first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) opened two key temporary bridges on Saturday in locations that were badly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Opening the two temporary bridges ‘ located along Route 100 in Jamaica and along Route 73 in Rochester ‘ is significant as they both eliminate lengthy detours.Opening the Jamaica bridge means Route 100 is now open in its entirety for the first time since Irene struck on August 28, while opening the Rochester bridge allows residents who for seven weeks have been using a foot bridge to access Route 100 to use a motor vehicle instead.‘Reopening these two bridge locations eliminates lengthy detours and will help residents in these hard hit areas return to normal,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We now have restored traffic over all but three damaged bridge locations, and those we will reopen before winter.’When Irene collapsed the bridge at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 100, the storm cut off dozens of Rochester residents living along Route 73 from accessing Route 100 by vehicle unless they took a nearly hour-long detour. To access Route 100, residents for the past seven weeks have used the combination of a pedestrian bridge and two makeshift parking lots ‘ one on either side of the White River ‘ to get to and from their homes and workplaces.While the Rochester bridge is now open and residents will no longer need the foot bridge, Route 73 remains closed to all but local residents and emergency vehicles. Work on the road is ongoing, and is expected to continue into November. In Jamaica, Irene knocked out four state bridges. Three of these locations were reopened earlier, leaving the temporary bridge along Route 100 as the final location. The new span restores travel between Jamaica and Wardsboro, and eliminates a detour along local roads that took about 20 minutes.Eliminating the Jamaica-to-Wardsboro detour means all 216 miles of Route 100 are now open to public travel for the first time since Irene hit on August 28. Travelers using Route 100 need to drive with caution, however, as several stretches ‘ including several miles in the Wardsboro area ‘ contain gravel sections and are still under construction.Other areas along Route 100 that remain under construction include sections through Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Plymouth, Tyson, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, and Readsboro among others. These locations are open to public travel, but motorists using these areas should expect delays and leave additional time to reach their destination.Opening temporary spans in both Rochester and Jamaica leaves just three state bridge locations severed as a result of Irene. One bridge remains closed in along Route 12 in Barnard, while two bridges remain closed along Route 12A in Roxbury. A temporary bridge is being erected in Barnard, while rapid construction of new permanent bridges will be used to replace the spans in Roxbury. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-Vermont or go to the agency’s homepage at is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 10/16/2011last_img read more

first_imgEngland vs Iceland to go ahead at Wembley- Advertisement – Wednesday 18th November 7:00pm Raheem Sterling suffered a “small” injury ahead of England’s Nations League game away to Belgium on Sunday, with Gareth Southgate saying he is hopeful the forward will be fit “by the end of the week”.The news was revealed on the England team’s official Twitter account before the game, with Southgate telling Sky Sports that Sterling had a “small niggle” shortly afterwards.- Advertisement – “It was a slightly heavy pitch when we trained on Friday and it is a small niggle really. He had a good rest at the beginning of the week – a bit of an unfortunate incident but not one that is going to keep him out for long.”With Southgate’s prediction that Sterling “will be fine by the end of the week”, it makes his involvement in England’s final Nations League game against Iceland on Wednesday – live on Sky Sports – doubtful.Manchester City will be hopeful that Sterling recovers in time for their clash with Tottenham on Saturday – also live on Sky Sports – as they bid to make up the five-point gap between them and Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League. England will be allowed to play their Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.The national stadium will host England’s final Group A2 game after the UK Government gave the Iceland squad “elite athlete exemption” to fulfil the fixture.Entry from Denmark – where Iceland play on Sunday – is currently banned for non-British residents after a new strain of coronavirus, thought to have originated in mink farms, was found in the country.The FA had lobbied the Government for “elite athlete exemption” on Iceland’s behalf, which will allow them to enter the UK under strict rules.The FA said in a statement: “We are pleased to confirm that following discussions with the relevant authorities, next Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland will go ahead at Wembley Stadium.” Kick off 7:45pm Speaking ahead of kick-off, he said: “Raheem felt something a couple of days ago and didn’t train on Friday as a precaution.“He started training yesterday and wasn’t really happy with it. We have discussed it and it isn’t one to take a chance on.“I think he will be fine by the end of the week, but the games for us just came too quickly.