Tim Farron was given a humiliating dressing down by an Oxfordshire voter earlier this week.Brexit supporter Malcolm Baker, 65, interrupted the Liberal Democrats leader’s campaigning in Kidlington, shouting: “Don’t tell people who voted Leave that they didn’t know what they were voting for”, and accusing Farron of perceiving all Leave voters as “racists”.The dramatic moment was captured on camera, and was shared thousands of times across social media.Voter Malcolm Baker confronts Tim Farron pic.twitter.com/PATPWC0yrR— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) May 3, 2017Farron later responded on Twitter… Happy Birthday to Malcolm. Unlike @theresa_may I don’t ship in activists or close my events. I am happy to meet & debate with anyone. https://t.co/W7V4Av0KtK— Tim Farron (@timfarron) May 3, 2017And a calmer Baker spoke to Sky News later in the day…”I was wound up. He listened to me”: More from Malcolm Baker, the man who confronted @timfarron in Oxfordshire pic.twitter.com/iY1iYZzrcl— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 3, 2017Baker, who lives in Woodstock, told the Telegraph: “I sit in my front room watching politicians spouting off and sometimes I just want to kick the TV. Seeing that Farron was in my neighbourhood was just too good a chance to miss.“I just felt I had to get what I think off my chest.”He certainly managed that.
After Kuzma split a pair of free throws, Ball made his third 3-pointer of the game to tie the score once again at 103 with 1:51 left.For all of the setbacks, the injuries, the fatigue, the offensive firepower of Lillard, the Lakers kept fighting back. The game was never really out of their reach.Unlike rebounds.After Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a driving shot with 58.6 seconds left, the Blazers managed to corral two offensive boards, retaining possession for the next 50.9 seconds.“Annoying,” was how the Lakers’ best rebounder, Julius Randle, described the sequence.“Annoying,” he repeated.Out of options, the Lakers sent C.J. McCollum to the foul line with 7.7 seconds left with a chance to ice the game.That’s where things got weird beyond words.An 86.4 percent foul shooter on the season, McCollum missed the first, then watched the second rattle out. Randle seized the rebound, and the Lakers called timeout, setting up a final shot.The Blazers fouled prior to the inbounds pass, and due to a new league rule, that meant one free throw plus possession. So, with 7.4 seconds left, Thomas, who made his first 50 free-throw attempts after being traded to the Lakers, marched to the line.Like McCollum, he missed.“I don’t miss free throws,” said Thomas, who finished with 19 points on 5-of-21 shooting from the field. “It’s one of them nights. … I’ve missed free throws before. It just happens, I’m a really good free-throw shooter and just like McCollum, he missed two in a row.”Even after the miss, the Lakers still had the ball.Ball took his place as the inbounder, and after a fine defensive effort from Portland, was forced to sail a pass to Brook Lopez, who nearly relinquished possession. He shoveled it to Thomas, who failed to get the shot off.Ball struggled throughout the night, finishing with 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting, two rebounds and two assists. Six Lakers scored in double figures, led by Randle’s 21.Neither Portland nor the Lakers had lost since the All-Star break. And Portland’s six-game roll had came over teams such as Golden State, Oklahoma City and Minnesota and catapulted the Blazers to third in the Western Conference entering the night.Related Articles PreviousTrail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Lillard scored 19 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Blazers to a 108-103 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPortland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, of Croatia, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers guard Pat Connaughton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, top, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, below, drives past Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, below, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers forward Ed Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, center, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and forward Al-Farouq Aminu defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, of Croatia, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Lillard scored 19 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Blazers to a 108-103 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — A missed free throw, a sloppy inbounds play, a winning opportunity swiped out of the hands of Isaiah Thomas.And for the first time in two months, a loss at Staples Center for the