2005 in review

first_imgAgricultureBusinessEducationEnvironmentFood& HealthHome& GardenLifestylesInternationalScienceWeather Between the Christmas gifts and the New Year’s resolutions, youmay want to look back on the news of 2005 before you get startedon 2006. Here’s a look at the year’s top stories from the GeorgiaFACES news to use about Georgia Family, Agricultural, Consumerand Environmental Sciences. Sorted by date and linked to thestory in our archive, here are 2005’s top 10 stories in 10categories: agriculture,business,education,environment,food& health, home& garden, international,lifestyles,scienceand weather.last_img read more

Icelandic pension funds use just 77% of foreign investment freedom

first_imgThe Central Bank of Iceland has revealed that the country’s pension funds used only 77% of the latest allowance it gave them to invest abroad, as parliament passed a landmark bill to start lifting the capital controls imposed after the 2008 crisis.The bill amending the Foreign Exchange Act of 1992 centred on liberalising capital controls on individuals and firms and was passed on Tuesday by Iceland’s parliament (Althing) by all 47 members who were present, of the 63 members in total.The legislation means people and companies are now allowed to invest up to ISK30m (€238,000) abroad before the end of this year, at which point the authorisation amount will rise to ISK100m.From the end of this year, they will also be allowed to transfer deposit balances from accounts with domestic banks to accounts with foreign banks. The bill does not change the situation for pension funds, however, which are being permitted through separate action to increase their foreign investment, which was effectively frozen in terms of its absolute size when capital controls were put in place eight years ago.This action has taken the form of tranches of authorisation from the central bank for the funds to invest a certain overall amount – divided between the pension funds according to a varying formula – which have been granted in four stages between mid-2015 up to the latest allowance period, which ended on 30 September.The first three allowances totalled ISK40bn, and the most recent allowance for the period between July and September amounted to another ISK40bn.Figures released by the central bank this week show the pension funds only made use of ISK30.8bn of this, or 77% of the total authorisation.This follows an 87% use of the previous combined amounts, totalling ISK40bn, or ISK34.7bn in absolute terms.The figures suggest the allowances are placing little restriction on the pace at which Icelandic pension funds would like to move assets back into foreign markets – on an average level across pension funds, at least.At the end of June, the pension funds’ foreign assets totalled ISK709bn, according to the central bank’s stability report published yesterday, equating to about 21.3% of total assets.This was 0.8 percentage points lower than the end of last year and down by about 2.1 percentage points since the end of June 2015.The Icelandic króna has appreciated strongly against a basket of currencies in 2016.Pension funds in Iceland report that their ideal allocation to foreign assets is between 30% and 50%, but some are prepared to wait up to 10 years before they achieve this level of diversification to minimise the risk of the investment shift.The central bank said in its stability report that, when the capital controls are liberalised, capital outflows can be expected because of an increase in firms’ foreign direct investment and to firms and individuals’ attempts to diversify risk in their asset portfolios. It added: “A wide interest rate differential with abroad and largely favourable conditions in Iceland – together with sizeable foreign currency inflows due to services trade and the associated appreciation of the króna – reduces the risk of large-scale net outflows.”last_img read more

