May 12, 2020

MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

first_imgNational Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and  Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.last_img read more

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Cannavaro guides Guangzhou to Chinese league title

first_imgGuoan triumphed 3-2 thanks to a 91st-minute goal but Evergrande were comfortable 3-0 winners over struggling Shenhua.It is the first major honour of his coaching career and a personal triumph for Cannavaro, 46, who appeared to be on the brink of the sack just a few weeks ago.Evergrande were then top of the CSL but in the middle of a slump and club bosses put veteran captain Zheng Zhi in temporary charge, telling Cannavaro to attend “corporate culture training”.The former Juventus defender and 2006 World Cup winner was retained as coach in early November but with a warning that he must “raise the players’ overall fighting ability to win the Chinese Super League”.Evergrande duly won their next two matches, notably against outgoing champions Shanghai SIPG, to put them on the brink of the title.The Brazilians Paulinho and Anderson Talisca have been central to Evergrande’s resurgence and the latter had the first effort of the game at nine minutes, when his venomous strike was palmed away by Shenhua goalkeeper Chen Zhao.Winger Wei Shihao made it 1-0 moments before the break when he stabbed in from close range.South Korean international Park Ji-Soo made it 2-0 on 55 minutes and celebrated by running over to Cannavaro, embracing and pointing at the Italian.Brazil-born Chinese international Elkeson clipped in the third.Evergrande topped the final CSL table with 72 points, ahead of Guoan with 70. SIPG were third on 66.Former West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic scored four for SIPG in a 6-0 thrashing of Roberto Donadoni’s already relegated Shenzhen FC.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guangzhou Evergrande’s Chinese Super League victory is the first major honour of Fabio Cannavaro’s coaching career, weeks after the 46-year-old appeared to be on the brink of the sack © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Dec 1 – Fabio Cannavaro took Guangzhou Evergrande to their eighth Chinese Super League (CSL) title on Sunday, a month after the Italian coach was publicly lambasted by the club for his “weak ability to rectify mistakes”.With the championship going down to the final day of the season, Beijing Guoan needed to defeat Shandong Luneng at home and hope that Cannavaro’s side lost to visiting Shanghai Shenhua.last_img read more

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At long last, lie-flats land at Hawaiian Airlines

first_imgHawaiian Airlines’ new Premium Cabin promises to catapult the carrier into competition with other transpac players.Hawaiian welcomed home its first A330-200 fitted with fully lie-flat seats, the anchor element of an all-out remake of the airline’s premium product.  With routes stretching from China to New York, being able to stretch out and sleep soundly is a pre-requisite for some passengers before booking passage. Business travelers are especially keen on this. The truth is, Hawaiian has lagged behind in the lie-flat arena.As the A330-200 fleet gets refitted, there will be 18 lie-flats up front, in the pointy end of the airplane. They fold down into 180-degee affairs that are 20.5 inches wide and a full 76 inches long. They’re arrayed in a 2x2x2 configuration.  That means that passengers in the window seats don’t have direct aisle access. Hawaiian calls the seat controls “intuitive.” Seats come equipped with multiple power ports, an A/C outlet and a pair of USB connections. The inflight entertainment (IFE) is served up on large-format tablets, which rest on adjustable, telescoping arms. For those who appreciate the aesthetics of aircraft interiors Hawaiian, in conjunction with the PaulWylde consultancy of California has, according to the airline, “incorporate[d] flowing curves evocative of the winds and ocean, while marrying organic textures and pops of bright saturated color in its Premium Cabin.”At the same time Hawaiian’s A330-200 premium product receives a major makeover, it’s adding 28 more Extra Comfort seats, making for total of 68 of the 36-inch seat-pitch seats. The re-work of the cabin layout means the airline’s newly revamped A330-200s will sport 278 seats in all—16 fewer than the previous configuration. Hawaiian expects to have twenty-three A330-200s by this summer. The airline plans to start selling new Premium Cabin passage this fall. That’s when the first dedicated routes will be announced—as will “new signature service elements” and amenities. Hawaiian air safety ratinglast_img read more

