first_imgMario Vrancic needs to declare whether he will stay or leave Paderborn until the last day of this month.According to a clause in his contract, Vrancic can leave this club without any problem, and the first club that showed an interest for his services is K’lautern which wants to win a place in the best German rank in the next season.During the last season, Mario Vrancic was one of the best players of Paderborn which left the company of the best clubs. At the beginning of the month he got a permission of FIFA to play for BH National team, but a toe injury prevented him from making his debut.In the past, Demir Hotic, Dario Damjanovic, Anel Dzaka and Said Husejinovic played for K’lautern. This club stayed without placement to Bundesliga in the last round of the last season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Davie, Florida are currently investigating a shooting that left a father and his 11-year-old daughter dead.The incident was reported on Monday around 9:00 am at a home on Southwest 18th court and 145th avenue.The mother of the child called the police after she heard gunshots coming from one of the rooms.When authorities arrived, the child was pronounced dead at the scene while the father was transported to Broward Health North where he later died.Investigators say they believe the father shot the 11-year-old due to her “debilitating terminal illness,” before turning the gun on himself.The mother of the child was making breakfast at the time of the incident and was not injured.last_img

first_imgOMAR TYREE I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.Of course, the game was sold out, with superstar musician and part-owner, Usher Raymond and his protégé, Justin Bieber, sitting courtside, along with filmmaker, Spike Lee, football Hall of Famer turned TV star Michael Strahan, and dozens of other national and local celebrities, all to see the homecoming of LeBron. Nike even unveiled a new commercial, where “King James” invites the entire city of Cleveland into a team huddle and prep-talk to win a championship in classic black and white film.It felt like I was watching the NFL Super Bowl, but it was only Cleveland’s first game of the season with LeBron back, featuring his new teammates: Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Deon Waiters, Tristan Thomas and more. It was also the season premiere of new Cleveland head coach, David Blatt.By the way, the game included NBA All-Star and Olympian Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks, with the second game of their new head coach Derek Fisher. And after all of the crazy build-up, LeBron James went on to have a horrible outing in a 95-90 loss. At one point in the first half, he was 1-9 shooting with four turnovers, on his way to 17 points and eight turnovers.I felt sorry for the dude. I could only imagine how eager HE was to get it all over. At the end of the day, he still needed two and half hours worth of energy to play a basketball game before granting a hundred post-game interviews about the loss. Not only that, I read his wife, Savannah, finally gave birth their first baby girl to add to his excitement and exhaustion on Monday night, October 27.But with all of the sports commentators recapping how amazing the opening night was, I couldn’t help thinking about the American hypocrisy of sports and race. I’ve been to Cleveland on several occasions and know people from the area, as well as from other cities of Ohio. And it’s the same old American story; Blacks live on one part of town in poverty, while Whites live on the other in wealth. And race relations still don’t mix like you would think they would in  2014.So I watched the rehashed stories of White Cleveland Cavaliers fans who angrily burned LeBron James jerseys just four years ago when he left the city to take his talents to South Beach, and I chuckled at their audacity. Thousands of these same angry White fans now profess to love him again, including Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, who was forced to apologize for his tantrum and public letter, which lambasted LeBron and attacked his character.I’m sorry, folks, I know we all look at sports as the perfect meeting ground between race, gender, class, creed and culture, but it continues to astonish me how the White American populace could care less about Lebron James’ twin brother, if he wasn’t blessed with the same freakish athletic skills to play basketball. And if James had such a twin brother, would these fans bother to even buy him a drink? Not unless he brought LeBron with him.As we inch closer to 2015, we still have millions of white Americans who would never read this sports column just because it has the word “Black” in it, identifying a people and culture that they refuse to learn anything about. And if Black athletes couldn’t dunk, shoot, rebound, or pass a basketball; run, pass, catch, intercept, kick or punt a football; or throw, catch, hit or pitch a baseball, White Americans wouldn’t care to know them either.(Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction and a professional journalist @ www.OmarTyree.com.)last_img read more

