first_imgNovember 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Rose announces signing of Shengzhe Li to National Letter of Intent FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball coach Dave Rose announced today that Shengzhe Li has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cougars.“Shengzhe is a polished and skilled post player that really understands how to play the game,” Coach Dave Rose said. “His sheer size and ability to move, pass and score will fit our program perfectly.”Originally from Shanghai, China, Li plays for former BYU assistant Jeff Reinert at Santa Margarita Catholic in Santa Margarita, California. A 6-foot-10 center, Li averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while helping Santa Margarita to a record of 20-10 in 2017-18. Prior to playing for Santa Margarita, Li played three years in Spain for the Canarias Basketball Academy in Las Palmas. He also plays for the Pump N Run club during the AAU season.The signing of Nate Hansen from Timpiew High School was announced on Wednesday. Other signees will be announced as their letters of intent are received. Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/National Letter of Intent/Shengzhe Li Robert Lovelllast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Makin Island Waves Goodbye to Duqm, Oman USS Makin Island Waves Goodbye to Duqm, Oman View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Authorities The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman Jan. 5, 2015.The visit provided Sailors and Marines the opportunity to experience the culture and hospitality of Oman after 115 days at sea.During the port visit, Sailors and Marines participated in various festivities on the pier.The visit also gave the crew an opportunity to complete many tasks including preservation of the ship’s hull and inport maintenance.The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.[mappress mapid=”14878″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Duqm View post tag: USS Makin Island View post tag: Oman View post tag: Goodbye View post tag: waves View post tag: News by topic January 8, 2015 View post tag: middle east Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgTwo local schools have been turning Hoboken’s water infrastructure headache into a learning experience.Hoboken suffered its fourth water main break this year in the wee hours of Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Fifth Street and Willow Avenue, following breaks on Jan. 4 at Observer Highway and Willow Avenue, Jan. 14 at 2nd and Clinton streets, and Feb. 15 on 2nd Street between Washington and Bloomfield streets.While the city government tries to cope with the breaks and renegotiates its contract with the water company, on Friday, March 3, Stevens students had the chance to check out Hoboken’s Washington Street project with its engineer, T&M Associates. They met at the project headquarters (Washington between 7th and 8th) and walked up to 9th.And preschool students at the Mustard Seed School have created their own interpretations of the problem. The water main break and sink hole that occurred right in front of Mustard Seed School were very exciting to the three and four-year old crowd. They immediately wanted to make drawings and explore what happened. ×  1 / 3  Mustard Seed students (left to right) are Macy, Melany, and Cole.  2 / 3  Stevens students had the chance to check out Hoboken’s Washington Street project with its engineer, T&M Associates.  3 / 3  Amara was so into her artwork she didn’t notice that she marked herself too. ❮ ❯ 1 / 3  Mustard Seed students (left to right) are Macy, Melany, and Cole.  2 / 3  Stevens students had the chance to check out Hoboken’s Washington Street project with its engineer, T&M Associates.  3 / 3  Amara was so into her artwork she didn’t notice that she marked herself too. ❮ ❯last_img read more

