Mark Johnston is one of the most prolific trainers of all time and his relentless pursuit for winners could result in him setting a personal record this season. Uniquely he has notched up at least 100 winners in each of the last 25 campaigns and with 120 already in the bag at the halfway point he is on the way to a new personal best.Affectionately known as ‘Braveheart’, due to his Scottish heritage and his horses’ never-say-die attitude, the Kingsley House handler looks to have another cracking chance on Wednesday in Musselburgh’s 7f maiden auction (2.30) with Light Heart. Show Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 4 July … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Donnacha O’Brien: ‘I know if I mess up, I’m not going to lose any rides’ Topics Hide features Musselburgh 2.00 Scoundrel 2.30 Light Heart (nap) 3.00 Breakwater Bay 3.30 Tommy G 4.00 Lucky Violet 4.30 Falcon’s Fire 5.00 Kinloch PrideWorcester 2.10 Sizing Scorpion 2.40 Blagapar 3.10 Skin Deep 3.40 Alcock And Brown (nb) 4.10 Armaans Wish 4.40 Phoenix Rock 5.10 Outrageous Romana 5.40 Dr DunravenThirsk 2.20 Immokalee 2.50 Induct 3.20 Quaysaide 3.50 Ajjady 4.20 History Writer 4.50 Indian Pursuit 5.20 MunthanyKempton 5.50 Fortune And Glory 6.20 Look Around 6.50 Anbaa 7.20 Buzz 7.50 Piedita 8.20 Zarjaz 8.50 Strange Society 9.20 Smooth SailingBath 6.10 Arcanista 6.40 Always Amazing 7.10 Queen Of Desire 7.40 Kawasir 8.10 Altra Vita 8.40 Groveman 9.10 DeliriumTips by John O’Hara Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Excelebration colt ran a red-hot 1-4 favourite to a half-length on his debut at Ayr last month and, allowing for the fact that Johnston’s newcomers always progress, this fellow looks a good thing and is worthy of being made the day’s banker. Beryl The Petal ran a pleasing race on her debut and looks the danger.Another trainer in terrific form is Dan Skelton, who is banging in winners as if there is no tomorrow. Since the start of the new National Hunt season Skelton has amassed over 50 winners and is more than 30 ahead of Peter Bowen, his closest pursuer. The Alcester-based trainer can keep the ball rolling with Alcock And Brown (nb) in the 2m4f handicap hurdle (3.40) at Worcester.The six-year-old has won three times in Britain since joining Skelton and each of them has been at Worcester. He was an easy winner last month off a mark of 112, where he looked to have plenty left in the tank. The handicapper was suitably impressed and raised him 10lb to a new mark of 122, but that might not be enough to stop him going in again over the same course and distance on Wednesday.John Gosden is enjoying a healthy lead at the head of the race to be champion trainer and his academy of bluebloods has an interesting runner at Kempton in the guise of (6.50) Anbaa.The Lope De Vega filly was sent off a warm favourite at Salisbury on her debut in May but forfeited any chance with a tardy start. She was not thrashed about to make up the lost ground and under a considerate ride she made ground to pass the post in third, only a neck behind the runner-up. Gosden has given her plenty of time to recover from those efforts and, assuming she does not blow the start again, she can take advantage of stall 2 and break her maiden. Read more Share on WhatsApp
New Zealand was the first team to score before Australia hit back to lead at half-time and take a four touchdown win. Australia’s Nikki Etheridge impressed for the Australians, scoring four touchdowns. It took until the ninth minute of the match for either country to get on the scoreboard, and it was New Zealand who took the early advantage with Tiwi Davis scoring. The Australians were quick to hit back however, with Nikki Etheridge the recipient of a great long ball from Peter Watkins to score in the corner to level the game at 1-all. Michael Chapman scored his first touchdown for Australia just after the midway mark of the half, when a deflected pass landed in his hands to give them a 2-1 lead. Watkins again set up Etheridge for her second of the game and when Sarah Spacie scored in the corner in the 18th minute, Australia had a handy 3-1 lead. New Zealand hit back just before the siren to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns, with Clayton Ngawharau diving over but the Australians went to the half-time break up by two touchdowns, 4-2. Australia was quick to get back on the scoreboard in the second half, with co-captain Roy Prasad the recipient of a switch from Watkins, to take a 5-2 lead. Etheridge got her first touchdown of the second half in the third minute of the second when Sebe Rey darted from acting half to take a four touchdown lead. New Zealand’s Awhina Savage helped reduce the deficit to three touchdowns at the midway mark of the second half, scoring in the corner for her side to trail by just three, 6-3. Watkins was in the thick of the action two minutes later, with Spacie scoring her second to extend her side’s lead to four, and Etheridge made it a five touchdown lead with five minutes remaining with her fourth touchdown. New Zealand’s Lauren Ensor scored with minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to spark a Kiwi comeback, with the new look Australian team taking a four touchdown win, 8-4. