Future Sites Named for College Football Playoff National Championships

first_imgThe first College Football Playoff National Championships was played out in Dallas, Texas in January.Executive director Bill Hancock announced on Tuesday that Atlanta, Santa Clara, and New Orleans will be the future sites for the Playoff National Championship game in 2018, 2019, and 2020.This seasons College Football Playoff title game is scheduled for Glendale, Arizona on January 11, and the 2017 title game is scheduled for January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.Oklahoma State is ranked by the College Football Playoff Committee for the first time in program history, earning a No. 14 ranking in this seasons first release.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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TOUCH SA vs VICTORIA- THE BORDER CHALLENGE

first_imgVIC vs SA- OPEN BORDER CHALLENGE 3rd September: Touch SA vs Victoria Touch- `2005 Border Challenge’. In the drizzling rain the touch stars of long standing rival states South Australia and Victoria took to the fields last weekend to battle to be the 2005 Border Challenge Champions…. Last weekends Border Challenge saw South Australia and Victoria compete in the Men’s open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open divisions, vying for State supremacy as well as selection for the Crusaders teams (comprising Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania) to compete in the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March 2006. This year the 2005 Border Challenge was held in Mildura. The Border Challenge is a great opportunity to take elite level touch to the regional areas, and this weekend displayed the very best South Australia and Victoria has to offer. The games were held at the Mildura Senior College and greatly supported by representatives of the Mallee Touch Association in particular Luke Thornton with regard to facilities and field preparation. It was excellent to see members of the Mildura Touch Association come out and play a demonstration mixed game to show case the local talent. The stars from both South Australia and Victoria put on a display of tenacious defense, hot stepping attacking action, and of course, the games were played in the sportsmanlike manner one has come to expect in our sport. Through the miserable rain South Australia came out strong winning all three of the Men’s Open games and two games to one in the Women’s Open, while Victoria had a clean sweep in the Mixed Open division. As expected it was a tight encounter with most games only separated by one or two scores. Men’s Open South Australia (6) def Victoria (5) South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) South Australia (5) def Victoria (2) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Women’s Open South Australia (4) def Victoria (3) South Australia (3) def Victoria (2) Victoria (2) def South Australia (1) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Mixed Open Victoria (3) def South Australia (2) Victoria (5) def South Australia (3) Victoria (6) def South Australia (5) * 2005 Divisional Champions – Victoria ** 2005 Border Challenge Overall State Champions – South Australia ** The awesome display of talent made the task of choosing a `Player of the Series’ from each division very difficult. The following players were awarded `Player of the Series’ – Men’s Open – Colm Maguire (South Australia) Women’s Open – Sharon Gray (South Australia) Sharon Lai (Victoria) Mixed Open – Richard Morunga (Victoria) Congratulations to all the players that took part and a big thank you to Luke Thornton for everything he did in preparation for the 2005 Border Challenge. A special thank you to the following referee’s who were selected to represent at the 2005 Border Challenge Dave Ludlow, Jo Mitchell, Sean Judge, Chris Denison-Smith, Greg Frost, Indra Garner, Leigh Bryant, Miles Davine, Mike Gaskin, Stewart Freeman.last_img

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10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy push

first_imgTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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Mints new glowinthedark coin features Canadas most famous flying saucer

first_imgHALIFAX — The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when what has been officially documented as a UFO crashed into the waters off Shag Harbour in southwestern Nova Scotia.The pure silver, rectangular-shaped coins went on sale Tuesday for $129.95 each. By midday, more than 80 per cent had been sold.The colourful image on the coin shows three fishermen aboard a boat, staring and gesturing as four orange lights gleam over a choppy sea.Shine the included black-light flashlight on the coin and the ghostly image of a huge flying saucer appears to be crashing into the ocean.Mint spokesman Alex Reeves says 4,000 of the coins will be produced, with some of them sent to private shops for retail sales.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Robbie Robertson in conversation with APTN

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamed musician Robbie Robertson was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this past weekend.Here is the fourth part of his interview with APTN National News reporter Donna Smith.Smith asked him if he’s ever been star struck and his answer may surprise.last_img

