Bruh moment of 31st October 2019: Referee pauses game, only to get a selfie…

first_imgImage Courtesy: 5 Sports/Twitter(@ranboker)Advertisement 37bkNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscpegxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4k( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9tw1hWould you ever consider trying this?😱ey6gCan your students do this? 🌚v7mvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Football matches get stopped by referees for various reasons- to book a player, get an injured player off the field, and such. But, the first time ever in the beautiful game’s history, a game has been paused by a match official to get a selfie? In the recent Israel and Brazil friendly, the referee stopped the game to get a selfie with the one and only Kaká, and that too just after showing him a yellow for no reason!Advertisement Image Courtesy: 5 Sports/Twitter(@ranboker)A legendary Brazilian squad, consisting the likes of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Bebeto and Kaká himself, participated in a friendly charity match termed the ‘Shalom Game 2019 at the Sami Ofer Stadium in Haifa, northern Israel last Tuesday, to promote the message of peace and brotherhood.Lilach Asulin, the match referee, stopped the game in the 50th minute, just 6 minutes after Kaká netted the 3rd goal for the visitors, took the yellow out of her pocket for a baffled 37 year old. Soon after, she reached into her pocket again to get her phone out- for a selfie with the Samba superstar!Advertisement Israeli news reporter Ran Boker posted the selfie on his official Twitter, claiming that booking the Real Madrid and AC Milan legend was just an excuse for Asulin to pause the game and get the shot.The charity game was a 4-2 victory for the visitors, as Bebeto, Ronaldinho and Amoroso contributed to the scoreboard. Yaniv Katan and Harazi netted two goals in for the hosts. Advertisementlast_img read more

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BELOVED PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 94TH BIRTHDAY IN SANTA ANITA WINNER’S CIRCLE CEREMONY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2015)–Surrounded by a group of jockeys and fellow employees and looking like a man 30 years his junior, Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear celebrated his 94th birthday in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races on Saturday at Santa Anita.Employed at The Great Race Place in various roles for more than five decades, Shear struck his customary optimistic tone when asked to reflect on his life and years spent at Santa Anita.“I love working here every day,” he said. “When I get to see lovely people at the track every day, it makes it all worth it.”A native of England who aspired to be a jockey, Shear gained national recognition for an act of heroism on March 12, 2011 when he reacted instinctively to a loose horse in the paddock by throwing himself between the fleeting animal and a 5-year-old girl.When asked earlier today to describe how it felt to be 94 years of age, he responded, “Well, I certainly don’t mind.”last_img read more

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Energy Efficiency Incentives Need Updating