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link to view the highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WC8pLLb2Ys&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcpAustralia – 8 (Nikki Etheridge 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Michael Chapman and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand – 4 (Tiwi Davis, Lauren Ensor, Clayton Ngawharau and Awhina Savage)Half time: Australia 4 – New Zealand 2Referees – Mick Medlin, Andrew Williams and Anthony Smith
Renaldo has achieved grades one at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human and Social Biology, Additional Mathematics, Principles of Accounts, Literature, English Language and Mathematics. Renaldo Facey, 18-year-old resident of the inner city community of Denham Town, in Kingston, and upper sixth form student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, is on the right track to realise his dream of becoming a medical doctor. Renaldo Facey, 18-year-old resident of the inner-city community of Denham Town, in Kingston, and upper-sixth-form student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, is on the right track to realise his dream of becoming a medical doctor.Renaldo has achieved grade one at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human and Social Biology, Additional Mathematics, Principles of Accounts, Literature, English Language and Mathematics.He also has five grade-one passes in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) unit one subjects Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies.On Tuesday, November 28, Renaldo was awarded a scholarship from the Board of Supervision’s Outreach and Welfare Committee, in collaboration with the Poor Relief Association, at an Awards Ceremony held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew.Present at the awards ceremony was Minister of Local Government and Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who committed to pay the full cost for Renaldo to pursue his Bachelor’s degree after he completes sixth form at Wolmer’s in 2018.“I got a letter from him, and he wrote that letter from his heart. Perhaps the area that touched me most was when he mentioned the challenges he encounters living in Denham Town, and the fact that he did not allow this to take away or to distract him from what he wanted. My commitment to him is that he will never have to ask where the school fee is going to come from to put him through university to achieve,” Mr. McKenzie tells JIS News.“There are many more like him in West Kingston. I’m very proud of him,” the Minister says, adding that he will also present a tablet to the student.Asked how he felt about the Minister of Local Government’s commitment to him, Renaldo says “it is unbelievable.”“Many times I sit down and wonder how I and my family will afford the hefty cost of university, and to be awarded like that was just unbelievable. I’m really happy. I’m elated. I’m ecstatic and really grateful,” he says.Renaldo was the top performer for Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the 2016 sitting of the CSEC examinations. He also ranked third in Jamaica for the science subjects.When asked what was his secret to achieving straight As in his CXC subjects, Renaldo says he has been working very hard and overcoming the challenges.“I want others to believe that they can be successful regardless of what they may be facing,” he tells JIS News.Renaldo says he is receiving strong support from his mother, Ellisa Lambert, and is currently exploring his options as to where he can pursue his undergraduate degree.“The University of the West Indies was my first choice, but since recently, I’ve been widening my horizon and looking at universities abroad, so that might be an option as well,” he notes.Renaldo says he wants to become a medical doctor because the profession will give him the ability to help others in need, especially others living in inner-city communities.“Last summer, I worked at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in the radiology department and just seeing how the doctors were able to use the knowledge which they attained in the medical field to help sick people, I was really inspired and that really bolstered my desire to pursue a career in that field,” he tells JIS News.Renaldo says his drive comes from wanting to make his single mother and community proud of him. Story Highlights Present at the awards ceremony was Minister of Local Government and Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who committed to pay the full cost for Renaldo to pursue his Bachelor’s degree after he completes sixth form at Wolmer’s in 2018.
