Trump’s loose talk on nuclear weapons suddenly very real

first_imgAs a candidate, Trump seemed to shy from nuclear weapons at times, saying the “biggest problem, to me, in the world, is nuclear, and proliferation.”He said using such weapons would be an “absolute last step.”He added in April that, “I will be the last to use nuclear weapons. It’s a horror to use nuclear weapons.”But around the same time, he flirted with the idea of actually allowing more countries – namely Japan – to have nuclear weapons.“Maybe it’s going to have to be time to change, because so many people, you have Pakistan has it, you have China has it,” he said. “You have so many other countries are now having it.”By August 2016, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed that Trump had asked a foreign policy expert what good nuclear weapons were if they weren’t utilized.“Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump,” said Scarborough, who was intermittently friendly and adversarial with Trump. David Petraeus recently expanded upon the downside of the madman strategy.“There may, again, be some merit into the madman theory until you get in a crisis.“But you do not want the other side thinking you are irrational in a crisis.“You do not want the other side thinking that you might be sufficiently irrational to conduct a first strike or to do something, you know, so-called ‘unthinkable.’”That seems to be what Corker is worried about, and comments like this won’t allay those fears.Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Fix.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionWe now have an idea what prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call President Donald Trump a “moron.”NBC News is reporting that Trump had spoken openly in the preceding meeting with national security leaders about a return to a Cold War footing with nuclear weapons — what would amount to about a tenfold increase:“Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s.Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.“According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. “And three times, [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times. He asked at one point, if we had them, why can’t we use them?”The Trump campaign denied this.As president, Trump’s comments about nukes have also resulted in some head-scratching.Back in August, Trump falsely claimed that the arsenal was “far stronger and more powerful than ever before” thanks to upgrades made on his watch.That came despite those upgrades having been virtually impossible in his short time in office and the fact that the U.S. has a fraction of the weapons it once did.Nuclear weapons also seemed to seep into Trump’s repeated threats to attack North Korea if necessary.At one point he said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if Kim Jong Un forced him to defend the U.S. or its allies.center_img This is a threat that logically one could assume would suggest the use of nuclear weaponry.On some level, this completely plays into Trump’s foreign policy strategy. I’ve written before about how Trump is fond of the “madman strategy” in which you make your foes believe you are capable of pretty much anything.The White House even seemed to agree with that characterization on Friday:“He certainly doesn’t want to lay out his game plan for our enemies,” said his spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “So if you’re asking, is the president trying to, you know, do that, absolutely.”Judging by how Tillerson responded to it — and by how Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., recently suggested Trump could lead us into World War III —  it’s clear that it’s giving those intimately involved in Trump’s foreign policy plenty of heartburn.That’s partially because they know how unrealistic it is, but it’s also partially because they worry about the eventual result. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up.In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.”It was after this July 20 meeting that Tillerson reportedly offered his “moron” comment — something the State Department has pretty directly denied, even as Tillerson declined to do so personally.This is hardly the first time Trump has talked flippantly and/or unrealistically about nuclear weapons.But it does reinforce that his attitude toward them, which leaders clearly regard as amateurish and foolhardy, is seeping into official White House business.While Trump’s loose chatter about nukes might have been dismissed as campaign bluster and posturing before, it seems much more real now.Trump is disputing NBC’s story.last_img read more

IPE Conference: Lower capital requirements for green investments are ‘dangerous’, says Rohde

first_imgLast week, one of the European Commission’s vice presidents Valdis Dombrovskis, was quoted in the Financial Times (FT) as saying a “green supporting factor” for bank lending was “something we need to explore”.In its action plan set out in March 2018, the Commission’s high-level expert group on sustainable finance included the introduction of a green supporting factor in the EU prudential rules for banks and insurance companies.Officials at the European Central Bank, according to the FT, have since warned against tampering with rules designed to make bank lending less risky.Rohde appeared to back the idea of altering capital requirements on other assets linked to the climate problem, however.“Maybe we should consider that some of the so-called black or stranded assets should have much higher risk weights than today because their value in the future is put into question,” he said, adding that this was what he thought regulators should concentrate on.“But to be very supportive about green investments I think is a little bit dangerous.“I think it’s a third best – or fourth best – solution, and I would prefer much more plain instruments like carbon taxes or pure public sector regulation,” Rohde said. The European Union plan to cut banks’ capital charges for climate-friendly lending was dealt a blow from one of the bloc’s central banks yesterday, when its governor branded the idea “dangerous”.Lars Rohde, governor of the Danmarks Nationalbank told the IPE Conference in Copenhagen his bank’s message was that central banks should stress all the possibilities but also the challenges society was confronted with in the transition to a green economy.“But what is it to support this?” he asked, responding to an audience question on whether central banks could or should support green growth.“If support means that you should for example have lower risk weights for green investments I think that is quite a dangerous route to follow because risks are risks basically,” Rohde said.last_img read more

