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Man City oust PSG from European Champions League

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first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Kevin de Bruyne sent Manchester City into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time yesterday, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain to build on a 2-2 draw from the first leg.PSG’s fourth successive exit in the quarter-finals leaves the Qatari-owned club still chasing a much sought-after European Cup. Instead, City are celebrating another landmark in the club’s transformation in the eight years since themselves coming under Middle Eastern ownership from Abu Dhabi.This was a night when rival strikers both misfired. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic endured frustration in front of goal and Sergio Aguero missed a penalty for City in the first half.Instead, De Bruyne eased City’s passage by curling a shot through the crowded penalty area into the net in the 76th minute.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid back to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg yesterday.Ronaldo netted goals in the 16th and 17th minutes and then added a decisive third with a remarkable free kick in the 77th as Madrid overturned a 2-0 loss in last week’s first leg to win 3-2 on aggregate.last_img read more

Longtime fan of L.A. team shown some appreciation

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first_imgMonday brought more attention than this 91-year-old Dodgers fan was used to. As Nettie Berkson walked through the parking lot in Chavez Ravine to attend her 50th consecutive home opener, she was approached by strangers who wanted a picture with the woman they had seen on the front page of that day’s Daily News. A KTLA news crew followed her to her seat. And then a Fox 11 reporter and an Associated Press photographer stopped by for a piece of one of the Dodgers’ most consistent fans. People sitting nearby began asking each other who this woman was. “It’s a little too much excitement for me,” Nettie said. Marking the occasion, two of Nettie’s children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were there to spend the afternoon with family, soak in the California sun – even if their field-level seats behind home plate straddle the shade – and enjoy some ballpark food. “It just teaches you how important family really is,” said David Berkson, Nettie’s 37-year-old grandson, who has attended each home opener since he was 5. “To be able to do this year in and year out, to have Grandma and Grandpa pass it down to my dad, and he to me, and me to my boys – it’s just a great tradition. Hopefully some day I’ll hit my 50th. “It really doesn’t matter if you stay the whole game or two innings. You check in, see some family, get your Dodger Dog – it’s great.” The Berksons have purchased the season package for four of these seats since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. (Four more tickets were purchased for the extra family attending Monday’s game and the little kids piled onto parents’ laps.) Nettie’s husband, Marvin, who brought the family out from Chicago in 1946 and died 20 years ago, had walked the field while the stadium was under construction, determined to find the perfect seats that could remain in his family for generations. “We were all warned when we married into the family: No having kids around Opening Day. We had to plan around it,” said Andy Steier, 36, of Valencia, who is married to one of Nettie’s granddaughters. “But that’s why I married (Michael Berkson’s) daughter. I wanted the tickets.” Here’s to next year In the middle of the fourth inning, former Dodgers relief pitcher Jim Gott greeted the family in Aisle 1, Row S. Nettie used to play cards with a woman whose granddaughter married Gott, and Nettie had told her card-playing partner about a little boy who loved baseball and was battling leukemia. Gott visited Nettie’s 7-year-old grandson, Glen Greenberg, at UCLA Medical Center, and the two became fast friends. When Glen, now 22, got healthy, and returned to playing in the Agoura Hills PONY League, he commanded a certain amount of authority when his pal who pitched for the Dodgers watched him fling fastballs. “When he was really sick, Jim brought him (to Dodger Stadium), and after the games he would get to run on the field,” said Glen’s older sister, Britney. “It totally helped him get better.” At the end of the fifth inning, after the commotion had subsided, Nettie had seen little of the game, and she was exhausted. She picked up her stuff and, with son Michael to drive her home, headed out. “It was wonderful to be here today with everybody,” she said. “And please, God, help me to be able to be here again next year.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then the mayor showed up. “This is a beautiful girl. She’s a beautiful girl,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said after hugging Nettie – as a fan a few rows back shouted, “Down in front!” Joining the mayor was Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, greeting Nettie’s family and congratulating her for a streak that goes back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “It’s what the Dodgers are all about,” McCourt said. “They are all about family and loyalty and sticking with the team year in and year out. To have her celebrating her 50th opening day is fantastic.” Family time last_img read more

Little 4 teams primed for battle

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first_imgFerndale is the defending champion, and have split the past nine titles with St. Bernard’s.Both, however, feature several new … The Little 4 gets under way this morning in both baseball and softball, with all eight teams playing doubleheaders.At Ferndale, the Wildcats will welcome both St. Bernard’s squads, while the two South Fork teams travel out to Hoopa Valley. The opening games get under way at 11 a.m.In softball, it’s anyone’s guess as to who might win the title this season.last_img read more

30 Extra Long Traditional Kirby Hair Grips Slides Clips Pins 7cm by Pritties Accessories : GREAT LITTLE CLIPS ! .packaging could have been a bit better though.