Film Nova Scotia is partnering with the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to lead a business development mission to Los Angeles from June 8-14. During the trip, 10 film, television and new media producers from each province will attend the annual Producer’s Guild of America Produced By Conference to participate in panels, candid conversations, roundtables and networking events with top level Hollywood professionals. Past presenters at the event include Harvey Weinstein, Marc Cherry and Morgan Freeman. After the conference, participants will attend workshops and meetings with producers, production companies, studios and networks to provide an opportunity to pitch projects and meet with individuals in the Los Angeles market. “The Business Development Trip to Los Angeles has always proven to be very beneficial for us, allowing us to raise the awareness of our local talent in other markets,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. 2012 will be the third year Film Nova Scotia and ACOA have partnered on the initiative. To expand co-operation in the Atlantic Region, Newfoundland was invited to join the team this year. “We immediately saw the benefit in getting involved,” said Chris Bonnell, executive director/film commissioner, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp. “The program not only provides a professional development opportunity to our producers but also allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles market.” Emerging and mid-level producers will enter into a competitive application process to secure a spot. In advance of the trip, selected participants will work with a market preparedness consultant to polish their pitching package and identify meeting targets. A Los Angeles based matchmaker will also be hired to assist in approaching and confirming meetings with targeted companies. Local producer Stephen MacLean attended the business development trip last year and immediately saw the advantages. “This invaluable program allows local producers to connect with companies and individuals we normally wouldn’t have a chance to meet,” said Mr. MacLean. “I’ve started building a network of contacts in one of the largest film markets in the world, which is an important step for me as a producer as they are key when you’re trying to co-produce and market a television program or feature film.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
Kolkata: The teachers of 113-year-old Kidderpore Academy School, along with its alumni association and parents, conducted a mass convention in connection with fake letters stating that they are associated with terrorist activities at Hemchandra Library on Sunday.”All the teachers, parents and members of Kidderpore Academy School Alumni Association were present at mass convention and shared their opinion on how deal with issue,” said Mohammad Salehin, a senior teacher of the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the ‘fake letters’ as claimed by the teachers have stated that they are ISI spy, who are divulging secre ts of Army activities, the Kidderpore Academy School Alumni Association has lended support to the teachers of the school. Salehin, who is also a NCC teacher, pointed out thatpolice officials of Watgunge police station assured us that they have started their investigation. “Since 2013 we have been disgraced and humiliated by some unidentified persons. The FIR in this connection was lodged on July 19. We met the police officials today (Sunday). They have are co-operating and told us that the probe had already started,” he said. Established in 1906, the Kidderpore Academy School at present has a strength of 400 students.
Raipur: Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son-in-law, Puneet Gupta, has been charged with misusing his post and committing financial fraud of Rs 50 crore during his tenure as the superintendent of a state government hospital in Raipur. The police said they have been investigating the case but Gupta has not been arrested yet.According to the police, superintendent of DK Super-Specialty Hospital K K Sahare had filed a complaint at the Golebazar police station alleging irregularities to the tune of Rs 50 crore during Gupta’s tenure. Acting on the complaint, police filed a case under Section 420 against Gupta. Senior Superintendent of Police Devendra Charan Patel said on Saturday that Sahare has mentioned in his complaint that large-scale irregularities took place when Gupta was the superintendent of the hospital from December 2015 to October 2018. He alleged that Gupta misused his influence and bypassed rules to appoint doctors and other staff, and also misused government funds to buy such machines that had nothing to do with treatment of patients.
