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Transfer latest: Real Madrid plot £500m raid

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Real Madrid plot £500m summer raid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Real Madrid plot £500m summer raidReal Madrid are planning an astonishing £500 million summer raid on the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail. The Spanish club have their eyes on two main attacking targets, each of whom would draw a world-record £200m fee: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.  In addition, the Blancos would also shell out £100m for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dortmund issue Aubameyang warningPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundDortmund have told Arsenal that they will not easily be parted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Speaking to Sky Sports, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We have our position, just as last summer when Barcelona tried to sign him. We are willing to work on a transfer if certain criteria are met.”Arsenal have tried several times but we have refused everything up until now. Either our demands will be fulfilled and there will be a transfer, or they won’t be and Auba plays for Dortmund until the summer.Read the full story on GoalFour summer signings for Man Utd?Jose Mourinho, Burnley v Man Utd, 2017/18Manchester United could be in the market for up to four players in the summer transfer window, claims Paul Ince.The former Red Devils midfielder believes additions will be essential, with it possible that reinforcements will be required at left-back, right-back, in goal and up front.Read the full story on Goal.Laporte undergoes Man City medicalAymeric Laporte Athletic BilbaoAthletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone a medical at Manchester City on Saturday as he closes on a move to England, claims Marca.The Premier League leaders are poised to land the French centre-half in a €65 million deal.Lampard backs Chelsea move for DzekoEdin DzekoFrank Lampard has endorsed Chelsea’s decision to move for Edin Dzeko, believing he offers the “something different” that they need.The Blues have been linked with the likes of Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, but Lampard is of the opinion that it’s Dzeko that represents the best piece of business.Real the full story right here on Goal!Ronaldo reveals future plansCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 01132018Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid amid talk of transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Real’s struggles in 2017-18 have highlighted the need for a freshening up of the ranks, with it suggested that Ronaldo could be a victim of that process.But Ronaldo has pledged his future to the Blancos – read the full quotes right here on Goal!Man Utd open Jorginho talksJorginho NapoliRepresentatives of Napoli midfielder Jorginho have opened talks with Manchester United regarding a possible transfer, reports Rai Sport.The Brazil-born Italy international is among those being considered by the Red Devils as they prepare to part with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick.Klopp has long list of targetsJurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp is not expecting further movement at Liverpool during the January transfer window, but he has targets identified across the globe.The Reds boss has said: “We are constantly looking, my iPad is full of players from all over the world. That’s what we do.”Read the fully story on Goal.Celtic push for Musonda loanCharly MusondaChelsea forward Charly Musonda has the choice of a number of clubs during the January window, with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic among those pushing hard to secure his services on an 18-month loan deal.The Scottish Premiership champions have been long-time admirers of the promising winger, having tried and failed to sign him last summer, and are looking to step up their efforts to bring him on board.Read the full story on Goal.Arsenal & Man City set Evans deadlineJonny Evans Northern IrelandArsenal, Manchester City and any other suitors of West Brom defender Jonny Evans have been set a deadline in which to get a deal done.The Baggies are reported to be looking for around £27 million for the Northern Ireland international, but will not sanction a late sale.Read the full story on Goal.Chelsea could pull the plug on Dzeko Dzeko Roma Serie AChelsea have made progress in talks over a transfer for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, but will move on if a deal isn’t reached by the end of the weekend, reports The Telegraph . The Blues have agreed to a contract with Emerson but have yet to come to terms with Dzeko, whose demands are complicating the deal.If Chelsea fail to land Dzeko, they’ll move on to other striker targets like Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.West Brom want at least £27m for EvansJonny Evans West BromWest Brom are demanding Arsenal pay at least £27m for centre-back Jonny Evans, according to The Sun .  The Gunners have been in talks with the Baggies for two weeks over a move for the 30-year-old, with Arsene Wenger’s side currently offering £25m for the Northern Ireland defender. Spurs near £21.9m Lucas dealLucas Moura PSGTottenham are close to finalising a £21.9m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura, reports RMC Sport .  The 25-year-old had been subject to interest from Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the month, but Spurs are set to win the race for the PSG man’s services.Mourinho: Sanchez can do what Rashford can’tAlexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has suggested that Alexis Sanchez’s experience and maturity allows him to do what “nervous” Marcus Rashford cannot following his successful debut in Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil Town.”His choice for the second goal is the kind of choice that a player like Marcus is still too nervous to make that kind of decision. He will bring us this extra maturity.”Read the full story right here on Goal!Auba to feature for DortmundPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundWith speculation about his future swirling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to feature for Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg on Saturday.Arsenal have been in talks with Dortmund over a transfer for the striker, but manager Arsene Wenger has claimed a deal is “not close”.Read the full story on Goal! Neymar to Real ‘possible’ – RobinhoNeymar Paris Saint-GermainNeymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid is “a possibility”, according to fellow Brazilian and former Blancos star Robinho.Amid mounting speculation suggesting that a man who was involved in a €222 million deal last summer could be about to make another big-money switch, Goal recently revealed that PSG have vowed to open the exit door if Champions League glory is secured in 2018 .Robinho is the latest to have his say on the potential transfer – read the full story right here on Goal!Real to go after PochettinoMauricio Pochettino TottenhamReal Madrid have made contact with Tottenham over a summer move for manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Daily Mail. With Zinedine Zidane under pressure, the Blancos have begun making plans for potential replacements. Pochettino is reportedly tempted by the idea of managing the La Liga giants. Luiz to stay because he thinks Conte will goAntonio Conte David Luiz ChelseaChelsea defender David Luiz won’t seek a January exit from the club because he is convinced that manager Antonio Conte will leave in the summer, according to Daily Star. Arsenal had been linked with the 30-year-old, who had a bust-up with Conte earlier in the season and has seen little playing time in recent months. But the Brazilian has now decided to take his chances with winning his spot back next season under Conte’s potential successor. Everton and Arsenal in for BrozovicBrozovic Cagliari Inter Serie AEverton and Arsenal are keen on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, reports Football Italia. The Croatia international is not part of manager Luciano Spalletti’s plans, and the Premier League sides could enter a bidding war for the 25-year-old’s services. Arsenal agree terms with BenzemaKarim Benzema, Real MadridReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed personal terms with Arsenal for a summer move, reports Diario Gol .  The France striker’s transfer to London is still up in the air, however, with Madrid demanding €60m for the 30-year-old and Arsenal only prepared to pay €40m.Klopp says Reds likely won’t add moreJurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it was unlikely the Reds will make further signings in January.The club continue to be linked with a host of players after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for €160m, but the German boss says the Reds are likely done spending in January.Read the full story on Goal! West Ham want Deeney if Sturridge falls throughTroy Deeney Watford Premier LeagueWest Ham will make a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney if they are unable to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, reports The Sun .  The Hammers have lined up the 29-year-old as an alternative if a deal for Sturridge – reported to be a loan with a £25m purchase obligation in the summer – doesn’t materialise. City agree Laporte dealAymeric Laporte Athletic ClubManchester City have agreed a £57m deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to The Guardian. The fee would be a club record for Pep Guardiola’s side, who see the 23-year-old as a crucial reinforcement in a defence that has dealt with injury issues all season.Klopp can’t make Sturridge any promisesDaniel SturridgeLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he can’t promise wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge more playing time if he does end up staying on Merseyside.With his minutes dwindling, the 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield in January. Inter, Roma and Sevilla have been mooted as potential destinations.Read the full story on Goal!Musonda set for Celtic loanCharly Musonda ChelseaChelsea attacker Charly Musonda is close to making an 18-month loan move to Celtic, according to the Daily Mail.  The Blues are willing to let the 21-year-old move to Scotland on loan in the hopes he secures regular first-team minutes. Pellegri set for €25m Monaco movePietro Pellegri GenoaGenoa teenager Pietro Pellegri is set for a medical at Monaco ahead of a €25m move, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .  The 16-year-old striker has broken through to the first team at Genoa this season, generating reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG.Juventus bid on Darmian Matteo Darmian Manchester UnitedJuventus have made an offer to sign Matteo Darmian in a 12-month loan deal starting at the beginning of 2018-19 with a £19.25m obligation to buy, reports The Sun.  Manchester United, however, are not interested in a loan deal and want to sell the full-back for £26.5m.Beijing Guoan dismiss Nainggolan links Nainggolan Roma Serie AChinese Super League club Beijing Guoan say they are not interested in signing Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, despite reports linking the 29-year-old to the club. “We have never approached Roma and Nainggolan has never appeared in our head coach’s lists of transfer targets,” the club’s general manager Li Ming told Chinese reporters.Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

