Crystal Palace revert to short-term policy after ditching Frank de Boer experiment

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more Christian Benteke kicks the post after missing a chance at Burnley. Crystal Palace did not score a Premier League goal in Frank de Boer’s four-match tenure. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Perhaps De Boer and Palace was never going to be the right fit. Even after four years dining at the top table, this club can still feel like a throwback. A set-up where only a certain kind of manager can thrive and, even then, not necessarily for very long. Sean Dyche, linked heavily with the post in the summer, would have been a more appropriate appointment in the circumstances when money is relatively tight and the implications of failure so immense. De Boer probably realised how awkward the alliance felt as quickly as the owners. He might argue he was too progressive at this stage of Palace’s development. The club would presumably counter by pointing at the dreadful results which have left the team playing catch-up, and ask whether De Boer is equipped for a dogfight.Hodgson, in contrast, suddenly feels a safer option. He is anything but a leap into the unknown, and can come in and be as pragmatic, as he was with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion. Yes, he is saddled with memories of Iceland but the Croydonian will consider Palace a homecoming and a chance to restore his reputation. Coping with the unremitting scrutiny of Premier League management will arguably be his biggest challenge because there is quality aplenty in this team which, if tapped properly, will steer them clear of trouble.Turning to a 70-year-old hardly smacks of long-termism but Palace have probably waved goodbye to that aspiration. Four games in and everything is about survival once again. The board decided De Boer was not the man to achieve it. Share on Facebook Roy Hodgson Topics Read more Crystal Palace Sportblog Why sack De Boer for managing like De Boer? Surely he needed proper time, and more investment, to instigate the change in style even Parish had acknowledged was desirable? Did the improved performance at Turf Moor, where 23 chances were created but none taken, not demand a stay of execution at least until Saturday’s visit of Southampton?Parish and the club’s American major shareholders, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, who were in attendance in Lancashire, would acknowledge that logic. They would surely concede, too, that mistakes have been made. Embarrassing errors that damn all the due diligence conducted over that month-long summer recruitment process following Sam Allardyce’s surprise resignation. The chairman, it should not be forgotten, had admitted “every time a manager fails at this club, I fail, so if Frank fails it is my failure too”.There is no hiding from this fiasco, whether or not talk of fans’ protests is followed through on Saturday lunchtime, or even if Palace rouse themselves under Roy Hodgson to clamber clear of trouble. The fact remains that it was always unreasonable to expect a manager schooled in one clear footballing way to be parachuted into a club and an unfamiliar league and successfully change everything overnight. He is even less likely to succeed if his squad are bolstered by only two young loanees and a £7.9m signing from Ajax. There was a splurge on Mamadou Sakho, a talismanic figure for Allardyce’s side last term, on deadline day but, by then, De Boer’s influence on transfer policy had all but evaporated. Looking back, what chance did he realistically have?Not that the owners will have warmed to the idea of Palace becoming a laughing stock. There is nothing to celebrate in a club emulating a 93-year record for dismal top-flight starts one day, then casting the manager adrift after the fewest number of games in charge the next. But at some stage, for all the desire to develop on the pitch, fear kicks in. Palace cannot afford to drop out of this division. This is a fifth year at elite level, the longest in their history, and their wage bill has never been higher. The owners – it is safe to assume the American investors, in particular – cannot contemplate slipping into the Championship. Once De Boer offered no clear plan as to how he would kickstart the team’s season in a meeting with Parish and the sporting director, Dougie Freedman, on the last Monday in August, the writing was on the wall.Given the schism that had developed behind the scenes, the surprise was not that the axe fell after four games but that the manager had still been in charge for the trip to Burnley. This relationship had fractured beyond repair after the defeat by Swansea last month when a manager who had pledged for most of the week to revert to a more comfortable system had ended up reverting to type just before kick-off in selection and tactics. The sight of the Dutchman bemoaning his players’ lack of “courage” on the ball in his post-match observations was too much for the owners to accept. One would have hoped the interview process might have highlighted any potential personality clash but clearly something had been lost in translation mid-summer. De Boer had apparently pledged “evolution, not revolution” but his approach suggested otherwise. Parish might argue some of the Dutchman’s tactics were evidence he had been hoodwinked. What so infuriated the board was De Boer’s apparent