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Will definitely re-buy these once more.Arrived in very good time inside a number of days and they don’t slide out. The colour seems to be lasting alright (i’ve only had them for a pair of weeks while).Genuinely robust grips that truly maintain my tremendous thick major hair. Very good duration and a excellent volume for the price. Would say that possibly if you have skinny hair they may possibly not do the job as effectively for you but that is just a perhaps. Will definitely re-buy these once more.Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.Arrived in very good time inside a number of days and they don’t slide out. The colour seems to be lasting alright (i’ve only had them for a pair of weeks while).Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.These 7cm duration are just what i was seeking for and arrived well right before the given day. Store purchased grips that i’ve located are far too small in duration to hold back long hair. These are fantastic and do the position superbly.. Packaging could have been a little bit better though. . Arrived before estimated delivery date. The hair clips are precisely as proven and described. The motive i gave 4* is mainly because the clips were posted in a little plastic bag, which to be genuinely sincere, did not offer you any defense from the product staying bent / damaged.These 7cm duration are just what i was seeking for and arrived well right before the given day. Store purchased grips that i’ve located are far too small in duration to hold back long hair. These are fantastic and do the position superbly.Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.last_img read more

Veteran farming program offers heroes help

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bob Udeck gingerly uses his hands and feet to slowly steer his four-wheeled walker carefully through the dirt- and grass-covered field, adeptly maneuvering through the ruts, divets, mounds of dirt, rocks, and plants that line the path leading to the Heroes Garden.The 74-year-old Vietnam veteran pulls up to a section of raised garden beds filled with rows of radish and pepper plants and smiles as he admires his handy work. Many of the plants have already begun bearing fruit, some of which were ripe and ready for picking.“I used to farm when I was younger,” Udeck said, as he wistfully looked out over the plot that houses the Veteran Farming Program. “It feels really good to get your hands dirty again — planting something, nurturing it, and watching it produce.“Not only does this garden keep me active, it’s also therapeutic — it keeps your mind busy, gets you outside, gives you a goal, and something to focus on. That’s really helped with my post-traumatic stress disorder.”Through participation in the Veteran Farming Program, organized by the Central Ohio VA Healthcare System and Ohio State University Extension, Udeck is one of 18 central Ohio veterans who spent the summer of 2019 farming at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on the Waterman is part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) campus in Columbus.The Veteran Farming Program is a VA Innovation Center pilot project created to facilitate veterans’ mental wellness through gardening and horticulture. A goal of the program is to create meaningful opportunities for veterans interested in pursuing a potential career in farming, said Nancy Gosztyla, coordinator of the program and a licensed independent social worker at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System in Columbus.Participants in the program are all veterans interested in gaining farming/gardening skills while also benefiting from the therapeutic aspects of gardening, Gosztyla said.“OSU Extension is uniquely qualified to provide both the classroom learning experience as well as hands-on training in gardening and horticulture,” said Gosztyla, who, in addition to working with veterans, has also completed the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program.The program, which is available in 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties, offers participants 50 hours of in-depth horticultural training. Then, every year, each graduate of the program provides at least 50 hours of horticultural volunteer service.Gosztyla’s service as a Master Gardener Volunteer is what led her to work with OSU Extension to develop the Heroes Garden. She wanted to expose veterans to the beneficial aspects of gardening, she said.The veterans who tended the Heroes Garden this summer first spent several weeks in classrooms learning the basics of horticulture. Then, they spent the summer working in the garden at Waterman. The crops they planted included sweet corn, radishes, carrots, peppers, beans, several squashes, watermelon, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cabbage.Working individually or as a group, they started with a basic plot of land, added topsoil, planted seeds, watered, weeded, and then harvested the produce, said Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension-Franklin County educator who facilitates the program.“They took home bags of produce every week, which for some, having access to fresh, free food may be an important economic benefit,” Hogan said. “Additionally, many of them had no gardening experience at all before starting the program, so they were able to come away from the program learning a new skill that they could use to develop a small horticultural enterprise and maybe sell produce at a farmers market as a potential income source.”Working on the land also has proven therapeutic effects, Hogan said.“Some of the vets suffer from PTSD or have other mental health challenges,” he said. “Research has shown that there are numerous health benefits experienced when people are out in nature, including lowering blood pressure. Plus, they’re experiencing the social benefit of being outdoors and working with others.”For Navy veteran Alicia Perenkovick, the social aspect of the program was its biggest draw. After eight years in the military, including serving in the Iraq War, she said she suffered from depression and PTSD once she was no longer in the service.“I was spending time home alone, ruminating about what could have happened, what should have happened, not knowing how to connect with people outside of the military, and not adjusting well to civilian life,” she said. “But coming here to garden each week has helped lift my feelings of depression and given me a sense of purpose.“When you’re home alone, you don’t have that human connection anymore. But being here, especially around other veterans who’ve had similar experiences, has really helped reconnect me to a life outside my house and provided me a sense of belonging.”The program ended Sept. 3 and included a graduation ceremony. Moving forward, the vets are encouraged to continue farming at Waterman, Hogan said.“We’re going to continue to dedicate the space at Waterman for the Heroes Garden next year, to be a place for veterans to come and garden together if they wish to,” he said. “We’ll also open the garden up to any veteran who would like to participate.”Beyond gardening, the skill sets developed in military service match many of the characteristics of a successful agricultural professional. Many veterans have naturally transitioned into farming, ranching, and other agricultural opportunities nationwide. To help facilitate veterans in agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency provided $64.5 million in direct and guaranteed farm operating loans to Veterans in 2018 — and Veterans have preference under most USDA farm credit and farmland conservation programs. Veterans are eligible for increased cost share assistance, additional financial incentives, and funding preferences for engaging in conservation efforts.“Nearly one quarter of Veterans, approximately 5 million, live in rural areas,” said Bill Ashton, USDA Military Veteran Agricultural Liaison. “They [Veterans] can be a positive force for our communities. USDA is committed to making our programs accessible to help Veterans start or grow a career and maximize the potential talent of this population.”USDA’s Rural Development has more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs including support to:Purchase and develop land and facilitiesPurchase equipment and suppliesRefinance for job expansionFinance for energy efficiency improvements.Veterans in urban areas also have resources available. Whether its backyard or rooftop farming or cutting-edge technologies in intensive indoor hydroponic or aquaculture farms, USDA can help urban Veterans explore opportunities in agriculture. USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit is a great place to start.Resources are available in every aspect of the agricultural industry, including Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment. USDA’s Veteran website at usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/veterans serves as a one-stop navigator for Veterans looking to learn more and support the critical mission of preparedness and defense of America’s food and agriculture sectors. Contact Mike Hogan at 614-292-7670 for more information about the OSU Extension gardening program at Waterman Farms.last_img read more