first_imgAccording to Pandor, the Office for Astronomy Development is potentially a breeding ground for African leaders in the field of astronomy and development, with many opportunities for volunteer, contract and part-time work at specific projects. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) signed an agreement concluding the selection process in Pretoria on Friday. The NRF is responsible for the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the SA Square Kilometre Array project office. “Finding a home for the Office for Astronomy Development is the first step in the execution of the most ambitious global plan ever conceived in astronomy for development,” said IAU president Robert Williams. “On the behalf of the IAU, I congratulate the SAAO and wish the new Office for Astronomy Development every success in this exciting and important new venture.” SAAO director Phil Charles said they were delighted at the confidence expressed in them. “Astronomy is all about partnerships, and we look forward to strengthening those we already have, as well as to building new ones, as we use astronomy as a vehicle to introduce science and technology to a new generation. “South Africa has been visionary in exploiting the country’s natural strategic advantage in astronomy and using it as an integral part of its science and technology strategy,” Charles said. “We aim to show that the skies are not the limit.” Southern Africa currently boasts two of the world’s most advanced telescopes – Namibia’s High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. South Africa has also been short-listed, together with Australia, to host the most powerful radio telescope ever, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT), an SKA precursor telescope, is currently being built in South Africa’s Karoo region. Construction of a seven-dish MeerKAT prototype array was recently completed. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking after the first announcement of South Africa’s winning bid in May, said the award “represents a boost to all our current astronomy-related activities, including our bid to host the SKA. South Africa beat about 20 countries in its bid to host the office, which will play a central role in coordinating and managing International Astronomical Union educational activities, as well as in recruiting and mobilising volunteers. The South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town will soon be host to the International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Development, which will play a key role in taking astronomy to the developing world. “South African universities will benefit from their proximity to the office, because of the opportunities for workshops and sharing of experiences.” Breeding ground 2 August 2010 It will give South Africans access to the biggest network for astronomy outreach and education in the world – a wonderful injection of energy into an already active and effective science education community. “Everyone is an astronomer at heart – all young people are curious about the universe and their part in it,” Pandor said. “It is not about turning people into professional astronomers; it’s about harnessing their natural curiosity about their environment and turning that into a desire to learn more.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She said that one of the objectives of the office was to take astronomy into parts of the world where there was none at all, and the poor, rural parts of South Africa provided an ideal close location to test and validate projects for wider implementation.last_img read more

first_imgterry mclaurin makes catch around the defender in spring game.ohio state terry mclaurin spring gameOhio State’s young wide receivers are having a day during the program’s spring game. First, it was Noah Brown corralling a pass one-handed over the middle. Now, Terry McLaurin has his own catch to add to the highlight reel.Right before halftime, McLaurin went up over the top of Buckeye cornerback Damon Webb and hauled in a touchdown from quarterback Stephen Collier. It was a pretty play on both ends. The record-breaking crowd at The Horseshoe today are certainly being treated to some entertaining action.last_img

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) @ClemsonFB@ClemsonFBThere weren’t many upsets in college football this weekend, but there was still plenty of exciting action throughout the country. Michigan, Stanford and Miami eked out last-second victories, with Miami coming in especially improbably fashion. Notre Dame rallied in the final minutes to hold off Temple, and UNC’s win over a ranked Pittsburgh squad bumped the upstart 7-1 Heels into the top 25. But in ESPN’s Weekly Power Rankings, the big news is at the very top of the poll. That’s where you can find a new No. 1 team: Clemson. The Tigers’ ’56-41 win over NC State enabled them to vault over undefeated Ohio State and into the top spot. Poor Buckeyes: they were on a bye this week and could do nothing about Clemson overtaking them. Here are the full rankings:1. Clemson 2. Ohio State 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. TCU 6. Michigan State 7. Alabama 8. Florida 9. Notre Dame 10. Stanford 11. Iowa 12. Oklahoma State 13. Oklahoma 14. Utah 15. Memphis 16. Florida State 17. Michigan 18. Houston 19. Ole Miss 20. Temple 21. Toledo 22. UNC 23. UCLA 24. Mississippi State 25. Navy Texas A&MCompared to last week’s rankings, how do you think ESPN did?last_img read more