Changes to the use of your SportingPulse Website

first_imgChanges as previously advised about SportingPulse websites will now take effect.Touch Football Australia have been consulted on the process and are fully supportive of the initiative which makes the websites safer for our members to use.SportingPulse has developed its software tremendously over the years which has assisted affiliates in achieving their goals.Further information on the changes is attached.Related Filessportingpulse_website_editors-pdflast_img

Laporte not concerned by potential new Man City signings

first_imgAymeric Laporte has insisted he is ready to fight for his starting spot at Manchester City irrespective of the club’s transfer activity before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.The French defender joined up with Pep Guardiola’s squad in January 2018, after completing a £57 million ($71m) switch from Athletic Bilbao.The 25-year-old has since gone on to appear in 64 matches for City across all competitions, helping the club earn back to back Premier League titles along with two Carabo Cups and the FA Cup. 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? There has been some suggestion that Guardiola will try to bring in a new centre-back during the current transfer window, after Vincent Kompany’s decision to rejoin Anderlecht back in May.The Spanish boss is not certain a deal will be pushed over the line before the August 8 deadline, but Laporte is not worried either way.He is fully focused on nailing down a starting role at the Etihad Stadium again next term, but also concedes that the final decision will be out his hands.”Hopefully it can be the same this year. I’m here to start. I’m going to work for that,” Laporte told Sky Sports.”I don’t know [if the club will buy]. Ask Pep what he wants. I think the three of us [Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi] are putting ourselves forward to play every game, but we don’t decide. The club decides for us.”Aymeric Laporte Man City 2018-19Guardiola has only managed to bring in Spanish midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid and full-back Angelino from PSV so far this summer, but City continue to be linked with a number of high profile names.Leicester’s Harry Maguire has been mooted as a potential target, while ex-Barcelona and Juventus star Dani Alves has been tipped to reunite with Guardiola in Manchester after leaving Paris Saint Germain.City have been focusing on pre-season duties in the meantime, most recently suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy final on Saturday.Next up for the Citizens is a clash with Hong Kong-based club Kitchee on Wednesday, before a showdown against Yokohama three days later as their tour of the far east continues.Guardiola’s side will then begin to prepare for a Community Shield tie against Liverpool on August 4, which precludes their 2019-20 season opener against West Ham.last_img read more

Photo: College Football Team Unveils Awesome Throwback Helmet

first_imgGenera view of Reser Stadium.CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Oregon State has lost every Pac-12 game its played so far this season. If the Beavers lose again to Cal on Saturday, at least they will do so in style.Oregon State has unveiled a modified throwback helmet for this weekend’s game against the Bears. It hearkens back to the team’s logo and style from the 1970s.Check it out.@BeaverFootball with a semi-throwback this weekend. Early 70s had grey facemask, no stripe and logo had “Beavers” underneath it. This version has black facemask, white/orange/white stripe and no “Beavers”.#CFB2018HelmetWatch#SeasonTotal138@UNISWAG @UniWatch @SimplyMoono pic.twitter.com/kEHUkkRsMs— Blaise D’Sylva (@wtfcoach) October 18, 2018The helmet is just part of the ensemble though. The Beavers will also wear retro-style uniforms for the game. Like with the helmet, an old-school looking Benny the Beaver is heavily featured.Here are some pictures of the Oregon State unis for Saturday.Retro Benny.Retro lettering.Retro colors. Old school never looked so good. More: https://t.co/3udc41XuNV #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/BCIpDOpigm— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) October 8, 2018Oregon State faces Cal at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.The Beavers’ only win this season is against Southern Utah. They’re facing a Cal team that is in a tailspin though, as the Bears have lost three straight, including a 37-7 beatdown against UCLA last weekend.last_img read more

At 50 Years Old, Nissan Looks Souped Up and Sexy with the GT-R50 by Italdesign

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Nothing against Nissan, but I never thought I’d say, “I want to spend $1 million on a Nissan.” That was, until now.It’s a new world, my friends.In its first-ever collaboration with Italy’s Italdesign, Japanese manufacturer Nissan revealed the souped-up new model of the GT-R50 that will commemorate both companies’ 50th anniversaries. It makes that 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO look like child’s play.Less than 50 will be made and each will be run roughly $1.06 million. Keep in mind the top-end 2018 GT-R is about $100,000. And, FYI, you can own an entire town for $1 million.center_img Drawing on Nissan’s GT3 racing experience, the NISMO hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine was enhanced for the GT-R50 to produce an estimated 710 horsepower and 575 lb-foot of torque. Even the wheels are ridiculously good looking (and driving), leaning on a reinforced, dual-clutch rear transaxle, as well as stronger differentials and drive shafts that direct power to the wheels. A revised suspension features the BILSTEIN DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers.And if you weren’t already excited: add Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.The GT-R50 is coated in black with a distinct gold inner element that stretches across the width of the hood and rear. Nissan and Italdesign also pumped up the power bulge in the hood because it looks sexy and why the hell not. The roofline has also been lowered 54 millimeters, lending to an overall muscular look thanks to the slightly raised outer portions.Nissan did, however, keep its GT-R “samurai blade,” aka cooling outlets that sit behind the front wheels. From the back, all you can focus on is the supercar’s wide track and muscular flares, and once it’s revved, the twin taillights look as if they’re floating via black magic.Buckle up inside for a Batman-esque driving atmosphere that is both modern and high-powered. One isn’t enough, so two different carbon fiber finishes were used extensively across the center console and door linings. And the seats? Black Alcantara and black Italian leather. Gold makes its way into understated accents like the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear.Seeing Nissan’s best possible engineering together with the Italian coachbuilding of Italdesign, we have no shame in saying the GT-R50 prototype is first and foremost a damn sexy car. And yes, we recommend being as superficial as possible when looking at it.After all, this limited-run supercar is all for fun. Yes, Nissan loves to surprise us with special edition GT-R models, but we’re confident in saying this golden jubilee knocks the Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R, R35 45th Anniversary, R32 Skyline GT-R Nismo, and 40th Anniversary releases off the speedway.“Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way,” says Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits?’ and then actually get to build it?”Damn Nissan, you looking good.So before you run around bragging about being a Porsche or Rolls-Royce guy, remember this GT-R50 and shut your damn mouth. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) last_img read more

Police thwart murder bid arrest one with loaded pistol

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday arrested a person inside the hospital who had come with a loaded pistol to kill a criminal in Rohini district. The law enforcement agency said that the alertness of their staff foiled the nefarious murder plan.Police identified the accused as Prasanjit Kumar Jha alias Chikna (23) who lives in Madanpuri in Janakpuri. He was nabbed with a loaded pistol having six live rounds. The investigating agency claimed that one Karanvir alias Kala on police remand had come to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini for medical examination. Kala was accused in the murder case in KN Katju Marg. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused Jha came to BSA hospital Rohini with the intention of shooting Kala. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra said due to the alertness of the accompanying staff of the police station, the accused Prasanjit was apprehended from the spot. A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress. Sources said that the probe in the case is going on from different angles including the gang war. When asked whether Jha was able to fire a few rounds in the hospital, the DCP denied such fact. According to the police report, a murder took place on January 4 in Rohini sector 17 area where one Anil was killed in indiscriminate firing on a car in which apart from the deceased three other persons were also sitting.last_img read more

