Olympian athlete to headline JBS speaker series

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLegal Aid of NorthWest Texas schedules free clinicNext articleAs Presidents Day is observed, Bush paintings exhibit continues in Midland museum admin Facebook WhatsApp Olympian athlete to headline JBS speaker series Twitter Pinterest Olympic Champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee has been dubbed “The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute will host an upcoming lecture entitled “An Evening with Olympic Champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee” at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and moderated by CBS 7 anchor Tatum Hubbard. “An Evening with Olympic Champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee” has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland.The lecture is part of the JBS Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.Joyner-Kersee is the author of both “A Kind of Grace” (1997), her autobiography, and “A Woman’s Place is Everywhere.” She is an active professional speaker and speaks on topics of athletics, business success, living with the limitations of medical issues, nutrition, women’s issue and youth advocacy.Tatum Hubbard, CBS 7 News Anchor, will moderate the lecture. Audience members are encouraged to submit their questions to Joyner-Kersee during the lecture using their phones, by texting their question to the moderator. The text number will be provided during the program.Tickets are $10. Students from area schools, colleges and universities get in free with a student ID.For tickets, call 800-514-3849.More coverage>> Jackie Joyner-Kersee talks staying balanced By admin – February 19, 2018 Pinterest Local News Facebooklast_img read more

Arthur hits back at critics after Pakistan surrender

first_img(REUTERS)-Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur conceded his team were woeful in Sunday’s Champions Trophy defeat against India but said it was an “insult” to suggest that the squad had regressed under him.In the end, one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the tournament proved a damp squib as India utterly dominated every aspect of a stop-start, rain-interrupted 124-run victory.“That’s a total insult to say we’re playing even worse,” said the 49-year-old South African, who took on the role a little more than a year ago, after his team succumbed meekly at a packed Edgbaston ground.“If you have a look at our records over the last year we’ve won two series. We’ve got ourselves from nine to number eight (in the ODI rankings) and our brand of cricket has changed.”Pakistan won the toss but nothing else went right for them as they dropped catches, persisted with bowlers who bled runs and folded inside 34 overs with the bat.“We had a poor game,” the former South Africa and Australia coach added. “But we’re obviously trying our best and we’re trying to change it.“It’s not going to happen overnight. We’re trying every day. Every time we go down to training, we try and get the basics right. We didn’t do it today. And that’s disappointing.”Apart from the manner of their surrender, Pakistan are also fretting on the fitness of fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.Amir bowled 8.1 overs before developing severe cramp and leaving the field, while Riaz, who conceded 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs in the most expensive spell of five-plus overs in tournament history, hobbled off after twisting an ankle.“I don’t know why they’re cramping,” Arthur said. “That’s something that I need to take up with the medical team.”Pakistan play South Africa in their next Group B match at the same venue on Wednesday.last_img read more

a month ago​WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Beckie hat-trick as Man City cruise past Lugano

first_img​WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Beckie hat-trick as Man City cruise past Luganoby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City duly booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-0 win on the night and 11-1 on aggregate over Luganao at the Academy Stadium.After a 7-1 victory in the first leg City were always favourites to progress and will hope they can eventually go one better then the two semi-final defeats over the last couple of seasons.Any hopes of a shock comeback by Lugano evaporated after just 5 minutes when Janine Beckie was put through to chip over the advancing keeper Morgan Bertsch.The rest of the half was City dominating possession in what was becoming a glorified practise game. Yet for all this there was little goalmouth action before Beckie doubled the host’s advantage on 33 minutes.It was almost three but Bertsch made a fine save from a close range Steph Houghton header.City increased their lead at the beginning of the second half as Beckie claimed her hat-trick following some sloppy defending and a fortunate rebound.The visitors are struggling in the league back home and this lack of quality was evident in their failure to trouble City.After a sustained period of uneventful play number four arrived from substitute Pauline Bremer who rounded the keeper to slide home.So City continue their 100% start to the season but know their will be tougher games ahead starting at the weekend when they play Everton in a top of the table Super League fixture.Full Time Man City: 4 (Beckie 5, 33, 48 Bremer 78)Lugano: 0Aggregate: Man City 11Lugano 1Att: 949Venue: Academy Stadium TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Wants To Talk, Mike Mayock Is Having None Of It