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Cammy McComb · 253 weeks ago The Class of 1985 will be meeting at the American Legion on Saturday night with a dinner at 7pm catered by Foodie Mike Casteneda and a dance/karoake with DJ Kris Layton that is open to the public beginning at 9pm. Remember the Legion has a cash bar so you don’t have to bring your own!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 253 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 253 weeks ago Cammy, I had the paragraph in the wrong place when I added that into the story. My apologies. I figure all you old timers will forget anyway. LOL. By the way I graduated in 1983 so I have no room to talk. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are 10 things to know about the busy, busy weekend that is the Wellington Homecoming and Fall Festival. And it starts tonight! For the full schedule of events click here or click on the ad to your right.The WHS band will be marching tonight.1. Wellington High School parade.The Wellington High School homecoming parade will start at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Wellington. There will be your traditional floats, the WHS band, the football boys on trailers and a pep rally thereafter.Amy Diver was crowned in 2014. Who will be next?2. Wellington Duchess ceremonies.The annual Wellington Duchess ceremony will begin on Friday at halftime of the Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate football game with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Duchess candidates are: Alexis Hinman, Ryleigh Buck, Madi Adams, Dietra Sober and Baylee DeJarnett.Once the crowning and the football game is completed, a WHS homecoming dance will follow in the high school commons.3. Barbecue/Chili/Salsa Cook Off. Perhaps the primary feature of the Fall Festival will come Saturday with the various cook offs at Sellers Park. The barbecue competitors will begin cooking on Friday night at 5 p.m. Then on Saturday the Chili cook-off starts with the head cooks meeting at 10 a.m. followed by the official Chamber Salsa contest at 11 a.m. and the BBQ Cook Off tasting and People’s Choice Award starts at noon. The public tasting for the chili cook is at 3 p.m.4. The entertainment. While you are having your cook off consuming adventure there is plenty of entertainment to go with the festivities. South Central Express will be performing live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sellers Park. Kids games and crafts will start from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also at 1:15 p.m. there will be a performance by Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio.5. And then there are the other things at Sellers…While there, don’t miss the Arts and Crafts Show that goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Jalapeño Eating contest starts at 1 p.m. Need to cool off after that? Well, there’s the homemade ice cream contest at 1:30 p.m. And if you aren’t full enough, there is the Apple Pie baking contest at 2 p.m. The extravaganza ends with a pumpkin drop at 3 p.m.6. Then let’s get spooked…The Wellington High School Leadership Team will be setting up a haunted maze from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sellers Park. The team will then feature the movie “The Ring” at 9:15 p.m. which should end by about 11 p.m. The cost will be $1 wristband. Fall like concessions will be for sale during the movie. The movie is rated PG-13 and may be inappropriate for anyone under middle school age.WHS Class of 1975WHS Class of 19807. Reunions…The Class of 1975, 1980 and 1985 will be holding their class reunions all starting at 9 p.m. The Class of 1975 and 1980 will be at Memorial Auditorium which is open to the public. The Class of 1975 will actually be meeting on two nights. The first one is a homecoming After Party at the VFW.Then on Saturday, the 1975 and 1980 Class Reunion will be held at Memorial Auditorium with catering by Mimosa Catering. Happy hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m. The dance is open to the public at 9 p.m.Tickets at the door is only $5. Bring your own booze. Setups are provided by the Memorial Auditorium Committee with proceeds going to the air conditioning fund for the Memorial Auditorium. Music is provided by Wellington’s own Ebony Costello and Groove 42.The 1985 reunion will be at the American Legion building and Foodie Mike is catering.8. Fun Run…Also, don’t forget about the Fun Run on Saturday morning. See information here .9. Wheat Capital Manor…There will be a Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also be raffling off three separate tickets for a 43-inch flat screen TV, KU quilt and K-State quilt. See more information here.10. Senior Center…The Wellington Senior Center will also be having fall festival events.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyHas this ever happened to you? You’re going about your day doing your usual day-to-day jobs, you could be doing something as simple as taking out the trash, gardening, bending over to pick up laundry and all of a sudden you feel a sharp pain in your back and you can hardly move: Sound familiar?  Just a few weeks ago this happened to one of our patients Anne, 57-years-old, from Lacey.  She was making the most of a shelter in place, and before she planned to relax for the day, she decided to do some cleaning. Anne was fine to begin with, but as soon as she went to turn over her mattress, she put her back out completely.Jennifer Penrose, physical therapist, is hosting a free virtual back pain workshop June 3. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyAt first, the pain wasn’t so bad, but then a few hours later her back began to stiffen up. Like most people we see, she thought at first, “Oh it’s just a stiff back, I’ve probably got a bit carried away with the cleaning, it’s happened before.” But the next day the pain was still there, and it felt even worse!Anne’s back started to ache when she sat down, she struggled to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in, and she couldn’t even bring herself to stand without being in agony and she had a weekend away planned.How was she going to get away now with a back so painful? Now you might be thinking this won’t happen to you, not with something as basic as everyday chores, but when you consider that most of us do some form of jobs around the house, that’s a lot of backs that could potentially become sore! And not just that, most people we see say they suffer from back pain when doing routine activities such as chores that cause flare ups.The thing is, many people will ‘put up’ with a bad back for days (even weeks!), hoping the pain will go away on its own eventually, but you really don’t have to play the waiting game and suffer for so long – especially not if it’s getting in the way of daily life and even trips away and events that you’ve been looking forward to for ages!So how about I give you two quick tips for everyday housework jobs to help make agonizing back pain a thing of the past? Chores themselves aren’t to blame (even though we’d like to think they are), it’s how you do them.When using the vacuum cleaner or a mop. One of the most common mistakes people make is reaching out with their arms while bending at the waist over and over again. Bending over in awkward positions can place a lot of strain on your muscles, especially in your back! To help fix this the key is to keep your hips and shoulders moving towards the work. What I mean by this is instead of leaning forwards and twisting your back, step forward in the direction of the movement with one foot and bend slightly at the knee, allowing your upper body to stay upright to reduce any strain.When doing the laundry, picking up items like rescuing that lost sock from the bedroom floor, leaning over can trigger off back pain – similar to sweeping and using the vacuum, bending at the waist repeatedly will strain your back muscles. To get around this I tell my patients to do something I like to call the ‘golfer’s reach’, it has this name because it’s similar to how golfers pick up a ball. When you reach for items with your right hand, balance yourself by lifting your leg up in the air. If you need extra support, place your opposite hand on a nearby surface. If you’re reaching with your left hand, reverse the directions. The deeper you reach with your hand, the higher your opposite leg should go so that you can keep your balance while simultaneously reducing the amount of strain on your back muscles.Safeguard your back by making sure you are doing household chores in a safe manner. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyOne more thing, I know it can be easy to get caught up, rushing around the house to get everything done but one thing to remember is to be kind to yourself and take 20-minute breaks throughout. Drink some water and relax before returning to your chores. If you start feeling any signs of pain, walk, stretch and rest your back. Don’t allow yourself to get so busy checking chores off your to-do list that you forget the safe way to move your body.Lastly, if you want to tune into our free virtual low back pain workshop you can email [email protected] to get the link on or call us at 360-456-1444. It is on Wednesday, June 3 at 5:15 p.m. Here’s What You’ll Learn at This Virtual WorkshopThe seven urgent coping strategies every back-pain sufferer must never forget when back pain strikes!Why 50-53 percent of people make their own back pain worse by doing just this one thing wrong!The seven things you can do if you’re hoping to avoid surgery that’ll cost you nothing…The most successful treatments for low back pain that doesn’t involve any drugs.The three best exercises that you can do at home, in your living room or even from your couch… that’ll help you walk further for longer.If you’re currently seeing a doctor, thinking about it, or just don’t want to face the hassle of talking to your insurance, but still want to get some real help, then you need to consider attending this Free Workshop which reveals “The Best Kept Secrets For Living With Less Back Pain And Staying Pain Free”You Should Only Attend This Workshop if:You or a loved one suffer from back painYou are aged 40-years-old or over and have suffered with low back pain for longer than you feel you should haveYou are currently seeing a doctor or thinking about itYou have an open mind and willing to act upon new adviceThe author, Jennifer Penrose, is a physical therapist and owner of Penrose Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about back pain, you can call on 360-456-1444 or email [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgVacant properties on Half Mile Road will be the future site of a Life Time fitness club, offering programs, health services and activities for community members.Photo courtesy Life Time To accommodate parking, a four-story parking garage will be erected adjacent to the fitness facility. It will offer 577 parking spaces for employees, members and guests to use. There will also be 11 parking spaces near the entrance of the facility. Membership