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first_imgGeorgia’s wet summer continued though out August in most parts of the state, and clouds and high humidity kept temperatures below normal for the month. Many areas of the state have already surpassed their annual average rainfall levels with several months left to go in 2013. The frequent rainfall was beneficial for crop dusters, who were still able to apply agricultural chemicals to fields that were too wet to work with tractors. Farmers reported trouble with corn and soybeans crops due to the cool, cloudy conditions and soaked fields. Farm stands reported their sales are down this year due to low yields and high costs of their products. They noted that the wet conditions have reduced sugars in some fruit, making the flavor suffer. Insect populations have also thrived due to the wet conditions after two years of drought. Mosquitoes are still out in force. Yellow jackets have traded nests in the ground for aboveground quarters due to the saturated soils. Cooler average temperaturesIn Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 77.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.9 degrees below normal); Athens was 76.9 degrees (2.7 below normal); Augusta was 78.2 (2.3 below normal); Columbus was 80.4 degrees (1.5 below normal); Macon was 78.4 degrees (2.5 below normal); Savannah was 81.4 degrees (0.1 below normal); Brunswick was 82 degree (0.2 above normal); and Alma was 81.5 degrees (0.2 above normal). A number of temperature records were set or tied in August. In mid-August a wedge of cold air moved into Georgia from the northeast, down the east side of the Appalachian Mountains. This caused unusually cool conditions that are more often seen in October. The last time such a cold event occurred in August in Georgia was at the end of the month in 1986. Warm humid air flowing north from the Tropics rose over the wedge of cold air, causing significant amounts of rain in the southern part of the state.Atlanta set record-low, daytime temperatures on Aug. 16 and 17, when daily high temperatures of 67 and 66 degrees, respectively, were observed. These temperatures broke the old records of 70 and 74 degrees, set in 1892 and 1939, respectively. Columbus reported both a record-low temperature of 66 degrees and a record-low, maximum temperature of 74 degrees on Aug. 16. These temperatures broke the old records of 67 degrees for the low set in 1967, and 77 degrees for the high set in 1994. Macon also broke their record-low, maximum temperature on Aug. 16, with an observed temperature of 71 degrees. This broke the old record of 75 degrees set in 1994. Savannah reported 76 degrees on Aug. 15, which broke the old record-low, maximum temperature of 80 degrees set in 1944. Augusta broke its record-low, maximum temperatures on Aug. 15, 16 and 17. Athens tied its record-low, maximum temperature on Aug. 16. Brunswick tied its record high for Aug. 13 (1963) with 96 degrees. Rainfall records set across the stateThe highest monthly precipitation total reported by National Weather Service observers was 10.2 inches in Macon (6.1 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Atlanta at 5.24 inches (1.34 inches above normal). Savannah received 7.03 inches (0.47 inches above normal); Athens received 5.68 inches (2.15 above normal); Augusta received 5.84 inches (1.52 above normal); Columbus received 8.63 inches (4.86 above normal); Alma received 9.45 inches (4.04 above normal); and Brunswick received 7.9 inches (1.63 above normal). Columbus had their wettest August in 66 years. Macon had the second wettest; Augusta had the third wettest; Atlanta had the fourth wettest; Athens had the sixth wettest; and Savannah the 11th wettest. All of the stations with the exception of Columbus have over 100 years of climate records. Daily rainfall records were set in Atlanta (2.66 inches on Aug. 7), Macon (2.15 inches on Aug. 23) and Alma (2.2 inches on Aug. 16). Columbus received 5.73 inches on Aug. 14, not only smashing the old daily record of 2.04 inches (set in 1952), but also barely missing the all-time, one-day rainfall record of 5.74 inches (set on April 1, 1981). The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers was 5.75 inches near Toccoa in Stephens County on Aug. 8. One Tybee Island observer reported 5.73 inches on Aug. 17. The highest monthly total rainfall was 14.18 inches, observed near Statesboro in Bulloch County, followed by 13.7 inches measured southwest of Sautee in White County. Severe weather was reported on 12 days in August. A small tornado caused minor damage on Aug. 18 along the Alabama border in Heard County. Other damage was due to strong winds and small hail. Flooding led to road closures in northern Georgia on Aug. 7.last_img read more