first_imgEaster inspiration With Easter just around the corner it’s time to look at the cake bucket list to find inspiration for this Easters cakes.It’s funny although we’re nearing the middle of Autumn, we tend to follow the Spring inspiration that the UK and USA are enjoying. No Autumnal colours or styles for us. It’s all pastels and prettiness at this time of year.Flowers (the sugar kind) are everywhere right now. But what I’m really fascinated with are rice paper flowers. Delicate, whimsical and naturally paper thin, you simply can’t get the same style with gum paste. Who would have thought to use rice paper? A medium that you’d think would hate water (it melts) is being airbrushed and cut and formed into some of the most beautiful flowers. Ingenious and so incredibly modern – I can’t wait for this look to go mainstream and hit the wedding circuit. There are plenty of tutorials on youtube if you’d like to have a practice. People are creating everything from dahlias to ranunculus in all sizes and colours; I can’t wait to see where else this trend goes.Next on the list for Easter is Tracey Lau’s tree stump bunny bottom cake I’ve been obsessed with this cake for years. Unfortunately Tracey’s website is no longer active and she didn’t post instructions on how to make her gorgeous Easter cake when it was. Fingers crossed I get to cross this off my cake bucket list this Easter as it really is a timeless and classic cake. Hopefully this year I will have an excuse to make it.However, we are about to fall down the rabbit hole, as researching for this article I discovered I’m partial to a bunny bottom. Cupcakes, cupcakes, and cupcakes, they’re all the same but slightly different and I love them all. So easy and cute, full of personality without any complicated modelling. There are also plenty of bunny tail biscuits to inspire, but no bunny tail cake pops. Hmmm, I think they sound perfect.Recently, I’ve also seen a lot more carved bunnies appearing in my newsfeed. This bunny has been inspiring lots of work and his face keeps hopping into lots of other cake decorators’ work. He is incredibly cute and it’s perfect for someone just starting out with modelling. You can make him as easy or as complicated as you like and although not Easter this Thumper (from Bambi) cake is adorable as well (and perhaps her original inspiration, look at those cheeks!)So there you have it plenty of Easter inspiration without so much as a chocolate Easter egg in sight! I hope you have a lovely and restful Easter break.About Justine SpaldingJustine runs Australian website and newsletter The Sweet Source.   >> Visit Justine’s websitelast_img read more

first_imgPicking up where they left off earlier this month, Phil Lesh & Friends commemorated the Grateful Dead’s calendar year of 1984 last night with a performance of the Dead’s October 12, 1984 show from the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. As per usual, photographer Jay Blakesberg and Lesh sat down before the show to rap a little about the year in question. Among other topics discussed were Jerry Garcia’s reluctance to bust out “Dark Star,” recording sessions at Fantasy Studios and the formation of the Tapers Section and Rex Foundation.Alongside Lesh were Terrapin veterans Stu Allen and Scott Law on guitar, keyboardist Scott Guberman and drummers Ezra Lipp and Cochrane McMillan. Of note from the October 12, 1984 performance at the Augusta Civic Center were the Dead’s final performance of the traditional “On The Road Again,” as well as a rarity in the Brent Mydland-penned “Don’t Need Love,” which would only be played several more times thereafter, finally getting shelved completely in 1986.You can listen to last night’s Phil Lesh & Friends show in its entirety via Quinfolk below:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 2/22/16Set I: Feel Like A Stranger, It Must Have Been The Roses, On The Road Again, Jack-A-Roe, It’s All Over Now, Cumberland Blues, The Music Never StoppedSet II: Cold Rain And Snow, Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance, Don’t Need Love > Uncle John’s Band > Drums > Playin’ In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Morning DewEncore: Donor Rap, Good Lovin’[Photo via Dave Vann]last_img read more

first_imgMerredin solar farm, largest in Western Australia, begins sending power to the grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The 100MW Merredin solar farm – by far the biggest in the state of Western Australia to date – has started sending power to the grid in the first phase of its commissioning process.The solar farm – near the wheat-belt town of the same name – is owned by Risen Energy and began sending output to the local grid a few days ago. Under a four stage commissioning process it will initially be able to export up to 20 per cent of its capacity, then up to 50 per cent in its second stage, and 80 per cent in the third stage before reaching full output in stage four.The Merredin solar farm began construction in the middle of last year and is one of three big wind and solar projects that will join the WA grid in 2020.The biggest wind farm in the state, the 212MW Yandin facility north of Perth, began exporting to the grid earlier this month and followed a similarly staged commissioning process. The 180MW Warradarge wind farm, also north of Perth, is also due to start generating to the grid soon.Remarkably, for a state with such excellent solar resources, and more than 1,300MW of rooftop solar, Merredin will be one of just a handful of large scale solar farms on the state’s main grid. It will join the country first grid-scale solar farm, Greenough River (now being upgraded from 10MW to 40MW), and the smaller Emu Downs and Badgingarra solar farms that are co-located with wind installations. There is also a 9.6MW solar farm at Northam.Large scale solar farms also being installed in the Pilbara, where big iron ore mines are turning to solar and storage to reduce the high cost of gas generation and to improve reliability. At least two solar plants – one of 60MW, and two more totaling 150MW, are planned by Fortescue Metals and Alinta Energy.[Giles Parkinson]More: West Australia’s first 100MW solar farm starts sending power to the gridlast_img read more