Ighalo becoming a cult hero at Man Utd despite meant to be a temporary fix

first_img Loading… Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo is quickly becoming an unlikely hero at Manchester United. The deadline day signing has already scored three goals in two starts and is making a mockery of those who doubted him. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With The Nigerian is grasping his dream with both hands and giving United a decision to make as to whether they give their boyhood fan an extended stay at Old Trafford.The 30-year-old joined in January on a loan deal until the end of the season after the club failed to land Josh King from Bournemouth. Ighalo was seen a rushed, panic signing as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately looked to add another attacking option to his squad. The former Watford man was hardly on the radar of other Premier League clubs, plying his trade for Shanghai Shenhua in China, and few expected he would be the answer to United’s problems. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with the 30-year-old and highlighted his impact Speaking to The Guardian at the start of February, Rio Ferdinand questioned whether the forward could live up to Old Trafford expectations. ‘Ighalo has played in the English Premier League before, but one thing I am concerned about is that he is coming from China… they are trying to build a league there, but the standard is not up to the Premier League.’ Paul Scholes was another former United player to suggest Ighalo would struggle to meet the level expected of him. ‘I don’t think he’s a signing for the long term,’ he told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘I think his scoring record in China is very good but is it that credible? I don’t know.’ But a goal in his first start in the Europa League against Club Brugge and two more in the FA Cup against Derby has forced both to make a u-turn. Scholes admitted the striker looked sharp against the Belgian side and predicted him to get more chances while Ferdinand said the forward offers the team a reference point and gives other players opportunities to run off him with his hold-up play. What United have been lacking this season is a box striker, someone who can play with his back to goal but also get himself in the right position to finish off chances. All three of the striker’s goals have been scored inside the penalty area with two being one-touch finishes. As well as his two starts in cup matches he has also had three brief cameo appearances off the bench in the Premier League and his manager praised his shooting accuracy. ‘He had chances against Watford, he had a very good save against Everton – there have been good saves, he doesn’t miss the target very often.’ Odion Ighalo scored two goals against Derby in only his second start for Manchester United Four of Ighalo’s five shots against Derby hit the target and his record in China was also good with a shooting accuracy of 57.3 per cent in 2018. In comparison, Marcus Rashford’s was 48.2 and 31.7 in previous campaigns. But it’s not just what he brings to the team on the pitch that United fans appreciate. The forward’s love for the club and willingness to give everything is something that has been lacking in recent squads. His signing even sparked street parties in his homeland as he became the first Nigerian to pull on the famous shirt. The unlikely January deadline day signing is grasping his dream opportunity with both hands After scoring his first United goal Ighalo told the club’s website he would ‘give his blood’ to get more opportunities. ‘This is what I dream of and what I dreamt of when I was a kid. Now it is in my hands so I have to fight for it. I will give my blood to get it. The striker is also not afraid of wearing his heart on his sleeve and has promised to dedicate every goal he scores to his late sister who was also a United fan. There are still question marks over whether Rashord and Anthony Martial are strikers or wingers but there’s no uncertainty with Ighalo. There could be more street parties in his homeland if his stay is extended beyond the summer Read Also: Ighalo sends Man Utd fans message ahead of Man City cracker The loan deal for the striker does not include an option to buy but Solskjaer has already admitted he could extend his stay beyond the summer. And with all domestic fixtures in China currently postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, a permanent move away from the Super League could suit Ighalo. The Nigerian was meant to be a temporary fix but it looks like he could have a big role to play for the remainder of this season and beyond. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Pearl Marie Laschober, 94

