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Gator shows up to Fort Myers home for Thanksgiving

first_imgA nearly nine-foot-long alligator showed up to a Fort Myers family’s Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.“He was hissing and swinging his tail around,” homeowner Chhaa Behary told CBS Miami.” And I looked through the window, and sure enough, there’s a gigantic alligator, and his tail was just smacking my door.”“I’m like, why my house? Do you smell turkey?” she added.Beharry’s fiancé called the Florida Fish And Wildlife, who sent trappers which showed up in minutes to remove the gator.However, trapping the reptile was not an easy task.It reportedly took FFW professionals longer than usual to remove the extra attendee.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

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RONALDO: The numbers don’t lie

first_img“I think people don’t have words to criticise, because the numbers don’t lie,” he told reporters after receiving the man-of-the-match award from his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson.“I’m very happy. It was an amazing season again. We won trophies. It’s one of the best moments in my career. I have the opportunity to say that every year. But it’s true.“This year was amazing again, last year was amazing too. Now I have two or three days off to rest and after we have a (World Cup) qualifying game for Portugal and we have the Confederations Cup.“It’s a long season, but I’m motivated, I’m happy. I’m in a good moment. My age is just a number. I feel like a young boy.”Madrid became the first team to defend the European Cup successfully since Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan in 1990 and the first to achieve the feat since the competition relaunched as the Champions League in 1992.“There’s no doubt whatsoever, today is a truly historic day for Madrid’s fans, myself and our big family,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, who has now won four Champions Leagues as a player and coach.“Having said that, you know how things are. Next year it’s going to be even more difficult. We’re going to have to work very hard to win once again.“But today we can say that we are a very good team and that we deserved to win the league and the Champions League. It was not easy.”Zidane, 44, led Madrid to glory in last season’s Champions League less than five months after succeeding Rafael Benitez to take up his first managerial role. Ronaldo scored twice on Saturday‘Young boy’ Ronaldo still hungry for gloryCardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo said he had no intention of slowing down after spearheading a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League.Ronaldo’s double in Saturday’s final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, allied to goals by Casemiro and Marco Asensio, earned him a fourth Champions League win and gave Madrid their third in four years and 12th in total.Ronaldo, 32, has now scored 600 career goals for club and country, including 105 in the Champions League, and has finished as the top scorer in the competition for the last five seasons. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img – ‘Still lots to give’ –The former France playmaker’s contract expires in a year, but he said he was not thinking about leaving.“I’m not going to confirm I’ll stay here all my life. That’s impossible to say,” he said.“But I’m extremely happy and I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to coach these fantastic players.“I have a one-year contract left. I think I’ll be here next year!”The emphatic nature of Madrid’s victory removed some of the gloss from Mario Mandzukic’s sensational equaliser for Juve, which cancelled out Ronaldo’s 20th-minute opener.Leonardo Bonucci’s raking pass was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuain kept the ball airborne for Mandzukic to chest it up and send a looping volley over Keylor Navas.Casemiro restored Madrid’s lead just after the hour and further goals from Ronaldo and substitute Asensio confirmed victory before Juve substitute Juan Cuadrado was harshly shown a second yellow card for pushing Sergio Ramos.Juve have now lost five successive European Cup finals and a record seven in total.The Turin giants, Serie A and Coppa Italia winners this season, fielded a starting XI with an average age of 30 years and 336 days, but coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed talk of decay.“No, I don’t think Juventus have reached the end of a cycle at all,” he said.“(Gianluigi) Buffon will still be the goalkeeper next year. The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year. They’ve still got lots to give.“If our current team is complemented with new players, we’ll be really competitive in the Champions League next year.”last_img read more

