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Guatemala and Mexico Update Border Security Strategy

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 12, 2018 In the fourth quarter of 2017, representatives of the Guatemalan and Mexican Armed Forces held the fourth Local Meeting of Border Commanders at the headquarters of the Mexican Army’s 36th Military Zone in Tapachula, Chiapas. Commanders planned the joint mission to reinforce security operations against transnational organized crime along the two nations’ border. “We seek to receive ongoing feedback through the review, coordination, planning, and joint efforts between both militaries,” said to Diálogo Guatemalan Army Colonel Carlos Arnoldo Álvarez Valdez, commander of the Mountain Operations Brigade. “[We want] to minimize the impact of these common threats on people in both countries through periodic meetings in which the successes of our joint operations can also be made public.” Through prior coordination with the appropriate authorities in their respective countries, military leaders manage operations for Guatemalan and Mexican personnel to cross the sea border, when pursuing a suspicious target or one close to the neighboring country’s border. Attendees pledged to improve existing security protocols and increase military units’ capacities to deal with border issues. “Border commanders from the Guatemalan and Mexican armies, navies, and air forces planned a strategy for land, air, and sea patrols that both countries will roll out in the coming months,” Guatemalan Army Brigadier General Walter Orlando Sánchez López, commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade, told Diálogo. “We updated our communications procedures to coordinate more quickly and effectively.” According to Brig. Gen. Sánchez and Col. Álvarez, Mexico’s border is vulnerable, given its highly porous nature. Such porosity enables a continuous flow of criminal activities, like narcotrafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, and contraband. “It’s a factor that limits the ability of our armed forces and law enforcement to operate,” Col. Álvarez said. “These kinds of face-to-face meetings give us the opportunity to go further as a nation and region. The agreements reached concern the efforts the Guatemalan government makes in the Northern Triangle, along with El Salvador and Honduras,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez explained. “These threats affect us all. Our work needs to be combined to have strategic coverage.” According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Guatemala is a transit route for South American cocaine and heroin headed for the United States. The report indicates that Mexico is the main transit country and distribution source for illegal narcotics bound for the United States. “It’s worth noting Mexican cartels move into our territory to control logistics routes to smuggle drugs northward,” Col. Álvarez said. “They also exert pressure to maintain control over society and encourage acts that limit the state’s presence and make the area ungovernable.” Substantial advances Within the framework of the agreements reached, Guatemalan service members highlighted the advances made in the area of security in their shared border zone. “The relationship with the Mexican Armed Forces’ high command is a resounding success. It [the high command] makes decisions to coordinate operations, intelligence information or our counterintelligence relationships, and our own needs,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez said. Each of the Guatemalan and Mexican military forces has 18 contact patrols that meet at designated points along the border and walk together through a predetermined sector to conduct surveillance and law enforcement operations. In 2017, the patrols paved the way for approximately 1,500 support operations by the Guatemalan Army in the border area. “Among the most substantial advances, the presence of soldiers in areas on the Guatemalan side of the border where there was no government services since the country’s internal armed conflict, stands out,” Col. Álvarez said. “Coming back to reincorporate into the community and support our people—with all the affection, appreciation, and compliments of the population for our troops—is an invaluable achievement,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez added. Strict surveillance In these strategic operations against criminal organizations, Guatemala brought in additional personnel from the Tecún Umán Interagency Task Force, established in mid-2013 to bolster surveillance and security operations and step up the interdiction of shipments passing through the border region. Guatemala’s Special Naval Force also conducted operations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in support of these security operations. “Our oceans, rivers, and roads are key to shipping narcotics northward across the continent. That’s why it’s necessary to maintain a strict coordinated surveillance,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez said. “Transnational organized crime has its own resources and manages its own information. They know we’re after them, that we’re denying them freedom of action, and that we have coordinated border security operations at the national, bi-national, and regional levels.” For the Guatemalan Armed Forces, it’s important to operate in accordance with established protocols and procedures. “Always based on our laws and regulations and respect for human rights. We feel proud of our work and our contribution to peace not only in the region but also for the security of all Latin Americans,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez concluded. The border commanders’ next meeting will be held in the first quarter of 2018, in Guatemala.last_img read more