naivety when it came to the demands of the Premier League, as perverse as that may seem in relation to a man who excelled as a player at Barcelona, earned 112 Holland caps and claimed four Eredivise titles in six seasons as Ajax’s coach. Tony Pulis and Allardyce proved at Palace that the starting basis for any kind of success at a club of this size is a solid defence; be hard to beat first, and build any kind of progressive play from that base. De Boer could point to a fine defensive record in Dutch football but fell back on his principles, his weight of experience as a player and coach, and a favoured tactical game plan: a 3-4-3 forged on possession and patient buildup as if it was lifted from his Ajax days.It did not seem to matter that some of the players he had inherited, purchased by Ian Holloway to Pulis, Alan Pardew to Allardyce, were clearly uneasy with the whole approach. Or merely confused. So it was hardly a surprise what they delivered wasa mishmash. Palace have still regularly flung balls forward in hope for Christian Benteke – no other Premier League side have played as many long passes this season – but they have lacked the width to exploit their target man and, before the game at Burnley, any zest in their buildup play to stretch opponents.Before Turf Moor, when the manager’s selection had hinted at a willingness to change, the players had looked bewildered. Their only periods of dominant play had come in the final half-hour of the Carabao Cup second-round tie against the youngest team Ipswich Town have ever selected, the second half against Swansea once the visitors were sitting on a 2-0 lead, and in arrears at Burnley. On all occasions, Palace had reverted to something akin to a 4-3-3, the formation that would appear to fit the personnel.The issue had been raised with the manager before the Swansea match, the hierarchy almost pleading with him to give himself and the players the best chance of thriving, but it fell on deaf ears. By the end of that plod of a performance, Palace had reverted to playing Joel Ward at left-back, Lee Chung-yong on the flank and Martin Kelly at centre-half. It came as little surprise that the latter’s display was so frazzled given he had effectively been made available for transfer only to be thrust back into the picture almost overnight.Maybe those players’ involvement reflects the inadequate nature of Palace’s squad, a highly paid yet imbalanced playing staff blessed with seven centre-halves but only one fit centre-forward. Plenty of players were permitted to move on but their contracts are bloated and prohibitive for suitors outside the Premier League. That they were not shifted limited what changes the new man could implement.Other issues alarmed the ownership. The fact Luka Milivojevic, a revelation in defensive midfield after signing in January, featured as a centre-half throughout pre-season before being deposited back in midfield on the opening day against Huddersfield seemed self-defeating. The same could be said of Ward – deployed at centre-half for much of the summer only for De Boer to pick him as a right wing-back in the first competitive fixture. Ward duly laboured, scored an own goal and appeared utterly lost.Plenty about the selection for that game against Huddersfield had alarm bells ringing, not least the fact Jairo Riedewald, at 20, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, the 19-year-old secured on loan from Manchester United a few days previously, flanked Scott Dann in the new-look back three. As talented as the two youngsters may be, it seemed unwise to fling them into the fray in tandem in such a brutal division, even against promoted opponents. Better teams than Palace would struggle if reliant on such a green backline.Then came the inevitable rumours of player discontent, always the precursor to managerial change, which had been seeping out for a while. Some did not take kindly to De Boer’s showboating in training, tricks and flicks and free-kicks bent in from distance, a la Glenn Hoddle. Others, it should be said, had no such complaints and felt they were steadily growing accustomed to his demands. The corner would be turned. Palace would revive. We will never know whether that was realistic. Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action features Share on Pinterest Crystal Palace turn to Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer Twitter Steve Parish had taken to Twitter on Sunday night on the way back from Burnley and his team’s latest scoreless defeat. There were irate supporters to address and plenty of disgruntled fans pointing fingers at a board who, up to now, have been relatively immune to criticism given their achievements in hoisting Crystal Palace from the second tier. The chairman’s responses verged on the defiant, from “football teams lose games” to “we know we are better than this”. In among the series of tweets, too, was one suggesting “we have to stick together”.As it transpired that call for unity, echoed by first-team players on social media, did not extend to the relationship between hierarchy and manager. After a night contemplating what happens next, Palace confirmed Frank de Boer’s tenure would not extend beyond the 11-week mark, provoking an understandable wave of bewilderment from those on the outside looking in. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Everyone’s Calling For This College Football Head Coach To Be Fired