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Liberals invite Duncan to come along on their visit to Attawapiskat

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan isn’t sure when, if ever, he’ll be able to go to Attawapiskat to see the conditions there for himself, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett says the minister can join her their weekend.Bennett made the offer during question period Thursday.NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel and NDP MP Charlie Angus also recently visited the community.last_img

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Prannoy stuns Sugiarto Sai Praneeth crashes out

first_imgAuckland: H S Prannoy hogged all the limelight after he stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarter finals of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament on Thursday. Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14, 21-12 in 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round. He will take on fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the quarters. But the day started on a bad note for India as B Sai Praneeth was blown away by star shuttler Lin Dan of China 12-21, 12-21. Seventh seed Lin Dan moved to the quarters where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. For Prannoy, this was his maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto. Once Prannoy seized the initiative and took a 7-3 lead, there was no looking back as he extended it to 11-4. The Indian did well to close out the game at 21-14, and in the second game too braved a Sugiarto onslaught where he took the initial lead at 4-2, but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but nose ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead. After taking the lead, Prannoy showed composure to seal the contest in his favour. Meanwhile, Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy finished second best against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21, 19-21 in the second round. On Wednesday, young Chinese shuttler Wang Zhiyi caused a major upset as the 19-year-old outclassed World no. 9 Saina Nehwal in a first round match.last_img read more

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O Mag Taps Arianna Davis as Digital Director of New Site People

