Ask the Mayor — May 1, 2019 — “Logan’s Law”

first_imgOur “Ask the Mayor” topic on May 1, 2019 was “Logan’s Law”, a bill unanimously passed by the Iowa Legislature that allows those purchasing hunting and fishing licenses to declare they want to be organ, tissue and skin donors. Among those heard on the program are House Minority Leader Todd Prichard (D-Charles City), and Wendy Luft, the mother of Logan Luft, who died after an ATV accident in July 2017. Logan family donated five major organs.last_img

Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Fueled by previous disappointments and thoughts of his ill father watching on TV, Alaphilippe timed his break perfectly and powered to victory on the first day in the mountains, crossing the line alone, and finishing well ahead of his rivals for his first Tour win.“I imagined winning it because it was a huge objective for me, but to win it like that, all alone …,” Alaphilippe said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I don’t know how many kilometers I was alone – phew, it was a bit risky but I tried to up the pace and I really profited.”He finished 1 minute, 34 seconds ahead of Jon Izagirre Insausti, 1:40 ahead of Rein Taaramae, and 1:44 in front of overall leader Greg Van Avermaet. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Stage winner France’s Julian Alaphilippe rides breakaway during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 158.8 kilometers (98.7 miles) with start in Annecy and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)LE GRAND-BORNAND, France — France has a new cycling star.Two days after the country’s soccer players won the World Cup, Julian Alaphilippe became the first French winner of a stage at this year’s Tour de France on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Taaramae was leading when Alaphilippe attacked going up the category-one Col de Romme, and the Estonian rider was unable to find a response. Alaphilippe increased his lead over the Col de la Colombiere before zooming down the final finish.“I was really happy that the last kilometer was downhill,” Alaphilippe joked after giving the Quick Step team its third win from 10 stages. “A rare and special moment.”The 26-year-old Alaphilippe pounded his chest and lifted his arms to celebrate as he crossed the line, and struggled to hold back his tears afterward.The French rider, who previously won the Walloon Arrow one-day classic in Belgium in April and the 2016 Tour of California, had had plenty of disappointments over the years. He missed the 2017 Tour de France due to injury, and has endured narrow defeats to Peter Sagan.“I’ve had plenty of frustrations. But they are things that make you stronger. The emotion I had today was not because of the frustrations but because of the pain. Because I really wanted this victory,” Alaphilippe said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I thought a lot of my family, of my dad who’s not well who was watching on the TV. It cracked me up because I knew he was watching. Yep, there were a lot of emotions.”Asked if he expects to keep the red polka dot jersey given to the so-called King of the Mountains, Alaphilippe replied, “I don’t think so. It’s a long way to Paris but I’m really happy to have this one for a minimum of one day.”The second of three Alpine stages takes place on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

