Raiders’ exec Shaun Herock will at least temporarily get a shot at replacing McKenzie

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders search for a personnel executive is underway, and the first man to the plate is Shaun Herock.Coach Jon Gruden seems to think so, anyway, and he’ll be the one making the call even if owner Mark Davis has the final say.“I think Shaun Herock will be a big part of this,” Gruden said Monday at his weekly press conference. “He’s a very talented personnel man, he has a lot of Raider history. We’re going to lean on him . . . I expect him to be a big part of this organization …last_img read more

Hidden Creatures FAQ

first_imgUncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 13 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can.How do I play?From June 27 through July 25, earn up to 13 mythical creature souvenirs by finding geocaches and attending events. How do I participate?Go geocaching and attend events! Earn a point for every cache or event you log. Each Hidden Creature souvenir is valued at a certain number of points. Once you reach that amount, earn the associated souvenir. View your Hidden Creatures progress in the Geocaching® app or on the Hidden Creatures site.Is Hidden Creatures in the Geocaching® app?Yes! Visit your profile in the app and select “Hidden Creatures” to view your progress.Can I join Hidden Creatures at any time?Of course! You can earn all 13 souvenirs as long as you log caches and attend events before July 25.How can I earn points?Log a cache or attend an event, receive one point per log.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you one point.Are the points cumulative?Yes! If you find one geocache or attend one event you earn the Bigfoot souvenir. When you find two more caches you earn the Fairy souvenir.Does Hidden Creatures incorporate the Friend League?Hidden Creatures does not incorporate the Friend League, but you can still use Friend League to keep track of friends’ geocaching activity. Friend League will return and be used for other gameplay purposes in the future.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. Souvenirs appear on your profile under the Souvenir tab and also in the Souvenir section in the app. For iOS users, access your souvenirs from the Profile tab in the Geocaching® app. For Android users, access your souvenirs from the More menu in the upper left hand corner.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedUncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News”Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Natural Fibers, Part Three: It’s A Wrap!

first_imgA few additional thoughts about natural, eco-friendly fabrics to take into consideration:To dye or not to dyeBest practice is using natural, undyed fabrics, but who wants to live in a world without color? Look for natural dyes without the use of heavy metal dyes. Another eco-friendly option is a closed-loop system that used low-impact reactive dyes. BleachingRather than using chlorine bleach, which is a toxic pollutant, look for “next-to-skin” comfort from oxidizing chemicals such as ozone or hydrogen peroxide, which break down into oxygen and water.Fire retardantsWork with companies that restrict the use of flame retardants, man-made chemicals made from polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). PBDEs are often added to foam padding, plastics, or fabrics so that they won’t catch on fire or burn as easily when exposed to flame or high heat. They do not break down quickly, and remain in the environment for an indefinite period. If flame retardants are necessary, specify that they be free of hazardous chemicals.Fabric finishingFor quick reference, here’s a short list of sustainable characteristics for sourcing natural fiber materials:Made from rapidly renewable and sustainable resourcesMade with minimal ecological footprint; land, energy, water, resources, waste, etc.Minimal processing toward end productMade with non-toxic chemicalsMade with a closed loop cycleReusable, recyclable and biodegradableCertified by Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (iFOAM), SKAL, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), etc.I love supporting textile industry eco-preneurs— O Ecotextiles, Q-Collection, Foxfibre Colorganic, Organic Plus and F. Schumacher & Co.—who create beautiful and eco-friendly materials that are nontoxic, sustainable and ethical. O Ecotextiles, for example, uses finishes made of beeswax, aloe vera, and vitamin A—what a great role model!Enjoy exploring the wide variety of natural fibers that meet the environmental characteristics outlined above and help to restore a natural balance inside our homes and on our planet!And if you know of any great sources, please share them with us!last_img read more

Cannes 2017: 7 looks Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan should not take inspiration from

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ESPN’s Sam Ponder Retiring From Sideline Reporting

first_imgespn's sam ponder on sunday nfl countdownDon’t worry, Sam Ponder fans. The ESPN college football personality won’t be completely gone from your television sets this fall. But late Thursday night, Ponder announced, via Instagram, that she’ll be “hanging up” her sideline reporter flats for Thursday Night Football. Her reason? She no longer wants to take her daughter, Scout, away from her father, Christian, for five days a week. Needless to say, it’s a respectable, mature decision.As Ponder mentions, she’ll still be part of College Football Live, SportsCenter and College GameDay. This year’s college football season starts on September 3.last_img read more

dAmicos First LR1 Ships Hit the Water

first_imgToday, d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), a Milano-listed company specializing in the transport of refined petroleum products and vegetable oils, launched the first three LR1 (long-range) vessels in its history, at the Hyundai Vinashin shipyard in Vietnam.The company invested USD 131 million in the construction of the three 75,000-tonne ships. These vessels are ecologically friendly, can transport more cargo per voyage and are able to cross the expanded Panama Canal, DIS said.Furthermore, the ships’ innovative hull design and energy-efficient engine will ensure daily fuel savings, meeting in advance the 2020 international standards, the company added.The three LR1 oil/product tankers named Cielo Bianco, Cielo Rosso and Cielo di Rotterdam bring to thirteen the total number of ships built by the d’Amico Group in Vietnam over the last three years, bringing the completion of the company’s plan of building 22 new ships over one half.The full investment in the new ships is expected to cost DIS some USD 755 million.“Vietnam is becoming the shipbuilding hub of our fleet,” said Paolo d’Amico, Chairman of d’Amico International Shipping. “Our partnership with Hyundai Vinashin allows us to work in close cooperation with the yard, adopting innovative choices to build vessels with outstanding quality, versatility and the energy-efficiency requested by our customers, including oil majors.”Two out of the three ships launched today will be delivered by the end of 2017, followed by the third one at the beginning of 2018.DIS’ fleet currently consists of 55.5 double-hull tankers, of which 26 are owned, 26.5 are chartered-in and 3 bareboat chartered-in. The fleet’s average age is 7.8 years, below the 10 years market average for similar vessels.Another three LR1s, sister vessels of those launched today, are planned to be delivered to d’Amico International Shipping in 2018.Image Courtesy: DISlast_img read more