Rabat – The Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, presided over the regional communication meeting held in Dakhla to address the projects under the Southern Provinces Development Program (2015-2021).The attending ministers presented the current state of affairs of the major development projects in each government sector.Speaking at the meeting, El Othmani pointed out that the region’s Development Program includes 149 projects. He specified that 21 projects are now complete, 75 are in progress or in their final phase, while another 50 are awaiting their launch. He noted that the work is advancing at an accelerated and balanced pace. EducationThe Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi, mentioned that the region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab ranked second nationally in this year’s Baccalaureate exams with an 84,58% passing rate. He added that the region has a high enrollment rate compared to the national average. Amzazi also recalled the signing, under the new Southern Provinces Development Program, of a partnership agreement with the Council of the region. The MAD 64 million partnership allowed the construction of 8 schools and the extension of others, in addition to the creation of classes for pre-school education and the upgrading of other schools in rural areas.As for vocational training, the Minister announced that a Higher Institute of Hotels and Tourism and a Center for Crafts will be established.LogisticsThe Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, said that his department is closely following the project of the road connecting Tiznit to Dakhla on a distance of 1,055 kilometers.He added that the Atlantic Port’s construction site has been changed in order to gain more sea depth, recalling that the overall cost of this large-scale project is close to $1 billion.Health Anas Doukkali, Minister of Health, noted that health services in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region are improving. He indicated that the number of hospital beds increased from 50 to 80 between 2013 and 2018.He also pointed out that the number of practicing doctors and nurses in the region has also increased. Doukkali noted that 4 health projects out of 5 have been completed, with the exception of the project of the Higher Institute of Nursing and Health Development, which has a completion rate of 85%.TourismThe Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts, and Social Economy, Mohammed Sajid, underlined that the region’s tourism has experienced a growth rate of 21%.He stressed that the construction of high-end hotel units constitutes considerable support to the natural and ecological potential of the region. This will help strengthen the position of this region as a promising tourist destination.Referring to the airport of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, the minister said that this airport’s infrastructure, which has a maximum capacity of 300,000 passengers, has now reached 200,000 passengers. He suggested the possibility of expanding the airport or building another.Urban developmentThe Minister of Urban Policy, Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, said that the ministry’s program for urban upgrading cost MAD 1.5 billion since 2008. The program includes the upgrading of several streets, public lighting, landscaping, urban planning, road markings, pedestrian crossings, and car parks.
TSX, loonie lower as oil weakens; New York mixed ahead of Fed meeting TORONTO – Fresh comments from Iran about its intention to drive up oil production rattled the Toronto stock market Monday, with the news reminding investors on the resource-heavy index that the recent rally in crude prices may only have been temporary.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 44.46 points to 13,477.54, amid declines in the energy, gold and materials sectors.The Canadian dollar was lower against a strengthening U.S. greenback in advance of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The loonie lost 0.21 of a U.S. cent to 75.37 cents US as investors awaited the latest policy rate announcement from the Fed on Wednesday.The central bank is not expected to hike rates this time, but investors will still be closely monitoring its comments on the state of the U.S. and global economies for clues about possible moves in the future. The Fed raised its benchmark rate for the first time in almost a decade in December.U.S. indexes ended the day with mixed results, with the Dow Jones industrials edging up 15.82 points to 17,229.13. The Nasdaq added 1.81 points to 4,750.28, while the broader S&P 500 shed 2.55 points to 2,019.64.In commodities, the April contract for benchmark North American crude oil slumped $1.32 to US$37.18 a barrel after Iran’s oil minister dismissed the idea of a production cap, saying his country will keep increasing output until it reaches pre-sanctions levels of four million barrels per day.Four countries — Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar — have been in talks on a production cap in hopes of boosting global crude prices. The deal would only go ahead if other major producers agree. Iran, which is ramping up production following the removal of sanctions imposed over its nuclear program, has resisted the idea.Andrew Pyle, a portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod, says the comments from Iran were not surprising but acted as an “excuse” for investors to do some profit-taking.“We’ve had a pretty solid recovery of oil since earlier this year, since basically February,” he said from Peterborough, Ont. “After such a move, you’re going to get a pullback. And today was just a catalyst for some profit-taking. I think that’s what it really was.”Pyle estimates that Iran is currently producing only about a million barrels a day and it looking to regain its share of the crude market and have production back up to the pre-sanction levels of 2008.“However, most analysts would agree that this is something that will take time,” he said, noting “there are logistics involved in returning to where you once were in terms of oil output and Iran is not there yet.”Elsewhere in commodities, April gold was down $14.30 at US$1,245.10 a troy ounce, while April natural gas was unchanged at US$1.82 per mmBtu. May copper was also barely changed at US$2.24 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.”“We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.”Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team.“We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said.Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking.“For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said. “We’re gonna take it game by game.”With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses.“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.”DeLucia also said his only personal expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient.While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings.Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field.“It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple.“Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.”There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive.“Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.”
