5 things your financial adviser wishes he could tell you

first_imgby: Megan ElliotWhether it’s spending frivolously, refusing to save for the future, or clinging to the belief that we’re somehow immune from a money disaster, many of us seem to have no trouble devising ways to screw up our financial future. Some might even look at statistics about our total credit card debt and dismal savings rate and say that courting financial disaster is something that Americans excel at, in fact.Financial advisors are supposed to help. These trained professionals are a bit like MDs for your money. They guide you to make smart decisions about your wealth and help find a solution to your troubles when times get tough.But just like a doctor can’t really help a sick patient who refuses to follow a treatment plan, financial advisers can’t help with your money problems if you don’t listen to them. Sometimes, their most important messages seem to fall on deaf ears. In other cases, they might need to couch the hard truth in gentler language in order to make it easier for a person to swallow.We wanted to get to the truth about what financial professionals are really thinking, so we asked a few about what they say to their clients when they’re being completely honest. Whether it’s forthright advice about planning for the future or stern words about Social Security, here’s what they shared with us. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 reasons to consider ATM outsourcing

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr ATMs are not a luxury item for financial institutions. They must have high performing ATMs in locations that consumers can easily access.  Add in the constant changes in technology and compliance requirements and many banks and credit unions are overwhelmed financially and operationally when it comes to managing their existing (and aging) ATM fleet.  If your ATMS are 7 years old, you may even be considering whether to upgrade your current machines or replace them outright.Instead of taking on the burden of a large capital expense and the hassle of managing the process, you may want to consider ATM outsourcing.  We have 5 very good reasons why an outsourced program may be a better alternative for you.Reduced Operating CostsBy using an ATM management partner, you can benefit from collective buying power and reduced operating costs. Your ATM outsource partner should be able to consolidate all services required to operate an ATM into on low monthly payment. The only item the you will need to take care of is ordering cash. continue reading »last_img read more

