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Scoreboard roundup — 4/28/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUEMinnesota 3, Cincinnati 1 AMERICAN LEAGUEChicago White Sox 8, Kansas City 0Tampa Bay 12, Boston 6Texas 7, Toronto 4Seattle 12, Cleveland 4Detroit 9, Baltimore 5Houston 11, Oakland 0Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 2N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 1NATIONAL LEAGUEChicago Cubs 3, Milwaukee 0Arizona 4, Washington 3, 10 InningsL.A. Dodgers 15, San Francisco 6Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 2Miami 4, Colorado 1San Diego 12, N.Y. Mets 2San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 3NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSBoston 112, Milwaukee 96Golden State 123, New Orleans 101NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSBoston 6, Tampa Bay 2San Jose 4, Vegas 3Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/28/18center_img Written bylast_img read more

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Colleges hit out at council

first_imgAll Souls and University Colleges, and Steve Howell, Head of Transport forOxfordshire County Council, have publicly taken swipes at each other over theissue of signage and buses on Oxford’s High Street.News that the Council wished to site more bus stops on the High Street,including one possibly in front of All Souls main gateway, has prompted ascathing attack on the Council’s “vandalism” of the street, with All Soulsbursar Thomas Seaman deriding the Council as being more concerned with buspassengers than they are with the environment or those organisations situatedon the High Street. The Warden of All Souls, Dr. John Davis also expressedconcern over the pollution control monitor at the front of the college, that hesays the Council said was only temporary.Howell’s reply cites the improvement in paving and road surfaces, and a claimedde-cluttering of signage as evidence of the Council’s commitment to the welfareof the High Street, and cites the reduction in Government funding as a reasonfor the slow progress of improvements to the central part of the street. He hasalso called on those opposed to the plans to offer more constructive feedback.last_img read more

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Gulls Beware: Raptors Staying Longer in O.C.

first_imgFalconer P.J. Simonis gets ready to give hawk OC a signal to patrol the skies in Ocean City. By MADDY VITALESeagulls, don’t start planning your weekend food attacks in Ocean City just yet.The raptors will be watching you for a little longer. And it will be just enough time for vacationers to enjoy the resort’s popular shoulder season, and for the owners of stores, eateries and amusements to enjoy more of the proceeds of what has been deemed a blockbuster summer both in good weather and business.According to Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen, the city has extended its agreement with East Coast Falcons, a company hired by the city to frighten the pesky gulls, through Columbus Day weekend. Columbus Day weekend coincides with the city’s popular Fall Block Party festival that annually draws tens of thousands of visitors to town.“Yes, we’re continuing the program on the weekends through Block Party weekend,” Bergen said. Visitors say they are seeing far fewer seagulls on the beaches and the Boardwalk since the raptors came.Ozzy the owl, OC the hawk, Tilda the falcon and other trained birds of prey will patrol from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Bergen explained.The falcons and hawks fly around during the daytime shift, while the owl takes over at night. From August until Labor Day, the birds were flying seven days a week. With few seagulls in sight, Jenifer and Rob Bremen, of East Brunswick, and their 8-year-old son, Matthew, relaxed on the beach on Labor Day with their friends, Jennifer Plousis, of Ocean City, and her daughter, Maddie.The Bremens visit Plousis and her family often, and over the summer they noticed what many beachgoers and Boardwalk strollers saw in astonishment.Ocean City changed from a scene from the Hitchcock movie, “The Birds,” where birds perch atop the buildings in swarms, to barely any gull sightings since the raptors took charge.Hearing that the raptors would stay on until Columbus Day weekend fit with the Bremens’ calendar of visiting their friends in the resort throughout September and into October.“It’s amazing. There are no seagulls. Last night we were on the Boardwalk and didn’t see any,” Jenifer Bremen said with a smile.Her husband, Rob, followed it up, saying it was unlike the scene prior to the arrival of the raptors.“It was Memorial Day weekend. We came down to visit and saw a whole slice of pizza taken from a kid,” Rob Bremen said of the swooping seagulls. “We couldn’t believe it. It was the whole slice – gone. Now there are literally no birds.”Jenifer and Rob Bremen, of East Brunswick, with their son. Matthew, 8, enjoy vacationing in Ocean City minus all of the seagulls.Originally, the agreement with East Coast Falcons was to have the raptors patrol the skies until Labor Day. But because of the success and the events scheduled throughout September and October, city officials felt it would be a good idea to extend them to Columbus Day weekend and the Fall Block Party.While noting the success of using raptors to scare the gulls, Ocean City Business Administrator George Savastano said in a recent interview, “It seems like we hit a home run with our first choice.” Ocean City is the first coastal community in New Jersey to use raptors to startle the bothersome gulls. The gulls are not killed. Instead, they are scared away from areas that are popular with the summer crowds.“This one has been working out fantastic,” Erik Swanson, owner of East Coast Falcons, told members of City Council on Aug. 22 of the efforts to drive the gulls back into their natural habitat, the ocean and bays.In what was certainly an unprecedented appearance by an owl in City Council Chambers, Swanson brought Ozzy with him while giving a report to the governing body and Mayor Jay Gillian during a Council meeting.The city has been paying East Coast Falcons $2,100 per day to have the raptors fly over the entire island, particularly the tourist-friendly beaches and Boardwalk. Ozzy the owl flaps his wings in City Council Chambers while being held by his owner, Erik Swanson, of East Coast Falcons.last_img read more