If you are considering attending the E3 games show this year, then news coming out of UK game trade publication MCV may help you make that decision. Apparently, this year will be the first time in the show’s history that three brand new consoles are going to be demonstrated.In other words, MCV has it on good authority that not only will we get to see the Wii U in action, but Sony and Microsoft will be there showing off the PS4 and Xbox 720 (who knows what Microsoft will call its next console).You may doubt that Sony and Microsoft will roll out new hardware at the show, but according to MCV editor Ben Parfitt, his source is “100% solid” with the following tweet appearing on his account:Even if both consoles do make an appearance at E3, we shouldn’t expect too much in the way of details, so no price or launch dates. Apparently this is being done to counter the build up to the launch of the Wii U, with both Microsoft and Sony’s next hardware not expected to arrive until 2013 at the earliest.What’s most interesting in all of this is what Sony is doing. If the PS4 turns up at E3 it shows the company is worried about arriving late to market again, like it did with the PS3. Launching at the same time as the next Xbox would show Sony has finally accepted Microsoft as a true competitor in the video games market at least.E3 runs from June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If this rumor is indeed true, I doubt this is the last we will hear of it in the coming months. We should also expect a few images to leak and details of the hardware to start appearing.More at MCV
Rangers coach Steven Gerrard has admitted he would have preferred his team were competing in the Betfred Cup final instead of going top of the Premiership.“We’d love to be in the final. We’re not going to lie. It hurt going out in the semi-final and it always does. I won’t sit and kid anyone that it doesn’t,” he said, according to Daily Record.“We’d much rather be playing in the cup final of course but that’s gone and we’ve moved on.”“I want my players to press aggressively but that doesn’t mean they deserve a yellow card.”“It would be fantastic if we sit top of the league after the weekend but we are well aware you don’t get anything for sitting top at this stage of the season.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’ll be tough because Hearts have been flying in the league and of course it’s a test on the back of a European game.”On the other hand, Gerrard commented on the fan who ran from the Govan Stand to send a verbal volley at linesman Manuel Vidali just after Candeias’ red card.“It will affect the club and more often than not it’s financially as well, which doesn’t help.“We ask the supporters to keep doing what they are doing and supporting us but they have to stay in their seats.”
Laurie Hill, manager of the Salvation Army thrift store in Hazel Dell, serves up a free cuppa Cafe La V on half-price Wednesday. The coffee at the Salvation Army thrift store on Highway 99 is good. Really good.Not just flavorful, that is, but ethical too — supporting farmers and orphans in Pleiku, a Vancouver-sized city in central Vietnam that was devastated, deserted and virtually destroyed during the Vietnam war.“Any proceeds from this go back to Vietnam,” said the Salvation Army’s Maj. Jack Phillips, who operates a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program near the Portland International Airport. “The U.S. has a history with Vietnam.”The Salvation Army is getting into the direct-trade coffee business, Phillips said — maintaining a relationship and buying beans directly from Pleiku farmers, paying them more than they’d make on the open market, and selling the coffee and the beans at hundreds of Salvation Army thrifts in the western United States. The Portland area’s thrifts are among the first to start stocking and selling the coffee, according to area retail manager Steve Cermak, but if all goes well, the product may even make the jump to non-Army retail store shelves in the near future.And it all started, Phillips said, with too many mugs.“About 20 years ago, my wife and I were trying to come up with something to do with all these coffee mugs,” he said. The thrift they ran back then, which underwrote a rehabilitation program, was drowning in donated mugs. This was before coffee grew into today’s caffeinated craze, he said, and there just wasn’t much market for millions of mugs.Phillips pondered the fact that wives tended to shop with purpose while husbands got bored. He hit upon the following scheme: Sell the mugs for a dollar each, keep a pot of coffee going and encourage people to sip while they shop. Husbands would enjoy the bottomless cup while their wives browsed; at the end of their shopping date they could either return the mug or keep it.