UN chief urges investment forum participants to promote development goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in a United Nations forum to do their part to make international investment work for the development of all humankind, especially in pursuit of the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In a video message to the four-day World Investment Forum, held this week in Xiamen, China, he also highlighted the crucial role of investment in stimulating economic activity, advancing energy efficiency and green technology and responsibly spreading environmentally friendly practices at the corporate level.Mr. Ban noted that “international investment is high on the agenda of global policymaking – as it should be.”“After a significant downturn in 2009, worldwide flows are expected to recover slightly this year, according to UNCTAD’s latest World Investment Report. An even stronger recovery is predicted for 2011 and 2012,” he said, referring to the latest investment report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). “Looking ahead, four issues are especially urgent.”“First, the recovery remains fragile. Private investment will be crucial for creating jobs and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Governments need to reassess how they manage, promote and regulate flows of investment. Governments and businesses should also explore how such flows can better stimulate economic activity, especially in light of the growing significance of emerging markets.“Second, the consequences of climate change are increasingly clear. Governments and the private sector need to do much more to promote energy efficiency and green technology. “Third, we must ensure a successful MDG Summit later this month in New York. Great progress has been made, but much remains to be done.“Fourth, the critical role of private investment in spreading environmentally friendly practices and contributing to the MDGs puts a spotlight on business activities. We must work together to advance responsible investment and corporate sustainability,” he said.The biennial World Investment Forum brings together policymakers, investment treaty negotiators, investment practitioners, investment promotion agencies, business, academia and civil society. 7 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in a United Nations forum to do their part to make international investment work for the development of all humankind, especially in pursuit of the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

Influential misinformed Canadian media hurts ChinaCanada relations envoy

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government should spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China, says the country’s ambassador.Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye blamed the Canadian media for disseminating a negative portrait of his country that depicts it as an abuser of human rights and lacking democracy.The envoy levelled the accusations during a lengthy interview at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa with The Canadian Press.Lu’s remarks come as the Liberal government and the People’s Republic embark on a third round of exploratory talks this month aimed at determining whether the two countries should begin formal negotiations towards a free-trade agreement.His comments underscore a major cleavage in how the two countries believe their differences over human rights should be addressed.Canada says the issue is linked to economic engagement with China and wants it part of any formal trade pact.China disagrees strongly, saying the two issues are not linked.Lu offered a candid insight into how China views that difference of opinion: the diplomat blamed an ill-informed Canadian media for forcing the issue onto the agenda.“I think the Canadian government is pressured by the media on this issue,” Lu said through a translator provided by his embassy.“I think that Canadian media is quite influential.”Lu then interjected in English to stress that Canadian politicians sometimes have to “bow before media.”He recommended the approach of his country’s ruling communist party as an efficient way of dealing with the media.“The Chinese Communist Party and the government is good at listening to public opinion and also they do their part to lead and mobilize people for a common cause.”Conservative foreign affairs critic Peter Kent, a former journalist, called Lu’s remarks “outrageous” and said it should give the Trudeau government pause as it seeks to deepen economic co-operation with China.“It sounded like a diatribe on the Chinese Communist Party’s conception of what the media is supposed to do on behalf of a government in imposing its will.”Lu said when he arrived in Canada four months ago, his top priority was to deepen co-operation between the two countries.Justin Trudeau and China’s leadership have taken steps to expand bilateral relations, with the prime minister travelling to China last summer and then hosting Premier Li Keqiang in Ottawa several weeks later.Trudeau wants to deepen economic and political relations with China.But Trudeau has also pledged not to shy away from engaging with China on the sensitive area. He used a speech in Shanghai last fall to say Canada encourages China to do more to protect and promote human rights.Soon after arriving in Canada, Lu said he was struck by the negative view of his home country that he saw taking shape, mainly in Canadian media.“I feel that in Canada, and especially its media, there seems some misunderstanding about China, which is detrimental to bilateral co-operation,” he said.“For example, the Canadian side fear the Chinese will buy up all their resources or steal their advanced technology.”He also said Canadians “don’t see any merit in China” and don’t think it’s a worthwhile trading partner.Canadians, he added, “look down upon China” and see a country with no democracy, human rights or freedom.Lu said his country is not afraid to talk about human rights and democracy, but what China objects to is linking them to economic and trade issues.“Politicians should have the courage and responsibility to explain to people where the overall and fundamental interest of the country lies,” he said.The Canadian government has made it clear that its economic engagements abroad cannot be divorced from human rights considerations.When it launched public consultations on a possible free-trade agreement with China, Ottawa acknowledged that Canadians have concerns regarding China on issues such as the environment, labour, gender equality, rule of law and human rights.But a “comprehensive dialogue” with China would allow Canada to relay these worries.“A free-trade agreement with China would not deter Canada from urging and working with China to meet its international obligations in these areas,” the Canadian government said.Trudeau, meanwhile, has repeatedly defended freedom of the press.“The back-and-forth between the press and government is essential to any good democracy,” Trudeau told a packed press conference at the National Press Theatre last week.“When you’re at your best, it reminds us and challenges us to be at ours. So thank you all for your tireless work on behalf of Canadians.”The Chinese regime has long faced criticism from organizations around the world for stifling press freedom.“The planet’s leading censor and press freedom predator, Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the instigator of policies aimed at complete hegemony over news coverage and the creation of an international media order heavily influenced by China,” says a recent profile on China by Reporters Without Borders.Lu’s remarks on the Canadian media and human rights came unprompted at the beginning of a wide-ranging 90-minute interview with two reporters from The Canadian Press. The envoy expounded at length on how China views its relations with Canada on numerous issues including free trade, investment and cyberattacks.This story is the first of a series.Lu, who noted he was giving his fourth interview with a Canadian news outlet, said he will be open to answer more questions from Canadian journalists.“You represent the Canadian people,” he said.“And I think your questions also represent the confusion of the Canadian people.” read more

Lights camera MACtion Commissioner says 13year deal with ESPN provides stability

Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics.The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal, which runs through the 2026-27 season, on Tuesday. The contract reworks the final three years of the current eight-year deal that MAC has with the network, and adds 10 years.The deal ensures a continuation of the weeknight football games in November that have become the conference’s niche — and gave birth to the Twitter hashtag #MACtion.The agreement gives ESPN exclusive rights to all MAC sporting events, and guarantees coverage of all football games on one of the ESPN television networks or its online network, ESPN3. There is also a sublicensing agreement in the deal that will allow ESPN to sell rights to MAC sporting events to other networks.Financial terms were not revealed, though Steinbrecher said the deal puts the MAC in a competitive position with its peer FBS conferences — the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Conference USA.The American Athletic Conference has the most lucrative media rights deal of those leagues, a seven-year agreement worth about $130 million.“We’re in a totally different area code from where we’ve been in the past,” Steinbrecher said.The MAC’s previous deal paid the conference about $1 million per season.“They deserve it. They’ve earned,” Burke Magnus, the ESPN vice-president of programming and acquisitions, said of the raise.The MAC has been on a good run.Northern Illinois earned the conference its first BCS bid in 2012, and made another BCS run behind Heisman Trophy finalists Jordan Lynch last season. Lynch finished third in Heisman voting, the best finish by a MAC player.Kent State made the college World Series in 2012 and Ohio reached the Sweet 16 of the men’s basketball tournament that year. In 2010, Akron won the men’s soccer championship and Toledo women’s basketball won the WNIT.The conference also had three individual athletes win titles at the most recent NCAA track and field championships.The extra revenue comes at a good time for the MAC.The NCAA is in the process of giving the five wealthiest FBS conferences the ability to pass legislation on their own. The move will almost certainly lead to an increase in the value of athletic scholarships in those conferences to cover full cost of attendance. Steinbrecher has said MAC schools are preparing to follow suit. Also, the recent ruling in the O’Bannon federal court case could lead to schools compensating football and men’s basketball players for use of their names, images and likenesses.“We’ve been forecasting a little bit of where the world was going for a couple years now,” Steinbrecher said. “That was why it was critical for us to figure out a way to bring this together. This is certainly one piece to in positioning our membership to move forward in whatever this new world of collegiate athletics looks like.” Lights, camera, #MACtion: Commissioner says 13-year deal with ESPN provides stability AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2014 9:18 am MDT read more