first_imgUrban Meyer tries to talk but Mike Mayock stops him.Urban MayockUrban Meyer is part of the NFL Network’s draft coverage this evening. After the Dallas Cowboys took Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round, it was brought up that Smith’s brother, Rod, is on the Cowboys. Rod Smith also played at Ohio State for Meyer before getting dismissed in 2014. Meyer apparently wanted to talk about that fact tonight, but NFL Network expert Mike Mayock wouldn’t let him get a word in. Watch Meyer point to himself as if he’s saying, “can I talk?” It’s pretty funny. Urban trying to get in to talk about Jaylon Smith’s brother Rod (former Buckeye) and Mike Mayock having none of it pic.twitter.com/a9YGIofjY5— Lloyd Ribner III (@LloydRibner) April 29, 2016The NFL Draft is currently airing on both ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

Unlimited movietheatre deal could be too good to survive

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theatres what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry.For many people, going to the movies is worth it only a few times a year. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.MoviePass believes it can get people to theatres more often. Major theatre chains and movie studios aren’t so sure, putting MoviePass’ business plan at risk.Subscribers with MoviePass can watch a movie a day, be it a splashy blockbuster or an indie movie contending for the Oscars.Though MoviePass works at most theatres, it has key restrictions: It excludes pricier 3-D and Imax showings and most advance online sales. And even if everyone in a group has a subscription, tickets must be purchased individually. Subscribers also complain that MoviePass responds too slowly, or not at all, when there’s a problem.Nonetheless, the thrill of the bargain has sparked interest. MoviePass said Thursday that it signed up a half-million subscribers in less than a month, bringing the total to 2 million.“I’ve seen a little over a dozen movies, which is way more than what I would have without it,” said Cassie Langdon, a 28-year-old Indianapolis woman who works in sports communications and joined MoviePass in October.Langdon said she’s taking chances on smaller releases instead of sticking with blockbusters and their sequels.Success could ultimately bring MoviePass’ demise. Although subscribers pay just $10 a month, or less with promotions, MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket. The U.S. average is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities, putting MoviePass in the red with just one movie. By contrast, MoviePass competitor Sinemia offers just two or three movies a month for higher fees.Plus, with an unlimited plan, MoviePass has to eat some unnecessary costs, such as when a subscriber buys a ticket just to use the theatre’s restroom.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, warns in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”The service is ultimately counting on a “gym membership” effect: Subscribers might binge at first, but slow down once the novelty wears off. Although subscribers can cancel anytime, they wouldn’t be able to sign up again for another nine months to discourage short-term memberships.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie.And MoviePass believes it can help promote movies because it knows what subscribers see, when and where. Promotions could even extend to sending alerts to buy a soundtrack or movie poster as subscribers leave the theatre.But several industry experts say MoviePass doesn’t add much to the marketing data from theatre chains, online ticketing services and other sources.MoviePass will have leverage once it has “millions and millions of subscribers,” said MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe, a Netflix co-founder who left while it was still a DVD-by-mail business.To get well beyond the 2 million it already has, MoviePass needs to convince people that they really want to go to movies more often. In most cities, a subscriber needs to watch 13 movies a year to break even. In big cities, it’s eight.“For someone like myself, who usually sees movies twice a year, it wasn’t something I would end up doing,” said Lisa Berey, a 40-year-old social worker in New York.And consider that MoviePass’ original business plan didn’t work out. When the service cost $30 to $50 a month, it had just 20,000 hard-core movie fans. MoviePass slashed prices significantly in August to grow.There’s apprehension that as moviegoers get accustomed to much cheaper prices, consumer anger might be redirected at theatres if MoviePass raises its prices, changes terms or goes out of business.Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off. The three theatre chains that control roughly half of U.S. screens — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — say they’re happy to accept MoviePass’ money, but pooh-pooh any revenue-sharing deals.This fear isn’t unfounded. In an attempt to gain leverage with AMC, MoviePass recently excluded 10 of the busiest AMC theatres, including big multiplexes in New York and Los Angeles. Confused customers complained on social media to both AMC and MoviePass.For their part, theatre chains are making their own changes. Many theatres now have more comfortable seats and better food. And though still a novelty, some theatres have servers bring restaurant-style entrees and cocktails to seats, providing both the dinner and movie components of date night.Meanwhile, Cinemark launched its own subscription program , though the deal isn’t as good as MoviePass. Regal is testing higher prices for popular times and cheaper ones during slower periods.“I have a hunch that most of the theatres are thinking, ‘how do we beat MoviePass at this game?’” said James McQuivey, principal analyst at research firm Forrester.last_img read more

Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – Saul Jimenez just wanted to buy bread from his neighbourhood bakery in Venezuela’s capital on Monday. It did not go well.Banks and most other businesses were closed for the day as Venezuela launched a series of dramatic economic reforms, beginning with the release of a currency with five fewer zeros in a bid to tame soaring inflation.Rampant inflation means it would take a fistful of bills to pay for a loaf of bread, so many Venezuelans like Jimenez rely on bank cards.But with banks closed to reset their systems for the change, Jimenez’s cards wouldn’t work — in a scene that played out across Caracas.“It wasn’t just mine. Others’ didn’t work either,” said the attorney, who left the bakery empty-handed and frustrated. “Neither the debit card nor the credit card.”The currency conversion is among the less controversial parts of President Nicolas Maduro’s economic plan. He’ll next hike the minimum wage by more than 3,000 per cent and raise gasoline prices — now less than a penny to fill up — to international levels.Critics say the package of measures will only make the economic crisis worse.Opposition leaders are seizing on tension among residents, calling for a nationwide strike and protest on Tuesday. They hope to draw masses into the streets against Maduro’s socialist ruling party — something they’ve failed to do in over a year.The closed banks spent Monday preparing to release the new currency: the “sovereign bolivar.” Maduro’s government says it will raise gasoline prices in late September to curtail rampant smuggling across borders. The dramatically higher minimum wage will go into effect starting Sept. 1.Economists say the package of measures is likely to accelerate hyperinflation rather than address its core economic troubles, like oil production plunging to levels last seen in 1947.As Maduro declared Monday a national holiday, Caracas was quiet with most store fronts closed for business.Other banking activities shut down for about twelve hours to allow for a transition to the new currency. Most banks on Monday reactivated their online services and ATMs, but some customers complained of troubles.The impact of the currency conversion won’t be known until Tuesday. One question is whether the banks hold enough cash to meet the public’s need, as officials have promised.Venezuela was once among Latin America’s most prosperous nations, holding the world’s largest proven oil reserves, but a recent fall in oil prices accompanied by corruption and mismanagement under two decades of socialist rule have left the economy in a historic economic and political crisis.Inflation this year could top 1 million per cent, according to economists at the International Monetary Fund.Inflation has made it difficult to find paper money. The largest bill under the outgoing cash system was the 100,000-bolivar note, equal to less than 3 cents on the commonly used black market exchange rate. A cup of coffee costs more than 2 million bolivars.The new paper bills will have two coins and paper denominations ranging from 2 up to 500. The lowest represents the buying power of 200,000 current bolivars while the highest stands in for 50 million.The old and new currencies will remain in circulation together during a transitional period.The government made a similar move in 2008, when then-President Hugo Chavez issued new currency that eliminated three zeros to combat soaring inflation.Maduro has also said he wants to peg wages, prices and pensions to the petro — a cryptocurrency announced in February but which has yet to start circulating. He said one petro would equal $60, with the goal of moving toward a single floating exchange rate in the future tied to the digital currency.Business owners say they fear the sudden wage hike would make them unable to pay employees without sharply increasing prices.The next few days will be very confusing for both consumers and the private sector, especially commercial retailers,” said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Caracas-based Ecoanalitica. “It’s a chaotic scenario.”last_img read more

Chao announces 15 billion in infrastructure grants

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Transportation Department says it has approved $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects.The grants will fund road, rail and port projects across the United States. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the grants on Tuesday.Chao said the grants were the product of bipartisan co-operation between congressional Republicans and Democrats. Infrastructure is seen as a potential area of agreement between the Trump administration and Democrats, who will take control of the House of Representatives in January.Boosting infrastructure spending was one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises, but he’s made little headway with a plan to invest $1.5 trillion in public and private funds over a decade.The Associated Presslast_img