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)The state of Rutgers’ football program can be summed up in one word, really: Bad.The Scarlet Knights are currently getting blown out at home by Buffalo. This will be the third straight loss for Rutgers’ team. All three losses have come in blowout fashion.Is it too soon to be talking about Chris Ash’s job status at Rutgers?Apparently not.Well, someone made this:— Jay Poole (@jayrutgers09) September 22, 2018Chris Ash has a huge buyout but it might not matter with games like this— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 22, 2018Starting to think there might be a trade to be made at the end of the season: Greg Schiano back to Rutgers, Chris Ash returning to Ohio State. No excuse for what’s happening to the Scarlet Knights today.— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 15, 2018I don’t think Chris Ash is going to see the end of the season.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 22, 2018It’s 35-6 Buffalo with 2:31 left in the first half. Is Home Depot hiring?— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) September 22, 2018Rutgers appears to have quit— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 22, 2018Yikes.Will Rutgers end up making a change before the end of the year?last_img read more

Le gouvernement invite les commentaires du public sur lutilisation des animaux dassistance

first_imgLe ministère de la Justice cherche à obtenir des commentaires sur la définition et la protection des droits des utilisateurs d’animaux d’assistance. Ces points de vue serviront à façonner les nouvelles mesures législatives régissant les animaux d’assistance. « Compte tenu de l’utilisation accrue des animaux d’assistance en Nouvelle-Écosse, nous devons faire en sorte que les droits des personnes qui dépendent de ces animaux soient protégés, a dit Lena Metlege Diab, ministre de la Justice et procureure générale. Une certaine confusion existe, et nous devons clarifier la définition d’un animal d’assistance ainsi que les attentes relatives à la formation et à l’identification qui seraient exigées pour la protection juridique. » Anne MacRae, directrice générale de la Commission des personnes handicapées, est d’accord que les droits des personnes qui utilisent des animaux d’assistance doivent être protégés. « Il est encourageant de voir que des mesures sont prises pour définir ces droits », souligne-t-elle. L’utilisation des chiens-guides et d’autres animaux d’assistance augmente puisque ces animaux offrent un appui essentiel aux Néo-Écossais aveugles ou ayant une déficience visuelle ou d’autres handicaps. Il peut s’agir, par exemple, de personnes atteintes d’autisme, qui ont des problèmes de mobilité, qui souffrent d’un trouble de stress post-traumatique, qui ont des crises, qui ont un trouble dissociatif de l’identité ou autres qui peuvent bénéficier des services d’un animal d’assistance. « Je suis ravi que le gouvernement cherche à clarifier l’utilisation des animaux d’assistance, a dit Charlie MacDonald, membre du comité consultatif de la ministre sur les mesures visant l’accessibilité, et utilisateur de chien-guide. Il est très important de connaître les points de vue de la communauté car c’est ce qui contribuera à façonner les mesures législatives et à éduquer les gens au sujet des droits des utilisateurs d’animaux d’assistance. » Trois séances de consultation publique auront lieu : Les commentaires peuvent être soumis en ligne au Le document de travail est disponible en anglais, en français, en braille et en gros caractères. Les commentaires peuvent être envoyés par courriel au ou par courrier à l’adresse suivante : Consultation sur les animaux d’assistance, ministère de la Justice de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Politique, planification et recherche, C.P. 7, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2L6 Vous pouvez utiliser le service TTY par l’entremise de la Commission des personnes handicapées au 902-424-2667 ou sans frais en Nouvelle-Écosse au 1-877-996-9954. Vous pouvez aussi composer le 902-424-7729 pour obtenir des renseignements ou poser des questions. Le 18 juin, de 10 h à 15 h, au Centre de justice de Sydney dans la salle polyvalente à l’étage inférieur, 136, rue Charlotte Le 22 juin, de 10 h à 15 h, à la Commission des droits de la personne dans la salle de conférence « Resolution », 6e étage, 1601, rue Lower Water, Halifax Le 26 juin, de 11 h à 15 h, au Centre de justice de Yarmouth dans la salle de conférence, 164, rue Main (des services en français seront offerts pendant cette séance) Les commentaires seront acceptés jusqu’au 31 juillet 2015. Si vous prévoyez participer aux séances de consultation et si des mesures d’adaptation sont nécessaires en raison de votre handicap, veuillez aviser les organisateurs par téléphone au 902-424-7729. Un document de travail et un sondage en ligne sont maintenant disponibles afin de recueillir les commentaires des gens sur la définition des animaux d’assistance, les normes de formation, les normes d’identification et les pénalités imposées aux gens qui ne respectent pas les mesures législatives protégeant les droits des utilisateurs d’animaux d’assistance. Les Néo-Écossais disposent de nombreuses façons d’accéder au document de travail et de soumettre leurs commentaires :last_img read more

Three stories in the news for today Aug 21

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 21———PARTIAL ECLIPSE TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANADA’S SUNCanadians across the country will be donning special glasses and looking to the sky to take in a partial solar eclipse today. Unlike the U.S., Canada won’t see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun, blacking out the sky and turning day into night momentarily. But we’re still in for a celestial show and viewing events are planned across the country.———NAFTA: TOUGH SLEDDING AT ROUND ONE OF NEGOTIATIONSNorth American countries concluded their first round of negotiations toward a new continental trade agreement Sunday with a statement that suggested major issues needed to be sorted out in the talks ahead. A joint statement from the three countries couldn’t even agree what to call this process: A ”modernization,” which implies simple changes and is the preferred term of Canada and Mexico, or ”renegotiation,” the word most often used in the U.S.———INTERIM SAFE INJECTION SITE APPROVED FOR TORONTOA temporary safe injection site will open in Toronto today, several months earlier than expected. Health Canada says it has approved an application by Toronto Public Health to open a safe injection site immediately. Three permanent safe injection sites were set to open in the city this fall, but health experts said Toronto needed a more urgent response to a spike in overdoses this summer. Health Canada says the supervised sites save lives.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for Junelast_img read more

Community leader in Winnipeg blames Bernier tweet for vandalism in park

first_imgWINNIPEG – A leader in Winnipeg’s Pakistani community says a city park whose name drew the ire of a Quebec MP has been vandalized.Rashid Ahmed says a sign at Jinnah Park was sawed off from the bottom and that the city later took the sign away entirely.Earlier this week, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier criticized the park’s name, which honours the founder of Pakistan, as an example of what he called “extreme Liberal multiculturalism.”He compared it to a decision to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from outside Victoria city hall.Ahmed says he and others in the community believe Bernier’s tweets motivated the vandalism.He says he plans on filing a police report.Bernier’s tweet “generated a storm, a lot of criticism,” Ahmed told CTV.“You always find some people in a community who put two sides against each other. I think that is what happened here.”Bernier sent out a series of tweets beginning last Sunday, saying too much diversity and multiculturalism could water down Canadian values. The specific tweet about the Winnipeg park came on Tuesday.“While a statue of our country’s founder is being removed in one city, a park was recently named after Pakistan’s founder in another,” he wrote.Hundreds of people are expected in Jinnah Park on Sunday for celebrations to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day, which was officially observed earlier this week.The day commemorates the creation of an independent Pakistan in 1947, largely due to the efforts of Muslim leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah.Despite criticism of the park being named after someone without a direct tie to Canada, Ahmed said it celebrates unity.“We as Pakistani-Canadians love multiculturalism because that is the strength of our society,” he told CTV.“It speaks about Friendly Manitoba: how cohesive our society is, how we respect each other.”(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

EritreaEthiopia Boundary Commission meets with parties in The Hague

Representatives from the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as well as officials from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) attended the meeting.The Commission delivered its decision on delimitation of the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia to representatives of the two Governments on 13 April. Last week, the Security Council, after holding back-to-back meetings with representatives from the two countries, said it looked forward to today’s meeting. read more