Canola industry encouraging growers to plant clubroot resistant varieties

Canola industry encouraging growers to plant clubroot resistant varieties by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2015 at 8:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Researchers are grappling with a tough new strain of a disease in Alberta that can kill or reduce the yield of oilseed-producing canola plants.The discovery comes as the industry works to stop all forms of clubroot from spreading to other growing areas across the Prairies.Clubroot has been in Europe for centuries but was first discovered in Western Canada near Edmonton in 2003. Since then the soil-borne pathogen has steadily moved from a few fields to 30 municipalities in mainly rural areas.The disease deforms roots which are then no longer able to carry water and nutrients to leaves, stems and pods. Visible symptoms include wilting, stunted growth, yellowing, premature ripening and shrivelled seed.Once established, it is hard to get rid of. Spores can survive in soil for up to 20 years.New varieties of canola have been developed that can resist clubroot, but last year a newer strain of the disease was detected by a University of Alberta researcher.“There are 16 fields confirmed in Alberta with a strain of clubroot that has overcome all of our resistant varieties that are currently on the market,” said Dan Orchard, an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada.“We have the best handle that we could possibly be expected to have on it, but it is still Mother Nature and a pathogen.”Canola, which is used to make cooking oil and animal feed, contributed more than $19 billion to Canada’s economy in 2013. The council estimates there are more than 45,000 growers, mainly in the Prairie provinces.Low concentrations of regular clubroot varieties have been found in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but not the newer strain.The disease, which can be spread by wind and on clubroot-infested soil picked up by farm and energy industry machinery, has not had a major effect on crop yields so far.Orchard said the industry wants to ensure that continues by preventing all forms of clubroot from spreading into new growing areas. To that end, researchers are working to develop even tougher types of canola.In the meantime, growers are being encouraged to plant the latest clubroot-resistant varieties before the disease shows up in fields.“Rather than waiting until it arrives we want to get ahead of that kind of leading edge that is creeping across the Prairies and choke it back rather than chasing it,” said Orchard.The industry is also encouraging producers to extend crop rotations and to clean and disinfect machinery used in one field before moving to another.Orchard said growers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba could be spared what is happening in Alberta if they follow those steps.“They are getting on it so early that I just can’t foresee clubroot having an impact in those provinces if they keep up with their management and monitoring and surveying.“Alberta had to learn the hard way.” read more

Britain will not support preemptive ban on killer robots MoD says after

first_imgSome of the world’s leading technology luminaries signed an open letter to the UN calling for the ban on autonomous weapons to try to stop an arms race.The letter, signed by 116 people including Elon Musk the chief of Tesla, and Mustafa Suleyman, cofounder of Google’s DeepMind, said robots would herald a “third revolution in warfare”, after gunpowder and nuclear weapons.They wrote: “Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.“These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.” Prof Noel Sharkey, chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, said: “If you are not going to use them, why would you let other people use them?He went on: “What the Government needs to do is seek alternative expert opinion than the MoD that are pushing a specific agenda and then out of that, develop a national policy towards these weapons.”An MoD spokesman said: “It’s right that our weapons are operated by real people capable of making complex decisions and, even as they become increasingly high-tech, they will always be under human control.” 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. ‘Killer robots’ have long been portrayed in films including Terminator Salvation Credit: Moviestore collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to closeLetter signed by 116 peoplecenter_img The Ministry of Defence said Britain had no intention of building, or buying fully autonomous weapon systems, but also did not support a pre-emptive ban. 'Killer robots' have long been portrayed in films including Terminator Salvation  Britain will not support a pre-emptive ban on ‘killer robots’, the Ministry of Defence has said, despite more than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence experts calling on the United Nations to outlaw development of the machines.The MoD said existing international law was enough to deal with the spectre of military machines that could one day identify, target and kill without human control.One leading British robotics academic called on the Government to hold a wholesale review of its policy.last_img read more

Urban schools are making more of an effort to teach children about

The children at Springhallow school with their raised bedsCredit:Luke MacGregor/RHS Urban schools are making more of an effort with their gardens than their rural counterparts, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has said, because children in cities are less likely to have green space at home.For the first time, every category in the RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition was won by an urban school, as teachers planted vegetables in enterprising places such as on the roof and pushing raised beds onto concrete playgrounds.Alana Cama, Schools and Groups Programme Manager said: “We know that growing crops is the most popular school gardening activity but I was impressed by how these city schools have really embraced it to inspire themselves and others – from getting parents involved to inspiring their peers and incentivising them to push their own boundaries.“We know that for many young people in towns and cities school gardening clubs are their only touchpoint to nature. Not only do these serve as spaces to learn about the importance of plants for the environment and wildlife but our work with teachers has also shown that it can improve health and wellbeing as well as educational attainment. Michelle Jones has encouraged other parents to dig for victory in the school groundsCredit:RHS / Luke MacGregor Michelle Jones has encouraged other parents to dig for victory in the school grounds William Rae, age 11, from the Edinburgh Academy Junior School, won Young Gardener of the Year. He won for sharing his love of gardening with his schoolmates; instigating a garlic growing competition and mentoring his fellow pupils.A London school won the RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2019 – Springhallow School in Ealing. The team of nine aged between 12 and 16 from Springhallow, a school for young people with autism, worked together to create a beautiful and productive garden from scratch; challenging themselves to try new foods and supplying edible flowers to a new school café. “No matter the size of a school’s outside space there’s something for everyone, with many inner city schools growing crops in hanging baskets or pots, training climbers up brick walls and even turning flat rooftops into secret nature havens.” The children at Springhallow school with their raised beds Michelle Jones, a parent volunteer at Ashmount Primary School, Crouch Hill, London, won RHS School Gardening Champion of The Year. She is the driving force behind a flourishing school gardening club that has got 50 families on board to grow food in the school grounds. Many families at the school don’t have gardens at home so make the most of those the school has to offer.  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. read more

id Softwares history now available as YouTube documentary

first_imgOf the many successful game developers out there, one stands out both for the quality of its games and the advances it made in producing game engines and content no one else could. That developer is id Software and the very memorable technical and creative pairing of John Carmack and John Romero.While playing all of id Software’s games is an enjoyable experience, learning about the company’s history is arguably just as entertaining. Having read the book Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture several times, I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in working in the games industry or just interested in how id Software came to be. There is no better reference.AdChoices广告But for those who don’t have time to read a 368-page book, or probably more for the younger generations who grew up with YouTube as a major source of information, Machinima has produced a series of videos about id.The series seems to be a work in progress with only the first two parts available. However, it’s well worth checking out if you want a visual history of one of the most important games developers of the past two decades.While I will always recommend the book over the videos, this documentary does have a few benefits that make it worth watching. For example, you actually get to see Dangerous Dave in Copyright Infringement being played. That is the demo put together by John Carmack and Tom Hall showing scrolling in a PC game for the first time. It’s also the demo that blew John Romero away and laid the foundation for the company that became id Software being created. If you enjoyed watching these then we can also recommend another YouTube series of videos that interview John Romero conducted by Matt Chat.via Piki Geeklast_img read more

