I am ready for Asian Boxing Championship: Mary Kom

first_imgIndian star boxer and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Friday said that she is working really hard for the upcoming South Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Vietnam and is all set for the challenge ahead.Mary was back in her preferred 48kg category as she overcame the challenge from younger competitors to make it to the Indian team for the marquee continental event, which is to be held from November 2 to November 11 in the Ho Chi Minh City.After undergoing three days of gruelling trials, the veteran duo Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi (64kg) made the cut, despite trying their luck in different weight categories.Mary, who had climbed up a division to 51 kg back in 2010, is all set to make her sixth Asian Championships appearance.Talking about her preparation, Marry told ANI, “I am ready for the Asian Championship and working very hard for this. My weight category has changed so I am trying to make myself comfortable.””I will see how this competition will go for me and also I have to see weight category for 2020 Olympics because this weight category is not in Olympics,” she added.Speaking about Pakistan’s participation in the tournament, Mary insisted that sports bring peace, adding that in ring we fight to win, not as an any enemy.The Rajya Sabha MP fought six bouts during the trials and won all despite facing younger rivals in the likes of World Championships silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi among others.last_img read more

2nd ODI: Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs Pakistan

first_imgSouth Africa beat Pakistan in the second one day international in Durban to level the five-match series on Tuesday. Rassie van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo hit unbeaten half-centuries to guide South Africa to a series-levelling 5-wicket victory at Kingsmead.Rassie van der Dussen scored an unbeaten 80 while Andile Phehlukwayo hit 69 not out in their match-winning 127-run partnership for the sixth wicket.Earlier, Hasan Ali’s quickfire 59 off 45 balls helped Pakistan post 203 all out after South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl.Pakistan made two changes for the second game in Durban, bringing back fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and giving all-rounder Hussain Talat a place in the lineup.South Africa made two switches in their bowling attack with seamer Dane Paterson and leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi brought in.Also Watch:last_img read more

10 months agoIreland fear West Ham utility Rice lost to England

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland fear West Ham utility Rice lost to Englandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland have moved for West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rice recently met with new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Robbie Keane to discuss whether he’d resume his Ireland career but the Irish Independent says it appears he’s veering towards a switch to his homeland of England.England manager Gareth Southgate is believed to be increasingly hopeful of the 19-year-old coming aboard.Unless he applies to FIFA in the next week to switch allegiance, Rice would not have his international transfer completed in time to make his England debut in their Euro 2020 qualification opener against Czech Republic in late March. last_img read more

Mexicans Abroad: Raul scores, Chucky held out

first_imgIt hasn’t even been a month since the Mexico national team lifted the Gold Cup at Soldier Field, but El Tri’s players already are getting back into action.With the Premier League set to start this weekend and the first week of the Eredivisie already in the history books, it’s time to take a look at how Mexicans playing outside North America fared in the past week.The most notable moment, however, was perhaps for a player who didn’t play. Hirving Lozano traveled with PSV to face FC Twente but didn’t come off the bench. The club’s manager, Mark van Bommel, claimed he simply felt other players could turn the game around. However, with rumors continuing to swirl that Napoli may pay a more than $40 million fee to bring “Chucky” to Serie A, it’s easy to wonder if there isn’t more at play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mexico midfielder Erick Gutierrez, who missed most of the Gold Cup with an injury, is back fit. Guti played the first 84 minutes in a 1-1 draw. Between that and a 2-1 defeat to FC Basel during the week that ended their Champions League run, it’s not the start to the season that PSV were hoping to have. This week, the club takes on Norwegian side Haugesund in the first leg of a Europa League tie that will determine if PSV are in for more European play this season or if all the focus will be on the league.Edson Alvarez wasn’t in Ajax’s team to take on Vitesse, but perhaps they’ll be eager to get him into the lineup after Saturday’s 2-2 draw. The Club America product’s documents are now in order, and he started training with the club Friday.Also in Europa League action is Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, who scored twice for the Premier League team in Belfast to help secure a 4-1 victory Thursday and a 6-1 aggregate win. Now Wolves head to Armenia for the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round series against Pyunik before opening the league campaign Sunday against a more familiar opponent in Leicester City.Porto begins their Champions League quest this week, with Jesus “Tecatito” Corona now the only Mexican with the club after Hector Herrera’s move to Atletico Madrid. It’s a meeting against FC Krasnodar ahead of Tecatito and friends.The Belgian league already has played two rounds, but the most popular Mexican is yet to see action. Guillermo Ochoa is back in training after getting extra time off following the Gold Cup, but he wasn’t in the team for Standard Liege in either contests thus far. However, midfielder Omar Govea did see action against Ochoa’s Standard, playing the full 90 minutes for Zulte-Waregem. Standard took the honors with a 4-0 drubbing.Plenty of Mexico internationals get back into action this weekend or the next, and Goal will again keep track of everything they’re up to during the season every Monday.last_img read more