Pneumonic plague outbreak in Congo sparks WHO response

first_img Pneumonic plague often starts with cough, fever, and discomfort within 2 to 6 days of infection. People develop extreme difficulty breathing as their lungs fill with fluids and can die in as little as 48 hours. CIDRAP News story on 2004 plague outbreak in Ituri regionhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/plague/news/august0204plague.html Bertherat said the outbreak can be managed. “I’m not very afraid of a risk of a big extension all over the country, because it’s a remote area,” he said, adding that “this disease is well-known and easily treatable and preventable.” Quarantine will be a challenge because the outbreak occurred in an open diamond mine with about 7,000 miners working under poor sanitary conditions, said Dr. Eric Bertherat of the WHO Alert and Response Operations program, who is leading the WHO response team. Although the epidemiologic data are incomplete, the outbreak may involve hundreds of cases, he said. “They usually die, not because of vast disseminated plague as it would be in a normal and bubonic or septicaemic form, they . . . die because of lack of oxygen,” Chu said. Providing it can enter the region, he said, the WHO team will work with local staff of the Ministry of Health and workers from the nongovernmental organizations Medecins Sans Frontieres and MedAir to ensure appropriate case management in the mine and the affected villages of Buta and Titula, as well as to trace contacts of infected people. “Right now this is a World Health Organization-led response,” Grant said. “Of course we’re on standby, but we’ve not been asked to assist.” He emphasized that absent such conditions, plague spreads less easily. It’s appropriate to be concerned about plague, but equally important not to overreact to it, he said. Antibiotics can treat the disease and prevent a secondary outbreak. Quarantine and isolation are also essential, she added. In addition, a suspected plague outbreak in the Ituri region in 2004 infected 1,042 people and killed 58, a United Nations agency reported in August 2004. Bertherat said working conditions heightened the problem. “It’s very unusual to have so many people being and working together in [such a] crowded place and in the middle of a highly endemic area for plague,” he said. The scope of their task remains hazy. Sixty-one deaths have been recorded in health facilities, he said. Many miners died as they fled the area, falling in the forest or along trails. The medical staff on the ground collected health facility data that fit the definition of pneumonic plague and found 300 to 400 suspected cases. Peters added that African mines have been implicated in other outbreaks. Gold miners in South Africa have seen pneumococcal pneumonia, which probably has the same mechanism of spread, he said. News of the Congo outbreak prompted infectious disease expert C. J. Peters, MD, to compare it with a pneumonic plague outbreak that occurred early in the twentieth century in Manchuria. Crowded, unsanitary conditions were implicated in that outbreak, said Peters, director of biodefense and professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, in a phone interview today. Llelwyn Grant, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told CIDRAP News this afternoon that the CDC was aware of the reports coming out of the Congo but had not been asked to provide any support. “The living conditions were just absolutely terrible,” Peters said. People often lived in cramped underground quarters with poor ventilation. Feb 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An unusual outbreak of pneumonic plague that has killed at least 61 people and potentially sickened hundreds of others is the focus of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Feb 18 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_02_18/en/ “It’s believed that the coughs, combined with the poor ventilation and so on, led to the ready dissemination of the plague,” Peters said. The Zobia mine had been closed, but it reopened Dec 16, 2004, attracting an influx of miners from throughout the province, he said. The first case of pneumonic plague was diagnosed Dec 20, 2004. A multidisciplinary team of 10 people will leave tomorrow for the DRC, according to the transcript of a WHO news teleconference held at WHO headquarters today. The team hopes to go to the politically unstable region to support efforts to find, quarantine, and treat ill and exposed workers at the Zobia diamond mine, many of whom have fled the area. Panic, which has accompanied outbreaks of plague for hundreds of years, may foster the spread of the disease. “Maybe two-thirds of the population ran away from the mine,” traveling as far as 200 kilometers, Bertherat said. Preliminary results from rapid diagnostic tests confirmed pneumonic plague. Forty samples have been taken for culture and serology tests at the Institut de la Recherche Biomedicale in Kinshasa, WHO said. The WHO team hopes to be in the field by Tuesday, Bertherat said. Although he described existing medical treatment to date as appropriate, he also expressed a concern that local healthcare providers lack appropriate equipment. CIDRAP overview of plaguehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/plague/biofacts/index.html “Humanitarian access to this area is very difficult,” Annunziata said. “To provide any kind of epidemiological investigation or outbreak response is very problematic.” “It is difficult to be sure that really all of them are a case of pneumonic plague,” Bertherat said, and later added, “What we know is that new cases are still occurring in the mine and that yesterday, there [were] 20 cases admitted in the health facilities in Zobia, close to the mine.” See also During the Manchurian outbreak, people contracted plague either from fleas or from the marmots they killed for their pelts, he said. Once someone was ill, conditions were ripe for allowing the disease to spread. Political and economic conditions will complicate the WHO mission. The troubled Ituri region has been “most affected by very chronic and dramatic humanitarian crisis” since 1998, including armed conflict, said Dr. Giuseppe Annunziata, with the Department of Health Action in Crisis, at the teleconference. Plague is endemic in the northeastern province of Orientale, near Uganda, but this outbreak is unusual because it appears to be exclusively the pneumonic form of plague, which accounts for only 2% of reported plague cases overall, said Dr. May Chu of the WHO’s Alert and Response Operations program. The pneumonic form can spread from person to person via aerosolized bacteria, bypassing the usual route of flea bites or infective materials, she said.last_img read more