In an encounter with an old friend at the Clark County Jail, Dennis Wolter allegedly confessed that he killed his girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011 because she “narced him out.”Dannielle Williams said Thursday that she was taken into custody on May 26, 2011, for a parole violation related to a DUI conviction. Inside a Camas police patrol car, she encountered an old friend — Wolter — who also was being transported to the Clark County Jail, though she didn’t recognize him at first. She was seated in the front, while he was in the backseat.“We were just making small talk,” she testified. “Then, I realized I recognized him.”They talked as they waited outside the jail’s booking area. Here is how she recalled the conversation for jurors:” ‘What are you in for?’” she asked” ‘Murder,’ ” he replied.” ‘Wow, tough luck,’ ” she said. ” ‘I’m here for DUI.’ “” ‘Who did you kill?’ ” she asked him.” ‘Kori,’ ” he said.She said she didn’t immediately register who Kori was, then realized the victim was her ex-boyfriend’s stepmother. She asked Wolter why he killed Fredericksen, Williams said.“He said she narced on him,” Williams testified.“‘Karma is a bitch,’” she told Wolter. “‘What goes around, comes around.’” She testified that she was referring to Wolter’s wrongdoing when she made the comment.“‘It was quick and easy this way,’” Wolter replied.He then asked her to apologize to her ex-boyfriend for killing his stepmother, Williams said.Williams said she was offered a possible sentence reduction in exchange for her cooperation in testifying. However, the judge in her case declined to reduce her sentence, she said. Nevertheless, she said, she decided to testify against Wolter.
SEATTLE — A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.The audit released Monday pointed out, however, that Washington’s four-year public universities have effective polices and most credit card purchases are fine.The University of Washington has the largest number of credit cards — more than twice as many as Washington State University — and processes the most purchases through those cards.State-issued credit cards aren’t supposed to be used for alcohol, gifts, donations to charity or personal purchases.During the 2012 fiscal year, Washington’s six four-year colleges and universities used credit cards to buy more than $164 million in goods and services.
Listen Photo by Ginny. Creative Commons license.Being a writer of color doesn’t necessarily mean that’s always what your work is about.“There are people in the workshop who are writing poetry that draws on personal experience, but it’s not necessarily about being a person of color,” says Adrienne Perry, who is leading the Writers of Color workshop at Writespace, a Houston-based literary arts organization.It’s a chance for people of color – Asian, Hispanic, African American, Middle Eastern, etc. – to form a community.“Because so often as writers of color, you go into a workshop and people project onto you what they think your writing is going to be about,” Perry says. “They assume that your characters are non-white. They make all these kinds of assumptions based on the fact that you’re a writer of color. It’s really nice to be in a workshop where people get that.”The classes end Saturday, followed by a showcase that evening where participants will share their work with the public.The audience can expect diversity, says Eloisa Perez-Lozano, who will be taking part.“Whether it’s fiction, poetry, short story, there’s just a little bit of everything,” she says. “And then everybody obviously has their own voice, their own way of writing.”This is the second year of Writespace’s Writers of Color Workshop. The showcase is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Silver Street Studios near downtown Houston and is open to the public Share 00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, maybe this will be what sways you over if you’re big into games. Amazon announced that they will be offering Prime members 20% off pre-releases and newly released video games from now on.All of you Prime members who currently have games on pre-order: don’t worry, that discount is being extended to you as well. As for what exactly makes a new release on Amazon’s list, it’s any game within the first two weeks of its launch date.There’s a few other caveats to take note of: the discount will only apply to video games shipped and sold by Amazon, so games sold by individual sellers will not qualify. Physical games, not digital downloads, and collector’s editions get the discount — but product bundles and console bundles are no go.It’s a start for Amazon, given the fact two major video game retailers already offer their own discount programs at a quarter of the yearly cost. GameStop’s PowerUp Pro Reward Program is aimed at those who like to buy and sell pre-owned games. For $14.99 per year, you get 10% off pre-owned games and accessories, which is a little more than tax in most states, but they also have a buy two, get one