first_imgArianna DavisArianna Davis was appointed as digital director of O, The Oprah Magazine’s latest venture, OprahMag.com, a new website set to launch this fall. While existing as a stand-alone site, OprahMag.com has the same mission as the glossy to “bring joy and a sense of possibility to help women reach for their dreams, experience personal growth, express their individual style and love the journey.” Davis will begin this role immediately.Davis most recently served as a senior features writer at Refinery29 since 2016, where she oversaw special projects and created content for the site’s channel, Unbothered, which is aimed at R29’s black, millennial audience. She is rejoining O, The Oprah Magazine, where she had served as an associate editor under editor-at-large, Gayle King, up until 2015. She previously led the magazine’s Live Your Best Life section.The site, coming 18 years after the launch of Oprah’s namesake magazine, will share similar values to the print publication, according to Kate Lewis, Hearst Magazines Digital Media SVP, editorial director. “O Mag beautifully helps its readers live their best lives. The site will be an extension of the vision, mission and overall DNA of the magazine which has been so successful for so many years,” Lewis said.Julia IoffeHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move… GQ has made two additions to its editorial staff this week. Julia Ioffe and Alice Gregory will be joining the brand as GQ correspondents, Gregory starting later this month and Ioffe appearing in the July issue.In her new role, Ioffe will cover politics and national security. She arrives from The Atlantic, where she was a staff writer, and previously contributed a profile of Melania Trump, which GQ published in 2016.  Prior to joining The Atlantic, she was fired from Politico for tweeting an “R-rated” comment about Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump.Gregory is an essayist who has had work appear in The New Yorker, T, and GQ. As a GQ correspondent, she will write both essays and reported features.Greg OsbergFormer Newsweek president and worldwide publisher Gregory Osberg has been named CEO of F+W Media, following a six-month stint as interim CEO for the brand after Tom Beusse was ousted from the position in January. Osberg also announced the recent appointment of Kenneth Kharbanda to CFO of F+W Media, who will be working closely with the venture backers of the company. Both Osberg and Kharbanda began their roles immediately. Prior to joining F+W Media, Osberg was founder and CEO of Revlyst, a revenue catalyst and strategic consultancy, and before that served as publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Media Network. He also spent eight years at the Washington Post, Co. Kharbanda has more than two decades of executive experience, serving as CFO at the Daily Racing Form and BizCredit, and the acting CFO at KGB, Inc., and senior roles at Time Warner, Inc.Board of Directors member Terry O’Toole said Osberg was hired “to do a thorough assessment of our company and develop a new strategy for F+W going forward. In short order, he and his team developed and began executing a strategic growth plan that will enhance the engagement of our various enthusiast communities and diversify our revenue streams.”Amy ConwayMeredith Corp. has tapped Amy Conway as editor-in-chief of Health, effective immediately. In her new role, she will oversee content and editorial operations for the brand. Conway most recently served as EIC of Martha Stewart Weddings since January of 2016 and has worked under the Martha Stewart brand for years as both a writer and editor. Sarah Gray Miller has departed from her role as editor at Modern Farmer along with two other editorial staffers. Joining the brand in 2015, Gray Miller had taken the reins and used her experience as a former editor of Country Living and the founding editor of Budget Living, to help revive the brand after the dismissal of founding editor Ann Marie Gardner in 2014.No new editor has been named yet, but the magazine did announced that it will be shuttering its quarterly print edition and focusing on a 24/7 digital model.Silvia KillingsworthBloomberg Businessweek tapped Silvia Killingsworth as its newest digital editor, where she will be responsible for editing features and developing the brand’s digital expressions. Killingsworth formerly worked as an editor of The Awl, as well as managing editor of The New Yorker.Penske Media Corp. tapped a former Disney executive as its new SVP and general manager of operations. Tom Finn, who most recently served in the role of chief financial officer at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore, had spent a decade before that with Disney as an operations executive, focusing on managing the financial and capital aspects of its media networks.Finn be working with PMC business leads on a variety of the company’s brands and on international business accounts, where he will help to grow initiatives and achieve business plans, amongst other unspecified responsibilities. He will report directly to COO George Grobar. This hire comes after the recent acquisitions of Robb Report, SheKnows Media and a majority stake in Rolling Stone.WWD made several promotions this week including the move of Kathryn Hopkins from residential real estate dirt editor to senior financial editor. Maxine Wally was promoted from copy editor to eye reporter and former editorial and web coordinator, Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant, was promoted to copy editor/web coordinator (Paris). Finally, Martino Carrera was moved up from editorial intern to Milan reporter.Thrive Global, a new brand from Arianna Huffington that works to counter corporate burnout culture, tapped Marina Khidekel as its editorial director. Khidekel most recently worked as a senior deputy editor at Women’s Health where she oversaw health and wellness features. In her new position, Khidekel will expand how Thrive collaborates with its contributors as well as work to bring in new voices that support the missions of Thrive.“As a leader of our growing editorial team, Marina will leverage her deeply rooted experience in research, reporting and storytelling to bring together the latest science, ancient wisdom and new role models to help our readers around the world make the changes they want in their lives,” said Huffington.Sam FellmanSam Fellman was tapped as Business Insider’s next military and defense editor. Fellman most recently served as managing editor of Task & Purpose and before that, as managing editor at BuzzFeed. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he brings to this role an extensive background in military service and reporting, with experience as managing editor at Navy Times and working as a beat reporter covering U.S. Navy personnel and operations.Business Insider also promoted former education reporter, Abby Jackson, to the telecommunications company beat. Prior to joining Business Insider in 2015, Jackson had worked in the chief investment office and treasury of JPMorgan.Lauren N. Williams was hired as an editor covering culture at The Atlantic this week. She comes from Essence where she served as a features editor.Baz Hiralal, former online editor at The Deal where he was best known for his “Movers & Shakers” column, is leaving the magazine after nearly 15 years to join Leadership Connect. He will serve as a senior content manager, news media at the company and will write a personal column as well as lead the push towards upgrading digitally.last_img read more

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Creator of meldonium ‘quite sure’ other top athletes using it

