FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — ESPN reports the NFL suspended New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.Tate is appealing the suspension, scheduled for Aug. 6. He claims the banned substance was prescribed as fertility medication.Tate released the following statement after the suspension was made public:“This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning. I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed. Per NFL protocol, an initial suspension was imminent, but myself and the Giants organization are confident in the facts, and eagerly await my appeal to put this behind us.”ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports a resolution on the case is expected before the start of the regular season.Tate’s loss marks another blow to an already thin Giants receiving corps. After trading star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns this offseason, Giants receivers Corey Coleman and Sterling Shepard suffered injuries during the first week of training camp. Coleman will miss the season with a torn ACL, and Shepard is expected to miss significant time in training camp with a broken thumb.Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants this offseason. He is entering his eleventh NFL season, having previously played with Seattle, Detroit, and Philadelphia.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Giants wide receiver Golden Tate suspended four games Written by
The war on sugar has been a strong media narrative throughout the past 12 months. Here British Baker looks at some of the headlines:With the final publication of the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report storming the headlines today, British Baker looks back at the coverage leading up to it. Scroll through the timeline below to see how the tale unfolded.
Governments are being urged to give more support to businesses that supply the hospitality and foodservice markets.More than 20 trade groups, including the Federation of Bakers and the British Sandwich Association, have endorsed a new report that claims some businesses, described as the “squeezed middle”, have not been given the same level of government assistance as those they supply, despite being hit hard by lockdown.According to the report, those struggling most to cope are food and drink manufacturers focused primarily on the hospitality and foodservice sectors; and those that supply retail as well as hospitality and foodservice, but cannot repurpose between the two.Research undertaken for the report – Maintaining Post-Covid-19 Capacity in Hospitality and Food Service Supply Chain Businesses: The Squeezed Middle – shows that less than half of food and drink manufacturers have applied for support from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme or Bounce Back Loan Scheme.The main reasons given for this were concerns over incurring additional debt and associated interest payments. Researchers also found many companies were facing up to half their customer base delaying payment or not paying outstanding invoices.Separate research conducted by British Baker last month found that only 14% of bakery businesses had applied for a Bounce Back Loan and 8% for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. A third of all respondents had not sought additional funding.The new report outlined a series of steps government could introduce to support businesses:Businesses supplying into the hospitality and foodservice industries should continue to receive furlough support through the UK government at a rate of 80% of salary contribution until those markets return to commercially viable levels.The UK government should place a requirement on the trade credit insurance industry to develop best-practice rules of operation that include greater transparency and formal notification of the reason(s) for refusal or withdrawal of cover.Insurers should be required to reinstate reduced or withdrawn cover backdated to 1 March 2020, except where there are clear and identifiable reasons as to why this would no longer be appropriate.Government should provide more targeted support for the ‘squeezed middle’ that does not incur additional business debt – for example, a relaxation of current rules for Apprenticeship Levy funds to allow businesses to maintain existing employment.Government should create schemes for small, medium and micro businesses within the ‘squeezed middle’ that provide initial cashflow injections to businesses requiring support to secure orders for materials and/or build stock in readiness for the recovery of customer demand.“Throughout the pandemic, the food and drink industry’s hidden heroes have been working hard to keep the country fed,” said Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright.“But those companies who supply the foodservice and hospitality sectors have seen their business disappear overnight, and yet have not been afforded the same government assistance.“The hospitality and foodservice sectors will play a vital role in contributing to the UK’s economic recovery, but any restart with be stymied without further support for those food and drink manufacturers operating in the squeezed middle.”The following organisations have endorsed the new report:Food and Drink Federation (FDF)British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF)British Coffee Association (BCA)British Sandwich Association (BSA)British Food Importers and Distributors Association (BFIDA)Café Life Association (CLA)Cold Chain Federation (CCF)Federation of Bakers (FoB)Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD)Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA)Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA)Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC)Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA)International Meat Trade Association (IMTA)National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association (NEODA)National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim)Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA)Packaging Federation (PF)Provision Trade Federation (PTF)Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA)Seasoning & Spice Association (SSA)The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PPIFA)UK Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA)Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA)