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German firm to remove dangerous material from Beirut port

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Germany’s ambassador to Lebanon says a German company is ready to remove and ship abroad dozens of containers of hazardous material stored at Beirut’s port. The German ambassador tweeted Saturday that the treatment at Beirut’s port for 52 “containers of hazardous and dangerous chemical material” has been completed. He added that the material is ready to be shipped to Germany. The decision to remove the material stored at Beirut’s port came after the Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrates that had languished for years at the port killed 211 people.last_img read more

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Corey Cott, Alli Mauzey & More Stars Remember Their Best Dates Ever

first_img ALLI MAUZEY (Glinda in Wicked) “Mine and my husband’s first date. We took a stroll up near Lincoln Center and saw the movie Once. After the movie he asked what I thought—I guess my face lit up and I said, “It was wonderful.” For some reason that was very memorable for him.  I had it engraved on the inside of his wedding band.” RICHARD H. BLAKE (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys) “At Mustang Sally’s in New York. It technically wasn’t a date but it was the first time my now wife and I ever went to eat together alone. We were doing Footloose and went there for lunch. It was the start of our relationship, which has been the best thing to ever happen to me.” COURTNEY REED (Jasmine in Aladdin) “A home-cooked meal and watching the entire first season of Girls until falling asleep.” KELLI O’HARA (Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County) “I was picked up in the pouring rain on 57th and Broadway. Driven downtown to hear Phoebe Snow at Joe’s Pub and then taken around the corner to the tiny Great Jones pub for barbecue and amazing conversation. The date lasted at least seven hours. Maybe longer.” TERENCE ARCHIE (Apollo Creed in Rocky)  “It began with a bad restaurant and my date’s rebuke, and ended with a path bordered by candles, wines, chocolate, a hastily assembled choir composed of close friends, rose petals in a basin of warm water, a small pillow with something shiny on it, and the word ‘Yes.'” Check back all week long for more Valentine’s Day surprises! LIANA HUNT (Katherine in Newsies) “A REALLY awesome 14-course meal at Moto in Chicago two years ago. I flew there for 24 hours on my day off while my boyfriend was touring through to celebrate Valentine’s Day with him. The dinner was his gift to me. He knows the way to my heart…FOOD.” Valentine’s Day is only two days away, but before you light the fireplace and pig out on chocolates, get some inspiration from Broadway romance experts Corey Cott, Courtney Reed and Danny Burstein! We’ve spent the whole week grilling your favorite Broadway stars about their love lives. First, we got them to spill about their childhood crushes and reveal the wackiest places they’ve ever locked lips (who knew Kelli O’Hara jumps out of planes?!). Today, we asked them to tell us about the absolute best date they’ve ever had. Check out their answers below! COREY COTT (Jack Kelly in Newsies) “My wife and I took a twilight dinner cruise down the Seine River in Paris, docking underneath the Eiffel Tower and floating past the Louvre, Notre Dame, and other major sights—all the while drinking wine and eating a phenomenal meal. It felt like a Nicholas Sparks book.” DANNY BURSTEIN (Herr Schultz in Cabaret) “The first date with my wife, Rebecca [Luker]. I felt so lucky. Being with her on a date was quite heady for me because she was so beautiful. I never even dared dream I could be with someone so wonderful.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Is Emmy Rossum Broadway’s Pretty Woman & More