This luxury Brisbane residence is in a design class of its own

first_img50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoCustom joinery, polished tiles, high ceilings and ducted airconditioning give the residence a homely yet executive ambience, with the thoughtful floor plan split into two wings and nearly every room opening to an outdoor area.To the right rear of the level is a kitchen with timber cabinetry, elongated benchtops, integrated European appliances and a bi-fold serving window. The cooking space is adjacent to a formal dining room with a chandelier and a formal lounge with a fireplace. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.THIS multi-level residence is in a class of its own when it comes to bold, innovative design. With expanses of glass and multiple outdoor areas capturing city and river views, this five-bedroom residence at 50 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton, epitomises innovative and opulent living.Next to a four-car garage, an entry foyer featuring a 13-person tinted glass elevator and a staircase offers access to the house’s upper levels. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.Glass bi-fold doors connect the kitchen to a rear courtyard with established gardens and a water feature.The dining and lounge rooms open to a river-facing terrace with an infinity pool and built-in barbecue area.A bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite and a laundry with access to a drying courtyard occupy the rear left of the residence, while the entertainment room stands out with a bar area featuring glass cabinets, a dishwasher and commercial-grade bar fridge.The third level of the residence houses three more bedrooms, including the main with river views, a walk-in wardrobe and an elegant ensuite with twin vanities, a double shower and spa bath. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.The other bedrooms also have ensuites, while one opens through a wall of bi-folding doors to a terrace. Separating these two bedrooms from the main is a TV room and study space with built-in shelving.Agent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot described the property as nothing short of breathtaking, created with exceptional vision and passion. Inspections are by appointment with the property for sale by tender, which closes at 4pm on March 30. 50 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.On the first floor is a versatile bedroom with an ensuite that opens to a balcony. Up another level, the elevator opens to a versatile entertainment space with plantation shutters, a powder room and bi-folding doors to a partially covered terrace with river views.last_img read more

Dream home: Is this the most stunning Queensland property to hit the market in 2019?

first_imgThis property at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove, is for sale. Photo supplied by Ray White.A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME property that took five years to build has hit the market in far north Queensland with an $8 million price tag.Arguably the most impressive home to hit the market this year in the sunshine state, the property at 9 Colonel Cummings Drive in Palm Cove is the ultimate dream home in a tropical paradise. The property comes with an 80,000 litre, infinity edge swimming pool. Photo supplied by Ray White.The jawdropping home is a standout in the tiny beachside village, half an hour’s drive north of Cairns. RELATED: Rugby star’s dream home revealed The view from the large balcony is incredible. Photo supplied by Ray White.There’s also a 1200-bottle wine cellar with a tasting room and a temperature alert, a six-car garage with double remote garage entry, a gym, a Samsung VOIP phone system, switch glass in the master suite and a provision to allow for lift to access the entire home.The layout has been designed to take in the ocean views over the treetops and out to the surrounding mountains, Double Island, Cape Tribulation and beyond. This house at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove, is for sale. Photo supplied by Ray White.The home is Cbus automated with ducted air conditioning throughout, automation including a weather monitoring system and fingerprint door entry.But wait, there’s more. The view from one of the many terraces on the house. Photo supplied by Ray White.“Sharron and I have been married for 29 years and it’s been wonderful being able to work on a project of this magnitude together,” Mr Probert said. “She’s very much into materials and colours, so she was critical to the final design of the property.”Mr Probert, a commercial pilot who is now in management at Jetstar, said he wanted to create a substantial home — not just in size — with some of the walls being more than half a metre thick with local stone used on the outside. The house comes with an impressive wine cellar. Photo supplied by Ray White.Marketing agent Jason Monk of Ray White Coolangatta said the property was the jewel in Palm Cove’s crown.“Inside, the interior designer has ensured no detail has been overlooked in the creation of an abode that’s comfortable, functional and ultimately luxurious,” Mr Monk said. The view from the shower in one of the bathrooms. Photo supplied by Ray White.“It’s unique in the fact it has total privacy,” he said. “The property sits high off the verge, 12 metres on one side and 30 metres on the other, where it is cantilevered over a steep drop.“The windows give you a 270-degree outlook and the stunning views can be enjoyed from every room, with the pool also shrouded in complete privacy.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe living and dining area at the house at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove. Photo supplied by Ray White. The kitchen and dining area of the home at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove. Photo supplied by Ray White. Inside the house at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove, which is for sale. Photo supplied by Ray White.The kitchen is sleek and contemporary with a second, concealed refrigerator, freezer and cold room for entertaining, a Siemens induction cooktop, oven and dishwasher, plus a North Queensland black bean timber breakfast bar and French Basaltina stone benches.There is also a media room and adjoining guest kitchenette, as well as a poolside living area and dedicated entertaining space.center_img This property at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove, is for sale. Photo supplied by Ray White.“I’d never considered building before but it was always my wife’s dream, so we bought the land at auction, and we took two years coming up with in-depth design ideas before beginning the five-year build.”The couple employed architect Roger Mainwood to design the home and Mrs Probert moved back to Australia to oversee the project from start to finish. One of the bathrooms in the house at 9 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove. Photo supplied by Ray White. MORE: Luxury property agents sell their own mansion Owners David and Sharron Probert built the home from scratch after buying the 500 sqm block of land for $585,000 in 2002.“We landed in Cairns with no intention of buying land, but on the very first day in far north Queensland, we came across this piece of land that had some of the best views we’d ever seen and we knew straight away this plot could be home,” Mr Probert said. The view from one of the bedrooms. Photo supplied by Ray White.Mr Probert said the project was to be their forever home, but family circumstances meant the couple needed to move further south.“We thought this would be our forever home so we really haven’t scrimped on anything,” he said. “The buyer will be getting something of the highest quality.” There is a view from every room in the house. Photo supplied by Ray White.And an 80,000-litre, infinity-edge pool offers the best place to take advantage of the setting. Materials such as honed limestone and Tallowood timber have been used for the flooring throughout, while timbers such as spotted gum, black bean and sally wattle also feature strongly.The timber on the outside of the home is teak imported from Burma.The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a number of living areas. The view from the swimming pool. Photo supplied by Ray White.last_img read more