first_imgPearl Marie Laschober, 94, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg.Born October 29, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Herman and Louise (Kammholz) Mahnke.Pearl had worked as an administrative secretary for the Elmhurst Public Schools in Elmhurst, Illinois before she moved to Greensburg.She was married to William E. Laschober on January 1, 1944 and he preceded her in death on September 26, 2003.She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (John) Karazsia, Greensburg, Janice (Robert) Capen, Cedarburg, WI; six grandchildren, John (Jennifer) Karazsia, Bradley (Heather) Karazsia, Derrick Karazsia, Laura (Brian) Haussmann, Rebecca (Hart) Moss, Emily (Joseph) Leinss; nine great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one sister, Eleanore Blevens.Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home in Oak Lawn, Illinois.Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the funeral home.Interment will be held in the Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery in Oak Lawn, Illinois.Local arrangements are being handled by the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home.Memorials may be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County, PO Box 301, Greensburg, IN 47240, The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1219 S. Michigan, Greensburg, IN 47240, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comLEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01last_img read more

Dorothy Marie Harrison

first_imgDorothy Marie Harrison, 88, of Milan passed away Friday December 21, 2018 at her residence.  Dorothy was born Sunday October 5, 1930 in Eastbernstadt, Kentucky the daughter of John and Cora Lee (Edwards) Hundley.  She married Elmer Harrison and he preceded her in death.  Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of Hope Baptist Church.  She enjoyed reading and working in her garden.Dorothy is survived by sons Mick Ferguson of Milan and Curtis Rosen of Kentucky, daughters Darlene Stafford of Trenton, Ohio and Sheila Hudson of Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren, brother Bill Hundley and sister Joyce Hernandez both of Chicago, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer and parents.A service celebrating her life will be held 10 AM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US 50, Dillsboro, Indiana 47018, with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.  Burial will be at Butler Memorial Cemetery in Trenton, Ohio.  Family and friends may gather to honor and remember her 9 – 10 AM Saturday, December 29, also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Dorothy to Hope Baptist Church. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home of Dillsboro entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN, 47018, (812) 432-5480.  You may go to filterdevriesmoorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Balotelli risks fans’ wrath

first_img But he soon made amends as he raced onto a clever chipped through-ball from the impressive Kelechi Iheanacho and coolly finished with a low shot. Roma replied with a long-range strike from Miralem Pjanic but Iheanacho, a highly-rated 18-year-old Nigerian, then struck himself when he pounced on a wayward Ashley Cole backpass. The Italians levelled again three minutes from time with a well-struck Adem Ljajic free-kick but City took the honours as the game went to a shootout. Aleksandar Kolarov missed for City but goalkeeper Joe Hart came to the rescue, saving from Seydou Doumbia and Seydou Keita and impressively smashing one in himself. Sterling was taken off at half-time – along with eight other City players – but manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with his display. The Chilean told reporters: “Well it is always important for the strikers to score. He scored very early in the game. “He just played 45 minutes. He has worked with our team for just a few days so I am very happy with the way he played. “He demonstrated why he is here, he demonstrated not only his value as a player. He is a very young player so I think he will improve a lot in the future, playing with Yaya (Toure), David Silva and (Sergio) Kun Aguero. “I am very happy for him and very happy for our team to have bought him.” “Well done @sterling31! Best answer. Keep it up,” the Italian wrote. Balotelli, who had a difficult first season at Liverpool, later attempted to clarify his remarks after receiving some abusive replies. He tweeted: “Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented….. “….support him Like you always did. He gave everything to this club and respect it so i’m sad to see this. YNWA, Liverpool is a family ALWAYS.” Sterling himself was pleased with his performance after finally generating some positive headlines with his eye-catching display at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground. “Back doing what I love doing,” the 20-year-old tweeted, along with a picture of him celebrating his goal. Sterling struck after just two minutes and 17 seconds of a game which City eventually won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes. The England forward’s first touch of the game was actually inauspicious, as he fell over the ball in the first minute. Sterling, who left Anfield for City in a £49million deal last week after an acrimonious transfer saga, struck inside the first three minutes of a pre-season friendly against Roma in Australia. Liverpool supporters were angered by some of Sterling’s conduct in the months preceding the move and Balotelli, a former City player, risked inflaming tensions with a congratulatory tweet. Mario Balotelli risked the wrath of Liverpool fans by tweeting a supportive message to former team-mate Raheem Sterling after his debut goal for Manchester City. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brightline on Track to Open New Stations Next Year

