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Watch: GarageCam from Richmond, 11:30 a.m. eT

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Belle competes on “The Voice”

first_imgOne Saint Mary’s student is finally living her dream of becoming a professional singer. Sophomore Sylvia Yacoub, from Muskegon, Mich., was featured this week on “The Voice”, a reality show for aspiring singers to compete and be coached by some of the music industry’s biggest names. Yacoub, who spent last year at the College, is currently taking a year away from school to compete on the show and further her career as a singer. Yacoub’s audition in front of coaches Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera aired on Tuesday night on NBC. Even though she only aired during this week’s auditions, Yacoub already has a huge fan base at home. “My hometown has been amazing. The support is so humbling to see that just me appearing on ‘The Voice’ has touched so many lives and inspired so many people to go after their dreams,” Yacoub said in a conference call. “Seeing someone from their town and school has really touched so many people in my town. It really means a lot to me.” When a competitor auditions, the coaches have their chairs turned with their back toward the singer for a blind audition. During Yacoub’s performance, Shelton, Green and Aguilera all turned their chairs in hopes of gaining her on their teams. In the end, however, Yacoub picked Aguilera as her coach. “I grew up listening to Christina a lot. She has been such a huge musical influence for me,” Yacoub said. “I tried not to be biased and I listened to all the arguments [of the coaches]. When dealing with nerves and music, I think she can help me the best with where I want to go as far as pop music. “It was probably one of the most exciting and tranquilizing moments of my life. I was so nervous to sing in front of her and when I realized she had turned around; it’s crazy that your idol your whole life had heard something in me.” As for self-promotion for the show, Yacoub has utilized social media to help her connect with her fans back home and at school. “It’s really cool to be able to get feedback from fans and see how many people you’ve actually reached and touched and have been inspired by you,” Yacoub said. “It’s really cool especially when you’re not airing yet.” While Yacoub had to wait until after her audition aired on NBC to share that she was Team Christina, she was still able to update her fans on when she would finally grace the television. “It’s really cool to keep in touch with them and keep them engaged,” Yacoub said. “Then they kind of feel more involved and hopefully they feel more connected with the audience, which is cool about ‘The Voice.’” Before Yacoub made it onto the next round of the show, she had auditioned for other reality shows a couple of years ago. “I wasn’t really doing them for right reasons two years ago,” Yacoub said. “I have a lot more maturity and my voice has grown since then. I am at the right place mentally and vocally and it felt right going into everything now.” Yacoub said she is really excited to have this experience with “The Voice” and hopes it will continue so she may meet her end goal of becoming a professional singer. “I honestly don’t think I would have had this experience two years ago,” she said. “This is such an amazing experience and I can’t believe I am here now.” “The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesday’s on NBC at 8 p.m. Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected]last_img read more

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Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated’

first_imgNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.Goodell was short on specifics at a news conference Friday, his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. More defiant than contrite as he was hammered with questions, Goodell said he has not considered resigning.“Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said in his opening statement. “That starts with me.”The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.“The same mistakes can never be repeated,” he said.Goodell said he would meet with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith next week, and they would work with outside experts to evaluate the league’s policies.Among the areas that will be examined is Goodell’s role in discipline. The commissioner now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.“Nothing is off the table,” he said.Goodell said he believes he has the support of the NFL’s owners, his bosses.“That has been clear to me,” he said.The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines.Vikings star running back Peterson and Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy are on a special commissioner’s exemption list and are being paid while they go through the legal process. Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for the team again this season. Ray McDonald, a defensive end for San Francisco, continues to practice and play while being investigated on suspicion of domestic violence.As these cases have come to light, such groups as the National Organization of Women and league partners and sponsors have come down hard on the NFL to be more responsive in dealing with them. Congress also is watching to see how the NFL reacts.Rice was initially suspended for two games. After defending the punishment at first, Goodell admitted more than a month later that he “didn’t get it right” and announced tougher penalties for future domestic violent incidents.Then when a video emerged of the assault on his then-fiancee, the Baltimore Ravens cut the star running back and the league banned him indefinitely.Goodell reiterated Friday that he didn’t believe anybody at the NFL had seen the video before it was published by TMZ. The Associated Press reported last week that a law enforcement official says he sent the video to a league executive five months ago.Citing Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, Goodell declined to specify Friday how the player’s description of what happened was “inconsistent” with what the video showed — the commissioner’s reason for changing his punishment.The NFL asked former FBI director Robert Mueller to conduct an investigation into the league’s handling of the Rice case. The law firm where Mueller is now a partner, WilmerHale, has connections to the NFL. Goodell insisted Friday that it wasn’t a conflict of interest because Mueller himself has not previously worked with the league.Goodell acknowledged he has learned that interviewing Rice and his now-wife together is an inappropriate way to handle a domestic violence case.The commissioner declined to address whether any women were involved in the decision to suspend Rice for two games, but conceded that’s “exactly what we’re concerned about.”“We didn’t have the right voices at the table,” he added.The NFL has since added domestic violence experts as consultants. It also announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center.Goodell said Friday that he will establish a conduct committee. One of the key questions is how to balance the league’s desire to take a stance against violent acts with the due process of the legal system.In a memo to the clubs late Thursday, Goodell said that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. The memo said the league will work with the union in providing the “information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault.”The league will provide financial, operational and promotional support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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5 Greatest things Cristiano Ronaldo did in 2019