Samsung Pay takes on Apple Pay, but goes further

first_imgby: Lance UlanoffSamsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on Sunday, two sleek new smartphones that both feature the new Samsung Pay.Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay will let you enter your credit card information and create a tokenization that protects that information — creating a unique credit card number for each device — and payment data. It will even come with physical authentication in the form of a re-engineered fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S6: No more swipe, just tap your finger or thumb. It’s very Apple Touch ID-esque.Last month, Apple told us that a huge percentage of mobile payments at some major retailers are through its NFC-enabled Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.But we know that very few smartphone-enabled mobile payments are taking place overall — so big percentages don’t quite make a trend.Part of the holdup: Not all retailers are on board with the new payment systems. Not every point of sale has an NFC kiosk, and even some that do have disabled NFC while they wait for other options. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2017-18 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee named

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Technology Council formally presented the 2017-2018 Executive Committee at this year’s CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference on September 30 co-located in Phoenix.The full roster of the 2017-2018 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Mike Atkins, chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and chief information officer, Bellco CU and, CEO, Open Technology Solutions, Centennial, Colo.;Chris Saneda, vice chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and executive vice president, technology and digital innovation, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.;last_img

ICC World Cup Sourav Ganguly tells India: Don’t think you are favourite against Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Pakistan has never won a World Cup game against India. India will play Pakistan in World Cup for seventh time. Rain can be a spoilsport in game between India and Pakistan. center_img New Delhi : The mother of all battles is now less than 24 hours away, and former India captain Sourav Ganguly warned India to not entertain thoughts that they would start favourites in the marquee World Cup clash. Ganguly said the Indian team perhaps made the mistake of taking Pakistan lightly in the 2017 Champions Trophy final and had to bite the dust.”India needs to be very careful, don’t go into this game thinking they are the favourites. I think they did that the last time in 2017 in the ICC Champions Trophy finals, and Pakistan beat them hands down. It’s going to be a great game of cricket,” commented Ganguly as an expert for Star Sports ahead of the game.Tendulkar also said that India cannot afford to take the traditional rivals lightly.  “Pakistan has always been unpredictable, and they are a dangerous side – so there is no way the Indian team is going to take them lightly. Every step that the Indian team takes forward, we would want to be 100% sure of what we are doing, and it is well thought and well planned,” he said.The hype and interest an India-Pakistan cricket match generates is surreal and both Tendukar and Ganguly agreed that “it is more than just a cricket match”.”People get a bit carried away, and excited with this game, so from that point of view it’s going to be a huge game in Manchester on Sunday. My first trip as a captain against Pakistan in 2003 – we had never won there before, but then we won both the Test Matches and One-Days. My memories of playing against Pakistan have been happy times for India,” said Ganguly. Tendulkar also recalled the build up of that 2003 tour.”A year before we played each other, people had started talking about that match. They said, come-what-may, you must win that game, after that whatever happens they really don’t care. I said, don’t think like that because players think differently,” said Tendulkar. Ganguly also felt that handling pacer Mohammed Amir will be key for India.”In this World Cup 2019 team, Mohd. Amir was nowhere in the picture. They had dropped him, he comes back and takes up being the leading fast bowler in the squad. That’s what you get from a side like Pakistan.” Anil Kumble, another Indian stalwart, said since the two teams do not play each other quite often, it leads to building up a bit of “drama”.”If you have to win the World Cup you have to consistently beat teams, and India-Pakistan matches have always been marquee events. ICC knows that; as soon as they opened out the schedule and ticketing, within 15 minutes the match was sold out and that’s the importance of an India – Pakistan match. “The World Cup comes once in four years, making the match all that more important. For a player, it’s another match, you still must do your skill sets well, you still have to bowl well, and take those catches, that’s something the Indian team will be focused on,” said Kumble.(With Inputs: PTI) last_img read more