Lay your money down Court says states can OK sports betting

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start.Sports leagues had expressed concerns about any expansion of sports gambling. Their huge businesses could be badly harmed if people thought the outcome of games could be altered by someone who had wagered money on a certain result.However, the ruling also could be seen as merely bringing an activity out of the shadows that many people already see as a mainstream hobby. Americans wager about $150 billion on sports each year illegally, according to the American Gaming Association. The law the justices struck down forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions and made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.Gambling on sports could quickly become widely available, with one research firm estimating that 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.The ruling “opens up the floodgates” for sports gambling in any state that wants to have it, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert in Florida.The decision had been eagerly anticipated by gamblers and also states that hope their cut of legalized sports betting can help solve budget problems. States that have already laid the legal groundwork include New Jersey, where one racetrack said it would begin taking bets within two weeks. Mississippi and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the NFL season starts in September.Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets currently offered at its casinos. Pennsylvania and New York have also made moves to begin sports gambling. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home.The Trump administration had urged the high court to uphold the law, surprising perhaps because the president is the former owner of a New Jersey casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, now being remade into a Hard Rock casino resort. All four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they’d have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspicious activity.Sports gambling proponents argued that the leagues already do that work and that legal sports betting will make enforcement easier than it is now, when most bets in the U.S. are made illegally. They say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada.On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the “integrity” of their games would remain a priority. Representatives of the National Hockey League, National Football League and NCAA said they were reviewing the court’s decision.Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers. The ruling “will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm,” said Marlene Warner, the president of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors. The council said any government body or sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue should dedicate some of it to treat gambling problems.The law the justices struck down was passed by Congress in 1992 and called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.” The court’s “job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” he wrote. “PASPA is not.”Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. Ginsburg wrote for the three that when a portion of a law violates the Constitution, the court “ordinarily engages in a salvage rather than a demolition operation,” preserving what it can. She said that instead of using a “scalpel to trim the statute” her colleagues used “an axe.” Breyer agreed with the majority that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law.Congress could try to step in again. Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would soon introduce legislation to set national standards for sports betting, but It is unclear whether the rest of Congress will want to join him.The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie tweeted that it was a “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.” The state’s current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was “thrilled” to see the high court strike down the “arbitrary ban.” Several hours after the Supreme Court ruled, New Jersey lawmakers introduced new legislation that would regulate and tax sports gambling in the state.Casinos and racetracks in the state are also moving quickly. Monmouth Park, a racetrack at the Jersey Shore, has already set up a sports book operation and said Monday it plans to start taking bets within two weeks “unless someone stops us.” And Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will offer sports betting once it can get it up and running.“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.___Parry reported from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Associated Press reporters Michael Catalini in Oceanport, New Jersey; Ben Nuckols in Washington and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed reporting.___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jessicagreskolast_img read more

Syncrude to pay 275 million to settle charges in Alberta blue heron

first_imgThe company says in a release that bird deterrents used on tailings ponds weren’t in place for smaller bodies of water.It says those ponds are now included in its waterfowl protection plan.In 2010, Syncrude was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a tailings pond.That same year, more than 550 birds had to be killed when an early winter storm forced them to land on waste ponds belonging to Syncrude and Suncor Energy. FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Syncrude has agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.75 million in fines over the deaths of 31 great blue herons at an Alberta oilsands mine.The birds were found dead or dying in 2015 at an abandoned sump pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray.Syncrude subsequently faced charges of failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta legislation as well as federal charges under the Migratory Birds Act.last_img read more

Stage North is seeking show submissions for next year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North is looking for show submissions for their next season to be submitted before their Board Meeting on May 7th, 2019.The Theatre Society shares the call is open to the public to submit and if your play is accepted you would be asked to register as a member of Stage North. Available show slots include October, December, February, and April.To submit a show for consideration, the Board will need the following; A show title and authorThe synopsis of the showA DirectorA ProducerA Stage ManagerA budgetShow submissions need to be received Tuesday, May 7th at the Society’s Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, held at the Stage North rehearsal space.  Located at 11520 East Bypass Rd.If you are unable to attend the Board Meeting or have further questions email; stagenorth@stagenorth.calast_img read more

Ramsey out for Wales against Republic of Ireland

first_imgWales have announced that Aaron Ramsey will miss their Uefa Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland due to “family reasons”The loss of the Arsenal midfielder will come as another blow for head coach Ryan Giggs after Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid.Wales were handed a 4-1 thrashing by Spain at Cardiff on Friday after a brace from forward Paco Alcacer, along with goals from defensive duo Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra.Ramsey, whose Arsenal future remains increasingly uncertain, played the full 90 minutes of the loss but could not make an impact with Sam Vokes grabbing an 89th-minute consolation goal.Now the 27-year-old will be replaced by Swansea City’s Daniel James for Tuesday’s game in Dublin.Daniel James, Manchester UnitedDaniel James impresses Patrice Evra Manuel R. Medina – September 12, 2019 The Manchester United legend gave Daniel James a passionate speech after the youngster was voted Player of the Month for August.“Daniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21’s this morning. Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons,” read a statement on the Wales FA Twitter.SQUAD UPDATE | DIWEDDARIAD CARFANDaniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21’s this morning. Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons.#TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/lYWOUUrI5M— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) October 15, 2018last_img read more