BlackBerry shares fall as Home Depot turns to iPhones for its executives

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 7:58 pm MDT BlackBerry shares fall as Home Depot turns to iPhones for its executives AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Shares of BlackBerry (TSX:BB) dropped 4.5 per cent on Monday after retailer Home Depot confirmed that executives will receive Apple’s iPhone to replace their old BlackBerry models.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company lost 75 cents per share to close at $15.76 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.A spokesman for Home Depot in the United States confirmed that nearly 10,000 executives, managers and other staff at its corporate offices will receive iPhones.A representative for Home Depot Canada says the change will also apply to Canadian executives.BlackBerry, which changed its name from Research In Motion, has been struggling to keep its smartphone user base in recent years against a growing number of competitors, which also include devices that use the Android operating system.In January, the company debuted its new BlackBerry Z10 touch screen device, which was released onto the Canadian market last week. A keypad version of the device will arrive in April.The U.S. release of the new BlackBerry phone is slated for sometime next month. read more

Castleview Hospital to be the Point of Discussion at September 12 BEAR

BEAR Press ReleaseA presentation on Sept. 12 will be made by Greg Cook, CEO, and Ryan Pugh, CFO, of Castleview Hospital.  Cook is from Vernal and received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Utah Valley State College, now known as Utah Valley University (UVU). He has been with the Lifepoint Health team for 16 years and is the father to two girls ages 18 and 13. Greg enjoys everything outdoors, including hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He has served in many other hospital cultures and considers Castleview to be by far the best.Pugh is from Bluebell. He remembers Carbon well from his high school wrestling days and his years at the College of Eastern Utah (presently USU Eastern). He received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from UVU and continued on to receive an MBA from Southern Utah University. In 2010, he married the love of his life, Jaicee, and together they have three daughters and a son. Ryan loves to spend time with his family and all outdoor activities. New to Castleview Hospital, he is excited to be given the opportunity to work close to home and be part of a great team that can give back to the community.The pair will base their presentation on cost of hospital services, community concerns, possible new service lines, recruiting and other matters concerning health care in the local area.BEAR’s mission is to inform, grow and improve business in the Castle Country area. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. Each general meeting never lasts more than one hour. BEAR meetings are held at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center in the Alumni Room on the USU Eastern Campus in Price. Greg Cook, Castleview Hospital CEO Ryan Pugh, Castleview Hospital CFO read more

Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the

first_imgTHE ASSOCIATION OF Secondary Teachers Ireland say they need more resources to help students with emotional difficulties.An ASTI seminar is taking place today with Principals and Deputy Principals from schools all over the country attending.The seminar heard how “It’s becoming increasingly difficult for schools to provide meaningful support for students experiencing emotional difficulties or who are the victims of bullying”.John O’Donovan the Chair of the ASTI Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Committee says “The Department of Education and Skills is introducing more and more initiatives whilst providing fewer resources.Many of these initiatives are worthwhile ideas, but it is not possible for schools to implement them properly in the face of cutbacks to education experienced over the last few years. “If the Minister wants to combat bullying in schools and among school students, he should immediately move to reverse the decision to remove the ex-quota status of Guidance Counsellors and to address the crisis in middle management in Ireland’s second-level schools.”Emotional Difficulties O’Donovan said teenagers are experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the impact of the recession on communities and homes all over Ireland.If schools are to implement best practice in terms of supporting students during vulnerable periods of their lives, then they must have adequate supports.“Due to inadequate resourcing of schools, the problems caused by Ireland’s economic crisis and the changing social landscape, which manifest themselves in our schools, are placing an increasingly intolerable burden on schools, teachers and school management”.If you feel you need to speak with someone, call one of the numbers below:Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieChildline 1800 66 66 66Read: One in ten students have cyberbullied another>Read: Column: I’ve been the bullied and the bully – and here’s my advice to young people>Read: Erin and Shannon Gallagher’s mother takes legal action against school>last_img read more

Google Wallet now works with any and all cards

first_imgOf the many, many pots that Google has their hands in right now I find Wallet to be one of the more interesting. Google Wallet allows certain Android devices to use the NFC chip in the phone to make purchases. Of all the things NFC can be used for, the ability to make purchases without relying on a plastic card and a magnetic stripe is one thing the US is lagging a bit behind on. The original implementation of Google Wallet was exciting, but very limited. Google has released an update to the Wallet app that will help more people across the US actually use the service.The new Google Wallet application allows users to input any credit or debit card from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. All you have to do is enter your card information and billing address, and the card will immediately be active on your device. Additionally, there are several rewards cards that can be stored on the device, and of course the gift care service is still there for your use. Google Wallet is now totally integrated with Google Checkout, and when you take a look at the setting page on the Google Wallet homepage your transactions from both online and mobile can be tracked.By far the most important feature to the new Wallet, in my opinion, is the ability to turn it off remotely. If something were to happen to your device, be it lost or stolen, you can remotely disable the application very quickly. The device must be connected to a network in order for the deactivation to happen, but this is a big deal for a service that digitally stores all of your credit cards. So, are we all willing to leave our plastic cards at home for the next vacation? Not quite yet, but Google is making that more and more possible with updates like this to Google Wallet.Read more about Google Wallet on the Google Commerce Bloglast_img read more