Lakers.They had their chances in a 108-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. So many it was hard to keep track. But even after Damian Lillard poured in four straight 3-pointers to stun the Lakers and erase their commanding fourth-quarter lead, the Lakers had a chance to win.With 1.5 seconds left, Thomas rose for a deep 3-point attempt that would have forced overtime. He was stripped by Shabazz Napier and it all came to an end. Brandon Ingram out with groin strain for at least a week, Lakers say s Oscars 2018 Reaction: Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball wins Best Animated Short Film AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe five-game winning streak. The run of nine straight wins at home.“It was right there the whole game,” Kyle Kuzma lamented.Lillard scored a game-high 39 points, but 15 of those came after Thomas made a pair of free throws with 5:26 left to put L.A. ahead by 11 points.The Lakers are down Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram, who will miss at least a week with a strained groin, but the kids were at it again. The night had taken on the same air of inevitability that defined their five-game winning streak. What followed them from Sacramento to Atlanta to Miami and San Antonio had made the trip back to Staples Center.For much of the night, the Lakers (28-35) looked to be headed for another win, destined to extend their longest winning streak since 2010-11. However, Lillard’s tetrad of treys came in the span of 142 seconds, and at the end of it Portland led 103-99. Lakers finding meaning in season’s final stretch as wins keep coming Portland built a 14-point lead in the first half, but the Lakers rallied and at halftime trailed just 58-55. Both teams were held to just five field goals in the third quarter, but the Lakers outscored Portland by 10 in the period by virtue of being sent to the foul line 13 times.But the Lakers have struggled to close out the Blazers this season, losing their first two matchups in dramatic fashion as well. On Dec. 23, they lost after Maurice Harkless scored on a putback and-one to seal the win for Portland.Then, back on Nov. 2, Lillard canned a 3-pointer with seven-tenths of a second left to beat the Lakers in Portland. As Randle said, “Those tough shots are shots he makes all the time.”“As players,” Thomas added, “we’ve got to do a better job of acknowledging where the fire’s at. And try to stop it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor those keeping score at home, Nelson does have a junior B hockey team.It seems like an eternity since the Green and White suited up to play in front of the home fans at the NDCC Arena — November 26 was the last time Nelson played at home.Friday, the Leafs return home to face the Castlegar Rebels in the first of a December schedule of games that could determine if Nelson is a contender or pretender in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division.“We’re going to try to take it one game at a time, but (head coach) Frank (Maida) is putting a lot of importance on these next games coming up,” Leaf forward Nick Newman told The Nelson Daily during a rare weekend off from KIJHL action.“We were going to have the weekend off but since these big games are coming up he’s making us stay in shape by running and biking and working out.”The heavy part of the schedule sees Nelson play division rivals Castlegar — Friday in Nelson and Saturday, December 17 back in the Sunflower City — Beaver Valley and Spokane twice.“We really play better at home than we do on the road,” confessed the California Newman. “Our team is fast so the big ice (at the NDCC Arena) definitely helps.”If Nelson wants to get back into the Murdoch Division race the team has better start winning divisional games against the top teams like Castlegar and Beaver Valley.The Hawks currently lead the Leafs by eight points in the standings, with Nelson have played an extra game.Beaver Valley has also owned the Leafs, leading the season series 3-1.However, before the Leafs can think about the Hawks, the players had better focus on the surging Rebels, a team that is 7-2-1-0 in the last ten games and holds a three points advantage over the Leafs.“We’re starting to get everyone back (from injury),” Newman said. “But not just that everyone is coming back we’re starting to become more of a family and everyone is pulling for each other.”“At the beginning of the season I noticed we’d start off as a team but then everyone would try to get their own points,” Newman added. “But now I think everyone has bought into the team philosophy.”LEAF BANTER: Nelson is off for the remainder of the weekend after playing Castlegar Friday but heads to Kimberley for a rare Monday night game in the Bavarian City. . . .Nick Newman is tied for second in Leaf scoring with Brett Norman, two points behind Colton Schell. Norman leads the team in goals with 19, two more than both Newman and Schell. . . .Look for Andrew Walton to get the start in goal Friday against his former mates from Castlegar. . . . Beaver Valley made a claim as the best team in the Kootenay Conference by sweeping Eddie Mountain leading Fernie Ghostriders during a weekend home-and-home series. . . . After Nelson, Castlegar returns home to meet Summerland Steam at 7:30 p.m. in the CDCC [email protected] read more
Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup If there is a draw Iran will also need to rely on Morocco for a favour as they take on leaders Spain and you can hear the encounter live on talkSPORT at 7pm.What the managers are sayingCarlos Queiroz (Iran): “It’s a great honour to be here knowing that on Monday we are still fighting for our dream.“We are still alive with full hopes and full commitment to try to get an historic qualification for the next round.“Portugal are a candidate to win the World Cup and one of the favourites but our philosophy will be the same. It will be based around respect, realism and romanticism because we have based our game around those fundamentals.“We are not here to be nice losers, we’ve come here to compete and to work with dignity and pride.” Iran players celebrate after their victory over Morocco. Predicted teamsIran: Ali Beiranvand; Ehsan Haji Safi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Majid Hosseini; Saeid Ezatolahi, Vahid Amiri, Omid Ebrahimi, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi; Sardar Azmoun.Portugal: Rui Patricio; Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Cedric Soares, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Joao Mario; Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Iran coach Carlos Queiroz (left) and Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Fallon d’Floor 4 LU BEAUTY Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches 4 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Latest World Cup news Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter 4 Good times Portugal and Benfica defender Ruben Dias. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Iran and Portugal are both looking to secure their spot in the World Cup 2018 knockout stages in what should be a tasty final Group B game.Things are heavily weighed in the European side’s favour thanks to their four-point haul, compared to the Asian nation’s three. misery Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Shy guy Pure class NO JOY diamond geezer Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Morocco. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup You’re the one Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Ruben Dias (Portugal): “Anxiety exists because it’s a World Cup and we are European champions and we want to get through the group and go as far as possible.“But it’s all relative. We have really good players and we all have the same objective. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want… but it’s a World Cup.”How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Team newsIran could be without Olympiakos defender Ehsan Hajsafi, with Milad Mohammadi his possible replacement.Meanwhile, for Portugal, Joao Moutinho is a doubt but Raphael Guerreiro should be fit despite a knock he took to his leg. Fernando Santos (Portugal): “In my opinion they are the best Asian team.“They have a lot of ability as a team and not just as a defensive team. They also know how to play on the counter as they showed against Spain.“We have to prepare ourselves for a tough battle, with two teams that want to win and that are going to do everything to achieve that.”What the players are sayingKarim Ansarifard (Iran): “We’ve learned so many things from the previous World Cup and know how to play Portugal in this edition.“Iran is led by the best coach in the world and he has taught us how to fight against our opponents. He has helped us a lot and we are ready to defeat Portugal in our last group match.” SUPERSTITION read more
SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors forward Draymond Green will play Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls after missing the last three games with right heel soreness.Green, who has dealt with injuries to his finger, back, elbow and heel through the first month of the season, was expected to return earlier this week. However, both the Warriors and Green, 29, have been cautious with the injury.Related Articles Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts …
ASPGB VII (GC32GNA) on 19 May 2012 by ASPGeoBashCommittee. (New York, United States). Midwest Geobash 2012 (GC34GFG) on 26 July 2012 by Midwest Geobash. (Ohio, United States). North West England 2012 – The 5th Annual UK Mega (GC2X1TM) on 11 August 2012 by North West Mega. (Northwest England, United Kingdom). OZ MEGA ALBURY WODONGA (GC2Q4JF) on 05 April 2012 by Oz Mega Committee. (New South Wales, Australia). SharePrint RelatedDouble-Oh-Mega-Event: On a (not so) Secret MissionJuly 22, 2011In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community”A Lackey’s “Thank You” after Attending a Mega-EventApril 1, 2011In “Community” Editor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys traveled thousands of miles from H.Q. this year to share smiles, shake hands and make geocaching memories at more than a dozen Mega-Events worldwide. Nicole Bliss, a.k.a. Louie Bliss, attended Mega-Event Catalunya 2011 in Calella, Spain. Nicole has been a Lackey helping geocachers in customer service since 2010. This is Nicole’s account of the Mega-Event. Nicole and SignalOh Mega, My Mega! Catalunya 2011I recently attended Mega-Event Catalunya 2011 in Calella, Spain and represented Groundspeak. It may have been my fifth Mega-Event, but it was my first international event. I was surprised at how Mega-Events can be so similar 5,000 miles away from each other. There were still the same activities: discovering Trackables, shopping for merchandise, dinner events and, of course, lots of caching. I even attended my first flash mob – one of the best parts of the event! Yet, international events can be so different; everyone speaks different languages and cache descriptions are all in the local language. The difficulty rating goes up at least a star for foreigners. It helps that many geocaching phrases are universal.With an international event, it was amazing how many countries were represented. I met cachers from Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, UK, Canada, France, Netherlands and Spain. I was the only American. I spent so much time with a group of French cachers that at one point, I felt like I was in France instead of Spain.I learned a lot about what to plan for when attending a Mega-Event. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, listen up! Here’s 7 tips for attending a Mega-Event –Catalunya 2011 Flash MobCheck to see if there are any additional events nearby. Plan to arrive a day or two beforehand to attend these events and find nearby caches.Plan your routes ahead of time. If you are a Premium Member, you can sort by Favorite Points so you’ll know which are considered the best local caches. The event organizers may even publish a new GeoTrail for the event so it is a good idea to run a Pocket Query on the day of the event.Check the event forums to see who else is going. It is much more fun when you meet new people or go in a group. I cached with a few different groups and had a great time.Are you attending an international Mega-Event like I did? I suggest learning the major phrases of that language. It can still be overwhelming, but it is much easier and the locals appreciate it. I was surprised that Barcelona and Calella, Spain primarily spoke Catalan and my Spanish was almost useless.Make time to see the tourist sites. There’s a Mega-Event there for a reason! Of course, you can cache along the way.Considering organizing a Mega-Event? Check out the Knowledge Books article on Mega-Event Classification.Cataluyna 2011 Community DinnerAfter the event, log your Trackables quickly! Too often, Travel Bugs have gone missing from events because they are forgotten.In the end, I realized geocaching is a language all its own. No matter what our native language is, we can understand each other perfectly. Share with your Friends:More MOGA 2012 (GC2QM9C) on 28 April 2012 by MOGA. (Iowa, United States). GEOCOINFEST Europe – Lisbon | Portugal (GC32QY1) on 05 August 2012 by Webxxi. (Lisboa, Portugal). Fumble After Dark 2011 (GC2HX43) on 05 November 2011 by FumbleAfterDark. (Västra Götaland, Sweden). Upcoming Mega Events GeoWoodstock X (GC2X6ZV) on 26 May 2012 by GeoWoodstock X. (Indiana, United States). West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2012 (GC32A1X) on 11 August 2012 by WBA Chamber. (Wisconsin, United States). Geocoinfest U.S. 2012 (GC2XW58) on 06 October 2012 by GCF 2012 Colorado. (Colorado, United States). read more
tennessee fans distraughtIt’s been a tough season in Knoxville. What you’ll see in the below clip pretty much sums up how Tennessee Vols fans are feeling right now.After Joshua Dobbs and Josh Malone couldn’t connect on a deep ball on 4th and 13 late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game, ESPN’s cameras panned to numerous UT supporters who looked depressed. The loss to Arkansas puts Tennessee at 2-3 on the year.#VolNation No words needed. pic.twitter.com/mWQLzyyazE— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) October 4, 2015The honeymoon period with head coach Butch Jones is over. That’s for sure.