first_imgBrightline says it is on track to open its three new South Florida stations by the end of next year.The rail service’s financial filing states that the Boca Raton and Aventura stations will begin service in October 2020. Meanwhile, a PortMiami station is expected to start service by December of next year. The three new stops are projected to add two million passengers to Brightline’s annual ridership.In addition, the service will officially be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA in the coming months.The Boca Raton City Council is scheduled to vote on that city’s proposed station on December 10. Mayor Scott Singer, who is seeking re-election, stated in a newsletter last week that the deal just got “a lot sweeter for residents.” He added that the plan “has moved in the right direction,” with the rail line agreeing to contribute more than $25 million toward the station and parking garage. The city and company would then share parking profits.Singer also explained that the company has agreed to:-Lease the land from the city and pay all expenses, maintenance and insurance.-Pay up to $300,000 to relocate a community garden adjacent to the railroad tracks.-Keep parking for a nearby library free, with a dedicated entrance to the garage, while increasing the number of available spaces for library patrons.-Extend the distance between the garage and a small group of residences neighboring the station.Brightline spokesman Mike Hicks responds, “Brightline, soon to be known as Virgin Trains USA, continues working with Mayor Singer, the city council and city staff on a partnership that will deliver a Brightline connection to Boca Raton by the end of 2020. We’ve seen tremendous support from residents and business leaders throughout the process.”The company and city are working to identify funding sources for a pedestrian bridge that would go from the station to downtown.According to Singer, the lease of the city’s land for the station “does not require construction of a pedestrian bridge. The City Council has discussed our interest in pursuing transportation grants to assist with the cost of a bridge. It is still something we are exploring.”Brightline’s company filing says the rail line expects “design, permitting and early works” for the Boca Raton station to begin by the end of this year.Miami-Dade County is contributing more than $80 million to fund the Aventura and PortMiami stations.The Orlando extension is expected to begin operations in 2022, the company’s filing said.Through October 31, the system had carried 784,487 passengers, up 96 percent over the same period last year. Ticket revenue stood at $13.3 million, an increase of 171 percent from the same period in 2018.The average fare per passenger is now $16.92, up from $12.25 last year.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB SCHEDULE-MARLINS-ORIOLESTriumphant return for retooled Marlins, who beat Orioles 4-0BALTIMORE (AP) — Finally back on the baseball diamond after enduring eight days of virus testing, hotel room service and lengthy bus rides, the Miami Marlins scratched out a victory worth savoring. August 5, 2020 In other NFL news: — Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the signing, the Bucs add another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team. The 32-year-old McCoy is entering his 12th NFL season. — The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden. The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on their leader in sacks last season. Golden’s contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million. Golden had 10 sacks in 2019, more than twice the total of any other Giants defender. The 29-year-old is entering his sixth season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MINNESOTA-BATEMANGophers star Bateman skips season amid virus worry, goes pro DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list, saying he received a false positive test result — and drawing the ire of the quarterback’s wife toward the NFL.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative.The team issued a statement saying Stafford does not have the virus and never did.In other NFL news:— NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players. There also are opt-out provisions for players who experience emergency or extenuating circumstances during the season due to the coronavirus. Following one final delay in their effort to return from a miserable coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night. Francisco Cervelli and Jesús Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who had their season halted after 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.All the happiness that playing baseball brings was displayed when Cervelli slammed a 3-1 pitch from John Means over the left-field wall to give Miami a 1-0 lead in the fifth. The players in the dugout cheered, and Cervelli saluted them as the rounded third and headed for home.In other Tuesday action:— Mike Trout homered in his first plate appearance as a father, Albert Pujols moved one step closer to Willie Mays on the career home runs list and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3. Trout missed four games while on paternity leave for the birth of his son, Beckham Aaron Trout. He returned with a solo shot to left-center in the first inning on a day full of news for the Angels as top prospect Jo Adell also made his debut. Pujols hit a two-run homer later in the first for a 3-0 lead, giving him 659 for his career, one behind Mays on the career list.— Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Altuve hit his homer in the first inning and Correa followed with another in the second. The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer’s bases-loaded double. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six games. Bumgarner had a rough night, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university sports doctor Larry Nassar. Sixty-five-year-old Kathie Klages was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation. Klages said in a tearful statement that she did not remember being told about abuse and apologized to victims if the conversations occurred. Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.NASCAR-ILLEGAL TEST — A group of House Democrats has called for the name of former baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to be pulled off future Most Valuable Player plaques. It’s an idea endorsed by several players who have won the award. U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros of California and Cedric Richmond of Louisiana sent a letter signed by 28 members of Congress on Tuesday to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking for action. In late June, former NL MVPs Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name from the trophy because of concerns over his handling of Black players.NBA-SCHEDULEDoncic’s triple-double sends Mavericks past Kings in OTLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luka Doncic punctuated a triple-double by making the tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime Tuesday and leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings, 114-110.Doncic was sensational, finishing with 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late in regulation. ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star revealed his results in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive. The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit. In other MLB news:— The Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Mike Soroka on the 45-day injured list following his torn right Achilles tendon and have designated right-hander Chris Rusin for assignment. Soroka was the team’s opening day starter. He had to be helped off the field after suffering his season-ending injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Mets. Update on the latest sports —Aware of how much back-to-back losses could devastate their playoff hopes, the Calgary Flames wrested momentum back in their series with the Winnipeg Jets with a 6-2 win Tuesday. The Flames lead the best-of-five qualifying series 2-1. Game 4 is Thursday.—Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series. Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin also scored, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots in a game New York overcame a pair of one-goal deficits. Mike Hoffman had a goal and assist and captain Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, which is one loss from going one-and-done in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive time. —Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 1:52 left in the game after his head made violent contact with Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand behind the Blue Jackets net. He was taken to a hospital.NFL-STAFFORD-FALSE POSITIVELions say Stafford’s test was a false positive — Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat never trailed in beating the Boston Celtics 111-106. The Heat remained alone in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics had their lead for the No. 3 seed cut to 1 1/2 games over the Heat. Miami has a game lead on Indiana and improved to 2-1 so far in the seeding games despite Jimmy Butler sitting out with a sore right ankle.— Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 27 points and George added 23. In NBA news:—Jamal Crawford made his Brooklyn debut and it ended quickly. Crawford hurt his left hamstring in the second quarter of the Nets’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Crawford had five points and three assists in six minutes off the bench. He got hurt while being guard by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, who appeared to step on Crawford’s foot. —The Memphis Grizzlies will be without forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. for whatever remains of this season after he hurt his left knee. The Grizzlies said Jackson was hurt when he landed awkwardly after making contact with an opponent while contesting a shot. Further evaluation found a meniscus tear in his left knee. Jackson is expected to make a full recovery.center_img MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He won the Big Ten Conference’s receiver of the year award.DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACHFormer coach gets 90 days in connection with Nassar case NASCAR penalizes Xfinity team for illegal test at DaytonaCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has fined an Xfinity Series team $50,000 because driver Alex Labbe violated the testing policy for the road course at Daytona International Speedway.NASCAR will race on that configuration for the first time later this month and is not holding any practice sessions before the events. The sanctioning body has said drivers may participate in only one race that weekend in an effort to prevent competitors from gaining experience on the course.In an attempted workaround of the rules, Labbe went to an SCCA event last weekend at Daytona to try to learn the circuit. NASCAR officials caught wind of his presence and ordered Labbe off the track.COLORADO-STATE-COVID-19-INVESTIGATION Associated Press — Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall in the fifth. It was the third homer allowed by Shoemaker. Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers hit homers in the second. Fried was thrust into the role of staff ace when Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on Monday night, ending his season. —Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.— José Berríos pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field. The Twins won their fifth in a row and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder but missed.— Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1. The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday in this virus-interrupted season.—Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox edge the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The White Sox have won six consecutive games for the first time since April 2017 as they attempt to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. This latest victory may prove costly. White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder. Another person with direct knowledge of the agreement between the league and the players’ union tells The Associated Press that relief in the 2020 salary cap is being provided to the 32 teams.Among the players who are already opting out:— Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck. The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.— Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons. Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.— The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list. Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker. The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday. — Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition. — Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped their losing streak at five by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1. Boston lost its fourth in a row, including a three-game sweep at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, and fell to 3-8 overall. —The Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALS-MOLINAMolina among Cardinals who tested positive It was the Mavs’ first victory since arriving at Walt Disney World and allowed them to remain the only NBA to avoid three straight losses this season.In other action:—Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony’s 3 then extended the lead to 107-102 when less than a minute to go. Anthony had 15 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden led Houston with 23 points and nine assists on a night he was slowed by foul trouble. Jeff Green added a season-high 22 points —Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3s to put Brooklyn ahead to stay, and the Nets beat Milwaukee 119-116 to keep the Bucks from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a career-high 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 16 points playing only the first half for Milwaukee, which now has lost two of three seeding games. —T.J. Warren scored 32 points and Myles Turner added 21 to send the Indiana Pacers past Orlando 120-109 for their third consecutive victory. Warren has topped the 30-point mark in each game at Walt Disney World and tied Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record for most points in a three-game stretch with 119. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic. NHL-SCHEDULE-HURRICANES-RANGERSAho, Reimer help Hurricanes beat Rangers 4-1 for sweepTORONTO (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored twice in the third period while James Reimer was strong in net to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night and sweep the Stanley Cup qualifier series. Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period for the Hurricanes. Reimer added 37 saves for the Hurricanes in his first start of the series. Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers. Rookie Igor Shesterkin finished with 27 saves in his postseason debut for New York.In other Tuesday action:— The Nashville Predators stumbled in their postseason opener by falling into an early hole, putting themselves in a must-win situation for Game 2. Behind steady goaltending and a dedication to clogging shooting lanes, the Predators snatched the momentum back less than 24 hours before Game 3. Colorado St investigates athlete claims on COVID reportingFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan. According to the newspaper report, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say that coaches told them not to report COVID-19 symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine.last_img read more