first_imgAdvertisement 90zrp7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsn1gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3rgn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j9Would you ever consider trying this?😱hy9Can your students do this? 🌚72fjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo turns 35 very soon and you might think that his age has finally caught up with him. But, you’re absolutely incorrect. The man-machine hasn’t stopped being himself and is still as dynamic, graceful and gifted as ever. Arguably one of greatest of all time, Ronaldo continues to prove himself why he is adored by millions every-time he graces the pitch.Advertisement Picture Credit: BBCHowever, by his astronomically high standards, 2019 wasn’t a great year. Even though he enjoyed his fair share of success with both club and country, CR7 remains hungry for more and we can’t come up with any more superlatives to describe him. Thus, we simply stopped trying. What we can do is give you a recap on some of his best moment of the year. Here are the 5 greatest thing Cristiano Ronaldo accomplished in 2019:1: First player to complete an European Treble Advertisement Ronaldo’s first full season with the Bianconeris helped them register their record 8th consecutive Serie A title and Cristiano himself in the process, became the first player ever to win the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. The Portugal captain won three league titles in England with Manchester United (2006/07 to 2008-09), two Spanish top-flight titles with Real Madrid (2011-12 and 2016-17), before eventually lifting his first Serie A with the Italian giants this summer.2: Goals in 9 consecutive Serie A away matchesIt took just four games to open his Serie A account for Juventus, but it was worth the wait. Ronaldo scored the next 9 goals in 10 games as he equalled the club record of the fastest player to score 10 goals in the Italian league. The last person to do so was the legendary John Charles from Wales, who achieved this feat way back in 1957-58.Picture Credit: Business InsiderEven though the Portuguese maestro didn’t score a single hat-trick in his first Serie A campaign, he managed to score in nine successive away games and equalled Giuseppe Signori’s Serie A record set many decades ago. Ronaldo would ultimately go on to finish the season with 21 Serie A goals. Clearly, he came, he saw, he conquered!3: Top scorer in European Qualifiers history During a Euro 2020 qualifiers game against Lithuania in September, Ronaldo netted four times and went past Robbie Keane (23) for the most goals in Euro qualifying history. The captain scored in six back-to-back games, as Portugal looks well set to defend their title at the European Championship next summer. Young Joao Felix might be the apparent heir but Ronaldo remains the one who makes Portugal tick.Picture Credit: UEFA4: 700 Career GoalsIn October, Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal for club and country. Yes. 700th. Although his team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine, Ronaldo’s penalty took his tally to 700 goals in 974 senior appearances. A milestone which is only shared by a few other players including Pele, Gerd Muller and Romario. Quite an esteemed company we reckon.Picture Credit: CNNSince this achievement, he has added a few more goals to his name, but reaching the 700th mark will always remain as one of the most greatest moments in his glorious career.5: 99th International Goal On November 17, Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal in a 2-0 victory over Luxembourg and strengthened his position as Europe’s all-time leading international marksman. The Portuguese now has 15 more goals than second-placed Ferenc Puskás of Hungary from the Mighty Magyars era.While Iran’s Ali Daei currently sits on 109 goals, it’s just a matter of time before Ronaldo surpasses him. Yes, it’s true that CR7 did not finish 2019 just the way he had hoped; after all he finished third in all the big three awards of football (Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s ‘The Best’ and UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year) this year. But given his past record, he might just clinch all the honours there are to claim, next year. Watch out 2020!You may also like: Virat Kohli explains why he is ‘in awe’ of Cristiano Ronaldo and not Lionel MessiCristiano Ronaldo’s sister absolutely steamrollers ‘dear Virgil’ on social media after Liverpool star’s Ballon d’Or joke  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Six Pack for Selkirk — BCCAA denies college application