How to Winterize Your Camping Gear: Tips for Cleaning and Storing Equipment

first_img The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019 Editors’ Recommendations The Basic ProcessCleanDryRepair and treatStore There’s nothing worse than getting stoked for a trip and pulling out rotten tents, sleeping bags, or hiking boots. Camping gear is also a huge investment and clean equipment works better, smells better, and lasts longer.We’ll walk you through the process for your major pieces of gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking boots, jacket, and backpack.TentCourtney CorlewThat eight-person tent offers a lot of room for the family, but it’s a lot of nylon to scrub at the end of the season. Tents don’t need to be cleaned after every trip but make a point of doing it after every season. If you’re a regular camper, every four to five trips should suffice. Trips around sand, fine dust, bird droppings, or anything sticky might warrant a cleaning sooner than that.1. CleanUsing a bucket of gentle, non-detergent soap or a specialized product like Nikwax Tent and Gear Solarwash, wipe the tent down with a sponge or rag. If there are any spots with mildew or mold on them, use a spray bottle with white vinegar. Scrub gently on the floor and the fly so you don’t scrape the waterproof finish off.2. DryDry your tent completely. Of all the things you could do to extend the life of your tent, drying your tent before storing could be the most important. Set it up in the garage, pitch it in the backyard, or hang it on a clothes line on a warm day.3. Treat and RepairTreating your tent with a durable water repellency (DWR) product will help UV protection, water shedding, and fabric strength. Tent and Gear Solarproof from Nikwax works well.4. StoreSo you’ve completely, totally, absolutely dried out your tent 100 percent. Now it’s time to stuff it in a wet basement or in direct sunlight. Wrong.Store the tent in a bigger bag than it came with so it can breathe. It needs to go in a dry place with an even temperature. Rolling or stuffing the tent into a big bag prevents the fabric from breaking along the folds over time. If you have space, store the poles fully or partially extended so the elastics can relax.Sleeping BagCompared to tents, smaller sleeping bags are easy to take care of. While on a trip keep them as dry as possible. Shake them out every morning and dry them in the sun if you can. If they’re dripping wet after a trip, put towels inside and roll tightly to squeeze water out. For less washing, get a sleeping bag liner and wash that instead of your sleeping bag.1. CleanCleaning is just done with a regular front-loading washing machine. Larger machines at the laundromat are the best but your smaller machine at home works well too. As long as the washing machine does not have an agitator, you’re good to go.Throw your bag in with cold water on a gentle cycle and let it go. Use mild non-detergent soap or products design for washing gear: Nikwax Tech Wash for synthetic bags and Down Wash Direct for down bags. These wash the insulation as well as revitalizes the water repellency.2. DryAfter washing, throw the bag in your dryer on low. It may take multiple cycles low. Synthetic will dry faster than down. Never turn the heat up. If drying a down bag, throw a few dryer balls or clean tennis balls in to break up the clumps of down.3. TreatMany sleeping bags have no special treatment on the outside. If yours had a water repellent DWR coating, then you can spray more on after your bag is done drying. Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In for synthetic and Down Proof for down bags works best.”4. StoreAs with tents, a cool, dry place to store your sleeping bag is key. To keep the insulation fluffy until next spring store it in a loose, breathable bag like a pillow case or unrolled under a bed.Sleeping PadComfortable sleeping pads (that stay inflated) are key to a good camping trip. Cleaning and storing your sleeping pad will help them last as long as you do in the woods.1. CleanTo clean your pad, just sponge it with warm water and a gentle soap, then rinse. Don’t machine wash or dry sleeping pads.2. DryHang the pad