed or conspired to pull it down. He said in an alliance, both parties need to exercise caution and if the speed is accelerated unnecessarily, it could lead to an “accident”.In the second part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Mr. Thackeray spoke about his party’s objection to the tree felling in Aarey Colony here, saying they are not against the Metro car shed, but the place where it is proposed. “Development should not happen by causing hardships to people,” he said, asserting that the Sena will continue to raise its voice on issues pertaining to citizens.He also expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Sena alliance will provide a much better administration and governance, if it wins the State polls again. When asked about the party’s protest over crop insurance, Mr. Thackeray said he takes a stand on issues concerning people. “When the government publicises its achievements, the work done is seen on the ground. I will continue to highlight people’s issues before the government,” he said.“Did I betray the government or conspire to pull it down? No. We were in government without any power for last five years. There were differences, and we raised our voice wherever we felt things were wrong,” he said. Mr. Thackeray said that for the alliance to stay intact, both the BJP and the Sena must exercise caution.“We need to control our mind. If you accelerate speed unnecessarily, you can meet with an accident. This has happened earlier,” he said, in an apparent reference to the breaking of the alliance ahead of the 2014 State polls. Mr. Thackeray said his party forged an alliance with the BJP in the interest of the State.“I compromised for the sake of the State. I am confident we can provide good governance in the next five years based on the previous experience,” he said. “The experience Devendra Fadnavis had when he first became Chief Minister, some Sena ministers reached much before,” he noted.On the raging issue of the felling of trees in Aarey Colony, which is considered the city’s lung, Mr. Thackeray said the Sena is not opposed to the Metro car shed, but its location. “The car shed in Aarey is opposed by Mumbaikars, not the Sena,” he said. “It is not my party’s personal issue. We need the Metro and development, but while doing so, we shouldn’t lose something more valuable,” he said. Mr. Thackeray said Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a natural forest cover and wildlife. “The murderers of Aarey trees will have to pay a price for axing them in the middle of the night. (Sena corporator) Yashwant Jadhav, the petitioner, was fined ₹50,000 (by court) while dismissing his plea. But murderers of the trees will be responsible for damage to the environment,” he said.The Sena chief said he was thankful to the Supreme Court, which restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in Aarey Colony, for “taking a different stand”. On his party’s opposition to the Nanar refinery project, Mr. Thackeray said his party supported locals. “The Sena’s stand to oppose the project was not for my personal gain or the party’s political interest,” he said.Even in the case of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Corridor project, the locals opposed it, he said, adding that he went there and saw “fertile land being declared barren” by government officials. “This is not an anti-government stand. We spoke to the people opposing the project. We got the route changed by saving the farms,” he pointed out.Justifying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, and their leadership, during his campaigns, the Sena said if the opposition targets the alliance, “then we have to highlight their tenure”.Noting that the Sena played the role of opposition many times, he said, “I am against misuse of power and politics of revenge. Don’t know about the Enforcement Directorate (ED). But misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation is not new. You reap what you sow.” On claims that the ED was being misused to target political opponents, Mr. Thackeray asked, “Who are these opponents? Are they clean?” “Nobody is targeting clean leaders. Will you agree that all those on the ED’s radar are clean?” he said.To a question on speculations that he was also facing pressure from the ED, the Sena chief said, “What is the fear if you haven’t done anything wrong. I am a fighter’s son. I am not scared. Don’t experiment on me.” On the Assembly polls, he said the Sena has to be prepared in all the 288 seats. “Preparation doesn’t mean contesting elections, or winning or losing. I want the Sena’s ideology to reach each and every ward,” he said.last_img read more

Jennifer Hudson To Perform At MegaFest Woman Of Purpose Concert