SA Tourism targets domestic travellers

first_img29 August 2013 South African Tourism has marked the imminent start of Tourism Month with the launch of a new marketing campaign, combined with various affordable holiday packages, aimed at growing the number of domestic travellers in the country. Speaking at the official Tourism Month launch at Amazingwe Lodge in the North West province on Wednesday, Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said South Africa was an exceptional global destination whose tourist arrivals growth consistently tracked higher than the worldwide average. In 2012, international tourist arrivals to South Africa increased by 10.2% year-on-year, compared to global industry growth of 4%. However, the contribution, and potential for further growth, of domestic tourism were often underestimated. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg last week, Van Schalkwyk noted that at any given moment, three-quarters of all tourists in the country were South Africans.Addressing the cost barriers With non-travelling South Africans having indicated that they could not afford to travel or were not aware of accessible offerings, the sector had to work harder to address these information and cost barriers, the minister said. “Through a partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) we have commissioned a feasibility study for a pilot budget resort chain aimed at an under-served market segment of would-be travellers earning less than R5 000 a month. “We have also commissioned an audit of underused state assets and properties that could be developed into tourist attractions and facilities.” The new domestic marketing campaign – dubbed “Nothing’s More Fun than a Sho’t Left” – also tackles the affordability challenge, while seeking to “bring the fun back to travel”. In a statement on Wednesday, the South African Tourism said the campaign’s television commercials, flighting from the beginning of September, would remind South Africans “that taking a holiday, even for a night or two, gives benefits that endure: great memories, quality time with loved ones, well-deserved escapes from dull routine, and a chance to experience new places, new people and new things”. The campaign also offers a number of holiday package deals designed, in partnership with South African Tourism’s travel partners, to deliver “fun, easy, accessible and affordable holidays”. In his breakfast address earlier this month, Van Schalkwyk said that tourism was a vital contributor to the South African economy, contributing more to gross domestic product (GDP) than, for instance, the automotive industry, and sustaining more direct and indirect jobs than the mining industry. Tourism’s direct contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew to R84-billion in 2011, with the combined direct and indirect contribution making up 9% of GDP, Van Schalkwyk said. At the same time, tourism directly and indirectly sustained 9% of employment in the country, which amounted to one in every 11 jobs.Shifting global patterns On the international front, Van Schalkwyk said that while the UK continued to be South Africa’s biggest overseas tourism market, followed by the US and Germany, China was now the country’s fourth-largest overseas tourism market, up from eighth place two years ago. “In our international market segmentation we recognise that a tectonic shift is under way as economic and political power is moving from the North to the South and from the West to the East.” He said that while the established markets would remain critical for years to come, the changing contours of wealth and power in the world could not be ignored: it was expected that within two years, inbound tourism to emerging market destinations would exceed that of the advanced economies. South African Tourism had invested ahead of return in some of these emerging markets, the minister said, and these were now delivering a much greater share of the industry’s income. In 2012, particularly strong growth was recorded from the Asian market, which saw an increase of 34% in arrivals, and in the Central and South American market, which saw a 37% increase. “We should still do much more to market ourselves as an emerging economy to established markets, but also to other emerging markets, such as China, that are becoming significant tourism spenders.” Referring to global air traffic, Van Schalkwyk pointed out that there was major potential for the development of a South-South corridor that would reflect contemporary trade and other economic realities. “We believe that OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is ideally positioned to be a major hub on such a corridor, for passengers to travel, for example, from South America to India.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2019 soybean harvest kicks off with a Cab Cam at the Clark Farm in Warren County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this Cab Cam, sponsored by Homan Inc., Dave Clark from Warren County joins Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson as they discuss some of the first soybeans being harvested in the state of Ohio. Dave shared about the challenging planting season and his hopes for higher yields as the harvest season progresses.last_img

Apple Reportedly Buys iCloud.com, Music Streaming Service Around the Corner?

first_imgdan rowinski 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Apple’s long-rumored, cloud-based music service may be coming to fruition. According to reports, Apple has acquired the domain name iCloud.com from Swedish cloud services provider Xcerion for $4.5 million. Coupled with the 500,000 square foot data center that is being finished in North Carolina, Apple may finally be ready to make its big cloud push.The speculation so far has been that the data center will be for iTunes storage and streaming. Think “iTunes Everywhere.” It is also likely that Apple will rebrand its existing cloud product MobileMe at some point, perhaps with the iCloud designation. Either way, with a $4.5 million price tag for the domain name, it is likely that iCloud will be a significant chip in Apple’s portfolio.Om Malik of GigaOm first reported the possible iCloud.com purchase. Currently iCloud.com is redirecting to CloudMe.com. CloudMe is what Ecerion rebranded its cloud service from iCloud earlier this month. According to Malik, Ecerion acquired CloudMe.com on April 5, 2011.See also:More Images from the North Carolina Apple Data Center – Mission “Not Impossible”Apple Hiring a Team to Build “the Future of Cloud Services”Cloud Round-up: Apple Hires Microsoft Data Center Guru, Private Clouds Discredited and MoreShould You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive?The North Carolina data center cost Apple approximately $1 billion to build and the company looks intent on joining the cloud music rush currently underway. Amazon launched its Amazon Cloud Drive at the end of March that allows users to upload music from their hard drives and stream it online. Google has been making waves in the music sector as well. Recent reports have them talking to European-based music streaming service Spotify that is in process of launching in the United States. Google Music was announced at Google’s developer conference in 2010 and the service is said to be undergoing in-house testing at Mountain View. That leaves Apple. The company has been the prime disruptor of the music industry over the last 10 years with the iTunes model. Yet, Cupertino’s stranglehold on the music business has shown cracks in recent years as Amazon and Google look to get in the game and streaming services such as Rdio, Pandora and MOG gain headway in the market. Is iCloud.com going to be Apple’s response?center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple#Data Services#music#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Andy Murray Loses to World No.240 in Round of 16 at Mallorca Challenger