first_imgLondon’s Sunny Afternoon Cast SwitcherooJason Baughan and Jo Servi will join the cast of Sunny Afternoon on April 6. They replace Ben Caplan as Eddie Kassner and Ashley Campbell as Gregory Piven, respectively. The Olivier nominated Kinks musical is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.Bryce Pinkham, Lena Hall & More Join ForcesBryce Pinkham will emcee the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s Chairman’s Awards Gala on April 13 at the Pierre New York. The event will include performances by Lena Hall, Jarrod Spector, Christiane Noll and more, while Judith Ivey, Will Eno and Clive Gillinson will present the awards to honorees Michael C. Hall, Jolyon F. Stern and DeWitt Stern and Long Wharf Theatre. The gala supports the creation of theatrical works and arts education at theaters across America.Ben Platt Boards Billy Flynn MovieFormer Book of Mormon and upcoming Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt has been tapped for Ang Lee’s Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Deadline reports. The film begins shooting this month and is apparently nothing to do with the “Razzle Dazzle” Flynn you might be thinking of. Instead it’s adapted from Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel and follows some servicemen on a “Victory Tour.” Platt will take on the role of Josh, who looks after them when they visit the Dallas Cowboys stadium.Musical Adaptation of Disney’s Tangled In The WorksTangled: The Musical is coming to a Disney cruise ship near you, according to EW. Loosely based on Rapunzel, the 2010 animated movie featured a score by Alan Menken and the vocal talents of Broadway faves Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy, along with Mandy Moore. Next stop, dry land? View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Is Emmy Rossum Eyeing Broadway?The Internet has decided (supposedly) that Emmy Rossum would be the perfect headliner for the upcoming Pretty Woman musical stage adaptation, so when she stopped by CBS’ The Late Late Show on April 1, its Tony-winning host James Corden wanted to know if she’d be interested in taking on the role? “Oh yeah, I did the film Phantom of the Opera the musical, that would be amazing,” Rossum replied. She went on to say that “of course” she’d consider doing a Great White Musical and that “I’ve done the opera but not a Broadway show.” Great White Way producers, take note. We want her here, stat! Check out the interview below.last_img read more

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Facebook’s uphill P2P battle

first_imgby: Ron ShevlinIndulge me, if you will, and let me give you some advice on how to pick a fight. Not a physical, rock-em-sock-em robot kind of fight, but, you know, an argument:Pick on somebody bigger than you. Not physically bigger, but you know, someone higher in the ranks, someone better well known, someone like that. A couple of years ago I was having an online argument with someone on my blog, and someone else said to me, privately, “I don’t know why you waste your time arguing with that person. It’s below you.” Ouch. But lesson learned.Pick a fight on a topic that’s in your realm of expertise. I’m confident that my political views are 100% correct, but I gain nothing professionally by proving it to the world. Unless I become a political commentator for Fox News, that is. Whoa, there’s a thought.Use data to structure your argument. Opinion versus opinion gets you nowhere. Have data or facts that no one else has–or, at least, that the person you’re fighting doesn’t have.Why am I giving you advice on picking fights? Because I’m going to pick one. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifies press freedom threats’

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran suppressing details of the outbreak, activists said on Tuesday.Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual press freedom rankings the pandemic was “highlighting and amplifying the many crises” already casting a shadow on press freedom.The outbreak had encouraged some regimes to “take advantage of the fact people are stunned and mobilization has weakened to impose measures that would be impossible to adopt in normal times”, RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire told AFP. ‘Chinese-style scenario’ Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been repeatedly criticized for cracking down on press freedom, rose three places to 154th but RSF said this was because of “other countries falling” rather than positive change.It said censorship of the media, especially online media, has been stepped up in Turkey and the country was “more authoritarian than ever.”Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, in 149th place, is also persevering “efforts to control the Internet, using ever more elaborate methods”, it said, citing a law that would allow the country to disconnect the Russian internet from the rest of the world.”The prospect of a Chinese-style scenario [in Russia] is alarming,” RSF said.RSF said “the closure of the national internet” is already a reality in the isolated Central Asian state of Turkmenistan where the few internet users can access only a highly censored version of the Internet, often in cafes where they have to show ID before connecting.”Almost everywhere in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, strongmen are consolidating their grip on news and information,” RSF said. ‘Information hyper-control’  Alluding to accusations that Beijing concealed the initial extent of the outbreak, it said China “maintains its system of information hyper-control, whose negative effects for the entire world have been seen during the coronavirus public health crisis”.Europe has also not been immune — Hungary, under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has passed a special law on false information which was a “completely disproportionate and coercive measure”.RSF said there was a “clear correlation” between suppression of media freedom in response to the coronavirus pandemic and a country’s ranking in the index.While Norway topped the index for the fourth year in a row, Finland was again the runner-up. North Korea took last position from Turkmenistan, and Eritrea continued to be Africa’s lowest-ranked country at number 178.The third biggest leap was by Sudan, which rose 16 places to 159th after the removal of president Omar al-Bashir.France lost two places to rank 32nd, with journalists in the country sometimes the victims of police violence at demonstrations, it said.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index assesses factors such as media independence, self-censorship, the legal framework and transparency based on a questionnaire filled out by experts.center_img The rankings saw few major changes from last year, with Nordic countries regarded as the most free and isolated states Turkmenistan and North Korea footing the list of 180 countries.RSF accused China and Iran — in 177th and 173rd place respectively — of censoring major coronavirus outbreaks. Topics :last_img read more