first_imgJennifer Hudson, an Oscar and Grammy winner, will perform at T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Woman of Purpose concert.Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey will host the event featuring a performance by pop star and actress Brandy. A portion of concert proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy group. Two families with children on the autism spectrum will be recognized at the concert which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. CDT at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.Additional performers at the Woman of Purpose concert include: Joe, Baby Face, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Kim Burrell and Ray Chew. Celebrity mothers who champion awareness of autism Holly Robinson-Peete and Toni Braxton will also be recognized during the event.MegaFest will take place Aug. 29-31 in Dallas and will offer fun-filled activities for those of all ages and interests including Oprah’s Lifeclass, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show, the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship and empowerment sessions for men, women, young adults and children.The partnership between MegaFest and Autism Speaks focuses on reducing the average age of diagnosis and increasing access to high-quality early intervention for all children on the autism spectrum. Many studies have documented that minority populations are diagnosed later than the general population. Early identification and early intervention give children with autism the best chance of improved outcomes. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.Autism Speaks will host a booth in MegaFest’s healthcare pavilion with clinicians providing short consultations with families who have concerns about their child’s early behaviors. During these “Ask a Clinician” sessions, families can sign up for a 10-minute appointment with an expert to discuss specific problems and receive guidance on the next steps. The family-friendly booth will have space for children to play and families to relax. The Autism Speaks science team will be on hand to provide information on the nationwide Early Access to Care Initiative, with tips and recommendations on strategies for promoting a child’s healthy development.Tickets for the Woman of Purpose concert are available at Mega-Fest.com. American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

HOT DOCS 19 ADDS 16 ADDITIONAL TITLES TO SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS PROGRAMHOT DOCS

first_imgAdvertisement Willie Film Login/Register With: As previously announced, Hot Docs special presentations program also includes Rachel Lears’ award-winning Knock Down the House,which follows four female progressive candidates as they campaign against prominent incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections, and Jeffrey Palmer’s N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear, about one of Native America’s most celebrated literary figures.The full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2019, including the opening night film, will be announced on March 19.The 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival runs April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.The additional 16 films in the special presentations section are listed below, with descriptions courtesy of Hot Docs:American FactoryD: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | P: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello | U.S. | 2019 | 115 min | International PremiereWhen an abandoned General Motors factory in Ohio is reopened by a Chinese billionaire, the local blue-collar employees clash with modern Chinese innovations in this Sundance award-winner co-directed by this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Julia Reichert.Ask Dr. RuthD: Ryan White | P: Rafael Marmor, Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave, Christopher Leggett | U.S. | 2019 | 100 min | International PremiereDo we have anything left to learn from 90-year-old sex therapist Dr. Ruth? In this revealing look at a true trailblazer, she revisits the painful memories of her early life in Germany and the playful milestones of her career as America’s most candid sex ed teacher.Cold Case HammarskjöldD: Mads Brügger | P: Arno Becker, Andreas Rocksén, Bjarte Mørner Tveit | Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium | 2019 | 127 min | Canadian PremiereWas it accident or assassination when a UN Secretary General’s plane crashed en route to peace talks for the Congo Crisis? In this probe into the 1961 tragedy, sinister new evidence draws the director into a discovery more horrific than he imagined.Framing John DeloreanD: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | P: Tamir Ardon, Nick Spicer, Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | U.S. | 2019 | 109 min | International PremiereCar design guru, genius entrepreneur or brilliant criminal—who was the real John DeLorean? Narrative recreations starring Alec Baldwin punctuate revealing interviews with the enigmatic automaker’s inner circle to elegantly parse the man from the scandalous myth.Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My MindD: Joan Tosoni, Martha Kehoe | P: Joan Tosoni, Martha Kehoe | Canada | 2018 | 90 min | World PremiereFrom a rural Ontario childhood to Greenwich Village of the ’60s, stadium tours of the ’70s and beyond, vivid archival footage helps chart the career of the legendary songwriter as he reveals the inspiration behind his lyrics and longevity.I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle CarterD: Erin Lee Carr | P: Andrew Rossi | U.S. | 2019 | 140 min | International PremiereThis two-part HBO docuseries dives past the headlines and into the ethical morass of the case of Michelle Carter, who faces the prospect of jail time after coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text, blowing open troubling questions of how we communicate in the digital age.Miles Davis: Birth Of The CoolD: Stanley Nelson | P: Nicole London, Stanley Nelson | U.S., UK | 2019 | 113 min | International PremiereNever-before-seen footage and studio session outtakes reconstruct the rich inner life of one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, along with new interviews from the artists he inspired, including Quincy Jones and Carlos Santana.Mystify: Michael HutchenceD: Richard Lowenstein | P: Maya Gnyp, John Battsek, Sue Murray, Mark Fennessy, Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Andrew de Groot | Australia | 2019 | 104 min | Canadian PremiereThe enigmatic frontman of wildly popular Australian rock band INXS, who died tragically in 1997, is remembered by the women in his life, including revealing interviews with famous girlfriends Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen.One Child NationD: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | P: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christoph Jörg, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn | U.S. | 2019 | 89 min | Canadian PremiereThrough vérité footage and raw interviews, this fearless, Sundance Award–winning exposé unmasks the wrenching costs to millions of families of China’s infamous 1979 “one-child policy,” introduced to curb population growth and boost sweeping economic development.Our GodfatherD: Mark Franchetti, Andrew Meier | P: Mark Franchetti, Andrew Meier | UK, Russia | 2018 | 93 min | World PremiereThe family of a high-ranking Sicilian mob boss comes out of 30 years of hiding to tell the gripping tale of how he helped convict over 400 Mafiosi—and became the most hunted witness in U.S. criminal history.Picture CharacterD: Ian Cheney, Martha Shane | P: Jennifer Lee, Ian Cheney, Martha Shane | U.S. | 2019 | 84 min | International PremiereExplore the evolution of emojis, the colourful and creative pictorial language that surged from a simple set of icons to a swiftly evolving linguistic phenomenon that is reshaping how we communicate with one another.Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest StoryD: Johnny Sweet | P: Colleen Dominguez, Omar Michaud, Johnny Sweet | U.S. | 2019 | 116 min | International PremiereFollowing an infamous on-court brawl, Ron Artest became the most maligned athlete in sports. This distinctly American biography follows him from his childhood in Queens to his turbulent NBA years to his reinvention as inspiring mental health advocate Metta World Peace.The RestD: Ai Weiwei | P: Ai Weiwei | Germany | 2018 | 78 min | North American PremiereFrom Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei comes a powerful work that follows the daily lives of refugees in Europe as they hang in limbo between a disintegrating humanitarian aid system and intensifying nationalism.Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With FireD: Henrik Georgsson | P: Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig | Sweden | 2018 | 99 min | Canadian PremiereThis compelling look at the Swedish journalist, whose The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series shot to wild posthumous fame, delves into his lesser-known but more significant contribution: fearlessly researching and exposing Neo-Nazism in his own country and beyond.WillieD: Laurence Mathieu-Leger | P: Laurence Mathieu-Leger, Bryant McBride | U.S., Canada | 2018 | 89 min | World PremiereIn the midst of the American civil rights movement, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to skate in the NHL. An inspiration to many, the remarkable story of this recent Hall of Fame inductee’s courage and resilience transcends the sport. XY ChelseaD: Tim Travers Hawkins | P: Julia Nottingham, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Isabel Davis | UK | 2019 | 91 min | Canadian