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayMallorcan Challengertennis First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:21 AM IST Mallorca: Andy Murray suffered a setback in his return from injury as he slipped to a surprise last-16 loss to world number 240 Matteo Viola at the second-tier Challenger event in Mallorca on Thursday.The three-time Grand Slam champion, returning after hip surgery, was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) by his Italian opponent. Murray was competing in a Challenger tournament for the first time since 2005 and had cruised through his opening two matches at the Rafa Nadal Open in straight sets.A third consecutive such victory looked on the cards when he took the opening set with two breaks of the Viola serve, but he dropped the second despite twice fighting back from a break down.The former world number one again recovered an early break in the decider, but lost a tie-break on Viola’s second match point.🗯 @andy_murray se despide del @ATPChallenger #RafaNadalOpen by @sothebysrealtyIt was great to have you at the #rafanadalacademy, we hope to see you soon 😍 pic.twitter.com/1wMwCu3PgY— Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rnadalacademy) August 29, 2019The 32-year-old, currently ranked 328th in the world, had a metal hip implanted in January and pulled out of the doubles at the ongoing US Open in order to concentrate on his singles comeback.Murray had suffered back-to-back first-round losses on the ATP Tour earlier this month — against Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati and Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem. last_img read more

Kansas State Police Asking For Help To Identify Fan Who Bumped Jamari Traylor

first_imgKansas State fan bumps Kansas's Jamari TraylorTwitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at http://t.co/ZqQti0IAve or call 532-6412 pic.twitter.com/VtBS2dPijl— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.last_img read more

Taylor Decker Tweets At Jaylon Smith, Says He’d Never Try To Injure Another Player

first_imgDetroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor DeckerBALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.last_img read more

What the Ontario court victory means for 60s Scoop Survivors across Canada

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieThe Ontario Sixties Scoop Class Action court victory is so far the only one of its kind in the Western world.The Ontario Superior Court ruled on February 14th, 2017 that Canada is liable for loss of cultural identity by those Indigenous 60s scoop plaintiffs who were placed in non-Indigenous homes.Now other 60s Scoop Survivors, like our guests in this show, are looking at what it could mean for them.In this edition, Jeffery Wilson, the lawyer representing Ontario Class Action lead plaintiff, Chief Marcia Brown-Martel, explains his view of where we are in light of the cultural genocide endured by tens of thousands of children who were scooped from their families.last_img