free on some of their less expensive used games, and a point system that lets you pick from various rewards from their catalog. Good, bad, or maybe just useless, it still pays for itself pretty quickly if you buy more than a few used games a year. Oh, and you get a free subscription to Game Informer.The other game discount program out there is Best Buy’s Gamer’s Club. $30 for two years — so $15 per year — and you get 20% off the top of new games. They also give you 10% trade-in credit for used games, and 10% off any pre-owned games you buy from them. You can purchase strategy guides for 50% off as well, which are great for art reference if little else these days, since most walkthroughs can be found online for free.It doesn’t seem like Amazon’s video game discount is going to be raking in a huge amount of new Prime Members, but for those of us who already have the upgraded accounts, it might be enough to make Amazon the first choice for all game purchases, which is exactly what Amazon is aiming for.
Climate science has struggled mightily with a messaging problem. — In Europe, Sander van der Linden, a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge, codesigned an inoculation-based online game with doctoral researcher Jon Roozenbeek. Dr. Cook has designed a high school curriculum as well as a popular online course that presents students first with facts and then a myth about climate change; the students are then asked to resolve the conflict. The well-worn tactic of hitting people over the head with scary climate change facts has proved inadequate at changing behavior or policies in ways big enough to alter the course of global warming. The game was designed to help its hundreds of thousands of players become better consumers of climate-related information. “We’re trying,” Dr. van der Linden said, “to help people help themselves and navigate this post-truth environment.” Read the whole story: The New York Times
Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsFriends raise $20k for trans man’s funeral after estranged parents don’t claim himThese Arabic-speaking LGBT people have risked all to tell their storyRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-activist-casey-hoke-dies/ Casey Hoke, a 21-year-old transgender activist and public speaker in California, has died. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Casey Hoke will be missed | Photo: Facebook/Casey Hoke eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This organization posted their own thoughts on Facebook.‘Casey is remembered through the memories our community holds and through the work he shared,’ the statement reads.‘Casey showed great passion in his Point community service project,QueerArtHistory.com, and was committed to celebrating stories of queer expression. We are immensely grateful for his impact on our community and each of our lives. The love and warmth Casey brought to every space he was in will be truly missed.’The QueerArtHistory website was a project Hoke was working on. It aims to serve as an educational resource to learn about the visual storytelling of LGBTI identities.Need support? LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceMore from Gay Star NewsGay teen who was kicked out of home is now going to Georgetown for freeBlaze Bernstein murder was a gay hate crime, say prosecutorsThis 14-year-old boy was banned from performing in drag at school talent showGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- His family confirmed Hoke died at his home in Pomona, California last Wednesday (8 August).Ryan, Hoke’s brother, made a post on Hoke’s Facebook account confirming the news.Facebook post about Casey | Photo: Facebook/Casey Hoke‘My family is heartbroken,’ Ryan wrote. ‘We ask for privacy, but at the same time want to make sure Casey’s friends and connections know.’Ryan further told the Los Angeles Blade: ‘Casey lost his battle with mental illness.’Hoke came out as trans in high school and dedicated the rest of his life to the community, working as an activist, speaker, and role model.A life to inspireIn his 21 years, Hoke did a lot of work for the community. He gave TEDx Talks and wrote for the Huffington Post and MTV News on LGBTQ topics.He also had a relationship with GLSEN (formerly theGay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network). In 2014, he served as a student ambassador for them and, most recently, was also a board member.‘I have known Casey since he was in high school and he was a remarkable force of light, love, art, and power in the world,’ Dr. Eliza Byard, the Executive Director of GLSEN, told the LA Blade.‘He was a sitting member of our board of directors and also often contributed his artwork to our cause. I am so grateful to have known and worked with him. He touched so many lives and he will always inspire me to press on and stop hate.’Hoke was a student at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona for graphic design communications. He was also a Point Foundation scholar.