PremiereAfter her 35-year prison sentence is commuted by President Obama, former military intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning prepares to leave a military prison and transition to her new life as a free womanBy Selina Chignall ~ RealScreen Facebook Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe’s Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind and Laurence Mathieu-Leger’s Willie are among the 16 additional documentary titles that will screen as part of the 2019 Hot Docs Special Presentations program.The special presentation’s program features a “high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring star subjects.” Of the 16 features announced today (March 12), three are world premieres.Tosoni and Kehoe’s Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind looks back on the life and career of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. From his early days in rural Ontario to life in Greenwich Village in the ’60s, stadium tours of the ’70s and beyond, this 90-minute doc features archival footage to chart the career of Lightfoot as he reveals the inspiration behind his work and longevity. Elsewhere, Willie O’Ree, the first Black hockey player to make it to the National Hockey League is the subject of Mathieu-Leger’s 89-minute documentary Willie (pictured).center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa giving RCMP cash for hightech surveillance targeting Mohawk tobacco trade

first_imgBUDGET 2014APTN National New OTTAWA–The federal government is continuing its battle against the underground Mohawk tobacco trade by giving the RCMP new high-tech border surveillance tools, according to the federal budget unveiled Tuesday.The federal government is investing $91.7 million over five years to increase the RCMP’s “intelligence-led policing efforts” in its cat-and-mouse game with the black market Mohawk tobacco trade.The money will be used to create a Geospatial Intelligence and Automatic Dispatch Centre which will rely on a number of sensor devices spread along the Canada-U.S. border between the Quebec-Maine frontier and Oakville, Ont., which sits on Lake Ontario and across from New York State.The sensor devices will include radar, sonar, unmanned ground sensors, mobile posts and long-range thermal video cameras “to enable RCMP officers to respond in real-time to high-risk alerts.”A federal official, speaking on background, said the high-tech surveillance is focusing on the Quebec-Ontario border with the U.S. because it’s the hot spot for contraband tobacco where there are “a number of reserves.”The Mohawk community of Akwesasne straddles the Canada-U.S. border and sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal. The majority of black market tobacco is moved by Mohawks from Akwesasne with routes running to the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanesatake, near Montreal, and Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont.The federal government is also increasing its federal excise duty on cigarettes which has remained stagnant since 2002. The changes will add about 40 cents to the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes and pump a carton of 200 cigarettes from $17 to $21.03. The federal budget will also increase the “duty free” price of cigarettes from $15 a carton to $21.03 a carton.The federal budget estimates that the changes will bring in an additional $685 million in 2014-15 and $660 million in 2015-2016.Ottawa will also now peg tobacco tax rates to the Consumer Price Index.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Cole Emery proved Wenger was not to blame at Arsenal

first_imgNow that the Gunners are starting to struggle again in the second half of the season, Andy Cole thinks Wenger wasn’t all to blame at Arsenal.The current Arsenal season is beginning to look strikingly similar to the previous seasons in which Arsene Wenger coached the squad, this pattern has made Andy Cole think that Unai Emery has proven that the French manager didn’t deserve all the blame for the squad’s problems.A full season for one of the biggest clubs in the world is always difficult, they usually have to play four competitions throughout the season and only the clubs that are well-prepared for the challenge are the ones that make it to the final stages at a competitive level.The problem with many squads if that their board of directors is usually not that keen on spending the major pounds to bring reinforcements by the time half a season has passed, this is exactly the problem that Arsenal has gone through for the last decade and the main reason why so many Gunners’ supporters kept booing the club on a weekly basis.Things got really heated up with Arsene Wenger during the final three years, mainly because the fans believed that the French manager didn’t push the owner