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Three Donegal projects get €75,000 in grants under Leader Programme

first_imgThree Donegal-based projects will share grant-aid of €75,000 under the Leader Programme.The projects to benefit include Red Hugh’s CLG, Downstrands Family Resource Centre & Drumhome Heritage Society secure grants worth almost €75,000.Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the grants. He said “Just this week another three projects in Donegal have got great news on funding of about €75,000 to help them improve services and facilities for rural groups and communities.“I am delighted to see the three projects get about €25,000 to support their work.“Red Hugh’s CLG deserves great credit in particular for seeing the need to do more to help people with disabilities get access to the club and get the most enjoyment out of what happens on the pitch as well as off it. A true sense of community spirit.”Minister McHugh said: “Credit also goes to everyone at Downstrands Family Resource Centre for all the supports they are providing locally and I’m sure improving the centre will help improve the services and supports.“And in the south of the county I wish everyone at Drumhome the best of luck with their heritage studies and who knows that the surveys will uncover.” The three projects being backed by Leader are –* Drumhome Heritage Society, Tullywee, Laghey which got €24,503 to help fund geophysical surveys at two different locations in the Ballintra/Laghey area.* Downstrands Family Resource Centre which was awarded €24,599 to help with costs for an office extension and workstation at the Dolmen Eco Centre, Kilclooney Beg, Portnoo.* Red Hugh’s CLG, at Monellan, Killygordon was approved for €24,516 to install a lift to enable people with disabilities to access Páirc Aodh Rua for matches and classes/community events.Minister McHugh added: “Leader does phenomenal work up and down the county. It is these funding supports that make a difference to people’s lives. Small changes, backing bright ideas and putting money into things that boost communities.“Congratulations to everyone involved and I look forward to seeing the work on the ground.” Three Donegal projects get €75,000 in grants under Leader Programme was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Panthers’ Rivera still pledges allegiance to Cal, balks at word ‘Stanford’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Ron Rivera is 36 years removed from his days as a Cal linebacker and that’s still not enough time for him to warm up to their bitter rival, Stanford.Or, “The Farm,” as he can only refer to the Cardinal.Never mind that it’s a former Stanford star, Christian McCaffrey, who is leading the Carolina Panthers (4-2) into Sunday’s visit to the undefeated 49ers (6-0).Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera gestures during their game against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter …last_img read more

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Essence of the Growth Path

first_imgYou have come to South Africa some months after the FIFA World Cup. During the World Cup period we projected on the television screens across the world, a country with an enormous capacity to pull off, not only an event with technical excellence but with great spirit. We brought something unusual to the World Cup and we were confident from day one that we were going to be successful. Post the World Cup we’ve been completing the work that this administration has set itself.President Zuma took office in May last year just after our general election and we started to put together a plan to address the employment, social and economic challenges of the country. Within over this decade and a half we’ve been able to achieve a stable democracy. We’ve got a transparent system of governance, we’ve got a free and independent media, and we’ve got a tradition of South Africans engaging very deeply in matters that they feel passionate about. While we’ve achieved a lot for example, a sustained economic growth year after year since 1994. The longest stretch of unbroken growth in recent times in South African history. We have to recognise that there are major challenges.As you drive around our beautiful country you see both spectacular natural beauty, all the examples of a modern country with smart infrastructure but you will also see evidence of the social challenges that we face, of unemployment, poverty and inequality and so we are addressing ourselves with the same minded focus that we brought to the World Cup of addressing the challenges of unemployment. We have set ourselves some ambitious growth targets, that over the next ten years, we want to be able to increase employment by over five million jobs.We have identified a number of areas in the economy where there is significant potential to grow jobs. Some of those not surprisingly are linked to the construction sites that you may have seen all over. We are basically rebuilding our infrastructure, creating a modern advanced infrastructure to take us through the twenty first century. We are doubling our energy generating capacity from 45 000 (forty five thousand) megawatts to about 85 000 (eighty five thousand) megawatts in the next two decades. We’re developing a transport system that builds on what you saw during the World Cup but now seek to expand it across the country. We are investing heavily on rail and we are seeking to ensure that through this investment of energy and transport we create an opportunity not only in the short run through jobs being created but more fundamentally for a greater efficiency in the economy, for reduced costs of doing business and very very importantly for the means of linking up parts of the country that have not sufficiently been part of the economic main stream. This really represented a nation that is confident about its future that believes that it’s worth investing enormous sums of money in creating a physical infrastructure.The growth path goes beyond, it also identifies the opportunities that come from infrastructure investment. We seek to build a solid and competitive manufacturing pace to produce the components of the infrastructure build programme. We need to leverage a lot more financial resources both minerals as well as agriculture and aside from manufacturing the other big story for us is the Green Economy.South Africa is a carbon intensive economy. Our location predisposed us to that. We’ve got a significant coal base, we’ve got cutting edge technologies to convert coal to oil but the consequence of all of this is that we are very coal reliant. In the content of great awareness by all of us of the damage and reality of climate change, we’re now seeking to mitigate the extent of carbon emission in the economy by building a strong green economy.Finally I hope that you have enjoyed your stay in South Africa. We also wish to build on all of that with a significant expansion in tourism.last_img read more