first_imgMADRID – A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant on Friday for former members of the Catalan Cabinet who were last seen in Brussels, including the ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who said he was prepared to run for his old job even while battling extradition in Belgium.The National Court judge filed the request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain Puigdemont and his four aides, and issued separate international search and arrest warrants to alert Interpol in case they flee Belgium.Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer did not answer calls requesting comment, but has said that his client will fight extradition to Spain without seeking political asylum. Belgian federal prosecutors said they had received the arrest warrant and could question Puigdemont in coming days.“We will study it, and put it in the hands of an investigating judge,” spokesman Eric Van Der Sijpt told The Associated Press. “We are not in any hurry.”Puigdemont and the four others are being sought for five different crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in a Spanish investigation into their roles in pushing for secession for Catalonia.The officials flew to Brussels after Spanish authorities removed Puigdemont and his Cabinet from office on Saturday for declaring independence for Catalonia. The Spanish government has also called an early regional election for Dec. 21.Puigdemont told Belgian state broadcaster that he was in Belgium “ready to be a candidate” in the early polls and because he had lost faith in the Spanish justice system.“We can run a campaign anywhere because we’re in a globalized world,” he told RTBF, adding that he was not in Belgium to “Belgianize Catalan politics.”“I did not flee, but it’s impossible to properly prepare” a legal defence while in Spain, he told the broadcaster.If Belgium acts on the international warrant issued by Spain and arrests him, Puigdemont would have to be brought before an investigating judge within 24 hours. His extradition procedure would take 15 days, Belgian legal experts say. But should Puigdemont appeal, that process could take a further 45 days, meaning that he would probably not leave Belgium before early January, well after the elections.In her decision on Friday, Judge Carmen Lamela said that Puigdemont “apparently is in Belgium” and accused him of “leading the mobilization of the pro-independence sectors of the population to act in support of the illegal referendum and thus the secession process outside the legal channels to reform the constitution.”Spain says the only legal way to achieve secession is by reforming Spain’s 1978 Constitution with an ample majority in the national parliament. The constitution says the country is “indivisible” and doesn’t allow regional votes on sovereignty.The arrest warrant came a day after the same judge jailed nine former members of Puigdemont’s separatist government. All members of the ousted Cabinet were ordered to appear at Spain’s National Court on Thursday to answer questions in a rebellion investigation. Five of them, including Puigdemont, didn’t show up.Spanish prosecutors want to charge members of the dismissed regional government —as well as six additional members of the regional parliament— for promoting official steps to declaring Catalonia’s independence.Meanwhile, a panel of National Court judges on Friday rejected an appeal seeking the release of two separatist activists who were jailed last month in a separate sedition investigation.A National Court spokesman said the president of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, Jordi Sanchez, and Omnium Cultural leader Jordi Cuixart will remain in a Madrid jail while the investigation continues. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with court policy.Sanchez and Cuixart are being investigated for allegedly orchestrating protests that hindered a judicial investigation to halt preparations for a banned independence referendum held on Oct. 1.Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can have suspects detained while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if they should be charged.Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo deflected questions by the media regarding the jailing of the Catalan officials. The separation of powers meant that the government’s focus was on preparing for the early election it called for Catalonia, Mendez de Vigo said.“What the government guarantees is that there will be elections where the parties that want to run can present their programs, and we hope that the election can end this period of uncertainty and the deterioration of harmonious coexistence in Catalonia,” he said.One of the nine jailed Catalan officials, ex-regional minister for business Santi Vila, posted bail of 50,000 euros ($58,000) and was released from custody on Friday. His passport was confiscated and Vila needs to show up in court regularly as the rebellion, sedition and embezzlement probe continues.The other eight were held without having bail set.“I ask for all political parties across Spain, appealing to their democratic values, to put an end to this terrible situation that has put politicians in prison,” Vila said as he left the Estremera prison near Madrid.Vila resigned in protest a day before Catalonia’s parliament voted in favour of the independence declaration. He has said he wants to lead the centre-right separatist Democratic Party of Catalonia in the upcoming election on a moderate platform.Puigdemont and his Cabinet were removed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who used extraordinary constitutional authority authorized by the Spanish Senate to depose the separatists, dissolve the regional legislature and call the early regional election.Spain’s Supreme Court is also investigating six members of Catalonia’s parliament. The court postponed a hearing Thursday until next week to allow more time for them to prepare their defences in the case.In all, Spanish prosecutors are investigating 20 regional politicians for rebellion and other crimes that would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.___Cook reported from Brussels. Associated Press writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona contributed to this report.___Find complete AP coverage of Catalonia here: https://apnews.com/tag/Spainlast_img read more