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Marguerite Littman, the Inspiration for Holly Golightly, Dies at 90

first_img“She wove legends while you were with her,” said Ben Brantley, the former chief theater critic for The New York Times and a longtime friend. “I remember someone saying you can’t take her seriously, but there was such seriousness in her frivolity. It was an existential choice.“If you were sick, she was there,” Mr. Brantley continued. “She didn’t push darkness into a corner. She once said relationships should be ‘as light as a butterfly, a pale, pale shade of beige.’ Life was somber enough.”In 1986, at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Ms. Littman, who was then living in London, wrote to 100 friends asking them each to contribute 100 pounds to become a founding member of what would become the AIDS Charitable Trust, a powerhouse of fund-raising in Britain for more than a decade. Those famous friends all kicked in, and would continue to do so.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One bonanza was the sale of “Hockney’s Alphabet,” with letters drawn by the artist and essays by authors like Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro, edited by the poet Stephen Spender. (Mr. Vidal, writing about the letter E, began his essay with typical acidity, “I never liked the look of E. …”)And just before her death in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, long a supporter of AIDS organizations, donated her wardrobe to be sold at an auction to benefit the trust, among other charities. It raised more than $3 million. In 1999, Ms. Littman stepped back from the trust, and it was rolled into the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“Marguerite was a true vanguard in the war on H.I.V./AIDS,” Mr. John and David Furnish, the organization’s chairman, wrote in an email. “In the ’80s, people dying of AIDS were treated like lepers — shunned from society because of fear, ignorance and bigotry. With her customary wit and indefatigable life force, Marguerite steamrollered in where others feared to tread and raised millions.”Marguerite Lamkin was born on May 4, 1930, in Monroe, La. Her father, Ebenezer Tyler Lamkin II, known as Ebb, was a prominent lawyer. Her mother, Eugenia Layton (Speed) Lamkin, known as Layton, was a homemaker.Marguerite studied philosophy at Newcomb, a women’s college that is now part of Tulane University in New Orleans, before attending Finch College in New York City. When her brother, Hillyer Speed Lamkin, a playwright and novelist, headed to Los Angeles with a contract from the producer Jerry Wald, she followed him. Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse who taught Hollywood to speak Southern, but who left her most enduring legacy as an early force in the fight against AIDS, died on Oct. 16 at her home in London. She was 90.Peter Eyre, a longtime friend, confirmed the death. He said she had been ill for some time.- Advertisement – Mr. Wald, she told Ms. Horyn of The Times, thought she looked like a young Susan Hayward, and sent her to a vocal coach to erase her accent. When that exercise failed, she became a coach herself, stretching the vowels of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”She was briefly married to Harry Brown, a screenwriter and a friend of her brother’s who was said to be an alcoholic. When he threatened her with a gun one night, she fled to Mr. Isherwood and Mr. Bachardy’s house, saying she was going out for lamb chops, and never came back. Another brief marriage, to Rory Harrity, an actor, ended in divorce. By that point, Ms. Littman had moved to New York City and was working for Glamour magazine as an advice columnist.She also worked for the photographer Richard Avedon as an all-around fixer, cajoler and aide-de-camp when he was putting together “Nothing Personal” (1964), his searing portfolio of American identity, with his high school friend James Baldwin. The book’s portraits of civil rights workers, segregationists, children of slaves, Daughters of the American Revolution and lunatic asylum inmates offered a startling collision of humanity, and Ms. Littman’s overwhelming charm and persistence helped Mr. Avedon secure most of them. Yet, Ms. Horyn recalled in a phone interview, “She was always comfortable in her skin, comfortable in the places she landed. She could navigate in a lot of circles and not boast about it. I don’t think she had anything to prove. For all her zest, there was a seriousness about her. She had missions to accomplish.”In 1965, Ms. Littman married Mark Littman, a British barrister, and they settled in a house on Chester Square in London, the Belgravia neighborhood that has also been home to Margaret Thatcher and Mick Jagger. There Ms. Littman gave what became storied lunch parties that began with Champagne laced with orange liqueur, moved onto jambalaya made with apricot jam and ended with a nap. “It was great for starving artists,” the Swedish photographer Eric Boman said.Her house “was like a fantasy world, with all these paintings by Hockney,” Mr. Eyre said. “You could say she was sort of fantastic herself. A fantasist. Her mind and her memory and her accent. Her husband said to me one day, ‘Do you find Marguerite’s accent has gotten heavier?’”Ms. Littman’s brother died in 2011, and Mr. Littman died in 2015. She leaves no immediate survivors.“I would say Marguerite had many talents and did many things, but her greatest achievement was her AIDS advocacy,” said Ms. Blair, whose decades-long friendship with Ms. Littman deepened through their AIDS work. “I would also say she was someone, how shall I put it, who lingered in people’s minds.” “She rang me in the morning,” Ms. Littman told Cathy Horyn of The New York Times in 1999, when she was honored for her AIDS philanthropy by the Harvard AIDS Institute alongside the boldfaced names Judith Peabody and Deeda Blair. “She said: ‘I have a wonderful idea. I’m going to give you all of my dresses.’ I didn’t know quite what that meant. I thought, Oh, God, do I dress that badly?” “Nobody could resist her,” said Neil Selkirk, a photographer and filmmaker who interviewed Ms. Littman for a documentary about Marvin Israel, the painter and art director who designed “Nothing Personal.” “She also knew everyone. She knew the head of the asylum.” She also knew the terrifying Democratic Party boss and segregationist Leander Perez — whom Mr. Avedon captured pumped up with aggression, teeth clamped on a fat cigar — because he had shot pigeons with her uncle.They received death threats on their Southern tour. “We’d been run out of every town in Louisiana,” Ms. Littman told Mr. Selkirk. “We were scared the whole time.” – Advertisement – By all accounts hypnotically charming, Ms. Littman, who landed in Los Angeles at midcentury, counted among her closest friends the writer Christopher Isherwood and his partner, the artist Don Bachardy, as well as Gore Vidal, David Hockney and, famously, Truman Capote, who is said to have distilled that charm into his most famous character, Holly Golightly of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”“She was a rarefied creature — generous, restless,” the Irish novelist and memoirist Edna O’Brien wrote in an email, adding, “She was like a character in fiction.”An oft-told story about Ms. Littman goes like this: Mr. Capote and Ms. Littman were sitting at the pool at Cipriani’s in Venice in the late 1970s when Ms. Littman pointed out an extremely thin woman. “That is anorexia nervosa,” she declared. And Mr. Capote replied, “Oh Marguerite, you know everybody.”last_img read more