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How Egyptians Can Tweet Without the Internet

first_imgWith Noor, the last ISP in Egypt now apparently shut down, how can Egyptians get their tweets out? There are a couple of ways: audio tweeting and dialup. Speak2Tweet: Speak2Tweet is an “audio cast autotweeter.” To access Speak2Tweet from “inside Egypt. Call +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855 to leave a tweet and hear tweets.”Dialup: a number of people and groups are providing dialup numbers for those inside Egypt trying to get out to Tweet, email and so on. If you have additional methods, please let us know in the comments. Thanks to Carl Levinson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Government#international#politics#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit curt hopkins The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Using Energy Modeling to Get to Zero

first_imgA computerized energy model is an essential element of building design for high-performance homes, because it allows the designer to predict the energy performance of a building based on specific site characteristics, structural assemblies, mechanical efficiencies, and renewable technologies. By adjusting these elements of building performance, the designer can choose the most cost-effective combination of features. While models are just predictions — and therefore will never be completely accurate — skillful use of a modeling tool should lead to more affordable, energy-efficient buildings.That leaves two questions. Just how important is energy modeling for cost effectively designing zero energy homes? And how accurate is energy modeling? Now more than everFor several decades, the mantra of high-performance building design was to slash the amount of energy used for the two largest building loads: space heating and water heating. If these efforts are successful, less energy needs to be purchased or generated on-site. What was learnedWhile each energy model produced slightly different results, both models reveal a significant fact about residential energy use in this home. The amount of energy consumed by plug loads, lights, and appliances dwarfs that of space heating, cooling, and water heating. It’s no surprise because this home includes a highly insulated and air-sealed thermal envelope as well as a highly efficient heat-pump water heater and energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) system.In the design of my home, like most zero energy projects, the efficiency of the thermal envelope, water heating, and lighting was targeted first. So, the next step in improving energy efficiency in a home like mine would be to focus on appliances and plug loads. In fact, research indicates that cable boxes, game consoles, large screens, and other electronics are taking a big bite of the home energy pie each year.Since selection of appliances and management of plug loads are not generally under the control of designers or builders, one design solution to address this challenge would be to include a home energy management system in zero energy homes.The results also suggest another approach. With the price of rooftop solar systems declining rapidly, it would be wise to weigh the cost of adding more solar with the cost of other energy saving measures. At some point, adding a few more PV panels may be cheaper than building thicker walls, buying super-efficient windows, or installing energy management systems. Of course, solar electric systems might be limited by more than cost. Solar exposure and available roof area must also be considered. Here again, an energy model can help balance various design issues. Energy Modeling SoftwareBEopt Software Has Been Released to the PublicWUFI Is Driving Me CrazyEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very AccurateIs Modeling a Four-Letter Word?Practical Design Advice for Zero-Net Energy HomesIt’s Not About Space HeatingDeep Energy Retrofits Are Often Misguided Net energy is the amount generated through solar panels minus the total energy use. So, a negative number means the scenario does not reach zero energy, while a positive number means that the home would generate more energy than it uses. Modeling programsThere are a variety energy modeling programs to choose from. Since computerized predictions utilizing differing assumptions can never be precisely right, I decided to use two different modeling programs and compare their results with the actual energy usage of my own home.I selected REM/Rate, software commonly used in Energy Star and many utility programs, and a free online calculator created by Build Equinox called Zero. Making this comparison gave me an opportunity to explore options for designing zero energy homes more cost effectively based on the information from these two models.My zero energy home has 939 square feet of living space and was built in 2015. It’s superinsulated, very airtight, and uses a minisplit heat pump for heating and cooling. Hot water is supplied by a heat-pump water heater. There is a 4.3 kW photovoltaic system on the roof. My home is in Climate Zone 5 with about 7,000 heating degree days. In order to get the most consistent results from the two programs, I used the same inputs for both models.The first chart shows results from each energy model compared to the actual energy use of my home. How does modeling compare to reality?Neither program closely predicted the performance of the home over these two years. Build Equinox Zero predicted energy use that was 37% above the actual, while REM/Rate’s number was even higher. That’s not surprising. Each year presented