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Period beauty in booming ‘burb is on the market for first time in 40 years

first_imgInside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Zappala said it was important to him when renovating the home to keep those period features.“It didn’t come without its challenges … but there was never a question of whether we’d keep them,” he said. “I love that it has so much character. It makes it different to the other properties around us.” 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralThis 1940s home has been beautifully renovated and maintained.Owners Greg and Ally Zappala purchased the property at 82 Fifth Ave, Balmoral, off Mr Zappala’s parents three years ago and renovated it to suit their young family and lifestyle. Inside 82 Fifth Ave, Balmoral“It’s my family home, where I grew up as a child,” he said. “It’s been in the family for nearly 40 years.”The property sits on a 460sq m block in an elevated position and has 1940s character features including ornate ceilings and decorative architecture. Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralThe home has three bedrooms, including the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite, a teenage retreat, an additional bathroom and renovated kitchen which opens out to the deck area.center_img Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMr Zappala said this was his favourite part of the home. “I love sitting out on the back deck enjoying the surrounding greenery and birdlife,” he said.“There’s a nice green belt of uninterrupted views you could never get sick of looking at.” Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMr Zappala said the home would suit a family in the market for an inner-city home.“Family buyers will definitely be interested,” he said.“It’s in a fantastic location, within walking distance of Bulimba’s Oxford St mecca, local schools and public transport.“It’s an ideal neighbourhood to bring up a family in.”Mr Zappala said he hoped his family could find a new home close by.last_img read more

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ING scheme’s matching portfolio drives outperformance in 2016

first_imgThe closed scheme for workers of NN Group and ING Bank decided last year to change the management of its equity allocation from active to passive.Private equity, which delivered 10.8%, also fell short of its benchmark. The pension fund stopped allocating new money to private equity in 2015, and also divested from hedge funds at the same time.Credit – deployed as part of the scheme’s inflation-hedging strategy – produced 10.2%, with some emerging market corporate bonds gaining as much as 15.6%.The pension fund’s property holdings returned 11.4%, an outperformance of 2.3 percentage points, in particular thanks to non-listed real estate, it said.Last year, its board decided to raise the strategic interest rate hedge from 85% to 90%, and to base its investment policy on a balance of risks.The scheme said it would aim to grant an inflation compensation of 80% in real terms rather than a nominal indexation. It increased its strategic return portfolio from 27% to 30% as a consequence.The Pensioenfonds ING also said it was in the process of gradually raising its inflation hedge – comprising French, Belgian, German and American inflation-linked bonds as well as inflation swaps – to a maximum of 25%. At year-end, its inflation hedge stood at 14.4% of the total portfolio.The scheme has hedged 50% of its currency risk on its return portfolio and said it had fully covered the currency risk on its liabilities holdings.At July-end this year, the ING scheme’s funding stood at 139.9%, enabling it to grant all its participants and pensioners full indexation.Last year, the pension fund incurred administration costs of €246 per participant, and spent 0.24% and 0.02% on asset management and transactions, respectively.It said it would assess whether it could simplify the implementation and communication of its current eight different pension arrangements, to increase transparency to its 71,000 participants and to make its pension plan easier to adjust to a potential new pensions system.Earlier this year, the board decided to refrain from dividing itself, after ING split into ING Bank and NN Group. It said such a move would reduce efficiency.However, in the annual report, the visitation committee for internal supervision said the board should pay more attention to alternative future scenarios, rather than just opting for continuing independently. The €26.5bn Pensioenfonds ING reported an overall return of 10.5% in 2016, primarily driven by its liability-matching portfolio.The pension fund’s liabilities holdings – of largely European and US government bonds, loans and interest swaps – yielded 11.1%, exceeding its benchmark by 3.3 percentage points.It explained that the actual yield had been significantly higher than the benchmark return, as interest generated on bonds had dropped further than the swap rate.Within the return portfolio, the 9.8% gain on equity fell 1.6 percentage points short of its benchmark, largely caused by low-volatility holdings and emerging markets, it said.last_img read more

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