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Novel Baswedan receives anticorruption award in Malaysia

first_imgA Malaysia-based foundation called the Perdana International Anti-Corruption Champion Fund (PIACCF) has bestowed an award on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.The award ceremony on Tuesday evening also marked the launch of the new foundation, which sees itself as a support system for anticorruption officials who are intimidated, criminalized or threatened in carrying out their duties.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad presented the accolade to Novel and to the late Malaysian deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais – who was represented by his brother Richard – for their contributions to fighting corruption. Morais was abducted and murdered in 2015 while investigating a corruption case.Meanwhile, Novel had acid thrown into his face by two attackers in 2017, severely injuring his eyes.“I want to say thank you for the attention, support and award given by this international foundation,” Novel said after receiving the award, as quoted by news agency Anatara.“Just now we talked about the threats and risks that people who fight to eradicate corruption face. But when the world pays attention, it is no longer just the domain of each country, which I hope can provide new strength for everyone who chooses to fight corruption,” Novel said. KPK worker’s union head Yudi Purnomo Harahap said the KPK was proud of the award Novel had received. “[Eradicating corruption] is very risky, because fighting against corrupt officials is not an easy struggle. Those who commit graft often have a lot of money, connections, power and authority,” Yudi said. “Novel has dedicated the award to everyone involved in eradicating corruption in Indonesia.” (hol)Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia records another single-day high in new COVID-19 cases

