NFL notes: Redskins sign linebacker Fletcher

first_imgLinebacker London Fletcher agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, capping another busy day of free agency for one of the NFL’s top-spending teams. The agreement, which includes a $10.5 million signing bonus, came as Fletcher and cornerback Fred Smoot were treated to a Washington Wizards game, part of a courtship by a Redskins team that went 5-11 and needs to repair the worst defense in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Redskins took care of three of their own players. They re-signed safety Vernon Fox, keeping him off the free-agent market, and gave multiyear contract extensions to guard Randy Thomas and fullback Mike Sellers. Walking papers: The Indianapolis Colts released receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, two players who until they were hurt were integral parts of the team that won the Super Bowl. Stokley ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon in December and Reagor incurred facial injuries in an auto accident on the way to a game. The cuts were for cap purposes: Stokley was due a roster bonus of $500,000 and Reagor $1 million. Also, New England let 32-year-old Corey Dillon go as it re-signed fullback Heath Evans. Dillon, who split time last season with rookie Laurence Maroney, had said earlier this week that he would ask for his release. Rumors: Denver’s Jake Plummer was reportedly on the way to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round draft pick. But the NFL Network and other media outlets reported that he had decided to retire rather than accept the trade. Neither Plummer nor his agent, David Dunn, returned calls from The Associated Press. Another QB, Jeff Garcia, was contacted by the Oakland Raiders, who would like him to return to the Bay Area, where he grew up and played with San Francisco. He also could be courted by Tampa Bay and Minnesota. center_img More signings: Jacksonville inked offensive tackle Tony Pashos, who started for Baltimore last season. Pashos will start at right tackle for the Jaguars, while right tackle Maurice Williams will compete with Khalif Barnes on the right side. The Jaguars also re-signed kicker Josh Scobee … The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract. Lewis, a safety from Philadelphia, will become an immediate starter in the 49ers’ secondary. Deals: Detroit and Denver made official a deal disclosed Thursday that sent cornerback Dre’ Bly to the Broncos for offensive tackle George Foster and running back Tatum Bell. Detroit got a fifth-round draft pick and gave Denver a sixth-rounder in the trade. The Lions also acquired another selection in April’s draft, sending defensive end James Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round pick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham charged over anti-doping breach

first_imgThe Premier League club have until 27 February to respond to the charge.A West Ham spokesman said: “We would like to make it clear that the breach is a club administrative matter and does not concern any of our players.”“The breach relates to administrative oversights on the FA’s whereabouts system, for example a player’s address had been registered and the house number digits transposed, and the club will be responding to the FA in due course.”West Ham have been charged in relation to regulation 14 (d) of the FA’s anti-doping rules, which state that for it to be a breach, “information contained in such reports is either initially inaccurate or has not been updated by the club”.The exact details of the misconduct have not yet been made clear.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham have been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to anti-doping regulations. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – West Ham have been charged by the Football Association in relation to anti-doping regulations.“It is alleged the club failed to ensure ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months,” the FA said.last_img read more