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Arena failed miserably in his second chance

first_imgUnited States Bruce Arena got his second chance but failed to make the most of it Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 23:32 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Bruce Arena USA Honduras United States World Cup Another opportunity to coach the U.S. national team probably felt like a dream, but the dream became a nightmare with one failed match Perhaps Sunil Gulati put it best shortly after the most crushing loss in U.S. national team history. Addressing the media after Tuesday’s catastrophic World Cup qualifying defeat to Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. Soccer president tried to offer some context and said Bruce Arena wasn’t a genius on Oct. 6 — when the U.S. crushed Panama 4-0 — and he wasn’t an idiot on that fateful day in Couva.No, Arena was neither a genius or idiot, but by the time he walked out of Ato Boldon Stadium with the look of a bankrupted gambler after losing the last of his cash, Arena was a failure. Though he was far from the only one to blame for that fact.Arena resigned as U.S. head coach on Friday, a move that was a mere formality and one that felt like the sacrificing of a fall guy in order to buy some time while U.S. Soccer prepares its explanation for what went wrong, and plan for climbing out of a historic disaster. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country’s national team, and as I leave that role today I am honored and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career,” Arena said in a statement.”When I took the job last November, I knew there was a great challenge ahead, probably more than most people could appreciate. Everyone involved in the program gave everything they hadfor the last 11 months, and in the end we came up short. No excuses. We didn’t get the job done, and I accept responsibility.”NEWS: Bruce Arena has resigned as #USMNT head coach » https://t.co/R8UKP2xXex pic.twitter.com/iLwpKiuriN— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 13, 2017In some ways, it’s a sad ending for a coach who stepped into a mess that wasn’t of his own creation. Arena wasn’t the coach who led his team to a pair of losses to open the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. That was Jurgen Klinsmann. Arena wasn’t the one who let Klinsmann continue on as coach after the 2015 Gold Cup debacle even after plenty of signs pointed to that being the right time to fire him. No, that was Sunil Gulati.Arena stepped into a thankless task filled with his usual bravado, fully confident he could steer the team to the 2018 World Cup, even with the two-loss handicap. Nobody could blame him for taking the job. It was a decade earlier when Gulati first relieved Arena of his duties as U.S. coach, a move that left Arena enraged at the time because he believed — mistakenly — that he deserved more time. It took a few years, but Arena eventually accepted that Gulati had made the right decision. A decade later, with more experience and success under his belt, Arena considered himself well-equipped to take another crack at coaching the U.S. When Gulati reached out in desperation after those early World Cup qualifying losses, Arena fully believed he would find national team redemption.Arena quote gfxFor eight months, Arena handled the job perfectly. The U.S. gathered eight points from four qualifiers, including a precious point from its trip to Mexico, and he even threw in a Gold Cup title to boot. By the time Arena was sipping champagne after the Gold Cup final, all seemed right with the world, and the U.S. probably started thinking it would be a good time to start planning their trips to Russia.Then something happened. Arena’s hubris in the wake of that early success led to some moves that laid the groundwork for the failure in Trinidad. He called up and started Fabian Johnson despite Johnson not having played yet since returning from a back injury. He started Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream together despite them having no real history as a center-back tandem. He left Tim Chandler home despite Chandler starting regularly in the Bundesliga and Eric Lichaj playing sporadically in the English League Championship.The Costa Rica loss should have served as a wake-up call, but it didn’t. Instead, it led to Arena losing faith in two of the team’s best players, Cameron and Johnson. He benched Cameron for Omar Gonzalez, which then gave us Gonzalez’s shocker against Honduras, and he benched Johnson. At the time, both moves were understandable, but then Arena