first_imgJakarta saw the highest number of new cases with 760, followed by East Java with 367 and East Kalimantan with 206.National COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said that three of Jakarta’s municipalities in Jakarta remained “red zones” in the past four weeks, and showed no signs of improvement.“West Jakarta, Central Jakarta and North Jakarta recorded continuously increasing numbers of cases […] Residents must put more effort into implementing health protocols to contain the disease transmission,” Wiku said in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.But despite the deteriorating situation, the task force has given the green light for city authorities to reopen movie theaters.“We will prepare the complete regulation soon, which will include every aspect pertaining to health protocol implementation, following the task force’s recommendations,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.Wiku said that reopening movie theaters would contribute to public health “because people’s immunity can increase if they are happy.”Topics : The Health Ministry confirmed 2,719 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, another new one-day high. The new cases bring the official count of cases nationwide to 162,884.Thursday’s death toll of 120 was also the third-highest daily increase recorded since the outbreak began in March.last_img read more

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Manchester United’s Rashford apologises to fans after Spurs thrashing

first_img“First and foremost I’m a United fan. This is my club. I’m so proud to wear this shirt but there are no excuses, it’s just not good enough and to every single fan around the world that tuned in today, I’m just so sorry,” Rashford tweeted.”You deserve so much better than that. I would have stayed away from social media tonight but you deserve to hear from me during the highs and the lows, there is no hiding.”I feel horrible but I promise you we will do better.”Defender Luke Shaw said the result was “embarrassing” and that the players had to take more responsibility. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has apologised to the club’s supporters following their 6-1 hammering by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Spurs’ Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice as manager Jose Mourinho celebrated a victorious return to the club which sacked him 22 months ago.The result at Old Trafford equalled United’s worst defeat in the Premier League era. They were previously beaten 6-1 by local rivals Manchester City in October 2011. “A club like United shouldn’t be losing, but losing in this way … it really hurts and it is kind of embarrassing because I feel like we have let a lot of people down today who were watching at home,” Shaw told Sky Sports.”We’re the players on the pitch and we need to have very high standards. The players we have, have quality but it hasn’t been showing.”We need to look at ourselves in the mirror as individuals but as a team … we’re nowhere near it at the moment.”United visit Newcastle United in the league on Oct. 17 after the international break.Topics :last_img read more

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Weekly Update: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform, Creating Jobs, and Promoting STEM Education for Women