Rumor pegs Windows 9 release for next year Windows 10 as a

first_imgSteve Ballmer is stepping down in 12 months or less, so it’s time for the wild Microsoft-related speculation to begin! There’s already been talk on a Russian message board about the company’s plans for Windows 9 and even Windows 10.A user calling himself WZOR had a few insights to offer about the next versions of Windows. Apparently Microsoft plans to leap straight from Windows 8.1 to Windows 9, with retail availability coming next year. The new OS is said to be “similar” to its predecessor, which stands to reason. Microsoft can’t really afford to shake things up dramatically again — not so soon after releasing Windows 8.The only other detail offered about Windows 9 is that Aero will be making a comeback. That’s not a surprise, either. The disappearance of Aero wasn’t as hotly-contested as the removal of the Start Button, but many Windows enthusiasts were unimpressed (and even outraged) that Microsoft decided to kill it off.As for Windows 10, it could turn out to be a “full cloud OS.” What exactly does that mean? It means that Microsoft’s servers would do the actual computing and stream only the necessary bits of the OS to your desktop or laptop.It’s the next evolutionary leap from web-based email (Outlook.com), Office 365, and the new Xbox One cloud features. However, it’s hard to imagine that in the time it takes for just two more Windows releases that the wold will be ready for a cloud OS.For a “full cloud OS” to work, its users need very fast, very reliable, alway-on Internet connections. While broadband access and performance has certainly improved over the past several years, we’re nowhere near the point where full cloud computing will make sense for the average Windows user at home.Just look at how comparatively limited the Xbox One’s cloud functionality is — and try to imagine expanding that functionality to handle all the major chores of a full desktop operating system.Now, any translated “news” needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Many of these reports rely on machine translation, and let’s face it: Google Translate is good, but it’s far from perfect. It’s easy for the facts — if there are any — to get lost or badly mangled.Beyond the translation issue, WZOR claims this information was provided by a third party. This is, then, a report based on a translated report based on a report from someone who doesn’t appear to work for Microsoft.last_img read more

I hadnt played fullback in a while I dont think I was

first_img Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM Share6 Tweet Email1 Apr 4th 2019, 6:01 AM ‘I hadn’t played fullback in a while… I don’t think I was being targeted’ Robbie Henshaw is fit again after overcoming ‘one of the rarest dead legs in the world.’ Subscribe By Murray Kinsella 21 Comments center_img 15,914 Views ROBBIE HENSHAW IS finally back in training and close to a return to playing after the frustration of dealing with what he calls “one of the rarest dead legs in the world.”Eyes have been rolled in recent times as Ireland and Leinster have described the injury that has kept the 25-year-old sidelined for the past eight weeks as a dead leg, but Henshaw himself insists that has “honestly” been the case.The injury occurred in Ireland training the week after Henshaw had started against England at fullback – more on that below – when “one of the lads’ knees caught me straight on the sweet spot of my quad” while he was moving at top speed. Henshaw at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer camps yesterday. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILEHe iced and rested the quad, expecting to be back in the usual short timeframe associated with a dead leg but a fortnight passed and, still, he wasn’t able to run it off.The frustration built until Henshaw decided to look abroad for specialist advice, travelling to London to see an expert in the hope they could provide clarity.With blood vessels leaking and keeping the leg inflamed, Henshaw accepted that he was going to have to be patient.“The guy in London said, ‘It is going to be longer than you think,’” explains Henshaw at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps at St Mary’s National School.“This ended up being one of the rarest dead legs in the world.“There had only been three or four other ones that they’ve seen in the world, they didn’t give me names. One in AFL, one in ice hockey… three or four in sport, not just rugby.”Happily, Henshaw’s injury has healed and after making his return to training this week, he hopes to be involved on match day for next weekend’s Pro14 clash with Glasgow Warriors at the RDS.His most recent appearance was in an Ireland jersey bearing the number 15 after Joe Schmidt opted to give the Athlone man a surprise start at fullback for the Six Nations opener against England.That decision was widely discussed in the aftermath of Ireland’s humbling defeat, which saw England’s kicking game exploit the Irish backfield.“It was a tough game to play in,” says Henshaw when asked for his view of how it went for him. “I hadn’t played fullback in a while but it was a great challenge coming out against England. Henshaw was at fullback against England. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Owen Farrell was pretty exceptional in that game in terms of finding space in behind. I had a lot of running to do in the first half particularly. I thought there was space in our backfield and I couldn’t cover all of it.“I don’t think I was being targeted but I think they got access into the game through their early try, Jonny May’s try. That had a knock-on effect for the game.”Henshaw does, of course, have some history at fullback, having initially burst through with Connacht at 15 and having made his Ireland debut in the position in 2013.His most recent start at fullback before lining out there for Ireland this year had come with Connacht in 2016, Leinster never having started him in the position.There was a short stint at fullback against Benetton in the Pro14 after an injury to Rob Kearney last November but Henshaw had had little recent experience there. “The last game I played there for Ireland was my first game against USA at fullback,” he says. “It’s a long time ago and I’m sure with the way the game has developed, it’s different to how it was back then.“People will say it was frustrating and, yeah, I was frustrated playing in that game but it was also great to be involved and be tested.”Is the experiment over now?“If I had to go there again, I would say ‘Yeah’. I wouldn’t mind playing 15 again,” says Henshaw.“For me playing centre, I will probably be back in the centre with Leinster. Hopefully, I will focus on that for the moment but if there is a job that has to be done down the line then I would say ‘Yeah.’” Henshaw returned to Leinster training this week. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHenshaw had a “nervy” experience sitting alongside Johnny Sexton in the stand for Leinster’s narrow win over Ulster in the Champions Cup quarter-final last weekend.He pays tribute to the northern province’s effort, as well as the “unbelievable individual skill” from Jack Conan to set up Adam Byrne’s try and the “character” shown by Ross Byrne to nail the winning penalty.Henshaw watched the “exceptional” Toulouse beat Racing 92 the following day and hopes to force his way back into the Leinster team for the semi-final clash in Dublin on 21 April.A strong end to the season with Leinster will ensure Henshaw can travel to the World Cup later this year with confidence, as Schmidt’s men look to recover from their disappointing Six Nations to compete for the trophy.“You need to be able to deal with the day-to-day pressure,” said Henshaw of Ireland’s challenge. “Every time you take to the field, you’re the number one, and teams are going to put out their best performance against you.“Funny one, from watching the All Blacks documentary on Amazon, they deal with it every day, that’s what they’ve learned to deal with.“Once you’re at the top, it’s consistency in being perfect with your performances every time you take the field, it’s good learnings for Ireland, it’s something that’s good to be taking into the World Cup.“For where we are and where we want to be, we still have work to do. To stay there, that’s the challenge, and that’s something we’ll need to look at doing going into the World Cup and beyond.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Short URL https://the42.ie/4575044 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ford exit fears haunt suppliers