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s definitely a step back for the athletic program at Selkirk College.The Castlegar campus athletic department has had its application for dispensation denied by the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) Executive.The college wanted the BCCAA executive to allow only the women’s volleyball team to participate during the 2010-11 season.The application was made after it was realized that the men’s team could not fulfill its league requirements as some of the men’s student athletes could not fully commit to the BCCAA league schedule. However, the request was denied due to the fact that league schedules are based on both genders traveling and competing at the same time. “This was a tough decision for all parties,” said Athletic Director Kim Verigin. “The good side to all of this is that Selkirk College is still a member of the BCCAA and the Executive is very supportive of our situation.” The BCCAA league Executive Committee recommended that Selkirk College play an exhibition season and use the year to rebuild the program. “The men’s and women’s teams will continue to operate with regular weekly practices,” explained Verigin. “We are currently working to confirm a competitive exhibition schedule for 2010-11 and we will continue to support the student-athletes and coaches who have committed to both programs.” Overlaying this issue, declining enrolment in volleyball programs in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions and a changing dynamic within the BCCAA league has made it difficult for smaller colleges like Selkirk to recruit student-athletes and stay competitive. Many BCCAA institutions are in transition to make the jump to Canada West (Canadian Interuniversity Sport)—the highest level of intercollegiate sport available in Canada. “We are hopeful that this year will be a positive turning point for the volleyball program,” said Verigin.  “But, we are not certain. We are going to have to work hard and see what the future will bring.”Currently there is no senior boy’s team at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.The only real volleyball program is run at Mount Sentinel where the South Slocan school continually puts competitive teams on the floor that competes not only locally but [email protected]last_img read more

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RATTATAPTAP DICTATES PACE AND WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; BONDE TRAINEE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.15

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)–Breaking from post position two, Rattataptap was pressed early through fractions of 22.55, 45.36 and 57.19, but seemed to find another gear a furlong from home and went on to an authoritative 4 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Rattataptap bested five other 3-year-old fillies while negotiating six furlongs in 1:09.15.“She was comfortable on the lead and no one tried to rush her, so it was perfect,” said Bejarano. “She feels like she has a very sensitive mouth, so I didn’t want to take a hold of her too much. I wanted to make sure we got a good break because in her last race when she didn’t, she had a terrible race.”A grey daughter of Kentucky-based stallion Tapit, Rattataptap broke her maiden at first asking on Nov. 29 at Del Mar and was subsequently well beaten following a bad break in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 3. The second choice on Thursday at 9-5, Rattataptap paid $5.60, $2.80 and $2.40.Owned by Mark DeDominico, LLC, Jerry Durant and Michael House, she notched her second win from three starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she more than doubled her earnings to $68,650.Bet down late to the 6-5 favorite, Tall and Sweet pressed the winner early but fell back to fourth turning for home, re-rallied and finished a game second, a neck in front of All Star Bub. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Tall and Sweet paid $2.80 and $2.10.Off at 8-1, All Star Bub was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and paid $2.40 to show.First post time for an eight-race program on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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GRADE I WINNERS BEHOLDER AND WARREN’S VENEDA FINALLY MEET IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, three year olds and up has attracted a field of seven competitive older females, but maybe none more so than the two everyone will be trying to beat.Grade I winner’s Beholder and Warren’s Veneda head the Adoration and will be meeting for the first time in their illustrious careers. Though both were slated to run in the Grade I Vanity May 9, Beholder was scratched when she came up with a fever a few days prior, while Warren’s Veneda ran a disappointing third as the 1-10 favorite.Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder was Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly in 2012 and 3-year-old filly in 2013. Beholder, who has six Grade I wins, which include the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2013, has started only once this year but her 3 ¾ length win in the Santa Lucia Stakes on April 10 resulted in regular rider Gary Stevens saying, “she’s the best filly I’ve ever sat on and I’m not sure she’s not the best horse I’ve ever ridden.”Owned by Spendthrift Farms’ B. Wayne Hughes, the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes out of the Tricky Creek mare, Leslie’s Lady. Beholder, back on the work-tab since May 21, has since turned in three strong drills leading into the Adoration including a bullet move on May 27 (six furlongs in 1:11.20).Beholder is 16-11-3-0 overall with earnings of $3,416,600.Trained by Craig Lewis and owned and bred in California by Benjamin C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda comes into the Adoration off a third place effort in the Grade I Vanity May 9, beaten one length. Warren’s Veneda began the year with a bang winning three in-a-row beginning with the Paseana Stakes Jan. 11. She followed that with her first Grade II win in the Santa Maria Feb. 14 and the 5-year-old mare became a Grade I winner in the Santa Margarita on March 14.By Affirmative out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda is 23-8-3-6 overall with earnings of $863,612. She will retain the services of Tyler Baze who has been up for her last seven races.The complete field for the Adoration Stakes to be run as the 8th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 119; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Cast in Silver, Flavien Prat, 119; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 121; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 119.                 The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.–30–last_img read more