somewhere to dry. Don’t apply extra heat as this may cause seams to unglueIf you can dry out the inside and outside of the pad before storing, it will last longer. Moisture inside will delaminate the layers. Inflating the pad multiple times with a hair dryer set on low should to the trick.3. RepairIf you have any holes in your pad, patch them up before you forget. The Permanent Home Repair kit from Therm-A-Rest or a kit from your pad’s manufacturer will solve the problem.4. StoreSleeping pads are best stored completely unrolled under a bed or hanging in a closet with the valves open. If you do have to pack it up more, roll it up loosely and tuck in a dry place.Hiking BootsOf all the gear in this list, hiking boots are likely to be the dirtiest. (If your boots aren’t dirty after a hike, it’s time to get off the pavement.) Boots like to be clean and will stay waterproof longer.1. CleanTaking a brush with warm water to your boots to get all the dirt off after most trips or before any long storage will go a long way. Don’t use regular soap if you can help it; it can break down the treatment on the outside and clog the waterproof membranes. For seriously gross boots, Nikwax Cleaning Gel will clean and revitalize the water repellency at the same time.If the insides are as gross as the outsides, take out the insoles and wash them separately. A bit of baking soda inside can help with the smell if you can’t get near them without a gas mask on. Taking the laces out helps get the tongue clean.For more tips, check out this in-depth guide.2. DryAfter the shoes are clean, stuff them with newspaper or on a drying machine meant for boots. Never put them in front of a heater or fire.3. TreatOnce you’re finished cleaning the boots, it’s time for their treatment. The product you use will depend on your boots.If your boots are just synthetic fabric or a combination of leather and fabric, you can use something like Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof. If your boots are a soft nubuck leather or suede then you’ll be using the Nubuck and Suede Proof. Finally, if you’re boots are a smooth leather, then get the Waterproofing Wax for Leather which can be a cream or a spray. Follow the instructions to cover the boots with the sprays making sure some gets into the seams.4. StoreStore your boots in a cool, dry area that isn’t in the sun.JacketRicardo Gomez AngelJackets are super easy to take care of. They work better and will last longer if you wash them often. If it’s dirty or the water isn’t beading up and rolling off the outside any more, it’s time for a wash.1. CleanClean with a gentle soap. If you use a regular soap versus a product meant for outdoor jackets, be sure to rinse it twice.2. TreatIf the jacket hasn’t been beading well, spray with a DWR treatment like Nikwax TX.Direct Spray before putting in the dryer.3. DryDrying is an important step in the process. This will re-activate the DWR treatment. Regular temperature on your dryer for about 40 mins, or until your jacket is dry, will serve just fine. It won’t harm your jacket — it goes through much higher temperatures when it’s being made.StoreHang in a cool dry place after cleaning and your jacket will last for years.4. BackpackKeagan HenmanMost backpacks won’t fit in the washer or dryer. If they do, great — chuck them in and wash with a gentle soap. If not, we can use a different process.1. CleanFirst, scrub dirt off the outside with a brush. Next, dunk and scrub your backpack in a tub of warm, mildly soapy water. If you want to get the bag squeaky clean, wash the zippers with a toothbrush. Rinse out with the tap or a hose until the water runs clear.2. DryJust hanging up the bag to dry is fine. You can also lay it flat.3. TreatBackpacks don’t require special treatment. Waterproof bags may have a DWR treatment on them that you can re-apply. To really go the extra mile, lube the zippers with silicone grease.4. StoreHang up or lay flat in a cool dry place for storage. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know center_img The Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking and Camping How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kitslast_img read more