first_imgThe future of Ford’s operations in Australia, including its Geelong plant, appears to be in question once again with widespread speculation that the car maker will stop production in Australia in 2016. With many seeing Ford’s exit as inevitable when the current Falcon ceases production in four years, last month the company announced it was cutting production by more than 25 per cent at a cost of 440 jobs across Australia, half those losses being at the Geelong plant. Ford will cut production from 209 units a day to 148 by November because the large-car market segment is down around 25 per cent on previous years. One of three remaining car makers in Australia, Ford recently received $34 million from the federal government and cash from Victoria to continue making the Falcon and Territory in Melbourne. With supply companies reeling from the slump in car manufacturing, the knock-on effects have been brutal. Jimmy Mastrandonakis, AWU Vice President and the union’s lead organiser for Metro Melbourne, told Neos Kosmos that his main concern is that the true scale of the problem is not widely appreciated. “The figures that are being put around about job losses really don’t reflect the kind of satellite effect this is having. If there are 10,000 people working for car makers, there are probably 100,000 more who are affected in the supply companies.” Mastrandonakis deals with many companies affected by closures and lay-offs due to the crisis in the components sector. “A classic example is a company like CMI car components in Victoria which has just had to close, another is Bosch, who have gone from thousands of employees down to more like a hundred,” says the union organiser, who believes a critical part of the equation is in the kind of cars being made in Australia. “There are a whole range of reasons why this situation is occurring,” he says. “The margins are really tight. It’s to do with the high Australian dollar, the increasing number of cheap imported cars, and people wanting smaller cars, which we haven’t been successful in making here.” “The reality is people in Australia aren’t buying Australian-made cars anymore, it’s having a huge affect, and companies have been slow to respond to what the market wants here.” Mastrandonakis says that while he personally believes Ford will continue its operations beyond 2016, the likelihood is that the numbers of workers it employs will be substantially reduced. “We’re all hoping that their investment in new technology will mean new models coming out,” he says, “but there has to be investment by these companies. It’s alright to have handouts from government, but investment in new technology is needed and companies have been slow to respond to that. “If you’re in the business of making T-shirts then that can be most easily done in China, but if you’re investing in technology which other markets can’t compete with, then we have an upper-hand. “It’s going to get tougher and it’s beyond the Ford situation, but one thing we’re good at in Australia is creating high-standard manufacturing.” Mastrandonakis’ advice to the car manufacturers is simple: “A bit of strategic thinking would be nice. Stop making big cars and start making cars that people want.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL Robertson Gordon Explain Why Theyre Endorsing Markey Despite

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — With apologies to the Lowell Sun‘s “The Column,” below is Wilmington Apple‘s new weekly local political column, “All Politics Are Local.”ROBERTSON & GORDON EXPLAIN THEIR MARKEY ENDORSEMENTS: As noted in last week’s column, Wilmington’s state representatives — Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) — both recently both publicly endorsed Senator Ed Markey, who has ramped up his campaign as a possible primary challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy looms large.Gordon and Robertson recently explained to Wilmington Apple why they’re throwing their support behind Markey.“Though I may not always agree with Senator Markey’s positions, his office and the Senator himself have worked directly in some of the most difficult constituent cases that I have come across, and that impressed the hell out of me,” said Robertson. “I find that Senator Markey, who worries about national and international issues constantly, goes above and beyond for his constituents in ways that is becoming more and more rare. He’s done everything from help look for federal monies for local issues to helping me find a lost DD-2-14 (military discharge papers) for a veteran with dementia. His care, concern, and local attention is why I decided to, and will continue, endorse him.”“Senator Markey is a terrific partner in a district that involves many federal issues, manufacturing in Wilmington, the VA hospital in Bedford as well as Hanscom Air Force Base and their effect on Burlington and rest of district,” added Gordon. “I am proud to support his reelection.”GORDON RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION: State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) announced this week he will be seeking re-election next year.“It is my honor to serve the people of Bedford, Burlington and precinct 3 in Wilmington in the legislature, as I have for the past seven years. Much has been done, but with the authority gained by my time in office, I am in a position to do more,” said Gordon. “With that in mind, I look forward to re-election as your State Representative in November of 2020. I ask for your support and your vote.”In his announcement, Gordon noted he is currently working with the Baker administration as it issues regulations for two important pieces of legislation he filed.“I am proud that a bill that I helped author calling for paid family and medical leave for all workers in the Commonwealth was passed into law last summer as part of the ‘grand bargain.’ I have been working with the new Department of Family and Medical Leave to bring that program forward,” said Gordon. “I [also] filed an amendment that was included in major reform to unemployment insurance, that will extend the benefit period for any worker who enrolls in an approved job training program. I testified at a hearing of the Department of Unemployment Insurance advisory board just last week, and those new regulations should be out soon.”Gordon also highlighted several of the district’s transportation priorities he addressed over the last few years.“We convinced MassDOT to widen Route 128 to ease the traffic burden on Burlington, and to change its plans to move a salt shed that would have been adjacent to a Bedford neighborhood,” said Gordon. “We funded a shuttle program to bring workers from Lowell to Burlington to address the needs of businesses in a labor shortage. And our work continues.”His campaign will be holding a re-election kickoff event on November 5, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. Several Burlington and Bedford elected officials are part of the event’s host committee, including Burlington Selectmen Jim Tigges and Mike Runyan; Bedford Selectwoman Margot Fleischman; Burlington School Committee member Martha Simon; and Bedford School Committee member Ann Guay.WILMINGTON DEMS TO MEET ON MONDAY, READY FOR PARTY CONVENTION ON SATURDAY: The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee is holding its monthly meeting this Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Community Television’s studios (10 Waltham Street). New members and guests are welcome to attend.The Committee will continue to plan its upcoming Political Comedy Night with Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 7pm to 10pm, at the Billerica Elks. The fundraiser is a joint effort between Democratic Town Committees in Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Billerica. $30 tickets are available HERE.The Committee will also discuss the upcoming Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in Springfield. Several committee members are serving as delegates to the convention. Featured convention speakers including U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.BOARD OF REGISTRARS TO HOLD VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE AT THIS WEEK’S FARMERS MARKET: The Wilmington Board of Registrars will be holding a Voter Registration session at the Farmers Market on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common. Residents may register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, or note a name or address change. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are welcome to pre-register. National Voter Registration Day isn’t until September 24, but it’s never too early to help residents to register to vote.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”Senator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more

Rick and Morty finally reveals season 4 premiere date

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Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Tags $210 at Best Buy Post a comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint $999 Rick and Morty fans have been waiting forever (well, since last summer) to find out when the adult animated show would return. Now we know: The mad scientist and his grandson announced Wednesday in a tweeted video that the show will return in November. WarnerMedia also announced the news at its upfront presentation in New York.By the time the show returns, it will have been more than two years since season 3 ended in October 2017.Fans were excited, to say the least. “Thank god,” one wrote along with a GIF of dancing Rick and Morty characters.   $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rick and Morty was renewed in May 2018 for 70 more episodes. See Itcenter_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $520 at HP $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 82 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). pic.twitter.com/3z3noWoKJW— YoloSwaggins_420 (@YoloSwaggins422) May 15, 2019 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review 7 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Amazon The Cheapskate Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview Chris Monroe/CNET See It We heard some of you were interested in this information. #WarnerMediaUpfront @rickandmorty pic.twitter.com/UkUINBmw9a— [adult swim] (@adultswim) May 15, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The best NYCC 2018 cosplay: Black Panther, Rick and Morty and more $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Comments Share your voice $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy See it Amazonlast_img read more