hard enough to give in to his demands.But the exact same pattern is emerging now with Emery, as the Spaniard is asking for a couple of new players for the winter transfer window and management doesn’t look too happy with the requests.I said this all along https://t.co/UaCLT2ZF3F— daniel york loh (@danielfyork) January 18, 2019The season started very similar to previous seasons that Wenger managed as well, as the Gunners started to make everyone believe they were competitive enough to fight for the titles and then they suddenly had a dramatic level drop because many players started either getting injured or simply running “out of gas”.Just this Thursday there was a statement in which French former player Emmanuel Petit came out on Wenger’s defense, saying that nothing has really changed under Unai Emery and suggesting that the legendary manager didn’t deserve getting sacked.A similar treatment came from former striker Andy Cole, who never played for the French manager but did start his career for the Gunners before having the best years of his career at Manchester United during the Wenger vs Ferguson era.Cole spoke to Sky Sports as a pundit, he described the problem perfectly and also came out in Arsene Wenger’s defense.Leaving clear that the man is a true gentleman of the sport, as he thinks Wenger wasn’t treated fairly and left the rivalry out the door when he decided to talk about this controversial topic.🗣 #THEDEBATE 🗣We’re back on Sky Sports Premier League at 10pm as Tim Sherwood & Andy Cole join @GeoffShreeves!kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Get your questions in 👇 pic.twitter.com/Hr5EXyDlcq— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 16, 2019The defense was directed straight to all those Arsenal fans who always demanded Wenger’s head, people who are looking pretty dumb now that the exact same thing is happening with the Gunners.“From the outside looking in, I’m saying to myself now that all the Arsenal fans at the back end of last season were saying ‘Wenger, he’s got to go, got to go’,” Cole said on Sky Sports via Express.“Now looking at it, can you really say now it was all down to Wenger, if you can only bring in loans now? Where’s all the money gone?”“Being football people, you’ve got to look at it logically. Once one manager goes, of course you’re going to leave players there on big contracts or players might be running down contracts, or whatever.”“But you’ve got to make a decision. You know that the January transfer window opens in January. “You can’t come out and say ‘we can only get loanees’.”“We’re not talking about a Championship team here, we’re talking about one of the biggest teams in the world. “They’ve got money for the summer but not in January.”“What if you’re pushing to try and win the league? You’re supposed to be pushing to try and get a Champions League spot for next season. There’s no money, how are you going to get there?” he concluded.🔴 #OnThisDay in 1995, Andy Cole joined Manchester United. ✍️👕2⃣7⃣5⃣⚽️1⃣2⃣1⃣🏆1⃣9⃣9⃣9⃣#UCL #MUFC @VanCole9 pic.twitter.com/hPXGzTuvFx— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 10, 2019Do you agree with Cole or was it already Wenger’s time to leave Arsenal? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Praetorian Digital Expands Online Ed Platform with Kaplan Acquisition

first_imgIn the online education space, if you don’t already have a well of content to draw from, the quickest path to implementation can be an acquisition. That’s the strategy Praetorian Digital, a B2B digital media company serving the public safety and local government markets, used last week when it bought the Fire & EMS training unit from Kaplan Professional Education. Praetorian’s audience to its first responder brands has been growing. Traffic to FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, PoliceOne.com and CorrectionsOne.com has ballooned to 1.3 million members and 6 million monthly visitors, according to the company. Online training has become a significant business for Praetorian. Two years ago it accounted for less than 5 percent of overall revenue. The Kaplan deal will help it grow to a projected 25 percent this year. Kaplan Fire & EMS will be renamed to the Fire EMS Academy and will be housed in the company’s Fire EMS Academy Division. In all, the group will offer more than 200 training courses, 600 videos and 80 hours of continuing education credits. Training and certificate programs are a key function of first responder markets, and Ford sees them as a complimentary platform to the company’s information products and services.center_img Terms weren’t disclosed but Praetorian CEO Alex Ford says the deal was financed through a mix of existing cash and term loan financing. “We recognized that there is a strong fit between online training and our core media business,” he