In 1997, Judith Toensing — a sixth-grade teacher in Yuma, Arizona — wrote a note on the report card of one of her star students, 12-year-old Christin Gilmer, which included the line: “Invite me to your Harvard graduation!”Twenty-one years later, Gilmer surprised Toensing with a hand-delivered invitation to attend Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s May 23, 2018 Convocation ceremony as well as Harvard University’s Commencement ceremony, at which Gilmer received her doctor of public health degree.In an April 4 Facebook post, Gilmer had thanked Toensing for teaching her about current events, global health, and human rights. Leah Kane, director of student affairs at Harvard Chan School, saw the post and thought it was a great story. She shared it with Dean Michelle Williams, who agreed and decided to invite Toensing to attend Gilmer’s Harvard graduation, all expenses paid.The note from Toensing to then 12-year-old Gilmer on her final report card of sixth grade. Photo by Christin GilmerIn a May 26, 2018 CNN article, Toensing said that she was “shocked, flabbergasted, humbled” by the invitation. Said Gilmer, “She lit a fire in me that helping people is a powerful tool, and through education, you can better serve populations in need. I will never forget her passion for others.”At Harvard Chan School’s Convocation, Williams thanked Toensing for her important work. “You don’t just teach young people,” she said. “You inspire them, and you propel them along a path of fulfillment and service to others. Your work is what makes our work possible.”Read the CNN article: A 6th-grade teacher wrote ‘Invite me to your Harvard graduation!’ — 21 years later, the student did just thatRead an ABC News article: Woman honors 6th-grade teacher’s wish to attend her Harvard graduation, as written on 1997 report card Read Full Story
Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments The writing was on the wall when London’s Billy Elliot announced it was departing the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9. The venue’s owner, Cameron Mackintosh, is set to refurbish the house and is aiming to put a small show you might have heard of called Hamilton in there. As previously reported, the British mega-producer will team up with the new musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring it to the West End in 2017 and the Daily Mail writes that the tuner will go into the venue as long as it’s ready.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:An old coal power station is set to be transformed into a “sustainable village” of 2,000 homes powered by solar panels, in the biggest redevelopment yet of a former UK power plant.French firm Engie said it had decided against selling off the Rugeley site in Staffordshire and would instead build super-efficient houses on the 139-hectare site as part of its bid to “move beyond energy.”Half of the energy required by the new homes will come from green sources, predominantly solar, which will be fitted on rooftops, in a field and even floating on a lake. The company is planning for 10 megawatts of solar capacity in total, equivalent to one of the UK’s smaller solar farms. Batteries will be used across the site, both in homes and at a communal power storage facility, to balance out electricity supply and demand.Wilfrid Petrie, Engie UK’s chief executive, said: “We are positioning ourselves as going beyond energy into place-making. It’s an example of us closing down our coal power plant and, instead of selling off the land, we’ve decided to regenerate it ourselves.”Rugeley, which stopped generating electricity in the summer of 2016, is one of several coal plants to close in recent years due to economic pressures and environmental regulations.There are seven operational coal power stations left in the UK, but all are due to shut by a government deadline of 2025, raising questions over what happens to the sizeable parcels of land afterwards.More: Rugeley coal plant to be transformed into a sustainable village Engie to redevelop U.K. coal plant into ‘sustainable village’
“l’ve done my share of bleeding,” says Bryan Hill, a senior at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C.“I don’t remember the collision at all, but I was completely lucid when the ambulance came. I still have flashbacks of coming to and lying in a pool of my own blood. Imagine two or three Nalgene bottles full of blood, dumped out onto the road. It took four weeks and two torrential rains to wash the blood off the pavement.” “It was a sort of half shuffle, half run. But it felt okay,” Hill says. “I ended up going six miles that day. The pain stayed with me for days after, but I knew after that run that I’d be able to come back.” “I lay in bed for 24 hours trying to focus on other things,” Hill recalls. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to see the morning, let alone be able to run again.” Two years after the wreck, the pain is still present when Hill runs. He says it comes and goes in waves, but it doesn’t keep him off the trail. If anything, the pain and the memory of his accident are what keep him running.“The accident has allowed me to tap into a mental toughness that I never knew I had,” Hill says. “Many times during ultras I think, ‘wow, this hurts.’ But then I think of the pain I went through, and that puts the ultra in perspective.” Two weeks before the Mount Mitchell Challenge—a 40 mile race to the top of the East’s tallest mountain and back down – the race director called Hill and offered him a spot at the starting line. It was only nine months after the accident, and Hill wasn’t completely healed, but he jumped at the opportunity. “Coming down the mountain, my tibia got shocks of pain every time my foot hit the ground. I started to worry that I was affecting the healing process. I kept telling myself I was going to quit at the next aid station. Then I’d drink some water and say, ‘Okay, I’l quit at the next aid station.’; That’s how I finished the race, telling myself I would quit around the next corner.” “The pain was tremendous, so they put me on morphine for a week,” Hill says. “I had lost so much blood that I didn’t have enough liquid in my body to throw up. I was sick from the pain and the morphine, but all I could do was dry hack.” Hill completed the Mount Mitchell Challenge in 8 hours, 6 minutes, which was 40 minutes faster than his time before the accident. “Most of my friends and family tried to talk me out of it, but one of the things that kept me going in the hospital was the realization that if I could get through that pain, I could do anything. After that sort of trauma, nothing in life is that big of a deal.” Bryan HillHill is talking about his near-fatal accident in April 2007. He was riding his bicycle home from school when he was hit from behind by a drunk driver going about 50 miles per hour. The grill of the car severed his calf in two; his tibia was shattered; and by the time he reached the hospital, he had lost five pints of blood. Six weeks after leaving the hospital, Hill took his first steps, using a walker to travel from one end of the room to the next. Even after eight transfusions, his body still lacked the proper amount of blood, so the minor activity sent his heart rate to 200 beats per minute. In August, just four months after the accident and still unsure if he’d be able to run normally, Hill went for his first jog. Over the course of Hill’s hospital stay, he went through general anesthesia five times, underwent one major knee surgery, had tibia reconstruction where pins and rods were fixed to the pieces of bone to hold the leg together, and skin grafts were taken from his thighs and stapled over his calves. All the while, Hill moved through a cornucopia of pain medications.
By Dialogo November 17, 2011 A Malian man faces up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine to fund the activities of Al-Qaeda and FARC guerrilla fighters in Colombia, US prosecutors said. Oumar Issa, who was arrested in Ghana in December 2009 at the request of the United States, and subsequently transported to New York, admitted one count of “conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.” Court papers said he agreed to move cocaine through West and North Africa to support the drug-trafficking activities of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). From September 2009 through December 2009, Issa and two other Malians agreed to provide the FARC with “logistical assistance and secure transportation for a shipment of cocaine across Africa, (and) false identification documents,” despite knowing the FARC “was engaged in terrorist activity,” prosecutors said. “The defendants also agreed to provide material support and resources, including property, and currency and monetary instruments to Al-Qaeda and AQIM, knowing that these groups were engaged in terrorist activities,” they added. Issa is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Richard Holwell on February 15, 2012. Cases against his two conspirators are ongoing. Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the southern district of New York, said narcotics trafficking provided vital cash to terrorist organizations, and Issa’s guilty plea underscored prosecutors commitment to catching wrongdoers.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Inwood man has admitted to sexually abusing a teenager who worked for him and then trying to have the victim killed so that the victim couldn’t testify against him in court three years ago.Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to charges of criminal sexual act and conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $206,000 in a check scheme.Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man, who owns Botanica, a religious supply store on Mott Street, gave the victim a cup containing a liquid mixed with Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and told him to drink it on Jan. 3, 2012.After he was arrested three months later, Miller’s family helped him concoct a $15,000 murder-for-hire plot, but an informant tipped off investigators before they could hire a hit man to make the victim’s death look like a robbery, authorities said.Miller’s mother, Mary, a secretary at a local high school, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school in an attempt to facilitate the plot, prosecutors said. Mary and Miller’s sister, Ann, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2013.In addition to the sex crime and attempted hit, investigators also found that Miller was using shell companies he created to defraud three check-processing companies out of a combined $140,224 in 2009 and 2010, prosecutors said.Those same years, he also used fake checks from nonexistent companies to con $66,180 worth of merchandise out of two companies, one of which furnishes office supplies and the other being a computer supply firm, authorities said.Judge Angelo Delligatti is expected to sentence Miller on June 4 to nine years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Miller to a maximum of 18 years.