Broadway Belts For PFF Raises RecordBreaking 350000

first_imgThe Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced that its annual Broadway Belts for PFF! raised a record-breaking $350,000, bringing its eight-year fundraising total to nearly $1.2 million.Broadway stars Aaron Tveit, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew RannellsThe sold-out event on March 12 featured a “Sweet 16” reunion of the Tony Award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY original cast members to honor Margo Lion, an original producer and a longtime supporter of Broadway Belts for PFF! The reunion, helmed by its Tony Award-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and featuring stunning performances by Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Rannells, Jackie Hoffman, Chester Gregory, Clark Thorell and many original Hairspray cast members, drew standing ovations from the crowd.In addition, Bryan Terrell Clark (HAMILTON, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL), Robert Creighton (CAGNEY, FROZEN), Lesli Margherita (MATILDA, DAMES AT SEA), Stephanie Gibson (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) and Alex Getlin (ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE THEATER) were among the Broadway talents that graced the stage. Making a special appearance, New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy-nominee, Bernie Williams, performed in memory of his father who succumbed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2001.The exclusive fundraiser at New York City’s Edison Ballroom was hosted by Broadway star and comedienne Julie Halston. As leading advocates for the PFF, Halston and her husband Ralph Howard co-created the event after their friend, Associated Press theater critic Michael Kuchwara, passed away from IPF. Coincidentally, Howard was subsequently diagnosed with IPF and has received a lung transplant.“Broadway Belts for PFF! has been a labor of love from the start,” said Julie Halston. “And through the enormous generosity of the Broadway community we have grown bigger every year to provide resources for pulmonary fibrosis patients and their families.”Broadway Belts for PFF! was directed by Carl Andress (THE DIVINE SISTER) with Christopher McGovern (CAGNEY) as Musical Director and Ed Windels as Music Coordinator, to honor Broadway producer Margo Lion. The benefit was produced for the eighth straight year by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost (MEMPHIS, COME FROM AWAY), Julie Halston and Ed Windels.“Broadway Belts for PFF! is an extraordinary opportunity for us to raise awareness and funds for pulmonary fibrosis programs and research,” said William T. Schmidt, PFF President and CEO. “On behalf of the pulmonary fibrosis community, I am pleased to thank and congratulate Julie Halston and the entire Broadway Belts team for a truly outstanding and memorable event.”Proceeds support the PFF’s work aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals living with pulmonary fibrosis and to fund research for a cure for the devastating disease involving scarring in the lungs. PF affects 200,000 Americans and results in more than 40,000 deaths annually. Fifty thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no known cure for PF.Broadway Belts for PFF! was generously sponsored by Genentech, Gay and Doug Lane Charitable Foundation, Steffy Family Foundation, Margo Lion, and The Ettinger Foundation, Incorporated.last_img read more

Digicel service restored in sections of Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Digicel can announce that its mobile service is steadily being restored across the Turks and Caicos.Communities in Providenciales in and around: Richmond Hills, Blue Hills, Tabernacle Church, Lower Bight, Grace Bay, Venetian, Cinema and Wheeland can now connect with their families and friends.The Digicel Turks and Caicos team activated its recovery plan as soon as the all-clear was given with an additional response team from across the Caribbean arriving in to Turks and Caicos shortly after.   This fleet of engineers is working round the clock to restore service with steady progress being made.As the relief and recovery efforts continue, Digicel would like to encourage the public to heed all relevant advice from the appropriate agencies and take all necessary precautions to stay safe.last_img read more

Politano talks ahead of Sassuolo game

first_imgOn Saturday, Inter Milan will host U.S. Sassuolo Calcio as the Italian Lega Serie A 2018-2019 season restarts action.The Italian Lega Serie as is back into action.After a small winter break, the Italian competition will restart this weekend, and Internazionale Milan will host U.S. Sassuolo Calcio.Matteo Politano was quoted by the Inter official website about what this means for his team.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’ve seen that they’ve put everyone in difficulty so far, ourselves included. It will be a difficult game, especially because we don’t have the help of our fans. It will be a very complicated game,” he explained.“I’ve played in a lot of games and I wouldn’t have expected such a start. I’m very happy, but I still have a lot to improve on.”“For me, there’s the extra motivation of looking to always do well in order to convince the coach and club to continue on this journey together,” he added.“My aim is to give my best in the week in order to earn a place in the team with this prestigious shirt, to keep playing and perhaps to score a few more goals.”last_img read more

Kalapini Komkali mesmerises audience at IHCs Morning Ragas

first_imgMusical notes resonated at the India Habitat Centre when the IHC ‘Morning Ragas’ concert was held on Sunday. The soulful morning was a lovely musical journey towards Uttarayan which is to be held in January. The artist for the morning concert was Kalapini Komkali, daughter and disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva.She opened her recital with Raga Bilaskhani Todi in which she presented three compositions, the last being Pt Kumar Gandharva’s composition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next she presented the rarely heard Shukla Bilawal in which she sang two compositions before moving on to the more popular Alhaiya Bilawal. Kalapini’s next presentation was a Meera bhajan in her inimitable style. She ended the morning recital with a Kabir doha in Raga Bhairavi with the trademark Kumar Gandharva genre of singing. She was accompanied on the tabla by the young Ramendra Singh Solanki and on the Harmonium by Vinay Mishra.last_img read more