Hundreds of buyers line up for sinking Burleigh Heads house

first_img Rugby star James O’Connor kicking home goals The large block and the location hold big appeal at 14 Spinebill St, Burleigh Waters.Listed for offer over $599,000, the large 840 sqm block located minutes from the beach presented as a bargain — but there was one catch.“It was priced to reflect the fact that the block has subsidence and the cost factor to underpin it is at least $100,000,” said marketing agent Danny O’Donnell of PRD Burleigh Heads. “That was made very clear at the top of the listing which I thought would have eliminated a lot of buyers.”But that’s not what happened. Listed on a Thursday afternoon and sold by Monday, those four days were the busiest of Mr O’Donnell’s 25-year career.“I spent four days straight answering calls. Each time I hung up, I had seven new voice messages,” he said.“By Saturday morning I’d had over 100 text messages and phone calls and 58 emails. It was crazy.” MORE: Where luxe villas are selling fast Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08A knockdown house in Burleigh Heads has attracted hundreds of buyers in the biggest turnout one agent has seen at an open home in more than 25 years.More than 200 people showed up to view 14 Spinebill St, Burleigh Waters with scores more making inquiries by phone and online.center_img More than 200 people were lined up to see inside the original five-bedroom brick home.The interest was apparent come open day when more than 200 people showed up to inspect the property; the line stretching to the end of the street to comply with social distancing rules.With only 20 groups allowed inside at one time under COVID-19 restrictions, Mr O’Donnell acted to ensure everyone made it through in reasonable time. “At the beginning of the open home I made a speech of sorts in the middle of the living room … I had to ask everyone to be as quick as possible through the home and then walk out through the side gate,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”Mr O’Donnell continued to take calls until late on Saturday evening and all day Sunday, with more private viewings booked in from 7am last Monday.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I thought I was only going to be there for half an hour,” he said. “At 12pm, I rushed across the road to get some breakfast and ended up being there all day.”Offers were flooding in too, some low-balling at $550,000 and up to $675,000 with a cash offer from a local buyer of $647,000 accepted. A four-bedroom home at 192 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads also sold quickly last month for $830,000.Mr O’Donnell, who lives in Burleigh Heads and has owned several properties in the suburb, said inquiry levels and prices indicated the suburb remains one of the most sought after on the Coast. “I’ve not seen a dip in price in Burleigh. Based on PRD statistics to the end of April, prices in Burleigh had gone up 3.14 per cent.,” he said.“There are also a lot of off-market sales happening because stock is so tight. “I don’t see a lot of carnage coming up based on the level of inquiries we’re getting.”last_img read more