a widely different weather pattern. For example, 2016 was relatively mild, while the early months of 2017 were marked by sub-zero temperatures and about 30 inches of snowfall that completely covered the solar panels for several weeks.Computer models work with long-term weather averages, and so they can’t be expected to match any two-year snapshot. To complicate matters, the climate may be changing faster than predicted.Furthermore, neither computer model can predict residents’ actual energy-use patterns. In the case of my family, we are probably more frugal in our use of energy that the “average” family assumed in these models, which could in part account for both models overestimating our actual energy use. As in the models, a designer or consultant would certainly want to take a conservative approach. Better-than-expected performance would mean that extra energy could help power an electric vehicle or electric yard equipment.Of the two programs, Build Equinox Zero came closer to predicting actual overall performance in our case. Its estimate fell into the positive energy category, matching the reality of our home energy use, while REM/Rate was more conservative and predicted that the home would not reach a zero energy level of performance.Why was neither program very close to reality? To answer that question, it helps to dig into the more detailed reports.center_img While load reduction is still an essential design goal, the dramatic decline in the price of rooftop solar electric systems creates a new design question: What is the optimal balance among shell measures (insulating and sealing walls, windows, ceilings, etc.), high-efficiency mechanical equipment, and on-site renewable systems? However, there are four factors that come into play in different projects and regions of the country that make answering the question more complicated:A wide variety of interwoven energy measures can be taken to reach net zero;The cost of renewable, especially solar, energy systems is dropping rapidly;Government and utility financial incentives vary in different parts of the country;Local equipment and construction costs change rapidly with local market conditions.Instead of making a judgment call based on intuition, energy models offer designers quantitative, project-specific feedback and guidance.The majority of residential buildings fail to take advantage of this tool and rely, instead, on building codes as the sole benchmark of energy performance. Even most third-party certification programs, such as Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready Homes, Living Building Challenge, and Earth Advantage, use energy modeling only for program compliance rather than as an iterative design tool to find the most cost-effective set of energy saving and renewable energy measures for a given project.Designers and energy consultants can unlock the value of energy modeling as a design tool by modeling different combinations of energy-related features to see which combinations yield the best performance for the least cost. If your goal is to build an affordable zero energy home, then an energy model is an essential planning tool for making the smart decisions needed to design a a cost-effective building. RELATED ARTICLES How the modeling programs compareIn the categories of space heating, water heating, and PV production, the two models used were in fairly close agreement. The methodology for calculating these parameters is well established, so the level of agreement makes sense.One number that jumps off the comparison table, however, is the difference in cooling energy. REM/Rate estimated nine times more consumption for cooling than Build Equinox Zero. While the percentage was very high, the absolute number of kilowatt hours was very low due to the almost insignificant cooling requirement at this location.REM/Rate’s estimate was closer to reality on solar electricity generation by predicting only 5% more kWh than actually was produced and was very close to the 5,767 kWh that the solar contractor estimated for my solar production.As mentioned, the category of plug loads, lights, and appliances represents by far the largest energy use. REM/Rate predicted 26% more energy used in this category than Build Equinox Zero. This difference may result from the set of assumptions used by each program.While total energy consumption varied significantly between the two models themselves and between both models and the actuals, virtually all of these discrepancies can be attributed to the lights, electronics, and appliances category. While the percent discrepancies may seem high, both programs offer useful information for design decision making. Model evolutionOn-site storage batteries and electric vehicles are entering the market in a big way. The next developmental step for energy modeling software should be to integrate these technologies into their calculations. The tight integration of solar, storage, and transportation, along with the usual energy saving measures, will be essential to reach zero energy/zero carbon in the residential sector.As momentum is growing to move the housing industry to zero energy for all new construction, building cost-effective zero energy homes is crucial. Energy modeling will be a key step in achieving this goal. Based on my comparison of actual energy use in my home with these two different modeling systems, the modeling program selected may be less important than the practice of using energy modeling in an iterative manner to optimize performance and affordability of zero energy homes. This post originally appeared at Zero Energy Project.last_img read more