GAYSTARNEWS- A gay club has refused entry to a man wearing high heels as they allegedly ‘don’t accept femininity’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pavel Vacek wanted to go to XXL, a gay nightclub in south London catering to the bear community, with friends on Saturday night (11 August).The muscled ex-model wanted to practice dancing and moving in high heels.This guy went to gay club wearing high heels and was turned away for being ‘feminine’ Vacek and friends take classes with the Gay Men’s Dance Company (GMDC). An upcoming class involves dancing in high heels like the Ukrainian group Kazaky or the French dancer Yanis Marshall.[embedded content]So Vacek thought it was the perfect opportunity to wear a pair of thigh-high faux leather boots with four-inch heels.With it, he wore a tight-fitting black jeans and a tank top.‘It’s not something you do everyday,’ Vacek told Gay Star News. ‘I bought them a year ago, and I’ve only worn them once.‘When you have heels on, people look at you. It’s something special, and something different from trainers. I think they’re hot.’He didn’t expect any problems at the door. While XXL does state it caters to bears and is men-only, there is no dress code on the website.But the bouncer refused them.‘We don’t allow femininity’ XXL/Mark Ames/Facebook‘It wasn’t aggressive,’ Vacek said. ‘He said it was club policy that you can’t wear make-up, wigs, high heels or anyone feminine. He said: “We don’t allow femininity”.’Vacek says, to the bouncer’s credit, he didn’t feel shamed for wearing heels. ‘I think he was just doing his job. I was upset of course but I wasn’t blaming the bouncer. It’s just the general attitude of the club.’When he and friends posted about the treatment on social media, they’ve been mostly supported.However, others have defended XXL. Some have said they are a private business, can refuse entry to who they like and men wearing high heels don’t fit into their ‘brand’.‘If you wear heels, it doesn’t mean you’re feminine,’ Vacek told GSN.‘Who says heels are just for women? You can be masculine and super buff and wear heels. I think it’s sexier. It’s not a written rule.’‘You can be masculine and super buff and wear heels’ Vacek will not be back to XXL.‘I’m quite open-minded and I like open-minded environments,’ he said. ‘If there’s strict rules for something, I don’t like it.’Gay Star News has reached out to Mark Ames, owner of XXL, by phone, email and social media. Due to his lack of response over the past 20 hours, it appears he is declining to comment on this.Alex Scurr, the founder of the GMDC, defended Vacek. He said he has seen ‘every type’ of man in the club that largely has an ‘inclusive and friendly’ atmosphere.‘XXL and any similar places should, one, consider making any rules more visible on their website, and two, be very careful about any reasons given for denying entry,’ he told GSN.‘Saying somebody is or looks “too feminine” is a slippery slope.‘Why does one item of clothing instantly make someone feminine?’He added: ‘XXL is a large and well-known business. It has a responsibility within the LGBTI+ community. They should know better than to judge or comment on ridiculous and toxic stereotypes of masculinity. They run of the risk of ostracizing and excluding a lot of people. In my opinion, it goes against what the club is about.’He concluded: ‘We are never going to get full equality or acceptance from those outside our community if we don’t first accept the people inside our community.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . This guy was rejected entry from a London gay club for being too feminine Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… London bus driver films himself harassing man wearing high heelsLondon Club XXL owner’s shocking femme-phobic rant provokes ‘queer’ protestLondon bus driver says sorry for harassing man wearing high heelsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-club-denies-entry-to-man-in-high-heels-as-they-dont-accept-femininity/