European Championship in Sitting Volleyball: BiH defeated the Host, Croatia

first_imgAfter consecutively winning nine gold medals at European championships in sitting volleyball, the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina won the bronze medal for the first time in 20 years. BiH defeated Croatia for the third place of the European Championship in Porec with a result of 3:0 (25:21, 25:16, 25:18).We won the first bronze medal in 1997 at the championship in Estonia and since then, our team has been winning only gold medals – nine gold medals at nine European championships.Despite the fact that they did not win gold this time and reach the 10th consecutive European gold, the players of our national team deserve congratulations for maintaining the continuity in winning medals. In the semifinals, we were defeated by Russia, which will play against Ukraine in the final at 2:30 p.m. today.The first set against Croatia was equal until right before the end when our volleyball players achieved an advantage of four points (24:20) and concluded the set with the result 25:21 for the lead in the match with a score of 1:0.In the second set, our national team started playing better. We took the lead with 12:4, when it became expected that we would win the second set. In the end, the score was 25:16 for our team and we led the Croatians with 2:0.The third set, similar to the previous, did not bring much more uncertainty, so our volleyball players generally had an advantage of at least three points difference and finally finished the set with a result of 25:18 and a final victory with a 3:0 result.Mirzet Duran (12) and Safet Alibasic (10) were the highest scoring players in our team, while Ivan Cosis (8) and Sinisa Milicevic (7) scored the highest points for the Croatian team.(Source: Klix.ba / photo: bhrt.ba)last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: Sept. 15, 2016 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••State of Kansas v. Patricia Prentice — Case No: 16 CR 232Date of birth: 1968. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: July 15, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Possession methamphetamine, level 5 drug felony. Count 2 — Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor.Case description: Prentice is accused of having a small bag of methamphetamine on her when she was booked into Sumner County jail for a probation violation warrant.—————State of Kansas v. Michael Simrell — Case No: 16 CR 234Date of birth: 1995. Address: Derby.Date of alleged crime: August 4, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Unlawful use of driver’s license, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 — Possession of Marijuana, Class B misdemeanor.Count 3 — Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Simrell is accused of using a driver’s license belonging to someone else and having marijuana in a bag in his pocket while at the Kansas Star Casino.—————State of Kansas v. Ezekiel Voshell — Case No: 16 CR 236Date of birth: 1992. Address: Wellington.Date of alleged crime: August 3, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Criminal damage to property, level 9 felony. Count 2 — Violate Protective order, Class A misdemeanor. Count 3 — Fleeing law enforcement officer, level 9 felony. Case description: Voshell is accused of destroying a mailbox ceramic ornament, a 40-inch flat screen TV, tearing off wallpaper in the house, knocking over a computer desk, breaking a computer, throwing items around the house, smashing the rear window of a 1990 Nissan Maxima with a board, smashing the windshield of a 1991 Lexus 400 sedan, breaking an outdoor lamp and destroying other items in which his parents had an interest in. Total destruction amounted to at least $1,000 according to the complaint. After his arrest at 3 a.m., he then allegedly returned to the residence at 3 p.m. at 701 E. Mill, which is a violation of his bond which states he is to have no contact with the owners or be on the property.Voshell is then accused of fleeing the scene at 701 E. Mill in a vehicle and refused to stop for a pursuing police vehicle that implemented visual or audible signals for him to do so.—————State of Kansas v. Spencer Myers — Case No: 16 CR 237Date of birth: 1998. Address: Derby.Date of alleged crime: August 4, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Burglary of vehicle, level 9 felony. Count 2 — Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Count 3 — Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Myers is accused of breaking into a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup parked at the Kansas Star Casino and taking a Legacy amplifier, Sony Stereo speaker and Mophie portable battery charger valued at around $340. He allegedly broke out the driver’s side window, and tore out stereo wiring while committing the alleged crime. —————State of Kansas v. Travis Schneider — Case No: 16 CR 239Date of birth: 1985. Address: Wellington.Date of alleged crime: July 22, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 — Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 — Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor. Count 4 — Possession drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Schneider is accused of shoving and pushing Summer Schneider during an argument. He also allegedly broke the window with a chair. Schneider also allegedly had a marijuana pipe in his car. —————State of Kansas v. Jeffrey Whitfield — Case No: 16 CR 240Date of birth: 1992 Address: Derby.Date of alleged crime: July 25, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Transporting open container as a passenger, misdemeanor.Count 2 — Interference with law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor.Case description: Whitfield is accused of having an open beer on the floorboard of a 2016 KIA and refusing to give law enforcement officer his identification. —————State of Kansas v. Summer Schneider — Case No: 16 CR 241Date of birth: 1987 Address: Wellington.Date of alleged crime: July 22, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor. Count 2 — Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 — Driving while suspended, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Schneider is accused of using words to provoke an assault or breach of peace. She also allegedly pushed and left scratch marks on Travis Schneider, and drove a vehicle when her license was suspended or revoked.