first_imgThe Latvian creator of banned drug meldonium said on 10 March that he was quite sure other top athletes are – and should – use it. Ivars Kalvins expressed sadness over the banning of the drug that has cast a pall over the career of tennis star Maria Sharapova, describing it as one of the most significant accomplishments of the tiny nations scientists.The five-time grand slam champion has revealed she tested positive in January for the drug meldonium, which its Latvian inventor once said had been used to toughen up Soviet troops fighting at high altitudes three decades ago. Kalvins also claimed that Sharapova is not alone in taking the drug, which was only added to the banned list on 1 January 2016. Kalvins said: I am quite sure that a lot of athletes at the top level are using mildronate [meldonium] – and they should use mildronate to protect themselves in case of overloading. Because if there is overloading then the cardio muscle, cells will die out because [of the] lack of oxygen there. In the case of using mildronate these cells will survive. And this is like an insurance, insurance that sportsman will not die on the field of their sport event.Kalvins invented the drug in mid-1970s when Latvia was still a Soviet republic. He told local newspaper Diena in 2009 that it had been used to boost troops fighting stamina in the 1980s – at that time Soviet forces were battling insurgents in Afghanistan. Meldonium, which is available cheaply over the counter without a prescription in the Baltic states and Sharapovas native Russia, is normally used to treat heart conditions such as angina. The drug, which is marketed as mildronate by the Latvian pharmaceutical firm Grindeks, is a source of some national pride.But the drug, which boosts blood flow and may enhance athletic performance, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) as of 1 January 2016. Sharapova said she received an email about the list of banned drugs but failed to click on the link which listed them. She said her family doctor had first given her the drug 10 years ago after she frequently became sick, had irregular electrocardiogram results, a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes.If Sharapova would not [have] used mildronate for 10 years, probably she would have discontinued her career five years ago, or four years ago or six years ago, who knows? Kalvins said. This is not increasing performance, but insurance that if you will go over your bodys boundaries, you still will be kept healthy, he added.For the health conditions Sharapova says she has, however, doctors say the scientific evidence for mildronate is limited compared with many medicines widely available in Europe and the United States, where Sharapova lives and trains, which have full regulatory backing and years of robust safety and efficacy data. Kalvins says he has not yet seen the scientific, clinically tested proof that mildronate should be banned as doping.If there is no scientific evidence or scientific background, why has it happened after 32 years of being on market as the safest cardio-vascular cardio protector? There is only one other option: there are some political reasons for it, he said.Kirovs Lipmans, chairman of Grindeks and its biggest shareholder, said use of the drug did not constitute doping and he criticised the government for not defending its reputation against Wada. Government officials said Wada was acting independently and they could not influence its decisions.last_img read more

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9yrold killed by police vehicle

first_img(From left to right) 1. A vehicle hits nine-year-old Raj. 2. On-duty policeman talks to a man sitting inside the vehicle. 3. The policeman helps the man flee the scene. 4. Raj succumbs to his injuries at hospital. Illustration: Prothom AloNine-year-old Raj was playing with friends by the roadside in Dayaganj. Suddenly he was hit by a vehicle. Seriously injured, the boy was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, but it was too late.The locals stopped the vehicle that hit the boy, but, an on-duty cop helped the vehicle flee the scene as it belonged to police. Later, the police sub-inspector himself left the place with his patrol team. None of the policemen helped to take the injured boy to hospital.The boy was hit on 10 February (Friday) afternoon by a white Toyota Land Cruiser.Raj’s family provided Jatrabari police with the number of the vehicle (Dhaka Metro-D-11-0358). But, Jatrabari police station did not file any cases regarding the accident.Raj’s uncle Kamal said that they were afraid to file any case where the police were involved.”They are influential. We won’t lodge any case,” he told Prothom Alo.The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) confirmed to Prothom Alo that the vehicle was registered in the name of inspector general of police. It is now being used by additional superintendent of police Golam Azad Khan, transport division of police headquarters told Prothom Alo.Md Salam, another uncle of Raj, said, ”The local people stopped the vehicle after the accident. But on-duty police SI Md Redwan Khan arrived at the scene, talked to someone inside the vehicle and helped him flee the scene.””The man in the vehicle was using a walkie-talkie. Later, Redwan also left the place with his patrol car,” he added.Quoting witnesses Salam said that Raj could have survived if he had been taken to hospital in time. The boy was first rushed to two local hospitals but none of them treated him as it involved an accident, he also said.On the day of the accident, Prothom Alo contacted Jatrabari police station officer-in-charge (OC) Anisur Rahman but he did not want to comment on the incident. Meanwhile, assistant police commissioner (Demra zone) Iftekharul Islam claimed that the vehicle that killed the boy did not belong to the police.SI Redwan Khan did not pick up his phone on Thursday.ASP Golam Azad Khan told Prothom Alo over phone, ”You can be sure that I wasn’t inside the vehicle that day.”Asked who was in the vehicle, the ASP said he was busy in a meeting.Former IGP Nur Mohammad told Prothom Alo that if the accident was done by a policeman, he could not avoid his moral responsibility.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