Spirit of ANZAC strong with Greek youth

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian student Bayley Charalambous was one of the 12 students who won the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize. The prize is an annual competition held to select Year 9 or 10 students for an overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli and the Western Front.last_img

Black Lightning Makes Bad Guy Beatdowns a Family Outing

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Boy, the last episode of Black Lightning left these characters in a real heavy place. That’s expected of a superhero show this far into the season, but we needed something a little lighter and more hopeful after that. Thankfully, the showrunners felt the same way. Black Lightning has lost a mentor, and now he’s about to become one to two younger heroes. That doesn’t mean he’s taking Gambi’s revelation at the end of last week’s episode particularly well. Since he can no longer be Black Lightning without government agents tracking him down and killing him, he’s taking his anger out on a punching bag. He’s hitting that thing hard enough to make Steve Rogers at the beginning of The Avengers nervous.Destroying gym equipment isn’t the only thing he’s up to though. He’s trying to clear his good name, and he’s going to need Inspector Henderson’s help to do it. For the first time, the two men have a genuine, empathetic conversation while Jefferson is in superhero mode. As much fun as it is to watch Black Lightning taunt Henderson and pull a Batman-style disappearing act, this was a good moment. It’s easy for the cops in superhero shows to become a nuisance. An annoying obstacle to hinder the hero. It’s easy to see how Henderson could have gone down that path. Instead, we’re shown that despite their differences, and the fact that Jefferson likes playing the smartass superhero with Henderson, there is mutual respect and even a begrudging friendship between the two men.Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Jefferson has more immediate concerns right now, though. Not only did he just find out his own father figure has been lying to him for 30 years, his daughter is having a similar revelation. Last week’s episode ended with Jennifer showing Anissa that she has powers. Anissa wants to assure her that she isn’t going crazy, and shows Jennifer her own Thunder powers. If that didn’t freak out Jennifer enough, Anissa also reveals that their dad is Black Lightning. That’ll open up a fresh batch of trust issues.It’s going to take Jennifer a while to figure out what all these revelations mean to her. No matter how many references to other Arrowverse shows her mom drops. Hey, at least we have confirmation that Vixen exists. And so does Supergirl. I would say that’s weird, since Vixen and Supergirl are from different Earths, but Supergirl has made a couple of inter-dimensional trips at this point. Even if this is on Earth 1 (the one with Arrow, The Flash and Vixen), people have probably heard of her. OK, that’s enough nerding out over tiny details for now. Back to the story, where Jefferson is trying to clear his good name and get Green Light off the streets. First stop: legal documents.The scene where they interrogate the lawyer for a shady corporation is so good. Since Jefferson can’t go out in his Black Lightning costume, Anissa suggests a different method of concealing his identity. He wears an Obama mask. When Barack Lightning threatens him with a ball of electricity, he tries to de-escalate by saying, “I voted for you. Twice.” Hilarious. What’s the over-under on that being a Get Out reference, you think? The writing in this episode is pretty great all around. Right after this scene, Anissa tries to bring Jennifer around to the whole superhero thing. At one point, Jennifer calls Anissa out for sounding like an after-school special. I mean, at least the show knows it can fall into that territory sometimes. It’s a sweet, funny conversation where both young women discuss the very relatable annoyances of having superpowers thrust upon them.Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Outside the Pierce household, Jefferson and Anissa aren’t the only ones doing detective work. Henderson kept his word, and is investigating the illegal weapons trading lead Black Lightning gave him. It doesn’t take him long to find out he works with some dirty cops. That’s not news to us, but it’s a meaningful step forward for Henerson. With his help, maybe Black Lightning’s name will be cleared soon-ish?Meanwhile, Gambi’s trying to make amends for lying to Jefferson for so long. He tracks down a few illegal weapons sales himself, which brings him to a secret ASA lab where Green Light is manufactured. There, he sees the bodies of all the powered people he let the agency take. He rightly feels terrible about it, and asks Anissa to convince her dad to take down the lab and bring the shadowy agency to justice. To prove he really does care about the Pierce family, he makes Thunder a new suit. Now, that’s a superhero costume. Thunder is starting to look cooler than Lightning on this show. Jefferson decides to trust Gambi’s info, which feels a little too easy. Sure, it’s his daughter, and he trusts his daughter. But at the beginning of the episode, that wound felt too deep for Jefferson to suddenly start trusting Gambi again after one sentence of dialog.I can forgive that, though because it leads to one of the coolest scenes of the series so far. I’ll admit, I was worried for Henderson at this point. Black Lightning tells him to go home and stay safe, but his cop instincts take over. The situation is too bad for him to do nothing. Tell me that doesn’t have “tragic death” written all over it. It almost counts as a twist that he survives. This is the scene we’ve been waiting for ever since Jeffersons’ and Anissa’s secrets were revealed to each other. It’s so cool to watch Black Lightning and Thunder casually stroll through the lab, taking down guards and blowing up everything in sight. Henderson being there to calmly arrest shadowy government dude makes the scene even better.Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce and Christine Adams as Lynn (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)For the first time in a while, this episode didn’t end on some big cliffhangeer. It didn’t end with a bad guy showing up to make things worse. After the triumphant fight scene at the lab, it ends on a touching family make-up. That’s when Black Lightning is really great. It’s action scenes are fantastic. It’s political sensibility is admirable, even if it doesn’t always work in the show’s favor. But these family stories are where this show really separates itself from the rest of The CW’s comic book fare. The dynamic between Jefferson and Anissa is very much a father-daughter story with a light layer of superhero on top. It’s impossible to watch them together and not break out into a smile.Likewise, the story of Jennifer discovering her powers works as well as it does because there’s relatable family drama underneath it. Jennifer wants a normal life. She wants to grow up, have a boyfriend, go to college, get married, all of that. Her arc could have so easily turned her into an obnoxious whiny teenager, but the show avoided that because her desires are so real. Who hasn’t felt that family baggage was holding them back in some way? Here fears are understandable, and the scene where she asks if Jefferson’s powers caused her parents’ divorce really hits you in the gut. But, as teenagers do, she calms down. She’s not racing out to save the world in bright armor like her sister, but she realizes she doesn’t have to. And that for all their weirdness, she still loves her freaky family. The episode ends with Jennifer watching a Disney movie with her dad. This show can be really sweet sometimes. It’s this mixture of thrilling action and earnestness that makes me wish we had more than 13 episodes this season. Stay on targetcenter_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War last_img read more