‘FIRE YOUR GUN AND YOU’RE FIRED’ Goal is zero stray bullet cases – PRO-6

first_imgLast week, Pamuspusan did not hide hisdispleasure over a shooting incident in Guimaras on Christmas Day. For years, the Philippine National Police (PNP)required the nationwide sealing of its men’s guns with packaging tape toprevent indiscriminate firing during holiday revelries. This practice was notobserved in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Dela Rosa also said the muzzle tapingappeared to show that cops could not be trusted, and this did not sit well withhim. ILOILO City – Policemen areresponsible gun handlers so there is no need to tape the muzzles of theirservice firearms for this New Year’s celebrations, according to the PoliceRegional Office 6 (PRO-6). Aninebriated policeman shot a colleague during a heated argument at the GuimarasPolice Provincial Office (GPPO) in Barangay Alaguisoc, Jordan town. Ferrer,a resident of Barangay Tastasan, Buenavista, Guimaras, and Minerva, a residentof Arevalo district, Iloilo City, had just returned to the GPPO from the field. For the past three years that nomuzzle taping was done, no policeman was complained for illegally discharginghis firearm, said Malong, proving that cops are disciplined gun holders. PRO-6’s goal is to achieve zero straybullet incidents, zero indiscriminate firing cases and zero major crimes. But Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,Western Visayas police director, has a warning to cops: “Fire your gun and youwill be dismissed from the service.” “Huwag nila akong subukan. Ipapasibakko sila,”said Pamuspusan. “My instruction to all policemen across the region was clear.They should not drink liquor while on duty peromatitigas pa rin ang kanilang ulo.” But just the same, she remindedpolicemen not to illegally discharge their guns to welcome the New Year. During last year’s New Yearcelebrations, no stray bullet cases were reported. Theshooting happened at around 4:05 a.m. at the GPPO mess hall. It was then PNP director generalRonald Dela Rosa (now senator) who ordered a stop to the muzzle taping in 2016.He said he wanted to show that members of the PNP have “a high level ofdiscipline” when it comes to the proper use of their service firearms. “Napakalinawng directives. Ayaw  ko nang ulitin,” Pamuspusan said.center_img “In previous years, too, nopolice officer fired his gun indiscriminately during the holiday season. Ithink ang nagpaputok lang ang may mgaloose firearms,” said Pamuspusan. “Alamna nila ito. Kung sino mag-violate, sisibakin ko kasi ang directive ay galing talaga kay President RodrigoDuterte,” said Pamuspusan. Ferrer is currently under restrictionin the GPPO after he posted a bail bond of P72,000. Minerva charged him withfrustrated homicide./PN Thesuspect was 33-year-old Police Corporal Erwin Ferrer of the Guimaras ProvincialMobile Force. Thewounded cop, 35-year-old Police Staff Sergeant Jeremy Minerva, was taken to theWestern Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district here. He sustained agunshot wound in the abdomen. Thegun, unfortunately, went off, hitting Minerva. Theduty guard, Police Corporal Francis Joe Sartaguda, tried to disarm Ferrer andMinerva tried to help Sartaguda. Pamuspusan also said policemen shouldnot drink liquor when on duty and on full alert status. Therewas a heated argument between the two policemen, with Ferrer eventually drawinghis gun, a Glock 17 pistol. Thisbreak from tradition would continue this year, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson. He added: “We have to show to thepublic that we are a responsible, professional, dynamic police organization. Wehave to maintain our reputation in terms of discipline and this is a test toall our personnel in the region.” An investigation is currently beingconducted by the PRO-6’s Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS). “I know civilian gun owners in WesternVisayas are responsible enough so we look forward to achieving zero victims ofstray bullets and no big crimes,” said Pamuspusan.last_img read more

First ever wheelchair basketball tournament held

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government and Trojan Pride hosted the first-ever wheelchair basketball tournament in the Galen Center.The event, which took place on Friday afternoon, was supported by Michael Garafola of the UCLA Adaptive Recreation program as well as the Ranchos Los Amigos National Rehabilitation center, both of whom provided wheelchairs for the event. The tournament was originally proposed last semester by Zack Wentz, a student with disabilities majoring in economics.“I’ve actually had the idea since back in high school. I thought it’d be cool that when I got to USC to put on an event like this,” Wentz said. “I just wanted to raise awareness about wheelchair basketball and the life of wheelchair users, although that’s kind of secondary to having people come out and have fun and just play.”Wentz also said he hopes that the tournament will eventually evolve into an annual event following this year.“I plan on this being an annual event,” Wentz said. “This is the first of many, including when I graduate, I’d love to come back and keep it going. But it’s great to open people’s eyes about the small things about living in a wheelchair and playing sports in a wheelchair. The people who were here today, hopefully they will attend more events like this, and as long as it positively affects one person then it’s a huge success.”Ahlia Bethea, director of Trojan Pride, noted that the event couldn’t come to fruition without both Wentz’s vision for the tournament as well as the cooperation between both Trojan Pride and USG in creating the event.“Zack had a vision to have a wheelchair basketball tournament here at USC,” Bethea said. “So he took it to USG, and USG contacted Trojan Pride, and we all worked together to bring the event today.”Bethea also said the number and variety of students who attended the event surpassed their expectations.“We actually started with eight sign-ups but we ended up having 11 teams today. So we had more than anticipated come out which was really exciting,” Bethea said. “Plus there’s a variety of people, able-bodied students, disabled students, from USG members, to fraternities, to non-affiliated students on campus, Trojan Pride members, everyone’s out here.”USG Vice President Jordan Fowler, who also worked on the event last semester when she was director of University Affairs, said the timing of the event is fitting for the start of the new term since one of her and USG President Rini Sampath’s goals within USG is to help the disabled student community at USC.“Rini and I are working really hard on disability accessibility on campus, with regards to housing, facilities on campus, mental health, the DSP office, and all different types of renovations in that area,” Fowler said. “I hope what this event does is show that we respect all members of the Trojan family. We can put each other in each others shoes and understand each other’s circumstances and come together as a whole.”The winners of the tournament — a team consisting of students Brandon Au, Hunter Hurja, Brendan Nguyen, Logan Baron, June Castro and Zack Pickett — were rewarded with free coupons to Pizza Studio. When asked about his experience at the event, Baron, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said that he would be willing to participate in the event in the future.“We all had a lot of fun. It was a great bonding experience with all of my buddies, and we’re looking forward to do it again very soon if we can,” he said.Bethea noted that the event was especially impactful by allowing students with disabilities to become more integrated within the Trojan family.“It’s definitely created a space where disabled and able-bodied students can come together and participate in an activity that may not have been previously been a ground where they thought they could interact with,” she said. “I think that the disabled student body is now able to see that there are people who are here and excited to create spaces where they can partake in the activities that they enjoy.”last_img read more