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Rossyln Harvest Festival

first_imgThe Rosslyn Harvest Festival is a brand-new celebration of autumn spanning from Oct. 27– 28, located at 1800 N Lynn St. The events are free and open to the public. The festival is family friendly as it offers a wide variety of games, arts and crafts, vendors, and more. Food and drinks will be sold as well. There will also be a live magic show, music performances, and free trick or treating offered for the youth. For adults, there will be a beer-drinking competition, scavenger hunts, and more. For more information, visit rosslynva.org.last_img read more

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Tips to keep hair fall at bay

first_imgAn apple a day may keep the doctor away, but try to include avocado, banana, coconut milk and carrot to keep hair fall away, say experts.  has shared how some kitchen ingredients can be used in one’s daily routine to keep hair fall away:* Avocado: Mash an avocado and add egg yolk to it. Apply it on your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before you wash it off. * Carrot: Extract carrot juice with the help of a juicer and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Apply it directly to your hair to prevent hair loss.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Onion: Extract the onion juice and apply it on your hair follicles. Wash it properly after 20 minutes, because the smell of onion might stay. * Banana: Mix one mashed banana with one tablespoon honey and apply this mask on your hair roots for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it thoroughly with a mild shampoo. * Coconut milk: Mix coconut and honey together and apply it on damp hair. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on for one hour. Wash it properly with a mild shampoo afterwards to get the best results.* Oatmeal: Blend one tablespoon oatmeal with one cup of fresh milk and almond oil together and make a paste. Apply this mask onto your hair after properly detangling it. Wash it off with lukewarm water after 15 to 20 minutes for best results.last_img read more

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Your Businesss Allinclusive Tech Solution

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 2, 2010 Do you dream of giving Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Symantec and all the rest of the pain-in-the-you-know-what techno giants the old heave ho? Well, potentially, now you can by entering the emerging world of small-business appliances that stuff computing and telephony into a single box.All-in-ones combine the once-uncombinable–technologies like phone servers, file servers, file walls, routers and web servers–into a single digital device that fits on any shelf. They’re not exactly cheap; units start in the $2,000 range. But they are far cheaper than the business technologies bought separately. And all-in-ones can be self-installed, easy to customize and powerful enough to support an entire small business’s techno-infrastructure.“The idea is to keep complex business technologies as simple as possible so even the smallest firms can access enterprise-level tools,” says Shawn Chute, executive vice president at Sutus, the British Columbia-based integrated business device maker.There are other cool startups worth knowing here–East Rochester, N.Y.-based Allworx and Fairfield, N.J.-based Critical Links–but Sutus makes probably the most representative device of the all-in-one market, the Business Central 200 (a three-person business will pay about $2,500 for a fully installed system). The thing combines everything from e-mail servers to wireless routers to voice mail management into one unit.To save you the hassle of testing an all-in-one–or worse yet, having you convert your shop over to one you hate–I got a thorough briefing from Sutus executives and installed a BC200 at my six-person digital content company.What’s to LoveJust as the company promises, this really is a business-ready phone, file and e-mail server–plus a ton of other stuff–in one easy-to-install box.The unit, about the size of an average desktop PC, could not be easier to get running, at least to start. Plug it into a wall outlet. Connect the swanky, business-class Polycom desk phones via a single normal Ethernet cable. Then plug in up to three phone lines and one fax line. Connect the whole system to a broadband connection–again via a normal Ethernet jack–and then sit back and do nothing at all. The unit boots up the phone, creates basic telephony and PC identities, creates voice mail, brokers a firewall, configures the e-mail server–in other words, gets you ready for business in less than one hour. Very impressive.What’s Not to LoveAs simple as it is to set up, the BC200 is still major-league technology. It will take real time and effort to get it to actually do what you need it to do.I’ll be blunt: Sutus, and probably all these integrated solutions, are configuration train wrecks waiting to happen. Yes, they can automatically set up basic voice mail, e-mail, file servers and all the rest. But you still have to configure your exact employee names, match them to passwords, get the log-ins right and manage the phone-calling sequences. And that’s just the phone. Then there’s the e-mail. And the file servers. And wireless routers and … and … and. And all of that–all of it–has to be dead right for your business to stay in business. Pretty daunting stuff.Do This NowFrom one small-business owner to another, Sutus is a legit techno solution. If you are in the market for office systems, by all means give these guys a sniff. Yes, you can dream the dream of never having to say you’re sorry to Microsoft: Just be aware that your entire business infrastructure is getting jammed into a single device.And bad data, no matter how cool is the box it sits in, is bad data.last_img read more