first_imgWeekly Update: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform, Creating Jobs, and Promoting STEM Education for Women The Blog,  Weekly Update STEM Education for WomenLast Monday, First Lady Frances Wolf hosted a roundtable at the Governor’s Residence to discuss how to promote the engagement and success of young girls in computer science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The First Lady was joined by educators, government officials, community members, and business leaders to focus on how to increase participation of girl and young women in STEM.“Last year, twice as many boys took computer sciences courses than girls, yet over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills,” the First Lady said. “It is important that we bring those who are on the front lines of this work to the table to look at the barriers to girls and young women entering STEM education programs and careers, and what we can do to reverse this trend.”Furthering his administration’s support for Pennsylvania’s women, Governor Wolf declared April 10, 2018, Equal Pay Day in the commonwealth on Tuesday. April 10th marked how far into the year women had to work to earn the same as men earned in 2017.Jobs that PayLast week, Governor Wolf continued his commitment to Jobs that Pay by announcing Pennsylvania Cherry LLC’s plan to establish operations in Mercersburg Borough, Franklin county, creating more than 40 new Pennsylvania jobs. On Friday, he announced that Bell & Evans will expand in Bethel Township, Lebanon county, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs and supporting the operations of 3,000 Pennsylvania farms.Independent Redistricting CommissionGovernor Wolf released a statement on Wednesday, stating his opposition to the House State Government Committee Republican majority’s attempt to gut and replace House Bill 722.“This is partisan politics at its worst and it shows a flippant disregard for thousands of citizens that have spoken in favor of independent redistricting and ending gerrymandering.After the last few months, it should be clear that the solution to our broken redistricting system is not putting more power in the hands of partisan politicians. This is wrong, and it is an affront to our democracy. I urge the full House to reject this partisan political power play and demand a vote on a truly independent redistricting commission.”GrandfamiliesOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf supported both state and federal proposals to aid grandparents who have assumed sole care-giving responsibilities for their grandchildren, especially those affected by the opioid epidemic. The legislative proposals backed by the governor include those by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s federal legislation, which passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate and is now in the U.S. House. These bills would help ensure that grandparents have access to all the services possible to help them with their duties as caregivers and guardians.Criminal Justice Reform The governor joined with Senator Greenleaf and Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to outline a package of eight criminal justice reforms. These reforms are long overdue and will help to provide consistency and uniformity in the system.“The debate about how we can fix our criminal justice system is complicated, and over time that debate has changed to reflect the modern realities and issues present in our system,” Governor Wolf said. “I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released.”For a list of proposed reforms, click here.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 8–14, 2018Monday, 4/9/18Shorter Standardized Tests Begin This Week for Many Pennsylvania StudentsFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Girls and Women in STEM Roundtable Discussion at the Governor’s ResidenceTuesday, 4/10/18Governor Wolf Proclaims Equal Pay Day in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Cherry to Create 42 New Jobs in Franklin CountyGovernor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid CrisisGovernor Wolf Announces Grant Approval to Robert Morris University through Manufacturing PA Initiative to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s WorkforceEqual Pay Day, 2018Wednesday, 4/11/18Governor Wolf Supports Marsy’s Law for Crime Victims Constitutional AmendmentGovernor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission BillThursday, 4/12/18Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice ReformGovernor Wolf Announces 2018 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in PennsylvaniaFriday, 4/13/18Governor Wolf Announces Creation of More than 1,000 Jobs Through Expansion of Bell & EvansGovernor Wolf Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Strategic Innovation Grants to Help Boost Workforce Development in PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Holds Final Regional Summit on Warm Hand-Offs for Opioid Overdose SurvivorsHighlights from TwitterI was proud to join @CorrectionsPA Sec. Wetzel, @SenGreenleaf and state legislators, and advocates today to announce our proposed reforms to PA’s criminal justice system to protect victims and help end the cycle of incarceration. pic.twitter.com/av3U6MZfrl— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 12, 2018 Students, parents, teachers, and others have told us that too much classroom time is used for test taking. These changes reduce testing time while maintaining the rigor of the PSSAs, and allow us to put the focus back on learning rather than teaching to a test. https://t.co/o8c7W9E9aP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 9, 2018 April 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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What lies ahead for housing prices in 2020?