—————State of Kansas v. Haley Drake — Case No: 16 CR 242Date of birth: 1997 Address: Wellington.Date of alleged crime: May 4, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Aggravated kidnapping, level 1 felony. Count 2 — Criminal damage to property, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Drake is accused of unlawfully aiding and abetting Lancy Lough by bringing handcuffs and pepper spray to use on a victim and he held her against her will for several hours during which he beat her and used a taser on her. He also alleged destroyed the person’s cell phone. (See story of Lancy Lough case here). —————State of Kansas v. Rebecca Gillespie — Case No: 16 CR 243Date of birth: 1969 Address: Mayfield.Date of alleged crime: July 16, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Reckless driving, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 — Aggravated assault, level 7 felony. Case description: Gillespie is accused of driving her vehicle to aggressively pursue her former boyfriend after he drove his motorcycle away from her at the Wellington Lake Office. She allegedly caught him and got in front of him, slamming on her brakes trying to compel him to stop his motorcycle and when he didn’t she caught him again and passed him again on Anson Road near the lake. She then allegedly got ahead of him, turned the pickup around  and came back toward him and swerved into his lane intending to strike his motorcycle with her car. —————State of Kansas v. Jeremy Devore — Case No: 16 CR 244Date of birth: 1980. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: Aug. 5, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Criminal trespass, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 — Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Devore is accused of not leaving the premises of the Kansas Star Casino when he was told to do so. He also allegedly jabbed the security supervisor in the ribs and tried to force him to shake his hand after urinating on himself. —————State of Kansas v. Christopher Galliher — Case No: 16 CR 245Date of birth: 1982. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: Aug. 4, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Unlawful use of driver’s license, Class A misdemeanor.Count 2 — Forgery, level 8 felony.Count 3 — Identity theft, level 8 felony. Case description: Galliher is accused of using a driver’s license not his own while trying to get into the Kansas Star Casino. —————State of Kansas v. Gasper Fransisco-Ramirez — Case No: 16 CR 246Date of birth: 1990. Address: Arkansas City.Date of alleged crime: July 27, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Driving contrary to ignition interlock requirement, Class A misdemeanor. Count 2 — Left of center, traffic infraction. Count 3 — Involuntary manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol, level 4 felony. Case description: Fransisco-Ramirez is accused of killing a human being, Micaela Martin, while driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol to the degree he could not safely operate a motor vehicle while the alcohol concentration in which his alcohol level was .08 or more. Allegedly, Francisco-Ramirez was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer on U.S. 160 highway west of Oxford at a time when the defendant’s driving privileges were restricted which was equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device.Allegedly, Fransisco-Ramirez had gone left of center when it was unsafe of overtaking and passing any vehicle proceeding in the same direction and no obstruction existed on the right half of said roadway. The story of this accident can be found here. —————State of Kansas v. Robert Modglin — Case No: 16 CR 247.Date of birth: N/A. Address: Colwich.Date of alleged crime: April 29, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Driving under the influence, 3rd and subsequent offense, non-grid nonperson felony. Count 2 — Driving while canceled, suspended or revoked, first offense Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 — Transporting open container of alcohol,  Unclassified misdemeanor. Count 4 — Following too closely, traffic infraction. Case description: Modglin is accused of attempting to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more with an open container of alcohol.—————State of Kansas v. Darla Rowden — Case No: 16 CR 248.Date of birth: N/A. Address: Mulvane.Date of alleged crime: August 9, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Aggravated assault, level 7 felony.Case description: Rowden is accused of placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm with a firearm.