Haitian artists get schooled on the business of art

first_imgHaitian artists get schooled on the business of artby Chely PaulFlorida Memorial University hosts the first Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the school’s Miami Gardens campus.Open to Haitian artistsOrganized by the well-known journalist, actress and television host Farah Larrieux and Thelar Management, the symposium is open to Haitian artists. They will be given an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the arts and culture industry within the Haitian community.The goal of Thelar Management, according to their mission statement, is “To create a platform for Haitian artists from different arts discipline, entrepreneurs and professionals of the creative and cultural industries in Haiti and the Diaspora. The purpose is  to effectively address issues related to the industries in order to promote collaborative strategies that will stimulate economic development in the Haitian-American community of Florida, therefore to have a significant impact on the Caribbean region overall.”͟Artists to share secretsArtists with decades of experience and success will share their secrets to longevity. They include popular artist and model, Franklin Myrtle; musician and artist Thierry De’jean, Zeek; media stalwart Christophe Simeon; film directors Jean-Rene’ and Falia Justima, and culinary artist Stephan Durand.Organizers plan on making the Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium an annual event.A number of big artists have emerged from the Little Haiti community of Miami. The best known are cousins Wyclef and Pras of The Fugees.for more on Little Haiti, click the link: Dancing away the Irma Blues in Little Haitilast_img read more

BIB Limited receives Maltese sports betting brokerage licence

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Chetan Pandya, Pragmatic Solutions: Sticking to the circle of competence June 9, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 The Malta Gaming Authority has issued the world’s first sports betting brokerage license to BIB Limited, a subsidiary of Bet IT Best GmbH. Nico Jansen, Bet IT BestNico Jansen, Bet IT Best’s CEO commented: “We are thrilled to finally open our whole sports betting portfolio to the public. By holding an official licence from a well known and highly respected entity we now have official proof of the overall reliability of services, processes, expertise, financial capabilities, validation of our business model and reliability of our IT hard- & software.He continued: “This was the last piece nearly all bookies have been asking for. Until yesterday, due to regulatory requirements, bookmakers have not been able to fully rely on our offered services, as we are offering a licensable service.”BIB Limited will be using the software and services developed by Munich based Bet IT Best GmbH which address and cover the whole value chain of anybody interested in sports by ‘providing multiple unique and highly valuable assets’. The licensed sports betting brokerage service will be integrated into the existing sports news and livescores of Bet IT Best.Jansen added: “As of today (January 13) bookies can rely on our licence, which will finally answer all outstanding questions and doubts which rose up by their respective compliance departments. As of now we are finalising the integration of further bookies, who had been waiting in the wings for this class 3 license to be issued.”last_img read more