first_imgIf you want to know what lies ahead, start by looking at the clues behind you.Almost anyone who owns real estate would give their second garage to know what will happen to prices in the future.Will they go up and, if so, by how much? Where will this happen, and when? What is the house and unit price outlook across Australia in 2020? To give our crystal ball a solid foundation, we asked CoreLogic RP Data for a statistical snapshot of prices and sales in all capital cities in February 2010. We also asked for comparative sale numbers and median sale prices from February 2015.Hopefully, this five-year snapshot will reveal trends that help us forecast what lies ahead for Australia’s capital city housing markets.So here’s the low-down: What does the data all mean?According to Cameron Kusher, CoreLogic RP Data’s Senior Research Analyst, “the standout message” is that Sydney, and to a lesser degree Melbourne, has been the star performer over the past five years.“All the others (capital cities) have been fairly muted,” Kusher says.“One question people often ask is ‘why haven’t all the markets grown equally when recent interest rates cuts are national’?“Well the reason we have seen such strong growth in Sydney and not in other markets is more because of overseas migration to Sydney, which has been fairly strong because of its job opportunities, because New South Wales’s migration away has been low since 2010 and also because there’s a shortfall in housing.Sydney is seeing a strong rise in both nominal and real home values.Overseas migration to Sydney has shot up growth in the city.“It is these factors that have all contributed to its price rises, whereas Brisbane and Perth both experienced losses, in South Australia, the Olympic Dam extension didn’t go ahead and that impacted Adelaide’s market, Hobart has been weak economically for the past decade and Darwin and Canberra are both strongly tied to government spending, which has been largely curbed in recent years.“The takeaway message is Australia’s property market is far from a one-size-fits-all.”What housing trends do the experts see in the next 5 years?While interest rates stay historically low, Sydney and Melbourne’s house prices will continue to grow, Kusher says.“It is hard to see that happening as strongly as it has this past five years but as long as the fundamentals remain, there will be growth. As interest rates start to rise, we will see this growth tapering.”Investor Nathan Birch, Co-Founder of Binvested, agrees there’ll be “a couple more years of solid growth” in Sydney.“Maybe not quite the double-digit growth we’ve seen in the previous few years, as there is still a shortage of supply and a strong confidence level based around the historically low interest rates,” Birch says.“I see Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT staying flat or maybe even coming down a bit from current levels.”More from newsBest growth suburbs under $550,00016 Jun 2015Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015Staying put: Aussies holding onto their homes for longerStefan Miraglia, Director of Independent Property Consulting, thinks the outlook for Adelaide is positive.The New York Times named Adelaide a top ‘place to go’ earlier in the year.“Many experts are tipping that we should see some good growth over the next five years if you buy in the right areas and invest wisely,” Miraglia says.“Record low interest rates have tempted many investors to get back into the market and more potential first home buyers are looking to get into the market.“This alone should see median house prices move up over the next five years but also throw into the mix the Chinese who are looking to invest abroad and we should see some good growth of around 5% per annum.”But there’s also some likely upswing ahead for Hobart and Brisbane, predicts Kusher.Brisbane may grow, now that former government’s public job cuts are over.“You will probably start to see some growth in these cities, particularly as Sydney and Melbourne prices push higher and some homeowners decide to sell up and retire to cities with lower price points.“Brisbane may start to grow, given its government has just changed and all the former government’s public job cuts are over.“Adelaide will be impacted by the car industry closing down in coming years – that will have some impact on home prices – Perth has been impacted by the fall in commodities and this will continue for some time and Canberra could go either way, particularly if we do see a change in government between now and 2020.”Building approvals: Interstate migration and the property marketlast_img read more

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Seidler finds success at Arkansas Spring Nationals