—————State of Kansas v. Jonathan Matthew Mumma — Case No: 16 CR 249.Date of birth: 1993. Address: Derby.Date of alleged crime: August 10, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Theft, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Mumma is accused of taking cash out of the locker of a fellow employee at the Kansas Star Casino. Court settlement: On Sept. 6, Mumma pled guilty to theft. He was sentenced to six months with a one year probation, provided he pays back the $550 to the fellow employee, have no contact with victim and not return to the casino. He also must pay $224 in court appointed attorney fees. —————State of Kansas v. Jamen Johnston — Case No: 16 CR 250.Date of birth: 1996. Address: Derby.Date of alleged crime: August 11, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Aggravated burglary, level 5 felony. Count 2 — Theft of motor vehicle, level 9 felony. Case description: Johnston is accused of entering a dwelling at 722 S. College in Mulvane without authority in doing so and stealing car keys which he used to steal a 2016 Ford Fusion. His mother’s purse and credit cards were inside the car that he allegedly stole. —————State of Kansas v. Gregory Lowe — Case No: 16 CR 251.Date of birth: 1975. Address: Sedgwick County Jail. Date of alleged crime: August 1, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Burglary of non-dwelling level 7 felony. Count 2 — Theft, level 9 felony. Case description: Lowe is accused of committing a theft at The Dore Club in Wellington. Lowe allegedly took lottery tickets and liquor valued at least $1,000 but less than $25,000.—————State of Kansas v. Rolando Castenda-Lopez — Case No: 16 CR 253.Date of birth: 1979. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: August 1, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Unlawful use of driver’s license, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 — Identity theft, level 8 felony. Case description: Castenda-Lopez is accused of displaying a fictitious driver’s license and a false date in order to enter the casino. —————State of Kansas v. Michael Brines— Case No: 16 CR 254.Date of birth: 1976. Address: Oxford.Date of alleged crime: August 12, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Aggravated burglary, level 5 felony. Count 2 — Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor.Count 3 — Criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor. Count 4 — Aggravated kidnapping, level 1 person felony.Count 5 — Rape, level 1 person felony. Case description: Brines is accused of entering s home in Oxford for which he had no authority of being in with the intent to commit a felony, theft or sexually motivated crime. He then allegedly angrily grabbed a household member as she was running to get her cellphone to call the police. He then hit her with a guitar and pushed or slapped her in the head. Brines also allegedly broke the wood molding on the door so he could lift up the glass to open the deadbolt lock so he could enter the house. Once inside, he allegedly broke picture frames, a mirror and other items during the argument. Then, allegedly, Brines forcefully took and compelled the victim to remain in the bedroom as he threatened to beat and/or kill her. He allegedly struck her multiple times in the bedroom with a pack of frozen hamburger. He then is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with said victim who did not consent to the sexual intercourse and was overcome by force or fear. —————State of Kansas v. Angela Kay Porter — Case No: 16 CR 255.Date of birth: N/A. Address: Arkansas City. Date of alleged crime: August 13, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Illegal registration, Unclassified misdemeanor. Count 2 — Failure to provide proof of insurance, first offense, Class B misdemeanor. Count 3 — Driving without a valid license, Class B misdemeanor. Count 4 — Driving under the influence, fourth or subsequent offense, felony. Count 5 — Transportation open container of alcohol, unclassified misdemeanor. Count 6 — Operate motor vehicle below minimum speed, traffic infraction. Case description: Porter is accused of operating a black SMART car on I-35 that was not registered. She had no valid license, insurance and was accused of operating a vehicle of .08 or more. She had previous convictions in Sedgwick County District Court in 2004, 2005 and 2009. —————State of Kansas v. Rachelle Ward — Case No: 16 CR 256.Date of birth: 1969. Address: Wellington. Date of alleged crime: August 5, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Theft, level 9 felony. Count 2 — Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Case description: Ward is accused of stealing items valued at less than $1,000 inside a bag and wore a new belt, before leaving the store without paying for them. She had two prior theft convictions in Sumner County. —————State of Kansas v. Arthur Contreas Saavedra — Case No: 16 CR 257.Date of birth: 1969. Address: Wellington. Date of alleged crime: August 5, 2016.Charges:Count 1 — Domestic battery, Class B misdemeanor. Case description: Saavedra is accused of pushing and striking a household manner. Court settlement: Saavedra pled guilty to domestic battery and sentenced to six month sentence and a one year probation provided he completes an intervention program and follow through at Sumner Mental Health Center. He is also to obtain an alcohol and drug evaluation. —————State of Kansas v. Bentram Medina — Case No: 16 CR 258.Date of birth: 1965. Address: Wichita.Date of alleged crime: August 1, 2015.Charges:Count 1 — Battery, Class B misdemeanor. Count 2 —  Disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanor. Case description: Medina, who had been working at Sedgwick County as a Sheriff Deputy,  is accused of  using angry abusive language to lecture inmate Jesse Gomez for having previously removing a handcuff that was too loose and which had already been recurred. He angrily slapped Gomez in the back of the head as he escorted Gomez to the transport vehicle, before shoving him from behind as he was entering the vehicle.last_img read more