SDA dean resigns after previous relationship with student is made public

first_imgSchool of Dramatic Arts Dean David Bridel has resigned from his position after a 2009 relationship with a BFA acting senior while Bridel was on SDA faculty was revealed during a town hall Wednesday with faculty, current students and alumni of the MFA in Acting program.  Bridel wrote in an email to faculty that his relationship with the student — which he said lasted weeks and ended “amicably” — was characterized by an alumna at the town hall in a “grossly inaccurate” manner.  Bridel worked as SDA’s dean for five years prior to his resignation and was on faculty for 10 years before that. In his letter to SDA faculty, Bridel lauded the School’s accomplishments in developing new initiatives and programs geared toward the Institute for Theatre & Social Change; Musical Theatre; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; bachelor’s in theatre, acting emphasis; and Career Center.  “We are grateful to Dean Daley for taking on this additional role and we are confident that the School will continue on its positive trajectory,” the University said in a separate statement.  Ana Mata contributed to this report.center_img In a statement to the SDA community, Provost Charles Zukoski accepted Bridel’s resignation and relayed that the University is looking further into the matter. Elizabeth Daley will take over as SDA’s interim dean in addition to her current role as dean of the School of Cinematic Arts. “I am humbled by your achievements as faculty and staff during the five years that I have been fortunate to work with you in this program,” Bridel wrote in the email. “Your expertise and courage in the pursuit of excellence are an inspiration to USC and our discipline at large. I trust that the good work will continue unabated.” “I fully accept, however, that my behavior in 2009 demonstrated a failure in judgment and evidence of irresponsibility,” Bridel wrote. “I apologize, profusely, for any harm I caused by my conduct in 2009. At this time, I believe that the good health of the School and its future progress will be best served by a leader whose background is not tainted in this way.”last_img read more