Treaty celebrations held in Lower Fort Garry

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Lower Fort Garry national historic site in Manitoba is hosting a week of celebrations commemorating the making of Treaty 1.APTN National News reporter Amy Stretten has this story.last_img

Rep Chatfield bill transparency package approved by committee

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first_img09Mar Rep. Chatfield bill, transparency package approved by committee Legislation by state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering was part of government transparency package that the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved today.Collectively, the 11-bill package will extend jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor and create the Legislative Open Records Act which places the Legislature under public disclosure laws.“If we believe that transparency is a good requirement to ensure accountability for our local units of government, I think it is only right and prudent that the Legislature subject themselves and our executive office as well,” said Chatfield, who is chair of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee. “State government must be more accountable to the people it serves. I’m pleased to see such strong support from my colleagues on the committee and look forward to the full House taking up the 11 bills as representatives of our state’s citizens.”Chatfield’s bill, along with legislation from state Rep. Jeremy Moss, will establish (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor with minimal exemptions.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not make it to the governor for signature.##### Categories: Chatfield News,Newslast_img read more

Netflix has started to add audio description to se

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first_imgNetflix has started to add audio description to selected titles on its service to help the visually impaired. Netflix has rolled out the service with its new series, Marvel’s Daredevil, and said it will add more titles in the coming weeks, including current and previous seasons House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and to adventure series Marco Polo.“Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones,” said Netflix’s director of content operations, Tracy Wright.Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes.last_img read more

Analysts at Berenberg have cut their earningsper

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first_imgAnalysts at Berenberg have cut their earnings-per-share estimates for Sky and have highlighted concerns about the uncertain outcome of the forthcoming auction of Premier League rights.Berenberg’s analysts cut their EPS estimates for the broadcaster on the ground that it will incur unforeseen investments related to its loss-making mobile offering, increased investment costs in content in the UK and Germany and higher marketing costs for Sky Pro and Sky Q, along with the new OTT service in Spain.Berenberg analysts Sarah Simon, Alastair Reid and Robert Berg cut their estimate for 2018 EPS by 8% and 2019 by 11%.The analysts also highlighted the likelihood of higher Premier League costs and the uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming auction of Premier league rights thanks to the interest of US online giants such as Amazon and Facebook.Berenberg’s analysts highlighted the 36% increase in the cost of English Football League rights, recently won by Sky, and said this was consistent with its expectation of Premier League cost inflation in the region of 35%. Despite this, Premier League rights remain crucial for the pay TV outfit.“Were Sky to lose any more packages, this could undermine its appeal to pay TV customers,” they said.In addition to the higher costs identified by the analysts, they identified factors that are likely to negatively impact the pay TV operator’s cashflow next year, including a likely reduction in working capital, the need for a down-payment on new Premier League rights, costs associated with the sale of handsets and the use of short-term provisions.Among the negative factors having an impact on Sky, Berenberg said that the decision by UK culture secretary Karen Bradley to refer 21st Century Fox’s bid on both competition and broadcasting standards grounds mean that “he risk associated with the transaction is rising, as reflected in the share price movement”.The analysts said that the higher marketing costs associated with Sky Pro and Sky Q were being capitalised but would result in steadily increasing depreciation charges.last_img read more