Freezing rain warning issued for the BC Peace and Northwest Alberta

first_img10:31 AM MST Saturday 17 November 2018Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain will develop over the British Columbia Peace River district this afternoon before moving into Alberta early this evening. This freezing rain is forecast to impact communities between Rainbow Lake and Hinton before moving to the southeast tonight. Freezing rain warnings may be expanded as the system develops.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has now issued a freezing rain warning for the B.C. Peace and most of Northwest Alberta.Freezing rain will fall late this afternoon and evening over portions of the B.C. Peace River district as warm air overrides the sub-zero surface air. The threat of freezing rain will diminish this evening as temperatures rise above freezing and the area of precipitation moves into Alberta.Before you head on out on local highways, make sure to check www.drivebc.ca for the latest road conditions in B.C.  For Alberta highway conditions, visit 511.alberta.cacenter_img Here is the warning for the B.C. Peace:9:48 AM PST Saturday 17 November 2018Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.Freezing rain will fall late this afternoon and evening over portions of the B.C. Peace River district as warm air overrides the sub-zero surface air. The threat of freezing rain will diminish this evening as temperatures rise above freezing and the area of precipitation moves into Alberta.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

SkiptheDishes has arrived in FSJ

first_imgSkip’s platform assigns an independently contracted courier to make each delivery. The independent courier picks up delivery orders at the restaurants and delivers them to customers. All couriers on the Skip network are independent contractors, not employees of the company.Skip is beneficial for restaurants that are unable to offer their own delivery. Skip also offers the opportunity for independently contracted couriers to earn additional income in their spare time, which results in Skips’s customers, the opportunity to enjoy their favourite restaurant food on their own time. FORT ST. JOHN, – SkipTheDishes, a food delivery company, is using technology to make restaurant food more accessible, by partnering with restaurants in the area.SkipTheDishes, founded in 2012 by brothers Josh and Chris Simair, is found in more than 115 Canadian cities and is in partnership with over 15,000 restaurants.To use SkipTheDishes, you use an iPhone or Android app or the Skip website.  Customers can use live GPS tracking to then follow the progress of their order, from when it is placed, as the restaurant prepares the food until the order arrives.last_img read more

Mens soccer falls to Dayton 31 in Ivanovs absence

Senior defender Sage Gardener (5) takes a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s soccer lost to Dayton by a score of 3-1 Friday, putting the Buckeyes a 2-3-2 record on the season.The game opened with the Buckeyes out possessing the Flyers and forcing their sophomore goalkeeper Chris Froschauer to make some diving stops.OSU coach John Bluem said he was impressed with his team’s first half efforts.“We started the game very well tonight,” Bluem said. “We had some very good chances in the first 20 minutes and unfortunately, we didn’t take one.”In the 26th minute, Dayton struck as sophomore midfielder Maik Schoonderwoerd put a wide open header in the back of the net. Nine minutes later, Flyer freshman forward Rafael Gamboa buried a shot in goal. The Flyers went into the half with a 2-0 lead and a 9-6 advantage in shots.OSU captain and senior defender Sage Gardner said the team’s reaction to the first goal hurt the team.“We played really good soccer,” Gardner said. “Then they (got) one opportunity and it kind of deflated us. We need to do a better job of responding.”The Flyers continued their attack quickly after half with a goal in the 48th minute by Schoonderwoerd, almost securing the game with a 3-0 lead.The Buckeyes were able to put one goal on the board when Dayton defenders failed to clear a ball in the box. Freshman midfielder Henry Chancy was able to get a foot in and poke it past the goalkeeper in the 81st minute. It was Chancy’s first career goal.OSU has scored six goals in seven games this season. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said that team needs to work in practice if it wants to score more goals.“We just need to keep working in training and get back to the basics.” Mason said. “We’re lacking confidence with our finishing which, you know, is never good.”Play was halted a few times late in the game as shoving matches broke out in the Dayton penalty box and along the Dayton bench, on two separate occasions. As a result, Dayton junior forward Greg Enstone and OSU sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic received yellow cards in the 86th minute.Starting goalkeeper junior Alex Ivanov did not play because he received a red card in the previous match against Wright State.The Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their streak of in-state matchups Tuesday on the road against No. 15 Akron at 7 p.m. read more