compounded things by keeping Cameron benched for the October qualifiers despite Cameron clearly being a better defender than Gonzalez. He also then chose to leave Johnson in Germany rather than call him up, this despite the fact Johnson was clearly back to full fitness by then, unlike in September, when Arena threw him into the lineup and then watched him be invisible against Costa Rica.So there was the U.S., in Trinidad & Tobago with Johnson back in Europe, Cameron on the bench, and with the U.S. fielding the same exact lineup that had played just four days earlier. We all know what happened next. The U.S. team came out flat, lacking energy against an inspired Trinidad & Tobago team. Gonzalez managed to steer a ball into his own net, and Jorge Villafana and Darlington Nagbe were nowhere to be found when Alvin Jones blistered his long-range shot past Tim Howard.Arena tried chalking up the events of that fateful first half to bad luck, but he had to know deep down it wasn’t that simple. He had to know it was his decision not to play Cameron, and his decision to leave Johnson home, and his decision to not inject any fresh legs into the starting lineup. That part was all him, and is why he gets a heaping serving of the blame for the U.S. missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.He doesn’t get it all though, and that part can’t be overshadowed simply because Arena is the one to fall on his sword first. Gulati deserves the lion’s share of blame for having chosen the coaches who helped bake this cake of failure the American soccer community is being forced to eat. And while it is unlikely Gulati will be following Arena’s lead in resigning any time soon, the good news is Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying failure has led to an awakening in the American soccer community, one that is now, for the first time, really calling for accountability in the highest levels of the sport in this country.”Obviously the biggest disappointment is for our fans,” Arena said. “As a person involved in the sport for more than 40 years, to see how support for soccer in the United States has grown is incredibly gratifying. I believe I speak for everyone involved in the game in thanking all of you for your passion and commitment, and I hope you maintain your steadfast support of U.S. Soccer.We can only hope that leads to more action, and more change, than just one coach handing in his resignation.last_img read more

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Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices inquiry

first_imgVANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle.Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable.However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission found that even after accounting for transportation costs and higher B.C. fuel standards, Metro Vancouver drivers were still paying 13 cents more than those in Washington.Commission CEO David Morton says there is no evidence to suggest there is collusion among retail operators nor is their evidence of cartel behaviour, but prices can be controlled by five refiner-marketers.He says the wholesale market for gasoline in B.C. is not truly competitive because of high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry and their ability to influence prices.The inquiry concluded that regulation could potentially reduce the wholesale or retail margins to what is justifiable in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility, but further investigation is needed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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HIV screening for migrant workers still in effect

first_img Related Items:hiv testing, migrant workers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – If you are among the resident population which believes the government should not touch the current legal requirement for migrant workers to have a clean bill of health to start work in the TCI, then you may find relief in a statement issued by the Ministry today. Health said it wants to clarify that there is no change in the policy, I quote, “HIV testing along with several other health tests and checks remain a part of the overall examination process where the results contribute to the decision as to classify an applicant as being fit or unfit to engage in employment in the Turks & Caicos Islands.” The Ministry said that if anything, they are working to strengthen the policy, which they say, “will assist in streamlining the process and provide much needed clarity for all persons seeking health certification.”last_img read more