first_imgFeature results – 1. Marlyn Seidler; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Tyler Stevens; 4. Kelly Shryock; 5. Ken Schrader; 6. Brandon Smith; 7. Brint Hartwick; 8. Curtis Cook; 9. Robert Powers; 10. Ricky Engles; 11. Clay Norris; 12. Jeff James; 13. Peyton Taylor; 14. Wayne Brooks; 15. Chad Melton; 16. Mason Oberkramer; 17. Brad Gholson; 18. Jesse Dennis; 19. Wendall Wallace; 20. Mike Han­sen; 21. Rusty Jeffery; 22. Randy Weaver; 23. Keith Hammett; 24. Cody Self. Marlyn Seidler’s Friday night IMCA Modified feature win at Batesville Motor Speedway’s Arkan­sas Spring Nationals paid $2,000 and put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Jason Brickey) Forty IMCA Modifieds vied Friday at Batesville. Saturday’s program fell to rain. Seidler started on the pole and led all 25 laps of the star-filled Arkansas Spring Nationals main event. Jeff Taylor, Tyler Stevens, Kelly Shryock and Ken Schrader rounded out the top five. The race stayed green from that point and Seidler checked out, winning comfortably ahead of Taylor. “Winning a race like this is a big deal for an old, gray-haired dirt farmer,” said Seidler, who earned $2,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth along with the checkers. “There were a lot of good cars here and I’m grateful that I’m still able to run with these guys.”center_img The North Dakota long tow had to beat Taylor to the first turn. He was already into lapped traffic before a pair of cautions came out near midway. “I’d run part of the Arizona Modified Tour, then finished third both nights at Cocopah,” he said. “I think the last time I ran here was four years ago. (Promoter) Mooney (Starr) gets it. He tries to make the track as smooth as he can. We had a good car and we had a lot of fun here.” BATESVILLE, Ark. (March 22) – Marlyn Seidler had mixed success in his early-season IMCA Modi­fied foray to Arizona.  He traveled to Arkansas and Batesville Motor Speedway to get his first feature win of the year, and the 88th of his career in the division on Friday night.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? Associated Press Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Trea Turner and Juan Soto also homered for Washington.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth. Elsewhere around the majors:— The Angels ended the Athletics’ nine-game winning streak as Mike Trout ripped a solo homer in the eighth inning to lead Los Angeles to a 10-9 victory. Trout homered twice for the Angels, who also received two-run blasts from Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) and Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee).— Lance McCullers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Astros’ 6-4 win over the Giants. The no-hit bid ended when Donovan Solano hit a two-out double to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Michael Brantley laced a two-run double, Carlos Correa drove in a pair and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) smacked a solo homer for Houston.— Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 2-1. Austin Hedges tied it with a fifth-inning homer and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August. — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets. August 11, 2020 Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter.Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action:— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. — The Lakers’ three-game losing streak is over after Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds in a 124-121 thriller over the Nuggets. LeBron James pumped in 29 points, dished out 12 assists and hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 27 points and Kuzma 25 for Los Angeles. Royal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup.MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.center_img — Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.— Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct.— The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs). — Jimmy Butler returned from a foot injury and contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in guiding the Heat to a 114-92 romp over the Pacers. Derrick Jones scored 18 off the Miami bench and the Heat kept T.J. Warren to 12 points on 5 for 14 shooting in 29 minutes. —The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. — Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly.NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAFrancona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news: MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTSMore cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19. TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALSFormer champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUP — Kole Calhoun cracked a solo homer and had three RBIs as part of the Diamondbacks’ 12-8 pounding of the Rockies. Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte and David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) each had four of Arizona’s 18 hits.— Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.— Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had four of the Rays’ 16 hits in an 8-7 decision over the Red Sox. Kiermaier had three RBIs as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games.— Eddie Rosario belted a grand slam in the third inning and the Twins stopped a four-game skid by downing the Brewers, 4-2. Randy Dobnak allowed a run and four hits over five innings to move to 3-1.— The Mariners rolled to a 10-2 win at Texas as Kyle Seager crushed a grand slam and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot. Dylan Moore added a solo shot and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Justin Dunn, who gave up two runs over six innings. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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Real Madrid forwardGareth Bale’very close’ to exit – Zidane

first_imgREAL Madrid forward Gareth Bale is “very close to leaving” the Spanish club, says boss Zinedine Zidane.The Wales international, 30, was left out of Real’s 3-1 pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich in Houston, USA.Speaking after the game, Zidane said: “We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.“I have nothing personal against him, but there comes a time where things are done because they must be done.”Bale, who has three years left on his Real contract, has won the Champions League four times since his £85m move to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 – a world record deal at the time.He has been linked with Premier League sides Manchester United and Spurs, German champions Bayern and also a move to the Chinese Super League.In response to Zidane’s comments, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told AFP: “Zidane is a disgrace – he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for Real Madrid.”Injury problems have limited the Welshman to 79 La Liga appearances in the past four seasons. He played 42 matches for Los Blancos last term, half of those as a substitute.Bale was booed by home supporters at times last season, though his agent said in March the player was “very happy” and wanted to “play all his career” at the Bernabeu club.“I have to make decisions. We have to change,” Zidane added. “The exit is the coach’s decision, and also of the player, who knows the situation.“The situation will change, I do not know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will – and it’s a good thing for everyone.”Bale ended last season on the bench as Real endured their poorest domestic campaign in 20 years, with 12 defeats, 68 points and a third-place finish 19 points behind champions Barcelona. They were also knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.Zidane returned to the Bernabeu in March to become the club’s third coach of the season. (BBC Sport).last_img read more

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