Brandon Fernandes, Edu’s late strike bring FC Goa to winning ways

first_imgFatorda: FC Goas constant persistence to press harder up front paid dividends as the Gaurs came from behind with two late goals in a gap of eight minutes to edge past Delhi Dynamos 3-2 in an entertaining game of the Indian Super League here on Thursday.Bikramjit Singh’s long-range strike put the visitors in the lead as early as the sixth minute. It took almost 50 minutes and a change of side for Goa to find the equaliser through Edu Bedia in the 54th minute.However, Delhi found the gap in the host’s defence once again to go 2-1 with a Lallianzuala Chhangte goal in the 70th minute.But the Gaurs known for their aggressive play breached Delhi with late goals by Brandon Fernandes and Edu Bedia in the 82nd and 89th minutes respectively.Delhi Dynamos drew first blood through Bikramjit Singh as early as the sixth minute of the match. The midfielder received Adria Carmona’s pass on the edge of the box and curled a magnificent shot into the top left corner, leaving Mohammad Nawaz helpless in goal.Ferran Corominas looked hungry to score on his return from suspension as he forced Francisco Dorronsoro to a good low save to his right at the other end. Jackichand Singh crossed the ball into the box from the left and Goa’s leading goalscorer skipped past defenders inside the box before pulling the trigger.Seriton Fernandes’ ball from the back allowed Lenny Rodrigues to dribble into space down the right flank and deliver a teasing ball across the face of the goal that Dorronsoro’s outstretched hands failed to meet.Jackichand Singh met the cross at the far post but directed his effort wide.Constant vigilance seemed to be the order for the Delhi defence as they thwarted Goa’s forays forward with a well organized offside trap. Marcos Tebar missed a free header at the far post from a Carmona free-kick.Marti Crespi headed wide from handshaking distance from Carmona’s free-kick at the stroke of half-time as the visitors threatened to pull ahead.FC Goa’s increased pressure on the Delhi defence after the restart yielded a deserved equaliser in the 54th minute. An excellent build-up saw Corominas release Mandar Rao Dessai into space on the left flank and the Indian winger’s perfect cross into the centre was slotted home by Edu Bedia.Goa’s midfield took control of the game after the equaliser and the hosts strung passes together in the attacking third to push the visitors onto the backfoot.However, Mihelic’s introduction gave Delhi renewed energy in the attacking third. Delhi’s persistence was rewarded with a second goal in the 70th minute. Mihelic’s cross into the box was backheeled into the path of Lallianzuala Chhangte by Nandhakumar from the byline. The young winger made no mistake from close-range to put the visitors ahead.Mihelic threatened with his cross again, this time from the right flank. Chhangte attempted a diving header from the centre of the box to guide the ball into the net but failed to test Nawaz.Lobera’s response was to bring on Brandon Fernandes in place of Jackichand Singh and the substitute pulled the hosts level in the 82nd minute. The Indian winger picked up Dessai’s pass into the centre and beat Dorronsoro with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.Goa found the winner in the 89th minute when Boumous delivered a delightful free-kick into the centre where Bedia glanced a header into the net. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

The Latest: Texas Longhorns exploring 25% stadium capacity

first_imgFIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. The Latest: Texas Longhorns exploring 25% stadium capacity Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.___ Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.___ Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The National Women’s Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season from mid-November to January because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The league announced Wednesday it still plans to have teams play a full 20-game season, with the playoffs to conclude by the end of March. Should time permit, the NWHL will schedule holding its traditional midseason all-star game after the playoffs.The NWHL has six teams, with the addition of a Toronto expansion franchise. The league was unable to complete last season, having to cancel the championship game between Boston and Minnesota in mid-March because of COVID-19.The NWHL plans to begin holding optional practices beginning the week of Sept. 21, followed by formal practices a month later. The schedule was determined by the league’s COVID-19 safety committee formed in April.___ July 29, 2020 Associated Press In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.”___ The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March. The Big 12 will hold its football media day online Monday with only the conference’s 10 head coaches available.The coronavirus pandemic forced all major college conferences to cancel their traditional in-person football media days and switch to virtual events. The uncertainty of when and if the season will start then prompted the virtual events to be delayed.The Big 12 will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to conduct a media day, with some of the teams in the conference scheduled to begin play on Aug. 29.___Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.last_img read more