first_imgCanadians will likely have to pay more for certain food items soon as grocers grapple with the impact of new tariffs in an ongoing trade war and other pressures, said Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO.“We see a very strong possibility of an accelerating retail price inflation in the market,” said Galen G. Weston during a conference call with analysts Wednesday.The company pointed to new tariffs imposed by the Canadian federal government as of July 1 on $16.6 billion of U.S. imports. The targets include a number of food products, such as yogurt, coffee, soya sauce and mayonnaise.It’s unclear what the financial impact of these tariffs will be, the company said, and the outcome will depend on how both suppliers and Canadians respond.Higher transportation costs and a low loonie add further pressure on the grocery and pharmacy retailer, which indicated it expects to see upward pressure in prices.“We don’t think it’s going to be meaningful, you know, super significant,” Weston said, “but it certainly will be higher than what it is today.”The comments came after the company released its second-quarter financial results.The grocer’s adjusted earnings outpaced analyst estimates, but it also recorded an 86.1 per cent decline in net profit due to a number of unfavourable items including an acquisition expense at its Choice Properties division.Net profit available to common shareholders dropped to $50 million or 13 cents per share for the 12 weeks ended June 16, from $359 million or 90 cents per share a year earlier, the company said.Excluding $100 million or 26 cents per share of costs related to the acquisition of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust, $192 million or 51 cents in adjustments to the fair value of a liability as well as other items, Loblaw’s adjusted net earnings were down a less dramatic 5.6 per cent to $421 million, or $1.11 per share.Analysts had estimated $1.09 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was in line with analyst estimates at $10.92 billion for the 12 weeks ended June 16, down $157 million or 1.4 per cent from the second quarter of 2017 — reflecting the sale of the company’s gas bar operations last year.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote that the second-quarter results are evidence that the company “is hyper-focused on ensuring its sector-leading market position while driving operating efficiency and productivity.”Same-store sales growth at the food retail division — which operates under a number of banners — was 0.8 per cent, excluding gas bar operations, while drug retail same-store sales growth at Shoppers Drug Mart was 1.7 per cent.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:L)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s gun laws have been much more effective than loads of other nations, but recent events have made the government consider additional restrictions in parts of the country.In wake of the Toronto shooting that took place last month, Toronto city council passed a motion urging the federal government to allow the city to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition within the city limits.Conservative Party Member of Parliment Bob Zimmer explained that he believes Toronto is going after the wrong idea. “What does need to happen is they need to combat gangs getting guns,” said Zimmer. “They need to put more resources into capturing those firearms they brought through the border.”Zimmer added that stopping the smuggling of illegal guns into Canada was the biggest issue regarding the matter.“Stopping the smuggling of handguns into Canada is the problem. They need to crack down on that and I’d be more than happy to see resources put in to do that.”Zimmer mentioned that when in the proper hands, handguns are no more harmful than driving a car.“We have automobile accidents, so does that mean we are going to eliminate all automobiles?”“For some reason that gets attributed to firearms and people say okay. Well, its okay if you don’t use firearms but if you’re a firearms owner that does it lawfully, you use it for sport, some use it for their jobs.” Zimmer added that there are already loads of restrictions to legally acquire firearms and that adding more is not needed.“To own a handgun in Canada you need to be licensed, do training, have a background check and have to maintain that impeccable record just to own one. I don’t think we need to make any more laws to make it more difficult for lawful firearms owners.”Zimmer went on to say that it is unfortunate when shootings like Toronto and most recently Fredericton occur, but the focus should be on illegal firearms.last_img read more