prices have not yet been determined for the Middletown location. The Bridgewater club, however, is about $159 a month for a single membership, Bushaw said. There are individual, couple, family and child memberships as well. “The range then will likely be high $100s to low $400s,” she said. The company will soon have a Middletown link on its website,, that will allow anyone interested to add their name to a membership wait list or to get more information. “We actually think of gym as almost a curse word,” said Natalie Bushaw, senior director of public relations and internal communications. That’s because Life Time is much more than just a gym, she said. It’s “like the Ritz-Carlton,” or “today’s modern country club without the golf.” Most Life Time club members are in their 40s, but Bushaw said there are members in age groups across the board. “We have so many, what we call our ‘Junior Executives’ – 26 and under,” she said, as well as older singles and families. The club will also include a full-service salon and spa, saunas and steam rooms, a full-size basketball court with Ultimate Hoops leagues, a Kids Academy and much more. And the Kids Academy will be an important feature at the Middletown-based Life Time, as there is a “strong family member base expected for Middletown,” Bushaw said. The Kids Academy will be full of programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including Zumba, karate, tumbling and other activities, but also homework help, Spanish immersion and more. By the end of 2019, there will be 150 Life Time clubs throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Its New Jersey locations are currently in Princeton, Mount Laurel, Bridgewater, Montvale, Berkeley Heights and Florham Park. When representatives look for places to establish clubs, they look for places with growing communities, strong economies and good schools. That’s what made Middletown a great location, Bushaw said. When walking through the front doors of the three-level building, members will find a café with seating. Awaiting them upstairs will be fitness studios for group fitness, cycle, yoga and Pilates programs; personal and small training groups; and over 400 cardiovascular and resistance training equipment pieces.center_img There are a few things to know about Life Time. Lesson number one? It is not a gym. The 120,423-square-foot, three-story Life Time club is expected to open its doors in late 2021 at 230 and 250 Half Mile Road, between the Academy bus station and Schultz Drive. The properties are part of the Half Mile Road Redevelopment Plan adopted by the township committee in 2018. “Life Time has been well-received in the state and the demographics and economic growth in the area make Middletown a desirable location for Life Time. We’re excited for what’s to come,” she said. MIDDLETOWN – A $40 million luxury sports, fitness and wellness center is coming to Half Mile Road in the Lincroft section of the township. Bushaw anticipates that when the Life Time opens in Middletown, it will bring more than 250 full- and part-time jobs to the community. Life Time representatives expect the $40 million project to be completed in 2021.Photo courtesy Life Time She described the club as a luxurious social space in which community members can meet. It’s a place where friends go to improve their fitness and where children play with their peers and improve their life skills. Outside, members will find a ground-level outdoor beach club and bistro with leisure and lap pools, a whirlpool, resort-style seating and a café. “We might have a party on the pool deck where they have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a Saturday night,” said Bushaw.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ The top five remained largely intact this week, with Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, Will Gozum of Mapua, and CJ Cansino holding fort in their spots.Also making leaps were Ateneo’s Dave Ildefonso at seventh and NU’s Terrence Fortea at 14th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHere is the list for the seventh week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (2)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (1)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (5)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (11)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (12)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (19)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (14)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (15)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (16)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (17)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (20)Miguel Oczon, forward, NU (24)Alex Visser, center, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (18)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (21)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (23)Joshua Yerro, forward, UV (22)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKai Sotto is once again on top in the penultimate week of the Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings.Towering over his competition in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ Finals, the “23-for-23” cadet unleashed an awe-inspiring triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks to reclaim his spot over teammate SJ Belangel.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson TNT stays in playoff hunt, routs quarterfinals-bound NLEX Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. “To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.