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RECAP Accidents on A53 A500 and A519

first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comThere were delays on two major North Staffordshire roads due to accidents this rush hour. One lane was closed on the flyover on the A53 following an accident in Etruria, traffic data company INRIX reported. Three cars are involved in the accident, which has taken place on the A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout). This was affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria – but is reported to have reopened at around 6.30pm. Two vehicles also crashed on the A519 Clayton Road, resulting in delays in that area. One of the cars is reported to have hit a lamppost following the accident – which was cleared shortly before 7pm. Emergency services were called to both accidents although no one is believed to have been seriously hurt in either. Both accidents are believed to have taken place shortly after 5pm. Read MoreGas cannisters stolen from two Staffordshire hospitals There were also delays due to a to multi-vehicle accident on the A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) – although this has also now cleared. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?18:0718:59All accidents now clearedAll three accidents are now clear.18:59Accident cleared in ClaytonThe accident on the A519 has now cleared. 18:34A53 reopens The A53 has now fully reopened and delays are clearing in Etruria, according to traffic data company INRIX. 18:22Video from the scene of the Clayton accidentOur photographer has sent this video of the scene on the A519 in Clayton.18:17Accident cleared on the A500 in CheshireTraffic easing and road cleared, multi-vehicle accident cleared on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout.18:13Vehicles awaiting recovery on A53Inrix reports the vehicles on the A53 are now awaiting recovery.18:07KEY EVENTSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?A500:Queueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)A53:Slow traffic and one lane closed due to accident, three cars involved on A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria. (Image: Inrix)A519/Clayton Road:Slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery. (Image: Inrix)18:05Latest on the accident on the A500 at Radway GreenQueueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)18:03Accident on A53A Sentinel reader has sent us this image of police at the scene of the accident on the A53.The accident on the A53 (Image: Sentinel reader)17:56Image from the sceneOur photographer has just sent this scene from the accident in ClaytonTwo vehicles have crashed on the A519 in Clayton (Image: Sentinel)17:52Location of accident on A519 (Image: Inrix)17:52Further information from INRIXSlow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery.17:50Sentinel photographer at scene of accident in ClaytonOur photographer is at the scene of the accident near the junction of the A500/A519 Clayton Road and reports two vehicles are involved.Police, paramedics and firefighters are all at the scene.17:43Further information on accident on A500Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A500 D Road Westbound near M6 J15 / A519 Newcastle Road.A car has collided with a lamp post. 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Michiganders deserve good dental health care