first_imgA broad coalition representing millions of Americans earlier this month urged Congress to modernize and extend expired energy efficiency tax incentives, touting the enormous, long-term benefits for both the industry and U.S. consumers. The coalition is comprised of environmental and efficiency groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, alongside leading manufacturers of windows, air conditioners, insulation, and other efficiency components that generate a significant number of U.S. jobs. (In total, energy efficiency supports 2.3 million U.S. workers.) Energy efficiency is generally considered the most effective solution for addressing climate change. But as the letter addressed to House and Senate leaders points out, three efficiency incentives expired on Dec. 31, 2017, leaving the tax code without any direct inducements to cut energy waste.RELATED ARTICLES‘All New Construction and Retrofits Must Be Carbon-Neutral’‘Always On’ Electronics and Appliances Waste BillionsA Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsA (Potentially) Stronger Weatherization StimulusA Big Plan for Energy Retrofits in New York Meanwhile these incentives, as originally written, are outdated. They reference older building codes or efficiency thresholds, and offer dollar amounts that don’t reflect the current market prices for building technologies and high-efficiency equipment, the letter notes. For example, the incentive to buy a high-efficiency air conditioning system is capped at $300, which isn’t enough to meaningfully affect purchasing decisions on equipment and installation that often runs $10,000 or more. However, the letter says, this “glaring and urgent omission” also represents a golden, bipartisan opportunity. Not only would implementing efficiency credits significantly lower carbon emissions, it would also reduce energy costs for consumers, stimulate job creation, and promote economic opportunity. Tax credits have a proven track record of driving clean energy investments at minimal cost to taxpayers, so lawmakers should be eager to get on board. But because tax incentives have repeatedly expired and been reinstated, consumers, manufacturers, and contractors have found themselves uncertain about their availability, and unable to plan upgrades to the energy efficiency of their buildings accordingly. Thus, the letter also urges Congress to pass a “forward-looking, multi-year extension” that would offer a sense of security to get the most of out of the incentives. The letter calls for increased maximum credits for both new home construction under the Section 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit, as well as homeowner efficiency improvements under the Section 25C Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit for existing homes. It also supports a “modernized, forward-looking, multi-year extension” of the Section 179D incentive for commercial building efficiency improvements. Acting now will cut energy waste for decades Homes and buildings constructed or renovated today will still be in use 50 or 100 years from now; energy-intensive equipment like air conditioners and furnaces will be used for a decade or longer. Because the residential and commercial sector accounts for 40% of U.S. energy consumption, failing to update these incentives now guarantees unnecessary energy waste and carbon emissions for many decades to come. Improved efficiency, on the other hand, will save businesses and consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually on energy bills, reduce the demand on the utility grid, and make the U.S. more economically competitive. The letter makes note of evidence showing that incentives are utilized more when they are set at meaningful dollar amounts. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, efficiency incentives for home improvements were increased, and nearly 7 million taxpayers claimed them in 2010. In the following years, that number fell to just 2.2 million in 2015, after the incentives dropped to pre-stimulus levels. Proposed changes Previously, the 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit provided builders up to $2,000 for homes that use 50% less energy than 2006 building codes for heating and cooling and a $1,000 tax credit for new manufactured homes that achieved 30% energy savings for heating and cooling or met Energy Star requirements. The proposed increase supported by the group would raise the maximum credit to $2,500 for new homes that meet requirements. Since 45L was enacted in 2005, the number of homes that qualified by using 30% to 50% less energy on heating and cooling rose from less than 1% to around 11%. Similarly, the 25C incentive previously provided a 10% tax credit for the purchase of certain nonbusiness energy-efficient measures up to $500. In 2015, more than $1.6 billion in tax credits were claimed by homeowners who invested in clean energy improvements, with over two-thirds of the benefits going to households with gross incomes under $100,000. The new proposal would raise incentives to provide a 15% tax credit up to $1,200, and also see some individual product category caps eliminated or raised, which would allow homeowners to do multiple projects. Efficiency tax incentives are especially crucial now, as the Trump administration continues its push for more climate-polluting fossil fuels while attempting to undermine the excellent and important progress on energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency reports that efficiency alone can account for at least 40% of the emissions reductions needed to meet global targets. Restoring and improving these incentives offers a bipartisan opportunity that would accomplish goals across the board. Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate in the Climate & Clean Energy Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Republished with permission from the NRDC.last_img read more

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Wawrinka is ready to rumble in Chennai

first_imgStanislas Wawrinka may have slept through the entry deadline for the Aircel Chennai Open starting January 3 and finally got into the draw as a wild card, but the Swiss is all geared up for the first ATP tournament of the year.The runner-up at the last Chennai Open, Wawrinka is now ranked 21th on the ATP computer and hopes to seal the title this time. But he is going to take it one step at a time.”It’s always tough to play the first tournament of the year but at the same time it is great to get back to match play after the off season. Chennai is great preparation for the Australian Open,” Wawrinka told M AIL T ODAY . At a time when people complain about the tennis season being too long, Wawrinka says nothing much can be done about the short break. ” No, it’s ( break) never long enough but that’s the calendar and you have to deal with it and it is the same for all players,” says the man who paired with Roger Federer to win the doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Talking about the off-season, Wawrinka said he likes to be with his family.”It’s just relaxing with my friends and family and baby daughter. I eat a lot of good food and sleep a lot. There is no better way to unwind than spend time at home in my own bed, which I miss throughout the year,” he says.Looking at the year ahead, Wawrinka says he is not going to put pressure on himself. ” I just want to compete more and better myself from the previous year. I will work on certain areas of my game and just get better results than last year. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself,” is his mantra.advertisementAt a time when people complain about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal getting boring, Wawrinka says there can be more variety.” New challengers will always come. Every match is tough and more and more young kids are coming through the challenge for every position. But Roger and Rafael are great for the sport,” says Wawrinka.Wawrinka says he is excited about 2011: “It is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to it. I can’t wait, and hopefully I can do better in Chennai now.” Asked to assess Somdev Devvarman, Wawrinka is frank.”He’s a good player and did well last year. The field is strong every year so each match is tough. And it will be great to see Leander and Mahesh back – so good for India and the tournament. They are dangerous,” is his view.In 2010, Wawrinka had a 36-19 win-loss record as he earned $ 862,678. With Peter Lundgren as his new coach, the year ahead looks exciting for the 25-year-old Swiss.last_img read more