cardale jones auction cleats for parisThis past Saturday, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones paid his respects to the victims of the Paris terror attacks by drawing the “Peace for Paris” symbol on his cleats. Monday, he took to Twitter to somewhat make a request of the NCAA.Jones openly wished that he could either auction off or donate his cleats to charity to benefit the victims of the attack. Check it out:Which there was a way I could auction off or donate my cleats to benefit the people in Paris pic.twitter.com/k9D8wB9wh1— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) November 16, 2015Of course, it’s against NCAA regulations to auction off apparel worn by players. That being said, just last month, the organization made an exception for LSU’s Leonard Fournette regarding the flooding in South Carolina.Could the NCAA make another exception? We’ll find out. read more
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says several housing and infrastructure developments now under way in St. James are aimed at improving the lives of residents and safeguarding their welfare. The engagements include the development of roads and water facilities, in addition to houses. Story Highlights The projects are being spearheaded by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in the communities of Flower Hill, Green Pond, Norwood, and Rose Heights, among other areas. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says several housing and infrastructure developments now under way in St. James are aimed at improving the lives of residents and safeguarding their welfare.The projects are being spearheaded by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in the communities of Flower Hill, Green Pond, Norwood, and Rose Heights, among other areas.The engagements include the development of roads and water facilities, in addition to houses.Senator Charles, who visited several of the communities along with personnel from the Ministry and HAJ to assess the progress of the works, told JIS News that the undertaking also forms part of ongoing efforts to enhance the citizens’ safety and security.“What we want to ensure is that we have the completion of all of our projects… . We are highly focused on implementing in a sustainable way. We are maximising the use of every single dollar for the taxpayers in this country. We want to make sure that whatever we do is done with the right sense of connecting the dots,” he added.To this end, Senator Charles said the HAJ projects will focus on providing water access in light of the drought being experienced in sections of Jamaica.He assured that the Ministry will “continue our conversation with the community members and continue to do our assessments”, to ensure that investments in government projects are maximised.The Minister advised that similar tours are planned for communities in Trelawny and St. Ann, where HAJ projects are ongoing.He also used the opportunity to laud the HAJ, which he said “is doing some good work”, while noting that “they have articulated to me the need for more to be done”.“But I must applaud all of those hard-working members of the HAJ for the work they have been doing so for. What I saw today means that significant work has been done and is being done. My goal is just to make sure that we continue to implement in a timely manner and that whatever we do is done with a thought of sustainability,” Senator Charles added.HAJ is a wholly owned, self-funding government entity that falls under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Office of the Prime Minister. read more
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Oct. 25 about media-ownership rules, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dennis Wharton was the head of the National Association of Broadcasters. He is executive vice-president of communications.A corrected version of the story is below:FCC plans vote over loosening limits on media ownershipThe Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local mediaThe Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local media.The newspaper and broadcasting industries have pushed for changes to the rules as they face growing online competition. Critics say dropping the rules will encourage media consolidation and hurt local voices and diversity.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday at a congressional hearing that he wants to eliminate rules that, among other things, bar a company from owning both newspapers and TV stations in one market. It’s been in place since 1975 but exceptions have been allowed.He also proposed scrapping limits on owning both local radio and TV stations, and would make it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market.“The marketplace today is nothing like it was in 1975,” Pai said, adding that newspapers are shutting down and broadcast TV and radio stations are struggling, while competition from the internet, where Google and Facebook dominate in digital advertising, is rising.Republicans outnumber Democrats on the five-member the FCC, suggesting Pai has the support to change the rules. Democrats on the commission and in Congress have criticized efforts to undo or ease the rules.Dennis Wharton, executive vice-president of communications for the National Association of Broadcasters, said Wednesday that the limits have hurt TV broadcasters.He said the NAB supports Pai’s plan, and looks forward “to rational media ownership rules that foster a bright future for broadcasters.” It’s expected that rolling back the FCC limits will allow companies that own TV stations to get bigger.The FCC is currently reviewing a takeover deal between Sinclair and Tribune Media, two TV station owners. Pai has already allowed one rule change that eased the way for Sinclair by permitting it to reach more households than was otherwise allowed. It would reach more than 70 per cent of American households if the Tribune Media deal goes through.Companies like Sinclair own TV stations that run programming from the major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, around the country.The head of Free Press, an advocacy group that fights against media consolidation, said that Pai’s plan will hurt independent news sources.“We need to strengthen local voices and increase viewpoint diversity, not surrender our airwaves to an ever-smaller group of giant conglomerates,” Craig Aaron said in a statement. He said Pai’s proposals will face opposition at the FCC and in the courts. read more