first_img19Jun Michiganders deserve good dental health care More than a thousand volunteers gathered at Calvin College’s Huizinga Tennis and Track Center in Grand Rapids June 1-2 to provide free dental care for all who attended, regardless of income or residency status.The bi-annual Mission of Mercy program of the Michigan Dental Association Foundation is a godsend to the thousands of Michiganders who have participated, and who face numerous barriers to receiving preventive and restorative oral health care, the most pressing one of course being financial. Organizers of the event estimate that volunteers provided care valued at $900,000 (6,000 procedures) to approximately 900 patients.Routine preventive dental care is not expensive, but it can be too much for many disadvantaged people. Low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and other populations might be faced with having to choose between paying the mortgage and paying for a trip to the dentist.Poor dental health in a child means pain and difficulty learning. In an adult, dental disease and missing teeth mean lost employment opportunities and without a job, addressing problems in the mouth is that much harder.The best way to end this cycle of dental disease and pain is to catch it early. We can do that by ensuring that dentists and dental hygienists go into our schools once a year to provide preventive screenings to kindergarten students.A bill I introduced in the House (HB 5241) would add dental screenings to the required health screenings for children entering school for the first time. The state already requires vision and hearing screenings, and that has helped identify children who might otherwise have faced educational obstacles. HB 5241 would add dental screenings because oral pain can have quite a negative impact on learning. The Department of Health and Human Services, working with local public health agencies, would manage the screenings. The House Fiscal Agency estimated implementing this bill would cost no more than $1.8 million annually.Health care providers support this legislation, and so do public health officials and school administrators. The bill has bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.Our state has made a lot of progress recently in improving access to oral health care. The expanded Healthy Kids Dental program and the inclusion of dental benefits in the Healthy Michigan Plan are two great advances and my bill would supplement them.We can do more. Lansing is considering proposals to:Use the existing dental workforce more effectively to get care to underserved areas;Improve Medicaid dental reimbursement rates; andFund more programs to educate patients and caregivers about maintaining good oral health and hygiene.It’s important to remember that oral disease is mostly preventable. Further, when compared to the price of neglect, identifying oral disease early or simply preventing it throughout a person’s lifetime are inexpensive. Investments in our state’s oral health would reduce the need for charitable events like the recent Mission of Mercy program. Just as importantly, by reducing disparities, cutting down on health care costs and improving the general quality of life, they would add to the list of reasons for professionals and tradespeople of all ages to move to our state.I will continue my work on improving access to good oral health care and dental insurance for as long as I serve in Lansing. I hope my colleagues, of both parties, will do the same.#### Categories: News,VanSingel Newslast_img read more

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Rep OMalley announces indistrict office hours for February

first_img State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, will meet with local residents during scheduled office hours later this month.“Your input allows me to be a more effective advocate for the ‘Fighting 101st’ at the state Capitol,” O’Malley said. “I encourage residents to attend and hope to hear about issues that matter most to them.”Rep. O’Malley will be available Friday, Feb. 22 at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay;10 to 11 a.m. at the Benzonia Township Offices, 1020 Michigan Ave. in Benzonia;12 to 1 p.m. at Onekama Township Hall, 5435 Main St. in Onekama; and2 to 3 p.m. at Ludington City Hall, 400 S Harrison St. in Ludington.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. O’Malley may call his office at (517) 373-0825 or email him at JackOMalley@house.mi.gov. ### Categories: O’Malley Newscenter_img 14Feb Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for Februarylast_img read more

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Francebased Lagardère has taken majority control

first_imgFrance-based Lagardère has taken majority control of Africa-focused TV and film distributor DIFFA (International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa).The deal sees Lagardère formalise a partnership with DIFFA first announced earlier this year.The African business was formed three years ago by Alain Modot from the Media Consulting Group and Jean-Hubert Nankam from Ivory Coast-based prodco Martika. It aggregates and distributes African content, with about 500 hours in the catalogue.In the wake of taking control of DIFFA, Lagardère said it will open two new African offices; one in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan and the other in Johannesburg in South Africa.DIFFA’s corporate headquarters will now be in Boulogne on the Lagardère Entertainment premises.“Lagardère Entertainment’s positioning in Africa coincides with the growing need for content on the continent,” says Takis Candilis, president of Lagardère Entertainment and of DIFFA. “We wish to offer the production means capable of responding to this demand, and accompany the growth of the audiovisual market.”“The new DIFFA is a synergy of shared goals and values dedicated to African creation,” says Alain Modot, managing director of DIFFA.Jean-Hubert Nankam, managing director of Martika added: ” The rise in demand for content produced by African professionals must be accompanied by structures created by people from a range of backgrounds, all who believe in this potential. Along with other initiatives providing a structure for these new opportunities, the new DIFFA will help in building a pan-African community of producers who exchange, share and develop common values and best practices.”last_img read more

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