Chris Paul returns, helps Clippers cruise past Sixers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Clippers coach Doc Rivers had a simple plan for Chris Paul on the point guard’s return Sunday from a shoulder separation.“I’m just going to start him and play him and let his lungs tell me when he needs to come out,” Rivers said.Paul’s return might have been a breath of fresh air for the Clippers, but that’s about as hard as they had to breathe with the Philadelphia 76ers in town.The Sixers, one game after falling at home to the Lakers and their limited ensemble, traveled coast to coast and absorbed another embarrassment as the Clippers scored a 123-78 win in a game they led by as many as 56 points. “It was tough,” Griffin said with a wry smile, “but we managed.”Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes and Jamal Crawford, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, added 21 points.But all eyes were on Paul, who had seven points, eight assists and four steals in 23 minutes, assisted on the first two Clippers baskets and made his first two shots.Paul also had to deal with a collision under the basket but emerged unscathed.“It spooked me a little bit, especially because it was running into (teammate DeAndre Jordan),” Paul said. “It was my own fault, too, because I waited too long to make a decision. But once I got through that one, I was OK.”Griffin had his own injury scare in the second quarter, when Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten drove to his left and slipped. His leg collided with the left shin of Griffin, who said he rolled his ankle but had no issues with it.“I just think that they were excited to get Chris back in the lineup,” Rivers said. “You can see that in the way the guys were flying down the floor.”The Clippers limited the Sixers to 27 percent shooting and set a franchise record for margin of victory. The 45-point margin eclipsed the 39-point win over Chicago in December.During his time on the Clippers bench while he recovered, Paul said he was more focused on the team’s defense.“From looking at the game it looks like it was our offense, but it was moreso our defense,” Paul said. “And that was one thing I paid attention since I’ve been out, how good our defense has looked.”The Clippers had a 13-0 lead before the 76ers (15-37) scored and, less than four minutes later, it was 30-5. The first quarter ended with Willie Green making a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Clippers a 31-point lead.Late in the third quarter, the Clippers kicked their lead to 43 points and took a 69-30 halftime lead. Philadelphia made only 8 of 52 shots in the first half (15.4 percent).By the time the teams reached the midway point of the third quarter, the Clippers held an 89-33 advantage.The Clippers now have two off days to, in theory, get some real practice time with Paul and get Redick healthy, which means Collison and Crawford will be doing their work off the bench the way Rivers envisioned before the season started.“That turns into a really nice second unit,” Rivers said. “Unfortunately we haven’t had that unit or the first unit much this year. But it’s getting closer.”Box score | Inside the Clippers blog center_img It was over from the beginning, Paul’s return or not. The Clippers held a 46-15 lead after the first quarter, then turned on the highlight reel that included consecutive dunks by Griffin, one off a backboard pass from Paul and the other also from Paul after Griffin went behind his back to pass to Paul in transition.“It felt great to play,” Paul said. “It’s one of those things where you never know what it’s going to be like until you actually get out there and play. It felt good to get out there and compete.“We’ve been playing extremely well and I didn’t want to break that rhythm.”The Clippers, who won 12 of the 18 games Paul missed, have one game left before the All-Star break and they need only to get J.J. Redick back from his hip injury and they will be primed for the stretch run of the season’s final 28 games.And no, few were fretting about how Paul would work his way back into the lineup.last_img read more

NFL Week 16 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgThere’s just one double-digit spread (Ravens vs. Browns) featured on the Week 16 NFL slate, and there are a lot of exciting spots for bettors to attack this week. Six different spreads are between one and three points and seven more are between six and eight points. Playoff implications are at stake across the league, and the second-to-last week of the regular season is sure to be action-packed! Let’s check out some edges to capitalize on, be it on the moneyline, against the spread, or on the over/under total. BetQL can help you identify edges on every slate! Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. WEEK 16 FANTASY  RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekBills (+6.5) at Patriots The Bills have gone 6-0-1 ATS on the road this season, and, while the Patriots have gone 5-1 at home, they’ve gone just 3-3 ATS. Earlier this year, New England took down the Bills 16-10 in Buffalo. Since then, both teams have been trending in different directions. Although the Patriots defense has relatively maintained its elite status (with the exception of two ugly losses against mobile quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson), New England’s offense has not resembled the dominant units that have graced Foxborough throughout Tom Brady’s tenure.Whether Brady’s regression is real or not, it’s clear that New England’s defense has carried the Pats to an 11-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bills have proved their doubters wrong all season and have played their best football away from Buffalo. Since this game has a slate-low 37.5 point total, it’s easy to assume that points will be hard to come by for both teams. Expect this one to come down to the wire, especially since the Bills are in the hunt for their first AFC East title since 1995. A Buffalo win in this game wouldn’t guarantee that, but it’s a necessary step toward dethroning the Patriots, who have won the division every year of the last decade.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekSaints (-145) at Titans The Saints have gone 5-1 on the road this season and are coming off of a dominant 34-7 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Titans have gone 4-3 at home and are coming off of a 24-21 loss to the Texans. There are some trends working in New Orleans’ favor in this matchup. In their past 57 games against good offensive teams (who average 24-plus points per game), the Saints have gone 43-14. In their past 31 games against excellent passing teams (that average 7.5 or more yards per attempt), New Orleans has gone 22-9. Further, in their last 102 games against poor passing defenses (that allow a completion percentage of 61% or worse), the Saints have gone 75-27. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard as of Wednesday afternoon, 70 percent of the total bets and 93 percent of the total money has been wagered on the Saints’ moneyline. MORE WEEK 16 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekTexans at Buccaneers OVER 49.5Death, taxes and Buccaneers games hitting the OVER — those are the only certainties in life. While that’s a bit hyperbolic, 11 of the past 12 Bucs games have gone OVER the total, and five of their six home games have gone OVER. Jameis Winston has thrown for 914 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions over the past two games, which has led to 73 and 55 point totals. Right now, he’s clearly being given the freedom to throw the ball all over the field and leads the NFL in passing yards as a result. But, due to his uncanny ability to turn the ball over, offenses have capitalized from beneficial field positions all year long against Tampa Bay, who have allowed 276.8 passing yards per game (30th) as they tend to sell out against the run. That could play right into Deshaun Watson’s favor this week, as DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be able to run wild. Hammer the OVER!Via BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, 62 percent of public bets have supported the over, but pro bettors haven’t quite agreed. Find out what percentage of total money has been wagered on the over!last_img read more