“That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”Griffin helped UCF go undefeated last season, then blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude.Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF last year.“It’s been a really good experience,” Shaquem said. “I would have been crazy to turn an experience down like this. I’m just glad I was one of the selected few to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Dickson, the Australian from the University of Texas, was picked 149th overall by Seattle. Alabama’s JK Scott was drafted 172nd overall by Green Bay, a pick before Oakland took Johnny Townsend from Florida. Townsend was the NCAA leader last season with a 47.5-yard average on his 64 punts.In 1988, there were three punters selected in the first 102 picks. Tom Tupa, who also went 4-9 as a starting quarterback during his 16 NFL seasons, and Greg Montgomery were both taken in the third round and became All-Pro punters. Barry Helton was a fourth-round pick.One more punter, Logan Cooke of Mississippi State, was chosen by Jacksonville, and the only placekicker taken was Jason Sanders of New Mexico by the Dolphins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “A lot of that is instincts. A lot of film watching for me,” he said. “It really helped me because I did not run the fastest time ever, not even close. I had to be able to make up from somewhere else.”Also:—Michigan State extended its streak of having at least one player selected to 78 years when Brian Allen went to the Rams early in the fourth round. Only Michigan and USC have longer streaks, both extended to 80 years during the first two days of the draft.—The Giants took the first quarterback of the third day, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta at No. 109. The Giants passed on trying to get their quarterback of the future to replace Eli Manning in the first round, taking running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall. Lauletta doesn’t have a big arm, but he showed good athleticism and accuracy playing at the FCS school.Other quarterbacks chosen: Western Kentucky’s Mike White to Dallas; Washington State’s Luke Falk to Tennessee; Nebraska’s Tanner Lee to Jacksonville; LSU’s Danny Etling to New England; Florida International’s Alex McGeough to Seattle; and Toledo’s Logan Woodside to Cincinnati.—Dallas acquired wideout Tavon Austin from the Rams in a trade Saturday.—Cleveland used a fourth-round pick, No. 105 overall, to take one of the draft’s most talented but troubled wide receivers: Florida’s Antonio Callaway. He had multiple suspensions while playing with the Gators, missing all of last season because of his part in a credit card fraud scheme.When Callaway plays he is a deep threat receiver and dangerous return man, but he could be the next Josh Gordon, who has had many off-field issues and NFL suspensions with the Browns.—Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli, who is missing the index finger on his left hand, went to Denver in the fifth round.—Three punters — yes, three — were taken in the fifth round. Griffin had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.“I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying ‘answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.“I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”Griffin received, by far, the biggest cheers of the day — louder even than when the Cowboys’ selections were announced. And he made a promise: “Great things are coming to Seattle.”Griffin’s selection early in the fifth round enlivened a day in which most picks are relatively unknown or obscure players. Not all, though.Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was taken one spot in front of Griffin by Oakland. The All-American would have gone much earlier, but a heart condition was discovered at the combine, dropping him far down draft boards.He had 5½ sacks as an interior rusher and led all nose tackles and defensive tackles with 49 total quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.“It’s tough thinking that you’re one of the top players in the draft and having good tape and everything like that, just having to wait,” Hurst said. “You believe you’re better than guys who go ahead of you is tough. I’m just happy to be in the right place and a great organization.”As for his health, “I’m ready to go right now.”Another All-American, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, was taken by Denver at No. 106. He’s not considered quick, but he is active and seemed to be in on every tackle for the Hawkeyes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Shaquem Griffin, right, and his twin brother Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin celebrate on stage during the NFL football draft in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Seahawks selected Shaquem in the fourth round. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas — Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it.Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Heritage MVP snub will fire up Brickman, says former coach Vanguardia ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, wasn’t in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.Then he was after Seattle spent the 141st overall selection on the Central Florida linebacker who has no left hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat fifth-round choice, announced in Seattle, drew loud cheers from fans at Jerry’s World.Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was young, has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairPresident of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Patrick Yarde is once again expressing great disgust over the current salaries and benefits public servants are receiving, as he disclosed on Wednesday that the body’s executive council will soon meet for discussions on charting the way forward for improved wages.This comes weeks after the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) inked a deal with Government for retroactive salary increases and benefits between eight and 12 per cent. In Yarde’s view, public servants are receiving “poverty payments” for salaries.Speaking to reporters at the GPSU’s headquarters, the executive noted that he is prepared to go as high as the sky – percentage wise – a position he will emphasise when the Executive Council meets later this week. While being tightlipped on the proposed numbers, Yarde observed that the meeting will includeGPSU President Patrick Yardediscussions on whether there will be changes to the GPSU’s 2015 three-year proposal given the outcome of Government’s multi-year deal with teachers.“[It will] be determined by the constitutional body if there is evidence for us to consider higher or lower; we could go to the sky for the limit. Lots of public servants receive poverty payments; lots of their ends can’t meet with what they’re getting. There is no question with whether we will pursue the best we will get,” the GPSU head detailed.The long-time union President also said despite the assurances given, the negotiations would usually drag out to the end of the year, a practice he expected would cease after 2015. He in fact noted that he wrote President David Granger after the GPSU could not schedule ready meetings with the Department of Public Service’s Permanent Secretary but since then, the position is now vacant, according to Yarde.“When it became vacant, I wrote the President another letter saying that there was now nobody there to speak to for the situation to be remedied. There was a series of things that was happening and now he is ill so at our Executive Council meeting on Friday, we will determine how to proceed to deal with this matter,” Yarde outlined.He told the press that when the Union submitted its three-year proposal in 2015, benefits for 2018 were included. He claimed that the Union is currently in a “peculiar situation” as the talks are dragging on. He expressed that union members are calling on the GPSU to conduct more workplace visits which the body will soon commence.“I am not going to arbitrarily determine anything that is being done; this is a democratic union, it is transparent and I will weigh the outcome of those decisions,” Yarde expressed.Final offerIn October 2017, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced Government’s final offer which outlined an eight per cent increase for public service employees earning between $55,000 and $99,999. He had disclosed that public servants earning between $100,000 and $299,999 would have received an increase of six per cent, while workers earning between $300,000 and $500,000 were offered a five per cent increase.He added that those earning between $500,000 and $699,999 have been offered a four per cent increase while those earning $700,000 to $799,999 are being offered a two per cent increase. Employees earning between $800,000 and $1 million were proposed a 0.5 per cent increase while those earning above $1 million have been ‘red circled and will benefit from no increases’.At that time, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Reginald Brotherson had indicated that the increases were expected to account for some $3.6 billion to the national wages bill. Speaking on these differentiated salary increases on Wednesday, the Union President reminded that Minister Harmon’s proposals were in keeping with the recommendations as outlined in the Commission of Inquiry into the public service. Yarde told reporters that this was one of the principal recommendations with which the Union was not in agreement as it remains to be seen if public service advocates will be able to clinch a similar or more lucrative deal than what was obtained by teachers.last_img read more

first_imgThe differences between Neanderthals and modern humans were not due to evolution for bigger brains or anything of the sort.  They were due to genetic drift, says an article on Live Science.    “A team of anthropologists has compared measurements of Neanderthal skulls to modern human skulls, and argues that most variations among them are the result of random changes that occur over time, and not of adaptations driven by natural selection,” the article states up front.    Don’t chalk up the differences in modern humans to bigger brains, better eyesight, better noses, or better ability to survive and reproduce.  That’s the assertion of Tim Weaver and a team from University of California, Davis.  The article says, “This finding may contradict a common belief that humans won out over Neanderthals because they acquired helpful physical changes in their skulls.”    Erik Trinkaus, anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, agrees. When we look at the archaeology, there’s essentially no difference in their implied social sophistication,” he said.  “They use the same kinds of tools, they’re all burying their dead, they’re all using body decorations of some form or another.  They were equally effective at hunting animals.  