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Steve Kerr on Oracle fans: “We’ve got to give them more to cheer about”

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t necessarily agree with Klay Thompson about the lack of crowd noise inside Oracle Arena during a stunning defeat to the Phoenix Suns.But, yeah, he gets it.“I think I understood what he was talking about, but it’s all tied together,” Kerr said Monday at the team’s practice facility. “When you play well, when you play with great energy and a great pace and spirit, fans are …last_img read more

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Dlamini-Zuma, Clinton meet

first_imgSouth African foreign minister NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma and US secretary of stateHillary Clinton.(Image: US Department of State) The two politicians brief the media aftertheir meeting.(Image: US Department of State) The US Department of State in Washington.(Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusSouth African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has held her first official talks with recently-appointed US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. The minister met with her US counterpart on 19 March 2009 at the State Department in Washington.This is the first official meeting between the two since the change in US administration in January 2009, although Dlamini-Zuma remarked that they knew each other from other engagements.The previous day Dlamini-Zuma led the South African delegation in a United Nations Security Council debate that centred on African Union peace operations conducted under a mandate from the Security Council. The minister was accompanied by foreign affairs deputy director-general George Nene, and Baso Sanqu, South Africa’s representative at the United Nations.The foreign minister then travelled from New York to Washington for her high-level meeting with Clinton.Dlamini-Zuma and Clinton were scheduled to discuss political developments concerning Africa and the US, according to the South African department of foreign affairs. They were also to review current bilateral political, economic and trade relations, as well as issues of multilateral concern. The global economic crisis was also on the agenda, said departmental spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.The two countries wish to strengthen and consolidate existing strategic bilateral relations politically and economically, especially since the advent of the new administration.Strong bilateral relationsSouth Africa and the US established formal relations in 1789 when the US opened a consulate in Cape Town. While relations became strained during the apartheid years, with the US implementing wide-ranging sanctions against South Africa, the situation returned to normal after South Africa’s historic first democratic elections in 1994.Since then the overall bilateral relationship with the US has remained strong. Over the last decade business, civilian and governmental links have expanded. Today the US is one of the single largest foreign investors in the South African economy, and South Africa is also one of the US’s leading trading partners on the continent in both import and export terms. After the UK, the US is the second-largest source of tourists to South Africa.The two countries have a common agenda in a number of areas, including the promotion of human rights as well as international trade, the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the elimination of the illegal narcotics trade.A warm welcomeClinton welcomed the minister warmly. “It’s a special treat to welcome not only the foreign minister, but someone who I’ve had the privilege of meeting before, and looking forward now to work together in our new capacity. We have so many important issues to discuss with South Africa. And the opportunity for us to have a comprehensive relationship that touches on all of these important matters is very exciting to me, Madame Minister.”Dlamini-Zuma was equally gracious in her response. “It is a pleasure for South Africa to be able to meet the secretary of state in a new capacity,” she said, adding that she was delighted to have the opportunity to investigate ways in which South Africa-US bilateral relations could be strengthened, as well as probe co-operation in many other areas of mutual interest.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesObamamania sweeps AfricaSA hot destination for US touristsUseful linksUS Department of StateDepartment of Foreign AffairsUnited NationsSouth African embassy in Washingtonlast_img read more