John Kiriakou speaks to students about war on terror

first_imgJohn Kiriakou, the former chief of counterterrorism operations in Pakistan and the author of Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, addressed students and community members Tuesday.In 2007, Kiriakou was the first U.S. government official to confirm that illegal torture methods were used to intimidate al-Qaeda prisoners, and, after being charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. As a seasoned CIA agent, Kiriakou spent years as a Middle East analyst specializing in Iraqi affairs and served in Bahrain, Washington D.C. and Greece before his imprisonment.During his talk, “Keeping Government Honest: Whistleblowers, Torture and America’s War on Terrorism,” Kiriakou spoke about his experiences in Pakistan and his interaction with one particular CIA most wanted criminal, Abu Zubaydah, and criticized the CIA approach to tackling the war on terror.According to Kiriakou, after he had captured Zubaydah in a raid that ended up being the largest al-Qaeda catch in CIA history, the FBI was able to acquire actionable intelligence through milder interrogation techniques.“But the CIA didn’t like the fact that the FBI had taken over primacy in this case,” Kiriakou said.Due to the disagreement, President George W. Bush agreed to take the FBI off the case.“Within 24 hours, the CIA began torturing Zubaydah,” Kiriakou said. “And immediately, [Zubaydah] clammed up.”Torture techniques, according to Kiriakou, spanned from the infamous “waterboarding” approach, which simulates drowning, to sleep deprivation, in which the individual is kept from sleeping for 14-15 days. By day 12, Kiriakou said, the detainee almost always begins to die.“[No government official] was ever prosecuted,” Kiriakou said. “We’re talking about premeditated murder, possibly. Manslaughter, at the very least. But nobody was ever prosecuted.”According to Kiriakou, Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times and, to this day, CIA leaders claim that they were able to obtain actionable intelligence through these torture approaches.“That’s just a lie,” he said. “And these same CIA leaders keep repeating this lie, over and over and over again, hoping that people are either too ill-informed or too stupid to understand that it is a lie.”Even now, after the CIA attained any possible information from Zubaydah, Kiriakou said that Zubaydah can never be released and, moreover, will never be allowed to have contact with a journalist.“No matter what happens, no matter who is president, Abu Zubaydah will never have a day in court,” Kiriakou said. “He will never be able to face his accusers. He will never be charged with a crime. He will never have the constitutional rights that anybody in American custody has. This is a failure of the Obama administration.”Kiriakou added that the way in which the U.S. government tackles the war on terror and the carelessness with which it arrests and incriminates potential criminals is flawed. A chief example of this, Kiriakou said, is the mistaken abduction of Khaled El-Masri, a German and Lebanese grocer. After realizing they had arrested and tortured the wrong man, the CIA released El-Masri and created, according to Kiriakou, “a fundamentalist Muslim extremist. Before, he was just selling fruits and vegetables. We made him an extremist.”It is this irresponsibility, Kiriakou said, along with governmental agencies’ refusal to adhere to privacy policies, that led to his eventual distrust of the government. In fact, Kiriakou’s discussion about the lack of privacy for U.S. citizens shocked many students in the audience.“[I was really surprised to hear] about the government having access to all of our information,” said Emily Goodspeed, a freshman majoring in computational neuroscience.While he staunchly disagrees with the CIA and holds a deep resentment for the agency, Kiriakou also said that he feels that the CIA is “an anomaly.”“It’s the CIA that’s working outside the law. It’s not [Americans]. These wonderful people — this is what America is. That’s how I got through [the bitterness].”last_img read more

Eric Dungey and Amba Etta-Tawo receive ACC player of the week honors

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo were named Atlantic Coast Conference players of the week after Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 28-20 win over Boston College (3-4, 0-4), the ACC announced. Dungey earned offensive back of the week honors for the second week in a row and Etta-Tawo got receiver of the week for the second time this year.Dungey completed 32-of-38 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns — excluding a backward pass to Ervin Philips for a score. Dungey’s 434 passing yards were a career high (second-best ever for SU) and his 488 yards of offense amounted to the second-highest single-game total in SU history.His most notable play of the game came when he threw an interception on the first drive of the game. Dungey proceeded to make a late hit out of bounds, shove two players and start a scrum on the sideline.Etta-Tawo, who recovered from a below-average past two games, reeled in 144 yards and a one-handed touchdown. His impressive catch along the sideline was SU’s final score of the day.Etta-Tawo became the fastest player (fourth overall) in school history to reach 1,000 yards receiving.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Photo Editor Commentslast_img read more