Teen critically injured; adult male dead in Belle Glade shooting

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a shooting that left one man dead and a 14-year-old boy in critical condition.The incident was reported along Runyon Village on Thursday night.Authorities say they arrived on the scene to find the adult male dead inside of a home, and the teen suffering from gunshot wounds across the street.The teen was rushed to an area hospital where he is said to be in critical condition.Authorities say they do not have a suspect or a motive behind the shooting.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.Tips leading to an arrest will be eligible for an award.last_img read more

140th Kentucky Derby could have 4 Pletcher horses

first_imgTodd Pletcher is going after the Kentucky Derby with numbers again.The trainer who has won the America’s greatest race once could saddle four horses. Little-known Mike Maker could have three starters, while three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert has two contenders.Art Sherman has just one. But it’s a really good one.California Chrome is expected to be the favorite for the 140th Derby next Saturday. The colt brings a four-race winning streak into Churchill Downs, having won those by a combined 24 ¼ lengths.“I’ve never had a horse that did that before,” said Sherman, who began training in 1980 after being a jockey for 21 years and later a racing official. “I just want my horse to have a fair shake at it and have good racing luck, and I’m sure hopeful for him. He’s a gutty little horse.”Pletcher knows something about luck.Four years ago, he ended a 0-for-24 skid when long shot Super Saver, one of four horses he entered, won under a rail-hugging ride by Calvin Borel. That was the year Pletcher had the favorite, Eskendereya, who was forced to drop out six days before the Derby with a leg injury. He also had the horse to beat in 2011, Uncle Mo, who was scratched with a stomach ailment on Derby eve.This year, Pletcher’s quartet is made up of Arkansas Derby winner Danza, Risen Star winner Intense Holiday, Spiral Stakes winner We Miss Artie and Vinceremos, who finished 14th in the Blue Grass.California Chrome will need some luck tangling with an expected full field of 20 horses for the 1 1/4-mile race at Churchill Downs. The final lineup won’t be known until Wednesday, when entries are drawn and post positions are assigned.Baffert’s ace is Hoppertunity, who won the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The colt will try to buck a Derby jinx that has no horse since Apollo in 1882 winning without racing as a 2-year-old.“You need a really good horse because you need a lot of luck,” said Baffert, who also has Sunland Derby winner Chitu.Maker’s trio of contenders is Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod and Harry’s Holiday.“I think it’s going to be a very lively pace,” he said. “I feel my horses they can adjust to whatever the pace calls for.”Maker has had five previous Derby starters, including Hansen, who was ninth in 2012. Both he and Pletcher are former assistants to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner.Vicar’s in Trouble will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who will try to become the first female jockey to win the Derby. Her husband, Joe Sharpe, is an assistant to Maker.Last year, Napravnik rode Mylute to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby behind Orb and a third-place finish in the Preakness behind Oxbow. Those finishes were the best by a female rider in each race.Sherman is going for a bit of history himself.The 77-year-old could become the oldest trainer to win, surpassing Charlie Whittingham, who was 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.Graham Motion, who trained 2011 Derby winner Animal Kingdom, is back with Ring Weekend, who won the Tampa Bay Derby.Steve Asmussen trains Tapiture, the Southwest Stakes winner. He’s under investigation after an animal rights group alleged mistreatment by him and a former assistant. Asmussen’s nomination to the Racing Hall of Fame was put on hold last month in the wake of the allegations.This year’s road to the Derby trail claimed a number of contenders, including Constitution, who is trained by Pletcher, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day, who is trained by Baffert. Also knocked out with an injury was Cairo Prince. Another of Baffert’s horses, Midnight Hawk, was dropped from Derby consideration after finishing second in the Illinois Derby.For the second straight year, the field of 20 starters is being determined by points.Churchill Downs established a system that awards a sliding scale of points to the top four finishers in 34 designated races. The top 20-point earners earn a spot in the Derby starting gate.last_img read more