Wave of protests in NFL after Trump criticism

first_imgThe London protests were emulated across the United States as matches kicked off.In Foxborough, around 15 members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kneeled during the national anthem.Star quarterback Tom Brady linked arms with his team-mates. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a friend of Trump who also donated to his campaign, issued a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” by Trump’s remarks on Friday.In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to remain in their locker room during the anthem ahead of their clash with the Bears. Khan later issued a statement decrying Trump’s recent comments as “divisive and contentious.”“That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,” Khan said. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who is black, said the decision was not intended to be disrespectful but rather calculated to “remove ourselves from the circumstance.”“These are very divisive times for our country,” Tomlin told CBS television. “For us as a football team, it’s about remaining solid.”A lone Steelers player — former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva — stood just outside the player’s tunnel to observe the anthem.In Detroit meanwhile, the singer of the national anthem Rico LaVelle dramatically dropped to his knee at the end of his rendition.At least eight Detroit Lions players were seen kneeling during the anthem while others linked arms ahead of their game with the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons players including team owner Arthur Blank also joined arms.More than 20 Cleveland Browns players kneeled during the anthem for their game against the Colts in Indianapolis.Share on: WhatsApp Among those linking arms with the players was Jacksonville owner Shad Khan, who donated $1 million to Trump’s election campaign in 2016. Los Angeles, United States | AFP | A wave of protests swept National Football League games on Sunday after US President Donald Trump called for players demonstrating against racial inequality during the national anthem to be fired.Dozens of players at several games across the league chose to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in the largest such demonstration since the protests first began in 2016.The first mass protest took place at the NFL’s London game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium.A large number of players from both teams knelt during the playing of the anthem while others stood with their arms interlocked.last_img read more

Celebrating Independence Day With The Declaration

first_imgStory and photo by Joseph SapiaSHREWSBURY – Out of state in Maine, Katie Kingsberry knew she had to get home, driving for 12 or so hours to get back to the borough by the morning of Independence Day.Why?Kingsberry, 32, wanted to be one of the approximately 30 readers of the Declaration of Independence on this Fourth of July at the historic Allen House. Read as she did last year in the inaugural event.“I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the values our country was founded upon,” Kingsberry said.“I think it’s just good to remember the history of our country,” said Kingsberry’s friend, Jenna Ciongoli, 32, also of Shrewsbury who read a paragraph of the Declaration with her son, Gus, 3. “It’s very emotional.”Ciongoli, who also read last year, noted in these polarized political times that the founding fathers had a “common cause.”“I think we’ve lost that,” Ciongoli said.The event was sponsored by various parties: the Monmouth County Historical Association, which owns Allen House at the corner of Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue; Christ Episcopal Church, diagonally across the intersection; Shrewsbury Borough; Shrewsbury Historical Society; Shrewsbury Garden Club; and the county library. The idea of the Independence Day Celebration is “to remind people where we came from, how historic Monmouth County” is, said Mary Ann LaSardo, a Rumson resident who co-chaired the event. The county was important in the American Revolution, LaSardo said.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association.“The Battle of Monmouth was a turning point in the war,” said LaSardo, a county Historical Association trustee.An estimated 350, or 150 or so more than last year, attended the reading, said Charles H. Jones III of Rumson, the other event co-chair.“This started as a kernel of an idea,” said Linda W. Bricker, president of the Monmouth County Historical Association. “To see the diversity of the group that gathered here is wonderful.”Leeann Arnts of West Long Branch attended the ceremony because she traces her ancestry back to Elizabeth Allen, sister of Judah Allen who built a house at the site in the late 1600s and farmed the land. She said her family always talked about its history, which also includes the well-established, local Throckmorton and Van Note families.“New Jersey needs to focus on its rich history,” said Arnts, 59, an assistant music teacher at Shrewsbury Borough School.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association. “Shrewsbury is doing this. The youth need to know the history and keep it going.”Jim Weythman of Red Bank said he liked “just the appropriateness of the ceremony.”“Lots of Fourth of Julys get lost in fireworks, beer, picnics,” said Weythman, 71.Maggie LaRocca, 35, of Rumson attended to “celebrate the true meaning of the day” and try “to share a little bit of history with my son,” Mac, 3.“We talked about it on the way over,” said LaRocca, saying she talked about how people got together in the 1700s to provide for our freedom.“It’s tough to explain history to a child,” LaRocca said. “You try to show it to them.”People stand in line, awaiting their turn to read a part of the Declaration of Independence July 4 in Shrewsbury.The event came to be through a discussion between LaSardo and Pati Githens, executive assistant at the county Historical Association. They were looking to do an event at Allen House.“An idea sprung up over breakfast,” LaSardo said. “We were hoping for 50 people last year and got 200.”“Last year was a shocking success,” said Jones, also a county Historical Association trustee.Freehold Borough’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 is the only other public one of its kind in Monmouth County organizers of the Shrewsbury event were aware of, Jones said.The event kicked off with Christ Church ringing its bell 13 times for the 13 colonies at the time the Declaration was signed in 1776.Lillian G. Burry, a member of the county Board of Freeholders, began the reading, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another…”“It’s just so meaningful to me,” Burry said. “I think it’s a wonderful tradition, so much meaning behind it. This is all where the Revolution occurred.”Borough Mayor Donald Burden read the last paragraph. Burden is co-author with Rick Geffken of Farmingdale of the recently released book, “The Story of Shrewsbury Re-Visited, 1965-2015.”People attended, expressing “patriotic spirit and the incredible history that surrounds us in Monmouth County, particularly regarding the Revolutionary War,” Bricker said.On display was an 1880 printing of Benjamin Owen Tyler’s 1818 published version of the Declaration. F. Neal Warner of Freehold Township had donated the 1880 printing to the county library.While the Declaration remains very alive, certain lines were cringe-worthy for Kingsberry and Ciongoli – such as “that all men are created equal.” And they noted blacks did not have equal rights in 1776.The ceremony was over in about an hour.“It’s not heavy-duty,” Weythman said. “At the same time, (it was) kind of inspirational.”last_img read more