Youth job fair at Clark County Event Center takes handson approach

first_imgClark County’s construction and manufacturing sectors are facing an increasingly common problem: too many of their skilled workers are retiring out of the trades, and there aren’t enough incoming workers to fill the industries’ ranks.That shortage has prompted many business and industry groups to step up their local outreach and recruiting efforts, and that drive was on full display Tuesday at the Youth Employment Summit in Ridgefield.Representatives from approximately 65 local and national businesses lined five aisles of display booths in the main hall of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Tuesday’s fair was the third edition of the annual event, which is hosted by Workforce Southwest Washington.“Businesses are starting to recognize that they need to have a hand in this,” said Workforce Southwest Washington communications manager Julia Maglione. “They need to have a role in connecting with young people while they’re still in high school.”Students from high schools throughout Clark and Cowlitz counties arrived in waves through the morning, and about 600 were expected to attend by the end of the event, according to Maglione.last_img read more

Xhaka Arsenal have to improve a lot of things

first_imgGranit Xhaka was disappointed with the way Arsenal conceded the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at BrightonThe 26-year-old was restored to his usual slot in midfield alongside Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi at the AMEX on Boxing Day after recently playing in defence.But Xhaka was soon moved back into the backline after Laurent Koscielny came off for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.However, manager Unai Emery’s changes failed to have the desired impact with Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener.“Of course we wanted to take three points,” Xhaka told“We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent.“But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”He added: “It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter.“We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.”Arsenal will next take on Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.last_img read more

Soy Growers Industry Leaders Talk 2017 Policy Outlook at National Biodiesel Conference

first_imgSoy leaders attended the national biodiesel industry conference hosted by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week in San Diego, Calif.American Soybean Association (ASA) biodiesel representative Mike Cunningham (IL), ASA Washington staff and numerous soybean farmers and state soybean association leaders participated in the conference.A prominent theme throughout the event was the federal policy outlook for 2017 and the challenges and uncertainty facing the industry in the year ahead.The expiration of the biodiesel tax credit at the end of 2016 creates great uncertainty for biodiesel producers and stakeholders and the challenges of getting it extended are heightened this year by the effort and focus of Congress on enacting comprehensive tax reform.  The comprehensive reform being considered would dramatically alter the tax code and the focus on overarching tax policy leaves the fate of the biodiesel tax credit in limbo.The beginning of a new Presidential Administration also creates uncertainty for the biodiesel industry, as new leaders in the White House and at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will take over implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). President-elect Trump has pledged continued support for the RFS program, but questions remain as to whether the incoming nominee for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, will support increasing biodiesel and advanced biofuel volume obligations or maintain a status quo and how the new EPA regime will implement other specific aspects of the RFS program.The biodiesel conference also recognized industry leaders for their efforts to promote and support the biodiesel industry. Among those honored were the Illinois Soybean Association, which received the Industry Partnership Award for their work with the American Lung Association to establish the B20 Club. The unique and impactful program in Illinois is focused on raising the profile of fleets that use B20 including municipalities, school buses and trucking companies. The B20 Club showcases real stories of how, when, and why members began using B20, what their experiences have been since the switch, and provides peer support for fleet managers and other decision makers who are considering B20 for their own fleets. The efforts of the club have provided confidence in biodiesel and a platform for showcasing successful biodiesel user stories in the media, to decision makers, and the general public.last_img read more

Cape Horn teacher returns to roots

first_img WASHOUGAL — Growing up on her family’s dairy in Washougal, Erika Stauffer dreamed of being a teacher and even played “school” with her dolls.When she was old enough, she attended rural Cape Horn-Skye School about seven miles up the Washougal River Road from her family’s farm. Now she’s a first-year teacher at her old school, where she teaches second grade.“It’s always been my dream to come back up here,” Stauffer said. “I love this school. This small-town community feel.”Although it’s part of the Washougal School District, Cape Horn-Skye School is just over the Clark County border in Skamania County. Its bucolic setting near the meandering Washougal River is about 27 miles from downtown Vancouver.As a student at the rural school, Stauffer was inspired by her teachers Margie Gary and Jocelyn Aldridge.“They were encouraging, personable, positive. Easy to relate to,” Stauffer said. “I always looked up to them.”Both women still teach at Cape Horn-Skye and, just as in the past, they’ve been encouraging and supportive to Stauffer.As a first-year teacher, Stauffer participates in the Beginning Educators Support Team grant program and is mentored by another second-grade teacher in her building. She also meets with other first-year teachers in other schools “to talk about how the year is going,” she said. “It’s been helpful.”“I’ve known I wanted to be a teacher since middle school,” Stauffer said. “I’ve always loved working with kids and wanted to make a positive difference in their lives.” Click on map to enlargelast_img read more