Looked at every aspect Truck driver criminally charged in Broncos bus crash

first_imgThe driver of a transport truck faces 29 criminal charges in a fatal collision that killed 16 people, including 10 players, with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.Thirteen other players were injured.RCMP say Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, is accused of dangerous driving causing death as well as causing bodily injury.He was arrested Friday morning and was being held in custody pending a court appearance in Saskatchewan next week.“Mr. Sidhu was arrested without incident at his Calgary residence,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki told a news conference Friday in Regina.Sidhu was charged exactly three months after the crash at a rural Saskatchewan intersection in the late afternoon of April 6.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., when their bus and a semi-trailer carrying peat moss collided.The truck driver was not hurt. He was taken into custody after the crash, but was released the same night.RCMP said they will not release any details of the investigation or what they believe happened. The only thing the Mounties have said to this point is that the truck was in the intersection when the collision occurred.In April, police said they had recovered driver log books along with engine control modules that had been sent to California for further analysis.RCMP Supt. Derek Williams said their probe was exhaustive and included 60 core investigators combing through records, interviewing five dozen witnesses and using 3D technology to determine what happened.“In order to lay these charges, we require evidence the motor vehicle was being operated in a manner that is dangerous to the public,” said Williams.“We’ve looked at every aspect of the collision, including speed of the vehicles, point of impact, position of the vehicles, impairment, road and weather conditions and witness evidence.“Every piece of information was carefully examined.”Each of the 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm could garner 10 years each.Tom Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed from the chest down, said he was relieved charges were laid.“It’s finally come to charges being laid, so we are very happy about that because we don’t want that to be ignored at all,” Straschnitzki told The Canadian Press.“It should put a little closure to the first step and the second step is … let’s see what the courts do and find out what exactly happened.“I think that’s what people want to know. What exactly happened? How it did happen and why it happened.”Straschnitzki said he and his wife, Michelle, hadn’t thought much about charges in the three months since the crash.“We were just too focused on Ryan and just had the faith in the RCMP that they did a lot of hard work to get it done. I guess we’ll just wait and see in the courts.”Sukhmander Singh, owner of the Calgary-based trucking company that employed Sidhu, said in April that the driver was going to the doctor and receiving counselling.Singh said he basically went out of business after the crash because Alberta Transportation ordered his company, Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd., to keep its only other truck off the road.On Friday, Transportation Minister Brian Mason said ways to improve trucking safety could be announced within two weeks and will include qualification and training of drivers of large vehicles, how to test drivers in all licence categories and how better to regulate the trucking industry.He also said results of a review of intersection safety on Alberta’s highways should be available by the end of the summer.Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance company said in an internal memo sent to driving instructors after the crash in April that a mandatory training plan should be in place by next year.The memo from Saskatchewan Government Insurance said details were still being worked out, but the curriculum was to include at least 70 hours of training in the classroom, yard and behind the wheel.The tragedy sparked an outpouring of emotion across Canada with offers of money and other support for the victims and families involved. A GoFundMe campaign raised just over $15 million for the survivors and the families of those who died.The Humboldt Broncos released a statement Friday saying the organization has faith in the justice system and will be watching as the court process unfolds.“Our primary focus continues to be supporting the survivors, families and others that were directly impacted by the tragedy on April 6th,” the team said. “We will have no further comment on the investigation or the resulting charges until the process has concluded.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary and Samantha Maciag in Reginalast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral hopes Moscow meeting will spur direct IsraeliPalestinian talks

8 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he hopes the upcoming meeting in the Russian capital of the diplomatic group supporting the Middle East peace process will lead to direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Members of the so-called Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, the United States and Russia, are slated to meet in Moscow on 19 March.Mr. Ban, who will be attending the meeting, told reporters at UN Headquarters that the gathering will provide the Quartet with an opportunity “to assess and encourage the earliest possible resumption of the proximity talks which will eventually, I hope, lead to direct negotiations between the parties.” The Roadmap peace plan championed by the Quartet calls for two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.The Secretary-General has repeatedly called for the resumption of the Middle East peace process, which has been stalled for many months.Last month UN political chief B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council that international consensus on what it takes to reach a sustainable agreement is strong, and that an active Quartet will be vital to support the process.“We continue to stress the importance of doing everything possible to ensure that negotiations lead in a clear time frame to an agreement resolving all final status issues,” he stated, while also expressing his hope that both sides will agreed to the proposal from US envoy George Mitchell to begin indirect talks with US mediation.Mr. Ban discussed recent developments in the Middle East peace process and the initiation of proximity talks with Vice Prime Minister of Israel Silvan Shalom when they met in New York today. He also regretted the lack of any meaningful steps toward reconstruction and rehabilitation in Gaza one year after the Israeli military offensive there, his spokesperson said after the meeting.Mr. Ban also announced today that he plans to participate in the summit meeting of the League of Arab States, which will be held in Sirte, Libya, on 27 March. “There I will engage in bilateral or group meetings with the Arab leaders, so that both Arab leaders, and the United Nations, and all concerned parties can promote this peace process,” he stated. read more