Suicide the likely cause of the LAM Mozambique airlines crash

first_imgAccording to the Aviation Herald it appears the captain of  LAM Mozambique Airlines flight 470 deliberately crashed the  aircraft into the Bwabwata National Park killing all 28 passengers and 6 crew on board.The aircraft was operating flight TM 470 from Maputo International Airport to Luanda, the Angolan capital on Friday November 29th.  The aircraft, a 90-passenger ERJ190 took off at 11:26am Friday, November 29 and was due to arrive at 1410.Whilst the preliminary report has not yet been released Aviation Herald reports the following:On Dec 21st 2013 Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Authority reported in a press conference that the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder revealed that the captain was alone on the flight deck at the time of the acident. Banging on the flight deck door could be heard on the cockpit voice recorder. The autoflight systems (autothrottle and autopilot) were engaged. There were sounds and clicks consistent with a person knowledgeable of the aircraft systems commanding the engines to idle thrust and selecting the autoflight systems into a descent at 6000 feet per minute. Numerous warnings and alerts were not responded to.LAM carried a four-star safety rating from AirlineRatings.com but were downgraded to three immediately after the accidentlast_img read more

South African tourism numbers on the up

first_img4 January 2012There was a two percent increase in the number of travellers moving in and out of South Africa in December compared to the same period last year, the Department of Home Affairs said on Tuesday.The department recorded 3.7-million travellers on its computer system in December, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement.Of these, over 2.5-million were foreigners and 1.2-million were locals. These numbers include both arrivals and departures.African, European, US visitorsThe majority of visitors came from Southern African Development Community countries, but there was also steady inflow from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Germany.Most of the movement into and out of the country was through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Lebombo border post into Mozambique, Ficksburg and Maseru Bridge into Lesotho, Oshoek and Golela into Swaziland, and Kopfontein and Ramatlabama into Botswana.Dlamini-Zuma wished all travellers a safe journey.“I am confident all travellers enjoyed the warmth, hospitality and ubuntu of our people as well as the diversity and magnificence of our flora and fauna.”Western Cape tourism flourishesThe Western Cape’s Tourism Marketing Agency, meanwhile, said it has seen a rise in domestic tourism in the province.The province’s tourism industry has flourished since the start of December.Tourist attractions such as Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Langebaan continue to be some of the most popular areas.Cape Town Route Unlimited’s Calvyn Gilfellan said they are expecting an increase of between five and eight percent this year.“There is definitely an increase. We have seen more numbers fuelled by the school holidays and international visitors. We will have an eight percent year-on-year growth for this particular part of the season,” he said.Sapalast_img read more