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10 days agoBlythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League returnby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United winger Cal Roberts retains hope of returning to the Premier League.Roberts, 22, signed for Blythe Spartans this season.He told the Evening Chronicle: “When I first came it was good, and the reception I got when I signed the contract made us feel special and part of the club.”I’ve never felt like this at a club before, you feel like you’re wanted there and happy. I’ve never been happier at a football club than I am at the minute.”Roberts added: “I set my standards very high, and I always want to better myself. The aim is still to play in the Premier League.”At the minute I’m very happy playing at Blyth, but the club and the gaffer knows I want to play at the highest level.” last_img read more

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a day agoTottenham push for major clearout

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham push for major clearoutby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are planning a major sales spree in 2020.The Daily Mail says moving on some of their stars who are either unsettled or don’t fit into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term plans is an ongoing process they hope to continue in January.Spurs will be open to offers for Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Danny Rose.Meanwhile the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen remain in doubt with both players’ deals due to expire next summer. last_img read more

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Richard Branson Makes Wish Come True

first_imgRichard Branson recently made a wish come true for a young boy in San Diego.“Thomas Edward has already gone through an awful lot in his 12 years, having survived leukaemia,” blogged Sir Richard. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation – who grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions – asked him what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to become a CEO.“When I was in San Diego recently, we managed to catch up, and Thomas told me how he is looking forward to becoming a successful businessman in the future – I have no doubt he will achieve his goals. He was inquisitive, attentive and asked smart questions – three skills every good CEO needs.“Young Thomas even asked me a question in front of more than 2,000 people. He said: ‘What do you value most in life – and why?’“My reply? Good health for my family and loved ones – in the end, health is everything.”Source:virgin.comlast_img read more

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The story of OujeBougoumou Promo

first_imgAPTN National NewsNext week APTN National News will tell the story of the people of Ouje-Bougoumou.From living on the margins of society to becoming an award-winning community.APTN’s Annette Francis will bring you a three-part series beginning Jan. 15 and also show the influence of Christianity and the struggle to bring back old traditional spiritual practices.last_img

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Lengthy process to name new Manitoba treaty commissioner draws to close

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG _ A lawyer with extensive experience in Indigenous self-government negotiations has been named by the federal government as the new treaty commissioner for Manitoba.Loretta Ross, who comes from Manitoba’s Hollow Water First Nation, was chosen after a lengthy, non-partisan vetting process that began last May.She will be responsible for helping improve treaty relationships during her one-year term.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs recommended the Queen’s University law school graduate to the federal government last fall, at which point the job had been vacant for six months.Ottawa and the AMC created the role in 2005 _ a joint attempt to set up a neutral office that would better relationships governed by treaties that date back centuries.Ross will take office next Monday.“It’s a pretty big discussion,” Ross said Wednesday. “It’s taking a look at the treaties and saying between governments, between nations, what does that relationship look like now, and how do we go forward?”Ross spent a year working in Toronto before coming home to Manitoba, where she did a nine-month stint doing research work for the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission.From there, her legal practice focused primarily on child and family service law. In 1995, she joined AMC, where she spent a decade mired in Indigenous self-government negotiations which invariably entwined with treaties.After leaving AMC, she served for a while as lawyer for Fox Cree Nation and later served as legal counsel for Hollow Water.The Liberal government let former treaty commissioner James Wilson’s appointment _ made by the former Conservative government and reappointed in 2014 without AMC’s approval _ lapse in 2016.Ross’s appointment was one of many slowed by new federal processes to make sure such moves were non-partisan.AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said the organization is “happy” with Ross’s selection.“We think she’ll be able to handle the difficult questions,” he said, particularly legal ones. Nepinak’s hope is that Ross will be able to make the treaty commissioner’s role a little more substantial.The office of the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said in a statement that the government is looking forward to working with Ross “as we rebuild Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples based on respect, recognition of right and co-operation.”Ross said discussions between all levels of governments and between nations are going to be key to her appointment.“Each of the parties needs to have a look at the politics, have a look at the legal aspects of treaties and what they mean,” she said. “Maybe we could arrive at a point where we can advance the treaty relationship itself.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Snowfall warnings remain in place and expand into Alberta and Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The snowfall warning issued Friday for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass remains in place, but has also been expanded into Alberta and Fort Nelson.Fort St. John and the rest of the B.C. Peace is expected to see heavy snow today with total amounts ranging from 10 to 15 cm.A low-pressure system will cross the region today. Heavy snow is expected to develop early this morning.  The wind will gust up to 60km/h Saturday afternoon causing temperatures to feel more like minus 26. Fort Nelson is expected to receive 5 cm today as the heavy amounts remain to the south. The snow will ease this afternoon as the low moves into Alberta.The Pine Pass could see up to 25 cm of snow.Before you head out on area highways, visit www.drivebc.ca or 511.alberta.ca for current road conditions and highway cameras.For more information on weather warnings where you live, click here.last_img read more

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