Is It Wrong to Borrow From Other Magazines

first_imgHomage on the RangeI came up with the idea for our most recent cover [pictured above, right] while at a photo shoot for a piece on New Orleans pride as part of our new “Southern Breeze Hot List.” In previous years Southern Breeze has had a “Best Of” issue but trying to fit almost 30 topics into six to eight pages resulted in scattershot, albeit eclectic, feature. After seeing the photos at the shoot, I suggested using this as a cover option when my art director, Catherine, was not overly enthused by the other shots she had in her canon.Once she sent out cover comps to me and my staff, we took a look at all 12 of them, and I picked the one above as my favorite [the one to the left is a typical cover from before my reign]. As my staff and I looked at the printouts, my assistant editor noted that the one I chose was just like a Time Out New York cover.And then it hit me: Hell yeah, it looked like a TONY cover because that is my all-time favorite magazine and I’ve gleaned ideas from inside—and now, outside—its pages for a while, even before coming to Southern Breeze. For example, while managing editor at the late, great Lighting Dimensions we instituted a redesign and I suggested a “5 Questions With …” for the front of book, similar to TONY’s “Three Questions For …” in its FOB. It was included and proved to be a popular featurette. (The “5 Questions With …” survived Lighting Dimensions’ merger with Entertainment Design to become Live Design, which is more than I can say for the managing editor!)So I guess my question is: Is it wrong to borrow from other magazines? It’s certainly not due to a lack of original ideas on our part, but I feel that if you see something that another magazine is doing that you think would work in your own publication, then why not? Besides, when I look at some of Southern Breeze’s competitors, it’s obvious they’ve borrowed a fair amount from us. Thankfully, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! I wanted to broach the subject that I’m sure many editors, writers, art directors, et al. have come across over the years, and that’s the influence of other publications. I’m not talking plagiarism, just borrowing a good idea.In the two years that I’ve been at the helm of Southern Breeze I haven’t been trying to reinvent the wheel, but I have been slowly nudging the magazine into a different arena with a more cutting edge, contemporary, and, yes, even urban feel. As a regional/lifestyle publication with Deep South roots, it would be far too easy to continue down the path of least resistance. But the South is changing. So, too, should its magazines.Yes, we still have recipes, shopping, home fashion and all the things that make for a perfectly comfortable fit with our affable and affluent audience. But I felt the magazine could do more to truly reflect the diversity along the Gulf Coast.last_img read more

Chinese buyers hesitant to buy Alaska seafood as US weighs another round

first_imgFishermen offload halibut in Homer. (Photo courtesy Rudy Gustafson)In the first round of what seems to be an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, tariffs have been levied on billions of dollars worth of goods in both countries. The Alaska fishing industry, which harvests roughly 60 percent of all wild seafood in the U.S., has been caught in the crosshairs of that disagreement.Listen nowBut it’s not the Chinese tariffs that’s giving the industry heartburn. It’s a proposed tariff on seafood imported from China.The Alaska seafood industry has a unique relationship with China. Nearly $1 billion worth of Alaska seafood was exported into the country in 2017, but that’s just the first step in a global supply chain.“So much of our exports to China are reprocessed and re-exported,” Garrett Everidge, a fisheries economist with the McDowell Group, said.Everidge explains that after those fish are reprocessed, they’re exported into markets around the world, including the U.S. Although, it’s hard to discern from trade data just how much winds back up in the U.S. market.China kept its relationship with the Alaska seafood industry in mind when it levied a 25 percent tariff on U.S. seafood earlier this summer.“The majority of those exports are going to be excluded from those tariffs,” Everidge said.The Trump administration is currently considering a list of retaliatory tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. On that list is a 25 percent levy on seafood imported from China, including Alaska products reprocessed in the country.“As of right now, there’s no indication that product originating in Alaska would be excluded from those import tariffs,” Everidge added. “It’s kind of an unusual situation where the U.S. would in effect be taxing production from a U.S. state.”Jeremy Woodrow with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute explains just the possibility of that tariff is already causing Chinese fish buyers to hold off on purchasing seafood from Alaska, which may create a backlog of frozen product in the U.S.“I’m not really sure the volume of backlog,” Woodrow said. “I just do know that there’s some uncertainty in the market and there’s some hesitancy to pull the trigger on those purchases by our traditional buyers that we already have set in place.”Woodrow explains that processing any backlog domestically would be costly both in terms of labor and in the volume the state exports.“It’s easy to assume that we would keep that product here in the U.S., but the unfortunate part is that there might not be the capacity to process that product in the United States,” Woodrow noted.However, demand for Alaska’s seafood is high and other countries may fill the void left by Chinese buyers.At least one major processor, who didn’t wish to speak publicly, confirmed that other foreign buyers are picking up some of that slack.That’s good news, but the processor also says this year’s pink salmon harvest came in under forecast, and that it may be harder to sell larger volumes of fish if the dispute lasts.Pink salmon tops the list of Alaska seafood imports into China in both volume and value. Alaska processors exported $170 million worth of pink salmon in 2017 alone.Woodrow also warns that selling fish to non-traditional buyers could put a strain on Alaska’s relationship with the Chinese market.“This could be a short-term deal, and you don’t want to move away from a market that has a lot of value and a lot of potential,” Woodrow explained.If it’s not a short-term deal, that frozen backlog could grow large and prices on the docks could fall. Morgan Jones is a commercial seiner based in Homer. Inside his boat, Jones says prices have been good this year despite the trade dispute.“The processors are still interested in buying all the fish we can get, and the initial price from last year is up a little bit,” Jones said. “So, we certainly haven’t see a negative impact yet.”But ex-vessel prices are typically based on the previous year, and any impact on the docks is likely to be seen in 2019. Jones has seen this happen before. He recalls prices for pink salmon being cut in half after the U.S. sanctioned Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014.“That was a huge deal for us. We always pay attention and watch these things with concern,” Jones added.The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is taking public comment on the proposed list of tariffs. Many in the industry want Chinese seafood dropped from the list or an exemption for products originating in the U.S.A spokesperson with the office said in an email Friday that there’s no set timeline for the list to be finalized after the comment period ends on Sept. 6.But previous rounds of tariffs have been finalized and implemented within just weeks of the comment period ending, which could have Alaska’s fishing industry bracing for more uncertainty.last_img read more