first_img Mexican drug cartels have a new strategy, according to Gen. Ricardo Alberto Restrepo Londoño: cut out the middleman. “We have discovered that there are Mexican cartels which have arrived in Colombia basically to negotiate and transport the drug themselves. This gives them better returns and means Colombian traffickers are at less risk of being captured or caught in foreign judicial investigations.” Restrepo Londoño, head of Colombia’s National Police Counter-narcotics Division, elaborated on the problem to reporters at a September 22 press conference. Colombian police have acknowledged for years that Mexican drug traffickers have close links to Colombian cocaine producers. Now, they’re also operating from within the Andean nation. Though Restrepo Londoño didn’t reveal the specific names of those cartels, Colombian National Police (PNC) agents and soldiers with the Colombian National Army have captured alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas in recent years. Colombian security forces have also confiscated numerous drug shipments that were bound for the Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels. For instance, in late August, Colombian police confiscated 1.3 tons of cocaine hidden on a ship scheduled to depart from the Pacific port of Buenaventura, bound for the Guatemalan port of Quetzal. Police believe the cocaine belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel. In response to the prospect of Mexican cartel activity in Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has launched a probe in the department of Nariño, where the majority of coca – the main ingredient used to produce cocaine – is cultivated. That investigation is part of a broad effort by the PNC, the Army, and the Navy to crack down on the drug trade, leading to a number of large seizures this year. For instance, the Colombian Navy has seized more than 28 tons of cocaine in the Colombian Caribbean so far in 2014. Meanwhile, as Colombian authorities fight Mexican cartels in the Andean nation, Mexican officials continue to combat them domestically. On Monday, members of the Mexican Marines, the federal police, and SIEDO – the organized crime unit of the Attorney General’s office – captured Samuel Sánchez Lemus, the alleged leader of Los Zetas in the northern Mexican city of Saltillo, Coahuila state. Security forces also captured seven other alleged Los Zetas operatives, and seized five high-powered assault rifles, two dozen ammunition clips, 1,800 rounds of ammunition, about 600 packets of marijuana and 250 packets of cocaine. These arrests come less than a month after Federal and Tamaulipas State police captured Mario Alberto Arce Moreno, an alleged narco-trafficking leader of the Los Zetas in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. He is “one of the main leaders of a criminal organization that has generated much of the violence” in Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, according to the National Security Commission. By Dialogo September 24, 2014last_img read more

first_imgA federal appeals court in New York on Thursday voided a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement that Visa and MasterCard reached with millions of retailers, saying the agreement was unfair to retailers.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said “the accord was unfair to retailers that stood to receive no payments, and in the court’s view, little or no benefit at all,” according to Reuters.“This decision creates additional and unnecessary marketplace uncertainty,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “We will be monitoring the impact of this decision on credit unions.”Because 25 percent of the retailers (about 8,000) opted out of the settlement, the value was reduced to about $5.7 billion when it was approved in 2013. The settlement had been the largest in private antitrust history. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgNational’s Mark Mitchell accuses Justice Minister of trivialising 3-strikes ‘bottom-pinching’ caseNZ Herald 14 June 2018Family First Comment: “Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”. National MP Mark Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work. The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her. “It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent. “He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”National MP Mark Mitchell has accused Justice Minister Andrew Little of “trivialising” an indecent assault in which a prisoner grabbed the bottom of a female prison officer.The case was raised by Little in Parliament on Thursday when Mitchell, National’s justice spokesman, was questioning him about the numbers in prison who were “low-level criminals.”Mitchell had asked for an example of a “non-violent” assault after Little said more than 50 per cent of those who entered the prison system each year were convicted of crimes that did not involve violence.Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”.He said that left Campbell facing the maximum seven-year prison sentence without parole because it was the Campbell’s third conviction on a serious charge following convictions for robbery and aggravated robbery.“The judge said he was not going to sentence anybody to seven years for pinching somebody’s bottom.”Afterward Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work.The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her.“It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent.“He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12070925&ref=twitterlast_img read more