After Harvey Buyouts Wont Be The Answer For Frequent Flood Victims In

first_img Share “Where am I going to go?” she asked. “What am I going to do?” Her flood insurance won’t cover the scope of needed repairs, she said, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave her just $2,200 for rent — not enough for Howard and her boyfriend to put down a deposit and get a furnished apartment for a month.She still owes $270,000 on the house, which was appraised at $480,000 when she refinanced it two years ago, she said. A private buyer approached her in her driveway and offered her $175,000. Insulted, she turned it down.“Now what happens to our property value?” she wondered. “It’s a flood house.”Not enough fundingThe Harris County Flood Control District keeps a priority list of homes “hopelessly deep” within the floodplain, in areas “where we don’t think we can fix the flooding problems,” said James Wade, the district’s acquisitions manager. These are homes that he said “never should have been built.” Officials say the majority were constructed more than three decades ago, before Houston adopted modern floodplain maps and stricter regulations about where and how developers could build.The district’s current $44 million buyout budget will be able to pay for only a few hundred homes — less than 10 percent of these prioritized properties.“It’s always a funding issue,” Wade said. “We always have more volunteers than funds available.”Wade said the district will offer pre-Harvey appraised value for each house, and there will be no penalty for homeowners who’ve used money from flood insurance claims to begin repairs.Local officials are asking for additional funds — a state plan released Tuesday called for several billion dollars in federal funding for buyouts in Harris County — but there’s no guarantee Congress will provide the money, and frustrations are mounting as homeowners wait in limbo. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneMaurine Howard and husband Dave Davis at their west Houston home, which was badly flooded when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a torrent of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.After four sleepless days fighting to keep her home dry during Hurricane Harvey, after losing her car, after nearly getting electrocuted by a fallen electric box as she waded through brown muck in what wound up being the third flood to hit her property in three years, Maurine Howard wants out.“I can’t go through this again,” she said. “I don’t have it in me.” The 2015 flood was minor enough she mopped it up with towels, but her house flooded badly last year when a city water pipe under her patio burst open during heavy rains. Then Harvey destroyed the entire first floor.Howard, a longtime nonprofit director who calls herself a “mouthy person,” left a message with the mayor’s office demanding that the government buy her house.If only it were that easy. Joe Rice volunteered for a buyout, and seems like the ideal candidate. But he remains cynical. “Personally, I don’t think it will ever happen,” he said.His house is in Meyerland, a southwest Houston neighborhood where water reached roofs and residents had to be rescued by fishing boats. His home lies deep within the 100-year floodplain, and has flooded four times since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.After the 2015 Memorial Day flood, which occurred shortly after his wife passed away, he got so overwhelmed, he abandoned the Meyerland house and moved to a less risky part of town.Rice, a retired real estate property manager, now lives in a townhouse he purchased near downtown Houston. His new house stayed dry during Harvey, while the home in Meyerland took on five feet of water. He keeps waiting for the market to improve so he can sell it, but with floods “happening at the rate of one a year, that doesn’t happen,” he said. “A buyout is sort of an act of desperation.”Many residents have returned to their flooded homes as they wait for a buyout. “It’s been a nightmare,” said Gabriel Segovia, whose house in northwest Houston flooded with four-and-a-half feet of water. The fumes from all the painting and repairs are making his wife sick, he said. “We’re staying here trying to get our home back together. We don’t want to live in a hotel.”Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneGabriel Segovia at his home in north Houston. Segovia and his wife decided to remain in their home during renovations after it flooded during Hurricane Harvey.Segovia’s house appears to be a borderline buyout candidate, with a corner of the property lying in a high-risk part of the floodplain. “There’s no guarantees,” he said. “You just hope and pray that you’re considered.”Funding streams are so slow, the district applies annually for federal buyout funds regardless of whether any part of Harris County has flooded that year. Sometimes, the county gets hit with additional floods as the applications wind through bureaucratic review.The $44 million buyout budget includes a $10 million grant Houston received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development after the 2015 floods and a $13.3-million FEMA grant from a routine application the district submitted in 2016. (The FEMA grant is accompanied by a $1.1 million local funding match.) The remaining $20 million comes from county funds released in September to speed up the buyout process. Another round of FEMA aid, greenlit after the 2016 Tax Day floods, is under review at the state level, said Wade, and the district is working on post-Harvey grant applications.“That’s really the way it works,” he said. “We apply in 2017 to get funds in 2018.”The vast majority of FEMA’s funding for “mitigation”— a term that includes buyouts and other methods of flood control — is triggered by federal disaster declarations.Wade said it typically takes at least four months for FEMA to make those post-disaster funds available.The district is also applying for HUD grants, but HUD tends to take even longer than FEMA, said Brett Lingle, a senior researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Risk Center. By the time HUD money shows up, he said, many volunteers may have given up on buyouts.Competing prioritiesFlood control experts disagree on the best way to prevent future flood damage. Some say engineering solutions, like widening bayous and building detention basins to hold excess water during storms, can do the trick. Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, said many floodplain managers prefer buyouts.Buyouts offer a permanent solution, while engineered solutions require costly maintenance and perpetuate development in risky areas, he said. Engineered solutions “have a certain design limit, and mother nature has proven time and time again that she can design a bigger storm.”Yet the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, which was created after Harvey, plans to ask for far more money for engineering projects than buyouts across the state. The commission has said that of $61 billion in public infrastructure needs it has identified, about two-thirds of it is for major flood control projects and just one-third is for buyouts and elevation projects.Lingle’s research shows that Harris County has consistently prioritized flood control engineering over buyouts. Between 1989 and 2016, the county spent only 41 percent of its FEMA post-disaster mitigation grants on buyouts, or $161 million in today’s dollars.Forty-four percent of the grant money went to engineering solutions. Those methods have long been embraced by the Harris County Flood Control District, which was created in 1937 to help the federal government build such projects. The district has no power over land development, but is charged with reducing flood risk from bayous, streams and creeks.Ataul Hannan, the district’s planning division director, said buyouts and flood control are different ways of achieving the same goal, and they generally avoid using both techniques in the same area.Wade said the district prioritizes buyouts in neighborhoods where flooding can’t be fixed through engineering. That includes the White Oak Bayou and Greens Bayou watersheds north of downtown Houston, which have seen extensive flooding in recent years. Another watershed — Brays Bayou in the south — has similar flooding problems but got far fewer buyouts, because it has major flood control projects designed to make it less flood-prone.Hannan said the district will have invested close to $500 million in federal and local dollars in Brays Bayou by 2020, and a district report estimates that its investments so far prevented 6,500 homes there from flooding in 2015 and 2016. But an analysis by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune found that at least 4,000 Brays Bayou properties in the floodplain still flooded in those years, making it one of the most consistently damaged areas, worse than others with hundreds of buyouts.Regardless, Brays Bayou won’t be a good candidate for buyouts once the ongoing projects are completed, Hannan said. “We have 21 other watersheds … We don’t have unlimited money.”Other officials are concerned that buying out a significant number of homes in the Houston area will stunt the city’s growth and severely limit its tax base. Stephen Costello, the city of Houston’s “flood czar,” said he wants to use federal buyout funds to rebuild and elevate acquired homes to make them more resilient. “If we use federal dollars for buyouts, the space becomes green space,” he said. “And what we’d like to explore is modifying federal regulations to allow us to redevelop the site once we buy it out… so that we maintain the tax base and we also maintain the flavor of the community.” Costello’s plan would be an unprecedented use of federal buyout money, requiring complex negotiations.Sam Brody, a Texas A&M University at Galveston professor who studies flood risk, said Costello’s proposal will not be productive in the long term. “The whole premise of a buyout is, it is the most vulnerable [property]. And now you’re saying, well, we’re going to put another structure here … If you really want to achieve flood resiliency, buyout and relocation is the first priority.”Restrictive criteriaA common complaint from Harris County residents seeking buyouts is the uncertainty over their likelihood of being selected. The district uses complex criteria to determine priority, and eligible homeowners may not get confirmation for months.As of last week, more than 3,400 homeowners had volunteered for buyouts with the district, Wade said, and only about one in five met the buyout criteria.There are no federal guidelines for buyouts, so local agencies “have a tremendous amount of flexibility in how they design those programs,” said Sherri Brokopp Binder, a consultant who studies buyouts and disaster recovery.The district’s priority list focuses on the most extreme cases within the 100-year floodplain. According to Wade, homes are likely to be prioritized if they’re in the floodway (the area right next to bayous and streams), in the 10-year floodplain (an exceptionally high-risk area designated on flood maps) or built on low-elevation land at least two feet deep within the 100-year floodplain. The boundaries of that floodplain have come into question as some experts have challenged the rainfall data and modeling used to produce those maps.Homes meeting these criteria are the most likely to pass FEMA’s benefit-cost analysis, which requires the price of acquiring the property to be less than the anticipated cost of paying future flood damage claims. The district also considers the house’s history of repeated flooding, and only commits to a buyout if the area is at least five acres in size, or if the district can acquire at least 10 connected properties of any size.Wade said the rules are flexible. For example, some houses are on the list simply because they’re located in neighborhoods that were substantially bought out after Tropical Storm Allison. And houses that don’t meet all the criteria may be eligible if they’re located next to a cluster of ideal buyout candidates.That still leaves many ineligible houses with repeated flooding.Michael D. Bolton, a landlord who lives outside the 100-year floodplain northwest of Houston, began asking for a buyout before Harvey hit. His house has been flooded so many times, it’s considered a priority for buyouts through FEMA’s flood insurance program. But he remains ineligible under the district’s rules. Bolton said the discrepancy between FEMA’s and the district’s buyout criteria is just “one of the many reasons why flood insurance is messed up.”Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneMichael Bolton at his flooded home in northwest in Houston. Bolton said FEMA considers his house a priority for a buyout but the local flood control district doesn’t.There are some indications that local officials are hoping to buy out properties outside the 100-year floodplain. The flood control district said Tuesday that it is requesting billions of federal dollars to buy out homes in the vicinity of two reservoirs west of downtown Houston, even though most of those homes aren’t in the floodplain. But it’s not clear whether Congress will fulfill that request. Competing buyersThe buyout delays have created an opportunity for private developers looking to scoop up homes at bargain prices and flip them for profit.Eleanor Moler, a retired customer service supervisor, recently sold her flooded house near Buffalo Bayou to a private developer for a “decent” price. Moler said she wanted to get rid of the house as soon as possible, so there was no point in hoping for a government buyout. The repeatedly flooded house lies just outside the 100-year floodplain. The risk will be passed on to whoever buys the house next.Moler and her husband Frank were evacuated by boat during Harvey. It took 13 days for the floodwaters to drain from their house. By the time they got back, black mold was creeping up the walls, and they salvaged little aside from an antique desk, two tables and some photos. The Molers moved into a new house a few days ago — in an area of west Houston that stayed dry during the hurricane.Berginnis, the floodplain management expert, said private developers always compete with government buyouts by tempting homeowners with quick cash. Some perpetuate flood risk by cutting corners with building codes, he said, and they tend to rent the redeveloped properties to low-income residents, “so you have a moral hazard that just continues … It’s a bad situation all around, almost always.”Jamila Martinez wants to hang on long enough for a government buyout. Her mother’s house, which Martinez co-owns, flooded for the third time in three years with Harvey. Martinez, an executive assistant at a construction company, lives elsewhere in Houston but is trying to ensure her mother won’t have to go through another flood. The property lies partly within the 100-year floodplain, so a buyout may be possible depending on the neighbors’ situations.“Being that this is our third time, we’re kind of pros at this,” Martinez said. They tore out the damaged drywall and insulation themselves before hiring a remediation team to finish the cleanup.Martinez volunteered for a district buyout and applied for a home elevation program through the city of Houston. She said she needs to take care of the house before April, in case another flood hits Houston next spring like it did last year. She’s determined to make a decision by January.“My goal is to have some plan going forward by the end of this year,” she said, “whether it’s elevation, a buyout, or me calling 1-800-we-buy-ugly-homes.”An unparalleled challengeWhat would a successful buyout program in Harris County look like? It’s hard to find one that matches the size of Houston’s problem.The city of Austin bought out almost all the homes identified as the most flood-prone in the Onion Creek neighborhood. The feat required about $100 million in local funding, from bonds and a citywide drainage utility charge, as well as a federal contribution of more than $40 million that came seven years after it was promised. The entire project, nearly completed this year, involved 823 homes — a quarter of Houston’s priority list.FEMA touts a buyout in Friendswood, a city near Houston, as a success story. After Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, Friendswood managed to complete its buyouts in less than six months. The scope of that project was 136 homes. (The state is now asking for $4 million to buy out 200 additional homes in Friendswood after Harvey.)Brody, the Texas A&M professor, says robust buyouts are “essential” to making Houston more resilient and preventing the most vulnerable buildings from dragging down the economy. He predicted that after Hurricane Harvey, the district will be overwhelmed by the demand. “There are so many people who should be bought out,” he said, “and they’re never going to get to them.”Even buyouts that look successful from a numbers perspective often hide deeper problems. Reducing flood risk comes at a cost, including lost property taxes and falling real estate values in neighborhoods dotted with vacant lots.Binder, the disaster-recovery consultant, said many homeowners who successfully relocated after Hurricane Sandy were unhappy with the lack of communication and transparency from the agencies handling buyouts.From the community’s perspective, buyouts are traumatic. “You’re asking people to willingly walk away from their homes.” Everything about them — their schools, jobs, how they spend their free time — is wrapped up in that, Binder said.She says she is trying to learn as much as she can about how buyouts affect communities, because there will come a day when certain flood zones will become uninhabitable thanks to climate change and sea-level rise.“We’re sort of facing down this future where [buyouts] might be less optional,” she said, “and more required.” Experts see buyouts as a cornerstone of disaster recovery, a way to take the most chronically flooded homes and turn them into open space so they can improve drainage and lower flood risk for the surrounding area.It’s hard to find another county in America that has accomplished more buyouts than Harris County. Since 1985, the Harris County Flood Control District — the main entity managing buyouts in the Houston area — has spent $342 million to purchase about 3,100 properties. But thanks to a decades-long trend of increased flooding in Houston, caused by a combination of urban sprawl, lax building regulations and intense rainstorms linked to climate change, buyouts haven’t kept up with the destruction.At the rate Harris County has been going, it would take more than three decades to acquire the 3,300-or-so homes on the district’s priority buyout list — a drop in the bucket compared to the number of properties that flooded these past three years alone. Hurricane Harvey damaged at least 69,000 properties in the county, according to preliminary figures that are likely an underestimate. Devastating floods also hit the county in 2015 and 2016.Harris County Flood Control District, FEMADespite the obvious need and high demand, Harris County is plagued by challenges endemic to buyout programs: limited funds, competing priorities, strict criteria that place buyouts out of reach of willing participants, and the snail’s pace of bureaucracy, which puts homeowners in limbo while creating opportunities for private developers to buy and flip flooded homes, perpetuating the problem.When Howard talked to the flood control district, officials said her case wasn’t a priority, she said. Even though her home has flooded repeatedly, and will likely flood again, it lies outside the 100-year floodplain, the high-risk zone designated by government flood maps.Howard, like thousands of other homeowners in similar circumstances, is likely ineligible for a buyout.last_img read more