EVM use planned in 5th UZ polls

first_imgBacktracking from its previous stance, the election commission will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) on a very small scale in the 5th countrywide upazila election which will be completed in five phases.Though the commission had a plan to hold all district sadar upazila polls with EVMs, the EC has announced to use the machines in only 10 upazila parishads in the 3rd and 4th phases of the upazila elections.The polls to four upazila parishads in the second phase and six upazila parishads in the third phase will be completely with EVMs instead of traditional ballot papers, said EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Saturday.”But the commission has yet to take the decision whether the EVMs will be used in the fifth and final phases,” he told UNB.The 10 upazilas are Rangpur Sadar, Gopalganj Sadar, Manikganj Sadar and Meherpur Sadar of the third phase, and Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Mymensingh Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Munshiganj Sadar and Feni Sadar of the fourth phase election.The third and fourth phases of the election will be held in 117 upazila parishads on 24 March (Sunday) and 122 upazila parishads on 31 March.This time the EC will complete the elections to some 480 upazilas, out of 492, in five phases. The EC has already arranged the first two phases of the elections on 10 and 18 March.In February last, the EC enacted the Upazila Parishad Election (Electronic Voting Machine) Rules 2019 to pave the way for introducing the use of the new technology in upazila elections.Just three months before the 11th general election, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 150,000 EVMs.In the 30-December parliamentary polls, the newly designed EVMs were used in six constituencies — Dhaka-6 and-13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira– out of the country’s total 300 seats.On 14 January, the EC secretary said the EC decided to use the EVMs in all district sadar upazilas across the country, but on 18 February he said the EVM machines will be used in the sadar upazilas in the last three phases.The EC officials said the use of EVMs may cost Tk 1.3 billion this time, which partially contributed to increasing the total election cost.The EC has estimated that more than Tk 7.5 billion will be spent on arranging the 5th upazila election, which is the double of the cost of the 4th upazila polls arranged in 2014.Of the estimated cost, the officials said about Tk 4.5 billion will be spent on maintaining law and order, while the remaining Tk 3 billion will be used to conduct the election.In 2014, the EC had to spend some Tk 3.73 billion to arrange the 4th upazila election held in six phases.In 2009, a total of Tk 1.33 billion was spent on arranging the 3rd countrywide upazila election that was held in a single day.In 2010, the ATM Shamsul Huda-led EC first used old-featured EVMs on a pilot basis at a few polling stations in the Chattogram city corporation election. The EVMs were jointly made by Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory and BUET in 2009 and 2011.Later, the EVMs were used partially in different local elections. In January, 2011, the Cumilla city corporation election was held with EVMs in its entirety.In 2012, the Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led commission decided not to use EVMs in the 10th national election due to the chance of technical errors amid strong opposition from BNP and some other political parties.Assuming office in February 2017, the incumbent commission had taken a plan to use the newly-designed EVMs instead of the old-ones in the election and finally started procuring the newly designed EVMs before the 11th national election.last_img read more

New Presiding Elder for AME Washington Conference

first_imgAmong the new assignments announced April 11 at the close of the Washington Annual Conference of the Second District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton as presiding elder of the Potomac District. He replaces the Rev. Dr. Louis Charles Harvey, who filled the position of the Rev. Goodwin Douglas, of the Capitol District, who retired. The Right Rev. William Phillips DeVeaux, presiding prelate of the Second District, made several new pastoral assignments. Rev. Braxton was pastor for 13 years of the historic Metropolitan AME Church, the National Cathedral of African Methodism, and has served some 47 years in ministry as senior pastor of AME churches in Boston, Baltimore and Portsmouth, Va. As presiding elder his responsibilities will be in the areas of management and administration, in-service training for pastors, itinerant preachers, local preachers and lay workers within the Potomac District which consists of over 40 churches in the greater Washington, D.C. area, including two churches in Baltimore County and as far away as Hagerstown, Md.Metropolitan welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. William H. Lamar IV on Palm Sunday. Rev. Lamar served Turner Memorial AME, Hyattsville, for the past three years. A native of Macon, Ga., he was transferred to the Washington Conference in 2011 from the Florida Annual Conference where he served as pastor of churches in Monticello, Orlando and Jacksonville.last_img read more