says. “Rather than build a content library and work through the accreditation process from scratch, an acquisition to fast-track the opportunity made a lot of sense. Kaplan was not actively marketing the business, but it became immediately clear that it was a strong strategic fit with our business and that a combination was a great next step to scale the assets.” The Kaplan product comes with 300 fire and EMS department subscribers and “tens of thousands” of individual students using the products on an on-demand basis, says Ford. The annual department subscriptions are the primary revenue model. “The revenue model matched that of our PoliceOne Academy almost exactly,” he adds .last_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW Everything You Need To Know Before You Vote

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At this Saturday’s Town Election, two candidates — Jonathan Eaton and Rob Fasulo — will vie for one open seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Have you been paying attention to the race?  If not, Wilmington Apple has you covered!Read Campaign Announcements:Jonathan Eaton Announces He’s Running For Wilmington SelectmenRob Fasulo Announces He’s Running For Wilmington SelectmenRead Weekly Candidate Q&As:Affordable Housing & Sciarappa FarmEconomic Development, Analog TIF & Detox Facility ProposalGrade The Town Manager & Current Board Of SelectmenFire Substation, New Town Hall & Hypothetical $2 Million WindfallAccomplishments In Year #1, Being Responsive To ResidentsCLOSING ARGUMENT: Rob Fasulo Asks For Your VoteCLOSING ARGUMENT: Jonathan Eaton Asks For Your VoteRead Letters To The Editor/Endorsements:Jonathan EatonSelectman Mike Champoux Endorses Jonathan EatonSelectman Greg Bendel Endorses Jonathan EatonSelectman Ed Loud Endorses Jonathan EatonFormer Selectman Lou Cimaglia Endorses Jonathan EatonSchool Committee Chair Steve Bjork Endorses Jonathan EatonWilmington Finance Committee Chair Endorses Eaton For SelectmanEaton Is ‘Most Qualified Candidate’ For SelectmenEaton Has Shown A Commitment To The CommunityEaton Embodies Wilmington’s Volunteer SpiritEaton’s Experience & Credentials Make Him An Ideal Selectman CandidateEaton A ‘Bright & Thoughtful Fiscal Conservative,’ An ‘Independent Voice of Reason’Eaton Will Move The Town In The Best DirectionEaton Will Make Wilmington ProudResident Endorses Eaton After Watching Him Grow Up In TownRob FasuloGovernor Charlie Baker Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanSelectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloFormer Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan Endorses Fasulo, Says He Best Understands Residents’ ConcernsConcerned Citizens of Wilmington Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanRetired Wilmington Police Officer, Former Selectman Candidate Endorses FasuloFasulo Will ‘Keep Wilmington A Town’Fasulo Has The Qualities To Be An Effective SelectmanFasulo Is “Committed To Accountability Within Our Local Government,” Won’t “Sugarcoat The Bad”Fasulo Is Honest & Straight Shooting, Listens To People’s ConcernsA Father Endorses His Son For SelectmanWatch WCTV Candidate Conversations:VIDEO: Jonathan Eaton Discusses His Campaign For Selectmen With WCTVVIDEO: Rob Fasulo Discusses His Campaign For Selectmen with WCTVWatch WCTV Candidates Night (with Recap):SELECTMEN CANDIDATES DEBATE: Eaton & Fasulo Debate The IssuesRead Coverage From Crier, Advocate, Patch, SunProfile: Eaton Brings Financial Savvy To Selectman’s Race (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Fasulo Calls For Smart Growth In Run For Selectman (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Eaton, FinCom member, seeks selectmen seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Profile: Fasulo seeks Board of Selectmen seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Debate Recap: Wilmington housing, detox centers are hot topics in debate (Lowell Sun)Read Lowell Sun’s EndorsementTo Be AnnouncedCandidates On Facebook:Jonathan Eaton For SelectmanRob Fasulo For SelectmanPast Campaign Events:Selectman Candidate Jonathan Eaton To Hold Campaign Rally On March 16Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Invites Voters To ‘Meet & Greet’ On March 31Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Invites Voters To ‘Meet & Greet’ On April 21Joint Statement: Fasulo & Eaton Denounce Campaign Sign StealingPolls will be open this Saturday, April 28, from 8am to 8pm, at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, Wildwood Early Childhood Center, and Town Hall.  Not sure where you vote?  Click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook.  Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Board Has First Disagreement When Choosing Its Representative To Town Ice Rink CommitteeIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more