Mass evacuations from Syrias warravaged cities desperate measures in desperate times says

Referring to “ongoing negotiations” between the Syrian government and armed groups over the evacuation of those left in opposition-held locations of Eastern Ghouta, Mr Egeland said he hoped that people would be allowed to stay if they wished.He also called for an amnesty “for those who put away arms”.In Raqqa city in northern Syria, Mr. Egeland said that 100,000 people had returned there to live, and the same number were outside the city hoping to return home.What awaits them is almost total devastation, he added, citing a new report compiled by 25 UN experts used to working in conflict situations but who were nonetheless shocked by the destruction they encountered.Homes were “still full of bombs” and children were “still being maimed and killed,” according to Mr. Egeland, who also highlighted that there is only one hospital in Raqqa and almost no public services. “This is the very wrong time to turn our back on civilians,” he told journalists in Geneva, highlighting that aid projects in Syria are now less than eight per cent funded.Mr. Egeland, who had earlier attended a scheduled meeting of the UN-supported humanitarian task force on Syria, said that more than half a million men, women and children had been displaced in the last three months in and around Idlib, from Eastern Ghouta, and from the district of Afrin in northern Aleppo.He described mass evacuations of civilians as “desperate measures in desperate times” adding that they had played their part in ending battles in urban areas in Syria.But they have also contributed to a desperate humanitarian situation.In Idlib Province alone, some 1.5 million people were now displaced in various locations, making it “the biggest refugee camp on earth in many ways,” said Mr. Egeland, who is the Senior Adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.Mr. Egeland also provided details about the destruction of Raqqa city, once the stronghold of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) extremists, saying that it was even worse than in Aleppo and Homs, two other once-vibrant Syrian cities that have seen massive destruction over the course of the seven-year conflict.On the final push for Eastern Ghouta, just outside the Syrian capital, Mr. Egeland said that there had been “no recent reports of fighting and air raids” and “hopefully the battle is over now in the heavily populated areas.”Until recently more than 400,000 people had been besieged for years in parts of Eastern Ghouta.The area has been subject to a Government-backed offensive launched in mid-February and now only 130,000 people still live there, Mr. Egeland said.Of that number, around 80,000 have gone to shelters in Government-held areas of Rural Damascus and one-third have left voluntarily – an important indicator of freedom of movement, the humanitarian official added. read more

Marine A video Helmet camera footage of minutes before killing of Taliban

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Ministry of Defence has released helmet camera footage capturing the run up to the controversial ‘Marine A’ killing of a wounded Taliban fighter.Officials for the first time released three separate sections of video which show Sgt Alexander Blackman’s unit of Royal Marines patrolling shortly before the incident, but not later sections that show the killing.Blackman is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2013 of murdering the unnamed Taliban fighter during a patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province two years earlier. The legal body which examines possible miscarriages of justice last year sent Blackman’s case back to the appeal court after finding there was a “real possibility” his conviction will be quashed.Blackman was dismissed from the Royal Marines in disgrace and told he must serve at least eight years in prison for the killing, after a court martial where he was identified only as Marine A.His trial was shown video of him shooting the stricken man in the chest at point blank range and then turning to colleagues to admit he had broken the Geneva Convention.However his wife and supporters argue he was suffering from combat stress and snapped under the appalling pressure of his tour. Show more They say he was let down by his legal team and should have faced a lesser sentence of manslaughter for the incident in Nad-e Ali district in 2011.The footage released by the MoD shows Blackman’s unit listening to an Apache helicopter firing on Taliban fighters as they attack a nearby British outpost, and expressing frustration the pilot keeps missing its targets.Blackman’s men were later sent out on patrol to the scene and later footage shows them walking through the long grass on patrol, approaching the field where the badly hurt Taliban fighter was found.The Ministry of Defence in 2013 defeated a bid by broadcasters and newspapers to have film of the killing released. At the time Judge Jeff Blackett, judge advocate general, ruled the video capturing the incident was too inflammatory to be made public, because of its propaganda value to terrorists.The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has given Blackman the right to appeal his conviction after it spent a year studying his case.Investigators at the CCRC ruled the case should be heard again because of new evidence about Blackman’s mental health and concerns his court martial had no option to hand down a lesser manslaughter verdict. Alexander Blackman, whose wife Claire Blackman is pictured, was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least eight years for the murder Alexander Blackman was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least eight years for the murderlast_img read more