Ronald Acuna Is Quietly Getting Better And Thats Scary

PlayerYearAgeOPS+PlayerYearAgeWAR/G Ronald Acuña Jr.’s rookie year was historicFor MLB hitters age 20 or younger in a season since 1901, greatest adjusted on-base plus slugging and wins above replacement per game 20Vada Pinson195920129Mel Ott192819.032 Min. 450 plate appearances for OPS+ leaders and 100 games for WAR/G leadersSources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 17Bryce Harper201320133Ken Griffey Jr.199020.033 2Ty Cobb190720167Alex Rodriguez199620.064 3Mel Ott192920165Mel Ott192920.051 10Ronald Acuña Jr.201820145Jason Heyward201020.039 18Tony Conigliaro196520133Bryce Harper201320.033 11Juan Soto201819143Vada Pinson195920.038 4Al Kaline195520162Al Kaline195520.051 8Rogers Hornsby191620151Frank Robinson195620.041 15Ken Griffey Jr.199020136Bryce Harper201219.034 13Dick Hoblitzell190920143Rogers Hornsby191620.037 16Sherry Magee190520134Sherry Magee190520.034 At a glance, Acuña’s early 2019 numbers actually represent a slight downgrade from that stellar rookie campaign. His OPS+ has dipped from 145 to 134, thanks to a big decline in slugging percentage (.552 to .487). Relatedly, Acuña is hitting home runs less frequently, and his isolated power is down nearly 70 points. It looks sure like a mild sophomore slump — albeit one we should all be so lucky to have.Under the surface, however, Acuña has made some impressive strides this year in two important areas: plate discipline and defense.Acuña’s 2018 walk rate of 9.2 percent was already better than league average — particularly impressive considering the whole “20-year-old rookie” factor — but his 2019 rate is up to 12.7 percent, which ranks 35th in baseball. He’s seeing more pitches (4.61 per plate appearance, second-most in baseball) and consistently getting into good hitter’s counts more often than he did a year ago. At the same time, Acuña has been whiffing a lot less so far in 2019. He struck out in 25.3 percent of his plate appearances last season, which ranked him around the bottom quarter of MLB hitters, but this year that rate is down to 21.8 percent, comfortably in the top half of the league.Those changes give Acuña an overall strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.72, which is the second-lowest in baseball for a hitter his age. Since a player’s batting eye is a core leading indicator for his underlying hitting skills, Acuña’s improved strike-zone judgment is a great sign of his ongoing development at the plate.The other area in which Acuña has improved is defense. We combined the Ultimate Zone Rating figures found at FanGraphs and the Defensive Runs Saved numbers at Baseball-Reference.com and found that Acuña was no better than an average outfielder last season. (And he might have been worse than that — another prominent metric, Michael Humphreys’ Defensive Regression Analysis, considered him to be 3 runs below average.) This season, Acuña’s numbers are up no matter which source you consult; he’s on pace to have improved by about 10 runs — or 1 entire win — if he ends up playing the same number of innings as in 2018.4Which probably undersells his potential improvement, because Acuña was limited to 111 games last year between injuries and Atlanta’s service-time chicanery.The advanced fielding stats may just be catching up with what the eye test already knew about Acuña’s defensive potential. FanGraphs’ annual poll of fan fielding assessments had already judged Acuña to be one of the most talented left fielders in the game last season, thanks to his tremendous first step and speed to the ball off the bat. But now that he’s putting those skills to use in the metrics, Acuña’s potential value looks even greater: Per 162 team games, he’s tracking for 7.0 WAR this season, which basically matches what Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols had at the same age.Acuña’s dip in power this year is a bit puzzling, particularly since his Statcast hitting metrics — including exit velocity, hard-hit ball rate and “barrels” (balls hit with the ideal velocity and launch angle) — are also down across the board. Some of that might come down to the injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game: “It’s been on and off,” Acuña told reporters through an interpreter after picking up four hits but exiting Saturday’s game early. “I’ve felt it for a while, so it wasn’t today. Today, it just kind of grabbed at me after I had a quick swing like that and got out of the box pretty quickly. That’s when I felt it. But I felt good coming into today, as always.”But assuming his back isn’t an ongoing issue, Acuña should get plenty more pitches to crush as the season goes on, given his improved willingness to wait out favorable counts. Acuña may not be launching balls out of the park left and right like Bellinger at the moment — he hasn’t homered since April 16, in fact — but the foundation of his game still has superstardom stamped into it as much as ever. 5Mickey Mantle195220162Ted Williams193920.046 14Mel Ott192819139Ronald Acuña Jr.201820.035 When the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series starting tonight, all eyes will be on a precocious young star who’s taken his game to the next level early this season. We are, of course, talking about L.A.’s Cody Bellinger … right? Certainly Bellinger has been great so far, and he was just named the National League’s player of the month for April. But “precocious young star” could also fit Bellinger’s counterpart on the Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña’s ongoing development as a superstar hasn’t gotten as much attention as Bellinger’s, particularly during his recent slump and injury absence over the weekend, but Atlanta’s 21-year-old left fielder is showing important signs of improvement, too, despite surface-level numbers that can’t match those of his Dodger rival.Acuña’s 2018 rookie season already put him in the history books. After being held down in Triple-A until April 25, he posted the 10th-best adjusted on-base plus slugging (OPS+) of any player age 20 or younger in a season since 1901,1Minimum 450 plate appearances. edging out fellow NL East outfielder Juan Soto in the process, and he had the 14th-most wins above replacement2Averaging together the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. per game3Minimum 100 games. of any 20-or-under hitter over the same span, besting Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays. Adj. on-base plus sluggingWins above replacement per game 6Alex Rodriguez199620161Mickey Mantle195220.046 1Mike Trout201220168Mike Trout201220.074 19Jason Heyward201020131Willie Mays195120.032 7Ted Williams193920160Ty Cobb190720.046 9Jimmie Foxx192820148Jimmie Foxx192820.040 12Frank Robinson195620143Manny Machado201320.037 read more