Coco Comes to DC

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comRising tennis sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff is coming off her Wimbledon high, where she wowed the world when she defeated legendary player Venus Williams, and keeping up momentum at Citi Open.“I’m excited to be playing in D.C. It’s one of my favorite cities,” Gauff said at the Citi Open kickoff press conference on July 26.Gauff was the main attraction at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Northwest, D.C., where onlookers were excited to catch a glimpse of the 15-year-old prodigy since her Wimbledon win.  Cori “Coco” Gauff won in her qualifying and first matches at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., but was defeated in the official first round on July 30. (Courtesy Photo)“After Wimbledon I took almost a week off and then relaxed at home with my family and then I got back to work,” Gauff said.Wimbledon was a didactic moment in the young player’s life.“It was a great learning experience for me.  Not just as a tennis player, but for me as Coco. I’m glad that I was able to experience that.“I learned that I was capable of things I didn’t know I was capable of and I learned that I have a pretty good fighting spirit too,” she added.“It wasn’t just how amazing her play was, but how she composed herself, how hard she fought, and how gracious she was,” said Mark Ein, the Citi Open ball boy turned new owner.The fighter won the qualifying round to officially play in the Citi Open and won three career draws for the event, but was defeated in the first round by 25-year-old Zarina Diyas.“Every loss, there’s something I learn from that, so I learned something about myself,” Gauff said, according to CNN.The AFRO asked Gauff about her new place in the spotlight and how she’s dealing with the pressure.“I don’t really feel that much pressure because I’m just being myself- and I guess myself is a good thing,” she said with confidence. “Obviously I know a lot more people are watching, but I think that my parents raised me well, so I don’t think I have to change the way I act or anything.  I think it’s just me being me, and I’ll be okay.”last_img read more