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Terrence Ross stays in Orlando, carries Magic past Timberwolves

first_imgOrlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (31) goes up for a shot between Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32), guard Josh Okogie (20) and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida— The trade deadline came and went and Terrence Ross remained in Orlando, comfortable in his routine.Ross, whose expiring contract and big scoring production had set him up as a potential trade asset, scored 32 points and came up with a big defensive play to help the Magic to a 122-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.Isaiah Canaan’s jump shot gave Minnesota its last lead at 39-38 early in the second quarter, but things quickly unraveled for the Timberwolves, especially on defense.Ross had 20 points in the first half, leading the Magic to a 71-58 halftime lead. Orlando shot 65 percent in the half.“They came out hot. We’ve got to do a better job contesting,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. “Terrence Ross got hot in the second quarter. We were aware of how hot he’s been shooting the ball lately. You let him see one or two or even three go through early, it’s going to be a long night.”Wiggins scored 10 points in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves could get no closer than 11 until Towns converted a three-point play with 2:39 left in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he’s dealing with and getting him through it,” Weltman said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: at New Orleans on Friday night.Magic: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ “Right now is not the time to change anything you’re doing,” said Ross, who was relieved when the deadline passed. “You’ve got to stay in your routine as much as possible.”Ross, who is averaging 19.7 points off the bench over his last 15 games, made six 3-pointers and shot 13 of 23 overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“There are nights in this league when you’re driving home and say to yourself, ‘I’m blessed to be doing this,’” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Terrence is an exceptional shot-maker and he’s a lot better off the dribble than I realized. He’s playing at a really high level.”Nikola Vucevic added 21 points, Aaron Gordon 19 and Evan Fournier 18 for Orlando, which shot 54 percent and scored a season-high 71 points in the first half. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Wiggins followed with a mid-court steal and lined up a dunk that could have cut the lead to seven, but Ross chased him down and prevented a score that could cut the gap to seven.“I didn’t know if I was going to block it but it was worth the effort,” said Ross, who was not officially credited with a block. “You don’t know. Sometimes they hear footsteps and sometimes they will alter (the shot). I got lucky.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: G Jeff Teague participated in the morning shootaround but missed an eighth game with a sore left foot. … G Derrick Rose was not with the team, missing a fifth game with a sore right ankle. … Towns was shocked to hear it announced that he had fouled out with 5:10 remaining after committing his third foul.Magic: Last in the NBA with only 19 free throw attempts per game, the Magic shot 14 in a span of 5:31 in the third quarter. They made 21 of 23 in the game. … Rookie C Mo Bamba missed a third straight game with a stress fracture of his left tibia. … The Magic lost by 17 at Minnesota on Jan. 4.NO HURRYThe Magic acquired point guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from Philadelphia, but it doesn’t sound like he will be playing anytime soon.Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”The Magic gave up F Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for Fultz, who is out with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve problem in his shoulder.Fultz appeared in only 33 games in his 1 ½ seasons in Philadelphia, averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season. He last played on Nov. 19. 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Hockey World Cup 2018: India’s disciplined defence in opening win impresses coach Harendra

first_imgWhile India began their Hockey World Cup 2018 campaign at home with a dominant 5-0 win over lower-ranked South Africa, the defensive discipline has impressed coach Harendra Singh who has been tasked with the job of ending India’s 43-year-long wait for the coveted title.Harendra insisted that the clean sheet in the opener was the biggest positive outcome from Wednesday’s match at the Kalinga Stadium.Led by Simranjeet Singh brace, India routed the South African side in front a packed crowd but there were a few nervous moments for the hosts, especially at the start of the second half as Mark Hopkins’ side made some threatening forward runs.With India leading 2-0 at the half-time, South Africa came close to scoring twice but custodian PR Sreejesh was on top of his game as fended off the threats.”The match sheet, which is clean, is a positive sign. It means defence, i.e. all 11 for them, played well. They came out and snatched the ball at the right moment, didn’t throw their sticks,” Harendra said.India got five penalty corners on Wednesday but failed to score a single goal with a direct shot.”What matters for me is to score goals from penalty corners, it may come via direct shot or any other way and we did score twice from penalty corners today,” he said.Harendra admitted that after an impressive first half, India were a bit complacent in the third quarter, which allowed South Africa to create a few chances.”I think during third quarter somewhere we were a little bit complacent,” he said.advertisement”The moment they were 2-0 down, they pulled one of their back three up to an extra midfielder. But we regrouped well (after surviving those chances). They were smelling one goal. But we didn’t let that happen.”Harendra lauds ‘linkman’ Akashdeep An out-and-out striker, Akashdeep Singh excelled in the role of a linkman and the chief aid the forward was used in a new position because of his terrific peripheral vision.Akashdeep impressed all and sundry in his new role as linkman by not only setting up a goal for Lalit Upadhyay but also scoring one in India’s comfortable win.Asked about Akashdeep’s performance, Harendra said: “He [Akashdeep] has very good peripheral vision and so we used him little down from his usual position as linkman. He is lethal as a linkman and we have three strikers floating inside the circle.”If you go back 15 years, Dhanraj (Pillay) changed his role from the 2002 World Cup. He became a playmaker and Deepak (Thakur) and Prabhjot (Singh) scored. I am very happy with Akash. He is taking the lead. In every department we have a leader. I hope we continue that way throughout the tournament,” the visibly delighted coach added.(With PTI inputs)Also read | India hammer hapless South Africa for perfect startAlso read | We will have to give less chances to Belgium in next match: India captain Manpreet Singhlast_img read more