In anything that we can measure, there’s very little difference between Neanderthal and modern humans 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.”    Trinkaus said the reason modern humans flourished and Neanderthals didn’t may have just been luck.Trinkaus explained that it’s like football.  One team wins one year, another team the next.  “Why, in more recent time periods, do you have some groups of humans with certain cultural advances who displace others?  It’s happened many times.  There’s nothing biologically superior about one group versus the other.”    If modern humans and Neanderthals diverged from a common ancestor 370,000 years ago, as the article claims, this would have to mean that two independent lines of humans converged on the same intelligence, culture and physical capabilities without natural selection – only by random genetic changes.    We need to keep repeating that the Neanderthal myth is dead.  Neanderthals were Homo sapiens, wise, intelligent, capable hunters who made art, buried their dead, survived and flourished.  Their traits overlap with those of other humans.  There is no reason to believe they were not fully human, capable of interbreeding with other Homo sapiens and talking and communicating with them.  They were members of the ONE human race.    The article dubs this a “counterintuitive hypothesis.”  It’s not counterintuitive at all.  It makes perfect sense to those not drunk on Dar-wine.  Neanderthals and modern humans were brethren; they were both descendants of the original created human beings.    The new evolutionary myth, that Neanderthals and “modern humans” (note the embedded evolutionary assumption) diverged from some mythical common ancestor 370,000 years ago, but never learned how to ride a horse in all that time, is no better than the old one.  Evolutionary myths are tales told about bones that have been sacrificed in homage to Charlie.  There’s no meat on them.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgView comments Spoelstra, 47, and his wife announced earlier Wednesday that they are expecting their first child, a son.Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points and Robin Lopez added 22 for the Bulls, who were 7 for 28 from 3-point range and got five of those makes in the final 2 minutes. Chicago fell to 1-5, matching its worst start since 2007-08.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDion Waiters also scored 13 for the Heat, who were without starting forward James Johnson — a late scratch with right knee tendinitis.Miami was rolling early, up 20-6 after 8 minutes and 35-20 midway through the second quarter. The Bulls started 1 for 10 from the floor, Whiteside had eight rebounds in the game’s first 4:50 and everything was working for Miami. Heat: Whiteside made his 200th appearance with the Heat. … This was one of Miami’s four November home games. The Heat play at home three times in the next four weeks, and have 17 of their next 24 on the road. … Miami hasn’t lost four straight games in the same homestand since March 10-16, 2008. … Justise Winslow made his first shot, giving him seven straight makes over three games.NEW ERAWednesday marked the first time since March 26, 2003 that the Heat and Bulls played and Dwyane Wade wasn’t on either roster. Miami and Chicago played 71 times between 2003-04 and last season; Wade played for Miami in 64 of those games, sat out four and played for Chicago in the three Bulls-Heat matchups last season.SPO STATSAmong the 30 current NBA coaches, only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has held his job longer than Spoelstra. But there are only nine coaches who are younger than the Heat sideline boss: Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue, Brad Stevens, Dave Joerger, former Heat assistant David Fizdale, Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd, Michael Malone and Hoiberg. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games That is, until the Bulls started attacking.A 24-10 run by Chicago tied the game late in the half, seven of those field goals by the Bulls coming in close proximity to the rim. Chicago led by as many as six in the third and probably should have been up more, missing five shots at the rim late in the quarter.The Heat reclaimed the lead with a 10-1 run to end the third, Tyler Johnson scoring five of those points and Dragic hitting a late 3 as Miami took a 67-64 lead into the fourth.TIP INSBulls: Chicago tinkered with its starting lineup, adding David Nwaba and having Paul Zipser come off the bench. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is exploring certain combinations ahead of the looming return of Bobby Portis (suspension). … The Bulls trailed by as many as 14 in the first quarter, the earliest they’d faced such a deficit so early this season. … Justin Holiday missed 12 of his first 13 shots.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFPMIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 20 points and Tyler Johnson added 19 as the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to end a three-game slide.Hassan Whiteside returned from a five-game absence with a bruised knee and scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Heat, who went 3-3 on their six-game homestand and gave coach Erik Spoelstra what has apparently become his annual gift — it was the fourth straight year Miami played and won on his birthday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Hayward, in blog post, expresses thanks for support QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more