Anita Gorbitz in Gyori until 2017

Anita Gorbitz The best Hungarian player, Anita Gorbitz (28) will stay in Gyori until 2017. The biggest favorite for the winning of the Women’s EHF CL this season will have for five years more the one of the most attractive women in Handball. Gorbitz is some kind of the team’s symbol and also the most recognized player of Hungarian NT, capable to play on back, but also on left wing position. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10: Danish “New Wave” and Serbian “Eagles” Next Story → Veselin Vukovic had a wish: “We could beat Spain in the Final”

ASAAP Meeting Addresses Big Data GMO Labeling

first_imgMembers of the ASA Action Partnership met yesterday in Washington to discuss labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients and the possibilities and implications of “big data,” or the data generated through advances in precision agriculture technology.These are two critical issues on the minds not only of soybean farmers, but of their industry partners as well. The ASAAP comprises representatives from multiple partner companies, including technology providers, equipment manufacturers and others, combined with soybean organizations at the state, regional and national levels.Following a presentation from Barry Bewley of Illinois-based technology consultancy CropIMS, Bewley joined Monsanto’s Dr. Michael Dykes, AGCO’s Aguimar de Souza and Matt Erickson of the American Farm Bureau Federation led an open discussion with members of the group on the latest developments on the technology and data stewardship front, including an update from each panelist on his organization’s respective approach to the privacy and security issues surrounding big data.Grocery Manufacturers Association Government Affairs Executive Vice President Louis Finkel then updated the group on the progress of the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food. ASA is an original member of the coalition, which supports a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients that would avoid the confusion of multiple and conflicting state regulations.To close the night, members of the ASAAP joined with their counterparts on the National Corn Growers Association’s Agri-Industry Council for a reception and dinner featuring political commentator and Washington Post columnist Mark Schwartz.The ASAAP will gather later in the year at its annual summer meeting.last_img read more

Miami Springs principal wins Principal of the Year new car

first_imgVeloso said he hopes to continue making his students feel appreciated through education and know that they have the potential to have a great future.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – The principal of Miami Springs Adult Center Education took home the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Principal of the Year award along with a new car.Miguel Veloso was presented with the new car along with other prizes on Tuesday in appreciation of his outstanding service.The 49-year-old was awarded with a 2019 Toyota Camry SE, sponsored by Toyota of North Miami.Veloso has been working for the school district for over 20 years.“The most important thing we’ve done is community involvement. We service students of all ages, which is critical because students come to us thinking that their world has ended,” said Veloso. “We give them that extra hope that they can be able to graduate or make a life for themselves here at our campuses.”He was given several options of vehicles to choose from and picked the one in his favorite color.“He is a true leader with passion and compassion for our community and of course today he gets to drive away with a brand new Toyota Camry,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. last_img read more

Challenged By Houston CenterPoint Cuts Deal To Reduce Proposed Rate Hike

first_imgDave FehlingCenterpoint power station downtown HoustonEarlier this week, Houston and neighboring municipalities were set to have a showdown with CenterPoint Energy. But now, the two sides have reached an agreement.According to a document filed with the Public Utility Commission, CenterPoint Energy will reduce its top demand for a cost increase. It had first asked for an additional annual increase $49 million in 2016 and $60 million in 2017, but has now reduced the request to $45 million and $49 million.CenterPoint says it needs the extra money to install more power lines and poles to keep up with all the growth in Greater Houston.The $49 million rate hike isn’t much when divvied up among CenterPoint’s 2 million customers, just about $20 bucks more a year.But consumer advocates say these sorts of seemingly small increases are adding up, year and after year. The advocates point out that in 2014, state regulators said CenterPoint was making so much money it had what was called “excess revenue.”What’s more, asking for rate hikes is now easier. In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed a new law that allows utilities to use a fast-track process to get approval from the Public Utility Commission to raise rate instead of having to file a lengthy rate-review case. Critics at the time predicted it would make it too easy for utilities to charge more.CenterPoint didn’t respond to an email requesting comment. The Public Utility Commission will have to give its approval to the agreement. Sharelast_img read more

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