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Wenger not bothered by Ozil rumours

first_imgArsenal Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer speculation Ante Jukic Last updated 1 year ago 08:28 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil, Arsenal Getty Arsenal Mesut Özil Burnley v Arsenal Burnley Premier League A. Sánchez The midfielder’s rumoured departure from the Emirates Stadium is not a primary concern, according to Arsenal’s manager Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona.Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany international.Arsenal -1 11/8 v Burnley Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Wenger is uninterested in speaking about the possibility of a move during the January transfer window, along with the future of Alexis Sanchez.”What kind of control can I have over that [speculation]? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody,” Wenger said.”That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance.”Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn’t do well they get more criticism. I’m more concerned that the team performances are strong performances.”Arsenal’s form has been patchy of late, with last Saturday’s Premier League win in the North London derby over Tottenham splitting defeats to Manchester City and Cologne.Now having to back up from Europa League competition away to Burnley on Sunday, Wenger is not fazed with Ozil and Sanchez’s transfer speculation.”They are honest. I don’t question their honesty,” he said. “Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts.”Our worry is to perform on Sunday. That’s it.”last_img read more

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Elton John To Be Joined By Tennis Legends For Smash Hits Charity

first_imgAndre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick are expected to be at Elton John and Billie Jean King’s 20th annual Mylan WTT Smash Hits next week.The event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and will take place on Tuesday, October 16“It is always such a pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all othe tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Pittsburgh area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”The event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Smash Hits has raised more than $10.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. A portion of the funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. John, King and all the players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King’s Wimbledon tickets among other items.The event takes place at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, click here.Source:WTT.comlast_img read more

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Family searching for answers after Little Saskatchewan man dies following encounter with

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe family of a First Nations man is left reeling after a police encounter ended in his death last month.Sean Thompson, 30, died after Winnipeg Police arrested him following an alleged break and enter in the city’s North End.“[Investigators] told me that my brother collapsed while he was in police custody. They didn’t really have any answers,” Erica Thompson, Sean’s sister, told APTN News.According to information released by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU), the body tasked with investigating serious incidents involving police, officers were called to a break and enter on Alfred Ave. around 2:30 a.m. on June 26.The release goes on to say the suspect was apprehended one block over on Burrows Avenue, “as officers took the male into custody, he appeared to be in medical distress.”He was transported to a Winnipeg hospital where he later died.Little else is known about the circumstances around the arrest but Erica said her brother would never commit a crime.“I don’t see my brother trying to break into a house,” she said.“To me, if anything, maybe he was drinking and maybe he was lost.”The last time Erica saw her brother was at her home the prior evening.Their mother spoke with Sean on the phone around 10 p.m. He told her he was meeting up one of his brothers and a friend for a few drinks.Another brother later told Erica he spoke with Sean on the phone around 1 a.m. Sean told him he was going home to get a phone charger because he battery was almost dead.No one saw or heard from him after that.The family was finally able to identify the body two days after Sean passed when they noticed numerous injuries.APTN has obtained photos of Sean’s body but is not releasing them out of respect for the family.In the photos there is significant bruising around his knees and wrists as well as large gashes in the same area.There are also red marks around his neck and some swelling along his jawline.Erica said the sudden death doesn’t make sense because he did not suffer from any medical conditions.“His body is saying something else,” she said.The family is originally from Little Saskatchewan – one of the communities devastated by the 2011 flood.After an eight-year battle residents from four First Nations are finally receiving money from a $90-million settlement.The Thompson family is one of them.According to the family, Sean had more than $10,000 on him at the time of the incident, but Erica said the IIU told her less than $1,000 was recovered by police.Sean was a loving father of two young kids as well as a stepdaughter.When he wasn’t spending time with his children he was working out or driving around the city.“My nephew and niece deserve to know what happened to their dad,” Erica said.Sean was the second youngest in a family of five siblings.Even though Erica, 38, is older Sean was her protector.He did the same for their mother Norma Thompson.Norma is learning how to live without her caregiver.“Sometime I think I’m strong enough and then I’m not,” she said. “At the funeral I didn’t cry and I told [my kids] I’m going to be strong for you…I was all cried out by then.”The family is left with more questions than answers.Both Winnipeg Police and the IIU are refusing to comment saying it’s still an ongoing investigation.Erica and Norma just want justice.“For our people to go through this. Enough is enough already. Somebody should put a stop to it,” said Norma.The IIU is looking for witnesses or other individuals who have information or video footage of this incident. They can be contacted at read more

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