7th edition of YIWU fair kicks off in China

first_imgAnil Kumar Rai, Consulate General of India in Shanghai, China, inaugurated India Pavilion during the 7th edition of Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair 2018 on May 6 along with Prashant Tripathi, Consul, CGI Shanghai. Rajesh Rawat, Joint Director, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH India) was also present during the inauguration ceremony. The fair is being held at Yiwu International Expo Centre, China from May 6 – 9 as informed by Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director EPCH. Around 1000 companies are participating from over 80 countries like India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, Russia, Poland, Pakistan, Germany and more. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYIWU, a city in China, is known as “China Small – Commodity Market”. For six consecutive years, Yiwu has topped China’s 100 top open markets list and was listed as “China’s civilized open market” for the successive years. It has been named as the banner of China’s market economy which offers a large variety of quality yet cheaper commodities. The city is famous for its small/medium commodity trade and vibrant market. Also, it is a regional tourist destination. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRakesh Kumar, ED EPCH further informed that looking at the versatility of the YIWU market, Council participated in the 7th edition of YIWU Imported Commodities Fair and organised India Pavilion with 49 member exporters and three master craftpersons.The exporters are displaying a wide range of products which include woodware, fashion jewellery and accessories, metal crafts, home furnishing, natural fibres, aggarbattis, home décor etc. Three master craft persons from Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Saharanpur U.P. will be giving live demonstrations on ‘Kalamkari Painting’, Shawl embroidery and wood carving crafts respectively. Kumar further elaborated that an MOU was signed between EPCH and China Council for the promotion of International Trade and strengthen the friendship between connected people in two countries.EPCH – an apex body for promotion and export of handicrafts products from India to the world markets – has made an integrated and comprehensive policy which revolves around the development of new product lines, new designs,improvement in technology and aggressive marketing as well as the exploration of new markets.last_img read more

Trinamool seeks EC surveillance for BJPs Arjun Singh

first_imgKolkata: Seeking stringent measures in West Bengal’s Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to keep the BJP’s candidate Arjun Singh, who switched to the saffron outfit recently from the state’s ruling party, under “surveillance”. Trinamool’s outgoing MP Dinesh Trivedi is seeking re-election from the Barrackpore constituency which will go to hustings during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on May 6. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi re-contesting from the seat and the party requested surveillance for BJP leader Arjun Singh,” sources in the Election Commission said. Meeting state Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab, senior Trinamool leader Tapas Roy said there was a “disturbance in Barrackpore yesterday”. “Bombs were hurled and the movement of goons have increased. Our party and candidate have complained to the commission and the police observer,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state In Bhatpara Assembly segment, under the constituency, some vehicles were set on fire, during clashes between BJP and Trinamool workers. Asked if they had appealed for surveillance on Arjun Singh, Roy said: “In these cases, if the EC feels the requirement of any specific step against a candidate, a party or any other person, they will take it.” “We have submitted the copy of our specific complaints to the CEO,” he added.last_img read more

More People Want to Get Shocked Than Sit in Total Stillness for

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. July 7, 2014 2 min readcenter_img Does the idea of sitting alone in a room for 15 minutes doing absolutely nothing sound like pure bliss or unimaginable torture?Many participants in a new study out of the University of Virginia agreed on the latter, as researchers concluded that today’s society has become increasingly averse to the notion of stillness.While this may come as no surprise, the experiment also uncovered a rather jarring fact: Some participants, when given the choice, preferred to self-administer a mild electrical shock — of the same intensity as static electricity — as opposed to sitting in silence for no more than 15 minutes.”I think they just wanted to shock themselves out of boredom,” University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy Wilson told Reuters. “Sometimes negative stimulation is preferable to no stimulation.”Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a WarrantOf all participants, men were particularly antsy. Two-thirds administered at least one shock, while only a quarter of women did. One male participant even shocked himself 190 times.All told, nearly 800 people — including adults from a variety of backgrounds, up to age 77 — took part in 11 total experiments.The majority found it “difficult to use their own minds to entertain themselves, at least when asked to do it on the spot,” Wilson said. “In this modern age, with all the gadgets we have, people seem to fill up every moment with some external activity.”For instance, when asked to sit alone in their homes without a cellphone, music player, reading material or writing implements, a third of all volunteers cheated, Reuters reports, by instinctively reaching for a nearby device.Related: Oh, the Irony: Coke Slams Social Media Addicts in New Viral Video Listen Nowlast_img read more